Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Obama Experiment

Another story from Fox that, while true and dead on target, will be marginalized by those who prefer to avoid the truth than deal with it. Before you read it...my thoughts:

Obama doesn't have a clue.

He's not a leader with any experience managing a budget or policies, security, or international affairs. He's a media phenomena much like the Kardashians, Paris Hilton and "The Jersey Shore". Right time, right place and enough media spin to get traction.

Each week that goes by, the smoke dissipates and the mirrors reveal a leader who is an empty suit.

I was excited about the prospect of an Obama Presidency. I wrote about it shortly after the inauguration. But my hopes have been squashed by facts that are so obvious only the dimmest of thinkers could dodge the reality that Obama was a great candidate for an office he is remarkably unqualified to hold.

Obama Botches Response to Another Terror Threat
By Andrea Tantaros

Last Friday's attempted attack to blow up an airplane en route to Detroit from Amsterdam has bolstered what we've known for a long time: that stopping the bad guys is so far outside the worldview of the president and his staff it's downright scary.

In the hours that followed the attack, Obama foolishly called the attempt an "isolated incident."

That's like Tiger Woods calling Rachel Uchitel an isolated incident.

We now know that the suspect had been in Yemen just days before the attack and that a regional Al Qaeda group has claimed responsibility for it.

Obama appointee Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security chief, who earlier in the year referred to terrorist attacks as "man-caused disaster" and said that we weren't in a War on Terror, praised the system saying, "It worked."

No, it didn't.

She quickly and bizarrely tried to back-peddle the next day insisting that the events following the failed attack unfolded as they should have, but allowing the terrorist to board the plane with explosives clearly "signaled a failure of the system."

Someone should tell Napolitano that her method for measuring success is very strange.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra said it best: "Success is stopping these attacks, not responding to them."

However, rather than demand answers, Congressional Democrats are on defense while they lambaste Republicans for blocking an Obama's pick to head the Transportation Security Administration.

Forget playing politics about the head baggage screener who wouldn't have stopped the attack if he were in place. We've seen what has happened when the baggage of the Obama administration isn't adequately screened.

Most recently the foreign minister of Yemen said that there are likely 200 to 300 terrorists in Yemen plotting future attacks. Why aren't we water-boarding the Christmas Day bomber for information on who these men are? Guess we're more worried about getting him legal representation.

While our president attempts to appease those who have declared a radical jihad on U.S. and elsewhere, let the Christmas Day attack be a sign that the strategy of talking nicely isn't working.

What will it take for the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats to get tough on terror before more people die?

People are going to get killed if we don't change this pre-9/11 mentality. This isn't about politics, it's about reality -- cold one that people want to destroy us. Let this be another wake up call to the president before the only man caused disaster we're talking about is his own naivete

Monday, December 28, 2009

Start With Educating Congress

I came across this news story on Fox News online. I am sure the left wing, liberal Obama lemmings will discount this as some kind of Fox media conspiracy despite the fact that it is research conducted by an independent research group. When they are done discounting Fox, they will then find a way to blame George Bush.

Despite that, if you wonder why Democrats have been able to convince the public that force feeding T.A.R.P, spending billions bailing out a terminally ill American Auto industry (only temporarily) and using the trillion dollar Health Reform Act to funnel billions of dollars to line the pockets of Pharma and the Insurance industry they vilified in order to pander to the lemmings....read this:

On January 1st you put $50,000 in a savings account that earns 1%. Over the next 12 months, inflation runs 2%. On December 31st, will the money in your bank account be able to buy more or less that it could have bought at the start of the year?(1)

More than a third of the individuals asked this question in a nationwide poll responded incorrectly. That is, they didn’t understand that when prices are going up at a faster rate than the return your money is earning, your purchasing power - the lifestyle you can afford to buy - declines.

The first-of-its-kind survey, funded by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (FINRA) non-profit Investor Education Foundation, included nearly 1,500 Americans chosen to represent a demographically correct cross-section of the U.S. adult population - by race, ethnicity, age, income, education, and other factors. It’s the first comprehensive look at how we save, borrow, and plan for our financial future. It differs from previous studies in both its scope and content, compiling not only a bunch of statistics about how much money we have or haven’t saved, but also delving into the attitudes and behaviorsthat help or hinder our financial security.

The bottom line: We’ve got a lot of work to do. There are significant and serious holes in Americans’ knowledge of the most basic financial concepts.

Geri Walsh, vice president of Investor Education at the FINRA Foundation, sidesteps my question about what grade she’d give us by saying, “The data is so complex. It’s impossible to give Americans a single grade.” However, she admits being “deeply troubled by the results.”

