September 2007

This is a fantastic essay by Tom Potoms:

The Welfare State and How It’s Destroying the West

Potoms gives a fantastic explanation of the welfare state, why it is problematic, and what we need to do about it. Here is my favorite part of the essay:

“…I would like to urge all mainstream conservatives and libertarians to turn away from the neoconservative influence and take a firm stand against the social-democratic, progressive worldview, and to take up the real conservative world view, which is very much different from the Great Society-conservatives and libertarians who have ceded the philosophical and moral high grounds to the progressive elites.

“The welfare state, or managerial system, gives food to people lacking in personal responsibility; the progressives tell them they aren’t responsible for their own actions, it’s the fault of society that they are acting in a violent and barbaric way. The progressive argues for greater central planning and more state intervention in the economy; otherwise, society will turn into a violent place. Only through state planning can a “Great Society” be created, a Utopia that would last for a thousand years.

“…Mainstream conservatives must not be swayed by that disguised form of progressivism, neoconservative. If they are, the West will have no way to uphold its culture anymore against the progressive and multicultural elite of the New Left and its politically correct-regime.”

Potoms points out elsewhere in his essay the problems with “anarcho-tyranny,” in which our society refuses to control the criminal so that we control the innocent. It is a frightening reflection of America today.

Potoms’s essay is the best explanation of the problems of the welfare state that I have read in a while. I certainly couldn’t have given a better treatment of the topic myself!


Please, please, please read this article by Chuck Baldwin!

Thompson Surge; Conservatives Desperate

Baldwin discusses the fact that many Republicans – even conservative Christians – are jumping on the Fred Thompson bandwagon. This, says Baldwin, is a mistake, as it will guarantee that Hillary Clinton will be our next president. He says that the only Republican who has a chance of beating Hillary is my candidate, Ron Paul.

I was disappointed when I attended the NETR meeting last night and discovered that many of the folks there were supporting Fred Thompson. I honestly thought that the only people who would vote for Fred Thompson were those who had absolutely no clue about politics. I was astonished that a group of people who actually pay attention would be supporting Thompson.

Chuck Baldwin echoes my sentiment that “Fred Thompson is not a conservative.”

Read the article!

I’m speechless. For once in my life, I am actually speechless. I just don’t know what to say (or write, as it were). All I know to do is tell you about Hillary’s idiotic suggestion. I can’t even comment.

Hillary Clinton said Friday that all children born in the United States should get a “baby bond” worth $5000 to pay for college or a down payment on a home.

I’m serious.  And, apparently, so is she.

“I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that down payment on their first home,” she said.

Clinton believes that such a program will return folks to the idea of saving (!?!?!), like people did when she was a child. She thinks that with the high cost of living nowadays (or maybe the huge freaking tax burden!?) that families are unable to save for their children like they used to. So she thinks the government should just save for them. Brilliant.

Ok, maybe I do have something to say.

This just cements the liberal Democrat (read: Socialist) desire for cradle-to-the-grave government dependence. If they can get us as soon as we enter the world, then they’ve got their greedy little hooks in us and the world is theirs for the taking. $5000 when your born, government health care, public education, money for college, minimum wage, Social Security…what will the government not provide?

Why, you ask, would anyone want the government to do so much? Those in power want to stay in power. It’s not about helping people; it’s about greed, power, and (…evil laughter…) world domination. If you’re utterly dependent on the government for everything from education to food to wages, you’re never going to elect someone who would take it all away. But those of us who work for a living are the ones footing the bill, and we’re darn angry about it.

It is immoral to create a generation of people who can’t (or won’t) do anything for themselves. How dare our government try and turn us into a bunch of needy little children. I want my health care! I want my “baby bond!” I want my minimum wage! I want, I want, I want. Work, for crying out loud!

Further, Clinton didn’t suggest how she would pay for such a bureaucratic behemoth. Considering the fact that there are 4 million children born in the US every year, that’s a lot of zeros. I think if you support such an asinine program, you should pay for it.

