Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Next 5 Things: #5 Indoctrination of the Nation

America is in a period of significant transition. We are at a crossroads in our history. Our choice is between embracing our history & heritage or choosing a path toward socialism & big government.

The Progressives want the latter. Part of their plan to take us there includes the indoctrination of our youth and college age citizens. This indoctrination is a multi-pronged attack that includes advertising, movies, television, recreational pursuits such as scouting, boys and girls clubs as well as an educational curriculum that has revised our national history.

The messaging that exists is clear. It starts with elementary school children being taught songs that idolize the president.  

Song 1: Mm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said that all must lend a hand
To make this country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said we must be fair today
Equal work means equal pay
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said red, yellow, black or white
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

Yes!
Mmm, mmm, mm
Barack Hussein Obama

Song 2: Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all doth say “hooray!”

Hooray, Mr. President! You’re number one!
The first black American to lead this great nation!

Hooray, Mr. President we honor your great plans
To make this country’s economy number one again!

Hooray Mr. President, we’re really proud of you!
And we stand for all Americans under the great Red, White, and Blue!

So continue —- Mr. President we know you’ll do the trick
So here’s a hearty hip-hooray —-

Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray

Song 3: Obama is the president, first African-American in history. The 44th president of the United States. The ground has shifted (clap) the world has changed. (cowbell) Oo-oo-oo! I’m a proud American. Oo-oo-oo!  Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes, we can!  I’m gonna study real hard just like Barack!  Learning never, ever stops! Gonna set my goals high and graduate. You might be looking at the president of 2048. 

It moves to anti capitalism propaganda courtesy of the Progressive Left, George Soros and The Tides Foundation. One example is a video called “The Story of Stuff”. This video is being shown in schools and churches around the US. The message is that capitalism is evil. Our government is the servant of industry. We (the U.S.) are raping other countries around the world of their resources and generally destroying the planet. This video is being used around the world and is available in several languages. The video’s goal: to shame American children for “our evil behavior” and to reinforce negative stereotypes of the U.S. in the rest of the world. If you have not seen it you must watch this video. (http://wp.me/pv8jP-9r)

After watching “The Story of Stuff” you’ll probably feel really bad if you are only 7 or 8 years old. But maybe you would feel better if you could help fix the broken planet you live on… I know you could join the Earth Scouts!

That’s right – The Earth Scouts. I know, I know – who the hell are the Earth Scouts?

From their website:

“Earth Scouts is an inclusive, co-educational scouting program, in which facilitators provide a cooperative learning environment for future community leaders and change agents seeking sustainability, equity and nonviolence. Earth Scouts are the parents, teachers, mentors and youth who come together to engage in a shared learning experience that teaches and supports understanding and action on community issues in ways that are congruent with the Earth Charter. Earth Scouts is a program of Earth Charter U.S.”

“…Earth Scouts is more than a scouting program. It is a group experience in which each child or youth:

Finds his/her voice for leadership;

Understands the complexity of sustainability—that it involves social and economic equity, environmental soundness, nonviolence and peace;

Takes the responsibility to transform her/his concerns into action either as an individual or as a group.

“… Earth Scouts is a way of life and a way of perceiving the world that is connected to the Earth Charter, a larger shared global vision for a caring, sustainable and peaceful world.”

“The Earth Charter, is a set of values and principles for a sustainable future written by thousands of people in 78 countries over the course of ten years. It was launched at The Hague Peace Palace in 2000.

The sixteen Earth Charter principles focus on respect for nature, economic justice, universal human rights, and a culture of peace. The Earth Charter has been used as a foundation for businesses, governments, and communities working towards building a just, sustainable, and peaceful society.

It is based on 50 UN Declarations, 200 agreements of non-governmental organizations, the perspectives of contemporary science and cosmology, the wisdom of world religions and ancient and current sustainable ways of living and working.”

“Earth Scouts nurtures the development of children and youth in learning and participatory actions to improve their neighborhoods and communities. A large body of research validates the importance of community service activities in the positive psychological, social and intellectual growth of youthful participants. Short-term outcomes include improved grades and attendance at school, increased personal efficacy, recognition of the importance of participating in the political system, and socially responsible, community-oriented attitudes. Long-term outcomes include increased likelihood of voting in adulthood, commitment to future service, decreased likelihood of dropping out of school, improved transition from school to work, and a strong intrinsic work motivation. In short, research shows that giving children and youth opportunities to become engaged in civic activities increases the likelihood that they will become healthy, active citizens.”

“ECUS’s mission is to mainstream the Earth Charter’s vision and principles through inspiration, education and initiatives that include the Earth Charter Community Alliance, an informal network of Earth Charter organizers around the country; global annual Earth Charter Community Summits; and Earth Scouts. Other projects in development include the Sustainable Business Coalition, an Earth Charter Curricula for Education, the development of Earth Charter Community Indicators, an Earth Charter Leadership Academy and the League of Earth Charter Voters.”

