Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What's for Lunch?

Currently our beloved regulate your lives government is looking at and probably making more complicated then it needs to be our school lunch programs across the country. One comment I took to heart was an obvious show of frustration from a school lunch provider in a school district of the complexity of rules, money allocations,supplier hurdles created by government red tape at the local and national level. The bottom line is we as Americans want to provide a healthy school lunch at an affordable cost for our children so that they have the nutrition in their little bodies that allows them to learn and at the same time does not turn them into future obese adults.
The solution is very simple. All school districts throughout the United States operate as a collective business like Walmart or McDonalds. Come up with a selection of menu meal plans and the specific need for products and approach manufacturers with the standardized needs for said products and buy as a giant buying consortium. IE fresh flash frozen vegetables could be bought in bulk through Birds Eye. Organic free range grass fed Beef and or Buffalo Meat and chicken bought from one supplier. Canned fruit in it's own juices bought in bulk from Dole. Fresh Citrus Fruit bought through Florida and California fruit growers. Whole grain Breads through bakeries like Arnolds, or Pepperidge Farms,Protein whole grain pasta's and organic sauces from suppliers like Barilla, Cow and Soy Milk products from organic farmers. We set a national standard of low sugar,no corn syrup, no corn fed animals,whole grains,and organic dye free products. If we can offer tax incentives from the federal government for these manufacturers who assist in providing these products to these standards would be of great help in negotiations. Even schools without cooking from stratch facilities can approach a company like Chef Boyardee to design products using these healthier ingredients. By combining all districts together they can present a huge buying consortium and thus negotiate on price and quality.
The second thing to do is remove all standard vending machines out of schools. If a school insists on a vending machines it can contain only those choices that reflect the health of the school lunch programs. IE bottled waters without sugar,milk reg and soy,50/50 organic juice boxs with no corn syrup,Kashi brand like snacks that involve whole grains,fresh fruit,fresh vegetable snacks,grass fed organic meat jerkies,naturally sweetened fruit yogurts etc.
Choices should be limited for children. Children will choose the sugary, the unhealthy choices by nature. We as adults need to make the choices for them so that each generation gets healthier. We need to help children's palets to develope a taste for healthier foods.
The Feds could meet with the heads of each state and a consortium of potential suppliers based on these goals (like Kashi) and present to them the buying power of a nationwide collective of school districts. Every 2 years or so they would meet again to discuss what works and what doesn't work and what new things they may wish to purchase as tastes and needs change based on feedback from the school districts and student reaction to product tastes,choices and flavors. Menus could be designed to include many food choices from popular food selections like Mac and Cheese, Chicken Nuggets,Pizza, Hamburgers,french fries, using healthier food content like protein whole grain pasta with lower fat cheeses etc.
Approach this need like more of a fast food business and we can achieve a better more fiscally sound school lunch program with higher nutritional value.
States like California, Florida, New York, Texas etc with large immigrant populations have the most demand on their programs due to the high need for assisted lunch programs for these low income families. These high number states would increase the buying power of the those districts with low populations that normally would not have the buying power. Not only the school lunch, but before and after school feeding programs could also join in with this consortium and eliminate duplication of administrative costs of said programs.
In the long run we will impact not only the children but also the families by teaching the young healthier eating choices. When mom or dad goes down the grocery aisle and the child asks for a bag of apples rather than a bag of chips a whole family can be impacted for the good of all the nation. The more families choose heathier food choices the lower all healthier foods will go in price and become accessible for all in the American family pantry.
In response to recent comment. 01/01
Running as a collective as a city or state is not large enough of a collective to have any bargaining power.
City corruption and cronism is a constant problem when multiplied by far too many executive and middle administrators. Operating as a collective nationwide with requests for products from each school coming from the person actually responsible for direct distribution eliminates this redundency of administrative middleman and salaries. Those persons would present their needs to one state representative who then takes those requests to the Federal coordinator. This eliminates duplication and reduces opportunity for wasted and misdirected city and or state funds. By establishing fewer administrators we also lower costs of product purchasing and devote more dollars to the funds for quality food.

Also I can see a need for creating an advisory board made up of folks from the business world like McDonalds and Walmart who have used volume wholesale buying clout to enable them to dictate to suppliers price point and production specs of products needed. By utilizing the profit motivated knowledge developed in the private sector public servants learn to operate government operations in a more fiscally responsible and business like model.

From an article in Amber Waves

USDA support is intended to cover much of the cost of providing NSLP lunches, and most of it is in the form of cash reimbursement for meals served. In 2007-08, USDA reimbursed schools $2.47 for each free lunch served, $2.07 for each reduced-price lunch, and $0.23 for each paid lunch (see box, “The National School Lunch Program Feeds More Children in a Day Than McDonald’s”). Basic Federal reimbursement rates are the same for all school districts across the country except in Hawaii and Alaska, which have higher rates to compensate for higher food prices in those States. Rates are also 2 cents more in districts where at least 60 percent of school meals are served free or at a reduced price. Reimbursement rates are adjusted by the Consumer Price Index for Food Away from Home for Urban Consumers once a year for inflation.

Federal Government contributions to the NSLP were $8.7 billion in 2007, with $7.7 billion in cash payments and $1.04 billion in commodity donations.

USDA also donates commodities to States to use in school lunches. In FY 2007, the commodities given to schools were worth 17 cents per meal for a total of $1.04 billion. Donation amounts vary per year, depending on availability and prices. States select from a wide variety of foods (including fruit and vegetables), based on what school food authorities need for their planned menus. The 2002 farm bill directed that USDA spend $200 million of entitlement funds for fruit and vegetables from 2002 through 2007, and the 2008 farm bill increased that amount to $406 million by 2012. In addition to the basic “entitlement” commodities, “bonus” commodities are sometimes available through USDA’s price support and surplus removal programs.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program is another program designed to increase fruit and vegetable availability to schools. Federal dollars are used directly by schools to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables for snacks. The 2008 farm bill called for a gradual expansion of this program to all States by 2012 and a total expenditure of $1 billion.

Creating a a uniform cohesive system will enable better use of existing funds and improve the quality of the food our young people are consuming and inturn lead to real healthcare reform.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sen. Tom Coburn Next Republican Presidential Candidate

During the extensive health care tax debate I came to really become familiar with Oklahoma's Senator Tom Coburn. The more I saw the more I began thinking. Could this learned Senator and Doctor in practice be our next president? Even under attack by the left and in town meeting by an emotional vulnerable citizen Sen. Coburn seemed to have a master of his own ego and a balanced and clear mind to address situations of all kinds.

As a Republican House member during the Republican sweep Coburn kept his promise to run no more than three terms. He is known as a consistant Conservative.

He is feared by the left because of his speaking abilities back by a keen and educated mind. Video of his town meeting in which a distraught woman asked for help for her brain injured husband and his response was edited and editorialized to be another heartless Republican with no concern for people. In reality the first thing he said was I will help you and I will take all the resources at my disposal through my position as public servant to help you. He was even mocked by CNN for that with the anchor stating well isn't that government? No, that's a man offering help. The senator went on to state the truth. Government is not and can not be the solutions to all of our responsibilites. Again they characterized this as heartless. It would be heartless to lead this woman on that the government was her Messiah. We have one in the White House already doing that and folks are getting their faith crushed. He was lambasted by the media and the left senators for making the statement that folks pray senators don't make it for the vote for the Health Tax Bill. They painted a picture that the Senator wished ill upon Senators of advanced years. It was more than obvious he was expressing the desperation of the vote. Save some one not show up on the left the Health Tax Bill would be forced on the American Public with no regard for their will. These contrived attacks are proof to me they fear this man's abilities to make complex issues simple and clear to the American Public and inform them of the true meaning behind the Obama Administrations push for absolute domination of the American People.

