Sleaze The Day

As I take a look at today’s crop of liberal political animals, I must consider that if someone wanted a quick definition of their accomplishments, utilizing brevity as a mandatory element, I would have to turn to the title of a book written in 1956. It would be necessary to “tweak” the title a bit, but it would get the job done rather neatly.. “Sleaze the Day”.

One might ask at this point: why would we need to carry this discussion any further, the three words fits the bill precisely. Elaborating upon this topic is necessary, if not mandatory due to the fact that we are inescapably inundated and surreptitiously surrounded by political liberals, both locally and federally.

They now hold the Presidency, the House and the Senate, where they have very nearly a filibuster proof majority. Next stop: the Supreme Court. It is therefore important to look to the past in order to prepare for the future. Using history as our guide, the “Paragons of Puerile Progressive-ism” will delight us daily with corruption, scandal and chicanery. If you think the past four weeks have been exciting, then you had better brace yourself for the rococo roller coaster ride of the next four years.

It is imperative at this point to put their PROVEN historical subterfuge into its proper perspective. There must be a timeline separation. I am going to use B.C. (Before Clinton, 1992) and A.D. (After Disgrace, 1993). No one set the slime bar higher (lower) for both domestic and international political embarrassment than Ol’ Whitey. As a point of procedure, Carter does not count. His destructiveness was intentional and directed. Clinton was the Oval Office’s answer to Al Czervik.. Everything must be judged by the shameful performance of the fearless leader of the “Liberal Lupercalia”. And here we go..

In September 2008, Charlie “Draft me” Rangel “forgot” to report over $75,000.00 worth of income that he derived from the rental of his villa in the Dominican Republic.

In 2005, Sandy “Burglar” Berger went on a little field trip to the National Archives. In order to gain admittance, Sandy needed a permission slip from.. Bill Clinton. Sandy stuffed himself and all of his possible hiding places with classified materials and not only content with that, he then had a little bonfire under a construction trailer. The sensible have to ask, if there was nothing incriminating within the documents that he stole and destroyed, why would he need to steal and destroy them?

In 2006, Cynthia “Psycho-Muppet” McKinney decided that security checkpoints weren’t applicable to her and she then assaulted a police officer as he lawfully did his duty. Remember, they “respect the troops”, too..

William “The Refrigerator” Jefferson in August of 2005 was discovered with $90,000.00 in cash in the families deep freeze. Never letting individual impropriety and obvious guilt deter them, Democrats re-elected him in 2006. (See Marion Barry..)

In 2001, Edward Mezvinsky (liberal, Iowa), pleads guilty to thirty one counts of bank, wire and mail fraud. Give the liberals credit, they are thorough, I’m not sure that there are any other kinds of fraud left..

Robert Torricelli (NJ), illegal contributions from Korean David Chang (2002). Jim Traficant (OH), ten felony counts of financial corruption in 2002..

Henry Cisneros, Housing Secretary under Bill Caligula, lied to the FBI about the amount he paid his former mistress in 1999. Bill influenced so many liberals in so many wonderful ways..

Teamster President Ron Carey gave money to Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign and Clinton gave money to Carey’s campaign as well.. “Teamstergate” as it was called at the time, led to the invalidation of Carey’s re-election but the same kind of magic didn’t work as relates to Clinton’s re-election..

“Pardongate” (Who else hates all of these “–gate” names??) came about on January 20, 2001 when Bill busied himself pardoning 140 convicts while the rest of his crew trashed and burglarized the White House.. This is not to be confused with “Filegate”, (1996) where Clinton crony Craig Livingstone was tasked with compiling an “enemies list”. Someone with “thirty five years of experience” was involved as well..

Vincent Foster, the Lincoln bedroom sleep-overs (“pay to lay”??), the Chinese contributions to the 1996 campaign, “Travelgate”, and who can possibly forget, Leon Panetta’s enthusiastic intern, Monica Lewinsky..

Carol Moseley-Braun (IL.) stole $28,750.00 worth of Medicaid money in 1993 with the help of her family.. Illinois has passed the Louisiana of the Kingfish’s day as the most corrupt political cesspool in the nation. I will give you a partial list of Illinois liberals and their most recent crimes:

Dan Rostenkowski, money laundering (1991-1995) (Pardoned by Bill Clinton..), the “Hired Truck Program” under Dailey, Percy Giles, Chicago alderman, racketeering and extortion (2000). Chicago alderman Arenda Troutman, bribery (2007). Jim Laski, Chicago City Clerk, bribery, (2006). That leads us to two other Illinois “politicians”, Rod Blagojevich and Barack Hussein Obama.

Blagojevich, who tried to place the Obama Senate seat on the next Christie’s Auction House program (“pay to play”), is charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. There is so much more to the Governor than just that..

Obama friend, fundraiser and real estate agent, Tony Rezko (convicted, sixteen counts of felony corruption.) had a “business partner” named Patricia Blagojevich, wife of the Governor. In October of 2006, Patricia made $116,700 in “commissions” from one Armish Mahajan who owns a urinalysis company that conveniently has a “no-bid” contract with the state of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Those were her only “commissions” from 2006.. In September of 2006, Blagojevich received a “donation” from one Mike Ascaridis, two weeks after Ascaridis’ wife Beverly got a job with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. She was mysteriously hired even though she had failed her state hiring exam..

President-elect Obama hasn’t even taken the oath of office and we have seen the ACORN scandal silently dematerialize, Bill Richardson, his Commerce Secretary-elect, take a well deserved tumble over his own “shady contributors” and we have seen Rahm Emanuel being subpoenaed to discuss his discussions with the Blagojevich people over the Obama Senate seat and that is not even taking into account his “friends” like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright..

Not to be outdone, just under the wire we have Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon being charged with four counts of perjury, two counts of theft over $500.00, two as well for theft under $500.00, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and misconduct in office. It seems that “gift cards” intended for the “needy families” of Baltimore found their way into her purse, among other crimes..

The overwhelming majority of what I’ve listed is A.D. material and the list is by no means complete. The B.C. list is littered with equally proficient liberal politicians/criminals. This grouping leaves out so many liberal luminaries such as Kwame Kilpatrick, Barney Frank, Jerry Springer, Jim Wright, Marion Barry ABSCAM Murtha, Wayne Hayes, Ted Kennedy, Gary Hart…

So those of you who are already tearing up over the symbolism of the Inauguration of the next liberal “leader”, someone who laughingly claims to be all about “change”, we are already seeing that in the liberal world of political corruption, Illinois’ pride and joy, Barack Hussein Obama, has apparently done his homework. He is hitting the ground running and he hasn’t even unpacked a single cardboard box..

 

 

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82 responses to “Sleaze The Day

  1. Hey kids,

    Hope that this one doesn’t come off kind of “dry” with all of the historical stuff..

    Hope that you like it..

    Tell me what you think.

    Larry

  2. Larry,
    While your historical references may seem dry to some, I found it quite illuminating. Unfortunately, none of the liberals I know would even consider the possibility of corruption in anybody other than a conservative. You could literally beat the libs over the head with proof of liberal corruption and they would claim it was a frame-up by conseratives.
    None are so blind as those who will not see!

  3. JR NOT OF DALLAS

    Great on a Sunday morning with anew snow storm covering the dirt
    here in the northeast to read your
    post.I need to look up a few words in the dictionary but was aware of most
    BC scandals IL ones are new to me
    Of course being in TUBBY TEDDY
    Country we have our own wonderful
    Dems in our house and senate being
    caught redhanded. Read HOWIE CARR in the Boston Herald.

    May we be lucky and not have another 911 while this Chicago THUG
    is in control

  4. But, over this same time period and using the same standard for what has been “proven,” couldn’t you come with a list of sleazy republican behavior that’s equally as long?

    eg. David Vitter, Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, Duke Cunningham, Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Scooter Libby, Ted Stevens, Ken Calvert, Don Young (recently reelected), Ernie Fletcher, John Doolittle, Richard Pombo, etc, etc.

  5. I agree the word “gate” has been worn out. Isn’t the real word felony?

  6. Watergate was the name of a Washingtonian hotel. Since then it seems like every political corruption scandal contents the word “gate” as if we needed clarification that a political scandal has been unleashed. The MSM has no imagination we they?

    Since P-E Obama has yet to take office and is surrounded by scandal after scandal; I have to wonder how many gates will we be subjected too. His administration is looking more and more like the Clinton administration in more ways then one.

    In the Senate together head wing-nut, Harry Reid plans to put forth a bill, S.22 “Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009,” would cordon off more than 3 million acres from energy leasing by restricting various areas as “federal wilderness” or “wild and scenic” river ways. The Bill is to hamper oil drilling and the Bill is so full of pork, Miss Piggy would be cringing. The promises made by Mr. Obama, who claims he’ll turn down any Bill that contains pork products will be soon realized; will it be another campaign promise that will be ignored like public funding? I’m instincts tell me he’ll sign it into law, as the press rushes to hide the evidence of his complacency by giving the American public the bird. Read the article here http://townhall.com/columnists/AmandaCarpenter/2009/01/10/harry_reid%E2%80%99s_land_grab

  7. I never noticed that the city named Chicago looks to close to the word chicanery, coincidence? I think not. Let’s look at that word chicanery. Chi-can-ery the art of trickery or subterfuge; clever underhanded actions to achieve a means to an end. Sounds like the democratic strategy for a clean, well-run campaign.

  8. Good article Larry,sounds like a list of Who’s who in Washington’s roach house,every one please check out Brett Noel’s cartoon,best yet.
    Featuring Barney ( the lisping fag ) Frank…

  9. Where will it all end? When will the people of the USA stand up and say, enough is enough? If we continue to vote this scum into office we will get what we deserve, socialism, poverty, and more lost of control of our lifes. Whats the answer here? Anyone have a good idea? One that will actually work.

  10. Larry,
    To dry? Possible for some, but it is wise for anyone who goes into battle to be well versed in their adversary.
    If at all possible I would make the statistical history more chewable out of the tears I have shed worrying over the plight of our country.

    The culmanation of your article here, Larry, and a statement posted by Eileen in “Return of Agent 86” pretty well sums up the what the Democratic party has become. It is no longer interested in the good of the nation or it’s Constitutional ideals that it was founded on, but rather only on individual political futherance.

    The liberal’s following amazes me, actually holds me in awe. It is beyond my rational comprehensive reasoning of how anyone would continue to trust and vote for these illicit people to represent them.

    “The Presidency, the House, the Senate, where they have a nearly filibuster proof majority. Next stop: The Supreme Court.” All of this is scarey, to say the least, but what scares me the most is the danger posed with the Supreme Court and Obama having said he wanted to get rid of some of the “restrictions our forefathers had placed on us in the Constitution.”
    Should they attempt to alter our Constitution, I agree with a “Boston Tea Party”… nation-wide.

  11. Gotta love the of we don’t do anything wrong, paragon of virtue crowd running our government.

  12. How is it that someone who’s mantra is ‘change’ saw nothing that needed to be ‘changed’ in Chicago???
    Hold on tight! It’s going to be an interesting four years. All who are religious, pray for America, and to those who are not, get religion and begin to pray for America.

  13. I’d rather be a dry Republican anyday.

  14. ….and now we turn our country over to the Grand Illegal Alien, BH Obama

  15. Chicagobamaland , Land of the fleeced.
    Stand upon her and despoil her with the grace and finesse of the sleezed.
    From the Governors and the senators and the
    congressman filled with greed
    Chicagobamaland the home of the greased , Chicagobamaland my sweet damned disease.
    ” God forgive them, for they know what they do.”

  16. Larry, you truly are a wordsmith! Can’t agree with you more. It is going to be one Hell of a ride for the next four years. I’m all for that Tea Party to perk up the Constitution and get back to basics. We are going to need a big score card to keep up with all the “felony” stories we shall see. Yes, I am sick of ‘gate’!

  17. It’s never about preserving our Freedoms, the Nation or a cause; it’s about the survival of the liberal democratic and the continuation of power, a monopoly of financial control and absolute power. We are allowing them the keys to the candy store and gave them the welcome sign, the keys to the register and the open inventory, to do what they have yearned, coveted, beseeched and demanded for decades and the 58 million (I don’t remember the # anymore so if I’m wrong my apologies) Americans signed up, brought the bullshit (which was sugarcoated BS, but still BS) and the rest of us, those who voted for McCain and those who choose to sit this election out because either candidate appealed to them are forced to live with a truly bad decision that a little over ¼ of Americans decided to make for us.

    I still believe they are weak minded individual who will eventually choke on their own bile. Giving them what they have craved like a junkie, the corruption and abuses will eventually come forward and overtake their party; hopefully the Republicans can keep their noses clean and sit back as they implore. The candy will grow stale and then moldy; but their need to fill their gobs with the sweetness they demand and the increase and/or reduction of their natural insulin, will cause a diabetic coma from the democrats. I don’t think there’s a 12 step program to weed out their own self importance or their over indulged egos. And a month at Promises rehab facility doesn’t have the room for all the liberals; both democrat and republican in Congress to receive treatment for ones own self indulgences or power trip. These idiot are headed for an overdose of ego.

    It’s still not too late to place a big red X on the outside of the New York Times, Rockefeller Center, the Los Angeles Times or the Capitol buildings so that the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas have an easy target; before the destroy an airport, a military facility, famous bridge or tunnel, or a tourist attraction like Disney World. Got a red magic maker?

  18. Looks like the uniform for this bunch will be orange jump suits with slippers. YIKES.
    And of course out fair and balanced press will keep us informed of all their missdeads. Yeah, Right.

  19. bmachen,

    A few points:

    If you had read a few more of the articles within this site, you might have seen a number of references to both Cunningham and Craig.

    I am guessing that you are a left coaster as a number of your references are Californian.

    Three of your references go to the Abramoff scandal. For the sake of brevity, I didn’t list ALL of the liberals involved in ALL of the scandals that I listed and that was while leaving out scads of other incidents.

    The liberals are the ones who own the smug sanctimony and they have, as mentioned, all of the political power today.

    Please note the header on my site: “Conservative commentary served cold”..

    Foley was an at least mildly exaggerated for political purposes. Period.

    Keep in mind what I have said on any number of occassions here (reading more than one column helps with this..) “The screw hurts just as bad regadless who is turning it.” Also, “It’s not the “D” or the “R” that matters, it’s the “L” or the “C”..

    Thanks for pointing out a few obscure ones though..Pombo sounds like a real piece of work..

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  20. I meant to add that as the divide grows deeper and longer between the left and right; and as more and more republicans start to embrace the liberal ideology to survive in a corrupted Congress, the more the conservative public will step forward and make their voices heard in the form of violence that the liberals are terrified of (unless you’re a minority gang banger). I don’t know about what it’s like where you live but the people here in Mobile, Alabama, Baldwin County and Pensacola, Florida are scared about what Congress and Obama will do to our Nation. They are shopping for their guns and ammo and are already taking aim at the politicians who are out to destroy America. We are headed for a Civil War again but instead of the North vs the South it will be the liberals vs the conservatives. Here, the pen (the liberals) will not be mightier then the sword (the conservatives).

    The KKK have come out of hiding here in the south, there have been incidences in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. We don’t get Texas news much, but I’m sure it’s happening there as well.

