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.

3000 Points

March 6, 2009

Ponder that number for a while.

Pretend you’re a member of the mainstream media. A Republican has been elected President. Between the election and SIX WEEKS after the inauguration, the Dow collapses from 9625 to below 6600. The retirement funds of millions of voters lose hundreds of billions in value.

Think there’d be hysterical stories playing constantly about the President? Think the loyal opposition would be screaming their heads off? Think the new GOP President would have an approval rating of about 1%? I do.

Funny how that’s not happening now. Mr. Obama’s approval rating sits at 60% after he passed the largest spending bill in history. Magazines and newspapers still celebrate the majesty of Mr. Obama and the First Lady. Mr. Obama feels so confident in his abilities that he’s working to nationalize health care.

Sometimes I think I’m living a nightmare. When I hear the words “President Obama” I still have a feeling of unreality about it. 52% of the people voted for a Socialist, the most liberal member of the Senate (Mr. Obama had a higher liberal rating than even avowed Socialist Bernie Sanders), during a recession. That man is now following his Alinskyite training to talk down the market and worsen the crisis to prepare the people for change. He has said he intends to bankrupt the coal industry. He has created a deficit that future generations will curse us for. His own Treasury Secretary is on the warpath against one of the few profitable businesses left. And a new spending bill and crippling taxes and fees on the productive are coming.

And that’s just his economic policies. We haven’t even gotten to the muzzling of free speech, the assault on the 2nd Amendment, the weakness and contempt on defense, and the stripping away of protections for the unborn and those whose consciences are repelled by abortion.

No Reagan without a Carter.

No Giuliani/Cantor without an Obama, I suppose. I just hope there’s a shell of a Republic left when the grownups take back the reins in 2013.

Gonna be a long four years. Prepare yourself–save cash, put aside supplies, be healthy.

And to the wealthy, the people who make this economy work: If I may paraphrase Francisco D’Anconia–

SHRUG!

Don’t let them loot from you. Get out–find somewhere free, while you may. We in America will be here to be the engine of the world once we wake up and throw off our enchantment with Socialism.

I was at Macy’s today, looking for a new sofa.

I had to wait 10 minutes to find an empty parking spot at the mall.

I remember my mom’s stories about growing up at the end of the Great Depression, how hard it was to find a parking spot for your car at the mall for secondary national holidays.

No, wait, instead she talked about how it was a special treat to take the mule into town maybe once a month to buy a bottle of 7-Up.

I’m not saying times aren’t tough, and that you shouldn’t prepare, but keep it in perspective–93% of the people in this country are employed. 95% of homeowners are making their payments.

The current President and Hillary Clinton are both students of leftist thinker Saul Alinsky. One of his “Rules for Radicals” was that community organizing types should make any situation out to be as bad as possible so that people are ready for socialist change:

They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families – more than seventy million people – whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971].

Don’t put too much faith in the fear-mongering of the Panicker-In-Chief. He’s doing it for a reason.

Have not yet found a couch. 🙂

A Modest Proposal

February 6, 2009

The Porkulus Bill (Hat tip: the guy who was filling in for Rush today) is 736 pages long. If ANY Senator has actually read the whole thing, I’ll walk naked down my street.

My proposal: No piece of legislation should be more than 10,000 words long. If you need more space, write another bill. That’s  a generous length, but still allows we the people to read and understand what our representatives are deciding on our behalf. If something like the “stimulus” is so important it must be passed RIGHT THIS SECOND, then let’s make it a concise, tight piece of work. These bloated legislative monstrosities are designed to hide pork and ridiculous programs from the people. Congress should not be allowed to do so.

Hope, Not Fear?

February 6, 2009

Remember when that was Mr. Obama’s mantra? You know, right up until he became President? Well, he’s afraid now, plenty afraid, and the only cure is more cowbell lots of your (and your descendants’) hard earned money for various democrat policies.  A few samples of Mr. Obama bringing the fear:

Washington Post editorial 5 February 2009:

By now, it’s clear to everyone that we have inherited an economic crisis as deep and dire as any since the days of the Great Depression.

And if nothing is done, this recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse.

Remarks by the President on Executive Compensation 4 February 2009:

The economic crisis we face is unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetime.

A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe and guarantee a longer recession, a less robust recovery, and a more uncertain future. Millions more jobs will be lost. More businesses will be shuttered. More dreams will be deferred.

Remarks by the President to Department of Energy Staff 5 February 2009:

Crisis could turn into catastrophe for families and businesses across the country.

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You know, I mentioned the day after the Inauguration what I expected from Mr. Obama, but  I have to say I didn’t expect hysterical panic. He was so good during the campaign at promising everyone peace and unicorns, nd how quickly THAT facade has slipped. Times ARE hard, I’m not denying that–I just prefer to see my President acting like a MAN instead of waving his arms above his head yelling “OMG! We’re all gonna die!”

And yes, President Bush did the exact same thing before the first, less bloated TARP bill. The world was going to end if we didn’t pass that one, either. Then we sold our souls to Socialism, and acted surprised that the economy didn’t recover.