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Learn… Or Be Manipulated

You would think that after six years, more people would wise up to how the Progressives use communication tricks to crush their opponents, in some cases making them look very stupid, while they deceive and manipulate those who follow them.  Let me give you a very simple example.  war on women2

During the contraception discussions, did you noticed that a new term was launched and is still being used currently, i.e., “War on Women!”  When this happens, it becomes a coordinated effort to get out a blanket message that will disparage everyone and anyone who opposes their point of view.

In other words, if you disagree with having to pay for a women’s contraceptive products, you are labeled as someone who wants to restrict a women’s access to those products – which is obviously not true.  But the greater damage is done by labeling you as someone who hates women, and is participating with everyone else who opposes paying for the products in what is now called a War on Women.  Repeat this over and over and one would think that everyone who is conservative hates women.  Not even close to being the truth.  It’s a propaganda trick.

war on womenLet’s look at abortion.  It’s obvious that per the Supreme Court, abortion under certain circumstances is legal since Roe VS Wade.  But it’s also a law that Government funds are not supposed to be used to fund abortions.  However, since Obama Care, we are seeing that government funds are indeed, through the mandates to insurance companies, paying for abortions.  When those of faith stand up and say they don’t want their taxes to go for the funding of abortions either directly or indirectly, they are immediately labeled as radicals who are depriving women of their right to choose and are part of this ‘War on Women.’ This is very ugly and very dirty politics.

This tactic has been used over and over again ever since we were introduced to it by Mr. Obama and his team of radical social engineers.  You will find the source of this tactic in the book, Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinskey.  If you oppose spending billions on solar and wind energy by subsidizing companies, of which a high percentage are going bankrupt like Solyndra, you are never allowed to be seen as thoughtful or caring about our tax dollars. Instead, you are labeled as one of those who want dirty air and water.  If you oppose the spending of hundreds of millions on a federal evening school meal program that should be handled, if needed, by the states, ‘you don’t care about kids.’

As Obama is building its dependency class of Americans, you will notice that he and his pundits will always point out the one person who is helped, as they tug on your emotional heart-strings, while never letting you hear about the fifty people who are financially crushed by the cost. Let’s look at one example you may be missing.

I have shown you clearly that the unemployment number being reported by the Government is bogus, as it does not take into account the millions of Americans who have had their unemployment expire and they have given up looking for work.  As a reminder here is the site that gives you the accurate and true figures.  www.usdebtclock.org

Look to the right column and see the number of people who are “actually” unemployed.  Twice that of the ‘reported’ number or about 20 million people.  That translates into a true unemployment figure of over 14%.  Many of those people are in their late 40s to late 50s and have lost their health insurance with their jobs.

So now you are hearing from the administration how these people are being helped by Obama Care.  However, without a job they can’t afford Obama care policies. So, even if they are given a 100% subsidy, while they may have healthcare insurance, most will not be able to pay the high deductibles or co-pays. They may have health insurance, but not the means to medical services.  However, the ‘talking points’ won’t mention that.  They will just tout how thousands of people, who didn’t have health insurance, now do so because of the wonderful program we call Obama Care.  Notice as they give you the number of people who have received health insurance through Obama Care (most of those numbers are greatly exaggerated), they don’t mention the five times that number who have lost their healthcare insurance.

What you will never hear is that millions of working people will pay hundreds of dollars more each month for their health insurance, just in order to pay for those who are not working.  My son is a victim of this merry-go-round.  He saw his insurance go from $350.00 a month to over $900 a month and his deductable go from $3,000 to $6,000.  Even though he makes good money as a middle class tech professional, he’s going without insurance this year but still will pay a fine, sorry, “tax” of over $900. who is exempt from obama care

Obama and his followers don’t seem to care about people like my son or the millions like him.  Voice your opposition to this practice and you are labeled as one who either hates people who are ‘down on their luck,’ or that you are just an insensitive horrible person. You will never hear about how the cost of Obama Care is soaring and how they are not getting the balance of healthier, younger people to sign up and pay the huge over-cost premiums to off-set the subsidies.  They keep pouring on the talking points every day so you don’t think about the damage and politics behind postponing the company mandates.

