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Debt & Fiscal Responsibility

Main Issues

Intergenerational Theft

The federal government's spending our children's money by the trillions, without their consent, is immoral. It is intergenerational theft, plain and simple. Real adults pay their own bills. What kind of person steals from his children to pay his own expenses?

We Need Better Politicians

The federal government is spending about $1.40 for every $1.00 that it takes in. Neither the George W. Bush administration nor the Obama administration practiced fiscal restraint or fiscal responsibility. Now more than ever, the older generations are saddling the younger generations with a burden of debt repayment that gets worse every single day. Politicians have no motivation to stop this recklessness, because they use their spending power to buy votes so they can keep their high Congressional salaries and perks. We need people who care more about the future of America's young people than about getting re-elected, and we need them now!

Supporting Facts

Federal Spending and Debt

The Debt Clock Keeps Ticking

[U.S. Debt Clock] The federal debt is at $17 trillion and counting and counting and counting!

How the Federal Debt has Grown

[U.S. Treasury Department] Here's the official government calculator for the federal debt provided by the Treasury Department. As anyone can calculate, the debt has gone up astronomically since 2009 - much more so than in the previous 8 years.

This chart (see the embedded JPEG file) very simply shows how the federal debt has grown by leaps and bounds since 1993.

What If We Behaved Like the Federal Government?

Video: What if the average American family behaved as recklessly and irresponsibly as the federal government? This video offers a painfully humorous dramatization.

Simple Explanation of the Debt

Video: The Debt Crisis Graphically Explained in 5 minutes

Future Federal Liabilities

[WSJ] $16 trillion only hints at the true U.S. debt. The actual liabilities of the federal government — including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees' future retirement benefits — already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of the U.S. GDP!

Bush and Obama

The federal debt was $5.6 trillion when George W. Bush took office in 2001. It was 10.0 trillion when Obama took office in 2009. The debt increased $4.4 trillion in 8 years under Bush. The debt as of October 2013 is $17.0 trillion. That is an increase of $7 trillion in four and one-half years under Obama. It took 225 years to accumulate $5.6 trillion in debt, and another 12 years to add $11.4 trillion.

Did the Wars Explode the Debt?

[Congressional Research Service, 2011 report]  Afghanistan, Iraq, and Federal Spending:  Did the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq really cause the full addition of $4.4 trillion to the federal debt which happened under the George W. Bush administration?  The total cost of the wars in both Afganistan and Iraq combined was about $1.1 trillion (see p. 47 of the linked document), and that was over the 9 years spanning 2001 to 2010 (which covers both the Bush and Obama administrations).  Obviously, $1.1 trillion of war spending over 9 years under both Bush and Obama is only 25% of the $4.4 trillion of total additional debt that happened under 8 years of the Bush administration.  The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were clearly not the main cause of the government's deficit spending under Pres. Bush.

Entitlement Programs vs. National Defense

[Congressional Budget Office]  Federal Spending Pie Chart:  As this pie chart of all federal spending shows (for FY2012), America's national defense spending - including the war in Afghanistan - is only 19% of all federal spending.  That is nowhere near the biggest thing on which the government spends money and for which the government is burdening America's future generations with more and more debt.  Even if we cut out all of defense spending, and leave ourselves defenseless as a country, there's still the other 81% which politicians don't want to touch.  What's in that 81%?  Social Security alone accounts for 22% of federal spending; Medicare and Medicaid, 23%; and just paying for the interest on our federal debt is 6% of the annual budget.  That's 51% of federal spending!  People who say that wars and defense spending are what's bankrupting America are mistaken.  Entitlement programs like SS, Medicare, and Medicaid are by far the bigger cause.

No More Manned NASA Missions

[International Business Times] While NASA's budget has been cut, and the U.S. government has ended the Space Shuttle program, private sector companies and visionary entrepreneurs are working hard to revive manned space exploration.

A Federal Debt Bigger Than the Entire Economy

[U.S. Treasury Department] The Federal Debt Has Skyrocketed:  As this chart shows, under Pres. Obama, the total federal debt has grown bigger than the entire U.S. economy!

Breakdown of Bush Admin. Spending Increases

[Congressional Budget Office] During the George W. Bush presidency (2001-2009), the increase in federal spending as a percentage of GDP increased, but that increase was mainly due to increased spending on entitlements (such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid), and not due to defense spending for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Mandatory Spending" Will Sink America by 2040

[Government Accountability Office]  The Risks of Growing Entitlement Spending:  America will have no future if we don't control and reduce our spending on entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  Some time between 2030 and 2040, so-called "mandatory" spending will exceed government revenues.  This chart shows it.

Unfunded Liabilities

[American Enterprise Institute] The federal government has close to $80 trillion in unfunded liabilities to Social Security and Medicare.

Detroit and America

America is Turning Into Detroit

[The Telegraph, UK] Foreign journalists are reporting on what the American mainstream media won't: big government statism is turning America as a whole into the failure that the city of Detroit became due to Leftist policies.

Detroit Compared to the Federal Government

[The Heritage Foundation] Detroit's per capita obligations of $26,655 pale in comparison to the per capita obligations of the federal government: $218,169.

Leftism Destroyed Detroit

[various reputable sources] Leftism Destroyed and Bankrupted Detroit: Here are 25 facts about the fall of Detroit that will leave you shaking your head. Each fact is backed up with articles.

More Detroits On The Way?

[NewsMax]  20 more American cities may face bankruptcy after Detroit.  Here's a list of them and a description of their situations.

Big Government Entitlements

Welfare: A Better Deal Than Working (I)

[Cato Institute] Welfare: A Better Deal than Work:  Here's an offer for you: $38,004 per year, tax free.  No work required.  Apply at your local welfare office!  Welfare currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 34 states and the District of Columbia. The federal government currently funds 126 separate anti-poverty programs at an annual cost of $688 billion. Of these, 72 provide cash or other benefits directly to poor families. The median value of the welfare package across the 50 states is $28,500, which is NOT taxable income.  If a person on welfare were to get a job, then just to break even, he or she would have to take a job that paid considerably more than the value of the forgone welfare benefits.  In Hawaii, for example, a person leaving welfare for work would have to earn more than $60,590 a year to be better off.  In HI, MA, CT, NY, NJ, RI, VT, and DC, welfare pays more than a $20-an-hour job, and in five additional states it yields more than a $15-per-hour job.  In 38 states and the District of Columbia, welfare is more generous than the average starting salary for a secretary. And in the three most generous states, welfare pays more than the wages for an entry-level computer programmer. In eight states, welfare recipients receive benefits worth more than the median salary there.

Welfare: A Better Deal Than Working (II)

[Cato Institute] Welfare: A Better Deal than Work:  Despite the work requirements put in place by the 1996 welfare reform, fewer than 42% of recipients are participating in broadly defined "work activities".  In some states, such as Missouri and Massachusetts, less than 1 out of 5 welfare recipients are "working".  Moreover, work activity frequently means not a job but only looking for work or participating in a job-training program. In fact, fewer than one-fifth (20%) of welfare recipients are working in unsubsidized private-sector jobs.

Amnesty and Entitlements

[Congressional Budget Office] Amnesty for Illegal Aliens Would Burden Entitlement Programs: The CBO found that over the next ten years, the Schumer-Rubio bill would result in $82.3 billion more in ObamaCare subsidies, $29.3 billion more in Medicaid spending, $6 billion more in food stamp spending, $5.1 billion more in unemployment insurance spending and $3.5 billion more in child nutrition spending. Newly legalized immigrants would also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which would cost the federal government $126.8 billion.

A Proud Welfare Queen

While many people who are on public assistance are struggling, some are totally abusing the system and treating welfare and food stamps like a fun lifestyle.  This video shows a proud welfare queen in Californa explain her philosophy of life.  With so much free money, "who would want to work in America?"

The Welfare Surfer Dude

[The Heritage Foundation] Video: You Won't Believe This Surfer Living the Food Stamps Dream!

Entitlement Mentality

Video: The freebie mentality is bankrupting America. Watch as this college student demands free tuition because, well, "That's what I want!"

Are the Rich Paying Their Fair Share?

[Washington Post]  Is it true that the rich are not paying their fair share of taxes?  The facts show that America's taxation system is actually the most progressive in the world!  Check out these charts.

War Against the Young: Europe and Japan

[American Interest and The Financial Times] The War Against the Young: From Europe to Japan, young people living in highly socialized welfare states are having their futures devoured by the older generations in those counties. Job prospects for young college graduates in those countries are scarce. Of course!

War Against the Young: America

[Yahoo! Finance] The War Against the Young: In America, the irresponsibility and recklessness of the Baby Boomers has ruined the economic prospects of many of America's young people.

Half of America Pays for the Other Half

[The Heritage Foundation] Over the decades, politicians have arranged things such that almost half of all Americans do not pay federal income tax. At the same time, more than 70% of all federal spending goes toward paying for dependency programs including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

FDR Prolonged the Great Depression

[UCLA Newsroom] FDR's New Deal policies prolonged the Great Depression by 7 years, UCLA economists calculate.

FDR Hobbled the Economy

Video: Lee Ohanian, Professor of Economics at UCLA, explains how FDR's New Deal policies in the 1930s made the economy much worse than it would have been had he not enacted them.

How Entitlement Programs Ruin Our Society

[American Enterprise Institute] Here's a fun animated video which explains how entitlement programs corrupt people and make them dependent upon the goverment.

Obama's New Taxes

[NewsMax] Despite Pres. Obama's promise that ObamaCare would not raise taxes, the ObamaCare law contains at least 20 new taxes in it. Here's a comprehensive list of Obama's tax hikes.

The Welfare State Keeps Growing

[Forbes] America's welfare state is an ever-increasing empire, spending vast sums of money with nothing to show for it. If this were a business, it would have gone under long ago. Unfortunatley for the American taxpayer, it has become the principal vehicle politicians use for mudslinging and pandering to voters. (Note: these huge sums are for 2011; welfare spending has spiraled since 2007.)

Working People Leaving Democrat-run States

[WSJ]  Income Earners are Leaving Democrat-run States:  A recent study of state-by-state income migration found that New York, California, and Illinois — the largest blue states in the country — led the country in income flight during the last decade. New York was hit particularly hard, losing $46 billion dollars of taxable income to people leaving the state over the past ten years. And these states were not alone: blue stalwarts like Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts were not far behind.  The study's findings can be seen here:  http://taxfoundation.org/blog/monday-map-migration-personal-income

How Sweden Reduced Its Debt

[The Economist]  Europeans Are Regretting Socialism:  Europeans Are Regretting Socialism:  Even the socialist countries of Europe are trying to get rid of the big government programs that they once advocated. Sweden has reduced public spending as a proportion of GDP from 67% in 1993 to 49% today. As a result, Sweden's public debt fell from 70% of GDP in 1993 to 37% in 2010, and its budget moved from an 11% deficit to a surplus of 0.3% over the same period.

France Learns the Hard Way

[The Telegraph, UK]  Ever-Increasing Taxes Aren't the Solution:  France's socialist government has admitted that France cannot take any more tax hikes due to the negative impact they would have on jobs and the economy. 

Denmark's Welfare State Has Failed

[The New York Times] Even the socialist countries of Europe are trying to get rid of the big government programs that they once advocated. In Denmark, the welfare system has gotten so large that while the population ages, in many regions of the country, people without jobs now outnumber those with jobs.

Food Stamps Skyrocket

[Washington Post] The number of people using food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increased by an average of 13% a year from 2008 to 2012. These charts show it.

Failure of "Green" Crony Corporatism

[The Heritage Foundation] So far, at least 34 so-called "green" companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering - either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy. Have a look at this list and the appalling amounts of money that the government has wasted.  Solyndra is just one of them.

"Green" Companies Abusing Federal Funds

[ABC News]  So-called "green" companies have gotten billions in federal cash, given bonuses to their executives, and failed miserably.  This article and video tell more.

"Tax the Rich!" Really?

[Did you know?] "Tax the rich!" is a popular slogan. However, "the rich" – those create jobs and make products and services which peopel want and need - compete with each other and fuel the economy so that families of all backgrounds can have useful products at reasonable prices. History shows when we lower tax rates, we get more revenue for the government, and surprisingly, "the rich" actually pay more taxes than before the cuts. Check out this data sheet for the actual numbers!

Budgetary Trickery

[Did you know?] Federal Spending: Politicians use tricks to mask their increased spending. This data sheet reveals their tricks and the price our children will pay – literally!

Anecdotes

Straight-talk On the Debt

Ok, get ready for some straight-talk about the federal debt from a man who pulls no punches.  He summarizes exactly how I feel.  (Caution:  This video contains profanity and will make people laugh!)

The Federal Dollar Breakdown

[The Heritage Foundation] The largest portion of tax revenues goes to entitlement programs.

Detroit Couldn't Afford Birth or Death Certificates

[The Blaze] Detroit, which recently delcared bankruptcy, was unable to pay for the paper needed to issue birth and death certificates.

Economic Revival

Main Issues

A Bright Future for All

Hard-working and struggling Americans are crying out for a future in which they can live happy, healthy, and prosperous lives - and help their precious children and grandchildren do the same. Every single person has a sacred right to prosper from his or her own hard work, brains, and perseverance, and to not have politicians give favors to fat cats - including big corporations and the lobbyists who bribe them - to protect their behinds by making it next to impossible for anyone to compete against them and do a better job than they can.

Capitalism is Freedom

Capitalism is every person's unalienable right of FREE ENTERPRISE. 

Consumerism, materialism, stock markets, and corporate favoritism do not define "Capitalism".  Leftists try to portray "Capitalism" and "Capitalists" as the embodiment of "greed", and the cause of everyone's problems.  But what is Capitalism?  Let's start from the basics.

CAPITAL is simply the means of production of goods and services.  It is the material, creative energy, and physical exertion that people apply toward realizing their aspirations through their own efforts and labor.

CAPITALISM states that every individual has the right to own, control, prosper from, and compete using the capital which he creates on his own or duly purchases from others.

You have the right to own and control the fruits of your own labor and creativity.  That includes your hard work, your intellectual property, your property, and your talent.  HUMAN BEINGS ARE CAPITALISTS BY NATURE!

Over-regulation Reduces Our Opportunities

New regulations are added every day to the massive number already on the books. It is impossible for innocent business owners to know what they all are. This makes it very risky to run a business, and thus harder for people like you and me to find jobs.

Can't Change the Laws of Economics

The government loves to imagine that it can change the laws of economics by legislating them away, but you can no more change the laws of economics than you can change the laws of physics. Doing things like printing money and massive borrowing doesn't fix anything. It just prevents problems from being resolved and it brings about disasters just like putting pennies in a fuse box. That doesn't change the laws of physics either, though it may get the washing machine running again while burning the house down.

Government Hobbling the Economy

The government has hobbled the economy by tying up vast amounts of natural resources and preventing them from being used for economic purposes. Every acre of farmland, every mine, every forest, and every oil field that is put off limits by the government is one more source of wealth that's choked off by the government.

Global Competition For Capital

In the modern world, there's a huge international competition between countries over their tax rates. If America raises personal or corporate taxes, capital will simply run off to other places where it's taxed at a lower rate. For any smart investor, even a small difference in tax rates makes a big difference in where he or she will invest money. If America is too tax-expensive, then why not put your hard-earned money in China, Switzerland, or the Caymen Islands, where you can keep more of it?

Stimulus Packages

Stimulus packages launch public works projects that are bound to fail, because their completion is cut short by the lack of sustainable funding. What happens to all of those "new" jobs once the stimulus money dries up? In the short run, stimulus policies can increase the GDP, but what matters for long-term economic growth is the freedom to create and prosper from our own ideas and hard work, not more freebies and debt from the government.

Who's Looking Out For You and Me?

We are told that the economy is getting better, but it isn't showing in the everyday lives of people who are seeing their incomes shrink, their jobs disappearing, and costs rising.

