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We can’t give up!

Posted by Liberty on February 14, 2009

My apologies for the lack of posting this week.  Sometimes life intervenes.  In my case, this intervention has come in the form of a chocolate lab puppy that we’re watching for a couple of weeks.  And, while I’ve been spending a lot of time outside encouraging this dog to hurry up and drop another land-mine in my backyard, the bad news has just kept on coming. 

The stimulus plan has passed.  No House Republicans crossed over to vote for it.  In the Senate, only three Republicans [Snowe, Collins & Specter] broke ranks and their betrayal was much expected.  In a MSM news-bite I heard yesterday, some Democrat Senator [I think it was Charles Schumer] was blathering on and on about how Republicans didn’t offer a constructive solution, didn’t participate, only said, “no,” blah, blah, blah…  Well, when you’re frozen out of the process and not allowed to introduce alternative solutions–what do those damned Democrats expect? 

Think about the dishonesty that has so far been the hallmark of the Obama administration and this new era of Democrat domination.  No lobbyists…and then Obama employs lobbyists.  A more ethical administration…and the Obama appoints tax cheats.  Open and transparent government…but there’s no time for the public to find out what’s in the stimulus bill.  No time for even the Congressmen and Senators to read it before voting on it.

I know it seems pretty dark right now.  Even more so here in Washington State, where our own little crowd of Democrat dictators are busy in Olympia.  But Conservatives can’t give up.  We need to continue to stand on principle.  We need to continue to clearly define the difference between Republicans and Democrats.  We need to be the loud, active voice of opposition to the Democrats’ plans to remake America in the style of European socialism.  Every advance of liberalism needs to be met with a fight.  Are you ready?

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The porno tax–why you ought not support it

Posted by Liberty on February 11, 2009

Washington lawmaker wants huge porn tax to restore GAU cuts

Have you heard about the proposed 18.5% tax on “adult”entertainment? 

“State Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way, is prime sponsor of House Bill 2103, which would levy an 18.5 percent tax on all visual or audio pornographic materials.

But he’s not the only one.

House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam, has signed on. So have Reps. Al O’Brien, D-Mountlake Terrace, Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, John McCoy, D-Tulalip, and Marilyn Chase, D-Shoreline.”

The tax would apply to all forms of pornographic material–magazines, movies, phone services, photos, cable tv services, etc.  It would be used to restore funding to General Assistance Unemployable (GAU) and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Support Act (ADATSA) programs that have been cut [or failed to grow, which equals a cut in bureaucrat speak] under Queen Christine’s budget.  So, why am I opposed to this?  Why am I calling 1-800-562-6000 later today to let my legislators know that this is a bad idea?

Trust me, it’s not because I like porn.  It’s not because I think that porn is a good influence upon our society; it certainly is not.  It’s not because I think the people who create and distribute porn are worthy of being defended; they aren’t.  I oppose this on principle.  I don’t believe the State of Washington should be taking another penny from any of us, even filthy porn users.   They confiscate enough and they redistribute enough already.  Government has a seemingly insatiable appetite for our money.  Maybe filthy porn users aren’t the most sympathetic group to choose to defend but here I am, making my case because I am so fed up with the taxes.

I also think it is potentially dangerous to have government trying to influence and control our behaviors.  So they’re targeting pornography today.  Who’s to say they won’t take this concept [an exhorbitant tax on a behavior they don’t like] and apply it to other target groups.  Are we going to see higher ammunition taxes because some politician doesn’t want you shooting your guns?  A lot of kids get hurt on trampolines…maybe there should be a tax on trampolines.  They want your kids signed up on SCHIP anyway.  A trampoline tax will just pay to fix all those broken arms and bonked heads.  An extra tax on auto parts to make you re-think repairing your car instead of opting for mass transit?  Maybe I’m extrapolating too far but you never know when government is involved.

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Stimulating the destruction of health care as we know it.

