Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wall Street CEOs humble before lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street bank executives submitted to a public scolding in the Congress on Wednesday over how they used $176 billion in bailout money without making a noticeable impact on the anemic economy.
By Steve Holland and Kevin Drawbaugh

OK - I want to know who gets to give the public scolding to our politicians for spending $176 billion of our (the taxpayers') money without making an impact on the economy?

Firearm Refinishing

My old Colt/Essex had so little bluing left on the slide that a change in humidity (slight exaggeration) could start a fine patina of rust if there was not enough oil present. So off to MAC'S SHOOTIN' IRONS it went. I left the frame stainless and everything else went to black. He does fine work.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Slime-ulus Package

"And now is the time to create the jobs that remake America for the 21st century by rebuilding crumbling roads, bridges and levees; designing a smart electrical grid; and connecting every corner of the country to the information superhighway.
These are the actions Americans expect us to take without delay. They're patient enough to know our economic recovery will be measured in years, not months. But they have no patience for the same old partisan gridlock that stands in the way of action while our economy continues to slide."
Barack Obama

Sounds good but how do the following create jobs? 50 De-Stimulating Facts I seem to see every porky's dream except for what is mentioned above.

We all can live with the delay decried above. The only hurry here is to get us to accept this package without scrutiny. I am not convinced that this package, or any other, is needed at all. Everything will stabilize again if the government doesn't mess it up too badly. We didn't see this type of interference during the bust and amazingly enough recovery took place. We did see this type of interference just before the Great Depression which was all promoted as fending off depression. Worked good didn't it. What has government ever done efficiently?

Partisan gridlock is a good thing. Government and taxes increase every time these politicians get together and agree on anything. I still stand by the Will Roger's quote on this blog's header.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Holder as AG

I am not going to go into the reasons why Holder should not be AG. It has been well covered by others. I would suggest that you should get out more if you are unaware of the objections to this man.
Both of our so called Senators voted yea for Holder. I expected McCain to do so as he is not conservative and never has been. The standing joke here is that some day he will change parties and become a republican.
Kyle voted for him too. That surprised and saddened me. It is obvious that he belongs to DC and is no longer represents conservative interests. I had declared a party to be able to vote in primaries but sometimes wonder why I bother.
I won't give it up as I feel the only thing worse than holding my nose and voting is not voting. I remember watching TV with my folks in the late 50's when there was some program on showing a gathering of politicians from both parties. My father commented, "Look at that line up. You could line these guys up with a bunch of mafia guys and you would never know the difference. Bunch of crooks." I remembered that as it was said with some enthusiasm. Looking back I would say that it was a very accurate estimate of our politicians then and today.