Coburn is a practicing doctor,a small businesss owner,a seasoned legislator,a prudent and thoughtful man who understands what being a public servant is all about. Isn't that someone we would want leading the country? Take a look at this man and see if you see the potential I see for great leadership. I'm not a Oklahoma resident and I think this fellow bears some consideration.


















Saturday, December 26, 2009

Saving the Banks

How could I a enthusiastic Capitalist and nonsupporter of the Stimulus Package and Tarp want to have anything to do with saving the banks? Well if we save the banks we save ourselves. America unfortunately rolls on credit and investments. If no one is investing then the supply of rolling credit does not exist. But you say how can we save the banks without using more of our hard earned dollars in some ill conceived bailout in which the dollars never go where they are needed and those that are are frittered away by corporate yuppies. I have a few key common sense solutions to your failing banks that don't involve a Federal Tax payer intervention with Obama corp thug takeovers or questionable acts that would result in the sinking of America or the Dollar.

1. Finish paying back the Obama Thugs and tell them not to let the door hit them in the butt on their way out.

2. Unload half of your credit card business. You heard me right. Half of your business is bad credit you know you will never see paid. The paper work alone is bankrupting you. Take your bad credit calculate the interest already paid. If it is near or over the original loan, cut it off and let the folks know they are clear and they will not be issued another card from you ever. Next based on income, anyone with more debt then what they make in a month will have their account closed as soon as it is paid off. These folks are your future deadbeats. Closd all business credit cards. If a business has to exist on credit cards, it's already headed for failure.

3. Reduce your overall interest rate on all cards to 1 percent above prime. Add that interest on overdue once a month for 6 months. If they do not pay off the balance they will have credit cut off until paid with no additional interest added. If they pay it off in another 6 months they can reestablish credit in 250 dollar incriments as they pay balances off at the end of each month for a year. By the end of a year they can reearn a credit line of no more than 2000 dollars for every income of 30,000.

4. Drop CDs and any other long term investments. Again paper work and the interest rates are just not attractive anymore. And in these tough times and computer driven society with quick decisions made people want their assets liquid.

5. Raise the interest on Savings Accounts to 10 percent. Yes you read me correctly 10 percent. And anyone also opening a checking account can have free checking for 200 checks and no fees for ATM use at the bank. An interest rate of 10 percent is what every small investor is looking for. It's the magic number. These folks will get out of the gambling stock market and other futile investments and start saving money like mad and leaving it there. You will be flush with cash to make smart loans and the ten percent will not be difficult to pay out. There will be revenue to invest in millions of small productive businesses which in general will stimulate the economy and create more jobs for more people to bring their savings back to the banks. It will create a positive cash flow.

6. Get out of other businesses that have nothing to do with banking. Diversity weakens the financial integrity of a business when your attentions are scattered in too many directions. Do one thing well.

7. Invest the bank's assets in the bank and in gold and silver.

8. Accent on customer service and make it a point to get to know your customers. That way when someone asks for a loan you will know if they are good for it.

9. Never loan money beyond a person's capability to pay it back.

10. Never loan to friends. Friends expect favors and this is business.

That's it. Rediscover what banking was designed to be in a community. A bank is a secure place folks can store their money,write notes of payment,cash notes of payment,store valuables in secure boxs and share money for other peoples loans in return for interest and apply for loans for enterprise or large ticket items like, expanding a business,buying real estate,buying transportation. The bank is a consortium of depositors and investors. The bank employees are trusted individuals that are paid to manage this collective and maintain the security of the funds of the depositors. Go back to the basics and do it well.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Need for Solidarity

Conservatives of America unite. As much as we conservatives would like to deny it, we have a two party system. In order for Conservatives to remain as the captains of American's ship we have to come together to fight the enemy. Conservatives are by far better off than they have ever been due to the fact that the new Chairman of the Republican Party realizes the talents and gifts of each splinter movement and it's value in shaping the Republican Party back to it's conservative roots. Each splinter party has it's strengths that can as a group become the strongest force together for a government that returns to a representative body rather than a group of dictatorial far left elitists. Independents and Liberatarians offer thinking outside the box. Idea's outside the box can lead to creative solutions to tough problems. Tea Party groups offer a phenominal abilities in organization,activism and regeneration of common sense solutions that have long since been forgotten. Conservatives all want the same things. We want limited government, fiscal responsibility, strong national defense and personal freedom. The simple truth is united we win and divided we fall. I ask all splinter group parties to unite with the Republican Party and register as Republicans and participate. I ask the Republican party to choose candidates of these splinter groups when no strong core Republican Candidate is available. The far left has been using our divisions against us. It is time to stop playing their game and rewrite the rules to benefit all conservatives and in turn the future of America and her people. I ask the Republican Party core to rediscover and develop your Conservative roots. Together we can be the Whirlwind that cleans the Hill.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Maverick

Associated Press

... first woman elected ... without a family political connection...the Republican positioned herself as a media-savvy champion of children and working mothers and an enemy of drug dealers. She lost her bid for a second term ...entered public office at a time when doors that previously had been closed to women were being opened. She never considered herself a feminist, but she championed equal opportunities for women."I think it showed other women that you could do this," ...backed legislation that helped homemakers enter the job market after divorce or widowhood. She supported equalizing pension benefits for women by taking into account their years spent at home raising children. She fought to get day care for the children ...and pushed for tax breaks on child care expenses...But there were slights. At one of her first news conferences ...a television reporter asked who was going to do her laundry if she was busy working ..."I kept saying (to myself), I can't believe that anybody is asking me this, especially a grown man from a national network,"...opposed the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion-on-demand. She refused to join the Congressional Woman's Caucus because she thought childcare, pension equity and other matters were "family issues" and not just of concern to women..."I did not like the Equal Rights Amendment," she said. "I predicted that it would bring about the downfall of the father's responsibility to support the family."...

US Sen. Paula Hawkins of Florida dies at 82 Dec 4th. A wonderful Republican public servant. A trail blazer of the 1980's. Thought I was talking about Sarah. Fooled you. But I think Sarah is cut from the same cloth.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

