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Where’s Waldo?

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On some good, sound information, I decided to follow the lead for Obama’s birth certificate. The first stop was Hawai’i, the big island. I was following a trail that looked more like a treasure map. I talked with many people who didn’t know or even like Barry. They told me he never came to the island because he wasn’t well liked. All the people I talked with owned businesses and had jobs and were worried about the economy so I felt I would get some good information on Barry’s past but not dice. I followed the leads I had already and it took me through mountains, waterfalls, beaches and volcanoes yet I couldn’t find a shred of evidence that I needed. I was told this by many locals–if you have something to get rid of that you don’t want anyone to find, you do a night trip to the volcano flume. I was pretty sure after a week of traveling through beautiful country that this may have been the case. I felt dejected but resigned to the fact that my bigger lead may be more fruitful. This was on Barry’s home turf of Oahu.

I grabbed a shuttle flight and flew to Honolulu. I was shocked to see a bustling city with okay homes mixed with ghetto. There are 80 hotels and 88 ABC stores which is telling of itself. I got right to work. I talked with no less than 15 bartenders who didn’t know Barry personally but liked him because he was great for tourism–except when he showed up in town. That is when business takes a big dive and only the surfers are unaffected. I talked with 3 public school teachers about his school and they only told me it was pricey–17 grand a year to attend to today. Other residents and bus drivers told me the public school system sucked and was a sub-par education but no one could afford private school. This is good info and I need to check the average here with the other 56 states.

I decided to get down and dirty with the “real” locals but found I was at a disadvantage because my Japanese and Hawaiian ain’t very good so I went looking for the real skinny about things out on the street. The ladies were only interested in Japanese men and money and were of no help. The street vendors also were only interested in money: human statues, magicians, musicians, jugglers, dancers, parrot handlers, animal acts……I was getting no where fast. I checked with about 4 local residents since I tripped over their blanket on the sidewalk and actually got some confirmation for the lead I had left home with. I thanked them with a quarter knowing that they would rather buy a 10 dollar pack of cigarettes than taking a much needed bath and hurried to my destination. What I found when I got there was shocking. Inside this condemned crack house, under the floor board in the bedroom was the Jetson’s lunch pail I was told about. The initials on the outside were “BS” and when I opened it I found a Quaran and a Gideons bible where the pages have doodle pictures colored with crayon. What I didn’t find was a birth certificate. I was so dejected that I went to a bar and consoled myself for the evening. In the morning I decided I wouldn’t contribute to habitats for humanity for Hawai’i, California, Minnisota and Maryland as the hotel would have liked and just caught the next flight home. I really thought I was onto something but I came away empty handed. What a waste of my time.. I should have stayed home. I think I’ll go fishing to lose this funk I’m in!

Thomas Sowell, mentioned in an earlier post, wrote a wonderful article, The Fallacy of Redistribution. Sowell’s article concentrates on the practical aspects — redistribution has never achieved its stated goals, and never will. I want to examine the fallacies and hypocrisy inherent in the redistributionist philosophy itself.

In the United States, great wealth has invariable come from someone offering goods and services that others purchased. The Kennedy’s, for example, “allegedly” got their wealth trucking booze in from Canada during Prohibition. Gates got his wealth producing and selling software. Buffet got his wealth as an investment manager. In every case, people purchased what they were producing. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, and architects sell their professional services. Even hairdressers and barbers get their money selling their services. The difference is that people value the services of doctors, lawyers, architects, and engineers more than they value the services of hairdressers and barbers. If hairdressers and barbers tried to charge the same rates as lawyers and doctors, no-one would purchase their services. (Well, almost no-one.)

Sure, some people inherited their money. So what? If they are stupid, they will spend it all an be broke. It’s not much different from winning the lottery. And isn’t that part of the American Dream — to leave your children better off than you were? Sure. Even the 0bama’s send their daughters to private school. Is that “fair” to the poor kids who cannot afford private school? Well, since 0bama does not support school vouchers, I guess he doesn’t really care about fairness in that regard. But even inherited money was first earned by the person it was inherited from.

So, that money was earned in free exchanges. If you don’t think Microsoft Windows is worth the price Gates wants to charge you, don’t buy it. Just get a pirated copy from the Chinese. Do you think the 5-Season set of Babylon 5 CD’s is overpriced? Don’t buy it. Just get a pirated copy from the Chinese.

People do not purchase products and services if they think the price is too high. Nor will producers sell at a price they do not consider fair. That is the beauty of free commerce — both sides think they are getting a good deal. Every purchase truly is a win-win scenario.

