Remember last year?

I distinctly remember this first day of February last year. It was in the middle of my “winter of discontent”. The temperature on the High Plains went below zero just before Christmas and when we got tired of that, it got colder.

January seemed to never end. It continued, day after miserable cold day, while our weathermen and women kept talking about the Polar Vortex. This was was the first time the furnace could not keep up. On many days I had roaring fire in the wood stove and the furnace on just to stay “room temperature”. I remember distinctly posting on Facebook, “Aren’t you glad there is no such thing as January thirty second?”

January last year set records for cold all over North America, Europe and the northern tier of Russia. There were natural gas shortages in Europe as well as propane shortages in the US Midwest. There were stories of Orange crop failure from ice as far south as central Florida.

Yes, we were all glad to see January of 2014 come to an end. There was an end to the misery on the horizon. Little did we know this Polar pattern would last four more long months into mid May.

Oh, wait a minute… Our President said in his speech that last year was the warmest on record. I must be wrong. I must have dreamed it. I must have imagined writing that check to my plumber for the repair of frozen pipes. How can this be? How can I be so wrong? My President wouldn’t lie to me. He, after all, is smarter than I am. I have to be mistaken. He must be right, He’s our President. He is the smartest president in decades.

I can only conclude that the proper scientific method is to ignore the highly accurate satellite temperature measuring data, then cherry pick ground sites with dubious reliability and jink those numbers to get a rise of .02 degrees (inside the margin of error of .1 degrees) and therefore conclude that the year that held “the winter of my discontent” and the summer that was too cool for swimming was, in fact, the warmest year on record.

If I did those kind of calculations with my bank account I’d be in jail.

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On unemployment and the economy.

I was asked what I would do to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.  Before I answer that I would like to mention that the worst unemployment is in states that have been in control of the Democrats for a very long time.  The vast majority of states that have Republican governors AND Republican controlled Legislatures seem to be in much batter shape. – just an observation.

 Now – on to my answer on reducing the unemployment rate.

It seems to me that 90% of the time the solution to a problem starts with, “Get the government out of the way and…”

In this particular case we need to do certain things to restore our economy.  First, we need to stop the uncertainty in the financial and business arenas.  Things like a 1000 plus page health care bill and an 1800 page omnibus budget bill do not give confidence to people who are thinking about investing capital into a business.  I have an opportunity right now to start a business.  It would bring more tourism into the area and fill a demand that already exists.  Nothing big, maybe 3 jobs.  It will also require me risking capital and taking on some loans.  Personally, I will not stick my neck out, not with the current anti-business climate in Washington causing an unstable economy.  I can surely understand why no one else will either.  Most business are trying to survive the downturn and have little confidence that they will not get slammed again.

What do we need to get the economy moving?  Get the government out of the way and:

Eliminate 90% of the silly regulations that stifle business.  Did you know the paper containing regulations on raising and selling cabbage weighs over eight pounds?  Get the government out of banking and let the bankers (the people who know how to make money grow) do their job.  Repeal the Heath care bill and while your at it, get the government out of medicine.  Get the government out of the housing market, let it stabilize at the actual cash value level.  Then it can start to grow.  Defund Fanny and Freddy.  Sell the assets to private business.  Eliminate the EPA’s ability to regulate Co2 (while we are at it eliminate the EPA’s ability to regulate – period).

Another big slice of the solution?  Eliminate the confiscatory personal, business and corporate income tax and replace the whole thing with the Fair Tax.  When businesses don’t have to spend gazillions on accountants and tax lawyers to maintain their records, they will have more money to invest.  Business that went off shore to get a better tax break will come back.  Business from other countries will come here simply because the cost of doing business will be lower.  Now, this may cause some unemployment in Washington DC, particularly on K street where all the lobbyists are working to get the tax code rewritten in favor of their clients.  Frankly, I don’t see a down side there.

Finally once you get the government out of the way you re-energize the free enterprise system that allowed this tiny 13 state piss pot mini nation to become the most powerful economic engine in history.  We did it without the EPA, the DOE, the FDA, ATF, FTC, HHS or even the USDA.  We can do it again if we just “Get the government out of the way and…”

Let’s talk about this oil spill.

There are many people pointing fingers and finding fault.

I am convinced that this is a simple (yet difficult) problem and could have been fixed and contained IF those in power wanted it done.

