Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Is Congress Balanced?... Can a Spirit of Getting the Peoples Business Done Prevail?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


The scales of justice. Or perhaps they should simply be viewed as balance scales. At any rate they ought to be on display daily in Congress and all congressional offices.

It might be just my lone opinion but Congress has been perpetually out of balance for years. Congressman seem to have acquired more of a taste for the hunt (campaigning) than for the work the people elect them to do.

I know, the last congress did work hard. Hard at passing legislation they themselves didn't read (most notably ObamaCare), or if they did they failed to understand their own laws. Most certainly they acted in all manners of irrationality and passed bills and that obviously have failed to right our ship or build a stronger foundation.

But the gamesmanship will continue.

Congressman Boehner (soon to be Speaker of the House), and Mitch McConnell (Senate minority leader) in a joint letter said... next to nothing. Or at least nothing we haven't heard many times before. These two "leaders" will soon sit down to do the People's business with their Democratic counterparts and, no doubt, proceed to blow all sorts of smoke. For they indeed live in a grand environment of smoke and mirrors. Not one bit different that that of their adversaries.

Of course, as we all know it's about power.

And so it is likely over the next 24 months we will witness grand displays of, well, grandstanding by the leadership of both parties. Lots of rhetoric, lots of finger pointing, and likely not much will change. It is don'tcha know all about winning. Even at the expense of the truth. The next election is just around the corner and retaining congressional power (and gaining the senate) is the goal. Of course for the Democrats it will be an all out war to regain majority control of Congress.

I guess its always been this way to some extent. But in our time it seems like perpetual campaigning has taken front and center. This being the case how are we to expect results and the change the majority of us want.

Here are selected excerpts from Boehner's and McConnell's most recent "lack of substance" statement.
When congressional leaders of both parties meet at the White House today, all of us will have an opportunity to show the American people that we got the message of the elections earlier this month. 

Republicans heard the voters loud and clear. They want us to focus on preventing a tax hike on every taxpayer, reining in Washington spending and making it easier for employers to start hiring again. Today, Republican leaders renew our offer to work with anyone, from either party, who is ready to focus on the priorities of the American people. 
Republicans got the message voters have been delivering for more than a year. That's why we made a pledge to America to cut spending, rein in government, and permanently extend the current tax rates so small-business owners won't get hit with a massive tax hike at the end of December. That's what Americans want. And that's the message Republicans will bring to the meeting today. In other words, you'll have a voice at that table.
We can work together and accomplish these things, but the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress first will have to prioritize. It's time to choose struggling middle-class families and small businesses over the demands of the liberal base. It's time to get serious.
Now we have a real chance to move away from the misplaced priorities of the past two years and work together on common-sense proposals that will build a foundation for the economic rebound we all want.
 Together, we can focus on the things Americans want us to do - not on what government wants Americans to accept. The clock may be winding down on this session of Congress, but there is still time to do the right thing. If President Obama and Democratic leaders put forward a plan during the lame-duck session to cut spending and stop the tax hikes on all Americans, they can count on a positive response from Republicans. If the president and Democratic leaders don't act before the end of the year, however, House and Senate Republicans will work to get the job done in the new Congress. But we hope it doesn't come to that. 

The voters want us to show that we heard them, and Republicans are ready to work with anyone who is willing to do just that. 
Perhaps you will be following up with specific plans as to just how you intend proceed in accomplishing your goals, and that of the people who elected you.

We'll soon see if there is sincerity in the words of these two "gentlemen." The rhetoric remains the same. The reality however is Congress hasn't reined in spending for as long as I can remember. Neither party has. Clinton left office with a balanced budget but that required revenues exceed expenditures. He enjoyed a bristling economy and higher tax rates.

It is time BOTH parties get honest and truthful with the people. As an independent conservative I am a strong advocate for limiting the scope of government as well as its spending. I say the same about over regulation that indeed hurts businesses. Our nation needs strong defenses, however we cannot continue to fight an endless stream of wars that is a continual drain on our treasury.

And while your at it Congress (and Senators and President) why don't you stop your support of corporatism that is breaking the backs of the American people.

Just one man's opinion. I'd love to hear yours.

Via: Memeorandum 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Can't Happen Here? It Already IS Happening Here.

By Bastiatarian

From at least as early as the first leftist attacks on F.A. Hayek's classic work The Road To Serfdom, the blind and ignorant in both major American political parties have been saying "Can't happen here!"

Although I understand their reluctance to accept the idea that the United States is walking a path strikingly similar to that taken by such totalitarian collectivist states as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union (which had few meaningful differences between them), the parallels are there for all to see. With so many decades of socialization of the United States in accordance with the stated aims of the Communist Party, only the hopelessly blind or the hopelessly indoctrinated could fail to see that it is already happening here.

The federal government is in everything we do, and almost none of it protects our rights to our life, liberty, or property. Government in today's America is all about power. If it were not, then we would be little taxed, little regulated, little bothered at all by government. Politicians would rarely be in the news, and none of them would make a career out of politics.

What we have now, however, is a federal government--pushed forward by career politicians from both major parties--that has already reached a level of tyranny that should make any liberty-loving person keep a gun close at hand. The fact that it may not be quite as bad as certain other countries does not make it right. Would you be satisfied with failing kidneys since it's not as bad as late-term cancer? Neither is good health, and both are fatal if they are not cured.

Even when the federal government claims to be doing something related to protecting our lives, it is essentially a lie, ineffective and ultimately transformed into another power grab. And yes, I mean GRAB. The current problem with the TSA, the porno scanners, and the grope-downs is a typical example. The arrogant response of the thugs in the Obama administration is even more typical of the disdain the self-appointed elites have for you and me. They are the royalty; we are the peasants.

The people don't want to be sexually abused? Let them take a train!

Marie Antoinette would be proud.

Americans have become so accustomed to having their property confiscated in massive chunks that even the plans for lower taxes such as the Fair Tax or the Flat Tax are seen by many as being low. However, with the proposed percentages typically around 23% and 17% respectively, they are in reality oppressively high. Nobody, at any income level, should have to pay 23%, or 17%, or anywhere near even 10%. Eliminate government programs that are not directly related to protection of our rights to our own life, liberty, and property, and we can have an income tax that is a low-single-digit percentage. We can decide ourselves what we do with our own property.

But, that would mean that politicians would not be able to oppress us and control us. It would mean that most government workers would have to get productive jobs somewhere in private business. It would mean that those who are living off property confiscated from you and me would have to stand on their own two feet. It would mean that those who rely on the violent power of government rather than fulfilling their own moral obligation to others would actually have to get out there and help people if they want people to be helped. It means that each and every person would have to work hard and work smart to succeed, and that they would have no ability to control others or take what is theirs.

Nazi Germany didn't start with 6 million dead Jews in the campaign to power, and Russian Communists did not kill 50 million people in the ramping up to revolution. It started small. Then it got bigger. It got to where we are in the United States right now. Ultimately, it got to the concentration camps, the gulags, the rapes, the torture, the slaughter of millions. One step at a time. One law at a time. One regulation at a time. One tax at a time. One right at a time.

It's a power thing, and it's right here, right now.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Jefferson Quotes Just for Fun, Or...

Some quotes just for fun, or maybe to reflect on. May each be their own judge as to their value..
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.  
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.  
The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
 Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

Liberty Takes Flight

It is hard to believe nowadays, but the words libertarian and liberal both have roots in the word liberty. 

Roger Cohen is the rare American liberal who still stands up for our constitutionally protected rights, while casting a jaundiced eye on the government that is supposed to protect them.

Mr. Cohen has written an excellent article criticizing airport security, big government, and the damage they are doing to our society.  All excerpts are from his NY Times article, The Real Threat to America.

Like most of us, he doesn't see government as evil, but more as a blundering behemoth that tramples our rights while trying to "save" us.

He also displays an understanding of human nature that our founders displayed when they crafted our divided and limited government...

Give a bureaucrat a big stick and a big budget, allow said bureaucrat to trade in the limitless currency of human anxiety, and the masses will soon be intimidated by the Department of Fear.
More ominously for America, even to those of us who think the fascism charge is thrown around a little too loosely...
Lavrenti Beria, Stalin’s notorious secret police chief, once said, “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” The T.S.A. seems to operate on the basis of an adapted maxim: “Show me the security check and I’ll find you the excuse.”
Cohen understands where the strength of America lies:
America is a nation of openness, boldness and risk-taking. Close this nation, cow it, constrict it and you unravel its magic.
To those on the left who scream about conservatives not caring when it was Bush trampling our liberties, I concede the point.  But we conservatives are waking up now; the very illiberal "liberals" are falling asleep.

The lefties won't listen to conservatives or libertarians, but I pray they listen to Roger Cohen.

NY Times - Roger Cohen, The Real Threat to America

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Tea Party Movement and Thomas Jefferson

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA

Engaging in the process of reasoning and the often enlightened thought it brings can be a very intimidating and even threatening process. It quite often requires one to analyse not only the views of others, but also to analyse ones own {often long held} beliefs as well. The result can be, and often is, the realization that our most "sacred beliefs" can be legitimately brought into question.

I offer the words of one of America's great early thinkers. A philosopher and the third President of these United States, Thomas Jefferson.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. 
 I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
 I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
Jefferson, who ought to be viewed as the forerunner of the modern day Tea Party Movement {and his words of truth above} are, I fear, being misrepresented and manipulated to serve the special moneyed business interests that have long been working at gaining control of the machinations of our government and our lives.

Just the opinion of a 21st century independent conservative.

Rational Nation USA welcomes yours!

Via: Memeorandum

Somalian Born Terror... In Oregon USA

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


Tolerance. Ah yes. As Americans, guided by our sense of fair play and a deep belief in the virtue of tolerance and understanding we must analyse how our American society caused this relative youth to plot his terrorist actions.

I give you the following excerpts from the an Associated Press article reported out of the Portland, Oregon bureau:
 A Somali-born teenager plotted "a spectacular show" of terrorism for months, saying he didn't mind that children would die if he bombed a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, according to a law-enforcement official and court documents.
He never got the chance. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested Friday in downtown Portland after using a cell phone to try to detonate what he thought were explosives in a van, prosecutors said.
Certainly there must be an underlying societal  driven reason that a nineteen year old individual would plot the destruction of human life as he  acknowledged he didn't give a rat's a** if young innocent children perished as a result of his actions.

Our otherwise admirable pursuit of tolerance has led to this. The belief by some in society {in the USA as well as around the world} that tolerance means accepting evil and then working overtime to find a "rational argument" to justify why a person would resort to such horrific actions. Ah yes, tolerance. There simply must be a reason {attributable to civilized western society} that causes "innocent youths" to contemplate such atrocious actions as did this 19 year old individual.

Further:
In the Portland plot, Mohamud believed he was receiving help from a larger ring of jihadists as he communicated with undercover federal agents, but no foreign terrorist organization was directing him, according to a law-enforcement official who wasn't authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on a condition of anonymity.
The official said Mohamud was very committed to the plot and planned the details alone, including where to park the van to hurt the most people.
"I want whoever is attending that event to leave, to leave dead or injured." Mohamud said, according to the affidavit.
"It's in Oregon, and Oregon, like you know, nobody ever thinks about it," the suspect told an agent in one discussion.
 This 19 year old Somalian suffer not from a societal driven condition as the bleeding heart liberal/progressive cadre would have us believe. Rather he is the embodiment of pure evil. An evil likely perpetuated by his, {forgive me for being politically incorrect} Muslim heritage.

More:
 On Saturday, Omar Jamal, first secretary to the Somali mission to the United Nation and an advocate for Somalis in Minnesota, said Mohamud has a stepmother in Minneapolis. He condemned the plot and urged Somalis to cooperate with police and the FBI.
Jamal said he had spoken to two Somalis who knew Mohamud, and he was described as religious, quiet and innocent {emphasis mine}. Jamal said Mohamud is from southern Somalia.
"Everybody's afraid, really really afraid," Jamal said of members of Oregon's Somali communities and elsewhere. "They're afraid of, first of all, the label. The allegation is very serious .."
And so here is the crux...   he was described as religious, quiet and innocent... who after all can argue with this wonderfully benevolent attitude and fail to understand his actions were not the responsibility of himself. Oh no. It must be because of the corrupt and decadent western {read American} society.

I for one have had enough. This evil and corrupted Somalian born Muslim was guided by an evil and corrupt religious ideology called Islam. There, I said it.

It is about time the western civilizations wake up to the reality that a very dark enemy of reason that has laid dormant and in waiting for the past seven hundred years is now awake amongst us. Do we have the will to fight and subdue it?

By the way, Kudos to the law enforcement agencies and the sting operation that thwarted this evil youths violent plan.

You can find the entire AP article here.

Via: Memeorandum

Targeting the Real Problem at its Core.. Corporatism

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA



While perusing the internet late night on what was a relatively slow day for substantial news I happened upon the following article in The Daily Caller. The well written article was all about how the Tea Party and Freedomworks President Matt Kibbe are teaming up "to promote responsible, sound business practices, and beginning next year, the two will begin encouraging supporters to boycott big business that lobbies for a “progressive” agenda."


As a strong advocate of free market laissez faire capitalism this sounds all good and well. After all what is more American than a market unfettered by unnecessary and restrictive regulation, government subsidies, and crony capitalism. A market that would determine the winners and losers based solely on consumer demand for a companies product and the competitiveness of each company in a given market. It works for me, and I would fathom to guess it works for most Americans that believe in a true market based economy.

As I  read further I became increasingly aware the efforts of  The Tea Party and Freedomworks are really  focused on boycotting businesses that support Obama's progressive agenda. In other words...
"Their primary focus will be on companies that lobbied for legislation like cap and trade and healthcare reform – two cornerstones of the Obama agenda.
“Big business has had huge impact on public policy,” Borelli told the Daily Caller. “It’s time to make business pay the price for lobbying for big -business politics..."
See more of this article here.

Okay, I buy the Obama administration's policies are not conducive to a truly free market based economy. And I am most definitely opposed to cap and trade as it will directly benefit our global competitors. As to ObamaCare double that. However, it seems to me the article is more about bashing the Obama administration than addressing the larger problems.

What I am struggling with, and I recognize it may just be me, is how in the hell did the Bush administration  and the RINO's escape criticism for their failed brand of free market capitalism? Is anyone in the conservative movement actually analyzing our economic realities? Perhaps they are more interested in tying all of our problems to the progressives without even looking at or recognizing the problem is not limited to just the progressives. What's the explanation for the 2001 -2009 years that helped set the stage for today's realities?

The more I thought about the article in The Daily Caller the more intrigued {and distressed} I became. So I spent some time researching information on the internet that made some sense and did justice to the concept of a capitalist based free market system. At lest as I've always envisioned and understood it should be.

The result of my late night search turned up a November 2008 article published in The Thinker entitled "On Corporatism and Capitalism." This article more clearly defines the problems with our current mixed economy and how a true free market competitive capitalistic system is in direct conflict with our current Corporatism.

As the article is well written, concise, and with pertinent links I an reproducing it at Rational Nation with full credit and acknowledgement to Jeffry Ellis at The Thinker.

Regular readers of The Thinker will note that I’ve spent a bit of time lately defending free-market capitalism, in light of the recent financial crisis and $700B bailout. In this post in particular, I asserted that the most vocal opponents of capitalism — especially those who are blaming the current financial mess on “unbridled capitalism” — have refused to acknowledge and address capitalism’s underlying values. They have failed to practice intellectual empathy in this debate; they have made no effort to understand capitalism from the viewpoint of its proponents. Consequently they are opposing not true capitalism, but their own unfair caricature of capitalism. They have fallen victim to the straw-man fallacy.
This month’s Cato Unbound topic touches on what I’ve been saying. The lead essay is now up, wherein Roderick Long (bio here) takes on the question of whether it is fair for libertarians to be characterized as corporate shills and big-business apologists:
No and yes. Emphatically no—because corporate power and the free market are actually antithetical; genuine competition is big business’s worst nightmare. But also, in all too many cases, yes —because although liberty and plutocracy cannot coexist, simultaneous advocacy of both is all too possible.
Long blames three factors for the ongoing confusion between corporatist plutocracy (i.e., undue corporate influence over the political process) and a libertarian laissez-faire brand of capitalism:
  1. Widespread agreement among liberals that laissez-faire capitalism and corporate plutocracy are the same thing. [They are NOT.]
  2. A widespread tendency among conservatives to cloak corporatist policies in free-market speech, further confounding the two.
  3. A tendency among many libertarians to reflexively dismiss many criticisms of corporate power as anti-market speech, when some of the criticism may indeed be well founded. This leads many libertarians to inadvertently defend features of corporatism.
The net result of these three factors, says Long, is that:
Those who are attracted to free markets are lured into supporting plutocracy, thus helping to prop up statism’s right or corporatist wing; those who are repelled by plutocracy are lured into opposing free markets, thus helping to prop up statism’s left or social-democratic wing.
Those who advocate free-market capitalism should be more diligent and explicit — both in their own thinking, and in educating others — in making the case that free market capitalism and corporatism are INCOMPATIBLE WITH EACH OTHER. You cannot have true free market capitalism when corporations can lobby and make deals for protection, and subsidies, and bailouts, and favorable tax codes, and for any other mechanisms that tend to defeat or interfere with competition. Anyone who says otherwise is either misunderstanding free market capitalism (whether willfully or out of ignorance) or is cloaking their own corporatist agenda in free market rhetoric.
Isn't time this nation confronted the real problems of our economic system and stopped cloaking them in the rhetoric of the free market pretenders? Just askin.

Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel.
Via: Memeorandum 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Congressman Ron Paul Introduces HR 6414

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA







Congressman Ron Paul once again standing up {and doing something} on behalf of the beleaguered American  citizen. Supporting them and addressing the ridiculous statism that threatens our very liberties.

Congressmen Paul introduced HR 6414 on November 17th following the TSA's use of  intrusive full body scans and pat downs. The belief these measures will prevent  terrorism or insure a safer more secure nation is at best just wishful thinking.

HR 6414:

A BILL – HR 6416

To ensure that certain Federal employees cannot hide behind immunity.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. NO IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN AIRPORT SCREENING METHODS.
No law of the United States shall be construed to confer any immunity for a Federal employee or agency or any individual or entity that receives Federal funds, who subjects an individual to any physical contact (including contact with any clothing the individual is wearing), x-rays, or millimeter waves, or aids in the creation of or views a representation of any part of a individual’s body covered by clothing as a condition for such individual to be in an airport or to fly in an aircraft. The preceding sentence shall apply even if the individual or the individual’s parent, guardian, or any other individual gives consent.
Notice the concise simplicity of this resolution. Note also that Congressman Paul has been a consistent advocate for limited constitutional government, non interventionist foreign policy, sound economic policy, and balanced federal budgets.

Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel.

Via: RonPaul.com 

Cher on the Tea Party

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


Cher, while promoting her upcoming movie let all know her thoughts on the Tea Party. As can be expected from a singer/entertainer her words were less than profound.

h/t: THEBLAZE


Sometimes Cher it is better to remain silent.

Via: Memeorandum

Children Hospitals Could Pay Millions in Unneeded Drug Costs... Compliments of Congressional Error

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


Could anyone have ever imagined that the highly competent inept Congress that passed ObamaCare would have let a mere 47 word mistake slip through? A mistake that could cost children's hospitals millions in additional cost.

The Boston Globe reporting (excerpts):
Partisan tensions on Capitol Hill are delaying efforts to fix an error in the federal health care law that could cost Children’s Hospital Boston and others like it millions of dollars in added drug costs.
Correcting the error would require changing just 47 words in the 1,880-page law, a task that a previous Congress might have accomplished in an afternoon. Instead, with Republicans fighting to repeal the health care bill rather than fix it and Democrats loath to acknowledge its flaws, months have passed with no resolution, and prospects for one in the lame-duck session are limited. 
“We’re using expensive drugs for really sick kids,’’ said Joshua Greenberg, vice president of government relations at Children’s Hospital. 
“What children’s hospitals are saying to the Senate is: This needs to be fixed, and it needs to be fixed this session.’’
One would think with all the legal experts in Washington that most certainly important legislation would be carefully poof read. Not just for gramme and punctuation but for accuracy of content. But then again we're talking about Congress now aren't we.
The error was a simple and unintentional omission in the final, frenetic days of drafting the landmark legislation and reconciling House and Senate versions. Con gressional staff intended to allow children’s hospitals continued access to the portion of a federal program that offers below-market prices on 347 specific medicines for rare, life-threatening conditions. But that language was accidentally altered. 
“It was a drafting error,’’ said a congressional aide familiar with the writing of the bill but not authorized to speak publicly.
 In business when a person responsible for insuring accuracy in documentation {so proper decisions can be made} commits an error of this magnitude they are held  accountable. Usually it means they get canned, fired, replaced. When Congress commits costly errors either nothing happens or they go into extended periods of  gyrating and delays, usually for political reasons.

Since this is a bad bill in the first place, and ought to be repealed maybe the delay into the next congress is a good thing. If  efforts are mounted to repeal the bill, and they are successful the whole problem goes away.

But until such time as it is either corrected or repealed it is costing hospitals millions in unneeded drug costs. All due to the inept execution by Congress and their staff.  And I guess that is the point of the article.

Read the rest here.

Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel.

Via: Memeorandum

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Islam... A Tolerant Religion of Peace?

by:Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA




The video above illustrates the extreme religious intolerance that is the hallmark of Islam. Yet the progressive establishment would have American citizens believe we, and the Christian religion are the intolerant ones.

After viewing the video, and reflecting on 911 as well as other atrocities that have been committed in the name of Islam and their God Allah,  RN  USA leaves it to each and every tolerant American, whether they be conservative or liberal, to make their own rational determination and distinction.

Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel.


Happy Thanksgiving

WHEREAS, It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;


WHEREAS, Both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"


Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful kno wledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.


And also that we may the n unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

--George Washington - October 3, 1789 

Putting any and all personal beliefs, interpretations, or any other distractions the above should forever put to rest the question of our founding fathers intent with respect to religion in our uniquely America society and culture.

To all, however you observe this American Holiday ... Happy Thanksgiving!

Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel.

Palin Polls a Weak 13% in Marist Poll Among Potential 2012 Republican Candidates for President

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


For all the "Palinista's out there who are clamoring for a presidential run by former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin (who I remind you quit in mid stream when Governor) I direct you to some telling numbers. While it is perhaps early yet Sarah has been dogged by greater negative polling numbers than positive. Given a reasoned analysis I don't see this changing. Particularly in light of her continuing missteps. While Sarah is a likable person with a folksy demeanor America in large share just isn't comfortable with a potential President Palin.

Following are excerpts from recent Marist polling data:
If President Obama were to face off against Republican Sarah Palin and independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2012, 45% of registered voters nationally say they would vote for Obama, 31% would support Palin, and 15% would cast their ballot for Bloomberg.  Nine percent are undecided.
Looking at the contest for the 2012 Republican nominee for president, there is no clear front-runner.  If the Republican presidential primary were held today, 20% of Republicans and Republican leaning independents say they would support former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney while former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee receives 16% of the vote.  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin garners 13%...

