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CPAC – Newt, Erick and a Big Yellow Chicken

Fausta, ever the social butterfly and networking queen, is off yet again and I’m sitting in THE chair.

Feet are better today, thanks for askin’. Highlights of today so far was an intimate blogger’s breakfast with Newt and then a session on Building a Conservative Coalition Online with Mark Tapscott, David All, Ralph Benko and Georgia Boy Erick Erickson. Great ideas and great discussion. Many of which I will start introducing here at Obi’s Sister in the days to come. But back to Newt for a second. He is just an engaging up close and personal as he is when he’s getting the rock star treatment. Because I’d heard him this morning and was searching for some cell signal in this cavernous hotel, I skipped the SRO big speech. The line to just get in was hundreds deep.

Where to even begin? There is SO much to process at every turn. It is so good to know that I’m not alone in my disgust and disbelief at the current state of affairs! The general mood here is high frustration and a determination to get the message out that not only Obama, but all the liberal lackies drafting in his coattails will wreck us all. And our children and their children and their children.

In the ultimate small-world moment, I even met a guy last night who knows the infamous Obi. Someone in a yellow chicken costume is walking around with a huge check for $1 billion to Goldman-Sachs. Snort.

In the meantime, the world continues to turn and our enemies grow braver. Those who want to kill us and rape our daughters have a gift for Dear Leader. And his ego grows bigger by the day – soon it will become it’s own federal agency.

First CPAC Post – Ouch!

3.5 hours in and my feet are killing me already!

There is so much to see and do and hear – it is truly overwhelming. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) is speaking now and just quoted Samuel Adams -the one about it doesn’t take a majority to rule, but a pesky minority that constantly acts up (para-phrased, of course!).

I’m sitting in this chair, right now!

Earlier, I attended the Media Malpractice session by John Ziegler. During the session, he showed the entire, UNCUT post campaign interview he did with Sarah Palin. This is the same interview that caused a media storm a few weeks ago when some snippets where shown in the usual MSM outlets.

John would show Sarah videos of different interviews (Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric) and different media “interpretations” of her during the campaign. At times, she said it was her first viewing. Other times you could see the hurt on her face – especially when the attacks were on her children.

Practically every answer, sentence, aside utterance was twisted and misreported to fit the MSM’s agenda. She said that her office STILL gets calls on the “is Trig really her baby?” idiocy. She contacts papers to for corrections – nothing happens.

She said during this election cycle, something happened – there was a shift in society and in the behavior of the MSM. Forget fact-checking or balance. The new rules are harsh, unfair and unbalanced. If reputations are trashed or children are harmed – who cares? As long as the ratings are good – let’s make something else up!

The saddest part is that (she and John discussed this at length) if she’d been picked as Obama’s running mate, she’d have been handled with kid gloves.

Oh, for something completely different, I learned about The Rule 5 of Blogging.

Busy, Busy, Busy

Besides the project from H E double-hockey-sticks and my usual fire-on-fire life – I am prepping for an out of town trip! I’m going to CPAC tomorrow! Hopefully I will be able to post a few snippets while I’m there.

I am simply overwhelmed with what is available during the conference. It’s just three days, but the agenda is already inspiring me. I hope this bear of little brain can manage it all.

Pray for me. I hate to fly.

P.S. Stay up to date with the Atlanta Tax Protest. The first Atlanta event is this Friday, at the Gold Dome.

The Gathering Storm – Updated

I’ll say one thing for ol’ Obama. His big ideas of stimulation and subjugation have energized the conservative base like nothing I’ve seen in years. CPAC should be a gas!

Malkin: Rebel Yell!

Disgraced Democrat Sen. John Edwards was right about one thing: There are two Americas. One America is full of moochers, big and small, corporate and individual, trampling over themselves with their hands out demanding endless bailouts. The other America is full of disgusted, hard-working citizens getting sick of getting played for chumps and punished for practicing personal responsibility.

Now is the time for all good taxpayers to turn the tables on free-lunching countrymen and their enablers in Washington. Community organizing helped propel Barack Obama to the White House. It can work for fiscal conservatism, too.

