Richard Barnes

A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. – Thomas Jefferson

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Thursday
Jan022014

What was the point of ObamaCare

Serious question for my friends on the Democratic Party side of the isle, what was the point of ObamaCare?

I recall several of the selling points being made by Obama and other Democrats was that it would help lower the sky-rocketing health care costs and help make sure the millions without health care gain access to coverage.

So far in reality the opposite appears to be holding true.

We've seen nearly 5 million Americans lose their existing insurance since ObamaCare went into effect (4.7 million).

Health and Human Services this past Tuesday confirmed that only two million have signed up for new coverage under ObamaCare.

That's a net loss of 2.7 Million MORE people who now have no insurance.

But it gets worse, only 5 to 15 percent of those who are being reported as signed up have actually paid their first premium.  If they don't pay they aren't actually enrolled.

And worse yet, the majority of those who've signed up are not the healthy younger people willing to pay higher then market rates the plan required to be self sufficient.  That means the government is being left with a huge spending hole that we'll all end up having to bail the country out of.  On top of that those of us who haven't yet lost our existing plans are seeing increases because of the mandatory coverage all insurance companies are now required to carry.

So we have more uninsured and health care costs are going up even higher, which is why I ask what was the point of the law again?

Perhaps that's why Congress woman Carol Shea Porter in an effort to save her skin in the next election is trying to distance herself from ObamaCare, claiming "This is not the bill I voted for".  Of course she would have had to have read it to know that.

Let's not forget that she closed the doors on several of us at her "town hall meetings" while ushering in the purple shirt health care campaigners in through back doors while pushing ObamaCare down on all of us.  She partook in the lies to force this on all of us and now wants to pretend that she's actually for the people.

I'd like to see her response to that question, what does she believe the point of ObamaCare was?  And if it's not meeting the desired goals how long must we be stuck with it before even she's willing to admit it's a failure and seek it's repeal?

Friday
Nov292013

Answers To Democrat Cheat Sheet

Democrats this Thanksgiving graced us all with a cheat sheet to allow their minions to repeat "facts" without having the need to think for themselves.  You can read it in full HERE.

A simple reading of this handout can be quickly dismissed with a little thought but often times our friends on the left don't think as much as they feel what's right or wrong.  For instance, let's start with their first fact.

RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE
•Raising the minimum wage from $7.25/hour to
$10.10/hour would increase the pay of 30 million
Americans.
•The minimum wage hasn’t kept pace with inflation.
Today, 40% of American workers make less than the
1968 minimum wage.
Simple questions which hopefully get their mind turning will immediately show the flaws in what they are bringing up.  For instance...
If raising it to $10.10 an hour is good, then why wouldn't $20 an hour be better?  Or how about $50?  Or let's shoot for $500 an hour.  Wouldn't that be great?
Regarding wages vs inflation, once again you can simply respond with a follow up question.  What has caused inflation to increase since 1968?
The largest causes for inflation increases is government intervention, so who in their right mind would believe more intervention would be the answer?
Let's go on...
ENDING TAX LOOPHOLES FOR OUTSOURCERS
• Republicans voted against closing the loopholes that
corporations use to ship American jobs overseas.
Any time liberals throw out "facts" like this without giving the bill name or number I'm always skeptical.  I'll get to the details in a moment.
First though think about this and the prior fact about inflation and let's think about it logically...
The government has increased wages to the point it is now cheaper to do much of the work in creating products overseas.  American's buy imported products (as evident by the lines on Black Friday) because they are cheaper.  Democrats wish to increase taxes on the goods coming in from overseas.  And that leads to increased inflation which I thought Democrats were just saying was a bad thing?
Now let's get back to the details...
I found one article detailing some of them HERE.  You are welcome to read it for yourself but the details amount to a couple things.
1) Double taxing corporations
2) Rolling back incentives for businesses to invest
3) Increased taxes on oil which would result in higher costs at the pump and increases in your heating oil costs.
IMMIGRATION REFORM
• A majority of Americans – 63% – across party lines
support reform that creates a pathway to citizenship
for undocumented immigrants.
•The Senate passed a bipartisan reform bill 5 months
ago - but Speaker Boehner still refuses to offer a
timetable on a House vote.
Polls also show that most Americans (62%) want MOST illegals deported.  They also want the government to do more to stop more from coming into this country.
A pathway to citizen ship is far different from what we are seeing with Democrats in MA. who have openly welcomed illegals who come here and continue to break other laws while living off the government.
Ask your liberal friend repeating from his or her cheat sheet if they feel it's ok for someone who has never worked in this country and never paid taxes in this country to instantly begin living off the tax payers collecting the benefits the rest of us pay for and our country is going deeper and deeper into debt because of.
As for rushing to vote on bills, didn't Democrats learn their lesson with ObamaCare?  NH Democrat Carol Shea-Porter is backpeddling claiming it's not the bill she voted for, which it is and she would have known that if she took the time to read it.
Instead of rushing to grant 11 Million illegals citizenship wouldn't you rather get it right the first time?
UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
• 89% of Americans support universal background
checks for all gun buyers - but Boehner refuses to
hold a vote.
Take a step back for a moment and put aside emotions on gun control and think about facts for a minute.
In many instances of recent mass shootings the shooters had mental health problems.  Because of HIPPA laws (many of which were passed by Democrats) even if we had full background checks, the gun stores would not have access to mental health records and the checks wouldn't prevent these individuals from purchasing weapons.

It is a federal felony to be engaged in the business of buying and selling firearms and ammunition without having federal firearm dealers license.

It is a crime for a federally licensed dealer to sell a gun without doing a background check. This applies to all dealers, including at retail stores (like Walmart), gun shows, flea markets, or anywhere else.

It is a federal felony to sell, trade, give, lend, rent, or transfer a gun to a person you know or should have known is not legally allowed to own, purchase, or possess a firearm. The penalty for selling a gun to a person who is a criminal, mentally ill, mentally incompetent, or an alcohol or drug abuser is a 10-year federal felony. 

It is even a federal felony to submit false information on a background check form for the purpose of purchasing a firearm.

So now what isn't covered that Democrats feel need to be added to our already bloated federal gun laws?
EQUALITY
•In 29 states, you can be fired for being gay. That’s
why the Senate passed the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act (ENDA) – protecting LGBT
Americans from workplace discrimination.
•House Republicans refuse to hold a vote on ENDA.
We as American consumers also have the right to boycott any business that discriminates.
Let's turn this one around to our liberal friends and ask the following...
If you own a business and it's your money being used, should you or should you not have the ability to use your own money how you see fit?
Let's say you own a store and find out that female cashiers bring in 10% more business.  Since its your private business shouldn't you have the right to hire only female cashiers if you feel it generates more revenue?
How about a business that uses only attractive models in their ads and discriminates against overweight or unattractive people?
If they feel all discrimination is bad then ask them when they plan to boycott Hooters, all strip clubs that have strippers of only one gender, nearly every clothing store etc etc etc.
This brings us to column 2 of their cheat sheet, what the claim republicans are pushing that's bad for America
OBAMACARE REPEAL
•House Republicans have voted more than 40 times to
repeal health care reform and sabotage it every step
of the way - including a government shutdown that
cost our economy $24 billion.
•By a 20-point margin, Americans favor keeping or
expanding the Affordable Care Act (58% to 38%).
•Multiple studies found the Affordable Care Act offers
competitive and affordable prices.
•BREAKING NEWS: Obamacare has already saved
seniors $8.9 billion in prescription drug costs - that’s
$1,209 per person.
Point 1, regarding the shut down, Republicans asked for a 1 year delay.  Instead of Debating Obama and fellow democrats pushed back resulting in the shut down.
Not even a week after the shutdown concluded, several democrats including NH's Jean Shaheen began pushing for a 1 year delay (exactly what Democrats faulted Republicans for that resulted in the shut down).
Point 2, polls show the majority of Americans favor repeal.  The only polls democrats will be able to find in their favor are either polls from before the ObamaCare site launched and people began to see the real problems with it or polls that take advantage of the uninformed who do not understand that the Affordable Care Act and ObamaCare are one in the same.  That's also why you now see Democrats abandoning the term ObamaCare.
 Point 3, ObamaCare has INCREASED costs to most Americans.  Anyone currently paying into the system is paying more.  Those draining on the system get to drain more increasing the national debt.
The cost of ObamaCare over 10 years is expected to reach $1.3 Trillion.
Specifically regarding the cost savings to seniors, it isn't a real savings.  It's passing the cost from one group to another.  Now senior pay just 25% of their drug costs leaving the remaining to be put into premiums the rest of us pay.  It's not a savings, it's a shell game.
BUDGET: MILLIONAIRES OVER MEDICARE AND THE
MIDDLE CLASS
•Under the Paul Ryan Republican Budget, millionaires
would likely get a $245,000 net tax cut.
•Middle class families would pay an average of $3,000
more in taxes.
•Medicare would be cut by a total of $356 billion.
Do Democrats really want to talk budgets?  We have the highest government spending of all time right now with record level deficits.  Obama's unemployment rates continue to stay over 7% making this the worst economic recovery of the past 100 years.  More people are on food stamps then ever before.
But let's look at their "facts", the above facts come from the group "The Tax Policy Center".  This is the same group that claimed Romney's tax plans wouldn't work but yet praised Obama's ideas that we now see setting record deficits.
In fact, it's a highly ideological tract based on false assumptions, incomplete data and dishonest analysis. In other words, it is custom made for the Obama campaign.
...
the Tax Policy Center, a liberal think tank that has long opposed cutting income tax rates.
Moving on...
WAR ON WOMEN
•A majority of Republicans voted against reauthorizing
the Violence Against Women Act.
•House Republicans targeted birth control access in
their government shutdown ransom demands.
Republicans objected to the new version of the Violence Against Women Act because of additions Democrats made to the bill that they were concerned would not hold up in court.  The Republicans attempted to pass the original version and Democrats shot that down.
Birth control is an interesting one because what Democrats want is to ignore the 1st Amendment.  If your religious belief is that all life should be protected, then it would be a violation of your freedom of religion to be forced to pay for a policy that supports abortion.  Again this goes back to the question of how much control should you have over your own money?
PUTTING BIG OIL BEFORE THE ENVIRONMENT
•House Republicans voted to block federal fracking
rules and safeguards.
•100% of House Republicans voted against repealing
taxpayer-funded subsidies for Big Oil.
Like it or not our entire economy is driven by oil.  Ending "subsidies" (which are actually cases of companies keeping their own money so they aren't funded by anyone) would increase oil costs resulting in a direct tax on the poor who would pay more for gas and heating oil.  Not to mention it would increase costs of good in stores by increasing transportation costs.
SLASHING EDUCATION
• Paul Ryan’s budget slashes Pell Grant eligibility for
college students.
Nothing has done more to increase costs on college students then the mentality that everyone should go to college.  And now that it's un-affordable and college students taking useless degrees can't find jobs, the government is once again redistributing wealth to fix a problem it created. 
Giving away money for students wanting to take advanced basket weaving does nothing for our economy and doesn't ever produce a return on investment.
Monday
Mar112013

Ripple effects of Cash For Clunkers

Back in 2009 I wrote about how the cash for clunkers deal Obama put forth was going to hurt the used car market, you can read the story HERE.

Interesting thing happened this weekend while I was shopping for a car with my family, we are now seeing the ripple effects exactly as I predicted them.

My wife and I are currently shopping for a slightly used car.  As we began discussing options with one of the dealers we meet he pointed out how the used car market is "suffering".  Because the cash for clunkers took many of the older cars out of the market, poor families had two choices, either push the cars they had even further or buy a newer model car.  And for many, the 2nd choice wasn't an option.

This resulted in even fewer older cars going into the resale market and an even higher demand on the newer used cars driving up the price.

This leaves me finding very poor selections at nearly new car prices.

Will Democrats take responsibility for this?  I doubt it.

Wednesday
Feb272013

Gun Questions For Democrats

Last week bill H.B. 388 went up for a vote at the state house.  The bill protects the owner of a fire arm taken from that persons control or premises without their permission if it is later used in a crime.

Seems straight forward.  Some discussion on it can be found HERE asking the reasonable questions that if someone were to steal your truck and use it in a crime should you be held in any way responsible or if someone were to steal your baseball bat and used it in a crime should you be held responsible for that. 

In the roll call vote taken, 166 Democrats and 1 Republican voted against this (Yeas vote was to kill the bill).

