Friday, October 26, 2012

Letters written by a 95 year old Pearl Harbor survivor to our President, and from a business owner to his employees

Saturday's Conservative Corner - delivered early......            
95 year old hero!
Letter To Obama at White House Sent from 95 year Old Pearl Harbor Survivor - Fantastic!

This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in
for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor
, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can't figure out what country you are the president of.
You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
" We're no longer a Christian nation"
" America
is arrogant" - (Your wife even
announced to the world," America
is mean-
spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching
that nonsense to 23 generations of our
war dead buried all over the globe who
died for no other reason than to free a
whole lot of strangers from tyranny and
I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said," America
hasn't lived up to her ideals."

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue
. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts
, who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.
And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle...

Harold B. Estes
Snopes confirms as true:

When a 95 year old hero of the "the Greatest Generation" stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can. Please pass this along.

To All My Valued Employees,

As most of you know our company, Westgate Resorts, has continued to succeed in spite of a very dismal economy. There is no question that the economy has changed for the worse and we have not seen any improvement over the past four years. In spite of all of the challenges we have faced, the good news is this: The economy doesn't currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration. Of course, as your employer, I can't tell you whom to vote for, and I certainly wouldn't interfere with your right to vote for whomever you choose. In fact, I encourage you to vote for whomever you think will serve your interests the best. [...]

Now, the economy is falling apart and people like me who made all the right decisions and invested in themselves are being forced to bail out all the people who didn't. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed 42 years of my life for. Yes, business ownership has its benefits, but the price I've paid is steep and not without wounds. Unfortunately, the costs of running a business have gotten out of control, and let me tell you why: We are being taxed to death and the government thinks we don't pay enough. We pay state taxes, federal taxes, property taxes, sales and use taxes, payroll taxes, workers compensation taxes and unemployment taxes. I even have to hire an entire department to manage all these taxes. The question I have is this: Who is really stimulating the economy? Is it the Government that wants to take money from those who have earned it and give it to those who have not, or is it people like me who built a company out of his garage and directly employs over 7000 people and hosts over 3 million people per year with a great vacation?

Obviously, our present government believes that taking my money is the right economic stimulus for this country. The fact is, if I deducted 50% of your paycheck you'd quit and you wouldn't work here. I mean, why should you? Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, that's what happens to me. [...]
Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate business, not kill it. However, the power brokers in Washington believe redistributing wealth is the essential driver of the American economic engine. Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change they want.
[[ Editors' Note: Black actress Stacey Dash defends Romney after facing racist attacks: ‘I chose him not by the color of his skin but the content of his character’ ]]

So where am I going with all this? It's quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.

So, when you make your decision to vote, ask yourself, which candidate understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn't? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of protecting and saving your job. While the media wants to tell you to believe the "1 percenters" are bad, I'm telling you they are not. They create most of the jobs. If you lose your job, it won't be at the hands of the "1%"; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country.

You see, I can no longer support a system that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, so will your opportunities. If that happens, you can find me in the Caribbean sitting on the beach, under a palm tree, retired, and with no employees to worry about.

 Signed, your boss,

 David Siegel
For those unfamiliar with Siegel, he is the founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, a real estate and timeshare company.

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----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Breaking news on Benghazi: the CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA director David Petraeus, has put out this statement: "No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. ”

President Obama a foreign policy expert? Really?

   One year ago President Obama signed an order for the killing of Osama Bin Laden, wording it in such a way as to give himself all credit if the mission was successful.  If the mission failed, it would have clearly been the responsibility of the Admiral in charge.  Once the mission was successful Vice President Joe Biden, against protocol and intent, exclaimed that it was Seal Team 6 which did the deed.  Biden thereby endangered the lives of the Seal Team, their families, and the Pakistanis who assisted in the finding of Bin Laden.  The President promptly revealed the taking of a large cache of intelligence.  This revelation infuriated the intelligence community, who now lost their opportunity to quietly use the intelligence to gain further information.  The President then traveled to Afghanistan to thank the military and intelligence communities for the Bin Laden mission.  He asked for shout outs to several groups, saying, “We have Task Force Paladin - and Task Force Defender in the house!“  Being the unbridled self-centered man that he is, he then said, “And we have me in the house!“  Instead of rejoicing with all Americans, President Obama once again displayed his  intent to divide Americans by running an outrageous campaign ad saying that Mitt Romney probably would not have made that tough decision.

   During his Presidential campaign the President declared that he would conduct direct negotiations with our enemies, even prior to receiving any concessions from them.  That clearly has not worked.  Some would see a pro-Muslim agenda in his directing NASA, our Space Agency, to have as its mission the improvement of relations with Muslims.  How can that be explained?  While most Americans understand that those of Islamic faith who are radical terrorists are a great threat to America, President Obama has invited the radical Muslim Brotherhood to the White House to converse with our National Security Council.  He has placed  Mohammed Elibiary (who praised the Ayatollah Kohmeini and leaked highly sensitive intelligence) onto his Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

   The founder of  CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) has declared its agenda to be: “Islam is not in America to become equal to any other faith, but to become dominant.  The Quran should be the highest authority in America and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.“  We ought to pay attention to these stated goals.  It is gaining power and presence in America in spite of our knowing it has ties to terrorism and has been deemed to be part of Hamas.  The FBI caved to the demands of the Council  by eliminating all references to Islam in the FBI terror training materials.  The Defense Department declared that the Muslim Hasan, the American military member who massacred 13 people at Fort Hood while shouting “Allahu Akbar!“ is not a terrorist.  Rather, it was an example of “workplace violence”.  Those military who were injured are seeking a reclassification as terrorism, with purple hearts to be presented.  The Pentagon has refused the requests.

   On our relations with Islamic countries, the President refused to respond to pleas of Iranians seeking American help with obtaining their freedom.  He placed American soldiers into Libya without consulting Congress, a clear violation of precedent and maybe the law.  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta then shocked Congress by openly stating to them that the UN and the International community would be part of any decision to enter Syria, and only then might Congress be informed or asked for permission.

   Regarding our relations with North Korea, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta discussed the recent missile launch by North Korea by saying that it has us ‘within one inch of war.’  This comes at the same time that Iran is resisting all of President Obama’s attempts to have them abandon their production of a nuclear bomb, even though the President has declared that bomb to be “unacceptable”.  China is rising in power, and Russia is not cooperating.  In fact, Russia recently declared that they will no longer  continue to dismantle their nuclear weapons as per the agreement they have with America.

   This supposedly gifted orator has declared some countries as those who "punch above their weight".  Those countries are Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Ireland and the Philippines.  Really?  This is soaring rhetoric? 

   A senior State Department official recently declared that the War on Terror is over!  I don’t think so.  It is believed by many that we are less secure as a nation today than we were 3 ½ years ago, just as Leon Panetta stated.  We have insulted our allies, made Israel doubt our support, and we have failed to promote peace through strength.  Instead, we have promoted terrorism through weakness.

   The recent Act of War by Muslims on the Bengazi Embassy, wherein our Ambassador and two Navy Seals were killed is further evidence of the collapse of a strategic foreign policy.  For nearly four weeks, blame was put on an offensive YouTube video which almost no one had heard of, until Obama and Hillary Clinton kept repeating their apologies for it and our Freedom of Speech.  We have been lied to, as there is mounting  evidence that security was not in place there in spite of more security having been asked for. Furthermore it has been proven that it had not one thing to do with the tasteless video, as we were told.  As those in Benghazi shouted, "We are all Osamas, Obama", suggesting the the killing of their hero and the bragging of having done so, to the point of it being Joe Biden's campaign bullet point is what is more likely to have caused it.  Perhaps it is time to investigate "high crimes and misdemeanors" as our President lies to us in order to preserve his chances at reelection while acts of war are perpetuated upon America.
This administration's proudest foreign policy boast is the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. But the Benghazi fiasco and the simultaneous mob burning of our Cairo Embassy by Al Qaida on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11/01, proves to radical Muslims that Osama bin Laden has won. His jihad has gone from strength to strength, gathering more militant fanatics than we killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden is now a hero, and Barack Obama is a weakling who never stops trying to surrender and apologize.
Radical Muslims know better. 
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The New York Times just found a known leader of the September 11 assault by AQIM -- Al Qaida in the Maghreb -- lounging openly in the coffee houses of Benghazi, with no fear of retaliation for burning down our mission and murdering our Ambassador. Our deeply deluded media and Democrats are pretzel-bending the facts to argue that Benghazi means nothing.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The father of one of the former Navy SEALs killed in the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya says President Barack Obama wouldn’t even look him in the eye and Vice President Joe Biden was disrespectful during the ceremony when his son’s body returned to America. He also says the White House’s story on the attack doesn’t pass the smell test.
Vice President Biden, as he has become known to do, reportedly made a wildly inappropriate comment to the father who had just lost his hero son.
Woods said Biden came over to his family and asked in a “loud and boisterous” voice, “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?”
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In a 1999 legislative vote, then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama was the sole state senator to not vote for for a bill that would protect sexual assault victims from having the details of their cases revealed publicly.
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-There seems to be no low to which President Obama will sink in his desperate attempt to win reelection.  One has to wonder, is there any point at which the main stream media and the public get some self-respect and toss out this loser?  First he asked for your wedding gifts, then your yard sales and now he has asked for your daughters.

