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"District 9"  by Mike Smith
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Michael Vick Seen In Chicago, Ends Up In Philly .... Hmm, He Looked Like A Bowling Pin! .... Usa Vs. Mexico .... It’s Tusker Time! .... .... .... ....  by Chris Munger
Lions And Tigers And....cheese? Oh My! .... The Stewardess Is Flying The Plane! .... Passing On .... Good Thing He Didn't Call It The "dead And Buried" Tour .... .... .... .... .... My Favorite Films, Part 2...  by Mike Smith
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State of the Nation

JFK had it right
"Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an increased -- not a reduced -- flow of revenues to the federal government."
-- John F. Kennedy, Jan. 17, 1963, annual budget message to the Congress, fiscal year 1964

"A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues."
-- John F. Kennedy, Sept. 18, 1963, radio and television address to the nation on tax-reduction bill

I grew up in a family devout to the Kennedy legacy, voting Democrat straight down the line. Years later they are still loyal to a Democratic Party that has betrayed many of those principals and turned to socialism leadership. Tax cuts, less government has yielded increases in tax revenue in our history: from Calvin Coolidge to George W. Bush. Now these principals are vilified.

The current administration doesn't appear to be focused on generating revenue. Obama's plans aren't getting us out of debt anymore than the Republican's plans over the previous several years. Our politicians (both parties) spend money faster than our great-grandchildren are even thought about, let alone pay this debt.

These partisan politics are like a disease poisoning the country, splitting the nation right down the center leaving us to implode on ourselves. I watch members of this party, my party, rail endless about the evils of Bush while ignoring those by Democrats. Questioning Obama in the least always yields the same old, tired responses of extremism, brainwashing or even racism -- even on a website like the PCR.

Yes we're angry

You've heard the President liken the dissenters at Townhall gatherings to angry mobs. My favorite line from the Prez was:

"But I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking."

I don't think anyone has suggested the Republicans have a clue with their $700 billion counter proposal. Rather, Mr. President we have questions and concerns.

Above all: How are you going to pay for this?


Nancy Pelosi loved the astroturf buzzword but has added: "They're carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare"

This Washington Post article addresses the past, present and is criticizes her tunnelvision.

Meanwhile, MSNBC's Carlos Watson tries to connect some dots to claim "socialist" is a new code word for the N-word and Lawrence O'Donnell blasts Peter Schiff in a horrible interview dedicated in the Healthcare debate.

Paul Krugman of the NY Times stated that "the driving force behind the town hall mobs is probably the same cultural and racial anxiety that’s behind the 'birther' movement, which denies Mr. Obama’s citizenship." (Krugman is so convinced of socialized medicine, he blunders in this video forwarded to me by Robert Herriman.)

Congressman John Dingell compared the townhall crowds to the civil rights resistance and the KKK.

Racism? Shout down a candidate for the Senate? This is debate?

There's no debate. Questions and concerns are being drowned out by cries of racism or worst. So how this any different that the Bush administration? The letters have been changed, but the results are the same or worse.

The Image
The regular Obama family facade seems to comfort supporters and the mainstream media. Don't get me wrong, I respect Obama the father and Obama the husband. There's no denying the Obamas arose from humble backgrounds. Unfortunately, now they are no different than other snobby elitist politicians, bathing in their power and arrogance.

Michelle's entourage has now ballooned to a 20-member group costing taxpayers over $1.4 million. This story was forwarded to me by a co-worker (Dave Riordan) and I simply couldn't believe it to be true. I had read about the Italian Alligator clutch purse supposedly worth nearly $6,000 (she claims it's a fake worth about $875), her Lanvin sneakers which cost over $500, and the designer dresses.

Does this really matter? To many, the answer is no.

Are these the same supporters who were riled over the Palin spending spree for clothes during the campaign? Everyone from Al Gore to John Edwards have been nitpicked for expensive haircuts and clothing choices.

Is this the "Hope and Change" everyone signed up for?

There's no difference. The Obamas enjoyed an elaborate, expensive night out on the eve of announcing GM's bankrupcy. A luxurious vacation home in Martha's Vineyard contrasts the average guy connecting with middle class Americans who are struggling.

The Lingo
We look at their words. Maxine Waters provided the ultimate freudian slip when she admitted to wanting to "socialize" or "take over" the oil industry.

The Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel's brother, Ezekiel, wrote this in 2008:

"Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely 'lipstick' cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change"

More for show?

Should we look further back to his 1996 Hastings Center piece in which Zeke said this:

"An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia. A less obvious example is guaranteeing neuropsychological services to ensure children with learning disabilities can read and learn to reason."

Social justice takes priority over care.

Justice Sotomoyer was the perfect nominee for Obama's brand of empathy and social justice. In his 2001 interview Obama stated clearly:

"I'm not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. You know, the institution just isn’t structured that way."(But he obviously wants to)

(con't)"You just look at very rare examples where, during the desegregation era, the court was willing, for example, order changes that cost money to local school districts. And the court was very uncomfortable with it, it was hard to manage, it was hard to figure out. You start getting into all sorts of separation of powers issues. You know, in terms of the court monitoring or engaging in a process that essentially is administrative and takes a lot of time.

You know, the court's just not very good at it and politically it's just very hard to legitimize opinions from court in that regard. So I think that although you can craft theoretical justifications for it legally. You know, I think you could…any three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing about economic change through the courts..."

Economic change through the courts!

Then there's the White House web site that posted this:

"Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov."

That's right, turn in those people that seem "fishy"; those that don't toe the line; those angry mobsters.

The country has changed so much in six months, nine years, the last sixty years and especially the last 100 years.

The Alternative?
So what was the real alternative?

There was moderate Republican, who ran a horrible campaign promoting Democrat ideals. Wonder why those on the right didn't line up to support the Arizona Senator. McCain was Democrat Lite, so vote for the water-downed version, when you can vote for the "real" deal.

The Republicans weren't for change or they would have seriously supported Ron Paul and backed a crusade to stop the economic bleeding.

Then there was Mr. Obama's real competition. All we need to do is look to her recent reaction to see the obnoxious political wolf in sheep's clothing.

Hillary passed the proverbial baton of credit over freeing the hostages from North Korea to her husband, who was sent in to "save" the day. I'm sure that what seemed like a victory which eventually had a sour taste as Bill got all of the credit.

Now we have the proof as the "shrill" Hillary returns with a zing back to a Congolese student, who claims he was misquoted, during a Q&A session.

After a long pause, our Secretary of State put the student in his place: "My husband is not the Secretary of State. I am."

Think there's still an axe to grind?

There's been no official comment from the White House regarding the angry mob in the Congo.

Why are they mad?
Some were fed up with Bush, some became fed up with Bush, especially after he orchestrated the sit down for the first bailout.

Some feared Obama himself, for good reasons or for some bad ones. Some just got angry and scared after losing their retirement money.

The stimulus spending caused more outrage and the erroneous job predictions escalated the frustration for many more.

The members of Congress weren't listening. The spending, the excuses continue. While Americans languish through this depression, Congress wanted $550 million to add seven jumbo jets "to upgrade the fleet" for Congressional personal use. (Read it here)

I wish I was kidding.

What's next

I fear the next step will be that the Washington elitists will announce they are "fearful" and "worried for their safety", so they will retreat even further from public contact and scrutiny. It doesn't seem hard to meld a Bush scare tactic with an Obama PR spin to yield a reclusive Congress who won't come out and play, let alone answer questions.

We have to seen the totalitarianism that they are leading us to. Obama, Bush, they've both been compared to dictators.

Both parties. The difference is the letter after their name, not the end game. Socialist is a bad word, a very bad word, but it is a political ideology. That ideology unfortunately describes a large faction of the Democratic party, their agenda and is evident in their language and actions.

I don't know who to vote for, but I know who I wouldn't vote for. I ventured off the Democratic reservation of voting after 9/11 and I'm more disillusioned that ever before. We need less of these politicians, not more.

The mob is angry because Congress and leaders have hid from them for months and ignored their voices. In those Tea Parties and Townhall meetings, you'll kind kooks, of course, but that's NOT the majority.

We have to come together beyond the accusations of racism to ask questions. We have to look beyond the letters to judge our leaders. We have to look and LEARN from our past so we don't repeat mistakes. We have to be unified in our fight to make public servants accountable.

I'm going to steal my quote this week from Steve Beasley who posted it here on the PCR and on Facebook. Jefferson is my favorite founding father and this simple thought represents our first step to fixing things.

We have to stop fighting amongst ourselves while the pigs take over the farm -- the Animal Farm.

Quote of the Week
I have never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friendship. -- Thomas Jefferson

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