Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Sunday 'Report;' 04/29/2012

What The National Pamphleteers Don't Report:
Nugent Reveals Details About the Alaskan Hunting Trip That Made Him a Target of the Feds

by Billy Hallowell,
April 26, 2012

    Over the past few weeks, rocker Ted Nugent has been making headlines. From his controversial speech at the National Rifle Association conference to his recent drama over hunting missteps with the U.S. government, Nugent has had a busy month. In a radio interview with Glenn Beck this morning, the musician delved into the details surrounding his recent guilty plea for illegally killing a black bear in Alaska — details that appear to show he’s being targeted by the Feds.  During the discussion, Nugent described some of the regulations that are impeding landowners‘ and hunters’ rights, while reiterating his strong views on the importance of [....]

Health care reform equals rebates in Texas
by David Hendricks,
April 27, 2012
    Texans with health care insurance and Texas employers who pay all or part of their employees' health care insurance premiums will receive the highest amount of rebates from insurance companies this year under a little-known provision of the health care reform law that went into effect last year, a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Thursday states.  Not all Texans with health insurance and employers offering health insurance to workers will get rebates, but those that do will divide $186 million in rebates this year, the highest amount among states. Nationally, $1.3 billion in rebates will be issued by Aug. 1, according to a foundation estimate.  Individuals holding their own policies in Texas are expected to receive an average rebate of $193.53, the foundation estimated. Nationally, that average is $127.  Under the Affordable Care Act, health care insurance companies are [....]

Morning 'Smoothie' Recipes,
April 11, 2012
What better way to start your day than with a healthy, nutritious Breakfast Smoothie. This smoothie recipe category features breakfast smoothie recipes designed to get you moving, fill you with energy and taste great at the same time. If you have any breakfast smoothie recipes you would like to share please send them to, we would love to add them.

Blueberry Banana Smoothie with Flax Seed
    Although this blueberry banana smoothie would be delicious and healthy without adding the flax seed, it wouldn’t as full of fiber as it could be. Another healthful benefit from the flax seed is the boost of omega 3 it provides. Add to the a kick of protein and you have a very satisfying and healthy smoothie. Although it serves 2, feel free to drink the whole thing and make this a full-blown breakfast smoothie.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Blend Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
Serving Size: 14 ounces
Calories per serving: 195
Fat per serving: 23
Smoothie Ingredients
•1 cup frozen blueberries
•1 banana
•6 ounces plain nonfat plain yogurt
•3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
•1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
•1/2 cup ice cubes
Place your ingredients in the blender and start blending on low speed and then gradually increase the speed until all ingredients are smooth. Add another 30-60 seconds to add air which makes the smoothie lighter. Serves 2 so bring an extra glass.
POM Morning Protein Shake
I love pomegranate and POM is a wonderful way to get the great taste of pomegranate and the wonderful health benefits it provides. Pour POM into a smoothie, add some protein powder and a [....]

Ozark [Mo.] High School Ready to Push International Socialist Agenda
by "Bungalow Bill,"

April 26, 2012
    The caption by Dr. Sam Taylor read, “… Ozark has officially been accepted into the IB program and will become a fully-authorized school.”  What our school principal did not say is, “… any school willing to pay the exorbitant fees to the Switzerland based corporation can become a fully-authorized IB school.” If you pay, you play.  The sense of accomplishment is a hoax, no different from the process by which the Ozark School District was led into becoming a U.N. partnered, IB school.
    IB schools are required to teach and reinforce the doctrine of international socialism in each and every subject offered to its participants. It is this requirement that makes IB an indoctrination program and not an educational program, as our misleaders would have us believe.  In the very same week that Ozark became an IB school, the state of New Hampshire approved a bill allowing parents to pull their children from any school using the International Baccalaureate program and it also established a committee to study that same IB program.  You see, the facade is coming off of this U.N. educational system being implemented by those of the political left.  Sadly, our incompetent school board, with a wink and a nod from [....]

Do You Know What the Constitution Really Means?
Staff Reports,
April 24, 2012

    With a handful of words, the Founders set forth a simple principle that protects a central liberty enjoyed by all in this Republic -- the freedom of speech, as recognized in the First Amendment. Yet after more than 200 years of history, liberals in Congress -- including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) -- aim to set that freedom on its head so they can further their efforts to silence their political opponents.  The proposal, which is known as the "People's Rights Amendment," would amend the Constitution and hold that constitutional rights are only for "natural persons," meaning that corporations and legal entities would no longer enjoy the freedoms the Constitution guarantees. That would apply not just to companies like General Electric, but also to newspapers, churches, nonprofits, businesses, labor unions and book publishers alike. Individuals acting collectively -- whatever their purpose -- would wave the freedom of speech goodbye.
    The Constitution should not be cast aside so quickly to achieve political ends, and its meaning must be carefully understood and respected. That's why The Heritage Foundation is proud to announce a new resource to help the American people and their elected representatives learn more about the history of our founding document. Heritage's Online Guide to the Constitution is a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of every single clause in the Constitution -- and it's available for free at
    Want to learn more about the freedom of speech that is now under assault? Though you're probably familiar with the phrase, "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press," what does it really mean? Who does the freedom of speech and press apply to, who can restrict speech, and what constitutes "speech," anyway? Can you burn a flag? Is "hate speech" illegal? Is it permissible to [....]!?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Morning%2BBell

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Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Constitution

April 24, 2012
    Perhaps you were one of those people who carried around a pocket Constitution before it was cool (or at least before it became a campaign issue). Maybe you already knew about James Madison, Philadelphia, and how many Articles the Convention approved.  But we bet there are still a few things in the Constitution that even the most seasoned conservative didn’t know. You can learn all of these and more in The Heritage Guide to the Constitution—the only clause-by-clause examination of the whole Constitution and how it’s been interpreted over the years. And now its online!
1. Slaves aren’t in the Constitution, but Pirates are.
When the 13th Amendment was ratified, not a single word of the Constitution needed to be deleted. The word “slave” or “slavery” never

Russia's Strategy
by George Friedman,
April 24, 2012

    The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 reversed a process that had been under way since the Russian Empire's emergence in the 17th century. It was ultimately to incorporate four general elements: Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Siberia. The St. Petersburg-Moscow axis was its core, and Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine were its center of gravity. The borders were always dynamic, mostly expanding but periodically contracting as the international situation warranted. At its farthest extent, from 1945 to 1989, it reached central Germany, dominating the lands it seized in World War II. The Russian Empire was never at peace. As with many empires, there were always parts of it putting up (sometimes violent) resistance and parts that bordering powers coveted -- as well as parts of other nations that Russia coveted.
    The Russian Empire subverted the assumption that political and military power requires a strong economy: It was never prosperous, but it was frequently powerful. The Russians defeated Napoleon and Hitler and confronted the far wealthier Americans for more than four decades in the Cold War, in spite of having a less developed or less advanced economy. Its economic weakness certainly did undermine its military power at times, but to understand Russia, it is important to begin by understanding that the relationship between military and economic power is not a simple one.
Economy and Security
    There are many reasons for Russia's economic dysfunction, but the first explanation, if not the full explanation, is geography and transportation. The Russians and Ukrainians have some of the finest farmland in the world, comparable to that of the American Midwest. The difference is transportation, the ability to move [....]

