Two America’s and Beyond By the Bear

As I encounter people from time to time they refer to me as a Republican and my immediate response is to correct them by saying…”I am a rock solid Conservative who tends to vote Republican because their political ideologically of government is closer to mine than any other party.”

With that said, it is an ideologically of government that follows the Constitution of smaller government and limited Federal power. Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that what we see today in Washington is the exact opposite of what the Founding Fathers had in mind. Not only has Washington taken have taken it upon themselves to usurp the rights of all individuals and assumed that they know better for us and our children and therefore can dictate every aspect of our lives… to the cars we drive, to the light bulbs we use and the toilets that they have mandated that don’t work.

With that said, I have only one exception to my rule of keeping Washington’s nose out of my business. They are more than welcome to put their nose in my toilet and see why the damn thing doesn’t work.

With that said, in my other life that puts food on my table I have had to dealt with government bureaucrats on the national level including the EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers to the littlest fiefdoms of small town tyrants. If there is one thing that I learned on my travels through life is that incompetence naturally gravitates to government service because most of these misfits could not succeed in private industry.

With that said, as I watch in horror full well knowing that by the time I finish writing this Washington will have spent another $4 billion dollars before lunch time. On what? I have no idea and neither do they. Is it any wonder why the country has a debt problem?

With that said, some moron once dubbed a phase … “There are Two America’s”. There most certainly is. One is composed of every day hard working citizens who pay their taxes and feed the monstrosity that we call Washington. The other America is a greed full place composed of power hunger maggots hell bent on keeping that power at any cost. They deem themselves as Lord and Master and the rest of us as useful serfs. When serfs become useless, they become expendable. A serf becomes useless and expendable the day he retires and applies for his Medicare Card and Social Security. In the old days we eliminated useless people by firing squads, today we use death panels.

With that said, I have asked myself over the years, how have We the People allowed this to happen? The answer to my question can be many fold because the numbers are certainly in our favor, there are 300 million serfs vs. 535 strong arm bandits and their army of a couple of million bureaucrats that live on the dole.

The only way I can make any sense of this is most Americans are busy with their daily lives and find politics to be a disgusting business. Disgusting it is, but by avoiding it leads to uninformed decisions that has brought on this fiscal mess. These are dire times for the country and the right and the left are oceans apart on what is the proper course to take.

With that said, the disgusting business of politics is built around falsehood, misleading statements and deceit. As an example when Washington uses the term …”cuts” in the budget most people take that to mean spending cuts in real dollars but what it really means is in Washington is “reduced spending increase”. The art deception that Washington practices is equal to none other.

With that said, Now I am not one who sees a commie behind every tree in the forest but I do see a leftist media agenda from most paper publications and news channels. They have dutiful filled their obligation of keeping the American Public uninformed and have abandoned their sole purpose in life of accurately reporting the news. This adds to the confusion of the serfs but of course that is exactly what the left depends upon…”Uninformed Voters.”

The media today thrives on a game called …”I Gotha yea”, they deal in petty statements and slips of the tongue. Do we really care who takes a Tylenol for headache? or scare tactics like they going to take Grandma’s Social Security away.

Even our Presidential debates have been lowered to the most common dominator.

What we really care about is how we are going to pay our debt bomb, our National Security and our economy from an overbearing Federal government. What has happened to this economy is direct failure of government and most Americans are concerned that their life savings are being reduced to meaningless dollars. These are the type questions that need answers, not … “will you be submissive to your husband?”

Under what pretext do these people think that they should be reelected? I cannot think of one.

With that said, Yes there are two America’s, there is a cultural in Washington that lives in a bubble built around maintaining power at all costs and a media elite who strive on the social register that sees the rest of America as necessary outcasts who perform the daily tasks regulated to serfdom. The task is to keep them barefoot and dumb.

    “You can’t conquer a free man.”

    When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything — you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. — Robert A. Heinlein

Decline and Fall By PETER WEHNER

    The arc of the Obama presidency bends towards failure.

Now more than halfway through his third year in office—with the economy flat-lining, American prestige evaporating, and public anxiety spiking—Barack Obama is the most vulnerable incumbent president since Jimmy Carter. The election is still 14 months away, but it’s not too early to see the broad outlines of the GOP’s case against the president.

Economic Malpractice: Obama inherited a tough economy, but his stewardship has in many respects made the situation worse.

The unemployment rate stands at 9.1 percent (it was 7.8 percent the month Obama took office). July marked the 30th consecutive month in which the unemployment rate was above the 8 percent level that the Obama administration said it would not exceed as a result of its stimulus program. Chronic unemployment is worse than during the Great Depression, while the share of the eligible population holding a job (58.1 percent) has declined to the lowest level since the early 1980s.

The housing crisis is also worse than in the Great Depression. Home values are worth roughly one-third less than they were five years ago. Consumer confidence has plunged to the lowest level since the Carter presidency. And from the first quarter of 2010 through the first quarter of 2011, we experienced five consecutive quarters of slow growth. America’s GDP for the second quarter of this year was an anemic 1.3 percent; in the first quarter, it was 0.4 percent. Even more problematic for the president, there are virtually no signs that things will improve anytime soon. He now has to hope for an economic miracle.

Given this atrocious record, Republicans should repeatedly affirm what Obama’s senior counselor, David Plouffe, has acknowledged: The president “owns” the economy. It’s the product of his handiwork. And if Obama is reelected, we will get more of the same. The Republican theme for the 2012 campaign should consist of two words: Had enough?

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Conn Carroll: Obamacare is already on its deathbed

.When the United States Supreme Court examines the individual-mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act sometime next spring, it will undoubtedly give great weight to the text of the United States Constitution and relevant Commerce Clause case law.
But, whether or not any justice will ever admit it, some on the court may be hesitant to invalidate the new law because of the significant strain it would place on an already divided Congress.

These worries are misplaced. Obamacare is already a very sick patient whose symptoms will inevitably require major action by Congress. A Supreme Court decision invalidating some, or all, of the law would only hasten the inevitable.

The signs that Obamacare was never long for this world began to appear soon after the bill became law last spring. Reports began leaking about large employers securing waivers from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Obamacare has never been popular. It debuted with a barely 50 percent favorable rating, which sunk to the low 40s by the time it passed, and stands in the high 30s today.

The law is unmanageable, unsustainable, unpopular and, according to the 11th Circuit, unconstitutional. If the justices on the Supreme Court have any sense of mercy, they will officially put the law out of its misery and invalidate the entire act.

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Feeding The Masses On Unicorn Ribs By Walter Russell Mead

Besides healing the planet and returning the rising seas to their natural beds, then-Senator Obama promised that his administration would create beautiful green jobs: well paid, stable, abundant jobs, unionized, with full benefits and making the earth healthier and the American people richer. As President, he stayed on message: even after the truther-enabling “green jobs czar” Van Jones left the administration, green jobs have been one of the President’s signature policies for putting the American people back to work.

Obama promised to create 5 million green jobs within ten years. Investors’ Business Daily has a list of that plan’s successes so far.

    – On his recent jobs tour Obama stopped at a Johnson Controls plant in southern Michigan, which received $300 million in green grants and plans to create a whopping total of 150 jobs, at a cost of $2 million per position.

    – Evergreen Solar Inc., which received unknown amounts of green stimulus funds on the hope that it would create “between 90 and 100 jobs” two years ago, filed for bankruptcy this week, $485.6 million in debt. Their Massachusetts plant once employed 800 people; in March it was replaced with a factory in Wuhan, China.

    – Green Vehicles, an electric car “maker” in Salinas, California, took $500,000 from the city and almost $200,000 from the state but has failed to produce even one car.

    – And as reported earlier on this site, Seattle was one of a handful of cities that received $20 million in federal grants as part of Retrofit Ramp-Up, a program designed to refit houses with more energy efficient materials. Unfortunately, as KOMO4 of Seattle reports, after more than a year “only three homes had been retrofitted and just 14 new jobs have emerged from the program.”

I’ve posted about this failing strategy before; it’s nice to see (h/t Instapundit) that the New York Times has also figured it out that the administration’s green jobs initiative is an embarrassing mess.

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Core wholesale inflation up most in 6 months

A key measure of wholesale inflation rose in July by the most in six months.

The measure, called core wholesale inflation, excludes volatile food and energy prices. It surged 0.4 percent last month.

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