November 29, 2012
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. It had been a Category 5 hurricane and made landfall as a Category 3. The devastation to the Gulf coast, including New Orleans, was the costliest in US history. And according to the mainstream media, the devastation – including the large number of people who died, and the fact that displaced people did not have proper shelter, food and water – was the fault of then President George Walker Bush. To this day you hear about what a bad job Bush did during Katrina.
In 2012, Sandy, at one time a Category 1 hurricane, made landfall as a tropical storm and caused immense devastation in New Jersey and New York. It is now thought that Sandy will surpass Katrina as the most expensive natural disaster in US history. Just like with Katrina some disabled and elderly people died in their homes because they were not evacuated. People whose homes were destroyed didn't have proper shelter, food and water supplied by the government. People didn't have electricity for weeks.
However, President Barack Hussein Obama doesn't get any blame. By walking on the beach with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Obama got a lot of kudos from the mainstream media. Evidently the hurricane was not Obama's fault and as president he was not responsible for evacuating people from their homes or providing them with shelter, food and water.
If it weren't so common it would be interesting. But according to the mainstream media, people died in Katrina, not because it was a huge powerful storm but because Bush is a racist.
During Sandy people died because Sandy was a huge powerful storm and people were not properly prepared.
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One thing the mainstream media refuse to understand is that conservatives do not see the growing deficit as the problem but as a symptom of a much more serious problem. The problem is that government has grown far too big and is doing too much for too many people. The result of the government being out of control is an out-of-control deficit.
If this is what you believe, then raising taxes is not a solution because it only allows the government to continue to grow. Liberals don't see the size of government as a problem, only that the government doesn't have enough money to pay for all of the worthwhile and important services it performs. For example, liberals believe that all Americans have a God-given right to a cell phone. Cutting out free cell phones for people is not going to balance the budget, but that attitude is what has gotten us where we are.
If conservatives take their eye off the ball it is easy to get caught up in the idea that the problem is the fiscal cliff, because that is what the media keeps crowing about. But that isn't the problem. The reason that the pledge not to raise taxes is so important to conservatives is because it keeps the focus, not on the symptoms, but on the disease.
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People, including the vast left-wing conspiracy at the News & Record, are all bent out of shape over these secession petitions on the internet. What happened to the right of free speech? You would think that a newspaper would support people's right to write and sign any kind of petition they want.
For at least the last 40 years there has been a group that protests against war and in favor of world peace in front of the federal courthouse on the corner of Eugene and West Market streets. These people are extremely devoted and believe in their cause. They also believe that somehow standing on a corner in Greensboro, North Carolina, rain or shine, is going to help stop war all over the world. I don't understand it, but I believe they have every right to stand there and protest whatever they want, and I admire them for their dedication. This is America. We are supposed to have freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
Maybe some conservative news media have gotten all bent out of shape about these people, but I don't recall it and I think I would know.
Many of those signing the secessionist petitions think that the federal government is already way too big. They also, for the most part, see the reelection of Obama as irrefutable evidence that the federal government is going to get bigger. Some of them no doubt would really like to secede from the United States of America. States are supposed to have some sovereignty, and if you read the Constitution, states are actually supposed to have a lot of sovereignty. Over the years the states have lost power and the federal government has gained power. Many people would like to see that trend start going the other way and begin moving back so the states in the United States mean something other than a mailing address or a way for Google maps to find a location.
The N&R has reached a new low. It is now using Clint Eastwood movies as historical references. Newsflash to the N&R editorial team: "Josey Wales" is not a real person, and the events depicted in The Outlaw Josie Wales didn't really happen.
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The reason conservaties don't want to raise taxes is because that only takes more money out of the private sector and it does nothing to solve the government fiscal problems. For the year ending on Sept. 30, 2011, the total federal expenditures was $3.6 trillion, and the deficit was $1.3 trillion. So the federal government borrowed a little more than 36 percent of the budget. Another way to look at that is that the federal government had revenue of $2.3 trillion but spent $3.6 trillion. That is simply not a problem that the government can tax itself out of. By the same token, can you imagine if the federal government cut over one third of its spending? Which is not to say that the federal government couldn't cut entire programs and the country would be better off. The subsidy for ethanol is absurd. President Bush started it, but it is just basic stupidity. There may or may not be some gain in energy from producing ethanol. It depends on whose figures you use. But accepting that there is some gain in energy, how much energy is lost in all the engines that have been destroyed by ethanol? And an industry has been created that cannot survive on its own, kind of like generating electricity with windmills. It only works with huge subsidies, which means it doesn't work.
The farm lobby and the environmental lobby are too strong to eliminate these programs, but they are examples of what the federal government shouldn't be doing.
Here's another. Get on public transportation almost anywhere in this country and you can safely bet your next paycheck that you are riding on a vehicle mostly paid for by the federal government. Why should the federal government provide buses for Greensboro or any other city? If cities want to provide mass transit let them pay for it.
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Even the environmentalist wackos at The New York Times had to admit that solar power was a huge disappointment after Hurricane Sandy. You might think that homes with big solar panels would not have electricity when the grid went down, but that is wrong. Most solar systems are wired to provide electricity to the house or business and then sell the remainder to the electric utility. When the grid goes down the solar systems are automatically cut off because you don't want a solar panel to be sending electricity on wires that the utility is trying to fix. It's the same reason that before home generators kick on, they disconnect from the grid. With solar panels it is a little different because to run a home with solar panels big batteries are needed to get you through the night. So when the grid goes down the solar panels disconnect themselves and you have great big reflecting panels on your roof....continued on page 2