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What would you do?

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Jokin' wrote:

"Seriously, that ex-MN simpleton, Thomas Friedman got the ball rolling by publicly sharing his own personal wet-dream- imagining- having the authoritarian power of the Chinese Communists- for just one day- to right all the "wrong" in America."

So what would you do, for the USA--not for you alone, if you had absolute power for a day. I would wager that a libertarian would do a few things dramatically differently than someone on the far left.

I think I would start by repealing the 16th and 17th amendments--both of which would remove power from the federal government; reinstitute a gold standard--removing power from the Federal Reserve; disband a few federal departments--firing a shitload of federal employees; outlaw or curtail a few government unions; institute a 2 consecutive term limit for federal offices; just to name a few things


Newt for VP!

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Regardless who wins the nomination, I have no trouble imagining Newt Gingrich as the Vice President. With his noted background in the legislature and his quick wit and intelligence he can be a tremendous force for the right before both the legislature and the media. I realize the president of the senate has traditionally been a maidenhead (can I say that for a historically male dominated role?) position, but I think with his procedural knowledge he could provide significant influence in both houses.

In the Republican Debate last night, and I am happy to state it was more of a debate than I have ever seen before, and throughout this campaign, he has been a non-combatant to the other candidates and been very effective and insightful in his attacks on Obama. He has been very appealing to the crowds, as well.

Additionally, I think Herman Cain has been well-spoken throughout. Neither of these candidate have any chance of winning the presidency, but should be considered for VP and the cabinet, respectively.


"Taxes? Cuts? To economy, it's all the same" -- Idiocy!!!!

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Taxes? Cuts? To economy, it's all the same, Paul Anton's contribution from today's Strib, is idiotic!

Specifically, what difference would it make if the budget deficit were closed through a combination of tax increases and spending cuts, rather than through an all-cuts budget?

Based on the applicable economic theory and available evidence, my answer is: Whichever budget solution is chosen will make little, if any, difference to the Minnesota economy over the next two years.


Could Carbon Labeling Combat Climate Change?

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=could-carbon-labeling-combat-climate-change

This article angered me. Unlike the energy use labels that are used as a model for this fictitious "carbon footprint" amount, the energy use amount is measurable. The fictitious "carbon footprint" amount is a feel good number that can only be based on contrived numbers. They talk about one example of Brazilian beef and its number not including the deforestation necessary for the grazing cattle--fictional contrivance!

Are we to include the gas that employees of an appliance manufacturer use to get to work to build the appliance? How about the fuel for the raw materials used? The carbon footprint of the flatulence of the employees and the animals they eat? Anything can be included and government or some czar(ista) will have to be appointed to determine whether company A or B, or unionize company C is to include what additions to their numbers.


http://cnsnews.com/commentary/article/jeffrey-true-government-spending-topped

 

Terrence P. Jeffrey reveals the actual 2010 government spending was $11.5T on $2,037,686,000,000.00 ($2T) of tax receipts. How much more horrifying can this get before reality sets in?


Maui, Clancy, & Rand

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I have not posted here since summer, though I have occasionally commented.

I am in Maui on vacation and enjoying myself tremendously. I am doing the bare minimum, mostly sitting by the pool and reading along with a bike down the volcano and a whale watch boat trip.--both wonderful.  I have read Tom Clancy's new "Dead or Alive: an dam re-reading Atlas Shrugged for the 4th time--both good conservative books.

"Dead or Alive," if you've read Clancy in the past, includes all the favorite Ryan and Rainbow characters, a cursory, (and negative) evaluation of the Obama/Kealty administrations  and a good positive ending. Bin Laden is dead and the country is headed in the right correct/right direction again. Feel-good fiction.


Military Vote Protections Being Minimized by the DOJ

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It is 2008 all over again. Today the Department of Justice effectively rewrote the 2009 MOVE Act designed to protect military voters. In a settlement reached with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, the Holder Justice Department allowed Wisconsin to mail ballots to overseas military voters only 32 days before the election, instead of the statutorily mandated 45 days.

