We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

Friday, November 30, 2012

Time for Congressional Republicans To Expose Obama's Agenda - David Limbaugh - [page]

I could not agree more!  It is time to change the rhetoric and use the same name-game as the left. 

The 2012 election should never be mentioned without "that was won by a slim majority using the highest rate of voter fraud in the last 100 years" in the same sentence.

Every policy should be referred to as "more of the same tax and spend ideas that got us in this mess".  The words "obession with class warfare" and "punishing success" should always be used when discussing the President's ideology. 

It's time to take the gloves off, these are not nice people who are simply "misguided".  These are people who want to tranform the middle class into a permanent dependent class so that they can be forever threatened with having their government benefits taken away if anyone but Democrats are in power.....

Time for Congressional Republicans To Expose Obama's Agenda - David Limbaugh - [page]

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Let's Tax Matt Damon - John Ransom - Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary - Page 2

How did Matt Damon become so wealthy?  By not paying his fair share.
How did Ben Affleck become so wealthy?  By not paying his fair share!
How did George Clooney become so wealthy?  By not paying his fair share!!
How did Oprah become so uber wealthy?  By not paying her fair share!!!

Let them drink the same poison they want to shove down our throats!!!!

Tax all net worth over $10 Million at 50%
Tax all personal income over $1,000,000 at 75% like our "enlightened French brethren"
Direct all those taxes into Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Then lets see how they vote.....

Let's Tax Matt Damon - John Ransom - Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary - Page 2

Friday, November 23, 2012

Egypt Protesters Rally in Cairo After Mursi Expands Powers - Bloomberg

Meet the New Boss.  Same as the Old Boss!
Apparently lying about who you really are and what you really stand for is a universal trait among politicians....

Yup, you got fooled again!

Egypt Protesters Rally in Cairo After Mursi Expands Powers - Bloomberg

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Jeb Bush Jr. Hopes His Dad Runs for President

This would essentially lock in a 3rd Presidential Term for the Democrats.  The worst thing that ever happened to the Republican party was the Bush family.  Papa Bush was a liberal, Washington insider who couldn't wait to coddle up to the big government tax and spend crowd and reverse all of the progress we had gained over the 8 years of Reagan not to mention opening the door for Bill Clinton.

Bush 43 expanded the role of government in our education system and created a new Medicare Entitlement program before blowing up our budgets on two occupations of Middle East countries in the name of national security.  National security starts with a strong economy, not some idiotic overseas venture in the name of "spreading democracy" to people who really weren't asking for it.

A move to Jeb Bush would signal to the world that Republicans are just another wing of the party of big government.  The Tea Party/Ron Paul/Libertarian faction of the Republican party needs to continue to take over the party away from these inbred elitists just the same way that the Marxists took over the Democrat party.  Only then will Americans have a real choice worthy of voting for.....

Jeb Bush Jr. Hopes His Dad Runs for President

Friday, November 16, 2012

Facing the Fiscal Cliff Solves 77% of the Deficit Problem in One Move – Money Morning - Only the News You Can Profit From

If the Republicrats were smart (and by and large they are not), they would give the President the Tax increases on high income earners that he wants in exchange for FREEZING (not cutting, freezing) all Federal Spending at the 2012 levels for the next 4 YEARS. The freeze would include delay of any further implementation of ObamaCare until 2017.

The rationale is simple; tax hikes will stall the economy and we cannot risk hammering the taxpayers with another 2500 pages of more taxes, regulation and spending until it recovers from this next shock and until the debt curve starts to at least flatten.

Citizens will then see first hand whether or not "taxing the rich" really helps or hurts (or neither) and the Republicans could not be accused of making drastic cuts in the middle of a fragile recovery as 2012 spending levels are way above pre-crisis spending.

Most importantly, they give the President his precious tax increase which he would then own.

As I said, they are not smart enough to do this as I really believe that they'd rather be political punching bags for another 4 years.

Facing the Fiscal Cliff Solves 77% of the Deficit Problem in One Move – Money Morning - Only the News You Can Profit From

Monday, November 12, 2012

How Republicans Can Find Themselves - Katie Kieffer - [page]

These are excellent points in this article.  The only choice we had was to replace a Left-wing, Totalitarian Marxist with a Right-wing Totalitarian Fascist.  In the end, a frustrated country chose to kick the can down the road and "hope" for better choices in 2016.  There is mounting evidence that the Ron Paul wing of the party did in fact stay home last Tuesday in order to show the establishment that they will not win a national election without a strong, grass-roots movement. 

The fact that most of the State-wide measures (other than California) went conservative (see Wisconsin and Michigan) tells you that the country is moving away from DC and want things controlled more and more locally.  republicans will either become less DC establishment or they will become less relevant at the National level.

How Republicans Can Find Themselves - Katie Kieffer - [page]

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Charles Hugh Smith: A Sustainable National Healthcare System: Prevention Only

A great piece detailing not only the lie that is our current system but the only realistic form that actually could or should be "nationalized" (I still prefer that all of this be done at the State level). 

The only "yeah but" I would make is what I have now, which is a catastrophic policy with a high deductible as an optional add-on.  For people that want it and can afford it (and it is ridiculously cheap), it would provide coverage for those rare but known occurences like child birth and major-recoverable injury as well as treatment of disease if it is deemed to be curable AND the patient is willing to endure the treatment.

