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An open letter to Congressman Adam Schiff. August 10, 2009

Congressman Schiff,

Here are my questions for your town hall meeting.

1. How are you going to pay for this Health Care Train Wreck (HCTW)?

2. Can you show the public a powerpoint presentation of precise facts and figures on exactly where the funds are going to come from to pay for the HCTW?

3. How is Barack Obama going to prevent illegal immigrants from benefiting from his HCTW.

4. How is Barack Obama going to prevent illegal immigrants from rushing over the border to sign up for his HCTW?

5. One of the methods that has been tabled is to tax health care benefits. If that method is chosen, will the healthcare benefits of the SEIU, UAW, United Steel workers and every other member of any union have their healthcare benefits taxed?

6. If Barack Obama’s HCTW passes and presents itself with a business model like Wal Mart, how will private healthcare survive? When Barack Obama says he want to provide “Affordable” healthcare, Describe affordable. 10 % less than average, 20% less than average, 50% less than average, 75% less than average, 85% less than average? Tell me.

7. If Barack Obama’s HCTW hammers the healthcare industry on costs much like Wal Mart does to it’s venders, what incentives do the healthcare industry have to expand and build facilities, hire personal and promote R&D in healthcare medicine?

8. Barack Obama’s HCTW proposes to cover 45 Million uninsured people with healthcare.  At this time the healthcare industry does not have adequate facilities to take care of the people that have insurance now.

Do you think that people will be interested in going to medical school if they will not be able to earn more than $30,000 a year because of payment limits in the Obama HCTW?

9. Congressman Schiff besides your degree in law, do you have an MBA?

10. Congressman Schiff, do you have any kind of degree in economics?

Finally I command you to vote NO against Barack Obama’s Healthcare Train Wreck.

I command you to vote NO against Barack Obama’s “Cap and Tax” Train Wreck.

STMARIE

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California, The Unions, Education and The Democratic Party: Catalyst for Tea Parties on July 4th 2009. May 23, 2009

The events that are unfolding in California today (5/23/09) are unprecedented and will affect every state in The United States of America. The people have spoken and they have said “NO MORE NEW TAXES” A catalyst for a perfect storm on Tea Party Day July 4th, 2009.

What has transpired over the years in California that I have been in here (1980) is nothing less than tragic.

I moved to a state that was relatively easy to get a job if you really wanted one. If you didn’t want to work and wanted to be on welfare it was a lot more difficult to accomplish that goal.

California was led by the Democratic party from a land of sunshine, plenty of work and an occasional earthquake to a land of excruciating high taxes, huge numbers of illegal immigrants, easy welfare accommodations for anyone, strong control by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) and radically powerful, strong unions that have crippled the work force with a total disregard or understanding of how the economy works.  Every day now there are protests in the streets by these unions demanding that their particular financial interests should be continually supported by the California government that is fiscally broken. They fail to see that the economy in California has completely collapsed.

Due to the Democratic mantra of  “Tax and Spend” California has become the most unfriendly environment for both small and large businesses to flourish in. Consequently a lot of businesses have closed or have left California for other states and more than likely other countries.

An example of this is when Lockeed closed down it’s Burbank facilities instantly putting 15,000 people out of work.  That is the figure just for Lockeed. It doesn’t address all the subcontractors for small parts and materials that went into the building of the aircraft in that facility.

Another example of that is the General Motors Plant in Van Nuys, CA.  Built in 1947 and closed in 1992.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Nuys_Assembly

This plant towards the end built some of the worst cars ever assembled by General Motors. The Chevrolet Corvair, Camaro, Nova and Firebird.

