Quote of the Year

Via House Democrat Whip, Steny Hoyer:

“I don’t think the message was wrong. I think the message was accurate. It was not precise enough…[it] should have been caveated with – ‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do.’”

Let this be our epitaph.


Milton Friedman Turns 100; Tyranny Remains Immortal

There’s been a lot of talk about Barack Obama’s statement “You didn’t build that.” What did he mean? Those of us that have paid attention during the almost four years of the Obama Administration know that in the President’s heart he means that no capitalist is anything without government.

Now his defenders say it’s just common sense. Can’t take your goods to market without a government-built road to get you there. That’s all fine and good but the President wants us to believe that this isn’t merely a 50/50 split between government and capitalists but more like 90/10 at best with the government making everything possible; no businesses, no commerce possible without the government.

In light of the 100th birthday of the late free-market economist Milton Friedman, here is one of his most famous monologues involving a simple pencil:

No “commissar” made any of these people involved in the production of the pencil do what they did. They did it out of self-interest, and by committing such actions of self-interest they improved the lives of their fellow men, men that as Friedman said may hate each other if they knew each other personally. It’s an amazing phenomenon.

This is not how Obama and his followers see the world. They see this notion of self-interest as evil even though they practice it themselves sometimes without knowing it.

A movie from 1992 called “Orlando” had a great scene involving a nobleman and Queen Elizabeth I. The nobleman is attempting to entertain the monarch and says: “Now, what would please you? All that is mine is here for your pleasure.” The Queen responds: “All you call yours is mine already.”

This is the attitude of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, et al. Everything that you think is yours is actually theirs. They are the government; they are the philosopher kings, and without them, you are nothing.

Why Paul Ryan Needs To Be Vice President

If this election is about the economy, about getting rid of a socialist ideologue, than is there any better spokesman for that fight than Congress Paul Ryan? He spoke to AEI yesterday about “Obama 3:16“:

Every now and then, he pierces the veil. He’s usually pretty coy about his ideology, but he lets the veil slip from time to time. … His straw man argument is this ridiculous caricature where he’s trying to say if you want any security in life, you stick with me. If you go with these Republicans, they’re going to feed you to the wolves because they believe in some Hobbesian state of nature, and it’s one or the other which is complete bunk, absolutely ridiculous. But it seems to be the only way he thinks he can make his case. He’s deluded himself into thinking that his so-called enemies are these crazy individualists who believe in some dog-eat-dog society when what he’s really doing is basically attacking people like entrepreneurs and stacking up a list of scapegoats to blame for his failures.

His comments seem to derive from a naive vision of a government-centered society and a government-directed economy. It stems from an idea that the nucleus of society and the economy is government not the people. … It is antithetical to the American idea. We believe in free communities, and this is a statist attack on free communities. … As all of his big government spending programs fail to restore jobs and growth, he seems to be retreating into a statist vision of government direction and control of a free society that looks backward to the failed ideologies of the 20th century.

This is not a Bill Clinton Democrat. He’s got this very government-centric, old 20th century collectivist philosophy which negates the American experiment which is people living in communities, supporting one another, having government stick to its limits so it can do its job really well … Those of us who are conservative believe in government, we just believe government has limits. We want government to do what it does well and respect its limits so civil society and families can flourish on their own and do well and achieve their potential.

As a side note, if Romney tabs Ryan to be his running mate, Obama will have only himself to blame. Remember it was Obama that inadvertently made Ryan a star when he invited the Republicans to the Health Care Summit and Ryan ate the President’s lunch.

Howard Dean’s Socialism 101 Seminar

Howard Dean has another one of his psychotic episodes, this time on Larry Kudlow’s show, first by spouting the usual Fox News hatred (which is becoming passé, as Fox is becoming more and more establishment). Anyone, here was his nugget of “wisdom:”

“You made a lot of money because you live in the United States of America,” Dean said. “We owe something to the government to grow up in this great country. And I’m tired of hearing people in the private sector talk like they don’t owe the government anything because we do. This is a great country because we all pay into it. It’s about time we all pay into it. It is not nonsense. You’re damn lucky to live in America and you ought to pay the right bill for it.”

So much here. First line:
“You made a lot of money because you live in the United States of America.”
That’s true. Our system of free enterprise and personal liberty has created the conditions for amassing wealth.
 “We owe something to the government to grow up in this great country.” 
We the people decided many years ago to form our government where the citizens live under the rule of law and the government forbidden to deny the people of certain inalienable rights (that was the idea, anyway). By having this government, yes, it must be funded by the citizens. However, to say owe the government is the wrong wording, but from Howard Dean’s point of view, it’s the correct wording. To him, we only have our freedoms and economic standing because the government allows us to have them. Therein lies the major disconnect between liberty and statism.
“And I’m tired of hearing people in the private sector talk like they don’t owe the government anything because we do.”
Straw-man. NO ONE in the private sector is saying they shouldn’t pay taxes. The debate is how much and how the money is used. 
“This is a great country because we all pay into it.”
Wrong. That’s not why this country is great, but regardless, we don’t ALL pay into it. Forget the 1% vs. 99% nonsense, the real breakdown is 50/50. Half the country pays taxes, half does not. Howard wants the 50% that do pay taxes to pay more taxes.
“It’s about time we all pay into it.”
Agreed. But he doesn’t mean that.
 It is not nonsense.
“You’re damn lucky to live in America and you ought to pay the right bill for it.”
The rich don’t pay enough taxes, cycle and repeat. The man is insane.

Big Shock: Senate Votes Down Earmark Ban

I’ve always loved the argument that earmarks are “just a drop in the budget bucket so what’s the big deal?” Okay, if that’s true then you won’t even miss them, will you?

“Wait, wait…they’re, uh, a vital source of funding for much needed state projects.” Okay, if this money is needed in certain states why are we taken money from those states, laundering it in D.C. and then sending it back?

The next election doesn’t matter. This country can’t be saved.

Just for giggles, here’s the list of the Earmarxists :

Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-NM)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)

Economic Recession Is Over!

Normally I don’t like to soil my blog with images of Stalinists, but I’m making an exception today due to the great news. Did you hear? America is back. We’re in great shape.

All this yakkity-yak about high unemployment and crushing debt, the housing market woes? Food stamps? Meh! President Obama and Senator Schumer have assured us that the state of the Union is strong. Hell, it’s so good we don’t even need a budget. In fact, maybe after 2012 we won’t have to “pass” a budget through Congress ever again. You get me? Huh? You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout. But rest assured, government loves you.

Seriously though, many will say that things actually are better and getting better. After all, unemployment is down to around 8.5%. That’s progress right? Wrong. What Obama and Schumer are doing is creating a new normal. Thousands leave the employment market and so things look a little better. Gas may go down a few dozen cents and so things look a little better. Before you know it, as the economic conditions ebb and flow, you forget what things were like in 2006.

Barack Obama is not delusional, he knows exactly what he’s doing, and when he retires either next year or in 2017, he’ll raise his glass to the destruction and the fact that America has been taken down a notch. That’s always been the goal. America, in his mind, is immoral and a mistake. It can’t be destroyed but it can be weakened.

This is a big reason I’m not as animated as most folks about the choice between Romney and Gingrich. Either one would solve 50% of the problem we have now by simply taking the oath of office. The concerns people have with both candidates are nothing compared to the consequences of not having either man in office come 2013. Bain Capital; individual mandates; affairs…any other election year these issues would be huge or at least worth considering, but right now they mean nothing. Romney and Gingrich are both on the right side of the only issue that matters in this election: love of country.