It was a pretty good crowd for the lack of time for people to get the word out, but it was all in fun and even had a few of the #OccupySTL come on by to check us out and also had a Claire Tracker to see what we were up to
cross posted at Stix Blog
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I watched this video over the weekend after discovering it on the Alabama GOP’s website. It is a reminder of the bleak future our children and grandchildren are facing if the United States of America continues on the path of liberalism.
Watching it, the chills down my spine gave way to tears in my eyes as the young teens end the video with this:
“God Bless America. Liberty is never more than one generation away from extinction, and we are that generation. If not you, who? If not now, when?”
Indeed. Are you doing everything you can to help elect Republicans in November, including Romney/Ryan? Some of the R’s may not be as conservative as I’d prefer, but this election, my benchmark is Obama, Biden, Reid and Pelosi. Is there really any doubt about our choice?
If you’re not involved, it’s time to get off the couch. Start with these diaries that give details on how to get started.
Analysts of the global economic scene have turned up the dial on their concerns about the Chinese economy. They see a slowdown in China- and wonder how intense it is and how long might it last. The casual observer might think of manufacturing as the powerhouse of the Chinese economy, which is understandable considering the trade deficits many nations run with Beijing. But the real driver is real estate, which is propped up in unique ways by the still extremely powerful, Communist-run state sector. And we know from painful experience how vulnerable economies driven by real estate can be.
Mike Shedlock, who runs the Global Economic Trend Analysis blog, notes that the Shanghai stock index recently hit a three year low. He highlights the losses suffered by China bulls who bought into the misguided assumption of limitless economic growth:
Misguided China bulls shorting the dollar and buying Chinese stocks have gotten their heads handed to them on a platter.
Those aware of the fraud, corruption, and simple sustainability of economic growth in China either stayed away completely or were short China like Jim Chanos (the famous short sale guru who correctly foresaw the fall of Enron).
Shedlock cites journalists who are pondering the signals from China, especially the political instability and intense nationalism triggered by the dispute with Japan over the Senkuku island chain. Riots on the mainland have damaged the interests of many Japanese companies, and markets do not like political uncertainty when it disrupts global trade patterns.
A slowing China has implications for the USA as well. Sectors that benefit from the trade with China, such as supply chain management, shipping, and certain export-oriented manufacturing enterprises, could feel a chill in an already worrisome American economic environment.
For those who want the short answer to the question in this post’s title, the answer is almost definitely “no.” But in a New York Times op-ed piece in mid-September, former Obama “car czar” Steven Rattner effectively said that the so-called “fact-check” site known as PolitiFact should make amends to former Alaska Governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
What follows are several paragraphs from Rattner’s Times September 16 op-ed. Rattner understates the real-world power of ObamaCare’s Independent Advisory Board, which makes his citation of England’s version of death panels as something worthy of imitation a de facto admission (to the point where it doesn’t matter whether he himself admits it) that Palin is right about ObamaCare as it was proposed (at the time of her Facebook post) and ultimately enacted (bolds are mine):
WE need death panels.
Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.
But in the pantheon of toxic issues — the famous “third rails” of American politics — none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical.
Most notably, President Obama’s estimable Affordable Care Act regrettably includes severe restrictions on any reduction in Medicare services or increase in fees to beneficiaries. In 2009, Sarah Palin’s rant about death panels even forced elimination from the bill of a provision to offer end-of-life consultations.
Now, three years on, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Paul D. Ryan, has offered his latest ambitious plan for addressing the Medicare problem. But like Mr. Obama’s, it holds limited promise for containing the program’s escalating costs within sensible boundaries.
… Mr. Obama’s hopes for sustained cost containment are pinned on a to-be-determined mix of squeezing reimbursements, embracing a selection of the creative ideas that have spewed forth from health care policy wonks and scouring the globe for innovations.
To Mr. Obama’s credit, his plan has more teeth than Mr. Ryan’s; if his Independent Payment Advisory Board comes up with savings, Congress must accept either them or vote for an equivalent package. The problem is, the advisory board can’t propose reducing benefits (a k a rationing) or raising fees (another form of rationing), without which the spending target looms impossibly large.
… No one wants to lose an aging parent. And with price out of the equation, it’s natural for patients and their families to try every treatment, regardless of expense or efficacy. But that imposes an enormous societal cost that few other nations have been willing to bear. Many countries whose health care systems are regularly extolled — including Canada, Australia and New Zealand — have systems for rationing care.
Take Britain, which provides universal coverage with spending at proportionately almost half of American levels. Its National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence uses a complex quality-adjusted life year system to put an explicit value (up to about $48,000 per year) on a treatment’s ability to extend life.
President Barack Obama. Gov. Mitt Romney. Who’s more committed to minding other people’s business?
This month Nanny of the Month turns three-years-old (!) and for the first time ever you the viewers will decide who takes home top dishonors in this “very special” election edition.
So will you vote for the the pro-drug war, pro-smoking ban, pro-health insurance mandate, pro-Patriot Act candidate who supports cracking down on medical marijuana and online poker? Or maybe you’ll pull the lever (well, click the screen) for the pro-drug war, pro-smoking ban, pro-health insurance mandate, pro-Patriot Act candidate who supports cracking down on medical marijuana and online poker.
Either way freedom loses. But hey, that’s democracy!
Doesn’t matter if you’re under 18, a convicted felon, illegal immigrant or even foreigner who’s never set foot in America–as long as you can click a mouse, you can vote (as often as you like!) in Reason TV’s very special Election Edition Nanny of the Month.
Looks like John Dennis has made the 2012 election cycle’s “Demon Sheep” Ad
Battle Zombies and Nancy Pelosi with John at http://splash.johndennis2012.com/zombie/.
Some fights need to be fought no matter what the odds. Democracy demands debate.
No politician should be above it, not even Nancy Pelosi. The people of San Francisco
deserve a public debate. If you want to see Nancy Pelosi come back to San Francisco and
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The movie “Won’t Back Down,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, brings the issue of education reform to the big screen. School choice empowers parents to choose a safe and effective education for their children from among public, private, charter, online, and home school opportunities. Learn more: http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/education
Heller a Leader on Health Care for Women, Particularly Women Facing Breast Cancer
(Las Vegas, NV) – The latest ad from Reid front-group Patriot Majority completely disregards Dean Heller’s long record fighting for health care for women, including legislation he introduced with DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to expand preventive services for breast cancer. Even worse, Shelley Berkley and her Washington allies are trying to make the case that the government should be making health care decisions for women and all Nevadans.
“This ad is nothing but a false attack and further proof that Shelley Berkley and her Washington allies have no concern for the truth. Dean Heller has introduced bipartisan legislation to make sure women have access to services and has in fact championed mobile mammography programs.
“In a desperate effort to attack Dean Heller and talk about anything but her own record, Shelley Berkley and her allies are boasting support for a plan that puts Nevadans’ health in the hands of the federal government. Shelley Berkley wants the same massive bureaucracy that has run up a $16 trillion debt that has 24 programs dedicated to information technology, 100 programs for surface transportation and 82 programs for teacher quality making decisions about Nevadans’ health. Dean Heller believes those decisions should be made by doctors,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
Dean Heller’s record fighting for women includes:
Dean has championed a mobile mammography program that allows women to receive care in underserved areas:
- While serving in the House of Representatives, Dean was the original author of the Mobile Mammography Promotion Act. Initially introduced in 2009 as H.R. 2964, this bill gained the support of more than 70 bipartisan cosponsors. Democrat Melissa Bean (D-IL-8) was the original Democratic cosponsor of that bill.
- Dean reintroduced the Mobile Mammography Promotion Act in the 112th Congress (H.R. 879). Current DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was the original Democratic cosponsor of that bill.
- In October 2011, Dean sent a dear colleague letter asking other Senators to join him in support of the Mobile Mammography Promotion Act (S. 84) to help ensure continued access to breast cancer screening.
Dean Heller cosponsored the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act (H.R. 1157):
- Dean cosponsored legislation that encourages greater research into the factors contributing to breast cancer. The President signed this bill into law on October 8, 2008.
Dean Heller supports funding that would help women detect cancer early:
- Dean supported and voted for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1132), which was signed into law in April 2007. This legislation authorizes $1.3 billion for the NBCCEDP over the next five years.
Dean Heller has worked to improve care for patients facing a variety of cancers:
- Dean was a member of the House Cancer Care Working Group.
- Dean has supported legislation to convey public land to the Nevada Cancer Institute. This would allow for construction of a new facility to expand research and care facilities that will provide more access to care for Nevadans.
