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Obama “Pass The Bill” Speech -Sept 8, 2011

Posted by Billy On September - 9 - 2011

Last night president Obama made his speech to the congressional audience. All I can really say about his speech is that it was nothing we haven’t heard already many times over. Once again it lacked the “how exactly is it going to get done” information. Asking Congress to pass a bill that will have the federal government spend nearly $500 billion.

On the last day of session last month, Congress passed raising the debt ceiling by $1.2 Trillion. Five weeks later Obama is now telling them to pass a bill that is one third the cost of the entire increase. When is this going to stop? It won’t as long as Obama is in office. More than ever we need to remove him next year.

As Obama started to talk about the latest bill, The American Jobs Act, he was trying to inspire the crowd. “These men and women grew up with faith in America that hard work and responsibility paid off.”, Obama stated. Unfortunately nearly 50% of Americans don’t feel that way any longer. Forty years of entitlement programs has changed that mentality. He continued, “Our economy will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers… but we can help. We can make a difference.”

I can see from the last twenty years how well the free market works when Washington helps. With help like that, please don’t help. According to what Obama said, construction jobs for bridges, roads as well as public schools were pretty much all the ones that would be created from this bill. The last time I checked, construction jobs only count for roughly 20% of the entire work force in this country.
I’m not sure if anyone notice that when Obama was talking about the different jobs and for who it “will” help, the president of the union board, ??? was being shown on the screen. So that pretty much gives me an idea on the kinds of jobs that this bill will help. The union jobs will be the ones to benefit and of course the unions themselves.

With this bill he said that it will help “rebuild America”. Repair decaying roads and bridges. What I would like to know is, isn’t that what he said about the $800 billion stimulus bill? We been rebuilding America’s roads for the last fifty years according to out past presidents and Congress members. When are we going to be finished? He mentioned a bridge that connects Kentucky and Ohio, which is a major trucking route, is in such dispair, it must be done. Why wasn’t it done two years ago with the stimulus bill?

The line that gave me a good chuckles was, “…everything in this bill will be paid for.” Really? How about this, get the money together before starting any projects and pay for it first. Then I’ll believe that everything in the bill is paid for. After all, the word “paid” means that some gave the money for the service/product.

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Government Distorts The Free Market

Posted by Billy On August - 29 - 2011

Over the past hundred years, the federal government has been more involved with the free market and it’s hard to even know where the line is drawn between the two. The general philosophy behind the free market is the old rule of supply and demand. As long as there is a demand for a product or service, someone will find a way to supply either of the two.

The issue that has been going on is that the federal government has been getting involved to “help” a particular industry and/or company for so long that we no longer know what is an artificial or organic supply and demand product or service.

During W.W.II, the wool industry was busy supplying the material to make our military’s uniforms. To make sure the industry would always be there to keep our troops clothe, the federal government gave subsidies to them to the tune of millions of dollars. Years later as synthetic materials were being used for the military, Washington continued to pay the wool farmers.

The agricultural subsidies assist farmers and agribusinesses to supplement their revenue, manage the supply of the different commodities and to influence the cost and supply of such commodities (ie corn, wheat, rice, milk, sugar). So the government is dictating the price as well as the supply of these commodities. In this situation, the laws were passed during the Great Depression and have remain in place to this day. We have farmers being paid not to grow corn on their land. Many farmers receive some sort of government (tax payer) financial assitance.

A Canadian report claimed that for every dollar U.S. farmers earn, 62 cents comes from some form of government, with total aid in 2009 from all levels of government adding up to $180.8 billion.

These are just two incidents where government has manipulated the free market for decades. The free market hasn’t been free for just as long. As long as the federal government is involved, no industry or company will go bankrupt. The whole idea of competition is that the strongest one wins. Well in this case, whoever pays more money to the politician campaign funds, wins.

Let’s take a look at the recent bailout of General Motors. They received billions of dollars from Washington to keep them from filing bankruptcy. If GM was left to file bankruptcy, the union contracts would have been history at that point. The company would have restructured to survive or close their doors forever. Is that a bad thing. On the surface, yes. When you go ahead and let the free market work it out, it would become a good thing.

