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Make President Obama Keep His Campaign Promises

obama-liarAs reported in our earlier story on Speaker Pelosi where she broke her promise to allow the House of Representatives and the Senate to review the “Stimulus Bill” for 48 hours before voting on it, President Obama also made a promise regarding the public viewing of bills for 5 days before he signs the bill.  This campaign promise was referred to on his campaign website as Sunlight Before Signing

Sunlight Before Signing:  Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.

The final “Stimulus Bill” was not finalized and made available until Thursday night at 11:00PM.  That means the earliest that President Obama can sign this bill is 11:00PM Tuesday night.  Realistically for reasonable people we would assume that this bill was for practical purposes made available Friday and can be signed on Wednesday to adhere to President Obama’s campaign pledge. 

Also from the quote above, he states that the bill will be made available on the White House website.  I just completed a search on the http://whitehouse.gov website and could not find the text of the bill.  If someone reading this finds the text of the bill on the White House website, please place the link in the comments section of this post.

In addition to the 5 day viewing promise, President Obama also campaigned on a promise to get rid of all earmarks and pork barrel spending.  Again from his campaign website under the issues and ethics section is the following text:

Shine Light on Earmarks and Pork Barrel Spending:   Obama’s Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act will shed light on all earmarks by disclosing the name of the legislator who asked for each earmark, along with a written justification, 72 hours before they can be approved by the full Senate.

Unfortunately the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” is full of earmarks and pork barrel spending.  Trying to confront the Obama Administration regarding the massive amount of this type of spending will come down to a definition of what is, is as President Obama claimed at his Press Conference this week that “there is not a single earmark in the Stimulus Bill.”

Beyond what President Obama had on his campaign website, he also said the following while on the campaign trail:

 YouTube:  Sunlight Before Signing Pledge

About 25 seconds into the YouTube video he begins to speak about shedding “Sun Light” on the legislative process.  With all these broken campaign promises, it seems it is time to hold our President accountable.  Please join me in contacting the White House comment line and asking them why President Obama is already breaking his campaign promises on one of the most important issues he ran on, i.e., transparency in government.

To Contact the White House Call 202-456-1111

Update 3/11/2009

President Obama will be breaking his “sunlight before signing” pledge once again when he signs the “Omnibus Bill” before allowing the public to look at it and comment on it for 5 days.  Please call the number listed above and ask the White House why they keep breaking this campaign promise.  I’ve contacted them twice:  once after the stimulus package passed and again today.  It does make a difference.  If just 500 people call the number listed above and insist that he keep this campaign promise, it will make a difference.  Please call today!

Written by KJ Kaufman

February 15, 2009 at 12:55 am

Is This Responsible Government — A Trick Question?

nancy-pelosiWith the final version of the  “Stimulus Package” being rammed though the House and Senate today, I decided to contact Speaker Pelosi to get an answer to a very simple question:  is this responsible government? 

In speaking to one of her staffers, I explained to him that the Congress had promised to allow members of the House and Senate to review the bill for 48 hours before voting on it.  I also reminded her staffer that President Obama made a campaign promise that all bills that went through the House and Senate would be made available to the American public for 5 days before they were signed.  I then asked the Pelosi staffer, is breaking these promises acting as a responsible government?

He first answered by saying that the bill had been available for review for over a week.  I quickly pointed out to him that what was available a week ago was the original bill that was approximately 670 pages in length.  I reminded him that the re-written bill that came out of the conference between the House and Senate is now over 1440 pages long with hundreds of pages being crossed out and that version was made available last night at 11:00 PM. 

I then asked him, sir, with the Congress about to spend almost a trillion of taxpayers’ hard earned money without allowing the House of Representatives and the Senators as well as the American people to have the ample time we were promised to review the bill, is that, sir, responsible government?  To which he answered, “that’s a trick question.”

