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DAVID FIORAZO


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The Media Can't Possibly be Trusted
August 22, 2012

According to a Gallup Poll in September of 2011, only 44% of people say they trust the American media[i]. When it comes to bias, only 36% say the media is not biased. It gets worse: according to a new July 2012 Gallup poll, just 21% of adults express confidence in TV news and only 25% of adults express confidence in newspapers.[ii] America is waking up and smelling the liberal bias! I finally woke up to the truth that American people are simply not getting the facts and straight news from most media outlets.

One of the most revealing polls during the 2008 Presidential election was a Rasmussen poll finding that by a margin of 10-to-1, the public said that reporters 'Tried to Hurt [Sarah] Palin'. I will never forget how the media treated a woman who did absolutely nothing to deserve the vitriol and character assassination they displayed toward her. It exposed the pure hatred toward a pro-life Christian conservative by elite liberals in the media and by many in the Democratic Party. Ten to one! They showed their true colors and embarrassed the journalism profession. Reporters are not supposed to have an agenda one way or the other but today's news is being delivered through a progressive filter. Do we honestly expect the media to report fairly when they vote for Democratic candidates 94% of the time?

One thing that is slightly encouraging to me is that every day it seems that more and more people are getting the majority of their news and other information from the Internet through a variety of sources and web sites. With an average of just eight percent (8%) of journalists identifying themselves as conservative, I have a theory about why so many people in the media are liberals or oppose Christianity. One obvious reason is that they are simply trying to fit in with those they rub elbows with and I'm sure they want to please their bosses. It is also partly due to the fact that since grade school, kids form their opinions and world views while learning from mostly government-controlled curricula. The result is liberal indoctrination and for those youth who go into journalism, they are simply a product of their environment.

-Ninety-seven (97%) believe in abortion – a woman's right to choose
-Seventy three (73%) agree that homosexuality is just as acceptable as heterosexuality
-Over sixty (60%) favor gay marriage
-Seventeen (17%) of top journalists attend worship services almost every week
-Twelve (12%) of journalists say they are Republican

It is simply naïve to think that the majority of today's news media deliver important stories with no underlying opinion or without liberal bias. Witnessing what media minions did to Sarah Palin in 2008 compelled me to start writing regularly. I believe that the media is not even trying to cover up their liberal slant any longer. The press that used to be watch dogs have become lap dogs. They were supposed to hold government accountable, but who is holding them accountable? Journalistic ethics and standards are a thing of the past and we will address this important issue in two fact-packed, truth-filled chapters on journalism and media in my book ERADICATE: Blotting out God in America. We'll reveal why Christians should be aware, informed, and concerned.



The Unreported Story of Fannie and Freddie
July 30, 2012

It was the perfect storm in an election year - and it worked. The names Dodd, Frank, Raines, and Waters should have been plastered on front pages of newspapers across the country. Because the media gleefully used the fall of the American economy to blame Bush and Republicans in 2008, we need to scrutinize how it happened. Federal financial institutions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans that recipients were not likely to be able to repay.

Some still question whether the collapse was a manufactured economic "crisis" because it was the wild card that stalled the momentum created by Sarah Palin and helped catapult Barack Obama into the White House. You may not remember how it all came crashing down, but you probably do recall who the media collectively implied was responsible for the financial crisis.

Their scapegoat, President George W. Bush, tried to intervene from 2001 onward. The Bush administration warned that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were growing out of control, even cautioning Congress that they were over leveraged. According to the Wall Street Journal, the failure of Fannie and Freddie "could cause strong repercussions in financial markets, affecting federally insured entities and economic activity" well beyond housing. The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee at the time, Richard Shelby (R-AL) tried pushing for "comprehensive GSE reform in 2005," Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) criticized the Bush reforms and threatened a filibuster.

He changed his tune in 2008 after Fannie and Freddie collapsed and Dodd asked, "Why weren't we doing more?" He then voted for the very Bush reforms that he once criticized! Naturally, Barney Frank (D-MA) defended Fannie and Freddie as "fundamentally sound". Unknown to most Americans, Frank also ended up voting for the Bush reforms.

In the Wall Street Journal, Senior Advisor to President Bush, Karl Rove explained:

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York dismissed Mr. Bush's "safety and soundness concerns" as "a straw man." "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," was the helpful advice of both Sen. Thomas Carper of Delaware and Rep. Maxine Waters of California. Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York berated a Bush official at a hearing for raising the issue…

The more the president [Bush] pushed for reform, the more [mortgages] they bought. Peter Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute and Charles Calomiris of the Columbia Business School suggest $1 trillion of this debt was sub prime and "liar loans," almost all bought between 2005 and 2007. This bulk-up in risky paper made it possible for banks to lend imprudently on a massive scale.[i]

Remember that the Democrats controlled Congress at the time and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, still did her best to blame the Bush administration. She tried to imply that Republican deregulation helped cause the crisis and the media let her get away with her lying accusations! In 2008 alone, records show that President Bush warned Congress 17 times[ii].

Back in 2004, Alan Greenspan tried warning the Democrats as well. That same year, a year after the Bush administration tried to tighten regulation and oversight on Fannie and Freddie, Congress was told yet again that disaster loomed. The following partial transcript from a Congressional hearing shows the response of four Democrats:

Maxine Waters: Through nearly a dozen hearings, we were frankly trying to fix something that wasn't broke. Mr. Chairman, we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and particularly at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Franklin Raines. [Raines would barely avoid prosecution for fraud.]

Gregory Meeks: … I'm just pissed off at OFHEO [the regulators trying to warn Congress of insolvency at the GSEs], because if it wasn't for you, I don't think we'd be here in the first place. … There's been nothing indicated that's wrong with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac has come up on its own… The question that then comes up is the competence that your agency has with reference to deciding and regulating these GSEs.

Lacy Clay: This hearing is about the political lynching of Franklin Raines.

Barney Frank: I don't see anything in this report that raises safety and soundness problems.[iii]

Apparently, political contributions were made through Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to the very members of Congress who were allowing irresponsible loans. Isn't political corruption a story that should be covered or at least investigated? Journalism used to require that news producers tell the truth, but not anymore. In a 2008 article, "Will the Last Fair Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?" author and columnist Orson Scott Card wrote:

"Aren't you supposed to follow the money and see which politicians were benefiting personally from the deregulation of mortgage lending? I have no doubt that if these facts had pointed to the Republican Party or to John McCain as the guilty parties, you would have treated it as a vast scandal. "Housing-gate," no doubt. Senator Christopher Dodd & Congressman Barney Frank, both Democrats, denied that there were any problems – even two months before the crash…"

Franklin Raines, the CEO of Fannie Mae who made $90 million while running it into the ground, was fired for his incompetence, and Barrack Obama's campaign actually consulted him for advice on housing… So I ask you [in the media] now: Do you have any standards at all? …Is getting people to vote for Barack Obama so important that you will throw away everything that journalism is supposed to stand for?[iv]

What a travesty that media puts party over the people it serves. I know there are some good people out there in the media who try to do an honest job in their reporting. Unfortunately, the distrust of the media and the lack of balance as a whole have gotten so out of whack that it may be irreparable. What have we learned since the economic meltdown?

In 2011, six former executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with lying about the two housing entities' exposure to high-risk subprime mortgage loans just ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. They deceived investors to prop up Fannie and Freddie's stock price. But if you ask the average person today who was mainly responsible for the financial meltdown they would say 'Bush'. Many surmised that the only solution to the 2008 crisis had to be to give the White House to the Democrats so they could fix the economy. How has that worked out for America?

[i] http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123137220550562585.html
[ii] http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2010/05/pelosi-caught-in-major-lie-says-bush-didnt-warn-congress-about-financial-crisis-records-show-he-warned-congress-17-in-2008-alone/
[iii] http://hotair.com/archives/2008/09/29/video-democrats-insist-nothing-wrong-at-fannie-mae-freddie-mac-in-2004/
[iv] http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2008-10-05-1.html Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?



Not Your Grandparents Democratic Party
May 30, 2012

My grandparents were Democrats. From what I understand, during the 1950's up until sometime in the 1970's, the Democratic platform was much more moderate and even leaned conservative on certain issues compared to what it is today. Christians had better take notice of the chasm between the two main political parties in America. On both the state and national level, it is extremely rare today to find a Democrat campaigning on the pro-life platform. Moreover, many Democrats may now feel obligated to support same-sex marriage since their leader, President Obama, announced his complete support of homosexual marriage just last week. This is part of the platform.

This is NOT your grandparent's Democratic Party. If you are a committed bible-believing Christian, I hope it's not your party either. I have yet to hear a compelling argument that would biblically justify the support of abortion, homosexuality or birth control – the key social issues that the Democrats defend. It is time to wake up and stop idolizing a political party. I've said many times that I would vote for a conservative pro-life Democrat over a liberal pro-abortion Republican any day of the week. The fact is that I have not been faced with that decision that I can remember.

This week, a prominent Democrat announced her move to the Republican Party because of the gay marriage issue. She had enough. Pennsylvania state committeewoman and founding president of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women, Jo Ann Nardelli, switched her political affiliation because of her faith and became a Republican. In her words, "I will miss you all very much as you are all a part of my family; however, it is time to move forward with my life in a direction that is more in line with my faith."

A Christian friend of mine from California has voted Democrat his entire adult life, but could not bring himself to support Barack Obama in the 2008 election so he voted Republican. I was impressed with his conviction and I now have a new level of respect for him. No party is always right and no politician is anywhere near perfect, but this is our American system of representative government. If you and I profess conservative Christianity, we had better live in a way that lines up with the Bible and we are obligated to vote accordingly.

If you pay any attention to politics at all, you know that the Democrats and big labor unions are forcing a recall election in Wisconsin of Republican Governor Scott Walker. Sadly, the election next Tuesday June 5 must be funded by all state taxpayers, not just the whining ideologues. Is that fair? Scott Walker has not committed a crime nor did he do anything illegal. There was no malfeasance on his part. Wisconsin citizens overwhelmingly voted him in while voting the big spending, liberal Jim Doyle Democrats out of office in November 2010. Both the Green Bay Press Gazette and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have endorsed Scott Walker and have disagreed with not only the state recall process, but also the reasons for the Democrats forcing the June 5 election.