  21. kid, looks like you’re well on your way to your next book, ” 101 Obamanations”.

    STITCH!

  22. Wooo, thought I was reading a normal weekday paper here in IL for a second!! Ok, great gathering there, lets go over a few other fringe 40 ft. poles positioned around this pile of dung.

    I am constantly amazed of how true it is that these liberal anti capitalist – capitalist (that’s a joke right there, eh:) are of the “DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO” gene. It is genetic isn’t it, it has to be nature, it couldn’t be the environment, could it?!!

    As government takes over more and more under these liberal bowl movements doesn’t anyone look at the average citizen in either of the two largest other socialist countries populated in the world. I mean Pow Wow Chow, does he even own a pot to spit in? Or does Pkrupporve Kprrives’ 10 inch blk/white t.v. still awaiting for the tube to arrive for repair?

    These are serious questions because these people governing us on the far left are from across the street and people for years have asked; “How did the Chicken get across the Road?”

    Barry is still doing a fairly good job of holding up the oracle movie roll but like you mentioned, the crooks are everywhere. Tokyo-Pelosi — she still flying in her private jet while Harry Reid is seeing stinky poo People.

    And all this while gas is less than $2 dollars. Wind Mills will be growing, cars with batteries will be zooming w/ their plug bouncing on the pavement and last but not least our tires will be properly inflated but Jimmy Carter stand tall because your inflation record will later be broken.

  23. Good article – can’t believe there are those who are still looking for a man to give us the answer. There are coming horrors that must happen and will. Start looking upward, are you ready?

  24. Danno… I believe you meant “bowel movements”….sorry to correct the spelling. Wanted to make sure everyone got a good laugh….it may be our last.
    Thanks for the trip down “memory lane” Larry, none should ever be forgotten.

  25. Larry,

    I believe it would be helpful if you would explain what you mean by CONSERVATIVE, the principles and what it embraces. Over the years “straw dog conservaties” have sullied the waters. Are we all on the same page on this word?

  26. well, okay, except that’s all mostly irrelevant.

    your point, if I’m reading your opening paragraph correctly, is “some liberals have done sleazy things in the past; in the future, when they have power to do more sleazy things, some liberals will.”

    I agree, but you completely miss the larger truth. because your conclusion is equally true if you replace the word “liberals” with “conservatives.” several Bush administration officials and conservative congressmen have done sleazy things over the last 8 years. some Reagan officials were sleazy, as were some Nixon ones (along with Nixon himself). If conservatives win back power in 4 years some of them will continue their sleazy ways then.

    here’s the larger truth:

    SOME PEOPLE WILL ACT SLEAZY WHEN THEY HAVE THE POWER TO DO SO

    it isn’t a D and R issue, you are right about that. but it isn’t a L and C one either! it is an issue of human nature.

    power corrupts no matter what ideology is holding it!!!!

    this is why, generally speaking, we need a government of limited power.

  27. dmachen

    You need to name names and site records for this crowd.
    Blanket generalizations against Republicans doesn’t wash here.
    Name names, site records, provide dates and times, as this author has done above.

    Most accusations against Republicans are just that, ACCUSATIONS.
    While we have offered definitive proof of Democrats’ BS.

    No one is perfect, and there are some Republicans/Conservatives that have done wrong.
    Basically, no matter what the offense, it comes down to lying, and these people are liars.
    Name one Democrat that is NOT a liar.

    Comparing a handful of Republican sleazaballs with the ENTIRE Democratic party is like comparing J-Lo’s ass with Oprah’s – – – entirely different planets.

    I would bet that most incidents you will mention can be argued…ie, they are ACCUSATIONS.
    Whereas, the Democrats are doing jail-time for their work. And if not already in jail, prosecutions are in the works.

    STITCH!

  28. The Traficant case wasn’t what it is popularly thought to have been. There remain open issues of serious prosecutorial misconduct in the form of witness tampering:

    http://www.eToys-Bankruptcy-Fraud.info/navycapt.pdf

    http://www.eToys-Bankruptcy-Fraud.info/cspan.wmv

  29. Beating liberals over the head with their own corruption is about as effective as rubbing the nose of a dog in the carpet when they relieve themselves where they shouldn’t. The dog doesn’t learn anything, and the owner gets aggravated. Were I in charge, I’d have the Marines round these turkeys up and place them in Gitmo pending trials and long-term prison sentences. Pity poor Barney Frank…. Ye 52%, ye suckers.

  30. I have been enjoying NoLeftTurnz for about a month. I appreciate the historical stuff and am angered at the double standard of the liberal media. I think Pres. Bush’s legacy should also enumerate all of the Global Disasters, he has had to deal with and contribute to in order to help our citizens and those around the globe. I can’t remember a time when there have been so many: floods, fires, earthquakes, cyclones, tornadoes etc. etc. and I’ve been around for quite awhile.

  31. Stitch:

    I would contend that the conservative movement in the USA became a dead letter in 1980 when Ronald Reagan, who owed Jesse Helms a political debt for his, Reagan’s political survival in 1975, so that he could run in 1980, reneged on his debt to Helms choosing one Herbert Walker Bush for his vice presidential running mate. Herbert Walker Bush and son George W. are internationalist and globalist. Their ilk with them are “straw dog conservatives.” Both father and son are Skull and Bonesmen who take an oath they avow supersedes the US Constitution to promote a New World Order, proclaimed by H.W. Bush, which espoused objectives are to end nationalism and national boundaries and establish a world oligarch ruling body with all others slaves after the population of the world is reduced through eugenics by 80%. Bush the bud has expanded fed government exponentionally and even in my opinion betrayed the American people with Patriot Acts I and II which has made every citizen a “terrorist” rather than rightly identifying the enemy they say attacked us, which is Islam, as well as betrayed Republican Party itself in Sept. and Oct. with the Fed Reserve scam that put black sambo in the catbird seat.

    You are right. There are accusations and no actual convictions. Even Nixon was not convicted of any wrong doing, though many in his administration were. But the smoking guns are there in their hands if a person is willing to follow the truth wherever it leads. For instance: Dick Cheney is in the basement situation room of the White House telling the Air Force jet fighters to stand down as the planes make their way to the Twin Towers and other destinations, while George W. Bush is in a Florida class room reading a story about a goat to a classroom of grade school children. Cheney is doing the heavy lifting while Bush is sending occult signals with a goat story that Pan, the goat overlord of the underworld, Baphomet in Freemasonry lingo, is being evoked with this 9/11 incident. Pan means universal, ie. Pan-American, Pan-theistic, Pan-Arab, pantheon, panic etc.

    Republicans are just smarter, so their evils are covert and subversive, and usually incremental as hidden in compromises. That’s why there are so few of them as compared with liberals who are prolific and dumb.

    The above is why I question what conservatism means. Even Helms, in whose very person was the modern conservative movement, refused to exercise his power to rid the USA of the United Nations, an anti USA Constitution institution and anti God, anti family, anti national sovereignty organization.

    If the Republican Party and Republican politicans are going to represent themselves to the public as conservatives, then we need to know what we mean when we use the word conservative and we need to know precisely what they mean if and when they say they are conservative.

  32. Conspiracies everywhere! Ken, look under your bed tonight.

  33. Ken,

    Since you are on my site, explain what YOU think a conservative means. I have about 150,000 words here that I had thought had done the job sufficiently.

    Did you actually say “black sambo”? Is that necessary?

    Goats? Pan? Wow… Actually, the incident of which you speak is better chronicled through the DVD “Farenhype 9-11”. The book was the second grade reader that the class normally uses and the class read to the President. The story the class chose was “My Pet Goat.” (From Principal Gwen Tose-Rigell, Emma Booker Elemantary).

    Define your terms and lighten up just a bit there, Francis..

    Larry

  34. Who is this Ken guy? No more NyQuil for you. Try not to give conservatives a bad name.

  35. KEN!

    Reagan owed nothing to anyone.
    Reagan was the most popular person in the country owing NOTHING to Helms (or any other southerner).

    For the record, after the first jet crashed into the tower, G.W.Bush ordered the Air Force to immediately shoot down all remaining airliners in the sky.
    However, this order was countermanned by Cheney.
    Everyone thinks the President is Commander-in-Chief of the military, but a loophole created by the 21st amendment actually makes the Vice President the commander.

    What do you think, Ken, do I sound as RETARDED as you!?

    So you think the Bush’s are “internationlists” and “globalists”?
    Did you know that the Clintons are Satan Worshipers?
    That the Obama’s make live HUMAN sacrifices?
    Its in a book I read, so it MUST be true.

    I can tell you this, “Conservatives” are NOT religous zealots.
    Conservatives are:
    Sane
    Country First
    Low taxes
    No work, no eat
    Conservatives donate 85% of all monies to charities
    Conservatives donate 92% of all volunteers around the world
    Businesses create jobs, not governments
    Government cannot fix the problem, government IS the problem

    please add more…

    STITCH!

  36. Stitch,
    GREAT STUFF!! Just call Ken “Area 51”. Can we apply the eugenics that he speaks of to him?

  37. Good article, Larry, and you even omitted some of the more recent Democratic “crooks” – New York’s “upright and uptight” AG Spitzer, Sen. Chris Dodd’s sweetheart deal with Countrywide and Sen. Menendez remaining part of the vetting of U.S Attorneys for New Jersey when supoenas have already been issued invovling Menendez and associates in various and nefarious deals.

    It’s also ironic that Republicans, when they discover one of their own who has done something wrong (sometimes with just the appearance of impropriety), close ranks and kick them out and/or shun them – Craig, Foley, etc., but Democrats close ranks to defend theirs — and even reelect them.

    And of course there’s the MSM double standard (one of many) of reporting dishonest Dems when they have to, but without identifying them as Dems, but always gleefully reporting errant Republicans while assiduously identifying them as such.

    With the Dems now in control of the Congress and the White House, and a duplicitous MSM, I wonder if we will know half of what’s really going on in the next four years. It will be interesting to see.

  38. Bottom line is this, NO ONE is PERFECT.

    But you have to make a decision in that voting booth.
    Go with people who want to keep this country great, or fix what’s wrong?
    Or vote for people who want MORE government, MORE taxes, MORE intrusions into people’s lives.
    ENOUGH!
    You’re either with this party or against it.
    We, Conservative Republicans, are about to go ape-shit on these liberal democrats.
    If you really want to see the big difference between Republicans/Democrats or Conservatives/Liberals, just pay attention over the next 3 years.
    I say 3 years rather than 4, because that 4th year will be an election year. And election years are when the Democrats don their lying-hats and start speaking like conservatives.
    Just watch the next 3 years.
    Democrat President, both houses of Congress, and before you know, the Supreme Court too.
    NOTHING will stand in their way.

    Make no mistake, they will FORCE conservative justices to “resign” (read, “die”) from the Supreme Court in order to appoint their own liberal.

    Watch.

    STITCH!

  39. KEN,
    I would truly like to meet and talk with you.

    The Republican “conservatives” have for so long conditioned themselves to defend the Bush administrations out of fear they might themselves be considered liberal if they criticized them. We have seen the some of the results of globalizational administrians in the ill-handling of illegal aliens. Thier’s was not “conservative”, in the interest of the of the taxpaying citzens nor the Nation. And for the major part, the Congress was controlled by the Republican (conservative) party. Yet, we have a had Congressional law passed allowing Mexican drivers of heavy trucks who can’t understand English allowed to drive on American hi-ways. They are driving trucks and pulling trailers out of Mexico, that don’t have to be held to the same exacting safety standards as American trucks and drivers do and there have already been fatal accidents.

    I would urge all the ‘family’ to do as Ken has suggested. Acquaint yourself with the true meaning of “Conservative” and go to all extents to know what your politician means when he/she claims to be one.

    No matter, Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal… The future in Liberty, Prosperity and Security for America will always come first me.

  40. I don’t know any Republicans that labeled Bush a “conservative”.
    In 2000 and 2004 we had to choose between Bush (Republican) and Gore & Kerry.
    Regardless of any label other than “Republican” you want to stick on Bush, you still can’t seriously consider voting for Gore or Kerry because Bush wasn’t “conservative” enough for you.

    As a very conservative Republican, I DO believe in immigration.
    As a decendent of Irish immigrants, Paris Island taught us that we cannot allow unrestricted, unregulated immigration into this country.
    To do so would allow extremely high concentrations of poor immigrants with no money, no jobs, no possessions, and unable to speak English to pile up in ghetto districts.
    This dire situation CAUSES them to resort to petty thefts and crimes in order to survice.
    Regulated immigration has been the solution. We cannot close our doors to immigrants.
    I would rather allow 2 Mexicans to immigrate if we could deport 1 lazy-ass American fattenning their asses on our welfare roles.
    Let’s compare New Orleans to Cancun.
    Both devastated by hurricanes.
    One is still bitching and moaning asking when someone is going to give them a handout.
    The other was back in business within 2 years with very little signs to show they were virtually wiped off the map.

    I am very conservative, yet not totally opposed to abortion.
    I look at it this way, almost all abortions are performed by liberals on themselves. To which I say, “use my knife!”.
    Not against gay marraige either.
    Let the fags marry each, what do I care.
    However, I should not be FORCED to “include” them in my reindeer games.

    Mexican drivers in the US are thanks to BILL CLINTON- NAFTA !!!

    I’m a little concerned about using the restrooms at the airport.
    I DO have a wide stance!

    STITCH!

  41. Add another Obama appointee scandal to the growing list of his liberal friends who ponied up and supported him for President, to obtain a new job in his administration to become surrounded by scandal.

    The newest scandal involves Mary L. Schapiro, to be head the Securities and Exchange Commission who has been accused in two lawsuits of making misleading statements to quickly complete a merger of regulatory organizations after which she received a 57 percent raise in her pay.

    The merger involved the regulatory units of the New York Stock Exchange and the NASD from two years ago. Ms. Schapiro was then head of the NASD, and she spent months traveling the country to persuade its 5,100 members to support it. The merger created a new self-regulatory organization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, where Ms. Schapiro is the chief executive. The Securities and Exchange Commission relies on FINRA to police Wall Street. And it appears she has been derelict in her duties to police Wall Street executives and Bernie Madoff. I don’t believe she’ll be any better then her liberal cohort, Paulsen.

    After the merger, Ms. Schapiro’s total compensation rose to more than $3.1 million, from almost $2 million. The pay package, while not outsize by Wall Street standards, is large for a nonprofit organization. FINRA new spokesperson said that the raise was the result of Ms. Schapiro’s promotion to a higher job (yeah right the typical explanation from the liberal left). He said her predecessor had received about $6 million in compensation. Other top executives at the new entity received pay increases of around 20 percent after the merger. It’s nice that you can convince others to agree so you can benefit personally and financially.

    I love these liberals who personally benefit from capitalism but want to limit or remove capitalist principles for everyone else, just another do as I say, not do as I do theorist.