I am of the opinion one of the two following conditions exists – neither of them bodes well for the American citizenry.  First is that the Obama-nation wants to use this “crisis” to stop all offshore oil research and drilling so they are dragging their heels.  Or possibly something less sinister, the administration is so incompetent and inept that they can’t even implement a plan that has had solutions in place and on paper for over 20 years.  I’m not sure.  Frankly, I would prefer to think it is the later not the former.

If this had happened three years ago all the news stories would be about how the Bush administration is at fault and how Bush failed to act.  How Cheney’s friends in the oil business have taken advantage of a stupid President.  Today…. Nary a whisper.  The newsies blame BP but say nothing about the lack of government intervention over the first nine days.  They were all worked up about the George Bush seven minutes, yet say nothing about the Obama nine days.

But I digress……

 

There has been talk about hay or straw being used to soak up the oil and then burning the straw. I have seen one local news story about this and one video on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5SxX2EntEo

There is a good amount of straw out here in the grain belt that is simply sitting and decomposing from previous years.  It might not be the whole solution but it could be part of it.  I have also heard of oil eating bacteria that is effective in oil cleanup. I’m sure there are other chemicals and treatments that COULD BE employed if the Department of Environmental Protection would ALLOW them.  Yet the only government solution from the Obama Administration for the first ten days was to “Put the heel of our boot on the neck of BP” – (Press Secretary Robert Gibbs).  Why is that?  Incompetence – or intentional?

 

One final thought.

Do you think the oil companies would be drilling for oil in mile deep water if the government would open up Wyoming and Colorado for oil exploitation?  Wouldn’t it be easier to go after the oil that is in 60 feet of water off the California coast than go after the oil that is only accessible under a mile of corrosive salt water?  Why are we not going after the oil shale deposits in Wyoming and Colorado?  Why are we not drilling for oil in Alaska and in the shallow waters of  California and Florida?  There is some activity in North Dakota but only a pittance compared to what could be.  How about coal to diesel?  It can and is being done on a test basis.  It has been proven to be more cost effective than offshore deep water drilling for oil.  Coal to oil alone would all but eliminate our dependence on foreign oil AND cost less.  Yet we don’t do it on a grand scale.  Why?  The Enviro-nazi’s have blocked all of these at every opportunity.  So we have to go far offshore and look for oil in mile deep hostile surroundings.  A place where if an accident were to occur, it would be very difficult to fix.

A similar situation on the High Plains of North Dakota would have been caped and shut down is a matter of hours – not weeks. So… (like stopping the use of asbestos on the 75th floor when building the World Trade Center) it seems to me that, like many liberals and their unintended consequences……

This is an environmental disaster HAS BEEN CAUSED by the environmentalists.

Couldn’t even miss one meal out……

I heard it last night and was not convinced of the story.  Now this morning I read it in my local paper….. 

http://www.aberdeennews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100313/FRONTPAGE/3130333 

It seems that “Hard as they tried“, the South Dakota Legislators could not find a way to cut 32 million dollars from the state budget.  Let’s see $32,000,000 from a budget that is about $1,500,000,000 (state spending). 

If I do my math right that’s 2% percent!!!  The State Legislators could not find 2 percent in savings??  Who’s kidding who? 

Let’s put this in money I can understand.  Lets use a family that has an income of $3000 each month.  If this family had a reduction in income of 2% that would be about sixty dollars.  So instead of making $3000 each month they would have $2940 each month.  That might not be the best news but it would not be devastating.  There are ways for a family to not spend 2% of what they were used to.  One less night in a restaurant.  Perhaps skip the dirt track races for a while.  Cancel the premium channels on cable.  What I am trying to say is for you and me, though it may be a bit uncomfortable, cutting 2% in spending would be an easy goal. 

Now… Are you legislators in Pierre telling me that you can’t find even enough savings equivalent to a dinner out for the family? 

BUT – That is only the beginning…. 

I find out this morning that they postponed any decision on that budget until the last possible moment.  Why?  To see if they can get a bailout from their Uncle Sam.  Like whiney children they are saying,  “We don’t want to stop our movie channels, we and our rich uncle to buy them for us!”  Their excuse?  “He’s going to give it out anyway.  If we don’t take it someone else will.” 

What happened to Pride and Self Sufficiency?  What happened to “I can stand on my own.”?  My grandfather suffered the great depression (as did all of yours).  He lost his business, and had to struggle to make ends meet.  He worked hard to get out of poverty and back to prosperity. 

