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Thursday, February 26, 2009

US Presidential Line of Succession

If this doesn't scare you, I don't know what will.

United States presidential line of succession

1 Vice President and President of the Senate Joe Biden
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
3 President pro tempore of the Senate Robert Byrd
4 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
5 Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner
6 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
7 Attorney General Eric Holder
8 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
9 Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
10 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan
11 Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
12 Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
13 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
14 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki
15 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Rick Santelli Responds to The White House Propaganda Minister-02/20/2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Important Items of Interest

Have you ever created a link to another site, saved it for later and then just didn't find the time to get back to it? No? Well, maybe I'm alone on that one.

This is Tolstoy's "War and Peace". It is over 1,300 pages long. Would you write a book review on it without reading it? Of course not. (It took me months to read it.)The "Stimulus Bill" is over 1,000 pages long. Considering the amount of money involved, would you vote on it without reading it? Of course not.How many senators and representatives do you think have actually read it? If you answered "none", you would be correct.Think about that the next time you hear someone (like President Obama) say the bill must be passed urgently.

Monday, February 23, 2009

T-Shirt: Socialism Is Great - NOT EXACTLY

I just love where Obama is leading our country, don't you? I for one am not anxious to buy the "Socialism is Great" T-Shirt.

The Market Is Shorting Obama's 'Stimulus' - click for entire article

[...]Yet, from Nov. 4, 2008 through Feb. 12, 2009, the DJI overall fell 18% -- a larger drop than during the Sept-Oct plunge. In January, when the Obama plan, promising far greater deficits than the two much smaller “emergency stimulus” plans signed by Pres. George W. Bush in 2008, was unveiled, the market tanked – the worst January performance in 113 years.

You're PUTIN Me On, Aren't You?!?!

The new slang for irony and/or joking around is now Putin.

"You're being a Putin, aren't you?"
"You're Putin me on"
"Stop your Putin!"

Putin Lectures American Democrats

You know things are out of control when Communist China is lecturing democrats on protectionism and now the former head of the KGB is lecturing US democrats against socialism.

The Right Perspective and Pat Dollard reported:
Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has said the US should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history and not exercise “excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence”.

“In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute,” Putin said during a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.”

Sounding more like Barry Goldwater than the former head of the KGB, Putin said, “Nor should we turn a blind eye to the fact that the spirit of free enterprise, including the principle of personal responsibility of businesspeople, investors, and shareholders for their decisions, is being eroded in the last few months. There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state.”

Putin also cautioned the US against using military Keynesianism to lift its economy out of recession, saying, “in the longer run, militarization won’t solve the problem but will rather quell it temporarily. What it will do is squeeze huge financial and other resources from the economy instead of finding better and wiser uses for them.” Putin’s comments come in sharp contrast to Russia’s own military buildup and expansion.
Unfortunately, the Democrats did not listen.

UPDATE: The Chinese communist government issued another warning to Democrats today-- "Increased borrowing by the United States to fund its massive stimulus package could cause the depreciation of U.S. dollar-denominated assets."
Hat Tip Larwyn.

Found this video today... have a listen.

Vladimir Putin Warns America About Socialism

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Quote by Dr. Adrian Rogers (1931-2005)

Just a little something to think about...

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

~ The late Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931 - 2005 ~

Grab Your Union Card

Unions... based on their historical results, are small socialist governments; aka a gang that professes to protect its own members but only ends up raping them by rewarding those who work hard with the knowledge that those who don't work hard enough will get just as much benefit. Thus it isn't worth working hard at all, so why bother.

Motto: If we are all equally bad at what we do, we will all receive great rewards.

If you are not rewarded for improving yourselves, then there's no point. Why go through all the hassle of learning more or improving your abilities in your line of work if you won't be rewarded for it monetarily. If there isn't a REAL reason for improving your skills, then there's no hurry and no sense of urgency... again, why bother.

The end results are clear. If you have not improved yourself based in your line of work, you will be doomed if and when you have to leave your current employer. This becomes a vicious trap... they have you by the jugular.