There's Something Just Not Right Here

I recently watched the documentary Food Inc. and learned more about the way our food supply has changed and why I have been reading more and more about genetically altered food like this breed of chicken created without feathers to speed processing and also about the increase in food born illnesses. The FDA,the USDA and EPA have increasingly become led by lobbiests from the Agro business and this goes back through many administrations. The documentary featured some of the large corporate players like Monsanto creator of Agent Orange and now genetically engineered seed and breed stock and Tyson Foods a huge processor of meats. It explained that the biggest consumers of raw food materials are the fast food industrial giants and they in part direct the raw food industries directions. As technology and efficiency has increased the quality and safety of our food as declined. Monsanto's absolute control over it's seed stock and other genetically engineered products has become a monopoly of thugish proportions. Monsanto has created through our government's enabling a feudal control over American Farming and led to the killing of the small family owned farms. Even farmers that grow organically with heirloom seeds are subject to Monsanto's hold due to US Court judgements. This is a classic case of a real Monopoly situation that demands government intervention to protect the american consumer and yet is not only encouraged by our government but enabled to expand and supported by taxpayer dollars. How? Well placed former lobbiests head government regulatory agencies and huge political contributions from these companies control the industry in favor of these huge companies. The dangers created by the mechanization of our food production and genetic altering of food product impacts the health and welfare of every American. It seems to me this is truly where Healthcare Reform should be started. It should start at the source, with the food that we consume. Food born illinesses and the growing number of folks with morbid obesity and type 2 diabetes can be linked to the quality of the food we are eating. In order to bring food to plate at incredibly cheap prices should we compromise our food supply? We should carefully consider what exactly are we saving in the long run. I recommend every concerned American watch Food Inc. and make your own decision. The next time you go grocery shopping take time to read the labels and make choices that send a message to the food industry. Buying habits do make a difference. The Marketplace is a voting booth for the consumer everyday. Look at the changes from the use of Corn Syrup and Hydrogenated Oils. We need to take back our food supply and return control of food productions to the smaller farms. We need to care who we elect and what we buy. If we are willing to eat a little less and pay a little more we can make a more dramatic difference in the state of national health than any healthcare tax will ever do.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Taxpayer Burnout

This is a reprint of a reprint but I thought it bears repeating here.
The Rant of Glenn Mr. Berg received an email with the following information. We would like to share this information with everyone as it is said very well. Thank you Glenn for sharing.


It is now official you are corrupt morons:

•The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
•Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
•Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
•War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more.
•Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
•Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
•The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.


Friday, November 27, 2009

"Who is We?"

Another gem sent by a peep.

President Barack Obama said in Turkey: "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

This is very interesting.
Do you know the Preamble for your state ?

Be sure to read the message at the bottom!

Alabama 1901, Preamble
We the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..
Alaska 1956, Preamble We, the people of Alaska , grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.
Arizona 1911, Preamble We, the people of the State of Arizona , grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...
Arkansas 1874, Preamble We, the people of the State of Arkansas , grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...
California 1879, Preamble We, the People of the State of California , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom...
Colorado 1876, Preamble We, the people of Colorado , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe...
Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.
Delaware 1897, Preamble Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences...
Florida 1885, Preamble We, the people of the State of Florida , grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution...
Georgia 1777, Preamble We, the people of Georgia , relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...
Hawaii 1959, Preamble We , the people of Hawaii , Grateful for Divine Guidance .... Establish this Constitution.
Idaho 1889, Preamble We, the people of the State of Idaho , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings..
Illinois 1870, Preamble We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil , political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Indiana 1851, Preamble We, the People of the State of Indiana , grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.
Iowa 1857, Preamble We, the People of the St ate of Iowa , grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution.
Kansas 1859, Preamble We, the people of Kansas , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.
Kentucky 1891, Preamble.. We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties...
Louisiana 1921, Preamble We, the people of the State of Louisiana , grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.
Maine 1820, Preamble We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity .. And imploring His aid and direction.
Maryland 1776, Preamble We, the people of the state of Maryland , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction.
Michigan 1908, Preamble.. We, the people of the State of Michigan , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution.
Minnesota, 1857, Preamble We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
Mississippi 1890, Preamble We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
Missouri 1845, Preamble We, the people of Missouri , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness . Establish this Constitution...
Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution ..
Nebraska 1875, Preamble We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom . Establish this Constitution.
Nevada 1864, Preamble We the people of the State of Nevada , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution...
New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
New Jersey 1844, Preamble We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
New Mexico 1911, Preamble We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..
New York 1846, Preamble We, the people of the State of New York , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.
North Carolina 1868, Preamble We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those....
North Dakota 1889, Preamble We , the people of North Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...
Ohio 1852, Preamble We the people of the state of Ohio , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.
Oklahoma 1907, Preamble Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this
Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences.
Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance.....
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing...
South Carolina , 1778, Preamble We, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
South Dakota 1889, Preamble We, the people of South Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties ...
Tennessee 1796, Art. XI..III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...
Texas 1845, Preamble We the People of the Republic of Texas , acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
Utah 1896, Preamble Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.
Vermont 1777, Preamble Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man ..
Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other
Washington 1889, Preamble We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution
West Virginia 1872, Preamble Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ..
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble We, the people of Wisconsin , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility...
Wyoming 1890, Preamble We, the people of the State of Wyoming , grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution...

After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe, the ACLU and the out-of-control federal courts are wrong!

(Please note that at no time is anyone told that they MUST worship God.)

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Apathy American's Greatest Threat

Received in an email recently from one of my peeps.

This is the most interesting thing I've read in a long time. The sad thing about it, you can see it coming.

I have always heard about this democracy countdown.. Itis interesting to see it in print. God help us, not that we deserve it.

HowLong Do We Have?
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler,a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh,had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1.from bondage to spiritualfaith;
2.from spiritual faith to great courage;
3.from courage to liberty;
4.from liberty to abundance;
5.from abundance to complacency;
6.from complacency to apathy;
7.from apathy to dependence;
8.from dependence back into bondage"

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul,Minnesota points out some interesting facts concerning the 2008 Presidential election:

Number of States won by:
Democrats: 19
Republicans: 29

Square miles of land won by:
Democrats: 580,000
Republicans: 2,427,000

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 this great 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 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 illegal's and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

Apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom..


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Angry Mob Part Deux

Glenn comes to Fla land and what happens. An angry mob forms. Glenn has announced that the Angry Mob will form their own community oganizations,voter drives and candidates. If you can't get rid of them hire a good pest control company. Time to rid the vermon out of Washington. Glenn has become the Piped Piper. Village officials estimated the crowd at about 25 - 30,000 people. Liberal pundits have already tried to minimize the energy of the new patriot movements and the diversity of the crowds. They continue to refuse to see the massive growing loss of independents and conservative Democrats from Obama Mania. Sarah Palin continues to be marginalized by even conservative pundits like O'Reily. This blogger knows these underdogs will have the last laugh and be recorded in history as the spark that started the fire of revolution against the graft and corruption of the thug dictator and his crew. Washington elite should be afraid,very afraid.

Orlando is the first meet up. DC in August. I love when leadership goes viral.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Why Cap and Trade is Very Bad for Nice People

Check this out
Subject: Homeowners take note

OK gang... here's what they did not tell you about the Cap and Trade Bill; you know... the other bill that no one read, next year just try to sell your house without major upfront modifications/repairs/cost!

Even though this has already passed the House, it can be stopped in the Senate. Write to your Senators and tell them "Not only NO, but HELL NO!"

SEE REFERENCES----This bill has already passed the House.
A License Required for your house

Thinking about selling your house? Look at H.R. 2454 (Cap and trade bill) This is unbelievable!

Only the beginning from this administration! Home owners take note & tell your friends and relatives who are home owners!

Beginning 1 year after enactment of the Cap and Trade Act, you won't be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this Act.. H.R. 2454, the "Cap & Trade" bill passed by the House of Representatives, if also passed by the Senate, will be the largest tax increase any of us has ever experienced. The Congressional Budget Office (supposedly non-partisan) estimates that in just a few years the average cost to every family of four will be $6,800 per year. No one is excluded. However, once the lower classes feel the pinch in their wallets, you can be sure these voters get a tax refund (even if they pay no taxes at all) to offset this new cost. Thus, you Mr. and Mrs. Middle Class America will have to pay even more since additional tax dollars will be needed to bail out everyone else.

But wait. This awful bill (that no one in Congress has actually read) has many more surprises in it. Probably the worst one is this: A year from now you won't be able to sell your house. Yes, you read that right. The caveat is (there always is a caveat) that if you have enough money to make required major upgrades to your home, then you can sell it. But, if not, then forget it. Even pre-fabricated homes ("mobile homes") are included. In effect, this bill prevents you from selling your home without the permission of the EPA administrator. To get this permission, you will have to have the energy efficiency of your home measured. Then the government will tell you what your new energy efficiency requirement is and you will be forced to make modifications to your home under the retrofit provisions of this Act to comply with the new energy and water efficiency requirements. Then you will have to get your home measured again and get a license (called a "label" in the Act) that must be posted on your property to show what your efficiency rating is; sort of like the Energy Star efficiency rating label on your refrigerator or air conditioner. If you don't get a high enough rating, you can't sell. And, the EPA administrator is authorized to raise the standards every year, even above the automatic energy efficiency increases built into the Act.

The EPA administrator, appointed by the President, will run the Cap & Trade program (AKA the "American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009") and is authorized to make any future changes to the regulations and standards he alone determines to be in the government's best interest. Requirements are set low initial y so the bill will pass Congress; then the Administrator can set much tougher new standards every year. The Act itself contains annual required increases in energy efficiency for private and commercial residences and buildings.

However, the EPA administrator can set higher standards at any time. Sect. 202 Building Retrofit Program mandates a national retrofit program to increase the energy efficiency of all existing homes across America . Beginning 1 year after enactment of the Act, you won't be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this Act. You had better sell soon, because the standards will be raised each year and will be really hard (i.e., expensive) to meet in a few years. Oh, goody! The Act allows the government to give you a grant of several thousand dollars to comply with the retrofit program requirements if you meet certain energy efficiency levels. But, wait, the State can set additional requirements on who qualifies to receive the grants.

You should expect requirements such as "can't have an income of more than $50K per year", "home selling price can't be more than $125K", or anything else to target the upper middle class (and that's YOU) and prevent them from qualifying for the grants. Most of us won't get a dime and will have to pay the entire cost of the retrofit out of our own pockets. More transfer of wealth, more "change you can believe in." Sect. 204 Building Energy Performance Labeling Program establishes a labeling program that for each individual residence will identify the achieved energy efficiency performance for "at least 90 percent of the residential market within 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act." This means that within 5 years 90% of all residential homes in the U.S. must be measured and labeled. The EPA administrator will get $50M each year to enforce the labeling program. The Secretary of the Department of Energy will get an additional $20M each year to help enforce the labeling program. Some of this money will, of course, be spent on coming up with tougher standards each year.

Oh, the label will be like a license for your car. You will be required to post the label in a conspicuous location in your home and will not be allowed to sell your home without having this label. And, just like your car license, you will probably be required to get a new label every so often - maybe every year. But, the government estimates the cost of measuring the energy efficiency of your home should only cost about $200 each time. Remember what they said about the auto smog inspections when they first started: that in California it would only cost $15. That was when the program started. Now the cost is about $50 for the inspection and certificate; a 333% increase. Expect the same from the home labeling program.. Sect. 304 Greater Energy Efficiency in Building Codes establishes new energy efficiency guidelines for the National Building Code and mandates at 304(d) that 1 year after enactment of this Act, all state and local jurisdictions must adopt the National Building Code energy efficiency provisions or must obtain a certification from the federal government that their state and/or local codes have been brought into full compliance with the National Building Code energy efficiency standards.



Friday, November 13, 2009

Yes I AM a Racist!

All through the Obama administration I have been accused of being a racist. I have denied it over and over. But now after much deep thought and soul searching I have had to admit that indeed I AM a Racist.

How did I come to this self revelation? It was while I was considering whom I would vote for in a local election for a local commission seat with an incumbent I had voted for enthusiastically. Over his tenure I had grown a little disappointed with his voting record in which he seemed to go along with the status quo. However I was a loyal voter to him and was willing to give him another term given the only man running against him was in the words of my peer group a crazy white man.

You see in every election I have over the years gravitated to voting for persons of color and culture in hopes for a more balanced representation in both my local, state and federal government. I have considered persons of color first and over their white competitors. I have also engaged in gender bias considering women over men first. After having that realization I felt I was obliged to consider the crazy white man. I found out he had been a successful local businessman, attended more commission meetings than many of those on the commission, had been a leader in several reputable community organizations, and was for limited government, lower taxes and government budget control. He also offered some very creative ideas. My guy called himself a team player. The crazy white man called himself someone who thinks outside the box. Guess who I wanted to vote for. You got it the “Crazy White Guy.”

I found in my earnest effort to be the student of Dr. King I realized I had been judging folks by their gender or color of their skin rather than looking only at the content of their character. Not voting for Obama was really my first time not voting for someone of color who ran for office. I had considered him first over McCain even though I consider myself a conservative. Chicago politicians are known to be the most corrupt in the country and McCain had had a colorful history with conservatives and I spent considerable time researching what I thought was a choice between the lesser of two evils. It was this intense research of both candidates that led me to not vote for Obama.

In this last local election I had taken a hard look at myself and found myself ashamed. I feel like I need to cover up the pictures of the candidates and only read about them to determine who to vote for. I envy the blind from birth person in this endeavor. It was a difficult realization for me, but hopefully I will be better for it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day in Red,White and Blue

A Soldiers crimson blood will be spilled today, white sheets pulled over their heads. Taps will be played as gun salutes fill the blue. Not a day goes by my fellow Americans that a Veteran is created. Preservation of our Liberty does not come without it's cost. May we remember the brave men and women who answered the call for freedom and gave everything they have to allow us the honor to call ourselves Americans and live in the best Country in the World.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Trashing of America

I remember when I was young a now classic commercial about littering and pollution. It was eloquently delivered with the closeup of one of my native American brothers with a single tear coming from his eye. He was weeping for this once pristine land. Today I feel the same eloquent closeup could be used by my brother while he would be standing in from of the White House, the Senate, the House, the streets of Detroit,the bombed and burning war front of our troops in Afganistan, and Iraq the long unemployment lines, the memorial service for our fallen Americans at Fort Hood.

Our apologizer and chief has told the rest of the country that we are evil greedy imperialists. That we deserve to suffer. We deserve to be impoverished. So much so that one American Soldier was influenced enough by an AlQueida Imam to kill his fellow soldiers in a most violent way. Now they are trying to justify this mad man's behavior because he wanted to be a conscienous objector and no one listened.
I wonder if the 442nd had those thoughts when they fought bravely in WWII. The 442nd was one of the most decorated units of it's size and length in the war. Many of these great hero's that survived came home to find their own homes and businesses gone, family members dead from disease in the camps and an America still biased against the color of their skin. And yet these proud Americans,these proud Americans went on to rebuild their lives in the country they fought so bravely for.

The absolute audacity of this administration to thumb their nose at all Americans, the will of it's people and it's Constitution and move forward a Socialistic Marxist agenda is the greatest act of Sedition by the largest body of government representatives in American History since the revolutionary war. This is the only "history" this administration is making.

I for one am fed up with this kind of trashing of America and it's brave American's. It is time to Clean House of these Seditious individuals setting fires and trying to burn our country down.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

2009 Glimpse of Things To Come

The Aftermath of this weeks elections served as a dress rehearsal for Conservatives and Liberals. It showed Conservatives that indeed the Tea Party Movement is far more widespread than the Liberal Press would have you believe and the Liberals learned that Conservatives are no longer going to be able to conduct business as usual.

