America’s Rating as a Free Country Continues to Plummet

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This is a sad article for me to post….we are losing our freedoms folks.

Freedom can be defined in many ways. However, one of the greatest indicators of freedom and liberty is economic freedom. True free-market capitalism is the basis of individual liberty. However, America is no longer a top 5 contender, and we haven’t been for a years. Actually, America is barely even in the top 10. The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom study reports that America continues to fail. Who took first place in economic freedom in 2012? The

Source:http://www.gfmag.com/tools/global-database/economic-data/12067-economic-freedom-by-country.html#axzz2JI3AV7Pz

Source: http://www.gfmag.com/tools/global-database/economic-data/12067-economic-freedom-by-country.html#axzz2JI3AV7Pz

answer may surprise you. It was Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s score was an 89.9%, which was a 0.2% increase from 2011. Following Hong Kong in order: Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Mauritius, Ireland, and finally America at number 10. America’s economic freedom score was a 76.3%, which is down 1.5% from 2011. In fact, America is no longer even rated as a “Free” nation, which is a title granted only to countries with a score above 80%, but a “Mostly Free” nation. Right behind America rated at number 11 is Denmark. Denmark places the highest total tax pressure on its citizens in the world.

This study takes the following 10 benchmarks into account when rating countries: Freedom from corruption, property rights, individual fiscal freedom, restrained government spending, monetary freedom, business freedom, labor freedom, trade freedom, investment freedom, and financial freedom. As mentioned earlier, economic freedom is more vast than it may sound on the surface. It includes all of the above benchmarks, which affect our everyday lives. Money is not the root of all evil; however it is at the root of our lives and if we are not economically free one must ask themselves if our freedom simply a fallacy. There are 9 other countries more economically free than America and our rating is dropping drastically. In 2010, America was rated number 8.  With the numbers trending down and all of the benchmarks trending towards negative values America’s rating should not be expected to improve when the 2013 ratings are released.

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty. -Margaret Thatcher

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Kill Rush?

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I am not posting the link to the song, I will not promote it that way, but it’s over the top when Hollywood follows the liberals with a call for dismantling free speech. It’s coming, you should write your congressman and tell them to be prepared to defeat yet again, the “Fairness Doctrine”.

Please, anything said by the other side is acceptable.

NOW PLAYING ON YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK: ‘KILL RUSH LIMBAUGH’
by JOHN NOLTE 5 hours ago 120POST A COMMENT

Any sacred cow whines to YouTube and Facebook and as a result, whatever the sacred cow is whining about is immediately taken down.

But a song that openly calls for the killing of Rush Limbaugh apparently doesn’t offend YouTube or Facebook, in the least.

Disgusted by Rush Limbaugh’s recent antics? Blast our song, ‘KILL RUSH’

Just don’t call anyone a “slut.”

How Can they Post such Trash?

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I follow a liberal blog. I know, you think my brain has gone to mush. Nope, I follow it to realize I’m the sane one writing here. The Other Mike, on the Odd Blog posts rants and raves against conservatives, and I would repost some of it, but the language is so filthy that I’d have to edit every other word. Isn’t it strange that liberals can’t communicate unless it’s full of expletives? Anyway, he posted this link, and I want you to read it. I will comment at the end:

Republicans Don’t Believe Their Own Constitutional Arguments

By Scott Lemieux |

Among the many problems with the argument that the mandate provision of the ACA is unconstitutional is the fact that nothing in their past practices suggests that Republicans actually believe them. Not only did nobody notice this allegedly unprecedented violation of individual liberty when Republican proposed a health care mandate, as far as I can tell many conservative Republicans still support mandates when it comes to replacing Social Security with individual accounts. In a great catch by Simon Lazurus, we have another great example in Paul Ryan‘s plan to destroy Medicare:

Like this Ryancare tax incentive, the “individual mandate” section of the ACA, which the White House calls the “individual responsibility” provision, constitutes a pay-or-play option. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, when the ACA provision takes effect, individuals who do not qualify for exemption on hardship or other specified grounds, must either carry health insurance or pay a tax penalty as part of their annual income tax filing.

So which is it — do Republicans support violating the Constitution, or can we concede that these arguments are unserious?

