Don’t Feed the PIIGS.

One old saying goes: “Pigs get fed. Hogs get slaughtered.” In general that advice to not be too greedy tends to be true. However, Grandma wasn’t thinking about the PIIGS of Europe. (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain). In this case if we are not careful, these little PIIGS are about to bring the Eurozone down and most of the world with them. After year upon year of socialist programs rewarding those who don’t want to work and punishing those who do, Greece is on the verge of financial collapse. Greece has created more debt than its economy can support, and the global financial market knows it. This is also the case for Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Spain but they aren’t yet in full-fledged financial collapse like Greece is today. Yes the other players in Europe are all scrambling to prop Greece up but eventually this will end badly. It is either going to end badly for Greece and the other PIIGS or for Europe as a whole. Ultimately it will come down to the actions of Germany. Germany is the only European economy with the strength to assume Greece’s debt and thus bail Greece out for the time being. However this move will destroy Germany’s economy. Of course, the German public isn’t at all excited about going to back to the days of rapid inflation in the Weimar republic. And then what will you do with the other PIIGS? France is acting like it can help with the Greek debacle but the reality is that the French are one financial misstep from joining the PIIGS.

Of course, the right thing to do is to let the Greeks bare the fruits of their poor financial management. They lived through the days of wine and roses so they can now deal with the days of pork ‘n beans. Let Greece out of the Euro, and let it go back to printing its own currency. Ultimately the Greeks would either print currency to continue to pay back their debt or go into default. Either scenario doesn’t destroy Europe. It just forces Greece to rebuild over a couple of decades. Countries go bankrupt and still survive. Look at Brazil and Argentina. Besides allowing Greece to live with the results of its actions will force the other PIIGS to enact the austerity measures that Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Spain desperately need to implement immediately. If they need to, the Eurozone countries can let the PIIGS out of the Euro one at a time so that each of these countries can manage their own currency. Yes this will undoubtedly lead to the end of the Euro as a currency. However the Eurozone’s socialist agenda is totally incompatible with managing a common currency across numerous countries with different fiscal and social policies. The reality is that Europe is going into a recession anyway. Letting the financial markets clean up the sovereign debt of the PIIGS through the recession is the way a global economy should work.

However the disaster scenario for the United States is not a default of all the PIIGS. That default would be painful and also deepen the Obama caused recession we will be in during 2012. The disaster scenario is to have the other Eurozone countries continue to kick the can down the road by continuing to bail out the PIIGS. Eventually that move will collapse all the economies in the Eurozone with the two most important being Germany and France. Then they will all be looking to their Big Brother to bail out the Eurozone. If the United States then assumes the debt of the all the Eurozone countries or continues to print US Dollars to cover the debt, then we’ll be slaughtered. Even without assuming all of this European debt, the current trajectory of the US economic policy is headed to reduce the net worth of all Americans. Reagan said, a rising tide lifts all boats. To paraphrase Obama, the rocks exposed by a low tide sink all boats. All boats run aground. I guess that is the picture of equality Barack Obama has been working toward. If you want a preview of where the United States will be in 3 to 5 more years of our reckless government spending, just take a close look at Greece today. You were almost right Granny. PIIGS and hogs get slaughtered.

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Cain / Gingrich Debate in The Woodlands Texas on November 5, 2011

Presidential Candidates Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich will be in The Woodlands, Texas on November 5th for an in-depth discussion of critical issues facing our next President.

“This event is a response to remarks by Speaker Gingrich regarding his frustration with the format of the other Presidential debates. We believe this is   the best opportunity for candidates to have substantive discussion since the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.” says Bill O’Sullivan, a Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC volunteer.  The sponsoring organization is the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC, located in the Woodlands.

Julie Turner, volunteer President of the organization, is enthusiastic about the potential. “One of our primary missions is to educate and inform people regarding public policy, so we are delighted and impressed that these two candidates are willing to take the time and engage in this format. We hope this will be the first of several events structured to give candidates the opportunity to fully communicate their visions for America. ”

The event will be held at 6:00 p.m at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

For more information, and to purchase tickets to the event, visit

TexasPatriotsPAC.com

The mission of the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC is to organize, educate and inform citizens regarding public policy, and to support the election of local, state and federal candidates who share our core values.

 

Uphold the Constitution               Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility                     Free Markets

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If You Want To Solve Unemployment, Fire Obama.

If you have any doubt that government regulations discourage the growth of business and the creation of new jobs, go no further than looking at how the government treats employers who want to expand their operations.   Case in point, Boeing has been blocked by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from expanding Boeing’s operations in South Carolina because Carolina is a right to work state.  So far Boeing has created over 1,000 jobs in South Carolina.   However the Obama Administration has blocked Boeing from adding thousands of additional jobs because the liberals want to force Boeing to expand their operations in Washington State which is not a right to work state.

