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Friday, February 25, 2011

Republicans fight for their beliefs, Democrats run away



Yes, Fannie and Freddie and the mortgage bank disaster was "A tremendous job" by the Democrats, said the Democrats. Was this 2004 hearing a "lynching" or was it Republicans seeing the disaster in advance and trying to get it under control. In retrospect the Republicans were correct, the Democrats were lying and Barney Frank was in the forefront defending the process and Maxine Waters gave us flowing praise of a situation that was going to lead to massive debt for this country and the failure of financial oversight by the Democrats in charge. SOX didn't cover it all and therefore needed changing. This is just a reminder that Republicans foresaw the crisis and sought to stop it, the Democrats took the money and stepped on the gas. The result? Check out the national debt and think about what it was in 1900 versus now.



So with Republicans in control of Congress, we drive slower. If Democrats are in Congress, we drive faster. What if we had Republicans in charge of the White House and both houses in Washington, DC? I hope we find out because...With Democrats in control of the White House AND Congress, we began driving at NASCAR speeds under Obama! Can the Republican-controlled House just voted in bring the speeds back down? Actually, don't we need to turn around and go back the other way? 

Now in Indiana we have Republican lawmakers balancing the budget and trying to fix a couple of broken processes to avoid new taxes, make the State more business-friendly and thereby improve our Indiana economy. Since the Democrats are not in control, they cannot set up a dog-and-pony show like they did in 2004 and the voters have put them in the minority so they have gone AWOL.





What is happening in Wisconsin is that teachers get great pay and benefits far better than the average worker and while the State is trying to avoid bankruptcy the teachers are refusing to take any cuts in pay or benefits. Yet the Governor has shown them that the only alternative is to layoff a large number of them, thus increasing class sizes and making a Wisconsin education (lacking in ability to teach kids to read and do math already) even worse than it is now. Do teachers care about the kids or is this just unions digging in to avoid the pay cuts while the entire nation is in a recession bordering on depression? Will they all cut back just a little, or do they want the youngest of the teachers tossed into the unemployment line?

Is that what Indiana teachers want? Go ahead and layoff the people who are recent graduates, the bright young lights of the bunch, so the old fogies get to keep every nickel? In Indiana, the voters clearly and loudly voted for Republicans who ran on balancing budgets and making Indiana business-friendly. Because your job today can be offshored to Pakistan or India tomorrow or perhaps to a Right-To-Work state where someone would rather make 20 bucks an hour than be unemployed standing in line at a township food bank. Because Indiana requires a balanced budget, it is going to be either/or = teachers give back a little or students will suffer and the least-tenured teachers will be looking for new jobs. Class sizes will be larger, students will get less personal time with teachers, Indiana's children will be less likely to learn. How long before more parents then opt to home-school their kids rather than send them to overcrowded government schools?



So-called "representatives" have run away to frustrate the legislative process that is America at work. They are AWOL. They are breaking the public trust.   Nobody voted for an empty chair at the table.  Republicans fight for what they believe, but Democrats run away?   Is that how it's going to be?

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Back to loving the Republicans are we? Well maybe you'll listen to these guys when it comes to your "climategate" BS.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/25/gop-inquiry-produces-no-evidence-that-climate-scientists-misused-data/

- Canucklehead.

Anonymous said...

Been watching Fox News again Radar, drinking the Kool-Aid?

http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/breakinggov-scott-walker-punked-blogg

Anonymous said...

One of the main groups organizing the Wisconsin union protests is a spinoff from an activist academy modeled after Marxist community organizer Saul Alinsky and described as teaching tactics of direct action, confrontation and intimidation.

President Obama once funded that academy - the radical Midwest Academy. He has been closely tied to the group's founder, socialist activist Heather Booth.

Obama also is closely tied to scores of other radicals behind the Wisconsin opposition protesting Gov. Scott Walker's proposal for most state workers to pay 12 percent of their health care premiums and 5.8 percent of their salary toward their own pensions.

Walker's proposal reportedly would save $300 million in the next two years for a state that faces a financial crisis amid a $3.6 billion deficit.

A slew of radical groups and unions have been organizing the protests against Walker's proposal as well as counter protests to a recent tea party rally in support of the governor'splan.

Obama's own political machine has aided in organizing protests in Wisconsin.

A2V

highboy said...

I love it when liberal blowhards rip Fox News as if CNN, MSNBC, or any of the networks Fox continually owns have a smidgen of credibility in the news industry. Utterly laughable. Almost as laughable as believing global warming is caused by soccer moms driving suvs.

radar said...