What he is referring to is the option to use savings plans to bolster Medicare. When the argument is against continuing to hand out entitlements that the country doesn’t have..and an attempt to come to some sort of logical programs for reducing costs instead of increasing them…it’s unconstitutional???? Please, nothing with mandated health care, on either side, is constitutional. Anything forced upon the FREE citizenry of this country is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. And I’m not a Republican.

Health care should be left to the states, the Federal Government has no authority, nor ability, according to the Constitution’s 10th amendment. Powers outside the state, severally, are the responsibility of the Fed. READ people, you will get it if you get the entitlement syndrome clouds blown out your ears. Here is Congressman Ryan’s own words…please notice, there is a voluntary provision…not mandatory, and it is explained how it will continue to grow the system, instead of rob it, like our government has. He blames both parties for this recklessness.

Now, watch and see if pieces of my post show back up somewhere out of context.

Social Security provides vital financial support for nearly 53 million seniors. Social Security also provides critical benefits to widows and those with disabilities. Unfortunately, Social Security faces a $5.4 trillion deficit over the next 75 years (an amount equal to over one-third the size of the entire U.S. economy). As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, one of my top priorities is to preserve the Social Security safety net and make sure the program remains solvent for future generations.

Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2011
On October 15, 2010, the Social Security Administration announced that there will be no automatic Social Security Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) increase for 58 million Americans in 2011.  The Social Security Act provides that the COLA will increase automatically each year, provided that there is an increase in inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  However, since there was no increase in inflation from the third quarter of 2008 to the third quarter of 2010, there will be no COLA increase in 2011.  Furthermore, there will be no change in the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security taxes in 2011.

Social Security is Going Broke
Social Security is funded by the payroll taxes of current workers to pay the benefits of current retirees. Projected long run program costs are not sustainable under current program parameters. Social Security’s annual surpluses of tax income over expenditures are expected to fall sharply this year and to stay about constant in 2011 because of the economic recession. They are expected to rise only briefly before declining and turning to permanent cash deficits beginning in 2015 that grow as the “Baby Boom” generation retires.

In addition, this surplus is a product of an intergovernmental transfer system. The Social Security surplus is given to the Treasury Department and replaced with IOUs. This intergovernmental transfer is different form normal government debt as we think of it, because when an individual buys a government bond, he or she has a financial claim against the government. When the government issues itself an IOU to one of its own accounts, it has not purchased anything or established a claim against another institution or person.

However, the main reason for the looming financial crunch is that our society is aging. The “Baby Boom” generation has already started to collect their Social Security retirement benefits. As a result, there are fewer workers to support each retiree than when Social Security was created. Increasing life expectancy and the approaching retirement of more Baby Boomers continues to put increasing pressure on Social Security each year. Over the next several years, the number of retirees is expected to grow more rapidly than the number of individuals whose taxes will pay for future benefits. Because of this, the number of workers supporting each Social Security recipient is projected to fall from 3.3 today to 2.2 in 2041. When comparing these figures with those from 1950 (when there were 16 workers for every 1 recipient), the changes in the program become clear.

The Need for Reform
Indeed, according the 2010 Social Security Trustees Report, beneficiaries will face a painful 22% across-the-board benefit cut in 2037 when the Social Security Trust fund is exhausted.  Even those who are currently on Social Security – those now 62 and older – may experience indiscriminate cuts in benefits at a time when they are increasingly reliant on the program.  In order to avert these painful benefit cuts, I recently reintroduced my plan, A Roadmap for America’s Future, which offers modest, sensible reforms to Social Security going forward so this program can fulfill its mission for future generations, while making no changes in benefits for those over 55. 

H.R. 4529, A Roadmap for America’s Future
I first introduced the Roadmap in 2008 to address the greatest threat to our economic and fiscal future—the massive debt burden being driven by the unsustainable growth in entitlement spending. At the time, I argued that years of reckless spending, by both Democratic and Republican Administrations, had America on a perilous path. One in which Americans’ health and retirement security programs would soon collapse; future generations would be crushed under a burden of debt and taxes; and our economy would become unable to compete with the rest of the world. Since then, our country has undergone a dramatic financial and economic crisis, unemployment has doubled, and unfortunately, our day of fiscal reckoning has drawn rapidly closer.

At the outset, it is important to note that the Roadmap makes no changes to Social Security for individuals 55 and older. Individuals 55 and older will remain in the current system and will not be affected by this proposal in any way. They will receive the benefits they have been promised, and have planned for, during their working years. What the Roadmap does with respect to Social Security is preserve the benefits that those at or near retirement have planned their lives around, while also guaranteeing that these benefits are there for future generations.

As currently structured, Social Security will not be able to fulfill its promises to future retirees. Without reform these individuals will face substantial cuts in benefits in the coming decades. The Roadmap assures the solvency of our existing Social Security system by providing workers with the voluntary option of investing a portion of their FICA payroll taxes into personal savings accounts. Individuals under 55, if they want to, are able to choose whether to stay in the current system or begin contributing to personal accounts.

Under the Roadmap, those who choose the personal account option will have the opportunity to begin investing a portion of their payroll taxes into a series of funds managed by the U.S. government. The system would closely resemble the investment options available to Members of Congress and Federal employees through the Thrift Savings Plan. Individuals who choose to invest in personal accounts will be ensured that every dollar they place into an account will be guaranteed, even after inflation. With the recent market downturn, individuals must be assured their retirement is secure. By guaranteeing the dollars put into an account, individuals can be assured that a large-scale market downturn will not cost them their Social Security personal accounts.

Again, this plan recognizes the obligation to preserve the existing Social Security Program for those who already are retired, and for those near retirement who have planned on its benefits for most of their working lives. Therefore, persons now retired and receiving Social Security benefits, and those currently 55 and older, will remain in the existing system and will receive their promised benefits. In fact, their benefits will be more secure because the transformation of the program, along with other reforms in this proposal, ensures the Federal Government will be able to pay promised benefits. Ultimately, restructuring Social Security for future retirees will allow market forces to strengthen its financial underpinnings, making it sustainable for the long run. These common sense ideas have received bipartisan support over the years, and would allow Social Security to deliver on its promises to others.

The problems facing the future of Social Security are real, and the numbers do not lie. We cannot demonize those who offer alternative solutions if we seriously intend to tackle the inevitable solvency of Social Security. Ultimately, we cannot kick the can down the road and let another generation of retirees struggle because Congress failed to act. By addressing these issues now, we can ensure that each individual is given the resources to save for their future in a manor which they see fit. This fiscal crisis is not a Democratic problem or a Republican problem. It is an American problem, and it cannot be solved exclusively using the political ideology of either party. We need to build bipartisan support for actual solutions. Not everyone will agree with every aspect of my proposal, and that’s fine – but I hope this will spur others to offer their solutions. I welcome the long overdue debate on how we will leave the next generation with a better America.

I am hopeful that Congress will address the issue of Social Security reform and have a serious discussion on the problems associated with our entitlement programs.

BREAKING – S510 passes, another Jab from Big Brother

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from Natural News:

(NaturalNews) Senate Bill S 510 – the “Food Safety Modernization Act” – was passed by the U.S. Senate today.  If signed into law, it would unleash a new era of FDA tyranny over farmers, food producers and even small family farms, many of which already exceed the “small farms exclusion” written into the bill.

Here’s the list of US Senators who voted to approve final passage of S.510. Remember these names when the next election comes around:

Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

Notably, there was not a single Democrat who opposed the bill. This bill was also supported by Food, Inc. authors Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, who have become the favored food commentators of the left. It’s now clear why: In supporting this bill, they have aligned themselves against Constitutional freedoms and in favor of increased Big Government (FDA) authority over food, seeds and farmers.

Rand Paul: “We’ve come to take our government back”

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Well Liberals…….do you hear us yet?……2012 is getting closer if you can’t.

WARNING~BAD LANGUAGE ALERT!-Party of Hate? FreedomWorks responds With Voicemails from Liberals

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Warning this language in this video is very rough and crude! Freedom Works just release some of it’s voicemail from the liberal left, that “Party of Tolerance and Love” over the firing of the GEICO voice man  and it’s pretty shocking, so if there’s children in the room with you, they probably should leave the room before you listen to this. But after listening to this, you’ll get an idea of who the “Party of Hate” really is.

