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October 21, 2014

Obama: Big Oil and Big Lies

President Obama is spreading class-warfare lies again.  If Obama gets what he wants gas prices will rise — which is what he wants.  He paints a false picture of money being extracted from taxpayers and then given to oil companies — Wrong!
 
Larry Kudlow discusses this in this Townhall article:
 
But “there you go again” can apply equally to President Obama. Once again this week, the president was out on the campaign trail bashing and oil and gas companies. And he continued to spread major falsehoods about this industry, which I guess is the polite way to put it.
 
Obama is obsessed with oil and gas. He is a prisoner of the left-wing environmental groups. And really, he’s extending his leftist class-warfare attack from rich people to successful oil and gas producers.
 

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The Current State of Construction

As an electrical contractor I can fully relate to this story.  Things are not getting better in California.  A second electrical supply house that I used shut its doors a couple of weeks ago.  They held out as long as they could. 

This is a good American Thinker piece:

Let’s take a look at national construction employment. According to the latest available data (February, 2012) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Sector website, national construction employment peaked in April 2006 at 7,726,000 workers. Today, construction employment stands at 5,554,000 workers. Over the last six years, 2,172,000 construction jobs have been lost. The decline is actually larger, given that the undocumented workforce is prevalent on construction jobsites but not in government records.

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As the statistics above indicate, this is not recovery. The devastation of the construction industry is directly tied to the real estate collapse — a collapse created almost entirely by poor government policy. What had historically been a stable and dependable foundation of the American dream is in shambles. With trillions of dollars of real estate value lost and 25% of homeowners underwater, recovery won’t come quickly.

Read the whole thing at American Thinker     

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Obama Math

Randall Hoven searches for the “old normal” in his latest American Thinker piece (charts included):

If we use terms such as “the new normal” for the economy, what was the old normal? Was there even a “normal,” or were things always turbulent or spiraling out of control?

Believe it or not, the federal budget used to have a “normal.” It was not spiraling out of control. It was not very turbulent. Life was good…it really was.

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Maintaining Crisis Momentum

My article as originally published in American Thinker:

Rahm Emanual once said: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” But what happens when the Democratic Party is desperate for a diversion and is currently without any real crisis to exploit? Is it then time to manufacture one — or two?

The birth control questions in the Republican debates left many scratching their heads as to why this issue was suddenly brought up, but it really started to make sense once the Sandra Fluke story broke loose following her birth control show-testimony on February 23. This turned out to clearly be about creating a “crisis” where no crises previously existed.

Rush Limbaugh made some inappropriate comments that the media used to build enormous momentum on this manufactured story, while terrible statements by others on the Left were ignored. But that momentum started to die off as people seemed to catch on to what was truly going on.

Three days after Sandra Flukes testimony, Trayvon Martin, an African American male, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a Hispanic male, in a tragic case where all of the facts are yet to be uncovered. For around two weeks this was just another one of the many tragic cases that we here about every day, but suddenly this one gained tremendous momentum as a racial “crisis” in the media and like the Sandra Fluke story, received mention directly from President Obama. Rush Limbaugh noted this curious phenomenon on his show today.

I don’t know if it’s a coincidence but if you look at the Google Trends search volume for the time period of these cases it looks as though the Trayvon Martin case, which happened just three days after the Fluke testimony, didn’t really start to gain traction until the Fluke/Limbaugh story had started to die off. This chart shows the search results over the last thirty days for the terms Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh and Trayvon Martin charted side by side.

 

Did the Trayvon Martin tragedy spontaneously gain momentum among an outraged public or was this a coordinated effort on the part of the Democrat/media spin machine to keep attention away from a failed Presidency? I don’t know but this seems like more than just a fluke to me.

 


The Party of Racism

Why hurling charges of “racism” against Republicans doesn’t work the way it used to. 

Because of slavery (Democrats did it), KKK violence (Democrats did it), segregation (Democrats did it), Jim Crow laws (Democrats did it) and other historic abuses heaped on black Americans in our country by the Democratic Party and its supporters, America has been a bit oversensitive about race for the last few decades. Of course, the political party responsible for all of that racism is now the one shouting, “You’re a racist,” and trying to pit different racial groups against each other. That might seem ironic at first glance, but if you think about it, it’s actually par for the course. Since its founding, the Democratic Party has always tried to generate racial strife; it just uses a little different strategy today than it did in the past.

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Obama and Euro-Socialism

Another great read by Steve McCann at American Thinker.

Throughout modern history, those who sought to control and expand the reach of government often resorted to exploiting mankind’s most dominant trait: an innate desire to survive and prosper. To that end, the people would be promised a utopia on earth — a promise that could never be fulfilled. This is not only the most cynical of all political tactics, but also one whose proponents are interested only in self-aggrandizement and the accumulation of power.

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Forced Fairness

Government forced “fairness” always results in shared misery.  Good piece by John Stossel at Human Events:

President Obama says he wants to make society more fair. Advocates of big government believe fairness means taking from rich people and giving to others: poor people; or people who do things politicians approve of, like making “green” energy equipment (Solyndra); or old people (even rich ones) through Social Security and Medicare.

