The combined number of people enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare–the government health-care programs for the poor, disabled and elderly–now exceeds the number of full-time private sector workers in the United States. In 2011, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), there were 70.4 million people who enrolled in Medicaid for at least one month. There were also 48.849 million people enrolled in Medicare. That gave Medicaid and Medicare a gross combined enrollment of 119.249 million in 2011. At the same time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 112,556,000 people worked full-time in the United States in 2011. Of these 112,556,000 full-time workers, 17,806,000 worked for government (at the federal, state or local level) and 94,750,000 worked for the private sector. In other words – we have a BIG problem:
The College Republicans put together this little ditty:
Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota points out some interesting facts concerning the Presidential election of November 2008:
Number of States won by: Democrats:19 Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Democrats:127 million Republicans: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
YOUR VOTE COUNTS – USE IT WISELY!
I ask only 1 question – if the WP’s piece is true – is this not a better choice than Sharia?
The Washington Post has not noticed the United States is a country that is tolerant of religions, especially where it concerns out electoral system. This week the Washington Post has published a long story filled with innuendo that Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith is somehow engaged in a conspiracy to make him president.
The more than 3,000 word piece is also filled with pop psychology and subtle rhetoric all intended to make the reader simultaneously suspicious of Romney and his religion, as well as doubting that any of his life is his own. The Post implies Romney has been programmed by his father, his wife and his religion. This isn’t the only time WaPo writer Jason Horowitz investigated “Mitt’s suspicious” Mormonism, either. In June, Horowitz wonders if Romney’s Mormonism was “fair game” for attack.
At the outset of his newest, near slanderous piece, Horowitz calls Mitt a “political scion” because his father was once the Governor of Michigan. Of course, George Romney was also a successful career auto man, as well. Why isn’t Mitt an “auto scion”? We know why. Horowitz is trying to cast Mr. Romney as a member of some privileged class who expects public office will be bestowed upon him as his birthright.
Next Horowitz tells us that “Romney confided to a Bain and Co. colleague about the trajectory sketched out for him by his father.”
This is written as if Mitt is just a robot not in control of his own destiny. Of course, every interested father tries to “sketch out” for his children a way of comportment that will lead to a successful life, but this sentence makes it seem as if George Romney pre-planned Mitt’s whole life, an absurd contention.
… and this is just the first paragraph!
Paragraph three is just dripping with condescension and jealousy.
Romney has followed his father s road map. By the early 1990s, he had matured from his days as a privileged youth to build a family, a fortune, and a flock as the leader of his church in the Boston area. He also grew receptive to encouragement from family members and others who considered him born and bred to replace less-perfect men in power. They wanted Romney to take on Ted Kennedy in 1994.
Look at all that castigation. “Privileged youth” and “born and bred to replace less-perfect men in power”? Horowitz is attempting to paint Romney as one of the most arrogant and conceited men alive, isn’t he? I mean, who has said that Mitt Romney and his family think they are destined for politics because they are more perfect than those in power?
Where does Horowitz get this characterization? Well, he doesn’t bother to say, meaning that this is his own emotions coming out not an assessment of Mitt’s biography based on facts or eyewitness testimony.
Rhetoric like this is seeded throughout the long article all aimed at making the reader look upon Romney with suspicion and disdain.
But it was Horowitz’ innuendo-filled discussion of the Mormon Church that really casts this article as one of the lowest of the low.
Horowitz claims that Mitt didn’t really set his mind to politics until his father-in-law, Edward Davies, died from cancer. Davies, Horowitz says, urged Mitt and Ann to “make the most of her life now, and to capitalize on the opportunities bestowed” upon them. As Mitt and his brothers-in-law went to a Mormon Temple where they “donned white robes” they watched the man’s body baptized posthumously. Apparently we are to be left finding this all to be weird behavior.
Next Horowitz said that one of Mitt’s actions before he ran unsuccessfully against Senator Ted Kennedy in 1994 was to “unload all the unnecessary baggage possible.” This “baggage,” Horowitz tells us, included his church obligations.
The writer went on to discuss how Mitt went to his church officials to ask them to give him a pass on his recently undertaken church obligations but what followed is where Horowitz seems to imply that Mitt and his church leaders then went about planning his entire 1994 run for the Senate and his later trajectory to the White House.