Here we have a pro-life, pro-family, Christian Governor in Wisconsin who must go through another election because he stood up to the massive union powers that be and told them he was going to balance the state budget and cut the deficit. The whole country is watching what happens next week in Wisconsin so if you oppose mobocracy and socialism, I suggest you re-vote Walker. If he loses, the union thug tactics win and they will use their power to take control of other states.

Our hope is in Christ alone, not politics. I have had many conversations with Christians about these issues. A young Christian woman told me that she was going to vote Democrat next week because "not all Christians are Republicans". I suggested that the best thing for Christians to do is to know and apply God's word to every aspect of our lives, including how we vote. I encouraged her to start with life: look up both Old and New Testament passages about the value of every human being and how God is the Author of life. I also reminded that Paul wrote about homosexuality and that Jesus defined marriage between one man and one woman. Homosexuality is called an abomination, a perversion, and unnatural, among other things.

I also reminded her about some in the Democratic Party who are pushing for increased taxes and even socialism. It's true. Some are defining social justice as the redistribution of wealth to take care of the poor. Jesus never lobbied the Roman government for a higher tax burden on the people so that the government could allocate money to whoever they decide needs it. I thanked her in advance for considering biblical principles when deciding who to vote for. Her response was "Walker hurt Wisconsin teachers." To some Christians, the Bible doesn't matter. What's interesting is that Scott Walker's reforms have literally saved Wisconsin teacher jobs and have saved school districts across the state millions of dollars.

I hate politics, but our vote is the primary voice that each of us has. One friend of mine claims that Scott Walker is hurting teachers economically and as a result, he may not vote at all in the June 5 recall election. He could not in good conscience support Scott Walker's opponent, liberal Democrat Tom Barrett. (Milwaukee has declined under Barrett.) But because Barrett is pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage, some conservative Democrats are at an impasse. How will Christians respond? Is choosing not to vote the best solution? Each election, I believe that we need to re-evaluate our priorities and always put policy over political party – Bible policy. No excuses.



SANTORUM OUT, ROMNEY IN?
April 11, 2012

Many conservatives are disappointed that Rick Santorum decided to drop out of the race for President, but I respect him for putting his family first. His daughter, Bella, has been in and out of the hospital and they are better equipped to love and care for her if the family is not on the road full time. I voted for Santorum in the Wisconsin primary and will most pull the lever in the voting booth for Mitt Romney in November. Evangelicals are bumming big time, but as Andrew Breitbart said at CPAC in February:

"I will march behind who ever our candidate is. Because if we don't, we lose. There are two paths! There are two paths! One is America, the other is Occupy! …anyone that's willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker, and if you're not in that bunker 'cause you're not satisfied with this candidate, more than shame on you. You're on the other side."

The fact is that we have a long way to go before the Presidential election and there is lots of ground work that needs to be laid. Of course I am bummed that the Republican establishment seemed to get their way again. Romney is a moderate at best, but he has been talking the talk of a conservative in the last several months. I believe Santorum made Romney a better candidate. I hope he is telling the truth and until I am convinced otherwise, I will take Romney at his word regarding his policies.

At least we are not running an aging moderate with poor speaking skills like we did with John McCain in 2008 – look where that got us. To be sure, there is never a perfect candidate to represent an imperfect citizenry. That does not mean Christians should boycott the voting booth. We are not voting to elect a Pastor or a spiritual leader; we are voting to elect a President to lead and represent America. We absolutely must vote.

Samuel Adams once stated: "Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote… that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country." In Wisconsin where it seems to be non-stop politics, the Democrats are dragging us back to the polls soon in a taxpayer funded recall attempt of Governor Scott Walker. We must be prayed up because the liberal union onslaught and negative attack ads on television will be relentless. Obama's Organizing for America will buss in protesters and activists to try to get people to think that they are in the majority.

It won't work. That may sound optimistic, but I have faith in conservative citizens who are fed up enough with politics. People here are so fed up that they will not only go to the polls and re-vote for Scott Walker, but they will tell everyone they talk to in the next month and then take whoever they can with them to vote.

So, even though some of us are sad that Rick Santorum suspended his campaign, we need to regroup and unify around whoever runs against President Obama. At this point, it appears that Mitt Romney will soon wrap up the Republican nomination. The focus must now shift to Obama's policies and his liberal extremism. We cannot afford four more years of his narcissism, control issues, and endless power grabs. The America we have known would not survive. The Reverend Charles G. Finney once said, "God will bless or curse this nation, according to the course Christians take." I hope and pray we will take the right course, starting with the next election.



Andrew Breitbart RIP: A Truth-Defending Legacy (and a great case for Adoption)
March 1, 2012

American Patriot Andrew Breitbart died this morning, March 1, 2012, from natural causes as he was walking outside his home in Los Angeles. This should be a reminder to us of how precious life is and that all we really have is today. Talk about a wake-up call. I do not know where Andrew stood in his faith but he was a strong defender of religious freedom. He has been known to say that the attack on Christians perpetrated by the mainstream media "angers me to no end." His fight for truth in media and against political corruption was inspiring to me and to millions of conservative Americans that may now take up the torch that Breitbart kept lit. The media is just one part of our culture that I have written about that is blatantly anti-Christian.

"I consider myself to be a Judeo-Christian... I relate to the world view that America has," Breitbart said. "It's a distinctly Judeo-Christian one and I think that it works." One thing many do not know about him is that he was adopted by his parents. He has often shared the story about his "conversion" from being a pro-choice liberal living in Hollywood to a staunch, pro-life conservative. The father of four called the pro-life cause "the most important issue" in America. President of Breitbart.com, Larry Solov wrote "Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love."

Brigitte Gabriel wrote: "Today America lost a great patriot, Andrew Breitbart. A son, who loved his country and its freedoms so much, he dedicated his life and soul to preserve it. Andrew was a trailblazer and a beacon of truth in online media and American politics who knew no fear. He inspired thousands into activism. He fought fiercely, spoke boldly, acted authoritatively standing on American principles that meant so much to him. Today freedom lost a warrior. His contributions to society will remain in perpetuity."

Breitbart said he hoped his battle against the liberal media could become "an international movement," and likened the battle to the previous century's battle against Communism. "This is the same battle that Ronald Reagan and many millions of other people fought in the 20th century, it just has a 21st century new media battleground," he said. "The Cold War is now a new media war." In a Time Magazine interview, he said, "Most conservatives are individualists… For years, they've been pummeled by the collectivists who run the American media, Hollywood and Washington. The underground conservative movement that is now awakening is the ecosystem I've designed my sites to tap into."

On the Drudge Report this morning, Matt Drudge wrote "DEAR READER: In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what's happening. I don't think there was a single day during that time when we did not laugh with each other, or challenge each other. MDRUDGE"

Breitbart, owner of Breitbart.com, and blogs such as Big Government, Big Hollywood, and Big Journalism, was a major leader in launching a revolution in conservative media in recent years, and a leading critic of the mainstream media's liberal bias. He even considered himself more concerned about American culture than politics. The AIM Tribute today went like this: "Accuracy in Media was saddened this morning to learn that a true champion for grassroots journalism had so suddenly passed away. We at AIM will always remember him as a man who fearlessly stood up for liberty, truth and honest media. Accuracy in Media believes that his efforts will not end with his passing, but will only inspire a legion of new citizen journalists and watchdogs bent on exposing corruption and media falsehoods. Breitbart was the recipient of the Reed Irvine Award for Investigative Journalism in 2010."

The Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson said, "Andrew loved a good prank above all. It's hard to think of a higher compliment. Yesterday I found myself on a plane across the aisle in the first class cabin from Michael Moore, who was looking miserable with a takeout pizza on his lap. I immediately texted Andrew, mostly because I couldn't resist. His response: "Give him the phone and say Breitbart wants to say hi." He couldn't resist either. The plane took off before I could set up the conversation. It would have been a riot. Hard to believe that's the last I'll hear from Breitbart. He really was a great guy. There aren't many."

This morning, I found myself talking with my wife, Rosanna about how short this life is and how we must redeem the time, savor each moment, and live full force for Jesus Christ. Today is all we have. I also found myself reflecting on all the people in my life who inspired me such as my Dad, a college mentor, and others. Though we never met, Andrew Breitbart was one of those inspirations. Christians, unite for the truth of the gospel! Conservatives, unite for truth in media. Citizen Journalists Unite – every one of us can make a difference!



America at War from Within
February 9, 2012

Abraham Lincoln once said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Some believe that there is no stopping the destruction of our once great nation. Others believe that America can still be saved. The fact is that we are in a moral, spiritual, cultural, and financial decline. There are countless opinions and theories about how we got here. It is one thing to diagnose the disease but it's another thing to prescribe a cure. Not to oversimplify things but there are two major forces at work here: It is a foundational battle going on between good and evil.

America - the beautiful? The very fabric of our republic under God and our Judeo-Christian foundation is being attacked, maligned, and dismantled by a vociferous minority of God-haters. We have a media that practically ignored the Tea Party but continually gives Occupy Wall Street a voice, and we have a culture being conditioned against Biblical values. The Occupy movement is as anti-American as you can get. We also have an administration that seems to be at war with the Church, religious freedom, and continues growing government while spending record amounts of taxpayer money. It's as if they want to accelerate the already rapid erosion of America.

Some in the media compare Occupy with the Tea Party so I did some digging. Less than ten people have been arrested at over 300 Tea Party rallies across the country since 2009. Contrast this with approximately 6,464 documented Occupy Wall Street protestors arrested in 110 cities as of January 31, 2012. Arrests have ranged from civil disobedience and disturbing the peace to assaulting police officers, trespassing, sexual assault, public defecation & urination, drunkenness and drug use, vandalism, and at least one rape (Philadelphia). Gideon Oliver, who represents OWS with the National Lawyers Guild in New York, said that about 2,000 had been arrested just in New York City alone. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are excited about the movement. President Obama said that "we are on their side". Why would these prominent Democrats show support for the Occupiers?

