Friday, December 21, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Debate Is Pure Political Posturing

Come January 1, 2013, taxes will go up on everyone. The President wants this because he a) will have more money, as he claims, to spend on government programs, and b) can blame it on Republicans.

The President's (and the Democrat's) position cannot be clearer: more spending, stimulus, and taxes, and a permanent removal of the debt ceiling limit.

The Republicans are not much better. They are willing to concede most of these things if the tax increases can be disguised as closing deduction loopholes.

When Congress compromises and regardless of how it is spun, the result will be higher taxes for most Americans, fewer jobs, and lower growth and GDP, yielding fewer tax payers and higher debt.

The right thing to do for the country is to extend the Bush tax cuts for all and to do no stimulus spending.

The debate over who is rich and how much they should or should not pay in taxes is political posturing for idiots. The extra revenue from these higher rates will do little to address the deficit.

The fiscal cliff debate is the same old argument just with new words. The Democrats want bigger government -- more taxes and programs to enslave the masses. The Republicans are unable to build a compelling and understandable case for smaller government because they are not committed to the premise. Politicians do not get elected or re-elected, so they think, by shrinking government, rathering by showing their constituencies they did "x" and "y" for their state or district.

Obama will get his recession and he and the media will have success in blaming the Republicans for their desire to protect the most wealthy.

Few mention the elephant in the room: government is too big and individuals and corporations are taxed too high.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gun Control Starts With Fewer Gun-Free Zones

Whether it is Columbine CO, Red Lake MN, Blacksburg VA, Ft. Hood TX, Tuscon AZ, or Newtown, CN (to name just a few of many since 1988), all mass shootings are tragic. The extra tragic nature of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, if that is possible, is the age of the victims.

Leftist groups and politicians across the board are quick to react. Their haste usually results in the wrong conclusions and the wrong legislation that pretends to address a problem knowing full well it will accomplish little.

In America, unlike other nations, we have a Constitution that gives us the right to bear arms. Gun control arguments about whether one really needs to carry a firearm, the merits or limitations of a conceal carry permit, the size of magazines, the calibers of firearms, and types of ammunition, and where one should or should not be allowed to carry, will go on forever. Debate is critical to our republic.

So it makes little difference what the English, Russian or Chinese think about our gun policy. Quite the contrary, whatever they say, we should do the opposite.

Certainly, only a mentally unstable human would shoot another without cause or threat. But even the most troubled mass murderer picks and chooses his victims. They know that many public places are gun-free -- schools, camps, churches, theaters, etc. Since they are predetermined to kill, they know that they will be able to inflict the most damage in places where the likelihood of an armed defense is minimized.

There are excellent examples of where the damage assailants could do was limited by armed people in the area.

Congress will try to do something -- limit the size of magazines or ban semi-automatic assault firearms -- but it will do nothing to stop mass shootings.

Thanks fully, America has an armed populace. Unless the Constitution is changed, the right to bear arms will not change.

If you want to do something about stemming the tide of mass shootings, consider reducing the number of gun-free zones and expanding and improving the conceal carry laws (inter-state transport, better shooting skills and practice, situational awareness training, etc.) The next time a person enters a school to manifest his mental disease, there should be a dozen or more of scared, all be they confident, individuals with their own firearms to minimize the damage on the innocents.