In the discussion to the article on the patch there were some Democrats who gave reasons they didn't support the bill.  Jan Schmidt for instance states that she would have voted for it had the bill contained the text "if the weapon had been reported to the police as stolen" and others echoed similar feelings that the bill did not promote safe gun ownership.  This of course relies on the fact the gun owner must know the gun was stolen in the first place.  Someone who keeps a gun in their house for safety may not routinely check to see if its in the drawer or safe location they keep it in so if someone they allow into their house like a maid for instance, finds it and steals it they may not know until long after it had been used in crimes.

Another poster (Rick Watrous) writes that "It is so broadly written ... that someone could leave an arsenal of loaded weapons on their open front porch and not be liable if someone grabbed one and killed someone".  In the summer time I often leave my axe laying in my yard while I head inside for a drink or a baseball bat laying out while my son and I take a break from playing.  If someone takes them from my yard how is it any different then a gun if its used for a crime?

The discussion lead to a couple questions, one of which I posted on the patch but have not received any answers.  I post them here in hopes that at least one of my Democratic readers will share with me their answers.

1) How is a gun any different from any other object you own if someone steals it from you and uses it in a crime (baseball bat, car etc)?

2) If a gun is stolen from my house and I wasn't aware of it being taken and that gun was later used in a crime yet never reported stolen, should I be held in any way responsible for the crime and if so what should the punishment be?

3) For those who don't even agree with Jan's suggested addition, if a gun is in my house and stored in a locked box but yet still stole and I report it stolen, and then that gun is later used in a crime should I be held in any way responsible and if so what punishment would fit this case?

4) Lastly, let's use Mr. Watrous' example.  I'm cleaning a gun on my front porch.  It's a hot day so I go inside for a drink leaving a pistol and loaded clip sitting on the table.  Someone sees it, grabs it and runs off.  Later they us it to hold up a store and shoot the clerk.  Since this is the example Mr. Watrous warns us about with a gun owner leaving weapons on their front porch, what would be the punishment appropriate for the gun owner who's gun was stolen in this case?

Wednesday
Feb132013

US Money Turning Into Leaves

I love it when the left speak candidly and let you know what they really think or believe.

A discussion began to the following comment from Senator Ayotte (taken from WMUR.com as the version posted on Blue Hampshire is edited):

"While I welcome the president's openness to simplifying our tax code to spur economic growth, as well as his acknowledgment that we must reform Medicare to preserve it, I'm concerned that he proposed many new programs without saying how we could afford them. With over $16 trillion in debt and the economic challenges we face, we need to enact a large deficit reduction plan that includes tax reform and entitlement reform, and a Balanced Budget Amendment to put permanent limits on Washington spending."
– Senator Kelly Ayotte

Fair statement, right?  After all if we are going to spend money on something we in turn need to find a way to pay for what we're spending.

Here are two responses found in the discussion posted HERE:

Somebody needs to tell Senator Ayotte that the federal government is where our money comes from. All dollars, whether in circulation or stored in some bank, are nothing but certified IOUs — i.e. debt, what somebody owes to somebody else. A country that prints its own money can never run out. - hannah

That’s a concept way above Ayotte’s pay level to understand. She doesn’t get it. She needs to be replaced ASAP. The only thing she seems to do is get her picture taken with angry old white men, like McCain and Graham and McConnell. - mevansnh

Wow!

So in liberal land, money doesn't need to be backed by anything.  We as a country just keep printing more with the promise that someday down the road we'll pay it back or perhaps our kids or their kids will.

I wonder how long that would work in our private lives?

If I want food for lunch, don't worry... here's an IOU, I'll pay you back some other time.

I need new cloths?  Here's another IOU, I'll pay you back some other time.

New car, sure... here's another IOU.

How about a nice house too... here take this IOU.

At some point the cook who made my food, the tailor who made my cloths, factory who made my car and contractors who built my house will want something in return for the value they provided me.  Empty promises just don't work.

Government is no different.

For our dollars to be worth something when we trade with other countries they need to be backed by something.  Empty promises while we continue to print more and more money with nothing backing it only lowers the value of that money and eventually it will be viewed as no different then the leaves on a tree.  Every year more and more will drop with nothing backing them.