Thought for today
Pro golfer Paul Azinger thinks President Obama might be hitting the links a bit too hard.
The author, businessman and 12-time PGA Tour winner took to Twitter Thursday to zing the commander-in-chief over his frequent golf outings while on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.
"Facts: POTUS HAS PLAYED MORE GOLF THIS MONTH THAN I HAVE: I HAVE CREATED MORE JOBS THIS MONTH THAN HE HAS," AZINGER WROTE.
One Reason the Left Hates Perry
… Well, for starters, Texas has been on the road to commonsense tort reform since the 1990's, trying to end the state's long reign as a favored trial lawyers' venue. Back then, Texas was ranked dead last by insurance companies because of its propensity for hugely unrealistic awards in civil suits. For far too many years, plaintiffs' lawyers from across America sought the most tenuous ties between their causes of action and friendly Texas courtrooms. In certain areas of Texas, juries comprised primarily of poor and uneducated minorities sometimes handed out enormous awards to undeserving plaintiffs for the most outrageous reasons. Cunning plaintiffs' lawyers all too frequently convinced honest but unsophisticated jurors that their verdict was the little guy's chance to stick it to THE MAN, meaning large corporations and those they perceived as THE RICH, such as doctors and business owners. IT WAS THE SAME CLASS WARFARE NOW BEING CONDUCTED EVERYWHERE BY THE DEMOCRATS, BUT THEN TARGETED ON A SPECIFIC REGION WHERE THE NATIVE POPULISM AND POVERTY MADE IT TOO READILY ACCEPTED.
Throughout his governorship, Rick Perry has continued to deny the law dogs their gravy train by enacting ever stronger tort reforms. But what is more important than a victory for social justice is THAT IN BRINGING THESE FAT DOGS OF TORT TO HEEL, TEXAS HAS BECOME THE PROVING GROUND FOR THE LONG-VOICED CONTENTION OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY THAT TORT REFORM BRINGS POSITIVE ECONOMIC BENEFITS to society as a whole. Rather than a few trial lawyers being able to buy private jets and sumptuous villas in exotic climes, the economy of an entire state has been lifted. A study by The Perryman Group of Waco found:
The total impact of tort reforms implemented SINCE 1995 INCLUDES GAINS OF $112.5 BILLION IN SPENDING EACH YEAR AS WELL AS ALMOST 499,000 JOBS IN THE STATE….
The more I find out about Rick Perry the more I like him. Expect the Democrats to go after him like he is the incarnation of Satan.
Fracking: How the Left Ignores Science
EPA bureaucrats and Green Avengers perpetrate a daily nonsensical assault touting the grave consequences of fracking fluid and its secret ingredients. Carnival barkers in the media blindly parrot fear-mongering articles from such noble sounding groups as "Natural Resources Defense Council," WITHOUT OFFERING A SINGLE SHRED OF SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO SUBSTANTIATE THEIR RUSE. THE FORGONE CONCLUSION IS THAT HYDRO-FRACKING WILL DESTROY THE ECOSYSTEM AND MUST BE STOPPED; NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
Hydro-fracking has a long history of success. FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1908, FORTY YEARS LATER IT BECAME A COMMERCIALLY VIABLE METHOD TO SAFELY EXTRACT AMERICA'S MOST ABUNDANT ENERGY FROM BEDROCK STRATA. OVER ONE MILLION GAS WELLS HAVE BEEN FRACKED WITHOUT A SINGLE INCIDENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. This didn't stop Ian Urbina of the New York Times from citing a case from 1984 in an Aug 2011 article warning of tainted water and the possibility of benzene in fracking fluid.
FRACKING FLUID SECRET INGREDIENTS ARE NOT SECRET AT ALL. EPA and state government Dept. of Environmental Conservation agencies require energy companies to file Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for every chemical used on the drill site, period….
Here’s another example of the left’s anti-science mindset. With no proof at all they want to be energy luddites.
Why we need the Government
…According to the story, "Every day, children in every county in the United States wake up hungry. They go to school hungry. They turn out the lights at night hungry ... TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY, ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN IN THE (U.S.) IS LIVING WITHOUT CONSISTENT ACCESS TO ENOUGH NUTRITIOUS FOOD TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE."
Yet, barely a year ago, in February of 2010, the Washington Times revealed that "NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF U.S. CHILDREN ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE -- a rate that has tripled among adolescents and doubled in younger children over the past 30 years. In addition, one-third of children born in 2000 or later eventually will suffer from diabetes, according to the White House."
