Archive for May, 2010

Prophetic Tocqueville

Monday, May 31st, 2010

What sort of Despotism does Democratic Nations have to fear

April 02, 2010 “Freeman” published by Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEE)

I took the title from volume 2, section 4, chapter 6 of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. That chapter has been quoted many times in many places. But considering what has been happening legislatively of late (and not just in the last year-plus), it seems like a good time to revisit Tocqueville’s writing about democratic despotism. 

He notes that despotism in a constitutional republic would be different from what it was in the Roman empire. How so? “[I]t would be more extensive and more mild; it would degrade men without tormenting them.” 

Specifically: “Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood….” 

But that is not its object. Rather, it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood… For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living? 

What remains, indeed? He goes on with an almost spooky prophecy. 

After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd. [Emphasis added] 

Tocqueville also sees the paradoxes of democratic despotism. Note how relevant they still are:  I have always thought that servitude of the regular, quiet, and gentle kind which I have just described might be combined more easily than is commonly believed with some of the outward forms of freedom, and that it might even establish itself under the wing of the sovereignty of the people. 

Our contemporaries are constantly excited by two conflicting passions: they want to be led, and they wish to remain free. As they cannot destroy either the one or the other of these contrary propensities, they strive to satisfy them both at once. They devise a sole, tutelary, and all-powerful form of government, but elected by the people. They combine the principle of centralization and that of popular sovereignty; this gives them a respite: they console themselves for being in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own guardians. Every man allows himself to be put in leading-strings, because he sees that it is not a person or a class of persons, but the people at large who hold the end of his chain. [Emphasis added.] 

Tocqueville reminds us that “it is especially dangerous to enslave men in the minor details of life…. Subjection in minor affairs breaks out every day and is felt by the whole community indiscriminately. It does not drive men to resistance, but it crosses them at every turn, till they are led to surrender the exercise of their own will.” 

What would he have thought about government’s laying the foundation for controlling our medical decisions? 

He concludes, Thus their spirit is gradually broken and their character enervated…. It is indeed difficult to conceive how men who have entirely given up the habit of self-government should succeed in making a proper choice of those by whom they are to be governed; and no one will ever believe that a liberal, wise, and energetic government can spring from the suffrages of a subservient people. 

A constitution [which is] republican in its head and ultra-monarchical in all its other parts has always appeared to me to be a short-lived monster. 

Tocqueville might have had his timing off , but with a fiscal crisis on the horizon – the product of a bloated welfare state, an aging population, and a lackluster economy mired in corporatism – the “monster” indeed is in trouble. With work, we might still be able to turn things around. 

Sheldon Richman Editor “Freeman” (Foundation for Economic Freedom)


The European lesson: Will we heed it?

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Opinion Page 

 American liberals pining for the “social justice” of Europe soon will be rushed into treatment for shell shock. For their role model is proving to be what history and fundamental economics dictate — unsustainable. 

“Europeans have boasted about their social model, with its generous vacations and early retirement, its national health care systems and extensive welfare benefits, contrasting it with the comparative harshness of American capitalism,” reminded The New York Times on Monday. 

But all those supposedly great lifestyle designs of leftist governments since the end of World War II have been exposed by a combination of the debt crisis, demographics and simple economics. 

In particular, such socialistic spending has left Europe with higher taxes that led to both lower tax receipts for the governments and, with ever more money being sucked out of the private sector for entitlements, lower rates of economic growth. 

A textbook case of how to bankrupt a country has come back to slap Europeans. 

Sadly, it’s a lesson liberals in Washington are either missing as they continue to embrace European socialism or are whistling past the graveyard. Either way, they and the American people are in for an ugly object lesson about what economic model is more “harsh.” 

The Great Con of 1789

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

It’s often said that America was once a free country, but that its freedom has been heavily damaged by a relentless growth in government. Some (like Aaron Russo in his documentary America: From Freedom to Fascism) date the decline from 1913, when the Federal Reserve was chartered and the Income Tax enacted; but I no longer think it began that late. The “Pristine State” advocates suppose that there was once in our history a kind of Eden from which we have fallen, and so that all we need now is somehow to get back there — to “constitutional rule.” There wasn’t, and we don’t. I think our troubles began no later than 1789.