DOJ Undermines Pentagon, Allows Wisconsin To Ignore Military Voting Protections

The left-Democrats, hate the conservative-leaning military vote. It seems in every election significant effort is expended to minimize this voting block however possible without being blatantly anti-military. In this case, the difference between 32 and 45 days is huge. These ballots are making their way through a government managed mail system to  and from individuals whose locations are dynamic. It is not uncommon for mail to take weeks to reach someone. A round trip for mail in more than 32 days is not uncommon.


Card Check as a Human Right?

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Obama Reports America To U.N On Human Rights Abuse Over "Unionization Rights"?

This is going too far for this administration. I thought the reporting of Arizona'a 1070 was the pinnacle of how bad Obama was, but this takes the cake. This administration if determined to destroy business.

 


Legal Plunder

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But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.

Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils because it invites reprisals. If such a law — which may be an isolated case — is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a system.

The person who profits from this law will complain bitterly, defending his acquired rights. He will claim that the state is obligated to protect and encourage his particular industry; that this procedure enriches the state because the protected industry is thus able to spend more and to pay higher wages to the poor workingmen.


The Obama Administration's Small Business Plan

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"[G]overnment's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

Ronald Reagan, Remarks to the White House Conference on Small Business, August 15, 1986

This was yet another conservative who was pilloried by the MSM.


Spencer Abraham has the Right Idea.

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On Michael Medved's program today, Spencer Abraham, former energy secretary, was touting his new book, "Lights Out!: Ten Myths about (And Real Solutions To) America's Energy Crisis."  I have read other articles by him in the past and look forward to his book.

One of the things he has recommended in past articles, is building 50 nuclear power plants in the next 20 years. To Medved, he spoke highly of Carly Fiorini (R-CA) and John Hoever (R-ND), candidates for the US Senate, as being knowledgeable and realistic on energy issues. In addition, Abraham recommends a strong renewable program.

Safety (non-)concerns and storage problems of spent fuel could and should be dealt with. In "Recycling Nuclear Fuel: The French Do It, Why Can�t Oui?," there is a discussion of how the US developed the technology for reprocessing spent fuel rods that most of the rest of the world is using but has been banned here since 1977.

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An Evening with Chris Barden

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I went to a gathering at a neighbor's home on Tuesday night for Chris Barden, Republican Candidate for Attorney General. Definitely a very genial person who want to end the 54 years of DFL AGs by beating Lori Swanson. He mentioned 29 states have filed suit against the feds over Obamacare and he would like to make Minnesota the 30th.

With Mark Ritchie and Lori Swanson we had 2 ACORN puppets who were in charge of the mismanaged election that put Al Franken in the Senate seat.  Between the rather uninspiring Norm Coleman, and their allowing felons, ballots from car trunks, ballots counted multiple times, hanging chads--oops wrong election, and the media circus to put a comedian in the Minnesota Senate seat.

Chris would like to require voters to show photo ID before voting, like Georgia--which just past another level of judicial muster, Indiana--which is being contested, and Florida--which is being contested. He would definitely like to get rid of Minnesota's vouch process, where an individual can bring in a group of people and vouch for them.


What I Did on my Summer Vacation

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I painted a target on my chest and chose to become one of the Anti-Strib contributors. I have been commenting here for several years and enjoy the generally intelligent banter.

I moved to Minnesota from Georgia 8 years ago to a left-leaning area from a right leaning area; from a racially diverse area to a more ethnically diverse area; from an area where at 5am the only talk on the rural AM dial would be religious to a more urban area that has a variety of talk choices--I am a talk addict from "Car Talk" to political to sports and it is intolerable to my wife of 30 years; from an area where my kids grew up and consider home to an semi-empty nest situation; from an active Libertarian Party member to an occasionally active Republican Party member; from a home with 2 creeks in the middle of 30 wooded acres to the burbs.

I am an atheist who has read the Bible and goes to church with my mom when I visit. I value organized religion and enjoy religious philosophy. I love Christmas season, sing carols and hymns with feeling, and despise fanatical atheist who attempt to deny religion symbolism in our society.