Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday thoughts: Hillary Clinton and blood clots!

Hillary Clinton is in the hospital for treatment of a blood clot that developed as a result of her recent concussion!

First off let me say that if the following sounds a little cold and/or insensitive I apologize!

That said, have we reached a new low (or maybe just I have reached a new low) in American politics when this story about the Secretary of State is met by some people (or maybe just by me) with a certain amount of skepticism.

My initial thought was that in some way it is a ruse to keep her from having to testify about the botched security at the embassy in Benghazi.

But then on second thought and knowing deep down that President Obama, like all Americans, absolutely wants to drill down and get to the truth about this failure that cost three Americans their lives, implementing a clever ruse could in no way be true. Right?

In any event, assuming that I am just a crazy conspiracy theorist, I wish Hillary Clinton a speedy and full recovery and a happy and a healthy 2013!

God, country, family, party and partisan politics!

Is that how the saying goes? God, country, family, party and partisan politics?

I looked around the Internet and nowhere could I find party and partisan politics in the equation that describes the priorities or responsibilities of elected officials.

Therefore I will personally opt instead for God, country, family, party and partisan politics! Period!

But that's just me. I don't work in Washington and therefore I can have any priorities that suits my conscience.

The people who we send to Washington on the other hand will speechify endlessly about their supposed priorities.  

They will tell you that it's about the folks on Main Street, protecting the middle class, jobs creation, economic growth, fiscal stability, national security and of course reaching out to their friends across the aisle to get the job of legislating done!

They will say it's about keeping the United States in its position as the superpower and world leader it has always been.

Unfortunately, as my mother would say when I was growing up, actions speak much louder than any words ever could.

And the actions are despicable! These representatives in Washington will pass bills without ever having read them, make back-room deals that feather their own nests and vote party over principles at every turn.

They will vote themselves raises, be out of Washington more than they are in it and enjoy the perks of office that aren’t available to the constituents back home that put them in office in the first place. All of this is even more disturbing now as it is taking place during extremely difficult economic times.

Some will indulge in questionable excesses that would get you or I thrown into jail, only to be exonerated by their colleagues who would expect the same treatment in return.

For most of the pariahs in Washington winning an election, regardless of the office won, simply means that it is time to start running for the next election along with everything that process entails.

What about the concept of voting with their consciences and core beliefs over the demands of party leadership?

For these public servants doing that would be an extremely low percentage play as it could mean losing committee appointments or other goodies that go along with the territory of being a good party soldier.

So what do they do instead? They go along to get along!

Good for them! Not so good for the American people!

The fiscal cliff and upcoming debate about raising the debt ceiling for the federal government are perfect examples.

What are critical decisions for the current and future economic viability of the United States have instead been turned into nothing but a partisan pissing match.

One side panders to the emotions of the American people while the other side seeks to take responsible action to reduce spending and cut the deficits that if left unchecked will at some point turn the United States into the equivalent of Greece.

The end result of these back and forth “negotiations”? Nothing of any substance will get done, the US economy will suffer while the elected officials will point fingers at the other side attempting gain an edge in the opinion polls.

And the big losers will be the American people who will end up paying the price.

Despicable performance in a country where true political leadership has become a lost art!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fiscal Cliff: An historical timeline!

If you were wondering how the United States got to the precipice of the man-made fiscal cliff, here is the timeline!

H/T The Fiscal Times

Real life explanation of Washington economics!

If a family ran its fiscal house the way that Washington or many local governments run theirs, then personal bankruptcy would likely be the only option!

Politicians, however, have no problem running huge deficits with other peoples money (OPM) because they can always raise our taxes to get more without ever having to reduce the amounts that they spend!

That, is a recipe for fiscal disaster the likes of which we are watching play out in Washington right now!

Washington finances versus a family's personal finances!

Obama and the American Sheeple! (video)

The American sheeple and the mainstream media both live by following credo concerning the Obama administration: See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil!

There is little that this administration has done or not done that is ever questioned by either the mainstream media or by those American citizens who reside anywhere to the left of the political center!

In effect this creates an environment where Barack Obama presides over a large segment of the population of the country comprised of a rare breed of animal known as the sheeple. What are sheeple you ask?

