The Flaming Sword; Used Against We The People

October 2, 2012

“Freedom of the press is a flaming sword.
Use it justly; hold it high; guard it well.”

Friends, the time you spend watching this video is perhaps the most important 26 minutes you’ll spend before the election. After you watch it, if you agree, please be sure to share it with as many people as possible.

This is only part of what we’re fighting against. And we must prevail.

Stoutcat

H/T: Bob Owens


How Do We Choose What To Write About Now?

August 17, 2010

You may have noticed that we have only two posts during the past week. Worse, this is after a two-week hiatus. You may be asking yourselves, “Why so little content when so much is happening?” That’s just the point. Where to begin?

If you think it’s easy choosing a topic to write about here at Grand Rants, think again. No, seriously. We have to think again and again ourselves. And it’s only getting more difficult because of the sheer volume of potential rants that occur every day.

Since the inception of “GR” two years ago, the intention of the writers has been to focus on our motto of “Our World Discussed.”  By that, we meant current events, politics, social issues, society in general etc.

Hard work has borne fruit as Grand Rants’ readership quickly exceeded our expectations.  And we’ve been proud of that, even if some of our work would have been better left on the editing room floor.

But as the weeks and months unfolded,  our focus gradually morphed into mostly following the exploits (and exploitation) of the Obama administration as their actions pretty much took over current events, politics, social issues, society in general etc. Acorn. Van Jones. Czar after Czar, avoiding any possible vetting by Congressional approval process. Stimulus packages.  Never in the history of this country has one administration done so much to so many, so quickly as to “fundamentally change” America.

But not for the better.

And it’s not just the Obama administration. It’s our society as well. We seem to have arrived on the corner of Chaos Street and Anarchy Drive because  not only do we suffer from a dearth of quality leaders in the politico who “lead (positively) by (good) example”  but, as a society, we seem to have lost our moral compass. As for our leaders, all they give us are examples of how to rid yourself of any shame for any wrongdoing. Congress (and not just the Democrats) has become Gordon Gecko on steroids. And make no mistake: The American public have been good students.

So then: What DO we write about now? The list is so long… But then, like clockwork, just when I think I”ll have to spend half the day trying to determine which topic is the most urgent, good ol’ Barry Sotero (aka POTUS) says or does something to negate my need to prioritize.

We have a POTUS who has done his best to be all things to all people on both sides of the fence. Apparently, he didn’t get the memo that stated you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

This was most vividly illustrated over the last few days beginning with a White House dinner, celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

In his speech at that dinner, he defended the rights of Muslims to build a mosque within several blocks of Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. By all measures, using carefully worded phrases and emphasis, it appeared he was giving the building of the mosque his blessing, scoring points for himself amongst the Muslims gathered to feast in the White House.

But he followed this a day later by insisting he wasn’t endorsing the project at all. Just the right to build it. The target audience hearing the back-spin was of course, NOT the Muslims who had attended the dinner the night before, but an outraged America.

All things to all people. 

And the President has the chutzpah to think he can still pull it off – or, perhaps, the ego to simply not care.

Mr. President:  You’ve already had you shot at fooling most of the people some of the time: You got elected President.  But you’re not fooling anyone anymore with the exception of those who want to be fooled,  and those too gullible to know the difference.

Perhaps the bigger issue for Obama is how this is unraveling the Democratic Party. On Monday a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader (and tourist sniffing hound) Harry Reid broke ranks with the White House saying the Senator thinks the Mosque should be built elsewhere.

It’s all ’bout them polls, isn’t, Harry?  As the mid-term elections grow closer, look for more Democrats to abandon the Obama Express in favor of saving their own careers.

Rumor has it that Nancy Pelosi is even looking for a new word and it doesn’t rhyme with Obama.

I hope people will see through these self-serving gestures and simply look at the voting records of each of these self-serving turncoats. There, you will find the truth: They HAVE supported virtually every step Obama has taken. And they are largely responsible for the state of the country being where we are today.

The best we can do is remember our values, and hold on to them. And I hope each of you will “remember in November” just who put us where we are.

In the meantime, what would YOU like to see in Grand Rants? More political coverage? Less? More coverage on other day-to-day issues and human interest? 

See? It’s not so easy to narrow down that list, now, is it?

