Archive for May, 2010

Rand Paul, Jack Conway, and Kentucky Democrats

May 29th, 2010 11:33 pm  |  by  |  Published in Commentary, Election, Politics, Rand Paul  |  8 Responses

To say that the Senate election in Kentucky has been getting attention recently would be an understatement.  Overshadowed in the media firestorm surrounding the Paul/Maddow interview is the claim by Jack Conway and DNC chairman Tim Kaine that the Democratic party has a strong chance of taking the seat because both Jack Conway and his opponent, Lt. Gov. Dr. Daniel Mongiardo, received more votes than Rand Paul. To those unfamiliar with Kentucky politics, a cursory glance at the state’s voter registration would seem to support this view. Kentucky has approximately 1.6 million registered Democrats, and only 1 million registered Republicans.

Those familiar with recent Kentucky electoral history know better. Despite such a disparity in registration numbers, the Democratic Party has not won a statewide election for a federal office since Bill Clinton carried the state in 1996 by 13,331 votes. Kentucky hasn’t elected a Senator from the Democratic Party since the immensely popular Wendell Ford was elected to his final term in 1992.

Obviously, there are a lot of registered Democrats in the state who either sit out or vote Republican in federal elections in Kentucky.  Logically, the next questions would be “Why do voters who vote Republican register as Democrats?” and “What causes registered Democrats to vote Republican?” These questions suggest that there are two “cases” of registered Democrats who vote Republican in these elections – voters who would in other situations register as Republicans, but due to some circumstance choose to register Democrat; and voters who would ordinarily vote Democrat but due to some circumstance choose to vote Republican.

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Jack Conway likes to kill puppies and use their bones to pick his teeth!

May 28th, 2010 10:16 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Commentary, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Rand Paul  |  5 Responses

Ok, not really, but the more I see the Left and the media jump on every little thing Rand Paul says, the more I wonder, do they really think this stuff works?

Also, just to be clear, I do not believe Jack Conway likes to kill puppies and use their bones to pick his teeth.

Today, once again the media and the Left is trying to create controversy where there is none. Rand Paul, like his father, and many people in the United States believe we should repeal birthright citizenship. Yes, that is the big story today that is making the granola less crunchy for progressives.

I’m curious if this will stop once they realize it is not hurting Rand Paul’s effort to be Kentucky’s next U.S. Senator? In fact, it could be helping him as more and more people realize this is just more partisan subterfuge. The Left is doing its very best to unite through irritation. It is certainly conceivable that normally divided libertarians, independents, Republicans, and conservatives see a common enemy when these attacks persist. Even Mark Levin, who is no friend of the Pauls, has come to Rand Paul’s defense.

Allow me to repeat, Jack Conway probably doesn’t really like to kill babies and use their bones to pick his teeth, but he certainly has some policies that should, at the very least, strike fear into the hearts of Americans.

Uncertainty Reigns Supreme

May 28th, 2010 3:42 pm  |  by  |  Published in Bailouts, Banking, Big Government, congress, Debt, Economics, Money, national debt, Politics, Taxes  |  Comments Off

by John Browne, Senior Market Strategist, Euro Pacific Capital

Just a few weeks ago, most financial analysts continued to insist that the road to recovery stretched far into the future. Now, uncertainty has returned with a vengeance and the stock market has booked its first official 10% correction since this tenuous ‘bull’ market began in the spring of 2009.

In recent days, markets have shown signs of life – but nascent rallies have been quickly smothered. I believe there are five fundamental reasons for this persistent uncertainty.

First, the world’s second most held currency, the euro, is threatened with possible extinction. The massive $750 billion bailout package for Greece will not cure Greece’s dependence on entitlements, and will likely only buy time until a debt restructuring.

The world is looking to major nations such as the United States, Germany, and even the United Kingdom to backstop the likely future funding obligations of bankrupt states such as Spain, Portugal, and Italy. However, these so-called ‘major’ nations have little or no money; they themselves have borrowed massively.

