Wednesday, June 29, 2005

When Iraqis Stand Up, US Will Stand Down

President Bush hit a home run last night in his speech to the troops, the nation, and the world. We aren’t going to back down. We aren’t going to change tactics. We aren’t going to immediately withdraw our troops. Liberals and terrorists everywhere are wetting their beds.

An ABC radio news feed this morning said that during the speech, "Bush tried to link the War on Terror with the war in Iraq." Tried to link? What was this reporter thinking? To leftists, Iraq is just a diversion. A move of revenge on behalf of George H. W. Bush. A war for oil (love those low gas prices).

To the rest of the world, the war in Iraq is a war against terrorism. The same terrorism that fired upon our troops daily as we patrolled the UN-sanctioned no-fly zone. The same terrorism that trained Al Qaida troops south of Baghdad. The same terrorism that used chemical weapons on Iraqis and the neighboring countries.

Libs hate the fact that Bush did something instead of talking about it. They hide the truth about the successes in Iraq and how the citizens cheer our troops daily. Then they highlight the doom and gloom from the war and claim that Iraqis don’t want us there.

Bush threw that back in the libs’ faces last night. He talked about how we set goals and how we met them. He mentioned new goals and how we will get there. He said we’ll be there until the job is done. Bravo!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Karl Marx, Call your Office!

Socialism was just given a huge push forward in the USA today. Private property rights were nearly eliminated by the liberals on the US Supreme Court.

According to Yahoo News (AP):
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses — even against their will — for private economic development.

Scary news. It used to be that local governments would only remove residents for infrastructure improvements (widening roads) or building schools. Now, if a developer wants your land, he/she just has to appeal to the local government. If your local government says, "yes" to the developer, you are out of your land - no matter what.

So sayeth the libs on the Supreme Court. O'Conner, Rehnquist, Thomas, and Scalia dissented.

Private property rights are the bedrock of this nation.

If there is a time to contact your local, state, and national representatives, the time is now. I have my calls into State Representative Dick Stevenson, US Congressman Phil English, and US Senator Rick Santorum. I'll keep you informed of their stances.

UPDATE: Stevenson told me what I feared to be true - there isn't anything that can be done at the state level. Just hold your local mayor/council responsible and hope we get some new Supreme Court justices.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Art of the Non-Apology Apology

Senator Dick Durbin has "apologized" for his remarks comparing the US troops with Nazis, Soviet gulag operators, and Pol Pot killers.

Actually, he never offered remorse over his words. He only apologized "if" anyone was offended. Obviously, a lot of people were offended. Durbin chose to say "if" instead of "that" as his qualifier.

He specifically targeted the people who found it offensive. What about the people who believe in his comparison? What about Durbin himself? He never took back his words.

The Dems never rushed to condemn Durbin. They think the same way he does. Durbin still needs to go, but it requires Republicans to keep that spine straight.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Tax Hikes are Contagious

The Grove City school board isn't the only fiscally irresponsible group in Mercer County. After the GC board upped property taxes, others are joining suit. According to The Herald (Sharon, PA), the following hikes have been approved:

- Sharon, up 2 mills
- Hermitage, up 1.75 mills
- Greenville, up 3 mills

Although this action is disgusting, how many residents will have the nerve to complain, but do nothing productive at election time?

How many residents sit on the couch and skip their duty to vote?

How many residents pull that Democrat lever over and over and expect change? The Shenango Valley is controlled by Dems. The residents should be jumping for joy over the tax increase. They voted for it over and over and over every time they keep putting the same party in office.

Democrat or not, there is still no excuse for not being able to live within your means. If the board can't make ends meet, they should work until they can - and that doesn't include the option of forcing citizens to pay more with the barrel of a government gun.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Give Dems Enough Rope...and They'll Hang the Troops

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has now crossed the line and absolutely blasted our troops, as they fight the war. Howard Dean, Christopher Dodd, and Ted Kennedy are just a few Dems in line to bash America and demoralize the troops. But, Durbin has compared them to the Nazis, the Soviet gulag operators, and the Pol Pot killing squads.

