Weekly Musing 10-27-13
Obamacare Roll Out is a complete disaster. The American people have been lied to…they are losing their health care coverage, their rates are going up, the cost to the federal government is at least double what was predicted and YOUNG people will get hit with the biggest bill!
…and don’t forget all those new IRS agents. Make sure you thank your local Democratic Congressman and Senator for Obamacare.
Don’t blame me…I voted Republican!
“The alternative to big government is not small government. The alternative to big government is a thriving, flourishing nation of cooperative communities — where your success depends on your service. It’s a free-enterprise economy where everyone works for everyone else, competing to see who can figure out the best way to help the most people. And it’s a voluntary civil society, where free individuals come together to meet each other’s needs, fill in the gaps, and make sure no one gets left behind.” – U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
Michigan’s Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels –
Guest Hosting November 4th!
Monday, November 4th , I will be sitting in for Michael Patrick Shiels and guest hosting his show. I’ve lined up some great guests and I hope you’ll make an effort to tune in. So far I have confirmed the following guests:
Callista & New Gingrich
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
NY Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long
NRA President Jim Porter
Norquist: Obama ‘might welcome’ crisis
The first round was a draw. The debt ceiling was moved off to Feb. 7, 2014 and the continuing resolution kept the sequester spending levels through Jan. 15, 2014. Status quo ante.
However, it certainly looked like a loss for conservatives because hopes had been raised that the Democrat Senate and President Obama would agree with the Republican House and defund/repeal Obamacare. Reid and Obama declined/ignored that offer.
So now what? What did we learn from Round One?
Republicans rise in states, even as the national GOP sinks
Washington Republicans are in a disarray of sorts. Republicans lost the shutdown fight. They have, for now, lost ground in the race for the House of Representatives in 2014. It’s not clear that Republicans have found the sixth truly competitive Democratic Senate seat necessary to take control of that body in 2015.
Yet, it would also seem that Republicans outside of Washington are in much better position than they were at the beginning of the year. Talk had been that Democrats would win control of the majority of governorships in the 2014 elections. They need to have a net gain of five (assuming Terry McAuliffe wins Virginia’s governorship in a few weeks). That is still a possibility, but it looks to be less than 50:50.
What happened? It’s a combination of Democratic incumbents tumbling because of unpopular legislation and bad state economies, Republican incumbents recovering thanks to strong state economies and moving towards the middle and co-operating with President Obama, and dumb luck.
Minnesota’s once-woebegone progressives have quietly crafted a road map for turning state capitols blue.
Minnesota’s liberal revival may seem like an outlier considering the conservative resurgence in state capitols. Two decades ago, Republicans had one-party control in just three states, while Democrats ran the show in 18. But today 31 states have GOP governors, and in 24 of those, Republicans control both branches of government, compared to 13 for the Democrats. Right next door to Minnesota, Wisconsin is a particularly vivid example: In a onetime bastion of progressivism, Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature have targeted unions and public servants, shuttered abortion clinics, and passed a rigid voter ID law. “They’re talking about transvaginal ultrasounds and all that shit,” says Denise Cardinal, a Minnesota operative who runs the ProgressNow network of liberal advocacy groups. “We’re talking about raising taxes on the rich and paying back our school debt.” For that Minnesotans can thank—or blame—a small, press-shy circle of operatives, activists, donors, and party leaders who have built a political machine that chugs year-round to elect Democratic candidates and pass progressive policies. It is fueled by big unions and wealthy donors, the best data in the business, and an unusual level of collaboration among organizations that have very different priorities. Their strategy has created a road map for Democrats from Concord to Santa Fe.
“The next phase for the progressive movement has to be taking our states back,” says Jeff Blodgett, a 30-year veteran of Minnesota politics who was the Obama campaign’s state director in 2008 and 2012.
This is the story of how that happened—for now—in Minnesota. And it begins in the worst imaginable way.
ObamaCare’s failure to launch and the hubris of one party rule
Dr. Jekyll, meet Mr. Hyde.
President Obama’s pious lecture to Congress after the shutdown ended was full of bizarre passages, especially his demand for civility.
“When we disagree, we don’t have to suggest that the other side doesn’t love this country or believe in free enterprise or all the other rhetoric that seems to get worse every single year,” he declared.
Rumor has it he was serious, but that’s hard to believe if you remember way back to, oh, nine days earlier. Then, Obama demonized Republicans in the harshest language possible.
Obama’s my-way-or-the-highway approach is so routine that it rarely draws attention anymore. Yet that doesn’t mean there are no consequences.
As I noted then, he accused the GOP seven times of demanding a “ransom,” and of “extortion,” of threatening to “blow the whole thing up” and “burn down your house.” He called them “ideological extremists,” knocked the “Tea Party’s extremist agenda” and said they were prepared to “cause a recession.”
He also demanded they compromise — while refusing to negotiate.
His my-way-or-the-highway approach is so routine that it rarely draws attention anymore. Yet that doesn’t mean there are no consequences.
Democrats Are Stupid, Too
News flash: Most Americans don’t share the Democratic Party’s instinctive devotion to higher taxes and a bigger federal government. An enraged and unhinged minority of voters apparently wants to see the liberal agenda attacked by any means necessary, even if it means paralyzing the government and wrecking the economy. But a far wider segment wants to see the progressive program at least questioned and held in check — and who will do that, if not the Republican Party?
YES!!! Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment
Forget the Vitter amendment. Rand Paul wants to make sure that Congress can’t ever again write laws with provisions specific to lawmakers.
