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September 3rd, 2013 — National Politics
Another issue no one seems to be talking about (via the Huffington Post):
According to the latest available data from the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses were responsible for 38,329 deaths in 2010, 30,006 of which were unintentional.That’s a rate of 105 every day.
In comparison, traffic accidents were responsible for 33,687 deaths in 2010. Firearms killed 31,672 people, and 26,852 died as a result of falling.
August 20th, 2013 — National Politics
Here’s what the typical family is reading today:
(9/16/2013)Obamacare’s popularity – a mere 39-percent in a recent CNN – is on the decline. And over the weekend, the negative headlines kept piling in:
- WSB-TV (GA): Georgia Healthcare Company to Lay Off Over 100 Because of Obamacare
- Washington Free Beacon: Medicare Cuts, Obamacare Prompt Hospital Layoffs
- USA Today: Health law offers quandary for youths
- Forbes: Obama To Labor Unions With Multi-Employer Health Plans: Drop Dead
“Ohio health care premiums could increase 40 percent with ObamaCare” (Logan Daily News, 8/7/13)
“S.C. Health Insurance Rates Expected to Go Up 50-70%” (WLTX News, 8/5/13)
“In California … middle-income residents could see individual health premiums increase by an average of 30 percent” (Associated Press, 7/19/13)
“Obamacare in Georgia: Sticker shock” (Savannah Morning News Editorial, 8/1/13)
“National health care overhaul apt to push up costs” (Boston Globe, 7/17/13)
“Florida insurance officials: Rates will rise under Obamacare” (Associated Press, 7/30/13)
“State says Obamacare will force 72 percent increase in individual insurance plan rates” (Indianapolis Star, 7/19/13)
August 4th, 2013 — National Politics
“The bottom line is we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it,” said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), “The government has a right, the government and the people of the United States have a right to run the programs of the United States. Health, welfare, housing – all these things.”
July 15th, 2013 — National Politics
July 14th, 2013 — National Politics
Over the 4th of July weekend, the city of Chicago had 74 people shot, 12 died. One of the shooting victims was a 5-year-old boy. There’s no ambiguity about that. What was that child’s name? What are any of their names? You don’t know because not only were the suspected shooters black, so were the victims. In the progressive media equation of what constitutes news, black on black crime – a tragic epidemic by any normal unit of measure – doesn’t rate.
To the progressive media, who set the narrative tone, a busty blonde being involved in a crime, either as victim or perp, trumps everything else. After that, it’s black victim with a white perpetrator. The list beyond that fades into insignificance.
July 2nd, 2013 — National Politics, World
On February 4th, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:
“In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Russians.
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a standing ovation for five minutes.
May 16th, 2013 — National Politics
April 13th, 2013 — National Politics
President Obama is America’s #1 enemy. In just 4 years he oversaw a larger budget deficit than President Bush did in 8 and is on track to double Bush’s record. Obama’s Justice Department ignores enforcement of our voting, marriage, immigration and other laws. His Environmental Protection Agency regulations hamstring job creation. Carbon, coal, ethanol and other mandates have increased food, fuel, electricity and numerous other costs. His Affordable Health Care Act is poised to make health care unaffordable and Obamacare mandates directly assault religious freedom. His Fed printing money to the tune of $85 billion a month is devaluing our currency. Total employment is the lowest since the late 90’s or any time during the previous presidency. Real unemployment is North of 14%. Household income is in decline and the next generation will be less well off. His promises are mostly worthless, Congressman Stupak (Obamacare), Sean Smith’s Mom (Benghazi) and many many more. Those on the government dole keep hitting new highs and China is on the verge of replacing the US as the world’s #1 economy. No one in our entire history has done more to destroy our country than our current President. Regretfully he did keep his promise to fundamentally transform America.
February 25th, 2013 — National Politics, Nationwide
History repeats itself. Given our unsustainable national debt – nearing $17 trillion and climbing – America is dying. We bicker over entitlement spoils as we pile up trillion-dollar deficits. Government is our daddy. Enforced equality rather than liberty is the new mantra.
In 1970, the average annual income was $9,350 per year, the average home cost $23,400, a gallon of gas cost 36 cents and the average car cost $3,900.
In 2012 the average median income is $50,964, the average home costs $146,000, gas averages $3.43 a gallon and the average car now costs $30,303.
Incomes went up 545 percent but the average home went up 623 percent. Gasoline went up 953 percent, and the average car went up 777 percent. Median income peaked in 1999 at $54,932.
Inflation outpaces income, by a huge margin. It’s why it seems like you work harder and harder and have less. It’s also why it seems like previous generations made less and had more. It’s true. Why? Inflation wasn’t as great then as it is now. And it’s going to get even worse.
Our government’s redistribution of shrinking wealth at the expense of the private sector is more destructive than even it’s most deadly enemy.
November 17th, 2012 — National Politics, Nationwide
23 million Americans have no job. 46 million are living on food stamps. Our national debt is obscene. The U.S. government has lost its triple-A credit rating… and we are approaching a “fiscal cliff” in which hundreds of billions of dollars in spending cuts will strike another blow to our wounded economy.
America is getting older and is entering a state of decline. Political analysts see the nation bifurcating along “makers” and “takers” lines and like it or not, every man, woman, and child in the country is represented by an interest group. And the proliferation of interest groups eventually spells doom for the societies they inhabit.
What is an “interest group”? James Madison, said it best with his definition of “faction” in Federalist 10, as comprising “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community” .
First, America’s mammoth federal government constitutes an interest group itself, which means it does all the things other public and private groups do to protect itself. Second, about half of the population receives some form of aid from the federal government, according to the Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Dependence on Government, and these recipients constitute perhaps the most behemoth group of them all. Third, close to one-half of the entire population does not pay federal-income taxes, a figure that climbed from 12 percent in 1969 to 34.1 percent at the beginning of the Bush administration to its current figure as President Obama starts his second term.
To recap, special interest groups within a society have little or no incentive to make any significant sacrifices in the interest of the society in which they exist. There is no constraint on the social cost such an organization will find it expedient to impose on the society in the course of obtaining a larger share of the social output for itself. This means nothing less than it says: a group will kill its host before relinquishing even a modicum of benefits for itself.
Hostess Brands, Inc., forced by a Bakers Union strike to shut down all operations and sell all company assets puting 18,500 out of work, is an excellent example. “Unfortunately, the company’s operating and financial problems were so severe that it required steep concessions from a variety of stakeholders but not all stakeholders were willing to be constructive,” said Ken Hall, the Teamsters’ Secretary-Treasurer. So much for our naïve notions about how interest groups proclaim to represent some greater good.
Taken from many sources and I apologize for lack of attribution.