All this over the Gitmo "abuse" that has the Dems and media heading for the fainting couches.

Truth be told, this is purely about the desire to get Bush. In their minds, they must do all they can to keep Bush from getting any credit. That now includes the disgusting display from Durbin.

If you have any doubts, ask yourself why there has been no condemnation by the party? It took them months to finally condemn Dean's inflamatory insults. But when you constantly claim to support the troops, why would you sit on the sidelines for days as a Dem compares them to the worst in the history of mankind?

Don't hold your breath waiting for the Dem condemnation of Durbin.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Grove City School Board Hikes Taxes (again)

Shame on the GC school board for failing to live within their means yet again. Last night, the board unanimously voted to implement an enlarged budget for the 2005-2006 school year. The resolution, which was seconded by Jim Crow, called for an increase of 3 percent.

There were two for the bigger budget, then one for the raise in taxes.

Oddly, when the vote for the millage increase came about, Jim Crow and Sue Schepp voted "no."

Very similar to the famous John Kerry line..."I actually voted for the 3% tax increase before I voted against it."

If the board passed the first, but not the second, it would have to find a way to come up with the money other than a tax increase.

Jim Crow

Sue Schepp

Kudos to Crow and Schepp for voting against the hike. However, it would have been nice to hear an explanation of their yes/no votes during the time for discussion.

Schepp was recently re-elected, so the politics of her vote are not clear. Crow will be up for re-election in 2007. He squeaked by during his last election after another candidate withdrew. Perhaps he is seeing the winds of change the were stirred up during the recent election? Perhaps he is listening to a public that is tired of tax increases?

Friday, June 10, 2005

The Sham of Ending World Poverty

Lots of politicians and Hollywood-types are running around in a new effort to end world poverty. Sounds like a great, lofty, feel-good goal, but is it even possible?

1. All dictators would have to be forcibly removed. Poverty is a weapon that dictators use to keep the people down. As long as the dictators remain, there will always be poverty.

2. Poverty is a relative term. The cost of living in some locations is much lower than other places. Also, people who find contentment view poverty in a totally different way than those who always crave more.

3. Socialism and communism would have to be eliminated from the Earth. These economic plans teach people that they don't have to work hard because the government will seize someone else's money to take care of them.

4. People have to want to be "rich." It takes hard work. It takes a religious view of contentment. There are many humans who strive to be successful, but unfortunately, there are many who are simply lazy. Those people need incentive to work. Removing social programs that coddle will motivate the lazy.

In short, try to find feel-good politicians and Hollywood-types who are pro-military, pro-republic, pro-capitalism, pro-contentment, and pro-hard work...and then you can truly work toward ending poverty.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Why Take Dems' Rhetoric Seriously?

I love rhetoric, but dems have been pounding the "over-the-top" button an awful lot lately.

Enter Charles Rangel.

Definitely not a stranger to outlandish comments, Rangel might have outdone himself when he spoke with WWRL Radio's Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter. He told them that Bush's reasoning for going to war in Iraq was as bad as the Holocaust.

Hat tip to NewsMax:
"It's the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country. This is just as bad as six million Jews being killed. The whole world knew it and they were quiet about it, because it wasn't their ox that was being gored."

What a wacko. His lust for power is so great that he seeks to diminish one of the world's tragedies in a sad attempt to ruin a political opponent.

The WMD charge (based on evidence from around the world) was only one part of the justification for war. The US freed 50 million oppressed people. Hitler killed 4-6 million Jews out of hatred.

The only true comparison is that Bush is like FDR - sending our brave men and women to kick the butt of a ruthless dictator. Of course, it would kill Rangel to admit that.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Dem Polls, Dem Polls...

