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A Socialist Yuletide Carol

On the first day of Christmas, the commies gave to me,
A trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the second day of Christmas, the commies gave to me,
Bigger health care woes,
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the third day of Christmas, the commies gave to me,
Record unemployment,
Bigger health care woes,
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the fourth day of Christmas, the commies gave to me,
Cap and tax for Al Gore,
Record unemployment,
Bigger health care woes,
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the fifth day of Christmas, the commies gave to me,
MORE Ber◦nan◦ke!
Cap and tax for Gore,
Record unemployed,
Bigger health care woes,
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the sixth day of Christmas, the commies gave to me,
Nukes from his bud, A-med,
MORE Ber◦nan◦ke!
Cap and tax for Gore,
Record unemployed,
Bigger health care woes,
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the seventh day of Christmas, the commies gave to me,
The tab for corporate welfare,
Nukes from his bud, A-med,
MORE Ber◦nan◦ke!
Cap and tax for Gore,
Record unemployed,
Bigger health care woes,
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the eighth day of Christmas, the commies gave to me,
Miranda rights for Taliban,
The tab for corporate welfare,
Nukes from his bud, A-med,
MORE Ber◦nan◦ke!
Cap and tax for Gore,
Record unemployed,
Bigger health care woes,
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the ninth day of Christmas, the commies gave to me
Czars to share the wealth,
Miranda rights for Taliban,
The tab for corporate welfare,
Nukes from his bud, A-med,
MORE Ber◦nan◦ke!
Cap and tax for Gore,
Record unemployed,
Bigger health care woes,
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the tenth day of Christmas, the commies gave to me,
The Nobel Prize for Nothing,
Czars to share the wealth,
Miranda rights for Taliban,
The tab for corporate welfare,
Nukes from his bud, A-med,
MORE Ber◦nan◦ke!
Cap and tax for Gore,
Record unemployed,
Bigger health care woes,
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the commies gave to me,
New regulations,
The Nobel Prize for Nothing,
Czars to share the wealth,
Miranda rights for Taliban,
The tab for corporate welfare,
Nukes from his bud, A-med,
MORE Ber◦nan◦ke!
Cap and tax for Gore,
Record unemployed,
Bigger health care woes
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the commies gave to me
Hope for 2010,
New Regulations,
The Nobel Prize for Nothing,
Czars to share the wealth,
Miranda rights for Taliban,
The tab for corporate welfare,
Nukes from his bud, A-med,
MORE Ber◦nan◦ke!
Cap and tax for Gore,
Record unemployed,
Bigger health care woes,
and a trillion dollar deficit spending spree!

(Contributed by Linda Sasenick, views expressed by contributors do not necessarily represent the views and opinion of Liberty on the Rocks (Red Rocks))

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Glenwood Springs Meet-Up

Join Us! Bring your manners but leave Political Correctness at the door.

Free Markets, Individual Rights and Limited Government

On Monday I was able to attend a Health Care Forum up at the Aspen Meadows. VERY interesting! The speaker were:

Joe Antos of the American Enterprise Institute is a leading health economist who is currently on the Panel of Health Advisers to the Congressional Budget Office and a Commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission.

Steve Hyde is a prominent proponent of consumer-driven health care, former federal chief HMO financial regulator, a health care entrepreneur and author of the recently published book Cured! The Insider’s Handbook for Health Care Reform.

Location:

Riviera Restaurant
702 Grand Ave
Glenwood Springs, CO

Must Evil Always Win?

We’ve all heard the phrase before.  We must vote for the “lesser of two evils” each election season.  That’s all we can do.

It is my humble opinion that this way of thinking is what has gotten us into the mess we are in today.  The mess that involves massive amounts of government spending, regulation, debt and new taxes levied on the American taxpayer.

I’d like to briefly quote a few phrases from our Declaration of Independence.

The first quote warns against complacency and the inability to change:

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

This second quote follows the first, and sums up the reason I no longer believe politicians are the answer to any of our problems. It is us rather:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Some may argue that we do not currently have despots ruling our country.  Well perhaps not yet, but we’re headed down that path.  One example of this is shown when a majority of the members of Congress are still trying to ram through a health care bill, even though a majority of Americans oppose it.  Now I must make it clear that I am not an advocate of democracy.  As stated by Thomas Jefferson, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”  I am an advocate of a representative republic which is ruled by the Constitution of the United States.  However, it is a major blow to the taxpayer when a majority of Americans are demanding not to have their income taken for the purpose of crappy health care, and our so-called representatives are essentially saying “too bad, so sad” in response.  It would be perfectly legitimate if 99% of the people wanted government-run health care, and Congress voted it down.  But we all know that would never happen.

