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If you will be free and prosperous, follow these Ten Commandments For Prosperity in the letter and spirit, do not look to the left nor to the right, consult not thine emotions or thy media, nor be persuaded to adopt the ways of those who have failed to produce prosperity with freedom for ALL who practice those ways.

    1.  Thou Shalt Have Low Tax Rates.
    High taxes are not good for anybody, neither those who are taxed, nor those who think they will benefit from those taxes, because they take wealth and resources, which is power, and they concentrate them into the hands of those who are taking the taxes, which ultimately makes those people more wealthy and powerful, reduces the wealth of those who have earned it, and has no positive effect on those who are lacking or who are poor. —When I sign this bill into law, America will have the lowest marginal tax rates and the most modern tax code among major industrialized nations, one that encourages risk-taking, innovation, and that old American spirit of enterprise. We’ll be refueling the American growth economy with the kind of incentives that helped create record new businesses and nearly 11.7 million jobs in just 46 months. Remarks on Signing the Tax Reform Act of 1986, October 22, 1986
    2.  Thou Shalt Have A Strong Dollar.
    Inflation is almost entirely a product of the printing press, the more money the government prints, and the weaker the value of each individual dollar, the less each dollar buys for Americans, it is only by pursuing a strong dollar that is stable and that is not at the whim of a few individuals who can decide, almost without constraint, what interest rates should be or how many dollars to put into circulation, that we can protect ourselves from fiscal ruin. — A strong dollar is one of our greatest weapons against inflation.Conservative Political Action Conference March 2, 1984
    3. Thou Shalt Have Free Trade.
    Free Trade IS FAIR TRADE, where both sides agree to open, fair, and competitive trade allowing the markets to determine the value of goods, promoting connections between nations and cultures, and spreading the principles of freedom in the economic realm even where political freedom is lacking. For Trade to be Free, it must of course be fair, but for wealth to increase for ALL trade must be free! — Our trade policy rests firmly on the foundation of free and open markets. I recognize…the inescapable conclusion that all of history has taught: The freer the flow of world trade, the stronger the tides of human progress and peace among nations. Remarks at a White House Meeting With Business and Trade Leaders September 23, 1985
    4.  Thou Shalt Not Over-Regulate the People.
    Whatever good you think a “regulation” will do, ALL regulation transfers the decision-making authority away from the individual, the community, private entities, and the individual states to the entity that is making the regulation. If you think you can “regulate” away all problems and all risks, or use regulation to make things “fair” or “just”, you are mistaken- you will only end up increase the power of a few over the many and the result will be gigantism without any of the benefits the regulation was meant to deliver. — The economic realities of the marketplace have done more to bring down the price of oil than all those years of frenetic government regulating. Presidential Radio Address – 26 February 1983
    5.  Thou Shalt Have Only A Limited Government.
    The notion that you can justify giving something like 30% of ALL wealth that the People produce, over 30% of the LAND in this nation, and almost 50% or so of ALL decision-making powers to 9 supreme court justices, a president, and 535 legislators without seeing serious abuses of power at the expense of the rights, the property, and the welfare of the People is a Utopian fantasy. Those who pursue gigantism in government can use whatever high-sounding terminology they LIKE, but in the end, they are either foolishly ignorant of how dangerous giving such powers to a FEW people is OR they actually WANT that power. – It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981
    6. Thou Shalt Limit Government Spending.
    Every dime spent by government IS A TAX on the People, and in the end, that tax is going to be paid one way or another. For every dollar spent by government, there are fewer dollars available to YOU: only economic activity produces wealth, government spending reduces the amount of available wealth and reduces the overall wealth of the People! – We’ve tried spending our way to prosperity for more than four decades and it hasn’t worked. Radio Address, October 18, 1977
    7. Thou Shalt Have Market Pricing.
    It is true that there must always be restraint in favor of ethics, fairness, and even the common good, but the best judge of what should be produced and how much it should cost must be the People, as individuals who invest, who own businesses, who work, who sell, and who buy good and services. When this basic freedom is removed it delivers only inefficiency, more gigantism, and nothing good for the People, be they well off or poor or in between. – Why don’t we impose wage and price controls? Because they don’t work and never have…They distort the natural market forces, create shortages and end up with black markets supplying the people’s needs at bootleg prices. Letter to Captain Wayne Speigel, 1975 
    8.  Thou Shalt Have Privatization.
    The “middling sort”, as Benjamin Franklin described himself and his friends, the artisans, shop keepers, and entrepreneurs who started with nothing, gave MUCH, and produced wealth for themselves and MANY OTHERS around them, were the “agents of transformation” in 1776 and they have always been the “prime mover” of our nation. The only groups who ever benefit from nationalization of any kind and by ANY name, are the people who get rich off government favors and the people who run the government- nobody else, which includes over 95% of the population, benefits. — Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. May 1988 Speech at Moscow University
    9.  Thou Shalt Have A Strong Defense.
    Regardless of the myth-makers on your TV and in your newspapers, the Cold War was won because the United States of America was STRONG and the Soviets could not keep up with our advances in technology nor in raw capabilities, or firepower. It was the people manning SOSUS who tracked Soviet subs, the people who funded and manned all those “non-wars”, and the men and women of the US Military who proved to be too great an obstacle to Soviet ambitions who ended the Cold War, and those of us who were THERE will always be proud of this and will not simply let those who all the while told us we would fail try to take away from this glorious result of the Reagan revolution! — Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong. Republican National Convention, August 23, 1984
    10.  Thou Shalt Reform Welfare.
    We could even refer to this commandment as “Thou Shalt Not Promote Dependency”. Why does the Bible itself say that those who do not work should not eat? Meeting our own needs, being independent of others, being self-reliant is not just a way to live well, it is an experience that is in and of itself enjoyable and fulfilling like few other experiences. Simply handing people money, after the government keeps its share to feed itself and line its pockets, is a terrible way to treat people and it tells them “we don’t think you have what it takes to even survive on your own.” — I’m talking about real and lasting emancipation, because the success of welfare should be judged by how many of its recipients become independent of welfare. State of the Union Address, February 4, 1986
Joe 'The Plumber' Wurzelbacher Once again Joe 'the Plumber' Wurzelbacher steps forward and asks the political elitists some questions for America, like 'why do you keep wasting our tax money on fools errands?'

