Texas Rainmaker

Thank goodness for the hard-hitting, investigative journalism provided by American mainstream media. With America and the world facing unprecedented issues, it’s nice to know that the mainstream media is holding our leaders accountable and asking the tough questions…

Nope, no media bias here. Move along.

UPDATE: But wait! There’s more… CNN has an article of historical significance… a piece that’s sure to change the geopolitical, geothermal and intergalactic landscape for generations to come…

Who says they don’t tackle the difficult issues?

UPDATE 2: Not to be outdone, here come the vigilant journalists at the New York Times with this scoop of the century….

For Young President, Flecks of Gray

WASHINGTON — Well, that didn’t take long. Just 44 days into the job, and President Obama is going gray.

Mr. Obama’s graying is still of the flecked variety, and appears to wax and wane depending on when he gets his hair cut, which he does about every two weeks. His barber, who goes by only one name, Zariff, takes umbrage with bloggers who alternately claim Mr. Obama, 47, is dyeing his hair gray (to appear more distinguished) or dyeing it black (to appear younger). “I can tell you that his hair is 100 percent natural,” Zariff said. “He wouldn’t get it colored.”

Whew, glad that conspiracy has been debunked. Could’ve been an international crisis.

And right on cue, another member of the established left-wing media serves up a puff piece on The One.

Obama’s Other Gray Matter

Forty-five days to a grayer you!

Are times so stressful — a plummeting economy and two wars — that our young president is going grayer a mere six weeks into the job?

Maybe 754 days is more like it. That’s how long it’s been, if you can believe it, since a baby-faced senator stood in the winter chill in Springfield, Ill., to declare his candidacy for president. With each debate, after every primary fight, it seems Barack Obama’s tightly clipped hair became just a dash saltier.

“The gray, it’s not a whole lot, but he has a few strands,” explained Zariff, the president’s Chicago barber for 17 years, who goes by a single name. “It’s quite normal for his age group.”

I’m glad the big boys are spending so much time interviewing Zariff the barber. Would hate for them to waste their time on issues like the socialist policies driving our economy into the toilet or the administration’s knack for appointing tax cheats.

I can’t wait to see what happens when they finally get a damn dog.

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Funding the Scheme
February 26th, 2009 9:46 am

Ready to feel some hopenchange in your wallets?

President Obama has laid out the most ambitious and expensive domestic agenda since LBJ, and now all he has to do is figure out how to pay for it. On Tuesday, he left the impression that we need merely end “tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans,” and he promised that households earning less than $250,000 won’t see their taxes increased by “one single dime.”

The ol’ liberal “soak the rich” mantra. And what will the Community Organizer in Chief do when the “rich” decide to stop producing because the incentive is gone? Who will Robin Hood and his band of merry freeloaders turn to then?

And for what it’s worth… this “tax the wealthy” scheme won’t even work when you run the numbers.

This is going to be some trick. Even the most basic inspection of the IRS income tax statistics shows that raising taxes on the salaries, dividends and capital gains of those making more than $250,000 can’t possibly raise enough revenue to fund Mr. Obama’s new spending ambitions.

But let’s not stop at a 42% top rate; as a thought experiment, let’s go all the way. A tax policy that confiscated 100% of the taxable income of everyone in America earning over $500,000 in 2006 would only have given Congress an extra $1.3 trillion in revenue. That’s less than half the 2006 federal budget of $2.7 trillion and looks tiny compared to the more than $4 trillion Congress will spend in fiscal 2010. Even taking every taxable “dime” of everyone earning more than $75,000 in 2006 would have barely yielded enough to cover that $4 trillion.

And that was in 2006, when the economy was rolling along nicely.

So what are we getting for the $10,000 per American these drunken sailors are spending? Pork, tons of it. There are roughly 8,570 earmarks in the $400B+ lard bill passed yesterday. (This is a different two $700B+ bailout/stimulus bills passed earlier)

Here are a few things Congress plans to do with YOUR MONEY.

- Canoe trips: $238,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society of Honolulu to organize sea voyages in ancient-style sailing canoes like the ones that first brought settlers to Hawaii. (Thanks to Democrat Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.)

- Pig perfume: The swine research center, at Iowa State University in Ames, got funds through the Agricultural Research Service, and aims to improve the smell of animals and the lagoons where waste is stored.

- Tattoo Removal: $200,000 requested by Democrat Rep. Howard Berman of California for a “tattoo-removal violence-outreach program” in Los Angeles. The funds would buy a tattoo-removal machine for gang members.

This quote has never seemed more relevant…

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

…and this quote so prophetic…

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.

Welcome to the new American slavery. It’s time to revive our spiritual truth and find our great courage.

UPDATE:Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, one of the few representatives to have actually read the StealFromUs bill (which probably explains why he voted AGAINST it), points out more pork:

- $88 million to study whether we ought to buy a new ice breaker for the Coast Guard. Not to actual build it, but to study whether it’s needed. Here’s a way to save $88 million… just say yes or no. Done.

- $448 million to build the Department of Homeland Security a new building. Despite the fact that there is $1.3 trillion worth of empty buildings right now.

- $248 million for new furniture for that new DHS building. Don’t they have furniture now? How about paying a couple thousand dollars to some of those welfare bums to get off their butts and move the existing furniture to the new building?

- $600 million for new hybrid vehicles for federal employees. I’m working hard and paying my taxes on time… and driving a 6 year old car. How about you stop taxing me so much so I can buy a new car?

- $400 million to prevent STDs. Really? I think the esteemed thieves in Washington misunderstand the nature of the “stimulus” bill.

- $150 million for a Smithsonian museum. And that helps the economy how?

- $75 million for smoking cessation activities. Hell, I’ll give up my Diet Dr. Pepper habit if you toss me a couple hundred grand.

- $6 billion to turn Federal buildings into green buildings. How much of this is going directly to Al Gore’s investments?

- $500 million for State and local fire stations. So I am sending my income to Washington, D.C. so some bureacrats can turn around and send it back to my community (less shipping and handling, of course)? Isn’t it time to cut out the middle man in Washington for things like this?

- $850 million for Amtrak. An outdated mode of transportation that hasn’t produced a profit in three decades. What’s that going to stimulate?

- $524 million for information technology upgrades that the Appropriations Committee claims will create 388 jobs. If the calculator is working correctly, that’s about $1.5 million per job. Where do I apply?

Coburn sums it up well…

Let me conclude by saying we are at a seminal moment in our country. We will either start living within the confines of realism and responsibility or we will blow it and we will create the downfall of the greatest nation that ever lived.

This bill is the start of that downfall. To abandon a market-oriented society and transfer it to a Soviet-style, government-centered, bureaucratic-run and mandated program, that is the thing that will put the stake in the heart of freedom in this country.

I hope the American people know what is in this bill. I am doing everything I can to make sure they know. But more important, I hope somebody is listening who will treat the “pneumonia'’ we are faced with today, which is the housing and mortgage markets. It doesn’t matter how much money we spend in this bill. It is doomed to failure unless we fix that problem first.

Failing that, we will go down in history as the Congress that undermined the future and vitality of this country. Let it not be so.

We’ve overcome the threats of socialism and communism before. We’ll do it again. We just need to stop pretending that this isn’t it.

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Asleep at the wheel.

Mr Obama, who called 130 lawmakers and members of think-tanks to the White House for what he described as a “fiscal sustainability summit”, added that by the end of his first term, he would halve the budget deficit he inherited from George W. Bush.

Although Lawrence Summers, head of the National Economic Council, fell asleep on the podium, most attendees, including Republicans, appear to have appreciated the exercise. There was even some light-heartedness.

Feeling the confidence yet?

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Oops.

A Pentagon review of conditions in the Guantanamo Bay military prison has concluded that the treatment of detainees meets the requirements of the Geneva Convention but that prisoners in the highest-security camps should be allowed more religious and social interaction with one another, according to a government official who has read the 85-page document.

This is just further proof that the liberal nutroots are full of crap. For years, they’ve been protesting Gitmo and bitching and moaning that it needed to be shut down because it was so crual and inhumane to the terrorists we were holding there. Well, this report kinda puts a damper on the Community Organizer in Chief’s stupid policy of shutting down a terrorist detention center just to please those handful of idiot radical liberals.

But don’t worry… the report did outline some of the horrible conditions the evil American military was subjecting the terrorists to….

But Walsh did find that prisoners should be allowed more communal recreation and prayer time.

We are such an evil nation (according to liberals) that we deny terrorists things like kickball and sing-a-longs. Oh, the humanity.

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Tea Party 2.0
February 19th, 2009 10:52 am

CNBC On-Air Editor Rick Santelli has a few choice words for the Community Organizer in Chief and his creeping socialism. If you’re fed up with the bailouts for irresponsible borrowers and tired of hearing the meaningless hopenchangey rhetoric out of Washington, watch this clip from the trading floor in Chicago.

