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The Kronies (Cartoon/Action Figures)

Posted February 1st, 2014

On John Stossel’s January 30th episode of Stossel, he had on Emergent Order co-founder and CEO John Papola, to talk about cronyism, and how his video cartoon and action figures, “The Kronies,” relate to American politics.

For anyone who despises ‘Crony’ Capitalism as much as I do, you will, likely, appreciate this wonderful video – and it’s concept, and creativity. It is spot on!

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We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Posted October 28th, 2012

The below, insightful, words, are from Chapter 1 of Judge Andrew Napolitano’s great book, “It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom“:

“Most Americans are aware of the existence of the Declaration of Independence, but when was the last time you read it? Or better yet, when was the last time you heard someone quote, speak, or teach about the Declaration of Independence? Many times when I quote this document in conversations I have with many Americans, highly educated people nonetheless, they have not the slightest clue of where the quotes I speak of originate. Some even maintain that it was something written by Karl Marx! Let us now look at the text of the Declaration of Independence. The most important section is the second paragraph, because it is where all of the meat is found of the colonists’ moral and political philosophies on which they were basing the need for independence:

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Is President Obama A Socialist?

Posted July 11th, 2010

Since the very early days of The Obama Administration, many Americans have claimed that President Obama is a Socialist; or he at least advocates Socialist policies…

Now, after one and a half years of Obama’s presidency; some very questionable political appointees; and after a long string of redistributive, and general far-left policies, 55% of The American voters say that President Obama is, indeed, a Socialist.

Please watch David Asman’s interview with Congressman Ron Paul and guests:


The video was removed from YouTube.

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Donate Or Volunteer To Save Washington Crossing Park

Posted April 30th, 2010

The below text is from The friends of Washington Crossing Park Web Site:

On Christmas Night, 1776, George Washington and the Continental Army mounted a surprise attack against the British by crossing the Delaware River and marching to Trenton, New Jersey. Washington Crossing Park marks the site where Washington’s troops were encamped, as well as the location where they launched the boats across the Delaware River that ensured their victory. This successfully saved Washington’s army, and help lead the Continental Army to final victory. This action by George Washington was one of the most important events in U.S. history.

The Friends of Washington Crossing Park (FWCP) are working tirelessly to open Washington Crossing Historic Park for tours and educational programming. FWCP understands the importance of the park as a historical treasure and cultural gem. In light of recent budget cuts, we believe strongly that now is the time to move forward, take action on this long-standing Bucks County Park, and re-open the doors.

A nonprofit group, FWCP has been formed to pursue and create fundraising, membership and volunteer opportunities. Your donations and assistance will help support our efforts.

When financial budgets cuts by the state of Pennsylvania threatened to cancel the 2009 Christmas Crossing event, FWCP formed as an ad hoc group. We successfully mobilized time and financial resources to see that this significant event succeeded.

While establishing a board of directors, by-laws and nonprofit status, FWCP has continued to host events traditional to the park. FWCP will partner with The Pennsbury Society and will open Bowman’s Tower this May. Very soon, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission (PHMC), we will open the doors to the historic homes at the park and give guided interpretive tours to visitors. 

How can you help our efforts?

Volunteer: There are dozens of volunteer opportunities at Washington Crossing Historic Park from manning the visitor center gift shop to caring for sheep. We need help for special events and on a regular basis. It’s a great way to make friends and connect with the community. No experience is necessary but if you have a special interest or talent, we will find a volunteer opportunity that suits you!

Become a Member: We have several different membership levels. Members are invited to all FWCP events and receive an e-newsletter. Levels are: Patriot ($25 or 20 hours volunteer service), Infantry ($50), Oarsman ($100), Lord Stirling ($250) and General Washington ($500+). Membership dues are used to fund programming and events. Join today by using the Donate link on top right.

Donate: FWCP has ambitious plans to open and improve the park.
http://www.friendsofwashingtoncrossingpark.com

Your donation will help us fulfill our goals.