Supporting Facts

The 2008 Financial Crisis

Corrupt Wall Street

Video:  The Cause of the 2008 Financial Meltdown in 11 minutes

Reckless Government Policies

[WSJ]  The Real Cause of the 2008 Financial Crisis:  Reckless government policies brought about the housing bubble and the resulting financial crisis of 2008.  Beginning in 1992, the government required Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to direct a substantial portion of their mortgage financing to borrowers who were at or below the median income in their communities. The original legislative quota was 30%. But the Department of Housing and Urban Development was given authority to adjust it, and through the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations HUD raised the quota to 50% by 2000 and 55% by 2007.  The huge government investment in subprime mortgages achieved its purpose. Home ownership in the U.S. increased to 69% from 65% (where it had been for 30 years). But it also led to the biggest housing bubble in American history. This bubble, which lasted from 1997 to 2007, also created a huge private market for mortgage-backed securities (MBS) based on pools of subprime loans. As housing bubbles grow, rising prices suppress delinquencies and defaults. People who could not meet their mortgage obligations could refinance or sell, because their houses were now worth more.

Democrats Heart Fannie and Freddie

[Fox News] Video: Watch as top Democrats in Congress repeatedly oppose reforming the government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying that they were "fundamentally sound" institutions.

Corrupt Congressman Barney Frank

Video: Watch as top Congressional Democrat Barney Frank goes from supporting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (before and during the financial crisis) to saying that they should be "abolished" (after the crisis).

Democrats and Republicans

Video: In the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, top Congressional Democrats defending their approach of doing nothing at all to regulate and control the reckless policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Watch the video to see the Democrats and Republicans speak.

Mortgage Loans Falling Into Default

[Accuracy in Media] Over 6% of all mortgage loans in United States went into default. Historically, defaults were less than one-third of that, i.e., from 0.25% to 2%. The Clinton administration pressured the banks to help poor people become homeowners and the Clinton Justice Department threatened banks with lawsuits and fines ($10,000 per application) for redlining (discrimination) if they did not make these loans. ACORN (Obama's community service organization) was instrumental in providing borrowers and pressuring the banks to make these loans. President Clinton also reduced Fannie Mae's reserve requirement to 2.5%. (See here for the actual mortage data: http://www.richmondfed.org/banking/markets_trends_and_statistics/trends/pdf/delinquency_and_foreclosure_rates.pdf )

Attempts to Reform Fannie and Freddie

[Whitehouse.gov] The Bush administration made 17 attempts to reform FM&FM, having been made aware by whistleblowers that the books had been cooked by Clinton appointees, James Johnson and Franklin Raines (most recently Barack Obama financial advisors) who gave large bonuses to themselves and other Clinton appointees by falsely showing huge profits. In 2005, John McCain submitted a Fannie Mae reform bill. Democrats blocked it in Committee from getting to the Senate floor for a vote. By 2006 there was enough evidence of malfeasance that Raines was forced out.

The Lost American Dream

The Fall of Detroit

[various reputable sources] Leftism Destroyed and Bankrupted Detroit: Here are 25 facts about the fall of Detroit that will leave you shaking your head. Each fact is backed up with articles.

Youth Living With Mom & Dad

[Pew Research] The economic prospects for America's youth have become so dim that a rising share of young adults live in their parents' homes, and marriage rates are declining due to a lack of jobs.

High Youth Unemployment

[The College Fix] As of August 2013, youth unemployment was at 16.1%. According to the Gallup poll, only 43.6% of 18 to 29 year olds are employed full time.

Americans Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

[Yahoo! Finance] The government is chasing away potential job-creators to other countries. With increased U.S. tax reporting requirements, U.S. accounting costs alone are around $2,000 per year for a U.S. citizen residing abroad. As a result, the number of Americans renouncing their U.S. citizenship has surged sixfold in the second quarter (2013) from a year earlier as the government introduces tougher asset-disclosure rules.

Food Stamps Skyrocket

[Washington Post] The number of people using food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increased by an average of 13% a year from 2008 to 2012. These charts show it.

The Higher Education Bubble

[Rolling Stone] Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal. The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education - saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a bubble that could bring down the economy.

Welfare: A Better Deal Than Working (I)

[Cato Institute] Welfare: A Better Deal than Work: Here's an offer for you: $38,004 per year, tax free. No work required. Apply at your local welfare office! Welfare currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 34 states and the District of Columbia. The federal government currently funds 126 separate anti-poverty programs at an annual cost of $688 billion. Of these, 72 provide cash or other benefits directly to poor families. The median value of the welfare package across the 50 states is $28,500, which is NOT taxable income. If a person on welfare were to get a job, then just to break even, he or she would have to take a job that paid considerably more than the value of the forgone welfare benefits. In Hawaii, for example, a person leaving welfare for work would have to earn more than $60,590 a year to be better off. In HI, MA, CT, NY, NJ, RI, VT, and DC, welfare pays more than a $20-an-hour job, and in five additional states it yields more than a $15-per-hour job. In 38 states and the District of Columbia, welfare is more generous than the average starting salary for a secretary. And in the three most generous states, welfare pays more than the wages for an entry-level computer programmer. In eight states, welfare recipients receive benefits worth more than the median salary there.

Welfare: A Better Deal Than Working (II)

[Cato Institute] Welfare: A Better Deal than Work:  Despite the work requirements put in place by the 1996 welfare reform, fewer than 42% of recipients are participating in broadly defined "work activities". In some states, such as Missouri and Massachusetts, less than 1 out of 5 welfare recipients are "working". Moreover, work activity frequently means not a job but only looking for work or participating in a job-training program. In fact, fewer than one-fifth (20%) of welfare recipients are working in unsubsidized private-sector jobs.

A Depressed Labor Force (I)

[U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics]  The labor participation rate has only gotten worse during the Obama administration.  Labor force participation hasn't been this bad since the 1970s.  This chart proves it. (See also:  http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000 )

Reviving Marriage and the Family

[New York Times] The way to fix the growing income disparity in America is to revive and restore the institutions of marriage and the family. As the New York Times has found, "changes in marriage patterns — as opposed to changes in individual earnings — may account for as much as 40% of the growth in certain measures of inequality."

Broken Families and Divorce Rates

[New York Times] Broken families and high divorce rates are together one of the biggest reasons that many Americans are struggling economically. The New York Times opines: "It is hardly surprising that family structure was one of the four factors with a clear relationship to upward mobility in a large new study comparing mobility across metropolitan areas. In areas with a higher divorce rate and higher share of single-parent families, the odds of climbing into the middle class or beyond were lower."

America's Marriage Crisis

[The Atlantic]  How America's Marriage Crisis Makes Income Inequality So Much Worse: The rich and educated are more likely to marry, to marry each other, and to produce rich and educated children. But this virtual cycle turns vicious for the poor. This is the marriage crisis behind our inequality crisis. It is not complicated. It is the simplest math equation is the world. It says: Two is more than one.

The 1980s Reagan Recovery

[The Heritage Foundation] This limp growth of 1.1% - 2.5% which we see in our economy doesn't need to be the new normal. Historically, when marginal tax rates have been cut, the U.S. economy has bounced back relatively quickly and robustly. Why? The recession in the 80's was worse than the one we suffered in 2008. Unemployment was 10%, inflation was 13.5%, and interest was a shopping 21%. (See here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/14/the-worst-recession/ ) And yet, by the third quarter in 1982, the economy was growing at more than 8% and grew at 7.1% for the next 7 quarters. This was their "New Normal".

A Strugging Society

[Yahoo! Finance]  Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.

Union Members Under Attack by ObamaCare

[WSJ] Leaders of 3 major labor unions - the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE - have pleaded with the Democrat leaders in Congress not to implement ObamaCare because it will hurt working Americans.

Are the Rich Paying Their Fair Share?

[Washington Post] Is it true that the rich not paying their fair share of taxes? The facts show that America's taxation system is actually the most progressive in the world! Check out these charts.

War Against the Young: Europe and Japan

[American Interest and The Financial Times] The War Against the Young: From Europe to Japan, young people living in highly socialized welfare states are having their futures devoured by the older generations in those counties. Job prospects for young college graduates in those countries are scarce.

War Against the Young: America

[Yahoo! Finance] The War Against the Young: In America, the irresponsibility and recklessness of the Baby Boomers has ruined the economic prospects of many of America's young people.

Normal Family Life Is Becoming Unaffordable

[WSJ] Traditional family life - wherein the husband earns and the wife takes care of the family - has become unaffordable for most people, except for the wealthy.

Vanished Workers

[Investor's Business Daily] Nearly 1 million workers vanished from the work force during Pres. Obama's first term.

An Oil-Rich America

[WSJ] America has enough accessible oil to dramatically reduce our need for Middle Eastern oil. The Bakken oil fields of Montana and North Dakota have helped move the U.S. into third place among world oil producers.

America Can Be Energy Independent

[CNS News] According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the amount of recoverable oil in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming is "about equal to the entire world's proven oil reserves".

Skyrocketing College Tuition

[The Atlantic] As the federal government has grown and meddled in the economy and in higher education over the past 30 years, college tuition prices have skyrocketed and home ownership has fallen out of reach for more and more young people.

Private Initiative Can Get the Job Done

[International Business Times] While NASA's budget has been cut, and the U.S. government has ended the Space Shuttle program, private sector companies and visionary entrepreneurs are working hard to revive manned space exploration.

FDR Prolonged the Great Depression

[UCLA Newsroom] FDR's New Deal policies prolonged the Great Depression by 7 years, UCLA economists calculate.

FDR Hobbled the Economy

Video:  Lee Ohanian, Professor of Economics at UCLA, explains how FDR's New Deal policies in the 1930s made the economy much worse than it would have been had he not enacted them.

FDR's New Deal Fascism

[BBC] The Nazis were great admirers of FDR's New Deal economic policies, as shown by this quote:

"I am very interested in social developments in America.  I believe that President Roosevelt has chosen the right path.  We are dealing with the greatest social problems ever known.  Millions of unemployed must get their jobs back and this cannot be left to private initiative.  It is the government that must tackle the problem." – Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda for Nazi Germany, describing FDR's policies in 1934.

How Entitlement Programs Ruin Our Society

[American Enterprise Institute] Here's a fun animated video which explains how entitlement programs corrupt people and make them dependent on the goverment.

Obama's New Taxes

[NewsMax] Despite Pres. Obama's promise that ObamaCare would not raise taxes, the ObamaCare law contains at least 20 new taxes in it. Here's a comprehensive list of Obama's tax hikes.

Socialist Corruption

[Investor's Business Daily] Socialist and other Leftist political leaders like the late Hugo Chavez, who claim to help the poor by redistributing wealth, are often the richest and most corrupt politicians around and have large Swiss bank accounts.

Is the Gender Gap Real?

[Yahoo! Finance] There is no "wage-gap" between men and women, but rather a "jobs gap". Women tend to go into lower-paying fields more than men do.

The Weakest Recovery

[U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics]  The economic recovery since 2008 has been the slowest economic recovery in 50 years.  As of 2013, the number of people on payrolls has not yet recovered to its pre-recession levels.  This chart shows it.

A Depressed Labor Force (II)

[Express Employment Professionals] Where Have All The Workers Gone? This detailed research paper shows how the labor force participation rate has declined dramatically since the Great Recession.

(The paper itself is here: http://www.expresspros.com/subsites/americaemployed/documents/The-Great-Shift.pdf )

Widening Gap Between Rich and Poor

[AP]  The Widest Ever Rich-Poor Employment Gap:  Rates of unemployment for the lowest-income families - those earning less than $20,000 - have topped 21%, nearly matching the rate for all workers during the 1930s Great Depression.  U.S. households with income of more than $150,000 a year have an unemployment rate of only 3.2%, a level traditionally defined as full employment. At the same time, middle-income workers are increasingly pushed into lower-wage jobs.

The Rise of Part-time Work (I)

[New York Times] The Rise of Part-Time Work: When the recession began, 16.9 percent of those working usually worked part time. That share rose sharply in 2008 and 2009 and has not fallen much since then. Today the share of workers with part-time jobs is 19.2 percent. All of the growth in part-time workers has been among people reluctantly working few hours because of either slack business conditions or an inability to find a full-time job. Together these people are considered to be working part time "for economic reasons." Their numbers have grown by 3.4 million since the downturn began.

Who Creates Jobs?

[Did you know?] Governments don't create jobs in the private sector. Entrepreneurs and risk-takers do. Despite a high unemployment rate and $17 trillion in debt, the oil and gas industry is producing jobs and generating substantial revenue for the government.

Over-regulation Reduces Our Opportunities

[Did you know?] Over-regulation is killing the American dream for too many hard-working people. The average regulatory cost for each employee of a small business exceeds $10,000 per year. HHS is expected to release 30,000 pages of new healthcare regulations, many aimed at small employers. 11 different agencies are drafting 243 new rules governing cost and access to credit for businesses.

Anecdotes

Innocent Kids Under Attack

Three little girls were busted in June 2013 for running a lemonade stand without a business license Savannah, Georgia.

Can't Trust Those Raisin Growers

California raisin growers have to turn over 47% of their raisins over to the government because of "market orders" from the "raisin administration".

Government Punishing Small Businesses

The Dollarhite family from Missouri helped their son raise a few rabbits for meat or for pets and ended up being fined $4 million by the USDA for not having the proper licenses.

Government Punishing Good Deeds

In 1988 the Khoury family in Philadelphia cleaned up a polluted vacant lot of garbage and 7000 old tires they owned to prepare to build a building there and for their efforts the father was arrested, their home was ransacked, and were fined $202,000 - bankrupting the family - and the father was sentenced to three years in jail. This was followed by decades of abuse and lawsuits, preventing all use of their land.

The Rise of Part-time Work (II)

[NBC News] NBC News contacted around 20 small businesses and other entities for this report and found that employee hours are being cut to 29 hours because of ObamaCare, despite the delay of the employer mandate. See the video report here.

The Welfare Surfer Dude

[The Heritage Foundation] Video: You Won't Believe This Surfer Living the Food Stamps Dream!

Marriage Break-ups Cause Economic Hardship

[New York Times] As the story of Ms. Lampra Jones of Atlanta shows, one of the biggest obstacles to getting ahead and breaking free from economic hardship is the breakup of marriages and the family.

You Have Two Cows…

A simple analogy for illustrating how economies work (or don't work, as it were).

Rule of Law

Main Issues

Politicians vs. The Constitution

Who do these politicians think they are? Little dictators and princes, who can make up any law that suits their selfish interests, and sell it to the people by saying "It's all for the children"? When any politician with such tremendous power over us says that he doesn't care what the Constitution says, and that he can impose executive orders and regulations to force his will on the struggling people of this country, that's the beginning of something really dangerous. What other parts of the Constitution might they try to burn? Our rights to free speech, religion, or to vote?

Criminal Politicians

Our Constitution was written to protect each and everyone of us - our freedoms, liberties, and sacred rights - from anyone and everyone who might try to violate them and do us harm, including corrupt, greedy, and power-hungry politicians and governments. Any politician who willfully goes against our Constitution should be treated like the criminal that he or she is.

Exactly What Is a "Right"?

What is a "right"? Our Bill of Rights is just that, a Bill of "Rights".  It's not a Bill of "Needs" that politicians can use to take away our rights and liberties based on what they declare our "needs" are or aren't.  This video explains the difference:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTR_x_y32j8

Supreme Law of the Land

The Constitution was the first law of the United States, and it remains the supreme law of the United States, which no other laws of the United States, and no other legislative, executive or judicial action or opinion can ever contravene, without the consent of the people to whom it owes its existence, as they prescribed in the document that they approved. As such, it cannot lawfully be altered, distorted, ignored or otherwise violated by officers of that government.

