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This is from Maggie Thornton of   Maggie’s Notebook (Maggie Thornton) :   Thank you for info Maggie. BB

Notice how a liberal Federal Judge over-rules Congress.  BB

Acorn Funding Restored: Acorn Funding Slips under the Radar

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:52 PM PDT

Peter Orszag, Obama’s director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) ordered resumed funding  for ACORN. With recent news that ACORN, a community organizing group that Barack Obama once worked for has gone underground, changed their tainted name…and somehow is back in the saddle with taxpayer monies.

After several ACORN offices across the U.S. were videotaped giving advice on how to avoid paying business taxes and how to hide the fact that the business was prostitution of 13-year-old girls smuggled into the U.S., Congress cut off funding.

ACORN took it to court and won a temporary injunction by Judge Nina Gershon, which has now turned into a permanent injunction.

ACORN has been charged with election fraud in Nevada. Two ACORN workers in Wisconsin are charged with election fraud. Ohio has filed a RICO suit against ACORN. Read here about ACORN’s fraudulent voter registrations. Read Gateway PunditBigGovernment for a link to Orszag’s letter directing the spigot open, and asks why the DOJ cannot achieve a stay in this case until the appeal is concluded. for Obama’s past association with ACORN. Read

Katherine Conway Russell, Philadelphia ACORN – New Video

ACORN Organizer says Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown will find fault with O’Keefe and Giles

Andrew Breitbart and Eric Holder: Breitbart – More Tapes, Whistleblowers

ACORN Brooklyn Cleared in Pimp Prostitute Undercover Tapes

The Obama Budget: Expanding the Welfare state and Undermining Marriage | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

Welfare for decades has made  marriage obsolete by offering assistance to only poor women and children.  If there was a man in the house then no help.  So men left.  Eventually  even tho babies kept being born there were no men in the families and no marriages.   The 1996 welfare reform bill addressed this problem by allowing assistance to families.  At the same time it got millions off of the welfare roles.  There were also programs in states that encouraged marriage because time has taught us of the many problems created in single parent families, especially to the children.  States who offered these programs to encourage marriage and discourage single parent families were rewarded with more federal funding.  Obama’s budget turns this around entirely.   Instead states are rewarded with more funding by having larger case loads!  CAN’T YOU SEE THE STATES SENDING SOCIAL WORKERS OUT ONTO THE STREETS TO DRAG IN NEW WELFARE RECIPIENTS  TO GET THESE NEW FEDERAL DOLLARS!?  BELIEVE!   IT WILL HAPPEN!

Now President Obama is proposing $2.5 billion more to extend this supposedly temporary emergency fund. (last year’s stimulus bill that created the $5 billion TANF Emergency Fund. Once again, states are being paid to increase their caseload (80 cents on the dollar for every new case they receive beyond their numbers for 2007 or 2008) Although the President links the need for this emergency money to the current recession, the truth is that the 1996 welfare reform includes a $2 billion nest egg for tough economic times such as this. (And lest it be forgotten, the government already increased welfare spending for FY 2010 by $174.6 billion.) Moreover, the new funding would not even be dispensed to states based on their unemployment rates but merely doled out based on the size of their caseload.

Unfortunately, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) has jumped on the bandwagon, proposing an even greater expansion to the welfare system. His legislation would allow states to collect as much federal money as needed to support their growing caseload (provided that the state does not receive more than 50 percent of its annual TANF dollars). The cost of this would dwarf the President’s $2.5 billion request. Both Obama and McDermott are sending a clear message to states: increase your welfare rolls and you will be rewarded handsomely by the federal taxpayer.

Not only does the President plan to expand welfare, but he has also eliminated a program that aims to reduce the prevalence of single motherhood, one of the greatest contributors to poverty in the United States. The Healthy Marriage grant program provides help to those from low-income communities to learn skills for building strong marriages. To replace this program, President Obama has introduced his “Fatherhood, Marriage, and Families Innovation Fund.” While this sounds similar in name, it is in fact just another jobs program, focused very little on fatherhood, marriage, or families.

The 1996 welfare reform encouraged individual liberty, promoting work and freedom from government dependence. Now, the current administration is moving backwards and pulling its most vulnerable citizens with it. True welfare should help everyone: the taxpayer, who is allowed to keep more of his or her paycheck, and the welfare recipient, who is lifted off the dole and up to independence.

The more people who depend on government the more power over the people this government has.  Of course this is not a sustainable course so eventually the government will fail, but since this is the aim of the Progressives in order to turn the United States, the last stronghold of freedom and independence, over to the World Government then the Progressives and their current leader Barack Obama are right on course.   Hear me:  Obama’s budget and all of his provisions in the budget will pass with no debate or concern from either party.  BB

Obama Calls for Major Change in Education Law – NYTimes.com

The best thing that happened to education during the past 100 years was George Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” Program.   It wasn’t perfect because no program as broad as this one could be perfect.  There were areas that needed work.  I’m not sure yet but President Obama just may be on the right track to correcting some of the problems.  The fact that the teachers unions are against his plans  is a big PLUS as far as I am concerned!  The second thing I really approve about it is the provision that teachers be evaluated and not “helped to become proficient” as in the Bush plan, but simply fired as in the Obama plan.  It is about time We the People face up to and demand that incompetent people be gotten rid of.  Teachers and doctors seem to be untouchables no matter how bad they are at their jobs.

The administration’s proposals would also rework the law’s teacher-quality provisions by requiring states to develop evaluation procedures to distinguish effective instructors, partly based on whether their students are learning. These would replace the law’s current emphasis on certifying that all teachers have valid credentials, which has produced little except red tape, officials said.

Obama also wants to follow individual students progress regardless of the groups progress.  This may lead to outstanding students be given the opportunity to enroll in charter schools or better performing schools and not being held back because they are stuck in a certain “group”.

Under the current law, testing focuses on measuring the number of students who are proficient at each grade level. The administration instead wants to measure each student’s academic growth, regardless of the performance level at which they start.

Under the proposals, schools would also be judged on whether they are closing achievement gaps between poor and affluent students. No sanctions exist now for schools that fail in this area. Under the new proposals, states would be required to intervene even in seemingly high-performing schools in affluent districts where test scores and other indicators identify groups of students who are languishing, administration officials said.

Rewarding high performance has caused school districts to look at around at their best performing schools and follow that plan in order to qualify for more federal dollars.  Guess what?  Charter schools outperform non-charter schools in almost all cases.  (charter schools are public schools but they are independent in how they are operated.  In other words they operate like private schools without having the school administration and school board to contend with!)  This provision of rewarding the best outcomes is causing states to ramp up their charter schools programs.  North Carolina only has 100 Charter Schools at present and of course teachers unions and school boards and administrations are against them.  The state legislature just may override these protests to get more money and inadvertently do the best thing possible for our children!

The proposals would require states to use annual tests and other indicators to divide the nation’s nearly 100,000 public schools into several groups: some 10,000 to 15,000 high-performing schools that could receive rewards or recognition; some 10,000 failing or struggling schools requiring varying degrees of vigorous state intervention; about 5,000 schools that would be required to narrow unacceptably wide achievement gaps; and perhaps 70,000 or so schools in the middle that would be encouraged to figure out on their own how to improve.

“No Child Left Behind” focus on proficiency in reading and math.  Teacher complained  they were teaching to the test.  My thought was well better teaching to the test than teaching nothing!    If a child can read he will be able to do well any subject; if he can’t read you can push all kinds of history books and lectures  at him all day and half the night and he still will not understand or know history.  The same goes for math.  If he can not add, subtract, multiply and divide  even keeping a check book will be beyond him.  I am not sure Obama’s goal is any better.  It will allow teacher to teach as they want but in order to show improvement on the tests they will still have to spend more time and effort on the basics.