Union leader says to union member: "Don't worry about improving yourself because you'll still receive great benefits".

Union leader says to other union leaders: "Don't worry about Joe leaving. He hasn't improved his skills to match the demands of the real world".

The other day I heard a man say that his union works hard for its members. Was he right? Perhaps there are a small handful that give a damn about the average Joe, but for the most part they become much like huge corporations who lose the original intent of why they created their organization. They profess to care about ALL of the members but couldn't tell you the first thing about them.

We have plans to open our own business in the next 18 months and will need to hire employees. I do not fear being successful in "this economy" because I think "this economy" is what we make of it (although the stimulus package is only going to make it worse to the point that "this economy" will be exactly what THEY say it is). What I fear is the government's interference in letting me be successful. If the government insists on regulating and taxing us to death, then we will not be able to keep our company open and thus we will lose the ability to provide jobs in our neighborhood.

I'm tired of politicians and the government trying to make everyone THE SAME. We are not all the same. We do, however deserve the same rights when it comes to the law of the land. We have the right to succeed and the right to fail.

Click picture to enlarge.

DaybyDay Cartoons

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fairness: When does fair become forced? When the government gets involved.

Let's not only make the airwaves "fair", lets make the Internet "fair". Excuse me?

Who is preventing anyone else from utilizing these sources? Is anyone on the Right preventing anyone on the Left from creating their own talk radio show or their own website to publish their beliefs?

What they want is to use an already established venue. They want to use the same stations and the same websites to publish their words and their agenda. They either don't want to or don't have the time to create their own following. They want the listeners RIGHT NOW without working at it. They want to use the "already established" venue so they don't have to go out and do it themselves.

Why? Because they keep failing over and over again...

A little side note:
Do you know how long it took me to create a blog? Approximately five minutes... maybe not even that long.

What takes the greatest amount of time is writing my thoughts regarding certain issues that I feel are important. This is a place for opinions and so are other blogs of this nature. The talk shows are also places for opinion. With opinion there are facts as well but the talk show hosts mostly expound on their opinion of the facts.

Anyone who is an American citizen can do the same thing. Oh, I know there are all kinds of excuses why a person couldn't do it. You may not have the start up money or you may not have support for your goals. Mostly, however, what you may lack is the experience and reputation to back up such a plan. If you want to have a talk show on how politics work, well you better know a lot about politics or have a lot of opinions you can back up with fact.

I could not have a talk show, I do not know enough about political history or how politics work. I look at something that has happened or is happening, research it as much as I can or as much as I wish and then, if I feel strong enough about the issue, I put my thoughts here... in my blog. And by the way, I also have a website that I PAY for called BugDivel.com. That site is used for my writings which are found here and in a few other places. It's not all about politics... although lately, it sure feels like it. If I want a greater following, I must find ways to bring people to my site... I can not demand to use someone else's site in order to benefit myself.

Now if we were a socialist society, then it wouldn't be fair for my neighbor to use a big website to push his product if I couldn't use that same site to push my product. Then again, if we were a socialist society, neither my neighbor nor I may be able to get PERMISSION from our government to even sell products, let alone have an opinion on the subject.

There have been some who have twisted opinion into fact and tried to change history in order to make their opinion hit the school books as truth. I recall the Daily Koos trying something like this when they made Palin's latest child into her daughter's child. The media picked up on this as fact and ran with it, not even bothering to check for truth. I think the real culprit in that was the media who took opinion and turned it into fact. Getting your news from a blog and then publishing it in a national newspaper as fact is not only stupid, it's just irresponsible.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Perhaps the youth of America are creating the next Ronald Reagan; maybe they will be strong

David Drake: Dobson Students Questions Pbama; Policies

After visiting David's site and commenting on the above post, I decided to make a post of my own. Thanks for the inspiration David.

People think the youth of this country will overtake the conservatives and move our government into an even more liberal state.

I think that myself from time to time because so many people leave high school and college wanting to do all the "good deeds" that liberals tell them to do. At one point, some of the opinions my son had were liberal leaning. I realized it was useless to argue the point with him because that would merely add fuel to the fire. I also knew that one day he would get the whole story and make up his mind based on facts. I can get along with just about anyone and if he turns out to be liberal or conservative or any number of other things, I can respect his decision because love runs deeper than opinion.

