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The State Old State Old

President Obama’s state of the union speech was the same old same old we have heard from him since he first started running for president. Soaring rhetoric and the abundance use of metaphors sprinkled with emotionalism are used to cover up his unwillingness to really tackle the tough issues. His desire to remain as neutral as possible on all issues in order to deflect as much criticism from himself is in effect his way of voting present instead of taking a stand.

His constant use of the term “investments” is merely a stand-in for let’s spend, spend, spend, because as with all liberals, spending is what makes his world go around. It is completely irrelevent to President Obama whether or not such spending actually works, for all that matters to him is that his conscience achieve some level of satisfaction. I suppose no level of satisfaction is ever achieved, because all he wants to do is spend, spend, spend.

He has been referred to as a constitutional law professor which he actually never was. He was a part-time instructor who was more concerned with political office than teaching anything in college. If he knew anything about the Constitution he would know that there is no constitutional authority for ninety-percent of the spending he proposes, but, as with all liberals he doesn’t care about the constitution.

We have lab experiments in progress right now that show exactly what will happen when liberal policies are put in place. These lab experiments are California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Michigan. This country will end up just like these states, in a state of bankruptcy if those in the federal government do not cut spending and return the federal government to its constitutional function.

Americans Are Cry Babies

Sometimes I just have to puke when I hear individuals whine and moan about how the President doesn’t feel their pain. We hear this complaint about Obama all the time, and heard it about Bush when he flew over the ravages of Katrina and merely looked out the window of Air Force 1, how dare he. What exactly do these people want? Are these people so weak and pitiful that they must have the sympathies of the President of the United States in order to achieve some level of comfort in their apparently pathetic lives? What makes them think the President actually gives a fat rat’s behind about them? What makes them think that the president can implement policy that will target them directly, and shower them with prosperity. It is so pathetic that many of the people of the greatest nation on God’s green earth are so hopelessly weak and in need of attention—I think this pretty much says it all.

The people of today like to think of themselves as being so much more intellectually advanced than our ancestors. The terrible truth is that they are not. The people of today are not one iota more advanced than those who lived thousands of years ago. Case in point: What was the first thing that Americans nationwide went out and did immediately after the attacks on 9/11—bought gasoline? With a little bit of thought instead of a knee jerk Neanderthal reaction, those who rushed out to buy gas would have realized that two planes flying into buildings would have absolutely no effect on the amount of gasoline in the tanks at the local gas stations, and that it would have no effect on the production and refinement of petroleum products. But, oh no, there were no such thought processes, just plain ole panic. This goes hand in hand with the, “when will the government take care of me?” psychosis.

The last thing I want is a politician feeling my pain and worse yet trying to do anything about it. This is the problem with politics today and many Americans. These weak individuals want their pain felt and for politicians to do something about it, boo hoo cry me a river. Unfortunately those Americans waiting for the politicians to come riding in on a white horse will be sorely disappointed. Politicians, no matter how much they bellow, cannot fix what ails us individually, only the individual can do that. They will simply say they are helping a large group such as the middle class, after extending the middle class of course to include everybody except the top 2% of wage earners, and then sit back and wait for the votes to come pouring in at election time.

Americans must toughen up. All of this whining and bellyaching about oh poor pitiful me will not make anybody’s life better, and I guarantee you that the President of the United States can’t do anything about your personal circumstances. Individuals must take control of their lives and do the things that will benefit them. In the end, the person who cares about you the most is yourself. You wouldn’t leave your personal prosperity to the control of some unknown individual across town, so why would you leave it to someone in Washington D.C.

The Ground Zero Mosque Is Not A Constitutional Matter

I was listening to an interview on the O’Reilly Factor where the Muslim being interviewed kept repeating that the mosque was a constitutional issue. He is not the the first to make this claim which makes him not the first to be wrong. The owners of that property have no constitutional right to be protected from the anger of those who oppose the mosque. The owners have a constitutional right to not be interfered with by Congress per the U.S. Constitution, and most certainly from interference from the State government per the State Constitution. There are no such protections from their fellow citizens who oppose the mosque. Those who oppose have every right to oppose the mosque within the law. They can protest, they can picket, they can right letters, and they can appear on television.

It seems that those who want the mosque built have taken a page from the black race baiting industry. Just call those who oppose the mosque, bigots, racists, yadda, yadda, yadda. Those who support open borders have taken this same tact also. These race baiting tactics no longer work the way they once did, but that won’t keep them from trying. I think these tactics actually are on their last leg, because nobody seems to be cowering away when accused of such nonsense as they once did. Lastly, ignorance of the U.S. Constitution is rampant. Not only among the average citizen, but also among members of Congress such as California Representative Pete Stark who believes that the United States Government can do whatever it wants. I guess when members of Congress have no clue, we shouldn’t be too hard on the average citizen.

