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About Bruce MacIsaac

Bruce MacIsaac graduated from Computer Systems Institute with an AS Degree in Systems Analysis. He spent twenty years in the computer field, most recently as the Internet Administrator for Westco Internet. He is a published poet, professional truck driver, and blogger. His interests include politics, travel, Commercial Motor Carrier regulations, spirituality and aviation.

Obama Has Not Been a Friend to Poor School Children

One of the most important issues facing our country for our long term future is education. Since we are busy enslaving our children for the next century, we had better make sure they learn how to think. Currently, we have an ever increasing indoctrination system which is failing our children miserably.

If President Obama were truly concerned with the education of our youth, why did he fail to support the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program?

In 2004 the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program came into being. It provided $7,500.00 scholarships to 3300 impoverished students in the DC area so they could attend private schools. This highly effective program increased graduation rates among its students by at least 21%. When the program came up for re-authorization in 2009, it passed the Congress but was defeated in the Senate along mostly partisan lines. The Washington Examiner said of Mr. Obama’s opposition to the program;

“Many parents of children in troubled schools have already chosen the same option that Obama chose for his own children. They’ve enrolled them in the best private schools in the country.

Not every American parent, though, has the financial resources that the President and members of Congress have. And in places like the District of Columbia, where less than half of public school students ever graduate, the need for immediate assistance and a radically new paradigm is urgent. Yet, many D.C. parents and their children have grown disillusioned by the President’s refusal to honor promises already made.

In the spring of 2009, 216 students received letters stating they had been selected to receive the opportunity scholarship. Within weeks, however, the administration rescinded those offers. Republicans tried to allow for the ongoing enrollment of new students.

Democrats, however, opposed the measure and established an effective sunset for the program once the existing awards ran out. And this despite overwhelming evidence of the scholarship’s success.”

So much for “Racing to the Top”. Obama’s strong support for the National Education Association would not allow him to support a highly successful school choice program, and instead forced the children he claims to want to help back into the hell holes of the DC school system. If it is so good, why don’t his children go there?

This is the same NEA that voted down merit pay for teachers on July 6th of 2011. What we hear from the NEA and from the Democrats in Washington is that what is needed to fix education is more money, less sugary desserts and no chocolate milk. Hogwash! Utah, one of the few states in the union with a real school choice program, has above average scores in math, science and reading, even though they spend less per student than any other state in the country, $6,612.00 in 2009. Washington DC third only to New York and New Jersey, spends $16,582.00 per student and has scores well below the national average in all categories. Money alone is not the answer. (figures from the National Center for Educational Statistics)

Who then, shall we choose to lead on educational issues in 2012? We need a person who can think outside the big national education union box when it comes to teaching our children. We need someone who knows the value of education, and who knows that the best opportunities come when control is local and incentive is provided to educators. Our next President must understand how absolutely VITAL it is for our future as a country, that our children learn to read, write, understand mathematics and science!

For the long term, for the future of our country, and for the future of our children, we need a leader who knows what it takes to provide a world class education for our youth, to once again bring our nation to the forefront of science, technology and the arts, and to once again have the best educated high school and college graduates in the world!

Beginning to Crack, Yet Eric Holder Remains Defiant

Attorney General Eric Holder was back in front of lawmakers yesterday, and for the first time ever displayed a crack in the battlements of his arrogance.

In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, when questioned by Sen. Grassley about the release of an e-mail Holder responded, “Well, the tradition has always been by members of the Justice Department whether led by Republicans or Democrats to withhold deliberative material, but in spite of that, I want to make it very clear that I am offering to sit down by myself, I am offering to sit down with the Chairman, with the speaker, with you, whoever to work our way through this in attempt to avoid a constitutional crisis and come up with ways, creative ways perhaps, in which we can make this material available, but I’ve got to have a willing partner. I extended my hand and I’m waiting to hear back.”

Prior to the very real threat of an affirmative vote to hold him in contempt of congress, Mr. Holder has been steadfast in his refusal to even discuss the possibility of releasing any documents created after February 4th 2011 that relate to Fast and Furious.

