What Is Different?

Power Line – Unemployment in the Great Recession

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Looking at this chart, what occurs to me is the difference between the current recession and the one of 1981. Look at the 1981 recovery and ask yourself, “what did they do then that resulted in such a strong recovery”, and is what we are doing now going to work as well?

Fiscal Insanity: Oregon Democrats Vote For $50M For A Park In St. Croix?

All of Oregon’s Representatives, except the lone Republican, vote to spend $50M to purchase beachfront property in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 3726: Castle Nugent National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2010

How many Oregon businesses and workers benefited from this spending?

That’s OK, the money is coming from the Social Security Trust Fund anyhow. Actually it will come from money borrowed from China to redeem the T-bills that make up the Social Security Trust Fund. (Social Security is now paying out more than they take in, so the government has to come up with the funds to pay back the money we already paid in. But who do you think is going pay the Chinese?)

I guess they needed a place that was nominally in the U.S. where they can loll on the beach. You and I certainly won’t be able to afford to go there.

In Wake Of Tax Vote; Chicago Shopping For Oregon Jobs.

Why Chicago Loves Portland

For virtuous tax competition, we usually think of Hong Kong. But who would have thought of Chicago as a lower-tax refuge?

The bright idea comes from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who is looking to lure employers from Oregon after that state’s voters approved a huge tax increase last week. The tax hike in Oregon “will help our economic development immediately. You’d better believe it,” Hizzoner told the Chicago Sun Times late last week. “We’ll be out in Oregon enticing corporations to relocate to Chicago.”

Oregon raised its top income tax rate to 11% from 9% and its corporate rate to 7.9% from 6.6%, while doubling many small business tax charges and fees. “What happened in Oregon is not good news for Oregon,” explains Mr. Daley. “They believe that anybody who makes $125,000 or more [annually] or businesses or anyone who makes $250,000—they’re gonna start taxing them. They call them ‘rich people.'”

Mr. Daley isn’t buying that. “I’ve always thought America stands for [rewarding success]. You finish high school. You work hard, go to college and you hope to succeed in life. I never knew it’s a class war—that those who succeed in life are the ones that have to bear all the burden. I never realized that. It will be a whole change in America that those who succeed and work hard, we’re gonna tax ’em more than anyone else.”

It’s nice to think that SOMEONE knows there’s a link between higher taxes and higher job losses.

But Chicago has other taxes that are just as onerous. I think the States like Texas or Idaho will stand a better chance of scooping up those jobs.

The Things Liberals “Know” That Aren’t Necessarily So

The Blue Assumptions

Among those blue-state voters who do put some effort into their politics, I find there are four mistaken assumptions about government that guide their thinking. Government is an exercise of authority, so it’s wise to have a clear understanding of the nature of authority before voting to expand government.The first, and perhaps most dangerous, assumption is that authority confers virtue. This seems to have become rooted in the American psyche after the exhilaration of victory in World War II, and the perceived success of the New Deal. Many people automatically assume liberal politicians are selfless servants of the people, who only want what is best for everyone. The media actively cultivates this mindset through its worship of bold Big Government initiatives, and the heroic statesmen who make them possible. If solving the problems of society is a noble endeavor, and the only solutions are titanic government programs, then the proponents of such programs must be noble!

And remember tow other things as well. Just because something is desirable doesn’t meant it is possible; and because things are possible doesn’t mean they are desirable.

“Progress” may take you places you don’t want to go.

The Health Care Vote. Why I Will Call My Congressman When I Feel Ill.

Health-care Bill: How the House Voted washingtonpost.com

I see that my Congressman, Peter DeFazio, 4th District – Oregon, has voted for the House Healthcare bill. I am not surprised. DeFazio is an unreconstructed Leftist and has never seen a problem that he didn’t think could be cured by higher taxes and more bureaucracy. If you look at where his funding comes from you will see why. Lobbyists and Unions as far as you can see.

Anyhow, I immediately sent him an e-mail informing him that he is not going to be on my speed dial for all problems I have with health care.

Hey, not my idea, it’s his. He decided to inject himself and his cronies into my personal healthcare. So, of course, I’m going to call him first.

Her’s the e-mail I sent. I would encourage everyone whose Representative voted for this monstrosity to do the same.

