Archive for April, 2012
I so appreciate those among us who can cleverly and succinctly draw the distinctions between what Hollywood and the MSM would have us believe about President Obama and what is the factual evidence of his three and a half years in office. The following video is a spoof of the DNC documentary which was produced by the liberal filmmaker David Gugenheim.
I am always, always, always on the look-out for articles which are able to convey an important message in a clear, concise manner. The issues facing our country in this election year are numerous and complicated and it is so easy to become discouraged and dispirited. It becomes difficult to differentiate fact from fiction, truth from falsehood, loyalty from deceit, preservation from transformation. This particular four-minute video gets to the heart and soul of the choice before us. My hope is that it will resonate with you so that you will be encouraged to share it with others. Oh, and something to keep in mind………….Twitter suspended the video’s sponsor Free Market America as reported on Michelle Malkin’s blog this morning:
“for some strange reason, Twitter silenced the official account for the new Americans for Limited Government project Free Market America. The account, @FreeMarket_US, went live a few days before Earth Day and was slowly picking up steam……………………….When it comes to using Twitter as a tool for promoting your political cause, you better hope that Twitter approves of your message or else you will be censored. So watch out, you could be next!”
Apparently, many conservative voices responded online and Twitter has since restored the account. (thus proving that our voices can be heard and the only way to win is to speak up!).
Be prepared………………………….this is going to be a “take no prisoners” type of campaign. There are critical issues (such as restoring the Constitution as the supreme law of our nation & reaffirming the separation of powers among the three branches of government) which demand our attention & it would behoove us to call to mind the documented words & actions of President Obama both before & after his election. Here are two articles which illuminate the path we are on to the election. Hope you have some time to click on the underlined words which will then link you to the reference article or video which backs up the author’s premise. As Glenn Beck always says, “Don’t take just my word for it”……………”look it up for yourself, do your own homework”……………………..I have & this is why I feel Obama MUST be defeated in the fall! You may draw a different conclusion…………..if so, I would encourage you to give me a reason that might change my mind.
No More “Mr. Obama Is a Nice Guy”
by Michelle Malkin
There is a reflexive desire among a certain species of moderate Republicans to be perceived as “civil” by liberal opponents who believe that the mere existence of free-market, limited-government conservatism is an indecent affront to humankind. All aboard the U.S.S. Lost Cause.
This disastrous, bend-over bipartisanship is a hard habit to break. In 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain rode the “Barack Obama is a nice guy, but vote for me” wave to crashing defeat. In 2012, McCain’s endorsee, Mitt Romney, has made “Barack Obama is a nice guy but in over his head” a standard stump-speech talking point.
Conservatives of good will who’ve watched President Obama brutalize his enemies have one question for the nice-guy niceties: Why, GOP, why?
Romney’s smarter-than-thou strategists explain that he can’t scare off independents and Democrats with straight talk about Obama’s thuggery. But he’s turning off the conservative base, on whom his hold is tenuous. More importantly, Romney’s McCain-lite impersonation is also writing off independents and Democrats who’ve come to realize what the myriad targets of White House bullying have learned the hard way over the past four years: Barack Obama is not a “nice guy.”
Ask Gerald Walpin, the former AmeriCorps inspector general who was pushed out of his job by the Obamas after exposing fraud and corruption perpetrated by Democratic mayor of Sacramento and Obama friend Kevin Johnson. Walpin was unceremoniously fired and smeared by Team Obama. The White House baselessly questioned the veteran watchdog’s mental health and never apologized for slandering him.
Ask the family, friends and co-workers of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. They have been forced to sue the Obama administration to combat the Operation Fast and Furious cover-up of deadly policy decisions that led to their hero’s death. “I think they are liars, and I would tell them that,” Terry’s father, Kent, said of Obama’s henchmen.
As Townhall editor Katie Pavlich makes clear in her devastating new book, “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up,” the president, his corrupt attorney general, Eric Holder, and their minions weren’t “in over their heads.” They knew exactly what they were doing and have obstructed investigations into the bloody consequences of their policies ever since.
That’s not “nice.” It’s rotten to the core.
