Waiting with baited breath

Yes, I know, the proper word in this post title should be “bated”, not “baited.”  Somehow, bait seems more appropriate.  Like Rush said yesterday, no matter what the Obamacare ruling will be, it will still be a mess.  Ditto for Holder’s Contempt of Congress vote in the House.

Personally, I don’t see how SCOTUS can decide anything other than to declare all of Obamacare Unconstitutional.  But the Law and human foibles are a factor too.  Who would have thought that Chief Justice Roberts would side with Obama and Holder on the Arizona bill? It makes you wonder if Roberts was under some coercion.

The bottom line is what we have always known. Government is not our friend—never has been, never will be. Our only means of survival is to keep government small and politically weak except for one mandate—to preserve the security of the country.

Along with the SCOTUS decision is the Holder vote. Acts by two different but equal branches of government. The democrats in the House are expected to support Holder. The Black Congressional Caucus plan to walk out during the vote.  That, too, is a meaningless gesture until they can prevent the House from achieving a quorum. I don’t think they have the numbers for that.

We are living in Interesting Times.  We’ve brought that Chinese curse upon ourselves by allowing our enemies within to gain control. It’s time to fix that situation.

Wednesday Quickies

I have an appointment this morning so I don’t have my usual amount of time to write a blog.  Here are a few things to tide you over ’til tomorrow.

Obama finally says he has a jobs plan.  After two and a half years in office, he fiiinally has a plan.  I’m not surprised what it is.  He’ll tell us…as soon as his vacation to Martha’s Vineyard is over.  In a couple of weeks. Glenn McCoy explains…

Same ol’, same ol’.

Speaking of jobs plan, Chuck Asay chimes in…

Yeah, guess who’s paying for those black buses?  Us.  A friend of mine called Obama’s bus, Debt Star One.

After the sellout by Boehner and McConnell, the opinions of the country is firming as Gary Varvel explains.

I think Gary Varvel is being polite.  Clowns is not the label I’d put on Congress.

Well, I’m off. Y’all play nice now.

Mr. Congressman, where in the Constitution…

I was scanning my usual websites, looking for something to blog about, when I spied this column on the Washington Times site.  A bill is being introduced in the House to repeal Obamacare.  Along with that bill is something that will rock congress—where in the Constitution does Congress get the power to do what it’s been doing?

It will bring the subject of Enumerated Powers, Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, before Congress and the country.  We’ve seen numerous times in the last four years when Pelosi, et. al., has ignored the Constitution and has travelled far assuming powers not given to Congress. In many cases, such as Obamacare, they’ve ignored the Enumerated Powers and the Tenth Amendment as well.

House GOP spoils for Constitution fight

‘Judicial supremacy’ challenged

Following the House GOP‘s new rules, Majority Leader Eric Cantor submitted along with the repeal bill a little-noticed but far-reaching statement of constitutional authority that casts the effort in terms of reclaiming congressional prerogatives and the duty of each branch of government to police itself and “ensure that all their actions are constitutional.”

…their underlying message is this: The Supreme Court is not the only referee on the field when it comes to determining what’s constitutional and what’s not.
“The claim of judicial supremacy has been taken to such a point that it now requires Congress, as well as the executive, to push back and reclaim constitutional authority,” said Matthew Spalding, a Heritage Foundation constitutional scholar whom Republicans consulted. “The deeper significance of the citation requirement is that Congress is stepping up as an institution and saying that it is an independent constitutional actor.”
For much of the last century, schoolchildren have learned that Congress writes the laws, the Supreme Court rules whether they are constitutional, and the president carries them out. But Republicans said that’s a modern, and not entirely correct, division of labor.
Rep. Eric Cantor
And it’s one reason they wrote their new rule requiring lawmakers to file a statement of constitutional authority along with every bill they sponsor, citing specific constitutional authorities for Congress to take the actions they are proposing.
Mark C. Alexander, a law professor at Seton Hall University, said the back-and-forth is a debate worth having, adding that lawmakers should ponder whether what they are doing is supported by the Constitution.

 It will be an interesting debate.  On one side will be the ‘Pubs saying the Constitution means what it says and places limits on the excesses of Congress.  On the other will be the dems saying the Constitution is too old to understand and is meaningless anyway because the Congress can do whatever those in power want. 

Then again, the dems may keep quiet and reply on their bought and paid for judges to rule against the constitution.  It won’t be the first time.  

There’s much more interesting reading at the Washington TImes.  Go there are read the entire column.   

Now that the ‘Pubs control the House, what should be done?

The question in the title was the subject on the radio this morning. It was a loaded question and the “usual suspects” called in. Overall, the response was the same—cut spending! Just where would those cuts occur? Ah, that’s is the question.