Sheeple: "The term is used to describe those who voluntarily acquiesce to a suggestion without critical analysis or research. They undermine their own individuality and may willingly give up their rights." (Source)

As the country stares down the fiscal cliff the President and the Democrat leaders in Congress will tell the American people that should we go over the fault will lie squarely on the shoulders of the Republican Party.

As untrue as this might be, this story will be seconded by the mainstream media and believed by members of the Obamabot nation.

Remember this: "Does anyone actually believe that President Obama or many of the Democrats in Congress really want to avoid going over the fiscal cliff?

It's been their plan all along! For anyone who doesn't believe that there is a word that describes you. Okay perhaps more than one but in this case I will invoke the word naivete. Make that крайняя наивность for all of you socialists/marxists out there.

For you see it is perceived by this President and his Democrat cohorts that there is great political gain to be had from going over this cliff. And truth be told when could a Democrat politician pass up the potential for political gain even if it will inflict intense pain on the very Americans they say that they want to protect..." (Source)

Democrats and the economy!

H/T Western Journalism

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Poll: Does a Hitler statue belong at the Warsaw Ghetto?

Or is it merely an unnecessarily provocative and insensitive attempt at a version of "art"?

Recall the decision in Cologne, Germany during the summer of 2012 that sought to ban circumcisions, despite the fact that this practice is an integral part of the religious rituals of both Jews and of Muslims.

The ban, coming mere decades after the Holocaust, made one think that this decision purportedly made for public health reasons was either incredibly insensitive or was meant to send a different message.

At the time I wrote an article titled "Keine Beschneidung für euch Juden" which loosely translated  means "no circumcision for you Jews!"

So in the case of the statue "HIM" pictured above showing a praying Hitler by Maurizio Cattelan being displayed in the Warsaw Ghetto, what should we consider that to be?

An expression of artistic license designed to force viewers to reflect on the nature of evil or, as the Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote, "a senseless provocation which insults the memory of the Nazis' Jewish victims"?

Should this statue of Hitler appear in the Warsaw Ghetto?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Links to eleven potential 2013 news stories that might be off of your radar (but shouldn't be)!

Because in 2013 there's more facing the United States and the rest of the world than just the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling!

Although you wouldn't know it by watching and listening to the priorities of the Obama administration, or by the performance of our MIA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is apparently on the 21-day disabled list, there are some serious political, social and economic crises brewing both at home and around the globe for 2013.

These are links to articles concerning some of these potential flash points from a variety of different sources.

Global news you need to know about!
  1. Potential escalation of the Japan-China conflict over the Senkaku Islands! "Chinese Aerial Patrols Over Senkaku Islands"
  2. Concerns over the fiscal health of Japan evidenced by the declining value of the Yen! "Here's What's Behind The Collapse Of The Japanese Yen — The Biggest Economic Story In The World"
  3. The relationship between the United States and Russia is strained despite the concessions the Obama administration has made during its 1st-term. This is currently being seen in the pending ban for the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families! "Russian Ban on U.S. Adoptions Reflects Strained Relations"
  4. The chance that the United States spills over the "Dairy Cliff" with milk prices doubling on January 1, 2013! "Get Ready for the Dairy Cliff"
  5. Could the U.S. head over the "Container Cliff" on December 30, 2012 with a strike at the nations ports by the ILA? "The Looming Container Cliff: Longshoreman threaten to shut down the nations ports on Sunday!" Update: It is being reported that as of approximately 11:40 AM on December 28, 2012 an agreement for a 30-day extension has been reached that will avert a strike for now that could have closed U.S. ports!
  6. What will happen next in Syria? Will Assad step-down or will the killing in the civil war continue and who exactly are these rebels that could take over the country? "Russian FM meets Syrian envoy in improbable attempt to revive peace plan"
  7. Is there going to be an escalation in the Israel-Iran conflict over the Iranian nuclear weapons program? "'We will respond to any threat'"
  8. What is the impact of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt going to mean for Israel and the entirety of the Middle East? "The New Egypt: Sharia And The Muslim Brotherhood Triumphant"
  9. Will the EU financial crisis be ending or just beginning to come to a head in 2013? "Looking ahead, Europe faces a difficult 2013"
  10. An overview of other pending issues including Al-Qaeda and Iraq! "Predicting 2013 - Opportunities and Threats"
  11. North Korea nukes, North Korea nukes, North Korea nukes! "AP Exclusive: Photos show NKorea nuclear readiness"

The Looming Container Cliff: Longshoreman threaten to shut down the nations ports on Sunday!

