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Sheila Jackson Lee TRUMPS Reality
By Playing “the Race Card”
You may have just heard that Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee has just claimed that the primary reason that President Barack Obama is being challenged on raising the debt ceiling is because of resentment that our bi-racial president is GASP! Black. The purpose of this blog is to answer that charge conclusively and drop a little common sense upon the congresswoman below her notorious “hair tiara.”   In a phrase, Ms. Jackson, NO! the actual reason Mr. Obama is being challenged on his present desire to increase the national debt ceiling (he opposed such an increase when George W. Bush requested it) is because the federal government has become a monstrous burden upon the people and because Mr. Obama has rapidly accelerated that trend, period.
Since the United States Constitution was created in 1787 and the Bill of Rights in 1791 (two documents seeking above all to control the size, scope and burdensome interference of government upon the voting citizens’ wallets and lives), except for the Presidential administrations of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, the size and onerous nature of the federal government has always expanded and seldom or almost never contracted. 
It is worth noting that Harding’s policies which cut back the government spending of Woodrow Wilson’s administration by roughly 50%; eliminated 49% of federal taxes; and paid the national debt down by 30% also turned the 1920-21 Depression under Wilson into the “Invisible Depression” even though it appeared to start off much worse than the far more infamous so-called “Great Depression” begun in October, 1929. That Harding-Coolidge “Depression You NEVER Heard of” holds great lessons to all of us: among other things it lit off the Roaring Twenties, just about the greatest economic boom in the history of the nation.
Government INEFFICIENCY is nothing new.   In 1929 Herbert Hoover began to expand the government to undreamed of size. The very next presidential administration, that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, after promising to cut taxes, cut spending, pay down the national debt and eliminate waste, corruption and abuse in the government . . . not only continued every single one of Hoover’s programs; not only did nothing to manage government waste, corruption and abuse; but added 39 completely new federal agencies and dramatically increased the cost and interference of government.
Today just one new law in 2010, “Obamacare” alone has added 384 brand new federal agencies. Many other new financial agencies; new college loan agencies; and other regulatory agencies have also been added in the last two years while the workforce in existing government agencies has expanded by roughly 9% and the size of government has expanded overall from 16% of the Gross Domestic Product to its present 23.2% of the GDP. It’s long past time to start to get a handle on the federal government.
Runaway government spending and government corruption, abuse and waste are huge problems in their own right but federal government redundancy is perhaps an even greater example of the ugly-side of government interference in our lives . . . not including Obamacare’s unheard of expansions . . . burdensome federal taxes now support 1165 separate agencies to handle the 19 separate areas enumerated below:
A.      A.             342 economic development programs;
  1. 130 programs serving the disabled;
  2. 130 programs serving at-risk youth;
  3. 90 early childhood development programs;
  4. 75 programs funding international education, cultural, and training exchange activities;
  5. 72 federal programs dedicated to assuring safe water;
  6. 50 homeless assistance programs;
  7. 45 federal agencies conducting federal criminal investigations;
  8. 40 separate employment and training programs;
  9. 28 rural development programs;
  10. 27 teen pregnancy programs;
  11. 26 small, extraneous K-12 school grant programs;
  12. 23 agencies providing aid to the former Soviet republics;
  13. 19 programs fighting substance abuse;
  14. 17 rural water and waste-water programs in eight agencies;
  15. 17 trade agencies monitoring 400 international trade agreements;
  16. 12 food safety agencies;
  17. 11 principal statistics agencies; and
  18. Four overlapping land management agencies.
Eliminating 100% of all redundancy is probably an impossible goal. Some overlap is inevitable because some agencies are defined by whom they serve (e.g., veterans, Native Americans, urbanites, and rural families), while others are defined by what they provide (e.g., housing, education, health care, and economic development).   If we were to make obvious eliminations of duplicative programs and services the list might, for example, look something like this:
A.      6  economic development programs
B.      3  programs serving the disabled
C.      3   programs serving at-risk youth
D.     3  early childhood development programs
E.      6   programs funding international education, cultural, and training exchange activities
F.     3  federal programs dedicated to assuring safe water;
G.    3  homeless assistance programs
H.  3  federal agencies conducting federal criminal investigations
I.       3  separate employment and training programs
J.       1  rural development program
K.     1  teen pregnancy program
L.      1  K-12 school grant program
M.   1  programs fighting substance abuse
N.     2  rural water and waste-water programs in one agency
O.     5  trade agencies monitoring 400 international trade agreements
P.      2 food safety agencies
Q.     1 principal statistics agencies and
R.     1 land management agency
S.       ZERO agencies providing aid to the former Soviet republics and Rajjpuut would recommend elimination of at least 90% of all foreign aid until such a time that our own house is in order . . . .
T.       1 agency working hand-in-hand with the House and Senate Oversight committees and federal criminal investigations and    dealing with FRAUD by recipients etc.
U.     1 agency working hand-in-hand with the House and Senate Oversight committees and federal criminal investigations and dealing with ABUSE by recipients, and government agencies
V.     1 agency working hand-in-hand with the House and Senate Oversight committees and federal criminal investigations and dealing with CORRUPTION by government officials and agencies
W.  1 agency working hand-in-hand with the House and Senate Oversight committees and federal criminal investigations and dealing with undesirable duplication of effort and coverage among government agencies.
X.    1 agency that oversees NEW AGENCIES T, U, V, and W; manages supply and logistical concerns; and serves as the taxpayer’s and Congresses Efficiency Watchdog.
Since elimination of repetitive programs and consolidation of duplicative agencies saves money and improves government service; and since many of the programs now in force should be eliminated entirely . . . Congress should set about consolidating wherever possible and desirable. This simple and obvious plan would eliminate 1112 existing federal agencies and consolidate them into 48 government programs while adding five brand new oversight agencies to manage these programs.
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Rasmussen: Only 26% Say

