Less Government, More Freedom.
Wednesday, June 19th 2013
Publisher, The Right Post, entrepreneur and business strategist
There was a very interesting article in the WSJ recently that discussed what’s going on in Colorado Springs. Like virtually all local governments, they are severely strapped for cash. So they have taken a number of city projects and asked the community to support them directly, either with time or money. That seems both smart and logical. The interesting part is that the vast majority of the projects ultimately cannot find enough support or backers to continue them. And THAT begs the obvious and burning question: If nobody ultimately cares enough to support these projects, WHY WERE THEY STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE? Read the rest of this entry »
Not sure why it is, but journalists (even conservative journalists), as well as Republicans have a very hard time understanding what the Tea Party movement is about. Today’s editorial in the Wall Street Journal by Thomas Frank misses the mark, yet again. He seems to conclude that it is “reactionary” and wanting to reverse the long course of history. No, that’s not it. Tea Party devotees are reactionary against the expanded role of government and its creeping (or runaway, depending on your perspective) intrusions on our everyday life and freedoms. The Tea Party is reactionary to an increasingly oppressive government, and that’s the direct parallel to the Tea Party of Colonial times when the populace of America could simply stand the oppression no more. Read the rest of this entry »
In spite of the economic boom that allowed a balanced budget for four years in the late nineties, the United States has spent the 2000’s steadily adding to the budget deficit.
Since September 2007, the nation has added an estimated $3.85 billion per day to the national debt. The current situation is nothing short of dire. Last year, the government added $1.4 trillion to the nation’s deficit. Read the rest of this entry »
Millions upon millions of Americans feel as though the country is heading in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, there’s no one single problem (or one single person) on which to pin the blame.
Government spending is at an all-time high, and America is trillions of dollars in debt. The tax burden on American families, rich and poor, is unbearable, and the hard-working middle class seems to pay the highest price. The borders remain unsecured, yet the right to defend oneself if necessary comes under scrutiny. Even as the beacon of freedom for the entire world, Americans are less free than ever before. Read the rest of this entry »
From the beginning, the message about health care reform has been a mixed one. On the one hand, Washington has claimed that the reform is all about saving costs. On the other hand, it has wanted to implement the once very liberal notion of universal health care. So the question quickly arises, how can you reduce costs if you are going to pick up the obligations of 30 million new health care customers? Read the rest of this entry »
Heard From the Press
- Jeffrey Toobin: Partners - Clarence and Virginia Thomas vs. Obama's Health-Care Plan
Toubin, writer for The New Yorker and senior legal analyst for CNN, points out how the style of Justice Thomas and his belief in minimal government may fuel his approach to declare Obama's Health Care Reform Act as unconstitutional.
- Thomas Sowell: Know What Taxes Are Buried in Legislation
Thomas, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute, says that Americans are being forced to pay hidden taxes which are buried in legislation including the Health Care Reform Act.
- Public Sector Salary Growth Outpaces the Private Sector
John Stossel points to a new Bureau of Economic Analysis report which shows that in 2009 the average compensation for federal civilians grew to $123,049 (a $3,000 growth) versus only $61,051 (a $1,000 growth) for workers in the private sector.
- Stossel: Feds Are Wrong. Unpaid Interns Are Not Exploited
The columnist calls the Feds bullies for mandating employers to rethink whether student interns should receive minimum wages. The Labor Department has hired 250 workers to catch employers who overwork unpaid interns.
- Government Still Growing: Feds Lead Private Sector in Creating New Jobs
The April Gallup Job Creation Index shows 40% of federal employees report hiring by their employers versus only 28% of private sector employees seeing hiring in their companies.
- Fed Tax System Costs Taxpayers $300 Billion in Annual Paperwork Costs
Author Ken Hoagland describes how the cost of Congress and lobbyists raises the average taxpayers tax bill by more than a third.
- There Oughta Be a Law
A lawyer shares his day and muses on the laws that control his every move. Comedy? Yes. Reality. Very much so.
- Stossel: Fed Tax on Dividends Could Triple
The columnist points out Forbes' prediction that the current 15% rate on dividends could increase to 44.6% with planned tax changes over the next three years.
- John Stossel: What Am I?
The columnist/Fox News contributor discusses why he has moved from being a Kennedy-style "liberal" to being a libertarian.
- Is ObamaCare Unconstitutional?
Wall Street Journal editors opine that the tax penalty for those without health care challenges American liberty.
- Stossel: Proposed Internet Tax
The columnist lays out the absurdity that a proposed Federal Internet tax will help small businesses.
- Obamacare and the Burdens on the Obama Voters
How Obamacare hits the tenns and twenty somethings.
- DeRugy: Is Fiscal Federalism Dying?
The columnist opines that the increase in federally-funded state actitivities may mean the end to fiscal federalism and the end to state decision-making.
- Stossel: Washington is Delusional Regarding the Stimulus
The columnist points out the inaccuracy of reports of a successful stimulus. He summarizes with 'we've driven off a cliff and are halfway to the bottom'.
- Stossel: Don't Add More Rules for Financial Reform
The columnist says Senator Dodd is 'as ignorant as he is arrogant' in adding layers of rules to micromanage financial transactions instead of eliminating 'pointless regulations.'
- Blumer: ObamaCare Penalizes Companies That Employ Part-Time Workers
Mid-sized and large businesses which have geared-up to thrive and survive with part-time workers could face non-compliance penalties with the House version of the health care bill.
- The Real Math of Health Care Reform
Just because you hide the costs doesn't mean they don't exist.
- Warren Buffett on the Obama plan "2,000 pages of . . . nonsense," adding, "The problem is incentives."
Incentives: The Biggest Problem in Health Care that Nobody Talks About
- Stossel: The Next Crash
The recession isn't over...taxpayers are insuring most new mortgages. The columnist points out how 'big lending by big government' is the recipe for the next crash.
- Reagan: The Tax Revolt Has Begun
Columnist Michael Reagan states that the US citizens are coming together to revolt against 'taxation without representation.'