"Weaknesses in the economy and financial markets - and the government's response to them - have contributed to near-term increases in federal deficits, which reached a record level in fiscal year 2009. While a lot of attention has been given to the recent fiscal deterioration, the federal government faces even larger fiscal challenges that will persist long after the return of financial stability and economic growth... the long-term fiscal outlook remains unsustainable."
Monday, December 28, 2009
"Weaknesses in the economy and financial markets - and the government's response to them - have contributed to near-term increases in federal deficits, which reached a record level in fiscal year 2009. While a lot of attention has been given to the recent fiscal deterioration, the federal government faces even larger fiscal challenges that will persist long after the return of financial stability and economic growth... the long-term fiscal outlook remains unsustainable."
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Over the last several years we hear more and more how stingy and greedy Americans are. The socialists and the United Nations repeat this mantra over and over in the media in an attempt to make Americans think they are the Ebenezer Scrooge's of the world. Yet America is the country everyone turns to in crisis for aid. The psychology of this is damning, exposing the socialists as rather like a spoiled brat who always throws a tantrum if he doesn't get more and more of what he wants. Which is exactly what they are and this is what they do. They lie, cheat, and steal, whine, and call names. The maturity level is really low, but the moral level is worse.
The reason I'm posting this message, on Christmas in particular, is to try my best to counter the demonizing of America and Americans. I also want to remind Americans that we can only be charitable within the bounds of our financial health. The more the socialists "redistribute," the less we have with which to be charitable. If we are soaked by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Obama with higher taxes, Health Care, Cap and Trade, and endless Stimulus bills, we will have little left to give. We don't need to listen to these naysayers and liars. Like all of the rest of their political games, calling Americans greedy only serves their purposes. America is absolved by the figures, shown below and the graph above, recounting the the truth of the matter...... Americans can hold their heads high and be joyful for all we have had and have given!! Now, if Americans can figure out how to save our liberty from the thieves of redistribution, maybe we can maintain our charitable place in the world. If not, we may become either like the rest of the countries shown, or we may become the target of charity rather than the source. If ever there was a case of killing the Golden Goose, Obama is by all accounts bleeding the Goose by intense hemorrage. The Goose is going to dry up and die. You cannot give what you don't have. Simple common sense. Unfortunately, that truth has escaped Obama who takes from some to give to others. He gives yours....so you will have nothing left to give. What a concept.
In the meantime, don't buy into the guilt trip and the lies. We know who we are. We don't need to be redefined by the political left and globalists who are salivating at picking us dry. What we need to do is flat out tell them...."no, you are not stealing from me to pay off SEIU, ACORN, or any of your other Marxists cronies or corporate shills." The new chant for Obama's ears.....NO YOU CAN'T....and NO YOU WON'T.
We need to redeem ourselves in the name of truth. Redemption and Salvation....the meaning of Christmas.
Hoven's Index for December 24, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
And so, alas, the anointed one from 2009 gives us anything but hope. Here is a video of what you will be receiving for Christmas from Obama, his communist cronies in congress, and various appointed czars:
Happy Christmas to all and to all a goodnight...
Friday, December 18, 2009
God Bless us all and keep us from harm by His protection from lying devils!!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The spin meisters of our culture, the ones who really despise American success, have worked diligently for decades now to make Americans feel really really guilty. Americans are, in general, a very compassionate and generous people. We have shared our success with the rest of the world in spades. Yet, those who resent us are using our success to try to make us feel very bad about it, saying we have not done enough, saying we have to down-grade so others can have what we worked to gain. But this is an out and out lie. Nevertheless, that is the game being played against us. The reality / objectivism versus the fiction / relativism is at the heart of this divide. And reality / objectivism teaches us that a country of successful individuals is the reason for American success. The reality / objectivism teaches that you cannot share what has been robbed from you. Forced collective sharing is immoral theft.
American success is completely derived from individualism. The basis for our government is individualism. Without individual self-interest, there is no American success story. America was not built on collectivism. But the Federal government which was first established to preserve individualism has turned our basis on its head. Those who work for the Federal government or receive Federal funding now promote collectivism in order to shore up their own existence and keep the funding taps open.....to the tune of over 12 trillion in debt as I write this. The collectivists have so overwhelmed the individual achievers in our country, that they have reached beyond the point of Chapter 11 into complete insolvency. Margaret Thatcher was entirely correct when she pointed out that "What is wrong with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."
Now that we have reached the tipping point, the global socialists are frothing at the mouth to pick the bones. The UN thieves want to take the land, the resources, and the money, and hand it over to all of those poor poor in the 3rd world. The collectivists in America are in the process of handing our country over to the collectivists in the global environmental movement. Our individualism means nothing to them. They only see a big fat pie to be eaten as fast as possible. That's why Obama and his administration are creating a crisis nearly every day....so more of the pie can be grabbed by everyone else on the excuse of another crisis. A planetary crisis...a national crisis, a flu pandemic, a banking crisis, on and on. What's their answer? Collective health care. Collective energy use. Collective land use. Collective unions. Etc.
So what of the ladies and their collective guilt? What they want to share is your success, not their own. They aren't willing to give what they have. They want you to give up what you have. One of them quite literally told me she does not believe in charities because that is what taxes are for. The government is her charity of choice, yet every time her property taxes go up, she is first in line, appealing to have them reduced. These ladies are only a handful of people who have swallowed the propaganda. Michael Moore did his job well. Many more were indoctrinated. Al Gore managed to suck in a lot of suckers. And Obama used his race and his charisma to convince a lot of Americans to assuage their guilt by voting for a black man and to take the country down out of misplaced collective guilt....guilt that was beat into their heads for generations.
My recipe for correcting this disaster is absolution. Collective guilt has to be denied as the lie that it is. We cannot allow people to feel guilty for something they did not do and then have any kind of healthy society. At the same time, we need to promote and celebrate creative / critical thinking and personal responsibility. Individualism must once again be celebrated and put back in its rightful place as the point guard of our republic. Pride in America's achievements because of individualism must be given its due. We need to let people know that our place in the world is the example of hope of individuals to reach their potential. Without that we have a collective disaster from which we will never recover.
"A welfare state is in one sense a big Ponzi scheme. Without increasing numbers of people entering the scheme, there is no money to pay the people receiving the money. As Mark Steyn has repeatedly pointed out, you can't run a welfare state without a growing population." Grabbed from Classical Values .com
Friday, December 11, 2009
I am an artist. I have made my career in art most of my adult life. This career has led me to own a nationally recognized product, participate in national trade shows, and be responsible for employees. Nine years ago I stepped out of that arena in order to spend more time developing my art, however the lessons learned from that national business were valuable to my perspective on taxes, on employers responsibilities, on trends, and on fiscal responsibilities. Just as a Dr. in private practice owns a business, so did I.
Along the way in my life I have made and lost some friends..as most of us do. Several of these friends were either neighbors or other women who had children the same ages as my children and had some common interests as I had in the domestic areas of life. These several women have never had to make a living on their own. They have lived through their husbands lucrative careers. Each of them have had supplemental jobs, but did not have to live on their own incomes. None of them have ever done without health insurance. Some live in gated communities. Life has been really easy and good for them. Among this group of friends, I was the only one to be divorced, a single mother, without health insurance for 13 yrs., or make my way in life without a wealthy husband or financially supporting parents. I didn't take one dime of government money to survive. I worked my tail off and made my life work without the amenities these women enjoy. Each of these several women friends of mine voted for Obama. Since this last year's election each of these women 'friends' have jumped down the rabbit hole with him and think of themselves as the high and mighty benefactors of Obama's collectivist vision for America. One of them doesn't speak to me anymore. One of them yesterday called me an "extremist." None of them have studied various forms of government or grasp the importance of the U.S. Constitution. Two of them are foreign born. All of them are influenced by the hippie culture of the sixties and hate conservatism. Which is funny because they each have aspired to become the wealthy establishment. They each hate business....as in the media description of those "bad and greedy corporations who make profits." Bad Oil. Bad Insurance. Bad Bankers. Etc. They have no understanding of freedom because they have enslaved themselves to the money of their successful husbands. Most of these have compromised their oaths and either committed adultery or tolerated their husband's adulteries. They gripe and cavil about the husbands' control over them....which they gladly suffer for the trade-off of security.
So I guess it should not surprise me that these women are so easily duped by the propagandists in the media and our government. No surprise. Just disappointment. No backbone. Just declarations of compassion for the poor. Obama is the epitome example of what they are. Taking from someone else to support themselves and promoting socialism. They already live socialism. They know who to kiss up to, to get their skids greased. They are so threatened by individual survival that they despise the idea of it. They have convinced themselves they could not maintain their lifestyles without taking from someone else while compromising principles. And they love their lifestyles. I could go on and on pointing out the hypocrisy I have seen in these friends' lives...but that would take another two posts...and I'm really so tired of the hypocrisy of the left that I don't think I can suffer through writing it..much less making you read it. These women represent a microcosm of a bigger problem. Mass moral decay and lack of principles. And they have turned their fear against me and excluded me from their lives because they are so threatened by my message which is: you don't have to compromise your principles to live a good life and life is better without benevolent (or not) dictators, i.e. government handouts and controls. They want the entire country to live like they do, beholden to a someone with money and force.
I don't see any hope for fixing that problem. It seems, as I write this, impossible to turn around this climate of dependence. I've argued with reason to these women and they can't stand hearing it. I've argued with facts and they disregard them. I've argued with historical perspective and they have none, so they don't care. We are losing the country to people like these, much the same as Germany and the Soviet Union were lost for generations to people like these. And with friends like these, who needs enemies? Rhetorical question there...
More on this in the next post.....
Saturday, December 5, 2009
From Big Government.com, Here is an excerpt from Warner Todd Huston on this subject
"On November 11, David N. Farr, Chairman, CEO and President of Emerson Electric Co., announced at the Baird 2009 Industrial Conference in Chicago that President Obama has succeeded in chasing his multi-billion dollar industry right out of the U.S.A. Why? Onerous regulation, high taxes, and the over $1 trillion Obama debt should be reason enough for any business to consider shutting down U.S. facilities and seeking greener pastures overseas says Farr."
So much for "creating and saving jobs." But, hey, who thought Obama's policies would be anything good for America? Not me!! I wonder how long Americans are going to sit out here and take it. I'm guessing if some serious major changes don't appear in the 2010 elections, there is going to be some hell-raising in the hinterland. But since our election process has become so infiltrated and corrupted, I'm not banking on elections that make any sense anymore.
The federal government is “doing everything in [its] manpower [and] capability to destroy U.S. manufacturing,” says David Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson Electric Co., in a presentation at the Baird 2009 Industrial Conference in Chicago Ill., on Nov. 11. In comments reported by Bloomberg, Farr added that companies will continue adding jobs in China and India because they are “places where people want the products and where the governments welcome you to actually do something. I am not going to hire anybody in the United States. I’m moving. They are doing everything possible to destroy jobs.”
Speaking of banking....have you looked at CD rates lately? To all of the idiots who voted for this guy....thank you so much for further ruining any sense of reasonable balance in the financial sector. If you are in business and can't get any operating capital loans, and banks are not returning much of any interest on investments, well....the engine is in big trouble. The gears are frozen. What's Obama's answer to this? Steal more money from the citizens to give to Socialist / government entities. Forced unions on businesses, expensive and lousy Health Care, and rape all of us with Cap and Trade laws that will send more money to the government and out of the country. Great ideas there ole Presbo! George Orwell knoweth ye well!!
Here is Mr. Farr's list of Obama's helpful business incentives:
Our Government at Work to Help the U.S. Economy Grow:
- $1.41T Deficit 10% of GDP
- $12T of Government Debt Going to $20+T in 10 yrs
- Print more money – “Quantitative Easing”
- Non-Targeted $800B Stimulus
- Wall Street & Car Bailouts
- Cap & Tax Legislation?
- Government Healthcare takeover: $1+T
- Taxes and Regulations (increasing)
- Lack of U.S. $ Support
Friday, December 4, 2009
So the very idea that scammers, swindlers, extortionists, and frauds have been taking advantage of well-meaning people makes me so angry I could just spit nails. But that is the case. That is exactly what has been happening. And I am so very glad that this HOAX is now being exposed for exactly what it is.
