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Gary Finley on Nov 16, 2011 12:19PM
As I write this Herman Cain is dropping in the polls, Newt Gingrich is rising, and Mitt Romney is still hovering just over 20%. The assault on Newt Gingrich from the right and left has already begun and his poll numbers will begin to drop soon. The political establishment is telling us they want Mitt Romney... and no other candidate need apply.
Very well. Let's assume the last man standing in the Republican primary will be Mitt Romney. What will we get?
A sober look at Romney reveals the perfect politician. Any attempt to find an ideological core in Mitt Romney proves futile.
Stimulus - He was for it before he was against it.
Global warming regulation - He was for it before he was against it before he was for it...
Abortion - He was for it before he was against it.
Government coerced health care - He invented it before he was against it.
The list goes on and on. The only conclusion we can draw is that he is a gun for hire, and will sell his prodigious talents to the highest bidder. He has natural leadership ability, has shown he can manage large institutions, looks good on camera, and sounds presidential when he talks. He exudes credibility and gravitas. Add those qualities to his willingness to say anything to attain power, completely unencumbered by history, logic, or conscience... and you have the perfect politician. Mitt Romney is Bill Clinton with an (R) by his name.
That assessment may be shocking or disappointing to some readers, but that's actually the good news. It could be much worse.
The Democrat administration lead by President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are pure ideologues. They can not be bought and will never move from their positions regardless of how bad things get. Unfortunately for the country their socialist, big government ideas are destroying the economy, undermining our freedoms, pitting us against each other, and spending our childrens' future. As long as this group is in power we will not see a robust recovery and we will continue to go from one crisis to another... which is exactly the environment community organizers thrive in. Our system was set up to survive politicians like Mitt Romney and Bill Clinton, but we can not survive the rule of the lawless ideologues we currently have in power.
Compared to that, Mitt Romney looks like a bargain because he can be made to do the right things. Mitt Romney will not necessarily do the right things on his own, but he will sell himself to the highest bidder, and those who care about fiscally responsible government and the erosion of our freedoms better make sure they win the auction. This means that Congress needs to be populated with enough people who have the discipline to keep him in line, so the House and Senate races will carry more weight than they usually do.
If Mitt Romney wins the nomination, then freedom loving people should put their energies behind local candidates, and let the moderates spend their energy pushing Romney over the top.
Gary Finley on Nov 11, 2011 09:30AM
There is at least one area where liberals and conservatives agree.
Liberals wish they could force conservatives to live in a world run by liberals ...
... and conservatives wish they could force liberals to live in a world run by liberals.
The good news is we're all on the same page on this issue.
Gary Finley on Apr 06, 2010 06:15AM
The cost of the new health care bill is a hotly debated topic, with proponents of the bill using Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports to support their claim that the bill saves money over the long term, and opponents of the bill claiming that those numbers were rigged because they include 10 years of taxes, but only 6 to 7 years of benefits.
There are many models that could be used to gauge future costs of the health care bill, but the best model is to look at how similar government programs have worked in the past.
Tax Rate : 2.0%
Structure : Money to be saved in the Old-Age Reserve Account , and invested in interest bearing assets.
1967 - 30 year mark
Tax Rate : 7.8% 4 times the original rate and rising
2010 - Reality today
Tax Rate : 12.4%
Structure : Money is spent immediately and the government writes itself IOUs. The system is a pay-as-you-go pyramid scheme* and is expected run in the red this year . The program is going broke.
1966 - Inception
Tax Rate : 0.7% on partial income
Structure : Utilize the "tested" and "proven mechanism of social security
1996 - 30 year mark
Tax Rate : 2.9% on partial income, 4 times the original rate and rising
2010 - Reality today
Tax Rate : 2.9% on all income
Structure : It is a pyramid scheme just like Social Security. Money is spent immediately, tax rates are rising, the program is expanding, and it's going broke
2010 - Inception
Tax Rate : ?%
2040 - 30 year mark, predictions based on historical performance of similar programs
Tax Rate : 4 x ?% 4 times the original rate, and rising
Structure : The program will be out of money, health care will cost more, and our children will be paying confiscatory tax rates for our health care
When it comes to the federal government, past performance IS an indication of future performance. We can be certain that in thirty years this new bill will cost 4 times the estimates today in adjusted dollars, and will continue rising beyond that.
Someone needs to stand up and defend future generations from the Utopian vision of today's socialists. We are voting our childrens' money into our pockets before they are even born. This is taxation without representation. This was done to our generation with the Social Security and Medicare programs, but that doesn't justify passing on further burdens to the next generation.
We need to let people know that they can not buy our vote with our childrens' money. This is a worthy cause for the Tea Party to undertake.
But the whole debate about cost, misses the main problem with the health care bill. Managing health care is not a power explicitly granted to the federal government by the Constitution, therefore, health care falls through the tenth amendment to the States or to the people. This new health care bill is illegal.
*Pyramid Scheme Definition - When the organizers of the scheme use the assets of new investors to make profit payments to the old investors. The scheme typically has no other source of revenue other than from the new investors. Pyramid schemes,often called ponzi schemes, progress geometrically until they reach the point that the operators cannot find enough recruits (victims) to continue the payout. A bust out is a form of a pyramid scheme where by the suppliers are like the investors, and the bust out (pyramid) scheme continually uses its new debt to pay old debt, building a "house of cards," which must, ultimately, collapse.
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Gary Finley on Nov 01, 2009 12:06PM
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