Haven’t posted in a while. Demoralized. A couple of months ago, I thought to myself, “Well, this isn’t as bad as I thought.” Recently, that’s changed to, “Wow, this is far worse than I could have imagined.” Banks and car industries nationalized. Embryos being harvested for stem cells. Massive deficits. Weakness on defense and a rollback of liberty throughout the world (sorry, Iranian protesters, that we weren’t there for you). Huge increases in utility prices, at the cost of American manufacturing competitiveness. The prospect of socialized medicine. A census that violates the people’s privacy and will feature ACORN going door to door.

…and it’s only been 6 months. How much worse is it going to get? The mind boggles.

What is there to say? I told you so? It was no secret what Mr. Obama was–the community organizer, the Senator who had a more liberal voting record than the one avowed Socialist in the Senate. Everyone knew who he was, but the 52 voted for him because he talked pretty. As Public Image Limited said, “This is what you want, this is what you get.” I only hope the 52 enjoy their years of economic hardship that Mr. Obama’s transnational progressive policies are designed to bring.

No Reagan without a Carter. I just hope we make it until then. Awful, just awful.

Having said that, I’ve got a camera full of pictures I need to upload. I think I’ll stick with those for a while.

The following is from Reason TV, by way of the puppy blender. It lays out, in 2 minutes and 43 seconds, just how massive the Bush-Obama (but mostly Obama) spending increases actually are. It’ll make you want to stick a screwdriver in your face, but don’t. One, you can’t afford the screwdriver with the tax increases that are coming and two, the government needs you around to pay taxes or the Chinese will foreclose on the Statue of Liberty.

By the way, have you ever noticed about how when TOTUS or Gibbs or Geithner are questioned about this unprecedented deficit spending, they always reply that, well, the Obama administration started with an already pretty big Bush deficit? Has anyone in the media EVER followed up on this irrational line of thinking? “Well, I was already $10,000 in debt, so I decided to make things better I’d go $100,000 in debt.” Bush’s bailouts were wrong, and I said it here back then, but in his first few months as President, Mr. Obama has achieved a literally incomprehensible deficit.

Thanks, 52.

Incidentally, besides attending a tea party protest next Wednesday, there’s NOTHING you can do about this. The Democrats can force through anything they want for the next 2 years, at least. What you _can_ do is take care of yourself. The tax increases will begin next year. This year, pay down debt, build up savings, buy tangibles. You do have some control over your own situation, and it behooves you to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible.

The Return of Change.gov

November 17, 2008

It’s baaaaaaaack!

After it was “disappeared” for a while after the election, Mr. Obama has put his agenda back up on his change.gov website. Let’s examine it, shall we?

From the Urban Policy Agenda:

Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.

Remember what happened to Joe the Plumber? Mr. Obama was campaigning in Joe’s neighborhood, and he asked Joe to ask him a question. Joe asked his question, Mr. Obama answered with a Socialist comment, and then Joe’s life was destroyed. His federal records were accessed by at least 6 different people. They illegally looked at his tax records, his child support records, everything. They then leaked it to the press, who published it for the world to see. What will happen when it’s you? What happens when any federal employee can find out about your personally owned firearms?

Here’s the gun show loophole, for those who don’t know. Until Mr. Obama makes his judgment from on high, in some states it’s legal to bring a firearm to a gun show and sell it to another private individual with paperwork or background checks–you know, basic commerce between folks. Apparently that’s evil. It was going away regardless–McCain had said he’d close it, too, so use the chance you have–go to a gun show before January 20, 2009. Pay cash.

Childproof guns? Super. Responsible gun owners already lock up their weapons when not in use and educate their children about them. What Mr. Obama is talking about here is keeping guns locked at all time. I don’t have children–if I have to keep a childproof lock on any firearms I may own, their value in self-defense goes down to their utility as clubs.

The AWB? Keeping the world safe from varmint rifles with scary black composite hardware. Stock up on 30-round mags, ammo, and other accessories for your evil black rifle. They’re about to be worth a fortune. 

Here’s your mandatory volunteerism and a 300% increase in the size of Americorps.

From the Homeland Security Agenda:

Give Real Authority to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board: Support efforts to strengthen the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board with subpoena powers and reporting responsibilities. Give the Board a robust mandate designed to protect American civil liberties and demand transparency from the Board to ensure accountability.

Canada has a human rights “star chamber” that was used to harass bloggers like Ezra Levant. Coming soon, to a country near you…Under what part of the United States Constitution is this even legal?

This isn’t paranoia. This isn’t a right-winger’s black helicopter fantasy of what the future may hold. This is Mr. Obama’s very clearly stated policy and agenda. During a time of two wars and unprecedented economic difficulty, Mr. Obama is going to concentrate on reigning in the rights of the American people.

Congratulations, 52! We’re about to have change we can believe in. Hugs and kisses, 48.

My City Was Gone*

November 11, 2008

*That’s the title of Rush Limbaugh’s theme music. It’s a song by The Pretenders. The blog today is about Rush, and about my city. Thought it worked.

First, Marine Birthday Motivational Postersfor the win. Semper Fi, gentlemen (except, you, Murtha, you a**hole. You suck, and so do your voters).

