Now that I’ve worked my way through all of the state initiatives, I thought I’d publish my guide to these, and how I voted. Some of the initiatives are confusing, and it’s hard to figure out the actual outcome! However, when the thuggish, criminal SEIUis involved, I know which way NOT to vote. Thank God they weighed in on some of these confusing initiatives. You can research all of these initiatives at votersedge.org.
Prop 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education, Public Safety – NO
While this initiative proposes to raise money for schools and public safety, it’s a temporary fix to the bigger problem of spending. Also, I’ve never met a temporary tax that didn’t want to become permanent. Additionally, Prop 38 takes a long term view that doesn’t just tax the employers (those earning > $250K a year), but everyone. Now THAT’S what I see as ‘fair.’
Prop 31: State and Local Budget. Constitutional amendment and statute – YES
The SEIUis against it. Do I need any more evidence to vote for it when a known criminal organization is against it? No.
I’m a political and religious conservative, but I like to be in conversation with the evangelical left, since they keep us on the right from drifting into fanatical, judgmental, or extreme positions. Not that I believe in the logical fallacy of the argument to moderation, but I do like to keep my mind open even when I have drawn conclusions.
But today I got a money raising email from the Evangelical left publication Sojourners, which displayed to me the assumptions and logical mistakes of leftist logic regarding our economic woes and solutions for it. I have to discuss!
As Christians, we have an absolute duty, if married, to obey the biblical mandate to procreate, as given to both Adam and Eve and Noah and his family:
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth. (Genesis 1:28)
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. (Genesis 9:1-3)
But how many children is too many? And is it immoral to use any kind of birth control? And is it immoral to overpopulate the earth?
While the tradgedy of Haiti rightly moves us all to help, there are some reasons to think about what kind of help Haiti needs in the long term, not just in this emergency, in part because Haiti has been in crisis almost continually for decades. Perhaps the way we have been helping them IS NOT WORKING.
A few facts to consider (sorry, no time for footnotes, you can correct me if you need to):
Since 1992, the US alone has poured in over $3B dollars into Haiti, and the UN has done more on top.
Haiti’s population is only 10M, so how much money has been spent per capita?
The current earthquake in Haiti was about the same strength as the big Loma Prieta quake in CA. Some 60+ people died in CA, while the body count in Haiti is now easily over 100,000
Some experts say that the reason that Haiti’s economy hasn’t grown (besides the rampant corruption and thuggery) is it’s dependence on foreign aid
I don't often curse, especially in print, but can I just say that the current administration's health care and climate plans are the height of idiocy! Especially since these crises are largely manufactured, and not real. The health care 'crisis' is really a crisis of EMPLOYMENT, which the Obama admin, despite their claims of saving jobs ('Mission accomplished'), has run into the ground since Bush, promising us that it would have been worse without it (even though under their plan, unemployment got even worse than their projections had we done nothing).
So here's some conservative 'spam' that is making the viral rounds. OBAMACARE IS AN ABOMINATION, and he is turning out to be one of the worst presidents in history.
As a practicing physician I have major concerns with the health care bill
before Congress. I actually have read the bill and am shocked by the
brazenness of the government's proposed involvement in the
patient-physician relationship. The very idea that the government will
dictate and ration patient care is dangerous and certainly not helpful in
designing a health care system that works for all. Every physician I work
with agrees that we need to fix our health care system, but the proposed
bills currently making their way through congress will be a disaster if
I ask you respectfully and as a patriotic American to look at the following
troubling lines that I have read in the bill. You cannot possibly believe
that these proposals are in the best interests of the country and our
Page 22 of the HC Bill: Mandates that the Govt will audit books of
all employers that self-insure!!
Page 30 Sec 123 of HC bill: THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that
decides what treatments/benefits you get.
Page 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill: YOUR HEALTH CARE IS RATIONED!!!
Conservatives are getting tired of Obamanomics – it’s just plain idiotic to think that we can tax, spend, and borrow our way out of our economic problems. It’s contrary to reason and history. In fact, as Orrin Hatch recently remarked in exasperation at this anti-sense position, it’s stupid.
The data show government transfers and rebates have not increased consumption at all.
Consider first the part of the chart pertaining to the spring of this
year and observe that disposable personal income (DPI)–the total
amount of income people have left to spend after they pay taxes and
receive transfers from the government–jumped. The increase is due to
the transfer and rebate payments in the 2009 stimulus package. However,
as the chart also shows, there was no noticeable impact on personal
consumption expenditures. Because the boost to income is temporary, at
best only a very small fraction was consumed.
I think it's time to get one of these:
Seriously, though, the only thing that worked about the stimulus was getting taxpayer money into the hands of liberal cronies. I am serious about the legacies of GWB and Obama being the opposite of what many think – GWB's will be good, Obama's will be a setback for both liberals and African Americans. Long live Clarence Thomas!
It is a pervasive myth that the President is the one who kills or saves the economy, but in reality, the President can only set a tone and direction through his proposals, as well as what he may approve or veto.
It is the Congress that creates the bills and determines the spending. In fact, the Congress can totally ignore the President if they have a super majority, and in times when the Congressional majority is from the opposing party of the President, they often do. The American thinker has a great article entitled Whose Mess?, in which they use unemployment numbers to show that the economy ALWAYS worsens under Democratic congresses. Why? Because liberal economics do not work. Overtaxing the successful is the failed model of pseudo-socialism, not free-market capitalism.
The graph above speaks for itself – see the pattern? Every time a DEM Senate takes over (blue), unemployment goes up. When a GOP Senate is in session (red), it goes down. Maybe you read this differently – I mean, in 1993, it did begin to go down, but that's probably because of Bill Clinton approving NAFTA, which the majority of the DEMs voted AGAINST. So again, the only successful reduction of unemployment during a Democratic Congress may have been due to the minority GOP.
The world that fails? Government programs. Obama was not mistaken when he compared the quality of private services (FedEx) and government (Post Office) to health care – DOH! Correct! Government healthcare sucks and WILL suck! Gingrich uses this example, plus the difference between private banking knowing your unique PIN, and the Social Security Admin not recognizing the same SSN used over 40 times. Enjoy the vids.