Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Peasant Takes A Vacation and Easter Greetings to All

Your favorite Peasant is going on a trip to visit
a cousin and her husband who live in Hudson,
Wisconsin for Easter. We haven't been able
to get together for five years, although we talk
regularly on the phone and online.

I shall return to you when I am back home in
Milwaukee, and we'll pick up where we left off
with the political and economic news of the day
as well as sharing about my visit with my relations.
They are among you, my fabulous readers, in the
enjoyment of this blog, by the way.

Meanwhile, please enjoy the latest offerings from
these fine conservative online publications:

National Review Online
www.nationalreview.com

Freedom Weekly
www.freedomweekly.com

Newsmax
www.newsmax.com

RedState
www.redstate.com


Many thanks to you all for your indulgence and
support! I'll be back before you know it!
Happy Easter everybody!


MEM

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Big Labor's Vendetta

Although Barack Obama was re-elected president in
the last national election, Republicans made significant
gains in statewide races, with painful consequences for
Big Labor and their allies. And the union chiefs are
still smarting from their wounds.

They went whole hog in the last election, with little to
show for their efforts besides returning Obama to the
White House, but they have publicly promised to do so
again. And they have specific targets in their crosshairs.
One such target is my state's governor, Scott Walker,
who has reformed Wisconsin's government in a way
benefitting taxpayers and small businesses while
clamping down on union influence in the cost of
operating government. Many was the time in years
past when governors and legislators in the Badger State
could not touch union compensation when looking
for parts of the state budget to cut in order to save
money and hold down taxes, until Scott Walker and
the Republicans created and passed Act 10 which
curbed the public employees' unions' increases in
pay and benefits, also requiring that union members
contribute a greater portion of their wages and
salaries to their retirement funds. The legislation
also ended mandatory union membership for getting
and keeping a job with the state, giving employees
the option of leaving the union if they so desired.
These reforms, of course, have gotten the AFL-CIO's
Fruit of the Looms tied up in knots, and their boss,
Richard Trumka vows to reverse this and similar
restrictions imposed on public employee unions by
newly-elected GOP governors in other states,
especially Michigan --- a newly created Right to Work
state (horror of horrors for the unions!).

Trumka and his allies can't stand the fact that the
majority of the people across the country don't want to
be forced to support unionized state workers with ever-
increasing taxes to give these workers ever-increasing
pay and benefits, far beyond the levels that workers in
the private sector holding comparable jobs receive.
Additionally, many workers now in unions are highly
dissatisfied with their unions and want to leave them
but they are denied this choice by their unions,
especially in states that do not have laws like Act 10
or Right to Work that would make this option possible.
These measures erode both union power and pocket-
books, you see. They believe that we in the private
sector should make financial sacrifices in hard times,
not themselves. They believe that they are in a higher
strata or class than the rest of us, that they are superior
to us. And Trumka and his pals want not only to knock
off courageous GOP governors like Walker, but turn
state legislatures, filling them with Democrats who
will eagerly do their bidding, the public be damned.

Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME and chairman of
the AFL-CIO's political committee, avers "It's about
survival ... What's ahappened didn't just hurt public
sector unions, it hurt the entire labor movement," in
commenting on Walker's law and similar laws passed
in Michigan, Indiana, and elsewhere. The AFL-CIO
and other outside left-wing interest groups poured
nearly $36 million into Wisconsin's recall elections
in 2012, in which they tried to undo the results of an
election that made clear the will of a clear majority
of the people two years earlier. This was like if a
football team lost the Super Bowl then it should have
a rematch, a do-over right away; never mind that the
footbal lseason has ended and they should try again
in the next season. The union forces and allied groups
got thumped again when Walker won by an even bigger
margin than in 2010, and that the Republicans still held
onto a majority of seats in the Assembly and the Senate
to keep the state firmly in GOP hands.

Big Labor has a big stake in defeating Walker and flipping
the Wisconsin legislature; even if they lose other races in
other states, if they can take out Walker they can crow that
they won the war despite losing a few battles. They would
thus become emboldened to make similar all-out efforts
in other parts of the country. And the taxpayers will get the
shaft along with a big, fat, raised middle finger from the
AFL-CIO and the Democrats. Meanwhile union membership
has remained flat in 2013, sitting at 11.3% of the nation's
work force. For contrast, union membership was at 35%
back in 1960, and has been falling precipitously ever since,
with a combination of factors including workers' disen-
chantment with union representation and treatment,
companies heading to the southern states where Right to
Work laws are more prevalent, and the consequential
disappearance of jobs because of burdensome
economic conditions exacerbated by unions inflating the
cost of labor, especially in the public sector as a result
of employers moving out or closing down. Your
prescient Peasant states here and now that we must gird
for yet another bruising battle to hold onto our hard-won
gains in the recent elections here in my home state of
Wisconsin and elsewhere. We can prevail again, provided
we don't slacken or falter. And let's not forget that Congress
is up for grabs this fall as well; we must hold onto the House
while taking the Senate. But the big reforms will come
not from Washington but from the states; we must kindle
these fires and get them to spread to Washington in
order to make the five years so far of the Obama regime
fade like a terrible nightmare and restore our country.
We must make it clear to Obama, the Democrats, Big
Labor, and their grubby little chums that We the People
rule here, that we are not their servants, their ATMS,
their lackeys, or their peons!

It starts with the states. Let's get busy.


MEM

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nullification: Obamacare's Waterloo?

Your faithful Peasant recently learned about a bill
in the South Carolina Senate which would effectively
nullify Obamacare in the Palmetto State. This bill
could become a model for the rest of the states as they
strain under compliance with the controversial health
care program's mandates. As I type this piece, some
other states may also have similar legislation pending
before their legislatures.

House Bill 3101 passed the South Carolina's House
last spring and is now in the Republican-controlled
Senate, and is on a fast-track for action to be taken.
If the bill gets signed into law, and it would certainly
be welcomed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
(R) at her desk, that state will be the first state to exempt
citizens and businesses from all participation in the
laughingly named Affordable Health Care Act! Gov.
Haley has been a stalwart ally in the fight against
the implementation of President Obama's controversial
health care program from the very start.

State Senator Tom Davis (R), the bill's sponsor, said
that the bill have five components to it, all being within
the state's power to do. He told the press "What the
Supreme Court said in Printz vs. United States is that
states are not merely political subdivisions of the
federal government, to carry out what the federal govern-
ment does; they are sovereign entities,".

Davis continued, "Congress can pass laws, but it cannot
compel the states to utilize either their treasury or person-
nel to implement those federal laws."

Other provisions of the bill would outlaw state exchanges,
issuing tax deductions to persons equal to the tax penalties
levied by the federal government, and directing the state
attorney general to sue over whimsical enforcement of the
law. Altogether, the provisions would free the people of
South Carolina from the reach of Obamacare. Last I heard,
this bill has a great chance of passage in very short order
and would be signed with alacrity into law by Gov. Haley,
an ardent foe of Obamacare. The Tea Party activists there
are already involved in campaigning for this much-hailed
bill's passage, no surprise there. May this action catch on,
and quickly, in the other 49 states! Since the congressional
Republicans either can't, or won't, repeal or defund Obamacare,
the states may be able to step up to rid us of this menace.
Peasant to my state's Gov. Scott Walker: Hint, hint!

The Peasant wishes to thank Newsmax for publishing the
story about this legislation (SC Bill Would Nullify Obamacare,
Could Be Model for Others by Cathy Burke) which I have
here commented on.


MEM

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Fitting Epitath for Liberalism

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney recently
inadvertently gave what would serve as a fitting epitaph
for liberalism when he tried to paint a positive picture
of President Obama's healthcare overhaul, one of several
given since its comically clumsy rollout which was followed
by some painful consequences for many Americans who
were told by the Liar-in-Chief that if they liked their current
health care plans that they could keep them. To add salt to
their wounds, an estimated 2.3 million Americans will lose
their jobs by 2021, according to the Congressional Budget
Office, after studying the possible effects of the so-called
Affordable Care Act. Here's what the spokesgeek for the
president had to say:

"Opportunity created by affordable, quality health insurance
allows families in America to make a decision about how
they will work, or if they will work."

Now, my avid readers, take a minute to let that statement sink
in. The Obama regime claims that this message means that
the Affordable Care Act will "empower" Americans to
"make choices about their own lives and livelihoods, like
retiring on time rather than working into their elderly years
or choosing to spend more time with their families."
What unmitigated gall! Such boundless arrogance! The
taxes, along with the premiums for the Obama-mandated
policies (oh, that's right, those premiums are taxes too;
the Supreme Court said so) will make not working a more
economically attractive choice than working for many
workers, thereby rendering them ex-workers and wards
of the state. The more people dependent upon the state for
their subsistence, the more people under government control;
these very people will vote the straight Democrat ticket each
and every election in perpetuity to ensure a lasting Democrat
reign. The people would thus be like rodents in a laboratory,
conditioned to press a lever to make a food pellet roll down
to them whenever they get hungry. And this program is
considered by liberals to be the jewel in their crown! For
in this program they have detailed their endgame for our
society.

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer gave his take
on Carney's words:

"(Carney) says opportunity. This is what he is heralding in this
achievement, that the government is giving opportunity to
people to decide if they want to work. This is the liberals' idea
of the opportunity society ... Of course, in a free society, you
can decide if you want to work, but what Obamacare does, and
so the essence of liberalism, is you can choose not to work, and
the people who do work end up subsidizing you."

And therein lies the rub. The more put upon the productive
members of our society become through higher and additional
taxes to support those who are not being productive, the more
that they will question whether it is a good idea to continue to
be productive, to work, to do for themselves. And if enough
Americans take this tack, a tipping point will have been reached
where there will not be enough Americans generating revenue
and too many Americans receiving monetary benefits from
the government, so something will have to give --- namely, the
handouts. Then the bedlam and the mayhem will quickly follow.
Remember what Greece went through not that long ago?

