Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Lawyers' Party, by Bruce Walker.


The Democratic Party has become the Lawyers Party .
Barack Obama is a lawyer. Michelle Obama is a lawyer.
Hillary Clinton is a lawyer. Bill Clinton is a lawyer.
John Edwards is a lawyer. Elizabeth Edwards is a lawyer.
Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate).
Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school.
Look at leaders of the Democrat Party in Congress:
Harry Reid is a lawyer. Nancy Pelosi is a lawyer.

The Republican Party is different.
President Bush is a businessman.
Vice President Cheney is a businessman.
The leaders of the Republican Revolution:
Newt Gingrich was a history professor.
Tom Delay was an exterminator. Dick Armey was an economist.
House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastics manufacturer.
The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.
Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer? Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a sitting president, running against Ronald Reagan in 1976.

The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work, who are often the targets of lawyers.
The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers.

Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Bush and Cheney, or who heal the sick, like Frist, or who immerse themselves in history, like Gingrich.

The Lawyers Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as the enemies of America . And, so we have seen the procession of official enemies, in the eyes of the Lawyers Party, grow.

Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail? Pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our nation.

This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers. Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their clients, in this case the American people.
Lawyers seek to have new laws passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side.

Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way to govern a great nation. When politicians as lawyers begin to view some Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role of the legal system in our life becomes all-consuming. Some Americans become adverse parties of our very government. We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit. We are citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers.

Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives. America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked. When the most important decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big.

When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in America has become crushing.

We cannot expect the Lawyers Party to provide real change, real reform or real hope in America. Most Americans know that a republic in which every major government action must be blessed by nine unelected judges is not what Washington intended in 1789. Most Americans grasp that we cannot fight a war when ACLU lawsuits snap at the heels of our defenders. Most Americans intuit that more lawyers and judges will not restore declining moral values or spark the spirit of enterprise in our economy.

Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and business.

Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work.

Perhaps Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only make our problems worse.

The United States has 5% of the world's population and 66% of the world's lawyers!! Tort (Legal) reform legislation has been introduced in congress several times in the last several years to limit punitive damages in ridiculous lawsuits such as spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the establishment that sold it to you and also to limit punitive damages in huge medical malpractice lawsuits. This legislation has continually been blocked from even being voted on by the Democrat Party. When you see that 97% of the political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association goes to the Democratic Party, then you realize who is responsible for our medical and product costs being so high!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

ANOTHER Assault on our Freedom: The Disclose Act is Back!

After beating back amnesty for illegal aliens in the D.R.E.A.M. Act, get ready for the next full frontal assault on the American way of life. It's called the "Disclose Act", and it limits the participation of corporations in the political process. The Democrats are once again attacking that pesky 1st Amendment. From Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
(click on the link and add your voice!!)

"Despite failing to pass in July, the so-called DISCLOSE Act is now being reconsidered, indicating the level of Congressional leaders' desperation to maintain their political majority.

Aimed squarely at the business community, the so-called DISCLOSE Act would create a thicket of new regulatory requirements in order to gain political advantage in the approaching November elections and to deter American businesses from participating in the political process.

Additionally, House carve-outs and exemptions for the biggest political contributors, including the NRA and unions, make it appear that instead of campaign finance reform, this bill is more of the same with back room deals and politics as usual.

If Congress wants to make the political process more transparent, they should begin by applying those standards to their own negotiations.

Nothing makes Americans angrier than members of Congress who are more concerned about protecting their own jobs than creating new ones for unemployed constituents.

With a second vote expected as soon as Thursday, your Senators need to hear from you on the discriminatory nature of this bill, as well as its obvious partisan intent."

Take action NOW!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Democrats are going pass AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS!!

It's called The DREAM ACT, and they want you to pay for the education of the children of illegals.

Aren't we lucky to have Democrats? They have attached it to a defense spending bill, and it seems that now that the Dems are aware of the THRASHING they're going to get at the polls in November, they're doing all of the damage that they can, as quickly as they can.

You had better call your congressmen immediately to put a stop to this insanity!

Isn't it sad that we've reached the point in American history where we're CONTINUOUSLY defending ourselves and our rights as free people from our own damned government?!

Friday, September 17, 2010

President Obama's Class Warfare

The White House--and our beloved community organizer--are working overtime to raise taxes on the wealthy, while preserving the current tax rates for everyone else. CLASS WARFARE is in full bloom once again!!

There is a plague of economic populism emanating from the political left these days. More than ever we are seeing class warfare used as a weapon to pit the "haves" against the "have-nots", the rich vs. the poor and the middle class. Democrats are the main practitioners of this ugliness, but Republicans aren't totally immune to it's allure. Florida Governor Charlie Crist has "taken on big insurers" repeatedly as part of his platform because he's "The People's Governor."

This strategy is nothing more than the political equivalent of the Divide and Conquer strategy for waging war, which has been variously attributed to Julius Caesar and Sun Tzu. By pitting the majority middle class and poor (collectively referred to as "working people") against the so-called wealthy, the political left seeks to cause a seething resentment against those same wealthy people. This resentment is then used to increase taxes and enact legislation that "levels the playing field."

A typical class warfare practitioner wrote this at the opinion board not to long ago:

"The taxpayer gets very little return on investment for money spent on the wealthy. While a small amount might accidently trickle back into the local economy, the majority goes into wall-street and banking games."

Note how he refers to a tax cut as "money spent on the wealthy"? That assumes that the money NOT seized by the government is only lent to the person who actually earned it. In other words, a tax cut equals government spending. This turns property rights as we know them on their head. The ongoing attempt is to delegitimize the wealthy person's claim to their own money.

A high percentage of my customers are very wealthy people. Oftentimes my company isn't the only one doing work at a customer's home. There are painters, crews who pave driveways and decks with paving stones, pool cleaners, insurance salesman, irrigation guys, personal trainers, tanning bed vendors, carpenters, roofers, and the list gets very long.

The companies and the crews who are employed at these wealthy homes then spend their money at stores of all sorts, pay their bills and maybe even manage to save for their children's education. In turn their customers also do well. In case you're wondering, this is true economic activity. This is the "return on investment" the class warrior attempted to diminish.

What happens when the class warrior is successful in his mantra, "the rich aren't paying their fair share" or "greedy corporations are pilfering the Treasury"?

We raise taxes on the wealthy. Social justice, right? Not so fast! The chances are better than even that the class warrior hasn't thought through the unintended consequences of his divisive rhetoric and poisonous name calling.

The wealthy family or individual will pay more in income taxes and they receive a clear message from the rest of America; "We want your money, and we'll use the government as an instrument of plunder to make it happen."

If that "rich" guy is a small businessman, as I suspect most of them are, they'll look to trim the fat from their budget asap. They will wonder: Who are my most expendable workers? Which ones can I spare without hurting profitability? Those workers will get the axe because they were probably a detriment anyways. What's the result?

Unemployment goes up, which is usually the first unintended consequence of successful class warfare and it's resultant tax increases.

If that "rich" guy is a former business owner who is semi-retired and living off investments and/or part time income, he may prioritize expenses in different ways. He may offload a car or two (in addition to the guy who details his cars), he may decide that his total relandscaping project can wait until his investments tick up again to offset his bigger tax bill. He may only want his windows cleaned every 18 months instead of every 9 months. He may decide against that new paint job or decide that the new inground pool can wait, or ALL OF THE ABOVE!

The simple and unavoidable truth is that when you seize the wealth of the rich, they take a hit for sure. Their annual income may go from 1.3 million dollars to 1.1 million, or from 980 thousand dollars to 860 thousand. So what says the class warrior defiantly, "He still has 860 THOUSAND dollars!"

And tens of thousands--if not HUNDREDS of thousands--of "working class" people are left holding their bills and wondering, "where did my job go?"

Thank your local class warrior! That's hope and change he can believe in.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Will the Government SEIZE Your Retirement Assets?

I wrote about this awful possibility 8 months ago...

...and now it seems that the American Thinker has picked up the scent of tyranny in the air.

Retirement Fund Trillions Lure Government Grabbers
By Peter Raymond

Is the government making plans to confiscate your retirement money? The Obama administration is certainly exploring the idea.

This question no longer seems far-fetched when the group-thinkers in Washington unabashedly promote a doctrine of wealth redistribution and central planning. These Keynesian socialists know they will need vast new sources of revenues to fund their relentless spending binges to "transform" this nation. A logical next step would be to legitimize the confiscation of private retirement assets -- an idea that was contemplated in the recent past by the Clinton administration.

According to the Investment Company Institute, there was $7.835 trillion in IRA, 401K, 457, and 403b accounts in 2009. That is certainly too large a sum to be ignored by the big spending social engineers in Washington. Bureaucrats and politicians have been hard at work formulating a social justice excuse to legislate an historic seizure of private assets. This would not be the first time the statists extorted wealth from U.S. citizens on a massive scale.

The public shakedown always employs a two-step tactic to repeatedly dupe the malleable electorate. First, the statists fabricate and incessantly excoriate a contrived crisis of social injustice that is victimizing helpless and unknowing Americans. Next, they "craft" -- a term Pelosi uses again and again -- insidious legislation disguised as a necessary and compassionate solution that makes participation and universal funding compulsory by force of the law.

It is a simple and effective strategy that continues to trip up even the staunchest conservatives, who ultimately succumb to the throng of propagandized constituents demanding protection from the newly revealed threat.

Patrick Heller warns:

Expect to see terms such as "retirement income protection" thrown around. It is highly likely that such a program would be implemented in steps to help overcome public opposition. The US government plan is to eventually take ownership of all assets in IRAs and 401K accounts and replace them with US government "Treasury Retirement Bonds." In the October 2008 hearings, it was proposed that these bonds pay a 3% interest rate. Another major change is that, upon retirement, the individual's retirement account would be converted into an annuity. Once the individual is deceased, the individual's heirs would not inherit anything.
(click link to continue)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Lost Lesson of 9-11.

Four planes crashed on this day 9 years ago. They were brought down by muslim fanatics seeking a "great victory" for their god of death and destruction--allah. Three thousand souls were murdered on September 11, 2001, and we owe it to them to learn the lessons of appeasing tyranny.

Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania after an onboard struggle will live on in my memory more than the others because they knew what was happening and they chose to FIGHT the islamic animals; rather than appease them and hope for the best.

You have to wonder what those brave souls of flight 93 would think of us appeasing islamists who threaten violence if we keep them from building a "victory dance" mosque on the site of their greatest crime?

You have to wonder what those brave souls of flight 93 would think about the Gainseville preacher capitulating to muslim threats of violence and deciding NOT to practice his 1st Amendment right to burn some korans?

Appeasement to tyranny has a PERFECT track record---of disaster! God bless and keep the brave souls who fought and died that day.

Let's do our best to be worthy of their great sacrifice.