The Roberts Did That — in 1896!

The Chevy Volt plug-in electric, the future accroding to the Obama administration, is not much of an advancement over the past The Daily reminds us.

There is a one-off made in 1896, back when many cars were one-offs called a Roberts nd it was all electric – and it is still running in England.

Its range was about the same as the Chevy Volt, about 40 miles. Of course the Roberts did not have to support a radio, GPS, etc.

The Roberts was guided by a tiller and was made before the Wright Brothers flight or the Henry Ford Model T

Everything old is new again!

Democrats Suffer OPM Disease

One of the reasons I listen to Rush is to hear news I would not have access to otherwise, so today when he referenced the Diaper Bill, I had to look it up.

The Diaper Bill is another Democratic Party Cradle-to-Grave concept by a Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman.

The bill would provide free diapers to Day Care Providers, because, accroding to Congreewoman Rosa DeLauro (D.-Conn.), many women keep their children from day care because their children lack the required diapers that day car requires.

I suppose that the “free” diapers will require that diaper manufacturers hire a few more workers, hence the Bill is called, “The Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery Act (DIAPER Act).”

The Democrats will do anything to spend other people’s money (OPM), it is in their DNA. They literally have no control over it.

Democrats have OPM disease!

Enough, Already!

The argument that more police on the street will reduce crime, and therefore that we need more police (firefighters, teachers, etc.) is an interesting argument.

Yes, a fire truck in front of every house would reduce the cost of fire damage, but at what cost of firefighters/firetrucks?

Yes, putting a policeman in front of every home and business would reduce the negative factors of criminal activity, but the nation could not afford it.

Yes, a teacher per student would immensly increase the benefits of education, but there is no way to afford a teacher for every child.

To hear the politicians, we need a policeman and a manned firetruck per home – and as many teachers in each home as there are children in the home – in order to increase educate our kids and protect our families.

By definition, anything less increases crime and fire destruction, and decreases our kids education.

The public needs and demands a balance, and that balance is a moving balance depending upon the public tolerance for being taxed. The public tolerance depends to a great extent on the economic health of the nation, and nowhere is that economy healthy.

Let there be no doubt that the president and the Democrats selected teachers, firefighters and police because those are well-resoected professions, highly union organized, and good supporters of Democratic causes.

Those are all certainly a good reasons, but nevertheless, we are out of money.

Spending money is such a part of the DNA of Democrats that they want to do so even when there is no money!



Quick Hit

Did you see that the Occupy Whatever group in New York, the group that is protesting banks, has collected $435,000 from various leftist sources – and they put the proceeds IN A BANK!

No Longer “One Size Fits All” Warfare

The Haqqani network in Pakistan, is in bed with the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI) because the armed tribes are useful in case of an attack by India, but it is in deep Doo-Doo.

The Haqqani we’re responsible for the injury of 77 military men with a truck bomb attack that we asked the Pakistani Army to stop, and the attack on the US in the Afghan Capitol.

Subsequently, several Haqqani leaders have been killed by US drones in the tribal areas of Pakistan, and Hillary and General Petreus are in Pakistan to deliver a message that is unmistakable — choose between the US and the Haqqani network, and keep Iraq, Osama and Libya in mind.

Pakistan has been playing both sides against the middle for far too long, Haqqani overplayed their hands believing that they are protected because the Pakistan Army will not attack the tribal area.

That happens to be true, but we have tired of the Haqqani, and our drones don’t care where our enemies are. Tribal areas are zero protection to either our drones or our Special Forces. Pakistan doesn’t like our attacking within their borders, and their Army is impotent to do anything about it, which is a thumb in their eye.

Hillary is delivering a message, and just in case they may miss the message, Hillary brought along the head of the CIA, a man the Pakistanis and move both know well.

The Pakistani people are highly nationalistic, and as a owner of nuclear weapons they don’t like being pushed around. Unfortunately, their military hates India more than they want our help, and they love keeping the Haqqani network as a hedge against an Indian  invasion.

Pakistan knows we will not be in the region forever, so they have soft pedaled their action against Haqqani.

We have just delivered a message: Get Haqqani under control, or we are more than capable of doing it, and the Pakistani Army is not even close to being able to stop it.

Ask Osama bin Laden, if you can find his body.

Occupy Whatever Moves Us Closer To Greece

The Washington Post reports the Occupied Wherever movement is partnering with powerful labor unions.

The labor unions are providing meeting unions, food, secretarial services and other items. In return, the Occupied group is interrupting Sotheby’s auctions and a restaurant in New York City to support union members in a labor dispute.

While the relationship of activists with labor is hardly a marriage made in heaven because many workers are still Reagan conservatives, it is certainly a marriage of convenience with neither party happy with the status quo, and at least some of both partners most radical activists wanting nothing short of revolution.

This is a partnership that must be watched. Neither group is beneficial to the stability of America, and combined they represent a potential problem for a nation already in economic turmoil.

We move closer to Greece, where a combined union and disaffected youth movement has turned violent.

Germans Tire of Supporting Greeks

Speaking of Greece, the Greek situation is causing even the strongest EU economy, Germany, to reduce their projected future growth by almost half, 1.8% to 1.0%.

The primary EU states are supposed to have already announced the latest Greek bailout, but they are having trouble putting together a package, and Sunday is the new date for the announcement because private banks are putting up a barrier to a greater “haircut” and some may now fail.

Worse yet for Europe, there is common agreement that Greece will never be able to repay their debt to the European superpowers, and that debt must eventually be forgiven.

That means that other distressed nations like Ireland and Spain are already positioning themselves for both loans and forgiveness, and the European giants, France and Germany are trying to make certain the forgiveness portion is not a precedent.

What that means is many years of economic turmoil in Europe. The 30,000 government workers already slated for firing in Greece are simply the vanguard of the street protesters.

Greeks want Germany to continue to fund Greek overpayment and under-performance but the Germans have had enough. Our Occupy Whatever group may need a similar lesson.