The British have the gift of oratory in their Parliament. The video below gives me inspiration that truth will prevail and those of us who stand for it will win against the evil, conspiratorial, liars who have perpetrated this GLOBAL HOAX to enrich themselves and rob everyday people of their ability to survive.
For those of you who like to read what others are saying on this, the views below are from the Telegraph in the U.K. You can access the page here!
"Many of us have believed Algore to be a fraud for many years. A politician masquerading as a scientist. Really. This hypocrite is making a fortune off the carbon trading scam he helped perpetrate and has more money than he’ll ever spend. It’s about time this hoax was exposed for what it is. Time for our politicians in the US to sit down and shut up. You can bet, though, these idiots will not go quietly. They still have a huge, abeit, duped audience that will no doubt want to avoid embarrassment at any cost and will fight to the end.
"Obama is a full fledged liar and communist and he has started a revolution in the U.S.
There is another revolution beginning to take shape in our country.
Watch what happens.
What ever Obama signs we will undo."
"As an American, I’m heartened to read your comments on this site. You in the UK should not stand for this…especially LEGITIMATE SCIENTISTS who have all been sullied by this scandalous scheme. This outrageous HOAX played on the people of the the world should not go unpunished. How many jobs have they cost? How much money have they made at the expense of farmers, utilities, ordianary citizens, etc. who have been harmed?
By the way, FOX News is no longer a small player in the US. They are the most popular pay cable news network, rivaling the original free networks of CBS, NBC and ABC. In fact they shame the mainstream media by exposing stories the MSM are too lazy, too biased or too dumb to go after (much like your BBC). They are behind the exposure of ACORN, as a criminal organization pretending to be aiding their communities. They exposed Obamas openly Marxists aides, called Czars, by showing videos of these people in their own words so they cannot deny the charges, and are making people aware of the erosian of our freedoms. As a result, there are grass roots organizations such as the Tea Partiers,growing by leaps and bounds here and who will be a force to be reconned with in our next elections.
Good luck to you in the UK. I hope you will finally stand up and tell them, “I’m mad as Hell and I won’t take it anymore!”
"almost everybody with an IQ higher than day old bread knows that AGW is a fraud now. Obama doesn’t care in the least. Nobody answering that description would vote for him again anyway. His attorney general just announced that the government will continue to give billions and billions of dollars to an organization accused of massive vote fraud that is also planning to fake the census — which is being run directly by the white house. In other words… there are no “elections” in the USA anymore. Obama will sign a treaty agreeing to yearly payments in the 100’s of billions of dollars to foreign governments opposed to everything American. He has announced previously that he doesn’t believe that treaties need to be validated by the Senate. He will just start making those payments as long as he is in power and HELLO???? he never intends to leave. As Chavez and Castro announced a little early he will soon declare himself president for life. Watch."
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels
I apologise for the plagiarism but no one could put it better than that quote as a summary of the climate debacle. Thank you, id1386"
And just one more I especially liked for the reference to George Orwell:
"Take heart, the collaborators in the liberal scheme to bind the free thought of men…crush freedom and establish the State as the supreme entity, will reap the results of their shameful collusion. The media network outlets in the U.S….CBS NBC ABC, and the New York Times…and all of their corespondents no longer pretend to operate in the interest of truthful information. They are liberal propagandists who have lost their souls and as the magnitude of their corruption is exposed as with lying scientists, they will reap their own ruin.
It must be recognized that the BBC is also being eaten by this liberal cancer and holds a prominent position on the list of the despicable.
UK’s native son George Orwell foretold what is happening to free men right down to the absurd “new-speak” of the Obama regime where “terrorist attack” has been erased and is now…”a man caused disaster”.
Orwell’s work 1984 was a warning to free men. Liberal bedbugs have seized it and are using it as an instruction manual….to the letter.
The bedbugs have much to fear."
Saturday, November 28, 2009
For over sixty years now the left-wing propagandists have been very occupied with convincing Americans that we are very bad people. Forty years ago they grabbed hold of the schools to make sure the children were taught that Americans live on stolen land, built the country using stolen labor, have an illegitimate Constitution written by nasty old white men, and have been using up the planet's resources illegitimately and unfairly. So now we have a population of people, some left wing zealots, some indoctrinated, and some who are just too uneducated to understand, who believe America is a travesty and has no business being more successful than the rest of the world. These people have been led into a twisted guilt trip for just being American. They think Obama will absolve them of their guilt if he just goes to Copenhagen and signs away our guilt to the rest of the world and consigns us to penance payments for decades to come.
First I want to explain what this Copenhagen Treaty says and means, just so you know.
According to Jed Gladstein writing for American Thinker
- An unelected international government is to be established without the American people voting on its establishment or membership;
- The unelected international government is to have authority to legislate how much and what kind of carbon-based activity Americans may engage in before they will be taxed on such activity;
- The unelected international government is to have authority to decide the amount of taxes Americans must pay for carbon-based activities, determine the people to whom the taxes will be given, and decide how those people will spend the taxes -- and none of those activities will be subject to presidential veto, congressional oversight, or review by the federal Judiciary, much less a vote by the American people;
- If the American people fail to abide by the legislative edicts of the unelected international government, they will be subject to international enforcement proceedings that are alien to our constitutional ideas of due process, equal protection, personal freedom, and property rights.
And if this isn't bad enough, did Americans actually do anything to worsen the condition of planet earth in the past forty years?
Emails revealed last week from the Climatic Research Unit in Britain proved that the scientists feeding information to the United Nations' International Panel on Climate Change had been manipulating evidence, hiding the truth, and laughing all the way to the bank for years. This information finally shows that lying to get funding research was the norm. It also shows that the assertion that men are to blame for some radical shift in the climate is absurd. It finally exposes the hoax for what it is. It finally exposes Al Gore for what he is, a very clever snake oil salesman who also has been laughing all the way to the bank. The entire reason for the IPCC, the Kyoto Treaty, and the Copenhagen Treaty has been a virtual shakedown of advanced industrial nations.
