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Easy Fix

“Socialism has no moral justification whatsoever; poor people are not morally superior to rich people, nor are they owed anything by rich people simply because of their lack of success.  Charity is not a socialist concept — it is a religious one, an acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty over property, a sovereignty the Left utterly rejects.”
~Ben Shapiro

By Alden L. Benton

There is a hefty pack of horse manure surrounding the argument over what Congress should do about the estimated 11 million people who have entered and stayed in the United States illegally.

Approximately half of these people entered on legal visas, such as student or tourist, but stayed after it expired.  This enforcement problem needed attention decades ago.  The rest are here without legal permission.

In both of these scenarios, including the over-romanticized children brought by parents who entered without permission, these individuals do not belong here because their presence is the result of an illegal act.

I am not advocating mass deportation and I am not advocating amnesty or a path to citizenship as a reward for unlawful activity.

Anyone who breaks a law is subject to some type of punishment or retribution that fits the severity of the crime.  Those who break the law by entering the United States improperly are lawbreakers and must face the consequences of their actions.

It could be argued that illegal immigration is a victimless crime.  I disagree.  It is a crime against our right as a sovereign nation to control access to our boundaries and to decide who may enter into society.

In deciding what course to take, the question of criminality directly connects to the question of what is an appropriate punishment.  Current law states that people who entered the United States illegally must be deported.

Deportation is neither a moral, nor a feasible, solution.  Neither is amnesty.  Anyone who violates the law must forfeit something of value.  What should an illegal immigrant forfeit in return for being allowed to remain in the United States?

The answer is simple: Citizenship.

For anyone now residing in the United States who entered or stayed illegally, issue permanent residency.  However, unlike a green card, this type of permanent residency will offer no access to any path to citizenship and the benefits it brings.

That is the punishment.  Enjoy the freedom and the fruits of your labor, but because you violated the law, you are not eligible to become a citizen.  The choice is now theirs.

To prevent further problems, immigration law must be simplified and streamlined.  We must screen for diseases, terrorists, and criminal behavior, but the entry process should not take years or even decades.  We also need to examine what constitutes a citizen, especially a natural born citizen.

Finally, to keep all of us safe from criminal cartels, human smugglers, and terrorists build the wall.  It has worked in Israel and it works where the wall is complete along our southern border.


“If succeeding generations of Americans don’t understand the concepts of justice, individual rights, free enterprise, capitalism, sovereignty or national security, there can be no guarantee that those concepts — or others like them will continue.”
~George Nethercutt

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Stupid vs. Ignorant

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”
~ Milton Friedman

By Alden L. Benton

Ignorance is a lack of knowledge while stupid is dull, foolish, or senseless.  Solid, factual information can cure ignorance, but you cannot fix stupid.

In regards to healthcare, Congress is stupid.  They are not listening to the majority of their constituents or exhibiting any semblance, any trace, of common economic, fiscal, or political sense.

Congress is diddling around trying to figure out how to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, when they should be eliminating it.

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They simply do not understand why we do not need to replace it with another expensive, ineffective government behemoth.

Eliminate the ACA and replace it with nothing.

Why shouldn’t we replace Obamacare? 

The answer is simple.  Can you honestly think of any government program that actually works as intended?  Unless you are a socialist, the answer is no.

That is the simple answer.  However, there are compelling arguments that support dismantling Obamacare.  The arguments against the ACA rest on two principles: the role of government and cost/benefit.  These two videos from Prager University clearly explain why the government needs to get out of healthcare, as well as myriad other things government expects us to pay for.

Why Is Healthcare So Expensive?

Government Can’t Fix Healthcare

It is time Congress listens to the wisdom of the vast majority of Americans who are tired of all the machinations and horse manure in the process showcased so clearly in programs like Obamacare.

It is simple.  

Stop being stupid.  Get government out of our lives and restore the free market of products, services, and ideas.  Eliminating Obamacare is the first step towards that goal.

“I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts.”
~ Will Rogers

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Time to Stop Being Stupid

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.”  ~George Washington (1795)

By Alden L. Benton

Radio commentator Dennis Prager once said, “There are two parties: the dangerous party and the stupid party.  I belong to the stupid party.”  So do I.

The stupid party is, painfully, the Republican Party.

Republicans won control of Congress and the White House on a campaign pledging to lower taxes, repeal Obamacare, reduce the regulatory burden, and get the economy moving.

So now, 7 ½ do-nothing months after the election, the Republican Congress is locked and loaded and ready to shoot themselves in their collective head.

Congress is consumed with diddly, meaningless mule fritters.  Forget all the manufactured Boogeymen and unsourced “news.”  You have strength in numbers, forget making nice with the dangerous party.

Stick to business.  Forge ahead and keep your promises or the same angry electorate will kick your collective backsides to the curb where, heaven forbid, you will actually have to work 40 hour per week instead of 21 days in seven months.

Now it appears that the Republican Party is not going to trash Obamacare after all.  After all the rhetoric and promises, now the plan is to replace Obamacare with Obamacare on steroids.

So much for integrity.  How pathetic.

The electorate spoke loud and clear last November.  Congressional Republicans must be deaf corrupt, or just fantastically stupid.  The movie character Forest Gump said it best, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

What we want is so simple, a fifth-grader can understand.  People cannot buy the health insurance they want, they cannot see the doctors they want, and they cannot afford their premiums and deductibles.

Simple, so get off your collective derrieres and fix the problem.  However, the real question is why did this happen.

This problem is a direct result of the ill-conceived experiment in socialized medicine outrageously titled the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The ACA was foist upon us by corrupt Congressional leadership who illegally manipulated the legislative process to create and pass a bill no one ever read.  In practice, the Affordable Care Act has been anything but affordable, has significantly degraded care, and is crashing burning before our very eyes.

Let me be crystal-clear.  Obamacare by any other name is still a massive, unaffordable government fiasco that will fail and leave everyone, especially the elderly and poor, dangerously vulnerable.

Like the original, the replacement bill will give us no choices and drive prices into the stratosphere.  Once prices become out of control, the only solution will be yet another massive government program that will eventually destroy our economy.

Stop the one-size-fits-all fantasy.  It will never work.  There is no free ride.  When something is free, it was taken from someone else.  Socialized anything does not work for long for, as Margaret Thatcher said, “The only trouble with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”

Do not replace Obamacare.  Eliminate it.  Kill it and bury it in an unmarked grave with all the other estimated 200 million victims of socialist/communist violence.

It is time the people who elected them to hold the collective feet of Congress to the fire.  Call, write, fax, tweet them relentlessly and tell them to put Obamacare, or any reiteration of it, in the trash.

We do not need government run healthcare.  We do not need more government.  We do not need government telling us when and how we shall treat our maladies.


We need to remove the barriers that inhibit the free market.  Only the free market will bring innovative new solutions to healthcare.  The free market spurs competition, provides more choices, and drives prices down.

Act now and stop Congress and the Stupid Party from doing what comes naturally.  Maybe we actually can fix stupid.

“The alternate triumphs of different parties … make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels.”
~ George Washington, Farewell Address (1796)

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An Open Letter to Congress Part 2

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”  ~Ronald Reagan

By Alden L. Benton

In my last post, I began an open letter to Congress criticizing their self-serving cowardice and lack of integrity.  I issued a warning that we are watching and we will judge them harshly if they fail to deliver as promised.

Today I lay out a basic plan, an agenda, for Congress to fulfill the mandate delivered in the last election.  In doing this, I am making a leap of faith.  I am assuming that the majority of Congress will grow a spine and have the courage and integrity to look beyond the next election, and beyond the demands of the donor and lobbying class, to solve the festering long-term problems that face the nation.

To all the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate:

When your loyalty returns to the people, and to the nation, the solutions to our problems become amazingly clear and simple.  Here is a simple agenda that this Congress can easily complete and send to the president’s desk.

Repeal Obamacare and its myriad regulations in its entirety.  Do not replace it with another form of big government boondoggle.

If necessary, pass simple clear legislation, under the true meaning of the commerce clause, to ensure individuals are able to participate fully in a free and open market to purchase a health insurance policy from another state.

Make any adjustments, such as protecting individuals with preexisting condition, simply and directly in separately deliberated legislation.

Tax reform is even simpler.

Eliminate the entire labyrinth of the U.S. tax code.

Replace the tax code with a flat tax.  Everyone will pay a truly fair share.  If the rate is 10 per cent, then both the rich and the poor will pay their proportionate share.  No games.  No deductions.  No withholding.  No Internal Revenue Service.

Balancing the budget is not rocket science.

As any responsible head of household would do, cut up the credit cards, stop borrowing, and stop spending more than is earned.

This is a simple, rational concept that even Congress should understand and they could easily apply it to the federal budget process if they can put aside their selfish partisan wrangling and gets down to the business of putting the long-term well-being of country ahead of themselves.

Additionally, if spending and revenue are balanced, there will be no need, except in extreme emergencies, to borrow money.  As the old saying goes, never a borrower or lender be.

