Sunday, September 30, 2012

Obama’s 4 Years

Do you remember Obama’s 4 years in office?

Do you remember that Obama had a supermajority in both houses of Congress for the first two years of his presidency?

Do you remember
  1. The 23 million Americans who can’t find fulltime work?
  2. When Obama said, “the private sector is doing fine”?
  3. When Obama said, “you didn’t build that”?
  4. When Obama promised again and again and again to focus upon jobs?
  5. When Obama promised that spending trillions of dollars would spur an economic recovery?
  6. When Obama’s financial regulations wiped out most of free checking and debit card rewards programs?
  7. When Obama’s financial regulations prevented people from refinancing their homes at lower rates despite promises to the contrary?
  8. When Obama failed to help the millions of households whose homes are underwater?
  9. When Obama refused to initiate a single free trade agreement with another trading partner?
  10. When Obama blocked the Keystone oil pipeline?
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Shame on You, Shame on Us

Every resident of Matawan-Aberdeen should be disgusted and disgraced by the below story.

What kind of staff does the district employ that nobody is willing to loan $2 to a five-year old boy in our schools so that he can eat lunch? Shame, Shame, Shame!

The following - as reported by ABC Eyewitness News

MATAWAN, N.J. (WABC) -- Parents in New Jersey are outraged after learning their autistic son was forced to go hungry all day at school.

That's because the school denied the boy his lunch over a billing issue.

So the 5-year-old just sat there at Cliffwood Elementary in Matawan and watched others eat.

It was John Robert Caravella's fourth day of kindergarten in a new school.

But no one, not the principal, not the teachers, and not the aides, helped this 5-year-old autistic child get his lunch Tuesday. So he sat in the cafeteria and ate nothing.

"Really, for $2, you couldn't feed the kid?" said Silvia Caravella, John Robert's mother.

John Robert left for school at 8:45 a.m. and didn't get home until 4 p.m. And all that time, all he ate was a bag of mini muffins his parents packed him for a snack.
John Robert is a non-verbal autistic child. I pray someone in the administration find someone for that school who cares enough to notice a 5-year old child doesn't have lunch and does something about it. >>> Read more!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Obama the Small

Ronald Reagan famously said, "Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong." The projection of power is critical to America’s national defense. People around the world knew there was no better friend and no worst enemy. How then do we explain the Obama Doctrine?

As America’s newly elected president, Obama launches his “World Apology Tour”. He apologizes to the French (the French!) for the times “where America's shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” Obama also promised to slash America’s nuclear arsenal so that we would have "the moral authority to say to Iran, don't develop a nuclear weapon, to say to North Korea, don't proliferate nuclear weapons."

Obama then stripped Poland of its promised missile shield, and remained silent as Russian invaded Georgia and Iran brutally suppressed the Green Movement. He later told then Russian President Medvedev to wait until after the U.S.  elections for more treaty negotiations when Obama will have more “flexibility”.

In Cairo, as part of Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world, he said the trauma from 9/11 sometimes “led us to act contrary to our ideals”.  

Obama’s justice department then investigated and threatened to prosecute the CIA interrogators who got the information that lead to SEAL operation that killed Bin Laden.
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Debt is $16 Trillion and Rising Fast

Mr. President, what part of bankrupt don’t you understand?

You promise us more teachers, more cops, more road building, more Pell grants, more food stamps, more industry bailouts, more, more, more . . . How are we going to pay for all this? With more borrowing? Is $16,000,000,000,000 of debt not enough? Why does your budget propose spending over $10,000,000,000 a day with trillion dollar annual deficits as far as the eye can see?

You think taxing the rich will pay for everything? You could confiscate every penny of income from every person on the Forbes 400 and you still wouldn’t cover one day of expenses. You talk about cutting $4 trillion dollars over ten years but that would still leave us borrowing over a trillion dollars a year once Obamacare hits. Besides, nobody believes you’ll cut spending on anything but national defense because you haven’t.

We’re paying over $20 billion a month in interest on our existing debt and that assumes interest rates stay low because you’re unwilling to pay a bit more to lock in 30-year interest rates. What happens if interest rates creep up? Is the Federal Reserve going to keep printing money forever?

And please stop trying to sell us another stimulus plan. We’ve already had the Bush stimulus (remember those checks?), cash for clunkers, the Obama stimulus, and an explosion in federal spending. And each time we were promised it would stimulate the economy.

We blew $800 billion on the Obama stimulus. According to your projections, unemployment is higher today than it would have been without a stimulus.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Upcoming School Board Elections

I write this piece with some reluctance.  If Aberdeen residents won’t protect themselves from their elected leadership, why should I?

Last February, two-thirds of the Matawan-Aberdeen School Board voted to strip residents of their right to vote on the school budget and nobody showed up to protest.

Last July, the school board voted to approve a Memorandum of Agreement with the teacher's union regarding the terms of a new teachers contract and nobody asked to see the memorandum. No residents, no reporters, nobody. Nobody but me, that is, and I no longer live in Aberdeen. At first glance, it's a good deal for the district with 7.5% increases over a four-year period and the lion's share of increases going to new teachers. I'll comment further once I see the signed contract.

Nor did anyone complain when the school board voted to increase spending by $1.64 million during a sustained period of high unemployment. Or when the school business administrator comment he could have cut $200,000 from the budget but preferred to spend that money rather than allow the residents to keep it.

While on the school board, I worked hard to implement new goals, such as how to objectively measure progress. Now that I'm gone, so are those measurements. No longer do we report where our graduates go or how likely they are to complete any post-high school education. No longer do we compare ourselves to high-achieving districts.

Still, I have many dear friends in Aberdeen and I continue to hope someone will step forward to lead.

Regarding the upcoming school elections, it's sometimes hard to determine who will better serve the community but it's relatively easy to look at a candidate's experience and determine if he was part of the solution or part of the problem.

This year, Aberdeen is fortunate to have more candidates than available seats -
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