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TeaBaggers = 20%

Posted by madjillmom on September 13, 2009

The new Democratic talking point is that the protests against excess spending and Obamacare represent only 20% of the country.  The MSM will go along.  Are they trying to convince us or themselves?

Perhaps all those people who showed up in DC yesterday were only bickering.

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Healthcare Percentages of Our Economy

Posted by madjillmom on September 9, 2009

In 1993, Hillary Care was proposed because we were spending too much money on healthcare and not enough people were covered.  It was said at the time that healthcare was 16% of our economy.  Now we are having a similar fight and it is said that healthcare is 18% of our economy and we have to do something or “more Americans will die”.  So, healthcare has grown by 2% points in 16 years.  OMG.  How will we survive.  Medical science has advanced in that 16 years, but the slice of the pie has only increased by 2 points.  Am I looking at this wrong?  The price of college and college textbooks has risen much more during the same time.  The price of cars has risen more, haven’t they.  The price of cereal has gone up more than that.

Does this mean we need a “public” university to bring down the price of the state run State U?  Or a public car manufacturer?  Oh, yeah, we have those now.  Now that GM is truly government motors, will the price of Fords go down?  I don’t even want to eat government produced corn flakes.

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Pres. Obama’s Very Good Speech

Posted by madjillmom on September 8, 2009

Pres. Obama gave a nice speech to the nation’s school children this morning.  I would take issue with his use of  “I” in the part about fixing up the schools and getting them computers and such.  The pronoun isn’t a good choice but reflects the ego of the speaker.  I honestly do not know how my kids were able to get through High School without such a wonderful speech.  Oh, yeah, I threatened them with a fate worse than death if they didn’t.

I think that the President should use his bully pulpit to address the performance of black and hispanic students who historically under achieve or have higher dropout rates.  He should take that issue and push it.  No Excuses is a good theme for that kind of speech.

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Crying Wolf/Racism

Posted by madjillmom on September 7, 2009

There still exists racism in this great country and I have been guilty of it myself.  However, if we are subjected to constant criticism and cries of racism where there is little or none, will we pay attention when there are real cases of discrimination.  Ever since Pres. Obama blindly defended his friend Prof. Gates, this has been on my mind.  Victor David Hanson wrote a great blog post on The Corner about the current cries of racism.  I couldn’t link to it, so I have copied it here.

Van Jones in his final communiqué says, “On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.” I have not watched the now supposedly infamous Beck exposures, but I am curious what exactly constitutes a “vicious smear campaign.” Did Jones or did not Jones in public and in interviews compare the president of the United States to a crack-cocaine addict, assert that white people are polluting the ghetto, that only white students commit mass murders in the public schools, that Republicans are a**holes, and sign a petition calling for an investigation of the Bush administration’s purported role in causing 9/11?

The Jones mess brings up a larger issue. Americans were assured that with the ascendance of Barack Obama we would evolve beyond race. Yet in the last ninth months it is almost as if precisely the opposite has occurred — but with a strange twist. The country has been serially lectured about race from some of the most privileged Americans in the country. Columbia law grad elite Eric Holder accused the country of cowardice for its reluctance to speak about race. Harvard-law alum Barack Obama accused the Cambridge police of profiling and acting stupidly in taking elite Harvard professor Skip Gates down to the station after his screaming invective episode. Harvard-law educated Michelle Obama explained Justice Sotomayor’s unease at Princeton by comparing her own ordeal there. Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Charles Rangel who had serially dodged his tax obligations claims that white angst explains his IRS problems. New York governor David Paterson blames his sinking polls on white racism, more prominent than ever in the age of Obama. Now Yale law graduate Van Jones claims smears did him in. The list could be easily expanded.

What we are seeing is a very unfortunate turn of events in which racism is now the guaranteed retreat position once many prominent African-American elites find themselves in controversy. The problem is that the rest of the population of all races and classes looks at this privileged cohort and does not really detect bias or ill-treatment in their past or present circumstances, but rather remarkable tolerance and race-blind attitudes, as exemplified by their career successes.

The roots of all this scapegoating were in the campaign, not just with the mansion/golf-course living Reverend Wright, the president’s mentor and pastor, slurring his country and its various constituencies, but also with Obama’s own stereotyping of Pennsylvania voters, once the election there did not go his way. Worse still, we are only in month nine of this new age of Obama — with more than three years to go in his first term — and the country is already tired of the blame-gaming and whining, when officials like Rangel and Jones start to defame others for their own lack of ethics and judgment. This is all very unfortunate, but I predict it will only intensify given the example at the top, and sadly probably result in a polarization that we have not seen in generations.

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Atlas Shrugged

Posted by madjillmom on September 7, 2009

I finished Atlas Shrugged on Friday.  I am  still blown away by the book, especially in light of the time it was written.  As I read it, I would have to shut the book and try to focus my mind on something positive.  The correlations to today were too real and scary.  It was so relentless.  This may sound as though I didn’t like the book, but I did.  I would recommend it to anyone and hope my husband and other two kids will read it soon.

My youngest son read it a few years ago and said he skipped or skimmed  the John Gault speech.  I ended up doing the same.  By the time of the speech, you have to be an idiot to not understand where the movers are coming from with their strike.  My son has a philosophy class this semester so we discussed how his class might be like the speech.  I want 5 or six sentences encapsulating the concept.  Otherwise, my eyes glaze over and I skim.

