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EPA Chief Promises To Go After Republicans Who Question Agency Science

  During her Senate confirmation hearings, then nominee for head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy sang a song of cooperation and transparency that evidently fooled enough Republicans, and she ended up being confirmed. Senator David Vitter (R-LA): On one of his first days in office, the President signed a memorandum entitled, “Transparency and Open Government” in which he committed to create “an unprecedented level” of openess and transparency. The President correctly stated “transparency promotes accountability.” Given the President’s commitment, will you promise today to release to the American public all of the underlying reserch data supporting the PM […]

One Swell Foop

“The U.S. government has now loaded up the books with so many laws, restrictions, regulations, and mandates, that not only is it impossible for citizens to know them all but it is impossible to live a full day of normal activities without committing at least one or more criminal acts, to the tune of an average of three felonies a day.” – Anthony Martin “Think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.” – David Kahane Statistically speaking, if you could remove in one fell swoop all Democratic politicians from the […]

EPA Declares War on Warmth: New, Meaningless Restrictions on Wood Stoves

I wonder if some industry group is behind the EPA effort to make it harder to use wood stoves for heat… The EPA says that the new woodstove regulations are necessary to reduce the amount of fine particulate air pollution, known as PM 2.5, produced by the stoves. The regulations will apply to woodstoves, wood-pellet stoves, forced-air wood furnaces, wood boilers, fireplace inserts and masonry heaters built in 2015 or later. Via The Associated Press: Fine particulate pollution is made up of solid particles and liquid droplets that measure 2.5 micrometers in diameter or less. The EPA currently certifies non-catalytic […]

Do government Health Regulations Cause Hunger?

Here is the first post of our newest contributor, Teresa, of TeresAmerica.  Please welcome her to the team! -Matt On December 5th Pope Francis had a private audience with leaders of  “Movimiento de Trabajadores Excluidos” (Excluded Workers Movement) of Argentina where he said:  “We are living in a throwaway culture where we easily leave over things, but people as well,” the Pope said. “You recycle and with this, two things are produced: an ecological work, which is necessary, and on the other hand, a production that promotes brotherhood and gives dignity to one’s work, you are creative in your production, […]

Insurance Industry Threatened With ‘Retribution’ if They Talk About ObamaCare Problems, Including People Not Keeping Plans

ObamaCare is causing a ton of problems.  Unless you’re under a rock, or watch MSNBC for your daily dose of Kool Aid, you know that.  But, the government doesn’t want you to know, and they’re trying to make people stop talking about it.  Today’s target is the insurance industry, who is being forced to cancel people’s plans because they are no longer compliant with ObamaCare’s myriad of regulations.  Believe it or not CNN has more… Are even the lefties in the MSM giving the Obama administration some payback for being rough with them on message control?  Who knows, but these […]

ObamaCare Damage: Schools Limiting Hours of Employees to Avoid ObamaCare Penalties

You mean that more people are going to lose hours because of ObamaCare?  Why yes, yes I do.  The Weekly Standard has more… Lafayette School Corporation Has Had To Cut The Hours Of 150 Non-Certified Employees. “‘We cannot go out and raise the price of our product to assist us covering this. We would have to go the taxpayers and ask for some type of increase and I just don’t see that happening,’ said Les Huddle, superintendent of the Lafayette School Corporation, where more than 150 of the schools approximately 600 non-certified employees have had their hours reduced to meet the […]

“The Purge”; Suspend all regulation of the free market for one year…let’s see what happens

The other day I saw a trailer for a movie hitting theaters on June 7 called ‘The Purge.”  The premise of the story is about a family living in an America in the future trying to survive the annual purge.  What is the purge?  It’s a 12 hour period where all police, hospital, and emergency services are suspend and all crime becomes legal, even murder.  This government sanctioned purge allows people a release for one night to do whatever they want.  The other 364 days out of the year they live in an America that has an all time low […]

Welcome to the World of ObamaCare: The 29er’s and the 49er’s

As ObamaCare continues to hit the country, we are seeing some new terminology emerge.  To get there, here is more from the WSJ… Welcome to the strange new world of small-business hiring under ObamaCare. The law requires firms with 50 or more “full-time equivalent workers” to offer health plans to employees who work more than 30 hours a week. (The law says “equivalent” because two 15 hour a week workers equal one full-time worker.) Employers that pass the 50-employee threshold and don’t offer insurance face a $2,000 penalty for each uncovered worker beyond 30 employees. So by hiring the 50th […]

Government and the Permanent Income Classes

The other day I was having a conversation with an individual who like many on the left believes the rich needs to pay more in taxes.  When I asked why he believed this, he responded, “Because they can afford it and it’s the only fair thing to do.”  So my follow-up question was why can’t we afford it?  I could see the question caught him off guard.  He asked me to explain what I meant.  I said, “Why has it become more difficult for us to achieve success so that one day we too may reach the tax bracket you […]

Odds and Sods and Other Interesting Stuff

t least I hope you find the other stuff interesting. Regulation Mania Our poor country has suffered from regulatory mania for decades. It is the nature of the so-called progressive to want to control every aspect of our lives. Environmental radicals seem to care more about the well being of planet earth than they do about the well being of mankind. These people we know also have a political agenda and it is way to the left. Regulatory mania reached a peak in recent decades due to what is called “regulatory capture”. Regulatory capture occurs when the radical element that […]