Spending Daily | October 1, 2012
New Poll: Americans Believe Government Spending Doing More Harm Than Good
Public Notice today released the results of a national survey of registered “likely voters” conducted by the Tarrance Group via telephone Sept. 24-27, 2012, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent on the issues of government spending and the economy. The results showed that by a ratio of 2-to-1, likely voters believe federal government spending is doing more harm than good. On the question of whether federal government spending has improved the overall economy, 74 percent say it has not helped, with 52 percent responding that it has actually hurt the economy. When asked how federal government spending has impacted personal financial situations, 86 percent of those surveyed say it has not helped, with 35 percent responding that it hurt. “It’s clear to the vast majority of Americans that the reckless and wasteful government spending we’ve seen from Washington has not only failed to improve the economy, it’s making things worse,” said Public Notice Executive Director Gretchen Hamel. “With debt and spending now a top issue in this election, the debate from here on out should be focused on which candidate has the most credible plan to reduce spending and the debt and get our fiscal house in order.”
What It Means For The Presidential Race…
The Weekly Standard reports, “Mitt Romney could have a winning argument that incorporates his messages on both the economy and federal spending. A new poll from the Tarrance Group, a Republican-affiliated polling firm, for Public Notice shows most Americans believe increased federal spending has not helped the overall economy or their own economic situation. Of the 1,005 likely voters polled, 52 percent said federal spending has hurt the overall economy, compared to 26 percent who say it has helped and 18 percent who say it has made difference. On the question of how federal spending has affected their ‘personal financial situation,’ 49 percent said it made no difference, while 35 percent said it has hurt and only 14 percent have said it has helped. The survey also shows that a majority of the independents (55 percent), seniors (54 percent), and married women (59 percent) have said federal spending hurts the economy.”
Ahead of the Presidential Debate, “Debt-focused group urges focused questions”
Politico reports, “The group Public Notice, which is focused on the issue of the national debt, is out with a memo of suggested questions to the candidates at Wednesday’s debate, that could force them to get more specific than either has about solutions. Among them: Since 2008, the role of the federal government in the economy has grown with corporate bailouts, stimulus spending and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The result has been trillion dollar deficits each year since FY 2009 and ‘the worst recovery in history,’ according to CBS News. Do you view trillion dollar deficits and an economy increasingly dependent on the federal government as conducive to long-¬-term growth and prosperity?” Click here to read more.
Public Notice Executive Director Gretchen Hamel: “With the national debt recently topping $16 trillion and voters listing debt and government spending as a top concern, both candidates have a responsibility to clearly explain their plan to address the problem. Since neither has detailed a plan to reduce the debt, it isn’t surprising that neither holds a commanding lead on the issue. Fiscal responsibility is always good policy, but right now it is actually smart politics too.” Click here to read Public Notice’s questions for the presidential candidates.
Bad Connection: Free Cell Phones Back In The Spotlight
A federal program that Bankrupting America highlighted two weeks ago in our Wednesday Waste is now under the spotlight again for the millions of taxpayer dollars being spent on free cell phones. Fox News reports that the program, “Lifeline,” is drawing increased scrutiny “as a national debate unfolds on entitlements and the growing percentage of Americans who pay no income taxes and get a long menu of government benefits.” Although some form of the program existed since 1985, critics such as Congressman Tim Griffing (R-AR) “note the program has swelled from $772 million in 2008 to $1.6 billion. … Griffin, who introduced H.R. 3481 in November to end the program, claims to have evidence of dead people getting free cell phones in the mail, ineligible people getting multiple phones and electronic kiosks in convenience stores to encourage people to get the phones.”
Outlook Not So Good As Companies Cut Costs Job Growth Looks Bleak
Bloomberg reports, “Weakening demand is forcing new and accelerated cost reductions at companies from Bank of America Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co.(HPQ) to Staples Inc. (SPLS) and Eastman Kodak Co. (EKDKQ), dimming the outlook for an already struggling U.S. labor market. Even as consumer confidence and housing show signs of recovering, sales for businesses in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 0.9 percent from a year earlier in July through September, the second consecutive quarterly drop and biggest decline since 2009, according to analyst forecasts compiled by Bloomberg. A 1.2 percent gain projected for October-December still is smaller than the 5.4 percent rise in this year’s first three months.” Read More
Investors Fear High Taxes, Debt Burden After Election
The Associated Press reports, “As President Barack Obama widened his lead over Mitt Romney in polls this month, traders at hedge funds and investment firms began shooting emails to clients with a similar theme: It’s time to start preparing for an Obama victory. What many in the market worry about isn’t that high earners may pay more in taxes if Obama wins. They worry that federal spending cuts and tax hikes scheduled for 2013 will kick in on Jan. 1 and start pulling the country into another recession. The higher taxes and lower spending would total $600 billion. They take effect automatically unless Congress and the White House reach a deal before then.” Investors also fear the gridlock between a Republican House and the President, which was seen last August during the debt ceiling talks. “’If you have any kind of gridlock, you run the risk of inaction,’ says Tom Simons, a market economist at the investment bank Jefferies. ‘This is a situation where inaction is the worst outcome.’”
U.S. Economic Outlook: Confusing. Good and Bad Signals Puzzle Many
The Associated Press reports, “Anyone puzzled by the most recent U.S. economic data has reason for feeling so: The numbers sketch a sometimes contradictory picture of the economy. … Consumers are more confident but aren’t spending much. Fewer people are losing jobs, but not many are being hired. Home and stock prices are up, but workers’ pay is trailing inflation. Auto sales have jumped, but manufacturing is faltering. … ‘The U.S. outlook could best be described as one of near-term weakness and long-term strength,’ says Chris Jones, an economist at TD Bank. … The September jobs report will come out Friday. Economists think the economy will show a modest gain of about 100,000 jobs. Given employers’anxiety about the U.S. fiscal cliff and Europe’s economic crisis, few expect a significant pickup in hiring soon.”
“White House Says Government May Help Firms Buffer Cost of Sequester”
The Wall Street Journal reports, “The White House on Friday signaled the federal government could help firms deal with litigation and other costs if they are forced to abruptly cancel contracts or lay off employees early next year because of congressionally mandated spending cuts. The announcement, in the form of a memorandum from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, is tied to the possibility that without a congressional deal on the budget, government spending could be cut sharply on Jan. 2—a scenario often referred to as the ‘fiscal cliff.’ Most areas of defense spending are expected to be cut roughly 9% starting in January, potentially causing defense contractors to lay off scores of workers. Other areas of government spending are set to be reduced as well.”
Social Security “ripe for congressional action”
According to the Associated Press, “Unless Congress acts, the trust funds that support Social Security will run out of money in 2033, according to the trustees who oversee the retirement and disability program. At that point, Social Security would collect only enough tax revenue each year to pay about 75 percent of benefits. That benefit cut wouldn’t sit well with the millions of older Americans who rely on Social Security for most of their income. … Social Security is already the largest federal program and it’s getting bigger as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. More than 56 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children get Social Security benefits. That number that will grow to 91 million by 2035, according to congressional estimates. … Nevertheless, Social Security is ripe for congressional action in the next year or two, if lawmakers get serious about addressing the nation’s long-term financial problems. Why? Because Social Security is fixable.”
Payroll Tax Cut May Soon Be Axed
Annie Lowrey of The New York Times reports, “Regardless of who wins the presidential election in November or what compromises Congress strikes in the lame-duck session to keep the economy from automatic tax increases and spending cuts, 160 million American wage earners will probably see their tax bills jump after Jan. 1. That is when the temporary payroll tax holiday ends. Its expiration means less income in families’ pocketbooks — the tax increase would be about $95 billion in 2013 alone — at a time when the economy is little better than it was when the White House reached a deal on the tax break last year.” The fallout from the cut expiring could burden the already struggling economy even more as some analysts predict it could shave a percentage point off 2013 economic output. “’This has to be a temporary tax cut,’ said Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, testifying before the Senate Budget Committee this year and voicing the view of many in the White House and on Capitol Hill. ‘I don’t see any reason to consider supporting its extension.’ … The payroll tax holiday this year has reduced workers’ tax on wages up to $110,100 to 4.2 percent from 6.2 percent. In 2012 that translated into a $700 tax cut for a person making $35,000 a year and a $2,202 tax cut for workers making $110,100 and up.”
Will Spain Take EU Bailout?
The Associated Press reports, “Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Economy Minister Luis de Guindos were to hold separate rounds of talks Monday with European commissioner for monetary affairs Olli Rehn to discuss the country’s efforts to manage its stricken finances and whether it will need to seek further financial aid from the region. The meetings come days after Spain announced new austerity plans and the results of bank stress tests in a bid to convince international lenders and investors that it can control its finances.” Spain presented a draft of its 2013 budget on Thursday and it hopes it will be enough to fullfill the spending cut pledge it made to the EU. “Spain is at the center of Europe’s financial crisis being the fourth-largest among the 17 countries that use the euro. Besides a shaky banking sector, the country is struggling to support its heavily indebted regional governments.” Spain’s unemployment is at a staggering 25 percent and the country is in its second recession is 3 years.
“These key donors were inspired by the courage of Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick Fil A, who resolutely told Americans that he unabashedly believed in God’s design for marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
– Brian Brown, NOM president –
Washington, D.C. – Financial supporters of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today launched a new website to trumpet their public support for NOM’s work in defense of traditional marriage, and called on Americans to join with them to publicly lend their name in support of the cause. The group launched the site www.KeeptheRepublicandMarriage.com.
“Even though donors to NOM are not subject to public disclosure, a number of our donors wanted to show that they would not be bullied and were not afraid to publicly proclaim their support for NOM as a way of encouraging others to publicly stand up to support marriage,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “These key donors were inspired by the courage of Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick Fil A, who resolutely told Americans that he unabashedly believed in God’s design for marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
One of the lead donors who helped draft the statement was New York City investor and philanthropist Sean Fieler. “Gay marriage activists are successfully using fear and intimidation to silence the majority of Americans who want to preserve marriage as God created it, the union of one man and one woman,” said Fieler. “To stop this cycle fear and intimidation, we need courageous Americans to step forward and make public their support public.”
The website www.KeeptheRepublicandMarriage.com is a place for Americans to lend their name in support of marriage and in opposition to fear and intimidation as political weapons to be deployed against people of faith. The site notes that Dan Cathy was attacked simply for articulating a personal view that marriage is ordained by God as the union of a man and a woman. The site also reviews unrelenting harassment against Professor Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas after he published a scientific paper calling into question the legitimacy of the oft-quoted position that there is “no difference” between children raised by same-sex parents and those raised by married parents in an intact family. Regnerus’ study found that on two-thirds of outcomes measured, young adults raised by a parent who had engaged in a same-sex relationship fared worse than those who had been raised by married parents in an intact, traditional family.
“Gay marriage bullies have held sway for too long and it’s time for faithful Americans to put their name on the line to publicly support traditional marriage,” Brown said. “While NOM will never disclose the names of any donors against their wishes, this is a great opportunity for people who wish to be recognized publicly as supporting our work to defend that which is incredibly good and so much in the public interest – marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
From the website:
America depends upon the free and open discussion of ideas. The use of fear and intimidation to silence public discussion is fundamentally incompatible with the American form of government in which ultimate authority rests with the people. For this reason, the First Amendment expressly guarantees our freedom of speech, elevating this right amongst the many unalienable rights protected by our Constitution.
Dan Cathy’s recent public support for “the biblical definition of the family unit” elicited a well-documented series of attacks from the media, customers, politicians, and even an armed gunman. In contrast, high profile financial and political support for gay marriage is met with public—praise and never a coordinated effort to curtail free speech.
Fear and intimidation are also being used to control speech within the academy. A recent paper by Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas affirming the time-tested truth that the intact biological family is the institution best suited for raising children was met with an organized campaign of intimidation. In measures that harken back to McCarthy era, the editor of the Journal of Social Science Research was himself pressured to retract the publication of Professor Regnerus’s work. Academic research extolling alternative family structures, by contrast, is regularly met with adulation—never organized intimidation.
Scholars, public figures, and average citizens who publically defend the institution of marriage as the conjugal union of one man and one woman often face character assassination and occasionally threats of physical violence. Facing similarly vicious attacks in the decades leading up to the Civil War, America’s abolitionists recalled the timeless insight that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” The wisdom of these words applies as much today as then. If the calculated use of fear and intimidation is permitted to dominate this important public debate, America will lose not just the time-tested institution of marriage but also endanger our form of government which depends on the free and open exchange of ideas.
Therefore, we seek the courageous affirmation of your beliefs regarding both marriage and liberty. With our signatures below and personal contributions to the National Organization for Marriage, we commit ourselves to stopping the downward spiral of intimidation and fear threatening hard-won American liberties and the institution of marriage. We hope our widening base of public and financial support will embolden many fellow Americans to join us in the campaign to preserve both our form of government and the institution of marriage.