Let us know…

Gerry Ashley


The Fly on the White House Wall: Obama and Sestak Part II

May 26, 2010

After eavesdropping on a call between the President and Joe Sestak yesterday, the Fly now finds himself on the wall of the White House Press Briefing Room, as Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and a familiar figure enter: 

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Gerry Ashley


Time To Add “Recall” Provision To Constitution!

May 17, 2010

“Where’s Your Shame? You’ve left us up to our necks in it…”
                                                “Changes” as sung by David Bowie

It’s a process normally found in Parliamentary governments such as England, Canada or Australia. But given the actions of the Obama administration over the past year and a half (as well as some of the decisions made in previous administrations), one could make a good argument that it’s time we modify our Constitution to add a Recall provision or “Vote of No Confidence.”

Sure, our democracy has the rules of impeachment. But, as we’ve seen, a sitting President can take sexual liberties with a female intern young enough to be his daughter and still walk away holding onto his Presidency simply by smiling and winking at the cameras as he says, “Ah did not have sexual relations with that woman…”

Another sitting President surrounds himself with radicals – including some who are self-avowed communists – for the sole purpose of “fundamentally changing America.”

In the past, when we have elected politicians only to discover some of their biggest campaign promises were lies (surprise, surprise!), it meant an elongated period of war (Nixon’s 1968 campaign promise that he had a plan to end the war within 6 months), new and higher taxes (Bush 41’s “Read My Lips” pledge), or any number of promises of job creations and/or economic upturns.

But when Barack Obama began his Presidential campaign (which is now seemingly in it’s 4th year – and continuing), he promised “Hope and Change”… just the words an America weary with war in the middle-east wanted to hear. 

Obama’s finely tuned campaign sailed through the campaign waters creating a wake the Republicans couldn’t respond to and robbing their sails of enough wind to prevent them from mounting much of a response.

As a result, a majority of Americans, who had sub-contracted thought, reason and any vetting of political candidates to the mainstream media saw and heard only the Obama spin from the likes of commentators who stumbled all over their own metaphors in an attempt to anoint “The One.” In short, it was nothing less than the biggest packaging and selling of media hype since four young men named John, Paul, George and Ringo landed on our shores in 1964. As Limbaugh would say, “For those of you in Rio Linda, that would be The Beatles…”

So like Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43, what’s the worst that could happen under Obama? Wait 4 years and if he turns out to be a loser, we can vote him out, right? Uh…

 Let’s review just some of the damage Obama has managed to accomplish over the past 18 months:

  • The biggest pork-filled bill voted on by a Democratic Congress and quickly signed by the President without the promised “72 hours for the American People to review it.”  It has since been discovered that much of that funding was earmarked for special interest projects and very little of it has actually had any positive impact on the economy… but added nearly a trillion dollars to our debt.
  • Obama has increased our nation’s deficit many times more than the size of the one passed on to him by the previous administration… 
  • While spending non-existent government funds at the fastest rate of any President in history (with the least amount to show for it) Obama has done so while blaming the Bush administration for fiscal irresponsibility (and any other problem we’re facing).
  • Nationalized auto makers with principal ownership going to the government and the unions, totally screwing stockholders in the process.
  • Nationalized banks 
  • An unsustainable Healthcare Reform system that the CBO is only now coming forward with the real costs (over $1 Trillion) which will, if fully enacted, probably bankrupt the United States, throwing us into a Greece-like scenario of strikes and riots (if we can hold out that long from his other spending).
  • Thoroughly embarrassed us around the world, sucking up to people like Hugo Chavez (who openly mocks Obama) and alternating between kissing the ass of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and criticizing him.
  • Grabbing White House control of the US Census in a failed attempt to allow ACORN to handle the resulting redistricting of representation. Only ACORN’s self-destruction from corruption prevented the plan from moving forward (but who knows WHO is handling this now?)
  • A long list of Czars (over 30 of them) who have been empowered by Obama although only 6 of them went through any Congressional approval process. These include “Czars” who will be deciding what kind of pay we should receive for our jobs, how much energy we will be allowed to have (IF we can still afford to have it), WHAT we can eat, what kind of sexual educational materials our children will be exposed to in school… for a complete list of them and what they do, click here
  • Coming soon… A Value Added Tax (VAT) similar to what European countries use in lieu of an income tax. One difference here in America: It will be IN ADDITION to our Federal, State and local taxes. Still believe Obama won’t tax the middle class, folks? Oh, and then there’s a little thing coming up called
  • CAP AND TRADE. Definition: TAXES on energy use by ANYONE using energy. That would cover just about all of us, wouldn’t it?

