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…So It Begins

I read an article by Michelle Malkin a month or so ago where she announced that Obama had specifically asked companies providing work for defense contracts – like Boeing and Lockheed Martin – to hold off on their layoff notices until after the election.  Incredibly, the scuttlebutt was that Obama had even offered to cover legal costs for those defense contractors who didn’t provide at least 60 days’ notice of a mass layoff action as required by law.

Yesterday, Boeing announced that they will slash 30% of their management, close facilities in California and begin a massive restructuring that could result in thousands of workers being laid off next year.  Lockheed Martin did only slightly better; they’ll be booting 25% of their management team.  A host of other companies, including Groupon, Westinghouse, US Cellular, Bristol Myers Squibb, St. Jude, and Caterpillar have all announced major layoffs in the past 48 hours.

That’s aside from the fact that small business owners have taken to Twitter to announce that they won’t be able to afford to keep all of their employees – some won’t even be able to stay in business at all.

Energizer will lay off 1,500.  Hawker Beechcraft will lay off 400.  Pepsi has announced a whopping 4,000 to be let go and they’ll be putting an end to their 401(k) matching program.  A total of about 45 major businesses have announced layoffs since the end of the election this past Tuesday, and it only seems to be getting worse.

Even more telling: President Obama refused to give the traditional post-election press conference.  He claimed exhaustion and disappeared down his rabbit hole while his spokesmen promised that he would give comments on the economy at a later time.  The press is altogether ignoring the news, pretending that the markets haven’t been taking a beating for the past two days.  Why would they tell the truth?  Their messiah got re-elected.  Whether they are ignoring reality or hoping that things will improve once Obama begins to really flex his socialist muscle, they are not willing to admit that four years of abysmally failed fiscal policies are about to turn into eight years of unabated misery.

All of this comes after dismal reports on pending layoffs had come through and were NEVER reported by anyone in the MSM.  Stryker, the company that makes a lot of the equipment that is used on ambulances (along with a host of other medical devices, including artificial joints), announced they were issuing pink slips to around 1,000 employees to offset the costs of new Obamacare taxes levied on medical devices.  The company that makes the AED’s used by paramedics (Automated External Defibrillators) said that the new tax would cost them upwards of $10 million annually and would likely discourage future hiring.  EMS agencies all over the country have been dealing with marked drug shortages; my rig currently has standing orders to use alternates to certain vital drugs, including a drug that we have been using for years to treat diabetic emergencies.  Some agencies are even keeping expired drugs in supply because there is either a shortage of the alternative or they can’t afford the alternative.

Obama’s only defense is that he "inherited this mess", yet he can’t explain how all of the mess I’ve just described happened after he’d been in office for two years.  None of his supporters can explain it, either – then again, they can’t even properly articulate facts on what comprises our government, so I don’t have any hope that they know what the Constitution actually says (we all know Tingles doesn’t know).  One of my teenage relatives has been telling me what her classmates are saying, and none of them have so much as a marginal grasp on the issues.  Many of them supported Obama because he’s black, and others were convinced that Romney was going to make abortion and contraceptives illegal.  Many even said they wanted their parents to be able to keep collecting food stamps, and they believed Romney was going to end the program because he didn’t care about the poor.  None of these things are true, but we now have Bill Maher comparing us all to Nazis.

I guess they have to find some way to sleep at night.

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  • Kalena

    I am starting up an insurance agency (looking for Michigan clients, :)  ), and I have determined to have my staff all be part time, 25 hours max, because I can’t afford to pay the HMO family plan costs for at least the first 3 years my agency will be getting off the ground.  The premium for a family is almost $1700 a month.  Just for one employee, it is $650 a month.  Double that for a married couple. 

    When you consider that the market cost of an office staff person in an insurance agency is about $500 a week, the cost to carry a full time employee is more than double that if you consider the cost of a family plan for health insurance, employer FICA cost share, and all of the other employer payroll taxes (unemployment insurance, both to the state and fed, etc.). 

    So, by keeping the hours at 25 a week per person, I will probably have to have 2 people to cover the hours I would have paid one person, but it will still be far less expensive for me to do it this way.

    The restaurant company that owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc. is experimenting with this limited hours per employee concept in a few markets in preparation for the skyrocketing costs Obamacare will impose on employers.

