Friday, January 29, 2010

WE'VE COME A LONG WAY ... BAM WE'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE!!! HONEYMOON IS OVER!!


January 29, 2010
From the Desk of Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:
Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi’s Use of Air Force Aircraft
Last year, Judicial Watch made big news by exposing Nancy Pelosi’s boorish demands for military travel. According to the internal DOD correspondence we uncovered the Speaker has been treating the U.S. Air Force as her own personal airline. And not only was her staff demanding, arrogant and rude, but the Speaker cost taxpayers a lot of money by making last minute cancellations and changes to the itinerary.

PELOSI AND THE BRAIN TRUST ... ENDING WITH BARNEY FRANK!!!
This week, Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Air Force that shed a bit more light on this ugly story.
According to the documents, which we obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Speaker’s military travel cost the Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. (Lots and lots of alcohol.) The following are highlights from the recent release of about 2,000 documents, which you can read here:
  • Speaker Pelosi used Air Force aircraft to travel back to her district at an average cost of $28,210.51 per flight. The average cost of an international congressional delegation (CODEL) is $228,563.33. Of the 103 Pelosi-led CODELs, 31 trips included members of the House Speaker’s family.
  • One CODEL traveling from Washington, D.C. through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq from May 15-20, 2008, “to discuss matters of mutual concern with government leaders” included members of Congress and their spouses and cost $17,931 per hour in aircraft alone. Purchases for the CODEL included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.
  • According to a “Memo for Record” from a CODEL March 29 – April 7, 2007, that involved a stop in Israel, “CODEL could only bring Kosher items into the Hotel. Kosher alcohol for mixing beverages in the Delegation room was purchased on the local economy i.e. Bourbon, Whiskey, Scotch, Vodka, Gin, Triple Sec, Tequila, etc.”
  • The Department of Defense advanced a CODEL of 56 members of Congress and staff $60,000 to travel to Louisiana and Mississippi July 19-22, 2008, to “view flood relief advances from Hurricane Katrina.” The three-day trip cost the U.S. Air Force $65,505.46, exceeding authorized funding by $5,505.46.
If you have a moment, take a look at the documents for yourself. And pay special attention to the receipts, noting the large quantities of food and alcohol purchased at taxpayer expense. Doesn’t it seem as if the Speaker’s congressional delegations are more about partying than anything else? It certainly seems that way to me.
At the heart of the issue of corruption, is a sense of entitlement on the part of our elected officials. Nancy Pelosi clearly believes she deserves special treatment at taxpayer expense. This message comes across loud and clear in the disrespect she has demonstrated towards the U.S. Air Force and the American taxpayer.



ONE FOR YOU, TWO FOR ME ... AND A BONUS FOR ME!





Sen. Harry Reid - The Martha Stewart of the Senate, but with No Jail Time
REID MY LIPS!!! 

Here's a question: Why are bribes, kickbacks, payoffs, and insider trading illegal everywhere but in the U.S. Congress?

It's been well-publicized that Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid is cutting backroom deals to his Senate colleagues, plying them with billions of our tax dollars (and debt to future generations) to get to the 60 votes needed to push Obamacare on the nation.

Among the 11 Senate bribes made by Reid are $100 million to a university in Connecticut for Sen. Chris Dodd and $300 million for Medicaid to Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu. The latter seems like a steal, it cost twice as much - $600 million in Medicaid payments - to buy the vote of Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

For a more comprehensive list of how our tax dollars are being used for Obamacare bribes, click here.

Don't hold your breath waiting for any indictments. This is Washington, D.C. after all.

Poor Martha Stewart, she had to make pot holders in an orange jumpsuit for months because of her insider trading activity. Now the taxes she pays (and ALL of us pay) are being used to pay for kickbacks and insider deals to buy a 'yea' vote for Obamacare.

Exactly what is the difference here?

A stock market works with the understanding that all participants are on an equal playing field with regard to the rules and available information. The U.S. Senate works under the pretense that each member has a vote worth exactly 1% of the entire body, no more no less.

And it's not just legislators who are getting payoffs to support the President's nationalized healthcare legislation. Labor unions have traded their support for a payoff that spares their members from paying $60 billion in proposed health insurance taxes.

Ironically, in 1995, Congress passed the Medicare Fraud Statute to prosecute kickbacks in the healthcare industry, preventing referrals and sweetheart arrangements.

So, regardless of what you may think of Martha Stewart, she was convicted of breaking the rules, and she paid the price.

While Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats cut deals to benefit one group of Americans at the expense of others, the only ones paying the price for their scheme of bribes and kickbacks will be us, the American people, the taxpayers. 

ANY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THIS AND YOUR LEGISLATOR IS ... WELL ... INTENDED!


Which LEGISLATOR will bring home the STATES bacon? It's the pig Olympics.

AND THEY ONLY LAUGHTED AT THE GDP LAFFER CURVE ...

An approximation of the value of goods produced per person in the country, equal to the country's GDP divided by the total number of people in the country.


Imagine the hubris, arrogance. It is Barrack Obama's first year, and he tells Diane Sawyer he'd rather be a really good one term president than a mediocre two term one. He sees himself in this adoring light. Reality:
He has never had to make a payroll, nor run a business. He thinks he ran a state, by imagining ways to spend other peoples'money.

He has replaced 
'being liked abroad' with being respected. The result: Those we are told hated us now laugh as they use us (Russia, North Korea, Iran, Venzuela, Cuba).

We wasted three generations of fortunes on a BS stimulus (ONLY A SMALL PART OF WHICH HAS BEEN SPENT) that will be gone when our great grand kids are still paying for it.

We are at 10.2% unemployment and the U6 rate is 17.5%, then he has the nerve to tell us about hundreds of thousands of phantom 'saved' jobs. 
HUBRIS!

Socialism will fail, and he with it. But what about our children's future, our values, culture, country? Is he the reincarnation of HUMPTY-DUMPTY?

Laffer: Obama's 'Train Wreck' Ahead
01/27/2010

Arthur Laffer, creator of the Laffer Curve that showed how low tax rates boost economic growth, is warning anyone who will listen that the economy is headed for a “train wreck” in 2011 that will make the current recession look tame by comparison.
The famed economist, whose supply-side, tax-cutting policies enacted by President Reagan in 1981 put the economy on a record-breaking, 25-year economic trajectory of growth and prosperity, is telling Americans not to be lulled by sporadic signs of growth this year, because the economy is headed for a sharper decline next year when tax rates are expected to jump sharply, sending the economy into a new tailspin.

“It will make the decline in U.S. output from 2010 to 2011 worse than the decline in output in 2008 and 2009 which will catastrophic,” Laffer said in an interview with HUMAN EVENTS.

In a wide-ranging discussion about where the economy is headed, and the fiscal, tax and monetary reasons why, Laffer gives a bleak forecast of where President Obama and his administration are taking the country in the next three years -- 
which he predicts will end with Obama’s defeat in 2012. 
“Obama is a fine, very impressive person. He really is. Unfortunately, everything that he is doing in economics is exactly wrong. He is a crappy president,” Laffer said. 

“Whenever a country is in the throes of spending too much and raising taxes, it’s a fiscal catastrophe in the making and this is what is happening now,” he said.

The economy in the short-term this year “will continue to improve, growing by more than 4 percent. By the end of 2010 the unemployment rate could fall to as low as 7 percent and the Obama administration will be busting with pride and conceit,” Laffer told his clients in his latest economic outlook for the year ahead.

But don’t be fooled into thinking the economy is actually coming out of one of the worst recessions of the post-war era, because this year will be a false recovery, he adds. 
The downturn will begin again when “2011 will enter center stage, followed quickly by an economic catastrophe. All the factors that will make 2010 (and have already made the last half of 2009) look so good will reverse direction, and 2011 will be a train wreck,” he said in his forecast. 

The big reason, among several, is Obama’s plan to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire at the end of this year, and other tax increases the Obama administration intends to enact this year and next, and how businesses will respond to these tax changes.

“In anticipation of known tax increases the economy will shift income and output from 2011 -- the higher tax year -- into 2010 -- the lower tax year. As a result of this income shift, 2010 will look a lot better than it should, and 
2011 will be a train wreck,” he predicts.
“GDP growth in 2010 will be some 3 to 4 percent higher than it otherwise should be, thus green shoots,” he said. “The transfer of income from 2011 into 2010 will not only make 2010 [economic growth] higher than it otherwise would be, it will also make 2011 [economic growth] 3 and 4 percent lower than it otherwise should be because people have shifted income out of 2011 into 2010.” 

“The effect of the shift in income on GDP growth in 2010, however, is going to be fairly substantial, but when the U.S. economy comes to 2011, the train’s going to come off the tracks.”

But the tax picture also will grow darker this year as the country heads into the midterm elections, Laffer said. “In 2010 the U.S. will have a payroll tax rate increase, an estate tax increase and income tax increases. There’s also a tax increase coming in 2010 on carried interest. This rate will rise from its current level of 15 percent to 35 percent, and then it will rise again in 2011.”