Obama Is Obtuse When It Comes To The Economy

Obama and those like him will never get it when it comes to the economy. They view the economy as something to be toyed with in order to engineer some kind of social order to their liking. I recall Obama in one of his numerous speeches where he said, “So we can manage the economy.” Here lies the problem. Obama in his delusion actually believes that the economy can be managed, and he just the guy to do it. He’s certainly not the first to live this delusion. Herbert Hoover in his delusion turned a recession into a depression with his desire to manage the economy, and then FDR in his delusion turned Hoover’s depression into the Great Depression with his attempt to manage the economy. This managing the economy delusion has been tried over and over the world over, and it never works, never. Think about this for a moment. The President, 535 members of Congress, and a hand full of bureaucrats actually believe they can manage the billions of economic decisions that 300 million Americans randomly make on a daily basis. Does that seem possible?

I know that many see the economy as something so complex that it can be understood only by those who have numerous letters after their names and years of education and training so that when they speak about economics it sounds like a recipe rolling off the lips of Julia Child or Emeril Lagasse. It really isn’t that difficult however, if you stick to the basics and keep in mind exactly what the economy is and why it exists. Let’s start with basic number one. It helpful to remember that economies have existed for thousands of years when life was much simpler so don’t get caught up in only thinking about it in today’s terms. The economy is very simply the result of each and every person existing, meaning being alive and kicking; and the resulting consumption that takes place in order to stay alive and kicking and enjoy some of the niceties of life. Basic number two: There is only so much stuff, meaning there will never be enough stuff to satisfy all of our wants, and so the market in which we must pay for the stuff we want is a rationing process that will insure our needs can be met. For instance, if a grocery store priced all of its products free, the shelves would always be bare and new stocks would disappear as soon as they were put on the shelf. This would create shortages, and many would have to go without, so price rationing insures that individuals get only what they need, which leaves some for others.

Much about economics is merely theory, such as the belief that government spending can stimulate the economy and that each dollar spent by the government has a multiplier effect on the economy. The multiplier theory posits the notion that for instance $1.00 of government spending creates say, $1.50 in economic growth, because that $1.00 is then spent by the person receiving it, and it is then spent by the next person in line, and so on. Sort of like the ripples created by throwing a rock in a pond. This really is just theory for there is no way in heaven or on earth to know if there really is a multiplier effect, because the multiplier is merely a contrivance and a self serving tool used by the big government types to justify their big spending desires.

Another silly notion by those who believe they can manage the economy is the pump priming theory. Just prime the pump with a few dollars, crank away on the handle, let the multiplier effect take hold, and voila! jobs galore. Those who support this silliness believe that flooding the economy with money stolen from the citizens and money plucked from the money tree will boost consumer spending which in turn will create jobs. This is where the “manage the economy” notion falls flat on its face. The human beings mentioned in paragraph one cannot make individual citizens want and need more than they want and need. This theory really has less to do with creating jobs than it does with making those who advocate for it, feel better about themselves; the pat me on the back syndrome.

Another thing that must be discussed is the GDP, and how it is manipulated. The GDP is calculated with the following formula: GDP = private consumption + gross investment + government spending + (exports – imports). Private consumption, gross investment and export/imports are all activities that are the result of Americans making spontaneous personal and business decisions independent of one another. The government spending input of the GDP makes the entire GDP figure bogus, because this input is easily manipulated by a hand-full of individuals in Washington D.C. by merely increasing government spending. If they don’t like the GDP, they only need to spend money like it grows on trees and then they can brag about how their economic policies have cause the economy to grow, when in fact it isn’t growing, because the economy will only grow as a result of consumers spending their money on things they want.

When politicians talk about the economy, all they talk about are jobs, jobs, jobs. The problem with this focus is that an economy can exist without jobs, because it has in the past. The economy is not the result of jobs, but jobs are the result of the economy, so if politicians want the economy to grow they must become consumer oriented, which means a free market, instead of employee oriented. It is said by the big government types that the recent economic meltdown was caused by the free market. Well, the market hasn’t been free since the Federal Reserve was put in place in 1914 and in particular the heavy handed intrusions by Herbert Hoover into the economy. A market completely free from eugenics is the only market that will reach its most efficient state, a market economy that is allowed to meet the needs of the consumer first and foremost.

The economy is too complex to be managed by a handful of human beings in Washington. These are individuals who are little different from you neighbor. So, would you trust you neighbor to manage the economy. All of the problems that exist in the economy today, such as high health care costs, the housing meltdown, the Great Depression, gasoline shortages, high education costs, and on and on and on, can be traced to federal government policies. As C.S. Lewis put it, “those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” God help us!

