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2014 Midterms; Advice for Uninformed Voters Consistently Voting Against Their Own Best Interests

Elections are serious business. The 2014 midterm elections will have serious consequences for both parties and the citizens of this country.

What to do, what to do?

What to do, what to do?


Many believe that there is nothing more dangerous than an uneducated voter, and with good reason.

Casting your vote isn’t about helping the red team or the blue team win. Too many people cast votes like those voting for the next high school prom king or queen. Remember the following:


Talk is cheap. It’s results that count, not rhetoric and not party. The candidate you are voting for has either kept their promises or they haven’t. Either your life is better because of their policies or it isn’t.
Excuses, excuses; if the candidate you are voting for was the coach of a college or pro team would hire or fire them for the job they did? If they couldn’t show leadership the first time around what makes you think another term will be any different?
You could be voting against your own self interests. If you haven’t spent at least 30 minutes identifying the key issues per candidate, maybe you shouldn’t vote. You cheat yourself and your family by relying solely on political ads and funny-men; neither are impartial.
Nix because as a reason to cast your vote. Never vote for someone because he or she is the first (fill in the qualifier here) anything! Real accomplishments count, not skin color, gender, religious affiliation or political party.
Who can you trust? Candidates who use “politically charged” rhetoric to divide groups cannot be trusted.


These are people interested in themselves and their own agendas. They are not interested you or your family. There is nothing wrong with remembering the past, but using the past like a club is divisive and wrong.


If the Republicans win the most Senate seats and regain control of the Senate, Harry Reid the man who has single-handedly blocked over 352 bi-partisan bills passed by the House will be Chief Obstructionist no more.


For those who don’t know, it takes both houses of Congress to pass a bill. Reid’s refusal to let bills out of committee is one of the prime reasons legislation and this country has ground to a halt.

If the Democrats keep control of the Senate, count on more stagnation and more of the same ole same ole.


We need candidates who genuinely want to bring the country together. This county deserves better than it has gotten from its elected officials in the last 30 years. We all deserve better! Your informed vote can make the difference.

NBC/WSJ Poll Rigged to Make Republicans Look Bad & Obama Look Good During Shutdown

FIGURES LIE4Liars figure and figures lie…economic axiom especially àpropos for political polls 

OK, we hear and read about them all the time, political polls, but many of us actually take the time to look at the entire poll? I confess I have once or twice in my life, that’s it.

But this last NBC/WSJ poll that CNN, CBS, ABC, MSNBC & the rest of the MSM had sooooo much fun quoting seemed to good to be true. Well, there’s a reason for that, it was.  The key question in the 17 page poll was rigged.


Rigged, you say? Well, I find that impossible! Are you sure? You betcha! Notice anything missing from the key question on page 12, say a mention of the Democrats?

October 2013 NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey
Now, thinking about the recent debate over the federal budget…
Q13  As you know, President Obama and the Republicans in Congress have not reached a budget agreement, and this has led to a shutdown of the federal government.


Who do you think is more to blame for this shutdown –President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?

Unless I missed it, aren’t the Democrats part of the shutdown? Aren’t THEIR policies as significant as those of the GOP?


This poll was constructed to be the “hair on fire”  wake up call for GOP, “the public isn’t supporting the GOP fight.” In truth this is a piece of garbage, a research poll designed to make the GOP look bad and to advance the MSM’s support of Obama and the Democrats.


This is a classic case of manipulating the figures to manipulate a political position.


Want more info on what the MSM DIDN’T report? The poll is below. As you read it, take a look at just how popular Harry Reid is and how the make up of the respondents is weighed with Democrats.





Obama Wants Your 401k & IRA’s to Clean Up His $16 Trillion Dollar Deficit

You can classify this under Cha Ching!

That’s what immediately came to mind when Obama and his team of economic deconstructionists (the ones who believe YOU didn’t create that small business) learned how much retirement assets total in this country.

