Union Or Nation

Is Obama the President of a Union, or President Of The Union?  United States Presidents are supposed to be the leader of These United States, and not just labor unions.  Obama came out today swinging at anyone he perceives as against unions.  What about the taxpayers, who represents us?

 

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Transcript:

Public servants will agree with that. Democrats and republicans agree with that. In fact many public employees in your respective states have already agreed to cuts. But let me also say this, I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified, or their rights are infringed upon. We need to attract the best and the brightest to public service. These times demand it. We’re not gonna attract the best teachers for our kids, for example, if they only make a fraction of what other professionals make. We’re not gonna convince the bravest Americans to put their lives on the line as police officers or firefighters if we don’t properly reward that bravery. So yes we need a conversation about pensions and Medicare and Medicaid and other promises that we’ve made as a nation and those will be tough conversations but necessary conversations. As we make these decisions about our budget, going forward though, I believe that everyone should be at the table and that the concept of shared sacrifice should prevail. If all the pain’s borne by only one group, whether its workers or seniors or the poor, while the wealthiest among us get to keep or get more tax breaks, we’re not doing the right thing. I think that’s something the democrats and the republicans should be able to agree on.

 

Again I ask, what about the taxpayers?  Who represents us?  We don’t get a say in when our tax dollars go to public union wages.  We don’t get a say in public union’s healthcare.  We don’t get a say in public union’s pensions.  What about our rights as taxpayers?  We pay for public employees’ wages, healthcare and pensions.

This straw man argument that the wealthiest get tax breaks is pure nonsense.  The wealthiest get taxed at higher rates.  Just look at the tax rate tables in the IRS 1040 form.

As you can see, the percent tax rate goes up as you make more money.  Where are the tax breaks?

And who is denigrating and vilifying public workers?  Other than the public workers themselves, and their actions.  Look at the acts of violence committed by union thugs, verbal and physical assaults, against non-union protesters and news reporters.

 

Obama wading into the Wisconsin union issues is completely inappropriate and unconstitutional.  Wisconsin is trying to get control of its budget by getting the unions to release collective bargaining.  The reasons are more than just money; it’s about power, and not about fairness.  This article in the WSJ uncovers some interesting information regarding the union’s benefits:

The average Milwaukee public-school teacher salary is $56,500, but with benefits the total package is $100,005, according to the manager of financial planning for Milwaukee public schools. When I showed these figures to a friend, she asked me a simple question: “How can fringe benefits be nearly as much as salary?” The answers can be found by unpacking the numbers in the district’s budget for this fiscal year:

What these numbers ultimately prove is the excessive power of collective bargaining. The teachers’ main pension plan is set by the state legislature, but under the pressure of local bargaining, the employees’ contribution is often pushed onto the taxpayers. In addition, collective bargaining led the Milwaukee public school district to add a supplemental pension plan—again with no employee contribution. Finally, the employees’ contribution (or lack thereof) to the cost of health insurance is also collectively bargained.

As the costs of pensions and insurance escalate, the governor’s proposal to restrict collective bargaining to salaries—not benefits—seems entirely reasonable.

 

That last part is interesting.  First, collective bargaining at the local level has pushed the cost of benefits into the taxpayers.  Second, the Governor Walker is only asking to restrict collective bargaining to salaries, not benefits.  They’ll still have a Cadillac healthcare and pension.  So this claim of union busting is simply not true.  They’ll still be better off than the private sector.

Still not convinced?  How about when the teachers union asked the courts to force taxpayers to pay for Viagra in their health plan?  Talk about screwing the taxpayer.

 

 

What’s For Dinner?

 

Hawaiian Billfish over Spanish Rice Pilaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wasting The Future

Obama called it his WTF moment.  Winning the Future.

