My favorite email this week offers a good explanation of how Democrats will screw up our economy if we elect Obama, especially if we also re-elect our Democratic Congress. Enjoy!
"Once upon a time, on a farm in Virginia , there was a little red hen who scratched about the barnyard until she uncovered quite a few grains of wheat.
She called all of her Democrat neighbors together and said, 'If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?'
'Not I,' said the cow.
'Not I,' said the duck.
'Not I,' said the pig.
'Not I,' said the goose.
'Then I will do it by myself,' said the little red hen, and so she did. The wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain.
'Who will help me reap my wheat?' asked the little red hen.
'Not I,' said the duck.
'Out of my classification,' said the pig.
'I'd lose my seniority,' said the cow.
'I'd lose my unemployment compensation,' said the goose.
'Then I will do it by myself,' said the little red hen, and so she did.
At last it came time to bake the bread. 'Who will help me bake the bread?' asked the little red hen.
'That would be overtime for me,' said the cow.
'I'd lose my welfare benefits,' said the duck.
'I'm a dropout and never learned how,' said the pig.
'If I'm to be the only helper, that's discrimination,' said the goose.
'Then I will do it by myself,' said the little red hen. She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, 'No, I shall eat all five loaves.'
'Excess profits!' cried the cow. (Nancy Pelosi)
'Capitalist leech!' screamed the duck. (Barbara Boxer)
'I demand equal rights!' yelled the goose. (Jesse Jackson)
The pig just grunted in disdain. (Ted Kennedy)
And they all painted 'Unfair!' picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.
Then the farmer (Obama) came. He said to the little red hen, 'You must not be so greedy.'
'But I earned the bread,' said the little red hen.
'Exactly,' said Barack the farmer. 'That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle.'
And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, 'I am grateful, for now I truly understand.'
But her neighbors became quite disappointed in her. She never again baked bread because she joined the 'party' and got her bread free. And all the Democrats smiled. 'Fairness' had been established.
Individual initiative had died, but nobody noticed; perhaps no one cared...so long as there was free bread that 'the rich' were paying for.
Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs.
Hillary got $8 million for hers.
That's $20 million for the memories from two people, who for eight years, repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn't remember anything.
IS THIS A GREAT BARNYARD OR WHAT?"
ORIGINAL SOURCE UNKNOWN
This is my favorite email of the week. And with the 2008 Presidential election right around the corner, this story has two great lessons we should all definitely remember!
Awsop's Favle told and retold.....
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, "It's Not Easy Being Green."
Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome." Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake. Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government. Hillary gets her former employer, the Rose Law Firm, to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a jury comprised of single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote.
First of all, let's get one thing totally clear...SCHIP is a SHAM.
It's truly a shame. Not only are the Democrats back to their old tricks of trying to hand out government services to every illegal alien they can find. But they're doing it:
SCHIP is not about insuring children and poor people. It's a farce - the Democrats are USING CHILDREN and POOR PEOPLE to gain support for a bill they know would otherwise be overwhelmingly opposed (Remember the Amnesty bill - HELLO?). SCHIP is really a step towards socialized medicine, and an attempt to give free health care to illegal aliens. Call your Senators and Congressmen - or you'll be paying for this free illegal alien healthcare before you know it. And when you get old, you yourself will find yourself with no Medicare. Since we can't afford to give healthcare to everybody, the Democrats have decided that illegal aliens are more deserving of free healthcare than hard-working American senior citizens who have spent their entire lives paying into a corrupt, sham system that promised them something in return.
Below is another email I received from Congressman John Shadegg. This really is a sad day for America.
