Who Is John Galt?

According to Scott Johnson at Power Line, John Galt is someone who made a credit card contribution to Barack Obama’s campaign.  If you read ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand, you might have a different opinion.  You might also check out Mark Steyn’s post at National Review Online which explains that the organization taking credit cards has to modify the security settings in order for these donations to get past security checks on the cards.  The amount of campaign finance fraud and voter registration fraud in the Obama campaign is staggering.

At a further post from Mark Steyn at National Review Online:

As the Powerline reader has noted, if “John Galt” of “Ayn Rand Lane” attempts a contribution at the McCain campaign, it gets rejected. Which is just as well. If the Republican candidate’s website were intentionally set up to facilitate fraudulent donations, it would be on the front page of The New York Times. But, as it’s King Barack the Spreader, we can rest assured the crack investigative units will be too preoccupied with Governor Palin’s shoes over the next two weeks.

We have two weeks to decide whether we want the Chicago political machine to take over the entire country.

How Does This Work?

For those of you trying to figure out how Barack Obama is going to give refunds to 95% of taxpayers when only 60% actually pay taxes, the American Thinker has the answer.  The report of the dialog that occurred between the writer and an Obama supporter making campaign calls is amazing.  It would be funny if it were not so sad.  What we need is an informed electorate–not idol worshippers with no idea on issues.

Campaign Finance Reform

I didn’t support Campaign Finance Reform the way in was legislated under McCain-Feingold.  I think a much simpler system would be simply to publish the names of all donors at some internet website–that’s all donors–large and small.  Even if someone does not have a home computer, they can go to their local library and be shown how to log on to get any information they may want.  What has happened to campaign finance reform in this election is a travesty.  There is an article at National Review Online listing some of the irregularities in contributions to the Barack Obama campaign.  There are questions of fictional donations (just like fictional voters), foreign donations, and people giving over the legal limit.  I just hope this election does not teach politicians how to buy an election.  (Not that that lesson hasn’t been learned before!)

The Amazing World Wide Web

I just found a new website (new to me) for all you political junkies out there (myself included).  It’s called Thomas and it is the site containing legislation information from the Library of Congress.  It allows you to look up bills before Congress, Congressional schedules, find out what bills each Congressman has sponsored and generally to become more informed about what is going on in our government.  Below is the summary of what the site does:

THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include the features and content listed below.

What a fantastic resource for all voters!!

Just A Note

Years ago, about the time dinosaurs roamed the earth, I read a book called HOW TO LIE WITH STATISTICS.  I’m not even sure the book is still in print, but if you can find it, read it.  I mention this in relation to all the polls you are hearing about that predict a landslide for Barack Obama.  Obviously, I do not know who will win this election, but I do want to mention some of the things that pollsters do to skew an election.  This year the media does not seem to be particularly objective and these tricks are totally in evidence if you know how to look for them.

Pollsters need to keep their credibility in order to continue getting business.  No one remembers what the polls say three weeks before the election.  They can be as far off as they want with minimal consequences.  How do you skew a poll?  You sample more people from one party than from the other.  You control the area of the polling and the number of people sampled.  As we get closer to the election, the polls will tighten because it is a tight race and no one wants to be horribly wrong.  They need their credibility to do the same thing next year!  If the pollsters can convince you that the election is lost, you may not vote, and in that case, it may be.  My final word is–TAKE HEART!!!

The Wall Street Journal Weighs In On Obama’s Tax Cuts

The Wall Street Journal Online has an article detailing Barack Obama’s tax plan and how it would work.  The bottom line is that it wouldn’t.  You can’t give tax cuts to 95 per cent of Americans when only 44 percent of Americans pay taxes.  It’s like going to the local car dealership and asking for the current rebate without buying the car.  The dealership wouldn’t be in business long if they gave out rebates to people who didn’t buy cars.  Barack Obama’s tax plan is not good for any of us.

One Small Step For Sanity

According to an article in the American ThinkerSenator Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) has added wording to the recent bailout bill that will make it more difficult for Democrats to funnel money to ACORN.  This provision will not allow money to be distributed to any organization that has been indicted for a violation of Federal election law.  The article also links to National Review Online where the implications of this law are discussed.

