Archive for August, 2012


Under the Fedora: Demoralized as Hell, 2016 & Hookups

Neal Armstrong is dead.

For all of our celebrity culture there are in reality very few people who will be remembered for generations after they are gone.

Neil Armstrong was one of those people.

How did Barack Obama remember Armstrong?  With a photo of himself, not a photo of him with Armstrong, but with a photo of Obama looking in space.

Says a lot doesn’t it?


I’ve been saying for a year that Barack Obama is in trouble, it’s finally reached the point where some other conservatives are seeing the same thing and saying it publicly

the hardest people to convince has not been the left who is doing their best to pretend it isn’t happening but the right who can’t bring themselves to admit they are winning for fear that something anything might happen to blow it.

But now look. You have John Nolte from Breitbart openly saying on one of the most significant sites on the right Obama is losing. You have Erick Erickson from CNN bluntly saying these are signs of panic in his campaign and you have Nice Deb a blogger highly respected throughout the net daring to believe and say what’s been apparent for a while.

And it’s getting harder and harder for the left to pretend this isn’t happening as the Lonely Conservative notes:

Despite a laughable D +9 sample in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, Mitt Romney is still ahead of President Obama by one point. Imagine what it would look like with a realistic sample?

It’s things like this that cause Chris Matthews to go spastic,

Oh and that poll…it’s a post Todd Akin poll.


Speaking of things that make the left panic, the Documentary 2016 is doing something documentaries are not supposed to do, well at the box office

The Hollywood Reporter says that 2016: Obama’s America grossed “a stellar $6.3 million” as it ran in theaters nationwide, beating three new studio films.

Having opened in just a few theaters earlier this month, Obama’s America has now raked in a total of $9.2 million.

It is now the most financially successful conservative documentary of all time, and could wind up one of the must lucrative documentaries.

I saw the movie Monday night, a manager at the theatre told me it was doing well enough that they may hold it over at least for another weekend.  My thoughts on the picture are here

I’m thinking this movie would have a lot lesser effect if the media had not left a void in the background of Barack Obama the candidate for Dinesh D’Sousa to fill in with Obama’s own words.

Then again they likely suspect that if they didn’t leave that void there would be no President Barack Obama period.  I disagree, they could have spun it enough to manage.

Of course some people like Trevor Loudon are more blunt on the subject of the left:


In all the political news that is dominating the airwaves there is one story that has received scant attention:  Egyptian tanks and troops in the Sinai Peninsula.

In an apparent response to comments Tuesday by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who said Israel must ensure that every letter of the peace treaty is enforced, Yadlin said there is no need to latch on to every letter of the agreement.

“What the Egyptians are doing in Sinai today is a more significant effort than in the past to deal with terrorism,” Yadlin said. “So long as the operation is widespread and focused against terrorism, I think we need to look at this realistically.”

Yeah after all we know the Muslim Brotherhood is reliable and trustworthy.

My biggest fear frankly isn’t an Israeli strike on Iran.  It’s Egypt deciding that they will use this as a pretense to beef up Tanks etc in Sinai contravening the treaty and pushing it to the limit with Israel and the Jewish state reaching the point where they find it necessary to react a-la 1967.

If you aren’t thinking of this, you ought to be


It’s rare that I visit Little Green Footballs these days and even rarer that I link them but when I saw the following story at the guardian

The death of pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie was a “regrettable accident” for which the state of Israel was not responsible, a judge has ruled, dismissing a civil lawsuit brought by the family.

The young American had “put herself in a dangerous situation” and her death was not caused by the negligence of the Israeli state or army, said Judge Oded Gershon at Haifa district court.

I had to look.

You see if you were a reader of LGF back in the day LGF had very little respect for the foolish Miss Corrie referring to her as “St. Pancake” as she placed herself in front of a bulldozer for the Palestinians.

I was curious to see how they would play this ruling at the “New” LGF so I actually went to the site.  They had a barebones with an excerpt from the Jerusalem post story by a fellow named Randall Gross and a mixed message in comments as of this writing.

No reaction from Charles Johnson himself but It’s interesting to see there is still a Pro-Israel block on the site.

As for the meat of the ruling:

  The judge rules the driver couldn’t see her and was not responsible.

Corrie is the epitome of the “Useful Idiot” and her death made the “Useful” status permanent.


Instapundit linked to this story by the Anchoress about the new “hookup culture” among young women:

It’s hard to escape the conclusion that these younger women rely on hook-ups for impersonal sexual gratification so they can set their sights on career, money and power without personal encumbrances; no clinging vines requiring their company or their humanity; no kids to distract them from the office and their pursuit of the brass ring — or the brass idol.

How utterly depressing. The sexual revolution and its illusory notion of “having it all” has folded in upon itself to forge a chain-link of perfect irony: 21st Century women have become precisely the shallow, insincere, career-fixated, corporate people-users that early feminists decried.

Women were going to teach men how to be human, remember? Instead, they’ve become everything they claimed to hate.

Now, all they need is a wife to raise the kids

It linked to a second piece from July that was just… amazing

When “Girls” hit this spring, I was shocked by how true the show rang to my life—not my old life as a post-collegiate single girl but my new one, as a married, monogamous, home-owning mother. My generation of moms isn’t getting shocking HPV news (we’re so old we’ve cleared it), or having anal sex with near-strangers, or smoking crack in Bushwick. But we’re masturbating excessively, cheating on good people, doing coke in newly price-inflated townhouses, and sexting compulsively—though rarely with our partners. Our children now school-aged, our marriages entering their second decade, we are avoiding the big questions—Should I quit my job? Have another child? Divorce?—by behaving like a bunch of crazy twentysomething hipsters. Call us the Regressives.

* * *

Why do moms in my generation regress, whether by drugging, cheating, or going out too late and too often? Because everything our children thrive on—stability, routine, lack of flux, love, well-paired parents—feels like death to those entrusted with their care.

I have plenty of problems in my life but I don’t know a single person like this.

You know people wonder why the Catholic Church and it’s doctrines have survived for so many centuries, it’s because the promises of nonsense like feminism have and always will be empty while the promises of God are eternal.

Speaking of the church did you see Cardinal Dolan is now invited to give the closing prayer at the DNC as well? Can’t wait to see the crowd shots.


On a lighter note Dr. Who will be back this Saturday and the BBC is putting out a daily 60 second bits as a prelude to the episode, here is Tuesday’s

I take a lot of teasing for my Dr. Who fandom, I still maintain it is the best science fiction series of all time.

Finally last week in my Examiner piece I introduced Sarah the Obama voter who had decided to switch, the RNC has a new video out along the same lines called “Switchers”.

To counter these switchers the DNC will be featuring Charlie Crist endorsing Obama at his convention next week, the same Charlie Crist who said four years ago that Sarah Palin was more qualified than Barack Obama.

I’ll take Sarah and those folks in the GOP ad to Charlie Crist any day.


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Trevor Loudon on Conservatively Speaking (Get his book right here!)

Conservatively speaking is delighted to welcome Trevor Loudon on the show!

He was in studio talking about the Democratic Socialists of America and Communism and it’s connections to Barack Obama, particularly in his formative years.

His book Barack Obama and the Enemies Within is a must read. You can buy a copy of the book right here by clicking on the cover.


Trevor’s Last Speaking engagment in MA

  • Saturday, August 25, 2012 Danvers August 25, 2012 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Timothy’s at The Village Green
    225 Newbury St – Danvers

2016 The Movie: Locatons where it is playing


Love Him, Hate Him   you don’t know him

From Gerald R Molden, Producer of Academy award winning best picture Schindler’s List


Trevor Loudon will be our guest on Conservatively Speaking this Saturday at 8 am



Trevor says, “I’m a libertarian activist and political researcher from Christchurch New Zealand. I believe in freedom with responsibility, not freedom from responsibility.

