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June 29, 2009

Cap and Trade Bill: HR 2454 American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

Filed under: Sick and Tired — xamotdb @ 8:25 am

In a blinding example of how our unbalanced legislative branch will ruin this country the ‘Cap and Tax’ bill passed in the house this past Friday.  Is it any coincidence that this bill was voted on the day after the President’s infomercial on health care?  Do you find it strange that they did it right before they go on vacation, and right before a holiday?  I say no, this was all intentional.  While we were all talking about health care they slipped this in, and they did it right before a break so they could avoid some of the criticism.  How many days in the year do these bozos actually work for us?  Well, that is another article for a different day.  I just find it frustrating that when you have a majority of republicans vote no, and even some democrats vote no, a bill can still pass.  You can see the example of this here, check out the pie charts showing the votes, I think these pie charts are going to become very familiar over the next four to (Gods help us) eight years.

This bill, looks all shiny and nice on the outside.  An example of America’s commitment to clean energy, and the environment, but the numbers just don’t add up.  There are a lot of percentages, and time lines in the bill, but bottom line they are calling for a 17% reduction in green house emission, of 2005 levels, by 2050.  Confusing, well let me put it this way then.  Climatologists most optimistic estimates say that this reduction will reduce global warming by, wait for it, .2 of a degree.  Yes folks that’s 2/10ths, less than one.  Do you even have a thermometer that works in tenths of a degree?  And that’s for 2050, how high is it supposed to get according to this ‘science’ they keep ramming down our throats as ‘conclusive’ and ‘indisputable’ despite the hundreds of scientists that dispute it!

How are they going to get this reduction done you might ask?  Well, there was a bill being proposed that would offer grants, investments, and other incentives to innovate.  This bill was thought up by those crazy republicans, you know the ones that can’t get anything passed even if ALL of them vote for it.  No that bill was ignored, not even presented to us, the people, the ones that government works for.  No, this bill that did pass will get it done through taxes.  Won’t that increase energy costs?  You betcha, I am no economist, but when businesses have to pay more to do business, they tend to raise prices.  See the bill will make businesses that produce carbon to pay a tax based on the amount of CO2 that they release, did you know you release CO2 by breathing by the way, wonder when that tax is coming.  Now these businesses, if they can’t meet the reduction goals buy 2012, can buy carbon offsets.  So, in effect they can pay a tax, or they can buy an offset, but either way pay money that they weren’t paying before.    According to Ben Lieberman, senior analyst for energy and environment in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policies at The Heritage Foundation (wow what a title), this bill could cost the consumers plenty.  They expect an average annual increase of $436 the year the bill takes effect, 2012.  By 2035 we could see Electricity costs increase by 90%, Gasoline by 58%, and Natural gas by 55%.  Their estimate for a yearly energy cost for the average family in 2035 will be $20,000.  I don’t know about you, but .2 of a degree is expensive.

That is not the only impact they are expecting, the other is jobs.  Even counting the ‘green jobs’ this bill is supposed to create the economists expect 1, 145,000 jobs to be lost between 2012 and 2035.  The numbers just don’t add up folks.  Think of some other impacts.  What if a company can’t afford the tax or offset?  Can they stay open on hope and change?  How many businesses will go overseas?  We already have the highest corporate taxes in the world, and labor unions destroying American industry, adding another tax won’t make them want to stay here.  What about all the promise to increase local production of Gasoline so we can stop sucking the teat of the Middle East?  Do they really think they can convince more companies to come here and produce gasoline, ‘oh and by the way, remember how much it cost last year to do business in this country?  Yeah, it’s um, gonna cost more.’  We may not see every company leave the country, some just have to be here to do what they do, electric companies for example, but factories, refineries, manufacturers, where would it end.  I live near the headquarters for Caterpillar, and they have been moving work to Mexico and India at a slow trickle for the last few years.  Imagine when the government comes a calling, looking to take a piece of the pie.  If all this doesn’t sound crazy enough, think about this.  The eco-terrorists Greanpeace don’t even like this bill!

