Political Angst In America

Location: Pantego, Texas, United States

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

John Kerry first came to prominence with his unauthorized negotiations with the North Vietnamese to end the Vietnam war. (Since he was still in the Navy at the time this was a punishable offense, and could be construed as traitorous. This activity is probably why he didn't get an honorable discharge until after Carter became President.) Now he is negotiating with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan. (That is not the role of Senators, but presumably it is OK with Obama.) Kerry hasn't changed much. He likes capitulating to our enemies.

The Obama Administration (EPA) is preparing to mandate E15 gasoline for the United States. At present gasoline sold in the US is E10, that is, the fuel is a blend of 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol. E15 is 85% gasoline and 15% ethanol. Ethanol is made from corn, so the farm lobby is pushing hard for this change. This change should result in higher prices for corn. EPA has hesitated to make this change because E15 fuel burns hotter than E10, and is damaging to automobile engines and catalytic converters. One result of the change will be costly repair bills, and a shorter life for many cars now in service. (Democrats appear to be believers in the "broken window fallacy," so probably view the repair bills and replacement car sales as a positive.) Ethanol has about 2/3 the energy as gasoline, so the change will also reduce fleet car mileage by about 1.5%.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

There is a lot of debate about anchor babies now. The fact that 20% of the babies born in America have an illegal alien mother shows that something is wrong. One thing is that the Federal Government refuses to do anything about the situation. They refuse to deport illegal aliens unless they have a criminal record, and perhaps not even then. Back when the Constitution was written, or when the 14th Amendment was ratified, the politicians could not even conceive of the current welfare state that we have. It is insane for a welfare state to have no restrictions on immigration. I read that the only salvation for the social security program lies in the young people who come to the country illegally. I see no way that could be true. The people coming illegally are not well educated, so they will not earn large salaries, so their contribution to social security accounts will not be large. Eventually they will want to collect from social security. So the illegal aliens don't solve the social security funding shortfall, but rather just "kick the can down the road."

It has been five years since Hurricane Katrina. The news media, including conservative Fox News, continue to refer to Katrina as the worst natural disaster in the history of the country. Apparently tese young people no nothing of history. About 1800 people perished in Hurricane Katrina. But the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 took over 8000 lives (and maybe as many as 12,000) and the 1928 Lake Okeechobee Hurricane took 2500 lives.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The attack on private property in the United States pre-dates the Obama Administration, but Obama has appointed communist bureaucrats who are more aggressive than their predecessors. The Marxism that Obama and the Democrats favor requires the elimination of private property. Here is a discussion of the sneaky approaches the government is using to use environmentalism to take private property.

Someone firebombed the office of Democrat Congressman Russ Carnahan. The police described the bomber as an angry 50 year old white man. The media decided that he perfectly fit the profile of a Tea Partier, therefore it is obvious that the firebombing was the work of right wing conservatives. It turns out that the bomber was a radical leftist who was mad because Carnahan owed him back pay. No doubt the news agencies will print a correction. Don't hold your breath until that happens.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Democrats have claimed for some time now that the current economic difficulties in the US, and indeed for the entire world, were caused by the "Bush tax cuts." So, given that, the solution to our problems is simply to let those tax cuts expire, not just for the rich, but for everyone. That, combined with the huge, but largely hidden, tax increase already imposed by Obama will surely bring back prosperity. The Democrats have complete control of Congress as far as stopping legislation is concerned, so no action on their part is necessary to carry out this program. Success is easy for them to achieve.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

I have been convinced for some time that liberals had some sort of means for distributing “talking points” for dissemination by their “fellow travelers’ in the media. Attacks on conservatives would come simultaneously from all corners with such frequency that it was obvious that there was coordination. The Journolist story reveals that I was correct. The same thing had to be true of the liberal “global warming“narrative. The lack of skepticism about global warming by the media is astonishing, given that journalists are supposed to be inquisitive and not accept what they are told at face value. Instead they completely swallowed the lie that “big oil” was funding the global warming skeptics while environmental groups, liberal think tanks, the government, rent-seeking corporations, and the UN were spending hundreds of millions of dollars to advance the global warming scare story. Here is more from American Thinker.