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Normally I steer away from Rolling Stone and their articles. However, this one makes some very good points and arguments in regards to the Obama administration’s catastrophically negative impact on the U.S. economy. As in the author of the article Obama’s Big Sellout stated, “This new team of bubble-fattened ex-bankers and laissez-faire intellectuals then proceeded to sell us all out, instituting a massive, trickle-up bailout and systematically gutting regulatory reform from the inside.” Which in my opinion, is putting it mildly. It is and has been a buy out of the major banks and automobile companies in aspirations to gain even more of a government foothold. And as the article points out, “… the extensive series of loophole-rich financial “reforms” that the Democrats are currently pushing may ultimately do more harm than good.”
It is also explains that during the campaign Obama had advisers which focused heavily on helping the poor and middle class, and condemned the bankers of Wall Street. But the day after Barack Obama was elected to office, he did away with those advisers and replaced them with the total opposite, Wall Street bankers. Which “Leading the search for the president’s new economic team was his close friend and Harvard Law classmate Michael Froman, a high-ranking executive at Citigroup.” And it wasn’t long after he was made official in his office that Obama made the $306 billion bailout of Citigroup and agreed to make taxpayers pay up to $277 billion in losses for the Citi assets.
It is very interesting to say the least to see how the web of Obama’s economic team was formed. There is no interest in helping the poor or middle class. It is about making more money and expanding government control. The author of the cited article does well showing the timeline of events and the connections of the appointees. However, he is clearly a democrat and was at one time for Obama. He also uses a fair amount of profanity, which is completely unnecessary for getting his point across. But I do think it is a worthwhile read for informational purposes if you read it to the end.
WARNING THE FOLLOWING LINK DOES CONTAIN PROFANITY (very unnecessarily)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the same that has said “I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet”, and “The U.S. throws stones to Latin America”, has acquired thousands of missiles from the Russian government to supposedly aid Venezuela in a conflict with Colombia. However, as reported by the Associated Press, Colombia and Washington deny having any plans to attack Venezuela, but Chavez argues they are plotting together a military offensive against Venezuela. He argues that the weapons accumulation is merely a precautionary measure.
With President Chavez’s long history of hate towards the USA, one has to wonder why our supposed friend Russia would provide him with such a weapons cache. And this is just a tip of the iceberg in that which Russia has provided Venezuela and is yet to provide in the future. They have in the past, since 2005, allowed Chavez to purchase 24 Sukhoi fighter jets, dozens of attack helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. And soon the Venezuelan President will be also acquiring Russian tanks. The Russian government has given him a $2.2 billion dollar line of credit in which Chavez can use to continue to purchase military arms.
This may be looking too far into it, but could Russia be arming this dictator for their own purposes? It seems like a substantial amount of weaponry for a battle with Colombia. There is no doubt that both have a distaste for the United States of America. Hugo Chavez himself has said, “We must tell the world, down with the U.S. empire.” And then with Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, being an ex-head of the KGB just before the fall of the soviet union calling the shots, who knows what the real intentions of these two countries are really. Here lately Russia has been siding with our enemies around the world more often than not, and like the old saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.”
Just a few articles about Russia siding with U.S. enemies (sometimes they side with the U.S. then turn around and do the opposite, like not wanting to impose further sanctions):
The unprecedented increase in unemployment has no doubt effected every U.S. citizen in one way shape or form. If you have not been laid off, then chances are you are close to someone who has been. You probably even have one or more within your family that has been let go in the past year. It touches the heart to hear of loved ones losing so much and then struggling month after month to find a way to replace the lost income. But who has been hurt the most throughout this financial recession? Believe it or not, it is the majority of those who voted Barack Obama into the Presidency, it is the Democrats and Independents.
Back in January of this year, when the unemployment rate was at 7.6%, many blamed President Bush for the unemployment disaster. And while he did play his own part in allowing the first stimulus package and the buy out of many banks, it was made dramatically worse by President Obama. Obama did not allow the economy to simply heal on its own, he pushed to further the national debt, crippling the U.S. dollar, and all the while convincing many Americans that it was the proper course of action to stimulate the economy.
President Obama and the mainstream media has since then lied numerous times telling the public the economy is growing, that unemployment rates are improving, and that we are going in the “right” direction. This could not be further than from the truth. And yet, his loyal followers, who are taking the brunt of the economic crisis, still listen and believe with unemployment now at a staggering 10.2%.
Why is it that those who are suffering the most from this situation continue unfailing support of the Obama administration? Is it that so many have grown so dependent on the government that they are still encouraged by the empty promises of Obama? Perhaps it’s the vainess of sticking beside one’s own race without question? Or maybe it is like rooting for your favorite football team, no matter what you will go with your political party for better or for worse. Many Americans regardless of social standing do not like to admit when they have made a mistake. What ever the case is, I think it can be all of the above. Sadly, according to Rasmussen Reports it is Obama’s supporters, the Democrats and the minority population, that are being hit the hardest by unemployment.