Pay attention to the words from their website; here are just a handful that are very telling: sustainability, personal efficacy, environmental soundness, social and economic equity all of these sound noble on the surface but when you factor in – “It is based on 50 UN Declarations, 200 agreements of non-governmental organizations, the perspectives of contemporary science and cosmology, the wisdom of world religions and ancient and current sustainable ways of living and working.” it begins to sound more like another scheme to indoctrinate the youth and convert them into “environmental community organizers”. Also it is hard to overlook that a stated objective is “recognition of the importance of participating in the political system.” In any normal youth program an enhanced sense of citizenship and its’ value is a desired outcome. However that is not the same as saying, “increased likelihood of voting in adulthood” is a stated goal. Or that Earth Scouts is a way of life and a way of perceiving the world that is connected to the Earth Charter, a larger shared global vision for a caring, sustainable and peaceful world.

Next we have the high school and college age kids. They are being told by their teachers and professors as well as the president’s web site that their parents just don’t get it. There is a video from BarackObama.com that shows the children explaining things to the adults. The kids do not just feel the need to educate their parents and discuss the issues with them. Instead you are left with the feeling that Mom and Dad are stupid. They still believe in that crazy Constitution thing. The president seems to be saying; you must educate your parents because you get it and they don’t.  Here is a sample from the video:

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Lots of my friends’ parents probably aren’t going to vote because they are all really busy. So my friends and I all work really hard to get them to vote and register.

So when my cousins and I have to talk to them about why we as the future generations really need Obama as the president.

We start out easily and just start saying, oh, watch the debate. And then we’ll say, well, we really think that what Obama or Biden said about energy is really important because we need to start fixing that now before it will be too late.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It’s more of like sitting down and having this, it almost feels like a parent-child conversation, except I’m the parent and they are the child.

Go to: See more of the video – http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/36274/  I am providing the link via Glenn Beck’s web site because I can no longer get to it at BarackObama.com.

This type of indoctrination should scare parents everywhere. My next comment will draw fire from the Progressives who read my blog so that can fire nasty tweets at me on Twitter but the last time these types of tactics were used was during the rise of the Third Reich, when German children turned on there own parents after being brainwashed by the government.

There is also the use of art as propaganda, another Third Reich favorite. There was the NEA controversy when the White House attempted to use the NEA to create propaganda art to support their agenda message.

Art as Propaganda – A historical perspective: 

“Art was considered to be one of the most important elements to strengthening the Third Reich and purifying the nation. Political aims and artistic expression became one. The task of art in the Third Reich was to shape the population’s attitudes by carrying political messages with stereotyped concepts and art forms”.

“True art as defined by Hitler was linked with the country life, with health, and with the Aryan race. “We shall discover and encourage the artists who are able to impress upon the State of the German people the cultural stamp of the Germanic race . . . in their origin and in the picture which they present they are the expressions of the soul and the ideals of the community.” Hitler, Party Day speech, 1935

The above passages are from “A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust”

  

Examples of recent “Obama Propaganda Art”

In case you think I am exaggerating or pinning something on the president he is not really involved in, read this:

“The president has a clear arts agenda and has been very supportive of using art and supporting art in creative ways to talk about some of the issues that we face here in this country. Continue to get involved in those things, to support some of the president’s initiatives, but also to do things that we are passionate about and to push the president and to push his administration.” – MICHAEL SKOLNIC, RUSSELL SIMMONS POLITICAL DIRECTOR

Hollywood is also helping the president with his propaganda agenda. Remember, Green Week at GE-owned NBC. This is a special form of broadcast television — especially on NBC, who has their prime time lineup participating in fascinating “green” storylines.

Have you had enough yet? Are you worried about your kids, they are being bombarded with the “settled science” of global warming” and other propaganda straight from Hollywood, MTV and their favorite celebrities.

There also is the corruption of our history. The Constitution and the American Revolution are no longer given the attention they deserve. The accounts of history have been modified to fall in line with the Progressive agenda. (This is an entire blog to itself.) Civics has been replaced with current events. Text books are a joke and in most schools the kids aren’t allowed to take them home. I think they are afraid the parents might see what is in them. We no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the “The Star Spangled Banner”. God has been banned from schools but we teach evolution and sex education. This started long before the Obama administration. The Progressives have been a cancer on the country for the past 100 years. Here is their view of education:

“Parent choice” proceeds from the belief that the purpose of education is to provide individual students with an education. In fact, educating the individual is but a means to the true end of education, which is to create a viable social order to which individuals contribute and by which they are sustained. “Family choice” is, therefore, basically selfish and anti-social in that it focuses on the “wants” of a single family rather than the “needs” of society”. – The Association of California School Administrators

Where are the teachers, the parent’s partner in education and our last line of defense in the classroom? Unfortunately, most are in the union and now many are on the side of the Progressives. Higher education was taken over long ago by the left – slowly evolving to the most radically “progressive section of the country”. Leaving nothing to chance colleges like the University of Minnesota have added ideological purity as a prerequisite to attaining a teaching degree.

