If you listen to the Marxists progressives on the far left, you would be left thinking that more and more spending by the government is the only way to stimulate the economy. They claim that building roads, bridges, trains, the very infrastructure that forms the backbone of this great land will create jobs, which in turn will generate consumer spending and pull us out of the quagmire we are in. Let government “prime the pump.” Well, if only it were that simple. You might want to sit down for this one:
CITY CONTROLLER RELEASES AUDITS OF HOW LOS ANGELES HAS USED FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY
$111 Million in ARRA Funds Has Only Created 55 Jobs So Far
Continuing her efforts to ensure that taxpayer money is spent efficiently and effectively, City Controller Wendy Greuel released two audits today of how the City of Los Angeles has used American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The audits looked at the how the two departments that have received the largest amount of ARRA funding so far – the Department of Transportation (LADOT) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) – have used those funds and how many jobs were created. Los Angeles becomes the largest City in America to conduct an audit of how ARRA funds have been expended.
DPW has received $70.65 million and created or retained 45.46 jobs, though they are expected to create 238 jobs overall (the fraction of a job created or retained correlates to the number of actual hours works). LADOT has been awarded $40.8 million and created or retained 9 jobs, though they are expected to create 26 jobs overall. Overall, the Departments have received $111 million in federal stimulus funds out of the $594 million the City has been awarded so far and created or retained 54.46 jobs.
Turn on the printing presses at the Treasury, we’re going to need it at this pace! 55 jobs! Nice job Obama.
The only way to ensure that we emerge from the depression in which we find ourselves is to restore confidence in the market. Restore confidence in small business. Restore confidence in the very people that can save us; the producers. Unleashing the brilliance and ingenuity of man will allow the God given talents and abilities shine. Confidence in the future is door we must open; liberty is the key that will unlock it.
The choice this November couldn’t be any clearer
An incredible thing happened yesterday in Delaware, something that I never thought I would see in my life time. The courage that the voters displayed in the GOP primary is refreshing and should be instructive for us all. Despite the numerous predictions of the overwhelming odds against Christine O’Donnell in the race for Delaware senator, the people spoke…loudly!
The Washington GOP and establishment just don’t seem to get it yet. They don’t seem to understand what is transpiring outside the bubble that surrounds Washington. Yet the people know and refuse to back down. The American people are no longer on the sidelines and the sleeping giant has awaken. The GOP better get a clue, or they will be left behind when the train leaves the station.
An interesting poll from Rasmussen showing that Republicans have begun taking a lead on the generic ballot. This is an interesting, but not surprising trend, especially considering today’s political climate.
2012 is going to be an interesting year. It is my belief that the producers, the true foundation of this country, will rise up and, speaking with one voice, will declare that the theft of their liberty by the government will be tolerated no more. The intrusion of government into the everyday life of American citizens has been extraordinary, however the recent moves on the health care front have gone too far.
The iron fist of government continues to reign blow after blow upon the American people and the latest moves on the health care by the Democrats is incredible. A report from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirms that a failure to purchase health care under the Pelosi Plan could have serious consequences. From the a press release by David Camp:
The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.”
Mind boggling, but reading this makes me understand why the House speaker is rushing this through congress and doesn’t want the American people to have time to read it.
In today’s New Your Times, readers are treated to an opinion piece that illustrates that anyone living in the bubble of politics that is Washington DC is blind to what this conservative movement is really all about. In his column titled “The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York” Frank Rich tries to paint the Republican nominee as a GOP moderate.
And Scozzafava is a mainstream conservative by New York standards; one statistical measure found her voting record slightly to the right of her fellow Republicans in the Assembly. But she has occasionally strayed from orthodoxy on social issues (abortion, same-sex marriage) and endorsed the Obama stimulus package.
Moderate? Not in the least. The Left in this country continues to move farther to the left which allows them to say that the middle keeps moving left as well. Dede Scozzafava and her ridiculous voting record would have been classified as a democrat a decade ago. From the National Review:
In spite of its having gone for Obama in 2008, the district’s history suggests that it is basically conservative; Ms. Scozzafava is basically not. Boy, is she not: Not only pro-choice and in favor of homosexual marriage — common if distasteful concessions to the secular liberals’ agenda — she also supports some of the most odious items on the Left’s wish-list, including the “card check” initiative that would put a big cudgel in the hands of Big Labor while effectively disenfranchising millions of American workers who may not desire to become Teamsters, SEIU members, or similar. She signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to oppose tax hikes but immediately declared that she was not bound by having done so. It is no surprise that she is supported by the public-employees unions, ACORN — and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga.
Frank Rich and the New York Times either don’t understand what the conservative movement is all about or they do and are scared to death of it. I would argue that most of Washington just doesn’t get it, however, there are those who do and have been making every attempt possible to deflect any attention from it. The 9/12 march on Washington proves that the American public is tired of the way the government (under both democrat and Republican watch) has been accumulating power and spending more and more of our money.
We need to bring this country back to the values that built the foundation of this great nation. We need to revisit the constitution and ensure others understand how and why it was established. This can be summed up in The Federalist No. 45:
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
In Tarrant Country near Dallas, TX, they are getting a first look at what Obamacare is going to look like. From the Dallas Morning News:
Tarrant County health officials began turning away people who did not meet the high-risk qualification to receive the swine flu vaccine at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City.
More than 1,000 people had waited in line, some as early as 10 p.m. Thursday, for the doors to open at 10 a.m. this morning. Officials were asking people who were not pregnant or a child with a chronic illness to leave. This swine flu clinic is Tarrant County’s first offering of vaccines to the public for free.
Screening started outside before 10 a.m., with people wearing vests emblazoned with “greeter” and asking each person about why they were there. A child with chronic illness got a yellow piece of paper. A pregnant woman got a white piece of paper. Someone who was neither got a sheet with instructions to leave and wait for another clinic.
Welcome to the world of rationing. The government began working with vaccine manufacturers to develop a vaccine in May, yet they find themselves ill prepared this fall when President Obama announced a National Emergency regarding H1N1.
Just think what will happen when there is a shortage of life saving drugs, blood, or even worse…doctors. Will the government begin rationing these as well?
Sitting down to relax this evening I turned on the television to see how the news pundits were portraying Lieberman’s statement that he would filibuster the Senate bill because of the cost and the rush to get it done. Just for a laugh, I flipped to MSNBC to see how Keith Olbermann was spinning the news and I came across this gem:
Skip ahead to 1:15 to get to the good part.
Clip from the Keith Olbermann show on Tuesday night
Olbermann: Are we clear that he never mistook 24 for some sort of newscast?
Eugene Robinson: One hopes that he didn’t actually think it was an actual documentary. This is a serious point….
And it goes on!!!!
I actually turned to my wife and asked her if this is really happening? We have got murderers in Iran about to get the bomb, Cap and Trade legislation ready to destroy our economy, Government run health care right around the corner and this is what MSNBC calls news?
Well I must say, it is a bit ridiculous and really should be an embarassment for the President who marched his two lieutenants out to degrade and attempt to marginalize Fox News as “not really a news station.”
For your viewing pleasure, below are two clips of Rahm Emmanuel and David Axelrod proclaiming that Fox NEWS is opinion journalism.
Rahm Emannuel stating that Fox NEws has a “certain perspective”
David Axelrod syaing Fox News “Not really a News Station”:
If you ask me, if Fox News is opinion journalism, then MSNBC must be the garbage that read about while waiting in line at your nearest supermarket. Truly incredible! And you wonder why Fox News continues to increase their viewership and MSNBC is trailing far, far behind.
Credit to CNN here: Valerie Jarrett makes, retracts charge Fox is biased
“The White House carefully continued its assault on Fox News Tuesday, as a senior White House adviser told CNN’s Campbell Brown that the network was “of course” biased against the Obama administration, but immediately backtracked slightly.”