Update December 28, 2012 12:55 PM: An agreement has been reached for a 30-day extension in order to try and resolve the issues remaining between the ILA and the USMX!

A strike at the nations ports by longshoremen could cost millions of U.S. jobs throughout the supply chain and would further cripple an already crippled economy!

There's more going on around here than just the fiscal cliff crisis and upcoming debt ceiling negotiations.

As if these two alone wouldn't be bad enough for an economy struggling to regain some semblance of its footing, the potential for a massive strike at the nations ports looms on the horizon for this Sunday.

This strike would be called by the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) due to failed negotiations for a new contract with the nations port operators and shipping companies that are represented by the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX).

The potential economic impact of an ILA strike!

In 2002, a similar strike was estimated to cost the American economy $1 billion per day. Business groups and state officials have called for President Obama’s involvement to prevent such financial devastation again. Business groups wrote to Obama last week stating that "Failure to reach an agreement resulting in a coast wide shutdown will have serious economy-wide impacts." 
If a settlement cannot be reached, this latest strike would affect the east and gulf coasts from Boston to Houston, causing problems to the supply chain around the country. The Longshoremen's union represents 14,500 workers at more than a dozen ports on these coasts, handling 95% of all containerized shipments from Maine to Texas. They handle 65% of America’s international trade by value, contribute $3.5 trillion to the American economy, and support 13 million jobs nationwide. All of this is at risk due to the domino effect of a labor strike. The unions understand the massive power those numbers wield, and it appears they're not above leveraging that power to the detriment of millions of workers and consumers. Can the American economy handle another hit like this?  We may soon find out. (Source)

Four types of cargo that most likely will not be affected by a strike includes automobiles and bulk items that are not containerized, perishable commodities and cargo for the military. Cruise ships leaving and returning should not be affected by the strike or by port closures either.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fiscal Cliff video: Harry Reid and Democrats incredibly win the PR battle once again!

Harry Reid rushes back to the Senate to disparage, on the record, the Republicans not yet back in town!

It was a despicable flim-flam and misdirection play that was put into motion by the Senate leader this morning that had one purpose.

That was to try and sway the minds of the American people into believing that any trip taken over the edge of the fiscal cliff is 100% attributable to the GOP!

Bottom-line: While not accurate it was sheer marketing genius and further proof that the PR arm of the Republican Party tasked with winning the hearts and minds of the American people absolutely sucks! (Fiscal Cliff: "Hey Boehner, your marketing sucks!" (Poll results))

Chart of federal income taxes if we plunge off of the "Fiscal Cliff"!

Some members of Congress photographed arriving back in Washington from Christmas vacation!
Congress and the President make their way back to Washington today, fresh off of their taxpayer funded vacation! 

Will they begin serious work doing the peoples business or continue to play the dangerous game of partisan politics at the expense of the American people?

And is this episode of the game merely a prelude to the even more serious one that will begin in a couple of weeks when the debt ceiling discussions begin!

Unfortunately I think that we already know the answers to these questions.

Now if you've been wondering why there's so much fuss revolving around the fiscal cliff negotiations, this chart of federal tax liability if we plunge over the edge will tell you the story!

New federal tax liability on the other side of the fiscal cliff!

Source: New York Post

H/T The rightscoop

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Watcher's Council Nominations: "The marshal calls for a faster pace of play" Edition!

President Obama is being asked by the "course marshal", aka the American people, for a faster pace of play concerning the looming Fiscal Cliff!

Given the fact that Barack Obama is fiddling with one more round of golf in Hawaii today as the fuse burning towards the economic bomb otherwise known as the Fiscal Cliff moves closer and closer to ignition, a reference to a golf course marshal imploring quicker play is highly appropriate!

