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Are You Shovel Ready?

Updated on October 8, 2012

Feeling Barry'd?

May Be Closer To Reality Than You Think...

Am I better off than I was 4 years ago? I can truthfully answer that with a resounding "no" and so can the average American. I said "truthfully," not "hopefully." Are you feeling shovel ready? If you aren't then prepare yourself to be if you help reelect Barack Hussein Obama to another term. His first term has been a disaster and a second term will insure he is able to hammer that last nail in our coffins so we can be ready for the shovel.

I had to fill up the gas tank the other day and it was painful. I went to restock my cupboards and fridge for the coming month and that was agony from what it was just four short years ago. My skinny wallet has had to cinch in notch after notch as Obama fiddles out there on the campaign trail the last four years. If he hasn't been campaigning he has been vacationing like a rock star or out on the links kicking back on our dime. The guy is totally disconnected from reality, but I've written about that before too. So lets break it down okay?

The Fiscal Cliff...

I've discussed this before but lets do it again for those not paying attention. Take a look at the headlines from around the nation rather than mine. Notice that the US Senate seems to be in every headline.

  • Democrats willing to risk tax hike for all. … Democrats are going all-in in a fiscal game of chicken, saying they'll let everyone's income taxes rise on Jan. 1 and slash defense spending amid 8-plus percent unemployment…” (Associated Press, 7/17/12)
  • “Congressional Democratic leaders made clear Monday that they have no interest in averting the bleak scenario if Republicans continue to refuse to soften their hard-line opposition” to the president’s small business tax hike.” (Los Angeles Times, 7/17/12)
  • Democrats are exploiting the pending deadlines, which they acknowledge could hurt the economy if fully implemented…" (Roll Call, 7/18/12)
  • Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) “may think she's putting Republicans on the political spot, but her real hostage is the already weak economy. Growth in the first quarter was a mere 1.9%, and economists have steadily downgraded their expectations for the second. As the tax cliff approaches, the policy uncertainty is already causing businesses to hold off on hiring and investment.” (Wall Street Journal editorial, 7/18/12)
  • “Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) … warned of the possibility of tax hikes on the nation’s middle class…” (The Hill, 7/18/12)
  • “Democrats are the ones threatening economic ruin….” (The Atlantic, 7/16/12)
  • “The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the effects of the looming fiscal cliffcould stunt economic growth and push the U.S. economy back into a recession in 2013.” (MarketWatch, 7/18/12)

As it turns out the "Affordable Healthcare Act" is far from affordable. It raided the Medicare fund of $ 716 billion to help pay some of the cost of Obamacare. So you take from the contributors to give to those who don't pay into Medicare? How many of you out there, if you aren't eligible yet or are getting close, have a parent who is? Or is your life now just about you? You ready to lift that shovel to help bury Mom and Dad?

So you were told that under Obamacare you can keep your present health care plan and doctor. Did you really believe that under a socialized medical care plan? What will happen when your employer dumps your plan because they can't afford the premiums? You going to pick up the rest of what you don't pay now or go into a government pool? We keep hearing Obama talk about "jobs." A recent survey indicated that 76% of businesses say Obamacare will make it harder to hire new employees. No new employees, no increased tax revenues. Full repeal needs to be done and then a serious bi-partisan effort needs to be undertaken to make the needed reforms to health care and not a complete government take over.

What Makes Any Economy Go Around - Energy Prices

Interesting that that same 76% of business owners, myself included, say that energy costs that have doubled since Obama took office threaten our businesses. Obama has an energy plan for this nation that makes energy prices skyrocket. He has publicly stated that as have members of his administration. He has wasted billions upon billions of our tax dollars jousting with windmills when the sad truth is he has been doing the crony capitalism thing to repay his campaign donors. Bankruptcy courts have been the main result of his "green energy" efforts. At the same time shipping our tax dollars overseas to green energy companies there under his stimupork plan.

His coal policies have resulted in the closing of coal fired energy plants and coal mines in states and communities that rely upon them for jobs to provide for their families. Every effort to stop the gutting of our coal industry and stop policies that drive up energy prices undertaken in the House of Representatives have been dead ended in the US Senate. There is that obstruction to getting things done again - Harry Reid and his Senate cronies. We can talk about the Keystone Pipeline at another time but you know where that went - oil to China and not here.

Is a $16 trillion national debt affecting job growth? Again 4 out of 5 businesses say it is. Now you clock punchers out there may want to dispute that but take the risk to become an entrepreneur and then you can venture out here with an answer. There is nothing wrong with being a nine-to-fiver because you are needed too. But there are those of us who "build it ourselves." despite what Obama thinks, and the benefit you derive is your job. Something to think about huh?

Then I like the moral part of that argument which a liberal will rarely understand because they seem to be about instant gratification. It is centered around one question? Who is going to repay that astronomical debt? Are you so into instant gratification that you find it okay to saddle your heirs with your scratching your itch? There is a lot of reform, cutting spending, reforming entitlements and Medicare and Social Security to be done and one thing is apparent to me. Obama is not up to that task. His idea of reform is increased spending and increased government.

A Leader Not An Empty Suit

I know it all sounded good back in 2008. He promised us leadership having never really led before in his life. He promised hope and change and you now see what you got. You're counting your "change" to see how much you have left. We're essentially being buried by a lack of leadership. We started correcting that back in 2010 and the work continues. Again I will use the House as an example. The House passed and sent to the US Senate 39 jobs bills at a time when we desperately need to look at any and all jobs proposals. How many of those bills did the House consider and pass for Obama's signature? Not one. And how many of those jobs bill did Obama call for consideration by Harry Reid and his cronies. Not one is the answer.

