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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Remember the freedoms we share in this country and be grateful for them. When I traveled overseas and became ill, I became tremendously thankful even for the FDA and EPA, as incredulous as it sounds.

In case you'd like a good read this Thanksgiving about the first Thanksgiving with more context and perspective, read on! Here's an excerpt.
"Life improved for the Pilgrims, but they did not yet prosper! This is important to understand because this is where modern American history lessons often end" in the teaching of Thanksgiving. Pilgrims poor, desolate, starving, homeless, new place, not knowing anything, Indians came along and saved 'em. That is where most kids' story of Thanksgiving stops. But it really hadn't even yet begun. "Thanksgiving is actually explained in some textbooks as a holiday for which the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians for saving their lives, rather than as a devout expression of gratitude grounded in the tradition of both the Old and New Testaments," the Bible.
"Here is the part that has been omitted: The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community," every pilgrim, "was entitled to one common share. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well. They were going to distribute" everything they owned and everything they built "equally. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well.
"Nobody owned anything. They just had a share in it. It was a commune, folks. It was the forerunner to the communes we saw in the '60s and '70s out in California -- and it was complete with organic vegetables, by the way." There's no question they were organic vegetables in the fertilizer back then. Monsanto didn't exist.  There was no Archer Daniels Midland corrupting and polluting our food.  There was no Van de Kamp's or Heinz or any of that. There was no John Kerry. There was no Teresa Forbes Kerry, whatever, Heinz Kerry.  It was just the Pilgrims and the land. 
William "Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives. He decided to take bold action. Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage," and it was theirs. He assigned it, but they owned it, "thus turning loose the power of the marketplace. That's right. Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism. And what happened? It didn't work!"
They nearly starved!
"It never has worked!" Do you know why it didn't work? "What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else," because everybody had an equal share, "unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation!" They were not going to be able to change anything. "But while most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years -- trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it," spend more money on it, "the Pilgrims decided early on to scrap it permanently.
"What Bradford wrote about this social experiment should be in every schoolchild's history lesson. If it were, we might prevent much needless suffering in the future," such as that we're enduring now, trying the same thing over and over. This is Bradford. "'The experience that we had in this common course and condition. The experience that we had in this common course and condition tried sundry years...that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing -- as if they were wiser than God,' Bradford wrote.
"'For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort," meaning, nobody worked any harder than they had to because they didn't get to keep anything that they made. It all went into a common store. There was a bunch of laziness that set in, and some people didn't do anything.  They got an equal share of everything anyway, so why work?  It's human nature.
Bradford wrote, "For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children,'" without being paid for it, meaning they finally figured out: Why are we doing this? The ones who were working, the ones who were creative and industrious, while others were sitting around doing, asked: Why should we do this?  It was "'thought injustice.' Why should you work for other people when you can't work for yourself?" That's what he was saying. "The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. So what did Bradford's community try next? They unharnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking the undergirding capitalistic principle of private property."
Bradford again. "Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. And what was the result? 'This had very good success,' wrote Bradford, 'for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.'" It's trickle down here, folks. The Pilgrims discovered it. It existed well before the 1980s. "Now, this is where it gets really good, folks, if you're laboring under the misconception that I was, as I was taught in school. So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians." The Indians had saved their lives earlier, but now they had all of this bounty that their foray into capitalism had produced.  "The profits allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London.
"And the success and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and began what came to be known as the 'Great Puritan Migration.'" The word of prosperity spread back across the Atlantic Ocean.  That's how big it was.  "But this story stops when the Indians taught the newly arrived suffering-in-socialism Pilgrims how to plant corn and fish for cod. That's where the original Thanksgiving story stops, and the story basically doesn't even begin there.
"The real story of Thanksgiving is William Bradford giving thanks to God for the guidance and the inspiration to set up a thriving colony. The bounty was shared with the Indians." There was a thanks to the Indians. They had so much, they had the Indians over. They did sit down, and they did have free-range turkey and organic vegetables. But it was not the Indians that save the Pilgrims, and "it was not the Indians who saved the day. It was capitalism and Scripture which saved the day," as acknowledged by George Washington in his first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My point exactly

I'm not near as dedicated to researching my posts as Ann Coulter is to her column, so she makes my point from my last post for me, and makes it better. The point: what the media says isn't near as important as how they say it and what they leave out.
Back in September, The New York Times promoted Bill de Blasio's mayoral candidacy with an editorial titled, "Don't Fear the Squeegee Man." The editorial informed readers that crime wouldn't get worse under de Blasio because "policing is far better than it used to be, thanks to innovations by Mayor David Dinkins." (Emphasis added -- the Times was not being sarcastic.) 

Under the policing "innovations" of Mayor Dinkins, the annual murder rate in New York City rose to an all-time high of 2,245 in Dinkins' first year in office. After four years of hard work, the murder rate had dropped by about 10 percent, to a merely astronomical 1,995 per year. 

In Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's very first year in office, the murder rate fell 20 percent. The Times acknowledged the dramatic drop in crime with an article titled, "New York City Crime Falls But Just Why Is a Mystery." By Giuliani's last year in office, there were only 714 murders in the entire city, a drop of 64 percent from Dinkins' personal best. By continuing Giuliani's aggressive crime policies, Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the murder rate for 2012 down to 419 in a city of 8 million people. 

But at the Times, they think we've been living in hell since Giuliani's election, and the most urgent priority for the next mayor is to get back to Dinkins' New York. 
You can read the rest by using the link.

The point: what the media says isn't near as important as how they say it and what they leave out.

Pulling the strings

There are plenty of people who are skeptical that media could or would be as biased as some other people claim. Well, again I remind you to take a look at what is reported about whom and when. Generally speaking, Republican and conservative scandals are broadcast far and wide and made much of. Democrat and liberal scandals are kept quieter and not reported immediately, until someone else breaks the story so all the outlets have to give it coverage or look as biased as they are. That and the fact that these scandals are not noted as connected to Democrats or liberalism until the end of the article, where the Republican ones are mentioned in the headline. That's just an example.

Here's another.

Make no mistake about it: the Obama administration has been micromanaging the liberal media (which is the bulk of all media) and telling them what to say and when. Thus citizens didn't hear much about Benghazi or Fast and Furious though if they had happened under George W. Bush, for example, he would have been forced to resign. Similarly, the flaws embedded in Obamacare would have been exposed long before reelection if it were Bushcare. Instead we're finding out now that Obama has been lying all along. Which should not be news, if the media really did its job independently.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Nancy Pelosi said, "We'll have to pass it to find out what's in it," back in 2009 and it seems even now people haven't bothered to find out what's in it until the implementation affects them directly. This is sad - folly. The effects of Obamacare should not be news, and in fact isn't to those familiar with some in the medical community who have been preparing for Obamacare's implementation for the past few years. Yet here we are.

These are an amalgam of Drudge headlines from the past few days:

Now. Like I said, none of this should be news. The law has been there all along for anyone who wanted to read it. Yet the media (mostly liberal) didn't read it and expose it's flaws or projected consequences on insurance policies - that might have gotten in the way of Obama's reelection! Likewise government's failure to efficiently and cost-effectively roll out anything means we could and should have guessed the rest. But since we didn't, and we didn't pressure our elected politicians enough to do anyone about it- let alone not reelect Obama - we're stuck with living with Obamacare.  This headline, POLL: 93% want to see altered or repealed...
 is too little, too late.

At least for now. It's not quite too late to get rid of Obamacare, but the longer it's left sitting, the less likely we'll get rid of it. Put the pressure on, folks, and tell your friends to do the same.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Student Loans

If you still need further evidence that government interference in a formerly private market is bad for consumers, let's take a look at student loans.

In 2007, student loan rates for many kinds of students including med school and law school jumped from around 2% to 6.8%. It's gone higher since. That's a big difference - going from approximately inflation  rates (or less) to a loan that can full out double in size after ten years or so of interest. The next year government took over student loans, guaranteeing that student loan rates would stay high, even though in the private market we would most likely have seen those rates come crashing back down with the passing of the financial crisis and adjustment of other loan rates such as mortgages.

Therefore it is absolutely no surprise to me to read this Drudge headline today:
Federal government books $41.3 billion in profits on student loans...
The $41.3-billion profit for the 2013 fiscal year is down $3.6 billion from the previous year but still enough to pay for one year of tuition at the University of Michigan for 2,955,426 Michigan residents.
It’s a higher profit level than all but two companies in the world: Exxon Mobil cleared $44.9 billion in 2012, and Apple cleared $41.7 billion.
And you really want government in health care?

On the one hand, it's actually nice to see that the government can turn a profit somewhere (as opposed to the Post Office, say, or Obamacare itself) but on the other hand they don't use this profit towards the deficit. They won't use it to lower the budget for whatever department manages student loans.

You see, federal budgets increase annually by as much as 10% regardless of federal revenue, need, or even sense. This is precisely why we have such a big bloated government - they have a hard time spending all the money they get each year, while we struggle to pay for it all, not that taxpayers even begin to cover federal spending that has increased such that trillion dollar deficits have become the norm. Sad. And scary.

Bigger government is definitely not the solution to big government.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

In the tanks

Obamacare ratings continue to plummet. This is good as long as this motivates some changes for the better. Continue to spread the word. I give you a large list of links from which to do so. Even if our friends only see headlines like these, they leave people more aware of Obamacare than they would have been otherwise.

Drudge headlines last night followed by this morning's headlines (only one link shared by both lists):
POLL: 61% Disapprove Of Obamacare...
ANALYSIS: 50 to 100 million insurance cancellations coming...
Small business owner tells Congress health law 'driving me to drink'...
PAYBACK: Koch Bros. Target Dems Who Voted For It...
Plans in DC Cover Abortion, Not Hearing Aids...
Distraught Mom: Son Thinks Feds Planted 'Obamacare' Chip In His Teeth, Cameras In Dog's Eyes...
Expert: Hackers can access private info...
Concierge Perks Ease Way For Lawmakers...
'Re-Market and Re-Brand'...

Obama, Dems dump 'Obamacare'...
VIDEO: White House aides feared website issues before launch...
Email chain details concerns...
Website mocked by insurance company...
POLL: 93% want to see altered or repealed...
ANALYSIS: 50 to 100 million insurance cancellations coming...
Plans sold through exchanges not accepted at some prestigious NYC hospitals...
WSJ: Forced into Medicaid...
VIDEO: 'Navigator' Director Conspires to Release Private Data...
Doctors are concerned about new pay scales...

Check out the whole article on that last link. Here's a snapshot.
Many doctors are disturbed that they’ll be paid less – often a lot less – to care for the millions of patients who are projected to buy coverage through the health law’s new insurance marketplaces.
Some have complained to medical associations – including those in Texas, California, Georgia, Connecticut and New York – saying the discounted rates could lead to a two-tiered system in which fewer doctors participate, perhaps making it harder for consumers to get the care they need.

Read more here:
This change reminds me that Medicare is doing something similar under the ACA where the government will give a set amount to the hospital/clinic for a particular diagnosis, no matter if the patient has complications, a longer stay or additional treatments. The doctors and supplies involved will barely begin to be refunded under such a system. Prepare for fewer doctors to take Medicare than ever.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Seeing is Believing

Which is why people are now willing to recognize Obamacare for the debacle as it is, even though the people who had studied the law and knew what its effects would be on policies, hospitals, doctors, and premiums were steadfastly mocked and ridiculed. Now will you believe them? Us? When we tell you in all sincerity and honesty that it will only go downhill from here as more of the law is implemented? That more plans will be cancelled and more people will be without doctors and more people will be unable to afford any kind of insurance and have to pay a fine for something completely not their fault? Do you really need to see more before stopping this atrocity in action?

Repeal! Delay! Vote for politicians who will see it go down! And keep spreading the word.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The shock continues...

And I hope it spreads to every corner of the country, creating enough concern that I hope for average citizens to rise up and make their voices heard in Washington. Or boot 'em all out. Drudge headlines from last night and this morning:

Obamacare forcing universities to cancel student health plans...

REPORT: White House working with insurers to bypass

DEM REP: Obama Lacks 'Legal Underpinning' for Fix...

Here's a headlines from ABC - which should really tell you something about how poorly Obama and his signature law are doing right now. Even the leftist media can't spin this into a win.

Monday, November 18, 2013

No surprise

There is a reason Washington D.C. and our politicians in it seem to think the rest of the country is doing well. A reason that they think everyone in America wants what they want - they're in a bubble! If you've visited there lately, you'll agree that there are no signs of recession to be seen. Of course not - federal spending has only increased (exponentially) under Obama's administration so the place is flush with cash. Let's just remember that that cash came from the American taxpayer. We taxpayers fund lavish lifestyles against our wills. Obamacare, anyone?


DC now fastest growing region of one percenters in the county...

Overtakes NY, LA...

Friday, November 15, 2013

Great sign

If the future could be predicted by the Drudge headlines, I'd be celebrating right now.

But since I can't be certain that the increasing unpopularity will do anything to disable this abominable law (as it hasn't for the past nearly 4 years) then I will bide my time for a party. Still, it's worthy of note. Keep the pressure on, folks!

The Feds

Time for a new topic, though it continues on the theme of Big Government interfering with American prosperity. This from the dude over at Economic Collapse Blog. While not a journalist, he knows the Fed.
The Federal Reserve is creating hundreds of billions of dollars out of thin air and using that money to buy U.S. government debt and mortgage-backed securities and take them out of circulation.  Since the middle of 2008, these purchases have caused the Fed's balance sheet to balloon from under a trillion dollars to nearly four trillion dollars.  This represents the greatest central bank intervention in the history of the planet, and Janet Yellen says that she does not anticipate that it will end any time soon because "the recovery is still fragile".  Of course, as I showed the other day, the truth is that quantitative easing has done essentially nothing for the average person on the street.  But what QE has done is that it has sent stocks soaring to record highs.  Unfortunately, this stock market bubble is completely and totally divorced from economic reality, and when the easy money is taken away the bubble will collapse. 
Nothing has its own interests more firmly in mind than our ruling financial and political class continually moving to protect themselves. When that bubble collapses, you can rest assured they will not suffer the consequences of their actions: we will. On top of suffering the effects of Obamacare. This is no different than when the housing bubble burst and millions lost their savings while the few profited, when Wall Street was bailed out, etc. Enough is enough - but even if all else fails in trying to force our politicians to listen to their constituents, we have the option of using the Liberty Amendments to work around them through the states.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Obamacare the Abysmal

I don't understand how anyone can defend Obamacare at this point. It's abysmal. And it will keep getting worse, when 2014 regulations go into effect and even more people lose their policies and/or jobs. How can a piece of legislation with these adverse effects possibly be considered as a good thing for America? Pay more for less coverage and less access to high-quality care which will take cash only? Seriously?

On Drudge this morning (but with my emphasis on Coulter):

Coulter's column is terrific. Pass it on. What few people don't know about the bellyflop Obamacare is will surely be hurting as much of the rest of it as it becomes fully implemented, if we can't get rid of Obamacare before then. Hence spreading the warnings now. 

My favorite Coulter excerpts:
In a weird confluence of the nation's two most pressing issues -- Obamacare and our insane immigration laws -- this week we found out that the tens of thousands of "navigators" hired by the government to enroll people in Obamacare will include convicted felons. 

Despite some "navigators" having already been exposed as having arrest warrants against them, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has no plans to screen out the criminals. (But rest assured: If your identity is stolen as a result of trying to sign up for Obamacare, no one will be more upset about it than President Obama.) 

Maybe it's a blessing that the Obamacare website has crashed more often than the Soviet Union's commercial air fleet did. 
Excerpt #2:
Which reminds me, federal health insurance programs have long been a prime target for scammers and con artists. 

To much fanfare, in 2006 Medicare announced that only 7 percent of its payments were a result of fraud. Two years later, The New York Times reported that it was actually 31.5 percent -- and that Medicare had aggressively hidden the fraud from outside auditors. 

Do you think a privately run insurance company would take three years to notice that one-third of its payouts had been obtained by fraud? But with federal programs, there's a powerful incentive not to look for fraud. That would merely vindicate critics of big government!
And #3 (though reading the whole column will put this in much better context):
Enormous, unwieldy corrupt government programs run by arrogant bureaucrats would be bad enough in 1950. But after decades of our Third World-only immigration policies, one can't help noticing that Medicare and Medicaid are beckoning Disneylands for foreign-born thieves. 

The problem isn't their complexion, it's their culture. In America, we think only dumb people become criminals. That's not true in the Third World! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Not Looking Good for Obama

As delighted as I am personally that people of America are so disappointed with the reality of Obamacare as opposed to the unrealistic talking points about it since before its passage, I'm sure Obama does not sure my delight. Drudge headlines:

My biggest hope is that Americans can force the government to repeal, delay or otherwise disable Obamacare before it wreaks even more havoc in our pocketbooks, employment rates, and economy. We deserve better. We deserve for the government to admit they were wrong and back out, even if it means relinquishing power and taxpayer money.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Check out these Breitbart headlines.


The White House Lied About the Cause of's Failure

Have you seen these kinds of reports on the New York Times, Washington Post,, etc? I haven't. It's been awhile since I reminded you that you must read both sides to get the biggest picture of what's going on in our government because both sides leave stuff out. One paints rosy not-necessarily-true pictures of Democrats and lousy, no-necessarily-true pictures of  all things Republican, and the other rips both sides these days because Republicans are so far off their conservative base.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day

Momastery has a beautiful tribute to veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

LDS Church land purchase

Some of you may have seen a report or two that the LDS Church is expanding its land holdings in Florida. Not all reports say much about why or with what money the Church does this. Enter the Deseret News version:
Agriculture plays a key role in the LDS Church's management of reserves it holds in case of rough economic times, according to church leaders.
Church finances operate on two simple principles, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve said during last month's general conference of the church.
"First, the church lives within its means and does not spend more than it receives," he said. "Second, a portion of the annual income is set aside as a reserve for contingencies and unanticipated needs. For decades the church has taught its membership the principle of setting aside additional food, fuel, and money to take care of emergencies that might arise. The church as an institution simply follows the same principles that are taught repeatedly to the members."
Leaders set aside a fixed percentage of church income to build reserves for what late church President Gordon B. Hinckley called "a possible 'rainy day.’ ”
"Prudent management requires that this money be put to use," he said during a church general conference in 1991. "In that process, we have purchased and hold some good, productive farms. They are well operated under capable management, and they yield a conservative rate of return. We have felt that good farms, over a long period, represent a safe investment where the assets of the church may be preserved and enhanced, while at the same time they are available as an agricultural resource to feed people should there come a time of need."
These commercial properties, like AgReserves Inc., pay property taxes and income tax on any profits.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Result of Obamacare

Higher uninsured rate, not less.
As of now, the poll shows, only 18% of the uninsured have even tried to visit a marketplace website.
When you look at the nearly 4 million who have already had their insurance cancelled, the low enrollment numbers we have seen so far, and combine that with the website problems, sticker shock, and overall disgust; it is not out of left field to speculate that by this time next year, ObamaCare will have caused the number of uninsured in America to increase.
Repeal! Delay! Throw Them All Out!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Obamacare's reality

Ann Coulter did her homework on Obamacare. It matches up with everything I know about the mess that Obamacare makes of the healthcare industry, insurance policy, and the people involved at all levels from patient to doctor. Yes, Obama and his administration lied. And continue to lie.
Even without the 2010 Health and Human Services (HHS) report admitting that 93 million Americans would lose their health insurance, anyone with half a brain (which is a pre-existing condition) knew that millions of Americans would be thrown off their insurance plans under Obamacare. Under the law, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is to determine what every health insurance plan must cover -- and any plans that don't are illegal. 