Nice? Ask those who have felt the wrath of Obama: tea party members, bitter-clinging gun owners and voters of faith; budget-reform leaders, such as Wisconsin’s GOP Rep. Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker, Chrysler creditors and dealers, and Delphi auto-parts workers strong-armed and cut out of the White House auto bailout negotiations with United Auto Workers; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity and their donors; Fox News, conservative talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh; the Congressional Budget Office and the Supreme Court.
There is nothing shameful about shattering the left’s defining fraudulent narrative — which was promoted again this week by myth-making first lady Michelle Obama — that the president has “brought us out of the dark and into the light.”
There is nothing hateful about exposing Team Obama’s hardball tactics and government witch-hunts against taxpayers, businesses and political opponents.
There is nothing unbecoming or un-presidential about questioning the Obama administration’s Chicago gangster treatment of dissidents, whistleblowers and watchdogs.
Let it be noted that Mr. “Nice Guy” never goes out of his way to show his opponents respect. In 2008, Obama openly bragged that his campaign strategy is: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
Remember when he sneered at millions who turned out for the nationwide Tax Day tea party protests in 2009: “You would think they’d be saying thank you.”
Remember when he taunted GOP leaders: “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
Remember when he told Republicans to shut up during the stimulus debate: “I want them just to get out of the way” and “don’t do a lot of talking.”
Remember when he outrageously insinuated before the 2010 midterms that conservatives were racist: He called critics of his amnesty policies “enemies” who needed to be “punished” by Latino voters because they were not “the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”
Remember when he remained silent about his surrogates’ misogynistic attacks on GOP vice presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Remember when he remained silent about the vulgar rallying cry of Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa, who introduced Obama at a Detroit Labor Day rally by urging union members to work against Republicans and “take these son of a bitches out.”
Romney’s surrogates insist that conservatives should “stick to the issues.” But Obama’s by-any-means-necessary ruthlessness is an issue. Like Chiffon Margarine said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” And it’s not nice to delude the American electorate in the name of comity, politesse and simpering civility.
April 9, 2012
Obama Will Say and Do Anything
By W.A. Beatty
Lying. Dissembling. Peddling half-truths. Redefining words. Taking credit for something in which he had no part. Those words/phrases describe what President Barack Hussein Obama has said or done and is now saying or doing.
- Lying: “Big Oil” and Lobbying
“Big Oil” has become a favorite Obama target. On March 29, 2012, Obama said, “Congress up until this point has thought it was a good idea to send billions more of your tax dollars to the oil industry.” Obama appealed to Congress to “stand with the American people” and vote to end subsidies to the oil and gas industry. But there is one problem: “Big Oil” receives tax incentives. In no sense can what “Big Oil” receives be called a subsidy — the sending of “billions more of your tax dollars to the oil industry.” Further, the incentives (sometimes referred to as tax breaks) are available to any US company.
On November 10, 2007, candidate Obama said, “I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.”
The Obama administration recently hired former lobbyist Steve Ricchetti, a registered federal lobbyist for nearly a decade, to serve as counselor to Vice President Joe Biden.
Although Obama signed an executive order codifying this pledge on his first full day in office, the administration has made use of a loophole in the order that permits waivers for former lobbyists to serve. In some cases, the administration has hired former lobbyists without a waiver.
- Dissembling: ObamaCare and Oil Reserves
The Obama administration’s argument for ObamaCare had been that it will initially increase costs and deficits. But it pays for itself, the administration says, in the long run because it reduces costs in coming decades. However, the CBO says that in its second decade, ObamaCare significantly increases health care costs, increasing deficits even more than in the first decade.
Obama’s own first-decade numbers were built on arithmetic trickery. New taxes to support the health care plan began in 2011, but the benefits part of the program doesn’t begin until 2015. That excess revenue is one-time-only, making the first-decade numbers look artificially low, but once you pass 2015, the yearly deficits become larger and eternal.
Regarding oil, Obama has said numerous times, “With only 2% of the world’s oil reserves, we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices, not when we consume 20% of the world’s oil.” It turns out President Obama’s statement is not entirely accurate.
