Poll shows Tea Party would run big budget deficits and increase the national debt | CAIVN


In a CBS/NY Times poll, 91% of Tea Partiers supported a smaller government with fewer services.  However, 62% stated that they believed Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are worth the cost.  But, a pie chart for FY 2009 reveals that these three entitlement programs accounted for a whopping 42% of the federal budget.


Sarah Palin opposed to U.S. Export/Import program

As if she hadn’t stirred up enough baseless wrath, now Palin is using her celebrity to denigrate the U.S. Export/Import Bank.  Incredibly (or maybe not so, given the shallow understanding demonstrated in most of her statements) she is opposed to this program .

The Ex-Im bank lends money for foreign companies to use for U.S. produced goods and services. It is a LOAN, and it must be used by the receiving company, Petrobras in Brazil, for AMERICAN GOODS AND SERVICES. To be opposed to this is to be opposed to U.S. production. 

From Politico :

In this case, Cogan said, the proposed loan would likely finance engineering services, sales of ships to service oil platforms, or drilling equipment.

“This is the government doing what it’s supposed to do: Create jobs and make sure that Americans get a fair shot at selling goods and services — not the British or the French or anyone else — and to help American workers compete on a level playing field,” Cogan said, noting that most developed countries have similar credit-export agencies.

Perhaps I should really be blaming the Wall Street Journal which is happy to publish opinion articles that seem to be giving Palin her ammunition. I think it’s pretty damn shocking that this pre-eminent business newspaper is okay with tearing down support for programs that support U.S. jobs as long as they get people to oppose Obama.

Half-Baked in Alaska

So sick of Sarah:

Here are the words of Palin’s successor, Alaska’s lieutenant governor, after Palin’s announcement that she quits: (from  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/04/us/politics/04alaska.html?fta=y)

“It is with a heavy heart that I hear these words,” Mr. Parnell said Friday in a written statement after Ms. Palin’s announcement. “I so appreciate what you have done for our state and your sacrificial service. You have been a strong leader for our state; you’ve inspired a nation; and you’ve ignited the fire of real hope around the world.

“I profoundly respect your decision for I know the depth of character and integrity from which it springs. Rare, indeed, are such selfless acts seen in the public arena.”

Wow, what a load of moose dung, eh? What could possibly be selfless about quitting in the middle of a job in hopes of being discovered in the national arena? I picture her sitting at the counter in Schwab’s sipping an ice cream soda hoping Roger Ailes will happen by and offer her a job. Obviously it’s all about her; selfish and irresponsible come to mind as more appropriate adjectives.

But no doubt Alaska will be better off without her. Every state needs an actual working governor. I wonder if she would have been elected if Alaskans had known she was just using the governship as a springboard into national politics/media.

Dear Somebody

Somebody commented:

Hey,just out of curiosity,have you noticed the frenzy of hatred and the lies thathave been hurled at Palin since she dared accept the nomination for VP? Youwould be bending over backwards to support her if she was a liberal like yourself.


Dear "Somebody": Well, actually no, I haven’tnoticed anything of the kind. Could you give some examples withdocumentation? 


What I’ve seen is a whole lot of media attention, resultingin a huge amount of information being dug up about her, much of it being spunone way or another. But not invective and lies. She’s doing more lyingabout her past and record than the media or the opposition. She pretends tohave been exonerated in the investigation into her firing of the public safetycommissioner in Alaska (Troopergate) . In fact, although she was found to havebeen within her rights as governor to fire the commissioner, she was clearlyfound to have abused her position and violated state ethics law.. It reminds meof George W. Bush, who skated into the presidency without ever being called onthe carpet for having been arrested 2, possibly 3 times as a young man (howmany people do you know have EVER been arrested, let alone 3 times?). Justbecause someone gets away with something doesn’t make them innocent; Palin’sactions don’t reflect the record of a responsible leader.


In another ridiculous twisting of the facts (i.e. lie) Palinand McCain have implied that the investigation was begun by the Obama campaignby labeling it as a witch hunt by Obama supporters, although it was abipartisan investigation – itwas launched a full 2 months before McCain announced her as his running mate. The Democratic state representative who initiated the action was indeed an Obamasupporter, but he would have had to have a crystal ball to predict that Palinwould be on the ticket opposing Obama.


As to your second statement, Somebody, if she were aliberal, obviously she wouldn’t be running on the Republican ticket;Republicans apparently consider liberals to be some kind of alien monstersinstead of their wives and next-door neighbors and brothers-in-law as theyactually are. So I presume you mean she’d be on the Democratic ticket. In whichcase, she wouldn’t be running: Obama would never pick someone so completelyunsuited to be president even if she was a liberal. However let’s say she wason the ticket. I would be disappointed at such a pick, but it would not havethe huge potential for disaster that her actual vp candidacy has: McCain is oldand has serious health issues and his VP must be considered a candidate for thepresidency. Obama is young, fit and healthy and his VP will be twiddling histhumbs for 8 years.

Sarah Palin COUNTER RALLY in Bangor Thursday

Whether you are a Democrat or not, whether you supportBarak Obama or not, if you are offended by the frenzy of hatred and lies beingwhipped up by this poor excuse for a vice presidential candidate, here is anopportunity to voice your objection:



“Sarah Palin is coming toMaine, and so it’s time to mobilize! Come show Palin and McCain thatMaine will stay blue this election! The Maine Democratic Party will hold arally near the entrance of the Bangor International Airport Thursday morning, October16th—meeting at 7:15 a.m. in the Airport Mall Hannaford Parking Lot.Bring your homemade signs and your friends, relatives and coworkers! For moreinformation, contact your local MDP office. http://www.mainedems.org/action.html”…..


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