Friends of Washington Crossing Park
P.O. Box 1776
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 
Thank you,
Mark
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The John Adams Project And Putting CIA Agents At Risk

Posted September 9th, 2009

In the past, I have written about, and have been frustrated over the fact that we, as a nation, have often over-politicized our national security. And recently, our current administration has been going back and fourth on possibly prosecuting officials from our last administration for so-called torture techniques used on suspected terrorists. While I do believe this is a “very bad” precedent for a nation to set, and potentially a very serious national security threat, I can not recall too many things more alarming then what this so-called John Adams Project is doing.

Whether or not you agreed with the post 911 policies, one thing is absolutely irrefutable; and that is, The George Bush administration did dwarf any further 911 type attacks on The United States’ soil; which in my opinion, makes these political witch-hunts that much more outrageous.

Let me be clear, I do not believe anyone is above the law, and we are a nation of laws; however, I am adamantly against exposing CIA agents to suspected terrorists, and making a public spectacle of our national security; or retroactively attempting to prosecute past administrations who were “protecting” our nation. The nation could very well conduct “private” fact-finding commissions, learn from any past mistakes and move forward. However, these  political witch-hunts are very insulting, very dangerous, and potentially, treasonous to our nation.
 
 
I do not mind rational people who are “slightly” liberal, however, I am very concerned that these fringe people on the far-left of our nation, one day, are going to get us all killed. I pray I am wrong. 
Please watch the below video; Bill  O’Reilly on The John Adams Project… 

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George Washington On The Danger Of Political Parties

Posted September 7th, 2009

“I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This Spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but in those of the popular form it is seen in its greatest rankness and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual, and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils, and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another; foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passion. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true and in governments of a monarchical cast patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose; and there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power and proneness to abuse it which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern, some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them.”

George Washington (Farewell Address – 1796)


Further Reading:
The dangers of political parties: Washington’s words, explained

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George Soros On The Dollar And Foreign Currencies

Posted July 30th, 2009

Below is George Soros, the international currency speculator, speaking to Yahoo Finance, in regards to the dollar, and other foreign currencies…

The words that really struck me in the below interview, are when Soros was asked (3:18) about the dollar, and he replied, “it is a very complicated thing, and of course I know “exactly” what the dollar is going to do, but I am not at liberty to…”  Of course that can mean quite a few different things, but with the current fragility of the economy, it is certainly not hard for your imagination to go wild with speculation… 
 
 

Soros on the Dollar, Euro @ Yahoo! Video

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What Is A Trillion Dollars?

Posted June 15th, 2009

I realize that a lot of people in our country (today) are freaked out and confused by this ridiculous, and unprecedented spending in Washington D.C as of late. If you are, it is OK, you are not alone…I am also very concerned, and a bit freaked out by it as well; especially with reputable economists talking about the very good possibilities of hyper-inflation, soring interest rates, and ultimately the devaluing of United States currency.

For anyone that has not really given this kind of spending, any real serious thought, I would like you to please consider a few things…

The Iraq war costs approximately 10 billion dollars a month…while that alone is an enormous amount of (tax payer) spending,  the federal government, on February 17, 2009, signed into law, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which conveniently started out being sold as The Stimulus Bill. That one bill was for the monumental amount of 787 billion dollars…

According to my calculations, that would be 78 months of funding for The Iraq War; which amounts to 6.5 years, and roughly the cost of the entire war thus far. So, was that bill (monetarily) a bit unprecedented? Let’s not leave out the interest… it is estimated that the total cost, with interest, is approximately 1.4 trillion dollars…

Estimates say, that amounts to $30,000 per household…Can anyone think of a few other ways that our federal government (or we the tax payers) could have utilized that money?

Well, China holds approximately 763 billion dollars of United States Treasury Securities; which in short, is our government’s debt to foreign countries. Perhaps paying off our debt to China, “may” have been “one” of the several prudent things that the federal government could have done. 

