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Economic Issues, Taxes, Capitalism

Cruz, Lee, Sessions Display Leadership

Cruz and Lee depart the Senate floor after their speeches before the night-time budget vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Jeff Sessions are pushing for a vote to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty in the “Cromnibus” spending bill Friday night, The Daily Caller has learned.

The trio of conservative senators is hoping to get the defund vote onto the Senate floor as a “point of order,” which would force a procedural vote on the issue without Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid having to introduce it.

The senators are pushing hard on Capitol Hill for the measure as of early Friday afternoon. If successful, the vote would take place late Friday night, after planned deliberations on the defense budget.”

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“Conservatives: Let’s Primary Every GOP Boneless Wonder Who Votes For The CRomnibus”

Boy, do I agree with this. Each and every Republican who votes for this monstrosity needs to be thrown out. We may not be able to succeed in firing them but primarying them is another matter.

The bill includes funding for abortion, amnesty for illegal aliens, benefits for illegals, the war on coal, and costs more than a Trillion dollars. With our runaway national debt this is exactly the opposite of what the country needs.

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There’s only one way to stop Obama’s destructive policies, especially the ruinous spending that has pushed America into a national debt of over $18 trillion, and that is for Republicans to stop voting “YES” on spending bills like the “CRomnibus.”

However, the policies that are funded by the “CRomnibus” represent practically everything that conservatives who volunteered, donated and voted in the 2014 midterm election thought they had just defeated.

But what is the deepest betrayal by the House Republican leaders behind the bill is that it is not something that was forced upon a reluctant Republican majority in the House by Harry Reid and the just defeated Senate Democrats – this is a deal Republican leaders negotiated on behalf of themselves and the House Republican Conference.”

This idea came from Conservative HQ where there is a more in-depth description of the things that are bad about this bill.

Update: The bill passed the House 219-206. The roll call vote list is here. Is your Congresscritter on the list of yeas? Mine is.

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WaPo: “Deal reached on $1.01 trillion spending bill”

Cloward, meet Piven.

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Congressional leaders unveiled a massive $1.01 trillion spending bill Tuesday night that will keep most of the federal government funded through September.

The legislation is expected to pass in the coming days and will allow the incoming Republican-controlled Congress to clear the decks of lingering spending issues while setting the stage for a prolonged fight with President Obama over immigration policy.

At 1,603 pages, the bill includes at least $1.2 billion for agencies to deal with the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.”

Read more at the Washington Post

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Bush, Obama, & Both Parties Have Destroyed America

For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was President, the United States of America do not comprise the world’s leading economy. Makes you proud, doesn’t it? Enjoy the decline. It’s only gonna get worse. I f-king hate these people.

Hang on to your hats, America.

And throw away that big, fat styrofoam finger while you’re about it.

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it: We’re no longer No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet.

It just happened — and almost nobody noticed.

The International Monetary Fund recently released the latest numbers for the world economy. And when you measure national economic output in “real” terms of goods and services, China will this year produce $17.6 trillion — compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.A.

As recently as 2000, we produced nearly three times as much as the Chinese.

Oh yeah, we’ve just hit a record low for our birth rate. We’re watching it slip away, folks. It’s quite depressing.

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Sowell: ‘Ferguson Going The Way Of Detroit’

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Thomas Sowell provides some insight into the future of places like Ferguson, Missouri. He reminds us of the cities that have experienced riots in the past.

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What are the consequences to be expected from an orgy of anarchy that started in Ferguson, Missouri and has spread around the country?

The first victims of the mob rampages in Ferguson have been people who had nothing to do with Michael Brown or the police. These include people — many of them black or members of other minorities — who have seen the businesses they worked to build destroyed, perhaps never to be revived.

But these are only the first victims. If the history of other communities ravaged by riots in years past is any indication, there are blacks yet unborn who will be paying the price of these riots for years to come.