To understand the root of the matter, first let’s discuss what the “right to work” is.  Currently 22 States have right to work laws.  Right to work laws protect the workers right to have control over the relationship they have with their employer and whether the worker must pay dues to a third-party in order to have a specific job.    Right to work laws guarantee both a worker’s a right to join a union and pay dues and a worker’s right to  chose to not join a union and subsequently not pay dues.  These rights prevent a worker from being forced to join a union and pay dues in order to be employed at a company that has a union.  Sounds like a pretty fundamental right, huh?

The Obama Administration disagrees.   The NLRB filed a complaint on behalf of the International Association of Machinists Union which if successful would force Boeing to move their Carolina operations to Washington.   Certainly selecting a location for a business operation is a significant and critical decision.   Who is more qualified to decide where a company creates and expands operations … the company or a government bureaucrat?   With the Obama Administration’s lack of experience and track  record of incompetence in making business decisions (like losing half a billion in taxpayer money in the failed “green” solar company Solyndra), they really ought to leave this decision to the business leaders at Boeing.

This move by the Obama Administration to block Boeing is as un-American as it is unprecedented.   So why is Obama willing to do it?  As always, it has to do with money.  Of course the Left and Unions are constant bedfellows.  Unions are among the biggest supporters of Obama and liberal politicians in general.   However the money trail is a little more complicated than simply having Obama pay back the Union’s campaign contributions with federal government intervention on behalf of the Unions.  It really comes down to the Union dues.  If the Obama Administration can force more workers into Unions and into paying dues to the Unions, Obama is directly impacting the amount of money that the Unions can pay into the Democratic Campaign coffers.   Thus by  forcing businesses to expand in States that have denied their workers’ right to work, Obama effectively is his own campaign donation bundler who can directly impact the funds coming into his Campaign.   Similarly you’ll notice that the Obama Administration funneled most of their $787 Billion in Stimulus Program funds into Union run operations for much the same reason.  Yes, stimulus dollars funneled through the Unions and back into the Obama Campaign.    After all, Obama is trying to raise a billion dollars to run for his second term.

So Obama isn’t really trying to create new jobs, and the only job he is trying to save is his own.   The Obama Administration’s decisions like blocking the creation of new jobs in South Carolina clearly discourages Boeing and other corporations from expanding operations while Obama is in office.   So the bumper sticker you’ve seen is right.  A recession is when your neighbor loses his job, a depression is when you lose your job, and a recovery is when Obama loses his.    For all the unemployed workers in America, 2012 can’t get here soon enough.

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Sorry Baaaarack. We’re Not Sheep.

The President quipped last week that part of the reason why his stimulus plan didn’t work was “the shovel ready jobs weren’t as shovel ready as we thought.”    Since Obama has no business experience and hasn’t ever created a free market job, he’s totally befuddled why none of his economic plans are working.   Even the President knows we are slipping into a double dip recession.    He’s doing his best to still blame George Bush but even Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted that the Democrats now own the economy.

The root causes of the economy continuing to swoon are the Progressive and Keynesian policies that Obama has implemented in the last two and a half years.   Poor Barack.  He doesn’t even realize that he sabotaged his own re-election.   He took all the liberal economic classes in college, and he listened to all of his leftist professors and mentors.   He believes the ruling class in the government should be able to dictate a recovery through amping up government spending and implementing regulations that will force business and consumer behavior into triggering an economic recovery.  Obama believes if the peasants would just do what the ruling class says to do, we’ll be just fine.

Sorry Baaaarack.  We’re not sheep.   That’s why Liberal government policies and Keynesian economics don’t work.  Progressive expect the working class to follow orders from the bureaucrats and to behave the way the Liberal rules and regulations dictate.   In fact, the Progressive policies are dependent upon people not adapting their behavior to work around the rules to pursue their own self-interest in spite of the new government dictates and regulations.  If the working class isn’t willing to be dependent upon the government, Liberalism fails.   Why else do Liberals enact policies which force people to take government entitlements?  The challenge to Progressives is that individuals and businesses in our capitalistic society have internal instincts which are nurtured at an early age.  Self-sufficiency, independence, and individualism are the enemies of Progressive policies.   Survive…  Innovate…  Grow… Those instincts are all reinforced by the other lesson learned by everyone who has worked in a for profit business.  That lesson is that long-term success in business is dependent upon keeping your business out of a position where you are dependent on the “good will” of some government bureaucrat.   That lesson is summarized by a quote from President Reagan: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

Sure some businesses fall in line with the Liberal mantra.  Those businesses decide to focus on sucking on the government teat rather than doing the hard work of creating real products and services that the market demands.  The suckling businesses really become an extension of the government bureaucracy and ultimately can’t function without bailouts and kickbacks from the bureaucrats.  In exchange, the bureaucrats  begin to make dictates about the operations of the businesses.  (for instance GM and the Chevy Volt).   Over time, those businesses surviving off the government teat eventually fail because they there are dependent upon doing what the bureaucrats want them to do (in exchange for more bailouts, kickbacks and special treatment) and are no longer are responsive to the real consumers in the free market.

