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A quote from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on April 9, 2009

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.” 

Ronald Reagan

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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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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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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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Just as you knew he would…

Posted by Liberty on February 28, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Rocks CPAC

From Townhall.com and Matt Lewis:

“Calling it his first ever address to the nation, Rush Limbaugh rocked the house at the Conservative Action Conference (CPAC) today.

From the time he entered the room to The Pretenders ‘My City Was Gone’ (his theme), to the time he exited the stage, Limbaugh inspired the over-flow, packed audience, and enjoyed countless standing ovations.”

 I can’t wait to watch this online!  It is linked up at Rush’s website and he’s posted the transcript as well.  The twits at the Huffington Post are all abuzz about Rush “doubling down” on wanting Obama to fail–their words, not mine.  In my opinion, if a speech by a Conservative gets those mental midgets all worked up, it was probably a great speech!  [I’m not posting a link to their site.  If you want to read that trash, you can find it yourself!  Plus, I don’t want my comment box to be innundated by liberal fruitcakes because of an errant pingback.]

Rush’s First Nationally Televised Address to the Nation:
Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) Keynote Speech

A quick excerpt:

“I want to tell you who conservatives are. We conservatives have not done a good enough job of just laying out basically who we are because we make the mistake of assuming people know. What they know is largely incorrect based on the way we are portrayed in pop culture, in the Drive-By Media, by the Democrat Party.

Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people. [Applause] When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit. What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government. [Applause]

We want every American to be the best he or she chooses to be. We recognize that we are all individuals. We love and revere our founding documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. [Applause] We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life. [Applause] Liberty, Freedom. [Applause] And the pursuit of happiness. [Applause] Those of you watching at home may wonder why this is being applauded. We conservatives think all three are under assault. [Applause] Thank you. Thank you.”

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Seattle Tea Party Pictures

Posted by Liberty on February 28, 2009

Seattle Tea Party Protest

Yesterday was a day of tea parties.  While I wasn’t able to attend one in person, believe me, I was there in spirit.  And, I was delighted to find these pictures on Byron Dazey’s blog this morning.  You’ll see that Conservatives are great at protesting, despite the fact that most Conservatives don’t smoke dope, have never been arrested for “the cause” and are gainfully employed.  The photos are awesome and the signs are so clever!  Here’s just one teaser–you’ll have to check out www.myownside.com for the rest!

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Paid for by the people

Posted by Liberty on February 27, 2009

The Obama Revolution

“In the closing weeks of last year’s election campaign, we wrote that Democrats had in mind the most sweeping expansion of government in decades. Liberals clucked, but it turns out even we’ve been outbid. With yesterday’s fiscal 2010 budget proposal, President Obama is attempting not merely to expand the role of the federal government but to put it in such a dominant position that its power can never be rolled back.”

This WSJ editorial shines some much-needed light on Obama’s budget and verifies what anyone with a brain already understands–tax increases are on the way and not just for the mythical wealthy.

“The falling deficit also assumes the largest tax increase in U.S. history, starting in 2011 with the repeal of the Bush tax rates on incomes higher than $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples. The White House says this will yield upwards of $1 trillion, if you choose to believe that tax rates don’t affect taxpayer behavior.

In the real world, two of every three tax filers who fall into this income category are small business owners or investors, who are certainly capable of finding ways to invest that allow them to declare less taxable income. The real impact of this looming tax increase will be to cast further uncertainty over economic decisions and either slow or postpone the recovery. Ditto for the estimated $646 billion from a new cap-and-trade tax, which no one wants to call a tax but would give the political class vast new leverage over the private economy. (See here.)”

And:

“Democrats will want to rush all of this into law this year while Mr. Obama retains his honeymoon aura and they can blame the recession on George W. Bush. But Americans are only beginning to understand the magnitude of Mr. Obama’s ambitions, and how much of their own income will be required to fulfill them. Republicans have an obligation to insist on a long and considerable debate on all of this, lest Americans discover in a year or two that they live in a very different country.”

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Landowners: want to make an impression on Olympia?

Posted by Liberty on February 25, 2009

http://www.mylandnotyours.com/

There is a property rights rally on Monday, March 2, 2009. 

Meet at noon on the North steps of the Capitol.

Join Evergreen Freedom Foundation, The Christian Coalition, Cattle Producers of Washington and Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights in taking a stand against Olympia’s intrusion on your private property rights!

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Obama’s budget plan calls for increased tax enforcement…just not within his own cabinet

Posted by Liberty on February 22, 2009

Obama’s First Budget Seeks To Trim Deficit

So many things to write about within this article but so little patience for all things Obama!  He knows a lot of  people are outraged about the deficit spending stimulus plan.  By unveiling this latest plan to reduce the deficit, he’ll at least fool some of the huddled masses into thinking he’s not a big spender.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the useful idiots in the MSM are continuing their laudatory, incurious coverage of Obama.

I especially like how he’s made a couple of financial policy announcements this weekend–when the markets are closed.  Could it be that Obama has realized that the markets don’t seem to have much confidence in his abilities?  How much has the Dow tanked since America’s first true socialist president took office? 

Obama’s budget calls for higher taxes on businesses and the wealthy [a smart recession move, eh?] and spending cuts.  Of course, Obama has not targeted wasteful spending, layers of bureaucracy and redistributive programs–those things will only grow throughout his administration.  Obama’s spending cuts will be from our ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  More for food stamps, more to keep uncreditworthy buyers in homes they can’t afford, more for health care [but only if the government deems it cost-effective] and less for defending America against Islamic terrorism.  The bright side of all of this nonsense is that at least Obama is making it easier for Conservatives to make the distinction between their policies and those of the socialist liberals currently in charge.

The real kicker for me in this article was this quote:

“Obama also proposes “a fairly aggressive effort on tax enforcement” that would target corporate loopholes…”

Now why is it that he cares whether or not corporations pay their fair share of taxes while nominating a bunch of tax cheats for positions in his administration?  Geithner, Daschle, Killefer, Solis…those are just the ones we know about so far.  Hypocrisy, any one?

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On transparency and Olympia

Posted by Liberty on February 22, 2009

Stiffing the public on the big budget issues in Olympia

“As a reporter, I always try to imagine what questions my audience might have. In the case of the state budget crisis, the two obvious questions seem to be: what are lawmakers going to cut and what might a tax hike package look like? Good luck getting a straight answer to either question.

Now, I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. I know that politics dictates that politicians not reveal their strategic plans to the opposition party, voters or, God forbid, reporters. Nonetheless, the state is in a crisis and there’s a big lack of straight-talking going on in Olympia.”

I found this article on Crosscut this morning.  For some reason, it’s a little comforting to know that Conservatives aren’t the only ones feeling stymied by the closed door processes of our state Capitol.

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Rush’s open letter to President Obama regarding the [un]Fairness Doctrine

Posted by Liberty on February 20, 2009

Mr. President, Keep the Airwaves Free

“As a former president of the Harvard Law Review and a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, you are more familiar than most with the purpose of the Bill of Rights: to protect the citizen from the possible excesses of the federal government. The First Amendment says, in part, that ‘Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.’ The government is explicitly prohibited from playing a role in refereeing among those who speak or seek to speak. We are, after all, dealing with political speech — which, as the Framers understood, cannot be left to the government to police.”

Rush has called Obama out.  The time is right to get the President’s stance on the Fairness Doctrine clarified.  His surrogates have been vocally in favor of this unconstitutional censorship in recent weeks.  This issue is critical to Conservatives and to the outcomes of the 2010 midterm elections.  If Conservative talk radio is shut down, it will help solidify Democrat control for generations to come.  The question is, will Obama vote “present?”

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on February 19, 2009

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”

Thomas Jefferson

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A little insight from The Conservative Pup

Posted by Liberty on February 19, 2009

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

This is a great blog in general but this post from yesterday caught my eye.  I guess its because I’ve really been hungering for some positive news.  Conservative Pup points out a few things that she considers to be “good,” “bad,” and “ugly.”  The part I like the most is that the “good” section is the longest!

