WUI (Writing under the influence)
Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.
I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.
This old house
American wine better than French.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
At least those cheating Republicans don't raise my taxes.
My letter to the editor:
Whether fabricated or real, a major economic crisis is what Democrats use most effectively for political gains. By blaming the rich in particular and capitalism in general, they manage to convince many people that Republicans are somehow at fault. Of course, aided and abetted by sycophantic media and academia, Democrats never acknowledge that their own misguided policies cause most economic hardships.
Playing on people’s fears, Democrats declare national emergencies. They call for creation of new programs and government bureaucracies. Then, over a few election cycles, demonizing and destroying anybody in their way, whipping up mindless class-warfare or environmental-disaster hysteria, Democrats turn these new programs into unsustainable entitlements and economy killing regulatory agencies.
When overregulated and overtaxed private markets can’t pay fast enough for the growing dependent class and hordes of government bureaucrats, Democrats take the nation deeper and deeper into debt. Then, predictably, instead of blaming their lust for political power and their constituencies’ greed for taxpayers’ money, Democrats point the finger at the so called “military industrial complex” and the “wars for oil.” Sometimes, they just yell ‘Yes, we can!’ loud enough to win another election.
Democrats made impressive electoral gains last November by taking advantage of a crisis of their own creation. As usual they blamed Republicans and promised to fix it all. But instead of helping the ailing economy, they spent trillions of dollars in bailouts to pay off government lackeys, unions and Wall Street donors. Despite promises to the contrary, the economy is still in shambles with no signs of recovery while the private sector hemorrhages hundreds of thousands of jobs every month. As many people who voted for this “hope and change” start waking up to the deception, Democrats, concerned about the next year elections, are going back to their old playbook: make more people dependent on government.
After having regulated the health care sector for decades, Democrats insist that the only cure for the skyrocketing health care costs is more government intervention. The new program they propose, innocently called “public option,” will probably start small. But inevitably, after choking off private competition, it will turn into another monster that will have to be fed a steady diet of huge tax increases with rationing and scarcity of medical services to follow.
If that weren’t bad enough, Democrats are ramming through the Congress their “cap and trade” energy bill. Based on unproven and shoddy science, the bill mandates limits and huge taxes on reliable energy sources such as coal, oil and nuclear power to supposedly make solar, wind, and other expensive and inefficient technologies more competitive. With absolutely no impact on the climate, this scheme will only destroy countless manufacturing jobs when American companies start moving abroad to look for cheaper energy and will costs Americans millions in higher utility bills.
But Democrats don’t worry. They know people who lose jobs, who can’t pay their bills are easily persuaded that free markets simply don’t work and that government is the only answer.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
We are all Iranians now
Thanks to the Iranian people, who, by-the-way, are losing their lives to prove the skeptics wrong, the idea that Muslims are not interested in democracy has been put to rest. I have to say as somebody who witnessed first hand the freedom movement of the 1980s in Poland, I'm very, very proud of my Muslim brothers who find it abhorrent to live under a tyranny. Of course, I also find it very humbling that I wasn't as strong as they are and as strong as my Polish compatriots who stayed in Poland to see the fight to the end.So the only thing I have to offer in exchange for their bravery is my promise that I will do whatever it takes to protect this country from a slow process of turning it into a soft tyranny of a statist state where people exchange their liberty for the false sense of economic security.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
WSJ just doesn't get our politicians
. Don't they know it takes real courage to raise taxes? Yes, Oregon's unemployment is the second highest in the nation, so are the income taxes. But hey, you have to have real guts to stick to your usual mantra.
The Labor Department reported yesterday that Oregon's unemployment rate soared to 12.4% in May, the nation's second highest after Michigan's 14.1%. What to do? If you're the geniuses in the state legislature in Salem, you naturally raise taxes.
Last week the legislature approved a $2 billion tax hike on personal income and small businesses that haven't already left the state. The highest tax rate on income above $500,000 would climb to 11% -- up from an already high 9%. Oregon will soon boast the second highest income tax rate in the nation, moving ahead of California (10.55%), and only slightly behind New York City (12.6%). Corporations will pay a 7.9% tax on gross receipts, up from 6.6%.
But that isn't the worst of it. Another revenue raiser will tax hospitals and private health insurance premiums. That's a good way to encourage private employers to drop their health coverage for workers.
In Oregon, as in so many states this year, lawmakers had to choose between reducing the growth of spending and raising taxes. No contest. So government spending will climb by about $2 billion, or almost 4%, which is on top of a 21% increase in the 2007-08 biennium budget. The sliver of good news is that taxpayer groups like Americans for Prosperity of Oregon are promising to put these taxes before the voters in a referendum this year or next. Since Salem's politicians seem intent on following California's, maybe Oregon's voters will do the same and just say no.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Democrats’ strategy is very simple: regulate free markets so they eventually fail, then blame the capitalism and the lack of regulations (how Orwellian!) for the failures. Of course, whatever schemes Democrats cook up to replace free market ideas are order of magnitude worse and have to be paid for with huge tax increases. And although regulations and taxes weight heavy on the economy, creating longer and deeper recessions with higher and higher unemployment, these new programs give Democrats ever-growing constituency: the dependent class.
