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Presidential Approval Rating

Posted by courage On March - 10 - 2010

First.. President Obama not only has won a Noble Peace Prize for.. for… ahhh.. for, well doing something I suppose.  He also can be given an award for the most appearance in TV during any Presidential year.. 158 to be exact.  Many of these appearances contained some mention of health care reform.. but Obama believes the American people just don’t quite understand the legislation.. yet.

Hey, if you would only hop on the Obama high-speed train to socialized medicine, everything would be honky-dory… really.. forget the doubts you have, forget the questions, forget worrying about whether how this will affect your household’s bottom line, forget that we have numerous Congress critters stating with no shame that they have yet to read the bill…none of this matters.

Apparently the American public is not buying the Utopian hope and change mantra.  Behind the smoke and mirrors which have been championed as health care “reform,” individuals are beginning to understand how this legislation will negatively affect their life and that of their loved ones.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 22% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. That matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).

Forty-two percent (42%) of Democrats Strongly Approve while 72% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, 17% Strongly Approve and 45% Strongly Disapprove.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe that passage of the proposed health care legislation will hurt the economy. Just 25% believe it will help.

My guess is the 25% who believe the health care legislation will help the economy are Pelosi supporters, who believe her factious claim of jobs created.

Sport Fishing Ban? Executive Order by the Arrogant

Posted by courage On March - 10 - 2010

Brown County Indiana

The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing some of the nation’s oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is “fluid” and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn’t issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.

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“Now we see NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the administration planning the future of recreational fishing access in America based on a similar agenda of these same groups and other Big Green anti-use organizations, through an Executive Order by the President. The current U.S. direction with fishing is a direct parallel to what happened in Canada with hunting: The negative economic impacts on hard working American families and small businesses are being ignored.

“In spite of what we hear daily in the press about the President’s concern for jobs and the economy and contrary to what he stated in the June order creating this process, we have seen no evidence from NOAA or the task force that recreational fishing and related jobs are receiving any priority.”

Consequently, unless anglers speak up and convince their Congressional representatives to stop this bureaucratic freight train, it appears that the task force will issue a final report for “marine spatial planning” by late March, with President Barack Obama then issuing an Executive Order to implement its recommendations — whatever they may be.

Led by NOAA’s Jane Lubchenco, the task force has shown no overt dislike of recreational angling, but its indifference to the economic, social and biological value of the sport has been deafening.

Additionally, Lubchenco and others in the administration have close ties to environmental groups who would like nothing better than to ban recreational angling. And evidence suggests that these organizations have been the engine behind the task force since before Obama issued a memo creating it last June.

As ESPN previously reported, WWF, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Pew Environment Group and others produced a document entitled “Transition Green” shortly after Obama was elected in 2008. What has happened since suggests that the task force has been in lockstep with that position paper.

Then in late summer, just after he created the task force, these groups produced “Recommendations for the Adoption and Implementation of an Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes National Policy.” This document makes repeated references to “overfishing,” but doesn’t once reference recreational angling, its importance, and its benefits, both to participants and the resource.

Additionally, some of these same organizations have revealed their anti-fishing bias by playing fast and loose with “facts,” in attempts to ban tackle containing lead in the United States and Canada.

That same tunnel vision, in which recreational angling and commercial fishing are indiscriminately lumped together as harmful to the resource, has persisted with the task force, despite protests by the angling industry.

As more evidence of collusion, the green groups began clamoring for an Executive Order to implement the task force’s recommendations even before the public comment period ended in February. Fishing advocates had no idea that this was coming.

Collusion.. who would have thought?

Perhaps not so coincidentally, the New York Times reported on Feb. 12 that “President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.”

Morlock fears that “what we’re seeing coming at us is an attempted dismantling of the science-based fish and wildlife model that has served us so well. There’s no basis in science for the agendas of these groups who are trying to push the public out of being able to fish and recreate.

“Conflicts (user) are overstated and problems are manufactured. It’s all just an excuse to put us off the water.”"Some of the potential policy implications of this interim framework have the potential to be a real threat to recreational anglers who not only contribute billions of dollars to the economy and millions of dollars in tax revenues to support fisheries conservation, but who are also the backbone of the American fish and wildlife conservation ethic,” said CSF President Jeff Crane.

Indeed, in Indiana the licenses required to hunt and fish remain the largest portion of revenue the state DNR procures to maintain state parks.  As an angler, I find this extremely disturbing.  Fishing not only provides food for the angler but also offers a spiritual renewal as she/he connects with nature.  Perhaps the President doesn’t understand this.. instead finding solace in the hard asphalt of community organizing?  Anglers understand the niravanic  state which transcend the stressors of daily life.  As the “green” movement moves to fulfill their agenda to “protect” the environment, they loose sight of how science has shown that fishing and hunting actual help create a more vibrant and healthy  environment for a particular species.  Anglers are some of the more environmentally conscious people I know, cherishing the Earth and the bounty she supplies; while greeners are about control, lacking commonsense in the interaction of this planet.

