My Baby Wrote Me A (Mulvaney) Letter

MailBox-iconA few months ago, Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) wrote a letter. He had seen the horrendous videos of Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the price for the body parts they harvest from unborn babies. His letter to his counterparts in Congress said:

The recent reports that Planned Parenthood has sold the tissue of unborn babies for profit is deeply disturbing.  This is simply unacceptable.  I vehemently urge House Republican leadership to use every available tool to strip this organization of any and all taxpayer funds and take measures to prevent the group from receiving taxpayer dollars in the future.  Furthermore, we will not support any funding measure that provides taxpayer dollars for this organization.”

He asked his fellow members to join him, and at least 36 did.

With all the excitement going on (not chaos, according to Mick!)  over the need for a new Speaker of the House, I asked the Congressman if the “Mulvaney Letter” is still operative, and if other members of the House should still be signing on to it.  By signing “The Letter” a member of Congress commits to vote against any appropriations bill (Continuing Resolution) that includes full funding for Planned Parenthood.

His response was, “Nope.  We will revisit ‘The Letter” in December.”  And he observed the “fireworks” going on all around him over the speakership.

Funding for Planned Parenthood remained unscathed, at least for a few months.  And I know that most of their funding is allocated by an agency, and not budgeted directly by Congress.

Still, we – the  Conservative Constituents of the United States of America – want to make it clear that we do not, under any circumstances, condone our tax dollars being used by Planned Parenthood for (1) late term abortions, (2) trafficking in baby body parts and 3) campaign contributions for Democrats who support (1) and (2).

So if any of you other Congressmen and Congresswomen feel inclined to sign on to the Mulvaney Letter (whether or not Mick still feels it is “operative”), please DO!

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right Side

Give me a ticket for an aeroplane
I ain’t got time to take no fast train
Oh the lonely days are gone I’m coming home
My baby she wrote me a letter

The Letter – Joe Cocker

Dude has got soul.  Please take a minute from your busy day and enjoy some Joe Cocker.

 

 

 

 

Corruption – Time To Raise A Little Hell

nothing to hide corruption75% of Americans think our government is corrupt.   No kidding?

Everybody knows the game:

  1. Taxpayers give money to government.
  2. Corrupt politicians give some of that money (or favors) to organizations
  3. Organizations kick back some of the money to the corrupt politicians as campaign contributions.
  4. The politicians use the dirty money to get re-elected.
  5. Return to number 1.

The corruption game is nothing new. Call it payola, quid pro quo, scratch my back – it has gone on ever since the first government came into being, and still occurs all over the world. In Mexico and similar “banana republics” nothing gets done by government without illegal payoffs.

No, the corruption game isn’t new, but the playbook has changed. Until recently, corrupt deals were made between public officials and private businesses. That arrangement was problematic – when the public found out about massive corruption (back then we had real journalism) the citizens would raise hell until the corruption was at least somewhat beat down. They didn’t like their tax dollars going to fat cat big business operators. But corrupt politicians didn’t appreciate these temporary interruptions in the game. So instead of using corporate cronies to fatten their wallets, they learned to cycle the dirty money through government employee unions, quasi-government organizations and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) instead of private businesses.

This week’s scandal du jour is the uproar over Planned Parenthood’s use of taxpayer money for purposes that most citizens find repugnant. The dollars aren’t huge – only a half a billion or so – but what they do with the money sure has a lot of taxpayers’ underwear in a knot. Moreover, Planned Parenthood uses a good chunk of the money for campaign contributions and lobbying. They claim the government funds they get are applied only to honorable pursuits. But we all know that money is “fungible”.

Remember Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? These behemoth quasi-government organizations almost buried our economy in 2008 when the real-estate bubble of their creation popped and the government bailed out the big banks. Even President Obama, a master of quid pro quo, called the Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac business model “heads we win, tails you lose.” We really still haven’t recovered. But the Fannie and Freddy corruption machine keeps chugging along, making big contributions to campaigns, paying monster salaries to its officials, and playing fast and loose with taxpayer money with almost no oversight.

Government employee unions are now the largest group of contributors to political campaigns. What a concept: the unions contribute taxpayer money to the very politicians who promise to protect their jobs and raise their wages. Jefferson would have loved that one.

Another cool quasi-government corruption setup is the Export/Import Bank, which uses taxpayer money to make risk-free loans that benefit crony corporations like Boeing, General Electric, and Caterpillar, to foreign governments and companies, some of whom actually compete with other domestic companies. There are all kinds of opportunities for bank employees to profit personally from shady arrangements. Some honest legislators, prodded by conservative constituents, may have finally put an end to this game, although General Electric and their political partners in crime are trying hard to keep it going.

And it’s not just about dirty politicians seeking campaign funds any more; federal agencies are in on the act. They now extort funds from US companies by threatening huge fines for trumped-up regulatory violations. Agencies like the EPA, FCC, NLRB and others routinely set up schemes that trade a “consent decree” (an agreement to not destroy a business with a long, expensive legal action) for cash. The feds also use consent decrees to take control over local government operations, such as police departments and local utilities.