And finally, this email chain of evidence proves that Americans are not to blame for ruining anyone's planet. While America's population has risen over the past twenty years, our output of pollution has gone down. There is no reason for Americans to feel guilty or pay through the nose for some false data put together by some extortionists for their own gain. Americans can hold their heads up and stop feeling as if we are some scourge on the earth. Americans can be proud of their track record on pollution and stewardship of the earth. America is not a "problem" and should not be held hostage to some ridiculous ransom. Obama needs to get off the Climate Change train because it is heading for a very big crash. And frankly, I think, so is he. The lies are not "sustainable."
There are a multitude of sites holding educated science views on the subject of this Climate Scam. One of my favorites is Junk Science .com - Link located on the right side bar of this blog.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The specific goal of RICO is to punish the use of an enterprise to engage in certain criminal activity. A person who uses an enterprise to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity may be convicted under the RICO criminal statute (18 U.S.C.A. § 1963). An enterprise is defined as "any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity." A pattern is defined as "at least two acts of racketeering activity, one of which occurred after the effective date of [RICO's passage] and the last of which occurred within ten years … after commission of a prior act of racketeering activity." Racketeering activity includes a number of discrete criminal offenses, such as gambling, bribery, extortion, bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud, prostitution, narcotics trafficking, loan sharking, and murder.
While Al Gore is not the only offender who should be brought to trial on these charges, I am using him as the main protagonist of the case. Fraud and extortion are the two main offenses here that apply. Now that the "hackers" have released the emails from the scientific organizations that #1. Prove the science on Global Warming is a fraud, and #2. Show without any doubt that scientists were manipulating data to protect their own revenue streams, we can proceed with the prosecution of all of those who have perpetrated this fraud on the public. Not just the American public, but the global population as well.
I have never bought into it. I don't know that I am soooooo smart that I could see through it, but I have lived long enough to recognize a scam, especially one as transparent as this one. I am old enough to remember the "ice age" hysteria in the 1960's which never came to pass. I watched as that particular nonsense switched to "warming" instead of "cooling" just to grab some more followers. I watched as a close relative funneled whatever money he could to the Sierra Club and every other environmental organization because he was so sure that made him a better human being, it made him feel as if he was part of some great cause that was going to "save the earth." He bought into the Zero Population hysteria, too, and never had any children because of it. For a while he went into the "vegan" lifestyle because he bought into the idea that animal protein was bad for us. This relative died at 59 and was miserably grouchy through most of his time here. He was perennially mad at everyone who was successful, prosperous, and lived large. He blamed every human and would call himself a "pimple on the ass of the earth," because of the horrendously dismal articles he would read. In his world it just wasn't fair that some people were happily living their lives while he was totally convinced that the world was ending any time now. I look upon him and his life as a very sad case of indoctrination that ruined his life. Think about that while you are thinking of the indoctrination of our children going on in the past few years. How are they impacted by lies and distortions that make them think the world is doomed and it is all their fault.
But back to the RICO violations. It is a major crime to defraud the government of money. It is a major crime to extort money from the public. What would you call it when the U.S. government is being scammed by Al Gore and groups who are grabbing tax dollars for "green" jobs??? What do you call it when the text books being taught in the public schools are lying to school children to support a scam?? What do you call it when complicit media outlets on the take such as MSNBC/NBC - GE purport lies to enrich their parent corporation? By virtue of the size of the money pots going towards this "Global Warming" hoax, this is, without a doubt, the biggest fraud and extortion plot that has ever been exacted on the planet.
Alas, Eric Holder, the social justice boob who is now in charge of our legal system, is not going to go after Al Gore. No....he is too busy going after the circus trial in NY just to try to drag the CIA and the Bush Administration through the mud in public.
So I'm just engaged in wishful thinking again....wishing that some really big fish would fry for their crimes against us. If you or I created a ponzi scheme or a way to scam the public with snake oil, we'd be in chains in some federal prison for the rest of our lives. I'm wishing...."Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." Let justice win this one. And thank God for those "hackers."
P.S. As for my not buying into this scam in the first place....Somehow or another I was given the gift of "Doubting Thomas." It didn't help me out much in math classes when the formula was static and I had to figure out some simple addition, subtraction, or division problem. Instead I would sit there and ask, "Why?" I can only imagine the frustration my teachers must have felt when faced with such a belligerent student. My grades were not stellar, but my curious mind did not let me down. Asking "why" is not such a bad thing when faced with such an arrogant salesman as Al Gore. When someone is pressing you to buy what they are selling, telling you to buy it really FAST, and giving you a line of BS, you can pretty much tell there is some other agenda going on. This Global Warming / Climate Change / Cap and Trade / stuff has so many red flags that a simpleton could see it is a scam. How the public has gotten so mesmerized and indoctrinated into this is beyond the scope of reasonable belief. But there you are...it is what it is. We have our work cut out for us to deprogram a whole lot of zombie-bots and get their brains working again.
Again, thank God for those hackers!!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
So lately you are seeing frenetic amounts of "Green" TV and advertisements for a Copenhagen treaty. And next you might be asking yourself, what is the Copenhagen Treaty? The Copenhagen Treaty is the Kyoto Treaty on steroids. You see socialists / environmentalists are not satisfied with banning off shore drilling, banning nuclear plants, exploration for shale oil, etc. in America. They want a global treaty signed, sealed and delivered that our country will not produce the necessary fossil fuels or clean coal or nuclear power in order to "sustain" our way of life, including our manufacturing industries as well as our homes. The Copenhagen Treaty is putting slick ads on TV to convince the American public that this is THE definitive global answer to saving our dear planet. To swallow this, you have to first agree that the planet is sick and dying because of those dastardly humans. Since Carol Browner is a protege of Al Gore and has drunk more than a few gallons of inconvenient Kool-ade, she is convinced that the very necessary component of life on earth, carbon dioxide, is a deadly toxin. (Truthfully, I don't think either she or Al Gore believe that, but they want you to believe it so they can make gobs and tons of money on carbon offsets.) This demonization of carbon dioxide is the perfect foil to deny innocent and uneducated people of their ability to use energy to produce anything. Browner, Gore, and Obama are in the business of guilting you into thinking that using energy to live is a crime against mother earth.
