November 22, 2014

Imagine Liberty

Imagine for a moment that in 2016 we elect a strongly free market libertarian as president and this person takes office with all of the tools and powers used by Obama. What could this president do?

Let's start this thought experiment with health care.

The first thing to do is employ the Obama non-enforcement rules and issue an executive order instructing the Internal Revenue Service to not spend any resources enforcing the penalties for the individual or employer insurance mandates. This would probably bring the whole fascistic enterprise to it's knees, but it's not enough. 

Our president would also have to employ the Obama non-defense strategy a la the Defense of Marriage Act. You may recall that the Obama administration did not support the Clinton administration's law and decided that it would not defend it in court. The new president should instruct their new Attorney General to not even show up in court for hearings on the ACA.

That pretty much does it for health care. There may be a few peripheral federal regulations lingering and the president could decide to either wipe those out by non-enforcement or let the courts eliminate them.

This two pronged Obama approach can be taken in any number of areas to great effect.

If our libertarian president wanted to eliminate the federal Department of Education and return control of education to state and local government where it belongs it could be done the same way. A few executive orders to neuter No Child Left Behind and the god-awful school lunch rules, and non defense of any legal action against Common Core etc.

Federal employee unions would be toast. Implement by executive order the reforms Scott Walker put in place legislatively in Wisconsin and they're done.

Want to force some serious congressional action on tax reform? Use an executive order to end payroll withholding for federal income taxes. Once people have to start writing checks to the treasury public support for limited government would be off the charts.

Then start in on the EPA, the DOE the DOD the DEA, ATF, SSI, HHS anything the president doesn't like the president can kill with Non Enforcement and No Defense.

Our libertarian president could even bring back toilets that flush effectively, decent showers and the incandescent light bulb.

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November 20, 2014

A Republic. If you can keep it.

Tonight the President of the United States will exercise unprecedented power and issue executive orders re-writing immigration law that was passed in accordance with United States Constitution.

What do I expect from the Congress whose Constitutional authority he is usurping?

From the Democrats in Congress I expect applause.

From the Republicans I expect sound and fury signifying nothing.

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November 19, 2014

Throwing in the Towell

The Democrat Party has for all intents and purposes conceded that incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu will loose the upcoming run-off election in Louisiana.

The Senate held a vote on a bill to authorize construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline that was put forward by Landrieu in a somewhat transparently desperate attempt to appear pro energy to voters.

The bill, which would have been vetoed by the president anyway, was defeated by a vote of 59 - 41 failing to clear the 60 vote cloture hurdle.

The failure means that Landrieu can't even go back to her home state and blame the result on the GOP. All 45 Republicans in the current Senate voted for the bill. The bill was defeated by her party.

Make no mistake about it, if the party leadership and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wanted the bill to pass the final tally would have been 61 -  39. The political calculation was that Landrieu is going to lose and it's not worth upsetting environmental special interest supporters to try to save her.

Landrieu has been thrown under the bus. 41 of her fellow Democrats were comfortably seated passengers.

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November 17, 2014

Identifying the Problem

Democrat Senator Al Franken attempting to make the case in favor of Obama's Net Neutrality initiative did a pretty good job of explaining the precise problem with Net Neutrality:

This would keep things exactly the same that they've been.

Innovation killing regulation designed to protect the interest of the content providers that use the largest percentage of internet bandwidth. Content providers who reliably contribute to progressive causes. Content providers who don't want to pay for the bandwidth their product requires.

The biggest beneficiaries of Net Neutrality will be Google and Netflix.

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November 15, 2014

And the Lies Continue

Presidential spokesman Josh Earnest (Did the pick him for the name?) was questioned recently about the video showing ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber stating that the stupidity of the American voter was essential to getting the law passed.

During a press briefing held in Myanmar Thursday, Henry immediately questioned Earnest on comments made by Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare consultant who suggested that the "stupidity of the American voter” contributed to the passing of the bill.

"[Gruber] went on to say, quote, ‘A lack of transparency was a huge political advantage for the President,’ in terms of selling it to the American people,” Henry said. "I thought it was just the opposite. Didn’t the President promise unprecedented transparency. Why would one of the architects of the law suggest that you were misleading people?”

"Well, again, it sounds like you may have watched the video a few more times than I have,” Earnest replied, adding that he wasn’t "going to quibble with what he actually said.”

Henry then asked if the White House felt "bad” about Gruber’s comments.

"I disagree vigorously with that assessment, I think is what I would say.I think the fact of the matter is this is a — this was a very difficult undertaking, but ultimately this is a law that has had significant benefits for millions of people that have been able to sign up through the marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act,” Earnest replied.

Again, as with so much of what this administration says, I call bullshit.

Let's take a closer look at what Earnest had to say.

First he replied that he wasn't "going to quibble with what he actually said." That's fine Josh. No one was asking you to to. It's on video. It's clear as a bell. There is no debate about what he said.

Then he said that he disagreed vigorously with Gruber's assessment that lack of transparency was an asset. So Earnest is telling us there was transparency in the process? Transparency in a complex 3,000 page bill that was not even read by the Democrats who voted for it using every parliamentary procedural trick they could think of to get it passed? They're calling that transparency? It's almost like they think we're stupid.

Just after crediting the stupidity of the American voter for helping to pass the Affordable Care Act, Gruber explains transparency would have been nice but in the end he would rather have the law passed than not. 

The ends justified the means.  

Speaking on behalf of President Obama, Earnest said:

This was a very difficult undertaking, but ultimately this is a law that has had significant benefits for millions of people that have been able to sign up through the marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act.

In other words, the ends justified the means he vigorously denies they used.

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November 13, 2014

It Never Ends

You are aware aren't you that the Mid-Term Congressional Election is not over yet? There is still the matter of the run-off election in Louisiana between Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Bill Cassidy. Conventional wisdom is that Cassidy is likely to win.

One campaign strategy in support of Landrieu is that Harry Reid is going to finally hold a vote in the Senate on legislation authorizing the Keystone Pipeline. Every current Senate Republican is likely to vote in favor and Harry will no doubt give permission for Landrieu and a few others to vote in favor so it passes.

President Obama has already signaled that he will veto the legislation because he sees this as Congress interfering with the State Department's infinite review process that has enabled him to avoid making a decision on the project for years.

I find it extremely unlikely that Harry Reid will bring up a vote to override the veto, let alone give any Senate Democrats permission to vote to override.

The whole purpose of this sham is to convince voters in Louisiana that Landrieu is pro-energy and willing to go against environmentalist special interests and her party's leadership to do what is right for her constituents.

But it's all bullshit. 

They are doing this knowing that it will be vetoed by President Obama. They are doing this knowing that the Senate will not be challenging that veto. They are doing this knowing that it is meaningless. They are doing this to try to fool the voters in Louisiana who they think are too stupid to know better.

They are pulling a Gruber.

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November 12, 2014

No Denying It

MIT Economics Professor and ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber went to the friendly socialist studios of MSNBC to attempt a little damage control.

"The comments in the video were made at an academic conference,” Gruber said on "Ronan Farrow Daily.” "I was speaking off the cuff. I basically spoke inappropriately. I regret having made those comments.”

He regrets and feels in was inappropriate to publicly expose the lies used to pass the Affordable care Act. What he did not do, is to claim the statements he made were false.

The comments in the video were made at an academic conference

So what? Does this mean that nothing he said should be take seriously because it was just an academic conference? 

I was speaking off the cuff.

Again, so what? It's not like he used a wrong word. The comments he is referring to were several connected sentences around a consistent and cohesive theme. How they wrote the ACA to dupe the Congressional Budget Office and the American people.

I basically spoke inappropriately.

Notice he does not say incorrectly, inaccurately or mistakenly. The inappropriateness of his comments was that they exposed the more of the lies of ObamaCare. I'm sure the administration feels he spoke inappropriately too.

I regret having made those comments.

I'm sure he does. These may be the most honest words of his non-denial.

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Ends and Means

An Obama Administration consultant and one of the people who helped craft the Affordable Care Act has been shown on video tape saying that the Individual Mandate was deliberately written so that the Congressional Budget Office would not count it as a tax. Because if it was a tax it wouldn't be passed.

He also said the bill was written to disguise the fact that young healthy people will be forced to pay more for healthcare to subsidize others. He said they had to hide that fact because otherwise the bill could not have been passed.

He touted the lack of transparency as necessary and possible due to the stupidity of the American Voters.

We can add this to the lie about if you like your plan you can keep your plan; and the lie about keeping your doctor; and the lie about your costs going down; the lies about the number of people who actually bought insurance through the ACA; the dishonest, politically motivated, and unconstitutional rewriting of the law by the executive branch to push troublesome deadlines pas elections; the lie that ObamaCare would not add to the federal deficit.

This is what happens when the government is run by people who believe their ends justify any means. But when their end is the abrogation of individual liberty it justifies only their recent electoral failure.

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November 05, 2014


The dust hasn't even begun to settle on the Republican rout of the Democrats and both Democrats and the Republican leadership are making noises about a new age of bipartisanship.

The most rigid ideologue of the bunch, Barack Obama, said "they want me to push hard to close some of these divisions, break through some of the gridlock, and just get stuff done.”

The presumptive new Senate Majority Leader and the outgoing leader who has been ruthlessly partisan are both talking about working together to get stuff done.

This, they say, is the message the American people sent with their votes in this election.

I cannot speak for the American people, only for one American, but I don't want the Democrats and the Republicans working together to "get stuff done." When the Democrats and Republicans cooperate to get stuff done the stuff is almost always taking away another chunk of our liberty.

If they want to cooperate in getting stuff undone, I'd be all for that. But since both parties are fundamentally interested in increasing the scope and power of the federal government, that's not going to happen.

So I'll settle for a couple of years of hardcore partisan squabbling as long as it results in no stuff getting done. 

That's what I voted for.

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November 04, 2014

A Connecticut Conservative Votes

Voting in the deeply blue and dysfunctional state of Connecticut as conservative who believes strongly in limited government and individual rights is a little bit like shouting into the wind.

But that's what I do. So that's what I did.

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November 01, 2014

What Happened to Being Pro-Choice?

At a recent speech in Rhode Island President Obama confirmed the notion that the Left is all about people - particularly women - being free to choose. So long as they make a choice that the Left approves.

Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. And that’s not a choice we want Americans to make.

If you have paid attention to Liberal/Progressive/Fascist thought, you know that it is only one small step from a choice they don't want you to make to a choice they won't allow you to make. (See healthcare.)

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