Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Paul Ryan does Wisconsin proud, rocks the GOP in Tampa


Paul Ryans speech was so good, so devastating to Obama and Biden, that I won't waste time analyzing it. It was more than enough for me to hear the fear and loathing in the voices of the media anchors at the Obama News Channels.

Ryan was so good, that they were coming unhinged. Ryan is a talented young guy from Wisconsin who is a professional mature adult, and who believes in tackling our problems head on.

Refreshing honesty when compared to the Embezzler-in-Chief.

Here is the text of the speech...

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Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored by the support of this convention for vice president of the United States.

I accept the duty to help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis and back to prosperity – and I know we can do this.

I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready.

Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney.

I’m the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression. I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power.

They’ve run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they’ve got left.


With all their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money – and he’s pretty experienced at that. You see, some people can’t be dragged down by the usual cheap tactics, because their ability, character, and plain decency are so obvious – and ladies and gentlemen, that is Mitt Romney.

For my part, your nomination is an unexpected turn. It certainly came as news to my family, and

I’d like you to meet them: My wife Janna, our daughter Liza, and our boys Charlie and Sam.

The kids are happy to see their grandma, who lives in Florida. There she is – my Mom, Betty.

My Dad, a small-town lawyer, was also named Paul. Until we lost him when I was 16, he was a gentle presence in my life. I like to think he’d be proud of me and my sister and brothers, because I’m sure proud of him and of where I come from, Janesville, Wisconsin.

I live on the same block where I grew up. We belong to the same parish where I was baptized. Janesville is that kind of place.

The people of Wisconsin have been good to me. I’ve tried to live up to their trust. And now I ask those hardworking men and women, and millions like them across America, to join our cause and get this country working again.

When Governor Romney asked me to join the ticket, I said, “Let’s get this done” – and that is exactly, what we’re going to do.

President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.

Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.

Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work. Twenty-three million people, unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can’t find the work they studied for, or any work at all.

So here’s the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?

The first troubling sign came with the stimulus. It was President Obama’s first and best shot at fixing the economy, at a time when he got everything he wanted under one-party rule. It cost $831 billion – the largest one-time expenditure ever by our federal government.

It went to companies like Solyndra, with their gold-plated connections, subsidized jobs, and make-believe markets. The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare, and cronyism at their worst. You, the working men and women of this country, were cut out of the deal.

What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt. That money wasn’t just spent and wasted – it was borrowed, spent, and wasted.

Maybe the greatest waste of all was time. Here we were, faced with a massive job crisis – so deep that if everyone out of work stood in single file, that unemployment line would stretch the length of the entire American continent. You would think that any president, whatever his party, would make job creation, and nothing else, his first order of economic business.

But this president didn’t do that. Instead, we got a long, divisive, all-or-nothing attempt to put the federal government in charge of health care.

Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country.

The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over. That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare.

And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly.

You see, even with all the hidden taxes to pay for the health care takeover, even with new taxes on nearly a million small businesses, the planners in Washington still didn’t have enough money. They needed more. They needed hundreds of billions more. So, they just took it all away from Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we’re going to stop it.

In Congress, when they take out the heavy books and wall charts about Medicare, my thoughts go back to a house on Garfield Street in Janesville. My wonderful grandma, Janet, had Alzheimer’s and moved in with Mom and me. Though she felt lost at times, we did all the little things that made her feel loved.

We had help from Medicare, and it was there, just like it’s there for my Mom today. Medicare is a promise, and we will honor it. A Romney-Ryan administration will protect and strengthen Medicare, for my Mom’s generation, for my generation, and for my kids and yours.

So our opponents can consider themselves on notice. In this election, on this issue, the usual posturing on the Left isn’t going to work. Mitt Romney and I know the difference between protecting a program, and raiding it. Ladies and gentlemen, our nation needs this debate. We want this debate. We will win this debate.

Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close.

It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis.

It began with a housing crisis they alone didn’t cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn’t correct.

It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.

It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.

President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, well, “I haven’t communicated enough.” He said his job is to “tell a story to the American people” – as if that’s the whole problem here? He needs to talk more, and we need to be better listeners?

Ladies and gentlemen, these past four years we have suffered no shortage of words in the White House. What’s missing is leadership in the White House. And the story that Barack Obama does tell, forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago – isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?

In this generation, a defining responsibility of government is to steer our nation clear of a debt crisis while there is still time. Back in 2008, candidate Obama called a $10 trillion national debt “unpatriotic” – serious talk from what looked to be a serious reformer.

Yet by his own decisions, President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined. One president, one term, $5 trillion in new debt.

He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.

Republicans stepped up with good-faith reforms and solutions equal to the problems. How did the president respond? By doing nothing – nothing except to dodge and demagogue the issue.

So here we are, $16 trillion in debt and still he does nothing. In Europe, massive debts have put entire governments at risk of collapse, and still he does nothing. And all we have heard from this president and his team are attacks on anyone who dares to point out the obvious.

They have no answer to this simple reality: We need to stop spending money we don’t have.

My Dad used to say to me: “Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.” The present administration has made its choices. And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems.

And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.

After four years of government trying to divide up the wealth, we will get America creating wealth again. With tax fairness and regulatory reform, we’ll put government back on the side of the men and women who create jobs, and the men and women who need jobs.

My Mom started a small business, and I’ve seen what it takes. Mom was 50 when my Dad died. She got on a bus every weekday for years, and rode 40 miles each morning to Madison. She earned a new degree and learned new skills to start her small business. It wasn’t just a new livelihood. It was a new life. And it transformed my Mom from a widow in grief to a small businesswoman whose happiness wasn’t just in the past. Her work gave her hope. It made our family proud. And to this day, my Mom is my role model.

Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere. A lot of heart goes into each one. And if small businesspeople say they made it on their own, all they are saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking, and worrying, and sweating for them. After all that work, and in a bad economy, it sure doesn’t help to hear from their president that government gets the credit. What they deserve to hear is the truth: Yes, you did build that.

We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years.

In a clean break from the Obama years, and frankly from the years before this president, we will keep federal spending at 20 percent of GDP, or less. That is enough. The choice is whether to put hard limits on economic growth, or hard limits on the size of government, and we choose to limit government.

I learned a good deal about economics, and about America, from the author of the Reagan tax reforms – the great Jack Kemp. What gave Jack that incredible enthusiasm was his belief in the possibilities of free people, in the power of free enterprise and strong communities to overcome poverty and despair. We need that same optimism right now.

And in our dealings with other nations, a Romney-Ryan administration will speak with confidence and clarity. Wherever men and women rise up for their own freedom, they will know that the American president is on their side. Instead of managing American decline, leaving allies to doubt us and adversaries to test us, we will act in the conviction that the United States is still the greatest force for peace and liberty that this world has ever known.

President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record. But we are four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy as Barack Obama inherited it, not the economy as he envisions it, but this economy as we are living it.

College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life. Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.

None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers – a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.

Listen to the way we’re spoken to already, as if everyone is stuck in some class or station in life, victims of circumstances beyond our control, with government there to help us cope with our fate.

It’s the exact opposite of everything I learned growing up in Wisconsin, or at college in Ohio. When I was waiting tables, washing dishes, or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself. That’s what we do in this country. That’s the American Dream. That’s freedom, and I’ll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners.

By themselves, the failures of one administration are not a mandate for a new administration. A challenger must stand on his own merits. He must be ready and worthy to serve in the office of president.

We’re a full generation apart, Governor Romney and I. And, in some ways, we’re a little different. There are the songs on his iPod, which I’ve heard on the campaign bus and on many hotel elevators. He actually urged me to play some of these songs at campaign rallies. I said, I hope it’s not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin.

A generation apart. That makes us different, but not in any of the things that matter. Mitt Romney and I both grew up in the heartland, and we know what places like Wisconsin and Michigan look like when times are good, when people are working, when families are doing more than just getting by. And we both know it can be that way again.

We’ve had very different careers – mine mainly in public service, his mostly in the private sector. He helped start businesses and turn around failing ones. By the way, being successful in business – that’s a good thing.

Mitt has not only succeeded, but succeeded where others could not. He turned around the Olympics at a time when a great institution was collapsing under the weight of bad management, overspending, and corruption – sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

He was the Republican governor of a state where almost nine in ten legislators are Democrats, and yet he balanced the budget without raising taxes. Unemployment went down, household incomes went up, and Massachusetts, under Mitt Romney, saw its credit rating upgraded.

Mitt and I also go to different churches. But in any church, the best kind of preaching is done by example. And I’ve been watching that example. The man who will accept your nomination tomorrow is prayerful and faithful and honorable. Not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best. Not only a fine businessman, he’s a fine man, worthy of leading this optimistic and good-hearted country.

Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed. We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope. Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of Life.

We have responsibilities, one to another – we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.

Each of these great moral ideas is essential to democratic government – to the rule of law, to life in a humane and decent society. They are the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America’s founding. They are self-evident and unchanging, and sometimes, even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and God, not from government.

The founding generation secured those rights for us, and in every generation since, the best among us have defended our freedoms. They are protecting us right now. We honor them and all our veterans, and we thank them.

The right that makes all the difference now, is the right to choose our own leaders. And you are entitled to the clearest possible choice, because the time for choosing is drawing near. So here is our pledge.

We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead.

We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility.

We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.

The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this.

We can get this country working again. We can get this economy growing again. We can make the safety net safe again. We can do this.

Whatever your political party, let’s come together for the sake of our country. Join Mitt Romney and me. Let’s give this effort everything we have. Let’s see this through all the way. Let’s get this done.

Thank you, and God bless.

RINOs trash freedom, ban dissent in Tampa



Some pretty hideous behavior was on display yesterday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

RINOs in the Republican Party decided to unilaterally change the nominating and convention rules and ban the voices of the Ron Paul supporters.

Shutting the Paul supporters out only makes Romney and the RNC look incredibly bad and drives a wedge between them and a good chunk of the party supporters.

I am quite disgusted with my own party right now. We have had a long history of contentious conventions. Another one wouldn't be the end of the world.

It makes me think the current leadership of the GOP is made up of very small people.

If you won't defend the freedom of people who oppose you.... then there is very little hope for you to be a moral leader.

There is a bigger picture here that Romney and the party are not seeing.

I liked what a delegate said to the LA Times....

Wiselot Rouzard, a delegate from Nevada and a Paul supporter, compared the situation to Adolf Hitler taking power in Germany.

“There’s nothing American about what just happened,” he said. “This is the death of the Republican Party.”



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mitt Romneys middle finger salute to Ron Paul supporters


This isn't going to be good for anybody.

There is treachery underfoot at the Republican Convention in Tampa.

The Mitt Romney camp is trying to change the rules so that "faithless" delegates who vote for the wrong candidate will be booted from the event.

Basically, wording the new rules like this makes it clear that Romney is afraid of the Ron Paul supporters causing trouble in the convention hall. Through a clever knowledge of arcane rules and quick maneuvers in backroom situations, Ron Paul supporters have managed to pile up over 10% of the delegates at the convention. This isn't enough to win the nomination, but the Paul supporters like to dream about turning the tide of public support to their man.

Romney trying to change the rules at this late stage is unseemly behavior and unbecoming of a potential President. He needs to respect the freedom of these delegates to vote for the candidate of their choice....and for many of them, that means voting for Ron Paul.

Romney needs to let them vote. For many of them, they've been dreaming of this moment for years...actually being in the convention and voting for Ron Paul. They don't have enough support to take out Romney. He will be the nominee.

Romney needs to see the bigger picture and let them vote. The reputation of the GOP is at stake, and that has bigger repercussions than Romney simply preferring to put on a nice, peaceful show in Tampa.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong and the end of the lunar era


I was eating lunch today downtown when I scrolled through my Facebook feed on my phone and learned that Neil Armstrong had died.

Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and The Beatles may be huge cultural icons across the globe, but they might not be remembered 500 years from now. History will always remember Neil Armstrong.

His lunar landing represented a breathtaking advance by all of human kind. We had finally left this planet in order to explore others far away.

I was thinking about this a month or so ago when the 43rd anniversary of the lunar landing arrived.

There have only been 12 men who have walked on the moon. All of them were Americans involved with the NASA Apollo space programs. Now only 8 of them are still alive, and they are all getting to an advanced age -- with all of them being between 76 and 82 years old.

Someday soon we will lose our last astronaut, and the world will be a worse place because of it.

It will be the end of the lunar era, as it seems there is no desire or rush by government leaders to return to the moon when we can simply send rovers to Mars and maybe beyond.

The lunar landing was an event that changed human history.

It makes me sad that we may not see anything like it ever again.

I don't care if we land a rover on Jupiter or Saturn. It won't be the same.

History will always remember the words of Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969.

"Houston: Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

They are eight of the most important words ever spoken by any human being in history.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Todd Akin is really sorry, y'all!



I'm getting a bit tired of the dog-piling of abuse that this man is taking from his fellow Republicans.

Todd Akin made a verbal gaffe -- and he is sorry about it.

Time to let it go.

Republicans need to stop acting like Todd Akin is Julius Caesar walking into the Roman Senate on March 15th.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Joy in Greuel-ville, the Mighty Zev is out


Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a long-time favorite of voters in Los Angeles, announced through his blog post today that he will not seek the Mayors Office in 2013.

He's done. He's out.

This is cause for great joy in the camps of Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti, Jan Perry, and Kevin James. One of the heavy hitters expected to join the Mayoral race is going to retire instead. Zev said that 40 years in elected office was enough. (His pension must be gigantic!!)


I said that Zev was one of the overwhelming favorites if he decided to run.

I had him as the second favorite at 6-1 behind Eric Garcetti's 3-1 odds.

Now, those numbers will need to be shuffled again.

Here is the new line-up:

Caruso 5-2
Garcetti 3-1
Greuel 4-1
James 7-1
Perry 10-1
Rest of field 1000-1 (Sorry, ZD!)

Yes, that's right.

Your next Mayor of Los Angeles will most likely be one of those five names.

You will notice that I have Developer Rick Caruso actually listed as the favorite.

Why?

Oh...I have a few billion reasons.
They are all green and reside in Mr. Carusos bank accounts.

This announcement by Zev tilts the field considerably.

I believe it makes it more enticing for Rick Caruso to run. Garcetti, Greuel and Perry all have their own built-in political constituencies, but they don't have the financial firepower of Rick Caruso.

However, billionaires don't like undressing financially to run for office. You have to reveal how much money you have and where it is invested. This is why Donald Trump will never run for President. Billionaires become a bit shy when it comes to the financial revelation part of a campaign.

People who are serious about being Mayor are already in the race. Only Caruso has the luxury of taking his own sweet time. Except for Caruso, I believe we are set for candidates.

Garcetti is leading, but Greuel is coming along just behind him and Kevin James makes things interesting if Caruso doesn't join. Perry should drop out and run for Controller. She won't beat Eric or Wendy... even if she was lucky enough to make a runoff election.

So it is Garcetti, Greuel, James and Perry all waiting on Mr. Rick Caruso to see what his next move will be. I assume he would have to decide soon. The deadline for filing candidate paperwork is in the first week of November.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Censorship and Propaganda alive and well in Los Angeles!



As a Conservative in Los Angeles, you have to accept that you are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to trying to win over the voters to your line of thinking. Far too many of the voters here are receiving a check from the government to be interested in your ideas about economic freedom and personal liberty.

It becomes increasingly difficult when you realize that the media are actually acting as Propaganda Ministers for the opposition. I'll never forget sitting in the offices of the L.A. Times and having their editors basically laugh at me and tell me that Antonio Villaraigosa would get 75 to 80% of the vote in the March 3, 2009 Mayoral Election. Their attitudes and beliefs showed in their coverage of the election. They barely bothered to report it. The election didn't even get front page coverage on the day it happened.

Yeah.

As an experiment in using Social Media, I placed the demotivational poster "The Six Trillion Dollar Man"(above) on several community websites. It didn't have my name on it, or even a campaign slogan from me. It was just a biting social commentary on Congressman Adam Schiff.

Of course, they were all deleted within an hour or two.

The degenerates involved in this censorship? The West Hollywood Patch. The Hollywood Patch. The La Canada Flintridge Patch.

"Community websites"... to help the community. They claim.

Unless they don't like what you say.

Of course, it is perfectly OK for the West Hollywood Patch to print flowery puff pieces about Adam Schiff... like this one right here.

But to allow a legitimate community criticism about their precious Adam Schiff?

Heaven forbid!!

Now, these entities are privately-owned and run and have every right to act however they want. I just think they should end the pretense of being "fair" or even "media" because they are basically operating as Propaganda Ministers for whoever is in power at the moment.

This is a very dangerous, and chilling, trend to watch.

In fact, this cheap pimp named Stan Lynch, who runs the BurbankNBeyond website recently contacted me to gouge me for some cash to contact his readers.

I was incredibly offended, because his website has been acting a Propaganda Machine for Adam Schiff for a long time.


I pointed out to him in my response (above) that his "news" website had never even mentioned my name, even though I am the Republican Nominee for Congress in that District!

It is awfully difficult to win an election when your opponent has the media doing his work for him.

And for free, I might add.

Because of this collusion with elected officials and the media, I am not optimistic about my chances on November 6th.

And Los Angeles is a much worse place to live because of it.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Todd Akin staying in the Missouri Senate race!


I'm glad to hear this. I think candidates who pay their money and run for election should gut it out...even if things turn unfavorably against them.

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin has been all over the news the last few days because he made some rather odd comments about rape. The comments were inappropriate and showed a stunning lack of knowledge of the female anatomy.

However, that aside, they weren't so wild that it would be a necessity for him to drop out of the race. National Republican groups (a.k.a. the RINOs) immediately were filled with indignant outrage -- just like the liberal thought police -- and demanded he drop out of the race.

They didn't get what they wanted.

I'm satisfied with this outcome.

I don't think Akins gaffe was nearly as horrible as Joe Bidens "chains" comment. And continuing their tradition of slanted hypocrisy, you didn't see a single media outlet in the country asking Biden to step down.

Akin has two months to put this gaffe behind him and to get voters to concentrate on real issues.

By election day, few will be thinking about his gaffe, and the voters will be concentrating on bigger, more important issues.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Trutanich working on his comeback


Insider reports from Jose Aguilars "Ya Basta" CD 14 Mayoral Forum the other day had one particularly interesting nugget of information.

Carmen Trutanich actually showed up!

I guess maybe someone showed him my blog post where I said he needed to go do a tour of these community events and re-establish himself before the March election rolls around.

He can't let his opponents call him "an animal" without confronting them in front of voters.

Can Nuch rise like Lazarus and resurrect his political career?

I think he can, but it won't be easy.

He took a serious hit losing the DA contest in June, but that may have been more due to campaign mismanagement more than anything else. Nuch came into office with an enormous groundswell of support from the public. He needs to re-establish that popular Nuch persona with the voters.

I heard a few of the voters there at that forum were chewing him out, really laying into him.

That's good.

He needs to get that anger out of the way before they walk into the voting booth in March.

Some people write him off as a political corpse, but that isn't correct.

A recent poll showed that over half the voters didn't even know who Carmen Trutanich or Mike Feuer even were.

There is room for growth there.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Virginia bakery owner treats Joe Biden like panhandling bum



Best story of the week, in my opinion.

Deadbeat Joe Biden gets the heave ho from a legitimate small business owner who doesn't appreciate Obamas class warfare tactics.

By the way, this bakery owner was mobbed with orders after doing this.

He had to close temporarily because he ran out of food.

People are angry.

Less than 100 days left for the Obama regime.... tick tock.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Oprah Winfrey's Tax Problems


Television talk show host Oprah Winfrey has a tax problem.

When she was younger, she wasn't paying enough. Now that she's wealthy, she is paying too much.

Oprah Winfrey grew up in a poor, disadvantaged household. Oprah suffered from many childhood traumas. She says that she was raped by a relative at age nine and that she was pregnant at age 14. The child died in infancy.

For many people, these type of life experiences can lead to a downward spiral for the victim where the individual ends up on the bottom rungs of society. Living on welfare, and asking the government to feed, clothe, and run their lives for them. In short, the perfect Democratic voter.

However, that isn't what happened to Oprah.

Oprah worked hard, finished school and got a job at a radio station. Eventually she moved on to being a television reporter who did the six o'clock news in Baltimore, Maryland.

Oprah went on to get her own talk show in Chicago, which rose to a #1 ranking.

By the time Oprah was 32 years old, she was a millionaire.

But her success didn't stop there. Oprah was later able to gain ownership of her show and a bigger cut of the money it produced. By the time she was 41 she was worth 340 million dollars.

Eventually, she started her own network and became the first black female billionaire in world history. In September 2010, she overtook Meg Whitman to become the richest self-made woman in America.

So...you're asking....how does Oprah have a tax problem?

As a billionaire, she is paying too much in taxes.

Yes, that's right. She is paying too much.

Americans made a terrible mistake in 1913 by allowing the government to establish an income tax. That act basically made the government a permanent partner in your pocketbook, and lately, the government has been incapable of controlling its appetite or telling the truth about how much they are taking from your pocket.

And as Ayn Rand complained in the epic novel "Atlas Shrugged", they are doing it with the "sanction of the victim." Basically, we Americans are allowing the government to do this to us. However, this does not need to continue to be the situation.

Liberals would argue that now that Oprah is extremely rich, she owes a bigger debt to society. That she needs to pay for all the roads to be repaired, for all the streetlights to stay lit...for the salaries of all the police and fire departments.

I strongly argue the opposite. When Oprah was in her younger days, with her traumatic background, she wasn't paying enough. Now, in her higher-earning years, she is paying too much.

Liberals argue that she owes a greater duty at this current time.

That is false.

Oprah owed the same duty to society at all times.

No more. No less.

When Oprah was struggling to get by as a radio announcer, she was driving on streets paid for by others, being protected by police and fire paid for by others. But it didn't stop her from using those services. Now that she is wealthy, she does not use a gigantically higher percentage of those services, and as such, owes no more than a normal duty. She owes an equal percentage as everyone else.

The insanity of our current tax system is that it allows the looters and the moochers who produce nothing to make demands on those who do.

Think about it.

What is there to prevent the tyranny of the masses?

To prevent the people on the bottom of the tax structure from continually voting for higher and higher taxes on the productive class...until that seizure of assets causes a collapse of the economy?

The answer?

There is nothing to stop them from doing exactly that.

That is why our tax structure needs to be replaced with a fair or flat tax.

Then, suddenly, the liberals who want high speed rail might vote a little more Conservatively when they actually have to pay for something, instead of getting a free ride on the backs of others.

Yes, Oprah Winfrey is wealthy, but she doesn't owe you or anyone else 35% of her income.

She should pay the same percentage that you pay.

No more, no less.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"Nadezhda!"


"Nadezhda" is the Russian word for "hope".

I've always wanted this poster.

So I created it online.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Paul Ryan: "We are living in an Ayn Rand novel"



Paul Ryan basically calls the Obama Administration immoral for their assaults on freedom and individualism.

Good job, Paul.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney/Ryan 2012






Early this morning, on the deck of the U.S.S. Wisconsin, Mitt Romney will announce his choice for Vice President in 2012: Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.

Ryan is a smart, talented man who will be up to the task. Critics savaged Sarah Palin in 2008 for a lack of familiarity with crucial government policy information. There will be no such problems with Ryan. Ryan is a technical detail geek who has been doing policy research for over a decade.

This pick is trouble for Barack Obama. Ryan can destroy Joe Biden in a debate, and most likely Ryans large extended family in Wisconsin becomes a marching army that helps turn Wisconsin red in November.

Watch the above video for a preview of what his policy arguments will be like.

Ryan is smart, accurate, informed, likable and he makes his points without being disrespectful.

Ryan has been planning on being near the top of politics for over a decade.
He won't make very many mistakes.

He will win many Midwesterners over with his style. He will be devastating to Obama in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.

In fact, even though I am not a fan of Romney, this pick seals the deal for me. I'll be voting for Romney even though I think he's a big-government RINO.

Why? Because of Paul Ryan.

Don't get me wrong. Ryan has his bad points, too. He has done some awful RINO-ish things -- like voting for TARP and GM bailouts. But I think he has his heart in the right place, and more often than not he would err on the side of freedom rather than doing what Obama does...erring on the side of tyranny.

And look at this photo of his family.

Ryan is raising his kids right...as Packer and Badger fans.

Paul Ryan has some bad non-Conservative votes on his record, but we can work on that.

He has the right Midwestern values, integrity, and work ethic to be one of our highest elected leaders. And I can't resist the opportunity to help put a fellow "Sconnie" in position to take the White House in 2020.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Thomas Sowell on Welfare & Government



One of my all-time favorite thinkers is Dr. Thomas Sowell.

In this short video clip, he explains that government programs to solve poverty do nothing of the sort. They increase dependency and failure.

I wish more voters in Los Angeles knew who he was.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More degenerates exposed in Los Angeles power structure


I won't go into the stomach-churning details, because they are widely available from other blogs and news sources. But it seems that former LAUSD head Ramon Cortines was involved in an inappropriate homosexual relationship with a subordinate on his staff.

This former staffer now wants to sue the City for millions.

This is a perfect example of why voters in Los Angeles need to stop voting for Democrats!

We have a degenerate Mayor, who was cavalierly cheating on his wife, until he got caught. The moral revulsion at this mans behavior caused only 9% of the registered voters to go out and cast a ballot for him in 2009. Sadly, it was enough to get him re-elected.

We have multiple degenerates on the Los Angeles City Council, all of whom feel they have the right to dictate every detail of your life to you. They also feel the need to verbally and legally spew their vitriolic hatred and racism towards other cities and states.... as if those people gave a damn about them or their nutty ideas.

They all take their moral directions from a degenerate President, who behaves like a Pharaoh, as if the laws do not apply to him. The Pharaoh decrees that the laws only apply to the people he wants them to apply to (see Obamacare waivers).

This new situation with Ramon Cortines shows the moral failings of Democrats in general.

It is also a warning to future generations not to name things after living people. You never know what might happen next. The Joe Paterno scandal at Penn State is a perfect example of that. Concealing a child rape at the football facilities might not be the worst thing ever people could imagine about Joe Paterno, but it would clearly be in a Top 10 list!

The degenerates currently in power here in Los Angeles need to get off their sorry asses and take some action in this situation. For God's sake, this mans name is emblazoned on a public school in downtown!! Kids have to walk underneath that name every day to enter that school.

The degenerates responsible for naming that school and currently failing to remove that name need to be held accountable in the next election.

I will make sure that all future City candidates in 2013 are appraised of this situation.



Saturday, August 4, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Conservatives unite to support Freedom of Religion, Speech



Conservatives across the country responded yesterday to the recent hateful/threatening tirades by the Mayors of Boston and Chicago by showing their own values and faith.

Conservatives nationwide responded to Mike Huckabees request for a national day of appreciation -- and flooded the fast food chain Chick-fil-A with enormous amounts of business in order to show their support for the chain owners support of traditional religious values.

The brouhaha erupted last week when the Chick-fil-A owner stated during an interview that he believed in traditional marriage. As a result, the Mayors of Chicago and Boston made sneering, condescending remarks and veiled threats against Chick-fil-A.

Social media activists took that assault on religious freedom and ran with it.

Facebook and Twitter exploded yesterday with reports of Chick-fil-A stands across the nation being swamped by more business than they could handle. Several stores ran out of food.

I myself took part, purchasing two sandwiches at the Sunset and Highland location in Hollywood. There was a small group of protesters there advocating the gay lifestyle, but they were heavily outnumbered by the hungry customers at Chick-fil-A.

At the end of the day, Conservatives had stood up for their values and shown their financial might. Yesterday there were no arrests and no problems whatsoever with Conservative activism.

Liberals? Eh...


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Texas voters go RINO hunting, take out Dewhurst and choose Cruz


Last night was a fantastic result for Conservatives across the country.

Texas voters chose a hardcore Conservative to be their new Senator. They sent the RINO Lt. Governor David Dewhurst back to Austin to finish his time there.

Cruz won't be going to Washington to strike deals on Obamacare.

Cruz will be going to Washington after the November election to defend the Constitution and to protect the Tenth Amendment.

Many of my Conservative friends on Facebook love Cruz and personally worked towards achieving this goal. I congratulate them.