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Obama marginalizes 1.2 million tax-paying Americans

30 Apr

During a townhall meeting in Arnold, MO on April 29, 2009, President Obama made the following comment in response to a question on Social Security-

 

What we face long term, the biggest problem we have is that Medicare and Medicaid — health care costs are sky-rocketing, and at the same time as the population is getting older, which means we’re using more health care — you combine those two things, and if we aren’t careful, health care will consume so much of our budget that ultimately we won’t be able to do anything else.  We won’t be able to provide financial assistance to students; we won’t be able to help build green energy; we won’t be able to help industries that get into trouble; we won’t have a national park system; we won’t be able to do what we’re supposed to do on our veterans.  Everything else will be pushed aside because of Medicare and Medicaid.  That’s the problem that we really confront.

That’s why I’ve said we’ve got to have health reform this year — (applause) — to drive down costs and make health care affordable for American families, businesses and for our government.  (Applause.) 

So, you know, when you see — those of you who are watching certain news channels that — on which I’m not very popular — (laughter) — and you see folks waving tea bags around — (laughter) — let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we’re going to stabilize Social Security.  Claire and I are working diligently to do basically a thorough audit of federal spending.  But let’s not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the Recovery Act, because that’s just a fraction of the overall problem that we’ve got.” (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/29/Retrospective-in-Missouri/)

Mr. Obama, the issue over which the April 15th Tea Parties were held is not healthcare, nor was it over the stimulus package.  It has been estimated that 1.2 million Americans exercised their first amendment rights to assemble peaceably, and the seek redress from the government for their grievances.  And at least for those attending the Birmingham, AL tea party, all 8,000 strong, the cause was even more basic- we want to restore our constitutionally based republic. 

You mentioned in you response that if healthcare costs continued to sky-rocket, the federal government would not be able to provide financial assistance to students.  Where in the constitution is it mandated that the federal government provide financial assistance to students?  You stated that the federal government would not be able to help build green-energy.  Where in the constitution is it mandated that the federal government provide for green, or any other color, energy?  You stated that the federal government would not be able to help industries in trouble.  Where in the constitution is it mandated that the federal government is to assist troubled industry?  You stated that the federal government would not be able to have a national park system.  Again, where in the constitution is the federal government mandated to have and maintain the national park system? 

The only point you did make in the entire line up was the responsibility the federal government does have to our military, to provide for the common defense of the nation.  Taking care of our veterans is an obligation of the federal government despite the position of your administration that vets returning from combat should be watched closely to insure that they do not become home-grown terrorists.

No, Mr. Obama, the tea parties were not about healthcare, but about a federal government that has well exceeded the size and scope that is mandated by the U. S. Constitution, and the fact that we reject unconstitutional federal authority in favor of state and local authority.  You have marginalized the 1.2 million citizens, and I look forward to the day when that number doubles, then triples, and becomes a real threat to your administration.

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Drill and Mine US Oil–Buy and Refine US Oil!

12 Jul

US Energy Independence and Security comes from a three-fold mission:

 

The United States of America

 

1.  Has a divine destiny to defend democracy in every nation that currently embraces democracy, and promote democratic principles where tyranny and dictatorship runs supreme.  This cannot be accomplished while the US is beholden to the very tyrants against whom it fights.

 

2.  Has energy, whether from oil, bio-mass, coal, or nuclear power, as the life-blood of the US economy.  The effects of skyrocketing fuel cost have a direct impact on the affordability of food, clothing, and shelter for every citizen, rich or poor.  We must bring down the price of energy without further delay.

 

3.  Energy policy plays a vital role in the creation of thousands and thousands of jobs.  The oil shale fields alone can produce enough oil to replace our current imports and do so for 240 years.  This is a minimum of 5 generations of employment for families in CO, UT, and WY.  We have 250 years of coal supplies that can be converted to liquid fuel, and produce thousands of jobs.

 

It is time for liberal politicians to severe ties with fascist, economy-wrecking, pseudo-environmental groups and begin to do what is in the best interest of the whole of the citizens of the United States.  It is time for conservative politicians to stand and make a very vocal demand for energy independence and security.  And it is time for every citizen to follow in the footsteps of Patrick Henry and declare that “Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” (Patrick Henry, 1775, House of Burgesses)

In Response to one dystressed…

7 Jul

I don’t get the whole trackback thing, or how to link someone else’s blog with mine, so I am posting a response I wrote to dystressed on the blog FreeThought Fort Wayne

Perhaps a little lesson from history will be good- “Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” (Patrick Henry, 1775, The House of Burgess)