Posted by Liberty on February 10, 2009

Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan: Betsy McCaughey

The Senate is poised to pass Obama’s massive “socialize America” stimulus plan.  Thanks to human jellyfish pseudo Republicans like Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, news blips everywhere will praise the bill’s passing as “bipartisan.”  The unfortunate thing is that there is policy buried in this stimulus that will change the course of our society as we know it. 

Most people don’t even have a clue–they’ve bought the Obama bill of goods that the stimulus will build roads and schools.  Obama has done this country a major disservice by doing his best to shut down discussion on this bill.  If there had been a more honest, open debate, perhaps more people would know about the back-door transition to socialized medicine that’s been included under the guise of improving our economy.  Here I reference a piece that was published yesterday on Bloomberg.com.  Betsy McCaughey has done the work that the celebutard pre-occupied main stream media has refused to do.  Debate rages about Jessica Simpson’s weight gain, Alex Rodriguez’s steriod use and whether or not some R&B artist beat up his girlfriend when it should be focused on the fraud being perpetrated upon us all.  The numbers included in the quotes I’ve pulled from Ms. McCaughey’s article are the page numbers in the  H.R. 1 EH, pdf version.

“The bill’s health rules will affect ‘every individual in the United States’ (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and ‘guide’ your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what [Tom] Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and ‘learn to operate less like solo practitioners.’”

I don’t know about you but I trust my doctor.  That’s why I go to her instead of down to the DMV when I need medical care.  If you’re wondering what exactly it means to have the federal government “guide” your doctor’s decisions, read on.

 

“Hospitals and doctors that are not ‘meaningful users’ of the new system will face penalties.  ‘Meaningful user’ isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose ‘more stringent measures of meaningful use over time’ (511, 518, 540-541).

What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the ‘tough’ decisions elected politicians won’t make.

The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept ‘hopeless diagnoses’ and ‘forgo experimental treatments,’ and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.”

Is this what you want?  To accept a “hopeless diagnosis” like a European?  To just give up?  What about hope?  Isn’t hope the very thing we’re supposed to have now that Obama has been elected?

“Daschle says health-care reform ‘will not be pain free.’ Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council (464).

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.”

Quick, can somebody tell me who the AARP endorsed in the 2008 Presidential election?

The hypocrisy here is simply appalling.  These same “compassionate” liberals that don’t believe in killing terrorists and think that every child should start the day with taxpayer-funded Lucky Charms are implementing policy that will deny medical treatments for the elderly.  How long is it going to be before the doctor approaches the family gathered around dear old aunt Mary’s bedside and says, “The Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research says there’s nothing more we can do.  I think it’s time to put her down.”

“If the Obama administration’s economic stimulus bill passes the Senate in its current form, seniors in the U.S. will face similar rationing. Defenders of the system say that individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.

The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).

Hiding health legislation in a stimulus bill is intentional. Daschle supported the Clinton administration’s health-care overhaul in 1994, and attributed its failure to debate and delay. A year ago, Daschle wrote that the next president should act quickly before critics mount an opposition. ‘If that means attaching a health-care plan to the federal budget, so be it,’ he said. ‘The issue is too important to be stalled by Senate protocol.'”

Arrogance!  Unbelievable arrogance!  Not only does Daschle think that he is above paying taxes, he believes you should not have a say on the implementation of socialized medicine.  Don’t comfort yourself for a second by thinking that at least Daschle has withdrawn his nomination.  That isn’t going to slow this plan down in the least.  The Senate is scheduled to vote today.  You can still call them.

Update, 11:22 am

The bill passed.  Our only hope for stopping this is in the conference committee now.  I thought of two things since I originally posted this morning.  Liberals whipped themselves into a hysteria over the Bush administration’s wire taps on suspected terrorists.  Civil libertarians were absolutely crazed over it.  Do you think they’ll have a problem with a federal bureaucracy over-seeing our health care? 

