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Saturday, August 29, 2009

S 773 - the Internet control bill

Sent to the usual suspects:
Senate bill S 773 must never see the light of day.

Our Constitution is quite specific on this - in case you've forgotten:

Amendment I.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I don't see anything in there allowing "emergency powers" to allow the President - or anyone else in government - to shut down the Internet or require special licenses to work on private networks.

This is a stupid and dangerous bill. Kill it.
Similar, sent to Tammy Gay...
I realize you are in the House, but if there's a corresponding House bill to Senate bill S 773, it must never see the light of day.

Our Constitution is quite specific on this - in case you've forgotten:

Amendment I.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I don't see anything in there allowing "emergency powers" to allow the President - or anyone else in government - to shut down the Internet or require special licenses to work on private networks.

This would be a stupid and dangerous bill. Kill it.

By the way - when are you coming out of your hiding place to discuss health care reform face to face with your employers?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Another email to senators

Sent yesterday to both of 'em:

I don't care if "Swimmer" Kennedy was in the senate for years - his legacy is one of corruption and graft, and dubious morality.

Actually, renaming ObamaCare as KennedyCare would be a fitting monument to the man, as it will be the worst possible catastrophe ever suffered by the American people since Teddy himself was first elected.

Instead of doing anyhting more toward ruining our present society, wouldn't be a better thing for you and your colleagues to investigate just why the Federal Reserve is so afraid of an open and just audit?
Still no response of anything useful or encouraging. Did I insult these guys somehow?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tweaking Senators

To Russ Feingold:


I believe it is long past time for the Senate to investigate the dealings of the Federal Reserve and Treasury. A full and open accounting of where all the TARP money went and the true financial positions of all our banks is urgently needed.

As long as banks are allowed to lie outright on their balance sheets, and the Fed is allowed to operate without any outside oversight, our economy cannot recover, let alone grow strong again. Until this is done, all other matters, such as the illusory "climate change" crisis, "health care reform" that will ensure our national bankruptcy, and all the other distractions thrown out to mask the fact that a few very wealthy individuals and corporations are becoming more wealthy at the expense of the American people should be ignored. Tabled. Put aside.

You work for the people of Wisconsin first, and the people of the whole USA second - and not at all for special interests, lobbyists, or corporate bag men - at least, if you have any personal respect and integrity.

Come out to Beloit, with full and early publicity, and listen to the people you work for.
Also sent to Herb Kohl, with the necessary modifications. Cut 'n paste is a wonderful thing!


Another missive to Tammy G.

Here goes, yet again:



Just listened to your video on your home page. A few comments.

First, health care is not 'part of the American dream' unless you are a purebred socialist. Real Americans dream of being allowed to live their lives in accordance with their personal ideas of morality, with the right to work for the benefit of themselves and their families without an overweening government dictating their every moment of life.

Second, instead of distracting the people with all this blather about how government is going to make everything perfect, why don't you take a look at the financial frauds being perpetrated on us bu the Federal Reserve and our biggest financial institutions? It's years past due that we had a full and open accounting of where our money system is and what we need to do to fix things. Until our economy is back on a level keel, all else is useless distraction and "pulling the wool" over our eyes. Quit it. Act in our best interests.

A good first step, which will demonstrate that you understand and respect your position as our representative, would be to schedule a few open town hall meetings. No more of this hiding behind the Internet and telephone call banks. Come out and face your employers.

Letter to local senator Judy Robson

Just filled out her "survey". Was easy - NO on almost everything.

My comments to her:


Wisconsin needs less legislation, not more. Consider having the state legislature meet for a month or two every two or three years, or whenever the governor declares a need for immediate action. This worked extremely well in Illinois - indeed, their problems in large part came about after the legislature began to meet annually for a "full term".

While our state is in financial distress, members of the state legislature should consider returning their salaries to the general fund for the duration.

In particular, no legislation involving infringements on Wisconsin citizens' inalienable right to self defense, self determination, and the right to raise our children as our own morality and religion dictate. All laws to the contrary of the sentiments in our national founding documents are anathema to freedom.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another set of emails

About the CIFTA treaty.

If it comes to a vote, please vote NO on this treaty, which gives international control over American's God-given right to self-defense, not to mention being in direct opposition to the basic law of our country, the US Constitution.

There are more than enough laws on the books already to handle and American caught supplying arms to anyone without proper license and paperwork. This treaty would only affect law-abiding Americans and stifle their rights.

Revolutionaries and dictators will still get whatever they want even if this treaty is ratified.

More emails to CONgresscritters...

FWIW...sent to Kohl, Feingold, and Tammy G.

Please do NOT vote for any changes to our national health care system. It is clear from what has emerged of the present health care 'reform' bill that this will be a debacle for elderly and handicapped Americans, and will greatly reduce the level of care that all Americans now enjoy, replacing it with new overstuffed bureaucracies and inevitable waste.

Tell Mr. Obama NO on health care. If you have any plans for 'town hall' meetings in or around Beloit or Janesville, expect to see me there with my definitely non-Astroturf hand-made sign!



Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Everything causes glowbull worming...

Found this over at Ace of Spades:


It's Official - Man's Very Existence Causes Global Warming (chad)

—Open Blog

Normally I wouldn't make two open blog posts in one night but this was just begging to be shared.

IMAGINE a small group of farmers tending a rice paddy some 5,000 years ago in eastern Asia or sowing seeds in a freshly cleared forest in Europe a couple of thousand years before that. It is here, a small group of scientists would have you believe, that humanity launched climate change. Long before the Industrial Revolution—indeed, long before a worldwide revolution in intensive farming, the results of which kept humanity alive—people caused unnatural exhalations of greenhouse gases that had an impact on the world’s climate.


Truly man is a stain upon the fabric of the universe and we should all just slit our throats now. /snark

crossposted at doubleplusundead

Posted by Open Blog at 01:43 AM New Comments Thingy


My comment:

Ever read Ray Bradbury's 'A Sound of Thunder'? It was made into a cheesy sci-fi a few years back.

ANY action by ANY life causes 'climate change'. It started when the first pond scum crawled out of the first cesspool and became the first Democrat / modern 'liberal'.

The only way to keep the climate steady is to move the Earth far enough from any star that it settles at absolute zero - and even then, the 'climate' will ultimately 'change' at the end of the universe.

The only true constant is change. The libs better get used to it.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Mayor of Milwaukee assaulted

A poster at one of my reading lists put up this email address, and I could not resist the temptation:

Here's what I sent him:


Sorry to hear of your misfortune to be unarmed in the presence of a violent person. If only Wisconsin would join the other sensible states and allow her citizens the right to self defense, you could have been able to stand this drunk down with little danger to yourself or others. Instead, you attempted to prevent violence with one of the most ineffective means known to man - the cell phone and the police.

In this case, you only experienced a pipe. Many other Milwaukee residents have faced guns or knives, and by law had no recourse than surrender or a hopeless fight.

In your case, any bystander with a concealed-carry permit could have prevented this attack, and held the drunk guy for the police. It happens thousands of times a year in the sane states that allow their citizens to exercise their unalienable right to self defense.

I pray that if you ever run for governor of Wisconsin and win, that you will remember this attack, and my email, and urge the Wisconsin legislature to pass a shall-issue concealed carry law for the benefit of all Wisconsinites.

Right now, though, could you please tell your police chief that it's un-American to put people on the ground, take their legal weapons, and then decide if they have permission to have said weapons in a state with an open-carry law as explained by our Attorney General. Such actions make the Chief appear ignorant and/or arrogant, and certainly not interested in the safety of Milwaukee residents.

Recover quick. Hospitals are no fun.


Chuck Kuecker
Beloit, WI.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Message to Tammy G.

Another email to my 'representative' - who is scared to come out in public.


Hey, Tammy,

Check this out - and then think long and hard about letting the government take over anything more in the health care field:

I'm still waiting for word that you have scraped up enough courage to face your constituents without the shield of the Internet or telephones, and answer our concerns as a true representative of the people should do. Your Republican colleagues don't have a problem with a live town hall session - what's your excuse?

If you are concerned about unruly demonstrators, just put out word that ACORN and SEIU members will be arrested if they try to start anything. The police ought to be able to figure out who to arrest - just look for the purple shirts.



Another comment to a local paper

This one's going to the Stateline News. They had an article on town halls, and how Ms. Baldwin is still insisting that 'well paid' dissenters will disrupt things if she comes out in public:


I guess we know what Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin's biggest fear is - she's afraid of confrontation with 'organized protesters', and so won't have a live face-to-face town hall meeting on health care like so many representatives that truly care about their constituents do.

