Oregon Hostage Taking- The Welfare State

Who’s Holding Whom Hostage?

| Feb 25, 2012 | 0 comments

GOVERNOR AND FELLOW DEMOCRATS STONEWALL REPUBLICANS’ JOBS INITIATIVE –

The Oregonian editorial board continues to pound away at Republican legislators and particularly House Co-Speaker Bruce Hanna.  On Wednesday of this week the editorial board railed against Republican failure to rush through education and health care reforms pushed by the Governor.  Today the editorial board expresses astonishment and outrage that Republicans are demanding action on their jobs package in return for action on the Governor’s health care and education initiatives. “Even in politics, friends don’t take friends hostage,” they write.

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OK.  Fair enough.  But who is holding whom hostage?  On Thursday the Governor “invited” business leaders to a press conference at which he plead for quick action by the legislature on health care and education.  Are those folks going to stiff the Governor?  Of course not.  They understand that they have to get along with the guy who happens to hold the office.  But let’s hope those who agreed to serve as props for the Governor’s show and tell have also picked up the phone and let the Governor know privately that there needs to be action on the jobs package as well.

The Oregonian describes GOP leaders as having “crashed Kitzhaber’s news conference.”  So were not all business leaders invited?   Bruce Hanna, Kevin Cameron and Tim Freeman are all successful businessmen and business leaders.  Dennis Richardson is a successful lawyer who represents businesses.  And these are business people who not only show up when the Governor calls a news conference or when they are looking for something from government, but also impose significant costs on their businesses by volunteering to serve in the Oregon Legislature.  Of course, they are all from outside the Portland-Salem-Eugene power center, so perhaps that explains why they weren’t invited.

And the fact that these individuals and most other Republicans represent rural and small town Oregon gets to the heart of the apparent stalemate in Salem.  The Oregonian expresses sympathy with Republican job initiatives, but says “it’s wrong and dangerous to pretend that this kind of legislation is of equal importance to creating a new accountability system for schools, or reforming an early childhood education system that every year leaves an estimated 18,000 Oregon kids unprepared to learn when they show up to kindergarten.”

Maybe it’s wrong if you live in the Valley and can’t see past the Cascades or the Coast Range.  But if you live in eastern or central or southern or coastal Oregon, a dozen jobs here and a hundred jobs there make an enormous difference to the future prospects of your community.  Although many urban Oregonians have persuaded themselves that rural Oregon can survive on tourism and the “new green economy,” the reality is that we live in a resource rich state and if we refuse to responsibly develop and use those resources we condemn many Oregon communities and Oregonians to continuing economic decline.

The effects of that decline are not confined to rural Oregon.  They slowly, but steadily, trickle over the mountains and into Salem.  Did anyone notice that the state economist’s revenue projections are consistently wrong on the high side?  That’s a sad commentary on the sorry condition of the economy of the entire state.

Rather than condemn Republicans for holding hostage the Governor’s health care and education reforms, The Oregonian might more reasonably have asked why the Governor and his fellow Democrats are holding the Republican jobs initiatives hostage.  Of course health care costs and education are important to the future of business in this state.  But so too are jobs in the near term which will result from making greater use of the resources of the state.  Oregon could be a national model for responsible development of state controlled resources – if only the Governor and Democrats were willing.

If the jobs package is of such limited importance relative to the health care and education reforms, why don’t Democrats happily accept them.  According to The Oregonian they would be getting a lot in return for giving up very little.  Though one has to wonder what it is they think they would be giving up by encouraging a little job growth.

So who’s holding whom hostage?

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The Tale of 2 Countries

WWII ended with Japan cities being devastated.  What has happened since then, both in Japan and in the USA?

I seem to recall being told that radiation lasts thousands of years. 

HIROSHIMA JAPAN   1945

 


 


 

  We all know that   Hiroshima   and   Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after the explosion of atomic bombs.  However, we know little about the progress made by the people of that land  during the past 65 years.


HIROSHIMA   – 65 YEARS LATER

   
 

 

   

   

   

   

 

   

   

 

 America….. Where unions destroy industries and jobs, while corrupted politicians substitute government welfare for those jobs, inviting wide dependency for hand outs for their “livelihood”.  You have eyes- use them to discern the fallout that always follows elitist, liberal social engineering policy and Union distortion of free markets.  The entire community where unions are allowed to dominate become ghetto’s, driving jobs overseas and bringing the next set of parasites.. corrupt politicians who “help” by creating an entire community that becomes welfare dependent, bring even more despair, crime and social backwardness.

 
DETROIT– 65  YEARS AFTER HIROSHIMA

   
 

   
 

   
 

   
 

 

   
 

   
 

   

What has caused more long term destruction… the  A-bomb, or U. S.  Government welfare programs created to buy the votes of those who want someone to take care of them?