The conclusions of the Race, Culture, Class and Gender Task Group at the U’s College of Education and Human Development says that future teachers must dismiss the idea of “the American Dream” in order to obtain their teaching licensure required by the state.

The task force proposes making race, class and gender politics the “overarching framework” for all teaching courses at the university.

The first step toward “cultural competence,” says the task group, is for future teachers to recognize — and confess — their own bigotry”. This will be achieved through exercises designed to allow prospective teachers to describe their own prejudices, stereotypes and take a “cultural intelligence” assessment. The assessment is designed to help them identify their own racism, classism and other cultural assumptions.

According to the task force the objective is to ensure that “future teachers will be able to discuss their own histories and current thinking drawing on notions of white privilege, hegemonic masculinity, heteronormativity, and internalized oppression.” These teachers will be required to champion social justice, “to explain how institutional racism works in schools” and acknowledge the flaws in the American Dream. They also recommend requiring “our future teachers” to “articulate a sophisticated and nuanced critical analysis” of this view of the American promise.

This is liberal indoctrination and manipulation for adults. It is also further proof that in the ranks of higher education there is a concerted effort to drive a social re-engineering of our country.

 “This is one of those issues that you just can’t put down, … It is a fantastic read, and will leave you with no doubt whatsoever that America’s colleges today have become radical indoctrination centers ? and your kids are the target.” – Joseph Farah

The administration continues to treat the American public, who they are supposed to be serving, as if we are deaf, dumb and blind. Worse yet they believe that we are easily manipulated. Their behavior, their totally disdain for our Constitution and their tactics are insult to our intelligence.

I am truly running out of new things to say about what is going on. America – this is wrong! What has happened to our country in less than a year? What is worse; is there is historical precedent for the type of things we are seeing. There is a force at work intent on “transforming” our country. Hope and Change sounds positive but the transformation so far seems much more insidious. There are red flags all over this administration; what is their end game? We need to find out before it is too late. For those who will say I am a conspiracy theorist, I say – Really? If it was one thing, one or two red flags, you would have an argument but every day we hear something new. They are not listening to us.  This my friends is not how it is supposed to be in America.

Bottom line: America is in the biggest fight in our history to protect – Our way of life, our freedom, our liberties, our sovereignty and the American Dream! If you love this country and you are not involved yet – What are you waiting for? Stand up, Fight back and Make your voice heard!

Wake up America! We are surrounded and now they are after our kids!

 Restore the Republic, Reject the agenda of the Progressive Left!

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives”. – John Adams

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” Patrick Henry 

Obama Approval Index Hits -21

According to Rasmussen Reports, President Obama has matched his lowest Approval Index rating. This is the second time his Approval Index has gone this low. The last time was in late December as the Senate prepared to approve its version of health care reform. It hardly seems a coincidence given this week’s health care summit.

Also a new Rasmussen Reports phone survey finds that 56% of those surveyed oppose the proposed health care reform plans. This includes 45% who strongly oppose the plans while only 23% strongly favor it. The level of opposition has remained strong and consistent since last November.

The president called for a bipartisan summit meeting to get his health care reform plan back on track. The meeting was held this week. In response to the meeting surveys show that 61% of voters said Congress should scrap the current proposals and go back to the drawing board. The president is adamant that he won’t start over and that he will pass something this year. This has resulted in 50% of those surveyed saying the president has done a poor job in handling the health care reform issue.

Other Observations from Rasmussen:

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Americans say the size of the federal budget deficit is due more to the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending than to the reluctance of taxpayers to pay more in taxes.

Only 11% of American adults think the nation needs to increase its deficit spending to improve the economy. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 70% disagree and say it would be better to cut the deficit.

Rasmussen By the Numbers:

Mood of the Country

The US is on the Wrong Track – 65%

Generic Congressional Ballot – GOP +9

Trust on the Issues: Democrats vs. Republicans

The Republicans now lead the Democrats by wide margins in trust factor on every major issue the country is facing:

Economy: D = 42% R = 46%

National Security: D = 40% R = 49%

War in Iraq: D = 38% R = 46%

Immigration: D = 36% R = 43%

Education: D = 36% R = 40%

Health Care: D = 37% R = 49%

Social Security: D = 35% R = 45%

Abortion: D = 32% R = 46%

Taxes: D = 34% R = 50%

President Obama – what will it take to get you to listen. The will of the people is clear. They want reduced spending, lower taxes and start over on health care reform. They want more jobs and they believe that the free market is the answer to solving that problem. The priority is jobs not health care.

For the second straight week there was bad news in the weekly job report. In the week ending Feb. 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 496,000, an increase of 22,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 474,000. The previous week’s labor department job report showed initial claims for unemployment benefits increased 31,000 to 473,000.

Most of us do not believe the economy is growing stronger just because the bleeding has slowed. We are still losing jobs; more people have become discouraged and quit looking which is the only reason the unemployment rate dropped to 9.7% in January. Officially there are 14,453,421 unemployed but the real number is 24,197,207 with 38,917,749 receiving food stamps. The 2010 year to date figures show another 856,357 foreclosures have occurred as well as 1,406,434 bankruptcies were filed, indicating the problem is far from over.

Conservatives need to keep the heat on. The Republicans are not necessarily the answer as they have proven in the past. Hold everyone accountable! The free market and non governmental job growth coupled with tax cuts and a major spending reduction are the only things that will save our economy.

Restore the Republic, Restore the Free Market Economy – Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left, Reject Big Government and Government Run Health Care!

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper, Nov 29, 1802 

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, May 28, 1816

Fiat Money and the Fort of Gold

According to the government, Fort Knox contains about 147 million troy ounces of gold. The government has a total of 248 million troy ounces of gold, mostly in bars that are 400 troy ounces each. Most of the gold in Fort Knox came from melting of the gold coins confiscated by FDR, and from other government operations while the US was still on the gold standard which we abandoned entirely in 1971.

At today’s prices the gold (248 million troy oz) would be worth an estimated $275,776,000,000 dollars which used to seem like a lot – until we started spending a trillion dollars at a time!

The Treasury Department still operates the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky, so what is the gold’s connection to U.S. currency and who owns it?

From 1879 to 1971, the U.S. dollar was backed by gold using what is commonly referred to as the Gold Standard. This meant that the bearer of U.S. currency could exchange it from currency to gold or silver. The government owned large stores of both and used them to maintain a balanced relationship between the value of the currency and gold or silver. This gold standard allowed the government to maintain stable purchasing power for the dollar in both the domestic and international markets.

From 1879 to 1933, the dollar was fully convertible to gold for both domestic and international traders. Gold convertibility was eliminated domestically in 1934 due in large part to the Great Depression. On April 3, 1933 FDR, declared a national emergency and prohibited the “hoarding” of gold coins and bullion by US corporations and citizens, requiring all stockpiles to be returned to the treasury in exchange for paper currency.  However it was maintained for foreign monetary entities until 1971. From 1934 until 1971 Americans could no longer redeem currency for gold. Also during this period private citizens were not allowed to have holdings of gold bullion.

Using a gold standard, the government has a legal limit on how much paper money it can print. During the Johnson administration, the U.S. could print paper dollars equal only to four times the value of the nation’s gold reserves. This sets the stage for trouble if foreign investors decide to cash out their dollars for gold which is exactly what happened. 

In the years leading up to 1971 the US government began printing more and more money to pay for the Vietnam War and other investments.  The excess printing of paper dollars, and the negative balance of U.S. trade, resulted in foreign countries demanding that America make good on its’ “promise to pay”. They began demanding gold from the U.S. in exchange for paper dollars. This led to a run on gold in the late 60’s/early 70’s that resulted in over $22 billion dollars of gold leaving the US Treasury. 

So in 1971 Nixon unilaterally canceled the Bretton Woods system and ending the direct convertibility of the US dollar to gold. In 1971, the United States government abandoned the gold standard. The US dollar was no longer a fixed currency. The dollar became fiat money, meaning it was no longer backed by gold or silver and was not necessarily redeemable even in coin.

This move opened the door for government spending and abuse on a scale never before possible by the federal government. From 1934 until 1971 the US paper money supply doubled. From 1971 until 2005 it multiplied 13 times. This does not even take into consideration what has happened in the last 18 months. 

So now, some not so deep thinkers are suggesting that the U.S. sell off our remaining gold assets. See excerpt from Parade Magazine, Sunday Feb. 14, 2010:

Should the U.S. Sell Its Gold?  

The U.S. has the world’s largest gold reserve—more than 8000 metric tons. That’s far more than Germany’s, which comes in second with 3400. At current prices, our reserve is worth an estimated $288 billion. Since the U.S. government could certainly use the funds, why not sell this valuable commodity? Does our country need to keep all of that gold?

“The gold reserve is a remnant of the monetary system we abandoned in 1971,” says Jeremy Siegel, a finance professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “We could have sold it then, and maybe we should have. Since 1971, the return on gold has been 8.86% a year, while the return on stocks has been 9.76%. Even with the disastrous year we just had, stocks have done better over the long run.”

