The Near Future Is Closer Than We Think

 

 

by: the Common Constitutionalist

This weekend I finally got around to watching the movie Atlas Shrugged Part Two.

 

Now that I’ve seen it, I don’t know why it took me so long to view it. It is an excellent movie and boy does it ever show us where America is heading.

 

Admittedly, I never read the book. I heard it was a bit tedious. Perhaps I’ll take a second look.

 

Anyway, I give the movie 4 out of 5 stars. Not for the cinematography, acting or effects, but for the content. It is a work of fiction slowly coming to reality before us in America.

 

I sat and watched, all the while thinking, this is us. This is America in perhaps less than five years.

 

It is set in near future America. We don’t know how near. The government has taken control of a great deal of the citizens’ lives. Gas is $40 a gallon and the railroad is the only real mode of affordable transportation left.

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Karen Handel for Senate

I’ll hold my judgement, but she is saying the right things…so far.

 

from the American Thinker:

Karen Handel is the type of candidate that all Republicans should be supporting. She is running in Georgia for the U.S. Senate because she feels that problem solvers should replace career politicians. Upon interviewing her, American Thinker found her to be articulate, thoughtful, and someone who will stand up for what she believes.

American Thinker: Why did you decide to become a candidate?

Karen Handel: I saw what was happening in Washington and it became abundantly clear that we need new leadership. We need people that will be elected to the Senate that will stop America from sliding into mediocrity. Looking at the Atlanta Journal Constitution Senate Poll taken last month I had the highest statewide favorable rating among Republicans, a commanding advantage in Metro Atlanta and Southwest Georgia and a strong second in Southeast and North Georgia. I have supporters from the business side as well as the grassroots side. read more

Pipelines, Trains & Regulations

by: the Common Constitutionalist

By all accounts, the Keystone XL Pipeline, the line that would transport oil from both Canada and the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Texas, is dead.

The Obama administration did a fine job dragging it’s feet, thereby effectively killing the project, or at least the major portion from Canada to Oklahoma.

However TransCanada did complete the southern portion of the pipeline that runs from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas. The company expects to complete a smaller pipeline that will transport oil from Nederland to refineries near Houston later this year.

AP reported that “the $2.3 billion pipeline from Cushing to Texas is the Gulf Coast — or southern portion — of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. This shorter leg will begin transporting on average about 300,000 barrels of oil daily and should end the year at an average of about 520,000 barrels, Pourbaix said”.

So where does leave Canada and North Dakota?  The Washington Post wrote in April 2013: “If Keystone is rejected [which is was], the oil will just get transported via other pipelines or by rail. And if that’s true, well, there’s really no point in blocking Keystone, is there?” Good Point, and from the Washington Post. read more

Mayor de Blasio to Ban Horse Carriages?

Is this the new Tammany Society?  Is Steve Nislick the new “Boss Tweed”?

from TheBlaze:

When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced recently that he’d make banning the city’s horse-drawn carriages his first priority, a lot of people were left asking, “Really?”

Could This be the Reason De Blasio Decided to Go After Horse Carriages in NYC?

A horse drawn (Getty Images)

Indeed, for all the problems de Blasio claims the city struggles with, it would seem horse-drawn carriages would take a back seat. But they haven’t and he’s pursuing the ban. read more

Obama on Obamacare: “Catch Me If You Can”

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

When my boys were younger, they would gather up several friends, assemble at our house and all walk into the woods to play Air Soft war games.

 

For those unfamiliar, Air Soft is like a BB gun, but uses plastic, not metal BBs, so the kids can’t be hurt if one hits them.

 

Once in the woods, I would set up boundaries the combatants couldn’t go beyond as well as both opposing sides bases of operations, or home base, as they called it.

 

Prior to each skirmish, everyone would gather and I would explain the rules to any newcomers and review them for those VAW’s (Veterans of Air Soft War).

 

When I was satisfied that everyone knew the rules of engagement, I dismissed the combatants to their bases to strategize for the coming battle.

 

After many battles over the course of the years – virtually every kid was veteran and the rules review was very short. Eye protection – check. Boundaries – check. What to do if you’re hit – check. That was about it.

 

These were specific “laws” that could not be broken. They all knew this and if caught by the referee, me, they would be ejected for the entire day, if
not forever. Remove your eye protection during a battle – gone. If I witness you being hit and you lie and say you weren’t – gone, etc.

 

Now, what if, during a match, I, as the dispenser of justice just decide to change the law? Oh, I don’t mean at the briefing prior to engagement. I mean in the middle of the battle.

 

Little Johnny takes off his eye protection. Bobby sings out that Johnny is ejected for doing so. I witness the offense but tell Bobby that because his name starts with a “J”, Johnny is exempt. Billy shoots Eddie, but because it was a red BB, not green, Eddie is exempt.

 

Eventually all the combatants would just throw up their hands and say “we quit” and start yelling at my sons that it’s impossible to play if their dad keeps changing the law.

 

Now does this sound familiar? Obamacare is the war-game, the insurers and insured are the combatants and I represent our less than benevolent dictator.

