Posts Tagged ‘mccain

27
Jul
08

Rigged Elections?

Sometimes I wonder …

I’m not making any claim here, nor do I necessarily believe elections in the US are fixed, but … many things do make me wonder.

On the Republican side … it’s hard to believe John McCain actually won the primaries to become the Republican candidate for 2008.  Why?  People who go out and vote in primaries are generally very politically motivated people.  Think about it … these are people who go out and vote merely to support a candidate, not to actually put someone in office.  In other words, these are not constitutional votes, but simply party votes.  This is THE BASE!

In comparison to the other Republican candidates who campaigned in the primaries, John McCain has absolutely zero to offer to the Republican base.  Nothing.  He doesn’t understand economics, wants to provide the federal government additional authority to combat the Myth of Man-made Global Warming, and authored a campaign finance law that does nothing more than limit free speech.

Am I really supposed to believe the Republican die-hards, the base who shows up to cast a vote in a mere primary, actually voted for a guy who’s policy ideas come directly out of the Democrat playbook?

The Democrat Party?  Well … they completely snubbed the votes of two entire states!

Florida and Michigan?  No votes for you! In other words, you voters don’t decide, we (the party officials) do!  The Democrat Party cares not for your votes, they only care about their “authority”.

And what about Obama?  This guy is so closely tied to criminal organizations he should be under federal investigation!  Not running for the office of President.

I live in Michigan, and despite the worst economy in the union, coupled with some of its highest taxes, Jennifer Granholm was somehow re-elected.  Now this is purely anecdotal, but I have yet to find one person who will admit to voting for her.  I never shy away from talking about politics, yet in all my travels, I can’t find one person who voted for Granholm?

If she won the majority, you’d think I could find at least one person willing to step forward.

The “Hip-hop” Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, has been involved in one scandal after another since the day he took office.  Detroit is a run-down city, in desperate need of repair and opportunity.  Am I suppose to believe people actually voted Kwame back into office for a second term, despite being caught red-handed stealing hundreds of millions from the city coffers?  Really?

Sure … people too often act like sheep … but vote for Kwame?  That would make them zombies!

Today, Kwame is facing serious charges ranging from perjury to conspiracy, and he was just arrested for assaulting an officer.  The Michigan constitution provides Jennifer Granholm the authority to remove him from office immediately.  Kwame is looking at serious jail time for the many crimes he has committed, but has Jenny done anything about it?  Nope.  Kwame continues on in his Kingship as the “Hip-hop” Mayor.

I don’t know if elections are actually fixed, but I have good reason to be suspicious.  At the very least, these few examples do show that politics is more like organized crime than it is anything else.  They tax you and I to the brink of bankruptcy, while they use that money to enjoy their lives of unlimited privilege.

Government is nothing more than a racketeering scheme.  In fact, I’d prefer doing business with Tony Soprano over any of the bozos listed above.  Tony may be screwing me over, but at least he’d be forthright about it.

These are my thoughts, not yours … the Classic Lib.

25
Jun
08

A Billion

A Billion DollarsWe all receive emails full of nonsensical stuff that friends and co-workers insist on passing around.  Generally I skim them very fast and delete, however, once in a blue moon, one of these “chain” emails catches my eye with some interesting content.  Today I share one of these emails with you.

The next time you hear a Politician talking about spending BILLIONS of TAX dollars, think about how much money that really is.  As inflation pushes the price up on everything around us, think about how handy the 30%+ the government CONFISCATES from each of your paychecks would be.  Then … think about how far IN DEBT the Politicians have put the government.  And when you’re done, go look yourself in the mirror and ask why you would ever trust one of these snake-oil salesmen (or women) again.

Here’s the email:

The next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about whether you want the ‘politicians’ spending YOUR tax money.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of it’s releases.

  1. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
  2. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
  3. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
  4. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
  5. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain… let’s take a look at New Orleans.  It’s amazing what you can learn with some simple division.

Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D) is presently asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans.

Interesting number … what does it mean?

Well… if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) you each get $516,528.

Or… if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home gets $1,329,787.

Or… if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.

Washington, D.C. HELLO! Are all your calculators broken???

Accounts Receivable Tax

Building Permit Tax

CDL License Tax

Cigarette Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Dog License Tax

Federal Income Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Fishing License Tax

Food License Tax

Fuel Permit Tax

Gasoline Tax

Hunting License Tax

Inheritance Tax

Inventory Tax

IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

Liquor Tax

Luxury Tax

Marriage License Tax

Medicare Tax

Property Tax

Real Estate Tax

Service charge taxes

Social Security Tax

Road Usage Tax (Truckers)

Sales Taxes

Recreational Vehicle Tax

School Tax

State Income Tax

State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

Telephone Federal Excise Tax

Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax

Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax

Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax

Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax

Telephone State and Local Tax

Telephone Usage Charge Tax

Utility Tax

Vehicle License Registration Tax

Vehicle Sales Tax

Watercraft Registration Tax

Well Permit Tax

Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt.

