About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bringing Trey Gowdy's Concerns To Their Logical Conclusion

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." -- Abraham Lincoln
 
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Click here to hear South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy's impassioned presentation to the Democrat Party members of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the benefit to us all of maintaining the rule of law as the foundation of the American republic – & specifically if the law is weakened purposely when one party senses a distinct political advantage by ignoring the law it will be weakened for all in the long run thereby jeopardizing the entire Union. 
 
Congressman Gowdy recognizes that BO smells blood in the water & is playing for keeps with his unconstitutional immigration policy that was formulated last September but not presented until after the November mid-term elections in which BO issued an executive action that is the biggest rewrite of U.S. immigration policy in decades removing the threat of deportation for millions of illegal immigrants.  BO's executive action also bestows work authorization benefits on these immigrants including providing cash in the form of tax refunds even for years when no income tax return had been filed.  This immigration play is the electoral dénouement to BO to end the Republican Party or @ least forever limit the Republicans to only scattered electoral wins in fewer & fewer congressional districts & states every election.
 
Now every pronouncement like that of Congressman Gowdy's above are spoken to members of the opposing party or their own party, or heads of state whether friend or foe but in truth they are always ultimately meant for the citizenry who as President Lincoln said above are the rightful masters of our country's destiny.
 
BO is counting on enough of the citizenry being mesmerized & beguiled by their government dependence in the apathy to dependence stage of our history so that his unconstitutional executive actions that changed legislation are of no importance or relevance to them.  In addition to the above unconstitutional immigration law rewrites BO has 1) "unilaterally revised, delayed, or reinterpreted ObamaCare no fewer than 38 times" – source WSJ last June 26; 2) only partially enforced drug law legislation; & 3) selectively ignored legislation & Supreme Court decisions when it suited his purposes (immigration laws especially in AZ).  In truth, the foregoing examples show that BO has forsaken his presidential oath of office on numerous occasions to "faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States".
 
The immigration offenses are especially egregious because not only has BO not enforced immigration laws he also has initiated lawsuits against states like Arizona for trying to protect their citizens when he won't, & then he emphatically states with a straight face & without a trace of embarrassment that "the Constitution does not entitle states to intrude into the uniquely federal domain of immigration enforcement."  I have always said to watch out when BO, Pelosi, or Reid quote the Constitution because they never follow it except to make a point that confuses their latest transgression.
 
Add to the above constitutional offenses BO's following anti-American actions (in no particular order): 1) releasing hardened terrorists from the Guantanamo prison, 2) exchanging five Taliban terrorist generals for one Army deserter followed by an embarrassing Rose Garden ceremony with the deserter's parents & then with no report issued months after the exchange regarding the deserter's status, 3) seeking the normalization of relations with the repressive Cuban regime that will do nothing but aid the Castro brothers who will wind up with any tourist or trade money as the general Cuban population remains tyrannized, 4) playing golf within minutes of an American being beheaded by ISIS, 5) refusing to refer to the Islamic fascist terrorists as Islamic, 6) negotiating a nuclear arms agreement with Iran to the detriment of our allies in the region as if the Iranians could be trusted – BO will present any agreement to the United Nations for approval but not to Congress, 7) elevating the known trouble maker Al Sharpton to a position of trust & frequent visitor to the White House, 8) agitating class warfare & envy by promoting economic policies that if the recovery of the past five years had been as strong as the average Reagan-Clinton recoveries, per capita GDP would be $6,678 higher & 15.8 million more Americans would be @ work today in full time well paying jobs, 9) covering up the Operation Fast & Furious gun running program to Mexico where one border agent was killed, 10) using the IRS to abuse & target Tea Party groups, & of course 11) covering up the Benghazi Libya murders @ the American diplomatic facility on September 11, 2012.
 
Any one of the foregoing eleven points would be an embarrassment to every other president so it is clear that they not only represent a trend for BO but also a deliberate intention.  The last three on the list are not totally resolved & any or all of them could rise to the same level of offense as the ones above regarding abandoning the oath of office.
 