A recent Gallop Poll clearly points out Palin's negatives among Democrats and Independents. Given this reality it will be near impossible for Palin to win a Presidential bid should she decide to run and and the Republithugs give her the nomination. Given this a Palin run will most assuredly give Obama a second term. Something we can all agree would be a likely disaster.

Excerpts from the poll:
According to Gallup, Palin tied her lowest ever measured, at least by their measure, approval rating at 40%, but she has managed to gain popularity among Republicans, where her approval rating has gone from 76% in July to 80% in November. The problem for Palin is that she is only popular within the Republican Party. She has a favorable rating of 35% with Independents, and a 15% approval rating with Democrats. As Palin’s approval rating has gone up with Republicans, she lost 8 points with Independents, and 3 points with Democrats.
Even with an extremely high popularity rating among Republithugs it ain't enough to force a change in executive leadership. President Obama will retain the Oval Office should Palin be the Republithug candidate thus likely insuring an increasingly rapid decline in our nation's stature and financial well being.

It's time conservatives identified candidates with verifiable conservative bona fide's (classical liberal ring a bell anyone?) and support them in every possible manner. Understand your history, analyze our current national situation not only in political terms but more importantly in economic terms, and vote in your's and the nation's self interest. Essentially they are one in the same. Unfortunately most of us have failed to recognize this for far to long.

I remind you that Republicans are not necessarily conservatives {GWB proved this to be true}, and that in reality The Road to Serfdom can take many paths. If one takes the time to analyze our current and past national economic trends it becomes clear that both the Republithugs and the Demothefts are in actuality leading us to the same ends. The only real difference is the rate of decline.

This nation can do better than either Obama or Palin. But it will take a will not often seen in recent history. But then again this is just the HO of an innocent bystander.

Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel.

Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Another Sarah's Misstep... And She Want's To Be President?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


If there was any doubt Sarah Palin lacked the gravitas and intelligence to be this nation's chief executive she has removed all doubt. After her pronouncements today there should be be no doubt in anyones mind.

The audio clip of Sarah's pronouncements (link below) at best illustrates her lack of focus. At worst it brings into question her basic intelligence.

Sarah Palin's remarks on North Korea.

So, Tea Party members and those others enamored of her folksy Alaskan charm, think long hard about encouraging her to run for President on the Republican ticket in 2012 or anytime thereafter. For if she should seek the nomination and win it will insure that the Demotheft party wins the Presidency. Sarah Palin is the Republican w= equivalent of Joe Biden.

Come to think of it had the U.S. stayed clear of the Korean civil war in 1950 we wouldn't be facing this situation today. An example of the Military Industrial Complex and the United States hunger for global dominence.

Founding Fathers where are you when we need you?

Cross Posted to the Left Coast Rebel.

Via: Memeorandum

Will Earmarks Continue for the Foreseeable Future?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


Does anyone really expect the Senate to pass the three year moratorium on earmarks? For that matter did anyone ever really believe the effort would muster enough support to clear the high hurdle set for passage by Harry Reid.? A question that also occurred to me is if earmarks are a practice that deserves to be banned for three years would it not stand to reason they ought to banned permanently? So much for cutting wasteful spending.

The fact is most legislatures DO NOT WANT an earmark moratorium any more than they want permanent banning of the "bring home the bacon" rewards program designed to show their constituencies how much they did for them. It's one of the means they are able to employ to "put a feather in their cap" come reelection time.

Further, for those who hold out high hopes the incoming Republithug Congress will do any more than the current Demotheft Congress did to control spending, you are looking through the proverbial rose colored glasses. It is time this nation finally confronts the reality that things are what they are. People all across America,  including  businesses want their "special interest" valued and to be taken care of taken care of.

There is no way any Congress is going to rein in spending in a meaningful way anytime soon. This would require Congress slash the hugely bloated defense spending budget (the Republithugs ain't gonna let that happen), it also would require Congress slash  overreaching social welfare spending and repeal ObamaCare (the Demothefts and more liberal Republithugs ain't gonna allow that), or, as the alternative it will require Congress increase taxes on everybody but the very poor at some point in time just to keep things afloat.


Given the Military Industrial Complex,  the huge social welfare programs of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment compensation, and the bloated costs of the United States Government Bureaucracy, {items most people  want and seem to expect} the issue of earmarks is but a tiny drop in the huge ocean of government spending. Earmarks account for less than  0.5% of the federal budget. While 0.5% of a projected 1.19 trillion 2010 budget might be significant to you and I,  the reality is there are much bigger fish that need frying.


If Congress can't get their act together to pass a moratorium on wasteful earmark spending how is one to believe it will find the bipartisanship required to rein in spending and balanced our federal books? 


You can find the article on the doubtful passage of the proposed  Earmark Ban here.


As I see it we are in for another two years of more of the same. The election cycles keep bringing in change that looks, in the end, an awful lot like the cycle just before it. Call me a realist, or perhaps just disgusted.


Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel.


Via: Memeorandum

Chris Walsh... Tenth Amendment Center Article

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


Chris Walsh, fellow conservative blogger over at my thoughts on freedom recently had his first article published in the Tenth Amendment Center. A strong advocate of limited government he offers an intriguing alternatives to stem the growth of our Leviathan federal government and return more power to the states.

Here are a couple breif excerpts from his article:
The federal government relies on plunder, mainly in the form of income taxes, to feed it’s overreaching tentacles and this is perfectly Constitutional as set forth in Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 along with the Sixteenth Amendment. These do not however specify how these taxes are to be collected and currently the Internal Revenue Service is charged with this task.

But what if the states had the ability to take control of the purse strings and starve the beast back to it’s enumerated powers? We the people, through our state legislatures would have the ability to affirm what we believe the role and oversight of the federal government should be in our daily lives through a Federal Tax Escrow Account.
 Please visit the  Tenth Amendment Center to read the conclusion to Chris's article.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bristol Palin... Is She Deserving of the DWTS 2010 Title?

by: Les Carpenter 
Rational Nation USA


I certainly never thought I would find myself commenting on the insignificance of a dance competition here at RN USA. However, given that  Bristol Palin's climb to the finals on Dancing With the Stars has created such an unreasoned response from the political pundits I just can not help myself.


How a dance competition is even remotely connected to "Power To The People"  is beyond me. DWTS is a program that showcases an individual's "celebrity"  status (in Bristol's case by association), gives them the opportunity to gain greater exposure and claim a dance title if they have dancing talent, and I presume have a good deal of fun in the process.

Competitive dancing, and realize DWTS is competition; is not, nor should it be, a competition of popularity nor should it have a damn thing to do with anything other than talent and ability.

I realize the success of the finalist left standing when the music stops is based on the combined scores of the professional dancers and the voting public. This does inject a certain degree of subjectivity, personal preference, and allows for the viewing public to register in on their favorite dancer, thus increasing the possibility of a less accomplished dancer winning the competition.

Bristol Palin, an individual without any dance training or experience hit the DWTS dance floor a novice. She demonstrated some ability but over the course of several weeks it became obvious that she lacked the talent of some of the other competitors. The term competitors is an appropriate description because dancing, at least competitive dancing anyway, is as much a sport as is figure skating, and ice dancing. It requires  physical stamina, agility, talent, and a great deal of self discipline.

Competition is about winning. It is about winning based on ones superior ability, creativity, merit, and display of excellence. Bristol Palin deserves a great deal of credit for her efforts and one must rightly acknowledge that she has grown during the competition. She is however not among the best dancers based on ability and merit. She should not be standing in the finalist circle.

How, you may ask am I qualified to make these statements. Just ten years of dance instruction combined with some competitive dancing. Having been there (I had coaching sessions with both Tony Meredith and Melanie Le-Patten, former international Latin champions) it make it easier to focus on the talent and accomplishments of each of the dancers.

America is about competing and winning based on measurable ability, merit and talent. Unlike some who survive in the world of politics. Lets not politicize dancing and may the truly best contestant win the competion tonight.

Cross posted at the Left Coast Rebel.

Discussion @ Memeorandum here and here.
Other interesting articles here, and here, and here.



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sarah Palin 2012... Really?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


As an independent conservative I am amused at the possibility of Sarah Palin running for president in 2012. In fact if one just listens to the talking points (approved of course by the Republican establishment) she comes across as a strong and well spoken candidate.

Sarah is attractive, if not down right sexy. She is articulate in a folksy sort of way. She actually has more executive experience than Barrack Hussein Obama. She plays well to the evangelical Christian base of the Republican party. And she can claim the mantle of spokesperson for Tea Party movement.

She energizes the most vocal in the limited government and liberty movement.  And she is all for taking back America. So what could possibly give conservatives (real conservatives) pause?

Perhaps the answer is... regardless of her popularity and star quality (remember Obama) she lacks the experience and gravitas that one occupying the oval office should posses. I personally like Sarah Palin and admittedly would enjoy sharing conversation, dinner, and a glass of wine with her, but that does not influence my perspective that she is not, at least yet, qualified to be president of these United States. Perhaps twenty years from now, but definitely not now. Presumably with time comes experience and wisdom. Sarah, as likable as she is needs more of both.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Mona Charen

In the Beginning

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA



In the beginning the original concept for this blog, Rational Nation USA, was quite different than what it eventually became.


Since its inception on June 29th of 2009 this site has been a strong advocate for limited  responsible government, true liberty, and fiscally sound economic policy. The site's Conservative Manifesto clearly spells out the principles for which it stands. It continues to stand by these principles, unequivocally.


So you may ask, what then was the original concept for Rational Nation USA? In a nutshell, it was envisioned to be a forum that would present political views from the right, the center, and the left. In other words a political cross section of American viewpoints. The challenge of course was to line up a moderate and a liberal with the interest and time to take a single issue and present their views in a respectful and persuasive manner. Of course yours truly was to be the bona fide independent conservative.


Guess what...  either there was no one with the time or interest in pursuing such a worthy cause, or else there was no on who wished to suffer the wrath of the ideologues. So, as a result the original concept for Rational Nation USA never got off the ground. The result... I was left with presenting passionate and often snarky posts in support of  what else? My independent conservative positions. In the process I pissed off both the left, heretofore progressive collectivists, as well as the conservatives that should have been supportive of the conservative principles that real conservatives have supported for years... At least until the age of GWB and his brand of socialistic compassionate conservatism. I leave the implications for each to decide what exactly this implies.


The point of this post? I guess it is that this nation , it's politicians, elected government officials, and the voting public are so focused on ideology they fail to recognize the grave threat to our liberty and independence. We have economic and infrastructure problems that severely threaten our future economic security as a nation. And they are deepening each day we fail to address the real core issues.


The nation's political ideologues are so focused on winning their ideological point and preserving their sacred turf they fail to recognize that this is the 21st century and modern realities require thinking outside the box of 20th century conventional wisdom. Both conservatives and liberal are guilty of his and I will be the first independent conservative to admit the error.

Until such time as the politicians and the power structure of both parties realize where the gravest threat lies the nation will remain at peril of losing it's domestic security as well as it's preeminence on the world stage. Some believe it is already to late to salvage our former position internationally. I happen to think we still have a shoot at regaining our national esprit de corps. But it will only happen if reasonable individuals of all "American" political views come together and find SOLUTIONS to our MUTUALLY SHARED problems and the pressing  issues of the day.

At the expense of once again pissing off the conservative base I offer the following rational article that all should consider. It is entitled "Progressive Economics - Part 1". I respectfully suggest all continue to visit this site. At least until the series is complete. Rational Nation USA has it's differences with the blog author politically. But accurate statistical data is hard to argue with, and only a fool tries.

I remain a modern independent conservative and classical liberal and proud of it. I swore I would never resort to the often commonplace vulgar language of the left. However, today I will say to anyone who may attempt to malign me or my allegiance to the "real" conservative cause... Go F yourselves.