    I am just one small business person in this overall economy.  I expect that millions more small business owners will also be making the same sort of human resources decisions over the next 12 months in preparation for the Obamacare costs.  And if the dems are successful with raising taxes on the "rich", who really are just mostly hard working entrepreneurs, these extra taxes will come out of the budgets of their businesses, thus, most likely, more jobs lost because the tax money has to come from somewhere.

    End result, no increase in revenue for the higher tax rates because people will adapt and find alternate ways to manage business expenses, which includes taxes, and thus millions of jobs will be lost as businesses cut back.  And while some jobs might still survive, the hours will be cutback, which in turn affect how much income taxes are with held from their checks as they make less overall each week.

    • section9

      I work for Home Depot full time. I will be very, very surprised if I have my FT job in two years. Am starting to look at alternatives in the self-employment field.

      Power is all that ever mattered to these people. That is why they did what they did.

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Good luck. I hope you can hang on at Home Depot.

      • bucky321

        go work in the north east- plenty of building will be going on.

        • HuntingMoose

           north east? liberal north-east? what are you talking about?

      • HuntingMoose

        Home depot is the place more and more people will go to to do home improvement since home improvements are not taxed wealth (does not show up on your property tax bill) and the cost to get a contractor is way too high compared with doing it yourself –will take you 3x longer, may not be as perfect but gives you lots of personal archievement satisfaction.

        The other day I wanted to buy an closet door and noticed a sign that you could have someone do the installation for $170. A bit steep for my budget but probably for others with 2 left hands still better than hiring a contractor who in turn will hire some other and pocket the change.

        But apart from that, since you are literally with your nose in this pudding aka Home depot, why not as your outside Home Depot work do this kind of installation work. I don’t think that Home depot would have a problem with their own employees helping customers, in fact, it could help their business as well.

        And yes, consider this, barter instead of paid in mass printed dollars that also will be taxed

      • Azarkhan

        Bernie Marcus, a Home Depot founder, spoke about the negative impact of Pres Idiot’s policies over a year ago.

    • jerseymark

      The obvious point is that Obama and the Left simply have no clue whatsoever about how the economy works and how jobs are "created’ and to make matters worse, they don’t even have a clue that they don’t have a clue. The Atlas Shrugged effect is firmly in place.

    • lanahi

      What will that do to those unemployment numbers?  If two part time people take the place of one full time person, does that half the unemployment figures, even if they are underemployed?

      A possible solution to laying off workers is to go to contract work.  Rehire your employees but as contract workers instead of employees.  You don’t have to pay benefits at all then but increase their pay to make up for it, although some unprincipled ones would just keep the pay the same and no benefits. 

  • HuntingMoose


     Why do we let a minority ruin the lives and persuit of happiness of the majority?

    The radical democrats are not the majority. All they did was to fool many ignorant with lies and deceit.


  • HuntingMoose


    Am I wrong to think ‘let the system collapse, the sooner the better since then I can still help rebuild on the ashes’ ?

    Am I wrong to think ‘lets just all join them and go on strike and also start leeching. let the system collapse?’


    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      You don’t have to "let the system collapse." The progressives are socially engineering a catastrophe without any of our help, and without our consent. The stock market knows that. Earnings for next year are being downgraded as the aftermath of Tuesday’s electoral debacle sink in.

      Mel’s litany of job cuts are just the first shots in what promises to be a shelling of the economy next year.

    • Marc

      I was thinking the same.  The system will collapse because too many are stubborn and will end up learning the hard way.  Protect your family the best you can and take higher ground for now.  Gather your strength for the rebuilding to follow.

  • 01_Explorer_01

    I would not have anything tied to the stock market if it is at all possible.

    • bucky321

      where then are you going to invest—cd’s are paying nothing.

      • HuntingMoose

         see my other post and think outside of the box, think barter economy.

        think about the goods and services you will need in the future and "buy" them now, directly or indirectly.

        I saw an interesting advertisement from Hillsdale College, it was for charitable giving and they would give you out of their charitable fund on a yearly basis some money back. That shuts out the government taking money at the end of the journey but instead it would go to an organization that is more to your likening. I am not that old but when the time comes, that may be an option.

      • jerseymark

        Come on – the point is you will lose your shirt in the Market whereas with CD’s you won’t lose your principle. This is why some time ago our US Treasuries were actually selling with negative interest of half a point.

