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Archive for April 1st, 2011

More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined.

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

Read this one carefully folks…

WSJ:

If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?

Every state in America today except for two—Indiana and Wisconsin—has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods. Consider California, which has the highest budget deficit in the history of the states. The not-so Golden State now has an incredible 2.4 million government employees—twice as many as people at work in manufacturing. New Jersey has just under two-and-a-half as many government employees as manufacturers. Florida’s ratio is more than 3 to 1. So is New York’s.

Even Michigan, at one time the auto capital of the world, and Pennsylvania, once the steel capital, have more government bureaucrats than people making things. The leaders in government hiring are Wyoming and New Mexico, which have hired more than six government workers for every manufacturing worker.

Now it is certainly true that many states have not typically been home to traditional manufacturing operations. Iowa and Nebraska are farm states, for example. But in those states, there are at least five times more government workers than farmers. West Virginia is the mining capital of the world, yet it has at least three times more government workers than miners. New York is the financial capital of the world—at least for now. That sector employs roughly 670,000 New Yorkers. That’s less than half of the state’s 1.48 million government employees.

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Democrats try to get copies of Senator Scott Brown’s medical records AND those of his family

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

Boston Herald:

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown — an upstart Blue State Republican in the cross hairs of national Democrats — is lashing out at the party’s opposition researchers, accusing them of prying into his family’s private health insurance records, and demanding that they stop fighting dirty.

“It seems in bad form. Obviously, when it comes to information about my wife and daughters, it crosses the line. I find it offensive and so do they,” Brown told the Herald yesterday.

“They (Democrats) don’t have any business muddling in the private health records of my family,” said Brown, adding that his family is “disturbed” by the intrusion.

Officials from the Group Insurance Commission, the state’s health insurance provider, notified Brown on Tuesday that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee asked them “to provide insurance information,” according to a copy of the GIC letter obtained by the Herald.

The GIC, a quasi-independent state agency, administers health insurance for state employees and their families. Brown’s wife, Gail Huff, and two daughters, Ayla and Arianna, were also on his state insurance plan when he was a Wrentham state senator.

A copy of the DSCC request provided to the Herald asks for “all direct correspondence” between Brown and the GIC under the Massachusetts public records law.

Now this is rich….

A DSCC spokesman insisted the request was only for public information and never sought private medical information about the Brown family.

To provide insurance information, like what was paid out, claims made etc. It is pretty easy to reverse engineer a medical record from that information, but oh no, you don’t want medical information, WHICH IS WHY YOU SENT THE LETTER TO THE STATE MEDICAL INSURANCE COMMISSION….

Come on guys, if you are going to issue a denial, can you at least come up with one that is better than that? Remember this is the state with RomneyCare folks, they state will have those records and the Democrats want them.

The Democratic Party illegally obtained Michael Steele’s credit report and released it, Obama illegally obtained a copy of Jack Ryan’s sealed divorce papers to put the details of his sex life and such on the front page and the Democrats also put Congressman Allen West’s Social Security number and other person info in a mailer to 60,000 people.

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Video and News Roundup April 1st

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

AWESOME: US and Japanese Forces Rescue Dog Swept to Sea Three Weeks Ago in Japan

Kristi Noem: Democrats are Rooting for a Government Shutdown

“The federal government accumulates more deficit every single day than my home state did in a year.”

Democrats are on retreat after the leadership was caught on tape plotting a government shutdown to increase deficit spending. Rasmussen: 57% prefer government shutdown to current levels of spending – LINK. Former DNC Chair Howard Dean: Democrats should root for a government shutdown – LINK.

Obama Administration Official: GOP Budget Cuts Will Kill 70, 000 Children…

This time both the Democrat and Republic strategist agree; not only is the statement preposterous, but you can say that about anything.

Why do we pay the people in Congress or the federal government or the military? Don’t you know how many lives we could “save” around the world with that money? Do it for the children!

Trump weighs in on the policy debate: If I am President Iran WILL NOT have a nuclear weapon. Iraq needs to pay us back, Saudi needs to pay us for protecting them and keeping them in power. The Arab League asked us to deal with Ghadaffi, they are super rich countries so pay for it! Trump talks China, trade, OPEC, taxes, jobs and more

This is a no miss interview, even if you do not take Trump seriously you should still watch it.

On trade, Trump is right but there will be consequences, a big tariff on China will mean an instant price increase in everything that is made there, which lately seems like most things. So the poor and middle class will take a hit, for a while. But it must be done. Trump is right that we are being sucked dry and we have had leaders who have not looked out for our economic interests (which is obvious).

The problem is that currency manipulation and labor costs are only a part of the problem. The Obama Deficit Commission which the media doesn’t want to talk about much lately is right in that our tax rates are too high, our tax code is too complicated and too hard to comply with, and we have so many regulations (many of which are corrupt to help political cronies) that it is impossible to comply with them all. We have so many regulations no one could even read them all in a lifetime so it is no mystery why investors and job creators do not want to invest here. Trump does hit on these problems, but does not tie it in with his narrative about the Chinese and others that are fleecing us. He should as it really is one problem.

Former CIA “bin-Laden Unit” Head To CNN Anchor: “You’re Just Carrying The Water For Mr. Obama”

Dr. Scheur wrote a “Bush bashing” book. He has also blasted Obama and Clinton for bad “war on terror” tactics/strategy. He was the head of the CIA’s bin-Laden unit. He was one of the sources for the film, “The path to 9/11”. Dr. Scheur almost always has facts that are not disputable, but of course his conclusions are open to debate. Scheur’s opinions are highly informed ones though and have merit even if I do not totally agree with them.

Like Dr. Niall Ferguson, Dr. Scheur has little tolerance for biased, no nothing reporters who are often less informed than his students.

Mexican Cartels Get Heavy Weapons from Central America, U.S. Cables Say

Dick Morris Reports: Wisconsin Reforms In Peril Due To Possible Election Of Radical Judge

Congressman Issa subpoena’s documents after Obama Administration stonewall in project gunrunner case. The administration was actively facilitating American guns going to the Mexican Drug Cartels and got caught. – LINK.

Police Caught On Tape Beating Black Man.

The man is a member of the Nation of Islam and allegedly as he was working at a night club he was taking keys from customers and going to their cars and stealing items such as GPS, computers and he was caught with a stolen firearm. You can see on the tape that he surrendered to police and they beat him for some time and there are multiple police obviously breaking the law so what you see here is an automatic conspiracy by police to break the law and cover it up. After all if there was no tape what would the police report have said? I have an idea, something like “the police were fighting this athletic perp and the police feared for their collective lives and very regrettably the suspect was injured but the police used all possible restraint”. So here is the rub, if the police in this video were capable of this, how can anything they say about the charges against this man be believed? This is why police need to have restraint especially if this man is guilty, because of this tape not only will he walk, but the city will be writing him a big fat check.  – LINK for the video and story.

More Obama Administration Nuttery: American servicewomen “encouraged” to wear “hijab” headscarves in Afghanistan – LINK.

‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland Security Department

So much for transparency – LINK.

Government Pays Failed Fannie Mae Execs Millions (again) – LINK.

Related:

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paying $210 million in bonuses with your money and no outrage why…..

Fannie and Freddie Amnesia: Taxpayers are on the hook for about $400 billion, partly because Sen. Obama helped to block reform.

Transparency, Congress & Corruption: AIG and Fannie Mae Bonuses

Rules For The and Not For Me:  Presidential limousine, security vehicles exempt from fed ‘green’ vehicle policy – LINK

Six of top 15 declining cities in California – LINK

Hello, I am from the Communist Party. Would you like to join?…

Evil with a smiley face. Notice how many in the second video are academics?

 

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Extortion and Threats: Put union propaganda in your window or else.

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

http://www.unitedtaxpayers.com/latest-headlines/afscme-boycott-leads-to-300-increase-in-sales-lol/

Threats and boycott of small business by union leadership leads to 300% sales increase. Rank and file members of AFSCME stop by to apologize for their leadership’s idiocy:

UNION GROVE – Local union members apologized to business owners Thursday after hearing union leadership threatened to boycott businesses.

The stunning development happened late Thursday afternoon at Village Dollar, where members with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees showed their support to businesses that were targeted.

