Interview with Jedediah Bila

We had some technical problem getting her on the show at the designated time, but worked it out. Here is my monologue leading up to her appearance:

There are two noteworthy events I’d like to talk about today. The first is the breakdown of negotiations in Congress over the issue of raising the debt limit. Republicans walked out of meetings with Democrats due to the fact that Democrats would not take tax increases off the table, a requirement for Republicans. The second issue is the new Sarah Palin documentary called “The Undefeated”, which is now scheduled to premiere in Pella, Iowa this Tuesday, June 28th. The reason the movie premiere is significant is because it has received good reviews in advance screening and should go a long way to set the record straight regarding Sarah Palin’s tenure as Governor of Alaska.

First, the debt crisis. The Federal government is currently operating without a budget. Senate Democrats have refused to advance a budget of their own in answer to the House budget, which passed several weeks ago but failed to pass the Senate. It shouldn’t come as a total surprise since the House is controlled by newly-elected Republicans focused on reducing our deficit and the Senate is still controlled by big-spending Democrats.

Because there is no budget deal, House and Senate Republican leadership has been meeting with their Democrat counterparts to address the fact that we are rapidly approaching the debt ceiling, which was set by Congress several weeks ago. Republicans want to reduce spending without raising taxes as a way to pull our economy out of the ongoing recession and balance the Federal budget. Democrats want to raise taxes while limiting spending reductions. Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats broke down last week when Democrats refused to take tax increases off the table in negotiations, something the Republicans in the House have demanded. This sets the stage for a possible government shutdown if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.

As negotiations have broken off, we now appear to see the strategy of the Democrats in Congress. Their idea is to blame our poor economy on Republicans, because Republicans won’t agree to allowing the Federal government to continue to spend, spend, spend.

According to an article in the Washington Post titled “Dems will not shy away from accusing [the] GOP of deliberately sabotaging economy”:

Today Senate Dems went there: They accused Republicans of deliberately sabotaging the economy in order to further their own political interests. And a senior Dem Senate aide tells me that Dems will not shy away from making that case in the weeks to come, if the Republicans keep blocking their efforts to spur job creation.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin made the charge in remarks to reporters today. Durbin said: “Unfortunately our Republican colleagues in the House and Senate are driven by putting one man out of work — President Obama.”

Schumer seconded:

“Do Republicans really oppose a tax cut for businesses that created jobs? This is sort of beyond the pale. If they oppose even something so suited to their tastes ideologically, it shows that they’re just opposing anything that helps create jobs. It almost makes you wonder if they aren’t trying to slow down the economic recovery for political gain.”

Schumer is referring to GOP opposition to a White House proposal for a new temporary payroll tax cut as a means for job creation. Dems want the idea included in the forthcoming deficit deal; Republicans have opposed it, arguing that what we need are permanent tax cuts.

I have two things to say about this. First, Democrats know nothing about spurring job creation. Have we seen a reduction in the unemployment rate over the last two and a half years. The answer is NO. Second, temporary measures are not going to help business leaders plan for the future and expand as they see fit to grow their bottom lines. It just won’t happen. Temporary measures only provide temporary gains in the economy, but that seems to be the Democrat’s strategy: Put something in place today that will provide a temporary boost to the economy to ensure Obama’s re-election next year. They don’t care about the long run, because their plans are to control everything anyway.

This is disgusting. Democrats don’t care about long-term economic growth, they only care about winning the next election. The Republicans are trying to bring some budgetary sanity to the Federal government. Unfortunately, the bully-pulpit still rests with President Obama and he is all-in for continuing to increase government spending. The only thing I need to sight is Obamacare. That alone will force an increase in government spending and soon!

Before I talk about my second point, I want to play a clip for you. This is an appearance by Paul Ryan and Steny Hoyer on Face the Nation a few weeks ago. Who sounds more reasonable to you?

[Audio clip: A – Paul Ryan and Steny Hoyer – 3:46]

The second thing I want to talk about is this Tuesday’s premiere of the Sarah Palin documentary, “The Undefeated”. Why, you might be thinking, is a movie premiere important when our country is facing a debt crisis? The reason, my friends, is simple. We cannot allow the mainstream media to dictate who our candidates for President should be and the only real solution to our debt crisis is electing common-sense conservatives in 2012.

Stephen Bannon, the producer of the documentary “The Undefeated” has chosen to premiere the movie at the Opera House in Pella, Iowa. The venue is well-suited for a premiere, holding around 300 people. Yesterday, even bigger news was announced. Sarah and Todd Palin will be attending the premiere. This will guarantee not only a huge audience, but the presence of national media outlets.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve heard Stephen Bannon interviewed on television about the movie. One of the interviews I watched was with Sean Hannity. It’s a good way to provide you with a preview of the movie.

[Audio clip: B – Sean Hannity interviews Stephen Bannon – 6:12]

You’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear my interview with Jedediah. You can access the show here.

The hate from the left is palpable!

I was alerted to this comment on a pro-Sarah Palin blog. The hate that is spewed from the left is stunning. I’m going to post this idiot’s entire comment, with name.

U will pay…..

and sarah palin will pay as well!!!

letting that lil’ retarded baby of hers live is a sin!!!

he can’t function in this world!!! someone needs to spare him the sad life he has!!

just drown him in the bathtub!!! it’s easy to fake!! or give him a gun to play with in bed! one shot to the head, and he’s sent to Heaven!!!

but no angel should have to do sarah’s job…. so her murder will let her in to Heaven to raise this cripple. then she can go to Satan and do his bidding….. — rorycalhoun27

Folks, this is not representative of the country I grew up in. Sure, there was discrimination, but it doesn’t seem to have improved. The targets now are the innocent victims of the haters’ argument against life. How many George Washingtons and Abraham Lincolns have been aborted in the last 20 years? In my mind, one too many.

What this country is up against.

The BS is starting to flow. This is an attempt to denigrate and marginalize the Tea Party and everyone else who believes that our Constitution still matters.

I truly hate the mainstream media! Why celebrate the demise of one of our most-cherished documents and one that has stood the test of time for 200+ years? This dillweed only thinks about the Constitution within the context of how it can be used to control society.

There’s a reason I cancelled my subscription to Time Magazine 20 years ago. This guy and his ilk ruined that magazine. Tom Brokaw pretty much killed off NBC when he anchored the Nightly News.

Breaking News: Jury-gate!

Sarah Palin posted a message on her Facebook page yesterday regarding rumors that she had canceled her bus tour.

*Sigh* Reports of Tour Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated
by Sarah Palin on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 6:14pm

Imagine our surprise when reading media reports today that the “One Nation Tour” has been cancelled. Why didn’t anyone tell me? Oh, wait, that’s because it hasn’t been cancelled. (Good ol’ media… you never cease to amaze!)

As I said myself at the end of the east coast leg of the tour, the summer is long, and I’m looking forward to hitting the open road again. The coming weeks are tight because civic duty calls (like most everyone else, even former governors get called up for jury duty) and I look forward to doing my part just like every other Alaskan.

I wouldn’t think it to be such a slow news day that, what with numerous wars and serious economic woes concerning Americans, a bus is driving news stories today. The next leg of the tour continues when the time comes. In the meantime, no one should jump to conclusions – certainly not the media with their long track record of getting things wrong or just making things up.

- Sarah Palin

True to form, the lamestream media doubts her veracity. According to ABC News online:

Alaska Won’t Disclose If or When Sarah Palin Has Jury Duty
June 23, 2011 4:38 PM, by Sheila Marikar

How long can Sarah Palin claim that jury duty is keeping her from her cross-country bus tour? Indefinitely, in theory.

The state of Alaska is not required to disclose if or when Palin (or any citizen, for that matter) has been called for jury duty.

“Jury lists are confidential, regardless of who is on them,” a spokesperson for the Palmer courthouse, which presides over Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, told ABC News today.

The former Alaska governor/potential presidential candidate blasted the media Wednesday for reports that she canceled her “One Nation Tour,” which has been on a three-week-long hiatus since it left the Northeast. (Palin previously told ABC News she wanted to tour Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and beyond.)

In a Facebook post, Palin said she’s “looking forward to hitting the open road again” later this summer but, for now, “civic duty calls,” and, “even former governors get called up for jury duty.”

She added that her bus tour will resume “when the time comes” and, in the meantime, “no one should jump to conclusions” about why she’s not traveling.

I don’t know about you, but I take my civic duties seriously and have always answered the call to report for jury duty. That doesn’t mean that I want to do it, because those calls never come at a good time.

I wish I could just post a note on Facebook about having to serve jury duty and then have the lamestream media disrupt the selection process in a way that allows me to bow out, because I’m busy! I’ve always enjoyed the “lame” excuses that people give to the Judge as to why they can’t perform their civic duty. In Sarah’s case, it’s not because she doesn’t want to, it’s because the lamestream media turns everything she does into a circus. Talk about tainting the jury pool!

Being [John Malkovich] Sarah Palin

I don’t know how it happened, but the pantry in my kitchen is a direct line to Sarah Palin. I was just reaching for the jar of peanut butter and, instead, my hand grabbed and withdrew a newly created mooseburger! Being that I don’t ever keep mooseburgers anywhere, much less the pantry, I stuck my head in the pantry to try and figure out what was going on.

The aroma was magnificent! I could see mooseburgers piled up on a platter, waiting for a trip to the grill. Sitting around the kitchen were members of the family and they occupied themselves with conversation and a huge plateful of something that they dipped in a very aromatic sauce. I have no idea what it was, but I could taste it! It had the taste of venison surrounded by an earthy zest of something. I wanted more.

