ObamaCare Allows Government to Confiscate Your Assets?

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This isn’t a exactly a new thing, but it appears that ObamaCare doubles down on asset forfeiture.  That means that government get’s to claim your assets to compensate for your medical bills, as Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn, both 62, found…

She was shocked: If you’re 55 or over, Medicaid can come back after you’re dead and bill your estate for ordinary health-care expenses.

The way Prins saw it, that meant health insurance via Medicaid is hardly “free” for Washington residents 55 or older. It’s a loan, one whose payback requirements aren’t well advertised. And it penalizes people who, despite having a low income, have managed to keep a home or some savings they hope to pass to heirs, Prins said.

With an estimated 223,000 adults seeking health insurance headed toward Washington’s expanded Medicaid program over the next three years, the state’s estate-recovery rules, which allow collection of nearly all medical expenses, have come under fire.

Medicaid, in keeping with federal policy, has long tapped into estates. But because most low-income adults without disabilities could not qualify for typical medical coverage through Medicaid, recovery primarily involved expenses for nursing homes and other long-term care.

Get over to the Seattle Times, and read the rest.  This has been going on for some time.  I had a relative that worked hospice, so I know this is a common practice.  However, with the states that are expanding Medicaid via ObamaCare, more and more people will be subjected to having their property or assets seized at their death.  If you have property that you want a spouse, or children to have after you are gone, you might want to be aware that signing up for medicaid via ObamaCare, might mean that that spouse or children might be put out on the street when the government takes your land, home, or other assets.

Donald Berwick did say that ObamaCare was a redistribution program, didn’t he?

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Happy Halloween, Obama Style

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Steven Crowder applies Obama’s class warfare…to Halloween!

It appears that our leftist friends have much more work to do in their brainwashing efforts.  These kids sounded more and more like Tea Party members than the good, brain-dead Marxists that the public school are designed to create.

H/T: The Blaze

 

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Obama Supported Redistribution in 1998: He Still Does

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Take a look at this video from Breitbart TV…

Sounds like the typical socialist/communist propaganda to me.  And, my friends, redistribution of wealth is a core concept in communism.

What intersts me is that he mentions a “propaganda” program to discredit that government intervention.  Um, that is more of what we would like to call “reality.”  The “War on Poverty” created more poor people.  The Department of Education made education worse, not to mention way more expensive.  The Porkulus failed to lower unemployment, and, in fact, didn’t prevent it from rising.  Come to think of it, there were billions of porkulus dollars that went to Congressional Districts and zip codes that don’t exist!  Frankly, I’m sure we could talk about the failure of government intervention many times over, but I guess that would be propaganda, right?

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Sikh Shooting, and the Big Lies in the Coverage

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By now, we’ve all heard of the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.  And we’ve seen the coverage of the shooter, Wade Michael Page.  But, Bob Belvedere at TCOTS makes a significant point, and one that needs to be explored…

For nearly eighty years now, the Left has engaged in one of the most successful Big Lie campaigns in it’s history.

They have been able to get the vast majority of the people who have lived in this country [and in the other countries of The West] since the 1930?s to believe that Fascism is a Right Wing system of belief.  The Left has deftly convinced Americans that Fascism is nothing like Communism, that the former is crude, militantly nationalistic, and only interested in absolute power and brutal control [‘Deutschland, Deutschland, über alles…’], whereas Communism / Socialism is merely seeking to bring about Equality, Liberty, and Fraternity [‘Imagine no possessions…’].  Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth: Fascism is merely a transitional stage between mild Statism [Modern Liberalism] and Socialism.  In other words, it is decidedly a belief system of the Left — grown as it was in the sterile laboratories located in the minds of Leftists like Benito Mussolini. 

In it’s successful effort to distance itself from Herr Hitler and Il Duce, the Communist Propaganda Machine was able to get people to see Fascism as a Right Wing phenomenon, and this has the benefit of allowing them to label any conservative a Fascist at will — a very useful tool in politics, as we have seen.  The Progressives in America have adopted this practice, kept this meme alive.  Because of World War II, people have ever since associated Fascism with the Nazis, so, therefore, anytime you accuse a person on the Right of being a Fascist, a certain set of images enters the brainwashed mind of the hearer.

Knocked it out of the park!

I’ve made the point, many times, that Fascism is a leftist construct.  For example, I recently quoted this from the American Nazi Party website…

The American Nazi Part is extreme right wing, is it?  Here is something right from their own platform…

We demand the creation of an honest, self-sufficient, debt-free economy based solely on the productive capacity of the Aryan worker, which will guarantee conditions of full employment and price stability. We also demand public control of all banking and credit institutions as well as all utilities and all monopolies, confiscation of all conglomerate holdings, cancellation of all usurious debt, comprehensive profit sharing in all basic industries, and the institution of a national program of interest-free loans for families, farmers, and small businessmen.

We believe that the proper function of an economy is to serve the economic needs of the people, not to make profits for big bankers and huge multinational corporations. We must put an end to both economic freeloading and economic exploitation in America. There must be no place for parasites who draw their sustenance from society without giving anything in return. We also believe that HONEST WORK is the only legitimate basis for wealth – not speculation, usury, or money-manipulation – and that a sound economic system must rest, not on debt or some extraneous metal, but on the productivity of the Aryan worker alone. We believe further, that money is properly a medium of exchange and store of value, not a commodity like bread or steel, and that therefore money and credit should not be issued for profit, but to serve the legitimate needs of the people without interest. Finally, we believe that it is unnecessary for any rational society to suffer unemployment when there is work to be done and people who want jobs. We must have an economy based on the long-term interests of the man who works for a living, not the chronic loafer or the man who lives by renting out his capital.

Yes folks, this is a so called right wing movement.  This could come right from an occupod!

But, according to our leftist friends, these are right wingers. Because, as you all know, redistribution of wealth is a big right wing tradition, right?

Then, for the reaction to the big lie?  Bob quotes Stacey McCain…

 Stacy McCain describes the latter very well:

The timid defensiveness of some conservatives — who run away screaming the minute they hear the word “racism” spoken aloud — is the exact opposite of political wisdom. Having been so often and so unfairly accused of “hate,” they have internalized their liberal antagonists’ worldview to such a degree that they pre-emptively fear the smear:

“Oh, let’s denounce the crime, then move on and ignore it, because we might be targeted with a guilt-by-association smear attempting to connect us with this tattooed skinhead freak we never heard of until he killed six people.”

Not only is this reaction gutless — needlessly defensive — but it makes conservatives look like shameless political opportunists: If the guy who killed the Sikhs had been an Occupier or an Islamic jihadi, the right-wing blogosphere would have been raising hell. So when the shooter turns out to be somebody categorized as a right-winger, conservatives are not going to score any points for integrity and courage by whining that this is unfair and then trying to ignore it.

When the Left does this, we automatically notice it, don’t we?

Essentially, the left takes and attributes their bastard stepchildren, the fascists, on to us.  And, to complicate things, many on our side buy into the big lie!

History is there.  It is real, and it vindicates our side at every turn.  We have the facts, so there is no reason for us to hide.  If a fascist murdered a group on innocent citizens, it shouldn’t be politicized, but understood.  However, since the left makes up lies with which to spin their yarns, we are obligated to correct them.

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Populism in America?

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Populism is what Barack Obama is selling. Will Americans buy it?

Having traveled considerably in third world countries and having lived in one for the last twenty years, I know a little bit about populism. When the vast majority in a country are truly have-nots, populism is an easy sell. ironically, when an economic crisis grips the world, there are two classes of people who are unaffected by it: the very, very rich and the very, very poor. For the very, very poor things can’t get worse. When an economy collapses, they don’t even notice because they were never part of the economy in the first place.

The poor in the United States are not even close to being poor by third world standards. But, that doesn’t matter. Being poor is relative. My experience tells me that for a populus movement to win there must at least be a majority of people who consider themselves have-nots. Also, the have-nots must believe that the reason they are have-nots is due to those that have. Do we have such a situation in the US today? I don’t think so. Although nearly 50% of families pay no federal income tax, I don’t believe that those who fall short of earning enough to have to income tax consider themselves as have-nots.

