Trump Delivers 1000 Cuts to Obama and his Administration!

By: Richard H. Frank

Just 30 days after the historic election of Donald J. Trump to become our 45th President on January 20, 2017 the President-Elect is proving how inept Obama and his administration have been for the past eight years. Obama boasted that he had a “phone and a pen” as the tools with which to conduct his imperial Presidency. The rash of executive orders and thousands of regulations imposed on the citizenry during his reign have been devastating to the American economy and the very security of the nation. Political correctness has reached its pinnacle where truth may not be spoken to power without the fear of reprisal and being labeled as a bigot or racist. “American exceptionalism” are not words to be found in the vocabulary of the Obama administration.

Yet today we are witnessing a movement, spurred on by the forgotten American led by Trump, aimed at restoring this nation to its former place among the leading nations of the world. The mantra “America First” can be heard resounding from the heartland of this great country. Donald Trump, even before he assumes the Office of President, has accomplished more by picking up the phone and calling business leaders and asking for their help to restore jobs than all the executive actions and regulations imposed by Obama over the past eight years. American voters are wise to the distortions and manipulation of data used by Obama and the liberal media to create a record based on lies regarding the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” climate change and job creation under his watch. “We the People” are sick and tired of the corrupt Washington establishment and are watching closely as Trump chooses his cabinet and selects people who will take action in his quest to “drain the swamp” of the parasites residing in the hallowed halls of Government.

There are talkers and there are doers both of which aspire to make changes for the better and lead our Country. The major difference between talkers and doers may be summed up in a simple exercise taught by Dale Carnegie. It goes something like this: “I know men in the ranks who will stay in the ranks. Why? I’ll tell you why. Simply because they haven’t the ability to get things done.” Barack Obama should have stayed in the ranks as one that talks a great deal and accomplishes little. Donald J. Trump on the other hand is proving that he is able to get things done.

His agenda for the first 100 days in office is substantial and geared to pave the way for economic recovery, job creation in the private sector, infrastructure rebuilding, restoring our military and returning to a nation under the rule of law. Every action planned under his agenda is another cut of a thousand that will move toward Making America Great Again.

Americans Deserve The Government They Vote Into Power.

Following the re-election of Barack Obama as President in 2012, I decided that the Country deserved what they voted for and that many would spend the next four years experiencing buyer’s remorse. As a result my posts to this blog have become more infrequent as I observed the media and the public in general turn a deaf ear to the scandals being perpetuated by the Obama Administration.

How ignorant or apathetic have the citizens of this great nation become when they ignore the lies perpetuated by this President and his Administration? Every prediction related to Obamacare and the devastating impact it would have on the nation when the government controls one sixth of the economy are all coming to fruition. Domestically the Veterans Administration scandal along with the IRS targeting of organizations in opposition to Obama’s policies seem to have struck a nerve with the public but are characterized by Obama as phony scandals. Not withstanding the media’s ignoring the mounting evidence of criminal activity on the part of officials in the IRS and possible complicity of the Justice Department and the White House, Eric Holder refuses to appoint a Special Prosecutor to take charge of the investigation. Obama’s answer to every crisis or scandal is to appoint a team to study the situation and make recommendations as to how they can be avoided in the future. He is always caught by surprise and his lame excuse that he was not aware of the issue has worn thin to the point of his making a fool of himself with every speech he makes when attempting to show leadership to the public. 

Having been struck down by the Supreme Court numerous times for overstepping his authority when issuing Executive Orders, his response is to double down and side step the Constitution and the Congress whenever he thinks he can get away with it. Thus far he has rewritten the immigration law to allow minor children of illegals to avoid deportation sparking thousands of illegal children to cross our southern border believing they will be admitted to the United States without fear of being returned to their home country. He now threatens to take action on comprehensive immigration reform as Congress refused to take action pending securing of the border.  These actions along with rewriting of the Health care Law more than thirty times and selective enforcement of other existing laws would result in impeachment of any other President.  No where in any of his speeches deriding the Republicans does he say that his own Democrat party in the Senate, aided and abetted by Harry Reid, has stopped every single piece of legislation sent from the House by not allowing those votes to come to the Senate floor.

Obama’s foreign policy and his pension for leading from behind  have resulted in reconstituting fanatic elements of Al Qaeda  and the formation of ISAS in Syria and Iraq to the extent that the blood and treasure of this Nation over the past Decade have been wasted. Today his dithering as Commander-in-Chief has resulted in the loss of respect by our allies around the world. He can never admit that it is his policies and decisions that have led us to the turmoil we must face in the Mideast.   It is no longer a matter of if but when the next attack upon America will happen; but rest assured it will come as a complete surprise to Barack Obama and his Administration.

The only thing that has kept Barack Obama from being impeached is the historic nature of his being the first black man elected to the Presidency. His performance in office has proven that he was never qualified or equipped to be President of the United States. That said his position in history insulates him from impeachment and scrutiny for commission of high crimes and misdemeanors. As a result there is only one way “We the People” can restrain Obama from doing further damage to this nation in his quest to “Fundamentally Change America.” We must exercise our right to vote in the 2014 mid-term election and assure that Republicans retain the House of Representatives and gain sufficient seats in the Senate to control both houses in Congress.  Americans who are disgusted at the course our Country is taking cannot afford to stay home again rather than get out and vote! The balance of power must be restored in government and the Executive branch restrained in their march toward socialism if the Republic is to be preserved as intended by the Founding Fathers.

Barack Obama has succeeded in bringing the nation’s economy from the strongest producer in the world to that of a dependent  society resembling France. More people have left the work force and given up as contributors than jobs have been created in the private sector due directly to Obama’s policies on energy independence and his war against the Coal Industry in America. As energy costs continue to rise and income shrinks or remain stagnant this Administration doubles down on regulatory rules from the EPA and other agencies that are strangling investment and growth in this nations GDP.  The rising prices in food and energy are taking a terrible toll on the senior citizens and poor in the country. How long under Obama’s policies will it be before we run out of other people’s money to borrow to pay for his idea of Utopia? As we approach $20 trillion in the national debt it won’t take much before our creditors decide to foreclose on the United States of America.

Our last chance to change course for the nation rests in the decisions we make in the voting booth this coming November. Keep in mind we have no one to blame but ourselves for the government and representatives we elect. We deserve what we get.

October 16, 2013-Groundhog Day in Washington, D.C.

by Richard H. Frank

The politicians in Washington D.C., especially Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, are marking October 16, 2013 as a victory over Republicans in the House of Representatives with the passage of an extension to the CR and the debt limit extension until after the first of the year. In reality, the Senate Bill accomplished absolutely nothing and was a replay of the 2011 budget crisis. Just as in the movie “Groundhog Day” every American can prepare for a replay of the same old “crap” – just another day.

The only accomplishment of this legislation is to incur an additional $1 trillion of debt over the next 60 days for Obama to spend and redistribute as he deems appropriate.

I seem to remember his statements and vote against the debt limit increase in 2006 as such actions would be irresponsible and un-American. Now he has the audacity to proclaim that extending the debt limit does not increase our debt by a single dime. I wonder where he studied money and banking. Obviously not in the Wharton School of Economics. I also seem to remember he appointed the Simpson Bowles Commission to study and make recommendations on how to bring Government spending under control and eventually balance the Federal budget.

Because the Commission recommendations addressed entitlement reform, Obama immediately rejected the recommendations out of hand and for the past four years has ignored his own Commission’s findings.

Following the loss of control in the House by Democrats in the 2010 mid-term election, Obama’s solution to our economic woes was to appoint a Super Committee charged with solving the ongoing problems of continuing deficits and structuring a “grand bargain” that would raise revenues without reducing the current out of control spending.

To assure success of the Super Committee, Obama and his administration championed the creation of the “Budget Control Act” passed and signed into law in 2011 that contained a provision for across the board spending cuts in every branch of government known as the “Sequester.” When the Super Committee failed to reach agreement and eventually disbanded, Obama and his administration freaked out as sequester took over and they predicted Armageddon for the nation. Two years have passed and the spending reductions have been implemented without Armageddon taking place.

The government shutdown of 2013 began on October 1, 2013 with the furlough of some 700,000 non-essential government employees. If my math and understanding of the English language is correct, that means approximately one-third of the Federal Government is non-essential; then it seems to reason that one-third of the Federal budget should be scrutinized for elimination.

One-third of our current spending in a $3.2 trillion budget equates to $1 trillion in reductions that brings the Federal budget close to balancing. However, Congress would never consider addressing the obvious as some special interest might be put at risk when logic prevails over politics.

The real answer to the Government’s spending problem is to rid Congress of the professional politicians through strict term limits that would rid the Government of those who put personal advancement over doing the work and will of “We the People.”

Unfortunately, this would require that someone sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to achieve that end. This, along with a Balanced Budget Amendment, although talked about, are much like the mythical unicorn – beautiful to imagine but far from reality.

So following October 16, 2013, another groundhog day, our nation is taking a giant step along the path to becoming Greece.

May God have mercy on our children and grandchildren who are destined to bear the burden of debt thrust upon them by a Federal bureaucracy concerned only with their ideology and egos.

Should we fail to fundamentally alter the makeup of Congress in the 2014 mid-term and put a stop to the devastating regulation of our economy and redistribution ideology held by Barack Obama and his minions, he will have achieved his stated goal to “fundamentally change America” to become a European-style democracy and cease as a Representative Republic.

The Miracle of Obama’s Arithmetic!

By: Richard H. Frank

Barack Obama uses the phrase “it’s arithmetic” to prove his criticism of his opponent’s revenue and tax policies. Yet when it comes to calculation of the unemployment rate in America the rule that 2+2=4 doesn’t apply. There should be no doubt in the mind of any informed American that the real unemployment rate in this country is substantially higher than that reported in the Department of Labor’s monthly statistics. Consider the following:

  • According to the Government between 150,000 and 175,000 new jobs are needed each month just to keep pace with population growth. Their own statistics show that this has not happened over the past year. Yet, the rate has dropped from 9.3% to the September bogus number of 7.8%.
  • Weekly first time claims for unemployment benefits remain above 350,000 or a total of approximately 1.0 million per month which is 4 to 5 times the number of new private sector jobs reported as created by the Department of Labor. Yet, the administration and the President takes credit for 5 million new jobs created in just the past 10-month period. These facts just don’t add up.
  • More importantly the Obama Administrations own figures show that the U-6 under-employment rate remains locked in at 14.1%. This is a direct contradiction to their reported 7.8% for September 2012.
  • The most startling and bogus number in all the calculations used by the administration is the available workforce in the country which has  magically fallen by more than 8 million persons. Where have all these people gone? Have they migrated to Mexico in search of employment crossing the border in the dead of night to become illegal immigrants?

The real answer is that “it’s all about politics and electing  Barack Obama for a second term”. We find ourselves living under an administration headed by a President that will do and say anything to be re-elected. The media dare not call out the administration for the lies and distortions they spew to the American public for fear of being labeled as racist. I for one could care less about the color of the President’s skin, but do care about the color of his character.

President Obama and his administration have repeatedly demonstrated a lack of transparency and a propensity to manipulate the truth to the point of lacking any credibility with the electorate. This was not the “Hope and Change” that many Americans voted for in 2008. Now in 2012 it is time to make a change and replace Obama and his administration with qualified men that have the values and principles that have made America exceptional.

Barack Obama – Vulture Capitalist!

by Richard H. Frank

Since Barack Obama cannot run on his record of accomplishments as President, he and his minions have chosen to attack Mitt Romney for his record as a venture capitalist while running Bain Capital.  This tactic is in furtherance of dividing our nation into the haves and have-nots or the 99% against the 1%.  Unfortunately, the average American voter has no concept as to how venture capital works in the free market and thus swallows the lies and distortion spread by Obama during his re-election bid “hook, line and sinker.”

Joe Biden credits Obama and his administration as single-handedly saving the American auto industry with the $80 billion bailout of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009.  Examining the facts with regard to General Motors paints a drastically different picture, however, and in fact shows Obama using many of the tools available to venture capitalists in the GM bailout.

In order to set the stage for the events leading up to the Government-forced bankruptcy, it is helpful to understand some facts concerning the world’s once largest corporation.

During the 20th Century General Motors Corporation grew to become the world’s largest successful corporation with 91 manufacturing and assembly plants in the U.S. alone. During the 1980s foreign competition, armed with low-cost labor and in many instances Government subsidies, began to erode GM’s market share which fell steadily from approximately 50% to the low 20% by the end of the century.  Efforts by management to curtail costs and reverse the downward trend in market share were met with fierce opposition by labor unions and contractual commitments that hindered increased productivity and cost reduction.

Notwithstanding this opposition GM either sold or closed 43 of  its U.S. facilities between 1981 and 2008 reducing its operating  locations by 30% while still operating  under oppressive legacy costs acquired under previous contract commitments.

By 2008 GM was faced with receiving Government loan guarantees or bankruptcy.  Hence, along came Barack Obama and his Government takeover structured to reward labor unions at the expense of creditors, shareholders and bondholders.  Under Obama’s Automotive Czar, the Government pumped $50 billion of the taxpayer’s money into the ailing corporation and immediately announced the eventual closing of 14 additional U. S. plants and three parts and service centers resulting in the loss of 20,000 jobs.  This action further reduced the number of U. S. facilities by 23% although without the necessity to recognize any previous contractual commitments while operating in the Government-arranged auto bankruptcy.

The consideration given to labor unions was a share in the new General Motors and a seat on the Corporation’s Board of Directors.  Up to this point it would appear that Obama and venture capitalists had a lot in common as to how they approached saving a company.

1.  They both infused large sums of money while actions to curtail costs were devised.

2.  They closed obsolete and unprofitable locations.

3. They fired excess labor and management personnel from closed facilities and reduced remaining workforces as required to increase productivity and achieve consolidation of operations.  The major differences, however, between the Government bailout and the acquisition by venture capitalists are stark in comparison:

  • Venture capitalists use their own money.  The government uses our money from tax revenues and/or borrowing from China to continue to keep GM afloat.
  • Venture capitalists are required to follow  bankruptcy law and honor creditor claims according to statute.  The Government ignored the law and entered into arrangements that benefited organized labor over creditors, shareholders and financial institutions; hence the term “crony capitalism” has been coined to define the bailout.
  • Venture capitalists invest to create value and profit by making enterprises successful.  Barack Obama spends our money to do whatever he and his administration deem politically expedient to support their agenda without regard to creating value.

In the years following the bailout of GM, what have we learned?

Dan Ackerson, Chairman of the “New General Motors” reported in a speech that 70% of GM vehicles are produced outside of the U.S.  I guess that equates to a large portion of the $50 billion bailout going to create jobs outside the U.S.  Does Obama count those jobs as either being saved or created?

While 14 plants and three parts and service centers were closed in the U.S. as part of the Government bailout, 11 assembly plants and 4 powertrain plants have been opened by GM in joint ventures in China, along with 2700 dealerships.  Where did the money come from to make these investments?  Certainly not from operating profits from the “New General Motors.”  More of our tax dollars to creat jobs in China with SAIE and FAN?

Ackerson also stated in 2011 that a new “Advanced Technology Center” was being built to assure the company’s success in China.  More alarming is the transfer of advanced technology from the U.S. to China under the joint venture arrangement between GM and the Communist Chinese Government.

Saginaw Steering Gear was acquired by Pacific Century Motors and became Nexteer.  Under the Obama Administration oversight ownership of Nexteer was quietly transferred to AVIC, a Chinese Communist Government association.  Another example of Obama’s crony capitalism.

As the campaign rhetoric heats up over the coming months and Obama mounts his vicious attack on Mitt Romney and Bain Capital for destroying jobs in the quest for profits and moving jobs overseas, keep the story of the “New GM” in mind and it will expose Obama for the hypocrite he and his administration really are.

I have a Job – “I’m on Unemployment”

by Jayne D. Frank

The reality of the burden and consequences of Congress once again extending unemployment insurance benefits without any concurrent cuts to pay for these benefits, hit me as I encounter everyday examples of its abuses.

My husband and I were lucky to winter in Florida for a few months this year.  Our home is in a large modest neighborhood made up of  people who live and work to eek out a meager living having little or nothing in the way of assets or the “typical” middle income trappings resulting from their labors.  They do with less and they drive cars much older than the median age of cars in this country.  Since my husband and I worked and contributed for over 75 years between us in careers that demanded up to 70-80 hour work weeks, I see this segment of the Florida population, and their struggle for survival, as an example of “everything that is wrong with Obama’s policies.”

Further, I ache for the immediate implementation of Newt Gingrich’s policies which he indicated would give citizens “unemployment insurance in exchange for the participants getting training to qualify them for a real private -sector paying job.”

Yesterday, I ran into a neighbor who used to be employed full time at Wal-Mart, often working  late or long hours, and my husband and I thought his goal was to work his way into a position of  management at this company.  So dissappointed was I when we ran into him and asked “Do you still have a job?”  His answer was “Yes, I have a job – I am on unemployment!”  When asked why he was unemployed, he said he was given “warnings” by management, and eventually lost his job.  Undoubtedly he has been on unemployment for most of the past 2 years that we have not seen him.  Saying “There is nothing out there” we immediately knew that he is not pursuing any full time employment because there is no urgency in his voice and it is obvious that he is enjoying his days filled with doing nothing so long as he remains on the dole.  Later that day our postal delivery person asked me if he is still working because he obviously gets benefit checks and checks for “on-the-side-employment that he is not claiming.

Florida itself, with a 9% stated unemployment rate (probably much higher in reality) is filled with other examples of people squandering their unemployment benefits.  When I was fully employed and not retired, the only time you saw people on the street was during lunch time.  Today in Florida, it is like “lunch time” or a Saturday every day of the week with young people milling about in flea markets, gathering at eateries to chew the fat, at guns shows or festivals, or filling the bars starting at 3:30 to party and play with their friends.  These people don’t have mortgages or other fixed payments, so much of every single dime taxpayers “give” them goes into these activities with very little going to purchase food or other necessities.  Florida’s Governor was right to want to require “drug testing” for acceptance of continued benefits as drug use is also prevalent here.

When my husband and I were in our careers, finding yourself on “unemployment” was embarassing to us.  Surely if you were given a “warning” one time by an employer, you took heed of the warning and never let it happen again because of your need to keep your job.  The one time I found myself on unemployment for two months because of a headquarters move, I spent every waking hour calling, sending resumes and contacting employers in person to find something to put me back in the ranks of the employed.  There is none of that now  – no resumes, no cold-calling and very often you can go down the street and find signs in businesses yards advertising for “jobs available” or “now hiring.”  The work ethic that we grew up with just doesn’t seem to be there any longer.

Wake up Congress and Americans!  If this was an insolated case of fraud and abuse, it would be one thing, but our Country is going the way of Greece – we are broke and cannot keep governing with our hearts and forking over money to people that refuse to find employment or get retrained in our community colleges.  You have no problem telling your kids “No” or “We are broke” when they ask for candy or playthings.  Say “NO” when it really counts for the survival of our country! We are fast approaching a country of “takers” and not “makers”, and President Obama’s intended fiscal policies are feeding that entitlement thinking.