Friday, November 21, 2014

Beacon Hill Contradictions and Somerset

I'm not discussing the flagrant, illegal, and unconstitutional actions by the lawless Barack Hussein Obama last evening.  The man and his ideology make me sick.  I cannot even look at this man without becoming ill.  Perhaps these RINO Republicans will take action against him, but I really doubt it, because they are spineless and hopelessly ignorant fools.  Enough said...

I read two articles in the Herald News today that made me think of the incredible contradictions in priorities on Beacon Hill.  Outgoing Socialist Governor Deval Patrick announced plans to reduce local aid to cities and towns by $25.5 million to help close a $329 million budget deficit. Then, the infamous South Coast rail project was granted $42 million to replace rail bridges along the rail line. 

Can you think of anything more contradictory than the above?  This South Coast rail project is a boondoggle and a massive waste of time and taxpayer money.  If it were such a great and wonderful idea, then private (for profit) enterprises would be building rail roads to transport people from Fall River and New Bedford Northbound.  Clearly, there is no profit to be made here.  You must ask yourself as a taxpayer, if no business is willing to build it for profit, why would the Commonwealth sink taxpayer money into it?  The answer is South Coast rail is a taxpayer boondoggle that will be a massive cost to taxpayers with little to no positive outcomes in the future.  Ten years from now (if it actually happens), the cost to run the line will far exceed the pathetic revenue and it will be the taxpayers picking up the difference in the form of, you guessed it, higher taxes. $42 million is just the beginning of yet another ridiculous Commonwealth project that will saddle taxpayers forever and ever.  Let's build a railroad to nowhere with someone else's money...

But, at the same time, this illustrious Socialist Governor proposes to cut local aid by $25.5 million to help close a massive $329 million budget deficit.  Taxpayer money that would be "redistributed" from State coffers to local towns (like Somerset), will be significantly reduced or even eliminated!  They have us by the balls no matter what!  First they forcefully confiscate our money, then they spend more than they confiscated, then they vote to close Brayton Point (MA cap and trade law), then they award a boondoggle contract of $42 million for the railroad to nowhere, then they cut local aid (your money) to communities that are suffering the most!  It is a kick in the balls and a slap in the face at the same moment from the Department of Socialism on Beacon Hill....

Towns like Somerset are on the brink (although you'd never know it listening to our school department politicians and the teacher's union representatives).  We count on a return of at least some of our confiscated and stolen tax money to be returned in the form of this "local aid" (i.e. our stolen money given back to us as "aid").  Taking that "aid" away (or reducing it significantly) from Somerset will sink us quicker into financial doom.  For those of you who are truly delusional and think Brayton Point will remain open or retrofit to gas turbines, allow me to share a press release from Dynegy, Inc (the soon-to-be new owners of Brayton Point):  "...Dynegy intends to honor the agreement ECP reached to retire the Brayton Point facility on May 31, 2017 and complete the decommissioning following retirement."  You can read the whole press release here.  It is closing folks!!  You need to get a grip on this now, or this town is finished.  As it stands right now, Somerset has done zero (nada, zilch, naught) to reduce spending.  It fact, the K-8 school department is spending more than ever before and they have no intention to reduce their budget!!!  In fact, next May they will likely ask for the highest appropriation in the history of Somerset to ensure no deficit spending in the next fiscal year!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Schools Want 'Fresh Start'

"Schools want 'fresh start'" is the main headline in this week's Spectator.  Just like last year, they want a 'fresh start' and a 'clean slate'.  Last year, they needed $299,000 to close their spending deficit.  Of course, voters in Somerset gave them what they wanted....a 'fresh start'. We voters fixed their poor spending habits for them and appropriated to them another $299,000 last year (don't you remember?).  It was for the kids and you have to pay your bills, yada, yada, yada....  OK, you made mistakes, you're human...we forked over the money and thought you said you fixed all the budget problems and overspending in the department. I remember the Chairman saying those very words....he apologized and said it would never happen again....let's move on....we moved on....

But wait, there's more!  Now they need another $511,272 (over a half million) to close their spending deficit for both FY2013 and FY2014!  So, adding last year's mistake and this year's mistake, I'm getting a really big $810,272 mistake!  That is nearly $1,000,000 in budgetary and spending mistakes in just two years!  WOW!

Let's cut the bull-crap.  We know all you emotional Teacher's Union advocates will play on the bleeding heart strings of Somerset voters.  We know you will use purely emotional arguments like "it is for the children..." or "don't you want to support the children of Somerset...?"  Then comes the emotional falsehoods like "Somerset schools are #1...we need to keep it that way" and "this is the best school system this side of the Mississippi River...this money is needed to keep us on top..."  Then comes "well, this was the prior administration's is not our fault" or "this was the prior school committee's mistake...we have fixed everything and it won't happen again...promise...scouts honor...."

People, if you look at what the K-8 school department has spent in FY2013 and FY2014 (adding in all the budgetary mistakes), we are nearing $37,000,000 in spending (the actual number, by my calculations, is about $36,810,272).  $37 million dollars spent in our tax dollars in just two years to run only 9 grades (it doesn't count the 9-12 region)!  That is abhorrent and ridiculous!  Those same emotional people will claim that this amount is "bare bones", that this K-8 department cannot be run by any amount less than $37 million over two years!  We are "bare bones" we need "every penny" and if you don't agree, you are against the may even be against your own kids!  They proclaim "we cannot cut one iota from the K-8 budget...every penny is necessary...there are no other cuts to be made..."

Sadly, the emotional voters of Somerset will, indeed, appropriate the $511,272 on 12/1. There is no doubt in my mind that emotions will run high at the meeting and people will be tricked by the scare tactics of the Teacher's Union reps as well as the K-8 administrators and elected officials.  Voters will be tricked and manipulated and will vote "Yes" to the $511,272 appropriation.  The money will just come from the magical stabilization fund or some magical undesignated surplus fund.

But, while you stand there with your Yes vote so proud and tall, remember the fiscal doom that awaits Somerset when that power plant shuts the turbines off in 2017.  Where will the money come from then?


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blowing the Constitution to Pieces!

Barack Hussein Obama will blow a massive hole into the United States Constitution either on Thursday or Friday this week.  The massive, gaping hole will violate the founding principles of the United States of America and, in particular, the sacred separation of powers within the federal government.

Barack Hussein Obama does NOT (I cannot say that strongly enough) have the constitutional authority to make laws or change laws under the clear and unambiguous text of the United States Constitution.  That law making and law changing power was exclusively granted to Congress and the legislative branch of government.  Per Article 1; Section 1 of the United States Constitution: "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."  That is the clear, plain text.  Barack Hussein Obama swore to uphold and defend this clear, plain text, as did every member of Congress and the Supreme Court.  

Barack Hussein Obama swore, in front of millions of Americans, the following oath of office (contained in Article 2; Section 1): "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Barack Hussein Obama will soon violate the constitution and that sacred oath of office by writing and changing United States law unilaterally, despotically, and tyrannically by issuing and changing immigration laws from the Executive Branch, bypassing Congress, and causing a constitutional crisis never seen before in American history.  This is an act of treason and a high crime against these United States.  Article 2; Section 4 states "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

Will Congress take action under Article 1 of the United States Constitution to thwart the crimes being committed against "we the people" and against our sovereign constitution? Will Congress allow this massive, gaping hole to be blown into our United States Constitution?   Will Congress allow the crisis and the precedent of this criminal President to go unchecked?  Will Congress abdicate their law making power to the Executive Branch?

A mutiny is underway in the federal government.  Barack Hussein Obama is centralizing all power unto himself.  If Congress doesn't act, a Revolution is needed to break the bonds of tyranny!!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

All Is Lost For This Republic

I maintain all is lost for this Republic.  

Power is nearly entirely centralized into the Executive branch since Congress has abdicated nearly all their enumerated constitutional powers.  Barack Hussein Obama has seized nearly all control over the federal government while Congress has castrated itself and made itself impotent.  Congress is a party to the lawlessness of the Executive and is taking part in the nullification of the separation of powers.  

Obama forged ahead yesterday with yet another piece of his killer and ridiculous climate change agenda while bragging that Republicans are powerless to stop it (which is true, of course). Congress will continue to fund the EPA and allow Obama to wreak havoc on the American economy.  Congress will do nothing to stop him.

Obama is ready with his pen and phone to illegally and unconstitutionally grant amnesty to millions upon millions of illegals.  America is on the verge of a drastic fundamental change of the populous.  It is illegal and impeachable.  Congress will do nothing to stop him.

Congress will, in fact, do nothing to repeal ObamaCare nor will they defund or dismantle ObamaCare.  In fact, Congress and Obama are in bed with huge health insurance companies to keep the ObamaCare status quo.  This atrocious law will be with us forever and ever and Congress will do nothing to repeal it, defund it, or walk it back.

Obama's administration will continue to spark the coming race war in America by lighting the racial fuse in Ferguson, MO.  All these protesters are simply front groups for the Obama administration and the DOJ.  They are ready to strike and target once the grand jury verdict is announced.  This is a race war baited by Obama and his DOJ thugs' hell bent on fundamentally changing America.

Russia, China, Iran, ISIS, and Islamic Terrorism are all on the rise.  They are all avowed enemies of the United States and will work together to crush America.  If you think otherwise, get your head out of the sand and pay attention.  We are already in WWIII (started on 9/11/2001) and the bright lines have been drawn.  Which side are you on?  What side will Obama have America on?  It is time to choose once and for all.

I conclude with a quote from Charles de Montesquieu (Book XI; Of the Laws Which Establish Political Liberty, with Regard to the Constitution):
When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner. 
Again, there is no liberty, if the judiciary power be not separated from the legislative and executive. Were it joined with the legislative, the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary control; for the judge would be then the legislator. Were it joined to the executive power, the judge might behave with violence and oppression. 
There would be an end of everything, were the same man or the same body, whether of the nobles or of the people, to exercise those three powers, that of enacting laws, that of executing the public resolutions, and of trying the causes of individuals.
I maintain all is lost for this Republic.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Win For Mitch McConnell is a Loss For America

As the so-called Republicans win control over the United States Senate, will they fight and vote to repeal ObamaCare, block Obama's executive amnesty, stop out-of-control spending, reign in the debt, investigate the corrupt Obama administration, and cease crushing regulations from ruining the economy?  All these so-called Republicans campaigned as such, but will they actually do what it takes to stop Obama's Marxist policies once they control both chambers of Congress?

The short answer is NO; they will do nothing of the sort...

In fact, these so-called Republicans are already prepared to surrender to Obama and hand over the power of the purse until next October.  These so-called Republicans are encouraging Senate Democrats to draft a massive omnibus spending bill to be passed during the Lame Duck period, granting Obama all the funds he needs to implement all of his repudiated Marxist policies for another nine months!  Both the House and Senate appropriation staffers are secretly and quietly laying the groundwork for a gigantic spending spree and it is the so-called Republicans who are pushing it forward on behalf of Mitch McConnell.  These so-called Republicans are working closely with the Democrats and Obama to fund the entire federal government in a massive omnibus spending bill so Mitch McConnell won't have to deal with it when he takes over in January.  Additionally, Mitch McConnell has already announced he will not investigate the illegal and unconstitutional executive actions of the Obama administration.

Forget about leading this country back on track.  Forget about all the campaign promises made by these so-called Republicans. What is the damn purpose of winning back the Senate from the evil Harry Reid when your only intention is to surrender the power of the purse (the greatest of all powers in the federal government)?  What is the damn point to grant Obama funding for every aspect of government and more and ceding the appropriations power immediately to Obama? Obama will continue to issue executive orders while Congress cedes all power to the executive branch.  What a slap in the face to the American voters voting for these so-called Republican assholes!  I'm sorry to swear, but I can think of no other appropriate adjective than this expletive!  Short of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee, these Republicans are simply untruthful assholes!!  Mitch McConnell is and will be a disaster for the Republican Party in the Senate, much like the disaster in the House, Speaker John Boehner. Neither of them are constitutional conservatives and both are big government Statists like most (if not all) Democrats...

So, while Republicans are celebrating the win of the U.S. Senate from the evil Harry Reid, I maintain that very little will change under new management.  The trajectory of the ballooning size of the federal government will remain exponential with Republicans in charge, especially with Mitch McConnell and John Boehner in charge.  I see no reason to think otherwise...


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Vote Today!

I voted today.  If you pay attention to politics and the candidate's ideology and positions closely, then I hope you vote today too.  However, it you are part of the stupid and idiot masses of low/no information voters, then stay home today and do not vote.  Anyway, here is exactly how I voted:

Ballot questions:  

Question 1 (eliminating gas tax indexing):   Yes

Question 2 (expanding the beverage container deposit law):   No

Question 3 (expanding prohibitions on gambling):   No

Question 4 (earned sick time for employees):   No

Ballot Offices:

Senator in Congress:  Brian J. Herr (Republican)

Governor/Lieutenant Governor:  Baker and Polito (Republican)

Attorney General:  John B. Miller (Republican)

Secretary of State:  David D'Arcangelo (Republican)

Treasurer:  Michael James Heffernan (Republican)

Auditor: Patricia St. Aubin (Republican)

Representative in Congress:  left blank

Councillor:  left blank

Senator in General Court:  Derek A. Maksy (Republican)

Representative in General Court:  left blank

District Attorney:  left blank

Register of Probate:  left blank

County Treasurer:  left blank

County Commissioner:  left blank


Monday, November 3, 2014

Filthy Politicians And Lawyers Abound

Perhaps you read today's Herald News article titled Pols to FERC:  Electricity auction must be reheard.  I have blogged about this issue on numerous occasions (Shocking Allegation with Brayton Point and The Red Headed Menace or check out the tags on this blog for the many times I've blogged about this very issue).  Michael Holtzman is only telling you about 10% of the real story, I'll tell you the other 90% below...

Here is what has transpired:  The liberal, communist, Marxists, Socialist, Statist Democrat politicians have a waged war on coal-fired power plants and the coal industry under the guise of the pseudo-sciences of environmentalism, global warming, and climate change. This war is mostly spearheaded by Democrats in Congress (like Joe Kennedy, III) and the White House (like Barack Hussein Obama) and is waged using the unconstitutional fourth branch of government, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But it is also waged by liberal, communist, Marxist, Socialist, Statist Democrats here in Somerset (like Patricia Haddad) and Westport (like Michael Rodrigues) using their MA cap and trade and RGGI legislation, among other things.  

The singular goal of these left wing politicians was to summarily close down all coal-fired power plants in MA and New England, including Montaup (mission accomplished) and Brayton Point (mission nearly accomplished).  There is and was no other goal for them other than complete closure of Montaup and Brayton Point regardless of the negative impact this would have on the local economy, electrical production capacity, or the price of electricity.  These Democrats did not care about the local economy, the Town of Somerset, or the price of electricity; they simply used their boundless legislative authority to vote to annihilate the coal-fired electrical industry forever. This was done in the name of environmentalism and for the bogus "green" future of the region.  Don't fool yourself; there was simply no other goal but complete closure of Brayton Point.  

Now, these same idiot and filthy politicians are scratching their heads and wondering what to do now that the 1,535 megawatt Brayton Point is leaving a huge "capacity shortfall" and causing a massive "spike" in electricity costs because Brayton Point withdrew from the FERC auction process and is slated to close in June, 2017.  I'm speechless.  Oh, the irony of ironies!!  Isn't this what the Democrats wanted all along?  They wanted the complete closure of Brayton Point.  This is why they passed cap and trade, this is why they support Obama's environmental agenda, and this is why they support the EPA's crushing regulations on the industry.  How can the people in Somerset support lying leftists like Patricia Haddad and Michael Rodrigues who passed MA cap and trade legislation designed to close Brayton Point forever?  How can these leftist politicians be surprised that killing off Brayton Point would undoubtedly lead to electricity capacity problems and a massive spike in electricity costs?

Brayton Point, LLC is a sovereign limited liability corporation with private shareholders looking for advancement in their equity position.  If Brayton's management determines that it would be "uneconomic" to supply electricity in the FERC auction due to massive and obliterating EPA regulations, killer cap and trade costs, and the general war on coal waged by Obama, then so be it!!  I completely support Brayton's right to withdraw from the FERC auction and close up business forever as any sovereign for-profit corporation would (and should) do.  Brayton is in business to earn a profit for themselves and their shareholders as a sovereign company. If this cannot be done due to massive and unrelenting governmental regulations, then they should close up the plant forever. Brayton is not responsible for the "capacity shortfall" or the "spike" in electricity costs that results. The blame is solely on the left-wing politicians on Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, and in the White House that sought to close them down by "death by regulation" methods. You will probably vote for them tomorrow, so really you only have yourself to blame...

So, stay out of it FERC, stay out of it filthy politicians and lawyers (Joe Kennedy, Patricia Haddad, Michael Rodrigues, et al), go home all you environmental crazy nut jobs; your Utopian goal of closing Brayton Point has been achieved.  Now sit back and enjoy the staggering increase in electricity costs and the rolling blackouts that will follow...


PS:  The ultra-liberal Herald News is endorsing every single Statist, Marxist, Socialist politician in the political arena, including Marxist Martha Coakley.  Every last one of them stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Barack Hussein Obama on every single issue, especially with respect to environmentalism and the closure of Brayton Point.  But, alas, you are too stupid to understand.  You don't have the mental capacity to understand.  You do what the Herald News tells you to do.  You are part of the dumb masses, the idiot herd, the stampede of are a Democrat.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fear and Trembling (Nothingness)

If there were no eternal consciousness in a man, if at the foundation of all there lay only a wildly seething power which writhing with obscure passions produced everything that is great and everything that is insignificant, if a bottomless void never satiated lay hidden beneath all -- what then would life be but despair? If such were the case, if there were no sacred bond which united mankind, if one generation arose after another like the leafage in the forest, if the one generation replaced the other like the song of birds in the forest, if the human race passed through the world as the ship goes through the sea, like the wind through the desert, a thoughtless and fruitless activity, if an eternal oblivion were always lurking hungrily for its prey and there was no power strong enough to wrest it from its maw -- how empty then and comfortless life would be!  But therefore it is not thus....

