April 2010


According to the Washington Examiner,

As of 2008, the average federal salary was $119,982, compared with $59,909 for the average private sector employee. In other words, the average federal bureaucrat makes twice as much as the average working taxpayer. Add the value of benefits like health care and pensions, and the gap grows even bigger. The average federal employee’s benefits add $40,785 to his annual total compensation, whereas the average working taxpayer’s benefits increase his total compensation by only $9,881. In other words, federal workers are paid on average salaries that are twice as generous as those in the private sector, and they receive benefits that are four times greater.

Federal Employees average $120k p.a. That is unbelievable. The people who pay their salaries average $60k p.a. That is not right. Public servants should serve with a servant’s heart and take what a private sector worker, the person who pays the public servant’s salary, would take for the same job.

It’s not like federal employees have actually done anything to justify their pay. Regulating the crap out of the private sector doesn’t count. Stopping any attempt to increase domestic energy sources doesn’t count. Screwing up anything they touch doesn’t count.

I’m going to suggest that an incoming fiscally responsible President should confront the disparity between public and private sector pay scales and cut public sector pay. If they strike, tell them they are fired, and the only pension they’ll get back is what they personally contributed plus interest.

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My dear wife just said almost that. She said “I feel blessed; my Liberal friends feel entitled”. That just about sums up the divide in the country. Obama lovers feel entitled; the rest of us feel blessed to be in America.

When Juan Williams appears on Fox as a commentator, I’m not impressed. Come hell or high water, he sticks to his liberal talking points.

But, as host, he did a great job. He didn’t interrupt or talk over his guests. He gave them equal time. He gave his views but he didn’t ram them down our throats. I thought he did a really good job. Fox should fire O’Reilly and split the gig between Williams and Laura Ingraham. That would be “Fair and Balanced”.

Pretty simple really. Just give every illegal they catch a one-way ticket to San Francisco.

Ronald Reagan believed in Peace through Strength. His policies culminated in the downfall of the Soviet Union.

Barack Obama believes in  Peace through Weakness. It’s that simple. Virtually every action he has taken in foreign policy weakens the United States.

Let’s list some of his actions since taking office.

1. Abandoning missile defense in Eastern Europe, leaving allies like Poland hanging out to dry.

2. Cutting missile defenses across the board.

3. Cutting off F22 production.

4. Setting a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.

5. Setting a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

6. Negotiating with Iran and North Korea without preconditions.

7. Giving Russia everything it wants on nuclear weapons.

8. Insulting our allies, especially Great Britain and Israel,  and bowing to our enemies.

9. Blocking, stalling and delaying any development of domestic energy sources other than Greenie pie-in-the-sky WOFTAMs.

This is a starter list. Maybe I should follow the form of a couple of my links and repost it as Obama’s top ten foreign policy blunders. Others have already done it; check here, here 🙂,and here.

I love these stories.

The 40-year-old from Perth planned to be the first Australian to trek unassisted to the North Pole, but announced he’d raise some consciousness along the way.

As he wrote on his website: “Part of the reason Tom’s One Man Epic is taking place now is because of the effect that global warming is having on the polar ice caps.”

Indeed, he wanted to see the North Pole while it was still there: “Some scientists have even estimated that the polar ice cap will have entirely melted away by 2014!”

But no one seems to have told Tom, who soon found his extremities freezing.

Two weeks ago he nearly called off his trek after suffering excruciating pain in his fingers and thumbs, forcing him to call in emergency help.

And last week he had to be rescued by Canadian soldiers after falling through the ice sheet.

“(I) came very close to the grave,” he said, on being flown out.

Moron. But I bet he still believes in AGW, just like Jim Manzi.

Here’s her latest Facebook post. Key points:

The current debate over financial reform demonstrates what happens when political leaders react to a crisis with a raft of new regulations. First off, the people involved in writing government regulations are often lobbyists from the very industry that the new laws are supposed to regulate, and that’s been the case here. It should surprise no one that financial lobbyists are flocking to DC this week. Of course, the big players who can afford lobbyists work the regulations in their favor, while their smaller competitors are left out in the cold. The result here are regulations that institutionalize the “too big to fail” mentality.

Moreover, the financial reform bill gives regulators the power to pick winners and losers, institutionalizing their ability to decide “which firms to rescue or close, and which creditors to reward and how.” Does anyone doubt that firms with the most lobbyists and the biggest campaign donations will be the ones who get seats in the lifeboat? The president is trying to convince us that he’s taking on the Wall Street “fat cats,” but firms like Goldman Sachs arehappy with federal regulation because, as one of their lobbyists recently stated, “We partner with regulators.”

They seem to have a nice relationship with the White House too. Goldman showered nearly a million dollars in campaign contributions on candidate Obama. In fact, J.P. Freire notes that President Obama received about seven times more money from Goldman than President Bush received from Enron. Of course, it’s not just the donations; it’s the revolving door. You’ll find the name Goldman Sachs on many an Obama administration résumé, including Rahm Emanuel’s and Tim Geithner’s chief of staff’s.

Still waiting for a response from Romney.

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