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The Unelected Bureaucrats

Guitar Conservatives. Frightening bureaucrats. Ugly cosmetic taxes and more.

12.11.09

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THE EU EFFECT
Re: Philip Klein's All the President's Regulators:

The Philip Klein article about our wily Proto-Dictator simply makes  my brain hurt.

Who is to stop this unparalleled dismantling of our social, economic,  and political systems by a tiny less-than-a-minority who does not  represent the beliefs of Americans?

I call it "The E.U. Effect," in which unelected bureaucrats simply mandate anything they want, while the people have no say whatsoever in the matter.

Others might call it "The Chavez Effect," or "The Commissariat Effect," or "The Adolf Effect."

"The E.U. Effect" brings the same totalitarian result, just under a different, softer name.
-- A. C. Santore

We owe a big "thank you" to all the conservatives who said we could lose an election or two back in 2006. We also owe a "pat on the back" for those "independent" voices in the alternative/conservative media that said punishing Republicans was smart. Thanks for the Obamanation you've created. Hope you're enjoying the change you helped create.
-- Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina

A truly limitless source of energy -- if only someone can find a way to harness all that hot air rising over Capitol Hill.
-- Gretchen L. Chellson
Alexandria, Virginia

SURRENDERING ALUMINUM
Re: Eric Peters' Worst of the Beetles:

The author is wrong about the engine being aluminum. A few of the autos produced after the war used aluminum as Germany was forbidden by the surrender treaty to produce, use, fabricate, etc magnesium in any manner. This lasted until 1950 when VW started to get magnesium from Norway and from Dow Chemical in Texas.

The original Beetle had a cast magnesium block and transmission housing. The original Beetle was designed by Porsche who had used magnesium engines since 1928. The Beetle and the 911 Porsche both used magnesium blocks.
--Robert E. Brown

THE BOTAX
Re: Robert M. Goldberg's A New Ugly Wrinkle:

The "Botax" will ostensibly raise several billion dollars, while affecting working women who want to appear young in the workplace. I have suggested that Congress tax legal plaintiff judgments instead, which are currently tax-free and involve hundreds of billions every year. That may solve both the health care and the legal problems in one fell swoop! Suing someone for something can be a lot more lucrative than the lottery , where odds are long and winnings are taxed.
-- Robert Mandraccia MD
Plastic Surgeon

ON THE MONEY
Re: Tom Bethell's Britain's Taxing Mistake:

Exactly on the money. If anything, it understates the stupidity of what is taking place. The structural changes brought by businesses and productive executives fleeing for more friendly environments will be at a minimum long lasting and probably permanent. London spent a long time creating its financial centre but it will not take long to significantly reduce its importance. Most companies I know are also ruthlessly cleaning out expats that fill key knowledge and experience gaps.

I am one of the "fat cats" who are targeted by the government. I am at the helm of a team that is successfully turning around a company at death's door. 1600 families depend on our success. I postponed retirement (to the tropics) in order to undertake this last project. There is zero chance of me bringing this project to its natural (successful) conclusion, filling the coffers of HM Treasury rather than lying on the beach, playing golf and enjoying life. 40% I could put up with (plus the thousands of hidden taxes) but 50% is just simply a bridge too far.

Not only will this generate far less revenue than projected, the loss will probably be permanent. Cameron is a fool to not commit to eliminating this idiocy.
-- Steve MacDonald

GUITAR CHECK
Re: W. James Antle III.'s Guitar Man:

I am one of Thad's constituents. I was hoping to see the rationale for his "YES" vote on Card Check. I've been trying for months to get an answer...without success.
-- Doug Holloway
Livonia, Michigan

OK, maybe. But I'm reminded of another guitar player, Lee Atwater. Ahh, the good 'ol days.
-- Mike Showalter
Austin, Texas

HOPE 'N CHANGIN'
Re: Peter Hannaford's Sky May Not Be Falling:

Wonderful, Wonderful Hope 'n Changin'

Wonderful, wonderful Hope 'n Changin'
I'll be the toast of the town
'Neath the TV lights
I'm so very bright
Watch me put my country down

Wonderful, wonderful Hope 'n Changin'
Hey, it's not about me
India's not on board
Nor the Mongol horde
Still I'm Hope 'n Changin', wonderful, wonderful
Hope 'n Changin' that's me

I'll talk up our IOUs and
Talk down our BTUs
All we need is to pass cap-and-trade
The Chinese are looking for me
With some T-bills they say are unpaid

Wonderful, wonderful Hope 'n Changin'
CRU's mess has 'em down
But I won't hesitate
To spin "Climategate"
There's no need for us to frown

Wonderful, wonderful Hope 'n Changin'
Just show that treaty to me
You won't see me cry
Once the ink is dry
Singing Hope 'n Changin', wonderful, wonderful
Hope 'n Changin' that's me
-- Mike Showalter
Austin, Texas

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