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Tea Time in Los Angeles, California

By ATWadmin On May 18th, 2009 at 2:49 am

In 2003, for the 1st time in California history, California voters recalled the State Governor; Democrat Gray Davis was recalled and replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.  At the time, the expectation was that Arnold —  The Terminator  — would stand up to California State legislators – predominately Democrat, controlled by the Unions – and cut the spending.  

In the years following 2003, California experienced an economic boom, money flowed; California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger — not  The Terminator, but The Quintessential Grasshopper — spent and spent, enjoying the popularity of his Democrat peers and their Union handlers.  It wasn’t until the recent housing bust that the money dried up.  

As money dried up, government continued to spend like drunken sailors; the deficit ballooned almost overnight. 

Californians now face State bankruptcy.

On Tuesday, then, it’s back to the polls for another special election.  Chicken Little Arnold says that the sky will fall if voters don’t approve more taxation.

But, voters are starting to wake up.  I took the photo on the left today at a  “Tea Party “in front of the Federal Building in Los Angeles. The sign says: “Taxed Enough Already.” (TEA)

If you’re in California, vote NO on Proposition 1A – vote NO to new taxes.  Force California state politicians to face down powerful union lobbyists and  to cut spending.  Visit www.hjta.org for more info. 

ATW Poll

By ATWadmin On May 17th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Alan Duncan – Owned

By ATWadmin On May 17th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Yep, the Great British tradition of taking the piss. 

I suspect the humiliation and scorn being heaped on our honourable tribunes currently will be as painful for them as their exposure in the first place.

Dunkie babes appears at 9.13 but the whole snippet is a hoot.

100 Years Ago

By ATWadmin On May 17th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

The Welfare State is 100 years old this year. 

Via The Monarchist blog, back in April, a slice of interesting history:

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO the Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd George, famously delivered the most incendiary political speech of his life to an overflow audience of 4,000 at Limehouse, one of the poorest areas of the East End of London, attacking the House of Lords for its opposition to his “People’s Budget” of 1909.

The speech was well received but provoked wrathful protests from powerful quarters of the country, most especially from the British Opposition and the Ruling Establishment. Three days later Prime Minister Asquith found King Edward in a state of great agitation in consequence of Lloyd George’s Limehouse speech. The elderly King had never been more irritated and annoyed, or more difficult to appease. 

The ominous sounding “People’s Budget” was indeed a revolutionary concept, because it was the first budget in British history to introduce the Welfare State with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth to the British public. Its rejection by the House of Lords led to a constitutional crisis and two general elections in 1910, including the subsequent enactment of the Parliament Act of 1911, which forever removed the veto of the House of Lords on money bills. The era of the gentleman aristocrat was over, the age of the ambitious politician had begun.

Interesting to note that 100 years later we are possibly in a similar crisis with a general election around the corner and now with those very same ambitious self serving politicians at the helm now themselves ripping us all off.

Still. It was a terrificly relevant speech he gave:



“It is rather a shame for a rich country like ours probably the richest in the world, if not the richest the world has ever seen, that it should allow those who have toiled all their days to end in penury and possibly starvation. It is rather hard that an old workman should have to find his way to the gates of the tomb, bleeding and footsore, through the brambles and thorns of poverty. We cut a new path for him, an easier one, a pleasanter one, through fields of waving corn…

The landlord is a gentleman – I have not a word to say about him in his personal capacity – who does not earn his wealth. He does not even take the trouble to receive his wealth. He has a host of agents and clerks to receive it for him. He does not even take the trouble to spend his wealth. He has a host of people around him to do the actual spending for him. He never sees it until he comes to enjoy it. His sole function, his chief pride, is stately consumption of wealth produced by others..”.

 

Something to remember

By ATWadmin On May 17th, 2009 at 11:59 am

As Obama tries to intimidate Netayahu

A POLITICIAN SPEAKS…

By ATWadmin On May 17th, 2009 at 11:27 am

Tagged via the excellent All Seeing Eye – and originating on Daniel1979’s highly recommended site. These are the questions any aspiring MP must answer!

1. Has there ever been an occasion when you failed to notice that you have paid your mortgage off months, possibly years in advance, and just had not realised?

This is the sort of minor issue that so easily slips the mind when engaged in working day and night for one’s constituents. If only people knew how hard we have to work to defraud defend your interests.

2. Does your property contain a moat?

Don’t they all?

3. Do you think you could in good conscience accept a salary and allowances whilst not actually attending your place of work or office?

Define “good conscience”…

4. If you were told that it was within the rules to go jump off a cliff, would you do it?

Naturally the jumping would have to carried out by my fine young assistants. I am all for equality..

5. Are you able to tell the difference between a room in a house, and an actual house?

I am able to always find room for such maneouvres,

6. Are you able to commute a distance under 35 miles for work purposes without the need for an additional house being provided?

Only if a private jet is provided. And a helipad.

7. Do you know what an Iron is?

Something the little people use?

8. Is your TV or Stereo likely to need an upgrade in the next 5 years?

I buy new each year to save British jobs for British workers.

9. Do you have a warped sense of humour OR Do you have a helipad?

Well, I am a high flier…. 

10. If you did need two houses to live and work, do you think it possible to designate one as a main home, and stick by that decision for the duration of that employment?

See my lawyer – this is another of those matters I am just too busy working night and day to deal with.

11. If you work in a different place to where you live – do you find yourself, or could you envision, eating twice as much food as you would if you lived more locally to work?

Please see DUP leader Peter Robinson on this – he is my personal adviser on how to buy food in industrial quantities. 

12. Do you know what a pergola is?

Yes – it is something I haven’t claimed for yet. Thanks for the reminder…..

PROPERTY RIGHTS AND WRONGS…

By ATWadmin On May 17th, 2009 at 10:56 am

Great to see that the TaxPayers’ Alliance has highlighted legitimate concerns regarding the Ballymena advice centre jointly run by ex-party leader Ian Paisley and his MLA son Ian Paisley Jnr.

The dynamic duosome have been merrily claiming a joint total of £57,200-a-year in rental expenses from the Assembly for the office.

A recent official report described this figure as “significantly” above the market rent level. The report, by Stormont Standards Commissioner Tom Frawley, stated that the payments were creating a “property asset” for the DUP — by paying off the mortgage on the building. It also concluded that no rules had been broken. Expenses rules for MLAs do not limit rental claims or impose market-rate requirements. Matthew Elliott, chief executive at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, commented: “The excuse that expenses claims are ‘within the rules’ simply doesn’t wash with taxpayers any more. “This case, on top of the Westminster controversies of recent months, highlights the need for urgent reform of the whole expenses system before confidence in the Assembly is further damaged.” The two-storey Ballymena office is owned by a DUP-linked company called Sarcon 250.” It was set up in 2007 to buy the building and rent it to the Paisleys. The purchase price for the property was £500,000.”

Isn’t life grand when you are an MLA and part of the Paisley dynasty? Thank goodness this is all “within the rules” – that makes us taxpayers from whom the DUP claim these huge sums feel SOOOOO much better.

Pigs. Snouts. Trough.

Well done to David Gordon for having the courage to pursue the local troughers.

WORKING FOR THE ARABS..

By ATWadmin On May 17th, 2009 at 10:43 am

Interesting to read that President Obama will use a meeting with Mr Netanyahu in Washington on Monday to tell him that from now on Israel must earn its privileged relationship with America.

Mr Obama will make clear that he will not allow his foreign policy objectives to be dictated by the Jewish state’s interests, and that its leaders must resume working for peace with the Palestinians.

Fair enough Obama – go ahead and bully and alienate the one nation in the Middle East which has been a stalwart ally in a sea of US hatred.

When the Towers fell – the people of Israel mourned even as the Palestinians danced for joy.

It is clear to me that Netanyahu is going to be bullied into accepting Obama’s risible “two-State” solution and I fear he may concede. If so, Israel will pay in blood for such craven weakness since we have already all seen how Palestinians have turned their Jew-free Gaza mini-statelet into a terror launching pad.

I would love to see Bibi tell Obama to take a hike and further that Israel would not be offering the US any more “blank cheques” when it comes to issues like sharing intelligence for example. Obama is lining up to support the Palestinians and Israel is going to be tested as never before. We will soon see just how strong or otherwise Netanhyahu actually is. I won’t hold my breathe…

NO APOLOGY REQUIRED

By ATWadmin On May 17th, 2009 at 10:26 am

This is a strange story.

“Health bosses have finally apologised for flying a union flag outside a Belfast hospital. Last month the Andersonstown News revealed how a Union Jack was hoisted up on a pole outside Musgrave Park Hospital to commemorate the Queen’s 83rd birthday. The move caused anger amongst nationalist patients and staff, with one man branding it a “disgrace”. The Belfast Trust’s refusal to apologise for the flag-flying display caused further fury. But almost a month on health bosses have finally seen sense and said sorry. In a letter to Sinn Féin MLA Paul Butler a senior Belfast Trust manager apologised for the “accidental flying of the union flag”.

Hang on a second, what’s to apologise for and to whom?

Is this hospital reserved for the exclusive employment and treatment of nationalists? If so, it is sectarian and should be closed. If not, why are the “feelings” of unionists not taken into account since one presumes they would be quite content to see our National flag flown to mark the Queen’s Birthday? I believe the Belfast Trust should now apologise for apologising to just one section of those who use this hospital. Where is the voice of UNIONIST political outrage? Too busy troughing to stand up for our British symbols perhaps? The NHS is a BRITISH body, funded by BRITISH taxes, and if we want to fly the Union Flag 365 days a year to remind people of this, that’s fine by me.

(Of course Sinn Fein MLA Paul Butler is quite the character, isn’t he? A  convicted cop killer and now a pillar of our corrupt political establishment. )

THE DEMISE OF LABOUR?

By ATWadmin On May 17th, 2009 at 10:17 am

Fascinating to read that the UK Independence Party is now running neck and neck with Labour in the looming Euro-elections and could yet squeeze Gordon Brown’s party into an abysmal 4th place!

Gordon Brown is heading for humiliation in the European elections as voters desert his party in droves in protest over the expenses scandal. Labour’s predicted share of the vote in the June 4 elections has fallen to just 17 per cent – neck and neck with the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which advocates Britain’s complete withdrawal from the EU. Over the past tumultuous week in Westminster, Labour’s expected Brussels vote has crashed by six points from 23 per cent, while UKIP’s has surged by seven points.

I hope the UKIP do trash Labour into 4th place. At this point in time, the utter uselessness of Brown is destroying his Party and best of all they have no viable alternative! If people really are deserting the main three parties, it is best that they go to UKIP.