Approaching the upcoming election, ThreeConservativeBros is highlighting 50 events that have influenced our nation since the 2008 Presidential Election. Today we discuss reasons 16 thru 25. Click here to review Volume I, or here for Volume II…
16. Obama Care – The final bill passed by Congress was a 2000+ page piece of legislation that permits Insurance Companies from dropping members for pre-existing conditions, forces individuals to purchase insurance, fines companies if they don’t cover employees, and presumably covers all Americans. Although, the reform didn’t address Physician Reimbursement, Tort Reform, or strive to improve Quality of Care provided. 65% of Americans oppose the Health Care reform. It has halted employers from hiring because of overhead burden and the unforeseeable changes that might occur because of additional bureaucratic layers in determining expected costs associated with covering an employee. It has been deemed as a jobs killer by both sides of the aisle, so much so that the Administration is encouraging Democrat candidates to avoid the issue during the Mid-Terms.
17. Greece Financial Collapse – In Spring 2010, the Greek financial system collapsed from the weight of its extraordinary debt. Debt spending caused banks to downgrade Greek bonds to “junk” status. The nation was essentially bankrupt, and without action it could have led to a more catastrophic worldwide collapse. Other nations in the European Union, especially Germany, had to bail out the Greek government in fear of a total collapse of their currency. The effects of the crisis were even felt in the United States. In 6 months since the worst of the collapse, Greece has managed to cut their budget deficit in half, from nearly 14% of GDP to 7% in the 2011 budget. While there is still room to grow, the early signs are optimistic. The collapse was a major warning sign to the United States of America who have been frightened by the excess debt spending in America.
18. US Treasury – Timothy Giethner has continued to support the Stimulus and has cited its merit as the key driver that prevented us from a depression. In the process, the dollar has weakened to historic lows; we are buying back our own Treasury notes (Ponzi scheme), banks continue not to lend bailout money, and Keynesian economics has proven to not work in today’s economy. The staggering debt in this country will soon need to be addressed, and the actions taken by the US Treasury are building upon the problem.
19. Chicago Politics – One of the effects of Obama’s election was bringing the Chicago machine to Washington. Obama nominated Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff, and kept David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett in his inner-circle. ‘Chicago Way’ politics are littered with scandals, corruption, and cover-ups. The controversies back home started immediately when former Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested for trying to sell Obama’s former Senate seat. Obama denied any knowledge, however conversations were caught on tape between Obama’s inner-circle and the Governor. There were also fundraising ties between the President, Governor and a man named Tony Rezko. President Obama and Mr. Rezko, a convicted slumlord, had a few shady real estate deals and a relationship that nearly derailed his Senate run in 2004 if the Republican candidate Jack Ryan had not pulled out of the race after the public release of some tawdry details from his divorce proceedings believed to have come from the Obama camp. With Mayor Daley retiring in 2011, and Emanuel running for his office, the bond between D.C. and Chicago will surely continue.
20. Polling Fraud – These days you can probably find a poll on anything to the detriment of polling accuracy. With seemingly hundreds of polling companies, it is important to understand the method by which the polling company is obtaining their data. In June 2010, far-left blog DailyKos fessed up that polling they had commissioned through Reasearch 2000 was inaccurate and untrustworthy. Many of these polls were quoted in liberal news posts, but were found to have a slant far off the standard expected. Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight, used his statistical wizardry to develop a metric to determine the most accurate polls against actual results. It is important people find polls they trust if they look for them to help determine the pulse of our nation.
21. Student Loan Takeover – As a part of Obama Care, the government tacked on a provision to take over the Student Loan industry. The belief is that the government can regulate rates to generate revenue to pay for Health Care Reform. Previously, the Federal Government and the private sector offered student loan financing; now federalizing Student Loans is on the Health Reform agenda. How it’s related to Health Care Reform? Good question.
22. Journolist – Journalist Ezra Klein created a network for hundreds of left-leaning journalist and media members to discuss events and share ideas. This brain-storming eventually could be used to persuade the American people towards a more Liberal agenda. Shockingly, the members of Journolist came from prominent news media outlets and publications. The topics included how to marginalize Sarah Palin, how to promote Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential election, killing the Reverend Wright story, and nasty personal comments about many conservative pundits. The list came under heavy scrutiny when Tucker Carlson, editor of The Daily Caller released emails between Klein and himself. Then, Carlson published archives that he had been sent from members of the Journolist. Media collaboration is not surprising, but to see first-hand examples of how deep the collusion can run was indeed.
23. Earmarks – During Barack Obama’s campaign he promised a more transparent government and that he would remove earmarks by going line by line to ensure there would be no unnecessary paybacks in legislation. He said that he would go through with a scalpel to remove any unnecessary spending, criticizing that John McCain’s plan to freeze spending was too radical. However, during the TARP 2, stimulus bill, jobs bill, and others we’ve seen a considerable amount of earmarks in legislation. Obama later stated that earmarks and pork in bills is how Washington works and are necessary.
24. Climate-Gate – It’s debatable in many circles whether man-made climate change is really occurring. But one thing is for sure, we are going to have to look closer at the data in determining its merit. University of East Anglia emails were tapped and found that scientists admitted that they ‘skewed’ the data to support the belief of global climate change, not just one month or two, but reportedly decades of data were tampered with to support the belief that global warming is killing the planet. University of East Anglia is a leader is global climate change research and is viewed positively in the science community.
25. Card-Check – Card-Check is a pro-union piece of legislation that is slated to be voted on if there is a lame duck Congress after November’s Mid-terms. Card-Check will instantly allow employees to vote for a union without following traditional closed ballot formats. It’s believed that if Card-Check is allowed Union ‘Thuggery’ will become commonplace in all industries to make up for their depleting numbers. Recent reports show between 12%-15% of companies are unionized and the falling support is costing union organizers money. The union agenda is supported by Barack Obama and in Volume II we pointed out these close relationships. This bill, if passed sets the stage for Unions to manipulate their way into organizations. Although I agree with checks in balances, this may tilt the pendulum to far.