She Who Punishes: Elizabeth Warren and the politics of Envy and Destruction

She Who Punishes: Elizabeth Warren and the politics of Envy and Destruction

In case you have not been following the campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (AKA Fauxcahontas) is one of the many candidates.  Sen. Warren is also known as The Candidate With The Plans.  She seemingly has a plan for nearly everything; healthcare, Wall Street, big business, corporate governance, regulation, the environment, and on and on.  The main feature that runs through all her plans for the country when she is elected president, is Punishment.  Every one of her many plans is designed to punish one or another group of Americans, whom she deems not sufficiently socially conscious. So, below I will lay out for you all the various plans Elizabeth Warren has proposed, and which group’s ox will be gored.  Then, you can decide if you would like to live in Elizabeth Warren’s America. A big shout out to the Wall Street Journal, whose editorials compiled all these Plans in one place.

Wealthy Americans:  Ms. Warren has proposed a Wealth Tax, to tax net worth over $50 million at 2% per year, and 6% over $1 billion.  To prevent those wealthy Americans from just deciding to leave the country, she would levy a 40% Exit Tax (yes, before you could renounce your US citizenship, you would have to pay the government 40% of whatever you have left after the Wealth Tax).  About 75,000 households might be subject to the taxes.  [unintended consequence: wealthy citizens would have to sell assets to pay the taxes, potentially causing the stock market to decline with all those sales at once, which would not help your 401(k) value] Warren would increase capital gains taxes for the wealthiest 1%.  Thus, the wealthiest might have to pay 40% of their gains to the government.  She would apply a yearly tax on gains, by mandating “mark to market” of assets, even those not sold (today, capital gains are not recognized before an asset is sold).  Warren would tax the sale of financial assets like stocks and bonds (a “financial transactions tax”), and charge big banks a “systemic risk fee”.

Employer “Medicare for All” tax:  Companies with at least 50 workers would be charged an “Employer Medicare Contribution” equal to 98% of their recent outlays on health care for their employees.  This tax might increase or decrease depending on inflation. [unintended consequence, your pay would decrease in the amount of that tax, and the company might have to lay off employees]  If this did not bring in enough revenue, Warren would go after large companies with high executive pay.

Multi-national and large corporations: Warren would raise the top corporate tax rate back to the 35% it was before the 2017 tax law passed.  This rate would also apply to world-wide company earnings.  Foreign companies would also be subject to tax for earnings in America. [unintended consequences: companies would raise the prices of their products and possibly curtail hiring; US companies might lose business to countries with lower tax rates]  There would also be a “Corporate Surtax” on profits over $100 million, of 7% with no exemptions-this would be in addition to the existing 35% rate.  Expensing of assets would slow, so companies would pay higher taxes for a longer time.

Ordinary Americans: She would increase Social Security taxes on all workers and employers, and apply the tax to higher levels of income so higher-earners would pay more into the system.  She would also apply a 14.8% surcharge on net investment income.  Then, she would increase Social Security payouts to retirees.

The Healthcare Industry: Warren would bring about Medicare for All, including illegal aliens. She would mandate Government-run medical care for all Americans.  She would phase out all Private Health Insurance.  She would pay all doctors Medicare rates (which are substantially less than private insurance pays). She would pay all hospitals 110% of Medicare rates (again lower than private insurance pays).  Warren would mandate lower payments to all medical specialists, especially those deemed “over-paid”. She would threaten pharmaceutical companies with assorted taxes and fees if they did not lower the prices of all their branded medicines; she would also threaten to have the government do its own pharmaceutical manufacturing, thus destroying the industry. [unintended consequences: doctors quit practicing, and retire in large numbers; hospitals close when the payment rates from the government do not remotely cover their costs; thousands of employees in the health insurance industry lose their jobs; pharmaceutical companies close or move overseas, as they can no longer afford the research and development of new medicines whose costs are covered by the higher charges for the period of their patents; the result-less and poorer health care for Americans without people to deliver it]

The Energy Industry: Warren would mandate the end of so-called “fossil fuels”, ban fracking, and halt energy leases on federal lands.  She would vastly increase energy research, with the goal of 100% emission-free transportation and 100% carbon-free power generation.  She would retrofit 4% of all dwellings and buildings each year to be “carbon-free”, kill new oil pipelines, and subject all new projects to a “climate test”. She would guarantee workers who lose their energy-industry jobs full pay and benefits in whatever “new energy economy” jobs they get.  Intended consequences: Energy companies close, pipeline companies go bankrupt when there is no longer supply of oil and gas for their pipelines; landowners lose lease income from the drilling on their land when fracking is banned; thousands of workers lose their jobs.

Education: Charter schools lose federal funding for any expansion.

Taxpayers: Much of student debt would be written off, thus charged to the majority of US taxpayers. This also punishes those students who either paid for their own educations, or whose parents did.  College would be “free” for all Americans.  Pell grants would increase.

Big Tech:  Break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Unwind many of their mergers with other companies, like Whole Foods (Amazon) and DoubleClick (Google).  Regulate them as “online utilities”. [unintended consequences: the Internet is no longer “free”. Google and Facebook would start charging fees, and your ISP payments would be much higher]

Banks: Institute a new “Glass-Steagall” act to break up big banks.

Firearms owners: Institute federal licensing for all types of firearms and ammunition.  Raise taxes on all guns and ammunition (30% on guns, 50% on ammo).  Ban sales of so-called “assault weapons”, and hold manufacturers liable for shooting deaths with their weapons.  Mandatory federal registration of all currently-owned firearms.

President Donald Trump: Elizabeth Warren would immediately start extensive investigations of President Trump the minute he leaves office.  She would launch “open-ended criminal investigations” of Mr. Trump and “anyone who worked for him”.  Thus, she would criminalize political differences.  This, in itself, is horrifying.

So, do you think you’d like to live in Elizabeth Warren’s America?  Not I!

Rush the Irreplaceable: Upbeat, in his Own Words

Rush the Irreplaceable: Upbeat, in his Own Words

I just realized one thing about Rush that I had never thought of before.  I wonder if it has also occurred to the rest of Rush Limbaugh’s loyal audience, that he is human, and he might not be around forever.  I think most of us just took it for granted that, from noon to 3:00PM ET, or whenever his program is on where you live, when you turn on your radio, he’s there.  Every day, for three whole hours, he has been there, pretty reliably, for over 30 years.  It simply never occurred to me that someday he might be gone.  So the announcement that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, just hit me like a ton of bricks. Now that I’ve had a chance for it to sink in, and have heard last Friday’s show (I listened to the first hour live through his Web site, before people started interrupting me at work), I am again reminded of his likeness to a Bobo doll-you can knock him over, but he keeps getting back up every time.  And one of the reasons for that is his irrepressible optimism, about himself, about life in general, and about America.

Here, from his two books, are some of what I consider Rush’s best, most pithy, pronouncements.

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So, take some advice.  Lighten up.  We should all laugh more at ourselves. I don’t need to improve much in this area, but admit it, many of you people do. Many of you take things far too seriously in most cases.  Come on, laugh at yourselves, folks.

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We need to encourage people to contribute to the economy, not to sit around basking in self-pity. We need to help them get out of the situation, rather than glorifying and perpetuating it. Encourage them to become economically equal members of this society, rather than a collection of sycophants sidling up to the pig and looking for the biggest nipple they can find.

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Don’t fall prey to the seductive emotional appeals of the Democrats as they attempt to pit one group of society against another with their politics of class envy. Let the facts speak for themselves. If a liberal president gets elected, he, like Jimmy Carter, will make sure “fairness” applies to all economic levels.  He will see to it that we all get poor again.

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The way to save endangered species is to give someone a stake in preserving them. By allowing legitimate ranches to privatize them, we can make sure others don’t pulverize them.

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People are going to have to learn to depend less on the government. We are going to have to separate them from the federal budget sow.  But we can also make their lives better by giving them more choice in how the tax money they do pay is spent.

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I refuse to believe that people, who are themselves the result of Creation, can destroy the most magnificent creation of the entire universe.

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Environmentalists always appeal to the memories of a simpler, more natural time.  They are regressing, wanting to go backward in time.

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I want this to be a great country, and a great country needs as many great individuals as there can be.

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For the black leadership to continue to encourage their people to absorb themselves in the past, instead of helping them to get beyond the bitterness, is doing them a great disservice.

