Archive for May, 2010

We Remember

May 31, 2010

  This year like so many years on Memorial day we find ourselves with men and women of the military in harms way.

  Memorial Day,originally known as Decoration Day , was first observed onMay 30,1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetary.

  Memorial day had been officially proclaimed on May5,1868 in General Order No.11 by General John A. Logan national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

                                                  

 Southern states refused to honor the day until after World War I, when the holiday was changed to honor all of those who died in all wars and not just the Civil War.

  I personally believe that the day has now come to encompass even more than just the honoring of the fallen in war. I believe that it has now taken on the meaning of giving thanks not only to the fallen and their families, but to honor all who make the sacrifice to serve within our military. To thank all who have the courage to put on the uniform of the United States of America and to stand a watch.

  To those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, no amount of flowers or speeches can repay the debt we owe , for the freedom they have given to us. But a simple thank you to someone in uniform can go a long way in making it known that what they are doing for us is appreciated.

  So today as we are at our cook-outs and going to the beaches, or maybe going to place flowers at the cemetary, if by chance you happen to pass a person in uniform. Extend your hand and say thank you. And take a moment to say a prayer for all of those brave people around the world who are not able to be with their families today, pray that they find their way home safe.

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Too Much Regulation?

May 30, 2010

   As the oil continues  to flow from the leak one mile below the surface of the water in the Gulf, the question should be asked, is the amount of regulations, actually hindering the task of stopping and then cleaning up the spill?

   Too often in a case such as this, the first reaction, especially of those who are more inclined in the first place, is to call for more regulation.

  Now of course it can be said that if there had been more regulation to begin with the accident might never have happened. Well let us not confuse regulation with enforcement. There are plenty of safety regulations in place at this time. The problem seems to have been that there was a lapse in enforcing those regulations.

  It would seem that the administration in Washington is all too ready to take advantage of this crisis, and to pass even more regulations. It would seem to me, that this is merely an attempt by Pres. Obama to take control of another private industry, one I might add that he has shown nothing but contempt for.

  The fact that Pres. Obama is clearly biased against the oil industry is fairly well-known around the nation.  His desire to take control of the oil industry and then to ruin it could explain his failure to act quickly and decisively in working to control the situation in the Gulf.

  Also let us look at the fact that the federal government has failed to give permission to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to attempt to protect that state’s wet lands, by creating man-made sand bars, that would catch the oil before it could reach the sensitive areas. The state is blocked from acting on its own due to, that’s right you guessed it, federal regulations.

  And lastly, how many times during this crisis have we heard that BP has had to ask either this government agency or that one permission before they could try the next technique to staunch the flow of oil? How many additional hours of oil flow have been added to the crisis due to waiting for some  government wonk to decide if it should be tried or not?

  At this point I say that any and all techniques should be tried and as fast as possible. The President should suspend all regulations concerning this particular rig and allow BP a free hand to stop the flow. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that BP, more than anyone wants this oil to stop flowing. BP is losing millions of dollars an hour in oil and will spend billions to clean up the mess.

  Right now I can see nothing that they would do to stop the oil, that could possibly be worse than the oil itself. There are too many regulations in the way right now and they should be suspended. They could be put back once the oil flow has been stooped.

Rep. Mike Castle’s Conflict Of Interest (Reprint)

May 30, 2010

( For full disclosure I am reprinting this article with this disclaimer. The numbers  used from Open secrets are aggregate, they are compiled from individuals working for or in a specific company or industry. So as in the case of Young, Conaway, it is not the firm as a whole making the contribution,but individuals who work for the firm. If anyone is interested in looking up who the individual contributors  are, here is a link to the FEC page for the 2007-2008 cycle for Mike Castle.http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/HSRefreshContributorList.do?election_yr=2008&contComeFrom=candList&cand_id =H2DE00072&contCategory =INDIVIDUAL&category =searchCand&searchKeyword=CASTLE  Now it is impossible for myself or anyone to know the reason for each and every contribution, but in my opinion, when you have this much money coming from employees of one law firm or one banking interest to a candidate that sits on the very powerful House Financial Services Committee, there is  good reason for concern of conflict of interest. I will leave it up to the individual voters to make their own decisions).                  Now that we have learned that Christine O’Donnell intends to primary long time Washington insider Rep. Mike Castle (RINO-De) for the Senate seat,  formerly held by even longer Washington insider Joe Biden(unfortunately currently our vice president), there has been questions raised of Ms. O’Donnell’s ability to run a campaign , let alone to make financial decisions on the national scale.