Sometimes it is a particular neighborhood that never recovers, and sometimes it is a whole city. Detroit is a classic example. It had the worst riot of the 1960s, with 43 deaths — 33 of them black people. Businesses left Detroit, taking with them jobs and taxes that were very much needed to keep the city viable. Middle class people — both black and white — also fled.

Harlem was one of many ghettos across the country that have still not recovered from the riots of the 1960s. In later years, a niece of mine, who had grown up in the same Harlem tenement where I grew up years earlier, bitterly complained about how few stores and other businesses there were in the neighborhood.”

Of course you know he is correct. Merchants and service providers in the Ferguson area have been burned badly and they have no solution but to leave. City, county, state, and federal government leaders have sided with the looters. The same thing happened with the ‘Occupy’ movement a couple years ago. Those leaders don’t want a solution to the destruction. If they did they would not condone – no encourage – it.

The businesses of Ferguson and surrounding areas will close, one by one, until they are all gone.

But where will these business owners go? It will be the same all across the country. The Obama administration has taken sides against them.

It’s all part of the plan.

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PuffHo: Bernie Sanders Describes Twelve Steps To Cloward/Piven

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From the Huffington Post:

An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

The American people must demand that Congress and the White House start protecting the interests of working families, not just wealthy campaign contributors. We need federal legislation to put the unemployed back to work, to raise wages and make certain that all Americans have the health care and education they need for healthy and productive lives.

As Vermont’s senator, here are 12 initiatives that I will be fighting for which can restore America’s middle class.”

Read ‘em and weep. He outlines twelve ways to spend us into oblivion. The comments section is full of leftists who support him, too.

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“The Middle Class Spending Crash Explained”

The video below explains that people are cutting back on some things because we are spending more on health care, internet service, cell phones, and electric bills.

Funny, though, Americans have not cut back on purchases of firearms and ammunition. There have been reports that there were nearly three FBI background checks for firearm sales Per Second on Black Friday.

This is from Zero Hedge:

With Black Friday sales plunging and Cyber Monday growth slowing, it appears the chicken of stagnant wages and debt-saturation are coming home to roost for a massacred middle-class America. However, as WSJ reports “we are buying less stuff,” because the basic costs of necessities such as healthcare, food eaten at home, rent, education, and cellphones have surged.”

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California State Teachers’ Retirement System Polls Teachers

CalSTRS: “We have wasted billions of your dollars. Should we waste billions more?

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The CalSTRS has a survey for California teachers.

From SDA:

My wife is a school teacher in the Oakland School District – OUSD. Yes, she deserves combat pay … and suffers from PTSD every day after work. In today’s email inbox comes a note from the CTA (California Teachers Association – UNION) an URGENT need to Survey Teachers opinions on “sustainability” as drafted by the STRS State Teachers Retirement System.

http://www.calstrs.com/whats-new/your-input-valuable-please-complete-calstrs-sustainability-survey

Seems as though STRS wants … i-n-p-u-t … on “sustainability” issues from Teachers. More specifically, should STRS PLAY with Teachers Retirement Funds in assorted “Green” Schemes (excuse me … I meant “Green” corporations) ? Since CALSTRS is underfunded by approximately $ 40 BILLION dollars at the moment … the geniuses who are running the system (my wife’s retirement checks) into a ditch … can’t think of anything better to do than GAMBLE on … “ethical” … investments that protect gaia. Don’t ask me WHY the Investment “experts” … PAID massive salaries to MAXIMIZE (I hope) the rate of return on Teachers retirement funds … need the advice of a bunch of leftist Teachers (most of them are) on suitable investments. I suppose the survey results will provide political cover for these MORONS when their investments turn into a thousand Solyndra’s. In fact, I suggest that since the Solyndra debacle raised public awareness about Federal Funding of JUNK Green companies, that the leftists in government have found a NEW source of funding for their pet green projects … PENSION FUNDS!!

