Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bart Starr is still my favorite Super Bowl MVP


Our family landed in "Packer crazy" Wisconsin in the fall of 1964.

My brother and I had never seen a football game. We were raised playing and thinking baseball 24/7.

However, it didn't take us long to fall in love with the Packers and the game of football.

My first football hero was Bart Starr, the legendary Packers' QB:

"5x NFL champion (1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967)

2x Super Bowl champion (I, II)


1966 NFL MVP





In fact, I loved Starr so much that I always wore # 15 on every sports jersey. It's still my favorite number today!

Greatest game? Probably the so called "Ice Bowl".

Starr led the Packers down the field in amazing fashion.

It was "drive 101", a textbook drive that stands out 40 years later.

A few years ago, I rented a VHS and watched this game again.

I love the drive even more now.

Starr retired 35 years ago. I see him once in a while on TV commercials or ESPN classic shows.

Bart Starr, my all time favorite NFL player and Super Bowl MVP!

Is Starr the greatest "money" QB ever? I think so!

With all due respect to Unitas, Namath, Staubach, Bradshaw, Montana, Aikman, Young, Brady and even Favre, I will always pick Starr to start my big game.

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Of course, there is the drive against Dallas in the 1967-68 title game. The Packers beat the Cowboys in the last few seconds and moved on to play in Super Bowl 2:

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Super Bowl weekend: Let's put the late Bob Hayes in the Hall of Fame



The late Bob Hayes belongs in The NFL Hall of Fame:

"Hayes was among the greatest threats of his era, a man so feared he forced defensive coordinators to create schemes to compensate for his ability.

In an era when the running game ruled, Hayes caught 371 passes for 7,414 yards – a 20.0 yards-per-catch average – and 71 touchdowns.

He scored a TD every 5.2 times he caught the ball.

Let that marinate.

Jerry Rice didn't do that.

Neither has Randy Moss.

Among receivers with more than 250 catches, only Paul Warfield topped that number."

I vote yes. I understand about his legal problems after football. However, Orlando Cepeda had similar problems and he was inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame.

Hayes was with the Cowboys from 1965-74. I remember watching some of those catches on TV. He was spectacular!

He played in the 1971-72 team that won Super Bowl 6.

He also played in the famous Ice Bowl and the back to back NFL title games against Green Bay.

Can you believe Hayes and today's ESPN highlights?

Hayes would be leading the league in amazing highlights.

Let's hope that the NFL does the right thing and puts Hayes in the HOF. The Cowboys put him in the team's "Ring of honor" before his death in 2002.

It's time to forgive the man's post NFL mistakes and remember the great player!

4,000 women running in today's election in Iraq!



Who would have believed this 6 years ago?

See Democracy’s March Continues As Iraqis Go to the Polls By Kathleen Troia “K.T. “McFarland:

"The thought of free and open elections, organized and administered by the Iraqi people, in which all ethnic groups would participate both as candidates and voters, in the country that was once brutally controlled by Saddam Hussein was as unthinkable a decade ago in Iraq as the thought of electing a black man as president of the United States was 50 years ago."


Iraq had peaceful multi-party elections.

Let me repeat: Iraq had peaceful multi-party elections today!

For the first time in Middle East history, one-third of the candidates were women!

Yes, women running for office in the new Iraq!

Today, millions of Iraqis showed up to vote:

"Overall, more than 14,000 Iraqi candidates, including almost 4,000 women, are running for approximately 440 provincial council seats in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces.

According to Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission, which is in charge of conducting the election, 15 million Iraqis are registered to vote."

Captain Ed has an
update:

"Iraqis go to the polling booth today in their first provincial elections in the post-Saddam era.

The
BBC reports that while the Iraqis have put tight security measures in place and mortars have hit occasionally, a festive mood has broken out in Iraq.

Turnout appears heavy, especially among the Sunni"

Like any new democracy, Iraq will have its ups and downs, disappointments, highs and lows.

Today,
we salute the Iraqi people for showing up.

We cheer that women are voting and running in the Middle East.

Last, but not least, we salute the wonderful US, UK and other coalition soldiers who made all of this possible.

What a historic day.

Would any of this have happened if we had listened to Obama, Pelosi and the Democrats in 2006?

We know the answer. This is why the Dems will be in "mute mode" all weekend about the amazing events in Iraq!

It's a shame that the Dems have to be quiet about today's election in Iraq. It's even more remarkable that the party of "diversity" can not enjoy this amazing day for women in Iraq!

The US is in a recession not a depression!


Don't let the "doom and gloom" get you down. I'm not suggesting that things are perfect but the media "in the tank" for Obama is banging the negative drum over and over again.

First of all, let Randall Hoven explain the latest ecoomic figures:

"For those of us waiting for two consecutive quarters of shrinking real GDP before we declare a "real" recession, we can stop waiting.

The preliminary estimate for the 4th quarter of 2008 showed a decline of 3.8% at an annual pace, after also declining in the 3rd quarter .

The media spin is to aid Democrats, which means that right now the spin is to make our present situation look like an unprecedented crisis (both to make Bush look bad and to provide cover for transferring lots of borrowed money to Democratic interest groups).

So I will try to provide the service of putting current numbers in perspective, with as little spin as possible.

First off, the "annual rate" of 3.8% shrinkage is what we'd get if that same one-quarter pace continued for four quarters.

What actually happened was that GDP shrank 0.1% in the 3rd quarter and 1.0% in the 4th, for a combined loss of 1.1% over two quarters.

Through all of 2008, the real GDP shrank just 0.2%, because the economy actually grew in the first half of the year.

So far in this recession (and it is now OK to call it a recession ), real GDP has shrunk 1.1% from its peak, and non-farm payrolls has shrunk 1.9% from its peak."

As Randall said: It's finally OK to call it a recession!

Randall has another message for Pres Obama and the Democrats:

"By the way, none of the previous recessions was ended by the government spending a trillion dollars.

Our current deficit is projected to be 7% of GDP or more.

The deficit never exceeded 6% of GDP in any of the previous 10 recessions, or at any time since 1946."

So it's OK to call it a recession. It's not OK to drive our federal deficit to 7% of GDP!

At the same time, it's not OK to call it a depression, or the worst economic crisis since the Magna Carta, Joan of Arc, the Black Plague, Columbus or when Peter betrayed Jesus.

Before you jump off the roof....before you take the rat poison....before you surrender all of your freedoms so that Uncle Obama and Aunt Pelosi will take care of......please stand back and get your act together.

The US economy is going to do a lot better than most.

In fact, don't be surprised if the lines at US Embassies get longer and longer!

The IMF has a new report about the world's economies in 2009:

"The International Monetary Fund projects that the U.S. GDP will contract by 1.6% in 2009, canceling out a modest 1.1% growth in 2008.

That's not good, but it's better than the IMF predicts for any developed country other than Canada.

The IMF projects Germany's GDP to be down 2.5% this year, France's 1.9%, the U.K.'s 2.8% and Japan's 2.6%.

Similarly, the IMF expects the U.S. to lead the way out of the global recession, with stronger growth returning in 2010 than in other developed countries.

The IMF predicts 1.6% GDP growth in 2010 for the U.S., compared with 0.1% for Germany, 0.7% for France, 0.2% for the U.K, and 0.6% for Japan.

If the IMF is right, one effect of the current global downturn will be to increase the economic gap between the U.S. and rivals among the developed countries.

At the same time, the IMF projects less developed economies (like China's and India's) to continue to gain on the developed world.

All of which offers more evidence that the hysteria currently being whipped up in Washington over the alleged need to add another trillion dollars in federal debt is overstated, at best." (John Hinderaker)

Can we lower the "doom and gloom" volume?

If this report is true, and our GDP contracts by 1.6%, then that's actually a pretty mild recession.

In other words, we had 1.1% growth in 2008 and a projected 1.6% negative growth in 2009.

Let me get this straight: We go from "plus 1.1%" to "minus 1.6%" and these people are calling this a depression?

Or the worst recession since the Great Depression?

What planet are these "doom and gloomers" living in?

I was around in 1982 and this economy looks like a charm compared to that one!

Again, can we turn down the "doom and gloom" volume?

We've got problems. However, our biggest problem is a media looking at everything in a negative way.

P.S. A Depression? NY Times 4Q profit off 48 pct!

Now, that's a depression!

Great week for Republicans!


What a difference a little principle and a stupid bill can make.

Last Wednesday, the Republicans said no to the Obama-Pelosi bill. In fact, 11 Democrats joined them as well.

We are so proud of them!

Today, the good week just got better.

Michael Steele, one of my favorite Republicans, became party chairman.


I haven't feel this good in a couple of years!

A pork is always pork!


It wasn't supposed to be like this.

Unfortunately for the Dems, it is like this.

David Brooks just wrote one of the most thoughtful criticisms of the "pork bill" approved by the House Democrats:

"First, the stimulus should be timely. The money should go out “almost immediately.”

Second, it should be targeted. It should help low- and middle-income people.

Third, it should be temporary.

Stimulus measures should not raise the deficits “beyond a short horizon of a year or at most two.” (Cleaner and Faster )

As Mr. Brooks, points out there is nothing timely, targeted or temporary about this "pork bill". And the deficits will be very high relative to GDP for years to come!

Again, back to Mr. Brooks:

"In a fateful decision, Democratic leaders merged the temporary stimulus measure with their permanent domestic agenda — including big increases for Pell Grants, alternative energy subsidies and health and entitlement spending.

The resulting package is part temporary and part permanent, part timely and part untimely, part targeted and part untargeted.

It’s easy to see why Democrats decided to do this.

They could rush through permanent policies they believe in.

Plus, they could pay for them with borrowed money.

By putting a little of everything in the stimulus package, they avoid the pay-as-you-go rules that might otherwise apply to recurring costs."

Arrogant. Stupid. Tone deaf.

I don't know.

However, I do know that it won't fly.

Larry Kudlow is the host of CNBC’s The Kudlow Report and author of the daily web blog, Kudlow’s Money Politic$.

Mr. Kudlow does not like it either:

"GOP economist Martin Feldstein revoked his prior support of a stimulus plan in Wednesday’s Washington Post.

“In its current form,” Feldstein wrote, “[the plan] does too little to raise national spending and employment.

It would be better for the Senate to delay legislation for a month, or even two, if that’s what it takes to produce a much better bill.

We cannot afford an $800 billion mistake.” (Shelve the Stimulus)

We can not afford this because there are huge "items pending", from the auto industry bailout, to states running out cash and banks that may need to recapitalized.

I don't know what this package will look like in a few days. However, I do know that the public is catching up with its contents.

And the public doesn't like what is in this bill!

Most painful Super Bowl loss: Pittsburgh beats Dallas in SB 13!



This week, the NFL channel brought back Super Bowl 13, Dallas vs Pittsburgh.

Roger Staubach vs. Terry Bradshaw

Coach Landry vs Coach Knoll.

It was the last post-season game played in the 1970s.

It was also a game between the two best teams of the 1970's.

Coach Landry's Cowboys played in the 1971, 1972, 1975, 1978 and 1979 SB's. They won two of them.

Pittsburgh blossomed in the 1970's with great draft picks. They played in the 1975, 1976, 1979 and a year later in 1980. They won all 4 SB's.

Super Bowl 13 went down to the last minute. It was really worth watching the NFL channel rerun!

Pittsburgh was up 35-17 but Dallas scored twice and made it 35-31 with seconds left:

"Although the game seemed decided, the Cowboys refused to give up.

On their next drive, Dallas drove 89 yards in 8 plays to score on Staubach's 7-yard touchdown pass to Dupree.

Then after Dallas' Dennis Thurman recovered an onside kick at 2:19, Drew Pearson caught 2 passes for gains of 22 and 25 yards as the Cowboys drove 52 yards in 9 plays to score on Staubach's 4-yard touchdown pass to Butch Johnson.

With the ensuing extra point, the score was cut to 35–31 with just 0:22 left in the game.

But the Cowboys' second onside kick attempt was unsuccessful.

Bleier recovered the ball and the Steelers were able to run out the clock to win the game."

SB 13 will always be remembered for Jackie Smith dropping a "certain" Cowboys' TD in the end zone:

It was a great game. I still feel bad for Jackie Smith:

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""It's 3rd down and 3, Dallas at the Pittsburgh 10...Roger back to throw, has a man open in the end zone...caught! Touchdown...DROPPED! Dropped in the end zone, Jackie Smith all by himself.