What a country! Before the Senate gets around to voting on this, everybody and their brother needs to call, fax, and write their Senators to let them know that the State Children's Health Insurance Program, aka 'SCHIP' is a bunch of
SH CRAP! Below is a copy of an email I received from Arizona's Republican Congressman John Shadegg. In my humble opinion, Shadegg is one of the good guys - he stands up for conservative values even when it's unpopular with his peers. In fact, to those Arizona Republicans looking for a true conservative to support financially (you know all you people who used to donate money to Senator Kyl and Senator McCain!), I strongly recommend donating money to Congressman Shadegg. From what I've seen, he actually represents his constituents as he was elected to do. He opposed the Amnesty bill while AZ Representative Jeff Flake and Senators Jon Kyl & John McCain caved to the President's shamnesty bill. Shadegg remained firmly opposed even when Bush and his Washington heavies tried to strongarm amnesty opponents - they even went as far as to label opponents as 'racists'. Anyway, before I get side-tracked further, here's Congressman Shadegg's email:
The best news I've received all week: The traitors were defeated! However, I must also say that I'm especially ashamed today, since both of my Arizona Senators betrayed their constituents by voting for amnesty. But no worries, we'll be sure to remind them of their betrayal when they're up for re-relection. I predict both Senator McCain and Senator Kyl are serving their LAST term as an Arizona Senator.
Here's a list of all 18 Senators who changed their amnesty vote from 'YES' to 'NO', along with a list of all 53 Senators who voted 'NO' on amnesty today. I guess all those faxes, emails and phone calls I made weren't a waste of time afterall! Kudos to EVERY AMERICAN who voiced their opinion and defeated this bill.
A vote for cloture is a vote for amnesty.
Although I've voted for both Senator John McCain and Senator Jon Kyl more than once, I no longer consider either of them to be my representatives. The recent immigration fiasco clearly shows they both went to Washington to represent their own agendas, and have no interest in what their constituents want. As a result, the AZ GOP has been in pure damage control mode for several weeks, trying to defend Jon Kyl's unexpected and unjustifiable betrayal. The AZ GOP obviously realizes that John McCain's political career is over, as they haven't even tried to stick up for him. Since he has exactly ZERO chance at the Presidential nomination, why doesn't he just go back to Washington and do the job he was elected to do. Over the past 6 months or so, he hasn't even bothered to show up for many important Senate votes, yet he's asking us for a promotion to President? He won't even be re-elected to his Senate seat now. Arizona has had enough of John McCain. In fact, America is pretty much fed up with Washington...period. Our politicians are soooooooooo out of touch with American values it's truly shameful. Maybe it's something in the D.C. water?
Anyway, up until a couple months ago, I supported Jon Kyl. I truly believed he was better than most of the other talking heads in Washington. But I thought wrong...he's clearly ONE OF THEM. Now that I've realized that, I removed his sticker from my car and mailed it back to him with the short note below (click image below to enlarge)...
Why doesn't one of our Republican Congressmen initiate a bill that would require current immigration law to be enforced and penalize those cities and entities that choose to ignore the problem? Just that simple - no amnesty, no comprehensive reform, let's just prove we know how to enforce the laws we already have. In addition to that, Republicans should be pushing to BUILD THE FENCE we were already promised. Show Americans that our federal government is actually capable of securing the border and taking illegal immigration seriously. Perhaps then, people like myself who are vehemently opposed to amnesty would be willing to swallow the amnesty pill. It's not that I believe we could, or even should actually deport 12-20 million illegals, it's that I'm scared to death we're going to get amnesty without real border enforcement AGAIN. 20+ years of looking the other way is a hard habit to break, and my elected officials need to prove to me that the attitude towards illegal immigration and border security has really changed. Americans no longer believe the lip service we get from our politicians - we need to see it to believe it. Not only would that give most Americans a warm, fuzzy feeling about giving amnesty, but truly cracking down on illegals NOW would cause some to self-deport while deterring many more from coming here illegally. If municipalities verified the legal status of all people arrested and turned illegals over to ICE, we could easily identify the criminal illegals and deport those who are harmful, not helpful to our nation. Of course then ICE would actually have to do its job, and that would require a total change of culture.
Hopefully, Republicans realize that opposing amnesty and preventing comprehensive immigration reform is the best way for Republicans to win big in '08. If comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty) gets passed, the Democrats will get credit from their left wing base while telling moderate America it was Bush's bill (Harry Reid has already used those exact words). Republicans will be so angry at their elected officials that Democrats will re-take the white house and win even bigger than in '06. And beyond 2008 as more and more illegals become legal citizens, the majority will vote Democrat and eventually, our 2-party system will go away altogether.
