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Love. This. Man.

Posted by necessarygrace on April 5, 2011

…this morning the new House Republican majority will introduce a budget that moves the debate from billions in spending cuts to trillions. America is facing a defining moment. The threat posed by our monumental debt will damage our country in profound ways, unless we act.



What’s in the Republican’s budget plan?

This budget proposes to bring spending on domestic government agencies to below 2008 levels, and it freezes this category of spending for five years. The savings proposals are numerous, and include reforming agricultural subsidies, shrinking the federal work force through a sensible attrition policy, and accepting Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s plan to target inefficiencies at the Pentagon.

As we strengthen and improve welfare programs for those who need them, we eliminate welfare for those who don’t. Our budget targets corporate welfare, starting by ending the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that is costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. It gets rid of the permanent Wall Street bailout authority that Congress created last year. And it rolls back expensive handouts for uncompetitive sources of energy, calling instead for a free and open marketplace for energy development, innovation and exploration.

Starting in 2022, new Medicare beneficiaries will be enrolled in the same kind of health-care program that members of Congress enjoy. Future Medicare recipients will be able to choose a plan that works best for them from a list of guaranteed coverage options. This is not a voucher program but rather a premium-support model. A Medicare premium-support payment would be paid, by Medicare, to the plan chosen by the beneficiary, subsidizing its cost.

This is what leadership looks like. Question is, how do we get the leaders of the democrat party to step up? Answer: Get the American people on board. No one likes a poll so much as Obama does. Share the video, share the articles, share your own thoughts with your friends and family. Most people hear the words “budget” and “cuts” and immediately decide they are against them. We need to do what we can, in our own circles of influence, to change that dynamic. Let History look back and call US the “Greatest Generation” because we have the courage to take responsibility and do what’s right. Let’s get behind Paul Ryan.

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The Face of God

Posted by necessarygrace on February 11, 2010

This is definitely one worth sending to your friends, posting on your Facebook page … and oh how I’d like to think that our President would watch it and take the message to heart.

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Memo To Axelrod: YOU are Wrong

Posted by necessarygrace on September 14, 2009

The White House has a message to the tens of thousands of protesters who railed against big government during a rally in Washington Saturday: You’re wrong.

White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday that the protesters, part of the “tea party” movement, do not represent the views of the broader public when it comes to health care reform.

“I don’t think it’s indicative of the nation’s mood,” Axelrod said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “You know, I don’t think we ought to be distracted by that. My message to them is, they’re wrong.”

Dear Mr. Axelrod,

You don’t know me, but that hasn’t stopped you from casting judgement on me. You say I’m “wrong” and that I don’t represent the views of the “broader” public. Which makes me wonder, do you have any idea who you are speaking to? Did you even take five minutes to look at the faces of the people in the crowds marching on your turf on Saturday?

No?

Let me give you a glimpse.

I am a stay at home mother of four. My husband works in the computer industry. His company probably made some very large contributions to your boss’ election campaign. We live in a part of Virginia that according to your polls is somewhat “Blue”. We have never participated in a protest before.

(Oh wait, I take that back. When I was about nine, my mom took me to a “no nukes” rally in Seattle. My parents (all 3 of them) are raging liberals.)

Have I messed with your concept of demographics yet? Oh wait, there’s still the “astroturf” and “brooks brothers” tripe you’ve fed the media this summer.

How’s this for Grass Roots: I found the rally on facebook. And how’s this for “Brooks Brothers”: I made my own T-shirt. As did my husband and my 14 year old daughter.

I really liked mine, it was a quote from James Madison – you might remember him Mr. Axelrod, he was our 4th president and is considered the Father of that document you love to stomp all over, the Constitution. He said, “Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.” Which I thought was rather apropos, given your friend Rahm’s famous quote.

My husband chose a quote from Margaret Thatcher: “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” Oops. He used that word. Socialism. How dare he point out that your friend Obama wants to spread the wealth around. Obviously he forgot that it’s no longer okay to point out the obvious, here in the Land of Hope and Change.

My daughter, who has a mind of her own and never does anything because someone else told her to (most especially her parents!) found this quote, from her rock idol, Kurt Cobain: “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.” Ouch. Bet you never thought the youth of America might wake up and catch on to what you guys are doing. She’s supposed to be in the “broader public”, swooning over handsome Barack and trusting in him to give her everything she needs. Unfortunately for you and the President, my daughter – like many teens – can think for herself. And she’s also a voracious reader. Her current favorite author? George Orwell. Which is why she made this sign to carry in the march:

1984 sign

My younger children came along mostly as an educational exercise. I wanted them to see what Freedom of Speech looks like. I wanted them to understand what Thomas Jefferson meant when he said, “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

We arrived in DC hours before the March was scheduled to begin. Apologies to Al Gore, but we drove. See, it’s a lot more economical for us to park all day for $7 than to pay for 6 metro passes. Also, you know, it’s swine flu season, and as you’ll remember everybody’s favorite Vice President, the man your boss chose to succeed him, advised Americans, “I would tell members of my family — and I have — that I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now.”