What can you do?  Well, the bill still has to pass the senate.  Call your representative, tell them how you feel, tell them you don’t want this to pass the way it is.  Finally, in 2010 balance the government and get rid of the bozoes that are killing this country.  The three branches of government are supposed to be balanced, I think that is why they called it ‘check and balances’.  It will never be balanced if a majority of the legislative branch is in love with the President, and will pretty much pass anything he thinks up.

June 25, 2009

Lies and Misdirection

Filed under: Sick and Tired — xamotdb @ 9:53 am

I find it unbelievably disheartening when the media on one side of the fence or the other decides to use lies and misdirection to get their point across.  This bothers me because studies have shown that the majority of people get their news and information from one source, and it is usually one that agrees with/panders to their views.  The source varies from person to person, but I bet if you ask your friends the majority of them watch one news channel, or one talk show, or one website, to get their view of the world around them.  I say it all the time, and I can’t seem to say it enough.  Educate yourselves!  Don’t get your information from one source, they are all vying for your attention.  Watch many, sift through the crap, do your own research, and stop catering to the same media that really only wants one thing, for you to watch.  Especially be wary of those that are unwilling to call their own to task.  If the media personality you are watching, listening to, or reading constantly beats on one side of the fence, that person does not have the moral integrity to be doing his job.  Use your heads, we all know that the majority of politicians in Washington are self-serving, sometimes lying, many times corrupt individuals that are more concerned with getting reelected than actual governance, and anyone in media that tells you different is lying to you.  A dark, poisonous example is Larry Gellman from the Huffington Post.  I commented on the post he made, but as of yet it hasn’t been accepted.  Now I could not link back to this post, so who knows how many people he has poisoned that won’t be able to see the facts, but in fairness I will provide all links to him, his paper, and his blog because I want my own readers to be able to get as much information as possible.  If I am going to be full of crap at least I want my own readers to be able to find that out with my help.

I am going to quote his entire post here, just to be fair, and then show you where he is wrong, lying, and just trying to spin things in favor of his opinion with misdirection.  The following post is not my words, or my opinion, until I note otherwise.

“Is it just me or does more and more of what we see and read in the media make no sense? Why do so many seemingly intelligent people keep repeating lies and distortions as though they were true? Why do those same people speak in the present or future tense about things that have already happened.? Why do “journalists” seek out responses and reactions to these distortions instead of just ignoring them or pointing out they are not true? I just don’t get it.

For example, I keep hearing concerns and warnings about President Obama’s socialist plan to redistribute the wealth in our country. But we know for a fact that has already happened.

Over the last eight years, we have witnessed the greatest redistribution of wealth in our country’s history. We saw unprecedented amounts moved from average investors and workers into the pockets of those who run companies and work on Wall Street. We have seen the Bush tax cuts tilt the playing field to reward the richest Americans at the expense of everyone else. Those aren’t opinions — those are facts.

Although I haven’t seen statistics, I am certain that we now have more Americans who earn more in a month than the average worker makes in a whole year than ever before. And yet, now that the horse is out of the barn, there is a huge outcry that Obama wants to redistribute the wealth. I just don’t get it.

Critics are also wringing their hands and screaming on a daily basis on the radio, Fox News, and CNBC, that the Obama government is taking over businesses, deciding how much money executives in private companies should make, and destroying the free market system that has served us so well over the years.

But wait a minute. That system didn’t serve us well at all. It brought us to the brink of economic meltdown. Last year the conservative free market Treasury secretary Henry Paulson gathered the heads of all the major banks in a room and ordered them to accept $125 billion in TARP money immediately. He told the country that without an immediate $800 billion government bailout, our whole world financial system would collapse.

This was LAST year, when Bush was still president. You remember Bush. He’s the guy who told us weekly that the economy was fundamentally sound right up until the minute that his Treasury secretary accurately told us we were on the verge of falling into the abyss.

