Thursday, October 30, 2008
Ok, so I watched Obama's half hour variety show last night, and I walked away feeling, to put it mildly, like I feel when I watch those infomercials when I can't sleep about making zillions of $$$. Well, looks like my feeling was correct. Here is an AP article about his ad...and below are the excerpts from it
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office.
Obama's assertion that "I've offered spending cuts above and beyond" the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by "eliminating programs that don't work" masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are — beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
A sampling of what voters heard in the ad, and what he didn't tell them:
THE SPIN: "That's why my health care plan includes improving information technology, requires coverage for preventive care and pre-existing conditions and lowers health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year."
THE FACTS: His plan does not lower premiums by $2,500, or any set amount. Obama hopes that by spending $50 billion over five years on electronic medical records and by improving access to proven disease management programs, among other steps, consumers will end up saving money. He uses an optimistic analysis to suggest cost reductions in national health care spending could amount to the equivalent of $2,500 for a family of four. Many economists are skeptical those savings can be achieved, but even if they are, it's not a certainty that every dollar would be passed on to consumers in the form of lower premiums.
THE SPIN: "I've offered spending cuts above and beyond their cost."
THE FACTS: Independent analysts say Obama would deepen the deficit. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates Obama's policy proposals would add a net $428 billion to the deficit over four years — and that analysis accepts the savings he claims from spending cuts. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, whose other findings have been quoted approvingly by the Obama campaign, says: "... Barack Obama have proposed tax plans that would substantially increase the national debt over the next 10 years."
THE SPIN: "Here's what I'll do. Cut taxes for every working family making less than $200,000 a year. Give businesses a tax credit for every new employee that they hire right here in the U.S. over the next two years and eliminate tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Help homeowners who are making a good faith effort to pay their mortgages, by freezing foreclosures for 90 days. And just like after 9-11, we'll provide low-cost loans to help small businesses pay their workers and keep their doors open. "
THE FACTS: His proposals — the tax cuts, the low-cost loans, the $15 billion a year he promises for alternative energy, and more — cost money, and the country could be facing a record $1 trillion deficit next year.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
But what really got to me was a quote she has with it from Gloria Steinem..."Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood."
The thing that amazes me about that quote is that my wife's friend is the first person to deride Sarah Palin. Is that hypocritical? You be the judge. But with that being said, here is a video about the woman that will be the next VPOTUS.
Here is how Krugman describes it:
"What about the claim, based on Joe the Plumber’s complaint, that ordinary working Americans would face higher taxes under Mr. Obama? Well, Mr. Obama proposes raising rates on only the top two income tax brackets — and the second-highest bracket for a head of household starts at an income, after deductions, of $182,400 a year."
Sunday, October 26, 2008
UPDATE- Here is a great article dissecting the interview
Saturday, October 25, 2008
1) Rep. Frank, D-Mass., also called for a 25 percent cut in military spending . Yep, that worked under Clinton, right? Oh that's right, it left us severely under-prepared for global conflict.
2) "And, ultimately, there will be tax increases on the upper brackets. "We'll have to raise taxes ultimately. Not now, but eventually," he said." - Remember, Joe Biden said it was Patriotic!
Friday, October 24, 2008
1) Children in public schools will have to be taught that same-sex marriage is just as good as traditional marriage.
The California Education Code already requires that health education classes instruct children about marriage. (§51890)
Therefore, unless Proposition 8 passes, children will be taught that marriage between any two adults is of the same worth, regardless of gender. There will be serious clashes between the secular school system and the right of parents to teach their children their own values and beliefs.
2) Churches may be sued over their tax exempt status if they refuse to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their religious buildings open to the public.
Ask whether your pastor, priest, minister, bishop, or rabbi is ready to perform such marriages in your chapels and sanctuaries. (So isn't this infringing on my freedom of religion?)
3) Religious adoption agencies will be challenged by government agencies to give up their long-held right to place children only in homes with both a mother and a father.
Catholic Charities in Boston already had to stop providing adoption services in Massachusetts because courts legalized same-sex marriage there.
4) Religions that sponsor private schools with married student housing may be required to provide housing for same-sex couples, even if counter to church doctrine, or risk lawsuits over tax exemptions and related benefits.
5) Ministers who preach against same-sex marriages may be sued for hate speech and risk government fines.
It already happened in Canada, a country that legalized gay marriage. A recent California court held that municipal employees may not say: "traditional marriage," or "family values" because, after the same-sex marriage case, it is "hate speech."
6) It will cost you money.
This change in the definition of marriage will bring a cascade of lawsuits, including some already lost (e.g., photographers cannot now refuse to photograph gay marriages; doctors cannot now refuse to perform artificial insemination of gays even given other willing doctors). Even if courts eventually find in favor of a defender of traditional marriage (highly improbable given today's activist judges), think of the money – your money – that will be spent on such legal battles.
Have you any doubt that it is a human being?
If you do not have any such doubt, have you any doubt that it is an innocent human being?
If you have no doubt about this either, have you any doubt that the authorities in a civilized society are duty-bound to protect this innocent human being if anyone were to wish to kill it?
If your answer to this last query is negative, that is, if you have no doubt that the authorities in a civilized society would be duty-bound to protect this innocent human being if someone were to wish to kill it, I would suggest—even insist—that there is not a lot more to be said about the issue of abortion in our society. It is wrong, and it cannot—must not—be tolerated.
