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Barack Obama’s Newspeak on Health Care

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Tonight’s speech on health care was a doubling down on the part of the administration. All the bad policy, all the economic voodoo, and all the flat out repression remain in the President’s platform. So does all the newspeak: Since health care represents one-sixth of our economy, I believe it makes more sense to build […]

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Honduras sheds light on Obama

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Juan Carlos Hidalgo asks the question of the day in a post at Cato@Liberty: What Principle is Guiding Obama’s Honduras Policy? The Obama administration is threatening not to recognize the result of Honduras’ presidential election in late November unless Manuel Zelaya returns to the presidency beforehand. The presidential poll was already scheduled prior to Zelaya’s […]

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Quote of the Day

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

From former GAO head David Walker in the WSJ: Mr. Walker’s own speeches are vivid and clear. “We have four deficits: a budget deficit, a savings deficit, a value-of-the-dollar deficit and a leadership deficit,” he tells one group. “We are treating the symptoms of those deficits, but not the disease.” Remember, this is from someone […]

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Real Solutions for Health Care, Part I – The Problem

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

If one looks at Barack Obama’s principles for health care, the basic ideas are right. His three principles are: Reduce Costs Guarantee Choice Ensure Quality Care for All Unfortunately, the health care measures the president is backing shows he clearly doesn’t understand the main problem with American health care. In America today, doctors rarely answer […]

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Lies, Damn Lies, and California Budget Proposals

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The news out of Sacramento appears good for the California middle class: The good news, Schwarzenegger glowed, is no new taxes. Digging a little deeper, of course, reveals the truth: REVENUES * Accelerate income tax withholding — $1.7 billion * Increase estimated tax payments for businesses and the self-employed — $610 million Between now and […]

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California’s problem is taxation

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Instapundit links to a NYT Magazine propaganda piece about governing California, and the part about taxation reads as if it were written by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, right down to euphemistically renaming taxes “revenue”: In the view of many, the origins of the mud slog began with the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, the […]

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A Vote for Revenue

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Politicians are usually most revealing when speaking off-the-cuff, and so it was with Karen Bass: Q: How do you think conservative talk radio has affected the Legislature’s work? A: The Republicans were essentially threatened and terrorized against voting for revenue. Now [some] are facing recalls. They operate under a terrorist threat: “You vote for revenue […]

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Public Schools and the Public Option

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Imagine a private school where students sat in a math class for weeks misbehaving and learning nothing. Imagine that school gets on TV news because the administrators suspended the young lady who blew the whistle by taking a cell phone video and giving it to her mom who confronted them. Do you think that school […]

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Trust, blogs, and the FTC?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

So, the FTC is coming after bloggers who make money and don’t adequately disclose it: New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers – as well as the companies that compensate them – for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts […]

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A boot stamping on a human face…

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

…forever.  But, if San Francisco’s most famous street vendor has anything to say about it, that boot will be well-shined: He sleeps under a bridge, washes in a public bathroom and was panhandling for booze money 11 months ago, but now Larry Moore is the best-dressed shoeshine man in the city. When he gets up […]

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RFID and Privacy

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Yesterday morning I was sent an article written by Michigan House Representative Paul Opsommer regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s push to implement Enhanced Drivers’ Licenses: The Department of Homeland Security is coming to Detroit to push their new “Enhanced Drivers License” (EDL) program on Tuesday as a way to make Michigan licenses compliant with […]

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An Open Letter To Jan Schakowsky

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Dear Representative Schakowsky – I’m a taxpayer.  The Tea Partiers are also taxpayers.  We are the people who make the enterprise of government possible. People in government would object to that statement.  They would say that the US Government has multiple revenue streams:  the income tax, other federal taxes, the Social Security Trust Fund, other […]

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Debts, Deficits, Taxes, and Tea Parties

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

In watching the MSM coverage of the Tea Party protests, the following arguments are used to try and debase the factual arguments of the protests: Obama plans to lower taxes on the majority of Americans while raising them on the rich. Obama’s budget cuts the deficit in half over the next 10 years. Right now […]

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Government and Cyber-Security

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

News came out this week of a deeply troubling new bill from Sens. Jay Rockerfeller (D – WV) and Olympia Snowe (R – ME): The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 introduced in the Senate would allow the president to shut down private Internet networks. The legislation also calls for the government to have the authority to […]

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Common Goals

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I’m watching Barack Obama’s press conference, and he urged people to remember “their commitments to each other” and our “common goals” as a nation. Collectivist economic actions, by not focusing on individuals and their best interest, actually increase economic inefficiency and destroy wealth. Instead of urging the people to change how they act and to […]

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Logic Problems for the Single-Payer Cabal

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Believe it or not, Jay Leno is not the biggest clown with that particular last name.  No, really, he’s not.  That dubious honor instead falls to my State Senator, Mark Leno.  Leno’s latest clown move is again introducing a single-payer health care measure that would impact all Californians: The new version of the bill, SB […]

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Reagan v. Obama: The quote-tacular showdown

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Over at Pajamas Media, Roger Kimball offers up a nice compare and contrast of quotes between a great president and our current bumbler in chief.  Here’s an example: Reagan: “One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical […]

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Stimulus vs. Stability

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

In Barack Obama’s first press conference, he says the following: “It is absolutely true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or economic growth. That is and must be the role of the private sector…But at this particular moment, with the private sector so weakened by this recession, the federal government is […]

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Read the Declaration

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I said earlier that the “stimulus” package was a declaration of war on those who produce wealth and live responsibly, now and into the future. The kind folks at NRO have taken the time to show just how bloated a declaration it is.

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Who must suffer so others may profit?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

One of my favorite TV shows is Babylon 5.  It offered interesting plots and much to think about.  The episode “Deathwalker” comes to my mind when thinking about the stimulus.  Jha’dur, a scientist from a vanquished enemy species, has become known as “Deathwalker” for her terrifying bioweapon experiments.  Now, she appears on Babylon 5 with […]

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