Cheating on taxes, fiddling with the tax code, forcing dangerous and expensive legislation onto the American people, disenfranchising overseas military votes, and hiding behind closed doors while drafting 2,000 plus page bills that no one reads – welcome to the modern day liberal, “Progressive” Democrat party that is currently running Washington D.C.
Where Are These Angels?
This week, former chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee Charlie Rangel (Democrat) was charged with 13 counts of ethics violations in the House of Representatives. Each count was adopted by unanimous vote of the investigative sub-committee (4 Democrats and 4 Republicans) after completing a two year investigation into Rangel’s misuse of his office for fundraising, failure to disclose and pay taxes on more than $600,000 of income, and possible help with a tax shelter for a company whose chief executive was a major campaign donor. For three years, Charlie Rangel chaired the committee in charge of writing the U.S. tax code, and yet at the same time, he could not be bothered to pay his own taxes. Charlie is certainly no angel.
Democrat Senator John Kerry just bought a $7 million yacht, which he decided to berth in Providence, Rhode Island instead of his home state of Massachusetts. This decision saved Kerry $437,000 in sales taxes and $70,000 in annual luxury yacht excise taxes. This sounds like a good economic decision. However, Kerry and other “Progressive” Democrats (including Rangel, Tim Geithner, William Jefferson, Rahm Emanuel, Tom Daschle, Kathleen Sebelius, Ron Kirk, Marion Barry and others) have consistently voted to raise taxes on the rest of us while failing to pay their own. John Kerry and the rest of these Democrat tax cheats are no angels.
At the end of the Bush administration, Democrats in Congress refused to make the tax rates for income, dividends, and capital gains established early in the Bush years permanent. And in spite of promises made during the 2008 Presidential campaign, Democrats still refuse to consider extending these rates for any Americans, even ones who make less than $200,000 a year. I guess President Obama would rather focus on “Cap and Trade;” “Obamacare;” government takeovers of auto manufacturers, the banking industry, and the student loan programs; union bailouts; and trillion dollar “stimulus” programs instead. President Obama is no angel.
This week, the Department of Justice was accused of stalling on the MOVE act, which protects the rights of American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to have their votes counted while serving overseas. It is common knowledge that the majority of military service people tend to vote conservative. Instead of working to enforce the MOVE Act, President Obama’s DOJ is encouraging states to use waivers to bypass the new law. Consider another recent decision by the DOJ to drop the voter intimidation conviction against a New Black Panther party leader King Samir Shabazz. Eric Holder is not administering the law impartially in the Obama Justice Department. On the contrary, he is using his position to advance a partisan agenda in opposition to the impartial rule of law. This is a disgrace.
The bottom line is there are simply no angels in government who are going to order society for us! Every time individuals in government have tried, they have failed. I have written in an earlier post that the flaws of human nature (the human condition) remain constant, whether individuals work for a government bureaucracy or the private sector. Both biology and history teach us very clearly that the best answer to this problem is to decentralize power through freedom and competition, not to centralize it with big government.
More Examples of Administration Incompetence
During a recent speech justifying ANOTHER extension of unemployment benefits, President Obama chose to stand next to Leslie Macko, a woman who lost her job as a spa esthetician. But further investigation revealed that Macko was fired for stealing and illegally selling prescription drugs. She was convicted of fraud. Before using her as an example of someone who would benefit from extended jobless benefits, perhaps Obama’s staff should have done a back ground check. And these people are now running our health care!
This week, Americans discovered a little noticed provision inserted into the financial deform law allowing the Securities and Exchange Commission to ignore requests for information, even requests made under the Freedom of Information Act. This revelation comes in spite of President Obama’s repeated claims that the new legislation would create more transparency in the financial markets. Let’s be clear. This provision was inserted into a 2,000 page bill, which no Democrats in Congress read before voting for it, in order to keep the failures of the SEC secret. So much for transparency.
