We must vote for those candidates of any party that reflect these values: hard work, self-determination, smaller government, fiscal responsibility and honesty. Look to the character of anyone you chose to support. Their past does matter if they haven't learned from it. Their personal life is as relevant as their public one. We must be able to trust those who will be advising and leading us on what our country must do next. -Glenn Beck

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Is This What Liberals Really Think?

Bill Maher was on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on Monday night. I think it goes without saying that Maher is a liberal (regardless of what he claims to be -- A libertarian would never support government-run health care.) What scared me about the interview was that Bill Maher might be saying what other liberals are thinking. Here are a few highlights:

CONAN O'BRIEN: Some people got upset because you said that America is stupid.
BILL MAHER: Yes.
O'BRIEN: And they got upset.
MAHER: You know who did? The stupid people.

O'BRIEN: You have said, and you may have a point here, that you think that President Obama, uh, in how many day has he been in office now? They were counting for a while. It's his ninth day. It's his 100th day. And I don't know what it is now -- it's 140 days, 120 days in office -- that he's overexposed. Do you think our president is overexposed?
MAHER: Well, he is. I mean, at some point, 'Change we can believe in' became, you know, 'Tyler Perry meets the Obamas,' which is fine. I like him. I mean, let's put this in perspective. I'm glad he is the president. You know, I mean, it's a big difference from what we had, just grammatically, you know.
When the president speaks, English teachers don't cry now. But, yeah, there is a fine line between transparency, which we did not have with the previous administration, and being overexposed.
I mean, I get it. He likes to be on TV. I like my bong. I take it out of my mouth every once in a while.

MAHER: Right, right. Uh, but, yeah, I mean, you know, they're talking about 60 votes they need. Forget this stuff, 60.... You can't get Americans to agree on anything 60 percent. Sixty percent of people don't believe in evolution in this country.
He just needs to drag them to it. Like I just said, they're stupid. Just drag them to this. Get health care done, you know, with or without them. Make the Gang of Six an offer they can't refuse. This Max Baucus guy? He needs to wake up tomorrow with an intern's head in his bed.
O'BRIEN: Good Lord.
MAHER: I'm serious. You know, this is where, I said this months ago and people criticized me, this is where the president needs to be a little more like Bush. Bush had horrible ideas -- torture, deregulation, massive tax cuts for the rich, preemptive war -- horrible ideas.
But you know what? He had that swagger that said, 'I'm just gonna get it through. Suck on it, America, if you don't like it.'
O'BRIEN: So, you think Obama needs to get to that level of toughness.
MAHER: He needs to marry his good ideas with that kind of attitude.
They asked Dick Cheney once, 'Most of Americans are against the Iraq war.' Do you remember what he said? 'So?'
In other words, 'We got elected. You have your opinions. Fine. That's what Twitter is for. But, I'm gonna do what I have to do.'
And that's what Obama should do. He should wake up tomorrow and say, 'Jesus told me to fix health care.' I'm certain about it. Seriously.
O'BRIEN: Well, he does. It's one thing to say that he needs to get tough, but we have a two party system. He needs those votes. He has to convince....
MAHER: He doesn't need those votes. That's the point. He does not need those votes. They have 60 votes. They only need 51.
O'BRIEN: But there is something to be said probably for making in a two party system...
MAHER: He has tried. We do not have a two party system.
O'BRIEN: Right.
MAHER: We have two parties, but we don't have the right two parties. We have one party that is a good party if you're defending banks, credit card companies, big agriculture, pharmaceutical lobby. That would be the Democrats. And then on the other side, we have a fringe party of religious lunatics, flat-earthers, and Civil War reenactors who call themselves...
They call themselves the Republicans, and they take their orders from Rush Limbaugh. And they think Obama is a socialist. Socialist? He's not even a liberal. What we need is a progressive party in this country. We don't have it.

I think Bill Maher's comments speak for themself. (I did cut out a few comments because Maher is a crass individual, and I didn't think they needed repeating.) Sometimes we don't even have to say anything -- We just need to stand by and watch the person shoot him/herself in the foot. If Bill Maher were President, this is what he would do!