Want some Cheese with that Whine?

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How many people remember all the names that the liberal Democrats called George W. Bush? Heck, how many times has Obama blamed him for everything that’s gone wrong in his administration? When Katrina happened, they even blamed him for that.  There was also a movie made about President Bush’s assassination.  So, who really caused the backlash?  Now, it’s Sarah Palin. Come on Dem’s, you’ve boasted you’re in charge, you had ALL the trump cards that passed the ObamaCare debacle, so pull up your pants and take it like big boys and girls.  Quit searching for someone to blame…and talk about taking words out of context…Sarah Palin has NEVER encouraged violence, she’s always said change is made at the ballot box.

Rep. Weiner: Palin Is Stoking Liberal Hate

White Powder Sent To N.Y. Congressman Not Hazardous; Former GOP VP Candidate’s Twitter, Web Site Under Fire

Reporting
Marcia Kramer

NEW YORK (CBS) ―

Democratic Representative from New York Anthony WeinerTim Sloan/Getty Images

At least 10 congressmen who voted for health care reform are finding it came with a liberal dose of health care hate.

A rash of vandalism, violence and threats are being investigated by the FBI.

Threats against a congressman who voted for the health care bill were tuned up a notch Thursday when Rep. Anthony Weiner’s office received a letter containing white powder.

Hazmat teams rushed to Weiner’s Kew Gardens office after the letter containing the powder was received Thursday afternoon. At least nine people were decontaminated as a precaution.

The NYPD’s field tests ruled the white powder was not hazardous.

The FBI was also on the scene. It is investigating vandalism and threats to almost a dozen congressmen across the country.

“The FBI is here opening up what is called a threat case against the congressman, to investigate the threat,” said FBI Agent Richard Kolko.

Weiner issued a statement saying: “Earlier today an envelope containing white powder and a threatening letter was delivered to my community office in Kew Gardens. The NYPD was immediately alerted and have responded appropriately by sending a Hazmat team. Any questions related to their response should be directed to the NYPD. My first priority is the safety of my staff and neighbors, and the authorities are currently taking steps to investigate and resolve the situation.”

Earlier CBS 2 HD spoke via satellite to the congressman about letters he received earlier containing profanity and anti-Semitic slurs — all payback for his support of health care reform.

“When someone sends me a postcard signed with a swastika or sends mail threatening violence it’s obviously jarring,” Weiner said.

Others were also threatened in New York, including Reps. Steve Israel and Carolyn Maloney.

“We received several dozen that really crossed the line. Anti-Semitic expressions, really gross expressions to young, Congressional staffers, and of those, one required referral to the Capitol police,” said Rep. Israel (D-Long Island).

Niagara Congresswoman Louise Slaughters had a brick thrown through her office window and the threat to “kill the children of members who voted yes.”

Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak, who is against abortion, was getting threats from pro-life callers.

“You will rue the day you did this, Mr. Stupak,” one caller said.

“I hope you die,” said another.

As the violence grew, the FBI said it would investigate about a dozen incidents, including shots fired at the Richmond, Va. office of Republican Eric Canter, who said the threats were due partially to the fact that he’s Jewish.

“By ratcheting up the rhetoric, some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels. Enough is enough, it has to stop,” he said.

Some Democrats charged Republican Sarah Palin with throwing gas on the flames. Palin tweeted her followers, saying: “Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: ‘Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!'”

Palin also used her Web site to target 20 House Democrats who voted yes on health care. There was a map with gunsights on the districts.

“When Sarah Palin uses gun analogies and gun imagery when she makes her political point, she may believe that she’s engaging in metaphor. But there are too many people who have twisted minds who might think that she’s being literal,” said Weiner. “What might seem as an obvious metaphor for some people may seem like an invitation for someone else.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned vandalism and threats of violence against members of Congress in connection with the health care issue, saying such reprisals “must be rejected.”

She told a news conference Thursday that “I don’t want this to be a distraction,” but also said that such behavior has “no place in a civil debate in our country.”

The Kew Gardens office will be closed until the investigation is complete.