All Pain, No Gain

The 111th Congress spent $3.22 trillion in the two years they were in power. This amounts to $10,429 for every man, woman and child in America. It’s more than the first 100 Congresses all together. Since Pelosi was in charge you can count a whopping $5.1 trillion spent.

No wonder the 111th Congress had the lowest approval rating Gallup has seen.

And what did we get for it? What in your daily life has improved? What in this city has been made better? Where are the roads and building projects – the shovel ready jobs – Obama promised? For the life of me, I see nothing different except now there are many more houses abandonned and commercial real estate properties unleased.

There is no lack of problems that Democrats  could have addressed with the money. The power grids across the country are in rapid decay. The schools, which seem to have an unending appetite for cash, are no better now, and maybe even worse, than the 50s and 60s. Social Security is heading for a crash. They just kicked the can down the road instead of attempting to reemedy our ills.

That’s why this reign of error must end. Let’s hope the GOP can lead us out of this mess.

In the Dog House

President Obama giving a high five to Michael Vick is puzzling.

The football player who plead guilty to personally electrocuting, drowning, slamming to the ground puppies served his sentence. He says his dog fighting days are over, but it is hard to believe that someone that sadistic could change on a dime.

Vick  used rape stands for his dogs. Vick used puppies as bait dogs to introduce the mature dogs to killing. Yes, Vick lost a lot of money after his trial. But now hired by the Philadelphia Eagles, he is back in the millionaires league.

Has he seen the light? Maybe. Redemption is always possible. Time will be the best indicator. All we know now is that Vick appears to have shrugged off his misdeeds.

But how does President Obama know that Vick is contrite?  Why would he go to the trouble to commend the Eagles for hiring  Vick? What is disturbing is President Obama once again playing God. Because Obama says so, Vick can now be embraced by the public. Somehow he can gauge our souls better than we can ourselves.

It’s a pattern the president displays often. He says his health care reform is right. He says his financial policies are correct, even in the face of  economic malaise. He says our carbon footprint is too big, even without any scientific proof.  We’re supposed to take everything he says on faith, not fact, even to what’s in a man’s soul.

Sorry, Obama, your hubris is showing once again.

Rosy Economic Outlook?

To hear newscasters crowing about the big surge in Christmas sales you’d think the economy was on its way to roaring prosperity. Seems many analysts are desperate to give Obama a boost, so they have latched onto the sales numbers to help plump his approval numbers.

Anytime in the Bush years that Christmas sales seemed to soar, newscasters like to report it with admonitions. It could have been better, they’d say. Sales were up, but profits were actually down. People were buying but overusing their credit cards.

Now they have jettisoned all that warning talk. Anything to make the economy look like it is in full recovery.

There are many troubling signs, however. Retail sales are not the full picture. This month saw a rise in the unemployment numbers in case anyone has forgotten. It is unlikely they will fall enough to matter in the January report.

Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Ok) warned of “apocalyptic pain” if the economy is not righted in the next 3-4 years. He sees 18% unemployment and a possible catstrophe akin to Greece. In our most populated states, crises like Greece are brewing. California, New York and Illinois are in crippling debt. They doubled their number of employees in the last decade and lavished pensions and benefits on governmental and union workers. This money will have to come from somewhere and upping taxes is not a constructive solution.

In addition, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the 2009 stimulous, is petering out. A Republican Congress is unlikely to want to help strapped states at the expense of solvent states.

Experts do not feel that the real estate crisis will improve this year. All you have to do is look around your own neighborhood to see houses that have been for sale for years. Then there are some that remain abandoned. Commercial real estate has been teetering as well.

A report today showed that inventories are high – not a good sign. Commodity prices are up as well. Oil is climbing and the price of gas effects everyone and every part of our society.

While Greece, Spain, Ireland and Portugal struggle with their debt problems, there are concerns about China, too. Analysists fear it is overheating. How much information we get from China is actually true is another concern. Now it looks like India is facing inflation with food and fuel prices on the rise.

I wouldn’t stop and smell the roses just yet.

Year’s Best Blogs

The 2010 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards are out. Here’s a few choice ones. If you haven’t visited these sites, take a look and book mark them. They are all excellent.