This week, the New York Times reported that surface oil from the BP spill is vanishing fast. In fact, some reporters say the oil slick is largely gone. According to the article, due to the large volume of oil that regularly seeps into the Gulf of Mexico naturally, “the gulf is swimming with bacteria that can eat oil.” Nature is taking care of this problem for us, which raises several important questions. First, was the BP oil spill catastrophe blown out of proportion? Second, did the Federal government do more harm than good when it restricted governors from creating sand berms, building up barrier islands, and by refusing to wave the Jones act? And third, will the Obama administration now overturn its own drilling moratorium in the Gulf? Americans are still suffering along the Gulf of Mexico. But they are no longer suffering because of the incompetence of BP, now they are suffering because the Obama Administration has shut down an entire industry for political reasons.
The Duped Progressive Liberal Left
Dr. Paul Kengor, Director of The Center for Vision and Values, Professor of Political Science, conservative intellectual ally, and a great friend joins me on the program to discuss his forthcoming book, Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century. Paul and I discuss how Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was duped by Stalin, who FDR often referred to as “uncle Joe,” how President Jimmy Carter was duped by General Secretary of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev, and how President Obama and today’s Progressive left are duped by Marxist ideology. Various forms of socialist policies have caused the death of 100 to 140 million people around the world in the last 70 years, and have enslaved hundreds of millions more with government programs that create poverty and dependence. Incredibly, the same people who support communist murderers refer to Ronald Reagan – the man who restored economic, political, and personal freedom and independence to the people of Eastern Europe – as “the devil.” It’s time that our current liberal leaders admit that their political ideology is a failure, causes individual pain and suffering, and creates a more dangerous world.
It’s Still A Dangerous World
This week’s cover of TIME Magazine (warning: graphic) offers compelling evidence of why we must achieve complete political and military victory in Afghanistan. Aisha, a young Afghani woman was severely mutilated after fleeing her husband, a violent man who regularly beat and abused her. Because she fled, the Taliban ordered that she be punished. Her brother-in-law held her down while her husband removed her ears and nose with a knife. She was then left for dead, but U.S. Forces came to her aid. There are at least two lessons that we should take away from this story. First, we must stay and persevere in Afghanistan for the long hall. If we don’t then the Taliban will take back the country, continue to carry out barbaric and cowardly attacks against individuals who are unable to protect themselves and threaten the United States again. And second, the cover photo proves that we still face many problems in the world, and radical Islam is one of them. Radical Islam was behind the 911 attacks, it is behind the totalitarian regime in Iran, and it is behind the barbaric and medieval Taliban.
But whether it is radical Islam, totalitarian communism, national socialism, or progressive Marxism, the answer to all of these destructive political agendas can be found in the words of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”
Any government that does not have the consent of the governed cannot govern justly. Our own liberal majority in Washington D.C. forced so much of their unpopular agenda down the throats of the American people during the past 19 months. And now, with November just around the corner, many Democrats are realizing that their days as elected officials could soon end. They will not leave Congress without a fight. Victory in battle is never certain no matter what the analysts think. We must remain diligent and continue to educate others about the perils of big government.
Thanks for your encouragement and for standing together for America!
Glen Meakem is a successful technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and conservative talk radio show host, who offers information and insights on how individuals and our nation can be more successful. Glen’s unique perspective has been shaped by his experiences as founder, chairman and CEO of the B2B internet success Freemarkets Inc – which he founded in 1995, took public in 1999, and sold to Ariba in 2004. In 2005, Glen co-founded Meakem Becker Venture Capital, a firm that invests in early stage start up companies. Concerned about the liberal political agenda that has gripped the United States and his home state of Pennsylvania, Glen launched the Glen Meakem Program in 2008. Glen served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve and is a veteran of the First Gulf War. He also earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his MBA from Harvard Business School. For more information about Glen and the Glen Meakem Radio Program, or to read his blog, please visit http://glenmeakem.com.