Because in reality the problem is that there is no sense of urgency indicated by the actions of any of the players involved in these "negotiations" that are, in effect, not taking place at all.

The President will be back in Washington some time tonight with Senators possibly tomorrow and members of the House at some point after that.

A little pathetic if you ask me but nobody really asked me!

But, I suppose that vacation is after all vacation in Washington although truth be told most Americans wouldn't know much about that these days!

Now on to...

The Watcher's Council

These are the Watcher's Council nominations for the week of December 24, 2012!

For those who may be enjoying their first Watcher's Council experience, it is a group that consists of some of the top conservative bloggers from around the world.

A group that The Political Commentator is extremely proud to have been asked to be part of!

Each week members select and submit an article of their own creation in addition to one article from a non-council blog they find to be particularly topical and important.

While you may not always agree with what you read, that alone may make the experience that much more valuable!

Once the submissions have been received at an undisclosed location hidden somewhere on the Left Coast of the United States, the Watchers Council members then individually vote for their favorites.

Those votes are protected and held by outside auditing firm Arthur Andersen until such time as they are counted and a winner named for the Grand Prize.

This Grand Prize consists of the appreciation of ones peers.

In the end though, we all win because of the range of information and important analysis received on the critical issues of the day.

In a nutshell, the Watcher's Council is the ultimate conservative blog aggregator!

So without further ado the article nominations for the week of December 24, 2012 are...? 

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

You, me and the U.S. economy!

Economically speaking, is this what the year 2013 has in store for us?

Christmas and Hanukkah 2012 are now past which means it's time to look ahead to what the year 2013 will mean for you, me and the nation's economy!

Taking a quick swipe off of the top of my head, the United States faces any number of pressing economic issues that need to be addressed in 2013.

Of course it is how these issues will be addressed by Washington lawmakers and Federal Reserve policy makers that is the trillion dollar question which may help to carve the economic (and therefore social) path for the country going forward.

Two major areas of economic concern!

One area of concern is of course is the impending Fiscal Cliff*. I had prognosticated long ago that the simple plan of Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress was to fly over the edge purely for partisan political purposes ("Presenting the Democrat plan for going over the fiscal cliff!").

While this is of course no way to govern that is where the nation now finds itself. In the grips of self-serving politicians more concerned with their reelection down the road than with the good of the nation now and far into the future.

Potentially worse than going over the cliff might be some politically palatable compromise that at the end of the day will only serve to exacerbate the fiscal condition that the country will find itself in!

The second, and what to my mind may be even a more dire fiscal flashpoint, is the level of the federal debt (now $16 trillion plus) plus $1 trillion a year budget deficits and what will occur when Ben Bernanke ultimately can no longer hold interest rates near zero.

Oh he may want to hold them down but sometimes market forces may be even greater than the power of the man behind the curtain at the Federal Reserve!

Rising U.S. interest rates may happen for any number of reasons including the potential that the domestic economy and the employment situation improves and/or inflation becomes an issue.

Failing that, it could be something even more problematic such as the confidence of investors in the ability for the U.S. to pay waning.

Either way when you take this amount of debt (and the number is only going to increase) that has a short-term average maturity in the vicinity of 5 years or so and you bump up the interest rate just 1% the impact on the federal budget and by extension the federal deficit would be astronomical.

Imagine if instead of a 1% interest rate increase on new issues of government debt it was 2% or 3%.

At some point, as we have seen in nations like Greece, investor perception ultimately becomes investor reality and they will demand more of a return to compensate them for what is perceived to be, or that actually may be, greater risk.

Back on December 12 after listening to Fed Chairman Bernanke speak to the press I was moved to write an article I titled "Ben Bernanke: Snake oil salesman!"

The reason I chose this title was because the good Chairman who was raised in the well-respected Ivory Tower environs of academia seemed to be floundering.

He seemed to be at a loss for what to do beyond doing more of what he has already done. These are moves that, while providing liquidity for the stock market to rise while at the same time not improving the overall economy, are fraught with a plethora of potential unintended consequences the scope of which are not known.

