Thursday, December 24, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Dear Mr. Tanenhaus,
I caught your appearance on Fox News last week promoting your new book “The Death of Conservatism”,(a saavy marketing move by the way, more people watch FOX News in 10 minutes of an hour than watch CNN for the other 50 minutes). You were pretty funny dancing and dodging all those O’Reilly questions about why as the NY Times book review editor, you failed to review something like 10 of the top selling 13 non-fiction books of the year by authors such as Levin, O’Reilly, Beck, and other Conservative authors. A couple of thoughts occurred to me as I watched you promoting your own book (when you weren’t defending your paper and it’s book review bias as being “Not that Liberal”) of course.
I have a challenge for you Mr. Tanenhaus:
I will bet you $100 dollars donated to each of our favorite charities that Sarah Palin sells more copies of her new book “Going Rogue” pre-release and through the first month of it’s release; than you do of your own new book “The Death of Conservatism” from it’s release to the end of 12 months. Oh heck lets throw in Glenn Beck’s new book “Arguing With Idiots” too for the same bet amount and sales. 1 month vs. an entire year on yours. Shall we? When you lose the bet, what will it say about your entire premise and belief system that led you to write your own personal fantasy and try to sell it as a book? What do you say? Are you on?
Just another Average Right Wing Radical American
Pt. Townsend WA
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I am in the Auto Wholesaling business and I can tell you I knew this Cash for Clunker program would be a nightmare for the public, and also the dealers. So now the Government has suspended it and dealers are anxiously awaiting word if their deals will be funded and their submitted applications honored. Personally, this program has damaged my own income significantly. I have seen more than 50 trade-in vehicles at my dealerships that would ordinarily be wholesaled by the dealer to me and others, which we then sell to other small used car retail dealers. We make a bit of money, the dealer we sell to makes a little money when they retail these "economy" cars, the salesperson makes a little money and the lower income folks who have little or no access to financing in these extremely tightened lending times, are able to purchase a car. The car is "recycled" from one owner to someone else who needs it to get to work, or use it for work in the case of these old trucks etc. that make up the bulk of the CFC trade-ins. This program has reduced the supply of these low cost economy cars in the available marketplace, this will drive up prices that have already been very high in due to low availablility from trading in during the poor economy and low new car sales. So, in the end the little guy and the single mom with lower incomes and the least options available to them for purchasing a used vehicle will be the ones hurt. Once again the unintended consequences are not considered.
Once traded in the CFC vehicle engines must be disabled by having acid poured into the running engine until it seizes, and then an authorized salvage agent picks up the car and has it crushed. How wasteful. I have lost potentially thousands and thousands of dollars to this program and other small business people like me have as well. In Mr. Fix-It's effort to save the planet, he expends tax-payer dollars and shows just how inept the government is when they try and inject themselves into areas best left to the private sector. This program is however good for a couple of things.
1) It illustrates and proves just how vibrantly the American people and businesses are that can respond to an incentive. This further illustrates the folly of the Obama/Democrat Stimulus plan. All we needed was a 50% cut in all taxes across the board for 2 years, and ensuring that the 2010 Bush Cut expiration is extended and made permanent. This would have spurred and stimulated activity and growth and job creation by unleashing economic engines of America, Consumers and Business in the same manner as CFC program did. It would have worked without burdening our children and grandchildren with the multi-generational debt, deficits and the abject failure of the Coalition of the Clueless (Obama, Peelosi, Reid, Geithner, Frank, Biden, Waxman etc.) and their ineptitude.
2) The market will respond to consumer demand, when the consumers demand is satisfied. Hybrid vehicles have had greater purchase incentives than even the CFC program. They have all failed to provide any meaningful increase in sales. In fact, Hybrid sales are a disaster. Uncle Sam offers you $2350 Tax Credit on a 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid. But wait, you also get a local Sales Tax rebate that is part of the stimulus program, so in the case of the Altima in Washington selling for $34,280 you would get back about $3,153 for that alone. Nissan offers up to $3,000 in Cash Rebates. So that would mean $8,503 in Govt. tax rebates/credits plus dealer incentives for the purchase of a 2009 Nissan Hybrid Altima. In honor of the recently departed Billy Mays…. BUT WAIT! There’s more! I am using MSRP for pricing these vehicles are becoming nothing more than ship anchors and I bet you could get another 3 Thousand off MSRP just to get the thing cleared off their lot. What is the point I am trying to make? Simply this, Americans will buy what they want, not what the Government wants them to buy. They still want SUV’s and Trucks, and they are buying them with or without the Cash-For-Clunkers incentive. Visit a dealer’s lot and check out their supply of Toyota Prius and any other Hybrid model. I guarantee you that you will have the best selection to chose from of any other models on their lot despite the Government offering more than double the Cash For Clunker incentive. This is why Chrysler and GM will fail as long as the Government is controlling them. Thy must make and sell what people will buy. No amounts of incentives are currently pushing Hybrids off the lots.