Who Is 'Racist'?

by Dr. Thomas Sowell, 
April 24, 2012
    Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice.  An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration of the thinking -- and lack of thinking -- that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than facts in determining how people were treated.
    One of the first things presented in the media was a transcript of a conversation between George Zimmerman and a police dispatcher. The last line in most of the transcripts shown on TV was that of the police dispatcher telling Zimmerman not to continue following Trayvon Martin.  That became the basis of many media criticisms [....]

Man who resisted police wins Supreme Court case

Police entered home without a warrant, homeowner was accused of obstructing police,
April 21, 2012
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Supreme Court says people can resist police officers who unlawfully enter their homes.  In a 5-2 decision, the court ordered that charges be dropped against Angel Moreno Junior, a western Michigan man who was accused of obstructing officers at his home in Holland. The officers were looking for someone and tried to enter the home without a warrant.  Lower courts had upheld charges of resisting police, based on a 2004 Supreme Court decision, but justices on Friday said that case was wrongly decided.  The opinion was written by Justice Diane Hathaway. She and two other Democrats on the court were joined by two Republican justices, a rare alliance.  The dissenters were Republican justices Stephen Markman and Robert Young Junior.

Why the FairTax has a tough time in the media
by Neil Boortz,
April 23, 2012

    This time we’ll use Daniel Malloy, the Washington correspondent for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution as our example. Example of what? Example of the type of reporting that makes it tough for The FairTax to gain a foothold with many who are tired of our present tax system.  Malloy was reporting on the fact that Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson, a Democrat (Yeah – THAT Hank Johnson. The one who said Guam is going to tip over and sink) showed up at a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol last Monday to push the FairTax. Johnson says he was there to promote a debate on major tax reform. Well good for him … there may be something there worth salvaging after all.  Let’s get to the reporting though. Malloy offers this bit of journalism regarding the FairTax:
“The idea is panned by liberals as shifting the tax burden from the rich who are able to save the bulk of their income to the poor who must spend almost all of it on basic needs.”
OK … yes. That’s what many liberals say about the FairTax. But they’re wrong; wholly and completely wrong. And you would [....]

How “Peak Oil” Will Affect You

by Michael Lombardi, MBA
for Profit Confidential
April 23, 2012
    Once the issue with Iran resolves itself, will oil prices crash? Many are saying “yes.” I think they are wrong.  Certainly oil prices are higher than they normally might be because of the ongoing conflict with Iran. And if war breaks out, oil prices will spike even higher.  On the other hand, I have to completely disagree with the position that oil prices will crash.  According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the world supply of oil is just under 90 million barrels per day…about the same level as daily world consumption.  While some point to the fact that oil inventories in the U.S. are high (which is one of the factors why some point to a crash in oil prices), they are forgetting to note that oil inventories in other parts of the world are falling.  Most experts in the oil industry, including the IEA, agree that the oil wells supplying the world with oil are declining at a rate of three percent to five percent per year. That means that if there is no economic growth in the world, we still need to find roughly 3.6 million barrels a day more of oil to replace the wells that are running dry.
    If worldwide economic growth is 1.5%, this is another 1.35 million barrels per day needed to meet demand, bringing the total supply required to roughly five million barrels a day. To put this into perspective, Saudi Arabia exports about six million to six and a half million barrels per day. Five million barrels a day is a significant amount of oil that needs to be replaced.  In a recent interview, the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE/RDS-B) stated that the era of cheap oil is over, which will mean sustained higher oil prices (source: Forbes, Apr. 23, 2012).  As oil wells deplete, we [....]

No Obamacare Exchanges

by Michael F. Cannon,
April 16, 2012
    Obamacare had a bad couple of days before the Supreme Court — so bad that President Obama made some ill-considered comments about the Court from which he still hasn't totally backpedaled. Though the oral arguments over the individual mandate and severability were encouraging, we cannot count on the Supremes to kill Obamacare. Opponents must keep fighting it on all fronts.  The most important front right now is to ensure that states do not create the health-insurance exchanges Obamacare needs in order to operate. Refusing to create exchanges is the most powerful thing states can do to take Obamacare down. Think of it as an insurance policy in case the Supreme Court whiffs.
    Exchanges are the new government bureaucracies through which millions of Americans will be compelled to purchase Obamacare's overpriced and overregulated health insurance. Through these bureaucracies, insurance companies will receive hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. Without these bureaucracies, Obamacare cannot work. 
Here are just a few reasons why states should refuse to create them.
    Jobs. Refusing to create an exchange will block Obamacare from imposing a tax on employers whose health benefits do not meet the federal government's definition of "essential" coverage. That tax can run as high as $3,000 per employee. A state that refuses to create an exchange will spare its employers from that tax, and will therefore enable them to create more jobs.
    Religious freedom. In blocking that employer tax, state [....]

Time to Follow Sweden’s Lead on Fiscal Policy

by Daniel J. Mitchell,
April 16, 2012    Sweden has a very large and expensive welfare state, but it’s actually becoming a bit of a role model for economic reform. I’ve already commented on the country’s impressive school choice system and noted that the Swedes have partially privatized their Social Security system.  I even wrote a Cato study looking at the good and bad features of economic policy in the Nordic nations, and cited a Swedish parliamentarian who explained that his nation became rich because of small government and free markets and how he is hopeful his country is returning to its libertarian roots.  Notwithstanding the many admirable features of Sweden, I never thought they would be moving in the right direction on fiscal policy while [....]
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Death of DARPA's Superfast Hypersonic Glider Explained
by Tariq Malik,
April 23, 2012
(with video)
    An ultra-fast U.S. military drone that streaked across the sky at 13,000 mph and met its demise in the Pacific was doomed by the excessive heat of hypersonic travel, which literally peeled away the drone's metal skin, military officials have revealed.  A seven-month study by the military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has found that the so-called [....]
Until Next Sunday....



Saturday, April 28, 2012

This'n'That; April Twenty-Eighth #1; Back Peddling

owe-bama Pisses Off Farmers; 'Eats Words!'
    Even though they're not a huge voter base; not huge supporters of "Clown Prince ZERO-bama, the Narcissist;" the collective family farmer forced the "Clown Prince" to eat his words; eat the words of the U.S. Department of Labor. 
This'll learn 'im!?! 
See how serfdom reacts to what ever stranglehold you apply to what ever segment of serfdom!!  This time the family farm and said farmers.
    As we noted in a previous blog entry [],
the Labor Department attempted to strangle the labor sources for the family farm.  The attempts included keeping all less-than-16-year-olds from using any power equipment--including the family lawnmower--forcing the farmer to hire outside 16++year-old labor.  As one might guess, the barest of survivals depend on family--read, compensated by room-and-board--members' labor.
    Much like the "Clownish" lies being told the current 'crop' of college students relative to student-loan interest rates; the Department of Labor made an EPA-esque attempt at strangling the 'Ag' sector of American capitalism.  They failed while the EPA usually 'wins!'
    Those parents' holding their childrens' education financing in their hands must take the farmers' attitude and speak-out-against "Clown Prince ZERO-bama, the Narcissist!"  His "Clownish" election-year pandering--to the 99.99% of the nation's student population that doesn't pay it's own way--is not only comprised of blatant lies, it's unconscionable treatment of the nation's next generation of leaders. 
GAWD help us if they emulate the "Clown Prince!!"
'Splain to me again why YOU elected this Arschloch!?!
Til Nex'Time....