She says that many town hall meetings are disrupted by well-paid dissenters, so she will hide behind her firewall at home and answer carefully-vetted questions that support her position, no doubt.

The only well-paid protesters I have heard of at town hall meetings so far are members of ACORN and the SEIU, both organizations are unashamed supporters of the proposed health-care destruction bill.

Come on, Tammy. We won't bite you! On the other hand, if you keep hiding behind hi-tech, we might just UN-elect you next time around.



Friday, August 14, 2009

Published! (again)

My letter to the Beloit Daily News was published today - the one I posted as

Townhall meetings? Not for Beloit!

What's interesting is that yesterday, their editor had an editorial that had almost the identical sentiments.

I feel like we're making a bit of headway on these idiots. I hope I am not just daydreaming...


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Email form

I got this email from MoveOn.Org - an outfit I 'joined' to keep an eye on the bad guys:


Right-wing health care lies are making their way into mainstream news coverage. We need to set the record straight. Can you write a letter to the editor of The Rockford Register Star about the need for health care reform with a real public option, now?

Click Here
Dear MoveOn member,

Right-wing mobs aren't just disrupting congressional town halls—their outlandish lies are now making their way into mainstream news coverage, too.

We need to set the record straight. The majority of Americans support real health care reform. And no wonder, given the incredible cost of inaction.

In Wisconsin alone, 230 people lose their coverage every day. And for those with insurance, yearly premiums will hit $22,986 in a few years if we don't act.

We can't let right-wing extremists ruin the biggest opportunity in a generation to get real reform. Can you send a quick letter to the editor of The Rockford Register Star—or another local paper—about the urgent need in Wisconsin for Congress to pass health care reform with a real public option?

Click here:

Our tool makes writing a letter really simple. You can send the letter right from our website—it only takes a few minutes.

If you've never written a letter to the editor before, now is the time to send your first. The letters page is one of the most widely read—and most important—in local newspapers. Members of Congress and their staffs read it to understand how their constituents are feeling. And since members are all home in the district this month—and paying close attention to the health care debate in particular—your letter will make an even bigger impact.

Here are some talking points specific to Wisconsin you can use in your letter:

  • We can't afford to wait for reform: Each day, 230 people in Wisconsin lose their health care coverage. And without reform, those who still have insurance will see their yearly premiums go up by $9,515 in the next decade—to a staggering $22,986.

  • Reform with a real public option is key to expanding coverage: Under current legislation, which includes a strong public health insurance option, 375,000 people in Wisconsin—and 37 million Americans nationwide1—will gain coverage by 2019.

  • A real public health insurance option is crucial to lowering costs: With premiums projected to hit $22,986, we need to get costs down. By spurring competition, a public plan will help bring down out-of-control costs2 for individuals, families, and small businesses.

Can you send a letter to the editor of The Rockford Register Star, or another local newspaper, as part of our "Real Voices for Change" campaign? Just click here to get started:

Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Kat, Eli, Wes, and the rest of the team


All state-specific figures: "Why We Need Health Reform," Center for American Progress, July 31, 2009.

1. "Coverage for America: We All Stand to Gain," Families USA, July 2009.

2. "Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan," The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2009.

Want to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 5 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.

PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION, Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. This email was sent to Charles Kuecker on August 13, 2009. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.
Here's my 'letter' to the Rockford Register Star:

---------------------------- asked me to write you about the proposed health care bill, so here are my comments:

I think that the important thing to remember about anything the government gets involved in is exactly how efficient and sensible they are at what they have already put into action.

As President Obama says - just look at the US Post Office - and think how great the same management would make our health care!

We sure as heck can wait for everyone to completely understand this monstrous bill, and all that goes into it before we allow our representatives and senators to vote 'yea'. Any congress member who votes on a bill of this magnitude without personally reading and fully understanding it is a traitor, and deserves what traitors deserve.

Mr. Obama has already established quite a track record for outright lies and distortions about his pet legislation. How can we expect anything different in this bill?


I wonder if they will even see the text of that - I need to watch that paper...

After hitting 'send', this came up:


Thanks for taking the time to act. Your letter has been sent!

Also, in about a week, you'll receive a followup email, checking in to see if your letter was published.

