Friday, April 23, 2010

Canadians recruit American companies

Ian Lee is very blunt about what Ottawa should be doing to grow its economy. He wants us to take advantage of the struggling American economy and get companies to move here from the U.S.

"We have the opportunity," says Lee, "to steal some of their businesses."

Lee, the outspoken director of the MBA program at Carleton University's Sprott School of Business, says for the first time ever, Canada is a much more attractive place to do business than the U.S.

"Never in the history of our country have we been ahead of the United States," he says. "The United States has always been richer, more powerful, more aggressive, more dynamic, more successful, more entrepreneurship. And right now they're going off of the cliff.

"Their banking is a mess. Their real estate is a mess. Their tax system is a mess. The place is going bankrupt before your eyes."

Just think, we have a couple more years to watch the fail!


Life in "Progress" City - Philadelphia edition

For a group of people who claim to want people out of their bedrooms, it seems that they are overly obsessed with who's sleeping with whom?

It's happened so often that it's now a cultural cliche: the gay politician pretending to be straight. In most parts of the nation, homosexuality or bisexuality is a clear electoral liability.

Not in Center City's 182d state House district. There, it's a badge of honor.

Veteran Rep. Babette Josephs (D., Phila.) last Thursday accused her primary opponent, Gregg Kravitz, of pretending to be bisexual in order to pander to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender voters, a powerful bloc in the district.

"I outed him as a straight person," Josephs said during a fund-raiser at the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, as some in the audience gasped or laughed, "and now he goes around telling people, quote, 'I swing both ways.' That's quite a respectful way to talk about sexuality. This guy's a gem."

Kravitz, 29, said that he is sexually attracted to both men and women and called Josephs' comments offensive.

"That kind of taunting is going to make it more difficult for closeted members of the LGBT community to be comfortable with themselves," Kravitz said. "It's damaging."

Hey Gregg, I hear there's a softball team looking for a couple players (see below) if you can prove that you're gay enough.

You're not gay enough to represent us. Now that's "progressive"!


Rush is right

I don't listen to Rush because I find his show too pedestrian for my tastes, but he hits one out in this WSJ piece......

The latest liberal meme is to equate skepticism of the Obama administration with a tendency toward violence. That takes me back 15 years ago to the time President Bill Clinton accused "loud and angry voices" on the airwaves (i.e., radio talk-show hosts like me) of having incited Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. What self-serving nonsense. Liberals are perfectly comfortable with antigovernment protest when they're not in power.

From the halls of the Ivy League to the halls of Congress, from the antiwar protests during the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq to the anticapitalist protests during International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings, we're used to seeing leftist malcontents take to the streets. Sometimes they're violent, breaking shop windows with bricks and throwing rocks at police. Sometimes there are arrests. Not all leftists are violent, of course. But most are angry. It's in their DNA. They view the culture as corrupt and capitalism as unjust.

Now the liberals run the government and they're using their power to implement their radical agenda. Mr. Obama and his party believe that the election of November 2008 entitled them to make permanent, "transformational" changes to our society. In just 16 months they've added more than $2 trillion to the national debt, essentially nationalized the health-care system, the student-loan industry, and have their sights set on draconian cap-and-trade regulations on carbon emissions and amnesty for illegal aliens.

Had President Obama campaigned on this agenda, he wouldn't have garnered 30% of the popular vote.

Like the millions of citizens who've peacefully risen up and attended thousands of rallies in protest, I seek nothing more than the preservation of the social contract that undergirds our society. I do not hate the government, as the left does when it is not running it. I love this country. And because I do, I insist that the temporary inhabitants of high political office comply with the Constitution, honor our God-given unalienable rights, and respect our hard-earned private property. For this I am called seditious, among other things, by some of the very people who've condemned this society?


Barack Obama, job creator

Well, maybe not.........

Sallie Mae says a new law that cuts banks out of the federal student loan business is costing 2,500 workers their jobs.

The nation's largest student lender has told 1,200 staffers in service centers in Killeen, Texas, and Panama City, Fla., they will lose their jobs by year-end. The remaining cuts will follow in 2011, resulting in nearly a third of the company's total work force of 8,000 losing their jobs.

The company has also dramatically reduced its private loan originations as a result of tighter underwriting standards. It did not specify how much that factored into the job cuts.

Sallie Mae, which is based in Reston, Va., maintained the cuts result from changes made to the federal student loan program as part of the health care reform signed by President Barack Obama last month.

