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YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK
Newspaper spanks Obama: ‘Shove it, Mr. President’
Editors scorch ‘umpteenth different’ jobs plan
Published: 17 hours ago
A newspaper editorial today greeted Barack Obama in an entirely new way as he traveled to Chattanooga, Tenn., to visit an Amazon.com business center and lobby for his newest strategy to try to create jobs for Americans.
“Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough,” said a commentary in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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“Forgive us if you are not greeted with the same level of Southern hospitality that our area usually bestows on its distinguished guests. You see, we understand you are in town to share your umpteenth different job creation plan during your time in office. If it works as well as your other job creation programs, then thanks, but no thanks. We’d prefer you keep it to yourself,” the newspaper said.
“That’s because your jobs creation plans so far have included a ridiculous government spending spree and punitive tax increase on job creators that were passed, as well as a minimum wage increase that, thankfully, was not. Economists – and regular folks with a basic understanding of math – understand that these are three of the most damaging policies imaginable when a country is mired in unemployment and starving for job growth.”
At Amazon’s Chattanooga fulfillment center, Obama praised the operation for being “kind of like the North Pole of the south right here. … Got a bunch of good-looking elves here.”
He boasted of creating “7.2 million new jobs over the last 40 months” because of the “grit and resilience of the American people.”
“But as I said last week, and as any middle-class family will tell you, we’re not there yet,” Obama said. “Even before the financial crisis hit, we were going through a decade where a few at the top were doing better and better, but most families were working harder and harder just to get by. And reversing that trend should be Washington’s highest priority.”
He said he wanted to lay out his ideas for creating good jobs but lamented that the Republicans in Congress wouldn’t give him everything he asked for.
Obama cited a strategy to offer incentives for manufacturers to keep jobs in the U.S. or bring them back from overseas, spending billions to catch up on “deferred maintenance” in the U.S., creating jobs in wind, solar, and natural gas industries, and exporting more.
He also said he wants corporations to hire more people.
“We’re not lacking for ideas, we’re just lacking action, especially out of Washington,” Obama said.
The newspaper noted “64 percent of Chattanooga respondents said they would rather you hadn’t chosen to visit our fair city,” but the editorial said it actually was good that Obama visited.
“It will give you an opportunity to see the failure of your most comprehensive jobs plan to date, the disastrous stimulus scheme, up close and personal,” the newspaper said.
The commentary cited the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009′s funding of the “Gig to Nowhere.”
That’s a $552 million “socialist-style experiment in government-owned Internet, cable and phone services orchestrated by EPB – Chattanooga’s government-owned electric monopoly.”
“The Gig to Nowhere is a Smart Grid, a high tech local electricity infrastructure intended to improve energy efficiency and reduce power outages. After lobbying for, and receiving, $111.6 million in stimulus money from your administration, EPB decided to build a souped-up version of the Smart Grid with fiber optics rather than more cost-effective wireless technology. This decision was supposed to allow EPB to provide the fastest Internet service in the Western Hemisphere, a gigabit-per-second Internet speed that would send tech companies and web entrepreneurs stampeding to Chattanooga in droves.”
The reality, however, is that the project is “an absolute bust.”
“While the Smart Grid will cost taxpayers and local electric customers well over a half-billion dollars when all is said and done, there has been little improvement in the quality of EPB’s electric service. Worse, despite being heavily subsidized, EPB’s government-owned Internet, cable and telephone outfit that competes head-to-head against private companies like AT&T and Comcast is barely staying afloat, often relying on loans from electric service reserve funds to afford its business expenses,” the newspaper pointed out.
“Further, there has been no credible evidence to suggest that EPB can even provide a gig of service consistently and reliably. Any companies hoping to utilize the Gig to Nowhere are quoted monthly billing costs that make the service unfeasible. As a result, Chattanooga has remained a relative ghost town for technological innovation. Almost no economic development whatsoever has resulted from the gig,” the newspaper said.
The newspaper said what the government program has achieved is a “shocking price tag.”
“Because of your unwillingness to balance the budget, Mr. President, the $111.6 million federal handout to subsidize the Gig to Nowhere will actually cost federal taxpayers $158.2 million, due to interest. Once EPB received the stimulus infusion to fund the pork project, the electric monopoly took out a $219.8 bond that will balloon to $391.3 million by the time Chattanoogans are done paying it off.
