In a post last month, I exposed a bunch of useless projects that the government thought might be worth investing in because they would stimulate the economy. Here are a few more projects that have been funded with the $787 billion stimulus, OUR MONEY !!
- $1.9 million for “water taxis to nowhere” in Pleasure Beach, Conn. Congress approved the money after a fire destroyed the bridge to Pleasure Beach, but the area already is accessible by foot and rowboats.
- $3.8 million for an urban art trail in Rochester, N.Y.
- $3.1 million for upgrades to a boat owned by the New York State Museum. The boat dates back to 1921 and was originally used in canals.
- $3 million for bicycle racks in Georgetown — the Washington, D.C., neighborhood that is one of the wealthiest areas in the country.
- $1.5 million to improve the street scape in the six blocks surrounding a downtown Detroit casino.
- $578,000 for fighting homelessness in Union, N.Y. According to a local news report, the town never asked for the stimulus money and did not even have a program through which to administer the money. The town supervisor said he wasn’t aware of a homelessness problem in the town.
- $550,000 for a skateboard park in Pawtucket, R.I.
- $500,000 for fish food in Missouri, to help defray the costs for state fish farmers.
- $400,000 for renovations to a vacant building in City of Jal, N.M.
- $380,350 to encourage landowners in West Virginia to grow shiitake mushrooms and ginseng.
- $90,000 for a communal kitchen in Watsonville, Calif. The shared kitchen is meant to help food service entrepreneurs.
Obama has once again embarrassed the United States by bowing to another head of state, especially one from a communist country. The guy in the picture is the Premier Wen Jibao of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. He currently serves as the country’s head of government and leads its cabinet. On top of that, he holds membership in the 16th and 17th Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China as the 3rd ranking member out of nine.
There you go, Obama does it again. I will repeat again – No US president should EVER bow to anyone. NEVER !!
On September 16, 2009, Gen. Stanley McChrsytal, whom President Obama selected to guide the U.S. to victory in Afghanistan, requested an additional 40,000 troops to avoid failure. As of today, Obama has not yet decided whether he will send more troops to support and back-up those currently there struggling to keep up with the Taliban. More than 90 troops have died since Gen. McChrystal put in his request. It was announced Friday that Obama will not make a decision until after Thanksgiving . I hope that on Thanksgiving he gives thanks to all the men and women who are fighting and are risking their lives for this great country.
Get with the program President Obama !! How much longer will you need to decided whether our troops deserve help or not? Does everyone remember when the Bush administration did not send immediate help to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and how the media jumped all over him? Where is the media now? It has been over two months since the request was made. Slowly, the media is becoming “government run” because never is Obama held accountable or questioned unless it occurs on Foxnews. What a shame !!
On the left hand side of my blog is a countdown showing how much time has elapsed since Gen. McChrystal requested more troops. Time is ticking President Obama and troops need more help. When will you care?
A couple of days ago, I posted a picture showing President Obama NOT saluting the flag.
This picture illustrates President Barack Obama at a ceremony in which a wreath was laid at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Moscow, Russia on July 6, 2009. The photo wants to give the impression that Obama is saluting the American flag, but he is doing the contrary.
The picture below shows what Obama is REALLY doing – saluting the Russian flag. Why do I say that? Well you can see a Russian soldier standing at attention saluting. We can all agree that he is not saluting an American flag, right? Would Russia play America’s National Anthem in a Russian cemetery while laying a wreath? I highly doubt it. This is just another illustration of how our President won’t salute OUR flag, but will travel half way around the world and salute another countries flag. And not just any country, but one that had missiles in Cuba pointed at the U.S.
This picture was taken on September 16, 2007 at an event in Indianola, Iowa. At the event, 6 Democratic presidential candidates appeared.
Now, let’s talk about Obama shows weakness in front of head of states by bowing to them.
This picture was taken when Obama visited Saudi Arabia on April 9, 2009. Obama BOWED to King Abdullah when he met him. The King is a financier of terrorist throughout the world and OUR president is going to bow to him as a sign of submission? Not convinced it is a bow Obama did, take a look at the video:
What a joke !!
This last picture was taken this week in Japan when he met with Emperor Akihito, son of Emperor Hirohito. Who was Hirohito? He was Japan’s emperor during Pearl Harbor and depending where you get your information, many believe he authorized the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Many believe that Obama showed excellent etiquette when he bowed to the emperor, but many back in the U.S., including current and former government officials expressed displeasure for the act. I don’t care who it is the president is meeting, but he should not bow to anyone. He is the President of the United States of America, the greatest nation in the universe. Under no circumstance should Obama have bowed to the emperor of Japan nor the King of Saudi Arabia. It is disgusting how Obama is desecrating the Oval Office with his socialist agenda or mentality. May God help us !!
I will leave you with this picture today and let it sink into your mind throughout the day. Let me know in the comments section what is wrong with this picture. This is what we have for President of the United States of America. The picture below was taken on May 25, 2009 at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.
On tomorrow’s post, I will show you more pictures that will discourage you further. I believe it is necessary to show everyone this picture and the one’s tomorrow because we need to wake-up and realize that Obama’s agenda involves the U.S., but not in the way Our Founding Fathers had in mind.
May 25, 2009 – Memorial Day – Arlington National Cemetery
Well folks, as mentioned in a previous post , the stimulus has failed to work again. Unemployment has risen to 10.2%, from September’s 9.8%; the highest since 1983. Nearly 16 million people can’t find jobs even though the recession has apparently ended (Cash for Clunkers and tax credit for first time homebuyers have inflated the number). According to the Department of Labor, the economy lost another 190,000 jobs in October. This is the 22nd straight month that the economy has lost jobs, the longest in the last 70 years. Experts say that the unemployment rate could rise as high as 10.5% next year as employers are unwilling to hire.
Thanks to President Bill Clinton, who in 1994 changed the way unemployment is calculated, the government figure is not complete resulting in misleading information passed on to the public. Currently, the actual unemployment rate, which is known as U-6, is 17.5%. How is that you may ask? Easy. As previously mentioned, in 1994 Clinton administration decided that the Bureau of Labor Statistics would no longer include, as they did prior to 1994, those who were “marginally attached workers, discouraged workers, or those who are part-time employees that which to work full-time.”
Marginally attached workers are those who currently are neither working nor looking for a job, but say that they want and are available for a job and have looked for some time. If you had a full-time job and you settled for a part-time job instead because of economic reasons, you are not included. People under this category want to work full-time, but they can’t sit around and wait for a full-time job to land on their lap so they settle for the next best thing, a part-time job. If you stopped looking for a job because you looked for months and months and did not find one, you are not included. People in this category are labeled “discouraged workers” because they are discouraged. They have been searched for a job in every possible place you can think of and they have turned up with nothing, zero, nada.
As you can see from above, there are a lot of people that are not been factored in along with the governments “unemployment rate” of 10.2%. Discouraged workers and those who settled for a part-time job are a result of the current economic situation we are facing. The true actual unemployment rate, 17.5%, is what should count when looking to see if the job market is on the rise. Just keep in mind what the true unemployment rate is and don’t be fooled by the governments number. Yes, their number is the official gauge everyone goes by, but it is not the ACTUAL picture of the crisis. The Bureau of Labor Statistics continues to keep track of the true unemployment rate, they just don’t.
Lastly, according to the New York Times the previous high for the true unemployment rate was in 1982 (17.1%). Don’t be fooled !!