Bush is the guy who spent more than a trillion on the Iraq war (including hundreds of millions in cash that were thrown off the back of trucks (to appease the Iraqi masses) and billions in no-bid contracts to his buddies and contributors from Blackwater, Halliburton, and others who have since been charged with ripping off the American people. He’s the guy who passed the prescription drug benefit with no discussion or apparent concern regarding how we would pay for it. He’s the guy who took a budget surplus and in eight years more than doubled the national debt to over than $10 trillion.

At no time during this bankrupting of our country during good economic times did the subject of how we were going to pay for all this ever come up in the Republican-controlled Congress or from the White House. Never. Instead the richest Americans got tax cuts and we were all told to go shopping and keep borrowing.

Now all of Bush’s former supporters and defenders have suddenly become fiscal conservatives and are screaming their outrage claiming that Obama wants to do what Bush and Cheney have already done — run up trillions in deficits and bury the country in debt. Only unlike Bush and Cheney, Obama has an excuse — the economy is in a death spiral. Politics aside, this criticism coming from the very people who created the problem seems to make no sense. I just don’t get it.

They claim that Obama wants to take over and run our banks and auto makers. But these banks and auto makers were broke and came to Washington on bended knee asking for life support. The leaders of these companies made hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves while they made stupid and greedy decisions that ran their companies (and our economy) into the ground and jeopardized the jobs of hundreds of thousands of their workers.

So Obama has come up with money to save the economy but now insists that the same people and practices that created this mess will not be allowed to continue on the taxpayer’s dime. He has never talked about putting conditions and restrictions on a successful company. If he was taking over and running Google or Apple or Procter and Gamble then his critics might have a point. But we’re talking about American corporate institutions that were destroyed by incompetent, greedy managers.

And for this, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow and the Fox News chorus scream out in harmony that our president is a socialist who is stifling free enterprise and ruining the system that made America great. It seems pretty clear that he is actually insisting that we change the approach that led the economy off a cliff. I just don’t get it.

Finally, we are now dealing with the election in Iran. Obama’s response has been measured, smart, and consistent according to most people including a broad range of conservative commentators. But the Right wing attack dogs have been relentlessly critical from the moment the election ended and it became clear that there were irregularities to the last few days when Iranian demonstrators have been shot in the street.

It has been striking to watch Republican lawmakers like Saxby Chambliss, John McCain, Lindsay Graham and others talk about how our president has a responsibility to to get very involved in the internal election process of another country where it appears there have been irregularities that caused the wrong person to win.

I’m old enough — and so are they — to remember our own presidential election of eight years ago. Many around the world believe that Bush’s brother, the Florida secretary of state, and a Republican Supreme Court stole the presidency of the United States from its rightful winner. Reasonable people can disagree about whether that actually happened but there is no doubt that there was at least the impression of impropriety.

How would these Republicans who are so critical of Obama have weighed in if the leaders of France, Germany, or Saudi Arabia tried to become actively involved in helping us sort out what happened? What if they questioned the accuracy of our results and the morality of our elected officials and said they could not sit quietly by and watch the will of the people overwhelmed by politics? It’s a rhetorical question. We all know the answer. And oh, by the way, I just don’t get it.

Obama responded perfectly in his news conference when he said that these critics have the luxury of shooting from the hip and saying whatever they want. He’s the only one who is President of the United States and has to think before he talks. As one commentator put it, “Obama is playing chess while the rest of these guys are playing checkers. He’s thinking ten moves down the road while they are thinking about today’s news cycle.”

I have only met Obama once and don’t know him well. He has made some mistakes and will surely make more. By the way, he has been sharply criticized by members of his own party and Left-leaning commentators like Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, and Keith Olberman for several of his statements and positions. He has also been praised by those same people. That I get.