Cicero, who was one of President John Adams’ favorite writers notes that government corruption driven by political greed destroys everything in its path – 2100 years ago! Wonder if Obama ever read that during his “constitutional scholar” days. Fausta outlines today that Obama is not following Cicero’s advice, to the letter. In just the few days since Rick Santelli’s patriotic outburst on the Chicago trading floor, the awakening that was stirring in the breasts of concerned citizens over the “Stimulus” (a.k.a. The Generational Theft Act of 2009) has gained momentum. The White House noticed immediately and marked Mr. Santelli on the top of their hit list. S.O.P. for today’s White House (remember Joe the Plumber’s treatment at the hands of the Obama Press? Just google it.) After all, we can’t have anyone speaking out against Dear Leader, The Won, now can we?

Dan Gainor writes on FoxForum warning President Obama to watch out for ordinary folks like us. Those run-of-the-mill, non-elite Americans will only take so much before they revolt, and revolt we will.

Change came to Washington claiming bipartisanship and transparency. Obama lied on both. The bipartisan bill was rammed through with classic — and sleazy– Chicago-style politics. And how transparent is a process where even graduates of the Evelyn Wood speed reading course couldn’t have analyzed the bill?

Rather than mollify a worried electorate, the Democrats have angered it further. They invoke FDR like some patron saint of populism and expect the masses to march to their tune –- Pied Piper style.

AJ talks of simmering frustration nationwide, bubbling to the surface.

President Obama is rapidly morphing into President O’Blunder, with good reason. People are starting to notice he has no idea what he is doing and has basically lost control. Tony Blankley was one of those who made this observation recently. Tony goes through the now classic litany of Obama screw ups from the tax cheating cabinet to the stimulus disaster. But what is important to note is his conclusions on what this means in terms of Obama’s governing skills:

Whatever the reason, this level of presidential detachment from high policy decision making is dangerous in a White House that has so many czars and other senior players (the West Wing staff is reputed to be more than 130 — about double the usual number) combined with emissaries and strong-willed Cabinet secretaries. It may well lead to what has been called (regarding another country’s government) “the immanent structurelessness to the running of the state.”

Gerard wants Obama to just chill out for a while, do his job and keep his mouth shut. How hard can it be?

Enough with the endless billion/trillion bills and the fat fear mongering. Enough with the angry school marm lecturing. Enough with the big daddy warnings of stiffer punishment to come if we don’t shape up like right now.

Face it, man, every time you talk about saving and creating jobs thousands of people get ejected out of their jobs with a JATO assist from whatever policy you seem to be whipping out at the moment. Every time you speak of the future it gets grimmer.

Lately it seems that all you have to do is glance away from the teleprompter and hesitate and, boom!, there goes another 100 point drop in the Dow. And then, when you find the next sentence and say it, whap! there’s goes another 100 points. I’m not sure if the Dow can sink beneath absolute zero, but I’m not curious to find out.

Evil Genius thinks that Obama (and his entire Cabinet) is winging it. Ya think? I just wish he’d stop campaigning for 5 minutes and govern.

Don Surber has the best idea yet for a bail-out [Emphasis Admin].

401(k)s lost, in total, $1 trillion last year.

Does Obama care?

No?

Did he say about us: “They are as responsible as anyone could ask them to be. But then they learn that acting responsibly often isn’t enough to escape this crisis”?

No. He said that about the people who failed to live within their means.

Those of us who lived well within our means enough to sock a few bucks away are getting the shaft. Our savings are cut in half by the recession and by his irresponsible talk and our savings will be cut in half again by the inflation his reckless borrowing will rain upon us next year.

That 7.29 Misery Index that President Bush gave him will double next year.

Easily.

America would be better off saving the 401(k)s than saving the deadbeats from their own.

Remember that joke about the Grasshopper and the Ant today? It came true when we elected Barack Obama president.

Well-played, sir! At this point, I will die in my chair at work, never able to retire. All because power-hungry Democrats were willing to tank our economy just to win back The White House. Most. Ethical. Congress. Ever.

It gets better. Not only is the “governmental spending” out of control, Obama now plans to tax us to Kingdom Come. Increased taxes – in a recession. Wait just a minute there partner, we haven’t gotten our $13/week tax break yet! Does this man even have a brain? Or just an ego?

Finally, stimulus and corruption and blunders and hypocrisy aside, The Anchoress tells us to enjoy our freedom of speech while we still have it. Yes, that is on The Won’s punch list as well.

