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Archive for March, 2009

Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on March 25, 2009

“He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.”
Samuel Adams

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State sovereignty in 2009

Posted by Liberty on March 25, 2009

States Rebellion Pending

I ran across this opinion piece by Walter E. Williams this morning and liked it.  There is a growing number of states that are beginning to push back against the oppressive hand of the federal government.

“Our Colonial ancestors petitioned and pleaded with King George III to get his boot off their necks. He ignored their pleas, and in 1776, they rightfully declared unilateral independence and went to war. Today it’s the same story except Congress is the one usurping the rights of the people and the states, making King George’s actions look mild in comparison. Our constitutional ignorance — perhaps contempt, coupled with the fact that we’ve become a nation of wimps, sissies and supplicants — has made us easy prey for Washington’s tyrannical forces. But that might be changing a bit. There are rumblings of a long overdue re-emergence of Americans’ characteristic spirit of rebellion.”

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Hilarious blog by TOTUS

Posted by Liberty on March 25, 2009

You may have heard about this blog already but I’m linking it up anyway.  Obama’s teleprompter has quite a lot to say and is also a fairly prolific blogger.  Get the inside view of the administration from the one electronic communications device that knows all–the TOTUS.

Barack Obama’s Teleprompter’s Blog

“Reflections from the hard drive of the machine that enables the voice of the Leader of the Free World”

 

 

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I’m going to file this one under “good news”

Posted by Liberty on March 25, 2009

Dodd’s stock with voters began dropping before AIG

“Dodd’s decision to move his family to Iowa to campaign for a doomed bid for president, his initial refusal to release documents of his two controversial mortgages with Countrywide, criticism of how he financed a vacation cottage in Ireland, and now his involvement as Senate Banking Committee chairman in the bill that ultimately protected bonuses for executives at insurance giant AIG have all taken their toll.”

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Land of the free…

Posted by Liberty on March 23, 2009

Lead poisoning law has side effect

“In all his years of riding motorcycles, 63-year-old Ted Micone of Yakima County has yet to see a child get lead poisoning from one.

That’s why he’s baffled by a new federal law that took effect Feb. 10. It came about after a deluge of China-made products were recalled starting in 2006, prompting outcries from parents and consumer groups.

Included in the law are revised lead limits for off-road and recreational vehicles designed for kids – effectively halting the sale of such machines across the country.”

Honestly, I’m speechless.  Just since February, this lead law has restricted individual freedom and negatively affected businesses of all kinds, from toy stores to consignment stores and now ATV dealerships.  The federal government is also usurping parental authority–as a parent, I view it as my right and responsibility to make decisions about my child’s safety.

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Enough gravy for Greg

Posted by Liberty on March 21, 2009

A runaway gravy train

Not many people take Greg Nickels seriously.  And that number could be diminishing.  I found this article by Nicole Brodeur in the Seattle Times fairly entertaining, even though I don’t necessarily agree with her analysis of the AIG situation. 

“Mayor Greg Nickels announced the other day that he was falling on his checkbook by decreasing his own pay and the salaries of about 100 other top executives in city government.

Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis made much of the fact that salaries will be frozen at 2008 levels, as if this is a huge sacrifice. He makes $187,317 a year, poor thing.

I appreciate putting the brakes on payroll, but frankly, gentlemen, I’m confused.

Just 90 days ago, Nickels was fighting for the right to give big raises to the city’s highest-paid employees — some by as much as 37 percent.”

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Liberal hypocrisy at its finest

Posted by Liberty on March 18, 2009

AIG bonuses: Some repaid, Congress to vote on tax

While AIG has been roundly criticized, attacked and demonized for awarding bonuses [per contract] to some of its employees, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s outrageous bonuses haven’t gotten much play.

Fannie plans bonuses of $1M for 4 execs

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Socialized medicine and prescription prices

Posted by Liberty on March 16, 2009

Canadians Pay 2X As Much For Generic Drugs

Take a look at Carpe Diem today.  If more people did, socialized medicine would never be imposed on the American people.