Republicans must stand firm against amnesty. Let the Democrats keep trying to pass amnesty - it's great for Republicans if it remains in the news, but the Republicans have to keep opposing it. If it's still an issue in '08, the millions of anti-amnesty voices that spoke up by calling, emailing and faxing their elected officials these past few weeks will all show up to the polls and vote for the anti-amnesty candidate. It's a win-win... Republicans win in the election and the American people get what they want and deserve from their government.
Here's this week's blogburst...(As always, you might want to stop the background music before starting the video- look in the right sidebar for the music player!):
We had an amazing week in Washington! Here's the coverage...
Much more video coverage: ALIPAC Deport Them Now Our account More blog coverage: Diggers Realm Stop The Invasion We will be covering the alleged "massive" May 1st rally in Chicago today, if it's interesting we will throw up a special edition so -- Stay Tuned!
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SOURCE: I received this in an email, but it looks like it originally came from registeredmedia.com
If you missed the illegal immigration BlogBurst this week, it's because Jake and the Freedom Folks were in Washington DC. They were participating in Hold Their Feet to the Fire, a grassroots American lobbying effort against amnesty for illegal immigrants. In order to expose the illegal alien amnesty being promoted by George Bush (aka the Kennedy-McCain Amnesty Bill that will give up to 20 million illegal aliens a 'pathway to citizenship'), 35 national radio hosts descended on our nation’s capital this past week, to Hold Their Feet to the Fire! Be sure to check back for next week's BlogBurst - I know it will be enlightening as always!
Here's my favorite email of the week...Enjoy!
The Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, while visiting a primary school class, found themselves in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.
The teacher asked both men if they would like to lead the discussion of the word "tragedy". So the illustrious Rev. Jackson asks the class for an example of a "tragedy".
One little boy stood up and offered: "If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a runaway tractor comes along and knocks him dead, that would be a tragedy."
No," says the Great Jesse Jackson, "that would be an accident."
A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy"
I'm afraid not," explains the exalted Reverend Al. "That's what we would call a great loss." The room goes silent. No other children volunteer.
Reverend Al searches the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?"
Finally at the back of the room little Johnny raises his hand. In a stern voice he says: "If a plane carrying the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton were struck by a missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy."
Fantastic!" exclaims Jackson and Sharpton, "That's right. And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?"
"Well," says little Johnny, "because it sure as hell wouldn't be a great loss, and it probably wouldn't be an accident either!"
ORIGINAL SOURCE: UNKNOWN
You might want to stop the background music before starting the video- look in the right sidebar for the music player!
Here's an excerpt from an email I received from Grassfire.org. It's right on target, and I couldn't have said it better myself:
"...the liberal media is pushing an open borders agenda!
Take a look in the paper, on the news, and you'll see countless stories of how illegal immigrants want only to come to the U.S. and do the "jobs that Americans won't do". Sadly, that's simply not the truth.
The liberal media isn't going to report the fact that only 2 percent of illegal aliens are actually picking fruit and vegetables, but 41 percent are on welfare!
The liberal media isn't going to report that 1 in 10 babies born in the U.S. are to illegal aliens.
The liberal media isn't going to report that 60 percent of Housing and Urban Development funds go to illegal aliens.
This is the truth that isn't being reported by the liberal media, and it has got to stop! Americans interested in secured borders need the truth!
Here's another Hillary joke I received in an email...I think I could read Hillary jokes all day!
Hillary Clinton goes to a primary school to talk about the world. After her talk, she offers question time. One little boy puts up his hand, and the Senator asks him what his name is.
"Kenny," came the reply.
"And what is your question, Kenny?"
"I have three questions, Ma-am:
..Just then the bell rings for recess. Hillary Clinton informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess. When they resume Hillary says, "Okay where were we? Oh, that's right, question time. Who has a question?" This time a different little boy puts his hand up; Hillary points him out and asks him what his name is.
"Lonnie," he said.
"And what is your question?"
"I have five questions:
ORIGINAL SOURCE: UNKNOWN!