Transcript:

Santelli: “The government is promoting bad behavior. Because we certainly don’t want to put stimulus forth and give people a whopping $8 or $10 in their check and think that they ought to save it. And in terms of modification, I’ll tell you what, I have an idea. You know, the new administration’s big on computers and new technology, how about this, President and new administration. Why don’t you put up a website to have people vote on the Internet as a referendum to see if we really want to subsidize the losers’ mortgages or would we like to, at least, buy cars and buy houses in foreclosure and give them to people who might have a chance to actually prosper down the road. And reward people that can carry the water instead of drink the water. (rowdy applause on the trading floor)

Host: That’s a novel idea. They’re like putty in your hands. Did you hear -

Santelli: No they’re not, Joe, they’re not like putty in our hands. This is America! How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor’s mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can’t pay their bills? Raise their hand. (no hands raised, lots of booing) President Obama, are you listening?

Trader on the floor: How about we all stop paying our mortgages? It’s a moral hazard.

Host: How about the notion that you can go down to 2% on the mortgages -

Santelli: You could go down to -2% and still -

Host: - and still have 40% not be able to do it. So why are we trying to keep them in the house?

Santelli: I know Mr. Summers is a great economist, but boy I’d love the answer to that one!

The answer is hopenchange, baby, hopenchange.

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Home Ownership is Now an Entitlement?
February 18th, 2009 2:59 pm

The organization that our Community Organizer in Chief used to provide legal representation for is launching an extortion campaign using irresponsible borrowers as their foot soldiers.

On Feb. 19, ACORN members will launch a new tactic in fighting foreclosures: civil disobedience. Participants in the ACORN Home Savers campaign nationwide will simply refuse to move out of foreclosed homes, or in some cases, will move back in. ACORN homesteaders intend to squat in their homes until a comprehensive, federal solution for people facing foreclosure is put in place.

Isn’t it interesting how those who got us into this mess by borrowing irresponsibly are now demanding things. It’s as if home ownership has become a God-given right.

“What else can you do?” asks Louis Beverly, co-chair of the Baltimore ACORN Foreclosure Fighters.

Ummm, how about PAY YOUR DAMN MORTGAGE? How about packing up your sorry, financially-irresposible butts and moving into an apartment until you improve your financial situation to a point where you can RESPONSIBLY borrow the money needed to buy a house YOU CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD?

“We need foreclosures to stop right now. We need a moratorium to allow time to try to get loans modified so they can stay in their homes. And the economic recovery package has to have enough money for them to refinance their homes.”

Some planning the borrowers should’ve thought of BEFORE taking out a loan they couldn’t afford to pay back.

Remember, ACORN’s former legal counsel did say he’d use them to help shape his administration. One promise he’s apparently decided to actually keep.

I guess this is the first step. Home ownership as an entitlement. What’s next, civil disobedience until the federal government installs a swimming pool in your backyard?


Photo courtesy: Michelle Malkin

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Another day, another political scandal out of Chicago… hometown to the Community Organizer in Chief. Looks like Democrat Senator Roland Burris is finally admitting he perjured himself regarding the scheme to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Bill Ayers’ friend.

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris now acknowledges attempting to raise money for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich — an explosive twist in his ever-changing story on how he landed a coveted Senate appointment from the man accused of trying to sell the seat.

Burris made the admission to reporters on Monday, after releasing an affidavit over the weekend saying he had more contact with Blagojevich aides about the Senate seat than he had described under oath to the state House panel that recommended Blagojevich’s impeachment. The Democrat also said in the affidavit, but not before the panel, that the governor’s brother asked him for fundraising help.

I guess he only has 2 options now…

1. Remain and serve defiantly like any good Democrat
2. Accept a position in Obama’s cabinet since he’s now proven his qualifications

UPDATE: Did Democrats intentionally cover up for Burris long enough to keep him in the Senate to be the final vote needed to pass the Stealfromus Bill?

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A reader sent me this picture taken at a Borders Bookstore in Dallas. He says the picture was taken in the Kids section. I guess Borders understands that it’s never too early to indoctrinate the younguns.

Welcome to the Obamanation.

UPDATE: The reader says this was at the Borders bookstore at McKinney Ave. and Lemmon. Here’s another photo the reader snapped (sorry, folks, no photoshop here):

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Timeless wisdom versus hopenchangy socialism.

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Isn’t it refreshing to know that the boneheads who screwed up Congress so badly so as to earn approval ratings in the single digits may soon be in charge of your healthcare decisions? From the party who bitched and moaned for years that Republicans were thwarting our individual freedoms comes this new and improved stimulus stealfromus bill, complete with freedom-loving provisions like the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology:

The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Get that? Your medical care will be reviewed by the federal government to determine if it’s appropriate.

Next time you call in sick to work, your boss will ask if you have a note from your government. Doesn’t it make you feel all hopenchangy?

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