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.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Generic Republican Candidate Versus Mitt

"But if a long train of abuses, prevarications, & artifices, all tending the same way, make the design visible to the people, it is not to be wondered that they should then rouse themselves, & endeavour to put the rule into such hands which may secure to them the ends for which government was @ first erected..."  John Locke
There is overwhelming evidence that even BO knows that the supposed gaffe he made in Roanoke on July 13 re "you didn't build that" is damaging his reelection chances.  I say "supposed gaffe" because it was not a gaffe @ all but rather revealed what BO really believes – if he didn't believe it why did he bring it up?  See counter political ad where BO reverses himself saying that "of course Americans built their own businesses" – he just doesn't mention that Henry Ford didn't care either way if "somebody invested in roads and bridges" in the early 1900s or that Steve Jobs developed products that had no demand @ the time of their development.
Now the very poor showing BO has made with his negative ads (& gaffes) over the past several weeks has shaken his timber with his followers & given us a great chance to get rid of him in November except for two things.
First - many of you will remember that before the Republican presidential field took shape in 2011 that a "generic Republican" out-polled BO regularly.  The problem was when you put the names of Mitt, Newt, or Rick in the slot instead of the "generic Republican."  It is hard to beat something (the presidency) with nothing but the "generic Republican" did while the named candidates didn't – boy does that tell you something about what is nothing.  Some of the polls showed BO beating all of these candidates handily meaning that the electorate wanted to get rid of BO but also did not like the alternatives.
Bill O'Reilly sums up the second obstacle for getting rid of BO when he wrote "Last night we told you that 35% of American homes are now receiving welfare payments; 50 years ago that number was 6%. And more workers are on disability than at any other time in the nation's history. Our society is changing from self-reliance to 'give me stuff!' Not everybody on disability is gaming the system and not every family on welfare is taking advantage of taxpayers, but the trend is undeniable. Under President Obama, and even under President Bush the younger, America has moved toward government dependence. That's the primary reason we have $16 trillion in debt and the workplace is stagnant. That's also the reason President Obama's poll numbers remain competitive, even in the face of a terrible economy. Millions of Americans simply want the government to provide, and the President is the provider-in-chief. The 100-million Americans receiving welfare are not likely to be supporting Mitt Romney."
Mitt has been relatively quiet for some time – the press is looking for him to make news like his commenting on the Games in London – where he said nothing untoward (as far as I could see) & then reflectively backed away from whatever he thought he said when the press pounced.  The point is that if Mitt can stay out of the spotlight as BO slips in the polls it is virtually the same as BO running against the "generic Republican" candidate.  Now if only Mitt could hide until after November 6. 
But he can't.  There is the Republican convention & of course the debates will once again highlight that BO has a named opponent.  The sooner that Mitt & all of his surrogates, whether official or unofficial just trying to help, can explain the above John Locke quotation properly the better the chance we have to get rid of BO.  Of course this necessitates that a (slim) majority of Americans still prefer the country most of us grew up in.
The above graph shows another chance we have in that many of the youth constituents who voted for BO have become disillusioned because they see no hope or help from him – although I doubt they have yet seen the life of servitude BO has in mind for them.  That surprise is still to come.  Conversely, do the Tea Party voters still have the same enthusiasm they had in 2010 – the answer to this could very well lie in finding out if Tea Partiers got what they were looking for from the new Congress?
I renew my suggestion so that we do not take any unnecessary chances - among your acquaintances, friends, or family members find & convert @ least two, preferably three, statists to vote for anti-statist candidates in whatever level (local, state, presidential) election they are comfortable with in 2012.  If you do this & we lose whatever is left of our way of life @ least you cannot blame yourself.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff & Sequester Sideshow Diversion

