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Liberals Don’t Care About Lower and Middle Class Families

By Caomhin

There’s no hiding it at this point, after having rejected a 2 year compromise that was the result of negotiations between the White House and the GOP.  Liberals went off the deep end because the plan did not include provisions to soak the rich.  Their deep seated hatred of high income earners and the sheer nerve of people not wanting to have to surrender upwards of 50% of their income after all current levels of taxes are collected have caused them to go off the deep end yet again.

Noted nutjobs such Keith Olbermann are now threatening to primary Obama because he is not going to jack up the tax rates for people who invest in start up businesses, employ people, or save money that lending institutions can use to fund the purchases of homes, cars, etc. No, it’s not enough to have the estate tax go up to level in the mid 30’s, Liberals must collect much more than that if a person were to have the audacity to earn money and the utter gall to die and will their assets to their children instead of Uncle Sam.

Yes, such is the level of liberal rage that their House caucus would rather taxes go up on every single American than to have to live with the nightmare of people not being gouged by the government for two more years.  It is much more important to take away disposable income from rich people than to make sure poor people can afford such trivial things as food and water.

Liberals are probably still scratching their heads over why they had their tails handed to them in November.  It’s garbage like this.  I’m convinced that not only do Liberals not understand math or accounting in any fashion but they fail to understand business and good governance.  With Obama up there throwing around hostage analogies and calling John Boehner a “bomb thrower,” which was even more offensive considering he used that phrase on Pearl Harbor day, they have shown themselves to be utterly clueless and completely callous.  The result of their temper tantrums and blind hatred will hurt all Americans yet again.

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You Would Think the Left and Right Could Agree about Assange

By Caomhin

Sadly, I am mistaken in that belief.  Unbelievably, the city of Berkeley is considering a measure to declare Bradley Manning a hero.  Manning, for those who may not be aware, is the person responsible for stealing classified documents and providing them to Wikileaks and Julian Assange.  Assange has paid for documents whether legally or illegally acquired and has been using these documents as a means to fight battles rather than simply exercise the right of freedom of speech.

For all intents and purposes Assange had and continues to have bounties out in information that he can use to damage people that he disagrees with.  When considering this case, you must keep in mind the fact that information is being purchased by Assange for reasons which are not simply to inform the public but rather to damage entities and individuals.  As further evidence that Assange and his associates are not the protagonists in this situation you need to look no further than to the DOS attacks on a variety of websites ranging from MasterCard to Sarah Palin’s website.  For the record, I am not a huge Sarah Palin supporter, in fact, I will be torn in 2012 as to whether to support Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, or Tim Pawlenty but that is another story.

So what was MasterCard’s great sin?  MasterCard decided to disallow donations to the Wikileaks website.  That’s it, that is all that they did.  Sarah Plain’s great sin was to criticize the website and it’s founder.  The same is true of the White House, Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, and others with whom I have frequently disagreed.  The great sin of all of these individuals was their exercise of their right to free speech and sharing their views on the Wikileaks situation.  Delusional and messianic supporters began attacking those who do not share their view points.  The actions they have partaken in are a form of cyber terrorism and their past actions have put countless lives on the line across the globe.

There is no doubt that Assange considers America an enemy.  That much is clear by his actions.  Obama has handled this situation in a reasonable fashion and I applaud him for doing so.  I sincerely hope that he is taking steps to prevent situations like this from arising in the future and I hope that those plans are being implemented quickly and effectively.  I have disagreed with Obama on many, many occasions, but when it comes to our collective security with regards to Wikileaks we all need to work together on this issue.

Amazingly, however, the far left and the very far right seem to look upon this man as a hero.  I fail to understand the logic behind such thinking.  He has endangered countless lives, has named individuals who summoned tremendous courage to help fight the war on terror, and has slowed the flow of information that would help prevent another terrorist strike, not just in America, but in any number of nations.  Additionally, their subsequent actions that have the intent of silencing their critics make clear that their intentions are not pure.

