Fox News and MSNBC talent together…


Here’s the question of the day…

If you could put the best of talent from MSNBC and Fox News together on another channel, who would you pair up for 3 separate shows, each show having two hosts?

My picks?  I’d love to see O’Reilly and Olbermann on one show… Then Chris Matthews and Sean Hannity on another show.  My last one would be Glenn Beck and Rachel Maddow

What would happen? Would the earth implode?  What say you?

Government Control of Fox News? It could happen.


Hot Air » Journolisters debate, endorse gov’t control of Fox News.

Well… This shouldn’t be a surprise.  Liberals have made no secret of the fact they hate Fox News.  So, the bigger question is when the American people will “call” them on the bias by refusing to watch/read their content anymore.

Liberals in the media, for the most part, want to make conservatives feel dumb or stupid, or render their communications channels irrelevant.

Fox News is NOT a partisan organization.  I personally know of a number of people who work there who are liberals. Apparently “fair and balanced” doesn’t resonate with the liberals, now does it??

Obama hits low in Quinnipiac approval rating


Hot Air » Obama hits low in Quinnipiac approval rating.

Not surprising.  Definitely the Gallup poll from last week is now proven to be an outlier.

The question on everyone’s mind today is when the President abandons his plans so that he can save his party.  Or, does he just continue on, assume he loses the US House to the Republicans, and then see how he can position himself for 2012?

Keep an eye on independents in these polls from Quinnipiac, Rasmussen and other outlets. If they continue to break solidly against the President, his prospects for 2012 are going to start looking bleak.

This should scare you…. Unemployment Duration Goes Way Up


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Well, this seems to indicate that we’re in uncharted waters. The jobs being lost are not coming back and finding other jobs for those who have been laid off is proving to be a big challenge.

I’m not sure I buy the idea that inflation won’t come back at some point, but we’d all better take the attitude that something could happen and be prepared for it.

Evening Update – August 13


Good afternoon to all.

Things move fast on the key issue of the day, even if Congress is not officially in session.  Maybe having Congress be forced to go back home and see/talk to their constituents is not a bad thing, eh?

First, let’s check the fact that Obama’s poll numbers continue to slide. Rasmussen, which is the only outfit that samples registered voters and pulls out only likely voters out of that, shows his approval at 47%.  It has been sinking at about 1 point every 7 days or so over the last month.  As his ratings sink further, it has several effects

  1. People begin to wonder whether he has the political capital to evangelize his programs so that Congress feels motivated to pass them
  2. Bipartisanship is easier for a president that the opposing party feels has the support of the public behind him.  So, Republicans may continue opposing him if they feel he isn’t bringing the public along.
  3. His ability to bring together the various factions of the Democratic party also begins to falter.

For point 3 above, here is an article you might find interesting on how seniors are jumping off the bandwagon in terms of support for healthcare.. If this key pillar of the Democratic coalition falls by the wayside, it is bad news for Obama.

Meantime, if you really want to see the underpinnings of the healthcare bill, here is some more material.

  • How to connect the dots on the provisions in the bill and its effects.
  • Here is a set of the amendments in the bill which no one is talking about.

Now, comes late word of a poll that shows many people expect taxes to go up. Could that be because we see the debt rising?  Latest numbers from the government show the deficit will hit $1.8 Trillion this fiscal year, which is 4 times what it was last year.

Previous readers to this space will remember I said interest rates will go up?  Well, that is also in the cards.  Long-term Treasury bills show no sign of their rates stablizing.  Each time the government auctions off the debt, it has to pay more interest to the holders of the debt.

Now, having dispensed with the news, let me turn to something else.

We’ve been told for several days now by the lemmings in the mainstream media that liberals believe that dissenters at the town hall meetings are UNAMERICAN.

Well, consult Thomas Jefferson.

I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

So, the rebellion should continue.  I don’t favor it becoming violent, but passionate? Yes.  vociferous? Yes.

I am going to write about this in more detail tomorrow.  I’ll tell you exactly why I think Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and many people on the far left are being completely disingenuous.  They want to quash any debate on the healthcare issue, but they said several years ago that it was appropriate to question the Bush administration.

