Archive for April, 2009

Perspectives On Profiling

April 16, 2009

profiling

Obama Is Relying On Trickle-Down Economics

April 10, 2009

I had a thought this morning and wanted to share it with everyone.  My thought:  Obama’s plans to get us out of the recession actually depend on Trickle-down economics (aka Supply-side economics or Reaganomics).  I bet I have your attention now so let me explain.

First let me say that Obama’s plans do not start with Trickle-down economics in mind.  He begins with the Keynesian theory of economics which basically say that the government can spend the country out of recession if they will just spend enough.  I know I have probably over simplified this explanation but a more thorough explanation is beyond the scope of this post.

So how do we get from the Keynesian model to the Trickle-down model.  Here is how.  In order for the government to spend money it has to pick some “entry points” into the economy.  Obama has chosen and shown us 3 so far.  They are 1) infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, other capital expenditures), 2) the financial industry (banks), and 3) the auto industry.  I would assume there are more “entry points” but that have not been revealed yet.  Once the “entry points” have been defined, the government then injects the money into the economy through them in various ways….loans, tax credits, debt forgiveness, and stock purchases just to name a few.  Once the money is in the hands of these “entry points” it is up to them to spend the money.  This is where we switch to the Trickle-down model.

The new money is to be spent in such ways as to increase economic activity (buying, selling, expanding, etc.).  This increased activity by the “entry points” will cause more activity (buying, selling, expanding) for their suppliers. The process continues down to the next level and so on until it has affected every level or our economy. This is basically Trickle-down economics. This increased activity means more jobs and a higher standard of living for our people.  It means less expensive goods and services for consumers.  And it means increased tax revenue to the government.

So, back to my main point.  For Obama’s recovery plan to work, he has to depend on an economic theory that he hates.  That is because this is how economics work.  The supply side is what happens everyday in real life in our country.  I doubt the Obama even realizes this.  I bet there are some of his advisers who do but I am sure they don’t/won’t point this out.  I find this to be very ironic.  Obama is trying to get away from the economics of Reagan and Bush but his own plans depend on the same thing theirs did to be successful.

Liberals Don’t Want Our Military Personnel To Have Their Votes Counted

April 9, 2009

Today at the state capital Democrats voted against legislation that would have made it easier for Tennesseans serving in the military to participate in elections even if they are deployed outside of the state or the country. [Source:  TNGOP.org]

I have noticed a recurring theme over the past several years.  It seems that the liberals don’t want to allow our military personnel their Constitutional right to have their votes counted.  At the same time, they seem to have no problem with illegal aliens, criminals with felony convictions, dead people, animals, underage citizens, and make believe friends (I am sure you can probably think of a few more examples) voting in our elections.  In some places they even encourage people to vote early and often and are willing to help them do so.  This is nothing new.  The fact that this is happening in Tennessee also is something we don’t like to consider.

I came across this story in my Google reader tonight and frankly I was appalled.  The story opens with the above quote.  It really makes no sense to me why any of our state or federal legislators would do something like this but that is probably because I still believe (naively) that our Constitution is the supreme law of the land.  How can someone who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, state or federal, simply ignore the right every qualified CITIZEN has to have his/her voted counted?  And more than that, why do liberals always seek to suppress the military vote?  It would seem to me that our leaders would want to make certain that our military personnel, who are stationed abroad, would have every possible opportunity to have their ballot counted.  To me, it seems to be one of the very least of the things we should do for those who sacrifice so much defending our freedoms.

I can only imagine one reason as to why liberals oppose letting these people exercise their Constitutional rights.  That reason is that they fear the military as a voting block.  I would assume that most military personnel are conservative and they vote that way.  If they were liberal, there would be no suppression of their ability to vote.

We only have to look at a few recent examples to illustrate what has been going on.  Lets start with the 2000 Presidential election.  If you remember that was Bush vs. Gore and the election hinged on the outcome of the multiple recounts in Florida.  During the recounts, all of which were won by Bush, Gore sought to have the absentee ballots invalidated and thus not counted.  If my memory serves, most of these absentee ballots were from military personnel stationed abroad.  The was only one reason Gore did not want to count these ballots.  He thought they would be Bush votes.

With a little effort I am sure I could find many similar situations.  Our main problem is that we have politicians (from all parties) who see our Constitution as a living document.  This means that they believe it is open to re-interpretation based on the “times” and circumstances.   As such, this allows them to do just about anything they want.  All you have to do is look at the first two months of Obama’s presidency for proof of this.  Power seeking liberals are willing to strip us of our freedoms and rights in order to accomplish their agenda.  This worldview is wrong and must be stopped.  We must begin with small things, like ensuring that our deployed military personnel are able to exercise their Constitutionally defined right to vote and have that vote counted.  We must begin to take back our government….one small step at a time.  Why one step at a time…..because that is how the liberals took it from us and because that is the only way it will work short of an armed revolt by the people.

I call upon our Tennessee legislators to re-examine this issue and to find some way to make certain that our deployed military personnel can vote.  If they are unwilling to make sure that the vote of every qualified citizen of Tennessee counts then we should fire them at the next election.  Lets hold them accountable.