Speak up. This is still America – in this nation, for now, you are free to do so. The more you shut yourself up, the more easily others will shut you up, down the road.

Amen, sister!

P.S. Info on the Atlanta Tea Party! (h/t Peach Pundit)

UPDATE: Yesterday afternoon, I gathered with a few other Atlantans who have had enough. Check back frequently at Atlanta Tax Protest as more info becomes available.

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The Obligatory Baseball and Steroids Post

It’s February – Spring Training is just weeks away. Just like Groundhog Day, it is a baseball ritual for some star to apologize for his steroid use. This time it is the Yankee, Alex Rodriguez. (FYI – The Anchoress has never been overly fond of him.) People who don’t follow baseball will know him as Madonna’s latest boyfriend and the supposed cause of her latest divorce. That type of crowd wouldn’t understand what all the fuss is about.

Why A-Rod? Hadn’t baseball been tarnished enough by Barry? Was the lure of the record books for all time so great that you thought the drugs would enhance your performance just enough to get you there lickety-split? Did you think, like every little boy smoking cigarettes behind the woodshed, that you wouldn’t eventually get caught?

Rumor has it that Bud Selig wants to punish Bonds by stripping him of the home run record. Down here in Atlanta, it has been a hot subject. Most people wanted the record restored to its previous (and unmedicated) owner, Hank Aaron, but Hammerin’ Hank was gracious, as always. He says let the record stand. But once Bonds is convicted, let The Selig do what he must. In my heart, Hank Aaron will always be the Home Run King. (I was there the night he hit 715, breaking Babe Ruth’s record, but that is a story for another post, another day.)

In the meantime, let the boys of baseball, both big and small, remember this…

(Cartoon by <a href="http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/opinion/luckovichbaseball/">Mike Luckovich</a>/AJC)

(Cartoon by Mike Luckovich/AJC)

Bow at the Altar

…and empty your pockets, schmuck.

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(Photo credit TexasRainmaker, h/t Fausta)

In other religious news, the High Priestess of Perpetual Startledness has a meeting with Pope Benedict tomorrow. Is it a private audience? Or just another of her fly-bys? This should be fun to watch. Does the micromanaging shrew have it in her to humble herself at the foot of the Vicar of Christ? Or will there be other excuses, lies and bamboozlements? Like Fausta, I wonder if she is cramming her catechism on her private jet flight. Oh, and by the way, Baptists don’t consider communion to be “a community picnic” but a celebration of the flesh and blood of our risen Savior. Pelosi might as well start her own church of “toes in the grass, lies in the breeze” for all she knows of liturgy. As Moe wryly notes,

It’s always exciting when a notorious heretic meets the Pope.

Be sure to watch the news tomorrow night. You’ll know if she was scolded and given penance if there’s very little coverage. The only story the MSM would consider newsworthy would be the one where Pelosi tried to outwit or embarrass Pope Benedict.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Trainwreck

While I may have been quiet of late (a large project at work is dragging me down, both mentally and physically), I would like to thank Larwyn the Benevolent for keeping me up to date with the latest shenanigans of Dear Leader and his goose-stepping minions!

Caleb at RedState opens tonight’s thoughts [emphasis Admin]:

Much was made, during storied campaign 2008, of the notion that we are all one people, needlessly divided. That from the many would come the one. There is not a liberal America, and a conservative America, there is the United States of America, after all. Heal this nation, we heard. Make us one, they pleaded. A lovely sentimentality, that. And an utterly false affectation, of course, as we’ve come to see over the last few weeks.

Despite left-wing bloggers’ Ministry of Truth efforts at rewriting history, to even the most casual observer it should be clear that the vaunted promise of achieving common goals through compromise or “reaching out” was discarded by the new Democrat regime just as quickly as their suit coats and the “The President’s Own” Marine Band. “I Won,” says the One. “So say we all,” say his attendant masses.

What replaced the fiction was what was underneath it all along. The Democrat idea of becoming one nation is the Democrat idea of becoming one party, one mind. When they claim to want to heal the nation, the cure they fix their sights upon is neither stitch nor coagulant, but amputation. In campaign rhetoric this was always hidden behind the media-made veil of the Obama mythos, but in the wake of the stimulus tragedy that veil is lifted. Through with hiding, the totalitarian impulses of the Obama faithful are free to scurry into full view as they raise their voices to declare what is just and what is not, to determine which life is valuable and which is not; an entirely familiar calculus for Democrats, one might add.