Wow! Who saw this coming?

President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law is getting a mixed verdict in the first comprehensive look by neutral experts: More Americans will be covered, but costs are also going up.

Economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department concluded in a report issued Thursday that the health care remake will achieve Obama's aim of expanding health insurance — adding 34 million to the coverage rolls.

But the analysis also found that the law falls short of the president's twin goal of controlling runaway costs, raising projected spending by about 1 percent over 10 years. That increase could get bigger, since Medicare cuts in the law may be unrealistic and unsustainable, the report warned.


Obama, Rezko and Blago, Oh My!

The Obamunists just get more unseemly.

A list of things the Obamunists are glad the media's not covering on Blago's trial.....

By the way, where is Tony Rezko? The Washington Examiner cannot seem to find out what prison he's in and when his sentencing hearing will be held. Just a coincidence I'm sure.

Why is Antoin “Tony” Rezko under lock and key at an undisclosed location, like some sort of CIA-renditioned al Qaeda operative? And why hasn’t he been sentenced yet?

As the June 3 corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for allegedly trying to sell Obama’s former Illinois Senate seat approaches, the whereabouts of the former Blago and Obama fundraiser is literally a state secret.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Rezko was moved from Chicago’s downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center on December 16th, even though it’s right across the street from the federal courthouse where Blago will be tried.

Rezko’s not listed on the federal Bureau of Prisons’ inmate locator, either.

“Nobody knows where he is,” a source in Chicago told The Examiner.

The other big question: Why hasn’t Rezko been sentenced yet? It’s been almost two years since the Chicago restaurant and real estate developer was convicted on bribery, fraud and money laundering charges.

They should employ don't ask, don't tell

Three bisexual men are suing a national gay-athletic organization, saying they were discriminated against during the Gay Softball World Series held in the Seattle area two years ago.

The three Bay Area men say the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance in essence deemed them not gay enough to participate in the series.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle accuses the alliance of violating Washington state laws barring discrimination. The alliance organizes the annual Gay Softball World Series.

Beth Allen, the alliance's attorney, said the lawsuit is unwarranted and that the three plaintiffs "were not discriminated against in any unlawful manner."

In any case, Allen said, the alliance is a private organization and, as such, can determine its membership based on its goals.

"the alliance is a private organization and, as such, can determine its membership based on its goals"
. Really? Somehow that same threshold doesn't seem to apply to the Boy Scouts now does it?


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Politicians have banned the future

Here's a must read about the future of Western democracies............

Two articles, one by Christopher Booker describing the impending bankruptcy of the UK and another by Victor Davis Hanson describing the catatonic walk over the financial edge by California are united by a single theme: the power of denial.

Britain is broke, says Booker, but none of its major parties want to admit it because it would force them to run on a platform of belt-tightening, welfare cutbacks and sacrifice. But since a public long conditioned to hearing comforting lies would never accept the truth, nothing will be mentioned until the final smash. Until then the voters will be beguiled with soap opera causes, celebrity news and public-relations sleight of hand.

Until recently the difference between the First and Third Worlds was a that the Western future was real. The Western tomorrow was a definite quantity; loans would mature at a certain date, elections would be held at scheduled times and the pension check would arrive in the mail every 15th and 30th of the month. By contrast the Third World timescale had only the present. Tomorrow was ink on a calendar. Only things you could touch, take or use now were real. Checks in the future were as unreal as rocket ships and rayguns.

What a whole generation of Western political leaders have done is abolish the future. Comprehensively and perhaps irretrievably. And since that hasn’t happened in two generations, very few can even come to terms with it. Victor Davis Hanson describes the bewilderment of Californians who find that, for the first time in living memory, tomorrow isn’t coming. It’s so absurd people treat the fact with disbelief. People continue to act rich even though they’re poor. They live as if that check will arrive tomorrow even though no one can give a reason why it should.

Read the entire thing.........

Who did she vote for? #445

Meet unnamed teacher at a pro tax rally in Illinois

If you ever wondered why our kids are graduating at a level below illiterate look at their role models.....

Life in "Progress" City - Cincinnati edition

From the "progressive" city of Cincinnati, where there hasn't been a conservative in city government since paddle boats were the main transportation along the Ohio.......
A South Fairmount man was indicted today for not telling a teen he had sex with at the Downtown library that he was HIV positive.

