Barack the Plumber

October 21, 2008

I was thinking this morning that since Joe the plumber was mentioned so much last night, how would Barack be as a plumber to a blocked toilet in someone’s home.

BO: I can see you have a serious situation brought on by 8 years of neglect.  Now my competitor offers the same old techniques that got your toilet stuffed up in the first place.  We need to study the situation and decide the best way to deal with something that is causing you to have a diminished quality of life……….

Barack will go on for several minutes stating the problem before you realize he has no idea how to fix a toilet.

There used to be an old line about Chinese food and being hungry a half hour later.  I would probably say Barack’s speeches and debates  are like junk food.  It tastes good during the consumption but a while later you realize, you haven’t eaten anything. You are still hungry.

Unfortunately, I fear most Americans prefer junk food to real food and smooth talk to substance.  I pray I am wrong.

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Early Childhood Development vs. Late Term Abortion

October 21, 2008

These are two constituents Barack will never betray : teachers unions and the abortion lobby.  He wants early childhood development which is another way of saying universal government preschool paid by Joe the plumber’s tax dollars.  Once it is government run, it will be unionized by the teacher’s unions so the preschools that we send our children will be run like Los Angeles Unified School District LAUSD.  The parents will then lose any input they have on ciriculum or anything else.   Barack also won’t back down on late term abortions. He is so radical on this, he is against any restrictions even for helping a baby live after surviving a botched abortion.  He claims he would sign a bill banning late term abortion provided it has a provision for the health of the mother. Sounds nice but consider that health can mean anything including the mother would be depressed afterward.  I wish McCain would have asked Obama can he name a circumstance where the mother’s life would be effected one way or another by killing a baby after being removed from the mother. Heck, my health has been effected since having kids. I don’t think I have had a healthy streak more than about two months. This is like him saying he is for nuclear power as long as we have a safe way of storing the waste. We do. It is Yucca Mountain or on site like the French do.  Is it 100% safe? No. Neither are windmills or solar.  There is always a chance a windmill could fall on someone and kill him. So if a baby is able to survive by a miracle a late term abortion without medical care would Barack put it right into government run preschool?

Barack the One

October 21, 2008

We are all beneath Barack. Barack is the one. Barack will “change the world.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/3219308/Barack-Obama-vows-to-change-the-world.html He can make the seas fall.  His impending election can certainly help the stock market fall.  At his heart though, Barack is an elitist.  Barack knows better.  Barack should know better. He has written a couple of navel gazing self discovery autobiographies before he was 45.  I gotta get mine out. I only have a few years but I have a real job and a family and a life so pondering my existence or being arrogant enough to thing others need to read my life story requires an ego the size of…..well Barack.  Anyway I thought you’d like to see this video where Barack mocks Joe the plumber.  Barack and Joe have quite a bit in common.  Barack deals in BS and Joe unstops toilets.  There is some overlap. Here is the mocking video which makes me very angry and outside of LA, San Francisco and NY and Hyde Park Chicago, I suspect will make most Americans angry as well : http://perfunction.typepad.com/perfunction/2008/10/video-obama-mocks-joe-the-plumber-crowd-laughs.html . It kind of reminds me of an oldie but a goodie : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayhill-fowler/obama-no-surprise-that-ha_b_96188.html . He doesn’t know of any plumbers who make $250k a year. Biden here trumpets the same line : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j66LUroXUck This man was aspiring to make this much and probably employ several people along the way oh and by the way fix some toilets which probably benefitted mankind more than all of Barack’s community organizing days.  Hey how about we tax community organizers at a higher rate? Are you telling me voter fraud is more valuable than fixing plumbing?  I tell you, I had a busted sink Christmas day last year and got a plumber to come out and fix it. Perhaps a community organizer would do but they just seem to be able to rig elections, not fix sinks.  At the heart of the matter is this: Barack and the left think wealth is created by government when in reality it is created by plumbers and other people in the private sector.  Barack wants to take this man’s money to “spread the wealth” and “help others behind” him.  Government does not create wealth, it can only take it. Anyone care to wager if Barack were to take all of this man’s money and give it to some random poor person that within five years who would be “rich” and who would be “poor?” My bet is on Joe being rich again and the person receiving a handout, being poor again. People like Joe make the nation richer, people like Barack make it poorer.