Let’s see, you’ve got Trillions of taxpayer dollars.  A boat load of academia theorist Czars with no real world experience in their resume’.  A belief in a green environment world of Unicorns, and Skittles.  What else can you do but squander it on unproven technologies.  What’s the definition of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

I wrote about “The Green Promise” that failed due to government interference, high taxes, and the high cost of doing business in a “Green Environment”.   Now couple that, and double down, in the Green Casino of risky expensive technologies and you’ve got Solyndra.

You’ve probably never heard of a Solyndra, have you?  I can’t even figure out what the name is supposed to mean.  But Obama and Joe “BiteMe” Biden know, and they gave gambled our money away on these people.

SOLYNDRA was the first recipient of a loan guarantee under the dual auspices of the Recovery Act and Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Department of Energy noted the loan guarantee was the first it had issued since the 1980s. On Sept. 4, 2009, the day of the award, Vice President Joe Biden crowed that it was “part of the unprecedented investment this Administration is making in renewable energy, and exactly what the Recovery Act is all about.” DOE Secretary Steven Chu called it “part of a broad, aggressive effort to spark a new industrial revolution that will put Americans to work, end our dependence on foreign oil and cut carbon pollution.

Big F*ing Deal

 

It failed miserably.  Get this; Obama gave these people $535 Million dollars to make solar panels.  This California Company was the first recipient of a loan guarantee under the Recovery Act.

 

 

If you can stomach 24.09 minutes of your life to watch the lies of this clueless hair-plug VEEP talk about jobs that never existed, were never created, but money that was squandered away, your money.

 

And Guess What?

Taxpayers are on the hook for $390.5 million—73% of the loans. Some observers questioned the wisdom of the government’s deal from the start, saying the company was an inefficient, high-cost producer.


You have to pay that, not the company.  Because, Obama believes it’s not your money.  Ironic?

 

The company is operating under a negative cash flow and huge operating loses.  It canceled its Initial Public Offering (IPO) and incurring $175 million in new debt.  There should be questions and a investigation into why the government made such a risky gamble.  One of the largest investors in Solyndra was also a large campaign contributor to Obama’s election.  So you know there was campaign influence there.

But let’s not stop there, let’s give the failing company more taxpayers money.

 

They now must decide whether Solyndra will get an additional government-guaranteed loan of $469 million to partially fund the second phase of its factory expansion.


Shouldn’t we just cut-and-run?  That’s what democrats are good at.  What guarantee is there they won’t squander our money away?  When you total this up, it’s over a Billion dollars of money squandered away on bad investments in your future.

But it’s hard to rid an obsession.  Especially when the money is not yours to spend.  Speaking of runaway spending, failed Green technologies, and compulsive disorders; you know that Spain tried and fail at this also, and it led that country to over 20% unemployment.  Here’s why.

To make matters worse, we’re going to give more money away to more failed Green Technologies.

 

Abengoa Solar got $1.45 billion in guarantees to build plants in California and Arizona. Its profits depend heavily on subsidies from the government of economically troubled Spain.


Spain’s venture into Green Renewable Energies led to 20% unemployment.  Wasn’t Obama’s promise of modeling after Spain a warning to America?  OK, you’ve doubled down, lost it all, maxed the credit limit, what now?  We print more money.  We spend more money, which we don’t have.  Our Government has a problem, and will not own up to its problem, and get help.  Enter The Tea Party.

However, States are starting to wake up to this disorder the federal government as gotten itself into.  They are refusing to accept federal money.  They are refusing to partner with an addict that steals and misrepresents itself.

 

State officials are returning $23 million to the federal government, saying there were too many strings attached to stimulus money that was supposed to be for expanding high-speed Internet service in schools, libraries and government agencies.


The Obama regime wanted to put the taxpayers on the hook for a bad investment.  Again, using money we don’t have.

 

Florida Governor Rick Scott, defending his rejection of $2.4 billion from the Obama administration for a high-speed rail project, said the program would have been a bad deal for taxpayers.


