This man knows best...
One more entry under "California, the State Where Absolutely Nothing is Allowed".
Light bulbs, toilets, smoking in your own apartment, Happy Meals, styrofoam containers, plastic grocery bags, and now Rep. Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has a bill in the state legislature that would punish parents and teenage babysitters. Yes, you read that correctly. The bill, which is meant to cover nannys, housekeepers, and other in-home workers, will also cover babysitters. In a huge bit of irony, this rediculous bill is further intrusion of the nanny state in the affairs of everyone who needs help at home.
From State Senator Doug LaMalfa:
"Assembly Bill 889 (authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, will require these protections for all “domestic employees,” including nannies, housekeepers and caregivers.
The bill has already passed the Assembly and is quickly moving through the Senate with blanket support from the Democrat members that control both houses of the Legislature – and without the support of a single Republican member. Assuming the bill will easily clear its last couple of legislative hurdles, AB 889 will soon be on its way to the Governor's desk."
We need to start burning up the phone lines to Sacramento to stop this unneccessary legislation (Assembly Bill 899). Sen. LaMalfa continues:
"Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers' compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.
Failure to abide by any of these provisions may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys' fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses, an unprecedented measure of legal recourse provided no other class of workers..."
This sounds like an excellent strategy to help the ailing economy - punish already stressed out parents with myriad new rules and regulations to follow just because Mom and Dad want to go out, have a pizza, and see a grown-up movie. Reminds us of a quote from Ayn Rand:
"The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."
Great move Mr. Ammiano. We just have one question - when is it enough?
Remember the Presidents' grueling midwestern campaign bus trip 2 weeks ago? You know, the one he took as a means to get "back in touch with the little people." Well not only did we, the taxpayers, pay for the two custom made Presidential buses (made in Canada by the way), but he didn't even ride in them for more than an hour or two at a time!
According to several sources, our fearless leader FLEW from city to city, only to land and get aboard the bus at the airport. And even more outragious, the buses were not driven to meet up with him, but WERE FLOWN AS WELL.
Via Redsate: "So good news America! If these reports are true, then not only do you get the pleasure of having a $1.1 million dollar bus carting the President around to “enlist” voters to fight for his reelection, but you get to marvel at the hypocrisy of an administration hell bent on destroying industries with carbon footprints too large for comfort, while they themselves are flying entire caravans of SUVs and buses in giant 747s flanked by fighter jets."
Hat Tip: www.redstate.com
Americans are constantly hearing the refrain from the Democrats that we need to "make the rich pay their fair share". Without going into all the reasons that the rich already pay more than their fair share, which has been explained countless times by others we will make the arguement, with the help of Donald Trump and the CEO of Blackhawk Partners, why we need to help and encourage the rich in America., rather than demonize them
The Donald, in one of his better interviews we've seen, dismembers Obama apologist George Stephanopoulos like a lion eating an antelope when asked about the administration's rhetoric regarding "the rich". Mr. Trump describes what would happen if the Obama regime tries to balance the budget by overtaxing the rich:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: As part of a deficit reduction package, would you be willing the pay, assume for a second you pay Warren Buffet's rate, 17 percent. Would you be willing to pay 25 percent instead of 17 percent--
DONALD TRUMP: See, I would be willing to George, but a lot of people wouldn't be. A lot of people would leave the country. I'm talking about big people, job-producing people….A lot of people will say, "No thank you, I'm going to Switzerland. I'm going to Germany. I'm going to here, I'm going to there." There are a lot of places you can go to. And these are business machines. I know them. They went to Harvard. They went to Wharton. They went to the great schools. They're total business machines….And they're going to say, "Thank you very much, George. I appreciate you letting us know, we're moving to Switzerland."
And then you know how much you get? Nothing.
How much clearer could it be? People do not have to stay here, they make choices when it comes to their businesses, and how much they are willing to pay. The United States has one of the highest business tax rates in the world. The CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Ziad K. Abdelnour, has a very good article about how wealth is created, and the people who create it. It is a great explanation for those who read about "the rich" but do not actually know any of them personally. On the difference between socialists and capitalists he says this:
"Socialist regimes try to guarantee the value of things rather than the ownership of them. Thus socialism tends to destroy the value, which depends on dedicated ownership. In the United States, on the other hand, the government normally guarantees only the right to property, not the worth of it. The belief that wealth consists not in ideas, attitudes, moral codes, and mental disciplines but in definable and static things that can be seized and redistributed is the materialist superstition.
It stultified the works of Marx and other prophets of violence and envy. It betrays every person who seeks to redistribute wealth by coercion. It balks every socialist revolutionary who imagines that by seizing the so-called means of production he can capture the crucial capital of an economy. It baffles nearly all conglomerateurs, who believe they can safely enter new industries by buying rather than by learning them. Capitalist means of production are not land, labor, or capital, but minds and hearts.
The wealth of America isn't an inventory of goods; it's an organic, living entity, a fragile, pulsing fabric of ideas, expectations, loyalties, moral commitments, visions, and people."
He continues and confirms what Donald Trump said today on Good Morning America:
"If the majority of Americans smear, harass, overtax, and over regulate this minority of wealth creators, our politicians will be shocked and horrified to discover how swiftly the physical tokens of the means of production collapse into so much corroded wire, eroding concrete, and scrap metal. They will be amazed at how quickly the wealth of America is either destroyed, or flees to other countries."
Read the entire article here.
The beauty of the American people:
“…in other countries, people demonstrate for the government to do more things for them. Only Americans would turn out in the streets for huge demonstrations, demanding that the government leave them the hell alone.” – Anon
It has been said many times that the current administration is the first in our history to have a Chief Executive who, along with the current Cabinet and staff, belive that Americans are the problem. David Harsanyi at Reason Magazine (www.reason.com) has a great article in which he describes this very thing:
"The romance is gone. But don't worry. It's not him; it's you.
It turns out we are the ones who failed Him. We weren't prepared for a mega-dosage of awesomeness.
We were too dimwitted to grasp the decency of central planning. And the insistence of troublemakers to engage in
debate and vote, in fact, is the most serious threat to this nation's future."
And from the President himself:
"Obama himself blamed the volatile stock market on the "prolonged debate over the debt ceiling...where the
threat of default was used as a bargaining chip." So it's not the job-killing policy or another $4 trillion of debt in two
years that's problematic; it's the insistence of elected officials to represent their constituents that's really killing America."
Not ot be left out, one of his minions in the Cabinet chimes in:
"Following the lead of the Environmental Protection Agency, Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently used this
imagined "dysfunction" as an excuse to try to unilaterally implement comprehensive education "reform" by bypassing
law and using a waiver system. Why? "Right now," Duncan explained, "Congress is pretty dysfunctional. They're not
getting stuff done."
And THIS guy is in charge of making the public schools better
Hate to break the news to you, Arne; for many Americans, stopping this administration from "getting stuff done" is getting
Read the enitre article. If you're smart enough for it.
We start with some wise words from our inspirational Founding Father:
"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men."
"A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.... While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security."
"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
And our favorite:
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."