Thursday, May 7, 2009

Obama: Transfering Wealth in Hubbard?

I don't know if I have mentioned it but the folks that have coffee at the Cafe are generally conservatives, while the coffee drinkers at the Drug Store are more liberal. The reader needs to know this to understand why the Cafe folks are so upset about the Chrysler settlement that is in all the papers. Everybody in Hubbard either drives a Ford or a Chevy, and yet they are still upset. Here is why:

J. P. Dawson grew up in Hubbard and currently lawyers in Waco. He set off alarms at the Cafe by predicting that the Obama administration would take money from the Cafe Folks and transfer it somehow to the Drug Store Folks citing the Chrsyler bailout settlement.

Here in J. P.'s big words is his explanation: "Think carefully about what's happening here. The White House is seeking to transfer the property of one group of people (bond holders) to another group (labor union) that is politically favored. In the process it is setting aside basic property rights in favor of rewarding the United Auto Workers for the support the union has given the Democratic Party.

This, of course, is a violation of one of the basic principles of bankruptcy law, which is that secured bond holder creditors -- those who loaned money only on the contractual promise that if the debt was unpaid they'd get specific property back -- get paid off in full before unsecured creditors get anything."

Well I don't know whether J. P. has a rational concern or not. I do know that there is a run on shovels at the local Hardware Store and withdrawals at the First State Bank. All the while holes are appearing in about 43% of the backyards in Hubbard.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

God, Constitutions, and Obama's Turkey Talk

Joe Frank Dell stirred up the Cafe Folks this week by asking why President Barack Obama went all the way to Turkey to say the following: "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

Mom says the dust really started flying resulting in Butch Jackson pulling out his handy copy of the Texas Constitution, which he carries at all times in the left pocket of his jeans, and quotes way too much. Of course in his main pocket, the right one, he totes his Red Man Premium Moist Snuff , which he dips way too much. But back to the controversy.

Butch read the preamble to the Texas Constitution: "We the People of the Republic of Texas , acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God." Of course this brought up the question, "what the hell is beneficence"? Aunt Martha, the town librarian and columnist from, the Hubbard City News, whipped out her dictionary and said it meant, "the doing of good." This put them back on track in questioning Obama's epistle.

That night Mom thought maybe since Obama was from Illinois, those Yankee people danced to a different drummer. She googled their preamble: "We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil , political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors".

When she reported back to the coffee drinkers the answer to Joe Frank's question became clear to the folks. Obama announced his views in Turkey because he obviously didn't think the Hubbard Folks would find out. It appears that the folks do have a long reach and so does God whose influence on our constitutions, and indeed our society, stretches from Texas to Illinois and all places in between.

Well let's hope that this is one more lesson learned by our young President and that God's influence stretches to the White House as well. The Hubbard Folks sure wish he would go to Church on our National Prayer Day instead of doing what ever he does in private.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Folks Are Sniffing Al Gore's Money Trail

Mom witnessed a heated argument last week over whether Scott Riddle's, local cattle baron, cows were expelling too much gas and globally warming downtown Hubbard. Hubbard folks would rather not turn on their window fans until mid-June.

One thing led to the next and the argument settled on Al Gore who used to carry water for Bill Clinton. It seems Al left office with $2m and now has $100m, all while spending most of his time hanging out with Venture Capitalists and warning us of the evils global warming.

Borger Lee Heard, being one of the best hunters in the county, says if you want the prize, you have to follow the trail. Borger Lee thinks Al Gore's trail smells worse than the gas coming from Scott's cows. He says Obama's "carbon crap and trade scam" makes Madoff look like a minor league player and will make Al Gore even a fatter billionaire.

Aunt Martha says Borger's been watching too many videos like the one below. You decide: