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Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Credit" where it is due.

In a 9-28 letter in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, “Give Obama credit”, the writer asks us to acknowledge the good things that Obama and his Progressives have accomplished. Fair enough, there are several things they should be “credited” with. Her example was energy programs.  She was able to obtain solar panels at “no initial cost”.  Wonderful!  Does she know that the rest of us picked up the tab for that through taxpayer-paid incentives?  She then gets lower energy bills which pay the system off over several years.

Does she know that, though most contractors got nothing, $400 millionstimulus” dollars went to the nephew of a corrupt, Progressive Congressman?  It provided eighty five (85) jobs, not the claimed “1,500”.  That’s $4.7million each, or a very rich nephew, and this was at least the second multimillion tax-dollar “energy” embezzlement this Democrat conducted (search Kanjorski/abound/cornerstone).

Obama has done nothing at all to advance solar panel technology.  Market-ready panels have not improved significantly in several years, though advancements from years ago are nearing production.  Did the writer hear about Obamas’ promise/threat to increase energy costs while reducing availability?  (Search Obama: energy necessarily skyrocket)  Did she know that Progressive plans require cutoff switches on all our air conditioners so that they can turn them off remotely on hot days?  Or that American clean-coal producers will be bankrupted and U.S. oil rigs were shut down to help foreign oil producers?  Don’t believe me, check all this for yourself.

More “credit” is due for Progressive arrogance in “Obama wants school years to be longer”; page A-10 on the same day.  Our declining schools are, in fact, failing our kids.  However, older generations learned far more English, history and math, without the aid of computers, smart-boards and scan-trons.  School years are already longer and homework requirements are staggering; little time is left for Scouts, sports or families, so school time is not the issue.  We are also throwing more money at schools than ever before. So what has changed over the last few decades to cause the decline?  Self-serving unions and 70 years of Progressive revisions.  (I wonder: will they quote Fidel Castro’s admission that Communism, “doesn’t even work in Cuba”?)

Private and home-schooled kids excel.  Public school kids are now spending their time learning revisionist history, “creative” language and spelling, climate fraud and Obama-culture chants instead of real world facts.  They are pumped full of false self-esteem rather than actual ability, responsibility and “credit where it is due”.
The reason that Obama wants more classroom time is to allow more indoctrination.  It keeps them away from the “counter-productive” control of parents even longer and permits more time under the influence of “Safe Schools” czar and child-sex advocate Kevin Jennings.  It advances the “radicalization of schoolchildren” that Obama worked on with terror-bomber and union-boss Bill Ayers.

Nationwide, Progressive Socialists are trying to cover their tracks.  They actually sent out a memo saying NOT to campaign on the health care takeover, energy policy or other “accomplishments”, because the people are onto them.  Obama blames the few honest news outlets for any bad news, then points and shouts at disillusioned Democrats for their feelings of betrayal. “Democrats and Progressives get fired up!”  At his own Iowa ‘backyard meeting’ on 9-29, a questioner pointed out that $250,000 isn’t “rich” with a family, college and business, and asked why Democrats were driving up his taxes and costs.  Obama told him that ‘I’ve done this and we’ve done that’, and, “your taxes haven’t gone up.”  Really?

They have gone up and they will go way up on January 1st, if Democrats don’t stop playing Socialist politics and allow a vote on the expiring Bush tax cuts.

Give credit where it’s due: people know when they are paying more, and have learned that worse is planned.  They see what is ahead on the Leftist road: riots and bloodshed run in the streets of Socialist France, Portugal, Greece, Spain…

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