Conservatarian Values: Common Sense for America

As we are a country of many views and thoughts, not many people fall simply within Republican or Democrat camps.  A small portion of the electorate adhere to a hybrid version that I and others dub as conservatarian.  This is a combination of conservative and libertarian viewpoints.

Abortion – Abortion is the taking of a life.  Human rights should apply to everyone, even the unborn. 

Crime and Justice – Protect citizens through effective law enforcement.  Penalize those individuals who do not follow the rule of law with common sense sentencing and limited parole.

Self-Defense – The ability to defend yourself, your property, and your family.

Environmental Issues – The environment should be protected and preserved but not at the expense of basic human liberties. 

Taxes – Replace the federal income and payroll taxes with a fair tax.  Stop the over taxation of the producers and under taxation of non-producers.

Energy and Resources – The United States should explore its own natural resources free from over reaching environmental agencies and left-wing environmental groups.

Financial Markets – The government should get out of the way of the financial markets and allow them to function properly.  Oversight should be utilized but without a full-on intrusion from the Fed.

Compulsory Retirement System – The forced bankrupt governmental retirement system (Social Security) should be abolished in favor of a voluntary method of individual contributions.

Health Care – Health care should not be run by the government in any realm.   

National Defense – The military should be available to first protect citizens against domestic threats and then against international threats.

Domestic Security – The United States should first protect her citizens and then the rest of the world.  Threats to domestic security should be handled swiftly and with minimal bureaucracy.

Illegal Immigration – Illegal immigrants should be deported out of the United States.  Businesses that employ illegal immigrants should suffer steep and progressive fines.

Legal Immigration – Individuals should have the opportunity to continue to become citizens of the United States without exorbitant red tape and expense.

Discrimination Issues – Discrimination in any form is anti-American.  Everyone should be equally protected regardless of sex, wealth, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or sexual orientation, but no individual group should have more protection than another.

Many of these ideals have come through years of thoughtful study with assistance from various groups and organizations.

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Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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Steve Doocy Schools Carol Browner

Obama CzarsThe massive Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade bill that narrowly passed in the House has made it’s way to the Senate.  Hopefully the Senators will have more common sense than their buddies in the House.  We’ll see about that, but I’m always hopeful.

Steve Doocy of Fox and Friends is not known to be a hard interviewer.  He’s a common sense guy and very entertaining.  He recently conducted an interview with Carol Browner, the Energy Czar.  Mr. Doocy asked a simple question – “Did you read the bill.”  Simple enough right?  Not so much.  It seems that Ms. Browner didn’t read the whole bill.  If you are an insomniac and need some rest – here’s the entire 1200+ page bill.  Sweet dreams.

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but if you are the ENERGY CZAR, wouldn’t you take the time to actually read the most important ENERGY legislation in modern times?  If I had this type of careless disregard for my position I would be fired.  The fact is that Ms. Browner doesn’t really care what is in this bill.  As long as she is able to pass sweeping changes to force us all to change our lives and “make the planet cleaner“, then life is good in her mind.  What was the rush?  Why not take a couple days to at least peruse the contents of the legislation?  I’m sure that’s not in her job description – or maybe it’s above her pay grade.

The threat of Climate Change is not a settled matter and should be up for debate, but sadly it is not.  Global Warming skeptics are silenced and ostracised by their colleagues – especially by those in academia.  What happened to looking at the facts and then determining a course of action?  I’m not a climate scientist but I try to use common sense.  Not sure there is any happening in this “debate”.

Good job Mr. Doocy.  Keep up the good work.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Those Evil Oil Companies

A good friend of mine, who is a regular reader to my sporadic posts, asked me that I should have something to say about our high gas prices. Well, I do, but it’s probably not what you would expect.

I drive around 80 miles per day or around 400 miles per week commuting to my workplace. It’s my choice that I live so far from my work, but I know very well the price of gas. I’ve been making this trip for over 9 years so I am used to paying a lot to the gas stations. You might think that I’m mad at Big Oil. Wrong. It’s because I know better.

The truth is that “Big Oil” only makes around 8 cents per gallon of gas. Am I kidding? No. A good portion of your dollar spent on gas goes to the State and Federal government. At least double the amount that the Evil Oil Companies make. Shocking? Not really. The government continually takes more and more of our income in devious ways like gas taxes.

If you don’t know the way the commodities markets work, then you educate yourself. Oil is a commodity – the oil companies don’t set the price of Oil, Gas, or any other petroleum product that is used. This is the free market at work. Yes it sucks at times, but that’s the way it goes. This article will explain things in a very easy to understand format: http://www.howstuffworks.com/gas-price.htm.

Another myth is that we are dependent on OPEC for all of our oil. The truth is that less than 1/2 of our oil comes from OPEC countries. Our biggest importer for oil are right here in North America – Canada and Mexico. I guess they have got a handle on their Enviro Wackos.

Many things drive higher prices. No refining capacity and lack of drilling are two major culprits. I’m convinced that if we would actually drill our proven resources in this country (i.e. the Alaska tundra) and stop bantering on about switch grass and biofuels (ethanol, et. al.), we could actually make some progress. It won’t happen over night, but it’s never too late to start.

The sad truth is that President Bush is too lame (duck) to do anything and the current crop of candidates are more interested in sound bites than the real problems that can be solved. Nothing will every happen unless we actually DO something. Wishing and hoping for alternative fuels might sound sexy, but oil is here to stay. Unless we can find a plentiful supply of something else to run our vehicles on, without a government grant, we’re in it for the long haul. Thank God for the Oil companies for drilling that nasty crude oil that we love so much.

Of Course, that’s just my Opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Sources: http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_a2_nus_ep00_im0_mbbl_m.htm
http://www.howstuffworks.com/gas-price.htm