    At issue are her misstatements that she made to the IRS who had prohibited the NASD from paying each member more than $35,000 as part of the merger deal. Although an NASD proxy statement issued while the deal was still pending said that the IRS would not permit this organization to give anymore compensation to members, the IRS did not actually issue a ruling on the matter until March 2007, long after the deal closed and three months after the members voted to approve it.
    Ms. Schapiro lawyers, FINRA and other senior executives have fought vigorously to keep the IRS ruling — and court references to details of that ruling sealed. In January 2008, a federal judge in New York denied a request by The New York Times to unseal the ruling and other documents with regard to this case and Ms. Schapiro’s involvement.
    Ms. Schapiro’s lawyers have denied the lawsuits’ allegations and, in a recent interview said that the second suit, filed shortly after her selection, is an opportunistic effort to pressure the defendants to settle. The first, dismissed by a federal district judge in New York, is on appeal.
    I guess this is another sign of the next wave of conservative-right wing conspiracy theories that will soon be upon us. But I don’t think anyone here thinks the NYT is remotely considered a conservative publication.
    I’m finding it interesting that the NYT who openly campaigned on behalf of Obama; are suddenly very critical of some of his appointments but I don’t think it’s a sudden need to be fair and balanced and more to do with the appointee not being liberal enough in their eyes. It’s going to be a long, but humorous four years. Who knew that “change we can believe in, meant corruption we can except.
    Ken, what I believe conservatism to be a policy to preserve the American traditions set forth by our founding fathers and to uphold the United States Constitution (Freedom of Religion, Press and Speech, Arms, etc) as read and not be reinterpreted by what they meant to say. A political philosophy stressing social stability, financial restrain, gradual development over abrupt changes, lower taxes, and limited government controls, limited government tax regulations on businesses, investments and capitalist principles (I realize those philosophy will breed some who’ll misuse those regulation to benefit financially, but I believe corrupt people will always find away around the laws). Country first over individual demands and theories, protection of our borders, national and international security so that Americans can travel domestically and internationally and feel safe to travel. Personal responsibility over government uncontrolled and controlled intervention.
    Limited government spending on wasteful and useless government programs (pork) and clear and concise transparency of those who are in Congress regardless of their party affiliation. Being able to know ones limitation and not expect the government to redefine them. Knowing when to put the brakes on and not have your feet on both the gas and brake. Forcing elected and appointed officials to reveal when their decisions benefited them financially (part of the transparency in government) and demand they reveal all conflicts of interest that benefited them financially and demand they stop them from voting on these issues and have it go to the federal, state and local government levels.
    I know some of this has nothing to do with conservatism maybe just wishful thinking that the conservatives politicians should embrace, accountability and term limits would also be nice. It’s clear either party is pure as the driven snow and the likelihood that either party would embrace these ideals, but one could always hope the common sense will make a comeback in the same vain as Elvis, Frank Sinatra or Mickey Rourke eventually have/had done/did.

  42. bowel bowel bowel (sorry, just practicing)

    Ok, I’m finding more and more that I’m a:

    Capitalist (first)
    Conservative (next)
    Republican (last)

  43. Add two more potential scandals that just arose today regarding Burris who was the former Illinois Attorney General regarding the mysterious $1.2 million campaign loan from 2002 that some authorities says has still has never paid back and remain open on the Illinois books. Will we request a bailout?

    And Obama’s top terrorism and intelligence adviser, John O. Brennan, who firm was cited in March, 2008 for breaching sensitive files in the State Department’s passport office, according to a State Department Inspector General’s report. Remember the passport incident?

    Were any of these people vetted or was it based on their donations to the Obama Presidential campaign and the amount donated?

  44. Larry. great article,and don’t worry about being dry, we need facts.
    Bmachen, I love how you list some of these people. Tom Delay? Come on.Scooter Libby? Misremembered a conversation with a reporter two years before. Let’s have him shot.
    A big difference exists here. The Republicans are ruined politically when they are involved in scandals, even-which is usually the case- the charges are either lies or distortions.
    democrats are re-elected.
    I have made some enemies of long-tim acquaintances at work because I have finally had enough. All liberals, and most-but not all- democrats are unethical, lying, law-breaking pieces of shit who are every bit as dangerous to our nation as any two-bit terrorist. I had one the other day try to blame Republicans for the sub-prime mess. I mentioned the Community Redevelopment Act which- of course- he had no knowledge of. Imagine that- an uninformed democrat. Following a few choice comments, including my view that liberals are experts at causing disaster then blaming others, and that in my opinion dems are scum-sucking pigs, needless to say we are no longer speaking. So much the better.
    I subscribe to several Rep-Con magazines, and had considered letting them expire, but I feel the next four years will be too much fun.
    Of course, I will continue to check my e-mail each day for your next article. As far as I’m concerned, you stand above them all.
    I remain your faithful reader. Let’s kick some ass.

  45. I ALWAYS ASK SOMEONE IF THEY ARE AMERICAN OR ARE THEY A DEMOCRAT?
    RIGHT NOW THAT’S A TRUE TEST OF CHARACTER…IF THEY’RE DEMOCRATS AND IN POLITICS THAT MEANS THEY’RE CORRUPT OR EASILY CORRUPTABLE…OR STUPID AND NAIVE ENOUGH TO BELIEVE BARACK OBAMA “THE MESSIAH” IS GOING TO LEAD THEM TO THE PROMISED LAND. IN SIX MONTHS THEY’LL BE READY TO IMPEACH HIM AFTER WE WIND UP IN A WORSE SITUATION THAN WE CURRENTLY ARE. I SEE LITTLE OTHER THAN A RETURN TO CAMELOT FROM JFK DAYS. ANYONE ELSE THINK SIMILAR THOUGHTS?

  46. Larry,

    Francis, unlike that liberal braying fool jackass of the Democrat Party, was a wise creature, much smarter than his human counterpart in Donald what’s his name. So, playing Francis to you on your own site is a compliment. In fact, Balaam’s donkey has an honored place in the Bible due to his warnings to Balaam about conspiracy Balaam was making himself a party to. There is one request, though. Please serve that good alphalpha hay rather than that “straw” of the “straw dog” sort. However, inferring a comparison of me to Michael Moore would be unforgivable if I weren’t a Christian. For that I do forgive you, though.

    You’re right. That should have been RED Sambo, reflecting the content of his heart. I made the mistake 52% of the electorate did, judging him skin deep by his appearance. Apologies to any who would be offended. I have to admit I believe he might make a fine president to one of those African countries where he would actually be a legitimate candidate as opposed to here in USA where he has spend 800 million dollars to prevent the proving he is genuinely qualified by birth citizenship. I believe this man is out of place here in the office that is about to be conferred on him. Not won, mind you, but conferred by a propaganda press that will not consider the truth much less tell it. I’m not sure they would even recognize truth if they were informed or saw it. In fact, I’m sure they wouldn’t.

    My definition of POLITICAL conservative is laid out in response number 35 on your blog in October entitled ONE YEAR.

    Vincent,

    It’s not what’s under my bed that bothers me. It’s what has been going into and coming out of Washington, D.C. the past twenty one years, as well as what is going into Washington, D.C. now.

  47. Windrider,
    Thanks for understanding what I am getting at.

    Eileen,
    Very good. Excellent definition of conservative.

    Stitch,
    You prove my point, friend. What I am trying to say is that the Republicans do not have the brand on conservatism. They have shown themselves unworthy to carry that label, “you shall know them by their fruits.” You seem to have the definitions of conservative and facisist confused.

    The first founders of our govenment clearly stated that our form of government is for a virtuous people. Virtuous people do not practice or endorse abortion or homosexuality. If conservatives have their day we may find that we have to look to other venues, the Constitutional Party, for instance. All will have to be preceded by a spiritual awakening by Christian rivival for success.

    When you study conservatism in the USA you will find it has its roots in fundamentalist Christianity that preceded the Pentecostal revival, in 1870 in answer to German Julius Wellhousen’s “Higher Criticism,” from which the modern liberalism ensued.

  48. Duke,

    It’s not conservatives I’m speaking about here. It is those who call themselves “conservatives” and pass themselves off as conservatives to trusting people of the conservative ideology who then when in power act totally contrary to conservative principles and preferences.

  49. Ken,

    (After this I am done on this..)

    1) “Inferring”? No, just pointing out your fallacy of evidence in the conclusion that you had made previously. The name “Moore” was neither stated nor infered. You were just wrong about the donkey/Bush story. The DVD was compiled by Dick Morris.

    2) “Straw Dog”? Is that your inference? Please..

    3) The Francis reference was simply to utilize the quote from the old show. “conspiracy Balaam was making himself a party to..” I am almost afraid to ask but, the clumsy sentence structure aside, is this another inference from you?

    4) Number 4 of your conservative missive mentioned in “One Year” relative to pre Civil War states rights is considered by some to be a “straw man” for a continuation of slavery in the southern states. A real can of worms there..

    Your forgiveness is accepted even though you were incorrect in giving it. I am sure that I will offend you at a later date, so I will hold it in reserve.

    Larry

  50. Hi Larry,

    If I may I would like to define “conservative” for those commentors who seem to be a little confused about the issue (ie.BMachen, Ken).

    Conservative- someone who believes the following:
    (1)Sweat, blood, tears, integrity=prosperity
    (2)the right to life and personal self defense are fundamental and foundational
    (3)taxes=theft so tread lightly, spend wisely
    (4)one man, one woman til death do you part (even if it kills you!)
    (5)freedom is only for those who remember they are accountable to an Almighty God.
    (6)the death penalty is for murderers, drug dealers, and sex offenders and should be applied “liberally”
    (7)socialism=communism=facism=pure evil
    (8)the “Bill of Rights” are for protecting the private citizen from tyranny. Period!
    (9)bigotry (which is scumbag evil) is about a man’s skin color not a
    pervert’s behavior!
    (10)”RINO’s” are NOT conservatives and are NOT to be confused!
    (11)Capitalism will always be the only thing that can pay for the socialist’s “eutopia”
    (12)and finally “I will gladly go to the gallows before I will compromise these principles with a liberal”.

    Keep naming names Larry! It keeps my heart pumpin’ and my blood boilin’! Thanks. Chris.

  51. Stitch!
    I have nothing against immigration. Controlled, legal immigration. The United States now admits more immigrants per year, than all nations in the world combined.
    This is all well and good, these people come to be Americans, to assimilate, learn our history, our language and work within our laws.
    But add to this the 22 million illegal alien immigrants who have snuck across our Southeren border. They hold no intention of assimilation, of paying taxes, learning English and they send their earnings back to their native countries rather than re-invest it in America. They work for less money per hour and will live 2-3 families in a single family dwelling, something I have bore personal witness to, and been evicted for fire safety code violations. What I’m saying is, they lower the standard of living for the American worker and citizen.
    It’s not only the fact that these people are within the United States illegally, it’s the government’s in-activity in doing anything about them. In fact you might say the government is sponsoring their being here.

    You say that you don’t like welfare; (neither do I) $11 billion to $12 billion is spent on welfare on illegal aliens each year. http://tinyurl.com/zob77

    $2.2 billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
    http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

    $2.5 billion a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
    http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

    $12 billion dollars is spent annually on primary and secondary education for children here illegaly and they cannot speak a word of English.
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/Idt.01html

    $17 billion dollars a year is spent for education for American born babies of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/Idt.01html

    $3 million dollars a DAY is spent to incarderate illegal aliens.
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/Idt.01html

    30% of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/Idt.01html

    $90 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IS SPENT ON 22 MILLION ILLIGAL ALIENS FOR WELFARE AND SOCIAL SERVICES BY THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS.
    http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0610/29/Idt.01.html

    $200 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN SUPPRESSED AMERICAN WAGES ARE CAUSED EACH YEAR BY ILLEGAL ALIENS.
    http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0610/29/Idt.01.html

    Despite what anyone may have heard concerning illegals returning to their homeland on their own accord, in 2005 a Homeland Security report shows there were 4 to 10 million illegal aliens that crossed our Southeren border and there has been no sign of a slowing in that flow since. Also as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from TERRORIST COUNTRIES along with millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana all crossed our border virtually un-impeded.
    http://tinyurlcom/t9sht

    The National Policy Institute ‘estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average of $41 or $46 billion dollars annually over a period of five years.’
    http://nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

    An even darker side to illegal immigration… there have been over 1 million sex crimes commited by illegal aliens in the United States.
    http://www drdsk.com/articleshtml

    Add this all up and you get a total cost of
    $338.3 BILLION A YEAR.
    All this for 22 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS who don’t own a stitch of this country? And our leaders, bless their hearts, are doing everything they can to make life easier for them!

    Controlled, legal, limited immigration, yes. Illegals aliens demanding I learn their language, respect their rights and liberties while running roughshod over mine, never!!

  52. Sling !

    Excellent.
    I consider myself an “Unapologetic Conservative”.
    I’ve had it with constantly being pushed back because Republicans aren’t “perfect”.
    And you’re exactly right, the Democrats could be baby-killing, coke-selling, arsonist, traitors, and they keep getting re-elected.
    I am not perfect and I will be damned if I will apologize to ANY liberal who points a finger my way when they keep re-electing such trash.
    The Demonrats are not just people of “questionable character”, they are downright theives, liars, traitors, extortionists, murderers, rapists, con-artists, and just downright idiots.

    I refuse to apologize for anything.

    STITCH!

  53. Your commentary on Carol Brown was very interesting as the environmental orginizations were the big winners of the presidential election, Click Link:
    Environmentalists Gain Clout in Washington

  54. Stitch!
    I had an extensive reply for you with all the url’s for each statistic so you could check them out yourself just in case you didn’t believe me. For some reason wordpress wouldn’t except my comment so I’ll try a shorter version. I wouldn’t jerk you around, my friend.
    I have nothing against immigration either. But it goes no further than common sense that it must be controled and legal.
    The United States takes in more legal immigrants yearly than all nations in the world combined. We are no longer a nation of the ‘Wild West’ and, with the world’s economy should think of paring down those numbers.
    Add to this the influx of illegal immigrants and their destructive force to the American worker and the lowering of the American lifestyle, all with governmental approval.
    You and I don’t care for the people who cling to welfare. $90 billion dollars a year is spent on 20 to 22 million illegal aliens for Welfare and Social Services by the American taxpayer.
    $200 billion dollars in suppressed American wages are caused by illegal aliens.
    All in all, the total cost of illegal aliens to the American taxpayer through various programs adds up to $338.3 billion a year. This for 20 to 22 million people who own no stake in our country. And our great leaders, bless their hearts, have shown them the mercy of granting them our Social Security benefits while not having paid a dime into it.
    You can check this out on http://snopes.com/politics/immigration/bankofamerica.asp
    Mexicans driving trucks on American hi-ways was just passed within the last two years. Bush was all for the idea. I got involved in it because my son, among his many other duties, drives an eighteen-wheeler, seasonaly all over these great United States.
    Despite our differences in which president is responsible, where is the Department of Transportation? This is pure craziness safety-wise and the D.O.T. should have been at the fore front of the battle to stop it cold in it’s tracks. No matter which presidents actions, this is an example of our government’s departments, the very ones that were instituted to provide a criteria of protection for us, selling the American people out. Why?

    I’m all for immigration but not when they set about trampling on my rights, liberties and freedoms in the name of their illegal rights.

  55. Windrider,

    Amen!

    Chris Ramsey,

    No confusion here. As I pointed out above to Larry, “My definition of POLITICAL conservative is laid out in response number 35 on your blog in October entitled ONE YEAR.”

