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February 28, 2011

Just Shut The Damn Thing Down by Dr. Alan Bates, MD.

Just Shut The Damn Thing Down

by Dr. Alan Bates, MD.

Democrats are not taking ‘We the People’ seriously. They continue to snuggle up with money laundering big labor unions and the Democrats’ support base composed largely of government dependents. The American majority made a loud and clear statement last fall by electing rational fiscally conservative candidates to a House majority and into key positions at the state level. Too bad we did not accomplish same in the socialist Democrat dominated Senate which, despite the best intentions of the House, will likely block any meaningful spending cuts at the Federal level. And there is also Dictator Obama’s veto pen.

The Federal government has driven America into the ground in a very short time and continues to dig deeper. Sadly, big labor unions have been transformed into partisan political machines while giving only lip service to their membership whose dues, ultimately paid for by taxpayers, go straight to socialist Democrat political campaigns via union bosses. That means our tax money is being misdirected to support the election of socialist Democrats!

During the industrial revolution, unions were necessary to ensure humane working conditions and adequate worker pay particularly in the private sector. But today we see loss of much private industry to overseas competitors, leaving America with a large private service sector along with taxpayer-funded government bureaucrats, teachers and an assortment of public workers where work conditions are no longer a significant issue. Some public sector employees make out like bandits when compared to their private sector counterparts, with wages and generous benefits funded entirely by taxpayers.

But now the nation is bankrupt. Local municipalities and taxpayers are struggling. The last election was solely about downsizing government spending at all levels which requires revamping entitlement programs and asking public employees to start picking up some of the tab for their own retirement and healthcare benefits. State governments do not have time to engage in ‘collective bargaining’ over a few reasonable nominal changes imposed upon public employees who are ultimately employed by We the People.

The alternative to minimal sacrifice by public sector workers is layoffs for those who refuse to participate. I am certain there are many qualified workers in the private sector who will happily take their place. I am equally certain there are plenty of union members who would rather resign their union membership than lose their jobs.

The message of the Tea Party remains: downsize government and spending. State governors and their legislatures have increasingly taken that message seriously. With regressive socialist Democrats standing in the way, we should not expect meaningful progress at the Federal level.

The republic will continue to collapse into the laps of Barry Soetoro and his anti-American supporters until We the People enforce alternative plans. In the short run, perhaps shutting down most Federal government offices would be a good thing (no pay for no work either). If the Senate and Mr. Obama will not embrace spending cuts demanded by rational people, and then shut the damn Fedzilla monster down until they do.


Wild Thing's comment.......

Good one by the doctor.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at February 28, 2011 03:48 AM


Good write up. Dr Bates hits the nail squarely on the head. Union money supports democrats who then support unions with our tax money. A self feeding situation at the cost to those of us taxpayers who are not union members.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at February 28, 2011 10:56 AM

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February 27, 2011
The Rise of the Adolescent Mind
by Victor Davis Hanson
Pajamas Media

We live in a therapeutic age, one in which the old tragic view of our ancestors has been replaced by prolonged adolescence. Adolescents hold adult notions of consumption: they understand the comfort of a pricey car; they appreciate the status conveyed by a particular sort of handbag or sunglasses; they sense how outward consumption and refined tastes can translate into popularity and envy; and they appreciate how a slogan or worldview can win acceptance among peers without worry over its validity. But they have no adult sense of acquisition, themselves not paying taxes, balancing the family budget, or worrying about household insurance, maintenance, or debt. Theirs is a worldview of today or tomorrow, not of next year — or even of next week.

So adolescents throw fits when denied a hip sweater or a trip to Disneyland, concluding that it is somehow “unfair” or “mean,” without concern about the funds available to grant their agendas. We see now just that adolescent mind in Wisconsin. “They” surely can come up with the money from someone (“the rich”) somehow to pay teachers and public servants what they deserve. And what they deserve is determined not by comparable rates in private enterprise, or by market value (if the DMV clerk loses a job, does another public bureau or private company inevitably seize the opportunity to hire such a valuable worker at comparable or improved wages?), or by results produced (improved test scores, more applicants processed in an office, overhead reduced, etc.), or by what the strapped state is able to provide, but by what is deemed to be necessary to ensure an upper-middle class lifestyle. That is altogether understandable and decent, but it is entirely adolescent in a globalized economy.