Yes … lets swindle Teachers out of their retirement pay (ultimately, the CA Taxpayers who will FUND the shortfalls) to keep lining the pockets of our crony greenist-capitalists.”

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Bend Over. Taxpayer Bailout Coming For Chicago Pension Debt.

Everybody talks about how bad the pension debt in California cities is but Chicago’s isThree times bigger than either Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, or San Jose:

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Don’t believe it? Read the rest at Doug Ross

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Colt Firearms Company Is Dying

I guess we should have seen this coming. Colt once made excellent products that every shooter wanted. One by one they stopped building their best. The Single-Action Army revolver, their various double-action revolvers, including the fine ‘snake’ series which culminated in the Python in .357 Magnum,

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and their decisions to refuse to sell AR-15’s to civilians, and to keep their manufacturing facilities in New Haven, CT where they are subject to anti-gun legislation and likely union contract troubles.

All in all the story of Colt’s demise sounds like slow suicide.

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Colt Defense LLC warned that it could default by the end of the year, as the privately owned company, which has suffered from declining demand for rifles and handguns, is likely to miss a payment to bondholders.

The gun maker faces a $10.9 million payment to bondholders Nov. 17, according to a filing on Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. If Colt skips the payment, it will enter a 30-day grace period, but without payment by Dec. 15 it will be in default and bondholders can demand immediate, full payment.

Colt, which is controlled by investment firm Sciens Capital Management LLC, had $248.8 million outstanding on the bonds as of June 29. The bonds were trading in the mid-30 cents on the dollar—deep in distressed territory—on Thursday.”

Read more at Bearing Arms

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Goober Video #6: ACA Was Designed To Kill Health Insurance

Jonathan Gruber

Jonathan Gruber

In Jon Gruber’s Newest (Sixth) Video, He Explains How Obama and Democrats Conspired to Get Rid of Tax Exemptions for All Insurance Plans Without Anyone Noticing

Economists have called for 40 years to get rid of the regressive, inefficient and expensive tax subsidy provided for employer provider health insurance,” Gruber said at the Pioneer Institute for public policy research in Boston. The subsidy is “terrible policy,” Gruber said.
“It turns out politically it’s really hard to get rid of,” Gruber said. “And the only way we could get rid of it was first by mislabeling it, calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people when we all know it’s a tax on people who hold those insurance plans.”

More at CNN

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Telegraph: “The dollar’s 70-year dominance is coming to an end”

Somebody else is watching these goings-on. When a national media source does so it is significant.

Within a decade, greenback’s could be replaced as the world’s reserve currency

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So America doesn’t worry about balance of payments crises, as it can pay for imports in dollars the Federal Reserve can just print. And Washington keeps spending willy-nilly, as the world buys ever more Treasuries on the strength of regulatory imperative and the vast liquidity and size of the market for US sovereign debt.
It is this “exorbitant privilege” – as French statesman Valéry Giscard d’Estaing once sourly observed – that has been the bedrock of America’s post-war hegemony. It is the status of the dollar, above all, that’s allowed Washington to get its way, putting the financial squeeze on recalcitrant countries via the IMF while funding foreign wars. To understand politics and power it pays to follow the money. And for the past 70 years, the dollar has ruled the roost.”

This and more are at the UK Telegraph

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“Greenspan’s Stunning Admission: “Gold Is Currency; No Fiat Currency, Including the Dollar, Can Match It””

What will this do to the dollar? How ’bout to the gold market?

From Zerohedge:

For some reason, the Council of Foreign Relations, where ex-Fed-Chief Alan Greenspan spoke last week, decided the following discussion should be left out of the official transcript.

GREENSPAN: …remember, we had that first tapering discussion, we got a very strong market response. And then we reassured everybody to have no — remember, tapering is still (audio gap) of an agreement that the central banks have made — European central banks, I believe — about allocating their gold sales which occurred when gold prices were falling down (audio gap) has been renewed this year with a statement that gold serves a very important place in monetary reserves.

And the question is, why do central banks put money into an asset which has no rate of return, but cost of storage and insurance and everything else like that, why are they doing that? If you look at the data with a very few exceptions, all of the developed countries have gold reserves. Why?

TETT: I imagine right now, it’s because of a question mark hanging over the value of fiat currency, the credibility going forward.”

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‘Improving’ The United States

This image is from 90 Miles From Tyranny:

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Of course the vomit image could be a reference to Ebola or it could be a reaction to Michelle’s claim. Americans across the country consider his efforts to have been spectacular failures.

But they’re not. They are successes.

Not long ago president Obama commented that his successes are, “Just not being reported”. If you examine his goals he may well be right.

He told us up front that he wanted to remake America. Observers have told us also that his goals for the country are to reduce its world position and to convert the country’s economy into something the opposite of a free, capitalist one.

If these are his goals, and I believe they are, he is succeeding. Michelle’s comment above makes a lot of sense in that light.

We should not try to determine whether he is succeeding or not based upon our definitions of success. He has a different view.

Update: Obama Promises to Solve Ebola ‘Just Like We’ve Solved Every Other Problem’

It was Obama’s Chief of Staff who said, “Never let a crisis go to waste”.

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Nine US Cities Experiencing ‘Black Flight’

Maybe it’s just me but this surprised me for some reason. Maybe it’s that I never thought I’d see something like this actually Reported. In reflection, though, it seems that black people are no different than any other Americans. They want to avoid danger, they want to search for opportunity, and they are willing to go where things are better.

What’s interesting in this report is that the direction of movement has changed. Like many other Americans they are heading south.

Times have changed. There was a time when southern states were considered to be the most racially divided.

What it looks like is they are fleeing places that have been controlled by Democrats for decades. I’d say that is smart. This report comes from the Atlanta Black Star:

In the 1990s, Black Americans began moving in significant numbers to the South. This marked a reversal of the Great Migration, in which Blacks fled Jim Crow racism in the 1920s and 1930s for jobs in the industrial cities of the Northeast, Midwest and West.

Analysis of 2010 census data shows that more than half the cities with large concentrations of Blacks have seen significant declines in their Black populations. Here are nine of those cities experiencing elevated levels of Black Flight.”

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The cities that have fewer blacks are:

New York which has 41,000 fewer blacks than in 2000.

Chicago which has lost 181,000. An interesting fact is that Chicago’s population is now down to the level it was in 1910.

Los Angeles has lost more than 120,000.

Washington D.C. is down 8%.

And of course Detroit has lost 185,000.

The other cities are San Francisco, Boston, Oakland, California, and Dallas.

Read more here.

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Remember, Obama Care Is Just The First Step Toward National Health Care

Harry Reid was not the only one to say so. Now we see how it was designed to fail.

FIRST STEP: Obamacare is only the first step to a more fully-socialized single-payer health care system, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, right.

FIRST STEP: Obamacare is only the first step to a more fully-socialized single-payer health care system, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, right.

HHS-Funded Study: Obamacare Will Suffer ‘Death Spiral’ If Subsidies Fail

The Obama administration has funded a new study by top consulting firm RAND Health that startlingly finds that if taxpayer subsidies are eliminated, Obamacare exchanges will fall into a “death spiral.”

The study comes in the wake of a number of lawsuits which are challenging the Obama administration’s implementation of Obamacare subsidies. Three lawsuits have made it to U.S. Circuit Courts, just one step from the Supreme Court, arguing that the text of the Affordable Care Act allows premium subsidies for state-run exchanges only. (RELATED: Second Court Strikes Down Obamacare Subsidies In Federal Exchanges)”

It’s always been about the subsidies. Federal subsidies were included in the Affordable Care Act to make the insurance premiums affordable to Americans in need of health insurance. But subsidies have a history of being reversed when political winds change direction. When that happens people will no longer get help with their insurance premiums from Uncle Sam. What will they do? They’ll stop paying.

