Friday, April 9, 2010

Northwoods View is Moving!

I've got an exciting announcement - the Northwoods View is finally moving to its new home on the web.  Blogger has been good to me but there are still a wide variety of limitations that I need to remove to be truly effective as a political commentator/blogger.

By moving this blog I'll have more flexibility to cover events in real time (like the gun show later today), do a wider variety of things like video posts, podcasts, and other formats, and offer more interaction with my readers (one of the features that is on the coming soon list are forums and email newsletters).

The new address is  Be sure to update your bookmarks / RSS subscriptions.

Friday, March 26, 2010

ACTION ALERT: Protect What Little Prosperity We Have Left

It seems that today the Democrats, especially Obey and Kagen, have no idea how an economy grows and prospers. They seem to think that excessive government spending and being lapdogs to the Wicked Witch of the West is going to bring us all prosperity, peace and joy.

What it is going to bring us taxes, depression (both emotionally and fiscally) and an unprecedented dependence on government. Pretty soon the government is going to decide what insurance you have to buy, what doctor you can see, what medications you can take and what color your underwear is going to be.

Think I'm messing with you? I am not messing with you. (Sadly ripped off from Glengary Glenross). Obey and Kagen voted for the new health care bill which will raise taxes and reduce benefits.

Here's a brief economics 101 lesson - in a capitalist society prosperity comes from the creation of profits through business activities. Companies employ people and pay their wages/salaries. These people then go out, spend the money with other companies who then pay their employees.

Economics is a cycle - profits flow freely from company to person to company to person over and over again. When you raise taxes on companies or people (or both like this current Congress, which is the opposite of progress, likes to do) you reduce the profits that can flow onto the next company and therefore the next person.

Second lesson in economics - if you spend more than you earn, bankruptcy will eventually follow. As Charles Dickens wrote in David Copperfield, "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.".

Sustainable growth and spending, at least in the real world, comes from taking in money and then spending less than we take in.  Consider this paragraph from the CBO's analysis of Obama's 2011 budget proposal.

Under the President’s budget, debt held by the public would grow from $7.5 trillion (53 percent of GDP) at the end of 2009 to $20.3 trillion (90 percent of GDP) at the end of 2020, about $5 trillion more than under the assumptions in the baseline. Net interest would more than quadruple between 2010 and 2020 in nominal dollars (without an adjustment for inflation); it would swell from 1.4 percent of GDP in 2010 to 4.1 percent in 2020. - CBO Analysis, page VII

People, it's time to wake up and stop being sheep following a wolf in shepard's clothing.  We need to exercise our own critical thinking skills because I now that we all, being intelligent people, have them.

A republic in which its citizens take no action to prevent government injustice is just as bad as a dictatorship.  Stop being slaves to the media and take part in this action alert - it's the first step to exercising your few remaining rights as an American citizen.

Action Alert Details
Write a letter to Congressman Obey (7th district) or Congressman Kagen (8th district).  Tell them a little bit about yourself and any financial hardship you have suffered during these last two years that we were supposed to be getting "change we can believe in".

At the end of the letter, copy and paste in this text (if we all have the same message we will be able to be more effective).
Congressman Obey/Kagen, as a voter within your district I am asking that you put a stop to excessive Washington spending before our country goes bankrupt from the overwhelming debt load.  Vote no to the health care reconciliation bill and allow Republicans to participate in the debate.
Make sure you change the name to the appropriate Congressman.  I'll be posting a comment with a link to my letter soon as I finish writing it.

Congressman Dave Obey

First Star Plaza
401 5th Street, Suite 406A
Wausau, Wisconsin 54403-5468 

Congressman Steve Kagen, MD
333 West College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911 
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