Today, my son does not agree with liberals nor with Obama's policies.

You may think that's because of my own beliefs. Perhaps a little. The thing is, my son is in that "mom don't know crap" stage and therefore questions me in an attempt to be his own person (and because he desires to know more). He still believes things differently than me and that's perfectly alright; I didn't raise him to be a zombie.

Sometimes that is exactly why young people feel differently than adults... they want to be their own person and think for themselves, even if that isn't what they truly believe deep down inside.

I've been there... I know it's true. If my mom liked watching a certain TV show, I instantly hated it. If mom liked Coke, I couldn't stand the stuff. If mom admitted she use to smoke weed, I was turned off by it. Teens and young adults desire more than anything to be their own person; I STILL do.

But where did my son learn the "other side of the story"? He learned some of it at home and some from his friends... the rest he's surmised for himself by watching and listening to ridiculous claims by the media and politicians. He doesn't need me or anyone else to tell him that if the pile on the ground smells and looks like crap, it actually is crap.

He can't learn conservative ideals or thoughts in school because they teach the liberal side of the coin without giving the conservative side an equal time at bat.

That seems oddly familiar, doesn't it. Where have I heard something similar to that... I wonder. Oh yes... the Fairness Doctrine. Those in favor of it basically claim that liberals need their fair share of time on the airwaves as much as conservatives.

NOTE: I read today that
Obama opposes the Fairness Doctrine even though he "encouraged" Republicans NOT to listen to Rush Limbaugh. I wonder how long before he flip-flops on this one.

Perhaps Mr. BO and others should take a deeper look into our school system because that is where you will find censorship. Our children are taught more by liberals than conservatives; perhaps we need some fairness in the schools? They are being taught one mentality and since it often contradicts what the parents teach at home... they are successful at gaining recruits for their socialistic agenda.

This is why people like
Al Gore go to the schools and tell children that they know more than their parents. This is why he tells them that their parents are essentially stupid and thus they don't need to listen to what they say. If you get the children to turn on the parents, you control the next generation who will abandon their family for the greater good of the government.

Reading about students who say "wait a minute... that smells like crap, so it must be crap" gives me hope. Let us all rejoice that the youth of this country may actually be creating the next Ronald Reagan.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Is your life worth $2,497,651,200?

I was watching a show last night and one of the characters mentioned that a person's heart beats 2.5 billion times during the average life span. That got me thinking, which caused me to break out the old calculator.

The average human heart beats 72 times per minute, 4,320 per hour, 103,680 per day and 37,843,200 per year.

If a person lives to 66 years of age, that would be 2,497,651,200 beats (about 2.5 billion times).

It would take 315 people living to 66 years of age to equal 786,760,128,000 beats… or… 20,790 years for one person to get to that same total.

Almost the same total as the new stimulus package of $787,000,000,000 signed into law on 2/17/09 by Barack Obama.

Think about it… if each heart beat equaled just $1 then it would take you 20,790 years to pay off this ONE debt.

Based on these facts, if you live to 66 years of age, does that mean you are worth $2,497,651,200?

Putting a total on a person’s life is much like putting a total on the value of freedom. The people who put this catastrophe into motion have placed a price tag on the shiny new socialist choker chain made especially for your neck. Want it or not, it's yours to purchase... and theirs to tighten.

Don’t you think your freedom is worth more?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

So Many Threats to America

Outside threats

Ah... but we don't want to talk about outside threats to America... people may actually wake up and realize that their sweet little homes aren't quite as protected as they thought.

Internal Threats

And yet... the Dems (and others) want to take away our guns so we can't protect ourselves against U.S. criminals let alone foreign ones.

RADARSITE: A bill to register and confiscate your firearms!

The liberals are at it again. In a new bill introduced the first day of present session of Congress, and with zero coverage from the MSM, H.R. 45 (Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009) targets all gun owners in the U.S.A.

