The Final Minority Report

Because Even Minorities Oppose Liberalism & Statism

Shattered Dreams of a Middle-Class Tax Cut

Wishful hoping in a middle-class tax cut.

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03/28/2009 Posted by | Obama - Spending Bills, Obama - Stimulus Bill, Tax Cuts | | Leave a comment

China’s Number of Death Vans, Organ “Donations” Go Up

China’s hi-tech ‘death van’ where criminals are executed and then their organs are sold on black market.

03/28/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Another “Conservative” in the UK Parliament

In his speech to party conference in Bournemouth, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable argues that government should do fewer things well, rather than many things badly, freeing up the resources to give tax cuts to ordinary people.

03/28/2009 Posted by | Economy, Free Market Economics, Government Debt | , , | Leave a comment

Obama Town Hall “Opened” to Supporters Only”

What most people suspected:

President Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters whose soft — though far from planted — questions provided openings to discuss his preferred message of the day.

Obama has said, “I think it’s important to engage your critics … because not only will you occasionally change their mind but, more importantly, sometimes they will change your mind,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs recounted to The Post’s Lois Romano in an interview Wednesday.

But while the online question portion of the White House town hall was open to any member of the public with an Internet connection, the five fully identified questioners called on randomly by the president in the East Room were anything but a diverse lot. They included: a member of the pro-Obama Service Employees International Union, a member of the Democratic National Committee who campaigned for Obama among Hispanics during the primary; a former Democratic candidate for Virginia state delegate who endorsed Obama last fall in an op-ed in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star; and a Virginia businessman who was a donor to Obama’s campaign in 2008.

03/28/2009 Posted by | Town Hall | | Leave a comment

Clinton Asks “Who Painted the Lady of Guadalupe?”, Mexico Groans

The Secretary of State fails basic knowledge of Latin American history with the remark “who painted the Lady of Guadalupe” while visiting the Basilica in Mexico City.

During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary’s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image’s lack of decay.

Mrs. Clinton was received on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. by the rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Diego Monroy.

Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion.

After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”

03/28/2009 Posted by | Clinton, Obama - Foreign Policy | | Leave a comment

Thanking the Wrong Italians, Obama Fails Basic Diplomacytalians

Obama reaches out to Italian politicians…but to the wrong party and politicians in power (NOTE – It is the Communist Party that he is reaching out to)

He also sent a letter to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (a member of the now defunct Communist Party), expressing confidence that the United States and Italy would work together “to overcome the current global political and economic hardships and build a safer world.” The only problem with the letter was that the Italian president does not make policy; that power resides with the prime minister and his cabinet. Perhaps the White House czars have issued an ukaz stipulating that the American president writes only to his peers, and thus instead of addressing himself to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, President Obama wrote to a man who holds an almost entirely ceremonial position.

03/28/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | | Leave a comment

Crushing Debt for the Next Generation – What have the Democrats Done?

And so the spend-a-thon by the Democratic President and Democratic Congress will lead our children into crushing debt for the next 23 years. THANKS HOPE AND CHANGE!

WASHINGTON – In preparation for his lead role in supporting a more fiscally-conservative “alternative” budget, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) today offered the following opening remarks in the House Budget Committee in opposition to President Barack Obama’s FY 2010 budget proposal.

“Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Last Friday, Emily and Andrew Beck, originally from Carey, OH in our district gave birth to their son Olin. Olin is nine pounds, 3 ounces, 19 ¼ inches long and named after his grandpa. And little does this young man know – baby Olin is already more than $30,000 in debt to his government. And if the majority’s budget plays out as projected, that debt will go up to $70,000 by the time he’s able to write his name in cursive.

Olin’s not a free spender…he’s barely a week old! He simply was born at a time of unprecedented deficit spending by his United States Congress. This budget spends 10 billion dollars a day, every day for a year, moving the budget to an unprecedented level of 25% of GDP. It projects trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, landing somewhere around 125% of GDP in a few years.