As you can imagine, most papers receive plenty of letters and can only publish a few. However, even those that don't get printed are very important -- they make it clear what issues and positions are on people's minds, and in turn influence what letters are selected.

Feel free to emulate me.

Standing By: Incompetence or Malice

My first link - so I am learning...see the post below it...

A link you should follow...

Read this:

Make the necessary calls / emails / letters...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Correspondence with Russ Feingold

I sent the esteemed senator a message via his web site, telling him not to vote to extend CARS, among other things. Here is what I wrote:


A few reminders for you.

First: Sonia Sotomayor is not to be approved for the Supreme Court. Anyone so often reversed is thinking wrong. and her racist comments show her to have the wrong 'stuff' for the job.

Second: No more bailouts - for any reason. The current 'stimulus is an unmitigated disaster,
and throwing more money at problems will just make them worse.

Third: No 'cap and tax'. Glowbull worming is being shown to be a fantasy of Al Gore and his one-world would be dictators. Do the right thing and reject this idiocy.

Fourth: It's redundant to mention, but the 'cash for clunkers' program is another disaster, with unintended consequences that will cause untold pain to our citizens in the future. No more money there, either.

And last, but most important. The federal government has shown it's ineptitude over and over again in the realm of heath care, and ObamaCare is totally out of the question.

Remember who pays YOUR salary - and health care benefits - and will pay for your quite ample retirement.

And remember who you work for. Hint: it's NOT Obama.


Chuck Kuecker

Here's his reply, in it's entirety.

Dear Mr. Kuecker,

Thank you for contacting me regarding "cash for clunkers" legislation. I appreciate hearing from you.

As you may know, the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) was created by the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act that was signed into law on June 24, 2009. This program provides a voucher worth either $3,500 or $4,500 for car owners whose present car gets 18 miles per gallon (mpg), or less, in fuel efficiency when they trade it in for a new, more fuel efficient alternative.

Dealers began applying for the vouchers on July 28th, and because of extreme interest, the program's $1 billion in funding was being used up quickly. On July 31, 2009, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2435, to provide $2 billion to continue the CARS program. The Senate passed H.R. 3435 on August 6, 2009, by a vote of 65-37. It was signed into law by the President on August 7, 2009.

I supported the extension of the CARS program, which is better known as "cash for clunkers" because, while not perfect, CARS has encouraged Americans to trade in their older and less fuel efficient vehicles while boosting new car sales and helping to revive local economies in Wisconsin and around the country. As a leading advocate for increased fiscal responsibility and deficit reduction, I am pleased that this bill utilizes $2 billion in existing funds made available previously with the enactment of the economic stimulus legislation earlier this year, rather than utilizing new funds and contributing to our growing national debt.

I am also pleased that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has fixed one problem it created in implementing CARS. When Congress created the CARS program, it fully intended to ensure that consumers across the country who are in compliance with the statute's requirements, including provisions related to car insurance, be allowed to participate in the CARS program. The DOT issued a final rule on July 24, 2009, that set the guidelines for the CARS program, including a requirement that individuals who wanted to trade in their vehicles had to demonstrate proof of car insurance for at least one year prior to the trade-in. This provision conflicted with statutory language stating that a trade-in vehicle be "continuously insured consistent with the applicable State law." Currently, Wisconsin and New Hampshire do not require individuals to purchase car insurance.

I was joined by members of the Wisconsin and New Hampshire delegations, as well as some of the leading authors of the CARS legislation, in a letter to the DOT urging the correction of this misinterpretation of the law. I also spoke with DOT Secretary Ray LaHood about this problem and was pleased that the guidelines were quickly corrected. Trade-in vehicles in Wisconsin are now exempt from the one-year insurance requirement, thereby ensuring that Wisconsinites who meet the CARS program's other eligibility requirements can participate in the program. While all Wisconsin drivers will be required to have car insurance beginning in June 2010, this action by the DOT is a sensible fix for Wisconsinites who are in compliance with state law and who seek to participate in this temporary program.

Trade-in vehicles must be less than 25 years old and have been continuously registered for the full year preceding the trade-in. Trade-in vehicles must get 18 mpg or less in fuel efficiency, as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) mileage criteria. The EPA worked to update the fuel economy data for possible trade-in vehicles, and issued the new data on July 24, 2009 - the same day that the CARS final guidelines were issued. According to the EPA, "of the 300,000 vehicle model types spanning 25 years, 78 cars no longer qualify, but 86 new vehicles are now eligible."

