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Hey all – before we get started with this week’s edition – I just wanted to inform everyone that I will be taking off next weekend from this carnival.  I’ll be out of town – taking the kids to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween.  However, I will be setting up the carnival for November 1 at this time.  You will have two weeks to get submissions in.

Now – on to the fun!


Conservative

Ashok presents A Quick Guide to Right-Wing Extremism on the Web posted at Rethink..

Hmm..guess I have issues given some of the names on your list.  I think some of these people you have listed here aren’t right-wing extremists.  I think you probably have issue with them because they are the only one’s speaking the truth about this administration.

danny1961 presents War solves everything posted at Samson BLinded.

Great piece.  One example you forgot to mention was Japan – particularly Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Since then, Japan has been peaceful and prosperous.

Scott Spiegel presents Health Care Bill Gains Bipartisan Support from Career Gals of Maine Party posted at Scott Spiegel.

I heard a great line on SNL last night – saying having one Republican is bipartisanship is like saying you’re bilingual if you say “Hola” to your maid.

Democrats

SVB presents The Pros and Cons of Going Into Foreclosure posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “The issues of going into foreclosure.”

While going in to foreclosure could be very damaging to one’s credit – I think you’ve posted some great arguments as to why someone should give serious consideration to it.

Liberal

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Ode To Party-First Republicans posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

I don’t like party-first Republicans either (or Democrats for that matter – they should ALL be America first regardless of party).  However, I’m not sure I see your point on this one.  It wasn’t only Republicans that had things to say about the Nobel win or the loss of the Olympic bid.  There was a 50% split in Chicago alone with the residents there that didn’t want the Olympics – and I’m sure they weren’t split by party.

Glowing Face Man presents Why the United States should implement Basic Income posted at Glowing Face Man, saying, “In this argue, I argue why current economic models over-emphasize human labor, making them more and more obsolete as technology replaces humans in the workplace; and I argue why the solution is a universal Basic Income.”

Wow – talk about a socialist utopian fantasy!  I don’t even know how to respond to this in a brief, succinct manner. My readers will just have to come by there themselves to see this one.

Libertarian

Tim King presents You Wanna Win a Nobel Peace Prize, Too? posted at J. Timothy King’s Freedom Blog, saying, “To promote my new libertarian political blog, I’m mirroring the current Nobel Peace Prize selection process with a just-as-meaningful contest, complete with its own self-serving giveaway prize!”

Pretty cool.  I’ve added my submission!  For all my blogger readers – go check this out and join this contest.  Ultimately, you could win yourself a free autographed copy of his Mr. King’s book. (No, not Stephen King!)

Len Penzo presents Yes, Al Gore, There Is Such A Thing as Global Warming posted at Len Penzo . Com.

As I commented on your blog – this is brilliant!

News

Aetius Romulous presents Give Iran “The Bomb” posted at ScreamBucket.

Hmm..not entirely sure I agree with your reasoning there for giving Iran “the bomb.”  I don’t think it will restore any sort of parity there.  Iran is full of some serious religious nutjobs that are bent on the destruction of Israel and America.  They truly believe the 12th Imam will appear if they start the next holocaust.  This won’t restore parity – it will ensure the destruction of many western countries.

Politics

Lisa Taylor presents 100 Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked posted at Online Paralegal Degree, saying, “Don’t get your news on an important issue like civil liberties from just one source. Below are the best 100 civil liberty sites ranging from left to right and everywhere in between.”

A good list for my liberal friends out there.  I don’t think they would agree with you that any of the GOP or conservative sites should be on there though. :)

smrtas1 presents Accounting Tricks in the Baucus Health Care Bill posted at Conservative Patriot HQ.

These are all great points.  However, the biggest trick is that the CBO even scored this bill given the fact there hasn’t been any legislative language written.

smrtas1 presents Do You Have a Cadillac Insurance Plan? posted at Conservative Patriot HQ.

I heard about this as well.  Just another tax on the middle-class that P-BO said would never happen.  So, I guess now if you can afford to have the best insurance possible – you are  penalized.  Just another tax on success by these idiot libbers.  Why should they even care?  This doesn’t apply to them.  They all have cadillac plans at taxpayer expense.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The BoBo Carnival of Politics using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Hi all – you probably noticed that I was absent this entire week.  Given everything that was going on in the news and with this administration there was just too much to keep up with – so – I decided I would just watch and listen to it all.  I’ve come to a couple conclusions – (1) P-BO hates America, (2) P-BO hates our allies, (3) P-BO loves our enemies, and (4) Our government is the furthest out of touch with this country than they ever have been.  If anyone has been paying attention to the news – you will understand how I came to those conclusions.