So if you add this together, you end up with a Health Savings Account as many have today, with a base of subsidization for preventive care for lower income individuals and families....what a concept!

oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: A Sustainable National Healthcare System: Prevention Only

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Keynesian Rope of Sand: Why World War II Did NOT End the Great Depression

By Tom DiLorenzo

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

So-called Keynesian economics is based on numerous myths and superstitions about the economic world. For example, John Maynard Keynes himself blamed the lack of private business investment spending during the Great Depression on "animal spirits" that supposedly spooked investors. The two biggest myths, however, upon which the whole edifice of the Keynesian "Government Can Spend Us into Prosperity" philosophy is based are: 1) the myth that government spending under President Franklin D. Roosevelt ended the Great Depression; and 2) If the Depression was not totally ended by New Deal spending, then government spending on World War II certainly must have done the trick. Exactly the opposite is true: New Deal and World War II spending made the U.S. economy worse off by siphoning off billions of dollars from the pockets and bank accounts of private consumers and investors. Government bureaucracy ballooned while the private sector starved. Only when the war was over, government spending was cut dramatically, and FDR was dead, did the private economy in the U.S. recover from the Great Depression.

Despite a doubling of federal government expenditures from 1933 to 1940, the creation of dozens of new federal government bureaucracies, and the direct employment of some ten million people in "public works" jobs, the official unemployment rate in 1939 was still 17.2 percent, nearly six times higher than it was in 1929 (2.9 percent) on the eve of the Depression. Per capita GDP was lower in 1939 ($847) than in 1929 ($857), as were personal consumption expenditures -- $67.6 billion vs. $78.9 billion (U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Historical Statistics of the United States).

One reason for the abject failure of the New Deal "stimulus spending" to reduce unemployment is that the diversion of billions of dollars out of private-sector pockets to finance government make-work jobs created additional unemployment in the private sector. More temporary, make-work government jobs were created at the expense of destroying a much larger number of private-sector jobs since bureaucracy and red tape typically accounts for several times the amount of money that is spent on salaries alone. It is not unusual to read today that it costs several hundred thousand dollars to "create" a single $30,000/year government job.

World War II did end unemployment in America, but only because more than 11.5 million men were drafted into the military whereas the total number of Americans unemployed as of 1940, on the eve of the war, was 5.3 million. In addition, millions more volunteered for the military to "beat the draft" because they knew that draftees were most likely to serve on the front lines than volunteers were.

The average American consumer was worse off during World War II because of the massive diversion of economic resources from the consumer economy to the war economy and the dramatic increase in taxes. By 1945 the top income tax bracket was 94 percent on an annual income of $200,000. The lowest income tax bracket was 23 percent on an annual income of $2000. There was nothing to buy, and even basic food and clothing items were rationed by the government. So despite an explosion of total federal government spending during the war years, the average American at home was still living in a depression economy worse than 1939/1940.

At the end of the war every Keynesian economist predicted an even worse economic depression because of the demobilization of the military and the accompanying radical reductions in government spending. The reductions in government spending were indeed dramatic: According to the Commerce Department's Historical Statistics of the United States, federal government expenditures fell from $98.4 billion in 1945 to $33 billion in 1948, about a two-thirds reduction. Far from creating a depression, prying all of that money from the hands of politicians and bureaucrats and returning it to its owners – working Americans – created the largest increase in private sector economic growth in all of American history in 1946. According to statistics found in the 1995 Annual Report of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors, based on Commerce Department data, real inflation-adjusted private sector GDP increased by 29.5 percent in that year. In no other year has the U.S. economy ever grown even half that fast. Private investment skyrocketed and stock prices soared, in complete and total contradiction of what every Keynesian economist in the world had been predicting. Yet thanks to the power of government propaganda, and the state's academic mouthpieces (Paul Krugman comes to mind), the myth persists that government spending during World War II is "proof" that government can spend us into prosperity.

Thomas DiLorenzo is professor of economics at Loyola University Maryland and a member of the senior faculty of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Among his books are How Capitalism Saved America; Hamilton's Curse; and his forthcoming Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government.
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Monday, July 16, 2012

The Corruption of Politics

This is a very powerful piece by Porter Stansberry.  If you agree with what he is saying, then I urge you to sign up for the free S&A digest and join us in the project to Restore America...

The Corruption of Politics

By Porter Stansberry

Let me show you the numbers – the hard facts – behind what's happened to our country…

I'll start with one of the biggest factors in the decline of our civilization – the link between welfare, education, crime, and politics.

It is routinely alleged in national political debates that something is fundamentally unfair and un-American about the huge "wealth gap" between the poorest Americans and the wealthiest. Some politicians like to argue that the poor never have a real shot at the American dream… And as a nation, we owe them more and more of our resources to correct this injustice. Most important, it is alleged that only the government has the resources to correct this inequality.

This is a dangerous notion…

First, it promotes the idea of entitlement. Entitlement is a fairly new idea in the American political lexicon – perhaps because most of our nation's wealth is still fairly new. The American idea of entitlement argues that because you were born into a rich society, other people owe you something. The idea has become pervasive in our culture. It underlies the basic assumptions behind the idea of a "wealth gap." Implicit is the assumption that successful Americans haven't rightfully earned their wealth… that in one way or another, they've taken advantage of society and have an obligation to give back most of what they've "taken."

I believe the idea of entitlement lies at the root of many of our most serious cultural problems.

The more obvious problem is the idea that the government is responsible for fixing the "wealth gap." But the government has proved wholly ineffective at dealing with poverty in America. The data is nearly conclusive that government efforts are far more likely to be the cause of the wealth gap than the solution.

The simple fact is, the government has to take resources from someone before it can dole them out to others. And this act of taking is economically destructive. It reduces the market's incentives for entrepreneurs. The more you take from the productive members of society, the less productive they become. That's the primary lesson of the history of socialism. Yet… many of our political leaders seem oblivious to this iron law of human nature.

Consider a simple analysis that compares the unemployment rate with the size of the federal government's spending, as measured against GDP. (We created this chart after reading a similar analysis at Mark Perry's excellent financial blog, Carpe Diem.)

As you can see in this chart, the larger the government grows as a percentage of our economy, the higher unemployment rises. The more government, the less opportunity. These figures are similar when studied comparatively across many different countries.

We also know from decades of experience that little of the government's funding for the poor will ever reach those who are actually in need. Instead, these kinds of socialist policies end up sending billions of dollars into the hands of unions, "community organizers," and other sponsors of the Democratic Party. This tightens their political control of America's inner cities, which have become the source of our country's most intractable social problems.

Believe me, I have reams of data and decades of case studies for these conclusions. But before we get to my proof, I want you to simply assume that what I'm saying is 100% correct. Assume most of the government's social spending ends up corrupting the politics of the inner city. Assume these efforts actually make the "wealth gap" larger. Assume these policies and the politicians who sponsor them are actually creating a society of complete dependence, where the spread of ignorance has created entire generations of people who aren't educated enough to know they've been enslaved by their own leaders.

If these things are true, if my conclusions are exactly right, what would America's poorest communities look like today?

It has now been almost 50 years since the start of the War on Poverty, President Lyndon Johnson's program to radically increase domestic welfare spending. These programs and their various spinoffs have been at the center of Democratic politics ever since. In fact, if you compare speeches about these programs from the mid-1960s until today, you will find the verbiage never changes. Obama is merely echoing the same calls for "social justice" that Robert Kennedy used in his ill-fated 1968 campaign for president.

But besides the soaring rhetoric – besides the promise of a "chicken in every pot" – what have these programs actually achieved? The wholesale destruction of urban communities across America… communities that are overwhelmingly African American. If the intention of these programs had been to destroy black communities, you could have hardly done more damage than the last 50 years of Democratic policy.

I don't think most Americans realize how dangerous these communities have become or the toll they take on our country as a whole. That's primarily because talking about this problem is seen as racist. That's complete nonsense. The victims of these policies are primarily black people. Trying to help them restore dignity and independence to their communities isn't a racist goal. It's humanitarian.

And let me offer a prediction… Sooner or later, the people in these communities are going to finally point their finger at the politicians who've lied and pandered to them for decades, all while stealing from them at every turn. When that moment comes, having a track record of correctly speaking out about the real nature of these problems will be a valuable political asset…

Let me give you some of the numbers that define the enormous scope of these problems.

According to the NAACP, Texas taxpayers spent $175 million in 2009 to imprison residents from a small part of Houston – only 10 zip codes out of 75. Thus, people from neighborhoods that are home to only about 10% of the city's population account for more than 33% of the state's entire $500 million annual prison spending. These neighborhoods are overwhelmingly poor and African American.

In Pennsylvania, taxpayers spent $290 million in 2009 to imprison residents from just 11 of Philadelphia's neighborhoods, representing about 25% of the city's population. On this relatively small urban area, the state spent roughly half its $500 million prison budget. These neighborhoods are overwhelmingly poor and African American.

In New York, taxpayers spent $539 million to imprison residents from only 24 of New York City's 200 different neighborhoods. Only 16% of the city's population lives in these areas, but they account for nearly half of the state's $1.1 billion prison budget. These neighborhoods are overwhelmingly poor and African American.

America has many problems… but these neighborhoods represent more than a society in decline. Life in these places reflects a complete collapse of Western civilization. What's happening in these communities? A breakdown of the family and the resulting collapse of the school system. What you have left is crime – violent and political.

In Detroit, only 27% of the black male students in the school system graduate from high school. This is not a racial problem: Only 19% of the white male students graduate from those same schools. What's causing this problem? A complete breakdown of society. When communities can no longer teach their children the most basic academic skills, such as reading, math, history, literature, and economics… what future can we expect? And what kind of society do you expect after several generations of total ignorance?

What opportunities are available in America to people without even a basic education? The New York Times reports almost 70% of black males without a high school diploma are unemployed in the United States.

In many predominantly black, urban communities, the actual unemployment rate is close to 100% for young dropouts. Given these figures, it isn't surprising that many of these people end up in jail.

According to various studies, black males who dropped out of school by age 16 are four times more likely to end up in jail than those who remained in school. Crime is literally all they know. Likewise, a black youth whose mother was a high school dropout is 88% more likely to end up in jail. These are the two primary reasons nearly one in 11 adult black men are either in jail or on parole.

How did this all happen? How did we end up with expensive schools that can't teach? How did we end up with young mothers who aren't married? How did we end up with entire generations of people who won't – and probably can't – work in the labor force? How did we end up with a skyrocketing prison population? The prison population in America has soared from less than half a million people in 1980 to more than 2.5 million people today. More than seven million adults are in prison or on parole in the United States. We have an incarceration rate that's seven times higher than any other industrialized nation.

The land of the free?

Let's ask the most basic question: What has the gigantic increase in welfare spending and education spending done for the underclass of America? It seems apparent that growth in federal spending has caused far more harm than good. When you study these neighborhoods, what you find is a horrifying story that's been repeated, generation after generation since the early 1960s. It's a story of families who have been destroyed by their dependency on the state.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Americans Are Being Prepared For Full Spectrum Tyranny

Great post.  What is scary is the number of people I speak with who are already conditioned.  They accept a premise that 30 years ago would have been considered outrageous.  We've been in the pot of water for about 100 years, the Democrats get in power and start cranking on the heat, when we squawk, the Republicans come in and turn the heat down a bit.  Make no mistake, the only President in my life time who tried to take us out of the pot was Reagan (which is why he was so hated by the DC Republicans).  Most of the Republicans since then have only tried to convince us that the pot doesn't exist...and the Democrats....they try to convince us that the heat is global warming and it's our fault.....

Americans Are Being Prepared For Full Spectrum Tyranny

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: You Don’t Need to be a Lefty to Support Krugman (You Just Need to be Economically Illiterate)

Great piece by Mike Shedlock.  Paul Krugman is like a doctor who misdiagnoses a patient and then doubles down on the treatment when the initial attempt fails.  We have never run up so much government spending so fast, the "one-time" stimulus package has been in effect every year since the Democrats controlling the Senate refuse to pass a budget and instead just maintain stimulus-level spending through their on-going resolutions.

What makes that so maddening is that tax revenue is now back up to pre-crisis levels (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/19/state-tax-revenues_n_1437986.html?ref=business), meaning that the deficit problem is all on the spending side with repsect to where we were before the housing bubble burst.

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: You Don’t Need to be a Lefty to Support Krugman (You Just Need to be Economically Illiterate)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Iceland Is Hot - Bill O'Reilly - Townhall Conservative Columnists

I'm not a big O'Reilly fan, but this article is pretty good.  Iceland is probably close to the socialist utopia of the Left and it works because of the incredibly small population that is extremely homogeneous, unlike our vast melting pot of 300 million.  Here you can't even expect our citizens to speak proper english without being called a racist and those that do try to learn are labeled as sellouts.  America was always proud to be the land of opportunity, if you want to trade your liberty for "social security", there are plenty of other places willing to take you and your money....

Iceland Is Hot - Bill O'Reilly - Townhall Conservative Columnists


This is a controversial post as the author sites a violent revolt that occurred in Russia during the 1920's then draws parallels with what has happened in our country over the last 4 years.  Anybody who has read my past posts knows that I am not a fan of Republicans nor Democrats and do not think that Obama is much worse than the Bush family.  Both sides have been building a mote around DC and concentrating more power within the centralized ruling class in Washington and it must be stopped.  However, unlike the author, I tend to focus on the solutions written into the Constitution that have been largely forgotten or ignored by the populace.

The key in every election is to take control of the State governments.  In doing so, we can move to nullify DC in moves similar to what we are seeing in Texas, Indiana and now Wisconsin.  Ohio has already voted to ignore ObamaCare as should the rest of the States involved in the Supreme Court decision.  Right now, DC simply threatens to withhold money from the States if they don't obey, however the States can also withhold money from DC in much the same way.  A strong and cohesive band of Governors can move very effectively to start limiting DC's influence on the citizens of this country.  Something that would be much more preferable than taking up arms against our neighbors....


Friday, June 15, 2012

Compassion – Killer of Society? - Casey Research

There is not much to add to this opinion piece.  The author nails the compassionate totalitarians and their never ending trail of failure and misery...
Compassion – Killer of Society? - Casey Research

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Recall Heard Around the World - Ann Coulter - Townhall Conservative Columnists

Not much more needs to be said.  I have long questioned the legality of a public service employee being able to organize against his neighbor.  There are no checks and balances to make sure that any contracts are negotiated in good faith with anyone representing the best interests of the tax payer. 

During boom times, people are busy and the process is pretty much ignored, but during down turns, all the rocks along the bottom of the stream get exposed.  When the average citizen is forced to give up money that he/she could save toward retirement in order to pay for people to retire at 55 with income and benefits that exceed what that citizen is even earning today......people are going to react. 

Greed goes both ways and the people of Wisconsin were pushed too far....

The Recall Heard Around the World - Ann Coulter - Townhall Conservative Columnists

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Revolution Was: To Seize Economic Power

This is a long read but well worth it if you want to understand the root of what's going on today.  Just like Nancy Pelosi did with health care, Woodrow Wilson "kicked in the door" of the American economy by enabling the creation of the Federal Reserve, the Income Tax and by eliminating true State representation and replacing it with party representation via the 17th amendment.

The idea, as with all statists was to use the economic energy of the American Economy to fuel it's own journey to serfdom while creating a ruling class that could hide behind the idea of elections while maintaining and growing it's power through the years.

While Woodrow Wilson was the God-father of the statist revolution, FDR will go down in history as one of its most effective generals...

The Revolution Was: To Seize Economic Power

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Why Pensions for Public Workers Bankrupt the States

My neighbors are a teacher and a fireman and they are up in arms because the state of Wisconsin passed a law that forced them (actually the teacher, not the fireman) to start contributing to their pensions and toward the cost of their health insurance policies.

One day their younger daughter asked me to explain what was going on and so I gave her this explanation.

"Let's pretend that your father hires me to cut his lawn every week for $20 and that for the next 10 years I perform this service for him at a rate that is in line with inflation.  Now at the end of those 10 years I inform him that I am going to retire, but that my nephew will be taking over the business and continue to perform that duty.  Now at the time I retire, I'm charging him $25 per week. 

The first time my nephew cuts his lawn, he gives your father the bill and it is for $45.  When your father asks why he is charging so much, my nephew explains that according to my agreement with him, I am to receive 80% of what I was charging as a pension for the rest of my life and 80% of $25 is $20.  Plus, my nephew has to make a living and there is a cost to providing this service so he still needs $25 per week, so the cost is now $45.

This is exactly what is going on in the private sector, a teacher or fireman or whoever is retiring (early) and getting a high % of their highest earning years as a pension, plus getting their health insurance paid for as well.  But the municipality has to still provide the service and under their contract, the replacement will come in with a just slightly lower cost (initially).  So the municipality must cover the cost of the retired public worker plus the cost of the replacement.  Since municipalities derive their revenue from taxes and fees, they naturally must raise them to stay solvent. 

So the private citizens have to pay an ever-expanding pool of current and retired public workers, while they themselves are trying to put away money for their own retirement which won't be covered by public money.  The math simply does not work (I must add here that I believe this is why schools focus more on teaching "fairness" and "need" instead of basic math)."

She asked me why her parents didn't understand this and I told her that I could not answer that question, but given the voting patterns of the country, they were not the only ones who didn't understand....

The Student Loan Crisis

Yesterday the President was out on the campaign trail drumming up support for congress to extend a lower interest rate for current student loans as of July of this year.  The action is required because the Democrat-controlled congress of which Obama was part of, passed the bill lowering the interest rate in 2007 with a sunset clause that was coincidentally smack dab in the middle of a Presidential campaign.

This is now ramping up rumors that if the President is still in trouble nearing the election, he will propose that we "forgive" all outstanding student loans outright, which would end up being the highest price for buying votes in the history of this country.

The problem we then face is that, these loans, along with the principle and interest we expect to receive are on the books and are part of the federal budget.  Forgiving them would put another huge hole in our projected deficit and I'm sure would elicit an unpleasurable response from those who either worked their way through college, or in fact paid off their student loans already.  So how to we cover the cash drain from forgiving this debt?

If the Republicans were smart (and every day it is more obvious that they're not), they would focus on the true cause of the student debt bubble, which is the un-justified rise in the cost of college education.  Most of these top universities that have been wilfully charging these bloated rates have huge endowment funds just "sitting there" (as the left likes to say about rich peoples savings).  My advice would be to ramp up support for a special tax on "big education", targeting those endowment funds (which are made up of donations from wealthy alumni) to pay off those loans that were racked up because their ridiculously high tuition rates in the first place.

Since "big education" is almost entirely in support of democrats, there is little risk of loss of votes or campaign monies in pitting big education against the middle class who would end up getting stuck with the bill if the loans were simply forgiven without some sort of off-setting revenue....

Open Letter to the Chief Confidence Officer of the United States of America

This posting is a great contrast between the choices we make individually with our private resources and the "moral" decisions being made in Washington with other peoples money...

Open Letter to the Chief Confidence Officer of the United States of America

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sociopathy Is Running the US - Part Two - Casey Research

If you only read one thing this year from beginning to end, this should be it.  Doug Casey does a brilliant job of defining the current path we are on and the economic and psychological  pathway that got us here.

It is frightening, however if you are intellectually honest with your own political bias, you'll se that he is more correct in his historical assessment than most pundits on either the left or the right...

Sociopathy Is Running the US - Part Two - Casey Research

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Sebelius: Decrease in Human Beings Will Cover Cost of Contraception Mandate | CNSNews.com

Sebelius: Decrease in Human Beings Will Cover Cost of Contraception Mandate | CNSNews.com

This is a great illustration of not only the level of idiocy we have in our government but also the way the idiots on the left think about things.  They never consider doing anything better, faster, cheaper, different; but instead the focus on doing with less and "shared sacrifice" (except for them and their cronies, you can't expect them to live in the puke they have in store for the rest of us).

Let's pretend that Sebelius could actually get a real job in the private sector and that somehow she became the new CEO of Apple following the death of Steve Jobs (remember, I said pretend!).  Her testimony above would be the equivalent of announcing that her #1 initiative was going to be to lower the cost of iPhones and that she was going to accomplish this by simply making fewer of them (why didn't that ever occur to Jobs?).

What she would be doing is not actually lowering the cost per phone manufactured, but simply lowering the total cash outlay required to make iPhones by buying fewer parts and laying off any extra workers that wouldn't be needed at the lower volume of production.  Taken to this logical conclusion, she would save a ton of money by simply stopping the production of iPhones and eventually save the company by ceasing production of all products all together!  (This should be troubling for anyone working at GM because the same type of idiots are running that company)

The birthrate needed to sustain a population is 2.1 children per couple.  Below that rate, the US would be required to continue to allow increasing immigration in order to sustain our social network (entitlement society) and so we would have a process of a dying US population being replaced by people who are not necessarily pro-America the way we know it and they way we hoped to preserve it for our children.  Anybody think he mis-speaks when Obama announces that he is a citizen of the world?  A sovereign United States is the biggest obstacle to Soro's "open society" and the American ideal must be destroyed by any means possible in order for these lunatics to fulfill their dreams.......

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bashing Buffett...Once Again With Feeling

I have in the past expressed my feeling that while he may have been a savvy investor at one time.  Warren Buffett is now nothing more than a rent seeking, crony capitalist scum bag.  It's one thing to inject yourself into politics, it is quite another to do so so dishonestly.....

Bashing Buffett...Once Again With Feeling

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pelosi: Obamacare Covered by Declaration of Independence

Pelosi: Obamacare Covered by Declaration of Independence

This is so wrong on so many levels that I need to start with a Poll question...
Is Nancy Pelosi:
A)  Really that stupid?
B)  Really that dishonest?
C)  So convinced our education has worked that she can say anything and we'll believe it?
D)  All the above?

As you can read at the link, she asserts that the Declaration supports ObamaCare because it establishes Pursuit of Happiness as an unalienable right and Pelosi claims that this directly applies to artists and musicians who are unable to just sit back and "create" because they must worry about things such as healthcare. 

Unfortunately, the Declaration uses the word pursuit and not the word guarantee.  A guarantee of happiness is not an unalienable right.  So a music or artistic hopeful may try to acheive a level of happiness by pursuing their passion, however the happiness is not guranteed.  They may live with their parents, get part time jobs, borrow money from friends but in the end; if the lifestyle they experience is not giving them an acceptable degree of happiness, then they need to decide...for themselves...if they can truly be happy working their craft.

Secondly, because the pursuit is the unalienable right and not the guarantee, these people have no claim on nor right to the private property of their fellow citizens to involuntarily subsidize them as they pursue their dreams as remote as they may be.

Finally and most importantly, the Declaration was written in response to an over-reaching, corrupt and abusive government that was taking their property and using it to benefit their chosen constituents at the expense the general populace.  If anything, the declaration supports the Tea Party's efforts to reverse the current direction the country is headed in and begin dismantling the leviathan that it has become.

Here is a rebuttal from Star Parker as well:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Where's Your God Now?

Yesterday we were witness to yet another senseless killing at a Ohio High School http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-ohio-school-shooting,0,1426226,full.story and unfortunately some pundits on the left have started their rants always follow these tragedies. 

The first is, of course the usual call for tougher gun laws.  We have seen no details on how or where he got the gun and I'll bet that if it is found that it was obtained illegally off the street (unlike we law abiding gun purchasers who have to fill out mountains of government paperwork), we will never hear about it or it will most certainly be reported around 2:00 AM.

The second rant of course is the fact the "God let this happen".  Now we know that they really don't believe in God, or they they do worship a deity it certainly isn't the one found in the Bible (although some people have wondered aloud if they are in fact in league with the devil  http://www.drudgereport.com/flash3s.htm).

The intent of their question is simply a backhanded indictment of their incorrect perception of people of faith.  What they are asserting is that if God really did exist he wouldn't let tragedies like this happen.  To those who actually are religious or who study the religious, this is an absolute specious assertion.  The faithful believe that God created Heaven and Earth and as such, everything that is of nature is "of God" including life and death.  In fact it is in death, that people of faith are rewarded for leading a Christian life on Earth.  The goal and basis for having a true relationship with God, is that he will be there for you in life and in death.  People of faith understand that this does not necessarily mean that God will reach down his hand and stop the bullet before it reaches your heart, but that if it does reach your heart, that God will be there to take you into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Now we don't know much about the victims of the Ohio shooting, whether they attended church or prayed, and; of course nothing can be physically proven which is the basis of any faith.  But the answer to those on the left who would take advantage of a tragedy to discredit God and those people who believe is - "he is with them".

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day...Obama

Many pundits on the left express outrage over the number of people who simply refer to the President as "Obama" instead of "President Obama".  They claim that this shows a clear lack of respect for the man and is shamefully an example of our "lack of civility" (not to be confused by Occupiers throwing rocks and bottles at police..... that's "freedom of expression"!).

I myself refer to the man most often as "Dear Leader", a title that I'm pretty sure he actually would prefer.  But on this President's Day, let us reflect on why so many people refer to the President in a way that indicates denial of or at very least regret over the 2008 election result.

First off, who is it we honor on President's Day?  Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson perhaps?  Who were these people and how did they arrive at their places in history as compared to Obama?   Washington and Jefferson were aristocrats who risked losing everything for a cause that they believed in.  Both were taught the virtue of hard work.  At age 16, Washington worked as a surveyor and became a Major in the Virginia militia at the age of 21.  Jefferson grew up wealthy but spent his early days as an architect, inventor (the swivel chair) and argriculturalist before risking death for Treason by not only signing, but mostly authoring the Declaration of Independence. 

Lincoln as we all know was born in more humble surroundings, but taught himself to read and by age 22 struck out on this own, making a living in manual labor.   He was known for his skill in wielding an ax and early on made a living splitting wood for fire and rail fencing. Young Lincoln eventually migrated to the small community of New Salem, Illinois where over a period of years he worked as a shopkeeper, postmaster, and eventually general store owner before getting elected to public office, teaching himself the law by reading Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, getting admitted to the bar in 1837 and starting his own law practice.

Then we haveour current President, Barrack Obama who's life is told in his rather sketchy autobiography Dreams of my Father.  What little we can tell about him is that he gamed the system to get a free education and abhorred the idea of having to work for a living.  He stands before us today, constantly railing about millionaires and billionaires who don't pay their fair share while using himself as an example of the "right" way to be wealthy.  But where did he get his wealth from? 

Most of the people he attacks earned their money by providing goods and services that other people found valuable and desired to have.  They did not rob, they did not extort, they produced.  And while they produced, they created jobs for people who were willing to offer their labor in exchange for what they considered reasonable compensation.  In the early 90's when inventors and entrepreneurs were revolutionizing the way we do business, Obama was standing in front of college class rooms giving lectures on subjects that add no economic value and provide no service for anybody.  Obama was just another academic elitist who was jealous of the fact that society wouldn't bestow wealth upon him for his intellectual and moral superiority.

Unlike the millionaires and billionaires he continues to publicly demonize on a daily basis, Obama did not become wealthy by producing goods or services that contributed to our economic growth, he instead got himself elected to public office.  He made money by peddling influence, by making shady backroom deals, by becoming a champion for the moochers who stake claim on our incomes not by exchange of value, but by questioning our right to keep what we have worked so hard to earn.  He made his money by enabling the looters; corrupt politicians and activist organizations who take our money by force as taxes and fees under the threat of confiscation of all that we have acquired.

He has unleashed upon the American people his team of unelected, unconstitutional Czars; more intellectual elitists who know better than we do how to allocate our resources "for the common good".  His speeches and his actions are more an emulation of a Latin dictator than the leader of the free world and as such it is so hard for so many of us to refer to him as President when the word still has special meaning in our hearts.

Happy President's Day Obama, I pray to God that through the electoral process that you so despise, that this will be the last one you celebrate from the White House....

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Why “Progressives” and not “Liberals”?

In less than 4 years under Obama and 6 years under nearly 100% Democrat rule they have driven the economy into depression, doubled the national debt, doubled the number of people unemployed, doubled the price of gas and put 49% of the country on some form of government dependency; you call this progress?

Only if you consider the total economic collapse of America a success would you agree that they've made progress.....

Why “Progressives” and not “Liberals”?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

3 Must-See Charts About Obama's Budget - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

So let's get this straight, Obama proposes to increase taxes on Millionaires and Billionaires (accept for the money that his wealthy white supporters make, that won't be taxed) and then he still comes up with a $1.3 Trillion deficit while lecturing US about math......?

He was correct when he admonished us not to label him a "tax and spend" Democrat, he is clearly a "Tax and Debt" Democrat!

If he is doing this during an election year, just imagine what happens to this country if he is elected to a second term and no longer has to worry about appearing to be pro-American.....?

3 Must-See Charts About Obama's Budget - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Catholic Mandate - Obama's Real End Game

So now Obama announces a compromise whereby he will exempt religious organizations from his mandate of on-demand birth control while simultaneously mandating that the Insurance Companies those religious organizations use become the providers of on-demand birth control. So what's changed? Nothing but the clarity of his initial purpose.

While so many people were confused as to why the President would make such a controversial move, the President was setting up the next step in a beautiful misdirection.

I have long contended that Obamacare is a ticking time bomb that will exponentially move us down the path to government provided health care. Today's announcement furthers my argument. Since the religious organizations still oppose contraception on-demand, and ALL insurance companies must provide it, the only choice the organizations have is to cease offering health insurance as a benefit and pay a fine instead, forcing their employees into the public health insurance co-ops or to look for a new job where the benefit is offered.

Despite their assertions to the otherwise, the cost benefit of the "penalty" encourages employers to end health care benefits and just pay the fine. At first this will be businesses that are hurting financially, but once the ball gets rolling, it will be a matter of time until only government employees have this benefit. What people entering the public pools will find is that with all the mandates and restrictions required by Obamacare, the cost of health insurance will be prohibitive. This will then be the next crisis which will then resurrect the "need" for the public option as the only viable solution.

Once a public option is in place, it will only be a matter of time before it's the only option....game over.

We had better wake up soon to the battle that is in front of us. This is not a single mosquito buzzing in our ear, this is a swarm and it hits full force if Obama gets his second term.

President announces compromise on birth control issue

Thursday, February 09, 2012

The Ongoing Recovery from the Folly of Intellectuals

I think the growth of skepticism over the last decade about the role and effectiveness of government is very encouraging and one reason why the left seems to be scrambling to nail the coffin shut. They know the tide is turning, it is time for us to double our efforts and call these people out for what they are?

The Ongoing Recovery from the Folly of Intellectuals

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

OWS & the planned “endgame” for the U.S.

This is frightening and very Glen Beck-ish, but think how many things that Beck has predicted are now coming to pass. Don't know how it will end, but I do know that the people I have encountered from the Occupy movement are not speaking of freedom and liberty from an owned tyrannical government. Instead they want the government to "do more to us" something the BHO has complained that is the main flaw of the Constitution.

We need to wake up and be aware of what is going on around us.

OWS & the planned “endgame” for the U.S.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The Creed of Sacrifice vs. The Land of Liberty

I found this piece this morning.  It does a very good job of showing the devolution from the American Dream to the Socialist Nightmare that has ensnared us.  Yes folks we are already a socialist country, the water is now boiling and all President Foodstamp needs is a relection before he puts the lid on the pot.....

  The Creed of Sacrifice vs. The Land of Liberty


Thursday, February 02, 2012

Defending Romney's Policies

Based on everything I have seen, heard and read, I do not like Mitt Romney as a Republican Presidential Candidate.  People I admire like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, have a core belief system that they are not afraid to show, discuss and promote.  The run based on the belief that their policies will be best for the people electing them and win or lose based on their ability to convince people of that premise.

Mitt Romney scans the horizon and says (for example)...."these are liberals, so today I am a liberal".   I have no idea what he really believes in or what he would actually push for once elected President.  Romneycare is an example of his belief in government solutions, albeit at the state level and it is supposed that he will get hammered on it if he is in fact the Republican candidate.

Having said that, I am confused as to why Ann Coulter, who I enjoy reading, would be endorsing Romney.  So today, I am sharing Ann's well-thought defense of Romneycare and how it's quite different from Obamacare....


National Security Versus International Intervention

I have long been a Ron Paul supporter based on his in-depth knowledge of the Constitution and his common sense approach to applying it at all levels of society.  While many pundits agree with me when it comes to Dr. Paul's domestic agenda (which too often gets taken out of context and twisted into something it's not), they are constantly dismissing him for his foreign policy which is labeled passivist, isolationist or simply "wrong". 

My response which usually drives Republicans nuts is "when did Republicans become the party of War?".  Are the Chinese isolationists?  Are the Russians isolationists?  The answer of course is no, they are both trading all over the world with everybody in the world, they both have foreign companies doing business within their borders, they are both reasonably easy to travel to and leave from.  They even both have standing armies, just not fighting undeclared wars all over the world at a cost in the 100's of millions.

The idea that we can go in to another country, take out the "bad guy" and put in a "good guy" to run things is not only improbable, but morally reprehensible.  Yes, there are a lot of messed up people in the world, doing messed up things to their citizens, but our history is no cleaner and one would wonder how well we would have worked things out if we were constantly having other companies intervening in our affairs.

In the attached Link, John Stossel makes a case for Ron Paul's REAL foreign policy....


Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Cheers For Our "Do-Nothing Congress"

Quick, what's the difference between Obama and Hugo Chavez?  Answer - Chavez has cancer.

In his latest transformation leading up to November 2012, Obama has decided that it is best to blame the Congress (translation: the Republican-led House of Representatives) for the ills of the US Economy.  We have heard quite often about his Czars lamenting the fact that we can't be a more dictatorial society like the Chinese, so they can just get everything they wanted in place.