Now, for a moment, let’s stop and ponder what a trillion dollars really is…

• If you had one thousand dollars ($1,000), 1,000 times over, you would then have one million dollars ($1,000,000)

• If you had one million dollars ($1,000,000), 1,000 times over, you would then have one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000)

• If you had one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000), 1,000 times over, you would then have one trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000)

Is there anybody out there that can imagine having one trillion dollars? 
For a moment, please just stop and ponder having 1,000 stacks of one billion dollars; or being a millionaire, one million times over. 
To continue this illustration, how many trillionaires do you think there are in the world?
The answer is zero!  Bill Gates, at approximately 40 billion dollars, is currently the richest man in the world; which means that The Stimulus Bill that Congress passed, is approximately 20 times larger then Bill Gates’ total wealth. 
One trillion dollars is larger then the entire economy, in one year, for each country in the world, minus ten to fifteen of the larger countries.  
Now, let’s also  keep in mind, The Stimulus Bill is only one example of our government’s spending; this does not include other bills, budgets, proposed budgets, the cost of two wars, and potentially the cost of an unprecedented national health care plan on the horizon. 
Everyone can decide for themselves, but from my point of view, one trillion dollars is a whole lot of money.
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The Normandy Invasion – Sixty Five Years To The Day

Posted June 6th, 2009

Today is sixty five years to the day since the allied forces stormed Normandy, France, liberating Europe from the absolute tyranny of Adolph Hitler and The Nazis.

It was The attack on Pearl Harbor that ultimately brought The United States into World War 2; however, if The United States did not enter that war, Europe, as we know it, could very well be dramatically different today.

We owe a great amount of  gratitude to those men and women, from all countries, that made these enormous sacrifices in World War 2, to defend the liberties that we still have today.

There is hardly any words that I can write to effectively describe their sacrifices, and the gratitude that I feel to that generation. However, our former President, Ronald Reagan, said it so eloquently, in this 40th anniversary speech to the veteran Rangers at Pointe Du Hoc, Normandy, France, on June 6th, 1984.

Please watch this great and emotional speech:

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President Obama Changes His Mind In Regards To The Former U.S. Administration

Posted April 25th, 2009
 Well, thankfully, President Obama has changed his mind (for now) on going after the former Bush Administration, however, there are others such as Nancy Pelosi that seem hell bent on pursuing this. 

From my point of view, and from the point of view of many that I have spoken to, the president really stepped over the line, by allowing classified information on techniques used against enemies of America, to be released into the public domain. Many of us feel as though the president has seriously compromised our national security, and quite possibly aided the enemies of this country by doing so.

It is beyond me how “some” of these politicians are trying to pursue these political witch hunts, when in fact, they too (in the past) have given their OK to using these very techniques.

Although the president is trying to backtrack, I am sorry to say that Pandora’s box is now open, and he has caused a very bad political firestorm (and possible backlash), for this country.

With every thing that is going on with our economy, and with “real” international threats in the world, this is the very last thing that this nation needs.

Also, now that President Obama (in my opinion) has sold us out, I believe that it is incumbent upon him to release further information that shows how these techniques dwarfed further serious terrorists attacks.

Here is a quote from a RealClearPolitics article…

“The release of the memoranda means that we are unlikely ever again to get valuable information from terror suspects, because now our enemies know the precise lengths to which our interrogators are willing to go to coerce information, and that those limits stop well short of actually causing the terror suspect injury”. 
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/04/21/release_of_terror_memos_put_us_all_in_danger_96084.html
 In other words, these coercive techniques “do not” rise to the “defined” level of torture, and now that the terrorists (that may be), seeking harm against our country, know this, and all of the techniques used, they can now begin to train their recruits accordingly.  
I would like to personally thank our president for his great wisdom! I hope that his political base is now happy! This is yet another example of how politics, and our so-called leaders, can be as dangerous as the enemies themselves. 
I am beginning to envision the ancient tale of The Trojan Horse
Please listen closely to his analogy in regards to ex presidents; I could not have said it any better myself.Indeed, war is hell! And losing a war “would” be even more hell. 

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What If There Were No United States?

Posted April 11th, 2009

As an United States citizen who loves this country, and the great sacrifices made to create and preserve our country over the last 200 and some odd years, I am also introspective enough to realize that The United States is also not a perfect country. We have certainly made our share of mistakes, and so has every other country in this world.

I do believe that history shows that The United States is a country that is able to face its mistakes, or injustices, and strives (even to our own detriment) to constantly improve any such instances that we are faced with, or made aware of.