But there are good reasons not to sell now. “Our gold holdings swamp annual demand,” says Andrew Williams of the U.S. Treasury. “Even talk by the government of perhaps selling gold might cause the price to drop,” adds James Barth of the Milken Institute, an economic think-tank. He says that selling gold “could be viewed as a sign of weakness” by other countries and send the undesirable message that the U.S. is desperate for revenue.

While the President can authorize the Treasury to sell gold, that hasn’t happened since 1979. But even if he were to authorize a sale, he couldn’t spend the funds on health care, defense, or any other programs—the law requires that “all proceeds from the sale of government gold be used to pay down the national debt,” according to Williams. Despite how large the reserve seems, liquidating it would barely make a dent in the $12.3 trillion debt. Still, economists like Siegel argue that the stored gold brings the federal government little benefit, and the U.S. also spends a significant amount to safeguard it.  

The first question is; do we still have it? There have been rumors circulating for years that the gold may have already been spent by the government. However according to an independent by KPMG, LLP, it is all there. 

For audit info, go to: http://www.financialsense.com/fsu/editorials/2007/0423.html 

The next question is not as easily answered – is the gold encumbered? In other words, does it still belong to the United States government or has the Federal Reserve laid claim to it? The Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board have employed a range of strategies to try to minimize the role and importance of gold in the international monetary system. 

The U.S. Treasury has facilitated; selling, swapping, trading, and lending of gold by other countries, gold-holders, and mines in order to maintain an atmosphere of “oversupply” to bolster the dollar. All of this manipulation may have resulted in the encumbering the U.S. gold reserves which you would think would be the last thing they would want to do. Unfortunately, there is evidence that this may have happened so even though it is still there; the question remains –is it ours? This question needs to be answered. 

In the end if it is still property of the U.S. Treasury we should not sell it we should keep it! The way things are going it maybe the best collateral the country has left. It gives us a little security in case of a national emergency. 

Secure the Republic, Save the Gold, Stop the Spending, End the Fed! 

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and the corporations which grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” –Thomas Jefferson 

“The trifling economy of paper, as a cheaper medium, or its convenience for transmission, weighs nothing in opposition to the advantages of the precious metals… it is liable to be abused, has been, is, and forever will be abused, in every country in which it is permitted.” –Thomas Jefferson

Spender-in-Chief Seeks Debt Counseling

On Thursday, President Obama used an executive order to create a debt commission. The commission will be charged with “taking on the impossible” and designing a plan to reduce the federal deficit.  To lead the commission Obama chose former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-WY., and Democrat Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff to President Clinton. 

“They’re going to try to restore reason to the fiscal debate and come up with answers,” said Obama. “The politics of dealing with chronic deficits is fraught with hard choices. And therefore it’s treacherous to officeholders here in Washington.”  

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama’s executive order sets up a debt commission to study options on spending and taxes because the U.S. Congress failed to create a congressional deficit panel of its own. The presidential commission will make recommendations but lacks the power to bind Congress to them.

Obama also signed the bill to raise government borrowing authority to $14.3 trillion and reinstall pay-as-you-go rules to require Congress to offset spending with cuts, Gibbs said. The White House is forecasting a record $1.56 trillion deficit in the fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, 2010.

Vital creditors such as China and other investors question whether the White House is serious about fiscal responsibility. Failure to convince them will have a significant impact on the dollar and bond markets. They want to see a plan to control the deficit and spending. Obama’s current budget forecast show the debt level reaching 80% of GDP by 2020. The federal deficit reached an unprecedented $1.4 trillion in 2009 and most predict it will go even higher this year. 

The commission will consist of 18 members, six will be presidential appointees; there will be 12 sitting lawmakers, 6 appointed by Republican congressional leaders and 6 appointed by Democratic congressional leaders. A 14 vote majority would be required to implement any recommendation. The recommendations are due Dec. 1. 

The Republicans are wary but plan to participate. Their fear is that solutions may aim toward increasing taxes instead of cutting spending. 

“Americans know our problem is not that we tax too little but that Washington spends too much — that should be the focus of this commission,” McConnell said. 

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, says the GOP has proposed immediate spending cuts through a rescissions package. If they aren’t considered a Boehner spokesman said “That doesn’t mean we won’t participate in this commission, but it does indicate that Washington Democrats aren’t serious yet about shutting down their spending binge.”  

Jerry Lewis, R-CA., is the most vocal critic of the panel. “Instead of acting appropriately to rein in spending and control skyrocketing deficits, the Democrat Congress and the President have outsourced their constitutional responsibilities to a powerless commission apparently created to provide political cover,” Lewis said. “The American people are demanding accountability from their elected officials,” he added. “This commission, which isn’t slated to produce anything until after the November elections, is essentially a way to avoid this accountability.” 

Lewis is dead on in his assessment. Fixing the deficit will be a complex task to be sure but it starts with common sense. The first way to reduce a spending deficit is to stop spending. The way to stimulate growth in the tax base is to help it grow. The proven way to do that is to cut taxes and stimulate investment. The math is simple – example: would you rather have 5% of $10,000,000 (500,000) or 7.5% of $5,000,000 (375,000). 

It is also difficult to take this idea seriously from an administration that does not mention that it has nearly quadrupled the deficit in a year. It is kind of like asking Tiger Woods for advice on marital fidelity. 

Americans need to watch this closely as it appears as Rep. Lewis has pointed out to be another distraction from the real job of reining in out of control government spending. This gives the President a new way to avoid accountability and set up scapegoats if his policy failures continue. 

Wake up, America! It is time to clean house in Washington and start over with common sense solutions that cut spending and promote fiscal responsibility. Keep speaking out and letting your representatives know we are not going to take it anymore. 

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left, End Big Government Now! 

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale”. – Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, May 28, 1816

The Mount Vernon Statement – Constitutional Conservatism

From MountVernonStatement.com:

In light of the challenges facing the country and the need for clarity in the age of Obama, The Mount Vernon Statement, modeled on the Sharon Statement issued on Sept. 11, 1960, is a defining statement of conservative beliefs, values and principles penned by a broad coalition of conservative leaders representing a wide spectrum of the movement including fiscal, social, cultural and national security conservatives.

CONSERVATIVE LEADERS UNITE AND SIGN ON TO THE MOUNT VERNON STATEMENT

Historic Document Defines The Principles, Beliefs And Values Of The Conservative Movement

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Over 80 leaders, representing tens of millions of conservative activists nationwide, today signed The Mount Vernon Statement, a declaration of leadership for a new generation of conservatives that defines the principles, values and beliefs of the conservative movement.

“With this statement, and its many signatories, a new day dawns for the conservative movement,” said Edwin Feulner, Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation, and one of the drafters of the statement.  “It reasserts conservative principles, values and beliefs that are embraced by more people in this country than those of any political ideology.  Fifty years ago, the federal government threatened to grow exponentially.  Visionaries then gathered in Sharon, Connecticut, to articulate essential principles of American governance.  Today, that threat is even greater, and so we must articulate anew the nature of Constitutional Conservatism in the 21st Century.”

“This is an historic moment as, since the 2008 election, conservative leaders from across the country have been meeting and planning a comeback.  A year ago some pundits claimed that conservatism was effectively dead.  But today, as revelations about Washington’s futility in addressing America’s problems continue to mount, the movement is alive and poised for a resurgence of Constitutional Conservative leadership,” said Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan and master of ceremonies for the signing event.

The Mount Vernon Statement 

Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century

We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding.  Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.

These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.

Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The self evident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.

Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.

The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.

A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.

A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.

  • It applies the principle of limited government based on the
    rule of law to every proposal.
  • It honors the central place of individual liberty in American
    politics and life.
  • It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and
    economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
  • It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom
    and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that
    end.
  • It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood,
    community, and faith.

If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.

We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.

 February 17, 2010 

We the undersigned join in our support of the guiding principles of The Mount Vernon Statement.

Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan      Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America

Edwin Feulner, Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation

Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation, was present at the Sharon Statement signing.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council      Becky Norton Dunlop, president of the Council for National Policy

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center       Alfred Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator

David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union      David McIntosh, co-founder of the Federalist Society

T. Kenneth Cribb, former domestic policy adviser to President Reagan     Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government      Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness

Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com       Kenneth Blackwell, Coalition for a Conservative Majority

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring      Kathryn J. Lopez, National Review

Sign the petition on-line here:  http://www.themountvernonstatement.com/

By signing the petition you can send a message to our leaders in Washington about what is important to us.  The text of the document lays the foundation for a conservative coalition. It reminds us of  the founding fathers’ vision for us. It is time for a return to the values and principles of government that made us a strong and prosperous nation. 

Restore the Republic, Restore the American Dream, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free”.  – Ronald Reagan

The Economy – There is no magic wand!

Today’s labor department job report shows initial claims for unemployment benefits increased 31,000 to 473,000. There are now approximately 14,577,800 officially unemployed Americans. That is almost 9 million jobs lost since mid 2007.  

Further aggravating the situation, the Producer Price Index for Finished Goods rose 1.4% in January. This increase followed a 0.4% increase in December and a 1.5% increase in November. The index for finished goods excluding foods and energy rose 0.3 percent in January. This is a meaningless number as we all require both food and energy. The bad news is about 75% of the increase last month was due to a 5.1% jump on food and energy goods. Prices for finished goods moved up 4.6 percent for the 12 months ended January 2010, their third consecutive 12-month increase.

