Monday, August 23, 2010

Iraq: The War That Broke Us -- Not

Iraq: The War That Broke Us -- Not

Makes for some very interesting reading about how much the war really cost, instead of the magical numbers pulled from the butts of the anti-war left.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Economy Must Change

The Economy Must Change

What a wonderful article about what we must do to become a first class nation again. I am all for putting Americans back to work making stuff and selling our oil to other countries because we have more than enough. You don't here France or Brazil bitching about oil because they have nuclear or ethanol power base. They woke up in the 70's and did what they needed to unhook from the Middle East and all that craziness. We Americans just kept sucking on the oil teat and now we fund terrorist with each and every fill-up. America needs to build stuff to put people in jobs that make money and allows them to buy stuff. That is how America works, so we must do what we can to make that happen. I say institute a Flat or Fair tax and put an end to corporate taxes. This would make America an absolutely wonderful place to do business because you could turn a profit, you would be close to the market, have an educated workforce, and lots of land to build on. We could once again be a world leader in manufacturing if we only tried. We would need to value business and stop making it hard to do business here. We could easily have single environmental laws that are clear and concise and not sold to the highest bidder. We could also stop allowing cheap goods from flooding our shores because we can make far better here. We must put America back to work and not in service jobs, but in building stuff. Our governments (federal, state and local) must fully understand that they don't create real jobs or grow the economy. We need to starve the government beast and feed economic growth through jobs.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My List

I am not as elegant as others about what I think the next Congress should do, but here are my ten:

1. Balance the budget via an amendment, so the jokers in Congress can't circumvent it whenever they like.

2. New tax system either a Fair Tax or Flat Tax, either would be better and put every American in the game.

3. National Debt reduction plan, which can be part of either one or two above.

4. Secure our boarders, finally.  We can figure out what to do with all the illegals later.

5. Term Limits for everyone, period.

6. Limited congressional sessions, so they can't just hangout making crap up.  This would force them to spend time with the people they are suppose to represent.

7. One subject per bill.  No more globing crap together to hide stuff, either it stands on its own merits or it doesn't get passed.

8. Since we are in the information age and each bill will cover one subject they should be posted for all America to read and digest prior to voting. Also they need to be read by everyone voting on it, so we don't get the BS of we need to pass it to know what is in it.

9. Enumerated Powers Act, if it isn't specifically called out in the Constitution then you need an amendment to allow the federal government to have that right (socialized medicine would be a prime example).  Let the people/states decide if the feds are worthy of such power.

10. Zero bailouts of any kind, let the bankruptcy courts handle corporate failure as they were intended to do.  This is a country of equal opportunity to succeed or fail.

It isn't pretty, but it is at least a better start then you are going to see out of any politician come November.  Maybe if enough of us make our lists and share them, we could actually settle on a prescription for fixing this country.  I know the best way to start is to remove the cancer first and then treat to prevent re-occurrence.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Top 10 Things the GOP Should Do In Congress After November

By Christian Whiton
Published August 18, 2010

Judging from polls, it now seems probable that Republicans will win control of the House of Representatives this November. They may even take over the Senate. The greatest benefit of this would be ending uncertainty over how far President Obama will be able to go in turning America into a European-style welfare state.

America would be far from out of the woods with the economic destruction wrought by a massive government and an increasingly controlled economy that discourages hard work and innovation. But the foot would be off the accelerator on the road to serfdom.

But then what? Republicans in control of one or both houses of Congress will face three major challenges: demonstrating progress on a yet-to-be-defined agenda, convincing voters they have recovered from the period when they spent lavishly and governed like liberals, and paving the way for a conservative president in 2012—the first since Ronald Reagan.
This is different from the last period of GOP ascendancy in 1994, when the party took both houses of Congress. Then, Newt Gingrich helped usher in a massive class of reformist freshmen who had rallied around the Contract With America. The next step was obvious: pass the provisions of the Contract.

This year, there is no such guiding document. The GOP should look to the successes of the Gingrich congressional period as an example of how to advance a positive agenda when they do not control the White House. They should also take a page from former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-Maine), who helped to get a president elected from his party by forcing a string of unpopular vetoes from then-President George H.W. Bush.