We need leadership by someone who actually has had to compromise with the other party and get things done. Realistically that isn't Barack Obama because he has never had to be in that role. He promised everyone otherwise but we see what we see. A very divided country led by a man who is as divisive as there is.

QUOTE OF THE DAY FROM JOE BIDEN: "Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. Guess what? Yes, we do in one regard: We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn't have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super-wealthy. That's not a tax raise. That's called fairness where I come from.

So what about the 47% of American workers who pay nothing Joe? The rich (very loose definition for those making over $250K) bear all the responsibility and burden and they bear none? Really?

"Like" It, "Tweet" It, "Pin " It, "Share It" With Your Followers. Time to let em read it.

As Always,

The Frog Prince

Remember In November!


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    • Angela Blair profile image

      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      You've spelled it out again and I'm hopeful some of the blind followers of Obama will read this piece and understand it -- well, we can hope, can't we? Good one -- Best/Sis

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 5 years ago from Europe

      Woow! Nice hub... Always interesting to keep tabs with the political issues of America.. I am now seeing this issue in another perspective, and from your analysis, you seem absolutely sure of the negative effect Obama's Tax policy plan would have if re-elected. Well, let's see how it goes.... Thanks for the share..

      Funom Makama 3 from Ukraine

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      tsad - Here's something along those lines.


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      TSAD 5 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      Obama is more worried about Big Bird's job than yours! Guess he is only taking his own advice..ehhhh!

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      Ken Burgess 5 years ago from Florida

      Brilliant work! Good for a laugh or two, and informative to boot!

      ... and unfortunately all too true.

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      Stu 5 years ago

      Hi Frog,

      Obama just doesn't get it and he never will. Tax receipts are an inverted U shaped curve depending on the tax rate. Make the rate very low, and of course very little will be collected. Make it too high, job creating investment and work effort will tank, and very little will be collected. As for most things in life, the answer is moderation.

      We simply can't solve our national debt crisis via higher taxes alone, as this would shrivel the base on which the taxes are assessed. We need a combination of permanent federal operating expense cuts, permanent entitlement cuts, and temporary but reasonable tax increases to pay off the official debt over time and abrogate most of the off balance sheet debt.


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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You tell the story so well, Jim, that even sheeple might awake for the first time and understand it. And your choice of graphics is A+++. Voted Up.

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      TSAD 5 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      LOL Your pics really tel the whole story!!! Great and gifted way to drive home your points! Up, Useful {1000} • Funny {1000} • Awesome {1000} • Beautiful {1000} • Interesting {1000} Up and away! (pic is worth 1000 words)

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Not sure Mike. I know if my Messiah put on such a dismal performance and lowered his head all the time like he did that night, I might act like they are. They seem to imitate him all the time.

      The Frog

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      FP - I sure hope so. You tell it like it is in a format most anyone who can read can understand. I notice since the debate that the usual Trolls are keeping a low profile. Any idea why that might be?

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Mike - It reaches many more people than you think it might :)

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      If "O" laid out his real plan, people would be fainting in the streets. Even some of those riding the "Freebie Train" might question the logic of some of his plans.

      Great hub as usual, too bad it only reaches those who already understand what is going on.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      You can't repeat this message enough. Up and useful and awesome too. Consider it shared and tweeted and everything else.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Jackie - He was pretty specific the other night during the debate if people were actually listening. There is a plan. Try the websites. Read the Ryan budget that was passed and sent to the US Senate where Harry Reid wouldn't bring it to the floor.

      Romney knows how to work in a bipartisan basis. Obama has no intention of doing so and has proved it many times since the 2010 elections and even before that. Lawmakers need to know who they are working with before they start getting things etched in stone.

      We know what Obama promised and it was really vague - hope and change. He hasn't had a plan, other than to destroy our economy evidently, since he assumed office. Everything he has tried has failed this time as it had failed previously. Keynesian economics is what he brought into our government again and it never works and is a disgraced economic theory. That is usually too deep a statement for most people unless they have a background in economics and business. I suggest people Google it and read a bit so they can see why Obama had no business thinking it works in a free market economy.

      The Frog

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      If Romney would just come up with a plan and put it out there for all to see. It is scary what Obama is talking and surely people on SS have more than a few fears? Then the ones now in their 50s, who knows? People need something to look at that says this is the answer. It sure isn't Obamacare, surely anyone would know that.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - Wasn't it Goebbels who said tell a lie often enough and people will begin to believe you? Sheeple will but thinking people know better.

      The Frog

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      As Romney pointed out, if one hears the same lie enough, one could start believing (if they didn't know better!). Without a stimulated private sector, the middle class is eventually "toast"'s just a matter of time. A second term for Obama guarantees the private sector will remain in the doldrums...we're "slip-slidin' away" as the middle class on our way to join the folks who already cannot afford it. This, under the Obama Adminstration, is referred to as "progress"; as moving "forward"....."we cannot go back; we've come to far!" We have come "far" alright but too far down the wrong road...the one leading to the local gulag. Time to put all the brakes on, throw out an anchor and pray! I'm totally shovel ready for that step. ~WB


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