The rationale behind a high-speed rail system doesn’t make any sense when you already have government run Acela Express, and Amtrak, already seriously in debt and unprofitable.  Plus the government makes the contract with the States, with strings attached, that puts the taxpayers responsible for paying it back to the government.  The taxpayers never had a say if they ever wanted these services.  A Transportation service that’s not needed, because there is no demand, no need, not wanted.   It’s a train wreck by a government’s obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Just like Obamacare, it will cost more, and do less.  Can anyone say “Atlas Shrugged”?

Eyesore On Sacred Land

 

Consider the case of Wind Power.  This is South Point on the Big Island of hawai’i.  This is just one of many Wind Farms that pollute the pristine landscape in Hawai’i.  Where they sit like cold sentinels looking out over the Pacific ocean.

It’s not just here, these behemoths are springing up all over our beautiful country.  In the end, the assembly and distribution of these monoliths to clean energy, will only cost more that just damage to the environment, but to our economy.

 

Deepwater Wind’s initial project will raise state and local governments’ electric bills by a combined $1.5 million in its first year, according to documents reviewed by the Target 12 Investigators.

Municipal electric bills will increase by a total of $1 million while state government’s bill will rise by $476,630, according to an estimate commissioned by National Grid from Energy Security Analysis Inc. The cost would rise by 3.5 percent every year for the next two decades.

The estimate was included in a document National Grid asked the R.I. Public Utilities Commission to seal from the public view as the panel weighed whether to approve a controversial 20-year contract between Deepwater and Grid. The PUC denied that request, opening the town-by-town breakdown up for public inspection.


Not only do they know it will make electrical rates higher, they also tried to hide that fact from the public.  They know Obama’s promise of skyrocketing electrical rates under his Cap and Trade program will not only cripple the economy, but will cause massive job losses.

 

This is Hope and Change?  How’s that working?

 

What’s For Dinner?

 

Ua Mau, Ke Ea O Ka Aina, I Ka Pono, O Hawai’i

 

 

 

 

Common Union

What do democrats and unions have in common?  Corruption.

What do democrats do when they cannot get their way?  They run to another state.  The events in Wisconsin have started to spread to Indiana.  Corrupt Cowards.

Today’s fight was triggered by Republicans pushing a bill that would bar unions and companies from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to kick-in fees for representation. It’s become the latest in what is becoming a national fight over Republican attempts to eliminate or limit collective bargaining.

It’s also spreading to Ohio and other states.  For far too long, democrats and unions have spread their corruption across the country and States, preventing people from the Right to Work.

Unions are forcing nonunion working people to pay a union fee for the right to work.

 

Screwing the Taxpayers

It should have been known as early as 1937 when Franklin D. Roosevelt warned about public unions in government.  It invites corruption and it prevents the government from properly functioning.

Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations … The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for … officials … to bind the employer … The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives …

“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people … This obligation is paramount … A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent … to prevent or obstruct … Government … Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government … is unthinkable and intolerable.”

This could not be truer than today.  The State of Wisconsin is paralyzed by striking unions and missing-in-action democrat representatives.  Meanwhile, parents of striking public union teachers are preventing children from attending school.  Perhaps, children will actually learn something since public educators have failed students for years.

Let’s not forget that the Obama regime set the tone in his first days in office.

 

 

Why did Obama stop the School Voucher programs?  To appease the teachers unions.  Obama doesn’t care about the people of America, he only cares about the unions.  People need to wake up and see this crook for what he is, a union appeasing crook.  If Obama could, he would change the Constitution from “We the People” to “Us the Unions“.

What’s happening in Wisconsin should remind people of the corruption of the Obama regime, and its connection to corrupt public unions.  Obama inserted himself into a sovereign State’s business by saying that Governor Walker has attacked the unions.  The unions don’t want to bargain in good faith.

Unions, that get lifetime health care.  Unions that receive a lifetime pension.  Unions that demand more taxpayer monies.  Unions that under-perform and commit fraudulent acts.  However, unions have been on the decline for years.  Union membership is down.  And the reason is that unions take more than they give.