What further confused Obama is that some people still agree with him in spite of the continued failure of Progressive and Keynesian policies.  But Obama is misinterpreting the reinforcement of his policies by his far Left supporters as support by the people who actually make the economy work.   Obama’s supporters represent the most highly educated people in the country and the least educated people.   Thus Barack’s supporters mirror the Liberal dream:  The smart, elite ruling class taking care of the uneducated people who are willing to exchange their freedoms for the promise of their government big brother taking care of them.  Of course neither the elite ruling class nor the dependent class start businesses, generate free market jobs, or create products and services people are willing to spend their own money to purchase.   The other segment that has supported Obama is the young adults, mostly college students.   But again, many of the young adults haven’t had experience with what actually drives decision-making by the end consumer in a free market.  Most of them haven’t been accountable for earning their own money and paying all their own bills long enough to see how detrimental government manipulation is to self-sufficiency and self-reliance.  As the young adults gain more business experience, get married, have kids and pay on a mortgage, they grow more and more conservative in their thinking.  You can tell how out of touch the Obama Administration is with the real economy when you see that only 8% of his administration has ever worked in a private sector job.

Assuming the Liberals think we are sheep is actually being quite generous.   Actually Progressive policies are much more akin to economic slavery.   Progressives are slave masters buying their slaves with other people’s money.   Through the Left’s entitlement programs and policies, they are convincing people to give up their individual liberty and freedoms in exchange for a little food and shelter.   Consciously or not, the people who are willing to give up their self-worth and rights in exchange for dependence on government handouts are accepting the change of their status from citizens to slaves.

In the end slavery does not ever work out well for the slave, but it’s a great situation for the slave master.    And of course the Progressives like their model, because they get to be the masters.  As the wise all-knowing masters, they are able to use other people’s money (taxes) to enslave the peasants (the rest of us) to act in the way the Progressives see fit.

The real path to job creation and sustainable economic growth is the free market operating without any government manipulation.   It will be individuals acting in their families’ own best interest who will be the people who actually get our economy back on track.  It is also these same people, not the government, who will be the ones who will take care of those who truly can’t take care of themselves.   It is the independent, self-sufficient individuals in society who out of the goodness of their hearts actually donate their own money to take care of the poor and disadvantaged.   Studies have shown that Democrats, even very affluent Democrats, give a much smaller percentage of their income to charities than Conservatives do.  If you have any doubt, look at the tax returns of Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Joe Biden before they started to run for high-profile offices.  They were quite wealthy and yet donated almost nothing to charitable causes.  It’s is quite clear from their behavior that they didn’t feel any personal responsibility to take care of the weak and poor.   They didn’t think that was their job; taking care of the downtrodden was the responsibility of some faceless bureaucrat.

When people actually realize that the Progressive policies are just institutionalized slavery, they will jump out of the Liberal pen to regain their freedom.  This happened in droves during the Reagan Revolution in the early 1980’s.   During that sea change, huge numbers of Democrats changed parties to become Republicans because they realized that the Democratic Party had left them.    And just like in the Reagan Revolution, the mass party change that is on the verge of happening will be a permanent shift of a whole voting bloc toward the Conservatives.   And guess what Baaaaarack?  They aren’t coming baaaaack.

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Why Weiner Matters

Ok by now, we’ve all heard about it.  Weinergate.  Representative Anthony Weiner started with denials, followed by hedging,  and finally followed by admission.  All of this seasoned with Weiner’s shocked response to the question regarding whether he was going to resign – “No, I’m not going to resign.”  The guy who has been married less than  a year who had phone sex, exchanged sexting messages, and sent pornographic photos to no less than six women over Facebook and Twitter doesn’t have the class or common sense to know when to resign.  Duh…

However, why does this whole drama around Anthony Weiner’s behavior really matter to the country at large?  For one, he was engaged in having phone sex, sexting, and sending pornographic pictures utilizing the assets of the US Congress.  This will be at least one reason why Weiner will be investigated by the House Ethics Committee.

