Saturday, June 27, 2009

Letters to the editor are usually not representative of the general population's views.

I noticed a strange letter to the editor today in the New York Times. It was from a woman named Barbara McFadden from Oakland. She wrote to urge Congress to eliminate the tax exemption for employer-provided health care (presently, employees pay no tax on the health insurance that they receive from their employer). Whenever someone suggests that we raise taxes, I always look up their name on Google because it is rather rare for an average, run-of-the-mill person to say, "Raise my taxes." In 2008, this woman gave $750 to Barack Obama's campaign for president and $250 for Hillary. Further, while her occupation stated that in February that she was a teacher, by October she listed her occupation as retired. Meanwhile, she writes: "I have employer-provided health insurance. What is more, I am ready to give up the current exemption and pay taxes on the insurance so that other Americans can have decent coverage." In October of 2008, she listed her occupation as retired. How can she have employer-provided health insurance? Is this retirement-based health insurance? Or did she change jobs? Further, this is equally disingenuous because Congress is debating the idea of taxing every employee's health insurance benefits except for those received by union members! This woman is very likely a member of California's teacher's union, which means that she would be exempt from this tax increase. It's always easy to call for a tax increase when someone else is paying the bills!

Democrat Karen Bass, Speaker of the California Assembly, labels anti-tax voters as "terrorists"; wonders why we permit free speech!

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass was recently interviewed in the LA Times today. One exchange she had is particularly glaring:

How do you think conservative talk radio has affected the Legislature's work?

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass responds:

"The Republicans were essentially threatened and terrorized against voting for revenue. Now [some] are facing recalls. They operate under a terrorist threat: 'You vote for revenue and your career is over." I don't know why we allow that kind of terrorism to exist. I guess it's about free speech, but it's extremely unfair."

Karen Bass believes that when a citizen communicates with a lawmaker, and states that one does not want to pay higher taxes, that this is a form of terrorism! This is part of the continued Democrat assault on free speech. They do not believe in informed debates. They do not believe that individuals should be able to discuss issues and tell their elected representatives that we do not want to pay higher taxes. Instead, they label those who peacefully petition our government as terrorists! And she wonders why we "allow" this. Does she intend to write a law to repeal the First Amendment? Thankfully, term-limits ensures that Karen Bass will not be returning to the California State Assembly.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Democrats truly hate Americans.

Democrats have decided to go to war against the American people. The radical environmental groups--who are Statists who oppose the rights of the individual--want the government to regulate substantial amounts of our energy usage, production, manufacturing, water use, etc. This bill will substantially raise the cost of electricity, fueling one's car, and it will send millions of jobs outside America as our country will be a lot less competitive in the future. This is a completely outrageous bill, and every Member of the House who voted for this is disgraceful. This bill is going to hurt millions of Americans. This shows that Democrats truly do hate the American people because this law is designed to punish Americans.

Congress debates outrageous cap and trade legislation

Congress is currently debating one of the most outrageous and clearly irrational policies in American history. Congress wants to impose a substantial tax increase on consumers of all forms of energy. Absolutely every single person will pay this large tax. Millions of American jobs will be lost. Once the bill's restrictions kick in completely, the average family will face a new tax increase of $6,800 when it is phased in completely. This legislation is designed to punish Americans. It is based upon the premise that the America that we have come to know and love, based upon individual liberties, should be changed to one in which Congress decides how much energy we should be entitled to use. Where do they claim this power?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Democrats determined to tax the hell out of your energy!

Democrats hate your lifestyle. They don't want you to have an advanced standard of living, and thus, they have a solution: pass substantial tax increases on your energy usage.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sen. Boxer belittles the men and women of the military.

I don't pretend to know exactly what runs through the mind of Senator Barbara Boxer. General Michael Walsh was testifying in front of Sen. Barbara Boxer, when he referred to her as 'ma'am.' Sen. Boxer interrupted Gen. Walsh in a very arrogant, condescending fashion, and it was disgraceful. Sen. Boxer ought to be ashamed of her behavior. Gen. Walsh has worked hard to defend the liberty of the American people, and he deserves more than to be belittled by an arrogant and condescending "senator." You can call her office at (202) 224-3553

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

California's worthless government employee unions bankrupt the state.

This is a wonderful ad that demonstrates that California's high taxes are not done for the purpose of improving the lives of Californians, but rather to pay super-high salaries to the state's government workers. These individuals are simply using the state budget in order to confiscate hard-earned wealth from the productive sector and shift it to them.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Why is President Obama in a hurry to nationalize health care? Senator Kyl knows the answer.

Senator Kyl made a very good observation of President Obama's behavior recently. Senator Kyl said, “There’s a reason why the president has said ‘if we don’t get this done [nationalized, government-run health care] soon, it’s not going to happen."

“Why? Why does he say that? Because he knows that momentum will inevitably slow for something that’s extraordinarily costly, will deny people the coverage that they already have, will ration their health care, and could provide some kind of government insurance company that’s going to drive out the private insurance companies that provide all these options,” he added.

Yes, this is absolutely right. The reason why Obama continues to try to rush the debate on nationalized health care is precisely because he knows that he will not be able to win the debate on the merits. There is no way that Obama can win on the merits by saying that he wishes to move from a private-sector health care system to one that will be government-run. No one has a positive experience dealing with government-run enterprises. When people hear that when they are in pain and need medical help, that they will wait in long lines like those at the DMV and the post office, they will not tolerate this.

Obama's goal is to steamroll the opposition, pass this legislation really quick without any public debate, and to move on to the next destructive policy. We can stop him, though. An educated citizenry is the best check against an authoritarian government.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Stop President Obama's authoritarian health care schemes.

President Obama is trying to bully doctors into supporting his authoritarian health care proposals that would shift roughly 17% of the economy directly to Washington, D.C., to be decided by 535 elected officials and thousands of bureaucrats. The idea that this will improve health care is risible.

For routine, expected expenses, the best form of health care would be if the patient pays the physician directly, with no middle man (including insurance or the government). Thus, if you have a cold, and you want to visit a doctor, you should be able to shop around and determine who is going to charge the best rates. As the system would move towards a capitalist system, doctors would post their prices online and there even would be advertisements making their prices known. However, since doctors get most of their payments through third-parties--including both the government and insurance companies--most people are ignorant of the prices doctors charge, and doctors themselves have very little incentive to cut down costs to pass it along to patients.

Obama has the worst of the worst ideas. Rather than moving towards a system in which the patient pays the doctor directly, he wants the patient to pay taxes, which will be sent to D.C., wasted by hundreds of thoudsands of bureacrats, and then sent back to you with millions of strings attached in terms of how you can visit your doctor, when, how often, what type of treatment will be offered, and how and when your doctor will get paid. This will cause a nightmare. It is your job to oppose this. I am including a form letter that you can send to your member of Congress as well as both of your US Senators. I already sent my letter to them and now it is up to you to do your part. You can send a message to your Member of Congress by clicking here.

Here is the form letter that you may copy and paste and send it along to D.C.:

As your constituent, I urge you to oppose President Obama's health care schemes. Government-run health care does not work, and should be opposed.

I do not want the government to be in charge of health care. We have seen that the government-run systems in the UK and Canada do not work. Instead, I support private sector solutions such as deregulation, enabling citizens to buy health care policies from a company in any state, and to provide tax deductions for individuals to purchase coverage.

For these reasons, I strongly oppose President Obama's government-run health care ideas. I urge you to vote against these bills when they come for a vote in Congress.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

President Obama Lies about Government-Run Health Care

President Obama has recently talked about how he wants a "government option" in health care in order to create "competition" to make the insurance companies "more honest."

President Obama, this is an outrageous lie. There already is competition in health insurance, with thousands of providers. Secondly, Obama has shown no interest in competition in anything that the government presently has a monopoly in, such as government schools. Does he support competition for government schools? No! Not at all!

Obama's Oppression

Sometimes we feel as though we are no longer in the United States of America. The greatness of America is that it is a nation that has a federal government with limited powers. Our Constitution does not grant the federal government unlimited power to do whatever it wishes. Rather, the federal government is limited only to protecting individual rights. Individual rights are another way of referring to liberty. However, we are seeing that these limits placed upon the federal government have steadily eroded over time.