But back to Carol Browner. Because she has been placed into the position of Director of Energy and Climate Change, she is now gifted the wand of regulating energy use in the United States without congressional approval. She can put forth edicts that businesses and homeowners must follow, restricting manufacturing, building, heating and cooling homes, etc., without one ounce of agreement from Congress or the people of the United States. At the moment Ms. Browner is lamenting the fact that Cap and Trade is not a signed bill by the President, so she cannot go to Copenhagen with the announcement that Obama has already devastated the energy sector in the U.S. She wanted to go to Copenhagen to sign onto the treaty and make the announcement that Obama and Congress have already rationed our use of energy. Poor Carol. She was so excited to sign onto the Copenhagen Treaty which proposes that every advanced country be taxed 0.7% on its GDP. In the United States, based on 2008 figures, that means $99.82 billion of our tax dollars going to some global environmental organization who wishes to redistribute that wealth to God knows who or where. Last time I looked at the debt clock, America is already up to its eyeballs in debt, so by all means, lets just borrow more money to pay some global socialists on the ruse of "environmental justice." America, already being the most environmentally responsible country on the planet, should absolutely pay all those other people for something. For what, I can only imagine.
The Copenhagen Treaty takes away the sovereign decision making of any participating country to manage its own energy strategies. Furthermore, it is, as Barack Obama's policies all embrace, a socialist wealth redistribution format where "rich" countries are to compensate "poor" countries as on page 122, Item 17: [[Developed [and developing] countries] [Developed and developing country Parties] [All Parties] [shall] [should]:]
(a) Compensate for damage to the LDCs’ economy and also compensate for lost opportunities, resources, lives, land and dignity, as many will become environmental refugees;
(b) Africa, in the context of environmental justice, should be equitably compensated for environmental, social and economic losses arising from the implementation of response measures.
Coincidentally, the treaty paragraph shown happens to throw money at Africa for "environmental justice." I don't know about you, but I don't happen to know of any reason why American taxpayers should be on the hook for some arbitrary "environmental injustice" that none of the everyday taxpayers caused. This is interesting to me in the context of national angst over money going overseas to pay for oil. Now, instead of paying for oil, this crowd wants American money to go overseas to pay for "environmental justice?" Hmmmm...how does that work? I'm still trying to figure out the dire sentence there that ends with "dignity, as many will become environmental refugees." We certainly aren't "compensating" the farmers in the San Joaquin Valley in California who are experiencing a drought and the EPA will not allow irrigation to the farms on the ruse of saving a micro sized fish. Wouldn't you classify them as "environmental refugees," having lost their businesses and livelihoods? If we are going to compensate for environmental decisions, how about saving those American farmers from destitution??
So far the Obama administration seems determined to bleed the American public dry, on all issues; health care, environmentalism, finance, all of them. Just like the Health Care bills are not about Health Care, neither is Cap and Trade nor the Copenhagen Treaty about environmental responsibility. It's all about wealth distribution, away from Americans and into the pockets of special interests, lobbyists, globalists, unions, and favored causes of the Socialist Party. While you are contemplating this, remember that none of these global thieves are going to be riding bicycles to retrieve their groceries. They will still be riding around in the sleek private jets with motorcades awaiting them and other people will be bringing in their groceries. They are in the business of making you pay for their lifestyles while you are wondering how to heat your house this winter or keep your job. Their carbon footprints are not shrinking while yours are. Turning off your lights may lower your electric bill, but it does nothing to increase energy in some under-developed country. You can also remember that making Americans poorer is not going to make one African richer. The generosity of Americans can only come from a vibrant and industrious nation, one we used to have and are losing by the minute.
That's who they are and that's what they do. Redistribute the wealth. And they are doing it to us, America.
Addendum: The New America - article by William F. Jasper "The Earth-saving, jet-setting Gore (whose Tennessee mansion has a "carbon footprint" 20 times that of the average American family) is a collectivist ideologue who gives every indication of being in the green game for power and prestige as much as (or more than) for the money. He and his fellow globalists want to "transform" the world, to remake it to their own desires. The green path is their road not only to pelf, but also to power.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I have not written this past week because I have commissioned paintings I am working on and, also, the bad news is so prevalent that I find it difficult to choose which subject to discuss. So today I am just checking in to tell a short story.
This week I delivered 8 paintings to a gallery who represents my work. The gallery owner is a very nice lady who I like personally. Her gallery is in what used to be gorgeous, century old house, now in a Historical District, that belonged to a prominent family here in town in the early 1900's. Besides my works she carries 6 or so other artists' works and the quality of art is high. But here is the rub. With ownership come responsibilities. And this lesson is evidently missed by the gallery owner. She always laments the condition of the building she owns, which is terribly in need of repairs....but the next sentence that comes from her is that she wants to find a "grant" to do the work. She moans it will take thousands of dollars. But had she kept up with it over time, the maintenance would have been incremental, instead of what is now monumental. Now she would like to use other people's money to fix up her own property. Eventually that is what might happen, after she is dead and her children sell the house to the Historical Society and the government grants come pouring in. But for now it is in dilapidation and like an old woman whose parts are giving out, one by one. Holes in the ceiling, furnace on the blink, paint chipping off everywhere, carpet that is rolling under your feet with age.
As we discussed the economy and business ownership, I mentioned to her that the government is going to take an even bigger chunk of her money between Health Care and Cap and Trade. At which point she looked at me as if her brain just left town, eyes wide open, but blank. She shook her head.
I said, "You know, I just think people had no clue what they were voting for in this past election." And then....she parroted the mantra...."Well, we HAD to have change!!" "We HAVE to HAVE Health Care."
O.k....there's my story. And that is what we are stuck with. The blank, uneducated view of one with eyes glazed over who never spent a second to study an issue critical to her citizenship or her business. I'm starting to think that people like this should never vote in an election. Not that I can stop them....but for crying out loud, what future can we have with this kind of negligence??? She is taking care of her voting privilege the same way she takes care of her property.....NOT AT ALL. Somebody else will do it, I guess. We'll have Obama money...you know the "stash."
Have a great weekend.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
A Picture is worth a thousand words...to repeat a coined phrase.
I often check out the blog of Al Fin
whose link is on the right side bar of this blog. Insightful and full of great information, some of which is way over my head, it is always interesting. Today he has this graph and the following editorial. (below) All you have to do is look at that graph to realize America is not the villain in this "supposed" CO2 scare that Al Gore and Co. and Obama want to make you think we are. First, I am not at all convinced that CO2 is any kind of a problem, but rather one of the most necessary components of life here on Earth. Having said that, even if it were, you can see that Americans are not the evil culprits of life-damning actions that the Climate Changelings would have you believe. Those are my thoughts....below you can read the great thoughts from AL FIN.