This has all been made more complicated because many states refused to set up exchanges, forcing the estamlishment of federal ones. The courts have said, twice now, that people who got insurance through federal exchanges do not qualify for the mandated subsidies.

In the process of all this the companies that provide insurance will decide it is no longer profitable to do so. This has already started. When people don’t buy insurance, whether because they can’t afford it or because it’s not available, Democrats will try to ride to the rescue with single-payer nationalized health-care plans.

It’s all part of the plan.

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Heh: “Keystone Be Darned: Canada Finds Oil Route Around Obama”

Let’s say you are a Canadian oil producer and you want to sell your oil to the United States. After all, the US is your closest neighbor and provides the bulk of your defense and their economy is very important to yours. The left in America has rejected your proposed pipeline to carry the oil to refineries on the coast of the gulf of Mexico.

What do you do?

Ship it across Canada to the Atlantic ocean, put it on tankers, and ship it to the same refineries.

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Heh.

And if you’re a fed-up Canadian, like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there’s a bonus: Obama can’t do a single thing about it.

“The best way to get Keystone XL built is to make it irrelevant,” said Frank McKenna, who served three terms as premier of New Brunswick and was ambassador to the U.S. before becoming a banker.

So confident is TransCanada Corp., the chief backer of both Keystone and Energy East, of success that Alex Pourbaix, the executive in charge, spoke of the cross-Canada line as virtually a done deal.”

Hawhawhaw.

This news is not from a wishful source. Brilliance.

Read more at Bloomberg.com

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“Emeril Lagasse: ‘I have nowhere to go, really — other than broke'”

Yes, the progressives, led by Barack Obama, have made the climate for entrepeneurs, including restaurants, more than challenging. With the food safety regulations, the rules concerning hiring, firing, and insuring employees, additional taxation, and crusading bureaucrats many business owners are going broke. It seems the only exceptions are the ones who are donors to the Democrat party. They are used to disburse public funds that are spent on hare-brained progressive schemes.

Bam!

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It’s becoming a very challenging industry to become a very successful average restaurateur,” continued Lagasse. “I can’t charge $300 a person in my restaurant or I would not be in business. Am I using any different ingredients? Not really. Am I using any caliber of service staff? I don’t think so. I think our service is as good or better than most places.”

And then you add all the Obama nonsense to what it’s become in the last several years. I don’t have anything against Mr. Obama. I’m just saying the way that, you know… the government should stay out of things. […] Pretty soon, they’re going to wipe a lot of the middle restaurateurs and restaurant cooks. […] If it continues, then watch: you’re going to have high-end, and you’re going to have fast food, and you’re going to have chain restaurants.”

Read more at The Week.com

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Coming Soon: Cap And Trade For Packaging

It was passed by the United Nations. Now it is being considered for Canada. How long do you think it will be before it’s here?

Hat tip to Kate

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“Theatre of the Absurd”, The Federal Government Outlaws Prepping

They term it ‘Hoarding’. Why? Because that word has a negative meaning that ‘Prepping’ does not.
This article begins with a description of government ‘Concerns’ about people who are saving, ‘Hoarding’, money rather than spending it. The writer then goes on to describe how the stage has been set to outlaw the hoarding of money, food, water, or ammunition.

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This week the Federal Reserve published a report that claims to have figured it out and it turns out that the renewed economic downturn has nothing to do with foreign outsourcing, high taxation, increased health care costs for business or rising consumer prices for food and energy.
No, according to the Fed it is your fault. Apparently, you are not spending enough money. In order for the economy to recover you need to stop hoarding cash now and get out there and start buying more homes, cars, vacations, and electronics. Otherwise, you’ll only have yourself to blame when the system comes unhinged.
From the St. Louis Federal Reserve:

The issue has to do with the velocity of money, which has never been constant, as can be seen in the figure below . If for some reason the money velocity declines rapidly during an expansionary monetary policy period, it can offset the increase in money supply and even lead to deflation instead of inflation.

