Hillary Goes Dumpster Diving for Economic Plan

Hillary Clinton served up a tired old economic plan like last week’s old lunch.  It contained everything Obama tried eight years ago that stifled the economic recovery that began  after the financial crisis was ended by George W. Bush.  These policies resulted in a  pathetic average growth rate of around 1 1/2 percent.

During the Obama years the number of Americans below the poverty line increased 3.5 percent. The number of Americans on Food Stamps increased  39.5 percent and median household income decreased 2.3 percent and a real unemployment rate of 10.1 percent.   Meanwhile, the national debt has doubled from roughly $10 to $20 trillion leaving us the most indebted country in the world.

The first thing Hillary retrieved from her dumpster dive was a massive new government jobs program:  “We will put Americans to work building and modernizing our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our railways, our ports, our airports.”  Wasn’t that what Obama promised with the $750 billion he fleeced out of we the taxpayers for “shovel-ready jobs”?   Continue reading “Hillary Goes Dumpster Diving for Economic Plan”

The State of the Family

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama, once again, told us that “the state of the union is strong.”  Our citizens know differently.  Here’s what Obama didn’t tell you:

  • The unemployment rate may be down, but the labor participation rate is a paltry 62.6 percent. It is still stuck at a 38 year low.
  • The average hourly pay also is stuck, sliding one cent last month to $25.24. That left the growth of average pay at 2.5 percent for the year, well below the 3.5 percent economists consider healthy.
  • The same goes for health care.  The percentage of adults without coverage remains at around 12%.  Meanwhile, Obamacare premiums skyrocketed an average of 7.5%.
  • The Dow Jones industrial average, faded by 2.2 percent, its first down year since 2008.

Armed with this knowledge, I was much more interested in Monday night’s report on the “State of the Family” delivered by Tony Perkins at the Family Research Council Continue reading “The State of the Family”

Beware of Obamanesia

After months of presidential promises on an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens  (i.e. immigration reform), Obama punted.  In June, he put us all on notice that, when he returned from his August vacation, he would use his pen to do what Congress would not do.

A strange thing happened during those weeks of endless golf rounds on Martha’s Vineyard.  Public opinion polls tanked on the idea and Senate Democrats, worried about their reelections, began taking the president to task over his plan to by-pass Congress.

Last week, a Rasmussen poll found that 62 percent of likely voters are against the president’s proposed action.  Furthermore, 57 percent believe this action to be illegal.

It is little wonder that Senate Democrats in conservative states began heading for the tall grass.  It wasn’t long before the president followed. Continue reading “Beware of Obamanesia”

The Super Bowl vs State of the Union

Two topics dominate the news this week:  the Super Bowl and the president’s annual State of the Union address.

The Super Bowl is expected to draw some 111 million viewers; The State of the Union address was viewed by some 30 million.  The Super Bowl has no real impact on our lives while the state of our union is of upmost important to every citizen.  So why the disparity?

It’s simple:  The Super Bowl means something to the teams involved and to their respective fans.  There will be an end result:  a winner and a loser.  The State of the Union address and the response from the Republican Party, which controls the House of Representatives, is mere rhetoric, empty words.  To borrow from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, they are full of “sound and furry, signifying nothing.” Continue reading “The Super Bowl vs State of the Union”

Twas the Night before Cliffmas

(With Apologies to Clement Clark Moore, Henry Livingston, Jr. or  Anonymous)

 

Twas the night before Cliffmas, when all through the House

Republicans were wondering if their leader was a man or a mouse;

The parameters for the budget talks had been set out with care,

In hopes that a compromise soon would be there.

 

The taxpayers were uneasy, not snug in their beds,

While visions of higher rates danced in their heads;

And mom with her checkbook and dad with the bills,

Had just settled down with a bottle of pills, Continue reading “Twas the Night before Cliffmas”

The Coronation of Barack Obama

Americans often make fun of the English for their adoration and maintenance of the royal family.   The Brits can be forgiven if they snicker over what is about to take place over here on January 21, for the 2nd inauguration of Barack Obama:  the pomp and circumstance, the parade, the bands, the crowds, the balls . . . and the money it takes to put on these extravagant events

It is one thing to hold such a celebration during normal times, but this is anything but a normal time.   The nation is going through a rough patch.  Still reeling from the worst recession since the Great Depression, more than 12 million Americans are out of work.  More than 47 million are on Food Stamps.  Layoffs are a way of life.   Home foreclosures are on every street and there is no relief in sight. Continue reading “The Coronation of Barack Obama”

Big Bird’s Golden Egg

With the nation careening toward a fiscal cliff from which there will be no escape, the national debate has centered on a popular children’s television character who goes by the name of Big Bird.

In last week’s presidential debate, Barack Obama was unable to give us a plan to solve our current economic woes other than taxing the evil job creators. As a result, the president’s polling numbers are sinking and his advisers are looking for anything that might be a distraction.

Grasping at straw, or in this case, feathers, they pounced on Mitt Romney’s promise to put everything in the federal budget, including Public Broadcasting and Big Bird’s popular television program Sesame Street to this test: “Is the program so critical it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? “ Continue reading “Big Bird’s Golden Egg”