Words matter, ideas rule and Kotkin fingers the new power class

Here’s an excerpt:

Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft are far from “the workers of the world,” but closer to modern-day robber barons. Through their own ingenuity, access to capital and often oligopolistic hold on lucrative markets, they have enjoyed one of the greatest accumulations of wealth in recent economic history, even amidst generally declining earnings, rising poverty and inequality among their fellow Americans.

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Marijuana | Barack Obama | Obama’s foolish war on marijuana | The Daily Caller

If the Obama administration recognizes arrests are not going to solve the problem, then why are we spending $14 billion a year on marijuana-related arrests? Why are people being sentenced to life in prison for marijuana-related crimes? And more importantly, why did Obama direct the Justice Department to target dispensaries a week after these petitions received the minimum amount of signatures necessary to receive a response?

The fact is, marijuana is less deleterious to the human body than alcohol. In fact, there are no scientific studies that conclusively prove that marijuana poses real health risks to humans. To the contrary, 16 states have recognized its medical benefits and legalized it for medicinal use. By hiding behind the “science” that doesn’t exist, the Obama administration is trying to brush off the 74,000 Americans who signed the petition to legalize marijuana and the 70% of voters who would like to see medicinal marijuana legalized. This administration’s marijuana stance makes neither scientific nor political sense.

Marijuana | Barack Obama | Obama’s foolish war on marijuana | The Daily Caller

Hispanic vote wanes for Obama, and some interesting notes on a growth in percentage of minorities who call themselves conservative but not Republican

The headline reads: With Hispanic support for Obama waning, could Latino vote be up for grabs in 2012?

A recent poll conducted by ” Resurgent Republic, a conservative-aligned group, shows Obama under-performing his 2008 totals in key swing states with large Hispanic populations. In Florida, where Obama won 57 percent of the Latino vote in 2008, 48 percent of Hispanics say he deserves a second term. Ditto in New Mexico, where Obama carried Latinos with 69 percent but now sees just 58 percent of that voting bloc willing to say he should be reelected. (Worth noting: In Colorado, Obama’s numbers have held steady among Hispanics.) Those numbers pose two important questions relating to the president’s 2012 prospects: What explains the drop-off among Hispanics? And is it possible that Latinos could be up for grabs in 2012? Read it here.

Saving the Warfare-Welfare State

A repost from The Freeman | Ideas on Liberty
The Goal is Freedom | Sheldon Richman

Saving the Warfare-Welfare State
The difference is over means not ends.
Posted April 15, 2011

Why does everyone think Washington is plagued by excessive partisanship? The contest over how to address the fiscal debacle says otherwise: Both divisions of the uniparty (Democrat and Republican) agree that the warfare-welfare state must be saved. It’s the means not the end that divides them.

Rep. Paul Ryan, who leads the Republican side, declares that his goal in seeking a balanced budget (someday) is to save the three pillars of the welfare state—Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—for “our children’s generation.” “I support these missions,” he says. He would “voucherize” Medicare and give states discretionary Medicaid block grants because, he says, the alternative is insolvency. He would maintain Social Security, while permitting people under 55 to put one-third of their Social Security taxes into government-guaranteed accounts. (They would still have to pay current retirees’ Social Security benefits.) His substitute for Obamacare would give a cash subsidy—he uses the Washington gobbledygook “refundable tax credit”—to “[ensure] universal access to affordable health insurance.”

So, although couched in the rhetoric of liberty and self-reliance, Ryan’s plan aims at saving the welfare state from itself, while giving insurance and investment companies more of a role, not to mention a cut of the taxpayers’ money.

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An Excellent Analysis of President Obama’s SOTU Speech Tuesday Night & It’s Obstruction to Liberty, Free Markets and Peace

CATO Responds:

Cato Institute scholars Gene Healy, Michael F, Cannon, Benjamin Friedman, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Neal McCluskey, Sallie James, John Samples, Justin Logan, Daniel J. Mitchell and David Rittgers analyze the 2011 State of the Union.