 

 

RAISE OUR TAXES

 

You’ve got to be kidding me.  Their solution is to raise taxes?  This is why States like Wisconsin needs to abolish collective bargaining from public unions.  This is why States like California are going broke.  This is why the populations of States like New York are leaving in droves.  The tax base is shrinking and the state, county, and local governments are continuing to raise taxes.  At some point, you’ll start to run out of other people’s money.  Unions would sacrifice their membership if they could.

 

“If you or I failed at our jobs as badly as teachers in the public school system clearly have failed, we would be fired. We certainly wouldn’t be talking about lifetime pensions and health care benefits paid for by somebody else. We might even be put in jail for fraud, for taking money under false pretenses.” -Rush Limbaugh

 

It is illegal for public workers to strike in Wisconsin, which is what is effectively happening.  Plus doctors, at least we think they’re doctors, writing fraudulent doctor’s notes.  A openly act of fraud.

Worse, is that the Obama regime is actively participating in this fraud.  But then, this is what the Obama regime has been doing since coming into office.  Trillions of our taxpayer dollars were stolen from the United States Treasury, to pay off union pensions, and to create more public union jobs.  Meanwhile, more private sector jobs are being lost.  We cannot harvest oil from Gulf, nor from other sources in this country.  Obama continues to tout windmills, solar panels, and battery cars.  Technologies that is unproven and extremely expensive.

 

What of those union bosses.  Those union bosses that are pushing for forced unionization.

Today the Department of Human Services Trafficking siphons about $3.7 million in annual dues to the union—from the child-care subsidies. The money should be going to home-based day-care providers—themselves not on the high end of the income scale. Ms. Berry now sees money once paid to her go to a union that does little for her. She says she is “self employed and wants nothing to do with the union.”

The union claims it is working for Ms. Berry and others like her by pressing the legislature to increase child-care payments. But lobbying is not an activity that requires compulsory unionism.

 

These union bosses that act like parasites sucking the members union dues.  These people receive hundreds of thousands of dollars.  These people that bribe democrat lawmakers with union votes to get their pet legislation passed, like card-check and forced unionization.  These union bosses who have unprecedented access and influence to Obama.  Last time I checked, a President was to lead everyone in the nation, and not just to special interest groups.

 

 

The unions are claiming “Union Busting”

 

We’re claiming unions are “Taxpayer Busting”

 

 

What’s For Dinner?

 

Chicken and Vegatable Stirfry Over Jasmine Rice

 

 

 

 

 

Why Teachers Unions Must End

Greed.  It’s simply all about greed.  Both Unions and Big Government have failed students attending public schools.  The students never have a chance.  The teachers don’t care, and government regulations stifle education.  Public Union Teachers are not poorly paid.  Their salaries and benefits are better than private educators.  On average, the public teacher’s yearly salary is about $80,000 to $100,000 dollars.  Their health benefits and pensions are paid for, by tax payer dollars for life. Whereas, the average private worker is earning $40,000 to $60,000 a year, and they pay for their own benefits and their own pension.

 

But it is out of Private Workers Taxes that go to pay for Public Workers Salaries and Benefits.

IS THAT FAIR?


The Communist in Chief, Obama, has encouraged the Wisconsin teachers to fight back against the states legally elected governor, Scott Walker.

The state is only asking for the teachers to pay their fair share of their own benefits.  Union bosses are refusing and are demanding the state raise taxes.

With an unemployment rate over 7% and a budget shortfall in the millions of dollars, the state would lose more private industry if taxes go up.

The National Socialist Democratic Party has sided with the Unions, as has the communist dictator Obama.

The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.

Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights.

Wisconsin’s legislative democrats have left the state, and are hiding to prevent a vote to force the teacher unions to pay their fair share.  Their “Skin In the Game“.

“Everybody’s going to have to give”

“Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game.”

Obama said

Apparently, public unions are excluded from that.  Teachers in Wisconsin are taking a sick day to protest.  Isn’t that illegal?

