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December 12, 2009

New Regulations Remind Anyone of Atlas Shrugged?

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 11:18 am
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The house of representatives passed new legislation regulating the financial market, and big business in this country.  One of the “protections” in this bill is giving the government the power to break up companies that are deemed “too big to fail”.  Um, really?!  Who decides what company is too big to fail?  Where does the government get off breaking up any company for any reason other than illegal activity?  You can get the info on this here or in my article at the Examiner (cannot link it, the site is down but the link is on the side there, yeah right there, down a little, under FRIENDS.  Yes, I am my own friend, just click the button).

If you have not read it get a copy of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  Opponents, and people who just do not get it, are criticizing the book and fans of Rand right now.  Fans are called crazy, the book is called delusional, but as I read it myself I am astounded that it was written in the 50s and not today.  People said that our government would never be like the one in her book, but…see above.  I have even heard our own politicians use words that could have been taken right from the mouths of the fictional “looter” politicians portrayed in the book.  If you have not read it, Atlas Shrugged is essentially a novel about an America where business has been forced to operate for social justice instead of profit.  Those who work for material ends, profit, property, and livelihood are deemed evil, while those that keep failing businesses open for the “common good” are considered saints.  Eventually one of the “evil capitalists” decides he wants to see what will happen if all the successful “evil” businessmen just quit.  Walk away from their business, leave the rest of the country to fend for themselves.  I am a little less than halfway through and so far reading it is a mixture of fascination, fear, and foreboding (wow lots of f words).  Every day I watch the news or read something online and wonder, was Ayn Rand a prophet or did she know, before the rest of us, what the progressive movement would mean for this country.

On a side note, what we talked about yesterday, I forgot to mention that in 2006 the same Democrats, including President (then Senator) Obama, criticized President Bush for over spending and they voted against raising the debt ceiling.  Yeah, great huh.  You know what makes that better, it was an election year for all of them, and they voted against it in March.  They were not voting what is best for the country, they were voting to get reelected, or to win more Democrat seats.  When will people wake up and realize that politicians do not care about what is best for this country, they only care about votes.

October 1, 2009

Is the U.S. Congress Just a Bunch of School Kids?

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 10:29 am
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Ok, we have Representative Alan Grayson making ridiculous signs and using them to debate health care.  Saying things like the GOP’s health care plan is a ‘blank piece of paper’, and holding up a sign that says the GOP contingency plan is to ‘Die Quickly’.  Really, is that what this debate has degenerated into?  The GOP has several plans that they have tried to get into the debate, having just about all of them shot down.  All the while Democrats cry for bi-partisan support for an extremely partisan bill.

Now, we have Republicans demanding that Grayson be treated to the same ridiculous slap on the wrist that was given to Joe Wilson.  Come on guys!  Didn’t the Republicans argue that reprimanding Joe Wilson was only taking time away from the business of the people?  Didn’t they say there were more important things to be done than a resolution that results in nothing more than a wagged finger and saying ‘bad boy’?  Is this a time to be playing this game?  Shouldn’t one side stand up and say ‘enough, enough with these games, we need to get back to the work of the people’.

Why can’t we address the inconsistencies in Congress instead of these childish fights?  Democrats shot down a proposal that would have made them publish whatever health care plan they decide to vote on for 3 days, so that we can read it.  The Republicans that propose the bill said that the public deserves to see the bill, read it, and know how much it costs, but the Democrats said there wasn’t time.  Then they went on a long 4 day weekend.  NOT ENOUGH TIME!?  They work for us people, it IS our business what is in that bill and how much it is going to cost.  It IS our business to know what Congress is doing.

Along with this proposal from the Republicans, the Democrats also shot down two other amendments to the health care bill.  Two amendments that would essentially keep the President to his word.  One amendment strengthened language in the bill to ensure that illegal immigrants would not get coverage or subsidies from the plan.  The second bill, shot down today I believe, would have made sure that no new taxes were levied against people who make under 250k a year.  Both of these would have made sure the President’s promises were kept, but the Democrats shot those down.  Why?  Why do the Democrats refuse to let us read the bill or know the cost?  Why do they refuse to make specific amendments that would keep the President’s promises in the plan?  These are questions they need to answer.

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