Educational Threats

Universities are by far some of the worst organizations to teach Americans educational knowledge. An oxymoron, you say? Perhaps. There are some universities of "education" that really should put out fliers stating that they are anti-conservative or anti-Jew or pro-Muslim or whatever it is they feel compelled to stand behind from one day to another. I really don't care what a person's religion is but our government and places like these universities or even public malls are creating anger in our society where it did not exist (or at least wasn't prominent). They bow down to the religious needs of one or two particular groups but push aside the needs of others.

I have always been of the belief that either you provide for all or you provide for none. If these universities can not stand behind the rights of all students organizations, then they should abolish all of them.

RADARSITE: San Jose State students disrupt speech by Israeli diplomat

It is with much consternation and alarm that I am writing to inform you about the unfortunate event that happened on our campus on Thursday evening in the Student Union. Akiva Tor, Consul General of Israel and honored guest of the student group Spartans for Israel, was verbally abused and forcibly driven from the stage by anti-Zionist hecklers. [...] Tor had to be escorted out of the room by a phalanx of security officers and campus policemen. It is outrageous that a foreign diplomat of a free and democratic nation was denied his free speech rights on our campus and mistreated in such an abhorrent manner. [...] Prominent among the demonstrators were members of the MSA and the off-campus group South Bay Mobilization (some of whose leaders met with Hamas on Aug. 24 and were present at the event!).[...]

Threats of Hatred

The further threat to divide our country into groups and create hatred, which in turn leads to backstreet wars. Racism... or at least the perceived belief that everyone must hate someone else because of race because that's just the way people are.

What upsets me to no end is how people search out for causes... they look into the history books and try desperately to uncover something to be angry about; something to protest. Granted... slavery was a bad thing... it truly was. Slavery does not exist in our country (at least not legally) today and we have laws that state that every human citizen have equal rights and RESPONSIBILITIES. At least we SHOULD all have the same responsibilities. Lately, however, it seems that we don't all have to live up to our potential because the government will make amends (or at least some people want the government to make amends) for things that happened hundreds of years ago.

I am quite certain that if I search back far enough into my family's history, I will be able to find some sort of suppression. If we begin to allow our government to start paying people off just because something bad happened somewhere in their past (actually, not "their" past, but instead the past of their great, great, great grandparents of whom they have never met and probably, in some cases, don't know anything about) then we will be paying off people forever and other countries will have to start doing the same thing. Not only will America fall into financial ruins (HA! that's a joke) but other countries may end up with the same fate.

I would like to make note here that I do not know first hand the horrors of slavery... but I would also like to state that no other American can say that they DO know the horrors. We only know history and perceived emotions and facts. None of us have ever experienced slavery from America's past and anyone who points their finger at someone who is not a decendent of a black slave and states that they can not feel what it was like and yet somehow the person pointing DOES know what it is like, is being dishonest and manipulative. You can not know any more than I can know.

We can not keep saying sorry over and over again. It becomes blackmail after a time and eventually is no longer meaningful. If we are forced to apologize for things so far into the past that no one can touch the events with their memory, then it loses it's true meaning. It no longer is about the evil of slavery but instead is replaced with the evil of greed.

RADARSITE: It was going to happen sooner or later.

H.R. 40: Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act
To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

It is strange that a person who never was a slave, whose parents and grandparents were never slaves, whose great-grandparents were never slaves would get money from the government for slavery to their ancestor (providing they can prove that their ancestor was a slave). This is absurd. To get money for what happened to your ancestor will open the flood gates in every nation. I could sue the Egyptians for what they did to my ancestors (a couple of million dollars would compensate me nicely). How about a listing of those people who can sue nations for what was done to their ancestors.

1. Jews suing Italy for the destruction of the Temple by Titus in 70 CE. He even wrote to the Roman Senate bragging about it.
2. The French suing Italy for Julius Caesar's invasion of Gaul 58-50 BCE. Caesar did a real number on them.
3. The British suing Italy for the Roman invasion of their nation in 43 AD by Emperor Claudius.
4. The Romanians could sue Italy for the invasion of Dacia (Romania) by Trajan in 101 CE.
5. Italy could sue Spain and Portugal for the sacking of Rome by the Visigoths.
6. France could sue every Muslim nation for the invasion in 732 CE.
7. Armenians suing the government of Turkey for the Armenian Genocide of 1915. At least they have some survivors of the genocide still alive.

I could go on. During each of these historical events free men, women and children were forced into slavery. Yet they recovered and thrived.

The last time the US gave reparations to a group was to the men and women who were interred in Interment Camps during WW2, not to their descendants. At this time in the history of the US it is time we move away from this idea. We cannot afford it, and it will do nothing but anger the majority of Americans who don't want to even consider reparations to people who did nothing but be born to a family that once were slaves. It is just wrong.

Threats to the Family

Al Gore telling students they don't need to listen to their parents because they don't know things that the kids know is one of the greatest threats to the family unit. The last thing a child needs is to think they know more than mom and dad... that will lead to disaster in all realms of the word. If a child is already having problem with rules... legitimate rules like not drinking or doing drugs or hurting other children or having unprotected sex... or rules like doing his chores or paying attention in school or being nice to other people... if he's already having problems with the basics, how do you think he will react now that a "famous" dude has come to his school and told him that his parents are idiots?

Note: I have mixed feelings about paying attention in school any more. It's sad because I truly want to say to my son that he needs to listen to the teacher because she will only tell him facts and truths about the world. This is becoming a false hope on my part. It's difficult to say "listen to your teacher because she only tells you truth" and then saying "well, that part she told you was actually not something we believe in". Now I look the fool because I'm putting exceptions into my original statement. Either way I am now looking like I don't know what I'm talking about or sway from one decision to the other on a whim.

Gore to 12 year olds: 'you know things older people don't know': listen to the actual audio here!!

GORE: But I'm thinking back now a long way to when I was your age and the civil rights movement was unfolding. And we kids asked our parents and their generation, "Explain to me again why it's okay for the law to officially discriminate against people because of their skin color." And parents try to tell their kids the right thing, you know, usually. I do. And when our parents' generation couldn't answer that question, that's when the law started to change. There are There are some things about our world that you know that older people don't know.
You really should listen to this whole speech because he goes on to use an example of finding out that the Earth was round as a way to show that older people don't know what they're talking about and that the youth are the ones to find the truth. He also talks about burning oil, etc. He even mentions that the planet has a fever again. He goes on and on and it really does bore the tears out of the children while at the same time causing them great fear in what they are supposedly doing to the environment.

Again... it's all about making Americans feel guilty

Al Gore claimed in this audio that our over dependence on carbon based fuels (oil and coal) is the reason for the economic crisis, the wars and the climate crisis. He then claims we must go to solar and wind power to solve it all.

This is what other countries teach their children:
What Hamas teaches the children of Gaza

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Nancy Pelosi states we could lose 500 million jobs each month. Too bad there are only 300 million in America | SHE MAKES THIS STATEMENT TWICE

Here is the first instance of Nancy Pelosi's GAFFE on the fact we somehow have enough people living in America that we could potentially lose 500 million jobs PER MONTH. There are just over 300 million people living here; perhaps she was looking into the future some 300 years or so?

NANCY PELOSI: Well, I believe that - I know that President-elect Obama is a strong supporter of America's workers. I myself am a strong supporter of that legislation. We passed it with a strong vote in the House in the last Congress, and I continue to be supportive of it.

But in terms of what we have to do in the first 100 days, we must address the needs of this country. Five hundred million people will lose their jobs each month until we have an economic package.


PELOSI: What did I say, million?

WALLACE: Yes, 500 million. That would really be a recession.

PELOSI: Oh, no. Excuse me. Thank you for correcting me.


PELOSI: It feels like 500 million. Five hundred thousand Americans will lose their jobs each month until we have a recovery package.

LINK: Will Media Report Pelosi GAFFE??

And here is the SECOND instance wherein Nancy Pelosi makes the same claim!!

Some things to consider.

