Archive for April, 2011

EPA vs. America

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Shell Oil Company has been forced to abandon some 27 million barrels of oil due to obstruction by the EPA.  In but one of numerous examples the EPA has again roadblocked what the majority of Americans desire;  energy independence.  Despite our President’s claim that America can pursue “safe and responsible production of oil at home”, it is clear that this Administration has no intentions of seriously pursuing energy independence unless it can be achieved by tremendous investment of taxpayer dollars.  Most Americans support alternative energy, Mr. President.  Will there still be an America left by the time it can be implemented?  What about America’s needs today, Mr. President?

America is a poor credit risk.

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Today, the credit rating agency, S&P, lowered the U.S. credit outlook to “negative”.  The agency identifies the reason as uncertainty as to whether meaningful debt reduction will ever occur.  Not surprisingly, the Obama administration is downplaying the announcement, saying that it “underestimates the ability of America’s leaders to come together to address the difficult fiscal challenges facing the nation.”  If it were not so serious, this statement would almost be funny.  When was the last time your government inspired confidence?  When was the last time you felt our nation was in capable hands?  If you can’t remember, it is time for fundamental change.

Social Issue are Economic Issues

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

To all of those who would like to focus the discussion away from social issues, I offer this reminder.  As long as the Federal government is involved, social issues are economic issues.  Our current deficit and debt are at least partially the result of social programs.  Outside of national defense, border, or trade policies, identify one government program that does not at its core address social or domestic issues.  Do not be mislead, bringing social programs into the upcoming budget debate is entirely appropriate and absolutely necessary.  If the Federal government spends one dime on a social issue, the American people should have the opportunity to determine whether they support that program.  Social Security, health care, Planned Parenthood, or any other pet program cannot be exempt from scrutiny.  It is our “Great Society” which has brought us to this point in our history.


Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

What must get done?  What cannot be allowed to end?  What bills have to be paid?  These are questions that might very well be asked in any household across the U.S.  As families attempt to budget their lives, they first establish priorities.  Food, shelter, electricity, and fuel likely top the list.  No matter the circumstances, these things must take priority.  While this seems a fairly simple and reasonable approach, Washington seems to have never considered such.  While our borders are a joke, we fund Harry Reid’s cowboy poets.  While Americans are without jobs, we fund the EPA’s efforts to curtail business.  While American soldiers defend our freedom, we fund needle exchanges for drug addicts.  It is evident that it will require our voice to explain the budget process to Washington.  Start with what has to happen and work your way down.  When you run out of money you are done, no matter how noble the program or how many votes it might garner.

The Real Debate

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Most of us want to cut government spending and to live within our means.  The recent budget battles have centered upon this very critical issue.  However, at some point in this debate, we must address the core issue which is how much government do we really need and what should they be doing.  Individually, not as groups, we must decide exactly how much “help” we must have from Washington.  They still do not believe that there actually are American citizens who simply want our Constitutional freedoms.  This election will determine whether we are actually serious about smaller government or if we are also addicted to Washington goodies.  It will be up to average, individual citizens to determine the future of America.

No Cherry Blossoms?

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in jeopardy.  The Smithsonian, the National Zoo, Yosemite and Yellowstone National Park will all be forced to close their doors if the government shuts down.  The media is parading a host of disappointed tourists before the camera.  While fascinating to witness, where is the outrage over Washington spending this nation into oblivion.  What good are all of our National Parks if we bankrupt our nation.  What difference will it make that we had the best of intentions as we stand before the ruins of America.  Friends do not be distracted by the horror stories.  We may yet prevent the greater horror.


Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Harry Reid has said that the Tea Party is made up of a bunch of extremists who are delaying the budget process.  He has forgotten several key points:

1.  The Democrats controlled both houses and failed to even prepare a budget all.                                                                            

2.  These extremists are average American citizens, not some special interest group.

3.  It has never before been considered extreme to live within our means. 

4.  The American people are not stupid.

The Obama Doctrine

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

What is the Obama doctrine as opposed to the Bush doctrine or even the Clinton or Reagan doctrine?  This is the question which has been posed in regards to our recent military involvement in Libya.  Personally, I do not care what the Obama doctrine or any other President’s doctrine may be.  I am simply concerned about what the American doctrine should be in matters of foreign relations.  Shifting doctrines result in a weak and suspect nation.  Most American citizens understand that the only Constitutional use of our military is to respond to threats to our nation or our nation’s interests.  The American doctrine never changes with leadership.  Humanitarian intervention may be noble, but is also unending.  What are the real threats to America?  Even an average citizen can identify them.

Obama was right.

Friday, April 1st, 2011

President Obama was indeed correct when he recently stated that immediately drilling every drop of oil we have would not immediately lower the price of fuel at the pump.  That is convenient political cover.  What the President and unfortunately numerous others fail to understand is that the American people will hold all of our Federal Government responsible for their negligence in developing a reasonable Energy Policy.  How long have we pleaded with our leaders for such a policy.  All that we receive are the standard lines about sustainable energy and going green.  Let me be perfectly clear:  we are prepared to go green, we support clean, renewable energy.  Unfortunately it is our government which is the greatest obstacle in that process and we all know it will take time.  In the mean-time, American citizens need affordable energy to fuel our nation.  So for now Mr. President: Drill, baby, Drill (and not in Brazil).

It’s the economy, stupid.

Friday, April 1st, 2011

In the immortal words of Howard Dean, it is the economy which is at the forefront.  It has been and it will be as long as the future of America is in jeopardy, and our future is in jeopardy.  While Congress is hammering out a compromise on yet another continuing resolution, we the people are exactly where we have been;  looking for work, watching fuel prices climb, worrying about our future.  While Washington debates  what can or can’t be done, it is time that we the people stand up and say we will secure our future, with or without you.