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Running through last night’s video and I came across a continuing theme throughout … Democrats and RINOs trying to frighten America to death … a financial death of $1 Trillion dollars (pay no attention to the deal … it will be a trillion I can assure you).

Below you will find two videos … first the scare mongers


Now the voice of reason from two well respected economic pundits, Ben Stein and Dave Ramsey.


Even if you believe it will get worse (and that seems to be likely) the question you need to ask is … will this stimulus help the private sector where the jobs are lost … your job is lost … or just save public works jobs?

And what good is a public sector job without a healthy private sector … hmmmm? Just askin, that’s all.

Depression … Specter Caves

You either believe in this kind of spending on every government program conceivable (schools, union roads, blada blada blada, plus pork) or you don’t. You either believe that money is best spent by the people who earn it or not. Specter, Collins, Snowe? What is it exactly that they believe in? What gets me is how the Democrats are calling this bi-partisan.

So 11 Dems join Republicans on the House version and its called voting along party lines, or as the NY Times put it “all but 11 Democrats voted for the House package.” 3 Republicans join the Democrats and its bi-partisan. Don’t go to the bank with these numbers but this is what MSNBC is reporting.

Links: Fox News, National Review, Powerlineblog, Michelle Malkin

Here’s Specter … “The President says gotta do it … so here I am.” Oh brother.


If This Is Change … Count Me Out

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham has been the voice of the conservatives as the Democrats have tried to ram down pork project after pork project down the throats of Americans, their children and their grand children. He has had so many great moments today it’s hard to pick just one … so I have uploaded two. But clearly the strain is beginning to show.

The first is from Hardball this evening. “Let me be perfectly clear.”


The second, just moments ago from Greta Van Susteren … “Blame Bush all you want … but this is your bill.”


Graham at some point will likely stand alone but if you believe in what he is doing … looking out for you and your children’s future … email him here please.

It’s not just the pork for SUV’s, ATVs, STDs, and honey bees … it’s even the roads and bridges projects that has states and cities just licking their chops. It will do nothing to create permanent employment in the private sector, nothing to create jobs. It’s not even going to happen quickly. Most of this stuff won’t get started for two years and will only mean jobs for union crews and preferred state contractors. YOU ARE BEING HAD.

This is the liberal agenda that they have every right to push … just not here, not now, and not if its the economy you are truly worried about.

Who’s Your Daddy?

I have a friend from Nashville, TN who frequently refers to her husband as “Big Daddy”. Big Daddy is a great guy … but it sure scares the dickens out of me when the Federal Government portrays itself as “Big Daddy”.

From yesterday’s press conference on the signing of the new SCHIP program that expands coverage to even more “children”. Who’s your “Big Daddy”?


Kinda tugs at your heart strings doesn’t it, knowing that Big Daddy government has now assumed the role of Daddy in our lives. Health care is no longer a parent’s responsibility … it’s the role of government. But the program is quickly becoming a boondoggle. The children aren’t all children.

Even the State Children’s Health Insurance Program is a deceiving title as, according to Investor’s Business Daily, 10% of “children” now enrolled are adults.

and no longer poor

The federal government gives SCHIP dollars out as block grants which the states must match with tax revenues. States may get permission to increase the level to 400% above the poverty line, or up to $80,000 plus per year. According the The Galen Institute, a family making $100,000 per year may be eligible by the use of “income disregards”, a subtraction of yearly costs for such things as utility bills, mortgage payments and even food costs.

Just remember …. when you abdicate your responsibility, you longer have any say.

TARP Transparency – $ Update

It looks like the Obama administration is actually releasing documentation on where $293 billion of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) money is going.

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Here Comes National Health Care – Update: Irony Alert

Uh Oh … The President signed the SCHIP legislation this afternoon making even more children (umm that includes kids OVER 18) eligible for “free” government health care … plus legal immigrants (come to America we’ll pay for your care), plus pregnant women, plus their kids, plus … well you get the idea, but as the President just said, this is just the beginning.