THUS WE END UP WITH MICHELLE OBAMA INVOLVED IN POLICY AND GET BOMBARDED WITH MESSAGES OF "LET'S MOVE!" WE ALSO END UP WITH SCHOOL SYSTEMS TELLING CHILDREN THAT THEY CAN'T BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH TO SCHOOL.
So, in barely a year we've gone from one-third of all U.S. children being overweight or obese to one-fourth of them continuously being hungry….
….If one wants more government, the quickest way to such an end is to create a "crisis" that only government can solve. After all, THERE IS NO WAY THAT WE CAN FIGHT OBESITY AND HUNGER WITHOUT THE GOVERNMENT, RIGHT? Evidently not, because, again according to the ABC report, "a shocking 49 percent of all babies born in the U.S. are born to families receiving food supplements from the WIC program," which is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture….
The first thing we have to do to get the government involved is to create a problem. Hence you have the obesity/hunger here and we had the fracking crisis above. Neither have any scientific evidence to support what the left is saying (well we do know that 1/3 of the kids are obese), but by creating the impression of a problem, the left can then create the impression the government is doing something to alleviate it.
Lessons from Wisconsin
… During the recall tumult, unions barely mentioned either their supposed grievance about collective bargaining, or their real fears, which concern money, particularly political money. TEACHERS UNIONS CAN NO LONGER BARGAIN TO REQUIRE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO PURCHASE TEACHERS’ HEALTH INSURANCE FROM THE UNION’S PREFERRED PROVIDER, WHICH IS ESPECIALLY EXPENSIVE. This is saving millions of dollars and reducing teacher layoffs. Also, unions must hold annual recertification votes.
AND TEACHERS UNIONS MAY NO LONGER AUTOMATICALLY DEDUCT DUES FROM MEMBERS’ PAYCHECKS. After Colorado in 2001 required public employees unions to have annual votes reauthorizing collection of dues, membership in the Colorado Association of Public Employees declined 70 percent. IN 2005, INDIANA STOPPED COLLECTING DUES FROM UNIONIZED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; IN 2011, THERE ARE 90 PERCENT FEWER DUES-PAYING MEMBERS. In Utah, the end of automatic dues deductions for political activities in 2001 caused teachers’ payments to fall 90 percent. After a similar law passed in 1992 in Washington State, the percentage of teachers making such contributions declined from 82 to 11.
DEMOCRATS FURIOUSLY OPPOSE WALKER BECAUSE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES UNIONS ARE TRANSMISSION BELTS, CONVEYING MONEY TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Last year, $11.2 million in union dues was withheld from paychecks of Wisconsin’s executive branch employees and $2.6 million from paychecks at the university across the lake. Having spent improvidently on the recall elections, the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the teachers union, is firing 40 percent of its staff.
Progressives want to recall Walker next year. Republicans hope they try.
Pay attention folks, because what is going on around the country is hammering the Democratic Party. Between the disaster that is Obama, the belt tightening of the public sector in the recession and movement to rein in the public employee unions, the Democratic Party is in dire circumstances. Expect to see a flailing, name calling, and negative campaigning like you’ve never seen before.
If You Won’t Save the Earth From CO2 for the Children: How about This?
It’s official: Space aliens are liberals, and they may be preparing to invade planet Earth. IT IS A SCENARIO OUTLINED BY A NASA-AFFILIATED SCIENTIST AND RESEARCHERS AT PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Unbelievably, the study is not a joke, although global laughter prompted its authors Thursday to insist it was meant to be. “Green” aliens are coming - and Al Gore may be one of their leaders.
In their report, “Would Contact With Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis,” Shawn Domagal-Goldman of NASA's Planetary Science Division and his colleagues discuss the possible outcomes of a close encounter between aliens and humans. ONE OF THEIR LIKELY SCENARIOS IS THAT EXTRATERRESTRIAL-INTELLIGENCE (ETI) CONTACT WITH HUMANITY MAY COMPEL SPACE ALIENS TO WIPE US OUT. WHY? IN ORDER TO SAVE THE GALAXY FROM A CAPITALIST, INDUSTRIAL, POLLUTING CIVILIZATION THAT IS RAVAGING EARTH’S ENVIRONMENT AND EMITTING GREENHOUSE GASES THAT WILL DOOM THE PLANET. Our destructive nature and expanding civilization pose a threat to other planets and life forms. Hence, aliens may have no choice: Like former President George W. Bush, they may launch a pre-emptive war - only not on Iraq but on the entire world.