After some recent events in our country, and after years of hearing how bad our country is from people inside and outside of our country; even from politicians who have taken an oath to preserve, protect, and defend our constitution, I can not help but wonder what the world would have been like had The United States never existed.

Allow me to share some of my insights:

1. The United States, with its tremendous amount of land, and huge population, needs a great deal of products to sustain the population of this country; therefore, The United States (via imports) is likely counted on tremendously by other country’s economies.

2. Throughout our history, The United States has been a very charitable nation; to name a few examples… The United States has given millions and millions of dollars to fight Aids worldwide; and how about disaster relief when countries are leveled by natural catastrophes, such as earthquakes and tsunamis? 3. Along with Russia, Great Britain, and the other allies, The United States had liberated most (if not all) of Europe from such evil forces as Mussolini and Hitler; effectively destroying not such friendly political systems such as Fascism and Imperialism; and the sick practice of Eugenics that was rampant in Nazi Germany.

4. The United States has welcomed thousands upon thousands of immigrants to our country, allowing those who have chosen to become United States citizens, to seek an opportunity, and freedoms that they may not have had in their country of origin. Not to mention the grants and benefits that often accompany their citizenship.

5. Numerous scientific, medical, and pharmaceutical breakthroughs.

6. With the blood and fortitude of our founding fathers, and brave men who gave their lives for a cause greater then themselves, a modern day political system was created, to which many countries would subsequently adopt and follow.

7. Some of the world’s greatest, and most innovative inventions.To name a few:

  • The Automobile (as we know it today)
  • Airplanes
  • The Railroad
  • The Personal Computer
  • The Internet
  • Cameras
  • The Phonograph (sound recording)
  • The Telephone
  • The Television
  • Radio
  • Light bulbs
  • Movies (video recording)
  • Televised and Cable Network News
  • and how about the discovery of harnessing Electricity?

8. There are worldwide services that have been adopted by many countries, due to the great ingenuity of Benjamin Franklin, such as fire departments and public libraries.

9. How about modern day manufacturing and assembly line practices?

10. Despite the race with Russia, in the sixties, The United States was the first country to take a man to the moon; and with programs such as NASA, has contributed greatly to space exploration.

11. How about The United State’s contributions to music, such as Jazz, Country, Folk, The Blues and Rock and Roll? Oh yes, and the electric guitar. Not to mention the forum The United States has provided for some of the world’s greatest bands, and acts to come to, and seek fame and fortune.

Certainly there are many great countries in this world who have made enormous contributions and sacrifices as well; and without the inception of The United States , the world likely would have went on. That being said, if anyone reading this were to say, The United States is not a perfect country, I would agree wholeheartedly; but if there is anyone that were to say, The United States is not a great country that has sacrificed, and contributed (past and present) enormously to this world, then I would have to respectfully disagree.

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The Stamp Act Of 1765 And Today

Posted March 22nd, 2009

In 1765, The British enacted The Stamp Act, which would require all newspapers, pamphlets, legal documents, commercial bills, advertisements, and other documents issued in the colonies, to use a stamp.

The British would then collect tax revenues for these stamps, and use these revenues for the defense of the colonies. Being that the tax was used for their defense, wouldn’t one conclude that this tax was well-intended?  Why then were the colonists so outraged?  So outraged that movements such as The Sons of Liberty were started; as well as the convening of Congress, in Oct. of 1765, in New York City, where The Declaration of Rights and Grievances were written.

Most of us know that the colonies were being taxed, but did not have representation in Parliament, back in England. Is it possible that the people of the colonies felt disenfranchised?

Perhaps we can get into their heads for a moment.:


“OK, the government is going to take tax revenues from us, then use it for this, or for that. However, no one has consulted us. Perhaps we have a different view; perhaps we have an alternative idea that will makes sense, and may satisfy a larger majority of people, as opposed to, this is how it is, and you will like it”!
Eventually, Parliament being faced with a loss of trade, repealed the Stamp Act in 1766. 
For anyone that is not aware of this, we do have a constitutional right in this country to petition our government; and it is with great thanks to our founders that we have this, and other first amendment rights. 

I believe it is a moral injustice to force something on people, that through a great majority, did not agree with the end result; clearly they were tired of Britain controlling their way of life, and of doing business.