Tomorrow, I will also write about why I think some liberals have lost it completely.  Meaning they no longer understand (or care to understand) what is the “organic river of feeling” that runs through most Americans for whom the words country, freedom, liberty, and self-determination actually mean something.

I leave you with the entreaty… NEVER EVER FORGET those words:  freedom, liberty, self-determination and country.  These words should evoke emotions and make you proud to be an American.  That feeling, in turn, makes you want to defend what America is so it does not become something you don’t recognize.

It is up to all of us…

The Healthcare Bill – What you need to ponder…


Well, I’m back.  Work obligations for my dad had prevented him from posting regularly… What a summer we’ve had though, eh?

Obviously the prime issue at this point in time is the healthcare “reform” bill which is winding its way through Congress.

Let me take a few minutes to give you what I think are the biggest problems with this whole thing.  I realize there are far more problems than what I’ll describe below, but in the deluge of information/misinformation, there are a few key points worth remembering.

  1. The whole central issue in healthcare reform, according to the liberals, is the fact that 45 million people are uninsured.  So, the story goes, because they’re not insured, their healthcare ends up costing the rest of us dearly.  But, if you check this article at Factcheck.org, you find that the true picture is quite different.  Putting it all together, about half the 45 million are truly the ones who don’t have access to insurance, and of this 25 million, about half of that (12 million or so) are illegal immigrants or others who probably won’t enroll in any insurance plan.  So, we’re going to tear apart the framework of health insurance for 300+ million Americans to get coverage for 12-15 million who need it, but probably won’t ever enroll, and they show up in the emergency room anyway.  Ask yourself if that makes sense or not?
  2. Obama and Congressional leaders claim that under the healthcare plans being proposed, if you like your insurance, and your doctor, you can keep them. Well, that’s a myth as you can see here. It is quite simple to understand:
    • First of all, if a public plan or govermment healthcare exchange emerges, it is funded and subsidized by your taxes and mine.  Until someone figures out a way to avoid paying income tax that doesn’t involve also spending time in a jail cell, and or being subject to hefty fines, the government is really free to confiscate as much of our income as they want.
    • The government can run deficits and print money to cover those debts.  This means that even if the plan requires more than today’s government revenue (again from us taxpayers), Treasury bills can be issued to get additional funding.
    • Of course, that only works as long as whoever is buying the Treasury bills does not demand a higher interest rate on them.  Until recently, that WAS the case.  Now, if you check here, you find that when the government issues debt, the buyers are demanding higher interest rates.  Since January, the 30 year Treasury Bill (which really helps benchmark mortgage and long-term loan rates) has gone from 2.83% to 4.31%.  This is an increase of over 150 basis points.  This trend may continue, and if it does, expect to see mortgage rates go above 7% sometime in 2010. That won’t do much for the recovery (if one materializes).  The net result of this is everytime the government issues more debt, they have to pay higher interest rates to the buyers to get their money.  That’s not a good situation, because it is equivalent to you maxing your credit cards, letting them go to higher interest rates, and then opening more credit cards to continue the spending.  Eventually the debt service payments start to spiral out of control.
    • But, let’s assume that the two bulleted conditions above hold true… The government can subsidize healthcare premiums on a public healthcare plan at levels that could never be met by a private healthcare insurer.  Since the private company can’t run debts at the size/scope that the government can, and they can’t tax someone to bring in money, the public plan for healthcare would force private insurers to go out of business.
    • When confronted about whether someone would lose their doctor or healthcare insurance plan, the President even has to admit he can’t guarantee that they’ll keep the insurance or doctor.  Here’s the story.
  3. Any government plan for healthcare would by definition ration care because the government has an interest in keeping its payments to doctors/hospitals as low as possible to prevent the taxpayers and citizens from paying exorbitantly for it.  So, deny procedures, specify how many doctors can be put in place at a given location, and also make it very difficult for people to do fee-for-service where you just pay the doctor directly.  All in the name of keeping costs down. That’s called the “greater good trap”.  Putting aside the pretzel of logic that results from saying this and continuing to run debts to finance the program… Let’s take a little peek into what rationed care looks like… Here’s an article you might find interesting
  4. The poll numbers show that a majority of Americans do not want to give up their insurance to move into a government plan and many of them have also heard about the provision that you need to meet with someone to discuss end of life issues.  I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to find the articles on that, but Pat Buchanan puts it quite nicely in this article.  If the government is paying doctors to do this kind of counseling, what would prevent the government from issuing guidelines on what that doctor should tell you??  If you really need more evidence of what could happen, check here.  I didn’t need to be reminded of the Monty Python clip in this context.  It was funny back then, but now it is chilling, and should really make you wonder how far the government will carry this.
  5. Many of you have no doubt heard about the townhall meetings and the level of debate that has occurred.  It really bewilders me how liberals (now that they are in power) are railing against the same things they did to the Bush administration in terms of debate/dissent.  However, beating people up is beyond the pale.  Over at Hot Air, there’s an article talking about how union organizers/thugs have beaten up people who show up at these townhall meetings.
    • We now also have Paul Krugman, who is the liberal’s favorite economist saying people (meaning the ordinary citizens who show up to ask questions at the town halls) are deranged. It shows you just how small the thinking is on the left side of the political spectrum.  They have been pushing the idea of healthcare reform (on their terms) for nearly a century now and the attacks against anyone who says they need more infomration or time to digest it are getting downright absurd.
    • Peggy Noonan has a good article on how desperate the Democrats are getting.  Usually, I don’t agree with her, but she’s got it right this time.
    • I would not expect at all that Obama’s message for people to “get out of the way”, is going to carry very far. I know he aimed it at the special interests that made the mess which he says he has to clean up.  However, ordinary citizens don’t usually show up in large masses to these townhall meetings unless they are outraged about something.  Here’s the perspective on that. Particularly note worthy is Roger’s assertion that there is NO moral imperative for health care for all, and the politicians are getting extremely good now at exploiting the basic American compassion for other means.
    • Finally, if you want to see exactly how both sides come out to protest for and against the healthcare plan, check this photo essay and narration out.  I found it quite telling that some of the people sent out by Organizing for America (what used to be ACORN), were day laborers who couldn’t speak English and didn’t know what their signs said.