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Green Jobs Created? Any Jobs Created?

Posted by madjillmom on September 6, 2009

With the resignation of Van Jones as the Green Job Czar, I want to know how many jobs the Green Job Czar created in his 5 or 6 months on the job?  Does anyone know?

When Obama told us he would save or create jobs, I didn’t think they would all be Czars.

The apparent new way to create the numbers for jobs saved is to take the January unemployment numbers as a benchmark against all other months.  So if January 09 had 750,000 jobs lost and July had 250,000 jobs lost, then the administration says the stimulus has saved 500,000 jobs.  Once again, I spent $5000 in January but only $2000 in July, so I saved $3000.  Yeah, that works.  No new jobs, but talking points that say  jobs have been “saved”.    This way, if a monthly employment number shows that one actual job was created, it would really mean you saved 750,000 jobs and created 1.

I hope Pres. Obama doesn’t introduce this new math in his speech to schoolkids.

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Doing Van Jones a Favor

Posted by madjillmom on September 6, 2009

Pres. Obama awarded the job of Green Jobs Czar to Van Jones.  It was the first of his 5 million green jobs promise.  Now Van Jones has resigned in the face of too many charges about his past/present views that are revealed to be too far out to be in the White House.  Now it is evident that Fox News has done Van Jones a great favor.

Van Jones is very much in the mold of Prof. Skip Gates.  A smart black Ivy Leage graduate who likes to tell us how he has suffered or how the black race is suffering from being held down by the white man.  Mr. Jones tells us that the white polluters send the pollution to the black communities.  He tells us that a black man has the right to kill a policeman and go free. Now he will get on his soapbox and tell us that the evil white Fox News and that really white Glenn Beck are racist.  Go for it, Van.

Now that he has been banished before he got tossed under the bus, let’s please assess why he got there in the first place.  Valerie Jarrett recently bragged on him at the nutroots convention that she knew all about his past.  When a man like this with self-proclaimed views is brought on board, one has to consider that Obama holds similar views.  Remember Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Phlegger, Tony Rezko, “White mans greed makes a world in need”, etc.

As a typical white person, I have to ask why he surrounds himself with people who blame white people for every ill in our country.  I think Pres. Obama does not value me as much as he values his black brethren.  I am feeling discriminated against.  I guess you can sayy it is my turn.

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Gone Too Far Czar

Posted by madjillmom on September 4, 2009

I want to apply for the job of Gone Too Far Czar.  The people who surround the President are evidently unable to know when they have gone too far.  They do not have the perspective.  I think they should run all their ideas by me, if I smirk or snort, it means they have gone too far.  I smirked and snorted at the following  (and much more):

1. Michelle’s $500 ugly tennis shoes that she wore to a homeless shelter

2. The creepy wording of Dept. of Education teacher recommendations the children tell what they can do to help Pres. Obama

3.  The resume of Van Jones, the Green Job Czar

4.  The kneejerk reaction to Skip Gates’ arrest at his own home

5.  The giving of so much of GM to the UAW and the dissing of all the bondholders, stockholders, and non-union working people everywhere (an estimated 92%)

When you have surrounded yourself with ranting reverends, aging hippy terrorists, pompous Harvard professors, Communist Czars, and the like, you are unable to see what we see.  I could be overstating from my typical white person perspective, so you should take that into account before you give me the job and generous salary.  Still, I could be your token conservative Czar.  I have a few skeletons in my past, so I should fit right in.

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JFK and Obama

Posted by madjillmom on September 3, 2009

New Obamaspeak – Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for Obama.

Drone on, dear Obamabots.  Drone on.

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Pledging and Propoganda from the White House and Obama Supporters

Posted by madjillmom on September 3, 2009

I am enjoying the continuing evidence that the White House and Obama supporters have no ability nor historical perspective on anything.  Three things have happened in the last week that make this abundantly clear.

  • Hollywood puts out a Public Service Announcement that shows many celebrities pledging to do something to “be a servant to the President”.  It is creepy and there is now a parody of it with Obama as the Borg.  Some brilliant person plays it for schoolchildren in Utah.
  • The Dept. of Education puts out some creepy teachable moments crapola to augment Pres. Obama’s speech to school children next week.  In the suggestions are questions like “what are you going to do to help the President?” and “how did he inspire you?”.   It seemed to be slanted toward being a good person by helping Obama rather than being a good  person or citizen because it serves to better yourself.  The Education Dept. backed off the creepy language, but only after the storm blew up.
  • The White House was on a phone call with the National Endowment for the Arts sometime this summer, where they or the Arts people suggested that there should be a preference for politically correct artwork with themes such as  the environment, global climate change, or Healthcare Reform.  If Bush had requested funding for art projects favoring Anti-missile technology, or pro-capitalism artwork, there would have been an uproar.  Nothing out of the MSM.

This is all played out on a background of Obama calling for a civilian force with equal funding to the military spending.  Just more evidence that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.  Honest pundits of the left might say it was tone deaf.  But to those of us to the right, it was just another scary moment in slouching toward something really scary.

Regarding government funding for the arts, they should only occasionally pay for a mural on a post office wall.  They would mess it up but it is the only funding the government needs to pay to art.

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