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Here come the mayors, “Give us money too!”

Well, we new it was coming sooner or later.  It looks like the latest group to get in line for a federal bailout is the United States Conference of Mayors.  They’ve released a 607 page document titled “Mainstreet Economic Recovery” loaded with requests by 427 cities for funding 11,391 “ready to go” infrastructure projects they say will create jobs and reinvigorate America’s urban centers.

After the $8+ trillion bailout of the financial industry and Bush’s continuing indications that a bailout is in the works for the US auto industry, there were bound to be many more groups lining up with empty pockets and outstretched hands.  This is exactly why many of us were against the bailouts from the start.  It doesn’t take a fortune teller to know this will grow like a snowball rolling downhill.

In fact, the group uses precisely this argument to justify its request.  From page 3 of the report:

“Washington has bailed out Wall Street, banks, and insurance companies to the tune of $700 billion and hopes that its investment will eventually be returned to the U.S. Treasury and the taxpayer. It is now time for Washington to make another kind of investment, one that guarantees a return: It is time to initiate MainStreet Economic Recovery…”

Wait a minute, a guaranteed return?  Does this mean the difficulties facing America’s urban centers will be automatically resolved if the $73+ billion they’re requesting is granted?  In other words, the problems with America’s cities are symptoms of a lack of adequate infrastructure.  Don’t believe it!

Why didn’t these cities invest the taxes they collected in these improvements to begin with?  If there’s a guaranteed return, shouldn’t they have recognized it and sought to capitalize on it from the beginning? 

The fact is, this is just a group of local government officials seeking to capitalize on what they see as a federal government with loose purse strings.  Here’s a list of just a few of the cities and how much of your money they’re asking for:

Anchorage, AK

$407,982,000

Fayetteville, AR

$247,754,170

Phoenix, AZ

$1,395,027,092

The report goes on to explain this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Because there are only 427 cities represented in the report, the potential for both the potential infrastructure investment that could be made across all of the nation’s principal cities, and the potential number of jobs that such an investment would create, are significantly larger.”

In other words, there will soon be people and groups coming out of the woodwork demanding their share of the government’s seemingly bottomless bucket of bailout money–unless we put a stop to it now!

This is why it’s so important to stop this madness these bailouts they’re calling “economic stimulus.”

Do your part. Contact the White House, your Representatives, and your Senators today and tell them to Stop the Bailouts!


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December 18, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , | Leave a comment

A guide to the RNC chairman race

By at Politico

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Gay leaders furious with Obama

By &   at Politico

Barack Obama’s choice of a prominent evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration is a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November, but it is drawing fierce challenges from a gay rights movement that — in the wake of a gay marriage ban in California — is looking for a fight.

Rick Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California, opposes abortion rights but has taken more liberal stances on the government’s role in fighting poverty, and backed away from other evangelicals’ staunch support for economic conservatism. But it’s his support for the California constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that drew the most heated criticism from Democrats Wednesday.

“Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans,” the president of Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, wrote to Obama Wednesday. “[W]e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination.

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December 18, 2008 Posted by | Gay Rights | , , , , , | 1 Comment

What are the ‘3 little piggies’ up to?

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Here’s the latest I could find on the “3 Little Piggies” in the headlines.

Chrysler:  Shutting all North American plants down for at least 1 month to cut costs.  This would have been a lot less painful if they’d have started trimming costs months ago when they should have seen this coming.

GM:  Halts construction at plant to build new hybrid model.  This is a prime example of the poor management decisions that led to GM’s current state of affairs.  Instead of closing plants that produce models the public doesn’t want, models that are losing GM money, it halts construction of the facility that could possibly make it more competitive and actually make it money.

UAW:  Still not willing to make concessions to save autoworkers’ jobs.  Even with the domestic auto industry on the brink of collapse, UAW chief Ron Gettelfinger still won’t consider concessions to bring the Big 3’s labor costs more in line with foreign automakers with plants in the US.

We’re looking for any news on the whereabouts or activities of the leaders of our 3 Little Piggies.  If you spot them out and about, let us know.  If you can get pictures of them, or videos, without being rude or intrusive, we’d love to have those too.

Remember to call or email the White House and let them know you’re opposed to Socialism in America.


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December 18, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How much did the “3 Little Piggies” make last year?

The 3 Little Piggies have ignored all the warning signs that pointed to the tanking of their

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industry for years.  While Ford was working to restructure and make their business model competitive in today’s market, GM and Chrysler along with the UAW were closing their eyes, crossing their fingers, and hoping things would magically turn themselves around before the money ran out.

Now, we see these “3 Little Piggies” groveling to Congress and the President for us–the American taxpayers to bail them out of the mess they’ve made for themselves.  You heard the story about these CEOs flying to Washington in separate private jets to panhandle, but you might not realize just how much these incompetent CEOs made last year. 

So let’s check that out.

General Motors Corp. CEO Rick Wagoner received compensation worth $15.7 million last year according to this USA Today article.  That was a 64% raise over the previous year for setting his company up for failure.  Even more amazing is GM stock has lost almost 90% of it’s value since its 2007 peak AND GM lost $2.5 billion that year.

Man, I wish they’d pay me millions to lose their money!

Chrysler is no longer a publicly owned company, and CEO Bob Nardelli’s compensation package seems to be a closely guarded secret.  According to this WSJ article, he’s not actually being compensated at the moment, but will receive compensation when/if he turns a profit for Cerebrus Capital Management which owns Chrysler LLC.  Of course, he probably doesn’t need a paycheck right now because he most likely still has plenty of the $210 million he received as a severance package when he left Home Depot, Inc. in 2007.

Anybody else having trouble feeling sorry for these guys?

That leaves us with the UAW leader Ron Gettelfinger.  Apparently, he made a much more modest salary of ~$150,000.  But, he represents the workers costing the Big 3 automakers ~$70 per hour.  Even though he’s sitting alongside the other 2 Little Piggies begging for the government to hand over taxpayers’ money, he doesn’t want to make concessions to get it.  Quite a few taxpayers who make far less than that would probably take issue with using their taxes to maintain that standard of living for UAW members.

If these Three Little Piggies’ groveling for your money makes you mad as Hell, call and/or email the White House and let them know you don’t want them bailed out with your money!

Email the White House at comments@whitehouse.gov .

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December 18, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dems embrace dynasty politics

by Charles Mahtesian at Politico

Barack Obama’s path to the presidency included beating what had been one of the nation’s most powerful families. But, in an unusual twist, his election last month is helping accelerate the trend toward dynasty politics.

His secretary of state will be Hillary Clinton, the wife of the former president. The Senate seat she’ll vacate is being pursued by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of a president and the niece of two senators. Joe Biden’s Senate seat may go to his son Beau. Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, Obama’s pick for interior secretary, could end up being replaced by his brother, Rep. John Salazar.

And Obama’s own seat could go to the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. – less likely now in light of developments in the Rod Blagojevich scandal – or to the daughter of Illinois’ current House speaker.

The U.S. Senate could end up looking like an American version of the House of Lords – and Republicans have begun to take notice.

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December 18, 2008 Posted by | Democrats, Obama | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment