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The Folly of Gun Registration

It’s practically a Pavlovian response at this point: every time an incident involving gun violence occurs, the resultant freak-out from the gun control advocates is always: “Somebody needs to do SOMETHING!!

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Inevitably, the discussion leads to background checks and mandatory registration.  Since this blog already dissected the risible “90%” claim spouted by President Obama regarding background checks, let’s take a peek at mandatory registration, shall we?

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So…, where do Police stand on the 2nd Amendment Debate?

Unless you’ve been away on a retreat since before Christmas, or perhaps been abducted by aliens, you’ve probably noticed that the debate over “Gun Control” has been front & center in the news for months now.

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The reason behind the flood of stories is terrifyingly simple: the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary.  Twenty children and 6 adults lost their lives that day.  Innocent victims of a deranged man, who, reportedly targeted THAT school because of revenge over incidents of bullying when he was a student there.  A plan made more possible by the fact that Mr. Lanza KNEW the school was a Gun Free Zone, and he’d be met with little-to-NO resistance.

That last little tidbit seems to have been conveniently FORGOTTEN by President Obama, Senator Reid, et al.  And, in the true “Alinsky” fashion of never letting a crisis go to waste, the Left has made this tragic event the focal point of their attack against the 2nd Amendment:

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

And attack, Obama-&-Company have done.

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We humbly trust in the Power of Giving Thanks

Every year, on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving Day, our congregation gathers to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. And, while we seek to be in a mind of praise and thankfulness EVERY day, there’s something about this particular evening that sharpens that focus.

It is truly a time of praise, worship, and thanksgiving.

This particular Tuesday evening, our Pastor delivered a message on “The Power of Giving Thanks“.  It will change MY life forever, and from the heart, I would like to share his thoughts with you.

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‘Obamacare’: even WORSE than predicted, but the fight isn’t over yet

Obamacare: is there ANY word on the recent political landscape more guaranteed to start an argument nowadays?

Most Democrats and virtually all Statists/Progressives swoon at the thought, since it will inevitably choke off the free market, leading to socialized medicine.

Conversely, pretty much everyone else hates even the idea of it.

From Politico:

Forty-nine percent of voters said they think the 2010 law should be either fully or partially repealed, compared with 44 percent who want to see the law remain as-is or see it expanded further“. 

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Too many Government Regulations? Heck, you ain’t seen NOTHIN’ yet…!

Far, far too many Federal regulations are strangling our economy, yet there appears to be no end in sight.

What makes this burdensome, crushing over-regulation even worse, however, is the near-pathological lying about it by the current Administration.

The most recent (and possibly the most egregious) example of this is detailed below.

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It’s no secret that in the last 20 years, EVERY President has presided over an ever-increasing array of federal regulations.  Some are fairly innocuous, while others have a MAJOR impact on the economy, businesses, and ultimately, US, as citizens.

In early 2011, President Obama signed Executive Order 13563, ‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review‘, which basically directed the heads of Executive Agencies to “identify and consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens”.  It was a cornerstone piece of his 2011 State of the Union address.

Over the year that followed, however, the administration enacted at least 32 new MAJOR regulations.  “Major” is defined as having a projected cost to the economy of at least $100 million dollars……EACH.

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Obama and the W.A.R.N. Act – “Crime Pays”

There has been almost NO coverage on the following topic. I’d say that I could explain it, short (well, short by MY standards) and sweet…but, there’s simply too much to it, and we all deserve to know the FULL story.

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Usually, when you commit a crime and get caught, …there are consequences. This is straight out of ‘Social Contract 101’: YOU break the law; YOU pay the fine; YOU serve the time.

Except….if you’re the current Administration.

President Obama’s team has given the defense industry permission to not only break the law, but is telling them that even if they get fined for doing so, YOU, the American Taxpayer, will pick up the tab.

Only, in addition to this king-sized “freebie” for employers, there’s a much more sinister side to the issue.

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Have you ever heard of the WARN Act?  Probably not, based on the absolute dearth of news reports on it. It is the “Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act“, which requires employers with at least 100 employees to provide written notification to affected employees 60 days before ordering certain plant closings, or mass layoffs if they are reasonably foreseeable.  Makes sense, right?

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“Too Big to Fail”…..Has Failed

Remember the Dodd-Frank Act? No? Kinda? Maybe a little? For such an important bill, doncha’ think it’s odd that our President doesn’t talk about it, hardly at all? Hmmm?

The reason Obama doesn’t bring it up more is because it’s a lousy and destructive law, and the more folks know about it, the worse he looks to them. So with that in mind, …let’s make sure more people know about it today, shall we?

When the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in 2010, the behemoth 2,300 page bill, with its 400 new “rules”, we were told that it would:

  • Strengthen the economy.
  • Stabilize the housing market.
  • End the threat of insolvency for those institutions that were “Too BIG to Fail”.
  • Streamline the regulatory process.

One year later, it got its first report card:  A resounding “F” in all areas …but one.  In that area, it was given the highest mark possible.  That area?  The only one that didn’t get a failing grade?

“Growing the SIZE and COST of GOVERNMENT.” 

You’re stunned, I can tell.

Spencer Bachus was quoted at the time:

“The Dodd-Frank Act is a failure and a massive roadblock to our economic recovery.  Its 400 regulatory mandates create an atmosphere of uncertainty in which innovators and job creators can’t put their ideas and capital to work.”

Anyone SEEN the REAL unemployment numbers lately?  TWENTY THREE MILLION (that’s 23,000,000) of our fellow Americans UNABLE to find work, or have simply GIVEN UP.

At the time, the report on Dodd-Frank found that:

  • The overall budget cost though fiscal year 2012:  $1,251,578,000. (That’s over a BILLION, with a “B”….)
  • Total number of GOVERNMENT positions created:  2,849
  • Annual labor hours required to comply with just a fraction of the bill?  2,260,631.

Combine this with Secretary Geithner’s acknowledgement that Dodd-Frank does NOTHING to end “too big to fail”, and the fact that the problems at Fannie and Freddie FAILED to be addressed by the bill, and you have one great, big, fat, stupid, “Loser” piece of legislation.

Thanks, Obama.

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All of that was the assessment of Dodd-Frank at the one year mark.  A little over 2 years past the enactment of the “Federal Reserve Empowerment Law”, the report card looks the same as it did a year ago.  Its only successes:  Increased bureaucracy, increased costs to the taxpayer.

At its fulfillment, Dodd-Frank will create AT LEAST 17 new bureaucracies with the power to regulate small businesses, including perhaps the scariest one of all:  the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The biggest failure of Dodd-Frank is that it does NOTHING to set the proper incentives for institutions to make prudent decisions with regard to lending.  In a free-market environment, those who may profit from a venture are ALSO the ones who will pay the price for their failures.  Under Dodd-Frank, this is turned upside down, and the moral hazard of banks being rewarded for successes, but covered by the TAXPAYERS for their failures, is created.

Anyone want to venture a guess at the role Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac played in the financial crisis leading up to Dodd-Frank and its “miraculous cures”?  Even its staunchest supporters would tell you it was a major contributor.  Yet, Dodd-Frank did little or nothing to put an end to these classic examples of crony capitalism.  Economics Professor William Anderson stated:

“In a free market, there would be nothing like these entities (GSE’s, or Government Sponsored Enterprise), or if something like them existed, there would be no guarantee that losses would be covered by taxpayers.”

Still, instead of ending taxpayer support (and taxpayer RISK) with these GSE’s, Dodd-Frank allows them to continue to function without consequences.  Naturally, a serious-minded individual would ask:  “Why wouldn’t Dodd-Frank address the Fannie and Freddie issue seeing that it was a HUGE part of the financial meltdown?”  PERHAPS, it’s because BOTH Chris Dodd AND Barney Frank have SERIOUS conflicts of interest with regard to both institutions!

The “Boston Globe” actually ran a headline:  “Frank’s Fingerprints are All Over the Financial Fiasco”.

Ever heard of Herb Moses?  Well…..you’ll be DELIGHTED to know that all through the 1990’s, Mr. Frank (who was on the House Banking Committee at the time, and THAT committee had jurisdiction and oversight of Fannie Mae) was having a ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP (mental picture…..nausea…..just fainted…) with Herb Moses.  Mr. Moses?  You mean the “Mr. Moses” that was an executive at Fannie Mae?  Uh huh…same dude.
Blogger Charles Rowley summed it up here.

Fox News reported:  “In 1991, the year Moses was hired by Fannie, the ‘Boston Globe’ reported that Frank pushed the agency to loosen regulations on mortgages for two and three family homes, even though they were defaulting at twice and five times the rate of single homes, respectively.”

Mr. Frank later claimed that his “close relationship” with Mr. Moses was “not a conflict of interest.”

Ummmmmm…..okay.

Dodd?  Well, he just received massive contributions, including $780,000 in loans below market rate of interest.  Do some research, and look into the meltdown of Countrywide Financial.  The Wall Street Journal summed their involvement up in a VERY interesting article.

In a mid-October 2012, meeting at the Securities Industry and Financial Market Association annual event in New York City, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan had the following comments regarding “too big to fail”, Dodd – Frank:

*  He would like to see ALL institutions go through Chapter 11 if they get into trouble.

*  Dodd-Frank is essentially there to restrain competition.  It would be physically impossible to enact all of its provisions.

By every stated intention of Dodd-Frank and its 2,300 pages of regulations, it is a massive failure, and should be overturned, A – S – A – P.

By whatever means necessary: Voting In America

(Editor’s Note: since there are two of us, at least one Head is usually around to run the ship. However, while we were on vacation a couple weeks back, ‘LivinRightInPGH’ filled in for us ….and did a super job. So, we offered him a guest gig anytime the spirit moved him. It seems that today was one of those days. 

No idea how regularly ‘PGH’ will be posting in the future. We’re hopeful it’s fairly often.

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At this time, the State of New York (soon to be followed by MANY others) is requiring companies who sell life insurance and annuities to run their entire client base against a Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, in order to see if there are any “unclaimed funds”.  You see, if the deceased was a New York resident, and no claim has been filed on their accounts, New York wants the insurance company to send THEM the money.  Of course (insert dripping sarcasm here), the state will do their best to find those beneficiaries, but in the meantime, that money will just happen to sit in their state’s general fund, accruing interest.

Which made me wonder: does the great state of New York do the same thing with their voter registration lists? Using the same methodology, they could quickly and easily make sure that the “dead” aren’t casting votes from the afterlife, right?
Right?

I’m intrigued and more than a little concerned by the whole issue that surrounds the integrity of voting in these great United States.  Moreover, I’m perplexed as to why the US Department Of Justice, led by Eric Holder, is doing everything in its power to block any measure that would enforce Voter ID laws.  I’d like to say that I don’t understand why they’d do such a thing, but sadly…I do.

If you can’t win on the issues, and if you can’t win fairly at the ballot box, you’re going to need a whole bunch of dead folks, non-citizens, et al, to swing the election your way.

Perhaps this is why Holder’s Justice Department stopped non-partisan election reform by claiming that unless there was a “D” next to a candidate’s name, African-American voters “wouldn’t be able to identify and vote for the Democrats.”  He went on to call laws requiring valid voter ID a “poll tax,” with the clear aim of stoking racial animus.  It was such a distasteful argument that even the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals rejected it.

As I recall, JTR covered a ton of places where ID is needed in a post several months ago. They included:

  • Driving
  • Getting on an airplane
  • Opening a bank account

(Oh, by the way:  If you want to visit the USDOJ, you need to show proper and acceptable ID.  Just sayin’…)

The whole argument against voter ID laws from the left is a smokescreen of perceived racism just to cover up one simple fact:  Without voter fraud, they CAN’T win.


The Heritage Foundation recently noted:

“Georgia, which has had voter ID since 2007, allows six different forms of ID to vote.  And there has been no stampede of would-be voters who lack identification:  ‘The number of photo IDs issued by Georgia to individuals who did not already have one of the forms of ID acceptable under state law is remarkably small, averaging less (than) 0.05% in most years, and not even reaching 3/10ths of 1% in a presidential election year.’”

You may be interested to know, however, that in Georgia, Hispanic voting increased over 140% from 2004 to 2008, while African-American voting increased by 42% over the same time frame.

So much for disenfranchisement.

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One more quote from Heritage:

“America cannot allow its elections to be anything but secure and legal.  Preventing voter fraud is common sense, and it is outrageous that the U.S. Justice Department would stand in the way.”

Well, my friends, outrageous or not, this is EXACTLY what they’re doing.