Nation is on the Right Track


            A recent Rasmussen Reports survey shows only 26% of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction while 68% of us believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Broken down by party sympathies: 43% of Democrats; 73% of Independents: and 88% of Republicans believe the country is headed the wrong way.  Only 48% of Democrats believe the country is moving in the right direction. Black voters are the only large bloc saying the country is on the right track with 52% agreeing; meanwhile 72% of Whites; and 75% of voters from groups not Black or White say the country is moving in the wrong direction. Here are a few areas of discontent:

ITEM: Rasmussen also showed that 75% want the Obamacare health care law changed at a minimum and 60% believe that it will cost much more than we’ve been told and increase the federal deficit. 55% say it must be repealed.

ITEM: 61% of voters say that Congress (U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate combined), no matter how bad things are, can always make things worse.

ITEM: Chinese President and leader of the Communist Party Hu Jintao has called the U.S. dollar functioning as the global currency a "product of the past" and is promoting a move by the global community toward his Chinese yuan for international investment.  Listen here to the video as George Soros the man who has stated that “the United States is the greatest threat to world stability and vowed to destroy the American Dollar; imagine his “new world order” being led by a Communist China which killed 58 million of its own people since 1950:


ITEM: Today the Environmental Protection Agency moved to keep one of President Obama’s more dubious promises. The EPA in moving toward closing down a West Virginia coal mine seems hell-bent upon confirming a statement that Obama made to the San Francisco Chronicle during Election 2008, “My energy and cap and trade policies won’t prevent you from building a coal mine, but you’ll go bankrupt if you do.” In the same interview, then Senator Obama, said, “My energy policies will necessarily make electricity prices skyrocket.” U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat who’s been pushing for jobs and economic growth was among the first to protest this ridiculous action.

ITEM: The U.S. labor Department is awarding hundreds of millions of dollars in grants and scholarships to fill scarce green jobs.   Despite the fact that no great number, if any, vacancies exist in green jobs across the nation numerous universities and specialized vocational schools are seeking grants of government cash to provide graduates for non-existent or scarce green jobs and the Labor Dept. is giving out the money in keeping with President Obama’s pledge to create five million green jobs. As mentioned earlier, based upon an economic study of the reasons that Spain went from the strongest economy in Europe in 1997 to one of the worst today (4% unemployment to 20.8% unemployed now) subsidies creating five million green jobs here will put eleven million jobs at risk in the real American economy and only 500,000 (10% of those jobs will prove permanent).

ITEM: The EPA is moving by government regulatory edict to force business closedowns for high carbon dioxide emissions having named CO2 a “toxic emission.” The same justification could allow the EPA to kill off all animals and humans as toxic emitters. Of course CO2 is necessary for plant life and plants create the oxygen we need.

ITEM: George Soros, who is right now seeking to destroy the American Dollar (Yes, he declared it openly; it won’t take much, George) after becoming a multi-billionaire by destroying four other currencies including the Russian Ruble and profiting from the meltdowns of seven others (George is known as “The man who broke the Bank of England”) has his CAP (Center for American Progress) providing financial support in the drive to expand California’s Paid Family Leave Law by imposing an increase of 1.2% on payroll taxes so that fathers and mothers will have even more time to bond with their newborns.