Hot air blog has a great post up about lessons to be learned from the Joe the plumber episode : http://hotair.com/archives/2008/10/16/what-we-can-learn-from-the-joe-the-plumber-episode/

Obamanomics Explained

October 21, 2008

Joe the plumber seems to have struck a chord with many Americans and driven the Obama people and the left insane. Speaking of which another plumber has come forward : http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/oct/16/knoxvilles-joe-plumber-doubts-obama-too/ which reminded me of a talk by computer guru Clifford Stoll gave back nearly a decade ago about the folly with putting computers in the classroom. Here is a brief excerpt : from the piece http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA170318.htmlIn the world of 2101, I’ll bet that we’ll still need plumbers… somehow, I can’t imagine drainpipes and toilets that will be unclogged by clicking on an icon. Where’ll those 22nd-century plumbers learn their craft? Today, in the San Francisco Bay area, Web programmers get $30 an hour… pretty good wages. Yet plumbers charge more than twice as much. How come? Part of the reason for that expense is overhead—a plumber needs a truckload of tools while the programmer is content with a computer and phone line. A part of the disparity is due to immediacy: I can live quite well for a month without a computer. But when my kitchen sink’s plugs up, I need a plumber right away. But there’s another, overlooked reason for the price difference between plumbers and programmers. Around San Francisco, every school teaches computing. Almost none teach the trades: auto mechanics, cabinet making, or plumbing. When every student—good and bad—is pressed to become a computer maven, and only the incompetents are allowed to become plumbers, neither our programs nor our pipes will hold water.

My best friend sent me this Obamanomics Explained forwarded email. I do not know the origin but it is the best explanation I have seen for our “progressive tax system” which is anything but and leads to a further marginalizing of society and inevitable class warfare. If one person is paying the tab and the other is eating the meal, the person eating won’t stop until the the other is broke.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers,’ he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.’Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.
But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,’ but he got $10!’
‘Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too.
It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’
‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’

‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Speaking of “sharing the wealth” comes this brilliant idea from powerlineblog http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2008/10
/021811.php
Currently, Barack Obama is outspending John McCain on the airwaves by something like four to one. It seems likely that he will succeed in buying the Presidential election.

But wait! We know that Obama is in favor of “spreading the wealth around” so as to achieve what he thinks is fairness. So presumably Obama will be willing to share his vast resources with the McCain campaign so the playing field will be level for the last weeks of the campaign. That’s only fair, right? What do you say, Barack? And if not, why not?

PAUL responds: Obama didn’t break his promise to rely on public financing (if McCain did too) for nothing.

Shouldn’t McCain emphasize, in the waning days of the campaign, that none of Obama’s other many promises should be believed, in light of the fact that Obama broke this fundamental one? Of course, having kept his own promise, it’s not clear that McCain has the resources necessary to get this, or any other, message out.

McCain the McFunny

October 21, 2008

McCain returning to Letterman. Anyone doubt who Letterman is supporting? He holds his own with some pretty hostile questioning here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCyxoFbn5xM
McCain was very funny last night at Alfred E. Smith Dinner.Here is some excerpts : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j82lhqiAF-M and here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Goaj5V4tZoc&eurl=http://www.powerlineblog.com/

I think McCain is actually naturally funny.  The Smith Dinner was scripted of course but his timing was very good. He really holds his own with Letterman here.

