Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Will Governor Cuomo cave on his fiscal promises? The NY Post Editorial Page will keep his feet to the fire, but will that be enough? We, the beleaguered taxpayers must also make him keep his word. Articles like this and the analysis by The Torch should be a waring to all of us that we must be vigilant despite how the Governor tries to calm our fears. He tried to walk back the article, but didn't convince me that there is no need to worry. After all, many are believing class warfare is acceptable, just listen to Obama and the OWSers'.

Did the stimulus work as well as stated? The latest CBO estimates says NO.

Be prepared if they knock on your door. California taxed the rich and fell even further behind. The problem is spending; government is too big and spending must be cut. Next year, election year for the Legislature, will be difficult. New York must become business friendly, employing more people is the best answer. Bring jobs to New York, and it can begin with hydrofracking, which will have immediate benefits, the science is there to make it safe, so let it begin.

The Heritage Foundation wants Obama's big union onslaught stopped.

If we don't make serious changes the unrest taking place in Europe will be here, we already see the beginning of it in the OWS movement.

Wednesdays with Walter E. Williams.

Bonus Thomas Sowell article, another must read!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Wall Street Journal Editorial today opines on what Governor Cuomo said on Talk 1300 AM regarding the funding for rebuilding the Tappen Zee Bridge and are correct in being concerned. All New Yorker's should be concerned. Listen to E. J. McMahon discuss the editorial with Fred Dicker here (Click on the Nov. 29, 2011 pod broadcast, E. J begins after the news break @10:30). E. J. is also quoted in this WSJ piece on future ideas percolating in Albany.

In the market for a new car, better read this and this.

Okay, Cong. Pelosi, we know most of what is in it and we still want Obamacare repealed.

Rich Lowry looks into his crystal ball and sees 1948.

Krauthammer's Take.

We were not the only ones happy about Cong. Frank's retirement.

If you are still supporting the National Popular Vote scheme, read this.

NYS Supreme Court Judge gives the okay for lawsuit to go forward, since the case involves how same sex marriage was passed, we will follow it very closely.

Will Assemblyman Boyland walk away again?

Tuesdays with Thomas Sowell.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Bombshell: Congressman Barney Frank Ends Congressional Career. I personally believe that at the very minimum it is one less vote for runaway spending. Let us know what you think in our weekly poll question.

Congressman Frank's retirement came as a surprise, the fact that Eliot Spitzer supports the OWSer's is not.

Assemblyman Ortiz is at it again. Why do some, if not most, elected officials believe they can use tax dollars to impose what they believe is best for society? Government does not need to make every decision for everyone, in fact we were a much better country when government kept out of our everyday lives. Instead of more mandates, we need mandate relief to control spending. We also need to know that Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature will not raise taxes.

New York ranks 34 in 24/7's Best and Worst Run States in America.

In case you missed this NY Post Editorial over the weekend, it is a must read, on Metastasizing Medicaid. Today's Editorial is also enlightening and they keep up the pressure on NYC Comptroller John Liu to resign. The NY Post isn't enamored with Albany's DA either.

Michael Barone has an excellent column on Entitlements, Not Tax Cuts, Widen the Wealth Gap.

Mark Steyn on More, More, More.

Human Events, Andrew G. Bostom, writes on the differences between Mitt and Newt specifically on Jihad and Sharia, well worth the read.

The Heritage Foundation on Obama keeps turning his back on jobs.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wouldn't it be nice if it could be done, however, we all know it is not possible.

Just think about what else could have been accomplished with this money.

More bad news on NY's economic front. If the pension fund continues to lose money, you will be paying a lot more in taxes, all the more reason to create a new Tier that is based on defined contribution, rather than the current defined benefit.

In case you missed the debate last night, here is a pretty fair and accurate analysis of it. Jonah Goldberg opines on the debate. Human Event's, John Hayward, does also.

No one knows who you truly are when you try to be all things to all people, and we all know the reality is that no one can be all things to all people.....are you listening Sen. Gillibrand?

Is it possible the Bowles-Simpson Plan could be adopted? Dropping the corporate rate to 26% from the current 35% would be a good beginning to get the economy back on track.

The WSJ has an article by Glenn Hubbard that says it is still possible to cut spending. Good ideas for starters, I'm certain we can think of more. Another way to save tax payers money and lives; no more investing in companies like Geron.

November is National Adoption Month.

Bonus Thomas Sowell article on the "Failure or Success" of the Super Committee.

Wednesdays with Walter E. Williams: Should the Rich Be Condemned?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.
Thank a Veteran for your Freedom.
We'll be back on Monday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

As anticipated, the Super Committee did not reach any agreement on cutting the deficit. For some analysis read this, this, this, this and this.

Will you personally feel the effect in January? Or will Congress do what it always does?

E. J. McMahon isn't as dire as Gov. Cuomo is on the failure of the Super Committee.

William McGurn writes how government should really stay out of soup kitchens at Thanksgiving. (Personally, government has too much time on its hands and gets involved in far too many things.)