Feel free to add your own injustices to the list of onslaughts with which BO has invaded our unsuspecting country.  But the point is plain & clear – BO is not a friend of America, he has a downright hatred for the country.
 
The influence on BO in Hawaii of BO's Communist Party childhood mentor Frank Marshall Davis in the 1970s & BO's later study & training of the Alinsky method of community organizing under Rules For Radicals in which the goal is to transfer wealth from the "haves" to the "have-nots" especially in exchange for votes has left "the middle class of today feel(ing) more defeated & lost than do our poor."  Rules For Radicals – page 194.
 
So the question becomes (always has been) what do we do in order to minimize BO's destructive impact on America the next twenty two months? 
 
Alan Keyes recently pointed out that the Republican Congress complains & threatens on the one hand but really has been stymied to do anything substantial since taking control of both chambers of Congress in January.  On the other hand Congress has conducted business as usual in confirming BO's cabinet nominees like Defense Secretary Ashton Carter who responded very poorly in his confirmation hearings yet was confirmed by the Senate 93 to 5.  Waiting in the Senate confirmation process wings is Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch whose position on illegal immigration is as lawless as BO's – so why would Republicans rush to confirm her or really confirm her @ all?  In fact gumming up the approval process of nominees for cabinet or Supreme Court justices, court of appeals judges, and district court judges (all nominated by BO & confirmed by the Senate) has far less notoriety or negative press than shutting down the tours of the White House over some budget or Continuing Resolution dispute that Republicans can't win or having Boehner initiate another lawsuit that Republicans could lose while also setting another dangerous legal precedent.
 
Along the way it is very important for all of us to explain that BO deliberately works against America – there never has been another president who has deliberately so worked against America.  That has been the theme of RTE since BO became a national figure & it cannot be explained too many times in just these clear straightforward simple terms using the above examples that make the conclusion truly obvious once they are pointed out.
 
The idea is to gain support for the rule of law principles that Congressman Gowdy presented to the Democrats in the above video before it is too late so that the citizenry can initiate through their elected representatives the action to "overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."  I don't know what supporter of America could look at the information presented hereinbefore & conclude that BO is a friend of America.
 
Below is my letter to the editor of the WSJ that was published last June that brings Congressman Gowdy's concerns to their logical conclusion.
 
Dear Editor,
 
I am afraid that the Journal is preparing for another slide down the same slippery slope with the same people as we did in 2012 by recommending that Congress sue President Obama for "unilaterally waiving his duty to faithfully execute statutes" (The Standing to Sue Obama – June 16).
 
I cringe every time I hear of one of the two elected branches turning to the judicial branch for resolution of some problem that should be handled through "the court of public opinion" known as elections.
 
Just like in this current legal theory regarding Congress's standing to sue, David Rivkin was the "legal innovator behind the challenge to ObamaCare's individual mandate" in 2012.
 
The problem is that in deciding the ObamaCare case the Court not only upheld the ObamaCare law but in so doing set a very dangerous legal precedent concerning Congress's power to tax.  Since we are dealing now with exactly the same people as two years ago the chances of another manipulated disastrous decision is very real.
 
You say that "short of impeachment, there is no way for Congress to defend its rights."  The power of the people is superior to that of any of the branches and if an elected official is way out of line such conduct can be remedied in the next election.
 
But if the conduct is so egregious that it requires immediate attention the Constitution says impeachment can be done for "high Crimes & Misdemeanors."  I don't know of a higher crime than the President forsaking his oath "to the best of (his) Ability, (to) preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States" which includes enforcing & faithfully executing all of the statutes that he signed into law.
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gene Kelly Tap Dancing On Roller Skates

 
Over the winter I saw a live performance of Singin' In The Rain @ a local theatre with aspiring actors.  The lamppost scene still gets a standing ovation – a tribute to Gene Kelly's tremendous talent in the 1952 film.
 
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Escape From New Jersey - But To Where?

 
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Shortly after the first of the year Mercedes-Benz announced that it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Montvale – Bergen County NJ to Atlanta – taking with it 1,000 well-paying jobs.  The company has been in NJ for over 40 years.
 