The drafting was done in 1787, and the needed nine States had ratified it by June 21st, 1788, so the Constitution became supreme law on that day. Then on March 3rd 1789 Congress opened its doors and the following month George Washington presided. It’s very interesting to notice what the new Congress did, in its first session, from March through September of that year.  It committed six acts, before going home for the winter in September. See if any of them give you warm, fuzzy feelings; and in a moment I’ll focus on the sixth, because of its huge importance.

First came some administration; deciding on how oaths of office were to be taken. Not too much there to bother us.

Second was the “Hamilton Tariff,” under which revenue was to be raised. So the second-ever Act of the US Congress was to arrange for the confiscation of property. Sure, it was Constitutional — it was a set of tariffs, imposed on certain imports; some must have recalled that it was a tariff on tea that had sparked the Revolution in the first place, so may have wondered whether anything had changed except the geographic location of the thieves. The import duties favored Northern manufacturers by making foreign goods seem more expensive — it was protectionist — and hurt Southerners by making them pay more. From Day One, a division was being fashioned that led after seventy years to open warfare. So the first substantive thing Congress did was to start to set the scene for internal conflict.

Third came an establishment of “Foreign Affairs” — now the Department of State — by which the new government was to execute “policies” towards other nations. If the intention was to have a perfectly uniform policy towards all, that would not have been needed. By establishing one, it was clear there were to be some nations more favored, others less favored. That’s what a “foreign policy” means, and it is ultimately the cause of war and, in our own era, of the unconventional war called “terrorism”; for had there been no foreign policy favoring Israel (recall Biden’s call in March for “no space” between the policies of the US and Israel?) there would have been no 9/11, or if there had been one favoring Palestinians there would have been a “9/11” much sooner and much more devastating, executed by Mossad. So the third Act in the history of the new government was to set the scene for al l future external conflict.

Fourth was an Act to set up a Department of War — now euphemized as “Defense” — and that was very logical. You play favorites with other nations, eventually you’ll need to fight some of them. Better get ready.

Fifth came the Department of the Treasury, to take in and account for the collection and spending of the money confiscated by Act Two. It is to this Department that today’s IRS belongs, so I need say no more.  So far, it’s not too hard to detect the beginnings of all the most loathsome attributes of any government: tax, distortion, discord and warfare. This is to what our well-meaning “Constitutionalist” friends want to get us back.

The sixth action of that first session bore fruit on September 24th, 1789 and was the “Judiciary Act” — and it’s notorious and breathtaking. Here’s why.

On its face, its purpose was just to flesh out Article Three, which said there was to be a Judicial Branch in the new government. It had to do with establishing Courts — Supreme, District, Circuit — and government Attorneys, General and less general. But as well as that administrative stuff, the 1789 Judiciary Act declared that the Supreme Court had the power to hear actions for “writs of mandamus” as one of original jurisdiction, and so not to be just a court of appeal. Congress was therefore purporting to grant to its sister Branch a power which Article Three never gave it.

Oops! Right off the bat, in its very first session, Congress therefore tried to do something it was not empowered to do (if you’ll allow for the moment that, contrary to Spooner, the Constitution actually empowered anyone to do anything). In so doing, Congress demonstrated its disdain for the fences placed around it by Articles Two and Five. Very clearly, government today acknowledges no limits on its power; the 1789 Judiciary Act made it plain that Congress never did acknowledge such limits, even in its very first session.

Was this arrogation of power deliberate, or inadvertent?

Either is possible if the Act is considered in isolation, but it wasn’t isolated. While the Constitution was being drafted, Alexander Hamilton and other Federalists had wanted to specify powers for the Judicial Branch, just as the charter did for the other two Branches, and in particular to grant it the power of “Judicial Review,” i.e., to say what is, and is not, valid law. He argued that that is what high courts normally do. However in Article Three no powers were granted to it at all, so as it’s fair to presume that it was not to have zero powers (otherwise, why set it up?) consequently Article Three left them wide open — for unlike the wording of Articles I and II there are no limits or prohibitions named, either. It was a blank check, whose detail could be filled in later.

