Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Video: O'Reilly Says Obama on Retreat

Fox host Bill O'Reilly argues that after the Midterm elections and a subpar trip to Asia last week President Obama is in retreat. He cites the tax code among other issues.

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Rangel: There is "No Evidence of Corruption"

Representative Charles Rangel was found guilty today of numerous ethics violations by a House Committee.  While some would be humbled by the findings, Rangel is instead declaring that there is "no evidence of corruption" at all and that the Committee acted unconstitutionally.

While many see Rangel's guilt as a slam dunk, and while others state that his corruption is irrefutable, Rangel does his best to discredit the panel that found him guilt.  First he declares that there is absolutely no evidence against him, even though a panel of multiple people found him guilty on 11 counts of violations:
Rangel then links to an article (which he himself wrote) in which he elaborates on his defense of himself, while spouting lies about the Committee that found him guilty.

According to Rangel, he was denied his "due process rights" and his "right to counsel."  We all know this is not true, as Rangel's own legal team quit two months ago.  In other words, not only did he already have at least two months (and in fact had more), he already had "counsel."  They quit on him because he was so obviously corrupt and he disagreed with them on legal strategies.

Rangel goes on to say:
"While I am required to accept the findings of the Ethics Committee, I am compelled to state again the unfairness of its continuation without affording me the opportunity to obtain legal counsel as guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

This unfair decision is the inevitable result of the Committee's insistence on moving forward despite the absence of any legal representation on my behalf.  The Committee elected to reject my appeal for additional time to secure new counsel and thus acted in violation of the basic constitutional right to counsel."
I know that the vast majority of this is Rangel intentionally lying and trying to make it seem that the House Committee is out to get him, but I honestly wonder if he believe the lies that he is spewing.  Either way, he's guilty, both in the eyes of the public and now officially.
Oh, and Rangel was reelected two weeks ago with 81% of the vote.

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Pelosi: I Cut "$1.5 Trillion" in Taxes, Cut Deficit in Half

You might think that out-going Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi would have learned from the Democrats' massive trouncing two weeks ago.  If you do, you are wrong.  Not only is Pelosi still pushing her ridiculous agenda, she is also upping her lies.

According to Pelosi, the 111th Congress, thanks to her leadership, saved the United States from economic ruin and in fact made it much stronger.  It's all in her faux-facts "blog" The Gavel.  I suppose now that Ms. Pelosi is going to lose control of the House, she thinks lying her botoxed face off will have no consequences.

For example, according to Pelosi, she passed massive legislation that increased "Financial Responsibility" to Congress.  Not only that, but she cut "taxes for most Americans by $1.5 trillion."  At the end of the paragraph, she declares "Action Completed," obviously to imply that she actually did something like this.

But why stop there?  Pelosi continues with her lies, and cites several projects that "created" millions upon millions of jobs for the American people.

First she references the Stimulus Package, which she states "jumstart[ed] our economy."  According to her, it will "create and save 3.5 million jobs" and "give a tax cut to small business and 95% of American workers."  I'm sure this is a small point, but the fact that the unemployment rate under Obama has exploded utterly destroys the idea that the Stimulus jumpstarted anything.
And by the way, how do you give a "tax cut" to 95% of Americans when in fact you're making them pay $787,000,000,000?  Well, Ms. Pelosi doesn't give it a second thought and pushes forward in her rhetoric.

Pelosi continues that she has created over 500,000 jobs through other types of Stimulus, government spending, and "tax breaks."  Sure you did, Nancy.

By the end of her "accomplishments," she states that she has "completed," quote, "cutting Bush deficit by more than half by 2013."  That's weird, considering that the CBO states that in 2009 alone, the Obama Administration and Congress have quadrupled the deficit:

Pelosi may think that she can pull a fast one on the American people, but she is mistaken.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Sarah Palin's not going anywhere.

Sarah Palin's political career is over.
That is what I, and countless others, thought when it was announced the former Alaska Governor would be getting her very own "reality television show" on the channel that features Little People, Big World, and 19 Kids and Counting. There was just no possible way for her survive the show, unless it became a major hit.

Never underestimate the power of Sarahcuda:

Five million Americans tuned in yesterday to watch the world premier of Sarah Palin's Alaska, on a Sunday night, when the Patriots and Steelers were battling it out on NBC. Not since Going Rogue sold 2.7 million copies nationwide last year, has the former Republican Vice-Presidential candidate had this much command over our Nation's short attention span.

I'm still sure that Governor Palin will not run for President in 2012, but if she does - I'm starting to think she could actually win the Republican Nomination, with or without Huckabee in the race. Her base is strong, her will is strong and her fighting spirit is definitely strong. Don't count her out just yet.

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Video: Quantitative Easing Explained

Hat tip: HotAir and Real Clear Politics.

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D.C. School Does Away with F Grades

You know, I remember nights years ago in which I studied to get by in school.  I tried hard because I wanted to do well and pass, knowing that one day my hard work would pay off.  It was a valuable life lesson and one that is inherent in our capitalist system:  if you work hard, you will achieve success.  Well, a school just outside of Washington D.C. has decided to rid itself of failing grades.

Now, the 2,200 students at West Potomac High School are allowed to hand in papers whenever they wish and will not received a lower grade than others.  In other words, if you turn in a paper two months late, you can still get an "A."