Congressman DeFazio;

Since you have seen fit to involve yourself in my personal healthcare, it seems only fair for me to advise you that I am putting your office on my speed dial so I can easily reach you with any problems I might have with my health care.

I don’t agree with your vote, but since you saw fit to cast it for this ill-defined, massively intrusive and deficit busting program, you own it.

I will be encouraging as many people as possible to do the same. If you want to take the place of our Drs and Insurance companies, I will comply by deferring to your imputed expertise.

Please don’t start whining about how people, the medical profession and the health care industry reacts to your bill. After all, you and your colleagues seem to think that you are smarter than everyone else. If that is even close to true you will have anticipated every reaction and decided that the cost was worth it.

Deal with it.

The American Ideal Is Dead! The Looting Commences

Soak the rich, legislative tax panel hears – Oregonlive.com

SALEM — ‘Tax the wealthy’ was the rallying cry as state legislators took up the contentious task of raising personal income taxes to shore up government services.The House Revenue Committee opened hearings Friday on four proposals that would create a new 10 percent tax bracket for higher earners, create a new alternative minimum tax, and reduce the amount all individuals could deduct in federal income taxes from their state tax returns.

Obviously the thing to do is to position yourself in a way to avoid being punished for earning more that the average.

That means forget about investing. Pull your money out of the market as soon as you can and convert it to something tangible and portable that the government can’t easily find.

If you’re in business shut down. If you don’t want to shut down, cut back to the bare minimum. Try to use only family members if possible. If not, keep only your best, most reliable employees. Keep the earnings below the cutoff for “rich”. Remember, they’re not looking to tax “wealth” they’re wanting to tax income. Which is not the same thing.

If you’re in government, try to get a position in one of the essential services. Police, Fire, Ambulance, Jail or ODOT. Those are going to continue no matter what. If you have no useful skills try to get in the Social Services. Those are going to continue. But there will probably be cuts. Suck up the right person and you might miss the cut.

From all indications the American experiment in self governance is over.

Do You Think Any Of The Other Bureaucracys Are Different?

A scathing report of the Department of Emergency Management finds “dismal accounting practices” and “flagrant mismanagement” – OregonLive.com

The Multnomah County agency charged with coordinating disaster response has for years operated under “flagrant mismanagement and a systematic failure of basic record keeping” that created an environment “ripe for abuse,” says a scathing report released Thursday.Allegations that the Department of Emergency Management’s former director, George Whitney, stole equipment led to a county criminal investigation that sparked the report.

Wait until the bureaucratic expansion that is the heart of the “stimulus” takes off.

But from 2003 to 2007, the department received and spent $12 million in federal grants. It is responsible for buying and distributing equipment that could range from night-vision goggles to Hummers, and contracting with agencies to provide training.Yet its heightened status didn’t bring heightened oversight. According to the report, the department kept no records of how it spent the money, who it contracted with and for how much, what it bought or who got the equipment.

We’re going to be handing out checks right and left, if they just steer the funds to their friends or political supporters they could be in trouble if they got caught. Or could they? The Department of Emergency Management kept no records, so there was nothing to show how the money was spent. No records, no evidence, no crime.

The investigation found no evidence that Whitney committed a crime. He resigned in August amid controversy over his leadership style. He couldn’t be reached for comment.

I’m sure he couldn’t. He’s probably somewhere spending time with Craig Livingstone.

DeFazio: Unions And Lobbyists Can Spend Stimulus Better Than You Can.

DeFazio a no on stimulus; Obama still needs him.

Lots of ink and electrons today for Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, the only member of the House to switch from voting yes on the stimulus bill to voting no on the second go-around.

As DeFazio told my colleague Charles Pope, the bill is simply too larded with tax cuts – as opposed to infrastructure spending – for him to accept the final version.

What DeFazio means is that you and I, being ordinary people, are too stupid to know what to do with the money. He would like the money to go through his committee so that he can control who benefits. With DeFazio that means Lobbyists and Unions. Since with 60% of his funding coming from out-of-state sources, that doesn’t even mean Oregon Lobbyists and Unions.

With DeFazio, if you’re not kicking some of your paycheck back to the Union, which in turn finds its way into his campaign coffers, you don’t matter.

Voting against it will also give him an out when it blows up.

That’s DeFazio. He’s a “maverick,” meaning that he’ll do his best to pretend to be on your side, no matter what side that is.

