Scaring the World about its Climate – Tea Party Nation

Scaring the World about its Climate – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

Ever since the creation in 1988 of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it has engaged in the greatest hoax of modern times, releasing reports that predict climate-related catastrophes as if the climate has not been a completely natural and dynamic producer of events that affect our lives.

 

endthelieThe IPCC was set up by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environmental Program. It has enlisted thousands of scientists to contribute to its scare campaign, but as Joseph Bast, the president of The Heartland Institute, noted in a recent Forbes article regarding the vast difference in the assertions of the IPCC scientists and those of its puckishly named Nonintergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), “What is a non-scientist to make of these dueling reports? Indeed, what is a scientist to make of this?”

 

“Very few scientists are familiar with biology, geology, physics, oceanography, engineering, medicine, economics, and scores of other more specialized disciplines that were the basis of the claims…” The IPCC has depended on the ignorance of those scientists outside their particular disciplines and recruited them to be involved in the UN hoax. The rest of us look to them to provide guidance regarding issues involving the climate and, as a result, have been deliberately deceived.Climate Change idiocy

 

The NIPCC, anticipating the latest IPCC addition to its climate scare campaign, has just issued a new addition to its “Climate Change Reconsidered” reports. The first volume was 850 pages long and the latest is more than 1,000 pages. It represents the findings of scores of scientists from around the world and thousands of peer-reviewed studies. At this point they represent some twenty nations.

 

I have been an advisor to The Heartland Institute for many years and have been exposing the climate change lies since the late 1980s. A science writer, I have benefited from the work of men like atmospheric physicist, S. Fred Singer, a founder of the NPCC who has overseen five reports debunking the IPCC since 2003.wlecome

 

The Heartland Institute has sponsored nine international conferences that have brought together many scientists and others in an effort to debunk the UN’s climate scare campaign.

 

I have always depended on the common sense of people to understand that humans have nothing to do with the climate except to endure and enjoy it. We don’t create it or influence it.

 

The global warming campaign is based on the Big Lie that carbon dioxide (CO2) traps the Sun’s heat and warms the Earth, but the fairly miniscule amount of CO2 in the atmosphere (0.038%) does not do that in a fashion that poses any threat. Indeed, it is the Sun that determines the Earth’s climate, depending where you happen to be on the Earth. Next to oxygen, CO2 is vital to all life on Earth as it is the “food” on which all vegetation depends. More CO2 is good. Less is not so good.

 

The IPCC has depended in part on the print and broadcast media to spread its Big Lie. It also depends on world leaders, few of whom have any background or serious knowledge of atmospheric science, to impose policies based on the Big Lie. These policies target the use of “fossil fuels”, oil, coal and natural gas, urging a reduction of their use. The world, however, utterly depends on them and, in addition to existing reserves, new reserves are found every year.

 

One reason the IPCC has been in a growing state of panic is a new, completely natural cooling cycle based on a reduction of solar radiation. As James M. Taylor, the managing editor of Heartland’s “Environment & Climate News”, pointed out recently, “Winter temperatures in the contiguous United States declined by more than a full degree Celsius (more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit) during the past twenty years.” He was citing National Oceanic and Atmospheric climatefraudAdministration data. “The data contradicts assertions that human induced global warming is causing a rise in winter temperatures.”

 

In addition to the recent extremely cold winter, there have been others in 2000-2001 and 2009-2010. There will be more.

 

The IPCC report is full of claims about global warming, now called “climate change” since the world is obviously not warming. In March, Taylor rebutted an IPCC claim that crop production is falling, noting that global corn, rice, and wheat production have more than tripled since 1970. In recent years, the U.S. has set records for alfalfa, cotton, beans, sugar beets, canola, corn, flaxseed, hops, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugarcane, sunflowers, peanuts, and wheat, to name just a few.cartoongwcausesstuff

 

The Earth would benefit from more, not less, CO2 emissions, but the Obama administration has been engaged in imposing hundreds of new regulations aimed at reductions. It targets the development and expansion of our energy sector. The President has repeated the lies in his State of the Union speeches and we have a Secretary of State, John Kerry, who insists that climate change is the greatest threat to mankind and not the increase of nuclear weapons.

 

myworkEvery one of the Earth’s seven billion population are being subjected to the UN’s campaign of lies and every one of us needs to do whatever we can to bring about an end to the United Nations and reject the IPCC’s claims.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Obama’s War on America is his Top Priority – Tea Party Nation

Obama’s War on America is his Top Priority – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

 

We all know that the “sanctions” Obama has placed on a few of Putin’s pals thus far and those Obama wants the European Union to impose will have no affect whatever on Putin’s decision to annex the Crimea from Ukraine.

 One of Obama’s solutions to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty includes giving it a billion dollars because Russia has raised the price of the natural gas it sells to the Ukraine. This means Putin just made a billion while reacquiring Crimea.

 One way to bring Russia to its knees would be for Obama–if he could–to  impose the same things he is doing in America on the Russian Federation:

 # Require Russia to adopt Obamacare.

 # Ban the mining and use of coal in Russia.

 # Do not allow any drilling on Russian publicly-held land.

 # Redefine the Russian work week to 30 hours.

 # Raise the Russian minimum wage.

 # Mandate overtime pay for Russian government workers.

 # Demand that Russia pay welfare benefits to its illegal immigrants.

 # Require Russia to enact the same regulations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 # Increase the Russian national debt by $6 trillion dollars.

 # Require Russia to reduce all elements of its military force and capabilities by reductions to its military budget.

 Not finishedThese policies since 2009 have weakened the United States and, if applied to Russia, they would have the same affect. It’s bad enough what Obama has done and is doing to the U.S., but neither we nor the rest of the world would be better off with a weak Russia. Its economy is too tied into the world’s.

 Putin insists that it was the West led by the U.S. that resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 after seventy years of communist rule, but it was Communism that brought it to its knees. The other element was a decline in the prices of oil and natural gas–still the primary source of income for the Russian Federation—that undermined its economy.

 While a panoply of experts keeps talking about the prospect of Russia aggression toward its former satellite nations in Eastern Europe, the simple fact is that Putin’s reacquisition of the Crimea just added to Russia’s financial pressures. He can barely afford Crimea. All the hand-wringing about its annexation ignores the fact that it was part of Russia for hundreds of years.

 ImageRuchir Sharma, the head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, recently spelled out Russia’s economic woes in a Wall Street Journal commentary titled “Putin’s Potemkin Economy.”

 “Mr. Putin’s real power base, the economy, is crumbling,” says Sharma. “Russia’s economic growth rate has plummeted from the 7% average annual pace of the last decade to 1.3% last year,” adding that “the Central Bank of the Russian Federation has been fighting to prevent a ruble collapse since the Crimean crisis began.”

 Does that sound like a Russia that wants to invade its neighbors at this time?

 “The result,” says Sharma, “is that the Russian state has few new sources of income outside of oil and gas, at a time when it is taking on more dependents” in Crimea. As for the rest of the Ukraine population, it’s only the younger generation that did not grow up under the oppression of the former Soviet Russia that thinks giving up its sovereignty is a good idea. Ukrainians with a memory of the pre-1991 days know better.

obama- defending constitution laughing Europe, much of which depends on Russian gas, will be in no hurry to punish Russia beyond a few relatively meaningless sanctions. It’s all a charade.

 It’s true that Europe went to war twice for far less reason than the Crimean annexation, but its present leaders have no wish to repeat that error for all the talk about international law.

 What is being debated now is whether Putin will, for whatever reason, invade Ukraine. Only Putin knows that and the decision would be a bad one for him and everyone else.

 As we strive to survive Obama’s war on the U.S. economy and the current havoc resulting from Obamacare, it is doubtful that even Obama has any inclination to see Russia collapse and could not reverse the Crimean situation even if he cared about it.

Image He doesn’t seem to care about what he’s doing to the rest of us so it’s the war at home which we have to survive.

 © Alan Caruba, 2014

More Calls from Western Nations for Civilian Disarmament via the UN : Freedom Outpost

More Calls from Western Nations for Civilian Disarmament via the UN : Freedom Outpost.

 

unfreezoneAmerica, throughout the past fifteen months I have written a great deal on the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. While many have allowed the wool to be pulled over their eyes by believing that civilian disarmament can’t happen here, and that the senate will never ratify this treaty, the truth is that it is already being incrementally implemented. All of the states that are passing draconian gun control laws are testing ground states, and if you haven’t noticed, these state governments really don’t give a hoot about what their constituents have to say about it. While it is true that many states are also passing pro-gun laws that, constitutionally speaking, would protect their citizens’ gun rights from federal over reach, it doesn’t change the fact that the arms treaty represents a global effort to disarm America so they can push forward with their plans to implement global communism.

This push for global communism is best described by pointing to U.N. policy initiatives such as “Agenda 21,” which seeks to limit the development of mankind because supposedly, our technological advancements are contributing to global warming. Never mind that we just experienced one of the worst winters in quite some time, and there’s more polar ice now than in previous years, the planet is warming, we are all doomed, and only global communism can save us according to the U.N. If you are still wondering what the connection is between gun control and global warming is, I am about to explain. The global warming advocates believe there are too many people and that we occupy too much undeveloped land. They intend to herd us off of this land and lock us in the cities where we can be “managed” like a herd of animals.

armedIf you doubt this, then ask yourself why the federal government is purchasing vast quantities of land and sealing it off. As I mentioned in an article I posted yesterday, there are those in this movement who would have “global warming deniers” imprisoned because of their belief that man is not destroying the planet. So it essentially comes down to a simple philosophy my friends. Those with a great deal of wealth, power and influence are seeking to impose their will upon the American people, they are seeking to create a new society in which they will control all the land and resources. They can’t do this if we remain armed. Everyone knows this is about power and not keeping children safe. If they cared so much about children, abortion would not have killed 50,000,000 babies since its legalization.

Please realize this, events like the Sandy Hook shooting were used as an excuse to disarm other countries whose citizens were once armed. Emergency legislation and propaganda were used in much the same way as it was here. The only difference is that these nations never lived with the belief that self-defense and the right arms are natural, unalienable rights. They simply had firearms because the government “allowed” them to. That’s the difference America.

I felt it imperative to discuss the topic this Sunday morning because President Obama, while in Brussels this past week, put his signature on another document reaffirming his commitment to civilian disarmament. This can be read about here. As I said above, this is a global effort being directed by those believing that a global government administered by the U.N. is the only way to save mankind and the planet from man’s “destructive” ways.

wlecomeMany would call me a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, but I would ask that you look up and read the 45 declared goals of the communist party, something I have also written extensively about, and you will see that promoting the U.N. as man’s only hope is one of these goals.

As further evidence, I would remind you that, as a college student, the class I was in was presented with a video that essentially described the need for the U.N. to control all nations in order to fight poverty, and that in order to do so these nations would have to surrender their sovereignty. Poverty was described as being created by global warming of course. The narrator also claimed that people should not be able to own guns because gun ownership contributed to a dangerous, unstable world; to this, I would add that is true only when they are owned by despotic, tyrannical dictators. Let us never forget that it was the world’s governments, hell bent on obtaining power, which have disarmed and slaughtered more people in peacetime than in all the wars combined.

It should be clear, beyond a reasonable doubt, which they intend to carry this out whether orgun-control not the senate goes along with ratifying the treaty. It should be clear that the global communists intend to teach your children to fear guns, look to governments for safety, doubt your values and question your motivations, ridicule Christianity and view right and wrong as merely subjective constructs created by man’s morality as opposed to God’s. If you doubt this, just simply pick up a common core text book or watch some television programming targeting a teenage audience. Psychological conditioning is one of the back door methods in which these people will accomplish their goals. Our children, through the use of “intruder on campus drills” are being conditioned to respond with fear and look to government officials to make everything all right. Many could argue that this has been going on for years, maybe so, but in my mind it explains a lot, if that is the case.

DTOMThis essentially means that a great deal of our population has been conditioned to view firearms as a threat. They have been conditioned to view gun owners as a threat. The government continually refers to those that will be willing to defend their liberties in the face of tyranny, such as veterans, The Tea Party and other patriotic groups as “terrorists.” The term terrorist goes a long way in granting governments the power to act in the name of safety. In other words, the term terrorist, being applied to American citizens standing for the rights of gun owners, identifies us as the enemy. It’s that simple folks.