Oh nooooooooooooooooo! Here’s what is inside the Stimulus bill the President wants passed.

Under “stimulus,” Medicaid is now on offer not to just poor Americans, but Americans who have lost their jobs. And not just Americans who have lost their jobs, but their spouses and their children. And not Americans who recently lost their jobs, but those who lost jobs, say, early last year. And not just Americans who already lost their jobs, but those who will lose their jobs up to 2011. The federal government is graciously footing the whole bill. The legislation also forbids states to apply income tests in most cases.

Update: Irony Alert! I forgot to mention the President intends to pay for the $35 billion SCHIP program with a $.61 increase in the cigarette tax to $1.00 a pack. And yet one of the programs the Democrats want to fund in the Porkapalooza is $75 million for a “Smoking Cessation Program”. So they intend to fund the increased enrollment in the SCHIP program with smokers, while funding a program to get smokers to stop smoking. Only the government can design a plan like this. Let’s hope the Messiah doesn’t stop anytime soon.


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Is The Porkapalooza In Trouble? Update – Yes

Update: Since I filed this post late last night … the tide continues to turn. H/T Powerline:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% favor the legislation, 43% are opposed, and 20% are not sure. Two weeks ago, 45% supported the plan. Last week, 42% supported it. Opposition has grown from 34% two weeks ago to 39% last week and 43% today.

We now return you to the rest of last night’s post.

It would appear that way based in part on printed reports. in part on statements from Democrats (who, by the way, have stopped defending ATVs, STDs and Honey Bees as stimulus), in part from economists themselves who have pulled support.

Clinton economic adviser Alice Rivlin made the same point in testimony before the House Budget Committee. Her message: Divide up the package and slow down the process.

and in part based on public opinion polls …

WASHINGTON — Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to pass an economic stimulus bill, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, but expectations are low that it will help their families or turn the economy around this year.

Two-thirds of those surveyed predict that Obama’s package of tax cuts and new spending would boost the nation’s economy, at least by a little. When it comes to their own family finances, though, half say it either would have no effect or even make things worse.

The poll is actually worse than that for Democrats when its broken down:

Only 38 percent of those polled favored the existing stimulus proposal, down from a slight majority holding that view in the Jan. 28 Gallup survey. Thirty-seven percent want major changes and 17 percent reject the plan outright.

Here’s video of part of Carl Cameron’s report tonight. It starts with a Democrat Senator Patty Murray (Washington State, where else?) trying to stuff more pork into the plan … but she gets stuffed.


It’s no wonder Reid is calling off the dogs.

Daschle out as Obama cabinet nominee

Tom Daschle, former South Dakota Senator who at one time was a Democrat leader, has withdrawn his nomination to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

At 1:21 p.m. yesterday, Anne Kornblut at the Washington Post wrote:

President Obama repeated his support on Monday for Thomas A. Daschle, whose failure to pay more than $146,000 in back taxes until last month has raised concerns about his nomination to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

During a White House photo op, Obama was asked whether he still stands by Daschle. “Absolutely,” Obama said. He was joined by the Vermont governor, Jim Douglas, a Republican.

Daschle sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee apologizing for the mistake, saying he was “deeply embarrassed” by his tax oversight. The committee plans to meet with Daschle later on Monday.

Twenty four hours and 30 minutes later Kornblut reports again for the Washington Post:

Thomas A. Daschle, President Obama’s choice to be secretary of health and human services, has withdrawn his nomination, White House officials announced shortly after noon.

My ten bucks go to the bet that Obama asked him to pull out this morning. Presidents never seem to ask direct reports to resign, they always withdraw… geez.

We’re giving al Qaeda the moral high ground

I am not sure how an American, even one who works for Human Rights Watch, can believe that an organization that beheads, burns and otherwise brutally murders women and children, not to mention any soldier they capture, could possible think America is ceding the “high ground” by not closing Gitmo.


My soldier friends assure me that people like this will eventually cost America lives. Oops, I guess I just ceded the moral high ground again.

Cause Lord knows, if we just let them out of Gitmo American will be safer and more loved.