Alright, I have been pretty quiet lately. Mainly because I have just been getting madder and madder at what is going on up in Washington, D.C. But, after seeing everything that is going on, I can not stay silent any longer.
I had actually planned on blogging about health care, but, I will save that one for another day while I finish getting all my thoughts together on that subject.
Meanwhile, I found this video over at MsUnderestimated. I did a little research and found most of the same stuff that Glenn Beck and Phil Kerpen are talking about. I encourage you to watch the video, but, I will break it down.
The Apollo Alliance is an organization whose goals, as found at Wikipedia seem to be well intentioned. However, the whole basis for the foundation of the Apollo Alliance is pure evil. They are looking to take over the entire economic structure of this country. It is purely a left wing, socialist organization. Van Jones, who just so happens to be the GREEN Jobs Czar for the king liberal, is a self proclaimed COMMUNIST. He also happens to be on the steering committee for the Apollo Alliance.
This organization is designed to combine the Labor movement (unions) with the Green Movement and Social Justice. I will have to admit, that one of the very reasons why some of these organizations aren't already in charge of things is because there are so many and the special interests of each individual group is limiting. However, the Apollo Alliance is designed to bring them all together for one common goal under one umbrella. Can you imagine if the likes of ACORN, the SEIU and Greenpeace all are on the same agenda? We are in a world of hurt.
Why is all of this important to you and me? Well, many people have been talking alot about how our very Constitution is under attack. How our very freedom and liberty is under attack. This is how they are doing it. Neal Boortz has said many times that the environmental movement was something that really gained power after we flushed out all of the communists in this country and left them little hope of really ever having any power. They all turned into environmentalists. This is the vehicle that they are using to get us to do what THEY think is right. This Apollo Alliance is living proof. They helped write that $800BILLION stimulus bill that never had a prayer's of a chance to stimulate anything other than the government and all of their selfish political agendas of gaining more power over you and me.
This is what we are up against. A leader who appoints tax cheats, proven unethical people, and even communists to help make policy about our lives. On top of that, we have other elected officials who really are proving that they don't care one iota about us or what we think. They are going to continue down the road and tell us that they have our best interests in mind, when all they want is to stay in power.
We need to take back this country. We need to get back on the track where people who work hard are rewarded and those who don't will soon learn that they need to. We also need to get the government OUT OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES and return back to a time when the elected truly do work for the governed.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Alright, I have been pretty quiet lately. Mainly because I have just been getting madder and madder at what is going on up in Washington, D.C. But, after seeing everything that is going on, I can not stay silent any longer.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 9:46 AM
Friday, July 24, 2009
While, it seems, that we have dodged a bomb, at least temporarily, in the health care reform bills that are being debated in both the House and the Senate, I feel compelled to take a break from politics for just one brief moment. I will resume regular posts again after this.
Every once in a while, someone does something that is truly incredible. In this case, it is something that has only happened 18 times before. Along with politics, which is really something that I have (admittedly) just recently truly followed with a passion, I do follow sports. Last night, the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0. Now, this in and of itself isn't that remarkable. What is remarkable is the fact that the Rays only had 27 at bats during the game. That's right, Mark Buehrle pitched a PERFECT GAME.
If you have seen the movie For Love of the Game, with Kevin Costner, you get a glimpse of how remarkable this is. And, how, when something like this is in the works, the other players around him truly step up their game to make it happen. It happened in real life in the ninth inning. Kaplar, of the Rays, hit a ball that should have been a home run and would have spoiled the whole thing, HOWEVER, Dwayne Wise, who had been put into center field because of his defensive skills made a truly outstanding catch (you can watch the clip here). Buehrle went on to strike out the next player and get the last one to ground out.
To give you an idea of how monumental this is, Nolan Ryan, who holds the records for the most strikeouts and no hitters, NEVER pitched a perfect game. It has only been done 18 times in Major League Baseball. Only 16 times since 1900. And, only ONE time in the World Series. The last person to pitch a perfect game was Randy Johnson, with the Arizona Diamondbacks, on May 18, 2004.
So, I take this break from politics to tip my hat and congratulate Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox, and the entire White Sox team, on this truly monumental achievement.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 11:58 AM
Monday, July 20, 2009
In 2008, Barrack Obama promised that he would give us change. He promised that there would be transparency in government. He promised that no bill would be voted on until it was published for the public to read for at least 48 hours.
How is all of that working for you? It doesn't for me. At all.
The stimulus bill passed without any problems and barely anybody actually read the thing. Including those in Congress. The king liberal promised that this bill would save or create jobs. Well, it has, in Washington, D.C. Their unemployment rate is 6.2% while there are 15 states with unemployment over 10%. Michigan is over 15%. The only states that have lower unemployment rates than Washington, D.C. are North and South Dakota and Nebraska. That bill was nothing more than a whole bunch of pork. Pet projects for Democrats. Nancy Pelosi even got billions of dollars for the habitat of some rat in her district. Remember, Obama said that unemployment would not go over 8%, it is now at 9.6%, and he now says it will go over 10%.
And don't forget TARP. That pushed $750Billion out of the coffers and into banks. With this money, came the gateway for the government to take over the banks. A handful have been able to pay the money they were forced to take back to the government. However, there are literally hundreds that want to pay the money back but the government won't let them. They have instead, turned the prime option stocks that they had into common stock. This means that the government is a voting stockholder in the company. And, the government owns as much as 71% of the stocks in some of these companies. No wonder they can tell the banks how much money they can pay their employees. We can actually thank the Bush Administration for this (just so that people don't think that I am only blaming one man).
Then, there was that Omni-bus bill. It raised our deficit to over $1Trillion. The first time we have ever reached that mark.
Now, we have two bills that will wreak havoc on the economy and our freedom. The first is that massive Cap-and-Trade bill that passed the House about a week and a half ago. It is a 1500 page bill that was voted on less than 12 hours after 300 pages were added to it. The extra pages were added at 3a.m. And, as a matter of fact, this bill barely passed the House. The vote was 219-212. 44 Democrats voted against it and 8 Republicans voted for it. If even four of the Republicans had voted against it, the bill wouldn't have passed. And, one of the Republicans has had over $93,000 donated to him from a company that will benefit from this bill. He threw the people of his district under the bus. Remember, this is a bill that the king liberal himself "would necessarily cause utility bills to skyrocket." Again, they tax the companies, we pay the bill.
The second bill is health care reform. The king liberal promised that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. Well, here is what the NY Post has found out. Under either plan, one in the House and one in the Senate, a government bureaucracy will decide on approved plans. If your employer provides your health care, they would have a five year grace period to put you into one of the approved plans, otherwise pay a fine.
As soon as anything in your contract changes, i.e. co-pays or premiums, you'll have to move into a qualified plan (House Bill pg. 16-17).
When you file your taxes, if you can't prove to the IRS that you have health insurance, you will be fined thousands of dollars and then immediately enrolled in an approved plan (House Bill pg. 167-168).
Limits you to a managed-care plan even if your employer is footing the bill (Senate Bill pg. 57-58). The goal of this is to reduce everyone's consumption of health care and that everyone has the same health care experience regardless of their ability to pay (i.e. rationing health care and lowering the standards, even for the rich).
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the cost of this will be somewhere between $1.04 and $1.6 TRILLION.
If you want to see what government controlled health care is like, check out this video.
On top of all this, the White House has announced today that it's economic estimates that were due out today, will be delayed until the middle of August. After Congress goes into recess, when Obama wanted a health care reform bill on his desk. Kind of ironic to me. If you want to get something passed that is going to cost a bunch of money, you don't tell them that the economic outlook is bleak. Which is what the report would have to say.
NOTHING that this man has had pushed through the Congress has worked out. EVERYTHING that has come out of his mouth is a LIE!!!
Some good news, the king liberal's approval ratings are going down. It seems that America is finally waking up to the lies that he has been pushing on us. The transparency that he has promised is non-existent.
You need to call your Senators and Representatives and let them know how you feel about all of this. If you don't know who your Senators are, check out the Senate's website (link to the right). As far as the Representatives, you can call 1-877-SOB-USOB (1-877-762-8762 and I am NOT kidding) and give them your zip code.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 9:05 PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Before I start this particular post, I want to apologize for leaving the Independence Day message to the end of the last post. As I said in it, to me it was the most important message. However, everything else I put in the post are the very things that are threatening the independence that so many have fought to preserve.
