Bayh Not Supporting Omnibus

Being a former resident of Indiana, I still follow Indiana politicians fairly closely. Evan Bayh has been one of those that I can admire for sticking to his principles, even if I don’t always agree with him. This is an example where he is sticking to his guns and is not supporting the earmark-laden $410 billion spending bill.

If I had more faith that Obama was a man of his word, I’d expect he would veto this bill… unfortunately, the President has backed out of several of his campaign promises and I cannot expect the earmark promise to be maintained either. Bayh apparently agrees.

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Written by admin on March 10, 2009

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Buffett: Majority Can’t Push Around Minority

Warren Buffett may have added himself to the White House hitlist with his most recent comments.  He compared the current economic situation to Pearl Harbor, said there are too many cooks in the kitchen, and took a clear shot at the Democrats in stating that you “the majority party can’t push around the minority party” and expect unity.  He made it clear that the commander-in-chief needs to speak with support from both parties and not just one. Time will tell if he gets the attention from the left that Limbaugh and Cramer have gotten.

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Written by admin on March 10, 2009

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Cincinnati Tea Party Update

The Cincinnati Tea Party is only 6 days away and I thought I’d give a few updates.

  • Over 4000 people have registered to attend (as of Sunday night)
     
  • The speaker list has grown as well:
    Cincinnati Tea Party Founder Mike Wilson
    Former Congressman Steve Chabot
    Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Monzel
    Hamilton Township Trustee Michael Munoz
    Small Business Owner Harald Zieger
    Secretary – UC College Republicans David Watkins
    Concerned Taxpayer Théa Shoemake
    Financial Planner Tom O’Brien
    Media Consultant Mike Brenner
     
  • Those looking for parking, it is available directly underneath Fountain Square via entry from Vine Street and Walnut Street.
  • An official flyer is available for posting or handing out to friends. 

Let’s hope for a big turnout and have our voices heard. Hope to see many of you there!

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Daylight Saving Time This Weekend

OK, this is a mostly offtopic rant, but by God I feel like ranting about it. I’m finally starting to see a little daylight before I make it to the office and now it’s going to be stolen away this week by this moronic Daylight Saving Time nonsense. Benjamin Franklin (you know, the guy who said “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”) rolls in his grave laughing at all of us twice a year. He presented the idea of saving candle wax as a joke, to poke fun at those who thought daylight should revolve around them. Now we are the epitome of stupidity in observing this horrid ritual.

The best comparison I’ve heard about daylight saving time is that it’s like cutting a foot off one end of your blanket and sewing it to the other end to make it longer. Sorry, moving the clocks back and forth like a bunch of mindless ninnies doesn’t give you an extra hour of daylight. Like most things political, this may be good for some people but it is certainly bad for others. Being one of those affected negatively, it is a sore spot for me.

As far as energy savings, I can tell you that my personal experience is that I use more energy because of DST. I need lights in the morning when getting ready for work much longer into the year. The light switch becomes a replacement for the window shade. I need air conditioning an hour more in the afternoon and evening since I now get home an hour earlier (during the hot part of the day). My office is climate controlled 24/7, so it’s yet another net loss in energy savings. This is backed up by studies in Indiana (who recently moved to DST) that show a net loss of energy savings overall by the switch to DST.

With safety, studies show a significant increase in traffic fatalities (6.6%) when we adjust to rising at an earlier time, but an insignificant decrease (1.5%) when we switch the clocks back. Simply put, DST costs lives.

When I lived in Indiana I heard over and over “we need to join the rest of the world and do DST”. A quick look at DST observance dates around the world shows that the countries that choose to observe DST do so on varying dates. If we change on a different date than another country we actually change our relative times 4 times throughout the year. If one of us does not observe DST, we only change relative times 2 times through the year. If neither of us observe DST we never change relative times. Is your head spinning yet? Yes, DST does not simplify time coordination with other countries. Don’t buy the tired line that “only backward countries don’t observe DST.” Japan, China, and India are not technologically backward and they do not observe DST.

Needless to say, I don’t care for DST. I get no benefit from it, and a majority of the people I talk to dislike it. I know some of you love staying out till 10PM or later playing baseball (or in some cases mowing your lawn while my kids try to sleep), but some of us find the negatives to be much heavier than any positives. Personally, I’d be happy compromising and moving the clocks 30 minutes permenantly. Unfortunately, until someone in Government grows a brain and gets it done we’ll have to continue to let Benjamin Franklin laugh at our expense.

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Written by admin on March 7, 2009

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Time: 10 Questions for Bobby Jindal

Time Magazine’s 10 Questions series featured Bobby Jindal. While some of the questions were rather odd, such as “What do you think of comparisons following your speech between you and a character on 30 Rock, Kenneth the Page?”, there were a few decent questions in there, such as “What would your top priorities be for a stimulus package?”

Jindal has plenty of substance, but he needs to work on style.  We saw in the last election how much more style means than substance.  It seems apparent in the current political environment that what is said is not nearly as important as how it is delivered.

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Written by admin on March 6, 2009

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