ITEM: While the federal government is going bankrupt and the state governments are likewise under huge pressure courtesy of huge union employee pensions and salaries. President Obama moved to freeze federal salaries (when it looks like budget cuts of 15% will be demanded in virtually all other areas of the budget?).

ITEM: The president of one of Ben Bernanke’s federal reserve banks, Charles Plosser, abhors Ben Bernanke's dramatic intervention policies toward the economy. Plosser, President of the Philadelphia federal reserve bank said, "Monetary policy cannot reverse the sharp decline in house prices when the economy has significantly over-invested in housing."  Plossser went on, "I have advocated the elimination of Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, which allowed the Fed to lend directly to 'corporations, partnerships and individuals' under 'unusual and exigent circumstances.” Plosser also said, “We are in danger of assigning to monetary policy a larger role than it can perform, in danger of asking it to accomplish tasks that it cannot achieve, and, as a result, in danger of preventing it from making the contribution that it is capable of making.”

ITEM: Coming soon to a town near you? Just about the worst housing market in the country is found in Nevada. The absolute worst housing market in Nevada is in and around Las Vegas . . . so, guess what? Las Vegas construction companies are building homes like crazy. What, the??? Yes, it’s true. Apparently, because so many Las Vegas homes and especially new homes have stayed empty for so long . . . new home buyers in Las Vegas don’t want to move into the virtual ghost towns infested with mice and rats and other vermin . . . so the only course of action seems to be to build in whole new areas (and eventually bulldoze the empty “ghost towns?”).

ITEM: You know that British health care system that sent thrills up the legs of Obama and his progressive congress?  The system they want to emulate and imitate? British Prime Minister David Cameron says his government will make fundamental changes to Britain's state-run health care system," according to the Associated Press.  Cameron aims to save money and cut red tape by giving control over management to family practitioners rather than bureaucrats. He said Monday, “standards of care in Britain have fallen behind other European countries." You do remember that Dr. Donald M. Berwick, Obama’s Medicare and Medicaid administrator, praised Britain’s National Health Care system as "one of the truly astounding human endeavors of modern times" about 16 months ago.

ITEM: Hypocrisy comes unglued . . . . Is there something in Tucson’s water? One of the victims of Jared Loughner’s shooting spree in Tucson nine days ago was a man named James Eric Fuller. Mr. Fuller’s website:   states among other things: “I use extraordinary persuasive charisma to interest blasé, apathetic, oblivious and at times hostile voters to listen to the voice of justice and consanguinity.” In a crowded Tucson town-hall meeting, Fuller recently told a TEA Party leader, “You’re dead” and when removed by deputies, called out to all those assembled, “You’re wh_res!” This coming less than four days since Fuller made the round of talk show programs on radio and TV accusing Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Speaker of the House John Boehner and the TEA Party of full responsibility for the shooting that killed six and wounded fourteen. So whose speech is “uncivil” and “incendiary” and “violent,” Mr. Fuller? If you listen to the LEFT and you listen to the RIGHT in their own words and watch their actions (violent protests; in Arizona, Oakland, Seattle, Pittsburg, etc. compared with sedate TEA Partiers sitting in lawn chairs) you’ll find the vast majority of instances of such speech have long belonged to the LEFT and the violence of the speech is unquestionably theirs as well. We’re sorry Mr. Fuller got shot, but he and the LEFT needs to practice what he and the LEFT preach: non-violence, tolerance and fairness.


ITEM: The House of Representatives is voting this week to repeal Obamacare. As President Obama’s “State of the Union” speech approaches shortly afterward, we’ll get a good luck at his latest pledges “to work with Republicans” and “to refocus on jobs and the economy.” Shortly after that the House, now controlled by Republicans, will be dealing with raising the debt ceiling and seeking to rollback his unspent stimulus money; and to rollback the budget to levels not seen since 2008 or 2006. The President’s true colors (centrist or leftist) should emerge very soon. 


ITEM:  The Obama Justice Department is siding with Labor Unions wanting to be able to pass out literature in front of shopping centers.  According to the union claims, Girl Scout cookie sellers and Salvation Army Santas show "unfairness" to Unions.  The Supreme Court has long held that unions and political activity can be treated differently than bona fide benevolent organizations with regard to free speech and assembly on private grounds; but Obama wants to waste your money to give the unions another chance . . . .



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