"Clown Prince" Weekly Blather; April 28th

A Patriotic Response To The "Clown Prince;" 04/28/2012

barackingham Palace,
District of Corruption
April 21, 2012
[Corrected to April 28]
    This week, I got the chance to sit down with some impressive students at Lorain County Community College in Ohio. One of them was a woman named Andrea Ashley. Two years ago, Andrea lost her job as an HR analyst. Today, she’s getting certified in the fast-growing field of electronic medical records. Before enrolling at Lorain, Andrea told me she was looking everywhere trying to find a new job. But without a degree, she said that nobody would hire her.  Andrea’s story isn’t unique. I’ve met so many Americans who are out there pounding the pavement looking for work only to discover that they need new skills. And I’ve met a lot of employers who are looking for workers, but can’t find ones with the skills they’re looking for.
    So we should be doing everything we can to put higher education within reach for every American – because at a time when the unemployment rate for Americans with at least a college degree is about half the national average, it’s never been more important. But here’s the thing: it’s also never been more expensive. Students who take out loans to pay for college graduate owing an average of $25,000. For the first time, Americans owe more debt on their student loans than they do on their credit cards. And for many working families, the idea of owing that much money means that higher education is simply out of reach for their children.
[What I'm not telling you: Here we go!  You have the uneducated, the 'unwashed masses' to look forward to being paraded before you during the remainder of my campaign for re-immaculation.  Most--hell, any other--candidates will have charts and graphs to illustrate their accomplishments; their economic victories.  With my highly successful record of--complete and utter--FAILURES, what is there for graphic illustration beyond the 'economic dropouts among us?!? 
    Unless the individual is/was a complete dunce during his high school years, any student has further education within his reach.  Financing has never been and is not now, a major hurdle to higher education.  We--my 'post-boomer' generation--have conditioned our children to expect as much as they want; to expect it when they want it, and to expect it free!!  That's were the owe-bamacRATics come in!  We're there for the student, for anyone who feels downtrodden; ready and able to blame anyone and everyone else on whom we can hang the lack of a solution, on. 
    You will well remember that I grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia.  Growing up--and into; through adolesence--I've never had to work for anything.  My grandparents--Stanley and Madelyn Dunham--had good-paying jobs; he a government employee with the Honolulu Water Plant; she a Bank of Hawaii vice-president from 1970 until her retirement in 1986.  I wanted for nothing!  Particularly when I started whining and stomping my feet!!  What I'm saying here is:  I understand the plight of the student--they're not getting what they want, an education for which, they have 'no-skin-in-the-game!!'  My situation is actually a rarity in the education world; I had someone to pay for my education; my grandparents, the communist Frank Marshall Davis, the American taxpayer, et al!!  Yes, the American Taxpayer!! 
    This will be a long convoluted story, so--as they say in the trucking industry--get in, sit down, shut up and HANG ON!!  After high school--based on my earlier residency in Indonesia--I registered as a 'foreign student' for the financial benefits and grade inflation that status provided.  I've--since childhood--have never had to fund anything for myself, which includes my American education.  To that end, I'm amazed that the American citizen; the American voter has never questioned why my college and law school records have never been released!!  There's good reason for that:  if the transcripts were released, they would prove I'm a blatant fraud in either of two categories.  Either I am a registered foreign student which would preclude me being eligible for election to the presidency--or--I'm an American student with a highly altered--some correctly say 'doctored'--long-form birth certificate!!  In either case, I'd never be able to legitimately prove my native-born status!! 
{WHEW!!  George Soros is gonna be pissed!!  I went way off teleprompter that time!!}]
    In America, higher education cannot be a luxury. It’s an economic imperative that every family must be able to afford. That’s why next week I’ll be visiting colleges across the country, talking to students about how we can make higher education more affordable – and what’s at stake right now if Congress doesn’t do something about it. You see, if Congress doesn’t act, on July 1st interest rates on some student loans will double. Nearly seven and half million students will end up owing more on their loan payments. That would be a tremendous blow. And it’s completely preventable.  This issue didn’t come out of nowhere. For some time now, I’ve been calling on Congress to take steps to make higher education more affordable – to prevent these interest rates from doubling, to extend the tuition tax credit that has saved middle-class families millions of dollars, and to double the number of work-study jobs over the next five years.
[What I'm not telling you: That "....higher education cannot be a luxury.  It's an economic imperative...." thingie?!?  A part of the complete and pure BULLSHIT I'm becoming infamous for!!  As when I'm--RARELY--truthful, I readily admit that an equal education in the trades, can be had at the elbow of the family plumber which very well be your mother's distant cousin.  Education rarely has to be formal; that's a myth promoted through the concert of 'big-gov' and 'big-ed!!'  The 'economic imperative' should rightfully be "dirt under the fingernails!!" Said concert between the 'biggies:' government and education, have successfully convinced both the students, the prospective students and each's parents; an individual can not go anywhere; can't accomplish his or her goals unless they have a formal 'suit-and-tie' education and job!!  To that end--again an on-going conspiracy--the government rarely if ever, has an opinion on the fantastic rise in 'big-ed's' tuition-and-fees expense.  That rise--on average--being well over THREE TIMES THE INFLATION RATE!!  It's all about control!!  We've now convinced most involved that a high-priced formal education IS REQUIRED; we can now stipulate who can attend; where they can attend, when they can graduate!!  He who controls the purse-strings, controls the future!!
    Now--dear folks--it's time for a history lesson, relative to student loans and their interest rates.  In 2007 the owe-bamacRATics--actually their fore-runners, the democRATics--gained control of the House of Representatives to control both houses of Congress.  During their first year of rule, the student loan interest rates were up for review, approval.  That Congress--sure that an owe-bamacRATic would occupy what has become known as barackingham Palace--pushed off the decision on an increase in interest rates to July, 2012.  The kerfuffle I'm currently whining about is a direct result of political posturing by Nancy PORKlosi and the owe-bamacRATics!!  PORKlosi and 'pinky' reid could have easily made the interest rate permanent; they did not so as to have a hot-button issue with which to demogogue the republicRATics!!  At that time, the republicRATics had no fault on this issue; their numbers--prior to the "Tea Party" election of 2010--had no power!!  Their voting block couldn't override any legislation brought forth.  So.... I now have a hot-button issue with which to fire up my dwindling student-voter base; albeit based on lies, dam' lies and blatant lies!!
    Another of my dam' lies; obfuscations is:  what ever happens with the student loan interest rates, no change--either increase or decrease--will affect either currrent students or current student loan recipients, including those 7-1/2 million students I falsely refer to!!  Pretty cleaver how I 'forget' to mention these little facts, aye?!?]
    Instead, over the past few years, Republicans in Congress have voted against new ways to make college more affordable for middle-class families, and voted for huge new tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires – tax cuts that would have to be paid for by cutting things like education and job-training programs that give students new opportunities to work and succeed.  We cannot just cut our way to prosperity. Making it harder for our young people to afford higher education and earn their degrees is nothing more than cutting our own future off at the knees. Congress needs to keep interest rates on student loans from doubling, and they need to do it now.  This is a question of values. We cannot let America become a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of people struggle to get by. We’ve got to build an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. That’s how the middle class gets stronger. That’s an economy that’s built to last. And I’m not only going to take that case to college campuses next week – I’m going to take it to every part of the country this year.
[What I'm not telling you:  FALSE!!  Cost cutting is our ONLY path to prosperity!!  We are well-along the 'FDR' path to socio-fascism.  To everyone EXCEPT the American socialist,  it's a given that the 'FDR Depression' was extended through World War II, into the LATE 1940s.  The destructive effects of all his 'alphabet programs' did little more than make great strides in advancing the 'dependency class' in America.  Had Franklin Delano Roosevelt NOT been the epitome of the American socialist, he'd have seen that 'Reaganesque' tax cuts would be the answer to the 'FDR Depression.'  Alas, he did not and I intend to follow in his destructive footsteps!!
As has been said many times in this blog:
Far more plumbers are hired by college graduates than college graduates hired by plumbers!]