By balancing the budget and eliminating borrowing, the national debt will decline over time.  By balancing the budget, and funding only the projects deemed absolutely necessary and within the limitations of the enumerated powers in the Constitution, the need for large, ineffective, and costly federal bureaucracies becomes unnecessary, effectively downsizing the government.  In effect, this drains the swamp.

As spending contracts, the government contracts, and the less the government has to spend creates a smaller pie for the lobbyists and big donors to carve, thereby lessening their influence, and minimizing government interference in our lives.

We must make hard choices in order to achieve these goals.  Attitudes, both inside and outside of our government, must change.

The decades long tax and spend mentality must die.

The “gimme” mentality must die.  There can be no more free rides.

We must restructure the major entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid) to maintain their continued viability and their ability to continue to serve their recipients.

It all starts with Congress.  Congress must grow a spine.  Congress must muster the courage and integrity to deal with these long-term issues now.  The country cannot wait.

The time to act is now.  We cannot wait until sometime far in the future in a galaxy far, far away, when all the stars and planets are in perfect alignment.

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.”  ~Barry Goldwater

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An Open Letter to Congress Part 1

“Where is the politician who has not promised to fight to the death for lower taxes — and who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax cuts impossible?”  ~Barry Goldwater

By Alden L. Benton

To all the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate:

We, the people, spoke last November and swept the majority of into office because of your campaign promises.

You all have made similar promises, promises to repeal Obamacare, restructure the tax code, and balance the budget.

We also want you to take steps to eliminate the national debt, return to the rule of law, and to drain the swamp that is Washington, D.C.

Words are cheap.

We are closely watching what you do, and so far, you have failed.

We have a warning for all of you from any political party: Do what we ask.  Period.  As my father would say, we want no ifs ands or buts.

It is called integrity.

If you fail us, if you break our trust, the only way you will ever see Washington, D.C., again will be through the windows of a tour bus.

Since most of you are career politicians who spend your days wheeling and dealing, peddling lies, corruption, influence, while pursuing obstructive self-interest and party political gain, it is clear that none of you have a clue what integrity means.

Integrity is defined as an adherence to moral and ethical principles; having a soundness of moral character; honesty, the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.

Your constituents demand integrity, the alignment of your words and your deeds.

To act without integrity makes you undependable, corrupt, a liar, and unfit to clean the toilets in your respective legislative chambers, let alone the privilege of representing the people of your respective states.

We are weary of your ineffectiveness, your sloth, your blatant, self-serving submission to the lobbying class, and your cowardice.

In fear, you retreat from your responsibilities to us.  You refuse to effectively and boldly, face the issues that plague our nation out of fear you will lose the next election, or fear that you may offend a big donor, whether they are the likes of George Soros or the Koch brothers.

You serve us.  You have sworn to uphold the Constitution.  To do less is malfeasance of office and blatant cowardice.

The nation is in trouble.  We can no longer kick the proverbial can down the road.  The time is NOW.

I am the son of a working man and a stay-at-home mom.  My father and my brother served our nation with honor through military service.

It is your sacred duty to all veterans, living and dead, and to every citizen of the United States of America, to save this great country from its pending destruction, both financial and social.

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”  ~Ronald Reagan

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The Malady and the Cure: A Principled Decision

By Alden Benton

Author’s Note: My apologies for the length of this post.  I encourage you to read through to the end.  I have suffered, along with most of you, through the tedious primary process.  I am tired and fed up.  As a nation we’re in trouble.  We have been presented with two substandard, evil candidates who are unfit to occupy the White House.  There is, however, a way to fix it.  It will take the effort of large numbers of principled people to accomplish.  It is in this light that I pose the issues and offer my solution in this post.

While the president golfs and worries about which bathroom a minute fraction of the population should use, the People’s Republic of China is busy restructuring and modernizing its military to better fight a war, according to the Washington Free Beacon.  The article discusses a Defense Department report to Congress assessing the capabilities of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).  The article is here and the complete Pentagon report is here.

The so-called mainstream media is mute on this as well as other existential threats such as ISIS and radical Islam.  Like the president, they are obsessed with the notion that guys who think they are girls should use the women’s restroom or vice versa.  At the risk of being called some kind of phobic epithet, I think the nation has far larger problems than this.  It is a non-issue manufactured by the president and his supporters as a distraction.

During the current presidential campaign, the leading candidates from both parties have ignored the increasing threats both China and ISIS pose, and have instead, like playground bullies, chosen to argue and call each other names while our nation suffers internally and is threatened externally.

The only candidates who spoke to the issue of defense and national recovery were Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both of whom were shouted down by the bully tactics and sound bite half (or less) truths of Trump’s waffling, lies, and obfuscation.

