Friday, July 30, 2010

Who Is To Blame For These Deficits? Numbers Don't Lie

D. L. Holyman, a former local banker and semi-infrequent attendee of coffee at the Cafe, made an appearance recently and was furiously ranting and raving..  D. L. is normally about as cool as banker's get, which is near ice cold, but on this day he was just plain fed up, "I am so tired of hearing about the 'Bush Recession' and what this joke in the White House inherited.  I am equally tired of hearing uninformed and forgetful Republicans surrender by agreeing that Bush went crazy with his spending in his last years in the White House.  It is time to look at the facts.  They follow:

1.  Bill Clinton ran deficits from 1993 until 1994 with a Democratic Congress that averaged $225B.  The Gingrich revolution began in 1995 and deficits decreased from $164B to $22B over the next three years.
2.  Clinton/Gingrich then actually had surpluses of $69B, $125B, and $236kB in the next three years as Gingrich held the Dems feet to the fire and Clinton governed to his newly found middle which even included Welfare Reform.  The economy prospered over these years from the Internet and Wall Street Bubble.
3.  Bush entered office in the year 2001 as the Internet Bubble was popping and the deficit went from a $236B surplus in '00 to a $127B deficit in '01, Bush's first year.
4.  Bush enjoyed a Republican Congress until 2007 when Pelosi and Reid took over.  The deficit in 2007 was $162B.  Not bad at all compared to things going on today.
5.  The deficit grew rapidly with the Democratic Congress and Bush to $455B in 2008.
6.  Obama joined up with his Democratic Congress in 2009, and with this one party rule, the deficit exploded to $1,400B.  That is $1.4 TRILLION for those of you at the Drug Store and over a 200% increase.
7.  Deficits with Obama/Pelosi/Reid are projected to exceed $1,400B again this year with no reductions in sight, and Obamacare starting to kick in next year.

"While Presidents can veto spending, the budgets are created and controlled in Congress.  Democratic Congressional leaders have their finger prints all over our out of control spending since 2008 as they destroyed the disciplined spending practices of the Gingrich Revolution.  While I think Bush did not veto enough spending in his last two years, my personal guess is he made a deal with the Demonic Democrats that he would allow some domestic spending increases if they would approve his Iraq War and Home Land Security budgets.  However, there is no doubt that our EXPLOSION in 2009 is clearly the fault of Obama/Pelosi/Reid.  I defy anyone to study these deficit facts and argue otherwise."

Billy Roy Mitchum responded, "Seems like Newt gave us a surplus, Pelosi is bringing bankruptcy, and the Teleprompter says 'BLAME BUSH AND AMERICAN CAPITALISTS' while using the 'CRISIS' to spread our money around to his cronies  Seems like folks need to study the facts and decide what they want, and they have between now and November to do it.  Heck, we would be better off with a congress of drunken sailors on shore leave."

Think about it,


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Barack Hussein Obama: The Common Man Sharing Our Pain

"When the current resident of the White House ran for office he talked frequently of his advantage in helping the folks because of his family's experiences.  He said, 'it was only a short time ago that Michelle and I were running up credit card debt like common people do'," Butch opened the discussion on this sunny July afternoon as the folks huddled in the Hubbard City Cafe in an effort to avoid the global warming in the downtown area.  The folks braced knowing that Butch may be semi-skeptical of our President's claim of being one of the common folks.  Sure enough, Butch continued, "Last night the President met with close friends and contributors in New York City, after filming his chat with the girls on the View.  He raised $3 million by charging these common Democratic Progressives $30,000 per plate for dinner and conversation with the Messiah."

Sweet Lou Tekell jumped on this one, "Just a few weeks ago Londoners were astonished at Obama's arrival for the G20 summit where the world's leaders were exchanging ideas in an austere atmosphere on how to cut back on deficit spending, unemployment, and weak economies.  So here comes Barry arriving with a staff of 500 people, including 200 Secret Service Agents, a team of six doctors, the White House chef and staff with the President's own food and water.  It doesn't stop here.  He also had 35 vehicles, 4 speech writers, and of course no fewer than 12 teleprompters.  You know he thinks he can talk his way out of anything.  Not only did they take Air Force One, of course, but also the presidential helicopter, Marine One, plus a flight of identical decoy helicopters to ferry him from Stansted airport to central London.  I am not making this up.  It was in the London press, but of course, not picked up by the government controlled media here in the States.  Brits and world leaders were appalled."

This turned into an Obama slug fest as my Mom, and most Hubbard people's second Mom, entered the discussion, "He even has Aunt Martha's dogs upset.  Last week the Obamas arrived in Maine for their vacation and the local paper, the Morning Sentinel, described the scene:  'The president was the first to walk onto the tarmac, dressed casually in a pale blue Oxford shirt and khakis. A few minutes later, the first lady, dressed in black Capri's, a tank-top and sandals, walked onto the runway. Shortly afterward, Malia and Sasha joined their parents."