At this point, I was beginning to lose my cool.  I explained to him there wasn’t anything tricky about this question.  It’s a straightforward question.  Either the Speaker of the House views ramming a bill through the Congress as either responsible government or not; it’s quite a simple question, with a very simple answer.

He then told me he would forward me to the comment line voice-mail so that I could record my comment.  I reiterated the above in my voice-mail, and don’t expect to hear back from the distinguished Speaker of the House.

So I ask you America, is this responsible government?

Written by KJ Kaufman

February 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

In Victory, Defeat

socialism-obamaThe Senate just passed a modified Economic Stimulus package now known as the Nelson/Collins re-written package.  The vote breakdown was as follows: 58 Democrats for; 3 Republicans for, 37 Republicans against.  This is a victory for Democrats and Democrats alone.  This is not a bi-partisan victory, nor is it a victory for the American people.  As a result in this victory for Democrats there will later be defeat. 

The problem with Democrats is that they always over-reach.  They simply can’t seem to help themselves.  You give them power and they can’t find a way to be reasonable with their newly found standing.  But in the end, what happens when you abuse power is nature has a way of righting the wrong.  You can call it God’s intervention, karma, the triumph of good over evil, ethics over corruption, but in the end things are always made right.  And when the day of reckoning comes, it will be the Democrats (with their 3 little Republicans) hanging in the breeze, forced out of power once again for refusing to learn the lessons of their predecessors and abusing their new found gifts.

The cycle continues, government abuse runs rampant, corruption reigns supreme, and the American people pay a very heavy price for the ignorance and abuses by its government.  Be careful in your victory Democrats for you have reached too far as you always do and victory will turn to defeat.

Written by KJ Kaufman

February 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Webster’s New Dictionary Definition for Stupid and Ignorant

webster-dictionaryIn listening to the  reasoning given by Senators Susan Collins and Arlen Specter, one can only conclude that these may be the two most stupid and ignorant human beings in the United States of America.  In order to find out if there was any truth to this, I consulted Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary and found the two following entries:

  

Main Entry:  stu·pidarlen-specter

1 a: slow of mind : obtuse b: given to unintelligent decisions or acts : acting in an unintelligent or careless manner c: lacking intelligence or reason : brutish2: dulled in feeling or sensation : torpid <still stupid from the sedative>3: marked by or resulting from unreasoned thinking or acting : senseless <a stupid decision>4 a: lacking interest or point <a stupid event> b: vexatious , exasperating <the stupid car won’t start>  See Senator Arlen Specter

 

Main Entry:  ig·no·rantsusan-collins

1 a: destitute of knowledge or education <an ignorant society> ; also : lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified <parents ignorant of modern mathematics> b: resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence <ignorant errors>2: unaware , uninformed  See Senator Susan Collins

 

If you listen to these two speak on the subject of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”  (Stimulus Package) you will find yourself shaking your head and wondering how in the heck these two are sitting U.S. Senators with the ability to bankrupt future generations of Americans.  It’s utterly inconceivable.

 

Some of you may wonder why I haven’t included Senator Olympia Snowe in the above descriptions.  The simple fact is that Senator Snowe is neither stupid nor ignorant.  I disagree with the stance she is taking on the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” but she speaks intelligently on the subject and deserves the right to hold her informed intellectual opinion.  She may find herself in the future regretting her decision, but she at least made it with a command of the subject matter unlike her two colleagues Senators Specter and Collins who have absolutely no idea what they support and do not possess the intellect to ever understand it.

Written by KJ Kaufman

February 9, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Tonight’s Talking Points

Attention media, President Obama would like all of you to have an early copy of tonight’s press conference.  The following are the talking points for tonight:

  • We can’t keep following the old failed policies from the last 8 years that got us into this financial crisis.
  • We must pass the Stimulus Package immediately or we will have a catastrophe.
  • There are no earmarks in the Stimulus Package.
  • If we do not pass this Stimulus Package we will continue to lose millions of jobs.
  • What do you think stimulus is?  It’s spending.

