Thursday, January 29, 2009

Our Taxes Are Paying for That?

Contrary to what our new Vice President says, I am not against paying my taxes. That being said, I think that the government, be it state or federal, should be good stewards with our money. I'm all for a transparent government and the Internet has been a wonderful boon for those of us perusing the actions of our elected representatives. Thanks to our friends over at Roaring Republican we can now pinpoint where some of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" is slated to go!

 You can see the bill as passed by the House last night at http://www.rules.house.gov/111/LegText/111_hr1_text.pdf (thanks to RR for the link). Many people have stated that this package is nothing more than a ham sandwich wrapped in bacon and served with a side of fried pork rinds. Truth is, I think this is Obama's way of fulfilling most of his campaign promises in one fell swoop. It includes funding for things like citizen's groups, education funding and loan forgiveness packages. It creates new administrations and removes funding restrictions on others.

 All told this bill might make some things better for our kids, our troops and the poor but it's not going to do us one lick of good! After reading this, I no longer ask, "how is the Federal Government going to create jobs?" I know the answer now - they're simply going to increase the salary budget for different federal organizations and hire people that way.

 Just what we need - more federal employees! Here's what I've been able to identify as the "breakdown" of the bill for appropriations. Understand, I was only able to make it through the first 200 pages or so in this post. The entire document is 647 pages. If I have time I'll pick up from that point in another post. Once it's passed, We The People can find out what's going on by monitoring Recovery.gov (which the bill pays for).

Stimulus Package Throws Blagojevich Under the Bus!

I'm reading through the 647 pages of the stimulus package that the House passed last night and it throws Blago under the bus!
None of the funds provided by this Act may be made available to the State of Illinois, or any agency of the State, unless (1) the use of such funds by the State is approved in legislation enacted by the State after the date of the enactment of this Act, or (2) Rod R. Blagojevich no longer holds the office of Governor of the State of Illinois. The preceding sentence shall not apply to any funds provided directly to a unit of local government (1) by a Federal department or agency, or (2) by an established formula from the State.
Guess the Illinois senate needs to hurry up and get him out!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Episode 61: Content of their Character

What a great show tonight! After the inauguration, I could not let an episode go by without talking about it! From the invocation to the benediction, there were things to talk about. Unfortunately the ceremony started with booing of the outgoing President and ended with a failed joke by a civil rights legend. We talked about the "where we are" and "where we need to go." Ken's anecdotal poll resulted some interesting results when it came to the "percentage of completion" for Dr. King's dream. We were also joined by Jim and Kirk of The Zoo Radio Show. They shared some views from other parts of the country as well. There was also a lot of activity in the SecondLife chat room with comments from Toawa, Silverblade and Nuz. We featured some audio taken from a variety of sources - first, the "Sore Winners" that booed President Bush as he came out (no source available), the benediction by Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, the "Take This" comment by Tom Brokaw and our closing song, the music of Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Montero and McGill.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

I Hope the Policies of Obama Fail

I Hope the Policies of Obama Fail

Why are people shocked when Rush Limbaugh says he hopes Obama Fails? I don't think that there's a single conservative out there that misunderstood what he said in the transcript... turn about is fair play. The left did not give any quarter to President Bush when he took office and tried to be bipartisan. They shook his hand while they stabbed him in the back. Now, with the Obama administration in power and the Pelosi/Reid Congress behind it, the policies they are going to push will bring America the closest it has been to socialism since the Great Depression! They want to keep our country in a deficit and nationalize everything from medical insurance to banking and commerce. These are policies that I, as a conservative, can not stand for. These are the policies of Obama that I hope fail.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Episode 60: History and the Future

Tonight's episode started off with both hosts going way off topic - with a discussion about movies and history and historical reenactment. We finally pulled it together enough to get the show on the road! Not only that but we had some technical difficulties as well with Hatton being unable to log in to SecondLife and interact with that crowd. Starting off with a conversation about the new cease fire in Gaza, where both sides say they have won! One thing to note - the Israeli army plans to be out of Gaza before we have a President Obama. Ken and I swap ideas on why this is. Do you have an idea why they're doing this? Email your thoughts on this topic to conservativepodcast@gmail.com. Moving on to an impending action that Hatton has ring-side seats to, we pick up the issue of the Senecas and their cigarette taxes. After Gov. Patterson signed a law requiring wholesalers to certify that cigarettes sold to reservations would only be resold to natives, Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder has gone into action. The Senecas are preparing for an embargo and have invoked a clause from a 1794 treaty, calling on the incoming President to provide the protection of federal troops. All of this in the name of taxes... or power. Speaking of taxes, the tax payers in New York City will now be fronting almost $400m more for the completion of the new Yankee stadium in the form of a bond. This was approved even though the project is over budget and behind schedule. Amazingly enough, the cracks are stating to show on the left, especially with the mainstream media. We're actually starting to see articles that are turning a critical eye to Obama and his policies. One that was interesting was a commentary by Victor Davis Hansen that looked at who was really to blame for things the left has been making noise for the last 8 years. Also, publishers are willing to show signs of trouble in the creation of the Obama administration. They're also asking about the need for the near police state of the inauguration. Hatton also had to read the words Obama spoke from the steps of the Lincoln memorial. why would the next President say that he is hopeful that America will survive?? Finally near the end of the show we were joined by Tom Millican - an unaffiliated independent candidate in the 2008 presidential campaign. We discussed some of the issues that are still unresolved about Obama, including his birth and his backing.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Move to Repeal 22nd Ammendment Nothing New