Mom called last night. She wanted to know how to put pressure on Rush Limbaugh to get him to give Mr. Obama a chance. I admire her sense of justice, and I understand where she’s coming from, even though I disagree. I honestly don’t know why she tortures herself listening to Rush–she’s a yellow-dog Democrat, it’d be like me listening to Democracy Now!and bemoaning that they didn’t speak for me. I told her there wasn’t much she could do–he’s not syndicated in the same way Hannity, O’Reilly, etc. are. The Excellence in Broadcasting Network is its own thang. I told her if she felt strongly she could write down his sponsors and call or write them. I also let her know that thanks to the Fairness Doctrine, Rush (as well as many others) would probably find himself out of a job here in a few months, so he was probably getting while the getting’s good.

She’s from a different time, and in a normal world she’d be fair to ask Rush to give Mr. Obama a chance. What I replied to her was that she had no idea what it was like to spend 8 years hearing that your President was Hitler, was a liar, stole two elections, brought down the World Trade Center and killed 3000 people. She didn’t know what it was like to hear Letterman mock his speaking skills every freaking night for seven years. She didn’t know what it was like having a Comedy Central cartoon dedicated to mocking the President. She didn’t know what it was like to walk into a bookstore, wanting to indulge in literature, and find table after table after table of books maligning the President. She didn’t know what it was like to hear the endless choruses of “Not My President!” and the morons who made websites for the rest of the world in 2004 saying “Sorry, I didn’t vote for him.” Listen, very few people have more substantive gripes with President Bush than I do, but he has been maligned and slandered as very few men have. Those of us who still remember 911 remember the fear that day–was it the beginning of more attacks, would they stop? That man, so hated by the left and by the world, kept anything of that magnitude from happening here for 7 years. In September of 2001, we would not have thought that possible.

There’s a website now, which I won’t link to, called “From 52 to 48.” It’s Obama supporters making cutesy signs about how they (52% of the population) love us (48% of the population) and think that we’re awesome and that we should all gather in peace and tranquility around Mr. Obama. Sorry, no. The subtext there is pretty obvious–“Please don’t be the jerks that we were for 8 years.” I won’t. I won’t march in the streets or get hauled away trying to do citizen’s arrests or sport stupid bumper stickers. I won’t call the President-elect “H” or whatever the Obama version is of “Shrub” or “Bushitler” or the intensely stupid Doonesbury “*”. If Mr. Obama is a great President, I’ll be the first to cheer. I’m not counting on it, but it would make me happy. In the meantime though, the hypocrites at “From 52 to 48” can bite me. 

And now, for something completely different…

The above was totally not what I’d intended to write today. I wrote yesterday about how much I love my dear city. We had a World’s Fair here, once. We hosted the Olympics. It’s true–Forest Park holds many lovely buildings left from that era: the Art Museum, the Grand Pavilion, the beautiful wrought-iron aviary at the zoo. Glorious, and built to last.

That was 104 years ago. What happened to this city?

People think of urban decay, and I guess they think of densely-packed ghettos. That’s wrong–ghettos at least have population density and therefore vitality. What has happened to my beloved city is that parts of it have been hollowed out–the city has less than half the population it had at its height. The link above shows neighborhoods on the north side that sometimes sport as few as one or two crumbling homes still standing on an otherwise empty block. It’s a ghost town. I don’t know how it happened. Was some of it racism? Yes, certainly. Was it more than 60 years of corrupt one-party Democrat rule? Yes. Was it the loss of an industrial base? Yes, but how the hell was that allowed to happen? If you put a tack in a map of the US at the dead center of the country, you’d be darn close to St. Louis. By all rights it should be one of the largest, most vigorous cities in the country. It’s the center of a great river, the center of all hubs of transportation, and except for being a picturesque and affordable place to live, it’s rapidly becoming as untenable a city as Detroit. My home, my beautiful home.

Will it happen to your city? What could possibly stop it? People think Mr. Obama will be great for the working man. How can that be? I was listening to NPR (yes, I know) the other day, and an environmentalist woman was thrilled that Prop C had passed. She noted that Missouri gets 82% of its electricity from coal. Mr. Obama is on the record as wanting to bankrupt the coal industry. If that 82% goes away, what will happen to rates in Missouri? Will the poor who still live on the north side afford to heat and keep their lights on with that magical green energy? It’ll hurt me–it will DESTROY them. So, in a recession, we’ll put the coal miners out of work. Our steel industry is already on life support–it, too, will die without coal. Steel workers, out of a job. Oh well, we can always get steel from China, and I’m sure their quality control and environmental practices are far superior to ours. Mr. Obama is going to do away with offshore oil drilling and drilling in Utah by executive order. There go those jobs…in a recession. Again, I’m sure those guys in Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela are far more efficient and environmentally conscious than we are.

Has a country in history EVER went to such lengths to destroy its own wealth and industrial base? Has any country in history ever tried harder to make itself dependent on the shoddy, environmentally unsound products of other countries while it sat on vast, untapped reserves of wealth and energy? We seem to be heading that way. Don’t worry, though–Mr. Obama is going to raise the minimum wage…for whatever jobs we still choose to have here.

Vital stats: gas $2.00 a gallon; Dow down 73 to 8871; silver up $0.26 to $10.23 an ounce.

Rand of the Day: Oh, it’ll be back. I’m halfway through Atlas Shrugged, and the problem isn’t so much what to quote, it’s when to stop without giving anything away. I’ll try to get to a good short excerpt at some point this week.