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Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President: 

 In today’s dangerous world, we need a President with experience, leadership, and courage. Unfortunately you have shown us little of those traits. Your childhood and younger years denied you the opportunity to grow up as an American man, and that is no fault of your own. Unfortunately, your lack of empathy for and experience of a traditional American upbringing has left you out of touch with those of us who grew up learning the traditions and work ethic of our predecessors. You have never accepted the honor of military service, nor held and survived in any sort of entry level working position. You are bereft of many of the basic building blocks of a true American personality and world view. 

You have never experienced the icy fingers of fear caressing your gut during a firefight when your very survival from second to second depends on your luck, wits, fellow troopers, and the grace of God. You have never sweated out a payroll when your receivables are late. You’ve missed the rewarding feeling of flogging a loaded truck all night to deliver a load 500 miles away at 7:00 AM. You never shoveled cow manure for less than minimum wage to earn enough for a rattletrap car. You missed out on greasing dump trucks on the night shift, and never had the opportunity to start out cleaning restrooms and sweeping floors in a factory. 

 Your education was in the law, and you ignored any opportunity to absorb the lessons of history or the theories of economics. You have never experienced the ecstasy of success or the lash of defeat in the private sector. While you play golf, basketball, and surround yourself with “the swells” enjoying concerts in the People’s House, those of us in the general public dine on Spam and Costco burgers. I can’t put my wife on a 747 and send her to Spain so she can be ready to spend 10 days on Martha’s Vineyard when she gets back. She works 7 days a week and so do I – spreading 4 full and part time jobs between us to make ends meet. 

 I watch in pain while my business venture slides into oblivion and my small IRA erodes as your economic policies push the nation into a double dip recession. This economy is locking up again, and you cannot blame former President Bush. The great construction jobs I created are ending while you pour trillions in borrowed money into the public sector to buy votes. I blame you personally for appointing the ship of fools you have as cabinet officials and advisors for this. You are repeating the gross mistakes of Japan in the ‘90s and the Roosevelt Administration in the ‘30s – both of which failed and lengthened severe economic problems for a decade or more. You are intentionally smothering our private sector with regulations, taxes, and mandates at the same time you squander the wages and futures of our children and grandkids. 

 I deplore your continued efforts to divide the greatest nation of immigrants in the world along race and class lines. Pandering to various groups and attempting to set them against other Americans is demagoguery at its worst. I sincerely hope such actions end up damaging you in the end and not our country. 

 You will leave office with a big pension, Secret Service protection, and gold plated health care for life. I may well end up with 40 years of hard work down the drain, living in a mobile home in the backwoods. I do not resent you for your good fortune – you worked hard to become President and won the election fair & square. I do however despise your policies and the horrendous damage they are visiting on our nation, its economy, and our future. I have dedicated my remaining years to fighting you, your policies, and protecting our children’s futures. 

 I may well end up destroyed financially from the results of your misguided and dangerous actions – but you will never break me psychologically, nor crush my spirit. I am a Marine, I have a wonderful wife and family, and last but not least, I live in the greatest nation in the world. I shall work to my last breath to keep it that way, and you sir, shall fail to destroy that dream. 

Jeffrey S. Howard

Redmond, Washington

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Double Dip?

The Dow is down 275 points this morning, below 9900 and falling like a safe dropped from a helicopter. It just touched beneath the absolute low hit in the “flash crash” of May 6th. Consumer confidence plunged from 62.7 to 52.9 in one month. Recent polling shows that over 62% of Americans think the nation is on “the wrong track.” Exactly what is this market, supposedly a leading indicator of economic activity, trying to tell us?

The market is telegraphing that there is no confidence in the present government trajectory toward tax increases, more borrowing, and higher deficits. It also dislikes the dead hand of government in the management of financial institutions, automakers, and health care. It deplores the idea of saddling the economy with cap & trade costs, and realizes that “stimulus” spending largely directed toward the public sector is totally non-productive. Investors and businesses have seen this movie before – when the very similar activist policies of FDR failed to cure the Great Depression which lasted well into his 3rd term.

Vice president Joe Biden has said that we “need to spend money to keep from going bankrupt.” Nancy Pelosi has stated about the Health Care Bill that “we have to pass the bill so we can see what’s in it.” Christopher Dodd comments on his financial reform legislation: “No one will know until this is actually in place how it works”. Of course no one can forget candidate Obama’s comments on cap & trade: “electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket,” and on taxes: “it is better for everyone when we spread the wealth around.”