Bush Tax Cuts Should Be Made Permanent

By Caomhin

There is talk in some people of “the new normal,” which is essentially a view that our economic situation will never vastly improve over where we are today in the sense that there will be high levels of unemployment, lowered consumption levels, and a generally poor economic climate.  I strongly disagree with this notion.  I strongly disagree with this sentiment.  We are the greatest country on the face of the Earth.  Americans can overcome any obstacle that is thrown in their way provided that we are not hindered from doing so from external forces.

Government is not inherently bad.  I am a proponent of effective, efficient, and accountable government at each level.  On the other hand, big government, is inherently bad.  A large, bloated government puts a strain on its people through unnecessary regulation, high tax burdens, and disincentives to create among other things. Contrary to what Joe Biden recently said, essentially that government should get the credit for every innovation..ever, his view is completely wrong.  Milton Friedman’s assertion is correct.  Freidman, of course, said:

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.

Innovation spurs economic activity along with other factors such as certainty, the potential for profits and growth, and freedom in the market place.  “The New Normal,” does not exist if we lower tax rates and cut spending, if we eliminate inefficient, ineffective programs and focus on maintaining a streamlined government that is responsive to the needs of the people and respects them as individuals.

We have a number of crisis heading our direction from the recently passed health care abomination to social security and Medicare.  We have the means to fix these programs and eliminate billions in waste.  We have the ability to start moving towards a partially privatized system of retirement which, when proven effective, will hopefully lead to a completely privatized system.  In terms of the current economic conditions taking disposable and investible income out of the private market to put in the government’s coffers is an astonishingly bad idea.

We are Americans, we do not begrudge someone success, we wish it upon them.  We should not be green with envy when another person reaches great heights, we should congratulate them.  When the representatives of our government go on enormous and never ending spending sprees with the citizens’ money, it is shameful when they go on TV and claim the government “can’t afford” to stop their reckless indulgences.

I am whole heartedly behind Sens. Coburn and DeMint’s crusade against earmarks and I commend Sen. Coburn in particular for reminding the GOP that they can and will face primary challenges should they ignore what the people want.  What the people want, of course, is an end to the earmark process, lower taxes, more freedom, and good governance.  We are entitled to this and we are entitled to leaders who will provide this for us.  We will continue to take our fight to the ballot box and we need these tax cuts to be permanent.

The Grassroots Make it Happen!

By Caomhin

Congratulations to everyone who made the 2010 elections unfold the way that they did.  Without question the candidates worked their tails off and put in a tremendous amount of work, but the hardiest work, and the thankless work was done by the voters of every district.   This work has paid off wonderfully.

I have not blogged much as of late but I am still here and I am putting in the work, albeit offline.  Yesterday we had the opportunity to make numerous phone calls and distribute slate cards at a local polling precinct for the GOP ticket here in Pennsylvania.  Like many people across the Commonwealth we are greatly pleased that today we can call Tom Corbett our Governor elect, Pat Toomey our Senator elect, and here in the 15th Congressional district we have someone like Charlie Dent to represent us in Washington.  Congratulations are also due to Pat Meehan, Mike Fitzpatrick, and Lou Barletta among others.  I mention them because they are from our neighboring districts.  We also have taken control of the Commonwealth’s Legislature.  Yes, those small donations and the hours of work absolutely pay off.

With regards to the national elections, we did very well, but I am not satisfied.  I am not satisfied when someone as clueless and inept as Harry Reid retains his seat.  I am not satisfied when we lose a race like this and I am not satisfied when we essentially forfeited a very winnable Delaware race.  We need better candidates and we need to understand that electability matters.  If you don’t believe me now just think of that each time you see Harry Reid and Chris Coons on TV for the next six years.

At this hour I am still hoping Dino Rossi can pull out the win.  I am very happy that Marco Rubio won his race handily, ditto for Rob Portman and Kelly Ayotte.  Special congratulations are due to Jaime Herrera and Raul Labrador as well, a couple of candidates from Washington and Idaho respectively whom we very much liked.  (To The Tea Party Express and their candidate of choice Walt Minnick, I hope you enjoy your losses.  The Tea Party Express jumped ship at the last second once they realized Raul was going to win.  The better candidate won, yet another example of being both electable and having strong conservative values.)

Work starts now for the next election, 2011, where many state and municipal elections are going to be held and if you live in a state where you feel that you’re up against big odds, that’s good.  First, you’re motivated, and nothing is better than motivation.  Second, there is no off season and even more reason for you to be involved and to take on a leadership role.  The grassroots has and will continue to deliver tangible results and will continue to hold elected leaders accountable.  This process never stops nor should it.  It is when people like us let our guard down that we get trampled or neglect local elections where real in roads can be gained.  When we stop looking we get people like Lisa Murkowski who desperately cling to power and will say and do anything to maintain power.  We don’t’ let our guard down and we certainly don’t forfeit.  Let’s gear up for next year starting now.  One last note I’d like to add is that if you are in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, or Northwest and are looking to contribute here or looking to network feel free to hit me up.

Obama to Grow Government, Step Up Regulation Ahead of Election

By Caomhin

Liberals and Democrats know they are going to get clobbered at the polls by the people of our great nation for exploding the deficit, weakening our economy,  expanding government, and reducing our freedoms.  All signs point to the Democratic Party doubling down and ramming through even more bills that a are highly unpopular with the American people and further harming our nation.  I suppose from their perspective they have nothing to lose, they know they are going to lose the House this November, and will lose a number of Senate seats as well.  Rather than listen to what the people want, they will only listen to what they want yet again.  In doing so, we will suffer the repercussions.

Obama is planning to revive the Cap and Tax bill, which will have long term implications for businesses and individuals.  This bill is nothing more than a broad based tax increase.  The results of this bill will be more bureaucratic red tape, barriers to market entry, increases in production cost, increases in consumer taxes, more expensive gasoline, heating oil, natural gas, and other essential needs for Americans.  This bill will further the death grip that Obama Administration is attempting to put on our free market system when coupled with the health care bill and the other piece of legislation that he is pursuing, “financial reform.”

His “financial reform” bill is again, another attempt at a tax increase that will also allow for perpetual bailouts in the future.  Rather than listen to business leaders, member of the public, the GOP, and people from all walks of life, Obama is simply listening to liberals and hardened leftists for guidance on what types of reforms he will attempt to implement.  The changes he will seek will result in great harm to the American consumer, one in which fees and taxes will be passed directly on to banking and investment clients.  Liberals can pretend this will not be the case, but this is a lie, and they know it.

Obama recently mocked Tea Partiers by saying that he should be given credit for cutting taxes.  I suppose this is his lame attempt at humor.  Obama has raised scores of taxes thus far and he will continue to seek to expand the revenue and scope of the federal government.  We need a strong, fit, and efficient federal government for the good of the people, but Obama’s Administration has cast the government into a sea of debt, bloated the government, and harmed its efficiency, which of course, negatively impacts all Americans.  The Cap and Tax and “Financial Reform” bills are two more attempts by the Obama Administration to continue this trend, and unless we speak out and oppose these bills as they exist, we will continue to suffer well into the future for the action of self serving politicians with a penchant for power and control.

Shocker: Obama has No Plan to Deal with Nuclear Iran

By Caomhin

This should surprise exactly no one who has been paying attention to the developments with Iran since Obama became president.  Deadlines have come and gone, he has expressed no sense of urgency with regard to the Iranian drive to develop nuclear weapons, and Obama barely even seem concerned with the Iranian regime’s violent crackdown on the Iranian people after their sham of an election.  Now, further proof that Obama has no plan to deal with a nuclear Iran, or simply doesn’t care if Iran gets nuclear weapons:

Sen. John McCain renewed his call for the United States to “pull the trigger” on sanctions against Iran and more, after a memo from Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the White House warned that the United States lacks a long-term plan for dealing with Iran’s nuclear program.