Just in case you didn’t watch Obama’s newest ad, and who could really blame you, it’s aimed at young, female voters who may be virgin… voters.  The actress gushes about how special the first guy should be and how you wouldn’t want to show up at a party and be discovered as being, “not ready.”  Lena Dunham allows herself to be used in this cheap, last minute attempt to be the first for young women.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Another video day: A constitutional America, The great hope of Obama; Voices without a vote; The video of Obama lies; Which side of the fence?

You will enjoy this video, allegedly from Virginia, of Americans in support of a constitutional America, with Romney as President.  God Bless America!
A young woman interviews herself about the great hope Obama presented to America
Voices without a vote:
Here is a 13 minute video which captures just some of the many lies of President Obama.  It would be devastating if only the mainstream media would inform the public of the information provided herein.


CBS News has released a clip of an interview by Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes on Sep. 12 with President Barack Obama that indicates Obama knew the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was a premeditated terror attack--and suggests the White House later deceived the public by blaming protests against an anti-Islam video. CBS chose not to air the clip for over a month--but did air Obama’s attack on Romney that same night.

Obama told Kroft that the attack in Benghazi was different from the violent protest at the U.S. embassy in Cairo: "You're right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt, and my suspicion is, is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start."
WHICH SIDE OF THE FENCE? A great email making the rounds:

If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a Republican doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one.
If a Democrat doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat.
If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A Democrat wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a Republican doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Democrats demand that those they don't like be shut down.

If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church.
A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A Democrat demands that the rest of us pay for his.

President Obama indignantly denied Mitt Romney's charge in Monday's final debate that his foreign policy amounts to "an apology tour" around the world.
"This has been probably the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign," Obama protested. "And every fact-checker and every reporter who's looked at it, governor, has said this is not true."
In fact, the president has followed a "doctrine of mea culpa" crafted by a handful of radical advisers who have urged him to, in so many words, apologize for America's war on terror and nuclear superiority.

-• Samantha Power. "U.S. foreign policy has to be rethought," according to Obama's national security adviser for multilateral affairs and human rights. "Instituting a doctrine of mea culpa would enhance our credibility by showing that American decision-makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors."
Power has suggested the president literally bow to foreign leaders, as atonement for Americans' "sins" — and that's exactly what he's done.
Read More At IBD:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Inserting government into private businesses; The 545 people of Congress