But I can’t understand the level and intensity of attacks that are being leveled at a man who, by all assessments, has surrounded himself with good people of both parties, who has brought our economy back from the brink of collapse, and who has three times as many Americans believing we are now on the right track as felt that way six months ago.

If there was an election coming up next month then it might make sense. But Obama is just a few months into a four year, no-cut contract. We are at war. He inherited an economy that was and still is a disaster. He was given the ball in the top of the ninth with his team behind 9-0 and told to go out and win the game. Is it fair to blame him for the loss if his team comes back to lose 9-7?

He’s going to need a lot of luck and all of our support but instead he has been greeted with a solid barrage of unfair criticism from people who claim to be patriotic and care about our country.”  -Larry Gellman, Huffington Post

Now, that seems to be a great supporting argument for why Obama is gonna change the world and is just getting a bad rap right?  Well, if you are like me you saw through it, and here are some of the places I found holes.  Bear with me as I quote some of this article again.  I want to be very thorough because I don’t want anyone to say I quoted out of context or changed anything for my own advantage.

“For example, I keep hearing concerns and warnings about President Obama’s socialist plan to redistribute the wealth in our country. But we know for a fact that has already happened.

Over the last eight years, we have witnessed the greatest redistribution of wealth in our country’s history. We saw unprecedented amounts moved from average investors and workers into the pockets of those who run companies and work on Wall Street. We have seen the Bush tax cuts tilt the playing field to reward the richest Americans at the expense of everyone else. Those aren’t opinions — those are facts.”

That is not what they are talking about when they say ‘redistribute the wealth’. The Obama administration supports increasing taxes on a very small percentage of the population that already pays the largest percentage of the tax burden in this country. This small percentage are also the people who create jobs, they are the ones that own businesses, and when more money is taken from them, they have to cut costs, which usually means jobs. By redistribute the wealth he means to take those taxes and create more welfare programs like universal health care.  This report out of the IRS actually shows that taxes on the wealthiest people increased during Bush’s term, so how is it again that they keep telling us that Bush rewarded his wealthy friends when the IRS shows that they paid more in 2006 than they did in previous years?

“Critics are also wringing their hands and screaming on a daily basis on the radio, Fox News, and CNBC, that the Obama government is taking over businesses, deciding how much money executives in private companies should make, and destroying the free market system that has served us so well over the years.”

Obama is giving more control of the way businesses are run to the Federal Reserve, a private entity that has no governmental oversight, and he has appointed a government official to be in charge of how much executives in private companies make.

“But wait a minute. That system didn’t serve us well at all. It brought us to the brink of economic meltdown. Last year the conservative free market Treasury secretary Henry Paulson gathered the heads of all the major banks in a room and ordered them to accept $125 billion in TARP money immediately. He told the country that without an immediate $800 billion government bailout, our whole world financial system would collapse.

This was LAST year, when Bush was still president. You remember Bush. He’s the guy who told us weekly that the economy was fundamentally sound right up until the minute that his Treasury secretary accurately told us we were on the verge of falling into the abyss.”

So, because Bush did it, it is alright to keep doing it? Obama signed another $700 billion stimulus package, and when asked if a third stimulus was needed he said ‘not yet’, yet usually means sometime in the future there will be. Those people on Fox and CNBC and many of others have been saying for years, even during Bush’s administration that government needs to let capitalism work. These statements have not been made during just this year, Glenn Beck is just one example. All during the Bush Administration, while Mr. Beck was on CNN he was calling for the government to get their hands out of business and let capitalism work. Beck is and always was a conservative, and is now on Fox News.

“Bush is the guy who spent more than a trillion on the Iraq war (including hundreds of millions in cash that were thrown off the back of trucks (to appease the Iraqi masses) and billions in no-bid contracts to his buddies and contributors from Blackwater, Halliburton, and others who have since been charged with ripping off the American people. He’s the guy who passed the prescription drug benefit with no discussion or apparent concern regarding how we would pay for it. He’s the guy who took a budget surplus and in eight years more than doubled the national debt to over than $10 trillion.”