People with no ambitions, no self respect, always looking to government for directions on how to live their lives vote for Democrats in huge numbers. Democrats have to pay them off after each election. FDR gave them Social Security, Truman school lunches, LBJ Medicare, and now Obama is trying to give them “free” health care.
In each case, Democrats try to convince us that their schemes will be better and less expensive than the free market alternatives. But invariably those programs have to be propped up with more taxes and more regulations to eliminate any competition free markets could offer.
But if more taxes and regulation really worked, the state of California would be a model of the socialist utopia Democrats have been promising us since FDR. Instead, California is about to go bankrupt. And the US will also go bankrupt unless we stop this madness.
It won’t be easy. Too many of us are hooked on the government opiates and withdrawal could be very painful. But we can do it. Yes, we can! We can again provide for ourselves. We can again be a proud and free nation.
So before you jump on Democrats’ latest bandwagon, consider this. A typical family would pay under $300 a month for a high-deductible health insurance. The price could even be lower if we got rid of many unnecessary regulations that make everything more expensive.
So disconnect your cable, ditch that cell phone, brew your own coffee and pretty soon you will realize you can afford to take care of yourself without asking your neighbors to do it for you.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
He is destroying capitalism and supporting Muslim tyrants. What a sad day when I have to say, I'd rather be Polish
or even French
The President yesterday denounced the "extent of the fraud" and the "shocking" and "brutal" response of the Iranian regime to public demonstrations in Tehran these past four days.
"These elections are an atrocity," he said. "If [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad had made such progress since the last elections, if he won two-thirds of the vote, why such violence?" The statement named the regime as the cause of the outrage in Iran and, without meddling or picking favorites, stood up for Iranian democracy.
The President who spoke those words was France's Nicolas Sarkozy.
Where is Reagan or Bush when you need clarity and some old-fashioned American cowboy balls
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I just hope (for them) they don't come to work for Obama
Poland has government-run, one-payer, and all that good socialist nirvana crap, health care. So why are the doctors-to-be thinking about going somewhere else
? And where do they want to go? I hope it's not the US if Obama has his way.
Around two-thirds of medical students in Poland want to emigrate after finishing their studies in search of better-paid jobs abroad, the Dziennik daily has reported.
The paper cited research on students’ career plans carried out by the Medical University in the southern city of Katowice.
But Health Minister Ewa Kopacz played down the potential brain-drain problem.
“When I meet students and young doctors, they tell me that they are very happy both with the way they are educated and with salaries,” Dziennik quoted Kopacz as saying.
Apparently, Kopacz (which in Polish could mean "the ass kicker") hasn't talked to my sister who has a Ph.D. in Obstetrics and is a very good women's reproductive diseases surgeon is forced to work for both the government and her private practice to barely make it every month.
Monday, June 15, 2009
First, the computer models (based on flawed or even fraudulent data) predicting constant rise in global temperatures turned out to be wrong.
Now, Biden says that the stimulus haven't "created or saved" (how Clintonian, or should I say Obamanian?) whatever millions of jobs it was supposed to. In fact, it turns out that we, who said it would make the situation even worse, have been right all along. Obama's "economists" predicted that without the stimulus the unemployment would have picked at 8%, with the stimulus at 7% but now we are at 9%, with some states, Oregon included, hitting all-time highs. The problem is that this is not new. By now, all honest economists should know that the Great Depression was in fact caused by government spending and regulation, and that Obama and most Democrats were after power not our well-being.
Obama wants to convince us that the government has to do something about health care because free markets aren't working. He is right. Free markets were replaced by increasing government regulation long time ago. It's obvious that since 1932 the government (mostly Democrats) have been screwing free markets to the point where they did the exact opposite of what is normally expected of them: higher quality at lower cost. Now the same government that screwed everything up is blaming those markets and wants to fix the problems it created. And the government puts forth dire predictions of what will happen if we don't act.
Well, maybe, just maybe, as with the global warming fiasco or with the stimulus failure, the all-knowing, all-caring government is just plain wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.
Friday, June 12, 2009
It's so ironic
I left Poland, a communist country about 22 years ago because I thought there was no chance for me to ever see a free economic market flourish in that country.
Now, when I read about today's Poland and Polish government trying to prevent tax raises
and privatizing what used to be the biggest and the most important industries while Obama is nationalizing everything, I wonder whether I made the right decision.
I still think it was the right decision but frequently I'm considering whether I should undo it. I've already started talking to my children that the most important things in life are their families and if that means going somewhere else, the better. People protect free markets by voting with their feet.
Of course, it's not fair....
...but, if this were Bush...
After his wonderful speech in Cairo, the Wack-Jack gets "re-elected
Democrats, stop ruining my country! You started in 1932 with Social Security and continued expanding until now Obama wants to kill it with Obamacare
. There are only so many chances to unroll your disastrous mistakes. This may be the last one.
Are you at all thinking?
Monday, June 08, 2009
Drudge had this picture on without any caption today:
One thing that nobody could say since the election has been how unattractive Obama's wife is.
Maybe Drudge just screwed up something on his site. But I believe, that without saying it, he wanted to point out what everybody already knew: Obama's wife is not even close to real beauties like Sarkozy's wife, for example.
So here, I said what nobody has courage to say.
UPDATE: Wow! I finally had some time to look through blogs and it turns out everybody else has noticed this picture
. And pretty everybody has the same conclusion.