The 2% figure Obama uses refers to proved oil reserves and greatly undercounts how much oil the U.S. actually has. In fact, far from being oil-poor, the country has vast quantities of oil — enough to meet all the country’s oil needs for hundreds of years. The U.S. has 22.3 billion barrels of proven reserves, which is a little less than 2 percent of the entire world’s proven reserves, but proven reserves are a small subset of recoverable resources because they count only the oil that companies are currently drilling for in existing fields.
When you look at the whole picture, it turns out that there are vast supplies of oil in the U.S. according to various government reports. The U.S. has 60 times more oil than Obama claims.
- Peddling Half-Truths: Auto Industry Loan Repayment and Domestic Oil Production
While technically true, General Motors (GM) did, indeed, pay its government bailout loan early. How GM accomplished that feat had nothing to do with earnings, management, or sales. GM did it by taking Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) money to pay off the bailout loan, and now it must pay off the TARP money. Overall, GM’s debt remained the same.
This is how GM and the Obama administration used a PR gimmick to fool the American public in hopes of winning some favor. All of these shenanigans were going on while Obama hailed auto industry’s comeback.
Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) wrote in April 2010: “The taxpayers are still on the hook, and whether TARP funds are ultimately recovered depends entirely on the government’s ability to sell GM stock in the future. Treasury has merely exchanged a legal right to repayment for an uncertain hope of sharing in the future growth of GM. A debt-for-equity swap is not a repayment,” Grassley wrote, referring to the $60-plus-billion loan which the Obama administration allowed GM to convert to an “unsecured” “security.”
And here is a bit of news that you will not hear from Obama or the MSM. The Detroit News reported in February 2012 that the U.S. Treasury now says it has lost an extra $170 million in the auto industry bailout because the price of GM stock has fallen 35% from its high.
And, by the way, while Obama, his administration, and the MSM hail TARP money payback, how it was done is, at best, a half-truth.
On March 22, 2012, in Boulder City, NV, Obama said, “We’re going to continue to produce oil and gas at a record pace.” In another speech, he said, “Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.”
Again, what he said is technically true, but while domestic oil production may have increased under Obama, it has absolutely nothing to do with his policies. Again, Obama is telling a half-truth. Approximately 96% of the total increase in domestic oil production between 2007 and 2011 occurred on non-federal land, which Obama does not control. Not only did almost all of the production take place on land beyond the Obama administration’s control, but it decreased on land within his control.
So, yes, he was truthful, but not completely truthful. Are we being generous to credit him with half the truth?
- Redefining Words: “Subsidy” and “Fair”
One of the favorite words Obama likes to throw around is “subsidy.” A bill, the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) — a bill that Obama favored — purports to “put an end to the unfair tax subsidies that only benefit Big Oil’s bottom line[.]” Further, they say the bill “will put an end to taxpayer handouts to the 5 largest oil companies making record profits.”
Obama, while in Boulder City, NV, said, “The current members of the Flat Earth Society in Congress, they would rather see us continue to provide $4 billion in tax subsidies, tax giveaways to the oil companies.” Isn’t it rather ironic that the word “subsidy” is being redefined in view of Solyndra, Beacon Power, and Ener1? It appears that, in light of Obama’s failed “green energy” policy, he is trying to hide behind his redefinition of the word.
Another of Obama’s favorite words to redefine is “fair” (adjective).” While speaking at Osawatomie, KS, in December, 2011, he called for rich to “pay their fair share.” If we are supposed to be fair, to play by the same set of rules, why do we need 30-plus “czars” to exercise powers over Americans who have committed no crimes? If we’re all going to be fair, to play by the same rules now, does that mean that Obama’s buddies are going to return their ObamaCare waivers?
The central concept of liberal and socialist thought, the progressive tax system, is founded on the concept of treating people “unfairly.” Obama didn’t speak of the huge number of “unfair” rules designed to penalize activities of which the government disapproves, or about subsidies received by activities of which the government does approve.
I guess “fair” depends entirely upon how Obama defines, or redefines, it.
- Taking credit for something in which he had no part: Keystone XL Pipeline, Fracking, Killing Osama bin Laden
Obama was in Cushing, OK on Thursday, March 22, 2012, to “fast-track” the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline, announced that it will build the southern half of the pipeline and does not need Obama’s approval.