We presently have a federal government that wants to intervene in every aspect of American life. Think about what starts in the beginning of the day: you eat breakfast, turn on the TV, and drive to work. Well, in every one of those areas, the government wants to intervene and change the way you live. First, the government wants to radically change your diet. It's hard to get Nancy Pelosi to come to your house to tell you what to eat, so the best way is by making certain foods more expensive so that you'd be forced to buy less expensive foods. Ostensibly, this means taxing "junk food," but it is not hard to conceive of Congress expanding far beyond this to coffee, beef, salt, etc, etc. Secondly, turning on your TV to catch the news will be far more expensive because the people in Congress have a hypersensitive and paranoid view of rising temperatures, which causes them to have the arrogant view that they, the United States Congress, actually have control over global temperature. (This actually reminds me of a documentary I rented recently. It was a documentary about pre-historic man. During one part of the documentary, it referred to the fact that ancient man believed that he could change the weather by chanting to the "weather god." Isn't this very similar, only that this time, Congress wants to force you to pay alms to this "weather god"?) Thirdly, driving to work will certainly be a lot more difficult in the future since Congress wants to design the type of car that you should be driving, impose substantial taxes on gasoline to make it harder to drive to work, and also, to impose policies that will make driving more inconvenient. For instance, Congress wants to shift gas tax revenue away from highway construction towards mass transit, which will result in more congestion.

As Americans, we must remember that our Constitution does not grant Congress unlimited majority rule. Our Founders choose specifically to limit the extent of Congress's powers. No matter who wins an election, there are some things that politicians cannot do. Politicians are to write laws to protect our individual rights; their job is not to abridge our rights.

Further, while we still have the freedom to communicate, it is essential to get the word out and let your fellow citizens know what President Obama has in store for America. Obama does not believe that Americans should have individual rights. Instead, he wants to ration rights and distribute it to his political allies and oppress those who are not favorable to him. It is important that we remain vigilant and continue to shed light on the harmful ideas and policies that Obama continues to bring forward.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Ronald Reagan on government-run health care

Ronald Reagan provides a compelling argument against government managed health care (socialist health care), which is what the Obama Democrats want to impose on America. In this video, President Reagan describes how, even though the American people will always vote against a government-run (authoritarian) health care system, Members of Congress, seeking to enlarge their authority, will attempt to implement these policies incrementally. As Reagan states, the openly stated goal of many of these socialists in Congress is to first enact a very minimal program, and then seek to expand the program inch by inch every few years, to a point in which the program becomes a massive authoritarian program. That is exactly what we have seen over the years in health care: from the introduction of Medicare (meant for the elderly) and Medicaid (for the poor), and the State Children's Health Insurance program (meant for lower-middle class families with children), to the new program of providing a "government-run" health insurance program for "everyone," which essentially gets us to the stated goal of the Statist, which is to have an authoritarian, government-run health care system for everyone.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Obama's Lies: Morocco was not the first country to recognize America.

During President Obama's speech, he stated that Morocco was the first country to recognize America.


The first country to recognize America diplomatically was Holland.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Is that really the job of an American President?

"And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear." -- President Barack Hussein Obama, in a speech made in Egypt on June 4, 2009.

It is not the duty of the President of the United States to "fight against" the negative appearances of Islam. What negative stereotypes, in particular, is he making reference to? I wonder if he also considers it his duty to fight against the negative stereotypes of Christianity, which is actually the religion of most Americans.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Obama uses dictatorial powers to seize GM, Chrystler, without Congressional authorization or Constitutional Power

Did you know that Congress never authorized a bailout of the auto industry? Yes, that's right. Even though President Obama has a large Democrat majority in Congress, they never authorized President Obama (or President Bush) to intervene in the auto industry and nationalize it.

This all started when President Bush asked for authority to bailout the auto industry, but Congress refused. Since that period of time, Congress has not authorized a single cent to the auto industry! As a result, President Obama is stealing money from the treasury to bailout the auto industry, even though the US Constitution says that Congress, not the President, has the power to appropriate taxpayer dollars.

Obama is acting without any constitutional authority whatsoever. This is the closest thing we have ever seen to a South American dictatorship.

How you can oppose Government Motors

Recently we decided to send a letter opposing the government owning GM and Chrysler. Our representatives are far-left, so it is likely our letters will end up in the trash can. However, you are more than free to copy and paste this letter and use it to send to your representative as well.

I oppose the federal government owning stock in GM and Chrysler. This is not necessary. I support free-enterprise, not socialism. I recommend passing legislation to sell the federal government's ownership stake in GM and Chrysler immediately. The government must not own and operate car companies. The government must get out of the car business. Let private actors manage, produce, and take ownership in private companies. The federal government should not be in this business at all.


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