Also, what about the “my body, my choicer’s?”  They want choice when it comes to killing babies and under Obama’s plan, that’s one option that will probably always be there.  But what will your choices be when the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research dictates your treatment for diabetes, arthritis, kidney stones or any other condition to your doctor?  Why is it important for you to have the choice to kill babies but not to choose what course of treatment is best for cancer, MS or neo-natal care?

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From Carpe Diem: Analysis of Wal-Mart from the inside

Posted by Liberty on February 9, 2009

Poster Child for Enlightened Capitalism: Wal-Mart’s Not The Enemy, But Best Friend We Could Ask For

Professor Perry has excerpts posted from an article by Charles Platt.  He’s a former senior writer for Wired Magazine who, out of curiosity, took an entry level position at Wal-Mart.  He’s been blogging about his experience and has some good observations.

“Some people, usually community activists, loath Wal-Mart. Others, like the family of four struggling to make ends meet, are in love with the chain. I, meanwhile, am in awe of it.


The company is rebuked and reviled by anyone claiming a social conscience, and is lambasted by legislators as if its bad behavior places it somewhere between investment bankers and the Taliban.

Considering this is a company that is helping families ride out the economic downturn, which is providing jobs and stimulus while Congress bickers, which had sales growth of 2% this last quarter while other companies struggled, you have to wonder why. At least, I wondered why. And in that spirit of curiosity, I applied for an entry-level position at my local Wal-Mart.”
And:

“Coworkers assured me that the nearest Target paid its hourly full-timers less than Wal-Mart, while fast-food franchises were at the bottom of everyone’s list.


I found myself reaching an inescapable conclusion. Low wages are not a Wal-Mart problem. They are an industry-wide problem, afflicting all unskilled entry-level jobs, and the reason should be obvious. In our free-enterprise system, employees are valued largely in terms of what they can do. This is why teenagers fresh out of high school often go to vocational training institutes to become auto mechanics or electricians. They understand a basic principle that seems to elude social commentators, politicians and union organizers. If you want better pay, you need to learn skills that are in demand.

The blunt tools of legislation or union power can force a corporation to pay higher wages, but if employees don’t create an equal amount of additional value, there’s no net gain. All other factors remaining equal, the store will have to charge higher prices for its merchandise, and its competitive position will suffer.
This is Economics 101, but no one wants to believe it, because it tells us that a legislative or unionized quick-fix is not going to work in the long term. If you want people to be wealthier, they have to create additional wealth.
To my mind, the real scandal is not that a large corporation doesn’t pay people more. The scandal is that so many people have so little economic value. Despite (or because of) a free public school system, millions of teenagers enter the work force without marketable skills. So why would anyone expect them to be well paid?”
It’s a pretty interesting article.  I’ve always wondered what it would be like doing one of those under-cover, on-the-inside type of investigations.  Do you suppose I could masquerade as a lib?

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Washington State legislature and out of control taxation: will the family farms survive?

Posted by Liberty on February 8, 2009

Ag legislator sends out alert about proposed B&O tax

“A bill that would require Washington state farmers to pay the business-and-occupation tax if their gross income is more than $200,000 was sent to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Friday, Feb. 6.”

You read that right–gross income.  I don’t know how many of my readers know much about agriculture but I know a little.  You would certainly not get the full picture by looking only at a farm’s gross income.  Farmers face a lot of variables–the cost of inputs like seed, fuel and fertilizer; labor costs; the cost to upgrade and replace machinery.  [For those of you not familiar with how expensive that can be, here’s a little comparison.  For the cost of a new John Deere combine, which a good sized wheat farm may use for a month out of the year, you could buy a decent house.  And you could use it all year long.] 

For a lot of farms, gross income probably looks pretty good.  And then the farmer gets to pay the bills.  There’s no guarantee that those bills won’t be as much or more than the gross income.  And that’s without the state of Washington with their hand out for B&O tax. 

“The bill completely or partially repeals seven deductions or exemptions, according to a recent tax alert sent out by Rep. Mark Schoesler, R- Ritzville, ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and also a member of the Ways & Means Committee.