It all started after Dawn Bobo, owner of Village Dollar in Union Grove, refused to put up a sign supporting AFSCME.

The public union is against Governor Scott Walker’s plan to take away most collective bargaining rights for its members.

Bobo didn’t want to take sides, fearing she would offend customers.

“I have customers from all walks of life, “she said. “In a tough economy you need everyone here.”

But apparently that wasn’t good enough for AFSCME Union Rep. Jim Parrett, who sent her a letter that reads in part:

“We’d ask that you reconsider taking a sign and stance to support public employees in this community. Failure to do so will leave us no choice but do a public boycott of your business.”

“It rubbed me the wrong way,” said customer John Charnon.

He and other customers drove out of their way to shop at Village Dollar Thursday. According to Bobo, business tripled because of it.

Even some local AFSCME union members called the threats “thuggish”.

“The statements and threats made by Jim Parrett do not represent everyone in the local, we didn’t support it,” said Paul Baumester, a member of AFSCME, Local 3777.

He and several other union members shook hands with Bobo Thursday afternoon and apologized to her and other businesses for the threats. They claim they were never consulted about the letters.

Baumester says he’s still against Governor Walker’s budget proposals, but he believes the threats are exactly the wrong thing to do.

“Right when we think we might be making some headway here, we lose ground in the public eye,” he said.

We made several attempts to contact Parrett by phone, but an operator said his voice mail box was full.

And now thanks to his letter, so is Bobo’s dollar store, which now has a sign of its own in the window. It reads, “We support Union Grove, not bully tactics.”

“I want them to have the rights they’re entitled to, but they are not entitled to take mine away,” said Bobo when talking about AFSCME.

 

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Sarah Palin: What We Were Saying One Year Ago About Obama’s Failed Energy Policy

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

Related – The latest lie from the left: Two-thirds of oil and gas leases in Gulf inactive

 

It’s unbelievable (literally) the rhetoric coming from President Obama today. This is coming from he who is manipulating the U.S. energy supply. President Obama is once again giving lip service to a “new energy proposal”; but let’s remember the last time he trotted out a “new energy proposal” – nearly a year ago to the day. The main difference is today we have $4 a gallon gas in some places in the country. This is no accident. This administration is not a passive observer to the trends that have inflated oil prices to dangerous levels. His war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security. Through a process of what candidate Obama once called “gradual adjustment,” American consumers have seen prices at the pump rise 67 percent since he took office. Meanwhile, the vast undeveloped reserves that could help to keep prices at the pump affordable remain locked up because of President Obama’s deliberate unwillingness to drill here and drill now. We’re subsidizing offshore drilling in Brazil and purchasing energy from them, instead of drilling ourselves and keeping those dollars circulating in our own economy to generate jobs here. The President said today, “There are no quick fixes.” He’s been in office for nearly three years now, and he’s about to launch his $1 billion re-election campaign. When can we expect any “fixes” from him? How high does the price of energy have to go?

 

So, here’s a little flashback to what I wrote on March 31, 2010, at National Review Online’s The Corner:

 

Many Americans fear that President Obama’s new energy proposal is once again “all talk and no real action,” this time in an effort to shore up fading support for the Democrats’ job-killing cap-and-trade (a.k.a. cap-and-tax) proposals. Behind the rhetoric lie new drilling bans and leasing delays; soon to follow are burdensome new environmental regulations.  Instead of “drill, baby, drill,” the more you look into this the more you realize it’s “stall, baby, stall.”

 

Today the president said he’ll “consider potential areas for development in the mid and south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, while studying and protecting sensitive areas in the Arctic.” As the former governor of one of America’s largest energy-producing states, a state oil and gas commissioner, and chair of the nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, I’ve seen plenty of such studies. What we need is action — action that results in the job growth and revenue that a robust drilling policy could provide.  And let’s not forget that while Interior Department bureaucrats continue to hold up actual offshore drilling from taking place, Russia is moving full steam ahead on Arctic drilling, and China, Russia, and Venezuela are buying leases off the coast of Cuba.

 

As an Alaskan, I’m especially disheartened by the new ban on drilling in parts of the 49th state and the cancellation of lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. These areas contain rich oil and gas reserves whose development is key to our country’s energy security. As I told Secretary Salazar last April, “Arctic exploration and development is a slow, demanding process. Delays or major restrictions in accessing these resources for environmentally responsible development are not in the national interest or the interests of the State of Alaska.”

