Archive for September, 2009

Joel Gaines Show 9-27-09

Posted in Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , on September 30, 2009 by raingeg

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Iran – and a two year old Institute of Common Sense Conservatism I told you so – but there is more to this story than meets the eye or is being reported by the media.

Also with regards to Iran, what is going to be the approach here? What ramifications does this situation assume for an Obama presidency?

Let’s talk about some of the recent amendments to the Obamacare bill in the Senate. What’s this thing shaping up to look like?

Some more damning information about ACORN and how your money gets spent by this community organizer organization.

I’m Back

Posted in Life on September 30, 2009 by raingeg

I’m back! It seems like its been years since I last posted. I started moving 7 days ago, I got sick 6 days ago, and I ruined my truck today.

So I’m now back to daily posting and I’ll catch up with everyone tomorrow after I get off work.

Baucus Bill Not Online

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by raingeg

The AP reports that the  Baucus bill that will eventually become law will not be online. They know what happens when that put the actual bill online, the people actually read it, so it appears that “conceptual language” will have to do. I don’t think so.

AP- Senate Finance Committee Democrats have rejected a GOP amendment that would have required a health overhaul bill to be available online for 72 hours before the committee votes. Republicans argued that transparency is an Obama administration goal. They also noted that their constituents are demanding that they read bills before voting. Democrats said it was a delay tactic that could have postponed a vote for weeks.The Democrats noted that unlike other committees, the Finance Committee works off conceptual language that describes policies — instead of legislative language that ultimately becomes law, and which the GOP amendment would have required. Democrats accepted an alternate amendment to make conceptual language available online before a vote.

Here’s a thought, what if the Senate Finance Committee decided to “change” their ways?

School Kids Sing Obama A Song “…all are equal in his sight” (Video)

Posted in Education, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by raingeg

Commentary later tonight, just watch.

For the full story click here.

Fringe Abatement

Posted in Humanity, Politics on September 22, 2009 by raingeg

In today’s society the strong desire, dare I say lust, to be outside of the mainstream, to be radical, and on the cutting edge, will eventually kill any movement that adheres to its call. As of now, the fringe of the Conservative movement is small, often exaggerated by the left, but small nonetheless. However, there is a good chance, that it could grow. There is no better time than now to make sure that we are in fact in the mainstream, that we are adhering to our principals and that we are not lowering our standards. There is a certain sanctity to the right to speak freely and petition, and that sanctity should not be tainted by irresponsibility.

As a movement we need to have standards and we need to have conviction. In everything we must tell the truth and show respect. This is all done as an insurance policy against our political counterparts, because every rhetorical or hyperbolic remark, sign, and slogan that we create can and will be used against us. How can our political counterparts use respectful, truthful and honorable material against us? They can’t, aside from trying to make us look like old fuddy-duddies or puritans, but if that’s the war they wish to wage let them engage.

This is not to say that innovation, humor and creativity should be expelled, it comments more on how we should highlight what is good about Conservatism and why it is something that we should uphold within society, while at the same time informing the public about the dangers of Progressivism.

As Conservatives we believe in societal standards and certain objective truths that we should uphold. Why then should a political movement be any different? Just because one has the right to do something, does that mean that one should abuse that right? No. We should use our political power to excoriate those who hurt the conservative movement and promote those who spotlight its value to society.

This is why it is important to be in the political mainstream. Because the minute you start to move to that place known as the fringe you start to do more harm to the movement than good. I am not saying that we must blindly go along with what ever is being said, we need to know our facts and stick to the truth.

It is great that we can freely express anger, but it is not a good idea to bring a gun to a political rally, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. It is awesome that you can point out bad things that the administration is doing, just don’t attach it to something meaningless like race or gender, leave those areas to the left, they do a good enough job of always pointing them out. Dissent is something that we should always engage in if we think that the government is overstepping its bounds, but anytime we express hate for an individual, especially our President, we are stabbing ourselves in the foot. Finally, the Biblical idea of “loving our enemies” should always be in the back of our minds. When the left decided to compare Bush to Hitler, say how they wanted him to die, and call him just about every name in the book, we were angry. Why then do some of our people do the same thing? Don’t let your anger get the best of you, think, understand, learn and engage.

Newspaper Bailout?

Posted in Economy, Politics with tags , , , , on September 21, 2009 by raingeg

Here we go again. If you missed my post last week as to why the newspaper industry is failing please read it, I don’t want to say everything over again.

Anyway, extra, extra, read all about it, this just in from The Hill.com, President Obama is open to looking into bailing out the newspaper industry.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced S. 673, the so-called “Newspaper Revitalization Act,” that would give outlets tax deals if they were to restructure as 501(c)(3) corporations. That bill has so far attracted one cosponsor, Cardin’s Maryland colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).

Gibbs down played the whole thing, with what should be the proper response to this nonsense.

In early May, Gibbs said that while he hadn’t asked the president specifically about bailout options for newspapers, “I don’t know what, in all honesty, government can do about it.”

Then the president goes after political bloggers, as if he can really do anything about it. Then again, if the government has a stake in the newspaper industry maybe he can.

Obama said that good journalism is “critical to the health of our democracy,” but expressed concern toward growing tends in reporting — especially on political blogs, from which a groundswell of support for his campaign emerged during the presidential election.

“I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,” he said.

Who still buys into the elitist notion that reporting and commenting on news is only for a few top guys? The blogosphere is one of the best things that’s happened to free speech in America. Once again I will relay to you that bad blogs will not get very many readers, loose credibility, and constantly be challenged by the other side of the isle. As it is, the mainstream media is behind in reporting the news. They are typically slower than bloggers and they often don’t cover certain stories, like the ACORN scandal.

Its not uncommon for media elites to belittle bloggers, check out another post from about a week ago.

CBO: Total Deficit (Image)

Posted in Economy on September 21, 2009 by raingeg

From the Congressional Budget Office:

Total Deficit or Surplus (Percentage of GDP)

The picture says it all.