3) It shows how utterly incompetent, unqualified, inefficient and naive the Government is when they get involved in something best left to the private sector. If the Government can't administer a relatively simple and benign 1 Billion dollar Cash-For-Clunker trade program effectively, how and why would Americans ever let them take over the best health care system in the world and and allow Government regulation, control, and administration of something with literally life and death importance for themselves and their families? Socialized Health Care would become the largest Federal Program in history with the absolutely under-estimated initial cost of more than ONE TRILLION DOLLARS for just the initial, small-scale implementation.
This is where the rubber meets the road. Tell all of your Congressmen/women and Senators in no uncertain terms, don't you dare trade-in my health care for this " Clunker" Socialized Government Health Care Program!
Michael R. Bednarz
Monday, June 22, 2009
Obama's June 21st Rasmussen Approval index was -2, the first time he has been negative since he took office. How can this be? All we hear about in the mainstream media is how Obama is still riding high with his 60% plus approval and has yet to be tied to his disastrous policies and mismanagement of the economy and foreign policy challenges facing Americans. This is the perception they report and use to gull the masses into believing this is the reality. The truth is the opposite; the media is guilty of deception by omission. What do I mean by that? Well there are 4 categories in a daily Rasmussen poll of Presidential Approval that they run daily as an index. Here are the questions. 1. Do you strongly approve of President Obama's performance? 2. Do you somewhat approve of Obama's performance? 3. Do you strongly disapprove of President Obama's performance? 4. Do you somewhat disapprove of President Obama's performance?
You don't hear Approval/Disapproval poll figures like this in the mainstream Obamamedia do you? That is why you must share this with everyone you can. However, we must not let Obama stand alone to face this music. He is only the empty-suited Community Agitator figurehead and leader of the "Coalition of the Clueless" and we Americans must take to task all parties involved in the effort to destroy our economy, weaken our National security and imperil America on virtually every front. Obama, Biden, Geithner, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Frank, Holder, et al they need to be stopped by blocking their efforts through Congress. 2010 represents our first critical opportunity, and frankly given the pace of their destruction, perhaps our last chance to save our nation will be those mid-term Congressional elections. Yes we must link and tie these policies to Obama because he owns them but he isn't alone, and that is why we must mount an effective strategy.
Liberals in Congress in 2007 imposed "Mark to Market" accounting rules on assets and investments for Wall Street that had never been governed by this rule that typically applied to stock and commodity traders and securities; not bond or asset-backed bank and investment house securities and investments. This rule's application in heretofore never applicable instruments had a hastening effect upon the debacle at financial institutions. We must make them all culpable and have them inextricably linked with Obama and their socialist agenda and policies as a whole in a political partnership and conspiracy if you will, that has wreaked havoc on our economy, nationalized our industrial and business independence and vitality, and decimated our small business entrepreneurial base that drives the economic engine of America.
We will let American see that we will run for principles and concrete and tangible policies, we need to focus on bringing the policies and principles into benefits that they can apply and visualize in their daily lives.
Years ago when I sold new cars for a living, early in my career I would prattle off a bunch of technology features to a customer in my presentation, an experienced old salesman offered me this constructive criticism. Don't just list the features like that, i.e. "This car has ABS brakes and Traction Control with Dual Airbags" and leave it at that. Explain how the feature will benefit them, and educate them to the value of the feature to their lives and safety. Tell them this instead. "The ABS brakes keep you safe by pumping and modulating the brakes so they don't lock up and this will allow you to maneuver and steer safely while braking in slippery and emergency situations preventing collisions, and the Traction Control applies braking control to prevent the wheels from spinning and slipping in rain, ice, and snowy conditions to maintain safe stability and control at these critical times. Should you still find yourself in a collision the Airbag Restraint system deploys and provides maximum safety to prevent serious injury or death in the event of a collision." It's the truth, it's educating the consumer, and it's providing them with the perceived value to make an informed decision.
Am I better off now than I was on November 3rd, 2008? Only this will save America. Please pass this on and share it.
