Friday, December 14, 2007

Where do you plot?

Here are my results from the World's Smallest Political Quiz. Try it out. 10 quick questions. Feel free to post your results in the comments.

Friday, November 16, 2007

How in the hell did I miss this...

Mominem pointed out that the premise of my post is wrong. He is correct and I have made corrections below in red.

Louisiana is providing free prenatal care to illegal immigrants non-citizens.

I can't believe it. This really pisses me off to no end.

As on November 1st the were 1061 non-citizen women freeloading off of the taxpayers whilst in the country illegally. The program started July 1st and cost 1 million per month for the first three months.
1,000,000 dollars divided by 1061 women currently receiving services =
$942.51 per illegal non-citizen per month.

What a deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are a pregnant illegal foreigner, come to Louisiana. You can rake in $8482.56 in free medical care. What a country!

What other country would you expect to illegally enter and not only be deported but visit and be provided with free prenatal care and then when your child is born *poof* that kid is a citizen. Just us I guess.

* Since this program is not providing services to illegal aliens, I considered deleting the rest of this post. However, I still think the following is a fine solution for illegal immigration and will leave it intact. It is just not germane to this post *

There is an easy solution to this illegal immigration problem. And it doesn't involve building a wall or deporting anyone. Just fining businesses $100,000 every time they are caught with an illegal alien in their employ. Thats right, $100,000 per illegal per incident.

Watch how quickly the problem vanishes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Informed voters?

The runoff elections are this weekend. Do you know who you will vote for? Why?

These are the questions I have been struggling with lately. As much as I try, It is hard to be informed of the candidates in local issues. I hate to lob a brick at the local media, but they just don't cover the local races in any detail. I realize they need to sell papers/attract viewers and will spend more time and resources covering the races that impact the greatest number of readers/viewers. I am very sympathetic to their quandary. If a news station (tv or radio) or newspaper doesn't make money, they will cease to exist. But they need to devote more coverage to local races. Not because I say so, but because they are the MOST important.

Imagine all the levels of government, local, state, and federal, arranged into a pyramid with federal on top. Federal should garner the least of our attention, followed by state and local. It is the politician closest to you, in my case a JP councilman, that has the greatest potential for impact on my life. The current view of the majority would turn the pyramid upside down, focusing all their attention on the layer of government with the least impact on any given individual's life. It is this focus on the federal government that has given them all their power as we have lost ours.

What if I told you that I did not think that the general public should elect Senators and instead, the state legislature should pick them. You would probably call me antidemocratic (and you would be right. Good thing we live in a REPUBLIC) or crazy. Would you call Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, et al crazy as well. Because that is the system they created. Voters did not earn the "right" to vote for US Senators until 1913. Until then, state legislatures selected the senators and represented the state legislature in congress. They represented state governments and did not vote to give powers from the state to the feds. This changed in 1913. Voters gave powers once reserved to the states and the people to the federal government. It's been downhill ever since.

Imagine all the attention garnered by the presidential candidates shifted to your local race. A pipe dream, maybe. People won't pay attention, probably. But that is how it should be. The federal government has grown into a huge overbearing ruler it was never intended to be. As of 2004 there were 4000 federal crime laws. When the constitution was written, only three: piracy, counterfeiting, and treason. Many of the laws have no legal basis in the Constitution. The blame lays squarely on the people, specifically those who voted to increase the power of the federal government and those who did not vote.

How then, do we get people to be more involved in local politics? The media can't be forced to cover it. People can't be forced to pay attention. But, if the power could bleed from Washington back to the States and the people (where it belongs) people will pay attention. Sort of a poor man's "build it and they will come". As long as people's focus remains on the White House, the power will too.

When I go into the voting booth tomorrow and press buttons beside candidates names, I'll have no clue who to select. My choice may by decided by the letter after their names. Or my choice may have neither rhyme nor reason, and that is a shame.

Don't misread me. The blame falls squarely on myself. I bear the responsibility to be informed when I step into the booth and close the curtain behind me.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

And the winner is...

Louisiana, I hope.

The general elections are over and we will have a few new faces in government... due to term limits, not discriminating voters. Without term limits, we would have seen much more of the same. I was more upbeat immediately following the elections. That is why I waited before commenting on the results. I wanted to hear other opinions and think about the results for a while.

Governor: I am genuinely excited about Rep. Jindal being Governor. But I was also excited about Former Governor Foster. He went in promising many changes, like giving voters referendums. Once he got elected, he promptly stuck it in neutral and idled for eight years. Not that he did anything bad; I think the state was in about the same shape prior to his tenure as after. Many in the legislature are very resistant to change. Maybe he gave up, maybe he never intended to do them. Only he knows.

I hope Gov. Elect Jindal will not be so easily defeated. Most of my friends and colleagues supported him. In listening to those who did not, there was a common complaint that he was too "slick" or "polished". However, these same people that think Pres. Bush is a moron because he does not speak well. I just think the guy is that smart. At the last debate, the candidates were asked who they thought was Louisiana's best Governor. Gov. Elect Jindal answered first. Without missing a beat, he answers Gov. McKeithen. PSC Campbell can't pick one and state Sen. Boasso likes everyone. The guy knows the answers, his answers. The others, like Gov. Blanco, can't pick one without a study. That is what Louisiana needs now, more that anything. Someone capable and able to make decisions in a timely fashion. Not someone who needs to see which way the wind is blowing first.

Agriculture: How big is it to finally be rid of Com. Odom. The Conservative Cajun sums it up nicely here.

