Friday, February 13, 2009

What Are They Hiding?

The libs promised 48 hours of read time on the spendulus bill before a vote was to take place. That in itself is not enough time as the final package grew like the fat sow it is to over 1,000 pages. The package was finally put online last night at 11 pm and a vote is to take place this morning. My math is not the best, but that does not seem like 2 days to me. On top of that, the porkapalooza bill was not published in keyword text, instead it was converted to pdf files so that the average Joe could not search for it. Now Obama was quoted as saying this bill contained no pork and no projects aimed at special interests. He has claimed that his administration would be transparent. It all begs the question, what are they trying to hide? What is about to be rammed down out throats? Transparency, openness? When pigs fly...and the only pork in D.C. is in the back pages of socialists spending bill.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

And the Band Played On

We have all heard the stories of the unsinkable Titanic and how the band continued to play as the vessel capsized. James Quinn has an interesting take on the current financial state of our nation and actually backs it up with facts and numbers...hmmm. My favorite quote follows:

The U.S. National Debt was $930 billion in 1980, or 33 percent of GDP. Today it is $10.7 trillion, or 76 percent of GDP. The National Debt has grown by 1,150 percent in 28 years. With the planned fiscal stimulus (taxing future generations), the National Debt will reach 100 percent of GDP during the Obama administration. When Argentina’s economy collapsed in 1998, their National Debt as a percentage of GDP was 65 percent. The Great Deniers say we are not Argentina. They say we are safe because the U.S. dollar is the reserve currency of the world. This is like jumping off a 20 story building and as you pass the 10th floor someone yells out the window asking how you are doing. You answer, "Good, so far".

Yep, good so far. Just keep playing my tune fellas. Here is the link to the entire article.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

David Buskill Out as Clark Chairman

Just emailed: David Buskill will not seek re-election as chairman of the Clark County Republicans at the upcoming March 7th meeting. Mr. Buskill has accepted a job with new State Superintendent Tony Bennett in Indy.

Anyone want to throw some names out there for chairman?

For Israel, It Must be Netanyahu

The election is over in Israel, but no candidate can begin to govern. The results are not final and even when they are a leader will have a tough time ascending to power. The returns show Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni with a narrow lead over former leader and hard liner Benjamin Netanyahu. Both are hawks and believe in the right of their country to exist without giving land or other incentives to the thugs of the region. Livni's Kadima party pulled in 28 seats in the parliament side of the election and Netanyahu's Likud party tallied 27. Neither haul is sufficient to form a clear government. The difference in their influence can be found by looking closely at the demographics of the election. Livni took the more metropolitan region of Tel Aviv while Netanyahu won in Jerusalem. This tells me that the citizens know which candidate will protect the most important component to them, the City of Peace. Netanyahu has vowed to put an end to Hamas as we know it and I believe he would give it his best shot. He does have experience in this area. The main point and the one that will tell the story for generations to come is Iran and its nuclear capabilities. All candidates stated in the campaign that a nuclear Iran is not an option for Israel and all vowed to not let it come about. To me, that is a given. What I look for is a dirty bomb or suitcase nuke that Iran hands over to the militant groups like Hamas. That can be done in virtual secret and cause major damage to Israel. Netanyahu will chase these terrorists away from the border. He will pull out every move to keep his country safe. He will not wait for permission from Obama and I am sure Obama would not give it.

Netanyahu has the edge in piecing together a government that can get things done. He will likely pull in the third largest party and form a hard line, hard right government leaving Livni in the opposition. Another option is to form a more centrist government along with Livni. I pray for the first option.

The next few days will set the stage for the next few decades in the Middle East. Israel remains the lone strong democracy and I feel that Benjamin Netanyahu is the man to protect it.

Monday, February 9, 2009