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The Misery Index

jimmy-carter.jpg From the man that brought us the “real life” understanding of the Misery Index (as first articulated by economist Arthur Okun), Jimmy Carter has now declared that George Bush is the “worst President ever”…….whewww!  He has been waiting for 25 years with hopes to transfer that title to some Republican.  His only options have been Ronald Reagan, Bush the 1st and Bush the 2nd.  For those of you that don’t know, Okun came up with a term that first took on popular meaning during the Carter Administration.  It was called the “Misery Index.”  This is an economic indicator that measures how badly Americans are suffering economically.  Carter blew this index off the chart.  The index was formulated by taking the inflation rate and unemployment rate and adding them together.  Some have added the interest rate to this to further quantify the impact of economic suffering.  When you combine the Misery Index and inflation rate during the Carter Administration you establish an aggregate that likely will never be reached again.

Under the Carter administration the Okun Misery Index was 16.27 (worst ever).  Under G.W. Bush during the first term it reached 7.98 and at this time for the 12 month period ending April, 2007 for the inflation rate and the February, 2007 unemployment rate Bush’s Misery Index has dropped to 6.8.  (the lower being the better)  The best rate ever since the numbers have been kept is the Eisenhower Administration (6.26) and the second best is essentially a tie between GW Bush and the Johnson Administration.

So by the standard that most Presidents are measured by the “voters” Carter is the worst President ever, but I suspect that he is trying to change the subject to the war in Iraq which I would like to call the war on terror.

Let me state here that I vividly remember the day our embassy was invaded on 11/4/1979 and Americans were taken hostages in Iran and held for 444 days under the Carter administration.  It was this “crisis” that launched Ted Koppel and the program Night Line.  I remember being glued to Night Line every night throughout the crisis.  Each program was opened with Day 35, Day 36, Day 37, ………Day 421, etc.  On almost every broadcast the program stated that the administration “said today that a military option is not on the table.”  Well guess what, Iran realized that they had nothing to fear from Uncle Sam and kept the hostages until the next big event.  The Hostages were released on 1/20/1981.  Do you know what occurred on that day?  It was the inauguration of Ronald Reagan.  I remember watching the inauguration on a split screen broadcast with the boarding of the hostages on an airplane to return to the US on the other half of the screen.  Yes folks, the Iranians were not going to allow one day to pass under the Reagan administration while they held U.S. Citizens as hostages.

It is also my firm conviction that (as some say) our past foreign policy has a lot to do with our situation today and that I STRONGLY BELIEVE it is the way Carter handled the Iranian Hostage Crisis that has had a tremendous amount to do with the problems we have with Iran today in particular and with terrorist in general.  They learned that we could be intimidated.

Carter also stated that we have now endorsed the use of the “pre-emptive war” which means to attack a country when our own security is not directly threatened.  Who is he kidding, we have done this often and recently by Clinton in Kosovo, so he is lying here and knows it and so are others that claim that Iraq is the first time it has happened.  But there should be no surprise here that Carter is against “pre-emptive action” to protect American interest when he was too timid to use military action after the terrorist or terrorist countries struck us first.

So when you add the Misery Index to the Carter legacy of the Middle East I have to say the Carter still holds on to the title of WORST President ever although he would like to avoid that label.  In short, no doubt the Carter Presidency is a major contributor to the United States problems today in the Middle East and I am not surprised he is eager to transfer some of that blame on others.

UPDATE 5/21/2007: Jimmy Carter took the opportunity to clarify his remarks concerning President Bush today.  He said that his comments over the weekend about the Bush administration were “careless.”  Carter said he was answering a question about the foreign policy of former President Richard Nixon, as compared with that of the current administration. He said he wasn’t comparing the Bush administration with all those through American history.  This is a bunch of crap as though he was comparing bad foreign policy (of Bush) to bad foreign policy (of Nixon).  If Nixon was understood to be a good President about anything it was considered to be Foreign Policy.  After all to absolutely everyone’s surprise he opened up dialogue with China.  Also in his own words he said “of all time” not just versus Nixon, so again the heat is on and he is lying while trying to dodge the reaction to his comments.  I’m not buying it.  It is time for Jimmy to head for the pasture and fade away.

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Somebody Lied

hear-no-speak-no-speak-no.jpg Many of these dates are pre 1/20/2001 (inauguration of GW Bush).  Additionally, many of the people on this list spoke equally as eloquent on the topic of the right to life of the unborn until they changed tunes as Presidential opportunities opened up.  Today you only hear that fact discussed in the mainstream media about certain Republicans that made the same switch.  And you hear nothing about the pronouncements by these Democrats concerning Iraq in the 1990’s and early 2000’s as we ran up to the 2nd Iraqi war.  It should be noted that it was the policy of the United States established by Public Law 105-338 titled the “Iraq Liberation Act of 1998” passed by the Congress of the United States and signed by President Clinton which provided for “regime change” in Iraq and this law was proffered by both President Bush and the Congress in support of their enactment of Public Law 107–243—OCT. 16, 2002 “Authorization to Use Force in Iraq.”

