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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.

Enough!

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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The King of All Freeloaders

By Alden L. Benton

I usually begin my posts with a short, pertinent quote on the topic I will cover.  The quote I have chosen today is longer, but it reflects the theme I have attempted to maintain throughout the life of this blog.  The quote is from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Solzhenitsyn knew the evils of the power of an unrestrained government.  After fighting for the Soviet Union during World War II, Solzhenitsyn wrote letters to a friend that criticized of Joseph Stalin.  He was arrested.  He spent eight years in prison labor camps, and then three more years in exile for daring to write private letters criticizing their dear leader.  Solzhenitsyn’s words bring a chilling warning about the ever-increasing power of government and the real dangers it poses to the individual and illuminate why the Constitution and the Bill of Rights must be protected at all costs.

“Our present system is unique in world history, because over and above its physical and economic constraints, it demands of us total surrender of our souls, continuous and active participation in the general, conscious lie.  To this putrefaction of the soul, this spiritual enslavement, human beings who wish to be human cannot consent.  When Caesar, having exacted what is Caesar’s, demands still more insistently that we render him what is God’s — that is a sacrifice we dare not make!”
~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, from Under the Rubble (1974)

This is the ultimate goal of the Left.  Take our power.  Take our money.  Take our freedom.  Take our souls.

Enter stage left, California Governor Jerry “Governor Moonbeam” Brown.

Red State reported yesterday (May 16, 2017) that Governor Brown, responding to outrage over a $52 billion tax increase to fund the failing golden parachute known as CalPERS, and other state programs, called the state’s wage earners “freeloaders.”

The Democratic super majority in the California legislature rammed through legislation that will hurt poor and middle-income wage earners.  The bill (SB1) includes a 12 cent increase in the gas tax (which is already one of the highest in the nation), and an increase in car registration fees averaging from $50 to $180 per car.  Fuel fees will also rise for agriculture equipment, trucks, and off-highway vehicles (OHV) including boats.

These fees are imposed under the guise of user fees.  On the surface, this is true.  However, a major part of this tax/fee hike is not related to the highways it purports will be improved.  Much of the revenue will go to pay off loans from other funds, to bail out failed funds, fund non-transportation related programs, and pork barrel funding ($500 million) for an extension of the high-speed rail fiasco into Merced County and to finish a “parkway” leading into UC Merced to pay off a key Assemblyman.

Back to Governor Moonbeam.

In all of his full-blown, pompous, callous, leftist, arrogance, the governor is calling those who pay the bills in this state, including his inflated salary, freeloaders.

In reality, he is the California King of Freeloaders.

Governor Brown has never had a real job.

Governor Brown attended a seminary, became a lawyer, and won a seat on the Los Angeles City College board of trustees.  Brown has never worked as a lawyer or in any truly meaningful, gainful employment.  When he wasn’t being paid by the state government (Governor twice, state attorney general), he worked as Democratic party hack, even running a failed campaign for president.

That the people of California, the people who struggle every day against the massive state bureaucracy, the people who pay a larger share of their hard-earned money to the dysfunctional state leviathan than any other state, are considered by the ruling-class elite to be freeloaders is obscene beyond words.

According to the Washington Times, there is an initiative proposed for the November 2018 ballot.  This is a step in the right direction as the state’s initiative and referendum process gives the voters of the state the ultimate power of veto.  However, we need to go farther.

It is time for the people of California to rise once more and recall the governor, and every representative from every party who voted for this insanity or who supports the governor’s arrogance and stupidity.

“If people give up their attachment to expansive government, they will feel free to fight the income tax.”
~ Sheldon Richman, Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax (1999)


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Thanks for the Memories

“Take care of all your memories.  For you cannot relive them.”
~Bob Dylan

By Alden Benton

About 58 years ago, a skinny kid with geeky glasses went with his Dad and his cousin Chuck to see his first major league baseball game. 

We walked for what seemed to be miles and climbed thousand steps before we arrived at our assigned seats, seats in a section so high and far away from the field that they were in the nosebleed section.

We settled in to our seats to watch the game.  There I sat at what seemed me to be the top of the world.  Filled with excitement, I sat at the ready with my heavily padded catcher’s mitt hoping that a big-league foul ball would find its way that far up in the seats.

My Dad turned on a heavy little transistor radio so we could follow the action on the field.  Through the tinny sounding speaker, cutting through the static, came the play by play. 

I don’t remember who won that game that beautiful Saturday afternoon in the Los Angeles Colosseum between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  However, it was the day I fell in love with baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Vince Scully.

Now that skinny kid with the geeky glasses is 58 years older, but the geeky glasses, the love of baseball, the Dodgers and Vince Scully remain.

In the intervening years, I learned all I know about baseball from Vince Scully.  I was witness, whether in person, via the radio or television, to the highlights of his career.  I was indeed one of the people he referred to on his last broadcast as going to sleep with my transistor radio listening to him.

Vince is more than the ultimate play-by-play announcer, he was also a story teller.

Vinny has an immense store of knowledge about baseball, the players, and its history.  It always amazed me how he can tell a story and call the game at the same time.