While Trump refuses to put forth any rational, legal, or ethical plan for anything, Hillary Clinton is pandering to the entitlement “gimme” class, trying to outdo her admittedly socialist opponent by promising even more “free stuff,” things any rational person knows are, in reality, not free.

Defense and national recovery and prosperity are not on Clinton’s mind either, after all, as she infamously told a Congressional hearing into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, including the U.S. ambassador, “What does it matter?”

Clinton, and her successor, in instituting the agenda of the president, have alienated allies, placated and emboldened our adversaries, and handcuffed our military in its fight against a terrorist enemy that the president refuses to even name, let alone acknowledge.

National security and national recovery have become nothing but convenient sound bites to lure unsophisticated and low-information voters to the respective camps of the candidates.

Principles and civility have been placed in the trash as both candidates demean themselves, and the nation, with profane and inane utterances meant only to massage the gullible and dupe the rest of us.

Neither candidate wants to return to economic prosperity and ordered liberty where the Constitution, the rule of law, and honest competition prevail.

Other than their sex and political label, Trump and Clinton are basically identical, two sides of the same coin, a coin minted in Barack Obama’s image. That image is of two Machiavellian narcissists; vain, self-absorbed individuals who place political expediency above morality and use lies, corruption, and deceit to carry out their policies.

According to Guttmacher.org, from 1973 through 2011, there were 53 million abortions in the United States.  That is 1,394,737 babies murdered per year in every one of the 38 years since Roe v. Wade made abortion a “right.”

Both candidates are just fine with the murder of millions of unborn children and funding it through the government — our money given to Planned Parenthood and forced subsidies of abortion through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and its forced premium participation.

Obamacare is neither affordable, nor providing care.  In fact, Obamacare is rationing care to seniors on Medicare by encouraging hospitals to provide less care by giving bonuses to the hospitals that spend the least caring for the elderly.  In California alone, this evil practice has resulted in more than 11,000 preventable deaths.

Trump is happy with this massive boondoggle and Clinton wants to expand it.

Neither candidate has given any thought to reducing or eliminating the economy-killing, unaccountable administrative state that is micromanaging our lives and businesses.

Clinton is poised to spend us into oblivion with her “feel good free for all” policies.  Trump, on the other hand wants to inflate our way out of debt, ruining both our national credit and the economy, and he proposes to finish the job (pun intended) of killing our economy with restrictive trade and tariff policies.

Both candidates have the potential to turn the United States into a third world nation, if they don’t destroy us in an outright global war first.

In a previous column, I said that I had no answer to the dilemma of which candidate to vote for.  I now have the answer that I alluded to in that post.

One of the checks and balances written into the constitution is representative government.  We chose our members of Congress and they represent us.  In fact, until the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913, U.S. senators were chosen by state legislatures, who were in turn elected by the people.

While the 17th Amendment diluted this check by allowing direct election of U.S. senators, one very important check remains: the Electoral College.

The Electoral College was a compromise between direct election of the president and Congress electing the president to maintain the idea of a constitutional representative republic.

Electors are chosen by the states and each state has electors equal to the number of Congressional districts, plus one for each of the state’s two U.S. senators.  The ratification of the 23rd Amendment also gave the District of Columbia three electors.

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors and a majority of 270 electors is required for a candidate to become president.  If no candidate gets the required majority, the House of Representatives will elect the president from the three candidates that received the most electoral votes.  The Senate will elect the vice president from the top two vice presidential candidates.

Sadly, the election to choose the leader of the free world has deteriorated into a brawl between two cults and their celebrity idiot idols.  This election has taken the democratic processes of our constitutional republic, and turned them into the chaos of mob rule that is pure democracy.

To salvage this election, and perhaps our nation, I have chosen to follow Charles Spurgeon’s advice: “Of two evils, choose neither.”

I am not advocating staying away from the polling place. Rather, I am advocating an unofficial third party vote to elect a ticket of Cruz and Rubio.

Vote your ballot. However, instead of voting for the evil that is Clinton or the evil that is Trump, write in Ted Cruz for president and Marco Rubio for vice president.  If enough people choose to write in these men, the election could be denied to both Clinton and Trump.

This provides a chance to elect qualified men of virtue and honor rather than making an unconscionable choice between two lying, unprincipled, narcissists bent on destroying the United States.  It also offers a constitutional work-around to evade the two-party system that has consistently rewarded the pimps, panderers, and lobbyists.

Life offers no guarantees, nor does my plan.  However, writing in two highly qualified candidates to attempt to prevent our destruction at the hands of either the evil of Clinton or the evil of Trump is well worth the risk.

