Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Obama is a spectacle

First, there was the much-hyped, overblown, and ultimately epic failure of the Obamas to secure the Olympics for their crony friends in Chicago. Then, the completely absurd, comical Nobel Peace Prize for doing...absolutely nothing. And now...BO does Dancing with the Morons:

Really? There are men DYING in Afghanistan to defeat the people whose stated goal is to harm this country, and Obama is out dancing with women NOT his wife. This is a spectacle, folks. Bread and circuses.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

How much is $9,000,000,000,000?

So it seems that the Obama administration can't even make the most critical of projections correctly. Instead of the already outrageous $7 trillion (with a T) deficit over the next ten years, they got it wrong (again...just like the porkulus, just like health care 'reform', just like cap and tax). Instead, it's actually $9 trillion. So, how much is a trillion dollars? Let's start small. We can all easily picture $1,000, since that's a mortgage or rent payment. $1 million is even better. We know we're doing well if we have $1,000,000. $1 billion is harder to imagine, but not impossible. Bill Gates is an excellent example of a billionaire. But $1 trillion...the brain starts to shut down. To give us some perspective, the federal government collects just over $1 trillion per year in individual income taxes. That's about $3,300 per person. Now, imagine 9 TIMES that....almost $30,000 per person, per year. THAT'S $9 trillion. Crazy, huh?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Elephant in the Room

Why is no one, not rank and file GOP members, or the RNC leadership, or the conservative blogosphere, or talk radio, challenging the Constitutionality of HR 3200? We should be screaming from the rooftops every day the fact that the Constitution does NOT give unlimited authority to Congress to spend tax money on social welfare programs, or even a limited authority. Time and again, throughout our history, charity funded by the public coffers has been struck down, either before its passage by wise Congressmen or after in the courts. As a reminder, I offer up the following:

"If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress.... Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America." - James Madison

“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity.” To approve the measure "would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” - Franklin Pierce

“Mr. Speaker: I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the suffering of the living, if there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has not the power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member on this floor knows it. We have the right as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.” - David Crockett

And, irony of ironies:

"As a matter of fact and law, the governing rights of the States are all of those which have not been surrendered to the National Government by the Constitution or its amendments. Wisely or unwisely, people know that under the Eighteenth Amendment Congress has been given the right to legislate on this particular subject, but this is not the case in the matter of a great number of other vital problems of government, such as the conduct of public utilities, of banks, of insurance, of business, of agriculture, of education, of social welfare and of a dozen other important features. In these, Washington must not be encouraged to interfere." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

HR 3200 is not Constitutional. In truth, neither is Cap and Tax, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and the vast array of alphabet soup federal agencies. Follow the Constitution.

Monday, August 10, 2009

This Just In: No new Planes for the House

Fresh from the WSJ, the House has scrapped its plans for $550 million in new jet planes to fly around the world like rock stars on our dime. We did this, America. Keep it up. We can do the same with ObamaCare, Cap and Tax, and every hare-brained, un-Constitutional scheme that oozes out of the Obama administration.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Health Care and the 47 Million: A Breakdown

The absurd figure being tossed about by the Socialists in an effort to ram socialized health care and rationing down our collective throat are the "47 million uninsured Americans." Before I break that figure down, let's examine it just on its face. One, some simple math says that 253 million Americans have insurance. That's a lot of people to punish. The other key word here is "uninsured". It's not "47 million Americans with no access to health care at all", but that's the way the Socialists are selling it, as if one necessarily leads to the other: No insurance = no health care. That in itself is false and a lie. And now it's time for the breakdown:

20%, 9.4 million, aren't even Americans; they are non-U.S. Citizens (1)
43%, 20 million, earn enough to buy insurance but are healthy and choose not to (2)
25%, 11 million, already qualify for government-subsidized health care but choose, for whatever reason, not to get it (3)
12%, 6.6 million, those who make too much to qualify for Medicare but truly don't make enough to purchase private insurance.

So, if we are to do anything to reduce the number of uninsured, we should be targeting that last 6.6 million. Or better yet, let's understand why health care costs have skyrocketed (Hint: it's not 'greedy' doctors or insurance companies). Let's not punish the rest of American for a lie.

(1) U.S. Census Bureau estimates
(2) Employment Policy Institute
(3) Urban Institute

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sen. Barbara Boxer: A Racist Revealed

There's nothing I can say to add to this. It speaks for itself.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

State of the Stimulus

So what have we gotten for our trillions of dollars in stimulus? Nothing, apparently. The fine folks at Innocent Bystanders have plotted out the actual unemployment figures vs the Obama economic team's pie-in-the-sky predictions. Not surprisingly, not only were Obama's predictions wrong, the stimulus has failed, badly:

For clarification, the dark blue line is Obama's "with recovery" projections, and the light blue line is without. The maroon dots are actual unemployment data as reported by the Labor Department. Now, granted, Obama has since said unemployment might top 10% this year, as if that makes it all better. Joe "The Fall Guy" Biden has come out and said they guessed wrong. Guessed wrong?! When it comes to putting my kids into debt to the Chinese by TRILLIONS, no had better be guessing.