My ideal society is one in which government is confined to protecting its citizens from criminals and external enemies. I believe in working with all those who are moving in broadly the same direction.

The views expressed in this Blog are strictly my own.” Trevor is also the founder and editor of, a rapidly growing website with the goal of unlocking the covert side of U.S. and Global politics.


Under the Fedora St. Anselm Akin and Pinball

I’m writing today’s Under the Fedora at Funspot the Largest Arcade in the world.  I came up here with my youngest to relax and celebrate his new job.  The most relaxing thing I know is pinball but 4 hours of it can be murder on the hands.


The only news that seems to be on the table today is Todd Akin and his gaffe concerning pregnancy.  Akin’s story has dominated the news for several days during which the right was in dead panic and the left is positively drooling.

As I’ve already written the Akin situation contains traps for both the right and the left.  The difference?  The traps for the right are generally short term and the traps for the left are more of a long term nature.

I can’t see either side avoiding them since both sets of traps are so well suited to their natures.


This single most amazing thing of the entire Akin business, at the same time the left is getting ready to go all out, all Akin all the time, their national convention features Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker.

I wonder if anyone has asked “Juanita Broaddrick” for comment?

Electorally it would have been better if Akin left the race but as the Lonely Conservative said:

There’s no fixing stupid

I’m not all that comfortable removing a candidate who won a primary based on a gaffe but it will be  neat trick to see Akin try to pull this off without national support, but people seem to forget that none of the conditions that put both Barack Obama and Claire McCaskill on the endangered list have changed.  It remains to be seen if the people in Missouri will decide that a gaffe already apologized for is as bad as Claire McCaskill’s record.


BTW have you ever noticed that apologies are never accepted if they come from Republicans.  If you are  a democrat you can Sexually Harass interns in the White House and remain president, You can have your boyfriend run a call service from your apartment and remain in congress and you can avoid paying the taxes you owe become treasury secretary.

The letter D after your name apparently is stronger that the most expensive indulgence that the Catholic church ever sold.

Mitt Romney held his 100th Town meeting at St. Anselm College on Monday.  I was credentialed for the event and got some interesting interviews both before

And after.

As a rule events of this type are stage managed to a large degree but there was one moment that really bodes well for Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan:

Cheryl was an Obama voter, a former teacher who had never gone to a Romney event before. She left as a Romney voter. I asked her per, Gov Romney’s challenge, what she would say to a fellow 2008 Obama voter to persuade them to change their vote her answer was telling:

All they have to do is listen carefully, there is so much negativity and there is no message in negativity

Her dissatisfaction, more than any successfully staged event is the greatest danger to the election prospects of this administration.

I suspect this is being repeated a lot more often than people think.

This doesn’t bode well for the President, but the comic reaction when word passed through the press area that the president spontaneously showed up for the daily press briefing was much more telling.  One gentleman joked about the people called on:  First question Inside Edition etc. etc etc.

They might vote for him, but I suspect it will not be out of respect.

Three other St. Anselm notes:   I met Ambassador Joe Patrone for the first time.  I had no idea who he was and only approached him because he had one of the most stylish fedora’s I ever saw.

One really gets the seriousness of a “presidential” event when you see members of the Secret service on the roof of a building keeping watch.

The last Romney event I showed up for a reporter’s power supply blew up, the secret service was there faster than you can say, “South American Call Girl”.

One of the volunteers at the event was a fellow named Peter who sat with me, Stacy McCain and Mike Rogers of Granite Grok at the bar earlier this year after the National Review debate event in Manchester.  He gave his take on things along with some of the background work that volunteers had to go through

It’s the volunteers who do the heavy lifting simply to help their candidate win.  They never seem to get the proper credit so if you were a worker at St. Anselm’s let me say.  Thanks, great job!

Oh and you can find the Q & A from the Romney Ryan event  here.


The Hollywood reports tells us that the anti-Obama documentary 2016 is raising eyebrows due to its popularity:

It’s already the No. 12 political documentary of all time — a market that Michael Moore has cornered — as well as the No. 2 conservative documentary after Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed ($7.7 million).