Sorry... It's time to get down and get real. This nation has problems to solve. It is past time we did. Our Founding Fathers faced problems that would completely render the current crop of politicians on both sides of the aisle impotent. But wait... they already are.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Time For A new Beginning... And Open Mindedness

by Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA

As an independent conservative - classical liberal I watch, read, and listen to the tone of todays political snark. I have certainly enjoyed my many snarky posts and the battles I have waged against the "modern liberal theology." Which is to say the "redistribute the wealth" cadre of Americans that essentially desire European style socialism.

My fellow conservative blogger and friend Tim Daniel, who operates the Left Coast Rebel blog had an interesting post up this past Sunday. It essentially was aimed at the whole "redistribution of wealth" through taxation debate. As an individual (I can only represent myself at this point) I agree with the points he made in his post. Below is a snapshot of his post;

Rich articulates the inner rationale by which the newspaper’s liberal readership justify their political prejudices. He lends his Harvard-educated eloquence to these prejudices, providing his readers with reassurance that they’re absolutely right and that anyone who disagrees with them is hopelessly ignorant. 
“Obviously, these Republican voters are so stupid they don’t even read the New York Times!”


To spare you the effort of actually reading Frank Rich’s column, permit me to extract the most important words in it:


“very wealthy Americans . . . rich people . . . The wealthy Americans . . . those individuals at the apex of the economic pyramid — the superrich . . . The top 1 percent of American earners . . . the very top earners . . . the wealthiest . . . the wealthiest Americans . . . plutocracy . . . the top 1 percent of Americans . . . the very rich . . . the superrich . . . the top earners . . . Those in the higher reaches . . . the wealthiest Americans . . . the superrich”


The liberals whose prejudices Frank Rich intends to flatter are evidently obsessed with “the wealthiest Americans” and fervently believe that the biggest problem facing the nation is that these “superrich” don’t pay enough taxes.


Also, blame Bush!


Ah, yes. Beautiful and spot-on. I love the story that he writes about at the beginning of the post as well, a little 'behind the scenes' on a Instapundit linky-love request.


RTWT

As I see it this nation is so focused on the issue of taxation it fails to see the real,  more threatening, and underlying problems. Which are A) the loss of our manufacturing infrastructure and the good paying jobs that it provided the middle class, and B) the growing disparity in wages between the top echelon of society {Business owners, corporate CEO's, and Executive managers}and the rest of the wage earners in America.

I remind all at this time I am first and foremost a strong unyielding advocate of capitalism. I also have tirelessly advocated limited government, the pursuit of liberty, and the protection of individual freedom for all  regardless of race, ethnicity, educational background, social status, sexual preference, or religious proclivity as well all other natural rights that every living being has the right to enjoy.

Since LCR's post and the provided link was with respect to the issue of taxation, more specifically the redistribution of wealth through the tax code I will address this first. The progressive tax system, combined with over regulation, subsidies to business interests, and crony capitalism {corporate welfare} has resulted in our nation actually receiving by far less federal revenues than it might under a flat tax for both individuals and businesses.

I posted a few thoughts on this subject in the recent past. I am reposting excepts from my original post today with the appropriate link for those open minded individuals that might care to read and consider the entire article.

To expand upon the subject of limited government, I will limit today’s commentary to taxes and regulations.

By way of definition:

Limited - characterized by enforceable limitations prescribed (as by a constitution) upon the scope or exercise of powers...

Government - the act or process of governing, specif.: authoritative direction or control...

From these definitions the concept of limited federal government is crystal-clear. The U.S. government to retain its right to govern must do so within limitations as set forth in the Constitution and the tenth amendment . The federal government has a clearly defined function that has been all-but-ignored.

In essence we have allowed our government to create a tax code that is as mind-boggling as it is convoluted, requires hundreds of thousands if not millions of pages, and keeps the tax accountants and lobbyists in business. It also creates uncertainty within the business sector and markets, and decreases our competitive standing in the world.

Achieving limited government in taxation would be quite rudimentary and uncomplicated, were it not for the pull peddlers. But the moment the United States government instituted the graduated income tax with its exemptions, deductions, and loopholes the stage was set for the Leviathan tax code that exists today. Slaying Leviathan will not be easy but it is necessary. Conservatives should love to hear somebody in the Tea Party or Republican Party shouting it from the rooftop.

I present, therefore, an "independent" conservative solution. Such that would give government increased tax revenues and simplify the tax code so Reagan's idea of the post card return could be realized. It would also eliminate the need for tax lobbyists that are engaged in “protecting” the interests of business.

1.1 - Graduated tax would be retained for individuals gross earning up to 35K.
1.2 - All gross earnings above 35K would be taxed at a flat rate.
1.3 - There should be no exemptions, deductions or other considerations that would have the effect of lowering the taxable amount.
1.4 - Individual tax rate of 10% on all gross income above 35K. To change this should require a 60% affirmative vote of the 50 states making up the union of The United States of America.

2.1 - Businesses and Corporations should be taxed on the flat tax basis.
2.2 - Business and Corporations should cease to receive government subsidies and corporate welfare. Too big to fail would no longer be an operative word.
2.3 – Deductions for businesses and corporations should be limited to legitimate business expense as defined by current cost accounting principles.
2.4 - Business and Corporate tax rate should be 10% after legitimate business expenses are deducted.

Simple and straight forward, the above would create an environment in which everyone would know month to month and year to year what their tax liability would be. Planning for business investment and expansion would thus proceed on a stable, level, playing field that would exponentially increase the dynamism of American entrepreneurism.

The rest of this article can be found right here for those interested in the full text.

 A couple additional and final comments...  It is likely adopting a tax code as described in my article would not only add to the tax revenues of our federal governemnt it would result in individuals keeping more of their hard earned income in their pockets. Additionally it would result in those businesses {corporations} who now pay little to nothing in taxes paying their "fair" share to support this nations infrastructure.