You only have to ask the right questions to get the truth.  If Obama Care is so good… why did so many Obama supporters apply for, and get exemptions?!!  If it’s so good, why has Obama had to postpone many of the core policies of the law?  Could it be because they don’t want it to become public yet how many more tens of millions of Americans will be hurt by the law until after the next election? If Obama Care is so good, why do you have to be forced to buy it?

You On The Receiving End Are Suckers Who Are Being Used! –

That’s correct!  You may think this is good for you and in response adore the Obama policies and him personally because you think he cares so much about you.  Sorry, but you would be very wrong!  You are just the lucky recipient NOW… the few who are getting the subsidies right now.

Never forget, what the government gives you now, it can take away at any time.  How long before another group of people will be more important to advance their agenda than you?  How long before you will start to see your ‘free stuff’ go away.  Need proof?  Look at seniors.  Obama took over 700 billion from Medicare to fund the first two years of Obama Care.  What do you see happening to seniors?  We are seeing our doctors leave practice or refusing to accept Medicare because their reimbursements are being cut so drastically. My own doctor is calling it quits this year; he’s done with the hassle.  We are seeing our hospitals pulling out of Medicare networks.  It’s rumored that we will lose our Advantage programs next year.  Understand that this is the group, that through AARP, were catered to and given so many great low-cost programs to get their support.  Now they are being thrown under the bus.

raise taxesUnderstand something: as this group of Socialist and Marxist continues their attempt to expand the power of the executive branch, and test the limits of how much they can dictate by changing and/or ignoring passed laws, along with writing regulation through executive orders, the administration is paying very little of the cost for any of their programs, as evidenced by the amount of debt that they are racking up.  Who’s going to pay back all that debt?  Our kids, grandkids and even our great-grandkids? http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/just-explain-it/just-explain-long-payoff-u-debt-145729149.html

So where does this all lead?  Through the manipulation… a divided nation.  Racially, economically, gender, and even generationally.  What is the reality of our increasing debt?

To understand the big picture let’s bring it back down to a personal example:

You decide you want to be president of your local Home Owners Association.  To get support, you change the spending habits of the HOA.  You increase spending until you are spending over 106% of the annual income, giving some members free stuff.

You offer those who are having a problem paying their mortgage a subsidy to help them out.  You borrow the money.  You give to those who can’t afford it, enough money to fully landscape their front yards and put a fresh coat of paint on their homes.  You borrow the money.  You step up the spending by giving all the kids in the neighborhood new bikes and scooters and for those neighbors who don’t have one… a second car.  You borrow the money.

Everyone thinks you are just a great guy and everyone in surrounding neighborhoods are so envious of how wonderful the appearance of your neighborhood is and all the extras your home-owners have.  But then a few years into your presidency, you discover that you can’t borrow any more money… you are cut off.  So you raise the dues by 100%, 200% even 300% on those who are working and have good jobs.  But you find that many can’t afford that and move from the neighborhood, leaving their homes empty. As a result, the debt grows even more rapidly from lost dues income.  One day you realize that you can no longer pay your debts and finally go bankrupt, at which point everyone loses everything.  Debt enslaves us all, and in the end if you can’t pay that debt, you lose everything you ever worked for.

Can’t happen in America?  Think again.  Mathematics don’t lie.  You can take my example and apply it to your own life, any company, any organization and it all works the same way.  Keep spending until you can’t afford to pay your lender back, and you go bankrupt. How many cities in our great nation have already gone bankrupt?  How long before a state goes bankrupt?

