Archive for February, 2010

Federal Payroll Scheduled to Hit 2.15 Million… Largest EVER

Posted by courage On February - 2 - 2010

Does this number surprise anyone?  Bureaucracy breeds top-heavy weasels who will be seen popping in and out of holes throughout the United States.  How do unions fit in this scenario?

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that a majority of American union members now work for the government. The pattern of unions adding members in government while losing members in the private sector accelerated during the recession. The typical union member now works in the Post Office, not on the assembly line.

Representing government employees has changed the union movement’s priorities: Unions now campaign for higher taxes on Americans to fund more government spending. Congress should resist government employee unions’ self-interested calls to raise taxes on workers in the private sector.

Is the sizable increase in federal workers a pay-back to unions who supported Obama?  First the government makes it their duty to assure you use the “correct” light bulbs in your home; next they attempt to mandate the minimum type of health insurance you must purchase, now we have a government which is gorging itself and increasing in size on the taxpayer’s dollar.

The era of big government has returned with a vengeance, in the form of the largest federal work force in modern history.

The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, topping 2 million for the first time since President Clinton declared that “the era of big government is over” and joined forces with a Republican-led Congress in the 1990s to pare back the federal work force.

Most of the increases are on the civilian side, which will grow by 153,000 workers, to 1.43 million people, in fiscal 2010.

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“I’m shocked that the ‘tea party’ hasn’t focused on it yet, and the Obama administration only has a thin sliver of time to deal more directly with it, I believe,” said Paul C. Light, who studies the federal bureaucracy as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor at New York University. “When you talk about big government, you’re talking about a big employer.”

The new figures are contained in the budget that Mr. Obama sent Monday to Congress.

Mr. Obama says the civilian work force will drop by 80,000 next year, mostly because of a reduction in U.S. census workers added in 2010 but then dropped in 2011 after the national population count is finished. That still leaves 1.35 million civilian federal employees on the payroll in 2011.

From 1981 through 2008, the civilian work force remained at about 1.1 million to 1.2 million, with a low of 1.07 million in 1986 and a high of more than 1.2 million in 1993 and in 2008. In 2009, the number jumped to 1.28 million.

Since Obama took office in 2009, the federal government added an average of 6,666.666.. employees each month.  Eerie?  You bet.  And how does this fit in with a USA Today article from early December.. you remember, the one that stated:

The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.

Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

The free money wagon in Washington bureaucracy has exploded, while average people struggle to pay bills and find work, federal employees are living high on the hog supplied by your tax dollars.

Obama talks a good game about fiscal responsibility, heck some people probably believe the lies words which easily flow from his mouth when he makes announcements about cutting the deficit, about understanding the concern the American public feels with the run-away money train in Washington.  Behind the shiny veneer though is a charlatan, a carnival barker, quick to encourage confidence yet void of empathy to the shattered hopes who have placed faith and trust in him.  There is no doubt there is reason behind his madness, there is purpose, for the moment it is hidden behind illusion.  But as with all illusions, as with all scam artists, as with all those who seek to perpetrate deception on the American people.. the illusion will fade, the scam artist will be exposed and the American people will rise up and declare: This is the country of WE-THE-PEOPLE.

16 Lies in 7 Minutes… Plus More…

Posted by courage On February - 1 - 2010

Continually throughout the State of the Union (SOTU) address Obama tried to distance himself from Washington; yet he is part of the problem with his insistence  to move the country toward complete reliance on government.  He sees himself as the parent and us as children.  As children we don’t understand, with our limited intellectual capacity the policies he is pushing.

While talking about health care he said…

And according to the Congressional Budget Office, the independent organization that both parties have cited as the official scorekeeper for Congress, our approach would bring down the deficit by as much as $1 trillion over the next two decades.

What he and all Democrats fail to address when speaking of this illusionary  savings is the numbers crunched by the CBO do not include payments to doctors who take Medicare and Medicaid.   Originally the payment to doctors was included in the House bill, once the CBO estimated a cost over 1.4 trillion it was taken out to make the bill “fiscally” palatable.

Obama goes on to say…

Still, this is a complex issue. And the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people. And I know that with all the lobbying and horse-trading, this process left most Americans wondering, “What’s in it for me?”

Not explaining it more clearly.. are you kidding?  Obama has given over 20 speeches on health care since he took office, the more the people did understand the bill, the more they did NOT like what they saw.  Its not a lack of information, Mr. President… its because the American people DO NOT like what they see as their future.  We are not asking, “what’s in in for me,”  we want to know how we can afford the bill and what rationing will take place if passed?

I am tired of the lies being presented by elected officials regarding climate change.  If anything, they are unsure what causes climate change and the push toward legislation to micromanage every aspect of our lives through  unsubstantiated  science is appalling.   Yet the President can’t help himself…

I know there have been questions about whether we can afford such changes in a tough economy. I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change.

Overwhelming scientific evidence.. you mean the pseudo-data which is being exposed to be nothing more than a power grab?

Never before has a President taken such a backhand swipe at the Supreme Court during a SOTU address..

Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign companies — to spend without limit in our elections.  Well, I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities.

This is an outright lie, they did not overturn a “century of law,” they overturned one small aspect of campaign contributions.  As for foreign entities bankrolling campaigns, I have some questions Mr. President…

What about the dollars for your campaign that flowed in from the mideast? Ahhh, but that just an inconvenient truth, isn’t it?

Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected, but all other discretionary government programs will.

Over the last year we, as a nation, have increased spending by an average of 20% across all agencies and departments, some agencies like the EPA have seen a 35% increase.  Washington, and that includes YOU Mr. President have spent like there is no tomorrow.  You champion a spending freeze, yet put it off for another year?  If you are being honest about cutting the deficit, you would demand a freeze NOW, not a year from now.

This is only a small sampling of where reality and fallacy  can not co-exist.  I am still waiting for a President who places the American people before the progressive Democrat agenda.   The American people want the truth not illusion.. We are waiting…

Obama Machine in Ohio High School.. What School is Next?

Posted by courage On February - 1 - 2010

Obama’s former campaign organization which transformed into Organizing For America is now infiltrating public high schools.  In an exclusive Atlas Shrugs, exposes how indoctrination is beginning in your child’s school.

An Atlas reader, Chuck,  has a student in the eleventh grade in an Ohio High School. Her government class passed out this propaganda recruiting paper so students could sign up as interns for Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA is the former mybarackobama.com site.)

Obama is using our public school system to recruit for his Alinsky-inspired private army. Organizing for America is (and I quote) recruiting in our high schools to “build on the movement that elected President Obama by empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda” …………of national socialism.

The Ohio High School is Perry Local in Massillon, Ohio.

This is incredible. And evil. Suffer the little children — enlisted like SS youth. This is no accident. Obama is poisoning our public school system. He acts as if it’s his own private breeding farm. Once again academic learning and achievement is hopelessly abandoned, and supplanted by radical leftist activism from the leftwing Alinsky indoctrinators in the perversepublic school system.

Read the entire story here.

Then talk to your children and see if similar things are occurring at your local school.