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Indiana Senate Race: Don Bates on the Supreme Court

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2010

There are five people running for the GOP nomination to run for our Indiana seat in the U.S. Senate. I am quite content with three of the candidates. Don Bates, Marlin Stutzman and Congressman Hostettler.

My biggest complaint with the Senate race is the same complaint I have with most other races. Most of what they say is boilerplate conservative language, most of them are not so good at differentiating themselves from one another, most are short on specifics.

I have been getting the emails and following the candidates in the news and on Facebook; I have been impressed with Don Bates who seems to have worked a little harder to make himself more available than the other candidates, he has been going to Tea Party events and speaking events and getting in front of the citizens more often by my count than the other candidates. So either this means that he can afford to do so, or it means that he actually respects the people and are inviting the voters to look at him and judge him accordingly. That shows a dash of humility and I appreciate that.

Humility is a trait that is often lost in the D.C. beltway.

I see the press releases from the candidates as I said, and I have not blogged about them because quite frankly, no one was saying anything that surprised me …until today.

Press Release for Don Bates:

Anderson, IN – Republican US Senate candidate, and businessman and financial advisor, Don Bates Jr. responded to news of Justice John Paul Stevens’ retirement from the Supreme Court in June with the following statement:

“Justice Stevens leaves the Supreme Court with a long and distinguished record. Unfortunately, that record reveals that he repeatedly embraced activist legal theories viewing the role of a judge as similar to that of a legislator. The judicial activism that is a scourge on the American political and judicial scene is typified by jurists like Justice Stevens.

“The next senator from Indiana must be an individual who will carefully examine the qualifications of judicial nominees sent before the Senate. The consistent encroachment on our freedom by activists judges must be stemmed with strong ‘No’ votes on judicial nominees that do not hold to a restrained view of their role in our Constitutional system. We must not send to Washington someone who will rubber-stamp judicial nominees with more thought for past precedent than current realities.

“If elected, I will carefully review all judicial nominations that come before the Senate, and support those who respect the boundaries of their office while opposing those who view themselves as unelected super-legislators with the power to make law.”

 

“I will carefully review all judicial nominations that come before the Senate, and support those who respect the boundaries of their office…”

 

Why is that so interesting? Because this single sentence sums up the entire problem with government. People in office who do not respect the boundaries of their office. The Senate broke the rules when it used “reconciliation” to avoid the filibuster to amend the O-Care bill. See why this is so important HERE.

The House attempted to pervert a House rule to pass O-Care without voting on the bill itself. The Supreme Court in New London v Connecticut changed 200 years of obviously simple “Eminent Domain” interpretation and turned it on its head to allow the government to take your property by force and give it to another private party if they are willing to pay more property taxes on it.

This Supreme Court decision was not just “a legitimate difference of legal opinion” as so many lawyers would describe it. For over 200 years everybody knew what the Eminent Domain power was for, as all of our history books and civics books and law books have always told us that the power is there to get land when needed for things like military bases and highways and then should only be used as a last resort with just compensation to the citizens affected.

The eminent domain issue was not a controversy in the least, until five people on the Supreme Court decided that their power was unlimited and decided that the rights of private property in the face of government wants meant nothing at all.

This was not a mere case of  a slight difference of legal application or interpretation. This was a case of people in the public trust not recognizing the boundaries of their office. If those in office recognize no boundaries on their power why even have a Constitution and why pay lip service to the entire concept of limited government?

President Obama is considering putting up a nominee that once said that Chief Justice is an extremist not fit for the bench because he believes in private property. This is not a simple case of liberal vs. conservative judicial interpretation, this goes so far beyond that. Such judgeship nominees are people who do not recognize any limits on their power or respect the limits of their office.

There are many Republicans like Fox News’ Megyn Kelly who are caught up in the narrative of “Oh judges like that are ok, you just have a different interpretation” and that has to end. A note to Megyn Kelly, one can be a “liberal” and still respect the boundaries of one’s office. We need people in office who will stand up to the conventional wisdom of the elite media and who will not just accept the slick sounding, yet bogus premises of the far left.

Don Bates has taken a step forward into convincing me that he is such a man.

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Pinhead Quote of the Day: Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) “There is no ObamaCare Mandate……”

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2010

Wow, this is totally priceless.

Is there anything a politician will not say, any sugar-coated euphemistic deception they will not employ? Schultz was a major negotiator in the O-Care process and cannot claim ignorance. This just goes to show that conservatives are afraid that the people will not understand, leftists are afraid the people will understand.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

It’s pretty silly. The IRS is hiring 16,500 new people to enforce the ObamaCare mandate. If you don’t buy the insurance the IRS will fine you, they will confiscate your tax return etc and the IRS Chief even said so.

Congressman Schultz saying that the mandate isn’t mandatory, “that it just puts you in a new tax status”, is like saying that there is no mandate against murder, but if you do it you will just be put in a new residency status… a federal penitentiary.

Where is the elite media? What if Bush had said something as preposterous as this?

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Basic Economics: If We Europeanize, Europe is in Trouble

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2010

Jonah Goldberg makes a case that IUSB Vision Editor Chuck Norton has made for years. Europe is so burdened by government and the innovators and economic risk takers are so punished by their anti-wealth, neo-marxist policies that Europe is not much of an innovator. Less and less truly new and innovative products come from socialized Europe. Ireland, which for many years went with a smart but very limited government model was a massive innovator until it started becoming more like socialized Europe.

Europe has unemployment that is worse than the United States but it is permanent. Several EU countries are in debt to the point of losing their credit status and some already have such as Greece and Iceland.

Most European countries spend very little on their own GDP on national defense…. because they know that we will defend them. This puts their level of wasteful spending in perspective.

Read this carefully.

Jonah Goldberg:

By now you may have heard: America is on its way to becoming another European country.

Now, by that I do not mean that we’re moving our tectonic plate off the coast of France or anything. But rather, that a century-long dream of American progressives is finally looking like it might become a reality. The recently passed health-care legislation is the cornerstone of the Europeanization of America. And to pay for it, the White House is now floating the idea of imposing a value-added tax (VAT) like they have throughout most of Europe.

Jonah Goldberg

In the egghead-o-sphere there’s been an ongoing debate about whether America should become more like Europe. The battle lines are split along almost perfect left-right lines ideologically. Liberals like the European welfare states, unionized workforces (in and out of government), generous benefits, long vacations, etc. Conservatives like America’s economic growth, its dynamism and innovation.

From what I can tell, everyone agrees that you can’t have Europeanization without European-size governments. Hence, America’s government outlays (pre-Obama) have tended to hover around 20 percent of GDP (the average of the last 50 years), while Europe’s are often more than twice that. In France, government outlays are nearly 55 percent of GDP. In 2009, the bailout and Obama budget sent America’s government outlay to 28 percent of GDP, but that should decline a bit over the next decade, unless Democrats have something else in mind.

To be fair, liberals insist conservatives are wrong to think that Europeanizing America will necessarily come at any significant cost. New York Times columnist and Princeton economist Paul Krugman says that in exchange for only a tiny bit less growth, Europeans buy a whole lot of security and comfort. Economists such as Stanford’s Michael Boskin say Europeans have a standard of living about 30 percent lower than ours and are stagnating. Others note that the structural unemployment rate in Europe, particularly for young people (it’s over 20 percent in many countries), is socially devastating.

Obviously, I’m in the conservative camp. But I think the debate misses something. We can’t become Europe unless someone else is willing to become America.

Look at it this way. My 7 year-old daughter has a great lifestyle. She has all of her clothes and food bought for her. She goes on great vacations. She has plenty of leisure time. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t look at her and feel envious at how good she’s got it compared to me. But here’s the problem: If I decide to live like her, who’s going to take my place?