If Hamilton had had his way and the Constitution as drafted had said something like “The Supreme Court shall have power to decide what is law and what is not law” the new government would have been plainly seen as a dictatorship, and in my humble opinion it would have not had a snowball’s chance of getting ratified; even as it was, that process was no sure thing. So that’s why they left it blank — while the Federalist majority intended all along that such a power should, indeed, be owned by the Judicial Branch so that the new government could (with a little delay, and with its cooperation) do anything it wanted to do, while operating under the pretense of being strictly limited.

So Congress’ 1789 attempt to endow the Supreme Court with a new power (to hear certain cases with original jurisdiction) was not accidental, but deliberate; that particular power wasn’t very important, but it was to test the waters, establish a precedent. If they could grant it one small power then, they could later grant it bigger ones, and so eventually equip it with absolute, law-determining power. Take an inch at once, so as to take a mile later on.

Jim Davies


USA follows Argentina

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

In the early 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. While Great Britain’s maritime power and its far-flung empire had propelled it to a dominant position among the world’s industrialized nations, only the United States challenged Argentina for the position of the world’s second-most powerful economy.
It was blessed with abundant agriculture, vast swaths of rich farmland laced with navigable rivers and an accessible port system. Its level of industrialization was higher than many European countries: railroads, automobiles and telephones were commonplace.

In 1916, a new president was elected. Hipolito Irigoyen had formed a party called The Radicals under the banner of “fundamental change” with an appeal to the middle class.Among Irigoyen’s changes: mandatory pension insurance, mandatory health insurance, and support for low-income housing construction to stimulate the economy. Put simply, the state assumed economic control of a vast swath of the country’s operations and began assessing new payroll taxes to fund its efforts.With an increasing flow of funds into these entitlement programs, the government’s payouts soon became overly generous. Before long its outlays surpassed the value of the taxpayers’ contributions. Put simply, it quickly became under-funded, much like the United States’ Social Security and Medicare programs.

The death knell for the Argentine economy, however, came with the election of Juan Peron. Peron had a fascist and corporatist upbringing; he and his charismatic wife aimed their populist rhetoric at the nation’s rich.  This targeted group swiftly expanded to cover most of the propertied middle classes, who became an enemy to be defeated and humiliated.  Under Peron, the size of government bureaucracies exploded through massive programs of social spending and by encouraging the growth of labor unions.
High taxes and economic mismanagement took their inevitable toll even after Peron had been driven from office. But his populist rhetoric and “contempt for economic realities” lived on. Argentina’s federal government continued to spend far beyond its means.

Hyperinflation exploded in 1989, the final stage of a process characterized by industrial protectionism, redistribution of income based on increased wages, and growing state intervention in the economy.  The Argentinean government’s practice of printing money to pay off its public debts had crushed the economy. Inflation hit 3000%, reminiscent of the Weimar Republic. Food riots were rampant; stores were looted; the country descended into chaos.  And by 1994, Argentina’s public pensions (the equivalent of Social Security) had imploded. The payroll tax had increased from 5% to 26%, but it wasn’t enough. In addition, Argentina had implemented a value-added tax (VAT), new income taxes, a personal tax on wealth, and additional revenues based upon the sale of public enterprises. These crushed the private sector, further damaging the economy.
A government-controlled privatization effort to rescue seniors’ pensions was attempted.

But, by 2001, those funds had also been raided by the government, the monies replaced by Argentina as defaulted government bonds.  By 2002, government fiscal irresponsibility induced a national economic crisis as severe as America’s Great Depression.In 1902 Argentina was one of the world’s richest countries. Little more than a hundred years later, it is poverty-stricken, struggling to meet its debt obligations amidst a drought.

We’ve seen this movie before. The Democrats’ populist plans can’t possibly work, because government bankrupts everything it touches. History teaches us that ObamaCare and unfunded entitlement programs will be utter, complete disasters.Today’s Democrats are guilty of more than stupidity; they are enslaving future generations to poverty and misery. And they will be long gone when it all implodes. They will be as cold and dead as Juan Peron when the piper must ultimately be paid.Sound Familiar?

