Tweet of the Day

Donna Brazile: “Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer!”

It’s called “Affordable Care,” Donna.

via Instapundit.com

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Live Free or Die — Literally

Economic freedom leads to longer life expectancy, higher per capita GDP, and more happiness (based on a Gallup index). The Heritage Foundation annually calculates an Index of Economic Freedom for most of the countries of the world, then assigns each country to one of five subgroups ranking from Free economy to Repressed economy.

Table 1 shows that Free countries have significantly higher life expectancies and do better in other quality of life measures:

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Another way to reach the conclusion that freedom is the determining factor is to compare very similar peoples where the major difference is freedom. An extreme example is repressed North Korea vs. mostly free South Korea. Or the Chinese people in free Hong Kong, mostly free Taiwan, and the mostly unfree Peoples Republic of China.

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Economic freedom leads to health, wealth and happiness. Lack of freedom leads to death, poverty and misery.

Plenty of waste to sequester

The sequester is a mere 2% of the federal budget. If they really wanted to cut spending don’t you think they just might be able to find 2% of waste in that enormous budget. How about they start by trimming these items:

  1. $2,908,000 for shrimp aquaculture research
  2. $1,454,000 for mosquito trapping research
  3. $4,841,000 for wood utilization research
  4. $2,573,000 for potato research
  5. $775,000 for “Pickle Science and Technology”
  6. $500,000 for helicopter logging
  7. $600,000 for a “gurgling toad sculpture” in DoD building
  8. $8.3 million for golf course renovation in Louisiana
  9. $1.4 million for decorative rocks in Nevada
  10. $500,000 for food at Justice Department banquets
  11. $1 million for sugar cain research center in Louisiana
  12. $623 million for the National Endowment for the arts
  13. $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.
  14. $200 million for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.
  15. $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.
  16. $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.
  17. $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.”
  18. $18 million to rebuild recovery.gov website
  19. $461 million for “salmon restoration”
  20. $480 million for a “redundant” F-35 engine
  21. $15 million for a “Barbasol museum”
  22. $19 million for a “Free clam benefit” for people who have never eaten clams
  23. $10 million for attorneys of illegal immigrants
  24. $700,000 for a bike trail in Minnesota
  25. $1 million for a river walk in Massachusetts
  26. $213,000 for olive fruit fly research in…France
  27. $200,000 for a hunting and fishing museum in Pennsylvania
  28. $200,000 for a post office museum in Las Vegas
  29. $350,000 for “Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc.”
  30. $150,000 for turf grass research
  31. $10 million to connect a dead-end street to I-75
  32. $11.4 billion for Amtrack bailout
  33. $1.5 billion for the Metro Transit system in Washington D.C.
  34. $1.2 million to study the habits of the woodchuck
  35.   $150,000 to study the Hatfield-McCoy feud
  36. $1 million to study why people don’t ride bikes to work
  37. $219,000 to teach college students how to watch television
  38. $3.1 million to convert a ferry boat into a crab restaurant in Baltimore
  39. $13 million to repair a privately owned dam in South Carolina
  40. $4.3 million for a privately owned museum in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  41. $2.7 million for a catfish farm in Arkansas
  42. $500,000 for a swimming pool in Banning, Calif
  43. $500 million to bail out ship building company
  44. $2 million for “kitchen relocation” in Fairbanks, Alaska
  45. $1.5 million to “transport naturally chilled water” from Lake Ontario to Lake Onondaga
  46. $167,000 for “Horn fly research” in Alabama
  47. $450,000 for the Baseball Hall of Fame
  48. $11 million to buy “business attire” for job seekers
  49. $750,000 for a soccer field at Guantanamo Bay
  50. $15 million on Internal Revenue Service public relations efforts

The author reports that he found this $22 billion of savings in about 40 minutes. Don’t you think the politicians in Washington could find $85 billion of non-essential spending in a couple days time?

No, the Obama administration will try to find the most painful things to cut so as to put pressure on for no cuts at all.

This is a GREAT work ethic

A teenager was walking through snow and ice to a job interview 10 miles away. Not to a job, just to an interview for a possible minimum wage job. Along the way he asked someone how far it was to his destination. Hearing that it was 6 or 7 miles, he turned and kept on walking.

It happened that the someone was a restaurant owner. A bit later the owner was driving down the road and saw the teenager still walking. He pulled over, invited the teen to hop in, and that is when he learned the young man was walking to a job interview.

The restauranteur was so impressed with the youngster’s work ethic, that he told him if he didn’t get that job, there would be a job waiting for him at the restaurant.

The restaurant owner posted this story on Facebook and it went viral – more than 14,000 “like”s in just a couple of days.

Read the full story…

How Republicans can get cool

From Glenn Reynolds (InstaPundit) in NY Post:

Republicans do badly with young voters, and one of the main reasons is that they’re seen as uncool. This is probably unfair — it’s not Republicans who are imposing college speech codes on students — but it’s the perception.

As a reader of my blog named Jeff Wimble wrote:

“Everything comes down to the movie ‘Footloose.’ For a large majority of people,the political question is, ‘How would the sanctimonious preacher from the movie ‘Footloose’ feel about this subject?’ They answer the question, and then take the opposite position.

“This mind-set is absolutely ingrained in a lot of people my age (a couple of years younger than Gen-X). For every preachy moral conservative I’ve met in real life, I’ve seen 20 on TV. For each Baptist I know in real life, I’ve seen 10 in movies. To me, they are all the preacher from ‘Footloose.’ ”

In real life, I don’t know any Republicans like that. To the contrary, we are the party working for more liberty, to reduce the control government has over our lives. The Democrats are the ones continually taking more and more power for government.

Nonetheless, the media do their best to give the impression that Republicans are preachy moral types. Reynolds suggests that the GOP can do more to counter that impression.

Read the rest…