Some interesting and thought provoking statistics:
The US only exports 10% of its goods created – 1.2% to Europe, 1.2% to Brazil, Russia, India,
and China, and 7.6% to Canada and Mexico.
• The US makes up 19% of the worlds economy
• The Euro block (the UK and Europe) makes up 16% of the worlds economy.
• China’s economy is only 1/2 the size of the US.
Federal liabilities have dramatically increased since 2008; however, so have reserves, because
people were paying off debt and banks can’t find people to lend to.
• (SHOW THIS TO YOUR KIDS) unemployment rates for people with:
1. Less than a high school education= 11.3%
2. With high school:= 7.6%
3. Some college= 6.1%
4. College degree= 3.5%
• The historic unemployment rate of America is about 6.1% (higher now)
• Working hours of Americans have decreased due to ObamaCare.
Interest rates are 0% on Federal funds but are expected to go up to 4% somewhere between
2015-2016, meaning house loans would increase to about 8%. Buy now!
• Canada is threatening to build their pipeline to Vancouver if we don’t allow the pipeline
to be built to across America to Texas (Obama strikes again).
• Mexico is now allowing private enterprise to drill for its gas and oil reserves, which are
greater than the US or Venezuela. They are changing their constitution to allow it.
• Texas is the number 1 energy producer in the US
• North Dakota is number 2 in energy production in the US
• Michigan has huge potential for natural gas production if tapped.
The multiplier effect of money is how many times a dollar is spent in a year’s time. Since 2008,
people started to pay off more debt and not spending as much. Normally the multiplier is 8×, but
now it’s 3×, so money is not circulating, which equates to less jobs via less purchases of goods
So what’s all this mean?
• The US still is in a favorable position as a world currency (so far).
• Now is the time to build or buy homes before interest rates rise.
• Our lack of drilling for oil and gas, nor building pipelines and refineries, may put us in an
unfavorable position in the future as other countries become exporters of energy.
• Get a college degree to assure you have work.
• Unemployment is still too high and ObamaCare is making it worse.
• Obama needs to allow the pipeline to be built.
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• The US needs to export more of its products. For example, Germany exports 41.6% of
their goods to other countries.
My Wish List, Too
We’ve had a major dent put into our traditional values system this year, courtesy of the U.
S. Supreme Court decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry (nullifying California’s Proposition 8),
because the gay lobby insists on abusing the Supremacy Clause to override State Sovereignty.
The resulting state-by-state lawsuits nationwide are directly targeted at the state constitutional
amendments that were duly ratified by the voters. One of those (Kitchen v. Herbert) was upheld
last weekend by a federal judge in Utah, preventing the state from enforcing Article I § 29 of
the Utah Constitution, and Sections 30-1-2 and 30-1-4.1 of the Utah Code, based on a perverted
interpretation of the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the U. S. Constitution. One
pending in Michigan (DeBoer v. Snyder) is notable because the federal judge, Bernard Friedman,
actually encouraged the plaintiffs to pull their original adoption case and re-file a challenge
to Michigan’s Marriage Amendment (Proposal 04-2, now Article I § 25 of the Michigan
Constitution). His reasoning? He wants to know what rational government purpose is served
by treating same-sex couples differently. For now, pray that our State Attorney General can
come up with a rational explanation that’s going to carry any weight with an activist judge who’s
already overstepped his constitutional bounds.
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Jobs Report Is Bad News For Economy
Only 74,000 jobs were created in December, the smallest increase since January 2011. The
unemployment rate went down only because so many people left the workforce. The Labor
Force Participation Rate is now at a 36-year low; it’s the worst since 1978. Too many
Americans are out of work, and the economy isn’t as strong as some want to believe. It’s not
fair to Americans searching for work that Democrats refuse to consider the dozens of job-
creating bills that the Republican-led House has passed. It’s not fair to entrepreneurs that
Democrats refuse to recognize ObamaCare’s toxic effect on the economy. With the Labor Force
Participation Rate mirroring the Carter years, is this really an acceptable recovery?
Read more at: “An “Ugly” Jobs Report” and “RNC Statement on December Jobs Report”
Growing Government Doesn’t Reduce Poverty
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been much discussion about poverty and inequality. Today, there are 46 million Americans
living below the poverty line, a record number. Poverty is highest in some of our biggest cities,
which have been led by Democrats year after year. The top-down federal bureaucracies have
lost this war. A job is the best anti-poverty program. That’s why it’s so sad that Obama and
the Democrats don’t take job creation seriously. It’s not right that more Americans have fallen
into poverty during the Obama presidency. Median incomes have fallen; families are seeing
paychecks even as their bills get more expensive. Good jobs, quality schools, and economic
growth are what they need and deserve.
Read more at: “Combating Poverty” and “Rethinking the War on Poverty” and “Gingrich:
Liberal ‘War on Poverty’ Has Failed” and “‘Small Soy Latte Liberalism’ Sums Up Years of
Failure on Poverty”
We Need Long-Term Solutions To Help The Unemployed
Democrats have argued for extending long-term unemployment benefits without paying for
them. Senate Republicans have offered plans to pay for the benefits, and House Republicans
have passed bills focused on actually getting people back to work. Why do Democrats insist
on band-aids rather than long-term solutions to the unemployment problem? They seem
uninterested in anything that doesn’t put the feds in charge and grow the government. The single
moms, struggling young people, and all our unemployed fellow citizens deserve real, long-term
solutions. Why are Democrats putting politics ahead of people who want to get back to work?