Not only that, but even if you get every single question wrong on a test or a quiz, you still do not receive an F.  In fact, you can take it as many times as you like so long as you don't pass.  If you get an A your tenth time, you get an A and only an A.  Miss school?  That's okay, you do not have to answer for it because the school "understands" that being a kid is tough.

Parents have complained about this new "standard:"
"What about the conscientious student who keeps up with class, studies until 2 a.m. and pulls an A on a math test? Should a peer who skipped class and flubbed the test twice or three times get an equal grade? With the new policy, the ultimate grade on a student transcript could be the same, even though the two students took very different paths."
But "expert" Rick Wormeli defends the decision to give students NMs, or "no mark," when they do not complete their work or do extremely poorly instead of an F.  According to Wormeli, and I can hardly believe this, not giving students an F is harder on students:
"It's far more demanding on kids.  Now it's, 'Oh crud, I have to learn it.' "
I'll just say that Wormeli is full of it.  A much more plausible reaction by a ten or eleven year old that does not want to do his work is: "I don't need to do it and I can't fail no matter what.  I'm not doing it."
West Potomac School Symbol
West Potomac's Principle Cliff Hardison defends his decision to not grade failing students:
"Obviously we're trying to help kids who were not successful in the past, but really we're trying to help all kids."
You know what?  If you work hard and try, you earn your grades.  We do not, and hopefully will never, live in a society that gives away free grades to unqualified citizens.  We should not and cannot give slackers who have never tried in their life high-paying jobs, especially when it takes away the job of someone who has worked hard to get where they are.  This is disgusting.

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Corrupt Rangel Walks Out of Ethics Hearing

Democrat Charles Rangel, a disgraced member of the House of Representatives, is pulling out all of the stops to make himself appear as egotistical and corrupt as possible.  After demanding that his ethics trial be delayed, Rangel left the hearing abruptly, stating that he was not given enough time to hire a legal team for himself.

Of course, Rangel's claim is simply a lie, as his legal team quit two months ago after a debate over strategy.  Most likely, the team realized how corrupt Rangel was and wanted to go one way.  The corrupt Rangel wanted to go another, and his lawyers just quit.

This meant that today, at the beginning of Rangel's legal hearings, that he had no legal representation.  Of course, since his lawyers quit two months ago, he had plenty of time to assemble more people.  Either Rangel could not get anyone to accept his case or he intentionally did not hire anyone in hopes that the court would delay the hearing.  They did not, so Rangel walked out.

On November 2, despite the tremendous political pressure on him because of the ethics trial and the clear corruption evident, Rangel was reelected by a large margin.  In fact, Rangel won 81% of the vote in his district, a tremendous amount by any standard.

In court, Rangel faces a tremendous amount of counts against him, including over one dozen charges of financial and fundraising misconduct.  To think that he can simply pout and walk away from his hearing shows that Rangel is in over his head.

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Reid: My Victory was "Child's Play," My Campaign was "Terminator-like"

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who won re-election to his Senate seat nearly two weeks ago in a tight race against Republican challenger Sharron Angle, has decided to not take the high road.  Instead, he has decided to be completely smug, showing voters that Angle was, all along, right about his elitism.

To see his egotism, all one has to do is take a look at his campaign site.  In an article on his campaign site entitled, "Harry Reid’s near-perfect game plan makes victory look like child’s play," Reid gives himself a nice pat on the back.  The article, which Reid posted and which also appeared in the Las Vegas Sun, a liberal mouth-piece, Reid explains how he planned a "decisive victory" over Ms. Angle:
"Adopt a catch phrase for your opponent and repeat it relentlessly. For Angle, it was “extreme and dangerous.” The phrase appeared in commercials and was featured in virtually every speech given on Reid’s behalf. Exit polls showed many Reid voters picked the incumbent because they thought Angle was too extreme."
Notice that Reid never mentions the word "truth." He simply states that you should repeat a "catch phrase over and over again.  However, if you believe that Angle was the only person that Reid attacked in this article, you are mistaken.  Reid also went after his son Rory:
"Avoid people who could hurt you even if it’s your son. Reid never appeared publicly with gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid, fearing the appearance of a political dynasty would turn off voters. Father and son held separate fundraising events and rallies, even if they had the same speakers, such as former President Bill Clinton, stumping for them."
Once again, truth is no where to be seen.  Reid simply states that "fearing the appearance of a political dynasty would turn off voters."  He never said that it wasn't, just that it would turn voters away.
Reid: Thinks he's better than you
In another article from Reid's campaign site, he has no problem patting himself on the back and comparing himself to an unstoppable killing machine.  In an article entitled, "One word: Preparation," Reid refers to a character that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made famous:
"The Reid organization’s Terminator-like single-mindedness, relentlessness and discipline turned preparation into the most satisfying victory of Reid’s career, a resurrection unthinkable most of the year by the Beltway cognoscenti."
Unfortunately, come January, Reid will indeed "be back," despite the Republican wave that occurred two weeks ago.  Not only that, but Reid clearly has not learned his lesson; he continues to be smug, amateurish, and elitist.

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Vote in Our Poll: Who Would You NOT Support Even with the GOP Nomination in 2012?

 This is a little different than most of our polls. Usually we like to see who people would support, especially for the Republican nomination for President in 2012. Instead, we've compiled the names of those most likely to run and ask you to vote for who you would not support in 2012 even if they won the Republican nomination. You can vote for as many or as few as you like and if you think that one is a particularly poor choice, let us know in the comments.

