This Is What Democrats Do

Obama’s latest budget is a joke and an insult to the American people. If Harry Reid allows it to reach the floor it will be voted down like last year: 97-0.

Republicans in the House are passing budgets and bills.

Obama is passing the buck.

He’d raise tax rates and cut defense spending while expanding spending in every other area. This is a broken record.

The recent flap involving the Catholic Church and contraception etc. shows exactly what Obamacare is all about. We all lose our freedom when we hand over the health care and insurance business to bureaucrats. Now we are being told that pregnancy is a preventable illness. Do they read their own press releases? The Democrats simply run around declaring that one thing or another will be free of cost. There is no such thing. This is childish and ignorant.

The free market isn’t a bunch of “greedy capitalists” ripping us off without repercussions. The free market is about OUR freedom to choose. In that system businesses compete for our money — just like Apple and Microsoft compete for our computer and technology business. Things get better and cheaper for us while the corporations make money. There are profits and jobs — not subsidies and scandals like Solyndra.

The GOP needs a coordinated message that explains that to the voters and shows how Republicans will be distinctly different than the incompetents in charge now.

Obama and the Democrats are attempting the same controlled-economy nonsense that has failed every single time it has been forced on a population. The Soviet Union is only the most infamous example.

We are at a point where we need strong leadership to push bold policies that repeal and reverse most of this. We’ve been sliding toward socialism since FDR and the main difference now is that quicker pace. We’re at multiple tipping points. We’re broke and facing a real economic catastrophe.

If Mitt Romney wants to win the election he needs to understand that the President is not the CEO of America. You cannot micro-manage the economy–you can only set it free.

Pat Duggan

The Health Care Debate Continues

The holiday is over and our great country has survived another year. How many more will depend on our ability to reign in our out-of-control government and get our fiscal house in order. Social Security and Medicare have combined unfunded liabilities of more that ONE HUNDRED TRILLION DOLLARS. Before we can even begin to deal with those numbers it is essential that we acknowledge how these monsters got this big and then stop adding to the problem by expanding the government’s reach into the health care markets. Willful ignorance of basic math is a continuing problem for voters and politicians alike.

Debt clock link

It has been my goal with this blog to advance debate among the left, right and middle of the political spectrum. To get anywhere on this we must admit when the opposing view is supported by hard facts. At a holiday BBQ  I found myself once again discussing politics with a left-of-center friend. Health care was mentioned. My friend tossed out a liberal buzzword commonly invoked here: “for-profit insurance companies.”  Now I had a choice to make. Did I get sidelined on a new topic and go into the benefits of profits and their absolute necessity in all industries-or why he expected those in the  medical profession to forgo profits while he was allowed generate them in his construction business-or focus on health care? I chose to attack a core misconception that has made coming to agreement impossible. I mentioned that the profit margins of the top health care insurance companies was between 3% and 4%. Remove their profits and we still have a big cost problem.

This is covered here: LINK and here: LINK

My friend refused to accept these figures so I refused to discuss it further. He can read this blog or look for the figures himself.  This is a big problem that seems common to many on the left. They are unable to deal with facts that contradict their world view. When confronted with figures that dispute their global warming theories they just retort that they must be propaganda from “big oil”.

I don’t expect anyone to accept my claims blindly but if you are going to argue a point then you should be willing to back it up and be ready to concede if you realize you are wrong. These can be uncomfortable moments-or truly liberating. A big part of my political awakening was driven by the discovery that much of what I’d been told was just false. As I embraced new ideas the energy flowed as things that had made no sense started clicking into place. Economics is like that.

Obamacare was shoved through without bipartisan or popular support. It was and is a convoluted bill that will drive the cost of care up while making rationing a certainty. It will cause a large number of doctors to leave medicine earlier than they had planned and force many future doctors to reconsider that field due to the mismatch of current education costs and expected future compensation. It did not address some of the core causes of rising costs like tort reform, defensive medicine,  insurance mandates and Medicare fraud. The list goes on.

Here’s a breakdown of what the bill will do if not repealed:

LINK

There is an underlying sense of inevitability when congress passes laws-or when the Supreme Court rules. But laws are repealed and even the Supreme Court has reversed itself recently on McCain Feingold and Kelo vs. New London, albeit too late to prevent real damage to personal property and freedom.

It is up to us and a new GOP or third party to hammer home these basic facts and save our health care system from socialized destruction.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on July 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dick Morris: Obama is incompetent

Dick Morris has a catchy headline: “Obama doesn’t have a clue.”

Read his column here: LINK

Dick imagines himself smarter than the Democrats he worked for and has made a name for himself as one of their chief critics. I find his observations frequently enlightening but he misses the mark several times here. We are not surprised that Obama is incompetent. His total lack of relevant experience-either administrative or private sector-was one of his main shortcomings and the way the mainstream media ignored it was infuriating. By election day the story was that he ran such a great campaign he could surely handle the presidency.

Morris writes: “He doesn’t know how to stop the oil from spilling. He is bereft of ideas about how to create jobs in the aftermath of the recession. He has no idea how to keep the European financial crisis contained. He has no program for repaying the massive debt hole into which he has dug our nation without tax increases he must know will only deepen the pit.”

The problem isn’t that Obama doesn’t “know how” to plug the oil leak-the experts at BP clearly don’t either. The problem is that Obama views business-all business-as the enemy. As I have noted, BP caused this mess, but at this stage of the crisis the Obama administration should be working with BP. Instead they are doing the only thing they know how to do: attack the big bad business entity. They should be working with BP and engaging all the other big oil companies to help. They all can benefit from a quick solution or be damaged by the fallout.

As for the financial crisis unfolding in Europe this is classic liberal behavior. They cling to their socialist ideology and pseudo-Keynesian economic theory in spite of the historic evidence. Both are consistent failures. Obama dare not speak the solution for Greece and the rest of the “PIIGS”. Bring government spending and public sector unions under control and implement pro-business policy? If then forced to take this advice he’d have to completely reverse his entire agenda. He might even have to pull a “Specter” and switch parties.

Entrepreneur or Unemployed?

Former labor secretary Robert Reich makes a basic observation here: lots of unemployed are making attempts at starting their own business-but he has to put his own liberal spin on it. He claims that congress has made it easier for them with Obamacare. Please. What these statistics show is that the American spirit is alive and kicking. We want jobs-not handouts. The high unemployment rate is going to be Obama’s undoing-not the oil spill.

Read the story here: LINK

Published in: on June 2, 2010 at 7:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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Inevitable Socialism?

“Socialists have always spent much of their time seeking new titles for their beliefs, because the old versions so quickly become outdated and discredited.”

-Margaret Thatcher

The socialism questions have been answered. Where Obama is concerned they were answered for most of us long before the election. The books, the speeches, the friends and associates, the rhetoric and the voting record all pointed in the same direction. His brief term as president is not a surprise. What is more unsettling is the actions of the rest of the Democratic party. Again, no surprise where Nancy Pelosi and several others are concerned, but when 60 senators vote in lockstep for socialized health care all pretense is gone. One can hardly blame the Democrats for attempting to avoid the socialist tag-but a mere shift in terminology will not change the outcome.

The left pretends that what they push for is not socialism. How do they make this claim? They seem to think it can’t be socialism if it does not include dictators and gulags and secret police. But what else is a growing government take of GDP, out of control spending, confiscatory taxes, anti-business policy, redistribution of wealth, meddling in banks and manufacturing, giveaways to unions, the takeover of health care and a steady loss of personal freedom? In Marxist theory this is the stage between capitalism and full blown communism.

In terms of socialism as an economic policy look around. Greece is crumbling and the rest of Europe is in denial as evidenced by their $1 trillion bailout, including $50 billion from US tax payers. First socialism brought them high taxes, sluggish economies with permanently high unemployment and now civil unrest. The riots in Greece reveal left wing policy to be little more than an organized tantrum. No money left? Reality be damned. They don’t care. They want what they want.

The Soviet Union collapsed. Former satellites are improving as capitalism, the natural inclination of human nature returns, spurred by the flat tax in many cases. China has thrown in the towel on socialism. They have a long way to go but as China moves in the right direction improvement follows as surely as day follows night.

