The Only Thing Renewable About Solar Energy is Failure

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We all remember Solyndra, the solar panel manufacturer that in May 2010 Obama heralded as “leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.” It was the poster child of his new “Green Energy” movement in America. As part of his slush fund dressed up as a stimulus package, he granted Solyndra over $500 million in loan guarantees, which they gobbled up and in return handed the taxpayer a crap sandwich.

A little over a year later, on August 31, 2011, Solyndra filed for bankruptcy, costing us taxpayers a mere $535 million. The problem though is much worse and much more widespread than just the well-publicized Solyndra debacle.

Only 3-1/2 years into Obama’s presidency, some 34 solar companies had already gone broke, laid off their workforces or were on the verge of bankruptcy. All took government – I mean our money and in all cases we lost virtually every dollar. Companies went belly up owing from hundreds of thousands of dollars to hundreds of millions. Do not take investment advice from Obama!

By the end of December 2014, between the U.S. and Europe, the number totaled 112. But despite all the federal, state and local subsidies tax credits and mandates, domestic manufacturers still could not make it. So that same year the “Solar Lobby,” as if they need one, got Obama to slap hefty tariffs on Chinese solar equipment manufacturers of anywhere between 26 and 42%. This obviously made the more expensive American equipment instantly more attractive. read more

The Progressive Agenda Is Ruining Our Children

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Kids get suspended from school all the time. Even the good ones find it happening to them from time to time. My son – a great student and a fine young man (if I do say), received an in-school suspension last year for sticking up for a friend. It happens.

There are many reasons for a child to be suspended. Most have to do with repeated bad behavior. However, more recently the amount of suspensions has been on the rise. And the age of those being suspended has gone from mostly unruly teenagers in high school, to middle school, to elementary.

The majority of these behavior problems are directly attributable to bad parenting – or simply a lack of parenting. And frankly this is, or should be, expected. Over the years the federal government through the Department of Education has been pushing parents to virtually relinquish all duties and responsibilities of raising their own children. The so-called educational experts have been spouting their progressive nonsense for decades, that they know far better than we how to properly raise our children. Was it not Hillary Clinton who wrote a book that “It Takes a Village,” to raise a child. read more

Both Trump and Christie are Big on Protectionism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

When Chris Christie first exited the Republican presidential primary, I figured he would then throw his endorsement to one the establishment candidates left in the race. But then he threw his weight (pun intended) behind Donald Trump.

Other than both portraying themselves as tough talking, gravy-stained champions of the blue collar set, they didn’t appear to have a lot in common. Well, I found one thing both Chrispie Creme and The Donald share a desire for – and that is protectionism.

Protectionism is one of Trump’s major platform items. He of course will never describe it as such, but he’s been telling us for months how he will make great trade deals with China, Vietnam, Japan and Mexico. A large component of these “great deals” is tariffs slapped on these countries in an effort to drive up import prices thereby making American made products more competitive.

That my friends (hat tip – John McCain) is protectionism. It’s the government manipulating the free market (as if there is such a thing) in order to artificially pick winners and losers.

What actually happens is that companies which are then “protected” from less costly competition are free to raise prices. In effect the government just creates a monopolistic economy where the end user, the consumer, always loses in the end. read more

Another Bubble About To Pop – Have We Learned Nothing?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In a real free-market capitalist system, one has the opportunity to succeed beyond his or her wildest dreams, but also to fail miserably. And those successes and failures should be on the person or persons willing to take the risk. The decision should be ours and ours alone and thus the consequence of our decisions should also be ours.

But as we know (or should), America does not have a free-market capitalist system. What we have is a fixed, crony corporatist system – where a select, connected few can game the system, which is coincidentally setup to be gamed, make poor decisions based on the rigged system and never suffer a consequence for those mistakes.

As long as the same politicians and corporate cronies run the system, mistakes, which we pay the price for in the form of government bailouts, will repeat.

We all know what happened regarding the housing bubble, as the government forced banks into granting loans to people who would otherwise have no business buying a house and in a lot of cases had no means to pay for the property. Still, due to government policy, virtually anyone could overextend themselves in search of the “American dream.” read more

The Lunacy of One-Size-Fits-All Law & Regulation

by: the Common Constitutionalist

One of the major platform items of the Ted Cruz campaign is rolling back federal government regulations.

In case you think Cruz is, as some (Trump) would describe him, all talk, no action – early on in Ted’s career at the Federal Trade Commission, Cruz “proposed an ambitious agenda that featured efforts to roll back regulations on teacher certification, hospital accreditation and local governments’ agreements with cable television.” In other words – unlike some Johnny-come-latelys, he’s been walking the walk.

But what is so wrong with government regulation? After all, there must have been a need for someone to suggest a law or regulation. Otherwise, why would anyone wish to regulate another’s behavior?

Why indeed. I am reminded of Sheldon, the anal-retentive genius scientist – one of the main characters on the TV comedy, the Big Bang Theory. He is the dictionary definition of a control freak and insists he always knows best – regarding everything. He would make a great regulator.