    • HuntingMoose

      and may I add to the $ as well.

      but you hit an interesting question that we all have asked us before but it was still academic at that time but now it is real:

      "how to thrive and survive in a socialist country"

      (a corrupt socialist country but that is a bit an oxymoron)

      How is it that in Europe, China, Russia you do have rich people? The vast majority of them have ties to the political corrupt system , crony capitalism as we call it here.

      So for those that value integrity, this is not really an option. In general what you see people keep their heads low, obfuscate their wealth and create non-material wealth.

      keep you head low : if you make noise they will come after you , ask that super wealthy guy in Russia who is still sitting in Siberia jail. We have the same here already, ask Sarah, it is only a notch more insidious since it is fully backed by the force of the corrupt state.

      obfuscate their wealth and make wealth for personal use only: This is most visible when you walk through cities. On the outside, houses look like crap but inside, it can be quite comfortable. People do not show their wealth. We may call it a virtue but in Europe, it is done for a whole different reason –don’t bring attention to you, don’t bring attention that you have something you should ‘share’ . There is also a lot of wealth that is not easiliy expressed in wealth but instead is handed around off the books  (think the family heirlooms). don’t sell things since when you do, it will be taxed through the gazoo. barter ( let that person stay in your 2nd home for vacation when they helped you with whatever). And buy something that you can use very long time and may even lower cost in the future. That plot of land to put your bellpeppers and tomato’s on (yes, sounds ridiculous but those things cost now >1$ each) you can use to lower your expenses. Take the tax deduction on that solar panel, play the system and lower your future energy cost. Solar panels are not taxed although that may change, who knows. O, did I mention home improvement? does not show up on the property tax bill if you make everything nice inside your home.

      create non-material wealth, non-financial achievement: Memories in life cannot be taken from you and are not taxed. Take that vacation because if you keep the money in the bank, it will be taxed (called wealth tax). Knowledge is also not taxed because they have not yet figured out how to do that (and a knowledgeable person will likely not willing to spill the beans on that). If you buy books, follow courses, educate yourself (e.g. spend your money at but not at rip off colleges for knowledge that you can get for almost free these days online and through other means and without the indoctrination garbage) , it is enriching yourself in a way they cannot tax.  Also invest in local community. Help others that may help you back later.

      these are just some observations I have made. If you have others, let me know. I am very interested in how to deal with this reality . No need to tell me about ammo and gold

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Excellent commentary, Mel. As usual.

  • johnfromcanada

    This is ugly. Obama’s 2nd term is starting off badly and will end in a train wreck of massive proportions. Elections have consequences. The millions of white conservatives who stayed home need to be reminded of that at every turn, as well as those  who for some bizarre reason wouldn’t vote for Romney because he was a Mormon. I’m a Christian, but I still can’t understand that one, just nuts IMV. 

    Look, I’m not big Romney fan and feel that he himself bears prime responsibility for the loss. But the above mentioned voters and the LSM bear responsibility, as well.

    The economy is improving , is it? Right on. Yeah, sure. And the "blaming Bush" excuse is really old and lame. O and his minions really need to be called out on that nonsense. I’m wondering if even the LSM will feel a bit freer now and actually dare to gently criticize the Messiah.

    Of course, the  good news is that this all sets the stage for a massive GOP sweep in ’14, even bigger than ’10, and above all, for Sarah Palin POTUS 2016.  I really believe it can happen.

    • Hyman Roth

      "Of course, the good news is that this all sets the stage for a massive GOP sweep in ’14, even bigger than ’10, and above all, for Sarah Palin POTUS 2016. I really believe it can happen."

      Actually, it won’t with your attitude.  Blaming conservatives for staying home, and calling for Palin in 2016 are not compatable ideas.  Your first two paragraphs make you sound EXACTLY like the kind of person who will line up for the next Republican establishment hack, and you’ll make the exact same walk off the cliff that you did this year.

      STOP BLAMING CONSERVATIVES if you want a real solution in ’14 and ’16.

      • johnfromcanada

        Not sure I get that. If I’m reading techno’s analysis right, one reason Romney lost was because many conservatives stayed home. All I’m saying is that when the economy falls off the cliff in O’s 2nd term, those who stayed home might want to do some soul searching.  Romney would have been better than what we’re going to get in the next four years.  

