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For some time now, when I wake up in the morning and listen/read the news, I wonder what form of stupidity, thoughtlessness, laissez-faire attitude has again invaded the White House and the Congress.

Every time I think the people, whom we’ve elected to serve our country, can’t act worse today than they did before – I’m amazed that they’ve, again, have gone and acted without any sense, forethought, concern for our country.

Janet Napolitano has decided that we shouldn’t close our borders. She said “”We’re already doing passive surveillance at the border,” Napolitano said. “You would close the border if you thought you could contain the spread of disease, but the disease already is in a number of states within the United States.”

Well, yes, there are some people that have the flu in America – very few.  And those very few are receiving treatment. There might be a few more, and we can treat them as well.  But it’s Janet’s thoughts that since we have cases of the flu here that we should let those who may or may not have the flu cross our borders. What is she thinking – well, she’s not thinking.

She also said “We are simply in preparation mode,” Napolitano said. “We do not yet know how widespread this flu will be within the United States.”  Don’t you think that the cases of flu would rise by allowing anyone and everybody to enter the USA?

Napolitano also said she had reached out to the governors of the states in which cases of swine flu have surfaced, and said these states and the border states would have priority in accessing the Tamiflu stockpile. “Full deployment” of the stockpile, she said, was expected by May 3.

Oh, yes, let’s use Tamiflu. Here’s the link for the side effects.

And here’s the kicker – Swine flu warnings had been posted at airport gates and fliers on the disease were being distributed at land ports, she said, and 19 airports have quarantine available that would cover about 85 percent of air travelers. “We haven’t needed to activate that,” she said.

We haven’t need to activate that?  Is she nuts?

Carrying on, WHO says, it is not recommending travel restrictions and border closures to fight swine flu, a spokesman said on Tuesday, April 28, 2009.

“Border controls don’t work. Screening doesn’t work,” Gregory Hartl told a news conference, describing the economically-damaging travel bans as basically pointless in public health terms.

Then in another press release, issued today,  “The World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert for the new flu strain to phase 4, indicating a significantly increased risk of a global outbreak of a serious disease.”

They went on to report, “A new virus has killed up to 149 people in Mexico and world health experts moved closer on Monday to declaring it the first flu pandemic in 40 years as more people were infected in the United States and Europe.”

What?????

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And what was Obama thinking by allowing  a lookalike Air Force One fly over New York City, buzzing the Statue of Liberty, and scaring the bejesus out of the citizens of New York City, just for a photo op?  Again, another elected official acting like an idiot.  Wouldn’t you think the ‘leader’ of our country know what’s going on in his own country?

The NYPD and the city were notified of the planned flight, but did not share that information with Mayor Bloomberg and other New Yorkers, many of whom said they were terrified. WTF?

Mayor Bloomberg was pissed!

Hours after the incident, a furious Bloomberg called the photo-op “insensitive.”

“First thing is I’m annoyed – furious is a better word – that I wasn’t told,” he said. “Why the Defense Department wanted to do a photo op right around the site of the World Trade Center catastrophe defies imagination. Poor judgment would be a nice way to phrase.”

“Had I known about it I would have called them right away and asked them not to,” he said. “The good news is it was nothing more than an ill considered, badly conceived, insensitive photo op – with the taxpayers’ money.”

“With the taxpayer’s money!” – That’s his stimulus package at work for you.

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Here we go again.

Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup, Inc., which have each received $45 billion in government bailout funds, have been told by regulators that “stress test” results show they may need to raise additional capital, as reported by the Wall Street Journal today. The WSJ story continued on –

As executives of the nation’s largest banks review their stress-test results, even the top performers are lobbying regulators to raise their scores before the numbers are finalized Friday.

Fed officials told reporters Friday, April 24th, that all 19 banks that took its “stress tests” will be required to keep an extra buffer of capital reserves beyond what is required now in case losses continue to mount. That would mean some banks will likely have to raise additional cash. But the Fed stressed in a statement that a bank’s need for more capital reserves to meet the requirements should not be considered a measure of the “current solvency or viability of the firm.”

Federal Reserve officials held top-secret meetings with bank executives last week to give them preliminary findings of how each bank would fare if the recession got much worse. The government plans to announce the results of the tests May 4, and banks will have the opportunity to appeal the findings.

By law, the banks cannot publicize the results without the government’s permission.

Additional capital?  Stress Tests? Top-Secret Meetings? Appeals? Results released only by the governments say so?

I smell a rat. In fact, a whole bunch of them.

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says she hopes the public outrage over Bush-era interrogation methods subsides so Congress can calmly investigate the issue.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she wants congressional hearings to move forward on the interrogation techniques. The California Democrat says her committee already was investigating and that the White House didn’t contact her before releasing the memos.

Feinstein appeared today on Sunday’s  CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The only outrage – which is not ubiquitous – has been fomented by the Democratic Congress and their sycophantic liberal wannabes.

You liberals, who were elected to serve and protect this country have, for some time have made it your mantra to tear this country apart – and that’s exactly what you want  – it’s your goal to cause chasms amongst your constituencies, your goal to foment anger, angst and hatred amongst the citizens of our country, your goal to divide and conquer our nation by pitting one race against another.

You should be ashamed of yourselves – but your arrogance won’t allow that to happen.

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Yes, fellow citizens, that well-regarded institution, Congress, is trying to see if they can further add to your woes while trying to do a little “revenue raising”:

[Rep. James] Oberstar, D-Minn., said his committee [House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee] is working on the next long-term highway bill. He estimated it will take between $450 billion and $500 billion over six years to address safety and congestion issues with highways, bridges and transit systems.

“We’ll put all things on the table,” Oberstar said, but the gas tax “is the cornerstone. Nothing else will work without the underpinning of the higher user fee gas tax.”
At the very least, the gas tax should be indexed to construction cost inflation,[Rep. Peter] DeFazio [D-Ore] said.

Indexed to construction cost inflation? Yeah, that’s the ticket – then you never have to go back and pass an increase, do you?

PAYGO? Seems to be a “nogo”. I would guess no spending cuts are imagined or anticipated.

And, of course, no outside groups are involved in crafting the legislation or suggesting this increase, are there guys?

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is calling for a 10-cent-a-gallon raise and indexing the tax to inflation. With construction costs soaring because of competition for building materials from China and other developing nations, the tax rate would have to be about 29 cents a gallon to achieve the same purchasing power as the 18.4-cent rate imposed in 1993, the association says.

Of course, as if that’s not bad enough, that’s certainly not all that’s “on the table” for next year’s bill (in anticipation of a Democratic president):

Other ideas that will be on the table when lawmakers write a bill next year including more toll roads and public-private partnerships, congestion pricing and user fees where drivers pay a tax based on how many miles they drive.

But, uh, you know, they’re not really going to raise your taxes or anything if they get a Democrat in the White House.

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