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2009 September 14 — Why Now?
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What Is The Point?

I have been looking for the pattern in the Nine-Twelver moment and I just can’t figure it out anything beyond a visceral hatred of Obama.

The signs make no sense. They jump all around covering anti-immigration [including the English only crowd], anti-bailout [Bush administration], anti-deficit [Bush administration], anti-tax [no tax increase on the horizon], gun rights [no bills involving guns in Congress], et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseum.

Then you have the leader of this motley crew, whose latest book has a picture of him on the cover wearing a Nazi uniform and a Soviet medal. Why? What message is that supposed to convey?

If you look at the official poster for the event, as the LA Times did, the message is “Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь!” [Proletariat of all countries, unite!] as it features three upraised fists in red. That is standard socialist iconography.

In the end I have to conclude that this isn’t really a movement, it is Brownian motion.

Update: Badtux presents an example of the vague messaging:


September 14, 2009   7 Comments

It Does Not Work

The government runs a life insurance company for the military. Do you know why?

You buy flood insurance from a government company. Do you know why?

In states that require you to buy automobile liability insurance, the state has a government auto insurance company. Do you know why?

The state of Florida had a state company to sell home owners insurance. Do you know why?

It was essential that the government create the Medicare health insurance program. Do you know why?

The answer is the same in each of these cases, because private business refused to provide the service, the market doesn’t work.

Ben Franklin didn’t put a post office system in the Constitution to kill private enterprise, but because private enterprise wouldn’t do the job. It took huge government subsidies to the railroads to get the country tied together, because private enterprise wouldn’t take the risk.

Insurance companies are in it for the money. The same goes for the health care industry. They want to maximize profits, not provide service to their policy holders or patients. It’s all about greed.

September 14, 2009   2 Comments