Do you remember the famous lines from Titanic?  “She’s unsinkable.” Then after she hit the iceberg her builder, after assessing the damage, said: “She has five compartments taking on water.  Each will fill; flow over to the next until she sinks.”  One of the other men said: “She can’t sink! She’s unsinkable”.   The response was absolute:  “She’s made of iron, Sir, and in a little over two hours all this will be at the bottom of the Atlantic… It’s a mathematical certainty.”

Use your common sense, don’t be manipulated by carefully designed propaganda and social engineering manipulation tactics. Stand up and let your elected officials know where you stand. And in November, do the only thing that can save our great Republic.  Get rid of every irresponsible, self-serving person who voted for Obama Care, Card Check and Cap and Trade and replace them with fiscal conservatives from any party who will care enough to save us first financially.

The rest has to wait, as nothing is more important than getting our country’s financial house in order.   It may mean walking back all the radical ecological policies for a while and exploit our energy sources to provide millions of new jobs. Build the Keystone Pipe-line, expand oil and natural gas drilling on federal lands.

It may mean stopping all the energy subsidies. It may mean not exporting any oil or refined gasoline until the cost of OUR gasoline at the pumps is below $2.00 a gallon.  It may mean sacrificing a few fish in the CA northern valleys while we start producing an abundance of food to bring down food prices.

It may mean lowering taxes for both companies and individuals, so that companies will have the incentive to grow and hire, and for individuals to start businesses and put more spendable dollars in the pockets of average Americans.  And yes, it may mean that some of you who are receivers may need to do everything and anything you can to get off the dole and back to work being productive.  If we don’t… if you don’t… we will all lose in the end and our kids and grandkids will not have the opportunity to realize their dreams in a healthy capitalistic free-enterprise system.

I welcome your comments.

Average American Bob

Tyranny at its best!

Subject:Letter By Laura Hollis Of Notre Dame

This comes from Notre Dame. What a powerful and true letter by Associate Law Professor Laura Hollis of Notre Dame.

A MUST read if you care about your country, your health and your future.

November 20, 2013obama

The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.

The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care – and we allow it. They take away our insurance – and we allow it. They take away our doctors – and we allow it. They charge us thousands of dollars more a year – and we allow it. They make legal products illegal – and we allow it. They cripple our businesses – and we allow it. They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs – and we allow it.

Where is your spine, America?

Yes, I know people are complaining. I read the news on the internet. I read blogs. I have a Twitter feed. So what? People in the Soviet Union complained. People in Cuba complain. People in China complain (quietly). Complaining isn’t the same thing as doing anything about it. In fact, much of the complaining that we hear sounds like resignation: Wow. This sucks. Oh well, this is the way things are. Too bad.

Perhaps you need reminding of a few important facts. Here goes:

1. The President is not a king. Barack Obama does not behave like a President, an elected official, someone who realizes that he works for us. He behaves like a king, a dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists!

And while he moves steadily “forward” with his plans to “fundamentally transform” the greatest country in human history, he distracts people with cheap, meaningless trivialities, like “free birth control pills”! In fact, let’s face it: this administration’s odd obsession with sex in general – Birth control! Abortion! Sterilization! Gay guys who play basketball! – is just plain weird. Since when did the leader of the free world care so much about how people have sex, who they have it with and what meds they use when they have it? Does he have nothing more important to concern himself with?

2. It isn’t just a failed software program; it is a failed philosophy. People are marveling that Healthcare.gov was such a spectacular failure. Well, if one is only interested in it as a product launch, I’ve explained some of the reasons for that here. But the larger point is that it isn’t a software failure or even a product failure; it is a philosophy failure.

I have said this before: Obama is not a centrist; he is a central planner. And this – all of it: the disastrous computer program, the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted, the lies, the manipulation of public opinion, the theft of the public’s money and property and freedom (read insurance, and premiums, and doctors) – IS what central planning looks like.