So what Obama did was make a photo-op of a private company’s project that was going to be built anyway. You will remember that in January 2012, Obama blocked the northern portion of the pipeline — the part that does need his approval. Obama’s attempt to take credit for a pipeline he blocked and against which he personally lobbied Congress is staggering in its disingenuousness.
In his State of the Union speech on January 24, 2012, Obama said, “And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of 30 years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock – reminding us that government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), when questioning Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu, asked, “The president took two pieces of credit in his State of the Union that I wanted to just question you on factually. First of all, he said the Department of Energy created fracking. He took credit for that in the State of the Union. My understanding is fracking was created 60 years ago.” Chu replied, “It’s absolutely true that there were earlier ventures in the fracking [technology].” He said DOE invested in the technology from 1978 until about 1992, but then “got out.”
Regarding the killing of Osama bin Laden, Obama said, “[s]hortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al-Qaeda[.]” That statement was followed by a bunch of “I” sentences. “I was briefed … I met repeatedly … I determined today … at my direction, the United States launched…” Former President George W. Bush is not mentioned until Obama noted that Bush had made clear that this was not a war against Islam.
Obama never said anything about the CIA, the Navy SEALs, or the efforts of the Bush administration. Obama clearly built on efforts initiated during the Bush administration. It is true that ultimately Obama had to make the final decision on whether to proceed, but he may have given a bit more public credit to his predecessor.
I have highlighted just a few of Obama’s words/sayings/tactics. I’m quite sure you can easily expand on my effort.
Obama’s actions will only intensify as November 2012 draws near. The most disheartening part is that the MSM rarely, if ever, says anything about what comes from Obama’s mouth or what he does.
Dr. Beatty earned a Ph.D. in quantitative management and statistics from Florida State University. He was a (very conservative) professor of quantitative management specializing in using statistics to assist/support decision making. He has been a consultant to many small businesses and is now retired. Dr. Beatty is a veteran who served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. He blogs at: rwno.limewebs.com.
Just in case you didn’t think I had enough to do…………………….I wanted to reassure you that I am not sitting around on my duff all day watching endless hours of House Hunter’s International & Say Yes to the Dress (LOL). Ohhhhh noooooo I have been working on this idea for some time now, & today, I decided if I am going to live up to my reputation as a “nut”, then I am going “all in”!!!!!! I am hereby declaring myself “old” enough to respectfully share my thoughts & opinions & if that confirms my status as a “nut” in some minds, then so be it. Therefore, as I intend for this to be a forum in which I, also, can learn & understand, I welcome & encourage you to share your opinions. I may also at times use this space to create a dialogue about faith & values. I must give “credit” to the Holy Spirit for this “obssession” of mine, as each day I pray to be guided by His grace as well as the courage to follow whichever path He leads me to……………..who knows? He might just be leading me to the edge of a cliff!! LOL The next paragraph started out as my political e-mail of the day, until……………………………………………………………………………I became a “right-wing nut”!!!
The following video defines the problem of the narrative about taxing “the rich”. That idea is so not about “fairness”, it is about permeating the myth that imposing higher taxes on the most prolific “job creators” & continuing our spending addiction will solve our debt crisis & lead to a better future for our children & grandchildren. I don’t care if you are Republican or Democrat, the simple truth of the matter lies in the math (& as brain-dead as I am in that area……….even I can understand the numbers!!). The 10 percent of households with the highest incomes already pay more than half of all federal taxes. They pay more than 70 percent of federal income taxes, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Common sense dictates that we vote for those who will work to reduce the size & scope of the federal government, if we want future generations to have an opportunity to prosper as we have ……………..period! Well…………….at least, that’s what I think :)!! What do YOU think???
BYTCB (Begging you to come back!)
RWN (Right Wing Nut!)
P.S. I’m thinking I could almost match Santelli’s passion ………………….LOL
P.P.S. FYI to family…………………..I am now officially “semi-retiring” two of my previous obsessions………my vacuum sweeper & my dust rag!!!