We had the largest middle class in the world.

and … Mom could stay home to raise the kids.

What happened?

Can you spell ‘Politicians!

23
Jun
08

Obama Dreams of Disarming the United States of America

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” – George Washington

Obama disagrees with our first President of the United States, George Washington. Obama plans to disarm America!

Maybe Obama lives with the Care Bears in a country high in the clouds.  How else can you explain it?  These are not the statements of a serious adult who seeks the incredible responsibilities of being the President of the United States.  Nope.  These are the statements of a child who believes the Care Bears are as real as you and me.

Maybe Obama smoked a lot more weed than he has admitted.  Most likely, he was smokin’ weed before taping this video.  He had to be! How else can you explain such delusion?  A man who is serious about being the leader of the free world can’t be this disconnected from reality.

Obama not only lacks the experience it takes to be President, he also lacks the maturity to accept the world as it is, rather than what he wishes it could be.  Obama’s hallucinations make him DANGEROUS to both the American way of life, and the entire free world abroad.

I can only imagine the cheers and excitement of our enemies as they watch this video.  They’ve found a kindred spirit, and he’s a leading candidate for President to boot!

Obama lives in the fantasyland of “shoulda, woulda, coulda”…  or he desires the destruction of our great nation.  Either way, he has truly become the most dangerous man in the world!

14
Jun
08

McCain’s War on Oil

McCain's War on OilMaybe there should be a requirement that anyone who runs for office in America be required to pass a stringent economics exam. Seriously! Politicians are morons!

At a town hall meeting in the old Federal Hall (New York City) last night, Senator John McCain had this to say:

“I believe there needs to be a thorough and complete investigation of speculators to find out whether speculation has been going on and, if so, how much it has affected the price of a barrel of oil. There’s a lot of things out there that need a lot more transparency and, consequently, oversight.”

“I am very angry, frankly, at the oil companies not only because of the obscene profits they’ve made but at their failure to invest in alternate energy to help us eliminate our dependence on foreign oil. They’re making huge profits and that happens, but not to say, ‘We’re in this so we can over time eliminate America’s dependence on foreign oil,’ I think is an abrogation of their responsibilities as citizens.”

It may sound like the bumbling argument of a drunk down at the corner bar, but no, these are the words of a Presidential contender. Let’s take a closer look at McCain’s mis-education.

What is a speculator? What does a speculator do?

In the commodities market, there are two types of traders – hedgers and speculators. What hedgers do, is attempt to reduce the risk of price uncertainty. For example, Henry, a potato farmer has another six months before he can harvest his crops and take them to market. He has fixed costs, so he wants to make sure he can get a profitable price on his potatoes, otherwise he may (literally) lose the farm.

So what does he do? He buys a futures contract which guarantees him today’s market price. If the price of potatoes falls when its time to harvest, he has no worries because his price has already been guaranteed. His downside is that if the price of potatoes goes up, he doesn’t earn any additional profits, but he’s happy because he already locked-in the profit he desired.

The speculators take the opposite approach. Instead of locking in today’s price, they attempt to predict the price in the future. The speculator is willing to buy Henry’s potatoes at today’s price, EVEN IF THE PRICE OF POTATOES FALLS THROUGH THE FLOOR! In other words, the speculators guarantee Farmer Henry the price he desires, and shoulder the risk of a potential fall in price for him. Without speculators, Farmer Henry wouldn’t be able to take this risk adverse action of hedging his crops.

BOTH the hedger and speculator are buying and selling the commodity. The difference is that the hedger is selling at a fixed price, while the speculator is buying at a fixed price. Quite frankly, without speculation, ALL markets would collapse.

“I believe there needs to be a thorough and complete investigation of speculators to find out whether speculation has been going on …”

Duh! Should there be a thorough investigation of accountants, because there’s been a lot of accounting going on? Also, it should be noted that many of the speculators are the big state pension funds of teachers, police, and firefighters! This guy doesn’t have a clue of what he’s talking about.

“I am very angry … at the oil companies … failure to invest in alternate energy to help us eliminate our dependence on foreign oil.”