As a result, gay guys are now going to be forced to buy plans that cover maternity care. Mormons will have to buy plans that cover gambling addiction therapy. Elderly couples can buy only insurance that includes pediatric dental care. Catholic hospitals will be required to provide birth control and abortions.
Yes, I'm tickled that she brought up Mormons, but the reality that we all have to pay for coverage we don't need makes me sick to my stomach. Our economy and our bank accounts can literally not handle this. Further down her column:
Obviously, health insurance premiums are going through the roof with all these federal mandates. Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute reports that health insurance premiums will be higher than before Obamacare in at least 45 states -- an astronomical 256 percent higher in some cases. The Los Angeles Times says middle-income families in California will pay 30 percent more for health insurance, even with the subsidies. 
Policies are being canceled because your old plan -- the one you shopped for and liked -- is now illegal. It doesn't cover Sandra Fluke's dental dams. Obama is blaming the insurance companies for discontinuing policies that he made illegal. (At least he isn't blaming the cancellations on a guy who put a movie trailer on the Internet this time.) 
Isn't it your basic duty as a caring human being to buy an expensive health care plan you don't really want? Because who knows better about the health care needs of 310 million Americans than a smug gender-feminist? Certainly not you. 
And absolutely not your doctor. While campaigning for national health care, our "Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief" repeatedly claimed that a doctor would rather amputate your foot or leg and make $50,000 than treat you for diabetes because "if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that's $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 -- immediately the surgeon is reimbursed." (Leaving aside Obama's unwarranted slander against doctors, Medicare reimburses a surgeon $740 to $1,140 for a leg amputation.) 
Why would you want to keep these psycho doctors anyway? Trust Kathleen Sebelius. Under Obamacare, you'll get a nice nurse practitioner to attend to your needs -- provided your needs are limited to birth control and psychotherapy. Meanwhile, your doctor will now be offering shoe repair to make ends meet.  
There's more. Read it all.  Then remember, it's not too late. We can still pressure our lawmakers to at least delay Obamacare's implementation and above all, keep The Liberty Amendments in mind. I do think it will come to that, even if it takes years of pain and misery as people experience just how much this affects them and intrudes on their way of life to get there. Keep on informing your friends, folks! The sooner we all look reality in the face the better for us all. Otherwise, we're stuck with this as our reality.
The best we can hope for is that influence-peddlers and government bureaucrats make wise decisions about our health care, just as they did with Solyndra, Social Security, public education and the Amtrak food service. Oops! (Only the government could lose billions of dollars with a monopoly.) From the people who brought you the Postal Service ... here's Obamacare! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Why does Obamacare still exist? It's increasingly unpopular with Americans and voters, yet our politicians sit by and don't defund it. Defunding and delaying may be difficult to force upon Obama but given the miserable circumstances in which it operates right now, I'd think he'd suck up and take it. I realize that repeal isn't like with Obama in office when he can't even admit he is wrong.

Obama denies health care comments...

Video recordings show him saying them -- at least 29 times!

LOWRY: The Speech He Never Gave...

Enrollment numbers next week!

FOURNIER: Lying About Lies...

President Delights Crowd: 'I've got one more campaign in me'...


Dem Senator's son has insurance cancelled...

Obamacare forces school district to consider substitute teachers...

Friday, November 1, 2013

Look closer at who we have elected to represent us

Have you heard of Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets by Peter Schweizer? This is the same Peter Schweizer who wrote Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison which led to the passage of the STOCK Act against insider trading.

His books, Ann Coulter's books, and The Liberty Amendments would be great reads for those unfamiliar with just what exactly their elected politicians are up to. That should be just about everyone!

Here is a report about Extortion.
Extortion, which includes over 35 pages of source materials and over 600 endnotes, contains numerous revelations, including:
  • How Democratic Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA) funneled at least $294,245 in campaign cash to herself by loaning her campaign money in 1998 at a staggering 18% interest rate and then letting the loan linger unpaid for 20 years
  • Never-before-printed top secret "price lists," known officially as "party dues," that include the donation totals members of Congress must raise to land top committee spots and chairmanships 
  • How Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) bagged over $200,000 in donations from executives and companies prior to holding votes on three bills of critical importance to their industries--revelations that prompted Boehner spokesperson Brendan Buck to attack Schweizer and his book
  • How President Barack Obama used a political extortion tactic known as a "double milker bill" to "milk" millions in donations by pitting Obama's friends in Hollywood against his supporters in Silicon Valley to extract cash from both, as well as how Attorney General Eric Holder has increased Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions 65% over the previous administration in order to enrich his former employer and target Republicans 
Extortion's no-holds barred investigative style and meticulous research have won praise from across the political spectrum; voices as divergent as Gov. Sarah Palin to the New York Times editorial board have all praised Schweizer's latest Washington blockbuster. 
The question remaining about this and other matters such as the "surprise" at Obamacare's utter failure thus far rests with our investigative reporting. Or uninvestigative, in this case. None of this should be a surprise, folks, if the media were doing their jobs. And elections just might have different results if average citizens were informed about politicians' corruption. It's widespread, to say the least.