President Obama and his Administration have made a habit of inserting their government and power into the private businesses of America:
1)     Obama’s Jobs Bill, Section 376, forces states to give up their sovereign immunity if they take any Federal funds for any program or activity.  Read this one again.   “Subsection (b) states that a State’s receipt or use of Federal financial assistance for any program or activity shall constitute a waiver of sovereign immunity to a suit brought by an employee or applicant for employment of that program or activity for a remedy authorized under the Act.”
2)     Obama took over GM and Chrysler, fired their CEOs, and appointed a new Auto Czars who was totally inexperienced in the venue.  He broke a legal contract by denying to the preferred bondholders the right to be paid before anyone else, paying them pennies on the dollar.  Chairmen of the Boards will now be appointed by US and Canadian governments and the UAW. He demanded closure of many auto dealerships, almost every one of them having donated to Republicans.  United Auto Workers now own 17% and the Canadian Government owns 12% of GM.  He has declared, however, that taxpayer losses of up to $30 billion represent a resounding success.  Meanwhile, signing bonuses and salary increases are being implemented once again.  Worst of all, the deal allows GM to pay no taxes for 10 years, all the while providing large bonuses to executives.  Seventy percent of their automobiles are being produced in China.   At this time the judge who brokered the deal is learning that GM may have hidden facts from him, so he is considering litigating the deal, undoing the entire thing. 
3)     He has openly taken sides with unions, 12% of all American workers, against the interests of the other 88% of us. Only unionized companies can get larger government construction contracts, as per Executive Order #13502. 
4)     Obama’s Department of Justice is suing the Boeing Company for daring to build and operate a new plant where unions are not required to be involved.
5)     Though not directly related to the Boeing case, it should be noted that the president recently made three “recess” appointments to the NLRB despite the fact that the Senate was technically still in session. The National Federation of Independent Business is suing to have the appointments declared unconstitutional.

The Regulations of The Affordable Health Care Act:
6)     Any Secretary of Health and Human Services is empowered by Obamacare to decide with no Congressional vote what care will and will not be covered and what new regulations will be mandated.  This leads to rationing through so-called Death Panels.
7)     The American Cancer Society has noted, "The federal government has never before attempted to define what constitutes essential medical benefits for Americans with private insurance."  And yet they are now planning, through Obamacare mandates, just what private health insurance policies may cover.  
8)     President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive undermining the welfare reform law of 1996. The law required those on Welfare to either work for their money or take training to qualify them for work and took 50% of recipients off the Welfare roles, giving them new-found pride in their own accomplishments.  This new policy guts those requirements duly passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton.    Executive Orders were never meant to countermand all on its own the laws passed.
9)  Vice President Joe Biden said at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse that Planned Parenthood “under law cannot perform any abortion.”
      Planned Parenthood itself has published fact sheets indicating that it did 985,731 abortions in just the three years from 2008 through 2010. These included 324,008 abortion in 2008, 332,278 abortions in 2009, and 329,445 abortions in 2010.
  10)  Executive Order 13535: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Consistency with Longstanding Restrictions on the Use of Federal Funds for Abortion

This executive order establishes an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered, consistent with a longstanding Federal statutory restriction that is commonly known as the Hyde Amendment.

The Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to the newly created health insurance exchanges. Under the Act, longstanding Federal laws to protect conscience (such as the Church Amendment, 42 U.S.C. 300a-7, and the Weldon Amendment, section 508(d)(1) of Public Law 111-8) remain intact and new protections prohibit discrimination against health care facilities and health care providers because of an unwillingness to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

The Act establishes a new Community Health Center (CHC) Fund within HHS, which provides additional Federal funds for the community health center program.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today advised the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe — a United Nations partner — that groups and individuals from outside the United States do not have jurisdiction to interfere with Texas elections. The Attorney General’s letter comes after the international group — comprised of 56 members including EU nations and other countries such as Albania, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, the Russian Federation, Slovenia and Turkey — announced they would be sending election observers to sites throughout the United States, in
Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...  He has been a journalist for 49 years.  He is retiring and this was his last column. It is neither anti-republican or democrat.  It offers a cogent argument for who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the state of this country.

545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget.  The President does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress.  In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.  They have no legal authority.  They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing.  I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.  The politician has the power to accept or reject it.  No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault.  They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.  No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.  The President can only propose a budget.  He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.  Who is the speaker of the House?  John Boehner.  He is the leader of the majority party.  He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.  If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility.  I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.  When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.  They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.  Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...  We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Attack and blame - my newspaper column

