Monday, November 30, 2009


For years we have known that some members of the scientific community who receive government funds have pursued a political agenda and suppressed an objective appraisal of the influence of man's activities on the climate.  But clear, hard evidence of their bias did not achieve widespread public notice until this month when a hacker penetrated the computers of the Climate Research Unit and published the dirty details.  The CRU e-mails, which have been verified as authentic, confirm a scandal of science that rivals the suppression of Galileo.  Despite much of the main stream media's attempt to ignore the issue, the fallout thus far has been significant.  Here are a few of the comments and reports identified by Robert Bidinotto, Breitbart and the Drudge Report:

Even those who believe that objective evidence supports the notion that mankind's commercial activities are altering the climate deplore the suppression of opposing views.  See Pretending the climate email leak isn't a crisis won't make it go away.

But President Obama, Al Gore and others continue pretend that the e-mails and evidence of doctored statistics have not surfaced. And they continue their efforts to create expensive systems of government constraints on commercial activity using global warming climate change as a pretext.  Gore is explicit in his anti-capitalist objectives: " . . . we have placed too great an emphasis on outdated modes of distilling economic value," citing Joseph Stiglitz's work in the Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.  (As I revealed earlier, Stiglitz confuses "capitalism" with a corporatist/fascist economy, which he believes needs more regulation.)  Gore's motives are more nefarious.  He is out to both line his own pockets and facilitate global governance, the ultimate consequence of which would be to supplant the form of government bequeathed to us by our forefathers with an omnipotent superstate. 

The cast of characters supporting the increasingly shrill cries of alarm about global warming climate change, alone, is sufficient to raise questions about the motivations of those who assert that "science" justifies relinquishing the beneficence that free enterprise bestows on us.  The biggest question is why, when climate change is a phenomenon that occurs over centuries, millennia and eons, is there is such an all-fired rush to diminish and dismantle mankind's progress?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Going Rogue

No, this is not about Sarah Palin's Book.  It's about the United States Congress.

As if cap and trade, perpertual bailouts and nationalization of everything from health care to General Motors were not enough, the usual suspects, Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd, are proposing to give a new regulatory agency sweeping powers to regulate non-bank financial activity in the name of avoiding "systemic risk."  Please read Peter J. Wallison's  The Permanent TARP in the Wall Street Journal.   [Update 11/23/09: Also see No Bondholder Left Behind.] 

Clearly, the Congress is out of control.

We are staring straight down the barrel of a paradigm shift -- from the age of caveat emptor, due diligence, prudence and personal responsibility to the age of government paternalism, bailouts, and shifting the cost of an individual's misfortune, stupidity and vice to his neighbors.  Despite the many voices objecting to their creation, the Congress and its willing accomplices in the Administration proceed deliberately to institutionalize moral hazards at a pace that would have been unthinkable a decade ago. 

This is not what the people who pay the bills and vote want.  Consider the following letter, which was apparently sent to Glen Beck, now circulating around the internet:

GLENN BECK: I got a letter from a woman in Arizona . She writes an open letter to our nation's leadership:

"I am a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. Instead, we are burdened with Congressional Dukes and Duchesses who think they know better than the citizens they are supposed to represent.

There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now.

You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would feel so horribly disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut-job am I? Well, these briefly are the views and issues for which I seek representation:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This is not to be confused with legal immigration.

Two, the STIMULUS bill. I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you No, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.

Three: Czars. I want the circumvention of our constitutional checks and balances stopped immediately.. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution, and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There are many conflicting opinions and it is too soon for this radical legislation. Quit throwing our nation into politically-correct quicksand.

Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision that will burden me, my children, and grandchildren. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night without even reading it. Slow down! Fix only what is broken -- we have the best health care system in the world -- and test any new program in one or two states first.

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. More is not better! Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real [Constitutional] obligations. Why don't you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes -- how did they pull that one off? Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations.. I do not trust them with taking the census with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with any of our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs -- and that is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person! Why do you want me to hate my employers? And what do you have against shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.

Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Every company must sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. (Have you ever ripped off a Band-Aid?) We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please stop trying to manipulate and appease me with clever wording.. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.

Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Slow down and get some input from nonpoliticians and experts on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed-reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not.

It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is needless urgency and recklessness in all of your recent spending of our tax dollars.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on bringing our concerns to Washington . Our president often knows all the right buzzwords like unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented.. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work, pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone... and we are now looking at you.

You have awakened us, the patriotic freedom spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great.. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office.

We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us who will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don't care.. Political parties are meaningless to us Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution, and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them.. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you.

If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming.

We the people are coming."

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Time to Shrug?

Peggy Noonan, who writes on the opinion page of the Wall Street Journal online, today posted a thoughtful article entitled "We're Governed by Callous Children."  The article is well-worth reading.  The following portion of her article was especially interesting:
And so the disheartenedness of the leadership class, of those in business, of those who have something. This week the New York Post carried a report that 1.5 million people had left high-tax New York state between 2000 and 2008, more than a million of them from even higher-tax New York City. They took their tax dollars with them—in 2006 alone more than $4 billion.

You know what New York, both state and city, will do to make up for the lost money. They'll raise taxes.

I talked with an executive this week with what we still call "the insurance companies" and will no doubt soon be calling Big Insura. (Take it away, Democratic National Committee.) He was thoughtful, reflective about the big picture. He talked about all the new proposed regulations on the industry. Rep. Barney Frank had just said on some cable show that the Democrats of the White House and Congress "are trying on every front to increase the role of government in the regulatory area." The executive said of Washington: "They don't understand that people can just stop, get out. I have friends and colleagues who've said to me 'I'm done.'" He spoke of his own increasing tax burden and said, "They don't understand that if they start to tax me so that I'm paying 60%, 55%, I'll stop."

He felt government doesn't understand that business in America is run by people, by human beings. Mr. Frank must believe America is populated by high-achieving robots who will obey whatever command he and his friends issue. But of course they're human, and they can become disheartened. They can pack it in, go elsewhere, quit what used to be called the rat race and might as well be called that again since the government seems to think they're all rats. (That would be you, Chamber of Commerce.) 
The sales of Atlas Shrugged remain high after more than 50 years.  Ayn Rand intended the book as a warning, so that the conditions compelling the producers, carrying the world on their shoulders, to shrug would not happen.  The import of the book now is that those who have read it understand and recognize that it is already happening.  Whether they can be energized by Ayn Rand's message to turn the tide remains to be seen.

Soon, very soon, those of us who have struggled for decades to fight off tyranny and exploitation will simply vanish (poof! -- like that!), flip hamburgers like Hugh Akston, or retire to our fishing boats and no longer build our wealth that incidentally supports "society."

So I have a question for Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi:  I am a rich guy who produces, who generates beau coups jobs and creates wealth for myself and others.  What are you going to do when I and my kind decide that it isn't worth it any more to suffer your crap, to give you any kind of sanction to steal from me?