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Archive for July 10th, 2011

Care to play ‘Kick the can down the road’?

Posted by Roderic Deane on July 10, 2011

If there’s a cliche that has been used more than any other the last week, it’s “kicking the can down the road”. According to The Online Slang Dictionary, this phrase is translated as:

to procrastinate.

“Kicking the can down the road” has been a favorite metaphor politicians have used to describe someone who is postponing a decision or avoiding an issue.

So, how does this portend our debt crisis? I guess we first have to define the meaning of the term “crisis”, as has been used by countless members of the Obama administration to describe the pending approach to the debt limit.

Is “crisis” an apt word to describe the event of reaching the debt limit? Again, that depends on your view of government funding. Let’s break it down into an easier example that can be understood by all.

You have 3 credit cards with a total credit limit of $15,000. You have watched your balances increase over the last several years and all of a sudden, you’ve maxed them all out. You only have so much money coming in every week and you have to pay at least the minimum on your credit cards every month. What do you do?

In my household, you discontinue using the credit cards and you begin to work down the balances. The problem is this: the minimum payments do nothing to shrink the balances, they only pay the interest on the debt and a small portion of the balance. To make an impact on those balances, you have to pay at least double the minimum payment.

The problem is one of cash flow. You have to dedicate a chunk of your paycheck to pay down those balances. You’ve now worked a payment plan into your budget and are making progress on paying down the balances of your credit cards. All of a sudden, your kid’s car needs some repairs, or a health issue has saddled you with a sizable deductible. What do you do? You run the balances of your credit cards back up to the max and start over with paying them down. Frustrating, but it’s the only avenue you have. You secretly hope for a promotion and a raise, although in this economy, you’re just happy to have a job.

You’re managing your finances the best way you can and it’s frustrating because you only have so much cash flow to deal with everything. But the bottom line is that you do manage.

The federal government has not learned how to manage their “debt limit”. They keep increasing it on the knowledge that YOU and I will have to repay it. This is one screwed up reality and it’s time to change it.

The federal government does not need to be given an increase in their credit limit. They need to deal with what we’ve already given them and continue to give them every year.

Sarah Palin had a great post on her Facebook page yesterday and it’s also posted on SarahPac. In it, she said:

The same “experts” who got us into this mess are now telling us that the only way out of our debt crisis is to “increase revenue,” but not by creating more jobs and therefore a larger tax base; no, they want to “increase revenue” by raising taxes on job creators who are taxed enough already! As Margaret Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That’s where we are now. Hard working taxpayers have been big government’s Sugar Daddy for far too long, and now we’re out of sugar. We don’t want big government, we can’t afford it, and we are unwilling to pay for it.

This debt ceiling debate is the perfect time to do what must be done. We must cut. Yes, I’m for a balanced budget amendment and for enforceable spending caps. But first and foremost we must cut spending, not “strike a deal” that allows politicians to raise more debt! See, Washington is addicted to OPM – Other People’s Money. And like any junkie, they will lie, steal, and cheat to fund their addiction. We must cut them off and cut government down to size.

I couldn’t agree more. The “crisis” that we face is one that is manufactured by the addicts in Washington. Think about someone that is facing withdrawal from their addiction. The common refrain is usually “Man, just this one last time”.

It’s time to pick up the can and say “NO MORE”! The road has just reached a dead end.

Cross-posted on Roderic Deane

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Governor Palin’s Newsweek Article Leads Me to One Conclusion: She’s Running

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 10, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Newsweek, scheduled to hit the stands tomorrow with Governor Palin on the cover and an in-depth article inside, has become available early online. Governor Palin makes it clear during this interview that she believes she can defeat President Obama in a national election. Read the full article here. Below is an excerpt:

“I believe that I can win a national election,” Sarah Palin declared one recent evening, sitting in the private dining room of a hotel in rural Iowa. The occasion for her visit to quintessential small-town America was a gathering of the faithful that would have instantaneously erupted into a fervent campaign rally had she but given the word. Instead, it had been another day on the non–campaign trail, this one capped by a sweet victory: she had just attended the premiere of a glowingly positive documentary about her titled The Undefeated.

“The people of America are desperate for positive change, and deserving of positive change, to get us off of this wrong track,” she told me during a conversation that lasted late into the night and, inevitably, kept returning to the subject that has titillated the media and spooked Republican presidential contenders for months: her political intentions. “I’m not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around,” she said. “But I do believe that I can win.”

Two years after stepping down as governor of Alaska—not a retreat, she later said of the decision, quoting Korean War general Oliver Smith, but “advancing in another direction”—Palin has proved herself an enduring force capable, with minimal effort, of keeping political professionals and, especially, the press in a state of perpetual imbalance. This derives partly, of course, from her standing as a possible presidential candidate with presumed frontrunner potential, a status she seems inclined to maintain for as long as possible. On the day we met, her daughter Bristol had declared in a television interview that Palin had already made a decision about whether to run for president—an assertion that Palin quickly tried to shoot down. “I think Bristol has made up her mind, and Bristol wants me to run for president,” she said. “But we’re still thinking about it. I’m still thinking about it.”