Yet Romney’s connections in the church proved critical at the inception of his political career. Months before the hierarchy released him from his obligations as Boston s highest church authority; Romney called Richard Bitner Wirthlin, Reagan’s chief strategist and pollster, who had become a high-ranking church official in Salt Lake City.
Howorwitz the recounts that Jeralie Wirthlin, the above’s widow, said Romney visited her husband in their Utah home. “They counseled together early on,” she said.
Howrowitz also notes that a Romney biographer said that, “Romney told him of the polling and a trip Romney made to Salt Lake City with Wirthlin, whose half first cousin was the church s president, Gordon Bitner Hinckley.”
Perhaps we are all supposed to imagine that Romney’s political plans was all a Mormon plot?
That’s not all. As Matt Vespa notes, “Even after Romney was defeated in the 94 race, his tenure at the Winter Olympics was due to Mormon design.”
Horowitz says that Ken Gardner, a “a Utah developer and the Boston church s former mission president,” was the main man to engage Ann Romney to convince her husband to take on the Winter Olympics.
Horowitz even says that Ann Romney told someone that God wanted Mitt to run for president. The 2008 run was something “God wanted him to do” Horowitz says Ann told Dennis King, a “fellow Mormon.”
All this talk of Mormons, secret meetings, and programming by faith and family seems very much intended to make the reader suspicious of Mitt Romney’s religion. With all his suspicions about religion, one wonders if Jason Horowitz ever wrote a piece worrying over Barack Obama’s deep and disturbing connection with the dangerous and volatile Black Liberation Theology learned at the feet of Reverend Jeremiah Wright? I’ve looked and can’t find one. Maybe Horowitz only finds Mormonism to be suspicious.
Which brings us to New Jersey…
In the wake of this weeks thwarted bomb plot by a jihadist to blow up the Federal Reserve building with a 1,000 lb bomb, Jersey is passing a bill to make the counter terror measures that succeeded in busting this plot wide open more difficult.
“NYPD Spying Prompts New Jersey Bill To Advance; Requires Out-Of-State Agencies To Notify State”Huffington Post
TRENTON, N.J. – The New Jersey Assembly has approved a bill requiring out-of-state law enforcement agencies to notify New Jersey officials before conducting any counterterrorism surveillance in the state.
The measure was introduced in response to revelations of spying on Muslims in New Jersey by the New York Police Department.
Sponsor Charles Mainor, an assemblyman who is also a Jersey City police officer, says New York police targeted many innocent Muslims during their surveillance.
His legislation allows prosecutors to get an injunction blocking an agency from conducting surveillance if it hasn’t complied with the notification requirements.
New York police deny any wrongdoing. New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (kee-AY’-sah) also found the NYPD broke no state laws.
The notification bill passed Thursday on a 76-3 vote. It is yet to be considered by the Senate.
Such idiocy is without parallel. Imagine where the Federal Reserve building would be without these critical programs.
The following are 55 FACTS about the Debt and the U.S.
The federal government is stealing more than a trillion dollars a year from our children and our grandchildren, and they are spending that money in some of the most foolish ways that you could ever imagine. We have accumulated the largest mountain of debt in the history of the world, but our politicians just can’t help themselves – they appear to be absolutely addicted to spending money. By Michael T. Snyder
The future of the United States of America is being systematically destroyed by our politicians, but unfortunately most Americans don’t really grasp exactly what is happening. 30 years ago, our national debt had just crossed the one trillion dollar mark. Just recently, it crossed the 16 trillion dollar mark. Prior to every election, politicians from both parties swear up and down that they will do something about our exploding debt, but it never happens. Once again this year, our politicians are making all kinds of grand promises about getting U.S. government finances under control. But they are also promising all kinds of new plans and programs which are going to cost a lot more money on top of what we are already spending. For the average American, all of this can be incredibly confusing. That is why I have put together a list of facts about the debt and U.S. government finances below. These are things that every voter should know. The federal government is stealing more than a trillion dollars a year from our children and our grandchildren, and they are spending that money in some of the most foolish ways that you could ever imagine. We have accumulated the largest mountain of debt in the history of the world, but our politicians just can’t help themselves – they appear to be absolutely addicted to spending money. If we continue on the path that we are currently on, our entire financial system and our entire economy will be destroyed by all of this debt. Time is running out and urgent action is needed to address this crisis.
Many of our founding fathers attempted to warn us about the dangers of government debt. For example, Thomas Jefferson once said the following…
I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.
