Archive from December, 2008
11 Dec
2008
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The Sinking Ship of Rod Blagojevich

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., publicly denied any involvement in Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s scheme to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s senate seat.

Jackson is only one of many people tripping over the microphone wires in a mad dash to publicly disassociate themselves from the potty-mouthed governor.

Soon to be former governor? The Illinois state legislature wants to officially boot Blagojevich out of office before he can name a replacement to Obama’s seat – which, technically, he can still do. Of course such a move would require an awful shiny set of brass ones considering his current predicament.

Meanwhile, Washington Democrats and Obama are calling on Blagojevich to resign now for the sake of the state, and the party, and Obama’s reputation.

Obama was clear about noting that he personally did not have any discussions with Blagojevich about the future of his Senate seat, but no one can really be certain about the rest of his team yet. Chicago’s a big town, and all the politicians there swim in the same septic tank. Stay tuned.

11 Dec
2008
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Is the Auto Bailout Bill Doomed?

It looks like it. The free wheeling House passed a $14 billion version 237-170, but it looks a filibuster will send the bailout to a much deserved death.

Much deserved because the so-called Big Three automakers need to be restructured from the top down (or the bottom up, who cares which), not given more money to prolong their inevitable demise.

Much deserved because the federal government has thrown all concern to the wind about spending and is using our current financial crisis as an excuse to rack up unprecedented taxpayer liability.

Much deserved because I woke up in a capitalist country today, and in a capitalist country if a company can’t hack it, that company fails. Or at least goes bankrupt and rises like a debt-free phoenix from its own ashes.

10 Dec
2008
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A Nation of Czars Makes Us

Lately in the news media there has been a lot of talk of new American “czars.” For example, a tech czar, a car czar, an energy czar etc.

Czar, as you may recall, is Russian for the Roman “Caesar,” a dictator. It’s equivalent in German, Kaiser, is no doubt familiar to those with a rudimentary knowledge of European history.

A true Czar has no peers; like their Roman forerunners, they alone sit atop government as the head of state and dispenser of ultimate justice.

I very much doubt we are creating a Czarist America, though with all those mini-czars running her industries, our federal bureaucracy is rapidly beginning to resemble another Russian institution: the politburo.

10 Dec
2008
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GOP Gets a Boost in N’awlins

New Orleans finally said goodbye to corrupt Democratic Congressman William Jefferson and elected GOP candidate Anh Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American ever elected to the House of Representatives.

Republican John Fleming also won in Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District, further solidifying the GOP’s hold on the state.

Democrats remain confident that Cao is just passing through and that they will regain Jefferson’s old seat in 2010. We’ll just have to wait and see what unfolds.

10 Dec
2008
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U.S. v. Blagojevich

From Findlaw.com

(U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. Ill., Dec. 9, 2008) – Illinois governor Rob Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff John Harris were arrested today on charges including an alleged scheme to sell the Senate seat of President Elect Barack Obama. In this criminal complaint, Blagojevich and Harris were charged with one count of conspiring to defraud the people of Illinois and one count of corruptly paying the recently bankrupt Tribune Company millions of dollars in financial assistance from the state of Illinois in exchange for firing Tribune editorial writers critical of Blagojevich.

Click here for the full indictment.

Incidentally – you will have a tough time finding out the fact that Blagojevich is a Democrat in the reporting on this story. Media bias, maybe. But do the math – a Chicago politician in handcuffs…what political party do you think he belongs to?

9 Dec
2008
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Settling Down to Humanity

The signs are noticeable that the luster of Obama-mania is finally wearing off. His inability to get his supporters to vote Saxby Chambliss out of office, the dwindling ranks of Obama t-shirt vendors on the street, and this little tidbit about his shrinking YouTube audience.

Sure, he enjoys high approval ratings now, but that’s no mean feat considering he has yet to actually assume the presidency.

So, now that I am comfortable with the fact that my (wayward) fellow countrymen are becoming attuned to the fact that Barack Obama is indeed born of this world like the rest of us, I will stop harping on this line of thought and lay it to rest. Besides, there are plenty of more important items worthy of my blogging time.

9 Dec
2008
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Blagojevich Taken Into Custody

Late Breaking News!

From FOXNews.com: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested Tuesday morning in Chicago on two counts each of federal corruption charges stemming from allegations Blagojevich was trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Not that Chicago was ever a den of political corruption or anything…

8 Dec
2008
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Now They Want to Confess?

So the brains behind the September 11th attacks, currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, finally want to confess to conspiracy charges. They announced this infront of the family members of the victims that perished in the attacks.

There are also a couple co-conspirators that need phych evaluations prior to accepting the confessions… (A COUPLE?)

I ask… WHY NOW???

Interestingly enough, Obama team considers changing interogation policies…
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/04/obama.torture/index.html

8 Dec
2008
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Auto Bailout Questions

A few questions for the coconuts who gave our money to car companies:

1) Why are we using our tax dollars to produce cars that nobody buys? (Or is it that they’re not sold at a profit? yeah right…)

2) Why are the car companies not producing cars people are buying? Do they want to go out of business? Do they want to be forced to accept subsidies? Or is it the regulations from government?

3) If it is the regulations, why don’t we get rid of them? If not the regulations, we must accept that they are unable to produce a commerically viable product .

4) With the terms Congress is stipulating, will the “Big 3″ then make cars people will buy? Does this imply Congress knows more than the auto industry about manufacturing automobiles? If so, why don’t these brilliant senators go into the industry themselves and make money rather than immorally spend our tax dollars? This is how capitalism works afterall.

5) If the companies need money to pay their workers because their union wages and benefits are too expensive and economically untenable, why should I, as a taxpayer, be forced to subsidize the production of cars that nobody buys? If the wages and benefits could be renegotiated, why does Congress seemingly always stand with the labor unions? It seems they would rather take other taxpayers’ money and give it to auto workers than allow a free market economic calculation of the value of the workers’ labor.

6) Is the answer to these questions that Congress feels it would be more expensive to pay for these workers compensation if they were unemployed? If so, when does this logically stop? Is it when there are no unions in said industry to swap votes for tax dollars?

7) OR, are these bastions of manufacturing necessary to produce machines of war and in that regard too important to fail? If so, couldn’t we find a cheaper way of preserving the ability to defend ourselves?

Answers, anybody?

7 Dec
2008
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Another Day to Live in Infamy…

God Bless those veterans of past and present who gave all to keep us free.

While it is right to honor and remember them, let’s be vigilant now to keep our liberties.

This today, December 7, 2008, from the NYT: Obama Pledges Public Works on a Vast Scale.

The price signal is going to be destroyed. These programs are the way to poverty not prosperity. Republicans in Congress must oppose these measures at any cost and keep us from further economic havoc.

But that is not enough. As Young Republicans, supporters liberty, we have to make every effort to remind the press of their role in a free society. They are economically ignorant, cheerleading government programs that very well could have us in a similar economy to the Second World’ War’s. Write letters to editors and post replies on internet blogs urging fiscal restraint and politically expedient DEregulation.