Saturday, July 31, 2010

Geithner’s GDP Whopper | FactCheck.org

Geithner lies.

Geithner’s GDP Whopper | FactCheck.org: "Geithner"

American Resources Review - Coal

American Resources Review

Cap and Trade is Dead

Senate Democrats Put Climate Bill on Back Burner

A recent Politico.com story reports that Senate Democrats have “pulled the plug on climate legislation ... pushing the issue off into an uncertain future ahead of midterm elections where President Barack Obama’s party is girding for a drubbing.”


China corners the market on Rare Earth Minerals

U.S. Rare Earths Gaining Bipartisan Support in House, Senate

NMA Applauds Bipartisan Measure to Accelerate Development
and Early Deployment of CCS Technology

Sen. Rockefeller Set to Propose Two-Year Delay
on EPA Carbon Controls

China Surpasses U.S. as World’s Top Energy User





Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New strategy unveiled to force Obama on eligibility

And weirder and weirder...

New strategy unveiled to force Obama on eligibility

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Small town gives the boot to overpaid city officials

What's going on in your town? Do you know? I admit I'm just like most folks. We vote for people we trust to do the right thing. Then we leave them on their own and go about our lives.

Well, kiddies, people all too often don't do the right thing. We've got to watch them all the time, even if we have to take turns.

This is true for city, county, state and national politicians and bureaucrats.

I'm thinking this story is just the top of the iceberg. There will be more stories likes this as citizen's are waking up to what's going on in their government. Watch for cushy retirement benefits to take a hit.

Small town gives the boot to overpaid city officials : New Patriot Journal



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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Arm Yourself for a Long, Hot, Tea Party Summer

 
 

From the desk of

Jim Lakely
Director of Communications
The Heartland Institute
jlakely@heartland.org


Dear Tea Party Patriot:

Thomas Jefferson said: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be."

Now is the time for lovers of liberty to get engaged. The struggle for freedom will be won or lost by those who shape public opinion. In a crucial election year, candidates will say anything to get elected. You need to be prepared to sort the facts from politicians' fictions.

The Heartland Institute can help.

As you craft your policy agenda and plan activism with candidates and the public, please take advantage of free literature Heartland can provide. We've got the key areas covered: budget and taxes, health care, school reform, the environment, telecommunications and technology, and more.

To support your efforts, Heartland is happy to make available free copies – individually or in bulk – of booklets that present in plain English what needs to be done to reform key areas of U.S. public policy. You can read these booklets online, download them, or ask for free copies for your next town hall meeting or rally. Shipping is free, too.

Here's a quick rundown of just some of the materials we can provide, with embedded links so you can have a look:

Heartland's Legislative Principles Series:

 The following documents on the myth of global warming and the huge cost to consumers of capping carbon emissions are also available:

To request free copies of these materials, call 312/377-4000 and ask for Jim Lakely or Keely Drukala. Or you can contact us via email at jlakely@heartland.org or kdrukala@heartland.org.

Jim Lakely
Communications Director
The Heartland Institute
Chicago, Illinois


         
19 South LaSalle Street #903 * Chicago, IL 60603
312/377-4000 phone * 312/377-5000 fax * http://www.heartland.org


 

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Documentary Charges Obama Stole Nomination From Hillary

Rampant voter fraud and intimidation against Hillary supports by Obama supporters?

Breitbart.tv � New Documentary Charges Obama Stole Nomination From Hillary: "'We Will Not Be Silenced 2008' is a film made be life-long Democrat Gigi Gaston that cites evidence of fraud and voter intimidation during the caucus process in 2008."

Mass. may join effort to bypass Electoral College

If passed into law, this bill may well be America's undoing. We're already undoing at a pretty fast rate.

I recall Hillary prattling off about eliminating the Electoral College while the ink on her Senatorial win was still wet.


Q: What is it with progressives that they just have to screw with the Constitution and work so hard to try to unravel it?

A: Because it slows down their incessant march toward "progress" by preserving Liberty and Freedom for all. Progressives hate individual freedom. They want Control. They want an Ordered Society. Everything will just be fine if we can just control when you get up, how much you make, what you drive, where you live....


The Electoral College was designed by the Founders of the Constitution to avoid the inherent problems of simple majority rule. Picking winners with majority rule on a national level is a bad idea. Two foxes and a chicken vote on what's for dinner. Guess who loses. (ps. You're the chicken.) The Electoral College is a means to give more weight to the chicken's vote to try to make it more fair.

I'm all for majority rule at a state or local level. But tallying the national popular vote is a meaningless exercise. The nation doesn't elect the President. The People in each of the States do. Those who do not understand the Electoral College had better get themselves educated on it. Because removing it means allowing even more corruption in the election process.

Talking about the 'popular vote' is as silly as reciting only the total score of the World Series. It's a meaningless number.

Let's say the total score of the World Series between Team A and Team B was 31. Team A had 15 total points and Team B had 16 total points in the entire series. Can you tell from that information who won the World Series? Of course not. But liberals would tell you Team B won, of course, because they had more of the total points (a.k.a "popular vote").

But did they win?

The World Series contest is played 'best out of 7 games'.

              Team A     Team B     Winner
Game 1        4               1              A
Game 2        1               4              B
Game 3        3               1              A
Game 4        2               1              A
Game 5        1               5              B
Game 6        2               3              B
Game 7        2               1             A Wins the series in the last game!
                  15             16

The World Series is 7 separate contests.