As usual, I've had very little time to post lately. But I at least need to say Happy Holidays to my friends in the blogosphere. So I'm killing 2 birds with one stone by using this one post as both my holiday message and my favorite email of the week! In the spirit of political correctness, here it is:
For My Democratic Friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes
for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress,
non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday,
practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion
of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the
religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice
not to observe religious or secular traditions at all.
We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and
medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted
calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of
choice of other cultures.
For My Republican Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
ORIGINAL SOURCE: UNKNOWN
Sorry I've been really busy lately and haven't posted. Here's my favorite email of the week!
"Dear Senators Kennedy & Kerry,
As a citizen of Massachusetts and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.
My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill, which was recently passed by the Senate. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.
Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year -- so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for my family and me because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.
Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year. Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as "in-state" tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.
Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver's license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me given that I still have college age children driving my car.
If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative. Thank you for your assistance.
Your Loyal Constituent,
(Soon to be Jose Martinez)"
ORIGINAL SOURCE UNKNOWN!
If this website isn't reason enough to vote Republican, I don't know what is! AmericaWeakly.com is a satirical website that takes a futuristic look at what American life might be like if the Democrats take back control of Congress. How scary would it be to have a Speaker Pelosi or a Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid? What about a House Majority Leader John Murtha...uuugghh? I hope we never find out! Enjoy this funny, yet scary website, and be sure to VOTE REPUBLICAN in November!
Here's another funny email I received this week:
Upcoming 2006 Democratic Convention agenda:
6:00 p.m. - Opening flag burning ceremony.
6:05 p.m. - Opening secular prayers by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton
6:30 p.m. - Anti-war concert by Barbara Streisand.
6:40 p.m. - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
7:00 p.m. - Tribute theme to France.
7:10 p.m. - Collect offerings for al-Zawahri defense fund.
7:25 p.m. - Tribute theme to Germany.
7:45 pm. - Anti-war rally (Moderated by Michael Moore)
8:25 p.m. - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
8:30 p.m. - Terrorist appeasement workshop.
9:00 p.m. - Gay marriage ceremony (both male and female couples)
9:30 p.m. - * Intermission *
10:00 p.m. - Posting the Iraqi Colors by Sean Penn and Tim Robbins
10:10 p.m. - Re-enactment of Kerry's fake medal toss.
10:20 p.m. - Cameo by Dean 'Yeeearrrrrrrg!'
10:30 p.m. - Abortion demonstration by N.A.R.A.L.
10:40 p.m. - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast & late night swim.
10:50 p.m. - Pledge of allegiance to the UN.
11:00 p.m. - Multiple gay marriage ceremony (threesomes, mixed and same
sex). Rep. Barney Frank (D, Mass.), Sponsor
11:15 p.m. - Maximizing Welfare workshop.
11:30 p.m. - 'Free Saddam' pep rally.
11:59 p.m. - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
12:00 p.m. - Nomination of democratic candidate.
P.S. Any chance we could get Ted Kennedy to drive Hillary home from the convention ?
ORIGINAL SOURCE UNKNOWN
Okay, I finally got motivated enough to set up a BlogRoll for this blog (thanks to Jonathan over at Crush Liberalism - thanks Jonathan!). I already added many of the blogs I read regularly, but I know I also missed several great blogs, so please don't be offended if I missed yours!
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Why does this not surprise me at all?...
Wisconsin Democratic Senator
Wuss Puss Russ Feingold, who is a possible Presidential candidate in 2008, is asking the President not to refer to terrorists as "Islamic Fascists" because it might be offensive. Well, if the shoe fits... Is this guy for real? Since when are we worried about hurting terrorists' feelings? I'm not, in fact, I kind of enjoy the fact that it offends them. It offended me that some loser Islamic fascists flew 2 airplanes into the World Trade Center. But I'm open-minded, so maybe he's right. Maybe we should consider other names for the terrorists. Here, I have one. How about "Piece of shit, fraudulent waste of oxygen dirtbag Islamic Fascists" Is that better, Russ?