"Now it gets good. Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.; and the president’s personal aide Reggie Love.  The president who said the rest of us are going to have to sacrifice to get out of these hard economic times let his dog fly on his own plane? Not enough room on Air Force One for a Portuguese water dog and Reggie Love?  One writer added 'There was some concern because the 747 cargo conversion carrying the First Couple’s egos was a bit late in arriving'.  Just how common are these folks? And Aunt Martha's dogs saw this story and want their own jet, too. Thanks Obama."

Billy Roy Mitchum, unelected but unquestionably the Chairman of the Hubbard City Cafes Coffee Folks summed up as is usually the case, "And this is the guy that is going to spend our way out of these deficits.  If spending will do it, it appears he is the man for the job.  But I am afraid that we know, at best he is a incompetent spoiled academic.  At worst he is a corrupt Socialist freeloader.  I just saw the percentage of people in his administration with business backgrounds, which might come in handy if you are managing a worldwide recession and the world's largest economy.  His is the lowest in history at an astounding 8%.  Even Kennedy was 30% and Carter 32%.  Real Chief Executives like George Bush was 55%, Reagan was 56%, and Eisenhower 57%.  Even Slick Willie was smart enough to have 39% of his staff and cabinet with business backgrounds.  It appears the only business people Obama can stomach are those paying $30 thousand a plate for the privilege of his company and government kick backs."

And BM closed,  "God Bless Us All and hopefully no later than November."

Think about it,


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Proven Reagan Roadmap

Billy Roy picked up on last week's coffee talk about Ronald Reagan's warning to our country of the dangers of the people allowing a totalitarian regime from taking over our government.  Reagan felt, " The best defense against these regimes was to insure that government actions and policies were based on solid values and principles.

"President Reagan based his beliefs and actions on good old fashioned 'values'. In fact when he joined the Republican Party he said  'We, the members of the New Republican Party, believe that the preservation and enhancement of the values that strengthen and protect individual freedom, family life, neighborhoods and the liberty of our beloved nation should be at the heart of any legislative or political program presented to the American people'.

"Reagan continued, 'Families must continue to be the foundation of our nation. Families -- not government programs -- are the best way to make sure our children are properly nurtured, our elderly are cared for, our cultural and spiritual heritages are perpetuated, our laws are observed and our values are preserved. ... We fear the government may be powerful enough to destroy our families; we know that it is not powerful enough to replace them'. 

"Today the totalitarian regime in office with its pack of socialists are attacking families every way possible even though Obama's words would try to convince you that he is a supporter.  As always his actions speak differently and it starts with an attack on marriage.  God created man, woman, and marriage between one man and one woman.  It is a God given right and yet Obama's crew would let anyone define a family in anyway that suits them.  Additionally, our liberal laws have made divorce easy while creating a welfare system that rewards those for having children out of wedlock.  Our liberals in Hollywood rarely marry at all and set horrible examples for our young people.  Obama praises the Muslim faith which practices polygamy while many times brutalizing their wives under Sharia law.  Estimates are that anywhere from 50 to 100 thousand Muslims in the US are practicing illegal polygamy."

"Reagan also believed that America's future was dependent upon our spiritual heritage.  Listen to this, 'Our party must be based on the kind of leadership that grows and takes its strength from the people. ... And our cause must be to rediscover, reassert and reapply America's spiritual heritage to our national affairs. Then with God's help we shall indeed be as a city upon a hill with the eyes of all people upon us'.

"Here again there are powerful so called progressive forces at work to separate God from government every way possible.  Gingrich calls them 'secular socialist'.  The communist have always known they can only succeed if they can get people to look to the government and not God for their needs.  They take every opportunity to paint our founders as old white racists and religious radicals.  At times they try to produce evidence that one to the founders was an atheist when the truth is they were largely men of faith, most colonies were based on religious values, and all but one of the first universities were faith based schools."

"Lastly, Reagan's comments about the economy when he took over the huge mess from Jimmy Carter should be heeded by all Americans today.  He said, 'Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business ... frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise (Does this sound like the World today?). They are the residue of centralized bureaucracy, of government by a self-anointed elite."

"In his 1981 inaugural address, President Reagan assured the nation: 'The economic ills we suffer ... will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away (and they did under his leadership). They will go away because we, as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom. In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem'.

"While Reagan gave very strong warnings about the evils of totalitarianism he was always an optimist with a positive message.  His final words at the 1992 Republican convention reflect that appeal: 'And whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way. My fondest hope for each one of you -- and especially for young people -- is that you will love your country, not for her power or wealth, but for her selflessness and her idealism. May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will make the world a little better for your having been here. May all of you as Americans never forget your heroic origins, never fail to seek divine guidance, and never lose your natural, God-given optimism. And finally, my fellow Americans, may every dawn be a great new beginning for America and every evening bring us closer to that shining city upon a hill."

"On the other hand, Barack Hussein Obama appeals to the worst in his constituents -- their fears, doubts, dependence on the state, greed and envy, brokenness, pessimism and sense of helplessness. His regime rules by attempting to create crisis at every turn.  He has twisted JFK's inaugural appeal to read: 'Ask what your country can do for you, not what you can do for your country'.  It is important to remember the government cannot give to anybody anything that government does not first take from somebody else.”

Sounds like we have some work to do.  Thank goodness Ronald Reagan has given us a proven road map.

Think about it,