Some federal corruption is simple and creative. Conservatives in Congress were furious to learn that VA Administration bigshots received big bonuses by faking the real performance records of their agency while patients died waiting for care. When the congressmen found out these guys could not be fired (this belongs in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!) they passed a law that making it possible to fire VA officials. So how many were fired? You guessed it. Zero.

The exploding corruption culture in Washington, DC is not a partisan issue – both Democrats and Republicans say they oppose corruption, but only a few true Conservatives are making any effort to do something about it. Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump admitted paying off politicians. One can only assume the practice would continue under his watch.

One thing hasn’t changed. The only way to kill corruption, or at least slow it down, is for citizens to raise hell about it.

Ask your public officials and candidates what they plan to do about corruption. Give them specific examples. Most of them don’t mention the issue and haven’t even thought about it. Let’s raise a little hell.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right SideIf you want to see an angel
You got to find it where it fell
If you want to get to heaven
You got to raise a little hell

If You Want To Get To Heaven –
Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Another great seventies band, still on the road, gray hair and all, bangin’ on guitars!

ObamaCare Navigators – Just Another Political Payback

obamacare[Update 10/14/13 – it gets uglier by the minute]

[Update 10/13/13 – new related post here, by I-4 Activist Watch]

Lost in all the ObamaCare kerfuffle is the fact that President Obama gave the contracts for “navigators”, those in charge of educating the public about enrollment, to crony left-wing organizations instead of insurance professionals.

This is just one more slap in the face to the taxpayer public, as more and more public funds find their way to the people who campaigned for the president (and still do).

A report in the Missoulian illustrates how Planned Parenthood of Montana received $300,000 from Obama to act as navigators.  So far the services rendered are two meetings – one had seven attendees and the other had “less than a half dozen”.  But Planned Parenthood is getting a ton of PR in addition to the money, and both will go a long ways toward killing more babies.

The navigators were apparently chosen strictly on the basis of political payback – only Obama community organizer types need apply.  In addition to Planned Parenthood, the paybacks also extend to the SEIU and Acorn (yes, the group that was convicted of vote fraud , misappropriating HUD funds, and a host of other ugly crimes.)   There are no background checks for navigators – an alarming invitation to identity theft and invasion of privacy as citizens divulge their social security numbers, personal and financial information, and medical details to total strangers, some from groups who are notorious bad actors.

I used to think that blatant, corrupt, under-the-table paybacks from elected officials only happened in banana republic third-world countries.  It couldn’t happen here.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right Side

Too many people need me
I’ve got so much, So much to do
But when my travelling is over
I’ll pay you back with interest
I’ll pay you back with interest

Pay You Back With Interest – the Hollies

Obamacare ‘navigator’ in Kansas has outstanding arrest warrant (UPDATED)

Don’t Tell Me That 20-Week Abortion Isn’t Murder!

Jeff Balek from Caution Blind DriverThis is the hardest post I have written.  I have delayed this for a long time, but can’t hold back any longer.

You who have rocked with me on the “Right Side” know that I stick pretty much to fiscal issues.  I believe that our failure to accept economic reality will be the downfall of our nation, and it is our duty to fight the fight against national economic suicide.  I pretty much avoid social issues, because when the economic s**t hits the fan, it’s over anyway.  But this is a social issue that I just have to address.

Abortion is a topic that hits people in the gut.  It is a polarizing issue – it seems that you are all for abortion or completely against it, and there is no middle ground.

I have never had personal experience with abortion.  I imagine it is a pretty scary situation to be a young woman, pregnant without intention, and facing a life-changing event.  I have immense sympathy for anybody in that situation.  And here is what I want you all to know.

A fetus is a person.

Not an “unviable mass of tissue”.  Not an embarrassment.  Not a roadblock to success.  Not a woman’s “choice”.  It’s a person.

This week there has been considerable talk about personhood and abortion.  The US House of Representatives recently passed a law, with fierce opposition from the secular left, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation.   Texas has led the charge on the state level, and others are following suit.

My twin sons, Jeffrey and Mathew, were born at 26 weeks.  Each weighed barely two pounds, and they fought for every breath.  Fraternal twins, they weren’t anything alike.  Mathew was smaller – fair and handsome, dark hair and fine features.  Jeffrey was bigger, stronger – red hair and stocky build.  Mathew held on for a week, but just didn’t have the strength to win the fight.  Jeff, on the other hand, showed a toughness – a will to survive – that could not be denied.

Jeff is now 33.  Totally blind, but he is the center of our family and we – his mother, father, and sister – would not have a complete life without him.  He is our drummer, our anchor, and he keeps us honest and straight up every day.

Try to tell me that a 20-week old fetus is not a person.  Just try.

Abortion at twenty weeks is murder.  Period.  My son is proof positive.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On The Right Side

Rockin' On the Right Side

Oh, no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live, I’ve got all my love to give
And I’ll survive, I will survive, hey, hey