”This is such a step backwards from what we’ve been trying to do,’ Schoessler said in an interview Friday, Feb. 6, with the Capital Press. ‘We knew people would be looking for money under every rock but we didn’t expect this shot across the bow so soon.’

Schoessler refers to the tax as the ‘most mean regressive tax’ that can be put on agriculture.

Pointing to the $200,000 threshold, Schoesler said that it wouldn’t even take a circle of potatoes in the Columbia Basin to hit that threshold.

‘And yet there’s no guarantee about profits,’ Schoesler said. Farmers also face high levels of expenses to plant, care for and harvest their crops.

Schoesler, an Eastern Washington farmer and rancher, aid that a gross income of $200,000 is right about where many farming operations become commercial and full-time.

‘This tax could spell trouble for farms that have been struggling and discourage smaller farms from expanding,’ he said.

Schoesler said is that a farmer grossing more than $200,000 could, because of expenses, earn barely enough to avoid qualifying for food stamps, free school lunches, or subsidized children’s health care. Yet that same farmer would have to pay the business-and-occupation tax if the bill becomes law.

The bill number is SB 5911.  The toll free phone number for the Washington State Legislature is 1-800-562-6000.  If you’re so inclined, give your legislator a call and let them know that spending is the problem.  Not revenue.  And give the farmers a break.  Whether or not those liberal Democrats from big city districts in Western Washington understand this or not, agriculture is a vital part of our economy.  Farmers have plenty of economic factors working against them.  Our state government needs to help facilitate the growth of all kinds of businesses, not kill them through punitive taxes.

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The nanny state gone awry–Washington State is poised to regulate interior designers!

Posted by Liberty on February 8, 2009

Take a peek at Tami Michaels’ blog post from Saturday.  Is there any part of life that our esteemed Washington State Legislature will not attempt to stifle, control, restrict or regulate?  [For those of you not familiar with Tami, she has a Saturday morning radio show about home improvement and interior design on 770 KTTH Seattle.  It’s a lot of fun to listen to if you’re interested in improving the appearance and functionality of your living environment–always a learning experience.  Find out more at mynorthwest.com]  Tami has issued a call to action because apparently, the Washington State Legislature is going to be considering a bill that would create licensing requirements for interior designers.  From Washington Votes.org:

2009 Senate Bill 5514 (Concerning the practice of interior design)

“Introduced by Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) (D) on January 26, 2009, creates a state board for registered interior designers and sets forth registration procedures and standards of professional practice for registered interior designers. (See also Companion HB 1608).”

Tami’s reasoning for opposing SB 5514 is this:

  • “There is no threat to public health and safety from interior design. In 2005, the Washington State Department of Licensing did a sunrise review of interior design legislation and found that no threat existed and that no licensing of interior designers was necessary.
  • The state, the economy, homeowners and small businesses can’t afford this legislation. This legislation is a direct threat to the survival of many small businesses, putting jobs at risk – something Washington cannot afford. Customers of interior design services will see costs go up as competition decreases and designers will have to pay unnecessary fees if they actually do qualify. Established firms will go out of business, not because they do poor work or have done something wrong – but simply because they do not meet a very specific set of criteria.
  • There is no gap in protection. An umbrella of governmental oversight already protects the public and ensures that those involved in design projects follow the appropriate building codes and laws. Plan reviews, building inspectors, code enforcement officials and licensed professionals (architects, engineers, plumbers, contractors, electricians and others) all verify that any work specified by interior design professionals meets the code and safety requirements enacted to protect the public.”

Do you really need the State of Washington to protect you from interior designers?  Honestly!  There’s a hearing on this bill scheduled for February 12, 2009.  Tami’s blog has all the info you need.

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Dear old Nancy, then and now. What does the future hold for bipartisanship?

Posted by Liberty on February 7, 2009

Nancy Pelosi, quoted in an October 28, 2008 KGO-TV article:

“Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there.  But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan.”