We parked and walked a few blocks to Freedom Square two hours before the start of the march and found a crowd so big it was spilling out of the square and into the surrounding streets. We couldn’t even see the stage where the speakers were – just hundreds (or more likely thousands) of people, and a sea of homemade signs.

freedom square rally

Not long after we got to Freedom Square an announcement was made that the march was starting early. The DC police insisted, because there were too many people in the square. The crowd was so large, it was causing safety and traffic issues in the area.

Now before you leap to the conclusion that safety issues = unruly crowd, let me clear something up. The people at that rally were there for a purpose. They were serious about the cause of liberty. But they were not ANGRY. Well, okay, they were angry at your boss and his friends in congress, but they weren’t CRANKY. In fact, it was one of the friendliest crowds I’ve seen in a long time. People were polite and smiling and patient with one another. You know what we were? Energized. Excited. Happy to FINALLY have a voice, when for far too long we have been pushed aside and ignored.

And so we marched. People of all ages and backgrounds, united in one thing – our desire for liberty. What that looks like to everyone isn’t exactly the same. In fact, there were some people there I didn’t really agree with. For instance, I have no desire to vote for Ron Paul. Also I think comparing your boss to Hitler is not a productive thing to do. (Though let’s be honest, we all know most of those Obama-as-Hitler signs are wielded by members of the LaRouche Party… not Conservatives.) And some signs I thought were too graphic – the ones where Obama’s face is made to look like the Joker’s (they did the same to Bush, so let’s not pretend it’s a “racist” thing, K?). The ones with graphic pictures of granny dying because Obama is lying. I covered my younger kids’ eyes for those signs. But they were a tiny tiny minority of the signs we saw that day.

Most of the signs were pithy and funny, simple and to the point. “Joe Wilson Was Right.” “Czars Czuck”. “Democrat Against Obamacare.” (Uh Oh David! How’d that person get in there? Aren’t they supposed to be in your broader public?) Many of the signs were mini-lessons in history and our constitution. You know it’s a great educational outing when your kids are asking you “What’s the tenth ammendment?”

When we got to the Capitol building, two hours before the big rally was set to begin (due to the early start of the march), the lawn was already packed. Having four kids with us, we decided to hang out at the small park across from the staging area. From there we could (mostly) hear the speakers and watch as the people continued to stream in. There was a steady stream of people completing their march for the next two hours. At one point my son and I decided to go get a closer look at the stage, and found we could not even get through the crowd, it was packed so tightly. When my eight year old had to answer nature’s call, the line for the porta-jons was nearly an hour long. I tell you this because I know that you and your friends in the media want very badly to minimize how many people were gathered in DC on Saturday. Even with images like these, you try to say there were only “scores” or “thousands” … even Fox News sticks with “tens of thousands.” Well, I was there. And I’m looking at the pictures. The very least you could accurately say is “HUNDREDS of thousands.” More accurate? “A million strong.”

So Mr. Axelrod, you may want to minimize what happened Saturday. You and your boss can try to brush us off, or say we are “coarsening” the “political dialogue“. But when you do, you are only fooling yourselves. For all the hundreds of thousands of us who rallied on Saturday, there are hundreds of thousands (or day I say – millions?) more who were there with us in spirit. And when those 2010 elections come around, you and your boss and all his friends in congress are going to find out just how WRONG you are.

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Do They Think We’re Two?

Posted by necessarygrace on July 28, 2009

When my kids were little, I had a simple way of dealing with their emotional outbursts. If they threw a tantrum or started crying, all it took was a little distraction to make them forget their problems. It looked a little like this:

**Two year old screaming for toy that sibling just took**

“Oh look honey, there’s a pretty bird outside!!”

**Child’s head whips around, runs over to window, starts babbling about the bird. Toy is forgotten.**

As my kids got older, this tactic stopped working so well. They were better at expressing their frustrations and expected better explanations from me too. Our interactions matured into calm, rational discussions.

Sadly, the Democrats and the mainstream media seem to be unaware of this maturation process. They prefer to deal with Conservatives concerns and complaints as though we are a bunch of two year olds. Case in point? ObamaCare.