My favorite Vince Scully story was told years ago.  

 It was a televised game.  The game was a blowout and the remaining innings were meaningless exercises in futility.  In between batters, the camera scanned the stands and focused on a little blonde girl who was sitting on her Daddy’s lap enjoying cotton candy.  For the next inning, the camera remained on the little girl while Vinny told stories about children and baseball.  In the midst of his story, Vinny never missed a pitch or an out.

 In addition to learning about the game, I learned much from Vinny about being a professional, and about how to be gracious and humble.  Lessons about how to live one’s life, lessons which need to be taught to so many younger Americans.

October 2, 2016 was Vince Scully’s final broadcast.  An era has ended.  I will miss his voice.  I will miss his knowledge and his stories.

In a 1980 broadcast Vinny said, “It’s a mere moment in a man’s life between the All-Star Game and an old timer’s game.” 

For 67 years, you belonged to baseball and your fans.  You have been a timeless beacon for generations of players and fans.  Now it is time, as Vinny candidly put it, to enjoy the roses and his family.

On behalf of everyone you touched, thank you. 

Thanks for the memories.  Because of you, it will always be a good afternoon for Dodger baseball.

“As long as you live keep smiling because it brightens everybody’s day.”  ~Vin Scully


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Politics & Insanity: Other Voices

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”  ~Samuel Adams

By Alden L. Benton

In today’s blog I thought I’d give everyone a listicle of things I’ve run across on the internet (including the word listicle) in the past few days.

The first item is a link to an article from Town Hall about who really is less qualified to be POTUS.  200 Reasons Hillary Clinton Should Not Be President  Second is a tale of how Miss Hillary has been bullied and oppressed.  No, I’m not kidding because the thought is almost as stupid as Colin Kaepernick.  Hillary — Interrupted

The third item offers some revealing food for thought regarding the politicization of the rule of law.  Tale of Two Cities   Item four, is a gem on narrative building by the one and only Jonah Goldberg.  This article, and the one which precedes it, help to explain how the so-called progressives work to bastardize the political and judicial systems to further their corrupt and perverted agenda.  Narrative Building Has Become a Political Obsession

Number five on the hit parade is a call to action for all Christians in the United States and exposes the progressive left’s attempts to destroy the church, ruin the elemental family, and usurp parental control.  LGBT Activists Are Coming For Your Children

The last word about Trump in this column is item six.  This column illustrates that the narrative of the media and reality are not in the same universe.  I’m With You

I am getting pooped out, so item seven is my final entry in my listicle.

Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most frightening words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” 

California’s current governor, Governor Moonbeam, aka Jerry Brown, Jr., and a majority of the California legislature, have fallen completely off of the sanity wagon and into the Pacific Ocean in a Quixotic attempt to eliminate the alleged effects of California Cow Farts

On a lighter side, here are three editorial cartoons from the pages of Town Hall.com

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Copyright Robert Ariail via TownHall.com

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Copyright Glenn McCoy via TownHall.com

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Copyright Glenn McCoy via TownHall.com


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Woman Hit by Ball Takes Legal Bat to Little League Player and Sues 11-year old for Damages

By Alden L. Benton

A number of years ago, a woman purchased hot coffee at a drive-through restaurant, placed the cup between her legs, and drove away over a speed-control bump.  She spilled the hot coffee on herself causing burns.  She sued the restaurant — and won.

In another case, a woman ordered a hamburger and when she took a bite, the pickle slice wound up on her chin and allegedly burned her.  She sued, but cooler heads prevailed and the case was thrown out.  In addition, her husband also sued the restaurant for loss of the services of his wife.  That suit was also thrown out.

Now, another greedy, vindictive, and vengeful harpy has reared its ugly head; this time at a Little League baseball game in New Jersey.

According to a Fox News report, “A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.”  The incident took place two years ago!  The kid who threw the errant ball was 11 years old.

The “victim” waited two years to file a suit claiming $150,000 in medical expenses and an “undefined” amount for pain and suffering.  The “victim’s” husband is, according to Fox News, “is suing for the loss of ‘services, society and consortium’ of his wife.’”

This is obscene! 

When one goes to any public sporting event, you assume a certain degree of risk.  If you have a floor-level seat at an NBA game and Lebron James runs out of bounds and falls on you; that is one of the risks of attending the game. 

The same is true at a baseball game if Albert Puljos lines a foul ball into the stands — if you don’t duck, don’t sue Puljos, or anyone else.

How hard can an 11-year old throw?  Even if the ball hit this “victim” square in the face, I doubt if it caused $150,000 in medical expenses.  I have been involved in three accidents where I was seriously injured and my medical expenses for all three did not come anywhere near the amount claimed in this case.

Can you spell fraud?  I knew you could.  Ambulance chasing shyster also comes to mind.

The real tragedy is this boy’s family will go broke trying to defend this travesty of justice. 

I urge anyone who has the expertise to start an internet-based fund-raising drive to defray the legal expenses the family will incur defending themselves, and their son, from this frivolous and vindictive law suit.


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