Hope and Change is now Attack and Blame
   Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan noted, “President Obama’s Hope and Change has become Attack and Blame”.  Joe Biden told his black audience that Republicans will "put y'all back in chains".  Long before the President was running for reelection, those on the far Left have preferred name-calling, lying and the blame game,  attack ads and hateful speech to an actual debate of the real issues.  Do you need evidence?
   During the President George W. Bush years, the Left refused to condemn the movie “Death of a President” wherein President Bush was assassinated.  Silence from the Left greeted the NAACP ad showing a black man being dragged in chains behind a truck, intimating that George Bush condones lynchings. Another ad claimed that if Bush were reelected, more black churches would burn.
   .  In 2010, instead of educating us on the competing ways to save Social Security and Medicare from bankruptcy, an ad was run showing Paul Ryan pushing an old lady in a wheelchair over a cliff.  The 2012 version is even more outrageous.
    MSNBC this June ran a news segment about Mitt Romney's campaign bus, asking "what could go wrong?"  They then showed the bus repeatedly blowing up.  Do you think that is funny?  The Left pays no attention to Barack Obama's call for our "national debate to be conducted in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds."  Why should they, when our President himself leads the vitriol?   
    Instead of selling the Democrat position on tax increases, a Democrat PAC ad shows Florida Congressman Allen West (called an ape by Bill Maher) punching old and young white women. Recently Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House, blessed Republicans, saying they want to “pollute our air, water and food”, calling them the "E Coli group".  Contradicting her words, all programs receive an automatic raise of 8% each year.
   During Obamacare negotiations, our President accused doctors of cutting off limbs and taking out tonsils just to make more money.  Republicans were accused of having no concern for those with autism. Although it is Obamacare which already robs Medicare of $700 billion, shifting it to care of younger people, the Left claims that the possible Ryan plan will eliminate Medicare – a total lie. If it ever passes, the Ryan plan would maintain Medicare as it is for those 55 and over, allowing younger people the choice to either keep the current Medicare or take vouchers.
  In the case of Chick-Fil-A and other companies, the Left attempts to put businesses which have views other than their own out of business.  While demanding “acceptance” from everyone, they practice hatred and destruction against those with other views                           
      HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones" recently depicted the decapitated head of President George W. Bush on a stake. Joy Bahar of The View said she would like to see Mitt Romney's house burning down.  There is no condemnation of the ad falsely claiming Romney of killing a man’s wife who died of cancer, nor against the charge made by Senate leader Harry Reid that Romney may be a felon for not having filed tax returns for 10 years. Reid mentioned that he had no proof, but that it is up to Romney to prove him wrong. The New York Times declared that the story is untrue, but there will be no apology. Even Bill Clinton's pal Lanny Davis said, “You have vicious people who are working for the President."
   A thug at a voting place in 2010 threatened to bang the head of a poll watcher on the floor for checking someone's ID.  Following the victory of Wisconsin's Governor over those who tried to have him recalled, those on the left were on the Internet calling for the Governor's assassination.  The New Black Panthers have vowed, with no complaint from our President, to put their feet on the  ….ing Republicans' necks at the upcoming National Convention.
   As Mitt Romney said to a protester, "You see, young man, this group here is respectful of other people's rights to be heard.  And you ought to find yourself a different place to be disruptive because here we believe in listening to people with dignity and respect!

One night last February, President Obama was attending a million-dollar fundraiser in Florida when he spotted a local Republican activist he knew was close to Marco Rubio, the star Republican senator from that state.
At the time, Mr. Rubio was being discussed as a potential vice presidential pick. Mr. Obama approached the woman and asked, “So, is your boy going to go for it?”
“The woman certainly wasn’t expecting this sort of welcome,” Politico reporter Glenn Thrush relates in his new e-book, “Obama’s Last Stand.” “But she had seen this side of Obama before, the puckish trash-talker — not the professor who delivered high-minded lectures to eye-rolling senators.”
“I don’t know. It could happen,” the woman said with a chuckle.
“Well,” Mr. Obama replied as he moved in a little closer, “tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”
Read more: BAUER: Obama the intimidator - Washington Times
During Monday night’s third and final presidential debate, President Barack Obama denied the charge by Republican nominee Mitt Romney that Obama had gone on a global “apology tour” after assuming office.
But a collection of clips of the president, assembled by the nonpartisan conservative group Young America’s Foundation, undercuts Obama’s denial.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Addressing a crowd of some 2,000 mainly students from France and Germany, Mr Obama said: "In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.
"Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive."
He then balanced this striking admission with a tough message to Europeans that blaming America and using its actions as an excuse to avoid tackling the global Islamist threat was unacceptable.
"But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual, but can also be insidious. Instead of recognising the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what is bad."

