The Myth of US Green Jobs

November 17, 2010 4:20 AM
When you have no business experience and are great at speaking you can say things like we will solve our jobs crisis with green jobs. And people will listen and even elect you President. Unfortunately, anyone who has ever looked at the labels on the products they buy know the cheapest place to make anything is in China and there is no way to easily change this fact - regardless of what you manufacture and regardless of how large the subsidy.

See the details of a California-based solar company which was forced to close a plant due to competition from China - this regardless of the fact that there were $1.5B of subsidies and loan guarantees the company enjoyed.

We do believe that green breakthroughs can and will continue to be made in the US - but similar to what we see with Apple - every one US job will coincide with 10 or so in China.

This is exactly why we disagree 100% with the President who is looking to raise taxes on small businesses - we believe you should not only keep the taxes low on these entrepreneurs but lower them from where they are today. Of course the President has very few green jobs to show for all the spending which has been done on stimulus and the like - but don't expect him to admit he is wrong about his job-creating strategy - ever.
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All of this nonsense with the TSA, body-scanning machines and corrupt government officials has prompted me to address a generalized letter to America – and its governing bodies:

Dear America,

You were a democracy once – once upon a time, in a fairy land, where Thomas Jefferson and George Washington rode unicorns through gumdrop forests. It was a mythical place where every man had his land and a right to defend it; where practicality came before morality; where citizenship was a privilege and a right; where political correctness did not slither on ahead before rational thought.

Now I feel like we’re at an empty movie set where democracy used to live – but had to move out, because of the bad economy.

America’s representatives, stop putting your hands down our pants – and re-read the Constitution.

What you’re doing is unethical. It’s demoralizing. And it’s a testament to the corruption of our government.

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Hope + Change = Bankruptcy Filings up 11%

November 16, 2010 9:47 AM
The hope and change over a million people got this year was bankruptcy - and while Rome burned, President Obama and Queen Pelosi fiddled with healthcare. All the while, 11% more people went bankrupt this year over last. The good news is if these poor people can survive, living on the streets for the next few years, they will be able to have a government-paid trip to the doctor.

Might we suggest that next time we shouldn't be swayed to vote based on a one-word campaign sign or bumper sticker but instead find candidates who have some real-world experience fixing problems and can do more than read a teleprompter with enthusiasm.

Obamanomics Makes World Nervous

November 15, 2010 3:59 PM
When the Chinese lecture us about central planning - you know we have a problem. More.
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It is good to know Mr. Olbermann is as much a drama queen off camera as he is on. The Daily Beast has the story.

Just What is Quantitative Easing?

November 15, 2010 9:30 AM
What is quantitative easing and why do we need it? This simple cartoon explains it all. You want to be seated before viewing this.

Last night we wrote about how the White House and Democrats in general are purposely pursuing policies which will kill jobs by raising taxes on small business owners. Congressman Paul Ryan explains on CNBC that not only are the Democrats raising taxes on job creators, they are being very nuanced with the facts  - inaccurately explaining that the tax increases will not kill jobs.

You see Democrats will tell you that only 2% of filers are affected by the tax increases - but what they don't say is it is half the income of small business will be hit with this tax increase! You see, the way the tax rules are set up, if you sell something on eBay and report it, you are considered a small business. That is why this argument is so divisive and why many on the left are able to twist the facts to their advanatage - knowing full well, they will be killing US jobs by raising taxes on small business owners.

While we attributed what the Democrats are doing to purposely killing jobs to increase government dependency - since government dependents generally vote Democrat. Congressman Ryan takes a slightly different view when saying, "Class warfare is effective politics because it prays into the emotions of fear and envy, but its really bad economics."

During the healtchcare debate where the White House said they would be trying to work with Republicans, Congressman Ryan explained to President Obama that the American people don't want Obamacare in its present form and he went on to say that Obama was not listening to the people. Continue Reading...

Yes, Maybe Liberalism is Dead

November 14, 2010 8:43 PM
We realize this is an extreme headline but it does seem liberalism is in the process of being defeated. Consider that the American public is beginning to understand the idea of spending money you don't have, borrowed from countries you don't consider allies to fund programs which undermine the economy by killing the incentive for citizens to work while scaring employers to death so they are forced to downsize or at best fire American workers and hire others overseas at a more rapid clip is only good for the citizens of China and India.