Also, The NDAA of 2012 identified the United States as a legitimate battle field in the war on terror. Essentially, the term terrorism will eventually encompass any action that goes against the will of global government, which is claiming to be looking out for, and taking care of the poor and oppressed. In the event that any of this comes to fruition, and there is chaos reigning in the streets, this portion of our population will look to the U.N. and other governments for safety and security. This will be best compared to the Jews in Germany voluntarily getting on the choo choo trains.

Holder F&FThere’s very little that can be said anymore other, than its going to take a great deal more than a few patriots and conservative politicians passing pro gun laws to stop what is coming. The right crisis is all it will take, and a great many of you know this. This is the reason we have been divided folks. Our values and the definitions we place on words like freedom and liberty to hatred and racism have been so altered and redefined for the very purpose of keeping us from being able to unite on any one issue.

I have concluded that, in some ways, these people have taken our greatest attribute of individual liberty and destroyed us with it by making it mean anything we wanted it to mean. Individual liberty and freedom have transpired from personal responsibility to multiculturalism, moral relativism, entitl580554_318859484890936_299381022_nement and moral depravity. We have lost value for humanity and yet we wonder why our nation continues to spiral toward Hell at breakneck speed. A great many of us have forsaken God and the meaning He has attached to existence and then we wonder why God has allowed our nation to fall. The connection between all of this and efforts to disarm us is significant because only a moral population that believes and understands their responsibility to protect truth and fight evil will stand and defend what they hold dear; the self-evident truth that we are all created equal, with unalienable rights to pursue that which makes us happy. I have an unalienable right to exist and to protect the existence of those I love and who depend upon me to keep them safe. This is a right that governments have no right to take from any of us, yet so many of us are willing to surrender it for false promises. It’s a damn shame too, because their ignorance will affect us all.

Seven Hard Truths Liberals Just Don’t Want To Hear – Kurt Schlichter.

Seven Hard Truths Liberals Just Don’t Want To Hear – Kurt Schlichter.

 

It’s difficult to understand liberals when you don’t live in their sheltered cocoon of participation trophies, faux caring and feel-good lies.

Those of us who labor in the real world – who built this country, who make it work and who defend it – deal with reality. Most liberals don’t. And that can be baffling, because when they speak they sound like visitors from the planet Nimrod.

Now, some liberals do understand the real world. They are the cynical liberal icons, the ones who know their entire ideology is a scam designed to wring power and wealth from the gullible.

They are the rich ones who cry about poverty and racism then gleefully consign poor and minority kids to public school failure factories by doing the bidding of their unionized teacher partners and torpedoing educational choice. Their own kids wouldn’t get within a mile of an inner city public school, except maybe to swing by in the Mercedes C-Class they got for their 16th birthday to buy some weed from the gangbangers infesting it.

These liberals are the ones who demand we double energy prices and trade in our cars for seats on scuzzy busses driven by union drones because of global warming. The fact that it never actually gets any warmer won’t stop a liberal from hopping into his private jet and flying off to ink a deal to sell his network to some Mideast oil sheik for a zillion petro dollars.

Hard Truth Number 1: If you are a liberal who really believes that your liberal heroes actually believe in liberalism, you are a sucker and a fool. Maybe even foolish enough to let your daughter take a drive with one across a bridge.

Hard Truth Number 2 concerns the minimum wage and the delusion that labor should be valued not between those who provide it and those who pay for it, but by you based upon your own subjective notion of “fairness.” The hard truth is that you are worth precisely what an employer will pay for you, and nothing more.

Take it from someone who employs a bunch of people – if I have to pay more for you at the unskilled bottom of the ladder, assuming I don’t cut low-end positions, that money is coming out of everyone else’s raises. Yeah, you warm, wonderful, caring, and compassionate paternalists supporting raising the minimum wage are going to pay for it, because I’m sure as hell not.

Unlike many of you liberals, I started out flipping burgers at the Foster City Carls, Jr., for $3.10 an hour. I didn’t have one of those fake internships or create one of those bogus charities high school kids today manufacture to impress the admissions flunkies at overpriced, underworthy colleges. I worked. I hated it, but I learned valuable skills. These skills made it so that today I don’t have to bag fries, mop out toilets or toil as Michael Moore’s muffin wrangler.

Here’s Hard Truth Number 3: If you need government to set you a “living wage,” it’s because you have failed to make yourself worth a living wage. A higher minimum wage is merely a subsidy to ensure you don’t have to put in the effort necessary to earn what you want. I’m unclear why your failure to work hard, gain skills and not do the stupid things that lead a 30 year old to be making minimum wage morally compels me to give you my money.

Next is Hard Truth Number 4: You shouldn’t have kids if you can’t afford them. A corollary to this self-evident concept is that you shouldn’t have sex unless you can pay for your own birth control. Those of us who don’t choose to live lives of chaos should not have to be taxed money from our kids so the government can give it to your kids because you are too lazy, stupid and/or drug-addled to support them yourself.

That brings us to Hard Truth Number 5: Liberalism depends on a huge number of Americans being losers who can’t support themselves. Broken or nonexistent families are the root of most of society’s pathologies, and they are also essential to the Democrat demographic model. The party’s very existence depends on there being a pool of serfs desperate for handouts distributed by Democrat overlords. If 90% of Americans were self-sufficient and refused to trade their dignity for a few scraps in the form of various welfare payouts, there would be no modern Democrat Party.

In other words, your party must keep you poor, ignorant and helpless to survive. The Democrat mascot shouldn’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.

Here’s Hard Truth Number 6: Your biggest problem is you. Now, a lot of people resent this truth – they say it’s “blaming the victim.” But most of the time, the purported “victim” is to blame. Did you drop out of school? Choose to use drugs? Have a couple kids with a couple losers? See, if so, you aren’t a victim of circumstance. A victim of circumstance is someone struck by lightning or attacked by a gang of thugs in a Democrat-run city. You’re a recipient of consequences.

It’s not a tragedy when bad things happen to people who make bad choices. It’s a tragedy when we lie to them by validating their failures and then try to ameliorate those consequences by taking money from people who did all the right things.

And that leads to Hard Truth Number 7: This can’t go on.

Lady Thatcher famously formulated that, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” And you will. The most amusing argument for raising the minimum wage is that all this new money paid to people who aren’t worth it will get spent and gin up the economy. But the problem with this private sector stimulus idea is a foundational one: Where does the money come from to pay all these higher wages? From the magic dollar tree behind Mr. Pennybags’s mansion?