But along come the redistributionists, who think you were robbed! The man that sold you that widget charged you too much. You were too ignorant and stupid to see it at the time, so you paid too much. Your doctor charges too much, and you are too ignorant and stupid to know it. So the redistributionists have to come in, take some money from the doctor, and give it back to you stupid and ignorant people.

So, if the masses are so stupid and ignorant that they are repeatedly getting overcharged, how can these stupid and ignorant people possibly be trusted with the franchise?

Now, let’s look at the source of the money instead of the sinks. If the people believe that a cause is worthwhile — The Boy Scouts, Planned Parenthood, Meals on Wheels, Head Start, the Virginia Association of Free Clinics — they will give their own money to those causes. They will start their own charities. If the people cannot be trusted to make wise decisions of how to donate their time and money, as consumers cannot be trusted to make wise decisions spending their money, how can they possibly be trusted with choosing those who will choose for them how much will be taken from them and what causes to put it to?

Those are the two dilemmas of redistributionism in a republic: the people are too stupid to spend their money wisely, and too stupid to give their money wisely, so how can they be trusted to vote wisely?

That is why redistribution requires totalitarianism.

No, I am not talking about Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Admittedly Lunch Bucket Joe does provide some of the most knee-slappin’ hilarious moments ever demonstrated by a Vice President. Take his most recent comments on college athletes, classic Biden!

Most of us read and post a lot of commentary and analysis to support our points. Two of my favorite thinkers put out excellent commentary this week – Thomas Sowell and Mark Steyn – as is their norm. There is very little I disagree with from either whether they are opining on the press, monetary policy, international/domestic policy, Democrats or the Republicans. One makes me literally laugh out loud while stinging with facts, the other makes me chuckle due to the simplicity and clarity of his arguments. Sowell and Steyn are quite simply two of the smartest and funniest men in America.

Steyn’s piece “Bowing to the Mob” and Sowell’s piece “The Fallacy of Redistribution” are must reads.

Well, James Carter, grandson of President Malaise himself, really stepped in it. The “secret” recording with the little “gotcha” moment has finally been released in toto, and it is really good. Except for that one little excerpt, when Romney erroneously conflated the 49% who don’t pay U.S. income taxes with the 47% on the dole, this is Romney at his best.




NBCNEWS.com has the transcript, too.

Just a few snippets — go listen to and read the whole thing…

I’m just– just– we didn’t talk about immigration today, but gosh I’d like to bring in more legal immigrants that have skill and knowledge. I’d like to staple a green card to every PhD in the world and say, “Come to America. We want you here.” Instead we– we make it hard for people who get educated here or elsewhere to make this their home.

Unless, of course, you have no skill or experience, in which case you’re welcome to cross the border and stay here (LAUGH) the rest of your life. It’s a very strange setup– run by people who don’t understand that we’re in a global competition of ideas and– and our idea has to win, but only if America remains strong.

the biggest surprise that I have is that young people will vote for a Democrat. They look at this and say, “Holy cow. The only guys that are worried about the future of our country and our future are Republicans.” But the– the Democrats– you know, they– they talk about social issues, drawing the young people, and– and they vote on that issue.

I’ll give the specific on Iran and then maybe talk more broadly about foreign policy. The specific on Iran is– we should have put in place crippling sanctions at the beginning of the president’s term. We did not. He will say, “Yes, but Russia wouldn’t go along with us.”
Well, he gave Russia their number one foreign policy objective. For a decade all they’ve cared about is getting the missile defense sites out of Poland. And he gave them that and got nothing in return. He could have, I presume, gotten them to agree to crippling sanctions against Iran. He did not, which is, in my opinion, one of the greatest foreign policy errors of the modern time.

Good stuff. I hope he hits 0bama with some of this in the debates.

President Obama and Former Governor Tim Kaine both had important events today. Both made very revealing statements.

George Allen and Tim Kaine participated in a debate today at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Kaine’s years as Governor were peppered with attempts to raise taxes, so it was no surprise when he revealed that that is what he wants to do again:

“I Would Be Open to a Proposal to Have Some Minimum Tax Level for Everyone”

So much for the little people. Tossed aside in a debate by the President’s go-to guy for the 2010 mid-term elections (aka “schellacking”).

President Obama participated in a Univision Forum in Florida and revealed what he thinks about “change” (no comment on his views on “hope”, it might be lost):

“The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside,” he told a Univision forum Thursday. “You can only change it from the outside.”