Later in the hearing Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) dressed down Attorney General Holder in a blistering call for his resignation. “Let me talk about your record, you misled congress in February 2011 and claimed that their never had been a gun walking program and then had to retract that in November of 2011. You misled representative Issa in May 2011 saying you did not learn about the Fast and Furious program until the spring of 2011 and then you had to admit to senator Grassley that you learned about those tactics in January of 2011. You claimed in a press conference in September 2011 you had no knowledge of the Fast and Furious gun walking program, while it is clear your inner circle your high level department of justice employees received briefings and memos on Fast and Furious gun walking including Lanny Breuer, Department AG Grindler and others in early 2010. You claimed that the Fast and Furious wire tap applications did not detail gun walking tactics. I’ve read them senator Sessions has read them and senator Grassley obviously has read them, yet they do raise plenty of details to raise a red flag about this tactic. You have defied lawful and legitimate oversight responsibilities of the House of Representatives and of the Senate. You’ve ah resisted producing documents. You have produced about 7600 documents out of a pool of at least 80000 documents that would be responsive and you have failed to respond to my letter of August of 2011 where I asked you about gun walking tactics that occurred in my state. So 16 months after Fast and Furious was has been uncovered and Brian Terry lost his life in the service to his country at the hands of a drug cartel member who shot him using a weapon that was allowed to walk under this program, there has been zero accountability at the Department of Justice. You won’t appoint a special prosecutor in the face of a potential conflict of interest. You won’t tell the truth about what you know and when you knew it on Fast and Furious. You won’t cooperate with a legitimate congressional investigation. You won’t answer my questions about gun walking in Texas. You won’t take any responsibility for the failures of your inner circle and you won’t acknowledge what your top aids knowingly misled congress about over eight months and your won’t hold anyone accountable. So Mr. Attorney General, I’m afraid we have come to an impasse. The leaking of classified information represents a major threat to our national security and your office faces a clear conflict of interest, yet you won’t appoint a special counsel. You won’t support a truly independent investigation and you won’t take the threat seriously. Meanwhile you still resist coming clean about what you knew and when you knew it with regard to operation Fast and Furious. You won’t cooperate with a legitimate congressional investigation and you won’t hold anyone, including yourself accountable. Your department blocks States from implementing attempts to combat voter fraud. In short you’ve violated the public trust in my view by failing and refusing to perform the duties of your office. So, Mr. Attorney General it is with more sorrow than with regret and anger that I would say you leave me with no alternative but to join those that call on you to resign your office. Americans deserve an attorney general that will be honest with them, they deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability. You’ve proven time and time again, sadly, that you’re unwilling to do so.”

Holder responded by calling Cornyn’s list of allegations “almost breathtaking in its inaccuracy” and said: “I don’t have any intention of resigning.”

So while his resolve has perhaps softened a bit in the face of contempt charges, Eric Holder remains unwavering in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary, that his powers exceed those of our elected representatives.

WTF – High Speed Rail to Nowhere

Winning The Future, anyone remember that one? That was President Obama’s scheme to rebuild the American economy on among other things, high speed rail.

In his 2011 State of the Union address he said, “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment. … The third step in winning the future is rebuilding America. To attract new businesses to our shores, we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, and information — from high-speed rail to high-speed Internet.”

President Obama assured us that we would connect 80 percent of Americans to high-speed rail within 25 years.

Governors like Rick Scott of Florida and Scott Walker of Wisconsin saw this for the boondoggle it was and refused the government money for high speed rail.

California, however, never a state to pass up an opportunity to waste taxpayer dollars, signed on to the project right away, receiving 3.5 billion dollars from the federal government, and borrowing another 10 billion dollars in a bond issue. The money is to build a high speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The estimated cost for the project is 68 billion dollars. Since Congress cut off 2012 funds for such projects, California is the only U.S. state working to lay tracks for 220 mph trains. The project remains about $54 billion short of what is required for completion

Public support among Californians is waning, however. A recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found that 59 percent would now oppose the rail project given another chance to vote even though it was previously approved by a 53% majority.

