I Still Don’t Get It
We are exhausted and tired from fighting the most convoluted and destructive legislation that I’ve seen in my lifetime. We are on the verge of changing the relationship between government and the individual in a very detrimental way. We are heading the country toward a cliff on a Sunday afternoon, and it’s time to ask a question or two before we press on. Representatives in | Read More »
14 Trillion Controlled by 538 = Disaster
The Constitution of the United States provides the basis for the relationship between the citizens and the government. Because the founders believed in the concept of inalienable rights, or those that could not be taken away by government, they framed the Constitution as the powers granted to the government by the ‘consent of the governed.’ The founders of our country believed in freedom and the | Read More »
College Bound Indentured Servants
The proposal by the administration to have the government take over the ENTIRE student loan enterprise is worrisome on a lot of different levels. But the greatest concern should be the loss of freedom of the recipients. Student loans burden graduates with huge amounts of debt that must be repaid when they can least afford it — in the first ten years after graduation. Instead | Read More »
In the past couple of days there has been some back and forth banter between the President and the Republican leadership on the Hill about Healthcare, started when the President announced his intention to meet with the Republicans on Healthcare Reform (to the surprise of a considerable number of Hill Democrats, apparently!). After the meeting today, the President declared his intent to develop a bi-partisan | Read More »
Who’s pointing the Assault Rifle at the Middle Class?
The President has become convinced that the middle class is under assault. In his SOTU speech tomorrow, he apparently will make the case that he is here to rescue the middle class from the three evils: child care costs, higher education costs and costs of caring for seniors. He thinks that this will make us think of him more highly than we do now. He | Read More »
Who is the President fighting against?
The President went to Ohio on Friday to make sure the country knows that he’s fighting for them about jobs and health care. He “won’t stop fighting to bring jobs back to hard working Americans.” I have to wonder: who is he fighting with? Who, exactly is the opponent here? Who is against creating jobs and growing the economy? Is he suggesting that he is | Read More »
Wealth and Money — Government “Help” Isn’t Needed to Create It
Five year old children clean up their toys for it. Adolescent girls babysit for it and adolescant boys will mow lawns to get it. Wall Street wizards develop credit default swaps, sub prime mortages, mutual funds and Initial Public Offerings to get more of it (some good things, some not so much). Visionary, tough minded people drove the creation of railroads, steamships and gold mines | Read More »
“Afterburner” Will Fire You Up
The emergence of ‘new media’ has allowed a range of talented and passionate conservatives to state the case for conservatism and action, avoiding the “State Run Media” altogether. The folks at Pajamasmedia, with their relatively new venture known as PJTV are a case in point. One of the main voices at PJTV is Bill Whittle, with a feature he calls ‘Afterburner’ in reference to his | Read More »
Resolve to Keep America Strong in 2010
This is really cool — even the Christian Science Monitor thinks we’re wallowing in doom & gloom too much: Can’t quite settle on a New Year’s resolution? How about this: Resolve not to repeat the media’s mantra of America in decline. The airwaves and netwaves are full of reviews of the decadem horribilis – a decade of terror attacks, two hot wars, hurricane Katrina, a great | Read More »
Even the Chicago Tribune Gets It!
(H/T to Instapundit) When things are so bad that a major metropolitan daily is advocating massive voter participation to sweep people from office, that’s news. When it’s the Chicago Tribune that’s nothing short of amazing. Here’s a slice that is right in line with recent posts on RedState: Together, the Feb. 2 primary and Nov. 2 general elections can — must, if Illinois is to | Read More »
Never Ending Health Care Reform
The long hard struggle over health care reform has many of us dazed, confused and dispirited. If you thought that the fight was nearly over, you’re sadly mistaken. For those that support the notion of reform on the left and in the center, think again if you believe that this current legislative marathon is the end of it. If we allow the two bills to | Read More »
Rights, Privileges and Needs
I heard Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa in a radio interview today and he spoke assertively and confidently about the objective on health care. He said that the purpose of the current bill was to serve as a ‘beginning of health care reform’ and that the goal was to ‘cross a line of demarcation’ about health care, from considering ‘health care as a privilege in | Read More »
“When You Have Your Health, You Have Everything”
Folks my grandparents’ age used to say that all the time as they transitioned into retirement while I was growing up. They didn’t realize how true their words were then, and how much more true they are today. When the Congress makes the health care reform official, they truly will have everything — everything that matters to us as individuals. Just as the EPA is | Read More »
EPA and Greenhouse Gases
The EPA published a report “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2007″ which has a wealth of data about the topic that we have been arguing, both emotionally and rationally for several years. I thought it would be a good idea to read this report and see what the facts, as written by the EPA, really are. The main topics of the report | Read More »
No, it’s not what you think… I admit that I’m somewhat new to commenting on politics, so bear with me if you’ve heard this one before…but I think this needs some serious (re)consideration. We all know the aphorisms that lawmaking and sausage making are best left unwitnessed, but we have been actively engaged in discourse all this year that demands that our representatives in Congress | Read More »
Town Hall Dress Code
Instapundit highlights a WP article by Robin Givhans that sneers at the Town Hall attendees because of their casual dress. I’m fascinated that the WP has to bring in its fashionistas to the fray on health care to point their fingers at ordinary Americans exercising their rights–I take this to signal their despair and anguish over the fate of the program. Glenn did his usual | Read More »
The best $30 I’ve spent all year
When Erick put out the invite to the Red State gathering on August 1, I figured it would be a great way to connect with folks who have similar interests and gain more insight about them. Since it would be in my own metro area, it would be easy to attend. What I found when I arrived on Saturday morning was way beyond my expectations | Read More »
Imagine having a Cardiologist prepare your Will
We have a Congress and Senate that is made up of lawyers — at least 90% have a legal background. We have a handful of doctors and a sprinkling of engineers and business owners. So it can’t be a surprise that what they’re coming up with in health care is a complete muddle. Why do we expect anything cogent or useful to come from a | Read More »
Why can’t someone take HR 2454 to the Supreme Court?
Since the news yesterday that the House members voted on a bill that did not exist and could not be read in its entirety, why can’t someone or some group that is affected by the law bring suit in federal court to have the law struck down?
Time for a Walk Out?
Watching the Markey-Waxman Bill lurching through the charade the Democrats have made of the legislative process, I can only ask: is it time for the Republicans to walk out? It is clear that the Democrats want no true give-and-take. In spite of all their words of ‘bi-partisan’ efforts and support, they are interested in ramming things through with false melodrama about the crisis and | Read More »