My Economic Stimulus Package - How to Increase Top Line Revenue

Over at MikeDewitt.net, I reveal my economic stimulus package:
"My fellow Americans, Recently many people have expressed a desire for an effective economic stimulus package to help us through these uncertain economic times. Having seen the ineffectual response of the minions of the Great Teat of the Potomac, I feel compelled to offer my own economic stimulus package. The beauty of my program is that it will help organizations large and small, whether they sell products or services, to increase their revenues over the short and long haul. And the best part is that you can begin participating in the plan right now by watching this short introductory video:"

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posted by Mike at 6:18 PM 0 comments


Parable of the Day Laborers

A short time ago, the Gospel at Mass was the Parable of the Day Laborers:
“For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the landowner who went out early one morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay the normal daily wage and sent them out to work.

“At nine o’clock in the morning he was passing through the marketplace and saw some people standing around doing nothing. So he hired them, telling them he would pay them whatever was right at the end of the day. So they went to work in the vineyard. At noon and again at three o’clock he did the same thing.

“At five o’clock that afternoon he was in town again and saw some more people standing around. He asked them, ‘Why haven’t you been working today?’

“They replied, ‘Because no one hired us.’

“The landowner told them, ‘Then go out and join the others in my vineyard.’

“That evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first. When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage. When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day’s wage. 11 When they received their pay, they protested to the owner, ‘Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.’

“He answered one of them, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage? Take your money and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?’

“So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”

As I listened to the Gospel, two thoughts struck me:
  1. If our reward for living a Christian life is the infinite reward of eternity in heaven, how do you give latecomers a fraction of what the original laborers received? INFINITE IS INFINITE. What is half of an infinite amount? Yes, an infinite amount!. What is one quarter of an infinite amount? An infinite amount! How much is one one-hundredth of an infinite amount? One one-billionth of an infinite amount? Yes, our reward no matter how divided is still infinite!
  2. The first laborers spent the entire day certain of their reward. They agreed to a fair wage and knew what they would get at sundown. But the same cannot be said of those who were hired later. How much of the day did they spend worrying about how they would feed their family that night? Having collected my first unemployment check this year, I can tell you that time spent not working and wondering how you will feed your family is no vacation. (And there is no more depressing thing than being told "we won't hire you because you're overqualified", Thankfully, God does not follow HR "best practices".).
The parable was designed to demonstrate God's infinite love and power to an agrarian audience, but it rings just as true today. Perhaps we shouldn't worry so much about the election or our struggles in daily life, because we know that at the end of the day all who toil in this vineyard will receive our infinite reward.

posted by Mike at 12:44 PM 0 comments


An America Michelle Obama Can Be Proud Of: Secret Service Dispatched on Obamakind's Unsubstantiated Allegation

Remember how people said if George Bush were elected all sorts of civil liberties would be usurped?

Exactly how many Bush dissenters died or were imprisoned (or even hassled) during the past eight years?

It can be very disappointing when someone you so thoroughly demonized doesn't act the part.

Well if Bush isn't going to keep the spirit of fascism alive in America, who will?

Who will lead those poor oppressed souls yearning for retribution against "THEM" for denying everyone's rightful daily bliss? Who will encourage the true believers to act out their rage against "THEM", because "WE" are for hope and change and therefore the ends justify the means?

I know that seems over the top, but today's news contains the story of a Texas woman who got a visit from the Secret Service based on a verbal accusation from an Obama campaign worker WITH NO EVIDENCE TO BACK UP THE ALLEGATION. Apparently the woman, who received an unsolicited call from the campaign worker, didn't show the proper deferrence to her betters in the campaign:
"She asked if I was an Obama supporter, to which I replied, 'No, I don't support him. Your guy is a socialist who voted four times in the state Senate to let little babies die in hospital closets; I think you should find something better to do with your time.' (And then) I hung up."

Hughes said she was surprised to see two Secret Service agents at her door, and upset to learn that the conversation she had with the volunteer apparently had not been recorded.

