Monopolies Are Always Bad…Except When They’re Not

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The website, Inside Business wrote: “A monopoly is bad for the economy and allows one business to set the prices for a certain product or service virtually eliminating free-trade. If one business is the only provider of a product or service, the consumer is forced to pay whatever price they demand. This can also lead to the company providing a low quality product or service without fear of losing business.”

In 1890 the Sherman Antitrust Act was even enacted to make monopolies illegal and for a time it was considered a felony.

The Internet is awash with lefty bloggers railing against corporate monopolies. One such blogger wrote, “One of the fundamentals of free-market capitalism is that the consumer benefit from competition is plentiful. If a business is selling a week or inferior product, consumers can turn to the competition for a better deal”.

He continued by describing that the patron Saint of big government, FDR, stressed antitrust as a “key element of the New Deal” and “that large companies should be forced into a competitive environment whether they like it or not”. read more

Obamacare Limits Freedom

from The American Thinker:

Sit down, shut up, and take what we give you. That seems to be the attitude of Marcus Merz, CEO of Minnesota insurer PreferredOne. The Obamacare insurer told the New York Times.

Daily Caller:

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” Marcus Merz, CEO of Minnesota insurer PreferredOne, told The New York Times Tuesday. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”

Imagine having a “fixation” on freedom. Perish the thought! read more

A Big Harry Lie

by: the Common Constitutionalist


For the past several weeks Senate majority leader “Dirty” Harry Reid has been trying to tell the “truth” about the Unaffordable Care Act, or Obamacare.


I say trying because Reid wouldn’t know the truth if he passed it on the street.


Of course we’ve now heard his truth telling on the Senate floor as he speechified to an empty hall proclaiming that, “despite all the good news, there’s plenty of horror stories being told, all are untrue, but they’re being told all over America.”


“The Koch brothers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling Americans that Obamacare is bad for them. It’s easy to do if you have no conscience and are willing to lie like they are, through the ads they’re promoting. But the Kochs should stick to what they know: the oil business… Where they’ve made their multi-billions of dollars,” Reid said.


Yes Harry, they should stick to the oil business and stay away from say, crooked land deals. You’ve pretty much cornered the market on that. read more

70% Of U.S. Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Buried deep in a section of President Obama’s budget, released this week, is an eye-opening fact: This year, 70% of all the money the federal government spends will be in the form of direct payments to individuals, an all-time high.

In effect, the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer machine, taking $2.6 trillion from some and handing it back out to others. These government transfers now account for 15% of GDP, another all-time high. In 1991, direct payments accounted for less than half the budget and 10% of GDP. read more

Connecting the Conspiracy Dots

by: the Common Constitutionalist


I’m usually not one for conspiracy. Oswald killed JFK… alone. We did land on the moon. No aliens were recovered or discovered at Roswell and 9-11 was not an inside job.


But lately, with this administration, it may be time to put reason aside – for I wouldn’t put it past this bunch to do, or at least try anything.


I recently wrote an article entitled “Is Revolution Inevitable“.


In it I described how Justice Scalia is convinced that concentration/internment camps may very well be in our future. Okay, that’s a potential dot.


Now recall the billions of rounds of ammo Homeland Security has purchased and are now moving on to purchasing sniper ammo. That’s a dot.


Other agencies are purchasing guns and ammo, such as the Social Security Administration, the TSA and the USPS. Yes, the Postal Service!


Want more? How about the IRS, the EPA, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and yes, even NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That’s a big dot! read more

An Argument for Amnesty

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I’ve had an epiphany recently. For years, heck, as long as I can remember, I’ve been dead set against any form of legalization or amnesty for any person illegally here in the United States. Whether it be an illegal who waded across the Rio Grande, the Swedish Bikini team who overstayed their visas or a child who was brought here illegally by his or her parents.


It didn’t matter to me how they arrived or why, or what their reason for staying. They all had to go, I thought. I was unapologetic and steadfast.


Well, times have changed and we dusty old constitutional conservatives must change or be left behind.


I hope you will now join me in converting to the pro-amnesty side as I lay out my argument.


The crux of my reasoning has more to do with current American citizens then those as yet undocumented.


Now, back in the bad old days citizens were expected to get an education and then venture out into the world to earn a living. One was actually expected to work for a paycheck. Seriously? Yes – I’m not kidding. read more

Obamacare “See We Told You So”

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

The sign up for Obamacare is going so well it appears that insurance companies will need a bailout. And as bad as the sign up numbers are, the number of “customers” that have actually paid for the program is likely a fraction of the paltry sign up numbers.


The administration either doesn’t know or will not say how many have not just signed up, but actually bought in to the program.


It seems the only “customers” that Obamacare is attracting are the old, sick and dying. Obviously, as many have stated, the president’s program must be flush with younger healthier “customers” in order to be viable. Without those young healthy “customers” to underwrite the unhealthy, the program cannot pay for itself (not that it could anyway) and thus will require a bailout.


But Mitch McConnell said Obamacare would likely sink under its own weight as the realities of the law become more clear.


And there’s the “See We Told You So”! Obamacare will never “collapse” under its own weight as the spineless establishment Republicans said it would. It was never going to. It’s the law, after all. The Republicans knew it and they lied about it to everyone because the leadership are scared little girlie man that can’t or won’t take the fight to the Democrats and our dictator in chief. 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