If Palin doesn’t end up running, the reason will be simple, she said. “Family. If it came down to the family just saying, ‘Please, Mom, don’t do this,’ then that would be the deal-killer for me, because your family’s gotta be in it with you.”

Family has been elemental to Palin’s national political identity from the moment she was introduced as John McCain’s running mate in 2008, accompanied by her outdoorsman husband, Todd, and four of their five children, including their youngest, Trig, who’d been born four months earlier with Down syndrome. The press’s fascination with this picturesque brood quickly turned so darkly speculative that candidate Barack Obama threatened to fire anyone in his campaign found participating in the conjectures.

Yet Palin, who is 47, now hinted that her family would not try to dissuade her from entering the race. “My kids know that life isn’t supposed to be easy, and it’s certainly not fair,” she said. “And they know that, even on their end, they have to make some sacrifices for the greater good.”

Be sure to read the entire piece.

Governor Palin is well-aware of the need for a leader who has experience, common sense, love of country, and a servant’s heart. She is also aware that she possesses all these characteristics. It is clear to me that she knows she is needed at this time in history. Everywhere she goes people are begging her to run, to make the sacrifice, to do what’s necessary to put this country back on the right track.

From her own words, I deduce that the only thing that can stop her from taking this all-important, life-changing step is an outright plea from her family not to run. She suggested in this article, however, that her family isn’t asking that of her, and that they understand that it costs to do the right thing, to make an impact, to effect change. I, therefore, make the prediction I have made for almost three years now: Governor Palin is running for President of the United States. I add the prediction that the announcement is coming soon.

REMINDER: The Undefeated premieres this Friday, July 15th. Learn why she’s so confident that she has the record to take on President Obama, win, and lead this country effectively. Click here to see where it’s showing and to buy tickets for yourself and some others. Click here to vote to bring it to your area if it’s not scheduled already.

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Unholy Lib/Beltway Alliance Will Unleash Last-Ditch Ferocity Against Palin Next Week

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on July 10, 2011

The movie about Sarah Palin’s tenure as Governor,”The Undefeated,” will launch nationwide on July 15th. There is under way now a massive support effort by Palin’s followers to ensure the fullest response possible. The week will make or break the “unholy alliance” of leftists, particularly the liberal media allied with the Beltway denizens, who see Palin as a threat to their values and their support of Mitt Romney.

In some ways, what is happening is similar to the so-called “Arab Spring” where a grass roots mass movement has taken on the establishment and, in some cases, brought it down even though entrenched for decades. Yes, the Lib/Beltway alliance has every right to feel threatened as they are up against a person with a Facebook following of over three million, and massive potential resources in  on the ground activists and money.

The alliance, especially the media aspect, grossly over-reached and overplayed their hand with their ludicrous pursuing of the Palin emails. This turned out to be a disaster, as it ruined their themes and gave huge credence to Palin’s complaints of media distortion-and, in fact, persecution.

The shortly-to-be-released movie is a further blow to the media’s campaign, as it shows – as did the emails – a highly competent, engaged administrator who could reach across the aisle, whilst taking on entrenched forces.

If the movie gets traction, then the media will have run out of bullets, and Palin will effectively be Teflon should she run.

It is obvious even to Blind Bill, that the media has pumped up Bachman, whom they would destroy utterly if she somehow got the nomination, as a mechanism to keep Palin from running. 

Unfortunately for them, Bachman is doing an outstanding job of destroying her campaign with ludicrous statements, fluffs, and pledge signings (the latter having energized the Gay community against her). However they will continue as best they can with that leaky vessel, whilst putting everything into next week against Palin to dissuade her not to run and to deflate her supporters.

Next week’s Alliance activities will include:

1. The worst possible reviews of  “The Undefeated” by professional critics, and, of course, the ensuing comments section will be swamped with negativity.

2. Polls will come out (there has been a noticeable dearth of them in the last week, but there will not be in the following weeks) which will purport to show that Bachman is so far ahead of Palin that it would be a waste of time for Palin to even consider running, as she is “yesterday’s news”.

3. Texas Governor Rick Perry will be pumped up as the next shiny object/GOP saviour whose entry into the campaign, should it happen, would also sound a death knell for Palin, they will advise.

4. The social satirists, late night talk show hosts, will mount a vicious anti-Palin campaign. It is noticeable that the mass media liberal cartoon “Doonesbury” has started this already.

5.The liberal blogosphere will criticize any aspect of the movie they can-if a theater is not 100% sold out, they will jump on the fact.

6. The Beltway media commentators will sound Palin’s death knell in concert with the overt progressive outlets like Politico.

Those are just some of the activities to be expected from the unholy alliance next week to try and persuade Palin not to run and to bring her supporters down. In this attempt, they will, as they have so often in the past, fail miserably, as they are totally out of touch with the depth of massively loyal support that Palin has.

ORIGINAL POST AT: M. JOSEPH SHEPPARD’S “A POINT OF VIEW”

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Governor Palin on Newsweek Cover; Says She Can Win

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 10, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Governor Palin will appear on the cover of Newsweek, which hits stands tomorrow. Concerning the presidency, she reportedly told the magazine, “I do believe that I can win.”

Cover photo retrieved here.

(h/t C4P)

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Posted by Ron Devito on July 10, 2011

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