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Rangel Trial Starts Today with Surprise

 Longtime Congressman Charlie Rangel is finally on trial in the House of Representatives for various corruption charges. Rangel has been one of the most prolific spenders not only on bills but on himself. He's finally being held to account-- before the Republicans even get a chance to be the majority.

But the trial that opens today comes with a surprise-- that Rangel had improperly used funds from a Political Action Committee to pay for his own defense. And not only did he use funds, he allegedly used a lot of them-- almost $400,000.
Rangel's office refused to comment on the PAC money. On top of the $393,000 in PAC funds, records show Rangel yanked $1.4 million from his campaign coffers in 2009 and 2010 to pay the firm Zuckerman Spaeder, his main legal-defense team, and $100,000 in 2009 to pay Davis' firm. 
Obviously we can't foresee what will happen in the ethics hearings but they've been a long time coming. Rangel has been flouting the ethics rules for a while, including allegedly using money from campaigning to pay for vacation property. Other charges include:

  • Misusing office to create center in his honor.
  • Used free postage to ask for donations.
  • Received over $1 million consulting with a firm while he was Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. This happened while meeting with a lobbyist from the firm about tax laws.
  • Failure to report income.
  • Using rent-stabilized property as a campaign headquarters.

Altogether there are 13 charges against the New York City Congressman and it appears that he won't be squirming out of any anytime soon.

Rangel has been out of the limelight lately as the Democrats did not want a corruption scandal going public. However, the people in his district don't seem to care, renominating him in the Democratic primary against a challenger and giving him 80% in this month's elections.

UPDATE: According to FoxNews Rangel has apparently 'excused' himself from the hearing.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Paul Krugman Said What?

Below is a clip of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman suggesting that the US just needs to ration Medicare 'death panel' style and raise taxes via a VAT.

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Shuler to Challenge Pelosi For Minority Leader

Democrat Heath Shuler has declared that he will indeed challenge out-going Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for Minority Leader.  Pelosi, who is blamed in part for the Democrats' massive election loss last Tuesday, has repeatedly said that she has the support of Democrats.  Shuler clearly disagrees.

In his decision to run, Shuler stated:
"We've just come off the largest ... loss for the Democratic Party in almost a century.  And to be able to put Speaker Pelosi as minority leader is truly ... unacceptable for our party."
Whether Shuler will be able to win is up for speculation.  Pelosi, in power for years, is unlikely to relinquish her power to a challenger.  Likewise, she is sure to get many votes from people who have worked with her over the years.
On the other side are angry Democrats demoralized after her, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's, and President Obama's leadership led the Democratic Party to electoral ruin last week.  These Democrats surely want to hold on to their jobs, and Pelosi leading their party in the House has not worked (for them).

Many Democrats are already against Pelosi:

In North Carolina, Democrat Larry Kissell stated that he hopes Pelosi "will change her mind and step aside."  Representative Joe Donnelly of Indiana has stated that he is "disappointed that Speaker Pelosi is going to seek the position of Minority Leader."  Representative Dan Boren of Oklahoma stated that Pelosi's bid is "very disappointing."  Representative Heath Shuler said he may even challenge Pelosi's bid.

With many against Pelosi, it is hard to understand why she is pushing on.  Yet even these Representatives do not comprise the entirety of Democrats against Pelosi in the House.  Even hardened supporters of Pelosi, ones who voted with her near or at 100%, want her out of power.
Democrat Albio Sires of New Jersey admonished Pelosi, saying she didn't "know when to move on."  "I voted for everything she asked me to vote for.  You know, sometimes in this business it's difficult to know when to move on," he stated.

As the numbers grow against Pelosi, it will certainly be interesting to see how this all plays out.  Is Pelosi that desperate to hold on to power?  Only time will tell. 

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There's nothing "Lame Duck" about the Bush tax cuts and President Obama

President Obama will be returning to Washington this afternoon after fleeing the country with Republicans sitting pretty with historic gains on election day, and with the Democratic Party in turmoil. Obama might regret returning to America after his overseas trip resulted in failure.

With the people demanding low taxes via voting booths and opinion polls, the President's Fiscal Responsibility Commission came out against tax hikes in any income bracket.  One of their tax plans even involves lowering the income tax level further. The lame duck session of Congress is just one day away; it's make or break time for Obama.
Both the incoming Speaker John Boehner and the current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are both committed to extending the Bush tax cuts for all Americans, while the current Speaker Nancy Pelosi is steadfast against it. This sets the stage for a lame duck battle that will one day be discussed in the history books, and that will likely rest on the shoulders of the "blue dog Democrats."

Democrats voted out of office have no reason to support those who caused their defeat, and the remaining few Democrats who actually have fiscal sense, such as Heath Shuler, have absolutely no reason to stand against the public. In short, the bipartisan push is for all tax levels to remain the same for everyone - rich or poor.
Boehner: Set to Take the Gavel Back
President Obama has also come out strongly against extending tax cuts.  However, his political clout is seriously being questioned by those around him and the entire nation.

Obama's disapproval numbers are almost at the point of no return, and his reelection campaign will resemble the road to the White House for John Kerry, according to some. Either he will, due to joint pressure from Republicans and the people, stand against income tax raises on all, or he'll seal his 2012 defeat with the largest tax increase in history.