Where would we be today if such an amendment had been added to our Constitution?
How much brighter would our future be if the federal government had been forced to only spend what it took in all these years?
Those are very good questions.
The following are 55 facts about the debt and U.S. government finances that every American voter should know….
#1 While Barack Obama has been president, the U.S. government has spent about 11 dollars for every 7 dollars of revenue that it has actually brought in.
#4 Over the past four years, welfare spending has increased by 32 percent. In inflation-adjusted dollars, spending on those programs has risen by 378 percent over the past 30 years. At this point, more than 100 million Americansare enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government. Once again, these figures do not even include Social Security or Medicare.
#5 Over the past year, the number of Americans getting a free cell phone from the federal government has grown by 43 percent. Now more than 16 million Americans are enjoying what has come to be known as an “Obamaphone”.
#6 When Barack Obama first entered the White House, about 32 million Americans were on food stamps. Now,nearly 47 million Americans are on food stamps. And this has happened during what Obama refers to as “an economic recovery”.
#7 The U.S. government recently spent 27 million dollars on pottery classes in Morocco.
#8 The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently spent $300,000 to encourage Americans to eat caviar at a time when more families than ever are having a really hard time just trying to put any food on the table at all.
#9 During 2012, the National Science Foundation spent $516,000 to support the creation of a video game called “Prom Week”, which apparently simulates “all the social interactions of the event.”
#10 The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the largest snack food maker in the world (PepsiCo Inc.) a total of 1.3 million dollars in corporate welfare that was used to help build “a Greek yogurt factory in New York.”
#11 The National Science Foundation recently gave researchers at Purdue University $350,000. They used part of that money to help fund a study that discovered that if golfers imagine that a hole is bigger it will help them with their putting.
#12 If you can believe it, $10,000 from the federal government was actually used to purchase talking urinal cakes up in Michigan.
#13 The National Science Foundation recently gave a whopping $697,177 to a New York City-based theater company to produce a musical about climate change.
#14 The National Institutes of Health recently gave $666,905 to a group of researchers that is studying the benefits of watching reruns on television.
#15 The National Science Foundation has given 1.2 million dollars to a team of “scientists” that is spending part of that money on a study that is seeking to determine whether elderly Americans would benefit from playing World of Warcraft or not.
#16 The National Institutes of Health recently gave $548,731 to a team of researchers that concluded that those that drink heavily in their thirties also tend to feel more immature.
#17 The National Science Foundation recently spent $30,000 on a study to determine if “gaydar” actually exists. This is the conclusion that the researchers reached at the end of the study….
“Gaydar is indeed real and… its accuracy is driven by sensitivity to individual facial features”
#18 Back in 2011, the National Institutes of Health spent $592,527 on a study that sought to figure out once and for all why chimpanzees throw poop.
#19 The U.S. government spends more on the military than China, Russia, Japan, India, and the rest of NATOcombined. In fact, the United States accounts for 41.0% of all military spending on the planet. China is next with only 8.2%.
#22 If you can believe it, there are 77,000 federal workers that make more than the governors of their own states do.
#23 During 2010, the average federal employee in the Washington D.C. area received total compensation worth more than $126,000.
#24 The U.S. Department of Defense had just nine civilians earning $170,000 or more back in 2005. When Barack Obama became president, the U.S. Department of Defense had 214 civilians earning $170,000 or more. By June 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense had 994 civilians earning $170,000 or more.
#25 During 2010, compensation for federal employees came to a grand total of approximately 447 billion dollars.
#26 If you can believe it, close to 15,000 retired federal employees are currently collecting federal pensions for life worth at least $100,000 annually. That list includes such names as Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Trent Lott, Dick Gephardt and Dick Cheney.
#27 During 2010, the federal government spent $33,387 on the hair care needs of U.S. Senators.
#28 During 2010, U.S. Senators pulled $72,370 out of the “Senate Restaurant Fund”.
#29 During 2010, an average of $4,005,900 of U.S. taxpayer money was spent on “personal” and “office” expenses per Senator.
#30 In 2013, 3.7 million dollars will be spent to support the lavish lifestyles of former presidents such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
#31 During 2011, the federal government spent a total of 1.4 BILLION dollars just on the Obamas.
#32 When you combine all federal government spending, all state government spending and all local government spending, it comes to approximately 41 percent of U.S. GDP. But don’t worry, all of our politicians insist that this is not socialism.