And, I wouldn’t limit the recall vote to just the Presidency.  Here’s a few others I think deserve to be recalled:

  • Nancy Pelosi  (Speaker of the House) – “We’re going to pass healthcare whether they like it or not.” Oh, and “We’ve got to pass healthcare to see what’s in it.”
  • Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader) is there any explanation really needed here? Shouldn’t we be able to fix it so he doesn’t have to “smell the tourists” any more?
  • Barney Frank – “”These two entities—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—are not facing any kind of financial crisis.”

The point is, why should we have to wait to see how much more damage these arrogant and incompetent individuals can do in their full terms?

It’s time that a RECALL provision and Vote of No Confidence be added to our Constitution. One problem: Guess who we would have to turn to in order to get it implemented?

Oh, goody.

Gerry Ashley


The Abject Failure Of The Obama Presidency

April 6, 2010

Obama’s failure as president may actually be his goal for victory in converting America to socialism.

Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.  Abraham Lincoln, 1864

 

In 1942, William J. H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian minister, released a pamphlet entitled “Lincoln On Limitations”. This small publication included the above quote by Lincoln, but also included 10 well-thought-out statements written by Boetcker himself. Though these 10 statements have been incorrectly attributed to Lincoln by statesmen (including President Ronald Reagan), Boetcker’s proclaimations have become important guidelines in defining democracy …and how to maintain it.  

Now these words take on perhaps an even more important meaning, for they describe in clear terms, exactly how Barack Obama is systematically destroying all that Americans have worked hard to achieve – and died to protect for over 200 years.    

It could not be more clear:  

1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong
3. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
4. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
5. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
6. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
7. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
9. You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
10 You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.   

While the sentiments expressed may appear to be obvious, it’s clear that some people, including many of those in our government, just don’t get it.

But virtually every move the Obama administration has made since taking office counters the overarching philosophy of these 10 tenets.  He’s attempting to bring kick-start prosperity by taking the nation into more and more debt; he is weakening strong companies and families by burdening them with more taxes, punitive tarriffs, and regulations; by continuing and expanding the entitlement culture, he is stealing people’s initiative and independence; he is doing nothing to encourage people to save money and live within their means; and he is demanding that the government do for people what they will not do for themselves.

I don’t know how long America can stand against an onslaught from within.

Gerry Ashley

Note: In the days and weeks to come, we’ll be examining each of these principles in greater depth. If you have any thoughts or examples of how the government is working against these principles, let us know and we’ll include them.


At What Point Does It Become Treason?

April 5, 2010
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In Stoutcat’s current rant, “Oh, Well THAT Explains It“, she highlights yet another arrogant politi-thug who pisses on the Constitution and tells us it’s rain. Just another politician embracing the destruction of America as we know it. This time, however, this politician (Representative Phil Hare, Democrat, Illinois) actually let his guard down and stated ON CAMERA:

I don’t worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest.”

Finally, an Obamanite let’s the truth slip out.

But this begs the bigger question and it’s time to demand an answer from  what’s left of our Democratic Government: At what point do politicians’ actions that work against freedom and the constitution become treason?

Consider: 

  • We have a President who has nationalized two automobile manufacturers
  • He’s nationalized numerous banks and refuses to let go of government controls over those who have repaid their TARP bail-outs.
  • Barring a miracle (spelled “We, The People”), the healthcare system that has been the envy of the world will soon slip into third-world status because of legislation, which is at best, Constitutionally questionable, crammed down our throats in a manner that is, at best, legally questionable, involves shameless bribes for obtaining votes, and forces people to purchase government run insurance or face fines or even prison time if we refuse to do so.
  • Obama now has his sights set on granting citizenship to what could be as many as 40 million illegal aliens in a thinly-veiled attempt to win their votes to protect a scandal-ridden Congress in this year’s mid-term elections and in his own re-election attempt in 2012.  To all those immigrants who came to America in the legal way, this is a giant Obama middle finger sticking up at you… The same finger he waves at the flag, the Constitution, and  so many who came before him and gave their lives to preserve the America he spits on.
  • Obama will then attempt to ram “Cap and Trade” through, most likely in the same manner health care was handled. I’m still not convinced that everyone fully understands the impact of Cap and Trade if it passes. It means that corporations will be fined for using energy above a certain level (to be determined by the Federal Government). The fines are in the form of Carbon Credits which – surprise, surprise – are conveniently available through Al Gore’s company. This, coupled with Health Care Reform will cripple companies and, essentially, end the free enterprise system as we know it. It is nothing short of hijacking freedom and democracy. Not only will it become fiscally impossible to expand and hire more people,  it will result in numerous layoffs as companies scramble to stay afloat in Obama’s new world or simply pack it in and shut down. Yet, Obama continues to tell us that “creating jobs is my number one priority.” How sad that there are still so many naive people who believe him. And he’s counting on their ignorance to get re-elected along with the naivite of some 40 million new voters, formerly illegal aliens.  