According to [Democratic] pollster Douglas Schoen, 31 percent of the Occupy Wall Street protestors "would use violence to advance their agenda". Some of them openly admit to being Socialists, communists and Marxists but not once has a media report on ABC, CBS, or NBC used any of these terms to describe them. On Occupy's own list of supporters, sponsors, or sympathizers, you can find the Communist Party USA, CAIR, Louis Farrakhan and Nation of Islam, American Nazi Party, Marxist Student Union, and Socialist Party USA. These groups are not exactly friends of Biblical Christianity and America's Constitution.

We see it in government, in Hollywood, public education, the media, and the workforce: an all-out war against morality and those who hold a Christian worldview. Our culture has been in a steep decline for over 50 years. We have removed prayer from school, legalized the murder of babies through abortion, promoted homosexual lifestyles, and elected corrupt leaders. I don't know if God is judging America but if not, we sure deserve to be and it should start with the Church. People of faith need to wake up fast. America needs strong men of courage, faith, and integrity both in churches and in government to lead this country in the right direction. It will take much more than some newly elected representatives and our involvement in politics but the upcoming Presidential election in November will be pivotal to America's future. Our freedoms are at stake. My question to you is can the downward slide be reversed or is the decline inevitable?



Can't Stand Politics? You're Not Alone. Good Bye, 2011.
December 28, 2011

This year has been brutal. Over Christmas, I decided to take a break from the daily news, culture garbage, spiritual divide, and political upheaval in America. We watched some family-friendly Christmas movies, turned off the news and political commentary, and I avoided the Internet almost entirely. It was a nice retreat from the rude reality that is in our faces every day. We have had an especially toxic year in Wisconsin with the endless political and personal attacks on conservatives. Some people choose to ignore or deny the fact that our culture, our nation, and society is not doing very well these days. It is sometimes easier to avoid it altogether than to find a healthy balance of staying informed, doing what you can, and letting go of everything that is not in our control. One important thing we all can do is to vote for candidates who may be able to help our country, and vote out some of those who are currently in charge and are hurting our country.

A recent poll says that only 17% of Americans are happy with the direction of America. A Zogby pool said that 95% of citizens are concerned about the economy. A Rasmussen poll revealed that over 60% of Americans are concerned about the growth of government, and a majority still says they want to see Obamacare repealed and reversed. This administration's massive spending is out of control and there seems to be little accountability. Believe me, I would much rather spend my time doing other things than reading the news, staying informed, and caring about politics or how our government is being run. We often think there is little we can do because there is so much going on and so many battles to fight. We do not have to become overwhelmed, we just need to be engaged. I believe it is our Christian and our civic duty. America deserves who Americans elect to public office. Clearly, politics is just one issue of importance.

Here is a portion of a reading from "The Bible and Politics" by Dr. D. James Kennedy sharing his thoughts in the daily devotional New Every Morning: Until about [sixty five] years ago, legislators tried to create laws based on biblical principles. Nowadays, whenever someone proposes legislation that might defend a Christian cause, naysayers often oppose it, arguing that no one can impose his or her values on others. Yet every time our legislators pass a law, they impose somebody's morality on someone else. And these days, legislators often allow secular humanism to be that morality... Secular humanism denies that God exists and that any being other than ourselves, can save us. It replaces God's Ten Commandments with human ideas of ethics and morality... Secular humanism has declared a full-scale war on Christianity, its battleground being the schools, the legislatures, and the courts of our land.

It again goes without saying that it is imperative that we keep informed about critical issues in our society. Other than praying for America, one thing we can do to get back to more of a Christian values-influenced government that our Founders intended is to vote for godly leaders and stay informed on legislation that is passed. I am not saying that Christians can or should control government by pushing religion on people. I simply want to remind you that we need to support the most conservative representatives, period. I know some people are disappointed with the current Republican candidates. Did you forget who they will run against? Please remember that the nominee will be going against a divisive, unpopular president with failing liberal policies. Vote in the primary, but please support whoever wins the nomination. Your only other choice is to not vote at all.

Some believe the 2012 election will decide if our nation permanently becomes a secular, socialist state or begins a return to our Christian roots. I don't think it is that simple or that certain either way. Mike Huckabee won the Iowa primary in 2008 so I don't really put as much stock in the importance of Iowa as many in the media do. I did like Mike. (And plenty of Democrats were in the John Edwards camp.) But if I remember correctly, John McCain – who eventually won the nomination – was in fourth place in various polls around the end of 2007. Don't settle for the establishment moderates and don't buy what the media pundits are selling. Look at the values and records of the few true conservatives who are campaigning right now.

I know we can get hung up on "electability" but let's pay attention, stay true to our conservative principles, help others get informed, and vote accordingly. Is that too much to do for the country we care about? Hopefully then, one year from now we will have celebrated another Christmas, we'll be heading into a New Year again and America will have a new president and administration. Now that is something to look forward to!



Wisconsin Political Fight Mirrors National Divide
November 21, 2011

Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas season without being bombarded by political distractions? In Wisconsin particularly, we have to focus a bit harder to avoid the garbage as liberals continue their assault on Republican Governor Scott Walker. In the Wisconsin State Constitution, all that is required to recall a state representative is gather enough signatures and force another election, funded of course by the taxpayers. In other words, you could force a recall of someone if you didn't like the car they drive or if they call a Christmas tree a "Christmas tree". Seriously, I would understand the need to recall a politician in cases of corruption, fraud, misuse of taxpayer money, or other scandals that impact a state. It rarely happens but I can understand the need to do so.

In this case, however, the statistics don't lie. Since Scott Walker was elected a year ago, Wisconsin has been one of the better job producers in the country. In fact, during the month of June, more jobs were created in Wisconsin than the rest of the country combined. Former Governor Jim Doyle ran up the spending in the state to massive levels and left Wisconsin in an economic mess with higher taxes and job losses statewide. In just his first year, Walker had the courage to confront the labor unions and balance the state budget without raising taxes, saving school districts hundreds of millions of dollars and preventing thousands of lay-offs across the state. You just have to look a bit harder for those who actually give him any credit.

Regardless of the Governor's job performance, liberals are campaigning against Walker, gathering signatures, and trying to force a recall election. Do you remember the infamous 'Wisconsin 14' Democrats who fled the state for a three week vacation in Illinois to avoid doing their jobs in the Senate? When they returned to work, they hypocritically supported the recall efforts of Republicans, which caused WI taxpayers to pay $2.1 million dollars on recall elections earlier this year! Thanks to the cooperation of many in the media, the public was often given one side of the story in too many cases such as Walker is a tyrant "attacking the rights of public employees". The sad thing is that there are so many lies going around that some people believe the garbage. Last Sunday in a Christian church parking lot I saw two bumper stickers: One said "Recall Scott Walker", and on another car not twenty feet away a sticker said, "I Support Scott Walker". A true reflection of the state and the country that is both interesting and sad.

On a local newscast a few weeks ago, I watched in disbelief as they did a segment on the "mounting recall efforts against Scott Walker" that was 2:46 long. Picture this: the two local news anchors opened the segment talking about the Democrats efforts to gather signatures against Governor Walker. (One scene showed liberal Democrat Steve Kagen talking to a room of anti-Walker protesters.) They interviewed a lady who said what Walker was doing is a horrible attack on freedom and worker's rights. In that entire "news" segment, only twenty-seven seconds were given to the Republican side which had a brief reply from Governor Walker. 27 seconds. I posted the segment on Facebook and emailed that station's News Department about the lack of balance.

In the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel today, Patrick Marley wrote, "Wisconsin's turbulent - and seemingly unending - political season has seen death threats, a [liberal] protester pouring beer on a lawmaker, a purported cyberattack, and … Protests have been held outside politicians' houses…" There was even this threatening statement in that article made by a union supporter: "Rather than recall him [Walker]...Can we kill him instead?" Nice. Imagine if a Republican had said this. On the national level, we can see a massive push for Socialism via the Occupy Wall Street movement across the country as more people are promoting reliance on government while the work ethic is at a historical low in America. Our great Grandparents would not recognize the country today. Many of the misguided protesters are demanding that others give them a free ride under the guise of equality but that is not how America was founded. Capitalism works for those who put it to work. Due to President Obama's poor record and some failed policies, his advisers seem to be telling him to approve of and ride the coat tails of this 'Occupy' movement out of desperation while he campaigns all around the country for the 2012 election. The political divide is ugly, violent, toxic and it is getting old.

Meanwhile, unemployment is still at 9%, the national debt is now over $15 Trillion dollars, our southern border is in chaos, and at least two major scandals (Fast and Furious, Solyndra) are weighing down the most polarizing administration in our history. Congressman Allen West tweeted this today: "Under this Administration we've seen 41% increase in food stamp recipients, 16% increase in poverty, & 48.5% people on government aid." In a new poll, it appears that only 13% of Americans are satisfied with the direction of the country and we are hearing from many of that 13% at these 'Occupy' protests who claim they are actually "the 99%". Many of us in the actual majority stand for limited government, God-given rights, free market Capitalism, and a stronger national defense. In Wisconsin, big labor unions are not the majority. They just have the loudest voices. Our country is simply not a civil place right now - even during holidays.



