Daily Archives: February 19, 2011

Anniversary of the Stimulus: Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Two Years Ago?

Two years ago, “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” was signed into law.  The so-called “stimulus” was promised to keep unemployment under 8% by creating millions of new jobs with “shovel-ready” projects.

Now, Mr. Obama admits there is “no such thing as shovel-ready projects.” The “stimulus didn’t really create many jobs, as unemployment is currently around 9%. But that figure is misleading.  Millions of Americans have been jobless for long periods of time (chronic unemployment), and those with jobs remain underemployed (working part-time or temporary instead of full-time).

So, are you better off now than you were two years ago? If you are, does the “stimulus” have anything to do with it?

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The Tea Party Versus The Unions

The battle is heating up in Madison, Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed deficit reduction plan that would reduce public unions’ collective bargaining rights while requiring workers to contribute more toward their pensions and health care.  Now, the Tea Party has descended upon the state capital to counter-protest the unions and show support for Gov. Walker:

Thousands of Tea Partiers gathered in Madison, Wisc., on Saturday, in an effort to rally support for newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s deficit reduction plan.Likely 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain, local Madison and Milwaukee conservative radio host Vicki McKenna, Gateway Pundit blogger Jim Hoff, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher and conservative media guru Andrew Breitbart each took their shots at the union bosses who were gathering their supporters on the other side of the state capitol building.

McKenna kicked it off calling for the Tea Party movement to stay strong and committed.

“They want to think that you don’t matter,” McKenna said, adding that she thinks the union bosses want Tea Partiers to “submit.” “Are you going to submit, Wisconsin? Are you going to bend over Wisconsin?” McKenna asked to resounding “no’s” from the crowd

Cain followed McKenna saying that what’s going on in Madison, Wisconsin is “Ground Zero” for what’s going to happen around the rest of the country. Cain said that union bosses and their crews represent only 10 percent of the population and that they use intimidation tactics to get noticed.

“My assessment of what’s going on out there right now is that the unions, which represent 10 percent of the workforce, they are getting 90 percent of the attention,” Cain said in an interview with The Daily Caller. “The 90 percent of the workforce, which works for the private sector, that voice has not been heard. I’m glad to see that the people here wanted to do something to get the other side of the message out.”

It’s nice to see that the Tea Party movement is still strong and will stand up against the union thugs, who only seek to defraud taxpayers.  The Tea Party helped elect many new statesmen to office, and now is the time for activists to continue their support by counter-acting the astroturf, DNC-sponsored protests against Gov. Scott Walker.

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Michele Bachmann: Wisconsin Democrats’ Dereliction of Duty

In Wisconsin, Democrat lawmakers have left the state to block voting on a budget repair bill that would take away some of the power of public employee unions. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of neighboring  Minnesota has weighed in:

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