Craig-Nidetch Healthy Lifestyle Act

There is a bill working through committees in both the House and Senate called the Craig-Nidetch Healthy Lifestyles Act.  This piece of legislation, if passed, would raise an enormous amount of revenue for government funded public health care. The act would generate revenue from three sources, a 5% sales tax on non-essential food, a 15% federal tax on all restaurant bills, and a yearly BMI Tax.

Senator Craig had this to say about the bill, “Every American deserves free health care, our kids deserve it, our senior citizens deserve it and this bill will fund a much needed and overdue government provided service.”

The bill is still being hammered out but here are the details at this point. The 5% sales tax on non-essential food will be for all food and drink determined by the FDA and the Surgeon General to contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle. The 15% federal tax will be in addition to all local and state taxes and will be collected by every licensed restaurant or vendor. The yearly BMI tax will be a progressive tax based on the percentage each individual person in the household is over their target BMI(Body Mass Index).  If filing jointly, it will be an aggregate total for all household members.

A spokesperson for the PCI (Progressive Cretinous Institute) had this to say about the critics of the bill, “The science is undeniable. There can be no more discussion.  Critics of this bill are on the fringe. We would liken them to the Moon Landing deniers and they are filled with hate just like any neo-nazi group.”

The above is nothing more than an april fools but don’t laugh.  If we let the government continue on the current authoritarian path, this could happen.  1984 could happen. Liberty is not lost all at once, it is gradually given away.

Think about it.

What’s wrong with the Republican Party?

That’s the question isn’t it? Why do so many Americans vote against Republican candidates?

The reasons are many but the following three are the most important.

Tell me again the differences between a Democrat and a Republican? They both want to take my money (although for different reasons) and they both want to tell me how to live my life. The Republicans need to get clear separation from the Democrats on basic issues – Lower taxes, Smaller government, Personal responsibility, Individual freedom, Strong national defense and State’s rights.  Don’t give lip service to it. Believe it. Live it. Start with these fundamental issues and sell it! The american voter is a customer.  The Republican party needs to explain why they have a better product (ideas) and deliver on that product so they can get repeat customers.

Do the Republicans need to be so close to the evangelical right? Gay marriage, school prayer and family values are not the most important issues on the average American’s mind. It’s time to distance themselves from the authoritarian wing of the evangelical right.  Why are we even talking about gay marriage?  Why is the government involved in straight marriage? They are only distractions from the core issues that will alienate a growing base of libertarians and moderates that may or may not agree with the issues personally but definitely don’t want the government telling them what to do!

Where are the great candidates? The Republicans need orators. Candidates that can inspire the base and explain the differences in clear, concise language. A modern day version would be Daniel Hannon, but the classic example was Ronald Reagan. He  was the last great orator for the republican party.  He mixed that everyman quality with brains and a sense a humor.

The time is now for the Republicans to regain their focus and get back to the basics.

Think about it.


We can rethink our decisions a thousand times but what we decide we own.

We make thousands of decisions on a daily basis, some small, some large, but each impact who we are.  What clothes should I wear? Should I eat that second piece of cake? Should I have that fourth beer?  Should I spend time with the kids?

Some decisions are bad and some decisions are good but they all have one thing in common. They are our decisions.

We are defined by the decisions we have made in the past and we have to live with the consequences but luckily it doesn’t end there.  Life goes on. The journey continues. The decisions we make today add to the definition of  who we are tomorrow.

Now is not the time to focus on what other people are doing.  The blame game is rarely won.  Now is the time to focus on what you can change.  You can change your decisions. Own them.

Think about it.

Which would you buy?

Scenario one : Which would you buy?

Product X – $3500

Product Y – $7500

Oh and Product X is 20% better product. It’s a no-brainer right?


Scenario two : Let’s change it up a bit.

Product X – $3500

Product Y – $3500

Product X is still 20% better, so it’s still a no brainer, right?


Scenerio three : Let’s make one final change.

Product X – $3500

Product Y – $0

If you’re like me and not made out of money you would probably settle for Product Y. On the other hand, if you were rich and money was no object, you would probably buy Product X because you could and it is after all a better product.