While it is true that the plant was old, the property and the location were ideal for GM to build cars specifically for the California market.  With some effort the palnt could have been rebuilt and modified for newer assembly line could have been built. How ever the decision was made to move this assembly plant to Sainte-Thérèse Assembly in Quebec, Canada.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Therese_Assembly

So the issue at hand is jobs. As I have written about in the past, government does not create jobs. private enterprise creates jobs. The Democrats have completely damaged the business environment here in California. In the process of damaging the business environment the Democrats have diminished the tax base dramatically at the same time they have tried to make up for the lack jobs by huge tax rates for the people that still have jobs and businesses that are still open. The squeeze has to end somewhere or sometime and that somewhere and sometime is now.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090522/ap_on_re_us/us_california_day_of_reckoning

I voted for Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) hoping that he could get the job done.  In the beginning he was doing a great job.  But the Democrats saw his power and popularity as a threat and stone walled his every move and he finally capitulated to the Democrats and agreed to raise State Income Taxes, DMV (Department of Motor Vehicle) taxes, and State Sales Tax which is the most destructive tax a legislator could ever raise.  This has exacerbated the crumbling economy here in California.

As long as California is a Democratically controlled state it will never ever regain the grand status that has left us in the late 70’s and the 80’s. The Democratic stranglehold on the State of California will be very hard to break because of two simple facts. 1. The number of business owners that would lobby against the Democrats is dwindling. The number of employees that expect their employers to provide all kind of services for free greatly out number the employers. 2. The number of people that expect the California Government to provide everything for free is in control of who is put in office.

In fact California is so damaged that there is serious discussion about rewriting the California Constitution.  The California Constitution is not broken, the Democratic party that is interpreting the California Constitution is broken.

How is rewriting the California Constitution going to help the people of California get new jobs created by new companies that start and flourish and old companies that expand and grow and hire people?

I’m sure that with the state of California being run by Democrats, the “New and Improved” version of the California Constitution will be so severely flawed and skewed towards the Democratic mantra of “Tax & Spend” that the State of California will just continue to deteriorate at a much greatly increased speed.

Here is the next thing to think about. California has always been on the leading edge of trends that eventually move through out the rest of the states. If the California Constitution gets re-written will the following happen?

1. Will the Democrats in the other 49 states try to rewrite their own states constituion?

2. Will Barack Obama and the Obama Administration try to rewrite the US Constitution making the United States an even greater ‘Land of Entitlement”? Thus creating a land that contains a plethora of welfare available to anyone from the United States or any other country just by asking for it and not proving that an individual really needs welfare funds to begin with?

For some reason in past years there has been a fairly complex and sometimes efficient system of checks and balances between the Democrats and the Republicans.  But all that has changed with the deteriorating economy.

I have a comment about education in California.  I understand and I am in sympathy of what is happening in the schools with the cutbacks and overcrowding.  But here is a question. Do you remember what John Kennedy said” “Ask not what your country can do for you, Rather ask what you can do for your country!” I have to admit for a Democrat he was connected to reality more than any other Democrat or Republican for that matter by saying this.

So here is my point.  When some one decides to have a child, the responsibility of education should be partially funded by the individuals that have children that are being taught in the primarily the K-12 education system.  Junior Colleges and State colleges are already paying tuition. To believe that education can be completely funded by state and local property taxes is absurd.  I believe that the parents of these children should pay something towards enrollment for students.  This tuition payed can only be used in that school that the tuition was payed to.  Not to all the schools in the district. Maybe it is a small amount to subsidize, but it is something that that will help ease the financial burden of the California educational system. Which leads to why I brought up John Kennedy’s famous statement. Not all property tax payers have children in the educational system especially older citizens. Why should the burden of funding people that have children in the system be places on people that are not using the system.  This is not to say that people that do not have children in the education system should not pay anything. That is not what I am saying.  What I’m saying is that the people that do have children in the education system have to pay some kind of a tuition to offset the shrinking tax revenue do to loss of jobs, poorer paying jobs that does not generate high volumes of income tax and of course the number of foreclosure on homes that is diminishing property taxes.  I do not know the numbers exactly but the logic is that the greater majority of people with children are renters and do not pay any property tax yet their children are in the schools.  The amount of property tax on a commercial apartment building doesn’t even come close to paying for all the kids in that building. OK so you ask why doesn’t the landlord pay higher taxes? Well the local county could raise taxes…..but guess what?  You are right.  Rent would go through the roof and people would not be able to afford the apartment that they are renting nor would they have a big enough deposit to move to a different building. In general raising taxes is always a bad thing.

It all goes back to what I believe.