The Tortured Commerce Clause

“The Congress shall have the power…: To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes.” Did you notice what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t say that Congress can participate in interstate commerce. It doesn’t say that Congress can regulate an activity of an individual citizen who is producing something for his own use, even though others produce that very same thing for sales across state lines, which has happened. Lastly, It doesn’t say that Congress can force citizens to participate in interstate commerce or any other type of commerce.

The Commerce Clause really is a very simple and straight forward enumerated power. An enumerated power that has been stretched, twisted and tortured in order to do one thing, and that one thing is, to give the federal government powers not authorized by the Constitution. Politicians, starting in the 1930′s supported by their accessories in the judiciary, have unconstitutionally intruded into the lives of the American citizens, and are now poised to rob even more freedoms with the just passed health care fiasco.

The Commerce Clause has been invoked lately as authority to force citizens to participate in commerce, but the most common reasoning is that the government makes Americans buy auto insurance. Well, the first thing we must do is determine which government we are talking about, because different levels of government have different authorities and responsibilities. Those who make this auto insurance argument are trying to justify an unconstitutional federal activity by conflating it with a constitutional state activity. The 10th Amendment gives this authority to the States, not the United States government.

Franklin DelanObama Roosevelt

In times of economic crisis the President can do only one of the following two things. He can instill an atmosphere of calm reassurance and certainty, or one of fear and uncertainty. Obama can’t be blamed for the economic crisis he inherited, but he can be blamed for how the country languishes under his guidance, for he has chosen, with his many big government initiatives and his attack dog style politics to instill an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty.

We had a President many decades ago who did the very same thing—FDR, the liberal’s icon. FDR’s philosophy of attacking business, banks, the rich, and Wall Street, raising taxes and fees, creating numerous agencies for the purpose of controlling the everyday lives of Americans created an atmosphere of absolute fear of the Federal Government. Businesses and the citizens withdrew financially when faced with the great deal of uncertainty FDR created, and because of his policy of intimidation. FDR’s policies turned a depression into the Great Depression. It may have been a good sound bite when FDR said, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself”, but he was patently wrong. There are many things to fear, and one is a intrusive and overbearing federal government.

Fast forward to today. Obama has attacked businesses, banks, Wall Street, and even American citizens, which if reports are correct, has resulted in death threats against these Americans. He is trying to enact health care and environmental legislation that will not only result in massively higher taxes, but will also result in the federal government micromanaging our daily lives. He is instilling fear and uncertainty, not to the degree that FDR did, but he is nonetheless creating an environment not conducive to rebuilding this economy.

The bottom line is that there is little that the President and by extension the federal government can do to cause economic growth. The President can pour barrels of money into the economy which will create temporary jobs, but the federal government isn’t the economy, and getting the economy going isn’t a matter of simple physics such as priming the pump. The economy is the American people—three hundred million individuals making billions of daily economic decisions, and the federal government can’t manage that. If President Obama wants the economy to improve, he needs to back off and stop scaring the hell out of everyone.

Call It Anything But A Tax Increase

Obama and his cohorts are groping for ways to fund his and their extravagant government life style and not having to call it a tax increase. During his appearances on a multitude of Sunday morning shows he found himself trapped in a discussion of whether the fine in the proposed health care legislation to be assessed on those who do not purchase their own health insurance is a tax or not. Right now, Obama is wishing he hadn’t campaigned on the promise that those in the bottom 95% would not see their taxes increase, because it is patently obvious that something will have to give, for there is no way he will be able to pay for all he wants to do and charge it only to the top 5% of wage earners.

This Sunday Obama argued that a fine for not purchasing health insurance is not a tax. I have heard another democrat strategist say that the tax increase on cigarettes was not a tax increase, because it was not the kind of tax increase Obama was talking about. It appears that Obama wants you to believe that as long as he doesn’t raise your payroll taxes that he is sticking to his taxes promise. This is just another example of Obama thinking he can say whatever he wants, and you will go along with it just because you like the way he sounds when he says it.

Whether it is called a fine, fees, taxes or revenue enhancement, it is all theft from the American citizens. The power of taxation is a responsibility that should be wielded with great deference toward the tax payer, but Obama, as with most statists, doesn’t believe in the principle of personal property, for he sees the personal income and wealth of the American citizens as the property of the State to be used as he sees fit. The power of taxation should not be used by politicians to satiate their never ending desire to be loved.