Such an agenda could consist of these ten elements:

1. Repeal and Smother Obamacare. Shortly after former-Speaker Pelosi turns over the gavel to Speaker Boehner, the House’s first piece of legislation, HR-1, should be a single-sentence law repealing Obamacare.

If the repeal act passed the Senate, it would surely be vetoed by President Obama. But the signal that the new Congress opposes government-run health care would help restore Republicans’ credibility and spur economic recovery.

Later, Congress could refuse to appropriate money required for federal agencies to implement Obamacare, buying time to offer a Republican alternative that empowers individuals, not bureaucracies.

2. Seek Immediate Savings. The current Congress wasted $862 billion on liberal-Keynesian “stimulus” spending that proved good for little other than again disproving liberal-Keynesian economics. The new Congress should identify government programs costing at least the same amount and repeal them permanently.

3. Enact a Balanced and Limited Budget Amendment. Congress clearly cannot be trusted to spend only what it takes from the people. A constitutional amendment should remove its the authority to spend more, and limit spending increases to inflation and population growth.

4. Stop Pending Tax Hikes. Tax increases kill jobs. Counter intuitively, they can also fail to reduce deficits. The massive Obama tax hikes are set to kick in on December 31. Congress should restore the current tax levels when it convenes on January 4.

5. Enforce Immigration Laws. Arizona’s illegal immigrant law is a fair, common-sense approach to dealing with the consequences of Washington’s bipartisan failure to secure the border and enforce the law.

Congress should follow Arizona’s lead and make it easy for local police across America to help detect and deport illegal immigrants caught committing other offenses. Securing the border once and for all can pave the way to a broader national discussion on immigration.

6. Defend Democracy Against Liberal Judges. Congress alone was given the sole authority to appropriate funds as a check against the other branches of government. It should once again use this to check the Judicial Branch. Congress should abolish or refuse to fund courts like the one that suspended the Arizona immigration law and any other court that similarly attempts to legislate from the bench. The leftwing 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco should be abolished or defunded.

7. Create a Citizen Congress. Congress should pass constitutional amendments enacting term limits, providing for the recall of senators by their constituents, and outlawing gerrymandering of congressional districts. Congress should look to the success of big states like Texas and Georgia and small states like Wyoming that have legislatures that meet for limited periods to do serious work. This makes for better government than legislatures like those in California and New York that meet almost continuously and legislate too much.

8. Seriously Consider the Flat Tax. Congress’s main method of intruding into the lives of Americans and controlling more and more of the economy is a complicated tax code. A flat income tax for all is an appealing alternative. An interim step could be offering Americans the choice to opt out of the current tax code if they wanted to pay a simple, flat tax. The new Congress should send this plan to President Obama for a highly unpopular veto.
9. Limit Union Power. Politicians of both parties love to talk about positioning America for the 21st century. They could actually do so by revising labor laws that are stuck in the 1930s and aid special interests while harming the middle class. Repealing the pro-union Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, which inflates the cost of public works projects and is one reason Americans spend so much time in traffic jams, would be a good start.

New federal laws should help bring the increasingly extravagant pensions and benefits of unionized public employees in line with those of the Americans they serve.

10. Defend America. It is perverse that in a world becoming more dangerous, the only cuts to government spending are occurring at the Pentagon. We need to rebuild the Navy and Air Force, field comprehensive missile defenses, and get serious about threats from Iran, Islamists and China.
Foreign policy has mainly been a liability for Republicans since the Iraq insurgency. Despite this, fresh blood on Capitol Hill should get involved and resist the corrupt foreign policy establishment in Washington and a White House inclined to apologize for America.

President Obama will of course resist and veto most of these actions if they make it to his desk. But assuming he has not given up on the idea of being reelected, he might acquiesce to some reforms. In the same way, Newt Gingrich was able to get Bill Clinton to sign welfare reform, capital gains tax cuts, and a tax credit for children. But even a steady stream of vetoes denying Americans the type and size of government they want will help pave the way for conservative success in 2012, and the chance of sustained American renewal.