The cost both wars combined is currently just over $872 billion, I know not a huge difference except when you note that mister Gellman says the Iraq war alone, but when you are trying to make a point, you should make a point to get your facts correct. Is this guy intentionally lying or just not paying attention.

“Now all of Bush’s former supporters and defenders have suddenly become fiscal conservatives and are screaming their outrage claiming that Obama wants to do what Bush and Cheney have already done — run up trillions in deficits and bury the country in debt. Only unlike Bush and Cheney, Obama has an excuse — the economy is in a death spiral. Politics aside, this criticism coming from the very people who created the problem seems to make no sense. I just don’t get it.”

Not every Obama detractor was a Bush supporter, again see Glenn Beck as an example. He pointed out many times that our problems started way before then, and continued on through the Bush administration. It is time for Liberals to stop supporting Obama by pointing fingers at Bush. Just because Bush was wrong does not make Obama right, they need to convince us why he is right. Most of us conservatives know Bush was wrong on many fronts, you aren’t going to convince us by repeating what we already know.

“And for this, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow and the Fox News chorus scream out in harmony that our president is a socialist who is stifling free enterprise and ruining the system that made America great. It seems pretty clear that he is actually insisting that we change the approach that led the economy off a cliff. I just don’t get it.”

Notice how he doesn’t deny that Obama is a socialist, he keeps saying that we need to do something different, is he saying that socialism is a good thing? Has he ever read, or seen anything from a socialist country? Sure the theory sounds good, but real world examples show it doesn’t work, and the people who suffer are the people themselves.

“Finally, we are now dealing with the election in Iran. Obama’s response has been measured, smart, and consistent according to most people including a broad range of conservative commentators. But the Right wing attack dogs have been relentlessly critical from the moment the election ended and it became clear that there were irregularities to the last few days when Iranian demonstrators have been shot in the street.

It has been striking to watch Republican lawmakers like Saxby Chambliss, John McCain, Lindsay Graham and others talk about how our president has a responsibility to to get very involved in the internal election process of another country where it appears there have been irregularities that caused the wrong person to win.”

I have never heard anyone in conservative media, or in the republican party say that we need to be directly involved in this issue. All they are saying is he needs to show more support for the protesters. He needs to denounce the actions of the Iranian government that is allowing the demonstrators to be shot in the street. He does not tell you some of the irregularities. Does he mention that the Iranian people turned out in record numbers, some 39+ million voters turned out, and voted on hand written ballots? Does he mention that those ballots were reportedly counted in 4 hours? 4 hours to count almost 40 million pieces of paper! Let’s say that you could count one ballot a second you could only count 14400 in one hour. It would take 2800 people to count all of those in 4 hours. It takes us more than 4 hours to get a total count in an election and we use electronic ballots! Not to mention that 30 of 200 polling places in Iran report more than 100% turnout, doesn’t that sound like some people voted more than once? It sounds like the Iranian people have a case, and here we are, the bright shining example of Democracy, asking the whole world to embrace human rights and freedom, and we kinda go ‘Well, you know, try not to hurt anyone.”

“But I can’t understand the level and intensity of attacks that are being leveled at a man who, by all assessments, has surrounded himself with good people of both parties, who has brought our economy back from the brink of collapse, and who has three times as many Americans believing we are now on the right track as felt that way six months ago.”

By all accounts the economy has not yet been brought back from the brink, and as for right track, some polls show that a majority, 51%, still think the country is on the wrong track, and that number has been growing steadily since Obama took office. I think we should give it time before the Democrats start patting Obama on the back for bringing us to the land of milk and honey.

Point I am trying to make here is this guy is no different that those he is complaining about. There are people on both sides of the fence that will spin facts, and at times outright lie to try and prove their point. Unfortunately the Liberal media shouts louder than everyone else so it is hard to tell the difference.

June 24, 2009

HR 1207: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009

Filed under: Sick and Tired — xamotdb @ 8:08 am

Ok, let me start with a little background to give you an idea why this resolution is so important, and must be supported.  The Federal reserve is a private central bank that was created in 1913 by the Federal Reserve Act.  Some of the responsibilities of the Fed include:

  • Manage the country’s money supply to achieve maximum employment, moderate interest rates, and stable prices
  • Minimize banking panic in case of economic crisis
  • Balance private bank interests with government responsibilities by regulating banking institutions and protect credit rights of consumers
  • Maintain stability in the market and financial system
  • Provide financial services to institutions nationwide and around the world

and most recently

  • Control of which banks and institutions receive funding through the TAPR fund programs
  • Complete control to regulate companies it believes may threaten the country’s economy (Believe this is still proposed at this time, but it is coming.)

Now, sure that’s a lot of power, and they are run by a board appointed by the President of the United States, but would it surprise you to know that they have no government oversight?  They answer to no one.  A short, one-word answer from Ben Bernanke shows why this resolution is so important…

Senator Sanders: “Will you tell the American people to whom you lent $2.2 trillion of their dollars?”

Bernanke: “No”

No?  It is our tax dollars, your tax dollars and mine and he won’t tell us where they are going?  Well, at this point I can’t say I blame him, he doesn’t work for us.  The government does, and they gave our money to a private banking institution to give out to other private banking institutions, and no one is accountable, what a system!

Well, Representative Ron Paul (R-Tx) and many others want to change that with HR 1207.  The Bill is currently in committee and seems to have a lot of support, but we will see what happens when this very straight forward and simple bill gets all the bells and whistles that usually get added just so they can get enough votes to pass it.  I urge everyone to keep track of this, make sure your representatives are on board.  We the people must demand the accountability of those who are handling our money, our interest rates, and our financial lives.

June 23, 2009

Racism, The Door Swings Both Ways

Filed under: Sick and Tired — xamotdb @ 7:57 am

I am stunned almost every day by the capacity for hate that people still have in this country.  I am not talking about the places you expect either.  Everyone knows there are supremacist groups out there spouting their ignorant message, what I am talking about is people in the media and government, getting away with hate speech, but since it is directed at a majority of the population it seems to be alright.  For example I was reading a review of Glenn Beck‘s comedy tour recently and came across this line…

“He’s at it again. The loudmouth fatty spewing his hate speech to a bunch of know nothing inbred hicks who obviously wouldn’t know real entertainment if it came up and knock the one remaining tooth out of their stupid heads.”

Now, we can only assume that Kevin from Carlsbad, CA who said this is some sort of commentator, whether from newspaper or an entertainment publication we don’t know.  Fact remains, Kevin thinks it is alright to call the audience of Mr. Beck’s show ‘inbred hicks’ and comment on Glenn’s ‘hate speech’ in the same sentence.  Let me just say, I watch Glenn’s show quite a bit and have never heard him utter a word of hate speech.  I challenge anyone that believes this lie to watch his show, you will find a very energized man who is not afraid to question anyone in government about what they are doing.  A lot of his detractors would have you believe he is some sort of anti-liberal, hate mongering, fear mongering, ideologue, but it just is not true.  Mr. Beck goes after the Right just as much as the Left.  He was just as loud against problems in the Bush administration as he is against problems in the Obama admin.  He is also just as loud in his praise when something goes right.  Many liberals are pulling the race card that Glenn predicted they would if President Obama won the election.  Basically, if you don’t agree with the president, it must be because he is black and you are a racist.  To them it doesn’t seem possible that we could disagree with him simply because we disagree.  I see a lot of accusation that conservatives, republicans, or generally anyone that is not liberal minded is a backwards racist, but I certainly see much more reference to race from the liberal side of things.

