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Monday, June 23, 2008

Is this what we really want?

Let us take a look at what this country is in for should the Democrats get their way.

I read today, at politico, that Sen. Obama "lead without leaving a clear ideological stamp" during his time as president of the Harvard Law Review. It also said that he respected, even at times embraced, opposing views. Now, this man is running for President of the United States of America. I respect views other than my own. Even to the point of acknowledging I am wrong when presented with enough evidence to outweige the evidence that has formed my opinion in the first place. However, I have a clear sense of my ideological make up. I think that I even have a tendency to make it fairly transparent. It appears to me that no one has any idea about this man's ideological make up. I do know that he is planning on raising our taxes, pulling us out of Iraq before that country is ready to be totally on its own, and will make it almost impossible for the common man and woman to survive in this country without depending on the help of the US government.

He is planning on raising taxes. That's right. He says it is on the rich, but, history has proven that if income taxes are raised, then those with the resources to do so will find a way around them. They always have, and they always will. They will horde their money. They will not spend it in the economy. One of the taxes he says he will raise is the revenue tax on long term investments. That's right, the very thing that every American is encouraged to do to finance their retirement. Is this what we really want?

Now, back to pullling out of Iraq. It is no secret that the Democrats believe that we have lost this war. Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Reid (the leaders of the House and Senate) both made that very clear last year. Yet, they both voted to send our troops into Iraq, twice. When they said that we had lost the war and that the surge that we initiated last year had failed, it made me sick. This statement was made within a couple of months of the Senate voting to initiate the surge. The military didn't even have the time to fully establish the surge or get all of the troops over there to begin with. Of course it hadn't worked by then.

These people believe that the United States is the big evil in this world. We are the largest contributors to Global Warming, we are the largest consumer of oil (we actually are), and we stick our military nose in where it doesn't belong.

I on the other hand believe that Global Warming is a hoax started by the Dems to scare people and to put money in their pockets. 30yrs ago we were headed for another Ice Age. Now we are going to fry. I wish they would make up their minds. I also believe that going into Iraq was the right thing to do. I may not totally agree with the way everything has been run, or even with the reasons that the public believes we went in to begin with, but, we have not been attacked again, and if we did not take some action, then we would be living in fear. We need to keep taking the War on Terror into the countries that harbor that terrorists to begin with and not give them a chance to attack us again.

And, lastly, the windfall profits tax on the oil companies is going to do nothing but drive up the price we pay at the pump. If anyone thinks that the oil companies are going to pay those taxes, they have another thing coming. They will pass the cost on to us, just like every other corporation.

Just how stupid do these people think we are?

Friday, June 20, 2008

First Lady Candidates

I don't normally believe in critisizing the wives (or husbands as the case may be) of candidates. There is usually enough to critisize about the candidates themselves. However, the way the media has exaulted Michelle Obama has my insides just turning inside out. Almost as much as the thought of her husband being in the White House.

Now I read a story about how the Barack campaign is hiring a team of advisors for her. Is she running for office and nobody told me? Well, since the campaign and the media seem to want to put her in the running for a public office, then she deserves the scrutiny that goes along with it.

She appeared on the View the other day, as a guest host. And Whoopi Goldberg made a point about a comment she made back in January that has recieved much critisism from the conservative media. The comment that everyone is saying Michelle made was that for the first time in her adult life she is proud of this country. Whoopi went on to make a point that she used the phrase "really proud". As if this makes any difference what so ever. Michelle Obama's adult life has spanned roughly about the same as mine. I have been proud of this country for quite a while. I have been really proud on several occasions. Like, when the Berlin Wall came down. Or when the Cold War officially came to an end. Or, how the whole country came together to show their support for one of our cities when the terrorists attacked us ON OUR OWN SOIL!!!! The amount of patriotism and pride our citizens showed during that time was absolutely INCREDIBLE! Now, here is the kicker.........She actually gave the same speech twice that day. One time she said that she is really proud and one time she just said that she is proud. So, Whoopi, next time you go and critisize people for leaving out a single word, that you say is vital to the meaning of what Michelle said, get your facts correct. Secondly, I don't care how she said it, I know that if Barack is going to surround himself with people who are not proud of this country and everything that I have spent the better part of MY adult life defending, I don't want him leading our troops.

