Sunday, March 23, 2014

Revolution: It Starts With Toilet Paper

The wonders of modern day plumbing, we all take it for granted.  Hardly anyone stops to think and appreciate the porcelain throne.  If you’re like me, once that door shuts, it’s time to do business.  This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no foolin around.  It’s game time! 

Others will disappear for hours.  Those people I don’t understand.  What are they doing in there, appreciating the ambiance?  Are they planning to redecorate?  What could they possibly be doing that could take up that much time?  Could it be long term financial planning?

But no matter what our proclivities are, all of us know what it’s like when there’s no toilet paper.  First reaction is surprise, followed by despair, and finally anger.  Now experience that realization every day.  It would be enough to start a revolution.  And indeed, that’s what’s happening in Venezuela.  The plebeians have had enough of chapped asses.  They want toilet paper, even if it’s the kind that turns your rump into Peter Cottontail.

It seems that Latin Americas second most revered religion is the Goddess Socialism.  Once the populace discover the wonders of everything “free,” they come to find out their goddess wants sacrificial offerings, such as private property, self-determination, and finally the staples of life.  Yes, Goddess Socialism can be a real bitch.  Or better yet, liberalism’s new word de jour:  bossy.  Look at the lines these people have to endure just to get the basics in life.

Did you notice there wasn’t one portable toilet anywhere along those lines?  I guess those in charge decided since there wasn't any toilet paper to be had, what difference does it make?  Hillary Clinton anyone?


Rep. Renee Ellmers Berates Constituents on Illegal Aliens

What is it with North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District?  The previous representative, Bob Etheridge, manhandled a student on a Washington D.C. street for simply asking a question.  The citizens had enough of that brutish behavior.  They replaced him with Renee Ellmers, who has just as much contempt for the plebeians as did Etheridge.

Ron Woodward of NC Listen and a handful of constituents met with Rep. Renee Ellmers.  Needless to say they ran into a hostile environment.  Here is an excerpt of that meeting.  You can read the rest by clicking the links below:

I have arranged 11 group trips to Washington, DC over the last 12 years to meet with US House members and US Senators from North Carolina to discuss immigration reform, not to mention other trips I made to DC myself and local trips, so I have had a lot of experience meeting with members of Congress. Today's meeting with Congresswoman Ellmers was the most contemptible meeting with a member of Congress I have taken part in. From the beginning she showed a sense of arrogance and disdain for meeting with us.

If you heard the audio clip from the Laura Ingraham radio show of Laura interviewing Renee Ellmers, today was deja vu. When she wasn't interrupting me she was constantly changing the subject, with a look of glee in her eye as if she thought she was being clever. I have studied immigration and immigration policies for nearly 20 years, and she was the most misinformed and uninformed member of Congress I have ever spoken with on the matter of immigration reform.....and that is saying something.

Just as Congresswoman Ellmers called Laura Ingraham ignorant during their interview, Congresswoman Ellmers went a few steps further by calling me ignorant, a racist, and dense during our meeting.......these insults were sprinkled through our discussion which was about immigration policies and her own statements about immigration reform. I refrained from any personal name calling. As we know, these kinds of insults are usually used by those who have weak arguments or are under the age of ten.

Below is a recap of some of the matters I tried to discuss as she attempted to change the subject approximately every 30 seconds.  Our meeting eventually lasted about 40 minutes.

PJ Media has video clips of the meeting.  Conservative HQ has the transcript as related by NC Listen.  Both are worth the time.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

50 States of Obamacare Victims

Obama's Constitutional Violations Bracket

Since Obama is using his time picking teams for his NCAA bracket, others are doing the same, except they are seeding his constitutional violations.  One republican congressman is using his picks as a campaign promotion.

Conservative Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse, who has been surging since being labeled the anti-Obamacare candidate, has released a "Constitutional Madness" bracket to highlight the lawlessness of the Obama administration. 
"Which is President Obama's worst constitutional violation?" the bracket says. "Make your picks!"
Pairings include "allowing congressional Obamacare subsidies" versus "forcing taxpayers to violate religious conscience by funding abortion through Obamacare" to "Using the IRS to suppress free speech" to "Secret monitoring of Fox News and the Associated Press."
Sasse, who has vowed to take on the permanent political class and has already clashed with the Washington establishment, was most recently endorsed by former Alaska. Gov. Sarah Palin

Does Warren Buffett have any bets on this one?

Libtards Co-opt Gadsden Flag

Shameless sociopaths are the best way to describe liberals.  They destroy the health care industry, co-opt the Gadsden flag which is the symbol of the Tea Party, who by the way, is against Obamacare, and then act incredulous when others criticize them.

You have to wonder about these people.  Either their clueless, or they're just trying to piss people off.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dissolution of the American Creed

The world is witnessing a wave of secession movements.  Eyes are currently on the Crimean Peninsula.  Its majority Russian speaking residents voted in referendum to come home to mother bear.  This movement first started after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.  Those in the know weren’t surprised when this began to happen.  That’s why the Obama administration looks like a bunch of incredulous fools.

Scotland is also in the process of seceding from the United Kingdom, along with Catalonia from Spain.  But the big surprise is Venice.  It seems they and their northern brethren are tired of Rome’s fiscal mismanagement: 

For decades there has been deep-seated dissatisfaction in the rich northern regions of Italy with what is widely regarded as inefficient and venal rule from Rome, as well as resentment that hard-won tax revenues are sent south and often squandered.
About 3.8 million people in Veneto are eligible to vote. Campaigners want a future state to be known as Repubblica Veneta — the Republic of Veneto.
They acknowledge that the vote is not binding on the national government in Rome and could cause a big constitutional upheaval, but insist that if it passes, they will start taking steps to withhold taxes, in what would effectively be a unilateral declaration of independence.
“If there is a majority yes vote, we have scholars drawing up a declaration of independence and there are businesses in the region who say they will begin paying taxes to local authorities instead of to Rome,” Lodovico Pizzati, the spokesman for the independence movement, told The Daily Telegraph.

Will the United States witness another secessionist movement?  We have just as much to complaint about as the aforementioned.  I would say even more.  Our founding principles and Constitution have been forsaken.  And it all started with the Civil War.

When the South seceded from the Union, Northern aggressors violated the tenets of the Declaration of Independents.  That was the first salvo of dismantling our founding principles.  Yes, slavery – an evil institution, was a factor in the South’s contention for parting ways, but so was the mercantile policies of Washington D.C.

The South first threatened to secede during President Andrew Jackson’s tenure due to unfair trade practices.  He squashed that movement in its cradle.  Vice President John C. Calhoun and South Carolina trembled from fear of Old Hickory.  Everyone knew Jackson meant business, unlike our current president.

War eventually came and the South lost.  And despite the crimes of Northern occupiers, who raped, murdered and pillaged the vanquished, the country coalesced around a common core of culture, language, God and the principles established in our Constitution.  Those tenets are the pillars of our prosperity.  Progressives have been on a mission for over the past 100 years to topple them.  Here are a few their initiatives:

The 14th Amendment allowed the federal judiciary to impose its will upon the States in violation of the 9th and 10th Amendments.

The 16th Amendment allowed the federal government to extort States with “free money” and punish them if they don’t comply.

The 17th Amendment excluded States’ legislatures from the political process in shaping federal law.

Then Congress made themselves irrelevant with the advent of the 1946 Administrative Procedures Act, now we have unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats imposing rules and regulations without our consent.  This is a complete violation of separation of powers as outlined in our Constitution. 

The systematic dismantling of our founding principles is enough to ensure the dissolution of the United States.  But the Progressives aren’t satisfied with that.  They have embarked on an even more destructive path, and that is dividing the population into squabbling subset groups vying for political advantage.  So much for E pluribus Unum.  Progressives laugh at the notion.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Republican Establishment Proposal Leaves Obamacare Head in Body Politic

When a federal government program is firmly established, it’s near impossible to get rid of it.   It’s like a tick.  Once it gets under your skin, you have to take care to completely remove it.   If the head snaps off and you ignore it, the body politic can be infected. 

Fannie Mae, a New Deal program, is a perfect example of how good intentions can cause havoc on our economy.  This once government sponsored entity is now owned by the taxpayers because of mismanagement and malfeasance.  Congress has made proposals to wind it down, but chances are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will never go away.

So it will be with Obamacare.  Even with all the disasters that heralded this Democratic Party nightmare and the unpopularity amongst the citizenry, the Republican establish is doing its best to salvage this failed government program.  The John Locke Foundation reported the following:

Moreover, on the eve of the president's latest State of the Union Address, three Senate Republicans released an Obamacare alternative proposal.  The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act (CARE) sponsored by Republican Senators Richard Burr (NC), Tom Coburn (OK), and Orrin Hatch (UT) seeks to execute the same goals as Obamacare: lower health care costs, fix the pre-existing condition dilemma, and reduce the number of uninsured Americans.  A key difference, however, is that the CARE Act operates on incentives, not mandates.  Carrots, not sticks.  It does this by injecting consumer-driven principles and patient choice into the health care delivery system.
Listed below are just a few of the many consumer-driven, semi market-oriented provisions of the CARE Act:

CARE Act would repeal Obamacare exchanges and extirpate both the employer and individual mandates. Health insurance plans would not be required to include the 10 essential health benefits like current health insurance exchange plans.
 A tax-credit would be distributed to individual policyholders and employees of businesses with less than 100 workers who make an income of less than 300% FPL ($35,010 for an individual).  The tax-credit would be distributed directly to the consumer -- not the insurance company.
If an individual did not enroll in a health plan, that person could be auto-enrolled in a high-deductible plan where the premium matches the tax-credit amount.  If so desired, that person could still opt out of coverage.  
A one-time open enrollment period would allow the uninsured and those with pre-existing conditions to purchase coverage without insurers being able to adjust rates according to one's health status.
Policyholders who maintained continuous coverage for at least 18 months would be allowed to switch plans and not be denied or burdened with skyrocketing premiums due to a change in health status.  

 Here are three more components to this CARE Act as reported by The John Locke Foundation:

Medicaid Reform: States would be given broader flexibility to redesign their Medicaid programs.  If this were to occur, it would be wise for North Carolina to risk-adjust Medicaid patients or enforce per-capita block grants to ensure better budget predictability.  Furthermore, the proposal offers Medicaid recipients the option to access private coverage with a refundable tax-credit (these would be available to individuals with incomes up to three times the poverty level, around $35,000) when purchasing private coverage.  In addition, the CARE Act would bring back Health Opportunity Accounts (HOAs) that made an appearance back in 2005 under the Deficit Reduction Act.  With a high-deductible health plan, the state and federal governments could contribute an annual $2,500 into each Medicaid patient's HOA.  This model of health care financing is more compatible with consumer-driven health care.     

Age-Rating Ratio: Under Obamacare, a high-risk, older individual cannot be charged more than three times the amount of a low-risk, young policyholder.  As a result, the "young invincible population" is burdened with higher premiums to subsidize the cost of the high-risk population on the exchanges.  The CARE Act would initially ease this price control from a 3:1 age-rating ratio to a 5:1 ratio.  Power would be decentralized to states to manipulate community rating standards.

Capping the Tax-Exclusion: Removing this exclusion for employer sponsored health insurance is probably the most controversial component

 What these politicians don’t seem to realize is they are the problem.  The health care industry is overregulated, over mandated, and overtaxed.  The third party payer system has completely distorted the market.  Yet, with the aforementioned proposals, as you can probably see, Obamacare is going to be with us for some time in one form or another.

North Carolina's Obamacare Dystopia

The Obamacare chickens are coming home to roost.  North Carolina lawmakers held a forum outlining the consequences of this disastrous program that was destined to fail.  Carolina Journal reported the following:

RALEIGH — State lawmakers were presented Tuesday with a litany of potential horror stories related to the federal Affordable Care Act. At its worst, Obamacare would sock North Carolina with thousands of job losses, double-digit insurance premium increases, deep Medicare cuts to help pay for the health reform, and insolvent hospitals and medical facilities

Chris Conover, a professor at Duke University’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research, offered this grim assessment to the General Assembly’s Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues.

And Conover was not alone. Mona Moon, executive administrator of the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees, said the retirement system would incur $116 million in Obamacare compliance costs by 2017. The ever-evolving law could tag taxpayers with additional costs on state agencies, school systems, community colleges, and universities, Moon said.

Mark Fleming, vice president of government affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, said the insurance giant already sees “troubling trends,” including a mix of patients that has been sicker than expected and a program infrastructure that remains a work in progress long after its launch.

Fleming warned of the potential for higher insurance premiums for all North Carolinians as a result.

Yet, even with the facts looking them straight in the eye, Democrats still are in denial:

The cascade of negative testimony caused some Democratic committee members to roll their eyes. Some walked out early on Conover’s harsh evaluation, and Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, issued an almost plaintive request.

“Is it intended that we will have someone speak and provide us information who actually believes the Affordable Care Act is a good idea?” he said. “Or are we only going to hear from those who are in opposition to the Affordable Care Act?”

State Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, expressed surprise at Conover’s contention that the state’s economy would shrink by 90,000 full-time equivalent jobs, and 300,000 full-time equivalent positions would shift to part-time, as employers try to avoid the employer mandate to pay for insurance for full-time workers and other Obamacare-related costs.

“I don’t know that there’s any reason why the Affordable Care Act would cause a reduction in the number of employees unless we had robots doing some of the work,” Insko said. 

She also insisted that higher taxes could be an economic stimulus because of multiplier effects of government spending, and that some of the nation’s most robust economies are in high-tax states

Amazing!  Absolutely amazing, that after all that has happened and all that is yet to come, these people are completely blinded by their ideology.  And as usual this so-called representative believes government spending is the answer to our economic woes.  Without a doubt, Rep. Verla Insko believes the New Deal pulled us out of the Great Depression.

If you think the above employment assessment is bleak, wait until you read the following prospects for our utopian health care system:

“Relatively minor improvements” in benefits under Obamacare “are more than offset by the sizable cuts in Medicare … to bankroll 40 percent of the ACA’s costs,” Conover said. Continued Medicare cuts in doctor payments “will be devastating” to seniors’ access to health care, according to Medicare’s actuaries, he said.

“Very deep cuts” in Medicaid Disproportionate Share payments to hospitals are planned atop a 75 percent cut in Medicare DSH payments, Conover said. Those payments cover the cost for the uncompensated care of uninsured people. 

Medicaid is prohibited by statute from paying more than Medicare for hospital services, so Medicare cuts will drive payment rates for both Medicaid and Medicare to well below the levels that are paid by private insurers, Conover said. 

The Medicare actuary predicts that 15 percent of health facilities will be operating in the red by 2020 as a result. 

“As these facilities are shuttered or start shedding money-losing services such as emergency rooms, this obviously is going to have adverse effects on access to care for the community at large, not just for seniors,” Conover said.

A quarter of North Carolina doctors do not accept Medicaid patients now due to low reimbursement rates. 

“The ACA has put Medicare on a path to soon be paying less than Medicaid does for doctor services,” Conover said. “We can only imagine what’s going to happen to access to care to seniors when Medicare’s payment rates are less than half of the Medicaid levels.”

We are in the throes of the Democratic Party’s dystopia. If we continue on this path, can anyone say:  Look out Venezuela, here we come!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nixon/Obama: Articles of Impeachment

Impeachment is a political process.  Obama has no fear of that happening.  His crimes, however, will be well documented.


Legend of the Successful Bureaucrat

Who says cartoons aren't instructive.

Crack Down on Businesses That House and Hire Illegal Aliens

The push by business interest to confer amnesty, or a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, is not the answer for our immigration problems.  It may in the short term take care of theirs, but it’s not the cure-all.  How convenient for the U.S.  Chamber of Commerce to forget the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Act.  Recent history can be a bitch.

There is only one way to curb this invasion and that is to attack the engine that propels it:  an all out assault on those businesses that hire and house illegal aliens.  I’ve blogged about this many times; however, a surprising news source has also picked up the baton.  Here is an excerpt from a Bloomberg News editorial:

What reality? As many as 8 million undocumented immigrants hold jobs in the U.S. In fact, they account for more than 5 percent of the U.S. labor force. Their unemployment rate might even be lower than that of the nation's black citizens.
And, stereotypes aside, the undocumented are hardly relegated to agriculture and domestic service. Construction, manufacturing and retail are among their biggest employers, according to the Migration Policy Institute. So, either quite a few of the nation's 6 million employers have welcomed undocumented workers into their factories and stores, or a smaller number of employers have hired an awful lot of them.
Either way, little is being done to stop the practice. Workplace enforcement is minimal. Fines are small. Amid all the political bellowing about the border, no one in Washington pays much attention to employers' practices.

 Can you imagine the response by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce if there was a crackdown on employers and housing projects?  The squealing would be monumental.  We all know that’s not going to happen.  Our so-called representatives wouldn’t dare betray the money spigot.

Illegal Aliens Suck on Obamacare Teat

When Rep Joe Wilson called Obama a liar during the SOTU, he was correct.  Illegal aliens are signing up for taxpayer subsidized Obamacare in droves.  In Oregon, an estimated 4000 have been approved.  And what is their excuse?  Here is an excerpt from a Michelle Malkin article published in the National Review:

One Oregon Obamacare manager defended the unlawful illegal-alien enrollment by explaining: “We were just getting people into the services.” And there’s the rub. The imperative of these government social engineers is to herd as many “clients” into taxpayer-subsidized programs as possible. Just last week, Obama’s Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson publicized an open letter to families with illegal-alien relatives promising that no one would be deported for seeking Obamacare services.

“No one in America who is eligible should be afraid to apply for health coverage because they have a family with mixed status,” Johnson assured. And in another sign of how the White House is still planning for mass illegal-alien amnesty, Johnson also made clear: “Enrolling in health coverage . . . will not prevent your loved ones who are undocumented from getting a green card in the future or who do not yet have a green card at risk.”