From a November 6, 2008 Boston Globe article:

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday pledged that the Democratic-controlled Congress would take a bipartisan approach in working with the incoming Obama administration, saying Democrats need to ‘govern from the middle’to accomplish an ambitious agenda on the economy, energy independence, and healthcare.”

Speaking of the immigration bill in an interview with Al Hunt, re-printed on Real Clear Politics June 15, 2007:

“…we’ll work together in a bipartisan way. This bill affects too many people over a long period of time. We want it to be bipartisan and comprehensive.”

From The Politico, February 6, 2009:

“In a statement sure to rile Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday dismissed calls for bipartisanship as ‘process’ arguments extraneous to passing a stimulus bill — and warned Senate Democrats against slashing proposed increases to education spending.

Pelosi — speaking to reporters on the second day of her retreat with House Democrats at a swank Williamsburg, Va., golf resort — was clearly annoyed with Senate attempts to slash up to $100 billion in spending from the $819 billion package the House passed last week.

At the same time, she urged the need for speed in passing the package — and stopped short of saying that she’d insist on her demands during upcoming conference negotiations with the Senate.

‘Washington seems consumed in the process argument of bipartisanship, when the rest of the country says they need this bill,’ the California Democrat said, seeming to sweep aside the Obama administration initial desire to have broad GOP support for the plan.”

Democrats only like bipartisanship when Republicans cross the lines and vote like Democrats!  They like to pretend that they’re just naturally more open-minded and cooperative [ie. bipartisan] than Republicans but it’s a myth.  The word “bipartisan” has become misconstrued to mean “Democrats getting their own way.” 

I say, it’s time to chuck the concept of bipartisanship.  Our elected Republicans [with the notable exceptions of Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter] should be reveling in their new-found strength and mentally deleting the word “bipartisan” from their vocabularies.

I appreciate how the majority of Republicans in the Senate have hung together in opposing this shameful pork-packed “stimulus” bill.  If the stimulus is such a great and necessary piece of legislation as the Democrats claim, why don’t they just pass it themselves and get it over with?  They have the votes, especially with human jellyfish pseudo-Republicans like Snowe, Collins and Specter on their side.  Better yet, why don’t they write it up as an Executive Order and Obama can just sign it all into law with a stroke of his mighty pen?  [Picture this…Obama signs the Executive Order to socialize…I mean, “stimulate” the economy and then he turns to Greg Craig to ask what exactly is in the bill.]

The answer is, of course, that the Democrats don’t want to own the consequences of this massive spending plan.  They don’t want the American people to blame them when the economy gets worse instead of better.  They don’t want the electoral consequences when the voters figure out that the stimulus has less to do with fixing the economy and more to do with paying off Democrat supporters like unions, bureaucrats, community organizers and abortionists.

Republicans have probably had about as much influence as they will get over what goes into this bill and how much is spent.  The only thing to do now is to take a principled stand against the stimulus.  We’re going to lose this argument but at least we can go down fighting.

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A pattern of arrogance

Posted by Liberty on February 6, 2009

Husband’s Taxes Delay Solis’s Hearing

“U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis’s nomination to lead the Labor Department was sidetracked Thursday by the disclosure that her husband paid $6,400 Wednesday to settle tax liens outstanding against his auto-repair business.”

Hilda Solis is the fourth Obama appointee to have tax issues.  We’re seeing a real pattern of arrogance in the people that Obama is choosing.  Are they all just above the law, or what?

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Senator Debbie Stabenow favors silencing Conservative dissent…because she knows liberalism is an inferior philosophy and it can not withstand scrutiny

Posted by Liberty on February 6, 2009

Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio ‘accountability’; talks fairness doctrine

Michael Calderone’s Blog on The Politico has a brief summary of Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow’s conversation on Bill Press’s radio show.  Press asks Senator Stabenow if it is time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.  Here is her response:

“I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.”

