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Outlawing Bacon

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Chris Stirewalt at the Washington Examiner reveals the next target of the Nanny State Liberals Who Know Better Than You: Bacon!

No, actually, the target is salt. But the effect is the same; a lot of salt is used to process bacon before it becomes those thick, fatty, delicious strips of culinary goodness on your breakfast plate or double-cheeseburger. Apparently the Administration thinks we get too much salt, and they will strong arm the food industry to reduce its use of it.

This is akin to the Left’s way of trying to go after firearms and the Second Amendment. Instead of outlawing the guns, which would be unconstitutional and never pass, they want to put so many regulations, restrictions, and taxes on the ammunition so as to render the firearm effectively useless.

But, again, this will have unintended consequences, per the article linked above:

More likely, Big Food will be able to use the regulations they help design to dominate the market even more. They are already spending millions to find new chemical compounds that keep the foods yummy but skirt the new sodium prohibition.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Well, OK, that could happen, I suppose. I mean, it’s not unheard of for some huge corporation to work as experts in a given field as a means to help shut out competition and give themselves an edge in the market.

But what I’m concerned about is the effect on the bacon.

It seems every day, something new comes from Obama and the Band of Merry Fools known as the Democrat Party. From forcing private companies to fire personnel, telling bondholders of said corporation where to stick it when it comes to getting their investment back, to hiring known tax cheats to work in the Treasury Department, all the way up to flat-out lying every step of the way about the Health Control law, each time I think “THIS is it! NOW they’ve gone too far, and people will not put up with it!”

But they always do put up with it, and news media is only all the more happy to keep slobbering all over themselves and tell us exactly why Obama is so awesome!

But let me offer some advice to the Administration and the Nannies In Charge. Just as Humphrey Bogart explained to the German officer when he asked Bogart “Can you picture us in New York?” Bogart’s character explained that there are certain parts of New York that he didn’t advise venturing into. The same goes here. I think anything that is going to affect our bacon will be that step too far, finally! You tell a lot of us country folks out here that we can’t have bacon, and there will be trouble.

Written by James Lee

April 22, 2010 at 19:16

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In light of the new jobless claims report released this morning, it is time, actually way past time to face some very simple truths: What you are doing is not working, Mister President.

It amuses me to no end that everyone seems to think the President gives people jobs. That couldn’t be much further from the truth. The fact is that while government can hire or fire people to work in the various departments, Washington DC does very little to affect the vast employment markets directly.

The only things any President or government can do is set conditions for the markets. We have just signed into law the massive Health Control Bill which adds several layers of regulation and complexity to an already unsteady employment picture. What company in their right mind would hire a single new worker with the weight of higher taxes, mandated health insurance, and hefty fines, not to mention completely unrelated mandates depending on the type of business? “Unexpected?” What the hell did they think was going to happen?

It’s really simple, Washington, to turn things around. There are two things that can be done to get us going and growing within one business quarter.

(Normally, I would say that when your opponent is destroying themselves, just stand back and let them self-destruct. In this case though, I have no faith that the idiots in office would ever even consider this advice seriously, so I don’t worry about them taking credit for it. And if they do, well, as a country we will be better.)

First, that monstrosity of a Health Control law needs repealed. No company will hire people, at least not quality people, when upwards of half or more of what they can afford to pay is going for “benefits” and taxes instead of salaries.

And second, but most importantly, cut corporate taxes and capital gains taxes. Preferably to zero, but no more than 4-5%. That will immediately open up a lot of working capital for business to expand, and encourage a lot of companies to relocate to this country. Once corporations make their headquarters in the US, they will need new office buildings, factories, warehouses, and staff, and those people will need places to live and cars to drive to work.

You do this, and you will see employment rise rapidly, the US economy begin to expand again with healthy growth, personal incomes will rise, and government tax receipts will increase.

Stop with the idiotic thinking that Washington needs to somehow pass some umpteen bazillion dollar program to “create” jobs. It just doesn’t happen that way. They need to cut the taxes, drastically cut the spending, and get the hell out of our way.

Written by James Lee

April 8, 2010 at 09:25

Dingell Speaks The Truth

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They say a ‘gaffe’ to a politician is when they accidentally tell the truth. In this case, Rep John Dingell let a cat out of the bag.

“Control The People.”

As I have said since long before I started writing here, total control was the goal, not this lofty goal of getting poor people health insurance.

He made another mistake in that clip, by the way, saying this was going to help “three hundred” people. I think its safe to say he actually meant to say three hundred million people, roughly the population of the United States.

But that only goes more towards what they really want. This is supposed to be helping something like 40 million people who are uninsured. So we are going to control 300 million people and how they get their health care. So much for the endless promises of President Obama and every flunky on down that we can keep whatever plan we happen to like.

Written by James Lee

March 24, 2010 at 19:22

Smoking Bans

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So I hear on the news driving home after work that the the Kansas legislature is working on, and passing, a statewide  smoking ban, affecting bars, restaurants, public workplaces, etc, all the usual jargon.  With the usual exceptions:  Private clubs (paying a fee to the state) and state owned  casinos (and if I understand correctly, at least partially state-owned is the only way you will get a casino in Kansas).  Sounds like they don’t want to hurt their own businesses with this intrusion, eh?

Now maybe with myself being a smoker, I have a little biased opinion.  Sure, I know that smoking is bad for me, and sometimes if I smoke too much one day, I’m hurting the next.  Really, getting up there in years and realizing I ain’t as young as I used to be is making me think I really need to cut back, although I can’t bring myself to the point of “I’m quitting!”

Anyway, I don’t understand what is so difficult about this, and why nanny-state busy-bodies in city and state governments, and people like Yael Abouhalkah of the Kansas City Star’s editorial board seem to be so hell-bent on making their ideas law.  I think that the business owner is best equipped to decide what sort of business he or she will run.  Some in favor of smoking bans talk about how it will help businesses, why, there are so many people who don’t go to bars and restaurants because of those evil smokers.

If business gets better with smoking bans, then it should be a no-brainer for the proprietor to stop it themselves.  And, perhaps, even cut down on expenses, like exhaust fans and air filter devices found in some bars.

In most localities that enact smoking bans, there always seems to be at least one “smoke-easy,” like the underground bars in the 1920s, that law enforcement doesn’t bother.  So if folks know about the place, and wish to have a drink and smoke, they will go there.  As I have read, even police officers in New York City frequent places like that, with no fines or citations handed out.

Here’s an idea:  Let’s let the owners decide.  And make their choices clear, with a very obvious sign near the entrance, saying “This Establishment Allows/Does Not Allow Smoking On The Premises.”  Then, the consumer has a clear choice whether to enter or not.  Much like the “No Weapons Allowed” signs.

If the bar across the street that bans smoking is suddenly hopping and raking in cash hand over fist, and the smoker’s lounge is dull, stinky, and dead with no business, then perhaps the owner will take note and make changes accordingly.

Written by James Lee

February 25, 2010 at 20:30

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