Most long-time readers of this blog will remember the negotiations between Congress & BO on the debt ceiling debacle about a year ago.  The final deal included the formation of the  deficit-cutting Super Committee, & when it failed, to automatic spending cuts over 10 years conveniently starting in January 2013 - right after the 2012 election.  With BO firmly entrenched in the position that he will not extend the Bush tax (rate) cuts for millionaires & billionaires (aka individuals who make over $200,000 per year & couples over $250,000) all of this led to the term fiscal cliff - an economic precipice, created by law in summer 2011, that threatens to cast the U.S. back into recession; a fiscal hit of up to $720 billion over time, starting Jan. 1, 2013, caused by the expiration of a host of tax rate cuts and the onset of $1.2 trillion in spending cuts mostly in Defense.
The above graphic shows entitlement spending to be the biggest part of the federal budget & it is hardly touched by the automatic cuts Congress agreed to after the Super Committee failed to reach any agreement last year. This led us to the term sequester - mandatory automatic spending cuts per the above graphic that kick in starting in 2013 if lawmakers can't find comparable cuts by then.  BO & the congressional Democrat leadership loved the prospect of large defense cuts & of course the establishment Republican leadership went along with them thinking that these auto-pilot cuts would never happen.  Of course every statist politician got what they wanted in that the debt ceiling was once again raised.
The fiscal cliff & sequester political games described above are really a sideshow diversion where statists tinker around the edges to appear to the uninformed that they are doing something.
Now even despite the very poor economic conditions being tolerated in America we still have time to make some real corrections before the terms labor squeeze, concessions, & austerity measures are prevalent throughout America – these terms already are well known in several towns across the country.  Time is not a luxury the PIIGS countries of Europe have (had) & we should learn accordingly from them before we fall down the same metaphorical flight of stairs & have labor riots in our streets.
For a refresher that cannot be reviewed too often to understand what remedies are in our best interest please click on Four Points Highlight The Needed Change In MindsetThis posting shows how to solve the entitlement spending problems which are far greater than even indicated on the above graphic as entitlement spending balloons in the future into unsustainability.
In summary, the four points from the above link consist of 1) a change to a premium support plan that will turn the Medicare cost curve down for generations to come while preserving current programs for people 55 & over, 2) Susan Lee's solution for controlling Social Security's growth by reducing the initial benefit for people under 55 so that the initial benefit is calculated based on the CPI rate instead of the wage rate, 3) Ken Blackwell's "cut, cap, & balance" plan that cuts projected borrowing in half next year (not 10 years from now) & caps spending @ 18% of GDP (it's 24% now & going higher under BO), & 4) enactment of the FairTax.
Now if you don't hear politicians running for elective office support the above solutions to our problems I recommend that you ask why.  More importantly you should drop these people & support the ones you find through your own research who do.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Third Leg Of BO's Trifecta - Crippling America's Youth

The above graph shows how student loan debt has grown to exceed both auto loans & credit card debt in the last few years.  It is like credit card users & auto borrowers have the good sense to cut back but students (& their parents) don't – or can't.
I hope that everyone saw the Huckabee special on FNC on June 23 & 24 in which the Governor devoted the entire program to the plight of students with large debt (one law school graduate on the show has over $200,000 in debt & one economics Masters Degree holder sent out 300 responses to employment ads & did not get one job offer).  Please click on this link to get a flavor for this based on a segment of another Huckabee Show earlier in June.
The worst part of both of these excellent TV programs was when Governor Huckabee asked some of the disillusioned youths who are strapped with debt & no job prospects if it was worth it for them to get a college education.  What a terrible & wrong question to ask.  America is doomed – which we just about are anyway - when this becomes the choice.
Instead of asking such a hopeless question it would be so much more productive for Governor Huckabee & everyone else to explain the solution for stopping the ever increasing tuition costs – namely, the government should be out of the student loan business.  Government involvement increases tuition because as government education subsidies (loans) increase so do the universities' tuitions.
Now there are some statists who have told me that reductions in state aid to public universities result in higher tuition costs. But how could this be true unless there was some universal law that costs must keep going up irrespective of funding. It is far more believable that if government throws money @ a problem the problem will expand than to believe if one of the sources of funding dries up costs increase anyway.
Anne Neal, President of ACTA, recently identified another even more fundamental problem with America's education system – one that I have exposed numerous times - "...the adults on campus...have failed to point students to what they need to know & be able to do.  ACTA's research shows that only 5% of colleges require their students to take even a basic economics class.  Just 20% require a single foundation course in American history or government.  Meanwhile, studies show that academic standards & expectations – in terms of assigned reading & writing – continue to decline.  It's no wonder that many graduates are having trouble finding that first job, & that our country is faced with a generation of students buried in debt & without the college level skills to climb out of it."  Although our education problems started long before BO became a national figure Anne Neal perfectly describes BO's plan.
Students & recent graduates today are like lambs being led to the debt slaughter – exactly per BO's design.  First BO devastated people in their 50s who will never work again @ the income level they once knew, if @ all – these people will live off of income from low paying jobs, if any, making up the difference in their accustomed standard of living by spending down their wealth for the rest of their lives.  Seniors have been crippled by the lowest CD interest rates in history meaning they too are spending down their wealth to maintain their accustomed standard of living.  Students & recent graduates complete BO's trifecta as described above.  The only group left not totally crippled by BO's vision of America is people in their highest earning years who will carry us with tax revenues to cover the ever expanding government-dependent people for a while.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Responses - BO's Latest Revealing Moment

