The “sequester” hits JFK Airport Update

Yesterday, the federal government began cutting the work hours of Air Traffic Controllers allegedly because of the sequester.  The controllers will now be required to take one unpaid day off every 15 days.  Today we learned of up to two hour delays at JFK due to the sequester.  Forgetting for the moment that the sequester was the President’s idea, I’d like you to think about a few things. Read more

Face it: they just don’t trust you….

All this renewed talk about gun control in the wake of the Newtown murders made me realize: the liberals just don’t trust you do to much of anything on your own.

Consider, if you will, a few of the liberties the left has tried to, is trying, or has, wrested from you:

  • School choice and/or educating your own children
  • self defense
  • free speech
  • managing your own retirement
  • managing your own health care
  • buying your own health care
  • raising your own children
  • buying a vehicle the fits your needs
  • determining what news is important to you by deciding whether to report it or not
  • selecting our own political candidates
  • responsibly voting on VOTING DAY, not weeks ahead
  • eating the food you choose to eat
  • having the ability to use binding referendum questions (in CT particularly) to check the power of politicians
  • the privacy and security of a secret ballot for joining a union (as well as deciding if you even want to join a union)
  • using your cell phone in your car
  • morality
  • choice on the death penalty
  • and just basically knowing right from wrong (moral relativism)

Trust is the fundamental basis for liberty, as a government that doesn’t trust you to take care of yourself will give you no liberty.  Remember “a government that is big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take everything you have”?  Jefferson knew this day was coming, stating “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”, as did Ben Franklin: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  If they don’t trust us, there is no reason for us to trust them.

Back in the good old days, people were expected to take responsibility for themselves and their family, their health and their retirement, buy insurance as they felt necessary, educate themselves on the issues of the day or elections etc., or live with the results of their choices.   In other words, stupidity and laziness were supposed to hurt you, not everyone else.  Now, we have to have the clods in government micromanaging every aspect of our lives, regurgitating and distributing information (with the aid of their flying monkeys in the press) and supposedly protecting us from all the bad things (read it: hard choices and sensible decisions) in life in the Quixotian pursuit of some utopian, risk free society that they get to contrive, and ultimately, control.

Now surely, the prime motivator for this is the relatively lousy education students are receiving in most government schools.  And by relative, I mean compared to the rest of the world and the way we educated children prior to the second World War.  Who has been in charge of the schools?  You guessed it: the liberals.  They have tried every crackpot educational theory from the “new math” to “dumbing down” the curriculum in the name of self esteem resulting in a lack of a competitive spirit and a plunge in critical thinking, math and science education.  Go look at graduate school enrollments: STEM majors (science, technology, engineering and math) come from other countries now.

What has all this produced?  The low information voter (read it: Democrat) that cares more for “reality shows” than reality; a population that thinks “gimme” is the first word in the Pledge of Allegiance.  A group that thinks it is too important to do the “menial” labor that they outsource to “insourced” (my word) illegal aliens.  A group of people that vote to take the money from the pocketbooks of others rather than earning it themselves, and a party that promises it to keep giving it to them.  A group that has traded a lot of liberty for less security.  A group that thinks “news” is regurgitated, prechewed, selective pap in 30 second sound bites that the liberal media chooses to give them.  People that think the police will be there before a crime happens, instead of long after.  A group whose apathy is only exceeded by their own infantilism.  People stupid enough to think that a president who has repeatedly demonstrated the epitome of economic incompetence will do a better job in a second term.

In other words, the people that Democrats can cater to for votes.  Or more accurately, people whose votes can be bought.

The United States was built on capitalism and the Protestant work ethic.   These two concepts produced American exceptionalism.  They built this country.  As history keeps showing us, failed ideas like socialism, Marxism, progressivism, communism etc., can only destroy once great countries.  Every time politicians think that their feel good legislation is better than tried and true business, banking and governing practices, chaos ensues.  A prime example is the last housing bust.  You know the story.