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One unemployed man equals four new jobs created?

May 28th, 2010 9:36 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, jobs, Liberty, Politics, unemployment  |  Comments Off

Not surprisingly, the U.S. Census bureau is using statistical tricks to inflate the job creation numbers.  Each time they hire a new employee, they are able to report it as a job created, even if that same employee is fired an hour later.  In fact, one man reports to have been hired and fired four times by the bureau, each time being paid to go through training:

I am on my fourth rehire with the 2010 Census.

I have been hired, trained for a week, given a few hours of work, then laid off. So my unemployed self now counts for four new jobs.

I have been paid more to train all four times than I have been paid to actually produce results. These are my tax dollars and your tax dollars at work.

Undoubtedly, they bureau has been directed from higher up to take such actions.  If we continue lying to ourselves about how we’re really doing as a nation, how can we ever really expect to improve?

Ron Paul, using the Commerce Clause to repeal Obamacare

May 28th, 2010 8:00 am  |  by  |  Published in Constitution, Free Market, Health Care, Liberty, Market Regulation, Ron Paul  |  1

Ron Paul introduced the aptly named “Private Option Health Care Act” yesterday. It is meant as a replacement for Obamacare, to:

correct the mistake it made last month by replacing the new health care law with health care measures that give control of health care to individuals, instead of the federal government and politically-influential corporations.

Interestingly, but not surprisingly given the author of the bill, it utilizes the Constitution’s Commerce Clause the way it was intended, to keep commerce between the states “regular”. The clause is invoked to permit health insurance consumers to obtain health care plans across state lines.

This bill also creates a competitive market in heath insurance. It achieves this goal by exercising Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause to allow individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines. The near-monopoly position many health insurers have in many states and the high prices and inefficiencies that result, is a direct result of state laws limiting people’s ability to buy health insurance that meets their needs, instead of a health insurance plan that meets what state legislators, special interests, and health insurance lobbyists think they should have. Ending this ban will create a truly competitive marketplace in health insurance and give insurance companies more incentive to offer quality insurance at affordable prices.

Read Ron Paul’s full introduction of the bill here.

Stop the Annual Spring Spending Spree

May 27th, 2010 11:14 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, congress, Debt, DownsizeDC.org, Economics, government spending, Liberty, Money, national debt, Politics  |  Comments Off

Quotes of the Day:

“Designating war spending as an unforeseen emergency year after year is a farce that is designed to help politicians avoid hard budget choices.” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Texas)

“I do not believe we can continue to bring up bills under the justification of emergency legislation that violate the spirit if not the letter of PAYGO (pay as you go).” – Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

Every year, Congress considers “emergency” funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then loads the bill with pork and unrelated legislation – such as the union legislation we wrote about yesterday.

Then they cover for their fiscal recklessness by claiming opponents don’t “support the troops.” This happens EVERY year.

And in addition to the $84 billion (or more) bill, the House is also considering a separate “emergency” $200 billion so-called “jobs” bill with several unrelated provisions.

The good news, however, is that some in the majority party are concerned about how these bills will add to the deficit.

Let’s encourage them to fight! Tell Congress to oppose these bills and pass DownsizeDC.org’s One Subject At A Time Act (OSTA) instead.

You may borrow from or copy this sample letter . . .   Read More »

TIME Magazine on Ron Paul: The country is moving his way

May 27th, 2010 8:08 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Rand Paul, Ron Paul  |  1

In an evenly biased piece Time magazine examines the Ron Paul and Rand Paul phenomenon circa 2010.

Rand may be the talk of Washington at the moment, but his meek-mannered 74-year-old father Ron is in many ways the improbable godfather of the Tea Party movement. In a GOP lacking for compelling leaders, he may be the man with the most potential influence as the 2012 campaign approaches.

Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign, with its message of limited government and its anti-Establishment ethos, created a kind of do-it-yourself model for the current activism shaking up politics around the country. The Paul campaign even inspired the first modern-day tea party that anyone can remember: a December 2007 antitax protest re-enacting the original Boston Tea Party on its 234th anniversary. (On that same day, Paul’s fervent supporters raised an astounding $6 million online, a single-day record.) The message then, as now, was a revolt against government taxes and spending and what his supporters called “tyranny.” “Dr. Paul was pushing for fiscal responsibility and limited government long before the Tea Party moniker was slapped on it,” says John O’Hara, author of the book A New American Tea Party.

The tale of Rand Paul’s stunning — and now controversial — success is really an outgrowth of his father’s unlikely crusade. Whether or not Rand Paul wins in November, his father is sure to keep the movement’s torch burning. And if Republican leaders don’t like it? Tough. “Ron Paul’s influence should be respected more than it is,” says a Republican strategist aligned with a likely 2012 candidate. “The more the Establishment rolls its eyes at him and his supporters, the more motivated they become.”

Read the rest here.

Unlike the U.S., the state of New Jersey can’t print money

May 27th, 2010 1:46 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Commentary, Politics, Taxes  |  Comments Off

New Jersey Governor Christie is fast becoming a political hero to conservatives who want smaller government.

Here is some video from a town hall meeting where he gets into it with some of the questioners telling one of them, “Unlike the United States of America, the state of New Jersey can’t print money.” Bravo Governor!

And here he is a few weeks ago giving reporters some more straight talk.

Another great Rand Paul defense

May 27th, 2010 1:27 am  |  by  |  Published in Civil Liberties, Commentary, Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, Racism, Rand Paul  |  Comments Off

Larry Elder comes to the defense of Rand Paul in this truth-telling article today.

Libertarian Rand Paul, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky, shocked many conservatives when he refused to give full-throated support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act criminalized public sector racial discrimination, and struck down laws that required discrimination and segregation. But it went much further. It outlawed racial discrimination by private actors such as restaurant and hotel owners who refused to serve blacks.

National Review’s Rich Lowry, for example, wrote: “[T]he Civil Rights Act was the last spasm of the Civil War. The South had frustrated the imposition of black civil rights during Reconstruction in a low-grade insurgency that successfully rumbled on into the 1960s. Black civil rights weren’t going to be vindicated any time soon, absent the application of federal power again … I’m sympathetic to libertarianism, but it sometimes has a weakness for theoretical exercises removed from reality.”

This sounds like a white, guilt-ridden rationalization to justify an abandonment of principle. And it has real world, not merely “theoretical,” consequences. For one thing, it encourages grievance-driven race-based identity politics — and invites special-interest legislation to protect all manner of niche groups perceived as having been “held down by The Man.” It is in these waters that professional victim seekers and exploiters like the Rev. Al Sharpton, race and gender “advocacy groups,” and the Democratic Party do their fishing.

Read the rest here including this great quote:

“The consequences of government coercion are more harmful than the certainty that some will use their freedom in ways that offend.”

Do you want the federal government to run your local government?

May 26th, 2010 10:34 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, DownsizeDC.org, government spending, law, Liberty, Market Regulation, Politics  |  1

Should the federal government force your local government to unionize its police and firefighting employees? If you oppose this proposed new federal mandate please tell Congress that using our “cut regulations” campaign.

You can copy of borrow from my sample letter . . .

Please do not entangle us in more top-down federal regulation. Specifically, oppose the attempt to attach Amendment 4174 to the latest appropriations bill (H.R. 4899), or to any other bill for that matter.

This amendment would force local governments to unionize their police and firefighting employees. This is a decision that MUST be made by local ELECTED governments, and NOT by the increasingly dictatorial federal government.

I would add to this that the unionization of supposed public servants appears to be a real problem. Government employees seem to be looting the taxpayers they are supposed to serve. For instance, according to the New York Times: http://tinyurl.com/27v8jbq

1. Roughly 3,700 retired “public servants” in New York are receiving pensions in excess of $100,000 a year
2. 22 retirees receive more than $200,000 per year, and one receives more than $300,000       Read More »