Michael R. Bednarz
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Most of the AIG employees have already returned the bonuses though rightfully earned and owed them. What a decision it must have been to return these funds after many worked for their $1.00 a year salary with these contractually promised bonuses comprising their real and full annual income. Yet, what choice would they have but to return the money under the heavy weight of Government intimidation, personal and physical threats to themselves and their families as bus loads of ACORN and Code Pink protesters descend upon their lawns to protest and whoop it up for the media terrifying their families and children. Under the duress and tyranny orchestrated by this coalition of government, White House and their social activist groups and media sympaticos these Americans from AIG gave up the incomes necessary to provide for their families. Their privacy and security were violated and assaulted by the likes of Attorney General Cuomo of NY and this idiotic Attorney General of Connecticut Blumenthal. These criminals made good upon their threats to name AIG bonus recipients and to release their personal information including the amount of the bonus, and their addresses.
(Watch Glenn Beck club this moron Blumenthal like a baby seal)
Congress and these AG's knew these laws were wrong, not even remotely constitutional, and they damn well knew they had no right to do what they did. There were no laws or violations to enforce. AIG and anyone associated with it were just too juicy and tempting a political target of political opportunity to resist, doubly so if the masses thought they were rich too. Everyone got swept up in the mentality of the mob in their quest for populist validation and credentials.
For the AIG bonus earners it must have been just like the mob coming for them in an old Western movie. Enraged Townsfolk march in the dark night under the light of torches to the jail house steps to administer their angry justice right now! In whatever way they saw fit. However unlike the Old Western movies this is ObamAmerika 2009.
There is no John Wayne or Ronald Reagan blocking the mob in front of the door with their hands gripping their Ivory handled revolvers while they are admonishing and setting the mob and it's leaders straight about law and order, duty, and doing the right thing. No, instead we had Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Cuomo, Dodd, Grassley, Frank, and all the other mental midgets simply greet the mob, hug the ringleaders and hand over the keys to the cells. Before they do though, they check to see if the mob needed any refreshments or a meal before they got busy on the AIG bonus earners inside. The only thing not fair in comparison to this metaphor is that in the Old Western movie the guy inside probably was a back-shooter, horse thief, or a bank robber deserving of harsh punishment, but not the mobs justice. In the case of the AIG employees, they did nothing wrong, they broke no laws.
To these mental midgets not having a law broken is a minor inconvenience. We'll just make up a law to punish them with for a law they never broke and to confiscate their livelihood. Their crime? They just did a job that they were asked and contracted to do. Many worked for the customary $1.00 a year in salary and the bonus that followed would complete their compensation under their contract. For that, they get people camped out on their front lawn, scaring the hell out of their children, and endure the full weight, wrath, and power of government, media, and the IRS on their heads.
Shame on America. Shame on these lynch mob mentality politicians (Democrats and Republicans) that swore they would uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America. I am so saddened and sickened by this whole debacle because I never thought I would see America where she finds herself today. The blame for this lies squarely upon Barack Hussein Obama.
Obama should have and could have been a leader in stopping the lynch mob at the jail house. He should have assumed the role of John Wayne or Ronald Reagan in this Western of "The Showdown at AIG Corral" but Obama is no John Wayne and he sure as hell is no Ronald Reagan. Obama as an agent of Change? I think not, we just have a master at implementing the age-old liberal play book of pandering, class-warfare, and politics as usual. Obama and his Coalition of the Clueless got their "pound of rich people flesh" and fueled the flames of the lynch mob by inciting the class warfare and public outrage cards like dems and libs have for eons.
These actions did provide a useful distraction and diversion for getting a record budget buster bill through and past Americans that is destined to bankrupt 2 or 3 future generations not to mention also providing cover for a Trillion dollars of surreptitiously transfered Debt from our Treasury to the Federal Reserve when the bonus furor first errupted.
Obama's politics of thuggery and intimidation were further on display this past week in the White House. First he fired GM's Chariman and CEO Richard Waggoner. 'I want you gone, now go.' That was it. Then the same day details have come to light of Obama's meeting with the top CEO's and Executives of our nations largest financial institutions last Friday at the White House. Obama wanted to hear nothing of their concerns about how they have been scapegoated, vilified and condemned by numerous Government officials and lawmakers including Obama himself; for the sake of cheap political theater and populist zeal at their and their institutions expense. No, Obama was having none of this, in fact after lecturing them about the finer aspects of his knack for knowing what the public wants to hear or not hear he threw a threat right in the middle of that 12 foot long Mahogany table they were gathered around. It might as well have been with the same subtlety as a freshly sawed Horse head snuck into bed with Corleone's biggest nemesis. The words carried a similar understanding. He could also have the same impact by tossing GM's Chairman Waggoner's freshly sawed head on the table as Obama told them: “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”
And there you have it. ObamAmerika in 2009, just 2 months into his term. We are today on the cusp of Obama and Congress passing a nearly 5 Trillion dollar budget bill, a bill that will put our National Debt and deficit at 12.5 TRILLION, by 2019. That means that every household in America in 2019 will have an additional debt obligation of $68,000.00 more per household of National Debt. Every household in America will owe a staggering $80,000+ of the nations debt when we hit 2019.
It's been just over 2 months of this "Change" from America to ObamAmerika. I hope Americans come to their senses and help we Conservatives put a stop to this abuse of power, abuse of America and abuse to our Constitution.
Michael R. Bednarz
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I would like to close with a press release by Nancy Pelosi in August, 2003 on Budget Deficits.
Pelosi Statement on New CBO Budget Estimate (from her own Congressional Website)
August 26, 2003
"President Bush has presided over a loss of more than 3 million jobs and a $9 trillion decline in our nation's fiscal health -- from the $5.6 trillion surplus he inherited from President Clinton to a $3.5 trillion and growing deficit today. The deficits that the CBO predicts for the next two years are the largest in history, and the forecast makes clear that they are not going away.
"Where does it end? The President does not have a plan to bring the budget back into balance. He continues to promote tax cuts for the wealthy that we cannot afford, sticking our children with the bill. Every penny he adds to the debt, our children will have to repay with interest.
"Today's CBO estimate would be shocking if it were not so predictable from this Administration."
Nancy Pelosi was mostly right then. She makes the Democrat often repeated falsehood of citing a non-existent Clinton Budget surplus as though this projected surplus of the out years in Clinton's budget like it was sitting in the Treasury. It never existed because that projection never forecast what the nation suffered with the Dot.Com collapse in 2000 thereby wiping out 3 Trillion in wealth. Bush, like Obama also inherited a recession and budget/spending outlays of a predecessor to contend with. He accepted the responsibility and led. Then came 9/11. How quickly we forget the layoffs and economic upheaval of every sector of our economy? People stopped traveling, buying cars, and business responded with huge layoffs and cutbacks. Bush found himself engaged in a Worldwide War on Terror with an enemy that had challenged us on our own soil in a way we had never experienced in our History.
Yes, he spent to engage the enemy, whenever and wherever necessary. He spent to bolster our safety and security right here at home.
In many respects with 9/11 and the horror of that attack freshly seared into America's psyche and the uncertainty of what else would come after it, Bush had greater challenges to face than Obama.
The difference was how he solved the challenges and bombshells dropped on his economy. He slashed the tax rates for every American across the board. And he unleashed the Economic engine of our Private sector, Corporations, Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs. He unshackled the indomitable spirit of Americans to do what they always have done, rise to a challenge. And it worked. He added millions of new jobs, and saved millions more. His policies generated terrific revenue increases and personal/governmental wealth generation and economic growth.
Bush fell down when it came to spending restraint. He failed to cut or hold non-war/security related spending in line. In that respect he failed miserably against the fiscal Conservatism that his party and Conservatives have always stood for. His Congress controlled by Republicans were no better putting budgets laden with pork and earmarks before his pen. But even on Bush's worst day, he will never be as good as Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Geithner when it comes to spending. In just two months of this Coalition of the Clueless, led by Obama, they have put more spending and deficits on the books on the way to the tune of 12.5 Trillion than George W. Bush did in his entire 8 years of his Presidency. Bush was in full- blown War mode footing at the time.
Yet today the budget deficits and spending Pelosi criticized when not Speaker, are now all of the sudden okay? They are O.K. evidently only if they are TRIPLE or QUADRUPLE what Bush had done? Pelosi ignores truth now for her political agendas expediency because she is intoxicated with power. Her statement above shows what a liar she and her party have become. They have one goal in mind to achieve and it is obvious they intend to do so at any and all costs; to make Government the central authority and provider in American lives. Socialization of our Economic, Business,Governmental, Social, Health, Energy, Environmental and Entitlement arenas are their ultimate goal of attainment. They are well on their way to stripping us of our liberty with a tyranny of lunacy unless Americans wake up and stop it cold.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Watch this video clip and read this very important story and the imbedded video clip. Glenn Beck has really nailed this. If you are like me; it will be a real eye-opener for you. Our government has just indebted us all an additional One Trillion dollars on Thursday afternoon March 19th, 2009. With a stroke of Fed Chief Bernanke and Treasury Secretary, Tim "Turbo Tax" Geithner's pens; it was done. Hang on now here is what a Trillion dollars looks like: $1,000,000,000,000.00 The only indicator of what occurred was the Treasury had the Federal Reserve slip through a little noticed press release at the end of the news day cycle, under the cover of the Media and Congressional contrived outrage and frantic furor of their AIG BONUS SCANDAL, a scandal of Obama and Congress' very own doing. What a perfect way to screen and dull the biggest financial earthquake imaginable; one that would never be felt.