Self determination and the freedom to make choices are the very foundation of liberty.  Trading it for free stuff, handouts from the government, and some elusive “safety” has been warned about since the Constitution was written.  So much for the whining “the Constitution was written for the 1700s” or some such pap.  The truth is, the politicians from the 1700’s were just plain smarter and more patriotic than the self important, self interested hacks we see today.

It is time to take back the country from the politicians, the lawyers, the new world order types, and the hangers-on, the parasites, and make sure that the United States remains the greatest country in the world.

Symptom of the Disease: Duke Energy writes off $6 million loan guarantee to DNC

President Obama’s political party – the Democrat National Committee – will not repay millions Duke Energy provided to help pay for the September, 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Voter turnout

Although the number crunchers haven’t finalized everything from Tuesday’s election, one statistic glares at us…voter turnout is considerably below previous turnouts. Read more

Summary of party affiliation and the election prediction contest

I think it’s safe to say I’m not a very good guesser when it comes to elections. I really have not done it before so who would listen to me? Well, there is plenty of information on the Internet for you to read and gather, so what are your predictions for today?

Contest Rules:

  1. You need to be registered on the site with a valid email address.
  2. Submit your Electoral College and Popular Vote predictions.
  3. One and only one guess … if you provide multiple predictions all of your entries will be disqualified.
  4. In the event of a tie, those subscribers who had the same guess will have their names placed in a hat and we’ll draw.

I’ll run two contests, one for Electoral College (EC) numbers and the other for popular vote. What this means is you can win the EC contest and lose the popular vote or visa-versa. You could also win both. Winners get their choice of RVO T-shirt or a TEA Party hat that we have in stock. I’ll cover shipping anywhere in the USA or an APO box.

My Prediction

We’ll, it’s mine in partnership with AJ Strata over at The Strata-Sphere. I found Rasmussen’s history of party affiliation – all the way back to the 2008 election – compelling to say the least. Rasmussen had Democrats +7.1 percent in October 2008, and Obama won the general election by 7.2 percent. In other words, Rasmussen nailed it.

At the 2010 mid-terms it was Democrats + 2.9 percent and we know how that worked out for the Democrats in Congress. (November quickly flipped to GOP +1.3 percent after the win.) Current results show a huge 12.9 percent change in party affiliation since Oct. 2008, with the GOP currently at +5.8 percent.

When it comes to popular vote, I’ll go with Rasmussen’s 5.8 percent exactly and predict Romney by 5.8 percent. I’ll go with Strata’s EC prediction of 321 – 217 Romney simply because it makes sense and I’m not any good at Electoral math.

So here are my [Strata’s] swing state predictions, based on what is a more likely an R+6 nation (not some D+8, D+9 or D+11 nonsense):

Governor Romney will win:

  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Colorado
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa
  • Pennsylvania
  • Nevada

President Obama will win:

  • Michigan
  • Minnesota

Therefore, the EC count will be: 321 Romney, 217 Obama

The Obama Price Tag

Tomorrow is election day.  Are you ready?  Are you still undecided?  Well perhaps this may just put some things into perspective for you. Read more

Where is Harry Reid’s immaginary friend now?

About six weeks ago we did a post on Senator Harry Reid’s (D. Nv.) claim that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes in 10 years.  Reid’s assertion went something like this. Read more

We owe, we owe, it’s off to work we go

Pull harder. Contributor Dimsdale found this limited edition screen print for sale at the Barack Obama political site. He reads it as “We Owe” and I’m not sure if there is any other way to read it.

UCONN Hartford Courant poll has Obama up by 21% in Connecticut

It’s not surprising to me that President Obama will win re-election in Connecticut, but I just want to remind people the polls mean absolutely nothing … the only poll that matters is election day.

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Did the DNC put their foot in their mouths using a Chinese “news” agency to attack Romney?

Our old “friend” Stephanie Cutter, Øbama deputy campaign manager, in yet another Romney attack, cited “a strongly worded anti-Mitt Romney editorial” from the official state news agency (read it: propaganda wing) of the Chinese Communist Party, Xinhua.  (UPDATE: Joe Biden also cites this Chinese article to attack Romney.)

I know what you are thinking.  Yes, even though parts of it read like a Democrat press releases or talking point memos, or a New York Times editorial, once you get past the obvious “why is the DNC citing ChiCom controlled news agencies?”, the rest of the article makes you wonder who is really being criticized.  Sure, they lambasted Romney for “China battering”:

“While addressing a rally in the U.S. state of Virginia on Thursday, Romney, just as what he has done along his campaign trail, opened fire on China, claiming that it was Beijing’s undervalued RMB currency that forced U.S. manufacturers out of job.

What is more sensational is that this millionaire GOP candidate has vowed to declare China a currency manipulator on the first day of his presidency if elected.

Yet it is rather ironic that a considerable portion of this China-battering politician’s wealth was actually obtained by doing business with Chinese companies before he entered politics.”

And the latter is, of course the “money line” that Cutter wants you to hear and stop reading, but if you take the time to actually read the rest of the article, it is a real stretch to apply most of it to Romney: it actually turns out to be a criticism of Øbama’s policies:

“However, the U.S. economy is still undergoing one of the lousiest recoveries in history, while its unemployment rates remain staggeringly high and trade deficits with China continue to rise.”

and,

“It has also become a handy tool for U.S. politicians who try to court the votes and support of ill-informed voters by ratcheting up antagonistic sentiment towards China, while truly serious social and economic woes within the United States have been left unfixed.”

Isn’t it obvious who is really making the “outsourcing” attacks?  Who is supposedly in charge of the economy?  You sure can’t say Romney is.  And more:

“To cure its economic ailments, the United States needs to put its own fiscal house back in order, substantially slash its tremendous military expenditure, and optimize its economic structure.”

Now that sounds more like a condemnation of the past four years of this administration than anything else.  But that isn’t the message Xinhua wants to put across.  Notice how the name of Øbama is only mentioned in a Romney quote?  One can understand why China doesn’t like “China battering”, and seeks to defend against it, but it is the Democrats who squeal loudest about job outsourcing, while Romney’s criticism is focused on the monetary manipulation of the Chinese yuan to further advantage the Chinese economy.

Could the lack of serious criticism of Øbama himself by Xinhua reflect a likely Chinese preference for the acquiescent, apologizing-for-America and bowing-to-foreign-leaders Øbama and his “disarm America” (directly and indirectly) as opposed to a pro military Romney?  Could Øbama’s rank ineptitude in fixing the American economy (ironically borrowing from China to fund his schemes) be more beneficial to China than an economically revitalized economy under Romney?

If, as they claim, “a considerable portion of this China-battering politician’s wealth was actually obtained by doing business with Chinese companies before he entered politics”, that would be in China’s favor.  Why would they be criticizing Romney and not the Democrats and Øbama in particular?

Perhaps because these claims are an exaggeration or aren’t really true?  What is “a considerable portion”?  They don’t say.  Isn’t anyone buying a cheap Chinese DVD player “doing business with Chinese companies”?

Here is an interesting point: a search of Xinhua’s site for “Obama” reveals news from the Middle East, a pro Øbama article, another attack on Romney,  lots more ME news, more pro Øbama post convention news (here and here), and it continues on and on.  Check for yourself.  You really get the impression that the Chinese are hesitant to criticize Øbama too much.  Or at all.

Considering that Øbama has done more than any other president to put us in China’s thrall, and China’s subtle appreciation of that, do you think it might have been a mistake (on several levels) by the Democrats to cite Xinhua?

Maybe they should stick to reading and citing domestic propaganda sources, like the NYTimes and the Washington Post….