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The New Normal

Massachusetts and America will have a very clear choice about what path we want to take in this election, and the major political parties represent two competing world views.

Gasoline prices have been steadily rising over the past month. They now hover around $3.70 per gallon. The “official” unemployment rate has climbed to 8.3% (although the “real” unemployment rate is closer to 16%) and millions of Americans are “underwater,” owing more money on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

In all of these cases, we’re told by voices in our government and the op-ed pages of major newspapers that it is not that bad and that mediocrity is to be expected in our current economic climate. According to President Obama and his progressive friends, everything is “just fine”.

This, of course, is election-year nonsense.

Claiming that our current situation is the best we can possibly do is utterly defeatist and emblematic of failed “big government” assumptions and policies.

Massachusetts and America will have a very clear choice about what path we want to take in this election, and the major political parties represent two competing world views. Most Democrats falsely believe that the government creates economic growth and, therefore, must play an ever-growing role in our lives, (taking more money and freedom away from us in the process). Most Republicans accurately believe that we need to encourage economic growth via the private sector and that too much taxation, regulation and legislation is a major barrier to job growth.

The liberal/progressive/Democratic attitude is embodied by Rep. Ed Markey who thinks “regulations create more jobs.” This mindset is also shared by Elizabeth Warren, who doesn’t understand that it is the business owner that initiates commerce by hiring workers - who then pay taxes and use their remaining wages to purchase goods and services. Then, of course, there is President Obama’s now infamous comment denigrating all entrepreneurs by telling them “you didn’t build that.”

All of these individuals are either career politicians, academics, or both. They are beholden to a failed BIG government ideology. Republicans, on the other hand, have a decidedly different outlook and world view. We know that the free market creates economic growth. We know that necessary government spending is the result of economic activity, not the cause of it. We also know that the greatest anti-poverty program in the history of mankind is capitalism.

Where does that leave us? Where do we go from here? The answer is rather straightforward. Republicans know unemployment can be reduced dramatically, and significant economic growth can take place, if we cut government spending, reduce taxes and implement only sensible regulations. Democrats think we can grow our economy with more federal spending, higher taxes and increasingly burdensome regulations. Republicans are right, Democrats are wrong--and every American voter has the opportunity to voice his or her opinion about which vision will succeed this November.

In my view, (and this is shared by the voters I meet everyday in my district), we should not accept high unemployment as a fact of life. We should not accept higher taxes as a “fix” when we should really be holding our elected officials accountable for reining in spending and tackling tough issues. We should not mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren with deficits and debt that kill jobs for regular people while creating busy work for bureaucrats.

Here’s an example of what we should not do. We have an incredible abundance of domestic energy resources that can be safely and responsibly developed, decreasing the cost of living for all Americans. Yet, Rep. Ed Markey intentionally pushes legislation and policies that keep energy prices high. In so doing, he puts hard-working citizens in the position of having to choose between filling up their gas tanks or saving for their retirement, and in some cases, having to decide between heating their homes or putting food on their tables!

Decisions like these should not have to be made. Our government should empower citizens to be independent from government, not dependent on it. There is a bright future for America, but that future will continue to elude us if the government dictates how we live our lives. On the other hand, our success as a state and nation will be secured if, and only if, we embrace the brilliantly-crafted founding principles that place individual sovereignty above government intrusion.

This must be the “new normal”. Let’s make it happen in November.

For more information about Jeff Semon for U.S. Congress please visit www.jeffin2012.com

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MO August 15, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Ed Markey is the high priest of the Global Warming religion, aka Global Ripoff!
George Keith August 15, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Jeff Semon and Scott Brown seem to think that another wholesale handover of the reigns of government to the wealthiest bankers and businesses will improve the economy--when that was exactly what tanked it in the first place. Yet the Tea Party and the GOP keep on chanting the falsehood that "less regulation means a better economy", all the while holding their hands over their ears to block out the obvious and screaming evidence that it doesn't. Democrats like Warren and Markey aren't pushing regulation because they think it will create jobs--though if you look at the numbers, regulation doesn't create or destroy jobs as much as it shifts them around (http://goo.gl/mYDlu). They are pushing for the sort of fairness in the system that has been missing for over a decade. Warren and Markey know that proper levels of regulation protect citizens from the sorts of abuses of the system that brought the economy down around our ears in 2008--a hole out of which we are still climbing (yes, we're climbing--nobody says we're out yet, but we're climbing by nearly every measure: http://goo.gl/oQzga). Yet Scott Brown and Jeff Semon seem "shovel-ready" to go back to digging(!) with platitudes like "Capitalism is the greatest anti-poverty program"; conveniently forgetting the lessons of the past that don't fit their narrative. Democrats like Warren and Markey like capitalism too. They just do it better.
George Keith August 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
It's getting harder and harder to ignore the evidence that global warming is real, a real threat, and being caused by people (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change). But apparently some folks are up to the challenge.
MO August 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM
George, Wikipedia...really? That's funny. 600 articles here that disagree with you. http://www.schnittshow.com/pages/globalwarming.html
Arthur DeLuca August 16, 2012 at 05:11 AM
While it's true that the Earth goes through natural warming and cooling cyccles, it is actually in the COOLING cycle right now. These cycles were known even when I went to school and I learned abiut it then (in the 60's). This is the cooling cyccle, yet the earth keeps getting warmer. Even the scientist who denounced Global Warming recanted his decision last week or so, It was on the national TV news. As for the Wikipedia & Schnitt sources, Wikipedia will only list or change their listings when it is proven the addition or change is actually, factually correct. On the otehr hand, this Schnitt perort seems to be nothing more tha a Google-search-type listsing of what has been thrown out on the internet. I see Penn & Teller on that list. They are entertainers who do comedy magic routines. I don't think they actually performed real scientific experiments. Just because something has been written on the internet doesn't automatically make it true. Haven't you received that e-mail from the African Prince in hiding who finds you to be a man of high moral character and wants to deposit all his money into your bank account to keep it away from the evil people who have taken control of his land?
George Keith August 16, 2012 at 01:56 PM
If you want an intependent opinion, backed up by science: http://www.justfacts.com/globalwarming.asp but if you prefer to get your science from radio shock-jocks, I suppose that's your perogative (I wonder if you would take his investment advice too?) Nothing in science is ever, really 100% certain (not even gravity), but to the degree that people have actually bothered to do experiments, write peer-reviewed papers (where their colleagues have tried to find holes in their work, and eventually found it convincing), the vast majority of scientists agree that climate change is happening, and it's caused by people. Yes, there are some holdouts and wingnuts (not all holdouts are wingnuts), but there are also holdouts who still believe the earth is flat, and write articles that probably show up on AM radio too. If you want to go with the *informed* opinion, it comes down pretty heavily on the side of anthropogenic climate change. If you want a breakdown of opinion, the most recent survey of climate scientists showed that "Of those surveyed, 97% agreed that that global temperatures have risen over the past century. Moreover, 84% agreed that "human-induced greenhouse warming" is now occurring. Only 5% disagreed with the idea that human activity is a significant cause of global warming".
MO August 16, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Markey championed those pricey, twisty CFL light bulbs that are now proven to be dangerous to your health. CFL’s emit dangerous UV Rays. Can we bring them down to Markey’s office for an exchange? Are they in our schools? http://on.aol.com/video/research-finds-cfl-bulbs-emit-dangerous-uv-rays-517433542
Arthur DeLuca August 17, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Not quite correct, but close. While the CFL lights, PRODUCE UV rays (just as the old-fashioned flourescent lights have done for the fifty years or so they've been around), the glass in the "bulb" blocks the harmful UV rays, just as the old-fashioned flourescent bulbs have done since inception. It's the same with the Sun. that's why you can't get a suntan through your indoor widows. it takes a special kind of glass to let the harmful UV rays through. This glass is used in some black light lightbulbs (I forget at the moment if it's the Long-Wave or the Short-Wave Ultra Violet radiation that's harmful). But they still are an environmental hazard as they contain some quantities of mercury, so the burned out bulbs should not be thrown in the trash. These you bring to City Hall (rather than Ed Markey's office) 3rd floor for recycling. They will take them as long as they are intact (meaning the glass is not broken). Another joke is requiring hospitals to get rid of their old blood pressure meters and thermometers (they use mercury) to replace them with electronic readers) so they can be environmentally friendly, but to NOT require them to replace their fluorescent lighting. I can't help but wonder if the government is collecting all those old mercury devices and giving them to the bulb makers to sell the mercury back to us inside their flourescent bulbs. The LED bulbs are safe but too costly at the moment.
MO August 17, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Put your sunblock on if you plan on keeping these CFL bulbs around. Scientists at Stony Brook University in New York studied the eco-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs and found that ALL the bulbs they tested, regardless of brand, emitted "significant" levels of UV rays. The study's lead author, Miriam Rafailovich, noted that, "skin cells exposed to (compact fluorescent light) emissions showed the same damage as those exposed to UV light." The study revealed that the skin damage from the light bulbs occurred when people were close to them, such as a distance of one or two feet. Therefore, doctors advise keeping at least a couple of feet from these bulbs, covering them with glass and wearing sun block at all times.
MO August 21, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Another Markey supported GREEN Boondoggle: Waltham based A 123 Systems, the “green,” federal stimulus funded lithium ion battery manufacturer recently announced some horrendous quarterly results. A123 reported a loss of $82.9 million in the second quarter which is up from a loss of $55 million a year earlier. A 123 is the battery supplier to electric car-maker Fisker. A123 also announced that the company has entered into a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese industrial group, Wanxiang, that will give the Chinese control of the company. Back on August 5, 2009, Ed Markey released this statement: “We shouldn’t have to trade a reliance on Middle Eastern oil for East Asian batteries. Through these grants, A123 and other American clean tech companies will re-energize our economy, re-establish America as a technology leader, and renew our commitment to a better environment. I congratulate A123 for receiving this prestigious grant,” said Congressman Ed Markey. So, China gets the company, and the taxpayers get to repay the borrowed money to pay for this grant.
LifelongMedford August 21, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Arthur/George: I admire your optimism to persuade people like MO that Climate Change is real and will significantly impact our future. But you give him too much credit for being able to look at scientific data and draw reasonable conclusions. We just have to admit that there is a fringe, backwards looking population that gets all its news from Fox and is afraid to move forward. I think you're time would be better spent on other things than convincing these "earth is flat" people that climate change is happening all around us.

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