How can he possibly expect to be President of the United States if he's afraid of offending our enemy? He says the term "Islamic fascists" is offensive to Muslims. Good - maybe if they get offended enough, they'll start to denounce those who have hijacked their religion to do evil things to good people in the name of Allah.
When Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were released by the Islamic fascists that took them hostage in Gaza, they mentioned in a TV interview that their captors were very offended by Bush calling terrorists "Islamic fascists". With that in mind, I think Bush and every other politician in Washington should be saying it every chance they get. Screw Russ Feingold and any other politician who's worried about offending our enemies. I'm glad they're offended.
Okay, so I didn't see the first part of the movie on Sunday night, but I was okay with missing the Clinton years (I already lived through them once, and once is MORE than enough!). But I did watch during the Bush years last night and I don't see what all the fuss was about. To me, the right should have been more bothered by this movie than the Democrats. Like anything else on ABC, I thought the always present liberal bias was definitely there.
I didn't like the fact that this movie portrayed Dick Cheney as a wrinkly old angry man. Okay, we know the guy's old but come on! I was also bothered by the little poke the movie made at Bush's war on terrorist financing. I think stopping terrorist financing is extremely important and has probably been a huge part of the reason we haven't been attacked again since 9/11. But then, I already agreed with him and didn't need convincing...so I'm sure most liberals who watched missed the boat on that subject as usual.
Overall, I thought the movie pretty much sucked. I almost fell asleep several times. I will say I think the movie definitely made the case for President Bush's so-called 'eavesdropping programs' as well as the need to secure our border. I just hope that the people who watched can see the connection between 9/11 and illegal immigration. If immigration laws were enforced, perhaps the World Trade Center would still be standing and thousands of Americans would still be alive.
I'm no movie critic, but I give both ABC and their 9/11 movie a big "L" for "LOSER"!
Congress is not above the law and our Founding Fathers never intended to give crooked politicians "diplomatic immunity". There are 3 branches of government so that one can always be the tie-breaker! And in this case, 2 out of 3 branches are keeping the 3rd in check - that's how our system of government was designed, right? The Louisiana Representative needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and of course his office can be searched if a judge signs a search warrant. It's pretty arrogant of Congress to think they don't have to abide by the same rules that the people they represent are subject to. I think most Americans, like myself, are outraged when anyone, especially an elected official tries to use the Constitution/some lame technicality to get away with a crime when there's a GREAT DEAL of evidence to suggest that he committed it.
This guy was caught pretty much red-handed. Why are the Republicans trying to give him a pass? It makes it look like Hastert and other Republicans may be worried about what's in their freezers. Rest assured, if the tables were turned, the Democrats would be trying to fry the Republican that was caught on tape accepting a $100,000 bribe and then found to have $90,000 in cash in his/her freezer. Defending this dirtbag is a losing proposition - morally and politically. American's like myself won't tolerate crooked politicians or those who defend them.
One reason our country is great is because our government does not tolerate corrupt officials. That's what separates us from countries like Mexico. I hope the politicians in Washington realize that government corruption will not be tolerated by the people of America.
The recent jeering of Arizona Senator and American veteran John McCain during a speech at a commencement ceremony at a New York college just goes to show that liberals have no class. Condoleeza Rice is also being mistreated by some of the professors at a school where she agreed to give a commencement speech.
You never hear about conservative voters being this disrespectful to Democratic politicians because conservatives are bigger than that. It's the same reason that you don't hear Republicans in Washington constantly whining like the liberals. You might also notice that while the conservatives are working and trying to accomplish things, the liberals are just being obstructionists and trying to stand in the way of any progress the Republicans might get credit for.
In other words, the liberals are just plain immature!
In order to help Americans with increased gas prices, our politicians are coming up with all kinds of ideas. That's good, unless of course they are bad ideas. And as usual, the Democrats have nothing but criticism and bad ideas, if any at all.
The Democrats want to repeal part of the gas tax to ease prices at the pump, temporarily. I don't know how many cents per gallon they propose giving back, but either way it's a dumb idea because lower prices will only further increase demand while doing nothing about supply (which by the way is the problem!). The price of gas is a symptom, it is not the problem. Decreased supply, or the speculation of decreased supply is what is causing gas prices to increase and therefore, supply must be dealt with if we want a real solution.