Many economists are predicting modest growth rates this year, but high unemployment, too, which the Federal Reserve Board’s economists are projecting will be in the mid-to-high 9 percent range into the fourth quarter. Others say it could go higher. The national unemployment rate is at 10 percent, but if you count workers who have given up looking for work and those who are in temp jobs, the real jobless rate is over 17 percent. Last week, the Labor Department said that 43 states saw their unemployment rates rise in December, especially in key Democratic strongholds such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California.

“We are presently in a dangerously risky economic environment, more risky than any in memory and that includes the 1970s,” said Stanford economist John Cogan, a former Reagan administration fiscal adviser.

“The primary sources of that risk come from uncertainty about U.S. government economic policy. In the area of taxation, personal income taxes, especially those on savings and capital formation, are set to rise substantially in a year,” Cogan told me. “How high tax rates will rise and what activities will be hit hardest creates a sizeable risk this year for investors and businesses.”

Cogan is especially worried about the damage that will come from the administration’s “unprecedented peacetime deficits. Because we are in uncharted territory, there is considerable uncertainty about how bad the consequences of the run-up in debt will be. But we do know that they won’t be good.”

The mountain of debt that Obama is piling up is breathtaking and Laffer says it will put unprecedented burdens on the economy that will only get worse under his proposed tax and spending policies. Federal, state and local government spending has climbed to 38 percent of GDP, with the federal government’s spending binge accounting for 27 percent of GDP, he said.

Earlier this month, Laffer presented his economic forecasts to several dozen conservative House members at a private policy briefing retreat held in Charlottesville, Va., sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. Laffer’s presentation was said to be the high point of the retreat. 

The reason: Laffer doesn’t mince words and placed economic growth options in front of the lawmakers in blunt and dramatic terms that few if any economists have the courage to tackle.

For example, he remains convinced that Congress should never have spent the bailout money it has dished out so far, which he puts “at about $3 trillion. “We should have done nothing. I was pretty much alone in that position near the end of 2008,” he told me.

“If you total what the government takes in the income tax, corporate tax, Social Security taxes, capital gains taxes, all of that adds up to $2.2 trillion in tax receipts and they spent $3.5 trillion,” he said. 

Instead of the massive bailouts, stimulus and other giveaway programs, Laffer says, “I would have had a federal tax holiday. No taxes of any sort for a year and nine months which comes out to $3.5 trillion."

“Can you imagine what would have happened to the economy. We’d have an unemployment rate of three percent and the economy would be growing like mad and we’d be way out of this problem,” he said.

After one year in office, Obama’s $800 billion spending stimulus plan has provided little if any stimulus to the economy and produce few if any permanent new jobs. The administration promised that the unemployment rate would be down to about 7 percent by now, but in fact the jobless number has climbed higher as Obama’s job approval numbers have fallen sharply and an increasing number of Democratic lawmakers are in trouble or have decided not to seek re-election.
Obama’s answer is another spending “stimulus” bill of perhaps $200 billion or more, new, Draconian regulations and tax hikes on the nation’s troubled financial system, and moving ahead with costly health care plan, job-killing climate change bills and other legislation that will drive up the government’s massive debt.

“All in all, the risk facing our economy from these policy uncertainties is severe,” Cogan told me this week. “This uncertainty will certainly retard the economy’s recovery this year and, depending on what policy actions are taken, it could profoundly damage the economy in 2011 and subsequent years.”
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

STATE OF THE UNION RESPONSE ... IN ONLY ONE YEAR!

DON'T NEED LIP READING LESSONS ... JUSTICE ALITO ... LOUD AND CLEAR!


By Eric Zimmermann 01/27/10 10:50 PM ET THE HILL
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito seemed particularly miffed tonight when President Obama took issue with the court's recent decision on campaign finance.
Alito, who was in the front row of Obama's State of the Union with the rest of the justices, shook his head and mouthed "not true" when Obama said that the court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC would "open the floodgates" to corporate spending in campaigns.
In that decision, the court struck down limits on independent expenditures by corporations and labor unions.
Supreme Court justices always sit near the front of the audience during States of the Union, but are usually particularly muted so as not to reveal their personal opinions.  Not so for Alito.

MILK DUD, JUNIOR MINT, HERSHEY KISS AND SUPPOSITORY ......

NAME THREE TOP POLITICAL LEADERS AND A SENATOR.

 



"DAUNTING" AND "BLEAK" ... "HOPEFUL" AND "PURPOSEFUL"


Obama gets bad numbers from Congressional Budget Office

Jan 26, 2010, 04:33 PM


WHAT DID TWO DEMOCRATES AND A REPUBLICAN HAVE IN COMMON?