Liberalism is magical thinking promulgated by cynical exploiters upon the eternally gullible and the chronically lazy. It’s a political Ponzi scheme, and today’s participants are the unlucky marks coming in at the end of the grift.

Liberalism will collapse of its own dead weight. And when it does, you true believers better be ready for the hard truth that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

So Chicken Little, What’s Next? – Tea Party Nation

So Chicken Little, What’s Next? – Tea Party Nation.

Blog post added by John Wiseman:

 

 

Here’s an idea I got after reading some comments on my last post. Let’s play a little game. Since the manufactured crisis of Global Warming has now officially been debunked by The American Physical Society, the world’s largest and most prestigious professional association of Physicists, the political left will be scrambling to find that efficient replacement doomsday scenario. What will it be? While global warming itself was so laughably moronic on its face, you still have to admit that the political left scored a lot of points with it. It won them elections, was invaluable in the strengthening of the EPA, almost got Cap and Trade inflicted upon us, helped to convince 54 Million Americans to eschew free market economics in place of Marxism in order to help save the planet. It even managed to convince us to make the sale of 50 Cent incandescent light bulbs illegal, in deference to a $6 product that only works about 50% of the time. This bulb by the way gives off a crappy quality of light and requires a Hasmat team should one break in a populated homestead.

The real question is, what’ll be the next gimmick for Chicken Little to scare us with? I have some ideas, and hopefully others will be able to help me with more. The fun comes in when we wait to see who’s right and who’s wrong. By the way, what will not happen is that the scare mongering stops. So, we’ll get treated to some reason why we must kiss our individual property rights, free speech rights, right to keep and bear arms, right to be secure in our person and papers, right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, good bye.

Option 1: Global Cooling

Don’t laugh, after all, this is what global warming replaced. This theory was popular in the early 70′s, when smog was going to block out our friend Mr. Sun on a permanent basis. This theory even managed to make the cover of Time Magazine, (genuflect when you read that name to yourself.)

ImagePros: Now that the American Physical Society has pretty much spelled out that we are at some sort of temperature high point and that a global cooling period is as likely as any increase in temperatures, scaring people that things are going to reduce to zero and that Polar Bears will no longer have water to swim in may be a safer bet to hedge those previously failed predictions. People in general dislike snow much more than they do sunny days, and letting them know that fossil fuel burning snow removal devices are causing things to deep freeze rather than heating the planet up might be the all around smarter play. Quite frankly, they should have stuck with that meme to begin with.

Cons: While the concept of Americans in general possessing an adult memory has come into question recently, I would hope that they’ll be able to remember the great global warming hoax that they’d just been conned with. Scaring people with burn baby burn, and then flipping the 180 on them might raise some suspicions, even amongst the terminally gullible. I want that to be true anyhow.

Option 2: Ozone Depletion

This one was another favorite of the late 70′s and early 80′s. We even managed to see nightly Ozone reports on the national news for a few months time, and then something magical happened. Some bothersome scientist somewhere pointed out that Ozone, and a lot of it, is created every time lightning strikes. That smell you associate with rainfall, yep, that’s Ozone. Once airline pilots and astronauts told us of massive lightning strikes reaching upwards into the upper atmosphere, even more prevalent in thunderstorms than the ones that struck downward towards terra firma, the jig on that one ended pretty quickly. After some attempts to delineate between, “good,” Ozone and, “bad,” Ozone failed, the nightly reports on news casts as to how soon we’d all be dead due to radiation sickness subsided. (Yes, Earth lasted far longer already than the Ozone tales predicted we would.)greenenergy

Pros: The Ozone layer is really far away from us, invisible, and yet scary to think of as being so delicate that it may one day disappear. This scare tactic from yore was so effective that it convinced every teen aged girl in America to stop using aerosol hair spray in deference to the more, “ecologically sound,” and far less convenient spray pump counter part. With no real noticeable effects to measure, we will be totally reliant on any data fed to us by the reporter types who appear on our televisions. They’ve already shown how much they like a good ghost story to scare the pajesus out of everyone. Something we can’t see, can’t verify, can’t refute, and can’t measure makes a grand one of those. It’s literally the perfect boogie man.

Cons: We’ve seen this one before. Add to that, the small fact that we already know how to manufacture as much Ozone as we would ever want, and in fact, Ozone itself is one of those gases that the EPA currently lists as a pollutant, and what you’re left with is a serious non threat. Besides, did anyone really ever believe that aerosol spray from canisters sold in drug stores actually floated all the way up to the very edge of our atmosphere? Talk about gullible, jeez Louise.

Option 3: Earth Quakes caused by Fracking

Even the word fracking sounds sinister. That by the way I believe must have been by design somehow. The industry term for Hydraulic Fracturing had historically been Fracing, and adding the k gives it a whole new connotation, as in, “we’re fracked.” Let’s face it, the whole Chicken Little scenario has been employed to halt economic prosperity through stopping all energy production anyhow, and what better way to do that than via the direct route. It is not the effects of using energy that is evil with this scenario, it is the act of actually producing it in the first place. This represents a subtle variation on an earlier line of attack, but it’s directness is beautiful in its simplicity.mywork

Pros: As I stated before, it cuts out all of the middle men. It is also a brand new approach. With the advent of the 24 hour news cycle, any Earth Quake of any magnitude that previously went unreported, and mostly unnoticed, is now blared from every television with functioning sound. It will be easy to convince people who don’t bother to read any more that Earth Quakes are on the rise, or that they’re more severe than they were as compared to the paleolithic era for example. Within days of this meme receiving the go order from the political left, we’ll see the television news reporting on, “another fracking caused Earth Quake occurred in our nation’s heartland today.”

Cons: Fracing has been around and in practice since the 1940′s. There are about a Million or so Fracing operations already in place today, and have been for quite some time now. They have Earth Quakes in other nations which do not utilize the technology, and we’ve had them here, even before fossil fuels were burned or drilled for at all. All of this went on, unnoticed, and there was no agency, person, scientist, or scare monger who thought, gee, why are there suddenly more Earth Quakes today than before. That is because there aren’t more Earth Quakes today than before, and those that are happening are no more powerful or less powerful than those that happened before. We’ve known for a long time what does cause Earth Quakes, and it is not anything that we as human beings can do a darned thing about.