Speaking of funny, my favorite right of center humor site is Iowahawk. He is a genius.  Here are a couple of posts. There is some crude language so if this offends you do not click on these links : http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2008/10/a-vote-for-obam.html , http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2008/10/acorn-files-vot.html and this one from August http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2008/08/page/3/

A Liberal Super Majority

October 21, 2008

The Wall Street Journal editorial page lays out the case here : http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122420205889842989.html

I don’t think there is any wonder that the stock market mirrors movement in the polls. Obama goes up, market goes down, race tightens, market goes up.  Now there is a bit of a chicken and the egg thing here and Obama people would argue that the market going down illustrates 8 years of Bush-McCain….blah blah blah.  I think at least half of the movement within the past month is tied to the devestating effects of a liberal supermajority and the high regulation-high tax-anti-trade policies that would be the natural result. Jonah Goldberg proposes this theory earlier this month here : http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MmViOTNkM2VkMTAwOTJjMGE3NjA1ZmY3NTcwMmQwODg=

I am beginning to think investors should check poll numbers to determine when to buy.

Barack Repeals Two of the Ten Commandments

October 21, 2008

Barack may not reduce the size of government but plans on at least ignoring two of the Ten Commandments namely : Thou Shalt Not Covet and Thou Shalt Not Steal.

PJ O’Rourke makes the case here http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/141kgagb.asp?pg=1 which includes the passage : The Tenth Commandment sends a message to all the jerks who want redistribution of wealth, higher taxes, more government programs, more government regulation, more government, less free enterprise, and less freedom. And the message is clear and concise: Go to hell. Scott Johnson of powerlingblog writes a good piece about envy here : http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1017/p09s02-coop.html

Thou Shalt Not Steal comes into play as the government steals a person’s labor in the form of taxation. Now I am not one of those nuts with the foil hats who thinks Elvis is alive and that no taxation is legal or even preferable. We need taxes to provide for the military, build the roads and do the things we cannot do individually. This does not include charity. Charity is much more effective when not done by government.  Even a poorly run one probably gives away 60 percent to the people they are serving and only keeps 40 percent for overhead. Government overhead can be as high as 70 percent or even worse.  It also is so detached from the people being served that it often doesn’t help them but turns them into government dependent junkies or as Mark Steyn says it redefines the relationship between government and citizen into something closer to pusher and junkie.http://www.ninme.com/archives/2005/11/the_state_of_we.html . But Barack is proposing to be Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor.  Back in the day, however, the poor were poor and the rich were rich and there was no way for someone to move from one to the other. In America, people start out poor and become extremely wealthy and rich people have some bad luck or make some poor choices and can become poor.  We don’t need Obama Hood to facilitate the process.  The fact of the matter is the more taxed a people is, the less free it is.  Economic freedom is every bit as important  as the other freedoms we hold dear. As PJ O Rourke says here : The Bill of Rights protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly, of course. You could hardly call yourself free without those freedoms. But even more important, the Bill of Rights protects your money, car, house and stereo. The Fifth Amendment says, “. . . nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Some alleged defenders of liberty look down their noses at property rights, believing them to be the sordid, mean and grubby side to freedom. But think how little time you spend worshiping idols your neighbors abhor or gathering in mutinous crowds. And when was the last time you said anything more controversial than “Evan Dando sucks.” Now think how much time you spend using your Visa card. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/817337/posts

The problem here is the regressive nature of the progressive tax code that rewards the people at the bottom with booty from the treasury and punishes the people at the top to pay for it.  Economist Arthur Laffer remarked that if we tax rich people to pay poor people, we will have less rich and more people.  Common sense isn’t common particularly in Washington.  I recall a couple of years ago when some ballot measure which failed in California was voted on to tax millionaires to pay for mental health care.  Does being a millionaire cause insanity? So the sad sight of homeless people who are bad need of mental care must be millionaires and just don’t know it? No, this like all liberal proposals regarding taxation are envy and theft, pure and simple. This is class warefare and has been used by the left to demonize people of even modest success.  Do you notice how the only people who aren’t demonized who are wealthy are either celebrities, athletes and lottery winners?  In other words, people who are rich by the sweat of hard labor, delayed gratification, and a series of correct choices in life, they are the problem.