Friday, April 27, 2012

This'n'That; April Twenty-Seventh #1; "History" Made

Michelle 'Antoinette' Visits "Buffettville!"
    While in Omaha, Nebraska--that bastion of capitalism--Michelle 'Antoinette' blathered on about her husband's socio-facist programs, plans and alleged accomplishments.  Her bluster was primarily that both she and "Clown Prince ZERO-bama, the Narcissist" made history with the cram-down of both owe-bamaKare and the owe-bamaPill.
The "Clown Princess" took great pride in the owe-bamaKare cram-down they accomplished:
"Two years ago, we made history together by finally passing health reform, and because we passed this law, insurance companies will now have to cover basic preventive care--things like prenatal care, mammograms, contraception-at no extra cost."
After completely ignoring the fact that--as Milton Friedman said--"There ain't no such thing as 'a free lunch';"  continued on blustering about their newly formed segment of the dependency class--those children under 26:
"Kids now stay on their parents' insurance until they're 26 years old, so that when our kids graduate from college, they won't have to go without health care while they're trying to find  a job and build lives of their own.  And that's how 2.5 million young people today are getting their coverage today.  And since we passed this law, millions of our senior citizens have saved an average of moe than $600 a year on their prescription drugs."
Ms 'Get off yer ass, fat boy' owe-bama went on to blather about 'basic American values' as well as her husband's position that 'everyone should do their fair share and play by the same rules.'
    The primary point that struck me about this article wasn't the article itself, but the hundred or so, comments left by other readers! 
They ain't happy!!
Here are just a few; check the URL below for the article and all comments:
From 'Apple Bite:'
"That idiot.  It's not about "Making history', it's about doing what's right, by and for the people.  And what they did was totally wrong, by any and every measure possible.  Nobody asked them to be our nanny."
From 'Detroit paperboy:'
"No,, you made history by being the first COMMUNISTS in the White house.... sorry!"
From 'black9897:'
"Ah, yes.  Forcing people at the barrel of a gun to do something.  Guess Hitler made history to. Yay!"
From 'turkey13:'
"Those in power need check and restraints lest they come to identify the common good for their own tastes ans [and] desires, and their continuation in office as essential to the preservation of the nation."  Justice William O. Douglas
From 'gigalynx:'
"Maybe now after her and her husband have done there [their] best to screw us all she can really be proud of America for the second time in her life!"

From 'pavepaws:'
"In the Middle Ages, the "Black Death" made history also."
From 'What_Did_I_Miss:'
"Pee Wee Herman mad [made] history by whacking off in a theater. So What!"
From 'Constructionist:'
"[Charles] Manson made history too"

....and on, and on, and on for six full pages!!
I don't see a rose coming out of this bucket-of-shit she's stepped in!!
'Splain to me again why YOU elected this Arschloch!?!
Til Nex'Time....



Thursday, April 26, 2012

This'n'That; April Twenty-Sixth #2; Farm Socialism

owe-bama To Slowly Socialize U.S. Farms
    "Clown Prince ZERO-bama, the Narcissist" and his communist Department of Labor just can't leave BAD ENOUGH alone!!  This latest (as far as I know) advance of federal control over all aspects of American life came to light (for me, at least) during a call to the Bob Lonsberry radio show on WHAM1180, Rochester N.Y., a couple of months ago.
    After Bob initially broached the subject, he received several phone calls, one from a fruit farmer in the growing areas hat surround Lake Ontario in Monroe and Wayne Counties.  Said caller explained how this latest DoL invasion into the working life of the American farmer would strangle the family farm concept in the United States.  No longer would his children or neighboring youngsters be allowed to operate ANY motor-driven apparatus, so long as it was on a farm property.  It gets even more ludicrous:  The farmer's--under 16--child is restricted from the simple task of mowing the lawn with a powermower.  A neighboring child--on residential; non-farm, property--of any age, can mow residential lawns to his heart's content, so long as any of the lawns are not on a family farm!!
    On June 9, 2011 the socio-fascist "Clown Prince" issued an executive order to boost his ratings among farming, rural residential families, voters.  Said executive order was to enhance the federal government's involvement in rural activities, from financing to communications, to science-and-technology, to drug control policy; every aspect of American life, rural or not!!
Let me point you toward:
Executive Order #13575 (Establishment of the White House Rural Council);
Section 4 (Missions and Function of the Council):
paragraph (a)  "make recommendations to the President, through the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and the Director of the National Economic Council, on streamlining and leveraging Federal investments in rural areas, where appropriate, to increase the impact of Federal dollars and create economic opportunitites to improve the quality of life in rural America;"
paragraph (b)  "coordinate and increase the effectiveness of Federal engagement with rural stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small businesses, education and training institutions, health-care providers telecommunications services providers, research and land grant institutions, law enforcement, State, local, and tribal governments, and nongovernmental organizations regarding the needs of rural America;"
Got that?!?  Sounds like the "Clown Prince"--FINALLY--wants to do something; ANYTHING that will actually benefit SOMEONE in America, right?!?
Well...... NOT SO FAST!!  I'm thinkin' the aforementioned is nothing more than presidential s&m for upcoming rural economic strangulation.  Now let's have a look at just some of the activities listed in a U.S. Labor Department proposal affecting said rural, farm, family-farming, families:
1.  Would prevent anyone under 16 from working with animals when they are branded, castrated or vaccinated;
2.  Would prevent anyone under 16 working in a pen with an un-castrated male bovine, porcine or equine over 6 months old;
3.  Would prevent anyone under 16 from working on a ladder or scaffolding more than 6 feet off the ground;
4.  Would prevent anyone under 16 from using powered machines, from electric drills to tractors;
5.  Would prevent anyone under 18 from working in stockyards, grain elevators, feedlots, livestock exchanges and auctions.
    I gotta tell'ya.... this labor department bullshit seems to run up against the "Clown Prince's" Rural Council bullshit.  What happens when bullshit collides with bullshit?!?  Everyone involved gets splattered!!
Don't these prevented activities fly in the face of E.O. #13575, Section 4, Para (a)  "....create economic opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural America...."
Don't these prevented activities fly in the face of E.O. #13575, Section 4 Para (b)  "....increase the effectiveness of Federal engagement with rural stakeholders...."
Not only that.... where does "Michelle Antoinette" weigh in relative to her "Get'cher ass off the couch, fat boy" program of anti-obesity?!?  Surely this will affect her "Eat as I say, not as I eat" policy!!
    One can only guess, but one thing's fer-sher:  Nobody in the federal government has a phuckin' clue what the others are doin'!!!
'Splain to me again why YOU elected this Arschloch!?!
Til Nex'Time....



