After a six month hiatus from posting on this blog, the first entry on our return centers around a timely interview with Richard Epstein on income inequality.

The Occupy Wall Street movement and the Obama administration try to avert attention from runaway government spending and expensive regulations as the causes of our prolonged economic malaise by attacking capitalism. They focus on statistics about the growth of income over nearly thirty years that conveniently ends in 2007, right before a downturn that resulted in greater percentage drops in income among the top income earners. They want to tax higher income earners even more when they already carry the bulk of the tax burden and about half of Americans pay no income tax at all.

Richard Epstein, a law professor at New York University, explains why unequal outcomes are essential for motivating people in a free economy. American voters need to understand his argument if we want to change the direction America is headed in the election less than a year from now.

We hope that the eventual Republican presidential nominee will be able to make the case for economic freedom as well as Richard Epstein.

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Obama texter in chief 300x187 Big Brother is Texting You: Obama Assumes Power to Text Everyone

The Texter-in-Chief

If you need a new cell phone soon and don’t have a strong desire to get texted by President Obama, you may want to get around and buy one soon. Starting next year all cell phones will be required to have a special chip that will allow government agencies including the president to text you. This is being implemented as part of a revamped emergency notification system. The UK Telegraph reports:

From next year, new phones and other hand-held devices will be required to be fitted with special chips to receive the alerts, which will also be sent by state and local authorities. Users will be able to opt out of every type of alert except those from the president, said the Federal Communications Commission.

The system will include alerts about missing children and will supersede all other phone traffic to avoid delays.

Ok, so we can opt out of all of this except for messages from the president? Where does the president get this right from? Maybe I have overlooked the constitutional power of the president to text when reading the Constitution.

WE INTERRUPT THIS ARTICLE FOR AN IMPORTANT ALERT FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA: …

Just kidding.

Most likely the government will use this new power like it does so much else – incompetently. Alerts will go out after the tornado hit. But there is potential for tremendous abuse. How about on election day a targeted message to registered Democrats in closely contested elections to go to the polls?

You say it can’t happen? Well, probably not on a national level, but in places like Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago where the dead routinely vote, I don’t see such abuse so far fetched.

And who can assure us that these new chips do not also track our location. Apple may be doing this already (although what they really track appears to be cell tower usage), but at least now we have a choice of phones. Starting 2012 the only choice will be the one with the government chip in it.

Ten days ago we rejoiced at President Obama’s correct decision to assassinate Osama bin-Laden. It was nice that he made a decision we could wholeheartedly endorse and that Obama had continued to utilize the tools and information infrastructure created by the Bush administration to fight the war on Islamofascism. It was a little embarrassing to hear the Obama administration’s contradictory statements explaining what happened so that they didn’t have to admit to the lunatic left that they simply wanted to kill bin-Laden and turn him into fish food. But we can’t get too worked up about this given the major achievement of killing the number one terrorist.

But don’t expect Obama’s success to change his agenda of controlling more and more aspect of our lives. Today it is the president’s new power to text. A few days ago it was a tracking device in your car so that you can be taxed on the miles you drive regardless of the fuel consumption. I did not make this up. The White House actually floated such a proposal a few days ago only to distance themselves from it in face of the controversy it raised. Their concern is that gas tax revenue will plummet when government subsidized hybird and battery-operated cars will reduce fuel consumption. And of course knowing our location at any point in time has lots of other potential abuses. Just wait for the mandatory tracking implant that you need to accept in order to be treated under Obamacare. (Note to leftist readers: I realize this is not part of Obamacare now. I just extrapolate from current policies to make my point.)

This blog focuses a lot on the coming financial crisis if we do not address out of control government spending. We should not overlook the dangers of increased tracking by government of our every move and the Obama administration’s desire to subject us to messages from the government regardless of our desire to opt out.

The Tea Party movement has just begun to challenge the decline of freedom in the United States. We have a long way to go.

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Go See Atlas Shrugged!

April 18, 2011

In Theaters, April 15, 2011
In Our Hands, November 6, 2012
– FreedomWorks Video on Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged Movie Poster e 210x300 Go See Atlas Shrugged!Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 based on Ayn Rand’s famous novel about freedom and the people who make the world work was released in a limited number of theaters on April 15. Most mainstream media reviews about the movie were negative. No surprise there. One can hardly expect a critic with a leftist outlook to embrace the ideas in this movie.

For a more informative article about the movie read Mark Skousen in Human Events:

The message of the film (and the novel) is clear: If the government intervenes too much in the economy, things can only get worse. As Ludwig von Mises stated, “Middle of the road policy leads to socialism.” In the movie, the action takes place in 2016, when the Dow has fallen below 4,000, gas prices exceed $37 a gallon, and the infrastructure is collapsing. Naturally, government officials and statist economists (Paul Krugman types) blame the troubles on greedy selfish capitalists.

Parallels to America under Obama’s reign are unmistakable. FreedomWorks created a mash-up of the movie and the Obama & Co. speeches that shows the connection between the movie and our predicament today:

I saw the movie last weekend and I found it a worthy effort. Whether the second and third parts of the movie will be made will depend largely on the success of the first part. So go to the movie’s website and find a theater near you to go see Atlas Shrugged!

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“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. ”
– Benjamin Franklin

You may have seen this latest video (via Hot Air) of the shameful behavior of the TSA which should stand for Totalitarian Surveillance Authority.

If this were to happen to my daughter I would probably go to jail.

Why are Americans behaving like sheep led to be slaughtered when facing increasing government interference in our lives? Is there a point at which Americans will simply stop accepting the government’s actions and rise up against such abuses of power? Or are people so stupid that they actually believe that the TSA groping us when we board planes has anything to do with safety or preventing terrorism? It seems like many Americans have become total wimps when it comes to confronting the creeping totalitarianism of the Obama regime. There comes a point when blaming the politicians is not enough. A majority of voters elected Obama. Do people that throw overboard a freedom-focused culture of two centuries and accept government meddling in more and more aspects of their lives still deserve to be free?

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nobama1 Time for Real Change in 2012President Obama today announced that he is running for a second term. No surprise there.

On the same day his Attorney General Eric Holder announced that 9/11 terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be tired in front of a military tribunal in Guantanamo Prison. A remarkable turnaround from Obama’s campaign promise to close Gitmo in the first year of his administration and his announcement in 2009 that Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be tried in New York City. On this point at least, Obama has had to face the foolishness of his position and reverse himself much to the fury of left wing of his party.

Obama kicks off his reelection campaign not only on the same day as the Gitmo trial announcement, but also in the same week in which House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan unveils the Republicans’ 2012 budget. Ryan proves that he is a leader by proposing reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, reforms that are critical for these programs to survive. Republicans will soon move beyond the do-nothing President and Senate Democrats who call $60 billion in cuts for 2011 extreme. Ryan will propose trillions of cuts in federal spending, cuts proportional to the problem we have that, if enacted, will turn America back to fiscal sanity. The President, of course, as usual is unwilling to lead and wants to avoid discussion of real change in Washington.

Here is the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s spoof on Obama’s 2012 campaign:

At least, unlike the real announcement today this add shows the President.

And here is Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty’s response to Obama’s announcement:

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