Option 4: Space Aliens

Yes this one was thrown in just to be silly, but before you laugh, hear me out. This very laughable, moronic theory was posited on CNN as a possible explanation for what may have happened to Malaysian Air Flight 370. Not only did the CNN host say it with a straight face, pose the question to the panel with the exact same gravity as every other possibility, but he even pressed a follow up question when the panelist shot him down. Also mentioned on the same segment was the specter of a Black Hole literally swallowing the airplane, (and I know that those of you with the slightest knowledge of science are laughing right now,) along with the involvement of the Bermuda Triangle. It is simply astounding how tolerant of nonsense we Americans truly are. What is even more astounding is how many of us actually believe that not only have space aliens visited Earth, but still live here among us today.

Pros: This one will require no proof, and will always be based upon the absurd. Paul Krugman, the favored economist of the political left has himself posited the theory in a serious manner that by convincing Americans that we needed to prepare for a pending, if false, invasion by space aliens, the resulting Keynesian stimulation of the economy would be a net positive for all of humanity. Meaning that his advice to any Democrat President to get us out of economic trouble was to lie to the American People and tell us that we were about to be invaded by space aliens. This was in an actual op-ed penned by Krugman and printed in the New York Times. The mere absurdity alone makes it impossible to prove the negative. It would be like me saying, prove your great grand parents were not born on Mars. Think about it. If you’re being intellectually honest with yourself, it’s tougher than you think.

Cons: Absurd is only going to last for very long. It’ll be a temporary fix at best. Besides that, who says the aliens are bad, don’t like us burning fossil fuels, aren’t coming here because we burn them and they want to live in a world with people smart enough to use the resources offered up by the home world? That’s the thing with imaginary aliens, their motivations need to be imagined up as well. For that nonsensical matter, how would we know that the imaginary aliens won’t take our attempts to limit our Carbon emissions as a personal insult? This option leaves too much open to turn the tide of the game. If they can make crap up, so can we.cartoongwcausesstuff

You’ll notice that I have a poll on the top right of this blog, please vote, and let me know which one you feel most likely to the next Chicken Little doomsday scenario. Leave a comment if you have one that I’ve missed, (which is likely,) and I’ll try to add them to the poll.

Guys, I could not figure out how to embed the poll within the post itself, nor how to include it here at this site. If one of the smarter gurus of blogging would like to help me out with it, or if you just want to link back to my place to log a vote, please do so.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Why Government Does Not Function – Tea Party Nation

Why Government Does Not Function – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

Do you have the feeling that we no longer have government from the federal to the local level that is able to function because of vast volumes of laws and regulations that have made it impossible to do anything from build a bridge to run a nursing home? If so, you’re right. The nation is falling behind others who do a better job by permitting elected and appointed officials to actually make decisions. We are living in a nation where lawsuits follow every decision to accomplish anything.

This is the message of Philip K. Howard in a book that everyone concerned for the future of America should read; “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government” ($23.95, W.W. Norton).

It explains why we can elect a Representative or Senator, send him or her to Washington, D.C. and still see no progress. Instead, we get the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—that began as a 2,700-page law that has already metastasized into regulations that, stacked up, stand seven feet tall! And more on the way. It has destroyed the healthcare insurance industry and is destroying the U.S. healthcare system.

“The missing element in American government could hardly be more basic. No official has authority to make a decision. Law has crowded out the ability to be practical or fair,” says Howard. “It’s a progressive disease. As law grows to fill the vacuum, the wheels of government go slower every year.”

Howard points to a variety of problems that nation is encountering. “America’s electrical grid is out of date—transformers, on average, are about forty years old, and not digitized.” As vital and essential as the grid is to all life in America, “there’s no active plan to rebuild America’s electrical grid. The main reason is that government cannot make the decisions needed to approve it.”

Citing proposals that would allow the Bayonne Bridge to permit the new generation of large container ships clearance that would enable the Port of Newark to remain competitive, it took three years for environmental reviews to clear the project, but as Howard notes, “the average length of environmental review for highway projects, according to a study by the Regional Plan Association, is over eight years.” Eight years!

“Government on legal autopilot,” says Howard, “doesn’t have a chance of achieving solvency. In 2010, 70 percent of federal tax revenue was consumed by three entitlement programs—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—that don’t even come up for annual congressional authorization.”

Americans are in general agreement that Big Government is a big problem, but did you know that more than twenty million people work for federal, state and local government—or one in seven workers in America. Their salaries and benefits total more than $1.5 trillion of taxpayer funding each year or about ten percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Cities in America are declaring bankruptcy because they cannot afford the retirement and other benefits that their employees receive. State budgets are comparably weighed down.

We read about the often incomprehensible results and costs of the legal system affecting all levels of government. “Up and down the chain of social responsibility, responsible people do not feel free to make sensible decisions,” says Howard. “Everything is too complicated: rules in the workplace, rights in the classroom, and machinations in government. We’re bogged down in bureaucracy, pushed around by lawsuits, and unable to steer out of economic and cultural storms.”

“The point of regulation, we seem to have forgotten, is to make sure things work in a crowded society.”

What is forgotten or never learned is that there are elements of risk in everything we do. Trying to legislate risk out of our lives only leaves us with millions of rules that make it impossible to function intelligently in business, in schools, in hospitals and nursing homes, and everywhere else. It eliminates swings and seesaws from playgrounds out of fear of lawsuits.

“America is losing its soul,” says Howard. “Instead of creating legal structures that support our values, Americans are abandoning our values in deference to the bureaucratic structures.” Too often, decisions made by elected officials or reflected referendums voted upon by the public have been taken over by the court system in which judges now feel free to decide these matters. The response was a growing objection to “judicial activism.” Now even the judges are distrusted.

Howard’s book explains why America is in trouble and offers recommendations to put it on the right path again. If it is ignored, the America into which I was born more than seven decades ago will not be around or livable for the next generation or two of Americans.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Pardon My Paranoia – Tea Party Nation

Pardon My Paranoia – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

An organization, Patriots for America, is calling for millions of Americans to descend on Washington, D.C on May 16 for Operation American Spring whose purpose is to demand that President Obama and others in his administration be removed from office.

Among the rules of engagement set forth on their Internet site include (1) no weapons. No ammunition. “The Communist forces that control Washington, D.C. do not recognize the 2nd Amendment and have banned all weapons and ammunition from the district. Do not give them the opportunity to arrest you and prosecute you.” (2) Follow all rules of the road. (3) Comply with all constitutional requests of local authorities. And (4) travel in groups of four or greater.

Geoff Ross is identified as the senior chief of the organization that wants participants to be prepared to stay as long as it takes for Congress to take action. The event suggests that he and many supportive groups think the U.S. is at risk of losing its constitutional government so long as Barack Obama is President.

The worst possible scenario to the event would be if some element of the law enforcement authority is ordered to fire on the gathering, but I recall that in July 2008 presidential candidate Obama said that Americans could no longer “…continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

America does not need a civilian national security force. We have the military whose job is to protect us against foreign invasion and we have state and local police authorities in our towns and cities to address riots and large protests. The force the President wants would exist solely to intimidate and control Americans who he deems his enemies.

What we do have in the wake of 9/11 is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and it is not intended to be a military force although it does include the Coast Guard. On March 23, 2013, Capt. Terry M. Hestilow, U.S. Army retired, wrote to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) warning that DHS is preparing to go to war with the citizens of the United States.

“It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the DHS that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America.” He expressed his concerns over “recent purchases of almost 3,000 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers, 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition (with associated weapons), and other weapons systems.”

“One needs only look to the rise of Adolf Hitler,” wrote Capt. Hestilow, “and his associated DHS organizations, the SA and the SS, of 1932-1934, to see the outcome of allowing an agency of government this kind of control over the free citizens of a nation.”

In a February 5, 2014 article on Infowars.com, Kit Daniels reported that “The U.S. Postal Service is currently seeking companies that can provide “assorted small arms ammunition in the new future. The U.S. Postal Service joins the long list of non-military federal agencies purchasing large amounts of ammunition.”

What has a growing number of Americans concerned is this arming of government agencies we do not associate with the need to be heavily armed. “Since 2001, the U.S. Department of Education has been building a massive arsenal through purchases orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms” reported Daniels. “Back in July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also purchased 72,000 rounds of 40 Smith and Wesson, following a 2012 purchase for 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point by the National Weather Service.”

One might assume that the DHS needs to be armed to some degree, but there is no logical reason for the Post Office, the Department of Education, and NOAA to be heavily armed. Reportedly DHS spent over $58 million to hire security details for just two Social Security offices in Maryland and $80 million for armed guards to protect government buildings in New York and more guards for federal facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota. “Even the Environmental Protection Agency has its own SWAT teams conducting raids on peaceful Americans,” wrote Daniels.

DHS has been engaged in a program to provide military-style weapons and vehicles to local police forces around the nations.

My most profound fear, my paranoia, concerning the May 16 protest, despite its instructions to participants not be armed, is that some incident would escalate to a point where shots were exchanged. One can conceive of that serving as the reason to initiate an “emergency” proclamation and/or to declare martial law.

One gets the feeling that this government, under the direction of President Obama, is preparing for a national insurrection against his often lawless administration. The May 16 event would provide an excuse to initiate actions that would put us all under the gun.

I no longer believe “it can’t happen here.” We have a President who sees no reason to work with Congress and who recently “joked” that he can do whatever he wants.

I worry that members of our military and others would obey orders to impose governmental control to the extent that we might see widespread resistance by millions of armed Americans. I regard the surge in the purchase of weapons by private citizens during Obama’s terms in office as a reflection of the paranoia that I am feeling these days.

But is it paranoia? Or is it a reasonable assumption that a President who feels free to ignore the Constitution might have plans that do not include peaceful elections or his departure from the office?

© Alan Caruba, 2014

GOOD NEWS for Admirers of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Today’s Leaders of Liberal Progressivism – Tea Party Nation

GOOD NEWS for Admirers of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Today’s Leaders of Liberal Progressivism – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Morry Markovitz

Freedom of speech is the LAST remnant of liberty in a free society, and its absence is the final and indisputable sign that complete, total, unremitting tyranny and despotism have finally arrived to stay, in whatever specific form they’ve taken.   

There are only two alternatives for getting people to change their behavior:   persuasion or force.     Without freedom of speech, ie without the MEANS for persuasion, that option disappears — and FORCE is the only one left.  As long as freedom of speech remains, there is a hope, a chance, that whatever freedoms have been denied the people, they MAY be retrievable by peaceful means.    But once freedom of speech has been taken from them, there is no possible peaceful remedy remaining to them, if they wish to  recover any of their lost freedoms.

Below is an article that was just published, with my comment following it.

The original article without my highlighting, low-lighting, and blindingly super-high-wattage means of emphasis, can be read at   

http://www.infowars.com/justice-group-warns-of-obama-plan-to-put-go…

There are lots of links within the article but I’ve put the actual article itself here too, for those who are too tired to go back and forth from here to the web for them.

The article’s importance is that it reports a new and yet higher level of BRAZENNESS by the Obama Administration, which  has once again surpassed its former UNBELIEVABLE heights. It has done so by coming up with a plan to station FCC overseers in the nation’s newsrooms, “guiding” or “directing” what topics they may report to the people, and what opinions they may express in their editorials.

Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Karl Marx must be singing and dancing in their graves:   only 5 years into the current Administration, and they’re already at the point where they are BRAZENLY beginning to TAKE CONTROL OF THE PRESS, which is a bulwark of our freedom of speech and — per above — the final remnant of a semi-free society that lies on the borderline separating it from 100% pure, undiluted and unadulterated dictatorship and despotism.

The article speaks for itself (maybe I should add “for the time being”), but volumes could and have been written on various aspects of its topic, freedom of speech and our rights under the VERY FIRST Amendment to our Constitution, the VERY FIRST rights listed amongst the 10 groups of rights in our Bill of Rights.    Freedom of speech, of expression, of religion, of the press were given FIRST PLACE on that list by the Framers because they understood so well that it was indeed the ultimate distinguishing characteristic which determines whether a political system belongs in the “free” or “un-free” category.

Obviously my comment  following the article is not an attempt to summarize the volumes  that could be written on this topic — such a summary would need to be a volume in itself.   It’s just a general comment about one aspect of this topic which has long been amongst my own pet peeves.

