Jason Hayes

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How high are gas taxes in your state?

The Tax Foundation just published an eye-opening map, showing the cost of gas taxes (cents/gallon) in each state. It’s instructive to also note that the rates listed on the map do not include the 18.4 cents/gallon federal excise tax.

How high are gas taxes in your state?

Remember that we regularly hear about the “excessive” profits made by oil companies on their product. But compare their profits of about 8 cents / gallon, plus the gas station owner’s profit of about 1 cent / gallon to the various levels of government that are making as much as 70 cents / gallon and then ask yourself, “who is making windfall profits on gasoline?”

Exposing this Administration’s Immigration Enforcement failures

This is a frightening 8 minute long expose on this Administration’s deliberate negligence and gross legal malfeasance in the area of immigration enforcement.

To forestall complaints and charges that I am anti-immigrant, this post is not an attack on immigration in any way. My wife is a LEGAL immigrant to this great nation. Furthermore, I support the broadening and radical simplification of the immigration system to allow more people to enter this country.

What this post and Sen. Cruz’s video are opposing is the wanton disregard of basic immigration laws and the willing role this (and previous) administrations have played in turning a blind eye to the need for controlling this nation’s borders.

Liberty

John Adams (Source: Wikipedia)

John Adams (Source: Wikipedia)

 

Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”

– John Adams

Harry Reid described as “poisonous,” “abhorrent,” and “destructive”

More on the Harry Reid front.

Interesting comments from Dana Perino after another one of Harry Reid’s personal attacks.

The more you hear about Harry Reid, the more convinced you are that he is a truly base, degraded, all-round failure of a human being.

Harry Reid: Whining about “mob” stories

I had to do a double-take on this Washington Examiner story.

Harry Reid on conservatives’ mobster-beating theory: ‘They don’t like me as a person’

On CNBC’s “Speakeasy,” host John Harwood asked Reid about theories put forth by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Breitbart News that the injuries Reid sustained at the beginning of this year, including a blow to his right eye, are not, as he has said, the result of an accident involving elastic exercise equipment.

“The last few days, a bunch of people are saying, Reid, he didn’t have an exercise accident, he got beat up by the mob,” Harwood said.

“It shows the credibility of Rush Limbaugh, he’s the guy that got all this started,” Reid replied. “Why in the world would I come up with a story that I got hurt in my own bathroom with my wife standing there? How could anyone say anything like that? And I think a lot of people, as I read, they kind of don’t like me as a person and I think that’s unfortunate.”

Seriously?!?!

“It shows the credibility of Rush Limbaugh”??? “They don’t like me as a person”???

If anyone else had major media celebrity like Rush Limbaugh openly commenting on how they had been injured in a recent “accident,” I would at least feel a pang of remorse for them. However, Harry Reid is the epitome of all that is wrong and inappropriate in politics today. Reid has lowered the bar in political discourse more than any currently-living politician or media figure.

In fact, he just recently gloated over the fact that his lies about Mitt Romney’s tax situation – from the floor of the Senate – had likely played a key role in keeping Romney from winning the Presidency.

As the video clearly shows, Reid actually sat in that CNN interview with Dana Bash and smirked as he justified his lies and personal attacks on Romney as well as his misrepresentations about the Koch brothers. His lies achieved the desired political end of helping keep Democrats in power, so … it’s all good.

“Well, they can call it whatever they like. Romney didn’t win, did he?”

The hypocrisy and self absorption are almost dripping off of the page. I am actually amazed that Reid can keep a straight face when he whines that people are questioning him on his “athletic accident” story and complaining about the fact that people don’t like him as a person. The man has spent the past several decades making himself completely untrustworthy, and completely unlikeable as an elected official or as a person. He has gotten away with shady business deals and allegations of corruption that would sewer any other politician’s career, escaped any serious political ramifications of referring to the President as being “light-skinned” with “no negro dialect,” he has repeatedly used the power of his office as the head of the Senate to shower his political adversaries with any and every sort of unwarranted personal attack and with an endless stream of lies and misrepresentation. He has lowered the level of conversation in the Senate to less than that of a grade school recess yard.

So how could anyone – especially Reid himself – be surprised that a lot of people “don’t like him as a person”? Apart from his mother, I’d be surprised if anyone really likes him as a person.

Hear Hillary roar

Bernard Goldberg’s latest article closes with a frightening thought. Short version is that it does not matter how calculating, untrustworthy, dishonest, entitled, manipulative, overbearing, etc., etc., etc. Hillary Clinton may be. The reality is that many of the larger states, like California, Illinois, and New York, will vote for a rock or a puddle of slime mold if it has a “D” beside it on the ballot.

But that’s moot at this point. So Hillary won’t be a pushover.  Quite the contrary.  That’s partly because of the Democrats’ best friend in presidential elections — the Electoral College.

Democrats almost always win California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.  That gets them pretty close to victory right off the bat.

So the GOP candidate doesn’t start out with a strong hand.  And if ideologically pure conservatives sit home as they have when John McCain and Mitt Romney ran, if they refuse to vote because the candidate Republican primary voters picked isn’t “conservative enough,” then it won’t just be hard for a Republican to win.  It will pretty much be impossible.

So regardless of how little Hillary might have accomplished. Regardless of the fact that she is only where she is because she married (and clung) to Bill Clinton. Regardless of the fact that she has been a Washington insider for the past 30+ years. Regardless of the fact that the only thing she really appears to have going for her is the symbolism of being the first woman President, there is a very real possibility that block voting mentalities in certain states could still make her the next President.

Obomzie jumps …

After listening to the President’s National Prayer Breakfast speech where he lamely tried to find any way possible that he could point a finger of blame at Christianity instead of keeping his attention focused firmly on the islamist terrorists that make up Daesh (aka ISIS), I was struck by the notion that I had seen someone attempt to pull an equally lame stunt as a means of trying to remain relevant.

It took me a few minutes, but then I remembered back in 1977 a once promising TV show was running out of ideas and struggled to find a way to keep viewers interested. To keep the story moving along, the writers had one of the key characters accept a challenge from the “California Kid.” As a result, Aurthur Herbert threw on his leather jacket, strapped on the skis, and little Opie Cunningham fired up the ski boat. Little did they know they would ensure the end of their hit show soon after while also creating one of the Interwebz most enduring memes.

So I took a few minutes and whipped up a commemorative graphic for the President’s big speech.

Obomizie jumps the sharkBy reaching back over 900 years into history to find something (anything!!!) with which he could tar the Christian faith (and conveniently ignoring the fact that the Crusades were undertaken as a defensive reaction against 400+ years of Muslim aggression across the Middle East, Asia, and Europe), our President latched on to that same tenuous grip on relevancy that the Fonz had as he entered the water and jumped the shark.

Thank you, Mr. President for confirming to one and all your complete lack of connection with the real world.

To steal a quote from your 2008 debate with Mitt Romney, “the 11th Century is now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

 

What is truly offensive at UC Berkeley?

This video speaks for itself and it speaks volumes about the mindset of people who attend and work at UC Berkeley.

Thug Rules

Nate Beeler’s (unfortunately) very accurate portrayal of the Obama administration’s “three branches of government.”
Thug Rules

Video #5 of Gruber mocking Obamacare concerns

The unbridled arrogance of Obamacare architect, Jonathan Gruber, clearly knows no bounds.

If you dare to express concerns about the “Affordable Care Act,” you are nothing more than a small, noisy child in Gruber’s mind. His words indicate a seething contempt for you and your perceived inability to comprehend the nuanced import of the legislation, or to express an intelligent argument against it.

It doesn’t matter what your abilities, education, experience, or background might be. Even “a former senior policy adviser in the White House” can be quickly dismissed as an “adolescent” by this towering intellect, who has been made wealthy by the very tax dollars to which you juveniles so desperately (and ignorantly) cling.

The President’s harshest critic

You won’t hear these arguments from the mainstream media, so you should listen to President Obama as he becomes his own best critic on the issue of whether or not he should unilaterally move to grant amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S.

“I am not a dictator, I’m the President.”

Fundamental principles

John Adams (Source: Wikipedia)

John Adams (Source: Wikipedia)

 

 

The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratic council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor.

– John Adams, Letter to Thomas Jefferson [November 13, 1815]

Kyrsten Sinema compares herself to head lice

Kyrsten clearly tries, but it honestly seems like she’s not always firing on all 8 cylinders; kind of like she’s a few slices short of a loaf.

Her latest comment where she compares Congress – herself included – to head lice ranks right up there with the time she said stay at home moms were “leeches,” or the time she described herself as a “Prada socialist.”

“Lice, head lice, is more popular than Congress right now and it is evident Congress is broken, Washington is a mess.”

You don’t see a lot of Kyrsten in the media, but when you do, you always can count on getting a good quote or a YouTube moment.

Our guiding light

“To reverse the trend and reduce the role of government in our lives, and thus alleviate the government deficit and inflation pressures, is a giant educational task. The social and economic ideas that gave birth to the transfer system must be discredited and replaced with old values of individual independence and self-reliance. The social philosophy of individual freedom and unhampered private property must again be our guiding light.”
– Hans F. Sennholz

Destroying the foundations of a free society

“The increased dependence of the individual upon government which inflation produces and the demand for more government action to which this leads may for the socialist be an argument in its favor. Those who wish to preserve freedom should recognize, however, that inflation is probably the most important single factor in that vicious circle wherein one kind of government action makes more and more government control necessary. For this reason, all those who wish to stop the drift toward increasing government control should concentrate their efforts on monetary policy. There is perhaps nothing more disheartening than the fact that there are still so many intelligent and informed people who in most other respects will defend freedom and yet are induced by the immediate benefits of an expansionist policy to support what, in the long run, must destroy the foundations of a free society.”
– Friedrich A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty [1960]

Greedy Hand of Government

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (Source: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.

– Thomas Paine

Honesty

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (Source: Wikipedia)

He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
– Thomas Paine

HHS does not verify the immigration status of sponsors for UAC’s

This is absolutely shameful, and it should be criminal. That is, people like Mark Greenburg, HHS Acting Asst. Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, should be facing prosecution for their actions. Any reasonable person who sees this video should be asking why it takes over four minutes for Mr. Greenburg to plainly state that HHS refuses to check the immigration status of sponsors for the flood of unaccompanied alien children that are crossing our borders right now.

Sen. Coburn’s repeated questions and statements that placing a UAC with an illegal alien sponsor “markedly diminishes” the likelihood that this child will ever be seen by an immigration judge are completely justified. The simple, straightforward fact of the matter – something which Mr. Greenburg skates and dances around for more than four minutes – is that an illegal alien sponsor will not bring a child to an immigration hearing, because doing so would inevitably expose them to a potential deportation hearing themselves.

It is increasingly clear that there is a deliberate, systemic federal policy of ignoring and contravening federal immigration law at every step. So why are there so many people on both sides of the aisle who simply ignore the problem and hope that it will go away?