The Virtual Vitamin

A Daily Dose of Insight and Common Sense

Federal Steroids Stunting Job Growth

The results of temporarily strengthening the economy with artificial gains have long-term negative effects.  The unhealthy economic atmosphere created by over-regulation caps the benefits of hiring.  Health insurance, worker’s comp., stricter requirements for larger businesses, and the unknown impacts of proposed legislation all limit expansion and deter entrepreneurship.  Innovation, improvements, and new industry are caged in red tape and government assistance programs.  It requires so many private sector jobs to support a single government salary, especially when government workers make about 40% more for doing that same job.  The government should not be in the investment business.  We need good stewards, not better brokers with our tax dollars.  It’s time to get off the juice.

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June 7, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Taxes | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

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

Insider Legislating

Washington insiders create the plumbing framework behind the scenes and then use legislation to turn on the water.  To adjust the faucet they pass laws, use regulation, and award government contracts.   They manipulate the tax code and federal spending, put provisions on health care, and now we have the epitome of government serving self-interest in the cap-and-trade legislation.  Those in power are financially investing in the agenda, influencing the outcome, and will soon be collecting the money that comes flowing in if it passes.  While the rest of the country is facing a drought, the government is threatening to crimp the hose.  Washington wanting to regulate Wall St. is simply the accusation of a guilty conscience, or maybe corruption just doesn’t like competition.

June 1, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oxymorons on the Left

If the product isn’t selling, change the label.  The rhetoric of the left is intentionally misleading.  The names leftist groups use to label themselves or laws are deliberately deceiving, the guile disguised in a pretty package.  Take a piece of liberal legislation, select one of the three thousand pages, water it down, sugar coat it, leave it half-baked at 180 degrees and you’ll have the title of the bill they are trying to sell to the American people and the congressmen who will never read it.  One current example is the Cap and Trade bill, inaptly named The American Power Act.  This un-American bill will restrict power, benefit other countries, and only empower regulators.   If only we could get the FDA to put requirements on the labels for what Washington is trying to shove down our throats.

May 26, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs

The earmark culture in Washington brings out the kid in all of us, strapped into the shopping cart with all of the sugary cereals placed just within reach.  What we want taking priority over what we need.  We wait like children at the door asking, “What did you bring me?” $18.5 billion a year is spent on congressional pet projects to appease the voters.  With tantrums ensuing if our district isn’t getting what we feel is deserved.   We need to dismiss the cartoon endorsed packages for ones with true character and real substance.  It’s time to grow up and start buying cereal for its nutritional value, rather than the prize at the bottom of the box.

May 18, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poison Apple Pie

Almost all of the federal legislation that has been passed in the past year has been served to a public that has been falsely told they are starving.  Skipping a meal or two or a few legislative sessions won’t cause us to waste away.  Waiting to do what is right is better than doing what is right now.  The current agenda is full of bad apples.  The tainted items continue to be baked into every law that is brought to the table.  Republicans know that the dish will be toxic yet some are still adding their own ingredients into the mix.  I’m not saying that they should get out of the kitchen, but it would be nice if they would quit stirring the pot.  The American people will be restocking the pantry come November.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Are Stop Signs Merely Suggestions?

Were laws meant to be broken? What laws are okay to break?  Is it okay to go over the speed limit, cheat on taxes, use recreational drugs, download copyrighted media, or remain in the country illegally?  Is the law written in ink or sand?  What happens to a nation built on the rule of law when the law is not respected, even by those entrusted to uphold it?  Are we still a country of laws and not men, if men decide what laws to enforce?  Equal justice under the law does not discriminate.  Sympathy, political agendas, and subjective enforcement are unconstitutional.  It is not the right of executive or judicial powers to discriminate against legislation rightfully passed.  The separation of powers and the Constitution are for the protection of the people and the states.  Legislative representation acts as the voice of the people, and the people have spoken.

May 10, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Distaste for Delay

More items on the President’s agenda are being removed from the heat to be warmed up later when they are more politically convenient.  The issues Americans want addressed are being delayed if the current mindset of the masses doesn’t match that of the administration.  Immigration reform is being put on the back burner now that the firestorm has started in the desert.  Strengthening the borders would score political points, but currently addressing the 12 million plus illegal immigrants that are already here would have considerable consequences.  The next item to be thrown on the grill is Cap and Trade, because it won’t withstand the fire of the next Congress.  The American people believe that there are more imminent threats than global warming.  Border security, terrorism, Iran, the National Debt, and the jobless rate, should be on today’s menu.  With more restrictions on salt, what’s on the President’s plate will be even harder to swallow.

May 1, 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

The Ref is Betting on the Game

It is the responsibility of individuals to be charitable; it is the responsibility of the government to be just.  If justice is blind, if all are equal under the law, then the benefits of citizenship should be equal for all citizens.  Legislating with prejudice, singling out certain states, banks, companies, or certain income brackets, and almost every law passed in the last century, all attempt to level the players and not the playing field.  It works for jockeys at the races, but not for the horses.  Why not?  Because the horses are competing.  The foundation of capitalism is healthy competition.  The ref has been paid off in order to stay in power.  We just want a fair game.

April 18, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , | Leave a comment