Another example that stunned me was Judge Sotomayor’s statement about the difference between Latino judgment and that of a white male…

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” -Sonia Sotomayor, Oct. 26, 2001

If this statement had been made, sligthly changed of course, by a white male he would have been dragged through the streets as a racist.  Imagine if you will, a white candidate, even a female, saying ‘a wise white woman, with the richness of her education, would more often that not reach a better conclusion that a black male who hasn’t lived that life’.  Why is it acceptable for Judge Sotomayor, but we all know what would happen if our hypothetical happened.

An example of the liberal media throwing race around as if conservatives are the problem is a blogger by the name of Jack Tomas.  He wrote a blog about Janet Contreras’ letter to Glenn Beck, a letter that has received a lot of support and attention all over the country.  Five times in his five paragraph article he refers, incorrectly, to her Hispanic heritage making the argument that Mr. Beck only used her letter because of her ethnic background.  He failed to do his homework since Mrs. Contreras is not Hispanic, her husband is.  Since it was obvious when she was on the show that she is not Hispanic we must assume that Jack Tomas did not watch the program, but is reporting this second hand to begin with.  It is interesting that when I myself watched the show, and heard her name mentioned I did not even make the connection to her ethnic heritage.  It was the content of the letter that caught my attention.  Thankfully Mr. Tomas’ article has backfired since many comments by his supporters have been outweighed by supporters of the letter that have chimed in.  The example goes further in those posts though.  One wrote…

“Let me guess. Stupid hispanics from the flyover states.” -Cindy Casares

She wrote this comment in reference to ‘life-long democrats voting for McCain in the general election’.  So miss Casares not only insulted Hispanics that voted for McCain (notice that the original post did not mention the ethnicity of said ‘life-long democrats’) she also used a derogatory term for where many of us live.  We so love to be called flyover states, you know those of us who put food in your stores, and supply such a variety of products that people that live in the congested costal regions just can’t seem to live without.  I guess it is ok though since her name is Casares.  If she has perhaps been Cindy Smith and said the same thing she would have received a dozen comments calling her a racist.

As the title says though, it swings both ways.  I could go on and on about Republicans doing the same thing, government officials making rude jokes in reference to Michelle Obama on their facebook pages.  Jokes about President Obama and aspirin.  They are out there and many have reported on them.  I will leave that to the rest of media, because they are so quick to hang people on the other side of the fence, rightly so, but they need to look around at their peers as well.

I guess the point I am trying to make is where do we, as American’s, draw the line?  Democrat’s are calling Republicans racists, and some are, but they fail to notice the same in their own party.  You can’t speak out against President Obama on an issue without being called a racist.  What if Republicans had answered criticism of George Bush by a minority by calling them racist against a white man?  I know, it would have backfired because for some people the door doesn’t swing both ways.

June 21, 2009

A Letter Every American Should Read

Filed under: Sick and Tired — xamotdb @ 2:19 pm

I am going to take a break from the norm of writing my own opinions and share something with you that you may or may not have already seen.  It is a letter written by a woman from Arizona named Janet Contreras.  She originally sent the letter to Glenn Beck, of TV and Radio fame, who read it on the air.  After reading it Glenn received a slew of emails requesting a copy, and that is where the storm began.  I am sharing it here because it hasn’t gotten enough coverage, and we cannot let this die.  I urge you to read the letter in it’s entirety and decide for yourself if you agree with it or not.  If you do not, hey, that’s what this is all about, having our own opinions and discussing them.  If you do agree with it, in whole or in part, please sign it at this site.  Here is the letter.

ON OPEN LETTER TO OUR NATION’S LEADERSHIP:

I’m a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you’re willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?

Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I’m not a racist. This isn’t to be confused with legal immigration.

Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.

Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say.

Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don’t you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don’t you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don’t trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why ‑‑ what do you have against shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.

Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we’ll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band‑Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let’s have it. Let’s say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try ‑‑ please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.

Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let’s just slow down and get some input from some nonpoliticians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I’m busy. I’m busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don’t want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we’re morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we’re so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn’t ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when hewill rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don’t care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming.

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