And this comes on top of the bailouts, the omnibus spending bill, and the so-called stimulus bill that promises to spend $262,000 per job created, showering our tax dollars on such things as 300 million dollars worth of golf carts for federal bureaucrats; 50 million dollars for the National Endowment for the Arts; and millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded bonuses for executives at AIG.

Mr. Chairman, the administration has suggested that America’s economic ‘crisis’ should not be overlooked as an ‘opportunity’ for the majority to spend.

We disagree. We believe this is a moral issue – about baby Olin’s future, and about the future of our country. For generations, moms and dads have sacrificed so their kids can have life a little better than they did. That is the American dream!

But with this budget, the majority and the administration are putting the future at risk. They are forcing baby Olin and his generation into an almost insurmountable debt spiral – requiring them to run a 1 trillion-dollar budget surplus every year for 23 straight years, just to break even.

That is, of course, unless another ‘crisis’ allows the majority another ‘opportunity’ to spend even more.

When will this madness stop? When will the American people say ‘enough is enough’? For the sake of every American taxpayer – both current and future – to whom Congress will send the bill for this incredible spending, I implore my colleagues to show some restraint – and a little common sense – and start over on this budget.”

03/28/2009 Posted by | Government Debt, Obama - Spending Bills, Obama - Stimulus Bill | | Leave a comment

Food Stamps for Families Making Above $75,000

Is it time to start applying for food stamps?

Subject: Food Stamp Case

One of the workers here just approved an ongoing food stamp case where the family has over $80,000 in the bank, owns a 2001 Toyota and 2006 Mercedes Benz, and a $311,000 home that is paid for. Monthly benefits of over $500 in FS, received over $300 in expedited.

3 household members — husband, wife, and child. Wife recently lost job, husband receives SS benefits.

There’s something badly wrong with this program that allows a family that kind of resources to still get food stamps.

This is where things have gotten to. I would think the world would want to know about this.

03/28/2009 Posted by | Food Stamps | | 1 Comment

English Health System in America?

An English conservative on whether nationalizing health care in America:

HANNITY: And Mr. Hannan, he joins us tonight from London.

Mr. Hannan, thank you for being with us. I got to — do you realize how your message is resonating loudly and clearly in American tonight and how inspired people are by your words?

HANNAN: And you say the nicest things. Listen, I’m happy to come on this show anytime you want me. I’m pretty perplexed by the whole thing. I’m trying to think of, if you could come up with the most boring phrase to enter into a Google search engine, and I thought, speech to the European parliament, so I am completely bowled over by what you said.

HANNITY: Yes, well — look, go over every line. We now are adding, by the year 2019, we’re going to have nearly $900 billions just on interest on the debt with what Obama is spending. He’s spending more than every president from George Washington to George W. Bush in terms of the debt he’s accumulated here.

And as you point out, you can’t spend your way out of recession, borrow your way out of debt. Do you think the world is making a mistake and that we’re really all collectively going to suffer these consequences?

HANNAN: We’re all collectively going to suffer the consequences. I mean it’s not our mistake. The mistake is being made by a small number of political leaders and the small number of their advisers. You know it’s a common sense that when you’re in debt, you spend less. Now anybody except a politician can see that. Anyone can see that in their private life.

You’ve run up too big a debt, you’ve run up too big a mortgage which you try and sort it out, because if you’re either a banker or a politician, you have a different take on these things. Because, of course, it isn’t your money.

You know, that great phrase of Milton Friedman. There’s only two kinds of money in this world, it’s your money and it’s my money, in a way. We’re very careful about the second of those. But of course, for politicians, it’s all your money.

HANNITY: Yes. Anybody but a politician can see that. I think that’s going to go down as one of the all-time classics. Unfortunately, it’s true. You know, one of the things, Mr. Hannan, that we’re debating in America, Barack Obama wants to lay down $634 billions for nationalized health care.

Well, we’ve had nationalized health care in Great Britain, and we’ve had it in France, and we’ve had a single payer in Canada. My question to you is, based on what you said, I would like you to explain to the American people if this is a good idea through this prism.