Peter Orszag, the OMB director responsible for planning budget deficits beyond contemplation and cooking the books to make Health Care appear feasible is bailing out. President Obama just got slapped around by the leaders of the G-20 when he floated a trial balloon involving more massive “stimulus” spending. These heads of state are belatedly awakening to the fact that Keynesian economic theories eventually crash, but Obama, Summers, Geithner, and Biden have yet to catch on. Unfortunately, they never will because they are so completely wed to big government along with massive spending, taxing and regulation schemes. Of course, buying votes from SEIU and UAW members is the prime benefit to the administration of the mix.

This administration is stealing from our grandchildren and spending our national future down the drain. The red ink must be staunched, entitlement spending reformed, Health Care repealed, and government cut back. Obama will never consider it, so the only way to begin a reversal is to elect a Congress that will refuse to fund these massive programs.

The next time you see a baby, stop and wonder how he or she will think of our generation in about 50 years. Then promise that baby that you will vote now to stop this insanity before it is too late. No American has the right to live in the present off the future earnings of another.

Twelve Provocations

He is bigger than me, nasty, and cruel – the bully, assigned the seat behind me in 4th grade. Every few minutes, he reaches forward and tweaks my ear. I quietly seethe in growing anger, but continue to hope his harassment will cease. It is not to be. In an instant reaction of boiling rage, I rise, whirl, and attack. After getting in a few good hits and some choice words, I am sent to the principal’s office feeling relieved and rather proud.

The Bully

The Bully

The Obama Administration has been tweaking the American people’s ears for 17 months. Each time a new story breaks, it is another drip in the water torture of those who value their country and way of life and wish to preserve it. The retaliation will begin in November. Let’s look at a few of the reasons.

Stimulus Bill: Well north of $800 Billion is committed to this blatant purchase of public employee and union loyalty. The vast bulk of this pork barrel is targeted at maintaining employment in the public sector – not at energizing private, wealth producing industry.

TARP Automaker Bailout: Diverting money from a financial bailout fund, GM and Chrysler were forced into a perverted form of “bankruptcy” directed by the Obama Administration. Bond holders were ripped off and the UAW paid off. Instead of allowing the courts to settle the issues, the Administration propped up zombie companies solely to preserve union pensions, dues, and votes at taxpayer expense.

Blame America First: The President never misses an opportunity either at home or overseas to criticize America for deeds of the past and lecture citizens on the unfairness of our free economy and lifestyles. Americans want a President to lead and support them – not continuously degrade the nation’s accomplishments and the efforts of its entrepreneurs.

Close Guantanamo Bay: This idea was inept foolishness, and has not been accomplished. Americans do not want terrorists on US soil and feel they should be dealt with fairly, by the military, in a far away place.

Terror Trials in NYC: Based on PC instead of common sense, the Administration’s promise to hold the trials of the 9/11 defendants in New York in a civilian court instead of relying on a Military Tribunal has enraged millions. There is no cogent excuse for this decision and the pushback has been massive and widespread.

Health Care Bill: Against the will of the majority of the American people, this monstrous 2700 page bill was passed into law before anyone could read and understand its unintended consequences. Sold partly as a way to “bend the cost curve down”, recent developments have pointed to the exact opposite. Doctors are trying to sell their practices to escape the business. Major firms are charging huge amounts against future earnings, and it is estimated that half of those presently insured will lose the coverage they have within 3 years.

Border Security: The Administration has avoided securing the border apparently for political reasons, the security of the American people and the rule of law be damned. Out of desperation Arizona passed a law to enable local authorities to participate in the apprehension of illegal immigrants and turn them over to ICE. Instead of enforcing Federal law, the Administration is suing Arizona!

Cap & Trade legislation: In the depths of the worst recession since the 1930s, and after candidate Obama’s admission that “energy costs will necessarily skyrocket”, the Administration plans to push for passage of “Cap & Trade”. This will create a huge market in carbon credits ripe for manipulation and punish job creating businesses with crushing increases in costs. It will kill yet more jobs when we least need such results.

Oil Spill response: Two months of uncontrolled oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico has fouled beaches, smothered fish, drowned wildlife, and tossed thousands out of their life’s work. Foreign countries’ offers of aid are spurned by the Administration out of hubris and refusal to suspend the Jones Act. Instead of gathering experts and planning a response, a “commission” consisting of anti-oil zealots is appointed and deep oil drilling is prohibited for 6 months throwing thousands more out of work. There is no direction and no clear lines of authority. Operations and plans by states and municipalities to protect themselves are quashed by federal bureaucracies. Throughout this time, the President plays golf, throws parties, and attends private concerts. The Nero Administration is totally dysfunctional while the greatest environmental catastrophe in America’s history runs amok with no coordinated reaction.

Spending: No Administration in history has spent more money, most of borrowed from China and future generations, than this one. The Federal Budget Deficit has quadrupled on an annual basis and these tankers full of red ink are projected as far as the eye can see. This has to be reversed immediately by stopping the Administration in its tracks before the plunge toward national bankruptcy and the destruction of our children’s’ future is irrevocable.

Tax Increases: The Administration is rubbing its hands together awaiting an expected increase in revenue from the expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts. Unfortunately the consequence is that businesses are allocating as much revenue as possible into 2010, and hoarding cash. This is a recipe for compounding and prolonging the recession since money on the sidelines cannot create jobs through purchasing and expansion.

McChrystal Article: The Afghan people live in and prefer the 7th century. Attempting to drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st goes against their grain. They have proudly defeated outside invaders for a thousand years and see no reason to quit now. Presidential preferences (Bush and Obama) to eliminate opium cultivation, turn Islam from a lifestyle into a religion, stand up a secular democracy, and eliminate the Taliban may be a bridge too far. Obama already canned one general, and now fires McChrystal over an article in which the general and his staff let their guards down badly. This is not the President’s fault directly, but the overlapping and confused lines of authority between the military and various civilian officials are similar to the oil spill debacle. The apparent lack of direct leadership and control from the Oval Office cannot help but add to the impression that the Administration is in way over its head.

Foreign Relations: The act of sending the Churchill bust back to England and presenting schlocky DVDs to the British Prime Minister was crass. The ill treatment of the Israeli Prime Minister was inexcusable. Pulling the plug on missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic was pathetic, and expecting the Iranian Mullahs to abandon their nuclear ambitions by smiling at them is naive at best. Dissing Honduras after the court legally deposed a President and leaving Columbia twisting in the wind on trade are alerting our historical allies that the US is not a dependable partner. Bowing to foreign heads of state is unacceptable conduct by an American President. Jimmy Carter may yet live to see himself elevated in history by the abject performance of this President.

The Obama Administration is the bully, the American people; its victims. Our ears are stinging from this continued abuse. As Americans it is our duty to the nation and its future to whirl and fight back. Your opportunity to vote this November must not be missed.

Just the Facts

Here is Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament chastising former Prime Minister Gordon Brown about deficit spending and borrowing. This exact same speech could and should be delivered in our own Congress, on the Sunday talk shows, and from every rooftop in America. Keep in mind that when Mr. Hannan mentions that every child in Britain is born owing “Twenty Thousand Pounds”; in America every child is born owing just shy of $400,000!

Our own Senator Murray and Representative Inslee are so wrapped around the axle with myopic liberal orthodoxy that neither of them would ever think of opposing the dangers of the nation’s present path toward future bankruptcy. Both ignore the past, are blind to the future, and concerned only with personal power. It is our job to elect replacements for them with Mr. Hannan’s common sense and courage. They are out there and running in the primaries this very moment and deserve our support.

This November General Election may well be the most important in our lifetimes. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference. Your little loved ones, too young to vote or yet unborn, are depending on you.

Then and Now

Huey Long rose to power in the grinding years of the Great Depression on promises of wealth redistribution. He firmly believed that the economic pie was finite, and that the “haves” of the day only got that way by taking from the “have-nots.” His motto was “Every Man a King”, and he spread his mantra far and wide garnering enthusiastic support from those suffering truly hard times with no end in sight. Long had a rather direct outlook on how to overcome his political adversaries. “I used to try to get things done by saying “please.”  Now…I dynamite ’em out of my path.”

Barack Obama rose from obscurity to the highest office in the land with similar methods. He has great charisma and an outlook similar to Long’s. He also believes that wealth earned or possessed by those of means was somehow stolen from the more deserving poor. The destitution of certain sectors of society is in Obama’s view; not the result of their own actions or lack thereof, but instead the fault of those better off.

President Obama seems to enjoy the role of demagogue; railing against bankers, doctors, insurance companies, financial executives, and even a Cambridge cop who arrested one of his pals. He is pushing for yet higher taxes on “the rich” while doubling the Food Stamp program, increasing domestic discretionary spending by 25%, and borrowing almost $3 Trillion to fund his policies.

President Obama sincerely believes that bigger government, more regulation, and massive deficit spending will cure all ills. His cabinet members and assorted “czars” with similar views encourage him to frantically push huge legislative acts toward law as fast as possible knowing their window will close with the loss of Congress in 2011. If he is successful at enacting Cap & Trade, Financial Reform, and Immigration Reform on top of Health Care, our national economy will be choking on the myriad unintended consequences of thousands of pages of new laws and regulations. An exponential expansion of debt and entitlement promises that will destroy our future accompanies these grandiose visions of European style “social justice”.

Here are 3 short clips where President Obama states his true intentions prior to the election. Americans should have paid a bit more attention then:

Governor Long and President Obama share important similarities. Both had admirable charisma when campaigning, and promised: “If you vote for me I will give you free stuff”. Both skillfully wielded the weapon of demonizing their chosen targets – the “rich”, the business world, and, and their political opponents. Lastly, they share a compelling need to exercise total power over their opponents. Ramming Health Care through Congress with procedural legerdemain against the will of nearly 60% of the American people comes pretty close to “dynamite them out of my path.”

Now have a quick peek at the dirty baggage the Obama Administration has empowered. If this does not shock the beejesus out of any sane American – nothing will:

Ray of Hope

Danny Westneat of The Seattle Times did a wonderful follow-up story on a kennel cleaning job that went to an 18-year old kid. (Link Below) Nearly 300 other people had applied for the job, some highly experienced and educated. The young man realized that his family couldn’t pay the bills. Giving up his leisure hours of computer games, soccer, skateboarding, and hanging out; the lad stepped up and applied for jobs until he was accepted. Now his days in high school are followed by evenings and weekends at the kennel. He and every other person who tried for that cleaning job are truly inspirational. They are examples of what made this country great and what will emerge as the glue that holds it together.

Somehow, over the past 50 years, Americans have gotten the idea that every kid has to go to college and end up as some sort of professional big shot. Dilbert cartoons and The Office TV show should give us a clue. Many young folks would be financially better off and much happier driving a truck instead of sitting in a cramped cubicle for a living. Today’s parents and kids think that manual trades such as laboring on a construction site, running a forklift, or driving nails in new homes are beneath them. Most kids these days live a life sheltered from any sort of hard, rewarding work. Parents provide their offspring with all their desires, drive them to and from sports events, feed and clothe them, buy them a car at 16, and often provide funds for higher education whether the child is suited for it or not.

Those whose parents are unable to provide college are urged to take on huge student loans that cripple them financially for years after graduation – if they manage that. Being pushed into college often leads to ineffectual majors like Folklore or Gender and Women’s Studies instead of mathematics, engineering, or science. How many times do we see rudderless graduates with esoteric degrees moving in with mom & dad awaiting their inheritance? We end up with “boomerang kids” who were raised that way by “helicopter parents.” These young people ended up that way because the work ethic was not instilled in them at a young age. The burning desire to succeed was extinguished before it could ever become a strength; replaced instead by a warped sense of unearned self esteem and entitlement.

Why do we have over 12 million illegal aliens doing the jobs “Americans won’t do”? See the above. You won’t see young Americans plucking chickens, milking cows, digging ditches, or pounding on factory doors willing to start out sweeping up and cleaning grease pits. All this while willing immigrants, from around the world show up, do what they are asked, and don’t talk back. Legal or otherwise, we have to admire these people for their grit and determination, and thank them for contributing to our economy – because many of our young adults will do neither.

Democrats badly want an immigration reform law that will turn aliens into voters. Business owners want the same because they need manual labor to do the tough jobs young Americans have been bred to avoid. Until we disabuse ourselves of this dangerous and asinine idea that every American kid must go to college, the immigration problem will be with us

How long since you have seen a native born American standing outside Home Depot looking for a day job? Here is a spoof on that situation you will enjoy:

Here is the link to Danny Westneat’s great Column:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/dannywestneat/2011695103_danny25.html