Aw, bless his heart, he's got to be the sickest man in America."

(Verne Lundquist, play-by-play broadcaster on the Dallas Cowboy radio broadcast, on a failed touchdown pass that went in-and-out of Jackie Smith's hands in the end zone)


The most important Super Bowl game: Namath and the Jets upset the Colts!


Wow! I have watched every Super Bowl.

From the Green Bay-Kansas City game in 1967 to the NY Giants beating New England, I've watched them all.

Frankly, most Super Bowl games have been boring and one sided.

What's the most important game? It has to be Super Bowl III, or the Jets upsetting the heavily favorite Colts.

My brother, dad and I watched that one on TV.

We expected the Colts to blow up the young Jets. So did everybody else:

"The Colts finished 1968 with a 13-1 record and a point-scoring differential of +258, a number reached by only a handful of teams to this day.

Eleven of their 13 wins could be described as "crushing."

Instead, Joe Namath and the Jets pulled off the greatest football upset ever. They beat Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts, 16-7. They outplayed the Colts in every phase of the game. It was the upset of upsets in NFL history!

Namath and the Jets never returned to the big game.

Unitas and the Colts came back to beat Dallas in Super Bowl 5.

The Jets-Colts game in January 1969 changed everything. It forced the 1970 merger between the AFL and NFL. It also made a superstar out of Joe Namath.

Here is a gem. Curt Gowdy calling the last minute of the Jets' victory. I grew up with Curt Gowdy doing the NFL and major league baseball:

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Friday, January 30, 2009

200 economists who don't support Pres. BO's stimulus!


Today, 200 economists published this ad across the nation. They were responding to this quote from Pres BO:

""There is no disagreement that we need action by our government, a recovery plan that will help to jumpstart the economy." President-Elect Barack Obama January 9, 2009

"With all due respect Mr. President, that is not true.

Notwithstanding reports that all economists are now Keynesians and that we all support a big increase in the burden of government, we the undersigned do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance.

More government spending by Hoover and Roosevelt did not pull the United States economy out of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

More government spending did not solve Japan’s “lost decade” in the 1990s.

As such, it is a triumph of hope over experience to believe that more government spending will help the U.S. today."

Well done guys! To see a larger copy of the ad, click here!

Pres Bush and Mrs Bush got a great welcome at the Baylor game


Pres. & Mrs. Bush have kept a low profile since returning to Texas abut 10 days ago.

They have been spending a lot of time between their new home in Dallas and the ranch near Waco.

Last night, Pres & Mrs. Bush made a surprise appearance at The Baylor basketball game.

I was happy to see that they got such a wonderful reception! We are very grateful that Pres. Bush kept this country safe. Let's hope that Pres. BO keeps the streak going!

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Another Dem president with a Dem Congress!


We are old enough to remember the last 2 Dem presidents who came in with their own versions of "hope and change" and congressional majorities.

Can you say Carter '76 and Clinton '92?

We also remember how it all came apart:

"Genuine bipartisanship means compromises on policy, not photo-ops and hand shakes.

The last two Democratic Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, also came to power with big Democratic majorities in Congress, veered far to the left on policy, and quickly came undone." (WSJ)

For the record, Carter lost big in the 1978 mid-terms and Reagan swept the country in 1980.

Clinton lost the House and Senate in the 1994 midterms! In fact, Clinton became a more successful president when he had a Republican majority to protect him for the Dems' leftist impulses.

Speaker Pelosi and the House Dems did not do any favors to Pres. Obama.

They had a chance to draft a genuine bipartisan bill that could have gotten 350 votes.

Instead, they wrote a bill full of money for Dem interest groups. The House proposal had little if any stimulus.

Pres BO and the House Dems now own this package!

As we told our Dem friends, be careful what you wish for....you may get it!

Just let Nancy Pelosi continue to do the talking! The House Dems' proposal is losing support!

Last, but not least, wonder how many Dems would vote "yes" today?

Wonder how many would join the 11 who broke with the Speaker and voted "no"?

P.S. The best quote so far:

"This is about spending money we don't have for things we don't need," added Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla."

Bill Clinton is the new $6 million man!