#33 As I have written about previously, less than 30 percent of all Americans lived in a home where at least one person received financial assistance from the federal government back in 1983. Today, that number is sitting at an all-time high of 49 percent.
#34 Back in 1990, the federal government accounted for just 32 percent of all health care spending in America. This year, it is being projected that the federal government will account for more than 50 percent of all health care spending in the United States.
#37 If you can believe it, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years. That comes to approximately $328,404 for each and every household in the United States.
#39 Overall, the Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years.
#40 When Barack Obama first took office, the U.S. national debt was about 10.6 trillion dollars. Now it is about 16.2 trillion dollars. That is an increase of 5.6 trillion dollars in less than 4 years.
#41 The federal government has now run a budget deficit of more than a trillion dollars for four years in a row.
#42 If right this moment you went out and started spending one dollar every single second, it would take you more than 31,000 years to spend one trillion dollars.
#43 If you were alive when Jesus Christ was born and you spent one million dollars every single day since that point, you still would not have spent one trillion dollars by now.
#44 Some suggest that “taxing the rich” is the answer. Well, if Bill Gates gave every single penny of his entire fortune to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for 15 days.
#45 If the federal government used GAAP accounting standards like publicly traded corporations do, the real federal budget deficit for 2011 would have been 5 trillion dollars instead of 1.3 trillion dollars.
#46 The United States already has more government debt per capita than Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland or Spain does.
#47 At this point, the United States government is responsible for more than a third of all the government debt in the entire world.
#48 The amount of U.S. government debt held by foreigners is about 5 times larger than it was just a decade ago.
#49 Between 2007 and 2010, U.S. GDP grew by only 4.26%, but the U.S. national debt soared by 61% during that same time period.
#50 The U.S. national debt is now more than 37 times larger than it was when Richard Nixon took us off the gold standard.
#51 The U.S. national debt is now more than 5000 times larger than it was when the Federal Reserve was first created.
#52 The U.S. national debt jumped more on the very first day of fiscal year 2013 than it did from 1776 to 1941 combined.
#53 Historically, the interest rate on 10 year U.S. Treasuries has averaged 6.68 percent. If the average interest rate on U.S. government debt rose to that level today, the U.S. government would find itself spending more than a trillion dollars per year just on interest on the national debt.
#54 A recently revised IMF policy paper entitled “An Analysis of U.S. Fiscal and Generational Imbalances: Who Will Pay and How?” projects that U.S. government debt will rise to about 400 percent of GDP by the year 2050.
#55 Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff is warning that the U.S. government is facing a gigantic tsunami of unfunded liabilities in the coming years that we are counting on our children and our grandchildren to pay. Kotlikoff speaks of a “fiscal gap” which he defines as “the present value difference between projected future spending and revenue”. His calculations have led him to the conclusion that the federal government is facing a fiscal gap of 222 trillion dollars in the years ahead.
Please share this article with as many people as you can. Time is running out to fix these problems.
Much fun and laughs were witnessed at the Al Smith dinner last night. The highlights:
“It’s nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house.”
Noting the large and wealthy audience before them, he said of Mr. Obama: “You have to wonder what he is thinking — so little time, so much to redistribute.” And he took a poke at Mr. Obama’s “you didn’t build that” statement, saying the apostle St. Peter had “so many skeptics and scoffers at the time who were heard to say, ‘If you got a church, you didn’t build that.’ ”
Mr. Romney also shared his secrets for debate preparation: “First, refrain from alcohol for 65 years before the debate. Second, find the biggest available straw man, and then just mercilessly attack him. Big Bird didn’t even see it coming.” And he joked that while he leans on his wife for comfort and support, he said Mr. Obama “has Bill Clinton.
Mr. Romney also took his swipes at the news media. “My job is to lay out a positive vision for the future of the country, and their job is to make sure no one else finds out about it,” he said. And anticipating the coverage of the dinner, he joked that tomorrow’s headlines would read, “Obama Embraced by Catholics; Romney Dines With Rich People.”
“Everyone please take your seats, otherwise Clint Eastwood will yell at them.”
He was quick to make light of his poor performance in the first debate. “As some of you may have noticed, I had a lot more energy in our second debate. I felt really well-rested after the nice long nap I had in the first debate.” He added, “I learned that there are worse things that can happen to you on your anniversary than forgetting to buy a gift.”