BO's latest revealing moment brought many comments both before & after last night's subject posting & I am still seeing BO's words in Roanoke last Friday presented on TV again today – hope they stick & can penetrate the minds of the ignorant, disinterested, disengaged, uninformed, unconcerned, & unsuspecting voters who have not started to pay attention to what is about to happen to them in November.  Below are two of the responses to the posting.
As many of you know I was in the engineering-construction business for 33 years.  It did not take long for me to run into the term "off track project" – meaning that the owner of the business where the plant was being built or expanded was expected to install such things as traffic lights or make improvements to bridges, etc. as a condition of the site plan approval process – such approval being required before construction of the plant could begin. 
I hope that if Elizabeth Warren or BO drove by any of these plants they didn't say "You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for ... Somebody invested in roads and bridges."  My experience was that in many of these instances "that somebody" was the entrepreneur who was trying to expand his business all the while complying with the mountains of red tape the bureaucrats could think of to cover themselves & their paper shuffling employment that delayed the projects & the employment of people in the towns who were all too anxious to begin meaningful work.
Warren & BO should think of the "off track projects" involved in a project like Disneyland that opened to the public 57 years ago today in Anaheim.
---Response #1---
I sent this on to one of my leftist buddies that I argue with on a fairly regular basis. Here is what I wrote to him:
Andy - Makes you want to give all of your money to a homeless guy behind the Piggly Wiggly and say 'Thanks!' doesn't it?  But, wait a sec. Who paid for this stuff in the first place? Oh, yeah, the achievers.
According to the government  http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.a.htm, there is a 243 million non-institutional civilian labor force base. 153 million (63.8%) hold jobs.  Of those, 48%+ pay no federal income taxes. That leaves less than 80 million schmucks like you and me to foot the bill.
I say we should thank the other achievers out there for the opportunity!
---Response #2---
As you have pointed out a few times recently, there is tremendous ammunition out there for Republicans to use against BO. The latest against individual success is a gift. Will Mitt take advantage of this with a commercial depicting BO as a Marxist? Use the damn picture of BO teaching how to attack the capitalist system at the U of Chicago (IBD has this picture). Then use his latest quote. This can be more damaging to a candidate than Bush the elder's Willie Horton commercial that sunk Michael Dukakis.

Democrats lie in commercials against Republicans. Ex: Paul Ryan look-a-like pushing Granny off cliff. Why then do Republicans fear bringing up controversial but true facts against Democrats? Because of the elite media which the public now holds in increasing contempt? What wimps! Our President is a Marxist. State the damn truth or loose the election.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