During the first and second quarters of 2014, the velocity of the monetary base2 was at 4.4, its slowest pace on record. This means that every dollar in the monetary base was spent only 4.4 times in the economy during the past year, down from 17.2 just prior to the recession. This implies that the unprecedented monetary base increase driven by the Fed’s large money injections through its large-scale asset purchase programs has failed to cause at least a one-for-one proportional increase in nominal GDP. Thus, it is precisely the sharp decline in velocity that has offset the sharp increase in money supply, leading to the almost no change in nominal GDP.”

Going on to the problem of people hoarding other things:

In 2012 President Obama signed a an Executive Doomsday Order that was designed specifically to target “hoarders” during a national emergency:

While millions of people have been preparing for the possibility of a catastrophic event by relocating to rural homesteads or farms, as well as stockpiling food, water, personal defense armaments and other essential supplies with the intention of utilizing these preparations if the worst happens, the latest executive order signed by President Obama on March 16, 2012 makes clear that in the event of a nationally deemed emergency all of these resources will fall under the authority of the United States government.
The signing of the National Defense Resources Preparedness executive order grants the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, the Department of Defense and other agencies complete control of all US resources, including the ability to seize, confiscate or re-delegate resources, materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense as delegated by the following agencies…”

So the President can simply say that anything more than (for example) a week’s supply of food (and all the other things listed) is an amount ‘in excess of the reasonable demands of personal consumption’ and then order the Army to impound everything you have in excess of that amount.”

Read it all here

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EPA Chief Says Her Job Is To Bring Justice To ‘People Of Color’

Just as NASA has been repurposed to provide outreach to Muslims, the Environmental Protection Agency is not about the environment. It’s about ‘Justice’ for blacks.

EPA head Gina McCarthy

EPA head Gina McCarthy

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed global warming regulations aren’t just about stemming global temperature rises — according to agency’s chief, they are also about “justice” for “communities of color.”

“Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a teleconference call with environmental activists. “If we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change.”

McCarthy is referring to the EPA’s proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The agency says the rule will not only help fight global warming, but will also improve public health as coal-fired power plants are shuttered. McCarthy, however, put special emphasis on how the rule would reduce asthma rates, which affect African-American children.”

That makes us all feel better, right?

No. It’s BS. It’s all about charging businesses for alleged ‘Pollution’ of carbon dioxide. That money will go to the government for dolts like this to use. It will also destroy jobs.

More here

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Andrew Klavan Explains Income Redistribution

Worth sharing. What’s the difference between income redistribution and armed robbery?

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“EPA Blames Texas For Illinois Air Pollution”

EPA Administratrix Gina McCarthy

EPA Administratrix Gina McCarthy

These federal agencies are out of control. The IRS has been targeting conservative groups, Homeland Security is doing everything it can to reduce security in the homeland, and the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to shut down every successful entity in the country. Now they are going after the state of Texas.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is blaming power plants in Texas for Illinois air pollution and is using the accusation to justify restrictions on Texas power plants. EPA claims its cross-state pollution rule, intended to protect communities in one state from pollution drifting from other states, justifies placing restrictions on Texas power plants EPA claims are polluting Granite City, Illinois.

EPA’s assertion Texas power plants are causing Illinois pollution raised eyebrows for several reasons. Granite City is approximately 500 miles from the Texas border and even farther away from Lone Star State major metropolitan regions. Granite City is northeast of Texas, with prevailing winds rarely trekking in that direction from Texas. In addition, a local steel mill, which has been an important source of the town’s prosperity since the 1890s, has long been recognized as a primary source of air pollution in Granite City.

EPA, however, claims it has devised computer models that indicate some sulfur dioxide from Texas power plants may reach Granite City, which has a population of 30,000.”