The Republic Party learned they can lose elections by trying to appeal to Liberals through a more liberal choice and that success will be directly connected to backing only those candidates that represent truly conservative ideals.

Even the liberal press seemed less than unhappy about the outcome. The liberal press have seemed to realize through the heroic efforts of much attacked conservative pundits on Radio,TV and the Internet the insidiously evil agenda of the Obama Administration. And, hopefully unlike Hitler's Nazi Germany let's hope that this generation's "Dictator" want to be will be stopped in his tracks by an ever awakening populous AND press.

The future of our Republic, it's personal freedom and economic future are at stake here and if anything all Americans who love the American Dream should be energized by the results of the elections. Now keep on building that Fortress one brick at a time and before long like the slave Nehemiah we will rebuild the stronghold of our nation once again and be more than able to withstand and overcome all enemies against her both foreign and domestic.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gay Rights Rally on Washington 2009

Another Tea Party photo of the angry Mob? Nope. It seems that the Obama Administration's failed promises has extended to the Gay community as illustrated by the massive turnout at the 2009 Gay Rights Rally on Washington DC. Many key issues promised resolution by the Obama Adminstration continued "UnChanged." Chief on attendee's minds included civil gay marriage, hate crime laws, gays in the military, and equal rights. It appears that more and more folks who voted for Obama are finding out that he is a man who talks the talk, but does not walk the walk. He appears to be what other politicians from the Chicago political machine are and that is fast talking carpetbaggers with nothing but the agenda of personal power and gain saying what they think folks want to hear just to get elected. Missplaced faith is a bitter pill to swallow.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's Only a Bill

1.3 million dollars. That's what the Democratic Party received from Insurance Companies in political contributions. 1.3 million. Pfizer Half a mil or better to the Democratic Party. Democrats voting today in Committee are you going to bite the hands that feed you? Are you going to alienate your voters passing a bill no one wants? There are so many better ways to lower medical costs with out spending a dime of taxpayers money. These things can be written up as single item bills with specific and singular goals. You do not rebuild an engine that just needs a tuneup. As your parents taught you don't sign ANYTHING you can't read or understand. Bills become law and THERE IS NO GOING BACK. Obama's agenda is to take your power and every other American's right to freedom. He has his own agenda and you will be but pawns in his plans. He has run amuck and it is time to show him who is boss. The People. For the couch sitters of America to rise up and march in the millions on Washington and at every town hall and state capital tells you something as a legislature. No one is happy with ANYTHING Obama does including the folks that voted for him. Wake up Washington legislators end this nonsense and KILL THE BILL.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Meaning Behind the Message

Recently a Twitter Follower whom I really love , because of that person’s great mind and contributions of information, led me to an academic piece titled “Manipulating the Public Agenda, Why Acorn was in the News and What the News Got Wrong. By Peter Dreier, Ph.D.E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics; Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Program,Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA 90041 and Christopher R. Martin,Ph.D. Professor of Journalism, Department of Communication Studies, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Contact: (319) 273‐7155 or (319) 504‐2632 E‐mail: martinc@uni.edu.

The report was titled for immediate release in September of this year. After reading the piece it made perfect sense why I was seeing sudden attacks in the far left and progressive news sources that Acorn was really a wonderful organization and that they had been wrongly attacked by the far right through Fox News, conservative blogs and in some cases Republicans specifically. I would see snippets of the statistics and material quoted in other articles as if it were the gospel.

The authors state “Our goal in this study is not to get bogged down in
Charging various news media with left‐wing or right‐wing bias, but to
Instead demonstrate that there are indeed intensive political efforts to influence
The national news agenda and to frame news stories by special interest groups, or
Opinion entrepreneurs. Moreover, when journalism organizations take a disinterested stance of “objectivity,” passing along the day’s political talking points, and failing to verify allegations before they report (or, just passing along the political talking points because they have 24 hours of programming or news holes in their op‐ed pages to fill), they do a great disservice to citizens, the electorate, and their own profession.”

Now while I agree with the authors that journalists for national news sources don’t research their materials well in this day and age of 24 hour news cycles and that peoples opinions are shaped by the news sources they have a tendency to access. I do not,however, for a moment agree that the authors had no intension of not getting bogged down in left-winged or right-wing bias. If that were true, they would have examined more than one news story topic such as the image generated by the far left media of Bush, Palin, Haliburton, Roe, in a bipartisan effort to show there is equal influence such as stimulus package monies going to GE chief owner of NBC.

These two scholars are quite frankly as guilty as any “Opinion Entrepreneurs,” they speak of and covered a conservative news stories only. I think they are angrier as progressive liberals that not only are the more conservative news covering these stories, but the more mainstream media is as well and they are getting it right, finally. For decades the liberal left have been the most skilled in staying on message and getting that proverbial sound bite. During the Clinton campaign and presidency this was raised to an art form. Now conservatives through the use of the internet are taking a page from the liberal playbook and like the Japanese to American Innovation and know-how taking it up a notch and in some cases better at meeting goal.

Attacking unashamed conservative bloggers or editorial shows that don’t pretend to be anything but editorialists should not be held up as examples of a media agenda. Folks know these shows have an agenda and take these shows for what they are and generally these shows play to the choir. The mainstream left leaning media have a tendency to debunk and defame anything thast comes from these sources. The focus of his arguments if they are valid should have been on stories that were produced by the general media. The general mainstream media have a far greater influence on a greater body of people. The small test group of less than seven hundred stories on one subject over a period of a few months is far too small to prove any valid point and his random local papers were not based on high circulation. This survey would be considered more scholarly if it had been conducted by a 2nd party with no political leanings and from a much larger selection of story topics and sources. Statistical surveys are best left to the number crunchers. I found his mode insufficient. Again I say what bothers them is that the message is getting out inspite of the mainstream media's influence.

I know from previous experience in deep research that academic studies are just as likely to contain manipulated, contrived and outright wrong “facts” to prove or disprove a point or opinion and that yes even “Distinguished” professors are capable of using their stature in academia to achieve a personal agenda. They are just as capable of being used by others as well to lend credibility to their causes. Academia depends on several means of funding that does include Alumni contributions and influence, Federal and State Grants and Funds, Publishing Companies as well as Student Tuitions. Author Peter Dreier is a frequent contributor on many liberal websites and blogs. He is an ardent Obama support. His article is not so much as a statement on media’s influence on public opinion but a defense of Obama and another opportunity to bash Republicans and conservatives. It is not a scholarly piece but rather an editorial one.

For example, our authors state that news reports on Acorn were planted as an October surprise by the Bush Administration and the Republican Party to defeat the Democrats and they manipulated the media and the public into thinking that Acorn was evil and responsible for major voter fraud by spreading false information. They also added that great effort was made to connect Obama with Acorn’s activities. The “Press” in their haste was all too willing to jump on board and report on the story and in their estimation with no effort to research the accusations properly. Further they charged the firing of many state attorneys was directly linked to the attorney’s failure to find a valid reason to investigate Acorn for voter fraud. The pressure to do this was political in nature and came from the Republican Party and Bush Administration. In general they stated that Obama, Acorn and the American People were victimized by evil Corporations, the Bush Administration, the Republican Party, Conservative Blogs financed by evil Corporations that want to keep the poor man down, Conservative talk show hosts like Rush etc. The conservative documentary “Media Malpractice” makes similar accusations within the far left media earlier in the year with regard to the Mass Media and manipulation of public opinion. I wonder how it is possible to claim that Obama was harmed in anyway by the media when he as he likes to remind folks “won the election.”