Trade-in vehicles are required to be crushed or shredded so that they may not be resold for use as an automobile. However, the entity destroying the vehicle is allowed to sell any part of the vehicle, other than the engine block or drive train, and retain the proceeds from such transactions. For more information on the program and how you can obtain the rebate, please visit I hope you find this information helpful.

Thank you again for contacting me. For more information about my work on behalf of Wisconsin, you can subscribe to my monthly e-newsletter by visiting I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Notice how he ignored most of my points, and just told me how great CARS is? Not one word about OsamaCare, or 'cap and tax'. Ignore it, and maybe I will be stupid enough to not notice that he did so?

I wonder how much the aide that wrote this 'personal reply' is paid hourly.

UPDATE: Just sent him this:

Hi, Russ,

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, you forgot to answer most of my points.

I still want you to NOT spend any more of my descendant's future in a futile scheme to prop up our dying economy. The only way out of the mess is to STOP spending, STOP borrowing, and STOP destroying our business basis with pie-in-the-sky stuff like the 'cap and tax' Al Gore enrichment bill, the ObamaCare health care destruction bill, and ever more money for destroying cars that morally should have been made available to needy people.

As far as your comment about the 'destroyer' being allowed to sell any part of the car except those parts that have value, this just proves to me that you have no common sense.

When is your term in the Senate up? I want to be sure to get as many of my friends and neighbors out to vote for your opponent. Maybe we will get someone with a true concern for Wisconsin, and America.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Townhall meetings? Not for Beloit!

Letter to the Beloit Daily News editor:

I see in today's Beloit Daily News that our Congressional representative, Tammy Baldwin, is going to use "high tech" to conduct "townhall meetings" on the proposed federal health care takeover bill..

Dan Manzullo for Northern Illinois, and Paul Ryan from Janesville are also holding meetings - where they stand up in front of interested people and field questions about the proposed health care bill. They get a true feeling for the desires and fears of their constituents.

Ms. Baldwin, on the other hand, has elected to hide behind the shield of the Internet. She invites people to "register" for her talks, and has total control over who actually can speak, or be heard by other participants. She has the comfort of knowing she won't have to come face-to-face with any possibly irritating or passionate constituent, and she won't have to put up with any questions she does not want to field.

People without Internet access, or those who missed the times published, or those who cannot get on-line at the prescribed times will be ignored.

What exactly is Tammy afraid of? Perhaps she thinks if she shows up in person, she won't be able to ignore the true feelings of the people she supposedly represents. Perhaps she's just scared she won't be able to put lipstick on this pig of a bill.

I also note that our senators Kohl and Feingold are conspicuously absent from the "townhall meeting" circuit, so far. Do these people truly represent us and our best interests?

Chuck Kuecker

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Letter to my state senator

Ms. Robson,

We in Wisconsin need much less government, not more. We should eliminate redundant government agencies, reduce the number of people on the state payroll, and lower state taxes to encourage businesses to settle here.

To balance the state budget, the first thing to do is repeal all the expensive social engineering that has been enacted under Governor Doyle. Once all the entitlements are removed, then look at money being spent on boondoggles like 'high speed' rail to be provided by a Spanish company, for a rail line no one will use unless Illinois' Emperor Daley succeeds in suckering the International Olympic Committee to put the 2016 Olympics there.

If you want to do a real service to our citizens, you will introduce or offer to sponsor a bill reaffirming Wisconsin's sovereign status as an independent state and reject further attempts to federalize us.

Letter to CONgresscritters

Just finished watching the whole "Obama Deception" video.

Here's what I sent to Tammy Baldwin. Herb Kohl, and Russ Feingold, for whatever good it did:

My Desires:

First off - here's what I would like you to do for me:

1. Vote NO on any and all further bailout schemes, regardless of for who or for what reason.
2. Vote NO on any and all taxes or schemes based on the bogus theme of "climate change".
3. Vote NO on any and all schemes to join America with other nations under any kind of global central bank or other oversight organization.
4. Vote NO on any form of federalized health care.
5. Introduce a bill to get rid of the Federal Reserve's immunity to congressional oversight and audit.