The data collected by the Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey states:
“Data from Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveys shows that 15.0% of Democrats in the workforce are currently unemployed and looking for a job. Among adults not affiliated with either major party, that number is 15.6% while just 9.9% of Republicans are in the same situation.”
How do I know who supported Obama the most? As reported by BBC News on exit polls in their article Who Voted For Obama, he had the most support from first time voters, young voters, Democrats, and minority groups. And ironically, 62% of those who voted for Barack Obama cited that the economy was their main factor. Since his appointment to office, it has only worsened and regressed at a rate that no one ever thought possible.
What has our President that promised so much hope and change done to improve our economic woes? Why, he has made them far more and far worse. If you were in deep financial debt would you try to get out by spending more money? No, of course not. You would hunker down and take out the frivolous things in your life to make up the difference while paying back what you owe little by little. Yet, this administration instead took it upon themselves to spend not only our money, but our children and our grandchildren’s money, in the hopes of stimulating an economy that had already been overspent.
Those who were in financial trouble would have been better off to slip into bankruptcy and to lose a few jobs rather than to become slaves to the federal government who bought out their stocks to “save” them. No company is too big to fail. Instead, the deeds of the Obama administration has bankrupted the entire nation and left us in debt to other countries. In the meantime, those who provide the unshaken support of our President suffer the hardest in false hope that he will somehow rescue them by paying their gas and mortgage. Is the Democrat party so hungry for power that they are willing to make more people dependent on the government in supplying their every need like with this healthcare bill, giving them the power over our very health and well-being? It will spiral America into more economic hardship and leave us at the mercy of the country with the greatest stock in America (a.k.a. China). In a once Republic nation that is now resembling a socialist/communist country, how ironic that we look to China for support at this time. (Why else did you think Obama is spending so much time over there?)
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” -Thomas Paine
It is November and with this month comes the outpouring of people telling that of which they are most thankful. Many common answers, and good ones at that, are family, friends, health, etc. But one that I don’t see much on my browsing of social networks is gratitude for the freedom and liberty that we as Americans are fortunate to enjoy. I also do not see much in the area of gratefulness for the hard work and sacrifice of our current and past American soldiers. It seems the pride in our country is eroding along with the realization of the gift that comes with being U.S. citizens.
Liberty by definition means the immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority, or in other words, the freedom to think or feel or do just as one pleases. We must understand the unique privilege that Americans possess. It is a gift from God. Of course we must teach the morally correct way to live one’s life, but above all it is up to each of us to live the way we choose. This is where the idea of unalienable rights from the U.S. Declaration of Independence, “that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” may have come from. Yes, the majority our Founding Fathers were in fact God-fearing men. Most of the world today and throughout history has not enjoyed the vast freedom that we as Americans have been allowed. The government placed in America was inspired and unique to provide a place free of a tyrannical rule. No other country on earth in the present time or in the past has ever gone to such great lengths to ensure the preservation of liberty as the United States of America.
Knowing this great blessing that comes with being an American over the past centuries has been the foundation of courage, pride, and selflessness for the many men and women who have served in the armed forces. From the Revolutionary war to the War on Terrorism our veterans and current soldiers have understood the unique freedoms that they fought to keep for their loved ones. A friend of ours said in response to a women asking why he was proud to reenlist and fight after 9/11 replied with, “I would rather fight terrorism overseas away from my family than to see it ever happen here again.” It is to protect the families of America and the freedom and privileges that they defend to ensure that future generations have the same equal opportunities that our soldiers continue to this day to selflessly give their time and sometimes their lives.
Though any words I write feel completely inadequate, I want to say that I am so very grateful for the sacrifice that all our soldiers and their families have made. Thank you for keeping us free and safe. Thank you for believing in our country. I know that many do not view themselves as heroes, but you are in so many ways. You not only defend our country, but bring justice to those who have brought threats against us. Having never served in the military myself, I can not understand fully the meaning that this Veterans’ Day holds for those who have. So I think it is most fitting to try to see it from their perspective. Here are famous and not so famous quotes and thoughts on the wars throughout American history. (Not all quotes are from soldiers. The older wars are the more difficult ones to find soldier quotes.)
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Nathan Hale, before being hanged by the British, September 22, 1776
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Convention, 1775
“To have shrunk, under such circumstances, from manly resistance, would have been a degradation blasting our best and proudest hopes; it would have struck us from the high ranks where the virtuous struggles of our fathers had placed us, and have betrayed the magnificent legacy which we hold in trust for future generations. It would have acknowledged that on the element which forms three-fourths of the globe we inhabit, where all independent nations have equal and common rights, the American people were not an independent people, but colonists and vassals.”