BO's Latest Revealing Moment

In the most revealing moment since BO talked to Joe the Plumber in 2008 about spreading the wealth around BO let us know again exactly what he believes when he went off teleprompter in a campaign event in Roanoke last Friday.  In brief,  BO's remarks that someone else (government) is responsible for any success individuals obtain goes against everything America was founded upon.  BO belittles individual achievement to the point he makes it sound like it is nonexistent.
Now when I heard BO's remarks I knew it sounded familiar.  Elizabeth Warren, 2012 senate candidate in Massachusetts running against Scott Brown, was the originator last September of this communist theory.
The remarks from the above two videos provide a clear statement as to what Democrats in office believe & are working toward.  The question is did the majorities that voted for them not know of this communist bent or is this what they really want also.  Look @ the faces of the people in the audience of the Warren presentation – they sure seemed to like what they heard.
Of all of the comments I received since the airing of BO's message my favorite is "And who helped you, Mr. President, on your way besides Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers?"
---Elizabeth Warren Presentation – September 21, 2011---
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God Bless! Keep a Big Hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
---BO Presentation Off Teleprompter – Roanoke July 13, 2012---
There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me—because they want to give something back. They know they didn't—look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something—there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.  The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.  



Sunday, July 15, 2012

Comprehending The Unsustainability & Daring Great Enough To Turn This Mindset Around

Thanks to a subscriber of RTE for alerting me to the above graph & an accompanying IBD article that describes many of the terrible economic conditions encompassing America.  Although the above graph is in percentages, that can be misleading, the trend of the graph cannot be mistaken – dependency overrides work for far too many people.
The hardcore statistics behind the graph reveal that the economy created just 80,000 jobs in June, while 85,000 workers left the workforce entirely to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, according to the Social Security Administration.  Over the entire so-called recovery – starting in June 2009 the economy has created 2.6 million jobs (7.3 million people have left the work force altogether according to IBD & are no longer counted as unemployed) while 3.1 million workers signed up (applied) for disability benefits.  The actual number accepted to the disability ranks during this time has increased more than 1.1 million to a total of over 8.7 million people.  These numbers translate into the figures shown on the graph.
In total, a record of 8,733,461 workers took federal disability insurance payments in June, exceeding the entire population of New York City by more than 500,000, according to the Social Security Administration.
And the trend is expected to continue. In just the last month, almost 275,000 people filed for disability benefits.  I have previously reported that more people try to get on disability when jobs are hard to find.  Changes to eligibility rules enacted back in 1984 have made it far easier to qualify.

The Social Security System's Disability Insurance Trust Fund has run deficits in each of the last three fiscal years, meaning that the government has been forced to borrow money to pay disability benefits to the workers claiming them.

Now the problem with growing government dependence is not a new topic to readers of this blog.  The following two graphs - both presented in February - show 1) the virtual recent straight up trajectory of people relying on disability as their unemployment insurance benefits wind down & 2) the staggering growth in food stamps recipients.  Many of us have heard BO's radio advertisements encouraging people to look into receiving food stamps.  Talk about denuding people of any dignity.

The November election is about how many of the 150 million Americans who live in households that receive some kind of government assistance can comprehend that the government programs they have become dependent upon are not sustainable & whether or not they can dare great enough to help turn this mindset around. The deterioration of the work ethic that has torn the heart out of the people who only know living on government checks each month is even more dangerous than the above statistics & graphs illustrate. The choice regarding creating wealth or redistributing wealth is really a choice between prosperity or poverty for America. This is what the November election is all about.
Thanks to another subscriber who keeps feeding me great information – in this case it is a link to a video of Wayne Allyn Root, VP candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2008, making the best presentation I have heard since Jon Voight's riveting open letter to America in April 2010 on the Huckabee TV program that described BO's deliberate deception to overrun our country. 
There is so much ammunition – it is a shame that Mitt does not know how to use it or that Gary Johnson has no money to broadcast his message.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Responses - The Edge We Have Been Looking For

Below are five heartfelt responses to the subject message.  All is not lost yet.  We have a peaceful election scheduled for November so please make sure you are reaching out to every one you can to let them know we are about to squander one of God's two great gifts to the world – America.  If everyone could connect with just three people of an indifferent or statist persuasion we have a chance.  Make the most of it.
---Response #1---

Doug:  Two things. The tipping point was reached in 2008.  It is well past that now. Second, who doesn't want free health care? That's the mindset.


---Response #2---


Doug:  The ObamaCare issue is off the front page.  No politician will touch it because its radioactive - AKA third rail. . .touch it you die.  If you are searching for a reason to explain away the 41% ignorance gap you will need to find an apathy chart.   I have a novel idea let's spend more money on education - that's the answer to everything.  Washington is taxing us into poverty.