The above is jaw and book dropping prose.  One's eyes simply moves across the sentences in shear amazement of profound writing.  The above is an excerpt from Fear and Trembling by the Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard.  It was published on October 16, 1843 under a pseudonym Johannes de Silentio (meaning John of silence).  I started reading Kierkegaard recently to somewhat supplement my reading of Friedrich Nietzsche.

But, Kierkegaard is all wrong.  The above beautifully crafted prose is correct until the "But therefore it is not thus..."  That is where Kierkegaard is all wrong.  You see, Kierkegaard realized the absurdity and the despair of human existence (like Nietzsche), he realized the emptiness and comfortless of existence and life as a human being so profoundly, but alas he could not stand it and took a massive leap toward faith in the Christian God.  His despair in existence, his perceptive recognition of nihilism, his personal identification with absurdity, that all is for naught and it is all meaningless, this was no match for his Christian faith and belief in the Christian God.  That is where Kierkegaard goes all wrong and loses all credibility as a philosopher and thinker (and, by the way, that is exactly where Nietzsche is correct).  Søren Kierkegaard takes a leap toward faith onto a baseless foundation, a foundation that is cracked and brittle and isn't really there...the leap into faith is unscientific and non-dialectical by Søren Kierkegaard, but it is so typical of modern man to rest their laurels (and their logic) onto that which cannot be seen, heard, or touched.

Søren Kierkegaard, in Fear and Trembling, use the biblical story of Abraham to support his faith conclusion.  Abraham was tested by God and ordered to kill his beloved and adored son, Isaac, upon Mount Moriah.  Let's simply stop right there for a moment.  The omnipotent God, the omniscient God, the benevolent God ordered Abraham to murder his own son as a test of faith!  Do you understand?  This apparently sick and demented God, in order to prove a point and in order to test one of his lowly and flailing creations, orders a person to stab, slaughter, and murder his only son as a test of faith!  Did Kierkegaard not recognize the absurdity at this point?  A benevolent God (the father of Christ, I might add) orders a murder!  I cannot get by this point.  I cannot see how Kierkegaard got beyond this point.  But he did.  He uses this as an example of true faith in that Abraham (he calls him a Knight of Faith) was willing to raise the knife and slaughter his own flesh and blood, therefore he is the father of faith because he did not question God, he simply acted in silence (de Silentio) to carry out God's wishes...without questioning, without regret, without remorse, he simply raised the knife and was to plunge it into his adored son because God commanded him to do so.  

This is where Kierkegaard is simply all wrong and completely illogical.  He uses a biblical story (which could never be authenticated 4000 years later and is, in my mind, a fable) to prove that absurdity in existence is removed by faith because Abraham didn't flinch during God's test. Kierkegaard has replaced the absurd with the even more absurd, piling on absurdity upon absurdity.  His leap is diabolically absurd.  He falls upon premises that have no standing in reality and then uses the false premises to make more premises...and down the faith hole Kierkegaard goes, spiraling down into the abyss and ignorance of faith to yet another nothingness...Kierkegaard brings himself to the bottomless void where his individual conscious life is only a test of faith and nothing more.  His own existence is simply a test in the faith in God, nothing more and nothing less.  Pure nihilism exchanged for pure nothingness of faith.

I still stand with Nietzsche.  The above beautiful prose, had it been written by Nietzsche would have concluded "But therefore it is thus and nothing more but your will to power..." Verily, the last aphorism in Nietzsche's The Will to Power concludes "this, my Dionysian world of the eternally self-creating, the eternally self-destroying, this mystery world of the twofold voluptuous delight, my "beyond good and evil," without goal, unless the joy of the circle is itself a goal; without will, unless a ring feels good will toward itself—do you want a name for this world? A solution for all its riddles? A light for you, too, you best-concealed, strongest, most intrepid, most midnightly men?— This world is the will to power—and nothing besides! And you yourselves are also this will to power—and nothing besides."


Friday, October 31, 2014

Mitch McConnell; A Liar, A Hypocrite, A Statist

Mitch McConnell has been in the United States Senate for 30 years and is running for re-election again for his 6th consecutive term.  He is a career politician and he is a liberal Democrat who runs under the guise of being a Republican (the R is meaningless, it should be a D, like his Liberty Score).  MITCH MCCONNELL IS NO REPUBLICAN. McConnell is the quintessential RINO Republican.  He is now on the verge of being the Senate Majority Leader, which makes me sick to my stomach!!

I would like to point out that Mitch McConnell is a bald faced liar and a hypocrite!

In July, 2012 (as reported in the liberal Huffington Post), "Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared on "Fox News Sunday," highlighting how the court's language paved the way for a simple majority to erase Obamacare's individual mandate. 'The Chief Justice said it's a tax,' McConnell said. 'Taxes are clearly what we call reconcilable. That's the kind of measure that can be pursued with 51 votes in the Senate.'"  Then, Mitch McConnell said in July, 2012 "Repeal of ObamaCare will be the first item up in the Senate if I am Majority Leader. Our goal will be to get it off the books. In my view, it is the single worst piece of legislation that has been passed in modern times …Just because the Supreme Court has decided it is constitutional doesn't mean it’s the right thing to do …What I can tell you with certainty is that there is no higher priority with me, and the presidential candidate [Mitt Romney] has made it perfectly clear that he would sign any repeal legislation that we sent to him."