This'n'That; April Twenty-Sixth #1; Slime Continues!

"Clown Prince" A Slimier Prick Than Supposed!!
    GAWD!!  When will the revelations end?!?  If 'Wikileaks' is to be believed, we find that "Clown Prince ZERO-bama, the Narcissist" actually stole the 2008 presidential election!  Wikileaks purchased and subsequently released hacker-obtained private, internal emails from  Those who read this blog's Sunday 'Report' should remember; they're featured with each release due to their expertise in the intelligence arena.
    Said stolen emails were authored by Fred Burton, STRATfor's V.P. of Intelligence.  Let me just quote the entire email:
From: Fred Gurton []
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 7:41AM
Subject: Insight - The Dems & Dirty Tricks**Internal Use Only - Pls Do
Not Forward**
**Internal Use Only - Pls Do Not Forward**
1)  the black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes in Philly and Ohio as reported the night of the election and Sen. McCain chose not to fight.  The matter is not dead inside the party.  It now becomes a matter of sequence now as to how and when to "out."
2)  It appears the Dems "made a donation" to Rev. Jesse [Jackson] (no, they would never do that!) to keep his yap shut after his diatribe about the Jews and Israel.  A little bird told me it was a "nice six-figure donation."  This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.
3)  The hunt is on for the sleezy Russian money into O-mans ["Clown Prince" owe-bama] coffers.  A smoking gun hs already been found.  Will get more on this when the time is right.  My source was too giddy to continue.  Can you say Clinton and ChiCom funny money?  This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.
    We need no other justification for legislatively forced and inforced vetting of major candidates, no matter their current or previous elected positions.  "....Senator McCain chose not to fight...."  How spineless can one legislator be?!?  With (as we now know) the United States Constitution hanging in the balance and McCain made the choice not to fight?!?  What kinda shit is that?!?  I suggest that a highly detailed questionaire be completed by ANY CANDIDATE actively participating in the primary or incumbency processes.  These  questionaires are to be reviewed by the non-partisan U.S. Supreme Court and retained for ten-years or so, under the strictest security.
    Jesse Jackson never saw a bribe he couldn't accept!!  Jackson has shaken-down companies like Toyota, Texaco, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Ford as well as many telecom companies for hundreds-of-millions of dollars to largely benefit his family and close friends; minor benefits to his organizations.
    Now, it all makes sense!!  Let me quote the 'open-mic conversation' between Communist owe-bama and Communist Medvedev:
owe-bama:  "....but it's important for him [Putin] to give me space."
Medvedev:  "Yeah, I understand.  I understand your message about space.  Space for you...."
owe-bama:  "This is my last election.  After MY election, I have more flexibility."
Medvedev:  "I understand.  I will transmit this information to Vladimir [Putin]...."
Those "Clown Prince" statements are now reasonable, given that the Russians financed what may be a large portion of  owe-bama's 2008 campaign.  It sounds to me that the "Clown Prince" is being pressured by the Russians to accomplish some socio-fascist feat he's yet to attempt, or--more likely--failed miserably at!!
Til Nex'Time....



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This'n'That; April Twenty-Fifth #3; Unremarkable Remarks

"Princely" Unremarkable Remarks, UNC
Taxpayer Funded Campaign Stop
(Student Loans)
UNC-Chapel Hill,
Chapel Hill, N.C.
April 24, 2012
    Later today, I am getting together with Jimmy Fallon and the Dave Matthews Band right here on campus. We’re going to tape Jimmy’s show for tonight so I want everybody to tune in, make sure it has high ratings. 
[....] the reason I came to Chapel Hill today is to talk about what most of you do here every single day -- and that's study, I assume.  Higher education is the single most important investment you can make in your future.  So I'm proud of all of you for doing what it takes to make that investment -- for the long hours in the library -- I hope in the lab, in the classroom. This has never been more important.
    Whether you're here at a four-year college or university, or you're at a two-year community college, in today’s economy, there's no greater predictor of individual success than a good education.  Right now, the unemployment rate for Americans with a college degree or more is about half the national average. The incomes of folks with a college degree are twice as high as those who don’t have a high school diploma. A higher education is the clearest path into the middle class.  Now, I know that those of you who are about to graduate are wondering about what’s in store for your future. Not even four years ago, just as the global economy was about to enter into freefall, you were still trying to find your way around campus. And you’ve spent your years here at a time when the whole world has been trying to recover, but has not yet fully recovered from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the worst economic crisis in most of our lifetimes -- and that includes your teachers.
Being truthful, I--your exalted ruler--might have said:  College--as an economic indicator--has little value.  College is where you might apply yourself to the project of advancing your knowledge, unfettered by commie-lib professors with their purpose of indoctrinating new minds to the ways of marxism, fascism; all the -isms necessary to spread their communistic manifesto.  In many instances, an impossible task!  
    Most college students today, are in school at the financial behest of their parents, grandparents or some other benefactor.  It's the rare student that does more than part-time work, that being to finance their incidentals.  Largely, the current college student is completely unphased by the cost of said education.  Do you realize that the tuition costs rise at a rate three-times greater than the rate of inflation?!? 
SIDEBAR:  With the Federal Reserve printing money--willie-nillie--the official inflation rate is being kept artifically low.  This blogger has seen the unofficial inflation rate as illustrated by a loaf of bread:  In the last six-months, a store-brand loaf of 'italian' bread has risen from $1.29 to $1.99 per loaf!  That's an increase of ten-cents per month in price, with no commensurate increase in value!!
The current affects of my lack of a clear--beneficial--domestic economic policy have pretty-much destroyed the jobs markets!  You have me--as well as yourselves--to blame for having no employment upon graduation; one cannot be afraid to get his or her hands dirty in the persuit of success.                                                                                                             
    Our businesses have added more than 4 million jobs over the past two years, but we all know there’s still too many Americans out there looking for work or trying to find a job that pays enough to cover the bills and make the mortgage. We still have too many folks in the middle class that are searching for that security that started slipping away years before the recession hit.  So we’ve still got a lot of work to do to rebuild this economy so that it lasts, so that it’s solid, so that it’s firm. But what I want you to know is that the degree you earn from UNC will be the best tool you have to achieve that basic American promise -- the idea that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family and own a home, send your own kids to college, put a little away for retirement. That American Dream is within your reach.  And there’s another part of this dream, which is the idea that each generation is going to know a little bit more opportunity than the last generation. That our kids -- I can tell you now as a parent -- and I guarantee you, your parents feel this about you -- nothing is more important than your kid’s success. You want them to do better than you did.  You want them to shoot higher, strive more, and succeed beyond your imagination.
    So keeping that promise alive is the defining issue of our time. I don’t want this to be a country where a shrinking number of Americans are doing really, really well, but a growing number of people are just struggling to get by. That’s not my idea of America.  I don’t want that future for you. I don’t want that future for my daughters. I want this forever to be a country where everybody gets a fair shot and everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same set of rules.  That’s the America I know and love. That’s the America within our reach.  I think back to my grandfather. He had a chance to go to college because this country decided every returning veteran of World War II should be able to afford it, should be able to go to college.  My mother was able to raise two kids by herself because she was able to get grants and work her way through school.  I am only standing here today, Michelle is only who she is today because of scholarships and student loans. That gave us a shot at a great education. We didn’t come from families of means, but we knew that if we worked hard we’d have a shot.
Being truthful, I--your exalted ruler--might have said: Years ago--when the "baby-boomers" were raising their kids; your parents--very few parents were able to just send their kids off to college.  In many families, the college student only enrolled for classes after he'd worked for six-months or a year, earning the tuition-and-expense money.  When did it become the norm for a student to be 'handed an education,' financially?!?  A far-more-beneficial path would be the one I just mentioned.  The continuing student would have 'a bit of dirt under the fingernails;' a work ethic that would serve him well throughout his or her life!! 
    My mother was involved in my early-life little more than the four-years I lived with her and her then-husband in Indonesia.  My grandmother, Madelyn Dunham was an essential figure in my upbringing, having lived with her until left for the mainland and college.  We--my grandparents' household--were not poor or even middle-class, by any stretch of the imagination!   My grandfather worked as a government employee at the Honolulu Municipal Water Station.  My grandmother was a vice-president at The Bank of Hawaii from 1970 until her retirement in 1986.  They gave me practically anything I wanted, growing up, and--unbeknownst-to-them--financing my excursions into the consumption of drugs of various kinds.
    This country has always made a commitment to put a good education within the reach of all who are willing to work for it. That’s what makes us special. That’s what made us an economic superpower. That’s what kept us at the forefront of business and science and technology and medicine. And that’s a commitment we have to reaffirm today in 2012.  Now, everybody will give lip service to this. You'll hear a lot of folks say, yes, education is important -- it’s important.  But it requires not just words but deeds. And the fact is, that since most of you were born, tuition and fees at America’s colleges have more than doubled. And that forces students like you to take out a lot more loans. There are fewer grants. You rack up more debt.  Now, the average student who borrows to pay for college now graduates with about $25,000 in student loan debt. That’s the average -- some are more.  Yes -- because some folks have more debt than that.
    Americans now owe more on their student loans than they do on their credit cards. And living with that kind of debt means that this generation is not getting off to the same start that previous generations -- because you’re already loaded up with debt. So that means you’ve got to make pretty tough choices when you are first starting out. You might have to put off buying a house. It might mean that you can’t go after that great idea for a startup that you have, because you’re still paying off loans. Maybe you’ve got to wait longer to start a family, or save for retirement.  When a big chunk of every paycheck goes towards loan debt, that’s not just tough on you, that’s not just tough for middle-class families, it’s not just tough on your parents -- it’s painful for the economy, because that money is not going to help businesses grow. I mean, think about the sooner you can start buying a house, that’s good for the housing industry. The sooner you can start up that business, that means you’re hiring some folks -- that grows the economy.
    And this is something Michelle and I know about firsthand. I just wanted everybody here to understand this is not -- I didn’t just read about this. I didn’t just get some talking points about this. I didn’t just get a policy briefing on this. Michelle and I, we’ve been in your shoes. Like I said, we didn’t come from wealthy families.  So when we graduated from college and law school, we had a mountain of debt. When we married, we got poorer together.  We added up our assets and there were no assets.  And we added up our liabilities and there were a lot of liabilities, basically in the form of student loans. We paid more in student loans than we paid on our mortgage when we finally did buy a condo. For the first eight years of our marriage, we were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.  And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans -- check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.  That wasn’t that long ago. And that wasn’t easy, especially because when we had Malia and Sasha, we’re supposed to be saving up for their college educations, and we’re still paying off our college educations.
Being truthful, I--your exalted ruler--might have said:  I have done nothing relative to the escalating costs of a quality college education.  Had that been at the fore--as I'm making it now--I should have gone after 'Big-Ed' much like I continue to vilify 'big oil!!'  I did not.  That's but one of my many shortcomings, my many failures!! As I continually paint a rosy picture of my involvement with the student-loan legislation, you have to know that as a U.S. senator--of some several days--I failed to vote in July, 2007 as well as September, 2007--nor did I sign on as a co-sponsor--of the current loan legislation!!  How well I prove that one can lie-by-omission!! 