Yep, it figures that a Darwinist would also believe in Anthropic Global Warming and be a socialist Democrat as well. Probably think we ought to open the borders to free unfettered immigration and give all homeless people a paycheck, too. Heck, let's just print up another few trillion dollars and give everybody a big tax return, too! Cut the value of all savings and investments and paychecks and salaries in the process so we will be paying ten bucks a gallon for gas and seven bucks a gallon for milk. Why not go all in, hey?

radar said...

...and Canucklehead's link is a joke. Yes, I bet you still believe Barney Frank and Maxine Waters were telling the truth, too, and that Dan Rather's GWBush military forgeries were still true and that there is an alien spacecraft in area 51 that no one gets to see...and the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus and the Evolution Fairy.

Anonymous said...

"...and give all homeless people a paycheck, too."


Just wondering what you think should be done about the problem of homelessness, Radar. Should the government not do anything about homelessness?


lava

Anonymous said...

This from a guy that believes people and dinosaurs existed at the same time. - http://i.imgur.com/brYQj.jpg - LOL.

At least you two geniuses have each other, I guess. I mean, is believing that SUV emmissions contribute to global climate change really that much sillier than some of the wacky stuff from the bible that you believe?

http://www.bricktestament.com

Oh and why don't you explain why my link is "a joke" Radar. Derision is not an argument. Remember?

- Canucklehead.

radar said...

You cannot use that on me, Canucklehead, since it is your SOP

radar said...

lava, have you ever been homeless? I have.

There are all sorts of homeless shelters around the country and most of them faith-based (although Obama wants to shut them down). Most homeless folks have had mental issues or drug/drinking problems or some kind of accident that caused them to lose a job. Some are just lazy bums. But most just need a little help to get on their feet and some direction and inspiration.

Before I was a Christian I was got involved in a drug gang selling methamphetamine aka "speed" aka "crystal meth" aka "angel dust." I would mix it with my pot sometimes and I made big money selling baggies of it. After awhile I began snorting it like cocaine. Then a girlfriend got me trying it as an injection with a hypodermic needle. Before you knew it I was constantly dragging out the spoon and the bunsen burner or candle and a baggie and a needle. You could buy big bags of disposable hypos if you claimed you had or were related to someone with diabetes.

A few months later more meth was going into my veins than getting sold. I was broke, homeless, living in the backseat of my little clunky car in the winter with no heat and just one miserable coat. I had been living on the baked potatoes a friend brought home from his job at a steakhouse but he kicked me off of his couch after a couple weeks of mooching. I realized my life sucked and turned myself in to go cold turkey. Cold turkey is horrible but it beat being a needle freak and dying of starvation or hypothermia. I could have started breaking into houses and pawning stuff to get my drugs. But fortunately I made a good decision, finally.

You can decide to pick yourself out of the gutter and do something with your life or you can decide to live "on the dole." I chose "do something."

radar said...

So although most of you commenters love to make all sorts of attacks on my character, you have no clue who I am. I do not judge people who are homosexuals or drug addicts or drunks or have made other bad choices. People are always redeemable. But I fight hard against foolishness because folly brings misery to lives.

Hilariously, I am involved in local politics and am the local "Mr. Smith" as I do not put up with politics as usual and have been working to clean up nonsense on the Republican side. Most of the Democrat politicians around here are crooked but probably a third of the elephants are as well. They just can't believe I mean it when I talk about ethics and transparency.

That is why Canucklehead's link is a hoot! The language means that only the NOAA emails were not faked. We already know that the CRU data and the Mann Hockey Stick are phony and we already know that carbon emissions do not impact the temperatures, so this report is just politics as usual, issued by non-scientists who are probably being paid by lobbyists to push for carbon taxes and phony green schemes.

The NOAA email were not in question, it was the IPCC and the CRU. Now, you want to do an audit on weather stations then you WILL find faked data. But that is another story.

Anonymous said...

But I fight hard against foolishness because folly brings misery to lives.

Wow. My irony meter just exploded.

Anonymous said...

"What if we had Republicans in charge of the White House and both houses in Washington, DC?"

Um, 2000 to 2006. Poor job growth, massive increases in deficits, Bush spending money like a drunken sailor, as even Radar has acknowledged.

Anonymous said...

"So although most of you commenters love to make all sorts of attacks on my character, you have no clue who I am."

Your auto-hagiographies make that difficult to ignore. But really, people only attack your visible character defects, e.g. when you lie, people conclude that you lie, when you censor, people conclude that you censor. Take responsibility for your actions, Radar. You've earned your criticism.

Anonymous said...

"You cannot use that on me, Canucklehead, since it is your SOP"

Logic fail. More than one person can use derision instead of an argument, and you, Radar, use derision instead of logical argumentation aplenty.

Anonymous said...

"Hilariously, I am involved in local politics"

Priceless.

Anonymous said...

"I do not judge people who are homosexuals or drug addicts or drunks or have made other bad choices."

How do you figure a homosexual would choose not to be homosexual?

"Yep, it figures that a Darwinist would also believe in Anthropic Global Warming and be a socialist Democrat as well. Probably think we ought to open the borders to free unfettered immigration and give all homeless people a paycheck, too. Heck, let's just print up another few trillion dollars and give everybody a big tax return, too! Cut the value of all savings and investments and paychecks and salaries in the process so we will be paying ten bucks a gallon for gas and seven bucks a gallon for milk. Why not go all in, hey?"

By what logical reason does that "figure"?

Jon Woolf said...

It's not logical, but it is understandable. Radar's worldview depends completely on being able to shove people and concepts into simplistic categories. Anything that violates those simplistic categories gets forgotten, usually in very short order.

For example, I wonder: if I were to say that I've tried to research the background on the current Wisconsin brouhaha, and based on what I'd read I thought Governor Walker was probably doing the right thing and the unions were in the wrong, I wonder how long it would be before Radar forgot that completely and again classified me as "just another socialist liberal" solely because I accept and defend evolutionary theory. Probably only days.

Anonymous said...

So, homeless people should just try and "do something?" That's the solution?

lava

Anonymous said...

"Republicans foresaw the crisis and sought to stop it"

Given that Republicans were in charge of all branches of government, what do you think was stopping them?

Anonymous whatsit said...

"Given that Republicans were in charge of all branches of government, what do you think was stopping them?"

And not just that, but... what action did they take?

Anonymous whatsit said...

"Now, you want to do an audit on weather stations then you WILL find faked data. "

Define "faked" in this context.

Captain Stubing said...

"Republicans foresaw the crisis and sought to stop it"

No evidence for this, sorry.

radar said...

Captain Stubing, are you deaf, dumb and blind? Maxine Waters and Barney Frank and the rest of the Democrats, who were in control of Congress, refused to deal with the Fannie/Freddie/mortgage crisis when GW Bush and even the RINO McCain pointed out that the lending was spiraling out of control. OR did you just ignore the video evidence? 2004. If the Democrats weren't getting paid so much by the ACORN and financial lobbyists maybe they would have stopped the thing before it brought about the recession. How many people have suffered so Barney Frank could live in luxury?

I'll give you more. Barack Obama is so pro-Union and Communist that he leads SEIU cheers during the 2008 video I will post next.

Captain Stubing said...

"Captain Stubing, are you deaf, dumb and blind?"

That's a funny way to start off a comment that goes on to show that you apparently didn't even read or understand my rather short and clear comment.

Republicans were in charge of the WH and Congress for six long years, immediately preceding the crisis coming into full bloom.

Where is your evidence that they sought to stop it?

Don't have any, is that it?

Jon Woolf said...

The Congressional Record does show that several bills were introduced between 2001 and 2006 to reform the financial system, especially the housing-mortgage market. However, none of them ever made it out of committee; they were all demagogued by Democrats and/or quietly pigeonholed by the country-club Republicans who were actually running Congress. The "leaders" in DC -- Republican and Democrat -- didn't have the courage to confront the problem, any more than they have the courage to confront the current budget crisis.

There was also a lot of complacency and ignorance involved. No one in a position of power understood just how badly 'mortgage-backed securities' had infected the financial system, or how bad the consequences of a real-estate crash would be. Even to this day, few people really understand what happened or why. That's why, three years after the collapse began, there still hasn't been one serious proposal for reforms that would prevent it from happening again.

Captain Stubing said...

Thank you for that, Jon. So the answer appears to be no, Republicans didn't try to stop it, even though they had control of Congress and the WH.

Anonymous whatsit said...

"...and Canucklehead's link is a joke. Yes, I bet you still believe Barney Frank and Maxine Waters were telling the truth, too, and that Dan Rather's GWBush military forgeries were still true and that there is an alien spacecraft in area 51 that no one gets to see...and the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus and the Evolution Fairy."