“One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.” – President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.” – President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

“Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.” – Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

“He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.” – Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

“[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.” – Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sen… Carl Levin (D-MI), Tom Daschle (D-SD), John Kerry (D – MA), and others Oct. 9, 1998

“Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.” – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

“Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.” – Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

“There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop p longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.” – Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen…. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December 5, 2001

“We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.” – Sen…. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002 “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.” – Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power” – Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.” – Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

“The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…” – Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

“I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force– if necessary– to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.” – Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

“There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years . We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do” – Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members.. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.” – Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

“We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.” – Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

“Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real” – Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

If Ron Paul is Right . . . .

ron-paul.jpg You may have watched the GOP debate the other night and heard the heated exchange between Rudy and Ron (well at least heated on Rudy’s part) concerning Mr. Paul’s emphasis on the point that the responsibility for 911 lies with US Foreign policy.  Let me state right off that I don’t believe this for a minute (scratch that) second.  Anyone including the far left that jammed the text message lines to skew the insta-poll after the debate in Paul’s favor, knows that this spin belies the know information about Fundamental Islamic strategy.  Anyone that doesn’t believe that al Qaeda and other Islamists would and have been trying to bring down the west as an item of “faith” haven’t bothered to read or read about the materials captured thus far during the war nor listened to bin Laden’s own pronouncements on this issue.  Bin Laden is quoted as saying that the US doesn’t have the will to fight and he cites as his evidence the precipitous exit from Mogadishu by Bill Clinton after “Blackhawk Down.”  Also, they haven’t paid a bit of attention to the “Prophet” Mohammed’s writings in the Koran which states that all non believers (non Muslims) must be either: Converted, Subjugated or Killed.  Where do you think the concept of Jihad came from?  This is an item of faith for all Muslims other than those that are secularized or backslidden.

HELLO, how dare the left continue to spin on behalf of the Islamists and attribute anything else.  They (the Islamists) have not only told us what they are going to do and how they are going to do it, but they have been implementing the plan for years and years.  But I digress………… 

But if Ron Paul is Right that it is the policy of the US that provoked 911, which the left couldn’t stop swooning over, it must be said that the commitment, planning, staffing, training and implementation of the 911 attack occurred during the Clinton era and it would be his Foreign Policy that is in question which precipitated the attack (which reasoning the left is still swooning over).  I know they would like to have you jump to the conclusion that this is all Bush’s fault, but they can’t have it both ways.

My personal impression of Ron Paul in the debate was that of a weak kneed pretender that certainly doesn’t have what it takes to lead a nation, lest lead a nation through the maze of this World War we are confronting.  There is a misplaced movement to remove Ron Paul from future Republican debates but I am close to endorsing just that.

Cry Me a River

super-mario-bros.jpg Well put this down on your “cry me a river” list  (as quoted by SoftballMomin VA over at the FreeRepublic).  This is about the Pizza shop (Super Mario’s Pizza) owned by the father of one of the six “Ft. Dix” terrorists.  You may remember the one terrorist that used the cover of his Pizza Delivery job (for his father) to case out the targets at Ft. Dix.  Now the Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the father’s pizza business has tanked to nothing.  He also lost his privilege of delivering pizzas to the military post.  Maybe he will feel better if he continues to tell himself that “kids will be kids.”

COOKSTOWN, New Jersey (AP) — The father of one of the six men charged with plotting to massacre soldiers at Fort Dix says the business that he’s nurtured near the base for years is all but ruined since his son’s arrest.  Muslim Tatar, who has owned Super Mario’s Pizza for five years, said his lunchtime crowd from nearby McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix has largely disappeared, replaced by empty tables and nasty words from passing motorists.  “Now I am a target,” Tatar, 52, said, adding that his business is “99 percent dead.” Tatar’s son, 23-year-old Serdar Tatar, was arrested Monday along with five others. Authorities say the men were preparing to buy automatic weapons to use in an attack on Fort Dix when they were arrested.  They targeted the Army post, partly because one of them had delivered pizzas there and was familiar with the base, according to court filings. Authorities said the objective was to kill “as many American soldiers as possible.”  Five of the men are charged with conspiring to kill uniformed military personnel, an offense punishable by life in prison. A sixth is charged with helping illegal immigrants obtain weapons, and could face 10 years in prison if convicted. All six defendants are being held without bail.

 MORE: cnn.com

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It’s About Time  (2nd time to be exact).  Especially today (May 1st) since those Socialists and Communists in Congress are emotionally taking the day off.

Mission Accomplished

mission-accomplished.jpg Yesterday Hillary Clinton again took the opportunity to denounce President Bush for what has been called his “Mission Accomplished” speech without noting that the reason for the mission was even necessary because her husband coddled the terrorists throughout his Presidency and failed to act against bin Laden when offered thus enabling the execution of the long term plan to train terrorist in America to fly aircraft into our landmarks.

But apparently she is saying “Mission NOT Accomplished.”  If I were a member of the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1st 2003 when the President flew to the aircraft carrier to greet the returning naval troops from Iraq upon completing a 209 day deployment (longest in U.S. Naval history)  I would be extremely upset and offended.  This was a welcoming and honoring effort by President Bush to thank the sailors for their role in “completing” the fall of Baghdad.  You see they had been given a mission and they were returning after successfully completing it.  The left has tried to spin this ever sense to suggest that Bush was claiming the war was over.  He merely claimed that “major military operations”  (i.e. INVASION) was complete which it was although there are those on the left that don’t seem or want to understand these things.

So I personally take offense at Hillary Clinton for four years later opportunistically suggesting that these brave guys didn’t complete their job all for the sake of positioning her candidacy to optimize her votes from the far left by taking a swing at the President.  You see those guys have accomplished their mission, the President properly acknowledged, honored and thanked them, yet the self serving Hilderbeast is willing to denigrate them along with Bush to advance her nonsense.


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