We discussed how the second American revolution would strike a dagger in the heart of liberalism on November 3rd, 2010 and we still believe this is the case.

We were extremely enthused to see James Piereson of the Weekly Standard echoed our sentiments today with a piece titled No Camelot 2.0, The Decline of Liberal Idealism.

The piece contrasts JFK and Obama and explains how liberalism has morphed over the years and how Kennedy was a president who was an eloquent speaker who lifted the country up while Obama seems to be telling us to manage our expectations.

Here is an excerpt:

Obama might have learned a thing or two from the real JFK as opposed to the idealized image of the man that took shape after his death. The posthumous references to Kennedy’s idealism have obscured the fact that he was a politician of exceptional skill for whom persuasion and compromise were keys to success. He never wanted to get too far ahead of public opinion, nor did he try to ram through controversial legislation on partisan votes.

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Pelosi to Win

November 14, 2010 8:38 PM
It looks like Nancy Pelosi will win as House party minority leader - this can't be good news for anyone as the speaker has shown her main strength is spending copius amounts of money the country doesn't have. Perhaps we shouldn't complain too much as her other strength is getting conservative Republicans and Tea Party candidates elected.
Doug Schoen and Patrick Caddell at the Washington Post - explain why Obama should not run in 2012 and instead focus on the problems of the country and getting them solved. The article points to his own statement: "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president," and explains that he now has the chance to deliver on that idea by not focusing on the polarizing politics of reelection but instead on getting the economy going again.

There are some solid points in the piece, including:

Obama can restore the promise of the election by forging a government of national unity, welcoming business leaders, Republicans and independents into the fold. But if he is to bring Democrats and Republicans together, the president cannot be seen as an advocate of a particular party, but as somebody who stands above politics, seeking to forge consensus. And yes, the United States will need nothing short of consensus if we are to reduce the deficit and get spending under control, to name but one issue.

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If Obamacare is so good then why are there 111 waivers granted and why is this information being hidden from the public? Moreover, why is it only the large companies and unions getting these waivers while medium and small businesses are stuck with it?

Perhaps we should rename it Disastercare?

Here are some groups getting waivers:

  • Cigna
  • Local 802 Musicians Health Fund
  • Star Tek
  • Regis Corporation
  • Carlson Restaurants
  • Jack in The Box
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Aetna

How NOT to Compete with India and China

November 14, 2010 10:27 AM
Whether you are on the left or right - the one thing we can all agree upon is that when people are given enough to make them comfortable - they quite often become less interested in working and producing. Most people work to generate income - take care of their family and their health, etc.

The more they receive without working - the less requirement there is to be productive.

Austin Hill details the fact that fewer Americans want to work - in part because of Obamacare - and this should scare the heck out of all of us. Not because "free" healthcare is evil but because an nation which is given increasing incentives to not work will get its clock cleaned by countries where the work ethic is greater.

We believe that if the US is to compete with developing countries - we need to explore what they do and we don't. In other words, what makes the US uncompetitive? Continue Reading...

Rachel Marsden writes an interesting article about why business stars make bad politicians. Amazingly – according to the piece, one of the reasons has to do with the huge amounts of their own money they spend – it seems to turn voters off that a political position can be purchased. But electing someone who has made enough money that they can blow some of it on a campaign is one of the reasons we should vote for a politician because these are the exact people who don’t owe any favors to special interest groups – they can make the best decision for their constituents without voters needing to worry about them taking bribes and kickbacks.

Another reason which I would have added to the article has to do with business leaders in the last ten years outsourcing work to India and China – negative ads were developed against Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman and Linda McMahon, touting the fact they outsourced jobs.

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Bush Caught Lifting Quotes for Book

November 12, 2010 10:13 PM
The Huffington Post points out that George Bush lifted quotes for his book from others. Surprisingly the Huffington Post picked up on this nuance but has yet to report that President Obama lifted his entire economic policy from Karl Marx.

Then again when things are so obvious, are they really news?

Why Progressives Hate Glenn Beck

November 9, 2010 8:50 PM
And why we love him so much. There is no middle ground on this video with a bunch of post-election gloating - you will love it or hate it. And yes Alan Grayson has still lost.

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