So, how does Obama and his radical left supporters expect to win with a populist approach?  Victor Davis Hanson says:

If Obama can cobble together disaffected young people, greens, women, minorities, and the poor — who all believe some nefarious “they” have crushed their dreams — then massive debt and deficits, high unemployment, sluggish growth, and spiraling gas prices won’t decide the election.

Greg Sargent says:

Obama’s challenge is to argue that combatting inequality and tax fairness are all about promoting opportunity and mobility — that the two are connected, and that the Republican argument is premised on a false choice between the two. He will argue that addressing those inequities is the only way to ensure that government can continue investing in the country’s economic future and in shoring up the middle class.

We know that this election like all elections will be determined by the so-called swing voters. Ari Berman takes issue with the centrist Democrat group  Third Way:

The centrist Democratic group Third Way has a new report out about “Swing Independents,” who they claim are the Soccer Moms/Reagan Democrats/Rockefeller Republicans of 2012

These Swing Independents, according to Third Way, make up 15 percent of the electorate and currently favor Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by 44 percent to 38 percent. But despite their soft pro-Obama leanings, Third Way argues that Obama’s populist message of economic fairness is turning these voters off. Swing Independents care about “opportunity,” not fairness, prioritize cutting the deficit over reducing income inequality, don’t believe the US economy is skewed to favor the wealthy and “consider themselves to be haves, not part of the have nots,” according to the report.

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This week a new ABC News/Washington Post poll asked voters: “what do you think is the bigger problem in this country—unfairness in the economic system that favors the wealthy, or over-regulation of the free market that interferes with growth and prosperity?” Fifty-two percent answered “unfairness,” while only “37 percent” mentioned “over-regulation.” A December 2011 Pew poll found that 61 percent of Americans believe the US economic system “favors the wealthy,” with 36 percent saying it was “generally fair.” In a November 2011 ABC News/Washington Post poll, 61 percent of the public said the federal government should “pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less-well-off Americans,” with 35 percent saying it should not. So much for the canard that income inequality is an issue the public doesn’t care about.

It can’t be any more clear as to the strategy of Obama and the left. It will be divide and conquer. The man who was elected in 2008 on a platform of unity and hope and change will now run as the Marxist-populist he always was. After a century of moving America to the left a bit at a time, Obama believes America is ready for the big and final push. Will his divide and conquer strategy work? The voters will decide in November. More correctly, the independent voters will decide. I’m betting that the Third Way’s analysis of the independent voters is correct. I’m betting that Obama is wrong. If Romney and company can resist the trap of going on defense and stay on the offense with a positive plan for America, I believe the American voters will make the RIGHT choice even if it is not a great choice.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire

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Klingon Socialist Wages Lonely Battle for Respect

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Sure I can fight.  But I’d much rather redistribute the respectTog Tre’Gok of the house of Tor has a unique position on the Klingon homeworld:  He is the leader of the Klingon Socialist Party.

Our full name is the “Socialist, Redistributionist and Social Justice Party of the Klingon Homeworld”.  Right now we’re a small party.  Very small.  It’s just me and my mother.  We haven’t won any seats yet in the Klingon Parliament but I’m confident that once I get my message out other Klingons will see the merits of our positions.

Despite his confidence other Klingons are dismissive.  Said Antaan Angghal of the house of Y’hporp:

“Tog is not a warrior!  The house of Tor has been shamed.”  

And therein lies the uphill battle that Tog wages to make the Klingon Socialist Party a serious player in Klingon elections.  To achieve success Tog must convince Klingons to change their very culture.

Klingons have always been self-sufficient.  They don’t really like to have other people do things for them.  It’s all based on one’s individual honor.  An outmoded concept if I may say so myself.  It’s time the Klingon Homeworld entered the 23rd century.  Why even the Vulcans have adopted socialism.  They say it’s logical.

Though the rest of the galaxy may find socialism logical Tog admits he has a long road ahead of him.

At my first debate I mentioned that it wasn’t fair that one house had more respect than others and that all houses should be equal.  I asked the audience if maybe it was time to redistribute the honor equally between all the clans.  Well, that didn’t go over to well.  They hurled insults at me.  And they threatened to cut me in half with a bat’leth.  But I guess I should have expected it.  These are simple Klingons.  They cling to bat’leths and their myths.  It’ll take some time for them to adapt to progressive ideas.