Here is your warning sign; the 1.4% increase in January could easily translate into a 10+% inflation rate if the trend continues. Unless this is an anomaly we could be on pace for a significant inflation ramp. All the rescue efforts by the Federal Reserve has set the stage for this inflation, so now the Fed is going to have some decisions to make at its next meeting to try to stop it. This is why Bernanke has been saying we’re probably going to have to raise rates soon.

We have dug ourselves a very deep hole. China is no longer buying our treasury bonds and they sold off many that they had. Japan is now the biggest foreign holder of U.S. debt. Now the Federal Reserve holds the biggest share of our total debt, over $5 trillion. With our AAA credit rating at risk, the next step will be to raise the interest paid on our treasury bonds to get new investors. Do you see where this is going? It is a vicious circle. So now the Fed will drive up interest rates to try to stop the inflation and reduce the money supply which will ultimately kill economic growth.

Remember both Bush and Obama administrations said, we must spend to fix the economy. We were told that printing money, borrowing money and spending money would stimulate the economy. We were told not to worry about inflation. Now all of a sudden inflation is barreling down the road at us. We’re repeating the mistakes of many European nations such as Greece, Italy, Spain, etc. all of whom are currently in deep shit! Keynesian Economics do not work!  

Wake up, America! It is time to face the truth. The only way out of the mess we are in is to cut – spending and taxes – a lot! We have built a model that is unsustainable. We have to come to grips with the idea that big government is not the answer – it is the problem. I am not just talking about the federal government either. The federal government will have to reduce its’ services to only those which are essential – national defense, infra structure and basic services. Social programs and luxury pork barrel spending must be eliminated. State governments must get smaller too. States need to narrow their focus to the basic services they should provide. We are going to have to rely on communities to pull together and help their own. People are going to have to learn to fend for themselves. Everyone is going to have to sacrifice to fix this problem. Each citizen must be allowed to keep as much as possible so they can reinvest in their savings, communities and build businesses that will restart the economy. This is the only sane road back to prosperity. The alternatives involve deals with the devil which will lead us to a loss of sovereignty, a world government or some form of socialistic government where we can all live together as peasants.

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left, Eliminate Big Government! This is the only answer. 

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – Ronald Reagan  

“Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.” – Ronald Reagan

Climate Change Unravels But Refuses to Die!

What in the world is happening? Could it be? Climate change is a scam?

So you are probably thinking… Climate Change, Cap & Trade and the like are dead… Why is he still writing about this? Wake up, people this is the administration that refuses to give up on healthcare reform and trying KSM in NYC!

News Flashes from the real world!

  • For the first time in 14 years, Lake Erie is frozen. That’s right, the entire surface of the 241-mile-long lake is frozen over end to end. 
  • Last week, the east coast was battered by record snowfalls with some areas receiving three feet of snow. This is not a singular event though.  So far this year, Baltimore (72.3 inches), Washington D.C. (54.9 inches) and Philadelphia (70.3 inches) have all beaten their previous records for snowiest winters.
  • From The Register, a U.K. newspaper: “More trouble looms for the IPCC. The body may need to revise statements made in its Fourth Assessment Report on hurricanes and global warming. A statistical analysis of the raw data shows that the claims that global hurricane activity has increased cannot be supported.”  
  • From Les Hatton, PhD Meteorologist and fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society: Analyzed hurricane activity from 1946 to 2009. He studied the number of storms and their strengths. He concluded the pattern averaged out. He went on to say that Al Gore made misleading statements in his prediction (more intense hurricanes) for the next 100 year pattern by choosing to use the 2005 (Katrina) data in a vacuum to support his assertion. Within the data set 2005 stands out as a complete anomaly.
  • A growing number of “climate change” researchers are focused on the accuracy of thousands of weather stations around the world, which have been used to collect temperature data over the past 100 years. “The temperature records cannot be relied on as indicators of global change,” said John Christy, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a former lead author on the IPCC. Many of these gathering stations have been compromised by everything from urbanization to relocation. There are well documented examples of weather stations in places such as: next to heat generating equipment, at the Rome airport near an area where jets are taxiing and on the grounds of an waste industrial incinerator.  Ross McKitrick, professor of economics at the University of Guelph, Canada, an invitee to a recent IPCC event said, “We concluded, with overwhelming statistical significance, that the IPCC’s climate data are contaminated with surface effects from industrialization and data quality problems. These add up to a large warming bias.”
  • And last from Professor Phil Jones, former director of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit comes the following admissions: 
  1. For the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.
  2. Conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now.  (This would imply global warming is not a man-made phenomenon.)
  3. Admitted he had “trouble” keeping track of the raw data that was critical to the theory of climate change. (What the hell does that mean – you’re a scientist?)

