I wish I had a lot of deep thoughts to share with you all today. But I don’t. It’s been a pretty boring day. Uneventful. I slept very late to make up for many days of little sleep. I had begun to feel very dizzy pretty often, due to lack of sleep. You don’t want me driving like that (although I have).
Steve worked late tonight, as he will the rest of the week.
Tomorrow morning I have a doctor’s appointment. Yet another follow-up on the toe surgery.
Our cats are going nuts. They start running all over the place. I just heard one of my rocking horses come crashing down from a shelf over a window. Domino was up on the shelf. He can look so innocent and cute when he wants to.
I posted on Facebook that I was momentarily overcome today, with a cleaning bug. So I cleaned off an antique wooden tool box I have sitting by my chair. We use it as an end table. Any horizontal surface in our house collects stuff that really doesn’t belong there. But I sat down after a few minutes. I didn’t want to suffer burnout. Tonight after dinner, I vacuumed the kitchen. Now it needs mopping. Big time.
Beth posted that she has an interview at a staffing agency on Monday. She officially quit her previous job in October, and she needs another. But it has to be a job where she does not stand all day, due to her injury and surgery. So please pray.
Here’s some news:
Focus on the Family Action Petition To Keep Our Tax Dollars From Funding Abortion
Total signers: 140,971
In recent years, Congress has attached special annual funding provisions called pro-life “riders” to spending bills, to ensure taxpayers aren’t forced to fund abortions here and overseas. Now, the Democrat-controlled Congress is moving forward to strip those “riders” from the spending bills and thereby require taxpayers to fund abortion and abortion-providing organizations through the federal budget.
Say “No!” to taxpayer funds supporting the abortion industry
Focus on the Family Action has just launched a citizen petition to oppose this latest phase in the radical, pro-abortion agenda, as well as the effort to force citizens to pay. In addition to opposing taxpayer funding of abortions, this petition also allows citizens to take a stand against President Obama’s pledge to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), if Congress passes it, which would overturn hundreds of pro-life laws.
The legislative battle over removing the pro-life “riders” from the 2009 appropriations bills is expected to begin soon. Focus Action wants to deliver tens of thousands of petitions to Congress as soon as possible.
As a pro-life American, I oppose any and all legislative and executive efforts that require or allow my taxpayer dollars to be used to fund abortions or providers of abortion services. Specifically, I urge Congress to retain the pro-life “riders” in the appropriations bills that will prevent my tax dollars from funding abortions or abortion providers. No U.S. tax dollars should be used to fund abortions or organizations that provide abortion services, either in the United States or abroad.
In addition, I join with other concerned citizens who are alarmed by President Obama’s pledge to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), if passed by Congress. FOCA would nationalize an unlimited right to abortion and overturn hundreds of reasonable laws that protect society against the worst abuses of abortion.
The Standard is Poor
His speech may have inspired the nation, but President Obama’s economic cheerleading failed to make a believer out of Wall Street. Despite today’s bleak news on the trading floor, the comforter-in-chief seemed to accomplish what he set out to do on Tuesday night–raise the spirits of grassroots Americans. Before last night’s speech, confidence in the country had tumbled. While an overwhelming majority approved of President Obama (62%), nearly 80% agreed that “things are going badly in the United States.” By a noticeable margin, the President has become more popular than his policies.
While people respond to his rhetoric, the market responds to reality–which is why investors have seen an interesting trend each time the President’s outlines his agenda for the economy in a major speech. Obama’s stock goes up, and the Dow goes down. Like a truth indicator to the President’s plans, Wall Street tells us what Obama will not: financial experts have serious misgivings about the administration’s approach to the crisis. The correlation below is really quite striking. When the President speaks, the market listens… and crumbles.
- November 5, 2008 (Wednesday after Election Day): -486 (5.0%)
- January 9, 2009 (one day after Obama speaks at George Mason University on “need” for $800 billion stimulus package): -143 (1.6%)
- January 20, 2009 (Inauguration Day): -332 (4.0%)
- February 10, 2009 (one day after Obama declares that without a stimulus, “an economy that is already in crisis will be faced with a catastrophe”): -382 (4.6%)
- February 17, 2009 (market opens for the first time after Congress passes $787 billion stimulus on February 13; Obama signs bill into law, declaring, “The stimulus lets Americans claim destiny.”): -298 (3.8%)
- February 19, 2009 (one day after Obama announces potential mortgage relief plan): -90 (1.2%)
- February 25, 2009 (one day after Obama’s first speech to the full Congress): -80 (1.1%)
Additional Resources Associated Press: Major stock market indexes fall to 1997 levels
Two Down for the Count
As the President zeros in on former Washington Governor Gary Locke (D) to lead the Commerce Department, the personnel headaches continue for Obama’s administration. Kenneth Prewitt, the President’s choice for census director, joined a long list of Commerce dropouts, citing “personal and professional” reasons for the decision. From 1998-2001, Prewitt had served in the same capacity under former President Bill Clinton, earning praise for his work from Republicans and Democrats. Just yesterday, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who withdrew his name as Obama’s Commerce Secretary, appeared on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” and spoke highly of Prewitt’s selection. “[Ken] is a good guy. And I knew him when he did it the last time. And, so, I thought we could [have done] a pretty decent job.”
The speculation is that Prewitt had the same concerns about White House politicizing of the census that Gregg did. According to one source, Prewitt felt there were too many differences between how he and Obama viewed the director’s role. For the White House, this is another stinging rebuke of its plan to turn the census into a political weapon that could be used to pad the liberal majority. Prewitt’s withdrawal will only add fuel to the bipartisan fire that altering the census reporting process will destroy the credibility of the report.
The New York Times: A Nominee’s Exit and the Nation’s Nose Count