Socialism had traditionally been implemented through income redistribution-from the currently producing class to the current moochers. Over the past 75 years a new tactic has been used: the transfer of wealth via entitlement benefits to the current generation from future generations via mounting debt and unfunded liabilities. We’ve even heard it called “inter-generational theft” by the economically clueless John McCain. Whoever fed him that sound bite ought to spend some time teaching him the basics of economics. The indignation that accompanies that observation will soon change to: “Look what we’ve done to ourselves.” We are the ones who’ve paid into Social Security for the past several decades. Soon to be retiring “baby boomers” will find that the “contributions” they made for 50 years are gone.

Now the markets are telling us that we are the generation who is being handed the tab. New all-time highs in gold signal inflation and loss of confidence in currencies worldwide.

“During my lifetime most of the problems the world has faced have come, in one fashion or other, from mainland Europe, and the solutions from outside it.”

-Margaret Thatcher

Direction is everything. Momentum is a most powerful force. Where are we heading? Why this overwhelming attitude that impending disaster is inevitable? That we are destined to the same sad fate as Europe? Even Charles Krauthammer seems resigned to the VAT. He should be careful here. All discussions of a VAT should point out the damage it does. It is not just a “cash cow”-it is an economy killer.

Inevitable? I don’t think so. Not as long as we can still vote. That is not the attitude at the TEA rallies. Solutions are simple albeit painful but workable with true leadership. The spending cuts are obvious to the head of any household or free market CEO. The big hurdle is that the current congress would have to admit their role. Hell, they can’t even admit that Fannie Mae needs to go or that Social Security is bankrupt. Sure these problems have been building for 75  years but then again some of them, like the disgraceful, term-limits poster boy Robert Byrd have been in politics almost that long (64 to be exact).

Government workers’ pay will have to be cut to reflect that of the private sector that funds them. All pensions will have to be privatized. Social security too. The voters are realizing that congress cannot be trusted with a dime of it. We may not be able to afford big tax cuts but neither can we afford tax hikes that will only tip us to the right side of the Laffer Curve. We certainly can’t afford an economy crushing VAT…or any of Europe’s other bad ideas. With pro-growth policies we can and will grow our way out of this mess.  There is no other way.

It is time for the biggest repeal since the end of Prohibition. We’ll start with health care and keep going. We’ve had a socialist pyramid scheme building for 75 years. Democrats are the authors but the GOP was / is complicit. Bush made a feeble attempt to start entitlement reform. So what. It is said that to try is to fail with honor. There is no honor in backing down on the single most important economic issue of our lifetime. How about a little Churchillian “never, never, never give up”?

After The Democrat sweep in 2008 the lapdog media was quick to declare the end of capitalism and the death of the GOP. This was wishful thinking. At the national level the spotlight would shift to Pelosi, Reid, Dodd and Barney Frank. Their corruption and poor judgment would surely sink them.

On the GOP side McCain was criticized from the right for his incompetent campaign and business bashing. RINO’s like Lindsey Graham are called out for joining in crazy “cap and trade” proposals while global warming is revealed to be a scam. Despite missteps from Olympia Snowe and others the Republican party held firm in their opposition to health care-siding with the American majority. It is now the Democrat party that is splintering as the extreme left wing is unhappy. Obama is too centrist for them!

We face a series of elections. Goal #1 is the end of the Democrat majority. Scott Brown’s victory in the race for Ted Kennedy’s old seat was a breakthrough. Goal #2 is better candidates / winners in this election and 2012. All incumbents must go. Recycling of Romney or Palin will backfire. New blood like Paul Ryan of Wisconsin or Tim Pawlenty is the better bet. Progress is evident already. Incumbents are losing primaries. Illinois with their early primary is behind in this. We have a long battle ahead. Corruption is deeply entrenched. Hopeless feelings abound but we can draw inspiration from other states and then copy their plan.

Both major parties need to be overhauled. We need term limits and we need to send them back to the private sector-if they have ever been there. No lobbying. The next generation of leaders should bring private sector experience as a prerequisite. I’d like to see an entrepreneur president in my lifetime. The candidacies of Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman are encouraging. If it is time for our first female president let’s hope we can do better than our first black president.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on May 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Guest post: Greece. Our future?