Famously non-partisan Washington Post and ABC News (ha-ha-ha) have put together a new poll that shows some curious findings. Americans are skeptical - if not cynical - about the war in Iraq.

From NewsMax (edited for space):
The survey found that Americans continue to rank Iraq second only to the economy in importance -- and that many are losing patience with the enterprise.

Nearly three-quarters say the number of casualties is unacceptable, two-thirds say the U.S. military is bogged down, and nearly six in 10 say the war was not worth fighting.

More than four in 10 think the U.S. presence in Iraq is becoming analogous to the experience in Vietnam.

52 percent said war in Iraq has not contributed to the long-term security of the United States, while 47 percent said it has.

52 percent disapprove of how Bush is handling his job, the highest of his presidency. 56 percent disapproved of Republicans in Congress, and an identical proportion disapproved of Democrats.

There are a few options in explaining this poll:
1. The questions were misleading to produce the desired "hate Bush" result for which the WP and ABC are well known.
2. The Old Media is still relatively successful in producing "hate Bush" newscasts that totally ignore the good news.
3. History education is so inept at this country that citizens have no idea what an ugly war looks like.

The Vietnam War killed tens of thousands more military than the war in Iraq. We just celebrated the D-Day invasion - a single event that killed more Allied forces than the US has lost in the war in Iraq.

As far as daily attacks on our troops - Saddam attacked our pilots over the no-fly zone daily, but the Old Media never cared enough to report the situation. Of course, there was a Dem in the White House at the time....

It's time for some perspective.

Show Rendell's Unions the Money!

The state assembly wants more money. Seems that they don't make enough money as it is (not to mention their boatload of perks). So far, there have been enough lawmakers with some humility to kill the self-approved raise.

Now Rendell is in on the act. He told lawmakers that he would approve their pay raise if - and it's a big if - they raise the state minimum wage. He wants to raise it a whopping $2 per hour above the federal level.

It's shameful, to say the least. It's a minimum wage for a reason. Those with no skills or ambition make minimum wage. And those people are few and far between. Most companies already pay above minimum to attract quality employees.

So why raise it? Simple. Many union contracts are tied to the minimum wage. Raise the wage, boost the union contracts. PA is already well known as a business-unfriendly state. Why would any legistator vote to allow this to happen?

Demand better.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Commonwealth Foundation's Spend-o-meter Unveiled

Speaking of taxation, the Commonwealth Foundation has unveiled its Spend-o-meter.

Local and state politicians spend about $3,238 per second, $194,292 per minute, $11,657,539 per hour, and $279,780,940 per day, according to Commonwealth Foundation President Matthew J. Brouillette.

And you think that your local school board has no affect on your life?

Monday, June 06, 2005

Here Comes the Tax Man

Grove City School Superintendent Bob Post wants more money from the residents in the district - and the school board is more than willing to give him the approval to take it. For the second year in a row, the board will vote to increase the tax rate.

Of course, this rate hike comes on the heels of Post and Assistant Superintendent Tom Bell receiving increases in salary. Both men are paid considerably more than the mayor of Pittsburgh. Tom Murphy, call your office!

Instead of living within their means, the neglectful school board will use the full power of government resources to force residents to pay. Grove City is not a wealthy town and there are many elderly residents with fixed incomes.

In a recent board meeting, Post defended the rate hike as necessary to pay salaries. He noted that if a plumber costs $60/hr, then you pay him $60/hr.

No, Mr. Post...if you don't have the money in your bank account, you find a cheaper plumber or find another way to get the job done.

Grove City residents can only hope retirement ends Post's career before he can rob the citizenry again.

D-Day, Revisited

On this date, the Allied forces launched the greatest amphibious assault known to man. They came by sea and by air and struck the Axis forces entrenched on the beaches of France.

Though it was a gristly battle, the Allied troops got a foothold in Europe and would ride into Berlin a short time later.

Liberty. Freedom. Sacrifice.

All three go together. Thank a World War II vet today. Without them, there would be no America.