More so than usual, something reeks in DC. The stench is becoming overpowering, even down here in the South, when a change in wind direction would send kids scurrying for the house to escape the noxious fumes wafting from the riverside paper mill. The nation’s newly minted President is in over his head and it is painfully obvious he has no respect for the Office he holds or the People he is empowered to protect. Being able to stand above the fray and see what is good for America is a character requirement for the CIC. Any and all personal aggrievements should be put aside, far aside, for their term in office. Otherwise, you just become another tin-pot dictator. For example, in the Send-Winston-Packing caper,Fausta asks

Does that mean that Obama is letting personal feelings interfere with relations with an ally?

Personal feelings? A President putting his personal interests before those of the nation – does that sound familiar? It should – it is the modus operandi for any corrupt Democrat.

Each day brings another blunder. Really, this guy should have done his homework. Siggy shrinks his head a bit. Quite a job, considering how big is has swollen [emphasis Admin].

In fact, the President likes to speak in those high minded terms mostly because we like to hear those things. When we talk about what is good for Americans and nationhood, we flex our identity muscles and in doing so we touch that most emotional side of ourselves. No matter how hard we want to talk about these things in a logical and dispassionate way, emotions always end up dictating the discussion and we talk about what the (often partisan) research really means. The attempt to deal with important issues rationally and reasonably goes out the window.

[…] When free speech is put at risk (see Mark Steyn) the problem will not be resolved with the redistribution of wealth. When non-political endeavors become politicized or are forced to take sides, democracy is weakened. When political correctness becomes a purview of government bureaucrats and ethnic tensions are mediated as if they were engaged in a high stakes game, democratic and civil society becomes in danger of collapse.

When there is no emphasis on a common, democratic and national culture, implosion becomes inevitable. Political discourse becomes warfare with a ‘take no prisoners’ attitude (supporters say it’s OK for Obama to want to talk to Ahmadenijad, but heaven forbid he reach a compromise with Republicans). Religious groups become commandos in unspoken of battles and war, some fought as proxies for ideologues (or worse) in far away places and others fought to influence local culture and identity.

For all his high-flying rhetoric, with expiration dates or not, he has single-handedly set us back decades. At a time when we should be standing our ground, protecting our borders, rallying our defenses – we are being led down a road to ruin. Those of us who see history repeating itself are only seen as nutcases. We are sternly advised not to question the motives behind his first “victory” in Congress, even if it breaks our backs.

Much has been made of the supposed fact that little of this bill bears the marks of the current President; that it all has be jumbled together by a Congress fat with power and seeking to get all its champagne dreams of a quasi-socialist state rolling in one fell swoop. But what if that is only a partial reading of the truth just as all readings of this bill are partial and superficial?

What if, instead, this bill contains – since it is protean enough to contain almost anything – the actual items that outline the most deeply held beliefs of a man suckled at the breast of all the broken dreams that sent hundreds of millions of humans to the block in the last century? What if, as we root about in the endless paragraphs and pages, we do see the outlines, at last, of what this strange and obscure man actually believes and plans? What if nothing is accident and all is intent? And the intent is “darker than a hundred midnights down in a cypress swamp?”

Will we then understand this secretive man? Or is it already too late?

Thirteen Buck Muck

On the way home from dinner tonight (gasp! We were NOT cowering under some bridge, fearfully scanning the horizon for financial Armageddon. We were stimulating the economy by eating out! It is something the Not-So-Wee-Highlander and I do whenever hubby is off singing with his overgrown glee club), we got in to a somewhat snarky discussion of what Obama The Merciful’s $13 gift of my own money might actually buy.

It wouldn’t buy the plate of shrimp I ate, since that was $13.95. I would have to get the child’s plate instead. And water.

It would buy a half tank of gas.

…Three gallons of milk…

…6 drinks and 7 snacks from the school vending machine…

…A cheap soccer ball that most likely would not last the season…

…130 text messages…

…A bad haircut…

…Two pairs of panties from Victoria’s Secret (but only if they’re on sale)…

…Three bags of the puppie’s treats…

…Two bottles of detergent from Sam’s…

…Four packs of Fender guitar picks…

It would NOT make a dent in my mortgage, any of my utility payments, my car payment, my insurance, College Girl’s tuition and mountain of other fees, my grocery bill and all the other bills I’m ambushed by each month. And don’t forget the church offering!