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…man is a spiritual being. If his faith in God is destroyed, the void will be filled with something else. Throughout history that substitute for faith has been a belief in a man-made god called the state. Untold crimes have been committed in its name, Hitler and Stalin being the most bloody recent examples.

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I am convinced that the most important thing conservatives have to do to win is to just keep saying no to the left.  No to their special-interest giveaways. No to their pork-barrel spending projects. No to their privileged congressional empire….Be confident and patient, and never forget History.

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Yes, I am fortunate that I have the opportunity to do what I love.  But nobody handed it to me on a silver platter.  I had to work at it and prove myself every step of the way.  My story is nothing more than an example of the Original American Ethic: hard work, overcoming obstacles, triumphing over enormous odds, the pioneer spirit. These things, my friends–not such vacuous symbolic gestures as wearing ribbons on lapels or government intrusion into every aspect of our lives–are what built this country.

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A man from Alabama recently wrote me a computer letter accusing me of being too upbeat and optimistic. He said that by listening to me, one would get the idea that there is no hurting or suffering going on in the world and that everything is working out for the best. Wrong. I realize that there are failures and suffering.  I just happen to believe that there would be a great deal more of them if everyone had that writer’s pessimistic, defeatist attitude. …What “the Suffering” need is steady doses of confidence-building optimism.

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I have not written a doctoral theses about free enterprise.   Humbly speaking, as the Doctor of Democracy, I am free enterprise. And I operate in the real world, not in the insulated atmosphere of the ivory-tower academy.

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Don’t believe the doomsayers. Don’t believe the negativity-mongers. Don’t believe the America-bashers–even if one of them is the president of the United States. Don’t buy into the lie that punishing high achievers will bring you happiness. Your own success–born of your own ingenuity and industry–is what will make you happy.

 

 

Ode to My Hero Rush Limbaugh-Updated

This is the saddest post I have ever written for this blog, which has been going since 2010.  At the end of his three-hour radio program today, my Hero announced that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.  This announcement shook me up, as you might imagine given the title of my blog.  I have been a RushBabe for as long as that appellation has existed.  Rush has been my go-to source of information and commentary on every possible subject, for as long as I have been an addict (2001).  He is absolutely irreplaceable, and has risen above all possible sources of competition.

No radio host, of ANY persuasion, has Rush’s reach or audience, or reputation for straight-talking.  No one can match his sense of humor, or ability to get to the heart of any issue in few words.  He has always been the master of the pithy phrase, and if he’s not really right 99.7% of the time, he’s so close as to not bother with a distinction.  What Rush says, goes.  Rush always says that he knows the Left better than they know themselves, and that is perfectly true.  He can divine intentions from very few words of any leftist, and communicate that to his audience.  Remember Air America? He had them pegged from Day One, and they didn’t last long.

We all know the the Left has zero sense of humor.  Well, Rush has it all.  Every last dotted “i” and crossed “t”.  I remember the first time I heard Rush on the radio.  It was early in 2001, and I was in my boyfriend’s (now Hubby) car on the way out to dinner-I even remember where we were, going south in I-5 in Everett.  He turned on the radio, and Rush happened to be on.  I said “You’re not going to make me listen to Rush Limbaugh, are you?”, and he didn’t say anything, but he left the radio on.  Well, after I had listened to about ten minutes, I was laughing out loud, and I was hooked!  I remember saying to boyfriend, “This guy is just hilarious!”, and the rest of the drive was very pleasant, since we had something to talk about.  We loved his fake commercials, and the “Justice Brothers” skits, making fun of the Left, and race-baiters everywhere.  He made Paul Shanklin, who did those skits, more famous than he otherwise would have been.

Who hasn’t heard Rush claim that he lives rent-free in someone’s brain? And who hasn’t said that he lives rent-free in Their brain?! Well, he lives rent-free in my brain, I don’t know about yours.

Rush also made a lot of people very popular, with just one or two words.  All he had to do  was mention any Web site, and it would immediately get so much traffic that it would crash.  He mentioned this often, when warning fans what they would be in for if he gave out their address on the air.  That’s how influential he is.  Advertisers beat down his door, begging to be a sponsor of his show.  In fact, when he said something a leftist didn’t like, and that leftist trashed Rush, it just made him more popular!  More than once, the internet trolls tried to get people to boycott his advertisers (as a way of getting to him), but it would never work.  Loyal fans just directed more business their way, and made the advertisers and Rush even more popular (and wealthier, too).