Our Stolen Freedoms (I)

Did you know that in The United States of America you may not be allowed to grow your own food, on your own land, for your own use, without the prior approval of the Federal government? In 1942 the Supreme Court upheld this power of the Federal government (in Wickard v. Filburn) under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution Of The United States, which states: "The Congress shall have Power…To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes" (Article I, Section 8). Although the Commerce Clause plainly grants Congress no powers over individuals not engaged in the sorts of commerce described therein, Congress nonetheless granted itself such powers, the Supreme Court upheld those powers, and the Executive branch enforces those powers to this day.

Our Stolen Freedoms (II)

Did you know that in the United States of America a government agency can take your property and give to someone else without your consent? In 2005 the Supreme Court upheld this self-conferred grant of power of governments (in Kelo v. City of New London) under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, whose final clause states: "…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." Although the Fifth Amendment plainly prohibits the taking of private property for any but public use, the Supreme Court upheld powers that override that prohibition, and governments across the United States exercise those powers to this day.

Supporting Facts

Obama Grants Amnesty Without Congress

[The Heritage Foundation]  Obama Grants Amnesty Without Congress:  Congress hasn't passed immigration legislation, but that hasn't stopped President Obama from issuing directives that grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.  A recent Obama directive instructs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials not to enforce immigration laws in cases where an illegal alien is the primary provider for any minor child - regardless of the child's immigration status - or the parent or guardian of a child who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.  The article contains a link to the actual ICE directive.

The IRS Scandal Against Patriotic Groups

[NPR] In the IRS scandal, Tea Parties and other conservative groups were made to endure much tougher scrutiny than Left-leaning groups. The IRS's own numbers prove it as NPR reports, and as this chart shows.

Summary of the IRS Scandal

Video: "The IRS Scandal... By The Numbers": Packed with information, this short video summarizes just how bad the Obama administration's IRS scandal is.

America's Outrage at the IRS

[The Daily Show] Video:  Even comedian Jon Stewart is outraged by the Obama administration's corruption, including the IRS scandal in which high-level IRS officials targeted conservative groups for excessive scrutiny and deliberately delayed their applications for tax-exempt status. Check out the fun video!

NSA's Domestic Spying (I)

[Bloomberg]  NSA Admits Domestic Spying:  Some National Security Agency analysts deliberately ignored restrictions on their authority to spy on Americans multiple times in the past decade, contradicting Obama administration officials' and lawmakers' statements that no willful violations occurred. The incidents, chronicled in a new report by the NSA's inspector general, provide more evidence that U.S. agencies sometimes have violated legal and administrative restrictions on domestic spying.

NSA's Domestic Spying (II)

[Washington Post] Under the Obama administration, the NSA (National Security Agency) has conducted surveillance of literally hundreds of thousands of Americans. Senator Obama warned about Patriot Act abuses, while President Obama proved him right!

NSA's Domestic Spying (III)

[Washington Post]  The NSA (National Security Agency) has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.

Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove

[New York Times]  Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove:  For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans' phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency's hotly disputed collection of phone call logs.

Obama Delays ObamaCare

[The Heritage Foundation] President Obama's delay of the employer mandate in ObamaCare is unfair and unconstitutional. He has a duty as president to execute the law as it is written - including his own signature law ObamaCare - which he has repeatedly refused to do.

The New Fake "Right": Amnesty

[C-Span] Politicans are Twisting and Corrupting the Meaning of Civil Rights:  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that giving amnesty to illegal aliens is a "civil right".

Impossible-To-Understand ObamaCare

[The Heritage Foundation] ObamaCare is a classic example of something that a government should not do. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General, Alan R. Duncan, has explained the extremely burdensome process of enrolling in ObamaCare. Have a look at his own charts, and see if you can figure it out yourself!

We The People Must Assert Our Rights

"The Congress shall have Power…To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;" - Constitution Of The United States, Article I, Section 8, Clause 3. "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." - Constitution Of The United States, Amendments, Article X.

Protecting Innocent People From Government Tyranny

"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." - Constitution Of The United States, Amendment V

What the Federal Government May and May Not Do

The Constitution provides for specific and delineated powers for the federal government. None of these include welfare, education, controls of energy or environment, or the power to dictate what people should, or should not, buy. The 2012 healthcare decision by the Supreme Court is blatantly unconstitutional. No powers are given to the federal government to force people to buy a product.

Anecdotes

Corruption and Dictatorship in America

Small Business Bullying

Video:  Small Business Bullying: Small businesses such as Gibson Guitar (TN), the Mountain Pure Water Bottling Company (AK), and Duncan Outdoors (AK) have been subjected to paramilitary-style federal raids by armed agents from the IRS and the Justice Department simply over alleged tax issues. Regular employees were detained, denied their right to an attorney, and assaulted, and the companies' assets were seized. Federal authorities even extracted money directly out of the bank accounts of small business employees. This video tells the victims' side of the story.

Entrepreneurs Under Attack

[The Atlas Society] Entrepreneurs Under Attack: The Consumer product Safety Commission has attacked Craig Zucker, CEO of the company that makes Buckyballs, after Zucker challenged the CPSCs claims against his company's products.
  • Qwest CEO Joseph P. Nacchio went to prison for insider trading after refusing to turn over customers' phone records to the National Security Agency.
  • Frank VanderSloot faced audits by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor after President Obama's reelection campaign highlighted him as a Mitt Romney donor.
  • A federal prosecutor was accused of treating Maryland farmer Randy Sowers more harshly in a forfeiture case because he spoke to the press.
  • And the IRS targeted libertarian and conservative nonprofits, sometimes denying them recognition as nonprofits.

Trampling Our Constitution

[The Heritage Foundation] 5 Ways President Obama Has Trampled the Constitution:

1. Changing ObamaCare on the fly without congressional action
2. Implementing the DREAM Act by executive fiat
3. Making "recess appointments" while the Senate was in session 4. Waiving welfare work requirements
5. Encouraging federal contractors to violate the law

Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, and Cronyism

[various reputable sources] Here are 252 well-documented examples of Pres. Barack Obama's lying, lawbreaking, corruption, and cronyism.

Disgusted With Presidential Hypocrisy

[The Guardian, UK]  "As a Democrat, I am disgusted with President Obama"

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Video:  7 Obama Lies in Under 2 Minutes

A Human Being's Right of Conscience (I)

[Reuters]  Governments Have No Legitimate Authority to Force People to Violate Their Religious Beliefs:  The New Mexico government is attacking and bullying an independent photographer for declining to accept business from a same-sex couple.  Whether you agree with his refusal or not, the government is violating that photographer's right of conscience in a manner that would be tantamount to the government forcing a gay man who owns a printing business to print Mormon or Orthodox Jewish literature which criticizes his gay lifestyle, on the basis that his refusal to do so amounts to religious discrimination against Mormons or Jews.

A Human Being's Right of Conscience (II)

[The Blaze]  Governments Have No Legitimate Authority to Force People to Violate Their Religious Beliefs:  An Oregon man may have broken the law and is facing a state investigation after refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding.  Whether you agree with his refusal or not, the government is violating that photographer's right of conscience in a manner that would be tantamount to the government forcing a gay man who owns a printing business to print Mormon or Orthodox Jewish literature which criticizes his gay lifestyle, on the basis that his refusal to do so amounts to religious discrimination against Mormons or Jews.

A Human Being's Right of Conscience (III)

[The Seattle Times] Governments Have No Legitimate Authority to Force People to Violate Their Religious Beliefs:  The state attorney general has filed suit against a florist in Eastern Washington, claiming her refusal to provide floral arrangements for a gay couple's wedding amounted to discrimination.  Whether you agree with his refusal or not, the government is violating that photographer's right of conscience in a manner that would be tantamount to the government forcing a gay man who owns a printing business to print Mormon or Orthodox Jewish literature which criticizes his gay lifestyle, on the basis that his refusal to do so amounts to religious discrimination against Mormons or Jews.

The Government vs. Property Owners: Roscoe Filburn

[Cornell University] Roscoe Curtiss Filburn had a 95-acre farm near Dayton, Ohio where he grew wheat; raised poultry and dairy cows; and sold milk and eggs. During the fall of 1940, he planted 23 acres of wheat which was to be used to make bread for his family, feed his livestock and provide seed for the following season. Under the Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1938, Roscoe was allotted to plant 11.1 acres of wheat at a yield of 20.1 bushels per acre. In July 1941, the extra planting (11.9 acres) yielded 239 bushels of wheat. He was fined 49 cents per bushel ($117.11). Roscoe refused to pay and filed suit in the Federal District Court, asking the court to declare the farm marketing excess penalty violated his right to due process under law. Also in dispute was the wheat growers' referendum passed in May 1941 which increased the fine from 15 cents to 49 cents on crops that had been planed months before. The district court ruled in Filburn's favor and limited the fine to 15 cents per bushel; however, the Secretary of Agriculture, Claude Wickard, appealed this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Government vs. Property Owners: Susette Kelo

"My name is Susette Kelo and I used to live in New London, Connecticut. I am the Kelo in Kelo v. City of New London - the infamous U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court ruled that private property, including my home, could be taken by another private party who promises to create more jobs and taxes with the land.

[…]

"I would like to tell you a little more of my story so you can hopefully see why the law needs to be changed.

"In 1997, I searched all over for a house and finally found this perfect little Victorian cottage with beautiful views of the water. I was working then as a paramedic and was overjoyed that I was able to find a beautiful little place I could afford on my salary. I spent every spare moment fixing it up and creating the kind of home I always dreamed of. I painted salmon pink, because that is my favorite color.

"In 1998, a real estate agent came by and made me an offer on the house on behalf of an unnamed buyer. I explained to her that I was not interested in selling, but she said that my home would be taken by eminent domain if I refused to sell. She told me stories of her relatives who had lost their homes to eminent domain. Her advice? Give up. The government always wins.

"So why did the City and the New London Development Corporation (NLDC) want to kick us out? To make way for a luxury hotel, up-scale condos, and other private developments that could bring in more taxes to the City and possibly create more jobs. The poor and middle class had to make way for the rich and politically connected. As quickly as the NLDC acquired homes in my neighborhood, they came in and demolished them, with no regard for the remaining residents who lived there, most of whom were elderly.

[…]

"My neighborhood was not blighted. It was a nice neighborhood where rope were close. We didn't want to leave.

"All of these was for nothing. After spending close to $80 million in taxpayer money, there has been no construction whatsoever and the neighborhood to this day remains a barren field, home to weeds and feral cats. And in 2009, Pfizer - the lynchpin of the plan - announced that it was closing its research and development headquarters and leaving New London for good, just as its tax breaks were about to expire.

[…]

"None of us asked for any of this. We were simply living our lives, working, taking care of our families and paying out taxes.

[…]

"This battle against eminent domain abuse may have started as a way for me to save my little pink cottage, but it has rightfully grown into something much larger - the fight to restore the American Dream and the sacredness and security of each one of our homes."
- Testimony of Susette Kelo, before the United States House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution & Civil Justice Hearing on the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013, April 18, 2013

Electoral Integrity

Main Issues

Voting is a Sacred Right

So many brave young Americans have fought, bled, sacrificed, and died to preserve our right to be freely choose our public servants through fair elections. How dare anyone - any politician, or any party operative - try to steal that sacred right from us all, and turn America into a backward country of rigged elections like Iran or Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

Voter ID Laws

Corrupt politicians are engaged in a shameless and relentless struggle against every reasonable and lawful effort to end voter fraud, including the very simple step of presenting an ID card. Thanks to their reckless hunger for power, we keep having cartoon characters, dead people, impostors, and ineligible people casting ballots and corrupting the system. Electoral fraud is wrong, it's a crime, and it must be stopped. Voter ID laws are just one of many legitimate and desperately needed ways of doing so.

Voter Fraud

You're a law-abiding person. Imagine it's election day, and you go to vote only to find someone already voted in your name! That's the kind of thing that can happen when nobody checks who's actually voting! I want my vote to count, but if someone has already voted for me, then I don't have a say! When people can get away with lying in order to vote, it makes honest people's votes not count, and that's just outrageous!

Hypocritical Politicians

Why is it that Democrat politicians routinely fight against measures to ensure legitmate voting? What's the harm in ensuring that only legitimate votes are counted? We need IDs to get into government buildings, to open bank accounts, to buy Sudafed, to get government assistance, and to buy alcohol. Why is it that Democrat leaders are only interested in not requiring ID to VOTE? Why don't they fight against ALL of these other ID restrictions?

Integrity at the Polls

In some states, any person can walk in the same day, demand a ballot, and vote without an ID card. In other states, people can log-in from their home computers and claim to be whoever they wish, and then vote. As a result, there's no guarantee of integrity in our election results. 71% of Americans approve of voter ID laws, but the Left claims that such simple rules disenfranchise people. There is even a movement in California to select non-U.S. citizens as poll workers, which could open voter integrity to even more fraud. What about people like you and me? Who cares about our voices? It's too easy for politicians, the media, and corporate interests to get their own desired results illegally. I WANT YOUR VOTE TO COUNT! That will only happen when we make it really hard for phonies and fraudsters to have their way.

Supporting Facts

Undercover in Texas and 5 Other States

Undercover journalist James O'Keefe filmed numerous instances of people helping him to vote multiple times. He went to Barack Obama's Organizing for America headquarters in Houston, Texas, and captured footage of paid campaign workers and other volunteers conspiring to commit election fraud in five different states.

True the Vote's Data

[True the Vote] There is no political will to make voting laws more strict. In fact, the laws become more liberal and less representative of the people every day. But what we do have is a right to be heard. How widespread is voter fraud? Have a look at this unbelievable compilation of data from True the Vote.

Voter Fraud in North Carolina (I)

Voting fraud in the 2012 election is well documented. Here, a North Carolina man brags on Facebook about voting multiple times.

2012 Voter Fraud in Ohio

[ABC News] Voter Fraud in Ohio, 2012: In what was one of the 2012 election cycle's most important battleground states, "voter fraud does exist," Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted acknowledged in a report on Thursday. 625 possible voting irregularities were reported across the state and 135 of them have been sent to law enforcement for further investigation. These are only the cases which have been documented.

Bloated Voter Rolls in Ohio

[The Columbus Dispatch] Voter Rolls in Ohio are Bloated, Experts Say: Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney by 166,214 votes in Ohio in 2012. That's out of 5,489,028 votes cast. So Obama's victory margin was just 3%, or 50 to 47 over Romney. However, 20% of Ohio's voters should not be on the rolls at all, according to a story in the Columbus Dispatch: "More than one out of every five registered Ohio voters is probably ineligible to vote. In two counties, the number of registered voters actually exceeds the voting-age population: Northwestern Ohio's Wood County shows 109 registered voters for every 100 eligible, while in Lawrence County along the Ohio River it's a mere 104 registered per 100 eligible. Another 31 counties show registrations at more than 90 percent of those eligible, a rate regarded as unrealistic by most voting experts. The national average is a little more than 70 percent."

Bad Poll Workers in Ohio (I)

[Cincinnati.com] Poll Workers in Ohio, 2012: Hundreds of Hamilton County poll workers will be retrained – and 163 "retired" – as a result of voting problems in the 2012 election.

That includes 94 workers at 16 precincts that will be completely restaffed because of a high number of errors.

The others failed to vote themselves and/or performed poorly on Election Day.

Those 163 poll workers represent about 5.6 percent of poll workers – the most ever who aren't being asked back.

The move comes as board of elections officials continue to work to find the 2,905 poll workers needed to staff the county's 545 polling locations.

The Enquirer obtained the list of problem poll workers and found that 94of them who worked at 16 polling locations won't be asked back because they allowed 15 or more votes to be cast at the wrong precinct or in the wrong location.