This is very telling on many different levels.  First, the total disregard of Obama for the structure of the Government.  We are, nor were we ever intended to be a democracy.  While our elected officials are elected using a democratic process, we live in a republic were a majority rule is tempered by the power of the individual states.  The House is supposed to represent the people, they tour their districts and come back to Washington with ideas and demands from their constituents.  They can then take those demands and bring them up as House Bills to be voted on; a simple majority passes the bill along to the Senate.

The Senate as designed, was to represent the interests of the States.  Until the early 1900's (thanks to the Father of the Progressive Movement - Woodrow Wilson) the US Senators were selected by their peers in their state's senate.  The purpose for this was that if any of the Senators behaved badly, they could quickly be called back to the state senate and replaced.  The process for electing Senators this way ended with the 17th Amendment which some claim was the end of the republic.

Furthermore, again until the early 1900's, any piece of legislation could be stopped by 1 Senator, not 40 as we see today, 1.  The purpose for this was simple; in Venezuela Chavez took over with a simple majority and began implementing everything he wanted.  In this way, the majority can simply vote to take anything they want from the minority.  This is what Obama would like to do, but the brilliance of the Founders and Ben Franklin in particular foresaw people like Obama and put in place checks and balances to prevent the evil of democracy.

In 2010, the Republicans ran on the promise that they would put a stop, or at least slow down Obama's march to socialism, thanks to the foresight of the Founders, they have been able to fulfill most of that promise.

Obama to Catholics - "Kill Babies or Else!"

In perhaps the most blatant attack on religeous freedom, the Obama Administration under the cover of ObamaCare, has told Catholic Hospitals that they must provide abortions on demand or face government penalties.  At a time when we are being told we should accept Sharia law in our legal system in certain cases, a religeous organization which at one time was the primary provider of health care to the uninsured, must perform acts that are in direct violation of their religeous belief's.

This is an attempt to once and for all, establish the federal government as the sole arbiter of health care in the US.  The government hates competition and eliminating charities that provide an alternative source of assistance for the (ever growing) dependent class, is the way to secure power.

So while you hear the progressives telling us how we are all evil and greedy and not doing enough to pay our fair share, pay attention to how they are trying to destroy the most giving and unselfish among us.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Random Thoughts on Obama's SOTU Speech

If Congress approved all the Obama Tax Increase, would he then bring down spending in line with tax revenue?  Cause taking 30% of millionare's income won't get you $1.6 Trillion.....

Does giving everyone a "fair shot" mean that the Government stops using tax payer money to make loans, grants and loan guarantees to "favored" companies?

Does anybody know what Warren Buffet actually pays his secretary?

Shouldn't the Government pay it's "fair share" by only accepting a pay and benefit scale equal to the mean private sector employee?

Why not promote a tax on all net worth over $10 million?  Then Buffet's secretary would (probably) not pay any more and Buffet would pay billions in taxes ....wouldn't that make him happy?

Shouldn't all government employees be forced to buy their Health Insurance on an exchange run by DC?

In 22 months businesses created over $3 million jobs...ok but you also ran up $5 trillion in debt over the same period, so the cost per job has been $333,330 per job.  You think that's a good ROI?

Does he not know that Capital Gains come from money invested with after tax income?

GM is back on top?  Not by market cap...Toyota $116B, $Volkswagon $56B, $Ford 49B, GM $39B  and GM still owes me some money!

If we're doing so well drilling our own oil, then why are gas prices double since 2008?

Why does he keep reminding us he's wealthy?

Does it really make sense to threaten to punish existing businesses for lowering their costs instead of creating an environment for new businesses to come and grow here?

We have to fund his new construction projects?  What happened to all the stimulus money?

I'd be happy to build consensus around "common sense ideas" if he actually had any....

He calls his plan the "Blueprint for An America Built to Last," .....Mao had a blueprint, Stalin had a blueprint, Reagan had a vision.......

Bottom line, more government, more taxes, more central planning by the same people that got us where we are today.....this economic system only worked on "The West Wing"

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dr. King was a Man of God

To say that the Reverends Wright, Sharpton and Jackson are men of God is to say that Bill Maher is a man of Faith. 

On a day when so many Black leaders will be standing up in front of large audiences and putting words in Dr. King's mouth, I wonder what he would be actually thinking today if he saw the current state of the movement he led.

 The most public and notable leaders Sharpton and Jackson, turned the movement into nothing more than a protection racket; extorting money from various business entities under the threat of being called racist or "a discriminator".  With great regularity they fail to keep Commandments #8 and #9 while calling on their followers to openly and brazenly break Commandment #10.  These are not leaders who seek to lift their people up to greater achievement but must in fact keep their people suppressed in a vicious cycle of poverty, chaos and hatred in order to continue to line their own pockets. 

Reverend Wrights weekly venom has been widely publicized and needs not be repeated here.  It is enough to note that a true man of God, would never utter these words or promote the hatred and envy he does to a people in need of real hope and direction.  The longer someone harbors thoughts of hatred and resentment for his or her situation, the lower the chances of that situation ever changing for the better.

Dr. King was a good shepherd.  He had a vision for his flock that they could live in peace and prosper in a country that was founded on the premise that all men were created and endowed by their creator with inalienable rights. His speeches were filled ideas of equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, not hate-filled damnation, entitlement and revenge. 

His enemies hated him, not because he was pointing fingers at them and spewing vicious rhetoric, but because he held up a mirror to the oppressors and showed them what they really were.  He did not seek revenge, he sought understanding, repentance and forgiveness so that future generations of American citizens would have this all behind them.  Like Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus he knew that he was on the side of righteousness and that with God, he could change the course of Man.

Of all the people who were taken from us too soon, Dr. Kings death was the most tragic in my lifetime, because the void he left has been filled with purveyor's of corruption, hatred and despair and his flock still wanders the desert.

May God Bless Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and those who today still share his dream.