The Republicans ‘Broken Wheel’

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Ben Stein, in his CBS.com article Time for Michael Steele to Go suggests that the primary reason Michael Steele was named Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) was because he’s an African American — as was our new Democratic president and titular head of the Democratic Party. That’s the Republican version of playing the “race card.”

There is little doubt that Michael Steele has the basic credentials to qualify for the job of RNC Chairman but there seems to be much doubt (now that it’s nearly too late to bring credibility back to the RNC) that he was the best candidate for the job.

Forget about the latest “scandal” involving a Beverly Hills “bondage-fantasy” club; since his day-one, Steele has reportedly demanded a lavish lifestyle on the RNC’s dime, has made, and admitted to, many mistakes and let’s not forget the kind of decision making that led to Dede Scozzafava’s candidacy in New York’s 23rd Congressional District in 2009.

I’ll freely admit that I’m not a true Republican or even a true Conservative, I see many things very differently from either party line or either statement of political philosophy, but right now I am at the only place it makes sense to me to be, totally on the Republican/Conservative bandwagon. Granted, that bandwagon is not going in exactly the direction I would like and granted it has a “broken wheel” (the RNC) but I’ll just have to live with my misgivings and then get out and push until that broken wheel gets fixed. Judging from what we have seen come out of Washington since it’s total domination by Leftists; I feel much safer even on a broken bandwagon than I do with that particular Leftist majority leading the country.

So what’s wrong with Leftists? They have some good ideas and they certainly have ‘heart’ but economically they seem to have little common sense. Why else would they come into control of a country with serious unemployment problems and a too large national debt and, instead of taking non-viral measures to correct those problems, they spend their first year-plus creating a new, overly-expensive, complete overhaul of the healthcare system that encompasses new taxes, benefit cuts, mandates on individuals, and hundreds of new layers of bureaucracy; all things NOT conducive to solving the problems they faced a year ago.

Remember now, this is not just a blogger ‘blowing smoke’ slanted in the direction of a political party, this is a blogger trying to emulate Paul Revere: “The Leftists are here, The Leftists are here — and things are getting worse!”

News Link:

Ben Stein at CBSNews.com ( Time for Michael Steele to Go

Washington Post: Republicans withhold confidence in Steele

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2009: the Political Year That Was

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2009 has been, if nothing else, newsworthy.

It is the year Barack Hussein Obama, became our president; began his destruction of our economy in the name of “leveling the playing field; named a wide variety of unqualified “friends” to important positions in government and the judiciary; broke virtually every campaign promise; repeatedly apologized to the world for U.S. “indiscretions”; signaled to the world that we are now a kinder, gentler nation and not as much of a threat to dictators or terrorists; won the Nobel Peace Prize based on . . . well no one really knows what it was based on . . . and began the government takeover of a large percentage of the free market.

It should therefore be no surprise that this is also the year that: our National Debt rose to historic levels; our unemployment rate rose to a level unseen in decades; bankruptcies rose to obscene levels; Muslim Terrorists felt free to resume their attacks on United States soil and most countries seriously considered basing their currency value on something other than the U.S. dollar.

All this was bad but, at least in my opinion, the most disturbing . . . most despicable and most surprising event of 2009 was the following statement made by General George William Casey Jr., the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, in reference to the terrorist attack at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas by an openly hostile Muslim Army Major, an attack that left 13 dead and 38 wounded:

“We have to be careful because we can’t jump to conclusions now based on little snippets of information that come out. And frankly, I am worried — not worried, but I’m concerned that this increased speculation could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers. And I’ve asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that. It would be a shame — as great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well.”

Granted, General Casey didn’t have all the information about the shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, but it’s obvious that his concern, his sympathy is not with the victims — it’s obvious that diversity is far more important.

The fact that this attitude of political correctness, this level of apeasement has infiltrated the highest levels of the military should scare the crap out of you!

A bunch of other things happened this year of course and you can review most of it HERE at CNN.com. The CNN version is, of course, more comprehensive and far less polarizing.

Will the Real President Obama Please Stand Up

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There’s no way around this. Democrats in the White House and on Capitol Hill have just perpetrated the most criminal rip-off in the history of this country on the American people. And with its passage now a certainty, the only thing left to do is to start working on getting it repealed.

So writes Dan Calabrese* in an article in the North Star National — and he’s right!

With total disregard for public opinion and with a level of corruption, secrecy and deceit that can only be characterized as blatent and willfull, legislation that seems designed to assure the eventual government takeover of healthcare providers and insurers is all but signed. Fortunately, however, this does not have to be the final chapter in this Orwellian epic.

Mr. Calabrese, in his article, proposes specific actions that he feels will eventually lead to: first, the destruction of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and the leveling of power in the Senate and then, he writes, the Republicans need to “put unbearable pressure on President Obama (and) create a political environment in which, if he resists popular reforms to his signature act of governance, he sets himself up for an electoral disaster in 2012.”

Calabrese’s proposal suggests that Obama may destroy his own creation just to retain power in 2012! Maybe but more likely not!

President Obama is, in a way, an enigma. The way I see it, Obama may not be just a stereotypical politician who’s primary interest is reelection; there is a very real possibility that he is a true believer in the tenent that lies beneath Statism, i.e., a society functions best and most fairly with economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government.

The evidence that Obama is a true believer in Statism is clear. Who but a ‘true believer’ would totally ignore: the destruction of his country’s currency on the world market and then continue to raise the debt limit; record high unemployment; the obvious devastating effect of the massive illegal alien population on employment and government services; and sensible fixes that would stabilize the health insurance market . . . and instead concentrate his efforts on: the creation of a larger government bureaucracy; the virtual dismantling of the health insurance industry; the potentially disasterous Cap and Trade regulations that will do nothing to curb the earth’s normal cooling and heating cycles but will reek financial havoc on business, industry and, to a large extent on the entire population; and support of a Card Check policy that will most likely lead to the eventual unionization of all business and industry.

No, I certainly don’t believe that President Obama is your stereotypical politician; I do however believe that he is a visionary . . . but his vision is of a United States that in no way resembles the United States envisioned by the founders, by his predecessors or by the majority of the American people.

I have proposed in e-mails, to anyone who will listen, that legislation like Healthcare, Cap and Trade and Card Check . . . legislation that will effect every American, should be, by law, put up for an up or down vote in a special national election after it is signed and at least 3 months before it is scheduled to take effect. A NO vote by the majority of the American people should be considered a veto . . . a veto that can only be overturned by another national election. Unfortunately it appears that no one is listening!

* Dan Calabrese is the Editor in Chief of The North Star National, the publication of the North Star Writers Group syndicate which has been serving newspapers with high-quality opinion pieces since 1985.

You’d think it’s October 2008

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ALT TITLE The title is a line from an article by Steve Huntley in the Oct. 20th Chicago Sun Times titled: “Excuses wearing thin for Obama, media pals”. Here’s the full quote:

“You’d think it’s October 2008, the final month in the Obama presidential candidacy, rather than October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency. Yet the Obama White House is in full campaign mode — maybe because it needs to mask the shortcomings of the Obama presidency.”

How True! How True!

Huntly goes on to jibe the Obama administration and the “Obama acolytes” at MSNBC and CNN and others who continually prostrate themselves at the feet of their spiritual leader in the White House and continually attack anyone who speaks out against Obama. The cries of racist are continually echoed from the speakers and pages of Obama’s media organizations along with excuses for Obama’s failure to meet his promises.

Not only is the Obama administration still in campaign mode after nine months and not only are they continually pointing fingers of blame at others they are not even focused on the major problem in the United States an economy that is suffering and causing massive unemployment.

How can they ignore that? Or the better question is: Why are they ignoring that while working like they are possessed toward legislation that will further devistate the general economy, create more unemployment, increase home foreclosures, increase bankruptcies and, eventually, grind our economy to a halt?

The answer is frightening but its the only answer I can concieve of: Obama doesn’t care about the economy; all he cares about is government control and he knows that he cannot control a free market so he is determined to destroy the free market.

But what about or country’s economy as it competes in the International marketplace? Our dollar will soon be worthless anywhere except at home and, I’d bet every dollar I own that in Obama’s heart he doesn’t mind that a bit. He’s getting even!

That’s right, the President of the United States is getting even with this country that he regards as greedy and oppressive; and to get even he is going to intentionally and willfully try to destroy the United States by taking away its wealth and power.

OK! I know that sounds completely paranoid but how else can his actions be justified?

Put yourself in the Oval Office. You’ve inherited a screwed up economy. What do you do? Do you focus on things like healthcare and the environment or do you take actions to get businesses back in business and growing again so they have a need for more workers?

The answer should be obvious and if Obama had really intended to fulfill his campaign promises, now, nine months later, our economy would be growing (or at least not shrinking) and the government would be shrinking — not the other way around.

What should he have done? Here’s my list: lowered corporate taxes (or even eliminated them for a period of time); provided other incentives to business to hire more employees; ensured that only American citizens or those here legally are on employment roles; given some money directly to consumers so they themselves can buy products and services to help get businesses back on track; divested the Federal government from any and all but the most essential (for National Security) ventures; cut foreign aid to any country that does not support us and work with us in the United Nations (as a practical matter you don’t enrich your enemies); insisted on a line-item veto and lined out all tag-on legislation that cannot pass on its own; and put healthcare legislation and environmental legislation on the “back burner” until we are in a stable economy and it can be addressed intelligently.

Hardly an all-inclusive list but you get the picture I’m trying to paint; Obama had sone NONE of that and will probably never do any of that until he understands that the American People are fed up with his anti-business, anti-American attitude == and maybe not even then! He is a man possessed!

Michael Moore: New Movie, Nothing New

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Capitalism I doubt if many people take Michael Moore as seriously as he takes himself — if, indeed, he is serious in his many attacks on big business. Moore is, after all, an entertainer and entertainers give the people what they think the people want — not necessarily honest facts. Controversy and allegations sell many more books and movies than does straight fact.

In Moore’s latest assault on our intelligence however, his new movie “Capitalism: A Love Story”, now debuting at the Venice Film Festival, he makes some valid observations but he draws them to a deeply flawed conclusion. In his movie, according to this Bloomberg story, Moore points to causes for and effects of our major economic problems: e.g., Lehman Brothers failure; massive bailouts in general and specifically the “U.S. taxpayers’ $700 billion rescue of the financial system;” the Bush administration’s general economic incompetence; dishonesty in government and dishonesty and poor management in business and industry . . . but the irony is, he points to these things as examples of problems created by “Capitalism.”

Michael Moore’s conclusion (in his own words, from the movie):

“Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil; you have to eliminate it and replace it with something that’s good for all people, and that something is called democracy.”

If you follow his twisted logic you will have to conclude that Capitalism needs to be replaced by pure Socialism (he names it “Democracy” but he must knows that a true Democracy cannot thrive outside of a Capitalist society).

The U.S. free-market economic model is one of Moore’s prime targets because that is the basis of one of the only true capitalist societies in existence and Moore is on record, here and elsewhere, as detesting Capitalism. Add to this, the fact that the US free-market has been corrupted by dishonesty and greed in business, in industry and in the government and it not only strengthens his argument that Capitalism is evil, it provides a convincing debating point for people who do not want to see the fallacy in his charges. The things that Michael Moore points out as problems really are problems, but he either doesn’t understand or, most likely refuses to admit that these abominations are as disgusting to free-market advocates as they are to the critics of the free-market.

While Moore’s charges may reflect reality, Moore’s named villain: Capitalism, is misidentified; and misidentified intentionally. Capitalism is not the villain — it is the victim! Moore may WANT Capitalism to appear to be the villain but the real villains are the greed and dishonesty that have been left unchecked and have driven our economy into a tail spin. Greed and dishonesty are, and always have been, the villains.

Here, as I see it, is the basic problem:

Take any economic theory, at any point in history and examine it! You’ll see that it’s projected success is based on an impractical assumption; the assumption that all the “players” respect the theory and will ‘play’ honestly.

Sloppy accounting, outright lies, misuse of our tax dollars, government intervention into the market place, dishonest politicians, dishonest businessmen, government loans to failing businesses and the many other things that are going on now in the Obama administration, as they went on during the Bush Administration and as they went on in
previous administrations are NOT examples of the effects of Capitalism — they are examples of the abuse of the free-market system by people who have place themselves above the rules. This abuse has been going on so long it is considered business as usual and it has finally reached a crisis point.

One of three things are likely to happen at this point:

Possibility 1: The Obama administration will, in effect, grant Michael Moore’s wish by putting legislation in place that will, eventually guarantee that business and industry is so mired in regulation and so weighed down by restrictions that they will all require “government assistance” to stay in business and that assistance will come with such a steep price that the free-market will eventually become no more than another government program.

Possibility 2: The 2010 elections will sweep so many big-government Liberals out of office that possibility 1 cannot happen. At that point the government should stimulate business with a massive tax restructuring, apply intelligent controls on business that will keep everyone honest without strangling them in regulation and end all government involvement in the free-market. (Note: This option is my “pie in the sky” option; the best but also the most unlikely.)

Possibility 3: Because of Obama’s shrinking popularity, the government will be able to do nothing. On the surface, that may appear to be a satisfactory option — at least it will save us from over regulation and the price inflation that always follows, but the status quo will do
nothing to resolve the core problems, the dishonesty and greed in business and politics that got us into the current financial crisis.

Healthcare: It’s Time To Question The Premise!

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To begin: An excerpt from a discussion about National Health Care that frames my argument.

“Beyond the political and economic considerations in the debate regarding national health care are questions of whether citizens in the United States possess the right to such care. Few people question that Congress has the power, both under the Commerce Clause and Spending Clause of the Constitution, to enact national healthcare legislation, but some maintain that health is one of the basic Human Rights that the Constitution impliedly protects. Other commentators disagree strongly, noting that no citizen has the inherent right to health care and that health care providers deserve to be paid the market value for their services. Other critics add that the intervention required of the government in a national health-care system would make citizens too dependent upon the state, which could lead the government to take excessive control over its citizens’ lives.”

The cost of the proposals made by the Obama administrations for their healthcare solutions are so high they are almost beyond the comprehension of the average citizen, and “We The People” have gotten so involved in these numbers that we seem to have lost sight of the big picture — the Real Problem.

We have a President of the United States with a goal! He genuinely worries about certain aspects of life in the United States — one of which is healthcare — and he will do virtually anything to correct things that he feels need to be corrected.

What can a president of the United States do?

Many things! This president, however, apparently believes that the only answer to America’s problems is expanding the scope and power of the government; i.e., smothering perceived problems in a layer of bureaucratic control!

Consider the ramifications of that and then ask yourself: is that what YOU want? Do you want the U.S. Government to be able to dictate to individuals and private companies how they run their lives and businesses? Does that, in the context of the United States, even sound right?

Well, in the case of proposed healthcare legislation, that’s exactly what our government is attempting to do to citizens and to insurance companies (and what they are attempting to do to virtually every other business and industry with the proposed Cap and Trade legislation); and it looks like they will get away with it unless they are challenged.

Yes the people are starting to rise up at Town-Hall meetings all over the country; they are starting to ask questions and are getting very angry when all they get in return are scripted responses. There are, however, two types of people at these meetings: There are those who have accepted the premise and are only angry over the details (i.e., the what are you going to do for me mentality) and there are growing numbers who are angry about a president, a legislature and an administration that has displayed this much arrogance and this much contempt for its citizens and for private industry; these are the people who understand the Real Problem in the healthcare debate.

The Real Problem is not that Obama is willing to weaken our economy even more by adding billions per year to our already large debt (yesterday he spoke of the money as if it were ONLY $ ten billion per year) — that is a symptom or a possible result of the proposed solutions but that is not the Real Problem.

The Real Problem is threefold:

1) President Obama has a name for it: “crisis!” This is not just a debating trick this is the real Barack Obama — the community organizer from the Saul Alinski school of community organizing. Words are important and as a “crisis,” the healthcare situation appears to move up several notches in urgency and this gives the Obama administration an excuse to use the power of government to correct it. Obama is ‘selling’ this concept of healthcare being in a crisis mode and many Americans are ‘buying it.’

2) President Obama, and Liberal thinkers in general, as I said before, see more government as the ONLY solution to this (or any) problem;

3) President Obama does not seem to understand, on any level, that a primary cause of America’s healthcare problem (and many other social problems in this country) is TOO MUCH government — not too little. (A perfect example of this: One of the key factors that started our current economic recession was government ‘encouraging’ banks to make sub-prime home loans.)

Its time — way past time — for us to stop focusing on the details and the cost of the Obama administrations proposals and start challenging the very premise! The premise that government should be allowed to run roughshod over individuals and over the free-market.

The legislature has the power to make laws that give the government much more power than the Constitution allows and, if those laws go unchallenged, “We The People” becomes a meaningless phrase — a relic of what this country used to be because “We The People” will have lost our country to an ever expanding government.

Links:

American Thinker: Why the Mortgage Crisis Happened

The Legal Dictionary: National Health Care

Wikipedia: Saul Alinski

A Tax, By Any Other Name, Still Stinks

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When candidate Obama promised, over and over again, not to raise taxes on the “middle class” it was a clear warning sign to business and industry; a sign that was totally ignored by millions, that he was about to wage a personal war against the free enterprise system. At the same time as Obama was preparing for this war he displaying his total ignorance of how the government and the economy work.

Every new tax and every new regulation that is imposed on business represents a cost that will eventually be paid for by the taxpayers (including the ‘middle class’) through the increased costs of goods and services.

Every dollar that goes to some senator’s or congressman’s pet project (and there have been trillions spent in that way) is a cost to the government that will be paid for by taxpayers — ALL the taxpayers.

Every day, some number of companies in every industry, reach the point where they are about to close their doors due to mismanagement, inadequate response to changes in the marketplace or government over regulation in the name of a “greener tomorrow”. Every company that is ‘bailed out’ of this eminent collapse is a huge cost to government and, since the government has no money except ours, it is a huge cost to taxpayers — yes, including those in the “middle class.” Yes! Attack the crooks, the frauds and phonies who steal peoples money to line their own pockets but leave the rest of business and industry alone. Just as in the jungle, in business the strongest will survive, the weakest will surrender and die. That’s one ‘natural selection’ process that can’t even be debated.

The Obama administration inherited a weak economy and a huge deficit, no argument there! George Bush’s administration was strong on National Defense but failed terribly on economic matters. Be that as it may, it is a total mystery to me (and many others), why the government decided to attack this problem by massively increasing that deficit or by making it harder for business and industry — the very engines of our economy — to do what they do best.

Perhaps I shouldn’t imply that it is a “total mystery” to me why this is happening. President Obama is a firm and strong believer in large government and total control. It is imperitive that everyone understand what Obama believes and where that belief system will lead the United States.

A Bit Of Good News

Obama’s plan for healthcare Reform is also a plan that will cost middle class Americans, although it has not been framed like that by the Obama administration but here’s some good news: A Charles Krauthammer article, reprinted in the Kansas City Star (linked below) predicts that Obama’s plans for a massive overhaul (upheavel) in the healthcare system may be all but dead; here’s an excerpt from the article:

By year’s end, President Barack Obama will emerge with something he can call health care reform. The Democrats in Congress will pass it because they must. Otherwise, they’ll have slain their own savior in his first year in office.

But that bill will look nothing like the massive reform Obama originally intended. The beginning of the retreat was signaled by Obama’s reference — made five times — to “health-insurance reform” in his July 22 news conference.

Reforming the health care system is dead. Cause of death? Blunt trauma administered by the green eyeshades at the Congressional Budget Office.

Links:

CNNMoney.com: Obama’s tax promise: Too tall an order

OneNewsNow: Obama’s tax increase hammers middle-income Americans

Kansas City Star: Obamacare developing into insurance changes