Maurice Golsby, 46, was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury for felonious assault.

Golsby was convicted in January of public indecency when he was caught having sex with a 17-year-old male in a restroom at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The indictment accuses Golsby of knowing he was HIV positive and not telling the teen of his status before they had sex.

The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of eight years.

Giving AIDS to a teenager in a public library. Now that's "progressive"!

Article here..........

Life in "Progress" City - Los Angeles edition

From the city of Los Angeles, who hasn't had a conservative in city government since the city was founded.

Some of the most stunning articles I've read in a long while were in the Los Angeles Times' 2009 investigative series, "Failure gets a pass," which documents the near impossibility of firing unionized public school teachers in the massive Los Angeles Unified School District -- even those teachers credibly accused of sexually molesting or harassing their students.

The first article in the Times series, "Firing tenured teachers can be a costly and tortuous task," documented the case of teacher Carlos Polanco, who was accused by the school district of "immoral and unprofessional conduct" for making fun, in front of his class, of a student who had just returned after a suicide attempt.

This is from the school board: "He stated to the student, 'Look you can't even kill yourself.' Mr. Polanco then engaged other students in the discussion of the suicidal student's attempted suicide, which prompted another student to engage in a detailed explanation of how to hit a main artery."

That's horrifying and a good reason to fire this cruel man, who obviously has little concern for the safety of his students and lacks common decency. The school board voted to fire him, but that's just the first part in the firing process in a district that, according to the Times, fires far fewer than one teacher per 1,000 a year.

No wonder. The union-dominated Commission on Professional Competence overruled the Polanco firing.

The Times looked at every case (where records were still available) where the board fired a teacher and that firing was contested to the commission over the past 15 years, and concluded that "[b]uilding a case for dismissal is so time-consuming, costly and draining for principals and administrators that many say they don't make the effort except in the most egregious cases."

Liberalism - Hurting the least fortunate

Today marks the day of the EPA's assault on lead paint. If you are a house painter you need to get certification and follow stringent guidelines to abate lead paint.

The extra work that needs to be done seeks to increase the costs of abating lead paint out of homes (most built before 1978).

So Mr./Ms. "progressive" let me ask you these questions.

Do you think it's more likely or less likely that a poor person will have a home built before 1978?

Do you think it's more hazardous to residents to have homes with lead paint in them or to have it abated?

See, in my mind, the goal should be to remove lead paint from older homes. Making it more costly to do abatement work with all the compliance issues makes it more likely that lead paint will remain in these older homes.

But see, you liberals are working hard to make sure little Geddy and Lemmy are going to be chowing down on lead paint chips because the Kilmisters couldn't afford the additional costs of abatement. I hope that feels good Mr./Ms. Do gooder liberal.

For the record. My office was built in 1900. Last summer, I had some walls replastered and painted. I'm sure that in the process, I inhaled some lead paint dust. But I'm guessing that I inhaled less lead from that process than we all did in the 1970's when we used to burn LEAD in our gasoline.

There goes John Galt

Gaming icon Steve Wynn made his fortune believing in America and Las Vegas. His confidence in this city and its economy transformed the Strip, created tens of thousands of jobs and provided an elevated standard of living for untold numbers of Southern Nevadans.

But that confidence is clearly gone now, a direct result of the Obama administration's redistributionist philosophy and the ever-growing threat it presents to the private sector.

Mr. Wynn, in Macau for the opening of his hotel expansion, told CNBC Wednesday that he might move his company's headquarters from Las Vegas to China.

"The governmental policies in the United States of America are a damper, a wet blanket," Mr. Wynn said in a different interview on Bloomberg Television. "They retard investment, they retard job formation, they retard the creation of a better life for the citizens in spite of the rhetoric of the president.

"I don't think the Las Vegas market at the moment beckons a large investment," Mr. Wynn said. "The economic outlook in the United States, the policies of this administration, which do not favor job formation, do not encourage investment at all."

Mr. Wynn is no partisan hack, and we hope he sticks around. But even the most economically unsophisticated taxpayer should be concerned when one of this country's most successful entrepreneurs -- and the chief executive of a publicly traded corporation -- declares that this country is no longer a good place to do business.

Article here.....

Salt, the new crack cocaine

Liberals like to fashion themselves as the people of freedom. But why is it that the so called freedom people seem to worry themselves about what I want to do with my body........

