Archive for January, 2011

January 26, 2011

The State of Dillusion

Thomas G. Brown |

I watched the speech last night given last night by the President of the United States and it seems he has not gotten the message that Americans are feed up with an ever expanding government which works outside the scope of the Constitution. From what I saw was that President Obama is going to keep on the same track of spending beyond our limits and ignore the public outcry to shrink government and cut all programs down. Look at the paragraph below and you can see his disillusion about the November elections.

“I believe we can. I believe we must. That’s what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they’ve determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics”

Where in the hell has the President been the past year? He actually expects us to believe that the

November elections where about bipartisanship. I guess he missed out on citizen’s outrage over the way he and the Democrats pushed through more and more government controls. He along with Congress pushed through the Health Care Act which Nancy Pelosi so famously stated “we have to pass to bill so you can see what’s in it”. Also let’s not forget the campaign promise to get us out of Iraq by 2009 by then candidate Obama.

“We need to get behind this innovation. And to help pay for it, I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow.

Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they’re selling. So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources. Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all – and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen.”

Listening to the President last night when he talked about the above passage concerning his solutions to energy I instantly thought of the song played on Disney commercials

When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are

Anything your heart desires will come to you

If your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme

When you wish upon a star as dreamers do

(Fate is kind, she brings to those who love

The sweet fulfillment of their secret longing)

Like a bolt out of the blue, fate steps in and sees you thru

When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true

Period Coal[1]

Petroleum Liquids[2]

Petroleum Coke Natural Gas Other Gases[3]

Nuclear Hydroelectric Conventional Other Renewables[4]

Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Other[5]

Total percentage of Renewable

2008 1,663,734 26,469 12,034 757,163 10,233 669,869 218,302 102,928 -5,301 10,011 3,465,443 2.82%

2009 1,452,661 23,190 11,253 785,951 8,791 669,075 227,708 118,019 -3,914 9,914 3,302,647 3.45%

2010 1,547,706 19,771 11,572 836,660 9,358 670,630 214,515 136,936 -3,132 9,429 3,453,444 3.87%

Thousand Mega Watts Hours – http://www.eia.doe.gov/electricity/epm/table1_1.html

As you can see by the numbers from the Department of Energy listed above we at best have just under 4% of our total energy is created by “renewable green energy”. To get to 80% in 25 years is a pipe dream at best and a complete lie at worst to push for more subsidies.

Obama also goes on to state that jobs have gone overseas cause of increased competition and that there are less jobs in manufacturing cause productivity increased. Well he is correct that production increased but he is wrong about why these jobs are almost gone in our country. The combination of unions driving up wages, the minimum wage forcing manufactures’ to take their businesses overseas to stay competitive, the signing of NAFTA and CAFTA making it easier to ship our jobs overseas in a convoluted effort to make a more completive work place. All these actions put the US at a sever disadvantage not to mention the ever increasing regulations that constrain entrepreneurship that this country was built upon.

Also his talk of investing in the future is idiotic. The government has no resources to invest but what they steal through the inflation tax that is printing money and taxes. The only investing that ever makes sense is that which is done by private enterprises. Basically this speech was nothing more than an hour long love fest for big government and a way for President Obama to be the self-promoting egomaniac that we all have become to know.

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January 14, 2011

Paul Krugram is a Fool

Thomas G. Brown |

In reading Paul Krugman’s article from yesterdays the New York Times titled “A Tale of Two Moralities”
got me irritated with his simplistic look at the Economy we have now in the United States post-New Deal. In the paragraphs below he states that those who work hard and succeed should just shut up and give their money to government so they can redistribute the wealth. He also goes on to say that regulations are a needed to keep us from the evil capitalism we had prior to FDR.

“What are the differences I’m talking about?

One side of American politics considers the modern welfare state — a private-enterprise economy, but one in which society’s winners are taxed to pay for a social safety net — morally superior to the capitalism red in tooth and claw we had before the New Deal. It’s only right, this side believes, for the affluent to help the less fortunate.

The other side believes that people have a right to keep what they earn, and that taxing them to support others, no matter how needy, amounts to theft. That’s what lies behind the modern right’s fondness for violent rhetoric: many activists on the right really do see taxes and regulation as tyrannical impositions on their liberty. ”
I never understood this viewpoint posed by folks of the progressive persuasion. Their plan for a Utopian America is to create bureaucratic mazes for anyone who wants to open a business, buy a house, a car, have a baby, get married, travel by air. The list goes on and on. All this intrusion into are lives is to make us safer. These noble ones also believe that if you succeed in you business venture and make a profit they are entitled to a piece of it cause you know you couldn’t have done it without them. You will just be greedy and keep all your profits for yourself and not help a sole.

Well, they often forget or don’t care enough to look at the the jobs your business has created. In addition you will need supplies for the venture so you will have to buy from a vendor who will in turn hire employees. Your employees will be paid a salary in which they will buy goods and services. But our buddy Paul doesn’t want to hear any of that b.s. They want you to believe it’s an unfair an cruel world and the odds against the masses to succeed on their own and you need government to make everything better.

Well government has never made anything better. It has time after time proven to be a huge failure in every venture it understood. Let’s look at the oil crisis of the 1970’s. The OPEC nations refused to ship us oil and we had a shortage in gasoline. So what was government’s reaction. We must ration our use of gasoline. Certain people got to fill their cars with a prescribed amount on certain days. Their where lines around the block and it basically made life miserable (from what I heard). Well this on the surface sounds like a plausible solution but is there a better way to go about solving this problem. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm I wonder, oh yea the free market. If you wanted fuel then you would pay what was the price the gas station owner deemed a reasonable rate. That is when is the money you are offering more valuable to him then the fuel you want for your car. This would enact a self rationing on an individual basis. The market i.e. the folks who owned cars and need fuel would make their own decisions about when to buy gas and when not based on amount of money they had and the price at the time.

This simple example show that we can get along quite well without government by running a true free market and not this top down planned economy we have in most areas of industry and business.

Paul, you might be wise to actually think out what you say from now on before you sound like the Keynesian fool you are!

January 12, 2011

Histria brings all the familiar attacks on our Liberty

Thomas G. Brown |

Once again we see our government capitalizing on a tragedy to further their agendas. The violent acts that played out last Saturday in Tucson, Arizona was the act of one lone nut job who no matter what laws where on the books would have carried out his plan. He had no political agenda he was just a lone loser. This just the sleazy act of politics as usual.
Politicians salivate when a horrible event takes place as they can take more of our rights away in the name of safety and the greater good. George Bush did this in the aftermath of 9/11 to help push through the unconstitutional The USA Patriot Act which. President Obama and the TSA

did this with the body scanning x-ray machines and full body grope downs after the Christmas Day underwear fire fool. Whatever the occasion government drones always look for ways to use an event to add more laws on the books either to look like they are doing something to prevent this from ever happening again or more than often they want more power.
Every day now we have more and more everyday now we have more and more politicians wanting to add more powers to the government in the name of safety. Peter King (R-NY) the head of the Homeland Security Committee has proposed a bill that would ban guns around “government officials”. This would ban guns around Federal Judges, Congressman, President, and Vice President. Another House representative, Robert Brady (D-Pa.) has his focus on making it a federal crime to use certain types of speech and symbols from being used against “Federal Officials.” You can’t put bull’s-eyes or crosshairs on a United States congressman or a federal official,” he said, referring to a map of congressional districts posted on Sarah Palin’s Web site.“The rhetoric is just ramped up so negatively, so high, that we have got to shut this down,” he added.

Some are even using this lose of life as a way to raise money for their campaign. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has sent out and e-mail to his supporters asking for money and stating “this shoot was no surprise and
it was caused by the people who questioned the Health Care bill last year”. Mr. Socialist blames the Tea party groups and folks who believe in the Constitution for this shooting. Not sure how reading “The Communist Manifesto and “Mian Kampf” pretty sure that is not on any Constitutional minded Americans reading list. I guess the waking up of Americans is something that Bernie doesn’t want to happen.

These examples are just the latest along with the gun grabbing bill’s that Daine Fienstien (D-CA), Patrick Leahey (D-VT), Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) said they plan to introduce legislation banning the manufacture and sale of high-capacity magazines. Just more control measure put on us by anti-liberty elected officials.

Oh my favorite idea by these fools is the one mentioned today by Republican Rep. Dan Burton. Put a plastic bubble around Congress to protect them from the gallery. Yes, this idiot wants a plastic shield to protect Congress from the “proles” that come to watch their elected officials do the peoples business in Washington.

One week into our new Congress and they are starting to use the same tactics as before. So we must double down our efforts to push our elected representatives in government to do the right thing and focus on the Constitution and to abolish and vote down and law or bill that goes against this contract between the People, the States, and Federal Government.

January 9, 2011

Arizona Shootings

Thomas G. Brown |

The shooting yesterday in Arizona that killed Federal Judge John Ro and mortally wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was a tragedy. We should bring the shooter to account for his crimes and enforce the strictest punishment under Arizona law. But, we can not let this be used as a lever to pry guns out of law abiding citizens. While watching the events unfold on CNN I heard over and over again the call to use this event to enforce stricter gun laws on American citizens. This is the exact opposite effect this event should have with the American people.

We cannot allow our rights to defend ourselves from people who would do us harm. If Ms. Gifford had a gun yesterday it most likely would not have stop her from being shot but if others where familiar and comfortable in carrying a firearm they may have stop some of the other shootings from happening. We must use this tragedy as a learning experience that we all are vulnerable to random acts of violence and must take steps to protect ourselves. The first step is not allowing this tragedy to be used to strip us of our second amendment rights to possess and bear arms.

My thoughts go out to the families and I look forward to seeing the man responsible brought to justice.

January 6, 2011

Real Austerity Measures

Thomas G. Brown |

There has been a lot of talk in news about Austerity measures that need to be taken by the state, county, and local governments as well as the Federal Government to reduce the debts they have accumulated and how we all have to make sacrifices. Well great, that sounds good and all but what is the deciding factor what is cut and what is kept? One word, politics, New Jersey’s governor is taking aim at teachers unions and cutting their spending. The new Congress has decided to slash its own budget well that’s great but it is barely a pimple on the giant ASS that is our government debt. Below is what you can find on US debt on Wikipedia.

{The United States public debt is a frequently reported measure of the obligations of the United States government and is presented by the United States Treasury in two components and one total:
• Debt held by the public, representing U.S. Treasury securities held by institutions or individuals outside the United States Government;
• Intragovernmental holdings, representing Federal government obligations for specified programs, such as Social Security; and
• Total public debt outstanding, which is the sum of the above components.[1]

As of December 31, 2010, the “Total public debt outstanding” was $14.0 trillion and was approximately 99.3% of 2009’s fiscal year-end annual GDP of $14.1 trillion, with the “Debt held by the Public” at approximately 66.7% of GDP ($9.4 Trillion) and “holdings” standing at 32% of GDP ($4.6 Trillion).[2][3][4] Using 2009 figures, the total debt (86.1% of GDP) ranked 12th highest against other nations, while the component “Debt held by the Public” (53.5% of GDP) ranked 41st.[5] }

Instead of just doing what we always have done which is o do a few token cuts that amount to pin in a haystack while the continue with business as usual. Our Congress should have the courage to stop this viscous cycle by cutting off the supply of debt and vote no on raising the debt ceiling. Our government is like a junkie that needs it’s next fix. If they don’t they will become sick. This will be painful but if they force themselves to go through this tough time they will become healthy and after a while be free from the drug. The time of withdraw will correlate with the amount of time they have abused the drug. This may seem like a bad idea but the alternative is to keep the junkie supplied until he overdoses. Well the government has used the drug known as debt for decades since the creation of the Federal Reserve and continually spent beyond its means. So when we cut them off we will have to go through some rough times but it would be better than the Republic dying off as result of a debt OD.

Our Current Debt ceiling is set at $14.29 trillion and could hit this by March 31st according to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner who in a letter sent to Congress Secretary Geithner stated ““Never in our history has Congress failed to increase the debt limit when necessary,” he wrote in a letter to congressional leaders and top committee members, including Hatch. “Failure to raise the limit would precipitate a default by the United States. Default would effectively impose a significant and long-lasting tax on all Americans and all American businesses and could lead to the loss of millions of American jobs.”

This statement by Geithner either shows his ignorance or he has some agenda as the increase of the debt ceiling imposes a huge tax on citizens in the form of devaluation of folks purchasing power. This doesn’t take into account the huge bill due by each citizen to possibly pay this debt off. As of right now that bill per tax payer is $126,688 . The debt ceiling for years has been nothing more than a rubber stamp and not the checks and balance that it was intended to keep spending with in the confines of the Constitution.

The newly elected Republican Tea Party candidates must follow through on their promises to cut spending and waste in Washington and the first test is to vote no on raising the debt ceiling. This will be painful but with the austerity measures being doled out by state and local governments right now and into the foreseeable future this would have a market force behind it which would focus on the areas that actually need to be cut or eliminated. In addition this would force Congress to raise taxes if it wanted to do something that required more money and citizens would wake up and pay attention.

When you as an individual spend beyond your mean you have to cut up your credit cards and start cutting back to pay off your debts and get back to spending with in your mean i.e. the amount of money you take in from your job(s) and investments. The government must do the same thing but can’t get more money without taxing if we don’t raise the debt ceiling. The raising of taxes will not be taken well by the citizens of United States and will force individuals to start paying attention to what taxpayer funds are being used for by our Government. Even if citizens sit back and allow the increase of taxes to happen there is only so much money that can be garnered by this method. You can’t get blood from a stone and you can’t get taxes from broke citizens, and non-existent businesses as they will cease to exist in this environment.

Our government would be forced to work within our means as credit will dry up and Congress and the President would be forced to cut government down to its Constitutional size. Many programs such as Social Security, Medicare, the illegal wars in Iraq an Afghanistan would have to end. Our Empire mentality would also need to come to an end as we would not have the funds to have troops, bases, and monster embassies abroad. The government would also have to stop it’s “Foreign Aid” which is nothing more than bribery with tax payer dollars to get governments to go along with our agendas and policies. The money would dry up for the Health Care Act, The Patriot Act, and any other bill that is outside the scope of the Constitution will not be able to be funded. This will start the path to getting government out of our lives and just do what is allowable by the Constitution. That is to protect our boarders, defend us from invasion insure that our rights are not being infringed on by government, industry or an individual and that is pretty much it. No less no more.

So Congress you were elected on the promise of fiscal responsible so please do your duty and vote no on expanding the debt ceiling!