Racefish’s Weblog


Gradually Slipping Left
September 24, 2008, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Economy, Legislative Foolishness

http://www.promethea.org/Misc_Compositions/PrometheanCapitalism/Fascism.html

It’s kind of a long read but I think it will open your eyes a little. Are we going to be another Germany, Itally, USSR, or even China. I fear the slide has started and the result will be the same.

The Supreme Court has nibbled away at the Constitution in the name of “fairness”. Can we afford more Liberal judges that continue to assault the primary reasons the Constitution was written and adopted?

Are we going to see the result of over 200 years of work be placed in the hands of unelected, self righteous, elitests, change what truly “was” a great document. Thomas and Scalia are about the last two who are actually following the intent of the Constitution.

As for the “Bail-out”, let them fail. They’ve given so much money to the top tier of the Democrats and the Democrats have done everything in their power to black any kind of restructuring up until now when their collective necks are on the chopping block.



Poll
September 22, 2008, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Economy, Legislative Foolishness, Political Races, Uncategorized

A KFAB poll today had a vote on Senator Hagel speaking out against Sarah Palin being the VP nominee. The results weren’t all that surprising. 83% say that he should keep his mouth shut.

While voting with the Conservative side, he’s received a lot of criticism for the stance he adopted on the invasion and war in Iraq.

He’s also recieved criticism for blocking legislative reform.

  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning “soft money” contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)

Of course you can always go to the web-site but check this out. Hindsight is always 20/20.

  • Our current Iraq policy is not worthy of soldiers’ sacrifice. (Jul 2007)
  • Engage with Iran & Syria; follow Baker-Hamilton. (Jul 2007)
  • Internationalize Iraq or we’ll be seen as occupiers. (Jul 2007)
  • Open to withdrawal timelines, but look at other issues too. (Jul 2007)
  • Bush administration wanted to go to war with Saddam. (Jul 2007)
  • No Iraq military solution; focus on political accommodation. (Jul 2007)
  • Outcome in Iraq will be determined by the Iraqis. (Jul 2007)
  • Iraq was a war of choice, like Vietnam. (Jul 2007)
  • Congress should oppose Bush’s actions, but not impeachable. (Jul 2007)
  • Soldiers in Iraq deserve a policy worthy of their sacrifice. (Mar 2007)
  • US in “deep trouble” in Iraq. (Sep 2004)
  • Iraq took our eye off the ball in Afghanistan. (Aug 2004)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • CIA mischaracterized Iraq WMD & abused intelligence position. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq-al-Qaida contacts, but no complicity or assistance. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA knew State of the Union Iraq-Niger connection was false. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not reconstituting its nuclear program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its biological weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its chemical weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was developing missiles, but not to reach the US. (Jul 2004)

http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Chuck_Hagel.htm

Nebraskans are people who have a long memory.



Bailout Blues
February 22, 2009, 3:41 pm
Filed under: Economy, Housing, Legislative Foolishness, Rants, Socialism

OK, I’ve been gone a while but it’s something that really gets my blood hot. Obama’s Mortgage Plan is another one of those “taxpayer financed” ways of extending the reach of the Federal Government into the daily lives of productive Americans.

Answer me this; Why does Comrade Obama think it is the duty of the productive taxpayer to pay part of the mortgage of people who #1, couldn’t afford the house in the first place, and #2, gt into a house that a wise¬† person would understand was far beyond their ability to pay for and maintain?

We have to go back to the Carter administration. This was the feel good bunch that was responsible for double digit inflation and the failed rescue attempt of the hostages in Iran. The first housing bill passed during that time was aimed at getting people who were desirous of owning a home in on the ground floor with an adjustable rate mortgage. That in itself is a noble endeavor for those who are young, professionally oriented, and stable.

The program was expanded slightly during the Reagan administration and really inflated with Clinton. The G. W. Bush administration called for greater oversight of Fannie May and Freddy Mac. Senator John McCain also called for greater regulation. The result was that the Democrats continued to say that these GSEs (Government Sponsored Enterprises) were sound and were in no trouble.

The real-estate companies and lenders took the word of Congress and were betting on the housing market continuing to grow. Organizations such as ACORN and others put pressure on lenders to provide money for houses that would be purchased with federal guarantees through the GSEs. The result was that people who were on the low side of the income ladder, and had never had any experience managing credit, were placed in the untenable position of paying a mortgage hopelessly out of their range.

The inevitable number of repossessions has caused the housing market to collapse. Many pundits would label this the bubble bursting, but looking seriously at the problem. the overbuilding and over-selling was much of the problem.

Now, we have an additional problem of the cost of fuel, namely gasoline and diesel, being artificially inflated. There are many causes for that, but the inevitable result was the population cutting back on travel, recreation, and the availability of non-discretionary funds that would have been used for new furniture, clothes, electronics, and more.

Now Obama comes out with a plan to alleviate the borrowers pain. His plan is for lenders to refinance loans in limbo, and have the lenders “pay” half of the refinancing to bring the rate down to a “reasonable” level. The “Government” namely the Taxpayer would pay the other half.

If you bought into the “Hope and Change” that Obama’s campaign sold so well, I can only say I hope you wake up and oppose his radical Socialist agenda, or you will only have Change left in your pocket.



Down to the Wire
October 25, 2008, 5:26 pm
Filed under: Economy, Legislative Foolishness, Political Races

It’s the last two weeks and the “truth patrols” are out in force. The Republicans are being called liars and are trying to steal the election while the Democrats are relying on the confusion of voter registration fiascos in some states to allow dubious voters and ballots. Remember, this is the same party that gave us the GSE mess we’re paying for now.

President Bush warned in the first administration, that these GSEs were needing tighter regulation. John McCain echoed that sentiment in 2006. What has changed?

Adolph Hitler was very affective in his policy of “telling a lie oftedn enough and loud enough”. The Leftist/Liberal/Democrat/Socialist/Fascist Party has done a very good job convincing the public that the Capitalist Republic that brought our nation to the place it sits today is an evil that must be destroyed. My fear is they are succeeding.

When you cast your ballot on the 4th, remember who gave us this mess. Dowd, Obama, Frank, Pelosi, Kennedy, Kerry, and a cast of thowsands. A special “thanks” goes out to ACORN, the ACLU, and the judges in the 9th circuit court of Liberalism. Thanks guys, my 401K is losing value as we speak and your voting records are a joke. I guess the Democrat definition of “Fairness” is when everyone is equally poor.



Who Profits?
June 19, 2008, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Economy, Gas Crunch, Global Warming

I know, it’s like beating a dead horse. Al Gore is using more energy after making his house “friendlier ” to the environment, but who is footing the bil for his continued assault on the US system.

I think I’ve found the answer. Why isn’t it strange? The top corporation in the money spent on lobbying is who else but General Electric.

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/top.php?showYear=2007&indexType=s

Now I understand that the “evil” oil companies are doing their level best to relieve you of every dollar you may ever get, but ti\his little fact goes completely over the heads of the Left.

Go back twenty years. What was the most evil compound released into the environment? Why it was the PCBs. What use were these evil compounds used for? Why it was the “coolant” in the transformers that hang on the electrical poles and the big sub-stations in suburbia and, OMG, the cities where the poor people live.

Take my advice and dig a little when you see a movement that wants to drastically hange your life-style. Don’t be too surprized if that “Environmentalist” is standing next to a cah register holding a bill with your name on it.



Craziness
June 13, 2008, 7:04 pm
Filed under: Political Races

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but, what the hell, I’m lazy. Anyway since the Obama machine has managed to… Oh wait. The Clinton campaign managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I thought she was supposed to be the annointed one. I guess that her organization was just as competant as she would have been at the top seed in the party. Go figger.

Anyway, the presumptive Saviour of the Democrat or should I say the Neo-Socialist party is proving to be something of a mystery man. With the Daily Kos releasing a somewhat dubious “copy” of the birth certificate, there are more questions than answers. Was he or was he not born in Hawaii, and when did his mother return to this country if he was born in another country? The Linton campaign has launched a missile at Obama and I’m enjoying the dialogs.

http://forums.delphiforums.com/bully/messages?msg=61223.142

Of course this doesn’t matter to the acolytes of the Democrat standard bearer. I’ve found out that even if you say something slightly in jest that might make him look somewhat human, the wrath of the Obama shock troops can be daunting. Of course these same robots were’nt so kind to Bush when he made some equally strange mistakes.

It must be remembered that there are those of us who really don’t have the ability to speak well in public, I being one. I’ve said things that, upon further reflection, I have come to realize are not only strange but downright stupid sounding. Even Ronald Reagan said things that had a quality of being questionable, and he was known as the Great Communicator. At least I don’t have to be in the public eye and dodging the arrows of the opposition party.

I guess this race is going to come down as to who these two candidates will be tagging for their running mates. The next five months are really going to be interesting. The old white guy who some call a “Conservative” who is showing up more as a centrist with leftward leanings on the environment and a few other things, and the half-white young guy who no-one can quite get a handle on but if he played guitar would be more popular than the Beatles, if you get my drift. (Why was John Lennon condemned by the Religious Right?)

The best thing to do is look at the voting records of the candidates. Check out this site and make upo your own mind.

http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm



More on Ethanol
May 12, 2008, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Gas Crunch, Legislative Foolishness

From the Washington Times:

“Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer yesterday said U.N. and other international aid officials are “flat-out wrong” to call U.S. ethanol production from corn a major factor in world food shortages and riots.”

“Only a very small portion of this problem is ethanol driven,” Mr. Schafer said in an interview with The Washington Times. Global food prices have risen 45 percent since mid-2007.”

“Mr. Schafer, a longtime proponent of biofuels, vehemently disputed efforts by the leaders of the World Bank and the U.N. World Food Program to blame ethanol for rising world food prices. He said his department calculates that competition between food and biofuels accounts only for up to 3 percent of food price increases.”

Now it’s understandable that the “World” is not entirely affected by our use of ethanol from corn, it is also a fact that the increasing use is directly affected by that use in our country.

The amount of land devoted to the production of corn has increased and the price of that product has gone up. This adversely affects the price of food in the U. S. How is that? Let me explain.

Prime beef is a corn fed product that commands more time and corn for production. The cost of feed corn goes up, the expense passed on to the farmer likewise increases. The price of beef has not gone up in proportion to corn. Why is that? Feeders are not keeping cattle in the feedlot for a longer time to get the market weight to the desired level. They are selling off early because they can’t afford to keep them. Consequently the cattle are dumped on the market early and the price may decline. Once the supply decreases to a certain point, the price will start to escalate in proportion to the corn price and become profitable again. Prices for pork and chicken will be similarly impacted.

Other products such as prepared foods dependent on corn starch, and corn syrup are going up now because the corn is being diverted to ethanol production. Sorry, but the cost of nachos at the football game will be higher.

Does using ethanol make sense? No. I conducted a test over the last two weeks as to the actual viability of the addition of ethanol to gasoline as a fuel. I had been running 10% ethanol as a matter of course as my “patriotic” duty to keep the import of foreign oil down. My mileage over a period of time was averaging 12.3 miles per gallon with the 10% blend. I then started using straight “regular” unleaded. I noticed an improvement of 13.4 miles per gallon during the period.

With the non-ethanol blend casting an additional $.10 per gallon, I crunched the numbers and lo and behold, the extra mileage more than made up for the extra cost. Does it make sense to keep burning your food? Not to me.




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