To all of you who left comments on my various posts throughout the week – so sorry for not responding back.  I pretty much just shut down altogether this past week – didn’t even turn on the computer.  Anyway – I’m back on it – and startin fresh.  I have since read all the comments – responded to a few – others – I just don’t have the energy to bother.

Now – lets’ get on with this show – I think you’ll all enjoy the submissions this week.  Thanks again to all who contributed.

 

 

Conservative

 

Everett presents 1942 Prediction: Liberalism to replace Capitalism :: Honest Inquiry posted at Honest Inquiry.

Wow! Joseph Schumpeter was right on the money wasn’t he?  I recommend this to everyone.  If we don’t reverse course and see the errors of our ways as Schumpeter predicted, we will indeed be doomed to a system of socialism.

 

NotYourDaddy presents Delivering the Goods posted at Government is not your Daddy., saying, “The depressing truth is America is no longer a world leader in production. We are trailing the pack. We are now a debtor nation, and our biggest creditor is China. — What the hell happened? And how will we ever recover? And, the more disturbing question is, what will happen to America if we don’t?”

Excellent post NYD – I say we break the damned NAFTA, provide tax incentives to our American businesses through reduced corporate taxes, and then bring all the freakin’ production back to this country.  You are absolutely correct in your analysis – big government and over regulation has put us in the predicament we are in.  Government intrusion and big brother have destroyed America and our productive capacity.  Government is a consumer – not a producer. Lastly, we need to start trading equally – we don’t import more than we export.

 

Scott Spiegel presents 32 GOP Bills on the Wall posted at Scott Spiegel.

Well – my personal belief is that the GOP shouldn’t be proposing any bills at all regarding health care as this whole thing is unconstitutional.  If the GOP wants to stand up and show they are true conservatives and follow the constitution – they should stand up and let Americans know they oppose this whole travesty and will demand that Congress specifically state where the powers are enumerated in the constitution for this bill and any other bills.  Any Congressman that submits their own healthcare bill is in violation if there is any government spending whatsoever.

 

BWL presents Is Capitalism “Anti-Jesus”? posted at Christian Personal Finance, saying, “Michael Moore seems to think that Capitalism is evil – what do you think?”

BWL – excellent.  I’ve been saying much of the same thing.  It is the responsibility of we as individuals to take care of the downtrodden and those less advantaged.  It should never be the government’s responsibility of forced charity through taxation and wealth redistribution.  Michael Moore is a pinhead.  Capitalism is not anti-Jesus.  In fact, through capitalism, a true free-market capitalism without government interference, Americans are able to give more through their own volition and kindness.

 

TSW presents Investing In Gold: Trading Spot Gold vs Buy and Hold posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “where is gold today?”

I’m still kicking myself for not buying more back when it was at $459.  I made that decision unilaterally back in 2003 to purchase in to it.  However, once it hit $650 – I knew I would have to consult the wife before making such a decision – especially as I was considering buying a really large chunk.  My wife hemmed, hawed, faltered, and essentially would not commit.  I was already working with gold reps to get my piece of the pie – but had to keep putting him off waiting for my wife to come around.  After two months and gold hitting $900 – I knew at that time we really lost our opportunity.  However, that was a personal decision.  Given the way our dollar is plummeting and a really strong push to move away from the dollar as the international standard – I would say that gold has the potential to really increase.  I can’t get myself to buy in to it – but – as you pointed out – there are still opportunities out there for others.  I’ve reached my risk threshold for gold.

Liberal

 

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Chris Wallace Feels Dissed posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Well – one does have to wonder why Obama fears Fox News so much.  He couldn’t possibly be afraid of having real journalists ask him some real questions, could he?  Hi think Chris Wallace has a legitimate complaint.  There are no real journalists out there anywhere else other than Fox News these days – with the exception of Jake Tapper, maybe.  But, nonetheless, P-BO knows that the fringe media is in love with him and will give him a pass on everything.  He is in friendly territory with them.  The problem is – the media should NEVER be friendly territory for anybody in government – especially the President.

Libertarian

 

UPDATE: This post edited 9/16/11 to remove author and link to post at author’s request.  Leaving my response to that submission

Welcome to The Carnival.  Nice touch using our currency and the words of those figureheads on them to drive a point home.  It should also be worth mentioning that our Constitution does not allow for fiat money.  Article 1, Section 10 specifically states:

No State shall …make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts

Article 1, Section 8 specifically states:

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures

Neither Congress nor the States should be coining any money other than that in silver and gold.  While the 1868 Legal Tender Cases did permit the government to print paper money – that money had to backed by gold or silver – something we moved away from in the 1970′s when we got off the “gold standard.”  When we gave the Federal Reserve the power over our economy and currency – this country made an absolutely huge mistake.  Every recession and depression can be tied back directly to the actions of the Federal Reserve.

News

 

Aetius Romulous presents Wealth Swapping posted at ScreamBucket.

Wow – long but very informative.  This is my learning experience of the week.  Thanks for submitting this one.

Politics

 

Bob Brooks presents The Bottom Line on Socialism and the Future of our Country posted at Bob Brooks – Prudent Money Blog.

Bob – excellent analysis.  While the politicians have a small window of opportunity right now – I believe they will go against the will of the American people – they did so with Cap and Tax.  There is going to be a huge shift in 2010 and 2012.  I think P-BO and this administration have set things in place for another Ronald Reagan.  Anything passed this year that is against the will of America will no doubt be repealed in 2010 when government control shifts.  I only hope that the American people actually vote in REAL pro-capitalist conservatives this time around instead of RINOs.

 

John Mastro presents Are the Negative Rumors About the Obama Health Care Bill True? posted at John Mastro.net, saying, “So many different views, rumors, assumptions and arguments are ongoing about the ”America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009“. The nation is very divided and there are very passionate supporters and opposers on both sides. Separating fact from fiction.”

Good Analysis – I’ll help you out a little bit more for your analysis

1 – Audit of self-insured companies – actually – you need to re-read (C) – one cannot “study” the financial solvency and capital reserve levels of any organization without conducting a full audit.  In this sense – Dr. Foster is correct.  Also, you missed this part under Section 142, (b)(2)(A) -

(A) IN GENERAL- The commissioner shall, in coordination with States, conduct audits of qualified health benefits plan compliance with Federal requirements. Such audits may include random compliance audits and targeted audits in response to complaints or other suspected non-compliance.

2 – The point is that the government would be making these decisions.  We don’t want the government determining anything about our healthcare, benefits, or medical decisions.  These decisions are best left to the physicians.  I agree, our private insurance is flawed in this way as well.  Any reform should put the decisions back in to the hands of our physicians and the patients – not bureaucrats.

3 – Umm – check those figures again – The government is limiting care to $5,000 per person and $10,000 per family.  So, a family of 4 may only use $10,000 worth of services.  Sure, our current health insurance have plan maximums also – but – those maximums are usually $1 Million per family.  You do realize that a single pregnancy alone would exceed the $10,000 government maximum, right?  A single hospitalization for chest pain would exceed the $10,000 government maximum.  This would cause severe rationing of health care that is not found in private employer based insurance right now.  You might want to look back through your plan documents again and see what your maximums are.  They aren’t this low.

4- I can support you on this one.  The CBO also stated its not possible for illegals to obtain coverage under this plan.  However, it doesn’t stop them from gaining access through EMTALA as they already are doing.

5 – I think you missed the point again – this is the government having access to your bank account.  Why would you support that?  Also, this isn’t just bill pay…I don’t know why you didn’t include the whole paragraph under that section – it also gives them complete access to your bank account to determine your eligibility for the reduced or no cost level of the plan.  In addition, it also gives the IRS  permission to automatically provide the federal government with tax information to determine your eligibility.  Again, I ask you, why would you give the government complete access to your bank account?  I read federal laws for a living in order to implement them in my organization.  When you read each section, you have to understand how or why they apply.  What you need to do is go back and look at the previous sections as well – here is what you missed – Section 1173A(a)(2)(D)

(D) enable the real-time (or near real-time) determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service and, to the extent possible, prior to service, including whether the individual is eligible for a specific service with a specific physician at a specific facility, which may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card;
In order to make that “real-time” determination of financial responsibility is to have access to an individual’s finances.

6 – I support you on this one as well.  All government services are required to have access to translation services – whether the individual is illegal, legal, or whatever.  We could save a hell of a lot of money if we would just make English the national language.  We are the only country in the world that does not have a government backed national language.

7 – I have to agree with you on this one as well.  That was a stretch.  I work for one of the largest Primary Care Group Practices in the state and the majority of our patients are Medicare Advantaged.  We are paid a set rate per person – so – this doesn’t determine a physician’s salary or what they can make – it’s a group bargaining agreement for services.  However, if they go lower than what the current rates are – it will severely effect coverage and physician pay.

8 – The fear here is Cass Sunstein and Zeke Emmanuel – both of them support cutting of health services to the elderly.  While I don’t believe the language has “death panels” in it – it doesn’t exactly close the loop either.  Just look at the latest government language regarding the future H1N1 vaccines – the elderly are no longer the first on the list – they are now the last on the list for receiving the vaccine – a complete turnaround from decades of health care practice and inoculation.  It’s not a far stretch for them to be able to make this claim – but – as written – I’m with you on this one.

9 – Again – I’m with ya on this one.  Most plans that have mental health benefits cover marriage and family coverage.  That doesn’t mean that my employer gets to tell the counselor how he wants my marriage and family to develop and behave.  This is just ensuring coverage for these services are provided.

