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From Clown Cars to Moon Shots

The other day, a friend of mine asked me what I thought of Dr. Benjamin Carson. For those who don’t know, Dr. Carson is a retired and rather famous neurosurgeon. He recently addressed the National Prayer Breakfast where he made news for his criticism of Mr. Obama’s policies in general and specifically, for Obama Care. You can read the story here where there is a video of Dr. Carson’s speech.
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I told my friend that I like Carson’s point of view. He shows he is willing to go toe-to-toe with Obama’s principles. However, at the end of the day, he’s a doctor. He knows not of the ways of politics and campaigning and it may eat him. Time will tell.

My friend then asked what I thought about him forming a third party.

I am no fan or supporter of a 3rd party system, no matter who steps up to form one. We should instead learn the lesson taught us by recent history when Ross Perot split the vote away from George H. W. Bush and allowed Bill Clinton to win. It’s a losing proposition.

Instead, we should concentrate on how to reconstitute the Republican Party which has allowed itself to be undercut and discredited by the left. The GOP has been a dismal failure on commanding the national dialog and delivering a message that can garner votes.

In addition, there is a bigger problem working against the GOP. Simply put, America has been subverted. That process has produced several generations of voters who believe they have a right to access to the treasury. From that same pool come the politicians who also believe they have that right. The GOP has a long and bumpy road ahead of it.

It was at this point I began to tell my friend about a recent article written by David A. Stockman. Stockman is a former Republican congressman from Michigan, President Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985 and the author, most recently, of “The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.” Mr. Stockman’s piece was very well written and also garnered some criticism from both the left and the right. The piece describes the current state of America, how we got that way and offers a remedy for our financial and political systems because these systems are indeed wrecked. Stockam’s point is that if we’re going to get anything done, it’s going to ….

… require a drastic deflation of the realm of politics and the abolition of incumbency itself, because the machinery of the state and the machinery of re-election have become conterminous. Prying them apart would entail sweeping constitutional surgery: amendments to give the president and members of Congress a single six-year term, with no re-election; providing 100 percent public financing for candidates; strictly limiting the duration of campaigns (say, to eight weeks); and prohibiting, for life, lobbying by anyone who has been on a legislative or executive payroll. It would also require overturning Citizens United and mandating that Congress pass a balanced budget, or face an automatic sequester of spending.

It would also require purging the corrosive financialization that has turned the economy into a giant casino since the 1970s. This would mean putting the great Wall Street banks out in the cold to compete as at-risk free enterprises, without access to cheap Fed loans or deposit insurance. Banks would be able to take deposits and make commercial loans, but be banned from trading, underwriting and money management in all its forms.

It would require, finally, benching the Fed’s central planners, and restoring the central bank’s original mission: to provide liquidity in times of crisis but never to buy government debt or try to micromanage the economy. Getting the Fed out of the financial markets is the only way to put free markets and genuine wealth creation back into capitalism.

As it turns out, this the the very issue that I have been rattling around in my head for awhile now, and it relates to my current vision of America as being a clown car aimlessly bouncing around in the desert. The issue takes the form of a few simple questions; “Where do we want America to be in 20-50 years? What should our priorities be and how do we get there when we change captains every 4-8 years? ” Remember, it took a mere 40 years to get where we are today. We should be looking for answers to these questions and if we’re going to solve the problems facing us we are going to need a national policy that takes on characteristics of a moon shot.
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Obamacare will cost at least 200% more

In 2010 the CBO reported that Obama’s landmark and potentially unconstitutional healthcare law would be “deficit neutral.”  We were told that insurance costs would go down 10 to 30%.

Now hold on this could be a shock to you.  Flash-forward to 2012, no longer deficit neutral the legislation, according to a study to be released by Charles Blahous, will now add $340 billion to the deficit.  (I predicted and continue to stand by this, before we arrive at 2019 this legislation should it be held in place will add more than a trillion dollars to the deficit.)

The Obama administration challenges this finding, even falsely asserting that the CBO says Obamacare will lower the deficit, something it has not said since 2010. Let’s look at the CBO’s prediction, but first you should know the CBO’s predictions are notoriously low, normally off by 3 to 11 times the actual amount. Continue reading

US Supreme Court refuses to hear argument against Kagan

English: Justice Elena Kagan in the Justices' ...