Feel free to try to change it from the outside Mr. Obama. Hawaii is a nice place to play basketball and hang out JayZ and Beyonce.

Changing Washington by Raising Taxes. Together.

No, Thank You.

Update: Romney’s response – The White Flag of Surrender.

George Allen’s response:

“It’s typical of Tim Kaine. His record is always one looking to raise taxes,” Allen said, noting that most Americans already pay payroll and sales taxes. “When he was governor, he tried to raise taxes on people earning as little as $17,000 a year. He wanted to raise taxes on buying used cars.”

This came to me as an e-mail. Haven’t had time to verify but it is interesting. I am on a mission and will return in 10 days with my findings. ACT out.

PAUL RYAN’S PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS
A List of Republican Budget Cuts
Notice S.S. and the military are NOT on this list.
These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.Read to the end.

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy — $445 million annual savings.
* Save America ‘s Treasures Program — $25 million annual savings.
* International Fund for Ireland — $17 million annual savings.
* Legal Services Corporation — $420 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings.
* Hope VI Program — $250 million annual savings.
* Amtrak Subsidies — $1..565 billion annual savings.
* Eliminate duplicating education programs — H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
* U.S. Trade Development Agency — $55 million annual savings.
* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy — $20 million annual savings.
* Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding — $47 million annual savings.
* John C. Stennis Center Subsidy — $430,000 annual savings.
* Community Development Fund — $4.5 billion annual savings.
* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid — $24 million annual savings.
* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half — $7.5 billion annual savings
* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% — $600 million annual savings.
* Essential Air Service — $150 million annual savings.
* Technology Innovation Program — $70 million annual savings.
* Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program — $125 million annual savings..
* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization — $530 million annual savings.
* Beach Replenishment — $95 million annual savings.
* New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings.
·       Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts — $9 million annual savings
* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings.
* Title X Family Planning — $318 million annual savings.
* Appalachian Regional Commission — $76 million annual savings.
* Economic Development Administration — $293 million annual savings.
* Programs under the National and Community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings.
* Applied Research at Department of Energy — $1.27 billion annual savings.
* Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership — $200 million annual savings..
* Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings.
*Economic Assistance to Egypt — $250 million annually.
* U.S.Agency for International Development — $1.39 billion annual savings.
* General Assistance to District of Columbia — $210 million annual savings.
* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — $150 million annual savings.
*Presidential Campaign Fund — $775 million savings over ten years.
* No funding for federal office space acquisition — $864 million annual savings.
* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.
* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
*Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings.WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT?
* Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees — $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of — $15 billion total savings.
*Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.WHAT???
* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies — $1 million annual savings.
*Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — $12.5 million annual savings  WELL ISN’T THAT SPECIAL
* Eliminate Market Access Program — $200 million annual savings.
* USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings.
* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — $93 million annual savings.
* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program — $56.2 million annual savings.
*Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs– $900 million savings.
* Ready to Learn TV Program — $27 million savings..
* HUD Ph.D. Program.
* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
*TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

Former Time Magazine Reporter and White House Lemming Jay Carney repeated the biggest falsehood perpetuated (pertaining to national security) in the past decade and insults our intelligence:

“This is a fairly volatile situation, and it is in response not to United States policy, obviously not to the administration, not to the American people. It is in response to a video, a film, that we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting — that in no way justifies any violent reaction to it.”

First question the Press Corps should ask:

What Foreign Policy?

From reports – “Carney explained that for other countries it can be “difficult to understand” why the United States allows such offensive speech as that displayed in the anti-Muhammad flick “Innocence of Muslims.” He reiterated that the Obama administration would not seek to limit freedom of speech, even speech it finds offensive.”

Another question for the Press Corps:

Did the administration ask YouTube to review their policy on this “film”?

Now the coup de grace:

“JAKE TAPPER: [unintelligible] that the anniversary of 9-11 would be a time when you would want to have extra security around diplomats and military posts?

JAY CARNEY: Well, as you know, there, we, are very vigilant around anniversaries like 9-11. The president is always briefed and brought up to speed on the precautions being taken. [crosstalk] But let’s be clear. This, these protests, were in reaction to a video that had spread to the region. [crosstalk] We don’t know otherwise. You know, we have no information to suggest that it was a pre-planned…attack.”

Final Question for the Press Corps:

Are you kidding me?

The Press Corps needs to walk out on this type of dangerous drivel if repeated again.

UPDATE: Another embarrassment, another Obama supporter, another filmmaker. An Obama Donor and friend. Bill Maher.