New Obamacare Bureaucracies to Control Citizens

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

1. Grant program for consumer assistance offices (Section 1002, p. 37)
Grant program for states to monitor premium increases (Section 1003, p. 42)
Committee to review administrative simplification standards (Section 1104, p. 71)
Demonstration program for state wellness programs (Section 1201, p. 93)
Grant program to establish state Exchanges (Section 1311(a), p. 130)
State American Health Benefit Exchanges (Section 1311(b), p. 131)
Exchange grants to establish consumer navigator programs (Section 1311(i), p. 150)
Grant program for state cooperatives (Section 1322, p. 169)
Advisory board for state cooperatives (Section 1322(b)(3), p. 173)
Private purchasing council for state cooperatives (Section 1322(d), p. 177)
State basic health plan programs (Section 1331, p. 201)
State-based reinsurance program (Section 1341, p. 226)
Program of risk corridors for individual and small group markets (Section 1342, p. 233)
Program to determine eligibility for Exchange participation (Section 1411, p. 267)
Program for advance determination of tax credit eligibility (Section 1412, p. 288)
Grant program to implement health IT enrollment standards (Section 1561, p. 370)
Federal Coordinated Health Care Office for dual eligible beneficiaries (Section 2602, p. 512)
Medicaid quality measurement program (Section 2701, p. 518)
Medicaid health home program for people with chronic conditions, and grants for planning same (Section 2703, p. 524)
Medicaid demonstration project to evaluate bundled payments (Section 2704, p. 532)
Medicaid demonstration project for global payment system (Section 2705, p. 536)
Medicaid demonstration project for accountable care organizations (Section 2706, p. 538)
Medicaid demonstration project for emergency psychiatric care (Section 2707, p. 540)
Grant program for delivery of services to individuals with postpartum depression (Section 2952(b), p. 591)
State allotments for grants to promote personal responsibility education programs (Section 2953, p. 596)
Medicare value-based purchasing program (Section 3001(a), p. 613)
Medicare value-based purchasing demonstration program for critical access hospitals (Section 3001(b), p. 637)
Medicare value-based purchasing program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 3006(a), p. 666)
Medicare value-based purchasing program for home health agencies (Section 3006(b), p. 668)
Interagency Working Group on Health Care Quality (Section 3012, p. 688)
Grant program to develop health care quality measures (Section 3013, p. 693)
32. Center 
for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Section 3021, p. 712)
Medicare shared savings program (Section 3022, p. 728)
Medicare pilot program on payment bundling (Section 3023, p. 739)
35. Independence 
at home medical practice demonstration program (Section 3024, p. 752)
Program for use of patient safety organizations to reduce hospital readmission rates (Section 3025(b), p. 775)
Community-based care transitions program (Section 3026, p. 776)
Demonstration project for payment of complex diagnostic laboratory tests (Section 3113, p. 800)
Medicare hospice concurrent care demonstration project (Section 3140, p. 850)
Independent Payment Advisory Board (Section 3403, p. 982)
Consumer Advisory Council for Independent Payment Advisory Board (Section 3403, p. 1027)
Grant program for technical assistance to providers implementing health quality practices (Section 3501, p. 1043)
Grant program to establish interdisciplinary health teams (Section 3502, p. 1048)
Grant program to implement medication therapy management (Section 3503, p. 1055)
Grant program to support emergency care pilot programs (Section 3504, p. 1061)
Grant program to promote universal access to trauma services (Section 3505(b), p. 1081)
Grant program to develop and promote shared decision-making aids (Section 3506, p. 1088)
Grant program to support implementation of shared decision-making (Section 3506, p. 1091)
Grant program to integrate quality improvement in clinical education (Section 3508, p. 1095)
50. Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women�
s Health (Section 3509(a), p. 1098)
51. Centers for Disease Control Office of Women�
s Health (Section 3509(b), p. 1102)
52. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women�
s Health (Section 3509(e), p. 1105)
53. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women�
s Health (Section 3509(f), p. 1106)
54. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women�
s Health (Section 3509(g), p. 1109)
National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (Section 4001, p. 1114)
Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health (Section 4001(f), p. 1117)
Prevention and Public Health Fund (Section 4002, p. 1121)
Community Preventive Services Task Force (Section 4003(b), p. 1126)
Grant program to support school-based health centers (Section 4101, p. 1135)
Grant program to promote research-based dental caries disease management (Section 4102, p. 1147)
Grant program for States to prevent chronic disease in Medicaid beneficiaries (Section 4108, p. 1174)
Community transformation grants (Section 4201, p. 1182)
Grant program to provide public health interventions (Section 4202, p. 1188)
Demonstration program of grants to improve child immunization rates (Section 4204(b), p. 1200)
Pilot program for risk-factor assessments provided through community health centers (Section 4206, p. 1215)
Grant program to increase epidemiology and laboratory capacity (Section 4304, p. 1233)
Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (Section 4305, p. 1238)
National Health Care Workforce Commission (Section 5101, p. 1256)
Grant program to plan health care workforce development activities (Section 5102(c), p. 1275)
Grant program to implement health care workforce development activities (Section 5102(d), p. 1279)
Pediatric specialty loan repayment program (Section 5203, p. 1295)
Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program (Section 5204, p. 1300)
Allied Health Loan Forgiveness Program (Section 5205, p. 1305)
Grant program to provide mid-career training for health professionals (Section 5206, p. 1307)
Grant program to fund nurse-managed health clinics (Section 5208, p. 1310)
Grant program to support primary care training programs (Section 5301, p. 1315)
Grant program to fund training for direct care workers (Section 5302, p. 1322)
Grant program to develop dental training programs (Section 5303, p. 1325)
Demonstration program to increase access to dental health care in underserved communities (Section 5304, p. 1331)
Grant program to promote geriatric education centers (Section 5305, p. 1334)
Grant program to promote health professionals entering geriatrics (Section 5305, p. 1339)
Grant program to promote training in mental and behavioral health (Section 5306, p. 1344)
Grant program to promote nurse retention programs (Section 5309, p. 1354)
Student loan forgiveness for nursing school faculty (Section 5311(b), p. 1360)
Grant program to promote positive health behaviors and outcomes (Section 5313, p. 1364)
Public Health Sciences Track for medical students (Section 5315, p. 1372)
Primary Care Extension Program to educate providers (Section 5405, p. 1404)
Grant program for demonstration projects to address health workforce shortage needs (Section 5507, p. 1442)
Grant program for demonstration projects to develop training programs for home health aides (Section 5507, p. 1447)
Grant program to establish new primary care residency programs (Section 5508(a), p. 1458)
Program of payments to teaching health centers that sponsor medical residency training (Section 5508(c), p. 1462)
Graduate nurse education demonstration program (Section 5509, p. 1472)
Grant program to establish demonstration projects for community-based mental health settings (Section 5604, p. 1486)
Commission on Key National Indicators (Section 5605, p. 1489)
Quality assurance and performance improvement program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 6102, p. 1554)
Special focus facility program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 6103(a)(3), p. 1561)
Special focus facility program for nursing facilities (Section 6103(b)(3), p. 1568)
National independent monitor pilot program for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (Section 6112, p. 1589)
Demonstration projects for nursing facilities involved in the culture change movement (Section 6114, p. 1597)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Section 6301, p. 1619)
Standing methodology committee for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Section 6301, p. 1629)
Board of Governors for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Section 6301, p. 1638)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (Section 6301(e), p. 1656)
Elder Justice Coordinating Council (Section 6703, p. 1773)