Hmmm large crowds at an anti-Obama documentary, Large crowds at Mitt Romney events, large crowds at Chick-Fil-A.

Ya think the American people might be trying to tell us something?


Oh and was there anything more lame that the Obama team trying to say to the NYT that they are drawing small crowds on purpose.  Talk about channeling Pee-Wee Herman:


A lot of people are snarking at Melky Cabrera for making a fake web page for a fake topical cream in order to avoid being caught using performance enhancing drugs.

They are surprised he tried it, I’m not.  His salary for 2012 is $6,000,000 based on a 162 game schedule.  A fifty game suspension costs him $1.848  Million dollars.

Would you fake a web page to avoid losing that kind of money?

“But DaTechGuy” you might say,  “Why not just not use the drugs and keep the whole six mil?”  Well perhaps if it wasn’t for the drugs the Giants wouldn’t’ think he was worth six million.

People forget the kind of money that was, and is at stake in sports.  These men are unlikely to make anything near this kind of dough in their lives again and a single injury means it’s all over.  If someone told you, take this pill and you will make millions it would take a man of great character to refuse it.


One of the things you notice about Funspot is just how many different things there are to do from the old arcade games, to pinball, to Bowling (tenpin & candlepin) to mini golf to slots (all for tickets).  It’s a very family orientated place as you might expect from a business that has been around since 1964.

One thing that’s slightly older than Funspot is Dr. Who.  The latest season is starting in a week on BBC and BBC America.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Dr. Who fan, but I think the decision to split the season in the way they did has really dropped my interest in the new series.  If that’s happening to me I’ll bet happening to a lot of other Dr. Who fans.

Of course the Big Finish series still excites me and I can’t wait for the 2nd Tom Baker season featuring Mary Tamm as the first Romana.  They finished recording the season before she died last month.

It’s amazing how Tom Baker seems to outlast just about everyone.

USA today reports yet another fake hate crime

A former University of Nebraska women’s basketball star faked an attack in which she allegedly carved anti-gay slurs into her skin because she felt it would spark change, police said Tuesday.

I have nothing but contempt for this woman, for her cause she was willing to tar people as violent, even worse what if the police had picked up a person, that man’s live would have been over and she would have been the toast of the town.


Something sweet to close, after my appearance on WROL’s Out With Joe this Sunday we stopped for supper.  The desert tray had something amazing.

Believe it or not I actually managed to resist Chocolate Cannoli cake.


Under the Fedora Ryan Pesky and Fischer

The big news this week was Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan for the GOP ticket

I had predicted Tim Pawlenty would be the pick and was generally surprised that Ryan got the call.  It was a pick that at first glance was Atypical.  Ryan is not what could be considered a “safe” pick and Mitt Romney is the quintessential safe poll.

But the more you think about it the Paul Ryan pick makes a lot of sense if you think of Mitt Romney as a CEO who is looking to solve a problem and hiring staff to do so.

Paul Ryan brings all the tools Mitt Needs most, familiarity with both the budget process and with the house.  If you are out to fix the country’s budget and deficit issues there was no VP candidate that can come close to Ryan in terms of qualifications.

That really gives you an idea of how Mitt Romney’s mind works.

It’s been suggested that Paul Ryan is going to make Mitt Romney a better campaigner.  I really didn’t think it would be the case until I saw this story from Stacy McCain out of Ohio.

The speech itself was awesome. I’d already heard Mitt speak twice earlier today — first at a coal mine in Beallsville and then in downtown Zanesville — and parts of the speech were already familiar. But I noticed Mitt was reading from a teleprompter at the Chillicothe event, so this particular speech was prepared in advance. But given the content, including references to the “wild and reckless accusations . . . a few hours ago in Virginia,” it was obvious that it had been updated quite recently.

