Posts tagged ‘Free Markets’

August 17, 2012

Recruit George McGovern to Speak — at the REPUBLICAN Convention!

Shrewd move in choosing House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Now here’s the next play: Invite George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate, to speak this month in Tampa at the Republican National Convention.

Yes, that old lefty McGovern. You know the expression, “A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged”? Well, McGovern has been mugged.  More…

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July 18, 2012

A Basic Economic Lesson For Mr. Obama

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I heard the President say in a speech today something that every freshman in a college economics class learns. The Federal government does NOT make money to pay anything! It is the taxpayers’ money collected by the government that is supposed to be used to pay what we owe as a nation. Obama implied today that small business owes its success to the GOVERNMENT! According to Obama, if the federal government had not put money into roads and bridges that small business would have no way to get their goods to customers?  Is he kidding?  More…

July 12, 2012

Rep. West: Liberals believe in a ‘hammock,’ not a ‘safety net’

Watch the Video at the top of this article — it’s fantastic

There is a lot of talk about economic “safety nets” these days, but according to Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), what liberals really mean by that is “hammock.”  More…
June 27, 2012

Trans-Pacific Partnership Paves the Way for Global Corporate Rule

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For over two and a half years, the global Elite have been negotiating an agreement that would define the global corporate police state in remarkable detail. The purpose of the agreement is to implement corporate dominance over not only our Constitutional Republic, but other sovereign nations.

The inception of over-reaching international laws, rules and regulations which benefit the technocratic takeover of any federal, state or local laws in any town, city, state, or nation.  More…

June 6, 2012

A Wisconsin Lesson for Congress

June 5, 2012 by

What are the lessons from Wisconsin if Governor Scott Walker prevails in today’s recall election?

Over at National Review, John Fund provides a rather in-depth answer.  Importantly, he says a Walker victory will mean voters view the reforms as working:  More…

May 30, 2012

Send This To All the College Graduates You Know

Texas A&M Commencement Address – The students gave a standing ovation; the faculty were deathly silent!

speech is from a book Neal Bortz wrote in 1998, and NOT AN ACTUAL SPEECH HE recently gave at TEXAS A&M

 Neal Boortz is a Texan, a lawyer, a Texas Aggie (Texas A&M) graduate, and now a nationally syndicated talk show host from Atlanta . His commencement address to the graduates of a recent Texas A&M class is far different from what either the students or the faculty expected. Whether you agree or disagree, his views are certainly thought provoking.  More…

May 23, 2012

Keeping Business Honest

Posted by John Stossel | May 22, 2012

Businesses are greedy. They want our money.

So what do the politicians and bureaucrats do? They set “standards.” I wish they’d stop.

Instinctively, we look for people’s motives. We need to know whom we can trust and whom we can’t. We’re especially skeptical of business because we know business wants our money.

It took me too long to understand that business’s desire for profit is a good thing. To get our money, businesses — if they can’t look to the government for favors — need to give us what we want. Then they must make continuous improvements and do it better than the competition does.

That competition is enough to protect consumers. But that’s not intuitive. It’s intuitive to assume that competition isn’t really consumer protection and that experts at the FDA, FTC, DEA, FCC, CPSC, OSHA and so on must protect us. These experts consult “responsible” businessmen for advice on creating rules to make sure businesses meets minimum “standards.”

Unfortunately, this standardization stops innovation.  More…

April 24, 2012

IF I WANTED AMERICA TO FAIL

April 1, 2012

Obama now wants to control our oceans and waterways

National Ocean Policy is an executive power grab

By Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) – 03/30/12 03:29 PM ET

The Obama Administration power grab continues. This time the president wants to seize more executive control over a massive piece of real estate: our oceans, the tributaries that lead to them, and the inland areas that surround those waterways.  More…

 

March 29, 2012

Fed Boss Bernanke Promises Record High Gas Prices Through Summer

Kurt Nimmo/Prison Planet.com/March 28, 2012Federal Reserve boss Ben Bernanke told ABC’s Diane Swayer on Tuesday that gas prices will continue to skyrocket through the summer.

Bernanke told Sawyer gas prices “are a major problem” and he admitted they are “a hardship for lots of people.”

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During the interview, he tried to pawn off the fallacy that gas prices are responsible for inflation, which he said will escalate over the next few months.  More…

March 29, 2012

Electricity Rates Rise Thanks to Obama’s election promise to bankrupt any new coal-fired electrical production

EPA to kill new coal-fired plants through first-ever greenhouse-gas regulations

posted at 8:40 am on March 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

If you thought gas prices will never stop rising, just wait until you see what happens to electricity after the Barack Obama’s EPA gets its way.  The agency will deliver on Obama’s election promise to bankrupt any new coal-fired electrical production in its first-ever regulations on greenhouse-gas emissions, the Washington Post reports.  The new regulatory regime will all but guarantee that new coal-fired plants won’t be built to replace others shutting down:
March 19, 2012

Firm Sells Solar Panels – To Itself, Taxpayers Pay

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A heavily subsidized solar company received a U.S. taxpayer loan guarantee to sell solar panels to itself.

First Solar is the company. The subsidy came from the Export-Import Bank, which President Obama and Harry Reid are currently fighting to extend and expand. The underlying issue is how Obama’s insistence on green-energy subsidies and export subsidies manifests itself as rank corporate welfare.

Here’s the road of subsidies these solar panels followed from Perrysburg, Ohio, to St. Clair, Ontario.   More…

March 19, 2012

Obamacare Is A Cancer That Must Go

Fellow Americans:

It has been two years this week since the passage of Obamacare, and the firestorm it ignited has not abated but only spread and intensified. Most Americans have already made up their minds, understanding that until it is completely removed, the cancer of Obamacare threatens not only our healthcare and our economy but also our most fundamental liberties and constitutional self-government.  More…

March 17, 2012

New IRS licensing scheme challenged in major federal lawsuit

Provided by Brasscheck TV.

March 16, 2012

Cost of Obamacare – Lies Revealed – 3/14/2012

March 15, 2012

Why it is important to have conservative Senators to vote

Highway bill amendment defeated that would have sent billions to Soros, Pickens, Douglas companies

by S. E. Robinson and Audrey Hudson/03/13/2012

The Senate Tuesday killed legislation to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to encourage companies to use natural-gas powered vehicles. The legislation also would have benefited wealthy backers of the Democratic measure, including George Soros, T. Boone Pickens, and Kevin G. Douglas.

The amendment to the highway bill required 60 votes to pass but was defeated 51 yeas to 47 nays.  More…

March 14, 2012

Over-regulation dragging down capital markets, small business

By Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) – 03/13/12 02:16 PM ET

If the name of the bill didn’t give it away, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act is meant to spur job creation. Instead of taking President Obama’s approach of borrow and spend, this bill takes a look at how start-up companies in the U.S. are regulated. This new look at job creation is long overdue.  More…

March 6, 2012

Senate GOP and conservative groups clash on healthcare reform repeal votes

By Alexander Bolton – 03/06/12 05:00 AM ET
Senate Republicans are clashing with conservative groups over whether to hold votes this year to repeal all of President Obama’s healthcare reform law.

One group, the Restore America’s Voice Foundation, plans to spend $50,000 to $100,000 per week on television ads pressing Senate Republicans to force a vote on repeal.  More…

March 5, 2012

John Stossel: Cash for Clunkers

March 5, 2012

High Gas Prices: Bad For America, Good For An Election

March 5, 2012 By

gas lines High Gas Prices: Bad For America, Good For An ElectionI I don’t need to use a lot of space telling you why high gas prices are bad for America, but I contend that they are good for an election. Until the current precipitous price increases, energy seemed absent from the overall debate. Now the GOP candidates are all talking about how they would maximize American resources to bring down the price of gas and, rightly so, putting President Obama on the defense.  More…

March 2, 2012

Repeal ‘death panel’ from Obamacare

House subcommittee votes to repeal healthcare reform law’s ‘death panel’
By Julian Pecquet

Bipartisan legislation to repeal the healthcare law’s cost-control board sailed through a House panel on Wednesday, raising pressure on the Senate to take up the bill and dealing President Obama a political blow.

The Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee vote was 17-5, with ranking member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) crossing the aisle to vote for repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. There were no amendments.

Votes in the full committee and on the House floor have not yet been scheduled but are expected to happen by the end of next month, in conjunction with Supreme Court arguments on the healthcare reform law.  Read the story here.

February 24, 2012

Krauthammer: Obama’s “war on fossil fuels” causes rising gas prices

February 24, 2012

Speedy reviews for genetically-modified crops

USDA Says Rule Changes to Hasten Modified Crop Approvals

By Jack Kaskey – Feb 22, 2012 2:25 PM PT
 

Seed companies including Monsanto Co. (MON), the world’s largest, will get speedier regulatory reviews of their genetically modified crops under forthcoming rule changes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

The goal is to cut by half the time needed to approve biotech crops from the current average of three years, Michael Gregoire, a USDA deputy administrator, said today in a telephone interview. The changes will take effect when they’re published in the Federal Register, probably in March, he said.

Approvals that took six months in the 1990s have lengthened because of increased public interest, more legal challenges and the advent of national organic food standards, Gregoire said. U.S. farmers worry they may be disadvantaged as countries such as Brazil approve new technologies faster, said Steve Censky, chief executive officer of the American Soybean Association.

“It is a concern from a competition standpoint,” Censky said in a telephone interview.

Faster approvals also benefit seed developers by allowing them to profit from new products sooner, Jeff Windau, a St. Louis-based analyst at Edward Jones & Co., said in a telephone interview. The financial benefit is difficult to estimate until the new rules are in place, he said.

“If you can reduce the approval time, you get sales that much faster,” said Windau, who rates Monsanto “hold” and DuPont Co. (DD) “buy.” “It could be significant for the companies like Monsanto and DuPont.”  More…

February 24, 2012

Protect Freedom of Choice and Conscience: Repeal ObamaCare!

By Ashton Ellis
Wednesday, February 22 2012
 
 

The Obama administration’s mandated contraception compromise raises serious constitutional and moral questions.  It also makes one wonder why employees don’t have the freedom to choose their own health plan. 

The answer comes from the late economist Milton Friedman.  In a 2001 report for the Hoover Institution entitled How to Cure Health Care, the Nobel Laureate identified three characteristics of the American health care industry since World War II: (1) rapid advances in medical technology; (2) huge increases in spending, and (3) rising dissatisfaction with the delivery of medical care from everyone associated with it. 

But while technology advances have allowed consumers to enjoy higher quality for less money with products like food, cars and telecommunications, healthcare stands alone for returning less value than its cost would predict.  According to Friedman, the reason for health care’s outlier status is traceable to two bad federal policies.  More…

February 22, 2012

‘Buying’ House Votes for Unpopular Legislation

Lachlan Markay/February 21, 2012 at 8:37 am
 
An examination of “administrative earmarks” around the time of congressional votes on key pieces of President Obama’s agenda suggests the White House used its power to fund local projects as a means to “buy” votes for major legislative efforts.

Administrative earmarking refers to the federal government’s allocation of funds from its discretionary budget for specific projects. The practice is less transparent than legislative earmarking, since, according to the Congressional Research Service, “[t]here is no source that defines and comprehensively identifies Administrative earmarks.”  More…

February 22, 2012

What We’re Learning about Obamacare isn’t Good — Especially for Seniors

January 21, 2012/Neil Snyder

 

While I taught at the University of Virginia, I served for a while as associate dean.  My dean at the time, Bill Shenkir, used a phrase that I thought was particularly helpful when we were contemplating major decisions: “Let’s reduce the fog factor.”  By that he meant that we should always examine the ramifications of our decisions on our students’ classroom experience since teaching them was our primary mission.