Let’s consider grading Public Teachers, shall we.  The best way to judge the performance of Public Teachers is by the success of the graduation rate.

Differences: The rate of public school students entering college after graduation has fluctuated between 62-67% in recent years. A variety of factors come into play which result in that relatively low matriculation rate. The drop out rate in public schools tends to have a negative effect on matriculation data.

In private schools the matriculation rate is typically in the 90-95% range. Minority students who attend a private high school are more likely to attend college than minority students who attend public school according to NCES data. The reason why most private high schools do well in this area is that they are generally selective. They will only accept students who can do the work.


However, public teachers performance is decidedly less than private educators.

The event in Wisconsin should awaken every parent that has a child in a public school.  Do you want your child to succeed in life, job, wealth,  success, and in their pursuit of happiness?  As guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States.  Why allow public union teacher go unaccountable?  Why let state and federal government go unaccountable?

Governor Scott Walker campaigned on reforming public education and public unions.  Why are the unions surprised by his actions?

Next, there’s Civility.

Selective hearing and selective reasons:  Unions want a meeting with the Governor, but are the Unions willing to bargain in good faith?  Absolutely not!

She can hear you, she just doesn’t want to answer the question.

The states don’t have the money to continue to pay for these bloated salaries and benefits.  The Public Unions don’t want to bargain in good faith.  The taxpayers are caught in the middle, and it’s about time states begin to reconcile this.  Teacher reconciled this by taking the student to the protest.  Using the students as shields and pawns, but the students didn’t even know why they were there.

We’re trying to stop whatever this dude is doing?

How much more despicable can you get?  Teachers are using children that should be in school, as unwitting protesters.  This is criminal activity.  It’s plain and simple.

So what’s a parent to do?  You want the best for your child.  You want to send them to the best schools.  But what if you can not afford to?  They’ll throw you  in jail.  That’s exactly what happened to an Ohio mother.  When a school is failing your children, what do you do?

An Ohio mother’s attempt to provide her daughters with a better education has landed her behind bars.

These are the policies of the National Socialist Democrat Party and their Union Thugs.  They prevent children from getting a better education.  They keep the poor, poor.  They target the poor for extermination by forcing them to abort their children.  The democrats and the public unions are pure evil.

What’s For Dinner?

Pan Seared Catfish with Steamed Jasmine Rice and Vegetable Medley

 

 

 

 

 

Have You Noticed The Prices?

The cost of food in Hawai’i has always been high, but recently there has been an increase in the price of food items.  One of the cruelest things Hawai’i State Legislators have done was to tax food.  It hurts the poor here and most of all, the Keiki (children).

 

In June of 2009, I snapped this picture of the price of food in our local Sak’n Save store in Hilo.  Notice the price of Tomato’s.  The locally grown tomato’s are more expensive than the tomato’s imported from the mainland.  There are many reasons for that, but it boils down to the government making it more expensive for local farmers to do business.  Another reason is that most farms are small, less than 25 acres, and the cost of fuel adds to the overall cost of produce.

 

The price of other products, such as milk and orange juice are extremely high.  Hawai’i has a 4% tax on everything you purchase, and an additional half percent if you live on the island of O’ahu.  They call this tax, the General Excise Tax or GET.  The reason why O’ahu has an additional half percent tax is to fund the Country Surcharge Tax (CST) to fund the proposed transit rail system.

 

The good news is that the one lone Republican in the Hawaiian Senate, Senator Sam Slom, introduced a bill to exempt food and medical services from the general excise tax.  Senate Bill 269 did pass the first reading and has a promise of passing, that is, if the Ways and Means committee doesn’t kill it, or Governor Neil “Krusty the Clown” Abercrombie veto’s the bill.

 

Although an exemption from the general excise tax would help to lower the costs of food and medical services, there are other factors in our future that will further push the price of goods and services.  But why are prices going up?  What about all that stimulus money that was suppose to create jobs?