So the rest of the world accelerates its CO2 spew unhindered by the international climate gestapo. In fact, under proposed new Copenhagen rules, the North America and Europe would have to pay the third world reparations into the $trillions -- while at the same time reducing their own energy output to starvation levels. Why are western leaders so driven to place their nations under such draconian and self-destructive international energy regulations and reparations?
Call it energy anorexia -- the Obama - Pelosi - Brown - Rudd disease. Like anorexia nervosa, energy anorexia is a deadly pathological response to an imagined problem. Energy anorexia threatens the life of the body -- in this case the nation.
There is no greater threat to an industrial economy than the restriction and destruction of its energy base. This tragicomic self-destructive impulse is made all the more pointless by the obvious fact that it will not change anything, in terms of global carbon balances."
Friday, November 6, 2009
"The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." (Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920)
Being an only semi-educated twit, I have not had the privilege of studying Mencken. Curiosity sent me to look into his biography this morning and the quote above is what I found. Just had to share it with the rest of the "plain folks" out there. I guess he saw this day coming......Hmmmmm..... I'll go back to contemplating my navel now.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Think about the classic mafia story. A guy owns a store on Main Street. He is successfully doing business. The mafia decides to take over Main Street. Mafia don hires some thugs to rough up one of the store owners and threaten the store owner's family and business. Mafia don hires another guy in a nice suit who stops by to say he will be happy to "protect" the store owner "for his own good," and allow him to keep his business open for a few c-notes "donated" to the Mafia. The store owner says he's not keen on giving up his money because he needs it for his own family. The mafia don says, "That's fine, but if you don't hand over the dough, we'll take you down." The store owner has no choice and capitulates. Or the store is on the front page news the next day, having burned to the ground. Or the store owner is found in the street bludgeoned to death. Or the next time the store owner takes his family to the nearest Trattoria, the mafia guys come in with guns blazing and the family is found on the bloody floor with a dozen holes put through them.
Got it now? You hand over the dough or you're a dead man. You hand over the dough or we won't support you. You hand over the dough or you are out of business. You hand over the dough or we will ruin you. Think banks, car companies, insurance companies, and health care. Not greedy enough, the Mafia is now going after energy companies, the internet, radio and newspapers. Our government has become the Mafia.
Welcome to the Soviet Socialist Republic of Amerika, where the government bureaucrats are now using mafia tactics to take over every aspect of American life. The states are being roughed up and told to comply or else, despite the Tenth Amendment. Corporations are being taken-over with stolen money from the tax-payers and told what to pay their executives, what cars to manufacture, what loans to make, and what energy they can use to conduct business. Persons, doctors, and insurances companies are being told to pay up, do what we say, or we will use the IRS to garnish your money. Pay to play politics. It's the same thing as the mafia. It's the same thing the Soviets have done to their people. It's Fascism. It's Socialism. It's Marxism. It's the Mafia.....all dressed up in politicians' cloaks.
Borrowing from one of my online buddy's blogs....Cranky George
"According to section 2531 of Pelosi's near 2000 page tome on health care reform, states can receive incentive payments for implementing alternatives to medical malpractice suits. However, if those reforms include any reduction of attorney's fees or any caps on malpractice awards, the state will be barred from receiving incentive pay (Click to See Full Story: "Pelosi Health Care Bill Blows a Kiss to Trial Lawyers"). If that isn't deceitful double talk, I don't know what is!"
Arm twisting? You betcha! Mafia don says, "We got the lawyers on our side." You better not try to do what's best for you." "We know what's best for you." "We'll let you conduct your business, but you do it our way or we'll chop you off at the knees." "We'll be happy to take your money, give you back a pittance of it, and then if you don't do what we want you to do, we'll take away that pittance." "Ya got that, America?"
A very smart lawyer once told me that if I were looking for justice in our courtrooms, I'd better be looking elsewhere. It was a cold splash of water in my face at the time. I was sorry to hear it.
It's time for justice, but we will have none because Obama's mafia henchman, Eric Holder is in charge of the Justice Department. The White House tries to shut up Fox News. Rahm Emanuel sends dead fish to his adversaries. Cass Sunstein, Obama's Regulatory Czar, titles his book on this mafia machine, "Nudge." Pelosi and Reid ridicule and demean their opposition to try to shut them up, all the while burdening all of us with trillions of dollars of debt. Maxine Waters threatens the oil companies, "We will socialize you." Barney Frank says he is doing everything he can to "expand the Federal Government." Obama's Science Czar writes a book on forced abortions and sterilizing people through the water supplies. Car dealers' bailouts cost citizens $24,000.00 for each car. The White House is considering "bailing out" newspapers to get their hooks into them. Mark Lloyd, Obama's Diversity Czar, says he will shut down privately owned communication companies by taking all of their operating expenses to fund "public" (read government) communications. The White House sends edicts to the NEA to propagandize Obama's agenda. Rangel laughs all the way to the Caribbean by tax evasion and gets away with it. Ezekial Emanuel and Tom Daschle both have written "cost containment" proposals to withhold medical care from the elderly and children with debilitating illnesses. Behind the closed doors sit Bill Ayers, Valerie Jarrett, Rev. Wright, George Soros, and countless other anti-American mafia cohorts. The list goes on. The plots thicken like the blood clotting on the floor of that restaurant.
It's time to take it back. I will not be happy until I see every damn one of them in orange jumpsuits behind concertina wire fences. People in hell want ice water, too, so I'm not likely to get what I need. Extortion. Now it's legal??? Very clever tool of the devil, the Mafia, and now our government.
Monday, November 2, 2009
These words are from the Declaration of Independence. You can read it in its entirety here: <The Declaration of Independence
The simplicity of straightforward truths of the Declaration is the gift from our forefathers. Obama is nothing short of every tyrannical poser of every failed state in history. The fools who voted for this administration have both purposefully and thoughtlessly sent us into wrack and ruin. The rest of us have petitioned our government for redress and been answered in mocking insults and ridicule for daring to speak out against the lies, hypocrisy, and theft of Obama's Marxist/Socialist/Fascist tyrannical policies. The threats have been made clear to all expose him, from Ken Lewis (retiring CEO of Bank of America), to Humana, to the Chamber of Commerce, to Conservative media.
