Plano Texas Politics

November 5, 2009

Welfare State

Recently the term “welfare state” has come up in many debates over health care, cap and trade, and many other bills. Today I found the best definition of what constitutes a law that is a “welfare state law”

“By the term “welfare state law,” we mean one under which government transfers public funds, property or services without receiving a fair consideration in return. Included with this definition are all of those public welfare programs which provide aid to the young, the old, the sick, the disadvantaged, the unemployed, the uneducated, the widows, the orphans, the victims of natural disasters, victims of manmade disasters, etc. … While under some of these programs the government compels the recipient to contribute some of his own money which, in theory, is to be returned to him, he usually receives at least twice as much as he puts in because at least one half of his benefits come from employers or other taxpayers. Also taxpayers pay the cost of administering these programs.” – H. Verlan Anderson

I hope this definition will educate and enlighten us all.

Keep America free from welfare state laws!

~James Dalley

October 21, 2009

Word of Wisdom

Filed under: Economics — jdalley @ 5:00 am
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“If you feed a man a fish/you feed him for a day/if you teach a man to fish/you feed him for a life time.” -Chinese Proverb

If you give a man government welfare, he’ll survive for a while. If you teach a man to work, he will better himself and others.

~James Dalley

October 20, 2009

Has Obama Created Jobs?

“The White House released a report on Monday saying that President Obama’s economic recovery plans may have created 250,000 education jobs. The administration is pushing back against to critics who say the economic stimulus did no good, and saying it’s on track to reach the goal of saving or creating 3.5 million jobs. How many jobs has the stimulus really saved?” – The Week

Obama may have created a quarter million jobs but how many has he destroyed? The stimulus bill caused inflation and has hurt many people, many companies have still cut jobs and many of his plans will cause more jobs to be lost.

What will happen if we have Cap and Trade and we can no longer have coal plants? We will lose jobs. What will happen if government health care takes over and we have a single payer system? We will lose the jobs of all those who work for insurance companies.

A quarter million jobs isn’t that many and if Obama’s plans succeed we will lose more than that before this is over.

~James Dalley

September 29, 2009

Thomas Jefferson on Debt

Filed under: Economics,National News — jdalley @ 12:10 pm
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“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between liberty and economy, or profusion and servitude.”

-Thomas Jefferson

We need to listen to the author of the Declaration of Independence. We can not let Congress burden us with huge amounts of debt. Congress doesn’t seem to realize that we can’t keep going in debt! Debt was what caused the housing crisis, and that was just the debt of the people. Imagine what would happen if the United States of America had to pay off all of it’s debts within the next year. It would be impossible. We can not allow ourselves to go further in debt. Wake up America! Stand up for a debt free nation.

~James Dalley

September 21, 2009

A Vicotory!

I am proud to report what many believe to be a victory for the free market and for America!

For many months I have had little to no good news about what has been happening in Washington. I can finally say We The People have accomplished something!

I have been asking myself why haven’t I heard anything about the cap and trade bill for a while? I found my answer today at the CATO Institutes’ Website.

“Simple: the votes aren’t there for it. Blanche Lincoln, the new head of the Agriculture Committee, calls cap-and-trade a “complete non starter” and said that it is not her “preference to move on cap and trade this year.” Majority Leader Harry Reid recently signaled his agreement by stating that cap-and-trade “may” not be considered until next year. For cap-and-trade, “next year” translates as “never.” Senators know what touched off the town halls, and they know what fate awaits many of their Democratic colleagues come November 2010. Passing an unpopular health care “public option” along with cap-and-trade will easily realign the Senate into its old filibustering self. That kills cap-and-trade in the next Congress.”            – Cato Institute (Patrick J. Michaeles)

The people stood up for the free market and informed their representatives and senators that they did not support this bill and because of that we have won the battle. Good job America!

~James Dalley

September 20, 2009

Obama places a 35% Tariff on Tires from China!

“In one of his first major decisions on trade policy, President Obama opted Friday to impose a tariff on tires from China, a move that fulfills his campaign promise to “crack down” on imports that unfairly undermine American workers but risks angering the nation’s second-largest trading partner.” – The Washington Post

China is our SECOND LARGEST trading partner we can not afford to make them angry. America imports many things from China that we don’t even make here in America. Also we import many things into China and it will hurt many business if we too have to pay a tariff on goods we import to China.

“Although this may sound like just another day in Washington, Obama’s decision will be consequential. It will help clarify his administration’s heretofore opaque trade policy objectives. It will set the tone for U.S.-China trade relations for the foreseeable future. And it will affect broader international trade relations, for better or for worse, as America honors or disavows its pledge to the Group of 20 nations to avoid new protectionist measures.” – The Free Trade Bulletin.

I would like you to note the fact that the United States has pledged to TWENTY nations that we will avoid any new protectionist measures, one of which would be creating new tariffs. The president can not just go around breaking promises which he has made to 20 nations.