“Liberal Bigots” Isn’t That Redundant

I was listening to the Bill Press show last Friday as I do every morning so that I can keep up with what the left wing loons are whining about. One big topic lately has been the boycott of Whole Foods because of CEO John Mackey’s piece in the Wall Street Journal in which he laid out some very good ideas to help improve health care and health insurance. I think the sensibility of his plan is what is driving the liberals so much more crazy. Keep in mind that John Mackey is a CEO who takes a one dollar bill for his salary, and Whole Foods pays their executives far far less,  relative to what the Whole Foods peons are getting, compared to what executives at other companies are receiving compared to their peons.

John Mackey is the liberal’s poster boy when it comes to executive pay, and benefits to the peons. But, woe is he who dares to propose sensible solutions to health care that don’t involve a massive federal government take-over. Bill Press said something that is perfectly telling of exactly how bigoted and useless liberals are to these discussions. Press, in talking about Mackey said, “He needs to keep his opinions to himself, and keep his mouth shut.” Bill Press doesn’t want a logical discussion, he just wants those opposed to his warped vision of health care to stick a sock in it

The Government Option Trigger Is A Farce

The recent revelations that Olympia Snow is working with some Democrats  to install a trigger for the activation of the government option if the insurance companies don’t reduce costs. Knock knock who’s there, the insurance companies have a limited ability to reduce costs, because they don’t set the prices medical practitioners charge. Insurance companies serve a very important purpose. They for a small fee relative to what they may have to pay out will take the risk that their customers cannot afford. Insurance was never designed to pay for every expenditure, but that is exactly what far too many individuals expect. Insurance companies just like the American people are victims, yes victims of the federal and state government interference of the free market system. In the end, this so-called trigger will be set up so that it will certainly be pulled.

Whose Costs Will Be Saved With The So-Called Government Option

Let me say up front, that the notion that the government option will cut costs is totally brain dead, but liberals and those who support government health care keep saying that it will do exactly that, without ever explaining exactly how that will be done. They seem to think that all they have to do is say it, and it will be true. The problem with this cost saving notion, is that there are several entities involved, all of which have costs and prices that must be dealt with. This includes the people in general, health care providers, drug companies, and the federal government.

Obama said he wants a one stop shopping place where the people can compare plans and benefits of the private insurers against that of the government option, and this process is supposed to keep the private insurance companies “honest”.  The problem with this warped notion of competition between the private insurers and the government option, is that the private insurers do not have the power of taxation to make up budget shortfalls.

Since the private insurance companies will not be able to match the less expensive up-front price and better benefits of the government plan, they will not be able to compete with the federal government and they will be forced out of the health care business.  You would think that Obama, who is supposedly one of the smartest people on the planet would be able to understand such an elementary aspect of competition, or more likely it is his goal to drive out the private insurers. Those of you who think that is a good thing, tsk, tsk, tsk. We will only be replacing all of the private insurance companies with one, count’m, one insurance company—let’s call it the Federal Government Insurance Company (FGIC).

Under the government option you will be paying a premium to the Federal Government Insurance Company and it will in turn pay the providers for your health care. One thing that you must always remember though, is that the Federal Government Insurance Company will experience the same problems that all other insurance companies experience. It will have the impossible task of reconciling dollars coming in with the dollars going out, because this will be a system where the users have no incentive to conserve its usage, and it will be administered by bureaucrats who have no reason to fear losses, the system will quickly go bankrupt—just like all federal government programs. And for those who think that those eeeevil profits are the  problem, well those eeeevil profits will be replaced many times over by even more eeeevil fraud, waste and abuse.

As the government plan begins to gobble up more and more money because the cheap premiums won’t be enough to cover the lavish benefits, decisions will have to be made. The FGIC will have basically three choices, and it will without much doubt choose all three. It can cut benefits, increase taxes, or install price controls—these will be the costs to the people.

Cutting benefits is self-explanatory, and increased taxes will be a certainty unless you are in the lowest wage brackets. The most insidious, the most cancerous of these three choices are price controls. Remember, doctors, nurses, hospitals, operating rooms, emergency rooms, clinics, etc, etc, etc don’t grow on trees. It takes years of training, and countless dollars of investment to create and most importantly sustain a viable health care system. These costs don’t just vanish into thin air just because the Federal Government is involved.

Price controls will kill all incentive to become involved in the health care system or to continue to be involved. Proof of that fact is that many health care providers right now, won’t accept Medicare patients. Those who work in the health care profession are not slaves. They cannot be made to provide their services, and when they decide their services are not being adequately compensated—they will leave—it is just that simple. Health care innovation will die, new life saving drugs will not be created, and people will die.

The health care system will surely collapse as the Twin Towers did. Not from terrorism from abroad, but from terrorism from within. That may seem harsh, but that is exactly what is happening. The statists are terrorizing our free market system, the very system that made this the greatest country on God’s green earth—The Most Perfect Union.