I think the title says it all:
“A New Era of Responsibility, 1.75 trillion deficit”
$3.552 Trillion total spending or about $25,000 per taxpayer.
See the pdf file: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/fy2010_new_era/A_New_Era_of_Responsibility2.pdf
Imagine if President Obama proposed taxing the blackest or whitest or gayest or straightest or most religious 2% of all citizens at a higher rate than the rest of the population. Would anyone stand for picking on a minority like that? Would anyone stand for singling people out like that?
Now replace blackest/whitest/gayest/straightest/most religious with something like “most talented” or “most successful” and no one has a problem with it.
So much for the concept of equal treatment under the law. So much for equality.
Freedom is endowed by our creator, every person’s right, and results in the most efficient system available. Increased government control limits your freedom and eventually it will limit it enough that you have none left and it will be too late to respond.
First we had the internet described as a “series of tubes” by Senator Ted Stevens now we have Vice President Biden asking if “you know the website number?”
Anchor on WBZ-TV, Washington, DC: By the way do you know the website?
Vice President Biden: You know I’m embarrassed, you know the website number? [Asked to someone off camera.] I, sss, you know I should have it in front of me and I don’t. I’m actually embarrassed.
Feb 25, 2009, 7:40 am. see http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President, perhaps you can call Senator Stevens or former Vice President Gore, it isn’t a website number (unless you mean Phonebook.com’s redirect service like www.phonebook.com/202-456-1414).
You have to love the double-talk on earmarks in the budgets:
“The bill will contain about 9,000 earmarks totaling $5 billion, congressional officials say.” AP, Sunday, February 22, 2009, AP’s Miami Herald article on earmarks.
“I’m proud that we passed a recovery plan free of earmarks.” President Obama, February 24, 2009
“We are going to ban all earmarks, the process by which individual members insert pet projects without review,” President Obama, January 6, 2009
“We need earmark reform. And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” Obama September 2008 presidential debate in Oxford, Miss.
It didn’t take long to introduce more gun ownership regulation. (See http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.45.IH:) The short list of requirements are:
1. Guns must be registered (any rifle with a clip or any pistol)
2. You must be fingerprinted.
3. You must supply your social Continue reading HR-45, the Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 →
Yesterday (Feb 13, 2009) radio host Mario Solis Marich asked former President Bill Clinton if it was time for “some type of enforced media accountability.” Clinton replied:
“Well, you either ought to have the Fairness Doctrine or we ought to have more balance on the other side, because essentially there’s always been a lot of big money to support the right wing talk shows and let face it, you know, Rush Limbaugh is fairly entertaining even when he is saying things that I think are ridiculous….”
For someone who attended law school and was President of the United States to blatantly ignore the First Amendment to the Constitution (not to mention the fact that the Constitution gives the Federal Government no power to regulate the press) is appalling.
When all power is concentrated in Washington and there is no one permitted to speak up for Freedom and Liberty, we can look back on comments such as these and see the steps we took to get there.
“Where was I going to get $400 a month to give her if I got these expenses,” Henrietta Hughes told WINK News.(This is the woman who had told President Obama on Tuesday (Feb 10, 2009): “I have an urgent need, unemployment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in. The housing authority has two years’ waiting lists, and we need something more than the vehicle and the parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom. Please help.”)
Now on Friday she asked where she was “going to get $400 a month.” Henrietta, it is called a J-O-B. You don’t “get” $400 per month. You EARN it for doing WORK that is of VALUE to someone else.
I want to know where I’m “going to get $4 million a month.” The only answer is that I am going to EARN it or I am going to TAKE it from someone else by force. If I come up with an excuse that I *really* *really* NEED $4 million per month, will Washington send it to me?
When you are asking for a hand-out from the rest of us (or worse, taking it at the point of a gun), you better be ready for the strings that come with it.
If the Obama Administration really wants to do something productive with the stimulus money, use $100 billion or so and begin to harden the United States Infrastructure against EMP.
A single high-altitude nuclear weapon detonation (perhaps 200 miles) would create an electromagnetic pulse that would cover most of the continental United States, some of Canada and Mexico. The EMP would disable much of the electronic equipment in the United States. Even a small – by nuclear weapons standards – fission weapon would do significant damage. EMP would mean loss of power for everyone. This would mean no delivery of food or medicine or any other supplies. People that require water and sewer systems would be without power. Computers, TVs, radios would be damaged. The damage would not be a matter of resetting circuit breakers. Decades would pass before we were back to a 1920 level. Half a century before we were back to the 1970s. Tens to hundreds of millions of people would die in the United States within a year from starvation, disease, and untreated medical conditions. Many more hundreds of millions from around the world would die from ripple effects.
A country such as Iran or North Korea with a nuclear weapon and a delivery system could put the United States back to 1850 in terms of technology in 1 second. Without a weapon defense system, the United States is completely helpless.
Do we want to be at the mercy of an insane leader of a foreign country?
Two steps that must be taken as soon as possible:
1. Missile defense to stop the EMP before it starts.
2. Try to “harden” much of the United States electrical network. This is not a quick solution, but should be started.
If we are ever hit by EMP it will be too late.