For instance, “a majority believe they’re good at handling day-to-day finances, but engage in behaviors that cause them to over-draw their accounts.” Half said they have difficulty paying their monthly expenses. One out of four individuals who have a checking account (12% have no bank account of any kind) admitted they overdraw it “on occasion,” triggering huge fees. Sixteen percent of those with a mortgage said they were late with at least one monthly payment in the past two years.

Most Americans (58%) have no “rainy day” fund to tide them over in the event of a financial emergency such as an unexpected medical expense. (One rule of thumb is to have enough money to cover 3-6 months worth of living expenses in a savings or money market account.) The result? “When a financial crisis hits, they’re not prepared,” says Walsh, “They can’t absorb the impact of a job loss or disability.” That can trigger a deep spiral into debt and even bankruptcy.

Making matters worse, those least likely to have a rainy day fund are those mostlikely to be hit with a negative financial shock. As a group, in the past 12 months, individuals who did not have money earmarked for emergency expenses were one and a half times more likely to have experienced a big drop in income.

There’s also a serious lack of attention to long-term financial issues. Despite 20 years of warnings that we need to accept greater responsibility for our retirement income and the fact that Social Security is looking less and less secure, only 42% of us have attempted to calculate how much we ought to be saving. While 79% said they regularly contribute to a retirement savings plan through their job and/or an individual retirement account (IRA), almost one-in-five had no idea what their money was invested in.

Citing earlier research by Princeton University, Walsh said that one of the barriers to long-term financial planning is that “people can’t envision their future.” For instance, the importance of saving for retirement is “very challenging for a younger person to grasp.” But, she says, it can also be psychologically overwhelming for someone in their 40s and 50s. “It’s really hard to imagine not only that you are going to get old and what your financial needs will be, but who that person will be.”

Unfortunately, the FINRA Foundation survey found that “not only are people not saving for the unknown, they’re also not saving for the known. Only 40% of individuals with children had saved anything to pay for the cost of college. And, according to Walsh, those who were saving “weren’t taking advantage of tax-advantaged methods which could save them more money.”

The FINRA Foundation intends to use the data from this study and two others coming out in 2010 to identify regions and demographic groups that are most in need of financial education. “We finally have a baseline of data that show where the gaps exist,” says Walsh. The intent is to develop programs and materials to close the knowledge “gap.” She says there are plans to repeat it every two to five years to see “how Americans are stacking up.”

One big challenge will be convincing us that we needto be educated about financial issues. Although 75% of those surveyed described themselves as “good at dealing with day to day financial matters” and “pretty good at math,” only 10% were able to correctly answer all 5 basic math questions. “People really believe they’re good at math and finances,” says Walsh. “But when you look at their behavior, it tells a different story.”

By the way, the answer to the question at the top of the story is, of course, "less." On December 31st your $50,000 will be worth $50,500. However, to cover the increased cost of living over the year, you’d need $51,000 to buy the same basket of goods and services that $50,000 would have bought on January 1.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Project Red Shirt

This was forwarded to me by a friend last night:


If project red shirt is new to you, read below how it went for a man...

"Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant travelling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together..

After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

'No', he responded.
'Heading out?' I asked.

'No. I'm escorting a soldier home.'

Going to pick him up?

'No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq , I'm taking him home to his family. '

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days.

I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, 'Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.'

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.

'Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign.'

Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.. "

So here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do.

Red Fridays.

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country, and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.

Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -- and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that every red-blooded American who supports our men and women a far, will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red, much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is.. "We need your support and your prayers." Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday.

PLEASE, invite your friends from school, church, or anywhere! Get your communities involved and tell everyone you know.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's Getting Crazy

Back on March 23, I wrote a blog titled “Four Wrongs Make a Right?” on my web site www.ericbischoff.com . I won’t revisit the subject matter of the blog, but back in March I made this observation:

“Thanks to Obama and the mind numbing stupidity of the democratically controlled band of thieves otherwise known as Congress, I believe this country is on its way to a real revolution. And not the kind that brings “hope”.

I made this observation because it is clear to me that Obama and Congress have a Socialist agenda for our country and are pushing America to the brink in order to achieve it.

Unfortunately, according to this story, I may have been right: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/18/dozen-protesters-guns-outside-obama-speech/.

Those of you who have taken the time to read my blogs know that I am an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment. In fact one of the primary reasons I think Sonia Sotomayor is unqualified to be a member of the Supreme Court was her mealy-mouthed explanation of why she doesn’t think the 2nd Amendment is a fundamental Constitutional right despite the clarity on the matter found in the 14th Amendment.

Enough of that.

I have a number of guns. Rifles handed down to me by my father, shotguns I use for hunting, and pistols I collect (I am a big fan of old Colts .45’s) and yes, pistols that I have in my home for protection and that I occasionally carry concealed as a concealed carry permit holder.