Just as a reminder, here is the Heritage Foundation plot of Obama's deficit spending:

Remember this in 2010.

Bill Watch: HR 1913

The so-called hate crimes bill that passed under everyone's noses back in April (didn't even hear about this one on the Interweb). I particularly like this section:

So if the AG can dig up some politically-motivated reason, he can federalize the state courts. That's just great.

Call your Senators. This thing must die.

It can't hurt

So, I fired off a letter to Chairman Steele this morning, after finding out about the 8 Republican traitors (thanks to Ms. Malkin for compiling that). that voted for the steaming pile that is Obama's carbon tax. I fully expect it to dropped into the bit bucket (flames to dev/null and such), but as the title says, it can't hurt.

Dear Chairman Steele,

I'm surprised you keep a e-mail address publicly available, as I'm sure you get plenty of hate mail. The following will probably read rough and acerbic, but sometimes such is the nature of truth. The GOP leadership needs to, in short, grow some stones and a spine. The last few months have seen the Obama administration waste literally TRILLIONS of dollars on "stimulus" which has failed utterly to stimulate anything other the national debt and Obama's quest for power, the characterization of Constitution-loving conservatives as "extremists" (read: potential threats to the Obama regime), and now this monstrous, demon-from-hell carbon tax bill, based on bogus pseudo-science, that passed because 8 REPUBLICANS voted yes. The GOP can't even keeps its own people in line, and, as the GOP chairman, the buck stops with you.

I supported your run for GOP chairman, because you seemed like a solid conservative. The problem is, you're a nice guy. Under other circumstances, that wouldn't be an issue. But now is not the time for nice guys. When Obama and his socialist ilk are fulfilling 80 years of running roughshod over the Constitution, it is not the time to be nice. Obama has weaknesses; he can't stand up to truthful, fact-based criticism for long. You must shine the withering light of Truth on him; everywhere he goes, you must be there waiting. Stop trying to parse the citizens of the country like the Democrats do; educate them. People know Liberty when they see it and hear it, and believe me, people WANT to hear Liberty shouted from every rooftop. Hispanics want to hear Liberty; Asians want to hear Liberty; You KNOW blacks want to hear Liberty; AMERICANS want to hear Liberty. Give it to them. Stop the whining about how the media is tank for Obama; Witness the power of the Internet in Iran, and tell me that can't work here also. Stop being nice, and start fighting for this Union and our Constitution.

Best Regards

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's Tea Party Day!

Well, I must admit, I'm not the most regular of bloggers. Darn that job and family responsibility...

So it's Tea Party Day here in the Austin-area, and I've taken hard-earned time off to be there. Like A1, yeah, it's that important. Pictures of the event will be posted, so stay tuned.

In the mean time, to whet your appetite, our lovely Big Government public servants have declared political war on conservatives everywhere, declaring us "right wing extremists" and "terrorists" for entertaining "anti-government" sympathies, or "rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority". Link is here (WARNING: Link is directly to the report, in PDF format). This is typical tin-hat dictator stuff. Every totalitarian regime of the 20th Century used the organs of government to silence its political opponents. It's just amazing to see this come to America, and it seems very convenient that this would be released the day before the Movement to Retake America begin...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Long break is over...

Well, after weathering household sickness and the Nativity season, I'm back. Yeah.

I found this over at New Republic:

“Liberalism wagers that a state... can be strong but constrained – strong because constrained... Rights to education and other requirements for human development and security aim to advance equal opportunity and personal dignity and to promote a creative and productive society. To guarantee those rights, liberals have supported a wider social and economic role for the state, counterbalanced by more robust guarantees of civil liberties and a wider social system of checks and balances anchored in an independent press and pluralistic society” – The New Republic

Absurd, isn't it? Despite being completely unfounded in any of the traditions that founded this country, it's full of logical holes. Let's tear it apart.

1. A state cannot be both strong and constrained. A strong entity seeks to break free of or subvert its constraints, by definition. Otherwise, it is not strong. History shows a strong state will exert its strength and trample on the rights of its subjects, on a continuum from simple self-preservation to the consolidation of maximum power and control in the hands of a few, with the rest being functional chattels of the state

2. If a man is truly free, his personal development and security (physical, social, economic) is his responsibility alone to secure, and is limited only his own innate ability and desire. To suggest that the state has a role in providing for an INDIVIDUAL’S development and security is to admit that a man is NOT free. For men to be free, government must be limited to the protection of the lives and property of the people and enforcement of contacts freely entered into between people.

3. Government cannot counterbalance itself, and strong government inevitably tramples on civil liberties. A “social” system of check and balances, as opposed to the constitutionally defined system, is inherently flawed. Society is fickle and prone to sway by demagogues, and a “pluralistic” society can be set against itself by fear-mongers and people who would exert control over others for personal gain. The press is only as independent as the political attitudes and opinions of its members, and indeed each member’s concept of the role of journalism in society. Should a majority of journalists become aligned with a particular political philosophy, or be of the opinion that it is the journalist’s duty to press for change rather then report events, the press ceases to become independent.

As always, comments are welcome.