The Kentucky freshman Republican has introduced a constitutional amendment that would preclude senators and congressmen from passing laws that don’t apply equally to U.S. citizens and Congress, the executive branch and the Supreme Court. The amendment is aimed squarely at Obamacare provisions specific to members of Congress and their staffs that became a central point of contention during the government shutdown.
Rand Paul’s New Constitutional Amendment Should Be a Litmus Test for Who Stays in Congress
Rand Paul is pushing for a new Constitutional amendment stating “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.” The amendment “also contains two provisions that apply that same principle to the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch of the federal government,” according to a press release put out by the office of the Kentucky senator on Monday.
Paul is of course responding to the unconscionable opting-out from the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, by the members of the U.S. Congress. Our elected officials — in an orgy of let-them-eat-cake selfishness that would do Marie Antoinette proud — voted themselves exempt from the bureaucratic mess of a health insurance plan currently driving the rest of the country crazy.
This is the kind of behavior common to officials of totalitarian states and we should all get behind Paul for his attempt, even though such an amendment should already be implied by the Constitution itself. Indeed, one assumes that the Founders would have been horrified, or at least hugely dismayed, to find our modern Congress exempting themselves in such a disgustingly greedy manner. It goes against the very essence of what the Founders regarded as the equal rights of citizenship in our republic.
Another shutdown stickup The GOP fails to block the heist
During the shutdown, 85 percent of government stayed open despite the hoopla reported in the media. Government is now 100 percent open. Debt-ceiling deadlines have been averted, but the real problem remains: a $17 trillion debt and a president who continues to pile on new debt at a rate of $1 million a minute.
The government shutdown occurred because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allows the Senate to lurch from deadline to deadline without passing a single appropriations bill. Had he done his job and passed each of the 12 appropriations bills, the government could have stayed open.
Opening government has not resolved the big picture — a debt problem so large that it dwarfs all deadlines and threatens the very fabric of the nation. What remains is an unsustainable debt, precisely the
Considering the great economic burden we are leaving our children and the next generation, we should not be spending money on nonessential government services.
Washington is a mess. Not just this week and last week, but every week, month and year that we continue to spend money that we do not have, to do things that we should not do.
There were no winners coming out of what went down in Washington this week. Any future deals should result in something better than the American people, yet again, getting the short end of the stick.
James Madison Would Know Who Today’s Extremists Are, And They’re Not The Tea Party
Starting with Woodrow Wilson, “progressives” (to use a name more accurate than “liberal”) have complained that our various mechanisms of “checks and balances” prevent government from being more “effective.” This is just code for the liberal desire that its opposition should simply shut up, surrender, and submit to their rule unquestioned. It is a liberalism that has grown too lazy to argue with—or even tolerate—opposition, which is what happens when you come to believe that you embody “the side of history.”
World’s Smallest Political Quiz
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The Big Rip Off! How Washington Really Redistributes Income
While many seniors believe they are simply drawing out the “savings” they were forced to deposit into Social Security and Medicare, they are actually drawing out much more, especially relative to later generations. That’s because politicians have voted to award the seniors ever more generous benefits. As a result, while today’s 65-year-olds will receive on average net lifetime benefits of $327,400, children born now will suffer net lifetime losses of $420,600 as they struggle to pay the bills of aging Americans.
One of the great ironies of the Obama presidency is that it has been a disaster for the young people who form the core of his political coalition. High unemployment is paired with exploding debt that they will have to finance whenever they eventually find jobs.
Are the kids finally figuring out that the Obama economy is a lousy deal for them? “No, I don’t sense that,” says Mr. Druckenmiller, who is a registered independent. “But one of my points is neither party should own your vote. And once they know they own your vote, you’re not going to get any action on this particular issue.”
When the former money manager visited Stanford University, the audience included older folks as well as students. Some of the oldsters questioned why many of his dire forecasts assume that federal tax collections will stay at their traditional 18.5% of GDP. They asked why taxes should not rise to fulfill the promises already made.
Mr. Druckenmiller’s response: “Oh, so you’ve paid 18.5% for your 40 years and now you want the next generation of workers to pay 30% to finance your largess?” He added that if 18.5% was “so immoral, why don’t you give back some of your ill-gotten gains of the last 40 years?”
Latest Pew Research Study: A Portrait of Jewish Americans
America’s Jewish population is declining, and religion is becoming less important to overall Jewish identity.
Those are just two of the fascinating conclusions reached in a Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project study, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” released earlier this month.
The study analyzed decades’ worth of demographic and behavioral data to uncover some revealing trends and insights about an increasingly small but still-influential group of Americans.
Leading cause of death for teenage drivers is now texting, not drinking
The good news: fatal car crashes are on the decline. The bad news: fatal car crashes involving cell phone use—anything from texting to talking to reaching for a ringing phone—are on the rise. In fact, the leading cause of death for teenage drivers is now texting, not drinking, with nearly a dozen teens dying each day in a texting-related car crash. Stark figures like this have driven 46 states to pass legislation banning texting and driving. But texting fines vary wildly across the country, and you’ll end up paying a little or a lot depending on where you got caught.
A conservative group joins the fight in Michigan
Those of us who follow the battle for freedom raging in the state capitol have seen a group enter the fray more and more in recent weeks. The Michigan Freedom Fund is a statewide non-profit working to expand freedom and defend our rights from big government, big labor and anyone else who wants to take them away for their own personal gain. You might remember them from their key role in the push to pass Freedom to Work legislation last December. Well, now they’ve expanded operations, added staff and picked up the mantle for us in several new areas.
MFF is fighting against dirty politicians and election fraud, shedding light on corruption and putting the enemies of freedom on notice. You can read more about what they’re up to, and get in touch to share your concerns about rights you feel are under attack in Michigan, on their website, their Facebook page and on Twitter.
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