Regardless of what happens this week, it sure will be fun to watch Obama struggle with empowered Republicans for the time in his Presidency, and quite frankly, his entire political career.

Christie 'Raising National Profile'

Politics Daily is reporting that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has significantly raised his national profile after his dramatic 2009 victory over incumbent Jon Corzine. Of course, this will lead people to question if he will attempt to run for President in 2012, but I'm not so sure yet.

Sadly for their fans, neither of the 2009 governors will likely be running for president in 2012. McDonnell has said he is "fully committed" to serving his four years. Christie said last weekend on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he is "absolutely" not running. Some are skeptical about the repeated denials, but DuHaime offered three more this week in one sentence. "He's not running, he's not running, he's not running," he told me.
Christie and McDonnell will each have nearly three years in office when it comes time for the GOP nominee to pick a vice president -- a year more than former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had under her belt when John McCain tapped her. The odds are probably better for McDonnell than Christie. "Can you see me as somebody's vice president?" Christie asked on "Meet the Press." "I would feel bad for that poor man or woman."

Christie's said no to 2012 every time he's been asked although he hasn't ruled out 2016 or later at this point. Naturally, we could see him President in 2016 or 2020, but personally I don't think he will run this time around.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Principle for Peter in the 21st Century

The world is lining up to not buy our debt so we are buying it ourselves in a move we call by the innocuous acronym QE2, which is short for Quantitative Easing two.  More traditional, or verbally honest, economists are calling this what it is: monetizing our debt.  This is a move which has our creditors heading for the doors and our enemies smiling as poor old Uncle Sugar stands with his pockets turned inside out, a bewildered look on his face as he wonders, “Where did all flowers go?”

Quantitative Easing is a type of monetary policy central banks use to pump money into their respective economic systems.  This policy is only used when the central bank has already reduced interest rates to or near to zero.  In other words, they have tried to encourage lending but they’ve failed.   What the central bank does next is create money with a printing press, using that money to purchase bonds from its parent government and from banks and corporations within the nation’s banking system.  The second and third tier banks then increase the money supply even further through another process known as deposit multiplication wherein they receive 100 dollars but are only required to keep $20 on hand, so they loan $80.  The person who borrowed the $80 deposits it in their bank, and then that bank keeps 20% and loans the rest, and so on and so on until the increased money primes the pump and the stalled economy sputters to life.  At least that’s the strategy.
No strategy survives contact with the enemy.  And in this case the enemy is a financial system still reeling from government produced or instigated shocks: the housing bubble, the credit crunch, the escalating costs associated with Obamacare, and now the threat of a foreclosure moratorium.  The dangers of the QE2 strategy lie in two directions.  One it could be too successful igniting inflation and maybe even hyperinflation or two it could fail to re-ignite the economy and then the uncertainty of future tax rates, what new regulations might cost and the prospect of irretrievable assets locked up in a foreclosure freeze causing banks to hold the additional cash as a hedge against the government caused uncertainty.   This would put us right back where we started: a frozen economy which opens the door for QE3, QE4, and eventually the dollar won’t be worth the paper it’s printed on.
If you rob Peter to pay Paul you can usually count on Paul’s vote in the next election cycle.  This has been going on since FDR’s political genius discovered the magic formula of spend, spend, spend, tax, tax, tax, elect, elect, elect.  Years of getting Paul addicted to lying in the hammock of government safety nets and swilling a brewsky as the game dulls his senses haven’t worked.   Likewise, years of socialist education teaches Paul he isn’t a parasite he’s a victim with an entitlement haven’t worked.   At the end of the day even Paul is starting to see that this can’t go on forever.
The free trade policies of both parties may have brought in cheap consumer goods to make Paul with his diminishing buying power think things are getting better all the time, but these same policies have also destroyed the manufacturing base that once provided Peter with enough income to carry Paul on his back and still live a good life.  Today the average Paul is obese and the average Peter hasn’t had a raise in years, has watched his friends get laid-off, and wonders how he’s going to send Paul’s kids to college on burger-flipping money.
This brings us back to the world not lining up to buy our debt and to the definition of monetizing our debt.  This is the government version of paying your MasterCard with your Visa.  It may relieve current stress, but it portends future catastrophe.  Debtors may appreciate moving their debt around, but creditors want to get paid.  At a minimum they want to know their investment is secure.  If we owe someone 100 dollars they want to know that the 100 dollars they receive in payment will have the same buying power as the 100 dollars they originally lent out.  If the money they receive in payment is only worth half as much, they have lost half their initial investment.  This is why China is reacting negatively to the Fed’s plan to pump more money into an economic system strangled by red tape and bleeding red ink. 
It’s just not that hard to recognize a ponzi scheme.  The smart bet is to walk away as soon as you see the shill starting to move the shells around on the table and this is just what the rest of the world is beginning to do.  But poor old Uncle Sugar still thinks he has magic in his hands and more than a smile to hide his motives.  What happens if you have a bond sale and nobody comes?  I guess you buy the bonds yourself.
Will the end of American preeminence come not with a Bang: not with a whimper but instead with a “cha-ching!”   If America, once the engine of the world’s economy and the seedbed of innovation crashes due to unsustainable debt will this validate the 20th Century concept of the Peter Principle? This principle states that within a bureaucracy people tend to get promoted due to their competence until they reach a level of incompetence remaining there until over time incompetence fills every level.   Or is it time for a Peter Principle for the 21st Century?
Now is the time for Peter to rise up and say enough is too much already!  In the coming Tea Party Congress the father and son Paul Team plan to offer twin bills in the House and the Senate to dissolve the Federal Reserve and reassert congressional control of America’s economic destiny.  The howls will be loud, the fight will be hard, but either those who want to see a second American Century will usher in a return to limited government and free enterprise or the national motto may soon be, “Help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”  To avoid this I urge every Peter who’s tired of being taxed to support the Pauls, contact you congressional representatives asking them to support the Paul Team as they fulfill their promises and strike a blow for freedom.   If all the Peters follow these Pauls maybe we can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College and History for the American Public University System.  http://drrobertowens.com © 2010 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

Bloggers bloc.

