- March 23, 1775 is the day
Patrick Henry gave his famous
"Give me liberty or give me death"
speech. Listen to the speech and
how it pertains to the health care
bill that was ironically signed on
the same day 230 years later.
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- July 9, 2010 - Some Thoughts
A federal district court in Boston struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The law effectively blocks states from recognizing same sex marriages within their state. The decision is correct simply because the constitution does not grant the federal government the ability to tell states what they can or cannot define marriage to be. This is a victory for anyone who believes that the power of the federal government is strictly enumerated in the constitution and that all other power resides in the states and the people. The one size fits all mentality of having the federal government dictate to the states and to the people how to handle their affairs needs to end. This bodes well for the state lawsuits against the national health care mandate and other federal regulations that impose upon the rights of the states and the people.
Why is no one complaining that while BP and the federal government have been unable to cap the broken pipe in the gulf they have effectively capped the flow of information coming out of the BP cleanup workers and the ability of the press to report on the conditions of the gulf shoreline?
From the article Obama and Democrats are blocking Media and Republicans in Gulf Oil Spill No it is not Fox News it is PBS
"But there's one roadblock that we encountered that mystified us ? and, we understand, many other journalists. It has been virtually impossible to get any information about the federal mobile medical unit in the fishing town of Venice, La. The glorified double-wide trailer sits on a spit of newly graveled land known to some as the ?BP compound.? Ringed with barbed wire-topped chain link fencing, it?s tightly restricted by police and private security guards.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set up the facility on May 31. According to a press release, the medical unit is staffed by ?a medical team from the HHS National Disaster Medical System ? a doctor, two nurses, two emergency medical technician paramedics (EMT-P) and a pharmacist.?
For over two weeks, my NewsHour colleagues and I reached out to media contacts at HHS, the U.S. Coast Guard and everyone listed as a possible media contact for BP, in an attempt to visit the unit and get a general sense of how many people were being treated there , who they were and what illnesses they had. We got nowhere. It was either ?access denied,? or no response at all. It was something that none of us had ever encountered while covering a disaster. We?re usually at some point provided access to the health services being offered by the federal government.
We tried the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals who told us to talk to HHS. HHS said they couldn?t provide us access and said they would get back to us about our questions.
We reached out to local parish officials, who told us to talk to Unified Command Center Operations. Unified Command Center Operations told us to talk to HHS? noticing a pattern here? "
"For all of the faults of the Katrina response, the media had full access to it from the beginning. Unless the White House needs to declare a quarantine and an epidemic of some disease in the Gulf, the media should have access to this emergency response as well. But at least the White House isn?t alone in hiding its failure, and the media aren?t the only people being kept out, as J.E. Dyer notes in the Green Room today:
This is hilarious. Suddenly, the House Democrats are rewriting the rules for funded travel because a group of Republicans (and one Democrat) wants to visit the Gulf in July. Well, ?rewriting? makes it sound like something official and accountable is going on. ?Remaking it up as they go along? would apparently be more accurate.
The New Orleans news site Nola reports that the Democratic leadership in Congress won?t allow members to use their official accounts to pay for travel to the Gulf and to assess the administration?s response for themselves:
House members who had planned to travel to Louisiana next week for a tour and meetings on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill being organized by Rep. Steve Scalise won?t be able to tap their member accounts to cover the costs, the Republican congressman said he was told Tuesday. "
So their blocking PBS and some Republicans, its not like their blocking CNN or anything right?
White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill
CNN's Anderson Cooper reported that evening, "The Coast Guard today announced new rules keeping photographers and reporters and anyone else from coming within 65 feet of any response vessel or booms out on the water or on beaches -- 65 feet."
He elaborated, "Now, in order to get closer, you have to get direct permission from the Coast Guard captain of the Port of New Orleans. You have to call up the guy. What this means is that oil-soaked birds on islands surrounded by boom, you can't get close enough to take that picture."
As the segment continued, Cooper expressed disgust with this rule repeating several times, "We are not the enemy here"
"This time, however, we're not talking about BP. We're talking about the government, a new a rule announced today backed by the force of law and the threat of fines and felony charges, a rule that will prevent reporters and photographers and anyone else from getting anywhere close to booms and oil-soaked wildlife and just about any place we need to be."
On a personal note I'd like to point out that the LeBron James move to Miami illustrates what many people are about to find out, that the money goes where the taxes are low. From the article LeBronomics: Could High Taxes Influence James' Team Decision?
"If LeBron James goes to the Miami Heat instead of the [New York] Knicks, blame our dysfunctional lawmakers in Albany, who have saddled top-earning New Yorkers with the highest state and city income taxes in the nation, soon to be 12.85 percent on top of the IRS bite,? the Post said.
The tax savings for James in Miami over New York City would be staggering, according to the Post?s analysis.
?On a five-year contract worth $96 million -- what he'd get from the Knicks or the Heat -- LeBron would pay $12.34 million in New York taxes.? Florida has no state income tax.
New Jersey and Ohio, the other reported frontrunners to attract James, also have state income taxes, but they are not as his as in New York. Based on a $96 million contract, James would pay $5.69 million in state taxes if he re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. If he signed with the New Jersey Nets, James would pay $10.32 million in state taxes."
If you look at this on a national level the states with the highest tax rates and the most regulation are seeing businesses and wealthy individuals exit the states in large numbers. So what happens when high taxes and regulations are enacted on a federal level, I guess the businesses and wealth leave the country.
From The Gods of the Copybook Headings by Rudyard Kipling
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return.