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Final Answer to ObamaCare is Not with Federal Government

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”  ~Samuel Adams

 By Alden L. Benton

In my March 29 post, Don’t Wait for SCOTUS — Kill ObamaCare Now, I talked about whether the most onerous part of ObamaCare, the individual mandate, could be severed from the rest of the legislation if the U.S. Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional.  I also suggested that Congress take the decision away from SCOTUS and scuttle the entire thing.

Eliminating ObamaCare is the only thing to do.  However, Congress is not likely to act so boldly in an election year and their courage always falters under pressure from the special interest lobbies.  The best we could possibly hope for is some kind of hybrid re-engineering of ObamaCare that would eliminate some of the most obvious flaws, but leave the guts of the beast untouched.

 If SCOTUS succumbs to a severe case of dumb-ass and rules the individual mandate and ObamaCare constitutional, is that the end of the road?  No.  The states can, and must, act.

 Most of what Congress and the Federal government have done in the last 112 years is far beyond the powers granted in the Constitution — the enumerated powers.

 In Federalist 45, James Madison wrote about the constitutional limits of government power,

 The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.  Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite…The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) extends federal power far beyond the limits written into the Constitution, but the Statists discarded the rule of Constitutional law long ago.

The remedy, however, is in the Constitution — the 10th amendment.

The operative word in the Constitution is NO.  The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, were put in place to quell the fears of the anti-federalists that the Constitution did not adequately protect the rights of the people or the sovereignty of the states.

The 10th amendment clearly states,

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

This is the basis of what Thomas Jefferson called “the rightful remedy.”  That remedy is nullification: the right of the states not to follow or enforce federal laws they deem unjust or unconstitutional.  The Virginia Resolution of 1798, and the Kentucky Resolution of 1798, authored by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, respectively, illuminate the nullification concept.

 The race-baiting Statist on the Left will scream that nullification is evil, that it was used to prolong slavery.  However, as explained in Thomas Woods’ book Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century (buy here or here), this is no more than the usual ignorant, revisionist lies and distortions spewed by the Left when their goal — total control — is threatened.

We cannot depend on Congress to rein in the powers they have created for themselves.  We certainly cannot, and should not, trust the fox to guard the hen house in accepting the Supreme Court as the final word on what is, or is not, Constitutional.

That power resides in the states, and it is through the states that we can more easily control the power of the federal behemoth.  However, to do this the states, like the Cowardly Lion, must find the courage to stand up and just say NO to the federal government. 

And therein lies the problem for somehow we must remind government, whether it is federal, state, or local, of one basic principle of government illuminated by the Declaration of Independence,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” 

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Don’t Wait for SCOTUS — Kill ObamaCare Now!

By Alden L. Benton

As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is argued before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), one thing is clear: unless SCOTUS kills the entire PPACA legislation, all 2,000 plus pages of it, ObamaCare must be scuttled by Congress.

The primary focus of the published questioning by the SCOTUS justices is whether the individual mandate, the PPACA section requiring Americans to buy health insurance, is constitutional.

However, there is a secondary question embedded in the constitutional question, and the answer to it is almost as important as the answer to the constitutional issue. 

That question is severability. 

In other words, if SCOTUS rules the individual mandate unconstitutional, can the offending segment be severed from the PPACA, leaving the rest of the law intact; or if the mandate is indeed unconstitutional, does that invalidate the entire PPACA?

The only acceptable answer is to kill the entire PPACA.

If SCOTUS severs the individual mandate from the rest of the PPACA, we will be rid of one onerous section, but the rest of the law would remain intact.

The only solution is for Congress to stand up and unequivocally kill ObamaCare in its entirety — before the election in November.  Yes, the president would no doubt veto any such legislation, but in an election year, would Congress flex its political muscle and override that veto? 


Even if the Senate could not muster the majority necessary to override a presidential veto, a solid Republican Party front, coupled with support from independents and “moderate” Democrats would draw very clear battle lines for the November election — with a clear advantage to the Republican Party nominee.

The PPACA is nothing more than an unpopular, unwanted, unwieldy, patient-killing, job-killing, tax-swallowing, debt-expanding, freedom-busting government power grab. 

The final answer, in fact the only answer, is to scrap it and scuttle the careers of the useful idiots who corrupted the process and forced this unreadable and unintelligible special interest boondoggle down our collective throats.

It is time to stand and fight.  One-third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives is up for election.  We the people, must send a crystal clear message right now — dump ObamaCare into the trash heap of bad ideas, or else ….

“Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.”
~Samuel Adams,
Speech at the State House, Philadelphia, August 1, 1776

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Obama versus The Rule of Law

By Alden L. Benton

The United States, at least before Obama came to power, is a nation that is governed by the rule of law rather than by a person or group that puts themselves above the law.  Much to the consternation of the American Left is the notion that the law is supreme and the fact that concept is woven into the fabric of the Constitution.