 

Since I wrote the above, we have even more evidence of the President’s anti-drilling agenda. We have the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the de-facto moratorium in the Arctic. We have his 2012 budget that proposes to eliminate several vital oil and natural gas production tax incentives. We have his anti-drilling regulatory policies that have stymied responsible development. And the list goes on. The President says that we can’t “drill” our way out of the problem. But we can’t drive our cars on solar shingles either. We have to live in the real world where we must continue to develop the conventional resources that we actually use right now to fuel our economy as we continue to look for a renewable source of energy. If we are looking for an affordable, environmentally friendly, and abundant domestic source of energy, why not turn to our own domestic supply of natural gas? Whether we use it to power natural-gas cars or to run natural-gas power plants that charge electric cars, natural gas is an ideal “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available, affordable, and economically viable on their own. It’s a lot more viable than subsidizing boondoggles like these inefficient electric cars that no one wants. I’m all for electric cars if you can develop one I can actually use in Alaska, where you can drive hundreds of miles without seeing many people, let alone many electrical sockets. But these electric and hybrid cars are not a quick fix because we still need an energy source to power them. That’s why I like natural gas, but we still have to drill for natural gas, and this administration doesn’t like drilling or apparently the jobs that come with responsible oil and natural gas development. They don’t have a coherent energy policy. They have piecemeal ideas for subsidizing impractical pet “green” projects.

 

I have always been in favor of an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy independence, but “all-of-the-above” means conventional resource development too.  It means a coherent, practical, and forward-looking energy policy. I wish the President would understand this. The good news is there is nothing wrong with America’s energy policy that another good old-fashion election can’t solve. 2012 is just around the corner.

 

– Sarah Palin

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The latest lie from the left: Two-thirds of oil and gas leases in Gulf inactive – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

The talking point: What do you mean drill for more oil, the oil companies do not want to drill for more oil, they bought the leases and just let them sit there so we will pay Brazil to look for oil there.  [Oh by the way who has a huge money stake in Petro-Brazil? Obama money man and buddy George Soros – Editor]

That entire narrative is a complete scam as you will soon see.

AP:

WASHINGTON – An Interior Department report to be released Tuesday says more than two-thirds of offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sitting idle.

According to the report, obtained by The Associated Press, those inactive swaths of the Gulf could potentially hold more than 11 billion barrels of oil and 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The report also shows that 45 percent of all onshore oil and gas leases are inactive.

President Barack Obama ordered the Interior Department review earlier this month amid pressure to curb rising gas prices. The White House says Obama will address his plans for the country’s energy security during a speech in Washington Wednesday.

The first problem is that the permitting process to actually get the permits to drill on the lease take years.The government puts years worth of roadblocks in the permitting process, this complicated by the fact that in each stage of the permitting process that gets approved by the federal government, eco-extremist groups sue to stop it.

Obama instituted an offshore drilling ban as was widely reported. The ban was illegal and a federal judge ordered him to stop. Obama ignored the court order. Then look at what Obama did to the regulations to have a de facto ban anyways. The film below explains how they did it. It will infuriate you.

So here is the situation, the government charges money for the lease and then works with anti-capitalist and eco-extremist groups to prevent that lease from ever getting the permits.

Related:

Obama pushed Brazil to drill more, promises aid to Brazil to help drill. While at home imposes drilling ban.

Obama Administration Held in Contempt for Violating Court Order

API: Recent Studies Show Obama Drilling Moratorium Will Cost 50,000 Jobs; 160,000 by 2032.

Heritage: Anti-Drilling Policies Costing Federal Government Billions in Lost Revenue

Now Russia, along with Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and China are building oil wells just miles off our shores while Obama keeps Americans out. UPDATE – Steve Forbes: Obama repeating Carter’s mistakes.