Drug Money and Voter Fraud in Kentucky

[Fox News] Drug Money Funds Voter Fraud in Kentucky: That is where in some cases, major cocaine and marijuana dealers admitted to buying votes to steal elections, and the result is the corruption of American democracy. The government continues to mete out justice in the scandal, as two people convicted in April in a vote-buying case face sentencing this week, and another public official pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy. "We believe that drug money did buy votes," Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, said of a separate vote-buying case. He described a stunning vote-buying scheme that includes "very extensive, organized criminal activity, involving hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in many cases that involves drug money."

The Voting Dead in Virginia

[WWBT NBC-12, Virginia] 10,000 Dead People Found on Virginia's Voter Rolls: Local registrars are now working to cancel those voters from the list of registered voters, according to the SBE. There's no indication of any voter fraud, but the SBE also said it can't rule the possibility out. The deceased names were identified by the SBE by cross-referencing 15 million records in the National Technical Information Services master death file with the current list of registered voters in Virginia. 45 million more records are still being analyzed to see how many other deceased individuals may still be on the voter rolls.

Anecdotes

Voting for Eric Holder

[Project Veritas] Journalist James O'Keefe tested the electoral system by sending assistants to attempt to get the ballots of dead people and various famous people including Attorney General Eric Holder and was successful every time except in one case where the poll worker happened to know the deceased voter. His expose of the ease with which fraud could be perpetrated helped pass voter ID laws in several states in 2012.

Obama's People Assisting Voter Fraud

[Project Veritas] Undercover reporters ask OFA (Organizing for America, President Obama's Grassroots arm of his re-election campaign) staffers for advice on double voting. In each circumstance the staffers are complicit in the illegal implications of voting twice.

Voter Fraud in North Carolina (II)

[Project Veritas] In North Carolina, it is easy for non-citizens to register and vote, and the dead have been offered ballots. Watch this shocking video!

Corrupt Political Family in Virginia

[Project Veritas] Patrick Moran of Virginia, who was the campaign manager for his father's (Jim Moran's) congressional campaign, helped an undercover journalist arrange for voter fraud and was recorded doing so on camera.

Voter Fraud in New Hampshire (I)

[Project Veritas] Watch this video of undercover reporters voting in the name of confirmed dead people in New Hampshire.

Voter Fraud in New Hampshire (II)

[Project Veritas] Watch this video of undercover reporters voting in the name of confirmed dead people in New Hampshire.

Voter Fraud in Vermont

[Project Veritas] On Super Tuesday in Vermont, poll workers were caught on tape handing out Ballots in names of dead people and giving out ballots in living people's names to anyone who walked in. At the same time, bars, hotels and city clerk issuing civil union all required IDs. The Vermont poll workers handed the ballots out to people under the following names: Adam Berger, Cooper Fellows, Roger Audette DEAD, John E. Adams, Lucas Hertweck, Mahamud Somo (DEAD), Travis Houle, and Evan R. Bean.

"Forced Assistance" at the Polls

Christian Adams the Former Attorney Dept. of Justice reports documented cases of "forced assistance" and numerous convictions of people for committing absentee ballot fraud.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYEpkMplCIA

Intimidation at the Polls in Philly

Club-wielding Black Panther thugs at a Philadelphia polling place intimidated voters but the Attorney General has refused to prosecute them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1285ZlJ-xqM

Bad Poll Workers in Ohio (II)

[WLWT Ohio] Voter Fraud in Ohio, 2012: 58-year-old Melowese Richardson, a veteran Cincinnati poll worker, will be spending the next five years in prison for voter fraud. She boasted that she voted twice in last November's presidential election. She was charged with repeatedly voting illegally over three elections using the names of others, including her sister who has been in a coma for a decade.

Eyewitness to Voter Intimidation

Helen Lattimore, a concerned citizen who witnessed voter fraud, explains what she saw at her local polling place as people threatened people who wanted to vote for someone other than Obama.

Sister Fraud in Ohio

[Huffington Post] Voter Fraud in Ohio, 2012: A nun, Sister Marguerite Kloos, and 2 others, have be indicted for voter fraud in Ohio for crimes they committed during the 2012 election.

True Equality

Main Issues

True Equality

As a conservative, I know that true equality is what our country is all about, and that means equality of all people - both men and women, and people of every ethnic persuasion - in freedom, opportunity, and their natural, God-given rights.

Freedom for Everyone Means Equality of Restraint

To me as a conservative, true equality is equal justice, equal rights, and limitless opportunity for every person - poor, rich, middle class, Black, White, Latino, gay, straight, whatever. The great philosopher Edmund Burke put it beautifully when he said: "The liberty I mean is social freedom.  It is that state of things in which liberty is secured by the equality of restraint.  A constitution of things in which the liberty of no one man, and no body of men, and no number of men, can find means to trespass on the liberty of any other person, or any description of persons, in the society. This kind of liberty is, indeed, but another name for justice…."  – Edmund Burke, "Reflections on the Revolution in France", 1790

Equality of Value as Human Beings

A CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO:

As a conservative, this is what I stand for, fight for, and believe in with all my heart:

I. CONFIDENCE in every person's ability to achieve his or her fullest potential in life.
II. Liberty, security, and LIMITLESS OPPORTUNITY for all, by defending the rights of the individual, supporting entrepreneurship, and getting rid of every political obstacle to your personal success.
III. Abolishing all legal and political distinctions between ethnicities, colors, and creeds – which poses a major threat to the Tribalistic divisionary agenda of the Left and the Right.
IV. A society in which all people abide by the same laws, enjoy the same rights, and are "not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." – Martin Luther King, Jr.
V. Civic Virtue, equal justice, and the hard-won lessons of human history.

The Business of Inequality

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. urged people to judge us by the content of our character, not the color of our skins. We strive for colorblind society where men and women and people of all faiths have the same opportunity to create the life they dream of. But racism, sexism and bigoty have become institutionalised by many of the same people who claim to be fighting it. With organizations representing everything from LGBT to the Rainbow Coalition, these once-sincere institutions play on the emotions of good people to donate enormous sums for the cause. With so many people living off the concept of inequality, for such people it pays to make sure that there's always inequality.

Equality of Rights, Not Equality of Results

The United States Constitution recognizes equality of rights. However, the Founding Fathers also recognized that everyone is different and comes from different circumstances in life. As a result, they knew that there would be differences in income and wealth. The Constitution guarantees equal liberty, access to one's own property, and the right to pursue happiness - but no law can possibly guarantee us that we will all enjoy equal circumstances and equal results! Leftists deliberately confuse equality of circumstances with equality of the right to pursue these circumstances, and they use that as a pretense to redistribute your money in ever more devious and clever ways.

Regarding Same-Sex Unions

Regarding Same-Sex Unions (if the subject comes up):

* According to the 10th Amendment of our Constitution, anything that's not in the Constitution is automatically the domain of the states or the people.  Marriage (and other social issues) is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution.  Thus, it's a state issue, and the people of every state have the right to address it in their own ways – without interference from the federal government or other states.  That's how we accommodate a wide diversity of opinions while remaining a single, united country.

* Having said that, the federal government has no constitutional authority to control, define, redefine, promote, or undermine the institution of marriage.  It has no right to practice social engineering by giving special tax breaks to those who are married.  Past generations of Americans never should have accepted this unequal federal policy which benefits some but not others.  Therefore, as a Constitutionalist and a supporter of republican values, I believe all federal privileges given to married people but not to others should be abolished.  That would end the controversy regarding same-sex marriage.

* The real issue before each state is how to define "marriage".  If same-sex marriage is allowed, then why should any definition of marriage be banned?  Why not also legally recognize polygamists and people who marry their pets?  Exactly where should it end?

Supporting Facts

The Democrat Party of Slavery

As the party of Classical Liberalism which it was, the Republican Party fought for equal rights for all people since it was founded in 1854 as a group dedicated to destroying slavery.  The Democrat Party, on the other hand, supported the continuation and expansion of slavery, as can be seen in that party's official platform of 1840:

"Resolved, That Congress has no power… to interfere with or control the domestic institutions of the several states… that all efforts by abolitionists… made to induce Congress to interfere with questions of slavery… are calculated… to diminish the happiness of the people, and endanger the stability and permanency of the union." – Official Democrat Party platform, 1840

Racist Democrats vs. Freedom-Loving Republicans

In the Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858, the Democrats and Republicans made their principles very clear regarding racial equality.  In those debates, Sen. Stephen Douglas, a major Democrat leader in the Senate from the northern state of Illinois, said this:

"If you desire negro citizenship…then support Mr. Lincoln and the Black Republican party…. For one, I am opposed to negro citizenship in any and every form. I believe this government was made on the white basis.  I believe it was made by white men for the benefit of white men and their posterity forever, and I am in favor of confining citizenship to white men, men of European birth and descent, instead of conferring it upon negroes, Indians and other inferior races." - Democrat Stephen Douglas

In contrast, the Republican challenger Abraham Lincoln (who later became our 16th president) said this:

"It is the eternal struggle between these two principles – right and wrong – throughout the world.... The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings…. It is the same spirit that says, 'You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it.' No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation…  or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle." - Republican Abraham Lincoln

The Republicans Against the KKK

After the Civil War, Republicans organized racially mixed activist groups called Union Leagues to politically empower Black people in the South.  In contrast, the Democrats prevented Blacks and Republicans from organizing and voting, and created Democrat terrorist groups including the Red Shirts, the White League, and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) which threatened and committed atrocities against Black people.

Freedom for All Races in the Constitution

The 13th Amendment (1865) to our Constitution ended slavery.  The 14th Amendment (1868) turned the former slaves into U.S. citizens.  The 15th Amendment (1870) gave Black people the right to vote.  All three of these Republican amendments were supported by 94% to 100% of the Republicans in Congress, while the Democrats opposed them all (the percentages of Democrats voting for them being 23%, 0%, and 0%, respectively).

Black Republicans and Free Men

The first Black members of Congress were Republicans.  All of the members of Congress who were Black from the great emancipation to 1935 were Republicans.

The NAACP

In 1909, White and Black Republicans together founded the NAACP.

The Republican Crusades for Civil Rights

The Democrat Party overwhelmingly opposed almost every civil rights law that the Republicans passed, including the following:

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1866
  • * The Enforcement Acts of 1870-1871 (repealed by the Democrats in 1894)
  • The Anti-KKK Civil Rights Act of 1871
  • Civil Rights Act of 1875, Anti-Discrimination
  • The Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill (filibustered by Senate Democrats in 1922, 1923 and 1924)

Democrats in the Senate filibustered the following civil rights laws which the Republicans overwhelmingly supported:

  • Civil Rights Act of 1957, Anti-Discrimination
  • Civil Rights Act of 1960, Anti-Discrimination
  • * Civil Rights Act of 1964, Anti-Discrimination

Sen. Everett Dirksen: Civil Rights Hero

The 1964 Civil Rights Act passed only because Republicans overcame decades of Democrat obstructionism. As they did to many other civil rights bills in the past, Democrats in the Senate filibustered it for 57 consecutive days, thus preventing the Senate from not only voting on it, but also discussing it openly. Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen, the Republican Minority Leader from Illinois, single-handedly rewrote the entire bill to build support from as many Senators as possible. He gained more than enough votes to break the Democrat filibuster, and the bill passed 71 to 29. Time magazine noted (June 19, 1964): "…it is Dirksen's bill, bearing his handiwork more than anyone else's."

Jews and Hispanics

Latinos and Jews:  California was the first state to have a Hispanic governor, Republican Romualdo Pacheco, in 1875. The first Hispanic U.S. Senator, Octaviano Larrazolo, came to Washington from New Mexico as a Republican in 1928. The first Jewish U.S. Senator outside the former Confederacy was a Republican from Oregon, Joseph Simon, and the first Jewish woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives was a California Republican, Florence Kahn.

The Women's Suffrage Movement

Unlike the Democrats Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth C. Stanton - who opposed granting Black people the right to vote - the Republicans were at the forefront of the movement to grant universal suffrage to all people regardless of race and gender.  After the Civil War, the Republican suffragists were led by people such as Lucy Stone and Henry B. Blackwell (one of the founders of the Republican Party).  In 1868, they formed the New England Woman Suffrage Association (NEWSA) which included both women and men such as the great thinker, former slave, and staunch Republican Frederick Douglass.

The First State to Allow Women to Vote

In 1869, the Republican-controlled government of the Wyoming Territory, led by Gov. John A. Campbell, became the very first in America to grant voting rights to women.

FDR - Flagrant Democrat Racist

The Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) did all of the following racist things:

  • He appointed the former KKK member and anti- Catholic lawyer, Democrat Senator Hugo Black, to the U.S. Supreme Court (served 1937-1971).
  • He ignored official Republican calls in 1940 to desegregate the U.S. military.
  • He refused to support the Costigan-Wagner anti-lynching bill, saying that it would cost him votes in the South.
  • By executive orders (9066 and 9102), he seized private property and imprisoned loyal Americans in concentration camps during World War II through his War Relocation Authority: 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent; 11,500 Americans of German descent; and 2,000 Americans of Italian descent.

Did the Racists Switch Sides After 1964?

Video:  After 1964, did the Democrat racists switch sides?  Long after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Democrats continued to dominate the South, and the electoral record proves it.  This video gives the cold, hard historical facts about the racism of the Democrat Party and the pro-civil rights history of the Republican Party.

  • With one exception (Sen. Strom Thurmond), all of the 21 Democrats in the Senate who voted against the 1964 law remained Democrats until the day they died.
  • Their power base continued to vote for the Democrats, not for Republicans.
  • In the House of Representatives, Democrats continued to represent a vast majority of districts in the former Confederate states – until 1994!

Race-Hustlers Like Al Sharpton Are Nothing New

On the Modern Merchants of Racism:  Race-hustlers like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and many members of the Congressional Black Caucus are actually nothing new in America.  They have been around for well over a century.  The great African American thinker and educator Booker T. Washington warned us about them long ago:

"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public.  Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances because they do not want to lose their jobs.  There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."  -- Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), Black American educator, Republican leader, and advisor to three Republican presidents

Half of America Pays for the Other Half

[The Heritage Foundation] Taxpayers Treated as Unequals:  Over the decades, politicians have arranged things such that almost half of all Americans do not pay federal income tax. At the same time, more than 70% of all federal spending goes toward paying for dependency programs including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Gender Equality (I)

[Yahoo! Finance]  Gender:  There is no "wage-gap" between men and women, but rather a "jobs gap". Women tend to go into lower-paying fields more than men do.

Gender Equality (II)

[Time]  Gender:  Kay Hymowitz asks, "Do women actually want equality?"  In fact, there's good reason to think that women don't want the sort of equality envisioned by government bureaucrats, academics and many feminist advocates.  Even women in the world's most family-friendly countries show little interest in the equality-by-the-numbers ideal. In Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland, according to the OECD, women still work fewer hours and earn less money than men; they also remain a rare sight in executive offices, computer-science classrooms and, though the OECD doesn't say it I'm willing to bet, philosophy conferences. Sweden, the gold standard of gender equality in many minds, has one of the highest percentages of women working part time anywhere in the world. Equality-by-numbers advocates should be thinking about women's progress in terms of what women show that they want, not what the spreadsheets say they should want.

Reviving Marriage and the Family

[New York Times]  The way to fix the growing income disparity in America is to revive and restore the institutions of marriage and the family.  As the New York Times has found, "changes in marriage patterns — as opposed to changes in individual earnings — may account for as much as 40% of the growth in certain measures of inequality."

Broken Families and Divorce Rates (I)

[New York Times]  Broken families and high divorce rates are together one of the biggest reasons that many Americans are struggling economically.  The New York Times opines:  "It is hardly surprising that family structure was one of the four factors with a clear relationship to upward mobility in a large new study comparing mobility across metropolitan areas. In areas with a higher divorce rate and higher share of single-parent families, the odds of climbing into the middle class or beyond were lower."

America's Marriage Crisis

[The Atlantic]  How America's Marriage Crisis Makes Income Inequality So Much Worse: The rich and educated are more likely to marry, to marry each other, and to produce rich and educated children. But this virtual cycle turns vicious for the poor. This is the marriage crisis behind our inequality crisis. It is not complicated. It is the simplest math equation is the world. It says: Two is more than one.

