Saturday, September 26, 2009

Obamacare

Not only do the demos want you to HAVE to buy insurance whether you want it or not, they are prepared to put you in jail if you don't pay the tax for being un-insured.

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."(link)

So not only will Obamacare kill our economy, it will quite possibly help to fill the jails with the uninsured.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Softball

We lost last night 8-4 (team couldn't hit) and still managed to take 1st place in the league (run differential). We got 1 game Monday night and then the tourney starts Tuesday night and we play the winner between the 4 and 5 seeds.

I went 1-3 (my worst night since the 2nd game) and have a batting average of .763 (29 out of 38) so not bad.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cap and Tax

Clyde Middleton and I just concluded a blogger conference call with the House Whip Team. On the call were Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Erik Paulsen (R-MN).

The major news from the call was that Cap and Trade is, according to Rep. Jordan, “all but dead in the House.”...(link)
More good news from the party once called conservative. Cap and Tax err Trade is one of the biggest (not the biggest since ObamaCare is still in the works) thefts of American wealth ever put forth by any legislature.

For the purpose of 'protecting the climate' (which the bill wouldn't even do) the citizens would have to pay higher prices for energy... and of course since every product you buy has energy being used to make it, guess what would happen to the prices of all those 'luxury' goods (you know: food, water, shelter, etc.)? Of course they'd skyrocket also. Since the manufacturers would have to pay more to produce, they would charge more (not the full amount, some would be taken back by cutting pay and a very small amount eaten from profit) for their products to consumers.

So not only do you have the 'direct tax' of higher electric bills (around $1761 per year [link]) you would also bite the indirect price raise by each business that had their electric bills raised. The cost to each person would be much higher than any estimate because of the 'pass-down' method of pricing by business.

Killing this behemoth bill is a very high priority (just behind the ObamaCare fiasco) and you should let your congresscritters know how you feel on this. (easy way here)

Ed talks about this among other non-tax taxes in his latest AIP column here

Bailouts

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus on Wednesday sought a promise from the Obama administration that the government will stop rescuing huge financial institutions on the brink of failure. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner declined.

“You can’t fix the system, make it more stable in the future, by hoping and promising that you’re going to ... abolish the fire station or block the doors of the fire station when the crisis breaks out,” Geithner told Bachus during a Wednesday morning hearing on Capitol Hill. “It’s not a strategy that works.”(link)
Finally the R's are acting more and more like conservatives... now that they can't reasonably expect to accomplish anything.

If they had acted like this when they controlled Washington, we might not be in the 'dire straits' we're in now. When confronted with Democrats and Democrat-lites, the voters will usually pick the authentic ones.

Presidential Approval

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Softball

Double-header tonight (and we got to play, fields were awful though)...

Game 1 28-2 in 3 innings... Game 2 forfeit

We're now 10-2 and in first place still; unless we lost Thursday night by 13 or more runs we'll stay in first (no chance of that so...)

Sports

Not a terribly good weekend for me.

Austin played great and won big (4th in a row) to start the weekend off. although their schedule will jump in coming weeks [link].

Tennessee played better than expected (by the 'experts') and had a good game with (1) Florida, but lost.

Dallas looked great and awful, sometimes on the same drive. Romo gave the game away with some bad passes and the defense couldn't stop Eli on 3rd down for @%##.