Even with a budget deficit of 15.7 billion dollars, Governor Jerry Brown seems undeterred. He has allocated some of the 9.95 billion dollars in bond issues for the rail project in fiscal year 2012, while he asks voters to increase sales and income taxes and cut the school year by three weeks.

US 41 Corridor Could be the Key to Wisconsin Election

As folks head to the polls today, it could be the evenly split voters in Fox Valley who make the difference.

In an article in the Appleton PostCressent, Lawrence University political scientist Arnold Shober said, “Barrett will do wonderfully in Dane County, just like Walker will carry Waukesha and Washington County, but up here in the Fox Valley, we’re truly one of the few areas that is split 50-50.”

The Fox Valley is made up of many union-represented public employees who feel abandoned by Gov. Walker’s public sector union reforms, and by many business people who have cheered on his efforts.

Over 206,000 absentee ballots have already been cast in the contest, but when the polls close today it may well be those voters from Fond du Lac to Green Bay who swing the election.

5% Growth and 5% Unemployment!

The American entrepreneur is extremely resilient. This is evidenced by even a paltry 1.9% growth rate in the face of staggering regulation, looming health insurance burdens, and uncertain taxes.

The one thing business needs to thrive is certainty. That is the thing above all others that they have lacked from the current administration. Business will find a way to grow and profit in any environment so long as the environment is stable.

Business people need to be able to plan in five and ten year terms. If a businessman presents themselves for a business loan at a lending institution, the first thing the institution wants to see is a five year business plan. You would think the administration would understand that since that is what the government’s small business administration website advises, but no.

This administration, through its regulators and legislation changes the business landscape on an almost daily basis. The health care law is hideous. Dodd-Frank is just as bad, yet in spite of this daily turmoil our producers and providers have still managed to eek out some meager growth.

To fix the problem is really fairly simple. Government get out of the way. Stop helping! No more helping! It was helping people who could not afford to buy a house buy houses that got us into this mess to begin with. It was helping commercial banks get into the investment banking business that got us into this mess. Helping doesn’t help.

This country was founded on people helping themselves and their own neighbors, not on government help. Every time the government helps, it makes those whom it is trying to help worse off.

Fixing the economy in five simple steps:

1. Repeal Obamacare
2. Repeal Dodd-Frank
3. Reinstate Glass-Steagall
4. Pass the Mack-Penny budget plan
5. Go to a flat 20% income tax with only mortgage, charitable and health savings account deductions.

Then do nothing else. America will fix its own economy if given half a chance.

I’m just sayin’

Memorial Day Call To Action!

In reflecting over the Memorial Day Holiday, perhaps one might take the time to consider our first war, our revolution, and ponder the reason not only for that action, but for so many which came after. If freedom and individual liberty is our cause, how does our current government and it’s head compare to that of the late 18th century? The Declaration of Independence will provide guidance.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ”

In drafting this doctrine of governing philosophy, Thomas Jefferson was speaking of the right for each man and woman to own the fruits of their own labor, to have and to hold their own property and to be secure in that property and their papers; to live their lives unmolested. He states clearly in this document, that the purpose of government is only to defend these rights and to secure the people from foreign enemies. When its government goes beyond these purposes, and begins to use its power to violate the rights of individuals to their property, safety and freedom, it is time for that government to be dissolved and reformed. This dissolution may be in the form of reorganization, or whenever possible by replacement of those in power with those who will not abuse the form of government already in place.

If a man were to point a gun at another man’s head and take from him a third to half of his salary, no matter what the reason, that man would be a criminal guilty of theft. When a government does the same thing for any purpose other than providing for the common defense, for the judiciary and the police, it is no less a crime. When a government puts it yet unborn citizens in debt for any purpose, it is stealing the fruits of their future labor with no consent from them whatever. This is an abomination. It is indentured servitude foisted upon our children. It is selling them into slavery. When it is done solely to insure that those in power can be secure in their future power, and cement themselves into such positions in perpetuity, it is beyond time for those with moral conscience to rise and shout “This will not stand!”

What grievances propelled those early patriots, those lovers of freedom and independence to put their lives at risk to secure their rights not just for themselves alone but for their posterity, for us?