 

You Don’t Need a Washington Task Force to Understand the Middle Class

by Joe ‘The Plumber’ Wurzelbacher , as posted on Big Government, February 1 , 2010

It was kind of hard to stop laughing when I read that Joe Biden is leading a Task Force to study what’s on the mind of middle class Americans. Give me a break.

Biden

It would be funny if it were not so sad that those in Washington need a special commission to figure out what America thinks. How can we be represented in the first place if the people we hired to carry our hopes and fears are so clueless?

Here’s my suggestion Mr. Biden—take a trip to any town or city and sit down for an early breakfast in a coffee shop. Stop talking long enough to listen. Try a barber or beauty shop for the same lesson. Have a beer in a tavern. The key here, Mr. Biden—and all you folks from Washington, D.C. who have become so frightened that people are expressing their independent will at the polls—is to stop pontificating long enough to actually hear what we are saying.”

[…]  Please read the rest HERE

House GOP Leadership

 What is it about Governor Palin that she can get the word out on a simple Face Book “Notes” post, yet the entire GOP seems to struggle with getting its message out to the voters via its myriad websites and the wealth of its coffers at hand?  In posting the link to the GOP response, Gov. Palin is simply calling the bluff of the nincompoops in Washington (yep, Alinksky Tactic yada #12345: “force them to live by their own rules“). 

Hopefully the American people will visit the link she provided to see for themselves. We the voters must call Washington’s bluff at every opportunity, for as long as it takes the disingenuous anti-Constitutionalists currently running this country into the ground to realize that we are not going away simply because they give a speech. Perhaps her leadership and honesty, qualities sorely lacking today not only in the media and the Congress, but particularly from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are what does the trick?  

As posted by Sarah Palin on her FaceBook “Notes“, January 29, 2010

On Wednesday night, the president asked us to “let him know” if we had any better ideas, and today John Boehner handed him a compilation of the policy alternatives that have been advanced over the past year. These are ideas that deserve to be considered to turn down the volume on the rhetoric and use common sense. Please take a look at Solutions.GOP.gov.  

You can read the compilation of policy alternatives, called “Better Solutions,” here.   – Sarah Palin  

 

While reading the GOP “Better Solutions”, I felt as though I had stepped back into a time when Washington at least gave the appearance it had the taxpayers interests at heart in the wording, especially as I came across this nugget:

“Increasing Retirement Income by Reducing the Social Security Earnings Penalty.
Many Americans continue working into their mid-60s – out of financial necessity or as personal preference. Choosing to work and claim Social Security benefits before full retirement age, however, can result in losing $1 of benefits for every $2 of earnings in excess of $14,160 this year. Given the decline in value of other retirement savings as a result of the market, more workers who have not yet reached full retirement age need to increase their income now. Therefore, the Savings Recovery Act would double the Social Security earnings limit from $14,160 to $28,320 and allow more Americans to increase their income without being hit by the earnings penalty.”
 
 
 
 

 

We welcomed the voice of America’s Joe ‘The Plumber’ Wurzelbacher  as he returned the other day on American Thinker.  In his article, “Explaining the Tea Party Movement and the Bewilderment of the Political Class”, Joe carefully explains for the deaf and gonna be dumped Washington Elect just who is the political class called ‘Tea Party Activists’:  why I do believe it’s the American People just like Joe ‘splained.

“Can a plumber or carpenter, housewife or truck driver (clutching their bibles and guns as Mr. Obama once sneered) have anything much to add to the public policies developed at the seats of government and financial power? To those of us “out here” the righteously indignant answer is “yes”–and not a moment too soon.” – Joe Wurzelbacher

Can Spring be far behind?  Our thoughts now turn to the political landscape in Washington.  Thankfully, a much-needed almanac hit the shelves last winter for us old-time American political farmers to prosper by (Going Rogue: An American Tale).   It has much-needed helpful hints to guide our path by the stars above for what needs tending to down below. 

The Old Farmer’s Almanac might have forecast something like this for producing this year’s bumper crop of Tea Party candidates:   We have for so long left our country in the hands of politicians who have driven us to the brink of ruin, we now must reap what we have sown:  quack grass politicians, insidious weeds, whose roots run long and deep on nefarious runners.  Entirely a pernicious weed, pushing the sweet timothy and clover aside as it swallows up our granaries.  The government now is even attempting to control our water, claiming water rights are “a privilege”, granted by some bureaucrat?  

We must be more mindful of our how our political fields prosper (or not) as we head back to our victory gardens this spring.  We must be about our business of digging out the weeds that choke our country’s economic future, and planting new seed in fields ripe for harvest in 2010.

  

  

 

According to Politco, Claire McCaskill (D-MO) recently spoke of the Democrat’s agenda as moving “too far, too fast”.  The Politico reported:  

McCaskill said Wednesday morning that the agenda is moving “going too far, too fast” and that it would be a “huge mistake” for Democrats to force a vote on a new bill in the Senate before the new senator from Massachusetts is seated.  

“As I said to somebody last night:, everybody needs to get the Washington wax out of their ears and listen and pay attention that people out there believe that we are going too far, too fast,” McCaskill told POLITICO.  

At the same time, however, McCaskill defended the administration’s approach, saying the president inherited an economic recession that he couldn’t resolve with “little itty-bitty baby steps.”  

Put it another way the Democrats are saying: “we inherited an economic recession from Bush, which allows us, the political élite in Washington to ramrod through Congress any socialist legislation we can dream up to resolve it, and the people be damned”.  This is at best ludicrous, yet the Democrat’s trundle out this speech tic in every presser:  reveal the nanny statism agenda followed by ‘bash Bush’ as proof to proceed. 

If a syphocant like McCaskill understands and openly confirms Washington’s real agenda, why does the “Main Stream Media” have such a tough time presenting the truth to its viewership?  Apparently the voters in Massachusetts got it and voted on January 19, 2010 in large enough numbers to deal with it.   

PeeEss.  The recession left by George Bush and the Congress amounted to 4.5% unemployment and a debt level over eight years of approximately $10 trillion.  In one year we are seeing unemployment at 11% and a debt level now approaching $12 trillion — in just 12 months!  This is not sustainable.

[Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt]

While almost every Tea Party Patriot has their “ayes” set for Scott Brown, their attention focused on the current Senate race in Massachusetts, across America voters of every state are showing similar muscle in forming a strong resistance to the current insanity that passes for legislation these days in Washington.  Not only are the Tea Party activists alive and well, but the rallying points flame hotter than ever as the incumbancy and arrogance of the Socialist Democrats continues to threaten our country’s future.  The themes of the Tea Party movement that erupted into a walking groundswell in 2009 are back with busloads of reinforcements in 2010. 