Good analysis – as you can see – I agree and disagree – but – you’ve done more than many.  In fact, you’ve done more than our own representatives have done.

Rodney Sutton presents Democracy For Dummies posted at Happy Hog Speaks!.

“Good hair.”  Good one.  Not much different than what we are hearing now – “He’s not Bush.”

 

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The BoBo Carnival of Politics using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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So sorry for getting this out late today.  I had a “honey-do” list like you wouldn’t believe.  I finished it just before 4pm – which gave me just enough time to take my shower and get settled in to watch the Steelers play the Bears.  Can’t believe Reed choked TWO TIMES!!!  Oh – well.  In between all that – it was BoBo’s time to cook dinner tonight – I made Steak Sirloin Poivre with a dijon reduction with sweet peas and a baked potato as sides – so – that obviously took some of my time away as well.  But – here I am!

I want to let everyone know that I have been given notice from Blog Carnival that this edition will be featured on their front page on Tuesday, September 22, 2009.  We have a boatload of submissions this week – so – if anyone comes here through Blog Carnival they will get a large selection of diverse views on politics that they won’t get anywhere else.  Thanks to all who contributed this past week. As you all know, I generally like to add my two-cents when I can.  Unfortunately, due to the delay and deadline – I won’t be able to get to them again.  However, for those of you who did submit – just so you know – I do read every one of them when I get the submission notice through the e-mails.

For those of you who are coming by to see your post – and don’t – that’s probably because it had nothing to do with politics.  You know who you are. ;)   I will be glad to add your submissions – even if you have a blog that has nothing to do with politics as long as the post you submit actually does have some relevance.

With that being said – let’s get to it:


Conservative

Len Penzo presents The 10 Most Overpaid Jobs posted at Len Penzo . Com, saying, “The bulk of the political commentary applies to the number 1 job topping this list.”

Scott Spiegel presents It Doesn’t Matter What This Column Says—You’ll Call It Racism Anyway posted at Scott Spiegel.

smrtas1 presents Another Lie Joe Wilson Missed in Obama?s Health Care Speech posted at Conservative Patriot HQ.

smrtas1 presents Insurance Companies and The Profit Myth posted at Conservative Patriot HQ.

SVB presents Federal Minimum Wage Through History, Plus Sundry Thoughts posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “I discuss the fed minimum wage.”

Smarter Wallet presents Cut Postage Costs With Email: Will This Close The Post Office? posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Should the government think of cutting work hours for the post office?”

lsm presents The Second Branch Falls. posted at awaken the elephants blog.

Democrats

DWSUWF presents Racism increases 67% since January posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “Here are the facts. Racism has been rising steadily over the last few months. In recent polls, President Obama’s job approval number has dropped from 70% to 50%. This means the percentage of racists in this country has risen from 30% to 50% – a 67% increase in only eight months! Even more alarming, close to one out of two Americans are now racist. We have reached a tipping point. If this trend continues, the racists will soon be in a majority.”

Liberal

Rick Foreman presents Where?s the Cognitive Dissonance posted at Waiting for the Singularity.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Mark Sanford, The Not-So-Frugal Traveler posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Rick Foreman presents Some Possible Health Care Solutions posted at Waiting for the Singularity, saying, “some sarcastic humor”

Miscellaneous

Chuck presents Tea Parties and Town Halls posted at Straight Shooters.

News

Joanne presents 45% Of Doctors Might Quit If Obama Care Passes posted at Left And Right Politics.

RAYN presents Karma is a BITCH! posted at The Den of Psychosis, saying, “A little bit of small fry Canadian Politics. Murder and Intrigue.”

BWL presents Could the Homebuyer tax credit be increased to $15,000? posted at Christian Personal Finance, saying, “Apparently the $8000 tax credit for new home buyers wasn’t enough spending, now there is another bill on the table to extend it, increase it to $15,000, and open it to everyone! If it happens it could cost taxpayers $100 Billion…”

Politics

TheConservativeJournal presents Fireside Chat: An Interview with Someone Inside The 9/12 Project Rally in DC posted at The Conservative Journal, saying, “I got this interview with Mike after his trip to the big rally in D.C. and I thought it was pretty interesting. It’s something different that other’s might enjoy. Thanks”

Joe Garecht presents The #1 Tip for Republicans Running in Urban Districts posted at Local Victory – Your Guide to Winning Elections, saying, “This is a “how to” political article we just published detailing how Republicans can win elections in big cities.”

Emma Taylor presents 100+ Excellent Open Courses on American History, Politics, and Culture posted at Online Degree Hub.

Susan White presents 25 Inspiring Biographies Everyone Should Read posted at Online Universities.com.

