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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke: "The Problem with Socialism is that You eventually Run Out of Other People's Money"

Greetings to everyone in western Illinois. It is time to be thinking hard on your vegetable garden. When your lawn starts to green up, it is time to start planting cold hardy seeds. Grass starts to grow when the soil temperatures reaches 43 degrees F.

The president and his subordinates recently "wooled" Rush Limbaugh around like a dog with a bone. It seems Limbaugh expressed feel'ns that he hoped Obama's policies fail. With that, Obama's stooges threw "the fat into the fire" and "poked up a hornet's nest" by attacking Limbaugh. Newt Gingrich got in on the act just for publicity for his personal gain.

Now myself, I have never listened to Mr. Limbaugh and don't particularly care for Mr. Gingrich by the stories I've heard. They might both be good and they might both be bad, I don't know. I hear enough on both sides of their likability and care not to enter into the debate at this time. They must be quite the entertainers, because they seem to have quite a following.

However, poll results taken after the 2004 election showed that 51 percent of Democrats hoped Bush failed. The Democrats propaganda machine, the liberal press, worked tirelessly toward that end. That seems to hold quite a bit of hypocracy to me. But then, maybe the real purpose of the Limbaugh attacks is to continue to set up strawmen as a diversionary tactic. All the while, Obama hurriedly goes about trying to change our culture, and the way we do business.

He attacks our food safety system as a "hazard to public health" and proposes what he calls a "long overdue overhaul". No matter what the cost to the producer and consumer is. He has no significant statistical data to back up his wild claims. His justification lies in the fact his daughter eats three peanut butter sandwiches a week!

Of course former governor Vilsak and now acting secretary of agriculture also has similar valid claims to his qualifications for his present job. He stated, believe it or not, that he grew up as a "fat boy" which qualifies him as knowing a lot about food!?

Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, asserts that the USA is "a nation of cowards" on matters of race. He appears to be using the cover of being an oppressed race to get away with the very thing he claims to want to change.

President Obama has confused "scientific integrity" with Frankenstein science, by lifting stem cell research limits. With human life beginning at conception, taxpayer dollars will now be available for use in the direct and intentional killing of human beings. Those embryos will be exploited as so much raw material. He uses a good end to justify an evil means.

Adult stem cell research has generated cures and treatments for all kinds of diseases. At the same time embryonic stem cell research has cured nothing. In fact, thus far it has produced tumors in animals. For my values and taxpayer dollars I prefer safety for innocent embryo's and advocate the type of research used at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which reprograms human skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells.

Other interesting matters to the farmer is the potential to limit dust omissions from any particular farm. That in addition to a tax on individual livestock for "gas emissions". If'n you don't pay up on your proposed fines I suppose you will lose your drivers license! Short of that it will be used as a tool to bring you in line with "Big Governments" line of thought.

Cap and trade is another Obama proposal that will be a very costly proposal dressed up as climate policy but is a thinly veiled tax-and-spend program. It will effect everyone with a cost of $1.6 trillion to $1.9 trillion over the period of 2012-2019. Whose pocket do you ultimately suppose this wealth transfer will come out of? Obama's ploy is to use $0.6 trillion of this cap and trade revenue for programs generally accepted by the bulk of his voters. The kicker is that $1 trillion is hidden for programs to be named later! Everyone that uses energy gets to pay on this one, no matter what your income level.

Exhorbitant EPA threats to corporate America have been around for a long time. As the EPA issued huge fines and intolerable expenses to companies bottom line, the average U.S. citizen smiled and ignored it. Now that the EPA's totalitarian power has come closer to home for the average taxpayer, their is little remaining argument to help him out. Does this sound familiar to another era and government of about 70 or 80 years ago?

Alexander Hamilton said it best in Federalist Paper Number I: "A dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the spacious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious count to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants".

Mr. Alexander Hamilton, your words certainly ring true today, whereby crisis is used to govern and create a zeal for the rights of the U.S. people. "Big Government" Obama style, I fear your coming? And, by the way, why waste a good crisis?!

Utilize a good crisis for as long as long as possible to further other goals. Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 to December 19, 1968) was a leading American socialist, pacifist and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. He stated in a 1944 speech: "The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism", they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened".

Margaret Thatcher, of Great Britian, is quoted as stating: "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money".

Thomas Jefferson said it best: "Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who are not".

Keep on smil'n.

Catch ya later,

Barnyard Bruke