What is the message that our Legislature wants to send to the nation?  We are so poor that we can not make ends meet and we need help from the citizens of New York and California?  Are we saying we are so feeble-minded that we can’t control a budget smaller than the budget of St. Paul, Minnesota? 

Well I say NO.  I say we manage our own business in Pierre, spend when the money is there and cut when it isn’t.  I say NO to the federal bailouts with all the strings, rules and regulations attached.  We CAN stand on our own feet in South Dakota and we know it. 

Our legislative leaders can’t….. It seems they lack the spine.  

I am disappointed ….  and ashamed. 

Have you quit beating your wife? Yes or no.

CBS did a prequel show prior to Obama’s State of the Union address.  To set this up they posted a page on the CBS news website with poll questions to consider.  Here’s the link:

 http://www.cbsnews.com/2718-504643_162-468.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody

How do you answer these questions?  The list is dripping with liberal bias.  Many can not be answered at all because the correct answer is not listed.  On others, if you do try to answer, the answer you give can and will be misconstrued to be a an endorsement of Obama’s policies. 

Let me see if I can illustrate what I mean by answering these questions:

#1. What do you think is the most important message in President Obama’s State of the Union address?

  • Health care

  • Economy

  • National security

Answer: None of the above.  The primary concern in government is corruption, over reaching, back room deals and the total disregard for the will of the people and the Constitution.  Since the liberals see no problem with the corruption as long as it forwards their agenda, it would not occur to them to add corruption to their list of answers.

 

#2.  Are you satisfied with President Obama’s strategy for Afghanistan?

  • Yes, I am satisfied

  • No, I am not satisfied

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: I would answer No, I am not satisfied.  However, what does that mean?  Am I dissatisfied because he waited almost five months before making the wrong decision strategy?  Or am I a peacenik who wants all the troops out?  Obama spent two years bashing Bush on Afghanistan.  He kept asking where is Osama?  Well….. Mr. President, you have had a year….. Where is Osama?

 

#3. Are you satisfied with President Obama’s foreign policy strategy?

  • Yes, I am satisfied

  • No, I am not satisfied

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: No, I am not satisfied.  BUT what does that mean? Does it mean I think he has not apologized and appeased enough?  Or, could it mean that I think he is a fool to not stand up for his own country in foreign lands?  How would the liberals interpret my answer?  Would they think I think as they do and we have not trashed America enough yet?

 

#4.  Have partisan politics increased or decreased under the Obama administration?

  • Increased

  • Decreased

  • No change

This one is the first real question.  The answer is increased.  There is no doubt and I believe no argument here.  The argument is who is doing the increasing.

 

#5.  How well has President Obama addressed the issue of climate change?

  • Well

  • Not well

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: Here is one of those “beating your wife questions” the liberals are so famous for.  They, as the lawyers say, “assume facts not in evidence”.  Any answer to this question is wrong because the premise is wrong.  The entire Global Warming theory has been proven time and time again to be a fraud.  Even now there are stories about scientists skewing the numbers to get millions in grant money.

So How do I answer this?  If I answer Well I will be counted as one who believes in global warming and is behind the President.  If I answer Not well I will be counted as one who believes strongly in global warning and feels more needs to be done.

My answer is NOT WELL, because the President has NOT addressed the FRAUD of the Climate Change lobby.  He has not called his own agencies out and had them explain why they are doctoring the numbers.

 

#6.  Do you think we should have more high-speed railways in the U.S.?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Another trick question. The question should read, “Do you think the taxpayers should pay for and pay to maintain more high-speed railways in the U.S.?”.

If I answer Yes, I am endorsing another debacle like AMTRAK. If I answer No, I appear to be against progress.  I will answer this way, If a private company wants to builds a high speed rail system, more power to them.  I do not want to pay for it.

 

#7. Do you think President Obama has brought the ‘change’ that his campaign slogan promised?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Here we go again.  How do I answer this?  I would answer Yes.  But then the liberals would think I am behind the President and his policies.  If I answer No, then the liberals who made up this “poll” will think that I want more “change” and he is not moving fast enough.

Actually I think all the “change” he has brought is a detriment to liberty and freedom.  My concern is that he is not done “changing” us yet.

 

#8. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama’s performance during his first year in office? 

  • Approve

  • Disapprove

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Ok here is another real question.  I disapprove, not because he has not done enough, but because he has done too much.