A 2012 study by the Investment Company Institute found that U.S. retirement assets total $18.5 trillion! The figure is comprised of $3.5 trillion in IRAs and $5.1 trillion in 401(k) plans). CHA CHING!

This target is too tempting for the administration to ignore faced with their spiraling budget deficit with talks it is approaching $20 trillion.

Ironically when these two programs were originally designed it was because it was felt that Americans did not save enough for their own retirement. These plans were put in place to supplement social security and to incentivize us to save. That was before!

Now with the big government socialists in power, current thinking is that responsible savers are denying the federal government the tax revenue it deserves! Insanity doth reigneth in Washington.

If this doesn’t scare the hell out of you, I don’t know what it will take.  According to, 401k, and IRA owners are first on the Democrats’ radar and may see their plans taken away.

“House Democrats are planning on eliminating those tax breaks and converting the private plans to government-controlled retirement accounts, where they will be at risk for insolvency.”

After listening to the following video it will be clear why my advice is, you should start looking for ways to protect the saving in your IRA or 401k if you’re lucky enough to still have one.

Here’s just one opportunity.


Obama’s Failed Presidency

This picture might be funny if it weren’t so tragically accurate and pathetic.

If the truth be told, I predicted that Obama would turn out to be worse than Carter…in December of 2009!

Sadly, these wasted four years were easy to predict. His so-called soaring rhetoric always left me cold.

He is so clearly an empty suit, a glib pretender whose ascendancy was aided and abetted by the MSM, many members of Congress, and the courts. This group of actors continues to cover for him and his disastrous policies.

He surrounded himself with Chicago political hacks like the Iranian born Valerie Jarrett, bullies like Rahm Emanuel, and tax cheats like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Oh, and let us not forget the most corrupt Attorney General since John Mitchell, Eric Holder now in contempt of Congress for refusing to tell the truth about Fast & Furious.

He dissed the Congress and the Constitution issuing the greatest number of presidential directives and executive orders of any president in our history. His dissed our friends and allies and made friends with out enemies.

He trashed NASA’s space program so now our astronauts have to hitch a ride on Russian rockets to get to the space station the US built! In the process we also lost 7000 thousand precious jobs.

The economy is in a shambles and getting worse. The debt is close to $16 TRILLION dollars. His $800 billion stimulus was doomed to fail from the beginning, lacking direction, focus, and accountability!

He then shoved ObamaCare through the Senate with bribery, lies, and chicanery and despite the public’s universal hatred of the plan. Now officially a tax according to the Supreme Court, it remains one of the most despised pieces of legislation in our history with 60% of the public angry and against it.

Last month 163,00 thousand jobs were created. Team Obama is spinning the number like it was some great accomplishment when in fact it underscores his economic failures. In the healthy economies of the past, the country created 350,000 jobs every month!

I haven’t touched upon the unemployment rate the MSM reports at 8.3% (really 15%), or Obama’s 36 Czars (what is it that the Great Lakes Czar does exactly?), or his never ending golfing, or Michelle’s over spending, or the over regulation of everything from lemonade stands to oil fields.

Gas prices are up and US production is down while we have INCREASED our imports of foreign oil by 30%. There’s more, much, much, more. By any measure his presidency is a failure of gigantic proportions.

He has succeeded at one thing in addition to improving his golf score. He’s made Jimmy Carter look good… no easy accomplishment!


No Domestic Drones;Drawing a Line in the Sand

Privacy is produced by exercising control of information about ourselves!  Jim Harper Cato Institute

 May 15, 2012 

Enough is enough! As a friend of mine is fond of saying, “I’ve had it Jack!”

Since 9/11 we’ve witnessed a series of new laws, the Patriot Act, NDAA, laws allowing warrantless surveillance, and presidential directives (Obama can order the killing of a U.S. citizen he considers a threat) all designed to strip Americans of their rights to privacy while giving the government the unabated authority to spy on us.

I stopped asking questions like, “where’s MSM on this story?” a long time ago. The answer is firmly in the Socialist hip pocket of Obama and his administration.

