The future of the American car industry is in serious jeopardy. The origin of the demise of General Motors certainly began within. It moved too slowly, its products are priced too high, its quality was perceived as being too low. One would think that a company as large as General Motors who has been able to withstand recession and boom times for about 100 years may have finally met its match. Another mistake was turning to the United States government for aid. Or is it a bailout?
Last week's forced resignation of the chairman of General Motors, Rick Waggoner, comes as a surprise if not a shock. At first, we don't know what to think. Is it the beginning of the end? And how soon will they end arrive? Then, we step back and analyze the situation and assess that may be Rick Waggoner may not be the right person to head General Motors at this time. However, what I find troubling is that it is the White House that forced his resignation. Politicians are now expected to have better judgment to lead an automobile industry than people who have been in the industry for decades. Obama did not like his plan for the future. Well, it was never reported what Obama was looking for. One can only speculate. Was he looking for the end of the gasoline powered car in a short couple of years to be completely replaced by electric automobiles?
President Barack Obama took his first European trip as president of the United States. Of course, the liberal media is touting this as a huge success. It would be an even larger success of Air Force One were to come back empty.
The liberal media is tingling all over itself reporting on how well President Obama was received in Europe. He was welcomed with open arms as a fresh alternative to George Bush. But what is getting swept under the rug is the embarrassment and offenses Obama is giving to the American people. Calling the American people arrogant and selfish, in so many words, should be an insult to the citizens of this country. And it is an insult. The citizens of this country have afforded him the opportunity to become a great president at this time of great challenge. But, Obama is in over his head.
The idea of homeownership is taking a beating recently. The economic crisis which has caused our current recession is blamed from having its roots based in homeownership gone awry. I can agree with and only partially. The people who have bought homes who could not afford what they were getting into should shoulder some of the blame. As should people who speculated and bought mortgages with interest-only terms banking on a rapid appreciation of the home value in some sort of get-rich-quick scheme should also bear responsibility. Yet, people are coming out with ideas saying that homeownership is not for everyone in the Bush administration should not have convinced Americans to achieve the American dream of home ownership.
For people calling for changes in the tax law that will eliminate the itemized inductions of property taxes and interest on mortgages which will further a road home ownership in the United States. The tax code should still allow for the deduction of interest and property taxes. Wanting a home should still be viewed as the American dream. Well, it's time to ask a few questions. If people are not to own their own homes, who will own where they are living? I certainly hope it wouldn't be greedy capitalists or absentee landlords. Until the housing crisis, people were beginning to think that they could only go into a huge McMansion or a house that they would be expected to live in for the rest of their lives. Don't people begin with starter homes anymore? What about the idea of starting out with a smaller house, and when you can afford it, moving up? A generation ago, people worked for things, saved, and when they could afford them, bought them. They did not over extend their credit. They did not have everything at once. Once people worked hard, and rewarded themselves by buying something that they really wanted, it was more appreciated. Today, people's basements and garages are full of crap that they bought because they thought they wanted it, yet when it came time to use it, it really wasn't needed. Because it was bought on credit, there was no appreciation for the item. This became a lifestyle.
It began with the mea culpa tour in Europe. Barack Obama was apologizing to all the nations of Europe because the United States had been poor cosmopolitans citizens. President Obama met with many foreign leaders and apologized on behalf of the United States for what he believes were mistakes in our history. He then went to Turkey and cleared the United States was not a Christian nation. Now, don't mistake me for one of those Bible thumping people who wish to replace the science textbooks with the Old Testament, but what can we expect next? The end of Christmas is a national holiday? No more Easter egg rolls for the children at the White House?
United States does not need to establish a national religion to defend the facts that this country was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. Although it is in the Constitution, the Obama administration wants to grant itself authority that goes far beyond the Constitution. Take a look at a coin in your pocket, if you have any left after the tax increases proposed and enacted by the Democrats, and you may still see the words in God we trust. Will the liberal agenda be far behind in trying to pass a new stimulus bill that will have buried in it a law requiring the words in God we trust removed from the currency? It can then have Allah engraved on it unless Jeremiah Wright tells them differently.
It's hard to believe that the election for governor is still a year and a half away. At that time will be a deluged with a media blitz that will be replete with muckraking, character assassinations, and mudslinging. Good old politics in Wisconsin. Although no candidates have announced yet, it is expected that Jim Doyle will be looking for a third term, and Scott Walker will be seeking the Republican nomination. Yet already, the Democrats have come out with a television commercial already aimed at Scott Walker.
Well, it doesn't take much to scare a coward. And Jim Doyle is as yellow bellied as they come. He has absolutely no backbone when it comes to responsible spending and fiscal control. He has been governor through budget after budget that has huge deficits in it. Back in 2002, he ran on a platform pledging to not raise taxes in Wisconsin. But, because he is as pusillanimous as can be, he now has to qualify his statements as being 'not raising the sales tax', 'not raising income tax on low-wage earners', and after that, he has run all of ways to spin a simple statement to not be an obvious lie. So what is left for Jim Doyle? He now has to begin taking apart the character of his would-be opponents. I guess when you're left with no integrity, no moral compass, and no political honor, you have to make your opponent look worse than you in order for you to look good. And for Jim Doyle, he is so ugly that he has to put a lot of effort into making himself look good by making others look worse. But remember, beauty is only skin deep. Integrity goes to the bone.
When I first heard of the April 15 tea parties, I thought they were just some low-profile propaganda began by Fox news. I thought the most popular one could be held in somebody's living room and be attended by the same number of people who would have someone like Mitt Romney over for a campaign stop. As it turned out, it was a lot bigger than that. Yet, how they were received along with their effectiveness is judged purely politically.
Liberals have been complaining for over a year that it took George Bush eight years to undo the economic gains of the last 10. Yet however unpopular George Bush was at the end of his term, Barack Obama may be heading in the same direction only a lot faster. Yes, it's time to stop blaming Bush for how things are being handled by the Obama administration. Although the economy was heading into recession towards the end of the Bush years, the deterioration of the American economy has accelerated since January. The amount of money being spent by the Obama administration is mind-boggling. And yes, it's only been 90 days. Yet the amount and scope of government money that is going to be wasted by design in the so-called stimulus bills cannot restore confidence in middle-class America.
With a $5 billion deficit for the biennial Wisconsin budget, Jim Doyle and the Democrats are doing everything they can to see if they can sneak tax increases out of the citizens of this state. Yet he knows an election year is coming, and he is nervous already because he is deciding to run character assassin ads about a prospective opponent. Budget after budget of huge tax increases is finally getting noticed. With huge federal budgets and even huger deficits at the federal level, increasing taxes is becoming unpopular. The state missed its chance to do huge increases when they were popular to do so. So now what is next? Budget cuts?
Well, Jim Doyle might be forced to do what he finds personally and morally reprehensible to do -- cut some spending. One of the proposed ways that Jim Doyle is going to be saving state money is the early release of so-called nonviolent felons. Wouldn't that improve life here in Wisconsin? Taking people that be labeled as lawbreakers and deserving to be taken from society for a period of time in punishment for their crime and putting them back out on the streets. I'm not seeing lock everybody up and throw away the key who is ever been convicted, but how many lines have to be screwed up before people realize that sometimes taking away your freedom can be a solution. The liberals in Wisconsin certainly aren't going to call for the death penalty. But who wants child molesters living next to them? It should be the same people who picket abortion clinics saying every life is precious.