This nation achieved its greatness, global influence, and strength BECAUSE of the strong middle class it created. There can be no question that the American capitalist system was responsible for creating the environment that fostered our nation's ascension to preeminence in the 20th century. The strength of the American capitalist system rested in the reality that it rewarded those willing to take the risk required to build businesses that would satisfy a demand(s) and thereby create jobs.

The other side of the equation, and I imagine I will get criticized by some as being " pro union or naive",  is that because of collective bargaining the American workforce grew to become the largest "middle class" the world has known. In other words our greatness has been in part because we had a strong and financially sound center, IE: middle class.

What we see today is a growing disparity between the upper echelon of society and the rest of America. This is due to many factors that go beyond the reach of this blog post. However, the two most compelling reasons for this are A) the nations focus on free trade and open markets, and B) the move of our industrial base and good paying jobs off shore in the name of competitiveness to save American corporations.

Just a couple of brief comments. The two are deeply interconnected. Government trade policy {often driven by misguided corporate CEO's} has resulted in corporate decisions that has not been in our countries best interest and certainly not in the best interest of the American workforce.

In our politician's/CEO's desire to create and support open and free trade we have lowered trade barriers for our foreign competitors. This has allowed foreign countries to import their products and market them, most often at lower prices than American manufactured goods. The result, lost American jobs as American consumers purchase comparable products at a cost savings to their families..At the same time foreign trading partner's bring in American manufactured goods and impose import tariffs that essentially insure that the same or similar product manufactured in their country are competing on a level playing field. Don't forget that the American workforce remains among the most productive in the world with respect to out per labor hour. The classical measurement of labor productivity.

For those who may be desirous of further information and detail I refer you to "Three Billion New Capitalists." Additional information on price and where to purchase this excellent book can be found here. More information on Trade policy can be found here, here, and here.

The nation is experiencing an increasingly large gap between the the wealthiest Americans and the middle class. The following except from a detailed study by G. William Domhoff entitled  "Who Rules America" highlights this undeniable reality. While the data represents 1982 through 2006 there is every indication the gap has continued to increase.

Table 6: Distribution of income in the United States, 1982-2006
Income
Top 1 percentNext 19 percentBottom 80 percent
198212.8%39.1%48.1%
198816.6%38.9%44.5%
199115.7%40.7%43.7%
199414.4%40.8%44.9%
199716.6%39.6%43.8%
200020.0%38.7%41.4%
200317.0%40.8%42.2%
200621.3%40.1%38.6%
From Wolff (2010).

The rising concentration of income can be seen in a special New York Times analysis of an Internal Revenue Service report on income in 2004. Although overall income had grown by 27% since 1979, 33% of the gains went to the top 1%. Meanwhile, the bottom 60% were making less: about 95 cents for each dollar they made in 1979. The next 20% - those between the 60th and 80th rungs of the income ladder -- made $1.02 for each dollar they earned in 1979. Furthermore, the Times author concludes that only the top 5% made significant gains ($1.53 for each 1979 dollar). Most amazing of all, the top 0.1% -- that's one-tenth of one percent -- had more combined pre-tax income than the poorest 120 million people (Johnston, 2006).
But the increase in what is going to the few at the top did not level off, even with all that. As of 2007, income inequality in the United States was at an all-time high for the past 95 years, with the top 0.01% -- that's one-hundredth of one percent -- receiving 6% of all U.S. wages, which is double what it was for that tiny slice in 2000; the top 10% received 49.7%, the highest since 1917 (Saez, 2009). However, in an analysis of 2008 tax returns for the top 0.2% -- that is, those whose income tax returns reported $1,000,000 or more in income (mostly from individuals, but nearly a third from couples) -- it was found that they received 13% of all income, down slightly from 16.1% in 2007 due to the decline in payoffs from financial assets (Norris, 2010).
And the rate of increase is even higher for the very richest of the rich: the top 400 income earners in the United States. According to an analysis by David Cay Johnston -- recently retired from reporting on tax issues at the New York Times -- the average income of the top 400 tripled during the Clinton Administration and doubled during the first seven years of the Bush Administration. So by 2007, the top 400 averaged $344.8 million per person, up 31% from an average of $263.3 million just one year earlier (Johnston, 2010). (For another recent revealing study by Johnston, check out "Is Our Tax System Helping Us Create Wealth?").
For those of my readers that may be intrigued by the short except above the entire detailed study can be found at, Power in America - Wealth, Income, and Power. Whether one agrees with Mr. Domhoff in total is not what's important. What is important is that there is truth in what he says, and he presents supporting data. Therefore, we all, out of our own long term self interests ought to take heed. 

 I have often said as the middle class goes so will go America. America has a shrinking middle class. America's powerful industrial base, once the envy of the world is all but non existent. The trade policies of this nation rather than fostering trade that is advantageous to our nation fosters trade that favors our trading partners. And the tax code is rife with loopholes for corporations.

Creation of wealth can only occur through production of goods desired by society. As our capacity to produce continues to decline accompanied by the loss of good paying jobs, and the middle class continues to shrink, as corporations offshore more and more of our production capacity, and as the nations continues to pursue a tax code (policy) that is in fact counterproductive we will soon be a third world country. With all that implies.

Yup, the republicans won the House of Representatives. That should give the party that once stood for conservative principles and a belief in classical liberalism an opportunity to make a difference. I AM NOT HOLDING MY BREATHE.

Once again I suppose I will be criticized, perhaps even vilified by some of my conservative readership. However, often it is instructional to think outside the box if you will. Or perhaps put a better way to keep an open mind and at least consider and acknowledge when opinion that often runs contrary to your own has value. This nation is facing enormous challenges. It is time to think outside the box. It is time to act in our nations best interest and not just the interests of the powerful, connected, and the wealthy corporations.

It is time we acted in the interests of We the People.

I found the following article, "The Luck of the Irish" quite interesting, even informative.  Is the author right? I don't know with certainty. But perhaps it is at least worth considering.

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