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Put your money where your mouth is [Oct. 23rd, 2009|10:33 am]
dondodson
Here's a challenge for anyone who believes the President when he says that "I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits either now or in the future. Period."

I'm not usually a betting man. I'm on record pointing out what a ripoff the lottery is, not like that's news to anyone. Casinos have no appeal to me. But I do like a sure win. So I propose a friendly wager over Obama's promise that Obamacare will not add one dime to the deficit. If you have the courage to back up your blind faith, match my $500. We'll find someone mutually acceptable to hold the money, and the winner can designate the $1,000 plus interest to the charity of his choice. When I win, I'll select Samaritan's Purse to receive the money.

I've discussed what it means to not add to the deficit, so if you want to understand the thinking behind the metric, read my last few entries, particularly this one.

Here are the terms:

If Obama vetoes the health care reform bill citing the fact that it is not deficit-neutral as the reason, and does not sign any health care reform bill, I will concede the bet.

If Congress does not pass a health care reform bill in 2009 or 2010, the wager is off and each person gets their money back.

If Congress passes a health care reform bill and Obama signs it, we will compute the per-capita health care contribution to the deficit in 2009 dollars for 2009 and for each of the first 5 years that Obamacare is fully enacted. Most of the proposed bills require about two years to take affect, so the years we would consider would be 2012-2016.

Given these inputs:

MedicalCosts(year) = Total actual Federal expenditures for the specified year, for all health-care programs, including Medicare, CHIPS, VA medical program, Medicaid, HHS, Obamacare, etc.

MedicalTaxes(year) = Total actual Federal tax revenue for the specified year levied specifically for medical programs, including Medicare payroll taxes, and all taxes included in the Obamacare bill

CPI(year) = Consumer Price Index, a measure of inflation, from July 1 of the specified year

Population(year) = Total population of the United States for the given year, according to the Census Bureau

For each year we would compute

RealPerCapitaDeficit(year) = CPI(2009)*(MedicalCosts(year)-MedicalTaxes(year))/
(CPI(year)*Population(year))

If the real per capita deficit is higher in any of those five years than it was in 2009, I win. If not, you win.

The $1,000 with interest will be given in the winner's name to the charity of his choice.

I almost feel bad about taking advantage of fools, but they seem to want it so badly.
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BO's job approval plunges [Jul. 8th, 2009|10:27 pm]
dondodson
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 32% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –5.

The index has plunged from more than +30 to -5 as Americans realize that this guy is taking the country in exactly the wrong direction.

See the full poll results here.
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A Muslim Nation [Jun. 9th, 2009|09:37 am]
dondodson
The President says that America is "one of the largest Muslim nations."
If you disagree, let the jihadists know by proudly wearing an "Infidel" shirt.

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Pravda fills niche [Jun. 1st, 2009|02:54 pm]
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Finally [Apr. 28th, 2009|11:49 am]
dondodson
Senator Arlen Specter, long-time RINO, announced that he is switching to the Democrat Party in order to increase the average IQ of both parties.  Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
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Statist Indoctrination Centers [Apr. 28th, 2009|09:51 am]
dondodson
Last night a friend told me that his son came home from school and announced that the swine flu outbreak is caused by our lack of government-run health care. He knows because his 10th grade social studies teacher says so.

So let's get this straight:

Here is what you know if you go to a government-run school:
  • Flu outbreaks are caused by not having government health care
And here is what you don't know if you go to a government-run school:
  • The Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • How to locate the United States on a map
  • What we can learn from history
  • How to think critically
  • Why the Federalist Papers are important
  • How to express an idea in a grammatically correct sentence
  • The significance of America's Christian heritage
  • Math
So what makes anyone believe that government would do better at running health care than they do with education?
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Best cities for jobs [Apr. 25th, 2009|11:03 am]
dondodson
Forbes Magazine recently published their 2009 ratings for job markets in different cities. The results were rather remarkable.

Texas cities held all 5 top spots on the ranking of large cities. Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin were the five best cities in the nation to find a good job.

On the list of mid-sized cities, Texas held two of the top ten spots.

Texas towns held half of the top ten slots for small cities.

The overall list which included cities of all sizes was not much different. Texas held seven of the top ten slots.  With 8% of the nation's population, Texas grabs 70% of the space in the ranking of best job markets.  It just isn't fair.

To find any sign of the big liberal Meccas of New York or California, you have to search down to location fifty, where Bakersfield California makes the states only showing in the top 100. New York doesn't make the list until position 90, where tiny Ithaca pops its head up. New York City is at at location 95 and Los Angeles is ranked an abysmal 279th.

Texas must be doing something right.

If high taxes and intrusive government was a winning proposition, California and New York ought to be dominating Texas.
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51% view Tea Party rallys favorably [Apr. 22nd, 2009|02:59 pm]
dondodson
According to a Rasmussen poll, 51% of the population have a positive view of last week's Tea Party protests, including 32% who view them very favorably.  33% held an unfavorable opinion, including 18% who viewed them very unfavorably.  15% thought that Susan Boyle was great.

The poll found that professional politicians were much more likely to hold a dim view of the protests than ordinary citizens:

While half the nation has a favorable opinion of last Wednesday’s events, the nation’s Political Class has a much dimmer view—just 13% of the political elite offered even a somewhat favorable assessment while 81% said the opposite. Among the Political Class, not a single survey respondent said they had a Very Favorable opinion of the events while 60% shared a Very Unfavorable assessment.

While one in four of the respondents indicated that they knew someone who attended a Tea Party, only 1% of the Political Class knew someone who attended.

Obama drone bloggers were the most enthusiastic supporters of the Tea Parties until they discovered that the rallies had nothing to do with orally stimulating the President's testicles.
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But does he pay his? [Apr. 15th, 2009|12:58 pm]
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We all know they're full of it [Apr. 6th, 2009|03:16 pm]
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