The idea that government can “make life fair” is intuitively appealing to people — at least until they think about it. I’ll try to help.

Read the whole thing at Human Events    

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Could Forrest Gump Plan Our Economy?

My article as originally published in American Thinker:

No one of sound mind would ever entrust the enormously complex U.S. economy to a small group of leaders who collectively possess the intellect of Forrest Gump. But can an assemblage of genius-level central planners really bring us any closer to “utopia” than a much less intelligent group of dopes?

President Obama, Paul Krugman, Democrats, and the mainstream media all believe in a top-down approach to government, where economic activity is “fairly” dictated by a handful of “best and brightest” elites. They believe that the “average” citizen isn’t smart enough to make the “correct” decisions with regard to something as “complicated” as the economy.

Economists such as Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell would point out that the decisions necessary to run the U.S. economy (or any economy, for that matter) are so numerous and so complex that the combined intelligence of even the smartest thousand individuals falls incredibly short of what would be needed to undertake such a task.

I wanted to see how this would look on paper, so I created two charts to help to contrast the differences, if any, between these two schools of thought. In chart one, the first group uses the fictional character Forrest Gump, who had an IQ of only 76, and is composed of 1,000 individuals with that same level of IQ. The second group comprises genius-level individuals — Nobel Prize laureates such as Paul Krugman. Not knowing Krugman’s IQ, I’m really giving him the benefit of the doubt by placing him in a group with 999 other geniuses and giving them an estimated average IQ of 154 (notice I didn’t include Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Chris Matthews, or even Bill Maher in this group):

There is a very clear definition between the Gump and Krugman groups, which leaves no doubt as to which is the more intelligent. But let’s introduce a third group into the mix, the free market, which comprises the entire U.S. population (where even an infant knows best which jar of mush it prefers to eat) with an average IQ of 98. Let’s see how these three groups stack up against each other in combined brainpower:

It’s clear from the second chart that the group with the IQ of Forrest Gump has nowhere near the brainpower necessary to run our economy. But in the movie, Gump sure did seem to flourish in the free-market system. And he certainly didn’t whine about life not being “fair,” like Obama so often does. Perhaps a sequel should be made with Gump trying to survive in North Korea for contrast?

Looking at the Krugman group, it’s clear that when compared to the collective brainpower of the U.S. population, the former don’t possess nearly enough intelligence. So why should we place our trust in these elites? Bill Whittle explains the reason why we shouldn’t in a way that even Gump would understand during the second video from his must-watch What We Believe series.

Of course, the Krugman, et al. elites will still find it necessary to point out how much smarter they are than the Gump group. But at the scale on the second chart, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between the geniuses and the dopes using the unaided eye. I don’t want these geniuses to feel too terrible about their intellect, so to help them attempt to prove the relevance they provide to the free market, I’d like to offer this simple tool:

The left would have us believe that society can function at its optimum level only through their brilliant dictates. The truth is that they wouldn’t be able handle the complex nuances of coordinating children’s sack lunches on a national scale, let alone control the rest of the economy. In fact, according to Milton Friedman, these elites would have a hard time making a pencil (especially without public funds) to save their lives.

The stupidity of these brilliant elites lies in their not recognizing that they can’t change human nature and that the highest possible standard of living comes from the collective brilliance and power of the free market. Then again, maybe they do understand…

History has proven that without trusting and utilizing the collective intelligence of the free market, you end up with collective misery for all except the elites who are pulling the strings. Maybe these elites aren’t so stupid after all? It seems they’ve found an easy way to loot all of life’s “finest chocolates” right out of someone else’s box.


Is the Obama Great Depression Coming?

And will it be worse this time?  An interesting read by Wayne Allyn Root at Town Hall.

The question is, is Obama following this same toxic game plan out of leftist naiveté and ignorance? Afterall, Obama’s lifetime of business experience before taking up residence in the White House would not qualify him to run a Bronx bodega. Yet we made him CEO of the world’s biggest economy. Oops.

Or does Obama understand exactly what he’s doing? Is Obama’s goal to overwhelm the system with debt and entitlements, incite crisis, sow doubt about capitalism, redistribute the wealth of business owners (his political opposition), and force Americans to their knees begging for government to save them, thereby opening the door to big government socialism, or at the very least European-style Social Capitalism (a hybrid of socialism mixed with capitalism).

Does it really matter?

Here’s where the story gets downright frightening……………

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One Bad Apple?

NPR activist Mike Daisey lied about work conditions in China where iPhones and iPads are made:

The media outlets were all too willing to publish and broadcast Daisey’s lies because it fit perfectly into their narrative of evil American corporations (even one headed by liberal champion Steve Jobs) exploiting the downtrodden and vulnerable of the world (especially people of a non-caucasian race) for the benefit of Wall Street and Wal-Mart. Daisey’s story had everything the American media is looking for. So fact-checking was left on the back-burner.

Anyone who tracks the bias of the MSM understands that this is more than just a case of one bad apple.

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