The central premise of central planning is that a handful of wunderkinds with your best interests at heart (yeah, right) know better than you what’s good for you. The failure of such a premise and the misery it causes have been clear from the dawn of humanity. Kings and congressmen, dictators and Dear Leaders, potentates, princes and presidents can all fall prey to the same imperial impulses: “we know what is good the ‘the people.’

And they are always wrong.

There is a reason that the only times communism has really been tried have been after wars, revolutions or coups d’état. You have to have complete chaos for people to be willing to accept the garbage that centralized planning produces. Take the Soviet Union for example. After two wars, famine and the collapse of the Romanov dynasty why wouldn’t people wait in line for hours to buy size 10 shoes? Or settle for the gray matter that passed for meat in the grocery stores?

But communism’s watered-down cousin, socialism, isn’t much better. Ask the Venezuelans who cannot get toilet paper. Toilet paper. Viva la Revolución!

Contrary to what so many who believe in a “living Constitution” say, the Founding Fathers absolutely understood this. That is why the Constitution was set up to limit government power. (Memo to the President: the drafters of the Constitution deliberately didn’t say “what government had to do on your behalf.”) They understood that that was the path to folly, fear, and famine.)

3. Obama is deceitful. Just as the collapse of the computer program should not surprise anyone, neither should we be shocked that the President lied about his healthcare plan. Have any of you been paying attention over the past few years? Obama has made no secret of his motivations or his methods. The philosophies which inspire him espouse deceit and other vicious tactics. (Don’t take my word for it: read Saul Alinsky.)Obama infamously told reporter Richard Wolffe, “You know, I actually believe my own bullshit.” He has refused to be forthcoming about his past (where are his academic records?). His own pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed Klein, that Obama said to him, “You know what your problem is? You have to tell the truth.”

Did Obama lie when he said dozens of times, “If you like you plan, you can keep it. Period!”? Of course he did. That’s what he does.

4. The media is responsible. And had the media been doing their jobs, we would have known a lot of this much, much earlier.

The press is charged with the sacred responsibility of protecting the people from the excesses of government. Our press has been complicit, incompetent, or corrupt. Had they vetted this man in 2008, as they would have a Republican candidate, we would have known far more about him than we do, even now. Had they pressed for more details about Obamacare, Congress’ feet would have been held to the fire. Had they done their jobs about Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying – or any of the other myriad betrayals of the public trust that this administration has committed, Obama would likely have lost his 2012 reelection campaign. (A fact that even The Washington Posthas tacitly acknowledged. Well done, fellas! Happy now?)

Instead, they turned a blind eye, even when they knew he was lying, abusing power, disregarding the limits of the Constitution.It was only when he began to spy on them and when the lies were so blatant that the lowest of low-information voters could figure it out that they realized they had to report on it. (Even in the face of blatant, deliberate and repeated lies, The New York Times has the audacity to tell us that the President “misspoke.”) They have betrayed us, abandoned us and deceived us.

5. Ted Cruz was right. So was Sarah Palin. The computer program is a disaster. The insurance exchanges are a disaster. What’s left? The healthcare system itself. And this, of necessity, will be a disaster, too.

Millions of people have lost their individual insurance plans. In 2015, millions more will lose their employer-provided coverage (a fact which the Obama administration also knew, and admitted elsewhere).

The exorbitant additional costs that Obamacare has foisted on unsuspecting Americans are all part of a plan of wealth confiscation and redistribution. That is bad enough. But it will not end there.

When the numbers of people into the system and the corresponding demand for care vastly exceed the cost projections (and they will, make no mistake), then the rationing will start. Not only choice at that point, but quality and care itself will go down the tubes. And then will come the decisions made by the Independent Payment Advisory Board about what care will be covered (read “paid for”) and what will not.

That’s just a death panel, put politely. In fact, progressives are already greasing the wheels for acceptance of that miserable reality as well. They’re spreading the lie that it will be about the ability of the dying to refuse unwanted or unhelpful care. Don’t fall for that one, either. It will be about the deaths that inevitably result from decisions made by people other than the patients, their families, and their physicians. (Perhaps it’s helpful to think of their assurances this way: “If you like your end-of-life care, you can keep your end-of-life-care.”)

