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Increased government control poses threat to America

July 4, 2009

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Where or when is it going to stop?

There is more and more government control and/or oversight, more and more “czars” to exercise control over an ever-broadening number of activities in our country, more and more evidence of the Obama administration’s desire or obsession to control, control, control.

Some say the U.S. government, under Obama’s plan, eventually will control half of this nation’s economy.

Concern about Obama’s drive or hunger for power and control is timely today as our nation celebrates Independence Day, the day in 1776 when our forefathers declared their independence from British control. Those who signed the Declaration of Independence would be shocked to see the degree of control our government now exercises over the lives of Americans — and this control is growing.

As has been noted in an earlier Journal-World piece, the Obama administration seems bent on a “blitzkrieg” strategy whereby a steady stream of edicts are issued creating greater government involvement in a broad cross-section of America. The policy or plan seems designed to jam as much change down the throats of Americans as possible, as quickly as possible, before sufficient numbers of citizens and members of Congress say enough is enough, before they wake up to what is happening and how Obama is changing the country.

With the large Democratic majorities in Congress, Obama enjoys almost a rubber stamp to impose whatever controls he wishes.

Consider these Obama actions: the latest move regarding the role and power of the Federal Reserve, his massive efforts to impose national health care, controls on the earnings of many in various private businesses, control of the nation’s automobile industry, controls on housing and materials to be used in the construction of homes and other buildings, plans to control the nation’s energy business, the pricing of pharmaceutical drugs, giving the extremely suspicious ACORN organization a major role in the politically charged 2010 U.S. Census, increased involvement in our educational system, greater government intervention in the insurance business and no hesitation to assume massive government control of our banking industry.

Who knows what else is on his agenda for inserting government control in even more private businesses and the manner in which Americans conduct their daily lives?

Vice President Biden recently acknowledged the government — or maybe it was just he, himself — had “guessed” when predicting number of figures on which to base an important national matter. Maybe it was the administration’s “guess” on unemployment numbers or maybe the national debt totals. Regardless, shouldn’t the vice president or president and their hundreds of aides be more honest with the public when projecting critical numbers rather than relying on “guesses”?

Another concern is how Obama justifies his actions by coming up with all kinds of numbers, whether it is how much power will be saved by using a certain kind of light bulb or how many new jobs have been created or lost by one of his edicts, or any other numbers he offers without any means of substantiating the figures.

It’s obvious Obama is moving as fast as he can to impose his ideas and dreams for his kind of America. His actions, manner and skills give every indication of a person on a quest for power.

He has placed individuals in positions of power and assigned them to oversee and restructure huge sections of our free enterprise and capitalistic system of business and finance. For example, what do his hand-picked officers or managers at General Motors know about building automobiles and selling cars and trucks? What about his secretary of Health and Human Services, who has been charged with leading the effort to impose a national health care policy. What does former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius know about medicine and health care and what’s best for this country? She is a very able individual, but is there anything in her background to give the public reason to believe she is an expert in this field?

Who knows what his real dreams are for America? What does he think Uncle Sam’s role should be in world affairs? Is he more interested in being everyone’s friend and apologizing for what he considers inappropriate U.S. actions in the past? Or does he want America to be the world’s most powerful nation, standing up for freedom and democracy for all?

The national debt should alarm every American. Could it be that Obama’s many giveaways to unions, his claims of lower taxes for millions of lower-income Americans, his plan for redistribution of wealth all are motivated at least partially by his desire to win votes in the 2010 and 2012 elections?

How long will Obama be able to sustain his juggernaut campaign to impose his concept of what America should be, his blueprint for “change,” his dogma, on unsuspecting, trusting Americans?

Is his outward appearance and manner, his call for fast action on his “changes,” a genuine, sound call for action, or is it a façade or technique to get what he wants? Time and again, he predicts dire consequences for this country and its people if Congress and the public do not bend to his wishes. So far, it is working, but what are the future consequences?

Just how deeply could Obama’s “changes” actually alter the proud record and history of this country, its accomplishments, its generosity to the less-advantaged here in the U.S. and abroad, its roles as the world’s lighthouse for freedom and opportunity, the tremendous American record of free enterprise and capitalism and the quality of life enjoyed by the vast majority of Americans — far better than most any other place on Earth?

How many more questionable “changes” for America will have been made by this time next year, July 4, 2010?

Comments

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

Health Insurance needs help because they are ripping off consumers in many ways. Health Care Mr. Simons will remain a private business.

Health Care should not be a retail business because humans become ill not by choice you know that. It is part of the deal so why make profits off of illness.

Treatment of illness should not treated as a can of beans on a shelf. Why should illness such as cancer cause bankruptcy?