When I read the headline "Move To Repeal Presidential Term Limits Started" I started to get really upset. As noted in the Hot Air Blog post "Hope and Change: Move to repeal presidential term limits started" Jose Serrano (D-NY) has drafted legislation to begin the process of repealing the 22nd Amendment (term limits for those not keeping track). I was ready to start screaming at the top of my virtual lungs about how badly this guy needs to focus on the needs of his constituents and put down the kool-aid... then I read the historical post that the on The Carpetbagger Report, it seems that this move is something that happens about every election cycle. It's been tried in 2003 with hopes that Clinton would run again and it was tried in 1986 by Reagan supporters. So why does it calm me down that it's been tried in the past and failed? Well, when it comes to changing the Constitution, one legislator isn't going to make a dent. The process of changing the founding document is so complex that it would take quite some time to get something pushed through. In this case, it just doesn't appear to have the steam that it needs.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Episode 59: ... and Taxes

A fun show this evening with a few folks joining the show! Tonight we wanted to talk about taxes and problems with the tax system as it is today. What spurred this conversation was a report released by the CBO that said, "everyone pays taxes when you figure in Social Security and Medicare withholding." (Hat Tip: Greg Mankiw's Blog)

 Well, I invited Matt Myers of Myers Accounting and Canalside Financial who provided us with two examples of generic client data where the individuals not only did not pay any tax, they actually received back more than they paid in... including the FICA taxes! I'll link to those numbers when he sends them to me. We had a few other callers on the show as well, Hanover from Second Life brought up some good questions about how all of this ties in with the Fair Tax movement.

Also, Ron Skytower, host of the Conservative Matters podcast called in to give an example of how the system favored him. After the CBO report, the conversation turned to a simple question. Why do Liberals think that tax cuts don't work. The latest example of their pro-tax stance can be found in a Working Life blog entry entitled "Tax Cuts Aren't The Answer" (you may want to have a sickness bag next to you before you read it). From an official perspective, Pelosi doesn't think they did any good, and has urged Obama to repeal instead of letting them expire in 2010. I think the key problem with their point of view can be summed up in this statement from the Working Life post:
"You would think that was the obvious lesson from the past failed 25-year experiment of choking our governing power."

Here's a hint: In America, Governments are supposed to serve their constituents, not have power over them!

Finally, and with about 2 minutes left in the show, we had to at least mention the fact that California may have to issue IOU's instead checks for tax returns, grant payments and payments to contractors and vendors. Ken and I thought it reminded us of the 1995/6 federal shutdown until Hanover informed us that banks in California are required to treat those IOU's as state issued checks. Looks like California found a new way to bail themselves out if the Feds don't come through!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Arabs Refuse to Take Account for Their Own Actions

When we look at the way liberals look at life, there "elected officials", "victims" and "oppressors". Based on the recent tape released by Al Qaeda, I'm prepared to say that Al Qaeda has adopted this mind-set as well. Why? Well, those poor Palestinians in Gaza are just victims from the mean and oppressive Israeli army who is being encouraged Obama and Egypt.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Episode 58: Richardson, Israel, Taxes ... and Leather?

Great first show of 2009! There was a good crowd in both SecondLife and in the TalkShoe chat rooms. We were joined about half-way through the show by Adam Graham of the Truth & Hope Report. We even had a quasi-liberal in SecondLife that was nice enough to throw in comments every now and then! A reminder about our "calls for help". We're putting out a call for guests to help us out by opening the show for us. It can be live during the show or it can be pre-recorded and sent via email. We're also looking for feedback about the concept of East Coast Conservative merchandise. Please email us at conservativepodcast@gmail.com with thoughts and ideas. Tonight's conversation brought out some interesting phrases such as, "Taxing to Prosperity", "Pounding the poo" and "Duck & Cover". Reference articles:

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Sovereignty Day in Iraq

Jan 1, 2009 is now officially called "Sovereignty Day" in Iraq. Why? Well, while most of the US was sleeping off their New Year's hangover, the Green Zone in Baghdad was officially put under Iraqi control. I'm not sure how many others recognize the significance of that event but it has been hailed by Iraqi leaders as a huge step in new government's control.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Contract Double Standards

While getting ready to leave the house on Monday morning, I heard a news story about Peter Kraus and "How he spent his bonus."

The main thing I kept hearing the "reporter" comment on was the fact that he had received $25 million as a buy out clause that was a part of his negotiated contract. When I say commented on, you could feel the contempt dripping from the lips of the person.

 The media has bought in wholeheartedly to the class warfare attacks that the liberals are pushing. It was as if the unspoken question is, "How dare this person make so much for what they do?" And yet, as they continually reminded America, it was a part of his contract. Even worse, how dare he spend his money to buy himself such an expensive apartment?

 Contrast that reaction and response to what we have had shoved down our throats in regards to the bail out of the Big 3. Part of the reason of their failure is something called "legacy costs." These are the pensions and medical benefits paid to retirees or their spouses for life. These are things like the "job pool" where an employee can sit, not working but collecting some 90% of their check and benefits. These are what cause a net loss on every car sold by one of the domestic automakers. They are also things that were part of a contract that was signed. However whenever these bad agreements are protested, people are called mean and spiteful and anti-union. We're told that our taxpayer money has to be "loaned out" to protect these legacy costs.

 Why is there such hypocrisy when it comes to the difference between a bad contract with an individual versus a bad contract with a union? They both burn the company's money with $0 ROI! I'd love to hear an explanation as to why what's good for the goose isn't good for the gander? Comments? Email them to me a conservativepodcast@gmail.com. Be sure to join us on Sunday night at 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST for our regularly scheduled recording. If you miss the recording you can also subscribe to the podcast or listen to episodes live using the player in the upper right hand corder (the picture that looks like a blueberry).