The authors state that Acorn is an obscure insignificant organization and at the very same time state that it is the largest organization of its kind in America. If Acorn is the largest and part of it’s funding is with taxpayer dollars and the organization was used by the Obama Campaign for voter registration and the voter fraud issues had been raised why wouldn’t the news consider it an important enough story to cover?

The authors state that it was always reported that Acorn was receiving money in the Stimulus. I found more than several that stated otherwise. Ex. http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0919/p02s13-usgn.html

Even former Acorn participants have raised questions and thus news interest.


Notice the date when this was started. Ironic that their own people found problems in the organization.


Conservative TV editorialists like Glenn Beck featured videos from grassroots sources (not corporate sponsored blogs as often referred to by the authors) that showed Obama telling Acorn members in a speech that they would have a hand in shaping policy if he is elected. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vJcVgJhNaU

Non Partisan Acorn activists.


And in deed they did have input into the creation of the stimulus package bill and billions of dollars are now allocated and easily available for organizations such as Acorn.

Hypocritically the authors criticized negative language by conservatives towards Acorn in news items. At the same time the authors used negative language describing conservative actions in terms such as “taint,” “rehash of misinformation,” and my personal favorite “conservative echo chamber.”

Ironically they lump The Wall Street Journal as a conservative newspaper. Karl Rove would have a problem with that categorization. He’s a contributor now. His thinking I’m sure if you hold your friends close and your enemies closer.


When reading anything I like to know who is writing the piece. What is their intention? It seems that right now liberals are out in force trying to distance Obama from what is becoming clearer and clearer his Chicago political ways, minimize Acorn’s unraveling criminal activities and at the same time rejuvenate the Bush Administration Blame/Hate Machine to distract from the continued destruction of the American Economy, Defense, World Super Power Status, Education, and Tax Structure. Ardent Obama supporters much like Bill Clinton supporters of the past will never see their hero as anything but was advertized. But like most of those products from the infomercials they end up being far less than promised and disappointing. I personally would like folks on both sides of the aisle to be honest and admit there is no difference between either party and they both have become an abuser of the American people’s trust.

My instruction to my readers is question, investigate and apply critical thinking to what you read. Jesus told his followers don’t follow me or anything blindly. Test everything

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sarah sees more than Russia from her Window