For the past 20 years, more and more states have passed concealed carry permit laws that allow law-abiding citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon. This has happened of two reasons: (a) statistics have unequivocally proven that in states that have such laws, crime goes down. Forget the hyperbole, the sound bite, liberal fairy tale mentality to the contrary, the numbers don’t lie. Liberals who campaign against our FUNDAMENTAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS do. And (b) the NRA.

The NRA and its members have worked diligently to make sure that our rights are represented in Washington. The power of the NRA is formidable and without it I am confident that we would have the same type of gun laws that are found in the U.K. where “knife violence” has become an epidemic.

As a gun owner and concealed carry permit holder, I implore those of you who are passionate about your 2nd Amendment rights to be smart, and don’t play in to the aforementioned liberal strategy of portraying gun owners as reckless, gun toting maniacs that are carrying rifles to Presidential rallies in order to intimidate the public.

Put your passion where it counts: your vote. Find out who your Congressman/woman is (http://www.house.gov/) and articulately and respectfully voice your firm support of the 2nd Amendment.

And support the NRA.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Your'e Not a Rock Star, You're a Public Servant

This is insane. Congress in its self-serving and overly inflated view of their significance and value to the public that they ARE SUPPOSED to be serving, just ordered themselves a HALF BILLION DOLLARS worth of luxury jets!.

These are the same hypocritical bloodsuckers that publically berated executives of the “Big Three” automakers for having the gall to travel to Washington for Congressional hearings several months ago on national television.

Although the grandstanding by these bad actors was transparent, I couldn’t disagree with their sentiment. But now that they are operating out of the public eye and can operate with near immunity under the cloak and dagger veil of Congressional procedure and budget processes, they are committing the same type of egregious, egotistical, and shameful behavior they condemned on national television.

Oh what a difference an audience makes.

Why in the world does anyone think that members of Congress need Gulfstream jets? We are facing 10% unemployment, TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICITS, and these parasites want to fly around the world in HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR JETS with their families to see the world?

Are you kidding me? None of them can figure out how to pay for the health care bill they are trying to shove down the throats of the American public, but they can justify spending a HALF A BILLION DOLLARS OF OUR MONEY so they can travel like Bono and U2!

The pathetic excuse they are peddling to their sycophants in the media is that they need to travel to places like Afghanistan and Iraq to better understand the issues.

I’ m calling bullshit.

The military is making regular flights from bases all over the world to any place these lying, pocket lining, con men and women want or need to travel. When celebrities that travel to areas like Afghanistan and Iraq to entertain the troops they fly on military transports. If it’s good enough for entertainers who PAY TAXES why isn’t it good enough for the parasites that LIVE OFF TAXES? Anywhere else they need to go they can fly commercial, just like the executives of The Big Three that were justifiably thrashed by Congress just a few months ago.

It’s really time, for us as citizens and taxpayers, to demand a stop to the abuse of the public trust by members of Congress. These thieves need to know that we are watching not only their votes, but also their appropriations, and how they use taxpayer money to cover their expenses.

We’ve all heard the “write your Congressman” stuff before. I am just as guilty as anyone of complaining about the things I hear Congress doing; yet not really doing anything about it.

That’s over.

It took me less than a minute to locate my representative on this site: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

I strongly urge anyone who feels like I do to please call, write, or fax your representative and let him/her know that you have had enough. Enough jets, enough trillion-dollar deficits, enough force-feeding of bills that no one reads. DEMAND accountability. POLITELY YET FIRMLY let them know that you and your family actually know that it is Congress who is the either the problem or the solution and that you and your vote are paying attention.

Maybe then, they will too.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Its Your Choice, You Pay For It!

I am having a blast with twitter.

The concept of being able to share a thought instantaneously and simultaneously with (in my case 8525) people who have chosen for some odd reason to “follow” me is pretty cool. I try to keep my twitter thoughts limited to my political points of view mainly because I really don’t believe anyone really cares what I am having for breakfast, what I may be watching on television, or any of the other things that I see posted on other twitter accounts. Not that anyone really cares about my political ramblings either, but hey…its my twitter and my choice.

Choice.

Interesting word with powerful implications. This is how the dictionary defines the word: an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities: the choice between good and evil.
• The right or ability to make, or possibility of making, such a selection: I had to do it, I had no choice.
• a range of possibilities from which one or more may be selected : you can have a sofa made to order in a choice of over forty fabrics.
• a course of action, thing, or person that is selected or decided upon : this CD drive is the perfect choice for your computer.

I love having choices. I get to choose where I live, how I live, what I want to do for a living, what I eat, drink, and what I tweet about. It’s all my choice and I thank God for the right.

But I also accept responsibility for my choices. If I choose to live in a house I can’t afford, its my problem not yours. If I can’t make enough money to pay my bills because I’ve chosen a line of work that I am not successful in, its my problem not yours. And if I eat too much, drink too much and choose an unhealthy lifestyle then that’s my problem and not yours. Pretty simple right?