And they are not known because the United States economy post-2008 has been the subject of a grand laboratory experiment whose theoretical outcomes seem to work out fine in the economic back-rooms of academia that are manned by Ph.D's, but that in the real world no one can really know for sure!

Add to all of this the potential impact of Obamacare, the EU financial crisis and the economic malaise of Japan and China and 2013 sets up to be a very interesting year.

Let's just hope that someone shows up who actually knows what they're doing!

*Infographic of the impact from going over the Fiscal Cliff here.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

InfoGraphic: Chart of what going over the Fiscal Cliff will mean to you!

(Click to make bigger, click twice to make really bigger)


Ben Stein on religion and the breakdown of society!***

Ben Stein provides his thoughts about religion and society in America today!

***If you are anything like me, merely seeing the name Ben Stein in the subject-line would normally move you to click delete before opening an email or never bothering to click a link to open an article. 

The commentary he provides here, however, is well worth the read!

My confession:

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat...

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school... The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about.. And we said okay..

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. 

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Source: Email

Monday, December 24, 2012

SNL: Christmas Eve for the Jews

H/T The Big Picture

Video: Syrian rebels after allegedly inhaling toxic gas!

If the Assad regime in Syria moves past our "red-line" by using chemical weapons will President Obama simply move the "red-line"?

This video may indicate that the Assad government has crossed President Obama's "red-line" by using chemical weapons against the rebels.

Or, as some suggest, this video from Al-Jazeera could be a fake designed to provoke a military reaction from outside of Syria.

According to Israel National News, "Al Jazeera said six people were paralyzed and four others were blinded by the toxic gas bombs, and 63 other suffered other injuries." (Source)

Either way the larger question in this civil war during which over 40,000 Syrian civilians have been killed might be whether the use of chemical weapons will move Obama to take action or simply move the "red-line" again?

The answer to this has implications well beyond the Syria border as it would speak volumes to both friends and foes of the U.S. regarding the degree to which Barack Obama can be held to his word concerning issues of both foreign policy and U.S. national security.

NORAD Santa Tracker

Barack Obama: The Daniel Inouye memorial and the presidency of "Me"! (Video)

Senator Daniel Inouye passed away at the age of 88 and was remembered at a memorial service in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday!

The service took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and was attended by many dignitaries including Harry Reid and of course President Barack Obama.

The President took time out from his family vacation elsewhere in Hawaii to attend and to give a eulogy commemorating the life and service of the Senator!

But that is not the whole story as the President used his time at the podium to do what a narcissist will do regardless of the situation that they find themselves in.

That is to make the discussion about the life and service of Daniel Inouye about Barack Obama using the words "my" 21 times, "me" 12 times and "I" 30 times.

Of course the fact that the United States is being led by a narcissist is not a new concept to readers of The Political Commentator, as a quick read of these recent articles will clearly show not only the pattern of the behavior but the psychological analysis as well:

October 27, 2012: "A must read psychological analysis of Barack Obama!"
December 4, 2012: "Remembering Rosa Parks: The Narcissist-in-Chief strikes again!"
December 8, 2012: "Remembering Pearl Harbor: The Narcissist-in-Chief strikes again! Part Two"

Barack Obama and the presidency of "Me, Myself and I!"

H/T The Daily Rushbo

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The TPC 2012 Christmas commercial of the year (Video)

Presenting the TPC 2012 Christmas holiday season commercial of the year!

With so much crap on television, this commercial from Dick's Sporting Goods actually tugs at the heartstrings and shows the season of giving for what it is supposed to be!

If this described your employee, would you fire them or keep them?

Imagine for a second that you are a manger at XYZ Corporation and you have to evaluate John Doe, an employee who just signed a long-term employment contract!

Meet John Doe. He has been an employee of XYZ Company for many years and is in your office for his yearly performance review.

His results over the course of his tenure at the company have been spotty at best and you, as his new manager, have to make the decision of whether to keep him on or give him his walking papers.