I was under the impression that Senators take some kind of oath about protecting the Constitution.  This woman clearly has no understanding of the real intent of the First Amendment.  It specifically protects political speech, even political speech that the Democratic majority finds offensive.  The Fairness Doctrine was morally wrong and unconstitutional when it was first imposed and it would be morally wrong and unconstitutional today.  The ability to speak freely in the arena of political debate is fundamental to America.  American political writers like Thomas Paine and Samuel Adams fueled the Revolution by informing and energizing the masses.  Today, Conservatives count on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingram and others on talk radio to perform the same Constitutionally-protected function.

I have always found it interesting that liberals that push for the Fairness Doctrine only target talk radio, which is largely Conservative.  Senator Stabenow, will your “standards” and “accountability” version of the Fairness Doctrine also apply to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, The Seattle Times and other newspapers?  What about Time, People, US Weekly, Newsweek, Vanity Fair…do I need to go on?  What about network news on ABC, NBC, CBS?  Where in the hell is the fairness on those networks?  How about cable news on CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, etc?  Are you going to require the Daily Kos to also publish Ann Coulter?  Mark Steyn on Huffington Post?  Don’t you see the hypocrisy in targeting only one type of media…the one type of media that is known for political views that you don’t like? 

Michael Calderone also points out one tiny little conflict of interest that Senator Stabenow has on this subject.  Stabenow is the wife of Tom Athans, who is a liberal talk radio executive.  Liberal talk radio is a colossal failure–perhaps Stabenow is still a little bitter.  Oh, and didn’t Hillary Clinton talk at some point during the Bush administration about how dissent and disagreement is patriotic?  Don’t be unpatriotic, Senator Stabenow!

Even intellectually honest liberals should admit that granting the government the right to shut down political dissent is a dangerous thing.  If you’d like to contact Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, her direct phone number is 202-224-4822.  E-mail at http://stabenow.senate.gov/.

Unfortunately, she’s not the only Senator with censorship on her agenda.  The main Senate switchboard number is 202-224-3121.  The main House switchboard number is 202-225-3121.

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Washington Senators Cantwell and Murray: check your voicemail, will ya?

Posted by Liberty on February 5, 2009

I intended to post this reminder earlier this morning but I wanted to make sure that I practiced what I preach first.  Whether it’s a futile gesture or not, you need to call your Senators [for Washington, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray] to let them know your opinion of the Capitalism-killing pork plan that they’re currently debating. 

You can reach the main Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Find your Senator’s direct line here.

Maria Cantwell’s direct phone number is 202-224-3441.

Patty Murray’s direct phone number is 202-224-2621.

As of about an hour ago, nobody answered either of those numbers.  My call went to voicemail for both Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.  And both voicemail boxes were completely full.

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Here’s a thought? How about capping salaries & benefits for bureaucrats?

Posted by Liberty on February 5, 2009

Executive pay cap could have unintended consequences

“By limiting annual pay to $500,000 and dishing out additional pay in restricted stock that can’t be cashed in until the government bailout money is paid back, a host of unintended consequences may result, ranging from a brain drain of top talent to a potentially less-generous approach to paying employees at other financial firms.”

Obama Lays Out Limits on Executive Pay

“The plan, which represents the most aggressive assault on executive pay by federal officials, includes salary caps of $500,000 for top executives at firms that accept ‘extraordinary assistance’ from the government.

It also restricts severance packages, known as ‘golden parachutes,’ for dismissed executives and requires the disclosure of policies on so-called luxury spending on things such as holiday parties, corporate jets and office renovations.”

The President has spoken.  He has waved his magic wand and limited how much money an executive can earn.  I would say, this is a good example why businesses should not accept government money.  [Although, some of those banks were strong-armed into accepting bail-out money just as strong-armed into making loans to uncreditworthy borrowers.]  A government with the power to give also has the power to take away.

So, here’s what I think.  What’s good for Wall Street ought to be good for all of those bureaucrats in D.C. and beyond.  How about some salary and benefit caps for people working for the government?

Oh, and by the way:

Obama’s Perks: Private Jet, Chef Tax-Free

“America’s CEOs are coming under fire these days not just for their hefty salaries but also for their use of private jets, limos with drivers and free trips to posh resorts.

But they aren’t alone in living this lavish lifestyle — the president of United States gets all these perks and more.

And unlike some of his Cabinet appointments, he doesn’t have to pay taxes on these benefits.

It might be a bit of a stretch to compare today’s corporate titans with the commander in chief, but some Wall Street bloggers clearly upset with President Obama’s attempts to rein in executive pay are doing just that.”

Interesting perspective coming from ABC news!

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Once again, Queen Christine needs your help

Posted by Liberty on February 5, 2009

The Governor apparently either really cares what the public thinks about the budget or wants you to think that she really cares what the public thinks about the budget.

Go to:

http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/budget/default.asp

There’s a budget calculator where you can adjust levels of state government spending to get rid of the budget gap.  This brings me to one thing that needs to be made clear about Washington’s budget problem.  According to the Governor’s budget calculator webpage, under the current budget, the projected revenue for the 2009-2011 budget cycle is $31,573 million.  The proposed spending is $35,274 million.  We aren’t in debt yet but if we continue spending as proposed, we will be.  The spending is the problem!

The Governor’s proposed budget has spending dropped down to $32,079 million and she adds in $122 million from “Other Fund Transfers and Budget Driven Revenue.”  [Not really sure where that came from?!]  She also includes $609 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund.  Note that the Rainy Day Fund starts out at $709 million and she wants to use almost all of that in this 2009-2011 budget cycle.  If the economic downturn is prolonged and if the State of Washington does not gain a better understanding of what functions actually are the legitimate responsibility of state government, we could get into serious trouble.  Can you say, California?

Do you understand what I’m saying here, though?  Much has been made of Washington’s Budget crisis and I’ve posted several times about it before, too.  The point I’m trying to make is that we don’t have to have a budget crisis.  It is not a foregone conclusion.  All that the Governor and the Legislature have to do is cut spending.  There is plenty of waste, fraud and abuse hidden in that budget.  Will anyone tackle that?  There is a lot of spending for things that are not really the responsibility of state government.  Are we going to see some of it reversed?  With Democrats in control, it isn’t likely.  Instead, they’ll make visible, painful cuts to essential services.  And then, they’ll use those cuts to sell the public on a tax hike.

Unfortunately, I think that the Governor’s budget calculator page is designed to make you more sympathetic towards Queen Christine.  It lets you play with the numbers but ultimately, I think you’re supposed to walk away with a new appreciation for how tough it is for the Governor to make everyone happy.  The budget calculator doesn’t let you adjust specific programs–only general areas like “student achievement,” public safety,” “human services for vulnerable children & adults,” and “health of Washingtonians.”  Like her earlier request for your e-mailed budget suggestions, I think this budget calculator is just a public relations stunt.

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A quote from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on February 4, 2009

“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”

Ronald Reagan

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We’re all excited about the first African-American…RNC chair?

Posted by Liberty on February 3, 2009

I’ve been hearing joyful news-bites this morning about Eric Holder’s confirmation as the first African-American Attorney General.  It reminded me of something good that happened on Friday that didn’t get much play in the MSM.  Michael Steele was voted in as the new chair of the Republican National Committee.  And yes, he is an African-American.  That said, it is my opinion that the substance of a person is so much more important than style.  Character, principles and the capacity to lead are the criteria by which we should choose our leaders, not race and general “coolness.”

Michael Steele possesses the qualifications and the vision to lead the GOP back to the top.  He understands the importance of articulating a clear message of Conservatism.  Check out the RNC website for his “Blueprint for Tomorrow.”  That’s our guiding plan, guys.   He stresses the importance of leading with integrity, clearly defining the difference between Republicans and Democrats and upgrading our strategies to compete in the modern political arena.  I have to tell you, I’m optimistic about Michael Steele.  I have every hope that he will be a leader for Conservatives, not just party hacks.

Blueprint for Tomorrow

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An Obama appointee with integrity–she’s withdrawing!

Posted by Liberty on February 3, 2009

Performance Czar Killefer Withdraws Candidacy

I’m experiencing that feeling of deja vu this morning.  Yet another Obama appointee has tax issues!  Wow!  Let me predict what is going to be said about performance czarina Nancy Killefer’s tax problem.  “It was an honest mistake.”  Or perhaps, “She had a little glitch with her Turbo Tax.” 

“Ms. Killefer, 55 years old, failed to pay employment taxes on household help for a year and a half, the Associated Press reported. In 2005, the AP said, the District of Columbia filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failure to pay the unemployment compensation tax. The error was resolved five months later.”

Oh…the old employment taxes on the household help.  Well, we’ve all had that problem, right?  I couldn’t find the box on the 1040 for that one, either.

As it turns out, though, silly excuses probably won’t be necessary.  Nancy Killefer is withdrawing her candidacy, saying that she doesn’t want her tax problems to be a distraction for the new administration.  There goes the only Obama appointee [so far] who possessed an ounce of shame.  Tom?  Tim?  What about you guys?

Oh, and one more thing.  How badly would the MSM be savaging tax-challenged appointees to a Republican administration?

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Will Obama voters notice the hypocrisy here?

Posted by Liberty on February 3, 2009

Obama is forced to bend firm rule on hiring ex-lobbyists

Remember hearing Obama bashing lobbyists out on the campaign trail?  He used to say that he didn’t take their money and would not provide them with positions in his administration.  He used to accuse lobbyists of being part of the problem with how business works in Washington D.C.  He even went so far as to publicly make a rule against lobbyists in his administration. 

And now, the bait and switch has been done all over again.  Notice the use of the word “forced.”  The A.P. headline writer has made a subtle effort to absolve Obama of responsibility.  What I have to wonder is this:  how will this play with the Hope-n-changer’s?  Will they even notice that Obama is now governing against his own campaign rhetoric?

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Don’t like pork? Have you contacted your Senators yet?

Posted by Liberty on February 2, 2009

I just sent a quick e-mail to Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to ask them not to support the pork-laden stimulus plan.  Your senators need to hear from you, too!  It only takes a minute to tap out a brief, polite message to let them know what you think about their plans for your tax dollars.  [But not Tom Daschle’s or Tim Geithner’s.] 

Contact your senator!

Even if you’re stuck with total liberal Democrats for senators like us in Washington State, it’s still important to speak out.  Don’t think that I don’t know that it’s probably futile to ask Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray for a tax cut but Conservatives have a responsibility to be the voice of the loyal opposition.  Even when we’re down and out, we can not fall silent.

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British government official advocates two child policy

Posted by Liberty on February 2, 2009

Two children should be limit, says green guru

“Couples who have more than two children are being ‘irresponsible’ by creating an unbearable burden on the environment, the government’s green adviser has warned.

Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the government’s Sustainable Development Commission, says curbing population growth through contraception and abortion must be at the heart of policies to fight global warming. He says political leaders and green campaigners should stop dodging the issue of environmental harm caused by an expanding population.”

This should make us think hard about exactly who [besides tax cheats] is being confirmed into positions with the Obama administration.  This guy isn’t just some environmentalist fruitcake [ok, he is a fruitcake].  He is the chair of a government commission…influencing policy.

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King County’s gain is America’s loss

Posted by Liberty on February 2, 2009

King County Executive Sims Nominated For HUD Job

“President Barack Obama is nominating King County Executive Ron Sims for the No. 2 job at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”

King County out from under the thumb of nanny Ron?  Oh, the possibilities!  But, if this is a typical Obama appointment, we’ll hear about the unpaid taxes in a week or two.

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“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ”

Posted by Liberty on February 2, 2009

Michelle Malkin has brought this salient quote to the public forefront today.  The question is, does Tom Daschle regret these words?

“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ”

Or, are tax laws advocated by uber-libs like Daschle only for us little people?

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