Second, employers have a right to establish standards of conduct for employees, especially for behavior during work hours.   It is common for senior level employees to have morality and behavioral clauses that apply to their employment.  Often the clauses are not only intended to prevent legal claims against the company but more importantly to prevent the employee from damaging the reputation of the company.  Clearly all of these conditions apply to Weiner.  All congress people work for the citizens of the United States so congressmen are employees.  There is no doubt that this type of behavior damages the reputation of Congress and the US Government at large.  Finally, it has become obvious that Representative Weiner was sexting, having phone sex and distributing pornographic material during “normal” work hours.   Any employee I can think of that worked for a company in the United States would be terminated for Weiner’s behavior.  They would be gone immediately.

Also Weiner attempted to cover up his behavior by stating that his Twitter account had been hacked.   Given the confidential nature of a Congressman’s job, a compromise in his communication was a serious issue with national implications.  Weiner realized that he was on the bubble of creating a felony with his statement.  If Weiner would have actually engaged Federal agencies to investigate the so called hack, he would absolutely have felony charges filed against him.  In his one moment of clear thinking, Weiner did state he was handling the investigation with a private firm.   However simply the cover up and the implication that Congressional communications were compromised is more than enough to justify Weiner’s resignation.

Finally the most serious security problem with Weiner’s behavior is that his lack of discretion opened the Congressman to blackmail.  Representative Weiner was clearly “ripe” for blackmail.  He stated that he knew the behavior was inappropriate, and he continued the behavior anyway.  He also was willing to lie to colleagues, his staff, the national press, and his wife to cover up his behavior.  Thus he could be blackmailed.  Who knows what someone could have extracted from Mr. Weiner.  Of course, money and political favors come to mind.   As many earmarks are slipped into legislation by representatives Mr.  Weiner could have used favorable legislation as a payoff to a blackmailer.   In addition, if Weiner’s messages and pictures could have made their way into more sinister hands, possibly they could have talked Weiner into compromising confidential government documents.   Given Weiner’s excessive degree of bad judgment and behavior, there is no telling how far Weiner would have compromised U.S. interests to keep his behavior secret.

Of course, this whole episode has provided a good object lesson for everyone who feels tempted to participate in sexting, distribute pictures of their body parts or be unfaithful to their spouse.   Representative Weiner used as an excuse that he’s been teased about his name his whole life.   Based upon his fixations with his own body parts, it appears Weiner’s name is as fitting to him as a man who works with wood being named Carpenter.  Apparently the advice my friends gave each other in second grade still applies today.  Don’t be a Weiner.

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This Is A Stick Up! How Obamacare Raids Your Wallet.

By now most of us realize how Obamacare is designed to take control of healthcare decisions away from individuals and place them in the hands of bureaucrats.   After all, Obama, Pelosi, and Reid understood that as government gains more control over healthcare, the politicians have even greater powers to “sell” favors by granting exceptions, waivers and special rules that favor their friends and those who will donate to their campaigns.  This became all the more evident recently when 38 additional Obamacare waivers were granted to businesses in Nancy Pelosi’s district.

Unfortunately this level of institutionalized corruption in our Federal government has become commonplace.  What isn’t as apparent is how Obamacare is designed to take money out of all of our wallets by enacting additional taxes and penalties.  These taxes include increased Medicare taxes, penalties on plans the government feels offer to good of coverage, penalties on those who chose to not buy insurance and an excise tax on pharmaceutical companies.

1)     Beginning in 2013, payroll taxes from Medicare will increase by 62% for households that the government has decided are “higher income”.

2)     Similarly, Obamacare created a new 3.8% Medicare Tax on interest, dividends, royalties, rental income, capital gains, and annuities.

3)     If your medical insurance plan has an annual cost of more than $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for a family, you will pay an additional 40% tax on the amount of your coverage that is in excess of that government imposed limit.

4)     Obamacare  also added a new excise tax for Pharmaceutical manufactures that over time will be passed on to consumers.  Initially the additional tax is $2.5 billion, and it is designed to continue to increase.

5)     You are now limited to only $2,500 per year in your Flexible Spending Accounts to help pay for medical expenses, and it eliminates your ability to use your FSA to purchase over-the-counter drugs.

6)     If you dare to exercise your constitutional right to not purchase healthcare, you will have to pay a new 1% tax on all your household income.  By 2016, this tax will be a minimum of $695 per person and will increase to 2.5% of household income.

7)     As an additional hidden tax or penalty, Obamacare cuts $500 billion in funding from Medicare over the next 10 years.  Thus the states will either be forced to cut their benefits to retired people or increase taxes on us to cover the decreased funding from the Federal government.

Should we really be surprised?  Like most Liberal legislation, Obamacare is designed to take decision-making from individuals, centralize power in the Federal government, and take more money from all of us to feed the bureaucratic machine.   After all, the Left feels that it’s not fair for most people to have good incomes and good healthcare when others who refuse to work or are in the country illegally have lower incomes and poorer healthcare.    It’s all part of their standard Progressive mantra:  Fairness occurs when everyone is equally poor and receives equally bad governmental services.    I guess that’s why from their standards, Obamacare is destined to be a success.