---Response #3---


Doug - Yes it is incredible that 41% did not know about the SCOTUS ObamaCare decision. What do they read or watch? And what % know about BO's stealth plans to level the global playing field via Agenda 21? Maybe 5%?

But it is an opportunity for us to educate many not just a few, with tremendous upside. Even in traditionally blue state NJ we have a shot at defeating Menendez and also gaining seats in the HofR.

I will vote for Mitt. I have been encouraging many BO supporters to do so. I sure wish though that Mitt would make it easier to persuade BO supporters and undecided. His campaign is weak on specifics, does not champion free markets when we need it most (we are on the brink of Socialism) and he appears timid at times. Time to step it up Mitt.
---Response #4---
I'm sending this one on. Anyone can understand what it says, and yes, intelligent, well educated, well to do people are out there who do not have a clue as to what is going on!
---Response #5---
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Edge We Have Been Looking For

The above graph shows that the percent of respondents thinking ObamaCare is a good idea has held steady around 35% since the law's inception. The bad news for us is that the gap between good & bad idea has narrowed.
Following this trend a recent CNN poll indicated that it was virtually 50-50 whether people agreed or disagreed with the Supreme Court's decision that found ObamaCare constitutional.
The worst news is that a Kaiser poll found that forty one percent of respondents were unaware the Supreme Court upheld the law. I personally know some people in this 41% category who don't have a clue what is happening to them. These are people of means who own houses & cars & have good jobs. Boy are they in for a bucket of cold water awakening.
Doesn't this tell us everything we need to know about the healthcare issue, the entire election, & the destination of our country? – it is very close re whether or not Americans think ObamaCare is a good idea in the first place, it is about 50-50 whether or not to support the Supreme Court's decision upholding ObamaCare, & two in five don't know anything about the issue or anything else that matters.
The last statistic provides the edge we have been looking for. The challenge is for us to find people in this 41% category & educate as many of them as we can helping them find candidates who will make the difference – like people who will join Jim DeMint's senate caucus which is about the only thing holding the country together right now.
But please do not underestimate the opponent – BO is a master community organizer who won the last presidential election & whose skills in motivating people to vote against their own best interest has put us in the terrible predicament we are in.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Grabbing All Of Our Stuff

Thanks to Congressman Frelinghuysen for passing along the list below of the twenty-one tax hikes that the Roberts' ObamaCare ruling leaves in place that will cost taxpayers between $675 billion & $800 billion over the next ten years according to the Joint Committee On Taxation – it all piles up as the statists proceed toward "grabbing all of our stuff" – quote by the inspirational Tea Partier Reverend CL Bryant.  Just compare the estimate when the bill first passed to the re-estimate now.
BO's plan is centered around poverty being an essential element of a society in order for tyranny to rule & he is hell-bent on making the American citizenry poor so that a tyrant controlling all of America's once-held wealth rules – namely him.  This becomes more & more obvious every day to any one paying the least bit of attention who can connect every third or fourth dot or who can add two plus two & get anywhere near four.
Now the Roberts' decision becomes more detestable to me every passing day – for so many reasons I have highlighted in these messages.  The latest despicable revelation is that the ObamaCare bill that passed the Senate had a list of new taxes that ObamaCare contained & the mandate-penalty that Roberts alone called a tax & used to justify the entire matter as constitutional was not one of them.
The tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee outlines the twenty-one taxes below (figures in billions) - a dozen of these, marked with an asterisk (*), target Americans earning less than BO's self determined rich categories of $200,000 per year for singles and $250,000 per year for married couples.  Please note that the additional taxes on the affluent (first ones on the list below) are not indexed for inflation meaning that it is only a matter of time before this will turn into another AMT-like problem for people who never thought of themselves as high earners.  In the meantime the hidden embedded taxes in many of the others on the list will be passed on to us immediately.
Provision March 2010 Estimate
June 2012
Additional 0.9 percent payroll tax on wages and self-employment income and new 3.8 percent tax on dividends, capital gains, and other investment income for taxpayers earning over $200,000 (singles)/$250,000 (married) 210.2 317.7
"Cadillac tax" on high-cost plans * 32.0 111.0
Annual tax on health insurance providers * 60.1 101.7
Annual tax on drug manufacturers/importers * 27.0 34.2
2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers/importers* 20.0 29.1
Limit FSAs in cafeteria plans * 13.0 24.0
Raise 7.5 percent AGI floor on medical expense deduction to 10 percent * 15.2 18.7
Deny eligibility of "black liquor" for cellulosic biofuel producer credit 23.6 15.5
Codify economic substance doctrine 4.5 5.3
Increase penalty for nonqualified HSA distributions * 1.4 4.5
Impose limitations on the use of HSAs, FSAs, HRAs, and Archer MSAs to purchase over-the-counter medicines * 5.0 4.0
Impose fee on insured and self-insured health plans; patient-centered outcomes research trust fund * 2.6 3.8
Eliminate deduction for expenses allocable to Medicare Part D subsidy 4.5 3.1
Impose 10 percent tax on tanning services * 2.7 1.5
Limit deduction for compensation to officers, employees, directors, and service providers of certain health insurance providers 0.6 0.8
Modify section 833 treatment of certain health organizations 0.4 0.4
Additional requirements for section 501(c)(3) hospitals Negligible Negligible
Employer W-2 reporting of value of health benefits Negligible Negligible
Employer mandate * 52.0 Pending
Individual mandate * 17.0 Pending
Other revenue effects 60.3 Pending
1099 reporting for small businesses 17.1 Repealed by P.L. 112-9

Friday, July 6, 2012

Flipping & Flopping With Mitt

Earlier this week we learned that Mitt agreed with BO that in both of their opinions the new healthcare-insurance mandate was not a tax as the Supreme Court (i.e., Roberts) had ruled but rather was a penalty.  The political problem on Monday was that the establishment Republican leaders had already started to make their stand to the voters that ObamaCare imposed a large tax increase on the middle class thereby breaking BO's pledge to not raise taxes on singles making under $200,000 per year or couples making under $250,000 per year.  This meant that Mitt was in disagreement with the establishment Republican leaders like Boehner & McConnell – hardly a unified stance on the matter going into a presidential election. 
The CBO calculates that three quarters of the people who will pay the mandate (penalty or tax) will have an income of less than $120,000 per year – so what else is new for working America? 
To hear Romney senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom make clear that Mitt's position on Monday was that the government was imposing a penalty & not a tax please click here
Unfortunately by Wednesday Mitt had abandoned advisor Fehrnstrom & had rejoined the establishment Republicans proclaiming that the enforcement of the ObamaCare mandate was indeed a tax as the Supreme Court had ruled.
Now it gets worse.  In both a 2008 debate & a 2009 op-ed in USA Today Mitt called enforcement of the RomneyCare mandate a "tax penalty" so on Monday we had the flip.  By Wednesday we had the flop.  On Monday Mitt flipped his own previous position & disagreed with his party's leadership & by Wednesday he had flopped his senior advisor's defense of his position & agreed with the party establishment.  Wonder what you'll get if you vote for Mitt?
Now there is plenty of political dumbness to go around.  Click here to hear VP Biden explain the jobs situation almost four years into BO's term.
Does any one else feel it is insulting what the one Big Government Party offers as their presidential & vice presidential candidates in the Republican & Democrat wings?
BTW – Mitt's capitulating comment that "the majority of the court said it's a tax &, therefore, it's a tax" goes right along with the status quo mindset & against the mindset change that is so desperately needed in America if we are going to turn things around for the better.  The Founders never envisioned nine unelected people overruling the work of the elected branches.  Accordingly, Mitt's mealy mouthed statement putting all final power in the Supreme Court's hands goes against the pledge he hopes to take "to preserve, protect, & defend the Constitution of the United States."