Obama is afraid of opposing voices. And well he should be. He meets every opposition with the same temper tantrum.....mockery, threats, distractions, and heavy-handed restrictions. He will take away your ability to choose your health care, to heat your home, to own your own business, to turn on incandescent lightbulbs, to travel freely, to educate your children as you see fit, to listen to the voices you choose to hear, on and on and on. He will be brought down. America will not sit still and shut up while tolerating abuse of our Constitution and our freedoms. Bullies, in the home, the schoolyard or the workplace, are no different than tyrants with too much power in government. Bullies with an entourage of sycophants, like Obama has, are called gangs, mafia, brotherhoods of thugs. Eventually, they will meet justice for their actions. People will not put up with oppression forever. Obama will be forever known has the worst President ever elected in America....worse even than Carter, FDR, Wilson....worse for our country than anyone ever put in power.
This will not stand.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
On the eve of diabolical actions from Obama's and the Democrat's government, I wondered what comfort can I find to soothe my worried brow. I found some solace here....
From Ayn Rand: "Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives."
And:"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. . "
And:"Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. "
And:"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. "
And:"A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims."
And:"It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master."
As you think over Obama's rhetorical nonsense over the last year...I hope you can recognize the reality of who he is through Ayn Rand's incredible prescience.
To further bolster the point....
Goodbye Insurance Companies...It's been nice to know ya.....
From John Hinderaker of Powerline: "What strikes me as I read the House bill, however, is how closely it approximates socialized medicine even without the public option. The bill is classic national socialist legislation, in that it takes ostensibly private entities, the health insurance companies, and perverts them into instruments of the state, run top-down and barred from competing among themselves."
Continuing on he assures us that, while private insurance companies may still exist for a short time, they will quickly leave the scene. Bunko...Kaput...Gone...Out of business. What motive would insurance companies have to exist? Their profits would be gone. All those employed in that industry would be either unemployed or co-opted by government bureaucrats. The choices they offer would be gone. The doctor's autonomy, which has been already encroached upon, will be totally usurped. The very definition of "insurance" will be gone. As usual, the Marxists have abominated the word "insurance" so that it no longer means what it did. Redefining health care into an entitlement does not equate with "insurance." Government control of your health care is not "insurance." It is totalitarianism and, mind you, without Constitutional authority.
Scary thoughts on All Hallows Eve. May the ghost of Ayn Rand visit me in my sleep tonight and give me some peace of mind.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
You can call your congress representative and demand that they do NOT VOTE FOR THIS NIGHTMARE!!!! They work for YOU!!! Make sure they understand that.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The General Welfare reference in the U.S. Constitution was meant ONLY to provide support for the individual States to have national defense and provide a basis for the States to be able to conduct their own affairs. In the Federalist Papers, Federalist No. 14, James Madison wrote this: .. the general [federal] government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects...[emphasis added] Reference Canada Free Press article In fact, the entire purpose of the U.S. Constitution, with deliberate enumerated powers, is to protect Americans from the exact oppression that the current administration is trying to impose on us. Nowhere in the Constitution does the President or the Congress have any of the powers they have usurped with regard to mandates over-riding the jurisdiction of the States.
So what recourse actions do the citizens have when the federal government becomes Jabba the Hut? At this point I'm not sure if there is recourse. Liberals/Communists/Socialists/Progressives have infiltrated most of the education system and indoctrinated three or more generations of students into the "dependent on government" mindset. 56 members of Congress are proud card-carrying members of the Socialist Party. Both Republicans and Democrats have abandoned the U.S. Constitution for the sake of buying votes and padding their own bank accounts. The corruption is massive. The Constitution has been subverted for decades and the population is now at the mercy of treasonous politicians, whose agenda is not supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution, but solidifying their own money machines and power bases.
Elections come and go. The one true thing you can say is that elections have consequences. Americans need to get smart really fast and figure out how to survive the consequences of tyranny. While we have incrementally been losing freedoms for a very long time, the current administration is wrapping us up in chains and promising to never allow us to be free people again. Your health, your energy use, your ability to communicate, your money system, your ability to move about, your opportunity to buy property, all of this is now being taken away from you and placed under the iron thumb of the federal government.
When Obama said he was going to "transform" America, he wasn't kidding. The question that needed to be asked was, "To what?" Now you know. His answer to all things is domination by federal government in all aspects of your life. The irony is that, because of very clever rhetoric, Obama convinced a lot of people that the transformation was going to return America to its original intent. The people who were fed up with government corruption voted for him thinking they were going to get a more transparent and purely American administration. What we got instead was a Chicago style mafia, complete with Communist thugs, taking over every private industry in our country. A very clever ruse indeed. He could get a Nobel Prize for pulling the wool over people's eyes, if there were one.
Your liberty was guaranteed by the Constitution, not your health care or your energy usage. "The people are the natural guardians of the Constitution," according to Alexander Hamilton. It is now up to us to defend it from the power mad in our government. Call congress and exert your natural rights to defend the Constitution. Tell them, NO NO NO on both Obamacare and Cap and Trade. If we don't stop them, the general welfare for all of us is lost.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I'm sick of it. I'm tired of McCain, Graham, Snowe, Collins, and Gingrich. I'm tired of Republicans who have no loyalty or adherence to the Constitution, but play political games with our lives.
Somebody needs to tell Gingrich and the rest of these Rinos that we are not buying what they are selling anymore. We are done with it. Half a loaf is not good enough. Cherry picking the issues and selling out the rest is not good enough. Get off the stage. We used to respect you.....we don't anymore. Sellouts not welcome.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
ART FOR ART'S SAKE!
Artists are often stereotyped with characteristics and attitudes such as: flaky, flamboyant, ultra-sensitive, having no business sense, dreamers/visionaries, altruistic, and more. Some of these adjectives apply to some artists in one degree or another some of the time. But all artists are not like-minded and all artists do not carry all of those traits.