Why so? In a word, the United States is not producing enough real wealth to justify a particular standard of living among its public workforce far superior to counterparts in the private sector. We are borrowing massively abroad for redistributive entitlements. We fight wars with credit cards. We talk of cap-and-trade and “climate change” without prior worry about how to fuel the United States, as we sink in perpetual debt to import well over half our oil. We have open borders and pat ourselves on our backs for the ensuing “diversity,” without worry that illegality and lack of reverence for federal laws, absence of English, no diplomas, multiculturalism instead of the melting pot, the cynicism and chauvinism of Mexico, and recessionary times are a perfect storm for a dependent, and eventually resentful, underclass extending well into a second generation, one that fumes over why things outside are not equal rather than looking within to ensure that they could be.

Who would not wish pristine 19th-century rivers to run all year long? But that same utopian rarely thinks like an adult: “I want water releases into the San Joaquin River all year long and am willing to pay more money at Whole Earth for my produce to subsidize such diversion of irrigation water; I do not wish any more derricks off Santa Barbara, so I choose to drive a Smart car rather than my Lexus SUV. And I want teachers to be able to strike, and receive $100,000 in compensation and benefits, and therefore am willing to close down a rural hospital in Wisconsin or tax the wealthy with full knowledge that many will leave the state. I insist on amnesty and open borders, and will put my children in schools where 50% do not speak English, and live in the barrios to lend my talents where needed to ensure parity for new arrivals. I want cap-and-trade and so believe that the lower middle classes should pay “skyrocketing” energy bills to subsidize such legislation.” And so on.

Finally, the adolescent thinks in a rigid, fossilized fashion in explicating the “unfairness” of it all, unable yet to process new data and adjust conclusions accordingly. So we now hear that the evil corporate/Wall Street nexus is turning us into a Republican-driven Third World — apparently unwilling to see that among the largest contributors of campaign cash were unions, and both Wall Street and international corporations favored Barack Obama in the last election, the first presidential candidate in the history of campaign financing legislation to opt out of the program in order to raise even more “fat cat” money. Just because one is a former Chicago organizer does not mean he cannot be the largest recipient of Goldman Sachs or BP donations in history. Railing against Las Vegas jet-setters does not mean that one cannot prefer Martha’s Vineyard, Vail, or Costa del Sol to Camp David.

We talk about all these “millionaires,” but fail to include a Rahm Emanuel who managed to receive several million for his apparent fiscal and investment “expertise” or the liberal Clintonite insiders who looted Fannie and Freddie in bonuses just before these agencies imploded. The Koch brothers are deemed evil; George Soros and Warren Buffet enlightened billionaires about whose modes of acquisition of riches we must be indifferent. Anything that might upset the predetermined adolescent worldview is simply ignored in “I don’t want to hear all this” teen-aged fashion. The adolescent plays reruns of Al Gore’s mythodramas and simply thinks away the ensuing evidence of fraud and malfeasance that seems so deeply embedded in the climate change industry. The rant and temper tantrum follow in the puerile mode of being so distasteful that someone surely must give in to stop the embarrassing disturbance.

There are lots of issues involved in Wisconsin, in the impending financial and fuel crises, and in the sense of American impotency abroad. Yet a common denominator is a national adolescence, in which we want what we have not earned. We demand the world be the way that it cannot; and we don’t wish to hear “unfair” arguments from “bad” and “mean” people.

©2011 Victor Davis Hanson

Posted by: gator at February 28, 2011 12:31 PM

That's how I feel, just shut down the d--n thing!! ;/

Posted by: jan at February 28, 2011 07:48 PM

Great input thank you.

Gator thank you for the article by Hanson.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 1, 2011 01:12 AM