“The bond’s first payment comes due this fall and there remain significant questions about how EPB can manage to pay the debt without hiking electric rates on EPB customers,” the newspaper said. “Building a Smart Grid to get into a telecom sector already well-served by private companies was a bad idea from the start. But getting government involved in places it doesn’t belong is a hallmark of your administration.” “Getting government involved…” WELL SAID! “X”
Obama’s explained his newest strategy is a plan that “simplifies the tax code for our businesses and creates good jobs with good wages.”
He said he would be willing to tax code reform – but only if it allows the government “to use money from transitioning to a simpler tax system for a significant investment in creating middle-class jobs.”
Now That’s A Plan: Teachers Will Be Carrying Guns To School This Year In Arkansas
By Clash Daily / 30 July 2013
Teachers and staff at Clarksville High School in Arkansas have undergone 53 hours of intensive weapons training in recent weeks, and they stand ready for school doors to open this fall — locked and loaded, ready to fend off the type of disaster that rocked a Connecticut community in December and left 20 children dead.
“The plan we’ve been given in the past is, ‘Well, lock your doors, turn off your lights and hope for the best,’” Superintendent David Hopkins said, in The Associated Press. But school shootings continued to take place around the nation. And in response, the district decided, he said, “That’s not a plan.”
So come fall, at Clarksville, Assistant Principal Cheyne Dougan will be packing a 9 mm handgun, AP reported. And more than 20 other teachers, administrators and school staffers will be similarly armed.
Arkansas law lets schools employ licensed, armed security guards — and the teachers and staffers met that criteria, after they took the 53 hours of required gun training, AP reported.
“We’re not tying our money up in a guard 24/7 that we won’t have to have unless something happens,” said Mr. Hopkins, in the AP reported. “We’ve got these people who are already hired and using them in other areas. Hopefully, we’ll never have to use them as a security guard.”
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Ever since 1973, the Arab states – OPEC- has used oil as economic blackmail, especially where support for Israel is concerned.
POOR BABIES … Whine all you want, with your (omitted) countless billions! The worm is about to turn.
Saudi Royal Family Getting a Little Freaked Out About US Energy Boom
The fracking and natural gas boom in the United States has the potential to overtake Saudi Arabia in terms of energy production and the Saudi royal family is getting very nervous about it.
A Saudi prince has warned that his oil-reliant nation is under threat because of fracking technology being developed elsewhere around the world.
Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said the Gulf Arab kingdom needed to reduce its reliance on crude oil and diversify its revenues.
His warning comes as rising shale energy supplies in the United States cut global demand for Saudi oil.
In an open letter to his country’s oil minister Ali al Naimi and other government heads, published on Sunday via his Twitter account, Prince Alwaleed said demand for oil from Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) member states was “in continuous decline”.
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(Frosty Wooldridge (born 1947) is a US journalist, writer, environmentalist, traveler)
DETROIT By Frosty Wooldridge
For 15 years, from the mid 1970′s to 1990, I worked in Detroit , Michigan . I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gunplay, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses and school yards. Trash everywhere!
Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it. Tens of thousands, and then hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing, and food stamps!
With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollars.
A new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ flourish in Detroit . If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing.
Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America , outside of Richard Daley in Chicago , rode Detroit down to its knees… He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance. As a black man, he said, “I am the MFIC.” The IC meant “in charge”. You can figure out the rest. A.
Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans.
As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state.
Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city for the free government handouts, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan, but most work in Detroit . As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in.
As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. Detroit suffers so much shoplifting that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife! Detroit may be one of our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike, and total separation from America .
Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan , paid for by Saudi Arabian oil money. High school flunk-out rates reached 76 percent last June, according to NBC’s Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America .. English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing.
Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city. In Time‚ Magazine on October 4, 2009, “The Tragedy of Detroit : How a great city fell, and how it can rise again,” I choked on the writer’s description of what happened. “If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we’d know a lot more about it,” said Daniel Okrent. “If drought and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we’d see it on the evening news every night. ” Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice.
But Detroit , once our fourth largest city, now 11th and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country.
Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought more attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their dreadful decision making.”
As Coleman Young’s corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kickbacks and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city’s death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit .
“By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit ‘s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services,” Okrent said. “The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit today, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent.
At the end of Okrent’s report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, “That’s because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city’s collapse, it’s also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today. The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character of America in the 21st century.
If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past? And if it can’t find a way to get up, what does that say about Americas future?”
As you read in my book review of Chris Steiner’s book,”$20 Per Gallon”, the auto industry won’t come back. Immigration will keep pouring more and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit , thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America . If 50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more home-grown terrorists spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of Detroit . Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human bombs.