Excerpts from her speech at the CLSA Asia Pacific Markets Forum in Hong Kong

So far, I’ve given you the view from Main Street, USA. But now I’d like to share with you how a Common Sense Conservative sees the world at large.Later this year, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – an event that changed not just Europe but the entire world. In a matter of months, millions of people in formerly captive nations were freed to pursue their individual and national ambitions. The competition that defined the post World War II era was suddenly over. What was once called “the free world” had so much to celebrate – the peaceful end to a great power rivalry and the liberation of so many from tyranny’s grip. Some, you could say, took the celebration too far. Many spoke of a “peace dividend,” of the need to focus on domestic issues and spend less time, attention and money on endeavors overseas. Many saw a peaceful future, where globalization would break down borders and lead to greater global prosperity. Some argued that state sovereignty would fade – like that was a good thing? – that new non-governmental actors and old international institutions would become dominant in the new world order.As we all know, that did not happen. Unfortunately, there was no shortage of warning signs that the end of the Cold War did not mean the end of history or the end of conflict. In Europe, the breakup of Yugoslavia resulted in brutal wars in the Balkans. In the Middle East, a war was waged to reverse Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. North Korea’s nuclear program nearly led to military conflict. In Africa, U.S. embassies were bombed by a group called al Qaeda. Two weeks ago, America commemorated the 8th anniversary of the savagery of September 11, 2001. The vicious terrorist attacks of that day made clear that what happened in lands far distant from American shores directly affect our security. We came to learn, if we did not know before, that there were violent fanatics who sought not just to kill innocents, but to end our way of life. Their attacks have not been limited to the United States. They attacked targets in Europe, North Africa and throughout the Middle East. Here in Asia, they killed more than 200 in a single attack in Bali. They bombed the Marriott Hotel and the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Last year in Mumbai, more than 170 were killed in coordinated attacks in the heart of India’s financial capital. In this struggle with radical Islamic extremists, no part of the world is safe from those who bomb, maim and kill in the service of their twisted vision.This war – and that is what it is, a war – is not, as some have said, a clash of civilizations. We are not at war with Islam. This is a war within Islam, where a small minority of violent killers seeks to impose their view on the vast majority of Muslims who want the same things all of us want: economic opportunity, education, and the chance to build a better life for themselves and their families. The reality is that al Qaeda and its affiliates have killed scores of innocent Muslim men, women and children. The reality is that Muslims from Algeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other countries are fighting al Qaeda and their allies today. But this will be a long war, and it will require far more than just military power to prevail. Just as we did in the Cold War, we will need to use all the tools at our disposal – hard and soft power. Economic development, public diplomacy, educational exchanges, and foreign assistance will be just as important as the instruments of military power. During the election campaign in the U.S. last year, you might have noticed we had some differences over Iraq. John McCain and I believed in the strength of the surge strategy – because of its success, Iraq is no longer the central front in the war on terrorism. Afghanistan is. Afghanistan is where the 9/11 attacks were planned and if we are not successful in Afghanistan, al Qaeda will once again find safe haven there. As a candidate and in office, President Obama called Afghanistan the “necessary war” and pledged to provide the resources needed to prevail. However, prominent voices in the Democratic Party are opposing the additional U.S. ground forces that are clearly needed. Speaker of the House Pelosi, Defense Subcommittee Chairman Murtha, the Senate Armed Services Committee Chair, and many others, recently expressed doubts about sending additional forces! President Obama will face a decision soon when the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan requests additional forces to implement his new counterinsurgency strategy. We can win in Afghanistan by helping the Afghans build a stable representative state able to defend itself. And we must do what it takes to prevail. The stakes are very high. Last year, in the midst of the U.S. debate over what do to in Iraq, an important voice was heard – from Asia’s Wise Man, former Singaporean Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who wrote in the Washington Post about the cost of retreat in Iraq. In that article, he prophetically addressed the stakes in Afghanistan. He wrote: “The Taliban is again gathering strength, and a Taliban victory in Afghanistan or Pakistan would reverberate throughout the Muslim world. It would influence the grand debate among Muslims on the future of Islam. A severely retrograde form of Islam would be seen to have defeated modernity twice: first the Soviet Union, then the United States. There would be profound consequences, especially in the campaign against terrorism.”That statesman’s words remain every bit as true today. And Minister Lee knows, and I agree, that our success in Afghanistan will have consequences all over the world, including Asia. Our allies and our adversaries are watching to see if we have the staying power to protect our interests in Afghanistan. That is why I recently joined a group of Americans in urging President Obama to devote the resources necessary in Afghanistan and pledged to support him if he made the right decision. That is why, even during this time of financial distress we need to maintain a strong defense. All government spending should undergo serious scrutiny. No programs or agencies should be automatically immune from cuts. We need to go back to fiscal discipline and unfortunately that has not been the view of the current Administration. They’re spending everywhere and with disregard for deficits and debts and our future economic competitiveness. Though we are engaged in two wars and face a diverse array of threats, it is the defense budget that has seen significant program cuts and has actually been reduced from current levels! First, the Defense Department received only ½ of 1 % of the nearly trillion dollar Stimulus Package funding – even though many military projects fit the definition of “shovel-ready.” In this Administration’s first defense budget request for 2010, important programs were reduced or cancelled. As the threat of ballistic missiles from countries like North Korea and Iran grow, missile defense was slashed. Despite the need to move men and material by air into theaters like Afghanistan, the Obama Administration sought to end production of our C-17s, the work horse of our ability to project long range power. Despite the Air Force saying it would increase future risk, the Obama Administration successfully sought to end F-22 production – at a time when both Russia and China are acquiring large numbers of next generation fighter aircraft. It strikes me as odd that Defense Secretary Gates is the only member of the Cabinet to be tasked with tightening his belt. Now in the region I want to emphasize today: The reason I speak about defense is because our strong defense posture in Asia has helped keep the region safe and allowed it to prosper. Our Asian allies get nervous if they think we are weakening our security commitments. I worry about defense cuts not because I expect war but because I so badly want peace. And the region has enjoyed peace for so long because of our security commitment to our longstanding allies and partners. Asia has been one of the world’s great success stories. It is a region where America needs to assist with right mix of hard and soft power. While I have so much hope for a bright future in Asia, in a region this dynamic, we must always be prepared for other contingencies. We must work at this – work with our allies to ensure the region’s continued peace and prosperity.I know that you all -- like all of Asia and indeed the whole world – has a keen interest in the emergence of “China as a great power.” Over the past few decades China’s economic growth has been remarkable. So has the economic growth and political liberalization of all of our key allies in Asia, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Asia’s economic growth and political development, together with our forward military presence in the region and strong alliances, have allowed the region to prosper in peace for a long time. We hope that Asia will continue to be an engine of world economic growth, will continue to democratize and will remain at peace. Our future is now deeply linked to Asia’s success. Our children’s future. We must continue to strengthen our key alliance with Japan, a country going through its own democratic change. Together the U.S. and Japan built the security umbrella under which so many Asians prospered. While there is so much attention to China these days, we cannot forget the importance of Japan in helping to make this the “Pacific Century.” The recent elections in Japan demonstrated that voters wanted reform and an end to debt and stagnation. We have a substantial stake in Japan’s success -- our alliance with must continue to be the linchpin of regional security.With its open political system and vibrant democracy, South Korea wants to play a larger role on the international stage as well. Of course it wants us to work together toward a future where the peninsula is irreversibly denuclearized, and unified. But it also wants to play a global role. We need to work together with Japan, South Korea and our steadfast ally to the south, Australia, to make sure Asia remains peaceful and prosperous. Australia rightly reminds us to keep our eye on Southeast Asia, where Indonesia has proved that Islam and democracy can co-exist. Indonesia has fought extremism inside its own border and is consolidating a multi-ethnic democracy that is home to hundreds of millions of Muslims. Those who say Islam and democracy are incompatible insult our friends in Indonesia. Our great democratic friend India is also “looking East”, seeking a greater role in East Asia as well. Together with our allies we must help integrate India into Asia. If we do so we will have yet another strong democracy driving Asia’s economy and working on shared problems such as proliferation and extremism. And we must continue working with the region’s most dynamic economy, China. We all hope that China’s stated policy of a “Peaceful Rise” will be its future course. You know better than most the enormous change that has taken place in China over the last thirty years. Hundreds of millions of Chinese have been pulled out of poverty as China has undertaken economic reforms that have resulted in unprecedented growth. Even today, China’s economy is projected to grow by some 8%. It is helping to edge the world out of recession. China has amassed huge financial reserves. Chinese diplomats are engaged on every continent and, through its vote on the United Nations Security Council, China has become critical in gaining UN support on multilateral issues from Darfur to Iran to North Korea. Just four years ago, then-Deputy Secretary of State Bob Zoellick urged China to become a “responsible stakeholder” in the international system. He observed the many benefits to China of a “benign international environment.” The peaceful regional environment that China has enjoyed was created through the hard work of Americans, Japanese, South Koreans and Australians. Secretary Zoellick urged China to step up and play its role too. We are working with China to de-nuclearize North Korea. But to be a responsible member of the international community China should exert greater pressure on North Korea to denuclearize and undergo the fundamental reforms it needs. Zoellick urged China to play a greater role in stabilizing the international energy market by ceasing its support of dangerous regimes. China could play a role in stabilizing its ally Pakistan, and working for peace in Afghanistan. There are many areas where the U.S. and China can work together. And, we would welcome a China that wanted to assume a more responsible and active role in international politics.But Secretary Zoellick also noted that many of China’s actions create risk and uncertainty. These uncertainties led nations to “hedge” their relations with China because, in Zoellick’s words: “Many countries HOPE China will pursue a ‘Peaceful Rise’ but NONE will bet their future on it.”See: this is the heart of the issue with China: we engage with the hope Beijing becomes a responsible stakeholder, but we must takes steps in the event it does not. See? We all hope to see a China that is stable, peaceful, prosperous and free. But we must also work with our allies in the region and the world in the event China goes in a direction that causes regional instability. Asia