I don’t always post,

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but when I do, it’s because I’m cleaning out a year’s worth of email at once.

Thanks for reading – Jack

 

 

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I told you so

At the time in 2012 when I drafted this random thought to the local paper, I had just compared what I thought about Obamacare back in 2010 to the 2012 CBO update I had just reviewed. I hate it when I’m right, especially when I did my own homework on this while ignoring all the talking heads out there. The diatribe:

As I have stated since this monstrosity began taking shape, Obamacare has never been about healthcare. Obamacare is a freedom grab. The concept is very simple. If our federal government can compel us in the private or religious marketplace under force of law, what restraints exist to prevent that authority from expanding to other sectors of our lives? If we can’t make our own decisions, really how free are we? Obamacare and freedom are incompatible with each other.

Yesterday, the CBO updated their cost estimate of Obamacare. We were sold at $980B, “budget-neutral” if you recall in 2009. The real cost is now estimated at $1.72T (no surprise there..) so someone please explain how that is cheaper than “the system we have now”. If the feds were really concerned about making healthcare affordable, perhaps they’d consider eliminating burdensome regulations, reforming tort law, and easing the restrictions across state lines to begin reversing the “cost curve”. Take it a step further and allow for private lifetime policies independent of employer sponsorship. There will never be such a thing as an affordable single-payer system. Affordable and single-payer are incompatible with each other.

It’s easy to redefine freedom when you support the side taking it from us. What will you do when the power shifts to the other team and they start encroaching on things that you disagree with. That perspective is how this power grab should be evaluated, but unfortunately too many people are so blinded by their own partisanship that they fail to comprehend and acknowledge what’s really at stake. Instead they’re still arguing about healthcare.

The 1%

The mainstream media intentionally, and grossly, misinterprets the Occupy movement for something more than it is – a disorganized circus of entitlement fantasy. As I observe the activities and media coverage of the Occupy protests, I believe references to “the 1%” better describe the protesters themselves and the media outlets promoting this movement as something legitimate. Clearly there are 1% in this country who simply “don’t get it” about what’s really plaguing us and what has average Americans so frustrated.

Listening to the protesters, it’s obvious they don’t have a clue about our economy or its drivers and influences. They don’t comprehend what true freedom means nor are they capable of connecting the dots between Wall Street and Washington DC. I don’t know whether it’s just immaturity, or some false sense of entitlement or expectation instilled by a failed public education system, or just plain ignorance. They’re so confused and disorganized that the media attempts to define their message for them and even the media can’t settle on anything convincingly enough to fool the 99% of us who “do get it”. As with previous attempts to legitimize the Occupy cause, the media continues to fall far short of resonating any logic behind the movement. Keep spinning the grievance differently and hope one of the messages finally gains traction?

By contrast, the TEA Party defined itself within the first whisper of the movement and has been consistent in its non-violent, law-abiding messaging throughout its three-year existence. The TEA Party properly and peacefully directs protest towards Washington DC and continues to be largely ignored by the media, unless of course it can be leveraged in an attempt to lend credibility to some liberal flavor-du-jour like the Occupy faction. When this fading Occupy crowd can rationally influence the political landscape like the TEA Party did in 2010 and within local elections last November 2011, against the tide of hostile media no less, then they might start to become a relevant grass-roots force. Until then, best wishes to you 1% as you continue searching for your true identity.

The Ant and the Grasshopper

    OLD VERSION

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

    MODERN VERSION

The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house
and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green…’

Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, “We shall overcome.”

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake, while he damns the ants.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of
the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken
over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses, bringing the rest of the free world down with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2012!

Why Vote Democrat

An ass - how appropriate.Top 12 Reasons….A List That Explains Most Everything

1. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

2. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

3. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

4. I voted Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

5. I voted Democrat because I believe that people, who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday, can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.

6. I voted Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

7. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.

8. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

9. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

10. I voted Democrat because I think that it’s better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle or gopher.

11. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised “HOPE & CHANGE.”

12. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my ass, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of view.

Climate Change

Climate change has never been disputed; what has is whether mankind is contributing to it and to what degree.  Climate change is a natural occurrence caused by all matter in motion within our universe, particularly the relationship and life cycles of our planet and our sun.  Climate change has been occurring for billions of years and to varying extremes long before we were here.  Science has already produced evidence of that.

The science behind the man-caused aspect of climate change is imperfect and immature.  Until it becomes perfected and undisputed, it is an evolving theory.  Any logical conclusion in the absence of soundness is premature, as is any attempt to control, mitigate, or tax based on it.

Us radical conservatives

Does it not bother you that Congress is eclipsing some of our basic freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?  Does it not bother you that the Executive Branch is swallowing the other two with its abuse of regulation?  Does it not bother you that the Congress has surrendered certain budgetary responsibilities to the Treasury?  That special interests are drafting legislation?  That people are going broke in response to our government’s actions in the housing market?  Does it not bother you that the Fed is eying our private retirement accounts as their next foundation of another Ponzi scheme?

That’s fine if you’d prefer the federal government rule every aspect of your life.  Me – not so much, and I stand with anyone else working to ensure my infant children have the opportunity to enjoy the same freedoms that I’ve enjoyed.  The alternative is that my kids will have to appreciate freedom as reflected in the history books.

And I won’t let that happen, which is why I do what I do.