"Former President Bill Clinton earned nearly $6 million in speaking fees last year, almost all of it from foreign companies, according to financial documents filed by his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that $4.6 million of the former president's reported $5.7 million in 2008 honoraria came from foreign sources, including Kuwait's national bank, other firms and groups in Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Portugal and a Hong Kong-based company that spent $100,000 on federal lobbying last year."

Wonder how many of these people invested in Bill Clinton because they projected that Hillary Clinton would be our next president?

First, you nominate a woman who does not have any diplomatic experience at all.

Can anyone seriously compare Hillary Clinton's credentials with post World War 2 with Secretaries of State? (Where is Hillary Clinton's diplomatic experience? )

Second, you nominate a woman married to a former president who can't stop taking money from other countries.

It does not smell good!

Of course, we are talking about the Clintons. Has anything ever smelled good about that couple!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday's show: A chat with Kyle Godfrey


O'Reilly on the European media


For years, we've argued that much of the European press was very unfair to Pres. Bush. Worse than that, they were very unfair to the US, specially the way that the Abu Garib and GITMO stories were peddled.

It was nice to see Bill O'Reilly sit down with the UK's Sky News.

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""I don't think it's fair. I don't think it's right.

The European press really did a disservice to the United States by pedalling a lot of propaganda...

I think the hysteria over the rebirth is way, way overdone...

Americans are very uneasy about Obama dismantling the Bush antiterror strategies that have kept us safe for the last 8 years...

If we're hit here after Barack Obama dismantles all the terror measures that kept us safe- He's done." (Gateway Pundit)

How about letting the private sector pull us out?


Here is a radical idea.

How about doing no stimulus?

Let the US economy hit bottom on its own and rebound naturally.

That's right. Do nothing except some targeted tax cuts directed at employers, or the job creators! Let's not give "tax credits" to people (i.e. Dem voters) who don't pay taxes to begin with!

The case for doing nothing By Eamon Javers and Jim VandeHei is making more and more sense to me.

How about some private sector oriented reforms? Rush Limbaugh is right:

"I say, cut the U.S. corporate tax rate -- at 35%, among the highest of all industrialized nations -- in half.

Suspend the capital gains tax for a year to incentivize new investment, after which it would be reimposed at 10%.

Then get out of the way!

Once Wall Street starts ticking up 500 points a day, the rest of the private sector will follow.

There's no reason to tell the American people their future is bleak.

There's no reason, as the administration is doing, to depress their hopes.

There's no reason to insist that recovery can't happen quickly, because it can."

Of course, Obama and the Dems have put themselves in a corner.

They've spent the last year telling us that this is the worst economic recession since the Puritans crossed the big ocean.

They've rung the "doom and gloom" bells so loud that most Americans can't hear the voice of reason.

They have to do "something".

However, we will learn that the "something" that passed yesterday won't fix our structural problems.

The new boss is like the old boss?


Pres. BO's first week have taught something:

1) He loves telling people what they want to hear, specially the left wing base.

2) Please read the executive orders because there is usually something that wasn't disclosed in the public relations press conference.

Let's take the GITMO and "interrogation" executive orders:

"The Obama administration is making a great show of ending a series of Bush administration policies on the war on terror.

Guantanamo is to be closed.

Well, not right away, of course. (It seems those detainees are dangerous and there is no good place to put them right now.)

And enhanced interrogation techniques will be banned. Well, unless the President’s advisors report back that we really need them. (It seems that every once in awhile a very bad guy with a lot of very important information might come along and we might need to get that information in order to save American lives.)

Now comes word that yet another executive order isn’t exactly as advertised."

There is always a "clause"! Isn't there? (Another Exception to the Rule By Jennifer Rubin)

It gets better with lobbyists:

"It’s funny how much the new looks like the old.

As a candidate, Barack Obama vigorously campaigned against lobbyists’ influence in his Administration. His Administration, we were told, would be free of their taint.

No lobbyists would get a job in an Obama Administration working in areas they had lobbied on.

He would bring about a clean break with the past, “turn the page,” and put an end to acts that create cynicism among the public.

Except that he won’t." (Obama’s Lobbyists Posted By Peter Wehner)

Again, I can't believe how so many millions bought into all of this hype about "hope and change".

I guess that they will be disappointed when they actually read the fine print or come to terms with the reality that there won't be that much substantial change after all!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

We are very proud of Republicans in the House! The Dems own this!