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Responses - Independence Day Message - July 4, 2012

Thanks to all who sent Independence Day messages of their own – I present four of them below.  The first three come from some of the hardest working patriots I know who I so deeply respect.  The fourth comes from an anonymous subscriber (one of over 2,000 per month that Google tells me reads RTE) who gives us a heads up on Chile as an exit strategy destination to consider – a topic Neal Boortz regularly discusses on his radio program starting when he first saw the danger BO presents.
---Response #1---
What a perfect last line. A very Happy 4th to you and Carol!
---Response #2---
A very encouraging Independence Day message....Happy 4th to you and Carol!
---Response #3---
Hi Doug and Carol - It seems to me I heard these very same words at the Washington Campground Association ceremony this morning. I don't think we can hear the Declaration enough. The words were true then and they are true now.  We have a lot of work to do before November.  Have a great Independence Day!
---Response #4---
If the form of government after the November election becomes destructive to the above ends, it may be time to think about a refuge. One candidate is a country that is not on the radars of most people: Chile.

Chile is remarkable for having the lowest level of public debt anywhere in the world. A constitutional democracy since Pinochet ceded power in 1990, Chile also boasts one of the lowest levels of perceived public corruption in the world. Chile is endowed with an independent judiciary and a free-market economy that is one of the fastest-growing in Latin America. Chile features a large emerging middle class and a balanced government budget with a rainy-day fund. Only the FairTax would make it better!

Chile welcomes American retirees. For retirees in Chile, Social Security benefits are payable by the US and tax-free in Chile. The beneficiary need not be a US citizen. Remember, however, that if you keep your US citizenship, you are liable for U.S. income tax. (This country keeps unique company with the Philippines and North Korea on that score.)

Medicare, however, is a different story. Chile has a modern healthcare system, but don't count on Medicare to help you pay it. No matter that you paid into the system throughout your career. When you flee the Reich, you leave the Medicare benefit behind. If ever there was an argument for less dependency on government, this is it.

I hope we do not have to seriously consider Chile as a refuge. But keep Chile in your Emergency Bag - just in case you need it.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day Message - July 4, 2012

My July 4 message could not be more eloquent – "...That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, & to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, & organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety & Happiness."

People of substance have a lot to do in November but nothing to worry about.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Responses - Reversing The Apathetic Mindset That Is Controlling America

Below are two responses to the subject message that add to the discussion.  The first gives a terrific example of what many of us feel like after the Roberts' ObamaCare decision.  The second presents an excellent understanding of the mindset change that is so sorely needed in America.
---Response #1--- 
I feel like a bee that spent all day collecting nectar and pollen, along came the lawn mower, took all I worked for and killed me at the same time.
---Response #2---

Doug - great chronology. It depicts a steadily growing mindset of Americans abdicating personal responsibility and embracing entitlements.  Just as one event (Pearl Harbor attack) led to chain of events to current entitlement dependency mindset, I truly hope for another new event that will lead to a rapid reversal of this mindset. This event may occur very soon (ex months): the collapse of European style entitlements due to Euro Zone bankruptcies and creditor imposition of austerity. When this happens let's hope Americans will view that as a harbinger of what lies ahead for the U.S.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Reversing The Apathetic Mindset That Is Controlling America

Thanks to the many comments I received re Saturday's Switcheroo posting like "Rick Santorum's prediction is about to come true. . . 'If Governor Romney is the Nominee discussions regarding ObamaCare are off the table.' Roberts has spoken the final word on ObamaCare. Once again, like it or not, we got what America voted for."  This comment reflects one of the main themes I made in the referenced posting.  Another good comment – "Inflation just went up 30%."
Now I am certainly not for BO in the November election – BO is this country's biggest enemy since the King of Great Britain in 1776 – King George lll.  I am also not for Mitt who is a Dole-McCain-Bush middle of the road slow burn to continued socialism candidate.  I am for returning America as quickly as we can to her founding excellence.  The sooner we see that neither BO or Mitt is the answer for turning America around the sooner we can start to reverse the apathetic mindset that is controlling America.  Spending our resources finding congressional candidates & in particular Senate candidates who will join & increase Jim DeMint's caucus from five or six to ten to twelve is what is needed.  This is the start to reverse the current mindset that is preventing our return to excellence.
To help us understand how to correct our healthcare (insurance) problem we need to know how we got here – for this see below timeline from the Neal Boortz blog.   Also click on this link to see an excellent video that explains the difference between rights & commodities
All of this is information to be used by people, like most of you, who do not need to fall down a flight of stairs to know you will be hurt when you reach the bottom.  Unfortunately – as the first comment above reflects – the rest of us are dragged along for the unpleasant ride while those paying the least attention among us catch up.
How We Got Here by Neal Boortz

