For the month of August, I’m putting up a different theme for the blog. I hope everyone likes it. Now on to the rants for the week…
Arizona’s Law & Immigration
This past week, a US District Court judge struck down the majority of Arizona’s illegal immigration law citing that the law violated the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. While the ruling is technically correct, I believe that States have the right of having their law enforcement services enforcing Federal law as part of their duties.
I cannot fault the Arizona lawmakers one bit for passing this law and the governor signing it. They are sick and tired of illegal immigrants crossing over the United States border into their states while the Federal government sits on their collective thumbs and puts up signs like the one to the left. The Border Patrol is out-manned and out-gunned with the gangs and traffickers (drug and human) causing all sorts of mischief and outright crime against the citizens of Arizona. While I understand that the Arizona National Guard is being called out to help deal with the situation, it’s a bit late, and had to take the people and lawmakers of Arizona stating “enough is enough!” to drive the point home.
But what I just don’t understand is the portrayal of the illegals from lawbreakers to victims. As far as I’m concerned, calling an illegal alien an “undocumented worker” is like calling a drug dealer an “unlicensed pharmacist.” They are both breaking the laws of this country.
Obozo on The Spew
Obozo must be desperate – he has to appear on “The View” in an attempt to keep up his ratings. To be honest with everyone, I cannot see why a sitting President must show up on a talk show to show that he is a President for the people when clearly he has done everything but listen to them. Yeah, he pushed the importance of an economic agenda and keeping America working, but how can a metric of “saving jobs” actually be measured, especially with the flawed unemployment reporting system that is in use?
An Ethical Congress
Remember when Nancy Pelosi declared that she was going to preside over the “most ethical Congress ever”? How many of your rolled your eyes at that whopper? Worse yet, how many of you actually believed it?
That promise was promptly forgotten as deals were made behind doors, partisanship reigned to the tune of “we won”, and a massive healthcare legislation was passed by Congress despite voiced concerns of citizens at townhall meetings held around the country. Now Charlie Rangel is finally being called on the carpet for stuff that would have bounced out any other politician years ago, especially if the politician was Republican. Poor Charlie – persecuted for ethical and probably legal violations that he knew damn well were not proper. His defense? Everyone else was doing it. How sad. How immature. How predictable.
And now I understand that Maxine Watters is going to be brought up on ethics charges as well. I wonder what defense she is going to present…
Then we have what appears to be John Kerry trying to pull a fast one in trying to dock his $7 million yacht in a different state to avoid $500,000 in taxes. Wasn’t he the one that chased after CEOs and companies for not paying their taxes? Hypocrite…
Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign after an apparently faked, out of context video surfaced depicting her making racist remarks. Shame on the people who did this. Target the real racists – don’t make them up. And here’s a hint on finding them – they come in all sizes & colors and can be found in “activist” groups.
This past week, Obozo visited Detroit automotive plants, making a statement that the government saved the automotive industry. In some respects, he is correct, but in other respects, he has just kicked the can down the road for someone else to deal with.
As a business, the automotive companies must make vehicles that the customer wants to buy and can afford. I’ve been looking around at some decent mid-size American-made cars to replace my wife’s car of 12 years, but I’m swallowing hard at the price tags. If I’m having that problem, then how many other people are having the same problem?
As a case in point, GM (Government Motors) announced pricing on the Volt, a hybrid vehicle that was instrumental in securing government “loans” to keep the company afloat. You can have one outright for a base price of $41,000 (plus delivery minus a $7500 federal tax credit), or lease one for $350/month after a $2500 deposit. How many average people can afford a vehicle like this? I can’t, and millions of other people looking for dependable & affordable transportation can’t either. And this, dear readers, is why the automotive companies got into trouble in the first place.
Killing the Golden Goose
Attacking business is not good for any of us. Think about it – the economy of this country depends on business creating jobs, producing products, and selling said products. Anyone who believes that government creates jobs is full of horse-hockey. Consider this quote from Calvin Coolidge:
After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.
Government does have a role in business – regulations to level the playing field in the now global economy. I’m not a fan of Michigan’s Governor Granholm, but she made a statement in the Huffington Post that finally shows that a Democrat gets it:
Finally, and this is critical, government must play a key role. We don’t need Chinese-style, five-year plans or command-and-control czars. But we do need well thought-out policy, consistent enforcement of fair trade policies that level the playing field, and competitive tax laws that reward companies for creating jobs in America and not offshore. And importantly, we need smart, public direct investment in research and development, infrastructure and targeted strategic industries.
Other countries do this to gain competitive edges over the United States. I would much rather see this type of investment into this country than the economic-sucking healthcare reform legislation. If everyone is working, then everyone can afford health insurance, and not have it subsidized by the government.
The bedrock of this country is the business the people engage in. Investments create jobs which create products which create wealth. T. R. Fehrenbach writes:
The majority of Americans work and therefore eat and pay taxes because they are involved in some sort of surplus-producing private business, from industry to sales to finance to science and agriculture. Enterprises such as charities, education, and government — non-profits in general — are utterly dependent on profit-making business for funding. You’d think people would grasp this when things get rough.
But many simply blame business for their problems. Rather than rally, repair, and support enterprise, many want to kick it when it’s down. Most downturns result from government policies (too much credit or too little; remember, government completely controls money and credit) but governments never blame themselves. And instead of saving business, most try to save themselves.
There are many reasons for this. Business is always being undermined by the demons inherent in democracy: greedy politicians and populist programs that gut it. By and large, educators and clergy, who create no wealth, put other callings first. Bright people are urged not to go into business and make money but to serve their fellow man. The problem is, nobody can serve anybody without the wherewithal. Many people who live off donations and taxes affect to despise the source, much in the manner that clean-handed lords despised their grubbing serfs.
Business usually has a bad time with experts and politicians, who see business mainly as a public tool to be manipulated and exploited. However, a modern economy is too complex to be managed by policy makers of any ilk, liberal or conservative. Most efforts to run or regulate business screw up. This is why I sometimes think that the mindless market (throw mud on the wall and see what sticks) is superior to all the well-laid plans of mice and men. Politicians say they love business. Untrue. Democrats love jobs but hate employers. Republicans love capitalism but detest entrepreneurs who create wealth but distrust politicians. Both parties prefer business as a cash cow rather than a raging bull.
Business is not a never-ending supply of money for whatever social programs that our politicians dream up to secure their votes in the next election. Nor is it the evil that many “activists” deem it is. After all, how many of these same activists drive home after their latest protest using products produced by businesses?
But our President, while on the campaign trail, thinks it’s good to “spread the wealth around” via government theft of a person’s hard work. To which a couple of Calvin Coolidge quotes appropriately addresses:
Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.