We’re kicking off 2009 the right way here with this first collection of 2009. Make sure you stop by each of these blogs and leave a comment. These are all some worthwhile posts.
Doug Ragan presents How YOU Can Help Save The Economy posted at I’m A Pundit Too, saying, “Who’s going to save us from our failing economy? Do you really think that Congress can save both big business and you at the same time? It is obvious to everyone that the economy is in big time trouble. But what everyone doesn’t understand is how to put it back together. There is much debate about fixing the economy, bank bailouts (thanks Paulson), auto manufacturer bailouts (thanks Bush), freezing foreclosures (thanks Fannie), expansion of government programs that take jobs from the private sector(thanks Obama), the list goes on. One of the interesting things about this very long list is that it mostly seems to be about what the government can do to fix the economy, instead of what the individual can do. The government has a habit of trying to tell business what to do, then trying to prop business up to keep it from failing. This has created problems that won’t be fixed by more of the same. If you really want to talk about “Change” then you need to talk about what individuals can do to put the US economy back on track instead of what the government is going to attempt to do.”
You have some excellent ideas there Doug – great visuals by the way. Also – 11%? Holy shit – those people are really behind the ball. They should have modified their loan years ago!
Excellent summary of GWB’s last 4 years. I’ve been scratching my head as well. I recently had a similar rant regarding his auto industry bailout. Everyone has to make concessions but the UAW. You’re right – he bailed out the UAW – not the auto industry itself.
Hey U.S. – thanks for the submission. When I heard that Reid already stated he will refuse to seat Burris – I knew the shit was gonna hit the fan given they have no constitutional authority to deny seating him. As I stated in an earlier comment to a related post – Blago just spit in the face of the Democrats and Obama. That guy is as defiant as ever. I appreciate the fact you also provided some historical reference in your post. I had not realized the Dems attempted this very thing and failed several years ago. Did you know that Charlie Rangel is now holding Powell’s old seat?
SpkTruth2Pwr presents Leading Within Democracies posted at The Apathy Remedy, saying, “The beauty of democracy for the people is that everyone’s voice matters. The problem of democracy for people is that everyone’s voice matters. This is what confuses our leaders when it comes to making decisions in the interest of the people. A look at public policy, and how to always make the most efficient or fair decision.”
Hmmm..sorry..can’t comment on this one. When I went out there – there was no post – just a void where there should be a post. I’ll leave the link here in case it gets fixed – or in case it’s just me!Although – based on your statement with the submission – our constitution set Congressional decisions based on majority rule. If they need a majority to pass any bills – then – it only goes to follow that their votes should be based on the majority in their states..that is the only fair decision.
Hi Megan – welcome to the carnival! Based on what I’ve read previously at your *new* site there – I would say that any one of those other posts are worthy for submission.
But – you are correct – this is a most excellent post regarding the recent conflict in Israel. However, my understanding is that the Palestineans of today are the “Phillistines” mentioned in the bible. They are nomadic Arabs – essentially – gypsies without a country. As far as I’m concerned, Israel never should have given back the West Bank or Gaza. As for bombing the tunnels to Egypt – it was well known they smuggled contraband and weapons in and out of those tunnels.
I highly recommend this post to others and to read BH’s post which is related to this same topic. Together, they both add some perspective on the conflict that the MSM won’t provide.
Wow..I didn’t even hear any of this on the news anywhere. I think you might be right – he didn’t know that provision was in there and didn’t know what he was signing. Personally, I just think it’s more government interference in to private business. I don’t see how you can force banks and other financial institutions to change their rules. Besides, there is a beneficiary provision to all private 401k’s where gay couples could pass it on to another. If this is in reference to government employees – then – I say – not on my tax dollar! If it has to do with private businesses that still offer retirement programs – again – it should be up to the businesses to make this decision – not have the government force it on them. I’m going to look in to this a little further – but – I don’t even think I as a married man have the ability to choose to roll my 401k into an IRA for my spouse for her to avoid taxes if I pass on.
Isaac Yassar presents Never Trust 100% posted at Isaac Yassar .com, saying, “Politics are full of dirty tricks. You’ve got to make friends with the right ones. But still, be careful, prepare for the worst. You should never trust 100%”
Okay – I’ll let you have this one! Not entirely related to politics – but given the news of recent weeks regarding all the crooks in government – I’ll let this one go.
Welcome back GrrlScientist. However, as history goes – they’re already saying that in years to come he will be looked upon as one of the better Pres’s. Besides – there is no one that could be worse than Carter. As for one of your responses listing scientific reasons why you think he’s one of the worst – global warming denial – I would say you are in denial as it has been proven we have been in a cooling spell for the past 7 years and we will continue to cool for another 3 at minimum. You’re the scientist – you know that this is all natural and cyclical. The top scientists and meteorologists in this country have all come out saying man-made global warming is a hoax. Sorry – can’t give you that one.
Stem Cell Research – again – no proof. All the research on that one is strictly theoretical. There are still several samples remaining that can be studied. No use in killing more babies or cloning human cells to advance research that is still in it’s theoretical stage. Once you guys can prove that stem cells do everything you think they can – then I’m sure it will open up some more.
No Child Left Behind – I agree with you 100%. That’s pure bullshit. I’ve ranted on that one myself.
Healthcare for all? – We are a democratic Republic – not a socialist state. Our constitution does not grant the government power to provide healthcare for all.
Forcing NASA scientists to change/alter reports? – Actually – that was only stated by one disgruntled ex-NASA/Government employee. There was no proof other than a he said/he said that it actually occurred.
ID versus Evolution – If theory can be taught in public schools as fact even though it is simply a theory – why not teach the other side and let the kids decide for themselves? Besides, being a Catholic myself – both fit together. If it weren’t for ID – there would be no plant or animal life to evolve – doncha think?
SpkTruth2Pwr presents I’m Blago…I Can Do What I Want posted at The Apathy Remedy, saying, “Corruption, ethics, politics, selfishness. Is this what Blagojevich is about? In spite of laying low and waiting for the castigation to blow over or prove his innocence, he is continuing his job like it is business as usual in Illinois. The announcement of an appointment is selfish and places Burris in an uncomfortable position.”
Go figure! Sure, he’s innocent until proven guilty – but – he just spit in the face of Obama and the entire DNC with this appointment. You’re also right regarding Burris – even if he is a stand-up guy with no blemishes – his appointment is tainted. Burris would be an idiot right now to even consider accepting the position.
Sorry, Greg – there were 3 others submitted before yours – although – you do get credit for being one of the FOIST to submit on the FOIST!
Pelosi is an idiot! She obviously has never been to a classic car exhibition otherwise she would know that there is huge money in the scrap and aftermarket business. But, then again, she does come from San Fran. I don’t think they have classic car exhibitions there…only exhibitionists!
Raymond – I think I would have to agree that part of the downfall of the economy has to do both with the government interfering in private industry as well as overzealous consumers. I also agree with all of your predictions except for 1 – #3. Based on what I’m seeing – even though the government is saying we are in a recession headed towards a depression – people are still out spending like crazy. I live in the Tampa area and I can tell you – having been to the zoo, Busch Gardens, and Disney these past two weeks – the parks were still as crowded these past two weeks as they ever have been in the most recent years. People are still travelling from around the country to visit these places. I saw crowded malls and stores before, during, and after Christmas. It sure didn’t look like people are hurting!
Hey! Welcome back! Hmmm…interesting – are you actually promoting support for the Black Panthers in this post? It also sounds like perhaps you are proving that Kwanzaa is just a made up sham and should not be a recognized holiday – if it ever is. Although quite a long post – I learned quite a bit.
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