And our economy, and our country as we know it, will die.
And so will liberalism, as this voracious leech will be without
a host to suck from, as the stupid sponger will thus have done
itself in! And its epitaph will read:

"HERE LIES LIBERALISM

 Opportunity created by affordable,
 quality health insurance allows families
 in America to make a decision about how they
will work, or if they will work."

I would add to this epitaph:

"Famous last words."


MEM


NOTE: The Peasant gratefully acknowledges
The Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition
for publishing the remarks by White House
Press Secretary Jay Carney and Charles
Krauthammer's thoughts on same.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

The Peasant wishes you, my fabulous, fantastic readers,
a very Happy Saint Patrick's Day! I shall be attending
Milwaukee's Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Post-Parade
Party, as I do every year, and shall attend the party for
Ireland's patron saint that O'Donoghue's Irish Pub in
nearby Elm Grove hosts on the day. I hope that you all
will have some wonderful and fun events and activities
that you will be enjoying!

See you all next week!


MEM

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pete Seeger, R.I.P.

Pete Seeger, long-time folk music singer,
songwriter, and musician who blended
political activism into his songs, died
recently. Seeger was 94.

A fixture on the radio in the 1940s,
Seeger had many hit records in the '50s
as a member of the folk group The Weavers,
including a cover of Leadbelly's "Goodnight
Irene" which topped the charts for 13 weeks.
Seeger wrote and recorded "Turn, Turn, Turn"
whose words Seeger took from the Book of
Ecclesiastes in the Bible, along with other
notable songs such as "Where Have All The
Flowers Gone?" (with Joe Hickerson);
"Little Boxes"; "Dear Mr. President," and
"Waist Deep in the Big Muddy". Though
many of his songs were protest songs,
Seeger wrote some folk songs which were
just for the sake of entertainment, some of
which with children in mind.

Pete Seeger involved himself in many issues,
which included poverty, war, racism, unions,
farmers' concerns, and enviornmentalism.
Once a member of the Communist Party USA
(CPUSA), Seeger, in his own words, "drifted
away" from both the party and its politics
while remaining on the Left. He gradually
came to see communism, through the way
that the Soviet Union practiced it, as some-
thing as oppressive, if not more so, than any
other brand of politics or political system in
existence. This did not prevent him from
being blacklisted in the '50s, along with his
Weavers mates and other contemporaries in
their musical genre, all under suspicion of
being communists or having pro-communist
sympathies.

However, to Seeger's credit, he not only left
the communist Left, he decried their foul deeds.
This is in contrast to many outspoken fellow
travelers of old who either never renounced their
politics or else have simply quietly and sheepishly
slipped away from same, refusing to discuss the
oppression and destruction of the communists
rendering into lied the false promise of the
ideology. In 2007 Seeger responded to a former
banjo student of his (the banjo was Seeger's
musical instrument of choice) and former
Trotskyite Ron Radosh who now writes for the
National Review when Radosh criticized
Seeger for his pro-communist activities of long
ago in writing a letter of response to Radosh.
In the letter Seeger stated "I think you're right,
I should have asked to see the gulags when I was
in the USSR (in 1965)". With the letter Seeger
enclosed a copy of a song he wrote slamming
Joseph Stalin. It took great courage for Seeger
to admit that his initial support for communism
and the Soviet union was a mistake, and to make
up fpr it in a very public way. Pete Seeger had
not only the courage but the integrity to do this,
qualities the likes of which many western reds
and pro-communist stooges do not have and never
will.

Pete Seeger was a wonderful musical performer
and storyteller, and a man of uncommon
integrity and decency who truly and deeply
cared about his fellow man. May he rest in peace.


MEM





Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Nascent Political Career Gets Underway!

Your intrepid Peasant recently received some exciting news!
A famous entertainer, with whom I am personally acquainted,
who happens to be a staunch and unabashed conservative in
a field which is hostile territory to conservatives has declared
her candidacy for public office!

Victoria Jackson, of Saturday Night Live fame, has tossed her
hat, or perhaps I should say her bow, into the ring to become
a candidate for Williamson County Commissioner. Her county
is in the state of Tennessee, close to Nashville. Jackson filed
as an independent, as she has publicly stated her disappointment
with the Republican Party and had left the GOP some time ago.
She is a Tea Party activist, and has appeared on some Tea Party
tours giving speeches and meeting the throngs turning out.
Jackson will face the Republican nominee, who will be chosen
by the Williamson County GOP on May 6.

Your faithful Peasant avers that Victoria Jackson has the courage
of her conservative convictions, as she has proven in working in
liberal territory for a long time, and not having compromised her
political principles one little bit; the lady neither asks nor gives 
any quarter. And she is an avid student of politics, and does her
research on the issues of the day most meticulously. Jackson
has, in fact, participated in some debates on political talk shows,
proving herself to be a formidable debater.

So conservatives in Williamson County, take note: you won't have
to settle for supporting some establishment mush-mouth that your
county's Republicans may endorse and nominate. In Victoria
Jackson you'll have a true champion of conservative principles.
Your humble Peasant hereby endorses Victoria Jackson for the
office of Williamson County Commissioner. Godspeed, Victoria!
May your campaign be victorious.


MEM