To the readers of Pundit Press:

I have bloggers bloc.

I can't explain why, but over the past few days I have been absolutely unable to write anything for the blog. Perhaps it's a loss of focus.

Consider this an open thread, and discuss whatever you want.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Hammer on Quantitative Easing

Charles Krauthammer's opinion on the Fed decision to weaken the dollar.

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A Look at Obama's Approval Ratings

This is your roundup of the major polling of the President's approval ratings. In this edition we can see that Obama's numbers appear to be falling after the elections and his trip to Asia.
So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:

Approve: 43%
Disapprove: 49%


Approve: 44%
Disapprove: 54%

Some of the polling was done before the election, so it would be interesting to see where they will swing after the gravity of the midterms are factored in. In the Real Clear Polling average:

Approve: 44.9%
Disapprove: 49.4%

Keep a sharp eye out for this week's polling. We see him falling so far in both Rasmussen and Gallup.

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Don't Ask Don't Tell Ruling

FoxNews has just reported that the Don't Ask Don't Tell regulation in the military will stay in place until further notice. The Supreme Court has ruled that the policy should stay in place despite actions to repeal the 1990s legislation.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Interview with Dr. T.J. O'Hara, Author of The National Platform of Common Sense

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 16 in our new interview series. Today we are interviewing  Dr. T.J. O'Hara, who has had books published, The Left Isn't Right/The Right is Wrong (a flip book), and The National Platform of Common Sense.  The books take a satirical, no-nonsense look at the modern political platforms and their parties' tactics and have been making quite the statement since there release just last month on Amazon.com, and recent distribution to book stores. You can view them here:  www.TheCommonSenseCzar.net. We would like to thank Dr. O'Hara for taking part in the interview.

1. Why did you write your book?

I received a lot of requests to create an anthology of my blogs.  That seemed to be too simple.  After all, I am the Common Sense Czar!  So, I began interviewing people with widely divergent political opinions.

I found there to be several “constants,” regardless of the individuals’ political persuasions:  (1) they all held strong beliefs about the “correctness” of their Party’s position; (2) they all held negative views about the “opposition;” and (3) when I asked if they had ever read either of the major Parties’ National Platform’s, the answer was uniformly, “No!”  That led to the inevitable conclusion that we had an electorate that was passionate about its beliefs on the one hand … and essentially without any facts to support those beliefs on the other.

This precipitated the idea of what I considered to be a worthy project:  to help create amore informed electorate.  I believed that I could use satire to seduce readers into doing what they otherwise wouldn’t be inclined to do (i.e., read the National Platforms of both of the major Parties).  So, I took the actual text of the Democratic and Republican National Platforms and incorporated the Common Sense Czar’s “interpretation” of what they were really thinking at the time … essentially paragraph-by-paragraph.

Conservatives are first attracted to reading the Common Sense Czar’s humorous evisceration of the Democratic National Platform in The Left isn’t Right.  Similarly, Liberals are first attracted to reading the skewering of the Republican National Platform in The Right is Wrong.  Then, there is a natural tendency to realize that the Common Sense Czar returned the favor with respect to their particular Party and … like a car wreck from which you simply cannot divert your eyes … they find themselves reading their own Party’s Platform.  At the end of the day, they will have read both Parties’ National Platforms and become a member of what the Parties fear the most: an informed voter! 

To make the experience easier, I integrated both Platforms into the same book in a “flip” book format:  two covers and two texts facing in opposing directions … just like the Parties!  Read one Party’s Platform in one direction, then flip the book over and read the other Party’s Platform.  You can start with either Platform.  This is America! You still have the right to choose which direction you read … at least until some new Federal regulatory agency determines that it should decide for you.

Then, to solve all of the problems the two real Platforms cause, the Common Sense Czar created The National Platform of Common Sense.  It provides a unique blend of history and humor designed to stimulate intellectual thought.  While many of the Platform’s planks are offered with “tongue firmly implanted in cheek,” their satirical nature has enough of a grain of truth to make one occasionally ponder whether the suggestions are actually superior to the offerings of the Democratic and Republican National Committees.  In fact, they should be because the Common Sense Czar isn’t trying to get elected.  The National Platform of Common Sense was constructed to comply with the teachings of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights … along with a little common sense; three documents and an intellectual approach that appear to be “missing-in-action” in the major Parties’ National Platforms.

2. Why do you call yourself the Common Sense czar?

It’s the only “Czar” the current Administration didn’t have … and really needed.  The books’ common introduction provides:  “Being a Czar is really cool.  Unlike politicians, you don’t have to raise money to run; you generally don’t have to be vetted in a rigorous way; and you have reasonably unbridled authority … plus, you get to be called ‘Czar!’”  Need I say more?

