Archive for August, 2010

Rise Up!

Posted by courage On August - 13 - 2010

From Diamond Tiger over at Logistic Monster.

Are you aren’t reading this freedom fighter, you should be !

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Citizens of Missouri Overwhelmingly Vote Against Obamacare

Posted by courage On August - 4 - 2010

Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama’s administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.

“The citizens of the Show-Me State don’t want Washington involved in their health care decisions,” said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

This is the iceberg of Tea Party patriots, only 10% are above water: meaning that 10% are the patriots which take to the streets protest and are publicly vocal.  The remaining 90% support the basic tenets of the limited government intrusion in our lives, fiscal responsibility and  seek representation that align with the basic values of the Constitution.  Way to go Show-Me State patriots, your voice echoed through the nation with Americans cheering your stand.

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The House will return to Washington next week to act on Medicaid and education funding for states.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the news via Twitter, saying: “I will be calling the House back into session early next week to save teachers’ jobs and help seniors & children.”

Isn’t this always the way for the hapless Democrats, frame a discussion to play on the basis of emotions, I’m surprised Pelosi didn’t add something in for kittens and puppies.

A House leadership aide told The Hill the early return was discussed following the Senate’s vote Wednesday to move forward on the $26 billion package.

This is nothing short of pay-off to blue states which refuse to balance their budgets.  Illinois has been writing IOU’s for months and California is drowning in red ink. The fiscal irresponsibility of failing states falls directly on the shoulders of elected officials and agency chiefs.  Spending tax payers money is easy when you believe the flow is eternal, only one sin tax, property tax hike or federal government bailout away.  Like all government agencies, states seldom work from sound financial principles, instead they look at a budget, rub their hands together and start thinking of all the pie-in-sky projects and expenditures they can hoodwink into existence.

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Senate Energy Bill… Give-Aways and Enticements

Posted by courage On August - 2 - 2010

The House cap and trade bill is a disaster. Many, myself included, hoped this bad legislation which passed the House would wither on the vine, especially after email-gate broke. Anyone paying attention heard Harry Reid make statements that cap and trade in the Senate is dead, I sighed in relief.

But wait, the Senate last week unveiled their version of this draconian legislation, shorter in length but no less harmful to the freedom, liberty and fiscal well-being of the American people.

Poison Pill: The New Senate Energy Bill
By Brain Sussman

The latest Senate energy bill, quietly unveiled last week, looks like sweet compromise on radical measures like cap and trade, but buried within is a bitter poison pill that will could be swallowed in a vote that may come this week.

Unlike the 1,200-page House of Representatives energy bill, which passed last year, this scaled-down proposal does not call for an 83-percent reduction in greenhouse gases (or any reduction in greenhouse gases) and contains no mention of a cap-and-trade scheme. Also contrary to the House bill, this one does not provide a family of four earning up to $55,000 with a monthly stipend — deposited directly into their bank accounts — to offset higher energy costs. It also does not supply three years of unemployment benefits at 70 percent of former wages — plus job retraining and relocation — to those whose jobs are shipped overseas, as prescribed in the House bill.

Instead, at a glance (which is the way most in Congress ever seem to examine legislation), this bill appears rather easy to take. Most of its 357 pages are devoted to sections entitled “Oil Spill Response,” “Reducing Oil Consumption,” “Improving Energy Security,” and “Protecting the Environment.” There’s even a portion devoted to further grill BP via subpoena power. With sugar-coating like this, the sixty votes necessary to pass seem possible.

However, beneath the glaze, there’s a clot of overpowering government spending and social engineering.

For example, electric vehicles are pushed via the bill’s “Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010.” No surprise here, particularly since the government has a 61% stake in General Motors and Chevy’s electro-mobile, the Volt. Besides this Act allowing the feds to spend $25 million on new electric cars for their official fleet, there’s an astounding electric car welfare program. Section 2116 explains that 400,000 such vehicles will be virtually given away at low cost — or perhaps no cost — to people living in “selected communities diverse in population” and “demographics.”

Additionally, pages 264-265 require that any new construction or remodel of an existing structure must include the installation of proper hookups for charging an electric vehicle. So even if you have no intention of owning such a car, adding that extra bedroom will require you to spend additional money to install battery-charging infrastructure in your garage.

Take the time to read the rest of this article at the link above.  Consider this, what will happen if the American people choose not to take advantage of these incentives or that the percentage of people is far below what the government expects?

To get up-to-speed on cap and trade see the link above for additional articles.