 

#9. Will we see a double-dip recession in 2010?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: Because of the fiscal policies of this AND the previous administrations, this is a real possibility.

 

#10. Do you think that dealing with the nation’s energy problem should be a top priority for the White House?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: Yes, but not the way he wants to do it.  I want more US energy, not less.  Cap & Tax will kill the energy industry in the US.  If his answer is Cap & Tax, then No…. I want it to be his last priority.

 

#11. In his first year in office, has President Obama accomplished more than you expected, as much as you expected, or less than you expected?

  • More than expected

  • As much as expected

  • Less than expected

  • Don’t know/no opinion

What the hell do I do with this one?  Any answer is wrong. More than expected means I endorse his policies, Less than expected means I want more of his policies and as much as expected means I think he is on the right track!!!!  This is the quintessential “have you quit beating your wife” question.  There is NO RIGHT ANSWER.

 

#12. Has President Obama paid more attention to the problems facing the middle-class or financial institutions?

  • Middle-class

  • Financial institutions

  • Both equally

  • Don’t know/no opinion 

Answer: I believe President Obama has paid more attention to President Obama than anything else in the last year. After that he has paid attention to his own progressive agenda at the peril of both the middle class AND financial institutions. There is no right answer.

 

#13. How well is President Obama doing in reducing the threat of terrorism?

  • Very/fairly well

  • Not too/not at all well

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: Not too/not well at all.  This is a simple question.  Even the liberals can understand my answer here.  The same with this next one.

 

#14. Is the U.S safer from a terrorist attack under the Obama Administration, compared to President George W. Bush?

  • Yes, the U.S. is safer

  • No, the U.S. is not safer

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: No, the U.S. is not safer.

 

#15. What is your biggest concern when it comes to comprehensive health care reform?

  • Costs

  • Government buraucracy (by the way they spelled bureaucracy wrong)

  • Quality of care

  • Effect on Medicare

How about… It’s not Constitutional?

 

#16. Would you be in favor of suspending work on comprehensive health care reform?

  • Continue work and try to pass health reform

  • Suspend work and begin looking for alternatives

  • Don’t know/no opinion

This question once again assumes I WANT the government meddling with my health choices.  The right answer is to stop working on this all together and leave it to the states where it belongs.

 

#17. Do you think the stimulus act has helped the economy?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: No.

 

#18. What has been President Obama’s biggest blunder of his first year in office?

  • Handling of health care reform

  • Waiting to make surge decision in Afghanistan

  • Handling of Wall Street

  • Beer Summit

  • Not focusing enough on jobs and unemployment

  • Other

Answer: From Mr. Obama’s point of view his biggest blunder is loosing the faith of the sheeple.  As to my opinion…. Well, you know my opinion.

 

#19. Should Ben Bernanke keep his post as Chairman of the Federal Reserve?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Again, this assumes facts not in evidence.  It assumes that I favor the concept of a private company running our nation’s monetary system.  How about “The Federal Reserve System is unconstitutional and should be dissolved. Yes or No.”

 

Questions written by liberals can not, for the most part, be properly answered by those who are conservative.  As long as we allow them to set the question, we will never get a strait answer.

Right from the starting gate.

I was reading Bob Ellis’s blog (Dakota Voice) last night and he tells us that South Dakota Representative Don Kopp of District 35 has pre-filed legislation for the upcoming legislative session which would require both sides of the Global Warming debate to be presented in the classroom.

Here’s the link:

http://http://www.dakotavoice.com/2010/01/bill-would-require-flaws-in-global-warming-theory-be-taught/

This is going to separate out the RINO’s right away.  We will know at the beginning of our Legislative session who stands for common sense and who has a hidden agenda.  

In my opinion this bill is a no brainier.  Something as controversial as man made Global Warming should be discussed not force fed.  Only someone with a liberal bias (and not wanting to bring this FRAUD to light) or someone beholden to special interests will oppose this bill.

Here is our first litmus test for the 2010 South Dakota Legislative session.  There is no doubt on this one.  Those who are true Conservatives will stand up in favor of this bill.  Those who ran as conservatives and lied, will start shucking and jiving almost immediately.  This year we will KNOW just who in our Legislature is looking out for us and who should be looking for another job.

Thanks Bob, for bringing this to light.  It will make this legislative session much more interesting since we will know the players right out of the gate.