WHATEVER THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF ILLEGALS IS ... FOCUS ON THE TAXES AND INDIRECT COSTS THE LARGESS OF THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN FOOD, EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE. WE ARE A NATION OF CARING PEOPLE MANY OF WHOM ARE FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE ... LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE DOING IN HAITI. WE ARE NOT A NATION OF ZENOPHOBIC PEOPLE AND OUR HUMANITARIAN CHARITY CERTAINLY IS PROOF. PLEASE OBEY OUR LAWS, STAND IN LINE AND WAIT YOUR TIME.




What did Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower have in common?

Here is something that should be of great interest for you to pass around. I didn't know of this until it was pointed out to me.


Back during The Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work.

Harry Truman deported Illegal's after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans. 

And then again in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower deported Mexican Nationals in a program was called 'Operation Wetback'. It was done so WWII and Korean Veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took 2 Years, but they deported them!

Now .... if they could deport the illegal's back then - they could sure do it today ...

lf you have doubts about the veracity of this information, enter Operation Wetback into your favorite search engine and confirm it for yourself. 


Reminder: Don't forget to pay your taxes ... 12 million Illegal Aliens are depending on you!


Between 1900 and 1935, some 25-50% of all immigrants of any nationality were repatriated. During the 1930s, while the number of foreign-born Mexicans dropped by 262,000, or 41%, the number of Germans declined by 371,000 (23%), Poles by 275,000 (22%), Czechs by 171,000 (23%), and the Irish by 41%. French-Canadians had been flexible in this time period, they can return to Canada (esp. the province of Quebec) for that matter. Between 1910 and 1920, the number of Germans dropped by a whopping 625,000, or 27%. The Mexican decline in % (though not numerically) was more pronounced due to the closeness of the border, an option most Europeans did not have. Most aspects of the Mexican movement southward MATCHED the return of Europeans in motivation and circumstance, though the closeness of the Mexican border, the convenience of railroad connections, and the nomadic nature of employment to Mexicans, promoted a two-way traffic.

In a three-week period in 1931 in Los Angeles where an estimated 200,000 Mexicans lived at the time (a 100-time increase of this ethnic community since 1900), the immigration agents questioned several thousand people across the county. During the El Monte raid, some 300 were stopped. In the City Plaza Raid, 400 people were detained and questioned by officers. 11 Mexicans, 5 Chinese and 1 Japanese were taken into custody. After complaints by the Mexican consulate and the Spanish-language paper “La Opinion”, Sheriff Watkins agreed to work only in small groups on the county’s outlying districts. According to Hoffman, “The federal deportation campaign and local repatriation campaign programs had blurred into a mass movement of Mexicans and Mexican Americans departing from the region.” Rafael de la Colina of the Mexican Consulate found nothing to criticize in repatriation, claiming “Allow me to express, in behalf of my government, our sincere appreciation for the work at your welfare department.”
The previous increase in the Mexican population in Los Angeles, which was around 1,000 or 1 percent of the city's then 100,000 residents in the year 1900 to expanded to over 350,000 out of 1.5 million in the city limits alone by 1940, was curbed greatly from then on until 1975. Racist and nativist concerns spoke of Los Angeles could turn into a Mexican dominated city by 1950, such as editorals preached anti-Mexican sentiment and sensational news stories in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, peaked in the midst of World War II and the Zoot suit riots that followed in June 1943, when U.S. naval sailors and marine soldiers attacked Mexican-American individuals across the city.[citation needed]
The state of California passed the Apology Act for the 1930s Mexican Repatriation Program in 2005, officially recognizing the "unconstitutional removal and coerced emigration of United States citizens and legal residents of Mexican descent" and apologizing to residents of California "for the fundamental violations of their basic civil liberties and constitutional rights committed during the period of illegal deportation and coerced emigration".[3][4]


ONCE UPON A TIME ... GET A GRIP, A FAIRY TALE ... NOT ON YOUR LIFE

REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE A KID ... YOUR FAMILY GOT A NEW CAR ... THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL YOU WOULD SEE ON THE HIGHWAY WERE THE SAME CAR.  WELL, THE NATION GOT THEMSELVES A NEW PRESIDENT AND ALL HE CAN SEE IS HIMSELF!!! THAT IS THE PRAGMATIC DEFINITION OF NARCISSISM!  AN OBJECTIVE POINT OF VIEW!

Take the Dr. Drew Online Narcissism Test

Answer the 40 questions below in a single sitting, without asking for help or clarification.
There's no such thing as a good or bad result on this test. Scoring high on the narcissism inventory, or high on any of the component categories, doesn't mean you have a disorder, or that you're a good or bad person.