Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

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Obama’s New Black Panther Party

July 19, 2010

Many Americans are not at all aware of what is possibly the most textbook case of voter intimidation which could ever take place in this day and age. In 2008, an amateur cameraman captured footage of two Black Panthers stationed outside a Philadelphia, PA polling station. As you can see in the YouTube video linked, the men were dressed in paramilitary dress and carried billy clubs.

J. Christian Adams, a former DOJ official who quit the department over the issue of the voter intimidation case, has testified before the Civil Rights Commission that Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered the Department of Justice to cease its pursuit of cases against black defendants.

Obama and his regime, like all people on the Left, claim to be tolerant. We heard it in the incessant campaign rhetoric that his administration would “reach across the aisle” and unite all Americans under one banner. Obama and his supporters, especially in the Black Panther party, are only tolerant of the people and ideas of which they approve.

Obama and Eric Holder have now given the Black Panthers carte blanche to intimidate voters with billy clubs.

This is your Hope and Change, America. Enjoy your freedom to vote while it lasts, because by 2012 you won’t even recognize your country anymore.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/06/ex-official-accuses-justice-department-racial-bias-black-panther-case/

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Salt: The latest in crimes against the state

April 13, 2010

Early last month, the New York state legislature introduced a bill to make it a crime for chefs to add salt to food prepared for consumption by customers. This bill would impose criminal penalties (fines of $1,000) for every infraction.

It’s impossible to overestimate how quickly this would damage New York City’s food and hospitality industry. Imagine how many foods that get served in restaurants that depend on salt–you can’t even make chocolate chip cookies without salt! Now imagine a city that was once the center of the American restaurant industry, where nobody wants to go to restaurants because their food suddenly tastes like crap. Proponents of the nanny state have made this one so easy that I almost don’t even want to say any more about it. It speaks for itself.

A group of restaurant chefs and irate consumers started a website called MyFoodMyChoice.org, as well as a corresponding group on Facebook. I don’t live in New York state, but if I did I would sign the petition there and get vocal. Keep government out of our freedom fries!

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Rooting for China

December 19, 2009

This is the last time you will ever hear me taking the side of a communist country. This time however, it’s clear that China is the only country in the world that is being smart about Copenhagen and climate change.

As the Copenhagen climate farce continues, China is the only thing standing in the way of a major agreement. The other countries know about it, and they’re getting desperate, especially Barack Obama. You see, China (unlike the rest of the developed world) realizes that climate change regulation such as the Kyoto Protocol and Cap & Tax does nothing for the environment but irreparably damages the economy of every country or jurisdiction that signs onto it. This is why the signatories of Kyoto have failed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by any noteworthy degree, yet have experienced declines or drops in economic growth since the signing. The United States has managed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and has experienced economic growth which has outpaced the signatories of Kyoto.

Why is it that the fascists in China realize that costly and worthless climate regulation is not worth gutting an entire economy? Maybe Obama will realize this when China and India start to outcompete us. Only when Hope & Change lead us deeper into economic depression will Americans and the rest of the world wake up to the disaster that is global environmental regulation.

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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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“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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Creating artificial demand

July 30, 2009

I spoke with a friend of mine last night on the issue of infrastructure-building in cities as a means of creating economic stimulus and reducing environmental impact. Our debate turned to proposals to build both light rail and heavy rail systems in Ohio’s cities, especially in Cincinnati.

The support for these proposals is based on these principles:

  1. People want and need mass transit, because it will be cheaper than driving cars.
  2. Cities want and need mass transit to alleviate congestion problems and to create jobs.
  3. These mass transit systems, once created, will be sustainable, profitable and successful.

I will not get into the specifics of #1 and #2, since a number of other studies have already addressed these misconceptions. One in particular dispels the myths of the environmental and economic benefits of these systems, and even points to the role that government-subsidized rail systems played in causing the economic collapse in Japan (the so-called “Lost Decade,” from which Japan has yet to fully recover).

But all the research I have ever read suggests that #3, the sustainability and profitability of mass transit, is unlikely. Most mass transit programs in major cities have to be subsidized by the government because the general public does not use them enough to be profitable.

Why would the government use tax dollars to build something that the average person doesn’t want and wouldn’t use anyways? Why, to “stimulate the economy” and “create jobs,” of course. This is the principle of creating artificial demand.
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Germany shows some common sense on the environmental front

July 27, 2009

“Eco” is like the carbon molecule of political vocabulary. You can combine it with so many other words to get new words. Eco-feminism, eco-terrorism, eco-mysticism, etc. Germany takes the cake for inventing “eco-imperialism” and introducing serious questions into the debate over the effects of environmental reform on national economies and free trade.

Reuters reported last week that Germany’s State Secretary for the Environment Matthias Machnig used the word to attack  a French plan to levy tariffs on imports from countries that haven’t tried hard enough to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Such a plan, he said, would amount to “eco-imperialism” and are a violation of World Trade Organization rules. You see, the French need to impose tariffs on other countries because their own environmental regulations make their domestic goods and services too expensive to be competitive. That means:

  1. France passes environmental taxes.
  2. France cripples its economy.
  3. France petitions EU to tax imports from non-EU countries in order to keep its domestic goods competitive in domestic markets.
  4. Other economies suffer.

On top of the issue of tariffs being a threat to free trade, there is the issue of supernational governments/treaties and how they hurt even countries that don’t participate in them in the first place.  Non-EU members and non-signatories of the Kyoto Protocol get screwed. Actually, it’s the consumers in EU and signatory countries that get screwed. They pay higher prices because their governments don’t believe in free markets, competition and free trade. But…they will get what they voted for. I hope it’s worth it.

The worst part of this article? It states that the cap-and-tax bill that just passed the House is serving as a model for the EU to enact carbon tariffs. That means that the American Clean Energy and Security Act is so socialist that Europe hasn’t even thought of it yet, and they have to play catch up to us in the game of “let’s ruin free markets to solve a problem that isn’t even our fault in the first place.”

In other news, tax-delinquent Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geitner is finding it hard to sell his home, too…even though he “saved the economy.”