Europe is a free-rider. It can only afford to be Europe because we can afford to be America.

The most obvious and most cited illustration of this fact is national defense. Europe’s defense budgets have been miniscule because Europeans can count on Uncle Sam to protect them. Britain, which has the most credible military in NATO after ours, has funded its butter account with its gun account. As Mark Steyn recently noted in National Review, from 1951 to 1997 the share of British government expenditure on defense fell from 24 percent to 7 percent, while the share on health and welfare increased from 22 percent to 53 percent. And that was before New Labor started rolling back Thatcherism. If America Europeanizes, who’s going to protect Europe? Who’s going to keep the sea lanes open? Who’s going to contain Iran? China? OK, maybe. But then who’s going to contain China?

But that’s not the only way in which Europeans are free-riders. America invents a lot of stuff. When was the last time you used a Portuguese electronic device? How often does Europe come out with a breakthrough drug? Not often, and when they do, it’s usually because companies like Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline increasingly conduct their research here. Indeed, the top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical trials than all the hospitals in any other single country combined. We nearly monopolize the Nobel Prize in medicine, and we create stuff at a rate Europe hasn’t seen since da Vinci was in his workshop.

If America truly Europeanized, where would the innovations come from?

Europhiles hate this sort of talk. They say there’s no reason to expect America to lose its edge just because we have a more “compassionate” government. Americans are an innovative, economically driven people. That’s true. But so were the Europeans — once. Then they adopted the policies they have today and that liberals want us to have tomorrow.

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Tea Party has a message for the GOP

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2010

The Tea Party voters can elect the GOP. They can also keep Republicans from getting elected by staying home and/or splitting the vote to run candidates of their own. The people are leading and the leaders need to follow, or they will not stay leaders.

The biggest issue for the GOP is that some big government republicans will not have learned this lesson and or new one that get elected will be consumed by the belt way and elite media mentality that they know better than freedom. A few bad republicans can destroy the entire electoral chances of the GOP in 2012 or 2014.

Some may like it some may not, but this is a political reality.

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Nearly Half of US Households Pay No Income Tax – Other Half Soaked

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2010

Wealth and jobs and investors and economic risk takers go where they are treated well. Want to know why the US is being industrialized and jobs are fleeing the country, this article explains a great deal of the problem.

AP/Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax Day is a dreaded deadline for millions, but for nearly half of U.S. households it’s simply somebody else’s problem.

About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009. Either their incomes were too low, or they qualified for enough credits, deductions and exemptions to eliminate their liability. That’s according to projections by the Tax Policy Center, a Washington research organization.

Most people still are required to file returns by the April 15 deadline. The penalty for skipping it is limited to the amount of taxes owed, but it’s still almost always better to file: That’s the only way to get a refund of all the income taxes withheld by employers.

In recent years, credits for low- and middle-income families have grown so much that a family of four making as much as $50,000 will owe no federal income tax for 2009, as long as there are two children younger than 17, according to a separate analysis by the consulting firm Deloitte Tax.

The result is a tax system that exempts almost half the country from paying for programs that benefit everyone, including national defense, public safety, infrastructure and education. It is a system in which the top 10 percent of earners — households making an average of $366,400 in 2006 — paid about 73 percent of the income taxes collected by the federal government.

The bottom 40 percent, on average, make a profit from the federal income tax, meaning they get more money in tax credits than they would otherwise owe in taxes. For those people, the government sends them a payment.

“We have 50 percent of people who are getting something for nothing,” said Curtis Dubay, senior tax policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

The vast majority of people who escape federal income taxes still pay other taxes, including federal payroll taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare, and excise taxes on gasoline, aviation, alcohol and cigarettes. Many also pay state or local taxes on sales, income and property.

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Bart Stupak Retires.

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2010

Vote & Run as Matt Drudge has called it. It goes to show that the utopian view of government central control is more important to Democrats than re-election. But don’t feel bad for all of these retiring Democrats as they will get cushy jobs as lobbyists and ObamaCare administrators.