Christian Whiton was an official in George W. Bush administration. He is a frequent contributor to Fox Forum.

Some very interesting ideas put forth for our next Congress and we could only dream about actually getting one or two of them because the new critters are going to be a lot like the old critters this time around. What do you all think about the ideas? Might be worth discussing with your duly elected representatives.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Just Wondering

I am seeing a lot of news about this thing they want to build at ground zero in NYC.  I have to wonder if we have lost our fricking minds.  We didn't build a Japanese shrine at Pearl Harbor to show unity with the Japanese people after the sneak attack on us.  Sure not all Japanese people supported the actions of their government's act of war, but we still do not reward them with a shrine next to the Arizona Memorial.  So why is the situation any different in NYC.

Just because not all Muslims were responsible for the 9/11 attacks does not make it right or decent for them to put anything any where near ground zero. This was an act of war perpetrated by a group of radicals that happen to be Muslim.  Sure there are 1.4 billion Muslims in the world and only a very small handful had anything negative to say about the terrorists after what happened on 9/11.  If they were as outraged about it as they claim and they are seeking to honor the victims then they can fund a beautiful non-Muslim memorial that denounces radical Islam and the deaths it caused on that day. Barring that then there should be no Muslim memorial to that day or anywhere near that area.  This isn't about religious freedom because no one is saying they can't be Muslim or worship as they please. It is about decency and compassion for the victims' families and friends.  The Japanese have enough decorum to not force a shrine at Pearl Harbor and the Muslims should have the same decorum to move their whatever far away from ground zero as possible.

I don't hate Muslims as individuals, but I can't abide by a religion that promotes the destruction of young men and women to kill off the non-believer (Infidels).  I also would have hoped that we had progressed in the last couple of centuries away from woman as chattel and cutting stuff off as punishment for the weakest in the society.  This whole situation shows that theocracies are a very dangerous thing and should be avoided.  State run by religion and religion run by the state are both very bad combinations and our founding fathers knew both needed to be avoided. An individual should be left to worship as they saw fit, with others that are like minded, but they don't get to kill other people or protest at funerals.  I am all for freedom of speech, but what happened to decency and decorum. 

Man left to his own devices is evil and grouping them together definitely doesn't change that.  We need rules that prevent us from killing each other and stealing whatever we want, but an understanding that no one is actually better than anyone else.  Sure we Americans think we are smarter and harder working than the rest of the world, but that still doesn't make us better.  If you dropped us into some third world crap hole we would still react to our basic needs and do whatever it took to survive.  Most of the people living in these crap hole Muslim countries really don't give a crap about hating Americans because they haven't ever met us, but if there is some guy there that can make your life even more miserable telling you to hate Americans that is what you do.  Most religions are just a tool of controlling the masses, some are nicer than others, but they are mostly about what you should and should not do.  But the true key is a relationship with YOUR Creator and not worrying about what some other yahoo's believes or trying to kill him for believing differently.

The bottom line is I don't care if you want to worship a goat, but if your religion or government caused the deaths of thousands you don't get the right to build a monument to it anywhere near their graves.  The Japanese had enough decency and decorum not to build at Pearl Harbor and the Muslims should take a hint and look elsewhere, maybe in Afghanistan or Iraq.  There are plenty of people there needing a nice place to worship and celebrate their chosen religion.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Destiny of a Free Nation

The Destiny of a Free Nation

Dr. Zero nails it. We must fight the power and remember that this country is one where anything used to be possible and can be again if we just man-up and do the hard work that is necessary.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Enumerated Powers Act: A Simple Test

The Enumerated Powers Act: A Simple Test

Such a simple thing and yet we still don't have it. I would ask any candidate, you are thinking of voting for, whether they will support this bill either in the House or Senate. We need to stop the federal onslaught and return the power to the people. This is one of the tenets of what the Tea Party platform should include. I would also recommend a balance budget amendment and a plan to pay of the national debt. How about securing our borders? How about read the bill or one issue per bill? Downsize DC has lots of good ideas and some emails/letters that you can send to your representatives to remind them who they work for and what you want to see out of your government. I have been pretty quiet lately on the whole Tea Party movement because it is not going to gel until after the 2010 elections and the betrayal of the new elected Republicans. America will find out that if you keep sending career criminals to Washington nothing changes. When the Republicans establishment returns to business as usual, it will be at their own peril because the grassroots will rise up and finally say enough of the ruling progressives from both parties and look for a true alternative. That is when the Tea Party will come into its own. It will be a bumping start, but they will find their sea-legs and start cleaning house.