At several points, Mitt was interrupted by cheers and applause, and at times the crowd broke into chants of “Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!” or “USA! USA! USA!” The candidate was fired up and the crowd was fired up, and it was very exciting to be there with my 13-year-old son Jefferson. Afterwards, as we left, I talked briefly to a National Correspondent Whose Name You Would Recognize and said, “Great speech, huh?”

The correspondent replied: “He wrote it himself, you know.”

So I guess the Ryan pick is reallying paying off if it makes Mr. Mitt a good campaigner

Oh Stacy McCain in on  yet another shoe leather reporting trip, nobody does it better.


On the other side of the coin Joe Biden has become a gaffe machine.  His latest is getting the century wrong.

Now you and I know this is a little thing but can you imagine the media reaction if  this had been Sarah Palin?  It would be proof of incompetence and the MSM would never let the narrative go, EVAH.

Actually we don’t have to imagine we saw the media in 2008 and to this day I still meet the uninformed who thinks Palin is some kind of dunce.

A much more serious gaffe was Biden’s was the “back in chains” business that prompted this exchange on Morning Joe: (via the MRC)

WILLIE GEIST: It has to be said that if Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate, said that to an African-American audience


GEIST: — there would be calls this morning for him to get out of the race; for Mitt Romney to withdraw from the race. There’s a double-standard [inaudible].

JOE SCARBOROUGH: The New York Times would have it on the front page; they’d be writing huge editorials. Everybody–everybody!–watching this show would be calling him a racist and say that this is the most obscene thing ever, but it’s the double-standard we live by.

Just a reminder, Morning Joe is on MSNBC and this is being said aloud.

If you wonder why I watch Morning Joe religiously it’s because every now and then, they speak basic truths that would normally not be said to the MSNBC audience.  It is for that reason one of the single most important shows on Television.

And they’re right, it Ryan had done this there would be denunciation from the NAACP, Al Shaprton would be marching, Jessie Jackson would be holding vigils and there would be no other story in the MSM until Ryan was gone.

But it doesn’t fit the template so no Sharpton march for Biden.

Come to think of it there has been a spate of shooting and killings in the Black Community in Boston and Al Sharpton hasn’t shown his face to march or call for justice but then again there is no way to exploit these shootings politically so they don’t matter to Al or the MSM.

So what if innocent black women are shot in Boston, it’s not as if someone was trying to open a Chick-Fil-A in the city.


Speaking of shootings and Chick Fil-A A volunteer for LGBT groups tried to pass himself off as an intern at the Family Research Council’s DC location (complete with Chick-Fil-A bag) and get into the building.  A security guard didn’t fall for it and took a bullet for his trouble.  The Gunman justified his actions over the FRC’s position on Gay Marriage and in the hours before the attack (and even after) the left was going after FRC as a “hate” group.

Somehow our friends on the left don’t see a connection, certainly not the same connection they saw on Sarah Palin’s Target Map.

You see it’s what you believe that matters not what you do, I suspect the primary reason so many on the left  are angry is because it makes their side look bad.  But there are a fair amount who haven’t slowed down one bit.


As for the media that was so quick to look for a right wing connection to other shootings, they didn’t find this story very newsworthy.  MSNBC gave it all of 17 seconds according to Newsbusters and  CNN took two hours to report it.  I guess it took that long for the e-mail from Talking Points Memo to arrive.

Do I really need to say how CNN/MSNBC et/al would have covered this if the attacker was a tea party member and the target advocates for Gay Marriage?  I guess the whole “If it bleeds it leads” doesn’t apply if the blood is on the right and shed by the left.


Some baseball;  Johnny Pesky has died at the age of 92.  He was one of the most beloved Red Sox players of all time, he played with and against some of the greatest players who have ever played the game and has been a fixture with the Red Sox for decades as player manager, coach and more. When he had the chance to hold up the World Series Trophy it was one of the great moments for the franchise.


Many people forget that Pesky “held the ball” a tad long allowing Enos Slaughter to score from first to win the 1946 World Series for St. Louis, as you might guess that was not one of his finest moments with the club but time and his winning was cured this.