    I fully agree with the tenents you lay out in your comment, Chris Ramsey, I was suggesting to Larry that a cogent definition of conservatism from him, (being the owner of this site), might be helpful to any who come and have no definition for themselves. Another person equates the Republicans with conservatism and I pointed out that the two do not equate in practice. Within those 150,000 words he’s written perhaps he can point out where he’s done that.

  56. Stitch, if you think we should only consider the corruption of politicians who have been convicted of crimes then please direct your complaint to the author of this post. he included many examples politicians who were merely accused.

    Sling, i don’t think what Libby did was that bad either. but the post mentioned Cisneros, who was convicted of lying to the FBI on a private matter. Libby was convicted of lying to the FBI on a public matter. if you count one shouldn’t you count the other, no? at the very least count people like Ney and Cuttingham who are in jail as you read these words.

    i’m making a conservative argument here: power corrupts people (both democrats AND republicans in equal measure) and so let’s have less of it in the hands of the government!

  57. the big picture: obama is going to be the president of our country this time next week. it scares the &*$# out of me! the only thing that keeps me going and the hope that conservatives can take power back.

    53% voted for obama. %42 of voters are registered as democrats compared to only %34 repubicans. the only way for us to take power back is to convince lots people who don’t currently agree with us.

    yet most of the comments here seem dedicated to insulting the very people we have to convince. stitch seems to think that every single person among the 42% who are democrats are liars and rapists. (man, does that guy have to get out more!). how often have you ever successfully convinced a person you are right by hurling insults and stereotypes at them? or by blatantly cherry picking the facts (as i think this post does)?

    Windrider, what you wrote about immigration i think was amazing. it was factual and true and exactly the sort of argument that i think would have convinced people during the election if only we had nominated some one willing to make it! (do you have a blog of your own, per chance? i’d be interested in more of your thoughts). the only thing i’d add is that i think closing our southern border is not only better for the u.s. but better for mexico too — every skilled and hard-working mexican who is immigrates to the u.s. is one who doesn’t stay in mexico making their own country better.

  58. Chris Ramsey,
    I would add one more to your admirable list:
    Prudence. Take away the ability to self-govern and discipline ourselves through common reason, and we are lost. We do not need “babysitters” as the democratic party would have us believe. No human being does.

    bmachen,
    No, I don’t have a blog. I’m quite comfortable here with Larry’s articles at NLTZ and the exchange of commentary with the ‘family’ here. I do post at other sites with veiws as well as try to spread the word about NLTZ.
    What I find amazing about illegal immigration is the American citizens are very much aware of the facts and figures and somehow out legislators remain uniqely uninformed, or more than likely, turn a blind eye to the whole situation.
    The blame can be placed on both Republican and Democratic partys as the democrats, seeking a new minority voting block and the republicans through President Bush. Bush has seen himself as the leader of decency during his administration and has chastised all republicans who were against anti-immigrant.
    But even Bush had to admit within his first five years, 6 million illegal aliens who were arrested at the border, one in twelve, that’s 500,000, had criminal backgrounds.
    There goes your skilled, hard-working mexican theory.
    Also according to a 2005 Homeland Security report there were 19,500 illegal aliens arrested from TERRORIST COUNTRIES, along with the millions of pounds of various drugs.

    You might want to check out http://www.numbersusa.com
    A national orginization involved in lowering the number of legal immigrants and helping in the fight against illegal alien immigration. The way I look at it our government is bending over backward to give our money away to people that have no Constitutional right to it. As a free American, I expect a little more than that out of my government and that burns my butt just a little!

  59. Windrider wrote… A national organization involved in lowering the number of legal immigrants and helping in the fight against illegal alien immigration. The way I look at it our government is bending over backward to give our money away to people that have no Constitutional right to it.>>>

    And, the democrats want to indoctrinate the Mexicans into the liberal ideologies so they can sustain and grow to over take the American society and government forever. Their duplicity and arrogance amazes me because they don’t care that some of these illegal aliens are running from the Mexican law and are trying to evade conviction or care that they are bring illegal drugs into the Country; they’ve wanted to make most of these drug legal so they have something else to tax. Or that our prison population is at an all time high and since most communities, cities and towns object to any new prison facilities, the Counts will have to make a decision between the worse offenders and release criminals back into society, who should have remained behind bars. They want to offer them the moon, give them free health care, mortgages and offer them the same American dreams they are trying desperately to eliminate from natural born American citizens. I’m sure they’ll rationalize the drugs distribution by claiming they are just following the capitalist principles our founding fathers created.

    It’s still not too late to put a large red X on the capitol building.

  60. Eileen,
    How would any party’s duplcity or arrogance, in a true democratic society, have any effect over talking about illegal aliens? Whether the illegals have crime records or not they shouldn’t be here in the first place and it is our government’s place to take care of the that problem.

    The Hispanic people are replacing the majority of blacks incarcerated in our federal prisons and jails, yet they number only 20 to 22 million.

    The only rationilization, the only common sense for the good of America, and it has nothing to do with race, is to remove these people. They do not belong here, they came here illegally and because of blind bureaucrats of both partys, they are sucking the taxpayers dry.

  61. JR NOT OF DALLAS

    We have some great posts here.How do we get the pols to act in our behalf
    and stop allowing illegals to access
    our benefits paid for by our tax dollars
    That figure of 300billion shocked the hell out of me as I related it to the
    other half of the TARP 350BILLION
    THE ILLEGALS MARCH OPENLY
    DEMANDING AMNESTY.
    Like someone said in the past they would not march in other countries
    without being shot 80% OF THE CITIZENS OPPOSE AMNESTY
    DAMN IT WAKE UP WASHINGTON

  62. bmachen,
    I don’t believe I have had the honor to communicate previously to you, so please accept my welcome to the Family. I feel you will add many cogent views, and most importantly, make us defend our positions. So welcome aboard.
    Having said that, I feel I must take issue with your reply.My recollection of the events is a tad murky, so please excuse any mistakes. I believe truth, ESPECIALLY historical truth, to be of the utmost importance.I didn’t mention them all because I didn’t want to write forever but I believe Libby was found guilty of perjury for contradicting something he had told a reporter about two years previously, and Cisneros was caught lying about money he paid to his mistress, or something like that.
    I believe there to be quite a difference between the two, although you are technically correct.
    I am not trying to take a partisan position- I was elated when Ryan was sent to prison. I simply believe there are different levels of wrongdoing- there are speeders and there are serial murderers.(Simplistic, I know). And yes, Ney and Cunningham got what they deserved,also, just as Dodd, Rangel, and the other assorted scumbags should receive justice, as well.
    Oh, and let’s not forget Inmate Rod.

  63. Windrider, I agree with you about the issue with illegal immigrant; what I meant by the Democrats duplicity is their dishonesty about why they are openly inviting them to our Country by telling them they’ll provide a laundry list of free stuff and then claim they care about them and want to provide them a better life at the expense of the American public. They could give a crap about these people; they are only interested in them so they can get their votes, should they gain amnesty or change the laws that allow them to vote; they demonizing the Republicans, there’s always an ulterior motive. I’m sure part of the reasons why group such as ACORN and their registration of phony and fictitious names is to provide a name to an illegal face. I think it’s already here.

    My cousin is an OB/GYN and had a medical practice in the Miami area for about 5 years. The local government, the Mayor and County officials would go to places like Honduras, certain areas of Mexico, other areas in South and Central America and even Haiti; they’d round up the pregnant women and bring them to the US by promising them a better life for their babies and themselves. By telling them if their babies were born here the government would be forced to keep both of them. He told me that a lot of these women had HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, no pre-natal care and/or suffered from malnutrition. Many of the babies he was forced to deliver (city ordinance I think? They weren’t allowed to turn them away) were deformed, stillborn/dead, addicted to drugs; I mean you name it, he saw it. It got to be so bad that he eventually sold his part of the practice to the other doctors and eventually relocated to NC. He felt the hypocrisy of the democratic leadership in this area, they were only interested in one thing, bring these women to the US and using them to provide them free healthcare and changing the stats for the area because they wanted to make an issue out of not separating an illegal mother from a new US citizen that was just delivered on American soil. To me that’s duplicitous and most of these women ended up on the welfare roles. Should we be force to support them? Their babies? No, I don’t think so.

    So yes these people shouldn’t be here but the democrats are purposely inviting them, using them and adding to an already over burden American public with more poor, uneducated and government dependent non-US citizen. They are living here and requesting food stamps, medicines for themselves and their babies, and the Miami government happily gives it to them. I’m sure if amnesty is awarded they will expect these women to vote for the Democratic Party. These illegals are generally Catholic and the church supports their effort to give them a better life. Should the public taxpayers be force to provide these illegals and the babies with free healthcare? Their babies are now US Citizens so should they be denied healthcare? The bleeding heart liberals have turned it into some politic cause.

    I have no idea if what he told me is true at that time, but these same issues are growing in the southern part of the US and although our conversation took place in 1995, and it is believed to have only gotten worse. I simply don’t believe that he would lie about it. Liberal apologists for illegal immigration like to paint it as a victimless crime. But in fact, illegal immigration causes substantial harm to American citizens and legal immigrants, particularly those in the most vulnerable sectors of our population–the poor, minorities, and children; Illegal immigration causes an enormous drain on public funds. The liberals eat it up.

    As for those who have criminal backgrounds, I don’t know what the national stats are but I believe it is fairly a substantial number and they general continue their criminal spree once on American soil. And when large cities become sanctuaries for illegal criminals and hide them by not turning them into the INS or ICE they are defying federal laws, they are allowed to commit crimes against US Citizens. We’ve seen the stories like the one in San Francisco when a woman lost her husband and two sons to an illegal who had a huge criminal record in the city, but slipped under the radar, repeatedly. Edwin Ramos, 21 years-old is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador who moved to the San Francisco area and joined a violent gang, MS-13 which has roots to Central America.

    A human life isn’t worth much in the hands of the liberal democrats, when city official care more about the welfare of the illegal, then the US citizen. That price is too high, especially for Danielle Bologna. Edwin Ramos should never have been in that city, especially after two felony convictions. But when Mayor Newsome and the District Attorney fail to follow up, their action are inexcusable, they are more interested in the non-US citizens civil rights then they are about a US citizens civil rights and liberties, especially from a violent repeat offender, he should have been deported. This story is just one of so many and I think the voters should start to demand these elected official start protecting Americans. Now the San Francisco taxpayers will have to pay the cost of the trial and his lifetime incarceration for three cold blooded murders, his illegal wife and his US born child, and of course the widows lawsuit judgment. It’s all so insane.
    A lot of the sanctuary citied are generally under Democratic control, the illegals learn which cities are sanctuary cities and the numbers of illegals continues to grow, the more burden placed on the law enforcement. There just isn’t enough people to monitor or check to see if they were deported or turned around and reentered the US. Maybe part of the 2.5, 3 or 4 million (what is the number today?) new jobs that Obama is promising might include more immigration official to monitor the repeat criminal offenders deportation and their return back into American society, but I highly doubt it.

  64. Eileen,
    I wouldn’t be surprised if half of the 4 million jobs BHO is promising, would wind up going to those illegals. Also, if I am not mistaken, those jobs will be paid for with taxpayer money, so that means we will still be supporting the illegals with our hard-earned money.

  65. JR NOT OF DALLAS,
    The numbersusa site that I had posted earlier has done a great job in waking up those bleary eyed bureacrats in Washington and applying pressure by letting the American people be heard. I encourage you and everyone in the family and all your friends for that matter, to join this by donation only organization.
    It furnishes all the pertinent, up to date news concerning legal and illegal immigration, Congress’ actions and the unemployment situation in the U.S.
    As I said, it is a non-profit organization, operating off of donations only and will keep you abreast of all happenings. It provides a “corkboard” with your senators or representatives names, their Washington and/or home state telephone numbers. They also furnish faxes or you have the option of composing one yourself to be sent directly to your representatives office free of charge.
    There are over 11 million members now, you would make America’s voice just that much stronger.

    Eileen,
    I agree. The whole illegal alien/immigration thing is pure craziness. ‘Anchor babies’, and I don’t believe there is anything in our legislation about that, is more excuse than legal. Here’s another one, ‘Chain Migration’, where an immigrant from another country can bring first relatives into this country legally as immigrants. That’s all well and good except there have been an increase in cases where the people being brought in didn’t even know the immigrant much less be related to him.
    The gangs, we’re just seeing the tip of that iceberg. The sanctuary cities, who in the hell is in charge there? What kind of idiocy is that. You can take your city and succeed from your state or from the United States for all I care, but don’t tell me that you can hide foreigners there and our laws can’t affect them!
    Imagine how much money would be saved if we ran the government out of the medical business. It could do nothing but improve for the American citizen if the government weren’t scrounging around in every hell-hole on earth looking to make well someone long enough to get them to the voting booth.
    But again I must re-interate, the democrats are not solely responsible. The Bush admisnistration and the republicans that have followed after him are just as guilty.
    Bush has a vision of open borders even though the U.S. economy suffered the loss of over 2 1/2 million American jobs in 2008. To Brit Hume on Fox News on Sunday, President Bush explained, “We should be open minded about big issues like immigration reform, if we’re veiwed as anti-somebody – in other words if the party is veiwed as anti-immigrant – then another fellow may say, well, if they’re against the immigrant, they may well be against me.” I don’t know about anyone else but that doesn’t make a damned bit of sense to me… but then again I’m not in the Washington elite. Republicans, in trying to look humanitarian on the illegal alien issue, have been screwing the common taxpaying citizens of this country.
    Craziness!

    Todd,
    The thought of those jobs going to illegals crossed my mind to when Obama came out with that promise. Counting the over 2 1/2 million jobs lost in 2008, the illegal aliens, the annual foreign work visas of over 1 million, plus one of Obama’s own party members senators pushing legislation to add an additional 1 million to that work visa number, there’ll be fighting in the streets for those 4 million jobs.

  66. Windrider,

    If you’re ever in my neck of the woods, Raleigh , NC, give me a holler (ph. found on my website) and we can get together. Your research on the immigration issue is good.

    In the 90’s I employed Mexicans from time to time. Frankly, I found them to be very pleasing as they work very hard, when they understand what you expect they deliver, they are still working when even I was ready to call it a day, and they work for far less than less pleasing labor of other ethnic groups demanded. On the other hand, one of my sons, who is a welder, was on a downtown construction job, one of those high rise metal frame buildings, and when he went to work one morning he was directed to the office where he was handed his employment termination. “What’s up?” he asked, and they told him to look out the window where he saw the whole work area full of Mexicans welding away. “We pay you $17 an hour and they work for $8, so adios Amigo!” So there you have it. Two daughters are nurses, ER, etc., and they have stories to tell.

    I believe you may find there
    nothing “compassionate” about Bush’s inertia on the border issue but more skull duggery in that the ultimate goal is the American Union on the order of the European Union. Same as liberals who see them as massive voting blocks. You might find Alex Jones ENDGAME interesting. He covers this subject along with some others very well in that piece: Here’s a link to it:

    http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=endgame+blueprint+for+global+enslavement&emb=1&aq=2&oq=Endgame#

  67. I was hoping that, perhaps, all of the Liberals could get together and post just one big stupid post, rather than peppering the comments section with the same banal statements all over again. Yeah, we get it, the “our guys got caught – but everybody does it” defense, the obstinant denial of any and all sleaze on the Left, and the silly “hope and change” which means nothing, and doesn’t even make sense.

    Anyway, Dimocrats, just put together one big post with all the stupid sayings and bumpersticker slogans, and that way we can just skip over reading it and stop wasting our time.

    Like I’ve always said, an original thought and a cold drink of water will kill the average Liberal…

  68. Below is a list I compiled from various sources on the internet, one of they being from Bill O’Reilly’s website, see the list here http://www.billoreilly.com/blog?action=viewBlog&blogID=88083313171143568 and the illustration of the map of the US. http://sanctuarycities.net/
    List of Sanctuary Cities by State
    Alaska
     Anchorage
     Fairbanks
    Arizona
    Chandler, AZ, Mesa, AZ, Phoenix, AZ and Tucson, AZ
    California
    • Bell Gardens, CA
    • City of Industry, CA
    • City of Commerce, CA
    • Cypress, CA
    • Davis CA
    • Downey, CA
    • Fresno, CA
    • Lakewood, CA
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • Long Beach, CA
    • Lynwood, CA
    • Maywood, CA
    • Montebello, CA
    • National City, CA
    • Norwalk, CA
    • Oakland, CA
    • Paramount, CA
    • Pico Rivera, CA
    • So. Gate, CA
    • San Bernardino, Ca.
    • San Diego, CA
    • Santa Cruz, CA
    • San Francisco, CA
    • San Jose, CA
    • Santa Maria, CA
    • Sonoma County, CA
    • Vernon, CA
    • Watsonville, CA
    • Wilmington, CA
    Colorado
    • Aurora, CO
    • Commerce City, CO
    • Denver, CO
    • Durango, CO
    • Federal Heights, CO
    • Fort Collins, CO
    • Lafayette, CO
    • Thornton, CO
    • Westminster, CO
    Connecticut
    • New Haven, CT
    Florida
    • DeLeon Springs, FL
    • Deltona, Fl
    • Miami, FL
    Georgia
    • Dalton, GA
    Illinois
    • Chicago, IL
    • Cicero, IL
    • Evanston, IL
    Kansas
    • Wichita, KS
    Massachusetts
    • Cambridge, MA
    • Chelsea, MA.
    • Orleans, MA
    • Springfield, MA
    Maine
    • Portland
    • State of Maine
    Maryland
    • Baltimore, MD
    • Gaithersburg, MD
    • Mt. Rainier, MD
    • Takoma Park, MD
    Michigan
    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • Detroit, MI
    Minnesota
    • Minneapolis, MN
    • St. Paul, MN
    • Worthington, MN
    Nevada
    • Reno, NV
    New Jersey
    • Camden, NJ
    • Fort Lee, NJ
    • Hightstown, NJ
    • Jersey City, NJ
    • Newark, NJ
    • North Bergen, NJ
    • Trenton, NJ
    • Union City, NJ
    • West New York, NJ
    New Mexico
    • Albuquerque, NM
    • Rio Ariba County, NM
    • Santa Fe, NM
    New York
    • Bay Shore, NY
    • Brentwood, NY
    • Central Islip, NY
    • Farmingville, NY
    • New York City, NY
    • Riverhead, NY
    • Shirly/Mastic, NY
    • Spring Valley Village, NY (Added 7-25-07)
    • Uniondale, NY
    • Westbury, NY
    North Carolina
    • Carrboro, NC
    • Chapel Hill, NC
    • Charlotte, NC
    • Durham, NC
    • Raleigh, NC
    • Winston-Salem , NC
    Ohio
    • Columbus, OH
    • Lima, OH
    • Painesville, OH
    Oklahoma
    • Oklahoma City, OK
    • Tulsa, OK
    Oregon
    • State of Oregon * *(See note below)
    • Ashland, OR
    • Gaston, OR
    • Marion County, OR
    • Portland, OR
    Texas
    • Austin, TX
    • Baytown, TX
    • Brownsville, TX
    • Channelview, TX
    • Denton, TX
    • Dallas, TX
    • El Cenizo, TX
    • Ft.Worth, TX
    • Houston, TX
    • Katy, TX
    • Laredo, TX
    • Mcallen, TX
    • Port Arthur, TX
    Utah
    • Provo, UT
    • Salt Lake City, UT
    Virginia
    • Alexandria, VA
    • Fairfax County, VA
    • Virginia Beach, VA
    Washington
    • Seattle, WA
    Wisconsin
    • Madison, WI
    Wyoming
    • Jackson Hole, WY
    Washington, D.C.

    Cities under review
     Diamond Bar, CA
     DesMoines, IA
     Bridgeton, NJ
     Peekskill, NY
     San Antonio, TX
    Watch List Cities
    • Santa Maria, CA
    • Jupiter, FL
    • Lexington, KY
    • Worcester, MA
    • Lakewood, NJ
    • Clark County, OH
    • Lima, OH
    • Middletown, OH
    • Oberlin, OH
    • Springfield, OH
    • Clark County, OH
    • Gallatin, TN
    • Portland, TN
    • Hendersonville, TN
    • Whitehouse, TN
    Sanctuary Cities, USA: Add Notes
    Mesa, Arizona: Mesa Arizona has been added as a sanctuary city list because of its reported “don’t ask don’t tell policy” and criticism by the local sheriff that the city is not enforcing the law. The sheriff has arrested illegal aliens working in city buildings (as contract workers for a private cleaning company), reportedly after the city police department refused to investigate complaints of illegal hires by a whistleblower.
    Tucson, Arizona: Tucson Arizona has been added to the sanctuary city list because the Tucson police have instituted a new policy which prevents their officers from calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement to schools and churches.
    State of Oregon: According to a CRS report (October, 2005), Oregon passed a law in 1987 that prohibits local and state law enforcement from using state resources for locating and capturing illegal aliens. Law enforcement was permitted [but not required] to “exchange information” with federal immigration agents if an illegal alien was arrested for a crime.
    San Bernardino, CA: San Bernardino was added to the list on June 6th of 2007 as a result of a readers submission. On September 5th 2008, the city administration contacted me to dispute its listing. OJJPAC has asked the city’s law department to forward copies of the city’s policies regarding its processes when illegal aliens are encountered in its city.
    Bridgeton, NJ: “I just wanted to point out an inaccuracy on your website’s listing of sanctuary cities. You have Bridgeton, NJ listed as a sanctuary city, and indeed it is most definitely not. I work with CATA – The Farm workers’ Support committee (www.cata-farmworkers.org) and we have an organized group of membership in this town. One of our goals is working towards making Bridgeton an sanctuary city, but the local government is quite unfriendly towards the immigrant population, and the mayor has even hinted at wanting to implement a Hazleton type of ordinance (luckily, given yesterday’s legal decision, that won’t be happening).”
    Columbus, OH: “The police didn’t contact immigration authorities concerning those who were determined to be undocumented, Booth said. Authorities say that’s typical when it comes to misdemeanor charges.” [Columbus, Ohio]
    Painesville, OH: Police Chief Gary Smith has no qualms about laying out his indifference in plain English: “We don’t care what your [immigration] status is.”
    Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma City is a sanctuary city de facto. Police officers have been told not to stop any Hispanic for minor traffic violations, because they have a good chance of being illegal and it is a waste of time. The City has not been enforcing City Code if the recipient of the code violation doesn’t speak English. And is not attempting to enforce the single-family dwelling laws.
    State of Maine: Governor John E. Baldacci issued executive order 13 FY 04/05 which was issued on April 9, 2004. The order is entitled “An Order Concerning Access to State Services by All Entitled Maine Residents.” The order prohibits state workers from inquiring about the immigration status of anyone applying for services.
    Alexandria, VA: Resolution No. 2246, adopted October 9, 2007 states in part: “…the City and its various agencies will neither make inquirers about nor report on the citizenship of those who seek the protection of its laws or the use of its services.” Evidently in Alexandria, illegal alien are safe from Immigration and Customs Enforcement until they commit a “serious” crime. So what crimes can illegals commit with impunity from the federal government? Theft? Rape? Drug dealing? Gang activity? OJJPAC’s belief is that the City’s Resolution conflict’s with its responsibility under federal law.

  69. KEN,
    I’m sorry but hiring someone who’s not a citizen, not an American, someone who doesn’t give back to the country just doesn’t sit well with me. I’m sure there are other peoples in this world who would work for even less, produce more and better labor. The mere fact that there are over 100,000 illegal aliens serving in the U.S. Armed Forces gives me question as to whether our elitist govermentalists know what is going on. Why not throw open the doors to any and all comers with out restrictions. Think of it, The United States of America… the new Third World Country.

    Thankfully Congress had passed E-verify, a law requiring employers to verify a potential employee’s citizenship status. Through imprisonment or fine or both, the law rightly punishes the employer who hires illegals thereby taking American’s jobs away, as in the case of your son. The law is in effect until March 6th of 2009 when there will have to be another major battle in Congress with the liberals to re-new, hopefully for a longer period of time.

    An interesting group of videos and thoughts from Alex Jones. The key word seems to be ‘sovereignty’ and I would hope that the majority of Americans hold the soveriegnty of this nation on high as I do. This, I think would be the stickler in any plans towards America becoming part of a North American Union.
    Although something of this thought did cross my mind when our government okayed Mexican trucks and drivers to travel American hi-ways. It was said at the time that there was talks between Canada and Mexico on trucking, although I’ve not heard anything more on it. I thought at the time there may be plans from the powerful heads of state for a CanAMex state.

  70. JR NOT OF DALLAS

    WINDRIDER

    Appreciate your info. During the
    last year I have used NUMBERSUSA
    and the corkboards.Being in
    TAXACHUSETTS contacting
    TUBBY TEDDY KENNEDY AND LIVESHOT JOHN KERRY
    always got the canned reply from
    these two liberals that never held a job.I also subscribe to TOWNHALL
    NEWSMAX, AND ALL THE CONSERVATIVE OUTLETS

    DIFFERENT ISSUE
    The 44 million takers in this country
    who will receive a $500 STIMULUS
    CHECK will account for $22 Billion
    of our tax dollars none of which they ever paid .
    Time for another tea party

  71. Windrider,
    Yes, you’re right, for sure. I worked them on a day laborer basis. Here, back then, there was a labor hangout place where you just drove up and anybody who wanted to work hopped on the truck and off to work you went. This was way back in the ’90’s before anybody (around here) had any notion that there was a problem brewing or that they were here illegally in the country. In fact, at that time they were hardly noticible in our area. Today, its a very different story.

    As to throwing open the borders, that’s exactly what these internationalists and globalists are after.

    I saw a story yesterday that there is an expected economic implosion of Mexico in 2009 with an anticipated 120 million to flood into the USA, I think by 2012.

  72. JR NOT OF DALLAS,
    No problem with the info, this old man loves this country and I’ll do everything I can to protect it’s soveriegn solidarity. I try to stay informed but Larry as well as many others here at NLTZ leave me in the dust. You know what they say about getting old, your minds the first thing to go.
    Speaking of NumbersUSA corkboard, I’d get back to it. They’ve posted a new fax that can be sent to Bush asking for the pardon of the two border agents Ramos and Compean. Read the blog while your there too, an unbelievable story. These two men have spent two years in jail because they shot a drug-running piece of scum in the butt who now has a $5 million dollar law suit against the federal government.

    One other site you might try is http://www.RedState.com a conservative site that keeps a close watch on all legislators. Today I mailed off a packet of Silly Putty to Kent Williams (R Tenn.). Ordinarily redstate doesn’t do a singular state ‘issue’ but decided to take this nationally. It seems the GOP took the State House in Tennessee and rallied to one of their own to be Speaker. Williams obviously was interested in his pockets, not his politics and made a deal with the democrats, still getting elected as Speaker but then appointing a democrat in the number two position.
    It was reported that on opening day of the Legislature, the outgoing Democratic Speaker stood behind Kent Williams whispering directions in his ear.
    RedStates analysis; “It’s clear he’s a weak mind and will be putty in the hands of the Democrats.” “Republicans” of this sort should be driven out of our party. I would have truly loved to see a semi-load of ‘silly’ back up to his front door!

    I don’t know what it will take to get people off their butts and throwing tea. Most just talk for they haven’t the guts to go against the grain and I suspect that they are the majority. Unfortunately, while they may deserve what they get by their inaction, all of us will suffer, and in the words of the Gipper, “Will only be able to tell their grandchildren what liberty was like.”

    KEN,
    Perhaps the not-s0-brilliant idea of free trade fits right in with globalism or internationalism. Bush while defending it makes no explaination of the 4 million manufacturing jobs lost by middle americans during his tenure. This free trade has resulted in America’s becoming less industrialized itself, and causing a massive and blossoming dependency on Japan, China and Asia for essentials of our national life. Plus America is now in debt to pay for them.
    Are we all to be owned and eventually dictated to by a foreign country? It has happened before in history and as a result of free trade agreement.

  73. I recieved this e-mail today. When the Chrysler Corporation was about to go under the table, Lee Ioccoca refinanced it, he going to work as the CEO at $1.00 a day. He and his policies were a success. Obviously greedier CEO’s, bad cooporate decisions have made Chrysler’s hard times the American taxpayers responsibility.

    Ioccoca is now 82 and has written a new book entitled, ‘Where Have All The Leaders Gone.’

    Lee asks, “Am I the only guy in this country that’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, “Stay the course.” Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding me. This America, not the damned Titanic. I’ll give you a sound bite, Throw all the bums out! You might think that I’ve gone senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The most famous business leaders are not the innovaters but the guys in handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and no one seems to know what to do. And the press is waving ‘pom–poms’ instead of asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of ‘America’ my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?
    I’ll go a step further. You can’t call yourself a patriot if your not outraged. This is a fight I’m ready and willing to have. The biggest C is Crisis! (Iaccoca elaborates on the nine C’s of leadership with crisis being the first.)
    Leaders are made not born. Leadership is forged in the times of crisis. It’s easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else’s kid off to war when you’ve never seen a battlefield yourself. It’s another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.
    On Sept. 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here’s where we stand.
    We’re immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving.
    We’re running the biggest deficit in the history of the country.
    We’re losing our manufacturing edge to Asia, while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by healthcare costs.
    Gas prices are skyrocketing, and no one in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves.
    The middle class is being squeezed every which way. These are times that cry out for leadership. But when you look around, you got to ask; Where have all the leaders gone? Where are the curious creative commicators? Where are the people of courage, conviction,character, omnipotence and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration but I think you get my point.
    Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes and throwing away our shampoo.
    We’ve spent billions of dollars building a huge new burearacracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.
    Name me one leader that has emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane or demanding accountability for the crucial hours after the storm.
    Everyone’s hunkering down, hoping it doesn’t happen again. Now that’s crazy. Storms happen. Deal with. Make a plan. Figure out what your going to do next time.
    Name me one industry leader that is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competetive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that the “Big Three” referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more importantly, what are we going to do about it?
    Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crisis that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.
    I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn’t elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocracy. What is it that everyone is so afraid of? That some bonehead on CNN or FOX will call them a name? Give me a break, why don’t you guys show some spine for a change?
    Whether it’s building a better car or a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. And that’s the challenge to all, a call to action for all who like me feel that they “have had enough”

    Let us always work for our country ladies and gentlemen. WE OWE SO MUCH.

  74. Holy Cow! You guys have been all over the map on this one… that’s what I get for not getting to my ‘puter at home on a couple of days.

    Larry, your article becomes more relevant by the day, and I’ll take facts over emotion any time. I don’t think I’ve seen a cabinet nominee or even just a political appointee in the last 3 weeks who doesn’t have some sort of scandal or impropriety or financial conflict of interest. It looks like “The Annointed One” is assembling not just the Clinton rejects club, but a real cast of the proverbial thousand clowns. He doesn’t seem to think that IRS problems, INS problems, SEC issues, federal investigations of corruption or anything else is any reason to disqualify someone from being responsible for Trillions of our tax dollars, enforcing the laws of our country or even safeguarding the very Security of our nation.

    If you’ll pardon the graphic analogy, it reminds me of monkeys and footballs!

    I don’t think I could possibly add to the definition of conservative as it was so aptly presented here. I will simply re-iterate that the label Republican does not equate to strictly conservative principles, or guarantee integrity. However, the label Conservative certainly does infer a more traditional set of values and principles.

    JR… I’ve been asking your question of my friends and family for some time now: What is it going to take to get this ‘conservative majority’ up off it’s collective arse and throwing tea? I fear that we have been nice for too long and that we may have lost our nerve.

    Just a quick observation: I saw an article on foxnews.com today that asked the question, “Will Obama’s presidency finally put an end to the racism issue? It was obviously political comment, and not meant to be just ‘news’, but the comments from the left were SOOOOOO sarcastic and nasty! They couldn’t get past the fact that someone was calling their bluff, and they sounded just like a teenager who has gotten caught with contraband in their room. You know the drill,” What were you doing in my room, invading my privacy?” If it weren’t so pathetic, it might be funny… naw, too crude to be funny.

  75. beyond disgusted

    Changing the subject sort of, here is what the dimocrats are proposing in their new stimulus package. Without being able to use profanity, words fail me.

    COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
    DAVE OBEY (D-WI), CHAIRMAN
    e Release
    Thursday, January 15, 2009
    Contact: Kirstin Brost, 202-225-2771
    SUMMARY: AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT
    Action and Action Now!
    The economy is in a crisis not seen since the Great Depression.
    Credit is frozen, consumer purchasing power is in decline, in the last four months the country has lost 2 million jobs and we are expected to lose another 3 to 5 million in the next year.
    Conservative economist Mark Zandi was blunt: “the economy is shutting down.”
    In the next two weeks, the Congress will be considering the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009. This package is the first crucial step in a concerted effort to create and save 3 to 4 million jobs, jumpstart our economy, and begin the process of transforming it for the 21st century with $275 billion in economic recovery tax cuts and $550 billion in thoughtful and carefully targeted priority investments with unprecedented accountability measures built in.
    The package contains targeted efforts in:

    Clean, Efficient, American Energy

    Transforming our Economy with Science and Technology

    Modernizing Roads, Bridges, Transit and Waterways

    Education for the 21st Century

    Tax Cuts to Make Work Pay and Create Jobs

    Lowering Healthcare Costs

    Helping Workers Hurt by the Economy

    Saving Public Sector Jobs and Protect Vital Services
    The economy is in such trouble that, even with passage of this package, unemployment rates are expected to rise to between eight and nine percent this year. Without this package, we are warned that unemployment could explode to near twelve percent. With passage of this package, we will face a large deficit for years to come. Without it, those deficits will be devastating and we face the risk of economic chaos. Tough choices have been made in this legislation and fiscal discipline will demand more tough choices in years to come.
    Since 2001, as worker productivity went up, 96% of the income growth in this country went to the wealthiest 10% of society. While they were benefitting from record high worker productivity, the remaining 90% of Americans were struggling to sustain their standard of living. They sustained it by borrowing… and borrowing… and borrowing, and when they couldn’t borrow anymore, the bottom fell out. This plan will strengthen the middle class, not just Wall Street CEOs and special interests in Washington.
    Our short term task is to try to prevent the loss of millions of jobs and get our economy moving. The long term task is to make the needed investments that restore the ability of average middle income families to increase their income and build a decent future for their children.
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    Unprecedented Accountability: A historic level of transparency, oversight and accountability will help guarantee taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and Americans can see results for their investment.

    In many instances funds are distributed through existing formulas to programs with proven track records and accountability measures already in place.

    How funds are spent, all announcements of contract and grant competitions and awards, and formula grant allocations must be posted on a special website created by the President. Program managers will also be listed so the public knows who to hold accountable.

    Public notification of funding must include a description of the investment funded, the purpose, the total cost and why the activity should be funded with recovery dollars. Governors, mayors or others making funding decisions must personally certify that the investment has been fully vetted and is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars. This will also be placed on the recovery website.

    A Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board will be created to review management of recovery dollars and provide early warning of problems. The seven member board includes Inspectors General and Deputy Cabinet secretaries.

    The Government Accountability Office and the Inspectors General are provided additional funding and access for special review of recovery funding.

    Federal and state whistleblowers who report fraud and abuse are protected.

    There are no earmarks in this package.
    This plan targets investments to key areas that will create and preserve good jobs at the same time as it is strengthening the ability of this economy to become more efficient and produce more opportunities for employment.
    Clean, Efficient, American Energy: To put people back to work today and reduce our dependence on foreign oil tomorrow, we will strengthen efforts directed at doubling renewable energy production and renovate public buildings to make them more energy efficient.

    $32 billion to transform the nation’s energy transmission, distribution, and production systems by allowing for a smarter and better grid and focusing investment in renewable technology.

    $16 billion to repair public housing and make key energy efficiency retrofits.

    $6 billion to weatherize modest-income homes.
    Transform our Economy with Science and Technology: We need to put scientists to work looking for the next great discovery, creating jobs in cutting-edge-technologies, and making smart investments that will help businesses in every community succeed in a global economy. For every dollar invested in broadband the economy sees a ten-fold return on that investment.

    $10 billion for science facilities, research, and instrumentation.

    $6 billion to expand broadband internet access so businesses in rural and other underserved areas can link up to the global economy.
    Modernize Roads, Bridges, Transit and Waterways: To build a 21st century economy, we must engage contractors across the nation to create jobs rebuilding our crumbling roads, and bridges, modernize public buildings, and put people to work cleaning our air, water and land.

    $30 billion for highway construction;

    $31 billion to modernize federal and other public infrastructure with investments that lead to long term energy cost savings;

    $19 billion for clean water, flood control, and environmental restoration investments;

    $10 billion for transit and rail to reduce traffic congestion and gas consumption.
    Education for the 21st Century: To enable more children to learn in 21st century classrooms, labs, and libraries to help our kids compete with any worker in the world, this package provides:

    $41 billion to local school districts through Title I ($13 billion), IDEA ($13 billion), a new School Modernization and Repair Program ($14 billion), and the Education Technology program ($1 billion).

    $79 billion in state fiscal relief to prevent cutbacks to key services, including $39 billion to local school districts and public colleges and universities distributed through existing state and federal formulas, $15 billion to states as bonus grants as a reward for meeting key performance measures, and $25 billion to states for other high priority needs such as public safety and other critical services, which may include education.

    $15.6 billion to increase the Pell grant by $500.

    $6 billion for higher education modernization.
    Tax Cuts to Make Work Pay and Create Jobs: We will provide direct tax relief to 95 percent of American workers, and spur investment and job growth for American Businesses. [marked up by the Ways and Means Committee]
    Lower Healthcare Costs: To save not only jobs, but money and lives, we will update and computerize our healthcare system to cut red tape, prevent medical mistakes, and help reduce healthcare costs by billions of dollars each year.

    $20 billion for health information technology to prevent medical mistakes, provide better care to patients and introduce cost-saving efficiencies.

    $4.1 billion to provide for preventative care and to evaluate the most effective healthcare treatments.
    Help Workers Hurt by the Economy: High unemployment and rising costs have outpaced Americans’ paychecks. We will help workers train and find jobs, and help struggling families make ends meet.

    $43 billion for increased unemployment benefits and job training.

    $39 billion to support those who lose their jobs by helping them to pay the cost of keeping their employer provided healthcare under COBRA and providing short-term options to be covered by Medicaid.

    $20 billion to increase the food stamp benefit by over 13% in order to help defray rising food costs.
    Save Public Sector Jobs and Protect Vital Services: We will provide relief to states, so they can continue to employ teachers, firefighters and police officers and provide vital services without having to unnecessarily raise middle class taxes.

    $87 billion for a temporary increase in the Medicaid matching rate.

    $4 billion for state and local law enforcement funding.
    CREATE JOBS WITH CLEAN, EFFICIENT, AMERICAN ENERGY
    To put people back to work today and reduce our dependence on foreign oil tomorrow, we will make investments aimed at doubling renewable energy production and renovate public buildings to make them more energy efficient. America’s energy shortcomings present a huge opportunity to put people to work in ways that will transform our economy.

    Reliable, Efficient Electricity Grid: $11 billion for research and development, pilot projects, and federal matching funds for the Smart Grid Investment Program to modernize the electricity grid making it more efficient, secure, and reliable and build new power lines to transmit clean, renewable energy from sources throughout the nation.

    Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees: $8 billion for loans for renewable energy power generation and transmission projects.

    GSA Federal Buildings: $6.7 billion for renovations and repairs to federal buildings including at least $6 billion focused on increasing energy efficiency and conservation. Projects are selected based on GSA’s ready-to-go priority list.

    Local Government Energy Efficiency Block Grants: $6.9 billion to help state and local governments make investments that make them more energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions.

    Energy Efficiency Housing Retrofits: $2.5 billion for a new program to upgrade HUD sponsored low-income housing to increase energy efficiency, including new insulation, windows, and furnaces. Funds will be competitively awarded.

    Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research: $2 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities to foster energy independence, reduce carbon emissions, and cut utility bills. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to universities, companies, and national laboratories.

    Advanced Battery Loans and Grants: $2 billion for the Advanced Battery Loan Guarantee and Grants Program, to support U.S. manufacturers of advanced vehicle batteries and battery systems. America should lead the world in transforming the way automobiles are powered.

    Energy Efficiency Grants and Loans for Institutions: $1.5 billion for energy sustainability and efficiency grants and loans to help school districts, institutes of higher education, local governments, and municipal utilities implement projects that will make them more energy efficient.

    Home Weatherization: $6.2 billion to help low-income families reduce their energy costs by weatherizing their homes and make our country more energy efficient.

    Smart Appliances: $300 million to provide consumers with rebates for buying energy efficient Energy Star products to replace old appliances, which will lower energy bills.

    GSA Federal Fleet: $600 million to replace older vehicles owned by the federal government with alternative fuel automobiles that will save on fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions.

    Electric Transportation: $200 million for a new grant program to encourage electric vehicle technologies.

    Cleaning Fossil Energy: $2.4 billion for carbon capture and sequestration technology demonstration projects. This funding will provide valuable information necessary to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere from industrial facilities and fossil fuel power plants.

    Department of Defense Research: $350 million for research into using renewable energy to power weapons systems and military bases.

    Alternative Buses and Trucks: $400 million to help state and local governments purchase efficient alternative fuel vehicles to reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions.

    Industrial Energy Efficiency: $500 million for energy efficient manufacturing demonstration projects.
    Diesel Emissions Reduction: $300 million for grants and loans to state and local governments for projects that reduce diesel emissions, benefiting public health and reducing global warming. This includes technologies to retrofit emission exhaust systems on school buses, replace engines and vehicles, and establish anti-idling programs. 70% of the funds go to competitive grants and 30% funds grants to states with approved programs. Last year EPA was able to fund only 27% of the applications received.
    TRANSFORMING OUR ECONOMY WITH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    We need to put scientists to work looking for the next great discovery, creating jobs in cutting-edge technologies and making smart investments that will help businesses in every community succeed in a global economy.
    Broadband to Give Every Community Access to the Global Economy

    Wireless and Broadband Grants: $6 billion for broadband and wireless services in underserved areas to strengthen the economy and provide business and job opportunities in every section of America with benefits to e-commerce, education, and healthcare. For every dollar invested in broadband the economy sees a ten-fold return on that investment.
    Scientific Research

    National Science Foundation: $3 billion, including $2 billion for expanding employment opportunities in fundamental science and engineering to meet environmental challenges and to improve global economic competitiveness, $400 million to build major research facilities that perform cutting edge science, $300 million for major research equipment shared by institutions of higher education and other scientists, $200 million to repair and modernize science and engineering research facilities at the nation’s institutions of higher education and other science labs, and $100 million is also included to improve instruction in science, math and engineering.

    National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research: $2 billion, including $1.5 billion for expanding good jobs in biomedical research to study diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, and heart disease – NIH is currently able to fund less than 20% of approved applications – and $500 million to implement the repair and improvement strategic plan developed by the NIH for its campuses.

    University Research Facilities: $1.5 billion for NIH to renovate university research facilities and help them compete for biomedical research grants. The National Science Foundation estimates a maintenance backlog of $3.9 billion in biological science research space. Funds are awarded competitively.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: $462 million to enable CDC to complete its Buildings and Facilities Master Plan, as well as renovations and construction needs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

    Department of Energy: $1.9 billion for basic research into the physical sciences including high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences and improvements to DOE laboratories and scientific facilities. $400 million is for the Advanced Research Project Agency – Energy to support high-risk, high-payoff research into energy sources and energy efficiency.

    NASA: $600 million, including $400 million to put more scientists to work doing climate change research, including Earth science research recommended by the National Academies, satellite sensors that measure solar radiation critical to understanding climate change, and a thermal infrared sensor to the Landsat Continuing Mapper necessary for water management, particularly in the western states; $150 million for research, development, and demonstration to improve aviation safety and Next Generation air traffic control (NextGen); and $50 million to repair NASA centers damaged by hurricanes and floods last year.

    Biomedical Advanced Research and Development, Pandemic Flu, and Cyber Security: $900 million to prepare for a pandemic influenza, support advanced development of medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, and for cyber security protections at HHS.

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellites and Sensors: $600 million for satellite development and acquisitions, including climate sensors and climate modeling.

    National Institute of Standards and Technology: $300 million for competitive construction grants for research science buildings at colleges, universities, and other research organizations and $100 million to coordinate research efforts of laboratories and national research facilities by setting interoperability standards for manufacturing.

    Agricultural Research Service: $209 million for agricultural research facilities across the country. ARS has a list of deferred maintenance work at facilities of roughly $315 million.

    U.S. Geological Survey: $200 million to repair and modernize U.S.G.S. science facilities and equipment, including improvements to laboratories, earthquake monitoring systems, and computing capacity.
    Creating Small Business Opportunity

    Small Business Credit: $430 million for new direct lending and loan guarantee authorities to make loans more attractive to lenders and free up capital. The number of loans guaranteed under the SBA’s 7(a) business loan program was down 57% in the first quarter of this year compared to last.

