Saturday, October 31, 2009
When the media was invited to take photos and to shoot video of President Obama saluting our fallen Soldiers at Dover Air Force Base, I wondered why they never showed us photos and films of the many times President Obama takes time to smoke, play basketball and golf. The White House reports the following regarding the numerous time Obama has played golf since taking office.
"The White House press office told CNSNews.com that to confirm every round of golf played by the president since he took office would take “hours” because the only records kept are those sent to the media through e-mails that are not posted on the White House Web site because they are for media planning only."
Isn't it strange that the White House invites the media to take pictures of the President saluting the fallen soldiers, but no photos of the 11 rounds of golf that he has played since taking office, or the number of times he smokes cigarettes and plays basketball while those soldiers were dodging bullets. The media had photos of Dick Cheney hunting, George Bush riding the tractor on his ranch, Obama taking his wife out to dinner, but no photos of how much time Obama spends playing golf, basketball and smoking.
What do you think?
Rev. Wayne Perryman
The mere fact that unemployment has risen to almost 10% negates any possibility of saving or creating any jobs, and by his own estimates it means the Stimulus did not or has not as of this date, worked. So the $240,000 figure that is often quoted for creating each of the 650,000 jobs, was virtually spent to create or save no jobs. There were no gains in employment only net losses based on his own figure of keeping unemployment at 8%.
Simple math also tells us that if it cost taxpayers $24,000 for each person who took advantage of the Cash For Clunkers programs, we would have been better off (or cheaper) to just give the cars away. The numbers just don't add up.
Again, let's look at numbers. If the Declaration of Independence only consisted of one page and the Constitution of the United States only four pages, the 1964 Civil Rights Act only eight pages and the Social Security Act only 64 pages (as some news agencies report), why did it take 1,990 pages to put together a government program that would simply:
a. Cover Pre-existing illnesses
b. Prevent persons from being dropped from insurance
c. Give insurance to the un-insured
d. And Reduce premiums
Again, the numbers just don't add up. If this is all the new program is going to do, why do you need 1,990 pages to say this, particularly when you look at other major programs that were thoroughly explained with under 100 pages. What's really in this bill?
Rev. Wayne Perryman
"The label 'far right' gets attached all too readily to the BNP, but it is as misleading as it is lazy. The BNP is a party of the left. Left-wing journal the New Statesman observes:
A brief skim through BNP manifesto literature brings to light proposals for the following: large increases in state pensions; more money for the NHS; improved worker protection; state ownership of key industries. Under Griffin, the modern-day far right has positioned itself to the left of Labour.
We are socialists, enemies, mortal enemies of the present capitalist economic system with its exploitation of the economically weak, with its injustice in wages, with its immoral evaluation of individuals according to wealth and money instead of responsibility and achievement, and we are determined under all circumstances to abolish this system!"
The watchdogs are now lapdogs.
But hold on a sec you say - Pelosi says cost is $894 billion. Well you see, penalties on individuals and companies are expected to be $161 billion. Let’s just not count that as part of the cost.
'Net' cost: $894 billion
Of yeah, and don’t count the $245 billion increase to Medicare that needs to pass separately.
"How to 'pay' for it?
Tax increases: $572 billion
Cuts to Medicare Advantage etc.: $426 billion
"So here’s how Pelosi math works when you add everything up:
$1.3 trillion grand total health care plans
- $245 billion that doesn’t count
= $1.055 trillion AHCAA cost
- $161 billion in penalties that doesn’t count
= $894 billion ‘net’ AHCAA cost
- $572 billion in tax increases
- $426 billion in program cuts
= ($104 billion) which we claim as deficit reduction
"Isn’t that special?
"Or to sum it up a different way:
$161B in penalties
+ $572B in tax increases
= $733B more collected from 'us' in this bill
"So looking at it that way, you get:
$1.3T total cost
- $733B from us suckers now
- $245B from us suckers later (add it to the deficit)
- $426B in cuts even though we know they won’t happen
= ($104B) in alleged deficit reduction"
Here is how the math was done:
"Less than two months after ascending to the United States Senate, Barack Obama bought more than $50,000 worth of stock in two speculative companies whose major investors included some of his biggest political donors.
"One of the companies was a biotech concern that was starting to develop a drug to treat avian flu. In March 2005, two weeks after buying about $5,000 of its shares, Mr. Obama took the lead in a legislative push for more federal spending to battle the disease.
"The most recent financial disclosure form for Mr. Obama, an Illinois Democrat, also shows that he bought more than $50,000 in stock in a satellite communications business whose principal backers include four friends and donors who had raised more than $150,000 for his political committees.
"A spokesman for Mr. Obama, who is seeking his party’s presidential nomination in 2008, said yesterday that the senator did not know that he had invested in either company until fall 2005, when he learned of it and decided to sell the stocks. He sold them at a net loss of $13,000.
"The spokesman, Bill Burton, said Mr. Obama’s broker bought the stocks without consulting the senator, under the terms of a blind trust that was being set up for the senator at that time but was not finalized until several months after the investments were made.
"'He went about this process to avoid an actual or apparent conflict of interest, and he had no knowledge of the stocks he owned,' Mr. Burton said. 'And when he realized that he didn’t have the level of blindness that he expected, he moved to terminate the trust.'
"Mr. Obama has made ethics a signature issue, and his quest for the presidency has benefited from the perception that he is unlike politicians who blend public and private interests. There is no evidence that any of his actions ended up benefiting either company during the roughly eight months that he owned the stocks.
"Even so, the stock purchases raise questions about how he could unwittingly come to invest in two relatively obscure companies, whose backers happen to include generous contributors to his political committees. Among those donors was Jared Abbruzzese, a New York businessman now at the center of an F.B.I. inquiry into public corruption in Albany, who had also contributed to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that sought to undermine John Kerry’s Democratic presidential campaign in 2004.
"Mr. Obama, who declined to be interviewed about the stock deals, has already had to contend with a controversy that arose out of his reliance on a major campaign contributor in Chicago to help him in a personal financial transaction. In that earlier case, he acknowledged last year that it had been a mistake to involve the contributor, a developer who has since been indicted in an unrelated political scandal, in deals related to the Obamas’ purchase of a home."