Not really.

See the other day in order to make a point about less government and not more, I sarcastically suggested that Obama appoint a “Fat Czar” to determine how much we should all weigh and then levy additional taxes on those who fall outside the government mandated weight limits to help off-set the $147 BILLION that is spent each year treating obesity related health care issues.

My thinking was that sense the majority of Americans are overweight (myself included) that I could use the suggestion to point out to those who are blindly allowing the government to take over health care in this country and enable the government to dictate how medical care is dispensed and to whom, just how insane the current healthcare proposal really is. No one would want some government jackass weighing him or her in once a month to determine his or her tax rate right?

But save for a few who got my point, the vast majority of people who responded had some pretty ugly things to say about me. Many thought I was a bigot (not sure how that works since I too am about 25lbs overweight and would either have to slim down or pay up), evil, ignorant, and all kinds of other vile comments too numerous to list here.

Many people informed me that most fat people (yes its fat so get over it) are fat because its genetic (wrong) or that its due to other medical issues (wrong again) and I had no right to even suggest such a mean spirited and evil idea.

Then I started thinking about it. Why shouldn’t people who eat garbage food, drink gallons of Mountain Dew every week and let themselves turn into a walking talking heart attacks waiting to happen pay for their own choices?

Obesity and the health issues associated with it, cost Americans $147 BILLION every year! Why the hell should I pay more in taxes so some idiot parent can stuff their fat faces with Krispy Kremes with one hand and shove Whoppers down the throats of their fat kids with the other?

It’s a choice. Take responsibility for it and quit blaming it on your ancestors, your metabolism, Wall Street, The Rich, and George Bush. You choose to eat garbage and live on soft drinks? That’s your choice. Pay your own freight.

What started out as a sarcastic idea to stimulate thought and prove a point actually sounds like a good idea. I have even expanded on it to include anyone convicted of drug and alcohol violations. Since drug and alcohol related disease and injuries are such a big part of our healthcare budget, I propose that anyone convicted of an alcohol/drug offense be taxed an amount equal to 10% of their income for a period of 5 years. Think about the amount of money that would go to states that are desperately trying to provide healthcare to the needy! Or the funds that it would generate to educate the poor and uniformed that drinking and driving is a bad idea!

Come on! We already have “sin taxes” that tax tobacco and alcohol, lets have a “fat tax” that targets those who don’t have a valid medical/genetic cause for being fat and those that abuse drugs and alcohol.

The reason this will never happen is because too many Americans, want their choices and they want someone else to pay for them. As long parasites like Chris Dodd, Charlie Rangel, Nancy Pelosi et al continue to suggest we “tax the rich” and Obama continues to “re-allocate wealth” in the U.S., and the lemmings who follow them continue to embrace socialism, too many people will continue to make poor choices that cost taxpayers BILLIONS of dollars and drain the system of the money it needs for those who need healthcare through no fault of their own.


The other reason is because as Americans we would be forced to look in the mirror and step on a scale and take personal responsibility for one of the single largest costs in America’s healthcare “crisis”. But no one wants to do that right? Why should we when we can avoid the mirror, the scale and any personal responsibility for our own decisions and “tax the rich”?

I can choose to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution, so I am off to the gym.

It’s July 29th and I weigh about 218 lbs right now. I will be down to 190 by September 29th. And I don’t want anyone paying for my choices!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Actually Mr. President..it is you who is acting stupidly!

So our Great Dear Socialist Leader lashes out at police officers who are doing their jobs and decides its appropriate to call them stupid on national television and suggesting they are racists.

Wow. Talk about irony!

Perhaps Great Dear Socialist Leader it is you and your band of idiots in Congress who passed a bail out program that permitted AIG execs to line their pockets with tax payer money because none of you ACTUALLY READ the bill you shoved down everyones throats who are acting stupidly (especially Chris Dodd who lied to the American public once this stupidity was revealed only to have to admit he actually approved the language).

Perhaps Great Dear Socialist Leader it is you and your Czars and aforementioned band of idiots in Congress like Barney Frank (who once had a gay prostitution ring operating in his house) who are trying to cram a health care bill down the throats of the American public that is going to bankrupt this country, while admitting that you don't even understand some of the fundamental provisions contained in that bill, who are acting stupidly.

And as long as we are being honest Great Dear Socialist Leader, your recent statement "But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 … that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately." actually makes me think that it is you who is keeping racial tensions alive in this country by suggesting that the officer you called stupid on national television was also a racist because he arrested a man who by all accounts was creating a distrubance for disturbing the peace.

Perhaps Great Dear Socialist Leader you should read the bills you are selling before you bankrupt this country, and get the facts about the police officers you are calling stupid and racist before you criticize them on national television.