Attic Quote of The Day (from the Past!)
"The Senate of the United States is the only legislative body in the world which cannot act when its majority is ready for action."
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~
"The Senate of the United States is the only legislative body in the world which cannot act when its majority is ready for action."
"I thought I knew everything. I didn't get it. . . . I am here to say I was totally wrong," claims Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on her previous support against using filibusters for judicial nominations. "The president and the nominee and all Americans deserve an up-or-down vote, the filibuster rules are unconstitutional," once declared Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). Former Senator Tom Daschel once said, "democracy means majority rule, not minority gridlock." Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) said "senators who believe in fairness will not let the minority of the Senate deny [the nominee] his vote by the entire Senate." These statements were all made when the Dem's had majority rule in the Senate. Of course, that's as plain as the eye makeup on Ms. Boxer's face or the alcohol on Teddy's breath!
A high-ranking official of the Communist Vietnamese government was honored on the floor of the California State Assembly. Democratic Speaker Fabian Nunez apparently thought nothing of officially recognizing Phung Huu Phu, chairman of the Hanoi People's Parliament, during a legislative session. The Speaker hugged the Communist Chairman on the assembly floor. Source: OpinionJournal
"Their grand design is an all-powerful executive using a weakened legislature to fashion a compliant judiciary in its own image. America would face the twin dangers of an economic blueprint that eliminated most all of the safeguards and protections established for middle-class families throughout the 20th century and a complete revision of the historic insulation of the rule of law from sectarian dogma."
Senate Democrats tooks their Social Security vendetta to the streets of Washington D.C. only to look even more ridiculous then they already do for not suggesting a real plan to correct the FDR social welfare entitlement program. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who lost to Bush in the 2004 election, said it was the president who had failed to put a plan on the table. Referring to a proposal he made during his bid for the White House, Kerry called for repealing Bush-era tax cuts for the nation's top wage-earners to help shore up Social Security's finances. "We're going to do something," he said of the need to address Social Security funding difficulties. "We're not going to do nothing." Kerry has made a career out of doing "nothing." What is going to stop him now? The haughty Senator from Massachusetts also served in Vietnam before he turned treasonous traitor and lazy Senator.
"People often say, 'How could you, living in India, end up a Reaganite?' Well, the answer is, live in India. There are two things that people don't understand. One is the degree to which a highly regulated economy produces masses of corruption because it empowers bureaucrats. It just has to be seen to be believed. The second is that you are very quickly inured to the charms of preindustrial village life. Whenever someone says the word community, I want to reach for an oxygen mask."
"Privatizing Social Security would, do irreparable harm to our democratic 'common ground.' Privatization--whether of education, housing, or Social Security--makes us less of a public. It diminishes the republic--the res publica, or public things that define our commonwealth. It turns the common 'we' into a collection of private 'me's.' " Privatization is "a kind of reverse social contract: It dissolves the bonds that tie us together."
Social Security Fiction: "The Social Security Administration first began to describe the program to the public in terms of private pension and insurance metaphors. Payroll taxes became known as 'contributions'; the . . . trust fund was where taxes were 'kept' in an 'account'; and benefit provisions were dubbed 'insurance.' After decades of this rhetoric, the American people eventually became convinced that they were 'buying' future benefits with their own payroll taxes." Social Security Fact: Social Security is not an entitlement program, not insurance and not a savings system. When the government sends a Social Security check to an individual, it is not giving him/her anything; it is paying him/her back a portion of the money he/her has been taxed for his/her retirement through a special retirement plan. The money belongs to the individual, money owed to him/her, money systematically and forcibly taken from his/her paycheck as 'security' against a time when they will be too old to work. Money forcibly "withdrawn" virtually interest free to the government at a huge cost of future value to the individual worker. If this tax was invested in the stock market over the life of a worker it would have grown 6-6.5%. Social Security offers less than 2% on the same money and is used, without permission, to pay for entitlements politicians deem necessary. Source: Opinion Journal
As I reported previously, Indiana Governor, Mitch Daniels wants to raise taxes on individuals earning over $100,000 a year. The Republican is certainly not acting fiscally conservative with a tax increase recommendation but now he is increasing the speed limit on rural highways to 70 m.p.h. This will encourage speeding, induce reckless driving, increase highway deaths and certainly increase gasoline consumption. So much for change in Indiana! This guy was White House Budget Director in the Bush Administration. His fiscal policy is nothing but non-conservative.
Unfortunately streams of "illegal's" cross our southern borders daily. Our politicians, including President Bush, don't seem to care enough to insist our laws be enforced. During WWI my father came to this country as a young and destitute teenagers. With nothing, he went to work at United States Steel and spent over 36 years there before passing away at age 50. During his free time my Dad learned to speak and write English by attending night school. My father passed legally through Ellis Island and committed to all the requirements of citizenship in America. Anyone attempting to enter this country illegally should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Period! Employers hiring illegals are committing felonies and should also be held accountable. No more excuses about jobs American's don't want. The laws are made for everyone, including politicians and ambassadors who fail to pay taxes for housekeepers and nannies. In addition, citizenship into this country should require and demand learning the English language. The educational system, the banking system and others who provide dual language provisions to conduct business or get educated are circumventing learning English. This is wrong and prejudicial. We don't provide dual language accommodations for other non-English speaking immigrants. I’m tired of ATM's and phone menus asking me what language I wish to conduct business in. I am American, I speak English and my immigrant ancestor’s spoke English. What was good for them should hold true today. Quit looking for an easy way out, get with our program. Politicians, quit looking for Hispanic votes by restructuring laws to accommodate your agenda by providing free rides to Hispanic immigrants. Enforcement of our border and immigration laws should be enough to protect the United States from illegal migration into this country, especially from Mexico. An incentive and major motivational factor in attaining the American Dream should be conducting your communication in English.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer would like to have it both ways in defending Justice Anthony Kennedy for referring an opinion to international law concerning the death penalty for juveniles. "It's appropriate in some instances" to look at what goes on in other countries, Jutice Breyer said. "They do not bind us by any means." Then why bother to look outside of our Constitution? The job of any judge is to follow the rule of law, the law of the United States, not an international body. Justice Breyer can't legitimately side step the question by suggesting he may look at international law providing he doesn't use it in an opinion. Simply by suggesting this implies usage. He should know it's an appearance of impropriety that may suggest a wrongdoing.
"There is no such thing as the United Nations. There is an international community that can occasionally be led by the only real power left in the world--and that is the United States, when it suits our interests and when we can get others to go along."
A man spit tobacco juice into the face of actress Jane Fonda after waiting in line to have her sign her new book. Michael A. Smith, 54, of Kansas City, was arrested on a municipal charge of disorderly conduct after off-duty officers caught him just outside Unity Temple, where Fonda was signing books. Smith, a Vietnam veteran, told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday that Fonda was a "traitor" and that her protests against the war were unforgivable. He said he normally does not chew tobacco but did so Tuesday solely to spit juice on the actress. Attic Side Note: Too little, too late and far less than she deserves.
"I find all this politicking and commentary that surrounds the new pope (and the process of election, which itself seems far too founded in the ways of the world) a bit curious. I am not Catholic, but it seems to me that if the pope is really God's mouthpiece on the earth--as the Catholic Church claims he is--then why the dissent? Either the man speaks for God, or he does not. If he does, the dissent is at best foolish, for who in his right mind would think to argue with Almighty God over his own doctrine? Can God really be lobbied, swayed, and convinced over same-sex marriage, condoms, celibacy, etc.? If the pope does not speak for God, then the Catholic Church is void of its stated "divine authority," and so why have a pope to begin with?"
"How come when conservatives talk about 'moral values' and 'the teachings of Jesus Christ,' it's a sign of incipient theocracy, but no one, including conservatives, seems to mind when leftos like [Howard] Dean and [Jesse] Jackson do? Probably for the same reason no one cares when Democrats question Republicans' patriotism--because, it has some mild shock value but carries no real sting, like a child trying out a naughty word he's just learned. No one, least of all liberals themselves, thinks liberals are serious about either patriotism or religion. That's why a liberal--even a liberal 'reverend' --can thump the Bible till he's blue in the face and the response is either indifference or mockery."
Ohio Republican George Voinovich has put "political correctness" into hijacking the Bolton nomination for U.N. Ambassador. Is Mr. Voinovich on board with reality or simply misguided in what he believes to be correct management style? "My conscience got me," declared the Ohio Republican. Some conscience when Mr. Voinovich perceives his conscience is bothered by the "allegations" of an anti-Bush liberal. What is bothering the Senator? Mr. Bolton apparently shouted and pounded on the door of a subordinate. Voinovich is simply participating in a smear campaign by jumping aboard the Shanghai Express.
Someone should be shouting and pounding on many bureaucratic doors at the U.N. Playing nice doesn't work with Kofi Annan and the corrupt United Nations. Diplomacy shouldn't get in the way with saying it like it is. Mr. Bolton shoots from the hip, hopefully he gets the chance to aim at the U.N. thugs! Mr. Bolton didn't have to take a walk in Central Park to get mugged.
The real kicker in the Voinovich protest is the Senator didn't bother to attend the hearings until yesterday. Seems he is acting like a John Kerry clone instead of a Republican.
Tony Blankley offers an interesting quiz in the Washington Times. Question: What is the difference between squirrels and members of Congress? Answer: Squirrels make provision for the future.
General Motors is reporting a loss of over $1 Billion due to competition, weak sales and higher health care costs. That seems like a reasonable economics lesson. However, at the GM Plant in Janesville, Wisconsin workers go on break at a local tavern less than 100 yards from the main gate. Tavern owner Mr. Zachow said workers don't get drunk when they hit his bar during breaks. "They only have less than a half-hour for their breaks. If they can get two or three beers down, that's about it," Mr. Zachow said. "It's fast and furious. And they get a little exercise walking over. The bar is in a good place. If they were going down to the other bar down the street, they'd have to go down a whole mile." My, my! Two or three beers on a work break in half an hour. Next time your GM vehicle is recalled you might want to shout, "It must have been Miller Time!" Source: Wall Street Journal
"Everybody talks about Hillary's political calculations not because they are brilliant but because they are obvious, because everything about Hillary screams 'political calculation.' There is nothing organic to her politics; it all seems artificial. This is the sign of a bad politician. All politicians do the same things. They all change their views. They all move with the political currents. They are all flexible and pragmatic. What differentiates the good politician from the bad one is that you never notice that the good one is pragmatic. A good politician is as smooth as a well-aged single-malt scotch. Hillary is a bad politician. She is like that bottom-shelf blended garbage that sells for $12 a handle."
Some state legislators are attempting to circumvent expansion of Wal-Mart into communities. Voters by referendum should make these decisions not over zealous legislators with personal agendas and socialist biased. America works best on innovation and free market enterprise. If you can't innovate and compete you die. USA Today has it right. "If legislators think workers deserve more pay or benefits, they can pass new minimum wage laws, make union organizing easier or mandate benefits for all employers. Singling out one company solely to help competitors is a mistake. Wal-Mart may not be everyone's favorite neighbor, but starting with one store in Arkansas in 1962, it became the world's largest retailer by meeting customers' needs. Rather than demand special protection, Wal-Mart's competitors need to figure out how to exploit its weaknesses or imitate its success."
"The Democrats have half of our playbook . . . that says be aggressive, be militant, be partisan. They forgot the half that says have new ideas, have a Contract With America, have solutions. What's more half the playbook is not going to get them victory, but it will make them feel good about themselves. Besides, the fact is that the country, while they are not totally thrilled with Republicans, are really discouraged with Democrats."
"Abortion is not just a matter between a woman and her body. This is not like removing a mole. On the other hand, no one should interfere with a woman's right to choose."
