"Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it." - Anonymous
Thursday, February 22, 2018
“Sweden is an odd country, at least from the perspective of public policy.

On the positive side, it has private Social Security accounts. It has an admirable school choice system. And it was a good role model of spending restraint back in the 1990s.

But on the negative side, Sweden has one of the world’s biggest welfare states. Even after the spending restraint of the 1990s, the public sector consumes about 50 percent of economic output. And that necessitates a punitive tax code.

There’s also a truly perverse fixation on equality. And you won’t be surprised to learn that the government-run healthcare system produces some unpleasant outcomes.”

Socialism, under any name stymies economic growth and reduces opportunities for everyone. It's that simple, yet millions upon millions of losers here and around the world continue to support and evangelize for this failed political and economic theory of social organization -


“On March 10, eight days after The New York Times began the scandal over her private email server, Hillary Clinton assembled the press at the United Nations in New York to offer a typically legalistic and crabby press conference lasting only 21 minutes. The first-blush reaction from the pundits? That wasn't good enough. She can't expect the story to go away just from that mess.

But within 48 hours, that's exactly what began to happen, with the networks suddenly finding other shiny news objects to explore. So here's the question that needs to be asked: With the networks dumping investigators Lisa Myers, Michael Isikoff and Sharyl Attkisson, is there anyone on broadcast television interested in an investigation of Hillary's decidedly opaque email practices?”

The story is bigger than Hillary Clinton. We are finding out that Orwell's understanding of socialism and communism has been and is on full display in Washington DC. Washington DC, where the elected elite and career bureaucrats ARE the pigs that count. You'd think this would be big news for all media outlets. Yeah, you'd think -


“As President Obama forges ahead in his fight against climate change, a leading Harvard Law School scholar says a central piece of the president’s strategy is akin to “burning the Constitution” merely to advance an environmental agenda.

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence H. Tribe said the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants is built on a shaky legal foundation. The proposal, Mr. Tribe argues, far exceeds EPA’s authority under federal law and strikes a blow to the 10th Amendment by essentially making states subservient to Washington on energy and environmental matters.

Mr. Tribe’s testimony — with which other legal scholars strongly disagreed during Tuesday’s hearing — comes about a month before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case that challenges EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” which would limit pollution from both new and existing power plants and is designed to reduce coal use across the country.

Critics long have argued the proposal, which will be finalized this summer, would cost thousands of jobs and drive up electricity prices for consumers. But Mr. Tribe and others believe there are deeper problems with the looming regulations.”

Anyone looking to hire a PhD? We believe Professor Tribe will be out of work at Harvard after taking an opposing position to Team Obama and their acolytes -


“The most transparent administration in U.S. history is preparing to exempt a key White House office from Freedom of Information Act requests thanks to Bush administration precedent. More from The Hill:

The White House on Tuesday will announce new rules exempting an administrative office from subjection to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which allows citizens to obtain government documents from federal agencies.

In a Federal Register notice scheduled to publish Tuesday morning, the action to exempt the Office of Administration is listed as a final rule, which means there will be no opportunity for public comment.”

We didn't support the Bush Administration taking this stance, and considering the scandal-rich environment the Obama Administration has created, we certainly don't support this Regime's decision to keep their communications and actions while in office secret from the American People -


“There is one place to go where you can find out anything about anyone and any moment in history. That place is called the Internet, and yes, you are using it to read this article.

A few decades ago, it would have been considered a luxury, but now it is truly a fixture of life. We seemingly would not be able to live without it -- despite the fact that the world did indeed operate without the Internet before its creation. This global system of interconnected computer networks that links billions of devices worldwide has changed the way we live our lives, for both the good and the bad. As millions of academic, business, social, government, private and public networks come together to provide and receive information, I find it rather remarkable how far we have come in the world of technology. Bravo to those who have helped us reach this place.

I think it is worth discussing the issue of the new net neutrality rules concerning the Internet. When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to implement the new rules, which make Internet service providers treat all legal content equally, I immediately shuddered at the thought of more government control in our lives.”

The good Doctor knows the prescription the Obama Administration is trying to inject into the internet will prove toxic longer term to innovation and freedom ... Ask yourself; Why would the government inject itself into the free-market enterprise system to keep anyone willing to pay more for a better product or service experience from actually being able to do so? Can you spell, 'C O N T R O L' ??? The Federal Government in recent times has always been on the brink of being too big to manage. But with Obama and his socialist's views resulting in the Federal Government being put on steroids, the entire apparatus of Government has metastasized and the American People have been marginalized -


“It’s national Sunshine Week across America. During this week, good-government groups advocate for open government and transparency. One area that remains hidden is federal pensions.

Imagine if you could review your congressman’s pension, including amount contributed, years to break even and total payout to life expectancy. Or what if taxpayers could view the pensions of former Internal Revenue Service chief Lois Lerner or former Secret Service boss Julia Pierson? But we don’t know because we can’t see them. ...

Recently, our organization, American Transparency, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to reveal individual federal pensions. The Office of Personnel Management rejected it as “a clear unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” Still, our request for the active salaries of the 2.5 million federal employees was fulfilled, with seven-year histories.”

Why would the American People feel entitled to know and understand the total compensation provided to employees of the Federal or State governments? What, do you actually believe taxpayers should have the right to know how their tax dollars are being spent? According to the arbitrary position of the Obama Administration, you are being unreasonable and therefore NOT entitled to know. Funny thing about our Republic. We have the power to do something about the abuse of those in Government, but we fail to share the collective will to act, and thus we continue to be broken over by the elected elite and career bureaucrats -


“A 20-year-old man charged Sunday with shooting two police officers watching over a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department had attended a protest there earlier that night but told investigators he wasn’t targeting the officers, authorities said.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said suspect Jeffrey Williams told authorities he was firing at someone with whom he was in a dispute.”

Oh yeah -- that's exactly what happened! Two police officers were hit 'accidently' because of the poor aim of suspect Williams -


Detroit, fresh out of bankruptcy, wants to waste $137 million on a streetcar project that will cost $45 million per mile to implement.

Detroit is not the only city to recently hop on the nostalgia bandwagon. For example, USA Today reports Atlanta, other cities see a streetcar renaissance.

What's not to like? Voters elect politicians who promise to build boondoggles with taxpayer funding. Streetcars just happen to be the boondoggle-de jure. If city officials want a streetcar, then they should have the expectation that the streetcar operation would be financially viable through the fares it would charge .... but wait there's a problem. Almost without exception the majority of urban transit systems across the world, including boutique and nostalgic streetcars, can't charge a fare high enough to cover their costs ... Said another way, IF urban transit systems established passenger fares that WOULD cover their costs, NO ONE would ride the streetcars or subways or trains. Yet another inconvenient truth for liberals and progressives -


“Former CIA Director David Petraeus plea-bargained to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material after having given classified government information to his onetime mistress, Paula Broadwell. How was Gen. Petraeus‘ transgression uncovered? By exposure of a nongovernment email account that he had set up with to communicate with Ms. Broadwell free of CIA scrutiny.

After a series of Democratic scandals in the New York state legislature, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is instituting a policy to have the emails of state employees automatically deleted after 90 days. Apparently, Mr. Cuomo does not want e-trails of politicians’ communications. Meanwhile, the former speaker of the New York state assembly, Sheldon Silver, faces charges of corruption and was forced by subpoena to turn over computer correspondence.

Under the Cuomo plan, a politician like Mr. Silver could delay and obfuscate for three months, and then safely assume that almost all of his communications had safely vanished — in a fashion that pre-email politicians could never have imagined. ...”

This OpEd details the corruption being perpetrated against the People by elected officials and career bureaucrats failing to maintain electronic correspondence. Wake up, America. If public officials and employees cannot be trusted with following the rules, regulations, statutes, and laws established to protect the America People from the abuse of Government, they must be removed from office and from their jobs, and then prosecuted to the fullest measure of the law -


“Government has been named the most important problem facing the country for four straight months and has widened its lead over the second-ranking issue of the economy compared to last month, a Gallup poll said.

Eighteen percent of Americans named dissatisfaction with government the most important problem facing the country, followed by the economy at 11 percent and jobs at 10 percent.”

Can we get an 'AMEN'?


“Al Capone, America’s “favorite” gangster, went to prison because he failed to pay $215,000 in taxes from his gambling profits. Al Sharpton, on the other hand, is still romping around screaming about racism despite the fact that he owes roughly $4 million to Federal and State revenuers. I guess the IRS is just too busy harassing conservatives to care about some uppity liberal who’s a few million dollars behind on his taxes.

The gaffable (is that a word?) Al Sharpton personally faces Federal tax liens for more than $3 million in back taxes. He has over $770,000 in state tax liens. Two of his for-profit businesses owe anywhere from $700,000 to $800,00 in back taxes, and Sharpton’s National Action Network owed roughly $813,000 in Federal taxes as of 2012…

I guess this explains why Sharpton supports Obama’s “soak the rich” tax reform policy: He doesn’t pay anything anyway.”