Besides this group has been too busy wasting our time with non-news stories covering every conceivable topic except the political decisions by our law makers & government that impart real impact on our lives. 

The FAA has authorized the use of aerial drones by law enforcement agencies , without any public discussion. The most basic question yet to be asked is where did the FAA authority come from? Certainly, not the Constitution! But never let it be said that will stop our Congress, a body that passes unconstitutional legislation all the time.

Anyone hear of H.R. 658? Thought not. The law signed by our poseur president, Obama, requires the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to “integrate drones into American airspace by 2015,”

 “Aerial drones are now used by the Texas Department of Public Safety; the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado; the Miami-Dade County, Florida, Police Department; and the Department of Homeland Security.

Rarely, do I agree with the ACLU, but they have been on point on this issue and the NDAA. This is one area where civil libertians, conservatives, moderates and yes even progressives can agree.

Drones are high-tech instruments of war that should be banned for use in the U.S. PERIOD! Not surprisingly, the NY Times calls the domestic drones “scary and useful!”

If the “war on terror” is over, as the Obama administration recently stated, pray tell just what is the necessity for upwards of 30,000 domestic drones by the year 2020?

Common Dreams’ progressive blog has just provided the FAA’s completed list of organizations “clamoring” for drones. Prepare yourself to be surprised by who believes they need domestic drones!


Have you ever known someone in your life that is so tiresome, so tedious, so obtuse that you can barely say their name?

Lately the mere mention of Obama and his Progressive acolytes in Congress, in the MSM, and cable is enough to make me shut down.

After all Progressives have never found a Tea Party member they couldn’t dismiss or try to denigrate. Just ask, Maxine (I’m dumber than a stone) Waters!

I happened across this video the other day and it made me smile not an easy thing given the state of our economy and our country.

The video is so on point. Enjoy!



Unlike the supposed brand name rating agencies which did little to help ordinary investors going into our economic crisis, Egan-Jones’ business model differs markedly from the industry incestuous nature of its counterparts. The resulting lack of inherent conflict allows Egan-Jones to speak freely and boldly. What a novel concept.

Obama's debt plan for the U.S.

Actually, Standard & Poor, the U.S. rating agency being pummeled by CNN, MSNBC, & the MSM isn’t the first agency to downgrade this country’s credit worthiness.  It’s the third! Seems to me that given the political/financial realities of the U.S. economy that S&P has shown great restraint!

After all it;s not as if they didn’t give Team Obama and the Congress fair warning with exact instructions as how to avoid the downgrade… cut $4 trillion in debt!

That’s akin to (the Atlanta teachers recently found changing test answers) giving all concerned (Obama, Geithner, Reid et al.) a crib sheet, Still don’t get it? They gave you the answers, lamebrains one and all!

Who are the other two ratings agencies? Well, they are not part of the the so-called “big three” Western agencies Moody’s, Fitch, and Standard & Poor, perhaps the reason why the MSM said barely reported this.

Egan-Jones (who?) cut our rating in July, plenty of time for Team Obama and the Congress to (at the very least) pretend to get their act together. The story was reported on July 19th and generally ignored by the MSM. Oh, I know, I know, you’re saying to yourself, “What a shock!”

The little known ratings agency said about the downgrade. “The major factor driving credit quality is the relatively high level of debt and the difficulty in significantly cutting spending.”

Exactly who is the other ratings agency to downgrade our debt? It;s China’s Dagong Global, not exactly a household name, but important because the agency is from the country that is the largest holder of U.S. debt.

Dagong Global stated, ” the debt deal had not changed the general trend in which the increase in debt outpaced the increase in GDP and tax revenue. […] there is an eight-year difference between the two objectives.”


U.S. giving away billions in foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries

Updated March 4, 2013

Washington’s spending insanity continues.