President Obama would replace the law’s requirement that every American child reach proficiency in reading and math, which administration officials have called utopian, with a new national target that could prove equally elusive: that all students should graduate from high school prepared for college and a career.

Guess we will have to wait and see what happens here.  It seems to me so far that regardless of the administrations touting a total revamping of No Child Left Behind Obama is merely closing some of the loop holes that have needed corrected.  And again I say with glee: the teacher’s unions are against it!

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R. Utah) has sponsored a bill in the House to fire any federal employees who are tax cheats.  There are 100,000 of these people who together owe us $1 billion.  There are 700 in the Capitol and 50 in the White House.

Rep. Chaffetz is one of my congressmen to watch.  He ran on a promise to cut spending and he is doing his best to do just that.  He has voted against every   spending bill and sponsored more bills like the one above to cut spending and balance the budget.  He promised he would not be bringing home any  “pork” and he has also kept that promise  by refusing any ear marks.    And, he sleeps on a cot in his office rather than renting a Washington apartment saving money and flying home often to his family and district.

I don’t expect a lot of Chaffetz’s sponsored bills to be passed in our current congress but I do expect him to be in Congress for as long as he wants to be if he continues his conservative back to the Constitution views.  BB

In June 2007, Chaffetz announced he would challenge the 3rd District’s six-term incumbent, Chris Cannon, for the Republican nomination. Chaffetz said that Cannon “has failed us for not instituting conservative principles”, specifically mentioning stronger measures to prevent illegal immigration.

In the primary on June 24, 2008, Chaffetz defeated Cannon by a vote of 60% to 40%.[10] Chaffetz’s victory was shocking on several fronts. Cannon was endorsed by George W. Bush[11], the state’s two U.S. Senators (Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett) and almost all of the state Republican establishment. Cannon outspent Chaffetz by 6 to 1,[12] had a paid staff, as well as the endorsement of all three of the local newspapers. In contrast, Chaffetz won no significant endorsements and refused to buy meals and trinkets for his supporters. He had unpaid staff and a grassroots organization of more than 1,000 volunteers. He received the bulk of his campaign contributions from individual donors, and his campaign was 100% debt-free.[citation needed]

Chaffetz faced Democrat Bennion Spencer in the 2008 general election, along with Jim Noorlander from the Constitution Party. Chaffetz easily won election with 66% of the vote (to 28% and 6% for Spencer and Noorlander, respectively). Chaffetz also received the highest percentage (66%) of any of the three Representatives from Utah, with Rob Bishop (R, 1st District) winning with 65% and Jim Matheson (D, 2nd District) winning with 63% in their districts. However, the 3rd is one of the most—and by some measures, the most—Republican districts in the nation, and it was generally believed Chaffetz had assured himself of a seat in Congress with his primary win.

Chaffetz announced at the start of the Congressional term in 2009 that he would be sleeping on a cot in his office rather than renting a Washington, D.C. apartment.[13] Chaffetz said, “I’m trying to live the example that it doesn’t take big dollars in order to get where we want to go. I can save my family $1,500 a month by sleeping on a cot in my office as opposed to getting a fancy place that’s maybe a little bit more comfortable.”[13] His family will continue to live in Alpine. “We are now $10 trillion in debt. $10 trillion. Those are expenses that have to be paid at some point”, he said. If he can tighten his belt in these tough economic times, Chaffetz said, Congress should be able to as well.[13]

Upon hearing that U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, 2009, Chaffetz said he had “lost all respect for the award”, claiming “it used to be one of distinction, but [now] it is hard to give it any credibility”.[14]

In November 2009 Chaffetz co-sponsored a bill in the House with Rep. Jim Matheson to block the importation of foreign nuclear waste into the United States, putting him directly at odds with Rep. Rob Bishop and Utah’s Senators Bennett and Hatch who had historically supported importing foreign nuclear waste into Utah with restrictions. Chaffetz also surprised many in Utah by announcing he opposed the increase in troops in Afghanistan, and believed the best approach would be to bring the troops home from Afghanistan.[citation needed]

In December 2009, Chaffetz championed legislation to limit the use of full-body imaging scanners at airports. Chaffetz’s bill, which passed the House and now waits for Senate approval, would limit the use of full-body imaging scanners unless a metal detector first indicated a need for more screening. The images have come under intense scrutiny from privacy groups for supposedly invading privacy by letting security administrators view images of undressed passengers. Salt Lake City is one of only a handful of airports using the technology. [15]

Chaffetz favors residential building and energy development over endangered species protection for the greater sage grouse, a bird whose population has shrunk from 16 million 100 years ago to about 200,000 today. According to Chaffetz, “The only good place for a sage grouse to be listed is on the menu of a French bistro.”

In 2007, a court ruled that political tampering by Julie A. MacDonald, then-deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, had “tainted” the bird’s assessment, and a new review was ordered. In March 2010, the U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar assigned the bird “warranted but precluded” status, paving the way for its future protection.[16]

U.S. Enriches Companies Defying Its Policy on Iran – NYTimes.com

American tax payers have dished out over $107 Billion  in contracts to  who are violating our own government’s sanctions against Iran over the last decade. If more proof is needed that our government is corrupted and care nothing for the  safety of the American citizens then this is surely it.   Of course the President is always blamed because it is on his watch.   This attitude is both right and wrong.  The President is in charge and must therefore accept and be responsible for what goes on during his term in office.  At the same time the entrenched bureaucrats in Washington do what they damned well please as has been seen again and again. The bureaucrats also do as Congressmen getting “campaign contributions”  tell them to do in order to keep their jobs or be promoted. So making much noise and hullabaloo  Congress passes laws, some time goes by,  then the real powers go back to doing business as usual.  Corruption in the government is so very wide spread and no one is ever punished when the rules are found to have been broken!  Congress needs to be held accountable for much of this because it is Congress that is closer to these matters and are being paid off by these companies to continue to receive these lucrative contracts.

For years, the United States has been pressing other nations to join its efforts to squeeze the Iranian economy, in hopes of reining in Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Now, with the nuclear standoff hardening and Iran rebuffing American diplomatic outreach, the Obama administration is trying to win a tough new round of United Nations sanctions.

But a New York Times analysis of federal records, company reports and other documents shows that both the Obama and Bush administrations have sent mixed messages to the corporate world when it comes to doing business in Iran, rewarding companies whose commercial interests conflict with American security goals.

What upsets me the most is that $15 billion of this has gone to Iran’s oil industry instead of developing our own oil  fields.   It is the oil that is Iran’s chief, in fact only,  revenue.  Revenue that is being used to create a nuclear arsenal  that all know will certainly threaten world peace.  And the other beef I have is that most of the companies are based in foreign countries (multi-national companies) instead of companies based in the United States.  Taxes and jobs therefore are being paid for with our dollars and going to foreign  countries!  And yet our government  is spending the nation into unsustainable debt with Stimulus and Jobs Bills when all that would have to be done is to give these lucrative contracts only to companies that have remained in the United States.   One little change in our laws and then a stiff penalty  like firing any bureaucrat that gives a contract to any but an American company (strict enforcement of the law)  would go a long way, perhaps all the way, to giving employment to the 4 million currently unemployed.  It would also end our dependence on foreign oil. Go to :The  records show for a list of these companies and the contracts they have currently.

Besides the $102 Billion  in contracts  these companies have been given almost $5 billion in grants and other bennies.

Beyond $102 billion in United States government contract payments since 2000 — to do everything from building military housing to providing platinum to the United States Mint — the companies and their subsidiaries have reaped a variety of benefits. They include nearly $4.5 billion in loans and loan guarantees from the Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that underwrites the export of American goods and services, and more than $500 million in grants for work that includes cancer research and the turning of agricultural byproducts into fuel.

In addition, oil and gas companies that have done business in Iran have over the years won lucrative drilling leases for close to 14 million acres of offshore and onshore federal land.  (I wonder how many of these companies are exclusively American companies?  We Americans need to put a stop to padding the profits of multi-nationals.  BB)

This is a long article but well worth reading  to give you an idea of just how duplicitous our government has been and is continuing to be.  BB

I did something I seldom do, I carried over not only the entire article but the comments as well.  (There is only 112 of them at this point.)  Andrew Mellon is one of the most astute liberty loving individuals of our time.  I have made his blog  Mellon’s Musings. a part of my daily visits tho I have only “pimped” his article from Big Government Blog.  His bio reads: “Andrew Mellon is a liberty-loving student at Columbia University (oxymoronic though that may be). Writing deep behind enemy lines, Mellon covers issues political, social and economic with a Classical Liberal bent. He worked on his first campaign when he was five-years-old and has been fighting to return the country to its founding principles ever since. If you enjoy his pieces, check out his blog, Mellon’s Musings.

This particular article is a must read.  Not only a must read, but a must understand!    This is going to happen.  It will happen at some point in the future; maybe tomorrow maybe next week or next year but it will happen.  You must prepare for it.  We are all going to suffer when the chaos comes.  And as is usual; the poor among us will suffer the most.  Prepare yourselves and your families as best you can.  I would say save money but probably it would be better to buy up and save food.  Glenn Beck has been telling us to remember our Grandmother’s root cellar where she stored food over the summer  to carry the family thru the winter.  I mention this as being the best course of action for those of lower income because the dollar won’t be worth much  with hyperinflation.  At the same time you should save as much money as possible so you can continue to pay your rent or mortgage and utilities.  You will survive because people do.  Families and friends pull together and help each other.   We as a people have survived before but this time will simply be so much worse because we have been made dependent on the nanny state which is not going to be there for us any more.  The biggest entitlement programs will simply have to go since they now take up one half of our national budget: No Social Security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no government services of any kind for anyone at all!  Only  the necessary  police services for our personal security and possibly the city utilities.  Our nation has come to the point where there simply is no more money and soon there will be no more lenders.  Remember: we are now borrowing from China to pay the interest on our debt to China!  But as things continue to get bad for the people of the United States and the people stop buying then China too will suffer because the imports from China will decrease causing factories to close in China.  Do you see the connection and how our fall will cause another  because we have become so inter dependent as nations?  It is like tying your income to your neighbors work and spending habits and having him spend like a drunken sailor.  We Americans have been the drunken sailor!

(Sigh) Please read the article .  BB

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Fiscal Death by Welfare

by Andrew Mellon  (highlights are mine BB)

Ironically enough, the medicine applied by our state as the antidote for our ills has proven to be poison.  The welfare state is killing our nation.  Today entitlement spending makes up nearly half of our budget.  Long term, we know that there will be no way to pay off our unfunded obligations — we will go bankrupt. There will be three options ultimately, though ultimately can come quite suddenly: default, hyperinflation or abolition of the welfare state.

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Default is considered by many to be an impossible option as it would likely lead to mass chaos given the necessary suspension of many government services, not to mention the practical reality that WE are the collateral in the event of default.  To default is to be honest, and to be honest is anathema to the state.

Hyperinflation in my view is the most likely outcome given the massive increase in the money supply, which is good for politicians until it hits because it allows them to kick problems down the road and impose a stealth tax.  Currently, government is toeing the line between monetizing debt and intervening to keep its borrowing rates down, while incentivizing banks to keep money in their vaults or pump it into the stock market.

I believe that as the downturn goes on the government will blame the banks for the lack of economic growth and force them to allocate credit to chosen political entrepreneurs and other bad credit risks, leading to massive inflation in prices which they will likely blame on evil speculators and greedy price gouging companies.  Hyperinflation would allow the government to pay for the welfare state –  by writing entitlement checks in worthless dollars and lead to economic paralysis as constantly rising prices would make economic calculation and thus commerce impossible.

The final option would lead to the crucifixion of politicians.  Of course, this might not be such a bad thing.  All joking aside, there is a reason that entitlement spending is categorized as “mandatory” spending in our budget.  It is wrongfully viewed as an essential function of a civilized western nation, and its end would be met with a serious backlash from all of the welfare state’s recipients.

(The screaming will be loud and hysterical when Social Security and Medicare are cut!  Look what happens when there is even a hint that Medicare may be cut just a speck which the $500,000  really is.  The elderly have grown accustomed to being care for by the nanny state and they feel they have a right because of being bad mannered enough to get old entitles them to special treatment.  And they feel no concern for the young who are trying to pay the bills or the future children who will pay their bills!   BB)

Yet while default is the most honest option, hyperinflation the most likely and abolition the most untenable, in my view it is the third option which is the inevitable end, regardless of the path we choose, with the only question being whether we take our lumps now or at some unknown and jarring point in the future.

But it never had to be this way. Back in February of 1887, Texan farmers were struggling as a severe drought was killing their crops.  Congress was looking to pass an appropriations bill to bail out the ailing farmers.  President Grover Cleveland had the following to say on the matter:

Though there has been some difference in statements concerning the extent of the people’s needs in the localities thus affected, there seems to be no doubt that there has existed a condition calling for relief; and I am willing to believe that, notwithstanding the aid already furnished, a donation of seed grain to the farmers located in this region, to enable them to put in new crops, would serve to avert a continuance or return of an unfortunate blight.

And yet I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan as proposed by this bill, to indulge a benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds for that purpose.

I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.

The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune…Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.

Unfortunately, as we well know future politicians failed to heed these words.  Due in large part to the New Deal and Great Society legislation, post-Lochner era court decisions and ideological subversion of the left in media and academia, the state became the paternalistic figure that it is today.  The welfare state imposed on the people the notion that we were morally required through the force of government to help out our fellow man, an inherently immoral argument.  In so doing, the state became the institution of moral hazard.

By providing aid to untapped politically lucrative constituencies for many of life’s woes, the state altered the character of the American people.  When before, life was based on self-reliance, innovation and entrepreneurship, today a wide swath of American life is based on dependency, complacency and politics, an ironic assertion in that we built our wealth that funded the welfare state on the very foundations that the welfare state undermines.  George Will outlined this transformation eloquently in his CPAC speech.

The demoralizing nature of the welfare state in absolving people from making decisions on matters of health, career and retirement in altering our character necessarily altered our actions, the sum of which make up our economy.  By taking long term planning out of the hands of people, the welfare state led us to increase our time preferences.  Time preference refers to our relative short term or long term orientation.  When we prepare for the long term, we make prudent decisions such as saving more and borrowing and spending less, in expectation of reaping greater rewards down the road.  On the other hand, when government taxes, reducing returns on capital and removes the need for cogent planning, we become more short term oriented, valuing more highly instant gratification achieved through spending and borrowing more to consume today.  High time preferences result in low capital formation, high real interest rates and diminished prosperity.

It should be noted that politicians are not immune to time preferences.  Since politicians are concerned most with getting re-elected, and the state came to be seen as the mechanism for spreading the wealth around to various voting blocs, naturally there grew a conflagration of welfare programs (using the term welfare loosely) funded through direct taxation, inflation and debt with little regard for the future.

The psychological and concomitant economic effects of the redistributive state cannot be understated.  What has been consistently understated is what the world would look like without the welfare state.  If we were to abolish Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, billions of dollars would return to the hands of the people.  People would have to plan their lives more carefully and responsibly and redevelop the drive that had been taken from them by the state, and they would allocate these new funds accordingly.  This influx of new cash to be reallocated according to the preferences of consumers would lead to unimagined innovations.

How many new hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and insurers would crop up?  How many more dollars would people save for retirement and in so doing invest in the private sector?  How many charitable organizations would be created for people to voluntarily help their fellow man?  How many government bureaucrats would be unleashed into the economy and employed in productive jobs?  How many productive jobs would the private sector create?  How many people would pick themselves up out of poverty?  One fascinating anecdotal example of the types of innovations that occurred when the government did not coddle people from cradle to grave was the institution of the fraternal society, one of the functions of which was healthcare provision under “lodge practice,” whereby society members could voluntarily pool their money and draw upon it when in need of medical care.  Prices were low and service was of quality until government intervened and destroyed the practice.

Now surely, as a practical matter the scrapping of the welfare state would cause great disruption, and people expecting to receive and/or reliant on benefits would incur immediate hardships.  But with the infusion of capital back into the hands of private individuals making decisions for themselves, in the long run our standard of living would increase, our competitive advantage in the world would widen and we would restore the national character to which Cleveland spoke.  We would reverse the demoralization and economic stagnation induced by the state.  We would see the bountiful unseen benefits blocked by the massive edifice of the state that holds our people back. It bears remembering that we didn’t grow wealthy with a safety net under us in the first place.

Our society was built on the non-aggression principle.  Individuals should be free to pursue purposeful ends so long as they do not harm others.  Government’s role is to protect us from external harm by providing defense, public safety and the courts.  By government attempting to protect us from the harm of our own decisions, imposing morality on the people through forcing some to subsidize others, government becomes an immoral, socially and economically destructive institution and perpetuates a cycle of intervention, dependency, crisis and further intervention.

As the healthcare debate rages on, and in context of the reality on the ground today, it surely seems as if we are miles from the end of the welfare state.  But indeed, we are going to arrive at the end of the experiment of the Ponzi welfare scheme, and it will not be by government fiat but by gravity.  This will be a blessing in disguise, though the short term pain of a sudden collapse will be great.  Traumatic as the collapse of the welfare state will be for those reliant on it, collapse will go quite a ways towards restoring power back with its rightful owners, the people.
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Cowboy Logic's avatar - Go to profile Cowboy Logic 118p · 16 hours ago

Parasitical organisms must always live off their host organisms, until they have drained them of blood. Then they move on to the next host, for the next free lunch, and free ride…………

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“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
Alexis de Tocqueville’Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, suggested Friday the organization might one day be called on to provide countries with a global reserve currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar.’
Won’t that be nice? That is exactly how the the British Empire fell from world economic power when the ‘pound’ lost status…

Wasn’t it Rahm Emanuel who said ‘“Let not one crisis go to waste”?
One really has to wonder just what the end game is here, these are not stupid people in the White House.

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“Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”— DICK CHENEY

7 replies · active 13 hours ago

Well written, Mr. Mellon.
“The final option would lead to the crucifixion of politicians.”
I favor the final option. Although painful, it does offer full relief, in the end.

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Excellent post, Mr.Mellon.This is Truth, and it hurts.Just how disconnected from reality are our politicians?This article shows, quite succinctly, how far in the stratosphere the pols are today. Engorged with their own self-importance, these pompous fools have taken our great nation from the heights of greatness to the shallows of despair, accelerating the course exponentially in just a couple of generations.None dare call it Treason? I do.
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Hanzo

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MarkG's avatar - Go to profile MarkG 98p · 15 hours ago

“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Winston Churchill”When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – Benjamin Franklin

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – Ronald Reagan

“Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.” – Ronald Reagan

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StoryKeeper's avatar - Go to profile StoryKeeper 83p · 15 hours ago

Can we say Cloward-Piven?

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Welfare is the extension of slavery which is acceptable to the lazy and irresponsible for generations. If you are a welfare recipient; then this indictment is for you. You have no honor.

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I think its all part of the progressive design. To change us they must first break us. Share the weath…let all the illegal immigrants in who can receive benefits without paying taxes. Create countless useless entitlement programs to “help them” (the poor and lazy) and of course share some kool aid. Normal hard working Americans don’t believe in entitlement and the progressives know that so.. they buy the votes and support of the poor and lazy and import others who will do anything to get out of there own country.

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Your whining might have more legitimacy if you prioritized your focus a bit. “Welfare” on Americans is more justified than welfare on foreigners – particularly violent, terrorist foreigners who have attacked us and make enemies for us by supporting them: Israel.

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Excellent and very, very honest piece. It’s a shame FDR was right when he said that no damned politician would ever get rid of his social programs. The people are too damned used to the government handout right now. There are too many out there that would only lift a finger to keep the checks coming – and then sit right back down on their sorry, lazy butts.

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Ron Greene's avatarRon Greene · 15 hours ago

New York cops get a pension of 80 % of their last year of service salary so what they do is buy up overtime from other officers to run up thier last year salary to 120 % of normal and then after 20 years retire collecting 100 % salary for the next 30 years plus their Social Security and none of this money has been set aside and all must be pulled from that states annual revenue.
It just cannot work the numbers just do not add up and something must be done to end this.

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kooz's avatar - Go to profile kooz 80p · 15 hours ago

Unemployment compensation has to be adding to this right now.
I suppose the recession in general.
It would be great to have a time table,but I suppose the best thing is to buy what you need now
without going into debt.

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The welfare state cannot exist without the creation of an authoritarian government structure which forcibly takes the funds from one to give to another.After that, it’s just a matter of degree – in how much is taken from the “haves,” and how much force is used in the taking.

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Woodshedder's avatarWoodshedder · 14 hours ago

Excellent. I agree with you 100%. And I thought I was the only one having these kinds of thoughts.

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Once a people accept the notion that failure should be rewarded, it was all over.

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To quote Rush Limbaugh, we are speaking truth to welfare.Hey Obama – you wanna see fundamental transformation – The Tea Party Movement is gonna create a Revolution against the big government monster your ilk feeds off and they’ll return America back to First Principles.

The free ride is over for you parasites!

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Preventing the insolvency of the socialist welfare entitlement state has been the goal of every administration for a very long time, and crafty politicians have been inventing ways to forestall the event. After all, no politician wants to be the one who presides over that.This, I believe, is the prime motivation for “comprehensive health care reform,” with its four years of benefit free tax increases and medicare cuts used to prop up social security, as well as the cap and tax green agenda which is designed to extract more money from every American in order to move the eventual collapse of the welfare state beyond 2012.

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but they need anohter $93,000 for petty cash !!!! WTF ?????What is wrong with them? This is not the hope and change I voted for !!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNRt9R7S8aM

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On a site that’s full of excellent posts, Mr. Mellon’s writings the past few weeks provide the clearest warnings of a perfect storm dead ahead, how it formed, and some idea of painful choices to be faced.. We Americans sometimes pat ourselves on the back about extreme hardships overcome by previous generations, forgetting the genuine and lasting pain involved, and imagining it immunizes us from any real pain of our own.Unfortunately, we’re likely to experience a historic crisis firstthand. And it it wil be largely inflicted from within.Some Democrats argue they just need to push their stinking carcass of a health-care bill over the hump to get it passed by any means, and Americans will learn to like it. This sounds like some crack dealer who wants to pin down a recovering addict and shoot them up in the arm, figuring once that addictve dependency is injected forcefully, they’ll have a lifelong customer. It may mean ruin for the victim, but keeps the money and power flowing to the pushers, BHO, Pelosi, Reid & crew.

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The collapse of Greece, & the potential of the same for Ireland & other western European countries will bring about the fall of the EU. The U.K. will double-dip into recession followed by the U.S., Japan & China. We are witnessing the final cut w/all ties to 20th century policy. The short term result will be difficult to say the least as those who’ve become addicted to government-imposed dependency start waking up to the real world without their fix. This will be the evil outcome the political “Left” (of both parties) has imposed; FDR’s legacy. But the long term runout will be a much better place & uniquely 21st century as Americans again learn to be self-reliant & neighbor-helping neighbor becomes the new norm.

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Marko68's avatar - Go to profile Marko68 36p · 13 hours ago

Thanks for finally calling it what it really is, WELFARE! The 800lb guerilla in the room at the summit are politicians don’t dare mention.

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j2points's avatarj2points · 13 hours ago

Get ready for the great recession of 2012 & the final defeat of Liberal Progressivism.

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ahahahahaah all your cons .. fell for the republican line.. they got you convinced that ALL our tax $$’s are spent on people who sit around drinking beer and not working – collecting welfare….
the fact is if congress started to cut all that YOU think is “welfare”.. so many of you would jump up and say “hey not that one”… then on the other hand you are happy with 13 aircraft carrier groups and corporate american paying them selves HUGE bonuses… if my country is going to pay for anything. .I want it to pay for what the people need not what corporate america needs
we need to cut ALL the fat
this is NOT a left/right issue.. it is US against them…..
no palin.. no obama.. no cheney

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Government-worker unions are on the rise and they are demanding higher salaries and benefits with your tax dollars. They refuse to take pay cuts, benefit cuts, more employee contributions, etc.. They want top raise property taxes, payroll taxes, corporate taxes, user fees, higher sales tax, food tax, etc…If you are lucky they will sue you with your tax money and take the unions dues you give them to continue to socialize America.

http://thelibertyjournal.com/2010/03/01/the-unite…

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“Death by Deficit” and “Death by Welfare” are two phrases that should resonate with most Americans. We should use those phrases relentlessly because they clearly enunciate the future and our consequences of the path we are on.

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StanH's avatar - Go to profile StanH 109p · 13 hours ago

That’s what stimulus (porkulus) was all about TARP, healthcare, and on and on. These bastard politicians have over promised, and now, “America’s chickens…have come home to roost!” Stand back America the parasite class with devour itself. It’s time to say, “NO!”

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mac1000's avatar - Go to profile mac1000 1p · 13 hours ago

I work in the welfare state. I can promise you that welfare has killed more people than poverty ever did. It has helped NO ONE. And at what staggering cost. Look at the crime rate, the incarceration rates, the miscarriage rate, the life expectancy among welfare recipients. It’s a staggering travesty and our tax dollars are paying for this death.

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OklahomaBound's  avatarOklahomaBound · 13 hours ago

toconn – March 1st, 2010 at 1:18 am
“Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”— DICK CHENEY
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Hey “toconn”, obviously Chenny never could have imagined that a Progressive scumbag like Obama would come along and run up a deficit in one year that exceeded all of the deficit spending of every President in the history of this country combined. When you spend that kind of money to the welfare left and unions then deficits DO MATTER!

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Dau.of Patton's  3rd's avatarDau.of Patton’s 3rd · 12 hours ago

The Marxist in Chief must be awfully proud to see this happening.
Probably has a thrill go down his leg everytime he thinks about it.

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cardon's avatar - Go to profile cardon 79p · 12 hours ago

We should be inundating our Senators and Congressmen with
e-mails, letters, phone calls, about this healthcare takeover…
Time to put on the pressure…With all the people out of work, and
not paying taxes, there will be a shortfall…there’s no way they’ll be
able to pay for the programs they have without adding this piece
of crap…..

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Congrats’ America Your entiteded To It!

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All Your Entitede Are Us

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Over The Hill's  avatarOver The Hill · 12 hours ago

It’s About time

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Socialism is a fraud. Keynesian economics is a fraud.Socialism lets politicians lie to gullible people, telling them what they want to hear, which is that they can get something for nothing. Keynesianism lets the politicians print unlimited amounts of money to pay for the promises. But when the promises come due, there will be a reckoning and it is coming.

In times of financial collapse and turmoil, civil society may break down. It is at that time that our civil society is weakest and may either devolve towards dictatorship, under the guise of keeping civil order, or civil society will recover and reboot itself. We need to be prepared for that time.

It does not bode well, or give any comfort, to know that the Federal government is hurriedly trying to make us give up our liberty in advance of that time.
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Nothing worth having ever comes easy.
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I remember Jack Kemp (speaking around the time Perot got Clinton elected and the MSM caused the L.A. Riots) advocating the creation of “enterprise zones” in inner cities. As I recall this involved tax breaks and govt loans. I thought “eh, not too bad” but then I heard him talking about home ownership [because you don't burn what you own] and while I can’t remember the details I think it was an expansion on the already growing Fannie/Freddie bubble.
See, while I paid attention to politics, without the benefit of Liberal indoctrination, I hadn’t a clue about the ramifications of the Open Conspiracy in play. I knew something was wrong – that RINOs were filling the ranks of the Republican party but I didn’t know about the Progressive infiltration or agenda. I’m indebted to Andrew Breitbart, Beck and the other New Media outlets for bringing truth to the surface for all the world to see.
Now, how are we going to get that country “though the people support the government, the government should not support the people” back?

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Dave Rooney's avatarDave Rooney · 10 hours ago

Mr. Mellon.With all due respect give a time line or time table when you say “Hyperinflation in my view is the most likely outcome given the massive increase in the money supply, which is good for politicians until it hits because it allows them to kick problems down the road and impose a stealth tax.”

One year? Two years? Three years?

You’re not speaking about the crux of the crisis. And that is fatal. CREDIT my friend is contracting and is in a tailspin. Those that want it can’t get it. Those that can get don’t want it.

How on Gods great green earth is that inflationary in the near term? Are you suggesting that house prices have to rise to unleash pent up credit? Hyperinflation is a wet dream for the Fed. Gold bugs are going to take some heat. Which ones can hold on and not be forced to sell time will only tell.

This analysis is not only counterproductive to BIGs readers but it almost galvanizes their beliefs. NOTHING will reverse the credit contraction with current prices. It will be a huge lower price tailspin that precedes the availability of fresh new credit. Ergo reduce the risk and let the new games begin.

But at that juncture you will find an American psyche so wounded by the carnage that only the brave souls will step up to the plate and seize opportunity. And that is how fortunes are made. Be prepared to act and not react. And based on the what I see as prevalent few will be in a position to act. The masses will be scared chitless.

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If you want to really understand all that needs to be changed. Just look here at what the last Congress did (110th.) With an avg of 170 days in session they enacted 460 Laws >> http://tinyurl.com/yhmlezgMost of the laws had to do with funding/creating entitlements and monuments to cronies. We have a long way to go to correct ourselves.

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When we have card carrying socialists in our government, no one complains, people elect these people.
This seems to me these are the free loaders of society, these are the people who want more.
60 plus congress people are Democratic Socialist.
Until the people of the nation become independent thinkers, and become informed, the DemoRats will destroy our great Nation.
It will take generations to try to undo what this administration has done, if ever.

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And the rose colored glasses approach that future growth will bring in more revenues, I’ll work twice as hard in the future knowing that my hard work will be transfered by the likes of Nanny Pelosi to those she deems worthy, by sacrificing my labor for the greater good I will get that euphoric feeling of being a good commie.

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Roundup_Logan's  avatarRoundup_Logan · 4 hours ago

I’ve always thought the true underlying issue with health care was to kick the entitlement program crash further down the road. We should start reversing this now by cleaning out the illegals off the welfare roles, then move to married couples (potential double income earners), and then start raising the income base line lower and lower to be elligible for any type of public assistance until soon if you make more than $1000 a year you won’t get public assistance. And if you can walk, talk, and breath – you can work and if you can work, you don’t need public assistance. Spend your time working instead of standing in the welfare line to get some of Obama’s “stash”.

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It’s called ‘mordidas’, the death of a thousand cuts.

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Tyrant's avatar - Go to profile Tyrant 53p · 4 hours ago

We have too many illegal immigrants, AND too many recent “legal” immigrants we unwisely allowed into the country that have become a burden to society. They need to go.

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Must Know Headlines 3.1.2010 — ExposeTheMedia.com

[...] Fiscal Death By Welfare [...]

Kevin  Butterfield's avatarKevin Butterfield · 3 hours ago

I see no real end to the welfare state. In fact, it is probably more true that the vision concerning monetary ends for the citizenry according to the Socialist visionaries is a society where there are no wages, but credit. You would work, do your job, and have an allotment of resources that you can access. Products would be government controlled, and therefore equal in quality, so excessive consumption would be, theoretically, phased out. For instance, think, no exotic sports cars, because there would only need to be so many models for certain demographics necessary to produce in a One-Minded homogenized society. Obviously, sports cars are not a necessity. All that is needed in this particular scenario is for an exotic car company to fail, become owned by the government, and have it decided that the best interest of the company is to be absorbed by a general car manufacturer where, from that point, the exotic car companies goals and aspirations for future models is also absorbed. Ahhh, there is so much to consider, but it really is similar to 1984. Healthcare definitely is a major first step in building this new world. Mind, it isn’t begun with welfare – that was tearing down the old. I see it starting with healthcare, because society turns on food, and health is primarily about consumption. So, it isn’t about controlling money really, but controlling actual needs. Needs are subconscious, and logical. There is a lot to consider…

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Justamused's avatarJustamused · 3 hours ago

After coming out of a Wal-mart, filled with “Made in China” merchandise, I watch as a mother/daughter sumo team worked strenulously to lift the lard they carried on their frames into a $52,000, 2009 F-350 Ford. It was convieniently parked in the handicapped spot with bales of hay (a sure sign of hay burning horses) and empty beer cans. A cigarete dangled out the puffy, celulosic lips of both. I was amazed that a disable individual could climb into such a tall vehicle, let alone afford it. This thing was crew cab diesel. Heel, I work for a living and can’t afford such high end equipment. But I guess Walmart’s motto is right, “SAVE MONEY, LIVE BETTER”. Keep paying your taxes kids. The poor need you.

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vlscpa's avatar - Go to profile vlscpa 78p · 3 hours ago

Yeah, well, when the $hit hits the fan we suburbanites won’t look so stupid for having fled the cities. Welfare has to end, just like those ridiculous and unsustainable gov’t salaries have to end, and the end won’t be pretty.

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its time  continued's avatarits time continued · 3 hours ago

If you cannot help yourself, then you can you help?

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How does ANYONE expect the problem to be corrected when the scumbag PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES is, himself, a welfare rat and entitlement clown. From his high school days to his degrees at Columbia and Harvard he has sucked on the welfare teat of minority programs to pay his way. And no records to ever be reviewed. Gee.. I WONDER WHY ! One cannot change the stripes on a welfare bum. It’s generational as those of us who have lived close to large urban areas know !Cut all welfare programs and subsidies to minority pregnancies immediately. Let them work as I am sick and tired of carrying their lazy asses while they get their “HAIR AND NAILS DID” ! Lazy scumbags…. Soon to change !

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In a world where a smug socialist president takes cheap pot-shots at a vietnam war hero, serving in Congress, and is obsessed with using the words HealthCare to ‘transform America’ into a Welfare state, we have no choice but to use whatever freedoms we still have left, to to overthrow him and his entire team. TeaPartyNurse, NJ

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Look on the bright side!Economic meltdown will present plenty of opportunities to get back in touch with our roots!

Dig up your lawn and plant crops! Get a rifle and learn how to hunt (something edible, not each other …).
Throw away that useless paper money and learn how to carve wampum out of clam shells!

Consider it as an opportunity for personal growth!

sbenard's avatarsbenard · 45 minutes ago

“Death by Deficit” and “Death by Welfare” are two phrases that should resonate with most Americans. We should use those phrases relentlessly because they clearly enunciate the future and our consequences of the path we are on.

We the People have our jobs cut out for us starting right now and preparing for a take over of both parties in the November elections.  No matter if you are a Republican or Democrat your elected officials are NOT looking out for your interests.  Every last incumbant in Washington needs to go as they have all become infected with the Washington Elititus.  Washington Elititus: Diseases which have one or more of the following characteristics: they are permanent, leave residual disability, are caused by non-reversible pathological alteration. The alteration is from humanity to humanoid.   Most often referred to as  Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the diagnostic classification system used in the United States, as “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.” The narcissist is described as being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, and prestige.Narcissistic personality disorder is closely linked to self-centeredness.”   (wikipedia)

This same disease can be found in all walks of life and all professions, but is most destructive to the welfare of others when found in politicians as they use your tax dollars to feed their needs.  It is unfortunate that all but a very small handful of our elected officials  has surcumed to this disease.  It is also rampant among non-elected officials in Washington also.  some estimate that as many as 70% of government employees suffer from excessive beliefs and  behaviors  of Washington Elititus.   The only cure is the drastic action of cutting the  diseased one from the population and returning them to an atmosphere where they are soon divested of the means to indulge themselves.

Nancy Matthis  explains in the following post what the effects of Washington Elititus are and how We the People must treat it.  BB

A Tale of Two Parties — Elitism

By Nancy Matthis |  Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 5:02 am

Both major US political parties are self-perpetuating power brokers, long divorced from the welfare of citizens. While ordinary folk struggle to make ends meet in a failing economy totally created by these same self-serving politicians, they live high on the hog.

You will recall the trip a bevy of Democrats made to the January climate conference in Copenhagen. Nancy Pelosi shepherded a large group abroad in private jets, where they stayed in five-star hotels eating caviar and lobster and riding in limousines. This luxury living was all at the taxpayers expense, of course.

Now we learn that the Republicans are also living large. Citizens who wanted to end the Democratic profligacy of the incumbents filled the Republican party coffers with political donations. In January the Republican National Committee took in about $10 million, which donors no doubt hoped would fuel victories in the mid-term elections. But the RNC spent most of the money holding their regular winter meeting in Hawaii, a conference that had previously been held in Washington DC where all the pols were already.

From PoliticoMichael Steele’s spending spree angers donors:

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers – expenses that are infuriating the party’s major donors who say Republicans need every penny they can get for the fight to win back Congress.

Most recently, donors grumbled when Steele hired renowned chef Wolfgang Puck’s local crew to cater the RNC’s Christmas party inside the trendy Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, and then moved its annual winter meeting from Washington to Hawaii.