Lets start here Mr Simons:

White Collar Crime: Medicare Fraud Indictments http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/24/AR2009062401906.html

Senate Report Finds Insurers Wrongfully Charged Consumers Billions http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/24/AR2009062401636.html

The Bad Doctor - Sen Bill Frists Long History of Corporate Vices http://www.laweekly.com/2003-01-16/news/the-bad-doctor ============================================ Where do medical insurance dollars go: The discussion is about health insurance that which pays for healthcare,

Because there is some evidence that $1.2 trillion medical insurance tax dollars could possibly cover all in america under HR 676 instead of only city,state and federal employees which apparently make up 60% of those in america with insurance.

That 60% is a bad bang for the tax dollar and fiscally reckless spending of taxpayer dollars. In the event that all in america could be covered under a more efficient plan for the same $1.2 trillion = fiscally responsible use of tax dollars.

In essence this HR 676 would be a huge savings to taxpayers and simply responsible spending of my tax dollars. Being fiscally responsible and fiscally conservative are two of my objectives which always make dollars and sense. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2008/0508harrison.html

In essence HR 676 eliminates high dollar medical insurance spending on what 1,500 health insurers add to the actual cost of providing care such as: • its bureaucracy • profits • high corporate salaries • advertising over charges • sales commissions • Shareholders ! are the primary clients of for-profit insurance companies, not patients • Special interest campaign dollars Golden parachutes * Politicians as shareholders: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/12/AR2009061204075.html

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

Mr Simons about energy. This white collared industry is among those that became deregulated which was a mistake for consumers. Number one they like to control how much energy is available,come back say we're running out then screw the ratepayers. As it stands the power industry is an industry supported by guaranteed profits.

Not only that Mr. Simons our tax dollars is actually the loan fund to build those very expensive, nasty and toxic power plants such as coal and nukes because no financial institutions want to accept the risk. These expensive babies take 20 years or more to pay back if ever. If taxpayers finance these babies we taxpayer/ratepayer customers should own them = lower rates = reduced cost of living across the board.

Our tax dollars insure those toxic power plants because no insurance people want to accept risk. In which case taxpayers should own the power we insure.

Due to the dishonesty and the fact that tax dollars fund these operations taxpayers should own our energy production. Today ratepayers want cleaner energy yet the white collars stand in the way so one more reason for ratepayers and taxpayers to own our energy sources. Reduced rates and a reduced cost of living across the board suit me no question about it.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

Mr Simons The World Company and your developer pals actually love the government and the corporate welfare it so generously donates from the city,state and federal levels. At a huge cost to taxpayers. Yes taxpayers do help increase your vast wealth.... you do not sound grateful.

Allow me to present 3 descriptions as to how we taxpayers are far too generous for OUR own good:

“Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You with the Bill) http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans

Not Smart Development Increases Taxes: http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/report00/intro.asp

Local Expert Thinking With Excellent links http://lawrencesmartgrowth.blogspot.com/2007_01_01_archive.html

monkeyhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

merrill - you are the one who should be grateful to have this platform to ram your inane madman ramblings. You are a part of the problem, definitely not in any way a solution to anything other than to indicate the need for more mental care facilities in this city.

Mr. Simons, your observations are dead on, however I do not see you offering any alternatives.

thelonious 5 years, 11 months ago

Good grief! This editorial is idiotic even by this writer's standards! It's like the last eight hellish years of the Bush presidency didn't even happen, yet they're what caused the mess President Obama inherited and is trying to fix.

Merrill makes excellent points, even if the posts are long.

As for me, other than point out the lunacy of this column, I shall not attempt to argue or reason with the writer or posters that defend him, because some people simply can't be reasoned with, and the writer of this column certainly appears to fall into that category.

If the writer of this column is so worried about this country, I suggest he run for President - the Republicans certainly lack viable candidates at the moment!

Chris Ogle 5 years, 11 months ago

Question: What is HR 676?

Answer: The merrill bill.

Phillbert 5 years, 11 months ago

Today's column appears to have been co-written by Glenn Beck.

There are so many things in Dolph's fever-dream rantings that one could pick out as false.

One could point out that the banking & auto industry interventions, the growing national debt, and the increased federal role in education, to name a few, were all done by Dolph's favorite president, George W. Bush.

Or that the Senate is hardly a rubber stamp, what with "Independent Democrats" like Joe Lieberman making up the supposed 60 vote majority and throwing up roadblocks repeatedly.

Or how the "hand-picked" CEO at General Motors - who Dolph says has no industry experience - actually has worked in the auto industry for 25 years, and Kathleen Sebelius - again, supposedly with no health industry experience - was insurance commissioner for 8 years, dealing primarily with health insurance issues.

