Archive for August, 2009

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Health care reform: What could possibly go wrong?

August 21, 2009

Leave it to Rush Limbaugh to put things into their proper perspective. This from his show a few days ago:

“Obama’s health care plan will be written by a committee whose head, John Conyers, says he doesn’t understand it. It’ll be passed by Congress that has not read it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a Treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that’s nearly broke.  What could possibly go wrong?”

When you put it like that (and that’s about as accurate a description of this disaster as anyone can come up with), it is no wonder why the American people are so opposed to Obamacare. This president has not delivered on any of his campaign promises, has surrounded himself with a cabinet full of thugs…and wonders why things have become, in his words, “all wee-weed up.”

The final House vote on this bill cannot come soon enough. Kill this thing and be done with it.

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Some Great Depression Poetry

August 21, 2009

My great-grandfather wrote this poem, which was published on October 11, 1934 in the Gary Post-Tribune in Gary, IN.

Politics

The politician’s day is here,
I think I’ll join the clan,
And here’s my platform that is sure
To please most any man.

I promise you I’ll legislate;
I’ll work with all my might
That spooners in my district will
Have moonlight every night.

And winter coal bills are a drag
Upon my people dear,
And so I’ll legislate to have
The summer all the year.

And apple trees and succotash,
And pork-chop vines and lard;
We’ll get free seeds from Washington
To plant in every yard.

These unemployment days are done;
We’ll lick this thing by gosh,
And all be making money if
We do each other’s wash.

Of course you think this silly stuff;
But just the same, my dears,
It’s like the promises we’ve had
For years and years and years.

— Sic Vita

Not much has changed since then…..but I guess that’s the whole point of the poem anyway.

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Goodnight, sweet prince.

August 18, 2009

“If communism goes…we still have the House of Representatives.”

— Robert Novak, 1931-2009

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“Profit” is a six-letter word, not four

August 11, 2009

Claire McCaskill (D-MO) hates the concept of profits. “Insurance companies make an excess of $12 billion in profits every year. That’s where the reform needs to happen,” she says.

Instead of criticizing the problem of access to insurance, or the limitations private insurance puts on healthcare access (which we are being told is the problem), McCaskill makes no attempt to conceal what the debate over healthcare is about. It’s a government takeover of a profitable industry in the interest of redistributing wealth and exterminating the private sector.

The failure of Left-wing economics is the tendency to disavow any role for profit in creating progress. All economic progress we have made in this country has been made because greedy capitalists sought profits. The light bulb, the automobile, the television…these were all invented by greedy, profit-seeking bastards. So were penicillin, the stethoscope, the smallpox vaccine, the heart monitor and other inventions that have made it exponentially easier to keep people alive and healthy than it was hundreds of years ago. And the sterilization tools, floor mops, latex gloves and millions of miles of rubber tubing that every hospital and doctor’s office uses are created by companies motivated not by some utopian altruism, but by an interest in making a product that people demand and selling it for profit.

Profit-seeking is a natural and inextinguishable human motive. If it were not natural, evolution would not have allowed living organisms to develop instincts of self-preservation. The beauty of a truly free market is that this natural and human instinct of profit-seeking can be harnessed to place limits on profit seekers themselves. Apple cannot charge $1 million for an iPod; it must make its iPods affordable enough that they can be purchased en masse by consumers who demand it because it has intrinsic value and it is in their self-interest to do so. The profit-seeking motive of the consumer, manifest in his interest in saving as much money as possible, limits the profit-seeking motive of the producer.

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Cupcakes, and other necessities of life

August 10, 2009

“One-third of the entire Recovery Act is for tax relief for you, for families and small businesses… a third of it is going to tax breaks, to individuals and small businesses. That’s money in your pocket to buy cupcakes and other necessities of life.”

— President Barack Hussein Obama, June 30, 2009

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Supreme Court Decisions Every American Should Know About #2: U.S. v. Lopez

August 10, 2009

Today I continue my series of posts on Supreme Court decisions that, in my opinion, greatly redefined how a particular provision of the Constitution is interpreted or had a long-lasting impact on some area of public policy in the United States, for better or for worse.

This installment features the case United States v. Lopez, a 1995 case on the Commerce Clause which may have actually saved federalism in America from near-certain demise.

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United States v. Lopez, 514 U.S. 549 (1995) put an end to the ridiculous expansion of Congressional power through the Commerce Clause that had occurred for the 50 years following the decision in Wickard v. Filburn (see my post on Wickard for more info). Justice Rehnquist, writing the opinion, put his foot down and said that there is a clear limit to what constitutes economic activity in interstate commerce within the meaning of the Commerce Clause.

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flag@whitehouse.gov: Making a list and checking it twice

August 8, 2009

Barry and his henchwoman Pelosi are a little concerned about their healthcare reform proposal. They can’t understand why Americans are so passionately against government-run-and-rationed healthcare. And when they see videos like this, they realize they have to send in union thugs to beat up people who gather to speak their voice about this abomination.

Since the Democrats are obviously smarter than everyone else in America, there has to be some other reason why people aren’t blindly following what our wise elected leaders are telling us. It has to be people spreading “lies” and “misinformation” about healthcare reform!

To get to the bottom of the “lies” and “misinformation” (i.e. any form of speech or debate that conflicts with the Administration’s stance), the White House wrote a blog post on Thursday asking citizens to help them out:

“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care.  These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation.  Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”

So this is what “Hope” and “Change” have come to now: reporting dissenters to the President so he can make a list of people who disagree with him. Who knows what will happen to flag@whitehouse.gov…perhaps they’ll get rid of it (though apparently they can’t, since they can’t delete emails sent to the White House), or they’ll keep it and compile their list and make it as clear to everyone else as it is to me that this is an authoritarian administration which is as caustic to freedom and liberty as it gets.

If anyone would like to report my blog to flag@whitehouse.gov, I will gladly be a martyr for the cause if it means delaying our enslavement by the welfare state a little bit longer.