NJ, home to 14 of the world's 20 largest pharmaceutical companies, also learned the last few years that Merck would close its Summit, NJ facility in 2015 & close & move its 23 year old global headquarters intrastate from Whitehouse Station to an existing facility in Kenilworth, NJ.  These moves help Merck realize greater cost savings & operational synergies (i.e., less people on the payroll).
 
In 2009 Roche began shrinking its 127 acre campus in Nutley, NJ & started moving the operation to South San Francisco with a loss of almost 1,500 NJ jobs.  In 2013 Roche completely closed the Nutley facility shedding another 1,000 jobs.  Roche had been in Nutley for more than 80 years with a peak workforce of 10,000 employees.
 
The above closings & moves were part of an exodus from NJ that includes Hertz, Bristol-Myers Squibb, & Ocean Spray with personnel reductions by Warner Chilcott & Sanofi-Aventis. 
 
According to United Van Lines NJ led the nation for the second time in three years with a 62% (65% according to the 2014 Annual National Movers Study) out-bound rate meaning that almost twice as many people moved out of NJ than moved into the state.  Washington DC led the nation for inbound movements for the last five consecutive years – do you think that is just a coincidence with the country's slide toward government dependence?  Economics Professor Art Laffer moved his residence from California to Tennessee in recent years & the one way U-haul movements from California to Texas are well documented.  See map below for details that show the tri-state area of NJ, NY, & CT hurting.  Both NJ & NY each lost one congressional seat as a result of the 2010 census, the country's 23rd.  Ten thousand millionaires moved out of NJ in 2014 – source Governor Chris Christie @ a town hall meeting in Somerville, NJ on March 10, 2104.
 
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Now the problem with NJ is that it is a highly regulated, highly taxed, high cost of living state (for instance – the cost of living in NJ is 32% higher than in Mississippi – source BEA) with lackluster economic growth caused by small businesses not starting or existing businesses not expanding because of the regulations & taxes – NJ has an overall rating of 48th out of 50 states according to the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, & is also rated 48th in regulatory, economic, & fiscal matters.  To compensate for this NJ has the second highest median income (after Maryland – another federal government connection because of its location next to the nation's capital) of the 50 states meaning the highly paid scientists & professional people in the pharmaceutical & telecom industries have the incomes to enjoy the cultural & sports interests in the state & NYC & Philly metropolitan areas but NJ businesses have trouble competing worldwide after paying these salaries & non-professional people choose to move out as described above.  For professional people who choose to stay NJ is a high cost but vital energetic state – for the rest, including the high paid who want less government intrusion in their lives, not so much so especially with NJ's higher unemployment rate compared to states it borders.
 
But the question is where do New Jerseyans move in the U.S. to better their situation?  The entire country is in the apathy to dependence stage of our history – government is now looked to as the supporter of families (in fact a decidedly second-rate crummy proxy for families) as it replaces the traditional two-parent family structure in far too many households while the aspiration of personal responsibility fades along with the liberty that has brought us the prosperity we have known since our founding that is now being spent down by people to make ends meet.  In the next five short years Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Income Security (e.g., unemployment compensation, disability benefits, food stamps, housing allowances), & other (e.g., interest on the national debt & ObamaCare) amount to over 75% of total federal spending thereby crowding out defense & every other program while overwhelming our ability to support all of these programs.  This dependence is shown on the graph below prepared from OMB & CBO data.
 
The 2015 Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom rates five countries in the world as free & America is not one of them.  America is listed as mostly free in the Heritage Index & comes in 12th in the 186 country analysis – America has dropped from sixth to twelfth - one place every year BO has been president.  Small & medium-sized businesses are dying faster than they're being created - the U.S. also ranks twelfth among developed nations in business startups behind such countries as Hungary, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Israel, & Italy.  All net new jobs in America since the start of the Great Recession have gone to workers classified as foreign born (i.e., immigrants – legal & illegal).  Statistically there are currently two unemployed people for every job opening not counting hundreds of thousands of people no longer looking for work because their search resulted in the conclusion that there is no work for them – this is indicative of the mismatch between needed skills & job openings – Senator Rob Portman of Ohio reports that three people have abandoned the workforce for every net job created since the start of the Great Recession.  Inflation adjusted median household income is dropping & the Federal Reserve's official monetary policy's stated goal reduces the purchasing power of people living @ the median income level by $1,000 per year.  Record numbers of people 25 to 34 (22.6 million such adults in 2013) have moved in with their parents during the past eight years & a record number of individuals renounced their citizenship or permanent resident status in 2014 – a 14% increase over 2013 which also was a record.
 