Please pay close attention.  Mitch McConnell said that since ObamaCare is a tax (which is what the Supreme Court wrongly stated in their opinion), that repealing the ObamaCare law can be done by a simple majority in the Senate of 51 votes.  Got it?  Only 51 votes will be needed to repeal ObamaCare.  He promised to repeal the law when he was made majority leader.  There would be no higher priority to McConnell than to repeal ObamaCare and get it off the books!  That is what he said! So the House would vote to repeal and the Senate would vote with 51 votes (or more) and the law would be repealed Obama veto possible, it would end and be repealed forever with both the House and Senate votes!!!  Simple, right?

Fast forward to October 28, 2014 (as reported in The Conservative Review).  " an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, McConnell said that a GOP Senate lacks the ability to repeal Obamacare because Republicans will not have 60 Senate seats. 'It would take 60 votes in the Senate. No one thinks we’re going to have 60 Republicans, and it would take a presidential signature,' McConnell said. 'I’d like to put the Senate Democrats in the position of voting on the most unpopular parts of this law and see if we can put it on the president’s desk.'"

What?  Which is it?  Is it 51 votes?  Is it 60 votes?  Mitch McConnell is a liar and a hypocrite! Mitch McConnell never had any intention to repeal ObamaCare!  He is a big government Statist and wants the power and control the ObamaCare law offers to him as the soon-to-be Senate majority leader.  Remember the fraud that was perpetrated to get ObamaCare passed?  Here is a Forbes article to remind you how the Democrats convulsed to get this law passed unconstitutionally!  Then, the United States Supreme Court upheld the law unconstitutionally!  Yet Mitch McConnell will do no convulsing to repeal the law.  He is a liar and a hypocrite and a liberal Democrat.  Feel free to read this Senate Conservatives article to find out all the gory details of this failed hypocrite and career politician that we are stuck with!  We may even be better off with Harry Reid!

I think I'm sitting out this November 4 election in complete disgust of everything political...I cannot bring myself to vote for any person or question due to the fraud, lying, and hypocrisy that drapes everything in this election...Mitch McConnell and the Republicans that support him are contemptible human beings!!!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

African Americans Speak The Truth

Chicago activists Paul McKinley, Mark Carter, Joseph Watkins and Harold “Noonie” Ward recently went on the record with Rebel Pundit to deliver a message to black communities across the country.  But, I think it is a great message for all American communities regardless of race, creed, or gender!  Watch this amazing and powerful video:


Constitutional Crisis Is Fast Approaching

Barack Hussein Obama has been delaying and putting off many major policies until after the upcoming November 4 mid-term elections.  This was done to avoid his terrible Marxist policies from hurting his fellow Democrats.  Remember, major elements of ObamaCare have already been illegally delayed until after this election.  That ObamaCare bomb is set to go off soon, but not before November 4th passes.  But other, more serious, bombs will soon go off, some that should (must) cause a constitutional crisis caused by our tyrannical President. Yet, Obama has already committed innumerable impeachable offenses, so what is the big deal?  Well, my friend, the big deal is the nullification of Congress, the end of separation of powers, and the final usurping of the United States Constitution in exchange for presidential dictatorship.  The very foundation of this great Republic is on the verge of collapse.  Does this crisis no longer matter to Americans?

Mr. Charles Lipson is a professor of political science and director of the Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security at the University of Chicago.  He wrote an excellent opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, which I've included an excerpt below. This is a timely and well-written piece on the approaching constitutional crisis that Barack Hussein Obama will undoubtedly unleash upon our Republic.  Mr. Lipson's below list made me so angry at Obama and his criminal administration, but also angry at the Congressional Democrats and the Congressional Republicans that do nothing but let it all happen under their noses.  I beg you to carefully read each and every paragraph and share this Wall Street Journal opinion piece with your friends and family:
1) Immigration. How many millions will the president let in? On what terms? One hint: The Department of Homeland Security recently ordered more than four million green cards and visas for next year and says it might order another 29 million for future years. The cards would give immigrants who are here illegally the right to continue living and working in the U.S. legally—and perhaps receive a variety of federal and state benefits. Should the president unilaterally issue these cards, there will be a brutal debate over the wisdom of this policy, whether it extends to welfare benefits, and whether the president has the constitutional authority to issue so many cards without specific congressional approval. 
2) The next U.S. attorney general. The president wants a crusader on progressive causes and a reliable firewall to protect him, just as Eric Holder has done. Rumor has it that he wants Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has been the point man on racial preferences.  Mr. Perez’s most controversial, and constitutionally questionable, position is his support for “disparate impact” as a measure of discrimination. According to this theory, if fewer blacks or Hispanics are hired than their percentage of the “relevant” population, then the employer must have discriminated, even if all hiring procedures were fair and racially neutral. If the president nominates Mr. Perez, expect a nasty confirmation fight. Even if the president nominates someone less controversial, tough hearings are almost certain. 
3) Keystone XL Pipeline. Given his druthers, the president almost certainly would prefer to kill this project and appease his environmentalist supporters. But he won’t do that before the final votes are tallied for Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu , who is running for re-election. She is in favor of the project, and her campaign hinges on the perception that, as chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, she actually affects policy. 
4) Bergdahl. The Pentagon has completed a long-delayed report on Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl but won’t tell us what it says. Sgt. Bergdahl walked away from his unit in Afghanistan, was taken in by the Taliban, and was finally swapped for five Taliban leaders who were detained at Guantanamo Bay. If Sgt. Bergdahl is found to have deserted his post, the report will be bad news for the White House. People will ask why the president gave up so much for a turncoat and why the president held a Rose Garden celebration to mark Sgt. Bergdahl’s return. 
5) Iraq and Syria. No one knows what the president will do with regard to Islamic State; in fact, it is now virtually impossible to tell who our “friends” are since America’s opposition to ISIS, a Sunni group, makes the U.S. effectively a partner of its Shiite opponents in Tehran and Damascus. The Saudis, who lead the Sunni coalition, are livid and wonder if the U.S. has switched sides in the Persian Gulf, flipping from its longtime partnership with Saudi Arabia to a de facto one with Iran. Everyone wonders what the president’s strategy really is and whether he will stick to it after the election. 
6) Iran. This is the big enchilada. If the president cuts a major deal on Iran’s nuclear-weapons program—which will surely include major concessions on U.S. economic sanctions, he will face a storm of controversy among the public and on Capitol Hill. Worse, Mr. Obama might refuse to submit the deal to Congress, claiming that it is an agreement and not a treaty requiring Senate approval. That could generate a true constitutional crisis. The crucial actor here is Sen. Robert Menendez , the tough-minded New Jersey Democrat and Foreign Relations Committee chairman. Sen. Menendez’s position is vital because Majority Leader Harry Reid will give the president a pass, as he has for six years. Sen. Reid’s genuflection to the White House raises serious issues because it fundamentally undermines James Madison’s vision of how the Constitution limits overweening government power.

The problem, as the Founders saw it, is to prevent the president or Congress from acquiring unchecked power, as they will inevitably try to do. The solution was to divide powers between the executive and the legislature and hope that they would be constrained by countervailing institutional interests. But Harry Reid is a “party man,” not a “Senate man.” The question is whether Sen. Menendez and perhaps other senior Democrats with strong foreign-policy credentials, such as New York Sen. Charles Schumer and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, will break ranks with Sen. Reid and the White House. 
All of these matters have been high-profile and potentially deeply divisive. That is precisely why the White House is postponing any announcements. When the administration finally does speak, it will unleash a political storm, even if Democrats hold the Senate. If Republicans win, those winds will reach hurricane force, since the president will likely try to ram everything through a lame-duck Congress. If that happens, consider boarding up the windows.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MA Congressional Delegation Gets An "F"

I stumbled across a great website to easily view your Senator or Representative's conservative voting history.  The site is and it grades members of Congress on the top 50 votes over the past six years (they call it The Liberty Score™).   The rolling six-year window shows a more accurate picture of a lawmaker's performance than traditional one or two-year scoring methods.  The score is expressed as a percentage and a traditional grade.  You can sign up for free and the site is extremely user friendly!!!

Top conservatives in the Senate are Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul.  No surprise there!

House Speaker John Boehner is graded "F" because he is not really a conservative or a Republican.  He is really a liberal Democrat!

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (who wishes to be Senate President next week) is graded "D" because he is not really a conservative or a Republican.  He is also a liberal Democrat!

Other Fox News stars (shoved down our throats sideways) like John McCain and Lindsey Graham are also graded "F".  Both of them are also liberal Democrats!

If you are a Republican and your grade is less than "B" (i.e. "C", "D", or "F"), then you are not really a Republican.  You are just another Marxist/Socialist Statist and you should be a registered Democrat!

How about our illustrious Senators and House Representative here in Somerset, MA (Bristol County)?  Well, all three are dismal liberal Communists with an average score of 13.7% and all are graded "F".  Vladimir Lenin's score was 22% for comparison (that is a joke)....

Again, there is no hope here in Somerset, MA, no hope for Massachusetts, and no hope for the entire Country!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Contemptible Democrats; The Republic Is Lost

I'm nearly at a loss to describe my contempt for the liberal Democrats that are ruining America by all means available.  Three recent stories come to mind...

Hillary Clinton was recently in Boston, MA campaigning for the Marxist Martha Coakley when she stated this complete and utter nonsense:  Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.  You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics,’ that has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. You know, one of the things my husband says when people say ‘Well, what did you bring to Washington,’ he said, ‘Well, I brought arithmetic....’ and then followed laughs and applause from the stupid sheep and herd in the audience.  Read/view the story here if you have a strong stomach for ignorance and liberals....apparently by these remarks, Hillary believes that corporations and businesses do not create jobs in America (news to me).  Since Hillary is a left-wing Statist ideologue (like her ultra-perverted and ultra-misogynist husband), only the government can create jobs....sickening.

Did you hear about the ex-CBS reporter (Sharyl Attkisson) whose computer was hacked and bugged by the United States government?  Some "government-related entity" planted classified documents on her computer so charges could be brought against her or her sources if need be.  The CIA or NSA or some governmental spy agency planted a Trojan Horse on her computer which monitored her every keystroke and gave the federal government unlimited access to her Skype account, emails, passwords, and financial accounts.  She was trying to unravel the cover-up on the Benghazi attacks and the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, but the criminal enterprise that is the Obama Administration put an end to that.  Go read all about the United States federal government nullifying the 1st Amendment to the Constitution by sneaky and underhanded crimes against the media and press.  Please compare and contrast this Obama Administration with the Nixon Administration at your leisure.  

I often wonder why does the media protect Barack Hussein Obama?  I'll never know nor will I ever understand.

Finally, this is the most disturbing news story I've heard in quite some time:  Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens?  Simply stated, will illegal aliens illegally vote in such great numbers to skew the election to Democrats and give Democrats (and Harry Reid) control over the Senate again?  The scientific study concluded the following:  We find that some non-citizens participate in U.S. elections, and that this participation has been large enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes, and Congressional elections. Non-citizen votes likely gave Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress.  As I write this, thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens have crossed the southern border in 2014 and our criminal president will soon grant amnesty to millions of them.  Will these people, these non-citizens, these illegal aliens vote in eight days to get Democrats control over the US Senate again?  Was that Obama's plan all along?  I submit to you it happened before and it will likely happen again.  Perhaps it will happen next week!

Our great Republic is lost.  If you are voting for Democrats, you are contemptible and a co-conspirator to the demise of the Republic.  It is as simple as that...


Monday, October 27, 2014

United States Debt in One Year

On October 18, 2013 (just a little more than one year ago), the national United States debt breached $17 trillion to $17,075,590,107,963 for the first time ever!

Today on October 27, 2014 (374 days later), the national United States debt is $17,889,822,688,116 and on the cusp of breaching $18 trillion very soon!

