Debt Clock

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

From Death to Debt

In light of the Republican Leadership's recent cave-in in passing a "clean" debt ceiling bill, I was reminded of Patrick Henry's rally, "Give me liberty or give me death," and conjured up this meme as a result:


Saturday, March 09, 2013

A Letter to the Idaho Legislature about Health Exchanges

Ladies and gentlemen of the Idaho House Health & Welfare committee:

I have the greatest respect for the work in which you and other legislators and the Governor are engaged. Though I do not apologize for the tone or the content of this email, please allow me to apologize in advance for its length.

I would have been there Thursday to present my case in person; however, I do not have the funds to travel even to Boise, and I place the needs of my family over nearly everything else.

Still, I just learned from the Idaho Statesman that you passed H248 with a “do pass” recommendation out of the committee with a 10-1 vote. While I’m grateful to know I didn’t waste my fuel and my breath on a personal appeal for liberty, state sovereignty, and plain old human decency, I’d like to express my disappointment at your behavior. Consider why you are in the state legislature. Is it to help special interests accomplish their goals of making competition scarce? Is it to craft laws imposing your will on the people of Idaho? Or, is it to serve the people of Idaho?

I watched the public comment and testimony on H248 and noted that the vast majority of supporters of the bill were lobbyists for the insurance, medical and dental industries—people whose pocket will theoretically get fatter as a result of the Insurance Exchange and Obamacare. At the same time, the vast majority of opponents were everyday citizens fighting the growth of government. A conclusion here is obvious: with the exception of the 1 no vote, you, like every other corrupt scallywag in a self-serving ruling class, listen to money more than reason and conscience. It amounts to a narcissistic type of cronyism. How very disappointing indeed! While I don’t mean to be rude, I do mean to harshly chastise you.

Ladies and gentlemen, cronyism will destroy Idaho and the US. Yes, that’s an accusation, and if the shoe fits, wear it because 10 of you and 23 in the Senate totally ignored those people who will be responsible for paying the bill the Health Insurance Exchange will generate. 10 of you and 23 in the Senate ignored reason for a false notion of a modicum of control for Idaho.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Stan Lee's Rant on Pennies

While I can't say that I agree that the US needs to simply abolish the penny (how would odd change be made--anything not a multiple of 5?), if it actually costs the US 2 cents for every 1 cent minted, the comic book master has a point. It's problematic too. Perhaps instead of eliminating the penny, we mint it with a metal that equals its value? I know with the out of control debt-based currency the US has, we may not find a cheap enough material out of which the penny can be minted. Still, better that than making shopping math that much more confusing.

Have you ever noticed that little 9 next to the price of gas at a gas station? It's 9/10 of 1 penny automatically rounding your purchase by 1 cent. The same happens at the grocery store and with ever kind of merchandise conceivable. Consider that without the penny, gas prices will automatically be rounded up not by $.01 but by $.05 because there would be no way to collect the any amount not a multiple of 5. The elimination of the penny will create just such a mathematical dilemma.

So, find something more suitable, but do not get rid of the penny.

Nullification in a Nutshell

Ground work
There has been a great debate in Idaho and in the nation about Thomas Jefferson's doctrine of nullification. Many are confused about what it means. Some are afraid that nullification is the same as secession, while others have simply bought into the false notion that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of Constitutional law. Unfortunately for them, it's not that simple, but at the heart of the nullification debate is the question of states rights.

What are states rights? Well, though they have been debated hotly at times, they are not listed anywhere. So, what are the specific rights that each state has? Note: I do not say, what are the specific rights each state has under the constitution because the constitution is a restrictive document. Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution is titled "Powers Prohibited of the States" and includes a list of actions states may NOT take. Article IV, on the other hand, pertains to each state's interaction with other states including new states, and requires the federal government to supply the states with certain necessities like defense against invasion. Any rights a state may have are not even mentioned until the 10th amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." But, here it refers to "powers," not rights, so, again, what are the specific rights that each state has?

Monday, February 04, 2013

Scam Letter

I just received this. I'm not fooled by it. I know that if Janet Napalitano wants $355 from me, she'll have the boss raise my taxes. Oh, on second thought, maybe this is legit?!