Immediately following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night, a panel of Cato policy experts joined together to analyze the speech, its contents, and the perspectives it provides on how the President and Congress will try to lead the country going forward. In this video, each Cato expert provides analysis and insights through the lens of their years of research. You can also review the commentary from last night’s live blog of the State of the Union
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Obama to Latinos: ” Punish our Enemies”

The Latino vote could swing the U.S. Senate and stop the ruinous trajectory the Democrats running Congress launched us on. Latinos are a swing vote in five of eight four of six (Oct 26, 10) toss-up states for U.S. Senate races.

Democrats have neglected to push through immigration reform even though since 2006 they have been the majority in power in both the Senate and the House. President George W. Bush would have signed a bill. So would President Barack Obama, so he says.

But here he is desperate for the Latino vote to swing the elections to at least save the Senate.

Obama tells Latinos in the audience that “he’s committed to making it happen…” but “if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying we’re going to punish our enemies and reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us then its going to be lot harder…”

Make what happen? Comprehensive Immigration Reform? Latinos voted for Obama because he promised Immigration Reform when he got elected but no bill. But he expects Latinos to believe him that this time if Latinos “punish our enemies” then he’ll “get it done, because he can’t do it alone.” Right. ¡Cínicos! (Shameless!)

The majority of Latinos may agree that immigration is now the most important issue. But it is not the only issue. It was not always the number one issue. It has been in the top seven for years, but the emotional dynamics and spirit of debate over Arizona’s SB 1070 elevated the levels of anxiety and dissonance. Jobs, the cost of living, education and healthcare still rank in the top five, after immigration, in that order.

What good is immigration reform if there are no jobs for those who are already here, not to mention those who will come?

What has he delivered? Why would we give him more time to cause more damage.

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The Land of Entitlements? Government entitlements are the opiate of the masses . . .

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Unsustainable’s the new normal–Progressives have succeeded in making “Unsustainable” a household word and it’s their Policy and Spending that are Absurdly Unsustainable.

How so?

“…according to USA Today, when the economic downturn began the U.S. Department of Transportation had just one employee making over $170,000. A year and a half later, it has 1,690.
Happy days are here again!

Did you get your pay raise this year? What’s that, you don’t work for the government? Yes, you do, one way or another. Good luck relying on Obama, Pelosi, Frank and the other Emirs of Kleptocristan “taking action” to “resolve” that. In the past month, the cost of insuring Greece’s sovereign debt against default has doubled. Spain and Portugal are headed the same way. When you binge-spend at the Greek level in a democratic state, there aren’t many easy roads back. The government has introduced an austerity package to rein in spending. In response, Greek tax collectors have walked off the job.

Read that again slowly: To protest government cuts, striking tax collectors are refusing to collect taxes. In a sane world, this would be an hilarious TV comedy sketch. But most of the Western world is no longer sane. It’s tough enough to persuade the town drunk to sober up, but when everyone’s face down in the moonshine, maybe it’s best just to head for the hills. But where to flee? America is choosing to embrace Greece’s future when even the Greeks have figured out you can’t make it add up. Consider the opening paragraph of Martin Crutsinger, “AP Economics Writer”:

‘WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.83 trillion budget on Monday that would pour more money into the fight against high unemployment, boost taxes on the wealthy and freeze spending for a wide swath of government programs.’”

Excerpt from: Mark Steyn: Unsustainable’s the new normal
Published: Feb. 5, 2010 in the OC Register
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Arthur Laffer: Obama’s ‘Train Wreck’ Ahead by Donald Lambro, Human Events, 01/27/2010

Arthur Laffer, creator of the Laffer Curve that showed how low tax rates boost economic growth, is warning anyone who will listen that the economy is headed for a “train wreck” in 2011 that will make the current recession look tame by comparison.

The famed economist, whose supply-side, tax-cutting policies enacted by President Reagan in 1981 put the economy on a record-breaking, 25-year economic trajectory of growth and prosperity, is telling Americans not to be lulled by sporadic signs of growth this year, because the economy is headed for a sharper decline next year when tax rates are expected to jump sharply, sending the economy into a new tailspin.

“It will make the decline in U.S. output from 2010 to 2011 worse than the decline in output in 2008 and 2009 which will catastrophic,” Laffer said in an interview with HUMAN EVENTS.

In a wide-ranging discussion about where the economy is headed, and the fiscal, tax and monetary reasons why, Laffer gives a bleak forecast of where President Obama and his administration are taking the country in the next three years — which he predicts will end with Obama’s defeat in 2012.

“Obama is a fine, very impressive person. He really is. Unfortunately, everything that he is doing in economics is exactly wrong. He is a crappy president,” Laffer said.

“Whenever a country is in the throes of spending too much and raising taxes, it’s a fiscal catastrophe in the making and this is what is happening now,” he said.

The economy in the short-term this year “will continue to improve, growing by more than 4 percent. By the end of 2010 the unemployment rate could fall to as low as 7 percent and the Obama administration will be busting with pride and conceit,” Laffer told his clients in his latest economic outlook for the year ahead.

But don’t be fooled into thinking the economy is actually coming out of one of the worst recessions of the post-war era, because this year will be a false recovery, he adds. The downturn will begin again when “2011 will enter center stage, followed quickly by an economic catastrophe. All the factors that will make 2010 (and have already made the last half of 2009) look so good will reverse direction, and 2011 will be a train wreck,” he said in his forecast.Click here to read the rest of the story

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Obama gives Interpol free hand in U.S. | Washington Examiner

I here this man taught constitutional law, but for what country? Remember Obama’s Executive Order 12425. I think of Atlas Shrugged’s Directive 10-289.  This is real.  Diabolical.  Betrayal. Unbelievable. 
Obama gives Interpol free hand in U.S.

Examiner Editorial December 30, 2009
No presidential statement or White House press briefing was held on it. In fact, all that can be found about it on the official White House Web site is the Dec. 17 announcement and one-paragraph text of President Obama’s Executive Order 12425, with this innocuous headline: “Amending Executive Order 12425 Designating Interpol as a public international organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions, and immunities.”In fact, this new directive from Obama may be the most destructive blow ever struck against American constitutional civil liberties. No wonder the White House said as little as possible about it.

There are multiple reasons why this Obama decision is so deeply disturbing. First, the Obama order reverses a 1983 Reagan administration decision in order to grant Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, two key privileges. First, Obama has granted Interpol the ability to operate within the territorial limits of the United States without being subject to the same constitutional restraints that apply to all domestic law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Second, Obama has exempted Interpol’s domestic facilities — including its office within the U.S. Department of Justice — from search and seizure by U.S. authorities and from disclosure of archived documents in response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by U.S. citizens. Think very carefully about what you just read: Obama has given an international law enforcement organization that is accountable to no other national authority the ability to operate as it pleases within our own borders, and he has freed it from the most basic measure of official transparency and accountability, the FOIA. Click link below to read full article:
Obama gives Interpol free hand in U.S. | Washington Examiner

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Take the red pill, Mr. President–Obama channeling the system that is the enemy in The Matrix

Take the Red Pill, Mr. President
By: David Freddoso
Commentary Staff Writer
07/23/09 6:56 AM EDT
“If there’s a blue pill and a red pill, and the blue pill is half the price of the red pill and works just as well, why not pay half price for the thing that’s going to make you well?” — President Obama

In last night’s press conference, President Obama seemed to be reliving that famous scene from The Matrix. The main character is offered a choice between a red pill that makes him see reality for what it is, and a blue pill that allows him to continue living in a pleasant world of illusions.
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John Fund on: Obama Wants Control of the Census (video)

Sampling and projections are the goal of the special interests who are pushing Obama to make this unprecedented move to politicize the census. The census will no longer have the same validity. They can change the allocation congressional seats. Rahm Emanuel would be essentially in charge of the Census.

The Tax dodgers in the Obama Administration

Published in the San Francisco Examiner February 11, 2009
Letter to the editor
by Richard Geno
President Obama and the Democrat leaders have provided a new meaning to Margaret Thatcher’s famous quote, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
First, Charles Rangel, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the group who writes the tax laws skipped out on back taxes. Then, Tim Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury, the department that heads up the IRS, didn’t pay Social Security taxes for four different years. Nancy Killefer, chosen by Obama as his “chief performance officer,” withdrew from consideration due to tax issues.
Tom Daschle, chosen by President Obama to be the chief promoter for socialized medicine in the country, withdrew his nomination when it was discovered that he had just recently paid $140,000 in back taxes.
More ethical than previous administrations? In just 20 days, more tax cheats have been appointed to high posts than in the previous 20 years – during the Clinton and both Bush administrations.
Richard Geno San Jose, CA

A good case for the Flat Tax or Can we use Daschle’s or Rangel’s or Geithner’s Tax Accountant and get the same deal?