Pesky had a monster first year in the majors but like most players of his era lost several years due to military service.  Today the idea of any athlete choosing the military when he could be making millions is almost unheard of but to Johnny Pesky and his ilk that was no big deal


Another big baseball story Felix Hernandez pitched a perfect game 27 up, 27 down, the first ever for Seattle on Wednesday blanking Tampa Bay 1-0 .  It was the one bright spot in an otherwise lousy season for the team.

What makes this 23rd ever perfect game special to me is it took place in August, before the rosters expand.  It is much more common to see no hitters etc in April when the players are cold or Sept when the rosters are dotted with Minor Leagues being tested.


Some film.  The Expendables 2 comes out on Friday and Already the talk of the new additions for Expendables 3 is out there

And you thought The Expendables 2 had every big-name action film star… Just wait for The Expendables 3. Without a firm agreement from Lionsgate that a third installment will even go forward—although a successful opening on Aug. 17 of the sequel could solidify that move quickly—producer Avi Lerner is already lining up new names. Big new names.

The first signed on to join the ever-growing list of stars in The Expendables franchise is Nicolas Cage. And Lerner has other offers on the table, as reported by Total Film, to Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Mickey Rourke and even the jailed Wesley Snipes (he is scheduled for a July 2013 release from prison, which could work out just swell for filming of the new movie).

Cripes, do they plan on cloning John Wayne and giving him a cameo too?  Actually his son Patrick is still around and he’s done some of this kind of thing.


Finally a story on my blog about a fellow named Matt Fischer got a ton of attention.  He had a problem with Progressive Insurance over the death claim for his sister and his story went viral.   On my own site it is easily one of my top 6 posts of all time.

Progressive is a company with billions in assets Mr. Fischer is one guy with a blog, but it will take more than clever commercials staring Flo to undo the damage their bungling of his sister’s claim has done.

Sam Colt may have made men equal in the 1800’s but the internet has made them even more so today.

See you next week.


Demoralized as Hell Paul Ryan Edition:

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And this week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio with Stacy McCain and Ed Morrissey of Hotair
It’s not just getting rid of Obama
Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t with the left
Don’t fall for foolish polls

Subject: A great letter

(Not signed to protect the author)

To All My Valued Employees,
There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t pose a threat to your job.

What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country. Of course, as your employer, I am forbidden to tell you whom to vote for – it is against the law to discriminate based on political affiliation, race, creed, religion, etc.

Please vote for who you think will serve your interests the best. However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interest. First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a back story.&nbs p;

This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You saw my big home at last year’s Christmas party. I’m sure all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life. However, what you don’t see is the back story.

I started this company 12 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living space was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.

My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn’t have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business — hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting Nordstrom’s for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the Goodwill store extracting any clothing item that didn’t look like it was birthed in the 70’s.

My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business — with a vision that eventually, some day, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9 am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5 pm, I don’t. There is no “off” button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat , ****, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to me like a 1 day old baby.

You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden — the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations… You never realize the back story and the sacrifices I’ve made. Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bail out all the people who didn’t.

The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for. Yes, business ownership has its benefits but the price I’ve paid is steep and not without wounds. Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:

I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don ‘t pay enough. I have state taxes.. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my “stimulus” check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check?

Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country. The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you’d quit and you wouldn’t work here. I mean, why should you? That’s nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy. Here is what many of you don’t understand .. to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn’t need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don’t defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the mud of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine.

Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep. So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child’s future. Frankly, it isn’t my problem anymore. Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire.

You see, I’m done. I’m done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.

While tax cuts to 95% of America sounds great on paper, don’t forget the back story: If there is no job, ther e is no income to tax. A tax cut on zero dollars is zero. So, when you make decision to vote, ask yourself, who understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn’t? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of saving your job. While the media wants to tell you “It’s the economy Stupid” I’m telling you it isn’t.

If you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steamrolled the Constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me in the South Caribbean sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about.

Signed, Your boss,


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