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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 11:15pm

Not Another One

Apparently, the Kennedy's think they own that Senate seat in Massachusetts.  They're dragging out every family member they can think of to steal occupy the position.

I don't suppose they would all step aside and allow someone with a different perspective and background to serve the good people of Massachusetts?  Um yeah, probably not.

See, this has never been about 'public service', a classic, BS line used by politicians like the Kennedy's.  This is about having power and keeping power...nothing more.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 10:10pm

'Today Show' Hires Jenna Bush

I think I just threw up in my mouth.

More proof that you don't need talent to succeed in life.  You just need a famous last name.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 12:25pm

Suckers Celebrate Kennedy

If his name was Ted Smith, he would've gone to jail for a long time, he never would've won an election, and his funeral would never, ever be celebrated on every major television network.

Unfortunately, we live in a country full of idiots.  We memorialize drug-addict, child molesters like Michael Jackson and cheating, murderers like Ted Kennedy.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 6:00pm

Remembering Kennedy

I know I shouldn't speak ill of the dead, but why are we celebrating the life of a womanizing killer?  Ted Kennedy lived 40 years, 1 month, and 8 days longer than Mary Jo Kopechne, the woman he left for dead in 1969.  He died quietly while surrounded by family and friends.  Ms. Kopechne was not as fortunate.

This is how I remember Edward Kennedy...

It disgusts me that President Obama today called Kennedy one of the greatest Senators of our time.  I guess the bar is just really, really low.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 8:30pm

Ten Year Budget Forecast

While vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, President Barack Obama decided today was the day he would announce the re-appointment of Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke. Therefore, I'm sure it was just a coincidence that the administration also released terrifying estimates for the deficit over the next decade.

The $20 bill and the White House amid rising deficits and health care cost concerns

The White House expects $9 trillion in deficits in the next ten years, more than $2 trillion more than their original prediction earlier this year.  This figure would be in addition to the $11.7 trillion in debt the United States already holds.

Granted, most of this is not President Obama's fault as he inherited $10 trillion in total debt, a $450 billion annual deficit, and an economy on the brink of a depression.  However, with this economic forecast Obama is acknowledging that he will never balance the budget during his presidency, even if he serves eight years.  So much for fiscal discipline.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 10:00am

Obama Fights Health Care Lies

Rather than consolidate the Democrats and pass something meaningful, President Obama continued to argue against nutjob Republican statements about health care.  His weekly radio address was devoted to combating "willful misrepresentations and outright distortions" in the debate about health care.

As Frank Rich wrote, if Barack Obama continues to try to make friends with his enemies, he'll never get anything accomplished.  He needs to ignore the psychopaths on the right and bring his party together to establish real change.  Thus far, President Obama is just wasting his time codifying the opposition party.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 10:30pm

Record Deficit "Reduced"

The Obama administration has trimmed its forecast for the 2009 federal budget deficit to only $1.58 trillion.  That's down from previous expectations of a $1.8 trillion deficit.  The savings comes from $250 billion that had been set aside to bail out even more banks.

While the budget numbers are an improvement, they are still far too high.  Even the incompetent George Bush didn't get to these crazy levels.  The worst Bush deficit was $450 billion in 2008. 

Bear in mind that the federal government only takes in about $2.0 trillion in revenue each year, which means Obama still plans on spending $3.6 trillion this year.  It's not exactly fiscally responsible.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 9:10pm

Obama Approval Going Down

The healthcare debate is doing a number on Barack Obama's favorability rating.  The President enjoyed a 65% approval rating back in January, but it has since declined to merely 51% today.

Pres. Job Approval (8/18/09) (compliments of Rasmussen Reports)

The numbers for Democrats look even worse.  If they don't turn things around quickly (i.e. stop spending money we don't have), Republicans will easily take seats in the mid-term elections.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 8:15pm

Biggest Flip-Flopper in History

Brett Favre should really look into a political career whenever he retires for good.  The man flip-flops even more than John Kerry when making a decison.  The QB would be a perfect fit in Congress.

Image: Favre

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Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 11:55pm

Democrats on Health Care

The last time I checked, the Democrats had sixty seats in the Senate.  Apparently they've forgotten how a filibuster proof majority works.  They already have all the power.  Why they are even listening to conservative ideas on health care is beyond me.

While I don't necessarily agree with the Democrats' health care plan, all they really need to do is get their party in-line, just like the GOP has been doing for decades.

Old white people (a.k.a. Republicans) can scream all day long at town hall meetings.  It might get them headlines, but at the end of the day it doesn't mean anything.  They are the new minority.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 10:45am

Health Care Debate

Jon Stewart tackles the health care issue far better than me.  Here is his take on all the lunatic protesters and how they magically appear on cable networks immediately thereafter.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 9:15pm

Interest Declines for Clunkers

Despite another $2 billion pumped in by Congress, demand in the Cash for Clunkers program has already begun to fade.  Typical Washington.  Always late to the party.

Regardless, isn't it a bad idea to trade in a car that is fully paid off, borrow money to finance a new car purchase, and have the government borrow money to help you do it?

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Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 11:00am

Fear of Change

Conservatives have been out in full-force this week, turning informational town hall meetings into fringe right-wing shouting matches.  These angry mobs are actually claiming that Barack Obama wants to euthanize their children.  Even the insane Sarah Palin believes this garbage.

 

Conservatives were voted out of office for a reason.  They're wackos.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 10:45pm

Ex-Congressman Jefferson Finally Gets Convicted

Not that we should be surprised, but another United States Congressman is going to jail.  This time, it's William Jefferson (D-LA), the loser who took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes during his 18 years in the House of Representatives..

Former Rep. William Jefferson arrives at U.S. District Court with his wife, Andrea, on June 9.

Of course the deadbeat will appeal his conviction, but it's hard to argue against $90,000 in marked bills found in his freezer.  The money was handed to him by an FBI agent posing as an informant trying to bribe the politician.  The whole episode was caught on video surveillance.

What's shocking is that it took four years to get a conviction.  Don't you just love the people representing this country in Washington?

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 5:45pm

North Korea Frees U.S. Journalists

After a visit from former President Bill Clinton, the government of North Korea has decided to release the two American women they imprisoned back in March.

My only concern now is what the U.S. government gave up in order to broker the release of these journalists.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 11:00pm

More Cash for Clunkers

On Friday, the House approved another $2 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program.  They had allocated $1 billion to the program, but those funds were depleted in less than one week. These new funds are sure to be depleted before the calendar year is up.  Apparently Congress didn't realize that consumers like getting something for nothing.

Unfortunately, this is a frivolous program that amounts to nothing more than a handout to the auto manufacturers.  It sounds good, but it will only drive the government further into debt.

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