I’ll be writing more about this subject as events unfold.  If you want me to add you to my blogroll here, send me a note at katia98dog (at) gmail (dot) com.

(Updated) Saturday Morning Update – June 27 2009


Good day to all…

Lots of stuff has happened in the last few days, from the death of Michael Jackson, to the dizzying fall of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, to the House vote yesterday on the Waxman-Markey “cap and trade” bill.

Let’s begin with the fall from grace of Mark Sanford.  It turns out that he deliberately misled his staff so they didn’t know where he was, and they in turn propagated a set of lies about his location.  Since none of them could get in touch with him, the fault is his.  We also found that he had already started a trial separation from his wife several weeks ago, because she knew about the affair he was having.

I recommend continuing to follow this using the local newspaper for Columbia, South Carolina.  Here’s the link.

A few things to watch on this.

1. Does he resign, or does the legislature (or the public) push him to resign? He says he wants to remain in office, but I don’t see how he can claim to properly represent the interests of a Red State like South Carolina when he has these issues in his personal life

2. Does his wife take him back?  From accounts I have read, she was the one who helped him launch a career in politics in that state.  She really holds the cards here in terms of whether their marriage will survive

One other point is that I hope when Democrats are found to have abused and destroyed the trust of their families and the voters in the same fashion, that they are exposed with the same zeal that the national press used in going after the governor. We should not demand perfection in our elected officials, but it is proper to ask whether they’re living their lives in the same manner that most of their constituents are.

Exit point.  Is it ANY coincidence that Sanford was brought down, Palin was attacked by Letterman (and the national media), again, AND Senator Ensign of Nevada was also brought down by adultery too.  Let’s not forget that all THREE of these politicians were or are mentioned as top-liners for the 2012 Republican nomination.  So, now we are back to Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and a handful of other “so what” Republicans.  WE NEED TO FIND principled opposition to run against Obama.