Stupak is one of many Democrats who are engaging in the tactic of “vote & run” so they wont have to face the wrath of the voters. If you don’t know how Stupak lied to his voters and tried a pretty transparent trick to cover it up click HERE and then see how he got paid for it HERE.

These videos are dedicated to the Bart Stupaks of the world.

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Obama nuclear rhetoric does hurt us, but this is a distraction to get subject off ObamaCare and off the Obama proposed energy tax. – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2010

UPDATE – Sarah Palin Comments –

Folks, all this talk about how we wont use nuclear weapons even if we are attacked with WMD’s etc is just talk. Obama can “change the policy” all he wants and if a situation arises alter it at will. What Obama has done is change the national subject although it seems that it may be backfiring on him.  

Elizabeth Cheney explains how the series of policy moves has harmed our relationship with our allies. 

As for me, I find it interesting that Obama is more outraged over Jews building apartments then he is about Iranian Mullah’s building nukes. 

Elizabeth Cheney

Cheney told the roughly 3,500 conservative activists and donors gathered for the conference that there are three prongs to the president’s foreign policy: “apologize for America, abandon our allies and appease our enemies.” 

Cheney

“The Obama administration is putting us on the path to decline,” added Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. 

She criticized the administration for the “shabby reception” given Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visited Washington recently, which she deemed “disgraceful.” 

“President Obama is playing a reckless game if he continues down the path of diminishing the United States’ ties to Israel,” she said, deeming the world safer when there is “no daylight” between the two countries. 

Cheney criticized the administration for expressing concerns about Afghan president Hamid Karzai, and not categorically casting the Afghan leader as an ally. The posture, she said, marked a “dangerous and juvenile display.” 

On Iran, she deemed the president’s deadlines “meaningless” and his speeches “pointless.” She said that Mr. Obama’s response to the protests following that country’s election suggested he was “much more concerned about whether the mullahs in Iran would be offended by his actions.” 

Threats of “watered down sanctions,” she added, are just “buying time for the Iranians” to increase their capacity to attack. 

She said Mr. Obama’s recently-unveiled nuclear policy displayed his “naivete about his views about America’s enemies,” because it sent those enemies the message that America would not strike back when attacked. 

“President Obama, stop apologizing for this great nation and start defending it,” she said. 

Cheney said Mr. Obama has “degraded and diminished” America’s intelligence gathering posture by revealing the details of the “enhanced interrogation program” used under the George W. Bush administration. 

She complained that the Obama administration was wasting its time interrogating the CIA officers who were involved with that program. Those who were involved with enhanced interrogation, she said, obtained valuable information and are “American patriots” who “do not deserve to be scorned or hounded.” 

“This administration is confused about who the enemy is,” said Cheney. 

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Union Threatens Life of New Republican New Jersey Governor

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2010

Oh look a politician threatened.,…. oh wait its a Republican… ok we will put it online but it will never be on the CBS News home page or on the network evening news or on page 1 of the new York Times or appear on CNN every single hour. Nothing to see here move along move along…

WCBS:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t laughing about a teachers union’s memo that hints of his death.

The memo is the latest salvo in a war of words between Christie and the union over wage and benefits concessions.

The Recorder of Bergen County obtained the Bergen County Education Association memo that includes a closing prayer:

“Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”

Association president Joe Coppola says the “prayer” was a joke and was never meant to be made public.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak says there’s nothing professional about the group.

 

UPDATE – Teachers Union still posting threats and hate of Facebook

AP:

In NJ school cut debate, insults overshadow issues

By GEOFF MULVIHILL (AP) – 21 hours ago

HADDONFIELD, N.J. — They’re the kind of obscenity-laced schoolyard taunts that could get a student suspended.

But the target of this tirade is New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie — and the perpetrators are the state’s teachers, irate over his calls for salary freezes and funding cuts for schools.