Joe Biden Is Forgetting What A 21st Century Crisis Is

There is an article posted at American Thinker today analyzing what actions some of the people in the world who don’t particularly love us would take if they perceived that America had a weak President. 

We need to look at this in the context of history.  After being judged as weak by Nikita Khrushchev, John Kennedy was faced with the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missle Crisis, and all matter of aggravations by the Russians.  After Carter was judged weak because of the lack of response to the Iranian hostage taking, the Russians invaded Afghanistan.  Remember that as soon as Ronald Reagan was sworn in, the hostages were released.  There was a fear that Reagan would not hesitate to attack to free the hostages.  It really doesn’t matter whether he would have or not, we just needed to have the perception that he would.  During the Clinton years we had Somalia, the Embassy bombings, the first World Trade Center Bombing, and the USS Cole bombing.  When George Bush took office, we had September 11, 2001.  We have not been attacked since.  That is not because the terrorists love George Bush–hardly–they saw what he did and don’t want to pay the price of another attack.  The only way terrorists will attack in a George Bush administration is if they can be sure that we will not be able to retaliate.  That brings up all kinds of scary thoughts.

Anyway, what Joe Biden says is true–a new President will be tested.  How severe that test is will be determined by how strong an image he has projected to our enemies.  If I were a terrorist, I would feel safer attacking a country ruled by Barack Obama than a country ruled by John McCain.  That may or may not be true, but in this game, perception is reality.

Would You Like To Work For These People?

The New York Post has an article today detailing the working conditions of being an ACORN employee.  The people working for this organization were paid low wages and pressured to get people registered.  The Obama campaign may begin to use this pressure as an excuse (almost a justification) for the number of fraudulent voters registered.  The fact remains that the people signing up Mickey Mouse knew he wasn’t going to show up in person (if he does, can I have a picture?).  This is corruption and should be dealt with as such.  To check voter registration is not voter suppression–it’s making sure that every voter has the right to participate in a free and honest election.

If I Can Erase It, I Can Make It Not True—NOT!

Power Line has an article on the cover-up of the relationship between Barack Obama and William Ayers.  In the last debate, Barack Obama denied that he made his political debut in William Ayers’ living room.  The evidence that he was lying was on the internet, but it soon disappeared. 

The invaluable Patterico responded with a link to an online account by Obama supporter Maria Warren dated January 27, 2005:

When I first met Barack Obama, he was giving a standard, innocuous little talk in the livingroom of those two legends-in-their-own-minds, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. They were launching him-introducing him to the Hyde Park community as the best thing since sliced bread.

Now, Patterico reports that the above blog post has been deleted. However, it’s still on the Wayback Machine, and Patterico, anticipating the cover-up, preserved a screen shot.

I am uncomfortable with a candidate who plays fast and loose with the truth, and this one seems to.


Bring Me The Head Of Joe The Plumber

There is a post at Power Line reminding us of some of the attacks on Joe the Plumber.  This is amazing.  This is a picture of how Barack Obama will deal with anyone who has a differing opinion if he becomes President.  Do not vote for Barack Obama unless you are willing to watch Americans slowing have their free speech rights taken away.  The House and the Senate have already pledged to do away with secret ballot union elections if Barack Obama is elected.  Their next target is the reinstatement of the so-called “fairness doctrine” which is anything but fair.  This will cripple the free speech on talk radio, which has been a problem to the Obama campaign from the beginning–it was talk radio that brought out Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, and the Annenberg Challenge.  Please think before you vote.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

There is a post at Power Line stating that we have seriously cripped Al Qaeda’s computer communications.  Evidently four of their five communication sites have gone dead since September 10.  This is great news, but don’t get too comfortable.  Al Qaeda has been weakened by the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan, but they are still out there and they still hate us–not for what we have done, but for who we are.  The goal of Al Qaeda is a worldwide caliphate under their chosen Muslin leaders.  We need to remember that.  Thank God we have made their communications more difficult, but I don’t believe we have taken the threat of a terrorist attack away.  They will attack as soon as they put the pieces together.  What may be holding them back now may be not knowing what effect an attack would have on the American presidential election.  What effect an attack now would have on the election is anyone’s guess.  I believe that sometime between the election and the inauguration we will be attacked.  If that does not happen, I will be convinced that we have made progress in limiting Al Qaeda’s ability to attack us in America.  If you remember, their recent attacks have been on American interests around the world, but not in America.  We have the policies of George Bush to thank for the fact that we have remained safe for the last seven years.