Shannon Wills presents Sarah Palin’s Stand on Special Education posted at Nurse Practitioner Schools.

Rodney Sutton presents Happy Hog Speaks!: Hmmm…. posted at Happy Hog Speaks!.

Terri Choate presents The New English posted at Plum Duff…not your ordinary gruel!, saying, “a look at the Baucus health care plan”

Republicans

Basically Law presents Rush Opposes a Third Party Without Realizing He Turned the Republican Party Into One posted at Stupid Right Wingers.

BLW – Okay – I have to comment on this one too – What?  I read this – and – I don’t see it.  What he is calling for is the Republicans who were supposed to be conservatives to get back to their conservative roots and for those of us who are leaving the party or considering third parties not to.  There are way too many RINO progressives in the Republican party.  If that party ever wants to succeed again – they need to get rid of the RINOs.  I am no longer a member of the Republican party for that very reason.  I think Rush is wrong on this one – but – I don’t see what you’re saying.

Basically Law presents House Republicans Plan To Curb Health Care Costs Is Clearly Unconstitutional posted at Stupid Right Wingers, saying, “The Republican call for federal medical malpractice reform has one major snag – it is unconstitutional.”

BLW – I had to comment on your posts – actually – ALL entitlement programs coming from the Dems are unconstitutional as well.  I have to admit – reading your stuff definitely had my blood boiling.  This isn’t a Republican thing.  This is a big government thing regardless of who is in power.  Anything that goes against personal liberties and freedom to choose and to earn a living without government interference is unconstitutional.  Going back to the early 20th century when progressives started permeating our government – that is when our constitution really took a trampling – and every administration since Woodrow Wilson has taken more and more of our freedom away through big government and forced charity through programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, Unemployment, SCHIP, etc.  NOTHING in the constitution allows for any of that. You rightfully point out that tort reform is a Tenth Amendment issue – but – so are insurance (health, auto, home, etc); unemployment; education; intrastate commerce; and a whole other list of things.  But – you missed the big picture – our government has been implementing unconstitutional programs that violate the 10th amendment for quite some time now which no judicial challenge.  What makes you think this one would ever make it to SCOTUS?

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The BoBo Carnival of Politics using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!  This week is short and sweet – not surprising given the long holiday weekend.  Thanks again to all who contributed.



Conservative

Scott Spiegel presents Reconcile This posted at Scott Spiegel.

Your last paragraph says it all.  Personally, I hope they do use this nuclear option – it will surely drive the last nail in the coffin for the Democrat party and ensure a makeover of Congress in 2010.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents World Currencies In The Recession, One Trillion Dollars Visualized posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Wanted to show you how the world currencies are doing in this recession, and what one trillion dollars in debt looks like!”

I’ve seen that video before.  It amazes me every time I see it.  And, to think Obama has guaranteed this country will be carrying a $9 Trillion deficit in 10 years – this is absolutely staggering.

Liberal

vjack presents President Obama, Do the Ends Justify the Means? posted at Atheist Revolution.

Hey VJack – still trying to figure out exactly what it is that you think the Bush administration did that was illegal – OTHER than the patriot act that no other administration hasn’t done before.  Why are you singling out the Bush administration?  The trampling on our constitution actually begins with Teddy Roosevelt. Bush isn’t the starting point – and it certainly isn’t the end point.

You do realize that if Obama allows the full investigation and prosecution even to the top of the Bush administration as you want – it will also implicate every single Democrat in Congress – to include Obama.  Afterall, Obama voted for the warrantless wiretaps.

Libertarian

Wenchypoo presents My Fantasy National Health Plan posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.

A lady after my own heart.  Very smart suggestions – and promoting personal responsibility at the same time.  A great read.

News

Joe E presents Medical Fraud Has Taken a Toll On America’s Healthcare System posted at Promote Health, saying, “Medical fraud costs tax payers billions of dollars each year in the U.S., and it’s a problem that most financial experts don’t even have a great understanding of. The new health care reform bill addresses some of the issues of medical fraud, but even then, will it help to reduce medical fraud or will scammers find new ways of cheating the system?”

One of the other laws, that has just been extended to November 1, 2009 is The Red Flag Rule.  Health care practices are also required to implement training, policies, and procedures for the purpose of identifying potential identity theft “red flags.”  While you mentioned false billing as one of the leading causes of medical fraud, the greatest threat after that is identity theft.  Organized crime now is involved and they are making a killing.  I was on a conference call seminar and they mentioned that organized crime is just sitting on their hands right now just waiting for this health care bill to get passed.  If it does, they know they will be increasing their take by millions more.  You are absolutely right – this new bill has absolutely no anti-fraud provisions.

Politics

Wenchypoo presents Gearing Up For the ACORN Census posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket, saying, “One of your submitters at the last carnival mentioned the ACORN census in his post–I told him how to get around it. Now I’m telling all of you.”

I’ve already had the discussion with my wife, friends, and neighbors.  Article 1, Sec 8 only gives congress the authority of enumeration for the purpose of apportionment for representation.  The only question the government is legally allowed to ask is question #1 – How many live in  your household.  Everything beyond that is unconstitutional.  I have already instructed my wife and neighbors that should ACORN show up after I submit my 2010 Census – my wife is to state we already and answered the legally required question and my neighbors were asked to refuse to answer anything about our family.  Hopefully, they won’t answer beyond question 1 now that I have educated them.  While I like your answers, I’m more prone to the direct approach – “None of your damned business”

Leah L Burton presents Friday Forwards? posted at God’s Own Party?.

Hi Leah – interesting compilation.  If you don’t mind – I’ll address each one by number

1 – actually – I like the idea.  This is exactly what the Army does – they kill the bad guys.  If you want to ensure a future military force – we need to get them early.  Besides – are you just now catching on to this?  The military has been using video gaming since the 1980′s.  I was raised in the Army and I served in the Air Force.  Personally, I think its good for American children to know exactly what they are up against in their future – and – ragheads are the enemy.

2 – That yellow flag with the coiled snake that you seem to be so against – it’s called The Gadsden Flag and was designed by Benjamin Franklin.  This is a true symbol of America and American patriotism.  This is the flag flown by Americans during the revolutionary war to tell King George to fuck off and leave us alone.  Given the way this our government, Dems & Repubs alike, and now especially with this administration, are trampling on our constitution and our rights every day – this flag is just as relevant today as it was in 1775.

3 – Nothing wrong with praying for this country and our destiny – especially since we’re headed down the wrong path now.  But – given the premise of your blog – I do agree that religion and politics don’t mix.  As long as this remains a call for prayer by choice and not one by government force – then I’m okay with it.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The BoBo Carnival of Politics using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Wow! It’s August already. This year is just flying by. I’m fully expecting to see some Halloween and Thanksgiving holiday stuff out at the stores hitting the shelves real soon. With that being said, welcome to another fine installment of The BoBo Carnival of Politics. We have some great submissions yet again – very timely – and great topics.

Before we get started – I want to bring something to everyone’s attention – Bill Campbell of The Tome of The Unknown Writer has a little project going on regarding the health care debate. Go check it out. He’s asking for stories – good, or bad – regarding your health care experiences. It is a totally non-partisan project. If you’re inclined, check it out, get the details, and give him your stories.

So – let’s get started:


Welcome to the August 2, 2009 edition of the bobo carnival of politics.

Conservative

Norbert Sluzewski presents Is Meritocracy Dead in America? posted at Naked Liberty.

Well – given the fact that the current SCOTUS nominee has been touted as a great example of affirmative action at work – and that both Barack and Michelle have stated they benefited from affirmative action – I believe that meriticracy in this country is indeed dead.  Not only that, but with one provision of that healthcare bill being that medical schools will obtain funding if they reach increased quotas of minorities enrolled versus enrolling those on merit who actually deserve to be in med school, its just further proof that socialism is being sown in this country.  When social constructs take precedence over merit – society loses.

Scott Spiegel presents Just Make Sure It’s Not a Blue Moon Belgian White posted at Scott Spiegel.

Yeah – and if this summit was all about making nicey nice – then why were there no apologies from Barack or Gates?  Nothing more than a photo op if you ask me.  Absolutely nothing got accomplished as far as race relations go in this country.  It just showed this country that two racist black men can get away with using the race card – if they just give the white man a beer.

Scott Spiegel presents Can We Decommission the Health Care Bill with Sodium Silicate? posted at Scott Spiegel.

This fits in nicely with Selkirk’s and Wenchypoo’s pieces below. Personally, I think we need to decommission our entire government at this point.  One bad idea after another – and we’re the one’s paying for it.

Paul presents Fix Entitlement Programs, Then Fix Health Care posted at Paul’s Political Punditcy.

Couldn’t agree with you more on this one, Paul.  The figures you site are frightening.  If those “Big 3″ (as you put it) aren’t fixed – that will be the only thing we’re all working towards funding.  That’s sheer lunacy.

Anthony Delgado presents Reproductive Technology: Surrogate Motherhood posted at eInquisitive | Giving you something productive to think about!.

Well, Anthony – not entirely related to politics – but – I’ll let this one in this week – it’s a good topic and some of my readers might be interested in it.

Selkirk presents Top 6 Unintended Consequences of ObamaCare posted at Political Castaway Blog: Broadcasting Conservatism to Rescue America.

Selkirk – this ties in nicely with the piece that I did last week regarding my position that health insurance is not a right.  Some of what you have indicated as the unintended consequences fit in with my solutions.  Great post – and – right on target.

Steve Parry presents Sotomayor And Racial Profiling posted at The Axis of Stevil, saying, “In my humble typical white opinion.”

I already added my say on this in your comment section.  Now we have the NRA out there as well telling the Senators that if they support her they will actively campaign against them.  This is a bad pick for SCOTUS and the United States.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Is The Economic Downturn Over? posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Is this economic recession over? Some thoughts!”

Well – that would be nice.  However, I look at the other indicators as well – the GDP, GNP, Productivity, and the housing market – in addition to the ones in your post.  These other indicators are all still down – and – other economists, in addition to the Association of Realtors, is stating there is another wave of foreclosures coming – not only in the consumer market – but as well as in the commercial market.  There has been an increase in delinquent payments from the A-rated borrowers.  Personally, I think this latest volley from the administration trying to say the recession is over is just a propoganda push.  If you say it enough – people will start believing it.  The four indicators I mentioned are still in decline.

The Smarter Wallet presents Euro vs Dollar (USD): Weak US Dollar Ahead? posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Do we have inflation ahead? Forecasting inflation by checking how the US dollar is behaving.”

Another good analysis on your part.  All the indicators would suggest inflation, actually I would say, hyperinflation is just ahead.  With oil being pegged to the dollar, and the dollar still in decline, all other currencies are up on the dollar – I would say you can bet on it.  As for trading for Euro’s – interesting.  I’ve been investing in gold, personally.

NotYourDaddy presents How to Undermine the Economy posted at Government is not your Daddy., saying, “If you wanted to come up with a plan to undermine the economy of the most prosperous and successful nation on earth, how would you go about it? The first thing you’d have to do would be to debase the underlying value system that provides the foundation for prosperity.”

Surely, you wouldn’t be suggesting that our socialist President is putting all this in to place? If you haven’t seen this video already – wow – nevermind – I had a video from youtube bookmarked – it was titled 45 goals for U.S. Marxism – taken from the 1963 congressional record – seems to have been pulled because of a “terms of use violation.”  We already know that google and youtube are in the tank for this administration.  But – with my skills – I was able to find this. It’s the transcripts.  Sounds eerily similar to what you have put forth and to what is exactly happening in this country now.

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Madeleine Begun Kane presents Dear Senator Inhofe posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Mad Kane – looks like you’re the only liberal who dared venture in to the carnival this week.  I am actually one of those “birthers” myself.  Until I see an actual true copy of this original birth certificate – I won’t believe me.  The one they continue to show around was printed on a dot-matrix printer – you know – something they didn’t have in 1961 – yet – no one really discusses that point.  However, regarding your limerick and Inhofe – not a really big fan of that guy myself.  He’s as crooked as the rest of the Dems and Repubs up there.

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taucan62 presents New York Shipping Out The Homeless posted at rjjrdq’s America II, saying, “It looks like the big apple wants to make homelessness your problem, not theirs.”

Hey, Taucan – welcome back to the carnival.  That was exactly my first thought when I heard about this.  Giving the homeless a one-way ticket out of NY.  What ever happened to those compassionate liberals up there in NYC?  Is this how they really take care of the underserved and underprivileged – by making them the problem of other states?  Freakin’ crazy if you ask me.

SpkTruth2Pwr presents Iran Election: Fraud Allegations Die Without A Trace posted at The Apathy Remedy.

I can’t imagine living in a country like that either where opposition to the government is dealt with by death. It’s no wonder they are backing down from their claims.  Given that our administration didn’t support them, I can understand it.

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Norbert Sluzewski presents The Lobbyist Does Not Speak the Peoples’ Voice posted at Naked Liberty.

I like the analogy using the “echo” game.  That does appear to be what is happening.  Lobbyists are only the voice of their clients.  Unfortunately, we the people, who actually should have the power, have no voice.  Our government has resigned themselves to listening only to lobbyists and special interest groups.  In fact, one particular special interest group – The Apollo Project – wrote the last “stimulus” bill.  Whatever happened to politicians actually writing the bills.  When you have lobbyists and special interest groups actually being the designers and architects of our bills – we no longer have a government for the people, by the people.  We need a serious overhaul of our government and we need to start electing representatives that will vow NEVER to do business with lobbyists or special interest groups.  I know Obama said he wouldn’t have lobbyists – but – he also said a lot of other things that he lied about.  Some of us tried to warn the people and to look at his past.  I’m hoping that after seeing his example, the electorate (we the people) will really start paying attention to history rather than rhetoric.  Great post.

Riversider presents Labour’s Public Spending Cuts Strategy – Asylum Seekers Can Be Hammered First posted at River’s Edge, saying, “The Labour government in the UK are beginning a huge programme of public spending cuts. Who have they chosen to hit first with their cuts? Yes the weakest, poorest and most desperate people around, asylum seekers. Wonder who will be next?”

