Necessary or Intolerable

We Americans have forgotten founder Thomas Paine’s warning that “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
concludes Walter E. Williams. He goes on to say
Politicians love pitting us against the rich. All by themselves, the rich have absolutely no power over us. To rip us off, they need the might of Congress to rig the economic game. It’s a slick political sleight-of-hand where politicians and their allies amongst the intellectuals, talking heads and the news media get us caught up in the politics of envy as part of their agenda for greater control over our lives.

Who Poses the Greater Threat?

Health Care Summit, yea right

I am sure no one believed that anything would come from the great bipartisan health care summit.

Congressman Paul Ryan describes the Real Dollar Cost of the Democratic Health Care Bill

Vice President Joe Biden on what the American people think. Uh?
“I think it requires a little bit of humility to be able to know what the American people think, and I don’t. I can’t swear I do. I know what I think. I think I know what they think, but I’m not sure what they think,” said Biden.

The President closes with this statement.
“I’ve put on the table now some things that I didn’t come in here saying I supported,” Obama said. “I’d like the Republicans to do a little soul searching and find out, are there some things that you’d be willing to embrace that get to this core problem of 30 million people without health insurance.”

If they “can’t close that gap,” he said, there will be “a lot of arguments about procedures,” indicating that reconciliation would be used to ram his bill through.

The president asked Republicans to see if they could reach a compromise with Democrats ” in a month’s time or a few week’s time or six weeks time.”

“If we can’t then I think we’ve got to go ahead and make some decisions, and that’s what elections are for.”

Who is Rashad Hussain? w/ Video

Cal Thomas writes
President Obama’s appointment of Rashad Hussain, his deputy associate counsel, as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, charged with safeguarding and protecting “the interests of the Muslim world,” should be of serious concern to Congress and the American public. Especially since Hussain, a devout Muslim, has a history of participating in events connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the Chicago Tribune, “the world’s most influential Islamic fundamentalist group” whose goal is to create Muslim states throughout the world.

In 1991, a memo written by Mohamed Akram for the Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood spelled out the objective of the organization. Akram said the Muslim Brotherhood “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” I am unable to find any “revelation” that has repealed that objective. Quite the contrary. Terrorists seem on track for implementing it.
TownHall.com

The Washington Post reports
Obama made the announcement in a video conference to the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. In his message, Obama called Hussain “an accomplished lawyer and a close and trusted member of my White House staff,” who would strengthen his policy of outreach to the world’s Muslims.
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Robert Spencer writes
Someone is covering up for Rashad Hussain. But who?
And what did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?

Rashad Hussain is the Obama administration’s newly appointed special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the thuggish international organization that is engaged in a full-scale campaign to intimidate Western governments into adopting hate speech codes that will effectively quash criticism of Islam – including jihad violence perpetrated in its name. Rashad Hussain is an apposite choice for this position, since several years ago he defended a notorious U.S.-based leader of a jihad terrorist group.
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J.C. Arenas writes
Questions are rightfully being raised as to how a terrorist sympathizer has risen to such a position within the president’s administration.

A quick look into Hussain reveals that he has the background of a typical Obama administration official: Ivy League education, career in public service, and an added bonus, a connection to the Soros family.

In 2003, Hussain was named a Fellow to the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation. Paul Soros is the elder brother of George Soros, the anti-capitalist billionaire who drives the Democrat Party–and an early supporter of Barack Obama.

Surprised at this revelation? I’m not.

We must understand that the president and his radical minions didn’t randomly meet each other while using public transportation. They are all members of an increasing network of radical individuals whom share a common belief system and they’re working together for a common purpose; to fundamentally change America.

If you find one radical, you will find a connection to another.
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Any review of the implementation of Sharia law anywhere in the world (or of Sharia itself) shows it to be brutal, cruel, misogynistic, anti-homosexual, anti-free speech, supremacist, anti-democratic, and anti-freedom of religion among its many unpleasant qualities. Even in Afghanistan as late as 2006, a Muslim Afghan convert to Christianity was sentenced to death for leaving Islam. Only American outrage prevented the implementation of the Sharia death penalty.

This on Sharia law
To conclude, it should be clear with but a cursory analysis, because Shariah calls for the destruction of our constitutional republic and for our conversion, subjugation, or murder it is criminal. There simply is no basis to suggest that either Judaism or Christianity, or in fact any other well-known religious dogma or doctrine, falls within the statutory coverage of our extant laws criminalizing sedition.

Should we Reduce Federal Holidays?

If one looks around on several federal holidays, it appears that the vast majority of Americans are at work while the Federal Government takes off, in particular on Washington’s Birthday and Columbus Day.

We see wages for federal employees climbing while most Americans are struggling to make ends meet, except for the 17% or so that would like to have a full time job and can not find one.

According to USA Today
The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession.

Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker’s pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector.

In addition, the number of federal government employees is climbing each month as the government continues to grow now approaching 3 million employees, whom we pay their salary.

In January, the federal government added 33,000 jobs, including 9,000 temporary positions for Census 2010. Because state and local government must be responsible and balance their budget, employment in state and local governments, excluding education, continue to trend down.

Number of Government Employees
January 2010 January 2009
Federal Govt 2,840,000 2,772,000
State Govt 5,064,000 5,116,000
Local Govt 14,438,000 14,583,000
Total for US 22,342,000 22,471,000

With the Federal deficit the highest it has ever been, and no hope in sight for reducing it, do you think the 10 federal holidays should be reduced to 8?

Take the Poll Here

Stossel on Crony Capitalism, video

Part 1 of 6, January 14, 2010
Many window-making companies struggle because of the recession’s effect on home building. But one little window company, Serious Materials, is “booming,” says Fortune. “On a roll,” according to Inc. magazine, which put Serious’ CEO on its cover, with a story titled: “How to Build a Great Company”.

The Minnesota Freedom Foundation tells me that this same little window company also gets serious attention from the most visible people in America.
More from Real Clear Politics

Harry Knox, Faith Based Advisory Council

This man should be fired from Obama’s Faith Based Advisory commission. Harry Knox expresses a open vocal opposition to Catholics, the Pope, Catholic organizations (including the Knights of Columbus), the Catholic faith and the faith of several other Christian groups. He is an open political bigot promoting an aggressive gay rights agenda attacking religious groups seeking a change in their faith to accept gays, transgendered and females as priests and religious leaders in-spite of their faith or moral judgements.

Chicago’s Real Crime Story

by Heather Mac Donald

Why decades of community organizing haven’t stemmed the city’s youth violence

Barack Obama has exploited his youthful stint as a Chicago community organizer at every stage of his political career. As someone who had worked for grassroots “change,” he said, he was a different kind of politician, one who could translate people’s hopes into reality. The media lapped up this conceit, presenting Obama’s organizing experience as a meaningful qualification for the Oval Office.

A detailed article on City-Journal.org

US Military Base Not an Option for KSM Trial

by Charles D. “Cully” Stimson
Facilities Required Do Not Exist
To begin with, the terrorist trials will depend on highly classified information, and the intelligence community will insist–rightfully so–on appropriate security measures to protect its agents, sources, and methods.

There simply is no military courtroom in the United States that is even remotely acceptable for such a terrorist trial. I know, because I chaired the committee charged with upgrading and building the military commission’s compound at Guantanamo back in 2006-2007. The state-of-the-art facilities that were eventually built at Guantanamo are in place, ready, and waiting–but just not wanted.

Nonetheless, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon is poring over base maps, calling installation commanders, and following every lead that turns up. It is all a waste of time, however: No such place on U.S. soil currently fits the bill.

Charles D. “Cully” Stimson is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a military trial judge in the Navy JAG Reserves, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs (2006-2007).

Read the Complete Article from The Heritage Foundation for more