Now, let me start with a quote.
"We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name ---liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names---liberty and tyranny."
-Abraham Lincoln, 1864
This quote is on the back of the book "Liberty and Tyranny" by Mark R. Levin. Reading the book, I know why. This man could have very well written the political agenda for the Democrat Party. He understands it that well. He is, however, conservative. I am not quite finished reading this book, but, I can tell you this, if you are at all concerned with the well being of this country then you should read this book.
Here is my take on everything that is going on.
I must first take a trip back in history to the Civil War. The northern states wanted to do away with slavery. The southern states did not. It was a vital part of running their plantations. Where the north became mostly industrial. The Civil War came down to this, the north wanted to stipulate that any new state in the Union had to be a free state. The south contended that it should be up to the states to choose. So, even though slavery was the underlying issue, the real issue at stake was the states' right to choose. Ironic how the Democrats (south) were on the right side of the main issue. They wanted to keep the majority of the power in the hands of the states. In the South, however, the power belonged to few people. The rest were dependent upon those that held the power to be prosperous.
Now, when the North won the War, and outright slavery became something of our past, the Democrats began to change the battle front. They saw this as an opportunity to use the Federal Government to expand their own power. This expansion has been very subtle over the course of the last 150 years.
Income tax is one way thing they use. Another is the fact that judges "set policy", to quote a certain nominee for the Supreme Court. They use the schools to advance their agenda. Professors teach the lawyers their political views. They in turn become judges who are not at all concerned with the rule of law, but rather what is fair. The view that a judge should be sympathetic with someone when they are determining law is ridiculous. It shouldn't be about what a persons background is, but, what the rule of law is. That is the only way that the laws are to remain fair. If they apply to everyone, no matter what their background or current situation is. The idea that a "Latina woman would make a better decision, because of her experiences, than a white male" is not only ludicrous, it is outright racist.
They followed the income tax with something called the "New Deal". This was Franklin Roosevelt's big plan to get out of the Great Depression. Economists that have studied this, have since determined that the New Deal, with all of it's government spending, prolonged the Depression by about seven (7) years. Social Security was born of this. Shoot, Roosevelt himself even admitted, "Those taxes were never a problem of economics. They are politics all the way through. We put those payroll taxes there so as to give the contributors a legal, moral, and political right to collect their pensions and their unemployment benefits. With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my social security program." To me, this sounds like someone who is more concerned about their own political agenda than with the welfare of the people he was elected to serve. They sold Social Security as insurance, even though, there is no insurance model that even remotely resembles the Social Security plan.
Next, came the Great Society from Lyndon Johnson in 1965. He actually used the Social Security Act to establish Medicare and Medicaid. These two programs were designed for the elderly and the underprivileged who didn't have health insurance. Lyndon Johnson called it "the most important addition to the structure" that was started with the cornerstone of the Social Security Act laid by Roosevelt. He went on to explain, "Through this new law...every citizen will be able, in his productive years when he is earning, to insure himself against the ravages of illness in his old age. This insurance will help pay for care in hospitals, in skilled nursing homes, or in the home. And under a separate plan, it will help meet the fees of doctors." A noble enough cause, however, in doing so, and by not giving the American people the choice of participating, he, as Roosevelt before him, took a huge chunk out of the liberty that every American enjoyed.
Next, came Jimmy Carter. He did nothing more than to hand over the worst economy since the Great Depression to Ronald Regan. And, he did his damage in just four years. During his presidency, unemployment rose to double digits, and the tax brackets were through the roof. Regan came in and actually cut taxes. The result was an economic boom that lasted about 25 years. Yes, the stock market corrected itself in the late '80's, but, it is what happens in a free market. There are corrections.
Now, we have the king liberal and all his cronies. They have done nothing but spend, spend, spend. They have gone out and told us that it is up to us to tighten our belts and start to live within our means. However, they do the exact opposite. They spend money like there is no tomorrow. They haven't even come up with a way to pay it back. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that our national deficit will be as high as $10Trillion. The current administration is using class envy to try and sell us on a bunch of new taxes that no one seems willing to call them on. The Cap-and-Trade crap that they are currently trying to shove down our throats, by the king liberal's own admission, will, necessarily, cause our utility bills to skyrocket.