The first thing I did was to fire the rest of the Czars with the exception of the Faith-Based Czar.  I kept the latter because I thought I should hedge my bets in that regard. The rest of the Czars became “unnecessary” since common sense could solve the problems associated with their positions.  The Common Sense Czar describes the basis for each other Czar’s “dismissal” in the introduction, which sets the tone for the rest of the books.

3. If both sides are wrong who should be leading the country?

Well, the Common Sense Czar of course!  Seriously though, the Czar has too muchcommon sense to aspire to that role.

I think true leaders will ultimately rise up from the American population; people who recognize that the Framers were right.  You see, the Framers never suspected that clinical narcissism would overtake patriotism with respect to serving one’s country. The Framers never anticipated the day there would be “career” politicians.  Their writings are clear:  they expected people to perform political duties as civil servants and then return home to their families and life’s work.  I think the frustration we are currently experiencing with what has evolved into a “privileged ruling class” will give rise to a new breed of leaders that are more in alignment with what the Framers had in mind.

4. What is the most surprising thing that you've written about?

“Surprising” probably isn’t the right term.  “Disappointing” would be more accurate.  I was most disappointed with the Democratic and Republican National Platforms.  As I previously alluded, the unadulterated language of both National Platforms had more to do with trying to get elected (or reelected) than with proposing a plan that would advance our country in a positive direction.  Both were filled with unwarranted platitudes to their own respective greatness as well as equally unwarranted denigrations of the opposing Party.  When you read them without the benefit of the Common Sense Czar’s satirical renderings, they are almost devoid of credible substance.  You almost feel the need to scold both Parties for their puerile behavior.

5. Where do you see the country in 20 years?

From a longitude and latitude perspective … in about the same place.  That is, unless Al Gore is right about this Global Warming thing.  If he is, then we might have slid down somewhere below the Equator in that time frame.

If you mean from a political perspective, I harbor great hope for our country.  I think the seeds are being sowed for a new generation of thinking; a generation that will be more in alignment with what the Framers had hope to create.  I think “I, the politician” will be supplanted once again by “We, the People.”  As Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

I hope that fear-based politics gives way to freedom-based politics.  It may take a generation or two to get there, but I believe that we can bury the class-warfare approach that our current politicians generally embrace in favor of a society that guarantees “Life and Liberty” at the individual level as well as the “pursuit of Happiness.”  Note that it is the pursuit of “Happiness” that is guaranteed rather than the actual attainmentof it.  In today’s “politically correct” world, we have been deluded to believe that weowe everyone “Happiness.”  Simply put:  we don’t!  We only owe them an equal opportunity to pursue it.  Some will achieve it; some won’t.  Welcome to the real world … and in 20 years, I think more people will recognize the elegance of allowing individuals to succeed or fail based upon their own abilities, efforts and merit.  Not all of us will become Nobel Prize winners … no matter how much “promise” we may show … and we should accept that fact.  Maybe then, the greed and envy that mark the human frailties that politicians have used to manipulate our votes will finally give way to more thoughtful considerations.

6. Anything else you'd like to add?

All three of my books make wonderful holiday gifts.  Please buy them for your family members, friends, enemies … and even complete strangers.  It’s the least you can do to help stimulate the economy.  Consider it to be your patriotic duty!  I could even support a “book burning” event if they offend you in any way.  In fact, I encourage you to conduct one weekly … if not daily … until the entire Brazilian Rainforest is threatened.  Of course, if you’re burning the eBook versions, you may want to spin them off onto a CD or thumb drive before incinerating them … but remember:  only burn licensed copies.

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Video: O'Donnell Blames Castle for Loss

On Jay Leno, no less:

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Thank A Veteran Today

We at Pundit Press would be remiss if we did not mention Veterans Day today.  It is thanks to our brave men and women, both now and for the last 234 years, that Americans have the freedom to do what they want, when they want and the ability to achieve almost anything that they strive for.  So try to thank a Veteran today if you have the chance.

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$150 Million to Be Given to Palestinians-- By Our Government

Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has decided to donate approximately $150 million to the Palestinian Authority after donating $1 billion last year. The deficit alone should preclude this from happening, not to mention all of the terrorism and anti-Semitism out of Palestine. But apparently Secretary of State Clinton has announced a new aid package.

"It is important that we do everything we can at a particularly sensitive time in the region to try to redouble our efforts to achieve a two-state solution [to Israeli-Palestinian tensions], to help stabilize the situation in Sudan, and to work to ensure that the people of Lebanon can have accountability in the search for justice," said Hillary Clinton.

Clinton said that the issue at the top of the agenda was the need for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks toward a two-state solution.

The U.S. Secretary of State has echoed President Barack Obama's criticism of Israel's announcement this week that it is moving ahead with plans to build 1,300 new housing units in East Jerusalem.

What are they thinking (if anything)?

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Dem. Congressman to Pelosi: You Must Go

Following the drubbing Democrats took last week, it took many by surprise that the out-going House Majority Leader, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, would declare that she wanted to become the Minority Leader.  While many Democrats towed the line in the aftermath of their defeat, several have spoken out against her.