A Report Card: President Obama's First 1,000 Days in Office
October 17, 2011

JOBS: 2.22 million jobs lost since January 2009 [source: BLS]

GAS PRICES: Up more than 80% and has been over $3/gallon every day in 2011 [source: AAA/OPIS]

DEBT: Total Public Debt Outstanding has increased by $4.2 trillion during Obama's presidency [source: Treasury Dept]

HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS: Health insurance premiums (family coverage) up 9% this year and 12.7% from 2009
[source: Kaiser Family Foundation]

MORE DEBT:  America accumulated as much debt over the past 1,000 days as it had in the country’s first 79,135 days (July 4, 1776 through March 3, 1993) [source: Treasury Dept]

DEBT PER DAY: America’s debt has increased by about an average of $4.2 billion per day [source: Treasury Dept]

INTEREST ON U.S. DEBT: $1.2 trillion has been spent servicing U.S. debt—that by itself would be the world’s 15th largest economy [source: Treasury Dept]

POVERTY:  Nearly 3 million more Americans in poverty—poverty rate has gone from 13.2% to 15.1% [source: Census]

FOOD STAMPS: 12 million more Americans living off of food stamps [source: Dept of Agriculture // Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program]

GOLF: Obama has played 82 rounds of golf so far - average of one round every 12 days [source: Mark Knoller, CBS –Fox News Tracking]

GOVERNMENT SPENDING: Spent more than $9.6 trillion – 60% more than the federal government has taken in [source: OMB and CBO]

MORE GOVERNMENT SPENDING: Under Obama, the govt has spent an average of $6.6 million every minute and $111,111 every second [source: OMB and CBO]

CHINA: Owns $1.17 trillion of our debt (as of July) – a 58% increase from January 2009 [source: Treasury Dept]

GOVERNMENT JOBS: Excluding the U.S. Post Office, Federal Government has added 140,000 jobs [source: BLS]

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: Has averaged 9.4% under Obama [source: BLS]

MORE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: Has been at or above 9% for 840 of the 1000 days [source: BLS]

UNDEREMPLOYED: Nearly 5 million more Americans are underemployed [source: BLS]

REGULATIONS – NEW RULES: 7,076 new final regulatory rules issued [source: Federal Register]

REGULATIONS – FEDERAL REGISTER: 45,696 pages of new regulatory rules were added to the Federal Register
[source: National Archives and Records Administration, Office of the Federal Register, various years]

AVERAGE WEEKS UNEMPLOYED: Unemployed out of work for an average of 40.5 weeks – that’s more than double since Jan 2009 [source: BLS]

JOB APPROVAL RATING: Dropped nearly 30 percentage points [source: Gallup Tracking]

SPEECHES AND PUBLIC REMARKS: Roughly 806 speeches/public remarks made – once every 1.24 days [source: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/obama-speeches/]

SPEECHES --- JOBS: Has said the word “jobs” 4,718 times in 591 speeches [source: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/obama-speeches/]

SPEECHES -- ECONOMY: Has said the word “economy” 4,541 times in 605 speeches [source: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/obama-speeches/]

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE: Has decreased by 168,000 [source: BLS]

MANUFACTURING: 818,000 manufacturing jobs lost --- a -6.5% drop since Jan. 2009 [source: BLS]

BANK FAILURES: 371 Banks have failed [source: FDIC]

STATES: 37 States have higher unemployment rates [source: BLS]

REPOSSESSIONS: More than 2.4 million homes have been repossessed for failure to pay their mortgage [source: RealtyTrac]

BANKRUPTCIES: Some 4 million total (business and non-business) bankruptcies [source: American Bankruptcy Institute]

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Almost $380 billion spent by federal government on unemployment benefits [source: Treasury Dept and CBO]

ECONOMIC TEAM: 7 key members of Obama’s Economic team have resigned [Summers, Romer, Bernstein, Orszag, Goolsbee Volker and Rouse] [source: News Reports/Tracking]

MEDIAN INCOME: Real median household income in the U.S. in 2010 was $49,445, a -2.3% decline from 2009 [source: Census Dept]

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Spent more than $26 billion on the EPA – FY2011’s spending will be about 40% more than FY2009 [source: Treasury and OMB]

Obama quote, 13 days into his presidency:  “If I don't have this done in three years, then there's gonna be a one-term proposition." -Barrack Obama   [source: Obama: More Govt Action Needed As Additional Banks Fail // 2 February 2009 // Dow Jones News Service]





More Media Silence: Scandals and Bad News Dems

September 16, 2011

Some very important events apparently received little media attention this week because they reflect negatively on Democrats or the Obama administration. Seriously, I resisted writing about these newsworthy items at the risk of being redundant. Not that talking about them is redundant, but continuing to make the point that evidence seems to convict our beloved elite national media of extreme liberal bias yet again. One of the worse headlines this week was, "Over 46 million people lived below the poverty line in 2010." Did you hear much about this story?

What an awful couple of weeks for Democrats. Jobless claims rose again to 428,000. The poverty rate is now up to 15.1%, unemployment has remained between 9 and 10% for over two years, gas prices are still hurting the average American's wallet, there are now three current scandals the Obama administration is involved in, and Anthony Weiner lost his Senate seat to the GOP. Or, as Jeff Kuhner wrote in the Washington Times today: "The liberal media are President Obama's last hope. His popularity is plummeting. The economy is in crisis. Global recovery has stalled. The Middle East is drifting toward chaos. Even many Democrats concede that Mr. Obama's re-election is in serious jeopardy. Hence, he has only one chance left: Provoke the GOP presidential candidates to tear each other apart."

Let's start right there. Two Republican Debates in a row were moderated by very biased "news" organizations, MSNBC, and CNN. This last debate was laughable because it is obvious that the only ammunition liberals have since they cannot back up President Obama's policies is to try to pit Republicans against each other. I am hoping the informed public will not fall for it and will support whomever the Republican candidate is who runs for president. The desperate Democrats better have something better up their collective sleeves (other than name-calling, union thuggery, and recall elections) if they even hope for a long shot at keeping the 2012 elections close.

Speaking of elections, just this week a pro-homosexual marriage New York Democrat lost a U.S. seat to a Republican for first time in 88 years. The special election on Tuesday was held to replace former liberal Democratic U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, representing New York's 9th District. Weiner had to resign back in June over a sex scandal. Newcomer Bob Turner, a Catholic who ran on a pro-life and pro-family platform won in what the New York Times called "a decisive victory". The media downplayed the result of course because it was an outcome few might have expected for a solid blue Congressional seat. Turner defeated Weprin 54-46 percent. You haven't forgotten the landslide election results from last November, have you? Thank God for the Tea Party. Do not let up because we have a country to reclaim: A country that happens to be unwillingly in the process of a "fundamental transformation".

Eric Holder should be fired! We have keystone cops running the Department of Justice. What clear-thinking American would ever think that authorizing illegal gun sales to get weapons to Mexican criminals was a good idea? In the latest Fast and Furious update, the deadliest, most dangerous scandal of the Obama administration, GOP investigators and House and Senate watchdogs are hard at work to expose the corruption. Some gun shop owners have even risked their lives to tell the truth. To bring you up to speed, weapons linked to ATF's controversial "Fast and Furious" operation have been tied to at least eight violent crimes in Mexico including three murders, four kidnappings and an attempted homicide. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in the U.S. was the first casualty. Now, newly-revealed murders in Mexico bring the total number of deaths linked to Fast and Furious to four. There are reports that Holder and the DOJ are blocking parts of the investigation. Keep watching actual news outlets for more on this huge underreported story.

Solyndra: Another political payoff to Obama campaign donors gone bad. Half a billion taxpayer dollars were given to this green energy company. An Associated Press report shows that Solyndra was hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars for years before the Obama administration signed off on the original $535 million loan guarantee in September 2009. This is big government in action and it appears that the administration protected political supporters at taxpayers' expense! One of Obama's biggest contributors, George Kaiser, is also one of Solyndra's primary investors. The Daily Caller reports that the Fremont, California-based company was "the first renewable-energy company to receive a loan guarantee under a stimulus-law program to encourage green energy and was frequently touted by the Obama administration as a model. Obama visited the company's Silicon Valley headquarters last year and Vice President Joe Biden spoke by satellite at its groundbreaking." Michigan Republican Fred Upton is the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and he made a good point by saying, "In this time of record debt, I question whether the government is qualified to act as a venture capitalist, picking winners and losers in speculative ventures and shelling out billions of taxpayer dollars to keep them afloat." Keep watching this story as it develops. Solyndra announced bankruptcy on August 31st and some media outlets including MSNBC prime time programs still haven't reported on the scandal.

Now this next story is not only shocking, it shows the pro-abortion bias of most national media. Did you know that there are no abortion laws or restrictions in Canada? Katrina Effert was sentenced to community service last Friday for killing her newborn and then throwing the body over a fence into the neighbor's yard. An Edmonton appeal court ruled that the Alberta woman, who strangled her son after giving birth in 2005, will face no guaranteed jail time. Effert's Defense Lawyer Peter Royal went so far as to say it was "unjust" and "almost mean" to incarcerate her for the 16 days of jail time she must still serve for throwing her son's body over a fence. Her defense argued that those actions were evidence that Effert had a disturbed state of mind, which the judge argues validates infanticide being that she was disturbed at the time she killed her child. The judge also rejected arguments that the single father and the grandparent also face "the same stresses of the mind" as a mother who kills her own baby.

Breaking News from WND: City demands Christians get permit for Home Bible Study. Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding Bible studies for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute. He and a legal team is taking their case to court. The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say a city code prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure. Trial scheduled for October 7.

And finally yet not surprisingly, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (AKA, The Ninth "Circus") has ruled that a San Diego math teacher must take down his classroom banners that display the word "God." Mr. Johnson had banners hanging in his classroom at Westview High School in San Diego, Calif., for more than 30 years with phrases like "In God We Trust," "All Men Are Created Equal," and "One Nation Under God". (Isn't one of these mottos printed on our money?) The only person who opposed Johnson's banners was the school principal, Dawn Kastner, who did not like them because they expressed a Judeo-Christian point-of-view.

With that in mind, I'll leave you with something Bob Dutko on CNS News said about this glaring double standard in our country: "After all, this is the standard M.O. of the left. Pro-life? You must hate women. Pro-traditional marriage? You must hate gays. Oppose Affirmative Action? You must hate blacks. Support enforcing illegal immigration laws? You must hate foreigners. Reject Global Warming? You must hate science. Reform Social Security? You must hate senior citizens and (of course) oppose more taxes on the rich. You must hate, or at a minimum, don't care about the poor. The reason the left plays this game, but conservatives do not, is simple. Liberals are not offended by intellectual dishonesty. Conservatives are."