Well, that’s a nice segue into the next topic.  Maybe John Boehner is the guy to put closer to the top of the 2012 list… Why?  He came up with the precedent setting idea of doing what amounted to a filibuster on the House floor last night.  He put together a very masterful piece of political theater that was dead serious and a huge rallying cry for conservatives everywhere.

What led him to do this is the very sneaky, underhanded, devious and some would say almost criminal way the Democrats added an amendment to the Waxman-Markey climate change bill. The House was set to vote on it last night, and they put in a 300 page amendment to a bill that was already 1,200 pages long.  The amendment was dumped into the hopper at 3:09AM in the early morning on Friday.

I don’t know about you, but I doubt anyone could have been expected to read the bill, much LESS the amendment before the vote came up.  So, Boehner decided to helpfully walk the House and the American people through the 300 page amendment.  He did so, taking an hour to go through it nearly page by page.  You can watch the video here. What was really interesting is about 20 minutes or so in, Henry Waxman, the primary author of the bill, asks the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House to rule on whether Boehner can continue to speak, because he was yielded only a few minutes of time.  The Speaker rules that it is House custom to listen to whatever the Leader says. That brought the house down.

With this filibuster and the attention it got in Republican/conservative circles, I bet we need to keep an eye on this guy.  He may just have vaulted into the top tier of candidates for the Republicans in 2012.

The bill did pass the house, but ONLY because 8 Republicans decided to break ranks and vote with the Democrats.  You should know who these people are.  Michelle Malkin has a post about them on her blog.  CALL THEIR OFFICES AND MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM YOUR FEELINGS on their vote.

The bill now goes to the Senate, but I have serious doubts about whether the Senate will ever get a corresponding bill passed.  Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma says the bill is dead and the Republicans expect to get enough Democrats to support a filibuster if anything should make it to the floor.  Here’s an article.

In terms of the Michael Jackson story, there are plenty of outlets on the Web where you can get information, but TMZ.com appears to have a lot of good inside information.  I would also check in with Greta Van Susteren at Fox News.  She’s a brilliant legal analyst and does have lots of contacts in Los Angeles since she used to live there and practiced law there years ago before she made her break reporting on the O.J. Simpson mess.

Michael Jackson was truly the kid who never grew up. He truly believed in the Peter Pan story and tried to live his life like it.  So, he surrounded himself with people, as any celebrity does.  I believe those people took full advantage of his naivete. When he wanted drugs to continue his drug habit, they provided the drugs and enabled his addiction.  The world is mourning the loss of a great talent.  But, some questions remain to be answered in the coming days.

1. Who was this cardiologist/doctor that Jackson had living with him, and did the doctor know about the injection of Demerol that Jackson was given just before he went into cardiac arrest?  Demerol is usually only given just after surgery, and in a hospital because it can bring on slowed respiration and cardiac arrest.  In a hospital counter drugs would be available along with cardiac paddles to re-start the heart. None of this appears to have been around in Jackson’s home.  I hope that the local and state prosecutors go after this doctor and anyone else around Jackson who may have been negligent or set in motion the events that led to his death.

2. Anyone who falsely got prescriptions for themselves and then gave the drugs to Jackson should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  I wonder if the pharmacy involved may also be culpable.

3. The will and estate Jackson leaves behind will be litigated over for years to come.  This should provide a nice sideshow for the lawyers, but I think Jackson should be remembered as the icon he was. We’ll never get to see that comeback tour he had planned, but we can remember the many musical memories he left with us.

Update: I saw this article which seems to make a pretty compelling case that Obama’s poll numbers are falling to the point where he can no longer argue that his predecessor is fully responsible for the problems we have.

Also, Hot Air has a great article where it appears like the Republicans are carrying forward from Boehner’s filibuster yesterday and framing the messages to use against the liberals next year in the mid-term elections. It’s about time.

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