The one major thing that the liberals don't want us to put together is the fact that consumers pay taxes. We pay our taxes, then, when we buy something, we pay that companies taxes. So, if you raise the taxes on a company, they pass that cost along to the consumer. So, even though Obama can say that he gave a tax cut to, however many, Americans, at the same time he is raising taxes on the companies who then pass it on to the consumers, Americans. The problem is, that when he raises the taxes on all of the companies, we end up paying more. So, in reality, he is raising our taxes because our dollars don't go as far.
If we look at history, there are two common threads that run through all of these events. One is that it is all about grabbing more power for the people in charge, at the expense of individual freedom and liberty. The second thing is this, the Democrats use crisis to further their agenda. As Rahm Emanuel once quipped, "every crisis is an opportunity." Yes, it is. An opportunity for the Democrats to take advantage of. An opportunity for them to wedge more animosity in the hearts of Americans and to seize more power for themselves. An opportunity for them to make the average American more dependent on federal government than ever before. Exactly the opposite of what the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written for. In other words, make us slaves to the federal government.
Either way you put it, the Democrats have always stood for slavery. It has only changed forms.
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 9:38 AM
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I will open this post with two quotes. The first is from the blog Mere Rhetoric.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) enlisted two senior committee members to help assemble the House energy bill... The authors' bottom line was a cap that would gradually reduce greenhouse gas emissions... When Obama entered the fray on May 5, summoning all 36 committee Democrats to the White House, he didn't make a single demand. Rather, participants say, he pointed to a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and said, "He had a chance to affect history. You, too, have a chance to affect history."
The second is from the man that the king liberal pointed to. The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
"Property is the fruit of labor...property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."
Now, does the man that the king liberal pointed to sound like the same man that said that the rich should be an encouragement to others? I think not.
Now, this is in regard to the Cap & Trade bill that passed the House by a vote of 219-212. 44 Democrats voted against it. 8 Republicans voted for it. That's right, if even half of the Republicans that voted for it, the bill will never have gotten out of the House. The 8 that voted for this tax hike are from the states of California, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Illinois and Washington. As a matter of fact, this will be the LARGEST tax hike in US history if it gets past the Senate.
Speaking of the Senate, the Democrats now control 60 seats in the Senate. Yes, Al Frankin is now, officially, the second Senator from Minnesota.
Now, back to the Cap & Trade bill. The bill that got through the House includes a 300 page amendment that was added at 3:00 AM the morning of the vote. This amendment would give Democrat Marcy Kaptur in, Ohio , $3.5BILLION to hand out as she sees fit for "green" technology. That is what they needed for her vote. That's just ONE vote. Inside the rest of this bill are things like having to have your home inspected by the EPA prior to you selling it. This is also a bill the the king liberal even said, last year, that would cause utility bills to, NECESSARILY, sky rocket. He actually admitted that the cost to the utility companies would be passed on to the consumer.
So, he actually gets it. That when you raise taxes for companies, they aren't the ones who pay those taxes. It gets passed on to the consumers. The costs go up, so the price goes up. He actually admitted that the people he is hurting are the very people that he has promised to help.
We NEED to get a hold of our Senators and tell them that we will not stand for this. This bill needs to be defeated in the Senate. That is our last chance. Otherwise, we will be paying out of our noses.
The next thing I want to mention is that Sarah Palin will resign as Governor of Alaska. Effective at the end of this month. No matter what the reasons are, or her future plans, I wish her and her family well in whatever they decide to do.
Now, I saved the most important for last. I have given nearly 20 yrs. of my life in defense of this country and the way of life that many have come to take for granted. On this 4th of July, Independence Day, the day we celebrate the Birthday of the GREAT COUNTRY, I will celebrate my last one in uniform. I would like to take the time to recognize the men and women who are currently serving in uniform. These are the people who need our gratitude. They are the people who keep us safe, day and night. Along with those, are the men and women who have gone before us. It is because of them, I have had the opportunity to defend the people of this country. I thank them. And, we can't forget the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country. I can never express what that means to me. To know that someone, who I don't even know was willing to give their life so that I could enjoy the freedoms and liberties that I do.
So Happy Birthday to the United States of America. And may GOD continue BLESS AMERICA!
Posted by The Man on the Edge at 8:19 AM