For some major GOP donors, both decisions were symbolic of the kind of wasteful spending habits they claim has become endemic to his tenure at the RNC. When Ken Mehlman served as the committee chairman during the critical 2006 midterm elections, the holiday party was held in a headquarters conference room and Chic-fil-A was the caterer….

The idea that they are somehow different from — read “better than” — the rest of us seems to be a disease that overtakes politicians after a few weeks in office or in the corridors of political party power. One can only hope that the developing force of the Tea Party movement will counterbalance the elitism of the two established political parties. An article in The American Interest expresses the potential:

When the system seems stuck or dysfunctional and the pressure builds up for change, this is when populists rise up against elites and the suspicion of elites and government that seems to be part of America’s DNA comes to the fore.

See Also:  from American Thinker  Worse than Awful

Hot AirRNC burning through midterms money on planes, limos, meals, hotels

Hot AirMichael Steele: My critics are racist

Los Angeles TimesCould living large hurt GOP chances in November?

A Separate, Race-Based Government for Native Hawaiians? | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

The Congress and President are going down a very dangerous road by separating the State of Hawaii into what is in effect two separate governments whose goals will most likely be directly opposed to each other.   Is this a beginning for other ethnic groups?  As A. Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself can not stand.”  The quotation ” A house divided against itself cannot stand,” which is taken from Matthew 12:25: “Every kingdom divided against …”.

This people is the beginning of a house divided against itself and is the first step in divide and conquer that the Progress/Liberal/ Socialist/ communist have in mind for the United States.  BB

The U.S. House is expected to vote today on the creation of the largest tribal entity in U.S. history under the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, despite last-minute opposition by Hawaii’s governor, Linda Lingle (R), and serious questions regarding the bill’s constitutionality. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promised to sign the legislation.

The bill would establish a separate, race-based governing body to represent Native Hawaiians in negotiations with state and federal governments. As The National Review writes, the Act would:

Notably, Gov. Lingle reversed course after more than seven years of support for the Act (also known as “the Akaka Bill”), citing recent amendments to the legislation she says aren’t in the best interest of Hawaiians:

The basic problem as I see it, is that in the current version of the bill, the ‘governmental’ (non-commercial) activities of the Native Hawaiian governing entity, its employees, and its officers, will be almost completely free from State and County regulation, including free from those laws and rules that protect the health and safety of Hawai‘i’s people, and protect the environment. ’Governmental’ activity is a broad undefined term that can encompass almost any non-commercial activity.

“This structure will, in my opinion, promote divisiveness and litigation, rather than negotiation and resolution.

The Akaka Bill also drew fire from five members of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, who sent a letter to House leadership on Monday urging opposition to the proposal. In their letter, they reasserted objections to the bill they initially raised in August of last year. From the August 2009 letter:

We do not believe Congress has the constitutional authority to “reorganize” racial or ethnic groups into dependent sovereign nations unless those groups have a long and continuous history of separate self-governance. Moreover, quite apart from the issue of constitutional authority, creating such an entity sets a harmful precedent. Ethnic Hawaiians will surely not be the only group to demand such treatment. On what ground will Congress tell these other would-be tribes no?

And in their letter yesterday, the commissioners also questioned the manner in which the bill came to a vote, stating that it was “slated for a hasty House vote [that] was apparently negotiated behind closed doors…”

In NRO’s “the corner,” Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, who was a signatory to the letter, writes that the precedent the Akaka Bill sets is a dangerous one:

The bill is not only constitutionally defective and morally repugnant, but by logical extension it opens the door for members of other racial classifications to petition the government for sovereign status.

While the House is poised to pass the bill, concern over those constitutional questions and the precedent the Akaka Bill would set are quite significant. The U.S. Constitution stands for the proposition that all Americans should be treated equally under the law. It certainly stands to reason, then, that Congress shouldn’t be in the business of granting different ethnic groups special treatment under the law in direct contravention of Constitutional principles.

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  1. Doug Holdridge, Ohio on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    They may have been the last of the 50 to join the Union but they CHOSE to become Americans. Nobody is or should want to stop them from maintaining or celebrating their cultural heritage. If there are enough who feel the need to separate themselves from America then maybe they should start a cessation movement. After all, it is their Constitutional right to do so. This will only intensify the divisiveness that already exists and lead to civil disobedience if not outright conflict.
  2. Bill Meadows, Colorado Spring, Co, 80907 on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    So much for the U.S. being the ‘melting pot’ for the world. Now we will have RACE being the tool which will be used to divide the nation into races. It will be African, Hispanic, Islamic and everybody else. Even Christians will be cut out of the nation by race as we come from every race in the world. Obama is the biggest racist in the world. He hates the freedoms, the mixing of the races, and the Constitution of this country. If this is passed and he signs it into law he should be impeached for distruction of the Constitution that he pledged to protect.
    Bill Meadows
  3. David, TN on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    what’s to stop someone like Rev. Wright from seeking a separate governing body for black Americans?

    What’s to stop American Muslims from seeking separate governance so they can impose sharia law, as in England?

  4. Mark in Arizona on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Having lived on the Big Island in the ’60s and visited the state several times since then, I have reservations about this legislation. Furthermore, I’m concerned that an unintended consequence will be that it will hurt the tourism business more than anyone suspects it might.
  5. DeclareTruth, The formerly great State of Michigan on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    It would make much more sense and be a far more moral undertaking to allow Hawaii to secede from the Union. I knew a man who was a native Hawaiian, and he maintained until his death last year that the United States stole the Hawaiian Islands from the native people and that the U.S. has NEVER had the right to any governing authority there. This Akaka bill is absolutely one of the most idiotic proposals I have heard – just when I think this administration has reached the limits of ridiculous they come up with something so far-fetched that it’s hard to believe they’re serious.
  6. Rich Angelo, GA on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Does the constitution mean anything to this current administration?? Ethnic origin based politics in the US??? What are the “tests” going to be to determine ethic purity in this case?? Who decides ???? How many generations back to we benchmark?? Absolutely incredible………..
  7. Ozzy6900, CT on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    This bill is creating and approving a Government within the Government of the United States. That is against the Constitution and needs to be stopped.
  8. Joy Duval on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    When this is passed, precedent is established to allow Arab Americans to answer to Sharia law rather than the US law. Give them the separate race-based government which they have been seeking.

    Our Republic has never been in more peril.

  9. Geoff, Henderson, Nevada on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    When has anything based on ethnicity worked? How is this uniting a nation? The economy of Hawaii will implode like California and they will be back in Washington D.C.begging for help. I used to temper my language when it came to this administration, but STUPID is becoming more appropriate every day.
  10. Chad on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Mr. Obama and his left / progressivist sidekicks Pelosi, Reid, Axelrod, Rahm, Holder, Rev. Wright (20+ years in the pugh), Van Jones (a communist!), ……….. ACORN – which Mr. Obama during elections said he hadn’t worked with for 13 years, yet behind closed doors swears to be an advocate every working day……..(See Glenn Beck). Hawaii should produce Mr. Obama’s long form birth certificate first, not a laser printed “version” when lasers didn’t exist.

    We cannot be suprised by anything out of this administration. Let us look for a quick and single term and vote these RADICALS out!

    Just wait til he gets his tax plans in place, single handedly in the process of attempting to have government run ALL aspects of our lives. They just don’t respect the individiual lives of the American people, and they truly believe we are better off with their hands in our pockets. AMERICA – PLEASE WAKE UP!!!