Monday, October 22, 2012

My column from the Boyne City Gazette -

The cat is out of the bag.  Americans now know more about public unions than ever before – and they don’t like what they’ve learned.  Prior to the angry union efforts in the Recall Election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, we generally accepted without question or thought the public union contracts which American taxpayers fund, not understanding that union members are often paid more than private sector workers, that they pay little or nothing toward their health care insurance and pensions that private-sector workers must fund to a high degree, or that they can take full retirement after about 20 years.  Some teachers retire with up to 95% of their salary provided by us for the rest of their lives as well having  health insurance, and then immediately become substitute teachers in the very same district, getting paid once again for their time.  They are, after all, our employees.  They behave as our bosses.

Americans are discovering that public union bosses are often thugs who threaten their opponents.  They take union dues from members without their consent and then use that money to pay themselves very high salaries, to purchase fancy resorts to benefit union bosses, and spend the rest on getting Democrats elected.

Governor Scott Walker did what he promised to do when elected.  Democrat legislators actually fled the state to avoid losing the vote regarding union negotiations and payments.  The unions then filled the capitol city with members from all over America, protesting loudly and camping out at he state Capitol – causing much damage to the building.  Children were brought from their classrooms to join the protest, while teachers indoctrinated students instead of teaching then how to think. An aura of hatred was inspired.
When given free choice to belong to a union or not, 45% of those in the public union AFSCME in Wisconsin dropped their union membership.  No longer can dues be taken from them involuntarily. In fact 38% of them voted against the recall of Scott Walker.

We Americans now have a better knowledge of why our state and local governments have so much debt, with public union pension obligations bankrupting cities and states. In some school districts, for instance, 70% of taxpayer dollars are spent on pension payments.  Teacher salaries have doubled since 1970, but the number of students has only risen by 8.5%.  And yet competency of graduates has diminished.  More money is clearly not the answer.

Governor Walker has in 1 ½ years turned his state budget from a deficit to a surplus and saved Wisconsin taxpayers $1 billion. He did not ask the unions to do anything radical – just to be part of the solution after decades of oversized salaries and benefits.  Governor Walker raised union member donations from 6% on their health care premiums to 12.6%, while non-union members pay about 25%.  Union workers paid nothing or very little toward their pensions until Walker required them to pay only 5%, while non-union members pay up to 100%.  When the value of non-union retirees’ investments drops, it is they who must absorb the loss, while our taxpayer dollars keep union pensions at promised levels through higher taxes. I applaud the teachers of Boyne City, Harbor Springs & Charlevoix  for consenting to changes in their contracts in order to stem rising debt.

Since the Wisconsin failure of unions, unions in Michigan have decided not to follow through on their recall efforts against Michigan’s Governor Snyder, for they realize that their money may not be well spent on recall efforts.  Other states may be emboldened by Walker’s victory to take on the oversized power of the unions in their states, seeking Right to Work laws guaranteeing voluntary union membership and contract renegotiations, and saving state budgets.

Forty percent of Americans identify themselves as conservative – 21% as liberal.  Conservative Americans learned from Wisconsin that if they only get out of their chairs to affect an outcome in an election, they can out-organize and out-raise the left and the unions. It is an empowering feeling, one on which to build.   Perhaps this recall effort awakened the sleeping giant.  Conservatives are no longer the silent majority.  May they continue to join the battle for America.
state law became effective Jan. 4, 2010, that said public schools "shall implement and maintain a method of compensation for its teachers and school administrators that includes job performance and job accomplishments as a significant factor in determining compensation and additional compensation."  The Davison and Stephenson schools and their unions took that to mean teachers rated as "highly effective" got a $1 bonus; Gladstone teachers rated "highly effective" fared better with $3 a year; "effective" teachers got $2; and a teacher who "meets goals" gets $1.worst.

Chavez, Castro, Putin: Four more years!