Sunday, November 16, 2008

Dan Rooney Loves Obama, Not his Tax Policies

Why Dan Rooney fell for Obama
(The Pittsburgh Steeler's Boss)

There is something that strikes me as strange in the article.

Mr. Rooney supported this guy for the following reasons???

"This is the greatest speech I've seen since John Kennedy," Dan said into the phone. "This guy connects with people like no one I've seen since John Kennedy. He convinced me that this is more than just a good politician. I want to stand up and say something for this guy. I want to be involved in this."

Because he gives a good speech.
Because people swoon over Obama.

"It's something he chose to get involved with and from my standpoint it has a lot to do with his legacy, and that's something that's important to me," he said. "His support of Obama is much more macro than micro; it's based on themes and not specific policy initiatives. There are a lot of things on which he disagrees with Obama. But he sees those themes as universal and critical.

Because he doesn't support Obama on a lot of things that are unimportant, yet he supports him on themes that are universal and critical, and he supports Obama on his legacy. What kind of double talk is that? What themes is he talking about. Obama's lies, Obama's false promises, Obama's pandering for votes that he indeed got, Obama's double talk, Obama's background affiliations, Obama's promise to talk with terriost nations (with no pre conditions), and Obama's.... Give me a break...

You bet, when I saw the Steeler's number 8 jersey given to Obama, it made me mad. If I here one more time about a blind visceral connection to Obama, which the lovers of Obama keep on stating, it will be one time too many times for me.

Now Dan Rooney is no dummy and he is not blind to what is going to happen to tax policies in 2009. Rooney knows that he will likely be hit with new taxes. So he now is trying to close up a deal prior to the end of 2008, because he knows Obama's tax plan is likely to be retroactive to the beginning of 2009.

They love Obama but not his taxes

"Last week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the other four Rooney brothers had stepped up efforts to complete an agreement to sell their shares in the team to Dan Rooney and his son, Art, before the first of the year. They want to present details to the NFL's finance committee in time for the league owners meeting Dec. 17 in Dallas."

What they plan to do is perfectly legal, but isn't there something unseemly about it? When you campaign for a candidate who promises to raise taxes on the wealthy and then rush to wrap up the deal of a lifetime to avoid a bigger tax bill, you leave yourself open to a lot of backlash. After all, as Joe Biden put it, wouldn't it be more patriotic to wait until you could pay a bigger share? Read the complete article at the

Come on Dan, you are not being very patriotic. I've been a longtime fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. You really should do your patriotic duty, and give me some of that money too.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Week to Digest The President Elect

Well, the country has had a little over a week to digest the election results.

It looks to me like the stock market hasn't had a miraculous change in prognostication. If anything, it looks like the outlook for things are going to get worse. Now, some of you may be thinking that we shouldn't think any negative thoughts because that seems very unsettling for the soul. We'll it doesn't hurt to prepare yourself for what is likely to come. As the old Boy Scott motto says, "Be prepared." Prepare for the worst, but pray for the best. As you probably noticed I added pray for the best instead of hope for the best.

Now that Obama is our President Elect, we must pray that he doesn't screw up our nation beyond repair. Let's pray for him too. However, if change is what 51% of the voters wanted, change is what we are going to get. Another saying is, "Be careful for what you ask for, because you might get it."

Let's think about this for a moment. Obama was asked if he was going to implement his tax plan on the top 5% of companies to increase their taxes, or cut taxes for the 95% of other people. He never answered the question but instead stated his tax plan "would have" done this or done that. Very subtle change in his speech pattern from the day before the election to a few days after the election. Days before the election he was saying his tax plan will do this or will do that. Now he is already changing his tune. This is the change that 51% of America wanted??? Give me a break. He never intended to honor any of his promises (except what he can get away with), nor will he go to the center for government leading. We are in for a government extreme like this country has never seen before.

OK, yes I am getting upset here, but I pray that Obama doesn't follow his promise to implement his tax plan on the companies that are making a profit today. If you think the stock market has taken a nosedive in recent weeks, just wait till you see the hammer come down on this. Companies are dropping like flies right now; if Obama does what he promised, and taxes those other companies at the top, you can bet that it will make the economy worse. You think these companies have deep pockets? Think again. Look what happened during the Great Depression. Read the following article: How FDR's New Deal Harmed Millions of Poor People. Remember, those that don't study history are doomed to repeat it, and I do fear that we are doomed to repeat history once again.

Since we are coming up with a number of sayings, we need to look at the Law of unintended consequences. We live in a global economy today. This recession that we are in, is global in nature. We must not forget that. A number of Americans live in a cocoon world, and think that everything is black or white when it comes to taxes on the wealthy. Liberals want to feel good about themselves, and it is easy to give other peoples' money away in the form of government spending initiatives. But government spending is not the answer. Reducing government is the answer. Once you create a government program, it is near impossible to remove it from the government bankrolls. The government entity becomes a hungry mouth to feed. It hires people that are very nonproductive, and the next thing you know we have 5% of the people in the country trying to support the other 95% through tax and spend policies.

The only thing that government tax and spend policies provides is more voters to vote for the same people or types of people to do more tax and spend.

So, my gut feeling, after seeing Obama after the election at press conferences, seeing what types of people he is placing around him, a new chief of staff, "who has a reputation as a tough, hard, take-no-prisoners, head-in-your-face, scream-and-shout, send-them-a-dead-fish partisan" quoted Karl Rove, from an article in the New York Times; we can only conclude that Obama is headed toward the far left.

So, if you want to place your head in the sand, and take the attitude that you can't make a change for the better, and say to yourself the serenity prayer, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, have courage to change the things I can, and have the wisdom to know the difference," and fall on the section to accept these things I cannot change, you are free to do so. However, I pray as a nation that we don't settle for an attitude of mediocrity, that an individual or individuals can not make a difference today, because I don't buy it.

Upon thinking about this, I think we need to pray a lot for our nation, to have the courage to say what is right, to do the right thing, even if it is "A voice of one calling in the desert...," even when the world around them is falling apart at the seams. By-way-way, John stood up for what was right, got thrown in prison, had his head chopped off, and served on a platter. But, he made a difference that will forever last. You have to ask yourself today, will I make a difference that will last?