6. We are not SUBJECTS. (or, Nice Try, the Tea Party Isn’t Going Away). We have tolerated these incursions into our lives and livelihoods too long already. There is no end to the insatiable demand “progressives” have to remake us in their image. Today it is our insurance, our businesses, our doctors, our health care. Tomorrow some new crusade will be announced that enables them to take over other aspects of our formerly free lives.

I will say it again: WE ARE NOT SUBJECTS. Not only is the Tea Party right on the fiscal issues, but it appears that they are more relevant than ever. We fought a war once to prove we did not want to be the subjects of a king and the Boston Tea Party was just a taste of the larger conflict to come. If some people missed that lesson in history class we can give them a refresher.

The 2014 elections are a good place to start. Call your representative, your senator, your candidate and tell them: “We are not subjects. You work for us. And if the word “REPEAL” isn’t front and center in your campaign, we won’t vote for you. Period.”

Laura Hollis is an attorney and teaches entrepreneurship and business law at the University of Notre Dame.

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

DON’T BE FOOLED THIS TIME AROUND

AVERAGE AMERICAN BOB – January 2014

DON’T BE FOOLED THIS TIME AROUND

wrong wayAs we start a new year we constitutional conservatives need to begin thinking about this year’s election cycle. As critical as the last three cycles were – and after experiencing the results of just 5 years of radical liberalism, (some would say Socialism/Marxism) as well as reckless and dangerous spending, we need to focus. We need a plan to stop the madness and get the country going in the right direction. Amid the confusion one thing puts it into perspective: almost 2/3rds or 64% of Americans think we are going in the wrong direction. Only 29% of Americans think we are going in the right direction. 1

 THE BLOOM IS OFF THE ROSE – Many who thought Obama would be a catalyst for ‘hope and change,’  run a transparent administration and get rid of lobbyists, all while acting as the great ‘unifier’ of America and the world, are discovering he’s just another slick-talking politician, a far-left progressive, willing to say and do anything to advance his agenda. His scheme for wealth redistribution and implementation of other radical-left policies are destroying free market capitalism. After five years we need to face the reality of 7 trillion dollars in new debt and an economy on life-support, being infused with over 85 billion a month in freshly printed Federal Reserve dollars to keep the banks and Wall Street afloat. We need to look at actual unemployment numbers, well over 13% and much higher for young people and minorities where unemployment runs 25% and higher.  2

After five years of failed stimulus programs and policies, we have more people living in government defined poverty than at any time in our history. Food stamp recipients have increased a whopping 47% and we’ve seen huge increases in SS disability recipients. Currently, the number of able bodied Americans in the work force is at its lowest in 40 years. And now Obama Care threatens to destroy our entire healthcare system. Millions of Americans are being forced to pay for health insurance (not necessarily better access to quality medical care) for those who already have access to medical care through free clinics and public health programs. We need healthcare reform to address the problems of providing medical treatment for the truly needy, those with preexisting conditions and those who lose their insurance after becoming sick. Obama and his progressive administration would not even consider the many ideas submitted by conservatives. Senate majority leader Harry Reid refused to allow even one of the House proposals to be brought to the Senate floor.

This takeover of the healthcare industry (and quietly the healthcare insurance industry as well) is not about providing affordable healthcare insurance or improving the quality of care we receive.  It is the dream – the Holy Grail of the progressive movement – to take control of roughly 7% of the U.S. economy and everything the healthcare industry touches. Obama Care will be enthusiastically embraced by millions of Americans who will have 100% of their healthcare insurance and/or medical care paid for by tens of millions of their fellow Americans; charging them not only for their own healthcare insurance but an additional premium to cover the expense of those declared exempt. This amounts to forced charity with the federal government acting as a bloated, corrupt middle man, paid to administrate this monstrosity.

