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  • Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

    Ronald Reagan

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    When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.

    Gary Lloyd

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    We have a system that increasingly taxes and subsidizes nonwork.

    Milton Friedman

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    The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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    Those of us who manage the public dollars will be held to account to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and our government.

    Barack Hussein Obama, 1/20/09

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    My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.

    Barack Hussein Obama

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    “And the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history”

    Nancy Pelosi, Election Night 2006

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    A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize.

    Rush Limbaugh

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Random Cogitations 4/1/09

  • Bush left 8 years in office with a record $400 Billion deficit, but in only 2 months in office, B. Hussein is on track to QUADRUPLE that. Keep in mind that while the President puts forth his wishes, and ultimately signs any spending bills into law, it’s the CONGRESS that first gets it’s grubby little meathooks into spending legislation, and adds tons of pork and wasteful spending.
  • Speaking of wasteful spending, Akron, Ohio plans on doing their part to stimulate the economy by installing a fence on the All America Bridge to prevent suicide jumpers.
  • B. Hussein is apparently now the de facto Chairman of the Board of GM, forcing it’s CEO, Rick Wagoner, to resign.  And the largely clueless American public doesn’t seem to be worried about government’s cancerous spread into the private sector.
  • My first car was a Ford, and all others GM . But that may soon change. The Federal Department of Auto Manufacturing is now going to provide funds (with OUR money) to pay for warranty service. Given the way the government manages things, that can’t be good. Time for a Toyota? Is anyone else worried about the government encroachment into the private sector?
  • Ford really DID have a better idea; they didn’t take bailout money. This allows them to conduct business as they see fit, and are not beholden to B. Hussein and GM (Government Motors).
  • Although not very common, there really have been other people who have had epidural hematomas prior to Natasha Richardson’s tragic accident. How long will it take before the government mandates helmets for skiing?
  • A California man just hit the government pork jackpot after being granted an $8.6 million judgement from the State of California. It stems from a 2003 accident in which Adam Rogers hit a wild boar on Route 1 near Carmel, California. The jury ruled that the state was responsible, because the state knew “that wild pigs regularly crossing a stretch of Highway 1 just south of the Carmel River were creating a dangerous situation, but they did nothing to address it.”  Oh, and by the way, Adams was drunk at the time of the accident. Oink, oink.
  • Alcohol does more damage than marijuana to the developing teen brain. 
  • Note to any mothers-in-law: DON’T piss off your son-in-law, especially if he owns an anti-tank missle launcher.
  • Motorized bar stools should NOT be driven whilst under the influence of adult beverages…
  • Of course, the Dems are the party which thinks they should tax the hell out of everything and everyone. That’s because many of them don’t pay their taxes unless  B. Hussein nominates them to a cabinet post!

 

Ford Doing It Right In Brazil

Ford has a state-of-the-art auto plant Camacari,  Brazil that can simultaneously manufacture  5 different cars. As the commentator on this video notes, the UAW will not accept a plant like this in the US.  I remember reading about this plant a few weeks back, and I believe the cost of the plant when it was built 7 years ago was $1.2 billion, which is far less than the bailout money the automakers are getting from taxpayers.

Had our Congress offered the auto companies money to invest in new state-of-the-art plants to be built in right-to-work states, rather than give a larger payoff to satisfy the UAW so that the companies can continue to pay the exorbinant benefits to auto workers, the companies would have a better chance of continuing in business. Don’t any of these UAW members get it? There isn’t a finite amount of money available to fund their greed; would they rather great benefits for a few years, or to have a job?

Random Thoughts

The Democrats in Congress are leading the charge to both save one of their prime voting blocks (the UAW) and to nationalize the Auto industry.  Giving GM and Chrysler loans is nothing more than a band aid as well as lost money. Yes, there will be definite consequences if the “Big 3” go under. But donating taxpayer money will only prolong the problem, not solve it.  I say let the chips fall as they may. If GM, Chrysler, and Ford can turn things around by producing quality vehicles, that’s great. But if their mismanagement and the greed of the unions continue, they’ll appropriately go out of business, and the market will have spoken.

Note to trans-gendered HIV positive prisoners: if you want to get out of prison on time, do NOT spit on guards.

My wife and I were at Sam’s Club last weekend, and there must have been at LEAST 4 people in line when we were with LCD or Plasma Flat Screen TV’s. My son and I went to Circuit City last night in our quest for a Wii (we found one at the 7th store), and saw 3 people in line with flat panel TV’s. A friend at work has a theory that families are buying a “family gift”, rather than more individual gifts. Whatever the reason, there are people still buying big ticket items, but I think that next Christmas, you’ll see major cutbacks.

Throwing more money into the educational cesspool does not equate to higher quality education.

My co-worker and I came up with ONE good outcome of B. Hussein being our next POTUS: our guns will rapidly increase in value (small consolation compared to all of the rights we’ll be losing). 

No more tourist trips to NYC or New York State for MY family. Gov Paterson apparently wants to punish people in the form of insane taxation. Citizens of New York will have to live with their decision on electing this yo-yo as Lt. Governor (or whatever New Yawkers call the vice-governor), but as someone who lives out of state, I don’t; it’s bad enough that we have Fast Eddie.

You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your parents, even if they are 3 fries short of a Happy Meal….

Mugshots

$50 Billion for the Big Three Auto Companies

Does anyone actually think that if the government goes through with this, it will actually end up costing the taxpayers “only” $50 billion?  And President-elect Obama wants an auto czar to oversee the industry?  What’s he going to do, have a czar “overseeing” every industry that does business in the USA?  If the thought of that scares you to death, try not to crap your pants, lest we end up with a czar of the protective undergarments industry!