Now let’s label each product. Here is where emotions take over and logic gets thrown out the window. Product x is private school and Product Y is public school. In this case, scenario one is the actual cost per student. Private schools on average offer a better education for less money. (Public school SAT scores are usually 100-150 points lower than private schools.) In scenario three, it illustrates what most Americans face today. They cannot afford to send their kids to private schools when in most cases public schools will do. (unless they have the misfortune of living in a failing school district.) Instead of sending my kids to private school, I was very careful and deliberate on where I bought my house to make certain I was in a good school district. Not everyone is so lucky.

You may be wondering, what about scenario two? Scenario two represents costs that are closer to reality. Public schools are not free to home owners. We pay for them through property taxes. If I didn’t have to pay property taxes, I would have a choice on where my children would go. Liberals love to promulgate about choice. Ah, but generally that’s only about the death and destruction of unwanted fetuses. If it’s school choice, they scream no, no (with the full backing of the powerful teachers unions.) You’re taking money away from schools. What??? hmmm, $7500 – $3500 voucher still leaves $4000 that doesn’t go back in my pocket.

Who does this hurt? It hurts poor and working class families who are stuck in failing school districts with little hope of getting better.

Why aren’t democrats and republicans both fighting for school vouchers? Why? It comes down to money and control. The teachers unions want the money and the government wants the control. Control over what is taught and how it’s taught. They want to teach what to think and not how to think.

Think about it.

Global Warming

I’m an independent, I consider myself a conservationist and I am concerned about global warming. Is it man-made? Maybe, Maybe not. Global warming happened a thousand ago as evidenced by the Vikings in Greenland. That event was pre-fossil fuel. It could not have been man-made. Period. End of discussion. Stick a fork in it.

People, like Al Gore, are making a lot of money pushing their own view and agenda on global warming. Why? Money? Fame? Even the Sierra Club is making statements like “the changes that are currently underway are unlike anything that has been seen before”. Again why? Money? Ignorance? Also, Why is the debate being stifled and those that have an opposing view demonized? Money? Control?

I’m not a scientist. I am not a climatologist. I am just an average Joe that thinks there could be a logic problem in focusing on fossil fuels. Yes, a thousand years ago wasn’t caused by humans, so it’s not a huge logical jump to say that right now might not be caused by humans.

Think about it.

Sex and Big Government

In honor of authoritarians on both sides of the aisle and the new era of big government, I have a suggestion.   The government sets the minimum drinking age. The government requires a license to get married. Heck, the government defines what a marriage IS.   So, would you not say it’s high time the government gets involved in sex?  Yes, I said sex.

We need a minimum sex age. Why do we have a minimum drinking age?  To protect kids from themselves?  They aren’t mature enough? They can’t handle it? If you can’t drink until you’re 21 then it makes sense to abstain from sex until then as well.   Oh, wait, wait, I have a better idea.  We need a sex license. There would be a required test to make sure you know what you’re doing. (How many women would love that?) There would be a minimum income requirement.  (We don’t want people that can’t afford kids to have kids.)  There would be a psychological test.  (We don’t want people with the wrong , and by that I mean right, mentality to have kids.) Just think of the money it would generate for schools and for old people.

If you are against a sex license, you hate old people.

If you are against a minimum sex age, you don’t care about kids.

If any of these arguments make sense to you, then you need help and you don’t understand the role of government in a free society.

Think about it.


Have you ever wondered why you need a marriage license to get married? Why does the state care? Well, the answer to the first question is you don’t need a license. There is no obligation by the individual to get permission from the state, which then by the way subjects you, your spouse and also your kids to their jurisdiction.

Then why do you need a license? It’s simple really. It’s all about money and control. The minister or church that marries you would lose its tax-exempt status. It’s one of the many ways the state exercises control.

Why does the state care? The laws were originally put in place during the mid-1800s for interracial marriage. They started out racist. Imagine that. Slowly they evolved like most government to get bigger for the sake of getting bigger.

Why are they still in place? Nobody is stepping up to challenge it.

Think about it.

Great Quotes

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

Man is not free unless government is limited.

Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

There are no easy answers’ but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.

Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.

What do all of these quotes have in common? Do you agree with any of them? They are all by Ronald Reagan.

Think about it.