Boehner’s Oligarchy Lashes Out

ol·i·gar·chy:

a country, business, etc., that is controlled by a small group of people

: the people that control a country, business, etc.

: government or control by a small group of people

Sounds pretty much like what is going on in Congress. You send someone there thinking they will vote a certain way, but they end up voting against you. Its maddening.

Three Booted From GOP Whip Team as Leaders Crack Down

House Republican leaders are cracking down on rebellious members after a near-disaster on a trade vote last week.

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“In the beginning of the year,” Scalise spokesman Chris Bond said, “Whip Scalise reaffirmed the long-standing policy, also held by his predecessors, that while whip team members are free to vote their conscience on underlying bills, they are expected to vote as a team on procedural matters such as last week’s rule vote.”

Look, I get it, this is “just how it works in Washington.” BUT to that I would say, “This is how you end up with $18 Trillion in debt and a Government so invasive into our daily lives and freedom that it is more concerned about losing control over us, than controlling our own borders. Good people are sent to Washington to stop the insanity and save this country. Unfortunately, they bow to the king (status quo) and lose their spines.

Or as I recently put it via email to someone….

I’m sorry, overall I have just lost faith in the Federal Government and am one who thinks its time to start stripping power from all of the branches not expanding their powers. Every time someone tells me “don’t worry, this is good for you”, it turns out not to be. Federalizing TSA, Homeland Security, The Fed, Dodd Frank, Obamacare, Autobailouts, TARP, Dep of Ed. Moratorium on nuke plants, wind power, solar power, CAFE standards, clean diesels. 

I’m one who thinks its about time patriots in Congress just start voting no on principle and return the powers not explicitly described as belonging to the Federal Government in the Constitution back to the people and states. 

Oh, I forgot Ethanol. We were told just a few years back how great Ethanol is. We poured billions into it, consumed un measurable amounts of water going corn and making it, dumped unmeasurable amounts of chemicals on farm fields, while all along people out here on main street were saying but that doesn’t make sense. Congress, under control of either party, forced renewables like Ethanol on us. All a waste and now we have Government demanding buffer strips along farms to prevent runoff pollution. They bribe people to grow something, then punish them for doing it.

Its just maddening. The more I think about the idiocy of Washingtonians, the madder I get. Its appears like it doesn’t matter who we send there because the system will prevent anyone from changing it.

Not exactly sure why I thought of it, but this song came to mind. Maybe its that there is still hope to save this country from its Government. Maybe. But we have to start doing something now. Right now.

Greek Bank Run Continues, But In US Politicians Push “Recovered +”

Economists say to predict what will happen to the world economy, just watch the PIIGS. Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain. They say that their economies are a precursor to what will happen to everyone else’s. As I have been saying, we are not headed back to normal, we are still falling into full blown economic collapse.

Anxious Greeks pull money from banks amid fears of capital controls

Two weeks after Greece’s leftwing Syriza party won power at a general election in January, Panayotis Fotiades pulled his deposits from an Athens bank.

“I felt certain there’d be a confrontation before long with the troika [of bailout monitors],” said the 55-year-old businessman.

Like other Greek owners of small and medium-sized companies in Greece, Mr Fotiades feared a radical government would resort to capital controls if relations with the country’s creditors deteriorated sharply.

The media and politicians in America are pretending the economy is fully recovered PLUS.

They are pretending everything is just fine and cherry picking economic indicators to make themselves seem like they are doing a good job. But we are not recovered. And we are about to see the effects of some of the most radical policy ever attempted such as Obamacare and massive minimum wage hikes.

Buckle up America if you don’t wake up first. We are headed toward….

ObamaTrade Another Trojan Horse – VOTE NO TOM!

More dirty little secrets are in this “Trade” deal Obama is demanding and Republicans are helping push for.

But in an interview on NPR’s Marketplace yesterday (June 3), President Obama said that enforcing climate change regulations will indeed be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Obamatrade pact that he is currently negotiating with Malaysia and 10 other countries.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/06/obama_admits_that_climate_change_will_be_in_obamatrade.html#ixzz3cBRBrqdn
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Of course, climate change regulations can only be enforced if done outside normal (dare I say, Constitutional) processes.

My Congressman Tom Emmer has been supportive of the plan so far, I hope he changes his mind and votes no.

Breaking The Tenth

I saw PJ O’Rourke speak last night at the Center of the American Experiment dinner. One of his points stuck with me and may be the most profound example of the left and ever growing government in America.

The Tenth Commandment.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Covet: yearn to possess or have (something)

The left covets everything of other people’s. They use Government to redistribute these things to people in exchange for power. They encourage people to covet other people’s property and use the power of force to confiscate and redistribute that property.

Maybe that’s why the left fears religion so much. If people followed all 10 Commandments, there wouldn’t be a need for the massive government at the local, state, and federal level.

I have a bumper sticker on my truck that catches eyes at each stop light. I can see people reading it in my rearview mirror and you can tell if the person is on the left or right by whether they nod or shake their heads.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenagers. – PJ O’Rourke

The power we are giving Government is the power to take away what we covet so it can be redistributed to us.

Thou shalt not covet. I’m not sure why that stuck in my head last night, but it truly is the perfect example for what is happening in America today. Everything is someone else’s fault. If you don’t have it, someone else is to blame. Can’t afford it, blame your boss. No job, no education, no health insurance, no car, etc etc blame someone else. But we never blame Government when it has a role in every single facet of our life nowadays.

Imagine getting back to an America where people didn’t covet their neighbor’s property and feel emboldened to demand their politicians give them their neighbor’s property, but rather were inspired to work hard and get their own.

I say imagine that, because we have lost that American spirit. We have grown soft. We have fallen prey to the politicians and special interests who find it easier to convince the less fortunate to empower them to redistribute those coveted things, than to teach those people how to achieve on their own.

Imagine an America where the Ten Commandments were not controversial…..

The 10 Commandments List, Short Form

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

Lost Decade – Wynn Asks What Recovery?

I’ve been saying that we have never really recovered from the 2007 recession. There has been no real corrections to our economy or markets. No return of jobs lost. No one really learned a lesson. In fact, people were simply bailed out. Add to that all the new regulations and mandates, and things are worse, not better than before.

Well, I’m no economist or super duper successful person who can sound and is smart or something. Steve Wynn also says its a sham recovery.

“Well, the idea that America is in the midst of a great recovery is pure fiction. It’s a lie. It’s a jobless recovery,” Wynn said. “Because recoveries are marked by the level of real employment. And if you count the people who have left the work force, real unemployment is 15 to 20 percent.”

Not only is unemployment much higher than the “official” rate of 5.5 percent, but Wynn said the Consumer Price Index, used to measure inflation, is also rigged in such a way that it doesn’t accurately reflect what real Americans experience on a daily basis. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. had -0.1 percent inflation for the 12 months ended in March 2015. Inflation doesn’t exist.

Wynn says that’s a sham.

“If you take real inflation, and you’ve got to count energy and food and all that stuff, real inflation is much higher than they say it is,” Wynn said. “My employees’ take home pay, in spite of the increases we give them, their paychecks are 90-cent paychecks, 90 cents on the dollar. It’s very difficult for the middle class in America to keep up because of the inflationary pressure and the devaluation of the dollar.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/steve-wynn-economic-recovery-pure-fiction/#VAs0Fsp53PvBxi1X.99

Read the rest.

Here We Go Again – Housing Bubble Round 2

Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. 

I have been saying “What recovery” for years, yet people keep pointing to “numbers” that say RECOVERY! No. we still haven’t recovered fully from the great recession. We have band-aided and bailed out economic sectors, industries, and companies with greased politicians and great lobbyists, but we have not had market corrections and a real recovery.

Housing was the final straw that led to the collapse in 2007. With the low interest rates and rising home prices, not to mention new homes still being built, you may be saying, yeah, we are recovered… but take another look.

Homeownership rate lowest in 25 years
Home prices are rising, and homeownership is falling. How can that be?

If prices are rising, it must be because there is increasing demand for homes, but if there is increasing demand, then why are there fewer homeowners?