I seldom watch ESPN Classic but taking a short break I got lucky. I grew up loving the Chicago Bears, aka, Monster’s of The Midway." Nothing was better than watching Bear/Packer games in the blustery weather of Chicago or Green Bay. Great Coaches, great players and football legends were made on these two teams. ESPN Classic featured what, in one human being, is wonderful is so many respects. They featured Walter Payton, No. 34, the Bear running back known as "Sweetness." Walter passed away a few years ago of untreatable liver cancer at 45 years of age. This was a terrible moment in sports history and a human tragedy as well. No matter if you like sports, hate sports or don’t' care, Walter Payton is worth knowing about. He broke records and was an absolute fierce competitor. More than anything, Walter Payton was as fine and genuine athlete and human being a person could find anywhere. A wonderful parent, a comic who once imitated Michael Jackson on TV, he was a prankster in the locker room, feared and respected on the playing field. In this day and age of sports glitter, doping, and ego, remembering Walter Payton is a reminder of what is sometimes worthy in sports and in life. If you are totally unaware of Walter Payton, do a 'Google' search and read about him. Walter was a role model of the ages. GOD Bless him!
While AARP says private stocks are too risky for individuals to invest their retirement savings, the multibillion organization has no problem making millions off those same "risky" investments. As reported in the Washington Times, AARP's 2003 financial statement reports income of $770 million. While $211 million came from member dues, more than $300 million was derived from royalties and management fees. This includes about $50 million reported as "investment income." As part of its extensive package of income-generating services, AARP promotes stock and bond investing by selling 38 mutual funds to its membership and taking a cut from each sale. The Risk Kicker? AARP funds include investments in junk bonds, Latin American stocks and volatile markets such as Russia. AARP is not only misleading the public it's committing fraud.
"John Bolton has served our nation well in many posts under three presidents. He deserves to be confirmed. But regardless of the outcome of the hearings, he has provided another valuable service: he has revealed Senate hearings to be the weapon of choice of vicious and anonymous staffers and their narcissistic bosses to engage in character assassination and ideological vendettas."
With April 15th quickly upon us remember, filing your tax return is not the only thing to consider this time of year. According to the Tax Foundation, April 17th is declared "Freedom Day." In 2005, Americans will work 70 days to afford their federal taxes and 37 more days to afford state and local taxes. As economic growth pushes people into higher tax brackets, tax collections grow faster than incomes. In 2005, as a nation, we're paying 29.1% of our income, which amounts to working for the government from January 1 through April 17th. This calculation does not consider payroll tax, also known as, robbing your paycheck to pay for someone else's retirement. As the history channel celebrates FDR this week the Attic can only ask this when considering the poor planning of Social Security. FDR, what the hell were you thinking?
"This is one of the most dissatisfying and demoralizing legal decisions possible from a national-security standpoint," states former National Security Council staffer John Lenczowski. "It sends the signal that the U.S. government is not nearly as serious about the protection of classified information as our laws would indicate." Martha Steward goes to prision for lying to a Federal agent about an insignificant stock trade, wears an ankle bracelet so big brother can keep an eye on her and can't effectively run her company because of restrictions placed on her. Sandy Berger, former Clinton National Security Council chief, stole some of the nation's most highly classified terrorism documents from the National Archives. He scissored them to pieces in his downtown Washington offices. Then he lied about it. The documents in question detail some of the failures of the Clinton administration and fighting terrorist threats. These documents were among the most-sensitive materials anywhere in government. The Bush Justice Department and the Wall Street Journal both seem to be giving Berger a free pass, with a wink and a nod. This leaves me wondering if I can get accurate information or trust the people I support and vote for in government. More photo ops of Clinton and Bush together will keep me wondering.
On John Bolton, nominee as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations... All of this, in short, is political smoke designed to disguise what is really a policy dispute. Mr. Bolton's opponents don't want to promote a blunt-spoken supporter of Mr. Bush's foreign policy to help reform an obviously dysfunctional United Nations. They prefer someone who'll subjugate U.S. interests to the "multilateralism" that is their, and the U.N.'s, dominant ethic. Democrats who vote against Mr. Bolton will be saying they want an Ambassador to the U.N. who represents Kofi Annan, not America. Source: Opinion Journal
"I think it is becoming pretty clear who the good guys and the bad guys are. If we didn't have the word terrorist or extremist or insurgent to use, what would we call these people? Well, you'd call them murders and assassins and vandals. They vandalize the public infrastructure and they assassinate people."
Below I wrote about the Vatican, former Boston Cardinal, Bernard Law and President Mugabe. Hot off the presses is some very disturbing news about the Vatican and Bernard Law. VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Bernard Law, whose failures to stop sexually abusive priests sparked the worst crisis in American church history, led a Mass for thousands mourning Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Basilica on Monday after police whisked away a victim protesting outside. Some Catholics said seeing the cardinal presiding over Mass at one of the most significant sites for their faith was another sign that the Vatican did not understand the betrayal parishioners felt that he protected guilty priests. Barbara Blaine, founder of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, and Barbara Dorris, also a leader of the advocacy group, said the Vatican's choice of Law devastated victims. "We believe he should take a back seat and stay in the background so Catholics can grieve without having to have the sex abuse scandal in their face," said Blaine, who had flown into Rome just hours before the Mass. Law resigned as archbishop of Boston in December 2002 after unsealed court records revealed he had moved predatory clergy among parishes for years without telling parents their children were at risk. After Law's resignation, the Pope appointed him archpriest of St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome, one of four basilicas under direct Vatican jurisdiction. The assignment gave Law a position of influence ahead of the papal election, which is set to begin next Monday, in which Law will apparently participate. Some punishment, er, uh, promotion! XXX Source: Associated Press
Ok, I stand confused. All the commercials, ad nausea, by cell phone companies are generally about one thing. "The Bar!" Yes, in cell speak the bar or bars. I suppose today if you are bar hopping, it's about your connection capabilities, and ability to connect to a cell phone signal. What happened to the days when a "bar" was a neighborhood establishment, which existed for meeting friends, neighbors and sitting down for a drink? Yes, an alcoholic beverage. I must believe, even after some over indulgence, more substantive conversation took place at these neighborhood watering holes, i.e. "BARS" then the non-stop blabber going on the cell phones of the world. One must also speculate about DWI, DUI and Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD). With reduction in drunk driving fatalities, increased punishment for DWI, can laws for driving and talking on the cell phone be far off? What would these laws be? CPI...Cell Phone Intoxication...DUIB...Driving Under the Influence of Blabber.....DUIO...Driving Under the Influence of Oblivion? Of course not all of this blabber is happening behind the steering wheel. I recently observed a fellow (or guy) up against a urinal peeing and talking on his cell phone. And this wasn't even in a bar! Go figure!
Ok, let's get down to brass tacks. I am no fan of the Vatican. This is an elite club of the pompous and arrogant disguised as a religion. Known to be rich in the realms of a General Motors I can find nothing substantive about this group. Yes, I am known as direct and blunt. Too bad, I call a spade a spade and let's not beat around the bush here. Right along with Oil-For-Food and the United Nations, the Vatican has covered up centuries of pedophilia. Ex-Boston Cardinal Bernard Lay is off in the Mediterranean enjoying the wealth and weather at his knew private club. Persecution of hundreds in the clergy will simply never, never occur. American church cover up is not the only one in the world. Pedophilia in the "church" has been happening for hundreds of years around the world. The Vatican enjoys influence around the world but like many governments exists under outdated laws. This week Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was allowed to attend the Pope's funeral with the blessing of the Vatican. In case you're wondering about the Vatican, terrorism and criticism of American involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq one must wonder how it is Mr. Mugabe is allowed to travel and restrictions are ignored because the Vatican says so. Italian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mario Bologna, said there was an agreement between Rome and the Vatican, which allows for the free movement to the Holy City. "The agreement allows for people to travel to Holy See freely and was signed in 1929," he said. "This is a very old agreement with the Vatican." The European Union imposed travel sanctions on Mugabe and his ministers after his disputed re-election in 2002. The archbishop however said the Italian government was obliged by its treaties with the Vatican to admit Mugabe for the Pope's funeral. Here is the kicker. Mugabe was seated just two places away from the Prince of Wales. Why should I be so confused, afterall, the Vatican turned a bloody eye on the Jews while Hitler exterminated them.
On Social Security.... "There is no substance behind the trust fund; it is a mere promise of repayment, without any money backing up that promise. Without any real assets, Social Security resembles nothing more than a pyramid scheme, funneling money from new "investors" (current workers) to those who invested from the beginning (current retirees). And like any pyramid scheme, it cannot hold out forever."