CNBC had this article about our illustrious “Welfare State”
Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement.
Even as the economy has recovered, social welfare benefits make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, up from 21 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1960, according to TrimTabs Investment Research using Bureau of Economic Analysis data.
Even as the economy has recovered? What economy recovered? Did I miss something? My pay is still cut due to down profits, my neighbors and friends are broke, the states are broke, unemployment is still around 9%, gas prices are spiraling up.. what is this recovery? Where is it? Apparently it doesn’t cross west of the Hudson to Main Street.
So this is the new recovery with over one third of ‘wages’ being doled out as handouts? Somehow, I think using the word recovery in this context is in bad taste. And we’re closing in on our EU counterparts where 44% is the level of government handouts. I believe most EU countries have reached the point where dependence on government can go no further. There has to be a threshold where there isn’t enough private enterprise to support a government.
Only they call it “Nimbyism”. Yeah whatever, if it walks like a duck, it’s a duck and liberals have proven themselves once the worst hypocrites.
Last week, two groups of New Yorkers who live “on or near” Prospect Park West, a prestigious address in Park Slope, filed a suit against the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to remove a nine-month-old bike lane that has commandeered a lane previously used by cars.
In Massachusetts, the formidable opponents of Cape Wind, a proposed offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, include members of the Kennedy family, whose compound looks out over the body of water. In Berkeley last year, the objections of store owners and residents forced the city to shelve plans for a full bus rapid transit system (B.R.T.), a form of green mass transit in which lanes that formerly served cars are blocked off and usurped by high-capacity buses that resemble above-ground subways.
The article goes on to say that once we see our neighbors doing it or accepting, we do. That people cave in to peer pressure. So that one day, we may look at a wind farm the same way we look at telephone poles today. I’m not sure that argument holds on offshore wind farms, but on shore wind farms, yes it would probably look innocuous after a while. That being said, I don’t look outside and consider the telephone poles “beautiful” and probably never will. They are just a utility.
Anyway, this article exposes the worst kind of liberals: The wealthy ones. These are the liberals in speech only. When no one is looking, they are just as materialistic as anyone else. Like fat Michael Moore. Liberals who are poor at least live by their beliefs probably because they can’t think beyond their condition of poverty. They cannot think beyond the notion that there is some magic pot of gold somewhere in which they should have their share.
I had to do a fair amount of Googling and Binging to actually find a site that has the names listed. Most of the spineless liberal news sites just refer to them as “The Wisconsin 14” or just AWOL Wisconsin Lawmakers or some such thing. Wisconsin carpetbaggers is better. Well, there is talk of their return. They should return to pack their desk, then be told to leave. Of course that will not happen but I do hope the voters of Wisconsin will put them out of their jobs.
Anyway, here is the list.
There is this general belief among the ill-informed (mostly liberals) that unions somehow benefit all workers in the U.S. That may have been true 100 years ago when unions made headway into workers rights. But in those days, the rights of workers were so inhibited, that they could barely pass as human rights. The recent decision in Wisconsin dealt a blow to unions and so called collective bargaining.
So who cares? According to this source, which is a relatively recent article, the percentage of U.S. workers who belong to a union is less than 13%. That means that less than 1 in 7 working persons in the U.S. at the time of this article was covered by some kind of union. So the reality of today is that relatively few workers have a union standing behind them. This makes the union folks nothing more than a special interest group. And it’s odd that these union bosses resemble the thug-like ‘copper bosses’ that the unions fought so hard against long ago. Like this union rep who struck a 5 foot 1 woman who was filming the scene.
Michelle Malkin has a full story on this goon at her site here. Sorry Unions. You don’t represent American values any more. Step aside and take your place in the annals of history where you belong.
As mentioned earlier, I am re-reading “Atlas Shrugged” in preparation for the upcoming film. I always like to see how they hack a prolific book into a movie. In this case, I understand it’s to be a trilogy which at least gives it a chance.
I have not read the book in quite some time and re-reading it now reminds how relevant it really still is. Do you remember the part about the “Anti Dog Eat Dog Rule” formally known as the Equalization of Opportunity Bill? It’s a bill put together by the railroad consortium in the setting, to stifle large railroads from running smaller railroads out of business. I see many parallels to Barack Obama’s “Healthzilla” with it.
For one, Healthzilla is a direct intervention of big government into a free enterprise area they don’t belong. Secondly, it will no doubt affect competition in the health care industry as smaller carriers will have to carry a bigger burden. And it will probably affect competition in ways we can’t even foresee or haven’t thought of yet. Thirdly, Healthzilla is still enormously unpopular among conservative thinking people.
All these qualities make it a near direct parallel to that bill in Atlas Shrugged. How did the bill turn out there? You’ll have to read the book to find out. Unfortunately, Healthzilla is reality, not fiction.
PS: I added the word ‘Healthzilla’ to my Word spell checker; I have a feeling I’ll be blogging about it a lot.
I am fed up with liberals and their perverse ideas about how the law should be used. Liberals like Michael Ratner are the reason that our legal system is as clogged as Oprah’s arteries. He contends that Bush needs to be ‘prosecuted’ for torture during his presidency for the waterboarding affair. Even though he is advocated this to be done in Switzerland, it’s still a useless game. What are they going to do? Extradite him to some leftist EU country?
Listen up liberals. Conservatives are sick and tired of your “Blame Bush” games. George W Bush may not have been the best president, but he was certainly better than that poor excuse for a leader we have now. He did what he thought was necessary to protect the U.S. against terrorist. Liberals like Ratner seem to forget that terrorists killed 3,000 people in 2001. A debt is still owed for that and waterboarding was what they deserved (and more).
All that aside, isn’t it time to stop blaming Bush? The Blame Bush game is a poor ploy to take the attention off the real problems we have now: Barack Obama and his cronies. Shame on CNN for carrying this piece of liberal editorial shit and double shame on Google on front-paging it!
Today I googled “Where are the Jobs” in Google News. Not surprisingly, very few answers popped in that query. What’s wrong Google? Can’t answer that question? My guess, is there simply isn’t much press involving that question. Here is another example of the left wing mainstream media protection Barack Obama from negative publicity by simply avoiding the subject.
On one hand, the American people do not need to be reminded of that question. The question is all around us every day as we watch the continuing decline of our collective affluence. However, the American people do need to be reminded that our illustrious president is doing nothing to assist or influence the situation in a productive way.
The only relevant result that popped up was yet another one of his speeches made at Intel where he (once again) promoted education as a source for innovation. How many different ways is he going to roll that lame piece of wisdom into his speeches. Not that I don’t agree with that, but Americans need jobs NOW. We need them now as well 10 years from now and 20 and so on. So that education angle doesn’t solve today’s problems.