Friday, September 24, 2010

Cass Sunstein

In my blog yesterday I mentioned Cass Sunstein who feels that the American people are like Homer Simpson and are too dumb to make decisions for themselves. I thought that some of you may not know who Cass Sunstein is and why we should care about his opinion.
Cass Sunstein is Obama's Regulatory czar that has not had to be approved by congress or the senate. His full title is Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is considered to be a scholar in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law and behavioral economics. His current book is "Nudge" so titled because it teaches his followers how to nudge the American people in the direction they want us to go, just like cattle. He is married to Samantha Power, the National Security Council's Senior director for Multilateral Affairs. He sounds intelligent right so why is he so scary and why is he so dangerous to you and I?
He openly promotes a socialist bill of rights and has petitioned to redistribute America's wealth, he supports the abolition of marriage as a legal institution, and has pushed for a "New Deal of Fairness Doctrine" to regulate the news media along with other more radical goals.
At a conference in April of 2005 entitled "The Constitution in 2020" he sought to change the nature and interpretation of the Constitution by that year. If you do not know he has already begun with that goal, but that is for another post. On his blog he wrote that " I will be urging that it is important to resist, on democratic ground, the idea that the document (constitution) should be interpreted to reflect the view of the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party."
He has argued that an economic crisis can be used to usher socialism into the United States (sound familiar they are putting this into practice right now in Washington). and has said that economic crisis "provide the most promising conditions for the emergence of socialism in the U.S.
Not only does he support socialism in the United States he gives support to communism. He says that Americans emphasize the importance of civil and political liberties, above all free speech and freedom of religion, while communist nations stress the right to a job, health care and a social minimum." Sounds like Washington today doesn't it? Everyone should have a job, health care and social justice. That is not what America is based on. We all have according to the Preamble the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There never was a guarantee that the government would provide those things for us. We must go out and get them ourselves.
He wants to redistribute America's wealth to poorer nations (again we will talk about this in future posts) He says that "It is possible that desirable redistribution is more likely to occur through climate change policy than otherwise, or to be accomplished more effectively through climate policy than through direct foreign aid." You should read some of the policies that his administration is trying to implement through the government and barring that through the United Nations to get around the policies here in America they are scary how they will affect you.
This last one is most curious and I am not sure how to interpret it. He feels that an adult dog or horse is more rational than a human infant and should, therefore be granted similar rights. He has gone so far as to suggest that animals be given the right to sue humans in court.
This man is scary and the fact that he is Obama's best friend and confidant makes him even more so. Obama does not make any decisions without input from Cass Sunstein and Sunstein is an avowed Socialist and Communist. Why is he allowed to make policy for us, the American people?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Personal Choices

Joseph Smith said that "one hour of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity of bondage.

The current administration wants to take our liberties away from us. Cass Sunstein has said that the American populous is like Homer Simpson and that when you know who they are you can manipulate them because they don't know what they need and are not smart enough to make decisions so government must make those decisions for us.
I for one resent being told that I am not smart enough to understand politics or able to make basic decisions in life. Our government is trying to take control of every facet of our lives here are just a few examples.
In Boston they are thinking about banning soda in vending machines because sugary drinks are not healthy for you. In San Francisco the Mayor Gavin Newsom banned sodas and other sugary beverages from public buildings. San Fransisco also wants to ban Happy Meals or any other meal that comes with a toy while Santa Clara County approved an ordinance that breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.
In Texas a third grader was put into detention for one week. What was her crime? She had the audacity to eat a Jolly Rancher. Not the whole bag, not a handful but one sinful piece of candy and she was given detention for a week.
In New York City it is a crime for any restaurant to add salt to any meal that they prepare and California has banned all transfats. San Francisco wants to forbid pets because people do not understand the responsibilities that go with owning a pet.
There was a man in Georgia who was ticketed for growing too much food in his backyard garden and giving the excess away to those in need. I mean really.
I believe that people should be allowed to eat what they wish and have pets if they wish and by all means children should be able to eat a piece of candy. The government has too much power with their healthcare plan if they feel that they can tell us what to eat and drink now.
Personally I do not eat out in restaurants very often perhaps once every 4-6 months, I eat healthy with fruits and vegetables, grains and not much sugar and drink soda only occasionally . I exercise and I do not put much salt in any on my food yet I am considered obese. Since going into menopause at 32 the weight has piled on even though I eat 1200-1400 calories a day and exercise. Nothing that I do will budge the weight so what is the government going to do with me. Am I going to be denied healthcare because I cannot lose the weight. Are they judging me without the facts?
Even if I was out gorging myself everyday the government should not be involved in my life. If I want to eat myself into oblivion who are they to intervene? I feel that other Americans should not have to pay for my medical bills if I choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle but neither should they be punished by being to forced to eat what they do not chose to eat.
Wake up America if they can control what we eat what else will they want to take control of?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Forgotten Man

This administration has a long list of unconstitutional actions that they have forced upon us or others. Below is a list of a few. Taken from

A list of some of the unconstitutional actions of Presidents Barack Obama
1. You signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But now we can see that the administration's trillion dollar stimulus plan clearly is not working. Both the Constitution and history are witnesses that testify that the Stimulus Plan is both a federal usurpation of power and economically misguided. It may very well cause another "catastrophe". You promised that his plan would create jobs immediately and keep the unemployment rate below eight percent. We are at about 9.5% without including those who are no longer counted due to the length of their unemployment. Americans are asking "Where are the Jobs?" With 14.6 million people officially jobless, 5.9 million who have stopped looking but say they want a job and 8.5 who are working part time but would like to work full time, you end up with nearly 30 million Americans who cannot find the work they want and desperately need. The ARRA is primarily designed not to stimulate the economy, not to build the size and scope of government the economy. They are based on the idea that feeding "new" money into the economy will create economic growth. But he money isn't new- it's either taxed or borrowed. It's essentially redistributed from one group of people to another, and no new money is created. And also, State governors, looking down the gun barrel of long-term spending forced on them by your "stimulus" plan are saying they will refuse to take the money. This is a constitutional confrontation between the federal government and the states unlike any in our time.
2. You signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The federal government is now forcing Americans to buy health insurance. Even with the disapproval of the American majority you pushed through what we call "Obamacare." Over 20 states are now suing the federal government over your health care reform law. This law began the process to socialize American's health care system. It forces Americans to buy health insurance from a private company against our will.
3. You appointed over thirty Czars without any congressional oversight to control every aspect of the country.
4. You intervened in the troubled automotive industry, renewing loans for General Motors and Chrysler corporation to continue operations while reorganizing. Over the following months the White House set terms for both firms' bankruptcies, including reorganization of GM giving the US government a temporary 60% equality stake in the company. Where in the Constitution does it say the government can do that?
5. You signed into law the popular Car Allowance Rebate System, known popularly as "Cash for Clunkers." In the middle of our country's worst financial crisis you give out freebies with taxpayer dollars?
6. You used your executive powers to shakedown British Petroleum after the oil leak catastrophe in the Gulf to create the $20 billion escrow (slush) fund without any law, legal controls, or binding rules to guide it on how and how much those injured materially by the oil spill (and whom among them) will be paid.
7. I would add that this administration put pressure on the preacher in Florida who wanted to burn the Koran. While I do not agree with his actions he under our constitution has every right to do this. The State Department should never have become involved, should not have called this man and put pressure on him. It is an American right to protest in whatever way we see fit and as long as this man was not injuring others physically or doing harm he has the right to protest. Again I do not agree with how he wanted to protest but that is his right.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Collapse of the Dollar

The Collapse of the Dollar

America is in trouble we are spending money that we do not have. If we the people were so fiscally irresponsible we would have our assets seized and be homeless. This seems to be the direction that the current administration wants to take us. They are like a kid in a candy store they want it all and are willing to put the country at risk to get it. The following is taken from

1. The United States is essentially bankrupt with over thirteen trillion dollars in debt and more being added by the minute. The time will shortly come when we will not have enough money in the federal budget to pay the interest on American borrowed money. When that day arrives, the U.S Treasury Secretary will declare a "force measure" within days of this repudiation of the US deficit, everyone will be scrambling to dump their US currency.
2. A dollar collapse is when the value of the dollar falls so fast that all those who hold dollars panic, and sell them at any cost. The collapse of the dollar means that everyone is trying to sell their dollar denominated assets, and no one wants to buy them, driving the value of the dollar down to zero.
3.We have never seen the collapse of a currency like the dollar. Even the hyperinflation during Germany's Wiemar Period cannot serve as an example. Since the dollar is the reserve currency of most of he world, a panic out of he dollar means more dollars will return to the U.S shores than any country has ever experienced. Other countries have had collapsed currencies but never in the history of finance has so much currency been held outside a country of issue, that could come flying back almost on a moments notice. If the panic out of dollar starts, eve if Bernanke stops printing money (unlikely, all the dollars flying back into the U.S. could cause a huge price inflation all on its own.
4.The Office of Management and Budget forecasts that, by the end of fiscal year 2012, gross federal debt will total $16.3 trillion. thus, the debt will equal 101% of gross domestic product, which represents a milestone in the U.S. economy. Public debt alone, which excludes amounts that the government essentially owes itself, will be 67% of GDP by the end of fiscal 2012.
5. President Obama's budget plans call for running the national debt to $16.2 trillion by 2012, and an astounding $20 trillion by 2015. The projected run-up in the national debt from 2009-2015 is equivalent to the total debt accrued under the previous 43 presidents combined.
6. It took the U.S. government 191 years from 1791 until 1982 to run up its first trillion dollars in debt. It only too four years after that for Congress to add another trillion dollars to the total.
7. Don't blame the rising debt on inflation. Between 1946 and 1982 the national debt was virtually unchanged even with inflation taking into account. However, all that changed in 1983. since then, with the notable exceptions of 200 and 2001, the national debt has crept upward at an exponential pace.
8.Our founding fathers weren't adept at managing debt either. In 1791 the national debt was a mere $75 million. But that is equivalent to $5.2 trillion in 2008 dollars if you take into account the-year debt relative to the GDP.
9. the US government is funding its deficit spending by borrowing at an unsustainable rate. China holds over a trillion US dollars worth of US Treasury bonds and debt. An even uglier fact is that China holds massive investments in private US corporations and has hidden the extent of its holdings through third parties. Simply put, China has the power to destroy what is left of America's fleeced financial system. If China sells its massive dollar holdings, the value of the "mighty US dollar" will plummet. If America fails to pay its debt. China can claim America's government assets in the same way a bank forecloses on your house if you don't make the payments.
10.Sometime between 2030 and 2040 mandatory spending (primarily Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on the national debt) will exceed tax revenue. In other words, all discretionary spending (e.g. defense, homeland security, law enforcement, education etc) will require borrowing and related deficit spending.
11. The federal Reserve Bank continues to print money at will. The billions of dollars that have been created out thin air because of the stimulus package are only decreasing the value of the dollar. Not only is the value of the dollar decreasing the Federal Reserve Bank is causing people to do things that they normally would not do. With extremely low interest rates people are going to buy homes. There is no problem with people buying homes except that many of these homebuyers cannot truly afford homes. For reference to this take a look a the subprime mortgage crisis.
12.Public debt owned by foreigners has increased to approximately $4.5 trillion. As a result, a large percentage of the interest payments are now leaving the country, which is different from past years when interest was paid to US citizens holding the public debt. Nearly half of the debt increase over the 2009-2019 period will be due to interest. The debt is projected to nearly double to $20 trillion by 2015, but is expected to increase to nearly 100% of GDP by 2020 and remain at that level thereafter. These estimates assume real GDP growth (after inflation) ranging from 2.6% to 4.6% annually from 2010 through 2019, at 24% and 20% respectively.
13. In 2009 a number of countries, including China and Russia, proposed that the dollar should be replaced with a global currency. This would create the biggest overhaul of the world's monetary system since the Second World War. If another currency or basket of currencies replaced the dollar as the reserve currency, the US will need to offer higher interest rates to attract capital, reducing long-term economic growth. It would cause a Depression of dismal proportions.
14. At every step in this great dollar decline, the fed chief has sworn, that he supports a strong dollar. He has promised that the dollar would retain its dominant role as the world's reserve currency. but in reality, Bernanke has done absolutely nothing to halt the dollar's fall. To the contrary:The Fed Chief has been printing new, unbacked dollars like there's no tomorrow-a move that can only cause the dollars value to vanish faster.
15. American exports are continuing their decline; imports are also plummeting, but not as sharply as exports, contributing to a widening trade gap. In essence, America's economy will continue to decline. So here we have a perfect fiscal storm, quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve, massive overseas borrowing by the federal government to pay its basic operating expenses and massive borrowing or printing of dollars to pay for imports not covered by the net value of America's exports.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Duty, Honor, Country

On May 12, 1962 Douglas MacArthur gave a speech at Westpoint that I feel exemplifies the American code of ethics. He spoke on the ideals of Duty, Honor, Country. He said that these hallowed words should dictate what we ought to be, what we can be, what we will be. They should rally us. Help us to build courage when courage seems to fail. to regain faith when there seems little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. As we have seen with Glen Beck and his slogan Faith, Hope and Charity the unbelievers will say they are but words. Every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, will try to downgrade these words even to the extent of mockery and ridicule just as they have with with Faith, Hope and Charity but these words build character. They mold our future roles as the custodians of the nations defense. They make us strong enough to know when we are weak, and brave enough to face ourselves when we are afraid. They teach us to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success. They teach us not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge, to learn to stand up in the storm but to have compassion on those who fall; to master ourselves before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future yet never neglect the past; to be serious yet never to take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. These words create in our hearts the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next and the joy and inspiration of life.
Our soldiers who have fought so diligently and suffered so much and lost much so that we can have the freedoms that we enjoy truly know the meaning of these words. They know that the code of ethics that these word perpetuate embrace the highest moral laws and will stand the test of any ethics of philosophies ever promulgated for mankind. Its requirements are for the things that are right and its restraints are from the things that are wrong. Our soldiers, above all other men, practice the greatest act-- sacrifice. However, horrible the incidents of war may be, our soldiers are called upon to offer and to give their lives for our country. They are trained to fight, they have the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory,they know that if they lose the nation will be destroyed, that their offering in service is Duty, Honor, Country. Our soldiers and their families pray for peace but as Plato as said "Only the dead have seen the end of war."
We as citizens of the United States need to take a stand and make the sacrifice of our soldiers mean something. We need to stand up for our freedoms and not take them for granted any more. We need to understand where this current government is taking us and reverse the trend. We need to remember the words Duty, Honor and Country.