A 1-In-100 Blogger: January 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Developing: Cure for Big Government

Something amazing is happening. Developing right now across the United States is a cure for big government. After it became apparent that government is the problem, the Tea Party Movement began in February of 2009. Outcry against socialism and communism is on the rise.

The mother of all ironies occurred when, in the same state that the Boston Tea Party happened in 1773, Massachusetts struck down a year long era of Liberal supermajority politics by electing Scott Brown.

To get an idea of just how rare of a victory this is for Republicans in Massachusetts: Kennedy, a Leftist Democrat, held the seat for 47 years. It makes me hopeful that Seattle's so-called "congressman for life," Jim McDermott, may too be ousted by Steve Beren - who's a Conservative Tea Party activist from Seattle, Washington.

Folks, we're truly experiencing history here. We the people of the United States want our country back. America is rising at the opportunity to tell the Progressives that we won't stop reclaiming our country until each and every one of the socialists, the leftists and the frauds are gone.



Man-made Global warming is a fraud. It's a hoax. Thanks to Climategate we all know this now. For the Democrats, however, their world is surely warming because the heat is on them for the abuse of power we've seen over the last year. That's politician-made Global warming for ya!

The Progressives, Democrats and Liberals who held power over the last year went on a reckless spending spree. These politicians knew the whole time that they didn't have a dime to pay for it. It's the same thing as a dine and dash but on a whole different level, and the robbed taxpayers are left on the hook to pay for it.

The punishment for these reckless politicians will ultimately become America's greatest blessing - real change.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The United States Has Cancer

Since President Obama took office in 2009, the United States is increasingly suffering from a cancerous growth of government. America's cancer is squeezing the life out of the private sector and causing the economy to shrink. The government is growing at a rate not seen since Franklin D. Roosevelt did everything he could to impede economic recovery from the Great Depression. By forcing government intervention in areas of the economy where it has no business being a part of, Barack Obama's Raw Deal is strikingly similar to FDR's New Deal.

On the one hand, during the Great Depression Roosevelt's heart was in the right place. But his socialist policies, for the most part, were a dismal failure. They probably caused the Depression to run deeper and longer than it would have if government had stayed out of the economy and let the bad times run their natural course. We're reminded, however, by Barack Obama's designated chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, that "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." What better time could there be to grow government and a reliance on it than during a struggling economic period? I guess there is no better time, and Obama has jumped on the opportunity as quickly as FDR did.

Government is the problem

The major social problems of the United States have been produced by, in appearance, well-intended actions of government programs. Surely, Obama's hope and FDR's heart are in the right place; unfortunately, the act of pushing forward with idealistic misconceptions of reality creates long-term issues that takes generations to recover from. Both Roosevelt and Obama's actions are a blueprint for failure, showing us exactly why government is the problem.

According to both Barack Hussein Obama and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "It [is] the government's job to straighten out [the economic crisis] and do it as quickly as possible." Acting upon this assumption with such recklessness as we've seen will destroy the economy. The cancerous growth of government spreads all across the United States punishing our economy with high unemployment rates. Private companies are firing — private sector jobs are on the decline. Government is hiring — government jobs are on the rise. To pay for these jobs, U.S. taxpayers and private businesses are being heavily taxed, either directly or through inflation to finance government borrowing.

In other words, money better-well spent by private corporations that would be investing for economic growth, prosperity and job creation, the government is instead taking the money (through increased taxes) and spending it on public job creation. The government is not a business and therefore offers no economic incentives for driving innovation and future prosperity, so as long as more money and jobs are taken from the private sector, the more our economy will stall. Our economic plateau will continue for as long as socialism thrives in America; economic risk will cease and real job creation will decline while the realistic threat of socialism remains in the United States.

Government is the problem sound bite

According to a Rasmussen poll, 59% of the United States agree with Ronald Reagan—government is the problem.