Read the comment if you wish — while you still can.

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Justice Group Warns of Obama Plan

to Put Government Monitors in Newsrooms

FCC researchers would pressure the press on what to cover

Paul Joseph Watson

Infowars.com
February 19, 2014

The American Center for Law and Justice is warning of an Obama administration plan to place government monitors in newsrooms via an FCC proposal that could turn every major news network and newspaper into little more than a state media mouthpiece.

 

 

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai recently lifted the lid on a shocking White House proposal entitled ‘Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs’ that would dispatch researchers from the federal agency “to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.”

 

According to Pai, the program is about “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.” In other words – the fairness doctrine on steroids.

 

“That’s right, the Obama Administration has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and it is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions,” writes the ACLJ’s Matthew Clark, noting that the plan would also extend to newspapers, which the FCC doesn’t even have any business being involved with.

 

Distrust in mainstream media has been on a steady decline for years, with a recent Gallup poll confirming that just 23 per cent of Americans trust the institution of television news. This lack of confidence has driven ratings down, with MSNBC losing almost half of its viewers over the course of just 12 months, shedding 45 per cent of its audience. CNN also lost 48 per cent of its viewers over the same time period.

 

The United States’ world ranking in terms of freedom of the press also recently fell to number 46, below the likes of South Africa, Slovenia and Lithuania.

 

Earlier this month, the New York Times’s own writers told a newspaper that NY Times opinion pieces are now seen as “irrelevant” and have no impact on public discourse whatsoever.

 

The FCC’s attempt to police newsrooms is a desperate attempt to redress the fact that, as Hillary Clinton admitted, the Obama administration is “losing the information war” to other news sources whose audiences are growing.

 

However, those alternative news outlets are not growing because of slick propaganda, they are stealing audience share from the mainstream because they at least try to act in an adversarial role to the state rather than being a conduit for its talking points.

“Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press,” warns Clark, adding, “It’s hard to imaging anything more brazenly Orwellian than government monitors in newsrooms.””

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Communism under Stalin, Naziism under Hitler, and modern “Liberal Progressivism” ALL share the IDENTICAL fundamental philosophical roots.

Today’s rank-and-file liberal progressives, most of whom mean well, are sadly destined to meet the same fate their counterparts in previous eras did:  as “useful idiots” for their authoritarian leaders.  Smiling and congratulating themselves for their moral goodness, they unwittingly spread the fertilizer and sustenance for the soil which MUST INEVITABLY lead to the growth of oppression, suppression,  repression, human enslavement, grinding abject poverty, hunger and even starvation, genocide, war, and the worst kinds of atrocities man has ever been capable of inflicting on his fellow man.   They are oblivious to the LOGIC by which the tenets of liberal progressivism MUST INEVITABLY AND UNAVOIDABLY lead to the worst horrors man is capable of inflicting on his fellow man, and which MUST INEVITABLY AND UNAVOIDABLY pave the road to their own and their progeny’s hell.   They pave it with self-confident smiles, in smug ignorance of the nature of the seeds they are sowing, as did the similarly self-blinded amongst their ancestors..

The histories of mankind’s worst evils are the empirical proof of the rigorous logic which lies behind the statements of the above paragraph.   Those evils, even the worst of them, do not RESULT from bloodthirsty madmen or power hungry despots.    Rather it is the SAME creed of collectivism, at the root of all three of the political forms mentioned above, which ATTRACTS AND ENABLES AND EMPOWERS such men to dominate, and which GUARANTEES that such men and only such men are able to rise to power.   This has governed most of the history of mankind and — with shocking sadness — continues to govern the thinking of an enormous number of supposedly educated people in the modern era — which is why we have been steadily moving toward the same consequences, which WILL materialize if this trend of thought persists long enough for its full logical consequences to manifest themselves.

“Those who fail to (UNDERSTAND) the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Failure to understand the past seems, unfortunately, destined to be a permanant foible of most members the human family.     We saw its devastating operation throughout the last century, the bloodiest in human history, which had followed the most peaceful century of human civilization (if you can call most of it civilization).     The 19th century was the era of expanding freedom, the spread and growth of the ideas and implementation of capitalism, and the blasting away of authoritarian/collectivist regimes primarily in Western civilizations but to a significant extent world-wide.   The bloody, war-dominated 20th century was the era which witnessed the resurgence of authoritarian/collectivist ideas, which gradually gained  ascendancy primarily under the rubrics of socialism, communism, fascism, liberalism and progressivism.  The connection between each of the two conflicting political ideas and the kind of world events which accompanied each one, was not not coincidence but causality.

The proof of this assertion is NOT merely the impeccable “theoretical” logic underlying it which has been offered countless times, and NOT ONLY the fact that empirical results have been “consistently  consistent”  with that theoretical logic, and NOT ONLY BOTH of these together, but also to be found in the fact that its “theoretical” logic has consistently enabled accurate predictions of real-world empirical results time after time after time.

To borrow a line — ironicallly — from a popular 1960s folk song of the same left which was, still is, and always will be an example of the very ignorance their song bewails:

WHEN WILL THEY  EVER LEARN?”

Morry Markovitz

Banana Republic Dreaming: How Obama wants to make America a one party state – Tea Party Nation

Banana Republic Dreaming: How Obama wants to make America a one party state – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

One of the hallmarks of a banana republic is that the ruling party uses the government to insure that whatever elections are held, are skewed in such a way that the ruling party cannot lose.

 Liberals love the idea of a single party state. They look back on the glory days of their favorite nation, the old Soviet Union, when their hero Joseph Stalin would win 99.9% of the vote in elections.  They wonder why can’t we do that in America.

 The answer is, they are trying to do it in America.

 What are they doing to make America a banana republic?

 When Democrats look at electoral strategy, they think about one thing.  How can they create more Democrat votes?  It doesn’t matter whether this is done legally or illegally.  They just want to create more Democrat votes.

 They are engaged in two efforts right now to create more Democrat votes.  Attorney General Eric Holder is now launching a full court press to have every state change their convicted felon laws.  In many states, a felony conviction causes a person to lose the rights of citizenship, including the right to vote.

 Holder wants this changed.

 Why?

