Friday, December 18, 2009

Hey Kid, Join me. I’ve got goodies for ya

Every parent knows the nightmare of worrying about a predator luring their child by offering them goodies. These predators can’t just say I want to control you and have my way with you, so they offer up goodies to lure the child. I think the same techniques is used on a grander scale by would-be tyrants on citizens. I think this is analogous to comprehensive health care and cap and trade legislation coming down the pike.

The goodies that have been promised since FDR to the present include:

The right to a useful and remunerative job
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care
The right to a good education.

These so-called “rights” are just false promises of utopianism that are used to lure people into giving up their liberty, giving up their faith in God, giving up their guns, and giving up their guts in the face of the alarmists’ fear mongering.

Since FDR’s time some new false promises have arisen. Now we have the false promise that just like adjusting the thermostat on your home, (which is doable in states like CA), they can adjust the thermostat of the earth. In exchange for doing this all they ask is that you give up your liberty.

Christmas season should be a season of joy, but some of the things I read or hear from folks like Sean Hannity and Lindsey Graham make me sad. It is not conservative to accept the premise that everyone has a right to adequate medical care. This is like suggesting the predator luring the child into his car needs to be driving a different car and wearing different clothes. Sometimes the reason there is no alternative offered is because the basic premise is false.

Health insurance is a risk-based industry that is a third-party payer of medical expenses. If risk is completely removed, then you have a different kind of industry. You have a third-party payer that is a highly regulated utility company payer of medical expenses.

We need to have political leaders, educators, and media establishments that promote the ideal of securing the blessings of liberty instead of promoting false promises of a Utopia.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

2010 US House Freshman Class

In 2010 there are 435 seats in the US House that are going to be filled. Currently these seats are occupied by 258 Ds and 177 Rs. I think that the GOP has a good shot at picking up enough seats so that in the next Congress the Rs will occupy 228, and the Ds will occupy 207 seats. I would hope that the GOP can keep all but two of the seats the GOP have an incumbent running for reelection and pick up 53 seats currently occupied by Democrats. Ten months ago I could not have imagined this to be a possibility. A lot of good things are going to have to happen, but I really believe it can be done.

The gallery of photos do not include any new members who defeat an incumbent R in the primary, or anyone who occupies a seat that a retiring R occupied. The photos are people who will win a seat that had been occupied by a D.

The abbreviations for the states I envision GOP pickups include AL,AR,CA,CO,FL,GA,HI,IA,ID,IL,IN,KS,KY,LA,MD,MI,MS,NC,NH,NJ,NM,NV,NY,OH,PA,TN,TX,UT,VA,WA,and WI. This took me quite a bit more time to investigate House elections than it did for the US Senate elections. Let me know if there are any errors I need to fix.

This is my dream freshman class that will include 53 new GOP members to the US House. I realize that some may have another individual to win in a GOP Primary than I picked, and it is not my intent to argue with you about that primary. I want, and I would hope, that you want a GOP candidate to win the General Election.