What's the "Trill" for? Not a new yearly budget bill, or anything like that. No, this isn't a new Government "Stimulus" Bill, or another Bailout for a Bank, Auto Maker, Fannie Mae, Freddy Mac, AIG or any other bailout that would need even the most perfunctory and useless of the usual 12 to 24 hour period of superficial debate performed by this Congress with a few Presidential Town Hall meetings thrown in. Nope, this even slipped in under their normal "Fast Track" bill factory process and system they have perfected for scaring the living hell out of us stupid goober Americans into supporting this bill, or that tax, or else the Nation will collapse-- most likely tomorrow if it isn't passed today!!!! No, this one went through quietly, just like the IOU's that were first slipped in when our Government raided the Social Security Trust Fund starting the precedent to finance our regular budgetary outlays with S.S. trust fund reserves.
So here is the bottom line in summary. The U.S. Government, just turned on the printing presses and like that printed ONE TRILLION Dollars of really nothing more than MONOPOLY money, backed by the very toxic mortgage and bank securities the Treasury now owns, purchasing them from U.S. Banks and Holders with similarly acquired TARP funds and will use the "fresh" currency just printed to buy it's "own" debt with it.
Got that? Obama and his Treasury Secretary took it from their left hand, wrote, IOU but when the government writes IOU's to send to the world, it's "We the American People" and sent it to the Federal Reserve printing department to chug out a Trillion Dollars in U.S. Currency in return for that valueless IOU. And some said that Tim Geithner isn't smart enough to do his own taxes with Turbo Tax. This is a huge crap shoot. And they are betting with your Social Security, Private retirement accounts, savings, trust funds, home, real property, and all your personal possessions; that it will work. It never has before, not in pre-Hitler Germany, not in Banana Republics; not ever.
I have said for about 3-4 months, when the full faith and confidence of the world is lost in the U.S. Dollar and our Credit, we have nothing left. Did you know that China's Premier 5 days ago publicly expressed worry in the value of it's U.S. Investments? I think he has cause for concern. Of the Peoples Republic of China's total financial reserves of Gold, precious gems, metals, International securities (Stocks, Bonds, Deutschmarks, Euro's, Yen, Dollars, and U.S. TREASURY NOTES) Our U.S. Treasury notes, bonds and U.S. Dollar/Treasury backed instruments make up about 70% of China's total financial reserves. What do you think will happen when China perceives a lack of value and loses confidence in these instruments of investment? Pick the scenario you think most likely to occur. A. They won't buy them from us anymore? B. They will dump them on the world market for pennies on the "dollar". C. They will call in the notes to be paid with marketable world currency or demand Fort Knox Gold reserves be tendered? D. Settle some of the debt for the island they call Formosa and we call Taiwan? Or maybe E. All of the above.
Then, to top it off. The same day, our Congressional Budget Office releases a report and correction of the "just crammed through" budget/stimulus bill deficit analysis. The ink was barely dry on this budget buster bill and already it's over budget? It seems not only were those Democrat allowed bonuses to AIG employees in the bill they didn't want anyone to read, but some Fuzzy math was too. It seems that in the process of putting the accounting together, Obama and Congress were a just a tad off on the figures. CBO says the budget deficit for the decade this spending and stimulus bill covers will raise the deficit likely TWO Trillion more dollars than the lower "hopeful" estimates provided by the Administration. And, this doesn't take into effect the ambitions in the new annual budget they are working on promoting his new Education initiatives and Health Care Program, Cap and Trade regulations, and so forth. Nope, with what has only been passed to date by this Congress and signed by this President, this will "change" upward dramatically the deficit and total spending outlays with interest and so forth on the total cost of the bills and new spending programs, according to the CBO.
We must stop this madness. Share this with your friends and family. It doesn't matter what party we think we are in, it's about America and the future of our nation and world. We will all be equally destitute with our wheelbarrow full of Monopoly money in line at the government bread center for our weekly loaf if we don't demand CHANGE in the course and path we are on. This Congress, with this President have spent their way to a bigger budget deficit in just two months, than Bush did for the entire eight years of his Presidency. It seems crazy now that we Republicans were furious at how big a spender Bush was! He was a fiscal Conservative by today's standard. We have to stop them from doing any more damage now. CONTACT your Legislators and tell them in NO UNCERTAIN terms what your vote will be in 2 years if this recklessness continues.