Maher did make one good point that we need to remember. I need to preface my saying that by refuting Maher's argument that Bush and Cheney simply said "Suck on it, America, if you don't like it." Here is the voting record from 2002 for authorizing the war in Iraq:

Republicans
Yea: 263
Nay: 7

Democrats
Yea: 111
Nay: 147

71% voted to go to war in Iraq, Bill, including 43% of the Democrats. Bush and Cheney never told anybody to "suck it." In their second term, they didn't even have majorities in the House and Senate.

And even when they did have Republican majorities in the House and the Senate in their first term they still never told Americans to "suck it." Look at the voting record for the Bush tax cuts in 2001:

Republicans
Yea: 211
Nay: 0

Democrats
Yea: 28
Nay: 153

62% voted for the tax cuts, including 18% of the the Democrats! For tax cuts!

That being said, Maher was correct in saying that the Democrats don't need any Republicans to pass the Health Care Reform Bill. So why aren't they just dragging us "stupid" people to it and get it done like Maher is suggesting?

The reason is that the Democrats are afraid to go at this alone. They realize there will be repurcussions at the voting booth. They don't want to pass it alone because they want to be able to share the blame with the Republicans when health care reform fails.

A vote for socialized health care is political suicide, and they know it. They've seen it at town hall meetings around the country.

What Bill doesn't understand because he is an elitist is that the government doesn't control the people; the people control the government. The "stupid" people have spoken and will continue to speak as long as bad ideas are presented.

I hope and pray that Bill Maher does not represent the liberal viewpoint, or our country is in serious trouble.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Largest Business in the World, Run by a CEO with No Business Experience

Studies have shown that for people who open a restaurant, 26% fail in their first year, another 19% fail in the second year, and 14% more fail in the third year. So in the first three years, almost 60% of new restaurants fail. (Some estimate that average to be higher.) Why would that be?

Somebody makes some killer food and loves doing it. Friends and family start telling them they need to open a restaurant, and they start thinking about how much they would enjoy that. So they find a place to buy somewhere, take out a second mortgage to pay for it, put a kitchen together, throw up some decorations, and open for business.

Everything moves along fine for the first few months as customers show up and that first dollar is tacked to a wall somewhere. The money starts adding up, but so do the expenses. Before long, the owner tries to figure out why the numbers aren't adding up.

This chef has never had a class in accounting, or finance, or marketing, or management. He's never heard of a cash flow statement, or net present value, or niche markets, or reward systems. All he ever wanted to do was cook.

A bad month or two hits, and the dream turns into a nightmare. The same thing is happening to our country.

CHARMED

President Barack Obama graduated from high school and attended Occidental College. After two years, he transferred to Colombia University, majoring in political science. He worked as a research associate at Business International Corporation (mainly a publishing firm) and then at New York Public Interest Research Group.

Four years later, he moved to Chicago and worked as a Community Organizer for three years. Nobody really has a good definition for what a community organizer does. According to Wikipedia, community organizing is a process by which people living in proximity to each other are brought together to act in common self-interest. (The only familiar example of community organizing I could find is ACORN, which organizes community members to register dead people to vote and hand out cigarettes to have voters register 72 times.)

In Obama's case, he was the director of Developing Communities Project, a church-based community organization comprising eight Catholic parishes. The main purpose of the 13-person organization was to set up a job training program. The budget came from fundraising (which Obama found he excelled at.)

Obama then went on to Harvard Law School, earning his Juris Doctorate. He was the editor and then president of the Harvard Law Review. He directed another community effort called "Project Vote." He spent time as a lecturer at at the University of Chicago and worked at a law firm.

He was elected to the state legislature, where he stayed for 7 years, and then was elected as a U.S. senator. He served for 5 years (2 of those on the road, campaigning.) And he was finally elected President.

HOW CAN YOU TELL WHEN A LAWYER IS LYING?

Barack Obama has never run a business. He is a lawyer. He specializes in politics and the law. Most of his career has been spent in government. He is a talented speaker and writer. His specialty is researching, writing, talking, and voting (assuming he's actually there to vote.) He has never, in all of his experience, had to worry about turning a profit. In his world, if you run out of money, you simply raise more.

How far would we have to go back to find another President with no business experience:


  • George W. Bush: M.B.A from Harvard University, ran oil companies, the Texas Rangers, and the state of Texas
  • Bill Clinton: Ran the state of Arkansas, and studied Economics in school
  • George Bush: B.A. in Economics, co-founded and ran an oil company
  • Ronald Reagan: Ran the Screen Actors Guild and the state of California.
  • Jimmy Carter: Ran a peanut farm, and the state of Georgia
  • Gerald Ford: No business experience, but at least a B.A in Economics.
  • Richard Nixon: Lawyer

The answer is Richard Nixon (although he, unlike Obama, had at least served as vice-president.) He was a lawyer and a career politician. With the exception of George H.W. Bush (who had been vice-president for 8 years), every President in the last 33 years has been a governor of a U.S. state previous to being elected, which makes perfect sense.

THE GOVERNATOR

Governor and Senator are two vastly different positions. The position of a senator is legislative and requires expertise in law. The position of a governor is executive and requires expertise in business.

A senator studies issues, and proposes bills, sometimes as a member of a committee. Debates occur and speeches are given. After many hours, a vote is taken. The situation is very much like a courtroom, with procedure and formality, posturing and rhetoric.

A governor, on the other hand, does exactly what the President does, just at the state level. The governor runs the "business" with thousands of employees. The governor works through his/her "managers", all the way down to last employee, to accomplish tasks. The governor controls the national guard, signs and enforces law, and makes appointments. The governor works on a fixed budget. (No printing money at the state level.)

This is why it was so comical that any liberal would question Sarah Palin's two years' experience as a governor + 6 years' experience as a mayor (which is also an executive position, just at the city level), in light of Barack Obama's experience.

COMMON CENTS

So Obama is now getting on-the-job business training in his first executive experience as the Commander-in-Chief. His inexperience is apparent.

Anybody who has studied business would understand, for example, that you can't decrease unemployment by raising taxes. A tax discourages a behavior. When you raise the tax on a business, the business has less money, and has to find ways to cut expenses. The quickest way for a business to cut expenses is to slash jobs.

Even the anticipation of raised taxes leads to higher unemployment. Businesses realize, unlike Obama, that money doesn't grow on trees. Introducing a health care bill that plans to insure all Americans, after spending $1 trillion of money we don't have, and in the middle of a financial crisis, is an incredibly stupid idea. In a meeting today, the university I work for spoke about cutting back in anticipation that things are going to get worse. I'm guessing the business you work for is doing the same.

And even if you happen to be a liberal and believe in demand-side (trickle-up?) economics, you would realize that stimulus money should be used to actually stimulate the economy. Back in the Great Depression, FDR (who ran the state of New York as governor before being elected, by the way) used the New Deal to put people back to work. They built roads, bridges, schools, and houses that didn't exist -- Huge projects that required a lot of people and work. Obama is using the stimulus money, as expected, to push his liberal agendas.

For example, spending $8.3 million to replace perfectly functional light bulbs at an airport with overpriced high-efficiency "green" light bulbs. How many jobs does that create? What kind of lasting value does that have? I drove past a school today that the New Deal built 71 years ago. Where will those light bulbs be in 71 years? How about 10? How about even 5?

We won't even mention the perfectly functional cars...

AND IN THE END...

Obama thinks like a lawyer, not a businessman, because that's what he is. He has grown up under privileged circumstances, having nearly every penny he's "earned" in his career being handed to him by fundraising or through taxpayers. He is using this financial crisis to posture and position in order to push every item on his liberal agenda through. Nothing he has done, or is currently doing, has been for the financial good of the country.

So we shouldn't be surprised that the economy continues to crumble when a manager at McDonald's has more business experience than the current leader of the free world.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Obama Won't Accept Health Care Limits for His Own Family

I don't have time to write more about this, but wanted to post the link to an interesting article. It comes from an ABC News special on health care reform.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/HealthCare/Story?id=7919991&page=1


Thanks to Skylar for sending it in!