What more will be done by Obama and the politi-thugs of Congress before we call it out for what it is: TREASON? And when the treason is being committed by our own government, who will stand and call it what it is? Who will hold these people accountable? Apparently, it will have to be “We The People” at the ballot box… assuming Obama doesn’t tamper with elections or, for “emergency reasons” postpone them as some suggest he might do.

Keep in mind what kind of sacrifice it took to win and keep freedom and democracy in this country. Since The Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770, millions of lives have been lost or forever been changed in the winning of this freedom and Constitution we so love. All of those who gave their lives or their bodies to the cause deserve nothing less than to have their sacrifices honored and respected by those of us who have been the beneficiaries of their sacrifice.

Certainly the majority in Congress and the current Presidential Administration have failed to do so.

And so it is up to us to heed the call. For if we fail in the mission to pass along the same democracy and the same freedom to our children, we will forever be known as the ones who let the world’s greatest democracy (and greatest hope for others) slip away. And the ultimate shame on our souls will be if we let that freedom slip away at the hands of our own politicians, elected by our naiveté or ignorance.

It would be nice to think our democratic government would be there to back us in our efforts, but when it’s our own elected officials destroying the fabric of democracy, we must turn to the ballot box.  And so it will be. But if Barack Obama opens the floodgates of citizenship and voting rights to illegal aliens in an attempt to secure re-election for the thieves of democracy who place their interests above the country’s, well then, maybe it will be time to call home the troops who have installed democracy in Iraq and ask them if they can help restore it in America.  

Either way, it’s time to look into the eyes of our children and ask a very serious question of ourselves:

What will you stand for?

The answer should be given directly to our children, and our children’s children, with the knowledge that they will live in the land resulting from the consequences of our answer to that question.

Gerry Ashley


Why the 2010 Census Ticks Me Off

February 25, 2010


When it comes to the census, forget about the cheap politics involved. (As you may recall, one of the first things Obama did when he took office was to snatch the power of the U.S. Census from the Commerce Department and pull it directly into the White House… To control the Census is to control how state populations are counted and therefore how representation is doled out.)

But just forget about that. That’s the kind of crap we’ve come to expect from D.C…

Here’s the math that drives me crazy…

In 1970 it cost $1.22 per person to count every person in the United States – all 203.3 million of us.

In 2010, it’s projected to cost $45.31 per person to make the count.

Why such a vast difference? Well, there are two main factors: inflation and population growth. Fair enough. In today’s economy, a 1970’s dollar doesn’t buy much. In fact, due to inflation, it would take $5.58 to equal that old single-buck buying power.

Add to that the fact that our population has grown by a factor of 1.5, and you should start to see a Census cost per person count (in today’s dollars) of $10.25 [$1.22 *5.58*1.5]. Heck, let’s completely ignore the phenomenal efficiency of 40 years of technological revolution and call it an even $15 per person. This nets out to $5 billion for the entire Census count (and that’s an extremely generous estimate).

Instead, the actual projected amount for the 2010 Census is actually about $14.3 billion.

And why do you suppose it will cost $45.31 per person (just toss in a sleaze factor of three) in 2010 for a system that will no doubt be crooked as hell? You do the math.

Yeah, I’m ticked. You should be, too.