“The evidence suggests that generic retail drug prices are higher in Canada than they are in the United States because of various provincial and federal policies in Canada that are not found in the US.”

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More tea, anyone?

Posted by Liberty on March 16, 2009

Thousands Rally Downtown Against Government Spending

Dateline: Cincinnati.  Police crowd estimate: 4,000!

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Obama’s poll numbers interpreted

Posted by Liberty on March 15, 2009

Obama’s Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth

“It is simply wrong for commentators to continue to focus on President Barack Obama’s high levels of popularity, and to conclude that these are indicative of high levels of public confidence in the work of his administration. Indeed, a detailed look at recent survey data shows that the opposite is most likely true. The American people are coming to express increasingly significant doubts about his initiatives, and most likely support a different agenda and different policies from those that the Obama administration has advanced.”

While I agree that it is simply wrong for commentators to keep gushing about Obama’s popularity [while ignoring the growing unpopularity of his socialist policies] it probably isn’t going to stop.  After all, some may say that it was wrong of the MSM to whitewash Obama’s record as the most liberal Senator.  What about ignoring his radical associations with people like Reverend Wright, Father Pfleger and William Ayers?  How about not investigating his career prior to being elected to office?  The MSM has displayed more curiosity about Michelle Obama’s biceps than about the real Barack Obama and how his left-wing policies will affect America.

“Polling data show that Mr. Obama’s approval rating is dropping and is below where George W. Bush was in an analogous period in 2001. Rasmussen Reports data shows that Mr. Obama’s net presidential approval rating — which is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve — is just six, his lowest rating to date.”

Did you catch that?  Lower than George W. Bush!

“Overall, Rasmussen Reports shows a 56%-43% approval, with a third strongly disapproving of the president’s performance. This is a substantial degree of polarization so early in the administration. Mr. Obama has lost virtually all of his Republican support and a good part of his Independent support, and the trend is decidedly negative.”

And suddenly, I’m feeling positive.

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A sad little opinion piece from Peggy Noonan

Posted by Liberty on March 15, 2009

There’s No Pill for This Kind of Depression

“…the economy isn’t the only reason for our unease. There’s more to it. People sense something slipping away, a world receding, not only an economic one but a world of old structures, old ways and assumptions. People don’t talk about this much because it’s too big…”

I feel sad writing this but Peggy Noonan’s piece really resonates with me.  She attempts to explain and define the malaise that we’ve found ourselves in.  Read it and see what you think.

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The dichotomy that is Obama policy

Posted by Liberty on March 13, 2009

Should we believe Obama’s words or actions?

“President Barack Obama calls for an end to earmarks and then signs a budget for the rest of this year containing over 8,000 such congressional raids on taxpayers’ purses.

He calls for a new era of fiscal responsibility and then sends to Congress a ten-year plan for deficits as far ahead as the eye can see.
He calls for sacrifices from all and then proceeds to give 95% of American families a tax cut. He promises to revive the housing industry and then asks Congress to reduce the deductibility of mortgage interest.
He calls for the reform of the education system and then signs a budget that eliminates funds that keep a few poor kids in private schools, and out of the clutches of the Washington education system’s bureaucrats.
Confused or cunning? I report, you decide.”

Check out this article by Irwin Stelzer in the D.C. Examiner.  I heard this guy interviewed on the radio this morning.  He presents a pretty articulate list of issues where the things that Obama says and the things that he does differ.

 

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Current poll results

Posted by Liberty on March 12, 2009

From Real Clear Politics:

An average of four polls indicates that 50.8% of those questioned think that the country is on wrong track.  But an average of five polls tracks Obama’s approval rating at 60.8%.  Not sure how people aren’t connecting the two of those numbers yet but I’m confident that it will happen eventually.  Incidentally, as usual, there are a lot of us that disapprove of what Congress is up to.  Not that they seem to care…

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Victor Davis Hanson on why Wall Street is still worried

Posted by Liberty on March 12, 2009

Obamafusion

Just a few of the money lines:

“A redistributive economy in which government ensures an equality of result is Wall Street’s worst nightmare.”

And:

“Given the amount of debt the US is incurring (and the decades needed to pay it off), given the loose talk about the ‘rich’, and given the rumors about nationalization, investors are unsure whether the United States will remain a safe haven for investment, or even offer a climate for profit-making, since it would either be taxed to the point of seizure, or its beneficiaries would be culturally and socially demonized.”

And:

“There is much talk about Obama merely returning to the tax rates of the Clinton administration. But that is misleading for two unfortunate reasons: (1) Clinton did not tamper with FICA ceilings and other deductions in addition to the income tax hikes; (2) he had spending limits imposed by the post 1994-Congress, so at least his income tax increases led to a balanced budget. But Obama is not only raising taxes far higher in aggregate than did Clinton with the present trillion-some spending hikes, but ensuring that we will still end up with astronomical deficits. So we get the tax hikes of Clinton — but without the balanced budgets; and we get far higher deficits than under Bush — but sans the tax cuts.”

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Card check pressure tactics

Posted by Liberty on March 11, 2009

The Union Cudgel

“Big Labor’s drive to eliminate secret ballots for union elections has united American business in opposition, so labor chiefs are putting on the brass knuckles: The new strategy is to threaten companies with government retaliation if they don’t stop lobbying against turning U.S. labor markets into Europe.”

Union leaders are calling on tax cheat Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to prohibit companies that have received TARP money from lobbying against card check.

“The letter targets in particular the Principal Financial Group, based in Des Moines, which it says should be denied TARP money because of the ‘scale and scope’ of its lobbying. But wait — Citigroup spent three times more money on fourth-quarter lobbying than the $515,000 spent by Principal, the unions admit. So, what gives? It seems Principal’s real sin is that it ‘lobbied on 26-labor related bills . . . including the Employee Free Choice Act,’ and it is the only TARP applicant or recipient to have disclosed doing so.

In case Mr. Geithner doesn’t get the political point, the letter helpfully notes that ‘there is now a Congressional effort underway to curb lobbying by TARP recipients.’ Senators Dianne Feinstein (California) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) are leading that effort to limit corporate political speech, and Ms. Burger copies no fewer than 13 Members of Congress on her Treasury missive.

The double standard here is remarkable. Every year, unions collect millions of dollars in grants from government agencies they lobby. In 2002 and 2003, the Service Employees International Union — the main driver behind Ms. Burger’s consortium — lobbied the Department of Health and Human Services while receiving between $563,226 and $938,388 per year in grants. Imagine if Tom DeLay had ever said that labor unions or AARP couldn’t speak up about Medicare because they or their affiliates had accepted federal grants. The headlines would have read: ‘Republican Gag Rule.’

Labor chiefs are desperate to pass their easy-organizing agenda this year, because they know liberal majorities on Capitol Hill won’t last. They also know they haven’t been able to organize workers with a level playing field, so they want to rewrite the rules so their organizers can see which individual workers are voting no and apply peer and other pressure. Most workers can see how unions have contributed to the destruction of Detroit, U.S. steel makers and so many other industries. That’s why unions need government-sanctioned coercion to prevail both against business and with workers.”

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Have a drink on me

Posted by Liberty on March 11, 2009

Found this on Seattle talk radio host Dori Monson’s blog.  [He’s on 97.3 KIRO.]  How would you like to have a vanload of beer delivered right to your apartment?  And what if you didn’t have to pay for the beer?  Jackpot!  And if you didn’t have to pay for the apartment either?  Double jackpot!  Chronic boozers in Seattle don’t have to go out to the bar or the convenience store these days…they’re drinking and living on the taxpayer’s dime.  1811 Eastlake is a housing project especially for alcoholics funded by various government entities such as HUD and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.  Rehabilitation is not a high priority at 1811 Eastlake–the residents [all of whom have alcohol issues, to put it mildly] are allowed to drink in their apartments.

Seattle drunk house project gets beer delivery

According to the Downtown Emergency Service Center’s website, the drunks in this housing project are offered social services including mental health and substance abuse counseling, on-site health care and meals plus field trips to local food banks.  This facility can’t be cheap to keep running.  In this era of hard times for the taxpayers, could we at least cut off the free beer?

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Stimulating the Washington DOT

Posted by Liberty on March 8, 2009

Where’s that federal “stimulus” money going?

Great post from Sound Politics…just in case you’re curious how stimulus money is going to be spent in Washington State.  I especially like the part about how stimulus money is being used to fund projects that Washingtonians have already been funding with our gigantic gas tax.  So…technically, we’re paying twice.

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The legislature just doesn’t get it!

Posted by Liberty on March 7, 2009

From Joe Turner’s Political Buzz, here’s a nice list of the tax increases that the Washington State Legislature is considering. 

Here are tax hike options for lawmakers (and voters?)

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Help a liberal–get them into Burt Prelutsky’s 12 step recovery program

Posted by Liberty on March 7, 2009

A 12-Step Liberal Recovery Program

Prelutsky just wants to help liberals get better from the mental illness that has afflicted them.  What astounds me is that he was able to keep it to only 12 steps…ok, he made it a baker’s dozen at 13.  Here’s my favorite:

Step #7:  Stop using the word “big” as a pejorative.  There is nothing intrinsically bad about big oil, big agriculture or big pharmaceuticals.  Overall, they do a very good job of keeping our cars on the road, food on our tables and most of us over 60 alive and functioning.  On the other hand, big government, which so many liberals simply adore, represents a usurpation of the allegedly inalienable rights of individuals.  A quick perusal of the Constitution should convince you that beyond declaring war, forging treaties, overseeing patents, printing money, running the post office, collecting taxes and protecting our borders — and a few other things that Washington doesn’t do at all well these days — the federal government has very limited responsibilities.”

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No worries…we’ll just import all our food from third world countries

Posted by Liberty on March 7, 2009

From Powerline Forum this morning:

EPA Seeks Farming Shutdown

“Under rules imposed in 2006, rural areas would be kept to the same standards as urban areas for what the Environmental Protection Agency calls ‘coarse particulate matter’ in the air.

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council had petitioned the government to provide an exemption to farmers. They argued that evidence of harm caused by dust in rural areas hasn’t been determined.

But the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Tuesday that the EPA had already provided the evidence necessary to determine farm dust ‘likely is not safe.'”

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Even partisan Democrats are beginning to acknowledge Obama’s lurch to the left

Posted by Liberty on March 7, 2009

Opposition to Obama is forming up fast

“As a lifelong Democrat, I am concerned that President Obama could come out of his first 100 days decidedly weaker than when they began. His November victory was not as strong as anticipated, given the unpopularity of the outgoing Bush administration, a weakening economy, and an often inept McCain-Palin Republican ticket. Yet Obama has proceeded as if he were a landslide winner, like Lyndon Johnson in 1965 and Reagan in 1980, and has pushed forward a costly and ambitious domestic agenda even though we remain in a severe economic downturn.

Obama’s audacity — I consider it politically dangerous overreach — has energized Republicans and, in particular, conservatives as they would not have been had Obama followed the bipartisan, consensus path he promised on taking office. The politically polarizing economic-stimulus package and his proposed federal budget have done it.”

This brings one word to my mind this morning: hope.

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Unexpected honesty about Obama’s tax plan from ABC News

Posted by Liberty on March 3, 2009

Upper-Income Taxpayers Look for Ways to Sidestep Obama Tax-Hike Plan

Truly, I didn’t expect to find a story critical of Obama’s tax plan on the ABC news website but there it is!  It certainly comes off as vaguely critical of the messiah, Barack Obama.  The author, Emily Friedman, has focused on how Obama’s tax plan will impact people making over $250,000 annually.  The consensus among the interviewees is that they will do what is necessary to earn less to avoid Obama’s punitive taxes.