"I find it hard to believe that (campaign volunteers) don't tape these calls. They call people unsolicited and they aren't monitoring the calls or recording them? I think that is absolutely ridiculous," she said.

I shudder to think that in a few months we might be wishing for the 'kindler, gentler days' of Janet Reno...

If this were one isolated incident I would let it slide. But between the massive ACORN-led voter fraud (suppported with $800K of Obama Campaign money - hey, inner city minors were HOPING that someone would offer them some cigarettes or spare CHANGE if they would sign the voter roles), and the campaign-organized sabotage of unsympathetic media outlets, I think this demonstrates a larger pattern of disregard for the laws and principles that make America special.

A disregard for basic decency.

Obama hasn't decried any of this behavior. He actively incited some of it. He financially back other parts of it. The messages are not lost on the would-be brown shirts. It's okay to treat "THEM" as if they are not your equals. And that means laws don't protect "THEM". So if you need to bend or break laws to defeat "THEM", it's okay.

Michelle and Barack are proud of this version of America.

But I'm not. Nor are most people. So we'll do our actual patriotic duty and vote on November 4th. And I won't feel racist in the slightest when I mark my ballot for John McCain.

And unlike all those Hollywood hypocrites who say they'll move out of the country if their candidate loses, I'm staying either way. Unless Texas exercises its right to secede. Then I'm moving there, if for no other reason than to lobby the new secretary of the treasury to put George W. Bush on the 100 TD (Texas Dollars) bill. In no time his likeness will be all over the world as people trade their old inflation-battered USD for rock solid Texas Money!

Or not. We'll see...

posted by Mike at 1:56 PM 0 comments


Presidential debate over in three minutes

0:00:00 Obama lies with a straight face to the American people about the economy.

0:02:00 McCain changes the subject; praises 'message of hope' of My Little Ponies.

See you in '12 when the electoral asteroid destroys these dinosaurs!

posted by Mike at 6:25 PM 2 comments


No More Matchsticks

I can't recall a Republican senator ever winning the Presidency. I CAN recall them losing it; most recently Bob Dole in '96. And if things stay on course, John McCain will lose in 2008.


Because there are no consequences of losing. On Inauguration Day 2009 he'll have the same seats at the same banquets that he had in 2004 - and 1996. He'll have the same chambers as the day before the election (unless the Republicans miraculously win a majority).

It's all kabuki theater to the Washington insiders. With reelection percentages in the 90's, who gives a hoot about the constituents once you've punched your golden ticket?

And informed voters shake their heads, because the cynical pols are right.

Which brings me back to John McCain.

Senator McCain has a mixed legacy. No one can question his patriotism and his courage in Communist prison camps. But his legislative legacy is spotty. The McCain-Feingold bill is unconstitutional at its most charitable. He himself chose not to live within its limits this year. The unintended consequences of the 527s has been outrageous. Yet he has offered no apology for this abortion of civil liberty.

And now he purports to bear the standard for the Republican Party. But he's playing poker for matchsticks. There is no downside for losing. As we said before, he gets to attend the same balls, clink snifters with the same lobbyists, and fleece the same voters he does today.

And that's wrong. And that's wimpy. The sort of thing you expect from Sen. Present and Sen. Gaffapalooza.

So here's what John McCain should do today. Call a press conference and say the following:
"I'm John McCain. I have spent my whole life defending this country. Today I stand before you as a candidate for President of the United States. I take my candidacy very seriously. There are those who say senators have nothing to lose in presidential races, and that's why they don't get elected (unless their dad conspires with the mob to deliver Chicago).

It is true that Senators Biden, Obama, and I will all legally retain our seats should we lose in November. But that is not the American way. We have 'no skin in the game'. And that is wrong for the country I love.

To demonstrate my commitment to my ideals and my platform, I pledge today to resign my seat in the Senate if I am defeated in the election. I challenge my opponents to do the same. A contest of ideas this important should have real consequences, and the financial and political future of a few people seems a good starting point."

What do you think?

posted by Mike at 9:29 PM 2 comments