Despite the odds he remains optimistic.

I’m homeless now.  They burned down my house after the debate.  But socialism is inevitable.  It’s compassionate.  The rest of the galaxy knows this.  That’s why they adopted the system.  So I just have to be patient.  And watch out for bat’leths.

Anyone wishing to register with the Klingon Socialist Party in time for the next election should contact Tog.

“Anyone over 18 can sign up.  So drop by.  I have free donuts for those who register with us.”

Original Post: Manhattan Infidel

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The Gospel According to Barack Obama

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The Kingdom of redistribution is at hand!

And in those days cometh John Kerry preaching in the desert of Massachusetts.  And saying:  Do taxes:  for the kingdom of Barack is at hand.  For this is he that was spoken of:  A voice of one crying in Massachusetts, Prepare ye the way of redistribution.  For now the axe is laid to the root of the capitalists.  Every Republican therefore that doth not yield redistribution and his fair share of taxes shall be cut down and cast into the fire.

Then Barack was lead by the spirit into Chicago, to be tempted by the nonredistributioners.    And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights he was appointed a constitutional scholar.

And the evil Republicans took him up into the Sears Tower and showed him all the glory of Chicago.  And said to him:  All this I give thee if falling down thou wilt interpret the Constitution as the fathers intended.  Then Barack saith to them:  Begone. For it is written, the Federal Government shalt thou adore and him only shalt thou serve and enlarge the powers thereof.

And seeing the multitudes he went up to the John Hancock building and when he was set down public sector union employees came unto him.

And opening his mouth he taught them saying:

Blessed are the poor:  For the Feds have the power to take away from others and give unto thee.

Blessed are the meek:  For they know America is an evil country and they have no reason to brag.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after social justice:  For the feds have the power to engineer equality of result.

Blessed are the merciful:  For they shall obtain redistribution of wealth.

Blessed are the peacemakers:  For Muslims shall like them and they shall be called children of the most High Prophet and enemies of the terrorist state of Israel.

Blessed are they when the revile you and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake.

Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in Washington D.C.  For so they persecuted the populists and progressives before you.

Do not think that I am come to destroy the law or the Constitution.  I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill and interpret the Constitution as a living, breathing document with positive powers of government.

For amen I say unto you, till my healthcare reform law and all its 1000 plus pages come into effect, the old slave-holder’s Constitution shall still be in place until all be fulfilled.

He therefore that oppose my healthcare reform, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of Washington D.C.  But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of D.C.

For I tell you, unless your social justice abound more than that of the scribes and Republicans, you shall not enter into my kingdom.

(To be continued.)

The Gospel According to Barack Obama is brought to you by PBS and is made possible through a generous grant from the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Original Post:  Manhattan Infidel

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Liberal Policies Tend to Backfire: Will Higher Taxes and Regulation Help or Hurt the Mythical 1%?

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Some refer to the law of unintended consequences.  Others call it purposeful crony capitalism.  But the reality is simple; in a high-tax and high-regulation environment, large corporations and the wealthy flourish, and the little guy? Not so much.  Our contributor, Don, and I were chatting about that just last night.  Then, as I was checking out some news sites this evening, I saw that Don and I weren’t the only ones pondering that point.  Seton Motley, over at Big Government, was pointing out the same uncomfortable truth.  

In Reality, this Leftist policy disconnect happens with cringe-inducing regularity.  They push proposals that will have the exact opposite effect of their desired intent – and yet onward they press.

Oft it is unintentional – sometimes it is not.  Then soon-to-be President Barack Obama admitted that the inheritance (death) tax costs more to implement than it collects – but that he favored it anyway, in the interest of “fairness.”

Spread the misery around.

In Reality, bigger government and more regulations – which the Left (say they) implement to reduce the gap between rich and poor – actually widen it.

It goes like this:

Say we increase all regulations by a cumulative 50%.  The Rich, Big Companies have the money to absorb the abusive costs and keep going.  The up-and-comers do not.  The Rich, Big Companies hold on – the little ones go under.

So you end up with a few wealthy joints, and everyone else starving – the gap between widens.