The promise of Green Energy Technology has proven to be more expensive than traditional energy sources.  The infrastructure doesn’t exist to handle wind and solar energies.  Nuclear and oil energies are prohibited by this Socialist Regime.  Expect to pay more, and more, and more.

 

What’s For Dinner?

 

 

Potato Leek Soup with Garlic Chives

 

 

 

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Pot, Meet Kettle

File this one under the perpetually offended.  Sheila Jackson Brown (D- Texas) of Houston, TX, found one of the Super Bowl commercials “demeaning”, in her words.  The commercial which shows a jealous Black woman throwing a Pepsi can at her boyfriend, or husband, and hitting a pretty blond woman jogger.

 

 

The commercial is hilarious, and for once, I actually get what Pepsi is trying to sell, their product.  However, there are these people like Sheila Jackson Brown, democrat perpetual victim, waiting to be offended at the drop of a hat, and to throw out the race card.

“That is why I’m so disappointed with the Pepsi advertisement that showed a demeaning role for African American women, in an ad that showed a can being thrown and being utilized to wound someone else or hit someone else,” she said.

“I think that we can come together in a much better way, sell Pepsi, and as well talk about good nutrition,” she said. “But, frankly, I consider this insulting, and so did many other women of all colors.”

 

Disappointed are you?  Well, maybe you should ask your constituents Ms. Brown.

 

 

Commercials can be provocative and hilarious, like the Super Bowl Pepsi ad was.  Whereas Ms. Brown was completely inappropriate, ignorant, crass, rude, and Demeaning towards a “Woman” voter during a Town-Hall meeting.  Ms. Brown apparently cannot separate the make-believe world from the real-world.  But she can channel her outrage at a soda pop commercial.  Pathetic.

 

 

What’s For Dinner?

 

 

Eating Crow

 

 

 

 

Plastic Bag Ban

In a remarkable effort to subvert the will of the people, Hawai’i County Councilman Pete Hoffmann once again tries to force a ban on plastic bags.  This is not the first time this jackass Pete Hoffmann has tried to ban plastic bags.  This nanny state effort to regulate every aspect of our lives has to stop.

The alternative is to use reusable Grocery bags.  However the unintended consequences of a nanny state government has people in danger of lead poisoning.  OK, so they’ll redesign the lead out of the reusable bags, then what?

Then the bags become a potential bio-hazard when germs, mold, and other contaminates are passed on to food items.

“Across the country legislators are proposing bills to ban or tax paper and plastic bags, but the unintended consequence of such legislation is that people are using reusable bags, which independent testing shows can often contain excessive levels of lead” said CCF Senior Research Analyst J. Justin Wilson. “As an advocate for consumer choice I believe consumers should have the option of using lead-free plastic and paper bags when they’re bringing home their groceries.”

If people want to use reusable, then so be it.  If people want to use plastic bags from the grocery store, then they should be allowed to do so.  Plastic bags are also reusable.  Lining trash bins, storing items, there are multiple uses for plastic bags.

However, nanny state busybodies like Pete Hoffmann claim plastic bags ruin the pristine environment.  If anyone looks out the window, you’ll see there is a trash problem and not a plastic bag problem.

Instead of putting this to a vote and letting the people decide, one person will decide for all.  So where does it stop?  Plastic bags today, toy guns tomorrow.

It shall be unlawful to sell, attempt to sell, or offer for sale a toy gun to a minor under eighteen years of age… Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than $2,000, imprisonment of not more than ninety days, or both.

You can own a toy gun if you’re an adult.  So what if the adult gives the toy gun to the child?  What then?  You cannot own a toy gun when you’re 17 years old, but you can join the military and carry an M16 rifle.  The real thing.

The common theme is that these are all democrats.  Dirty rotten, smelly, hippy dippy democrats.  With nanny state socialist agendas.

 

What’s For Dinner?

 

 

Craptastic

 

 

 

 

 

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