Jobs are created by productive individuals who utilize a set of skills that are worthy of compensation. A government entity does not necessarily create jobs. It does however, redistribute the private wealth it acquires through taxation into public goods. The true value of many public goods is often embellished and rarely quantifiable.
I have followed Grover Norquist’s efforts to encourage elected officials to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The Pledge “asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to the American people to oppose all tax increases”.
I would sign this Pledge and so would many of my millennial counterparts. We know that a vigorous debate on the value of public goods is coming this election season. Like every other red-blooded American, I am looking forward to it.
Have a great July 4th!
The Republican Millennial
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There are a lot of crazy lefties out there, but Professor Adam Kotsko from Shimer College might just be the nuttiest of the bunch, and let me tell you, given the selection in the basket, that’s really saying something.
Kotsko has taken his white guilt to a whole new level of insane, by saying all white people alive today have benefited from slavery. No, not human trafficking that you hear about today, but like 1700s kind of slavery.
Don’t try to make sense of it, you’ll only waste valuable brain cells.
As if that wasn’t already enough to make you think this dude’s lost his marbles, what he said white people should do as a result of being “complicit in slavery” is so sick and twisted you’ll likely call for the guy to be put in a straight jacket and whisked away to the funny farm.
[Ed. note – Yes, he said we should just go ahead an kill ourselves. I say, you first professor!]
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Today, a white conservative called Barack Obama a “clown wearing blackface” over a difference of opinion. Outrage ensued and the conservative was immediately, and righteously, labeled a racist and a bigot.
Oops, my bad… Today, George Takei called Justice Clarence Thomas, the only African American SCOTUS justice, a clown wearing blackface over a difference of opinion. Though his statement was absolutely racist and bigoted, as a progressive homosexual, he can never be labeled a racist or bigot because…um…#lovewins, or something.
Can someone get me a Tylenol? This new logic is making my head hurt.
[Ed. – #lovewins but in the new protected class pecking order… apparently, blacks lose. If you have an explanation for this, please leave a comment.]
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Yesterday, President Obama took to Twitter under the hashtag #AskPOTUS for about 20 minutes to answer questions from constituents about the ACA. In case you missed it, here’s a brief recap how it went…
He answered 12 questions, 6 were about Obamacare, the other 6 covered The Bulls, guacamole recipes, college tuition, and his favorite song (among other non-ACA things).
Take this one for instance…
#AskPOTUS Why do you think some folks without health insurance are against the ACA?
— Victor Samuda (@jayrocky_vs) July 1, 2015
people lack info/turned off by political noise. w court case done, let's focus on getting people signed up. https://t.co/vFCDgMXSE9
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 1, 2015
It couldn’t be that they’re “turned off” by the exorbitant insurance rate.
There's still a huge coverage gap with the ACA – especially in states w/o expanded Medicaid – how are you working fix that? #AskPOTUS
— Kat Robison (@katrobison) July 1, 2015
now's time to encourage states that held off for political reasons to do the right thing; contact state officials! https://t.co/QqUY3S9MoC
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 1, 2015
Wait Mr. President… does that mean you’re going to contact state officials? Or do I have to do it?
And then, sometimes, you just have to straight-up lie and hope the guy your talking to doesn’t have a clue, like his answer to Raul below…
— Raul Gonzales (@RaulieGonzo) July 1, 2015
not true – like last year, insurers request premium hikes, but must be approved; expect final increases to be less https://t.co/WfJI2AOLkP
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 1, 2015
Not surprisingly, there were more than a few questions that just didn’t get answered.
When can I see that average savings of $2,500 a family? #AskPOTUS
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 1, 2015
— Maryanne N. (@MNicoTarm) July 1, 2015
— ن Mikey Ramone ن (@ThePantau) July 1, 2015
Notice this next one is a US Representative…
— Diane Black (@RepDianeBlack) July 1, 2015
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) July 1, 2015
#askPOTUS Here's one you likely won't answer: How come my health care premiums have TRIPLED? You said we would all be saving money. I'm not!
— Joseph Curl (@josephcurl) July 1, 2015
Hmmm… those pesky rate increases don’t look to be isolated… Tennessee, Montana, Georgia, California, and Illinois.
Of course, not all of the questions were about the ACA, but that didn’t stop him from answer the guacamole question, so he could’ve thrown them a bone. You can take a look here.
And if you want to see how the White House reported it…
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 1, 2015
UFC President Dana White recently said this after one fighter had the audacity to thank Jesus for his win:
America doesn’t want to hear your thoughts on Jesus. Keep that stuff at home – religion, politics, all the stuff. When you’re fighting and being interviewed, they want to hear about the fight. It’s awesome you love Jesus. Love Jesus all you want. You just don’t have to do it publicly.
Now, the fighter had just gotten out of the cage after giving/getting a serious beatdown… and won. He earned UFC plenty of money. He worked hard, he won fair and square. So what’s the big deal?
He wasn’t swearing, being vulgar, or threatening violent actions on anyone.
This is where too many people just don’t get it. Those who believe Jesus is Lord of our lives put Him front and center. There is no keeping Him at home. We believe that He guides and directs us. We believe that blessings and victories come from God. These are deeply held religious beliefs. Just look at his headband! This man loves Jesus. This isn’t a hobby for him, it’s a priority, and it’s part of who he is.
Some say he was referring to SCOTUS’s gay marriage ruling. But if you listen to what he’s saying through his broken English, he makes no reference to that. Only to people turning away from Jesus. And what did he do? He encouraged them to turn back to Jesus. Period. There was nothing about politics or gay marriage.
I find it more than a little ironic that this man is being told he cannot exercise free speech regarding his religious freedoms in a country where that is the cornerstone of liberty. He might have expected that reaction in Communist Cuba, but never here in America.
For fighter Yoel Romero, he just wanted to thank Jesus for his victory. Again I ask… what’s the big deal?
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“It’s the biggest hack job I’ve ever seen!”
This is how Executive Director of The Black Sphere, Kevin Jackson, characterized a New York Times publication of a “non-partisan” study done by Soros-affiliated group, New American Foundation.
This “study” asserts that right-wing extremists (like Dylan Roof, the Charleston church shooter) are more dangerous than Muslims.
Kevin argues quite effectively that Roof is a extremist creation of the Left.
Media analyst Mark Dice asks the general public at a beach in San Diego, California some basic questions about America, the 4th of July, and our Independence Day celebration. The answers are more than disturbing… they’re depressing.
How about we all spend 5 minutes this 4th of July and teach our kids why we’re having those hotdogs, hamburgers, and fireworks? History matters. Pass it down!
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Shocking what comments can cause such an uproar. Oh, no not a scandal this time, simply a stance against illegal immigration. After announcing his campaign for President, Donald Trump finds himself in hot water with constituents. Just like in a game of spades, where someone trumps a trick to win it, businesses are trumping Donald as they withdraw their support or fire him altogether.
First NBC, then the Miss America Pageant, and now Macy’s. And no he didn’t do anything that bad… he just said, “When Mexico sends it’s people, they’re not sending their best,” in a speech announcing his presidential bid on June 16. ”They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
Really, that’s the truth. That’s what he said. Only because he’s Republican and one of the richest guys in America is everyone rising up in arms against it. Yet, Hillary came under scrutiny and people haven’t withdrawn support from her. He didn’t molest children or have an affair. No, he just made some comments about not bringing the best from other countries. Interesting…
“We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico,” Macy’s said in a statement first obtained by CNN. “We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation.”
Be that as it may, whether his words were true or not, he might have worded it differently. More generally like “criminals” instead of “rapists.” Friends on both sides of the aisle gave me feedback and asked questions about this blog post so I added this for clarity. It’s hard to speak publicly. I know I’m not good at it, so I won’t be the one to judge Trump’s words or not. You have the facts; you decide. Let’s just all take a deep breath and decide what’s worth getting riled about.
Inspiration from this article from Variety.COM
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You gotta give the guy props… Ted Cruz visited BuzzFeed for an interview and they sprang this impromptu request on him. Apparently, he jumped on it and had some fun with it.
Unlike Hillary’s “impromptu” Chipotle visit to appear to be a regular gal, Cruz actually IS a regular guy who also has a sense of humor and doesn’t mind having a little fun being silly.
Now if you look at the comments on YouTube, you can see all the progessive liberals with ZERO sense of humor. They’re frothing at the mouth with plenty of vile comments and foul language. Here’s a few samples off the top (pardon the language):
Why can’t they just laugh at the guy? It was meant to be funny. You don’t have to agree with someone to be amused by them.
If you liked the video, give it a “thumbs up”. The haters are running amok on the video on YouTube. You don’t have to comment, but you can report a few of those foul language ones as “inappropriate.” It’s not hard. It’s also how we balance out the negative conversation. If we remain silent, we look like the minority… which we are not!
To Ted I say, nicely done!
You can read the full BuzzFeed article here.
The Oklahoma statehouse has been under fire for having a historical monument of the 10 Commandments on the grounds. That battle ended this week, in more ways than one!
First, the state Supreme Court ruled the monument unconstitutional.
As if that weren’t enough, then a deranged lunatic urinated on the monument and ran it down with his car, destroying it… just like Satan instructed him to do (and, no, I’m not kidding about that last part!)
I guess he didn’t get the memo that the Court had already made way for it’s removal. Or maybe Satan just wanted to make a big splash with a victory lap.
Either way, we’re in big trouble folks. Religious freedoms are under attack. Are you willing to fight back? And NOT by urinating on a monument and running it down! But by standing for what is right.
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During President Obama’s recent speech following the SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling he said, in part:
“Shifts in hearts and minds is possible,” he said. “And those who have come so far on their journey to equality have a responsibility to reach back and help others join them. Because for all our differences, we are one people — stronger together than we could ever be alone.”
H/T to Miss CJ over at ChicksOnTheRight for her stellar translation of this (and more) of President Obama’s speech:
Translation: All you crazy religious people who believe in traditional marriage need to change your beliefs! They’re holding you back from joining up with the rest of us super-smart people who aren’t burdened by those pesky moral standards given to you by a Higher Power. We know soooooo much better than you and we certainly know soooooo much better than God! Drop the religion crap already and come join us in supporting something you find morally repugnant! Give it time – you’ll get over it soon enough!
Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Thanks for the translation.
Do you think the Pope is going to buy into that?
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The question has been raised in this space before, most notably in a story last March about a Muslim barber who refused to cut the hair of a lesbian because his religion (1) prohibits his touching a woman other than his wife and (2) deems homosexuality to be sinful. The question posed in the title was whose rights trump whose? When you have two “protected classes” (to employ the present-day leftist nomenclature for groups who deserve special handling because of “unfair” attacks on them by the intolerant right), whose hurt feelings take precedence?
The conundrum raised by that incident has never been a problem for civil libertarians when the religion of one of the combatants has been anything other than Islam.
And now it never will be. On Thursday, the day before the Supreme Court handed down its monumental ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, the American Civil Liberties Union declared in print that it could no longer support the rights of Americans under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director, affirmed:
Yes, religious freedom needs protection. But religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to impose one’s views on others. The RFRA wasn’t meant to force employees to pay a price for their employer’s faith, or to allow businesses to refuse to serve gay and transgender people, or to sanction government-funded discrimination.
Read Howard Portnoy‘s full article at LibertyUnyielding via LibertyAlliance.
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A geological study has found the forty-seven mile long Newport-Inglewood fault near Los Angeles is leaking helium.
“UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth’s mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. He claims the results show that the Newport-Inglewood fault is deeper than scientists previously thought.”
The study answered the question of whether the Newport-Inglewood fault is much more important in predicting the region’s next “Big One” than the more well-known San Andreas fault of Hollywood movie fame.
“Researchers analysed the latest data from the state’s complex system of active geological faults, as well as new methods for translating these data into earthquake likelihoods.
The estimate for the likelihood that California will experience a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 30 years has increased from about 4.7% to about 7.0%, they say.”
The real question is, how long will it be until the nature-denying climate change zealots declare all earthquakes are man made–and not just the ones falsely blamed on fracking?
After all, if helium is a greenhouse gas and science shows it leaking naturally into our environment, then ‘climate change’ must be natural, right all you Nature Deniers?
Read more here: Helium leak in Los Angeles
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A good friend of mine, like so many of us across America, was heartbroken after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same sex “marriage” to be legal throughout the nation. Just like that an oligarchy mandated wickedness and depravity. What can we do? How should we respond to the SCOTUS ruling? Of course we should all pray and seek God’s face and ask for revival and repentance. But beyond that? This Christian here in Oregon has a wonderful idea with the approach of Independence Day. Read on. TJ
By Concerned Christian in Oregon*
I’ve read the majority opinion and the minority dissents. ( I would encourage you to do the same).
But first, there is something that can be done to immediately express disapproval loud and clear and have a future impact.
I was extremely disappointed by the decision and like so many people believe that, as a nation, our religious freedoms are at risk, and will be diminished.
After letting that sink in I began to wonder how I could respond in a meaningful way anticipating the changes that are coming through lawsuits, court challenges, fines, etc. against our deeply held beliefs. Denying this, in my view, is not reality.
The question to me was how do we minimize the future activity against us, respectfully. How can we have a meaningful effect quickly?
So, in the middle of a restless last night the thought came; black ribbons hanging on the American flag, on as many as possible as soon as possible.
It is my belief that if enough are seen by and on the 4th of July the message will not be ignored. That message is “we disagree with the decision and we are many”.
It doesn’t require elaborate explanations in fact, the fewer the better. But the response has to be quick and in large numbers. This can be done now….all it takes is contacting those you know who are disappointed.
And do this by any and all social media asking them to hang a black ribbon on their flag and ask them to pass the idea on.
This could cover the nation in days, not waiting for organized demonstrations.
To have impact the response has to be quick and impressive.
Reposted with permission from SavingOurFuture via LibertyAlliance
Can’t you just see some fun-loving, 2nd Amendment, Constitutional Dad doing something like this? Just don’t bring it to show-and-tell at school. These days something that “dangerous” will likely get you expelled.
I say it’s ingenious. It’s never too soon to teach kids about gun safety.
One year ago, June 29th, ISIS announced it’s existence. Since then, 3,097 attacks & at least 6,546 killed.
ISIS is spreading… and we’re doing what? Don’t think it can’t come to the U.S. It can. And if we don’t do something about it, it will.
— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) June 30, 2015
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I’ve previously written on the unfolding Greek financial debacle (see “Drunk on Debt, a Greek Tragedy), but as the tragic politics there seem to be gaining momentum rather than heading off potential disaster, it deserves an update.
Perhaps what worries me most about the current events in Greece is that we’ve seen very similar circumstances even in our own country, and neither we nor the Greeks seemed to have learned the lesson.
Reminiscent of our own Great Depression beginnings and the events in Cyprus just a few years ago, the Greek government called for all Greek banks to close today, and stay closed for six days in reaction to long lines of people attempting to withdraw (what they thought was) their money from the banks.
In case you don’t understand the basics of fractional reserve banking and why they would do this (and part of why so many countries and their people are in unmanageable debt these days) I’ll give an elementary explanation here.
In order to increase investment and the money supply, banks are allowed to use what’s called fractional reserve banking. It’s called that because banks are only required to maintain a fractional amount of every dollar deposited by its customers, and the other (vast majority of) fractions are allowed to be lent out in loans and investments.
Nobody seems to bat an eye when times are great, the markets are soaring and everyone makes money (well, the banks make money). But when the times are bad, as almost all of the markets are somehow connected, we begin to see the effects of greed and poor decisions.
The tragic events usually begin something like this: something happens to spook the markets (stock market collapse, real estate market collapse, currency devaluation, etc), and people rush out of fear to their local banks to get their money.
This “run on the bank” takes more cash than the banks (completely legally by the regulations of fractional reserve banking) keep in their vaults. The banks, now low on cash, need to call in their debts and loans. Because of the initial issue that caused the run on the banks, most people or businesses can’t afford to pay off those loans.
People get homes foreclosed on, can’t afford to pay taxes, strain the larger economy by losing their jobs (as people get into financial difficulty they shop less which means businesses take in less money which means they pay less in taxes, so on and so forth).
And most of this, I believe, usually boils down to a simple point: somewhere along the line, as was very apparent in Greece (and currently here in the US), a politician comes along who promises money for nothing, to promise more money for less work, tighter regulations making more small businesses to close, elevates the public sector and government jobs (paid for in taxes from those same small businesses closing) to the most highly regarded (and paid) of jobs, and essentially takes the hard-working culture that defines most great nations away from all but those naturally inclined to keep their nose to the grindstone.
The politicians do what politicians do and pander to the majority, but seem to forget that while voters are easy to sway, the bill collectors holding your debts usually are not. And funny enough, even the people who voted this “free money” administration into power in Greece are showing in recent polls that they’re already prepared to take another vote and throw them out.
This does not seem like it will end well for Greece no matter what happens, and my only hope is that its repercussions don’t leak too far out into the global markets.
But it does go to teach an important lesson that I wish people would learn on the microeconomic level: nothing in life is free, no matter what the politicians on the campaign trail promise.
Robert Patrick Lewis was a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), is an award-winning author of “The Pact” and “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war” and the host of “The Green Beret MBA” and “Center Mass with Rob and Silent J” programs on Vets on Media.
Here we go again. For those of with a very low IQ and the inability to look words up in a dictionary, by definition, “disagreement” is not “hate”! Me believing that my viewpoint is correct and yours is not, is not hate. Believing I am better than you because my viewpoint is right, could be hate and, in some cases, even racism.
Many were outraged last week when I posted my take on the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage. The haters popped a blood vessel, called me a hater, and then went on to say I have no business being on a local school board because I have a different opinion on the issue. They said things like, “he doesn’t believe gays and lesbians deserve equal treatment,” “he likened gays and lesbians to the issue of slavery,” and more garbage.