Say we raise taxes to 50% of income.  The likes of Warren Buffett can afford it – they’re already rich.  But it dramatically damages the chances of people like us – the up-and-comers – from becoming rich.

So you end up with a few wealthy individuals, and everyone else starving – the gap between widens.

In short: The bigger the government – the bigger the taxes, the more the regs – the bigger the gap between rich and poor.

The outcome the Left with their policies seek to ameliorate – they instead exacerbate.

Hit. it. out. of. the. park!  The taxes, regulations, as well as the gigantic government needed to enforce them, will actually create the problem that OWS laments.  OWS blames the free market for the problems that we face, when in reality, we haven’t had a free market for decades.  During that time, government has increased it’s role, via the tax code and regulation, turning the free market into a crony capitalistic fur ball.  The results have been to make it more difficult for start ups and mi-sized companies to compete with the big ones.  Sending jobs overseas, or having many companies go out of business completely.  So far, the Obama administration has permanently killed over 2,000,000 jobs.  If OWS had their way, millions more would go down the tubes as well.

But, then again, the more jobs that are permanently killed, the more people that will require government assistance.  And, when people are on the government drug, they are more likely to vote for the dealer.

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Occupy Wall Street: Advocates of Wealth Redistribution do not Like it When it Happens to Them

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Apparently, some criminals have done a preemptive application of the Occupy Wall Street proposed wealth redistribution-and the OWS folks did not like it at bit.

Occupy Wall Street protesters said yesterday that packs of brazen crooks within their ranks have been robbing their fellow demonstrators blind, making off with pricey cameras, phones and laptops — and even a hefty bundle of donated cash and food.

“Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale.

“I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500. Every night, something else is gone. Last night, our entire [kitchen] budget for the day was stolen, so the first thing I had to do was . . . get the message out to our supporters that we needed food!”

OK then, the Occupy Wall Street folks want to rob people that work.  They seek to empower the government (because that ALWAYS works) to take from people that work, and give it to them.  The folks stealing from the protesters are no different.  They see that the protesters have something that they do not.  Is that not inequality?  Is it not, under the ideology of the Communist revolution, right and proper for the “criminal” to correct these inequalities?  In the end, is this yet another example of the would-be communist overlords not wanting to live under the system that they propose?  I would submit that it is.  They don’t mind stealing from others, but when it happens to them, it’s suddenly a bad thing!

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Statism is Killing the Middle Class

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The liberals love their meme THE RICH GET RICHER and THE POOR GET POORER.  Sorry liberals but that is just not true. The truth is that the poor, because of entitlements and welfare largess, are getting richer. It is the middle class that is getting poorer.

The Poor are Richer Than the Middle Class

One of my favorite bloggers, Bunkerville, wrote an excellent piece that contained the following table that he borrowed from Zero Hedge . Please click on this table to get a full view and you will see that a family of four earning only $3,625 has almost as much economic benefit as a family earning $60,000 and a family earning $14,500 has a greater economic benefit than the family earning $60,000. This is what American statism has done. This is the result of the liberal’s idea of wealth redistribution.

 

The Middle Class is Getting Poorer

The following graph comes from a recent CNN Money article that I hope you will take the time to read.  The article contains a really  excellent video  called Why it sucks to be middle class,which I am unable to embed here. Please watch the video.

 

Middle-class income fell 7% in the last decade, adjusted for inflation.

The message of the graph is that middle class income has fallen 7% in the last decade. Folks, this is very serious. We have intuitively known things were not good for the middle class; but now we have the proof. No country can progress without a strong and vibrant middle class. So, what can be done to help the middle class?

One thing is for sure, Obama’s American Jobs Plan and how he proposes to pay for it will end up making things worse for the middle class. But, we conservatives must also understand that our desire to make government smaller and get our deficits and debt under control could do even more harm to the middle class if we don’t first do something that will allow for private investment which will in turn create jobs. We have resigned ourselves to the reality that there is little we can do until after the 2012 elections. But there is something on the horizon that would be just what the doctor ordered. It is something I have harped on for the last year. I’m talking about the Keystone Pipeline Project.