If you have a couple of hours, watch this video. Very interesting.

If I get any coherent response, or any response at all, I shall post it.


The Obama Deception

Verry interesting. Two parts, long, but verry interesting.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Real health care reform

Karl Denninger has a good take on how to fix the 'mess' the government has gotten us into, without resorting to OsamaCare:

Good read. Too bad our elected officials either can't read or won't be bothered.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Blockleiters - report in here!

Here's my contribution to Osama's invitation to rat out anyone trash-talking the garbage he calls OsamaCare, sent to


Just wanted to let you know that I and many of my co-workers are on to the president’s little game – about how he’s going to allow us free choice and all that in choosing doctors and everything will be just peachy keen.

Anyone with half a wit remaining can see that any program run by the federal government that purports to ‘fix’ a social ill has been an unmitigated disaster.

Need a list?

Minimum wage laws that put low-skilled people out of work.

The VA’s hospitals and administration. Kudos to the doctors and nurses who work there and try to cope with the mess the gov’t. gives them.

School lunch programs.

Social security.

Welfare / food stamps.

Any program started under FDR in response to the Great Depression, with possibly the exception of some parts of the TVA and REA.

The “war on poverty”.

The “war on drugs”.

The NRC.

The EPA.


The FDA.




Extortion of state governments to force ‘nanny state’ law enactment.

The IRS.

Enforcement of our immigration laws and securing our borders.

Interpreting the Constitution.

With this kind of track record, we should trust in a man who has NO experience in business and less experience in elected positions than the average dog-catcher to assure us that all is well? Especially since he has gone on record a number of times saying he is in favor of ‘single payer’ – read: government-controlled – health care, and has also admitted that, like most members of Congress, that he’s got no idea of the contents of the health bill – except the certain knowledge that like Nancy ‘get-er-done NOW’ Pelosi and Harry ‘duh?’ Reid, it must be passed especially quickly so no one can find the hidden gotchas that are just now coming to light in the media.

As long as elected officials in Congress are not forced to give up their present gold-plated insurance and stand in line with the rest of us peons, this health care issue should not even be considered as a possibility.

Be aware that this email will be posted on my blog tonight.


Chuck Kuecker

I forgot to add in a bunch. I'll save that for my next email. Got to do my duty!


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Letter to my CONgresscritters

One basic requirement for a good representative of the People of Wisconsin is to know intimately what is in a proposed bill and how it will affect the people of our state.

I fervently hope that you will vote NO on any bill that you have not had time to personally read and fully understand.

Recently, we have seen what happens when Congress is stampeded by panic-mongers like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to pass legislation without reading and understanding it. Billions of dollars of our tax money is wasted, and our economy is forced further into a depression.

Another key to being a good senator or representative is to understand the history of our country, and to avoid making the same mistakes your predecessors made by reading their bills and knowing what the outcome of that lawmaking ended up as. I highly recommend Amity Shlaes' book 'The Forgotten Man', a good telling of the problems and lasting damage caused by similar panic-induced lawmaking during the Great Depression.

Please do not succumb to panic. Nothing that comes across your desk from any congressional committee is so important that it must be passed without you having the time to read and understand it fully. If for some reason you do not understand a bill, please have the integrity to at least vote 'present', rather than follow the sheep into the shearing shed.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cash for Clunkers

Wonderful proof that governments cannot create, only destroy.

Osama pushed this "cash for clunkers" program that gives $4500 of tax money to anyone who agrees to turn in their probably still useful vehicle, if it meets standards that vary seemingly by the hour, to be destroyed. The engine will be ceremonially ruined by replacing the oil with a sodium silicate solution, which effectively prevents any of the internal engine parts from ever being used in another car.

This program has the effect of driving up immediate demand for new cars - small, high-mileage cars that have the least profit margin for the makers, of course. In a couple of years when the present depression is approaching its' nadir, there will be a lot less demand for new cars, because many who would be looking then will still have the one they bought this year.

Don't be concerned about the effects on salvage yards, auto repair shops, and used-car dealers - all these people's jobs will be replaced by 'green' jobs, jobs that at present average 40 hours or less in TOTAL.

Of course, with the usual efficiency we've come to love in Washington, the program is already out of money, and CONgress now wants to stiff us for another couple billion.