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Clicks for your Coffee 8 Jan 2011

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Returning for your clicking pleasure, some amusing and outrageous stories to start your day!

First, from Yid With Lid, guess who can be blamed for the Democrats losing the House? You got it…

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From Cubachi, details on how a D-List “comedienne” has become a boring parody of herself. And no one cares.

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A little good news, courtesy of Bloomberg News from Congressman Ryan. States need to pursue fiscal policy that keeps them from going over budget in the first place.

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From Hot Air, Sarah Palin throws Obama’s hypocrisy back at him concerning the debt ceiling. Allahpundit doesn’t take it seriously, as no one really thinks Obama was ever serious about reducing the debt, only grandstanding for politics. Doesn’t matter to me, I’m one who thinks everyone should say what they mean and mean what they say, and stick to their principles. Exceptions, however, can be granted if new information is available, or some event causes one to learn, grow, and change their opinion. That does not include political expediency, though.

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Wonder if President Obama will report Kentucky to the UN if this passes and becomes law? Will Holder sue? Will California boycott? Heaven forbid that active law actually gets enforced by proper authorities.

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Nothing to click here, just an observation. I’m not a football fan in the least, and am always turned off by how prevalent football talk is during season, especially in a football town like Kansas City. Initially, I’m sort of hoping the Chiefs get clobbered by Baltimore on Sunday in their first playoff game in a good many years, so they’ll shut up about it already. On the other hand, though, I sort hope they don’t, as every city or region needs something to be proud of and cheer for. So, while I don’t care, I guess, I hope it works out for Kansas City.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Written by James Lee

January 8, 2011 at 06:00

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On Raising the Debt Ceiling

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One of the hottest items on the new Congress to-do list is the debt ceiling. Factions from all sides are staking their territory and drawing lines in the sand.

Seems that the United States has just about maxed out the credit card once again at the $14 Trillion mark. Soon, the credit limit must be extended or we as a nation may not be able to pay for anything.

Some are saying that the limit must be raised, so as to meet requirements, and avoid defaulting on current debts. Others, however, are seemingly choosing this hill to die on, claiming enough is enough, and if it leads to default, oh well, it has to be done!

I’ve thought about it quite a bit, and I think I sort of come down in between. While the debt is way too high already, one can’t just snap their fingers and make it better; it takes time, planning, and sometimes a little more debt to turn that around. On the other hand, our elected officials must make the best use possible of that credit, and pay it down as quickly as possible while maintaining fiscal solvency.

Many, especially on the Conservative side, believe that the nation should never incur debt for any reason. I can’t follow this thinking. There may be instances where debt may be necessary, such as a military invasion of our country, or massive natural disaster that needs quick response.

The problem comes when the ceiling is raised, as it has been repeatedly over the years, the Washington Machine continues to hum away like nothing is wrong, until we approach the new limit and the hand-wringing starts anew.

I’m not completely opposed to raising a new limit at this moment. However, the Congress needs to make significant, deep, and meaningful cuts to the Federal budget, and do it immediately. One could probably very quickly find vast amounts of funding to cut off by looking at the insane programs that are always being done, like $12Million to study the mating habits of PinOaks in the Midwest.

Even the Defense Department should not be immune, completely, from trimming. There are many outdated, inefficient, and unnecessary programs out there that we can rein in.

So, Congress, I’m willing to raise the limit on that credit card, on a provisional basis. Don’t take that new credit and go on a trip to Disney World, or buy a new sports car. Do your jobs, and get Our House in order.

We will be watching.

Written by James Lee

January 7, 2011 at 11:48

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The Controversial Constitution

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Yesterday, the Republican majority elected in November were sworn into office and took control of the House Of Representatives. This was in no small part thanks to the rise of the Tea Party rallies, websites, and groups that sprang up in response to excessive government spending and overreach in grabbing for power.

It appears, at least for now, that Republicans, for the most part, have learned from listening to us. A movement among them seems dedicated to bringing the Constitution into the spotlight, including a full reading of it on the House floor during session and citing Constitutional Authority in any new bills brought up for a vote.

Since this announcement, the leftists have had a collective pantie-wetting. Ezra Klein lamented that it was pointless, because the Constitution was like “over 100 years old,” and no one understood it anyway. The New York Times opined that reading the document was somehow “raaaaacist,” citing the original compromise written in concerning the 3/5ths person rule.

Meanwhile, Joy Blowhard on her CNN Headline News show seems to be getting annoyed about it, thinking this whole Constitution-loving thing is getting “out of hand.” And several talking-head mouthpieces try to compare revering our founding document to a religious fanaticism.

None of this deterred them, however, as the Republicans in the House took turns this morning reading a line or two from Constitution, getting through the whole thing in about an hour and a half or so. And lo-and-behold, the 3/5ths thing was not mentioned.

Well, DUH! Through the Amendment process outlined in Article 5, several lines, sections, and other Amendments have been revised, changed, and even repealed. Including, of course, the 3/5ths provision.

What some appear to not understand, or refuse to, is that there have been changes made. No one, at least no one with any seriousness, wants to return to the days of slavery, or women not being able to vote. Yet any time anyone mentions “returning to Constitutional Principles” the idiots on the left throw up that is precisely what they want.

Serious people from all sides can debate exactly how the Constitution applies to today’s modern world. That is good, healthy, and leads to more informed and engaged people. And if there is something that is not good, or no longer applicable, then Article 5 can be exercised and the Amendments made.

The problem is, though, that the left seems to think that the whole thing should just be trashed, and let them define what is good for the country or not. This can not happen, lest we lose all the freedom Americans have been guaranteed by the Constitution.

Written by James Lee

January 6, 2011 at 13:30

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The Start of a New Year

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Happy New Year, political junkies!

Would like to thank everyone who visited, read my ramblings, and commented here. I very much appreciate it.

I know I’ve been a little light on the postings lately, sort of been on political decompression, and trying to pay attention to things in my business, getting geared up to grow in 2011 as the economy (slowly) continues slight recovery. I’m going to try to make it a point to post more on a more frequent basis.

Hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and look forward to many more thoughts, discussions, and outrages as the news continues on.

Written by James Lee

January 3, 2011 at 10:42

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