Two members of Congress urged the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to move quickly to limit the amount of salt in processed foods, calling the matter a "public health crisis" that demanded a swift response from government.

"I understand they want to do it in a phased kind of a deal, but I don't want it to be too long," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "This is crying out for change that's long overdue."

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) agreed, saying in a conference call with Harkin and reporters: "I don't want this to take 10 years. . . . This is a public health crisis."

Their comments came after the release Tuesday of a report of experts, convened by the Institute of Medicine, that found that most Americans are consuming dangerous levels of sodium and that voluntary efforts by the food industry to reduce salt have failed. The report recommended that the FDA immediately launch efforts to limit salt levels over a period of years to allow consumers to adjust to less salty food.

"Clearly, salt is essential; it is a good thing; we need it," said Jane Henney of the University of Cincinnati, who chaired the expert panel. "But the levels we're taking in right now are far beyond the maximum levels we need. We should be taking in about a teaspoon a day, but we're consuming about a teaspoon and a half, and it's creating tremendous risk in terms of development of hypertension and numerous diseases."

A teaspoon and a half? Jesus, it's a regular crack epidemic.

So go ahead and fire up your bong but by God make sure you strip off the salt off those pretzels during your munchie crave.


Nick Kristof, racist

I never knew Nick Kristoff was a racist until I read this piece critical of our first African American president.......

Until he reached the White House, Barack Obama repeatedly insisted that the United States apply more pressure on Sudan so as to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and elsewhere.

Yet, as president, Mr. Obama and his aides have caved, leaving Sudan gloating at American weakness. Western monitors, Sudanese journalists and local civil society groups have all found this month’s Sudanese elections to be deeply flawed — yet Mr. Obama’s special envoy for Sudan, Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, pre-emptively defended the elections, saying they would be “as free and as fair as possible.” The White House showed only a hint more backbone with a hurried reference this week to “an essential step” with “serious irregularities.”

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan — the man wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in Darfur — has been celebrating. His regime calls itself the National Congress Party, or N.C.P., and he was quoted in Sudan as telling a rally in the Blue Nile region: “Even America is becoming an N.C.P. member. No one is against our will.”

Memo to Mr. Obama: When a man who has been charged with crimes against humanity tells the world that America is in his pocket, it’s time to review your policy.

Read the rest........

Spring sprouts the ultimate losers

Do you remember that movie with the hot torrid sex scene where Cameron Diaz rips off the accountant's shirt to reveal his bulging 2 liter abs and they go wild for hours?

Or how about the one where Sharon Stone runs rips off the visor or some middle aged accountant and runs her hand over his tremendously slick dome?

Or where Penelope Cruz is infatuated with the fluorescent light tan of her accountant and she wants him right on the copier?

Yeah, neither do I. Mainly because none of those ever happened. See, how you know that accountants are low on the cool totem pole is that there is never a hot sex scene with one in a movie.

The only movie I can remember where an accountant even has sex is the movie Deception where Hugh Jackman has to pay hookers to sleep with the accountant.

So as an accountant, I take no pride in being so far down the cool food chain. But spring springs eternal and the one thing I do get pleasure out of this time of year is making fun of people even less cool than accountants.

In the past, we've noted the following people less cool than accountants

Dungeon and Dragon dweebs
Star Wars/Star Trek geeks
Corvette guy

How do I know that these people are less cool than accountants? Because I'm pretty sure if I were matched up against these clowns for a woman, I'd come out with her. But the one group who tops the loser list is none other than..........

NFL draft dork.

If you are one of those jock sniffers going out tonight with your drug store list and a listing of every player who may be drafted take some advice from me. Don't do it. See, I don't have much of a choice about the accountant thing since I do it to make money. But this NFL draft obsession for you is supposed to be a hobby. Pick a new hobby cooler than this........ say....... bowling.

There is nothing more pathetic than watching a group of derelicts congregate to match up their mock drafts against each other just in time for the 2nd pick to be traded for Akili Smith or Tim Couch or Heath Schuler.

But hey don't believe me. Watch the Hollywood types. You won't find NFL draft dork even making it with a hooker. That pretty much says it all.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

That's a shocker

I hope you're sitting down before reading this text.

But believe it or not, the program design to keep people in their foreclosed houses, didn't work.......

A new report released yesterday (.pdf) by Neil Barofsky, special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) warns that Obama administration efforts to bailout homeowners through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) are ineffective and will not stem the sweeping tide of foreclosures.

The $75 billion HAMP program was created with a promise to bailout 3 to 4 million homeowners in foreclosure, paying lenders to modify troubled mortgages. Foreclosures reached 2.8 million in 2009 and are on track to exceed that total with over 932,000 foreclosures filed in the first three months of 2010, the report found.

The inspector general found the program “has made very little progress in stemming this onslaught” in a year with only 230,000 loans permanently modified.


An Obamunist heads to Goldman

Hey Greg Craig, you just finished a term as a lousy administrator for a lousy administration what are you going to do now?

I'm going where all ineffective democrats go...... Goldman Sachs......

ABC News' Ann Compton reports: Goldman Sachs has reached into the ranks of the Obama White House alumni for some political protection. Former White House counsel Greg Craig has been hired to advise the Wall Street giant after it was charged by the government last Friday with fraud and misleading its own investors. Politico first broke the story Monday night.

Officials at the White House say Craig did not alert them about his decision to take on Goldman Sachs as a client at the law firm Skadden Arps, where Craig now works.

I hear they're looking to make Jamie Gorelick CFO soon.


Life in "Progress" City - Cincinnati edition

From the "Progressive" city of Cincinnati, where there hasn't been a conservative in city government since the town was named Losantiville..........

A Hamilton County sheriff's deputy serving an eviction this morning ended up being first on the scene for a drive-by shooting.

Around 8:30 a.m., the deputy heard three shots fired near his location on the 1800 block of Race Street. He immediately called in on his radio a shots fired run.

Near the front of the building, the deputy found a man shot in the leg and called for assistance.

According to Cincinnati Police, a woman in a dark Oldsmobile fired the shots from her car hitting the victim twice in the legs.

Wow, an eviction and a drive by all in one trip. Now that's "progressive"!


Hey! You guys supported him

One of the most baffling things I've ever witnessed in my political voyeurism is the media's hard on for liberals.

Because if you look at the first people the lefties start purging it's the media types (ie Hugo Chavez/Fidel Castro).

This past week, the White House press corp celebrated Festivus with a airing of the grievances with Robbie Gibbs.

Then they have this little episode with the media being pushed away from covering some gay protesters at the White House.

The media is so fed up with the Obamunists it lead one member to drop this bomb.

The White House is working hard to secure deals that yield fluffy, feel good commentary about the Obama White House. One American White House reporter used colorful terms to describe the arrangement. The reporter said, "They want 'blow jobs' first [in the press sense]. Then you have to be on good behavior for a bit or be willing to deal, and then you get access."

"Axe" and "Gibbs" know who needs access to get their books pushed forward.

They know who will pay for play -- and are taking notes on who has been naughty and nice in their reporting.

Hey you guys love him...... I think it's fitting. Remember a change of clothes.

Just remember, this will be the most transparent administration in history, as long as you don't ask about Goldman Sachs, the IG firing, the president's golf infatuation, etc.....

There goes John Galt

From Time of all places........

Chicago native Ben loves his country and is proud to be an American. Yet the longtime resident of Melbourne has just relinquished his U.S. citizenship. "This is not something I did lightly or happily, but I saw no other choice," says Ben, a businessman who became an Australian citizen two years ago.

His words resonate with another American expatriate, John, a business owner based near Lausanne, Switzerland, who like Ben asked that his last name be withheld for fear of alienating his family in the U.S. "Giving up my U.S. citizenship is a genuine option," says the Ohio native, who recently received his Swiss passport and is considering relinquishing his American one. "I am at a breaking point — being American costs me time [and] money, but mostly aggravation." (See 50 authentic American experiences.)

For U.S. citizens, cutting ties with their native land is a drastic and irrevocable step. But as Overseas American Week, a lobbying effort by expatriate-advocacy groups, convenes in Washington this week, it's one that an increasing number of American expats are willing to take. According to government records, 502 expatriates renounced U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the fourth quarter of 2009 — more than double the number of expatriations in all of 2008. And these figures don't include the hundreds — some experts say thousands — of applications languishing in various U.S. consulates and embassies around the world, waiting to be processed. While a small number of Americans hand in their passports each year for political reasons, the new surge in permanent expatriations is mainly because of taxes.

Progressives = back to the future

Liberals already know that the label "liberal" has a negative connotation when it comes to people with brains.