Mr. Obama noted that he and Mr. Romney spent their free time before the dinner in somewhat different pursuits. “Earlier today, I went shopping at some stores in Midtown. I understand Governor Romney went shopping for some stores in Midtown.”
“Sometimes it feels like this race has dragged on forever,” Mr. Obama said, “but Paul Ryan assured me that we’ve only been running for 2 hours and 50-something minutes.”
The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:
Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
Solyndra ($535 million)*
Beacon Power ($69 million)*
AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
SunPower ($1.5 billion)
First Solar ($1.46 billion)
Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
Amonix ($5.9 million)
National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
Abound Solar ($374 million)*
A123 Systems ($279 million)*
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
Johnson Controls ($299 million)
Schneider Electric ($86 million)
Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
ECOtality ($126.2 million)
Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
Range Fuels ($80 million)*
Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)*
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)*
UniSolar ($100 million)*
Azure Dynamics ($120 million)*
Vestas ($50 million)
LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
Navistar ($10 million)
Satcon ($3 million)*
*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.
The problem begins with the issue of government picking winners and losers in the first place. Venture capitalist firms exist for this very reason, and they choose what to invest in by looking at companies’ business models and deciding if they are worthy. When the government plays venture capitalist, it tends to reward companies that are connected to the policymakers themselves or because it sounds nice to “invest” in green energy.
Speaking of ‘great pretenders’, yesterday we made you aware of Frank Morganthaler being put on the ‘Socialist’ line. The following is a letter received last night from Frank:
Thank you very much for including my information in the NTKN. That will insure that this issue gets spread far and wide. I’m not sure if you saw it, but, the Journal News did a story on the ballot situation today. Newsday also had a small piece, but, I think that they will do a larger one shortly. I held a “press conference” today, but, News 12 once again was a no show. So much for equal coverage of the candidates. However, I videoed the event and we will post it on You Tube, Facebook and the Website. At the PC, besides condemning the BOE action, I presented evidence that proved Joe Carvin should be on this line, because of his true socialist beliefs. He has initiated the “Model American Community Project” in the Town of Rye. The ultimate goal of that project is to create a “eutopic community – an attainable utopia”. Joe is better suited to being placed on the “Socialism and Lib” ballot line than I will ever be. He also founded the organization “One World United and Virtuous” in 2006 (remember he only returned to the US in 2002). This organization promotes one world order, global governance, one world currency, shared resources and property, and a host of other socialist ideals.
I believe him to be more dangerous than Lowey, if he were to be elected. He fits very well with Obama’s re-distribution of wealth ideology and his overall socialist views. I provided this information to the print media. I know that the Journal News contacted Carvin to question him on this, but, there was no response. Joe has attempted to keep his real identity from the voting public. But, it is time they know who he really is. I will be on Newsmakers tomorrow at 2pm, with both Lowey and Carvin (if they show). I believe that the segment will begin to be shown on Saturday. I also have a number of scheduled forums and debates scheduled throughout the upcoming week. So, it should be interesting to see how Joe tries to spin his way out of this. Once again, the Republican Party has endorsed a candidate with significant baggage; and they were well aware of it before endorsing him. We need a shakeup in the party “leadership”, so that we can start providing real, conservative Republican candidates for elected office - locally, statewide and nationally.
Yours in Liberty,
I received a TON of email yesterday about this and as many of you made phone calls to Albany it appears only one of us actually spoke with Tom. Howard Hellwinkel reported that during his phone call Tom Connelly explained that he was just made aware of the issue yesterday and would look into it. He was told that the procedure is to put the candidate on the next available line. Howard stated that he explained that Mr. Morgtanthaler had a dispute with the country republican party and that something improper might have happened. Mr Connelly asked for his phone number and e-mail address promising Howard a follow up. WTG Howard!
EVERYONE needs to understand that just b/c someone has the endorsement of the Republican Party does not mean necessarily that they are the best candidate for US.
PLEASE, be sure to properly vet anyone you are planning to vote for. This is our number one civic duty. We had warned earlier in the year of Carvin’s ‘moderate to left’ ways b/c we take vetting very seriously and are not consumed with getting people to speak with us. I implore you, do not take my word, or a TP’s word on anything. We are all quite capable of vetting people ourselves. That said, take peace in knowing we provide you with the good, the bad, and the ugly of all the candidates for we do not play pc games – for anyone. We call that ‘eyes wide open’.
Enjoy your day,