Call It A Spade Already

September 21, 2009

Unless your motivation is purely to obfuscate your intention, why not Call a Spade a Spade? Most Americans don’t have time to really delve into the issues, reading every line, chapter and verse- and that’s what they are hoping for.ace_spades

The name or acronym for the bill which is purposely misleading gets tossed around in print, on TV and online again and again, until the name itself is recognized and familiar to the public -whether or not the public really understands what the bill’s passage would mean.

Take a look at just a few examples:

  1. H.R. 3567, The Respect for Marriage Actreally has nothing to do with respecting marriage, it would repeal the 1996 “DOMA” Defense of Marriage Act which provides that federal laws must be interpreted in accord with the traditional definition of marriage as the union of husband and wife.
  2. H.R. 1409, The Employee Free Choice Act sounds good but it would change how unions are allowed to organize workers and is being heavily pushed by big labor unions like the AFL-CIO, SEIU in the face of declining union membership (about 7.5% in the private sector). The US Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes the “Employee Free Choice Act”, also known as “Card Check”because it would eliminate private voting for unionization. If more than 50% of workers at a facility sign a card, the government must then certify the union, and a private ballot election would be prohibited -even if workers want one, and 70% of voters want private elections. That sounds like free choice doesn’t it?
  3. A revised and updated Fairness Doctrine under the new Diversity Czar, Mark Lloyd would require private broadcasting companies to fund public broadcasting companies their total operating cost! This is aimed at conservative talk radio which according to Lloyd has driven liberals off the radio. Hello, we used to be a free country with a free market system. If the liberal message can’t survive with their radio and TV ratings it must be the message that’s the problem. And by the way, those public broadcasters already receive millions in taxpayer dollars each year. NPR for example is 100% funded by taxpayers. Is this fair?
  4. H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy & Security Act is also known as the Cap & Trade bill. Okay, even if we accept the scientific and economic assumptions of global warming, this bill will do a minuscule amount of carbon reduction. The “Cap and Trade” plan is quite simple:  The government sets a fixed annual limit (and can lower that limit to raise more taxes) of total carbon-dioxide emissions and distributes ration cards for the right to emit a portion of this amount (that’s the “cap”); it also allows those who receive ration cards to sell them (that’s the “trade”). So in effect, the government sets up an energy brokerage system to make money on trading the rationed carbon emissions. They will generate billions in revenue (allowing friends in the right place to make a nice little cut of it all), but really it’s nothing more than a back door tax and DOES NOTHING to effectively reduce carbon emissions or counter the natural warming of the earth.

By the way, here’s a way for you to more easily track bills in Congress. You can search by the bill number or keywords so you do get played for a sucker!

Aloha, “Mikie”
Now Get Off Your Butts!
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