Fairness Quiz for Politicians

[WSJ] A Fairness Quiz for Politicians: President Obama has frequently justified his policies—and judged their outcomes—in terms of equity, justice and fairness. That raises an obvious question: How does our existing system—and his own policy record—stack up according to those criteria?

Welfare Perpetuates Income Inequality (I)

[Cato Institute] Welfare perpetuates economic inequality.  Welfare currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 34 states and the District of Columbia. The federal government currently funds 126 separate anti-poverty programs at an annual cost of $688 billion. Of these, 72 provide cash or other benefits directly to poor families. The median value of the welfare package across the 50 states is $28,500, which is NOT taxable income. If a person on welfare were to get a job, then just to break even, he or she would have to take a job that paid considerably more than the value of the forgone welfare benefits. In Hawaii, for example, a person leaving welfare for work would have to earn more than $60,590 a year to be better off. In HI, MA, CT, NY, NJ, RI, VT, and DC, welfare pays more than a $20-an-hour job, and in five additional states it yields more than a $15-per-hour job. In 38 states and the District of Columbia, welfare is more generous than the average starting salary for a secretary. And in the three most generous states, welfare pays more than the wages for an entry-level computer programmer. In eight states, welfare recipients receive benefits worth more than the median salary there.

Welfare Perpetuates Income Inequality (II)

[Cato Institute] Welfare perpetuates economic inequality.  Despite the work requirements put in place by the 1996 welfare reform, fewer than 42% of recipients are participating in broadly defined "work activities". In some states, such as Missouri and Massachusetts, less than 1 out of 5 welfare recipients are "working". Moreover, work activity frequently means not a job but only looking for work or participating in a job-training program. In fact, fewer than one-fifth (20%) of welfare recipients are working in unsubsidized private-sector jobs.

Anecdotes

Leaving the Party of Slavery

Video:  A Black Politician Switches Parties:  Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory, who is African American, chooses the Grand Old Party of equality over the Democrat Party of slavery and racial oppression.  Hear him in his own words.

Broken Families and Divorce Rates (II)

[New York Times]  As the story of Ms. Lampra Jones of Atlanta shows, one of the biggest obstacles to getting ahead and breaking free from economic hardship is the breakup of marriages and families.

"Runaway Slave" Movie

"I am C.L. Bryant, a former democratic radical, former NAACP Chapter President, current Tea Party leader and eternal freedom fighter. I have journeyed the new Underground Railroad to escape from the Progressive plantations of the government masters, the eyes of liberal overseers and the whips of conformity. I am the Runaway Slave!"

More from C.L. Bryant here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZVCJwgUnyw

Leftists Oppose Educational Equality

[Cato Institute] Leftists and the teachers unions which they support both oppose the drive for educational equality. The Leftist Southern Poverty Law Center (SLPC) has sued the state of Alabama to keep students in failing public schools rather than allow children to receive state vouchers to attend better schools.

Second Amendment

Main Issues

Protecting Innocent Victims

Gun control increases violent crime, by shifting the balance of power to favor violent criminals, while it disarms helpless victims.

Show Us the Proof

Rather than telling us how "tough" their latest gun control law will be, why don't the politicians give us some examples of gun control laws that have been highly effective?

More Good Guys

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. We need more good guys with guns!

Your Life Is Just as Valuable as a Politician's

Just like our Founding Fathers, who gave us the 2nd Amendment, I believe in your right to own a gun because I believe your life is just as precious and sacred and important as the lives of our President and other leaders who enjoy 24-hour armed protection at our expense. Why should we trust or support any hypocticial politician who wants to deny to us law-abiding citizens the armed protection that they demand that taxpayers pay for for them?

What Is the Right to Own a Gun?

Video:  Exactly what is the "right" to own a gun? Our Bill of Rights is just that, a Bill of "Rights". It's not a Bill of "Needs" that politicians can use to take away our rights and liberties based on what they declare our "needs" are or aren't. This fun video explains the difference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTR_x_y32j8

The Natural Right of Self-Defense

The right to keep and bear arms is an individual right, guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment. It provides the means for self-defense and preservation of our freedom and liberty. Gun-grabbing politicians like New York Mayor Bloomberg and Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy believe the government should have greater power to attack our rights under the illusion of "protecting citizens".

An Exceptional Country

The Constitution preserves "the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation. . . (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." -- The Federalist, No. 46  -  James Madison

Gun Rights and National Defense (I)

National defense is one of the original purposes of the Second Amendment.  As the Founding Fathers said, "If circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens." -- The Federalist, No. 29 - Alexander Hamilton

Gun Rights and National Defense (II)

"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. . . Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them." -- Thoughts On Defensive War, 1775 - Thomas Paine

Supporting Facts

Gun Restrictions Increase Crime

[Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy]  More Gun Ownership Reduces Murder and Suicide Rate:  In 2013, veteran criminologists from the US and Canada completed this excellent study entitled "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?"  The results?  Russia, for example, enforces very strict gun control on its people, but the murder rate in Russia is four times higher than in the "gun-ridden" United States, cites the study. "Homicide results suggest that where guns are scarce other weapons are substituted in killings."  The study revealed that several European countries with significant gun ownership, like Norway, Finland, Germany and France, had remarkably low murder rates. Contrast that with Luxembourg, "where handguns are totally banned and ownership of any kind of gun is minimal, had a murder rate nine times higher than Germany in 2002.  The study found no evidence to suggest that the availability of guns contributes to higher murder rates anywhere in the world.  The study concludes, "Of course, it may be speculated that murder rates around the world would be higher if guns were more available. But there is simply no evidence to support this."  (A summary fo the study's findings can be found here:  http://www.smallgovtimes.com/article/harvard-study-reveals-gun-control-counterproductive/ )

Right-to-Carry Laws Do Not Increase Crime

[National Academy of Sciences] In 2004, the National Academy of Sciences, whose members generally oppose gun rights, completed a study entitled "Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review".  The Academy summarized its major findings in the following points:

  • "There is no credible evidence that 'right-to-carry' laws, which allow qualified adults to carry concealed handguns, either decrease or increase violent crime. To date, 34 states have enacted these laws."
  • "There is almost no evidence that violence-prevention programs intended to steer children away from guns have had any effects on their behavior, knowledge, or attitudes regarding firearms. More than 80 such programs exist."
  • "Research has found associations between gun availability and suicide with guns, but it does not show whether such associations reveal genuine patterns of cause and effect."

    Therefore, even researchers opposed to gun rights could not find any evidence for the Leftist assertion that gun ownership increases violence in society.

Assault Weapons

People use the term "assault weapon" just to scare people.  So-called "assault rifles" are nothing new.  They are traditional semi-automatic firearms that have been commercially available since 1896.  That's long before the crime wave which started in the later part of the twentieth century.  The first widely available semiautomatic firearm was the C96 Mauser.  The C96 Mauser was prevalent all over the world well into the 1960s with no significant change in the rates of criminal gun violence during that period.

What Does the 2nd Amendment Mean?

Justice Antonin Scalia, in writing the majority opinion for District of Columbia v. Heller, points out that the 2nd Amendment is grammatically divided into two parts - the prefatory clause "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State" announces a purpose of the operative clause "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed". It is a mistake to infer that the first part places any limits upon the second. The Amendment could be rephrased, "Because a well regulated Militia is necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."

An Individual Right to Bear Arms (I)

The Founders understood that, should government become destructive of the ends for which it is established by committing "abuses and usurpations" against the people, "there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government" (Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28). When properly understood it is clear, then, that the 2nd Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. The right to defend person and property is a freedom of the sovereign individual, and this power shall never be ceded to the government, nor fall victim to the arrogance of politicians.

What Is the "Militia"?

[Army.mil] Some gun rights opponents argue that the National Guard is a militia, and therefore its existence voids any need for individual gun ownership. The National Guard is not a state militia as referred to in the 2nd Amendment. The National Guard is officially the reserve force for the U.S. military (Dick Act 1903, National Defense Act 1916) and organized as a unit of the Army (National Guard Status Act 1933). It was the anti-Federalists Madison and Mason, fearing a too powerful Federal government, that insisted on provisions of the 2nd Amendment guaranteeing a well-regulated militia of armed individuals as the means of a free State's defense. Today's National Guard, subordinate only to the Federal government, would be the furthest thing from the Framer's intent.

Guns and Crime Around the World

[Just Facts] Evidence shows that the old saying "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns" bears out in reality. Every state that has tried to take away people's right to protect their lives has suffered increased crime.  Scroll down to the charts to see how gun carry laws have been accompanied by reductions in violent crime.

Power to the People - In Mexico

[Washington Post] When the government fails to protect its people, the people must arm and protect themselves. In Mexico, an audacious band of citizen militias battling a brutal drug cartel is becoming increasingly well-armed and coordinated in an attempt to end years of violence, extortion and humiliation. What began as a few scattered self-defense groups has spread in recent months to dozens of towns across Michoacan, a volatile state gripped by the cultlike Knights Templar, a drug gang known for taxing locals on everything from cows to tortillas and executing those who do not comply.

Anecdotes

Gun Control Kills People

Video:  Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp testifies before Congress on the horrific tragedy that intrusive gun control legislation caused within her own family.

The Town of Kennesaw, Georgia

[ABC News "20/20"]  Video:  Unrestricted gun ownership does not increase crime.  It saves the lives of innocent people from violent criminals.  In the town of Kennesaw, GA every household was required by city ordinance to have a gun, and the result was a marked decrease in violent crime throughout the community.

An Individual Right to Bear Arms (II)

Six residents of Washington D.C. became plaintiffs in a landmark case that eventually went before the U.S. Supreme Court, and is known as District of Columbia v. Heller. The lawsuit, which challenged a local D.C. law that prohibited residents from owing handguns, resulted in a majority opinion that firmly established an individual right to keep and bear arms.

It Helps to Own a Gun

Video:  Using his own handgun, John Alexander of Marionville, Missouri (a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom) sucessfully defended himself against an armed robber of the store where he worked.  Watch the amazing security camera video!

The Right to Choose (I)

Shelly Parker – a single woman whose life had been threatened on numerous occasions by drug dealers who had sometimes tried to break into her house. Parker is a software designer and former nurse who had been active in trying to rid her neighborhood of drugs.

The Right to Choose (II)

Tom G. Palmer – defended himself with a 9mm handgun in 1982 while walking with a friend in San Jose, California. He was accosted by a gang of about 20 young men who used profane language regarding his sexual orientation and threatened his life. When he produced his gun, and without firing a shot, the men fled. Palmer believes that the handgun saved his life.

The Right to Choose (III)

Gillian St. Lawrence – lives in the Georgetown of D.C. and owns several legally registered long guns which she uses for recreation in nearby Chantilly, Virginia. It had taken St. Lawrence two years to complete the registration process. She wanted to be able to use these guns to defend herself in her home and to be able to register a handgun.

The Right to Choose (IV)

Tracey Ambeau – an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Originally from St. Gabriel, Louisiana, she lives in the Adams Morgan of D.C. Tracey and her husband live in a high-crime neighborhood near Union Station in D. C. She grew up around guns and wanted one to defend her home.

The Right to Choose (V)

George Lyon – a communications lawyer held D.C. licenses for a shotgun and a rifle, but wanted to have a handgun in his home.

The Right to Choose (VI)

Dick Heller – a licensed special police officer for the District of Columbia. For his job, Heller carried a gun in federal office buildings, but was not allowed to have one in his home. Heller had lived in southeast D.C. near the Kentucky Courts public housing complex since 1970 and had seen the neighborhood "transformed from a child-friendly welfare complex to a drug haven".

Self-Defense in Chicago

Chicago resident Otis McDonald, a 76 year old (in 2010) retired maintenance engineer, had lived in the Morgan Park neighborhood since buying a house there in 1971. McDonald decried the decline of his neighborhood, describing it as being taken over by ganga and drug dealers. His lawn was regularly littered with refuse and his home and garage had been broken into a combined five times, with the most recent robbery committed by a man McDonald recognized from his own neighborhood. An experienced hunter, McDonald legally owned shotguns, but believed them too unwieldy in the event of a robbery, and wanted to purchase a handgun for personal home defense. Due to Chicago's requirement that all firearms in the city be registered, yet refusing all handgun registrations after 1982 when a citywide handgun ban was passed, he was unable to legally own a handgun. As a result, in 2008, he joined three other Chicago residents in filing a lawsuit which became McDonald v. Chicago.

Self-Defense in Houston

[KHOU Houston] A 23-year-old woman in Houston successfully defended her life using a legally owned firearm against a much larger man. This video shows armed self-defense in action.

Don't Be a Victim!

[Black America Web]  CNN host Don Lemon, who is African American, once supported gun gontrol.  However, in light of the findings of a recent government study, he is questioning that position.  In this article, he now asks, "And armed with just our cellphones, our fists and our wits, are we setting ourselves up to be sitting ducks, defenseless in the face of a sane, or an insane person, armed to the teeth and bent on killing?"

Educational Quality and Choice

Supporting Facts

School Choice

[The Heritage Foundation]  Real Educational Solutions:  These articles outline the following ways in which school choice can improve the lives and futures of America's children.  School choice:

  • Leads to improved academic outcomes;
  • Significantly increases graduation rates;
  • Increases student safety;
  • Improves parental satisfaction with their child's academic and social development and satisfaction with their child's school overall;
  • Introduces competitive pressure on the public education system that lifts all boats, improving outcomes for students who exercise school choice as well as students who remain in public schools; and most importantly,
  • Allows parents to access educational options that meet their child's unique learning needs.

Voucher Programs

[The Friedman Foundation]  Real Educational Solutions:  This 2011 report collects the results of all available empirical studies using the best available scientific methods to measure how school vouchers affect academic outcomes for participants, and all available studies on how vouchers affect outcomes in public schools. Contrary to the widespread claim that vouchers do not benefit participants and hurt public schools, the empirical evidence consistently shows that vouchers improve outcomes for both participants and public schools. In addition to helping the participants by giving them more options, there are a variety of explanations for why vouchers might improve public schools as well. The most important is that competition from vouchers introduces healthy incentives for public schools to improve.

One Size Does Not Fit All

[Education Next]  Real Educational Reform:  This article, "What Parents Want—and How Policymakers Can Provide It", provides the result of research on what American parents really want for their children's education.  We need a diverse approach to educating children, not the current one-size-fits-all approach of most public schools.  Families deserve an approach which best meets their needs and concerns: 

  • Pragmatists (36% of K–12 parents). These parents ranked highly the school attribute: "Offers vocational classes or job-related programs;"
  • Jeffersonians (24%). These parents ranked highly a school that "emphasizes instruction in citizenship, democracy, and leadership;"
  • Test-Score Hawks (23%). These parents ranked highly the school attribute: "Has high test scores;"
  • Multiculturalists (22%). These parents ranked highly the student goal: "Learns how to work with people from diverse backgrounds;"
  • Expressionists (15%). These parents ranked highly: "Emphasizes arts and music instruction;" and
  • Strivers (12%). These parents ranked highly the student goal: "Is accepted at a top-tier college."

California vs. Texas

[Economics One]  California vs. Texas:  The mathematics performance of eighth grade students in California, where income taxes are high, is much worse than the performance of students in Texas, where there is no income tax at all.  These charts show the performance of students in all 50 states.

Low Graduation Rates in California

[LA Daily News] In California, the high school graduation rate is only 66%.

The Unions vs. The Kids

The Department of Education has taken control of education for K-12 and is trying to take control of preschool, as well. Every dollar the DoE gives brings regulations and crucial changes in curriculum guided by the massive lobbying efforts of the National Teachers Association, one of the biggest and most powerful unions to lobby the legislature. The results are changes that are good for the union - but not for the students.

The Coming Online Revolution

[New York Post] K-12 education in America is undergoing an online revolution due to the poor quality of many public schools where the teachers are unionized.

Punishing Parents For Saving Their Kids

[WSJ] Loving parents are being sent to jail because of the failures of the public educational system. Public schools have gotten so bad for so many American children, and their situation has become so desperate, that parents are having to falsify their home locations just to put their children in better schools.

Sexual Indoctrination in Public Schools

Sexual indoctrination in public schools isn't some myth.  It's a reality.  In many areas of the country, public schools are actively advocating and promoting homosexuality and bisexuality to children as young as kindergarteners. These fascinating videos show what this indoctrination actually looks like.

The Higher Education Bubble

[Rolling Stone] Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal. The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education - saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a bubble that could bring down the economy.

The Home School Option

[CBS MoneyWatch]  Home schooled kids do measurably better in college than children who go through the public education system, as research by The Journal of College Admission shows.

The War Against Boys (I)

[USA Today] Public schools are actively teaching young boys that they are dumber and more trouble than girls, and this has had a very negative effect on boys' academic acheivement.

Gender Madness in California Schools

[USA Today]  While public schools have been failing students all across America, public schools in California are now promoting transgender lifestyles to K-12 students.  California passed a landmark law that allows transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms designated for either gender, as well as play on either girls' or boys' sports teams.

"Self-Esteem" Training

American public school students have fallen far behind the rest of the world in every category except forself-esteem.  This documentary, called WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, documents our decline from the top down to our current position of #25.

Sex Ed. for Kindergarteners!

[CBS Chicago]  Sexualizing Kindergarteners in Public Schools:  Chicago Public Schools are now mandating "sex education" for children as young as 4 years old.  Under the guise of teaching children to avoid sexual abuse, public school teachers will now indoctrinate children to accept homosexual relationships and same-sex marriage, as well as teach young students about their own sexual body parts.

The War Against Boys (II)

[Time Magazine] Hostility Towards Boys in Public Schools: Millions of boys are struggling academically. A large and growing male student population is falling behind in grades and becoming increasingly disengaged from school. Today, boys are far less likely than girls to pursue education beyond high school. The gender gap favoring girls is threatening to become a chasm. Across the country, schools are policing and punishing the distinctive, assertive sociability of boys. Efforts to re-engineer the young-male imagination are doomed to fail, but they will send a clear and unmistakable message to millions of schoolboys: You are not welcome in school.

"Common Core" Indoctrination of 1st Graders

Common Core: Watch this video to see the details of the 1st grade curriculum of the national Leftist indoctrination curriculum known as "Common Core". In a course on "Literature and Writing", six- and seven-year-olds are being taught how to protest against social institutions using emotional words.

Parents and Teachers Speak Out

Over time, government meddling in education has done little more than reduce quality and innovation in our children's education, and increase the gap between better and poorer performing students. Watch this moving and informative video in which teachers and parents relate their first-hand experiences.

Anecdotes

"Waiting for Superman" Film

Video:  This is the trailer for the critically acclaimed documentary WAITING FOR SUPERMAN.  It shows how public schools and teachers unions are failing our kids who have become desperate for a better alternative.  The filmmakers follow several American families of different ethnic backgrounds as they hope to win the school lottery to get into a better-performing school.

Political Indoctrination in Public Schools

Some public schools have been politically indoctrinating young students with partisan propaganda.  This collection of videos shows several examples.

Traumatizing Children with "Zero Tolerance" (I)

[Washington Post] Public education officials are punishing and traumatizing children just for being kids. Near Wahington, DC, public school officials suspended a 5-year-old for bringing a cowboy-style cap gun. Schools must teach the children well, not engage in borderline child abuse such as this.

Traumatizing Children with "Zero Tolerance" (II)

[USA Today] Public education officials are punishing and traumatizing children just for being kids. In Massachusetts, a kindergartner was punished with detention for bringing a tiny Lego gun.  He was also forced to write a letter of apology to the school bus driver - for bringing a tiny piece of plastic on the bus! Schools must teach the children well, not engage in borderline child abuse such as this.

Even Socialists Hate Public Schools

[The Guardian, UK] Wealthy actor Matt Damon, who advocates socialist policies and public education, has placed his own children in expensive private schools.

Tribe of the Teachers Unions

[The Blaze]  The Tribe of the Teachers Unions:  The Janczewski family of Rose, Michigan is being violently targeted after standing against a public school teacher who molested their 8th grade son.

Leftists Oppose Educational Equality

[Cato Institute] Leftists and the teachers unions which they support both oppose the drive for educational equality. The Leftist Southern Poverty Law Center (SLPC) has sued the state of Alabama to keep students in failing public schools rather than allow children to receive state vouchers to attend better schools.

Federal Government Fighting School Choice

[The New Orleans Times-Picayune]  Feds Fighting Against Local School Vouchers:  The US Justice Department is suing Louisiana in New Orleans federal court to block 2014-15 vouchers for students in public school systems that are under federal desegregation orders. The first year of private school vouchers "impeded the desegregation process," the federal government says.  US Attorney General Eric Holder's office argues that allowing kids in failing public schools to attend better-performing private schools would work against its "goal" of achieving the proper racial balance in schools. Your education may suck, in other words, but at least you are in a school with the "right" racial balance. 

Schools Are Failing to Educate

[Los Angeles Times]  California Public Schools Are Failing Black Students:  This is the story of a straight-A student from South Central LA who enrolled at UC Berkeley and earned a 1.7 GPA.  He failed every one of his freshman classes, except for African American Studies.

"Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama!"

Public schools have been used as appendages of the Democrat Party. One piece of evidence is this video showing children being instructed to sing songs praising Barack Obama. This was a favorite tactic of all tyrants of the 20th century: both Stalin and Hitler demanded blind devotion and considered the people their slaves.

Arguments

True Social Justice

Parents and children have a right – and should have the freedom – to choose the best education available. That's social justice for the common good of all people, plain and simple. Too many public schools are cheating and failing our kids who deserve better than to be victims of powerful unions who just don't care.

Wasted Minds

The Federal Department of Education has taken over schools and it is so politically correct it has made schools irrelevent. Too many schools have become unsafe babysitting facilities, where kids bide their time until they drop out. Only an elite few take on the challenge of education, and they do so despite their educational surroundings, not because of it. Schools offer everything from breakfast to birth control so they can receive federal subsidies, but they no longer inspire imaginations or challenge students to think and change our world for the better.

American Kids Come First

We desperately need better public schools with better teachers and fewer students per classroom.  Giving a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants won't help the millions of young Trayvon Martins of America get real justice from an educational system that has been cheating them for decades and generations.

Health Care

Main Issues

Get Politics Out of Health Care

Uncaring bureaucrats and incompetent politicians have no right to dictate which life-saving treatments patients will get and which they will be denied; or, who is lucky enough to receive care, and who is condemned to suffer and die in pain.

Rationing People Out of Existence

The government's interest is in "saving money" by getting older people to die as soon as possible and that is what the rationing boards ObamaCare are designed to do.

Broken Promises

Hard-working Americans anticipated that ObamaCare would require their employers to provide health care. They voted for Pres. Obama because they were led to believe that when this legislation took effect, they would have a full-time job and their families would be covered. Instead, many people's work hours are being cut to 29, they are left with NO health care. And the insurance that was already out of reach when they were employed full-time is now impossible to afford. The price of health insurance has skyrocketed. The gap between the promise of ObamaCare and the reality is here, and we can't ignore it any longer.

SCOTUS Made a Big Mistake

The Constitution does not give the federal government the power to tell the people what to buy, or how to buy it. Much like the Dredd Scott decision, which effectively would have made slavery legal all over the country, the Supreme Court's ruling was wrong.

Supporting Facts

4 Step Solution (I)

[The Heritage Foundation]  Real Health Care Reform: What would conservative health care reform look like?  It would be a patient-centered, market-based system that empowers every one of us to take direct control and responsibility for our health care decisions.  Some of the major components of it would be to (1) make our taxation policy fair and rational, (2) start health care entitlement reform to reduce waste and fraud, and (3) promote patient choice and competition by removing the government's barriers to buying health insurance across state lines.  This article lays out the solutions we need for real reform which puts you and your health care needs first.

4 Step Solution (II)

[The Heritage Foundation] Real Health Care Reform: What America desperately needs, and what ObamaCare failed to deliver, are the following 4 pillars of health care reform which are firmly based in our Constitution:

  • Complete Portability of Medical Coverage
  • Personal Control of Our Own Health Care Dollars
  • Driving Down Prices through Robust Competition for Insurance
  • Health Care Choice for Everyone
This article gives more detail on each of these points.

Pre-existing Conditions

[FreedomWorks]  Real Health Care Reform:  How can we help people who have pre-existing conditions?  The solution:  special insurance pools for people who have pre-existing conditions.  This article explains how they would work.

iPhone Health Care

[Did you know?]  iPhone Health Care: We demand warp-speed communication. We want flexibility in all our lifestyle choices. The iPhone model includes responsive, flexible, customized elements such as:

  • Selling insurance across state lines
  • Meaningful tort reform
  • Health Savings Accounts to allow customization
  • Reduce costly state mandates

Let's Find Out "What Is In It"

Video:  Pass ObamaCare Now & Pay Heavily For It Later:  In 2010, when Democrat operatives were secretly drafting the ObamaCare bill to avoid public scrutiny and knowledge, the Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it..."  Watch the video to see her justify keeping the American people ignorant of what the 2400-page law would do to them.

Starving Patients to Death in the UK

[Daily Mail, UK] The National Health Service in the UK provides for a government rationaling of care just like ObamaCare does. They have something called the Liberpool Care Pathway that they use to "control costs" by putting older patients to sleep and starving them to death. This happens about 60,000 times each year. If the same thing were to happen in the US which has about 10 times the population that would mean 600,000 deaths per year.

Part-time ObamaCare Nation (I)

[Forbes] ObamaCare is accelerating the nation towards a workforce of part-time workers as an unintended consequence of the proposed plan.

Part-time ObamaCare Nation (II)

[New York Daily News] Thirty-hour a week employees are being cut to below the threshold as ObamaCare redefines full-time as working 30 hours a week

Health Insurers Leaving California (I)

[LA Times] "As goes California, so goes the nation," the saying goes. If that is true, we're in trouble. Two major insurers have left the individual health-care market in California after opting out of the ObamaCare exchanges created by the so-called "Affordable Care Act." That leaves even less competition and fewer choices for you and I. Soon, there will be no one left but the exchanges. We will have to take whatever they offer because we are being forced to - or we can face financial penalties and even jail. And the agency charged with administering our health care fines is none other than the good old IRS - the same IRS that has been seeped in scandal for politically-motivated biases handling tax exempt status! Are they going to take aim at us through health care as well?

Unions Getting Hit Hard

[Huffington Post] Unions become obsolete as ObamaCare exchanges are lower in cost than the cadillac plans that most union health care provides. Now, workers see less reason to join a union. And unions are unable to prevent employers from cutting hours to below the thirty-hour a week threshold that qualifies as "full time."

Health Insurers Leaving California (II)

[Huffington Post] More insurers are leaving the state as the financial reality of ObamaCare begins to make a dent in company's bottom lines.

Forced Off Their Health Care Plan

[The Heritage Foundation] Pres. Obama promised that people could keep their health care. However, ObamaCare has forced the married couple Rod Coons and Florence Peace off of their Kaiser health plan and onto ObamaCare.

The ObamaCare Sales Tax

Video: ObamaCare imposes a massive new sales tax on health insurance which will increase the cost of coverage for individuals, small businesses, and public program beneficiaries with private insurance. The tax begins at $8 billion in 2014 and rises to $14.3 billion in 2018, increasing annually thereafter based on premium growth. The Joint Committee on Taxation projects that between 2013 and 2022 the new tax will total $101.7 billion. This video explains it in simple terms.

The Supreme Court Decision in 2012

[Washington Times] The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that ObamaCare constitutes the largest and most regressive tax in American history.

20 New Taxes in ObamaCare

[NewsMax] Despite Pres. Obama's promise that ObamaCare would not raise taxes, the ObamaCare law contains at least 20 new taxes in it. Here's a comprehensive list of Obama's tax hikes.

Premiums Skyrocket in California (I)

[Forbes] In the state of California, ObamaCare will increase individual health insurance premiums By 64% to 146%.

Premiums Skyrocket in Nebraska

[Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraska]  The Lincoln Journal Star reported on the impact of ObamaCare on health insurance premiums in Nebraska.  Thanks to the coercive mandates in ObamaCare, most of the individual insurance plans offered in the past will no longer be available, whether consumers liked their plan or not.  The replacements will be much more expensive, with cost hikes ranging from 21% increases to as much as 143%.

Impossible to Figure Out!

[The Heritage Foundation] The US Treasury Inspector General, Alan R. Duncan, has explained the extremely burdensome process of enrolling in ObamaCare. Have a look at his own charts, and see if you can figure it out yourself!

The Real Motive Behind ObamaCare

[Forbes]  Video:  The Real Motive Behind ObamaCare:  Democrat Senate leader Harry Reid proudly said that ObamaCare is "absolutely" a step toward a single-payer socialized medical system.  (See also the article here:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/08/10/sen-harry-reid-obamacare-absolutely-a-step-toward-a-single-payer-system/?partner=yahootix )  Watch the video to see Sen. Harry Reid say it himself.

Premiums Skyrocket in California (II)

[Forbes] Despite Pres. Obama's promise to lower health insurance costs, health insurance premiums in California are skyrocketing by 95% or more, especially for the young and the healthy. Here are some charts that tell more:

Even Government Workers Don't Want It

[Daily Caller] According to a poll conducted by FedSmith.com, which is a website for federal employees, less than 3 percent of federal workers actually want to join ObamaCare.

ObamaCare Is Hurting Union Members (I)

[WSJ]  Leaders of 3 major labor unions - the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE - have pleaded with the Democrat leaders in Congress not to implement ObamaCare because it will hurt working Americans.

ObamaCare Is Hurting Union Members (II)

[Huffington Post] Labor unions are rejecting ObamaCare. "It makes an untruth out of what the president said, that if you like your insurance, you could keep it," said Joe Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. "That is not going to be true for millions of workers now."

ObamaCare Is Hurting Union Members (III)

[Las Vegas Sun]  Nevada AFL-CIO Condemns ObamaCare:  In Sen. Harry Reid's own state of Nevada, unions who once campaigned for ObamaCare are now regretting it.  The AFL-CIO is now protesting that the law would destroy union health plans.  Mr. D. Taylor, head of UNITE-HERE, and former head of Las Vegas' Culinary Local 226, sait that the law's "perverse incentives" could shutter union Taft-Hartley health plans and leave workers without good health insurance.  Union leaders are discovering that the employer mandate to provide health insurance for employees working 30 hours per week or more means that full-time workers' hours could be cut so that employers don't have to provide health insurance.  The union resolution states:  "The unintended consequences... will lead to the destruction of the 40 hour work week, higher taxes and force union members onto more costly plans."

Part-time ObamaCare Nation (III)

[NBC News] NBC News contacted around 20 small businesses and other entities for this report and found that employee hours are being cut to 29 hours because of ObamaCare, despite the delay of the employer mandate. 

Fraudsters Love ObamaCare (I)

[US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform] This detailed report explains the risks of fraud and misinformation with the ObamaCare outreach campaign, including how mismanagement of the Navigator and Assister Program endangers health care consumers. "[T]here are already numerous reports of scam artists posing as Navigators and Assisters to take advantage of people's confusion about ObamaCare. According to recent news reports, scam artists are calling individuals and asking for information to sign them up for their 'ObamaCare card,' are asking seniors for their personal information to verify their Medicare and Social Security status and are going door-to-door threatening people with prison time if they do not sign up on the spot. The Administration is keenly aware of these reports and concerns, but has thus far failed to take appropriate measures."

Fraudsters Love ObamaCare (II)

[CNBC]  Fraudsters and Con Artists:  ObamaCare is so complex and unmanageable that experts are warning that it will soon become a treasure trove for fraudsters and con artists.

Obama Can't Follow ObamaCare

[Forbes] ObamaCare is so complex and unmanageable that the Obama administration has missed half of ObamaCare's legally imposed implementation deadlines (as of August 2013).  This chart illustrates it.

The ObamaCare Marriage Tax (I)

[The Heritage Foundation] The ObamaCare Marriage Tax: One bizarre feature of the Senate-passed health care bill is its pervasive bias against marriage. Under the bill, couples would face massive financial penalties if they marry or remain married. Conversely, couples who cohabit without marriage are given highly preferential financial treatment. If the Senate bill becomes law, saying "I do" would cost some couples over $10,000 per year.

The ObamaCare Marriage Tax (II)

[PJ Media] The ObamaCare Marriage Tax: Let's look at the situation of a 40-year-old couple with two children. Let's say that the spouses' annual earnings are $70,000 and $23,000, respectively. The couple's annual unsubsidized premium while married is $11,547 (OFA's vaunted "tax credits" disappear at $92,401 for married couples with two children). But if they divorce and shack up while giving custody of both children to the lower-earning spouse, their combined annual premiums, at $4,317, will be over $7,200 lower. That's over $600 a month! The savings from divorce will gradually increase every year. Parents will be torn between doing staying married, on one hand, and their children's financial well-being, on the other.

Just Read What It Says (I)

[House.gov] Per Obamacare, employers of full-time workers will be required to cover at least 72.5% of the premium of the least expensive health-insurance plan available that fulfills the bill's minimum criteria of "acceptable coverage." In cases in which family coverage is provided, 62.5% of the premium is to be borne by the employer. Depending on the specific plan and other variables such as location, this amounts to a direct labor tax of approximately $300 per month for an individual, or nearly $700 for family coverage. (See p. 272 of the linked document.)

Just Read What It Says (II)

[House.gov] Because ObamaCare is a labor tax defined as 72.5% of the same premium for all workers, or about $300/month, it is highly regressive: low-skilled employees will be hit the hardest. It will cause all low-skill workers who currently generate less than $300/month of profit for their employer to lose their jobs. Increasing the cost of employment of every single worker by $300 will necessarily increase prices across the entire economy. The poorest Americans will be hit the hardest. (See p. 272 of the linked document.)

Anecdotes

Denying Treatment to Children

[ABC News] Sarah Murnaghan, age 10, Cyctic Fibrosis victim will likely die without a lung transplant. HHS has denied her a lung transplant because their arbitrary guidelines won't allow transplants on children under 12 years of age (pediatric transplantable lungs are very rare), congressmen are making appeals on her behalf. So far they are still saying "no" for whatever reason, as of June 2013.

The Truth About SwedenCare

[Ludwig von Mises Institute]  The Truth About SwedenCare:  This article is by an economist who grew up under the Swedish socialized health care system.  After living in America, he now offers a first-hand assessment of SwedenCare:  "It has taken awhile, but it is now becoming obvious even to the man on the street that every aspect of this project has been a disaster. He may not be able to connect the dots, but he can see that the system is definitely not working as advertised, and it is rapidly deteriorating."

"You Can Keep Your Plan" and Other Lies

[WFMZ Channel 69] An Allentown, Pennsylvania TV station reports that, because of Obamacare, one mother named Jennifer Most is forced to choose between a "new health plan or putting food on the table".
"My premium for health insurance was $947.63."
"That is a over 765 dollars more than she currently pays," says the reporter. "It would take food out of our mouths to be able to afford these coverages," the mother explains.

Immigration

Main Issues

Honor Those Who Followed the Law

Legal immigrants come from everywhere on Earth to work hard, pursue their dreams, and escape oppression and persecution.  Amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens are both a big slap in the face to every hard-working, law-abiding and grateful immigrant, who respected our laws and came to America the right way.  Every precious family who escaped persecution and yet still patiently waited in line like everyone else would be outraged.  If the politicians make a mockery of our immigration system and give a pathway to citizenship to those who broke our laws or overstayed their visas, then what should every aspiring legal immigrant do in the face of this blatant double-standard?

No More Crony Corporatism

I oppose giving favors to big corporations so that they can get cheap labor and cheat the rest of us - Black, White and Latino - out of jobs that should be for law-abiding Americans of all colors. Which big corporate interests are the politicians serving by pushing a phony immigration law on all of us? Who benefits the most from an amnesty law, other than the big business interests who are buying off politicians to vote for it, to give those corporations more helpless and vulnerable workers to exploit?

Jobs For Americans First

Unemployment in the Black community has almost doubled to 14% in just the last 4 years. Struggling people in all of our neighborhoods and communities are looking for work, are underemployed, hungry, and suffering, while politicians in Washington DC are now trying to get millions of people who broke the law to become citizens and take away the economic opportunities which Black people and Latino Americans have been denied for too long. We desperately need better public schools with with fewer students per class. How does giving a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants help the millions of young Trayvon Martins get real justice from an educational system that has been cheating them for decades and generations?

One Nation of Many National Origins

"We shall spread the network of our science and our civilization over all who seek their shelter, whether from Asia, Africa, or the Isles of the Sea. We shall mould them all, each after his kind, into Americans; Indian and Celt, negro and Saxon, Latin and Teuton, Mongolian and Caucasian, Jew and gentile, all shall here bow to the same law, speak the same language, support the same government, enjoy the same liberty, vibrate with the same national enthusiasm, and seek the same national ends." -- Frederick Douglass, former slave and Black Republican (http://gmoses.tripod.com/moweb/dougrep.htm)

Supporting Facts

Illegal Aliens and Crime (I)

[CBS News]  Illegal Aliens and Crime:  In 2010, undocumented immigrants represented 14.8 percent of Arizona state prisoners, but accounted for only 7 percent of the state's overall population according to the Department of Homeland security.  Of all the prisoners serving time in Arizona state prisons for kidnapping, 40% were undocumented.  Of those in prison on drug charges, 24% were undocumented.  13% percent of those serving time for murder were undocumented immigrants.

Many Immigrants, But Few Jobs

[CNN Money] There are 9 million fewer jobs now than in 2009. America brings in 125 thousand legal immigrants every month as well as 7000 H1B visa foreign workers. We aren't creating enough jobs to cover the immigrants we bring in now.

Debunking the Politicians' Lies (I)

[Washington Post] The Simpson-Mazolli Act (amnesty law) which was passed in 1986 ALSO included, background checks, learning English, more partol officers, border fences and employer scantions. However, the ONLY thing that actually happened was the amnesty for illegal aliens. The government didn't have the personnel to do background checks or teach English for 3 million illegal aliens, so they simply rubber stamped everyone who applied. Why would we believe they have the resources to do background checks and teach English to 11 million people this time? In 2006 Congress passed and FUNDED 700 miles of fence. It was to be a double fence with access for patrol officers to drive between the fences. Only 37 miles have been built. There is no reason to believe this time will be different. Unless the border is secured, truly secured, another amnesty will bring perhaps 20 million more.

Debunking the Politicians' Lies (II)

[Global Security] With unemployment higher for longer than any time in our lifetimes, no job growth and a bad economy it is unconscionable to legalize perhaps up to 20 million lawbreakers. The idea that there are only 11 million is a purposeful "misstatement". The 2000 census said there were 11 million at that time. However, the border patrol states that between one and three million illegals cross our borders YEARLY. Even the most conservative estimate would add 13 million to the 11 million. The Senate Bill would also allow the illegal aliens to bring in their families which would probably double the number here now.

More Alternatives Than People Realize

[The Heritage Foundation]  Real Immigration Solutions:  Fixing America's broken southern border and deeply flawed immigration system is often framed as a stark choice between doing nothing or accepting a massive, sweeping, complicated bill that works at cross-purposes to its stated goals. Those are tragic options for the future of freedom, fiscal responsibility, and responsible governance. We should demand better. There are practical, effective, fair, and compassionate alternatives — Washington has simply never tried them.  This article expands on all of the following things that we as a country should be paying attention to in order to create a more prosperous society and fix our immigration system:

  • Building a Better and More Secure Border.
  • Constructing the Right Infrastructure.
  • Supporting Local Law Enforcement.
  • Taking a Teamwork Approach.
  • Encouraging Volunteers.
  • Support of the National Guard.
  • Adding the Right Technology.
  • Funding for the Coast Guard.
  • Cooperating with Mexico.
  • Enforcing the Law.
  • Improving Federal–State–Local Cooperation.
  • Workplace Enforcement.
  • Better Serving Those Waiting in Line.
  • Making Immigration and Non-Immigration Programs Serve the Economy.
  • Temporary Worker Programs.
  • Dealing with the Shadow Population.
  • Creating an Opportunity Society.
  • Welfare Reform.
  • Education Reform.

Deportation Is Cheaper Than Amnesty

[Examiner]  Deporting Illegal Aliens is the Cheapest Option:  Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Nelson Peacock, responding to request from several US Senators wrote the following: "Our conservative estimate suggests that ICE would require a budget of more than $135 billion to apprehend, detain and remove the nation's entire illegal immigrant population."

Deportation Can and Has Worked

In 1954, the US successfully deported about 1 million illegal aliens to Mexico in an endeavor known as "Operation Wetback".

"Other Than Mexicans" (I)

[WSB-TV, Atlanta] Video: Other Than Mexicans (OTMs): WSB-TV of Atlanta takes a crucial look at the other people crossing our border: Islamic extremists and terrorists, and how our government needs to do more to stop terrorists from crossing our southern border. (Part 1 of 2)

"Other Than Mexicans" (II)

[WSB-TV, Atlanta] Video: Other Than Mexicans (OTMs): WSB-TV of Atlanta takes a crucial look at the other people crossing our border: Islamic extremists and terrorists, and how our government needs to do more to stop terrorists from crossing our southern border.  (Part 2 of 2)

"Other Than Mexicans" (III)

[ABC 13, Houston]  Video:  This news report shows how Muslims are being smuggled into the United States through Eastern Europe and Mexico.

Increased Border Security Does Work

[Washington Free Beacon] Pres. Obama Knows that Border Security Works: Obama administration and Mexican government officials recently discussed creating a three-tier security system designed to protect Mexico's southern border from drug and human traffickers. The border control plan calls for U.S. funding and technical support of three security lines extending more than 100 miles north of Mexico's border with Guatemala and Belize. The system would use sensors and intelligence-gathering to counter human trafficking and drug running from the region, a major source of illegal immigration into the United States.

Visa Violators

[WSJ] We are a very generous and open-minded country which continues to welcome people from all over the world. Out of all of the 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants in America, 40% of them came here on a visa and then voluntarily ignored the law and overstayed their visa. In the year 2001, that number included some of the murderers who conducted the evil attacks of 9/11.  Should we now allow the politicians to make a mockery of our entire visa and immigration system by rewarding those who overstayed their visas?

Hypocrisy of Other Countries (I)

[Slate]  Mexico and Other Countries Discourage Immigration:  Many countries that are sending immigrants to the United States - and asking that America welcome those immigrants - themselves have policies that discourage Americans from moving there.  For instance, Article 27 of the Mexican constitution states:  "Foreign citizens cannot own land within 100 km of the borders or 50 km of the sea; however, foreigners can have a beneficial interest in such land through a trust (fideicomiso), where the legal ownership of the land is held by a Mexican financial institution."  Of course Mexican immigrants to the United States can own land outright.  Hurdles to citizenship are also higher in Europe than in the United States. For instance, Austria, Italy, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Spain require most applicants to have a decade of legal residency before being able to naturalize, versus the five years or less required of those seeking to naturalize in the United States. Contrast the $2,500 fees for naturalization charged by Switzerland with the $680 application fee charged here.  Many other countries, including China, Egypt, and Haiti, make it tougher for children of US citizens born there to become citizens than vice versa. Of course Mexican immigrants to the United States can own land outright.

Hypocrisy of Other Countries (II)

[Jewish World Review] Mexico's strict and unforgiving policies toward illegal aliens who sneak into to Mexico from Central America are exactly what the Mexican government and Leftists in the US are saying America should not follow.

Obama Has Granted Amnesty Without Congress

[The Heritage Foundation] Obama Grants Amnesty Without Congress: Congress hasn't passed immigration legislation, but that hasn't stopped President Obama from issuing directives that grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. A recent Obama directive instructs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials not to enforce immigration laws in cases where an illegal alien is the primary provider for any minor child - regardless of the child's immigration status - or the parent or guardian of a child who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.  The article contains a link to the actual ICE directive.

The New Fake "Right": Amnesty

[C-Span]  Politicians are twisting the meaning of "civil rights" to support giving amnesty to illegal aliens.  US Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that giving amnesty to illegal aliens is a "civil right".

The Illegal Re-entry Superstars

[Examiner] The federal government is simply failing to keep out criminals who enter and reenter the US illegally and commit horrific crimes in America over and over again. In this article, meet America's illegal re-entry superstars!

Mexican Government Help Illegals Cross the Border

[Examiner] The government of Mexico actually produces a 32-page official guidebook on how to enter the US illegally. ( http://www.dallas.org/print/108 ) Here are some diagrams that were taken directly from that guidebook.

Homeland Insecurity

[Washington Times] The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the Homeland Security Department has lost track of more than more than 1 million people who it knows arrived in the US but who it cannot prove left the country.

Illegals Have Little to Fear

[The Guardian, UK] A study by the American Sociological Review shows that Mexicans migrants are not being deterred by any presumed threat of being arrested by U.S. border authorities.

Amnesty Would Bloat Entitlement Programs

[Congressional Budget Office]  Amnesty For Illegal Aliens Would Burden Entitlement Programs:  The CBO found that over the next ten years, the Schumer-Rubio bill would result in $82.3 billion more in ObamaCare subsidies, $29.3 billion more in Medicaid spending, $6 billion more in food stamp spending, $5.1 billion more in unemployment insurance spending and $3.5 billion more in child nutrition spending. Newly legalized immigrants would also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which would cost the federal government $126.8 billion.

Anecdotes

Illegal Aliens and Crime (IV)

[Tri-city Herald] An Illegal alien was charged with the brutal rape and murder of a 9-month-old girl in Washington state.

Illegal Aliens and Crime (III)

[Examiner] In Reno, NV, an illegal alien named Joel Eliazar Ortega was convicted of raping and brutally assaulting a paralyzed woman who was in a wheelchair.

Illegal Aliens and Crime (II)

[various reputable sources] All over America, illegal aliens have committed terrible crimes against children including sexual assault and rape. Here's a well-documented list of some of the worst crimes on record from recent times.

Amnesty and Gang Violence

[Full Disclosure]  Retired LA Sheriffs Department Sgt. Richard Valdemar, who is Hispanic, explains that amnesty for illegal aliens would cause an absolute nightmare of crime and gang violence.  As a nationally known Law Enforcement specialist in international gangs, he explains that it will be impossible to screen and process the millions of illegal aliens for terrorist ties and criminal backgrounds, and will have a devastating impact on the future of the USA.

Proud Latinos Oppose Amnesty

[CNN]  Many proud and patriotic Latino Americans oppose giving amnesty or a pathway to citizenship to illegal aliens.  Hear their views in this news video.

A Legal Immigrant's Courageous Story

[The Heritage Foundation]  A Legal Immigrant's Courageous Story:  Why is Virginia Proden so fired-up against amnesty for illegal aliens?  It was 1988. Ms. Prodan had no money, spoke no English, and had two children with a baby on the way. But she was finally in the United States. She was finally free.  Prodan, now a Dallas attorney, escaped Communist Romania and was granted political asylum by the United States.  She immediately fell in love with the freedom and possibility in America.She worked hard, graduated from Southern Methodist University law school, and raised three successful children — all without any help from the government.  Read the article for more.

