The Virtual Vitamin

A Daily Dose of Insight and Common Sense

A Difference Between Capitalism and Capitol-ism

If the market is in recovery, it is in spite of the stimulus, manipulation, and over-regulation by the government and not because of it.  It only shows the resolve of the American people and corporations, our ability to adapt, our survival instinct, and our innate pursuit of happiness.  We will keep going, keep striving for true progress, and keep disputing the oppressive power of the government over enterprise. We need a rightful separation of commerce and state.  Oversight is now overstepping.  It has gone from market protection to market manipulation, and continues on to market control.  The excessive regulation power has become corrupt.  Almost 3.5 billion dollars were spent on federal lobbying last year, proof that influence may be bought, and that amount keeps climbing.  Legislators need to be reminded of who they work for.  Campaigns may be financed, but our votes cannot be bought.  The American people are not on the take.

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June 4, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Candidate Catch 22

Those we need to run for political office are both honest and smart enough not to.  The electorate is desperate to back a candidate who doesn’t even want to be on the ballot.  They know the responsibility and sacrifice that comes with servant leadership and surrendered authority.  They value family, prior commitments, and making a difference where they are.  We are now pleading for those with the integrity and intelligence we need to represent us, to step out of their comfort zones and step up to the plate.   For those who seek truth above power.

May 31, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ignorance of the Law is No Excuse

Especially when you have a law degree.  The ratio of lawyers in Washington, DC is probably higher than anywhere in the world and even higher when Congress is in session.  One of the prerequisites for political office has become passing a bar exam.  Yet after being elected to office, politicians have no recollection of tax law, ethics, or professional responsibility. 

I haven’t read it, I haven’t been briefed on that issue, or I just found out about it this morning.

We don’t want an official statement that has been combed through and manipulated by defense attorneys.  We want the truth, simply put, and in plain English.  Legal speak only comments on the surface of the water, we deserve to know what is lurking underneath.  No more excuses.  Transparency, honesty, and respect!  Accountability begins November 2, 2010!

May 29, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to the Fun House

With their poll numbers stumbling in the low forties and the coming election mirroring crazy, liberals are now set on the defensive.  Congressional Democrats are now spinning on a Wipeout ride with the floor about to drop out from underneath them.  They must have ignored the disclaimer signs:  you must be this intelligent to ride, no one gets a free pass, and those being dishonest will be escorted out at the polls.  There isn’t an anti-incumbency trend; there is a pro-involvement trend.  People are stopping to pay attention and the uninformed party line voters are rethinking decades of ballot marks.  Contested primaries are popping up all over the country and by 2012 independents will have wised up and chosen a side to retain their right to be heard.  Registering independent only allows the fringe on both sides of the aisle to control which clowns are on the ballot, a strategy well-played by party ringmasters.  The real election takes place in the summer, before the circus comes to town.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Place Your Bets

Some play the lottery, others hit the casinos, but most bet on Wall Street.  Where does Wall Street like to gamble?  On politicians.  In today’s political culture filled with back room deals and bought favors, when corporations make campaign donations it is more of a bet than an endorsement or support for a candidate.  Most of Wall Street plays both sides hoping for a return on their investment.  A larger contribution simply indicates who they think will win, not particularly whose current policies would be in their best interest.  The goal is to leverage an “I’m on your side” mentality so that those firms will have a seat at the table when future legislation is written.  It is a wager that the winner will give them a voice, and money continues to talk.  The Democrats who in recent elections were favored to win and favored by corporate and union donations, now oppose the Supreme Court’s easing of those donation restrictions.  Why?  The left knows that the pendulum is swinging toward the right again and fears the floodgates when the money starts flowing.  The center-right grassroots current that is rippling across the country will be backed by a wave of funding to wash the majority out of the Capitol.  Betting will open soon for the November election.  Will the current majority be betting on the money in the air or the feet on the ground?  Should the people wager on Washington or Wall Street?

April 28, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment