Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Ready To Admit It Yet?

When I saw the election results last November I knew it was going to be bad, but I didn’t expect it to be this bad, this fast. Nobody I know did either, but here it is. Congressmen and senators are voting on legislation that spends trillions of our tax dollars - as well as our children’s and our grandchildren’s - without even reading it. If they’re not reading legislation, what the heck are they doing? Who writes the bills legislators don’t read? Staffers? Career civil servants? Who is in charge? Evidently, we’re being governed by nameless, faceless, socialist bureaucrats. Why isn’t the press exposing this? Are voters even aware? Will they reelect these “legislators” in 2010? Have we become a nation of wimps?

Reading a Canadian blog called Small Dead Animals the other day, I saw a link to the US Republican Party about just one of the many horrendous things Obama’s “Cap and Trade” bill would do:

The bill (H.R. 2454) requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide monthly cash payments, or “energy stamps”, to low-income households for their estimated “loss in their purchasing power” resulting from the Democrats’ national energy tax. The bill establishes a national standard of eligibility (covering everyone under 150% of the poverty line). Energy stamps would reach an estimated 65 million individuals (about 20 percent of all US residents) – making it a larger program than welfare, food stamps, or even Medicaid. (H.R. 2454, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, Sec. 431, p. 1193)

While 65 million Americans will be thrilled, 200 million will pay another huge tax and get nothing back. Remember when President Obama promised to cut taxes for 95% of Americans? I knew that was a crock because about 40% of Americans didn’t even pay federal income taxes and many got checks instead under the “Earned Income Tax Credit.” How do you cut taxes on people who don’t pay any?

Newt Gingrich mocked the president in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last February, saying “Let me get this straight, we’re not going to raise taxes on anybody making under $250,000 a year, unless they use electricity, [or buy gasoline, heating oil, or natural gas].”

Our only hope is that the Senate won’t pass this “piece of sh--” legislation - as described by Republican Congressman John Boehner (He evidently read it). But then, with 60 Democrats along with our two liberal “Republican” senators from Maine, it probably will.

The most ludicrous thing is: reducing carbon emissions will not affect climate change. Climate has been changing for millions of years with no humans around to influence it - and it will continue to change no matter what we do or we don’t do. Obama, Pelosi and Reid are putting us all on a bus to La-La Land.

Now comes the Democrats' national health care bill. What will it cost? $1.5 trillion? $2 trillion? Where will we get that money when neither China nor any other country wants to lend us any more? Print it, I guess.
So how is all this spending affecting our economy so far? Are we feeling stimulated? Evidently not. Unemployment is rising much faster under President Obama. All this bold New-New Deal legislation is making things worse. Now, unbelievably, Democrats are calling for a second stimulus. About that, Investor’s Business Daily says: “This is a little like a medieval barber bleeding his patients to improve their health, then bleeding them again when they fail to improve.”

If you want to see what the future holds for America under liberal Democrat policies, look at states and cities where they’ve been in power for decades. Check out Detroit for instance. Said Gingrich about that sad city: “Let’s discuss the total failure of the Detroit political system - which has taken a city of 1.8 million, which had the highest per-capita income in the United States, and has driven it into the ground so that there are today fewer than 900,000 people living there with a per-capita income that is 62nd in the United States.” Then there’s California, with the 8th largest economy in the world - bankrupt, paying employees with IOUs banks refuse to accept, and watching entrepreneurs move out of state.

I’m noticing bumper stickers that are signs of the times: One says: “Don’t tell Obama what comes after a trillion” and the other asks: “Ready to admit Obama was a mistake?”


Anonymous said...

Tom - thank you for the commentary. Actions by Obama, and his ilk show the fact that they are all hell-bent on racing us down to the road to ruin. Our economy is tanking, our national defense is in the hands of an ego0-manic, and the list goes on. Please keep the commentary - your remarks pretty much sum up my concerns about out national leadership (rather the lack of leadership).

Anonymous said...

...32 czars,cutting missile defense,defunding fighter jets that are the legs of the military,filling the Whitehouse with CAIR activists and sympathizers,not defending the freedom fighters of Iran,closing 50 year old successful auto dealerships and rendering them worthless,taking over GM and Chrysler,empowering unions,taking away school choice,attempting to take away "fuel" choice,apologizing for our country which was the EXAMPLE of LIBERTY...until he was elected. Scary Scary Times.. Thanks Tom for bringing the truth to the Sun..Laurie from Bartlett

Anonymous said...

Right on, Tom. This country is fast becoming history. I am a Christian and a student of end times prophesy. There is no mention in the Bible of a western power in the end times. I spent 20 years and 6 months in the US Navy and I hate to see what is happening to the country I dedicated my life to defending. The current administration is doing a good job of destroying it. I have to keep telling myself, "God is in control."

Harvey in North Baldwin

Anonymous said...

You are an idiot and symbolic of what will destroy this country -- ignorance!

Get a life.

And to the "christian," there is more than one religion in the world. I wonder why? Is it because humans feel a need to to have an identity to hold on to, and then say everyone else is a bad person?

I think yes.

I'm disgusted by this blog and the fact that the Daily Sun will even publish your rubbish.

Anonymous said...

Oh, one other thing.

YOU are a teacher? I cannot believe that is true. I could never, ever have my children educated (I don't know if I can even use that word) by you.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Does that mean you're not ready to admit it yet?

Dawn H said...

Hey Tom

Good stuff here. If it's any consolation, my very liberal relatives who voted for Obama are now regretting it big time. They now know they made a mistake. Last October I tried my best to get them to see the light but they wouldn't budge. Now, they don't even want to talk about politics.

To the Christian...I agree. I also have been studying biblical prophecy since the 70's and everything seems to be going as scheduled.

God is in control.

john said...

Tom, you keep telling it like it is , great job, keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I stumbled on this from another site but it was excellent! Thanks for sharing Tom! And to Harvey - hold fast. Those that endure to the end will be saved!

Anonymous said...

Climate has been changing, true, but not like this, not at the steady, steep rate it is now doing. I think it is fairly easy to guess that humans are at least partially responsible for this anomalous behavior, and we probably had better do something about it if we can.

Tom McLaughlin said...

We don't know how fast and how drastically climate has changed over the five billion years earth has existed. Our statistics only go back about 130 years. We only know that it has, long before there were humans to affect it.

Considering this, passing Cap and Trade with the huge economic effects it will inevitably have, is the height of folly.