    All this blather about the tough time "Michelle Antoinette" and I had in repaying our student loans?!?  Complete bullshit!!  Remember, any money I earned was a direct result of government at some level; I've never worked-for-wages in the private sector.  I made dam'-good-money plying my trade as a community agitator, using Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" to my advantage.  "Michelle Antoinette" has also never suffered financially, either as a single person, married person or mother.  She's been over-paid in various legal positions as a result of my influence as a community agitator.  She even had a 'no show job' with the University of Chicago hospitals earning well over a quarter-million-dollars as late as 2006!  Where's "the pain" of repaying student loans with a family income approaching a half-million-dollars annually?!?  This blather is nothing more-or-less than thinly disguised campaign bluster.                                                                                                                        So we have to make college more affordable for our young people. That’s the bottom line. And like I said, look, not everybody is going to go to a four-year college or university. You may go to a community college. You may go to a technical school and get into the workforce. And then, it may turn out that after you’ve had kids and you’re 35, you go back to school because you’re retraining for something new. But no matter what it is, no matter what field you’re in, you’re going to have to engage in lifelong learning. That’s the nature of the economy today. And we’ve got to make sure that’s affordable.  That’s good for the country; it’s good for you. At this make-or-break moment for the middle class, we’ve got to make sure that you’re not saddled with debt before you even get started in life.  Because I believe college isn’t just one of the best investments you can make in your future -- it’s one of the best investments America can make in our future. This is important for all of us.  We can’t price the middle class out of a college education. Not at a time when most new jobs in America will require more than a high school diploma. Whether it’s at a four-year college or a two-year program, we can’t make higher education a luxury. It’s an economic imperative. Every American family should be able to afford it.   So that’s why I’m here. Now, before I ask for your help -- I’ve got something very specific I’m going to need you to do. But, North Carolina, indulge me. I want to briefly tell you what we’ve already done to help make college more affordable, because we’ve done a lot.  Before I took office, we had a student loan system where tens of billions of taxpayer dollars were going to banks, not students. They were processing student loan programs except the student loans were federally guaranteed so they weren’t taking any big risks, but they were still taking billions of dollars out of the system. So we changed it.  Some in Washington fought tooth and nail to protect the status quo, where billions of dollars were going to banks instead of students. And they wanted to protect that. They wanted to keep those dollars flowing to the banks.  One of them said -- and I’m going to quote here because it gives you a sense of the attitudes sometimes we’re dealing with in Washington. They said, it would be "an outrage" -- if we changed the system so that the money wasn’t going through banks and they weren’t making billions of dollars of profits off of it -- said it was "an outrage."  And I said, no, the real outrage is letting these banks keep these subsidies without taking any risks while students are working two or three jobs just to get by. That’s an outrage. That’s an outrage.  So we kept at it, we kept it at -- we won that fight. Today, that money is going where it should be going -- should have been going in the first place -- it’s going directly to students. We’re bypassing the middleman. That means we can raise Pell grants to a higher level. More people are eligible. More young people are able to afford college because of what we did. Over 10 years, that’s going to be $60 billion that’s going to students that wasn’t going to students before.
Being truthful, I--your exalted ruler--might have said:  Then again, you may work for your mother's cousin-the family plumber.  A quality--hands-on--education to be sure! I AM asking for your help!  I care not, the quality; the costs of your education.  All I care about is pacifying George Soros, this time with my re-immaculation!!
    I--and by 'I' I mean ME--took over the student loan program not for any real benefit for the consumer but for the singular control of who, why and where anyone--from the upcoming high school graduates to the senior citizen looking to advance his knowledge--attends institutions of higher learning.  The banks did assume some risk in issuing a student loan as well as the processing fees they were entitled to.  To that end, name one--JUST ONE--federal program that's run efficiently and economically?!? 
There is none; it was a trick question!!  
So how can the justification be made that it was good for the consumer to have the student loan program under the auspices of the federal government?!?
Another trick question!!  
    It matters not that in ten years there'll be more grants.  With the economy continuing to "go-to-hell-inn'a-handbasket" there will be fewer and fewer students enrolling in college; hell, they'll be lucky to be able to afford to have the basic necessities!
    Now, then, last fall, I acted to cap student loan payments faster, so that nearly 1.6 million students who make their payments on time will only have to pay 10 percent of their monthly income towards loans once they graduate.  Now, this is useful -- this is especially helpful for young people who decide to become teachers, or maybe they go into one of the [....]  social work or one of the helping professions.  And they may not get paid a lot of money, but they’ve got a lot of debt. And so being able to cap how much per month you’re paying as a percentage of your income gives you a little bit more security knowing you can choose that profession.  And then we wanted every student to have access to a simple factsheet on student loans and financial aid, so you can have all the information you need to make your own choices about how to pay for college. And we set up this new consumer watchdog called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and so they’re now putting out this information. We call it “Know Before You Owe.” Know before you owe. It’s something Michelle and I wish we had had when we were in your shoes -- because sometimes we got surprised by some of this debt that we were racking up.  So that’s what we’ve done. But it’s not enough just to increase student aid. We can’t keep subsidizing skyrocketing tuition or we’ll run out of money. And colleges and universities, they’ve got to do their part also to keep college costs down.  So I’ve told Congress to steer federal aid to those schools that keep tuition affordable, that provide good value, that serve their students well. And we’ve put colleges on notice: If you can’t stop tuition from just going up every single year a lot faster than inflation, then funding you get from taxpayers, at least at the federal level, will go down -- because we need to push colleges to do better, and hold them accountable if they don’t.
Being truthful, I--your exalted ruler--might have said: Even the most incompetent boob among us should realize that the longer the term of the loan, the higher the interest paid.  THAT is the reason for the 10% cap on payments!  More revenue to the Treasury that my regime will undoubtedly piss away, faster than it comes in! All those 'helping professions' I mentioned...?!?  They're all controlled by the appropriate union.  How do unions vote?!?  The way they're told!! By whom?!?  What ever owe-bamacRATic politician, in whatever owe-bamacRATic level of government  that needs that controlled vote to win election; re-election!  
    Are you--the student--really dumb enough to think that we--the socio-fascist politician--will actually force institutions of higher learning to reduce their income?!?  That makes absolutely no sense!  Much like the "Buffett Rule"-completely stupid!!"  Nothing more than polictical posturing!  We--the socio-fascist politician--are wholly dependent on professors, grad-student lecturers--as I was--and other administrators for the indoctrination of the student to the socio-fascist mindset.  We have no other way--yet--to influence the vast numbers that colleges, universities and trade schools have!
     Now, public universities know well, and Governor Perdue knows well -- states also have to do their part by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets.  I know that Bev is fighting hard to make tuition affordable for North Carolina families. That’s a priority for her. But last year, over 40 states cut their higher education spending. And these budget cuts have been among the largest factors in tuition increases at public colleges over the past decade. So we’re challenging states to take responsibility. We told them, if you can find new ways to bring down the cost of college and make it easier for students to graduate, then we’ll help you do it.  But I want everybody here, as you’re thinking about voting, make sure you know where your state representative and your state senator stands when it comes to funding higher education.  They’ve got to be responsible. They’ve got to be accountable as well to prioritize higher education.   All right. So helping more families, helping more young people afford a higher education; offering incentives for states and colleges and universities to keep their costs down -- that’s what we’ve been doing. Now Congress has to do their part.  They need to extend the tuition tax credit that we put in place back when I came into office. It’s saving middle-class families thousands of dollars.  Congress needs to safeguard aid for low-income students, like Pell grants, so that today’s freshmen and sophomores know that they’ll be able to count on it.  That’s what Congress has to do. Congress needs to give more young people the chance to earn their way through college by doubling the number of work/study jobs over the next five years.  That's what Congress needs to do.  And then there's one specific thing -- and now this is where you come in -- there's one specific thing that Congress needs to do right now to prevent the interest rates on student loans, federal student loans, from shooting up and shaking you down. So this is where you come in. I want to explain this, so everybody listen carefully.  