I’m not one to accuse someone of being a racist…I think people are much to sensitive about these things nowadays.

Anywho, I simply find it funny that the party that supposedly so buddy-buddy with the African-American (is that the PC term?) population has one of its own making such a comment.

When asked was he would do about inner city kids partaking in violence, John Edwards said:

“We cannot build enough prisons to solve this problem. And the idea that we can keep incarcerating and keep incarcerating — pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.”

Now, at first glance, even I (a southern white gal) would say that Edwards was overstating here. My reaction was further justified when I read the following statistic:

In 2005, there were 864,000 black men in college while there were 802,000 in Federal and state prisons and jails (that’s including the old guys who’ve been in prison for a while). Among 18-24 year-olds, “black men in college outnumber those incarcerated by 4:1” (source: Washington Post article).

I’ll admit, before reading that statistic, I would have guessed that there were more black men in jail than in college. Having graduated from college less than 2 years ago, I can tell you from recent experience that the black population was, shall we say, lacking. Granted, I picked a major (philosophy) which boasts very few women or minorities, but even in my core classes there were far more non-minorities than minorities.

Back to John Edwards. You would think that he would want to avoid offending a major democratic base – the African-American population. Edwards, quite the contrary, decides to insult the whole of young, black America by implying that they’re all in, or heading to, prison. I guess, if he really believes that, though, it doesn’t matter that he says it, because they can’t vote anyway.

Presidential candidates aren’t too bright sometimes. Next thing you know Guiliani will start taking phone calls while making speeches. 😉

I’m happy to report that last night’s meeting was a HUGE success! While I was unable to attend, the report is that an additional 350 signatures were collected! Several people also took copies of the petition to pass around to friends and neighbors.

Again, I have copies of the petition to require that the Washington County Commission put the wheel tax on the ballot, and I would love to have your signature! (as long as you are a registered voter in Washington County, TN). If you are interested in getting your hands on the petition, email me or leave a comment on this post.

Be afraid, County Commission. Be very afraid.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is working with Democrats on a bill that would extend health care to all Californians if they vote in favor of the taxes to pay for it.

The bill would require that all citizens have coverage, and pay into a fund that would subsidize coverage for those who can’t afford it. Taxes on doctors and hospitals and employers who don’t offer coverage would provide some funds for the measure, while the rest would be covered through taxes.

While I am vehemently opposed to universal health care, I would much prefer that those states that support such a program do it on their own, such as in California and Massachusetts, rather than forcing the issue on a Federal level. At least then, if I am so unfortunate as to end up in a state that offers such a program, I can move. It’s a lot easier to move to a less socialistic state than to pack up and move to another country.

Californians should, however, be aware of the troubles that go along with a State insurance program. Take Tennessee as an example. TennCare, although “helping” many Tennesseans who couldn’t otherwise obtain health coverage, was a bureaucratic black hole which cost the state countless dollars and was ultimately a miserable failure. People moved to Tennessee just for the free health care (I met some such people while working as a leasing consultant at a local apartment complex. They, almost without fail, were looking for Section 8 housing, and readily admitted that they were moving to the Volunteer state for the free insurance.) and the cost to taxpayers was staggering. Oh, and it didn’t work.

A better option would be to strictly limit if not completely eliminate all government involvement in the health care system. The fact that doctors and hospitals are forced to accept lower payments from government programs such as Medicare is one of the major reasons the cost of health care is so high, and making insurance companies accept those who are high risk will further exacerbate the problem.

If you want low cost, quality health care, the best way to get it is to let the market run it’s course, without government involvement. But it’s fine with me if California and Massachusetts want to test an alternative theory. 😉

On Thursday, September 27 at 6pm behind the Jonesborough Courthouse there will be a meeting for those interested in signing and/or obtaining signatures for the “Wheel Tax Petition.”

I’m actually going to be at the NETR meeting in Johnson City (getting signatures, no less!) and won’t be able to attend the meeting in Jonesborough, but I encourage you to drop by and sign the petition and pick up a few copies to pass around your neighborhood.

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