Hey, not all race baiters are tax cheats, OK? Just because Al Sharpton happens to be a race-baiting tax-cheat doesn't mean he couldn't use a hug from time to time. In fact, President Obama and NYC's Mayor Bill de Blasio practise catch and release regularly with Al. as witnessed all too often, both public officials put their arms around Al, yet they release the criminal. Kinda reminds you of how both public officials approach illegal aliens, too. Just remember, liberals and progressives operate from a different set of rules than the rest of us -


“Wow… You start talking about the Constitution, and leftists really begin to freak out. The left has started throwing around the term “traitor” as if George Bush was still in office (that means a lot, by the way). At issue is an open letter (you can read it for yourself by clicking here) to the leaders of Iran, explaining that international “deals” not confirmed by America’s Senate or Congress are ultimately non-binding. The left melted into a pyretic panic, and immediately began accusing the 47 Senators who signed the letter of nothing less than treason.

Of course, informing negotiating parties of America’s process for ratifying international agreements hardly seems treasonous. In fact, it appears to me that Tom Cotton did nothing more than give the Iranians an unauthorized American civics lesson. (Not Common Core curriculum, by the way.) Perhaps he should have addressed the letter to American Democrats instead?”

Queue the laugh-track ... OK - What did Democrats and their Far Left supporters say when (then) Speaker Pelosi traveled to meet with Syria's Bashar al-Assad over George Bush's objections when the Bush Administration was trying to isolate Syria from the world stage? That's right, NOTHING. The hypocrisy is stifling -


“In recent weeks, the Federal Reserve and its apologists in Congress and the media have launched numerous attacks on the Audit the Fed legislation. These attacks amount to nothing more than distortions about the effects and intent of the audit bill.

??Fed apologists continue to claim that the Audit the Fed bill will somehow limit the Federal Reserve's independence. Yet neither Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen nor any other opponent of the audit bill has ever been able to identify any provision of the bill giving Congress power to dictate monetary policy. The only way this argument makes sense is if the simple act of increasing transparency somehow infringes on the Fed's independence.”

We don't often align with Ron Paul on any issues, but as it relates to the call to audit the Federal Reserve, we are in lock step with Congressman Paul (Ret) and hope Congress authorizes the Audit -


“There are more than 6.5 million Americans over the age of 112, according to the Social Security Administration. If you are wondering about the accuracy of this count, you are not alone.

After a man attempted to open bank accounts using active Social Security Numbers from both 1869 and 1893, the Office of the Inspector General decided to audit the SSA. They found that as of Oct. 2013, only 35 known individuals over the age of 112 are still living worldwide.

The SSA’s Numerical Identification System (often shortened to Numident), contains all the Social Security Numbers tracing back to 1936 when they were first being issued. Apparently the SSA just hasn’t been reading the obituaries...”

With constant reminders on full display about the incompetence of Big Government, don't you wonder why liberals and progressives support Big Government? It must be a 'control-thing' -


“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Tuesday dropped — at least for now — a proposal to ban certain ammo used commonly in AR-15 rifles.

In a notice posted Tuesday afternoon, the agency said it “will not at this time seek to issue a final framework” on the proposed ammo ban. ATF took the action even before the end of its public comment period, saying it had received more than 80,000 responses, mostly opposed.”

Faced with strong opposition in both houses of Congress, the ATF has decided not to issue a ban on a widely used type of ammunition. Career bureaucrats and gun control advocates are taken to task and lose again!


I don't know which is more maddening, President Obama's repeatedly claiming he finds out about important matters only after reading the newspapers, his expectation that we'll swallow that, the even scarier prospect that it could be true, or that the media continue to give him a pass on it.

Obama told CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante that he learned of Hillary Clinton's use of her private email address for official State Department business after a New York Times report.

With no apparent self-consciousness or embarrassment, Obama said he learned about it at "the same time everybody else learned it through news reports." Then he followed with the equally preposterous and oft-repeated assurance, "The policy of my administration is to encourage transparency."

Wouldn't it be great if Obama had so little curiosity about matters he truly has no business meddling in?

Seriously, do you really believe Obama when he says he learns about international and domestic items of importance strictly from news outlets??? This President is a complete and total incompetent, and he's surrounded himself with complete and total incompetents. That's the only conclusion we can draw considering the level and quality of communications within the White House that Obama himself claims to exist -


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