This is what you read in his file:
  1. Never finishes a task;
  2. Makes decisions based more about concern with his own job than the future of the company;
  3. Is not a good teammate but even worse is more than willing to sabotage the performance of other employees;
  4. Is a finger-pointer who takes no responsibility for failure, total credit for successes and who may embellish or manipulate results to make poor outcomes seem to be much better than they are;
  5. Selects vendors or approves projects who serve his own purposes more than the betterment of the company's bottom-line;
  6. Promotes cronies from within and hires cronies from outside the company to positions that define the theory behind the Peter Principle. This is the idea that says that an employee will ultimately reach their highest "level of incompetence" and then stop advancing; 
  7. Spends too little time actually working and an exorbitant amount of time preparing his resume for the next job;
  8. Due to acts of incompetence actually hurts the company both through damaged image and through a loss of personnel;
  9. When faced with a task critical to the long-term viability of the company will put personal needs first and the company second; and
  10. Will put short-term performance of the department or company as his main priority in order to please the shareholders in the near-term with little or no thought to what these actions might do to the company long-term. This is apparently due to the assumption of John Doe that when the s--t hits the fan he will no longer be an employee of XYZ and it will be someone else's problem!
Your management decision? Mr. John Doe, YOUR FIRED!

But wait a second! Not so fast! 

Reread the bolded headline which says that due to the incompetence of the shareholders of XYZ Company who had voted by proxy to give this man an iron-clad 4-year contract, he cannot be fired!

Perhaps when the vote occurs the next time, the shareholders will do a better job!

Not a hypothetical but real life!

Well my friends these are the people who represent us in Washington. The people you voted to put there.

These are the people who, going through numbers 1-10 above, exhibit varying degrees of each one.

Not all of the people certainly, but enough who have created a cancerous environment that has metastasized throughout the entirety of the Congressional and White House complexes.

And it is we the people, the actual shareholders of this "company", who are going to pay the price in the end.

They say that consumers get what they pay for but at the same time they also say caveat emptor, or let the buyer beware. 

They, whoever they are, will also sometimes say that you can fool all of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time. 

In this case of real life, however, they are wrong! 

First it is the politician running for office who gets what they pay for and not the voter.

Secondly, there was either not enough buyers remorse after the first four years of this crop of leaders or such a lack of interest taken by the American voter in the process that we are now going to do it all over again. 

But this time with even higher stakes both domestically and in the foreign policy arena than we faced the first time around.

The bottom-line? Elections have consequences and as a nation, we are now paying the price!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I'm glad the world didn't end because...

Apparently there are still very significant unanswered questions!

Who hasn't wondered about at least some of the following:
  • Who let the dogs out, 
  • The way to get to Sesame Street, 
  • Why Dora doesn't just use Google maps, 
  • Why we don't ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery", 
  • Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed, 
  • Why "abbreviated" is such a long word, 
  • Why lemon juice is made with artificial flavor yet dishwashing liquid is made with real lemons, 
  • Why they sterilize the needle for lethal injections,
  • Why do you have to "put your two cents in" but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"?,
  • Where's that extra penny going to? Why did Joanie love Chachi?, 
  • If a deaf person has to go to court is it still called a hearing?, 
  • Does the alphabet song and twinkle twinkle little star have the same tune?, and 
  • Just what is Victoria's secret?
And I'm sure that there are many more than just these!

2012 US economic year in review: 75 unbelievable statistics of futility!

2012 is quickly coming to a close so let's take a look at 75 economic statistics of U.S.  economic futility!

Can the self-absorbed clowns in Washington from both sides of the aisle who have as their one true interest reelection turn this ship around?

If the fiscal cliff negotiations are any indication we face four more years of partisan politics that will do the American people absolutely no good!

And finally what kind of a job allows for work to be left unfinished because the employee wants to go on vacation? Being POTUS or a member of Congress!