Riverside – thanks for including this in the carnival this week.  It’s a great look inside the government of our cousins across the big pond.  When the U.S. government makes cuts – they always seem to threaten to cut the services of the underserved and underprivileged – not to mention – vital services like police and firefighters.  I wonder why they never consider cutting salaries of government workers, reducing the size of over-bloated departments, and just flat out getting rid of wasteful spending programs and departments altogether.  We give out hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to stupid things like studying the effect of alcohol on strippers in Venezuela, or giving money to the arts to produce underground pornography – yet – they cut spending on vital services.  Looks like your government sucks as much as ours.

Wenchypoo presents My View on “Cash-for-Clunkers” posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.

Good one.  The only thing this program will do is force used car businesses out of business using our tax dollars to do it.  Those so-called clunkers that get turned in are required to be scrapped and the engines completely disabled then shredded.  This will create an artificial reduction in the number of used cars in this country.  When supply is down and demand is up – prices go up.  Those once affordable used cars will now be so over-priced and no longer affordable that you may as well get a new car – one that the government will force on us – ones that we don’t want.  Just more government control. They can’t even run this program efficiently and they want to take over health care?

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Everyone must be on vacation this week – we only have 6 submissions to get through this week.  At least…that’s what I hope it is! :)   Anyway, even as short as this list is this week, they are all great once again.  Please be sure to drop by their blogs and let them know what you think of their posts this week.

Conservative

Scott Spiegel presents Vargas v. Sotomayor posted at Scott Spiegel.

Thanks for bringing Vargas’s story to us.  All we’ve heard about is Ricci up to this point.  We need more people like Vargas who understand that racial quotas are essentially unfair to everyone.  As for Sotomayerweiners – you’re right – it is a lousy way to judge.  Unfortunately, looks like the RINOs are gonna cave again.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Recessions and the State of Our Economy: A Visual Primer posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Here’s a historical discussion of recessions and what they’re all about.”

A great primer.  The visual aids are a great enhancement to the discussion.  However, I would say that we’ve been in a recession since at least mid to late 2007.  If we use the real figures instead of the ones the government issues to their lackies in the main stream media, I believe we hit the “legal” definition of recession near the end of 2007.

The Smarter Wallet presents Richest CEO Paycheck Last Year? Paid To Motorola’s Sanjah Jha posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Here are more examples of highly paid CEOs receiving massive bonuses and big rewards for their efforts in this economic downturn. What do you think of these numbers?”

Personally, I’ve never had a problem with CEO’s making this kind of money – provided their organizations were actually earning money and increasing shareholder wealth as well.  If any of these CEO’s who made this kind of money are in a business that consistently lost money last year – then – yeah – they should be fired instead of rewarded this way.  However, seeing the companies on this list – none of them look like losers. AMEX and CITI are two of the financial businesses that made it through, coming out near the top of the industry.  Nobody complains when actors make this kind of money for just one 2 hour long movie or athletes for working half a year.  CEO’s are just like them – they are highly specialized individuals.  Not everyone has the skills and knowledge to run successful mega-corporations.  They should be highly compensated for success – and beaten with rocks and sticks for massive failure.

Liberal

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Dueling Scandals posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Hey Mad Kane – all politicians are cheaters and scumbags. Nice limerick.

DWSUWF presents Robert McNamara Remembered – lessons from a liberal technocrat posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “We are reluctant to speak ill of the dead. We prefer to celebrate the song and dance man, but forget the child molester and drug abuser. So let it be with Michael. But what of Robert? Almost lost among the Michael Jackson Memorial media circus last week was the notable death of Robert McNamara. Perhaps he is an example of what Shakespeare meant when he said .the evil men do live after them.’”

Thanks for this review of McNamara.  Until his death, I had never heard of him.  Given what you have written – he is the EXACT reason why politicians need to stay out of the way when it comes to military action.  Great post.  I learned a lot from it.

Politics

Bob Brooks presents Another Way Congress Protected The Credit Card Industry posted at Bob Brooks – Prudent Money Blog.

Wow.  I had no idea.  Personally, I didn’t think we needed the bill in the first place for regular consumers.  If you get in to bed with a credit card – it’s your responsibility to maintain the credit without going overboard.  When did it become the business of the government to protect the people from their own bad decisions?  However, if anybody needed some protection from predatory practices – it is the small business owner.  The government was set up to ensure capitalism and business had an opportunity to be successful by eliminating unnecessary barriers.  This type of bill would have been one of those instances where government would have been on the right side of capitalism and the small business owners instead of big corporations. Oh well – since when was this administration concerned with preserving capitalism?

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