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.

When The Nanny State Is Just Not Big Enough!

H.R. 4601: To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish the Office of the National Nurse (GovTrack.us)

Text is not available, but this just sounds like a pretty bad idea. I know there is a nurse shortage, but I doubt whether a Federal bureaucracy is going to take care of that.

It just seem to Nanny Stateish  to me.

Unless, of course, they’re going to be ‘naughty’ nurses. In that case I’m for it.

Control The Texts, Control The Learning.

What a great idea from David Wu (D-Authoritarian) Eliminate the jobs in the textbook publishing field; and insure government control of the information in the text. It’s a win-win for Democrats. Allow politically connected ‘non-profits’ to insure the right ideas are included; achieve absolute conformity of thought and eliminate jobs in the private sector. (I’m sure that some of the workers will make the transition to government bureaucrat.)

To authorize grants for the creation, update, or adaption of open textbooks, and for other purposes

(a) Grants Authorized- From the amounts appropriated under subsection (i), the Secretary is authorized to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities to carry out the activities described in this section, including creating, updating, or adapting open textbooks. The Secretary shall award grants in a manner that will result in the creation of a comprehensive slate of high quality course materials for introductory courses in a variety of subject areas.

(b) Eligible Entity- In this section, the term ‘eligible entity’ means–

(1) an institution of higher education;

(2) a professor or group of professors at an institution of higher education; or

(3) a nonprofit or for-profit organization that produces open textbooks.

Oh Boy!

Just what we need! Textbooks controlled by the government.

What will be included? What will be left out?

One thing is for sure; anything that support “Global Warming” will be in ‘inconvenient’ information will be out. Politically correct ‘information’ will be in.

And it will all be decided by those friendly bureaucrats in Washington DC; with the input from politically connected ‘non-profits’ like ACORN.

Control the texts, impose conformity and control is easy.

What He Said.

RealClearMarkets – A Federal Budget That Insults All Budgets

The government has no resources. Everything it spends was created by private individuals and still belongs to taxpayers. All government can do is take from the industrious, the inventive, the hard-working and the frugal to dispense on the inefficient, the lazy, or the irresponsible. Government spending bites the very hand that feeds it.And these resources no longer exist. We’re now over $12 trillion in debt. Including future unfunded liabilities and those Washington assumed as a result of assorted bailouts and other mischief, the average family owes $471K and counting courtesy of government. The resources are gone.

Democrats wasted them on silly, self-defeating welfare programs and Republicans wasted them on silly, self-defeating foreign policies. Sometimes in fits of bipartisanship, they combined to waste them on even greater concepts. Government has no remaining resources, but to our peril it does have a printing press.

No matter what grandiose terms our elected leaders couch it under, there are only three ways to pay for this largesse. Certainly they can deprive productive enterprise of the resources necessary to generate economic growth via confiscatory taxes. But the disincentives ensconced in progressive taxation render it self-defeating. Washington can borrow, thus diverting capital from those endeavors actually prospering society. Another economic retardant. Or, they can inflate their way out of the mess by debasing our currency.

But remember; “Things appear to be the darkest just before they go completely black.”

It’s going to be like the 2008 crash. No one will see it coming until it’s here. Then it will seem obvious.

Yeah, it’s Bush’s fault. As well as every President since Herbert Hoover. We heard the story of killing the golden goose but never understood it.

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

FOXNews.com – Justice Department Inspector General Stripped of Investigative Power

In response to a Republican lawmaker who requested a probe into dismissed complaints against the New Black Panther Party, the Justice Department’s Inspector General said he has been unable to investigate because he lacks the authority.

Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine wrote in a four-page letter to Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia that Congress stripped him of the power to investigate all alleged wrongdoings within his department.

So he has been kept in place so the Justice Department can say they have an Inspector General. But they have removed his investigative powers to keep him from actually doing anything?

Why would Congress do this? Who included this in a bill and at whose behest? And why have those who knew about this kept it so quiet?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes” indeed.

The essential problem was posed by Plato in The Republic, his work on government and morality. The perfect society as described by Socrates, the main character in this Socratic dialogue, relies on laborers, slaves and tradesmen. The guardian class is to protect the city. The question is put to Socrates, “Who will guard the guardians?” or, “Who will protect us against the protectors?” Plato’s answer to this is that they will guard themselves against themselves. We must tell the guardians a “noble lie”.[1] The noble lie will assure them that they are better than those they serve and it is therefore their responsibility to guard and protect those lesser than themselves. We will instill in them a distaste for power or privilege; they will rule because they believe it right, not because they desire it.

But what if they just leave the watchmen in place, but remove their powers?

Cui bono?

Boy, It’s A Good Thing That The Democrats “Saved Social Security” During The Bush Years.

next-in-line-for-a-bailout-social-security: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

Don’t look now. But even as the bank bailout is winding down, another huge bailout is starting, this time for the Social Security system.A report from the Congressional Budget Office shows that for the first time in 25 years, Social Security is taking in less in taxes than it is spending on benefits.

Instead of helping to finance the rest of the government, as it has done for decades, our nation’s biggest social program needs help from the Treasury to keep benefit checks from bouncing — in other words, a taxpayer bailout.

You know, with the problems we are having in the economy due to government meddling in the mortgage area, with the billions poured into a “stimulus” that used political rather than economic conditions to decide who got the loot’ and the continuing support for “Sub Prime” lending, does not lead me to having any confidence that they are going to be able to deal with the SS problem.

The attempt was made during the Bush Administration but not only was it blocked by the Democrats, but they have bragged about it ever since.

Here’s excerpts from testimony by my Representative Peter DeFazio, before the House Subcommittee on Social Security in Feb and Mar 2002.

I am in the middle of a series of 15 town hall meetings I’ve been holding throughout Southwest Oregon to discuss Social Security with my constituents.

If there’s one thing I want those who attend my town hall meetings to take away from those gatherings it’s that Social Security is NOT in crisis. It is a fundamentally sound program that can remain so for the next 75 years and beyond with only minor changes.
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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.

Oh, Gimme a Break – This Has To Be The Lamest Excuse To Date.

Budget director blames old computers for ineffective government – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley

A big reason why the government is inefficient and ineffective is because Washington has outdated technology, with federal workers having better computers at home than in the office.This startling admission came Thursday from Peter Orszag, who manages the federal bureaucracy for President Barack Obama.

The public is getting a bad return on its tax dollars because government workers are operating with outdated technologies, Orszag said in a statement that kicked off a summit between Obama and dozens of corporate CEOs.

The CEOs would have burst out laughing but for the danger that Obama would decide that they are enemies of the state.

Outdated computers? Every time the government tries to update their computers it turns into a free-for-all of corruption and moving goalposts. It was true at the IRS, true at the FBI and it will be true of any new attempt.

First of all millions of dollars will be spent by lobbyists trying to get the contract. The choice will depend on who has the best connections, not technical expertise. Secondly the bureaucrats won’t be able to make up their minds about what they want it to do. And if they do decide one week, they will change their minds the next.

Sounds like not only a pathetic excuse, but laying to groundwork for another wasteful porker of a bill.