There were the usual idiots claiming that we need a national consumption tax and that “will eliminate the IRS.” Well, that’s a subject for another post. Just let me say, eliminating the IRS ain’t gonna happen. As for the national consumption tax? That’s about the worse thing that could happen aside from raising taxes. Usually these idiots just parrot what they’ve heard from others and have never stopped to think just what would happen with a national consumption tax. Hint: Unintended Consequences.

Others want to eliminate entitlements. Now, that is something we can look into but repealing Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security can’t be done by fiat. Much we dislike these entitlements there are many who, in one form or another, depend on these entitlements for their lives.

But there is room here for us to work. As for the “Medis”, Medicare and Medicaid, those can be privatized or turned back to the states. Many states, Missouri for example, has a good track record working with Medicaid. Medicare? That can be privatized, but not overnight. There has to be a transition to allow private insurance carriers to take over this function. There are some obstacles that must be removed to allow for privatization and do so that allows the providers a profit.

Those who currently have Social Security must have some alternative. It’s too late for them to save enough or choose alternate means for retirement income. True, they’ve been sold a ponzi scheme. However, that scheme was perpetrated by the federal government and it’s the responsibility of that government (and us unfortunately) to support that agreement for those who are dependent on Social Security and Medicare. However that does not mean that we can’t phase Social Security out. True, it will take decades but it can be done.

For instance, let me throw this out. Those who’ve paid into Social Security and are over the age of fifty, have the choice to remain in the system or to withdraw and shift their contributions into a private plan, perhaps something like 401Ks. Next, there would be no Social Security if you’ve never paid into the system or if you are an illegal alien. Those under the age of fifty would have their funds transferred into a private plan. A surcharge on the growth of those private plans would help fund Social Security for those remaining in the system. The feds would have to pick up the rest, but that funding would drop year-over-year as those in the system died.

Harsh? Perhaps, but it would support those already in Social Security and would also allow that ponzi scheme to fad away while providing retirement funds for those who’ve yet to retire. Eventually those entitlements would fade away.

Where else can we cut? Well, for one thing, let’s make it absolutely ILLEGAL for the federal government to EVER bailout another company. Business, like societies, must live by Darwin’s rules. Darwin is the ultimate leveler and his rules apply to business, governments, societies and cultures just as it applies to species. Someone said, “The business of America is business.” I don’t remember who said that but it is a truism. The business of government IS NOT business but eliminating those obstacles that interfere with business. For most of this country’s existence, that interference has been government.

We must return Congress to the limits imposed on it in Section 1, Article 8 of the constitution known as the “enumerated” powers of Congress. Every piece of legislation, going forward, must cite where in the Constitution, Congress has the power to do what is proposed in that piece of legislation.

If there is ever a need to modify the constitution, it is to reword or remove the so-called “elastic” clause. John Marshall, as one of his first SCOTUS decisions, modified the intent of that clause negating the intent of the authors of the constitution. That clause was supposed to be limited in scope. May John Marshall’s name be ever held in infamy. John Marshall alone did more damage to to US constitution until the democrat controlled congress in 2006 and 2008.

Congress has assumed too much power. The balance between the states and the central government has been badly damaged—almost destroyed. This nation grew and prospered for over 100 years with a balance of powers. Teddy Roosevelt was the first to tilt that balance towards the federal government with his prolific use of Executive Orders. William Howard Taft, a Roosevelt protege, pushed that balance further with the passage of the 16th Amendment and Woodrow Wilson with the passage of the17th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Now that the ‘Pubs have regained control of the House, how much can they do to put us back on the path envisioned by the founders? I expect it will be less than we want. But, perhaps, they can start the snowball that will grow and gain strength.

We’ll wait and see. If they don’t, 2012 is only two years away and the Tea Party just may become a major player and the Republican party goes the way of the Whigs.

You Jackwagon!

I love R. Lee Ermey. I haven’t seen a single thing he’s done poorly—including his latest GEICO ads.  Now he’s expanded his repertoire and become a cultural icon.

A hat-tip and thanks to cartoonist Dana Summers.

Alabama Congressional Campaign video

It seems this election year, some candidates are getting very creative. Maybe it’s the influence from the Tea Partiers but whatever the reason, I LIKE IT!

Campaign ad for a congressional candidate Rick Barber for Alabama’s 2nd District. Alabama’s primary election is scheduled for July 13th

If the video above doesn’t work for you, here’s the link.


Alabama Congressional Campaign video

It seems this election year, some candidates are getting very creative. Maybe it’s the influence from the Tea Partiers but whatever the reason, I LIKE IT!

Campaign ad for a congressional candidate Rick Barber for Alabama’s 2nd District. Alabama’s primary election is scheduled for July 13th

If the video above doesn’t work for you, here’s the link.