President James Madison, November 1812
“I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than a dissolution of the Union. It would be an accumulation of all the evils we complain of, and I am willing to sacrifice anything but honor for its preservation.”
–Robert E. Lee, from a letter of January 23, 1861.
“I, too, am doing my little bit in this big task for you. For you are my America and embody all the ideals that our great country stands for. Maybe if America had let her task slide by undone it would not have affected me or you materially, but we would not have upheld the ideals that our country was founded on and sooner or later the effect would have been tremendous and America a mere puppet to some gross power built upon false ideas. So what am I that I should not go and fight against the evils before us. If I should fall, there certainly could not be anything nobler in my short lifetime to fall for.”
Sergeant Lloyd Maywood Staley, Excerpt from a letter to his sweetheart Mary on July 5, 1918.
Colonel David M. Shoup – (Tarawa) – 21st November 1943
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz – 16th March
*Executive Mansion, Washington, November 21, 1864.
Mrs. Bixby, Boston, Massachusetts:
Dear Madam: I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours very sincerely and respectfully,
In the words of returned serviceman Joe Cook, “Freedom is always worth the price.”
When the health care reform bill passed the House on Saturday by a 220-215 vote, it was as clear as ever that we are a country divided. The vast majority of those in favor of the bill were from the Democrat party except for one, Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao of New Orleans, who was singled out as the one Republican that the Obama administration could sway to do their bidding. And, having received the “Obama Treatment” and oodles of political “advice” was just what Mr Cao needed to mold him into the one thing the administration needed…bipartisanship.
With the well known controversy of the Pelosicare bill surrounding the two political parties of Democrat and Republican, the one thing that was obvious was that no GOP member in their right mind was going to vote in its favor. It has been evident from the beginning of President Obama’s presidency that it was a difficult task to bring in enough support for a bill like this with the endless campaigning and lobbying on the part of the administration and it’s supporters. They were even right back on the band wagon as soon as the bill passed trying to devise their next plan to be able to forward the agenda. But the claim of bipartisanship was an obstacle that they wanted to over come, just so they could have that under their belt when arguing in defense of Pelosicare. Although, I would hardly call one measly Republican vote bipartisan.
This is why they spent so much time in the weeks before on Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao. They saw a link that was weak enough to break. According to Fox News, Rep. Cao said that President Obama spoke with him for “a period of a couple weeks” and that Obama’s staff spoke with him “on a number of occasions.” And those talks sound a lot like flattery to me. Cao told Fox News that “We were able to sit down to talk about recovery, to talk about the needs of the district.”
The excuse for voting in favor of the health care bill in Mr. Cao’s eyes, was that his political situation is “special” due to having won in an upset election last December over Democrat William Jefferson. Cao even said to The Times-Picayune during the summer, “voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career.” So, forget the Constitution, the American freedoms and liberty, the fight against more government control…just worry about your political career, because that’s what really matters in the end.
In my heart I know it probably won’t happen due to the overwhelmingly majority of democratic voters in New Orleans, but I sincerely hope that Rep. Anh Cao (and all Rhinos across America) get the boot in the 2010 elections. We do not need people in office that worry more about their political career than the future of America, and that goes for all parties. No more career politicians!
Radical Islam groups are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. And as the number of members goes up so will the incidents such as what happened in Detroit on October 28, 2009. These fundamentalists have been recruiting not only those of their own nationality, but now they also look to bring in others from American prisons. The dangerous momentum of these groups are on a difficult to stop path towards the ability to cause serious damage within our own boarders and yet we hear little, if nothing in regards to the mounting threat. Here is a report on the deadly shootout in Detroit; it is titled Jihadi Training Compounds, U.S.A.
As I watched the news last night a glimmer of hope raised inside of me when I found that the Republicans had won in the Virginia and New Jersey votes. This shows that many of those who were seeking “change” with Obama are now seeing that his far left agenda is not right for America as well as with all left leaning politicians. It also reveals that the Democratic methods used to govern these states are not what the people want. And hopefully now realizing that they don’t need to be taxed through the nose to get their economy back on track, but have a leader that will simply spend frugally.
Now that the election is over we are hear from the Obama administration that it was no big deal to lose. With Robert Gibbs saying, that the election of Republicans to the governorships in Virginia and New Jersey was based on “very local issues that didn’t involve the president.” They may think that downplaying their loss will work on the American people, but it was clear to see during the campaigns that the story was quite different.
