Taxpayer Bath On GM Gets Deeper
So, General Motors, that is the company that you and I own, folks, announced their 3Q results today. And, while they beat consensus estimates for the quarter, net income fell by 15% year over year. The company cited a worsening economic landscape in Europe as a primary cause for the weaker year over year performance. They also provided a fairly bleak outlook based on the | Read More »
What Republicans Should Do Now
I have been saying for several months that tying budget and policy initiatives to the debt ceiling was a bad idea. Why? Because at the end of the day I felt the debt ceiling was going to get raised and that threatening not to raise it was not going to be enough of a lever for Conservatives in Congress to get things they wanted passed. | Read More »
Senate Within Easy Reach
First, let me start with my premise which is that the GOP only has to reach 50 seats to claim the majority. I believe if they get to 50 Ben Nelson will switch parties and come home to where there might actually be a home to the things he says he believes in assuming he actually believes in them. As a D he is toast | Read More »
A Modest Proposal on Taxes
First of all, like Barry Obama, let me be clear. Taxes are my issue. They have always been my issue and they will always be my issue. I graduated from college in 1980 and thankfully got my economics MBA on the streets calling on small business in Grand Rapids, MI. I was fortunate to learn from people that had invested their own sweat equity and | Read More »
Americans(Still) Hate New Health Bill
OK, so while the Administration embarks on a series of campaign speeches to sell you on what they just shoved down your throat, apparently the collective we is not buying it. Here is an article from the reliable liberal Howard Fineman that shows just how much Americans across the board hate this bill: http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2010/03/30/the-numbers-don-t-lie.aspx Just how bad is it? By 55-29% Americans feel | Read More »
Republican Talking Points For Thursday
Okay, if we really have to go to this dog and pony show we better show up with some nice easy for Joe Sixpack to understand points that will make ObamaCare look like the massive overreach it represents. I’m no wonk but I thought of a few things that if we just hammer them every time it is our turn to speak then I think we | Read More »
Obama “Likable”? Not!
Since us Conservatives are all about challenging the Conventional Wisdom these days, I think it is about time we take on the last and final great myth about our Feckless Leader, that everyone in America thinks he is just a great guy. Maybe me and a bunch of people I know are the only ones but we think it is Barack Obama’s UNlikabiity that is | Read More »
Senator Blanche Sent Me a Letter
I must be on her mailing list because of all the protests I have been sending her. I swear these people are so arrogant and must think we are a bunch of hayseeds(especially here in Arkansas) but here is her spin: December 24, 2009 Dear Friend: Thank you for contacting me regarding health care reform legislation in the United States Senate. | Read More »
What Will Dems Do About Evil “Bush Tax Cuts”?
The well kept secret 800 pound gorilla in the room for Democrats is that the evil Bush tax cuts that gave us five years of prosperity from 2003-2007 and are set to expire next year lowered taxes for pretty much every working person in the United States. While Nancy Pelosi and her minions like to talk about the fact that rates were indeed lowered for | Read More »
Would 9/11 Bombers Have Gotten Free Healthcare?
As President Obama goes around spinning and backpedaling on his healthcare plan(ideas), we get little glimpses of where he is really trying to take us. From the Washington Post, President Obama said this week that his health care plan won’t cover illegal immigrants, but argued that’s all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage. He also staked out a | Read More »
We Need to Kill John Maynard Keynes
Not the man. He is already dead. We need to kill his big idea before it ruins not only the United States economy but the entire world economy. What is that big idea? That governments should spend money they don’t have in order to help their own people. Even Time magazine acknowledged this in naming Keynes one of the century’s most influential people: “His radical | Read More »
Trickle Up Economics
That is my new term for the bumbling Obama administration’s apparent economic theory. I guess the way this is supposed to work is that, by increasing the number of food stamps, unemployment benefits, and medicaid, prosperity and growth will be generated throughout the entire economy. I think Isaac Newton would have a problem with that. Making things trickle upward takes just the kind of metaphysical | Read More »
Conservatives Need to Declare Victory
This is like bizarro world. We get creamed at the ballot box at the same time that the liberal statist model is crumbling from the weight of it’s unsustainability. Liberal cities and states failing. Fat unions driving their companies into bankruptcy. Nobody talking about global warming now, are they? Tax increases? Fuhgeddaboutit. Why aren’t conservatives out there saying, “It’s over. We win.” As I type | Read More »
Throw These Bums Out
Bailouts. Bankruptcy. Recession. That is what we have gotten from our leaders in Congress. I am out here in the real world and I can tell you unequivocally that these Congress Critters are ridiculed and despised. If the GOP can’t take these lemons and turn them into lemonade then I have no hope for them at all. As the party leading this ship of fools | Read More »
The Cancerous Spread of Liberalism
I have blogged on this subject previously but was reminded of it after listening to Governor Ritter of Colorado discuss the changing political climate in Colorado on CNBC. He was talking about how Colorado, a state that has gone for the Republican consistently for the last 40 years is shifting to the left. It is not the only one. Look at all the states that | Read More »
The Obama Depression
Oy vey. Gets old doesn’t it? Watching your 401K sink like a stone. Listening to the talking heads tell us that we haven’t seen anything yet. Predictions of unemployment at 7, 8, even 9, percent. George Bush’s fault, right? Fuhgeddaboutit. Lest anyone forget, the stock market is a leading indicator. Markets are forward looking, anywhere from 6 months to 18 months, depending on who you | Read More »
Will America Reject Socialism?