Elizabeth, a.k.a. The Anchoress, asks Michelle Obama how we might spend our windfall. Michelle Malkin remembers her very un-First-Ladylike sneer at last year’s tax rebate checks. Let them buy earrings!

I don’t want to sound ungrateful or anything, but why does he get more than me? I mean WAY more. Talk about wealth envy. He gives me a bad case of it! Oh wait, I know why he’s so special – it’s because he’s in Pelosi’s district!

Playing to the Lowest Common Denominator

Let’s face it, that’s all Barack Obama knows how to do. Baptized in Chicago politics, he doesn’t know how to relate to real Americans, real issues. Dear Lord, I don’t want to see how he will react in a real crisis. Just last week, he bolted the White House, just because he was having a bad day. Oh, Waaah.

The Anchoress has a running-all-day linkathon on the demise of America as we know it.

A little stimuli humor from the mailbag:

Subject: Stimulus Payment Info.
“This year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment. This is a very exciting new program that is explained in the following Q & A:

Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen.

Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China ?
A. Shut up.

The MSM, still in full swoon, embarrassed themselves at the President’s first prime time press conference. Not a single, coherent question of the so-called stimulus that will drive our economy straight into the toilet. Shameful. But what can you expect from the very same press who after two FULL years of touting this inadequate wannabe, swinging away in the softball cages of political manipulation? Some of them may only now be realizing (at least some of them) that perhaps, just maybe, Obama wasn’t a good choice.

Obama falls back on his old habits in his first press conference, testing the waters. He knows that he can outright lie, and he DOES. No worries; his adoring press will never call him on it.

Victor Davis Hanson wisely notes that we are teetering toward an Obama meltdown (normally I excerpt, but the whole thing is just so good, so here it is):

Some of us have been warning that it was not healthy for the U.S. media to have deified rather than questioned Obama, especially given that they tore apart Bush, ridiculed Palin, and caricatured Hillary. And now we can see the results of their two years of advocacy rather than scrutiny.

We are quite literally after two weeks teetering on an Obama implosion—and with no Dick Morris to bail him out—brought on by messianic delusions of grandeur, hubris, and a strange naivete that soaring rhetoric and a multiracial profile can add requisite cover to good old-fashioned Chicago politicking.

First, there were the sermons on ethics, belied by the appointments of tax dodgers, crass lobbyists, and wheeler-dealers like Richardson—with the relish of the Blago tapes still to come. (And why does Richardson/Daschle go, but not Geithner?).

Second, was the “stimulus” (the euphemism for “borrow/print money”) that was simply a way to go into debt for a generation to shower Democratic constituencies with cash.

Then third, there were the inflated lectures on historic foreign policy to be made by the clumsy political novice who trashed his own country and his predecessor in the most ungracious manner overseas to a censored Saudi-run press organ (e.g., Bush is dictatorial, the Saudi king is courageous; Obama can mend bridges that America broke to aggrieved Muslims—apparently Tehran hostages, Rushdie, serial attacks in the 1990s, 9/11, Madrid, London never apparently occurred; and neither did feeding Somalis, saving Kuwait, protesting Chechnya, Bosnia/Kosovo, billions to Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinians, help in two Afghan wars, and on and on).

Fourth, there was the campaign rhetoric of Bush shredding the Constitution—FISA, Guantánamo, the Patriot Act, Iraq, renditions, etc.—followed by “all that for now stays the same” inasmuch as we haven’t been hit in over seven years and can’t risk another attack.

Fifth, Gibbs as press secretary is a Scott McClellan nightmare that won’t go away, given his long McClellan-like relationship with Obama (McClellan should have been fired on day hour one on the job). Blaming Fox News for Obama’s calamities is McClellan to the core and doesn’t work. He already reminds me of Reverend Wright’s undoing at the National Press Club—and he will get worse.

Six, Biden is being Biden. Already, he’s ridiculed the chief justice, trashed the former VP, bragged on himself ad nauseam in Bidenesque weird ways, and it’s only been two weeks.

