Friday, November 6, 2009

10.2% and Rising.

10.2% and Rising.

"Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty." --Ronald Reagan

I miss Ronnie. Don't you?

Frankly, I am sick and tired of being told America is no longer great. That our only hope is for the government to take over every part of our lives. That we must pay for past sins and successes. I am tired of the finger wagging. And the somber faces. Tired of the incompetence and the arrogance. And I am tired of the lies. Especially Obama's.

The Chief Fiddler speaks and acts without experience to support the veracity of his words. He speaks and acts without ever considering the consequences. Like an adolescent. Like a teenager I wouldn't trust with the keys to my car. Let alone the keys to our future and that of our children. He has shown reckless abandon for the truth. Joe Wilson was absolutely right when he shouted out in the dignified auditorium of the Joint Session: "You lie." The one desecrating the great office was not Joe Wilson.

When my children lied to me, I punished them. One of them had to clean up after our 190 pound Newfoundland all summer, every day, morning and night because lies are like...well you know, and integrity requires an acknowledgement of that. So the poor child cleaned the mess each day as a reminder of the importance of truth. The message was received. The behavior changed. The stakes for truth are high. There is no compromise. There is no other side. There is no negotiation.

When Barack Obama told us passing his $787 billion stimulus bill would ensure unemployment would never rise above 7.8% and that by 2010 the economy would employ 138.6 million jobs, he was either lying or recklessly uninformed. Nothing in the stimulus bill could guarantee that claim. Keynsian policies never have and never will create jobs but even if the policies did work, the claim was simply unsupportable. It was what is called an expedient lie. Like many we have heard over the past months.

(Remember the one about transparency in the Obama Administration? We were going to have the opportunity to view legislation on-line for two weeks, then 72 hours prior to passage. Nancy Pelosi promised a 72 hour viewing of the health care bill as recently as a week ago. But now she says not. We are not entitled to see the bill. And it wouldn't be fair anyway. Why should we have the opportunity to read something our legislators haven't and won't read before they vote on it?)

Simultaneously loading down business with health care reform (read TAXES) and cap and trade (read EXCESSIVE TAXES AT EVERY LEVEL) will only ensure that today's 10.2% unemployment rate will continue rising. The big LIE is: government is not the solution. It is the problem. The Founders knew that. Reagan knew that. The Administration, too, knows that. But the power is intoxicating and they will do whatever they can to grab as much as possible. No matter how many people are trampled in the process. 190,000 freshly unemployed can attest to that.

I have a secret to share with Mr. Obama. The money has to come from somewhere. You can't keep printing it forever. These are real people losing real jobs. And though we are a tolerant lot, there will be consequences.

Oh yes and Ronnie said one more thing for us to consider: "All great change in America begins at the dinner table."

Buy a copy of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, The Founder's Manual--all available at the Heritage Foundation or get a copy of Liberty and Tyranny and read it to your children a little bit at a time each night. Jefferson was right: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."

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