The Washington Post writes about the dificult balance between government and housing finance. If the government did not make unreasonable demands and had not interfered, taxpayers would have a lot more of their own money. Again, government is too big with too much time on its hands.

More on government interference in private business.

There is no doubt, the Washington Examiner is correct. We must take control of our Country, it is unfortunate that we can't do it sooner. Especially when we have a President that says things like this.

NY's AG, Eric Schneiderman, wants more power, isn't that thought chilling.

Very interesting article on crime statistics in 24/7. How soon before the bleeding heart liberals try to debunk it?

Have you read what former Democratic Representative Artur Davis said regarding voter fraud.

Will you watch the debate tonight? (CNN needs the ratings boost!)

Another great Tuesday (column) with Thomas Sowell.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Today's NY Post Editorial calls for the immediate resignation of NYC Comptroller, John Liu. Nicole Gelinas has more on NYC Comptroller here.

The NY Post doesn't like possible "insider trading" by Congress. And Peter Schweizer of the Hoover Institute doesn't approve of Senator Gillibrand's solution.

Dean Norton, President of NY Farm Bureau, speaks out on hydrofracking.

The Heritage Foundation on Defense Spending here and here.

Another reason to hope the US Supreme Court ends Obamacare. Adding more to the rolls, with hardly anyone to weed out the fraud, will only increase the cost to taxpayers.

New York has concerns with the effects of the Super Committee's probable failure to reach an agreement.

Could it be a simple oversight or did the filing of vouchers saying she was in Albany when she wasn't help her believe she paid the rent then?

Spanish voters get it right.

The Netherlands acknowledge they were wrong on wind turbines and Prince Philip calls them "simply useless". So when will Obama begin investing our money in them? Or do they only like solar companies that have political ties?

Is it possible that the 2012 GOP National Convention will be exciting instead of a coronation?

Just in case you missed Chris Matthews over the weekend.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up

Thanksgiving is almost here, and I for one have plenty to be thankful for – most of all my family and friends, of course, as well as the freedoms I enjoy as an American.

Looking at the news this week, I’ve found some more reasons to be thankful.

I’m thankful for great thinkers like Charles Krauthammer, who has an amazing ability to weed out the hypocrisy of the left. His takedown of the Obama liberals and their “We can’t wait” silliness is a sight to behold.

I’m thankful that I’ve been able to keep my distance from the Occupy Wall Street protests. Count me among the 99% of Americans who’d rather not be assaulted, diseased or killed all in one afternoon.

I’m thankful that Gov. Cuomo is standing up to the Working Families Party class warriors and pledging to oppose higher taxes for New Yorkers – and you can count on the Conservative Party to keep working to hold the Governor to this promise.

I’m thankful that the Supreme Court will be taking a look at whether ObamaCare is constitutional... and I’m hopeful that the Court will strike down this Big Government overreach.

I’m thankful I wasn’t on this flight to LaGuardia...

What are you thankful for as we gear up for Thanksgiving? Vote today in our new Weekly Poll – and feel free to share your thoughts in our comments section.

Finally, I’m thankful for all the wonderful people who support the Conservative Party. Have a great weekend – and I hope everyone is looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It isn't looking good for NYC Comptroller John Liu.

If this is the future for NYC, you will see hard working taxpayers flee, and maybe only OWS'ers will stay. How will the city pay its bill then? Any answer from those who support their antics? This is not the way to win support in NYC or elsewhere.

George Will on Spending ascending - with or without a budget sequester.

Did you know 15 years ago, then Senator Joe Biden made an impassioned plea for a balanced budget amendment and the debt was $107 billion, not the $15 trillion of today? Where does he stand now? Silence from VP Joe wonder, since he and Obama have taken office the budget deficit has risen $4.407 trillion! The WSJ calls for a stronger balanced budget amendment than the one being offered today.

Sen. Reid spends too much time in the Capitol, he needs to get out into the real world. Maybe then he will come to understand the real world.

Solyndra not likely to repay us, the taxpayers, but Obama's buddies will most likely get their "investment" back. (Something we won't forget next November!)

This makes the case for corporate tax reform!

Words of wisdom from Larry Kudlow.

China spends heavily on its defense budget.

Dissent in NYS Democratic Party?

Karl Rove on Hunting with SEALs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

If New York doesn't switch to a defined contribution, we will face the same problem.

NY Comptroller, John Liu, has more problems!

The NY Post Editorial gave itself kudos today, and yes they do deserve them, for being helpful in getting the OWS'ers out of Zuccotti Park. The OWS'ers are not happy about being removed and are issuing some rather ominous threats. Charming, aren't they. The lawyers the OWS'ers hired are charming also.

What the OWS'ers should be learning.

First Fannie and Freddie, now the FHA!

The Washington Times sees the non-approval of the Keystone Pipeline as a result of the Solyndra debacle. Solyndra continues to be a major concern the Obama Administration especially with the revelations in the latest emails released.

82% of American do not want defense cuts.

More reasons to repeal Obamacare, the Administration trying to change sections by fiat.

Another Obama nominee favors health care rationing.