In his year-end report, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “I have complete confidence in the capability of my colleagues to determine when recusal is warranted.  They are jurists of exceptional integrity and experience whose character and fitness have been examined through a rigorous appointment and confirmation process.”

Unfortunately, I suspect he is wrong.  I believe Justice Kagan is a plant.  She was placed on the court for the sole purpose of ruling on this case.  If I am correct, it would necessitate that she is not, as the Chief Justice wrote, “of exceptional integrity.”

I received this email today from Grassfire Nation and I’m posting it here.  It supplements and updates my essay on Elena Kagan from last November.

From the Desk of:
Steve Elliott, Grassfire Nation
On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear oral arguments on 
whether Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the
ObamaCare lawsuit.

This was no surprise. The Supreme Court is the most isolated 
and powerful branch of government. Despite the overwhelming 
evidence indicating that Kagan should recuse herself, the
Court has refused to take any action.

Let’s review the facts…

The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) has carefully documented 
Kagan’s work on behalf of ObamaCare while she served as 
Obama’s Solicitor General.

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Where is the outrage? Elena Kagan, Justice on a Mission

Justice Kagan was a member of the Obama administration and it is now apparent she was actively involved in the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare.  Traditionally, Justices recuse themselves from cases where they have a personal investment or are otherwise connected.  In fact, Kagan appears defiant to any notion of backing away from this case.

I can only imagine the left’s reaction had G.W. Bush appointed a Justice who’d cheered and pushed along the USA Patriot Act and then later ruled on the very law’s constitutionality.  There would be recall petitions, screams for assassination on MSNBC, (I’m not joking), and protests on the steps of the Court.

In this instance, the press is quietly approving.

Background

In 2010, Obama nominated Elana Kagan.  She, like Miers in 2005, had no prior judicial experience but she was an administration insider.  Her lack of judicial experience was vigorously defended, as opposed to Miers who was blasted for it..  Bloggers and journalist hit the history books (likely the first time since college) to trudge up examples of previous Supreme Court Justices who were confirmed without prior experience*.  FYI, Kagan was the first Justice confirmed without previous judicial experience in 38 years, the last being Justice William Rehnquist** in 1972.

As all liberal women are, Kagan was held as some sort of intellectual powerhouse, as opposed to Miers who was touted as an idiot, (all conservative women and minorities are labelled thus.)  Kagan’s prior experience as the Dean of an Ivy League Law School was somehow grand résumé material.

When A Plan Comes Together

At the time of her nomination, (May 10, 2010), Democrats held a super-majority in the Senate and solidly controlled the House.  The administration and their allies in Congress were actively pressing hard for what turned out to be a seriously over-reaching agenda.  In March, Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law and by many states were lining up to challenge the law.  Everyone knew a Supreme Court challenge was coming.

The nomination of Elana Kagan was no accident.  Nothing Obama does is an accident.  Every move is politically and ideologically motivated.  The Administration knew a legal challenge to Obamacare was coming, they knew Democrats would lose the House in November, and they needed insurance.  Kagan was that insurance policy.

Kagan now holds a position on, what for liberals represents, the most powerful legislative body in America.  When Congress can’t get something done liberals always have the courts.  But I digress.

I find it hilarious that liberals are calling for Justice Thomas to recuse himself while insisting Kagan has no conflict since her “role was insignificant” in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Justice Thomas has no connection to the issue and it is a stretch to imply his judgement would be influenced because his wife works with people who oppose the law.

Using liberal logic, Kagan has friends who support Obamacare, there is solid evidence she supports Obamacare, she worked in the Administration as they were pushing the legislation, there is no way she should be allowed to weigh in on this case.  That is if the Court answered to anyone.  It is a shame that there are not clear laws defining what a conflict of interest is and when a jurist should by necessity recuse themselves or be forcibly recused.  But that’s not how it works.

In fact the entire reason Kagan is on the court is to hear this case.  Her qualifications are inconsequential, she was nominated specifically to defend the Administration’s ideology.  National Healthcare has been a socialist goal since the Wilson Administration and the costs be damned.

Unfortunately, I believe this single law could ultimately be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.  If allowed to continue, Obamacare will, in the end, cost 10 times the original estimates and coupled with other out-of-control entitlements will drive the nation into bankruptcy.

15 Trillion now and growing.  I predict sometime between 18-21 Trillion the nation will follow the Greek tradition.  Only question, who bails us out? Continue reading

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