Vince Lombardi, the iconic coach of the Green Bay Packers, was responsible for a number of now-famous quotes during his career, but maybe none as famous as this one:
“Confidence is contagious.
So is lack of confidence.”
This mantra for mental attitude (which I first heard from an old coach of mine as a teenager) is being proven on a daily basis in our country today, and I maintain that if it’s not reversed quickly, it will have far-ranging effects on our national psyche.
Lombardi’s aphorism applies directly to our economy, as I believe we are suffering from a national Lack of Confidence. We’ve been enduring a moribund economy for so long now, many of us have forgotten what a good one actually looks like. The reasons for our economic doldrums are complex and varied: current tax policy, the Fed’s monetary policy, “Green Energy“, Unemployment, and many more.
But just as much as any of the factors I listed above, the perceived economic climate is as much or more to blame for the continuation of our troubles as any measurable economic data points. What I mean by that is: do the folks who risk money (in order to make more money) believe that the climate exists here for them to maximize their chance for success?
Largely, the answer to that is a resounding “No”.
And in my humble opinion, the cause for that perception stems directly from the current Administration.
Posted in big government, Economy, Obama, politics
Tagged economic doldrums, economy, freedom, green bay packers, King and I, lack of confidence, mental attitude, national psyche, Obama, politics, salary, vince lombardi
Two news items, both from Oregon, and both dealing with the right and ability to defend yourself. Apparently, the fine folks in Oregon are intent on having you as defenseless as possible.
The first one is from a week or so back, and received scant attention before the Memorial Day Weekend. From CBSLocal.com:
An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place, because of budget cuts.
Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.
“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, …can you ask him to go away?
Posted in big government, Economy, federalism, freedom, politics
Tagged 9/11, current-events, federalism, freedom, funding, government, NRA, Oregon, politics, safety, self-defense, sexual assault, sheriff
You, …yes, YOU…, are a selfish, heartless human being.
Don’t you know there are people in our nation who DESPERATELY need your help? These folks are starving! If an iota of empathy remained in your ice-cold, Conservative, hateful soul, you’d open up your wallet in order to feed those among us who are truly in need, those who are being made to pay for YOUR unwillingness to sacrifice….
… namely, the congressional aides of Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The new lunch lines in the Congressional cafeterias
From the Washington Examiner:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said Congress has had to reduce constituent services because of the Sequester. “We’re really starting to see the effects of that in our office,” she said.
Posted in Economy, politics
Tagged aides, capitol hill staffers, congressional aides, current-events, debbie wasserman schultz, Democrat, politics, satire, Sequester, starving
Didn’t have a chance to see this until last night, but it’s so groan-worthy that I’m compelled to address it.
Newly elected Senator Elizabeth “Me-A-Heap-Big-Injun” Warren decided to pontificate on the Minimum Wage.
From National Review:
In a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions last week on “indexing the minimum wage,” Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren inquired of University of Massachusetts professor economics Arindrajit Dube:
Posted in Economy, Education, government, politics
Tagged business, current-events, Economics, education, Elizabeth Warren, Milton Friedman, minimum wage, politics
The White House miscalculated mightily on the whole Sequester Fear-athon, and they’ve been taking it on the chin in the polls ever since. The pathetically insignificant cuts in the rate of spending happened, the world didn’t end, and we’re still borrowing approximately $.35 of every dollar spent.
So why would Obama-&-Company continue this deplorable tactic?
C’mon, you know why: