Daily Archives: November 10, 2012

Sinema Joins Zany DNC Washington ‘Sit-com’

It’s undeniable. The more extreme the Democrat, the higher they rise in politics. And now Kyrsten Sinema, the most radical politician in Arizona history, is going to Washington to represent nearly 200,000 Arizona citizens. This ain’t your grandpappy’s Democrat Party anymore.

At first blush: ouch!

At second … it only fits.

Sinema only fits in with the rest of the Democrats’ D.C. zoo. She’ll blend right in with the zany sit-com cast of VP Joe Biden, Dem chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Henry Waxman, Nancy Pelosi, Al Franken, Hank Johnson (he thought the presence of our military on Guam might cause the island to capsize), the retiring Barney Frank, and many others … without making a ripple.

Meanwhile, more normal American Democrats like Ben Nelson and Bart Stupak are gone.

Hard-Liners? We’ll Show You Hard-Liners

So I’m driving to work on Wednesday and happened across KOY Radio 1230 news. The news director explains that State Senator Andy Biggs defeated State Senator Steve Pierce in the Republican caucus vote for state senate president. The news director referred to Biggs as “more of a hard-liner.”

Interpreted: conservative.

To help KOY’s news director understand what a “hard-liner” is, I am making a list below. The real “hard-liners” in the Arizona Legislature are members who demand a bigger state government, a smaller citizen with less freedom, higher taxes, more government control over your life, and they refuse to protect pre-born children. They insist on the politics of identity and seek to use your money to elevate the agendas of radical special interest groups over your best interests. They believe you exist to feed the government’s voracious appetite and that they can intrude into your life to assure that. They are socialists who take a hard line against achievement, personal risk, and success. Here’s that list of hard-liners.

Linda Lopez

Andrea Dalessandro

Rosanna Gabaldon

Olivia Bedford

Sally Ann Gonzales

Macario Saldate

Lynn Pancrazi

Lisa Otondo

Juan Escamilla

Jack Jackson

Albert Hale

Jamescita Peshlakai

Barbara McGuire

Steve Farley

Victoria Steele

David Bradley

Bruce Wheeler

Stefanie Mach

Anna Tovar

Mark Cardenas

Lupe Contreras

Katie Hobbs

Lela Alston

Chad Campbell

Ed Ableser

Juan Mendez

Andrew Sherwood

Leah Landrum

Ruben Gallego

Catherine Miranda

Eric Meyer

Steve Gallardo

Lydia Hernandez

Martin Quezada

Robert Meza

Jonathan Larkin

Debbie McCune-Davis

 

McSally’s Lead Shrinks to 36 Votes

Conservative Martha McSally continues to cling to a tiny lead over incumbent Ron Barber in the race for Arizona Congressional District 2. McSally’s lead has shriveled to just 36 votes, with more vote counting to come. No conservative has held this Southern Arizona seat in Congress for decades.

MCSALLY, MARTHA (REP) 125,223 49.92%
BARBER, RON (DEM) 125,187 49.90%
WRITE-IN 461 0.18%

NYC Mayor Bans Food Donations to Homeless

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued a directive blocking persons from donating food to the homeless in his city.

“It’s not that we question the generous intent of these donations,” Bloomberg reassured. “It’s just that we have no way of guaranteeing the quality of the donated food. The risk is that donor ignorance could result in excessive amounts of salt and fat in the diets of these unfortunates.”

If those operating homeless shelters or the homeless themselves do not turn away food donations, NYC police are authorized to seize food items before they can be consumed. While there is, as yet, no explicit penalty associated with the new policy, organizations operating homeless shelters are warned that “failure to comply could spark a more thorough evaluation of their authority to continue to operate.”

Bloomberg haughtily dismissed suggestions that salty or fatty food might be preferable to no food from the point of view of a person living on the street. “We can’t let short-sighted hunger pangs deter us from our goal of raising the standards for all food consumed in the City,” Bloomberg insisted. “The consumption of excess salt and fat in a person’s diet has serious health consequences that we must prevent.”