You have already seen it in Madrid, Spain; London, England; and Paris, France; with train bombings, subway bombings and riots. As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights, and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder. We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives. Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying. Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life.
I PRAY EVERYONE WHO READS THIS REALIZES THAT IF WE DON’T STAND UP AND SCREAM AT WASHINGTON , AND OUR STATE, CITY AND LOCAL LEADERS, THIS IS WHAT AWAITS THE REST OF AMERICA . IF YOU THINK MEXICANS AND MUSLIMS AND OTHER FORIEGNERS WILL EVENTUALLY FIT RIGHT IN THEN YOU ARE AS BIG A PART OF THE PROBLEM AS THEY ARE.
IF YOU THINK THIS IS JUST A BUNCH OF HOOEY AND YOU FEEL NO DUTY TO FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY, THEN I’M SORRY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WILL TAKE FOR YOU TO STAND AND FIGHT ?
IF YOU LOVE AMERICA , PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG.
MAKES THE TERM “MONOPOLY” SEEM PUNY…
I felt obligated to show the banner from Looploo’s page; this Christian blogger had nominated me for “Most Influential Blogger” award; coming from this blogger, I will accept. The rules (established by whom, pray tell?) as follows, somehow remind me of a phenomenon I used to avoid – the notorious “chain letters” of the 60′s. Call this skepticism the bit of Monty Python in me… Not to disparage the honor by any means; still, (gold font) you can see my reason for this analogy.
The rules are:
- Display the award logo on your blog.
- Link back to the person who nominated you.
- Answer 7 questions.
- Nominate ( no limit of nominations ) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.
- Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.
The referred to “7 questions” are those posed by the nominator(s). Loopy loo had stated that I could choose between those posed by the two persons who nominated Loopyloo’s blog. Hmmm… Let me first list both bloggers “7 questions”:
1. If you could create your own planet what would it look like?
2. If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be?
3. Who is your favorite saint?
4. What is your favorite animal?
5. What is your favorite song?
6. If you could meet one person who is still alive who would you choose to meet?
7. Name a book that you have read (other than the bible) which has influenced your life and describe how it influenced you.
Next from the Mad Jewess:
1. What is your favorite bird?
2. What season do you like best?
3. If you could have a home by the sea or the mountains, what would you choose?
4. Do you like Vladimir Putin?
5. What decade do you like the best?
6. What is your favorite TV show?
7. Do you hate getting old?
I’m glad neither of these people are Rona Barrett…LOL I would like to find out where this and other awards on WP originated.
I decided to go with Biltrix -
1. If you could create your own planet what would it look like? If I could “create my own planet”, I would decline. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you ought to.
2. If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be? Never having had a real vacation, I’d rather see much more of the U.S. than a foreign country.
3. Who is your favorite saint? Got to love this innocent question posed by a Catholic Christian – WE are the living saints my dear- not a person who is “qualified” by a set of rules posed by a religious hierarchy. This is Scriptural!
4. What is your favorite animal? Cats. In a heartbeat.
5. What is your favorite song? Out of hundreds?…
Found this on YouTube - seems there is no concert video of Croce playing Time In A Bottle.
6. If you could meet one person who is still alive who would you choose to meet? Billy Graham – before God calls him home. He’s 93…
7. Name a book that you have read (other than the bible) which has influenced your life and describe how it influenced you. Not an easy answer – I have to say Angels – God’s Secret Agents (1975 – Billy Graham).
Psalm 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
Excerpt from flyleaf: ”The idea of the supernatural is widely accepted as fact but the emphasis seems to be on the occult and the forces of evil.”
Ask someone what they think about Angels. Did you know there is a ranking among angelic beings? This book was a real eye-opener for me, though I had read of them in scripture. This book puts aside any misconceptions about these powerful beings.
I recommend this book to everyone; among the chapters; Angelic organization, Lucifer and the angelic rebellion, The personal ministry of angels, Angels and the gospel, Angels- God’s agents in judgment, and Angels in prophecy.
Now for my one nomination (many great bloggers, but here is your “first alert” on Islamic terrorists) :
Added as an afterthought – sent to swissdefenceleague:
P.S. the -rules- ask you to answer 7 questions; you could use the ones I answered, though it would be enlightening, as a great “first alert” source on these terrorists, if you posed seven questions of your own on Islam, and gave your own answers.
By Glenn Foden – July 26, 2013 From Townhall Cartoons
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