Strong-Arm Dictator vs. Strong-Arm Regulation

 

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last Saturday (the 9th) USA Today, or as Jay Severin calls it, Mcpaper, posted an article on the effective nationalization or government takeover of what they described as Venezuela’s equivalent to Best Buy. The chain stores name is “Daka” and has five stores located in Venezuela.

 

USA Today reported that the president of Venezuela, Nicholas Hussein Maduro (just kidding. I added the Hussein) ordered a military “occupation” of the stores and commanded that the company charge its customers “fair” prices.

 

Evidently shoppers rejoiced at the news. One customer looking for a plasma TV said, “It’s going to be so cheap”. She waited seven hours outside the Caracas store. I don’t think she was asked if she had adequate electricity to run her new TV, what with constant rolling blackouts thanks to Hugo Chavez’s nationalization of energy production and distribution.

 

Many believe this is just a political stunt designed to boost Maduro’s sagging poll numbers running up to their December 8 election.

 

As happens with such regimes that take over whole industries, shortages soon follow as it has in Venezuela. Shortages of basics such as toilet paper and milk, coupled with an inflation rate of over 54%.

 

USA Today reports that their currency is expected to be devalued soon after the election, which will probably then lead to hyperinflation. This will lead to much higher prices and further shortages.

 

Okay, so it’s Venezuela. So what? It’s not like those types of things could ever happen in America; where the government effectively sets selling prices for private companies, right? Wrongo! In fact, as is often the case, it has happened in America and history could very well repeat itself. read more

Obama Climate Change Order

President Obama used his executive powers on  Friday to create a ‘Task Force on Climate Preparedness and  Resilience.’

Obama’s plan would be put in place  through  executive order, bypassing Congress, which has stalemated over  climate  legislation in recent years.

A year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the  East Coast, the President signed the order which is designed to make it easier  for states and local governments to respond to weather disasters.

Trick or treat? President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama give Halloween treats to children at the White House
Trick or treat? President Barack Obama and first lady  Michelle Obama give Halloween treats to children at the White House. On Friday  Obama used executive powers to create a ‘Task Force on Climate Preparedness and  Resilience’

The executive order establishes a task  force  of state and local officials to advise the administration on how  to respond to  severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other potential  impacts of climate  change. read more

Obama: The Lying Liar That Lies

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Yesterday the AP reported that the Obama White House is asking insurance company CEOs to help explain mass cancellations; that the White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough urged companies to “ramp up communication and education efforts” to those who have lost their insurance.

 

Did we not predict this? Did we not predict that Obama would either out and out blame evil “big insurance” or at least co-opt them?

 

Now granted, the insurance companies are not completely blameless. They were stupid and gullible, but not blameless. They could have spoken out against Obamacare, but they, like so many others, bought Obama’s line of crap.

 

I’m sure they figured if they kept their collective mouths shut, Obama would reward them with millions of new customers, forced by government decree, to buy their product. Crony capitalism at its finest. read more

The FCC: Yet Another Rogue Agency

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Pay no attention to that rogue federal department behind the curtain. Pay attention only to Obamacare. It’s all about Obamacare. Everyone concentrate on Obamacare.

 

What ever do I mean? Is the Obama administration, as they always do, trying to avert our attention yet again? In a word, yes. Obamacare is a total disaster and all eyes should be focused on it. But Obamacare is serving a second devious purpose. It distracts us from other administration shenanigans. Distraction has become an art form for them.

 

So where else should we be looking? This time it’s the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). And as the FCC goes rogue, we conservatives should be very worried. Just think about it. Liberals have never been able to compete with conservatives in the “arena of ideas”. And which medium is the consummate arena for ideas and independent thought? Why, it’s Talk Radio of course. That and the explosion of conservative websites and blogs.

 

Evidently statists have tolerated this for long enough. Just as they charge the EPA with destroying any industry they don’t care for, so are they going to attempt to shut down any and all conservative opposition to their agenda. read more

Imagine a Free State

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The major reason most states are in such financial difficulty, at least the ones that aren’t completely corrupt like California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey,  isn’t necessarily due to their own fiscal irresponsibility; it’s more due to federal involvement. Other than Vermont, all states have some sort of requirement to balance their budget.

Yet the allure of the all mighty dollar is all too often just too tempting for state governments to pass on. I hear it all the time, as I’m sure have you. The state of such and such has been awarded an education grant or highway grant or whatever grant from the federal government to the tune of $10 million. This will help needy children get condoms or something.

Well, where does the state receiving the largess think the money comes from; Obama’s stash? Yes it comes from the federal government who takes it from us, funnels it through the federal government labyrinth of worthless departments and returns a few scraps back to the states,  or it simply borrows or prints it. And of course they give it up as a good will gesture, with no strings attached. They wouldn’t be looking for anything in return? They wouldn’t be looking to bribe a congressman or senator into voting a certain way, would they?

They would never say that the state could have this pile of education money if they just introduce a federal program into the local school system, would they? Just give up a little more control to the feds and you get the cash behind door number 3. read more

Premiums and Deductibles and Co-Pays, Oh My!

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Think health insurance is expensive now? Wait until it’s free!

Well, we’re still waiting.

Everyone has been talking about Obamacare’s expensive premiums. That many plans have people seeing premium increases of 50 – 100 – 150% and more.

To be sure, folks are already beginning to suffer from monthly premium sticker shock. That is, the few that  have been able to get into the system to purchase a plan.

 But what will really effect the public’s bottom line is the astronomical deductibles and co-pays that will be forced on us. It’s pay me now, pay me later…just pay up!

 Nationwide,  deductibles on the least expensive Bronze Obamacare plans can be as high as almost $13,000. Couple that with co-pays of up to 40%.

Don’t get sick and don’t get hurt!

Glossary for those who are unfamiliar with the terms:

Deductible: the amount for which the insured is liable on each loss, injury, etc., before an insurance company will make payment.

Co-pay: a fixed amount required by a health insurer to be paid by the insured for each outpatient visit or drug prescription. read more

Our Glitchy Government

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard reports of the chaos in two Walmart superstores this past weekend. It was a story of EBT (food stamp) cards gone wild. I guess, more like food stamp recipients gone wild, and wild being the key word.

 For those who didn’t hear or see, for a few hours last Saturday in Louisiana, EBT cards had literally no spending limit. In just those few hours both stores were picked clean.

 CBS news affiliate KSLA reported that the police were dispatched to the Walmart locations, one in Spring Hill and the other in Mansfield Louisiana to help maintain order as shoppers (thieves) swept through the aisles and bought (stole) as much as they could carry. It was pandemonium.

 KSLA reported that the EBT system suffered a temporary “glitch” during a routine maintenance test. Glitch huh. That’s become a rather common word in the past few weeks.

 The Spring Hill police chief said, “it was worse than any black Friday”.

 One man, OJ Evans, who took a video of the aftermath expressed to KSLA that it was just “human reaction” to stock up, given the opportunity. Another man, Stan Garcia, said it was just “plain theft. That’s stealing, that’s all I’ve got to say about it”.

 Well, Stan is right. These “shoppers” no doubt all have a sense of entitlement. This wasn’t a “human reaction”. It was an animal reaction, although maybe the food stamp recipients simply thought the money came from Obama’s stash. To them it was free money for free stuff.

 These are the same types of people that, after a natural disaster occurs, would think nothing of looting that same Walmart. Remember the video of looters from New Orleans after Katrina?

 And how did so many find out about the “glitch” so quickly? My guess is that calls went out immediately from inside the stores, probably on Obamaphones.

 As more and more people end up on food stamps either by necessity or through government solicitation – don’t be surprised to hear more of these “glitch” stories.

 These are the types of things that will occur as Obamacare is eventually forced down our throats, I guarantee it. Just look at all the glitches that have already occurred. People without insurance trying to logon to government websites to obtain it only to be frozen out and told the information it took hours and sometimes days to input is no longer available or no longer exists.

 The larger a government program is or becomes, the more unmanageable it is. Imagine if the entire social security or welfare system were to be rolled out en masse today. The only reason they function at all is they started small and grew over decades.

 Now imagine you are a father or mother of a child who falls ill over a holiday weekend. You take your sick child in to see his or her government-mandated physician, assuming they will have weekend hours. After hours upon hours of waiting the doctor sees you but explains that due to a “glitch” your child has been dropped from the system. The doctor explains that the government will not allow him to treat your child and to come back when the glitch is fixed. What do you do? Who can you call? Like an insurance company, will the government have a 24-hour hotline? Do we really think that government hacks will be manning the phones all hours of the day, nights and weekends?

 You’d be better off looting some medicine from your local Walmart.

The Shutdown Government: Powerful, Punitive And Petty

There were nearly 6 million living World War II veterans counted in the 2000 U.S. Census. By 2010, there were fewer than 2 million. An estimated 640 World War II Veterans die each day.

Last week the Obama Administration chose to barricade the World War II Memorial to keep aging veterans and other citizens out during the so-called government “shutdown.”

It’s tremendously wasteful to spend taxpayer funds and personnel shutting down an open-air memorial that could be visited at any time of the day prior to the shutdown, whether staff were nearby or not. But more than that, it’s just cruel: World War II veterans are on a race against time to see their memorial.

The closing of high-profile sites for tactical advantage has political benefits. Who can forget how President Bill Clinton ordered the Washington Monument closed during the 1995 shutdown? read more

Student Get’s Caught With Gun at School

COOK COUNTY  CRIMINAL COURTS — A Chicago teen accused of bringing a loaded gun to Urban Prep Charter Academy feared he would be killed by gang members who harassed him for years, his mother said Wednesday through tears.

Darnell Hamilton, 17, faces gun charges after police found a 9mm semiautomatic handgun loaded with several live rounds in his school locker Tuesday morning, prosecutors said.

Hamilton told police that he was being “hassled by the gangs and he bought the gun for protection,” Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said Wednesday when Hamilton appeared in his white button down shirt and khaki pants before a Cook County judge. read more

Regulation Nation Rolls On

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

What we need is more regulation, because without proper federal oversight, we make all the wrong choices; spend our money indiscriminately, use too much energy, pollute the planet, eat the wrong things and generally misbehave. Basically, we are what’s wrong with this country.

 

And how is all this misbehavior measured? Well, by “independent nonpartisan studies”, of course.

 

Take this recent study for example. It looked into food expiration dates. The study of food expiration dates was conducted by Harvard Law School. Law school? Yes, they have a food law and policy clinic. Of course they do. It was done in conjunction with the partisan free Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). They are an environmental “action” group and we all know “action” is good.

 

Glossary of terms: When you see the word “action” describing an organization, 9 times out of 10 it is liberal. Just a little tip.

 

Anyway, the study found that 90% of Americans prematurely tossed out food because they don’t properly understand the “use by” or expiration date. read more