This is a post from a guest who has requested and has been granted anonymity. That is a departure from our “mission statement” but we’re going to give it a try due to extenuating circumstances and the timeliness of the commentary. Read on:

We’ve seen the future of America and it is………Greek?

http://newsmax.com/Newsfront/Riots-Erupt-Greece-EU/2010/05/05/id/357915

Anyone who is not paying attention to the breaking news coming out of Greece today is doing themselves and their loved ones a disfavor or, worse still, is in a state of denial. The political/economic disaster that is present-day Greece is a foreshadowing of what surely awaits America in the very near future. The main differences separating Athens (along with the rest of the EU in general) and Washington is that they have a head start on us in openly embracing Socialism as a national policy and are a smaller and less wealthy nation; but that is where the differences end. Has there ever been a socialist state that has not collapsed from within from the weight of irrational economic policies? The question, of course, is rhetorical but for the lemmings of the Left, hope burns eternal. Forget the lessons of the USSR, North Korea, Eastern Europe, East Germany, Cuba, Zimbabwe etc.; by golly, this time they’ll make it work! Their religion isn’t based on rhyme and reason, but on “Hope” and “Change we can believe in”. The Greek electorate, as well as our own, is guilty of naively accepting the multi-faceted socialist good life of government-controlled health-care, pensions, wages,  education etc. while turning a  blind eye to just how these Utopian programs would be funded. The health-care system is replete with “free” medical, dental, pharmaceutical and emergency services as well as highly subsidized medication costs (25%) not only for the tax paying citizens of Greece but also for those of other EU nations and immigrants; many of them illegal. Greece is a gateway for illegal immigration into Europe and to compound their collective woes in 2009, Greece had the EU’s second lowest (after Index of Economic Freedom Poland), ranking 81st in the world.

What makes any of this at all interesting to those of us on this side of the Atlantic are the parallels with our own growing discontent. This morning many public school students in Chicago were out of class to protest planned budget cuts and other measures being implemented by state officials to stem a seemingly ever-growing fiscal deficit. It should go without saying that students are uninformed and unconcerned about such matters but are being used as puppets by administrators, the teacher’s union and other interested parties who are as unwilling to relinquish their hold on wages, salaries, pensions and power as are their Greek counterparts.

May 1st , this past Saturday, is the traditional day for “undocumented workers” and their supporters to rally in cities across the nation and march in demand of comprehensive immigration reform (which is code for general amnesty while keeping the borders wide open for further illegal immigration and amnesty, ad nauseam). That day there wasn’t much to be seen in the mainstream media outlets so I focused exclusively on the Spanish-language stations. It brought quite a revelation but suffice it to say that they were catering to their own demographic with the added advantage that they did not expect English-speakers to be paying attention and hold them accountable. The fear-mongering, disinformation, and demagoguery were more blatant than in the mainstream media, if you can possibly imagine that, compounded by our President’s own public statement that Arizona’s new bill would put in  peril nice families taking their children out to an ice cream parlor. The non-natives are getting restless, so to speak, and more strident, vocal and even violent in their demands. Somewhere along the line, requiring legal status became synonymous with racism and those of us in favor, the obvious racists. I haven’t seen this line of logic since way back in the old days when disagreeing with President Obama was patently racist. The Democratic Party is hanging their political future on what they perceive as a monolithic Latino voting bloc and Congressman Gutierrez of Illinois and his ilk are out to make political hay by being very publicly arrested while allegedly fighting for immigrant (albeit illegal) rights. Just where those rights stem from is still a mystery to me.

The mass demonstrations are significantly different than in years past and credit in no small measure is due the Democratic Party. Gone are the Soviet, Mexican and Cuban flags which were a hallmark of those marches. Gone also are the ubiquitous shirts and banners emblazoned with the image of Ché Guevara. You would think that a professional public relations firm had taken over and massaged the image of the marchers. It was a necessary and timely make-over since there are yet those among us who understand the meaning of the hammer and sickle, though I doubt any of the marchers had a clue. With the passing of bills such as the recent one in Arizona and surely more to follow, we can expect an equal ramping up of public protest on the part of the illegals and their handlers. They have been led to believe that rights have accrued to them by virtue of just being here; and don’t expect anyone to relinquish said rights, imagined or otherwise, without a fight. The un-assimilated Muslim immigrants of France who have set fire to thousands of cars over the past few years should give us pause as we ponder the future of our own demographics.

Take a good long look at Greece, France, Sweden and other European battlegrounds. The lines are surely being drawn in our own land today.

Liborio

Published in: on May 6, 2010 at 5:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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