75 statistics of U.S. economic under-achievement!
#1 In December 2008, 31.6 million Americans were on food stamps.  Today, a new all-time record of 47.7 million Americans are on food stamps.  That number has increased by more than 50 percent over the past four years, and yet the mainstream media still has the gall to insist that "things are getting better".
#2 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.
#3 According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of "Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming."
#4 According to one recent survey, 55 percent of all Americans have received money from a safety net program run by the federal government at some point in their lives.
#5 For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.  That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.
#6 Median household income in the U.S. has fallen for four consecutive years.  Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.
#7 Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.
#8 The percentage of working age Americans with a job has been under 59 percent for 39 months in a row.
#9 In September 2009, during the depths of the last economic crisis, 58.7 percent of all working age Americans were employed.  In November 2012, 58.7 percent of all working age Americans were employed.  It is more then 3 years later, and we are in the exact same place.
#10 When you total up all working age Americans that do not have a job in America today, it comes to more than 100 million.
#11 According to one recent survey, 55 percent of all small business owners in America "say they would not start a business today given what they know now and in the current environment."
#12 The number of jobs at new small businesses continues to decline.  According to economist Tim Kane, the following is how the decline in the number of startup jobs per 1000 Americans breaks down by presidential administration...
Bush Sr.: 11.3
Clinton: 11.2
Bush Jr.: 10.8
Obama: 7.8
#13 The U.S. share of global GDP has fallen from 31.8 percent in 2001 to 21.6 percent in 2011.
#14 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row.
#15 There are four major U.S. banks that each have more than 40 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives.
#16 In 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing, but now there are less than 12 million.
#17 According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all Americans were "middle income" back in 1971.  Today, only 51 percent of all Americans are.
#18 The Pew Research Center has also found that 85 percent of all middle class Americans say that it is harder to maintain a middle class standard of living today than it was 10 years ago.
#19 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.
#20 Right now, approximately 48 percent of all Americans are either considered to be "low income" or are living in poverty.
#21 Approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are living in homes that are either considered to be either "low income" or impoverished.
#22 According to one survey, 77 percent of all Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.
#23 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.
#24 The average amount of time that an unemployed worker stays out of work in the United States is 40 weeks.
#25 If you can believe it, approximately one out of every four American workers makes 10 dollars an hour or less.
#26 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives financial assistance from the federal government.  Back in 1983, that number was less than 30 percent.
#27 Right now, more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.  And that does not even count Social Security or Medicare.  Overall, there are almost 80different "means-tested welfare programs" that the federal government is currently running.
#28 When you account for all government transfer payments and all forms of government employment, more than half of all Americans are now at least partially financially dependent on the government.
#29 Barack Obama has been president for less than four years, and during that time the number of Americans "not in the labor force" has increased by nearly 8.5 million.  Something seems really "off" about that number, because during the entire decade of the 1980s the number of Americans "not in the labor force" only rose by about 2.5 million.
#30 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.
#31 According to USA Today, many Americans have actually seen their water bills triple over the past 12 years.
#32 There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing.  That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.
#33 Right now, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.
#34 As the economy has slowed down, so has the number of marriages.  According to a Pew Research Center analysis, only 51 percent of all Americans that are at least 18 years old are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all U.S. adults were married.
#35 At this point, only 24.6 percent of all jobs in the United States are good jobs.
#36 In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance.  Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.
#37 Recently it was announced that total student loan debt in the United States has passed the one trillion dollar mark.
#38 If you can believe it, one out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.
#39 One survey of business executives has ranked California as the worst state in America to do business for 8 years in a row.
#40 In the city of Detroit today, more than 50 percent of all children are living in poverty, and close to 50 percent of all adults are functionally illiterate.
#41 It is being projected that half of all American children will be on food stamps at least once before they turn 18 years of age.
#42 More than three times as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005 as will be sold in 2012.
#43 If you can believe it, 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor's degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed last year.
#44 The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs for low paying jobs.  60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.
#45 Our trade deficit with China in 2011 was $295.5 billion.  That was the largest trade deficit that one country has had with another country in the history of the planet.
#46 The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.
#47 According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.
#48 The U.S. tax code is now more than 3.8 million words long.  If you took all of William Shakespeare's works and collected them together, the entire collection would only be about 900,000 words long.
#49 According to the IMF, the global elite are holding a total of 18 trillion dollars in offshore banking havens such as the Cayman Islands.
#50 The value of the U.S. dollar has declined by more than 96 percent since the Federal Reserve was first created.
Read numbers 51 through 75 at The Economic Collapse here.