A few days ago Obama’s Sequestration kicked in. The national debt has reached over $16.7 trillion and still they keep spending. The 2013 requests for foreign aid can be found here. “Read it and weep”, as they say!


Here’s another story that makes one wonder, “What the hell are they thinking in Washington?” This is from an excellent piece in the Palestine Herald-Press (that it’d be Texas, Mam) written by Gary Connor.

A report titled “Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy” prepared by the Congress Research Service for congressional members lists only the top 15 ranking countries receiving foreign aid from the U.S. in 2010; however, a web site, illustrates every country and the amount of U.S. foreign aid recommended for distribution in 2012. Foreign countries completing the 2010 Top 15 List include: Egypt $1.269 billion, Haiti $1,271 billion, Iraq $1,117 billion, Jordan $693 million, Kenya $688 million, Nigeria $614 million, South Africa $578 million, Ethiopia $533 million, Colombia $507 and West Bank/Gaza $96 million. More of the foreign aid recommendations for 2012 are most disturbing. The repressive regimes of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Omar al-Bashir in the Sudan are recommended for $109.9 million and $518.2 million respectively. Further, Russia $64.6 million, Mexico $333.9 million, Cuba $20 million, Somalia $82.3 million, and China $12.8 million are once again on the list for foreign aid next year. The following is only a partial list of proposed foreign aid for 2012. Iraq $2.36 billion, Egypt $1.5 billion, Nepal $93.8 million, India $142.6 million, Bangladesh $266.1 million, Vietnam $125.2 million, Philippines $163.5 million, Indonesia $253.1 million, Israel $3.0 billion, Jordan $675.7 million, Senegal $119.8 million, Liberia $211.4 million, Ivory Coast $142.8 million. Also, Ghana $204.5 million, Nigeria $660.4 million, Democratic Republic of the Congo $261.8 million, South Africa $561.9 million, Mozambique $424.5 million, Zambia $400.7 million, Tanzania $571.8 million, Kenya $751.4 million, Uganda $527.7 million, Columbia $400.2 million, Bolivia $32.7 million, Peru $111 million and Haiti $405.3 million. Foreign aid in smaller million dollar amounts are tagged for Tajikistan, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, New Guinea, Morocco, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Chad, Angola, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Madagascar, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. These are only 61 of the 149 countries recommended to receive U.S. foreign aid next year. Certainly, the long list and the astronomical dollar amounts should send an alarming message to taxpayers and voters.

All of this hasn’t gone unnoticed in the rest of world. The U.K.’s Mail on Line recently noted the U.S. is giving billions of foreign aid dollars to countries that they owe money to including China and Russia! Pray tell, what could be the possible rationale behind these policies? Why are we giving away our precious taxpayer dollars to some of the world’s richest counties when we are essentially broke?

Billions in foreign aid wasted!

The U.S. is providing hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries – while at the same time borrowing billions back, according to report seen by Congress. The Congressional Research Service released the report last month which shows that in 2010 the U.S. handed out a total of $1.4bn to 16 foreign countries that held at least $10bn in Treasury securities. Four countries in the world’s top 10 richest received foreign aid last year with China receiving $27.2m, India $126.6m, Brazil $25m, and Russia $71.5m.

Even if this country were flush with cash and we weren’t facing massive unemployment and massive deficits, a foreign aid program that gives money away to countries that don’t need it is asinine at best, criminally lacking common sense and good stewardship.


OK, here’s legislation that can be hated by conservatives and liberals alike. Embed a YouTube video and you could be committing a felony. Yes, with everything that is happening in the U.S., the $14 trillion debt, the joblessness, food up, gas prices up, home starts down, and the White House wants to focus on embedding videos from YouTube!

This is from techdirt:

Okay, this is just getting ridiculous. A few weeks back, we noted that Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Christopher Coons had proposed a new bill that was designed to make “streaming” infringing material a felony. At the time, the actual text of the bill wasn’t available, but we assumed, naturally, that it would just extend “public performance” rights to section 506a of the Copyright Act.

