The Strength of America

I was discussing this week’s events with a friend of mine who is starting a business.  Now, starting a business in a good economy is risky. Today, under Obama, it is an ugly risk.  I wish him the best, he’s a great guy – and brilliant.  I am actually sure that if anyone can beat the odds today, he can. 

I digress.

We were talking about politics, and his concern is that too many Americans are, frankly, ignorant.  Too many people are just going to vote for Obama because they simply do not understand economics and how destructive Obama’s regime has been.  It occurred to me that I hear this a lot from other business owners and friends, not to mention too many people in the Republican Establishment. 

Fortunately, my friend is wrong.  Americans are not ignorant.  We are smart and informed.  Fine, mistakes are made (apparently once per generation is enough), but overall we are pretty bright.

Consider the recent poll by Fox News, showing that almost 2/3 of us agree with the basic tenant of conservatism, that government is not the solution, government is the problem.  Here is Renaldo Maximus himself on this topic:

His famous quote that government is the problem came from his inaugural address in 1984.  Picture that for a moment.  The incoming, newly elected President of the United States, started his term with a statement that government – now HIS government – was the problem, not the solution.  This is why Americans loved Reagan.  That kind of open honesty and his values connected with the core of what makes America great.  I was at Reagan’s funeral, and it was a life changing event to realize just how many people believed in what I believed in.  In many ways, that day was the beginning of this blog.  And, in many ways, that day is what I rest my faith on when I assure you that America is basically a conservative country.  Conservatives are better informed, and Americans in general are simply not stupid.  Kind and generous, yesStupid, no.

So, my prediction is Romney in a landslide of Reaganesque proportions.

Have faith, my friends.  Stay Thirsty, my friends.

Obama Disses Jobs

Heh.  Could not resist the headline.  Check out the link for more humor on Obama’s War on Small Business.

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Romney is on fire over Obama’s statements denigrating the work that business owners put into their small businesses:

The spark, for Romney, was Obama's now-famous comment Friday in which he suggested businesses owe their success to government investment. While Romney has bounced among various themes in recent weeks, his speech to a Pennsylvania crowd Tuesday and then to the Ohio crowd Wednesday zeroed in on that quote as illustrating a singular difference between his attitude toward the economy and Obama's.

I sense a tipping point.  This might well be known in the future as Obama’s Roanoke Moment, when the election was lost.     

Vetting Obama the Ardent Marxist Socialist

In the small world that it often turns out to be, one of my old friends, John C. Drew, has emerged at the forefront of the vetting process of Obama for 2012, with a column in Breitbart’s Big Government .  Vetting that should have occurred four years ago or sooner, which constitutes journalistic malpractice.  John actually dated one of the girlfriends that Obama “compressed” in his autobiography:

[Regina] told me about her childhood in Chicago, the absent father and struggling mother, the South Side's six-flat that never seemed warm enough in winter and got so hot in the summer that people went out by the lake to sleep....Her voice evoked a vision of black life in all its possibility, a vision that filled me with longing--a longing for place, and a fixed and definite history. As we were getting up to leave, I told Regina I envied her. "For what?" "I don't know. For your memories, I guess."

That passage, from Obama's (first) autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (pp. 158-9), describes "Regina," a young black woman at Occidental College who he claimed was crucial to his political awakening. She even encouraged him to drop "Barry" in favor of "Barack." He envied her confidence, and her memories--so much so, in fact, that he made them up. Not only was "Regina" not from the poor South Side of Chicago, but she was not even black.

I know, because she was my girlfriend at the time.

imageJohn was an admitted Marxist at the time.  One of the topics I have talked to him about is Obama’s complete lack of a documented “eureka” moment, that soul searching journey or moment when you realize that the philosophical path you are on is simply wrong. 

Every person who has shifted from Marxist/Socialist views to Capitalism/Conservatism has that story: the wake up moment or reasons for their life to change directions.  Obama does not have such a story to tell.  John has told me he believes this is because Obama never made such a journey, that he never made the transition from Marxist philosophies to capitalism.

That would certainly fit with Obama’s continued socialist political appointments and advisors.

[update]

John just sent me a link to another column he has out at American Thinker where he discusses this further:

Politically, the most significant issue missing from Obama's composite Regina is that the real life Caroline Boss was then a strongly committed Marxist socialist. Boss served as the co-president of the Democrat Socialist Alliance (DSA) at Occidental College while Obama was a sophomore. We also know, from David Maraniss's book, that Boss she was one of the main speakers at the anti-apartheid event at Occidental on February 18, 1981. In Maraniss's book, Obama's smooth participation in skit where he plays the role of a soon-to-be-arrested South African activist offers a stark contrast to Boss's performance in which -- reminiscent of Phoebe Buffay -- she nervously flubs the introduction of the guest speaker, a visitor from South Africa.

All in all, I think it is safe to say the story of the real life Caroline Boss would have been much more interesting than the story of the fake Regina -- even the parts of the fake Regina that seem to drawn on the real life of the first lady, Michelle Obama.

I am asking myself why would Obama delete a vivid white girl from his autobiography and replace her with a big, dark composite character from Chicago?

As a political scientist, I think the best theory is that my girlfriend's story would not have scored Obama many points among his potential black constituents in Chicago. Acknowledging the influence of a white, Swiss-American would have called attention to Obama's politically incorrect attachments to a series of wealthy white females including Caroline Boss, Alexandra McNear and Genevieve Cook. It would have reminded readers that Obama picked Occidental College, in part, because of the advice of a white girl from the wealthy Brentwood area of Los Angeles. Ultimately, I think the story of the real white Regina would have led readers to the uncomfortable realities of the real young Obama -- the Punahou graduate who seemed completely white, the cocaine user who benefited from affirmative action, and the angry dude who got in my face to defend his naïve faith in an inevitable Communist revolution.

Cool Blast Lemonade: Why I Still Believe in American Greatness

I remember my first lemonade stand.  Lost money, but learned a lot about hard work.

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Now, with Obama declaring war on small business, I wonder how long it will take the Sutton family tykes to be targeted, based on this Fox News article.

Clara Sutton talks about what she has learned so far:

You learn how to make change.  We learned about customer service -- that we should always be nice to customers. We learned how to advertise.

We donate some of the money to charity to help other people out.  We use the rest for supplies. We might buy a gift for our brother since he’s our employee.

Wait until you learn about city permits, sales tax, unemployment tax, income tax, and property tax, not to mention health regulations, workers comp, insurance, audits, ADA, and health care.  Not so cute anymore.

Obama has declared war on small business, making it official actually, because the bureaucrats have been targeting small business for years.  Andrew Sutton, a small business owner himself, had something to say about President Obama's take on the debt business owners owe to the government, :

It was not very presidential. A leader should lead by being more positive. [Obama] should of said, “you guys should be the backbone of the economy.”

Obama entered the his term knowing the economy was in crisis.  Little remembered is how active Obama was even before he assumed office.  In fact, the second half of TARP spending was at Obama’s request, before he assumed office.  Bush agreed to take the fall for it.  Ann Coulter covers this tidbit:

The theory is that a new resident is stuck with the budget of his predecessor, so the entire 2009 fiscal year should be attributed to Bush.

But Obama didn’t come in and live with the budget Bush had approved. He immediately signed off on enormous spending programs that had been specifically rejected by Bush. This included a $410 billion spending bill that Bush had refused to sign before he left office. Obama signed it on March 10, 2009. Bush had been chopping brush in Texas for two months at that point. Marketwatch’s Nutting says that’s Bush’s spending.

Obama also spent the second half of the Troubled Asset Relief Fund (TARP). These were discretionary funds meant to prevent a market meltdown after Lehman Brothers collapsed. By the end of 2008, it was clear the panic had passed, and Bush announced that he wouldn’t need to spend the second half of the TARP money.

But on Jan. 12, 2009, Obama asked Bush to release the remaining TARP funds for Obama to spend as soon as he took office. By Oct. 1, Obama had spent another $200 billion in TARP money. That, too, gets credited to Bush, according to the creative accounting of Rex Nutting.

After taking office, and facing what was, in his own words, “the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression,” what was the game plan he and his staff came up with?  Their priorities were as follows:
I could go on.  I do not care how big a supporter of Obama you are, you cannot possibly consider the above list as actions by someone intending to repair the “worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.”  These actions are done by someone who intends to change the economy, not fix it.  The bad kind of change, not the good kind.
 
Hey Obamites? Want me to give him the benefit of the doubt?  Want me to assume he intended to fix the economy, not break it further?  Fine, for the sake of argument, let’s play that game.  Assuming Obama wanted to fix the economy, has he succeeded?  No.  Period.  Worst recovery from a recession ever.  More jobs?  No. Longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.
 
I could go on.  The Obamite response?  It’s Bush’s fault.  It’s ATM’s fault.  It’s rich people, a tsunami, locusts.
 
Not my fault
 
Basically, Obama wants to blame anyone or anything for the problems we still face.  But he NEVER accepts responsibility for the things he has done – the things that failed to work.
 
And some day, some little girl selling lemonade is going to be out of business because Obama declared war on small business.
 
[Update]  …or a kid selling hotdogs.

[Update]

Based on comments from the cross-post at Flopping Aces, I need to update this post:

Ok, so I have to either take credit for, or admit failure over, the fact that the post does not fulfill the premise of the title. I think I need an update. That is the downside of having so many other demands on my time that I can’t put as much effort here as I really want to.

When I started this post, I intended to wrap it back to the point that little kids starting lemonade stands is really a reason to cheer for America. It devolved into the reality of how awful and intrusive government has become. So, my post can be considered ironic in extreme, but it actually was not intended to be.

I really do believe in the future of America. I really do believe that the lemonade stand is the absolute perfect paradigm for this discussion. We have, as a country, developed a habit of turning out really stupid teenagers – that grow up to be really bright 28 year olds. I think that is the key to understanding my faith in this country.

We coddle our kids. Duh.

We tell them they can be President. (Certainly, if Obama can become President, ANYONE can).

We tell them they are talented, smart, and special. We build their little egos as much as we can. Then, when they are teenagers, we drop The Rules on them. And we freak out when they rebel. Duh.

Eventually, they take the ego boosts and the belief that they can do anything (in this the best country ever), and they face the reality: the Government is NOT here to help you, people can be idiots, sponges, leaches, or piglets (pick your analogy), and frankly, TANSTAAFL. (Look it up, I won’t link, just so you remember the phrase.)

In summary, when we turn them loose they are angry — because they thought the world was simple and they would just rule.

Then they figured out it wasn’t. And the key to success is hard work and “I got your back”. Those of them that figure this out succeed. Those of them that don’t, work for those of them that did.

This process produces really bright 28 year olds. Who figured it out.

Hence, my belief that the lemonade stand is the core of why I still believe in the Greatness of America.

Spoken as a dad with teenagers (sympathy is accepted), but also as an adept observer of human nature.

Supersymmetry and the God Particle

I find physics a heck of a lot easier to understand than politics, likely because you can generally agree on a set of rules that works for everyone.  Plus, there are fewer liars.  A lot fewer.  Oh, and genius physicists have much smaller egos than politicians.

Anyway, I have been following the recent announcement that the Higgs Boson (the so-called God Particle) may have finally been observed at CERN.  The problem is that the results do not match closely enough to the Standard Model, which means the best theory we have about the universe likely needs an update.  That makes Supersymmetry a leading candidate to update the Standard Model.

There is an excellent article, easy to read and understand, posted at Gizmag on this topic.  Kudos to the author, Brian Dodson, for a really good primer on the subject.

Obama Launches War on Small Business

Obama 2012This post is is a touchstone for the election: everything wrong with Obama in a nutshell.

The man has got to go.  When you read his recent comments denigrating the hard work of business owners, you will see why his policies are a total failure.  He is so out of touch with reality, so out of touch with the backbone of America, so out of touch with capitalism, that he can not possibly see the effect of his policies on America. 

And if you can’t see the effect, how can you choose a path?

If you can’t see the road before you, how can you drive the economy?

Obama’s comments on Friday were outrageously offensive to people like me who have worked hard our whole life, follow all the rules, and tried to overcome the obstacles stuck in our path by a government that is more interested in collecting money from us than in understanding our needs.  All of that sacrifice and labor, only be told by our President that what we accomplished wasn’t because of our hard work, it was because of the government:

If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Free money!

Mr. Obama, let me ask you this: Where did the money to build those roads come from? Where did the money to research technology and create the Internet come from? Where did the money to hire those teachers come from? Do you really think that money just came from “the Government”? Are you really that stupid? As stupid as your supporters? Do you think money is free?

Mr. Obama, even when you print the money, it is not free. You do not have a clue how capitalism works, what freedom means, and who pays for all the things you keep buying.

 

Obama is going to pay my mortgage!

Mr. Obama, are you stupid? Or, are you just pandering for votes? Either way, it is time for you to go. We cannot afford another four years of such offensive behavior, and utter failure.

We cannot afford for you to teach our young people that the only way to succeed is for the government to help; that money is free; that hard work does not result in success. We cannot afford your socialist philosophies and your inability to admit to mistakes and learn from them.

 

We cannot afford you, Mr. Obama.  We are a rich country, but no one is rich enough to pay your bills.

Mr. Obama, you should have listened to Margaret Thatcher, instead of Frank Marshall Davis.  The problem with Socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money.

Mr. Obama, you have run out of our money.

Mr. Obama, it is time to go.

[Update]

Here is the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) response, it was a fast response, and effective:

H/T Hotair

Ineptocracy: Shirt of the Week

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Of course, Amazon sells it

Obama Still Using Stale Tactics to Scare Voters

From the Romney Campaign, H/T Theo Spark

Another Drudge Editorial: Black and White

Drudge highlights the racism on the left, and their view that the world is all about black and white with another unspoken juxtaposition editorial.

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Thanks, Matt.

The Right Religion

So I’m reading up (again) on Obamacare, in between reading and posting comments on Flopping Aces, and I came across a debate between the Great One and Randy Barnett, as reviewed by Hugh Hewett.  Hugh had an interesting point regarding the reaction of the left to the allowance of exclusions for religious reasons:

Wonder when Citizens United For Separation of Church and State will get around to suing over section (d)(2) ---but of course would run the risk of pulling down the whole law if they win, so they won't because they wouldn't dare upset their allies on the left.

It occurs to me that perhaps I should start a new religion, the Right Religion, wherein we recognize there is a God, and he loves us and he wants us to be happy (Ben Franklin agrees with me so far).  In pursuit of that happiness, we require freedom from certain constraints, especially regarding the choices made in our personal health care.  Thus, allowing us to be excluded from portions of the Obamacare monstrosity.

(2) Religious exemptions
(A) Religious conscience exemption
Such term shall not include any individual for any month if such individual has in effect an exemption under section 1311(d)(4)(H) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which certifies that such individual is—
(i) a member of a recognized religious sect or division thereof which is described in section 1402 (g)(1), and
(ii) an adherent of established tenets or teachings of such sect or division as described in such section.

imageTaking this further (perhaps too far), maybe we should all think, really hard, about our Right Religion and related matters during any sexual encounters, a type of fantasizing as it were.  If it is part of our sex life, we can then declare the Right Religion to also be a sexual preference.  As such, criticism of our political and religious beliefs would also become discrimination regarding our sexual practices, and we could justifiably request all critics of our religion and our sexual practices to keep quiet so that they do not offend us or stomp on our rights to practice sex and religion without discrimination.

Or, perhaps I am fantasizing. 

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