Advisory Board on Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation (Section 6703, p. 1776)
Grant program to create elder abuse forensic centers (Section 6703, p. 1783)
Grant program to promote continuing education for long-term care staffers (Section 6703, p. 1787)
Grant program to improve management practices and training (Section 6703, p. 1788)
Grant program to subsidize costs of electronic health records (Section 6703, p. 1791)
Grant program to promote adult protective services (Section 6703, p. 1796)
Grant program to conduct elder abuse detection and prevention (Section 6703, p. 1798)
Grant program to support long-term care ombudsmen (Section 6703, p. 1800)
National Training Institute for long-term care surveyors (Section 6703, p. 1806)
Grant program to fund State surveys of long-term care residences (Section 6703, p. 1809)
CLASS Independence Fund (Section 8002, p. 1926)
CLASS Independence Fund Board of Trustees (Section 8002, p. 1927)
CLASS Independence Advisory Council (Section 8002, p. 1931)
Personal Care Attendants Workforce Advisory Panel (Section 8002(c), p. 1938)
Multi-state health plans offered by Office of Personnel Management (Section 10104(p), p. 2086)
Advisory board for multi-state health plans (Section 10104(p), p. 2094)
Pregnancy Assistance Fund (Section 10212, p. 2164)
Value-based purchasing program for ambulatory surgical centers (Section 10301, p. 2176)
Demonstration project for payment adjustments to home health services (Section 10315, p. 2200)
Pilot program for care of individuals in environmental emergency declaration areas (Section 10323, p. 2223)
Grant program to screen at-risk individuals for environmental health conditions (Section 10323(b), p. 2231)
Pilot programs to implement value-based purchasing (Section 10326, p. 2242)
Grant program to support community-based collaborative care networks (Section 10333, p. 2265)
Centers for Disease Control Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
Food and Drug Administration Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
Grant program to promote small business wellness programs (Section 10408, p. 2285)
Cures Acceleration Network (Section 10409, p. 2289)
Cures Acceleration Network Review Board (Section 10409, p. 2291)
Grant program for Cures Acceleration Network (Section 10409, p. 2297)
Grant program to promote centers of excellence for depression (Section 10410, p. 2304)
139. Advisory committee for young women�
s breast health awareness education campaign (Section 10413, p. 2322)
Grant program to provide assistance to provide information to young women with breast cancer (Section 10413, p. 2326)
Interagency Access to Health Care in Alaska Task Force (Section 10501, p. 2329)
Grant program to train nurse practitioners as primary care providers (Section 10501(e), p. 2332)
Grant program for community-based diabetes prevention (Section 10501(g), p. 2337)
Grant program for providers who treat a high percentage of medically underserved populations (Section 10501(k), p. 2343)
Grant program to recruit students to practice in underserved communities (Section 10501(l), p. 2344)
Community Health Center Fund (Section 10503, p. 2355)
Demonstration project to provide access to health care for the uninsured at reduced fees (Section 10504, p. 2357)
Demonstration program to explore alternatives to tort litigation (Section 10607, p. 2369)
Indian Health demonstration program for chronic shortages of health professionals (S. 1790, Section 112, p. 24)*
150. Office of Indian Men�
s Health (S. 1790, Section 136, p. 71)*
Indian Country modular component facilities demonstration program (S. 1790, Section 146, p. 108)*
Indian mobile health stations demonstration program (S. 1790, Section 147, p. 111)*
Office of Direct Service Tribes (S. 1790, Section 172, p. 151)*
Indian Health Service mental health technician training program (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 173)*
Indian Health Service program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 192)*
Indian Health Service program for treatment of domestic violence and sexual abuse (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 194)*
Indian youth telemental health demonstration project (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 204)*
Indian youth life skills demonstration project (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 220)*
Indian Health Service Director of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment (S. 1790, Section 199B, p. 258)*