Productivity - the inflation adjusted business output per hour worked - declined @ a 3.5% annual rate in the first quarter of 2014.  Since 2005 productivity has declined by more than 8% relative to its long run trend meaning that business output is nearly $1,000 billion less today than what it would be had productivity continued to grow @ its average rate of 2.5% per year.  Lagging productivity growth is an enormous problem because virtually all of the increase in Americans' standard of living comes from rising worker productivity.
 
Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of children in 2014 lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – (SNAP, i.e., food stamps); the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); Medicaid; & the National School Lunch Program. The largest number of children who lived in households that received government aid participated in the National School Lunch Program (35.0 million), followed by Medicaid (26.4 million), SNAP (17.3 million), WIC (6.4 million), and TANF (2.3 million).
 
This dependence is exacerbated by BO's plans to legalize every illegal immigrant he can find – simultaneous open borders & open welfare programs that total 126 such programs as counted by the Cato Institute form a suicide pact & giveaway of our way of life. 
 
The cost of ObamaCare is also baked into the cake as 11.4 million people according to BO's count have picked healthcare insurance policies through one or another of the ObamaCare insurance exchanges during the official sign up window that ended on February 15.  America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a national political advocacy and trade association with about 1,300 member companies that sell healthcare insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans reports that 85% of the people who signed up for ObamaCare via the healthcare insurance exchanges are eligible for government subsidies which amount to 76% of the premiums.  The 76% subsidy level is in line with government subsidies received by participants in Medicare Parts B & D.
 
You can try to minimize the impact of the cost of the American welfare system but you cannot totally eliminate it anywhere you move.
 
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Scott Hodge, President of the Tax Foundation, calculated that the top two quintiles of income earners currently pay $1.5 trillion in taxes that go to the bottom three quintiles (yes, this means even an average middle quintile family – i.e., middle class - receives over $7,000 more in benefits than they pay in federal taxes each year) – this represents 21% of the top quintile's income.  Mr. Hodge calculates that in order to bring every family in America to average would require the people in the top two quintiles to pay higher taxes than they currently do with people in the top quintile paying the vast majority of an additional $2.4 trillion per year in federal taxes or 74% of their income.  For instance, someone making $400,000 per year working for Cantor-Fitzgerald or JP Morgan in NYC who takes a train from NJ to NYC every day & works long hours (on things that most people have no idea about) in addition to the time of the commute will be required to pay $300,000 to the federal government to support BO's income inequality programs.  This leaves such an individual $100,000 to pay state income taxes, sales taxes, & property taxes before he starts to wonder why he is working all of these 60+ hour weeks.
 
I know people in their 20s, with college degrees, who are about to go through the first quarter of their lifetime earning potential years with no American-dream future in sight & people in their 50s & 60s who realize they will never work again let alone for anything near their previous compensation.  BO's promises in 2008 of the hope of bringing everyone up have turned into class warfare & envy that really were deliberate plans to bring everyone down to the same government dependent level whether they live in NJ or any other state. 
 
I ask everyone who reads this post who supported or still supports BO to look @ the above information with an open mind & for one minute bring yourself into the world of ideas to see what BO's policies have come to – to the misery, poverty, & wreckage of human lives – to see that the vast majority of human beings are only capable of being led – they don't have the capability to rise, they only shrink if there is a negative influence or excuse to fail.  The sky is the limit with liberty & free enterprise.  In order for America to return to the prosperity of her founding excellence we need a mindset change that dares great enough to trust our founding principles of limited government, self responsibility, & free enterprise – a mindset change that sees through & rejects every politician who tries to make us dependent on government while he or she only gets richer @ our expense.
 
I offer four points for accomplishing this mindset change in the referenced post below.