Now, so I don't leave anyone out, I happen to agree with Mrs. McCain to a point. She says that the families should be left out of the campaign. However, if someone is going to go out and set themselves up for the critisizm that Mrs. Obama has, then let them have it. You really don't hear much about Mrs. McCain. That's the way it should be.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Here we go again......

Alright now, let us first talk about what I mean by "here we go again". I mean, that something that one of the candidates has said I have heard somewhere before. So, "Here we go again!"

Any of you that has read almost any of my posts knows how I feel so it won't be too much of a surprise that I am going to be a little biased, alright, a lot biased.

On Father's Day, Barrak Obama stated, basically, that any fool can bear a child, but it takes a man to face the responsibility of raising a child. Well, Dr. Bill Cosby said this to the NAACP just a couple of years ago. He was criticized for saying this. He was actually called a traitor. I don't care what your ethnic background is, anyone can be a father, but being a DAD is something totally different. You can even be a dad if you are not married to the mother of the child. And, by the way, only a woman can bear a child. The man really has nothing to do with child bearing. Obama has been exalted for stating this. Now, why is it that someone who really has very little political experience and has not been on the national stage for very long gets tons of accolades for saying something so obvious while someone, who is iconic in our society says basically the same thing gets criticized for it? I don't understand this.

Today I heard that Obama has also said that the government should collect on the economic prosperity and invest in needed areas that are agreed upon. Now, I don't know about you, but this sounds an awful lot like let's tax more and then spend that money on what ever we decide we need to. REDISTRIBUTING FUNDS!! This is what it sounds like to me. Let's take the hard earned money from those who are successful and give it to someone who doesn't deserve it to begin with. That's SOCIALISM!!! It has been tried before. It doesn't work.

Why can't people see that we are the most powerful country in the history of the world? We nothing to apologize for. Granted, we should help out other, less fortunate people, but we don't owe them anything. We also should not be relying on other countries so heavily on resources that we truly have right here.

Again, just some food for thought.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE????

It is no secret that Barrak Obama is running for the presidency of the United States of America with the slogan "Change we can believe in". Well, how about this food for thought. We have been in an economic upcycle. I know, gas prices and food expenses are going up. But, unemployment has been down, the DOW hasn't crashed the way everyone expected, and all of the economic indicators say that our economy is actually growing. True, it has slowed down over the past year, but, it is still growing. The housing market has gone the way it has because too many people just bought way more house than they could actually afford at low interest rates with Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM's). They didn't look down the road at the adjustable part of the mortgage. Then, when the rates went up, and their payments went up along with it, they could no longer afford the house they were in. Hard lesson learned. But, the economy is still growing!!

Now, we look back at the 1990's when Clinton was president. The economy was on a downturn for almost all of the 1990's. True, it started to turn the last year of the Clinton presidency. His domestic economic policies just did not work. Now, I read today that Obama "has picked a well-known representative of Bill Clinton's economic policies as his economic policy director and
signaled this week that the major players from the Clinton economics team were now in his camp". Now, for someone who is running under the promise of CHANGE, this just doesn't wash with me. If he were really trying to go for change, why would he hire the very people that have taken money out of our pockets in the past? This is NOT CHANGE Sen. Obama!!!!

