Archive for March, 2010

Like Throwing Ear Corn In A Pigpen

March 30, 2010

          This administration in Washington has to be the most frustrating bunch I have ever seen. They throw money around like they were tossing ear corn in a pigpen … borrowed money, no less … money we taxpayers (or our children and grandchildren) will have to pay back, plus interest. Yesterday, news reports revealed some of our local governments were receiving $1.4-million in federal stimulus money, and for what? Schools? No, not schools. Police? No. Gainesville is getting $300,000 to replace a gas-fired boiler at the Georgia Mountain Center; to replace two rooftop heating, ventilation and air conditioning units at the Community Service Center, and they will figure out how to spend any excess. Flowery Branch is getting $204,000 for retrofits at their wastewater treatment facility. But that is only the pocket change coming from the Obama stimulus fiasco. Helen, Clarkesville, Lumpkin County are all approved for money for these “environmental friendly” projects. Hall County got $762,000 of this so-called “free” money last fall. But that is just the chump change. All told, 64 small and medium sized cities and counties are getting $13.3-million … and that is just for Georgia. The other news out of Washington yesterday was that Georgia schools “missed out” on getting a part of the special $4.35-Billion federal grant for schools. The Democrats, and the liberal media, are demonizing we Tea Party people because they simply cannot understand why we want to toss tea in the Boston Harbor all over again. To which I say to our President: you may be tossing this money out, Mr. Obama, but it is we-the-taxpayers who will have to pay it back.

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Local Government or Out-of-Touch Washington?

March 26, 2010

          When have we ever seen a situation in which actions in Washington have had such a devastating effect on we-the-people here in Northeast Georgia? For instance, the Georgia legislature recently voted to cut state spending $1.2-million, and that only covers now to July 1. The budget for next year is being worked on, and it will need to be cut even more. Tax income is down because our personal income is down, and our state cannot run in the red (and that is a good thing).  In Washington, Congress approved increasing U. S. debt by $1.9-Trillion (that is not million, or billion, but trillion with a T)  That will take the total U. S. debt to $14.3-Trillion. In Washington the Democrats are working on a way to increase jobs, and their proposal is a junior version of the $1-Trillion “stimulus” bill of a year ago that almost everybody agrees was a waste, and a bust. At the same time news comes out that government employees have now topped 2-million for the first time since a Republican Congress and President Clinton declared the era of big government is over. The so-called jobs bill extends unemployment and some other things that have nothing to do with creating jobs, and the Georgia DOT announces two new road paving projects paid for with federal stimulus money. The local paper carried an FDIC “Notice to creditors” of two Georgia banks, and the same paper carried 32 pages of home foreclosure ads. I look at all this and I get the feeling our state and local governments are making the tough decisions that need to be made, while the elite people in power in Washington are celebrating that power, and could care less about we Populists, way down here in Georgia.

War and Wilson, Roosevelt, Carter and Obama

March 13, 2010

     President Obama agonized 11 months about what to do in Afghanistan. During the campaign he insisted he would negotiate our way out of that problem. He would talk with anybody, and end all this senseless fighting. That’s what he said. From way down here where we-the-people  live, I look at history and listen to today’s news, and it seems to me this is Act 4of failed liberal attempts to gain peace by appeasement and jawboning. Act 1 opened when Woodrow Wilson won re-election as President saying he would keep America out of World War I. He was very outspoken against entering that war, and convinced the voters he could bring peace through negotiation. The Germans not only did not agree to any of his approaches, their submarines began to attack American ships. Five months after the election, on April 2, 1917, came the event called “the great reversal”. President Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany, and 2-million American “boys” were on their way to fight in Europe.  Franklin D. Roosevelt, still struggling with the great depression, won a  third term campaigning that he “kept us out of war.” The Japanese were convinced we would not fight, and on December 7, 1941, we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, and thrust explosively into World War II. Act 3 — Jimmy Carter insisted we could bring peace to the Middle East by bringing those leaders together to talk. Iran took everybody in our Iranian embassy hostage. Carter kept talking, and the Iranians held our people until Reagan became President. Now comes Act 4. Barak Obama, like President Wilson, has had a “great reversal”, following the Bush policy and sending a “surge” of troops to Afghanistan. We Populists who have fought in other wars, and whose grandchildren have already fought in this one, can only hope history does not repeat itself.

