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April 23, 2014

It’s the Economy that’s in ‘Chains’

My article as originally published in American Thinker:    

Our egregiously gaffe-prone Vice President recently stated that if elected, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would “put y’all back in chains,” while speaking before a largely black audience in Danville, VA. With these continued blunders, one can’t help but wonder if Biden’s refrigerator is cluttered with cans of whipped cream that are mysteriously devoid of a certain type of gas propellant.

Ironically, President Obama’s policies are increasingly placing the economy and as a result; the poor, the middle class and the job creators of all races in virtual “chains.”

President Obama continues to claim that we tried the free-market “top down” approach of supply-side economics and it “didn’t work.” Obama also said during a speech in Oakland, CA that “we tried our plan — and it worked”. Much of America is still waiting for the punch lines to these jokes.

Recent history clearly shows that when free-enterprise is un-chained from big government via low taxes and regulations, people decide that it is worth taking the risk to “build that” and economic prosperity follows, bringing with it profits for the risk takers, jobs for those who choose to participate and increased revenue for government (which shows why government spending is an entirely separate issue) at all levels.

Most Americans would agree that any policy that brings about prosperity such as described above “works” just fine.

Given what is now known about the President’s ideology, he is actually being truthful when he claims that the free-market “didn’t work” because according to his belief system — it didn’t. The free-market provides equal opportunity but fails to produce equal outcomes, which is why Obama and the Left claim that it “doesn’t work.” President Obama’s vision of “fairness” requires the “chains” of big government central planning to “spread the wealth” around, while it lasts.

When Rush Limbaugh told the world that he wanted President Obama to “fail,” the media went nuts and claimed that he was actually willing to see the nation harmed in order to see Obama fail. But just as Obama doesn’t want the economy to “work” in the way most of us would want it to, Rush didn’t want Obama to “fail” in the way that the media implied. Rush simply understood who Obama was and wanted Obama to “fail” at implementing policy that would “work” as Obama wanted it to and bring us ever closer to societal ruin.

Unfortunately, Obama has been fairly successful in getting his policies to “work,” which is why a second term would be a disaster for those who want the economy to “work” in the traditional sense.

Will Romney/Ryan be able to un-chain the economic engine of this nation, allowing for a return to prosperity? Perhaps, but it will be short lived if something isn’t done about the heavy chains of overspending and debt that are currently binding our children’s future.

Did I say the economy was in chains? Like Biden, what I really meant to say was that it’s in shackles.


It’s About Control, Not Guns

My article as originally published in American Thinker:    

Don’t for one minute think that the Left’s core motive for demanding ever increasing amounts of gun control is the reduction of crime rates in any meaningful fashion. When the Left exploits a tragedy such as the one in Aurora Colorado and then calls for even stricter gun control, it has little to do with removing guns from criminals’ hands or saving lives, and everything to do with the control of law abiding citizens. The Constitution, especially the Second Amendment, is nothing but an obstacle to the Left’s desire for such control. This is why you rarely hear about the countless incidents in which guns are used to prevent crimes or save lives. It simply doesn’t further the Left’s agenda and is therefore ignored.

There is plenty of evidence showing that increased gun control does nothing to lower crime rates. John Lott’s book More Guns Less Crime is one of the best books out there on the subject and provides solid statistics to back up what many consider to be nothing more than common sense. And that’s without even delving into our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. For more on that I recommend The Second Amendment primer.

The truth is that Gun control “works” to reduce crime just like Obama’s economic policies have “worked” (and not in the way Obama claims) to fix the nation’s economy. In the case of Aurora, law abiding citizens appear to have followed the theater’s strict “gun-free” zone rule but predictably, the criminal just ignored the rule (as if those willing to commit mass-murder worry about violating any gun laws). So with the help of gun control, the shooter was given a theater full of easy targets to pick-off at will.

Imagine what one citizen with a concealed carry permit could have done to possibly save lives if allowed to carry a gun inside the theater. Those who blame guns over the individual never stop to think about what a determined insane person would be able to do to a large group of people with a car, can of gasoline or any number of other readilyavailable potentially destructive items. The fact is that crazy will always find a way, so it’s best to be prepared.

So why is the Left so determined to suppress constitutional freedoms that, as a side benefit, actually lower crime rates? Because those on the Left are interested in control first and foremost, even if said control results in more deaths or damage to property. It seems the end always justifies the means with the Left.

Similarly, when President Obama said that he would raise taxes as a matter of “fairness,” even if it resulted in less tax revenue, it showed that he had far more interest in the control of people than in what one would think would have been his goal — maximizing tax revenue.

In truth, the push for gun control is really just about making life safe for certain politicians so they can force their far-left agenda upon the public. And as we’ve been witness to as of late, that agenda goes well beyond the control of merely guns. When will Americans wake up and realize that control is a far too common theme amongst the Left? From the control of sodas, to cheeseburgers, to housing, to automobiles, to healthcare, to light bulbs, to plastic bags, to energy; the Democrats think that they, not the individual, are the ones that know best and should be empowered to control every aspect of Americans’ lives.

Perhaps President Obama should change his campaign slogan from “Forward” to “Control” because that appears to be the one true goal of the President and those who share his ideology.