Now moving on to the local races:

JP President: Never have I been more disappointed with the outcome of a race. I want to thank the West Bank for electing the Flooder. I would like to point out that I make a conscious effort to refer to all elected officials by their office title, even the ones I don't like. I have one exception, the one personally responsible for flooding my home, he who must not be named. THE FLOODER. My dislike for him does not stem solely from the flooding; I didn't vote for him the first time either.

Amazing that a no-name with no money comes within 2 percentage points of forcing a runoff. Had someone with any name recognition or money run, the flooder would be gone. Hey, John Georges, you had no shot at governor, but you could have been parish president. Four more years of the flooder. Then he should be done, I can't see him winning any other office.

My state senator was a term-limited member of the House. I didn't vote for him; he won easily. Hy house seat is in a runoff with two new faces. A little hope for improvement there.

Overall, the voters said "give us more of the same". Very disappointing. 4 out of 6 statewide offices will have the same face. Parish president and every parish council seat will remain the same. The changes in the house in senate were forced by term limits. Thank God for that. But most simply jumped from house to senate or vice versa. No great changes there. Life here must be great, we certainly seems pleased with our government.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wealth redistribution

That seems to be Sen. Clinton's plan recently. First she wanted to give 5k to each child born. That's nice. She has already dropped that plan like a hot potato. I can't believe she even floated it out in the first place. Although I'm sure the program would have been limited to children of citizens. Right?

Now she has a plan to give everyone a 401k like plan. Again, I'm sure its just for legal citizens. The government would match up to $1000 per year with some restrictions on income, etc.

I already though we had a government retirement program, Social Security. Why do we need another? Could it be that SS doesn't work? Blasphemy!!!

Social Security is a very important safety net for our country. Let me give you two examples.

My grandfather worked till the day he died. He paid into Social Security from the beginning. After he died, he got the death benefit, a couple hundred bucks. What happened to the rest of the money he paid in? Gone. Spent to run the government. That is why we must never privatize Social Security.

My sister died recently. She was 28. Because she was single, she did not receive the death benefit. All the money she paid in is gone. I figure she paid in over $20,000 and got nothing back. How can Americans support a scheme like this? I'll never understand.

My grandfather wanted to get out of the system. I even think he wrote them a letter asking such. I found a way to get out, by working for a local government. I never thought I would be a government employee, but it is one of the reasons I took the job. All the money I have contributed is gone: I'll never see it, not a penny. All you out there in your early thirties, like me, will never see any either.

So enjoy having 15.30% (combined employee and employer share) of your paycheck confiscated. Know that you will never see a penny and even if SS is eliminated, the tax will never go away. The government needs the money to take care of you.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Hey Rep. Jindal, "SCHIP is bad!"

I am disgusted that Rep. Jindal has announced his intention to cast his vote to override Pres. Bush's veto of the enhancements to SCHIP. First, I must tell you that my two kids would probably be covered by SCHIP; I still don't want it.

The expansion of SCHIP is the next step toward socialized medicine. Those of you who want that are happy. I'm afraid. Not as much for myself as for my children. For health care in America to degenerate to the levels of health care in Canada, the UK, Cuba and other nations with socialized medicine would be a disaster. Where would foreigners go for the best medical care in the world? Where would Canadians go when they can't see a doctor or can't get treatment?

I wish Rep. Jindal would reconsider and not vote to override the veto. Not that that would prevent socialized medicine, that is inevitable. Not that is would earn him votes, although it probably would (especially with women). But that is is the right thing to do.

Unfortunately socialized medicine is coming. I might not see it, but my kids will. It will create two systems of health care in America. One that waits for government to pay for it. The other that pays for faster, better treatment out-of-pocket. Prepare to be in the latter category. The former won't be pretty. Even now, you can find doctors who only take cash. I wish I could. That would be my doctor. They are tired of dealing with the insurance paperwork. I'm not even counting the doctors who do not accept Medicare. That, along with my social security payments, might as well go into a hole in the ground. I'll never see any benefit from that money confiscated from me.

I guess I sound pretty heartless to deny government health care for kids. But at least I have James Madison on my side. How about you?

"The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."

"With respect to the words "general welfare," I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."

Monday, October 1, 2007

All for one, and one for all

With the house voting that the NFIP offer wind coverage to flood policy holders and the Democrat Party and some RINOs advocating socialized medicine, I want to propose a super single-payer government insurance to cover everyone and everything.

There are millions of young, healthy uninsured Americans. They must be saved from deciding that it is not worth it to buy health insurance. (As an aside, I was *forced* by the Official Wife of the GermanTM to purchase health insurance. I estimate I have spent $5500 without ever seeing a doctor once.) We need all these young and healthy people to bring the group rate down for the sick ones. Not just Americans, but illegals too. Because we can't afford to be seen as mean. We must be compassionate and insure criminal aliens like they do in other countries like.....?

Why stop at health insurance? I want the government insurance to cover everything: home, fire, theft, auto, life, flood, wind, hail,... everything. Government is the solution, right?

All the arguments supporting socialized medicine can be applied to other types of insurance. It just makes good sense for the government to take care of us. We are too irresponsible to be trusted to make our own choices. We must be saved from ourselves.

This would also kill the evil insurance companies. According to my research, insurance companies are the third most hated industry in America, behind #1 "Big oil"/Halliburton and #2 Walmart. The government would be able to manipulate insurance rates to promote certain behaviors and punish others just like they do with the income tax (and the NY Times with AD rates). It would also eliminate the re-insurance market. The government will just borrow from the treasury to pay the claims. Unless they deny them... then you're screwed. Think filing a tax return is fun, wait till you make a claim.

Seriously, this plan will benefit us all. With our omnipotent, benevolent and efficient government running the program, we can't lose.

By the way, I went to the DMV on friday to renew my license; It took an hour.