You realize that this is derision instead of an argument, right?

Did you read the article? Do you have evidence of misconduct that the Republican-led investigation somehow overlooked?

Jon Woolf said...

No, the answer is "some Republicans tried to stop it, but not enough of them."

Anonymous said...

No, the answer is "some Republicans tried to stop it, but not enough of them."

So that ode that Radar was composing about the amazing Republicans is null and void then, no? I mean what use is it to have a few Republicans trying to do the right thing when the rest of them are patently pulling in the opposite direction?

Jon Woolf said...

I mean what use is it to have a few Republicans trying to do the right thing when the rest of them are patently pulling in the opposite direction?

Very little. That's one reason why I hold both major political parties in nearly equal contempt. They aren't interested in doing the Right Thing, or in leading, or in ruling wisely. They're all about getting 'the goodies' for themselves and their friends, and denying it to their foes.

radar said...

"Your auto-hagiographies make that difficult to ignore. But really, people only attack your visible character defects, e.g. when you lie, people conclude that you lie, when you censor, people conclude that you censor. Take responsibility for your actions, Radar. You've earned your criticism."

You anonymous fraud! I do not lie neither do I censor. For sure, if I did censor it would be people like you who make baseless charges. But I even let complete boneheads post as long as they keep the language civil.

As to the SOX and related issues involving sub-prime loans and bundling with securities, Barack Obama himself and ACORN sued to force banks to issue loans to people who did not meet the financial standards by claiming prejudice aka "redlining" and, when the whole thing was being investigated there were hearings. I presented a longer youtube back then showing Maxine Waters and Barney Frank and others defending the system and using the race card to fend off changes...while Frank and Chris Dodds were among the top ten recipients of financial institution's lobby contributions to their campaigns (Obama and Hilary and Biden also were in the top ten). Bush was in the White House but he definitely did NOT have control of Congress and Congress would not change the laws. Disaster of course resulted as predicted by me and a host of others. ACORN is still around, mostly rebranded. SEIU is more or less running the White House. Disaster...

radar said...

The faked weather station data has been demonstrated by the audit done over a period of years by Anthony Watts and his cohorts, published by me years ago and can be found on Watts Up With That website. He also revealed the new method US used to compile climate information, using the warmest readings from the faked stations and "estimating" rather than including real readings from the rest. You do NOT put temperature guages on top of tar roofs, in front of air conditioner exhausts, on tarmac, next to airport runways, in city heat pools and etc. Or should I say responsible climatologists would not but all around North America someone or some group did all of these things to artificially raise the temperature readings. Go check it out for yourselves. The AGW has been a conspiracy that includes rich men like Al Gore who foresaw big riches in making investments in carbon-offsets (and still have hopes) and radical green groups who apparently would like us all to live on algae and sleep in caves.

radar said...

CO2, for instance, is not a harmful greenhouse gas, it is plant food. Do not insult anybody's intelligence by answering otherwise. Only the ignorant and/or the wicked would try to make CO2 a problem instead of a nutrient. There is only a very tiny portion of the atmosphere that is CO2 and plants use it up as quick as they can. The more CO2 we emit, the faster plants can grow. They can even withstand less water if they can have more CO2. We should be applauding every producer of CO2 for helping farmers around the world grow food!

radar said...

Maybe it hasn't hit some of you, but a LOT of the Republicans are as corrupt as the MAJORITY of the Democrats and we are seeking to get the bad Republicans voted out of office, too? If the Republicans had been representing the people then by 2004 the mortage/ACORN/Fannie/Freddie fiasco would have been averted and the recession could have been avoided and all those phony "stimulus" packages that did more harm than good would not have been offered. Then Obama would not have won, someone genuine rather than McCain would have won the Republican nomination and Presidency, we would be paying half of what we are now for gas and other fuels and employment would be back at pre-2008 levels.

radar said...

BTW this is the first thing Jon Woolf and I basically agree on - most current legislators, or at least the ones who came in prior to 2008, are system politicians who are preprogrammed to take the lobbyist's loot and live large at taxpayer expense with little regard to doing their jobs honestly and with little regard to what the people want and what is honest and Constitutional. Thus I have been trying to get the fatcats tossed out.

Jon Woolf said...

CO2, for instance, is not a harmful greenhouse gas,

Don't overreach, Radar.