I was overcome with thirst and withdrew my head from the pantry and stumbled backwards, falling against the refrigerator door. I knew the only thing that could quench my thirst was the one bottle of Dos Equis in the fridge. The weird thing is that I never drink Dos Equis. The bottle was a leftover from the last family function, but I had to have it.

I thrust my head back in the pantry, but all I accomplished was putting a bruise on my forehead by hitting the shelf. No mooseburgers, no taste, no nothing! I was desperate. I needed another sensory sensation that peanut butter can no longer offer me. It just wasn’t there!

I’ve been awake now for 48 hours, sitting in front of my pantry and periodically thrusting my head into the boxes of pasta and cereal that sit on the second shelf. My wife has been crying for the last two days, convinced that I am completely lost. My daughter is really pissed off, because I won’t let her TOUCH the Cap’n Crunch. Scattered around my feet are several empty bottles of Dos Equis. I never drink that stuff! Where did it come from?

I don’t know how much longer I can keep this up. Surely there’s an answer to what I experienced. In the meantime, I’m sitting here waiting for another whiff of mooseburgers. My God, I can taste it!

Jedediah Bila joins the Roderic Deane Show on June 26th

Jedediah Bila has graciously agreed to come on the June 26th program to talk about her new book “Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative”. We’ve been trading emails over the last several weeks and I believe the picture below pushed her over the edge, being the dog-lover that she is.

American Eskimo puppies named, from the left, Alice, Sky, Jasper and Jacob. The names were courtesy of my daughter and her delight in the “Twilight” series of books. Alice now lives in the Dallas area, Sky in Long Island and Jasper is in Midland, TX. Jakie stayed with us.

It’s the economy, stupid!

Monologue from today’s Roderic Deane Show…..

James Carville’s favorite phrase during Bill Clinton’s run for the White House in 1992 was “it’s the economy, stupid!” That kept the campaign focused on the economic situation at the time, which was no where near as bad as it is now. Those words are going to come back and haunt him next year, as we see a current economic environment that makes the situation in 1992 pale in comparison.

There has been so much bad economic news in the last few weeks, but one of the main indicators is the return of the phrase “misery index”. Back during the Carter years, the “misery index” was calculated by adding the current unemployment rate to the inflation rate. The current “misery index”, as measured at the end of May, was 12.7. Although that’s still a ways off from the Carter-era peak of 21.98, the trend is not good. We’ll talk more about that later in the show.

Another key indicator of a pending increase in the “misery index” is President Obama’s complete ignorance of what drives our economy. He said something this week that is absolutely amazing, blaming technology advancements for unemployment.

Here is what he said during an interview on NBC’s The Today show, and, as an aside, notice what he says to the camera following him as he is introduced, which, quite frankly, I’m surprised that NBC included in the clip:

[Audio clip of Obama blaming ATM’s for high unemployment – NBC’s The Today Show, June 14, 2011]

This is an astoundingly stupid thing to say. Why stop at ATMs? Why not blame the invention of the PC for current unemployment? Or, for that matter, the Internet? None of those things were around when I started my career in business and they have all been an amazing advancement in both our culture and business. There is not a businessman alive who would like to go back to the time before their existence and yet Obama does, or at least he blames technological advancements for his current economic policy failings.

This almost reminds me of Jimmy Carter’s famous “fireside chat” in 1977. I know that term is generally used to describe FDR’s radio broadcasts during WWII, but Jimmy Carter improved on the concept. He wore a cardigan sweater during a TV broadcast from the Oval Office to the American public while talking about energy. He sat in front of a roaring fire and lectured the American people about conserving energy, as if his policies had nothing to do with the energy shortages of the late 70’s.

I would be willing to bet you that Barack Obama never once took an economics class while he was in college. We’ll never know for sure, because he won’t release his college records while attending either Columbia University as an undergrad, or Harvard Law School as a graduate. It certainly does appear that he never bothered to study economics.

Ronald Reagan graduated from Eureka College in Illinois with majors in economics and sociology. It certainly showed during his Presidency, didn’t it?

This is why I think you’re going to hear the following refrain throughout the 2012 election cycle: “it’s the economy, stupid!” Because it is.

…and that’s my two-cents worth for the week.

Sarah Palin with Judge Napolitano

I don’t know about you, but my sense is that Sarah Palin is chomping at the bit to get into the fray for the Republican nomination. She had a great discussion with Judge Napolitano on Fox News last night.

Notably, she did not go after any specific candidate but states that ANY current Republican candidate would be better than Barack Obama.

I did like her expressed concern about candidates not distinguishing themselves from one another. That seems to suggest that she would be more than willing to call out certain candidates (Romney?) for their stated positions on, say, Obamneycare. I’m sorry T-Paw, but you missed out on a fantastic opportunity to call out Romney on his Massachusetts healthcare plan. It was a major opportunity missed and I think dooms your ability to be the aggressor in this campaign. See ya!

BTW, I love the lead-in graphics to this video. I remember some of them on TV, when I was a kid.