Obamacare is an example of a federal government program that would not have been enacted if the fog factor test had been applied.  While Congress debated Obamacare, talk about death panels and rationing of healthcare services abounded, but the warnings came from Republicans who were in the minority in the House and the Senate.  Their objections were dismissed out of hand.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid rounded up Democrat votes and shoved Obamacare down our throats with the blessing of President Obama.  The jury is still out on the legality of Obamacare, but while we wait for the courts to rule on the constitutional issues involved, the Obama administration is rapidly implementing the program.  By the time the courts finally reach a decision, our healthcare system won’t resemble what we had prior to March 2010 when Nancy Pelosi used her oversized gavel to pound Obamacare through the House over strenuous objections from most Americans.

Our senior citizens are most at risk under Obamacare — especially those over 70.  Rationing of services and death panels (only they’re called “ethics panels” under Obamacare instead of death panels for obvious reasons) are now the rule, not the exception.  I have a friend who is a loyal Democrat and a strong Obama supporter.  In 2008 when she voted for Obama, she couldn’t imagine that in 2012 she would have a massive heart attack and need a pacemaker.  Prior to 2010 and the passage of Obamacare, that would have been a routine procedure, but not anymore.  She’s over 70, and under Obamacare people who are over 70 routinely receive “comfort care.”  That’s a euphemism.  It means that a panel of experts has determined that your life isn’t worth saving beyond 70, so they will try to make you feel good while you die.  Read more:

February 22, 2012

The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom

Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model.

By ROBERT M. MCDOWELL

On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year’s end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish “international control over the Internet” through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.

If successful, these new regulatory proposals would upend the Internet’s flourishing regime, which has been in place since 1988. That year, delegates from 114 countries gathered in Australia to agree to a treaty that set the stage for dramatic liberalization of international telecommunications. This insulated the Internet from economic and technical regulation and quickly became the greatest deregulatory success story of all time.

Since the Net’s inception, engineers, academics, user groups and others have convened in bottom-up nongovernmental organizations to keep it operating and thriving through what is known as a “multi-stakeholder” governance model. This consensus-driven private-sector approach has been the key to the Net’s phenomenal success.

In 1995, shortly after it was privatized, only 16 million people used the Internet world-wide. By 2011, more than two billion were online—and that number is growing by as much as half a million every day. This explosive growth is the direct result of governments generally keeping their hands off the Internet sphere.  More…

February 22, 2012

Report Reveals White House Ties to Liberal Watchdog

John Jessup and Tracy Winborn/CBN News

Are they serious?

WASHINGTON — The White House is under fire from conservative groups Tuesday after a new report revealed it has close ties with a non-profit liberal watchdog group being paid to target religious broadcasters.

Media Matters of America bills itself as dedicated to “correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”

In an investigative series exposing the group, the The Daily Caller news website found that Media Matters has significant influence within many major news organizations.

The Daily Caller also said “Media Matters has to a great extent achieved its central goal of influencing the national media.”

** Alex Pappas, reporter for the Daily Caller, worked on the investigative series on Media Matters. He talked about why the group would go after Christian broadcasters, on “The 700 Club,” Feb. 21.

Kerry Picket, editor of the Washington Times opinion blog, agreed.

“This story The Daily Caller put out, you have some sources inside Media Matters that have said that they practically wrote MSNBC’s prime time line-up,” Picket said.  More…

February 17, 2012

Obama Shafts Responsible Homeowners

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Obama Shafts Responsible Homeowners

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Underwater on your mortgage? Good for you!

Hey, look, it’s manna from heaven! If you lost your home to foreclosure, Barack Obama is going to see that you get a check for some 2,000 bucks. Free!

And not only that. If you still own your home but it’s worth a lot less than you owe on it, he’s got even better news for you. The President, in league with the Nation’s attorneys general, has gotten the banks to agree to reduce what you owe.

Isn’t that wonderful?!? Why, it’s almost like getting free money. What a wonderful deal our leaders have arranged.

Of course, it’s only wonderful for people who bought more house than they could afford, got over their heads in debt and are looking for someone to rescue them from their mistakes. And it’s also a pretty good deal for the five huge financial institutions that are participating, as I’ll explain in a moment. They’ll get bailed out of their mistakes, too.

That’s who benefits. Now, let me tell you who loses. For the most thrifty and responsible among us, the deal stinks.  More…

February 15, 2012

Communist Leader, on Moving the US to Socialism (Video)

Submitted by on February 1, 2012 – 7:40 pm EST

Tedium alert, but you should endure watching this to see how the opposition thinks.

In this 33-minute video, Communist Party USA Chair Sam Webb presents “Foundations of Marxist methodology: How to make change and win millions to socialism in the American political, social and economic framework.”

Recorded during a 2011 seminar in Los Angeles on Marxism, this “video is an excellent tool for CPUSA and YCL members, friends and collectives to discuss and deepen understanding of Marxist methodology.”

Pretty mundane presentation style, but Sam Webb makes it very clear that the party continues to see Barack Obama and the Democrats as allies on the road to socialism.

February 15, 2012

Pain at the gas pump on the way

Gas prices’ earliest-ever rise above $3.50 means motorists could pay more than ever this year

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By Sam Kennedy, Of The Morning Call/10:43 p.m. EST, February 14, 2012
 
Kirsten Pinnock monitored closely the dial on the Allentown Sunoco gas pump. She only wanted $12.50, not a penny more. That would bring the fuel gauge on her car up to the halfway mark.

Why not fill it up?

“I don’t have enough money,” the 18-year-old Allentown resident said Tuesday with an apologetic smile. “It’s not payday yet.”

Across the country, motorists are watching with concern as fuel costs tick ever higher. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has risen above $3.50 a gallon on just three occasions, but it has never happened this early in the year. Analysts say it’s likely a sign that motorists could be paying some of the highest prices ever this year.

At the moment, the national average stands at $3.51, up from $3.48 a week ago, according to an AAA report, which gets its figures from prices compiled by the Oil Price Information Service.

The average in Pennsylvania is even higher: $3.63. According to GasBuddy.com, the cheapest gas in the Allentown area as of Tuesday was $3.49, at USA Gas on Tilghman St.

“This definitely sets the stage, potentially, for much higher prices later this year,” said Brian L. Milne, refined fuels editor for Telvent DTN, a commodity information services firm. “There’s a chance that the U.S. average tops $4 a gallon by June, with some parts of the country approaching $5 a gallon.”  More…

February 15, 2012

Another “YOU LIE!!!” moment.

February 12, 2012

Sarah Palin at CPAC 2012

February 6, 2012

The Internet – The Great Equalizer in Politics

By Juan Williams – 02/06/12 05:00 AM ET
The political realities of Capitol Hill got tossed head-over-heels in the last few weeks. And a successful model for the future use of Internet-based “People Power” in Congress has emerged.The story begins with the average American feeling pretty disconnected from his or her government.

Everyone knows that armies of well-paid lobbyists influence legislation to benefit wealthy clients. That is business as usual on the Hill. The average member of Congress must raise more than $5,000 per week to get reelected. Most of that money comes from PAC fundraisers and Beltway insiders — not from their constituents.  More…

February 5, 2012

The World According To Monsanto – FULL LENGTH

February 4, 2012

Obama is Betraying America!

As his Administration enters its last year, he is about to sign four treaties which surrender our sovereignty, enact gun control, cede the power to go to war to the U.N., and tell us how to raise our children.

February 1, 2012

Michael Savage Interviews Allen West on January 30, 2012

This is Allen West at his best.

Submitted by on January 31, 2012 – 11:11 pm EST

Congressman West even mentions Ayn Rand’s great novel “Atlas Shrugged.”
January 31, 2012

AutoBamaCare – Teachable Moments – FUNNY!

January 29, 2012

New Google data policy raising MAJOR privacy concerns

January 26, 2012

Obama Creates Unit to Probe Mortgage Misconduct by Banks

By David McLaughlin, Lorraine Woellert and Carter Dougherty

(Updates with Schneiderman’s comment in third paragraph.)

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s mortgage investigation unit will probe bank conduct that created the housing bubble and bust, including the packaging of loans into securities, the New York Attorney General said.

The president announced the unit in his State of the Union speech yesterday.

“Our working group is focusing on conduct related to the pooling and creation of mortgage backed securities, issues related to conduct that created the crash, not abuses that happened after the crash,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said today in Washington.  More…