Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Woodward Questions White House Sanity over Sequester

President Obama mocked politician’s who manufacture crisis's, in his State of the Union address. How many times have I heard the President cry wolf?  Even if the sky were falling, or the big bad wolf were at my door, I do not believe I would believe it to be true.  In truth the sequester agreement is not a cut in the federal budget.  Sequester is a reduction in the growth of federal spending and a very small reduction at that.  If this fact doesn’t bother you, possibly this one will.  POTUS has the ultimate say in what federal program receives less federal revenue for their budget.Picture

Let’s imagine for one minute what that might look like in a real world.  Consider this; you’ve at the grocery store to buy food for the week and you usually spend $100.00 to cover your costs.  You believed you were getting an 8% raise, so you increased your food budget by 8% (that’s an extra $8.00) and you planned for $108.00 in buying power.  But, then your raise was reduced to 6%, you’ve now adjusted your food budget to $106.00.  You now have a few choices to make about your food purchasing choices.  If you’ve already made a grocery list that uses the full $108.00 and you choose what items not to purchase from your list, based on your priorities.  Or, you can buy everything that is on your list, looking for them to be on sale or a find a coupon to reduce the costs.  Or, better yet, you access your preferred media resource to do comparison shopping and learn where, or what other brands, are available at reduced costs.

When faced with difficult choices a leader knows how to make a plan, prioritize and implement it.  The Obama Administration, with the complicit help of the mainstream media, we are bombarded with one crisis to the next and I refuse to be Chicken Little, or Henny Penny screeching, “the sky is falling, the sky is falling!”

Winston Churchill once said; “The difference between a politician and a statesman is; a politician is always thinking about how to get elected and consolidate power.  The statesman is focused on what’s best for the nation.”

It’s time for We the People to start electing statesmen who will speak the truth and make the choices needed to rebuild the publics trust in government.

YiT ~  Shelly

BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing

Brett LoGiurato | Feb. 27, 2013, 6:53 PM | 733,723 | 733

Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a "very senior person" at the White House warned him in an email that he would "regret doing this," the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over thelooming forced cuts known as the sequester.

CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.Bob Woodward

"It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, 'You're going to regret doing something that you believe in,'" Woodward said. "I think they're confused," Woodward said of the White House's pushback on his reporting.


Earlier today on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Woodward ripped into Obama in what has become an ongoing feud between the veteran Washington Post journalist and the White House. Woodward said Obama was showing a "kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.  Click here to read the full story.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tax Dollars Used for Racist Sensitivity Training

Diversity at its best?  Hah!  Diversity at its worst and we’re paying for it!  Your tax dollars and mine are being used to do this type of diversity training at all levels of government.  It’s time to raise our voices and let our elected officials know how we feel about this type of indoctrination happening with our tax dollars.

If this is happening in adult settings with our government workers, can you imagine what’s happening in the public school classrooms?  I shudder to think as it was shared with me that public schools (who cannot honor Christmas, Easter or any Christian celebration) commonly have special events like Karl Marx Day, and so many other anti-American, anti-Federalist, or anti-Free Market Capitalism.  Our children rarely spend time studying the history of big-thinkers like President Calvin Coolidge, economists such as the late Milton Friedman or Walter Williams.

Is it really any wonder that our nation is publicly $16.6T in debt, a debt that is 74.6% of our GDP now, and an external debt to GDP ration of 99.8%?  Just for kicks I checked out how the State of Washington is doing in comparison, but you should remember that States are actually supposed to abide by a balanced budget.  So, even though the State of Washington appears to be doing much better than the Federal government, Washington State does spend more than we pay-in. The State of Washington has a debt to GDP ratio of 20.5%.  If that made you feel better, try this on for size.  The State of California’s debt to GDP ratio is 20.4%.  But heck, remember that statement from President Obama at the, no so long ago, State of the Union Address? I am paraphrasing here, but the President said;  “We are living at a time where many political parties are manufacturing crisis after crisis.”

What I’m asking you, if you’ve taken the time to check-in and read this posting, have you, will you take the time to contact your political representatives?  Tell them to stop wasting tax dollars.  Tell them that they could start by demanding that we stop promoting events like the one I’ve shared with you here.