The bottom line is that gas prices are high because our free marketplace is working properly, and I for one think that is a good thing. No, I don't like paying more to fill up my car, but the prices are high because of a decreased supply (or speculation of decreased supply). At the same time, demand for oil (a finite natural resource) is greater than ever. That situation, in a free enterprise system, is supposed to result in higher prices, and you can't fix what's not broke.
So the solution must address future fuel supply, not current gas prices. I support more drilling in the US, reduction in the number of blends and spending money on alternative fuels research as President Bush is talking about. However, I fear it is only talk.
I was watching Hannity & Colmes on Fox news the other day (I think I already admitted to being a Fox News junkie). Anyway, this complete moron was on the show talking about how we should deal with the immigration problem. I didn't catch his name because I'm bad with names and quite honestly, I didn't really care what his name was. But this guy is the San Francisco City Supervisor (go figure). He claims we should not even have a military, and still seems to stand by this statement. No, really! And Sean Hannity gave him a million chances to set the record straight and say that he didn't really mean it, but he wouldn't.
Now, he apparently is telling law enforcement in his city not to enforce new federal immigration laws if they are passed. In other words, he is encouraging lawlessness and anarchy. He claims he can't enforce immigration laws because he doesn't have the resources, and the police officers he does have need to focus on more important problems. And then this bonehead went on to say that the way to resolve immigration is to reform the economies of the countries (namely Mexico) that illegal immigrants are immigrating from. Oh sure Mr. City Supervisor, as if we have the ability to reform a foreign country's economy. First of all, we have no authority to do anything with their economy. Second, we don't have the resources...remember Mr. City Supervisor? You don't even have the resources to enforce the laws of the United States of America in your city, how are you going to help reform an entire country's economy, maybe even several countries' economies...huh???! Besides that, the Mexican government won't even cooperate with the US to keep drugs from coming in the US and it actually provides information to its citizens on how to illegally enter the US. Even if you got rid of all the corruption, there is no way Mexico is going to work "with" the US to do anything, even to reform it's own economy. Give me a break. I'm sorry but this guy shouldn't even be allowed to talk on national TV.
But he was, and it gets even funnier. He went on to say that we should follow the Europeans model of not only open borders for trade, but we should have an open labor market too. In other words, we should let anybody who pleases drift back and forth across our border for the sake of labor? Perhaps Mr. San Francisco City Supervisor would also like to have a more than 20% unemployment rate like many European countries. And how about riots like those taking place in Paris...would he like to have angry, violent, unemployed young people rioting in his city too? Why would we follow an example that has failed the Europeans so miserably? And why would anybody, even in San Francisco, want this loser to be their City Supervisor?
The demonstrations across the country this past weekend got a lot of attention from the press but did it help the cause of illegal immigrants? I don't think so. Giving local officials grossly under-estimated numbers of expected protestors so as to get the permit, blocking traffic, waving the Mexican flag and even getting kids to skip school to demonstrate. To me, this looks an awful lot like the same flagrant disresepect for our sovereignty and our laws that many of these people also displayed when they entered our country illegally.
I just hope the politicians have a spine (at least the Republicans - we already know the liberals are spineless!) and remember that most of these people can't vote anyway! My biggest fear is that Washington will pass a bill that will set up a guest worker program (okay let's call it what it really is - amnesty) but will still not seriously provide for border enforcement. Or that the 'stopping them from coming in the country' part will just be ignored like it is now. In my mind, that would be the only way Washington could further screw up our immigration problem.
I can't even blog about this anymore because it pisses me off so bad. However, I'm sure I will be re-visiting the subject many times in the months to come!
I've had this domain for a while now and have been toying with the idea of setting up a political blog. I have several business blogs, unfortunately I can't vent my political feelings on those blogs (bad for business since roughly half the country is going to disagree with just about anything I say!). But I keep up on current events quite a bit (okay, I admit I'm a Fox News junkie), and I have a lot of opinions that my family is probably sick of hearing. So finally today, thanks to George Bush's stupid idea to trust the UAE with some of our port security, I started www.BlogForFreedom.com to let the world know exactly what I think (although the world really doesn't care - I'm aware!).
As a disabled veteran, a Republican and a President Bush supporter, I cannot believe that ANY of our nation's port security would be left to the UAE. I realize there is a great deal more to this issue than meets the eye - information that citizens such as myself do not have. However, if there is even a .01% chance that this could jeopardize national security (and there is at least a .01% chance), why would we take such an unnecessary risk?
As a child, I lived in Saudi Arabia and I have many Arab friends. As a result, I understand their culture and I do not trust the UAE. I know that extremist Arabs who hate America are an accepted part of most Arab cultures. They are not seen as criminals, in fact, many see them as heroes and their ties to the "government elites" are usually strong. While many Arab governments are "officially" allies of the US and the war on terror, their people truly do not like America or our way of life. For this reason, it would be way too easy for an extremist group to find an "in" to this UAE company. What if our UAE 'friends' just happen to turn a blind eye to a shipment of weapons, nuclear, chemical or other hazardous items that could be used to launch an attack on our homeland? Currently, the majority of containers that come through our ports go unchecked and we need to tighten port security. Instead, we seem to be putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Has our government become completely blind to the obvious?
President Bush and the Republican Party claim that securing our nation is a top priority after 9/11. Iraq is part of this plan and I support the war in Iraq. However, what good does it do to spend billions of dollars fighting terrorism in Iraq when our borders are completely unprotected? If Mexican immigrants can illegally enter our country any time they like, what's stopping Al Quaeda? Nothing. And now we're going to leave our ports in the hands of a country that was home to two of the 9/11 hijackers? If we continue with such an ignorant, liberal attitude towards national security, President Bush is right about one thing...it's just a matter of time before we get hit again.
I have lost a great deal of respect for President Bush due to his failure to secure the Mexican border. I live in Arizona and I believed border security would finally be taken seriously after 9/11. But it was all political BS. And now with this port security issue, I don't know what he's thinking anymore. For the first time in my life, I actually agree with the Democratic leadership. If the Republicans want to continue being seen as the party that will protect America, they need to get back to basics and realize that putting a country that doesn't like us in charge of our port security is the wrong thing to do. It's like the UN putting Libya on the committee that oversees human rights. It makes ZERO sense. If Republicans cannot use their majority in Washington to stop this UAE deal, then perhaps they don't deserve to be in control anymore. I think this could be one of THE ISSUES that alot of people who are on the fence will remember. They could very well use their vote in future elections to punish candidates that support this UAE company.
I don't know about you, but I remember just a few short years ago that President Bush "...looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes..." and saw a soul he could trust. Wrong George. Old habits die hard and much like the UAE, Putin is only our friend to our face. Behind our back, however, he has gone out of his way to be un-helpful to the U.S.... joining France's efforts against us before the Iraq war, even going as far as to befriend Hammas and help Iran get nukes. Even a so-called Western ally like France actually hates America. Saudi Arabia is our supposed ally too, yet they are the world's largest exporter of terror. They teach radical islam in their schools and some members of their royal family were found to have financial links to terror. But they're "officially" our friends ... right. Hey, why don't we put the Saudis in charge of our airport security? Can you say 9/11? Is President Bush truly so naive as to think that the UAE can be trusted to protect our national security interests?
Bush said that we have to be right 100% of the time and the terrorists only have to get lucky once. He was absolutely correct. This could be that "once". Just like he was wrong to trust Putin, Bush is wrong again regarding the UAE. And this time, I honestly fear I will live to see the day that our country realizes what a huge mistake we made by allowing our port security to be handled by a foreign country that doesn't like us.
Why doesn't Bush get it? Even Hillary Clinton and most Democrats get that this is a dumb idea. Of course, Jimmy Carter agrees with Bush and thinks this deal will be okay ... that should be a MAJOR clue that we need to stop the deal immediately!
Who'd a thought it would be a stupid Republican that pissed me off bad enough to finally start this blog! Thank you President Bush for motivating me...I'm proud to finally have my blog up. Unfortunately, I've never been so ashamed to be a Bush supporter as I am today.