Obama’s tax dodging cabinet nominees give sharp focus on the absurd complexity of our tax code. Witness this email exchange my husband and I just had with friends seeking tax advice in an email thread:
(names changed for privacy reasons—except of course for Bob and I)

Subject: Tax Advisers
Angie wrote to six friends: “Does anyone have a recommendation for a tax advisor? I can’t decide how confused I am about the college variables. (529′s, 1098′s).”

Bob replies to Angie:
Re: Tax advisers
“I recommend Tom Daschle, he seems to have avoided a great deal of tax liability. Unless you get appointed to the Obama cabinet, at which point you will have to admit it all.”

Martha replies to Angie:
Re: Tax Advisers
Despite what Geithner claimed as one of his initial excuses, we have been using Turbo Tax for at least 10 years, and it’s always been great at walking you through that sort of stuff. It’s pretty thorough, walks you through a check, and they back their results, assuming you don’t withhold information when requested in the interview. I’d try that first, because a tax advisor will charge you by the form. Pick it up at Costco. It’s great.

Nancy replies to Bob:
Re: Tax Advisors
You are very funny. Luckily, I don’t anticipate being appointed by the Obama cabinet…
We have used an accountant …in Capitola for taxes.
She is very good but expensive. Every year I make a pledge that I will try turbo tax this year. Martha’s words may be the final encouragement I needed. And yes, I know, I am an accountant by trade. But I think that just makes it clear to me that you only know what you know and I don’t know taxes.
Nancy

End of thread.
Note: Nancy is an accountant!!!!!!
My point for posting– humor makes the stress, costs and punitive nature of our tax code and our elitist political class’s self exemption from it’s burden barley palatable.

This whole situation with Congressman Rangel, head of the Ways and Means that oversees the tax laws enforced by the IRS, dodging and evading taxes and claiming ignorance, then Geithner, the Secretary of the Treasury, responsible for oversight of the IRS, claiming he didn’t know or didn’t understand the tax code when he failed to report 1099 income for several years, owing thousands to the tax payers, and then Daschle, evading paying taxes, again claiming he didn’t understand that the free limo and driver were considered income, owing hundreds of thousands of dollars, yet they sick the IRS on individuals for discrepancies of three figures that are truly honest mistakes or the result of hardship.
Flat tax anyone? Where do I sign?

Confirmed: It Looks Like Obama Just Got Away With Largest Election Donations Fraud in History

Camille Paglia’s post on Obama, Palin, and the next four years vaporized any calm I was feeling and I’m creeped out again over what we’ve just done

The part of this post that What she writes about Bernardine Dohrn, is what creeps me out.

This paragraph of Sarah picked me up.
I like Sarah Palin, and I’ve heartily enjoyed her arrival on the national stage. As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is — and quite frankly, I think the people who don’t see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma. So she doesn’t speak the King’s English — big whoop! There is a powerful clarity of consciousness in her eyes. She uses language with the jumps, breaks and rippling momentum of a be-bop saxophonist. I stand on what I said (as a staunch pro-choice advocate) in my last two columns — that Palin as a pro-life wife, mother and ambitious professional represents the next big shift in feminism. Pro-life women will save feminism by expanding it, particularly into the more traditional Third World.

The True Meaning of ‘Historic Vote’– Shifting America’s animating idea from creation to protection.

The real “change” being put to a vote for the American people in 2008 is not simply a break from the economic policies of “the past eight years” but with the American economic philosophy of the past 200 years. This election is about a long-term change in America’s idea of itself.

Spreading the Wealth, Obama-Style

by James Freeman

Small Business Owners Planning their budget for next year: They have provide over 90 percent of all new jobs the last 4 years

Planning my Obama budget for next year By Michael Der Manouel Jr. 10/21/08

Obama Makes It Up –Repeating union distortions.

In Wednesday night’s debate with John McCain, Barack Obama defended his opposition to the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement this way: “The history in Colombia right now is that labor leaders have been targeted for assassination, on a fairly consistent basis, and there have not been any prosecutions.” Among the many falsehoods in this Presidential campaign, this is one of the worst.