  • During my search for news reports on Pelosi's mistake... I did not find any of the usual media sources who would have torn President Bush apart for making such a mistake. Nothing from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, etc. I couldn't find it... can you? (if you do, please share)

  • The first time she made this mistake, it was forgivable because we all do make mistakes and it can be especially nerve racking to stand before the public and make statements. No big deal... live and learn and move on.

  • The second time she made this mistake or gaffe or whatever you want to call it... it was no longer even remotely in the same ball park as the original time. At this point either she is a complete idiot who is irresponsible and unreliable or she is trying to cause panic assuming that the media will back her up no matter what she says.

LINK: Pelosi: Pass Stimulus Bill or Lose "500,000,000" Jobs Each Month

LINK: AC Associated: Nancy's GAFFE

LINK: Flash back to some previous Pelosi posts

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What are they really trying to stimulate?

Ultimately here is the problem with "government stimulus." The government does not have wealth, and does not create wealth. The government has money, and can print money but money is NOT wealth.

People create wealth in the things that they produce. It is that wealth that we spend our money on. And that is ultimately what gives our money value. If you have no goods or services to buy then all the money in the world has no value.

Those two ideas being said, the government cannot infuse the economy with wealth, only money, and by printing more money the government devalues the currency. Then you have an inflation problem where you have too much money and too few products so the buying power of your dollar diminishes.

So here at last is how the whole house of cards collapses. In order for our government to give out money in the form of a stimulus in the amount of $825,000,000,000, they must do one of 3 things, tax it, borrow it, or print it. Taxing $825,000,000,000 out of the economy WILL crush this economy; it simply does not have that much wealth to give.

Given that our debt is at the bottom of this economic meltdown and that we already owe over a trillion dollars, who would loan us money. And does it make sense to borrow it given that being “over leveraged” is what got us here.

So that leads to the last solution, print more money. Now if we do that then we will create an inflationary cycle that has not been seen since the 70’s.

Written by Arc

Petition Against the Stimulus Package

Below is the email I received today from John McCain asking for people to sign a petition against the stimulus package.

As to the message it gives... well... I am not in total agreement. We don't need a stimulus package; we need to let this big mess of a "gift" the politicians are forcing down our throats fade away. Past post.

Here is the link:

[no... the letter wasn't actually addressed to Bug... that would just be weird... silly people]

Dear Bug,

Yesterday, the Senate began debate on an economic stimulus package that is intended to get our economy back on track and help Americans who are suffering through these difficult times. Unfortunately, the proposal on the table is big on the giveaways for the special interests and corporate high rollers, yet short on help for ordinary working Americans. I cannot and do not support the package on the table from the Democrats and the Obama Administration. Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt. We need a short term stimulus bill that will directly help people, create jobs, and provide a jolt to our economy.

I believe we need to evaluate every bit of spending in this stimulus proposal with one important criteria - does it really stimulate the economy and help create jobs - if the answer is no, it does not belong in a so-called stimulus package. Furthermore, the stimulus must include significant direct relief to American workers in the form of payroll tax cuts and programs to help homeowners keep their homes. Finally, we need an end game to this stimulus so that when our economy recovers, these spending programs do not remain permanent and saddle our children with a skyrocketing national debt.

I appreciate the discussions President Obama is having with my Republican colleagues, but the time for talking has come to an end and we must now begin some serious negotiation. But as of yet, Republicans have not been given the opportunity to be involved. The House of Representatives passed a stimulus bill without a single Republican supporting it. In the Senate, the Democrat leadership is trying to jam the existing proposal through regardless of reservations from a number of members. With so much at stake, the last thing we need is partisanship driving our attempts to turn the economy around.

I have long been a fighter against wasteful spending in Washington and long an advocate for a balanced budget -- that will never change. I realize we face extraordinary challenges with our economy today, but that is not an excuse for more irresponsibly from Washington. I hope you will join me in saying no to this stimulus package as it currently exists by signing this petition.


John McCain
Chair, Country First PAC

This little picture did NOT come within the email (although, that would have proved interesting if it had). It made me laugh.

May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~