This proposed legislation is White House initiated, as CNET noted on March 15, 2011;


The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making “illegal streaming” of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers.

In a 20-page white paper (PDF), the Obama administration called on the U.S. Congress to fix “deficiencies that could hinder enforcement” of intellectual property laws.

Victoria Espinel, the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, with Vice President Joe Biden during an event last year.


The report was prepared by Victoria Espinel, the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator who received Senate confirmation in December 2009, and represents a broad tightening of many forms of intellectual property law including ones that deal with counterfeit pharmaceuticals and overseas royalties for copyright holders. (See CNET’s report last month previewing today’s white paper.)

Some of the highlights:

• The White House is concerned that “illegal streaming of content” may not be covered by criminal law, saying “questions have arisen about whether streaming constitutes the distribution of copyrighted works.” To resolve that ambiguity, it wants a new law to “clarify that infringement by streaming, or by means of other similar new technology, is a felony in appropriate circumstances.”

• Under federal law, wiretaps may only be conducted in investigations of serious crimes, a list that was expanded by the 2001 Patriot Act (recently renewed) to include offenses such as material support of terrorism and use of weapons of mass destruction. The administration is proposing to add copyright and trademark infringement, arguing that move “would assist U.S. law enforcement agencies to effectively investigate those offenses.”


The bill was marked up by members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) last Wednesday that poured into Thursday morning (2:45 a.m. to be exact).

A couple of minutes past midnight, Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) offered an amendment to strike Sec. 1034 — the new authorization for worldwide war provision — from the NDAA. Visibly angry that such a large sweeping provision had not yet had any public hearing whatsoever, he vigorously characterized it as a very broad declaration of war …Washington’s Blog

This is absolutely stunning.

While all the major “news” and cable outlets, including FOX have been wasting air time on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love child and how hurt Maria and the kids are, a bill that would give faux President Obama the authority to declare WWIII (yes, that’s what I said) along with the ability to declare war on U.S. soil has been stealthily moving through Congress.

Sources including Politico, the Daily Paul, the ACLU, and The War Room all confirm that the House Armed Services Committee finished marking up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012, which contains a dangerous provision that authorizes a worldwide war against terrorism and gives Obama unlimited powers to do so. Constitution? What Constitution?

The ACLU reports that

Republican chair of the Armed Services Committee, Howard McKeon, R-Calif., revealed The National Defense Authorization Act on Monday, which includes a bill renewing an act passed just days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). AUMF gave then-President George W. Bush carte blanche to hunt down the 9/11 perpetrators and their allies. […] this new bill goes much further than the current authorization of war. It has no expiration date and would allow a president to use military force in any country around the world where there are terrorism suspects, even when there are no connections to the 9/11 attacks or other specific harms or threats to the United States.

According to POLITICO:

The new language drops any reference to 9/11 and “affirms” a state of “armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban and associated forces.” The measure also explicitly gives the president the right to take prisoners “until the termination of hostilities” – something the courts have found to be implicit in the current version of the AUMF, though the new proposal could be seen to extend that power.

Hard as it is to believe, debate for this bill lasted just over 10 minutes and occurred after midnight! As Washington’s Blog points out,”Of all of the powers that the Constitution assigns to Congress, no power is more fundamental or important than the power “to declare War.”  That is why, in 2002, when Congress was considering whether to authorize war in Iraq, it held fifteen hearings, and passed legislation that cited specific harms, set limits, and defined a clear objective.”

I would point out that the reason our Founding Fathers gave those powers to Congress and not the President is because war is too important to be left to one man, most especially this president, who illegally sits in the White House.

Let us not forget that Obama has already authorized “targeted assassinations” against U.S. citizens.  And let us not forget that our government can pick up anyone that they suspect may be a terrorist. Just ask the 13 year old boy that was interrogated by the Secret Service for posting something on Facebook!

Mom’s Mad Secret Service Grills 7th Grader Over Facebook Post About Obama The Blaze