Art is a business. It is a business that relies on freedom of expression. To be successful in the business of art, the artist has a fine line to walk between the artistic vision and the business of making a living. Recently a news story surfaced about a well known North Carolina artist named Ben Long who was scammed by a ponzi schemer. Ben is very talented and has had a lot of success with his art over many years. But his story on money handlers is not rare among artists. Having said that, artists are not unique in being scammed. Other people in all walks of life get scammed, too. But this story just adds to the stereotype that artists are too distracted from the practical business realities and are easily taken advantage of.
This stereotype becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when artists think they cannot handle their own affairs and that it is too hard to make a living with the career of art. This leads artists to become dependent on income streams from government money. Which leads me to the latest scandals with the NEA, propaganda, and whether or not artists themselves are being politically manipulated out of some desire to keep revenue from the government coming into the arts.
There is a place for some public money for art grants. I have no problem with this revenue stream when it means a deserving artist has an opportunity to create something of beauty to adorn public squares or buildings. The problem arises when that public money gets used to promote a partisan agenda and stifles the creation of art for any other purposes.
The Obama administration has made a big push to politicize everything in our lives and the category of the arts is no exception. Recently, the Obama White House sent its manipulators out to co-opt the NEA to promote the Obama agenda. This was discovered through a taped conference call where the White House operative said exactly that. The directive was that the NEA should use its money and clout with the art community to help Obama spread his agenda throughout the NEA chain of affiliates. That chain includes little towns like ours by money grants from the United Arts Council which then trickles down to the Gaston County Art Guild. The idea promoted by the Obama administration is that those grants should now be judged on whether or not they promote the President's political agenda.
In the divisive political climate we are living in today, I am finding that even the art community has lined up on two different sides of life. One side is pro-freedom, including the freedom to express art in unique and individual ways. The other side is pro-government money, including subverting tax dollars to promote anti-freedom, statist policies. How much more divisive can you get than that? And I might add, this pervasive pressure from the statist is undermining the very tenets of the NEA. That is nothing new, but it has now taken on a new impetus to drive artists to the agenda of big government.
Artists have some hard choices to make in this arena. Artistic integrity can be corrupted by politicians' and government's policies. Some artists I personally know are afraid to speak up and are just "going along to get along." They are seriously afraid to say they are against the tyranny of government interference in the arts for fear they will be ostracized from the art community. These artists may find themselves without the freedom to pursue their unique artistic visions once the statists' views are realized or to make a living without corrupting themselves to do it. To be included or not included into local guilds may rest on whether the artist promotes Obama's Health Care, Cap and Trade, Environmentalism, or any of the other causes du jour. Those artists who sell out to conform to this pressure are misusing their gifts for all of the wrong reasons. I encourage them to speak up and protect their rights to create without government manipulation, within or without the NEA.
Consumers of art have a choice to make also. I am hoping that consumers will be aware enough of the situation to seek out artists who maintain their integrity and refuse to participate in the dilution of art for the sake of grabbing government money. It is the true artist who follows their own vision and not that of some forced political agenda. I hope you will reward those artists who stand tall for the sake of their art.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"Alligator in South Carolina"
Photo by H_Roach on Flickr
Many thanks for sharing this photo)
Just to put the smile on your Thanksgiving dinner this year, I suggest we begin serving Alligator pie. I'm not sure how much sugar it would take to sweeten Alligator meat, but I'm guessing it would take quite a bit. You see, there is a connection between sugar and alligators.
In Florida there are an estimated 1 million alligators, which translates to 1 alligator for every 18 people. The alligator was removed from the endangered species list in 1987, after making a huge recovery due to hunting bans. Britannica Online It only took 20 years for alligators to proliferate from the 1967 listing on the endangered species protection to 1987 when they rebounded in great numbers. There are alligator breeding farms in many areas of the south where the critters are bred for harvest, the hatchlings grow twice as fast as in the wild, and the hides are shipped all over the world. In short, there is an abundance of alligators in the American south.
Now to sugar. Last year, Charlie Crist, the governor of Florida, forced the buyout of U.S. Sugar to placate environmentalists. In order to put the "save the planet" feather in his cap, he used taxpayer money to buy out U.S. Sugar, shutting them down in order to return the Everglades to the alligators. A University of Florida study at the time projected three counties would take the major hit, Palm Beach, Hendry and Glades. Palm Beach Post article July 2008 The drop of personal income for those three counties was an estimated $553 million per year, and local, state and federal tax revenue losses would total $127 million per year. This is on top of the taxpayer money used for the buyout; $1.75 billion. The estimated job losses? 8,935 people out of work. Include the ripple effect of supporting businesses and a whole lot of unemployment and subsequent revenue loss is the result. But that's O.K. as long as we have more habitat for alligators.
Supposedly we are importing a lot of cheap sugar from Brazil and Thailand which is squeezing the U.S. sugar producers out of business. But the retail price of sugar is rising, not dropping. We can pay shipping charges on necessary goods that we could produce here instead? Why is the price of sugar going up? What is the carbon footprint of importing necessary products? Could it be that environmentalists are pushing the prices by diverting the use to bio-fuels? Maybe it is the obesity police pushing the prices up? Sugar: the new villain.
Corn is being used for bio-fuels instead of corn syrup. The mass production of corn for bio-fuels has caused increased pollution in the Mississippi River delta. But that's O.K. because it is supposed to be for the anti-oil folks. Cane plantations are vilified for taking up wild lands. Sugar is now the fall guy, along with textiles, furniture, car manufacturers, and tobacco. The farmers are next on the hatchet list because those bad cows produce methane.
Have you noticed that the thousands of Americans who were employed in these industries are the ones who take the hit? Hard working Americans who provide products in our country are being sacrificed for the lofty idea of some do-gooders who think they know better than you how Americans should eat, thrive, work, and live. American industries are, one by one, being decimated by regulatory taxes, undermined by environmentalists, and shut down by government officials who are trying to kiss up to some radical constituencies, not because the goods are no longer wanted or necessary. They are being shut down for some fictional ideology that makes no sense whatsoever.
There is balance and common sense to be gained in the issue of environmental responsibility, but not as long as radical control freaks are manipulating the media and the government.
No pumpkin pie, mincemeat pie, or pecan pie this year folks. It's alligator pie for all, if you can find enough sugar to get that to go down the pipes.