The House Republicans made us proud today. They voted against the "stimulus" bill.

The final tally was 244-188.

All 177 Republicans voted against it. 11 Dems crossed over!

Congratulations to House Leader John Boehner and everyone else.

You have achieved our objective: The Dems own this monster!

This "monster pork" bill was just a case of overreach by the Dems. They went crazy adding lots and lots of items that have nothing to do with creating jobs or stimulating the economy.

P.S. Check this out from Yellow Limes:

"Here are some numbers/items (remember, all in the name of "saving jobs, and saving America's economy"):

Page 41: The Coast Guard wants more than $572 million for "Acquisition, Construction, & Improvements"

They claim these funds will create 1,235 new jobs.

Crunch the numbers and this brings the cost of "creating" each job to a staggering $460,000+

Page 23: $200 million for Dep. of Defense to acquire alternative energy vehicles.

Page 32: $1.5 billion (with a "B") for a "carbon-capturing contest"

Page 64: $3.5 billion for higher education facilities.

This is ridiculous as I know in Georgia the Board of Regents has imposed a "temporary" (yea right!) $75 fee per student during this economic crisis.

The funds from this per-student fee stays at the school and is used to offset current budget shortfalls.

We at AASU are starting construction on our new student center, all paid for by student fees.

No tax money has been used during any process of this planning.

How about asking other higher education institutions to do the same, or hold off on any renovations, additions, etc.?

Page 90: $2.25 billion for "affordable and low-income housing".

Page 91: $1.5 billion for "homelessness prevention activities".

And finally, the big kicker, via Page 61:

$75 million for smoking cessation programs."

Here is more. We find something new everytime we read the bill:

"Democrats may have eliminated provisions on birth control and sod for the National Mall in the "job stimulus" -- but buried on page 147 of the bill is stimulation for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases!

The House Democrats' bill includes $335 million for sexually transmitted disease education and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned."

The Dems' "Dear Santa" letter won't create jobs but will explode the deficit!


The Dems finally have a chance to govern and pass each and every one of their 40 year old dreams.

This is their Dear Santa moment! I guess that's what happens when you have a majority in both houses.

Unfortunately, Santa is out of toys!

They passed something today. However, they've put themselves in a sorry position where they can't do anything else.

What's my prediction?

We will have a sluggish economy and a trillion dollar deficit (8 or 9% of GDP) by the summer of 2010.

Here is the problem: We have huge pending items and two wars to fight!

What happens when the auto workers' union comes to The White House for the industry bailout?

What about the talk that some banks may need cash injections?

What about the talk of states going under? California gave Obama a huge popular vote victory. Unfortunately, Tax Refunds Now on Hold in California!

We will see Dems freaking out very soon! They have to govern but there is no money to govern!

They waited so long to pass their agenda. However, they will freak out because there is no money to do anything. No health care, no college loans, no nothing!

And they can't do any more stimulus, i.e. spend money that we don't have!

Memo to Republicans: Let the Dems freak out.

Memo # 2: Enjoy watching the Dems freaking out.

The WSJ editorial today is worth reading.

It is properly called A 40-Year Wish List :

"The 647-page, $825 billion House legislation is being sold as an economic "stimulus," but now that Democrats have finally released the details we understand Rahm's point much better.

This is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years."

The editorial gets better:

"As Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it, "We won the election. We wrote the bill."

So they did.

Republicans should let them take all of the credit."

The Speaker is right. Let them own every dime of this bill.

The Dems have written a "Dear Santa" letter.

However, as Professor Walter Williams reminds us, There Is No Santa!

Yes, there is no Santa! However, there are lots of suckers in the Dem party!

Michael Young is the ultimate team player!


The big sports buzz around here is that Michael Young is moving to third base to make room for 20-year old shortstop Elvis Andrus.

The scouts are in love with Andrus. They think that the 20-year old is ready to play up here.

What about gold-glove shortstop Michael Young?


Third is different than SS, as any Little Leaguer can tell you.

First, the ball is usually hit right at you. Second, you don't need the same range as the SS. Third, throwing to first base is a little easier because you are not going in the hole to get the grounder.

Young will adjust just like Ripken did!

This is a good team move, specially if Andrus is as ready as everyone is saying.