Howie Carr Says, “Deval, Spread the wealth around.”

In his column in The Boston Herald yesterday, Howie Carr had some suggestions as to how Deval Patrick could help cut state spending in order to decrease the budget deficit.  He mentions the fact that neither Mitt Romney nor his lieutenant governor collected a paycheck in their four years.  I didn’t know that.  I guess sometimes people very quietly put their money where their mouth is (and others don’t).

Spread The Wealth Around

There is a short article at Power Line making the point that if Barack Obama believes in spreading the wealth around, maybe he should share some of his campaign money with John McCain.  An interesting idea!  But the serious note is this–if Barack Obama broke his promise to rely on public campaign financing, how many of his other promises can we expect him to keep?

I Am Joe

I found this on Little Green Footballs.  I love it.

Iowahawk: I Am Joe

I hope you will join me in expressing a simple bit of solidarity with this guy, Spartacus style. I AM JOE. I am a Wal Mart schlub in flyover country who changes my own oil and unclogs drains without a license. I smoke and drink beer and toss the football in the front yard with my kid, and I figure I can fend my way without handouts from some Magic Messiah’s candy bags. Most everyone in my family and most everyone I grew up with is another Joe, and if you screw with them, you screw with me.

Are you a Joe? Say it proud. Leave it on every @$*$#@* newspaper comment section and online forum. Let these pressroom and online thugs know you won’t stay silent when they try to destroy the life of a private citizen for speaking his mind — because for every one of them, there are a million Joe Wurzelbachers. And for that we should all be thankful.

John Kerry – Jeff Beatty Debate

There will be a debate between John Kerry and Jeff Beatty on 20 October 2008, 8-9 pm on New England Cable News with hosts Jim Braude and R.D. Sahl. (We all understand  the Monday night Football Patriots versus Denver starts at 830pm.)

There will be a second debate is Monday October 27th at 1pm on 96.9 WTKK F.M. talk (if you cannot pick 96.9 up they stream live on the internet).

Please take the time to listen to these debates.  As voters, we all need to be informed. 

Human Nature Strikes Again

There is an article in Breitbart.com this morning that Hawaii is ending universay child health care.  Sounds cold and inhuman doesn’t it?  Let’s look at the reasons behind the decision.  Why in world would anyone pay for something they can have for free?  That is the question.  The people who were paying for health care for their children simply stopped paying and enrolled in the free health care program.  The program went way over budget and had to be cut.  There is an interesting bit of information at the end of the article:

“Families with children currently enrolled in the universal system are being encouraged to seek more comprehensive Medicaid coverage, which may be available to children in a family of four earning up to $73,000 annually.

These children also could sign up for the HMSA Children’s Plan, which costs about $55 a month.

‘Most of them won’t be eligible for Medicaid, and that’s why they were enrolled in Keiki Care,’ Diesman said. ‘It’s the gap group that we’re trying to ensure has coverage.'”

To me that says that the state will no longer pick up the tab for many of Hawaii’s children–the federagl government will.  Great.  A family of four earning up to $73,000 annually may be eligible for Medicaid.  I know the cost of living in Hawaii is very high, but that seems excessive to me.

Who Is Joe The Plumber and Why Does It Matter?

I have a few thoughts about the fuss surrounding Joe the Plumber.  Here they are.

1.  Joe’s question is not particularly important.  Barack Obama’s answer is.  Did you catch the phrase “spread the wealth around”?  Where is that in the Constitution?

2.  Is the research the Obama campaign is doing on Joe an attempt to distract the American people from Barack Obama’s answer?