Read more at: “148 bills the House has passed that have not had Senate action” and “One Year
Later, No Progress On Promise Zones”
Christie Shows Obama How To Lead
In response to the bridge controversy in New Jersey, Chris Christie took swift action, fired those
involved, and took questions from the press for nearly two hours. Governor Christie showed
decisive leadership and demonstrated what to do when government personnel take unacceptable
actions. It’s a shame President Obama didn’t show similar leadership in the many scandals that
his administration has created – Benghazi, IRS targeting, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, journalist
wiretapping, and more.
Read more at: “EDITORIAL: Chris Christie shows Obama how to lead by firing staff for bridge
Clinton, Obama, Biden exposed in Gates Book
Robert Gates’ new memoir reveals both Hillary Clinton and President Obama opposed the
Iraq surge for purely political reasons. He also calls out VP Biden for being “wrong on nearly
every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” The memoir
is bad news for both Clinton’s and Biden’s 2016 aspirations. It only confirms the perception
that everything Clinton does is a political calculation. And it portrays Biden as completely
anniversary of President Johnson’s declaration of the war on poverty, there’s
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incompetent in what is supposed to be his wheel house.
Read more at: “Robert Gates Hits Obama, Biden, Clinton In New Book, But Will Americans
Care?” and “How Bob Gates’ memoir could haunt Hillary in 2016” and “Even More Conflict In
Clintonworld” and “A Walk Down Biden’s Memory Lane”
For Obama, 2013 Was Bad; 2014 Isn’t Looking Better
President Obama ended 2013 with his approval rating at record lows and was awarded “Lie
of the Year.” A majority of Americans distrust him. His signature legislation is unpopular
and continues to generate negative headlines. It’s not a happy new year for the president.
The American people have lost trust in him, and his administration continues to mishandle
ObamaCare. It will be harder for him to convince Americans to support his agenda, and difficult
for him to get his fellow Democrats to support him.
Read more at: “Obama’s New Year Numbers” and “Obama’s Terrible Year In Review”
ObamaCare Falls Far Below Target
The administration’s target was 3.3 million Americans signed up for healthcare through the
exchanges by the end of 2013 and 7 million signups by the end of the open enrollment period.
ObamaCare is currently over a million short. Because of website glitches and confusion about
payments, it’s not clear if those Americans really have coverage. ObamaCare was so poorly
designed and implemented that it can’t meet the administration’s own goals. It’s failed by their
own standards. What’s more, 5 million Americans have received cancelation notices, meaning
more Americans have lost coverage than have signed up for coverage.
Read more at: “ObamaCare Not Living Up To Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Promises For One Oregon
Mom” and “Sen. Mark Udall Pressured State Officials To Rewrite Bad ObamaCare Stats” and
“Don’t Bail Out the Big Insurance Companies”
“Keep Your Doctor” Is Next Lie of Year
“If you like your plan, you can keep it,” was 2013’s Lie of the Year. “If you like your doctor,
you can keep you doctor,” could be 2014’s Lie of the Year. Many Americans are learning that
their doctors are now out of network as insurance companies find ways to cut costs because of
ObamaCare. Others doctors have retired altogether to avoid dealing with ObamaCare. There
were two big promises on which ObamaCare was sold: “You can keep your plan,” and “you
can keep your doctor.” The first has proven false. The second will be as well. Once again, the
Democrats have been caught lying to the American people. ObamaCare’s unpopularity will only
increase – and so will their party’s.
Read more at: “The Doctor Can’t See You Now” and “ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion To
Increase Costs For The Country”
2014 Democrats Should Be Nervous
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President Obama is unpopular and so is Democrats’ signature piece of legislation. 2014
candidates will find it difficult to distance themselves from both. Since the implementation of
ObamaCare, many vulnerable Senate candidates have seen their polls numbers drop sharply.
Voters frustrated by ObamaCare will be ready to hold someone accountable in November. The
easiest way to do that is to kick Democrat Senators out of office. Vulnerable candidates like
Pryor, Begich, Landrieu, and Shaheen are trying to run away from the president, but their record
on ObamaCare is clear: they supported it, they lied about its effects, so they are responsible.
Read more at: “2014 Democrats Who Echoed Obama’s Lie” and “RNC Launches New Year’s
Resolutions Radio Ads Against Targeted Democrats” and “Millennials are going to hear from us
Economy Still Not In Good Shape; ObamaCare Not Helping
Unemployment remains high at 7 percent. 20.7 million Americans are unemployed, are
underemployed, or have given up looking for work. Unemployment for 20-24 year olds is 11.6.
Businesses large and small report that they’re hiring less because of ObamaCare. Many part-
time workers have seen smaller paychecks. ObamaCare isn’t helping the economy recover. It
costs businesses more to stay open. It means smaller paychecks for workers. And it means
less disposable income for families forced to pay more for health insurance. Its red tape and
regulations slow down hiring, hurting the unemployed.
Read more at: “Another Report Disproves A White House ObamaCare Talking Point” and
“New Year, New ObamaCare Taxes”