Which brings us to the case of Mary T Biskup of Manchester, Mo, who discovered there were scores of small online donations made to the Obama campaign in her name, even though she hasn’t given him a dime. They added up to $174,800, which is a wee bit over the $2,300 limit. This very generous donation was not billed to her own card, but to someone else’s – meaning (as the Post says) “someone appropriated her name”.
Ah, but who? And, if just one unwitting front is responsible for 175 grand of the Obama take, how many other Mary T Biskups are there out there?
Here are great current event illustrations of supply and demand, inflation, prices, and government intervention in a socialist economy.
Venezuela’s Central Bank says the annual inflation rate has hit 36 percent in the Caracas metropolitan area as food prices soared.
Prices for goods and services, health and restaurants also showed strong gains. Inflation in the oil-producing nation is rising as demand outpaces supply.
President Hugo Chavez has figured out how to use Venezuela’s vast oil reserves to increase his regional influence while diminishing U.S. clout: He all but gives it away.
The self-proclaimed socialist revolutionary is allowing impoverished U.S. allies such as Honduras and the Dominican Republic to buy discounted oil with low-interest loans. Then he rebates the revenue back to those countries in the form of aid – – attached to strings he controls.
The blackout hit several of the country’s most populous states, including the capital, Caracas.Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised officials for quickly detecting and beginning to repair the fault.Mr Chavez says upgrading the grid after years of under-investment will take time but rejects criticism that nationalisation has made things worse.
So Chavez is:
1) Giving away oil (except to USA)
2) Threatening to cut off oil to the USA- the only country which actually pays market price for it
3) All while he cannot provide electricity for the oil rich country
4) And normal people are paying 36% more for food
Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched.
And this shocker- people were dropping their expensive coverage to get “free” government health care for their children.
“People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free,” said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. “I don’t believe that was the intent of the program.”
Government cannot change human nature and common sense. Why pay more for the same coverage?
The MSM will say Obama won because he didn’t have to perform- he’s ahead. This has been the same narrative for each of the debates. Obama doesn’t have to do anything but show up. Just body surf and glow while on Rolling Stone magazine every month. John McCain, a completely proven, tested, and known commodity, has to prove himself.
What’s down is up, what’s up is down.
This is an impossible task for John McCain.
Barack Obama only needs to “look presidential” and “stay cool.”
For goodness sakes, are we nominating a president or The Fonze?
Meanwhile, after late January 2009, “Heather Has Two Mommies” will be read on the 1st grade buses on the way to your local gay marriage field trip.
And what does John McCain have to do? The media says, at every debate, he must “deliver a knockout blow,” or “change the game,” or “cause Obama to make a serious mistake.”
With the bar set so low for Obama and the bar set so high for McCain, how can John McCain ever win one of these debates?
For starters, he supports legislation that would repeal the Hyde Amendment, which protects pro-life citizens from having to pay for abortions that are not necessary to save the life of the mother and are not the result of rape or incest.
He has promised that ”the first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act” (known as FOCA). This proposed legislation would create a federally guaranteed ”fundamental right” to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, including, as Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia has noted in a statement condemning the proposed Act, ”a right to abort a fully developed child in the final weeks for undefined ‘health’ reasons.”
In an act of breathtaking injustice which the Obama campaign lied about until critics produced documentary proof of what he had done, as an Illinois state senator Obama opposed legislation to protect children who are born alive, either as a result of an abortionist’s unsuccessful effort to kill them in the womb, or by the deliberate delivery of the baby prior to viability.
He has co-sponsored a bill-strongly opposed by McCain-that would authorize the large-scale industrial production of human embryos for use in biomedical research in which they would be killed. In fact, the bill Obama co-sponsored would effectively require the killing of human beings in the embryonic stage that were produced by cloning. It would make it a federal crime for a woman to save an embryo by agreeing to have the tiny developing human being implanted in her womb so that he or she could be brought to term.
What kind of America do we want our beloved nation to be? Barack Obama’s America is one in which being human just isn’t enough to warrant care and protection. It is an America where the unborn may legitimately be killed without legal restriction, even by the grisly practice of partial-birth abortion. It is an America where a baby who survives abortion is not even entitled to comfort care as she dies on a stainless steel table or in a soiled linen bin. It is a nation in which some members of the human family are regarded as inferior and others superior in fundamental dignity and rights. In Obama’s America, public policy would make a mockery of the great constitutional principle of the equal protection of the law. In perhaps the most telling comment made by any candidate in either party in this election year, Senator Obama, when asked by Rick Warren when a baby gets human rights, replied: ”that question is above my pay grade.” It was a profoundly disingenuous answer: For even at a state senator’s pay grade, Obama presumed to answer that question with blind certainty. His unspoken answer then, as now, is chilling: human beings have no rights until infancy – and if they are unwanted survivors of attempted abortions, not even then.
I am not suggesting that every progressive suddenly latch on to religious terminology – that can be dangerous. Nothing is more transparent than inauthentic expressions of faith. As Jim has mentioned, some politicians come and clap — off rhythm — to the choir. We don’t need that.
Here’s a nice “inauthentic expression of faith” Mr. Obama:
Remember, words matter. Pro-life now means pro-infanticide. Nice.
And this gem:
Moreover, given the increasing diversity of America’s population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.
And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount – a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let’s read our bibles. Folks haven’t been reading their bibles.
How about we look to Obama to tell us which verse should and should not apply to politics and life?
Actually, 1.3 million new voters registered according to ACORN. The problem is, are they really voters? Up in Lake County, Indiana, they’re finding out they are not. Some 5,000 applications came in, all filled out by ACORN, and there they are. They went through the first 2,100 of them, every single one of them, fraudulent. And I want to show you how they knew.