They have devised, “Computer models”. Again, the scientists have come up with a theory and then found, or manufactured, evidence to support their position. This is quite common in the environmental movement and their assertions are always wrong. This one is as well.

Texas was only included in portions of the rule based on the projected impact on a single county in Illinois. And the air quality monitor in Illinois which EPA claims had the fingerprints of Texas pollution on it was located right next to a smelter. On this thin legal reed the EPA is imposing restrictions on Texas several times as severe as states with much more significant interstate pollution problems,” said Kathleen White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) agreed, saying EPA failed to account properly for the steel mill’s influence on Granite City’s air pollution. Of the three air pollution monitors in the town and surrounding Madison County, the only one allegedly linked to Texas is the one downwind of the steel mill.”

Phony data from a flawed source. That’s typical of the environmentalists and the Obama administration in general.

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Sundance Kid Doesn’t Like To Pay Taxes

The dissipated old man doesn’t like to have to pay taxes to New York State. It’s OK for everyone else to pay up, though, to fund the leftist crap he supports.

Robert 'Tax Everyone but Me' Redford

Robert ‘Tax Everyone but Me’ Redford

Actor Robert Redford is suing the state of New York for what he says are unfair taxes from the sale of the Sundance Channel.

Mr. Redford, a Utah resident, sued the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany County Supreme Court on July 30, claiming that he’s being doubly taxed on money his company made when it sold off its portion of the channel in 2005, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

New York is taxing the actor-director $845,066 plus $727,404 in interest owed — roughly $1.57 million — for the money he made in the sale, but Mr. Redford said he already paid taxes on the revenue in Utah.”

More at Conservative Treehouse

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Who Is Behind The ‘Tiny House’ Movement?

In the last few years various news media have glorified the way some people are designing, building, and living in tiny houses. Very small living quarters are not new. Mrs22 and I lived in one shortly after our marriage. We called it a ‘Cabin’, perhaps because we were in Alaska. It was small – 320 square feet and we built it ourselves. We lived in it for several years. It was ‘Cozy’ – especially when two teen-age kids moved in with us. It was all we could afford at the time.

Now they are ‘Tiny Houses’ and people are building them for the same reasons. It, like every thing else, is about the money.

Here is a link to an article about tiny houses titled, “The “Tiny House Movement”. Otherwise known as “Poverty”. The writer has some unpleasant points to make – even if they are true:

Early American Shanty Town

Early American Shanty Town

Hey hipsters. Its not a tiny house. its a TRAILER. Its not a tiny house community. Its a TRAILER PARK. You are not “right sizing”. You are POOR.

Words mean things. Stop your damn lying.”

It must be said that shanty design has come a long way from the image above. But the writer makes a good point. I did an image search for ‘Tiny Homes. Here is an example of what I found:

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Like many tiny houses this one was built on a chassis and has wheels under it – much like this Park Model trailer house:

Park model

OK. Back to the original question. Who is behind the ‘Tiny House’ movement? Could it be the green community? That might be. There’s no doubt they want everyone to decrease their ‘Footprint’. Short of living in a cave, this would come close. There are even magazines and websites devoted to this phenomenon.

I will say one thing about tiny houses. They will work for a select number of young people who are poor and can’t afford much else or want to minimize their housing expenses so they can save money. That last is what we did.

They will also work for some older people. Sometimes they are called, “Mother-in-law houses”. Imagine a widowed mother coming to live with you. Something like this could preserve her – and your – privacy while allowing you to assist her if she needs it.

Growing families, though, would be cramped. Just ask Mrs22.

One problem with these mini houses -and the reason so many are on wheels – is the cost of the land to put them on, the foundation, and the water, sewage, electrical, and other utility installations. It is possible to own one for a small outlay but those other necessities will add a lot to the expense. That’s why so many are stationed in trailer parks or RV parks.

It seems we have come full circle, changing only the title of the trailer.

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