Quote of the Day

“The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

– Helen Keller

Green Jobs & Regulation


We’ve heard all the news about Solyndra, and we shake our head in disgust. How can we stop such wastefulness? Half a billion dollars down the drain, and the little people cannot do anything about it. The people of the US can’t even get our representatives to deal with it because it happened beyond even Congress’s reach. The whole rest of the country is tightening their belt and the government spends money like it is water from a fire hose. So how does a simple conservative middle class American find out about and deal with such arrogant spending?

First, we must recognize that one major plank in Mr. Obama’s presidency is Green Jobs. It is an extension of the environmental ‘feel good’ movement that turns the Earth into a god and environmentalism into a religion. By forcing the economy to be ‘green’ it is legislating a form of morality and turning businesses like Solyndra into a church that just happens to have Jim Baker as its priest. Unfortunately Solyndra is just the tip of the iceberg.

In 2007 the Green Jobs Act under George Bush authorized $125 million per year to create the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Worker Training Program. It legitimized spending on such frivolous activities. It was meant to be like a research grant, not a major slice in the economy. Then in 2009 Obama felt justified to expand it to $500 billion as part of the stimulus package. That’s where Solyndra got its money. SpectraWatt, Evergreen Solar, Mountain Plaza and a host of other less notorious bankruptcies and million plus jobs programs have popped up since. We can be irritated by the list, and wonder which ones haven’t been revealed yet, but nothing can justify a penny toward Green Jobs right now.

Second, we need to understand how our economy works. It’s simple: Let the market decide what products and services need to be developed into businesses. A capitalist economy relies on survival of the fittest. If a company wants to make widgets because it believes that there are people out there who want or need widgets, they’ll make those widgets and survive. If the people think there’s no need for widgets, they won’t buy them and the company will tank. The market has seen to it that we no longer need whale oil lamps and did it gradually enough that as the electric light industry rose, the whaling industry fell, and there was no government agency forcing them out of business because they weren’t good for the environment. People did it themselves with the market as their guide.

However, in a command economy (socialist) the government gets involved, nudging a business in or out of the system by regulating it to death or giving it subsidies to keep it afloat, regardless of how wasteful or useless it happens to be. Solyndra was making a product no one wanted badly enough to pay a price that would allow the company to stay in business by itself without government help. Any time the government gets involved in business it opens the door to corruption, inefficiency and a poorly run business. Witness the post office. About the only ‘company’ a government can run well is a military, and even then the actual ‘managers’ have to fight their CEO every step of the way. The government cannot pick the winners in the economy without ruining that economy.

Finally, we need to be aware of some of the things going on under the radar that can help our economy. Recently the House Judiciary Committee passed the REINS act. Very few knew about it, and it still has to face the full House, as well as the Senate, but the REINS act is a step in the right direction. REINS stands for Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (H.R. 10). Basically it says that all the regulations from the FCC, EPA, and other obnoxious offices of ‘experts’ like czars and the bureaucracy attached to the Executive Branch have to be watched by the Legislative Branch. Executive orders and regulations that are made by non-elected officials have the weight of law, and need to be passed as if by law. REINS requires such regulations be given an up or down vote in the House and Senate. The Legislative Branch is trying to reassert its power to check the Executive Branch. It might be too little too late, but it’s worth a try.

Being aware of the problem is not enough. We need to support our leaders that have actively fought against socialist ‘pick the winners’ meddling and encourage them to promote the REINS act. Share this information with your friends, family and those that think the environment needs saving. They at least need to know that while they’re saving the planet, their killing off those that make the planet worth living on.

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9-12 Project Salem

Congressman West’s Weekly Video Wrap Up 10/31/2011

Make Mine Freedom (1948 Cartoon)

Quote of the Day

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

Benjamin Franklin

History of the Star Spangled Banner

The United Nations

United Nations

The United Nations
UNITED NATIONS -The limousines clog traffic. The checkpoints squash any hope of getting to work any time soon, and the police overtime to keep all these diplomats safe is threatening to bankrupt the city budget. Dictators and bureaucrats clog the airways with their bloviating and insults. And we play host to this circus because we agreed to house and protect the United Nations. Do we get our money’s worth? With the United Nations in the news so much recently, it probably is smart to know something about this institution, its background, and how the United States is effected by its meddling with our sovereignty. 

The United Nations is a progressive idea hatched in the late 1890s with the hope of avoiding full scale wars, and as a venue to host peace talks. Its conception was wrapped up in the false Fabian Socialist ideals that the world could be crafted into a peaceful utopia, and to do that a world body would be needed to affect that change and act as judge and jury for any nation unwilling to participate in that utopia. It sounds grand to have a World Court or a world monitoring system for human rights and to oversee disaster relief and refugee movement. The forerunner of the United Nations, the League of Nations, was formed after World War I in the mistaken belief that ‘the war to end all wars’ could have been prevented if we’d just been able to all talk to each other. When the United States Congress refused to sign the treaty so the US would join, the League was doomed. Then in 1945, after another world war, the United Nations was created. The Vanderbilt family donated land for a building in New York City (San Francisco was the original site) and the United States was a member of a treaty organization without actually voting on it.