At first I wasn’t going to reply and just let them work themselves into a frenzy and do what they do best… spew hate and confusion. But then I would be guilty of the same thing I sometimes accuse my audience of… complaining and not taking action.
After seeing all these posts about SCOTUS “getting it right,” “equality finally wins” and so on, I remembered some other “landmark rulings” from the past. For Instance, Dred Scott v. Sanford (forced by the federal government) upheld by 7 to 2 that blacks could not be American citizens, whether they were free or slaves. The Nuremberg Laws, which excluded German Jews from Reich citizenship and prohibited them from marrying or having sexual relations with persons of “German or related blood.” Also decided by their federal government. Then there is Roe v. Wade. The landmark decision that guaranteed women the right to a safe abortion. Once again, the federal government forcing a law over the land that many at the time were opposed to.
Justice Ginsburg has had much to say about Row v. Wade, both recently and in the past. In her speech at the 40th anniversary, Ginsburg said, “the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion was too far-reaching and too sweeping, and it gave anti-abortion rights activists a very tangible target to rally against in the four decades since.” According to the University of Chicago magazine The Record Online:
“My criticism of Roe is that it seemed to have stopped the momentum on the side of change,” Ginsburg said. She would’ve preferred that abortion rights be secured more gradually, in a process that included state legislatures and the courts”, she added. Ginsburg also was troubled that the focus on Roe was on a right to privacy, rather than women’s rights.
“Roe isn’t really about the woman’s choice, is it?” Ginsburg said. “It’s about the doctor’s freedom to practice…it wasn’t woman-centered, it was physician-centered.”
OMG! Where is the outrage from the left? Her point was a great one, and one that my friend, Xander Gibb made recently on the show about the recent gay marriage ruling. Let it grow organically, grassroots, from state-to-state. Legislators would have had to legislate. People would have had to get off their butts and vote to support their candidates and positions.
The same-sex decision should have been left up to each individual state and to their citizenry.
There are plenty of others in the LGBT community who feel the same way, but are ridiculed and verbally abused into silence for having this line of thought. How open-mined is that? Haters hating in their own community.
In hearing the subsequent speeches and comments made by those in the middle and on the Right, I’m excited to see that a sleeping giant has been awakened!
Many Conservatives (and even those in the middle) for years have figured government would get it right and people would do the right thing. But they are now finding out that many people just don’t pay attention. As I travel around speaking to various groups, Christians and Conservatives always say, “They are doing what?” or “That can’t happen!” Guess what? They did! And it is!
Now they are seeing that while they were asleep the house was being robbed! They left the doors unlocked and the windows opened because they believed it would never happen to them. Reproductive education turned to sex education. Instead of teaching how the body works, it’s turned into let’s teach them the many ways to have sex with whomever and whatever they want.
Where are the culture warriors? If you’re a Christian, the Bible says to put on the whole armor of God and to fight the good fight. Well, he wouldn’t tell you to put on armor and fight if there wasn’t going to be one. Now for clarity… for you loons that will take this too far, I’m not talking about cutting off heads or stoning women or killing kids for not converting! Fights are not always physical.
For my Christian and non-Christian friends, I’m talking about using every resource available to you to make sure that your voice is heard. Computers, eMail, social media, faxes, rallies, phone calls, and letter-writing. Vote the bad ones out. Vote the goods ones in… and back out again if they don’t do their jobs!
I am not just talking about the recent rulings by SCOTUS. Look what is going on at your schools, in your cities, in your counties, look at things being taught and how money is being spent.
There are many of the Left that would love to see me removed from the school board because supposedly, I’m “hateful” because I don’t believe in same-sex marriage. They say that my views will hurt their kids. But I’m not the only one. How many other Christians (who think like me, but aren’t as vocal) are in elected office? Will you be calling to remove ALL Christians from elected office? Many electeds resign because they don’t want the publicity or they don’t want to put their family through it. We have seen school districts cave to the ACLU because they don’t want to spend the money or put up with the aggravation.
Well people, look what it’s gotten you. The haters have come out and always will. We see hints that now if you disagree with same sex-marriage you are against the Constitution and you hate homosexuals. If you’re against abortion you hate woman (to me it means you love life, but whatever). The Left has been honing it’s messaging tools and banking on us not fighting back with the same fervor that they fight with.
Where are the warriors? Where are the ones who will stand up against REAL hate, REAL bullying?! Where are the ones who will fight for a decent world for their kids, grandkids and the kids of others? Where are the “lovers” that will stand against the “haters”?
Let no post go unanswered. Let no protest go unchallenged. Let no elected official go unchecked.
As Star Trek Captain Jean-Luc Picard always said… “Enagage!”