Illegals Campaigning For Free Health Care

[FoxNews]  Illegal immigrants in America are campaigning for free health care for themselves, to be paid for by taxpayers.  This video shows an actual campaign commercial by illegal aliens which tries to shame Americans into giving them free health care.

The Brown KKK

A racist Latino nationalist group known as the Brown Berets is calling for all White people and non-Latinos to leave America.  This 2012 video from Arizona shows them in action.

Illegals Campaigning For Low College Tuition

[Fox News]  Illegal alien college students do not pay state income tax, yet many of them are demanding lower college tuition rates at state schools - even at community colleges!  This video shows their demands at Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina.

What We Believe

Main Issues

Power to the People (II)

I sleep better after having been productive during the day, and being proud of my work is one of the best feelings ever. To me, Conservatism recognizes how important this feeling is, and enables people to feel this for themselves. Nothing can replace the satisfaction of a job well done, and too many Leftist policies - from how we focus on empty self-esteem in schools, to advertising for EBTs and free phones - deny people the opportunity to feel this satisfaction. We all have seen the thrill on a child's face when he or she masters somthing for the first time. We all thrive on mastering skills, and to rob people of this opportunity is cruel. Empowering people is what American Conservatism is all about. Helping people be the best they can be - THAT is Conservatism.

Power to the People (I)

There is nothing transformational or reformist about the Left, except as it applies to the redistribution of wealth and the rise of a ruling party of elitist statists. The REAL reform and transformation is in the party of Classical Liberalism, wherein the new ideas, the cautious spending, the carefully considered solutions and the taxpayer, and the people-friendly measures that will drive the economy forward and upwards, will lift America to heights we have never known.

Two Big Ideas

TWO BIG IDEAS:

As a conservative, I whole-heartedly believe in the two big ideas that gave birth to our American republic: (i) INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY and (i) CIVIC VIRTUE.

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY comes from your sacred and natural right to freely speak your mind, believe, express yourself, and prosper from your own perseverance, ideas, and hard work. I believe that you, me and every single person, whether rich or poor, has a right to enjoy both civil liberty and economic liberty. That is the philosophy of CLASSICAL LIBERALISM, which is what our Founding Fathers passionately believed in.

Then there is CIVIC VIRTUE, which means that people should be free, able, and encouraged to voluntarity help their fellow human beings who are in need, in any and every way that they feel they best can. President John F. Kennedy summed up what civic virtue is about when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." Like Kennedy, I believe that it's far better for citizens to help their fellow citizens, than for the government to devalue and disregard the liberty, responsibilities, and untapped potential of the very people it claims to be helping.

A Conservative Manifesto

A CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO:

The Republican Party is just a political party which, like any party, tends to do what it thinks it needs to in order to survive the next election. I don't believe in parties, I believe in what our country was founded upon. As a conservative, this is what I stand for, fight for, and believe in with all my heart:

I. CONFIDENCE in every person's ability to achieve his or her fullest potential in life.
II. Liberty, security, and LIMITLESS OPPORTUNITY for everyone, by defending the rights of the individual, supporting entrepreneurship, and getting rid of every political obstacle to your personal success.
III. Abolishing all legal and political distinctions between ethnicities, colors, and creeds – which poses a major threat to the Tribalistic divisionary agenda of the Left.
IV. A society in which all people abide by the same laws, enjoy the same rights, and are "not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." – Martin Luther King, Jr.
V. Moralism, civic virtue, equal justice, and the hard-won lessons of human history.

In short, American Conservatism stands for CONSERVING the Founding Fathers' CLASSICAL LIBERAL and REPUBLICAN vision for every single person.

Classical Liberalism

AMERICAN CONSERVATISM IS CLASSICAL LIBERALISM.

In the original sense of each term, "Leftist" and "Liberal" are opposites!

LEFTIST vs. LIBERAL:
Command and Control vs. Individual Liberty and Responsibility

"Liberal" is derived from the Latin word liber, meaning "free". As declared and codified by the Founding Fathers, the philosophy of CLASSICAL LIBERALISM proclaims liberty to be the God-given right of everyone:

  • Every human being has certain unalienable rights and natural liberties which no people or government may legitimately suppress or deny.
    (While Leftists use government to shape and control people's behavior by inventing, redefining, limiting, ignoring, or taking away individual rights.)
  • CIVIL LIBERTY and ECONOMIC LIBERTY are INSEPARABLE, and equally sacred.
    (While Leftists seek to erode civil liberties and restrict economic liberties.)
  • Everyone must allow every person to freely exercise his unalienable rights, while nobody should be forced to support his doing so. Government must exist to protect every individual's rights from those who seek to violate them.
    (While Leftists believe that individuals exist to serve a government which fulfills the wants and needs of large classes and divisions of society, which the government favors and depends upon for support.)

What Is "Limited Government"?

What does "limited government" really mean?  We do not believe in anarchy, so what does it mean for the government to be limited?  In Classical Liberalism, government has only 3 specific purposes.  The philosopher Adam Smith described them: 

"According to the system of natural liberty, the sovereign has only three duties to attend to; three duties of great importance, indeed, but plain and intelligible to common understandings:  first, the duty of protecting the society from the violence and invasion of other independent societies; secondly, the duty of protecting, as far as possible, every member of the society from the injustice or oppression of every other member of it, or the duty of establishing an exact administration of justice; and, thirdly,   the duty of erecting and maintaining certain public works, and certain public institutions, which it can never be for the interest of any individual, or small number of individuals to erect and maintain… though it may frequently do much more than repay [its costs] to a great society.  The proper performance of those several duties… necessarily supposes a certain expense [which] necessarily requires a certain revenue to support it."  – Adam Smith, "The Wealth of Nations" (Book IV, Ch. 9), 1776

Empowerment and Human Dignity

Conservatives believe that America must once again become the land of freedom and opportunity. With freedom, however, comes responsibility. Unfortunatley, as politicians have discovered, they can take away our freedom in exchange for cash, food, health care, and any number of handouts. With welfare comes control of the very people who are targeted for assistance. Empowerment and human dignity come with self-sufficiency and the freedom to pursue our dreams and live our hightest aspirations and values.

Legitimate Government Spending

Legitimate Governmental Spending: As a Conservative, I'm grateful for the things that every one of us now benefits from which the government originally created to uphold our country's right of self-defense (national defense being mandated by Article I Section 8 of the Constitution).  Having arisen specifically from America's defense needs after WWII, the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (est. 1956); the space exploration program (NASA); and the creation of the Internet (ARPANET) were legitimate governmental endeavors.

The Proper Role of Government

THE PROPER AND NECESSARY ROLE OF GOVERNMENT

As a conservative, I believe that the federal government must do only those things and excercise only those powers which are granted to it by the Constitution. The federal government should do nothing beyond that, because THE BIGGER THE GOVERNMENT, THE SMALLER THE CITIZEN. All other activities, concerns, and causes which are not mentioned in the Constitution belong to the states and to WE THE PEOPLE (according to the 10th Amendment).

We as conservatives do not believe in "no government" or "no taxes". (The idea that we do is a propagandish lie by the Democrats and the Leftists who run the Democrat Party.) "No government" would mean "anarchy", and anarchy almost always leads to dictatorship, which is why our Founding Fathers gave us a free republic wherein the role of the government is clearly defined, outlined, and limited by our Constitution.

From the CLASSICAL LIBERAL standpoint of our Founding Fathers, what is the proper and necessary role of the federal government? The proper and necessary role of the federal government is to uphold, protect, defend, and guarantee the CIVIL LIBERTIES and ECONOMIC LIBERTIES of every single human being. That's the central and legitimate purpose of any government - to secure the freedoms, liberties, and rights of WE THE PEOPLE.

Neither Right Nor Left

AMERICAN CONSERVATISM IS NOT "RIGHT-WING" OR "LEFT-WING".

AMERICAN CONSERVATISM IS THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN WAY: THE WAY OF LIBERTY FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON. This is what destroyed slavery; fought for and achieved equality of the races and sexes; and uplifted untold millions of oppressed people from around the world who came here to live lives of dignity, prosperity, and freedom.

Never To Be Confused with Euro-Right

What does "conservative" mean? As this graphic shows, there is no relationship at all between the European statist Right - with its nostalgia for the days of monarchy, social hierarchy, and government-backed religion - and American Conservatism, which seeks to preserve and uphold the vision of the Founding Fathers in which every person's rights and liberties are protected and upheld by both the government and the people.

What Is Capitalism?

Capitalism is every person's unalienable right of FREE ENTERPRISE.

Consumerism, materialism, stock markets, and corporate favoritism do not define "Capitalism". Leftists try to portray "capitalism" and "capitalists" as the embodiment of "greed", and the cause of everyone's problems. But what is Capitalism? Let's start from the basics.

CAPITAL is simply the means of production of goods and services. It is the material, creative energy, and physical exertion that people apply toward realizing their aspirations through their own efforts and labor.

CAPITALISM states that every individual has the right to own, control, prosper from, and compete using the capital which he creates on his own or duly purchases from others.

You have the right to own and control the fruits of your own labor and creativity. That includes your hard work, your intellectual property, your property, and your talent. HUMAN BEINGS ARE CAPITALISTS BY NATURE!

Solving Problems

Should the goverment solve our problems?  As an American Conservative, I believe that our societal problems and issues are always best addressed at the closest, most personal, and most local level. This is because the closer we are to the source of any given problem, the greater can be the actual specific knowledge that's needed to understand the problem properly. Also, the closer we are to a problem, the greater is our personal incentive to actually get the policy right, since we ourselves will be affected by the outcome. For example, a local resident has far more at stake in fixing a local problem than does the federal government.  At the federal level – where the government's "problem solvers" incur no personal cost or sacrifice (except through the taxes they pay) for making a bad situation worse, and where they receive no personal consequences for implementing a failed or destructive policy – there's virtually no incentive to actually make the situation better, only to make it appear that way to justify their jobs.

Seeking solutions where there's 100% understanding and 100% incentive - rather than where there's 0% knowledge and 0% incentive - is THE major consideration in how I, as an American Conservative, approach solving people's problems and making our society a better place for all of us.

Supporting Facts

No More Crony Corporatism (III)

[ABC News]  Goverment and politicians should not be giving our money to their corporate friends and meddling in the marketplace.  So-called "green" companies have gotten federal cash, given bonuses to their executives, and failed miserably. This article and video tell more.

No More Crony Corporatism (II)

[The Heritage Foundation] Here's an example of why government and politicians shouldn't give our money to corporations and meddle in the marketplace.  So far, at least 34 so-called "green" companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering - either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy. Have a look at this list and the appalling amounts of money that the government has wasted. Solyndra is just one of them.

No More Crony Corporatism (I)

[Washington Post] Solyndra received $35 billion in subsidies from President Obama even when the company was failing. It was a way for the adminsistration to funnel money to people who had contributed to his campaign. Taxpayers footed the bill. Government knows if it holds the purse strings it can shape society. American Conservatives want SMALLER government, lower taxes and the freedom of an open market that regulates by demand and supply - not by manipulation.

What is Classical Liberalism?

Article: "What Is Classical Liberalism?"

The Bill of Rights Is Meant to Protect Us

Video: As it has been said, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The IRS scandal is an example of exactly the kind of abuses that our founding philosophy of Classical Liberalism seeks to prevent. This video explains how big and unaccountable government abuses people and violates their right to equal protection under the law:

Learning the Tough Lessons of History

The Founding Fathers studied history as closely as they could to learn its lessons and create a republican system that would protect the rights and liberties of every one of us.

Civic Virtue Works, and Keeps Us All Free

[Forbes] Before Presidents FDR (the New Deal) and Lyndon Johnson (the Great Society) created the current welfare and entitlement state, Americans took care of themselves and each other through voluntary civic organizations, such as the YMCA, Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Catholic Charities. These are examples of the kind of CIVIC VIRTUE that a republic needs in order for we the people to stay free and prosperous in the long run.

How Entitlement Programs Ruin Our Society

[American Enterprise Institute] Here's a fun video which explains how entitlement programs corrupt people and make them dependent on the goverment.

Bad Laws Burden We the People

[The Heritage Foundation] ObamaCare is a classic example of something that the government should not do.  The US Treasury Inspector General, Alan R. Duncan, has explained the extremely burdensome process of enrolling in ObamaCare. Have a look at his own charts, and see if you can figure it out yourself!

Europeans Are Regretting Socialism (I)

[The Economist] Even the socialist countries of Europe are trying to get rid of the big government programs that they once advocated. Sweden has reduced public spending as a proportion of GDP from 67% in 1993 to 49% today. As a result, Sweden's public debt fell from 70% of GDP in 1993 to 37% in 2010, and its budget moved from an 11% deficit to a surplus of 0.3% over the same period.

Europeans Are Regretting Socialism (II)

[The New York Times] European Governments Are Regretting Socialism:  Even the socialist countries of Europe are trying to get rid of the big government programs that they once advocated. In Denmark, the welfare system has gotten so large that while the population ages, in many regions of the country, people without jobs now outnumber those with jobs.

A Strong National Defense

[The Heritage Foundation]  National Defense in the Constitution:  The government and the politicians we elect have a sacred duty to protect us all.  That's why national defense is a mandatory function of the government.

The Morality of Capitalism

Video:  The Morality of Capitalism, with Prof. Walter Williams of George Mason University.

Anecdotes

Just Ask Fidel Castro

[NPR] Even the Communist Party of Cuba has all but admitted that a planned, socialized economy does not work. They are now turning to Capitalism by privatizing businesses at and increasingly fast pace.

Leftists Undermine Marriage and the Family

[MSNBC] There are Leftists working in the mainstream media who actually think that parents should have no right to raise their kids with their own values. Children should instead be raised with collectivist values from the government. Watch as MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry says exactly that.

Even Socialists Hate Public Schools

[The Guardian, UK] Successful and wealthy actor Matt Damon, who advocates socialist policies such as public education, is putting his own children in expensive private schools.

Private Initiative Can Get the Job Done

[International Business Times] While NASA's budget has been cut, and the US government has ended the Space Shuttle program, private sector companies and visionary entrepreneurs are working hard to revive manned space exploration.

Civil and Economic Liberty Are Inseparable

[New York Times]  According to the philosophy of Classical Liberalism (which is American Conservatism), which focuses on protecting the rights of the individual, CIVIL LIBERTY (such as the freedoms of religion, speech, assembly, and property ownership) and ECONOMIC LIBERTY (Capitalism) are INSEPARABLE.  As evidence of that fact, look at what is happening in China.  Over several decades starting in the 1970s, Red China became one of the most capitalistic countries in the world.  However, now the despotic rulers of that country are trying to reassert the old communism by banning "Western" concepts including pro-market "neo-liberalism".   They clearly realize what the Classical Liberals always knew:  if people are able to enjoy one of these two basic liberties (civil or economic), then eventually they will rightly demand the other.  The inseparability of civil and economic liberty threatens communists and fascists everywhere, and they know it!

David Mamet, Former Leftist

[Village Voice]  The famous American playwright David Mamet was once a Leftist.  Over the course of his life, he became an American Conservative.  In this article, he takes us on his intellectual and spiritual journey. 

David Horowitz, Former Leftist

[New York Times]  Best-selling author David Horowitz was raised as an American communist.  Over the course of his life, he became an American Conservative.  In his book "Radical Son", he takes readers on his personal journey from his upbringin as an America-hating Leftist to his maturity as a passionate defender of American values.  This article is a review of his book.

Fighting For Our Rights

[DC Bureau] Property Owners Can Fight for Their Rights and Win: Property rights are just as sacred as the rights of free speech, religion, and self-defense. Mike and Chantell Sackett if Idaho were strong-armed by the EPA which prevented them from building their dream home on their own land. They fought the EPA and the US Supreme Court unanimously voted in their favor.

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