Funny how Congress has a 20% approval rating, but more than likely 80% of them will be returned to the House and 95% to the Senate. This is going to be the final nail in the current two party system. The big government progressives of both parties are going to face the limited government and lower taxes Tea Parties. Who do you think will win that contest? The progressives have the MSM in their pocket currently, but the internet is making all the difference in getting the grass to grow. People are sick and tired of Washington stealing the money out of their pockets to waste it on themselves and their political cronies (big business or unions, take your pick). The people want jobs, a better life, and a future for their kids that doesn't involve slavery to Washington. Many people were seduced by great promises of leisure and easy money, but the harsh reality is that money comes from us and self-licking ice cream cones only exist in government. Try doing the same in business and you will be bankrupt, but the government either prints more money or steals it from our children. We need to get Americans working again and get our country back on the road to fiscal health. You want a better life that is the only path. Is it going to be incredible painful in the short run, you bet. We the People need to take back America from the big government progressives and make it work again.

What do you think? Do we need to clean House? Are we seeing the end of the Republicans? Are you ready for true change? I want to hear what you think.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Interesting Ideas

Ed and I agree that eventually the state will be out of the marriage business as it should never have been in it to begin with. It makes an interesting read and reaches the same conclusion that I have been railing about for a couple of years now. The contract between two people for legal standing in the eyes of the Law should be just that a contract and the union of two people (marriage) should be the sole responsibility of the religious establishment.  I say render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and what is unto God to God.  The gay marriage debate is a waste of time and energy and is promoted by the media to divide the public.  If the was no such thing as state sponsored marriage then the whole issue would simple go away and the people on the right and independents would focus on more important issues. Such as why the left is driving this country into the ditch, with all this deficit spending and government takeovers. 

Another interesting article today talks of a balanced budget amendment for the Constitution, which is another thing I have been railing about for years now. The only thing is that is doesn't go far enough because balancing the budget is only the start because you must have a mechanism to payoff the national debt.  Maybe if I wait long enough someone will propose my idea of a national sales tax for national debt reduction.

Not particularly fond of this idea, but it could have merits if Congress was not responsible for how the money is distributed.  Raise the gas tax five cents and use that money to put people to work fixing our crappy roads.  I know this is very Roosevelt-like, but we need better roads and bridges and jobs. If we could figure a way to take the government out of the process and make it efficient and accountable, we might have a good idea.  Think about all the crappy roads you drive on every day or the traffic you sit in daily or the bridge collapse in MN.  I just don't trust the government to stay focused and use the money effectively.  I saw how the TARP money was spent in WV where they repaved a pretty decent road, while planning to tear it up in a year to expand it a lane. It just shows the government mentality of take the money and waste it anyway you can.

Here is the true winner of the day. Global warming and cooling are caused by the sun and other natural processes that have nothing to do with mankind's emission of CO2.  There is some heretic scientist that has actual working models that fit the data vice making the data fit the model.  It has to do with natural cloud cycles in the Pacific and helps account for periods of warming and cooling.  This will of course never see the light of day in the real media, but is an interesting thought.  I am not for allowing countries to spew pollution at will by burning coal like in 1800's, but a cleaning process that reduces emissions is a reasonable approach as long as it does not mean stopping all the world's use of fossil fuels until better alternatives can actually be developed.  I for one believe in solar, wind, wave, and whatever, but they aren't there yet, so we should do our best to minimize the impact of what we have today while strengthening our nation. Use our coal, use our natural gas, use our nuclear industry and our brains to produce the cleanest and most cost efficient energy that supports jobs in America and keeps the money from going to places that don't like us and want to see us dead or Muslim (only two choices in accordance with the Koran).

