The Value of Capitalism, The Fallacies of the Left, and Other Thoughts

By Alden L. Benton

Apple Worth More than Greece

Last week CNN Money reported that the value of Apple on the stock market rose to over $400 billion.  Considering the wild success of their products, this is not surprising.  However, what is surprising, at least to the clueless dolts on the Left, is that the value of Apple exceeds the value of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the near-bankrupt nation of Greece.

According to CNN Money, “Apple’s market cap is higher than the gross domestic product of Greece, Austria, Argentina, or South Africa.”  In fact, according to the blog Things Apple is Worth More Than, Apple is worth more than a lot of things like this:

“The retail value of consumed beef in the U.S. was 74 Billion dollars in 2010.  26.4 billion pounds were consumed.  At a market cap of 390 billion, Apple is worth more than all the steaks and cook out goodies for an entire year in the United States.”

In contrast, Greece, with its cradle-to-grave nanny entitlement state, spent and taxed itself to the brink of oblivion.  If they don’t solve their self-induced socialist problem, modern Greece, once considered the cradle of Western civilization, will fail and garner only a brief mention in the annals of world history.

Supreme Court Rules Against Warrantless Electronic Search

The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday that police attaching a GPS tracking device to suspect’s car constitutes a search as defined by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

According to the syllabus of the case (United States v. Jones) released yesterday, the Court in their 9-0 ruling, held that the government attaching a GPS device to a vehicle and using it to monitor the vehicle’s movement constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment.

According to the case syllabus,

The Fourth Amendment protects the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”  Here, the Government’s physical intrusion on an “effect” for the purpose of obtaining information constitutes a “search.”  This type of encroachment on an area enumerated in the Amendment would have been considered a search within the meaning of the Amendment at the time it was adopted.

The Birth Certificate That Will Not Die

World Net Daily (WND) reports that President Obama is facing challenges to his placement on various state ballots because he is not constitutionally qualified to be president.

According to the WND article, President Obama is not a natural born citizen as required by the Constitution.  They argue that by the 18th century definition supported, according to the report, by a 19th century Supreme Court decision, that natural born citizenry requires two citizen parents.  According to the president’s own book Dreams of My Father, his father was Kenyan, thus disqualifying him.

The merits of this argument notwithstanding, it is time to forget about whether B. Hussein Obama is a natural born citizen and concentrate on his lack of ability which is leading us down the path of destruction and remove him from office permanently.

Extra-constitutional Rule

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued an order last Friday stating that religious-affiliated hospitals and universities MUST provide birth control without charging co-pay or deductibles beginning August 1, 2013.

This rule is a blatant attack on the principles of religious freedom as stated in the First Amendment to the Constitution.  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” 

What part of NO does Secretary Sebelius not understand? 

NO is the operative concept guiding the entire Constitution.  This onerous new rule steps far beyond the bounds of the First Amendment prohibitions. 

The First Amendment is crystal clear about interfering with our right to freely exercise one’s religion WITHOUT interference from the government.

One can only hope that the Supreme Court has the Constitutional sense to strike down ObamaCare in its entirety this summer and relegate this rule to the incinerator.

©2012 Alden L. Benton/Independence Creek Enterprises.  All Rights Reserved.


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