        But it’s all decided now, water under the bridge. And with Sarah at the top of the ticket, conservatives staying at home won’t be a problem. They’ll come out in droves.  

        • Hyman Roth

          I’ll do no soul searching for staying home.  THE REPUBLICAN PARTY is the one that needs to search its soul.

          • friskyness

             You didn’t vote!  Then you can’t complain………………..

  • WEL2

    I urge Governor Palin to begin immediately a war against crony capitalism. It is a cancer that must be excized. This is a war that would attract to Governor Palin’s side people of all demographics and political parties. She would find herself at the head of a massive army!

    • HuntingMoose

       crony capitalism is not a cancer.

      Crony capitalism is the workaround for entrepreneurs and capitalists on how to still keep their heads above the water in a corrupt socialist regime where you need to buy and bribe those –aka the government– that suppress the people

      The cancer is the corrupt political system.

      GM took money from Obama. How many more customers did that give them? Chick FilA spoke up. I remember long lines.

      To blow out an oil well that is on fire, you need explosives that will consume all the oxygen in the explosion. fight fire with fire To stop a forest fire, you need to set fire at other places

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        I would only point out that crony capitalism is not a workaround, it is business as usual and all the players benefit. One of the main reasons they fear the guv so much is that she is onto their game and refuses to play. They would gladly cut her in just to coopt her into their network and make her one of them. She is not for sale. 

        The rest of them sold out long ago and make more money playing that game than they ever did doing anything constructive. They are doing what the Mafia dreams about – controlling and profiting from corrupting the system. Calling that a "workaround" is like calling a Mafia protection racket an alternative life style. Protection rackets are a Mafia line of business and crony capitalism is a legalized racket, and just as much of a way of life for its practitioners as crime is for criminals.

        • 1776er

          I know several lobbyists here in the DC area.  They abound of course.  They are all nice guys.  Good family men.  Faith filled men.  (and a few women in that business but steadily growing).

          Not a one of them would concede that Crony Capitalism much less a Permanent Political Class exists at all.  Believe me, I have had the conversation with them.  

          What they all have in common is some political connection on Capitol Hill either Republican or Democrat.  Many of the Lobbying firms on K St. have BOTH Republicans and Democrats usually former office holders or staff.  Lots and lots of Dem and Republican staff go through the revolving door from Capitol Hill and the Agencies to land on K St. and work their "contacts" either inside the White House or the Agencies or on the Hill.  It is the career path of choice.  It’s how you rise up the ranks.  See Paul Ryan.  Many make the leap from Hill Staff to Member of the House of Representatives.  Once in the Washington merry go round they rarely if ever leave town permanently.  

          The Lobbying/Politician/Bureaucrat alliance in Washington is incredibly vast, strong and impenetrable.  They operate by their own rules which are quite bi-partisan.  They like each other.  They work together on a daily basis.  They play together.  They have drinks after work together. They live together in the same neighborhoods.  Their kids go to the same schools. They socialize together.  They intermingle.  They intermarry.  They are well paid.  They have a good life.  

          They know the rules of play. They go along to get along.  They are constantly looking for "The Deal".  The look for the "compromise" that both sides can live with.  Their word is their bond. Represent your principal honestly. If they promise something they must deliver.  Never, ever promise something you don’t deliver.  Discretion.  What is said in the cloakroom stays in the cloakroom.  A deal is a deal. Quid pro quo.  They have a name for it in Washington: Chits.  Earning chits, Spending chits, and issuing chits to be called in later in return for a little legislative language favorable to the client.   

           "What must I do to get this justice for my daughter Godfather?"   Answer: "Be my friend.  At some time, perhaps never, I will ask you to do me a service." 

          When your chits are called pay up.    

          Compromise and The Deal are the holy grails of Crony Capitalism and the Permanent Political Class.  They work very hard, day in and day out to craft weasel words and gelatinous language that will draw in enough support on the Hill or within the Administration to get it done. One of the rules is that everybody’s beak gets wet.  Everybody gets a taste.  Capiche?  

          They absolutely believe this is God’s work.  Good work.  Hard work.  Necessary work.