“Dr. Sharon Poczatek, who runs her own dental practice in Boulder, Colo., said that she too is trying to figure out ways to get out of paying the taxes proposed in Obama’s plan.

‘I’ve put thought into how to get under $250,000,’ said Poczatek. ‘it would mean working fewer days which means having fewer employees, seeing fewer patients and taking time off.’

‘Generally it means being less productive,’ she said.

‘The motivation for a lot of people like me – dentists, entrepreneurs, lawyers – is that the more you work the more money you make,’ said Poczatek. ‘But if I’m going to be working just to give it back to the government — it’s de-motivating and demoralizing.'”

Dr. Poczatek is absolutely right.  The demoralization that she’s feeling is a natural side-effect of redistributive economics.  The real unintended consequences of Obama’s tax policy will be the loss of productivity.  Think job losses now are bad?  Just wait.

“Obama’s budget proposal calls for $989 billion in new taxes over the next 10 years, most of which will be earned from increased taxes on individuals who make more than $200,000 and from families who make more than $250,000.

The expiration of the Bush administration’s tax cuts at the end of 2010 would garner an estimated $338 billion, $179 billion would come from the elimination of some itemized deductions for higher-income taxpayers and $118 billion would be brought in from a hike in the capital gains tax. The remaining $353 billion would come from taxes on businesses.”

Not many are talking about how the expiration of the Bush tax cuts will affect the economy but we should be.  The expiration of those cuts will equal a tax increase for the bulk of taxpayers.

The ABC news piece also features a poll.  The question is, “is it fair to reduce salaries to sidestep President Obama’s tax proposal?”  As of 8:08 this morning, the answer “Yes. I also would find ways to decrease my salary to avoid taxes” had a significant lead.

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Repeating past mistakes

Posted by Liberty on March 2, 2009

Declining Defense

“For all of his lavish new spending plans, President Obama is making one major exception: defense. His fiscal 2010 budget telegraphs that Pentagon spending is going to be under pressure in the years going forward.”

Hope and change = same old Democrat policies.

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What will Washington’s living wage be if all the businesses leave?

Posted by Liberty on March 2, 2009

Update 12:18 pm:
For those of you who don’t read the comments, I received a comment from Representative Miloscia regarding this post. I’d like to take the opportunity to make a correction to my earlier post. My statement that Representative Miloscia lacks private sector experience was inaccurate. He does, in fact, have quite a bit of private sector experience. He has run or managed a variety of companies and has served as a business consultant as well.
The last thing that I want to do here is base my arguments on false information. I’d like to thank Representative Miloscia for bringing this error to my attention and I’d like to apologize for mischaracterizing his work experience.
Liberty

A ‘living’ wage apparently is between $9.70 and $11.55 an hour

Great blog post by Joe Turner from the Tacoma News Tribune.  State Representative Mark Miloscia [that’s the porn tax guy] has put another bill on the table.

“Miloscia has introduced House Bill 1716, which would require ‘living wages’ be paid after Jan. 1, 2010 to anyone being paid under a contract let by the state Community, Trade and Economic Development Department.”

And:

“If the employee gets health coverage, those wages would be $9.70 an hour. Without health coverage, the pay would be $11.55 an hour.”

Washington State’s minimum wage just recently went up to $8.55 an hour.  While I’m sure Representative Miloscia has nothing but the best intentions for the workers of Washington State, a “living wage” dictated by state government is the last thing we need.  It doesn’t do much good to be perpetually legislating in favor of the workers if the same legislation discourages companies from doing business here in Washington.

I looked into Miloscia’s background [from his campaign website] and discovered that he appears to have no private sector job experience.  He was an Air Force pilot [and thank you for your service, Representative Miloscia], a substitute teacher, director or executive director for a couple of non-profits and a utility district commissioner.  Perhaps if Representative Miloscia had run his own small business and had to meet a payroll, he would have a better understanding of the burdens employers already face.


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