Alan Speakman


Beck Goes For Broke

August 26, 2009
In Exposé Of Obama’s Czars

I’m concerned for Glenn Beck. I’m not kidding. He has spent the past year researching and exposing the real Barack Obama and documenting his hidden agenda for re-shaping America in his image of socialism. And this week on his TV show, he is pulling out all the stops in a segment called “The New Republic – America’s Future.” 

It’s a future we’d better hope never materializes. But it’s going to be up to the American people to step up now to make sure of that. And the only effective way of accomplishing this is to educate ourselves. Beck has been digging into the facts and has managed to save us some time with his presentation on his nightly Fox show.   

In order to fully understand Obama and what he’s trying to do to this country, one needs to start by looking closely — very closely — at who he’s surrounding himself with. And I don’t mean in his cabinet.  I am, of course, talking about the Czars. Consider:
  • Obama’s Czars are people who are picked by him and him only. 
  • His Czars go through NO confirmation hearings of any type. 
  • Czars don’t answer to Congress; they only answer to the President.
  • Yet these people help him establish policy, in spite of the fact that there’s nothing in the Constitution that grants them that level of unchecked power.

Given their impact on the implementation of America’s future, we must ask ourselves what we reallyknow about these Czars that are helping Obama to design the future of America.

 Let’s take a closer look:

In the first installment of “The New Republic – America’s Future,” Beck exposes Obama’s choice for “Green Jobs Czar,” Van Jones.  And if , by the time you’ve watched this segment (below) you aren’t deeply disturbed, you just haven’t been paying attention.  Take a look:

According to an article published earlier this week on the Swamp (a Chicago Tribune blog), Color of Change, the African American political advocacy group that was co-founded by Jones has organized an advertising boycott of Beck’s program. They claim to have commitments from 36 companies who pledge not to advertise on Beck’s program which has an estimated two million viewers. 

However, as Newsmax reports, the group may have exaggeraged their claims of success, and in fact the strategy may have backfired, as some major advertisers are considering pulling spots from all political talks shows:

Many of the companies the organization lists now deny they have anything to do with the boycott. Newsmax contacted Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, SC Johnson, and Radio Shack, all of which said they have not directed Fox News to pull their ads from the Glenn Beck Program, as Color of Change has stated…

Consider, for example, the corporate response from Clorox. On Thursday, company executives wrote Hill stating: “After a comprehensive review of political talk shows across the spectrum, at this time we have made a decision not to advertise on political talk shows.”

Assuming the pro-Beck backlash continues, that probably means the activist campaign intended to hurt Beck will, ironically, damage Beck’s progressive competitors more than it hurts him.

Lost ads will impact smaller networks such as MSNBC far more than it will affect ratings juggernaut Fox News, industry sources say. 

Now, keep in mind this is only one of over 30 Czars Obama surrounds himself with and  is counting on to “re-structure” the United States. And if you think that’s scary, wait until you get to the bottom of ACORN, the group that has pleaded guilty to Voter Registration Fraud in numerous states – yet Obama has tapped them to handle next year’s Census.

What could possibly go wrong?

 Gerry Ashley


Save The Posturing, Mr. President: “Transparent Procurement For Dummies” Is Available NOW!

March 6, 2009

 

In my previous rant, I mentioned that President Obama wants to close the barn door of government spending, now that all his donkeys and other assorted asses are safely out and all their pork is accounted for.

Yesterday, on National Review’s blog “The Corner,” Roger Clegg noted Obama’s plan to re-design the process for awarding government contracts. Clegg’s main concern seemed to be the awarding of contracts to minority and gender specific companies, thus circumventing the “lowest bidder” format. While I share Roger’s concerns, I also see the issue of the $2,400 hammer based on an award to a company whose interests are represented by lobbyists.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an all-in-one solution? That’s what Obama claims as his goal. But, as is always the case with Obama, Style over Substanceis the issue. Case in point – Obama is once again posing and posturing as he seeks a solution that already exists; once again exposing his naivete. Consider (and if you really want to see your tax dollars spent wisely, I urge you to read the following carefully):

From the article in The Washington Post:  

‘President Obama ordered a government-wide review of federal contracting procedures yesterday,’ and continues with the administration’s desire, among other things, to save money and end fraud, waste, and abuse.”

Toward that end, PrObama has set a goal of having Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag work with Cabinet and agency officials to redesign the process governing procurement to make it more difficult for contractors to bilk taxpayers and the playing ground more accessible to independent and mnority contractors.