3.  The next attack on Joe will be that he was a Republican plant.  This should be good.  Think about that for a minute.  If that were so (which I don’t believe it is), the Obama campaign is so predictable that the McCain campaign knew how Barack Obama would answer the question and that they would go after Joe the Plumber personally.  The second part of that idea bothers me a great deal.  How many people have the Obama campaign (with media allies) gone after?  There seems to be something odd about the way the Obama campaign views free speech.

4.  If you look at the rise of Barack Obama, his political history is one of removing his opponent from the playing field–he is a Chicago machine politician to the core.  I really don’t want to move the Chicago political machine into the White House.  I don’t believe that will be good for the country.

This is what Senator McCain had to say about Joe the Plumber in Miami on Friday, Oct 17:

The response from Senator Obama and his campaign yesterday was to attack Joe. People are digging through his personal life and he has TV crews camped out in front of his house. He didn’t ask for Senator Obama to come to his house. He wasn’t recruited or prompted by our campaign. He just asked a question. And Americans ought to be able to ask Senator Obama tough questions without being smeared and targeted with political attacks.”

One more comment on Joe the Plumber–there is an article in The American Thinker that beautifully sums up what has happened to this average citizen who simply asked a question that was not appreciated.

A Liberal Supermajority?

The Wall Street Journal has an article on its opinion page today detailing what a Democrat supermajority would mean to this county if Barack Obama wins the Presidency and Democrats elect a supermajority to Congress.  Keep in mind that it takes 60 votes to pass anything (or confirm a judge) in the Senate.  This article lists some of the legislation that the Senate has blocked in the 110th Congress.  These things will not be blocked if the Democrats have sixty senators.  Keep in mind that card check will end the secret ballot in union elections, pouring money into Democrat coffers, and making it very difficult for a shop to remain non-union if it chooses to.  Think also, based on his associations, about the kind of people Barack Obama would appoint to the courts and the Senate would confirm.

Ohio Voting To Continue Without Further Checks

The Supreme Court has backed the Ohio Secretary of State in not forcing her to set up a system to verify voters in the state by checking with motor vehicle registrations and social security numbers.  The reason given for not forcing voter verification was the fact that the suit was filed by the GOP and probably did not comply with the law.  At any rate, according to Breitbart.com about 200,000 voters of the 666,000 who have registered since January 1 have names that do not match up with other records.  Needless to say, a lot of these voters were registered by ACORN.  That number means that one out of every three votes cast in this election by new voters in Ohio may be fraudulent.  I hope we can take some serious steps to remedy this sort of situation if not before this election, before the next one.  I think we have reached the point in time where some form of voter identification system is necessary.

For All Massachusetts Voters

The following is taken from the website the Massachusetts GOP has set up to bypass the media bias on the part of the press in this state.  There are a couple of really good articles on the site, Scaling The Hill.  Enjoy.

BUDGET WATCH – Senator Tisei’s statement on Governor’s 9C cuts.

Senate Minority Leader Richard R. Tisei today released the following statement on Governor Patrick’s proposed 9C cuts to address the state’s fiscal crisis:

With the announcement of today’s 9C cuts, it’s clear that the spending spree is over on Beacon Hill. In the two years he has been in office, Governor Patrick has expanded the state budget by nearly $2.5 billion, or 9 percent, created two new executive agencies, and added close to 2,000 new positions to state government. These expansions were unsustainable when they happened, and are even more so now that we are in the midst of a worsening economy.

It’s unfortunate the Governor now has to resort to layoffs and other drastic measures to balance the budget. Every Republican member of the Legislature voted against the budget that was passed last July. At the time, we pointed out that we were spending beyond our means. Clearly, the situation we find ourselves in today has been made much more severe by the Patrick Administration’s refusal to heed the warnings of fiscal watchdogs.

The year ahead will be a very difficult and challenging one for the Commonwealth. Moving forward, we must continue to hold the line on spending, identify ways to reduce costs by streamlining programs and promoting efficiencies, and implement the reforms that are needed to preserve essential services and protect the taxpayers of the Commonwealth.