For those counting, this is an $814,232,580,153 (about 814 billion dollars) increase during this time period of 374 days.  That is alarming, but even more alarming is the below information:  

  • We are adding $2,177,092,460 (2.2 billion dollars) to the national debt every single day
  • We are adding $90,712,186 (90.7 million dollars) to the national debt every single hour
  • We are adding $1,511,870 (1.5 million dollars) to the national debt every single minute
  • We are adding $25,198 (25 thousand dollars) to the national debt every single second

So as I write this blog post, every second that passes is another $25,000 added to the national debt!  $25,000 every single second of the day!!!

By my projections, the United States will breach 18 trillion dollars sometime on December 16, 2014.  That is just 50 or so days away when America will breach 18 trillion dollars in debt.

If we keep spending and borrowing at current levels, the United States will breach 20 trillion dollars sometime on June 22, 2017.   We will breach 25 trillion dollars in just nine years (slated for October 5, 2023).  Wondering when we will hit 30 trillion?  Well, at current spending and borrowing levels, 30 trillion debts will hit on January 18, 2030!!!

We are eight days from the mid-term elections and none of the candidates, politicians, or mainstream media are speaking of the alarming growth of the national debt.  No one talks about it at all; it is the proverbial elephant in the room.  This debt is what will eventually sink and destroy America, yet it is never discussed seriously by Congress or the President.

Couple this with the fact the Federal government surpassed 3 trillion dollars in tax revenue for fiscal year 2014 as reported by The Daily Signal.  So, the Federal government took in 3.021 trillion dollars in revenue (17.5% of GDP), yet still realized a deficit of 483 billion dollars!! Again, no one talks about this at all; it is the elephant in the room.

This is the ignored plague that will implode the United States of America.  The question is not if we will destroy ourselves, but when we will destroy ourselves...


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Freedom Of Speech Under Attack

Freedom of speech is under assault by the left.  The Statists, Socialists, and Marxists (i.e. Democrats) want to curtail free speech and nullify the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

Three Liberal Democratic-backed members of the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), including FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel, said she will lead a push next year to invent and enforce new rules and regulations to limit free speech on the Internet, including free speech on blogs (including this blog), YouTube video postings, and Drudge.  The liberals would also target Facebook and Twitter postings and virtually any other Internet site where a person can exercise their free speech online.  Ravel stated "A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the Internet and other emerging technologies is long overdue."  Read the story on Breitbart, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, and this Fox News video.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.  

The First Amendment (cited above) guarantees our freedoms concerning speech, religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition the government.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.  This is the 1st Amendment to the Constitution and is part of the Bill of Rights.  Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning (and functional) democracy, and the government (and FEC) shouldn't use the law (or bureaucratic rules and regulations) to stifle legitimate free expression and legitimate free speech.

You see, the really smart masterminds of the government will move to regulate free speech and nullify the 1st Amendment.  The government will stymie the content of blogs, Facebook postings, Twitter postings and anything else posted on the Internet.  The government will regulate speech to content acceptable to the government masterminds.  Of course, that is not freedom that is tyranny.  That is despotism!  This is what Communist China does to control thought and control their people.

Will Americans allow this attack on freedom or will Americans stand up for freedom and liberty of the sovereign individual?


Friday, October 24, 2014

Amnesty Tyranny Is Fast Approaching

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said President Barack Obama will take "aggressive executive action" on immigration, which Perez said will bring about more "shared prosperity" Breitbart reports.  Additionally, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun (also reported by Breitbart).  The Hill also reports there is considerable angst over President Obama's post-election plans on immigration which is growing amid revelations that the Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a procurement request for as many as 34 million work permits and green cards following Obama's impending illegal executive action.....

Obama conveniently won't do anything until after November 4.  Remember, Obama illegally delayed major portions of the ObamaCare law until after the November 4 elections.   You see his ideas are so great and wonderful for America that he has to delay them to protect his liberal Democrat cronies in Congress.  'You know what' will hit the fan during the lame duck session of Congress.  You can also count on the Republicans to do absolutely nothing about it.

How will there be "shared prosperity" when millions upon millions of non-assimilated people are unilaterally and illegally granted amnesty by Obama?  Many of these people are illiterate in English and illiterate in their own native language.  Many of these people possess no job skills.  Many of these people will simply begin collecting various forms of welfare and hand-outs (food stamps, ObamaCare, Medicaid, etc.) further burdening America.  So, I believe the "shared prosperity" Secretary Perez is talking about is sharing our hard earned tax dollars with millions upon millions of people that have come across our southern border illegally.  

You see, this is just the fundamental change of America that Obama desires.  It is time for Americans to "share the wealth" with the rest of the world and be a "good neighbor" to our "friends" down south.  It is time for Americans to stop being greedy and open up your hearts and minds (and wallets) to those that are less fortunate.  Obama has decreed open borders and will soon decree amnesty upon millions of people that took advantage of the open borders.  These people have no intent to join the American work force...they will join the gravy train of welfare and hand-outs.  They will share in America's prosperity by collecting government checks paid by you and disgraceful!

This may very well be the straw that breaks the camel's back....


Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Ignored Plague Will Remain...

Do you think your vote counts?  Are you one of the naive people who really think that going to the voting booth will effectuate the change you desire personally?  Well, you are completely wrong...actually you are much more naive than I thought.  You are like a silly teenager...

I've been hearing how the Republicans will win big on November 4.  The Republican Party is so happy that they will secure the House again and win over the Senate from the decrepit and senile Harry Reid.  They are already celebrating their victory of having John Boehner and Mitch McConnell as their Congressional leaders to thwart Barack Hussein Obama.

But having Boehner and McConnell in charge will change absolutely nothing in the federal government!  They have already announced they will do nothing to repeal ObamaCare and they have already announced plans to pass a massive omnibus spending bill.  They will allow Obama to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens by executive tyranny and will do nothing to protect America's southern border.  In fact, they have already surrendered completely to the will of Obama, despite their looming victory.  

Have you noticed the Republicans are only winning because the Democrats are losers?  It is only a default win because it is only a vote against Obama (versus a vote for Republicans). You have two choices (pick one):  
  1. Big Statist/Marxist Politician (denoted with D) or 
  2. Small Statist/Marxist Politician (denoted with R)    
These Republicans stand for absolutely nothing at all.  They have no stance, no platform, no beliefs, no ideology, and no leadership.  But since they are the "opposing" party to Obama (choice #2), they win only by default.  I maintain, though, there is really no real difference between Democrats and regardless, it doesn't matter who you vote for or the end, they are really all the same...

Once Boehner and McConnell take charge, the massive 4th branch of the federal government will continue to churn like an insatiable porn star.  The EPA will continue on as if nothing changed in the government.  The IRS will continue on as if nothing changed. The numerous and massive bureaucracies and regulatory agencies will be unaffected and will continue to grow and eat America's pie at alarming rates.  The 4th branch of the federal government has been institutionalized into America's governmental system and is outside of democracy and change...  

Once Boehner and McConnell take charge, the ubiquitous judicial branch of the federal government will continue to erode the Constitution and individual rights.  The judicial branch made up of Marxist ideologues in the federal courts and the Supreme Court will deem and declare at will and will be unaffected by the change in leadership.  The judiciary also remains outside of democracy and change....

Thus, the ignored plague of massive, iron-fisted, federal government will remain unchanged with a Republican win on November 4, 2014.  America is in a post-constitutional era where democracy is nullified and the federal government will never cease growing in size or dimension.  

Your silly vote doesn't matter, the government exists whether you want it or not...the Statist made sure of that over the past 100 years...


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Massachusetts Next Statist Governor

I was flipping the channel last night and came across the Charlie Baker/Martha Coakley debate on C-Span.  It didn't take me long to quickly change the channel out of bad air and nausea caused by listening to another radical left ideologue running for high office in Massachusetts.  Of course, the people of this Commonwealth will vote her into office, which goes without saying.  

This is what made me turn the channel in absolute disgust of Martha Coakley:

When asked about illegal aliens being allowed to obtain MA driver's licenses, Martha summarily said "Yes" illegal aliens should be allowed to obtain MA driver's licenses.  Martha will support allowing illegal aliens (people here illegally) to obtain MA driver's licenses!

When asked about illegal aliens being allowed to obtain taxpayer subsidized in-state tuition at MA colleges and universities, Martha summarily said "Yes" illegal aliens should be allowed to get taxpayer subsidized in-state tuition at MA schools.  Martha will support allowing illegal aliens (people here illegally) to get taxpayer subsidized in-state tuition at MA colleges and universities!

I could not stomach any more of Martha's radical left blather.  She reminds me too much of Senator Warren (now I feel sick again).  How does MA accomplish breeding such radical left Socialists and Marxists in such a relatively small state?  

The politicians MA keeps voting into office are repulsive and repugnant.  I detest Martha Coakley and those that support her, like Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset) and Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport).  With this cycle of contemptible politicians, there is absolutely no hope for our Commonwealth!!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Somerset's Anti-Capitalism Development Committee

Just a few comments about Somerset's useless and detrimental Economic Development Committee.....

This group, comprised of over a dozen citizens, has been meeting regularly over the past 10 months on a volunteer basis.  Despite their regular meetings and efforts, Somerset residents have seen absolutely no progress on economic development in Somerset.  In fact, during this time, Staples departed Somerset, a quarter of a million dollars in back taxes is owed by the Dump on the Taunton owner, and Brayton Point will shutter soon.  There is no economic development in Somerset....none....

What irks me (actually it pisses me off) to no end is the constant and unrelenting left wing, Socialistic, anti-capitalism climate change nonsense spoken by their Chairman.  The Chairman is clearly not a free market capitalist, the Chairman clearly does not support laissez-faire capitalism and the Chairman clearly does not support and defend individual private property rights in a free market economy.  The Chairman of Somerset's Economic Development Committee is actually a left wing ideologue that supports the iron fist of big government to crush big and small business alike.  He does not believe in free market capitalism (i.e. freedom) and he has a penchant for Socialism and Marxism.  How did Somerset end up with a Marxist to head up the Economic Development Committee?  Baffles the mind!!!

How dare I say the Chairman is a Socialist and a Marxist!  

Well, the truth and facts speak for themselves!  The Chairman has invited a Marxist climate change kook hack (i.e. a kook lawyer) from the Conservation Law Foundation's clean energy and climate change program to discuss the future dismal options for Somerset's soon-to-be-defunct power plants (as if she actually owned them).   Her bio states:  "Shanna Cleveland is a Staff Attorney working to advance climate protection through promoting effective legislation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and initiatives aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels...  etc."  Her Twitter account is savethepenguins which says it all....

The lawyer and environmental activist our Marxist Chairman invited has played a key role in promoting pseudo-science advocacy, hype, and hysteria in New England.  This lawyer the Socialist Chairman is bringing in has fought, tooth and nail, both Brayton Point and Montaup with costly litigation forcing them to close up their plants (apparently to save those penguins).  Now she swoops into Somerset to lecture us about her Marxist and Socialist principles at the invite of her Marxist friends in Somerset!  Need I remind you of this past Toxics Action story?  Here are some other stories:

October 19, 2014 Herald News Story
August 7, 2014 The Spectator Story
August 14, 2014 Herald News Story
April 13, 2014 Herald News Story

The message is clear to me.  This so-called Economic Development Committee is an oxymoron.  It is really the anti-business, anti-capitalism, anti-development, anti-economy committee hell bent on crushing Somerset residents to death!  The Chairman of our anti-business development committee is bringing in a true anti-business, anti-capitalist Socialist to lecture Somerset residents on pseudo-science and what to do with property she doesn't own.  Thanks, but no thanks...

With these people in charge of economic development for Somerset, we may as well go into state receivership now and save ourselves the trouble of waiting for complete collapse...

I also have a reading assignment for the Chairman and this so-called Somerset Economic Development Committee:  Please read Ayn Rand's Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal and Milton Friedman's Free To Choose:  A Personal Statement so you can understand how free-market capitalism actually works in the real world...