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Arizona high school students greet Obama with skepticism

Posted by Liberty on February 19, 2009

I logged on this morning wanting to find something positive to post about.  I found this on the front page of the Drudge Report [ok, so that’s not exactly exhaustive research] and had to pass it along.  I love the fact that these kids had at least a little bit of healthy skepticism and weren’t falling all over themselves for the opportunity to ask Obama for their own kitchen and bathroom or better benefits from their minimum wage job.  All in all, I have a little more faith after reading this story than before.  Is the Obama facade crumbling just a little?

STUDENTS QUESTION OBAMA’S PLAN

From The East Valley Tribune, by Tim Hacker

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/135656

“A Dobson High School Advanced Placement government class with strong opinions about Barack Obama watched the president’s speech Wednesday on a small, grainy TV in the corner of their classroom.

Some of the students attentively watched the speech, giving questioning looks and comments, shaking their heads and laughing at some of Obama’s words. Other students listened, occasion ally glancing up to watch, while texting on their cell phones, reading a book or finishing school work.

The gymnasium’s events were shown simultaneously in rooms throughout the Mesa school, and teachers were given discretion on whether to show the speech, the students said. The students in the class were hopeful things will work out but questioned whether Obama’s plan would actually work to dig the country out of its economic woes. They also expected a longer speech.

Senior Syna Daudfar took some notes during the speech and was among the most vocally opposed to Obama’s words.

At one point, when he talked about the costs of his stimulus plan, senior Maaike Albach and Daudfar looked at each other and said, ‘uh-oh.’

‘Overall I think it’s a good idea, but he’s not addressing the issues of the economic crisis,’ said Daudfar, a John McCain supporter who added he leans more toward being a moderate conservative. ‘The spending bill he just passed is just progressing the Democratic agenda rather than addressing the economic issues in the country.’

Daudfar thinks Obama’s plan is backward and deals with the ‘less important stuff’ first. ‘Bailing out businesses’ and ‘providing better regulatory systems for giving out money to businesses’ should have been first, he said.

‘If businesses can’t afford to hire people, then people won’t be able to work and pay off their mortgages,’ he said. ‘It’s kind of like putting money into a funnel.’ Albach, who is also a Republican, said Obama’s plan sounds good but questioned how Obama can want to rely on ‘people’s responsibility’ when that is ‘what got us in this economic crisis in the first place.’

‘This puts us more into debt,’ said Albach, 18. ‘It’s a horrible situation we’re in.’

Senior Brandon Miller wore a shirt with the words, ‘Hitler gave great speeches, too’ above a picture of Obama.

Miller said he had been an Obama supporter ‘because of his speeches,’ but after debating the issues in this class and looking more into Obama’s policies, his vote was swayed toward McCain.

He showed a video on his camera he had just taken of the president’s minutelong motorcade and talked about what a ‘great experience’ it was to watch it. Miller had also spent a couple of hours in front of the school, hanging out and watching the protesters.

‘Even though I don’t support him, I think it’s cool he’s here,’ said Miller, 18. ‘I just don’t believe all the things he’s telling us. His goal is just too big and broad.’

Miller wanted to hear more about the costs and guidelines the stimulus bill entails.

Senior Katelyn Meyer, who also leans more toward being a Republican, said Obama’s plan sounds good, ‘but it’s easier said than done.’

‘I like the refinancing part, and I like the part about mortgages, but I’m afraid we’re going to put the money in but won’t see any effect,’ said Meyer, 18, who still thought it was ‘cool’ to say the president was at her school, even though she didn’t get to see him live.

The students also questioned why Obama chose their school for his speech since he wasn’t talking about education and wondered how much money the district spent on beautifying the campus while district positions and services are being cut.

District officials noted this week that the landscaping project completed over the weekend at Dobson was already in the works and was just expedited by the president’s visit. Funding came from voter-approved bonds.

New sod was laid in front of the school Tuesday, and Daudfar said, ‘The joke at the school is they’re going to take it away when he (Obama) leaves.’

AP government teacher Jeff Sherrer said his students ‘feel very strongly about the issues, maybe more than the general population.’ He thought at least one of his students was outside protesting, and he had planned to take his students outside as a class project to show them what was going on but didn’t get the chance.