    Rural Business-Cooperative Service: $100 million for rural business grants and loans to guarantee $2 billion in loans for rural businesses at a time of unprecedented demand due to the credit crunch. Private sector lenders are increasingly turning to this program to help businesses get access to capital.

    Industrial Technology Services: $100 million, including $70 million for the Technology Innovation Program to accelerate research in potentially revolutionary technologies with high job growth potential, and $30 million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships to help small and mid-size manufacturers compete globally by providing them with access to technology.

    Economic Development Assistance: $250 million to address long-term economic distress in urban industrial cores and rural areas distributed based on need and ability to create jobs and attract private investment. EDA leverages $10 in private investments for $1 in federal funds.
    DTV Conversion Coupons: $650 million to continue the coupon program to enable American households to convert from analog television transmission to digital transmission.
    MODERNIZE ROADS, BRIDGES, TRANSIT AND WATERWAYS
    To build a 21st century economy, we must engage contractors across the nation to create jobs – rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing public buildings, and putting people to work cleaning our air, water, and land.
    Highway Infrastructure: $30 billion for highway and bridge construction projects. It is estimated that states have over 5,100 projects totaling over $64 billion that could be awarded within 180 days. These projects create jobs in the short term while saving commuters time and money in the long term. In 2006, the Department of Transportation estimated $8.5 billion was needed to maintain current systems and $61.4 billion was needed to improve highways and bridges.
    Transit: Public transportation saves Americans time and money, saving as much as 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline and reducing carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons each year.

    New Construction: $1 billion for Capital Investment Grants for new commuter rail or other light rail systems to increase public use of mass transit and to speed projects already in construction. The Federal Transit Administration has $2.4 billion in pre-approved projects.

    Upgrades and Repair: $2 billion to modernize existing transit systems, including renovations to stations, security systems, computers, equipment, structures, signals, and communications. Funds will be distributed through the existing formula. The repair backlog is nearly $50 billion.

    Transit Capital Assistance: $6 billion to purchase buses and equipment needed to increase public transportation and improve intermodal and transit facilities. The Department of Transportation estimates a $3.2 billion maintenance backlog and $9.2 billion in needed improvements. The American Public Transportation Association identified 787 ready-to-go transit projects totaling $15.5 billion. Funds will be distributed through the existing formulas.
    Amtrak and Intercity Passenger Rail Construction Grants: $1.1 billion to improve the speed and capacity of intercity passenger rail service. The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General estimates the North East Corridor alone has a backlog of over $10 billion.
    Airport Improvement Grants: $3 billion for airport improvement projects that will improve safety and reduce congestion. An estimated $41 billion in eligible airport infrastructure projects are needed between 2007-2011.
    Transportation Security Administration Explosive Detection Systems: $500 million to install Aviation Explosive Detection Systems in the nation’s airports, improving security, and making life easier on travelers by speeding security lines. Funds are competitively awarded based on security risk.
    Coast Guard Bridges: $150 million for ready-to-go investments to repair or remove bridges deemed hazardous to marine navigation, thereby removing obstructions and improving the safety of marine navigation.
    Technology Improvements for a More Efficient and Secure Government

    Social Security Administration Modernization: $400 million to replace the 30 year old Social Security Administration’s National Computer Center to meet growing needs for processing retirement and disability claims and records storage.

    Farm Service Agency: $245 million for critical IT improvements to systems that have been unable to handle workload increases.

    State Department Technology: $276 million to upgrade and modernize information technology platforms for the Department to meet security requirements post-9/11.

    Department of Agriculture: $44 million for repairs and security improvements at USDA’s headquarters.
    Department of Defense Facilities

    Medical Facilities: $3.75 billion for new construction of hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers, and $455 million in renovations to provide state-of-the-art medical care to service members and their families.

    Facilities Renovations: $2.1 billion to address needed repairs to military facilities.

    Troop Housing: $1.2 billion for new construction and $154 million for renovations to improve housing for our troops.

    Child Development Center: $360 million for new child development centers.

    Guard and Reserve: $400 million for new construction to support Guard and Reserve units across the country with operations and training facilities and utilities infrastructure.
    Veterans Administration Facilities

    Veterans Medical Facilities: $950 million for veterans’ medical facilities. The Department has identified a $5 billion backlog in needed repairs, including energy efficiency projects, at its 153 medical facilities.

    Veterans Cemeteries: $50 million to put people to work making monument and memorial repairs at cemeteries for American heroes.
    Border Ports of Entry: $1.15 billion to construct GSA and Customs and Border Patrol land ports of entry to improve border security, make trade and travel easier and reduce wait times, and to procure non-intrusive inspection technology at sea ports of entry, which is used to scan cargo containers to reduce the risk that containers can be used to smuggle weapons of mass destruction.
    Job Corps Facilities: $300 million to upgrade job training facilities serving at-risk youth while improving energy efficiency.
    Construction on Public Lands and Parks: $3.1 billion for infrastructure projects on federal lands including improvements to visitor facilities, road and trail restoration, preservation of buildings of cultural and historic importance, rehabilitation of abandoned mines and oil fields, and environmental cleanup projects. This includes $1.8 billion for the National Park Service, $325 million for the Bureau of Land Management, $300 million for the National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries, and $650 million for the Forest Service.
    National Treasures: $400 million, including $200 million to address the deterioration of the National Mall, such as repair of the Jefferson Memorial’s collapsing Tidal Basin walls; $150 million to address the repair backlog at the Smithsonian; and $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.
    Clean Water

    Clean Water State Revolving Fund: $6 billion for loans to help communities upgrade wastewater treatment systems. EPA estimates a $388 billion funding gap. The Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators found that 26 states have $10 billion in approved water projects.

    Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: $2 billion for loans for drinking water infrastructure. EPA estimates there is a $274 billion funding gap. The National Governors Association reported that there are $6 billion in ready-to-go projects, which could quickly be obligated.

    Rural Water and Waste Disposal: $1.5 billion to support $3.8 billion in grants and loans to help communities fund drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. In 2008, there were $2.4 billion in requests for water and waste loans and $990 million for water and waste grants went unfunded.
    Water Resources

    Corps of Engineers: $4.5 billion for environmental restoration, flood protection, hydropower, and navigation infrastructure critical to the economy. The Corps has a construction backlog of $61 billion.

    Bureau of Reclamation: $500 million to provide clean, reliable drinking water to rural areas and to ensure adequate water supply to western localities impacted by drought. The Bureau has backlogs of more than $1 billion in rural water projects and water reuse and recycling projects.

    Watershed Infrastructure: $400 million for the Natural Resources Conservation Service watershed improvement programs to design and build flood protection and water quality projects, repair aging dams, and purchase and restore conservation easements in river flood zones.

    International Boundary and Water Commission: $224 million to repair flood control systems along the international segment of the Rio Grande damaged by hurricane Katrina and other serious storms.
    Environmental Cleanup

    Superfund Hazardous Waste Cleanup: $800 million to clean up hazardous and toxic waste sites that threaten health and the environment. EPA has 1,255 sites on its National Priority List, selected based on a hazard ranking system. There are many Superfund sites ready for construction, but not funded due to budget shortfalls and over 600 sites with ongoing construction that could be accelerated.

    Leaking Underground Storage Tanks: $200 million for enforcement and cleanup of petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks at approximately 1,600 additional sites. There are an estimated 116,000 sites with the potential to contaminate important water supplies.

    Nuclear Waste Cleanup: $500 million for nuclear waste cleanup at sites contaminated as a result of the nation’s past nuclear activities. Accelerating the completion of projects will reduce long-term costs.

    Closed Military Bases: $300 million for cleanup activities at closed military installations allowing local communities to redevelop these properties for productive use. The Department estimates that there is a $3.5 billion environmental cleanup backlog at bases closed during previous BRAC rounds.

    NOAA Habitat Restoration: $400 million for ready-to-go habitat restoration projects.

    Brownfields: $100 million for competitive grants for evaluation and cleanup of former industrial and commercial sites – turning them from problem properties to productive community use. Last year EPA was only able to fund 37% of Brownfields applications.
    Reducing Wildfires Threats: $850 million for hazardous fuels removal and other efforts to prevent wildfires on public lands. Making these investments today will create jobs in the short run, but also save long term costs of fighting fires in the future.

    State and Private Forest Service Wildfire: $550 million for state and local volunteer programs and hazardous fuels reduction efforts which states and communities have determined are of the highest priority.

    Federal Forest Service Wildfire: $300 million for urgently needed hazard reduction on federal lands.
    Bureau of Indian Affairs: $500 million to address maintenance backlogs at schools, dams, detention and law enforcement facilities, and over 24,000 miles of roads. BIA schools alone have an over $1 billion construction and maintenance backlog including shamefully unsafe conditions.
    EDUCATION FOR THE 21st CENTURY
    We will put people to work building 21st century classrooms, labs, and libraries to help our kids compete with any worker in the world.
    21st Century Classrooms

    School Construction: $20 billion, including $14 billion for K-12 and $6 billion for higher education, for renovation and modernization, including technology upgrades and energy efficiency improvements. Also includes $100 million for school construction in communities that lack a local property tax base because they contain non-taxable federal lands such as military bases or Indian reservations, and $25 million to help charter schools build, obtain, and repair schools.

    Education Technology: $1 billion for 21st century classrooms, including computer and science labs and teacher technology training.
    Higher Education: Tuition is up, unemployment is up, and as a result more people are choosing to go to school to upgrade their skills and more of these students need student aid. This investment addresses those short term needs while investing in our nation’s future economic strength.

    Pell Grants: $15.6 billion to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $500, from $4,850 to $5,350.

    College Work-Study: $490 million to support undergraduate and graduate students who work.

    Student Loan Limit Increase: Increases limits on unsubsidized Stafford loans by $2,000.

    Student Aid Administration: $50 million to help the Department of Education administer surging student aid programs while navigating the changing student loan environment.
    K-12 Education: As states begin tackling a projected $350 billion in budget shortfalls these investments will prevent cuts to critical education programs and services.

    IDEA Special Education: $13 billion for formula grants to increase the federal share of special education costs and prevent these mandatory costs from forcing states to cut other areas of education.

    Title I Help for Disadvantaged Kids: $13 billion for grants to help disadvantaged kids in nearly every school district and more than half of all public schools reach high academic standards.

    Statewide Data Systems: $250 million for competitive grants to states to design and develop data systems that analyze individual student data to find ways to improve student achievement, providing teachers and administrators with effective tools.

    Education for Homeless Children and Youth: $66 million for formula grants to states to provide services to homeless children including meals and transportation when high unemployment and home foreclosures have created an influx of homeless kids.

    Improving Teacher Quality: $300 million, including $200 million for competitive grants to school districts and states to provide financial incentives for teachers and principals who raise student achievement and close the achievement gaps in high-need schools and $100 million for competitive grants to states to address teacher shortages and modernize the teaching workforce.
    Early Childhood Development

    Child Care Development Block Grant: $2 billion to provide child care services for an additional 300,000 children in low-income families while their parents go to work. Today only one out of seven eligible children receives care.

    Head Start: $2.1 billion to provide comprehensive development services to help 110,000 additional children succeed in school. Funds are distributed based on need. Only about half of all eligible preschoolers and less than 3 percent of eligible infants and toddlers participate in Head Start.

    IDEA Infants and Families: $600 million for formula grants to help states serve children with disabilities age 2 and younger.
    LOWER HEALTHCARE COSTS
    To save not only jobs, but money and lives, we will update and computerize our healthcare system to cut red tape, prevent medical mistakes, and help reduce healthcare costs by billions of dollars each year.

    Health Information Technology: $20 billion to jumpstart efforts to computerize health records to cut costs and reduce medical errors.

    Prevention and Wellness Fund: $3 billion to fight preventable chronic diseases, the leading cause of deaths in the U.S., and infectious diseases. Preventing disease rather than treating illnesses is the most effective way to reduce healthcare costs. This includes hospital infection prevention, Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grants for state and local public health departments, immunization programs, and evidence-based disease prevention.

    Healthcare Effectiveness Research: $1.1 billion for Healthcare Research and Quality programs to compare the effectiveness of different medical treatments funded by Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP. Finding out what works best and educating patients and doctors will improve treatment and save taxpayers money.

    Community Health Centers: $1.5 billion, including $500 million to increase the number of uninsured Americans who receive quality healthcare and $1 billion to renovate clinics and make health information technology improvements. More than 400 applications submitted earlier this year for new or expanded CHC sites remain unfunded.

    Training Primary Care Providers: $600 million to address shortages and prepare our country for universal healthcare by training primary healthcare providers including doctors, dentists, and nurses as well as helping pay medical school expenses for students who agree to practice in underserved communities through the National Health Service Corps.

    Indian Health Service Facilities: $550 million to modernize aging hospitals and health clinics and make healthcare technology upgrades to improve healthcare for underserved rural populations.
    HELP WORKERS HURT BY THE ECONOMY
    High unemployment and rising costs have outpaced Americans’ paychecks. We will help workers train and find jobs, and help struggling families make ends meet.
    Helping Workers Find Jobs

    Training and Employment Services: $4 billion for job training including formula grants for adult, dislocated worker, and youth services (including $1.2 billion to create up to one million summer jobs for youth). The needs of workers also will be met through dislocated worker national emergency grants, new competitive grants for worker training in high growth and emerging industry sectors (with priority consideration to “green” jobs and healthcare), and increased funds for the YouthBuild program. Green jobs training will include preparing workers for activities supported by other economic recovery funds, such as retrofitting of buildings, green construction, and the production of renewable electric power.

    Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants: $500 million for state formula grants for construction and rehabilitation of facilities to help persons with disabilities prepare for gainful employment.

    Employment Services Grants: $500 million to match unemployed individuals to job openings through state employment service agencies and allow states to provide customized services. Funds are targeted to states with the greatest need based on labor force, unemployment, and long-term unemployed rates.

    Community Service Employment for Older Americans: $120 million to provide subsidized community service jobs to an additional 24,000 low-income older Americans.
    Unemployment Insurance Benefits

    Benefits Extension: $27 billion to continue the current extended unemployment benefits program – which provides up to 33 weeks of extended benefits – through December 31, 2009 given rising unemployment.

    Increased Benefits: $9 billion to increase the current average unemployment insurance benefit from roughly $300 per week, paid out of State trust funds, by $25 per week using Federal funds, through December 2009. There are currently 5.3 million workers receiving regular UI and an additional 1.9 million receiving extended benefits.

    Unemployment Insurance Modernization: Provides funds to states though a “Reed Act” distribution, tied to states’ meeting specific reforms to increase unemployment insurance coverage for low-wage, part-time, and other jobless workers.
    COBRA Healthcare for the Unemployed: $30.3 billion to extend health insurance coverage to the unemployed, extending the period of COBRA coverage for older and tenured workers beyond the 18 months provided under current law. Specifically, workers 55 and older, and workers who have worked for an employer for 10 or more years will be able to retain their COBRA coverage until they become Medicare eligible or secure coverage through a subsequent employer. In addition, subsidizing the first 12 months of COBRA coverage for eligible persons who have lost their jobs on or after September 1, 2008 at a 65 percent subsidy rate, the same rate provided under the Health Care Tax Credit for unemployed workers under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. [Ways and Means]
    Medicaid Coverage for the Unemployed: $8.6 billion to provide 100 percent Federal funding through 2010 for optional State Medicaid coverage of individuals (and their dependents) who are involuntarily unemployed and whose family income does not exceed a State-determined level, but is no higher than 200 percent of poverty, or who are receiving food stamps.
    Attacking the Housing Crisis

    Public Housing Capital Fund: $5 billion for building repair and modernization, including critical safety repairs. Every dollar of Capital Fund expenditures produces $2.12 in economic return. $4 billion of the funds will be distributed to public housing authorities through the existing formula and $1 billion will be awarded through a competitive process for projects that improve energy efficiency.