Along with many other irresponsible entitlement programs, this new law is running us into national financial ruin. Starting now, we need to support fiscally conservative candidates; Candidates with the courage of their convictions who, once elected will stand with the American majority and begin correcting the policies that have stunted private sector growth.

NEVER FORGET THOSE WHO DEMONSTRATE CONTEMPT AND DISREGARD FOR THE WISHES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE – By now, most people understand that AHA was passed using despicable tactics – lies, kick-backs, back-room deals and reconciliation procedure rather than a straight up vote in the Senate. The bill was passed with a 100% partisan vote, not a single republican/conservative voted for it, while the democrats who voted to pass it did so without reading it; a blatant demonstration of gross incompetence and negligence. Keep in mind, none of the people who voted to pass this healthcare bill are subject to its requirements – they have their own, special, better, exclusive, health insurance plan paid for compliments of the taxpayers. None of the representatives, who voted to pass this bill, deserves to be reelected… not one of them!

A FEW IDEAS TO KEEP US ON TRACK–

Don’t be influenced by the House and Senate Democrats who voted for Obama Care. Through the compliant media we hear – coincidentally, just before they’re up for re-election – these people suddenly see the error of their ways. They frequently speak out against the law to distance themselves from a declining administration, knowing their reelection is in jeopardy. Don’t get sucked in! Don’t let them off the hook! Replace all of them! Click on the link below to see a list of both House and Senate Democrats who voted for the bill – and those who didn’t. With their vote they have said loud and clear, “We know better than you what you need and we will force you to accept it or we will tax you into submission.”

If we continue to elect radical and/or incompetent representatives willing to vote against the will of the people, we will never win our freedom and liberty back. Keep in mind, not once since its introduction has Obama Care ever had approval by the majority of the American people.

http://quipster.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/congressmen-and-senators-who-voted-for-obamacare/

Look for candidates with fiscally conservative records. They are everywhere – in the republican and democratic parties as well as independents and libertarians. Fiscally responsible candidates may not place social and foreign policy considerations at the top of their list, but creating jobs, slowing and reversing spending and reestablishing our financial stability are far more important to our future. If we don’t get our finical house in order we will all suffer in ways we don’t even want to consider. We must stop taking from the middle class to support an ever-growing dependent class.

And to you, recipients…understand, the government doesn’t give you anything. The government has no money except what it collects in taxes. They cannot give anything unless they first take money away from tax-paying americans, restricting their choices and their freedom. Most of us don’t begrudge taking care of the truly needy but our constitution is supposed to protect us from a government that thinks they have the right to take from one person and give to another just because ‘THEY’ decide they’re more deserving.  Nowhere in our great constitution does it say that one person or group of people is responsible for the livelihood of another.

In an age of instant access to information there’s no excuse for ignorance. We must be diligent, do our homework and share accurate information.

It’s been said before, but I sincerely believe the November 2014 election will become the most important in 50 years.

Average American Bob

1 http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/right_direction_or_wrong_track

2  www.usdebtclock.gov

 

Cash for Clunkers

A sign sits in front of Superior Pontiac-Buick-GMC auto dealership to attract customers for the "Cash For Clunkers' program in Dearborn

 

A clunker that travels 12,000 miles a year at 15 mpg uses 800 gallons of gas a year.

A new vehicle that travels 12,000 Miles a year at 25 mpg uses 480 gallons of gas a year.

So, the average Cash for Clunkers transaction reduced gasoline Consumption by 320 gallons per year.

The government claims 700,000 clunkers were replaced so that Is 224 million gallons saved per year.

That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil. 5 million barrels is about 5 hours worth of US consumption.

More importantly, 5 million barrels of oil at $90 per barrel costs About $450 million dollars.

So, the government paid $3 billion of our tax dollars to save $450 million. They spent $6.67 for every $1.00 they saved.

We’ve been assured, though, that they will do a much better Job with our health care.

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