Best Political Blog: Michelle Malkin

Best Political Analysis: Ed Morissey at Hot Air ties with Erick Erickson at Redstate

Best Conservative News Blog: Weasel Zippers tied with Gateway Pundit

Best Op Ed: American Thinker

Best News Analysis: American Spectator

Best Talker’s: Mark Levin

Best Group Blog: Right Wing News

Best Media Watchdog: NewsBusters

Best Media Analysis Story of 2010: Verum Serum – The Pigford Case and Why the New York Times Doesn’t Want to Talk About It

Rockwell Award for Best Artwork: iOwnTheWorld

Dali Award for Most Creative Blogging: Curmdugeonly ties with Skeptical & SondraK

Best European Award: Gates of Vienna

Best Economics Blog: Tie with Global Economic Analysis and Zero Hedge

For more, check www.directorblue.blogspot.com

Stop START

The Senate is poised to have a vote on START today. Some Senators are wavering and considering voting for Obama’s plan. Both Senators Corker and Alexander are undecided. Although the treaty reaches parity in strategic nuclear weapons, it locks in a 10,000 to 200 Russian advantage in tactical nukes and bars the U.S. from developing interceptor missiles as shields.

To contact Senator Alexander, call his Memphis office at 544-4224; in D.C. (202)-224-4944. Senator Corker can be reached in Memphis at 683-1910; in D.C. at (202)-224-0566.

Wasting Away

While most Americans are watching their pennies this Christmas time, Congress hasn’t been. Fortunately, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has been watching their spending and presents it all in “Wastebook.” It’s his yearly look at their profligacy and it doesn’t disappoints.

As Sen. Coburn notes, “we are borrowing over $44,000 per person in the United Staes.” Most Americans realize that somebody is going to have to pay this hefty bill.

You can take a look at the whole project at his site, www.coburn.senate.gov, but here’s the table of contents:

Upkeep for Unused Monkey House and other Buildings: $175 million.

Sprucing Up Apartments before they are torn down in Shreveport, La.: $1.5 million.

Museum Where Neon Signs go to Die: $1.8 million.

Free Grateful Dead Archive: $615,000.

Agencies Unnecessary Printing Costs: $930 million.

Studying World of Warcraft and Other Virtual Games: $2.9 million.

Department of Energy Fails to Turn off the Lights: $2.2 million.

Fraudulent Medical Testing by Criminal Gangs: $35 million.

Poems in Zoos: $997,766.

Shooting Range Armed With Taxpayer Dollars: $15.68 million.

And yes, there are pictures.

President Valerie Jarrett?

The White House insider says Valerie Jarrett is in essence running the country. The senior advisor to Obama, she was born in 1956 in Shiraz, Iran, and only moved to the U.S. in 1963. The insider says she and the First Lady have made a formidable team. He also discusses the Obama/Clinton presser, Attorney General Eric Holder’s problems at the DOJ and whether Republican Darryl Issa will go after scandals there next year at www.newsflavor.com. Interesting reading to say the least.

‘Twas the Week before Christmas

William Kristol
William Kristol

’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through
the House
The liberals were stirring, and boy did they grouse!
While earmarks were hung on the Reid bill with care
In hopes that the public would not see them there,

The “rich folks” were nestled all snug in their bed—
In hopes they’d be spared, like the president said—
While Nancy in kerchief and Bernie in cap
Were hunting for corpses that Congress could tap.

So the week before Christmas there came the big test:
Did liberals still have the power to best
The public and almost the whole GOP,
Or had they been routed?—yes, that’s what we’d see.

The tax cutters crushed all the Dems in their way,
And the omnibus crashed like a blown-out soufflé.
In the end, we discovered, elections do matter—
And so does a public that makes a loud clatter.

A tax cut for Christmas is mighty surprisin’,
With nary an earmark to cloud the horizon—
Obamacare’s reeling, there’s progress in ’Stan,
It’s important next year that we stick with the plan.

By then we’ll have entered the era of Boehner:
Our pocketbooks fuller, our politics saner.
We’ll even buy beers for the lib’ruls to cry in
When they see the budget from Chairman Paul Ryan.

So The Standard exclaims, with the future so bright:
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

— William Kristol, The Weekly Standard