Hodge Podge Sunday 30 May 2010

Hello all.  I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the Memorial Day Weekend.  Please remember to take a bit of your precious time, a moment of thought, perhaps a prayer, in order to honor those that sacrificed so much for our freedom and safety.

On to what is in the news that is worth a comment, jab or two.

My favorite has to be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s on air comment ‘the rich do not pay their share’ in taxes. Apparently, Mr. Nick Gillespie of reason TV took issue with Ms Clinton’s comment and produced a video titled ‘Is Hillary Clinton right to say the rich don’t pay their fair share of taxes’.

Now, Ms Clinton, who is as cuddly as a porcupine, says she was not speaking for the Obama Administration.  Okay, Ms Clinton, your purpose of being on camera is/was a personal appearance that had absolutely nothing to do with you current job?  Any time you offer your personal opinion, you are offering the opinion of the administration, because you are a very large part of that administration.

As for the term ‘fair share’.  What is the Socialist Liberal definition of ‘fair share’?  If I go out with friends and have dinner, what is my fair share of the bill?  Do I turn to my friends and say, well you make more money than I do, so you should pay more, that is your ‘fair share’?

The top 10% of American taxpayers pay over half of all income tax.  The lower 40% pay ‘no income tax’ yet receive the majority of the benefits.  Well, excluding the current administration and their awarding of our tax dollars to Wall St millionaires, Social Elites and Socialist billionaires, in a ‘fair’ society tax dollars normally benefit the majority.

Over taxing the rich simply punishes success.  If there is no reward for success, who will bother?  This very issue is what has destroyed every Socialist Society that has ever been in existence.  Socialism does not work, never has, never will.

BP rolled out the red, well sand, carpet for President Obama’s visit to the Gulf of Mexico.  According to Jamie Wearing Fool BP bused in temporary employees to cleanup the beaches for Obama’s visit.

Well, we all figured this would be a carefully choreographed photo op for the current occupant of the White House, but little did we know having their boot firmly on the neck of BP meant the folks at BP were obliged to send in some stooges for the visuals. I guess the goons from SEIU were off harassing some bank workers or getting an early start on the holiday weekend and weren’t available. Or maybe Organizing for America didn’t factor stuff like this into their budget. I saw a report earlier from Grand Isle and the place was a virtual ghost town. Seems they have to pay the folks to show up.

Perhaps you saw news footage of President Obama in Grand Isle, La., on Friday and thought things didn’t look all that bad. Well, there may have been a reason for that: The town was evidently swarmed by an army of temp workers to spruce it up for the president and the national news crews following him.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts, whose district encompasses Grand Isle, told Yahoo! News that BP bused in “hundreds” of temporary workers to clean up local beaches. And as soon as the president was en route back to Washington, the workers were clearing out of Grand Isle too, Roberts said.

Special added bonus: The bused-in workers making things pristine for The One.

Of course BP claims this was no stunt, that they were just performing business as usual.

Gee, they are even looking for workers.  They must be really hard to find with all the oil drilling and fisheries shut down.

This was a staged photo op without a doubt.  The President wants to look good on camera.  He has ignored the responsibility for this incident and wants to appear in command.  However, while he claims to be too busy to meet with Congressman, Governors and private citizens who offer solutions, he still finds time to vacation, play golf, play basketball, go on dates, attend political events, etc… people can’t you see that the man is just too busy to be bothered with this oil spill.  I mean the responsibilities of being President are seriously inconvient to the man’s lifestyle.  Not to mention the damage being done to his Socialist political ambitions to be President of the World.

Speaking of political ambitions, the one place the President decides to cut funding is of course the U. S. Coast Guard’s pollution response center.   According to a recent Washington Post article ‘Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises’.

Three months before the massive BP oil spill erupted in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration proposed downsizing the Coast Guard national coordination center for oil spill responses, prompting its senior officers to warn that the agency’s readiness for catastrophic events would be weakened.

That proposal is feeding a mounting debate over whether the federal government is able to regulate deep-sea oil extraction. Defense analysts and retired agency leaders question whether the Coast Guard — which shares oversight of offshore drilling with the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service — has the expertise and resources to keep pace with industry advances.

Accidents happen, “but what you’re seeing here is the government is not properly set up to deal with this kind of issue,” said Robbin Laird, a defense consultant who has worked on Coast Guard issues. “The idea that you would even think about getting rid of catastrophic environmental spill equipment or expertise at the Department of Homeland Security, are you kidding me?”

“Cutting a strike team is nuts,” said Stephen Flynn, a former Coast Guard commander and now president of the Center for National Policy, a Washington think tank. “Whether it’s an accident of man or an act of terrorism, it requires almost the exact same skill set to clean it up.”

President Obama’s $10.1 billion spending plan for the Coast Guard would scale back funding and active-duty personnel by 3 percent. As part of a proposal to cut 1,100 military personnel, it would decommission the National Strike Force Coordination Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., and reorganize parts of it elsewhere.

In a statement, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Kent.), ranking Republican on the House Appropriations homeland security subcommittee, said, “If we’re going to rely on the Coast Guard to secure our borders, stop Caribbean drug traffickers, respond to earthquakes, counter terrorist threats, and stop one of the largest oil spills in American history, we’d had better resource these frontline agencies appropriately.”

Every Democrat President since Carter has either reduced the Coast Guard or simply attempted to do away with it all together.  I believe this has to do with one of two things.  Either they are totally ignorant of importance the Coast Guard has to this nation, or they simply cannot tolerate government efficiency on the level that the Coast Guard provides it.  In other words, the Coast Guard makes all the other federal agencies look bad.

The truth is that the American taxpayer gets more bang for the buck out of the U. S. Coast Guard than they do any other federal agency.  With an active duty force that is smaller than the NYC police department the Coast Guard conducts operations World Wide.  They are the model navy that the majority of the World’s countries attempt to be.  They provide services far above and beyond what any other federal agency is capable of.

I could write a book on this subject, but needless to say, when President Socialist goes looking for some place to cut the budget, he could easily find Trillions of dollars of waste in his own Socialist programs.  He should not be looking into cutting the budget of the very personnel that provide the greatest services at the lowest costs and protect this nation.  The man is a financial moron and this line of thinking proves it.

Well, that is all I have time for Today folks.  I will leave you with a few entertaining videos.  This first one is a bear doing ninja tricks with a stick, though it kind of resembles a majorette thing to me.

Kung foo fighting looks more like this.

Okay, maybe not, but at least the song was the right one 🙂  Okay, as a last resort, I will try the most funny video clip in the World.  Well, that is the title anyway.

Have a great Memorial Day All.


3 Responses to Hodge Podge Sunday 30 May 2010

  1. […] Representative: Vatterott Educational Centers Here are a few related blogs on this subject: Hodge Podge Sunday 30 May 2010 « SirKnob's Blog – Hodge Podge Sunday 30 May 2010 « SirKnob's […]

  2. Janelle says:

    I really feel sorry for his Secret Service detail.

    • sirknob says:

      Hi Ms Janelle, Yes, I feel sorry for the Secret Service detail as well. They take a lot of guff and are sworn to never speak of what they see and hear.
      Rumor is, during Clinton’s Presidency, that one agent was relegated to watching Socks the cat, when he refused to carry Hillary’s luggage. She was much more abusive towards the agents than the President was.
      Thanks for the comment, hope you have a great day 🙂

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