            
Japan  does not have a welfare system.

Extending Unemployment Benefits: Good Intentions, Bad Results | Cascade Policy Insitute

Last Thursday, President Obama asked Congress once again to extend unemployment benefits, allowing workers to continue receiving benefits for up to almost two years. His request may be at odds with his newly proposed chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers, Alan Krueger.

During Mr. Krueger’s career as a Princeton economics professor, he wrote about the effects of unemployment insurance on the unemployed. He, along with numerous mainstream economists, wrote that unemployment insurance increases the time that workers remain unemployed. More generous benefits lead to longer periods of unemployment. Thus, a bill aimed at helping the unemployed may actually have the opposite effect.

Many economic analyses have estimated that unemployment insurance has significantly increased the unemployment rate. For example, one recent publication from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, conservatively estimated “[t]he extension of unemployment insurance benefits during the recent economic downturn can account for approximately 1 percentage point of the increase in the unemployment rate.”

Adding another 4% to the estimated 2012 deficit, the President’s requested extension would cost around 45 billion dollars. And what about the human cost? Is it right to delay so many workers’ reemployment? Is it right to artificially inflate unemployment? As with so many government programs, good intentions too often lead to bad results. In this case, those results can be measured in fewer jobs and in less personal dignity.

Last Thursday, President Obama asked Congress once again to extend unemployment benefits, allowing workers to continue receiving benefits for up to almost two years. His request may be at odds with his newly proposed chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers, Alan Krueger.

During Mr. Krueger’s career as a Princeton economics professor, he wrote about the effects of unemployment insurance on the unemployed. He, along with numerous mainstream economists, wrote that unemployment insurance increases the time that workers remain unemployed. More generous benefits lead to longer periods of unemployment. Thus, a bill aimed at helping the unemployed may actually have the opposite effect.

Many economic analyses have estimated that unemployment insurance has significantly increased the unemployment rate. For example, one recent publication from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, conservatively estimated “[t]he extension of unemployment insurance benefits during the recent economic downturn can account for approximately 1 percentage point of the increase in the unemployment rate.”

Adding another 4% to the estimated 2012 deficit, the President’s requested extension would cost around 45 billion dollars. And what about the human cost? Is it right to delay so many workers’ reemployment? Is it right to artificially inflate unemployment? As with so many government programs, good intentions too often lead to bad results. In this case, those results can be measured in fewer jobs and in less personal dignity.

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» One sixth of the nation is on food stamps Fresh Ink

One sixth of the nation is on food stamps

By Kay Daly

Like most government welfare programs, food stamps was meant to be a last resort in desperate times for those who have had drastic difficulties with their financial situation.   It was never meant to be a program from cradle to grave nor was it to be a generational thing, passed down like a precious antique.   (For a real eye opener on the whole subject of welfare programs, check out Marvin Olasky’s “The Tragedy of American Compassion.”  It will change your entire perspective on the subject of what real help is…and what is just downright cruel, despite what the liberals claim!)

The Wall Street Journal sadly noted today that 43 million Americans are on food stamps.   The state with the smallest percentage of citizens on food stamps is Wyoming and the “state” with the largest percentage collecting food stamps?  The District of Columbia.   So within the shadow of the Capitol dome, more than one fifth of the District’s population is on food stamps.

Like most welfare programs, the lottery and nearly anything that the government seems to get involved in, the program actually hurts those it claims to help.

Not only does it trap recipients into a lifestyle that is hard to extract oneself from, not only it is a generational cancer that grows, spreads, and eats any kind of ambition, determination and motivation alive, but it also steers recipients toward some of the worst food habits on the planet.  Have you ever seen the items on the approved list for food stamps?   High in preservatives, fats, sodium, chemicals and carbs — these are the quick food solutions that seem “cheaper” and boy are they engineered to taste swell.  But they are building eating habits in generations of children that will be devastating to their health.

Perhaps they are thinking they can just take care of the results of the food stamp program with Obamacare! 

In all seriousness, there are children out there who are eating their way into a shortened life span who have never seen a fruit or a vegetable that didn’t come out of a can or a frozen bag.  The sodium level alone in most of the food stamp approved premade foods and quick prepare foods are sky high.  The sugar level in the packaged drinks approved for the food stamp program would keep a child on the ceiling for most of the school day. 

Obesity program, Mrs. Obama?  Take a good long look at the laughable nutrition standards in the food stamp program and what folks are actually buying and you’ll see a whale of a correlation to obesity.

Creating a Dependent America… the Progressive approach that destroys individual responsibility, independence, and realistic opportunity for upward mobility. But that’s only the economic consequences of the Progressive world view! Generations of Americans now unable and/or unwilling to take care of themselves directly attributable to a purposeful effort to emasculate America by Progressives.