American Elephants

You Will Behave, and We Will Monitor Your Behavior. by The Elephant's Child

You can always tell when the Democrats have come up with a bill by the name. I thought the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” was a pretty pretentious name as ObamaCare neither protects patients nor makes anything affordable. Now comes the prospective Senate Bill 1813 the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.” I reject anything named the 21st Century anything, but “Moving Ahead for Progress”— oh, puhleeze.

It gives the IRS the power to revoke passports belonging to those who are delinquent with tax debt in excess of $50,000. (That keeps a lot of Obama administration people safely at home). The potential law may also be used to measure your carbon footprint each time you get in your car.

The  legislation makes it mandatory for all new cars in the  U.S. to be fitted with black box-like recorders beginning in 2015. Called “Mandatory Event Data Recorders,” the devices would be capable of monitoring your speed, driving habits, braking habits, miles driven, location and distance of travel. Removal of the device would be a civil offense. The measurements would remain the property of the vehicle owner, but the government would have the authority to retrieve the data.

This is most probably another innovation of the Greens. They are very anxious to control your use of energy, and shutting down most sources of energy in favor of what they conceive of as clean energy continues unabated. Just wait till you get your Smart Meter and are connected to the Home Area Network.

Big Brother is Watching… Your Weight! by American Elephant
July 19, 2010, 2:33 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Health Care, News, Politics, Socialism | Tags: ,

Interesting pieces of work, liberals. And by “interesting” I mean pathologically inconsistent, intellectually vacuous, hypocritical, dictatorial, fascist thugs.

On the one hand, they believe the Constitution guarantees an un-enumerated “right” to privacy that protects a woman’s equally un-enumerated “right” to conspire with her doctor to kill a third person without government stepping in to protect life, while on the other hand, they DON’T believe that this same sacrosanct right to medical privacy prohibits the government from seizing your most intimate medical records from your doctor.

And so the Obama administration has nationalized your medical records:

New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records–that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year–must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity. [more]

And what possible justification can the Federal Government have for even knowing your weight, your BMI or any other part of your medical records? What possible National interest is there? And if the Federal Government has the power to seize your medical records, where does their power stop?

Obama Wants to Bankrupt the Coal Industry and Cause Energy Prices to Skyrocket… For Your Own Good! by American Elephant
November 3, 2008, 5:07 am
Filed under: Economy, Election 2008, Energy | Tags: , , ,

More desperately important reasons to vote for McCain/Palin and do everything in your power in these last two days to make sure as many other McCain/Palin voters get to the polls as possible:

From an interview in San Francisco (naturally) last January:

And, in the same interview, he admits freely that his plans will necessarily cause electricity prices to skyrocket:

Obama wants to drive prices up. He thinks Americans must change their evil energy consuming behavior, and that it is governments’ place to force them to do so. He believes the American free market, where we use electricity when we want it, turn on lightbulbs at our leisure, buy things we want and use them when and how we want — you know, the economic model that has lifted billions of people around the world out of poverty — must be fundamentally changed:

But we will have to subsidize energy for the poor! So not only are your personal energy costs going to skyrocket, you’ll be paying more taxes to subsidize energy for the poor.

And to what end?

As the video says, so that one day in the very distant future, the government will wave its magic wand and create a way to power the economy without oil, without natural gas, without coal, without nuclear — without any of the carbon producing, “dirty” energy sources that currently account for 90.4% of America’s electricity needs. That’s just electricity, it doesn’t even include America’s transportation energy needs.

And until the day when government can somehow make the solar and wind that currently supply 2.4% of our electricity needs, supply all the energy we need for electricity and transportation, you and your family, and your children, and their children, and their children’s children ad infinitum will have to suffer far higher energy prices, higher taxation, higher regulation of your personal behaviors and consumer choices….

THIS is what Obama means when he says he wants to bring about “fundamental change.” A level of Statism that has never, ever been known in this country. The government will tell you what, where and when you can travel. They will dictate through taxation and regulation how much energy you can use, what products you can buy, what temperature you can keep your house, what you can eat!

It is all implicit in his self-described vision. And it is contrary to almost every principle America is founded upon. Is Statism the change Americans are looking for? It’s the change they’re about to get!

Tell me where I’m wrong.

UPDATE: Sarah Palin responds to Obama’s vision for the coal industry:

(h/t Hot Air)

Just a reminder to think carefully before you vote. by The Elephant's Child
November 1, 2008, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Conservatism, Election 2008, Liberalism | Tags: , ,

On the more serious side, go to National Review Online and watch the 5 segments of discussion between Peter Robinson and Dr. Thomas Sowell on the Hoover Institution’s “Uncommon Knowledge.” You will be very glad you did.

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