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They Are Progressive… Like Cancer. Here’s the Cure.

Progressive: “A person advocating or implementing liberal social reforms to destroy traditional societal values in stages, proceeding step by step.”

Progressive Cancer: “A disease that attacks the body by using abnormal cancerous cells to kill normal cells while incrementally spreading in stages through nearby tissues and then throughout the body through a process called metastases.”

Notice the two definitions are very similar.  One is a physical disease that incrementally destroys the body by killing good cells with bad ones, and the other is a social disease that destroys society by killing good values with bad ones.  That’s why when someone snobbishly professes they are a Progressive, my response is of course you are Progressive, like a cancer.

The challenge is that Liberals understand that their ideas can spread like a disease if they can only inject them into the governmental machinery.    A great example of one of the deceptions that the Progressives use to incrementally spread their disease is their constant claims for the need to compromise.  First they stake out an outrageous goal, like nationalizing all health care into a single payer program.   They initially stake out a goal they really want but at the same time they don’t realistically expect to achieve it all at once. When the public rejects the Left’s extremist idea, the Progressives fall back to a more incremental approach. Their approach is to convert  their end state goal into a few enabling components and implement those components one at a time.   So instead of overtly stating they want to nationalize healthcare, they will state that they are only attempting to implement health care exchanges.  Using this stealth strategy,  Progressives drive to implement each of their enabling concepts into the government bureaucracy because the bureaucracy serves as the carrier to spread their disease.   At the same time, the Left then labels anyone who won’t compromise as irrational and unreasonable. (and no one wants to be seen as unreasonable, right? )  By shaming politicians into compromising on a seemingly innocuous mild expansion of government control, the Progressives effectively inject their disease into the very system that will serve to spread it through the government bureaucracy while having it expanded and grown outside of the watchful eye of the public through administrative orders and departmental policies.   Each step of the expansion involves increasing the degree of governmental control and creating more people who are dependent on the government for handouts.

Once one understands that progressive liberal thought is a form of cancer, you better understand how to fight it.   Understanding that Progressives will first push for their end state goal and then fall back to a position of implementing their plan a piece at a time puts you on the alert that political compromise is the same as political failure.  You don’t compromise with cancer.  You don’t say, I’ll let cancer have my left lung but I won’t let it have my right one.  You know that cancer’s only interest is creating more abnormal cancer cells, not making sure that your body is healthy nor even being concerned whether you even survive.   The way to fight a Progressive idea, like a cancer, is to destroy it completely, not compromise with it. First, identify all of the enabling components of their plan that they are trying to implement or possibly have already implemented.    Then one at a time, cut out each enabling concept that has been implemented into the government bureaucracy and crush each enabling concept that is currently being proposed.   Go on the offensive while understanding that destroying a Progressive program is also a multi-step process.   Cancer can’t survive without a blood supply, and a Progressive program can’t survive without a money supply.   So a good first step in removing a Progressive program imbedded in the government bureaucracy is to shut off the funding.   However shrinking and removing the Progressive program is not sufficient.  You must aggressively introduce initiatives into society that address the root of the issue that the Left is attempting to exploit.    Think of our approaches here as repeatedly hammering the Progressives enabling components with chemotherapy and radiation until there are no traces of the disease anywhere.  Our versions of chemotherapy and radiation are implementing free market solutions and enforcing the constitutional limits on governmental authority by repealing or defeating expansionist legislation.   But remember, destroying a Progressive concept infiltrating the government bureaucracy is a war, not a debate club.

When Progressives want to shift more power to bureaucrats to redistribute wealth or limit your rights, you must fight to win.   Fighting to win isn’t compromising and letting them take only some of your money or a few of your rights.  We attack the bad idea by informing the public of their real end state goal and their real agenda.   Expose how the Left is using deceptive tactics, like Obamacare, to incrementally implement government programs while using administrative orders and departmental rules to take away even more individual rights and further expand government power.   Then we must counter with solutions that use both free market and constitutional principles. For instance the Left is targeting providing more handouts to the unemployed, counter with decreasing government regulations and reducing marginal tax rates so businesses can grow and add more jobs.   Then further expand the free market approach by cutting the government regulations that interfere with the private agencies and churches that can raise funds voluntarily to assist those in society that can use additional assistance to get back on their feet.   Offer a multi-point, comprehensive solution such that the Left is forced to fight against multiple free market concepts in which the public already believes.

Don’t fall for the Left’s final trick – the “compromise” to implement both their big government ideas and the free market ideas. Crush their goal of growing the control and scope of government with the public’s overwhelming belief that the free market works and the Great Society programs have failed to decrease the poverty rate in spite of the billions of dollars redistributed from the working class to the non-working class.  And don’t worry about being popular.  The cancer cells don’t respond well to chemotherapy and radiation.  That’s why it works.  The Progressives won’t react well to your rejection of their goal to compromise and your adherence principles of the free market and limited government. They will belittle you, slander you, threaten you and protest you.  And they will rally the “takers” from society to join them in their outrage.

However we know that since the Progressives are robbing Peter to pay Paul, they can count on the support of Paul.   Well, we can depend upon the support of Peter!  In addition by appealing to the traditional values of the majority of the public, we gain even more support because most individuals realize that it is only a matter of time before they are on the Progressive’s chopping block.  In  the Progressives world,  eventually only the ruling class  represents Paul, and the rest of us are Peter.

Like all cancers, the Progressives use a strategy of divide and conquer.  They just use hate and envy to trigger class, race, age and sex divisions in society.  The Left uses those divisions to create a crisis and an excuse for their programs to expand governmental control.  However we can crush their divisive disease by pulling the American society together.  Although we are a cultural melting pot, American society still has a core set of traditional values that we learned when we were young: Faith in God, Compassion for our Fellow Man, Reliance on Constitutionally Limited Government and Dependence on Free Market Capitalism.   Each time we effectively tie our solutions to these principles that the majority of the public already believes in, we win.  So the next time someone introduces themselves as a Progressive you can say, “You are a disease, and I’m the cure.”

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One Riot One Ranger – What a Difference One Patriot Can Make in America

The Texas Rangers are the second oldest state law enforcement agency in the United States.  They initially functioned as a paramilitary force during the time that the Republic of Texas was an independent country.  Today the Rangers function as the Texas State Bureau of Investigation.  Over time, they have investigated and captured criminals spanning from murderers (John Wesley Hardin), to bank robbers (Bonnie & Clyde), to  corrupt politicians.   As part of their long and colorful history, the Rangers have developed quite a reputation.  That reputation was earned by the Rangers time after time taking on some of the most evil people in society with a relatively small number of men. As an example, there were only 144 Rangers in 2009.

One enduring story about the Rangers from 1896  includes  the original occurrence of the well-known saying: “One Riot, One Ranger”.   In response to the illegal fight that was scheduled to break out in Dallas, the Rangers sent one man, Captain Bill McDonald to prevent the riot.  Although many in the public were concerned that the Rangers only sent one man to address the fight, Captain McDonald was accustomed to being outnumbered.   To jump to the end of the story, of course McDonald was successful in achieving his mission and preventing the fight.  However it is Captain McDonald’s response to the Mayor of Dallas that echoes through Ranger history.  When the Mayor questioned McDonald regarding why he didn’t have more Rangers with him, the Captain replied (paraphrased), “One Riot, One Ranger”.

Sometimes, the right person in the right place at the right time makes all the difference.  Today America’s Patriots face a similar challenge in being outnumbered by those who are plotting to do evil in our society.   Most conservative Tea Party activists are volunteers who are not paid for their political efforts.  However the Democratic activists who are bent on limiting personal liberties, increasing the intrusiveness of government regulations and redistributing wealth are largely paid for their efforts.  Many activists on the Left are paid as part of their regular jobs either through unions (like SEIU) or activist groups like ACORN or those funded by the Open Society Institute (George Soros).  However in our counterattack  to reinstall fiscal responsibility, restrict government activities to those provided in the Constitution, or return to free market solutions, a small number of people make the difference in swinging the outcome from the extreme Left towards more traditional values.

Only 2 percent of the voting public does anything beyond simply voting in each election cycle.  So only 2 percent of the voters are the real political activists – do the block walking, attend town halls or rallies, make phone calls for candidates or even make any attempt to influence their fellow voters.  We have been conditioned to believe that elections are determined by 51 percent of the vote.  However most elections are decided well before election day.  It is the actions of the active 2 percent that actually decide elections.  They are the influencers  whose actions change the hearts and minds of the voting public.

It only takes one person to identify voter fraud in their  precinct.   It only takes one person to organize a group of block walkers to inform their neighbors about the real issues in an election.  And in some elections, it takes only a miniscule  number of votes to alter the outcome.   As examples, the 1974 Senate election in New Hampshire was decided by 2 votes, the 2008 Alaska House of Representatives District 7 election was decided by 1 vote, and infamously the 2008 United States Senate election in Minnesota was decided by 312 votes (with comedian Al Franken’s win including mysterious votes that “appeared” in someone’s car trunk with all those votes in Franken’s favor).

Each of those elections could have been changed by the efforts of one additional volunteer going door to door, making Get Out The Vote calls, or even personally contacting their friends to make sure they understood the position of the respective candidates.   On a larger scale, imagine the impact of several volunteers working together to research the candidates and issues in a race, writing a newsletter or position paper on the election, and then distributing that information to likely “aligned” voters throughout their precinct.

Never have any doubt.  You make a difference.  You are the Left’s worst nightmare.  The Democrats are depending upon the grass-roots conservatives  dropping out of the political scene and returning to their day-to-day lives.   However in the meantime, the Left isn’t going to stop their incremental march to control your life with regulations,  to take your assets so they can give them to those who they feel better deserve them, and to decide how, where and when you can receive your healthcare.   The Left is still planning their overthrow.   Surprise them!  Break up their riot.   Sometimes it only takes one good conservative to put a kink in their plans.   It all depends upon you.   As Captain Bill McDonald said 115 years ago, “One Riot, One Ranger.”

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Why Democrats Should Fear the Tea Party

You can tell that someone feels threatened by you when they publicly degrade and poke fun at you.    Given that standard, the Tea Party has been under the skin of Democrats from the day that it sprung to life a little more than 2 years ago.  As recent as the current budget battle, Harry Reid blames the Tea Party for not allowing Republicans to compromise on the Federal budget and perpetuate the excessive government spending.   Thanks Harry.  That’s the nicest thing you’ve said about the Tea Party in recent memory.

But why does the Democratic leadership actually fear the impact of the Tea Party?  Yes the Tea Party is on the other side of the ideological spectrum from the Far Left wing of the Democratic Party.  Clearly the Tea Party is fiscally conservative, believes in constitutionally limited government, and favors free market solutions.   However those positions are an accurate description of most conservative voters’ beliefs so that isn’t what is under the Democratic leaders’ skin.

The average Tea Party member is over 35 years old.    That fact aligns with the  typical  conservative voting demographic that  includes individuals over 35 years of age with a skewing of the population to those 55 and older.   So the Left’s concern isn’t caused by the fact that the Tea Party is a threat to the Left’s hold on older voters.   The older voting population has always been split between the left and the conservatives.   The older Americans with a taker mentality are liberal, and those with a builder mentality are conservative.

It’s the WOMEN.  Yes, that’s the reason why the Tea Party makes Democrats crazy.   The Democrats desperately want to be able to depict any opponents on their right as “Angry White Males.”   However the angry white male label is simply a way for the Left to smear someone as a villain.  The real threat to the Democrats comes from conservative women.  The Left has always claimed that women are one of their core constituencies.   As such, Democrats have a difficult time labeling a whole group of women with a slanderous label, like “Angry White Women”.  That’s why their reaction against conservative women isn’t targeted at the whole group but is aimed at discrediting and humiliating specific individuals.  Note their relentless attacks on Sarah Palin and  Michele Bachmann.

The reason why the Tea Party is a threat to the Left is that a majority of Tea Party membership and Tea Party leadership is female.  For example, a Quinnipiac University poll showed that 55% of Tea Party membership were women.  As you look at Tea Party leadership, you see the same thing. In 2010, 15 of 25 Tea Party Patriot State Coordinators were women as were 5 of 9 National Coordinators.

Given that liberal women have been among the most outspoken members of the Democratic Party, why are conservative women now front and center?   Conservative women are often married, working and have children.  Thus, they are very busy.   Traditionally conservative women have had very little time to commit to politics until their children were grown and out on their own.   However once a mother perceives that there is a threat to her family or a threat to the future of her children, she kicks into overdrive.    Sarah Palin jokes about the “momma grizzly” but that isn’t really a joke.  Conservative women have taken the national stage overshadowing their liberal sisters because they can clearly see that the wasteful government spending, liberal extremist regulations, and the government takeover of healthcare are direct threats to their families.

This emergence of conservative women has also made the Democratic Party aware of some of the challenging character traits possessed by many of their liberal female supporters.   Most conservative women have a positive disposition about life, are married and love children.  Even the Left understands why it’s harder to increase their ranks if their female supporters aren’t creating the next generation of liberals.  It’s kind of difficult to procreate if you are bitter, hate men, and favor killing the unborn.

One way to summarize the Left’s concern is with the well-known saying: “When Momma isn’t happy, nobody’s happy.”   Well Momma ain’t happy, and she’s taking things into her own hands.   It is her hands that firmly pulled the levers to the right in the fall 2010 elections, and those same hands are working to elect even more conservative candidates in 2012.   So the next time you hear Harry Reid complaining about the “Angry White Men” remember what he is really thinking but can’t say is, “those conservative women are kicking my butt, and they scare me.”