The United Nations charter is set up to deal with many issues. Its Security Council, made up of the most powerful nations at the time, has veto power over any over-reaching decisions. Those countries, China, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and the United States, have remained the same. Some have suggested that Japan and Germany be allowed in, but their history with WWII is still held against them. India also, from sheer population numbers could probably also apply, but no one has insisted. In order to counter the power of the Security Council, the president of the United Nations General Assembly always must come from a less powerful country, along with the heads of the various branches of the UN. The president has the ability to promote for these various heads of the UN subgroups – human rights, energy, environment, nuclear proliferation, children, women and so on.

The United States has gained very little from its involvement in the UN. At this point, 25% of the UN budget is provided by the United States. We also provide the bulk of the men and leadership in the UN Peace Keeping Forces. Yet we could not sustain a UN initiative against Saddam Hussein.  Instead they proposed sanctions. Those UN Peace Keepers are the ones responsible to prevent wars like the ones in Serbia, Croatia, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Somalia and the Congo. It has overseen the ‘peaceful’ transition of most of Africa from colonies to full nations. They’ve put sanctions on countries like Namibia for invading their neighbors, but not on China for invading Tibet. The UN monitors election validity in places like Mozambique and Eritrea where the violence involved became civil war. They are supposed to check to see that countries like Iran and Pakistan do not get nuclear weapons, or the former USSR keeps an eye on the weapons left in all the republics when that country broke up. The head of the Human Rights arm of the UN has come from places like Libya and Iran. The grandiose Kyoto Treaty on global warming laid out pollution numbers that would effectively force the US to pre-industrial era levels, while letting other nations continue to pollute to their heart’s content. The UN is the one that negotiated the original treaty to make Palestine and Israel (the pre-1967 lines, as well as the post-1967 lines). In other words, the UN has overseen some of the most ridiculous, corrupt, or wasteful missions in history.

Now dictators like Iran’s Ahmadinejad or Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez come to our country and malign us and question our 9/11 disaster from our own shores. We give up our sovereignty when we pay money to the UN, allow the world court to judge us for our own death penalty laws or second amendment rights, and accept their mandates on how parents should treat children. The UN is the power pushing the environmental and ‘sustainability’ laws that have our local leaders giving up our personal and property rights.

Now the UN is entertaining the petitions of the Palestinian Authority. This move is very dangerous.  It is clear the Security Council will not approve membership.  The General Assembly is, however, very likely to grant them status as a nonmember observer state.  If this happens, the fact that they are identified as a state gives them dangerous privileges. They could join other UN bodies like the International Criminal Court.  That could give them influence that might lead to the International Criminal Court going after Israel.  They would gain more stature and make life tougher on Israel. This would probably also embolden other Arab states to take action against Israel.


Has the UN done anything of worth? Yes, they are the ones promoting vaccinations in third world countries. Small pox has been eradicated. Frankly, however, we’d be better served to let the Red Cross do that. And they have the gall to call us imperialistic and arrogant?

~Lisa Lowell, Silverton OR

Quote of the Day

“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”

Benjamin Franklin

Why is the Government Driving Folks off Their Land?

Quote of the Day

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

Thomas Jefferson

Update on Agenda 21 from Tom DeWeese

Quote of the Day

I want to bid farewell to two traitors who got their proper punishment, Mr. al-Awlaki and Mr. Samir Khan. There are those, to include a couple of GOP Presidential candidates, who believe these dangerous men should have been brought back to the United States for due process. They did get due process- by way of an American Hellfire missile.

Let me be straightforward, any American who decides to become a non-state, non-uniform belligerent on this 21st Century Battlefield and incite insurrection and death upon Americans from a foreign land, deserves a one way ticket to Hell.

~Lt. Col. Allen West


Quote of the Day

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”

~Samuel Adams, 1776

Agenda 21 Must Be Stopped! Karen Schoen Explains it to Victoria Jackson

UN “Agenda 21” explained on the Glenn Beck Show


Changing The Conversation

Quote of the Day

“When a business or an individual spends more than it makes, it goes bankrupt. When government does it, it sends you the bill. And when government does it for 40 years, the bill comes in two ways: higher taxes and inflation. Make no mistake about it, inflation is a tax and not by accident.”

~ Ronald Reagan

Quote of the Day

“Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression.”

~ James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the six justices appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by George Washington

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