As it becomes more and more apparent that the Democrat’s healthcare bill (written to specifications handed down by Obama) is not strong enough to stand on its own merits, they’ve resorted to distraction tactics. Not just any distraction will do… because let’s face it, in every political arena, they are at the losing end of debate. So, in true Liberal fashion, they are going with the old standby: Paint Conservatives as Nutjobs. It goes like this:

**Conservatives point out the myriad of flaws and dangers in the Healthcare bill.**

** Liberals: Oh LOOK! Crazy Conservative “Truthers” say Obama’s not a US citizen! Look over here! We found a Hawaiin official who will attest to his birth!! But those crazy Conservatives will never believe it! They are NUTJOBS! **

Sadly for the Liberals, this is not working on rational Conservatives the way it works on a 2 year old (and also, apparently, most of their followers). While we may have very valid concerns about a man holding the presidency who refuses to produce any documentation of any kind on a huge variety of serious topics, we are mature enough to know there is a time and a place. (And besides, what happens if Obama steps down? President Biden anyone? Thanks, but NO!)

What kills me is the media keeps hammering away at this story, as if by repetition they can make it true. And of course if they can convince enough of America (most of whom think Jon Stewart is a reliable source for objective NEWS) that Conservatives Are Crazy well then, they won’t have to bother with an intelligent debate on the issues. Well, wake up President Obama, Democrats and your state-run media! It’s NOT WORKING. Stop pointing at the pretty bird out the window and JOIN US in a rational mature debate … if you can.

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Media’s Not Enchanting Enough For Dear Leader

Posted by necessarygrace on May 27, 2009

It’s hard to imagine a President with a more friendly media than Obama currently has. He sailed into office on the backs of a press that was so enamored with him they couldn’t be bothered to do their jobs and instead wrote fawning piece after fawning piece about the Historical Figure with no experience (or none that played into their narrative of The One as Messaiah). And by and large this fawning coverage has continued to this day, choosing to ask the President fluff questions like how has he been “enchanted” during his first 100 days, rather than present him even one difficult question on the economy or his takeover of the automotive industry or his foreign policy strategies. No, clearly it’s much more important to report the intimate details of the Obama’s date night.

So one has to wonder then, why this President felt compelled to establish his own white house controlled media?

…Obama White House officials decided to do their own media report on the visit, complete with cuts, interviews, and chyrons identifying who’s speaking.

Also, just like a network, they have their own little logo!

(We all know that Obama has plenty of experience creating his own logos…)

Hmmm… perhaps it’s because a few in the media are starting to wake from their enchanted sleep and realize that their idol has feet of clay after all? You know it can’t be good when a report like this shows up on MSNBC – the closest thing to Obama-run Television the private sector has.

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Change We Can Believe In?

Posted by necessarygrace on March 25, 2009

I wonder how many of the 52% who voted for Obama are waking up to the fact that the Change they voted for isn’t the Change they are getting. And I wonder why any of them are surprised, given that the only experience he ever bragged about having was that of running a campaign? All the recent townhalls and interviews and prime-time press conferences show a man who is still under the delusion that running a presidency is the same thing as running a campaign. The big difference now is people can judge his words by his actions, and according to Zogby’s latest poll, he’s having a much harder time fooling them. One can only hope this is just the beginning of America waking up and taking stock of what they actually got in President Obama.

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What’s So Funny?

Posted by necessarygrace on March 23, 2009

Bloggers and commentators are all abuzz this morning about the President’s 60 minutes interview last night. Mr. Obama just couldn’t stop smiling and giggling as he talked about the Dire Economic Crisis our country faces. It was so odd that Steve Kroft (the interviewer) actually asked him, “Are you punch drunk?”

My question for you is, Why is he laughing? Is it as Obama says, just a little “gallows humor”? Or is it nervous laughter – the President realizing how absolutely in over his head he is, as some have postulated? Or, could it be he is laughing in glee at the prospect of a destroyed economy that will give him the “crisis” he needs to implement all of his Socialist plans? What do you think? And are we yet over the delusion that this man is some kind of “Great Orator” who knows just how to connect with the American people? Because I’m pretty sure there are very few people who find these massive bailouts very funny.

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‘Is this the future of free speech and political dissent under President Obama?’

Posted by necessarygrace on January 19, 2009

Via WorldNetDaily:

The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department has forbidden a pro-life gathering and chalk display during Inauguration Week – and now the group is fighting back with a lawsuit against the District of Columbia.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said the department is banning the event because of its message.