  So, I believe since Mr. Castle’s supporters think it right to bring up past deeds of Ms. O’Donnell, then I would say that Mr. Castle should clean his closet as well.

  Let us start by looking at the 2007-2008 election cycle shall we.

  Here is  a link that show contributions to Mr. Castle for that cycle.

  http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2008&cid=N00009775&type=I&mem=

  As you will see, the number one contributor, amounting to 10% of his campaign contributions is the law firm of Young, Conaway. This is a law firm that deals primarily with bankruptcy and corporate restructuring. They contributed $146,915.

  You will also see that Mr. Castle’s next two largest contributors were Bank of America at number two with $27,950 and coming in at #3 was Morgan Stanley with a paltry $14,850.

  Now those last two sound very familiar and may explain Mr. Castle’s yes vote on the TARP legislation. Of course this is exactly the type of voting you would expect from someone whose supporters describe him as a fiscal conservative, right?

  Oh and by the way , for those who don’t know it, Mr. Castle sits on the House Financial Services Committee, you know the one that oversees and regulates banks and the financial sector. But of course I’m sure that Mr. Castle’s supporters will see absolutely no conflict of interest there.

  In the eyes of Mr. Castle’s supporters, this is exactly the kind of experience that we need to send back to Washington in the Senate, to continue the good work that he has been doing in the House for oh so many years. While those who feel as I do , believe that this is exactly why he must be defeated.

  And one last note to those of you out there still clinging to the idea that Mr. Castle is any kind of conservative, in 2009 while serving on the House Financial Services Committee . In a Vote of 39-29 on legislation to create yet another government bureaucracy that would be known as , The Consumer Financial Protection Agency, Mike Castle was the only, as in no other, as in single Republican vote, to vote with, that’s right you guessed it , he voted with the Democrats against all of his so-called fellow Republicans in favor of growing government once again.

 So to all of you out there that are ready to condemn Christine O’Donnell for her mistakes, you may want to consider the fact that Mr. Castle’s actions were conscious decisions.

New Blog, Check It Out !

May 28, 2010

  Check out this new blog “Boot Mike Castle” . It’s not my blog , but I have been asked to be a part-time contributor. Go over  and see that there  are more people than just myself who feel that it is time to give Mike castle the boot.

http://bootmikecastle.com/

Is This The Change You Were Hoping For?

May 28, 2010

     Is this what President Obama ment by transformational ?

GOP Spelling Lesson

May 28, 2010

Subject: Spelling Lesson  
    

        A short spelling lesson:

                            
        The last four letters in “American” = I Can

                            
        The last four letters in “Republican” = I Can

                            
        The last four letters in “Democrats”= Rats

                            
        End of Lesson.

                            
        Test to follow in November.

                            
        November will be set aside as rodent extermination month.   

  Thanks Dickey

President Obama And The Line Item Veto

May 28, 2010

  President Obama is hoping that his lap dog congress will bestow the power of a line item veto upon him. This would give him the power to dissect a bill line by line and remove any spending that he found to be unnecessary.

 The last President to have such power was Pres. Clinton. And he only had it until the Supreme Court ruled it un-constitutional.

  Pres. George W. Bush asked congress to bestow it upon him and was refused. By the way, the then Senator Obama voted against giving the line item veto to Pres. Bush. Ah! Hypocrites abound.