The newest on the list: nine-time Congressman Sanford Bishop from Albany, Georgia, who just barely won reelection this season.  According to Bishop, a change is needed in the Democratic structure of power and Pelosi simply is not the one to provide it:
“I have nothing against Speaker Pelosi; she has worked tirelessly to bring Democrats together. But given the fact that we suffered substantial losses in the election, I think a new face is needed for leadership of the Democratic Caucus. I am part of a group looking for an alternative."
By "new face" Bishop did not mean a new, botoxed-filled face, but a new person in charge of the Democrats in Congress.  Showing that Mr. Bishop might have been one of the few Democrats who actually learned from last week's defeat, he went on to say:
“I’ve had a number of my constituents and supporters ask me to help change the face of the party, and I am listening to my constituents.”
Mr. Bishop joins the growing number of Democrats who want a new leader in the House.

In North Carolina, Democrat Larry Kissell stated that he hopes Pelosi "will change her mind and step aside."  Representative Joe Donnelly of Indiana has stated that he is "disappointed that Speaker Pelosi is going to seek the position of Minority Leader."  Representative Dan Boren of Oklahoma stated that Pelosi's bid is "very disappointing."  Representative Heath Shuler said he may even challenge Pelosi's bid.

With many against Pelosi, it is hard to understand why she is pushing on.  Yet even these Representatives do not comprise the entirety of Democrats against Pelosi in the House.  Even hardened supporters of Pelosi, ones who voted with her near or at 100%, want her out of power.
Democrat Albio Sires of New Jersey admonished Pelosi, saying she didn't "know when to move on."  "I voted for everything she asked me to vote for.  You know, sometimes in this business it's difficult to know when to move on," he stated.

As the numbers grow against Pelosi, it will certainly be interesting to see how this all plays out.  Is Pelosi that desperate to hold on to power?  Only time will tell.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

VIDEO: Grayson Asked if He's Medicated

Soon to be former Congressman asked on the Fox Business Network. Hat tip Real Clear Politics.

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A Look at Obama's Approval Ratings

This is your roundup of the major polling of the President's approval ratings. We can see a small decline since Tuesday's elections, although it's not sure if this trend will continue. Gallup' approval has fallen by 3% since the last time we took a look and his disapproval has gained three as well.

So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:

Approve: 44%
Disapprove: 48%


Approve: 45%
Disapprove: 54%

The Associated Press' poll after the election has the split at 47/51%. All of the rest of the polling was done before the election, so it would be interesting to see where they will swing after the gravity of the midterms are factored in. In the Real Clear Polling average:

Approve: 45.5%
Disapprove: 50.0%

Keep a sharp eye out for this week's polling. It could drop Obama below 40%.

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Do you miss George W. Bush as President?

It has almost been two years since President George W. Bush left office and Barack Obama assumed the office of President.  In his eight years as Commander in Chief, Bush saw many crises and had to deal with many difficult problems: within his first year in office, the nation saw the worst terrorist attack in history on our soul on September 11, 2001; the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continued through the majority of his Presidency;  Hurricane Katrina severely damaged New Orleans and our economy began to decline at the end of his second term.

But now, after two years of President Obama, and a massive Republican voting-wave last Tuesday, the question that many are starting to ask is: do you miss George W. Bush as President?  Well, do you?  Vote below:

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Reid: "I Welcome Every Opportunity to Work with our Republican Colleagues"

After narrowly beating Republican challenger Sharron Angle and waking up to see a landslide of anti-Democratic voting last Tuesday, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid has declared, "I welcome every opportunity to work with our Republican colleagues."  The statement comes as a 180 to the formerly anti-Republican Senator, who famously compared the GOP to those who supported slavery.

In a statement on his campaign website, Senator Reid explained how important it was to work together with Republicans, even though most of the legislation that the Senate has passed in the last two years have been down party lines:

"The message that voters throughout Nevada and all across the nation sent to Washington is that they want Democrats, Republicans and Independents to work together to find the common ground needed for real solutions and real progress...And I also welcome every opportunity to work with our Republican colleagues as we know the challenges that lie ahead of us know no political affiliation."
"Work together" from the man who said this last December:
"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right.  When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.'"
Apparently Reid does not mind that he is being an utter hypocrite, so long as he thinks it will net him support.
Reid with Nancy Pelosi (right)
At the end, after saying that he wants to work with Republicans, Reid feels the need to throw a talking point into his statement:
"The time for politics is now over.  And now that Republicans have more members in both houses of Congress, they must take their responsibility to present bipartisan solutions more seriously.  Simply saying 'no' will do nothing to create more jobs, support our middle-class and strengthen our economy.
Obviously, Senator Reid has not learned the very lesson that he said that he did.  Also, the American people did not vote for Republicans and Democrats to work together, Mr. Reid, they voted for things to get done.  Good things that will put our economy on track.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Pelosi: I'm Open to Republican Ideas, 'I Restored Fiscal Discipline to the Congress'

After the Democratic party was trounced on Tuesday, the once stubbornly anti-Republican Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi now states that she is willing to hear Republican ideas.  In an Op-Ed published by USA Today, Pelosi downplayed her vehemently anti-Republican and anti-conservative past and declared that Republican ideas are now "welcomed."