Welcome To The Third World. Courtesy Of The Environmental Lobby

EPA May Reverse Bush, Limit Carbon Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants – washingtonpost.com

The Environmental Protection Agency will reopen the possibility of regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, tossing aside a December Bush administration memorandum that declared that the agency would not limit the emissions.

The decision could mark the first step toward placing limits on greenhouse gases emitted by coal plants, an issue that has been hotly contested by the coal industry and environmentalists since April 2007, when the Supreme Court ruled that carbon dioxide should be considered a pollutant under the Clean Air Act.

The result? Higher electricity prices for openers. And what if the “Utility Board” won’t allow the rate to rise enough to cover the extra expense?

Then there is the very real possibility that some power utilities that depend on coal burning generating plants (which is most of them), might be forced into bankruptcy.

There are two possible outcomes to bankruptcy. One is that someone buys them out and restructures, a slim to non-existent possibility given their regulatory burden.

Or they might just shut down resulting in blackouts and brownouts until other sources of power are found. But since every other utility would be doing the same thing, the price of other power would skyrocket. Which they would have to pass on to the ratepayers if the Utility Board allowed them to. If not, we’re back to blackouts and brownouts.

The people that are invested in “alternative power,” like Al Gore, will clean up. Their power might be expensive and unreliable, but when you have the government kneecap your competition, it doesn’t matter.

What next? Obviously the country can’t run without power. So Obama, or Kulongoski, will ride to the rescue by having the government nationalize the power grid.

Then it will be an “emergency” and they will only be doing it to save us.

Goodbye America. Hello Cuba.

We’re toast.

Governor Ted Is Coming For You!

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, Gov Kulongoski has had a bill introduced in the Oregon Legislature giving him the power to tell you what parts and tires you are allowed to put on your vehicle. It’s HB 2168.

But it’s just the opening salvo to gaining control over every aspect of your life under the pretext of “Global Warming.”

Relating to greenhouse gas emissions; and declaring an emergency.

SECTION 3. { + (1) The Environmental Quality Commission may adopt by rule the following to help this state achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals specified in ORS468A.205:

(a) Low carbon fuel standards for fuel that is used for transportation;

(b) Restrictions and prohibitions on the use of substances that contain, release or cause to be released greenhouse gases, if alternatives are available;

(c) Requirements to maintain or retrofit medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks in order to reduce aerodynamic drag and otherwise reduce greenhouse gas emissions from those trucks;

(d) Restrictions and prohibitions on the sale and distribution of after-market motor vehicle parts, including but not limited to tires, if alternatives are available that decrease greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles;

(e) Requirements for motor vehicle service providers to check and inflate tire pressure according to manufacturer recommended specifications; and

(f) Restrictions on engine use by parked commercial vehicles, including but not limited to medium-duty trucks and heavy-duty trucks, and by commercial ships while at port, and requirements that truck stops and ports provide alternatives to engine use such as electric power.

(2) In adopting rules under this section, the commission:

(a) Shall consider safety, feasibility and cost-effectiveness; and

(b) May differentiate between different areas of the state, different greenhouse gases and different categories of substances, fuels, motor vehicles or other equipment or activities that contribute directly or indirectly to greenhouse gas emissions. }

And if you’re wondering, like many of us, about ORS 486A, that is the ORS covering Air Quality. Gov Ted has had his henchmen in the legislature introduce changes to ORS 486A which just about gives him Carte Blanche in determining what “needs” to be done. Because, you know, it’s an

EMERGENCY!!!!

What it looks like to me is a “Reichstag fire.”

The “reduction goal” are not actual measurable goals. There is only reference to a reduction in the “greenhouse gases” that contribute to “Global Warming.”

You might notice that there is no requirement for a reduction in “Global Warming” itself. That’s because they can’t measure it. They have decided that “global warming” is happening and that it is being caused by the minuscule portion of the total “greenhouse gases” generated by humans.

It seems odd to be attacking a problem that can’t be measured and therefore can’t be determined to have increased or decreased. If we give our all to fight “global warming” how will be know when we’re succeeded?

Excessive heat is caused by “Global Warming”, so is excessive cold. Increased rainfall is caused by “global warming” as is drought. Tornadoes and Hurricanes are said to be caused by “Global Warming” but there’s little to show even a correlation, much less a causative factor.

I guess if we defeat “Global Warming” we will know because we will no longer have weather.