  Now of course the line item veto sounds really great when your party is in the White House. You can just imagine a Republican president cutting and slashing entitlements left and right. By the way the current version of the LIV, would not allow cuts to the big spenders like Social security or Medicare. And to get around that pesky Supreme Court, it gives final say to congress. So explain how this is a line item veto?

  But I guess when the president has a congress at heal, well he can count on them backing him up.

  Now back to whether or not a LIV is a good idea. Well again, if it is your party of choice making the cuts , I guess it would seem like a good idea.

 But now think of the LIV as a political tool. Imagine if you will a president cutting pork spending. Ah! Sounds great doesn’t it? But what if he only cuts pork that Republican Representatives and Senators are trying to bring home?The voters might start to get the idea that they should vote for the Democrats, that is if they want any of the pork.

 A president with a LIV could be a very powerful person. Imagine legislators having to come begging, to the king like president, if they wanted more highway funds for their states.

 I believe the constitutional form of veto and overturning of vetoes is the proper way to handle the passing of bills. To allow any president that sort of power could lead to a monarch like leader. I also believe that to change the constitutional form of vetoes, challenges the separation of powers built into the Constitution.

  I say if a president doesn’t like something in a bill, then veto the entire bill and send it back. If congress wants to pass it then either remove the part the president objects to, or override the veto. That is how the Founders believed it should be, so it’s good enough for me.

Honoring Mike Castle

May 27, 2010

 

 

Please join us for the 26th Annual

Salute at Vicmead

Honoring Congressman Mike Castle

Monday, June 7, 2010

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Vicmead Hunt Club

Greenville, DE

This fun event is one that you do not want to miss! Meet Republican leaders, elected officials, candidates, business and community leaders in a fun atmosphere at the beautiful Vicmead Hunt Club! If you have not joined us in the past, this is the year to come. Help us kick off the 2010 Elections with a great crowd and a great evening!

   Wild Horses couldn’t drag me to honor Mike Castle !

If Elected To The U.S. Senate Will Mike Castle Vote For Any Version Of Cap And Trade ?

May 26, 2010

   As the U.S.  Representative from the state of Delaware, Mike Castle voted for  cap-and-trade. He did this even though most right thinking conservatives understand that any form of carbon taxing legislation will lead to soaring energy cost. And since we are an energy driven nation, the higher cost of energy will lead to every product produced and or transported within the U.S. costing more.

 This cap-and-trade idea has been sold as a tax on big energy. It has been sold as being a way to reduce the so-called man-made global warming. Of course we now know that man-made global warming is a complete hoax. Global warming in general is now in doubt with average global temperatures not having risen in the last ten years and with some models showing a decrease.

 Cap and trade would actually be a huge tax on all American citizens and would do nothing to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

  What cap-and-trade would do is to allow people such as former Vice President Al Gore to reap huge profits from the buying and selling of carbon credits. It would also allow the government to tax those profits.

  Now back to Mr.Castle’s support of cap-and-trade. After voting for this terrible legislation he took a lot of heat(no pun intended) from people back in Delaware. And since it is an election year, Mr. Castle has released statements that if elected to the U.S Senate, he would not vote for cap-and-trade if it came before him. Really?

  I have brought up the fact that Mr. Castle might say one thing in Sussex County Delaware, a very conservative county, and that he might say something different in New Castle County, a much more liberal county. Well some of Mr. Castle’s blind supporters have challenged me to call Mr. Castle a liar. I will not fall for this liberal tactic. What I will say is that Mr. Castle is a skilled career politician.

  By saying that he would not vote for the version of cap-and-trade that he did in the House, he allows himself an escape hatch. The Senate is currently working on their own version of a carbon tax bill. Now it doesn’t matter what you call it , it is the same game. I personally would not be shocked, if Mr. Castle is able to win election to the Senate, to see him vote for that bill and to make statements such as , this is a totally different bill.

  I challenge Mr. Castle’s blind supporters to ask themselves, do you really believe his golden words, dripping from his tongue of clay?