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Obamacare – 8 Metrics They Don’t Want You to Know

When you examine Obamacare in detail, you find that the facts of the legislation contradict most of the selling points that the Liberals used as their basis for voting for the bill.

#1 – 18 Million People Added to Medicare while Cutting $500 Billion from the Program

Obamacare claims to cover 34 million new individuals with insurance.  The primary approach that the legislation uses to cover the uninsured is to expand the number of people under Medicare.   Yes, Medicare.  The same Medicare that was already scheduled to go bankrupt by 2017 before Obamacare passed.   The new legislation will add 18 million people to Medicare while reducing funding for Medicare by $500 billion.  Thus there is no choice but to reduce benefits to the existing Medicare recipients.  Given that more than half of the doctors in the United States do not accept Medicare, the further constraint of doctor availability will be another form of institutionalized rationing.

#2 – 17.1 Million Individuals with Private Insurance Will Lose Their Existing Coverage

Although more people are covered under Obamacare, the plan also causes a major redistribution of how individuals are covered for health care.  1.4 million citizens will lose their employer sponsored coverage and 15.7 will lose their other private coverage while they are shifted to either Medicare, “exchanges” under the plan, or will become uninsured.  Yes about 1 million individuals with insurance today will become uninsured and have no coverage under Obamacare.   So the economics of Obamacare will cause at least 17.1 million Americans to lose their existing coverage under Obamacare although the President assured us all that we would be able to keep our existing plans.

#3 – $502 Billion in Additional Taxes

I thought the President said that he wasn’t raising taxes on the majority of Americans?  Well under Obamacare, that is another falsehood.   Between 2010 and 2019, Obama is raising taxes by $502 Billion to cover his new plan.  These taxes come from the Health Insurance Mandates, the Hospital Insurance tax and 15 other additional taxes and mandates under the plan.

#4 – 2700 Pages of Bureaucracy

The legislation is one the largest and most unwieldy pieces of legislation in history.  No wonder  Nancy Pelosi said we need to pass the bill so we can find out what is in it.  Just as a comparison, President Clinton’s Healthcare Bill from 1994 was half the size of Obamacare.  The bill that established the whole Social Security Administration in 1935 was 64 pages.

#5 – Adding to the Budget Deficit Rather Than Cutting $124 Billion

Proponents of Obamacare claim the plan is cutting the budget deficit by $124 Billion.  Even the Congressional Budget Office and Senate Budget Committee have revealed the facts and this isn’t true.  The plan double counts savings in many areas that cause Obamacare to be a large addition to the Deficit.  Obamacare double counts savings of $529 Billion in Medicare cuts, $70 Billion in the CLASS system, and $29 Billion in savings in Social Security Taxes.  In addition, the plan counts on saving $283 Billion in the “Doc Fix” provision that isn’t paid for and increases discretionary spending by $115 Billion.   Actually the Deficit will balloon under Obamacare just as it has during the President’s first two years in office.

#6 – Obamacare Gives the Government Control Over 50% of the Health Care System

By 2013, Obamacare will create an infrastructure that gives the Government control over half of the healthcare in America.  By 2018, the Government will be in control of over 53% of all health care.  That curve continues to scale up over time.   So to claim that Obamacare isn’t Government controlled health care when it gives the Government control over half of the system is simply a lie.

#7 – 28 States Filing Suit

Over half of the States are filing suit against the Federal Government challenging the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate which forces citizens to purchase insurance.  These States include 164 million citizens who make up 53 percent of  the U.S.  population while encompassing 285 of the Electoral College votes.  Of course this suit will eventually be settled by the Supreme Court.  Many people feel that the Supreme Court ruling will be a close due to the swing vote of Justice Kennedy.  By looking at Kennedy’s prior positions, it seems very likely he will rule that Obamacare is unconstitutional due to the individual mandate.

#8 – Over 1000 Waivers Granted to Unions and Other FOO’s

Health and Human Services has granted over 1000 waivers covering millions of members of unions and other Friends of Obama (FOO’s).  Everyone already knows how the unions purchased their influence over the President with their donations and active campaign support.   However other FOO’s who were granted waivers include companies where  officers and directors were major donors to Obama (Crate and Barrel, MJ Soffe,  MVP Healthcare, Sieben Polk Law Firm, Alfred P Sloan  & GC Harvesting, Inc. to name just a few).   Although this is scandalous on its own, the real scandal will be when HHS is forced to reveal who is receiving waiver rejections.  Don’t be surprised when the rejection list includes many organizations where members were donors to conservative causes.

The more and more we understand about Obamacare it becomes abundantly clear that not only did the legislators avoid reading the bill but they also didn’t bother using a calculator.

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