“Tea Party rally targets incumbents, government spending”

Published 01/14/10

Hundreds of conservative Tea Party activists swooped into Annapolis last night on the first day of the 2010 legislative session, ostensibly to protest Maryland’s economic woes and incumbent politicians’ efforts to solve them.

Photo by Paul W. Gillespie of The Capital Gazette —  Hundreds of people crammed into Lawyers Mall last night to protest on a broad range of conservative issues. Busloads of people came from around the state to join the crowd.

But speakers at the rally that packed Lawyers Mall mentioned the economy just briefly. Many went to the podium to hit on other conservative hot-button issues like gerrymandering, illegal immigration, “government” health care, preserving the 10th Amendment, and cap-and-trade legislation.

Read the rest of the story HERE.

 
Sarah Palin addressing a rally during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Sarah Palin addressing a rally during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Hidden in the comments of every good post (like this one from Hot Air), are gems like this one: 

“…Sarah is following the Reagan playbook to the letter and as another poster mentioned earlier IS NOT trying to reinvent the wheel. She knows what she is doing and is confident of what she is planning to do because as you say gary4205 it has worked in the past. And she is student of past success.

People often comment that Reagan’s advantage of being in the wilderness was that he was already a two-term governor and he was much older and more experienced than Palin. But what Reagan did not have was the complete assurance that his “wilderness” strategy would work and he was operating under late 1970’s communications and technology.

What Sarah has going for her is again a proven blueprint but even as important the use of 21st c technology (Internet, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, blackberries etc) that she can use to get her message out without having to rely on the MSM who frankly hate her guts because she is a Reagan conservative and a definite future threat to the Messiah in 2010 and 2012.

And being younger than Reagan she may not be as “experienced” but she does have his memoirs and books written about Reagan to fall back on and unlike Reagan in her mid-forties has a boundless amount of energy to “do what she must do”. Yes Reagan in his late 60’s also had a lot of energy but you cannot compare the energy of a senior citizen with that of someone who has not reached 50 yet and runs every day. Where Reagan would have tired more often, Sarah will not. This is an advantage that few talk of now but I know will pay dividends for Sarah down the road.

There is no substitute for youth but when you combine youth and superstardom it is a combination that few can compete with. Tiger Woods has been a dominant force in golf since 1999 when he was 23; no other golfer has even approached his greatness; and with Sarah I think it will be the same as the next couple of years unfold.

as posted by technopeasant on September 26, 2009 at 5:22 AM

The response by gary4205 on September 26, 2009 at 3:10 PM is fabulous:

“Well said, as usual!

Sarah has an X factor that few will ever have. Frankly, Obama seemed to have it to. Of course, he had the entire media pushing him to messiah status. Now the bloom is off the rose, and we see her really didn’t have anything at all.

In my 50 years, I’ve never seen someone so savaged as Sarah Palin. The left have thrown absolutely everything they have at her, to absolutely no effect. Sarah just shrugs it off and keeps coming. THAT is what makes her a superstar.

I still go back to her championship winning basketball game, where she broke her foot, and still played, eventually scoring the game winning points.

Then I go to the time she was fishing and two of the boats collided, and pinned her hand between them, breaking it. She went and got that looked at, and went right back to work.

That sort of stuff says a hell of a lot about who Sarah Palin is.

And yeah, her energy level is high. She is said to be a consummate multi-tasker. Her high energy level, that lust for life, will take her places that no other candidate can go.

Like Reagan, Sarah sees America as GOOD. We all know Obama and the rest of his communist hoard see America as basically evil, flawed beyond help. It’s why they want to destroy the country and “rebuild it” in their likeness.robertfrost

The American people see America the way Sarah sees America, and frankly, Sarah is the only one of the current “front runners” on our side that sounds the way she sounds. Sarah, like Reagan in his day, is optimistic. She makes you feel optimistic as well.

Right now, with Obama in office, we are facing some of Anmerica’s darkest days, her most troubling times. But when Sarah speaks of American exceptionalism, you just know we’ll get through this.

As Dr Zero wrote Sarah Plain is the Leader of the Free World.