War on Christians Escalates: Judge Forces Hobby Lobby to Violate Beliefs

Notice that there seems to be a war on Christianity under way?  Well, the folks at Hobby lobby have noticed, as they  went to court to escape the the ObamaCare regulations that require them to provide coverage for the abortion pill.  Unfortunately, it seems that at least one federal judge seems t think that Religious Freedom really doesn’t exist.  LifeNews reported: A federal judge has issued a ruling siding with the Obama administration saying that it has the right to force Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned and run company, to pay for drugs for women that may cause abortions. The privately held […]

Layoff Update: Over 75,000 Lose Their Jobs Since Obama’s Election Day Victory

Categorize this under “elections have consequences.”  There is news on the layoff front. In the few days since President Obama won his surprising, fraud filled victory, over 75,000 people lost their jobs.  Breitbart has more… The Department of Labor has announced that new jobless claims rose by a staggering 78,000 in the first week after the election, reaching a seasonally-adjusted total of 439,000. Over the past year, and in the weeks leading up to the election, jobless claims were said to be declining, dipping as low as 339,000, with the media proclaiming that they had reached the “lowest level in more […]

Elections Have Consequences: Let the Layoffs Begin!

In the run up to the election we had covered how many companies had planned layoffs due to Obama’s policies, as well as those that planned layoffs in the event that Obama was re-elected.  And, just as predicted, it has begun.  Here are a set of links and excerpts… Small Businessman Lays off Workers to Avoid ObamaCare Taxes… The HuffPo has the story… The man identified himself as Stu, without giving a last name, and said he owns a small aviation services company. He told C-SPAN’s Washington Journal that he“simply can’t afford” to run his business if he has to comply […]

Obama’s War on Coal Kills More Jobs: Alpha Natural Resources to lay off 1200

Apparently, Obama is making good on his promise to put coal out of business, as Alpha Natural Resources announced plans to lay off a total of 1200 workers in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  The WAPO has more… Alpha Natural Resources will cut its coal production by 15 percent and immediately lay off about 160 mineworkers while idling eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Alpha Natural Resources becomes the latest in a series of coal mining companies to trim output and jobs this year as domestic coal-fired power plants shut down in the face of cheap new U.S. natural gas […]

Equalizing Outcomes “Obama Style” Think Sustainable Living ala Agenda 21

The closest thing to work Barack Obama has ever done was when he was a “Community Organizer” in Chicago. If he is reelected, he plans to capitalize on that experience. I came across a very scary National Review  article that was reblogged at John Malcolm’s place. And, I thank him. The NR article is by Stanley Kurtz and is an adaption from his book  Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. Have you ever heard of the concept of “regionalism”? I vaguely recall reading that term in some research I did a while back on Agenda 21. […]

The Department of Labor: Family traditions turned upside down

I was fortunate to grow up in the country.  My first paying job was working on a farm. From the time I was 14 until 16 years of age, I spent my summers rotating around the local area between three separate farms working for a couple of dollars an hour haying.  I was taught at a very young age that work meant something.  It was what men did to provide for their families.  Work was so important to my grandfather that his dying wish was when he passed on he would be wearing his work boots.   He believed that hard […]

Mine Union Boss Suddenly Realizes that Obama Wants to Kill Coal: Amazement Ensues

Conservatives have known that Obama has it in for all things coal.  We know this because he’s said so-no prophesy or divination required! However, it seems that quite a few people didn’t pay attention to what candidate Obama was saying.  Case in point, Cecil Roberts, boss of bosses of the United Mine Workers.  Apparently, Cecil just now realized that Obama is going to put a lot of his “constituents” out of work… The coal industry will suffer the same fate as Osama bin Laden under new climate regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the head of the United Mine […]

Video: The Burden Big Government Puts on a Small Businessman

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Via Small Dead Animals I found this 2 minute video from Senator Jim DeMint(Republican, South Carolina) which explains how big government is making it harder for Americans to find jobs and more difficult for small businesses to succeed. As the video shows in an amusing way, when big government puts too many burdens on America’s economy, it forces jobs and investment overseas instead of here at home. It also makes it harder for middle class small business owners to compete against large corporations (who receive exemptions and build loopholes into legislation through their lobbying), discouraging real competition and job growth. Original Post:  A Conservative […]

When the Candyman’s Candy Bag Is Empty

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Do you remember what it was like as a kid when your parents took you to see a parade? Yeah, I do. It was great. Especially when the clown passed by throwing handfuls of candy from his candy bag into the crowds and we kids would scramble to get as many pieces of candy as we could. We sure did love that clown. Now imagine that you and a lot of other kids are watching the parade and as you look up the street you can see the clown tossing candy into the crowd. The excitement builds. Hmmm, you can […]

Fencing in Liberty

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Lately it seems like every time I turn on the T.V. there’s some type of nonprofit group or government agency running a commercial to sell us on the idea that some aspect of our lives need to be regulated.  From how seat belts save lives to the costs associated from smoking, the airways seem to be saturated with someone or some group reminding us how we should live our lives.  They’re now telling us what we should eat, the light bulbs we should use, the type of environmentally safe cars we should buy, the words we should say, the things […]

Latest EPA Rules to Cost 1.4 Million Jobs and a 12% Increase in Utility Bills

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The good thing about having a record is being able to run on it, and I have a track record of posts on my blog that make Obama pretty jealous. In November of 2008 I pointed to an interview that Obama gave where he said that as part of his ‘green energy’ policies he intended to use the power of the federal government to bankrupt all coal producers in the United States. As I quite accurately wrote: Obama is telling anyone that uses any energy at all that he intends to drive up the price of it. Combine this with his […]