YiT ~  Shelly


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Governor Jay Inslee Pushes for Increased Electrical Rates

The 2013 legislative year has just started and our new Governor, Jay Inslee, has become an advocate for higher electrical rates.  Governor Inslee denies that hydropower is green power, if not greener, than wind, solar, thermal, bio-fuels, et al.  The rest of the United States agrees that hydropower is green power.  I guess we know something they don’t?

Governor Inslee states, “promoting hydropower as green power would be a step backwards?”  How can someone achieve his level of political power and not understand basic physics?  Or, how can anyone deny that hydro-power (which the State of Washington has a lot of) meets green energy standards?  There’s no common sense in his thought process?  Is there an ulterior motive that we are not being told?  Could any of this be interconnected to the Native Indian’s push to shut down and remove dams in Washington State?  Could any of this be related to the Earth First, Re-wilding Project?  We must ask Governor Inslee why?  And, please do not accept answers that fly in the face of logic.  Wind and solar power, both require fossil fuels and precious metals to be extracted to produce their structures.  The amount of power they create is miniscule in comparison to hydro, natural gas, nuclear or fossil fuels.  Their mere existence for operation, wastes more beautiful natural landscape than I can imagine, kills birds, sterilizes the soil and wastes precious resources above and below the earth.  That doesn’t even begin to deal with its effect on the cost of power, one of our most basic needs.  We have the ability to deliver energy in plentiful supply, to insure that it is affordable and does not waste more power than it produces.

Please contact Governor Inslee and weigh-in on this issue.  While you’re at it, ask him to slow down on implementation of health exchanges in Washington State.  Everyday I read horror stories on the affect that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is having on health insurance costs.  The term Health Care means caring for peoples health and governments role in this process is just wrong.

YiT ~  Shelly

David Horsey / Los Angeles Times

New Western governor sets his sights on climate change solutions

January 18, 2013 | By David Horsey / Los Angeles Times

When we were classmates at Ingraham High School in Seattle, Jay Inslee was quarterback of the football team and a key player on the state champion basketball squad. I was a fledgling cartoonist and editorial writer on the student newspaper. On Wednesday afternoon, as I watched Inslee shoot hoops with his buddies under the new backboard he had just put up on his garage, it struck me that some things have not changed. It was still basketballs for him, cartoons for me.

But, in truth, the change is rather dramatic. My bio now starts with the phrase “two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner.” Inslee, as a congressman, threw elbows and blocked shots on the White House basketball court with President Obama. And now, that hoop and net he just installed is attached to the garage outside the governor's mansion in Olympia, Wash. As of Wednesday, his bio has a new top line: 23rd governor of the state of Washington. Click here to read the full story.

Inslee says GOP going backward in Senate

Gov. Jay Inslee waded into the legislative fray Wednesday with his most pointed comments so far in state lawmakers’ 25-day-old session, taking aim squarely at ideas put forward by the Republican-dominated Senate majority.

JORDAN SCHRADER; staff writer Published: Feb. 7, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. PST

Gov. Jay Inslee waded into the legislative fray Wednesday with his most pointed comments so far in state lawmakers’ 25-day-old session, taking aim squarely at ideas put forward by the Republican-dominated Senate majority.

“I’m very concerned that the Senate already has gone backwards on two areas,” the Democratic governor said, citing workers’ compensation and clean energy – and then adding a third to his list, a GOP proposal to require parents be notified before their underage daughter has an abortion.

But Inslee stopped short of any veto threat. “I’m developing what I hope will be (a) good working relationship with legislators, and the third week of the session is probably a little early, too early, to start waving around red pens real vocally,” he said.

Inslee took office Jan. 16, two days after a coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats took power in the Senate and elevated one of the Democrats, Medina’s Rodney Tom, as leader of their business-friendly majority. 


“I had some businesspeople in here last week,” Tom told reporters in his office after Inslee’s news conference, “and they were talking about, it’s funny that Washington’s the only state in the nation that doesn’t recognize hydro as a renewable power resource, when we are kind of the front-runners on that.”  Click here to read the full story.