“For over 16 years, law enforcement officials have given permission to the Christian Defense Coalition to use public ‘sidewalk chalking’ as a part of their demonstrations and vigils in the nation’s capitol. The City of Washington, D.C., has also allowed numerous public ‘chalk art displays’ throughout the city,” he said in a statement. “It is therefore most troubling that for the first time the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department is banning this practice when it involves a pro-life display in front of the White House.”

“Is this the future of free speech and political dissent under President Obama?” Mahoney asked in his statement. “The streets in front of the White House should be open to all views, opinions and thoughts. It should not be a place of censorship and intimidation. I hope this was not the kind of change President Obama was talking about.”

h/t Mommy Life

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A Trillion Dollars Worth Of Kumbaya

Posted by necessarygrace on January 6, 2009

It was only a few months ago that the financial walls came tumbling down and the Whitehouse pushed a massive bailout plan through congress in record time. Said bailout plan was supposedly the only thing standing between America and the Next Great Depression. When it did not in fact prove to be an instant miracle cure, Secretary Paulson decided to completely change the terms of the bailout – a key provision in the bailout bill gave him carte blanche to do whatever he pleased with America’s money. And yet, still no instant cure. Just billions more in national debt.

Cue the Savior-Elect, President HopeAndChange:

President-elect Barack Obama laid his huge economic stimulus plan before Congress on Monday and received warm support from Republicans on his first full day of work in Washington.” (Washington Times, 1/6/09)

Wait, hold on a second, did I just read that right? The huge plan “received warm support from Republicans” ?

How quickly they forget. How easily their support can be bought.

Obama has included a “tax cut package” – but this is no conservative tax plan, not by a long stretch.

Suitably Flip makes the distinction in a post titled, “The $300 Billion Tax Cut That Isn’t”:

On the whole, these tax “cuts” represent significant expansion of government intervention and of wealth redistribution (which is something akin to the opposite of tax cuts).

And that 750 billion on the last bailout suddenly looks like a good deal – Obama’s plan starts at 800 billion and is already being predicted to go well over a trillion. That’s not the entire budget folks, that’s just the new “stimulus” package.

So I’m just wondering, did I miss something here? Aren’t the Republicans supposed to be the opposition party? Isn’t the idea of the two-party system to provide a little balance? I’ve heard of a “honeymoon” period for the new president but this is ridiculous. Now is not the time to ram through the largest spending plan in history all for the sake of “bipartisanship.” (You can bet the Democrats would not be so agreeable, were it President-elect McCain we were talking about.) How about showing a little spine? How about remembering those who elected you – and the conservative ideals you espoused. You may not win this round and the press would certainly try to make you the villain, but let’s face it, that’s going to happen regardless. I say if you’re going down, you at least ought to go down fighting. Republicans, don’t your constituents deserve that much?

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Confidential To The Media: The Election Is Over

Posted by necessarygrace on January 1, 2009

I think it’s time someone broke it to the media that the election is over and their guy won. You would think this would be obvious, what with all the “commemorative” items for sale (“Commemorating” what exactly? The man has done exactly NOTHING thus far, other than winning an election against the oldest, most liberal republican to ever run for office, during a massive economic downturn which always favors a democrat.) And yet, there I sat, quietly enjoying my New Year’s Eve countdown when out of nowhere, WHAM! I’m hit with another pile of HOPE AND CHANGE. This time it came from Ryan Seacrest (or was it Carson Daly? I honestly don’t remember now) in the form of effusive joy about the New Year. “This is a year of Hope and Change!” he predicted.

I wonder, could he even define what the heck that means? Seriously, what is HE Hoping for? And what are the chances it’s the same thing I’M Hoping for? And what kind of Change, exactly? ‘Cause from where I’m standing it looks like we are quickly Changing from a Democracy to a Communist Socialist republic. And that was not the Change I was Hoping for.

But here’s the thing … when anyone utters the words “Hope and Change” we all think of one person: Barack Obama. Apparently it was the ultimate slogan, proving Mr. Obama to be a genius among men. (Or, uh, one of many geniuses, since it’s not exactly a new slogan.) And it worked. For better or worse, Mr. HopeAndChange is our President. So I’m thinking, it’s not really necessary to keep campaigning, y’know?

Personally, I Hope the media wakes up to this reality rather soon and that journalists will start doing their job for a Change and actually report the news with objectivity and facts rather than slogans and fawning breathless praise. Otherwise, they might find themselves Hoping I don’t Change the channel… or even better, turn the TV off altogether.

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