Are these the same greeners who left this mess on the Cpaital grounds after Obama’s inauguration?

From the Speakers website, remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Associations of Counties talking about the health care bill:

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform.  Health insurance reform is about jobs.  This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon. (emphasis mine)

“Pass the bill to find out what is in it,” shouldn’t the people and our elected representatives KNOW the impact this bill bill will have on the lives of Americans?  Throughout the summer, town hall events were held and citizens continually asked elected officials about specific aspects to the various bills.. again and again the concerned populace was discarded, dismissed and treated with utter contempt.  Madam Speaker, we know what is in the health care bill, we have read the various versions, taking time away from loved ones, spending countless hours with our head swelling in disbelief over the audacity of public officials and wondering what in the Constitution grants Congress the mandate to require private citizens to buy anything from a public company solely on the basis that they breathe.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano On Health Care and Freedom

Posted by courage On March - 8 - 2010

H/T Gene

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“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom it its maximum hour of danger.  You are that generation, this is your role, now is that time freedom must be defended from every assailant..”

There are times in the course of human events where you can stand on the sidelines.. relishing the comfort and ease of existence or  stand and fight for the principles which make this country great, the choice is yours.  Do you stand idly by and watch or do you take a stand?

I challenge you to take a stand, today and every day until a vote on the health care bill currently in Congress is taken, contact your Representative.. call or email.. Let them hear the voice of FREEDOM.

Quick Observation.. Manipulation Through Imagery

Posted by courage On March - 4 - 2010

Am I the only one to notice this overly staged appearance by the President?

Obama flanked by a sea of white lab coats, which eludes to the misconception  that doctors support the legislation.  This flies in the face of the survey done by Investor’s Business Daily last year with doctors.  (here)

A brief look at this survey shows…

– 45% of doctors polled said they would consider leaving their practice or retiring early if the proposed health care bill was to pass

– 65% or 2 out of 3 practicing physicians polled say they oppose the plan

– 72% of doctors polled disagree with the administration’s claim that the government can cover 47 million more Americans with better quality care and at a lower cost.

All show and no substance with the imposer-in-chief.

One additional thing I noticed with this circus.. purple tie.  Purple the color of SEIU, coincidence?  Hardly.. this is a call out to his main constituents which he pledged to help in “painting the country purple.”

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Anytime Obama speaks there are numerous subliminal messages carried in the speeches, all centered on  galvanizing his base.   He used these methods during the campaign to enthrall the masses and continues to attempt to manipulate through their use.  Things we should all pay attention to and make others aware of.. Coincidences are not always happenstance and in the case of this President they are often orchestrated.

November can’t come soon enough!

Ethical Void in the White House

Posted by courage On March - 4 - 2010

Politicians are fickle… one day they are against particular legislation, the next day they have some epitome from backroom arm twisting or outright bribes and are now in favor of the legislation.

Yet there is fundamental ideology which regardless of the issue should remain intact.  Notice I say “should,” because these  core beliefs are the basic tenets which create the fabric of our ethics.  These codes of behavior, how we transverse through the world display the character we embrace as an individual.  When one swings from one extreme to the next.. they are ethically void, lacking of any compass which offers indications as to their character or trustworthiness in dealing with others.

They will say anything  which allows them to move closer to their hidden agenda.  The only truth they know is a fleeting utterance which morphs as they continually sway, speaking in sound bits and never facing the consequences of the words which betray the people they claim to support.

Word of the day RECONCILIATION…

Health care legislation presently in Congress will fundamentally alter any previous understanding we have of our health care needs.  The tactic being suggested by Democrats with of using reconciliation with a 50 + 1 vote in the Senate was never intended for legislation of this magnitude.  Even Senator Byrd (D), one of the original authors of the parliamentary procudure of reconciliation, has publicly stated that the procedure was “never meant” for this type of sweeping legislation.

So I find myself going back.. is there an ethically void in the White House?

Lawmakers Keeps Change.. Per Diems

Posted by courage On March - 4 - 2010

From the Wall Street Journal:

When lawmakers travel overseas on official business they are given up to $250 a day in taxpayer funds to cover meals and expenses. Congressional rules say they must return any leftover cash to the government.

They usually don’t.

Why should they, it’s not their money?  Just look at some of the entitlement these jokers work from as a frame of reference…

“If that was the policy, you could never get many members traveling,” said Rep. Solomon Ortiz, a Texas Democrat. Mr. Ortiz said he had never returned any money.

Here’s a great idea, maybe these elected officials should just stay home and work their job?

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Nuclear Option: Democrat Leaders Speak

Posted by courage On February - 24 - 2010

History is such a funny thing, especially when the power flips and the arrogant ego of a different ideology takes control.

Is it any wonder that 71% of voters say Congress is doing a poor job?