 It isn’t fundamental fairness.  Criminals vote overwhelmingly Democrat.  And this will not stop with just allowing felons who have served their sentence to vote.  In Illinois, criminals serving their sentence can vote.  In 2012, Illinois officials did not get military ballots into the mail in time for military members to vote but they made certain ballots were carried to prisons so the criminals could vote for Democrats.

 The other thing the Party of Treason is trying to do right now is to stop states from ensuring that those who register to vote are American citizens and actually have the right to vote.

 In Kansas, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is one of the good guys in the fight to save America, has filed suit against the Department of Justice because he wants Kansas’ voter application form to include proof of citizenship.

 Guess who opposes it?

 That’s right.  Eric Holder and Obama’s Department of Justice.

 When people vote illegally, guess who benefits? 

 The Democrats.

 Democrats don’t care about fair elections.  In their mind, the only fair election is an election they win. 

 There was a time when members of both parties supported the idea of liberty, freedom and the American Republic. 

 This is no longer true.  The Democrats have been totally co-opted by the hard left.  Now their only interest is power.  The left does not care about freedom or liberty.  They want to impose their will and bring down America. 

 Conservatives have to win the 2014 elections and put in a conservative president in 2016.  When that President takes over, we cannot do what George W. Bush did in 2001.  Bush said it is all in the past and he wanted a fresh start.

 In 2017, we need an administration to go through everything the Obama Regime has done and if the statute of limitations has not run, start indicting them.

 This is a war and either we win and live free or we lose and live under tyranny.

The U.S. is Going Bankrupt One City at a Time – Tea Party Nation

The U.S. is Going Bankrupt One City at a Time – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

Time to start watching U.S. cities go bankrupt. Prior to Detroit, there was Stockton, California, and, according to Stephen Moore, now the chief economist with the Heritage Foundation, there are more than sixty of the largest cities that “are plagued with the same kinds of retirement legacy costs that sent Detroit in Chapter 9 bankruptcy” last year.

“Keep an eye on ‘too big to fail’ cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York,” he warned. Among the twenty cities he listed in an August 2013 Newsmax article, he cited Compton and Oakland, CA, Harrisburg, PA, and Providence, RI. What these and other cities have in common is that “the vast majority are located in states with forced unions, non-right-to-work states.”

When a federal judge, Stephen Rhodes, cleared the way for Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, in December, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFCCME) immediately filed a notice of appeal, but Detroit has more than 100,000 creditors. As its emergency financial manager, Kevyn Orr, said, “The reality is the city has no cash on hand to pay the magnitude of the debt we have, which is $12 billion–$5.7 billion of which has to do with health care obligations, $3.5 billion has to do with pensions, and $2 billion has to do with bondholders.”

At the time it declared bankruptcy, Detroit had 47 different public employee unions. The Detroit Water & Sewer Department had a farrier (a horse-shoer) who received $56,000 in pay and benefits every year even though the city had no horses in the department.

As Moore points out, “For at least the last 20 years major U.S. cities have been playgrounds for left-wing experiments—high taxes on the rich; sanctuaries for illegal immigrants; super-minimum wage rules; strict gun-control laws; regulations and paperwork that makes it onerous o open a business or develop on your own property; crony capitalism with contracts going to political donors and friends; and failing schools ruled by teacher unions, with little competition or productivity.”

The legacy costs of pensions and health benefits to retired teachers and municipal retirees force “city managers and mayors are forced to lay off firefighters, police and teachers. Detroit,” Moore noted, “has three retired city workers collecting a pension for every two currently working.”

Recently published, “The Great Withdrawal” by Craig R. Smith with Lowell Ponte examines the damage that progressive programs and policies have done to cities and to the nation. A nation with a $17 trillion debt who’s President has only one answer, raise the debt limit, will encounter a financial Armageddon if the spending and borrowing is not sharply curtailed.

Craig and Ponte point to 1913 as the year progressive, collectivist ideas “took control of the United States government and began a ‘fundamental transformation’ of our economy, politics, culture and beliefs that continues today.”

Citing Detroit as an example of the result of liberal, progressive policies, Smith said that “by 2013 (it) had become a war zone of urban strife, poverty, decay and government profligacy.”

Recall that President Obama claimed he had “saved” General Motors and Chrysler with bailouts that cost taxpayers “at least $25 billion that will never be paid back. At least a billion of these tax dollars went to improve GM facilities in Brazil, and at least $550 million went to GM facilities in Mexico.” Chrysler is now owned by the Italian automaker, Fiat.

Bond holders are major investors in cities and corporations, but the GM bailout denied payment to secured bondholders and redistributed their rightful share to the United Auto Workers. “As a result, today’s bonds are viewed as an investment with uncertain risk,” says Smith. In 2013, investors withdrew $80 billion from bond funds.”

As Smith points out, “The progressive method of operation was, and is, that when the economy is good, they raise taxes and expand government. When the economic cycle turns negative, the politicians blame others, refuse to reduce government—and, increasingly, use the bad economy as a reason for expanding government and spending even more.”

This describes what President has been doing since first elected in 2008. For the entirety of his first term, he blamed everything on President George W. Bush.

“Put simply,” says Smith, “most progressive cities are welfare city-states in which a large percentage of the population lives on government money, either as government dependents or government employees.”  This description fits the nation as well.

How bad are the present times? “27 percent of Americans have no savings at all, 46 percent have savings of less than $800, and 76% of Americans now live paycheck to paycheck.”

With the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—the Congressional Budget Office released a report predicting that, over the next decade, it will cost the nation about 2.3 million jobs and contribute to a $1 trillion increase in projected deficits.

Hans Bader, a senior attorney at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, notes that it contains massive marriage penalties that discriminate against married people, huge work disincentives for some older workers, has slashed hiring, cut economic growth, and induced employers to replace full-time workers with part-time employees. In the process, millions have seen their healthcare policies canceled or replaced with policies with higher premiums and deductibles.

There are already 92 million Americans who are unemployed or ceased looking for work. There are 47 million on food stamps.

The ultimate progressive, President Obama, is impoverishing millions of Americans. Unlike Detroit, America cannot declare bankruptcy. It can only collapse if voters do not replace those Senators and Representatives that voted for Obamacare and who refuse to take the steps to reduce government spending and borrowing. We have three years in which to survive Obama.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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