The American Revolution did not take place until eleven years later; and the rest is certainly history. However, if we look back, perhaps the whole revolution could have been avoided “if” The British government would have listened to the pleas of the colonies. It is really hard to imagine it working out that way, because we would not have The United States today, and we would quite possibly still be part of England, but that is not the case, and today, we all know why.

So, here we are in modern times, saying, this is not the most prudent use of our tax dollars, and it is totally affecting our lives, our businesses etc….and we want change! If you read The Declaration of Independence, in its entirety, they listed a whole host of grievances against Britain; so surely Britain must have known that the pot was boiling over, however, they did not want to make the necessary changes, and the rest is history.

I do pray that our government will see that the people are getting very weary of the normal course of doing business in D.C., and begin to come back to the grass roots, and get down to the level of the every day person; otherwise, it is not too hard to imagine a similar outcome, as the people will eventually need a Government that will represent them again, and not the special interests of a few; and policies that will encompass the needs and concerns of the entire country, and not “just” a constituency of people.

In The Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers declared, that we have three very basic rights; and they are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I pray that we never lose these rights.

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TARP Funds Being Used Overseas?

Posted March 14th, 2009
TARP funds being used overseas?  :shock:
 
Actually this does not come as a complete surprise to me; upon receiving this money, there has been little over site and regulation of these banks…
 
I have been very skeptical (from day one) as to where these funds have gone, ended up, and how they have been used. While I do not generally like to speculate, one of my theories has been that these banks are investing this (our money) money into foreign banks.
 
At this time, there is still little information, however, there are people working on it…
 
To name a few…
Neil Barofsky and Elizabeth Warren
 
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who is chairing The Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recently disclosed the below information…
 
Citibank, who received 50 billion dollars of tax payer money, has invested 8 billion dollars into private sector companies, in the country of Dubai.
 
Bank of America, who received 45 billion dollars of tax payer money, spent 7 billion in China Construction Bank, which “may” go right to my theory.
 
JP Morgan Chase, who received 25 billion dollars of tax payer money, spent 1 billion dollars on public companies in India.
 
I am sure that more is to come, and my prediction is that heads will be rolling; and perhaps, rightfully so.
 
While I am not against foreign investment, by American companies, weren’t we sold on the fact that this (tax payer) money was going to be used to prop up The American economy?
 
Mark
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Neil Barofsky, Inspector General Of TARP

Posted March 3rd, 2009

Has anyone heard of Neil Barofsky?

As most people know by now, Henry Paulson (our former Treasury Secretary) came to Congress, late in September, of 2008, requesting 700 billion dollars to buy troubled assets from banks, as the economy was appearing to slow down tremendously; at least this was what we were told.

Not long after the funds were approved by Congress, Paulson changed the focus from troubled assets, to buying preferred stocks from these banks, claiming that this would infuse capital into the banks, and they would begin lending again. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Paulson

Well, after billions and billions of dollars have been pumped into these institutions; after months of gross mishandling of these (TARP) funds; even lawsuits, against The Feds, by media giants Foxnews Business, for  information as to how these funds were used, we are still unclear as to where all of this money went. http://www.foxbusiness.com/video-search/m/21698224/fbn-sues-government-over-tarp-info.htm

This leaves some (myself included), skeptical about the entire process, and “how”, and exactly “where” this money has ended up.

Neil Barofsky is the Inspector General of The TARP funds, and is saying that he will get to the bottom of this. I saw him on a TV interview, and he sounded sincere; I am totally behind him, and hope that he will bring justice, and answers to the people of this country.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Barofsky

So far, Barofsky said that he has received 17 responses, out of the 350 that have received TARP funds.

It will be interesting to watch how this plays out.

You can read more about this below:
http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN2443235620090224

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The Lollipop Effect (The Enabling Government)

Posted February 4th, 2009

As are many Americans, I have been following, and thinking about this proposed stimulus package that recently came out of Congress, and how it might effect us now, and in the future. 