Rumors of Wars: The Anti-war Media and God's Perspective
8-4-11

"When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away." -Luke 21:9

We are approaching the ten year anniversary of the most horrific and tragic terrorist attack waged on America. It's interesting that I'm writing this today because I just found a red, white, and blue bumper sticker in my garage this morning that has the long forgotten slogan, "We Will Never Forget". That sentiment of unity in America lasted about six months immediately following 9-11-2001. Does this mean that terrorist attacks are fading and is the war on terror over? You've heard the expression, "If a tree falls in the middle of the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? I'd like to ask, "If an American soldier dies in Afghanistan, Libya, or Pakistan and no one hears about it and the media doesn't report on it, is there still a war going on?" Unless someone in your family has served or is currently serving our country in the armed forces, it is way too easy to forget about the ongoing sacrifice and cost of war partly because of the simple fact that the media isn't mentioning it much anymore. What a stark contrast from just a few years ago. This is both sad and unjust when the very press that was created by our Founders to inform and protect the people from government and tyranny refuses to report news that negatively reflects on their political party.

It was not easy trying to find the most current statistics and stories on the recent conflicts that America is involved in. I'm afraid that Google is not always the vast resource of unedited and unfiltered information that most people think it is. Last year, I wrote about the fact that several former top executives from Google now work in the Obama administration and that Google also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Obama campaign back in 2008. Regardless, I finally found a few items of interest. You most likely remember how in 2008, America was subjected to daily reminders of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, including constant casualty counts bombarding us on the front pages of newspapers, and names of fallen soldiers flashing across our television screens. That was then, and it was supposedly all Bush's fault, right? Though today we have a Democrat for President, you may be shocked to learn that more than 1,236 American combat soldiers have died on President Obama's watch. That is a rate of over 30 deaths every month since he took office. The misreporting by the liberal media is a journalistic cover-up, a slap in the face, and a disservice to concerned American citizens who want to be informed.

We know the general public is divided but for Christians, how do we reconcile love and war? The Bible tells us in Luke 6:27 to love our enemies and pray for those who hate us and mistreat us. Are we supposed to love those who consider us "infidels" and whose goal is to kill us? If so, how exactly do we love them from across the ocean? How do we love those who are committed to radical Islam and who killed thousands of Americans on 9-11-2001 and commit fatal acts of violence almost daily somewhere in our fallen world? Would it be right or wrong to forcefully defend your own home if a murdering thief broke in and was an immediate threat to your family's safety? How do we explain in the Old Testament when God used war to punish wicked nations and to achieve His purposes?

In Deuteronomy chapter 20, God commanded the Israelites not to be afraid of larger armies "when" they go to war because He would be with them. God went so far as to tell them to completely destroy their enemies! Why would a loving God command this? "Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord your God." (Deut. 20:18) We have to believe that a loving God hates bloodshed but consider the condition of our sinful world. If evil is not resisted and in most cases eliminated, the wicked will win. It is often a matter of faith. Jesus Himself said in Luke 12:51, "Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division." It is important to separate God's commands regarding war given to nations from Jesus' instructions on love given to individuals. Jesus was talking about conflicts and disagreements with people, not wars between nations. God's goal is the destruction of evil and wickedness on earth, not necessarily destroying people. In 1 John 3:8, John tells us that the devil has been sinning from the beginning and that, "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work." We know that in the end, Jesus will return to defeat sin and death once and for all. There will be no more wars and righteousness will finally reign on earth. (Revelation 19-20) War is a natural consequence to sin so when Jesus destroys sin, wars will cease. But sometimes the only way for a country to have peace is to go to war.

Whether you are a Christian or not, didn't it give you a sense of justice that after almost a decade of evil against America, death, and destruction that Osama bin Laden was assassinated? I pray that the 9/11 families can take some form of comfort in that. In my opinion, it was wrong of the President to visit Ground Zero for a little victory lap following bin Laden's death and to take the credit for this accomplishment. I say if Obama takes credit for this then why can't he take responsibility for the continuing wars, the casualties, the economy, and the direction of this country? Because the new bumper sticker with the Obama logo is true that says: "The buck stops, uh, over there." I bring this up because you may have forgotten that in 2008 when he was campaigning against President Bush, several liberals including Obama, John Kerry, and others accused our troops of "air-raiding villages and killing civilians". On another occasion they said our brave military was "terrorizing women and children". That was absolutely fatuous and shameful.

Even though some of our nation's leaders are hard to respect at times and some abuse their authority, the Bible says that we are to obey the laws, pay our taxes, and submit to governing authorities because they were established by God. (Romans 13:1-4) If we rebel against what God has instituted, we bring judgment on ourselves. Police officers for example, are God's servants, 'ministers of God for good' and avengers of evil. Again, due to corruption and our fallen world, some in authority are not enforcing laws or governing the people with integrity and righteousness. The Bible instructs individuals to not take our own revenge but the government on the other hand must defend the country and protect innocent people. This seems to go against the actions that President Obama has taken with the drone bombing in Pakistan but we don't hear much opposition in the media. Maybe the Code Pink people still don't know what a drone is. Where are the protests from the liberal anti-war professionals who used to be offended at this type of activity?

Let me give you just one example of a headline and the opening from the laughable New York Times in late April about a U.S. drone attack that killed 23 people including many civilians in Pakistan: "Drone Strikes Militants in Northwest Pakistan". ISLAMABAD – An American drone attack killed 23 people in North Waziristan on Friday, Pakistan military officials said, a strike against militants that appeared to signify unyielding pressure by the U.S. on Pakistan's military…"

I didn't realize that women and children were part of the "militants". Now let's turn to U.S. involvement in Libya: In March, President Obama said, "broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake." Then in April, Obama promised to "continue operations in Libya until Gaddafi was gone". The President also authorized drone attacks in Libya without Congressional approval. Imagine the vociferous outcry in the media if Bush had made such a contradiction and followed it up with an attack of any kind. Do not expect many in the lap dog media today to hold a liberal Democrat accountable. This glaring double standard is unfortunately here to stay. What about Afghanistan? There have been five-times the casualties for U.S. military forces since Obama became President. This fact has gone either unnoticed or unreported by most national media. Maybe they have changed their anti-war tune.

Regardless of what our government does or does not do, Christians need to hold fast to the truth, discern the signs of the times, and understand that God is sovereign. America has fallen away from Jesus Christ. There were instances in the Bible when God used war to judge and even discipline His own people. In the book of Jeremiah chapter 5, Israel and Judah were unfaithful to the Lord and lied about the Lord. As a result He said that He would bring a distant nation against them, and that nation would destroy the fortified cities in which they trusted. "Yet even in those days," declares the Lord, "I will not destroy you completely. And when the people ask, 'Why has the Lord done all this to us?' you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own." I don't know how much longer God will be patient with America. May He have mercy on us and forgive our sin and heal our land. Thomas Jefferson once said, "I tremble form my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."




This President Will Simply Not Be Held Accountable
6-24-11

Before it is too late, more clear-thinking Americans must wake up to some sobering facts. Many liberals, uninformed citizens, and a majority of youth today believe the following:

America is not one of the best countries in the world; We need to spend more money to get out of this recession; Health care is a right, not a privilege; American citizenship is a right, not a privilege; Gay marriage should be legalized everywhere; Democrats care more about the poor and middle class than Republicans; The stimulus didn't fail, it is just starting to work; Islam is a peaceful religion; Fox News is just a right wing network; Socialism is a better option than our system of Capitalism, the Founding Fathers were extremists, and...President Obama must be reelected to complete the fundamental transformation of America. There are some who, regardless of policy decisions Obama makes, will vote Democrat in every election. For those who are concerned about the good of our country, please keep reading.

Here are a few statistics and headlines to consider:
15 million Americans are now unemployed
Unemployment applications increased by 9,000 last week; totaling 429,000
Gas Prices are hovering around $4 a gallon
When Times Get Tough, Obama Goes Golfing (74 times so far as President)
Unemployment over 9%
A record number of Americans are now on Welfare
Housing market slow; New home prices fall again
Results are In - the Stimulus has Failed
Obama laughs, admitting that 'shovel ready jobs' were not quite shovel ready
Unemployment Applications have been above 400,000 for 11 weeks in a row
National Education Association vows to spend $60 million to reelect Obama

Breaking News: President Obama took heat for tapping into America's emergency oil supplies. Many speculate that this is simply an attempt to temporarily slow down rising gas prices while he spends more time campaigning for the 2012 Presidential election. My opinion? These are our "Reserves" for a reason, like a terrorist attack or nuclear emergency. The sad thing is that our younger generation is going to pay for the reckless spending and foolish decision making of the Obama administration.

Tax Cheat Timmy Geithner thinks the solution is, drum roll...increase spending and taxes! He stated that the government needs revenue increases, and that cutting the deficit by spending cuts alone is irresponsible. I'm not making this up. Watch the headlines in the near future, making Republicans the bad guys, especially since Eric Cantor walked out of Debt limit negotiations. (He refuses tax hikes) More than likely, this generation of young Americans will be the first in our nation's history not to enjoy a standard of living greater than their parents'.

Obama - the war president is, after three years, deciding to pull troops out of Afghanistan…just in time for the 2012 election. The media campaign against the Iraq war was one of the top reasons some voters turned away from President Bush, yet now, where is the outcry? (Not to mention we're entangled in a new conflict in Libya). Many believe this is purely a politically motivated move. During the Obama presidency, U.S. troops have been in Afghanistan for 29.1 months and have suffered 970 casualties—a rate of 33.3 deaths per month. The average monthly casualty rate for U.S. military forces serving in Afghanistan has increased 5-fold since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009. (CNSNews.com) So tell me, how many anti-war protests have you seen in the news in the last two or more years?