If the Democrats can keep people poor, uneducated, unemployed and desperate they will always have a voter base.

STMARIE

 

Barack Obama and Government Motors (Updated 7/3/09) May 21, 2009

OK so now that what we used to know as General Motors no longer exists and is now know as “Government Motors.”

Government Motors

I found a video of what some of these cars will look like when they have met all of Barack Obama’s technical specifications.

Click on this link:

1st Car Made In Detroit After Bailout

There has been some concern about the build quality and the cost of labor to assemble automobiles.  One if the first things that Government Motors will do is duplicate the IKEA business model. Government Motors will offer an economic and efficient “Kit Car” that will save everyone a lot of money however, it will save no time at all in any way, shape or form. This “Kit Car” will come in several containers both big and small with complete easy to read assembly instructions.  In accordance with Federal Law the “Kit Car” will come with tools to assist in the assembly of the automobile.  These tools will include two screwdrivers (Philips and flat blade), an adjustable “C” wrench, a small hammer and pair of channel locks. Additional specialty tools required to assemble the car are available starting at $99.00 each at KitCarSpecieltyTool.gov. Barack Obama’s Kit car will save you money and really piss off the UAW, but oh well such is life.

Here is what is included in the “Kit Car” package starting at $9995.00 (European Model) and $39,000.00 (USA Cap and  Trade exhaust emission certified version.)

Government Motors Kit Car

Just what America wanted and needed.

Some years back General Motors, Chrysler and to some degree Ford manufactured the worst automobiles ever made in the United States.

There were many reasons for the bad quality that I do not need to rehash here.  Suffice to say that the reasons were primarily the manufacturing techniques and the quality of the union mentality that the employees applied to the manufacturing of the car.  But thanks to the pressures of higher quality Asian and German automobiles the big three American manufactures dramatically increased the quality of the cars they built, but fell far short in amenities and what the American car buyers really wanted.

So here are the questions and then a statement.

1. Would you buy a car from a company like Government Motors or Chrysler (Ford did not take TARP money and will survive quite well.) that has a real good chance of not existing     in 5 years or less?

2. Would you buy a car that is not as safe due to paring down of materials to make cars lighter and more fuel efficient?

3. Would you buy a car that from a company that is owned and operated buy the government that is manned by really unhappy union workers that had to take a lot of cuts to keep their jobs?

It is reported today that The Obama administration will give GMAC another 7.5 billion dollars effectively giving the Treasury a 35.4% holding of the common equity of GMAC.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/05/21/autos/gmac_bailout/index.htm?postversion=2009052119

The Federal Government now owns approximately 50% of General Motors.

How is Government Motors ever going to be profitable enough to payback all the debit and become a free enterprise corporation again.  Simple they will never be able to do that. Again Government Motors will not make cars that people want because the Obama Administration now dictates the specifications for car model built. Other manufacturers will still make less fuel efficient safer cars but The Obama Administration will tax those vehicles with vigor making them undesireable to the middle class what is left of it.

So what is my point? I do not believe that GM will ever be a big player in at least the US Market…. unless, unless the cars are built overseas with much lower labor costs.  Then they will be profitable as Government Motors will be competing in a world market just like Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi etc.

I think the Chrysler name along with all of it’s subsidiaries will go away. Here is why I think that.  The Chrysler name does not have any credibility as Daimler-Benz found out the hard way.  Even with some infusion of great German engineering, Daimler-Benz could not make Chrysler profitable. I imagine the Chrysler brand names will go away and maybe the car line will be called FIAT (Fix It Again Tony) or FIAT may come up with a whole new brand name and never seen before car lines.  That is a possibility.

Have you noticed that Ford did not take any TARP money, did not allow the Obama Administration to run Ford Motor Company and they do not have any problems. It is true that Ford did a much much better job developing energy saving cars along with the SUVs that Ford eventually cut back on.

In the end there will be only one true American car company and they will be Ford.  I’m eating crow now because in the past I have always been a Chevy man.  But for me for the rest of my life it will always be a Honda or a Toyota as they have both been just flawless compared to the Chevys that I have owned in the past.

STMARIE