Luckily, other City regulations will continue to ensure that the more adventurous and enterprising members of the homeless population can feed from dumpsters  that are well-stocked with semi-comestible discards from restaurants and grocery stores.

Democrats’ “Get-out-the-Vote” Efforts Impressive

One of the things many of the pre-election polls failed to account for was the Democratic Party’s potent get-out-the-vote efforts. While a complete accounting for all votes has not yet been achieved, results from several locations in key battleground states are impressive.

In nearly two dozen precincts from Philadelphia President Obama received over 99% of the ballots cast. This was topped by some precincts in Cleveland where the President secured 100% of the votes cast.

As sterling a performance as these locations in two states accomplished, they were both outdone by precincts in Colorado where the President received in excess of 100% of the votes cast. In GilpinCounty, 110% of the votes went for Obama. County official Gail Maxwell attributed the showing to the County’s “highly mobile and energized population.”

“On a superficial level, Romney was lulled into believing that drawing large crowds to his speeches in the latter weeks of the campaign was a positive sign,” Obama Campaign adviser David Axelrod observed. “But below the surface and hidden from view our methods are what prevailed on election day.”

GOP Adviser Claims Obama Campaign “Suppressed the Vote”

Republican campaign adviser Karl Rove complained that his Party was the victim of vote suppression.

“You couldn’t turn on a TV in a swing state without seeing a Democrat ad tearing down our nominee,” Rove said. “Sadly, too many registered Republicans were so disgusted by these attacks that they sat out this election as a protest. It was so unfair.”

Rove contrasted the Democrats’ “low road” with the GOP’s “high road.” “On numerous occasions Governor Romney called President Obama a ‘nice guy,’” Rove pointed out. “Not once did President Obama respond in kind. Voters were left to conclude that the Governor might not be a ‘nice guy.’ This is not the way a gentleman campaigns.”

Several of Romney’s rivals for the GOP nomination expressed puzzlement over Rove remarks. “Romney’s ads tore into my candidacy like a hungry T-Rex after I won the South Carolina primary,” Newt Gingrich recalled. “I was mercilessly out-spent and repeatedly pounded by Romney’s TV ads when I was the last obstacle in his path the the nomination,” Senator Rick Santorum remembered.

While admitting that Romney ran a “no holds barred” campaign for the nomination, Rove contended that “a major Party nominee ought to be entitled to a certain measure of respect. Once it’s man-to-man there should be a modicum of mutual respect from both the candidates. President Obama’s refusal to accord Governor Romney the respect due him will forever be a stain on his legacy.”

Odd/Even Gasoline Rationing Runs into Trouble

Borrowing an idea left over from the Carter Administration, New   York City announced an odd/even gasoline rationing scheme. It was hoped that the scheme would cut four-hour wait times at gasoline pumps in half.

However, a substantial portion of drivers are unable to determine whether the numbers on their license plates are odd or even. “My plate has four numbers on it,” one driver observed. “Which one should I use?”

Another driver pointed out that “I have a vanity plate. All of the writing on my plate is letters. Do I go on an ‘odd’ day because it is odd to have a vanity plate? Or do I go on an ‘even’ day because there are six letters?”

An unsympathetic Mayor Michael Bloomberg chastised drivers for continuing to own gasoline-fueled vehicles. “If these people drove electric-powered cars like President Obama has been trying to get them to do, they wouldn’t be having this problem,” he said.

It is unclear whether owners of electric vehicles would necessarily be as well off as the Mayor imagines. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been without electricity since Hurricane Sandy hit the City more than a week ago.

In related news, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) offices in the hurricane stricken regions of New York and New Jersey were closed due to bad weather. FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate explained “Conditions were bad enough before this latest storm. Getting our employees to their desks under these circumstances is just not worth it. Once the weather emergency has passed we are confident that we can ramp up to a fully staff operation in a matter of just a few months.”

Pundit Grateful for Hurricane Sandy

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews called “the timely arrival of Hurricane Sandy” last week “a God send,” and “a small price to pay for ensuring the reelection of President Obama.”