And the result of all this?

At home, Obama is becoming laughable and laying the groundwork for the greatest conservative populist reaction since the Reagan Revolution.

Abroad, some really creepy people are lining up to test Obama’s world view of “Bush did it/but I am the world”: The North Koreans are readying their missiles; the Iranians are calling us passive, bragging on nukes and satellites; Russia is declaring missile defense is over and the Euros in real need of iffy Russian gas; Pakistanis say no more drone attacks (and then our friends the Indians say “shut up” about Kashmir and the Euros order no more “buy American”).

This is quite serious. I can’t recall a similarly disastrous start in a half-century (far worse than Bill Clinton’s initial slips). Obama immediately must lower the hope-and-change rhetoric, ignore Reid/Pelosi, drop the therapy, and accept the tragic view that the world abroad is not misunderstood but quite dangerous. And he must listen on foreign policy to his National Security Advisor, Billary, and the Secretary of Defense. If he doesn’t quit the messianic style and perpetual campaign mode, and begin humbly governing, then he will devolve into Carterism—angry that the once-fawning press betrayed him while we the people, due to our American malaise, are to blame.

Even Peggy Noonan appears to be coming to, after her big swig of the pre-election “HopeNChange” Kool-Aid.

If Obama thinks it’s going to get any easier, he is sadly mistaken. Now that his inexperience, naivety, arrogance and downright ignorance are trumpeted across the airways, our enemies are doing their finest Snidley Whiplash. Except they are sharpening their swords and priming their bomb fuses – all with America in their sights.

UPDATE: Two must read posts over at Dr. Sanity: one on assessing potential terror risks in the immediate future (that pesky Cheney, why must he gad about, spouting things that are true?!?!) –

Protecting we the people from the insanity of crazed regimes and lunatic groups who are determined to eliminate as many of us as possible would seem like a critical role for an elected government.

(Ya think?)

We know enough to assess that there are acutely homicidal countries and groups out there who want to wipe us off the map if they can. And, it makes you wonder sometimes if we are the ones who are acutely suicidal.

and one on Obama’s self-abyss of narcissism

Barack Obama not only has been hailed as a Messiah by the clueless left, he actually seems to think of himself as The One; and the fatal conceit that he knows how to ‘properly’ manipulate the complex system known as the US Economy is nothing but a grandiose narcissistic fantasy that is doomed from the start.

I repeat, he doesn’t have a clue to what he is doing, or what unintended economic consequences he and the Democratic Congress are about to unleash. But, since we are all in this together, we are all about to find out.

…once the stimulus is passed, no matter what happens, we will be on an almost irreversible course toward socialism and economic suicide.

Cross-posted at RedState

Just Say NO to the Stimuli Corrupti

Dear Lord, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. The Democrats, lead by their narcissistic and equally clueless leader, continue to amaze one and all with the breathtaking depth of their ineptitude.

Fausta lists the many, many facets of the “recovery” expenditures, none of which actually help you or me.

Michelle points fingers at the squishy wobblers, who can’t decide between instant gratification and reelection.

In true form, Obama praises his Congress for the discipline they exhibited in crafting the world’s largest crap sandwich. Now, of course, they are resting from their labors at a posh get-away. No peasants allowed.

Dear Heavens, even the Congressional Budget Office says the stimulus will be bad for the economy over the long haul. Don’t you guys read your own newsletters?

Typically, the new POTUS is not above the typical Democratic fear mongering to grease his buddy’s pockets for their support. Typical. Typical. Typical. It is so obvious, that even other politicians notice. You know that’s got to be bad.

Just tell the idiots NO, often and loudly. Sooner or later, someone will listen to a constituent. Here’s the list, find your senator and give them what for.

Hey! I want to be a Democrat, too!

Grid your loins – snark ahead.

You know, this responsible citizen gig is just not paying the rent. I have needs – NEEDS. A fancy car with a driver, a mani-pedi more than once a year, a nanny/assistant to handle my day-to-day activities, a personal trainer, a personal shopper, a personal stylist, someone just to manage my hair on windy and/or humid days, a beautiful home in a posh neighborhood, a vacation house or two in fabulous spots, everything paid for by those little people who think I’m up in Washington looking out for their sad, meager lives. Hell, I’d even settle for some nice towels without holes in them! Why can’t I be more like the Democrats? Luscious avarice greased by corruption and all the cash I can stuff into the garden box. Why teach my kids values and morals, when if they get coked up or knocked up, I can get my pals in the government health care underworld to handle all those inconveniences away from prying cameras and those pesky moralizing conservatives. Why honor my faith when it’s so easy to turn my back on God?