In the first three years of the reign of King Obama I, we are fast becoming a nation governed by men, not laws, and in the progression towards oppression, we are losing the natural laws granted by God and enshrined in the Constitution of the United States.

The list of unaccountable, unelected czars and federal department heads is too large to discuss.  However, the problem with them all is that they serve the king, not the people, and operate outside the realm of the Constitution.

I call this extra-constitutional power and presidents and Congresses, on both sides of the political aisle, have been complacent in this erosion for at least 80 years.  Prior to that time, the federal government was small and svelte, providing only those services enumerated in the Constitution.  As I have said before (thanks to my friend Russ for the quote), the operative word in the Constitution is NO.  The Constitution sets up a basic framework for governance and then limits that government’s power to protect the people and the immortal words penned in the Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….”
~Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Now we have czars and ministers who serve no one but the president and his agenda.  According to Frontpagemag.com,

“Since his election as president, Barack Obama has appointed approximately three-dozen so-called ‘czars’ to manage various governmental responsibilities.  These czars have been described as ‘super aides’ who work across agency lines to push the president’s agenda.  CBS News says they ‘report directly to Mr. Obama and have the power to shape national policy on their subject area.’”

Admittedly, other presidents have appointed czars, however President Obama has appointed more than anyone and, of greater concern, they all share Obama’s radical, transform-America-into a-third-rate-power, socialist agenda.

The appointment and use of czars is unconstitutional and is a direct threat to the rule of law and the Constitutional separation of powers.

We are seeing what one man rule can do. 

  • The president is trampling on the First Amendment with his insistence that Catholics, or anyone else of conscience, pay for abortion and contraception with the help of Czar Sibelius. 
  • The president, along with a majority of Congress, has stepped on the right to due process and the prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizure in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments through dubious provisions of the National Defense Appropriation Act. 
  • The next target on the O-Team’s agenda will no doubt be the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

Over the past three years, we have seen the dream of hope and change promised so eloquently by candidate Obama, morph into a nightmare of weakness abroad and dependency and despair at home.

The only hope we have is for a regime change that will return our once great nation to the rule of law come November 6.

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Underwear, Shoes, Cupcakes, and Too Much Government

By Alden L. Benton

The TSA ineptness and insanity continues.

A story posted on the Drudge Report from The Boston Channel reports that the fools at the Transportation Safety Administration — the unionized, tax-payer funded molesters and voyeurs charged with keeping grannies in Depends and other terrorists off of U.S. airlines — would not let a woman board a flight from Las Vegas, Nevada back to her home in Boston because her cupcake was a security threat.

This ridiculous episode is just the tip of the iceberg of the ever-expanding operations of what amounts to a KGB-style national security police where United States citizens are under constant scrutiny as threats to national security.

Paul Joseph Watson reports on Info Wars that in addition to the $5 billion the TSA has already spent allegedly securing our airports; they are now asking Congress for an additional $25 million, to supplement the $110 million they have already spent, to fund additional VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams. 

The VIPR teams conduct random, warrantless checkpoints throughout the nation, without probable cause, to search for and detain anyone suspected of, well, anything, on the highways, in bus stations, on trains, anywhere.

Watson quotes an article from the Los Angeles Times stating

The extra money is being demanded despite the fact that there is “no proof that the roving viper teams have foiled any terrorist plots or thwarted any major threat to public safety,” according to the L.A. Times report, which also highlights how the TSA’s sniffer dogs are used to single out people for questioning if the dog smells the scent of the owner’s pets on their clothing.

Now to complete an evil triumvirate, earlier this month Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes provisions (Title X, Subtitle D, Section 1031, page 359 of S 1867) that allow unlimited detention without trial of anyone the government considers a terrorist or a supporter of terrorism.

If this does not make it clear the federal government has grown too big and too powerful, and dangerous to our personal freedom and physical liberty guaranteed by the Constitution, then consider this piece of information: In recent Congressional debates whether to pass a continuing budget resolution (CBR) to keep the government fully funded, proponents of the CBR said that without the resolution, the government would have to lay off more than 800,000 NON‑ESSENTIAL workers.  Nearly a million NON‑ESSENTIAL workers!  Why are non-essential workers employed at all?

According to a report published in March 2010 by USA Today, federal employees earned an average salary of $67,691 in 2008, nearly $10,000 more than the equivalent private sector jobs.  The article states, “The federal government spent about $224 billion in 2008 on compensation for about 2 million civilian employees.” 

Forty per cent of the federal civilian workforce is non-essential.  Eliminating non-essential employees makes the government smaller and more efficient — and eliminates $54 billion from the federal budget.

It is past time to reclaim our government and re-establish just who is the servant, and who is the master.

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Deficit, Congress, and Shadow Government

By Alden L. Benton

In yesterday’s post, I reported on recommendations by The Cato Institute and Downsizing Government that would trim $772.8 billion dollars a year from the federal budget.  Over a decade, this totals more than $7.2 trillion in savings.

The Office of Management and Budget projects a $1.3 trillion budget deficit for fiscal year 2012.  In this scenario, the cuts recommended by Downsizing Government would cut the deficit to approximately $404 billion, 4.4 per cent of the estimated 2012 gross domestic product (GDP)

However, according to a Wall Street Journal article last February, “The deficit would decline in fiscal year 2012 to $1.1 trillion, or 7% of gross domestic product, under Mr. Obama’s plan, as a year-long payroll tax holiday and an extension of federal jobless benefits expired, administration officials said.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 per cent in November.  Despite this decrease, millions of Americans will start losing their unemployment benefits beginning next year as the extension expires.  Those fortunate enough to be working will pay higher payroll taxes as their “holiday” ends.

Congress is discussing whether to continue to extend unemployment benefits and whether to continue the payroll tax “holiday,” key elements in the presidents’ deficit plan that will increase the cost of government and increase taxes during an economic train wreck.

It should be painfully obvious by now, to all but the most deluded sycophantic idolater, that the president’s policies are not working.  It is time to stop rehashing the same tired, unworkable economic theories (Keynes), and return to what works: Less tax, less regulation.  The policies of Ronald Reagan (with a Democratic Congress) and continued by Bill Clinton (with a Republican Congress), ushered in an unprecedented era of posterity.

We must cut more from federal spending to avoid the stifling effects tax increases will have on economic recovery for it is economic recovery, not tax increases, that will bring more revenues to the federal coffer.

The best place to begin additional cuts is the thousands of agencies that micromanage the lives of every citizen.  These agencies represent a shadow government that operates by its own rules, not by the rule of law, and are unaccountable to Congress or the public.

Message to Congress: Stop spending.  Take a wrecking ball to government.  Butcher your pet pork.  Burn the tax code and federal regulations.  Slash the budget to the bone. 

There are only 337 days until Election Day.  We are watching.

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Blocking Obama’s End Run Around Congress

President Obama has not been successful with his legislative agenda in the 112th Congress.  So, like the sore loser on the playground, he changes the rules of the game.

If the president doesn’t get his way through the democratic process, he issues executive orders or directs government agencies to issue new rules.

In President Obama’s case, this is deliberate circumvention of Congress and the will of the people.

Congress failed to pass the so-called Cap and Trade legislation, so the president ordered the EPA to formulate and institute new draconian regulations limiting release of carbon dioxide that will increase energy costs and kill jobs.

The president failed to win passage of the DREAM Act, so he issued orders to the Department of Justice and the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to implement key provisions of the failed legislation.  In essence, amnesty for illegal aliens by presidential order.

Card Check, the legislation which would ban secret ballots in union organizing elections, failed to make it through Congress, even when the Democratic Party controlled it.  To make certain he repaid organized labor for its support, the president packed the supposedly neutral National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with union hacks, who in turn have proposed rules to implement the failed card check legislation.

There are, however, remedies, if Congress has the courage and the will to use them.

The Congressional Review Act (Public Law PL 104-121) allows Congress to review EVERY regulation and, through a joint resolution, overrule them.  The law, passed in 1996 as part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, spells out the review and override procedures. 

As with any bill, the president has veto power, but Congress can override his veto.  For the text of the CRA go here: http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/bills/blcra.htm.

Executive orders pose a different challenge. 

Congress cannot simply vote to override an executive order.  They can, however, draft and pass legislation cancelling or changing the order.  Legislation to override an executive order is subject to the same rules, including veto and veto override, as any other bill.

Conservatives control the House of Representatives, but need the help of “moderate” Democrats and Independents to move bills through the Senate.  With strong leadership and a dogged adherence to principles, conservatives can prevail and defeat the president’s programs, again.

This is why it is imperative that conservatives maintain control of the House and take control of the Senate in 2012.  Couple this with a Republican president, and we can begin to reverse the damage done by America’s first socialist president and his Democratic mob.

However, we cannot sit idly by and let Obama and his mob wreak further havoc on the country.  We must keep constant pressure on our elected representatives to stand firm on their principles and work to defund and defeat the president’s nefarious programs.

To borrow the New Hampshire state motto, we must “Live free, or die.”  In order to live free, we must defeat the programs and policies of Obama and his mob now, or the country may die.