Come one, come all!  Democrats have a taxpayer teat you can suck on.  Obamacare, it’s not just for citizens anymore.


Russians Mock Obama Administration

It’s official.  The Obama administration has become the world’s fool.  We knew these guys were a joke a long time ago.  Now it’s common knowledge.


Millennials Angered at Obama's Betrayal

Millennials are awakening to the betrayal of President Hope and Change.  Barack Obama doesn’t have the skill or charisma of a Bill Clinton to openly lie to the American peoples face and make them love him for it.  Very few sociopaths possess that kind of talent.

 The older you get, the more suspicious you are of others intent, especially from politicians.  Millennials, however, are new to the game, therefore, those lies cut deep as demonstrated in the above video.  Those lies have consequences.  A Pew study outlines the cynicism of today’s youth.

Why are young people less trusting than their elders?  The Pew study offers several hypotheses:

·         Racial diversity.  Minorities have historically been less trusting than whites.  The millennial generation is far more diverse than their elders — 43 percent are minorities.

·         Internet usage: Millennials are strongly connected to online communities and friends.  The average millennial has 250 Facebook friends.  Strong Internet connections may lead to closed social networks and a wariness to put too much trust in people who are not part of your network.

·         Pessimism for the future.  However, the Pew study finds that millennials are upbeat about the country’s future and their own prospects for financial success.
  is the key to explaining lower trust.

But we should reconsider these conclusions. My research strongly suggests that economic pessimism, not racial diversity or the Internet,is the key to explaining lower trust.

As long as Washington D.C. is considered the manager of the economy, this malaise will continue.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Rep. Renee Ellmers Advocates Legitimacy for Illegal Aliens

Since Renee Ellmers took the oath of office as a representative of the 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina, she shamelessly began to court establishment republicans.  How quickly she forgot the tea party patriots who backed and voted for her in the past two elections.  I’m sure those who are looking for jobs are not appreciative of her advocacy for the legitimization of illegal aliens who have invaded the Old North State.

Laura Ingraham, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, interviewed Renee Ellmers.  Needless to say, Rep. Ellmers was exposed for the con that she is.  Her performance was so bad; her handlers had to employ an advocacy group to stomp out the fire. reported the following:

“We need your help,” ImmigrationWorksUSA wrote to its email subscribers. “Rep. Renee Ellmers has been an outspoken advocate for immigration reform, and now she is being attacked by the right for her courageous stance. Please join us in speaking out in her defense. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham called out the congresswoman this morning, and Breitbart TV piled on.”

In the email, the advocacy group wrote that “Rep. Ellmers’ office has asked for our help.” The group then quoted from what a representative from Ellmers’ team specifically asked them to do: “We need any folks that can call the show, or tweet at Laura to do so. We need everyone from top to bottom – from farmers and workers to executives and trade industry folks. She basically claimed that the stories we’re hearing aren’t true. We need to show her that she’s wrong.”

Ellmers interview with radio host Laura Ingraham is one of the least effective pro-amnesty performances from a Republican this Congress since the debate took off following the 2012 elections.

Under fire on amnesty from calm but insistent questioning from Ingraham, Ellmers called her host “small minded,” “ignorant,” and claimed to be the author of a ubiquitous immigration talking point, adopting the third person to say “Renee Ellmers thinks for herself.”

Then ImmigrationWorksUSA gave email also gave subscribers an exactly-worded message to tell Ingraham, a message arguing there is a “labor shortage” in America.

“My company (or my industry) does everything it can to hire American workers. When we can’t find willing and able Americans, we turn to immigrant workers. This allows us to keep our businesses open and growing, creating jobs for Americans. We need Congress to fix the immigration system so we can hire immigrants legally to work alongside Americans.”

They also provided Ingraham’s Twitter handle, her producer’s personal cell phone number and the studio number for the show.

As reported by Breitbart News, new research has called into question the notion that there is a “labor shortage,” as employment rates among working-age adults have been declining over the past 15 years.

The Obama administration has done everything possible to ensure Americans cannot or will not work.  One example is The Labor Department outlawed kids from working on farms.  When I was a teenager that was how I made money.  Now it’s against the law.  And when a responsible taxpayer suggests we should make the unemployed uncomfortable in their poverty, we are called heartless and mean spirited. 

I read a letter to an editor in the Charlotte Observer about a man who was forced to work two menial jobs because the state of North Carolina refused to extend his benefits.  How he resented being forced to accept work that was beneath him.  He finally found a job in his field, but he’s not making the money he was made before the Great Recession.  Now he complains about the 1% hoarding all the wealth.

There are plenty of American workers out there.  They need to stop being coddled.