 

What Obama is doing with his crowning achievement is just that. He’s changing the law on the fly. These are not just rules changes. These are changes to the law itself, which is absolutely illegal.

 

Don’t be fooled by the White House’s line of crap that Obama is legally able to “tweak” the regulations. They know this is illegal, but like any other criminal enterprise, don’t care. It’s “Catch Me If You Can”.

 

Now just setting legality aside, put yourself in the position of these insurers. Also, put aside the fact that they should have seen this coming. They were all for this. They, in fact, were cheerleaders for Obamacare, banking on millions of new customers.

 

Putting all this aside, how can they now run their businesses? Insurance companies had to cancel many policies due to Obamacare’s minimum coverage requirements.

 

So these companies expended incredible time and money to abide by the law only to have the president change it retroactively.

 

But hey, Obama is a golfer (a bad one). Maybe he thinks he can take a Mulligan or two, or three, or more.

 

His latest Mulligan is the “hardship exemption” of the individual mandate, which has thrown the entire insurance industry into chaos.

 

To qualify for the exemption, the individual with the canceled coverage must simply “believe” that the Obamacare options are “unaffordable”. No proof is necessary.

 

Forbes reported that the, “hardship exemption will encourage healthier individuals, whose expected [medical care] spending would be low, to drop out of the [insurance] pool”, causing insurance costs to skyrocket and insurers to lose money on the remaining policies.

 

Remember folks – this is but the beginning. Yet even after what has already transpired, there is no call by Congress to just repeal the monstrosity that is Obamacare.

 

Will we ever learn that government can’t do anything right and certainly not better than can the private sector?

 

Evidently, the answer is no.

Got Nowhere To Run To Baby

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

I was speaking to a customer at my office last week. He is as conservative as anyone and fairly well read. He comes by to pick up supplies every once in a while and invariably the conversations turn to politics.

 

That day, we discussed everything from incandescent light bulbs to Obamacare. He began to turn the conversation into a complainathon.

 

He bemoaned the bond buying scheme by the Federal Reserve, saying that the $85 billion a month money flood can’t possibly be sustained. It was then that I told him the great news – that the Fed was paring back to a mere $75 billion a month.

 

It was as if a great weight was lifted off him. Not really. His reaction was, “Woop-di-do”! Well said. read more

Global-Warming ‘Proof’ is Evaporating

The 2013 hurricane season just ended as one of the five quietest years since 1960. But don’t expect anyone who pointed to last year’s hurricanes as “proof” of the need to act against global warming to apologize; the warmists don’t work that way.

Warmist claims of a severe increase in hurricane activity go back to 2005 and Hurricane Katrina. The cover of Al Gore’s 2009 book, “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,” even features a satellite image of the globe with four major hurricanes superimposed. read more

Demand A Plan To End Lunacy

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Imagine you are speaking to a friend. He claims his kids are straight ‘A’ students. The reason they are is that he has developed a system that guarantees better grades. No matter what the situation, he can better anyones grades.

Your logical reaction to such a claim is, “show me the proof”. Don’t just throw out these wild claims. Show me what your children’s grades were prior and what they are now. Then show me that it was your system that caused the positive change.

It seems reasonable for him to have to prove his system is a success, is it not? You wouldn’t just sign your children on without some proof, would you?

So why is it that we don’t view gun control in the same way? There is not a shred of evidence that disarming citizens makes us safer, yet the left has been clamoring to do just that.

There are organizations like Demand Action.org, who’s slogan is Demand Action to End Gun Violence”.

They want us all to “Join more than 1,000 mayors and over 1.5 million grassroots supporters to demand that Congress take action to end gun violence“. read more

Recognizing the Statist Utopian Nightmare

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

The liberal mind may be the most illogical and oxymoronic thing on the planet. They are constantly trying to “improve” the human condition by affecting human nature via legislation and regulation.

 

The problem is that human nature is what it is. Humans aren’t perfect. That’s what God intended and no governmental organization has been or will be able to regulate or legislate that out of us.

 

Oh, they’ll try and for a while it may even appear successful. But eventually that utopian dream will be exposed as the nightmare that it is and come crashing down.

 

The question is: why does it always have to escalate to the point of “crashing”?

 

That, as everything else, always comes down to human nature. Liberals feel, they don’t think. They are also quite myopic, singularly focused, that is, they don’t see the big picture. It may be that they are incapable of doing so, and because of that, they don’t see it as a shortcoming. read more

Getting The “Lead” Out

 

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

It seems virtually every federal government agency, at least under this president, is a rogue agency.

 

That’s not quite accurate. You see, when one hears the word rogue, it conjures up thoughts of abandoning one’s directive. “Oh him – he went rogue. We can no longer control him”. That type of thing.

 

So that’s not really accurate, for it appears that this administration’s prime directive is to allow these agencies to go rogue, from our point of view. Just look at the evidence of department after departments’ involvement in one scandal after another.

 

Yet there is one agency that is head and shoulders above all in the “rogue” department. The EPA. This is the agency that, if left unchecked, can literally mean the end of our country.

 

Not that the IRS, or Homeland Security, or other federal departments aren’t also dangerous; they are. But none more than the EPA. It’s not even close. read more