  11. Alex, Washington DC on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Obama is clearly biased on this issue because he comes from the Big Island. I don’t think any person who grew up in the continental United States would support such a ludicrious proposal.
  12. Rick74 on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Governor Perry –

    Your idea that Texas might secede from the Union now seems prescient.

    Wait, we may not have a Union for Texas to secede from.

    What does the United in United States stand for? What does States stand for?

  13. Drew Page, IL on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    I thought President Obama said “We aren’t red states or blue states; we are the United States”. Hawaii was annexed based on a vote of the people there and is one of the United States. It’s over and done. What possible good would come of creating a government within a government? And what would be next, giving the country back to the Indians?

    All something like this would do is cost the American taxpayers more money. Don’t we have enough other places where our tax money could be better spent?
    Doesn’t Mr. Obama have anything better to do?

  14. Chuck In Larkspur, Colorado on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    When a recent visitor to Hawaii went to the grocery store, they discovered that there are multiple prices for the items being sold. The lowest price was for the “Native Hawaiians”. Apparently the Native Hawaiians are having second thoughts about living under the constitution of the United States. They do not want liberty and justice for all. They want special treatment for themselves and no thought about who is going to pay for their “free lunch”.
    I say let them all go to one of the islands where they can revert to their native ways and we will not bother them at all.
  15. Jeanne Stotler,Woodbridge, Va on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Would that also appy to Okla. and the indians there, Fla. and the Seminole, Tenn and the Cherokee and NY and what is left of several tribes there?? I do not know about stealing Hawaii, my grandfather was stationed there 1928-1934 at Scholfield barracks and they were considered a territory then. Of course the American Indians claim we stole their land and we did in some instances, although there are documents showing that the Indians in Mass. were paid and so were those in Jamestown.
  16. Chuck In Larkspur, Colorado on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    It appears that the Native Hawaiians want what the American Indians have. Maybe they should look a little closer. The evolution of the Native American Indians since they have been “adopeted” by the US government is both the saddest and best example of what socialism will do to a society.
  17. George Walden RI on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    My wife is a card carrying Wampanoag indian and as such,with similar legislation in Massachusets, would have claim to enhanced rights in south-eastern MA [including Cape Cod] depending on which band holds her affiliation.
    In addition,wouldn’t the Apache or any other native tribe have a similar claim? And what about all the African-American or white people who have no native claims at all?
  18. Josh, Maine on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    This should come as no surprise to anybody. We currently have a completely out of control narcissist at the helm of the USA Titanic who instead of trying to be a good captain and avoid the icebergs to save his ship and passengers is steering into them. We are going to be lucky to survive this voyage.
  19. Leeners, Seattle on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    I would concur that this sets a horrible precident and is even worse than the Native Indian Reservations (of which we have many in Washington State). Making certain groups of people obey laws when others are kept at a different standard does not unite this country and I would question the Constitutionality of this bill.
  20. Spiritof76, NH on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Isn’t this wonderful-another step towards dismantling the United States. The current government (Congress included) is hell bent on destroying the American economy, individual freedom and property rights. Welcome to the Soviet Union of the west.
  21. JB, Texas on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    This would be hilarious, if it wasn’t so sad.
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President Obama’s “Pro-Business” Policies Are Killing the Free Market

The President is the stonewall  in the way of the economy improving and all the time he is meeting with these big wig CEO’s and trying to pose himself as pro-business.  If anyone would look at the economy for the past 30 years and the sectors of the economy that grew you would see they were the ones where the government wasn’t in any way involved.  On the other hand the parts of the economy that only grew more expensive and less productive  and some that ultimately even led to the mess we are in right now you will see these were the sectors of the economy where the government was involved.   In fact, the more involved the government the greater the rise in costs, the lower the rate of productivity and the greater the impact on our economic owes of the present.

But as others have pointed out, the reason the health care, education, and energy sectors all failed to improve quality, efficiency, and productivity in the 80s is because those sectors were, and continue to be, the sectors most dominated by government intervention: our education system is a near total government monopoly; the federal government controls the majority of health care spending in this country, and our environmental laws make new energy development in this country virtually impossible. But President Obama seems completely oblivious to these facts. He is supremely confident that his government “pro-business” interventions will be ahistorically successful. And so he confidently tells BusinessWeek: “You would be hard-pressed to identify a piece of legislation that we have proposed out there that, net, is not good for businesses.”

Never mind that President Obama’s cap and trade proposal would be worth billions to select power companies but cost the U.S. economy as a whole trillions of dollars. Never mind that his health care plan would turn health insurance companies into public-utility like monopolies at tremendous cost to small businesses. Never mind that the President’s big labor-friendly tax hikes would cripple American competitiveness. President Obama’s “pro-business” TARP related actions helped lower the United States rank in the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, from “free” to “mostly free.”  The President must stop having behind-closed-door meetings with his favorite CEOs and start pursuing an economic agenda that helps everyone.

» But is Our Republicans Learning? – Big Government

This November we have to throw them all out of office, Republicans and Democrats alike because they just don’t get it.  The Republicans are trying to take over the Tea Party Patriot movement  and think they are making all the right noises.  But they, in fact all of Washington,  have forgotten that the Internet has changed the playing field.  No longer can past actions be hidden or covered up or explained away.

Those who didn’t vote for Obama or the Democrats  because they didn’t buy the rhetoric coming from  the liberal Senator in Congress and a man whose entire work history was in fields related to radical Progressivism, and those who did vote for him and are now aware of his lies, lies and more lies just are not as naïve as they once were.  We have learned not to trust the media, any media!  Because every source we thought we could trust have betrayed us.  Snopes and FactCheck are leaning Left,  there is only one broadcast news organization I feel relatively safe with (FOXNEWS) and not one of the newspapers in the country that I have become familiar with has my complete trust and certainly the politicians have betrayed us. (I do blog on newspaper articles but only after checking and finding the story on several sources first because of this distrust.)  So not trusting we have started searching out the truth for ourselves and the Internet has made that easy.

Here is a prime example of why we can not  allow  seated Republicans to usurp the Tea Party Patriot movement, but must find honest people to run for office and then give them our total support in the primaries so we can weed out the double talking incumbents:

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., presently a darling among Republicans for his pro-growth policies, has long made known his dislike of the 2009 Obama stimulus plan as a ‘wasteful spending spree.’ Nice rhetoric for sure–and as it turns out not very pure. In October 2009 the congressman wrote a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in favor of a grant application in his district, which, according to Ryan, would ‘place 1,000 workers in green jobs.’”

We can find out thru the Internet every ear mark ever deal and every vote of any congressman for the past umteen years!  So when the say one thing and do another you know you have spotted a two faced liar who will sell you out as soon as he is put back in office.

People don’t want their Congressman taking money the treasury just doesn’t have and spending it on nonsense.  Alaskans  didn’t want the  “bridge to nowhere”,  Nebraska told Senator Ben  Nelson  what he could do with that sweet deal he made with Harry Reid where he sold his vote for the Senate Health Care bill if Nebraska no longer had to pay for Medicare ever.  He thought he was a hero and went home to get his buns kicked.   Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R Utah) promised he would bring nothing home from Washington and he hasn’t and the voters in his district highly approve of him and the way he is voting.  Many Democrats who have gotten old in office are now “retiring” to spend time with the family which translated means they know they can not get re elected.

I think the Conservative Political Action Committee made a good choice in having Glenn Beck as their keynote speaker.  Beck doesn’t trust either party and is just looking for honesty in anyone seeking office.  We the people are also just looking for honesty from our elected officials but we are not going to get it from those tainted with the Washington basting brush.  BB



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