Last Wednesday, the Obama administration issued new rules defining the EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. These rules are supposedly aimed at protecting the nation’s drinking water. But, this isn’t really about drinking water. This is a classic case of federal over-reach.
The EPA’s definitions are a bureaucratic attempt at justifying federal intrusion into issues that belong to local and regional jurisdictional bodies.The complexity of the rules and minutiae associated with their definitions is supposed to be proof of their objectivity.
The story being spun by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is that “They really do care and their actions only highlight the depth of their concern.”
Tea Party Patriot and Republican groups are organizing and sponsoring “Petunia Pig Visits.” Petunia (the giant pig) is the one doing the visiting. She recently stopped into the Josephine County Commissioner’s offices and she may be coming to Klamath County, too.
Don’t let that happen! – Vote NO on Tax levies. These levies promise to fund utopia with only one more fistful of our tax dollars.
Petunia eats well on government waste. She is actually quite a messy pig. She is more than happy to soak taxpayers with false hopes while lavishing them with decent sounding but, empty promises. Tax Levy proponents don’t promise any tangibles because they know they can’t. It’s always some vague public good, like “public safety”, or “well behaved children who know how to eat right and garden well”.
Tim McMahon identifies an important under-current in the progressive shape-shifting of words and their meanings. Our post-modern era is littered with the constant barrage of changing ideas about our words and therefore, our history.
“Marriage” doesn’t mean what it used to, nor does “gender”, or “inflation.” In particular McMahon notes the confusion with words used to describe economic reality. For example, debt is now a good thing, although entirely contrary to old adage about “the borrower becoming the lender’s slave.”
McMahon writes, “between 1983 and 2000 the definition of inflation appears to have shifted from the cause to the result.”
School Choice has the power to undo the Left’s purposeful destruction of our Founder’s ideals.
The ideals of America were once well-known but aren’t any longer. My contention is this is not an accident.
This PatriotUpdate article describes our Founder’s world-view:
Today’s article will be quick and I’ll point out some historical facts about the anti-Federalist position during the Founding Era.
First, the anti-Federalists are responsible for bringing to us, what is commonly know as, The Bill of Rights. These first ten amendments to the constitution are the most important features of the modern constitution because they document the limits of government and highlight our individual rights.
The original constitution basically describes the machinery of the federal government. It gives details about how the various branches (legislative, judicial, and executive) were designed to mesh together. The original intent was to create a natural system of checks and balances that would balance power within a representative republic. It was necessary to cement cooperative power within strict boundaries because the founders feared our human tendency for fickleness and fervent passions. They sought a balance which would hinder, “[m]en of factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs.“
This morning every news outlet across America is priming the pump for President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union Address. It appears this administration believes hogs can get cleaned up with a good dose of statistical magic and some bright red lipstick.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz recently said that Obama’s upcoming schedule will be part of a “three week run-up” to the address that will “highlight the progress we have made in the economy.”
The State of the Union speech is scheduled for January 20 on Capitol Hill.
What Schultz didn’t bother to tell us is that with the full $1.1 trillion dollar “CROmnibus” funding in place the President’s agenda has much more than a speech planned. (Don’t forget to send your Thank You cards to Speaker Boehner and his traitorous minions.)
There are a lot of theories being thrown around regarding the missing Malaysian 777. I’ve even had some supporters call with great, well-researched ideas about what might have happened to the plane and how our national security might be compromised because of it. These are essential concepts for our leaders and ourselves to ponder with clear eyes. In a situation like this, we can’t “hope” our way out of the scary reality we live in – that there is evil in the world and terrorism is always a possibility.
(Photo courtesy of Luccio ERRERA/Wikimedia commons)
I definitely feel for the families involved in this case, and I know it must be hard to hear conjecture and theories on every news channel – but I think that this kind of incident is healthy for us to think about. The truth is, when there’s a missing jumbo jet and the very real possibility of seriously high-tech terrorism, it forces us to think about our priorities. In this kind of situation, it matters who we vote for and what we spend our money on. Suddenly, shrinking the military seems foolish and wasting money on endless grants, bail-outs and healthy eating programs seems even sillier. These are endeavors that prosperous nations in peacetime can afford to pay for in moderation, but we’ve become a bloated bureaucratic pool of vanity projects and special-interest payouts. We’ve gotten so comfortable, with 99-week unemployment and worrying about the health of the planet, that we forget there are people in the world who dislike us very much, and are spending their time thinking about how to make us afraid instead of ways to market a lousy healthcare law to hipsters.
Last week, I was challenged about my reasoning for supporting Israel. The question was, if I’m really dedicated to the Constitution, what is my argument for national support of Israel? Here is my response:
Today’s entire Middle East conflict needs to be addressed to help frame this discussion. The Arab-Israeli conflict is, in truth an Arab conflict with Western, particularly American, culture. Part of the dilemma that our nation faces is one of leadership and influence. Is it appropriate that American ideals get exercised throughout the world, or on a smaller scale, in the Mid-East region?
I think the answer is “Yes”, although my preference is that this influence should come through open commerce and voluntary contractual relationships instead of through foreign aid, or worse, foreign wars.