          They work for the big Corporate interests who pay the freight.  They "represent" them in Washington.  They draft legislation.  They provide expert commentary.  They provide the rationale, the argument for others to support.  They provide the questions to be asked at Congressional hearings. They serve as the shadow unpaid "staff" of virtually every Congressional Committee in Washington and the Agencies within the Administration. They do favors.  They provide support.  They steer things in the reasonable direction.   What’s good for the client is good for America. You can rationalize anything.  If you can’t reconcile this way of life then get out of the Lobbying/Politician/Bureaucrat business.  

          They believe they are doing God’s work for America.  Can’t say it enough.  If you even question them on this score they look at you like you are a crazy man.

          I actually had one very prominent Republican member of the PPC, who has spent his entire long career here in Washington revolving through high level Administration positions, high staff level positions on Congressional Committees and well paying lobbying gigs on K St defend the pay for play and setaside in appropriation language system in Washington which the rest of America views as the essence of corruption:  

          "It’s how you get ANYTHING accomplished in Washington." He pointed to the good things he personally has accomplished through the deal making legislative process.  Many good things that all Conservative Republicans would applaud as great accomplishments.  

          "You can’t get the good stuff without quid pro quo.  Pay for play legislation that we all know is going on is the price you pay for key critical support from "those people" to get them to support those wonderful things in appropriation language setasides we all applaud."   

           It’s the old you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours system.  To the inside the beltway crowd that forms the real Government of the United States it is simply the way things work in Washington.  It is the way things have always worked in Washington.  It is the way things are always going to work in Washington.  

          And it is good.  Crony Capitalism as we call it is good.  It is good for America. It brings wonderful things for Americans.  It may not be efficient. It may not be pretty.  It may be a little illegal.  But—— paying a little lagniape to a few politicians is a small, small, small price to pay for all the wonderful things we accomplish.  That goes for both sides of the aisle.  If you like what you’re eating don’t come back into the kitchen and see how we do the cooking.

          And the Permanent Political Class you are raving about?  Well, it is really just a very misunderstood, hard working, dedicated bunch of under appreciated Americans living, working, playing and praying together inside the beltway trying to make the system work to produce ANYTHING.  People outside the beltway don’t understand how hard  what you call the PPC has to work every single day, week in and week out, to keep the country open for business.  If the corporate client in Delaware or Texas makes a killing on the legislation, well, that’s just a little tiny cost  to move the country forward. 

           It’s bloody hard work requiring hours and hours of pounding the pavement, reaching out, networking, researching, explaining, persuading, entertaining and triangulating all the disparate ideological pieces necessary to bring "The Deal" to fruition.  It’s like herding cats.  Up at dawn and home at midnight.  That’s the life of your PPC.

          You people just don’t know what it takes to get anything done in this town.  

          Grow up and get with the program.  Or find another town to be all goody goody in.  It’s what we do.  We do it well. We do it for America.  We do good things.  Greed is good.  Crony Capitalism is good.  The Permanent Political Class is a good, hard working, America loving bunch of patriotic people doing God’s and America’s work.  

          Sarah Palin?  Who does she think she is? Who do YOU think she is?   Does Sarah Palin, or  you,  in your most fantastical pipe dreaming reformist fantasies think She or you or all of you put together are going to tip over this work of ours?  Are you crazy?  What in the world are you people smoking?  We PPCers will have some of that for what little recreational time is available to us after midnight. If you and Sarah Palin got what you want America would stop working altogether.  If  Sarah Palin is ever elected and even attempts to bring real change to the way things work in Washington, DC the country would stop working altogether.  It would just freeze up and seize up.  Collapse.  

          We have no time for lunatic fantasies of this nature.  Go on raving.  We have business to do.  Hard business.  God’s business.  Today we are up at dawn, fighting the traffic through I-66 to get downtown and up on the Hill.  Won’t get home till midnight.  God’s business.  America’s business.

          That is the attitude Palinsistas and those who believe in Sudden and Relentless Reform are up against in the inner power circles of both established political parties in America.  

          Sudden and Relentless Reform?  It’s going to be harder then anybody here at C4P ever dreamed.  It is going to take a halibut club swinging outsider with the chops to do the impossible to get it done.  A spine of steel.  An American original.  Got one in mind?

          • Laddie_Blah_Blah

            "You can rationalize anything."

            Two things could change it all. 