If you think you are having a bad day at work, read this. Thank you for your service Pfc. Joshua Carrington!

Wednesday's with Walter E. Williams.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sean Trende has an objective look at Obama's uptick in his approval numbers.

The Supreme Court is allowing 5 1/2 hours for oral arguments on Obamacare, much more time than most cases in recent history. More expensive ways the Obama Administration is manipulating the health care industry.

Michael Gerson writes how Obama turns his back on Catholics.

Sen. Tom Coburn's report on subsidies can be read here. The Hill has a short recap of the report here.

Keystone XL sees a light for the pipeline.

Congressman Jerry Nadler is in La-La Land again. Oh, and by the way, Congressman, no one is trying to silence anyone, as Americans we cherish the First Amendment, however, the OWS crowd needs to respect others rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and stop the occupation of private and public grounds.

The Washington Examiner's Editorial says "Throw them all out" sounds like a good start as it opines on Peter Schweizer's book of the same title and the focus of a 60 Minutes segment this past Sunday. The San Francisco Chronicle looks at former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's purchase of VISA stock and so does the Daily Beast. Throw Them All Out seems to me to further the case for term limits.

The Feds are now looking into NYC Comptroller John Liu's campaign financing shenanigans.

Apparently drugs are not enough for the notorious MS-13 gang.

Tuesdays with Thomas Sowell: Will Republicans Blow It?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Was there ever any doubt they would when 26 States signed on to challenged the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

More, from the Heritage Foundation, on Obama's killing of the Keystone Pipeline energy project, not only jobs at stake, has Obama's decision opened the door to Canada doing business in China?
Speaking of China, what are they doing in their desert?

Did your "green energy company" have a chance of securing a government loan? According to this, you had a chance if you were an Obama donator.

The OWS cost to New York's businesses, not inclusive of cost to the city-- overtime for police etc. People in NYC are getting fed-up with OWS. In Albany County, David Soares, elected by the WFP, will not prosecute the OWS squatters arrested over the weekend. How does a District Attorney get away with selective prosecution?

Assemblyman William Boyland was acquitted in NYC, but may be facing charges in Albany. CBS 6 in Albany is bringing this report to DA Soares....will Soares really follow up or will his selective prosecution get in the way of doing his job? This is one to follow.

Hold on to your wallets, the state budget deficit is growing.

The NY Post is calling on Manhattan's DA Vance to investigate NYC Comptroller John Liu.

Will Chelsea be fair and balanced, oops, that is another TV station!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served our country. Here are a few groups that I believe deserve our support today...

The USO, famous for its work to boost the morale of troops serving around the world.

The Wounded Warrior Project, which supports those who suffered serious injuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here and here are profiles of two warriors with New York connections.

And the Honor Flight Network organizes trips for World War II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. I know someone who happened to be at Reagan National Airport in Washington when an Honor Flight arrived, and he said it was inspiring, with cheers and applause filling the terminal as the veterans walked off their plane.

The Heritage Foundation celebrates Veterans Day by highlighting the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, which offers short video biographies of over 100 Medal of Honor recipients.

The Weekly Standard looks at The Significance of Veterans Day and examines presidential commemorations of this special day throughout history – including President Obama’s this year, which doesn’t hold up well to scrutiny.

The Washington Times has an interesting look at how the Occupy Wall Street hoodlums are desperate to make it seem as though their protests are supported by veterans.

Bad news for our military on Veterans Day, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns of serious consequences if the deficit “super-committee” fails to reach a deal and sweeping defense cuts are implemented.

As we remember the courage shown by America’s veterans, stories like this remind us of the cowardice shown by many of our politicians, all the way up to the White House.

Proving that he doesn’t have the guts to take on the special interests who are funding his campaign, President Obama has put off an important decision on opening up the Keystone Pipeline – even though this simple act could create more than 20,000 jobs for Americans (and for quite a few veterans in the states that would benefit from this energy expansion).

President Obama says he’s simply being cautious, and that “we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood” – and Obama’s environmentalist allies claim this decision is “a very courageous stand.” I say the only “impact” Obama is worried about is how any decision will affect his reelection.

What do you think – is President Obama’s decision an act of courage or political cowardice? Vote today in our new Weekly Poll.

And of course, have a great Veterans Day and a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday USMC - Semper Fi

The NY Post Editorial calls on OWS to Occupy Fifth Avenue tomorrow. Good for them!

E. J. McMahon lets is know we should be concerned about New York fiscal health. And he is not the only one with concerns, read more here here and here.

More from E. J. McMahon on NY's future.

Karl Rove assess Tuesday's Tea Leaves.

Emails reveal the Administration was giddy about Solyndra deal.

Where in the US Constitution does it say the FCC has the authority to be doing this? Is this why my cable bill is going up again?

Will NY State appeal this decision? I would not be the least be surprised if AG Eric Schneiderman is eager to appeal it.

NYC Comptroller, John Liu, can't keep his word yet, wonder if he ever will.

Doug Hoffman opines in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

"I am the government." Sometimes you shouldn't try to be funny, or was he trying to be funny?