Redstate reported yesterday that Obama’s State Department has finally given its blessing to the Keystone Project:

Next week will begin public meetings regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will be a pipeline connecting Alberta, Canada with Gulf Coast refineries.

As the article points out, the environmental groups will do every thing they can to stop this project. WE CAN NOT LET THEM DO IT.  America needs this project. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Will create over 20,000 high wage manufacturing and construction jobs
  • Will contribute over $20 billion to the U.S. economy
  • Will deliver over 700,000 barrels of American and Canadian crude to refineries in the Gulf Coast to help America with the over 19 million barrels of oil a day that we consume

You can help! If you belong to a local Tea Party or if you belong to some other conservative action group, get them to take part in the public comment process along with your individual participation. Don’t allow the environmentalists to be the only voices that are heard.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire

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Yes Virginia, Atlas is Shrugging

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Back in June, I wrote a post, Is Atlas Shrugging? Businesses not Hiring.  In that post, I asked  if businesses were not hiring specifically because of the Obama administration’s policies.  The general conclusion was yes, businesses have no real idea on exactly how the administration is going to penalize them.  They only know that from rhetoric and previous actions, that the administration WILL be penalizing them.

More evidence of that assertion came today.  Maggie, the proprietor of Maggie’s Notebook, wrote a post covering a terrific rant on the part of Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts.  Here is some of that rant…

And I’m saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right. A President that seems, that keeps using that word redistribution. Well, my customers and the companies that provide the vitality for the hospitality and restaurant industry, in the United States of America, they are frightened of this administration.And it makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America.

You bet and until we change the tempo and the conversation from Washington, it’s not going to change. And those of us who have business opportunities and the capital to do it are going to sit in fear of the President. And a lot of people don’t want to say that. They’ll say, God, don’t be attacking Obama. Well, this is Obama’s deal and it’s Obama that’s responsible for this fear in America.

The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don’t invest, their holding too much money. We haven’t heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody’s afraid of the government and there’s no need soft peddling it, it’s the truth. It is the truth. And that’s true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I’m telling you that the business community in this company is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs.

Source:  Business Insider

That, my friends, is the words of a man who is unafraid to speak the truth.

How many businesses could hire, but won’t-all out of fear of what this administration is doing, or is promising to do?  How many jobs has that cost?  How many families have lost their homes because people are not hiring-BECAUSE of Obama?  In the end, we’ll probably never know.

While it seems that others have been cowed into silence,  Wynn is an exception, as he is speaking out.  Others appear to be afraid to do so-afraid of retaliation from this administration.

So, once again, this administration appears to be costing more and more jobs.

For those of you who voted for Obama, hows that “change” working out for you?

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Screwing Everyone Equally: Socialism Explained

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Hey kids, here’s Matt with another example of how learning can be fun…

And how is this in action right now?

Businesses know that Obama has more taxes in mind, so they aren’t sure exactly how much they will be penalized for being successful, or even trying, so they aren’t hiring or expanding.  When you get zapped for trying, why try?  Aren’t we seeing that now?  Businesses aren’t willing to take the risk when there is less chance of reward.  It’s happening right now, and will only get worse.

History also teaches us that this happens.  For a homegrown example, here is an excerpt from my yearly Thanksgiving post…

After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford, “they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop.” They began to question their form of economic organization.

This had required that “all profits & benefits that are got by trade, working, fishing, or any other means” were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, “all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock.” A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take out only what he needed.

This “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that “young men that are most able and fit for labor and service” complained about being forced to “spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children.” Also, “the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak.” So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.

To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market, and that was the end of famines.

Many early groups of colonists set up socialist states, all with the same terrible results. At Jamestown, established in 1607, out of every shipload of settlers that arrived, less than half would survive their first twelve months in America. Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men, the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites. In the winter of 1609-10, called “The Starving Time,” the population fell from five-hundred to sixty.

Redistribution is  really going to make the economy “recover,” right?  It didn’t work in the 17th century.  It didn’t work in the Soviet Union, or for the NORKS, but it will work here.  At least, that’s what our leftists are telling us.

H/T:  Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then Go Ahead

Linked at the Daley Gator, and Bitter Americans. Thanks to both!

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