President Obama spent a considerable amount of time campaigning for the Democratic candidates in the weeks and days before the elections. Obama even said at one campaign rally for Jon Corzine, “I’m going to need you to knock on doors. I’m going to need you to make phone calls,” he said. “I’m going to need you to do the same thing you did last year.” Not to mention the commercials he did for Creigh Deeds, and the extensive hours he and Joe Biden put in just talking to people and rallying for their Democrat comrades. And now they say it’s nothing, just some local stuff that has nothing to do with the President?
I beg to differ. I think it has everything to do with the President and the way that these politicians aligned themselves with him and his policies. People are finally waking up and seeing that this “change” isn’t working and want to even the playing field. Although it is faint and some what a small victory, it is still hope. Not the Obama kind of hope mind you, but the kind that the American people are becoming informed and will stand up for the liberty and freedoms that have been uniquely theirs for centuries.
An asteroid that was 30 ft across exploded through our atmosphere at about 9-12 miles above sea level at an estimated 45,000 mph on October 8th. It didn’t do any damage because of the height at which it exploded and the size of the asteroid. However, researchers feel that had it been slightly larger it could have caused significant damage on the ground. What has everyone the most shaken is the fact that it was not spotted ahead of time by telescopes. And of course, it is reported that the White House is to develop a policy on the space object impact threat by October of next year. This is in my mind a great example of how the human race as a whole has no control or impact over the world or universe around us. Here is the link to the full story and a video of the trail after it entered the atmosphere:
First of all, we apologize for the lack of postings the past couple of days. Having three sick children (8 year old twin boys and a 4 year old daughter), whether it is the common cold or swine flu, is a time-consuming event for any family. We will be picking the pace back up though now that the kids seem to be more themselves and providing we don’t come down with it next.
Like most parents, as soon as we started hearing about the H1N1 virus we immediately began our research to be sure we could provide the best course of action for our family. This proved to be more difficult than expected. The H1N1 virus became quickly politicized and passed through the mass media as if it were a new plague. Within a few months the word pandemic was being used by the CDC and vaccination production had begun. The producers of the swine flu vaccine had restrictions on time and testing lifted in the effort to get it on the market as quickly as possible.
This concerned us greatly, how could we begin to understand the possible risks of a vaccination pushed through so fast? I don’t think we can, and after all the research we decided it would not be the right choice for our family to get the H1N1 vaccine. (Go to the Health category of this blog for information on what we found in our research.) But, even after this decision, there was still the anticipation of what will happen if our children became infected. I heard so many in panic because the vaccine was delayed and they just didn’t know what they would do without it. We turned to prayer at that time, and just days later our three children became ill almost simultaneously.
On Saturday one of our kids were complaining of a sore throat, slight cough, and runny nose. So, not wanting to over react, we treated him with cold medication that night and Sunday. By Sunday night the other two children had come down with coughs, sore throat, and fevers. And come Monday morning all three kids had coughs, sore throats, fevers between 101-103, runny noses, and just a ton of moaning and groaning about their misery. Like anyone would, by then, we made appointments for them to all see the pediatrician.
The pediatrician took strep throat samples as well as samples for testing for the H1N1 influenza virus. To our surprise, all of the children tested positive for both! The pediatrician said that she would question it had it taken 10 minutes to get a positive, but the results became evident in less than 2 minutes. We were then given prescriptions for antibiotics and Tamiflu all around. This was proving to be an expensive little bug. However, we would get what ever we had to make our little angels feel better.
That first night was probably the worst. We had some trouble keeping two of our three children’s fevers down, but after ibuprofen and baths it was under control. One of our boys has asthma and he had to take his inhaler 2 times. The long acting cough medicine managed their coughs nearly the entire night, although they did get some doses in between. Then we just made sure they got their prescription medications as ordered and kept up with the ibuprofen and cough medicine through the next 2 days. Our child with asthma only used his inhaler a total of 4 times though, which his reaction with his asthma was a big concern of ours in the beginning.
All in all, they were all acting mostly normal by day 3 and completely normal by day 4 (yesterday). Our run in with H1N1 and strep throat at the same time was far milder than we would have ever thought possible. It was definitely less severe than the seasonal flu and did not have as bad of an effect on our son with asthma as we anticipated. The best news, according to theory they will not get it again this season. But judging from the mildness of our experience, I do not foresee us ever being overly concerned about this illness and our family members in the future.
I know there have been deaths linked to this illness. Everyone reacts differently to all viruses, and influenza is not the only virus that can result in death. Proper precautions should always be taken and you should go to the doctor right away if influenza of any strain is suspected. I am so thankful that we did not have complications with H1N1 or strep throat in our children the past week and I pray that we will not in the days to come. My heart goes out to those who have suffered hardships due to any illness. The intent of this post is to give some insight into what happened in a normal family that came down with this virus so that others may know what to expect and to help them make informed decisions.