Well, 2 down 8 to go.  Well, maybe 7, I think President Clinton took care of one already.

CHANGE

October 21, 2008

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/3219308/Barack-Obama-vows-to-change-the-world.html
Barack Vows to Change the World is the headline from the above story.

Been thinking today about a lyric in the Rolling Stones song, Sympathy for the Devil which is, “I stuck around St. Petersburg when I saw it was a time for A CHANGE, killed the Czar and his ministers while Anastasia screamed in vain,” which is obviously referring to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.  Come to think of it, one of the main motivations for the revolution was their promise to pull out of the war, WWI specifically.   It was anti-war hysteria that drove that movement for CHANGE.  One hundred million people were murdered as a result. Not all CHANGE is good or for the better. When you hear people say, it can’t get any worse, it can and it has in the past.  Iranians who hated the Shah pray they didn’t bring in the mulahs with the Iranian Revolution. That CHANGE didn’t work out for them or the world.  Ask any Cuban if they think Fidel is better than Bautista. I know Cubans in Cuba will say things are swell but they have a GDP that is lower than 50 years ago. Anyone who jumps on a raft or buick in the ocean to try to flee a hell hole should tell you they are fleeing a hell hole.  The framers of our Constitution liked very very slow CHANGE.  It takes often decades to amend the Constitution for example.  Or that power is split between three branches the are often in conflict, slowing down CHANGE.  Just keep this in mind as you cast your vote this November 4th and if you are supporting CHANGE, remember, you get to vote on the 5th.

Unilateral Disarmament

October 21, 2008

I have been thinking how unilateral disarmament http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unilateral_disarmament has played a factor in this election. McCain’s decision to accept public financing while his opponent “that one” has not has put him at a serious cash disadvantage.  One of the reasons why McCain is having to defend himself in red states is because Obama can afford to run ads against him 4 to 1.   Then factor in the fact that Obama gets an enormous amount of free advertising in the form of most major newspapers like the NYT actively campaigning for him and the major networks including CNN doing the same.  I don’t even mention MSNBC as it appears they are just a subsidiary of the Dailykos.  I do honestly believe that much of Team Obama’s fundraising is probably illegal and not only in violation of campaign finance laws but perhaps even US Law. Because laws don’t require the disclosure of donations under 200, most of Barack Obama’s money comes in under the radar unless we can track down that fellow named Good Will who gave nearly 18,000 in individual donations to Team Obama at the website.  There is even this story about someone making donations using someone else’s card http://townhall.com/blog/g/18e3064f-0946-4a9b-95e0-eb1bc6311f9e.  Ironically Republicans may not be giving to McCain because of his decision to take public financing but be giving to Obama but not willingly.  I guess as the conversation with Joe illustrates, one way or another “Barack Obama gets it,” as Michelle Obama said in another context.  Now if only a President Obama (God forbid)  could take this lesson about the folly of unilateral disarmament when dealing with our enemies.  As it stands right now, he wants to sit down and chat with the worst of the bunch without any preconditions.

There is a curious thing though. Perhaps the polls underestimate Obama’s strength in underfactoring newly registered voters like Mickey Mouse and prisoners in jail who may be forced to send surrogates in to vote for them. Most states do not require any proof of indentification when voting so, when coupled with Team Obama-ACORN’s attempt to affect votes in swing states, it is possible that this will be the second election where Chicago Democrats manipulated the vote after JFK’s razor thin defeat of Nixon in 1960. Cook County (Chicago) put JFK over the top with many dead people casting votes.  As John Fund puts it “Representation without Respiration.”  We also don’t know how the young kids with minds of mush with their lattes, college paid by parents and/or the tax payer, and hope/change t shirts are going to factor in.  Many don’t have phones and we don’t know how surveys factor in cell phones when conducting these surveys.  I think the Bradley effect may be overstated but he does underperform polls.  The amazing thing is according to Zogby (by far the most accurate of pollsters previously), this race is under 3 points nationally which will effect polls in battleground states.  I don’t trust these battleground polls because generally they are not by people like Rassmussen or Zogby.  Regardless Obama is ahead but McCain appears to be closing the gap somewhat. Barack still has a lot of money left but I hope the constant barage of ads will turn some voters off and since I think he wears thin after about 2 minutes of hope and change schtick, 30 minute informercials on every channel at the same time save ABC even delaying the start of the World Series, might tick people off as well.

Colin Powell says he is endorsing Barack Obama this morning http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27265369/ This has been a longer leadup to an obvious result than when we FINALLY found out Clay Aiken was gay. He says it isn’t because Barack is black.  I think it probably is but consider Powell has always been a pretty liberal Republican who I believe was against the FIRST gulf war.  I don’t think this changes anything to be honest.  I think many Republicans, eager to have an African American  in their midst, jumped on the Powell bandwagon. The reality is have many fine African Americans in our party who also line up ideologically with the party : Michael Steele, Larry Elder, Thomas Sowell, and Star Parker to name a few.  We don’t need to pander. Our party freed the slaves and voted as a higher percentage for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than their party.    Our party will free many poor African American from failing schools in the inner city in the form of vouchers, their party has been running those schools and will not change a thing that will betray the teachers unions.

Well, life goes on and off to the pumpkin patch today with the kids.

My Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

October 21, 2008

I took the kids to the pumpkin patch today.  For many of you parents it is a fall tradition.  For those of us living in the city, it is an opportunity to take kids to show kids life on a farm and in this case a profitable family farm.  We went to Underwood Family Farms http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/ who operate two farms in Ventura County California. The first one is in Somis but went to the one in Moorpark. The kids had great fun. There were pony rides, pumpkin paintings, bluegrass music, and many other family activities. We managed to stretch out trip out to the farm for nearly five hours.  By contrast our trip to Legoland just netted over four and a half hours before the meltdown.  We even rode on a wagon pulled by two very strong horses and driven by Mr. Underwood. I knew this because people thanked Mr. Underwood as they left. Mr. Underwood appeared to be a man in his mid to late sixties and this was clearly his family’s farm.  I saw dozens if not hundreds of employees there working the Fall Harvest Festival that continues until Halloween.  They also cleverly had food concessions operated by local charities.  We ordered from the Lion’s Club booth which benefited nearly a dozen charities including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Club.  All in all we dropped about eighty bucks including admission, pumpkins purchased, horse ride tickets etc as well as $27 which went directly to charities operating the food concessions.

Barack wants to punish this man. Well he says he really isn’t so much about punishing his success but to “spread the wealth around,” to the  “people behind him.”  I would be willing to bet that Mr. Underwood and his family has benefitted more people DIRECTLY by providing employement for people, enjoyment for families and an opportunity for local charities to raise funds than community organizer Obama, State Senator Obama and certainly U.S. Senator Obama ever has.  Barack wants his hard earned money, money that Mr. Underwood has used directly for the betterment of many, to give to those who didn’t earn it.  This is the crux of the Obama tax plan, of the Democratic Party and really the entire progressive (regressive) tax system.  It punishes success and rewards non work.

I heard that Senator Biden said this week, obviously very upset about Palin attacks, that “we are all patriots!”  Me thinks thou protest too much.  Didn’t he also say a couple of weeks ago that paying taxes is patriotic?  Isn’t it true that nearly half of the country pay no federal income taxes and Barack wants to tax the top earners to give them another welfare payment? Using Biden’s logic, do we assume those receiving this “tax cut” are not patriotic and the ones being hosed by it, like Mr. Underwood are super patriots? Isn’t by definition the Obama tax cut going to force those at the bottom into being traitors?