A national Presidential election is FIFTY ONE separate contests!
(includes Washington, D.C. as per the 23rd Amendment, 1961)

That's the way the Founding Fathers, primarily James Madison, wrote the Constitution (even though there were only 13 states at the time). And the number of Electoral College votes are allocated based on the overall population of each state. They saw that the power of the people should be strongest at the state level. An all too powerful federal government would be less accountable to the people. (Exactly what we're seeing today.) Instead, candidates must win over voters in the smaller states and can't just focus on winning the big states. (Note that the smaller states tend to be more conservative and the 'big city' states more liberal.)

Hillary's call right after the election that it was time to abolish the Electoral College is an obvious ploy to allow the libs, whose power is centralized in the big cities, to override the vast majority of the "red state fly over" country. Of course they want to abolish it! It's the only thing standing between them and total control!

On the contrary, if we were going to change it at all, I say we distribute the power even more to The People and instead of counting the Electoral College by states, we count them by COUNTY. (Of course then you'd have fascism the other way with one party in control. That's just as bad!)

No, I think the plan is working great and shouldn't be messed with. For either side to win they have to overwhelmingly get the majority support and vote from EACH of the 50 individual states, and DC.

Larry

I honestly can't recall if I came up with the baseball analogy on my own or if I read this article first. In any case, this was first published in 1996, well before the very close elections of 2000/2004, and makes the case, proving mathematically why the Electoral College is such an elegant method of balancing the election process against tyranny.

Discover: Math Against Tyranny

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Unlimited government spending

 

I looked at just three items on this list and my head almost exploded. This list is nuts! 112 million dollars to educate and encourage states to pass open alcohol container laws??? You could do that with a one page memo and 50 copies on a copy machine. The list goes on and on like that. We've GOT to get a handle on this insanity. 


It's appears to be from 2005 so there may be a newer data somewhere. But the point is the same: This is the kind of crap the government is spending billions of dollars on and it must be stopped.



Hat tip to ScientistX for sorting this list.

The large number of programs hides the fact that most money goes into a relatively small number of programs.  I sorted the data by amount, and the following 48 programs add up to 90.3% of the total.  Notice that the oft-insulted food stamps and welfare are, respectively, 0.98% and 0.97%, mere drops in the bucket (I appreciate that since I've often looked for welfare costs - I note federal welfare is small compared to veterans costs which add to over 5%).  Also, several of these are loan programs, that I imagine would be expected to return most if not all of the money. (ScientistX  http://community.history.com/topic/14011/t/Re-A-LIST-OF-U-S-GOVERNMENT-FUNDING-PROGRAMS.html?page=-1)



Program,                      amount,                      percent total
Social Security_Retirement Insurance $345,573,400,000 17.51%
Medical Assistance Program $177,232,410,000 8.98%
Medicare_Hospital Insurance $166,182,000,000 8.42%
Mortgage Insurance_Homes $143,521,171,000 7.27%
Federal Family Education Loans $129,166,000,000 6.54%
Medicare_Supplementary Medical Insurance $127,976,000,000 6.48%
Social Security_Disability Insurance $76,639,000,000 3.88%
Social Security_Survivors Insurance $65,399,700,000 3.31%
Veterans Housing_Guaranteed and Insured Loans $52,000,000,000 2.63%
Railroad Safety $51,501,000,000 2.61%
Unemployment Insurance $44,086,575,000 2.23%
Federal Direct Student Loans $38,992,000,000 1.98%
Highway Planning and Construction $35,818,330,000 1.81%
Supplemental Security Income $34,285,000,000 1.74%
Rural Electrification Loans and Loan Guarantees $31,980,000,000 1.62%
Veterans Medical Care Benefits $21,432,835,000 1.09%
Veterans Compensation for Service-Connected Disability $21,120,999,000 1.07%
Food Stamps $19,423,936,000 0.98%
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families $19,208,626,000 0.97%
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers $14,712,341,000 0.75%
Mortgage Insurance_Purchase of Units in Condominiums $12,616,000,000 0.64%
Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies $12,342,309,000 0.63%
Federal Pell Grant Program $12,006,738,000 0.61%
Special Education_Grants to States $10,068,106,000 0.51%
Small Business Loans $10,000,000,000 0.51%
Commodity Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments $9,493,384,000 0.48%
Social Insurance for Railroad Workers $9,211,000,000 0.47%
National School Lunch Program $6,884,308,000 0.35%
Head Start $6,774,848,000 0.34%
Crop Insurance $5,970,073,000 0.30%
Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program_Special Allocations $5,245,792,000 0.27%
Mortgage Insurance_Rental and Cooperative Housing for Moderate Income Families and Elderly, Market Interest Rate $5,203,000,000 0.26%
Foster Care_Title IV-E $4,685,000,000 0.24%
Single Family Property Disposition $4,591,684,000 0.23%
Federal Transit_Capital Investment Grants $4,587,380,000 0.23%
Very Low to Moderate Income Housing Loans $4,474,392,000 0.23%
Child Support Enforcement $4,351,674,000 0.22%
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children $4,332,412,000 0.22%
Production Flexibility Payments for Contract Commodities $4,071,721,000 0.21%
Milk Income Loss Contract Program  $4,000,000,000 0.20%
Veterans Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for Service-Connected Death $3,945,931,000 0.20%
Federal Transit_Formula Grants $3,818,689,000 0.19%
Veterans Prescription Service $3,616,952,000 0.18%
Public and Indian Housing $3,578,765,000 0.18%
Airport Improvement Program $3,400,000,000 0.17%
Public Housing Capital Fund $3,241,482,000 0.16%
State Children's Insurance Program $3,175,200,000 0.16%