Our problem is that we are no longer ruled by the Constitution.  Neither party is following the Constitution.  Yet every four years, we jump out of our seats to vote for one of them.

I am not saying we don’t need to vote for good candidates, because we do.  But that is not the end all, be all.  We need to be fully aware of what our Congressman and State Legislators are doing all throughout each year.  And no matter what political party they are associated with, we need to unify and tell them no more new taxes, regulations or spending.

There are easy ways to give a few minutes of your time each month to find out what is going on with your Representatives.  One of which is by attending your local Liberty on the Rocks meet-up, of course!  We have plenty to learn and teach each other – so why not do it over drinks?!

The second is by locating a local organization that may keep track of all proposed bills and who in your state voted for them.  To find out if there is a free market think tank in your area, check out the directory on the State Policy Network’s website.  Many of the state-based think tanks are beginning to host sites which provide complete and precise legislative information for their respective state, so citizens can be easily updated and can then act if they feel it necessary.  These sites include Michigan Votes and New Mexico Votes.    There are also great organizations to get involved with that are nationwide, such as Americans for Prosperity, American’s for Tax Reform and America’s Future Foundation.

The bottom line is that it’s not about the politicians or the political parties, it’s about principles.  And neither side has had any for a while. It’s time we step up to the plate as the true defenders of our Constitution, and do something to clean up this mess.  I say we start by informing ourselves of the importance of free market capitalism, and then pass this information on to others.   Only then will we have numbers large enough to truly enact “change”.  And by change I mean freedom.

Government cannot offer good service

With the looming government run health care bill that may be taking over the health care industry in the United States, we might as well just say screw the children….and the elderly, and the middle aged.

What I find so crazy about this entire situation, is the way people talk about the government coming in and saving us all by magically offering everyone health care.  Doesn’t anyone watch the news?  I personally do so as little as possible (they hardly talk about anything useful), but all it takes is to turn it on every once in a while.  All they can talk about is how bankrupt each of the states are.  How there isn’t enough money for this or that program.  Schools need more money, budgets are being cut, the federal government needs to send funds to desperate states that cannot pay the bills.  But somehow, just somehow, we are going to pass a trillion dollar health care bill that will cover everyone (remember, a trillion has 12 zeros)?  What??  Did everyone just forget about how we can’t even afford what is currently in our federal or state budgets?  Not to mention the fact that unemployment is up to 10%.  Which is really closer to 18-20% if you add in all the folks who stopped looking for a job or have settled on part-time employment for the time being.  So what is this bill doing that will affect this unemployment rate?  It’s forcing employers to pay for health insurance for all their workers (with some small exceptions).  Hmmm.  I could have sworn that would be anti-job growth as it takes money away from those we want to start hiring people.  But  I sure am not a politician, so how would I know?

It’s time that America admitted the truth, that this bill cannot work.  It is impossible.

If people really think the government (subsidized by taxpayers don’t forget) will be able to pay for everyone to have the best health insurance, they must not pay much attention to the services they offer currently.  They must not frequent the post office, or the DMV/DOT.  They must not have heard how horribly our public schools compare to those of other countries – which is not because they are underfunded.  It’s not because of bad teachers.  It’s because it’s a monopoly that doesn’t have to make a profit or prove to anyone that they are doing a good job (they just have to make you feel bad for “the children” and vote to give them more money).  You will see the same with government run health care.  They will find ways to cut back on costs by cutting back on care.  Just like they do with everything else.  They will also find ways to cut back by dictating how people live their lives.  Just as they do in Japan where they measure your waistline to see that you’re under the government ordained weight.

Just as the social conservatives must realize that the government cannot dictate morals, the left must be able to see that they cannot force people to be healthy either.  Freedom allows good behavior to be rewarded (eating healthy + exercise = lower insurance costs and little to no hospital bills) and bad behavior (unhealthy eating + no exercise = high health care costs and a large number of hospital bills) to be discouraged.  When we give everyone the same price tag on health insurance (unless you’re wealthy, then you pay much more), what is the benefit of being healthy?  It’s nice to not get fined, but most people are ok to get monetary fines every once in a while if it means living as they choose.