How the cancer spreads

Understanding the difference between the self-interest of individuals when they are engaged in the private sector and the self-interest of the same individuals when they are engaged in the government sector is only part of the answer to the problem Obama is recreating. The result of America's cancer is a government system that is no longer controlled by "we, the people." Instead of Abraham Lincoln's government "of the people, by the people, and for the people," under Roosevelt and now Obama we have a government "of the people, by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats," including the elected representatives who have become bureaucrats.

Side-effects of a Big Government Cancer

The most burdensome taxes for the largest number of Americans is caused by a cancer of epic proportions. Obama and his part socialist, part communist team in the White House (Obama's version of bipartisan politics) isn't looking out for the American people; Obama is looking over the American people and dreaming of creative ways to soak up more power. It's all about him, he is part of America's cancer which feels no remorse for the victims it swallows in its path.

The unemployment problem

Between 1932, when FDR was elected, and 1940, unemployment averaged more than 17 percent — the high being 24 percent and the low about 12 percent. In 1940, it was near 15 percent. Today in 2010, Obama has set in motion his own version of Roosevelt's New Deal for America, with a plan to "transform our economy," by forcing a political reform that is most certainly impeding economic recovery. Less than one year after Obama's socialist regime took control of the U.S., unemployment hit 10.2% in our country. Those numbers are skewed of course, as 10.2% unemployment is a low estimate and is not accurate.

According to Rush Limbaugh, 10.5% unemployment is equal to about 21% in the real world. Unfortunately for the United States, in Barack Obama's America, high unemployment is going to last for "years." This is a cancerous side-effect of a big-government, 'Tax and Spend' socialist agenda. Everyone suffers except for the politicians controlling our government, the lobbyists who control the politicians, and of course the big labor unions. As America's cancerous growth of government gets larger and larger, the peoples liberty and freedom gets smaller and smaller.



Economic plateau

Roosevelt's administration was when the United States was first diagnosed with cancer. Roosevelt damaged America, he hurt the economy and prolonged the Great Depression. Just like Obama, Roosevelt's soak-the-rich policies turned out to be 'Tax and Spend' policies, all of which dried up the kind of private business capital and corporate investments that could have done more to revive the economy than anything the government did. The cancer eventually went into remission but it has since resurfaced, President Obama is foolishly following the exact same path of destruction that Roosevelt took during his war against prosperity.

Falling standards of living

Here's another side-effect America will endure because of this cancer. Since government generally does not produce anything, and it doesn’t create wealth and more often destroys it, living standards will erode. From a socialist point of view, I guess this is OK for as long as everyone suffers together? It's the same idea of socialized health care, as long as everyone receives poor quality health care together, it's suppose to be "fair." Despite this misconception of fairness, it's really far from it.

The reality is that this form of cancerous government is not fair at all. Is it fair to "we, the people?" Nope. Does this cancer as government give handouts and special privileges to the SEIU and other Big-Labor unions? You bet they do. They benefit from your loss of employment, the economic plateau, and a falling standard of living. What about the bureaucrats—do they benefit? Absolutely. In fact, more apparent now than ever, many in Congress have made it publicly clear that "we, the people" are a burden; we're a massive hurdle they must jump over before pushing forward with their own agenda. America suffers altogether, but while the unions thrive, the rest of America fails—together, as one—so it somehow makes socialism "fair." Socialism is nothing more than the impression of an ideal state with perfect equality.

The workings of a nation-crippling cancer

The idea behind much of the Democrats current actions is that, by forcing a greater reliance on government, the people will begin to feel entitled to government handouts and begin to rely on government; in turn, with the help of strategically spewed progaganda from state-run media, the people somehow feel compelled to re-elect socialist democrats because these are the same bureaucrats who promise more "freebie" government handouts than their counterparts. For these politicians, it's all about power. It's all about getting re-elected. It's why many local congressmen will steal federal money in the form of a bill or legislation to pay for state run projects and boost local voter support, a loophole in the United States Constitution otherwise called earmarks.

Roosevelt succeeded to some extent in redistributing the wealth, but just as we're seeing today — it didn't improve the economy. Class warfare was a strong characteristic of the Roosevelt administration, who berated the 'evil rich' as part of an evil capitalist society. The exact same passion against capitalism and against prosperity is seen in Obama's character, too. Before he was elected, Obama told interviewer Charlie Gibson that he would raise taxes on capital gains even if it meant that tax revenues were reduced. The goal is to simply take the money from the "rich," a capital gains tax is one tactic used to redistribute the wealth. The result of redistributing the wealth isn't to help the economy, it's to create more reliance on the government. So in this case, strategically, it makes sense that the cancer would sacrifice long-term tax revenues for the short term benefit of growing more reliance on the government: who cares if in the long-term the government cannot pay for it, right? The narcissistic cancer thinks only in the short term, and on how to get more power and votes today. The growing cancer see's that if it can buy more votes in the form of government handouts, surely as the government grows it can take on more debt later to fix the long-term problem that it's creating today.

It's part of an overall strategy used by Obama's administration, strengthening the growth of government by funding leftist vehicles for future propaganda, such as ACORN and the SEIU, while also weakening the country's economic abilities to fight against its illness. The more money that a cancerous government can siphon from the private sector and give to the SEIU and other labor unions, the more they will have to spend on attack ads, or robocalls attacking Conservative candidate's, and other methods used to attack any and all opponents of a big government agenda. In turn, of course, making it much less likely that a reliable cure will be created to counter this nation-crippling cancer.

Current 'State of the Cancer'

With Obama's increased taxes on small businesses, on health care, and with the help of other creative tax schemes the Democrats are coming up with, it all amounts to wealth taken from the productive economy to pay for government expansion. There is less money is available for investments and private consumption. This means unemployment is still on the rise as smaller businesses shed jobs and are forced to work with fewer employees who are then providing less goods and services.

Government spending, dubbed Obama's stimulus, has not and will not result in a net employment increase for the simple reason that government managers cannot allocate resources as efficiently as the free market. This is by default, because the government is NOT a business and its goal is not to make a profit. Thus, Obama's continuous insistence on taxing "rich" employers and "wealthy" small businesses is causing the private sector to have less capital available to hire more workers. Government job increases will always equal zero economic growth, and private job increases will always equal increased economic growth. It's that simple.

While Roosevelt managed to retain the public's support throughout the Great Depression, despite signs that much of his New Deal didn't work, Obama's problem is that technology is allowing "we, the people" to remain more informed, retrieve information faster, and get the facts straight without the confusion of socialist propaganda getting in the way. Although, I'm sure there does exist a small percentage of unrecoverable victims of government propaganda, and they may still watch MSNBC. Thank God the U.S. taxpayers indirectly bailed out NBC through the government takeover or GE, otherwise where would these people go to watch the news propaganda?

The cancer is still getting worse. Rather than grow the economy, create real jobs and resolve the economic crisis, the much needed capital for investments, job growth, and opportunities for prosperity is being spent on government projects. In turn, the cancer is starving private businesses and individuals of the credit necessary to grow the economy. The growth of government as cancer continues to limit private businesses from hiring, so job losses will likely continue downward. The government is literally causing job losses everywhere by siphoning money from the economy to create jobs in government-favored segments of the private sector.

Is there a cure?

Term limits could be the most simple fix to the problems that cancer creates, such as government corruption and too much growth. Minimizing the damage being caused by America's cancer is another problem, and it requires a more complex cure. At this point, however, with a Democrat super-majority in Congress there's very little that can stop the ugly machine that is eating America's private sector and ultimately our economy.

Unless we do something to cure America of its cancer, if President Obama succeeds as he models himself after Franklin Roosevelt, the only people cheering will be left-wing partisans. If Obama's socialist agenda fails, however, the most prominent indicator that America has cured itself of cancer will be seen from dramatic increases in employment. The only real cure is to rid our government of its cancerous source; we must run out of office the Marxists, the socialists, the SEIU lobbyists, and the leftist bureaucrats who have hijacked a government system controlled by "we, the people," and taken it over by moving to a government "of the people, by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats."

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Zing! Rush Limbaugh Tweaks Media (again!)

The media's latest spin involves lies about Rush Limbaugh, this time taking his comments on Haiti completely out of context to make him appear 'on the hot seat' -- and then they took it a step further by going viral with a predictable hoax using snippets of Rush quotes. Politico reported that Rush Limbaugh's remarks about the Haiti disaster and Obama have stunned many. Headlined, "Limbaugh joins Pat Robertson on hot seat," shortly into Andy Barr's fairy tale he writes the following:
Speaking on his radio show Wednesday, Limbaugh said the earthquake has played into Obama’s hands, allowing the president to look “compassionate” and “humanitarian” while at the same time bolstering his standing in both the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.”

Now that most of you've read the liberal's-eye-view of the story, want to know the facts?

Rush did not say, "Don't make donations to Haiti!"


This time it's Rush who's laughing last. Limbaugh predicted two days earlier that this exact set of events would happen, and that Harry Reid's "light skinned" remark would somehow get pinned on himself, not Reid.
RUSH: All right. Now, this is funny. This was our Media Tweak of the Day yesterday... You know, what we do here on this program is, purposely, play the media like violin, like a Stradivarius. And I love tweaking them. I love irritating them, and I love upsetting them and all you do is take words uttered by liberals and apply them to current events. It was Harry Reid who looked at Obama and said he's a "light-skinned" guy that "doesn't speak in a Negro dialect."
Lo and behold, the Mainstream media and other leftist Bloggers march one-by-one right into Limbaugh's trap. They did exactly as Rush predicted, which is pathetic, but also predictable nowadays.
CALLER: Where in your right mind do you get the cojones to just completely -- I don't know, I guess -- dismiss a tragedy of possibly a hundred thousand people dead in Haiti? You're -- you're going around discouraging people to send donations because we already donated to Haiti and it's called the US income tax; and Obama, the president of our United States -- your president as well, whether you like it or not.

RUSH: Where did you...?

CALLER: -- you're saying --

RUSH: Where did you hear that I discouraged donations to Haiti?

CALLER: Uh, I read it in, uh, a news thing called the Huffington Post, but that's not the point. I was going to finish my sentence if that's okay with you.

RUSH ARCHIVE: Before this week is out, [the Mainstream media will make it look like] I will be the one who uttered the words "light-skinned" and "doesn't speak the Negro dialect when he doesn't want to." I'll be the one that said it. Before the week is out I'll be the one that said it, not Harry Reid, and they'll be asking, "Why have you not condemned Rush Limbaugh for what he said (in repeating what Harry Reid said)?" and Harry Reid will condemn me from the Senate floor!

There you have it; the truth about what Rush said about Obama and Haiti. Now all we're waiting for is to hear from Reid as he condemns Limbaugh for what he said, which in all irony is simply the repeating of what Harry Reid said. Sometimes I wonder how the media has a job, it doesn't seem like they're very good at the whole hunting down facts thing... like, real detective work and stuff.

Monday, January 4, 2010

49ers Gold Rush: Vernon Davis

Tight end Vernon Davis (No. 85) of the San Francisco 49ers had a monster 2009 season in the NFL. Representing the 49ers at the 2010 Pro Bowl, one can imagine this story is only the beginning of an amazing career for Vernon Davis. Statistically, he's a 'freak of nature'; given his youth, excellent work ethic and superior motivation to succeed, surely we've just witnessed the all-star's coming out party.

From his 2009 stats, Vernon Davis led the way for a historic year for tight ends and had a career-year with the 49ers. He racked up a total of 78 receptions, 965 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns. Vernon Davis also tied Antonio Gates for the most touchdown receptions by an NFL tight end in a single season. Accordingly, Mr. Davis is quoted as saying the following.
"My motivation now is to pass the guys who were here before me. Guys like Shannon Sharpe and [former 49ers wide receiver] jerry Rice. I think back to when I was young and I was watching them and modeling my game after theirs, and I just want to be the one to surpass them. I use them as a goal. Those guys are already up there, and I'm just trying to get there and pass them."
So, Mr. Davis, if you ever happen to stumble on this blog, first I'd like to congratulate you on the accomplishment of tying Antonio Gates TD record! Your hard work is paying off. But I'd also like to see you fulfill your ultimate dream and beat the record! Break every tight end record the NFL has to offer. We both know you can do it.

The 2009 season was an excellent milestone and should be used as a jumping stone to meet new goals; because, for Mr. Davis, in the past he has made it a goal to be the greatest tight end to ever play the game. He's definitely on the right path so far. Although he still has a long way to go before surpassing greatness and moving closer to the desired Hall of Fame, all-world status that most NFL players dream of.

There's the Super Bowl championship (for the 49ers) as an end goal as well. While the beautiful 49ers cheerleaders do most of the cheering - I'll be rooting for Davis to succeed during his journey with the team to the Super Bowl! I know the 49ers can do it! I also know Vernon Davis will surely help the team as he moves to break statistical records and become the greatest tight end ever. As much as all 49ers fans would love it to happen, it's probably no surprise to Davis that his lonely ring finger would enjoy nothing more than the warmth of a PHAT Super Bowl ring, too.

If indeed Mr. Davis is after the big numbers, a quick glance at the numbers Shannon Sharpe managed over his career shows Davis has some work to do. Sharpe's career stats include 815 total receptions, 10,060 total receiving yards, and 62 touchdowns in a 14-year career played mostly with the Denver Broncos. Then there's also Tony Gonzalez, an all-star TE who over 13-seasons has managed 999 receptions, 11,807 receiving yards, and a total of 82 touchdowns.

The challenge is great. Statistically, following in the footsteps of and ultimately surpassing history's all-time great tight ends will not be easy. But surely, if there's one man who can do it, I have the utmost faith in Vernon Davis. He's a stud. He's a 'freak of nature' with more athletic talent than any player before him. And he's my most favorite player on the 49ers since Jerry Rice and Steve Young dominated the NFL. Perhaps the ultimate goal for Vernon Davis to win a Super Bowl followed by a hall of fame career isn't out of reach after all. Welcome to a new era where the gold rush is Vernon Davis, and a realistic goal for the San Francisco 49ers should be to win a Super Bowl. It is attainable.

For egoistical purposes, there's another "championship" I hope to win myself. With the help of Vernon Davis, my own fantasy of a championship dream is in reach. He just so happens to be on my fantasy football team in a dynasty league. Given my past fantasy football woes when I went from coaching a championship caliber team to one that can't even make the playoffs, I'm all the more optimistic that Vernon Davis will be one of my top keepers as a statistical nightmare for my opponents. The success of my team is riding on the coattails of Vernon Davis! A healthy Ronnie Brown couldn't hurt, either.

The stars are aligning! And the competitive character in Davis is exactly what I like to see. His attitude and success will only assist fantasy football owners like myself as we make our dream of a championship become a reality. Now if only that reality could include a date with one of the 49ers cheerleaders...



The reality for all NFL fans is the sadness that fills our lives when the football season ends - but also the joy we feel when a new one begins. I can't wait! Go Niners! Vernon Davis, keep up the great work and let's hope the 49ers can make the playoffs in 2010. I know it can happen. Until then, here's an excellent quote from Vernon Davis on how he prepares for his journey to greatness.

"I'm just a competitive guy. I always want to be the best. I can't stand to see someone doing better than me. You gotta have that drive. That's how you get better. If a guy in front of me has a better bench press than me, I'm gonna work harder to beat that. It all starts in the weight room. That's where you become explosive, strong and powerful."



References

Joe Wuebbn "Is Vernon Davis the NFL's best-ever athlete? Check the numbers of freak nature 6'3" 253 4.38". Muscle & Fitness. FindArticles.com. 04 Jan, 2010.

San Francisco 49ers "MOY - Vernon Davis [PDF]". (2009). vernondavis85.net.