With today’s congress – is entrepreneurial spirit at risk?

Thanks to the congress-critters in Washington D.C., you’ve got to wonder if taking risks as an entrepreneur is worth it. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and yes many Republicans seem to think they know best when it comes to managing health care, automobile manufactures and banks. Why take a risk?

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ACORN complains – our rights are being violated

From the you’ve got to be kidding me file. ACORN, who’s government swindling exploits are well documented, feels so damn entitled after years of federal handouts totaling millions, they sue the federal government after their funding is pulled by Congress.

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Obamacare: The politics

It has occurred to me after thinking some more about Saturday evening’s vote in the House to approve the Pelosi version of Obamacare, that there is far more to what happened than appears.

The polls clearly show that the American public is not overwhelming in favor of Obamacare.  Most Americans are relatively happy with their insurance, and, even those who are not, believe that Obamacare will not lower costs, will, in fact, increase costs, and will, more than likely, decrease the quality of care.  Americans are more concerned about the mounting deficit, and believe Obamacare will simply add to it.  They want jobs, not health care.

Last Tuesday’s election results in New Jersey and Virginia, regardless of the spin Democrats try to put on it, was a resounding indication that Americans do not like the direction in which Obama is taking this country.  The election has been viewed by many as a prophecy of what will come in 2010, particularly for those Democrats who cast a yes vote for the health care bill.  So, why then did so many Democrats vote for the bill, knowing full well that it would most assuredly cost them their jobs?

I believe they did it for the cause.  Much like the suicide bomber who knows he will lose his life, the cause becomes all that matters.  Or, like the Roman gladiator who threw himself on his sword at the emperor’s behest, the emperor was all that mattered.

This was an opportunity to take what was, to those Representatives, a very important step that would entrench this country in a leftist system from which it would be virtually impossible to extricate itself.  This was an opportunity to perpetuate a philosophy of government control of basic fundamental freedoms.  This was an opportunity to ensure that Americans no longer need take responsibility for their own lives, the government, knowing best, would do so for them.

What the American people thought of Obamacare, as well as the preservation of their congressional jobs, were of little moment to those voting yes.  They were representing neither you nor themselves.  They were throwing themselves on their swords for the cause.  To them, that was all that mattered.

Just a thought…I’m trying to explain what otherwise is totatally irrational behavior.

House Vote On Health Care – Call to action. Now!

The House is taking up the Pelosicare bill today and Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats need your help if we are going to stop this piece of crap that will do a wide vareity of bad things and very little good. If you need a refresher course … here’s the link to the SOS posts on the 2000 page abomination. Unlike Congress, she has read most of the bills, including Pelosi’s piece of crap.

I am not going to reinvent the wheel. Michelle Malkin is live blogging the event including this:

House Republicans will hold a second Operation House Call protest event today at 1pm Eastern. If you are in D.C., stand with them.

Please make the effort to make one call … Murphy and Courtney in particular need to know it won’t take much to take back their seats, which were Republican seats.

Plus Jim Hoft, our good friend at Gateway, has a list of other Blue Dogs who could use a nudge here.

Need a little more motivation. Excuse me Mr President. could you talk to the RVO readers for a moment.


Health care “House Call” set for Washington, DC tomorrow – live report

Billed as a “House Call” by average Americans, tomorrow’s visit to Washington, D.C. to walk the halls of Congress and speak directly to representatives about the intrusive efforts of the federal government to screw up health care has not exactly garnered the attention of the big TEA Parties … but my mom is going anyway and she’s going to try to call into the show tomorrow with a report.

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Never let a crisis go to waste – guaranteed paid time off when sick

In an effort to take advantage of the swine flu “crisis”, a California Democrat has suggested the federal government pass a law to demand employers provide up to five days of sick time if an employee is told to stay home if they are sick.

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Dave Ramsey – Fire Congress

Agreed! While Americans are forced to slash personal budgets in tough times … and facing higher taxes (especially here in Connecticut), Congress just can’t stop spending your money.

Under a House-Senate conference measure, approved by the House last week and poised for passage in the Senate on Wednesday, spending for the legislative branch will increase 5.8 percent this year, boosting Capitol Hill’s annual budget to $4.7 billion.

The measure includes a hodgepodge of new funding for lawmakers: a $500,000 pilot program for senators to send out postcards about their town hall meetings, $30,000 for receptions for foreign dignitaries and $4 million for consultants — with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) getting up to nine each and Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) getting up to three more.

That’s enough to make poor Dave Ramsey give us another … Ramseyism. Enjoy.


And the rich get richer … Washington style

This article went pretty much unnoticed a couple days ago, but I noticed. There’s a move in DC by some courageous members of Congress to close a loophole in the law that my guess has helped line the pockets of our “public servants” for decades …

While federal laws aim to restrict insider trading in the corporate world, neither securities law nor ethics rules prevent congressional lawmakers and their staffs from benefiting financially from the non-public information they gather from their daily routines on the Hill. That loophole, studies reveal, has allowed lawmakers to reap significantly higher Wall Street returns than other investors.

And before you stat screaming “damn Dems” … it’s some Democratic lawmakers that are going after the loophole.

On Monday, some Democratic lawmakers took another small step toward ending that practice, holding the first public hearing on a three-year-old bill to close the congressional insider-trading loophole. Though mired in the complexities of securities law and the politics of a Congress that doesn’t much like policing itself, the bill at its root asks a simple question: Should members of Congress and their staffs have investing privileges that the rest of the country doesn’t?

Interesting, when you consider the latest example of this kind of “Coincidence trading” occurred on the Democrat side:

As U.S. stock markets plummeted last September, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, sold more than $115,000 worth of stocks and mutual-fund shares and used much of the money to invest in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Well, we know what chance this bill has, don’t we?

Symptom of the Disease: Stimulus funds directed to Obama counties (4)

There are plenty of ways writers can spin recent details on how stimulus dollars – at a more than two to one ratio – are being directed to counties who voted for Obama/Biden as compared to McCain/Palin. It’s another sexy story, but just another symptom of the disease.

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Top 2 percent to pay for universal health care plan

The House Ways and Means Committee’s primary objective seems to be to find the ways and means to collect more tax revenue from the rich to pay for entitlement programs. So how about a surtax on the top 2 percent of Americans who have income greater than $250,000?

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