Rush has had his problems before, and always been honest with his listeners.  I know he’s had weight problems, and you could tell from the various pictures he’s post how his weight would fluctuate (a condition that RushBabe is quite familiar with).  We also were with him through marriages and divorces (and we were thrilled at his marriage to Kathryn, which should stand him in good stead now that he has her by his side).  Then, there was the issue with drug use (where the lame media tried to destroy him without result), and his resulting deafness.  And he has come out on top every single time.  For someone who lives by his voice, he triumphed over his deafness astoundingly well.  If you had not known him before, you would not have a clue about it at all.  And we were all right there with him, lending support, every day.

Earlier, Rush also made me smile, with his cat tales.  I was jealous, because he had two different Abyssinian cats, and I had one at one time, too.  So I could perfectly understand when he had to pull a kitty off the curtains!  This is one of my favorite pictures that he posted on his Web site.  Can you resist either of these fuzzballs?

rush-and-cat

In 2005, I was fortunate to be able to speak to Rush on the air.  I actually called in from my desk at work, and I don’t think my boss ever found out about it!  I was on hold for over an hour, and did my work while I waited.  This was around the time of Hurricane Katrina, and I thought he’d get a kick out of my idea for what to say if we had to evacuate the city during a disaster.  With Seattle trying to get everyone out of their cars and into public transportation, no way would I offer anyone else a ride out of town!  Well, he was a very gracious host, and carried on a fine, two-way conversation.  He liked my tale of how I got to start listening to his show.  I still remember, and will always cherish, that opportunity to speak with the world’s smartest talk-show host.

In 2006, my husband and I took a short vacation in Upstate New York, after the Everett Symphony gave our concert in Carnegie Hall.  I was wearing my Rush Limbaugh Club Git’mo t-shirt.  I just had to have hubby take my picture in front of the Democrat Party booth at the Albany July 4 Fair.

Carol at Democratic Party booth, 7-4-2006
In front of “enemy lines”, July 4, 2006 in Albany, NY

It’s remarkable how Rush can talk at length about just any item of news or information, with no notes and little hesitation.  His breadth of knowledge is profound, and there seems to be nothing he is unfamiliar with.  He would speak at CPAC, or one of his “Rush to Excellence” tours entirely without any prompting or notes of any kind, and his audiences always listened closely and applauded in all the right places.  Every year, he would have his Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation telethon on his show, and raise literally millions of dollars; he got me to become a donor!  His sale of Betsy Ross T-shirts also raised many millions of dollars for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Having a medical background from my pharmacy technician days, I know what a formidable foe cancer is, especially lung cancer.  But the unsurpassed American pharmaceutical industry has come up with many new treatments for all kinds of cancer, and I will never count him out as long as anything remains untried.  I expect that Rush Limbaugh will have access to the very best oncologists that exist in this country, and the very latest treatments.  I’m sure that he is aware that he has at least 27 million supporters out there, who will all be sending their prayers heavenward on his behalf.  Just the members of the Ricochet “Divine Help” group will be sending up some pretty powerful prayers.

[Update on February 4]

Tonight President Trump will give his State of the Union speech, in the Camp of his Sworn Enemy, the DemocRats of the House of Representatives.  My Hero, Rush Limbaugh, will be in the audience for the speech.  And he will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by his friend, Donald Trump.  That award couldn’t happen to a more deserving Champion of Liberty in our country.

From the Fox News Web site, praise for Rush from Andrew McCarthy.

Rush Limbaugh is a true National Treasure, with the biggest heart on the radio.  I urge all my followers to keep him in their hearts, and in their prayers in the days ahead.  Rush, We Love You! You will live Rent-Free in our hearts forever.

Why is the so-called Mainstream Media ignoring the story of the century?

Why is the so-called Mainstream Media ignoring the story of the century?

No, it’s not the Partisan Impeachment of President Donald Trump.

It’s the Exit of Britain from the European Union (Brexit for short), which is to happen tomorrow.  In the last election, Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won in a landslide, taking veto-proof control of Parliament, and flipping many districts that had voted Labour for generations.  That election drew some notice, but it was quickly buried by the news of the Impeachment drama in Washington DC.  I have watched all my favorite news sites, and seen literally nothing about this huge story.

Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will give a big speech, describing  Brexit as the “dawn of a new era” in his country.  In 2016, 52% of Britons voted to leave the EU, but the waffling government, led by waffler-in-chief Theresa May, dilly-dallied and hemmed and hawed, to avoid the actual exit.  The British had had enough, and elected a more-Conservative government to make Brexit happen. Many changes will come for Britain in the coming months, but they will be mostly positive.  No longer will they be at the mercy of unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

Well, it is actually happening.  Tomorrow.  We here in the US should be celebrating Britain’s new choice of Liberty over disappearance into the European Blob.  President Trump has already spoken of a new bi-lateral treaty between our two countries, to recognize the Special Relationship we have had for a long time.

Congratulations to a newly Independent Britain!

I am a White, College-educated, Well-off, Suburban Woman…

And I support our duly-elected President Donald Trump.  All of my classifications above are assumed NOT to support the President.  That segment of society is assumed to be Leftist.  That segment of society is assumed to be pro-abortion.  I don’t fit that mold either. [and I refuse to use the term “pro-choice” either.  I prefer pro-abortion, because that is the correct descriptive term]

As Ayn Rand used to say: Check Your Premises.

I will go out on a limb here, and predict that President Trump will win re-election in November, win the popular vote, and get his second term by a much larger margin than he won his first.

Seattle War Zone. Dori Monson Nails It.

Seattle War Zone. Dori Monson Nails It.

In the past few days, there have been multiple shootings in downtown Seattle.  Ordinary citizens are wondering if they should be going there at all, and are expressing their opinions publicly.  Local businesses are appealing to city government to improve conditions in their neighborhoods, so they are not confronted with drug deals, gang shootings, and homeless people in their doorways on a daily basis.

Dori Monson, radio host on KIRO Radio, has published an excellent article on the local site MyNorthwest.com. He attributes many of Seattle’s problems to the city elected officials, many of whom are politically-correct 1960s radicals who now hold the power.  City Police, distrusted by many, seem powerless to stop the rampant crime and drug dealing.  Criminals with multiple felony convictions are released onto the streets to continue their mayhem.  Respected local businesses, like Bartell Drugs and Barnes and Noble Booksellers are closing up shop, leaving empty storefronts behind.

But the Citizens of Seattle elect their Government.  Too bad they get what they elect.

This is Perfect. WA Senator proposes bill in Legislature to give Seattle what it asks for.

This is Perfect. WA Senator proposes bill in Legislature to give Seattle what it asks for.

If you follow the Northwest news at all, you will be familiar with the story of the environmentalists behind the drive to remove dams on the Snake River, to improve habitat for endangered salmon.  Never mind that removal of those dams would also result in the loss of many megawatts of clean, carbon-free energy production for Eastern Washington, and add thousands of trucks and rail cars to carry all the cargo that was previously carried on the river.  Local agricultural and utility interests in Eastern Washington have spoken with alarm about this proposal.  Some economists have also come out against the proposal, demonstrating that dam removal would have negative consequences for the entire region, even absent the enormous costs for removing the dams.

So, now, a State Senator has proposed a bill in the Washington Legislature in Olympia, to essentially give the citizens of Seattle (who are so numerous, and so Leftist, that they essentially run the State) the kind of project that they are asking for the citizens of the other half of the state to accept.  Senate Bill 6380 would launch a study of breaching the Ballard Locks and  removing the Seattle City Light Dams, to restore Seattle waterways to their pristine condition.  It would also restore Lake Washington to its original condition, and remove Ravenna Creek from its sewer pipe back to the surface.

This is the Gorge Dam, one of those Seattle City Light-run dams that brings electricity to the Social Justice Warriors of Seattle.

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The story above describes how the proposal would let the Skagit River run free as it did in the early twentieth century.  This story just made me smile, and I am interested in hearing how the Seattle contingent in the State Legislature responds to it.  Tit-for-tat; you want to take Eastern Washington back to the 19th Century, maybe you should contemplate Western Washington being returned to the 19th Century.

Oh, and the Senator who proposed this bill is a Republican from Ferndale, a town in Western Washington just south of the Canadian border.  Thanks, Senator Ericksen!