So years ago they thought they could manage the message better with a name change; "call us progressives".

That would be all fine if "progressive" actually meant something, well, progressive.

According to Merriam-Webster "progressive" is

1 a : of, relating to, or characterized by progress b : making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities

Now riddle me this Batman. How is it ""progressive" to want to turn our energy over to wind power which was popular around, say, 1700. Did it ever occur to a "progressive" that there's a reason we don't use that technology today?

Is that a new idea, finding or opportunity?

Or let's take transportation. "Progressives" in this state want to build a passenger rail line from Cincinnati to Columbus to Cleveland.

Forget for a moment that it will actually take 2 hours longer to take the rail over driving. But consider that there has never been a passenger rail line that worked in this state even before the idea of interstate highways originated.

In addition, even when urban populations were more dense inside of the cities, the rail lines didn't work. But the cities are much more spread out today. Let's say that Gordon has to get from Blue Ash to Parma or Elyria you can tack on a couple of extra hours to your commute if you plan to use Thomas the Tank Engine for your ride.

What is the technology of rail lines? Let's say it was rockin' cool in the 1800's.

If "progressives" keep getting more "progressive", we'll soon be commuting to Columbus via canal using waterwheels and oxen for energy.

A future conservative?

They say that a liberal is a conservative who hasn't been robbed yet.

I wonder if that will play out for Kal Penn....

Actor Kal Penn, who appeared in the TV medical drama "House" and the "Harold and Kumar" movies, and worked as a White House aide, was robbed at gunpoint in Washington DC Tuesday, his publicist said.

Penn, 32, who served as a political liaison with the Asian American community, was in the Dupont Circle area of the US capital after midnight when a gunman stole his wallet and other belongings, the Washington Post said.

His Hollywood-based publicist, Jennifer Goodwin confirmed the incident to AFP, but declined to provide further details.

I wonder if Kal inquired about the mugger's upbringing and lack of educational opportunity as he handed over his wallet?


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tea Partiers harass The One

They must be gay tea partiers

Animal Farm

I think from now on I'll refer to our president as Napolean, after lead character in Animal Farm

You may know democrats as the party of the working guy or "Main Street" as they like to say on the campaign trail.

But if that's the case how is it that Goldman Sachs employees lined the Obama's treasure trunk full of $994,000 in campaign contributions.

Better yet, when will the media detail the Animal Farm like hypocrisy of the democrats or when Napolean walks on his rear legs like a human.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pass it so we know what's in it

I will give Nancy Pelosi credit for her honesty, we did have to pass the bill to find out what's in it.

Over at Doug Ross, the plethora of good things in the bill............

• There is a new tax on home sales of 3.8%. This will hit middle-income people who are "'rich' for only one day" as they sell a house and buy a new one.

• There are $15.2 billion in new taxes on the middle class as DemCare severely restricts the medical expense deduction, which is widely used by families who have a serious illness or are elderly.

• According to Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), there is a huge new loophole in the bill as nothing prevents health care companies from raising rates by any amount.

• The bill will lead to a dramatic shortage of doctors -- around 150,000 doctors almost immediately -- because the pool of newly insured welfare DemCare recipients has expanded so dramatically.

Thanks reader Jeremy for the tip.

Liberals have no grip on reality

So you're on the verge of bankruptcy, you have delinquent real estate taxes, and your roof is starting to leak during heavy rains.

Do you.....

1) Hunker down to find the money to fix the roof or
2) Take a nice trip to the Cayman islands?

That's how the liberals in our state have approached the need for passenger rail in our cities and states.

Just yesterday, the Enquirer did a piece on the coming tab due on our city employee pensions. Not to be deterred, the city is still looking to drop a few bucks ($64 million initially) on a trolley system that will do nothing but transport criminals from down town to the University of Cincinnati.

But hey, for what it's worth the state of Ohio is also flush with cash (if you budget like a drunken sailor with a new credit card). Enough so they have the ability to build the world largest erector set rail line that turns a four and half hour drive from Cincinnati to Cleveland into a 6 and half hour train ride to the empty center cities.

Are these people totally insane?

I've frequently ask the question as to whether liberals are ignorant or purposely trying to ruin this country. But I do think we have to add criminally insane to the choice list.

Seriously, have these people read a newspaper in the past two years?

These folks fascination with their real life Thomas the Tank Engine projects is a compulsion that rivals serial killing.