In life, there tends to be a few different approaches to parenting: if a child misbehaves, some parents will discipline their children, or use a practice often referred to as tough love. Tough love, whether it is applied to a child, a friend, or anyone we love, generally does not feel good. Often, we can feel guilty for being so tough on the ones that we love; however, the purpose of tough love tends to be used to help the ones that we love to see things in a different light, that they are not seeing otherwise. As a parent, tough love is often to teach our children to be self-reliant, and to not be overly dependent on others for their needs. 

There is often another approach used by parents, and that is to try to pacify their children by giving them what they want at any given time; often this is in the form of a toy, or candy, such as a lollipop. While this may feel good to a child, and temporarily solves the problem for the parent, the long term effect is that the child will often grow up with a sense of entitlement, or as we often refer to as being spoiled; not understanding the need to work hard, and earn what they want in life. While some parents may see tough love as a harsh approach, more often then not, I would believe , as the child grows older, and wiser, they will later be thankful to their parent for being tough, and teaching them to be self-sufficient. 

It seems to me that the children who were given one too many lollipops, often grow up expecting another lollipop, regardless of their behavior. You might even expect them to have more trouble becoming independent from their parents, as opposed to the children who were taught that bad behavior is not rewarded, and that lollipop needs to be earned; whether it is by doing chores, or bringing home good grades from school. 

So, how does this all come together?

Well, for a moment, let’s think of government as parents:  

If a government teaches people to be responsible, and more self-reliant – gives incentives, and rewards those who are willing to work hard, try their best, and help advance the country, you would think, in that model, all of society would benefit. Now, think of a government that teaches that it is OK to perpetually fail, misbehave, and do nothing to advance society, however, they are still going to give you that lollipop. In this scenario, would we all grow up to be responsible, hard working citizens – or would we grow up to be spoiled, even co-dependent on government?     

As tempting as it may be, and as much as you may want it, it is often better, in the long run, to turn that lollipop down.

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93,000 Thousand More In Petty Cash For Each Member Of Congress?

Posted February 3rd, 2009
Congress has voted to give themselves (each) $93,000 more in petty cash, on top of the $1.5 million that they already receive for petty cash expenses.
 
In this right in an economic environment such as ours? 
Also, where is this money coming from? hmmm
 
Does anyone detect a double standard going on here?
 
Here is a clip from Bulls and Bears (Foxnews/business), on this very topic.
 
Mark

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Over-Politicizing Our National Security

Posted January 25th, 2009
I have been thinking about this for a while and decided that it is time to try to put these thoughts into words: 
If we were to be asked, “do you want to be liked”? I think that most of us would answer, “of course I do”; it is human nature to want to be liked. Then if I asked, “would you be willing to sell out your values, and/or your core beliefs, in order to be liked”?  I have a feeling that I would get a very different response. 
So, where am I going with this? 
For the most part, I thought that Barack Obama’s inauguration speech was very good, however, there was one line that jumped out at me, and really gave me pause; it was this line…
“As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals”. 
First of all, we? Did he mean to say; I reject as false the choice between our safety and “my” ideals? 
And this is where the over-politicization can be, and has been a detriment to our country. 
Is war ugly? Dam right it is!
Do most people like war? I would have to say, no.
I for one, hate it. 
Do I believe in diplomacy?
I sure do. 
Have we lacked a bit of diplomacy over the last eight years?
I would answer, likely. 
Were we attacked on 9-11?
Yes we sure as hell were. 
Is there a good chance that others are plotting to hurt, even annihilate us?
I would think that one is a bit naive to think not. 
So, what exactly is our ideals, and when does the safety of “our” country stop becoming a first priority?
Yes, I said it! It is “our” country! Liberals, conservatives, Republicans and Democrats alike; and most of us love our country. 
Again, history can teach us a whole lot…
Franklin Roosevelt is thought of as one of our greatest presidents; he lead us through World War 2, a depression (arguably), and he was a Democrat. 
Does everyone know about the executive order that FDR put into place after the “attack” on Pearl Harbor? 
In 1942, FDR ordered the internment of nearly 110,000 Japanese Nationals and  Japanese”citizens” to so called War Relocation Camps, out in The Western United States. 
Now, was this wrong? That is a subject that is likely still being debated today. 
Was FDR doing that because he was a terrible, prejudice person? I doubt it, since part of what he is known for, is advancing civil rights, during his presidency. 
Was FDR putting our national security first? Well, everyone can decide for themselves, however, I am going to say…Yes, of course he was. 
By the way, another interesting fact is, in the 1960s, years after Roosevelt’s death, there were allocations being made that he was not pre-emptive enough in World War 2; as a result, many innocent people in Europe died. Again, I am not saying that he was right or wrong, but I am saying that history does repeat itself; and if we can not learn from history, then what can we learn from?
 
