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The root of the problem

The root of the problem

There are times when I start to think that maybe the Left is right, that the real problem with the United States of America is that pesky old thing called the Constitution. That maybe President Obama and the rest of the triumphalist “progressives” are right and that what this nation really needs, beside a good five-cent cigar, is “fundamental transformation.” That perhaps the dream of the cultural Fifth Column known as the Frankfurt School may well come true, that “critical theory” is not the prolonged, juvenile temper tantrum those of us who came to maturity in the sixties assumed it was. And that maybe the best place to start swinging the wrecker’s ball on what the Founders wrought ought to be in the halls of Congress.

What else to make of this story in the Wall Street Journal:

The torrents of Affordable Care Act monsoon season aren’t letting up, so Democrats are scrambling to help the victims: namely, their own careers. The Senators up for re-election in competitive states in 2014 are starting to panic, though they still aren’t offering solutions for anything other than their own growing political jeopardy.

Fifteen Senate Democrats plus Colorado’s Michael Bennet who chairs the Senatorial Campaign Committee sat down at the White House Wednesday, and they want all and sundry to know that they let President Obama have it. Alaska’s Mark Begich put out a statement saying he chewed out the big cheese for “absolutely unacceptable” mismanagement and “an understandable crisis in confidence.” He must have drafted it in advance.

Oregon’s Jeff Merkley chimed in to report that even after the two-hour encounter session that was not on the public schedule, he was still “very frustrated” and “I remain deeply convinced that this is a ‘show-me’ moment.” Asked by Politico if Democrats were losing credibility, an anonymous attendee said, “You got to have it, to lose it.”

Now, I realize that contempt of Congress is and should be the natural order of things. “The best Congress that money can buy.” “The only native American criminal class.” “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while Congress is in session.”  And that’s just Mark Twain and Will Rogers; the rest of us no doubt have even more pungent observations regarding the collective entity known as Congresscritters.

But the notion that “lawmakers” (stop, enough already!) are worried about “careers” at the public trough ought to be contemptible to every taxpayer.  And, if Congressthings had any sense of shame, to the Honorables Themselves. But, of course, they don’t. Only someone with a soul as dead as Little Nell, a hide as thick as Joe Biden‘s noggin, and the moral conscience of Bill Clinton has the effrontery to run for Congress these days, and every attempt to “reform” the system — from the disastrous 17th amendment to term limits to McCain-Feingold (nothing like a “reform” to “get money out of politics” written by the “most reprehensible” of the Keating Five) — has resulted in complete failure.

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Judge Roberts decision was ludicrously wrong. The constitution grants the federal government the power to levy 3 kinds of taxes. First are direct taxes, where every citizen of a state pays the same amount. Second are excise taxes which are taxes upon goods. And third are income taxes. The Obamacare tax/fine is quite obviously none of the above , being a tax upon failure to purchase a good. Consequently the federal government has no power to levy it. Roberts is a lawless moron.
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Actually I think the Chief Justice did the rest of us a favor. He showed us that we get exactly the government we vote for. I have a family full of ardent ObamaBots and boy has it been quiet around here since they found out what they are going to have to pay for insurance now that they have a few dependents. Nothing like having some parasites instead of being one.
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and it’s very, very bad, a direct assault on the most fundamental freedom Americans used to enjoy, which was the freedom to be left alone by the federal government.

This is of course the problem.

If the government wants to take fifty billion bucks a year and set up free walk-in clinics for whoever wants them, I'd say OK. Just leave everything else alone. It will adjust, and probably for the better.

The problem is with the details of Obamacare, virtually every one is intrusive, abusive, expensive, and guaranteed to fail.

And thanks for quoting that five cent cigar thing, I thought I was the only living person who still remembered the phrase.
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I really liked the part about the "Fusion Party". I have been calling the Republican establishment the "Democrat Lite" Party. If we are going to "hell in a hand basket", the exact speed of the descent hardly matters.
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Well said, Mr. Walsh.
37 weeks ago
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ObamaCare is set up to encourage fraud, it is by design.

They want their voter base to engage in fraud so that they can hang it over their heads at election time. Nothing will give their voters skin in the game like a potential Federal fraud indictment should the Dem's ever lose power.
37 weeks ago
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All we need to fix everything and make the nation a utopia is a tax on liberals. I suggest a flat rate of 110% for those making more than $1 a year.

The benefits are two-fold. First we can redistribute all the money back to those who actually earned it and second, we'll soon be rid of liberals.

If you want less of something, tax it.
37 weeks ago
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Michael, in your previous article on John McCain "American 'Hero'", you wrote:

"...But like all torture victims, he eventually broke and signed a forced “confession,”..."

I would just like to note that Col. Leo Thorsness NEVER confessed in the almost 6-yrs of confinement and torture that he endured.
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Judge Roberts decision was ludicrously wrong. The constitution grants the federal government the power to levy 3 kinds of taxes. First are direct taxes, where every citizen of a state pays the same amount. Second are excise taxes which are taxes upon goods. And third are income taxes. The Obamacare tax/fine is quite obviously none of the above , being a tax upon failure to purchase a good. Consequently the federal government has no power to levy it. Roberts is a lawless moron.
37 weeks ago
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You are not the first to note that this so called tax is not an apportioned tax and hence is illegal. The hard part to understand is why Roberts went to such great lengths to justify it as a tax and then allowed it to stand as an unconstitutional tax.
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"It’s a decision that will live in Supreme Court infamy until the day the act is repealed."

What on God's green earth makes you think that enough voters are going to go Republican in '16 to repeal this monstrosity, or that you'll actually find Republicans with a better idea than "oh shucks, let's just expand Medicare" at that point?

37 weeks ago
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Look, we don't need no bleeping Congress! They don't bother to read the bills they enact. They don't bother with a proper budget. They don't do serious oversight, specially of mis-, mal, and non-feasance. Send them all home for good. Have the coronation regalia of the Emperor Bokassa sent over and crown the Divine Barack,Emperor and Saviour of all the Earth. Why not? We couldn't be worse governed than we already are. the Constitution? To Hell with the Constitution! Ain't we got the power? sarc off
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How Big Business Crushed Washington’s GMO Labeling Effort Food and agriculture corporations with a stake in the outcome of Washington state’s Initiative 522 poured millions into the ‘no’ campaign. By Trisha Marczak | November 11, 2013

http://www.mintpressnews.com/how-big-business-crushed-washingtons-gmo-labeling-effort/172291/
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What has this got to do with the subject under discussion?
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How are the intern wages at MMFA and OFA these days? Askin' for a friend...
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