I read in The Daily Mail last week that the — the your health system, the NHS, literally has a group of people that decided, government bureaucrats, that they were going to give drugs to women with breast cancer and a certain rare form of stomach cancer. The rationing body is what they call it.

Is it a good idea for the U.S. to invest in nationalized health care?

HANNAN: Now, first of all, it’s important that you understand that that’s a true story, and it’s a typical story. It’s not in the newspapers because it’s unusual. We have a rationing body that’s called, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. It’s known as NICE, N-I-C-E, which, coincidentally, there was an adult novel by C.S. Lewis in the 1940s where the NICE was this kind of Satanic conspiracy.

And in terms of them, align affects, you can sort of see the connection. I mean it’s a terrible thing to put anyone in this situation, any bureaucrat in this situation, of having to make those life and death decisions because they are literally life and death decisions.

HANNITY: So you…

HANNAN: The worse thing is for you as the recipient of health care because you’ve got no control over what you get. There’s no contractual relationship between you and the suppliers, so, you know, if they treat you today or next week or six weeks from now, where it’s too late because your condition has already deteriorated.

HANNITY: So your advice.

HANNAN: … there’s nothing you can do about it. You are expected to queue up with a smile and be grateful for what you have. And it is — it’s the last survivor of the kind of socialist post-war conspiracy. Sorry, socialist post war –- yes, I’m tired. It’s midnight. Socialist post-war consensus…

HANNITY: All right, let me ask you.

HANNAN: … in the U.K.

HANNITY: So your advice to America is to stay away from socialized health care. I think you’re very clear on that. Let me ask you what.

HANNAN: If you — listen, if you get nothing else from what I’m saying this evening, please do not make that mistake. If there are any congressman watching this who think, yes, it might be a bit fair, yes, it’d be a bit sort of cozy, you know, I promise you, it is worse for doctors. It’s worse for patients. It’s worse for taxpayers.

HANNITY: Let me ask you one last quick question here if I can, because, you know, a lot of Europe supported Barack Obama heading into this election. They were — you supported Barack Obama heading into this election. That’s why I found your comments fascinating.

Now, the United States of America — I think it’s embarrassing to get lectured by leaders of France, the European Union, president of Czech Republic, president by China, the communist Chinese, on how to run a better economy.

What has happened in terms of the faith and hope and trust and confidence that Europe once had in the president?

HANNAN: Yes, you know, I — first of all, I think I can trump your story. We have done all of the things that you’ve done wrong. We’ve borrowed more. We’ve spent more. We’ve increased the deficit and we pretended that there’s some clever plan about it. But we’ve done something that you haven’t done yet, which is, we’ve gone for the Zimbabwe option. We started just printing more money.

And I actually saw a newspaper in Zimbabwe saying, you know, the poor old Brits. Look at the mess they are in. You know, that having to do this.

HANNITY: Yes. I think you did.

HANNAN: We may have even got the excuse that we have of — so we are pitied by Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, which I think trumps even your communist.

(CROSSTALK)

HANNITY: I’ve got to run.

HANNAN: What made your country great, what made your people strong and prosperous and free.

HANNITY: Capitalism.

HANNAN: … that it was small government right from the beginning, right from the declaration of independence. There was a distrust of the concentration of power and a confidence in the freedom of the individual. And you know, people will always make better decisions for themselves than administrators will make for them.

And if — when you lose that, if you Europeanize yourselves, and under the illusion that it’s kind of, you know, a bit Hitler and a bit miser and you know, you make yourselves more popular in the world, you will throw away what may people actually respect you, not the least because I understand that it was something…

HANNITY: Daniel, I hope and I pray, and I mean this, that our politicians are listening to you tonight. Thank you for what you said. I hope you’ll come back on the program. We appreciate your being with us.

HANNAN: Pleasure to be here, Sean. Thank you.

HANNITY: All right. Thank you. Very inspiring.

03/28/2009 Posted by | Health Care | | Leave a comment