Gates wrote the three-page memo in January and it set off efforts in the Pentagon, White House and intelligence agencies to come up with new options, including the use of the military, The New York Times said in its Sunday editions, quoting unnamed government officials.

Iran has made Obama look foolish on a number of occasions and despite Obama desperately seeking to become friendly and use his charm offensive on Tehran, he has essentially been mocked by Ahmadinejad and the Iranian dictatorship.  I’ve stated before in numerous posts that Obama has been the most anti-Israeli president we have ever had, and it’s no secret that he has insulted our closest allies from Great Britain to the Czech Republic to the Ukraine to Canada to Israel.  It is dismaying to me that he would throw Israel and the rest of the Middle East to the wolves by allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.  Bowing to foreign leaders has become Obama’s forte, most recently to the Chinese, and for his efforts he has weakened our position as a leader in the world.  It is our responsibility to speak up for the oppressed, defend human rights, and yes, stop the spread of nuclear weapons, especially to madmen who have already expressed that will have no reservations to use this weapons to fulfill their apocalyptic visions.  Iran must not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons and Obama and other world leaders need to come to the conclusion or they put the world at risk for catastrophe.

An Easter Message, 2010

By Caomhin

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very Happy Easter.  I tend not to be preachy but I wanted to relate some of my feelings towards everyone.  First, let me preface this by saying that I am Catholic, and I am not as good a Catholic as I know I should be, but let’s face it, we are all sinners, and yet, God still loves us.  That, in and of itself is a miracle.

I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that through Him all things are possible.  I believe in and support our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.  I am sinner and God and His Church still loves me unconditionally.

I attended Catholic School for the first 8 years of my education, which required a tremendous sacrifice for my family to make for me, as well as my brother and sister.  I am in debt to them forever for making that sacrifice and I am truly grateful for the education that I received in Catholic School.  It has helped shape me as an individual and has prepared me well for life.

When you contemplate what Jesus did for the whole of humanity, not just some, but all of us, every single person who has ever lived, is living, or will ever live, it is truly a marvel.  He knew that pain and suffering that He would experience, He knew the brutality that He would suffer, a fate that no one would wish to undergo, and yet He chose that path in order to save us from sin, and from ourselves.

Today we celebrate a gift of love so great that it humble and amazes us.  We celebrate our Lord and our Church.  We celebrate each other and understand a little bit more, though not the true depths, of the blessings that He has bestowed upon us.  I say that because I know that the blessings we are given will never be fully understood until we are with Him in the next life.

I am grateful for many things in my life.  I am grateful for Marissa, for our daughter, Adara, who will be with us in just a few short weeks.  I am grateful for my family, and for my friends.  I am a sinner, I am not the best Catholic I should be, I should be a better person, and yet, to see what I have in my life, to know how much people love me and care for me, to see miracles like that everyday, how could I do anything but praise and thank God for all that he has done for me?

I have not talked in great depths of my faith on this site, as I typically utilize this site for political commentary for things that I feel strongly about.  However, I would be remiss to not talk about my feelings and faith on this day.  I firmly and solemnly believe in God, our Father, his son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  I firmly and solemnly believe in the Holy Catholic Church, led by our Pope, Benedict XVI.

As the saying goes, the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.  I just want to be a better person and I try hard each day to achieve this goal.  I want to look back and know that I have done more good than bad.  I want to forgive more, and hopefully be forgiven.  Being a better person takes a lot of work, and I know most of the world’s problems would be alleviated if we could all just do that.  So I want to dedicate myself to being at least a little bit better.  If I fall, I know God will catch me if I let him.  He’s done it before and if I were a wiser person, I’d just let him do it every time.

So today, Easter, the day Jesus rose from the dead after suffering for our sins, I want to just be a little better, just like yesterday, and just like tomorrow.  But for today, as I always am on this day, I am in a bit more amazement as to how much God loves us.  To be blessed like I am knowing how fallible I am is simply incredible.  Happy Easter everyone!