So, in times of war, and when American lives are on the line, I for one am glad that our president has executive powers to put the safety of the citizens of this country first; despite politics, popular opinion, so-called ideals, and concern that other countries may be upset with us. 
Looking back, it is easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, and say, “well, may be he should not have done this and that”, however, by the end of World War 2, Hitler, Mussolini, Fascism, Imperialism and The Nazis were all defeated. 
I for one, would “not” want to have to make these decisions, and that is why I never considered running for president; however, if a president is looking out for our safety, over political correctness; at least for a period, until our intelligence tells us that we are a bit safer, then that is a president that I can, and will stand by. 
So, after thinking about it, and saying that I want Barack Obama to do well; I found that what I really want is for America (not one man) to do well. If he makes good, sound decisions, and puts our safety above all, then of course I want him to succeed; on the flip side, if he starts to enact a series of policies that compromises American lives, then leads to further attacks on American soil, then should I still wish him well? I think not.  
Only time will tell; and I say that we need to give “our” new president the necessary time before passing harsh judgements. That being said, one thing that I do know for sure, is we “did not” ask for Pearl Harbor, or 9-11; nor should we turn on any president that is trying to keep us safe from foreign threats. 
In my opinion, as president, that is his most sacred duty to the people of this country. 
Perhaps a time will come to where we can stop over-politicizing; in particular, our national security.
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Peter Kraus (Merrill Lynch)

Posted January 4th, 2009
Peter Kraus – a former top executive at Merrill Lynch received $25 million dollars in compensation (from Merrill Lynch) after only three months’ work.
 
Merrill Lynch was bought out by Bank of America, after Congress injected $25 billion (of taxpayer dollars) into The Bank of America.
 
 
 
Here is the stipulation:
Before Merrill hired Kraus as an executive vice president, Kraus negotiated a $50 million dollar pay package for himself – with the bulk of that guaranteed to him if the company was sold.
 
 
As far as I can see, he did not do anything illegal, however, one would have to ask; morally and ethically, was this the right thing to do?
 
 
This is yet one more example of rewarding people and companies for failure; and all at the taxpayer’s expense.
 
 
If that is not enough, have a look at his newly purchased $37 million dollar Park Avenue apartment. 
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,473967,00.html
http://www.nypost.com/seven/12302008/news/regionalnews/fat_cat_palace_is_a_crah_pad_146510.htm
 
Oh yes,
Does anyone recall the name Stanley O’Neal?
He was the one that walked away from Merrill Lynch with $160 million dollars.
http://original-republican.hypercubecafe.com/stanley-oneal-merrill-lynch/
 
Anyone out there experiencing difficult times?
Apparently these guys aren’t.
 
Again, I would like to thank Congress for their abundant generosity, and wisdom, with our money. 
 
 
Mark
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Bill O’Reilly Hammering Barney Frank on Fannie and Freddie

Posted January 2nd, 2009
This is a total classic!
Bill O’Reilly hammering Barney Frank on the failure (and subsequent events) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 
In this video, Bill calls for the resignation of Barney Frank (a congressman, in below interview) Chris Dodd (a senator), and Chris Cox (The Chairman of The Securities Exchange Commission), whose job it is to protect investors… to my knowledge, both Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, are still part of The Federal government. 
Be forewarned, this is a very heated exchange:

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Ida May Fuller And Social Security

Posted December 15th, 2008

In 1935, The Social Security program was signed into law, by Franklin Roosevelt.

Ida May Fuller was the first ever recipient of Social Security.

Before retiring, and after paying only three years of payroll taxes, a total of $24.75 towards the program; by the time Ida passed away, in 1975, she had collected a total of $22,888.92 in Social Security benefits.

Not bad, huh? Can someone please tell me where I can make 1000% interest on my investments?

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