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Beating Obama with the Budget

By Alden L. Benton

 In the recent Iowa Republican Presidential candidate debates, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reminded us in his closing remarks that no matter what, we have 15 more months of Barack Hussein Obama as president.  Mr. Gingrich also noted that we need leadership now to derail or defeat the president’s odious programs and goals.

We must force our representatives in Congress to act decisively on the mandate from the people that swept Republicans and TEA Party conservatives into both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  We must force them to stand on their principles, the principles that propelled them to victory and to a majority in the House.

America has grown impatient with business as usual inside the Washington, D.C. beltway.  We stood up and demanded change, and we swept away many who impeded that change.  It is our time to wrest control away from the self-appointed elites, the ruling class, and set the nation back upon its foundations, building it up better, stronger, and freer than ever before.

We don’t need degrees in economics, law, or public administration to know what is wrong with this country.  Americans know that a family, a business, or a nation cannot survive if it continues to spend and borrow more than it can earn.  We want to keep the fruits of our labor and spend it as we see fit, not have it redistributed to those who did not earn it.

This is why Americans want spending cuts, not tax increases.  Most Americans believe cutting spending is more important than cutting the budget deficit.

Conservatives must fight to dramatically reduce spending at every opportunity.  We lost the opening round of that fight when old-guard beltway Republicans caved to the Democratic mob’s demands during the debate on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.  Instead of standing firm, they gave the president and the Democrats a bright shiny new $2.5 trillion credit card in return for a committee filled with partisan hacks from both sides of the aisle that will supposedly recommend budget cuts.

The chances of that this “select” committee will find any substantial budget cuts are slim and none, and slim left town in 2006.  The game is rigged.  When the committee fails, our military, and thus our national security, is endangered by the draconian automatic cuts the debt ceiling deal triggers.

Great deal, Speaker Boehner!  I have some ocean-front property and a used Yugo (runs great) that I will sell you too.

When will Republicans learn that negotiating with the Democratic mob is like negotiating with terrorists?  They will tell you anything you want to hear, even sign agreements, but the second you blink, they kill you.

The House holds the purse strings of the federal government.  Every cent the government spends originates in an appropriation from the House of Representatives.  The coming budget battle is where, if the House majority stands firm in its resolve, we can beat down the president’s programs and change the public agenda by putting Obama and the Democrat mob on the defensive.

The first step is to scrap the sham budget cutting committee set up in the debt ceiling fiasco.  The House must not abrogate its Constitutional authority over the budgetary process. 

The Democratic mob (I know that is an oxymoron) will scream, wail, and stomp their feet like unruly kindergartners (or “working class youths” rioting in London); they will lie, they will distort, they will cheat, they will resort to any and all unsavory and underhanded ploys to get their way. 

However, House Republicans must prepare and pass a budget that reduces spending to 15 per cent, or less, of gross domestic product (GDP) and reduce the federal deficit to no more than 2 per cent of GDP.

The budget must cut all funding for all of Obama’s follies: Obamacare; job killing EPA carbon regulations; NLRB rules violating ballot secrecy in Union elections; Justice Department efforts to avoid the will of the people by circumventing Congress and implementing the DREAM Act that failed in the legislature; FCC censorship of talk radio and takeover of the internet in the name of diversity and neutrality; all of the un‑appointed, unaccountable shadow government run by the so-called Czars and other efforts by the Obamanistas and their mob to circumvent Congress and the will of the people.

Finally, the budget must be 100 per cent free of earmarks from either side of the aisle, and devoid of any funds to bailout spendthrift states like California and New York.

The House must stand firm and repel any effort to compromise or weaken their budget.  When the budget comes back from the Senate to a joint conference committee, the committee members from the House must stand resolute and delete any changes made to the budget by the Senate.  Any!  If this temporarily shuts down the government, so be it.  The onus will be on the Democrats and the president. 

Compromise with a mob always ends in disaster, and the Democrats are a mob (read Demonic, by Ann Coulter).

To accomplish this we must keep pressure on House, and Senate, Republicans to get this done.  We must support them in their efforts any way we can, especially by keeping the conservative message front and center through blogs, op-ed pieces, phone calls, emails, and supporting demonstrations.

If we defeat the president and his minions now, we will most likely control the House, Senate, and the White House come January, 2013.  Only then, can we repeal the Obama agenda and implement policies to restore the health, wealth, and freedom the president’s misguided, ill-conceived, socialist agenda has stolen from us.

We all have a stake in this.  There can be no compromise.  Our health, wealth, freedom, and our nation’s future will rise or fall on the outcome of this struggle.

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