At 32, Young should have 3-4 good seasons ahead of him.

Of course, this is the second time that Michael Young has made a position change to help the team.

In 2004, Young moved from 2b to SS after A-Rod was traded for Alfonso Soriano, who had played 2b for the Yankees.

Young is a team player. That's why we like him so much!

P.S. Michael Young is a career .300 hitter with 1488 hits since he became a regular in 2002!

Young is not your typical power hitting third-baseman but he drives in runs! He is one of the game's best clutch hitters!

Let Obama and Dems own this monster pork!


Stop it, stop it and stop it!

As James Pethokoukis wrote today:

"Some people are going to oppose President Obama's ginormous stimulus package just because they're on a different political team.

But when you look at the economic evidence, it sure seems like an economic recovery package that's heavy on government spending and light on tax cuts is just the opposite of what we should be doing right now."

This is just pork Dem style. We need a real stimulus!

It won't stimulate the US economy but it will put a lot of cash in the pockets of every Dem interest group, from ACORN to the leftist feminists!

Why are taxpayers funding ACORN anyway?

We are very proud of House Republican Leader John Boehner.

Check out John Boehner's website on the package.

Here is my favorite part of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid monster:

"A scant 2.7 percent, or $22.3 billion of the overall package, is dedicated to small business tax relief."

He is standing tough and forcing the Dems to make a choice:

1) Pass the package without a single Republican vote.

2) Make significant concessions and make it truly bi-partisan.

Remember: The Dems have the votes to pass this package. However, they don't want to own it because the 2010 deficits will freak out Dems.

The Heritage Foundation has an outstanding analysis called Stimulus 101: The Pelosi-Reid-Obama Debt Plan:

"BAD IDEAS – “THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE”

The hidden liberal policy agenda inside the ‘stimulus bill’…


Nearly double the total outlays for the Dept. of Education in 2007 – making good on Reid-Pelosi-Obama education promises to the NEA.

$87 Billion Medicaid bailout:

Medicaid is funded by a formula that matches state spending levels with federal dollars.

If we keep bailing states out, they will have every incentive to continue irresponsible spending.

Fiscally responsible taxpayers in Indiana are now paying for fiscally irresponsible bureaucrats in Illinois.

Expanded Medicaid coverage and SCHIP:

Reid-Pelosi-Obama are enacting a nationalized health care policy with no debate.

The government will soon be responsible for more health care spending than the private sector, i.e. socialized medicine.

Green Jobs?:

The myth of ‘green jobs’ merely means replacing one job lost, with a new job that fits the left’s agenda.

It is a zero sum game.

More than doubling spending, the stimulus also has over $35 billion for the Dept. of Energy.

DOE’s current budget is $23.8 billion.

Family Planning and birth control for children, immigrants and the wealthy, which could also be used as a backdoor to allow federal funding of abortions. How is this stimulus?

**UPDATE: Nancy Pelosi agrees this is not stimulus and has removed it from the bill proving these measures are allergic to sunshine.**

Redistribution:

Refundable Tax Credits for people who don’t pay taxes.

Pork Spending:

Digital TV Coupons ($650 Million),

Gov’t Cars ($600 Million),

Nat’l Endowment for the Arts ($50 Million),

Repairs to National Mall ($200 Million, including $21m for sod).

BAD RESULTS

No Jobs:

While they have not been able to support these claims, Pelosi/Obama promise between 3 & 4 million jobs, yet House Tax Committee staff can’t estimate even ONE job will be created.

Ineffective:

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that only 52% of the spending in the ‘stimulus bill’ can even be spent by the end of FY’10.

Well short of the 75% benchmark set by President Obama."

P.S. Hugh Hewitt calls it a return to the late 1970's! Or, The Not-A-Stimulus Bill That Triggers a Disco Revival?:

"The decision by President Obama to allow his great opportunity to be hijacked by House Democrats is a strange one.

He must be confident that the business cycle will right itself, because this approach won't have much to offer it.

If as many suspect the massive bill as "inflationary non-growth" all over it, it should be called the Jimmy Carter Memorial Bill, as well all seek to relive the late '70s.

Can the return of disco be far behind?"

What would the late 1970s, i.e. the Carter years, be like without "The Disco Duck":

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