POLITICAL: Carter speaks; to get out of the doghouse?

Friday, September 17, 2010

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/09/16/60minutes/main6872344.shtml

Sept. 16, 2010
Jimmy Carter Slams Ted Kennedy On Health Care
Tells “60 Minutes” Comprehensive Care Would Be In Place Had The Late Senator Not Killed His Bill

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(CBS) The late Sen. Ted Kennedy, champion of the recent health plan legislation, actually delayed comprehensive coverage for Americans for decades, says former President Jimmy Carter. It was Kennedy’s actions to kill Carter’s own health care bill that made Americans wait more than 30 years for meaningful coverage, says Carter in an interview with “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl.

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Well, if he wanted Carter-care, then I’ll have to praise Saint Teddy. Right result for the wrong reasons is still the right result.

Perhaps, Carter senses that Obama is trying to displace him as the worst most-inept President in “modern times”. Jimmy, for all his faults, can’t come close to Lincoln as the “worst”. And, he’s not even in the second tier of “worser” — WW1 Wilson, SSI FDR, Hiroshima Truman!

And, of all the two faced politicians, Carter did send Amy to public school. Not a hypocrite like these others.

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POLITICAL: Advanced Free Speech

Friday, September 17, 2010

“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.” — President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas in “The American President” (1995)

The fired NJ Transit worker is a classic example.

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INTERESTING: The economic predicament of today

Friday, September 17, 2010

http://www.keywestlou.com/2010/09/i-really-screwed-up-yesterday.html

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I suspect such is a major reason we are in the economic predicament of today.

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May I disagree with your “major reason”?

I’m just fat old white guy injineer, a decade younger than you, but I look further back in history. And it’s a multiple part answer.

❶ The Progressives pulled off a silent coup in several areas during the woman sufferage movement. Giving women the right to vote, giving universal suffrage, and detaching the right to vote form owning land — all set the wheels in motion.

❷ Prohibition was the direct result of the women’s vote. That started organizaed crime. That justified the FBI and the Gooferment getting into the policing business.

❸ The Progressives got the Gooferment into the school business. It’s was allowed to propagandize future voters. Remember the Prussian school model was to make cannon fodder for the Army, good workers for the factory, and pliable idiot voters to be led by the elite. (Where DO politicians send their kids to school?)

❹ The Progressives created the Federal Reserve System. That allowed the Gooferment to spend without raising taxes. That was key. Up to that point, prices always declined. After than, inflation was institutionalized. From 1913 to day, the dollar has lost 99% of its purchasing power.

❺ FDR took us OFF the gold standard, got social security, and created wage / price controls. The gold standard restrained the Gooferment’s ability to print money. Social Security destroyed the multi-generational family — Grandparents could afford to retire to Florida. Wage Controls set up the benefits trap that Obamacare will supposedly rescue us from.

❻ The Progressives passed the Sixteenth that allows the Gooferment to grow unchecked by taxation; Milton Freedman created withholding to fool folks into accepting it.

❼ Johnson’s welfare warfare state just destroyed the inner cities and made everyone dependent on the Gooferment dole.

So essentially there are SEVEN reasons we, future generations, and the soon to retire are so screwed. The ability to vote — with its subsequent social change, welfare, and warfare — was the reason.

Voters have to have a stake in paying for what they vote for.

Sigh!

We are SO screwed. I’m not sure we can avoid the fate of the USSR.

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