Scathouse- If by hijacking the Constitution you mean allowing freedom of the press as opposed to the Fairness Doctrine, a democrat-backed demand for equal time in a market that won’t buy it, I agree. If by hijacking the Constitution you mean allowing freedom of religion rather than demanding freedom from religion, I agree. If by hijacking the Constitution you mean allowing law-abiding people to choose to bare arms rather than creating a state in which only criminals will be able to bare arms, I agree.

dystressed- Obviously you have some real issues with the idea of “sea to shining sea” and defending this great land. Sure, it is not perfect- it is run by imperfect people. For instance, when elected officials kowtow to the demands of the fascists that have usurped a worthy environmental cause and prevented land-owners from the rightful use of land to protect a nest of snail-darters, you’re right, I am concerned. When I am forced through legislative action to pay confiscatory tax rates so you can have public healthcare rather than working to provide your own, as I do, you’re right, I am concerned.

I would ask both of you, what have you done today, this week, this month, or this year to make a difference in this great country? Have either of you done anything more that whine and complain on your blogs? Have you tried to educate yourself on the issues of the day, to write your representatives in congress, to donate to charity to relieve the suffering of those less fortunate than you? The way of the Republican party is self-determination and giving, while the liberal left would force giving for re-distribution to the poor through a failed system of welfare that has seen $1.5 trillion come and go, with little if any positive effect.

If you seek for the welfare state of the democrat/liberal left, you seek to enslave yourselves to a state that will determine everything you are, everything you get, everything you become, from the day you are born, till the day you die.

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” (ibid.)

The Cost of Gas as a Percentage of Median Income

6 Jul

I probably had better things to do tonight, but I decided to start pulling statistics from several sources, including the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the Census Bureau, the Senate website, and the House website, and here is what I came up with.

In May 1981, the price of a gallon of gasoline was the equivalent of .0072% of annual median income.  By the end of the Reagan presidency that percentage had dropped to .0036%, with a slight up-tick to .0040 by May of 1989.  From that time until 2003, the percentage hovered around .0036, sometimes up by .001, and sometimes down by a lesser margin.  In 2003, when we “went to war for oil,” the percentage started going up, and today is at .0074% of annual median income.

Two points: If we went to war for oil, one would think that the percentage would drop with the benefit of the US now getting all that oil from Iraq.  Fact is, that wasn’t the reason, it that isn’t the result.  Second, is that really the issue?  We can parse the data to show which party had control of the White House, the Senate, or the House, but in the end, none of that matters either.  What really matters is that we are not keeping fuel prices down by increasing oil supplies, which will best be done right here in the US.  If we pull ourselves off the world market and start producing our own oil from the 1.5 trillion barrels of oil shale in CO, UT, and WY, we gain energy independence, and we put 22 million barrels of oil a day back on the world market for the world to consume.  Prices go down, employment goes up, national security is enhanced, energy independence is realized, and we are a better country for it.

So, for those of you who prefer to sit around whining about the price of a gallon of gas, I ask you to do one of two things:  Shut up, or do something about it.  If you are not going to step up to the plate and make a difference by making your voice heard to the people who can make a difference, your house of representatives, then please stop whining and be content with the high prices.  On the other hand, if you are a person of character, open your mouth and start talking to your representatives.  Write letters, sign petitions, heck, buy a t-shirt so I can afford to keep sending them to your reps for free.  Just do something!!!!

My Country ’tis of Thee!!

29 Jun

I’m sitting in church today and one of the hymns we sang was My Country tis of Thee.  I was brought to tears to think of this great and wonderful country we have been given, and the lengths to which so many will go to tear it down.  And I wasn’t thinking of the terrorists who want us dead.  No, I was thinking of every liberal judge, ever liberal congressman and woman, every preacher (G..D… America comes to mind) and every mindless follower who sees the United States as a pimple on the butt of society.  We are not!  The US has rescued more innocents, given more food to the hungry, defended the lives of more victims of war and fascism, and brought more hope to the world than any other country currently existing, or having existed at any time.  We are the country God designed to bring hope, comfort, cheer, food, clothing, shelter, democracy, freedom, independence, and encouragement to the ravaged people of the world.

Anyway, here are the words to My Country ’tis of Thee, and following it, America, the Beatiful.

My Country, ’tis of Thee

My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From every mountainside Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, Thy name I love; I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills; My heart with rapture thrills, Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all the trees Sweet freedom’s song; Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake; Let rocks their silence break, The sound prolong.

Our father’s God to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King.

America, the Beautiful

O beautiful, for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.

O beautiful, for pilgrim feet Whose stern, impassioned stress A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness! America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw; Confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in law!

O beautiful, for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine, Til all success be nobleness, and ev’ry gain divine!

O beautiful, for patriot dream That sees beyond the years, Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!