There’s a bad moon rising

This is the laundry list of thoughts jumping to and fro in my minds eye – this the first day after the signing of the most ludicrous and loquacious bill in U.S. History.

*Has anyone else noticed that despite all his efforts in the campaign to mask his true tenor, Obama is starting to come off as whiny, angry and every bit the unqualified and uber-liberal politico that many of us saw him for?

*Speaking of Obama, do you realize that he can no longer address the nation without delivering some type of fear-mongering blow to the American confidence in our nation’s financial security? His choice is to ram his agenda home by placing fear in the hearts of a nation gone soft and while he’s got the votes. It is the only course that could result in the current death march toward socialism, or even worse, the first steps toward some type of global governance.

*Watch the banks as we move forward with the economic stimulus package. If the banks are indeed nationalized, capitalism, as we know it, will fail.

*Our secretary of the treasury, Timothy Geithner, is the man responsible for all the billions of our money moving in and out of Washington. He cheated on his taxes. I feel good about that, don’t you?

Timothy Geithner

Timothy Geithner

*Included in the new spending package passed by the Democrats, at least $50 billion is included to address mortgage foreclosures and will provide money for homeowners from the government to help pick up the tab. I think if anyone should revolt, it should be those living in cardboard. Talk about a raw deal. Additionally, now we have taken a solid step toward government housing. Bread lines, anyone?

*A glimpse of the future. My great aunt lives just 90 minutes outside of Detroit in Canada. She went in to the hospital in her closest major city of about 150,000 people to have surgery on a blocked artery. When she was under, doctors noticed that she had major blockages in several of her arteries and that she had a shadow on her lung. During post-op she had a heart attack. The hospital she was being treated at did not have the capabilities to use a balloon to clear her blockages so she was driven to another hospital. Once there, doctors discovered that not only did they too not have the necessary equipment to unblock her arteries, but also that half of her heart was and had been dead for some time. Apparently the doctors who had just had her opened up at the other hospital failed to note that fact. She was then driven back to the other hospital where doctor’s basically scratched their heads about the situation until she awoke the following day. They immediately started her on a rigorous treatment plan consisting of coffee. That’s right. A stimulant that makes your heart rate increase. After another day or two they sent her home and said in a few weeks they would send a homecare nurse to check on her. No answers. No problems fixed. Nothing but what would amount to a Saturday Night Live sketch of some backwoods hillbillies trying to play doctors. I thought of a slogan for Obama as he continues to push for a system much like the one that left my great aunt clinging to life at home without answers and without proper treatment. Socialized Medicine: Because you’re all to stupid to know better.

*Have you noticed the ramping up of rhetoric regarding the so-called Fairness Doctrine? Watch in coming months as Obama and progressives talk about a need for unity in times of crisis, even ones born of political expediency and bogus hysteria, and how some right thinkers should be more balanced or removed all together to help our nation to return to greatness. Because, as you know, we never achieved anything great while divided…

* Remember when Rahm Emanuel said he never likes to let a crisis go to waste? I guess not.  

*Did you know that the true cost of the stimulus bill will be closer to $3.5 trillion?

*Did you know that the stimulus bill abolishes welfare reform? In fact, it increases welfare spending by $264 billion and also triggers an additional $523 billion in welfare spending in the coming decade. If we were not there before, we are certainly now creating a permanent welfare class that will only thrive under progressive reign.

*Joe the Plumber tried to warn us. With Obama’s plan, for the first time in U.S. history, the government will give cash to those able to work, even without dependants. For the love of Pete. What are we doing?

*A quote that is sticking in my brain lately: “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill

*Do you ever think that everything we are seeing plays out like a made-for-TV movie? I do. Something like: The New Deal II: This Time Its For Real or Gone in a Red Wind or We All Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

*Do you remember when Michelle Obama mocked the $600 stimulus checks being doled out by the Bush administration? She said then that her husband would make real change for American’s to stimulate the economy. Now we know that it amounts to $13 a week, or a whopping $76 more annually than the Bush stimulus checks.

*With his cadenced and hypnotic speech, do you ever wonder if the new president is some sort of droid? Do you think when Michelle removes Barack’s batteries at night that for a few minutes the juice is still running through him and he just spouts off little muddled snippets of his catch phrases, “Change we need, America, Crisis, Petty partisan politics, Petty crisis, Petty change, Change for hope, Hope for crisis, Hope, Hope, Change petty…Cha…,” as she tucks him into his rollaway at the foot of her bed?

Just some of the things floating in my cosmos as a bad moon is on the rise. Thanks for warning us, John Foggerty.


6 Responses to “There’s a bad moon rising”

  1. 1 Willie
    February 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    The Democrats’ push for revamping the “Fairness Doctrine” is ridiculous!

    The government should just issue the broadcast licenses, then get out of the way. We shouldn’t let the government decide what’s “fair” in broadcasting. As we all know, the political party in charge always thinks everything’s fair, while the minority thinks it isn’t. (Like Josh saying Obama is engaging in fear mongering. He — and other conservatives might be right — but it seemed only liberals thought Bush engaged in fear mongering, while conservatives denied it.)

    If you’re going to grant the freedom of the press, then you have to step aside and let the people decide how to use it.

    Conservative talk radio obviously is a big, big business right now. And that’s fine. The public wants it. I’m hard-pressed to think of any liberal hosts that come anywhere near the success of Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, O’Reilly and so on. Even locally, in a Pittsburgh radio market where Democrats often win the significant elections, Honsberger and others rule on the radio. And that’s fine. Liberal talk radio must not have a market. I don’t know why. Air America flopped. (Except for Maddow, who parlayed her time into an MSNBC gig.) The marketplace had its say.

    It’s a legit argument, also, that the major broadcast networks lean to the left, while MSNBC clearly has chosen to be the ideological opposite of Fox News. If you study CNN, you could probably say that its coverage leans to the left, although I think it does a much better job than any of the networks in attempting to invite intelligent conservatives (David Gergen, Amy Holmes, Bill Bennett, Alex Castellanos, Ed Rollins) to debate its stable of predictable ex-Clintonites (Paul Begala, James Carville, Donna Brazille). Fox News and MSNBC just offer up tokens from the other side so they can beat them down and appear the intellectual victor. I don’t know if I’ve ever even seen Olbermann have a conservative voice on his show. He just picks people who agree with him and wastes time joking about O’Reilly.

    If you don’t like Hannity, turn the channel. If you don’t like Chris Matthews, turn him off. Find another source.

    At the end of the day, we know ratings are what push coverage. (TV, radio, newspapers, magazines all are in it to make money. At least, the execs are.) Also, viewers like to retreat to their “ideological homes” for affirmation of their political thinking, not be challenged. Obviously, we see that on blogs, too. That’s one of the reasons Fox News is successful. It’s not “fair and balanced” so much as it’s fair in this country for a network to exist to balance the biases elsewhere. Olbermann is a joke, a self-professed Murrow who should go back to covering sports full-time. I think they all fail in providing “objective” news reporting, but so few people want that anymore.

  2. 2 Willie
    February 18, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    By the way, the criticisms of Geithner and Daschle regarding their taxes are appropriate. However, I’m just curious if “The Right Side” and its readers will be as harsh toward Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee.

    Somehow the governor, as an elected public employee, regards the amount of taxes owed to her state as a “private matter.” Folks, there aren’t any political heroes on the left or the right. They’re all looking to screw the public on the public dime, if possible. (Just look at Ravenstahl and his $252,000 garbage cans emblazoned with his name and plopped on the streets IN AN ELECTION YEAR! A disgrace.)

    Palin told to pay back taxes
    Posted: 02:11 PM ET
    Palin received per diem payments even though she was staying in her own home.

    (CNN) – Alaska officials have told Gov. Sarah Palin she must pay back taxes on the thousands of dollars she received in state per diem funds while living at her home in Wasilla.

    The Washington Post first reported last September that Palin had billed the state for nearly $17,000 worth of meals and other living expenses while staying in her own home during the first 19 months of her administration, even though the official governor’s residence is in Juneau.

    The news clouded Palin’s self-styled image as a small government reformer, just weeks after she was tapped as John McCain’s running mate. At the time, Palin’s office said the governor was entitled to the payments.

    Alaska administration commissioner Annette Kreitzner told the Anchorage Daily News on Tuesday that the governor’s office had asked the office to review the tax treatment of the per diem payments after questions about the funds were raised.

    Kreitzner told the paper that following the review, the per diem payments will be treated as income and that a revised W-2 statement will be sent to the governor.

    Palin’s office would not say how much she owes in back taxes, or if she would continue to receive the payments.

    “The amount of taxes owed is a private matter,” Palin spokeswoman Sharon Leighow told the paper. “If the governor collects future per diem, those documents would be a matter of public record.”

  3. 3 TreeHugger
    February 18, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Nothing would suprise me about Palin!! More to come I am sure.

  4. 4 CJ
    February 18, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Alright people, if you really want to know how Obama is changing laws behind the curtain go check out http://www.whitehouse.gov, scroll to the bottom and click on “presidential actions” and check out the executive orders to push unions down our throats.

    The should be called “Obama Pays Back the Unions for Getting Him Elected” orders:


    Executive Order: Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects

    Revocation Of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Regulatory Planning And Review

    Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts

    Executive Order — Economy in Government Contracting

    Executive Order — Notificiation of Employee Rights Under Federal Labor Laws

    The card check law will be coming soon, either through Congress or via an executive order.

    Who in their right minds would want to give up their sacred right to a secret ballot?

    Under the Employee Free Choice Act, instead of forcing a secret ballot vote after 30% of the company’s employees sign union cards, they will automaticly be represented by a union if 51% of the employees sign union cards.

    Remember the old days of union thugs smashing your car, vandalizing your home, threatening you and your family?

    Those days will be coming back if this law is passed.

    Usually people sign union cards to get the thugs off of thier backs, then vote against the union in private, but now their will be no privacy.

    Change is coming and it is not for the good of the little people.

    Obama is paying back the unions big time.

  5. 5 Frank B
    February 19, 2009 at 4:29 am

    There’s a big difference between Palin’s situation and Geithner’s.

    Palin filed tax returns based upon W-2s provided to her. She wasn’t trying to get away with anything. It’s not her fault that, long after the fact, the bureaucrat accountants decided to treat her per diem payments as being taxable. I’m not even sure that’s the correct tax treatment. Usually per diems are NOT taxable.

    As I understand it, Geithner omitted 4 years of payments from the International Monetary Fund, after SIGNING pledges that he would remit the taxes the IMF paid him. And, lo and behold, he didn’t repay the taxes until he was being vetted for head of Treasury.


  6. 6 TreeHugger
    February 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Oh thats right, I forgot. What Palin does is different.

    Troopergate – http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14481.html

    Wardrobe spending – http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20234976,00.html?xid=rss-fullcontentcnn

    Childrens travel expenses – http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedishrag/2008/10/save-taxpayers.html

    Car wash business/tax evasion – http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2008/09/02/palin_scrubbing_car_wash.html

    Alaskan independence party membership – http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/members-of-frin.html

    More to come – I am sure!

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