Jefferson went on to list them, and many of those grievances apply as clearly today as they did in 1776.

“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”

Our current President has refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. He has refused to enforce our immigration laws. His agents have repeatedly refused to comply with lawful subpoenas. He has refused to seek approval from congress for military actions in Libya and Yemen and he has refused to purge the voter registration roles of ineligible voters.

“He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.”

Our current President, through his “Department of Justice” has filed suit against State after State to thwart their legislatures in their attempts to secure their own borders and citizenry, and from insuring their polling places against fraud.

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”

From Car Czars who put vast numbers of automobile dealers out of business, to Fish and Wildlife agents who, without charge or remuneration, confiscate inventory from guitar manufacturers, to EPA regulators who shut down power plants, our President has used his appointed agents to harass, hinder and intimidate all manner of business people and land owners, depriving them of their fortunes, property, and livelihoods.

“He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power. ”

Our current President has refused to seek approval from the people’s elected representatives to send our troops into harm’s way, preferring to seek council from the United Nations – a body unaccountable to the citizens of the United States.

“He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: ”

Our President is attempting to subject our Navy and Merchant Marines, as well as our communications infrastructure to the will of the United Nations, forsaking our sovereignty.

“For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:”

By continuing to increase the public debt at a record pace this President is imposing a crushing tax burden on those yet to be born who are without any voice or suffrage whatsoever in the matter.

“For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:”

American citizens may now be executed or detained without benefit of trial or charge merely for the suspicion of terrorism. The President is proud of his “Kill List” of assassination targets.

“For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies”

By co-operating with the Mexican Drug Cartels and supplying them with arms this Government led by our President has turned the southwest into a lawless region. By refusing to secure our border he is allowing all manner of criminals and their poisons to freely enter our nation and injure our citizens.

“For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:”

“For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.”

By executive order after executive order and through his regulators, this President has sought to circumvent the will of Congress and of the people. He has shown little or no regard for our constitution and no respect for the limits on his power.

“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

By not securing our borders and by encouraging violent revolt in other nations, our President has made our border regions much less secure and put our nation at risk.

Those early patriots believed that man’s dignity, prosperity, and honor were based in the idea that each person is responsible for themselves. They believed that everyone had the right to the fruits of their own labor and that a great nation could be built on the principal of citizens trading freely and openly with each other, value for value. They put their lives on the line for these beliefs. They fought and died for them. They refused to be indentured servants to the British Crown, and while it is true that many of them wished to continue the British practice of slave owning, many thought it abhorrent, and so constituted their government in such a way as to make the abolition of the practice likely.

They also knew that in order for this new system of governance to work, it would require the honesty and integrity of its citizens and of its elected representatives.

It is then with great sadness that we witness the current administration’s utter lack of devotion to truth telling. We witness speech after speech filled with misleading and outright false information. We watch our news media perpetrating these falsehoods, and we watch our popular culture encourage our youth through advertising and entertainment media, to be dishonest and to view dishonesty and lack of openness and personal integrity as a natural part of life.

Those of us who have moral conviction, those of us who honor truth, those with great respect for the principals of duty, liberty, personal responsibility, private property, ingenuity, reason and logic, those of us who remember what it was like to be proud of this great nation, those of us who are able to admit our faults, learn from our mistakes and move on toward better actions, it is time for us to stand up, to make ourselves heard.

It is time to find among us those rare few who will exercise these principals, and elect them to office. It is time for us to say enough! It is time to rid ourselves of those scoundrels in Washington and in our State Houses who cry “public good” while acting solely upon the good of themselves and their campaign contributors. If we value our nation at all, if we see that the innovation of the last two hundred years, surpassing in that short time the innovation of millennia before, was born of the principals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then the time is now, the hour is short, and this may be our last chance!