Just throwing some thoughts out there.  What to you think? Are there any winners or are they just all pie in the sky losers?  I haven't been touting the Tea Party lately as there is plenty of Tea Party talk in the news, but I am still a strong supporter of smaller limited government and paying off the national debt, seen about.  What's your take on what is happening in the body politic?

Friday, August 6, 2010

If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?

A great argument about what States need to do to force Washington to enforce our boarders. The Constitution is pretty clear on the matter and it seems that if Washington refuses to protect the national boarder than the States have every right to prevent the invasion. An interesting take on a big issue of the day especially for us living here in AZ.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Another Crisis Evaporates Before Our Eyes

I find it funny how another crisis (the oil spill in the Gulf) is just disappearing without any help from the government or the media.  The weird part is that just like the housing crisis, the oil crisis,  and so many others that there was a lot of smoke but very little fire.  I know that housing bubble did collapse and it truly needed to because there was no way it could sustain itself without matching increases in wages.  I have said this before that the ruin of this nation is the 24 hours news channels because they manufacture BS just to fill the hours.  It does not matter if it is CNN or Fox because both just put different spins on the same BS.  The Gulf oil spill was and is a huge problem, but what happened to all that oil that was going to shoot around Florida and contaminate the whole east coast?  I stopped watching just about all TV news because the constant bombardment is designed to make mountains out of mole hills.

I wonder if we forced them down to just say eight hours a day of programming if some of our current woes would drop off the map.  Just imagine if we didn't have to here about such huge events as Snooki's arrest or how displaced some pampered bride is over a competing wedding in the same state. I also wonder how we could live without 16 hours of taking heads spewing BS that is not based on facts, but on personal feelings about things they have absolutely nothing but at best second hand knowledge.  It amazes me that we put up with this BS, but we only have a few seconds to get the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  We don't have the time to sit and wade through all the BS, so we could clearly see that the talking heads are full of $#!+.  We instead allow these manure pushers to fill the airwaves and form public opinion.  I don't care about your political leanings because they truly make no difference when it comes to the MSM (Fox included) crisis generating for dollars and exposure.

This country has a lot on it's plate and could use some well reasoned debate on how to solve the issues of the day, but as long as we are worried about which sound bite wins the day nothing will be accomplished and we will lurch  from one crisis to the next.  We must wean ourselves off the BS train and either live our lives in the quiet desperation or filter through the BS.  We need to see the truth with our own eyes and think with our own brains.  We need to look up and see that the sky is not falling every second of every day.  Are there issues out there that scare the crap out of me? You bet your @$$ there are, but it only takes common sense to see those, such as our looming debt crisis. 

If you our I continued to spend what we didn't have year after year with absolutely no way to pay it back, then at some point we would declare bankruptcy and liquidate that debt.  Then creditors would rightfully not let us do it again by preventing us from getting new credit to run up.  America is running up huge bills and yes some debt isn't bad, but un-payable debt is not only bad but look who is holding it.  The Chinese need only wait until we implode to become the world power they desperately want to be and we joyfully keep spending ourselves into oblivion.  Wake up and smell the BS and make November count.  We need to make some hard choices because we have no other choice.  We don't need the talking heads to tell us that we can't keep spending the way we are and expect miracles.

Europe is waking up to that fact that socialist policies however benevolent cannot be maintained on the backs of a shrinking working class.  What makes for a successful country is people working and making their own money and buying stuff.  This is the American way and how a market society works.  Every time the government takes over anything it screws it up just look at the Post Office, which can't guarantee any delivery, verses FedEx, which is guarantee all different delivery times.  FedEx succeeds because it seeks out efficiency to maintain or increase profits, while the Post Office continues to lose money because of bloated structure and regulated/unionized inefficiencies.  We need to stop hindering what works and starve the beast until we can afford the inefficiencies.  The time is now to say enough is enough and put the work back in the American Dream.

Our Patrick Henry Moment Is Here

Our Patrick Henry Moment Is Here

Another good post about the weight of debt on America and what is could mean for our future.