With all that is happening in the country, what are a few things the president been doing instead of "focusing on job creation"? Obama has been raising lots of money for his campaign, showing a lack of support for Israel and speaking out against pro-life efforts, insisting that Planned Parenthood will continue to receive out tax dollars to fund abortions. At a New York fundraiser Thursday, President Obama touted his efforts to advance gay rights and promised further progress, and the Federal Reserve flew the Gay Pride rainbow flag to celebrate Obama's declaration of June celebrating GLBT month. Oh, and in his speech about Afghanistan, he did mention getting to work on "Nation building" right here in our own country. I don't think he wants to build the same nation that you and I would like to rebuild. Last night, Obama applauded as New York became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage...and add to the destruction of the family unit as God intended. Will we allow it to continue across the country?

The sad truth is that with 70% of Americans saying the country is headed in the wrong direction, our national media seem to be saying, "Shhhh! Don't tell anyone that we know America is in a downward slide, we'll keep blaming Republicans, promote distractions, (like Wiener), and we will campaign for Obama no matter what he does or does not do. This is our unwritten code." And this reality leaves it up to you and I to research, inform ourselves, and make our voices heard.



Do You Actually Trust the American Media?
5-24-11

A new poll came out this week that has pretty much confirmed many other independent news polls in which Americans have a very hard time naming the most trusted news reporter in America. This proves what I have been writing about for several years now - that we simply cannot get factual and objective news reporting from most national media. In order to get accurate information, you need to turn to a variety of sources on the Internet. According to this poll by Suffolk University, "Don't Know" and "None" are the most trusted U.S. political reporters. Last year, it was the Pew Research Center who found that 92% of Americans use multiple platforms to get their daily news.

On this week's poll, there was also a question about the most trusted news sources on television. You don't have to look very hard to see why CBS and ABC were tied for the bottom at an embarrassing 6%. NBC was only a few points above the bottom feeders. Tim Pawlenty, a conservative Christian Republican, appeared on several network morning shows to talk about his candidacy for the Republican presidential ticket. First, they blasted him for not wanting to raise taxes. Then, not even hiding his political leanings, George Snuffleupagus actually quoted a liberal who voted for Obama, as saying that Pawlenty "left a financial mess" behind when in reality, he was one of only four governors in America to receive an 'A' rating from the Cato Institute. ABC must have overlooked that fact. On top of this, the graphic on the bottom of the screen said, "Who's In, Who's Out: Race In Disarray", meaning that there is disorganization in the Republican camp. Are you beginning to see how they operate?

Matt Lauer also got into the mix by inferring that some in the Republican party were against Governor Pawlenty. This is another tactic the liberal media uses frequently. They spin and twist the truth to try and cause confusion and division among Republicans. Lauer actually asked Pawlenty how he was going to run against someone like Obama who has so much charisma. Pawlenty responded, "I'm not running for entertainer-in-chief...but I'll bring the solutions forward that will actually fix the country." I mention this to emphasize the need to be aware of this kind of "reporting". Do NOT buy into the lie that the Republican candidates for the 2012 election are weak. Each one of them has more executive experience than Obama did but since he was a liberal Democrat, that did not seem to matter to many who report the "news" in America.

Back to the Suffolk University Poll. What political news source did the majority say they trust the most? Not surprisingly, Fox News, the network with sky rocketing television ratings overwhelmingly beat out all others. In fact, Bill O' Reilly has not only held the number one slot for years in prime time but in this political news reporting poll, he came in as the most trustworthy and accurate. I could write from detailed research about why Fox continues to have high ratings, regardless of whether there is a Democrat or Republican president, but the issue here is who to trust now and in the future with information. We have a critical presidential election next year, and we must encourage those who will listen to get informed and get involved. Notice I did not say to get "consumed" with politics.

Some liberals in the media don't care about anything except defending their position or pushing their views or ideology on other people. They may even blame President Bush for many of today's problems, but they won't report on who frequents the White House since the Obama administration took over. Do you care that radicals such as liberal billionaire George Soros has been to the White House at least eight times that we know of? Do you have any idea what his background is? How about the progressive, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt? The list of anti-American or progressive or those who support Socialism and who have spent time at the White House, is long. The fact is that you won't hear much about people like this in the media, and this is just part of the problem. So, as we move into campaigning season, any Republican who runs against Obama could win, even with the onslaught of negative press that will come against them. You just won't hear the mainstream media admit it.


Calling All Conservatives; Looking toward 2012
4-22-2011

It does not even matter to me who runs against President Obama in the election next year. We better get out and vote for him or her. But first, let's start paying attention to the early Republican possibilities. I can't imagine a candidate who could not do a better job than Obama. Right now, I'll go out on a limb and say Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum look pretty good. Whoever runs, look out for the Pro-Obama liberal media. The Republican who runs in the 2012 Presidential election will have to face the Obama machine as well as a biased media who will be complimentary to the Democrats and critical of Republicans.

If you've recently started paying attention to politics, this bias has been proven and documented by the Media Research Center and many others. Conservatives are hated and if you don't believe me, look at how they spin the news to reflect negatively on them. This is the new normal in America in what used to be called, "Journalism". Bye, bye objectivity!

Pay attention to how the media reports on 'their guy' vs. the potential candidate who opposes Obama. Thankfully, more people today get their news on the Internet instead of TV or newspapers. American voters do not hear the whole truth unless they get their news from a variety of outlets and sources. We have to face these facts if we are to effectively impact the 2012 Presidential election, regardless of who the conservative candidate happens to be. The Democrats have powerful 'Get out the Vote' efforts and they are well oiled and organized when it comes to campaigning, demonstrating, and protesting. The national media will always give them more press.

If you want to help America be great again, you need to do more than show up at the polls and mark a box for a candidate. I live in Wisconsin, and values in Madison do not represent the majority of Wisconsin citizens. Make sure your elected representatives hear from you! As we have seen here with the collective bargaining controversy, the battle is on, the work has begun, and action is needed right now. Liberal union thugs will stop at nothing to win; lie, cheat, call for recounts, recall elections, protest neutral businesses.

Nationally, the fight is even more difficult. We're going against an incumbent President with power on his side: international money coming in, an endless money supply from George Soros and others of his ilk, backing from SEIU and other liberal unions, corporations who were given massive stimulus dollars, and Democratic Governors and Senators who received kickbacks for their states in exchange for help with Obama's reelection bid. According to the Heritage Foundation, the President's spending plan was an effort to shore up support within a key constituency: organized labor. First revealed at a Wisconsin labor union picnic on Labor Day, the $50 billion in infrastructure spending represents tens of billions of dollars in high, federally mandated, Davis-Bacon wages for unionized construction workers.

In this age of the blogosphere and lack of media accountability, liberal attacks will continue to be aimed at Christians, Conservatives, and Republicans – even Independents who get in the way of Socialism. Let's not stoop to their level. Call attention to their hypocrisy but don't lose focus. Let's arm ourselves with the truth and share news and information with others who care. Use the Internet. Attend town hall meetings. There is way too much at stake. NOW is the time to pay more attention to what is going in your state and in Washington. Get involved, research reputable sites & sources on your own, and help spread the real news.



The NEA: National 'Endow them with Liberalism' Agenda
3-22-11


In researching National Education Association activity, school curriculums, and the unholy alliance between the NEA and the Democratic party, I've become concerned and somewhat alarmed at the dominance of the anti-Christian, liberal agenda in American public schools. These same schools receive tax dollars from a majority of citizens who do not agree with some of the teachings and methods taking place. One result? An average of 6,000 students every year are leaving public schools for private education or home schooling. I don't believe this current, one-sided educational approach is even close to what our Founding Fathers had in mind for America, and I have a feeling that you don't either. At this point, I want to remind you that I come from a family of teachers who happen to be conservatives, and I know many other hard working teachers who do not agree with the politics of the National Education Association. Fasten your seatbelt.

Wisconsin teacher and friend, Dr. Jake Jacobs said, "The frustrating thing for me as a Christian Teacher in the Public School for over 25 years is the one sidedness of the largest public union in America, the NEA. As a young teacher, when I asked why my money was taken against my will out of my paychecks, I was told that it was the law and there was nothing I could do. As a trained historian I knew that "in knowledge was power" and I soon discovered that the NEA gives almost 98% of it's confiscated public money to many Democratic, Left-Wing anti-Family causes. Teachers were only given one side of most issues and should only share/teach/think one way. As an American I am to this day appalled at such "NEA group teacher think." That kind of ONE PARTY thinking was done in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and is done in Communist Cuba and China today. Thomas Jefferson summarizes my viewpoints exactly: "To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical."

Did you know that in 1995, the Clinton administration opened the door to teaching about the history and religious practices of Muslims? I bet you also didn't know that, "parents who may object to their children being compelled to assume a Muslim name and recite prayers to Allah as part of their "learning activities" have no recourse and may not withdraw their children from these activities...government schools have been using textbooks that glorify Islam and denigrate Christianity for some time. Such materials give children a favorable view of Islam and a negative view of Christianity and the Judeo-Christian heritage." (Dr. Karen Gushta, OneNewsNow) Read the whole article here: www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=1314254

Did you also know that recommended reading on the NEA web site is "Rules For Radicals" by Saul Alinsky? The book is a socialist how-to guide for gaining power and redistributing wealth. We've seen his bullying and intimidation methods used recently by Wisconsin teachers and union thugs in Madison. Alinsky, The American Organizer, instructs protesters to, "Agitate + Aggravate + Educate + Organize". Rule #1. "Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. #5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. #8. "Keep the pressure on. #13. "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."

Writing for Worldview Times, Tom DeWeese said, "It is fairly well known what has happened to American schools since the 1990s, when massive "reform" took place through the establishment of the federal Department of Education...In short, the modern environmental movement was chosen as the shock and awe tactic to force America into the global village. Over the next three decades these forces combined to rapidly and drastically change America in a very significant way. As Ronald Reagan said, "We are but one generation away from losing our liberties." Change the attitudes, values and beliefs of just one generation and America will forget its founding principles and fall in line with the globalist world view. I strongly suggest that you read the entire article here, http://worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=6597

Retiring NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin explained, "…it is not because of our creative ideas; it is not because of the merit of our positions; it is not because we care about children; and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. The NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of million of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them; the union that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees." Let me clarify; what matters to the NEA is money, power, and protecting the "rights" of union members. Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld responds, "And what are the American people getting for their money? The drugging of over four million children by their educators to cure Attention Deficit Disorder, a steep decline in literacy, and an anti-Christian philosophy of education. Indeed, what we have are government schools that do not truly educate." Did you know that the NEA uses union dues for federal funding of sexual orientation instruction, funding to educate illegal aliens, and more funding for universal healthcare? Many sources also point out the fact that the NEA spends more than any other union in politics, and at least 95% of that money continually goes to the Democratic party. (National Institute on Money in State Politics) Chuck Norris did a great piece in Townhall on progressive indoctrination in public education, saying, "Among that lopsidedness is the intentional training of students to disdain America, freely experiment sexually, forcefully defend issues such as abortion and homosexuality, and become cultural advocates for political correctness, relativism, globalization, green agendas, and tolerance for all."

Our Founding Fathers fought for religious freedom, and the very heart of our ideals and convictions come from Christian teachings. However, these foundational beliefs seem to be a distant thought in today's public schools. The NEA has gradually chipped away at a Christian world view to the point that many young people today either support and defend abortion, gay marriage, the whole "green" agenda, (the idea that the earth is to be valued above human life), and evolution, to name a few. It appears that American exceptionalism is an afterthought. In addition, the fact that American kids rank 23rd in the world in Science, Math, and Reading, makes me wonder how effective liberal teaching methods are today. Instead of learning critical thinking, kids are being told what to think. Need more simple proof? You've seen Jay Leno go out and interview High School or College graduates and ask them the most basic questions about American history, right? The conclusion seems to be that either they don't remember the answers or they were not taught effectively. Have you seen studies or have you heard the liberal media report much on the state of education in America? I didn't think so. And this is why many people are surprised to learn how the NEA has been teaching and promoting liberalism under the guise of education. No film at eleven.

*Solutions! Here is part two of that article by Norris with suggestions on what we can do: http://townhall.com/columnists/chucknorris/2011/03/15/us_public_schools_progressive_indoctrination_camps_part_2


Wisconsin: the Protests, the Numbers, and the Majority vs. Union Agenda
2-26-11

Before writing this, I thought, "Haven't most people made up their minds and already taken a side regardless of the information out there?" However, due to the generally one-sided media coverage, I decided to share some facts, observations and quote several writers who are more eloquent than I am. First, it appears that many liberal Democrats, including Wisconsin Senators, refuse to acknowledge the election results from last November when the majority spoke in favor of conservative principles and values, and limited government. They chose to skip town with full pay because they cannot play nicely in the sand box. Instead of doing their job and voting, they took the football and fled to Illinois. Nice example of democracy for today's children.

Second, it's interesting but not surprising that the media has been complicit and selective on the big union organizers protest methods in Madison. Not only have many teachers left work to be on television but possibly hundreds of them have been given fake doctor's notices so they could protest with full pay, courtesy of the Wisconsin taxpayers. To top that off, some teachers also took their students to the protests encouraging them to skip school for "things that are more important". In video after video, many kids didn't even know why they were there. When asked, one student said, "to protest, I guess", another said, "we're against whatever this dude [Walker] is doing."

"In 2009, Wisconsin's Democratic governor and Democratic Legislature passed legislation that raised taxes and fees by about $1.2 billion over three years. State lawmakers approved the bill on the very day it was introduced, with no public hearing. Remember that. In 2011, the tables have turned. The Assembly has 60 Republicans to 38 Democrats, and the state Senate is weighted 19 Repubs to 14 Dems. GOP Gov. Scott Walker has inherited a budget shortfall that is expected to grow to $3.6 billion over the next two-year budget."
- Townhall's Debra Saunders points out

The Protests:
Obama's Organizing for America Hits Mad Town: Big labor and the Democratic National Convention bussed in protesters from other states, and here are some of the signs with the union label: Scott Walker with a bulls eye on his face, many with Walker as Hitler, "Death to dictators", "Mubarack of the Midwest", "Scott Walker & Adolph Hitler - don't let history repeat itself", Governor Walker's face in cross hairs with the words: "Don't Retreat, Reload: Repeal Walker", "Why do Republicans hate people?", "Koch whores", "Buttholes for Billionaires", "Our Kids deserve better", "Heil Walker", and more. Nice. Seems like they forgot President Obama's comments on this supposed new age of civility. Oh that's right, we're talking about liberals so they get a pass. No film at eleven. A few friends of mine have said that this is causing division among his friends. I made the point that we've always been divided and always will be a divided country. I will never agree with those who support (or elect representatives who support) abortion, gay marriage and the destruction of the traditional family, high taxes, big government, etc. This is, in part, a battle of ideology and world views. Where the union dominance is concerned, we need to ask if there is an unholy alliance between the liberal progressive unions and the Democratic party or have they become one and the same? Possibly the saddest sign I saw read, "Unions: our last hope". Not Jesus, not God, not America, not Freedom...'unions'.

The people of Wisconsin elected a Republican majority in the House, the Senate, and Governor Scott Walker won because of what he campaigned on. He is implementing that plan as you read this. The Democrats, who chose to cut and run, are blackmailing the state of Wisconsin instead of showing up in the assembly to do their job. They choose loyalty to liberal unions over the will of the people. In a meeting with Republicans after winning the 2008 election, President Obama said, "I won", and, "Elections have consequences." You did not see Republicans fleeing D.C. when the Dems slammed the massive health care bill down our throats. They showed up to debate and vote, KNOWING that they were the minority. In Wisconsin, however, I'm embarrassed to say that when the going got tough, the Democrats get going...literally! I guess they are still hiding out at a hotel in Il. "Democrats have fled state legislatures rather than face up to doing the people's business. They should change the symbol of their party from the gray donkey to the yellow chicken."
~ Washington Times editorial quote

WISCONSIN FAMILY COUNSEL: "The 14 State Senate Democrats continue their self-imposed exile in IL, neglecting their duty to represent their constituents on the floor of the State Senate. Legislators are elected to represent the people of their districts--not out-of-state protestors and labor interests. Much is at stake--beyond the proposed budget repair bill. The unions and the protesters have been assisted by the pro-homosexual group Fair Wisconsin and by Planned Parenthood." What in the world do these progressive, anti-Christian organizations have to do with Wisconsin unions?

The National Education Association recommends Rules For Radicals! On the NEA web site: Recommended Reading: Saul Alinsky, The American Organizer "Agitate + Aggravate + Educate + Organize". Rule #1. "Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. #5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. #8. "Keep the pressure on. #13. "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." So is this really all about the children and education?

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Let's hear retiring NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin explain to the NEA convention why Big Labor is so powerful: "…it is not because of our creative ideas; it is not because of the merit of our positions; it is not because we care about children; and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. The NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of million of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them; the union that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees." I agree with one protest sign - the children DO deserve better.

DR. SAMUEL BLUMENFELD: "And what are the American people getting for their money? The drugging of over four million children by their educators to cure Attention Deficit Disorder, a steep decline in literacy, and an anti-Christian philosophy of education. Indeed, what we have are government schools that do not truly educate. If it were not for the growth of the home-school movement and the restoration of educational freedom by this dedicated remnant, the country would in time become a totalitarian society controlled by behavioral psychologists and corrupt politicians. In fact, with the election of Barack Obama, the nation has reached that brink where ending our Constitutional Republic of limited powers and replacing it with atheistic Social Democracy with unlimited powers is about to take place unless stopped by an alarmed and activated American people." CAL THOMAS: When the federal government runs out of money, it can print and borrow more. When states run out of money they must cut spending to balance their budgets, or raise taxes. The days of constant increases in pay and benefits - including expanding pensions - are over, not only in Wisconsin but also in many other states. One pro-union demonstrator in Madison carried a sign: "This is what democracy looks like." No the last election is what democracy looks like. Governor Walker and the new Republican state legislators ran on platforms to reduce the state's debt. They are refreshingly living up to their promises."

BRENT BOZELL/Media Research Center: Networks Portray Budget Battle as 'National Assault on Unions' - What incredible gall for the national media to try to transform Wisconsin from conservative juggernaut to Egyptian dictatorship in a heartbeat. Their political imagination (or delusion) is just staggering, completely ignoring the election returns. Liberals were crushed by the voters, and now they dare to put themselves in the "people power" category? This is reality turned upside down.

ANN COULTER: Democrats buy the votes of government workers with generous pay packages and benefits -- paid for by someone else -- and then expect a kickback from the unions in the form of hefty campaign donations, rent-a-mobs and questionable union political activity when they run for re-election.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: "Hence the import of the current moment - its blinding clarity. Here stand the Democrats, avatars of reactionary liberalism, desperately trying to hang on to the gains of their glory years - from unsustainable federal entitlements for the elderly enacted when life expectancy was 62 to the massive promissory notes issued to government unions when state coffers were full and no one was looking. Obama's Democrats have become the party of no. Real cuts to the federal budget? No. Entitlement reform? No. Tax reform? No. Breaking the corrupt and fiscally unsustainable symbiosis between public-sector unions and state governments? Hell, no."

The Numbers:
FOLLOW THE MONEY, Washington reporters like to say. The money in this case comes from taxpayers, present and future, who are the source of every penny of dues paid to public employee unions, who in turn spend much of that money on politics, almost all of it for Democrats. In effect, public employee unions are a mechanism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the Democratic Party. During the 2010 election cycle, the [liberal] American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees forked over $87.5 million in union dues for the sole purpose of electing Democrats. Countless millions more went to "advocacy campaigns," thinly veiled promotions for Leftist candidates.

MATTHEW SHAFFER, National Review: "Wisconsin teachers are paid an average salary - annualized to account for their 180-day work year, that is $68,000, and that is in addition to their very fine benefits, pensions, and job security. The median household income — that is, total household income, including households with two or more earners — was $49,993 in 2009 in Wisconsin. Therefore, after adjusting for the different work years — and not including teachers' unusually generous benefits — a typical single Wisconsin teacher earns 36 percent more than the typical Wisconsin home….The minority with the loudest voices subvert the normal democratic process of directing public resources (namely voting). Legislators' fleeing the state to prevent a vote by the legislative majority the voters of Wisconsin elected is also not very democratic. Not to mention forcing public employees to contribute to unions whose political advocacy they may disagree with. (Governor Walker proposes to allow public employees to opt out of financial contributions to the unions)."

WALL STREET JOURNAL: "The showdown in Wisconsin over fringe benefits for public employees boils down to one number: 74.2. That's how many cents the public pays Milwaukee public-school teachers and other employees for retirement and health benefits for every dollar they receive in salary. The corresponding rate for employees of private firms is 24.3 cents. Gov. Scott Walker's proposal would bring public-employee benefits closer in line with those of workers in the private sector. The average Milwaukee public-school teacher salary is $56,500, but with benefits the total package is over $100,000, according to the manager of financial planning for Milwaukee public schools." (And the High School graduation rate in Milwaukee is about 56%.)

What about health care? "Under the current collective- bargaining agreements, the school district pays the entire premium for medical and vision benefits, and over half the cost of dental coverage. These plans are extremely expensive. This is partly because of Wisconsin's unique arrangement under which the teachers union is the sponsor of the group health-insurance plans. Not surprisingly, benefits are generous. The district's contributions for health insurance of active employees total 38.8% of wages. For private-sector workers nationwide, the average is 10.7%."

CATO INSTITUTE (Chris Edwards): "The public sector has a significant pay advantage over the private sector when it comes to benefits. He wrote that, "Bureau of Economic Analysis data show that average compensation in the private sector was $59,909 in 2008, including $50,028 in wages and $9,881 in benefits. Average compensation in the public sector was $67,812, including $52,051 in wages and $15,761 in benefits."

MACIVER INSTITUTE had come up with a cost estimate for paying all the teachers in Milwaukee and Madison for the days they had walked out to protest Walker's bill. If they are all paid for the days missed, MacIver News Service said, "protest related salaries for just the state's two largest districts would exceed $6.6 million dollars." Add in the cost of the smaller school districts that have shut down and the total rises to about $9 million. As Commentary's Alana Goodman noted, each "phony sick note" costs Wisconsin taxpayers $513. (The UW and others provided doctors who freely gave out fake excuses at the protest)

PUBLIC INFO: on top of their pay and benefits, Wisconsin spends the most per public school pupil on its students than any other Midwest state: $10,791 per student in 2008. It is also well documented that the big labor unions constantly make enormous contributions to the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign. Unions, most of whose members are public employees, gave Democrats some $400 million in the 2008 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the biggest public employee union, gave Democrats $90 million in the 2010 cycle.

BILL O' REILLY: In ten years starting in 1998, Wisconsin doubled the amount of money spent on each public school student to more than $10,000 per pupil, per year. And test scores went down! Doing the math, the equation seems to be that money is not the key to knowledge. Discipline is. The teachers in Wisconsin should be compensated to the best of the state's ability. But the educational gravy train is off the tracks. There's no more money. The taxpayer is tapped out. So, in the future, if you want to teach kids you'll have to take less to do it. That may not be fair but that's the lesson that Wisconsin is teaching us. The writing is very clear on the blackboard: No more public money is on the way. MICHAEL BARONE, Washington Examiner's senior political analyst: "Public opinion seems to be with the Republicans...Now hard economic times have left voters wondering why public employees pay practically zero toward their health insurance and pensions when they have to pay plenty themselves. Wisconsin, which led the nation on civil service a century ago and on welfare reform in the 1990s, may be showing the nation the way ahead once again."

I encourage you to get as informed as possible and to ignore the lies, hateful attacks, and the rhetoric going around. The protestors with the loudest mouths are not the majority. Most of us have had to cut corners to make ends meet in the last few years and though I come from a family of teachers, I have less sympathy for public employees, and the truth is that Wisconsin is in economic crisis mode. I receive no pension, I pay out of pocket for my health insurance and deductible, and my income has not increased to keep up with sky rocketing property taxes and cost of living. Most teachers are dedicated, hard working and honest. I do think that conservative Christian or Republican teachers should have a choice to opt out of union membership due to the fact that the NEA promotes an anti-Christian agenda and at least some of their values don't line up with the liberal union and the Democratic party.

Perspective: This is not a huge deal to God and there will always be division and unrest in this country and in the world. It's easy to get angry about it but let's keep the faith and maintain our respect for others who disagree with us. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, so let's be like salt and light in the darkness, overcome evil with good, and speak the truth in love. These are challenging times and as Christians, we need to remember to pray for our state, our country, and everyone involved in this budget issue in the hopes of a peaceful resolution. A greater plan is unfolding and this is simply one of the battles.


Packers, Not Politics
2-10-11

A few years ago, President Obama was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. This year, he let everyone know that he is a Chicago Bears fan, and prior to the NFC Championship game between the Packers and Bears, he said he would attend the Super Bowl in Dallas if the Bears won. He would have loved to welcome his beloved 'hometown' Bears to the White House, as all American championship teams traditionally make the trip. Regardless of what NFL team they support, most American taxpayers are probably very glad the Bears lost because it would have cost us around ten million dollars if the Obama entourage, which includes family, friends, staff, and security, traveled to Dallas to party and take in the game. This president doesn't travel cheap. So when the Green Bay Packers beat the Bears in the NFC Championship game, I especially enjoyed the post-game speech by Charles Woodson of the Packers. He talked about the team having one focus, one goal, and being of one mind. Then he concluded with, "...and check this, if the President don't want to come watch us in the Super Bowl, hey, we'll go see him. White House on three. One, two three, (and all the Packers shouted) White House!." That was fun to watch.

Recently, I've noticed some friends getting exhausted and overwhelmed by the news. That's what happens when you start paying more attention to what is happening in the world. In the last couple of weeks, it's been nice to take a healthy break from all the bad news, politics, culture garbage, and unrest in the world. I'm the kind of person that pretty much keeps informed on world and national news and current events, so as a Green Bay Packers fan, it's been a wonderful time of escape. Thank God for football and for the little joys in life, including the pleasant 'distraction' of your favorite team winning the Super Bowl. But, during this time, I was reminded that football and politics don't really mix well. First, why does the most visible president in U.S. history have to be on television right before the Super Bowl? I understand that he wants to campaign for the 2012 election but can we please get a break from the endless White House PR?

During the Super Bowl, it was nice to hear the fans cheer former President George W. Bush when the camera panned to he and his wife Laura, Condoleezza Rice, and Jerry Jones in the owners suite. It was a nice gesture, knowing that not all the fans at the Super Bowl supported Bush or were Republicans. In my opinion it was a great game with a great ending (Packers winning), in spite of the very forgettable half time show and Christina Aguilera muffing the Star Spangled Banner. Two days later, still riding high and paying little attention to news and politics, I attended the 'Return To Titletown' celebration at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Tuesday afternoon. The fans got to see the Lombardi trophy, watch video highlights of the best plays of the Packers season, and hear speeches by the players and coaches. The event concluded with fireworks. But to me, the celebration was tainted unnecessarily when some fans, obviously liberal Democrats, actually booed new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. How classless and disrespectful. It surprised me that some of the best fans in the world would put a stain on the festivities. It reminded me of the divide in our country. A divide that couldn't even be temporarily bridged during a joyous celebration of possibly the biggest trophy in professional sports. This divide left me with a rotten taste in my mouth, and as I think about it, even a bit miffed.

It's the biggest sporting event in America and according to Neilson, the Packers Super Bowl win now holds the record as the most watched television program in history. On Monday night, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama hadn't called anyone from the Packers after they won the Super Bowl on Sunday. Now, I don't remember when he called the New Orleans Saints to congratulate them last year. I do remember him calling the Pittsburgh Steelers two years back AT the Super Bowl, ON the field the day they won. Better late then never, the president finally talked to Packers coach Mike McCarthy yesterday. It probably means nothing but it's still a reminder that we should do our best to keep sports and politics as far from each other as possible. Sports unite us but this is just a sad reminder of how divided we are in America.

Whether he always lived by them or not, in one of the more famous quotes to his team by football legend, Vince Lombardi, he set a few priorities. "Think of only three things: your God, your family and the Green Bay Packers-in that order." After considering this again, I decided to clarify my priorities. I affirm that I am a Christian first and foremost. Next, I'm an American, a Green Bay Packers fan, and a finally, a conservative Republican or Independent. And though not all the Packers players support the president, I'm sure they'll keep football and politics separate when the World Champions enjoy their tour of the White House in the Spring.


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Archived Blogs : 2010
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Top Ten Things the Media is NOT Talking about at the end of 2010 : 12-23-10
Dancing With The Stars, and American Voters : 12-1-10

HEADLINES Needing Little Explanation: (Digging for News the Liberal Media Skips) : 10-28-10
Whatever Happened to...? (Digging for News the Liberal Media Skips) : 9-24-10
FIORAZO DIGGS: Digging fo News the Liberal Media Skips : 8-31-10

FIORAZO DIGGS; Digging for News the Liberal Media Skips : 8-2-10
How Long Can the Media Hide Bad News? Summer Headline Blog #2 : 7-8-10

Tough Summer for Democrats and No End in Sight; Headline Blog : 6-24-10
Mad at the Media for Massive Malpractice : 6-4-10

We're Forgetting Part of the Argument; This is America : 5-11-10

No Opinions; Just Politics : 4-17-10

Chicago Politics are Here, But November is Coming : 3-12-10
I'll Have an American Omelet, and a Healthy Dose of Voter Backlash, Please! : 1-10-10


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Archived Blogs : 2009
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Do Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain! : September 09
Healthcare Debate Heats Up Free Speech Battle : August 09
Government Games and Media Malpractice; Who Do You Trust? : July 09
Venting About Hypocrisy : May 09 Already Tired? Keep That Faith : February 09

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Archived Blogs : 2008
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The American Public Saw the Media's Pro-Obama/Anti-McCain and Palin Tilt : November 08
Journalism Redefined and the Battle Ahead : November 08
And Justice…I Mean, Free Speech For All : October 08
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