Perhaps the biggest indication that this is another case of Obama’s “Style Over Substance” governing: William J. Lynn III, a former Raytheon lobbyistwho is now Obama’s Deputy Defense Secretary, will be responsible for overseeing procurement reform. Wait a minute… Wasn’t one of Obama’s campaign promises one in which he pledged that NO LOBBYISTS would be appointed to key political positions in an Obama administration? But I digress. 

The article went on to state:

Although he estimated that a more coherent system could save billions of dollars, several specialists in the field said that most of the financial benefits would not be realized for years and that other changes probably would cost money because they would involve adding employees to manage and monitor contracts.

Absolute Horse CRAP!  With all due respect Mr. President, why do you believe the only wheels that work are the ones invented by Team Obama?   In point of fact, the  job of setting up a tamper-proof procurement system that will guarantee significant savings  has already been done for you! It’s ready to go to work saving taxpayer’s money  TODAY!  It’s a virtually fool-proof system that:

  • Assures saving money by revealing the lowest bid once the bidding has closed.
  • Guarantees transparency and accountability through electronic monitoring throughout the process
  • Prevents contracts from being given to favored lobbyist-backed vendors
  • Evens the playing field for smaller and minority-owned businesses

This well-designed Internet-based On-Line Procurement System is made by a company named  Sicommnet. A quick check of the San Diego-based company’s web site shows that they offer a secure bidding system that is open to ALL qualified vendors from small  independent companies to large corporate icons like Halliburton. Minority-run companies also have an even playing field.

Each business that signs on to their system (for a reasonable fee) can be alerted to any or specific proposal requests or requests for bids in any one of hundreds of traditional categories and subcategories. At the end of bidding, the winning bid is made public (there’s your TRANSPARENCY, Mr. President) so the public can see the winning bid. This gives America’s taxpayers reassurance that the LOW bid is the winning bid and prevents NASA from spending $2,400 for a hammer as part of a pork-u-lous project given to some Senator’s high-school buddy. 

Full disclosure: I spent a year with Sicommnet doing technical writing back in 2000. I have personally seen the design work of the software developers as it has developed over the years. This is a sterling product, but I’m sure if the President’s team scans the Internet, they can find others to compare against. Maybe put THAT contract up for bids…

Gerry Ashley


Breaking News: Obama Switches To Stand-up Comedy

March 4, 2009

This just in from the TIC (Tongue-In-Cheek) News Network:

Washington DC – (TIC) President Barack Obama, in a move some Republicans are calling “calculated to counter his “Doom & Gloom” speeches recently, has decided to add Stand-Up Comedy to his speaking style.

The day after the Senate House of Reps (just wait) approved his pork-riddled $410 Billion, cluttered to the gills with earmarks, Obama announced he will be outlining his proposal for cutting wasteful spending.

(Cue laugh track)

From the AP news story on Foxnews.com:

Obama’s directive would order Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, to work with Cabinet and agency officials to draft new contracting rules by the end of September. Those new rules, officials said, would make it more difficult for contractors to bilk taxpayers and make around $500 billion in federal contracts each year more accessible to independent contractors.

Oh, the sweet irony! One way contractors could be prevented from bilking us out of $500 Billion in federal contracts is to stop passing “Stimulus Packages” costing hundreds of billions of dollars. Simply put, those packages are loaded with over 8,000 slabs of pork. (Do we REALLY need a high-speed rail linking Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Harry Reid?).

Remember the good old days when if politicians wanted to shove a bill down the taxpayers’ throats (and down our wallets), they actually had to do it LEGALLY by presenting a bill with a single point project and pass it in both houses plus get the President to sign it? I think way back then they called that a system of Checks & Balances. Now, all you have to do is have the Congressional Cheerleaders join the President in declaring dire emergencies that can only be solved by spending more trillions of dollars, then attaching all your porcine projects to this emergency legislation and, Voila!  up to 8 Years of Lobbying is now reduced to ONE BILL.

There’s your CHANGE, Obama fans. All that lobbying and screwing of the taxpayers, reduced from 8 years down to 6 weeks!

But wait! There’s More! Act before midnight tonight  and here’s what you’ll get (at a phenomenal extra charge):

No doubt ACORN will receive a $20 million grant to study how to change the whole procurement system.

Gerry Ashley