A better question would be: When did we stop being better off?
I can point to a personal timeline when things started going South into the “not better off” category. In 2000, there was a lot of griping over the presidential election but that’s not when things started going bad. Although there was the contested election and all the bad press and everything, less than a year later, almost everybody in the country was glad there was a Republican in the White House to answer the assault to our nation and our sovereignty. Even with the economic situation on the stock market things weren’t all that terrible and once we geared up for an aggressive answer to our attackers things started getting better there, too. In spite of the ups and downs on the stock market, we weren’t any worse off than we were before 9/11 and in many ways were better off than when Clinton was in office. Lower taxes for one thing. Instead of paying out several thousand at tax time (on top of what was already paid in) we paid less than two thousand.
Eveyrthing was pretty even keeled until the 2004 elections although people were getting tired of the long war. Bush didn’t lie about that. He said it would be a long war. Unfortunately, the American people think long is like: next week instead of now.
In October of 2004, just a month before the elections, here came the meme, “Bush Lied, People Died.” If he did, so did Clinton and every member of Congress who stood for the war in Iraq but we’re not supposed to remember that. Kerry was getting stomped during the campaigning in spite of women drooling over him. They had to do something and this something was the precursor to the nation not being better off.
With yet another contested election to face, the Democrats also said they don’t recognize Bush as president. They continued the mantra of “Bush Lied, People Died” yet in spite of all the calls to impeach both Bush and Cheney, that’s all the Democrats had because they were the minority in Congress. In 2005, they ramped up the rhetoric against Bush and threw Cheney in as well and along came Katrina which created the perfect storm against Bush and Cheney. I have a personal story here so I’m going to sidetrack for a paragraph or so.
My mother-in-law was affected by Katrina. Her roof was badly damaged. She was at the time walking with the aid of a walker. She spents hours every day for many days trying to get aid to fix her house because she is on a very low fixed income. In fact, my husband and I, every Christmas, instead of getting her a present we paid her property taxes as our gift to her and her husband. After many days of this being told she wasn’t needy enough (not being from New Orleans) she gave up. I wrote the governor of her state and got no response. I wrote both the Senators in the state and got no response. (All of the previous were Democrats.) I wrote Vice President Cheney and within a week she had the help she desperately needed… in her hands. But the lie was” “Republicans don’t care” and the Democrats got a lot of mileage out of it straight into 2006. My father-in-law’s house in MS still isn’t fixed except what he has done out of his own pocket, but New Orleans is still the problem child isn’t it? It’s been a disaster waiting to happen since 1929 when the Mississippi was rerouted so people could build homes on a riverbed but, of course, it’s Bush’s fault, isn’t it?
We all took an economic hit from Katrina. Gas prices soared because of the damage to wells in the Gulf, which had the domino effect of prices for everything going up. Money was tighter and we were still in the long war so the “Bush Lied, People Died” mantra worked in this gloomy scenario aided by the disaster that was Katrina. This couldn’t be helped and by the time prices were at pre-Katrina levels, it was too late.
Another by-product of Katrina was a greater amount of illegal immigration as they saw an opportunity to make loads of money and came in droves to fill up labor and construction jobs on the Gulf. Illegal immigration has always been something of a problem, even more so after 9/11, but Katrina was the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak. We couldn’t absorb them into other jobs and the economic hit from having to deal with them on top of everything else just added to the Democrats’ gleeful meme of doom and gloom, although at the time the illegal aliens weren’t identified publicly as a big problem. I know this because my husband, being in construction was discussing with his boss whether they would be sending anyone to the Gulf to help with clean up when suddenly they were all told, they weren’t needed because crews were coming from Mexico. They came to make some quick money, but then, they stayed.
As Congressional campaigns got rolling in 2006, while we’re still recovering from Katrina, the Democrats promised a more open Congress and taking care of the people while villifying the Republicans as the tax and spend crowd… of which the Republicans happened to be guilty and not just because of the war in Iraq. Earmarks were out of control and so was the country, although the stock market was rebounding and gaining beyond the pre-9/11 levels. We were still in pretty good shape in our personal finances, too, once everything started settling back to pre-Katrina levels, but the doom and gloom from the Democrats was starting to wear on people. On the day to day, nobody worried about gas prices, the cost of a gallon of milk, or whatever they needed from local deparmtent stores and so on, except for the very poor who have always worried about those things regardless of who is president at the time.
The Democrats win Congress with their memes and that’s the turning point towards South. In the early months we didn’t see a lot of difference except for the fight against wholesale amnesty for untold numbers of illegal aliens. But then, Al Gore won an Oscar for his Global Warming scam which has profited him and anyone in it the scam with him but no one else. States raised taxes and the only real legislation that Congress has done in the last almost two full years, now, is mandates for ethanol and a host of other environmental indignities that have done nothing but take money out of our pockets because the price of basic foods went through the roof at an enormous pace. In addition, global demand for oil has risen as China has entered the global economy as a major player. So, gas prices go up as ever slave to the law of supply and demand. While global warming mandates had already brought about a price increase in basic foodstuffs, also tied to the law of supply and demand, the increase in fuel prices made a bad situation worse. By the way, they still haven’t impeached Bush and Cheney and there’s a good reason why. It might make a good campaign slogan but there’s not much meat in it and that’s all they have. Impeachment hearings would bring out the fact that they all saw the same intelligence that Bush had and also the fact that 4 of the 5 components which Saddam was accused of possessing were found. Instead of wondering where the 5th component went to, it was more politically expedient to say Bush lied.
Oh, and gasoline isn’t the only thing that comes from a barrel of oil. Nor diesel. Something we take for granted every day comes from those barrels of oil: plastics. Everything we use on a daily basis has some plastic parts attached to it: home and cell phones, household appliances, computers, the knobs on your kitchen stove, and more. Some fabrics are made with nylon, a byproduct of oil as well. Vaseline is called petroleum jelly in its generic name… key word: petroleum. Some cosmetics are made using petroleum jelly as the base. And more. In short, there is no such creature as oil independence. There’s nothing to replace it in all its forms.
And Congress’ more open government? Well, since the Democratic majority, Congress has attempted to slip through all sorts of legislation without informing the public about what they’re doing and have subjected the other side of the aisle to indignities of all kinds, yet, complain about partisanship. Earmarks that were considered out of control before are now the norm. Between entitlements and earmarks we’re bankrupting the country and that’s a fact. And the Democrats promise more of the same. I read somewhere or heard somewhere that for every dollar put in for subsidized health care only 4 cents of it is actually spent on the health care. That’s something for you proponents of government universal healthcare to think about. It may be expensive now but the government is going to give you only 4% of what you pay in. You may well find entire paychecks swallowed into universal healthcare at which point many will wonder why they work at all.
So, our government has thrown us into the global warming scam which has trapped us financially and ramped up earmarks, besides. They have passed legislation to bail out banks and mortgage companies who made bad business decisions. Case in point, Bank of America, which decided sometime early last year they were going to extend credit to illegal aliens. Those illegal aliens don’t have the same obligations that ordinary citizens do and just walked away from those obligations and left the rest of us to foot the bill. But Congress has the answer!!! Bail them out and let one of the bailees write the legislation. Wh pays for that? We do along with every other insanity.
On top of that, my state has raised taxes. People think we pay only 8.25% sales tax and they’re wrong. That’s what we pay for food. Everything else is 9.25% and I mean everything. In addition to sales tax, we’ve had an increase in gas taxes, utility rates (including water service), and property tax went up 1% as well. Oh, I forgot, we also got hit with a wheel tax which by itself isn’t that bad but when added to the rest it becomes a financial nightmare. Part of those unemployment figures are government workers being laid off or let go because of budget crunches while the Governor spends $700,000,000 on an underground bunker/banquet hall.
Now factor in depressed wages also a byproduct of the cheap labor from illegal immigration and all the indignities the government imposes upon us, although it swears to care about us, here we are: not better off.
Remember, I did say this is my personal perception. Others may have similar thoughts on this while some will have a different take. So take it at face value that this is my experience, not yours. I’m sure I’ve left out several items that could be added to this dialogue but I thought it was getting too long. Feel free to have at it, for or against.
Update: One other thing I’d like to add that has added to economic woes. This Congress enacted a hike in minimum wage. While laudible on its face, it has caused no end of problems for job seekers as operation costs for small businesses just went up on all fronts. The only costs that are within their control are labor costs. That wouldn’t have anything to do with the unemployment rate right about now, would it?
Plenty although the MSM and some of the establishment would like to sell us on him.
I always appreciate NRO, even during the times I heartily disagree with them. And this piece is part of the reason why:
Senator John McCain’s ascendancy in the Republican presidential race has been truly remarkable. Yet, it’s no groundswell.
To this point, about two out of every three primary and caucus participants have voted against him. If the Democrats and independents some states permit to crash the Grand Old Party were factored out, his standing in the Republican base would be even less impressive. Still, you have to hand it to his admirers: They have parlayed his thin support into an aura of inevitability. The glow could intensify this week, when McCain is likely, finally, to rack up some more impressive numbers … in delegate-heavy blue states that rarely vote Republican when it counts, in November. (Full disclosure: I support Governor Mitt Romney.)
As it happens, the received wisdom about McCain’s suddenly broad support mirrors the regnant narrative about his chief qualification for the job: It’s a mirage.
Read the rest. It’s a fairly long article but well worth the read.
While I don’t support Romney(will vote for him in the general if he wins the nomination), I’d go further than this article and point out the porous southern border and how it leaves us open to threats that no one can track. It’s not just about illegal aliens coming here to “make a living”, it’s also about an entire country laid open to whomever decides to use that border for whatever purpose including the drugs and gangs that cross at will with the rest. How can any president be strong on national security while ignoring the possible threats from unknowns crossing into the U.S. at will? And when asked about that, he neatly sidesteps the issue except for saying he heard us, that we want the fence built, but then qualifies that with a statement saying he’d sign the McCain-Kennedy bill if it crossed his desk.
In short, no matter how you look at it, McCain is a mirage when viewed from all sides.
That’s what we are according to McCain when we worry about his immigration policies and having a hard time trusting what he says on the subject.
Let me tell you a story. Yes, it’s a true story. One day at work, my husband was sitting around at break with a group of other workers. There were three Mexicans in the group. Now, my husband is kind of gutsy talking about politics in such a group and spouted off something about Democrats that got the rest’s attention. Then he said something about illegal immigration. And that’s when two of the Mexicans went off, yelling and talking about it. My hubby thought to himself, “Uh oh,” as he prepared to move away quickly. However it wasn’t what he at first thought. They were mad because they worked hard to get their citizenship and they don’t call themselves Mexicans. They are AMERICANS and it really ticks them off that they have to jump through hoops all the time to prove it.
In addition, they described how hard it was doing it the right way, that it took them 5 years and they had to learn English and do all those different paperworks and had to go back for six months and renew their visas to come back to the states and on and on throughout the whole process. They said they were so proud coming out of the courtroom with their cards and naturalization papers because they were AMERICANS.
Now, the third one in that group is illegal. In defense of himself, he said, “I pay taxes.” So my husband asked, ” How much do you pay? How many dependents do you claim?” to which the fellow answered he doesn’t pay any in and claims 8 dependents.
So my husband then asks, “How many people live with you?” The fellow replied, “Three.” Asked if he filed tax returns every year, the answer was no.
Every member of Congress and the White House should spend a year where I live before they say it’s foolishness. Now, this illegal alien is a nice enough fellow, according to my husband, but he’s riding the system while we pay out the yingyang. How long do you think we, as Americans, could get away with claiming 8 dependents?
My hubby also asked the fellow, what happens if you get deported? The fellow said he’d just come back and shrugged it off.
Foolishness, I tell you. It’s all foolishness.
It’s not the first time John McCain has stepped on us “little people.” Every time he supports illegal aliens in such a manner he belittles those who came here legally and did the hard work to become AMERICANS. And apparently there are a lot of foolish people who believe he’s going to change his stance on immigration since they are so willing to give him the pen to sign whatever immigration bills come up the pike, including the twice failed shamnesty bill.
Laurie in Monroe, Michigan says it well on Rush’s program. Read the rest of that transcript. It’s worth it.
Do we really want a President who is going to call us names all the time when we don’t agree with him? Didn’t we fight a war because a King decided we were going to do what he said no matter what because we were too insignificant to consider in decisions that affected us directly? You know, that one that gave us our independence from England?
My faith in Americans has fallen to a new low as many have declared this man the likely Republican nominee.
They will get worse.
While the media is deciding who will be the next president, Russia is flexing its muscles in anticipation of a much weakened United States. China has already thrown its weight around and continues to do so. In addition, they court our enemies.
In the meantime our politicians promise us the moon while they chip away the foundations of this country. The stock market is falling fast.
And the American people have been hung out to dry as the choices are no longer ours but at the discretion of the elites, which don’t include the rest of us. If matters continues the course upon which they are set even the worst I can imagine may pall in comparison to the actuality.
But cheer up. We can bury our noses in the boob tube and maybe we won’t even know what hit us until it’s far too late to worry about it. We’ll still have American Idol, Paris Hilton, and Britney Spears to talk about, right?
Oh, by the way, Heath Ledger is dead.
If I were Calderon, I would be ashamed to admit:
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has called the idea of building the fence “deplorable,” and said today on “Good Morning America” that he wanted to strengthen the Mexican economy to keep Mexicans there.
A majority of the Mexicans who cross the border are young and male. And while many of the immigrants come to the states seeking jobs and security, a large number of them already were employed in their native country.
He’s the President of Mexico? Coulda fooled me. Update: And if all else fails, there’s always the race card: Ex-Mexico Prez: Racists Stop Immigration
I’m still working on my multipart blog article. It’s slow going because I procrastinate. Anytime I try to write something that comes from deep thinking and from the heart, it’s usually that way… sorry.
However, another in the meantime I thought I’d point out a few good reads.
More Training for Illegal Aliens (O’Reilly Video)
In addition, I have some questions… random musings.
Why is it a crime that Fred Thompson chose the Tonight Show with an average 5.9 million viewers over a Fox Debate with 3.4 million viewers?
If the American people don’t trust the government anymore don’t you think it stands to reason they don’t trust the media either since they have become biased and rather preachy as well? Why doesn’t the media get it? Especially when you read facts such as these: More Media Mentions of GOP Senator’s Sex Scandal Than Dems Criminal Fund Raiser.
Why is it that celebrities have become the “conscience” of the nation when it comes to politics but when one seeks the presidency, there’s something wrong with being a celebrity? I’m really tired and bored out of my skull with every reference to the “Law and Order” actor. Giuliani lost a few more points in my estimation with his crack during the debates… not that he had many points to start with. Fred handled it gracefully, in my opinion, by refusing to lob back the same sort of insults.
What country does the government represent because it sure isn’t ours?
Does anybody else find it ironic that we fought a revolution for less cause than we have now to fight another one?
How many of you like Rush Limbaugh the way I do? How many of you think he’ll win that Nobel Peace Prize this year?
I came across this article today and I just had to say something.
The part that really bothered me was this:
“We strongly protest the unilateral measures taken by the U.S. Congress and government that have only persecuted and exacerbated the mistreatment of Mexican undocumented workers,” he said. “The insensitivity toward those who support the U.S. economy and society has only served as an impetus to reinforce the battle … for their rights.”
He also reached out to the millions of Mexicans living in the United States, many illegally, saying: “Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico.”
I’m also asking, “Does this mean we should exercise our Second Amendment rights to enforce our border and insure the nation’s security? Must we prove again where our borders begin?”
Or this week’s reading list, if you prefer.
I thought, given the absolute bust all of last week was, I’d be behind in the news and happenings but, really, I’m not. It’s more of the same that’s been happening for too long to recount. Pelosi and Company are still trying to defeat the U.S without regard to the future consequences of their actions and others are still trying to ram illegal aliens down our throat without thought to the real world consequences of their imported slave class (hubby just lost two days pay from the salmonella incident but it could have been worse, it could have happened on a Monday losing him the entire week).
This morning I learned that Fred Thompson is a Neocon. I suppose you could consider that is new. I’ve heard this term so much in the last few years that I’ve become sick of it in addition to not really understanding what it meant. Apparently I’m not the only one who doesn’t know what it means because basically it has become an insult to anybody who doesn’t agree with the leftist agenda. If it wasn’t for the MSM’s obsession with the war in Iraq, I doubt we’d hear much about it. It certainly doesn’t affect our day to day lives as much as say, illegal aliens taking the jobs “Americans Won’t Do” or worries over identity theft. It’s not the outsourcing, folks, it’s the location. What legal recourses do we have if this company in Nogales, Mexico decides to sell the information?
I’m particularly tired of the scandal-mongering. I’m not sure who threw the first piece of personal mud at which political opponent when but it’s gotten to a point where issues are neglected in favor of how much mud can be thrown and made to stick. For example, I could possibly support Congress’ war against Alberto Gonzales if it was actually a worthy endeavor to accomplish something besides embarrassing Bush. It’s not as if Gonzales has done anything noteworthy as the Attorney General nor anything truly reprehensible, for that matter. He’s just… there… filling up space; a weak ally. However, it’s more of the same Schumer claiming he was duped and thereby the entire Democratic Party. If I were Schumer, I wouldn’t worry so much about being duped as to how dumb, as well as immature, I looked saying such publicly. Speaking of immature, Mark Steyn has provided an excellent example. In addition, when how a person looks becomes infinitely more important than a person’s brain and competency, we have the answer to why incompetence has afflicted every facet of American life. Given the fact that health care is a big issue on the liberal agenda, I suppose a little discrimination is okay. How come no one ever talks about the health benefits of happiness? Michael Barone says America is in a funk and that we should get out of it. I often wonder what a study of the effects of the constant discrimination to which overweight people are subjected would produce. Too bad I’m no longer in psychology. It would be interesting to find out.
Remember when Gore caused an uproar because he lost the 2000 election, an event that was to be repeated with the ’04 election when Kerry lost? How the Democrats cried, “Fraud, fraud, fraud?” Yet, in the end, Bush was declared the elected official. I suppose the Democrats must be desperate. Projection can be so much fun until it comes back to bite you in the butt. You’d think they’d learn from the old saying: What goes around comes around. However, learning seems to be the last thing on the left’s minds.