McCain should start a company to create this MAGIC Alternate Energy Source! Can we be candid for a moment? You, me, the guy down the street … all the CEO’s in the world, Algore, and everyone else would LOVE to discover an energy source better than oil! It’d be a bigger deal than the invention of the light bulb and the computer. You’d be able to hire Bill Gates as your butler!

War on OilRight now, however, this “alternate energy source” doesn’t exist. And all the bumbling speeches of Politicians and their accompanying Rube Goldberg regulation schemes won’t change that fact. So instead of blaming BIG OIL for our dependence on foreign tyrants for energy, Mr. McCain should look himself in the mirror, and then take a good look at his “Good ol’ Boy” network in Congress … because America needs to be producing oil!

It is YOU and your cronies in CONGRESS who keep Americans dependent on foreign oil!

The 2008 Presidential Election has set a new low in America. We have the choice between a radical socialist in Obama, and an economic dunce in McCain.

God save us all. God save the U.S.A.!

12
Jun
08

BIG OIL!

Prices at the gas pump keep climbing higher, and it’s nippin’ people in the old pocketbook. So what does Congress want to do? Tax ’em! And tax ’em again!

Oh … but they’ll set-up a nice little “trust fund” they say … please, read my column here.

How about a little homegrown?

warrantedarrestNo! Not that kind of homegrown … I’m talkin’ about OIL!

Homegrown OIL!

About 50 miles off the Florida Keys reside vast oil reserves available to be tapped by American oil companies (yeah, scary Big Oil). Dictator Fidel Castro has hooked up with China to drill there (using slant drilling techniques to pump from American territory), but Congress refuses to let Americans drill for oil in this part of the ocean. Nope! Instead, they want to TAX us, and TAX US again! (Don’t kid yourself about who really pays those taxes).

Anybody remember the seventies? Long lines at the gas pump, rapid increases in the price … good times???

This is what Congress wants. They want to bring back the energy policies of the 1970’s.

Of course there’s ANWR (Alaska National Wildlife Reserve) too. If it wasn’t for the Politicians insatiable need to get up on a podium and sell their snake oil to the citizens, we’d be supplying Americans with American oil.

“The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), in its April, 1987 report on the oil and gas potential of the Coastal Plain,rogue9 estimated that there are billions of barrels of oil to be discovered in the area. DOI estimates that “in-place resources” range from 4.8 billion to 29.4 billion barrels of oil. Recoverable oil estimates ranges from 600 million barrels at the low end to 9.2 billion barrels at the high end. They also reported identifying 26 separate oil and gas prospects in the Coastal Plain that could each contain “super giant” fields (500 million barrels or more)” (Warriors for Truth).

What about oil shale? According to government reports, the world’s largest deposits lie in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. “… if fully developed, domestic shale oil extraction could free America from dependence on oil imports for 160 years” (Liberty Works)!

I could carry on and on, but you get my point: There’s oil in them there hills!

I’ll leave the affect of inflation regarding the price you pay at the pump for another time, along with the speculation bubble that is certain to burst. Today, we focus on Congress.

The Politicians are selling you snake oil, while they keep our country dependent on foreign oil. The Politicians get to keep spouting off sound bytes to create the illusion of being heroes, while YOU get to dig deeper into your family budget to buy gasoline from foreign tyrants.

I have to wonder … What would happen if Americans didn’t have to buy their oil from tyrants? I wonder if those tyrants would have less money (our own no less) to attack America, slander America, and subdue their own citizens? Hmmmm …

Again, I have to wonder … How many new American jobs would be created in drilling, refining, and delivering American Oil to Americans? How much more revenue would federal and state governments have to pilfer and spend on pet pork projects with all the new oil, and new jobs … ?

I wonder …

The ANSWER to rising gas prices is right in front of your nose! Throw the punks in Congress out, and support drilling for oil in America! Land of the free, home of the brave … remember?

10
Jun
08

Obama is Watching … You!

As people continue to put more and more FAITH behind the blind promises of politicians, America takes yet another step down the “Road to Serfdom“. Don’t blame the politicians though. You’re the one who keeps voting these opportunists in!

National Fingerprint Registry!

Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) authored a bill (with 11 co-sponsors, includingLady-bug Sen. Barack Obama) that was incorporated into a housing bill passed by the Senate Banking Committee 19-2 before the Memorial Day recess – a bill that creates a national fingerprint registry.

According to a Martinez press release, the language merely “create[s] national licensing and oversight standards for residential mortgage originators.”

One of the standards, John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute says, may “require thousands of individuals working even tangentially in the mortgage and real estate industries – and not suspected of anything – to send their prints to the feds.

This is a step in the wrong direction – at least for a nation that preserves freedom.

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