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Rep. Waxman, Key ObamaCare Architect, To Retire After 20 Terms In Office

 

 

Waxman vs The Constitution

 

 

” Longtime Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman announced Thursday he will not seek reelection in the fall, becoming the latest architect of the Affordable Care Act to announce his retirement. 

” After 40 years in Congress, it’s time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark,” the California congressman said in a statement. 

  Waxman will have served 20 terms in Congress by the time of his retirement. As prior chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he was instrumental in the drafting of ObamaCare in 2009.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Is Bigger Than You Think…

 

” An exclusive Esquire-NBC News survey shows us that everything we are told about politics in America today—that there is no middle ground between left and right, blue and red, us and them—is wrong. The data, compiled by the Benenson Strategy Group (pollster for Obama for America ’08 and ’12) and Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies (lead pollster for Romney for President), show us there is a large group of American voters—even a majority—who make up a New American Center that is passionate, persuadable, and very real. They are merely waiting for Washington to find them.”

 

1. THE CENTER IS FILLED WITH PEOPLE WHO DO NOT CONSIDER THEMSELVES THE CENTER.

 

” When we talk about the Center, we are not talking about some shapeless, shifting mass of voters who just can’t make up their minds about where they stand. They know what they stand for—nearly half the voters we identified in the Center even say they’re liberals or conservatives. (Hell, 15 percent of those in the Center say they are supporters of the Tea Party.) However, their views don’t neatly correspond to traditional definitions of liberal or conservative, creating a disjunction between where they think they are on the ideological spectrum and where they actually are.”

    This article has some interesting info-graphics and theories . On the other hand a careful reading of the details would tend to convince one that there is an agenda being put forth by Esquire that is not exactly coming from the center but perhaps a little left of it . Some of the info-graphics are likely the result of polling that may have been slanted in order to push a preconceived notion of exactly what constitutes the “center” . See for yourself , biased or not it is still worth your time .

We tend to agree with the sub-titled notion that the center is bigger than you think . Where we disagree is with the article’s definition of center . On certain issues it would seem that Esquire’s view of the center appears through Statist glasses . We on the other hand feel that the pendulum is swinging away from authoritarian worship and back towards the Founder’s principles of individual liberty and responsibility .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… Cannot Stand

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” We used to get along by leaving each other alone. The Founders established a limited government, neutral on religion, allowing states, localities, and voluntary associations to do much of society’s work. Even that didn’t always work: We had a Civil War.

An enlarged federal government didn’t divide mid-20th-century Americans, except on civil-rights issues. Otherwise, there was
general agreement about the values government should foster.

Now the two Americas disagree, sharply. Government decisions enthuse one and enrage the other. The election may be over,
but the two Americas are still not on speaking terms. “

Ignore Us At Your Peril

“Actress Kyra Segdwick On Hollywood’s Mistake: Ignoring Midwest”

 

  “Actress Kyra Sedgwick might be tempting fate in Hollywood with a recent interview on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS where she scolded her industry for ignoring the great middle of the country.

Sedgwick was on the show discussing her recently concluded series The Closer on TNT and noted that the show was a great hit in the Midwest, but not in L.A. or New York City. At first she said she felt insulted at this ratings truth, but it wasn’t long before she realized that this wasn’t a bad thing at all.”

Professor Paul A Rahe

   “I remember when liberals sported on their automobiles bumper stickers reading, “Hatred is not a Family Value.” Then, back in 2003, in The New Republic, Jonathan Chait wrote an essay explaining why it was legitimate to hate George W. Bush, and the
dam burst. Civility is no longer a liberal ideal. And now – as yesterday’s armed attack on the Family Research Council in
Washington, the five-hour delay in
President Obama’s condemnation of the act as he calculated whether it was in his interest to comment or not, and the mainstream media’s initial reluctance to report on the event , much less highlight the activist LGBT connections of the shooter suggest – left liberals are willing to wink at violence. It may be regrettable, they think, but, like
stealing elections, it is all in a good cause – and before figuring out how to respond to an outbreak of violence on the part of their allies, they pause to calculate the political consequences. You will not hear
liberals arguing for a crackdown on the use of force by animal-rights activists, environmental activists, union thugs, and the Occupy movement. Instead, you will find in them a desperate hankering to pin
on the Tea Party responsibility for conduct the Tea-Partiers abhor and a willingness to engage in race baiting and talk of class warfare on a stunning scale. “

Victor Davis Hanson explains the coming death of Liberal Profligacy .

  “The liberal model — borrowing huge sums,rigging interest and the currency to enable state profligacy, turning large swaths of the
population into less productive unionized government workers or dependents on the dole who vote in thanks to political hacks — simply does not work. How could beautiful blue-state California lose almost a millions refugees to arid
Texas? I like Texas, but Dallas had far less of nature to work with than did San Francisco. (It takes a lot of human failure for thousands to
give up verdant California to move to Utah or the Nevada desert.) What we are witnessing is nothing short of surreal: in the manner that
Tijuana was a different universe from San Diego, so too the entire state of California is becoming a different world from its neighbors. Whether one examines its near dead-last schools, its oppressive income and sales taxes, its decaying
roads and infrastructure, its absurd prison system, its dysfunctional state offices (try the DMV), or its priestly public employee caste,
California is becoming Detroit.”

  This John Hawkins piece just happens to open with a “Quote of the Day ” post of mine from the other day . No great significance there , just my musing . Anyway , the point of the article ( well made ) is to verbalize the reasons that inevitably betray the left’s economic policies and doom them to failure .
   We who subscribe to a more ” original intent ” type of philosophy in matters of import most likely find Hawkins’ truths to be self-evident . At risk of preaching to the choir , I recommend his post as a concise yet thorough primer to fall back on the next time you are innundated with the usual “we just need to spend more ” litany from your more progressive friends . The aforementioned mantra is , as we know  “the solution to all ills” to the progressive mind .

PS: To be fair I must take slight issue with Mr. Hawkins on item #6 . The way I see it , the Right side of the aisle , with scant few exceptions , has been just as eager to regulate us into an early grave us the progressive left .

“There’s a reason it took the country so long to pull out of the Great Depression under FDR, why Americans became acquainted with the Misery Index under Carter, and why we’ve had the weakest economic recovery from a recession in U.S. history under Obama. Liberal economic policies just don’t work. In fact, the only time left-wingers have taken charge in the last 40 years without decimating the economy was during the Clinton years when Republicans in Congress balanced the budget and spent 6 years strong-arming Clinton to keep him from molesting the economy like one of his interns. This is no coincidence; it’s a natural consequence of the errant liberal view of economics.

1) Keynesian stimulus doesn’t work. As Walter Williams has pointed out, the whole idea of revving up the economy via a government stimulus is doomed from the start.

…Where does Congress get the resources for the spending? Well, there is no Tooth Fairy and there is no Santa Claus. So, the only way Congress can get one dollar to spend is to take that one dollar from Americans, borrow that one dollar from Americans, or inflate that one dollar from Americans.