is at its best when it is not dominated by a single power. In seeking Asia’s continued peace and prosperity, we should seek, as we did in Europe, an Asia “whole and free” – free from domination by any one power, prospering in open and free markets, and settling political differences at ballot boxes and negotiating tables. We can, must and should work with a “rising China” to address issues of mutual concern. But we also need to work with our allies in addressing the uncertainties created by China’s rise. We simply CANNOT turn a blind eye to Chinese policies and actions that can undermine international peace and security. China has some 1000 missiles aimed at Taiwan and no serious observer believes Taiwan poses a military threat to Beijing. Those same Chinese forces make our friends in Japan and Australia nervous. China provides support for some of the world’s most questionable regimes from Sudan to Burma to Zimbabwe. China’s military buildup raises concerns from Delhi to Tokyo because it has taken place in the absence of any discernable external threat. China, along with Russia, has repeatedly undermined efforts to impose tougher sanctions on Iran for its defiance of the international community in pursuing its nuclear program. The Chinese food and product safety record has raised alarms from East Asia and Europe to the United States. And, domestic incidents of unrest -- from the protests of Uighurs and Tibetans, to Chinese workers throughout the country rightfully make us nervous. It is very much in our interest and the interest of regional stability that China work out its own contradictions – between a dynamic and entrepreneurial private sector on the one hand and a one party state unwilling or unable to adjust to its own society’s growing needs and desires and demands, including a human being’s innate desire for freedom. I do not cite these issues out of any hostility toward China. Quite the contrary, I and all Americans of good faith hope for the Chinese people’s success. We welcome the rise that can be so good for all mankind. We simply urge China to rise responsibly. I simply believe we cannot ignore areas of disagreement as we seek to move forward on areas of agreement. Believe me, China does not hesitate to tell us when it thinks we are in the wrong.I mentioned China’s internal contradictions. They should concern us all. We hear many Chinese voices throughout that great country calling out for more freedom, and for greater justice. Twenty years ago, many believed that as China liberalized its economy, greater political freedom would naturally follow. Unfortunately that has not come to pass. Ummm, in fact, it seems China has taken great pains to learn what it sees as “the lesson” of the fall on the Berlin Wall and the demise of the Soviet Union: any easing of political constraints can inevitably spin out of control. But, in many ways, it is the essence of China’s political system that leads to concerns about its rise. Think about it. How many books and articles have been written about the dangers of India’s rise? Almost as large as China – and soon to be more populous – virtually no one worries about the security implications of India becoming a great power – just as a century ago the then-preeminent power, Great Britain, worried little about the rise of America to great power status. My point is that the more politically open and just China is, the more Chinese citizens of every ethnicity will settle disputes in courts rather than on the streets. The more open it is, the less we will be concerned about its military build-up and intentions. The more transparent China is, the more likely it is they we will find a true and lasting friendship based on shared values as well as interests. I am not talking about some U.S.-led “democracy crusade.” We cannot impose our values on other counties. Nor should we seek to. But the ideas of freedom, liberty and respect for human rights are not U.S. ideas, they are much more than that. They are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and many other international covenants and treaties. They apply to citizens in Shanghai as much as they do to citizens in Johannesburg or Jakarta. And demands for liberty in China are Chinese, not American, demands. Just last year, many brave Chinese signed Charter 08, a Chinese document modeled on the great Czech statesman Vlacav Havel’s Charter 77. Charter 08 would not be unfamiliar to our Founding Fathers and was endorsed by Havel himself. No, we need not convince the Chinese people that they have inalienable rights. They are calling for those rights themselves. But we do have to worry about a China where the government suppresses the liberties its people hold dear. Nothing of what I am saying should be seen as meaning conflict with China is inevitable. Quite the contrary. As I said, we welcome China’s responsible rise. America and China stood together against fascism during World War II, before ravages took over in China – we were ready to stand together with China to shape international politics after World War II. Much has been accomplished since President Nixon’s fateful visit. And again, we stand ready to work with what we hope will be a more open and responsible China on the challenges facing the 21st century.All of you here know how deeply integrated the economies of the United States’ and China’s are. We rely on each other, sometimes unfortunately in unhealthy ways. America spends too much that we don’t have, and then we go to China as a lender of first resort. Our fiscal policy, lately, seems to be “tax, spend, borrow, tax some more, repeat” and then complain about how much debt China holds. America needs to gets its own fiscal house in order. That’s a Common Sense Conservative perspective. We can hardly complain that China holds so much of our debt when it’s over spending that created the debt. But here’s the reality. If in fact the United States does the “right” thing – if we spend less and save more – then China will also have to rebalance its economy. We need to export more to China – and we’d like China to consume more of our goods – just as we need to save and invest more. This vital process – so crucial to both countries – is impeded by problems of market access. We must talk about these issues with more candor. If China adopts policies that keep our highest value products out of their markets, by manipulating technical standards or licensing requirements, our economic relationship suffers.Our economic interdependence drives our relationship with China. I see a future of more trade with China and more American high-tech goods in China. But in order for that to happen, we need China to improve its rule of law and protect our intellectual property. We need to avoid protectionism and China’s flirtation with state-assisted “national champions.” On our part, we should be more open to Chinese investment where our national security interests are not threatened. In the end, though, our economic relationship will truly thrive when Chinese citizens and foreign corporations can hold the Chinese government accountable when their actions are unjust.I see a bright future for America in Asia. One based on the alliances that have gotten us this far, one based on free and open markets, one that integrates democratic India into East Asia’s political life and one in which China decides to be a responsible member of the international community and gives its people the liberty – the freedom – they so desperately want. Sadly, however, our largest free trade agreement ever in Asia, with South Korea, sits frozen in the Congress. In contrast, China is behaving wisely in negotiating free trade agreements throughout Asia. We want an Asia open to our goods and services. But if we do not get our free trade act together, we will be shut out by agreements Asians our making among themselves.All of you here follow global financial markets and economic policy closely, I know that it will come as no surprise to you that United States leadership on global trade and investment is being sorely tested at this moment. We are struggling with a monumental debate on whether fiscal discipline, or massive government spending, will drive a sustained recovery. We are struggling to repair the excesses that grew in our own economy and served as a trigger to a catastrophic collapse in the global financial system. And we are attempting to do so under the weight of a global imbalance of debt and trade deficits that are not only unbearable for the world’s mightiest economy, but also unacceptable in that they foster tensions between global economic partners like the United States and China.I am proud to be an American. As someone who has had the tremendous opportunity to travel throughout the United States and listen to the concerns of Americans in towns and cities across the country, I can tell you that there is a sense of despair and even crisis afoot in America that has the potential to shape our global investment and trade policies for years, and even decades to come. Never has the leadership of our government ever been more critical to keeping my country, and the world, on a path to openness, growth and opportunity in global trade and investment.It would of course be a mistake to put the entire burden of restoring the global economy on the backs of America’s leaders. There is plenty of work for all of us to do in this matter. Governments around the world must resist the siren call of trade protection to bring short term relief during a time of crisis. Those who use currency policy or subsidies to promote their nation’s exports should remain acutely aware that if there ever were a time in which such policies could be viewed as “tolerable,” that time has now passed. All participants who seek to find benefit in the global trading system must also take the responsibility of playing by the rules. The private sector has responsibilities as well. For instance, it should not be the responsibility of government to dictate the salaries of bankers or the ownership of companies. And yet, due of the excesses committed by some, this is exactly where we find ourselves now because government now owns substantial portions of the private economy – even, unbelievably, in the United States. These are challenging times for everyone, but we in the United States must humbly recognize that if we are to lead and to set the direction for the rest of the world, it must be by our example and not merely our words. And we must tread lightly when imposing new burdens on the imports of other countries. Well, CLSA: My country is definitely at a crossroad. Polling in the U.S. shows a majority of Americans no longer believe that their children will have a better future than they have had...that is a 1st. When members of America’s greatest generation – the World War II generation – lose their homes and their life savings because their retirement funds were wiped after the financial collapse, people feel a great anger. There is suddenly a growing sentiment to just “throw the bums out” of Washington, D.C. – and by bums they mean the Republicans and the Democrats. Americans are suffering from pay cuts and job losses, and they want to know why their elected leaders are not tightening their belts. It’s not lost on people that Congress voted to exempt themselves from the health care plan they are thrusting on the rest of the nation. There is a growing sense of frustration on Main Street. But even in the midst of crisis and despair, we see signs of hope. In fact, it’s a sea change in America, I believe. Recently, there have been protests by ordinary Americans who marched on Washington to demand their government stop spending away their future. Large numbers of ordinary, middle-class Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from all over the country marching on Washington?! You know something’s up!These are the same people who flocked to the town halls this summer to face their elected officials who were home on hiatus from that distant capital and were now confronted with the people they represent. Big town hall meetings – video clips circulating coverage – people watching, feeling not so alone anymore. The town halls and the Tea Party movement are both part of a growing grassroots consciousness among ordinary Americans who’ve decided that if they want real change, they must take the lead and not wait to be led. Real change – and, you know, you don’t need a title to do it.The “Tea Party Movement” is aptly named to remind people of the American Revolution – of colonial patriots who shook off the yoke of a distant government and declared their freedom from indifferent – elitist – rulers who limited their progress and showed them no respect. Today, Main Street Americans see Washington in similar terms. When my country again achieves financial stability and economic growth – when we roar back to life as we shall do – it will be thanks in large part to the hard work and common sense of these ordinary Americans who are demanding that government spend less and tax less and allow the private sector to grow and prosper. We’re not interested in government fixes; we’re interested in freedom! Freedom! Our vision is forward looking. People may be frustrated now, but we’re very hopeful too. And, after all, why shouldn’t we be? We’re Americans. We’re always hopeful. Thank you for letting me share some of that hope, and a view from Main Street with you. God Bless You.