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The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so. – Ronald Reagan

Month: September, 2012

Look out Charlotte, The Democrats Are coming.


I’m waiting with almost breathless anticipation for the Democratic Convention this week. This should be more fun than watching a hypnotist show at the county fair. We watch as all those poor people up on stage will mindlessly do whatever Obama… uhm… I mean the hypnotist tells them to do, while we who are not under his control laugh at those poor souls who are. Up there doing dumb stuff that they wouldn’t dream of, if they were in their right mind.

A great example of how the Democrats play mind games with their minions is how the location of their convention is described in internal memos, and the news media etc. They all refer to it as “Panther Stadium”  in obvious reference to the Carolina Panthers football team. But that’s not the name of the stadium. The stadium’s name is Bank of America Stadium, so why do they avoid using it’s real name? I suspect that after Obama and many liberals openly supported the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, which blames all of our national ills on big banks, and corporations, therefore they obviously don’t want to publicize any connection to a evil big corporation. Not only a corporation that put it’s on the stadium, but all the currently annonomus corporations who are pouring millions into supporting the convention. Those donors’ names will not be released until October, I’m sure the reason is so they do not to spook the heard.

The convention should prove quite entertaining for several reasons, for instance Derek Hunter writing for Townhall.com said this in a recent article “The party of “Keep Your Laws Off My Body” will celebrate government takeover of health care. The party of “Keep Your Laws Out Of My Bedroom” will cheer government mandating contraception. The party of “We Are Our Brother’s Keeper” will re-nominate a multi-millionaire who has not sent his dirt-poor brother one penny to help with his own nephew’s medical bills. They will do all of this without any sense of irony or shame at their hypocrisy.” [Emphasis mine]

While the liberal press was almost gleeful that hurricane Isaac might hit Tampa and wipeout the convention, we must not forget those tolerant Hollywood liberals called for the death of conservatives [Here & here], it appears an almost karmic turn around that a heavy rain storm hit Charlotte, NC on Saturday and damaged a sand sculpture of Obama that had been created for the convention. The winds and rain were so strong from the right side of the sculpture, that is washed away much of that side. Well, Obama doesn’t have a right side anyway, so I find that rather apropos.

I am looking forward to watching this circus for all the combined stupidity that I have no doubt will be on full display. Believe me, if you miss it, I’ll be sure to fill you in here next week. Let all watch as I have no doubt that after so much race baiting, and negative commentary by the mainstream media at the RNC convention in Tampa, they will all be on their very best behavior in Charlotte come Thursday.

Obama’s Record on Jobs and Spending. Claims vs. facts.


Obama claim: We’ve added back more than 4.5 million private sector jobs and seen 29 straight months of job growth.  Sounds good huh? But let’s look beyond the hype, shall we?  When Obama was took office the unemployment rate was 7.8%, not his fault, but for all his promises to put the country on track the unemployment rate climbed to a high of 10% by October 2009.

Starting in May 2009 the jobless rate stayed at or above 9% for 22 consecutive months with a one month dip to 8.9% then back above 9% for an additional six months. So 28 out of 29 consecutive months of over 9% unemployment on his watch is hardly something to crow about. The “official” number which is what the BLS calls the U3 chart, finally dipped into the 8% range just last October and has remained there for the past 11 months.  What many don’t know, is that there is also a U6 chart, which lists also those unemployed who have just plain given up looking for work for at least the previous 4 weeks. This chart shows that the real unemployment rate is 15% or nearly double the officially reported U3 rate.

The fact is, that the official jobless rate had not been below 9% from the month after Obama took office until March 2011, that’s 37 months. So his hype about 29 months of job growth, while not untrue, doesn’t really tell the whole story. Between March 2010 and July 2012 (his 29 months) the official unemployment rate only dropped from 9.8% to 8.3%, a whopping 1.5% or about one half of one percent per month. In the 40 months of data since he took office, only 12 months have seen less than 9% unemployment.

While I’ll give him all of 2009 as an inherited problem from the Bush-era, the fact is that things continued to get worse in 2010. According to a PEW Charitable Trust study, in August of 2010 4.4 million people—roughly the population of Louisiana—had been out of work for a year or more; an increase of nearly 30 percent since December 2009. That’s a 30% increase in long-term unemployment in the first 9 months of his second year in office. By comparison Reagan inherited a bad job market too, worse than Obama’s since Reagan’s was at 7.5% when he took office, but peaked at 10.8% and stayed over 10% for 10 straight months, yet Reagan policies resulted in a drop of 3.6%, from 10.8% to 7.2% by his 40th month in office. So while Obama’s jobless rate peaked at 10% and had only dropped 1.8% over the same first 40 months in office. The Reagan drop of 3.6% took 20 months to accomplish, while Obama’s drop of just 1.5% took 28 months. He has presided over less than half the decline over a 30% longer period time between high and low points.

Read more: http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000 and http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Economic_Mobility/LTU%20Addendum%20Final%2010_07_10.pdf

Obama claim: “Since I’ve been president, federal spending has risen at the lowest pace in nearly 60 years.”  Wow, really? Well, no. Let’s go back to the Clinton Presidency, when Bill took office federal spending was at 23.5% of GDP, when he left in 2001 it was down to only 19.5%, a decline of 4%. Although I was never a fan of President Clinton, the truth is that he and a strong Republican congress cut federal spending more than any administration in modern history.

Now even if you take the second half of TARP, which Obama requested; most of the Auto Bailout which Obama pushed; The Mortgage/Loan Medication Program; The Omnibus Spending Bill signed by Obama March 2009; The Stimulus Bill, and the S-CHIP expansion – take all of this 2009 spending and blame it all on Bush, even then spending is up by almost 24% in Obama’s first term vs. Bush’s last. Spending under Bush, especially in the second term, was huge, a democratically controlled congress, gave Bush Carte Blanche with the purse strings and he went wild like a kid in a candy store. Yet considering the fact that the federal deficit has climbed has much in Obama’s first term as it had from George Washington to Clinton’s first term, to claim he’s not a big spender is simply a lie.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/05/even_with_nuttings_math_obama_1st_term_spending_up_24_vs_bushs_last_term.html#ixzz258iLBxbJ