    HOME Investment Partnerships: $1.5 billion to help local communities build and rehabilitate low-income housing using green technologies. Thousands of ready-to-go housing projects have been stalled by the credit crunch. Funds are distributed by formula.

    Native American Housing Block Grants: $500 million to rehabilitate and improve energy efficiency at some of the over 42,000 housing units maintained by Native American housing programs. Half of the funding will be distributed by formula and half will be competitively awarded to projects that can be started quickly.

    Neighborhood Stabilization: $4.2 billion to help communities purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed, vacant properties in order to create more affordable housing and reduce neighborhood blight.

    Homeless Assistance Grants: $1.5 billion for the Emergency Shelter Grant program to provide short term rental assistance, housing relocation, and stabilization services for families during the economic crisis. Funds are distributed by formula.

    Rural Housing Insurance Fund: $500 million to support $22 billion in direct loans and loan guarantees to help rural families and individuals buy homes during the credit crunch. Last year these programs received $13.4 billion more in applications than they could fund.

    Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Program: $10 million for rural, high-need areas to undertake projects using sustainable and energy-efficient building and rehabilitation practices. Funds will be awarded by competition to projects that can begin quickly.

    Lead Paint: $100 million for competitive grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations to remove lead-based paint hazards in low-income housing.

    Rural Community Facilities: $200 million to support $1.2 billion in grants and loans to rural areas for critical community facilities, such as for healthcare, education, fire and rescue, day care, community centers, and libraries. There are over $1.2 billion in applications pending.
    Alleviating Hunger

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance: $20 billion to provide nutrition assistance to modest-income families and to lift restrictions that limit the amount of time individuals can receive food stamps.

    Senior Nutrition Programs: $200 million for formula grants to states for elderly nutrition services including Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals.

    Afterschool Meals: $726 million to increase the number of states that provide free dinners to children and to encourage participation by new institutions by increasing snack reimbursement rates.

    Supplemental Nutrition Program Information Systems: $100 million to improve state management information systems for the WIC program.
    Payments to Disabled and Elderly: $4.2 billion to help 7.5 million low-income disabled and elderly individuals with rising costs by providing an additional SSI payment in 2009 equal to the average monthly federal payment under the program (approximately $450 for an individual and $630 for a couple). This one-time payment will serve as an immediate economic stimulus as half of SSI recipients have no other form of income and the other half average outside income of less than $450 per month.
    Community Services Block Grant: $1 billion for grants to local communities to support employment, food, housing, and healthcare efforts serving those hardest hit by the recession. Community action agencies have seen dramatic increases in requests for their assistance due to rising unemployment, housing foreclosures, and high food and fuel prices.
    Community Development Block Grants: $1 billion for community and economic development projects including housing and services for those hit hard by tough economic times.
    Emergency Food and Shelter: $200 million to help local community organizations provide food, shelter, and support services to the nation’s hungry, homeless, and people in economic crisis including one-month utility payments to prevent service cut-off and one-month rent or mortgage assistance to prevent evictions or help people leave shelters. Funds are distributed by formula based on unemployment and poverty rates.
    Low-Income Home Energy Assistance: $1 billion to help low-income families pay for home heating and cooling at a time of rising energy costs.
    Child Support Enforcement: $1 billion to provide federal incentive funds for states to collect support owed to families.
    Social Security Administration Disability Backlog and Claims Processing: $500 million to help the Social Security Administration process a steep rise in disability and retirement claims, getting people their benefits faster, and preventing existing backlogs from getting worse. Within this total, $40 million will help SSI upgrade health information technology.
    Centers for Independent Living: $200 million for state formula grants to help individuals with disabilities continue to live in their communities.
    AmeriCorps Programs: $200 million to put approximately 16,000 additional AmeriCorps members to work doing national service, meeting needs of vulnerable populations and communities during the recession.
    Compassion Capital Fund: $100 million for grants to faith- and community-based organizations to provide critical safety net services to needy individuals and families.
    Department of Labor Worker Protection and Oversight: $80 million to ensure that worker protection laws are enforced as recovery infrastructure investments are carried out.
    SAVE PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS AND PROTECT VITAL SERVICES
    We will provide relief to states, so they can continue to employ teachers, firefighters, and police officers and provide vital services without having to unnecessarily raise middle class taxes.
    Medicaid Aid to States (FMAP): $87 billion to states, increasing through the end of FY 2010 the share of Medicaid costs the federal government reimburses states, with additional relief tied to rates of unemployment. This approach has been used in previous recessions to prevent cuts to health benefits for their increased low-income patient loads at a time when state revenues are declining.
    State Education and Other Budget Priorities: $120 billion to states and school districts to stabilize budgets and prevent tax increases and deep cuts to critical education programs, including:

    $41 billion to local school districts through Title I ($13 billion), IDEA ($13 billion), a new School Modernization and Repair Program ($14 billion), and the Education Technology program ($1 billion).

    $79 billion in state fiscal relief, including: $39 billion to local school districts and public colleges and universities distributed through existing state and federal formulas; $15 billion to states as bonus grants as a reward for meeting key performance measures; and $25 billion to states for other high priority needs such as public safety and other critical services, which may include education.
    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: $2.5 billion for block grants to help States deal with the surge in families needing help during the recession and to prevent them from cutting work programs and services for abused and neglected children.
    State and Local Law Enforcement: $4 billion to support state and local law enforcement including $3 billion for the Byrne Justice Assistance formula grants to support local law enforcement efforts with equipment and operating costs, and $1 billion for the COPS hiring grant program, to hire about 13,000 new police officers for three years. The grantee is responsible for at least 25% in matching funds and must commit to use their own funds to keep the officer on board in the fourth year.
    Periodic Census and Programs, Communications: $1 billion for work necessary to ensure a successful 2010 census, including $150 million for expanded communications and outreach programs to minimize undercounting of minority groups.
    OTHER IMPORTANT POLICY PROVISION
    Medicare and Medicaid Regulations: The bill extends the moratorium on Medicaid and Medicare regulations through October 1, 2009.

  76. Ken to oblige you on Conservatism:

    Contrary to the assertions of Obamunists, I am Conservative because Conservatism best represents my values, NOT because I am a racist. The same goes for most Conservatives. Liberalism goes against everything that I hold dear. I value the sanctity of life and the sanctity of traditional, heterosexual marriage. I believe that life begins at conception and that holding this belief is not above my paygrade. I value honesty and integrity, characteristics that Barack Hussein Obama does not possess. I believe in small government and that the government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. I believe that the Constitution should be upheld by our judges as written, and not interpreted based on feelings. I believe in concrete policies, not just abstract ideas. I believe in necessary regulation, not over regulation. I believe in low taxes and the value of a dollar. I believe that capitalism is what makes our economy great and that the trickle-down theory works both ways. I believe that Socialism is a failed system that is inherently flawed and inherently evil. I believe that “economic equality” is just a euphemism for Socialism. I believe in equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. Above all, I believe in Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream that one should be judged not by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character. If that makes me a racist, then I shall wear that label with pride and as a badge of honour.

  77. Amy,
    I couldn’t have said it any better myself if I tried. Of course, have you noticed it is almost always liberals who throw out the racist accusations while they try to hide their own racist tendencies?

  78. Todd,

    Yes, I have. Although my Hubby, who is not a Moonbat, likes to accuse me of being racist because I can see the truth in stereotypes and I speak my mind about the ills of various groups.

  79. Windrider,

    On Sept. 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here’s where we stand.>>>

    I think the leader that emerged from 9/11 was Rudy Giuliani. Living in the area and working close to the NYC at the time on a special project with my boss we could look out the window, see the flames and watched both towers fall. It was surreal and we ran back in the building went to the cafeteria, where we had live television feeds and sort of confirmed what we witnessed. I’m glad we didn’t witness the second plane crash, it was bad enough to watch the smoke and watch the building fall.

    Mayor Giuliani was in police headquarters in building 7 and was able to make it out before the first tower crumbled and fell, others weren’t so lucky. As Mayor he did want he was suppose to do, took charge. He was a little rattled but kept his composure. We all knew that there was enough time for rescue workers to get into both buildings and knew they most likely were buried in the rubble. Our supervisor told us to get back in the car and return to our office 40 minutes away. The drive back had to be one of the worst rides that I have ever ridden. The constant cell phone calls to both our director and supervisors was non-stop between our Division Vice President and the buildings President.

    I still remember how anxious and helpless I felt on the drive from Murray Hill, NJ back to Lebanon in Interstate 78.

    I believe Giuliani showed great leadership in the face of massive deaths, massive destruction who lost some close friends. Governor Pataki also came forward and provided funds, national guard to assist in the rescue mission, and George Bush’s reaction to land all planes and the passengers on Flight 93 who knew they were going to die and fought hard to take control back over the plane and knew where they were headed, to crash their plane into the Capitol Building. The Nation came together with pride, we showed resilience and camaraderie when we were shaken to our knees. The right people became heroes to the nation, some scarified their lives to help others. Those are heroes and leaders in my eyes.

    I compare that to what happened in New Orleans and there are some truths missing that the liberal MSM nationally have failed to acknowledge or report. Mobile, Alabama is about 2 hrs from New Orleans. We hunkered down in Mobile, people bordered their windows, locked down the hatches and moved farther inland and prayed that God wouldn’t cause too much damage. We had just moved here on May 1st, we were unfamiliar with hurricane evacuations, at the end of May our first hurricane appeared (doesn’t remember the name but it started with a C) and we left town and headed for Baton Rogue, Louisiana. The hurricane petered out and didn’t cause too much damage. We get tons of warnings and alerts here as you can tell based on the first hurricane (began with a C) at the end of May to Katrina at the end of August. Hurricane Katrina by most forecasters predicted it was headed to Alabama, most likely Baldwin County. We were spared by a last minute swift in the wind.

    New Orleans residents had about a day and a half to leave town and many, believing this storm would peter out like the others choose to stay, many were black and many took advantage to loot the stores whose owners or managers left or abandon their businesses to head for safety. We saw news helicopters being shot at as they recorded the openly hostile threats from the criminals who chose to stay and steal, news sources only recording their faces and criminals. A lot of people were angry that they stayed, stolen and claimed poor me, poor me to collect whatever money would be doled out to the “victims” of the storm. We saw three idiot try to put a large screen TV, refrigerator and stereo equipment in a blow up boat, it was not funny to watch but we had to laugh that their own stupidity.

    As the storm came closer, Mayor Ray Nagin never demanded the residents leave, he only advised they should go for safety reasons, he never provided hospitals, the disabled or City residents without any transportation, with a way to get out or help to move the elderly, sick or wheelchair bound residents with any buses or public transportation. He relied on their relatives to get them out, while he hightailed out of his City on a government helicopter. Their Governor, Kathleen Blanco also did not have any evacuation plan is place and replied heavily on the Mayor to put one in place. So the people of Louisiana and New Orleans had two leaders who were imbeciles who replied on each other to do the right thing and either did, for nothing for the residents of the City and the surrounding Parishes.

    On the flip side the State of Mississippi and the coastal cities were far more prepared for the storm and sustain just about as much damage as New Orleans did. Biloxi and its Mayor, A.J. Holloway warned residents and vacationers to evacuate the City and mostly everyone did, with a few exceptions of stubborn, pigheaded individuals who refused to leave their home and the possessions behind, they died from their own ignorance. Pascagoula and Gulfport Mississippi, all had evacuation plans, clear and concise maps and how to get out of the Cities and gave the transportation through public transit or volunteers. Anyone who chose to stay behind died because they refused to leave.

    Same here in Alabama, we have evacuation routes well laid out and what road should be taken. The over priced waterfront properties in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, as well as Dauphin Island basically were flattened to the ground, new hotels were being built at the time turned to rumble. These cities and states stepped up to the plate and minimized the lost of life by forcibly and assisting resident with a means to escape. Governor’s Ronnie Musgrove (MS-D) and Bob Riley (R-AL) both has well planned evacuation plans, both relied heavily on their own Emergency Management Agency to assist residents and cleanup efforts.

    I look at these two crisis juxtaposition and although both were tragedies, one natural the other man made, I watched some politicians step up to the plate while others ran and point fingers at others. Leaders are made, but so are cowards. People should be held accountable for their own actions, but in cases of emergencies, the government should have provided transportation to those who had none.

  80. beyond disgusted,
    Imagine a team of noted economists suggesting to Congress, a “package” with the same categories, pared down somewhat, in order to ensure America’s continued strength and vitality. It happened in 1999 and again in 2001 but they were treated like so many nutcases and their words were not heeded.
    Our great “leaders”, who take it upon themselves to look after the population’s best interests, indeed America’s best interest has brought us to this mess we are in today.

    Why do we keep electing these same fools?

    The creation of Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board gives me withdrawals simply because it means another bureauracratic department of a to big government. I don’t deny that a department like it is needed, in fact I would set it up where it is in control of all governmental spending.
    The employees there would have to be beyond reproach, not a blemish in their background. Being able to work there would be harder than a mouse trying to tiptoe through a room full of snakes.

    About half of the 2008 $700 billion bailout money has been released and Obamaears has now asked Congress to release the other half. Most financial institutions that recieved the bulk of the intial TARP funds have refused to issue details on how the money was being spent. In some, banks flatly refused to account for public funds.
    This evidently, has stirred up a little “conservatism” in Americans that didn’t know what the meaning of the word was prior. Acccording to a Jan. 13th, ’09 Gallup Poll 62% of Americans favored blocking the remaining $350 billion unless details of how the money will be spent. 20% favored the money to be released, 12% favored blocking the remaining moneys release entirely, (where I’d fit in) and those blessed 5% with no opinion.

  81. Sling Blade,

    thanks for your comments & kind words.

    Libby wasn’t only convicted of lying but also obstruction of justice. the conviction come from a jury of his peers and was related to the (possible) outing of a cia agent for partisan political gain. in other words, his crime involved his government work. Cisneros lied about having a mistress. i think what libby did was worse, though reasonable people can certainly disagree with that. i’m sure Cisneros’s wife does.

    i totally agree with you: there are levels of crime. but in the end it is all corruption and both liberals and conservatives are guilty of it.

    in any case, i don’t think we see this so differently. thanks.

  82. Something the Republicans need to do to alter one of their many down-falls is to:

    In a huge huge way, beef up oversight and prosecution of money crooks all over government, especially in prosecution and double the prison time for white collar crimes.

    They say Bush did complain some, but he didn’t BEAT on top of his desk loud enough or go out and take it to the people long enough – person to person rather on his saturday morning dry chat.

    I know it’s needed all over but conservatives have let this slide against them to much without any response.

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