The Imperial Federal Government is now poised to take over 18% of our economy. Yes … we still have private insurance companies in the mix, but the Democrats and Obama have targeted these companies for destruction. The final goal is something Democrats call "single payer." That's just a less-threatening way of saying "government controlled." The aim here is to make that single payer the federal government. Can you just imagine what your medical care picture will look like when the government decides what gets paid for and how much gets paid? Lovely, just lovely. This will not matter, though, to people who just want to shed themselves of the responsibility for caring for their own health when things head south.

OK … How did we get here? I've created this nifty little timeline. Not specific dates, just a general sequence of events on the road to government-run healthcare.

  1. The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. (Yes, we're going that far back. Must be thorough.) As an aside, we still call this the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but we can't say the Muslim attack on The World Trade Center.

  2. The United States declares war on Japan on December 8, 1941. Three days later we declare war on Germany.

  3. Under an austerity program mandated by the federal government, private sector employers are largely restricted for raising wages and salaries.

  4. Employers, looking for ways to attract and to keep employees, start offering various benefits as compensation to employees rather than increased wages. One of those benefits was health insurance.

  5. As health insurance policies – fully and partially paid for – become part of employee compensation packages, the American worker starts to accept the concept that their health care is the responsibility of their employer.

  6. Health insurance policies gradually morph into health care payment plans. No longer do people expect their insurance policies to cover only unexpected losses or expenses, as is the case with automobile insurance. Now health insurance policies are expected to pay virtually all health care costs once a small deductible is taken care of. Costs rise.

  7. As health care consumers are taken out of the equation – meaning that they are now only worried about coverage, not cost – health care costs increase even more.

  8. In the meantime, politicians realize that a new dependency has emerged. Not only are people dependent on government for their retirement income – Social Security – they are now dependent on someone else for health care. Democrat politicians realize that if this dependency can be shifted to the federal government it will increase the power that politicians have over their constituents. Thus begins the move toward government-controlled health care. Democrats dream of the day they can develop campaign ads which say "If you vote for the Republican, they're going to take away your health care."

  9. The first serious push for government-controlled health care comes with the election of Bill Clinton. Suddenly the American people are staring down a monstrosity known as HillaryCare. Under this plan a private patient could actually be sent to jail if they dared contract with a doctor outside of the government scheme for health care. The doctor would be their cellmate. The American people rejected the plan outright, and the very next year the Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

  10. After the voter revolution of 1994 the Democrats vowed that if they ever gained complete control of the government apparatus in Washington they would move immediately to increase voter dependency through government health care. This time, though, they would tread a bit more lightly. Perhaps the idea of preventing private relationships with doctors could wait a few years.

  11. Democrats find themselves in control of Government in Washington again in 2009. The dreams of that "If you vote for the Republicans they're going to take away your health care" campaign ad can now become a reality. ObamaCare is pushed through the congress without ONE SINGLE Republican vote. This happens after the voters send a message of disapproval by electing a Republican Senator in Massachusetts on the strength of his promise to vote AGAINST ObamaCare. In a move no citizen actually understands, the Democrats then demonstrate their determination to control health care by enacting the law without a Senate vote.

  12. Obama promises – promises on all that his holy to him – that the penalty for refusal to buy an insurance policy under ObamaCare is NOT a tax.

  13. Obama then argues before the Supreme Court that the penalty is just fine because it actually IS a tax.

  14. The Supreme Court rules that the mandate is constitutional because it is actually a tax …. Democrats cheer …. Parasites cheer …. And much of America finally realizes that the Imperial Federal Government of the United States has finally become the omnipotent monster our Founding Fathers feared and tried so hard to prevent.