For those still opposed to the “Stimulus Package” after hearing these talking points, please remind everyone that liberals won, too bad for you, liberals will do whatever liberals want.

i-won

Written by KJ Kaufman

February 9, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Should George Stephanopoulos Change Programs?

this-week-logoI came across this story courtesy of the Lame Cherry blog, and then read more on it from a story posted on January 27th on Politico.com.  It seems that for the past 20 years Rahm Emanuel, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala and James Carville all participate in a morning conference call.  As Politico describes it:

Carville calls White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

Emanuel calls ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos.

A bit later, CNN commentator Paul Begala, who is not quite the early bird that his friends are, will complete the circle with a rapid set of calls to all three.

Different versions of this round-robin chatter have been taking place, with few interruptions, every workday for nearly a generation.

Interesting, two of the main CNN political pundits and ABC’s chief Sunday newsman “shoot the shit” every morning with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, albeit the article describes somewhat briefly, but, nonetheless, daily contact seems to be made.  On the face of it this seems to be a nice little story — associations, friendships that have stood the test of time and the “rumble, tumble” of the beltway and are still going strong. 

Remembering that the media used to function as the “fourth branch” of our federal government, things begin to get a bit more complicated.  Begala and Carville appear regularly on CNN, but they appear on various CNN programs specifically for their political opinions, and those political opinions are known to be left fairly liberal opinions, so no harm done.  We are aware of their bias and know it when we listen to their political opinions.

Mr. Stephanopoulos, though, now that is a bit of a different predicament.  As most of you are aware, George Stephanopoulos hosts the show “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”  The format of this show is interviewing politicians, and other people making political news.  The host in this format is supposed to present a journalistic unbiased interview with the politician or newsmaker in an attempt to get at the facts of the political news surrounding that individual at the time.  Toward the end of the show a political panel may come aboard where opinions are then shared, but clearly the bulk of this show is not based on opinion and is supposed to center around journalistic unbiased interviewing.

Now I admit, I do not watch “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” but I can’t help but think with such a close friendship with Rahm Emanuel, a political bias must at some times creep into Mr. Stephanopoulos’ reporting.  It would be human nature and virtually impossible not to have your bias regarding Rahm Emanuel and the present Administration reflected in your reporting, interviewing whether it be conscious or unconscious.

According to Politico:

Stephanopoulos’ role is as the analyst and the skeptic. “George is really a big-systems thinker,” Begala said. “As a journalist, he is half of a political scientist, and because he’s not in the partisan battles anymore, he sees things differently.”

It is a sensitive point for Stephanopoulos, who shot to fame as a Bill Clinton retainer and has worked hard to fashion a reputation as an independent journalist.

Independent journalist, that is the question before us in this situation.  Is it possible for Mr. Stephanopoulos to do his job, act as an unbiased journalist interviewer during his weekly broadcast?  As I’ve argued above, I find it hard to believe that true journalistic integrity remains intact here.  Sensitive to Mr. Stephanopoulos’ hard work at remaining an independent journalist, it seems that ABC News should give him a new program rather than releasing him from the station altogether, but the show should be an opinion oriented show and not journalistic unbiased news.

As a side note to this story, the other thing that bothers me about these conference calls is that they are a reflection of the cronyism that exists in Washingtong D.C.  With Rahm Emanuel as White House Chief of Staff, Paul Begala and James Carville regulars on CNN, and Mr. Stephanopoulos hosting a weekly news show on ABC, I can’t imagine this is the Citizen Government of our Constitutional Republic kept in check by an ethical media that the Founding Fathers envisioned.

Written by KJ Kaufman

February 8, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Campaigning Isn’t the Same as Leading Mr. President

obama-pissedIt isn’t surprising that President Obama doesn’t know how to do anything else but campaign.  He’s never led, and he has spent his entire adult life in our educational system or out campaigning for the next office he was going to hold.  In fact, one of the biggest problems with his stimulus package is that he left it up to Nancy Pelosi to draft in the House of Representatives instead of having more input and ensuring it wasn’t laden full of pork, but this is what happens when you elect someone who has no experience as a leader to lead.  To make my point let’s see how President Obama will be spending the first part of next week while the debate rages on in the Senate over his supposed “Stimulus Package.”  Courtesy of our friends at the New York Times:

Mr. Obama, who has made the economic recovery effort the centerpiece of his agenda, is expected to take a stronger hand in the negotiations and will embark on an aggressive public lobbying campaign. He will hold a meeting in Indiana on Monday, followed by a formal White House news conference, the first of his term, in prime time on Monday night. He will pitch the plan again on Tuesday in Florida and on Wednesday in Virginia.

Sorry Mr. President but the campaign ended on November 4th.  I know campaigning is your fortay and your comfort zone sir, but, unfortunately, for us (the American people) it’s a time to lead, so I’m afraid you’re going to have to park the campaign bus, or Air Force One, or however you are traveling to your campaign stops, and make decisions.  Some of the decisions may even be difficult ones to make (like telling the Congress to get all of the stinking pork out of the “Stimulus Package” and to quit financially raping the American people), but you see Mr. President that’s what leaders do; they lead instead of continuing to campaign for a failed proposal.

Financial Rape

obama-on-moneyThe “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” that has now been amended in the United States Senate is expected to be written up and passed sometime over the weekend or early next week so that it can be on President Obama’s desk before President’s Day.  There is no way to sugar coat it, this is financial rape of the American people. 

For those of you whom voted for President Barack Obama, I certainly hope you are happy and elated in the miserable existence that will befall you within a Socialistic regime.  Let’s make no “bones about it,” for those of you whom didn’t do your research in properly vetting President Barack Obama, he is a Marxist/Communist.  It would have been a lot easier if you folks would have moved to Venezuela instead of bringing communism to our shores.  Now you will have to find from the sane among you, people who are still willing to save this country.

Now don’t get me wrong, we aren’t a communist country just yet.  We have become the equivalent of a socialistic European Nation.  It’s only a matter of time, however, before we creep closer and closer to communism.  If you don’t believe our dear President is a communist, then I suggest you do some reading on his Grandparents, his Mother, his dear childhood mentor Frank Marshall Davis, and his domestic terrorist buddy William Ayers.  All of them communists whom our President shares a political ideology with.

Let me spell this out for those of you who skipped history and/or civics class in grade school and high school.  The bill that was passed by the House of Representatives and has been amended, re-written and about to pass in the U.S. Senate is Un-Constitutional.  That’s correct, it does not have a Constitutional “leg to stand on”  as no where in the U.S Constitution does it allow Congress to pass laws not covered under the U.S. Constution that force states to go against there own Constitutions (see further discussion here).  But that hasn’t stopped our Congress in the past century, so why would they care about the Constitutionality of anything anymore.

I warned Congress in an earlier post that at some point they would push the American people past our breaking point.  That day may happen this weekend or next week with the financial rape they are  about to perpetrate on this Nation.

Bam Bam Obama

If you just finished watching the President’s speech at the Democratic Caucus retreat, I don’t know what the first thought that came to your mind was but what came to mine is that there is no decorum left in the Whitehouse.  With most of the Nation watching, President Obama was anything but Presidential.  Let’s tick off the list of bad jokes and groups that he degraded:

  • President Obama joked that Rahm Emanuel is providing community service by teaching young children to curse.  President Obama this really isn’t that funny and certainly is not Presidential.
  • President Obama made sure to take yet another shot at Sarah Palin by mentioning that Alaska was the only state that he didn’t visit while campaigning.  Sorry, Mr. President but do you still have a little fear of Governor Palin and what she might mean to you in the future?
  • He made light of the trillion dollar spending in the supposed “Stimulus Package”  by saying how else do you stimulate an economy but spend (quite a bit of sarcasm he used while making this point).   Let’s spell that out, should we, it’s this many dollars $1,000,000,000,000.00.  I’m sorry Mr. President, but a trillion dollars is a massive amount of money.  The part that you don’t seem to understand is that stimulating the economy does not require some big massive liberal orgasmic spending spree.
  • And then always the jerk, President Obama had to take another swipe at President Bush and claim the failed policies of Republicans and their ideas are the reason for the economic crisis.  President Obama, it would be wonderful if you actually understood economics and what caused this recession.

bambam

The overall tone of this entire speech was negative and snarky.  With a serious recession in the country, the last thing we need is the President of the United States looking un-Presidential and speaking in such negative terms.  Leaders, true leaders, lead with decorum, with grace, with ideas, with positive attitudes and with character.  Obama is no leader.  He’s like Bam Bam, a child, where he has to bang his club on the ground to get attention.  But I didn’t expect anything different from this President because I actually paid attention to what he was saying and who he is during the campaign.  Grow up Mr. President and act Presidential.

Written by KJ Kaufman

February 5, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Where is Our Breaking Point?

chicken-littleOn behalf of the American people, I’d like to warn those in the Federal Government that you are treading dangerously close to pushing the citizenry past its breaking point.  Since October of last year, slowly, day by day, a notch on the dial goes up a tick on each of our breaking points.  Some of us are further along than others, but make no mistake, if you keep pushing, we will all reach the same point.  And once that line is crossed for a majority of the citizenry, there is no turning back.

You beltway boys and girls play a dangerous game when you thumb your nose at the American people.  Trust me, neither party will be immune.  Democrats won’t be able to blame it on Bush, and Republicans won’t be able to blame it on Obama and the Democratic Congress, we will hold each and every one of you accountable. 

Sometimes I think you government types must live in some sort of magic bubble where you have absolutely no idea what is really going on in the Nation and how people really think and feel, but just in case some news didn’t make it through your protective shield, let me start a list of why we are sickened by your actions and why enough is enough already.