The proof against this scam is starting to pile up. The story is unraveling. So what’s next? Will it die?

Will the Obama administration call a time out and attempt to sort out the truth from the lies? After all, this is a huge piece of their political agenda. One would think they would want to be sure they are on the right track before pushing the country and our economy down a path from which there is no return.

To get the answer we turn to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) administrator Jane Lubchenco, who was asked this question on NPR, “Last week we saw some really unusual weather patterns not only through the mid-Atlantic but even today in the southern part of the US.  What do you think has made this year so different?” To which she replied, “It’s important that people recognize that weather is not the same as climate, and record-breaking storms neither negate nor approve climate change.  This year we have indeed seen a lot of seemingly strange things — record snowfalls in the mid-Atlantic region — even though the planet is warming.  And this isn’t a contradiction, and it’s not really unexpected.  The multiple snowstorms we’ve been seeing this winter with more on the way likely are a result of the confluence of El Nino and the Arctic Oscillation”.

Of course, this is true – El Nino and the Arctic Oscillation are cyclical parts of our weather pattern and occur regardless of man-made activity. The point being that weather is weather and climate change if it does exist would need other scientific data besides weather to support it. However, the environmental elite want to have it both ways. They want to point at weather when it suits their argument and discredit it when it doesn’t. That is why they renamed it “climate change” from “global warming”, after all.

As for Ms. Lubchenco, she just keeps pushing the administrations agenda. When asked, “What is your reaction to the growing sense around the country, perhaps even around the world, that global warming is a hoax?” She replied, “Climate change is underway.  It’s happening now.  It is resulting in many changes that will affect the way people live and do business.  And the fact that we are getting more and more requests for information about droughts, about future heat waves, about air quality, forest fires, sea level rise inundating coasts…” Really?

“It (Climate Change) has become completely political — it’s not about science at all,” said Fox affiliate WDAF  chief meteorologist, Mike Thompson “If science were the objective, then we would be seeing an entirely different debate. But there are agendas at play, and it has undermined the credibility of climate science.”

Remember this…

Quote from the Club of Rome: “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….All these dangers are caused by human intervention….and thus the “real enemy, then, is humanity itself….believe humanity requires a common motivation, namely a common adversary in order to realize world government. It does not matter if this common enemy is “a real one or….one invented for the purpose.” (The Club of Rome is an elitist think tank founded in 1968 and dedicated to limiting growth of the industrialized nations worldwide.)

…Or this?

UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon: “ All agree that climate change is an existential threat to humankind. … The issues are complex, affecting everything from national economies to individual lifestyles. They involve political trade-offs and commitments of resources no leader can undertake lightly. … Yet the elements of a deal are on the table. All we require to put them in place is political will. We need to step back from narrow national interest and engage in frank and constructive discussion in a spirit of global common cause”.

First, all do not agree that its’ real, much less an eminent threat to the world. Also read what is said closely and it is easy to see the real picture. The goal is a “global common cause”. So what does that mean? Again read carefully. It involves “political trade-offs”, “commitments of resources”, and “the need to step back from narrow national interests”. If you pay attention it is pretty easy to decipher, the plan calls for a worldwide social re-engineering that will lead to world government.

“It (Climate Change) has become completely political — it’s not about science at all,” said Fox affiliate WDAF  chief meteorologist, Mike Thompson “If science were the objective, then we would be seeing an entirely different debate. But there are agendas at play, and it has undermined the credibility of climate science.”

There’s your answer! IT IS NOT going away, the climate change scam and the “green agenda” will just keep reinventing itself looking for a way to invade your psyche. The “Progressive Left” will keep trying to find a scare tactic to get us on board because “It does not matter if this common enemy is “a real one or….one invented for the purpose.”

Plain and simple this is a power grab designed to redistribute wealth and reengineer society. In the absence of legislation the Obama administration has used the EPA to continue pushing their agenda declaring carbon dioxide “a harmful greenhouse gas”. They also established a Climate Program inside the NOAA to provide the public with “information on the climate and how it impacts their lives”. Can you say propoganda?

Remember their goals…

Quote by Michael Oppenheimer, major environmentalist: “The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States. We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the US. We have to stop these Third World countries right where they are.”

Quote by Emma Brindal, a climate justice campaigner coordinator for Friends of the Earth: “A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources.”

Wake up, America! This is a global scam. Our sovereignty, our economy and our futures are at stake! Contact your elected representatives and The White House – tell them; No Cap & Trade, No Treaties on Climate Change, No deals with the U.N. and no subsidies to foreign governments (carbon reparations) – we do not owe them and we can not afford to pay them!

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left, Reject Green Lies!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free”.  – Ronald Reagan