OK, it’s on now. I could not be more surprised. I actually think last night’s debate might become a pivot point in this election. Not because of some stellar performance by Senator McCain. I find myself yelling at the screen when he makes his points, then telling my wife what he should have said. And not because Obama made some deadly screw up. I found | Read More »
A New Theme for the McCain Campaign, Obama “Risky”
Forget Bill Ayers. As despicable a character as I think Ayers is, and as much as I despise the cynical Obama’s willingness to associate with the scumbag to further his own vain ambitions, this is not the issue that will win the election for the GOP. Heck, I felt Obama should be disqualified more by the anti-American comments of his ignoramus wife. But I think | Read More »
Does McCain Get It Yet?
Sarah Palin keeps teeing it up and McCain keeps whiffing. I figure he has one more chance Tuesday night. I think this is it. If he doesn’t knock Obama reeling, McCain will be toast. I understand Mr. McCain doesn’t have the same personal appeal that Ms. Palin does. But she is showing him the way to a path to the White House and he doesn’t | Read More »
A Primer for McCain/Palin Victory
OK, Senator McCain. You have 4 weeks to turn this around. Here are your talking points. Do not veer from them. William Ayers Tony Rezcko Jeremiah Wright Hamas Most liberal voting record No experience No record of accomplishment Berlin speech Michelle Obama Ahmadinejad Franklin Raines Jim Johnson Barney Frank Nancy Pelosi Biden third most liberal Senator Never led Never Made Decision Not Qualified Start acting | Read More »
It’s simple really. When Republicans were successful during the 90′s in getting real welfare reform passed the Dems had to find a new vehicle to keep their wealth redistribution engine churning. They found the perfect piggy bank in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Couching the scheme in lofty sounding rhetoric about the American Dream, blah, blah, blah. I do not think for one minute that | Read More »
Don’t Support Socialist Bailout
Isn’t it quite clear that the Dems are trying to get Bush and Congressional Republicans to give them cover for passing this half baked plan? Why should we be their lackys on this? Wouldn’t it be better to propose a reasonable alternative and let the Bush Administration and the Democrats own this turkey? The Bush presidency is essentially over. Why let them write a $700B | Read More »
Clinton to Meet With Obama
No further evidence of the sinking like a (Ba)rack Obama campaign is this upcoming sit down with the don of the Dems, Bill Clinton. I started out scratching my head on this one but then the lightbulb went off and it made perfect sense. On current course and speed Obama probably stands to lose by a Dukakisian margin. Bill has the one wild card that | Read More »
Who Has Been Feeding at the Fannie/Freddie Trough?
Senator McCain, time to clean up Washington. This Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae debacle goes right to the core of everything I hate about the Federal government. Sleazy money, sweetheart deals, and who you know payoffs are exactly what is wrong with the status quo. Michelle Obama gets a $315K job as a hospital bureaucrat(I sure as hell didn’t know hospitals paid that good!) and in | Read More »
McCain Surveys the Battlefield
I have already commented that the selection of Sarah Palin by John McCain was nothing short of brilliant. It has left me wondering, “Is he really that smart?” or, “Did he just veer into something?”. I wonder, for example, when he made his decision. Did he have Sarah Palin in his pocket and wait for Obama to make the uninspired pick of Joe Biden, knowing | Read More »