            1. Eliminate the corporate income tax. Half of what they do is reduce the tax burden to their corporate clients.

            2. Eliminate corporate welfare. The other half of what they do is channel public funds to their corporate clients.

            One example will suffice – General Electric. In 2010 GE made $15 bn in profits and did not pay a cent in federal income taxes. In addition to not paying any federal income taxes, they also were the recipients of $2 bn in federal subsidies. All thanks to their hard-working, insider cronies on K St.

            Without the federal income tax, the K St. crowd can offer nothing to corporate America regarding the first point, and by eliminating all corporate welfare, they cannot offer any free handouts to corporate America, either. Game over. 

            I do know of one politician who could solve the whole mess, if she ever gets the chance. They will do whatever they can think of, spend however much they need to, and discredit her with as much gutter trash as they can manage to fling at her, in order to stop her. She understands the problem completely and knows how to fix it, and she would get at least 90% approval from the electorate for dong so. 

            Of course, Karl Rove and every other member of the PPC would double down on the vitriol. The money is just sitting there to be had, and all those taxes are so easily avoided, if you just have the right connections and enough money to grease the machine.

            Good summary, though. It reads like they have you awake at night, not being able to get them out of your head. And I agree. The lobbyists I have met are really hard-working, very decent and civil, but totally self-delusional.

            • 1776er

              They will do anything to keep their rice bowl intact.  Anything.

              • Laddie_Blah_Blah

                Glad you comment on this site. If the people outside of DC only knew.

        • HuntingMoose

          Fight fire with fire.

          If i am struggling with someone who holds a knife and another knife I can pick up , should I not doing that to?

      • WEL2

        You disagree with Governor Palin.  I stand with her.

        • HuntingMoose

          No. All I am saying is fight fire with fire. A weapon can be used against you but you can also pick up that weapon and use it against those attacking you.

          Crony capitalism is a weapon we don’t like, sure, but if the enemy is using it against us, why should we not use it against them while we fight for our freedom, live and pursuit of happiness?

          • WEL2

            Because crony capitalism is unethical and we are not.  Because crony capitalism is corrupt government.  I understand why Governor Palin fiercely opposes crony capitalism.

            • HuntingMoose

              I think we refer to 2 different albeit related things.

              Crony capitalism vs a crony capitalist.

              The -ism is unethical and I fully agree with that. I however was referring to the person who runs a business and specificly the one who is under the thumb of the corrupt government to as Obama’s Emmunuel once said ‘pay to play'; the person who caves to this pressure I call a crony capitalist.

              There is also another type of business person who pays the government official to put up regulations or give kickbacks in projects. That person to me is not a crony capitalist but someone who bribes a government official —and in more ethical times both the is person as the government person who gets his election coffers fattened (so he longer has this pluche job) should be jailed, railroaded, tarred and fethered or strung from the highest tree.

              • HuntingMoose

                And yes, in my original post i wrote crony capitalism and not crony capitalist.

      • jerseymark

        Crony Capitalism is simply a watered down term for Fascism.

      • ZH100

         ‘Poll: Americans Reject Crony Capitalism, 3-1′

        From the article:

        "In a recent Boston Herald column, pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports cited poll findings that show strong bipartisan opposition to cronyism and its effects on free markets."


        Long before "crony capitalism" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought against corruption and crony capitalism.

        Taking on corruption and crony capitalism has always been a cornerstone of Gov. Palin’s agenda.

        Here are some links with information about Gov.Palin’s consistent fight against corruption and crony capitalism.

        ‘Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism’   (by Governor Palin)  

        From the article:
        "We need to be on our guard against such crony capitalism. We fought against distortion of the market in Alaska when we confronted “Big Oil,” or more specifically some of the players in the industry and in political office, who were taking the 49th state for a ride.
        My administration challenged lax rules that seemed to allow corruption, and we even challenged the largest corporation in the world at the time for not abiding by provisions in contracts it held with the state. When it came time to craft a plan for a natural gas pipeline, we insisted on transparency and a level playing field to ensure fair competition.

        Our reforms helped reduce politicians’ ability to play favorites and helped clean up corruption. We set up stricter oversight offices and ushered through a bi-partisan ethics reform bill. Far from being against necessary reform, I embrace it. "

        ‘Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra’ (by Governor Palin)

        From the article:

        "This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class."

        ‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’  (by Governor Palin)

        ‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’ (by Governor Palin)

        ‘Governor Palin’s Consistent Fight against Corruption and Crony Capitalism’  (by Whitney Pitcher)

        From the article:

        "Governor Palin’s strong stance against crony capitalism, bureaucrats picking winners and losers, and a lack of transparency is not just words; it’s action.

        Citizen candidates do indeed bring a fresh perspective to a campaign and even to public office. However, there is something to be said for someone who took on corruption while in elected office. Such an individual has governed or legislated in an atmosphere of corruption, back room deals, and cronyism and has not only weathered such an atmosphere, but has effected change for the better. It is one thing to act as a citizen watchdog; it is another to make sure that legislation and projects are transparent and are void of back room deals and crony capitalism. Governor Palin is such a person."

        ‘Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide’ (by Anand Giridharadas)

        From the article:

        "But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide. "

        ‘How Governor Palin Reformed Alaska’s Ethics Laws and Made Crony Capitalism a Crime’ (by Gary P)

        From the article:

        "With all of the talk of corruption and crony capitalism these days, this is a great time to talk about some of the things Sarah Palin did to reform Alaska politics. She worked with the Alaska Legislature to pass tough, sweeping ethics reform "

        ‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘

        ‘How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment’ (WSJ)

        From the article:

        "If you’ve read the press coverage of Sarah Palin, chances are you’ve heard plenty about her religious views and private family matters. If you want to know what drives Gov. Palin’s politics, and has intrigued America, read this."

        ‘Sarah takes on Big Oil: The compelling story of Governor Sarah Palin’s battle with Alaska’s
        ‘Big 3′ oil companies’
        (by Kay Cashman and Kristen Nelson)

        Gov. Palin’s successful efforts to stop the cronyism and reform the energy business in Alaska were so impressive Kay Cashman, the publisher and executive editor of Petroleum News, wrote the book entitled: “Sarah Takes On Big Oil” .

        This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the leadership Sarah Palin has exhibited in the area of reforming government and industry.

  • conservativemama

    A government so ravenous for our money knows no bounds.

    My daughter’s friends, college friends, are for the most part politically ridiculous.  Abortion, contraception, and gay rights.  The country’s going to hell and they have no clue.  But they are under and unemployed and don’t seem to understand that their man is stealing their future.

    • HuntingMoose

       Breitbart was ignorant and progressive too. Until he started listening to that guy Rush who opened his eyes.

      May be you can help them open their eyes. Don’t confront, just expose them and feed their curious mind with questions.

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      It’s what pickpockets do. Distract them with a diversionary ploy while you filch their wallet. By the time they realize what happened, it’s too late.

  • Azarkhan

    We can count on 2 things to happen over the next four years: unemployment will continue to be at or above 7% (the real unemployment rate will of course be much higher), and Obama and his ass kissers in the MSM will continue to blame greedy corporations and Pres Bush for all of our economic problems.

    • HuntingMoose

      actually, more likely things will be more diverse.

      you will see more Detroits and MadMax type of situations since more cities will completely fail and collapse.

      You will also see pockets of hope in the so called Red States in which the majority is not insane and will do whatever to keep Obama out.

      Nebraska looks to me a great place to move to although it may be hard for them to fight Obama’s federal force. Texas is big enough to tell them go to hell (or keep your hell to yourself). They also have this succession clause. They will not use it but it is a mightly defensive doomsday deterrence weapon since if they would do, more states will join them and the country will break up.

      • Azarkhan

        "succession clause…more states will join them and the country will break up"

        Apocalyptic much? Not sure what you’re getting at, but secession was dealt with 150 years ago.

        PS Do they have cable in Nebraska? Cause I’m not moving there if they don’t.
        PSS Detroit has Robocop!

        • Hyman Roth

          "but secession was dealt with 150 years ago"

          Would Obama send in troops to kill Texans?  Just wondering.

        • HuntingMoose

          Not yet but there can come a tipping point.

          A breakup of the united states is not as unlikely as you think.

          And if you disagree, how unlikely would you have said all the things happening today 15 years ago?

          Once we go over the abyss, more cities become like your robocop Detroit (how foreseeing that this movie played in future Detroit ), the currency no longer is used and replaced by bartering, people have to start fending for themselves again…

          Once we hit that point, hell, who thought 30 years ago the sovjet union would fall apart? Even Reagan did not foresee that and now the marxist Obama, the guy born in Hawaii and raised by 2 communists who met when they were in russian language class, is returning the favor.

  • heshtesh

    I cancelled my DBA and bussiness account just before Obama took office his first term and i see no reason to change it back at this time, i’ve lived in a black market economy for the last 4 years and will continue for the next 4. I’d really like to be a contributing member of society but have no intrest in being a contributing member to the demise of America. I REFUSE TO FEED THE BEAST ANYMORE!!!!!

  • Patriot41

    And it has only just begun!  Wait until they see what Congress is going to do as far as taxes go and the cuts that are going to be made in entitlements, medical services and retirement accounts.  One can officially say goodbye to the 2nd Amendment as well as contemplate the confiscation of all individual weapons.  If you think unemployment was bad over the last four years, you have not seen anything yet.  Hello socialism, goodbye individual freedom.  Welcome to your new slave masters.

  • Lemuel Vargas

    Well, Obama has a narcissistic personality so all his dealings, whether political or personal must take into account his perception of hisself and thus that self takes paramount consideration. So the question is will those who voted for Obama not be blind enough to see how he hoodwinked them again? My answer is as good as yours.

    They will not be able to handle the truth because they have been fed the lies over and over again until it has becomes the truth.  The classic case the the Big Lie, "a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously."

    Mein Kampf,  Adolf Hitler

    One of his "colossal" lies is that the government can be profligate in its spending like the $800B stimulus package and the recently $40B a month QE until the economy improves that it becomes unbielivable. Think Obama is trying to perfect the art of the Big Lie..

    What do the commenters think about this? Plausible or not?

  • OldPat

    Good to see your light bulb working, Mel.  You might wanna give Tommy a shout out thanking him for his invention.

    As you say, rationalization will be the pacifier the monsters in the closet will use to justify their actions.

    And they will sleep the sleep of newborn babes all safe and secure in the knowledge that they have done the right thing while WE the PEOPLE suffer as never before.

    But, help me solve a puzzle.  Tell me how a democratic republic can have a government it does not deserve.

  • 08hayabusa

    The only up side I see from Romney’s loss is the fact that the GOP has completely emasculated themselves because they did this completely their way. This is the way they said it had to be done in order for us to beat Obama. Well guess what? They lost. Karl Rove, Dick Morris and the rest can now go and officially take a hike.

    They Palinized Sarah and poisoned the voters on a Sarah Palin Presidential run for four years. They said only a moderate like Romney could beat Obama and that she was absolutely not electable. Well they got their way, she stepped aside and by hook or by crook they got their man, who was Mitt Romney all along, to the nomination. Then they said the TEA Party and the grassroots movements were poisoning the well and they had to be eliminated from the process of the RNC up to and including a Sarah Palin speech at the RNC Convention.

    Well they completely had their way with us, of course against our most strongest objections, and they have lost big time. There’s no telling how much more damage will be done to our country because of their absolute arrogance. But they have no legs to stand on in 2016 after this ridiculous charade of theirs.

    I believe if Sarah wants to run in 2016 it is hers for the taking. Any objections from the talking heads in the GOP after four more years of Obama will be hollow and fall on deaf ears. I, for one, am hoping she runs. Go Sarah!

    Sarah Palin 2016. 

    • friskyness

       The good news is the Romney people who were bashing Palin and snubbing her are NOT getting rewarded!!!!!!!!!!  I kept on saying that I hated the idea that all those Palin bashers were going to get rewarded…………..they are not!    But "We the people" will suffer because of their arrogance!

    • The Ranger

       I had the same conversation with my dad back in 2008, when the rumors of a Romney candidacy had begun to spread.  My father is usually very well-versed on the issues and candidates, but he really didn’t know much about Governor Palin.  I sat him down to watch "Media Malpractice" and "The Undefeated". 

      Suffice to say, he changed his mind!

  • friskyness

    Dems = Nazis!

  • wodiej

    God sent Gov. Palin and conservatives would not stand behind her.  He then sent Gingrich and conservatives wouldn’t stand behind him either.  The fault is not Romney, or the liberals.  It is the conservatives who did not choose an alternative to Romney when they had a chance.  

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