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Monday, September 14, 2009

The Voice of the People

Charley Reese on the mess we call Washington D.C.:
545 People

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason... They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
For more on Charley Reese, go here. Though this was written a while back, it applies today more than ever.

Every Little Bit Helps

Though no one should operate under the illusion that this will ever take the place of fossil fuels, it is a welcome supplement to coal in this energy-starved land of ours:
Wise County gives green light for green energy
By Charles Owens, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Tazewell, Va. — The first of two large-scale wind turbine farms proposed in Southwest Virginia by Dominion and BP Wind Energy North America has received a green light for construction.

The Wise County Board of Supervisors, without discussion, approved a zoning change to allow Dominion Virginia Power and BP Energy to develop a wind-energy project involving 50 to 60 turbines that would produce 150 megawatts of power, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Dominion and BP announced plans last year to develop dual wind turbine farms in Wise and Tazewell counties. The wind turbines in Wise County will be constructed in an area where a 585-megawatt coal-fired plant is also under construction. The two companies also have purchased land on East River Mountain near Bluefield, Va., where they are hoping to build as many as 60 400-foot tall windmills. [link]
150 megawatts of energy. Let 'er blow.

Jeff, You're Better Than This

When you read a piece in the Roanoke Times that blares the headline, "Restoring felons' rights is focus of Roanoke rally," wouldn't you expect the article to be about a rally?

Not this one. In the 17-paragraph, 633-word news report editorial, we get exactly 2 sentences that have anything to do with the Roanoke rally.

Two.

Why?

My guess is, since the rest of the space is devoted to advocacy, the "reporter," Mr. Sturgeon, along with those who make the decisions at the Times, want felons' rights to be restored.

But why, then, isn't this on the editorial page?

Perhaps it is. Perhaps the Roanoke Times is one big editorial page.

Keep that in mind next time you buy one with the intention of getting "news."

But Obama Was Supposed To Fix This!

Here's a headline from ...1962

1975

1987

1999

2004

... this morning:

Inertia bedevils Mideast peace bid

In fact, it could have been written at any time in the last fifty years. Nothing there ever changes.

But didn't Obama and his press tell us that he was going to fix the Middle East?

A headline from the year 2036:

Inertia bedevils Mideast peace bid

Man Murders Pro-Life Demonstrator

New York Times reports the victim to have been "erratic."

For the love of God.

They Think They Know What's Best.

So shut up and accept ObamaCare.
Technocracy in America
Obama neglects the real 'public option': listening to the public.
by Matthew Continetti, Weekly Standard

In recent months the characterization of Obama's opponents as a bunch of lying name-callers who do not care about facts, do not possess reason, advocate timidity and the status quo, and cannot "engage in a civil conversation" has become all too familiar. It is the natural outcome of an unstoppable force--the angry and arrogant left-wing of the Democratic party--running up against an immovable object--the instinctual conservatism of an American populace that is skeptical of complicated and expensive government interventions.

The upshot has been liberals who cavalierly demean and degrade the sentiments of the people. Liberals contemptuous of democracy and ready to embrace from-the-top, one-size-fits-all, technocratic solutions. For such liberals, the failure to obtain their policy preferences calls into question the very legitimacy of the American polity. In August, the Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein--who normally tries "not to question the motives of people with whom I don't agree"--found himself, like Howard Beale, mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore: "Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers," he wrote, have "become political terrorists." Last week in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman wrote that America's "one party democracy is worse" than China's "one party autocracy," because in China "one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century." In this week's Time magazine, Joe Klein worries that "the Limbaugh- and Glenn Beck-inspired poison will spread from right-wing nutters to moderates and independents who are a necessary component of Obama's governing coalition"; after all, if the moderates and independents knew what's good for them, they'd support Obamacare.

Isn't it possible, though, that the moderates, independents, and "right-wing nutters" who traveled to congressional town halls and voiced their opposition to the president's big-government initiatives do know what's good for them--or, at least, know that Obamacare may turn out to be bad for them? That it might be too costly and too onerous for an American economy with high unemployment and staggering fiscal imbalances? That today's reform, like others in the "history of our progress," may lead to unforeseen distortions and crises down the road?

Fixated on its attempt to manipulate the economy in ways that produce its desired social outcomes, the White House has neglected the only real "public option": listening to the public. [link] [my emphasis]
Then again, they've never listened to the public. They simply talk to each other and assume "the public" agrees. 60 Minutes interviewing Obama is like two frat brothers getting together for drinks after being apart for a few months. "Hey, how's the governing coming? When do you expect health care legislation to be in place? How are the children? That Sarah Palin can be a pain in the backside, huh? The jock itch still bothering you?"

Meanwhile, down the street, two million people - THE PUBLIC - march in opposition to Obama's plan.

60 Minutes wasn't able to make the event though. It had a frat reunion to attend. Other more pressing obligations. Jock itch. Governing. Soup of the day.

Why The Mainstream Press Is Crumbling

They've taken sides. But whose?
T’was Accountability That Led the Mainstream Media to Suicide
John Nolte, Big Hollywood

The Dinosaur Media is losing money, viewers and readers hand over fist. The reason they’re folding or on life support isn’t because there aren’t enough left-of-center Americans to keep them in business, it’s because, like everyone else, liberals don’t want to sit in a choir and be preached to. They want information. They want to know what’s going on in the world.

Our liberal friends may not like hearing Van Jones, the NEA and ACORN are under fire, but they still want to know. What a disappointing revelation it must be to open the New York Times or turn on the network news only to discover after the curtain has already fallen that one of Obama’s Czars was forced to resign or that the U.S. Census Bureau let ACORN go.

The liberal media is failing for the exact same reason a dozen-plus anti-war films flopped: propaganda is dull. No matter your politics, people want stimulation and information, not affirmation. Obviously, that’s not true for everyone, but it’s true enough that those media outlets who haven’t figured it out are either dancing on the edge of financial ruin or, like MSNBC, continuing to double down on stupid thinking it will increase their abysmal performance metrics.

The rise of those who watch the Watchmen forced smart, savvy individuals to consciously choose between being tenacious, curious journalists who will hold the powerful accountable, or to finally come out of the closet and declare themselves the ideological warriors they really are.

They have chosen to become the Palace Guards. [link]
Sad thing is, I think they readily accept the role of Palace Guards. As long as the Palace is run by their own.