So The Populists Ask: Where Are The Jobs?

March 9, 2010

     Last fall President Obama promised to make jobs the new NUMBER ONE PRIORITY for his administration. He had another one of his summits with community bankers. He sent Joe Biden out to give some money away for roads, internet access and some so-called “green” jobs like planting trees. Congress approved a new stimulus package they called a “jobs bill” that was (thank goodness) much smaller than a year ago. And then, guess what? The Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate refocused the entire federal government on the President’s unpopular healthcare bill. So what is happening to jobs? What is happening in the economy? Many respected economists are concerned we may be heading for a double-dip recession. The federal government has created a bunch of jobs. It now has more employees than ever before, but government does not generate wealth to pay these people; that comes from the pockets of we-the-taxpayers. And how does he expect to create new jobs in the private sector when every action he takes stifles small business. The Small Business Administration says there are 29.6-miullion small businesses in America …more than 99% of all firms, and they employ more than 50% of all employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says small businesses accounted for 64% of net new jobs between 1993 and 2008. They produce 13-times more patents per employee than large firms. They are the innovators, the risk takers. Common sense says we won’t start regenerating jobs until Washington gets off the backs of small business, but common sense is a commodity in short supply in Washington nowadays.

War And Wilson, Roosevelt, Carter and Obama

March 8, 2010

      President Obama agonized 11 months about what to do in Afghanistan. During the campaign he insisted he would negotiate our way out of that problem. He would talk with anybody, and end all this senseless fighting. That’s what he said. From way down here where we-the-people  live, I look at history and listen to today’s news, and it seems to me this is Act 4of failed liberal attempts to gain peace by appeasement and jawboning. Act 1 opened when Woodrow Wilson won re-election as President saying he would keep America out of World War I. He was very outspoken against entering that war, and convinced the voters he could bring peace through negotiation. The Germans not only did not agree to any of his approaches, their submarines began to attack American ships. Five months after the election, on April 2, 1917, came the event called “the great reversal”. President Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany, and 2-million American “boys” were on their way to fight in Europe.  Franklin D. Roosevelt, still struggling with the great depression, won a  third term campaigning that he “kept us out of war.” The Japanese were convinced we would not fight, and on December 7, 1941, we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, and thrust explosively into World War II. Act 3 — Jimmy Carter insisted we could bring peace to the Middle East by bringing those leaders together to talk. Iran took everybody in our Iranian embassy hostage. Carter kept talking, and the Iranians held our people until Reagan became President. Now comes Act 4. Barak Obama, like President Wilson, has had a “great reversal”, following the Bush policy and sending a “surge” of troops to Afghanistan. We commoners who have fought in other wars, and whose grandchildren have already fought in this one, can only hope history does not repeat itself.

Please Show Respect For ALL Americans

March 1, 2010

     I have absolute respect for the office of President of the United States. Absolute. I will respectfully disagree with my president on policy matters when I think that is appropriate. Not only do I think that is a right, I believe it to be an obligation of citizenship. Having said that, recently President Obama’s speech writers presented him with a script in which he was using a member of the military to make a point … a complimentary point, by the way. That person was a corpsman (pronounced core-man but spelled c-o-r-p-s-man), and our military’s commander-in-chief called that person a corpse-man …not once but three times. On an active battlefield, if someone sounds off “Marine down”, guess who goes to save him – a Navy Corpsman, no matter what the danger. I held back on the president’s gaffe, thinking, okay Gordon: that’s just a lack of military knowledge, a mistake. Cool it. But then, during his so-called health summit, he threw some very petty remarks at John McCain. So I now say to President Obama: you, sir, are the commander-in-chief and the president of ALL the people, John McCain included. He is an American hero, a former prisoner of war, a duly elected Senator, and almost half of us voted for him to be president. We-the-people have an obligation to respect the office of the president, I accept that. But I also say to Barak Obama, the former Chicago politician: You, sir, have an obligation to treat EVERY American with respect, whether it be a corpsman, or an American hero who you beat in an election. You are now the president of ALL the people, and they all deserve your respect.