I was trolling the news the other day and was reading a story about Michele Bachmann speaking at the National Right to Life Convention and that people thought she had made a swipe at Mitt Romney for his changing position on abortion. I knew that Romney had been pro-choice at one point, but I didn’t know the full story, so I decided to do some research. My research led to some sad realizations- I do not believe that Romney’s pro-life views are sincere and I have decided that he will definitely not be getting my vote in the Republican primary. Read what I found here:
Since I am an avid reader, I thought I would make myself a reading list for this summer as I usually do.
But this year I thought it might be fun to make it a public affair and write about these books on the blog. Not really a review of the books, but good arguments I think were made, interesting points I discover, and how they apply to the real world discussion of politics and morality.
So I have compiled a list, and over the next few weeks I will be posting various thoughts on them. In no particular order here are the books for this summer:
The Flipside of Feminism- Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly
Going Rouge- Sarah Palin
Apologetic’s Study Bible
How Evil Works- David Kupelian
The Marketing of Evil- David Kupelian
1984- George Orwell
Hard Ball- Chris Matthews
I am America- Stephen Colbert
The Case for Christ- Lee Strobel
Bias- Bernard Goldberg
Decision Points- George W. Bush
Frankenstein- Mary Shelley
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers
Reflections on the Revolution in France- Edmund Burke
How to Talk to a Liberal- Ann Coulter
Conservative Victory- Sean Hannity
The Federalist Papers
The Prince- Machiavelli
No Apologies- Mitt Romney
The Republic- Plato
Simple Government- Mike Huckabee
Refuting Evolution- Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D., F.M.
100 People who are Screwing up America- Bernard Goldberg
The Trial and Death of Socrates
More than a Carpenter- Josh McDowell
Liberty and Tyrrany- Mark Levine
Do as I say, Not as I do- Peter Schweizer
The Obama Diaries- Laura Ingram
Buck up Suck up and Come back when you Foul Up- James Carville
The Reagan Diaries- Ronald Reagan
I tried to make it diverse and interesting. I have read several and have at least partially read most of them, and I am very excited to get started! Look for the first posts in the next week or so!
A year ago, President Obama and his Democratic cronies took trips all over the nation touting the “amazing” results of the stimulus bill. They called it “The Summer of Recovery” and were convinced that the worst of America’s economic woes were behind us.
Flash forward a year, to the present day and it is easy to see that a true recovery has NOT taken place. In fact, our economy has continued to decline since the passage of the massive stimulus bill.
First let’s look at employment- according to Speaker of the House Bohner, 1.5 Million jobs have been lost since the bill was signed into law in 2009. And unless you live under a rock, I think you probably know that unemployment rate is at 9.1%. And that alone is bad, but when you dig a little deeper you find out exactly HOW bad. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 15.8% of Americans are “underemployed,” meaning that workers are being employed at less than full-time or regular jobs or at jobs inadequate with respect to their training or economic needs. This statistic is even more shocking to me than the total unemployment. These people might have ” a job” but they are not good jobs that allow them to reach their full potential or pay their bills.
According to FOX Business News, new unemployment filings have been above 400,000 (the number economist equate with a “healthy” ecnomy) for 10 straight weeks. Economists estimate that 125,000 jobs need to be added to the economy each month just in order to keep up with the population, and at least 250,000 jobs a month in order to start making a dent in the 9.1% unemplyoment rate… but in May we only added 54,000 jobs. Last year we added about 72,500 jobs a month. At that rate it would take nearly 8 years to make up all the jobs lost since the recession began.
Also, looking at the unemployed workers further reveals problems in the status quo. 6.2 Million workers have been unemployed for at least 6 months. And 1 in 3 of all unemployed Americans have been unemployed for over a year. This of course leads to other problems.
The housing market is still gasping for air, with an estimated 25% of mortgages currently underwater. New home sales are slightly up, at 560,000 but economists say that at least 1.2 Million are needed in order to consider the housing market as healthy.
One reason for some of the turmoil is likely to be the confusion and uncertainty regarding Obama Care. According to Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, the administration has published 3,500 pages of regulations related to the health care bill this year alone. With all the new regulations coming up, as well as many unanswered questions regarding the taxes and mandates in the bill- is it any wonder that businesses are reluctant to hire more workers or invest in new ventures?
Speaking of fear, the fastest rise in the price of consumer goods since 2006 happened this May, which make it unsurprising that a recent Gallup poll revealed that nearly half of all Americans think that the country is headed towards another recession. Add to this the fact that the price to feed a family of four has risen 5% since the “Summer of Recovery” and it comes as no surprise that normal, everyday people (or as Obama calls them- bumps in the road) are frightened.
What all of these statistics and figures prove is that the Obama administration is completely out of touch with reality, and that they bamboozled the voters of America into supporting a $1,160,000,000,000 (including interest) waste of time, effort, and especially of our hard earned tax dollars. How about we make them pay in 2012?