Writing after she gave herself a pat on the back for all of the "accomplishments" she achieved in Congress, Pelosi wrote of her new-found willingness to listen to GOP ideas:
"Democrats will continue to put forward innovative ideas, engage in entrepreneurial thinking and work to create the jobs for middle class prosperity. Republicans and Democrats must work together, with President Obama, to prepare for our nation for the 21st century while creating clean energy and infrastructure jobs. As we go forward, we welcome Republican ideas about job creation.

Though they elected a new majority in Congress, Americans did not vote for the special interests. They voted for jobs. Democrats remain committed to fighting for the people's interests, not the special interests.

While the election is over, the urgent needs of the American people remain. Over the past several days, I have spoken with my Democratic colleagues about where we go from here. I have heard from Americans across our country who are relying on us to continue our fight to create jobs, hopefully in a bipartisan way, and move our nation forward."
Pelosi's writing is clearly trite and full of derision.  Obviously, she never wanted to be in the position of having to listen to Republicans' (and the American people's) wishes.  This fact becomes all the more stark after reading just a one of her opening paragraphs (emphasis added):
"Democrats passed Wall Street reform to ensure that never again will the recklessness of some on Wall Street cause joblessness on Main Street. Our small business bill is now extending credit to small business owners so they can grow and hire. And we are committed to strengthening America's manufacturers — helping them with our "Make It in America" strategy, so our workers can make it in America. We made the largest investment in student aid in our nation's history, reducing the cost of loans to families and reducing the deficit. We achieved more progress over the last four years for our veterans and military families than any time since the passage of the original GI Bill in 1944. And we did all of this while restoring fiscal discipline to the Congress by making the pay-as-you-go rules the law of the land."
Democrats this, Pelosi that.  Obviously Ms. Pelosi hasn't learned to be the least humble, even after her party was crushed last week.
Only time will tell if Pelosi is serious about listening to Republicans, but if her record is any indication, she is not.

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Christie's Approval at 51%

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's approval ratings are not stratospheric but they're certainly healthy. A recent poll showed that the Governor, known for his attempts to balance the budget and to reform the state education system has a positive rating. The Quinnipiac polling service shows:

Positive: 51%
Negative: 38%
Other/und: 11%

According to the Quinnipiac polls the voters have differing opinions on his job performance:

  • 17 percent of New Jersey voters give Christie an A;
  • 31 percent give him a B;
  • 20 percent give him a C;
  • 16 percent give him a D;
  • 15 percent give him an F.
But voters, even Republicans do not want him to run for President just yet, believing that he's not experienced enough. The good news continues in the fact that he is more popular than the President.

Obama Ratings:

Approval: 46%
Disapproval: 50%
Other/und: 4%

So Christie's off to a good start-- and Obama appears to have fallen significantly.

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The positives of George W. Bush

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin decided to celebrate the release of President George W. Bush's memoir with an column highlighting the negatives of his administration. Well, I would like to highlight the positives of George W. Bush, a man of high class, of great dignity, and of longstanding principles.
  1. President Bush's tax cutting policies increased government revenues, established the conditions that led to the creation of eight million jobs across the Nation, and reduced the unemployment rate to 4.4%.
  2. President Bush's leadership in the War on Terror cannot be forgotten: the Taliban are no longer in control of Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein is dead, and the Iraqi people are free at last to govern themselves.
  3. President Bush's Christianity led to the prohibition of all partial birth abortions, the defense of marriage, and the expenditure of almost $15 billion to fight the dreaded AIDS virus in poor African nations.
  4. President Bush's Conservatism led to the Judicial Nominations of Justice Samuel Alito, and Chief Justice John Roberts, both of whom are stalwarts of Constructionist realities on the bench.
President Bush was also a fierce defender of America's second amendment, of Israel's unquestionable right to exist, and of America's definite right to defend herself against all threats, regardless of consequence. Best of all, he believed in American exceptionalism, unlike our current President.

Huffington Post Libels Palin, Refuses to Change Story

Does this really surprise anyone?  Currently, the liberal psuedo-news site the Huffington Post has a gigantic picture of former VP candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and a 99 font size (and all capital letters) "GOTCHA" on the front of their website:
I would show the original size, but it would be too big for this website.

The picture, which intentionally tries to mock Palin, links to an article by the Huffington Post that states that Palin "misquoted" a story in the Wall Street Journal.  However, if you wade through the article and past the liberal slant, you would realize that Mrs. Palin is telling the truth.

If you read the article, Palin stated that food prices increased over the last year.  They did.  The HuffPo cries foul, saying that the prices didn't rise that much, but obviously their lies cannot hid the fact that Palin was correct.

Later in the story, it reports that Palin wrote this on her Facebook page:
"That's odd, because just last Thursday, November 4, I read an article in Mr. Reddy's own Wall Street Journal titled 'Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices: Packagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies.'"
The HuffPo jumps on Palin, saying that she misread the article.  The problem is that this is the exact headline from the WSJ article:
Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices
Packagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies
You know, that's odd... That's exactly what Mrs. Palin said.  It's almost like the Huffington Post is lying because they want to libel Mrs. Palin.  How odd.

And let's not forget what the point of the story in the WSJ was: that food prices have indeed risen and will most likely rise a great deal in the near future for consumers.  Not only that, but it includes this picture:
Chicken up 13%.  Milk up 10%.  Sugar up 9% and eggs up 7%.  Once again, Mrs. Palin is proved right beyond a shadow of a doubt, but the Huffington Post will have none of it.

Don't expect the Huffington Post to come clean or even change their story anytime soon.

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