Talk to your friends, your neighbors, to anyone who will listen. Now is the time to elect to office persons of reason, of honesty and integrity. Now is the time to eject from office, with extreme prejudice, those who steal from us our hard earned wages, the profits from innovation, risk and great effort, the future wages of our children! Now is the time to say to them, no! You may have no more of our dollars to throw down the waste pipe of even one more “green” project of your cronies. No more of our dollars to throw yourselves lavish parties, and to reward your constituents for their lack of ambition. We will no longer allow you to waste our sweat ensuring our children learn less and less how to think for themselves. We will not continue to allow you to indoctrinate them into whatever sewer of depravity any organized voting block can come up with. No longer will we allow you to teach our youth to be dependent upon government for their existence!

Stand and be counted fellow patriots. Stand at the ballot box, stand at your civic group, stand at your PTA meeting, stand at your union hall. Stand up wherever people are gathered together. Do not fear them, your fear is what they count on. Laugh when they paint you as racist, cheer when they call you heartless. Fear and ridicule are the only weapons they have, for now. So do not fear them!

But if we do not stand, if we do not do it now, the time will come when their weapons will be much more lethal, and those weapons will be turned against us!

cross-posted to Yahoo Voices

Eric Holder Spanked by Congress

The US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5326, a bill providing funds for the Justice Department and other agencies in 2013 in a 247-163 vote on Thursday.

Several amendments attached to the bill provide a major spanking for Attorney General Eric Holder. In addition to reducing his budget by one million dollars, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) offered an amendment which passed 381 – 41 (142 democrats in favor) to prevent the Justice Department from using taxpayer funds to lie to congress.

The bill also includes language which prevents the Justice Department from using funds to defend Obamacare, bring suit against states for their immigration laws and from taking action against states that pass voter ID laws.

The bill actually cuts three percent from 2012 spending levels.

President Obama has threatened to veto the bill.

The End is Near

Welcome to the beginning of the end of the economic recovery. On Tuesday diesel fuel was $4.49 per gallon along interstate route 81 in New York State!

The price of fuel is rapidly approaching what Malcolm Gladwell would call the “tipping point”. Diesel fuel hit a peak of $4.72 per gallon in July of 2008. That took a huge toll on the American economy. Housing bubble notwithstanding, the high price of diesel contributed to the economic crash of 2008.

Consider that everything you buy is on at least two trucks before it gets to the store where you purchase it. Not only that, but all of the raw materials used to make whatever you buy are shipped to the manufacturer by truck. Every nickel rise in the cost of diesel fuel adds one penny to the cost of each and every mile of truckload freight. That might not sound like much, but when you think about the number of miles freight is carried in our country, and how many times something is on a truck before it gets into your hands, it is easy to see the extra cost add up. If you watch the price of milk in the grocery store, you will see very quickly that it mirrors closely the cost of diesel fuel at the pump.

What happened in 2008 was that available freight dropped off quickly as diesel fuel approached $5.00 per gallon. With profit margins already slim, companies were forced to pass these added costs on to the consumer. As consumer prices rose to cover transportation costs, customer purchasing dropped. Companies shipped less freight. This caused a temporary excess in available trucks, which put downward pressure on freight rates. Despite the high cost of fuel, carriers were forced to take less for their loads, or park some trucks. This balanced out at the cost of small trucking companies being forced out of business, and drivers losing their jobs; about 200,000 of them by early 2009.

At a time when the nation’s economy is slowly crawling out of a disaster, rising fuel prices pose the most serious threat to our recovery. In 2007 tractor-trailer trucks carried freight a record 184.2 billion miles. By 2009 that figure had dropped to 167.8 billion miles.

Diesel fuel hit its low point of $2.09 per gallon in March of 2009, and we entered a slow recovery. Freight has been steadily increasing since, and trucking companies began hiring again in 2009. By late 2011 hiring was in full steam, and companies are continuing to hire drivers. If fuel rates are sustained at current levels, or if they continue to rise, the same squeeze will happen again, and relatively quickly. The closer diesel fuel gets to $5.00 per gallon, the closer we get to another recession. We have now reached the tipping point for fuel prices, which seems to be about $4.50 per gallon. If we sustain these prices for very long we will see the recently encouraging economic numbers do a rapid about face and the 8.3% unemployment number the President is so proud of will begin to rise.