Obama admits his Redistribution of Wealth is to SAVE the African American community SO HE CAN ENSURE HIS OWN SALVATION! (and Our Countries Salvation) He compares the plight of African Americans to the ethic genocide’s of Bosnia and Africa. He blames all of African American’s problems on “ONE GROUP” who suppresses them. And He says WHITE people don’t want their taxes to help black children.
Do the American people really want this guy to be President?
Thursday, October 23, 2008
1) Q: Will I pay more or less for health insurance? Community rating will increase premiums for the young and healthy in order to cross-subsidize those who are older and sicker. Sen. Obama has also promised that his plan would reduce premiums by increasing the use of electronic medical records, cutting administrative costs, and emphasizing preventive care, but most experts believe those projected savings are highly speculative and unlikely to be seen for many years - if ever.
2) Q: Will I be able to keep the insurance coverage I have now? if you have an insurance policy that you are happy with today, but it does not match the type of plan that Sen. Obama thinks you should have, then you will have to switch plans, even if the new plan costs more.
3) Q: Will his plan raise taxes? Almost certainly
How does anybody fall for this?
Can someone help me out on this?
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My religious viewpoint on homosexuality- This is my personal views and not necessarily what I believe we should do legally. I believe that homosexuality is a sin. There is not much more to expound on that. It's pretty simple and clear in any scripture that you read. Any other viewpoint on it or trying to justify that sin is meaningless in regards to religion. That being said, I do believe in personal freedoms, and if that is what two consenting adults wish to do (within the law), I cannot stop them. Just because I feel that it is a sin, does not mean that I do not love them it just means that I can't condone the sin. I believe that God loves all of His children and because he does, I do as well without judgement.
My religious viewpoint on marriage- I believe that marriage is ordained by our Creator. That it's sole purpose is to bind one man and one woman in His eyes so that we do not sin in the attempt to procreate. I believe that history will show that is what exactly was set up in ancient times. I do not believe that it is just a Christian or Abrahamic based, but you will see it in the Eastern Faiths and in Ancient Greece. What other purpose could there possibly be for it? What purpose would a homosexual couple need of "marriage" since it is physically impossible for them to procreate?
My legal viewpoint on gay marriage- Since the institution of marriage was and is a religious institution, I do believe that this falls under the Freedom of Religion parameters of the constitution. And because of that, I believe that people of Faith should be the ones to define it. Therefore, I do not believe that gay marriage should be allowed. But, being a constitutionalist does allow me some perspective on this. If a homosexual couple would wish to share in the same rights and privileges of married couples, wouldn't an easy compromise be to call it a "union" for same sex couples? They would not be lacking in anything and the argument of not having the same rights would no longer be available.
Now I know what same sex couples are going to say. That what I propose keeps them outcasted. I do not believe that their argument helps anything. The Faithful will always feel that homosexuality is a sin and never condone it. So, how does imposing the term "marriage" on to same sex unions get them acceptance? All it does is continue to polarize us. And if their argument continues into "why are you imposing your religion on me?"- here is my answer. The same reason why we can not allow for polygamous marriages or allowing a 14 year old to have sex with a 35 year old. Because the basis for our laws was in our Founders Judeo-Christian beliefs. Our laws are based in religious morality. If you wish to debate that, please feel free. I have enough web links for you about writings on this subject by our Founder's to keep you busy for at least a month.
Again, I have nothing but love for all races, creeds and religions.
UPDATE- For those of you who don't think this will affect me or my family, here is proof that you are incorrect. There is an agenda here.
When the undecided voters actually begin to look into him, usually happens the last 3-5days of the campaigns, they will begin to see some scary things. Like all of his mentors in his life are either Socialists, domestics terrorists, black separatists or crooks and that he is just a regular old politician. They'll realize that all of his talk about change comes straight from Saul Alinsky, a communist (and community organizer, LOL). They'll actually realize that he has no resume or experience to hang an opinion of him on and realize that he may be all rhetoric. They'll look into his voting record and figure out that he is the most liberal in the Senate. They'll realize that, unlike his wife Michelle, they have always been proud of their country. They'll realize that their is just too many questions about his past that are unclear and no amount of auto-biographies that he writes will answer the real questions about him. They'll realize that they can't let a liberal President appoint more liberals to the Supreme Court. They'll realize that Barack Hussein Obama is not the man for the job.
Now, some liberals may read this blog and have questions that I am a racist or a bigot. I am none of these. I love people of all race, colors or creeds. We are all sons and daughters of a loving God. Please, oh please, remember that Martin Luther King Jr was a Republican. I would gladly vote for person of color for President. As long as said person was a Conservative. Condoleeza Rice, JC Watts or Michael Steele would be just great! But once Sarah Palin is elected VP and breaks that barrier, she will then have to be the next President and break that barrier!. Then, JC or Condie or Michael can get elected. And all will be right in the world.
UPDATE- According to the newest AP poll, the race is all even. Here is the link
UPDATE #2- Here is another poll. They happened to be the most accurate of the polls in the 2004 elections. So, buck up little camper. All is well.
Ronald Reagan is an American Hero. There should be a monument made for him. The world is a lesser place with him not in it. I know that he is now in a place, serving his God once again, and still making everyone smile.