I guess when the left charges the right is anti-science, they include anti-science fiction. It appears these “scientists” saw Hollywood’s remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still and thought it was actual science.
O-Bummer! Hipsters O-Bandon Obama
As Election Day 2008 approached, if you were an urban organic kale farmer, or a crochet enthusiast or a vaudevillian with a new song to sing, and YOU WANTED TO SUPPORT BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT, YOU WERE IN LUCK.
The streets of New York were crowded with “Walks for Change,” “Bike4Barack” groups, “Karaoke We Can Believe In” sing-alongs, “Get Out the Laughs and Votes” comedy shows and “Art for Change” auctions. The days leading up to the election saw Pasties for Peace, a Cowboys for Barack Wild West Burlesque Show Fund-raiser, a Yo La Tengo fund-raiser at McCarren Pool, and a $1,000 fund-raiser in Dumbo featuring They Might Be Giants, which sold out.
RICHIE FIFE, WHO HELPED LEAD THE OBAMA EFFORT IN THE RUN-UP TO THE PRIMARY, ESTIMATED THAT 10,000 NEW YORKERS HAD CONTACTED HIS OFFICE TO GET INVOLVED AND THAT THREE TIMES THAT MANY WERE OUT ON THE STREETS ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE.
BUT NOW THE PROGRESS POSTERS HAVE BEGUN TO WITHER. A NEW POSTER, FEATURING THE PRESIDENT’S IMAGE SUPERIMPOSED OVER FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S FACE, HAS BEEN SPOTTED AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD. The Obama T-shirts—it was, recall, ultrahip if you had a particularly faded one, maybe even one dating back to his Illinois state senate campaigns—have been turning up at the Goodwill and at garage sales. The next election is going to be a tough one that invites a question few campaign officials thought would ever be asked: CAN MR. OBAMA AFFORD TO LOSE THE HIPSTERS? Or was the Obama love last year’s record, now destined to wind up in the used bins alongside so many Conor Oberst CD’s?
Nothing is really going right for this administration. The occasional win (Libya, bin Laden) doesn’t begin to compensate for the absolutely horrible job the Democrats have done on the economy and the increase in the National Debt. Obama is toast.
Reining in Regulations
… THIS YEAR THE ADMINISTRATION’S CURRENT REGULATORY AGENDA IDENTIFIES 219 PLANNED NEW REGULATIONS THAT HAVE ESTIMATED ANNUAL COSTS IN EXCESS OF $100 MILLION EACH. That’s almost a 15 percent increase over last year, and appears to contradict public suggestions by the Administration this week that the regulatory burden on American job creators is being scaled back,” Boehner’s letter states.
Boehner is seeking to counter White House claims that the administration is making regulations more business-friendly.
The letter comes three days after the White House announced plans to streamline hundreds of existing regulations across all government departments and said that the review will “likely” save at least $10 billion over five years.
The plans stem from a January executive order that also called for ensuring that future federal rules, while protecting heath and the environment, also promote growth and use the “least burdensome” tools to achieve their goals.
Boehner’s letter states that the administration failed to respond to an inquiry last year about planned rules that would have an impact greater than $1 billion.
“This information is of great relevance to the American people, who face so much uncertainty about these new regulatory costs, and to the Congress, where we continue to aim to work with you in relieving unnecessary burdens and helping employers move forward to create jobs,” the letter states.
WHEN CONGRESS RETURNS FROM THE AUGUST RECESS, HOUSE REPUBLICANS PLAN TO TAKE UP THE “REINS ACT” — which stands for Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny — as part of a broader regulatory rollback agenda.
THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF RULES THAT HAVE AN ANNUAL EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY OF $100 MILLION OR MORE, ARE LIKELY TO RESULT IN MAJOR INCREASES IN COSTS OR PRICES, OR HAVE SUBSTANTIAL EFFECTS ON EMPLOYMENT AND COMPETITIVENESS.
Two things here. Obama issue and executive order that will likely reduce regulatory burden by $10 billion over five years. In the meantime, the Obama administration is looking to issue 219 new regulations that will increase regulatory costs by at least $100 million each. Doing the math you see that is an increase of $29 billion this year alone so the net increase will be $27 billion. The Republicans ‘REINS’ Act appears to be like an environmental impact study that the government requires of private industry but we are talking about the economic environment.