Daily Archives: February 17, 2011

Go Ahead, Barry, Keep Alienating Our Allies

I think Obama wants to be the worst President in history (yes, even worse than Bush). Why else would he alienate all of our allies? Just in the last few weeks, he’s given British nuclear secrets to the Russians, worried Saudi Arabia by failing to support Mubarak, pissed off Egypt by having no clear policy regarding Egypt, and now, for the first time, the U.S. will sign on to a UN Security Council statement attacking Israel.

Great. Obama is continuing his policy of alienating allies and celebrating our enemies. Case in point: Obama gave China and India state dinners, but the Israeli President had to sneak into the White House secretly to meet with Obama.

Obama has the humility to bow down before foreign leaders and apologize for an America he didn’t even grow up in, but he doesn’t have the courage to stand behind our allies? Is it 2012 yet?

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Keep Liberals Away From NASCAR

Some dumb U.S. Congresswoman appears with Elmo to support funding of Public Broadcasting, yet she wants to defund the military’s best recruiting program:

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum is offering an amendment to the House’s federal budget bill that would strip Army sponsorship of a NASCAR vehicle, saying that Republicans who want to tackle excess spending should look to the millions spent on racing.

But NASCAR backers say McCollum ignores the value of the dollar spent at NASCAR. According to Col. Derek W. Crotts, who manages the Army’s NASCAR marketing and advertising program, nearly one-third — 46,000 — of the 150,000 leads Army recruiters get each year come from motorsports events.

McCollum’s amendment, introduced Wednesday, would prevent the U.S. Army from spending $7 million on NASCAR and $5 million on drag racing in 2011 as well as millions more by the Air Force and Navy.

“Taxpayer-funded NASCAR race cars are an absurdity at a time when the Republican-Tea Party is cutting federal support for homeless veterans, law enforcement officers and firefighters. I know NASCAR fans are passionate and patriotic. This amendment gets the government out of NASCAR and gives them the opportunity to encourage the private sector to demonstrate its patriotism by donating a military sponsorship,” McCollum said in a release.

McCollum, who appeared with Muppet characters at a press conference Wednesday to push for continued funding of public broadcasting, argued that too much money is being spent by the government on racing. She noted that the tax deal reached between Republicans and President Obama at the end of 2010 grave breaks to track and facilities owners to fund capital projects at a cost of $40 million.

The NASCAR sponsorships are worth it. NPR and PBS aren’t.  DEFUND THEM, KEEP THE NASCAR SPONSORSHIPS.

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Cairo Comes to Wisconsin

Protesters, unhappy with the government, have taken to the streets. Not in Cairo, but in Wisconsin.  The Governor has introduced legislation that would dramatically reduce the power of state employee unions:

Protesters clogged the hallways of the Wisconsin state Capitol on Thursday as the Senate prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers, including school teachers, of nearly all collective bargaining rights.The nation’s most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the Legislature since Republican Gov. Scott Walker introduced it a week ago. After clearing a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night, it was headed to votes in the Senate and Assembly.

The state employee unions have contributed greatly to state budget bloating, not just in Wisconsin but around the country. A specific type of public employee union, the teacher’s unions, have contributed to problems with education by opposing reforms that evaluate teachers.

In parts of Wisconsin, school are closed because teachers are calling in sick so they can protest:

The state’s largest teachers union Wednesday night called on all 98,000 of its members to attend rallies in Madison on Thursday and Friday, which led school districts — including Madison — to cancel classes for Thursday.

“This is not about protecting our pay and our benefits,” Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell said at a press conference on the Capitol Square. “It is about protecting our right to collectively bargain.”

In an interview, Bell said her message stopped short of endorsing the kind of coordinated action that closed Madison schools Wednesday. She asked teachers who “could” come to the rally to come.

Public employees prove time and time again that they are unfit to hold their jobs.  In the private sector, these teachers would be fired. But since they perform a “public service,” they get to fool around and waste taxpayer money.  Because taxpayer money is at stake, public employees should not be allowed to unionize.

Bloated pensions and expensive health plans have nearly bankrupted the states. I applaud the Governor of Wisconsin and the state’s legislature for having the courage to stand up to the bullies in the unions.

U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has compared the protests in his home state with those in Egypt, saying “it’s like Cairo has moved to Madison these days.”

Our Community Organizer in Chief, meanwhile, says Wisconsin is “launching an attack on unions.”  The full quote:

“Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions…”

I think it’s more like the unions have been assaulting taxpayers, not the other way around.  And some of these protestors, meanwhile, are proving themselves to be quite hateful:

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