If You Ever Needed Proof that Democrats Want Higher Gas Prices…

UPDATE

Sarah Palin: What We Were Saying One Year Ago About Obama’s Failed Energy Policy

 

 

UPDATE II – Dick Morris:Obama has zeroed out new drilling permits. The few that are starting now are left over from permits that were approved from the Bush Administration

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Dagny Taggert vs Union Thug

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

If you found this scene thought provoking please see our previous installment: The Challenge

Many believe a certain film by George Lucas helped Ronald Reagan get elected. Imagine what this film will do.  Actually I will make a prediction right now: Unions will threaten theater’s who run it, there will be bomb threats, there will also likely be some union violence. Any takers on that bet?

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Media Matters is in violation of law in it’s war on Fox News.

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

File this one under the “How could they be so stupid” category.

Washington Examiner:

Media Matters, the George Soros-backed legion of liberal agit-prop shock troops based in the nation’s capital, has declared war on Fox News, and in the process quite possibly stepped across the line of legality.

David Brock, MM’s founder, was quoted Saturday by Politico promising that his organization is mounting “guerrila warfare and sabotage” against Fox News, which he said “is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.”

To that end, Brock told Politico that MM will “focus on [News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch and trying to disrupt his commercial interests …” Murdoch is the founder of Fox News and a media titan with newspaper, broadcast, Internet and other media countries around the world.

There is nothing in the Politico article to suggest that Brock, who was paid just under $300,000 in 2009, according to the group’s most recently available tax return, plans to ask the IRS to change his organization’s tax status as a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation.

Being a C3 puts MM in the non-profit, non-commercial sector, and it also bars the organzation from participating in partisan political activity. This new, more aggressive stance, however, appears to run directly counter to the government’s requirements for maintaining a C3 tax status.

Since Brock classifies Fox News as the “leader” of the Republican Party, by his own description he is involving his organization in a partisan battle. High-priced K Street lawyers can probably find a federal judge or a sympathetic IRS bureaucrat willing to either look the other way or accept some sort of MM rationale such as that it is merely providing educational information about a partisan group.

But in the IRS application for 501(C)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation status, Section VIII, Question I asks the applicant: “Do you support or oppose candidates in political campaigns in any way? (Emphasis added).

Under Brock’s definition of Fox News, it appears he is setting MM on a course of actively opposing all Republican candidates. Brandon Kiser at The Right Sphere blog argues that this new statement of MM’s mission means it must change its tax status.

Beyond the partisanship issue, explicitly declaring that your purpose as a tax-exempt non-profit public foundation is to interfere with the commercial interests of somebody else’s legal business enterprise falls nowhere within the scope of purely educational activities.

The official purpose of MM, according to its 2009 tax return, is to “notify activists, journalists, pundits and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and take direct action against offending media institutions.”

At another point much later in the same return, MM’s purpose is more succinctly described as being “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the media.”

Besides Brock, who is MM’s CEO, Eric Burns, who is the organization’s president, received just under $260,000 in compensation in 2009. Burns has since left MM to form Bullfight Strategies, a media consulting firm.

For the complete Politico piece, go here. And for additional analysis, check out Ed Morrissey’s balanced assessment here.

 

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First charter school in Ft. Collins, Colorado doing well

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

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Roundup: Evan Bayh admits ObamaCare doesn’t reduce health costs; Rubio – America Can’t Survive Another Obama Term; Palin – Obama profoundly disappointing, Trump, Herman Cain and more!

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

Evan Bayh admits ObamaCare doesn’t reduce health costs. Of course he is on both sides of the issue as you listen to him talk. There is always an escape hatch with politicians like Evan Bayh. What about those three hidden multi-billion dollar slush funds that were in the bill Senator Bayh?

 

Marco Rubio: America Can’t Survive Another Obama Term

 

 

Palin on Obama Libyan Policy. Judging him by his own standards

 

Herman Cain talks to AIM about OPEC and China

 

Donald Trump: The media tries to find everyone doing something wrong – everyone BUT Obama; the birth certificate; the frauds and scams he has seen in his career; Bush and more.

Here is the deal with the birth certificate. It is not so much about where he was born, it is about transparency. How many times did Obama blast the Bush Administration for lack of transparency? Obama’s administration treats transparency with contempt as we and so many other have reported. The hypocrisy is glaring.

 

Rudy Giuliani: This administration doesn’t know what it’s doing. The rebels asked for our help, so we’re entitled to ask them a few questions right?

 

 

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