Like the boys from Armageddon, I don’t want to ever pay taxes again. That should be easy enough – I could even get nominated for some big government job.

Follow the timeline here. Daschle knew he had a tax problem last June; Geithner knew he had a tax problem no later than November. Killefer’s problem dates to 2005. Point being, none of this came as any eleventh-hour surprise to Obama’s vetters … and yet all three were nominated anyway. Exit question: Why? Killefer is expendable but Geithner and Daschle are both crucial to The One’s plans; the former’s his economic quarterback and the latter’s his point man on universal health care. If you know you’re going to have this problem with both of them, why hand the media an irresistible narrative by trying to sneak Killefer in there too? Doesn’t this make Daschle’s nomination even more precarious?

Remember Joe B said it was the patriotic thing to do – pull together and PAY YOUR TAXES. After all, it would supplement the lifestyle I want to soooooo become accustomed to.

Fausta wonders if Daschle will get the same treatment ‘everyday folk’ would get… freeze the bank accounts, seize the house, ruin their lives, you know, the usual.

Trouble like that, well, it just can’t happen to us beautiful people, can it?

The Great Anointed One admits that, perhaps, he chose poorly.

Quoth The One: “I don’t want to send a message to the American people that there are two sets of standards, one for powerful people and one for ordinary folks who are working every day and paying their taxes.” Hello?

Heaven forbid the little people find out there is another set of rules, none of which apply to them. Little trolls, keep running your little habitrail.

I really covet this raise. Can I just legislate it for myself, like they did? $174,000 for a three day workweek. They just gave themselves another raise – to $93,000 each for their petty cash accounts. Petty cash. Yeah, baby! That’s more than the average annual household income of most Americans. Let them eat cake!

/snark

Back to reality – there simply isn’t enough to go around anymore. We’ve slashed and slashed until there isn’t much left to slash. How does a regular person like me make more money? A part-time job will only put me in a higher tax bracket, reducing my net. Same for changing jobs for a higher salary. Do I sell my belongings on eBay? Rent a booth at the flea market? Start blegging here?

And like all the other little people I know, now I get to suffer for the mismanagement of others.

Legislative leaders are saying there is no way to balance the budget without requiring state employees to take a few days off next year without pay.

“You can’t get to $428 million without furloughs,” said Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams (R-Lyons) to the AJC. “We’ll look throughout the budget, and those we can furlough, we will.” end box

[…] Other agencies like the University System of Georgia, have been reluctant to start talking about furloughs.

University System Chancellor Erroll Davis told legislative budget writers recently that he’s “philosophically opposed to furloughs.” More than 40,000 of the state’s 100,000 employees work for the University System.

Davis’ comment did not sit well with lawmakers.

“There is a lot of pain that is going to have to be shared in the budget, and they (colleges) are going to have to participate at some point,” [Rep. Ben] Harbin said.

Why? Why ruin my house when you didn’t care enough to take care of yours?

The Anchoress has a great idea for a stimulus bill – using close to the same method that our elected officials use to come up with budgetary amounts.

…Let’s have a stimulus bill with no roundaboutation: Just give every taxpayer, no matter how much they pay or how little, a lump sum of say $67,372.42 Yes, I pulled that number out of my hat, but I’m pretty sure that’s how Mrs. Pelosi and congress do it, too.

Allow people to spend the money or make mortgage payments with it, and eliminate the many, many middlemen who are waiting around to get bailout money they’ll only mismanage, anyway.

There. That’s it. My 1-2-3 stimulus program.

1) Give all taxpayers that amount of money.
2) Make the Bush tax cuts permanent.
3) Make people who don’t pay their taxes pay them.

You have a better stimulus plan than what Mrs. Pelosi and the Congress are offering? Feel free to share it.

That would certainly pay for a certain someone’s grad school. But there I go again – thinking of someone else before myself. I’d make a terrible Democrat.

UPDATE: Erick is on the same frequency.

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