Five years ago, Congress cut the rate on federal student loans in half. That was a good thing to do. But on July 1st -- that’s a little over two months from now -- that rate cut expires. And if Congress does nothing, the interest rates on those loans will double overnight.  So I’m assuming a lot of people here have federal student loans. The interest rates will double unless Congress acts by July 1st. And just to give you some sense of perspective -- for each year that Congress doesn’t act, the average student with these loans will rack up an additional $1,000 in debt -- an extra thousand dollars. That’s basically a tax hike for more than 7 million students across America -- more than 160,000 students here in North Carolina alone. Anybody here can afford to pay an extra $1,000 right now?  I didn’t think so. So stopping this from happening should be a no-brainer. Helping more of our young people afford college, that should be at the forefront of America’s agenda. It shouldn’t be a Republican or a Democratic issue.  This is an American issue.  The Stafford loans we’re talking about, they’re named after a Republican senator. The Pell grants that have helped millions of Americans earn a college education, that’s named after a Democratic senator. When Congress cut those rates five years ago, 77 Republicans in the House of Representatives voted for it -- along with a couple hundred Democrats  including the Democrats who are here.   So this shouldn’t be a partisan issue. And yet, the Republicans who run Congress right now have not yet said whether or not they’ll stop your rates from doubling. We’re two months away. Some have hinted that they’d only do it if we cut things like aid for low-income students instead. So the idea would be, well, all right, we’ll keep interest rates low if we take away aid from other students who need it. That doesn’t make sense.  One Republican congresswoman said just recently -- I’m going to quote this because I know you guys will think I’m making it up --  She said she had
"very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt because there’s no reason for that."
 I’m just quoting here. I’m just quoting. She said, students who rack up student loan debt are just sitting on their butts, having opportunity "dumped in your lap."  I mean, I’m reading it here, so I didn’t make this up. Now, can you imagine saying something like that? Those of you who have had to take out student loans, you didn’t do it because you’re lazy. You didn’t do it lightly. You don’t like debt. I mean, a lot of you, your parents are helping out, but it’s tough on them. They’re straining. And so you do it because the cost of college keeps going up and you know this is an investment in your future.  So if these folks in Washington were serious about making college more affordable, they wouldn’t have voted for a budget that could cut financial aid for tens of millions of college students by an average of more than $1,000.
They certainly wouldn’t let your student loan rates double overnight. So when you ask them, well, why aren’t you making this commitment? They say, well, we got to bring down the deficit. Of course, this is the deficit they helped run up over the past decade.  Didn’t pay for two wars. Didn’t pay for two massive tax cuts. And now this is the reason why you want students to pay more?  They just voted to keep giving billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to big oil companies that are raking in record profits. They just voted to let millionaires and billionaires keep paying lower tax rates than middle-class workers and their secretaries.  They even voted to give an average tax cut of at least $150,000 to folks like me, the wealthiest Americans -- a tax cut paid for by cutting things like education and job training programs that give students new opportunities to work and succeed.
Being truthful, I--your exalted ruler--might have said: Contrary to the popular beliefs, money does not cure all ills!  The answer is not money, if it were, why do those institutions that are not the Texas Aggies, the Notre Dame Irish, et al, with athletic programs that support far more acitivities than do the budgeted funds from government continue to exist.  I promote more government spending for one reason: controlCONTROL; C-O-N-T-R-O-L!!  So long as the institutions take government money--at any level--said schools are obligated to bend to the will of said governmental entity!!  If government money were "the be-all, to end-all" then why is there at least one specific contrary institution, that being Hillsdale College?!?  Hillsdale College is one of the very few in the entire United States that take absolutely no government funds of any sort; from any level!  Nor do they allow students--or perspective students--to take federal grants or loans.  Where the hell is MY CONTROL in that?!?
    Now, that’s their priorities. And that doesn’t make any sense. Do we want to keep tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans who don’t need them and didn’t ask for them? Or do we want to make sure that they’re paying their fair share?  Do we want to keep subsidizing big oil, or do we want to make sure we’re investing in clean energy?  Do we want to jack up interest rates on millions of students, or do we want to keep investing in things that will help us and help them in the long-term -- things like education and science, and a strong military and care for our veterans?  We can’t do both. We can’t have it both ways. We’ve got to make a choice about what our priorities are.  You know, I’ve said this before, but I’m just going to keep on repeating it: In America, we admire success. We aspire to it. I want everybody to be rich. I want everybody to work and hustle and start businesses and study your tails off to get there.  But America is not just about a few people doing well. America is about giving everybody a chance to do well.  Everybody -- not just a few -- everybody.  That’s what built this country. That’s what the American Dream is all about.  A lot of us had parents or grandparents who said, maybe I can’t go to college, but some day my son, he’ll go to college and I’ll be so proud of him. A lot of us had parents or grandparents who said, maybe I can’t start my own business, but maybe some day my daughter, she’s going to start her own business, she’s going to work for herself.  A lot of us had parents or grandparents who said, I may be an immigrant, but I believe that this is a country where no matter what you look like and where you come from, no matter what your name is, you can make it if you try. 
    North Carolina, that’s who we are. That’s our values. That’s what we’re about. So, no, "set your sights lowe" -- that’s not an education plan. "You’re on your own" -- that’s not an economic plan. We can’t just cut our way to prosperity.  Previous generations made the investments necessary for us to succeed, to build a strong middle class, to create the foundation for America’s leadership in science and technology and medicine and manufacturing. And now it’s our turn. We’ve got to do the right thing. I want one of you to discover the cure for cancer, or the formula for fusion, or the next game-changing American industry.  And that means we’ve got to support those efforts.  So if you agree with me, I need your help. I need you to tell your member of Congress, we’re not going to set our sights lower. We’re not going to settle for something less. Now, all of you are lucky, you already have three congressmen who are on board. So don’t -- you don’t need to call them.  They’re already doing the right thing. But I’m asking everyone else who’s watching or following online -- call your member of Congress. Email them. Write on their Facebook page. Tweet them -- we’ve got a hashtag.  Here’s the hashtag for you to tweet them: #dontdoublemyrate.  Your voice matters. So stand up. Be heard. Be counted. Tell them now is not the time to double interest rates on your student loans. Now is the time to double down on smart investments to build a strong and secure middle class. Now is the time to double down on building an America that lasts.  You and me, all of us here, every single one of us -- we’re here only because somebody, somewhere, felt responsibility not just for themselves, but they felt responsibility for something larger. It started with them feeling responsible for their families. So your parents sacrificed, your grandparents sacrificed to make sure you could succeed. But then they thought bigger than that. They thought about their neighborhood, they thought about their community, they thought about their country. Now -- [....]  And now it’s our turn to be responsible. It’s our turn to keep that promise alive.  And no matter how tough these times have been, no matter how many obstacles that may stand in our way, I promise you, North Carolina, there are better days ahead.  We will emerge stronger than we were before. Because I believe in you. I believe in your future. I believe in the investment you’re making right here at North Carolina.  That tells me that you share my faith in America’s future. And that’s what drives me every single day -- your hopes, your dreams. And I’m not quitting now because, in America, we don’t quit.  We get each other’s backs. We help each other get ahead.  And if we work together, we’ll remind the world just why it is that America’s the greatest nation on Earth.
Being truthful, I--your exalted ruler--might have said:  We--and by 'we' I mean the owe-bama Regime--must invest in what works!!  Be it fossil fuels, be it in revising the tax code to eliminate tax deductions for those evil oil companies.  The best single change--which would benefit those at every level of the citizenry--is to reduce federal spending to the level that minimal borrowing would be necessary. 
That ain't gonna happen under my--read: Soros'--watch!!
I rely on those with not'ta whole lot'ta common sense to ensure that my re-immaculation campaign will continue on schedule.  I need this second term as your exalted ruler to complete the conversion of the United States of America into a completely socio-fascist state!!  I would've had it done, excepting that dam' "Tea Party" Movement.  With the loss of control over the House of Representatives, I no longer had that dupe-marionette, Nancy PORKlosi to do my bidding; much as 'pinky' reid does each day!!
    I have one benefit probably NONE OF YOU will ever achieve:  No matter how long I rule, I will continue with this--nearly half-million-dollar paycheck--FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!!  That's another financial burden you'll have to bear, so....
ya better find a job....
and it better be a good one!!
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