In Facebook messages visible to the world — not to mention their students — the teachers have called Christie fat, compared him to a genocidal dictator and wished he was dead. The postings are often riddled with bad grammar and misspellings.

“Never trust a fat f…,” read one profane post on the Facebook page, “New Jersey Teachers United Against Governor Chris Christie’s Pay Freeze,” which has some 69,000 fans, many of them teachers.

“How do you spell A– hole? C-H-R-I-S C-H-R-I-S-T-I-E,” read another.

The rhetoric has become ever more heated as residents of most of the state’s school districts get ready to vote Tuesday on property tax levies that support district budgets. And while many of the postings are emotional, most aren’t personal attacks.

Christie, a first-year Republican governor who inherited a state in dire financial straits, wants voters to reject the proposals in districts where educators won’t agree to salary freezes for the coming school year.

The acrimony intensified last month when Christie proposed cutting state and federal aid to districts by 11 percent, calling it a way to share sacrifice as the state tries to rein in spending.

That’s when the Facebook attacks really took off.

One educator, a librarian with a Master’s degree, described the cuts as “rediculous.”

Another pointed out that Christie’s late mother was a member of the teachers union: “It’s not right to bite the hand that feeds you. Oh I forgot it’s Chirs Christie, He’s so large I bet he’d bite anything that’s put in front of his face!”

“Remember Pol Pot, dictator of Cambodia?” warned another. “He reigned in terror, his target was teachers and intellectuals. They were either killed or put into forced labor… King Kris Kristy is headed in this direction.”

Christie’s supporters have responded with a Facebook page of their own. “Teachers need to sit down and shut up. They live in a dream world where they work 180 days a year,” it asserted. “Way overpaid to start with, they could never make it working in the real world.”

Even in these tough economic times, teachers in most New Jersey districts have continued to get annual negotiated raises — often around 4 percent — and don’t have to help pay for their health insurance.

So Christie has offered more money to districts that can get teachers unions to revise their contracts and freeze salaries for the upcoming school year — and agree to start paying 1.5 percent of their salaries toward their health insurance.

So far, teachers in only 20 of the state’s 590 school districts have agreed to any concessions.

In 2006, the last year for which data was available, New Jersey teachers made an average of $58,000. The salary, in one of the highest cost-of-living states, was fourth in the nation.

Earlier this month, an opinion column in the Star-Ledger of Newark, the state’s largest newspaper, took teachers to task for their attacks on the governor.

“Here are words to live by from a guy teaching you critical life tools,” it said of one expletive-ridden post. “Write them down. There might be a quiz.”

Some have cooled the rhetoric and even apologized.

After a New Jersey teacher’s union wished Christie dead — like “my favorite singer, Michael Jackson” — the group’s president, Joe Coppola of the Bergen County Education Association, called it a bad attempt at humor and apologized.

Christie’s people weren’t impressed. “The union is, has been, and probably always will be a bully,” the governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, said in an interview last week.

It’s Christie who’s the real bully, asserted Marlene Brubaker, a Camden County Technical School science teacher who wrote the post comparing the governor to the Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot.

“I’m not saying this guy is killing us physically,” she said. “I would say he’s trying to kill us spiritually,” by disrespecting teachers and spreading the myth that they’re overpaid.

Her salary, which public records show is a bit more than $50,000 a year, isn’t enough to make ends meet, she added, so she also has to tutor and work as a home health aide.

The debate appears to be taking a slightly more civil course lately, especially after the founder of the anti-Christie page was shut out from posting on the site for about a week because of all the hateful comments.

“I have deleted and will continue to delete commets comparing Governor Christie to genocidal maniacs,” read a recent post, complete with a typo. “He is not a genocidal maniac. He is a crappy governor.”

Related:

Union Threatens Life of New Republican New Jersey Governor

New N.J. Gov. Christie Freezes Spending – Keeps Campaign Promise – Democrats Furious – UPDATED!

AWESOME: Gov Christie on MSNBC. Fighting Public Sector Unions

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