As far as the gas prices go, while I do believe that we still need to work towards alternative means of providing energy, the simple fact is this, we need to stop relying on oil from other countries. They control this whole mess. I feel as though we need to have a two pronged attack to this problem. First, we need to be able to supply our own oil needs. In order to do this, we need to start drilling and exploring for more oil right here in the United States. Did you know that China has reached an agreement with Cuba to drill for oil off of their coast. That is only about 60 miles off the coast of Florida. The very same place that we can't drill because of Environmental reasons. This makes no sense!!! Are we going to just sit back and watch someone else take our oil right out from under our noses??? Everyone talks about oil spills and the damage it would cause to the environment. Well, there are thousands of rigs in the Gulf of Mexico right now, and when Katrina came through there a couple of years ago, not one spill of any significance was reported. The fact of the matter is, we have not had a major spill that would impact the environment significantly in 30yrs. At least not from drilling. Second, we do need to look for alternative solutions. Hybrid cars are a good example. We still need to actively pursue these technologies for moving out country forward. Ethanol is not a good alternative. The subsidies for the farmers is what is driving up the costs of the food. These are the same subsidies that were voted in on a tie breaker (51-50) by Al Gore, then vice president. Yes, you read that right. The very man who has single handedly put the scare of Global Warming in everyone's minds, and who is raking in millions of dollars on the production of Ethanol and other means of "reducing your carbon footprint" is the same man who cast the deciding vote to push all this forward.

And speaking of Global Warming. Have you noticed how the talk has died down a little just recently? We can thank all the tornadoes that have been touching down in the United States over the past few weeks for that. Tornadoes, are cause by COLD AIR!! Let's not even start on the fact that Aspen was open for skiing this past weekend. Yes, IN JUNE!!! Or the blizzard that they were showing live on CNN Headline News a couple of days ago.

I just feel that this country needs to wake up and get away from these extreme liberal ideals that are driving this country into the ground, and start to stand on more conservative ideals. It has worked in the past, and it will still work to this day.

Monday, June 2, 2008

I am back

I have to apologize for my absence. There have been a few things going on. I for, one, have been diagnosed with a hernia. My wife diagnosed it three weeks before it became a problem.

If you have been reading my wife's blog, then you have been keeping up with pretty much everything that has been going on here on the Edge. It definately has been busy.

There are a few things that have been going on that I would like to address.

First, my wife sent me something a while back that I found the other day and thought you might like to read about it. It is a report on the military losses year by year since 1980. Did you know that the last year our Nobel Peace Prize winning president was in office we lost 2,392 military personnel. That is over 1,000 more than any one year since George W. Bush has been in office. Last time I checked, we weren't at war in 1980. This even added the figures up for the years 1993-2000, the Clinton years, and 2001-2006. There were 14,000 during the Clinton years, and have been 7,932 since G.W. has taken over. Last time I checked, we weren't in a war in the '90's either. This is including 2007. Unless we have a major catastrophe that takes out 7,000 of our military, then, even with a war going on, we have lost fewer people during the past eight years than we did during times at peace. I don't care who you are, this indicates to me that this president is doing something right. Whatever the reasons were that we went to war, this war is being run right. Do we want to put up with this again? Not that Hillary is the same as Bill, but, as she has said time and time again, she had a voice in many of the decisions made during the Clinton presidency.

As far as Obama, I don't feel like you can trust someone who sits and listens to a man preach to him for 20yrs, and then, when he is in the middle of a campaign say that he doesn't believe in the same things that his preacher does. Last time I checked, you went to a church because you believe in the same fundamental principals that the church does. What has changed that makes this church, and this preacher, something that Obama does not believe in anymore? He wants us to leave his church, his wife, his middle name, and everything else that tells us what kind of a man he is out of the campaign. That alone speaks volumes. His wife has never, until recently, been proud of America. WELL LEAVE!!!! His middle name should be a non-issue. Who cares what his middle name is? I don't. It is just something that was given to him before he could even object to it. This man has no experience, has a history of associating with people who, by there own admission, do not like America and what it is that many men and women have commited themselves to defend. Many to the point of giving the ultimate price. I just don't get how so many people can be fooled into believing all of the crock of &*%# that is being passed out of the Democratic Party these days.