Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
A quote I heard about the other day and read today has really made me mad; the new Attorney General (our chief law enforcement officer) has called the United States "a nation of cowards" in reference to race relations.
His quote: "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," said Holder, nation's first black attorney general.
Maybe this is why he labeled us cowards....
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I was watching the news how Barrack traveled to Denver to sign the Porkulus Bill and I saw some thing that is kinda disturbing.
President Obama took a day trip out to Denver on his private jet (a 747) to sign the Stimulus Bill. He rides in an airplane that uses 5 gallons of fuel to go one mile, so the 1493 mile journey used 14,930 gallons of fuel for the round trip. I'm not exactly sure what other planes travel with the President, but I bet there is one that carries his car(s), and maybe some for his security.
What made this more interesting is that the guy who introduced him sells solar panels, to help switch us to "Green Energy". If the President wants me to actually believe that global warming is an issue, maybe he could maybe lead by example. I bet they have staff that could carry that bill to the White House for him to sign. I even bet that if the President wanted to, he could fly the solar panel guy in on a commercial flight at much less cost. If this global warming is a crisis (or even an issue) then don't you think maybe our elected leaders could lead, would that be too much trouble?
Saturday, February 14, 2009
For people who do not follow politics much or at all, this is what I understand just happened yesterday with the approval of the stimulus package:
The short answer is the government is going to spend 790 billion dollars, in an attempt to stimulate the economy.
It really means is the Government gets to decide who gets to spend your money, forcing inevitable higher taxes and more government control over you and your family. This action forces the people to become less reliant on themselves and more reliant on the government.
Your money the bill is giving away (the highlights):
$40 billion to provide extended unemployment benefits through Dec. 31, and increase them by $25 a week
$20 billion to increase food stamp benefits by 14 percent
$4 billion for job training
$3 billion in temporary welfare payments
$14.2 billion to give one-time $250 payments to Social Security recipients, poor people on Supplemental Security Income, and veterans receiving disability and pensions.
$27.5 billion for highway and bridge construction and repair (Wasn't this whole bill supposed to be about highway and bridge construction)
$8 billion for construction of high-speed railways
$1.3 billion for Amtrak (hasn't made a profit in my lifetime)
$4 billion for public housing improvements (paint over the spray paint I guess)
$7.2 billion to bring broadband Internet service to under served areas (These are the same people who watch TV over the air and can't figure out how to buy a box to convert to digital)
$24.7 billion to provide a 65 percent subsidy of health care insurance premiums for the unemployed under the COBRA program
$86.6 billion to help states with Medicaid
$19 billion to modernize health information technology systems (Doctors know when NOT to provide health care, such as when you are to old or too sick- rationing)
State Block Grants
$8.8 billion in aid to states to defray budget cuts (we are paying for other states that cannot balance a budget)
About $50 billion for energy programs, focused chiefly on efficiency and renewable energy, including:
$5 billion to weatherize modest-income homes (weatherstripping)
$11 billion toward a so-called "smart electricity grid" to reduce waste (so the government can track your electrical usage and curtail it anytime they wish)
$6 billion to subsidize loans for renewable energy projects
$6.3 billion in state energy efficiency and clean energy grants
$4.5 billion make federal buildings more energy efficient
$2 billion in grants for advanced batteries for electric vehicles (which we will be forced to pay for again when they decide the batteries are a hazardous waste)
$44.5 billion in aid to local school districts to prevent layoffs and cutbacks, with flexibility to use the funds for school modernization and repair (looks like District 51 doesn't need to worry about schools now)
$4 billion to repair and make more energy efficient public housing projects (Solar panels "in the hood")
$2 billion for the redevelop foreclosed and abandoned homes
$1.5 billion for homeless shelters (if we are paying 2 billion to redevelop abandon homes why don't we give them to the homeless and save this 1.5 billion)
$2 billion to pay off a looming shortfall in public housing accounts (Why is there a shortfall?)
$3 billion for the National Science Foundation for basic science and engineering research (Economics is a science right, maybe we should study that)
$1 billion for NASA
$1.6 billion for research in areas such as climate science, biofuels, high-energy physics and nuclear physics (Our gift to Al Gore and the global warming crowd)
- $2.8 billion for homeland security programs, including $1 billion for airport screening equipment.
- $4 billion in grants to state and local law enforcement to hire officers and purchase equipment (I bet this might be a new police station for Grand Junction)
About $116 billion for a $400 per-worker, $800 per-couple tax credits in 2009 and 2010. For the last half of 2009, workers could expect to see about $13 a week less withheld from their paychecks starting around June (OH my gosh 13 whole dollars WOW!)
Millions of Americans who don't make enough money to pay federal income taxes could file returns next year and receive checks. Individuals making more than $75,000 and couples making more than $150,000 would receive reduced amounts (less than $13 oh my, you are in trouble).
