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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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$2 Trillion “really isn’t a lot of money”

US Representative Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), recently graced us with his presence on the airwaves of Northeast PA by doing a “Radio Town Hall” on WILK.  Over the August recess, he has done 1 “Telephone Town Hall” in which his staff chose who asked questions, and this “Radio Town Hall”, and refuses to meet face-to-face with his constituents, as he just doesn’t have the time to do so.

In discussing the recent upward revision of the projected 10 year US budget deficit from $7 Trillion to $9 Trillion, he remarked that the $2 Trillion difference “really isn’t a lot of money…”.

And, with a distinct air of condescension reminiscent of Barney Frank’s recent Town Hall,  Mr. Kanjorski makes clear his disdain for those who speak out at Town Halls, referring to them as therapeutic shouting sessions.

For those not familiar with Mr. Kanjorski, he made news this past winter with his appearance on C-SPAN, telling us of a $550 Billion run on money market accounts.  He is also Chairman of the Capital Markets Subcommittee in the House.

With attitudes such as these, is it any WONDER why we are in the shape we’re in?

Random Political Thoughts 2/15/09

  • Given that the Democrats have solid control of the Legislative and Executive branches of government, why is it that we keep hearing about the Republicans voting against Porkulus? Why is it that bipartisanship is now so important, when it wasn’t an issue before this? Answer: because they solely OWN Porkulus. They know that it’s short on stimulus and brimming with Pork, and if a majority of taxpaying voters figure this out, they are toast at re-election.
  • This year, the Porkulus bill will implement about 4% of “shovel ready” projects (and this is supposed to boost our economy?). The vast majority kicks in in 2 years – just in time for the mid-term elections. How convenient…
  • All we’ve been hearing the past few weeks from Barack Obama is how imperative it is to pass the “stimulus” right away, before economic disaster occurs. Now that it has passed Congress, and is awaiting B. Hussein’s signature, HIS priority this weekend was to take his wife out to dinner and spend a long weekend in Chicago. Yes, the country is economically falling apart, and our PRESIDENT is off to the Windy City to live it up for the weekend (sarcasm regard the falling apart comment). Hmmmm; maybe they’re tired of being stuck in the White House again? 
  • The CEO’s of the banks who took bailout money are paying the price. The government now owns their asses. Yes, they are now beholden to the government, and their expenditures will be under the watchful eye of those in Congress who caused this situation in the first place.  That’s what happens when you depend on others; you are beholden to them. 
  • And speaking of those who expect the government to solve all problems-Henrietta Hughes had the cojones to ask the President for a kitchen and bathroom at a town hall meeting in Ft Myers, Florida this week. The nation heard her sob story, but it turns out that her son lost his job for poor performance, and she lost her home 6 years ago when it was foreclosed, long before the current crisis. B. Hussein has an uphill climb: Obamanation voters who voted for him in hopes of being supported by the government are going to be sorely disappointed. Ms. Hughes isn’t disappointed, because the PRIVATE SECTOR intervened, and she now has rent free housing for as long as needed, and her son has several job offers. We shall see.
  • Turbo Tax Tim Geithner made remarks this past week about his bank rescue plan, and the market tanked. According to Jim Rogers, Geithner is the problem, not the solution. 
  • Doesn’t it seem odd that the current economic “crisis” had such a sudden onset, occurred prior to our Presidential election, and is given unprecedented urgency to fix by Democrats? Take a listen to Paul Kanjorski in this clip from C-SPAN. He is head of a financial sub-committee in the House, and speaks of a SUDDEN electronic “run” on financial markets. Coordinated attack of economic terrorism by a foreign country to cause our collapse? Election tampering? 

Pigs at the trough

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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“We face the most challenging economic crisi since the Great Depression, yet this bill merely throws money at the problem by expanding existing programs”

Paul Kanjorski (D)PA, 1/28/09   (source)

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What a difference a few weeks make. 

Yes, we have seen the Congressional Democrat Pigs (and 3 RINO Pigs) at the taxpayer trough, voting in what has become know as PORKULUS (PORK stimULUS).  So much for reforming bad habits and spending wisely. This is the BIGGEST spending spree by government in the history of our country. And it was rammed through by Congressional leadership without any Congressman having the chance to read it, despite promises of getting 48 hours to read it prior to a vote.

But that didn’t stop my House Representative, Paul “Free Money” Kanjorski from voting FOR Porkulus, despite having voted against it last month (he vote against it before he voted for it; how Kerry-esque, in a reverse sort of way).  Apparently, the above comment from last month was merely him placating voters, to make it sound like he had reservations. Obviously, he didn’t. 

And I’m also represented by Senator Specter, one of three RINO’s who voted for Porkulus as well.

Will this be both Kanjorski’s and Specter’s last term? Specter’s numbers are already tanking, although a lot can happen between now and next year for both.  And Kanjorski certainly is not on solid ground, given that he barely won re-election last fall against Lou Barletta. 

I do predict that Porkulus will not only produce a groundswell of public outrage, but also will sink a lot of re-election campaigns, much like the 1993-94 Democrat anti-gun crusade, which lead to a Republican takeover in the House. 

Personally, I will make it a point to vote for anyone BUT a Porkulus supporter, and I hope a majority of others will do the same.  Remember the Porkulus….

BOHICA

My Democrat Rep and the stimulus vote

I phoned my Congressman’s office today to urge him to vote against the so-called Stimulus Package. I initially called his local office. The person answering (Bill?) asked where I was from, and after telling him that, I urged Rep. Kanjorski to vote against the Stimulus, based on there being way too much that was pork. He asked my name, but NOT my address (other than town), so I knew my input didn’t matter. I mentioned that I got an answering machine when calling his DC office, but Bill told me that it WAS open. He transferred me, and I got through. This time, they took all of my info, and I again voiced my strong opposition to this, and asked that Mr. Kanjorski vote against it. I specified that putting 1/3 of a BILLION DOLLARS in funding for programs combatting Sexually Transmitted Diseases was just absolutely ridiculous, with it having absolutely NOTHING to do with ECONOMIC stimulus. He told me that the Congressman was getting quite a few calls, but didn’t say which way.

I found out tonight over at michellemalkin.com that he was one of 11 Democrats to vote against it. I do want to thank Mr. Kanjorski for not supporting this piece of trash (his statement HERE). I would hope that he truly does mean what he said in the statement. I will be calling his office again tomorrow thanking him.

Note: I have voted for him in the past, but ever since he stood on the White House lawn with Bill Clinton at what I call the “Post Impeachment Pep Rally”, I have not voted for him since.  And although he is endorsed each election by the NRA (one of the most important criteria for me), I feel that anyone who would support a liar who used his position of power to take advantage of an intern (sexual harrassment, IMO) does not have the ethics that I expect.

Update: (3pm 1/29/09) I did call Mr. Kanjorski’s office today to thank him for voting against the stimulus. The phone rep (with a very sexy Australian accent) perked up when I told her I was calling to thank him for voting that way, and she told me I will be hearing from in within the upcoming weeks (probably a letter).