Supporters of Barack Obama and even the Obama campaign like to keep pointing out that Barack Obama is the next John F. Kennedy.  Is it because of the youth factor?  The promise of hope?  It certainly isn’t about policy.  Check it out:

JFK, on what needs to be done to rebuild the economy in a time of recession:

And now, Barack Obama, on how to run the economy:

If you’re interested in the full clip of Obama’s talk with “Joe the Plumber,” that can be found here.  This is where he talks about raising taxes on those making more than $250,000 per year so that the economy can be built from the bottom-up.  JFK would not have agreed with this policy.

For good measure, here is a video of Congressman Barney Frank, living up to his name and speaking VERY frankly, to give you more of an idea of what the Democrats, with full control of the Senate and the House, would like to do and would be able to do with Barack Obama in the White House:

Getting the picture?

So, if the ideas of Obama and the rest of the fiscal liberals in Congress don’t match the policies of JFK, whose ideas do they match?

From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need. ” – Karl Marx

AP article: Bush says anxiety feeding market instability

Of course anxiety is feeding market instability.  But what is feeding the anxiety?  That is the million dollar question.  If someone was on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and needed to phone a friend for the answer to this question, I would recommend that they just pick a taxpaying American citizen (virtually any taxpaying citizen) to be their lifeline.  Anxiety is feeding market instability.  Government is feeding the anxiety.

People are experiencing high levels of anxiety because their representatives, the people sent to Washington to actually REPRESENT them, in large part voted for this $850 billion bailout despite receiving an overwhelming barrage of letters and phone calls from their constituents urging them to do just the opposite.  Now, people are freaking out about the market, and they are freaking out because they are afraid government is out of control (which it is).

In the article referenced at the beginning of this blog post, Terrence Hunt writes, “President Bush said Friday that the government’s financial rescue plan was aggressive enough and big enough to work, but would take time to fully kick in.”

President Bush is wrong here.  Things may get sorted out eventually, but the reason everything seems to be going to hell in a hand-basket right now is directly because of how aggressive and big this financial “rescue” plan is.  Congress, the one branch put in place to give the people a true voice in government, shirked its most important duty and did exactly the opposite of what people wanted.

So, yeah, anxiety is now feeding the market instability.  Remember when the House voted down the first bailout proposal?  The market saw a dramatic drop, and people freaked out.  But what happened the next day?  It stabilized, and I think it may have actually gone up a little.  At the very least, it didn’t keep plummeting.  What has happened since both the Senate and the House passed the bailout proposal?  The market has continued to drop day after day after day, and now it has actually crashed for the first time since 1987.

Think this anxiety is going away anytime soon?  Think again.

Umm, yeah, so when the stock market plummeted following the failure to pass the $700 billion bailout proposal in the House, weren’t we told that it was directly because of the House’s vote?  So, now that the Senate and the House have both passed the new bailout proposal (which includes an extra $100 billion in pork spending so that it can now be called an $800 billion rescue proposal instead of a $700 billion bailout proposal—try to follow that logic), and the market has crashed today nearly as badly, what exactly are we to glean from this bit of news?

Is this just a case of “damned if you do and damned if you don’t?”

If it is, I sure wish they had stuck with “don’t.”

So now it looks like the Senate is going to pass a revised bailout proposal, still costing hundreds of billions of dollars.  What has changed?  Oh, they have added lots of “sweeteners” to the deal, to make it more appealing to Senators who might have voted against it.  John McCain, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden are all likely going to vote for the bill … as are my two Senators from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

As it is, I know for a fact I will not vote for Alexander or Corker next election cycle if this passes.  I’m not saying I’ll vote for their liberal opponents, but, at the very least, I will vote third party or not vote at all in those races if no third party candidates are available.

I’m more concerned with the presidential race.  I really feel like I cannot vote for people who are not representing my interests, and the fact that McCain is voting for this is making me sick to my stomach right now.  I was actually coming around and looking forward to voting for him in November, but now I’m thinking I might have to go back to my original plan of voting for Ron Paul as a write-in candidate.  I don’t know.  The only comfort I have is that I won’t actually be voting for McCain to represent me.  He is running to be the president, and, as such, he is not running to be a representative for me in government.  He is running to lead the government.  But I still have to take issue with voting for a leader who could make such a serious error in judgment.

These “sweeteners” are added in to make it sound good to the senators and their constituents, but what they are really doing is adding even MORE money to this whole proposal.  Yes, they are talking about some tax breaks, but what good are tax breaks unless their are cuts in spending thrown in as well?  But instead of spending cuts, more money is being spent!

All I can hope is that when this goes back to the House, the same people who shot it down the first time do so again.

This bailout has to be stopped.  We are the U.S.A. — not the U.S.S.A.  Well, at least for now.

Check it out:

House ignores Bush, rejects $700B bailout bill

This isn’t the end of the fight, but it at least shows that the representative form of government we have CAN actually work when the people care enough about what is going on to actually get in touch with their representatives and express their concerns.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) thinks the bailout proposal would have been passed if not for a scathing partisan speech delivered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) just prior to the vote.  I hope he is incorrect.  I really do.  I hope the reason this bill failed was that the representatives, both Democrat and Republican, who voted against it did so because they were actually representing their constituents.  They heard from the people they are serving and knew that they must vote against this bill.

It is not the job of those in Congress to do what they feel is best for our country.  They are not voted into office to do their own will.  They are voted into office to do the will of those who put them there, and it is their duty to represent the interests of the people.  Presidents and governors are part of the executive branch.  They are leaders.  Those in the House and Senate do not hold executive branch powers.  They are not leaders.  They are representatives.  Unfortunately, many of them either don’t realize this or have chosen to willfully go against the duties of their office.

For those of you who have representatives that voted against this proposal, please write to them and thank them.  Let them know how much it means to you that they are actually representing your interests.  For those of you who have representatives that voted for this proposal, let them know that they are walking a thin line, and that if they continue on this path they have chosen, you will not be voting for them to represent you when they are next up for election.

They have another chance now.  Another proposal will be brought up since this one failed.  They must choose to do the right thing this next time around.  It is imperative that we, the people, stand up for our right to be honestly represented in our government.  These representatives are the only voice we have.  We have to speak through them.  They have to speak for us.  Let them know how much you are counting on them.  Our way of life depends on it.

Despite efforts by certain members of Congress to just get the $700 billion bailout passed, some of our representatives are trying to do the right thing!

Check it out:

Conservative Republicans Say They’re Standing Up for Taxpayers

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