‘These kinds of kids really get into it,’ Sherrer said. ‘During the election we had lots of debates on the issues.’

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State income tax analysis from EFF

Posted by Liberty on February 18, 2009

Will state income tax appear on November 2009 ballot?

We know that state senator Rosa Franklin [a Democrat…who else?] has again introduced her perennial bill that would impose a state income tax.  Anybody who would believe that a state income tax would be a straight across trade for the way we pay into the state coffers now is deceiving themselves.  Any alteration in taxes proposed by our dear Washington State Democrats will result in a raw deal for the taxpayers and more revenue for state government. 

It is my understanding that this measure would be have to be voted upon by us little people but sometimes, I have my doubts that my fellow Washingtonians could choose right.  At any rate, the better informed Conservatives are, the better we will be able to articulate our opposition to any more taxes.

“The bill has three major fiscal reform elements that would drastically change the state’s revenue structure. First, it proposes a graduated state income tax on individuals and businesses (except corporations). Second, it eliminates the state portion of the property tax. Third, it reduces the state portion of the sales tax from 6.5 percent to 3.5 percent.”

And a few points against it from the EFF blog:

“Legislators add the income tax as another category, thus allowing tax-creep in every category. 

The proposed income tax adds another layer of complexity and cost for citizens.

It would dramatically increase taxes for people who do not own a home or have children.

It would punish those who succeed financially by taking larger portions of their income as it increases.”

The EFF blog [www.libertylive.org] has details about the proposed income tax rates and also a few scenarios that help illustrate how an income tax would impact people.  Here’s a thought I’d like to throw out there.  Will this finally be the year?  Has the time finally come?  Are we here in Washington going to finally hit the breaking point as far as taxes are concerned?  I propose a Boston Tea Party-esque tax revolt.  Anybody in?

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Sully or Suley?

Posted by Liberty on February 17, 2009

Is ‘Octomom’ America’s Future?

If you ask me, Peggy Noonan has really pin-pointed something important in this editorial.  It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, given the downturn in the economy and America’s sad lurch towards socialism.  Noonan compares and contrasts two people who’ve been in the media lately: Chesley B. Sullenberger III–“Sully” and Nadya Suleman.  [Noonan calls her “Suley” but she’s also known as “The Octomom.”  It almost sounds like a comic book villain, doesn’t it?  Rightly so, in my opinion.] 

Sully represents something distinctly American to us–a modest man who views saving the lives of his passengers as just part of his job.  Sully didn’t seek the spotlight and when its glare came his way, he was quick to credit his co-workers for what happened that day on the Hudson River.  Steady, responsible, humble and brave–Sully.  Noonan expresses gratitude that America is still making people like him. 

And then, there’s Nadya Suleman–The Octomom.  A glorified welfare queen who has created 14 father-less children, she’s a leech on society who apparently has no compunction about living off the largesse of the taxpayers on a fairly grand scale.  It would be bad enough if she had a couple of kids with no dad in the picture and ended up on social services because she couldn’t make it on her own.  But this was all of her own selfish design.  In-vitro fertilization takes more effort than your average food stamp mama is willing to undertake and/or can afford.  Now the Octomom is out whoring herself for every media outlet that will roll tape.  Selfish, self-aggrandizing, irresponsible and quite possibly mentally ill–Suley.

The concept that Noonan has clarified for me turns out to be more of a question.  In this new era of hope for government handouts and the change to socialism, does America consist more of “Sully’s” or “Suley’s?”  Do more of us still believe in pulling the wagon or does a majority just want a ride?  For our own sake, I hope that strength of character and self-reliance still matter.

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A quote from our first President to ponder today

Posted by Liberty on February 16, 2009

“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

George Washington”

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It’s time to dispel the notion that only liberals protest!

Posted by Liberty on February 14, 2009

IT’S ON!! PRESIDENT’S DAY PROTEST AT WESTLAKE PARK IN SEATTLE!

“The protest against the porkulus is on for President’s Day!

Date: Monday, February 16th
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, 401 Pine St., in the open area by the big arch.”

Be a part of the active, loyal Conservative opposition!  Bring your signs to Westlake Park in downtown Seattle to participate in a protest of the stimulus bill!

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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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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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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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