In one episode he arrives unexpectedly to a party at his friend’s house, that he had earlier declined an invitation. When he walks in, his best friend asks why he showed up – why was he no longer with his new found friends? Sheldon tells his friend that they were having fun. When asked why this was a problem, he stated that “they were having fun…wrong.” Now that’s a regulator! He would also make a great federal lawmaker, for they too love to needlessly and senselessly regulate society by crafting idiotic legislation to right wrongs where none exist. read more

Trump’s Lies Don’t Seem to Matter

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Complaining about Donald Trump seems to some like sour grapes. I know it appears this way, but it’s not. Sure I say I’m a Cruz guy, but I’m really a Constitution guy. If anyone running was closer to the idea of upholding the Constitution, I would be their guy. It’s not a matter of sour grapes – that “my guy” isn’t winning and Trump is. It’s that Trump is winning and by extension, the Constitution is losing.

As Cruz says, Trump has a habit of calling him out as a liar over Cruz’s supposed “attack ads,” when all Cruz ever does is run ads literally showing video of Trump saying the exact opposite thing he claims to now stand for or against. How is that dishonest to show potential voters just who they might be pulling the lever for?

Yet his supporters eat up the vitriol. They love when Trump goes on the attack. His supporters appear to completely dismiss what they see and hear, instead opting for Trump’s red-meat sound bite attacking of Cruz, or Carson, or whomever is the target du-jour. It’s like they’ve been mesmerized by The Donald and can’t be woken from their dream-like state. Who are you going to believe – me or your lying eyes and ears? Evidently the former.

If you have children, you’ve more than likely watched a lot of kids’ movies. I know I have – some, more than I can count. One movie we’ve watched was Wreck-It Ralph. It’s funny what one recalls from watching these things over and over. It’s a movie about the lives of video game characters inside an arcade. Anyway, at the end of the movie, the villain and his thousands of minions are defeated by being hypnotized by this beacon of light – like a giant bug zapper. They are uncontrollably drawn to the light, despite the fact that it will spell their certain demise. read more

IT’S THE REGULATION STUPID!

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Much has been said regarding the latest American company to pull up stakes and leave the country. Carrier Air Conditioners is leaving Indiana and moving its plant to Mexico.

During Saturday’s republican debate, Trump brought up this fact. He said he would not use an executive order to punish Carrier for leaving. Instead he would first build a consensus with Congress and the Senate. Then he would approach Carrier saying if you go to Mexico and try to import air conditioners back into the U.S. we’re going to tax you. In other words, an import tariff. He has stated that tariffs on incoming goods could be as high as 35% or more. “So stay where you are [in Mexico] or build in the United States. Because we are killing ourselves with trade pacts that are no good for us and no good for our workers,” he stated.

Naturally everyone is blaming the company, which apparently has the nerve to try to stay in business or make a profit. Perish the thought.

Many times Trump has belittled trade deals that have been done throughout the years – which are great for other countries but punish the United States. The only problem he sees is that the deals are negotiated by idiots – that he will make great deals. read more

Podcast – Supreme Courts Freezes EPA Clean Power Plan – Free Form Politics

In this week’s episode I discuss another razor-thin, 5-4 Supreme Court decision to freeze Obama’s Clean Power Plan while they decide if it is legal to ruin what’s left of the coal industry and further reduce greenhouse gasses.

In the Free Form Politics segment I go noteless and just speak extemporaneously about the candidates, who’s courting whom, who’s dissing whom, and why the supporters of one candidate are different from the rest. read more

IS DEBBIE BLABBERMOUTH-SCHULTZ A LEFTIST HERETIC?

My Exclusive WND Column:

The religion of liberalism has many sacraments. To remain a leftist in good standing, one must not only adhere to, but champion them. There is the sacrament of accepting all illegal aliens and now Muslim refugees, as long as they don’t make it to the Village, the Upper West Side, Malibu or Georgetown. Global warming, or the more all-encompassing climate change, is another. And of course there is abortion, the “living wage” as well as the legalization, or at least the destigmatization, of drugs. There are others, but these are some of the most important chapters contained in the religious doctrine of The Book of Liberalism. read more

Gun Violence Will Be Tops at the State of the Union

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Obama has begun his final year full court press to secure his legacy. He knows the clock is ticking and he must undo as much of the Constitution as possible prior to his exit. I believe one reason he appears to be pushing so hard is that he believes Hillary Clinton, one way or the other, will not win. She will either lose in the general election or her criminal behavior will finally catch up to her – therefore be unable to extend his radical legacy.

Of course one of the major issues for any statist is to begin the process of disarming the citizenry. So Obama has hit the road – giving speeches – using what Teddy Roosevelt called his “Bully Pulpit,” to spread his message of gun control.

As a slight aside, you’ve probably noticed that Obama, the Dems nor the press is promoting “gun safety.” See, the word “safety” carries with it a positive tone. When leftists speak of guns, which are as everyone knows inherently evil, they must take care not to detract from that message of evil with a word like “safety.”

Therefore, for leftists, guns must be forever linked with violence – thus the newly minted and focus group tested Democrat phrase, “Gun Violence.” Watch and listen for it – it’s everywhere. read more