America has lost its soul and collapse is inevitable

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Paul B Farrell fears we will kill Capitalism (read the article).

Yesterday Britain, Today America

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

‘This isn’t the Britain we fought for,’ say the ‘unknown warriors’ of WWII


Read an interesting article by WWII vets and their universal dislike & disgust for what modern Britain has become.  They experienced what we in America are starting.

The last communist

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

May 07, 2010 by Robert Ringer native of Pittsburgh PA  I recall when I was a teenager asking the question, in a civics class, “What’s to stop the president or Congress from ignoring the Constitution and doing whatever they please?” Predictably, the class laughed and the teacher patronizingly explained to me that our system of “checks and balances” made such a scenario impossible. I clearly remember that I was totally unconvinced by his dismissive answer.  

Segue to 2010, and, by golly, we have a president and a Congress that ignores the Constitution and does whatever they please! Darn it – where’s your high-school civics teacher when you need him most? How can this be happening in America? Let’s back up a few steps and get some background on the matter. For years, the clueless media loved to refer to Fidel Castro as “the last communist.” This perplexed me no end, because history has made it clear that communism has always existed and will continue to exist until “life after people.” A belief in communism is an envy-based flaw that is programmed into the human psyche. Fortunately, through education, logic and a sound moral structure, a majority of people in modern, civilized societies are able to overcome the serpent-like temptation of “to each according to his need.”   But early man had no formal education and, one would assume, had no time to reflect on philosophical issues. The evidence suggests that savages lived communal lives where the individual was sacrificed to the “collective good.” Often, this even resulted in cannibalism. Satisfying one’s appetite by munching on a fellow tribe member’s arm must have seemed quite natural to men who, like animals, spent most of their time hunting for food.  

With the advent of the Agrarian Revolution in the Neolithic Age, however, civilization advanced, and the individual gradually gained in importance. The culmination of this evolution was the great American experiment that began with the Declaration of Independence and ended with victory in the American Revolutionary War.  Nevertheless, communism has never been eradicated, because there are always plenty of people who cannot repress their envy. Thus, throughout the 20th century, communism reared its ugly head in such disparate places such as Russia, North Korea, North Vietnam and Mozambique. And now, in the 21st century, it’s bringing down Venezuela, with the U.S clearly the next big target of those who yearn for “social justice.”  

Even so, after the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, communism became kind of passé. As the economies of Western countries boomed, many of those who were most susceptible to the allure of the communist fantasy of wealth without work became distracted by the good life handed to them by their thriving semi-capitalistic systems.  So what, exactly, is communism? Communism is technically defined as “a theory advocating elimination of private property; a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed; a totalitarian system in which a single authoritarian party controls state‑owned means of production with the professed aim of establishing a stateless society.” Swell. But what about socialism? Well, if you look it up, you’ll find that the only significant difference between the definitions of socialism and communism is that socialism is referred to as “a transitional stage of society between capitalism and communism.” Which means, according to Newsweek (“We Are All Socialists Now”), that the U.S. must be on its way to communism.  

But many countries, particularly in Europe, try to stop at socialism and not finish the journey to pure communism. The reason they do this is because they realize that under socialism, politicians can still rely on the remnants of capitalism to prop up their redistribution schemes. So, is Chairman Obama a communist or a mere socialist? No one can say with certainty what’s in his heart, but my own feeling is that he would quite enjoy establishing a totalitarian government where the state owns all means of production with the aim of establishing a stateless society. I believe that one of the mistakes well-meaning but naïve folks unwittingly make is buying into “the last communist” myth, which causes them to become lax. It’s so comforting to simply waive aside unpleasant thoughts and insist that “It could never happen here.”  

The truth is that there will never be a “last communist.” Why? Because Reille Hunter’s lover boy was right: There really are two Americas! One America believes in self-responsibility, hard work and the primacy of the individual. The other – probably close to one-third of the population – believes in the primacy of “the common good” and the fantasy of living off the efforts of others. To all those who are still living in a kumbaya dream world, hear this: There is no comprise between these two positions! Which means that even if true libertarian-centered conservatives were to take control of both houses of Congress and the White House, eternal vigilance would be required to stave off the misguided (evil?) people who cling to their Little Red Books and guns. Remember, these are the individuals who get their inspiration from M.M.M. (Mass Murderer Mao), and the barrel of a gun as the final arbiter is ingrained in their twisted minds.  

Don’t allow your logic to get sidetracked by oil spills, union-inspired riots in Arizona, or BHO’s wisecracks at elegant media functions about his birth certificate and his socialist policies. What is happening in Washington is not just another little shift to the left. It’s a prelude to the coming insurrection. If you don’t believe me, by all means feel free to join the walking dead and cheer on BHO and his comrades as they continue with their plan to nationalize whole industries and collapse the U.S. economy through deficit spending. Make no mistake about it: Criminal government in Washington is on a roll and moving forward at full throttle – and its momentum can be stopped only by a defiant and vigilant populace, a populace that clearly understands there is no last communist.  

Wake up, America!