But when you start, you have a hard time stopping - particularly when you get the same ridiculous rantings from "this writer" nearly every day of the week - so I'll just instead wish everyone a happy Independence Day.

doolindalton 5 years, 11 months ago

Where was the editorial board's concern for the national debt when the Bush administration was spending $12 billion a month in Iraq? $12 billion a month and 4,323 dead and over 30,000 wounded to save a God-forsaken piece of sand in the middle of nowhere. While the national debt is a serious issue, so is the lack of health care and the Bush-induced depression. The majority of Americans would rather pay higher taxes or borrow the money for heath care and economic recovery rather than chasing windmills in the middle of a hellish nowhere. Give our president the respect he is due by intelligently analyzing an issue rather providing a bunch of Limbaughish objections to the administration of a sane and principled government.

George Lippencott 5 years, 11 months ago

We have run up a massive federal debt since January. We are considering initiatives that will cost the government and the rest of us a bundle. There appear to be more such initiatives in the hopper. That creates a great deal of uncertainty as to taxes to pay for all of this. It undermines confidence in the future.

Why would any business try to expand or any individual take on more debt? Responsible people will most likely shrink their financial activities in the face of uncertainty. That means more layoffs and sluggish consumer buying.

Maybe it is time to slow down, clarify where we are going and establish who will pay for what we are doing. That might start to restore confidence and maybe lead to a recovery. Otherwise I think we will see more of the same.

Be careful what you wish for you just may get it!

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

The repub/neoconservative/PNAC party is largest law breaker in our nations history:

The USA has a crumbling economy today as a result of a Texas republican governor exercising his executive decision making powers as president of the USA. The party that turns a blind eye to law and order among the white collar community.

Isn't it odd each time our nations financial institutions crumble there are Bush family near by and a McCain still in office?

Who has history with financial institutions going south such as the savings and loan scandal? Republicans! http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4120/we_arm_the_world/

McCain: The Most Reprehensible of the Keating Five. The story of "the Keating Five" has become a scandal rivaling Teapot Dome and Watergate ... http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1989-11-29/news/mccain-the-most-reprehensible-of-the-keating-five/1

CRIME: Who hosted the Iran Contra secret illegal sale of weapons? Republicans! http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/irancontra/irancon.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/reagan/peopleevents/pande08.html

CRIME: Who brought the nation Iran Contra number 2? Republicans! http://www.democracynow.org/2008/3/5/iran_contra_20_how_the_bush

CRIME: Which party illegally spied on the democrats to win an election? Republicans! Watergate! http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/index.html

CRIME: Which party held secret energy meetings and refused our elected officials its' content and who attended? GW Bush and the republicans!

CRIME: Which party lied to congress and the world,went against military advice and created the worst strategic blunder in the history of the USA aka Iraq War? Republican Party! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10348418/

Which party has held secret oil deals with Saudi Arabia? Republicans! http://www.democracynow.org/2004/4/20/did_bush_cut_secret_oil_deal

CRIME: Secret Oil deals for Iraq Oil- Republicans! http://www.pubrecord.org/nationworld/262.html?task=view

CRIME AGAINST DEMOCRACY : PNAC's policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members hold highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

The USA has fewer jobs for taxpayers today as a result of a Texas republican governor exercising his executive decision making powers as president of the USA.

The USA has a crumbling economy today as a result of a Texas republican governor exercising his executive decision making powers as president of the USA. The party that turns a blind eye to law and order among the white collar community.

Thats_messed_up 5 years, 11 months ago

Excellent article but militant left wing hippie Obamafans will not even wake up when America is bankrupt like the welfare state of Liberal California. Those hippies will not change and will not admit they spent their way into bankruptcy. Our national debt is now 4 times the debt that George W. EVER had!

chzypoof1 5 years, 11 months ago

Before I even read the posts, I knew what they would say: It's not Obama's fault...it's BUSH's!!!!

I am not a polarized figure like so many of you. I try to keep my eyes open, without any "party" in mind. If you folks step back and take a look at what is happening...try to do it objectively....you REALLY think 1 TRILLION dollars in MORE debt for our country is a good thing? Do you realize that we are taking from the Rich to give to the poor? There is absolute truth in that. It's basically against the law in this country anymore to make $$$.

I know I can't win a fight against polarized individuals such as yourselves. You are your Czars know what's best for our lives. I guess we'll just go along with it and my grandkids will pay for your mistakes.

notajayhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

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Boeing 5 years, 11 months ago

I would actually love to read more of merill's posts someday, but every time I see his name pop up, I feel the need to hit the space bar multiple times until I no longer see his name. Comes from the 8-day migraine I had the one time I tried to read one.

notajayhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

Whiny Lawrence liberal, 2000-2008:

'Why can't Conservatives ever respond to criticism of the president without using the words "But Clinton"?'

Whiny Lawrence liberal, 2009:

'But, but, but Bush...'

Oh, sorry, forgot the liberal-Democratic Mantra: "But... but... that's different."


Phillbert (Anonymous) says…

"One could point out that the banking & auto industry interventions, the growing national debt, and the increased federal role in education, to name a few, were all done by Dolph's favorite president, George W. Bush."

One could.

One would be wrong, but one could.

Looking solely at the auto industry, for example, philbert, wanna' take a crack at explaining how, exactly, the Bush administration took over the auto industry? I mean, I know that to the typical Lawrence loon, Bush was responsible for Eve handing the apple to Adam, but other than your rather selective memory of recent events, do you have anything to back that up with? Or perhaps it's just the usual liberal "fever-dream rantings?"

inklines 5 years, 11 months ago

The bloom is off the rose. People, remember this editorial 4, 8, 10 years from now...if we're all still here.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 11 months ago

I am not generally in agreement with Mr. Simons, but he often at least tries to make reasoned arguments.

This paranoid, dishonest screed is debasing, even to Mr. Simons.

It must be nice to own a newspaper so as to not be subject to editing for fact, evidence, and argument.

Mr. Simons, you can do better than this.

KatWrangler 5 years, 11 months ago

logicsound09 (Anonymous) says…

Shut up Dolph. No one takes you seriously


LOL Best response so far!

Stephen Roberts 5 years, 11 months ago

If the Bush Adminstration was doing what the Obama Admin is doing, Merrill and a lot of Lawrence would have their panties in a bunch!!! It must be nice for it to be ok if your guy is doing it.

I don't agree with everything Bush did but I am seeing more and more things that Obama is doing and I disagree.

beatrice 5 years, 11 months ago

More whining from a staunch Republican editor who still can't come to grips that his side lost big in the last two national elections.

Godot 5 years, 11 months ago

Truth is, we all lost big in the last election, it is just that some of us have realized it before the rest.

necessarytruth 5 years, 11 months ago

I love the way Merrill cites left of left web sites, including msnbc to support his statements. Hardly a credible way to support an argument. The necessary truth is Mr. Simon is spot on to the danger this president creates for the freedoms this country once enjoyed. And, please, quit quibbling about Bush policies to support the wrongs of Obama. Bush haters are the ones that gave us this big mistake. Up next is repeal of 22nd amendment. Get ready, prez for life.

Charles L Bloss Jr 5 years, 11 months ago

I take the publisher seriously, and I agree with what he said. How can the President fire the CEO of GM? All the other things he has done, or is about to do. I bet many of the people who voted for "change" and are for sure getting it, are thinking omg what did I do? Thank you, Lynn

igby 5 years, 11 months ago

Simons is right. Americans are struggling to just pay for food and shelter and in the next three years the will be worst.

The stats. stated this would not even be started until 2013, because of legal hurtles.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

Consider these Obama actions: the latest move regarding the role and power of the Federal Reserve, his massive efforts to impose national health care, controls on the earnings of many in various private businesses, control of the nation’s automobile industry, controls on housing and materials to be used in the construction of homes and other buildings, plans to control the nation’s energy business, the pricing of pharmaceutical drugs, giving the extremely suspicious ACORN organization a major role in the politically charged 2010 U.S. Census, increased involvement in our educational system, greater government intervention in the insurance business and no hesitation to assume massive government control of our banking industry.

---not one comment from the loonie left above disputes one of these.

furthermore, Dolph could have expanded on the energy issue: Obama during the campaign admitted that his "cap and trade" plan would raise electricity rates for |everybody!| he said he wanted to bankrupt companies using coal to generate electricity [the majority of our electricity producers!].
he claimed that a family making less than 250,000 would not see an increase in taxes of any kind. he and his cronies are considering taxing people's health care benefits.
obviously the increased electricity costs will also hit those earning less than 250,000 the hardest.

and, do we really want more expensive energy when we're in "the worst economy since the great depression?" that's a quote from Obama.

he would exempt union health care from the tax, is pushing for removal of the secret ballot in union shop elections. when the state of california tried to save some money, the SEIU union pulled Obama's string and he extorted California: told them if they made those cuts he'd stop a boatload of "stimulus" "porkulus" money from going to bankrupt california.

control, control, control. not one fact I have added to Dolph's list can be honestly disputed. can't even go to Merrill's wacko sites.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

just a few notes on Merrill in case somebody's reading doesn't know his history.
you can find all these by going back in his postings.

he is on the traffic safety commission, yet he is opposed to people driving. he believes that broken streets are useful as passive traffic calming devices. he opposes the completion of the SLT, because people would actually drive on it.
he favors power outages, because they force energy conservation. he says that we should live in caves to be greener and save energy. he praised the foreign fighters in Iraq blowing up our troops calling them "patriots."
most of his posts are bland cut-and-paste pieces. most of his links are to dubious sites. he wants to close the Lawrence airport and force the people coming through there to drive from KC.

just a little history.

true_patriot 5 years, 11 months ago

Why is Dolph loading up his paper with such over-the-top anti-America garbage on the Fourth weekend? Between that and the WSJ wacko rant on Franken, he's really showing his true colors on just how unpatriotic he can be on the most patriotic weekend of the year.

Grow up, Dolph, and put your country first for once in your life.

gl0ck0wn3r 5 years, 11 months ago

"bearded_gnome (Anonymous) says…just a few notes on Merrill in case somebody's reading doesn't know his history."

Good RichardHecklerBot summary. Also, he favors taxes on the poor for his pet projects (the T and sidewalk improvements in his own neighborhood) and complains endlessly about the school district despite homeschooling his own kid. Further, he complains about carbon emissions and yet he mows lawns for a living using equipment notorious for carbon emissions.

texburgh 5 years, 11 months ago

Dolph -

It's time for some controls. A lack of control over health care has only created a system that limits most people's ability to get real service and caused millions to lose health insurance entirely. A lack of control over financial markets and institutions allowed unfettered greed to bring our economy into near collapse - almost as bad as the great depression. A lack of control over wages fuels illegal immigration as businesses seek to find ever cheaper employees. A lack of control over the auto industry encouraged American manufacturers to continue producing gas guzzlers while the Japanese quietly produced fuel efficient and hybrid automobiles.

The only controls enacted under Bush II were controls on the conversations citizens could have or the books they read - the so-called patriot act was designed to control you and me - the regular joe working stiffs of America.

Thank you, Dolph, for one more justification for dropping my subscription to your right-wing rag.

But if I ever buy a bird, I'll be sure to renew. At least there's one thing the LJW is good for.

Godot 5 years, 11 months ago

texburgh does not understand what happened. It was the opposite of "lack of control" over these industries that caused the depression we now face. It was government officials on the take who did not enforce laws already on the books, it was government regulators who either chose not to do their job, or were paid off; it was bribes in the form of "VIP loans" to congress members; it was the billions of dollars of campaign contributions to corrupt and amoral congressmembers who would sell our souls to the lobbyists in return for another term in office.

Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan owned Bush, Paulsen, Geithner and Bernanke in the Bush administration, and they now own Obama, Bernanke, and Geithner in the Obama administration. Granting the Federal Reserve (i.e. the big banks) the power to control every facet of our economy , as Obama proposes, will lead to to making serfs out of everyone but the politically empowered elites.

More government control will lead only to more corruption and unprosecuted theivery, robbery, and thuggery in the form of white collar crime in both the private and the government sectors.

headdoctor 5 years, 11 months ago

I think would have been better for Dolph C. Simons, Jr. to remained silent with the silver spoon in his mouth and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

Free enterprise in this country is a myth and anyone with any ability to think knows this. Everywhere you look this country has a solid history of government interference in the free market/free enterprise/ free trade or what ever you want to call it. If things were running normal, there wouldn't have been a need for even more interference by the Feds.

I find it very funny. The right thinks the left are whiners and mindless followers and yet the display of mindlessness, name calling and whining of the right is unbelievable.

dallas20_02 3 years, 5 months ago

I won't blame it all on O'bama, and I am not an O'bama supporter. What I will say is that the American government has forgotten who it is to serve! Our country is to focused on money and power! And it is rampant in the government as well as the corporate world! The CEOs, senators, reps, and others need to remember that the blue collar working class of this country are who makes this country, with out them they would have nothin. There is more control being instituted on our society all the time, and is only a matter of time before people will have enough! Our great country was started because people were tired of being mistreated by a governing body that couldn't care less about them. There are some rights in this country that will never be taken away because it will not be tolerated, such as the right to bear arms. The day they try to take our guns is the day a revolution will start! If the government wants this country to be great again, put more power and money into the working class's pockets and remember, they're here to serve US!!!!!

pace 3 years, 5 months ago

Reducing law and regulation on the environment, consumer protection, fraud, is a much bigger threat. Jobs, homes and education will make the country strong.

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