  Consider this, directly from his own congressional website. Now go check this quickly since he has a habit of removing stuff from his websites. http://www.castle.house.gov/Issues/Issue/?IssueID=4445

  • Corporate Automotive Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standards – Congress and the President agreed to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars, SUVs, and some trucks for the first time in statute since 1975.  Rep. Castle supported the law, which raised the standard to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, and believes that making our vehicles go farther on a tank of gas will contribute greatly to reducing emissions from transportation fuels that contribute to global warming.
  • Biofuels – Rep. Castle voted to require that 36 billion gallons of biofuels be blended with conventional fuels by 2022.  Recognizing the need to exercise caution, that the increased production not adversely affect the food supply, he strongly supported the new law requiring increased use of materials other than corn, such as sweet sorghum, rice straw, and switchgrass in producing biofuels.
  • Energy-Efficiency Standards for Appliance and Buildings – Rep. Castle supported the new law requiring better energy-efficiency standards for appliances and buildings.  Improving the efficiency of how energy is used by appliances and buildings is one of the fastest ways to immediately.  Energy Star appliances, for example, are a great tool for consumers who wish to improve the efficiency of household appliances and lower their electricity bills.
  • Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) – Rep. Castle believes in requiring utilities to gradually increase the portion of electricity produced from renewable resources such as wind, biomass, geothermal, and solar energy.  Specifically, he supports legislation to require electric utilities to produce 20% of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020, and he voted for an amendment to require 15% by 2020 during consideration of an energy bill in the House in August 2007.  A federal RES has passed the House and Senate at various points but has yet to be included in the new energy laws.
  • Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency Investment – Rep. Castle has voted in favor of three similar bills to extend tax credits to producers of renewable energy and for energy efficiency tax credits.  The debate continues over whether to shift the current tax credits from oil and gas producers to renewable energy and energy efficiency, however he believes this is a reasonable approach to jump-start needed technology advancements.
  • Wind in Delaware – Wind energy is reliable, clean, will not contribute to climate changes, and is cited as the fastest growing commercial energy source in the world.  All wind energy facilities in the United States are based on land, and it’s exciting to think that Delaware could be the first to pursue offshore wind energy development.  Rep. Castle supports a long-term extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), which expires at the end of 2008, which will help with continued investment in renewable energy sources around the country, like the offshore wind energy project in Delaware.  He has also encouraged the Minerals Management Service to act quickly in setting the regulations for offshore alternative energy development.

 

 This is on his “Energy Independence” page of his issues section of the website. Notice that nowhere does he speak of opening new oil reserves for exploration, nor does he mention building new power plants. Nothing about nuclear power. The man is a dedicated environmentalist.  He would sacrifice our energy and national security on the hope of pipe dream technology and government regulation.

 And as for Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), these would lead to massive job losses in existing energy industries.

  So ask yourselves, do you really think that a man who has dedicated so much of his political career to environmental issues, will now suddenly abandon them? And if he would , what does that say about his being nothing more than a political opportunist?

 So liar? Maybe not yet, but send him to the Senate and watch him twist and spin those words.

President Obama Too Busy To Honor Tradition

May 26, 2010

 This is from a Washington post article:

 “In a highly unusual move, President Barack Obama is going to skip the traditional Memorial Day event at Arlington National Cemetery to return home to Chicago for the long holiday weekend.

Obama sees it as addressing one of the great broken promises of his administration: his early pledge to return home to Chicago every six weeks or so, according to The Washington Post.

On Monday, Obama will make remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and miss the usual tradition of presidents speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Instead, Vice President Biden and his wife will appear in Obama’s place, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as holding a breakfast for Gold Star families — families whose loved ones died in military service — at the White House earlier that day. ”

  Can someone explain how a sitting president can miss this time-honored tradition? And the best excuse he comes up with is that he made a promise to go home every six weeks or so. And he chooses this weekend? I’m sorry, but in my view this is highly disrespectful of those who have given the full measure of sacrifice.