AMT (the tax created to screw the rich. Now so many people are "rich" they have to cut it, hummmmm maybe the Bush years weren't so bad huh)
- About $70 billion to spare about 24 million taxpayers from being hit with the alternative minimum tax in 2009. The change would save a family of four an average of $2,300. The tax was designed to make sure wealthy taxpayers can't use credits and deductions to avoid paying any taxes. But it was never indexed to inflation, so families making as little as $45,000 could get significant increases without the change. Congress addresses it each year, usually in the fall.
Expand College Credit
- About $14 billion to provide a $2,500 expanded tax credit for college tuition and related expenses for 2009 and 2010. The credit is phased out for couples making more than $160,000.
Child Tax Credit (more welfare, different name)
- About $15 billion to provide the $1,000 child tax credit to more families that don't make enough money to pay income taxes.
Earned Income Credit
$4.7 billion to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income families with three or more children. (Now we reward people for having more children they can not afford)
Home Buyer Credit
$6.6 billion to repeal a requirement that a $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit be paid back over time for homes purchased from Jan. 1 to Nov. 30, unless the home is sold within three years.
- $1.7 billion to makes sales taxes on paid on new cars, light trucks, recreational vehicles and motorcycles tax deductible through the end of the year (I'm sure that will make a difference in Toyota's bottom line)
About 20 billion in tax incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency over 10 years, including extending tax credits for energy produced from wind, geothermal, hydropower and landfill gas; grants to build renewable energy facilities; tax credits for purchases of energy-efficient furnaces, windows and doors, or insulation; tax credit for families that purchase plug-in hybrid vehicles.
_Increases the statutory limit on the national debt by $789 billion, to $12.1 trillion (12.1 TRILLION, I wonder who wants to loan the US 12.1 trillion...oh that's right we just print the money that won't cause inflation....yeah right)
The final version bill was forced through Congress, without giving the Congressmen and Senators any time to ACTUALLY READ the damn thing, so this is a list of the Colorado delegation that actually voted for the bill without even knowing what was in it:
Colorado Senator Bennet
Colorado Senator Udall
Colorado District 1 Representative - Diana DeGette
Colorado District 2 Representative - Jarad Polis
Colorado District 3 Representative - John Salazar
Colorado District 4 Representative - Betsy Markey
Colorado District 7 Representative - Ed Perlmutter
Contact them if you have some ocean-front property on the Mesa you need to sell, they won't read the contract anyway.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
To the Honorable Senators from Maine and Pennsylvania,
You might as well officially defect from the Republican Party, you have been acting as Democrats for years and when the chips are down you turn to the Democrats, so it really is no loss to the Republicans. When we NEEDED your support to block the Stimulus Bill you took the cowardly way out. It appears now that the United States Senate is truly filibuster proof.
Yours Truly, T²
Agriculture Inspector general: 22.5 million
Commerce Dept. 10.0 million
Justice Dept. 2.0 million
NASA 2.0 million
National Science Foundation 2.0 million
Defense Dept. 15.0 million
Energy Dept 15.0 million
GSA 15.0 million
Here's a good one:
SBA oversight 0
Extra money for SBA oversight 10 million
Extra money for employees of SBA oversight 0
(I didn't make this up)
Homeland Security oversight 2 million
EPA 20 million
Labor Dept 6 million
HHS 19 million
Education Dept 15 million
SSA oversight 2 million
GAO 25 million
VA 1 million
State Dept 0 (Your welcome Hillary)
Transportation 20 million
HUD oversight 20 million
The total I come up with for oversight is $222.5 million. The point I am trying to make is, I bet with all this oversight, that the Government will still pay $20,000 for hammer. Getting to boiling over point with this stimulus bill. Can't believe anybody thinks this is a good idea....
Monday, February 9, 2009
Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
Supreme court Kelo decision
A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Current income tax system, 16th Amendment to Constitution
Abolition of all right of inheritance.
Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels
Current laws for criminals
Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
TARP bailout - Stimulus package
Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
Automaker bailout and cap on CEO pay
Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
Union card check
Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equal distribution of the population over the country.
Re-distribute the wealth - Stimulus package
Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.
Current school system
Saturday, February 7, 2009
It appears that President (or shall I say Czar, which is all the rage in Washington) Obama has put a cap on CEO salaries at $500,000, if they received bailout monies. I wonder in all the eagerness to punish the CEOs that made the companies fail, if they realize that to get someone who will actually make the company succeed it will take more than 1/2 a million. So what is going to happen now is the good CEOs will not want to work for the failing companies, which will cause more failures. Good move Comrade Obama, that is sure to help the motherland.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I've got a new inventive idea...why don't we tell our local and state officials not to accept the federal stimulus money. We are westerner's and Coloradoans to boot, I think we can do just fine, on our own, with NO FEDERAL "HELP" to get us into yet more trouble down the road. Let us pay our bills and those big Liberal States pay their own bills.
To steal a line from a movie..."I'm mad as HELL and I'm not going to take it anymore!!!"