  • In October of 2008, George Bush told us that the sky was falling and that you needed $750,000,000,000.00.  I like to use all of the zeros, so you can see just how ridiculous the amounts of money you steal from us really are.
  • All of you Democrats in the Congress fought Bush for the last four years (911 made you be nice for a few years), but in the single most important issue you could have taken a stand on, you chose not to.  You went around screaming Bush is right the sky is falling we must have this $750,000,000,000.00, so you passed the TARP bill without any oversight and without even knowing for sure how the money would be used.
  • So election day comes, and thanks to this economic crisis, the Presidential election is no longer close because instead of telling the American people the truth about what caused the recession (a housing bubble that burst based on bad loans — backed primarily by Democrats under the Community Reinvestment Act who refused to let the regulators do something about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), the majority of the populous thought it was the Republicans’ fault; therefore, they elected a Democrat, Barack Obama, no matter how inexperienced and unqualified (not to mention ineligible) he was and is to hold the highest office in the land.
  • Fast forward to mid-November, and while Obama is trying to sell the American people on the fact that even though we have given you $750,000,000,000.00, the sky is still falling, and you all will need anywhere from $850,000,000,000.00 to $1,000,000,000,000.00 more to save us.  Along comes Rod Blagojevich, who apparently is attempting to sell President Obama’s old Senate seat in a “pay to play” scandal, a quid pro quo, but what you don’t understand is that this is nothing compared to the almost $2,000,000,000,000.00 you already have stolen and are about to steal from the American people.
  • Back to Blagojevich, now there are some rumors running around that maybe as many as three prominent people in Obama’s Administration may be involved in this Senate seat selling scandal, namely, Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s White House Senior Advisor and Assistant Valerie Jarrett, and David Axelrod Obama’s other White House Senior Advisor.  Of course, you Washington types think this has all been cleared up because President Obama had his legal team investigate the matter and surprise, surprise, they concluded no wrong doing had been committed by the then Obama Transition Team.
  • Speaking of Obama’s Transition, don’t think that we don’t know that there is no real official Office of the President-Elect, no matter how many fancy logos you stick on podiums.  We know the office has never existed in the past, and was just some make believe land Obama lived in for two and a half months while he waited to be sworn in as the first Usurper of the United States Presidency, but that’s for another post and another time.
  • So along come the Holidays and believe it or not the sky hadn’t fallen yet, but bombs started to rain down on the Palestinians in Gaza courtesy of Israel who was sick and tired of the 3600 plus bombs that had rained down on them over the past year.  Meanwhile, Obama claimed we could only have one President at a time, well except when you are pimping a $850,000,000,000.00 stimulus package, so he had no comment on the Israeli retaliation.  Of course, what would you expect from a man who has been running for office for the past twelve years and his only real experience is in raising money, so of course he had no comment on Israel, how was he going to get any money out of that.  Better to focus on raising money, i.e., stealing it from the American people through the stimulus package.
  • So the beginning of year rolls around and now it’s time to plan for the love fest otherwise known as the Inauguration of Barack Obama where another 170,000,000.00 is needed to throw a proper party for the first African American President.  A party bill 3 times more than any other former Inauguration cost, but who’s counting when we are only talking millions instead of billions and trillions.
  • So the President gets sworn in, but doesn’t have the decency to attend the Inauguration Party honoring the military Medal of Honor winners even though no other President had missed this event in the past 46 years.  Obama’s cabinet members begin their confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill.  President Obama announces he’s signed an Executive Order that is going to make his Administration the most ethical in history including strict rules for former and future lobbyists, and then woe, guess what?  We get some of the most unethical appointments in history.
  • First, we get Timothy Geithner for Treasury Secretary, which by the way also runs the IRS, and he forgot to pay $46,000.00 in taxes for the years 2001-2004, but that’s OK it was just an oversight and he’s now paid the taxes.  Appointment Confirmed.
  • Then, we get Eric Holder for Attorney General who pardoned FALN terrorists and Mark Reich, but that’s OK he’ll make a great Attorney General.  Appointment Confirmed.
  • Now we have Secretary of Housing and Human Services nominee Tom Daschel who coincidentally forgot to pay some $146,000.00 in taxes, but it’s OK he’s paid them now and he is really sorry, so it will probably be OK to just confirm him as well.
  • Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is busy working on President Obama’s $850,000,000,000.00 stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or the sky is falling so we have to steal this money from the American people act, but the funny thing is not much of this package would actually stimulate the economy.  The House Democrats pass the stimulus package with only 11 Democrats voting nay.  Not a single Republican in the House voted yes (maybe the Republicans are starting to get the idea that the American people are pissed).
  • Obama’s economic advisor Larry Summer’s had said the stimulus package would need to be timely, targeted and short term (not any long drawn out programs) and yet this supposed stimulus package has the bulk of the money being spent in 2011 and beyond.  Talk about timely, not so much.
  • Now I’m hearing that the bill that has made its way to the Senate is being rewritten and believe it or not is getting even worse rather than better.  But better would really be no bill at all.

This is just a smattering of the fiascos that have befallen this country in the last 4 months.  This is by no means a comprehensive list.  These were just the highlights I could remember off the top of my head in the last 30 minutes without looking anything up.

So, I ask the American People where is our breaking point?  My breaking point was the first bullet point.  There are many Americans that probably got half-way through the list before their blood started boiling, while others made it all the way to the bottom of the list, and are just now starting to get upset.  And then there are those, who aren’t paying attention and aren’t pissed off just yet, but make no mistake, with this much corruption in government and with this much thievery of the American Tax Payers’ dollars, there will be a breaking point, and there will be hell to pay.  You think the sky is falling now, you morons in government, wait until the American People rain down on your heads.  You’ll wish you still had a sky to protect you.