It has to do with this: math. The homeownership rate in the first quarter of this year fell to 63.7 percent, the lowest since 1990, according to the U.S. Census. The homeownership rate is the ratio of households that own to overall households—the remaining being rental households.

As with “the unemployment rate” the numbers politicians and the media hacks like to report is massaged and manipulated to tell you what they want you to know, not what the truth is.

Having said all that, we should also note that there was actually a slight decline in the total, real number of homeowners. It wasn’t enough alone to push the homeownership rate down as far as it did, but it should be noted. As investors continue to buy single-family homes, and first-time buyers remain unable to afford today’s prices, real homeownership takes a hit.

Ah. Investors are buying homes now.

Like investors bought all that land in the early 2000’s and built homes driving up the prices….. and investors bought mortgage portfolios and swapped them back and forth……

We have not recovered. Due to bailouts and continued cheap/free low interest rate and downpayment mortgages, no one involved in the housing bubble learned a lesson.

Investors are now just buying up the homes low to sell high later OR to rent them out rather than buy the mortgages and make interest like they did 10 years ago.

We are headed to another economic recession. Washington has been pumping up the economy and eventually the chickens are going to come home to roost.

Neither Republicans or Democrats can claim they didn’t know. Both parties bailed out those banks – but in truth they did so for different reasons. That’s for another rant.

Point is: Obama has not lead us out of the recession. He prolonged. He kicked the reforms and adjustments down the road. The next few years are going to be very bumpy. We’re heading for another full blown recession again.

Why Is Parenting a 4 Letter Word Nowadays?

Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase Uncle Sam…..

When I was a boy, they called it parenting. In today’s America, we apparently need the Federal Government to take care of families and more to the point, raise kids. Well, I use families loosely as in far too many cases, there is only one parent. And by raise, its more indoctrinate and warehouse. But you get the point. The “family” is no longer part of the equation.

[Source: MPR] ecoming a Promise Zone doesn’t involve any up-front money, but it will give north Minneapolis a competitive advantage when applying for federal grants.

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Duncan could not guarantee that Minneapolis will qualify for any federal grants, but said it opens the door to dozens of government funding sources.

That could mean more money to fund increased educational opportunities for students, find housing for families, improve job prospects for the unemployed and lower crime rates in the neighborhood, he said.

Its a tragedy that any kid doesn’t have the chance to receive a decent education. A parent is homeless or jobless. Yes we should help them however reasonably possible. But we also can’t sweep any and all bad decisions and choices that got our society in Minnesota to this point.

But don’t be fooled. What Duncan showed up in Minnesota for was not to highlight the Federal grants to the Northside Achievement zone, it was to help bully the Legislature into passing Dayton’s all day Pre-K. That’s just state funded day care by union  dues paying teachers.

Takeaways:

Why is good parenting no longer the solution? Why are we refusing to start by highlighting the things being promised by the Federal Government as what would help kids learn, could/should be part of the nuclear family?

This all day pre-K push is simply to grow unions, make kids dependent on government run day care, and provide more union resources to help elect Democrats.

Who was the only protesters actually afraid of the consequences of rioting in Baltimore? The one whose mom caught him. Folks, America’s kids needs more of this. Role models and learning right from wrong.

Obamanomics In Practice – The New Normal

You keep hearing about how great the economy is doing. How jobs are being created and everything is back to normal. But the new normal is not like the old normal.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

Regulators are looking to increase oversight of preparers amid the rise in “refund anticipation checks,” a type of cash advance especially popular among low-income families who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, the government’s $65 billion cash benefit program. The advances are being marketed as a way to get fast refunds or defer payment of tax preparation costs.

It also happens to be a glaring example of irony. The same Government that is confiscating so much money from us that we are forced to scratch and claw and borrow to make ends meet, is worried that we are borrowing from high risk fraudsters to make ends meet.

There’s a solution to this whole problem, that will never be considered. Smaller Government.

Oh I know, without the nanny state, how will everyone get free E-14 schooling (notice I did’t say an E-14 education) and all those other entitlements?

We cannot afford the Government that has been forced upon us. That’s a factual, emotion free statement.

Job creation is now controlled by Government. They have made good paying full time, reliable jobs, a rarity. You can scream outsourcing and blame corporate America, but the fact is if Government hadn’t created the red tape, they’d happily allow people to work more than 30 hours a week as one example of the new normal of Obama’s Economy.

The American economy looks nothing like it did 8 years ago. Through the ashes of the recession, Marxism took root. A centrally planned and controlled destruction of the free markets is in effect.

This new, fundamentally transformed America, sure seems to have created more people screaming for more free stuff. Then again, socialism is not supposed to solve problem, its designed to identify and shine the spot light on them.

Creating a dependent is far more important than solving the problem. Because if you solve the economic effects that made someone need help and get that person a job, you can’t continue to run government for the sole purpose of maintaining power. You’d eventually be able to cut taxes to the point where there is enough capital out in the markets to create jobs for those in need. If someone did fall through the cracks and need additional help, people would have plenty of money left over from low taxes and low product costs to be true good samaritans and help their fellow man.

Instead, the definition of compassion in Obama’s America is now demanding Government confiscate other people’s property to give others what you think will make them happy.

This new normal of liberal economics sure seems to have a whole lot of unhappy people who complain about all the things they don’t have or can’t afford.

How is higher taxes and more regulation going to lower the cost of raising a family or provide a good paying job?

If we are now going to be a society based on always needing another bailout, another credit card to max out, a windfall of tax refunds, lottery, etc etc. we are screwed. Then again, if we need those things, we also need politicians to provide us with more and more entitlements and handouts.

Welcome to the new normal. Where your choices are determined for you.

Dayton & Betty 180 Degrees Apart On Obamacare & MNSure

Did Dayton Screw Up MNSure?

The United States has a population of roughly 318,000,000. Take a look at what an entrenched left wing ideologue who doesn’t have to fave voters to be held accountable had to say.

McCollum Obamacare Tweet

 

This was done on the very same day that left wing ideologue Governor Mark Dayton finally admitted he had been ignoring reality all along on Minnesota’s failed version of Obamacare called MNSure.

Kill MNsure? Maybe, Dayton says

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he is open to abolishing MNsure, the embattled health insurance exchange he has championed and defended from Republican attacks.

That’s the most drastic option Dayton mentioned in a letter calling for a task force to study “future options” for health care reform in Minnesota.

Dayton said the task force could consider:

— Replacing MNsure with a federal health insurance exchange.

— Keeping MNsure but seeking a federal waiver to make major reforms.

— Simply making minor adjustments to shore up the agency.

“The task force would consider all conceivable options,” Dayton wrote in the letter to legislative leaders.

Gee. Those were all of the things that his Republican opponents were saying a year ago that were flatly denied by Dayton and the press. Heck, up until 1 month ago, Dayton and Minnesota Democrat leaders were claiming everything was working just fine.

But on one hand you a have a Washington Democrat praising Obamacare but on the other you have a Minnesota Democrat admitting the ruse is up and MNSure (the State version of Obamacare) is an absolute failure in need of drastic fixes or all out scrapping.

Well main stream media. What side of this argument are you on now?

And do you think maybe the DFL Senate & House Republican Caucuses in Minnesota have beefed Dayton to let MNSure die because they are on the ballot in 2018 and MNSure is an even bigger mess than previously admitted?

Don’t forget, they just had to lower enrollment goals again for next year because consumers have seen through the fog and realized its better to shop in the real private market without Government interference.

Franken & Klobuchar Support Abortion Over Sex Trafficking Victims

They have decided to withdraw support for a bill to combat sex trafficking because it would prevent the funds being diverted to take innocent lives.

Abortion provision jeopardizes bipartisan sex-trafficking measure
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Democrats, including Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken, say that Republicans sneaked a provision in the 68-page bill that would prevent funds reserved for trafficking victims from being used on morning-after pills or abortions.

Which is it, do Klobuchar & Franken want to provide abortions or help sex trafficking victims?