Though we can not stop this decision, for it has already been made, we can inform Obama and our own senators and representatives, in Washington, that we do not agree with the new regulations Obama is enforcing.

~James Dalley

September 10, 2009

Last Night’s Health Care Speech

For next couple of days I plan to slowly dissect the speech that Obama gave last night about health care.

“Thanks to the bold  and decisive action we’ve taken since January, I can stand here with confidence and say that we have pulled this economy back from the brink.”

I would like to point out that a lot of the bailout money did not actually help the businesses. Now we even have businesses that are almost being completely controlled by the government, General Motors or should I say Government Motors.

“Everybody understands the extraordinary hardships that are placed on the uninsured.”

The United States of America have always been about hardship, and trails, not an easy and laid back life. Many people have grown from nothing to something extraordinary, while many others have fallen. America is founded on hardship and success. Life in America is not easy.

~James Dalley

August 31, 2009

Health Care will Start Up Again

“The intelligentsia have been quick to dismiss former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s claim that, under President Obama’s health plan, “my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide … whether they are worthy of health care.”

No one ever accused Palin of being a health policy expert, and many found her hyperbolic term “death panel” off-putting. But that should not distract voters from this reality: President Obama has proposed a new body that would enhance Medicare’s ability to deny care to the elderly and disabled based on government bureaucrats’ arbitrary valuations of those patients’ lives.” – Cato Institute

This is true, bureaucrats will be deciding important health issues for us. We must not let this happen, though health care has recently become a smaller issue, it is still on the table. Please, call you senators and representatives and tell them that you do not agree with government health care. Congress’ August break is coming to an end, and then Congress will once again be debating this issue.

~James Dalley

August 17, 2009

I, Pencil

Filed under: Economics — jdalley @ 10:42 am
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The short essay by Leonard E. Read, I,Pencil, was published in FEE’s, the Foundation for Economic Education, magazine The Freeman. This short essay is about the creation of a pencil, it begins by saying;

“I am a lead pencil—the ordinary wooden pencil familiar to all boys and girls and adults who can read and write.” (I, Pencil, Read)

Then Read continues to describe how many people have to work to create something as simple as a pencil, and he makes an outstanding statement that no one in the world could make an ordinary pencil. He says;

“There is a fact still more astounding: The absence of a master mind, of anyone dictating or forcibly directing these countless actions which bring me into being. No trace of such a person can be found. Instead, we find the Invisible Hand at work. This is the mystery to which I earlier referred.” (I, Pencil, Read)

He concludes by stating that government is not needed to direct man, that man directs himself, because if something as simple as a pencil can be created without a master mind how can a government have a master mind to direct all of its citizens.

“The lesson I have to teach is this: Leave all creative energies uninhibited. Merely organize society to act in harmony with this lesson. Let society’s legal apparatus remove all obstacles the best it can. Permit these creative know-hows freely to flow. Have faith that free men and women will respond to the Invisible Hand. This faith will be confirmed. I, Pencil, seemingly simple though I am, offer the miracle of my creation as testimony that this is a practical faith, as practical as the sun, the rain, a cedar tree, the good earth.” (I, Pencil, Read)

July 29, 2009

The Battle Against Government Health Care Continues

The government doesn’t have the power or the right to create government health care. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution 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.”

No where in the Constitution does it give the national government the ability to pay for government health care, thus the national government does not have the authority to create a health care program. Ayn Rand wrote:

“The government of [a free nation] is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of its citizens and has no rights other than the rights delegate to it by the citizens for a specific, delimited task.” (Rand, Collectivized “Rights” pg. 2)

As stated previously the government has not been delegated the right to create government health care and thus it cannot legally create such a system.
Also American citizens do not have a right to get health care. Many say that the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” means that we have a right to health care but such a belief is wrong.

“The right to life does not mean that your neighbors have to feed and clothe you; it means you have the right to earn your food and clothe yourself, if necessary by hard struggle, and that no one can forcibly stop your struggle for these things.” (Peikoff, Health Care Is Not a Right pg. 1)

According to this we have a right to live without interference from those who would seek to harm us, but we do not have a right to be given free handouts. Thus though politicians may try to tell us that health care is a right it is not a right.
Finally, a system so conceived would bring doctors under the control of the government. If the government tries to make health care a right

“[the government] will thereby enslave the providers of the service, wreck the service, and end up depriving the very consumers [the government] is supposed to be helping. To call ‘medical care’ a right will merely enslave the doctors and thus destroy the quality of medical care in this country.” (Peikoff, Health Care is Not a Right, pg. 3)

A program like government health care will enslave the doctors because they will have to operate within the rules set forth by the Affordable Health Choices Act. They will have less resources available to them because they will be rationed out by the government.

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