“Prior to the storm, polls were showing that Romney might win this thing,” Matthews averred. “But the wreckage of people’s homes and the promise of redemption from the federal government that was held forth reinforced the case for big government in many voters’ minds.”

“Governor Christie’s virtual endorsement of President Obama didn’t hurt either,” Matthews added. “Having a Republican governor laud the President’s leadership as ‘magnificent’ kind of deflated Romney’s contention that he would be the best man to work across the aisle.”

That the storm killed more than 100 people and caused over $30 billion in property damage failed to faze Matthews. “The reelection of the President will easily save many more lives,” Matthews argued. “Just yesterday, the Administration announced its support for the UN Small Arms Treaty. If this treaty is ratified by the Democratically controlled Senate the federal government will have the authority to confiscate weapons from those who aren’t qualified to have them. This alone will save thousands of lives a year.”

“Far from being a negative, the $30 billion it will cost to rebuild will stimulate the economy and provide jobs,” Matthews continued. “It will be hard for Republicans to oppose more spending while people are suffering. In a way, the more destruction there is, the better it is for the President’s agenda.”

Ex-Con Elected to Michigan Legislature

Democrat Brian Banks was elected to represent a Detroit district in the Michigan State Assembly last Tuesday. The 35 year-old Banks defeated Republican rival Dan Schulte by a 68% to 32% margin. The fact that Banks had been previously convicted eight times for check kiting and credit card fraud did not deter voters.

“They’re all crooks anyway,” said one supporter. “Why not have someone with relevant experience to help us get a bigger piece of the pie?”

Banks says his experience in financial matters gives him “a leg up in the fight for benefits for my constituents. As I understand it, most of how the government is funded is based on passing the bill forward to the next generation or maybe just reneging on it. The only difference between that and what I’ve done before is that legislators don’t get prosecuted for doing this.”

Though the Michigan Constitution appears to bar convicted felons from running for office, the ban only applies to those who’s felonies occurred while acting in an official capacity for the government. Inasmuch as Banks’ crimes occurred while he was a private citizen he is fully eligible under state law to serve in the legislature.

Gov. Brewer: No More Broken Border Promises

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer called out the administration to secure the border.

“If there is any consolation in Tuesday’s disappointing election results it is that illegal immigration has returned to the forefront of our national dialogue. This is a good thing. America’s immigration system is broken.

“But we must not rush head-long into a ‘solution’ that only makes things worse. Right now, there are well-meaning people – including some in my own party – who are advocating a grand bargain in which the American people would be promised border security in exchange for the granting of amnesty to tens of millions of illegal aliens. We’ve been here before.

“I remember it was in 1986 that my idol, President Reagan, helped usher through a similar compromise. Three million aliens became American citizens; the border was never secured. In fact, recent American history is littered with similar broken promises when it comes to border security.

“That’s why I have a simple request for the President and Congress: Secure our border first. Demonstrate that you take seriously the safety concerns of Americans living in the border region. With that completed, we can pursue – together – ways to fix our Nation’s broader immigration system in a fashion that is effective, practical and humane.”

Thank Obama for Your Pink Slip

By Kerry Picket, Washington Times

Freedom Works has put together a list of companies  that will be laying off employees as a result of President Barack Obama’s health  care law:

Welch Allyn

Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in  central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce  over the next three years.  One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs  was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new  healthcare law.

Dana Holding Corp.

As recently as a week ago, a global auto parts manufacturing company in Ohio  known as Dana Holding Corp., warned their employees of potential layoffs, citing  “$24 million over the next six years in additional U.S. health care expenses”.   After laying off several white collar staffers, company insiders have hinted at more to come.  The  company will have to cover the additional $24 million cost somehow, which will  likely equate to numerous cuts in their current workforce of 25,500  worldwide.

Stryker

One of the biggest medical device manufacturers in the world, Stryker will  close their facility in Orchard Park, New York, eliminating 96 jobs in December.  Worse, they plan on countering the medical device tax in Obamacare by slashing  5% of their global workforce – an estimated 1,170  positions.

Boston Scientific

In October of 2009, Boston Scientific CEO Ray Elliott, warned that proposed taxes in the health care  reform bill could “lead to significant job losses” for his company.  Nearly two  years later, Elliott announced that the company would be cutting anywhere between 1,200 and 1,400  jobs, while simultaneously shifting investments and workers overseas – to  China.

Medtronic

In March of 2010, medical device maker Medtronic warned that Obamacare taxes could result  in a reduction of precisely 1,000 jobs.  That plan became reality when the company cut 500 positions  over the summer, with another 500 set for the end of 2013.

Others

A short list of other companies facing future layoffs  at the hands of Obamacare:

Smith & Nephew – 770 layoffs Abbott Labs – 700 layoffs Covidien -  595 layoffs Kinetic Concepts – 427 layoffs St. Jude Medical – 300  layoffs Hill Rom – 200 layoffs Beyond the complete elimination of a  significant number of American jobs is another looming problem created by the  health care law – a shift from full-time to part-time workers.

Last night’s victory for the President marks the first time since its inception that Obamacare is no longer a what-if; it is the future of health care in America.

It also means a near immediate impact on the economy.  With 20 or so new or higher taxes set to be implemented, ranging from a $123 billion surtax on investment income, through the $20 billion medical device tax, all the way down to the $600 million executive compensation limit, Obamacare will be a nearly unbearable tax burden on the economy.

Who will pay?  The middle-class workforce, of course.

So with another four years for President Obama to look forward to, and the obvious inevitability of Obamacare that this entails, let’s examine the very real jobs that will be lost, and the very real lives that will be affected.

Welch Allyn

Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce over the next three years.  One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new healthcare law.

Dana Holding Corp.

As recently as a week ago, a global auto parts manufacturing company in Ohio known as Dana Holding Corp., warned their employees of potential layoffs, citing “$24 million over the next six years in additional U.S. health care expenses”.  After laying off several white collar staffers, company insiders have hinted at more to come.  The company will have to cover the additional $24 million cost somehow, which will likely equate to numerous cuts in their current workforce of 25,500 worldwide.

Stryker

One of the biggest medical device manufacturers in the world, Stryker will close their facility in Orchard Park, New York, eliminating 96 jobs in December.  Worse, they plan on countering the medical device tax in Obamacare by slashing 5% of their global workforce – an estimated 1,170 positions.

Boston Scientific

In October of 2009, Boston Scientific CEO Ray Elliott, warned that proposed taxes in the health care reform bill could “lead to significant job losses” for his company.  Nearly two years later, Elliott announced that the company would be cutting anywhere between 1,200 and 1,400 jobs, while simultaneously shifting investments and workers overseas – to China.

Medtronic

In March of 2010, medical device maker Medtronic warned that Obamacare taxes could result in a reduction of precisely 1,000 jobs.  That plan became reality when the company cut 500 positions over the summer, with another 500 set for the end of 2013.

Others

A short list of other companies facing future layoffs at the hands of Obamacare:

  • Smith & Nephew – 770 layoffs
  • Abbott Labs – 700 layoffs
  • Covidien – 595 layoffs
  • Kinetic Concepts – 427 layoffs
  • St. Jude Medical – 300 layoffs
  • Hill Rom – 200 layoffs

Beyond the complete elimination of a significant number of American jobs is another looming problem created by the health care law – a shift from full-time to part-time workers.

Sean Hackbarth of Free Enterprise explains:

A JP Morgan economist “points out that 8.3 million people are working in part-time jobs even though they’d prefer full-time work. Unfortunately, because of President Obama’s health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), workers in the hotel, restaurant, and retail industries could be pushed into part-time jobs working less than 30 hours per week.”

“Under the health care law, if a company has more than 50 “full time equivalent” workers, a combination of full and part-time employees, but doesn’t offer “affordable” coverage that meets the government’s minimum value standard, the company will have to pay a penalty. This penalty is determined by the number of full-time employees minus 30 full-time employees. So to reiterate a very important point: part-time workers are not part of the penalty formula. The health care law creates a perverse incentive to hire part-time versus full-time workers.”

Tangible examples of Obamacare causing a reduction in full-time workers:

Darden Restaurants

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Darden Restaurants, a casual dining chain best known for their Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants, is “experimenting with limiting the hours of some of its workers to avoid health care requirements under the Affordable Care Act when they take effect in 2014″.

JANCOA Janitorial Services

The CEO of JANCOA, Mary Miller, testified to Congress that Obamacare was a “dream killer”, adding that one option she had to consider “is reducing the majority of my team members to part-time employment in order to reduce the amount that I will be penalized.”

Kroger

The American retailer in Cincinnati, Ohio recently was reported to be planning a significant slashing of their hourly workers.  Doug Ross writes:

Operative Faith (a mid-level manager with the company) reveals that Kroger will soon join the ranks of Darden Restaurants and slash the hours of its non-exempt (hourly) workers to avoid millions in Obamacare penalties.

According to the source, Obamacare could result in tens of thousands of Kroger employees being limited to working 28 hours per week.

Summary

This is by no means, meant to be an exhaustive list.  But it is meant to provide examples of real companies, real jobs, and real names, soon to be added to the growing list of employment casualties provided by the inevitable implementation of Obamacare.

Last night, America voted for four more years of President Obama and his destructive economic and health care policies.  By extension, America last night voted their approval of the aforementioned layoffs and overall work reduction.

Now we must accept the inevitable.  Welcome to mourning in America.

When Conservatism Is a Second Language

By Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator

And so, another moderate fails.

Governor Romney is a good person, a great business leader.

But, alas, he is also a moderate Republican.

As were Herbert Hoover, Alf Landon, Wendell Willkie, Thomas E. Dewey, Gerald R. Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole and John McCain. Making Mitt Romney a historical asterisk as the tenth moderate GOP nominee (Dewey was nominated twice) to lose the White House.

The exceptions to the rule are Dwight Eisenhower, who won not because he was a moderate but because he was the general-hero of World War II. Richard Nixon campaigned as the moderate he was in 1960 and lost. By 1968 he had won the nomination of a party that had shifted back to its conservative roots and he campaigned accordingly — as he did in 1972. He won narrowly the second time, by a landslide the third. George H.W. Bush ran as the heir to Reagan in 1988 and won. Governing as a moderate he lost — and lost badly in his 1992 re-election effort. George W. Bush ran as a “compassionate conservative” — which is to say a moderate — in 2000 and 2004 and squeaked by the first time thanks to the Supreme Court, winning the second time by a bare 100,000 votes in Ohio.

On Tuesday night, it comes clear, as this is written using the latest Fox News figures, Mitt Romney lost to President Obama by 2,819,339 votes.

And the news ekes out that Moderate Nominee Number 10 Romney received some 3 million Republican votes less than Moderate Nominee Number 9 — John McCain in 2008.

Which is to say, 3 million base GOP voters simply refused to vote for Romney. Doing the available math, that means had those 3 million Republicans voted for Romney he would have, as this is written,  a margin of victory in the national popular vote of 180,661. Depending on the state spread, potentially an Electoral College victory as well.

Does the message get through here?

Well, for some in the GOP — no.

The usual call will now go up — just as it did in 1950 from two-time loser Dewey — that to nominate a conservative is to lose. Somehow heedless that it wasn’t Ronald Reagan and his conservatism that lost or almost lost the White House, it was this seemingly endless stream of very nice moderate Republicans.

Reasonable people can be expected to raise the point of just when that old joke attributed to Einstein will come clear. You know the one. That the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. For Republicans, this translates as yet again nominating a moderate who is said to “move to the center,” “can attract women,” “get the youth vote” and “get the minority vote.”

The strategy has failed repeatedly for some 80 years. Say again…80 years!!!!! And yet there are still those out there who insist on doing the same thing over — and over and over and over –again.

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