How? Simple, it’s obvious that GM wasn’t making the product(s) that the customers wanted. If they continued doing the same thing, they would have had to close their business forever. An entrepreneur, with the financial backing, would step in and buy the assets of GM to build his own vehicle. They would hire the former GM workers and a new car manufacturer would be born to make it or break it. He either builds want the customers want or he goes out of business too.

The unions are a powerful force with plenty of money to persuade politicians to help the their industry/company. The government makes it impossible for new car companies to start in the industry since there are so many regulations that only the “big” dogs can work within them.

The federal government has made it so hard for the free market to run like it should that it’s questionable to say that we can ever separate the two. The first step is having Congress cut programs that support industries that wouldn’t survive without it.

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The State Of Georgia Is Being Sued On Immigration Law

Posted by Billy On June - 27 - 2011

A federal judge in Atlanta has decided that the new state law Georgia passed recently is unconstitutional and has issued an order which will temporarily block enforcement of the state’s law which is to take effect this Friday. The Judge Thomas Thrash’s order to block the law, which would penalize anyone who transports or harbor illegal immigrants, from taking place.

Since when is it unconstitutional to uphold the laws which have passed. The Constitution clearly states that the States have power over the federal government when it comes to laws in their state. Illegal immigration is ILLEGAL, period. We as Americans have the right to protect our sovereignty and this judge’s decision is just wrong. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who’s name is in and of itself is a joke. How can you protect America’s liberties if you’re giving rights to non citizens? The ACLU is joined by the Southern Poverty Law Center and several other civil and immigration right groups. Again immigration rights pertain to immigrants coming here legally.

The Anti-Defamation League along with 11 Latin American countries — Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru — have joined as plaintiffs in the suit. My thoughts on that is…these countries have no rights to be involved in any way to dispute our laws. Most (if not all) of these countries have strict immigration laws of their own, so who are they to dictate to us about our laws?

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and other state officials have asked Thrash to dismiss the class-action suit, arguing the law is constitutional, the groups have no standing to sue and the state should be immune from such lawsuits anyway. I agree with the Governor’s stance, other countries have no rights in any other country’s laws which includes the United States.

Georgia’s new law, State House Bill 87, allows police to check the immigration status of suspects who can’t provide accepted identification. It will also let law enforcement agencies to detain and hand over to federal authorities someone found to be in this country illegally. The law also states that lying about immigration status on job applications is a felony. The law requires many employers to use a federal database to check immigration status of any prospective employees. This is the way it’s suppose to be in the first place, but the federal government has made it so easy for illegal immigrants to come into the country and acquire jobs.

The sovereignty of this country is in jeopardy and with states enacting these laws, it’s the only way we will ever get it back.

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Made In The USA

Posted by Billy On September - 28 - 2009

The title is something that is becoming a thing of the past. When this country was growing from the years of 1776 to 1976, America was a country that produced and manufactured items that the world wanted and needed, but for the last thirty years or so it’s been changing.

With all the laws and regulations that the federal government has been imposing on American companies, those businesses are looking to cut cost in way that are hurting the American people.

Let’s look at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the city that was the capitol of the steel industry. In the last thirty years the government has been making it harder for the steel industry to stay in the United States, let alone Pittsburgh.

Yes I agree that to make steel, there is pollution on several different levels, water air and land pollution is a serious matter, but at what cost is these issues important?

Pittsburgh is no longer the biggest city that produces steel. Most of manufacturers have move to other countries to avoid tough regulations. So now we have thousands of people who are affected by the industry and are unemployed. The government has changed the landscape of the city.

Let’s look at it this way. We have a person who was working to provide for his family, the government steps in and tell the companies that there will be unions and there will be price fixing. Next, strict laws are passed for the pollution situation in Pittsburgh, causing the company to have higher costs related to the product. The company can no longer be profitable at this level, so they decide to have some of their products made in another country. Now the worker is laid off and is needed to be supported by the same government that cost him/her their job. But are they really being supported by the government? I say NO. It’s the rest of the American Taxpayer that is supporting those Americans because of the federal government.

I try very hard to purchase things that are made in the USA, but it getting tougher every day. The steel industry isn’t the only industry that this scenario has happened to. It will also continue until the American people stop voting for the same old type of politician. It wasn’t the Democrats or the Republicans that did this individually, it has been both of them and until we see them for what they are, it will continue.

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