Government Graphs To Prime Your Vote

Every small-government voter should see these graphs — and vote on Election Day.

With just 12 days until the November 2
elections, pro-market, small-government candidates, activists, and concerned citizens should study and then disseminate three charts that perfectly encapsulate the status quo that, if all goes well, the midterm vote will capsize.

The first of these looks as intricate as an integrated circuit. Titled “Your New Health Care System,” this schematic shows how Obamacare’s hundreds of moving parts will fit together and
whirl — or not, as rising health costs at Boeing, McDonald’s, and the
United Federation of Teachers (to name a few affected organizations)
already reveal.

Staff members at the Congressional Joint Economic Committee “spent four months, night and day, and weekends” assembling this amazing graphic, Rep. Kevin Brady (R., Texas) tells me by phone.
“They vetted it based on all 2,801 pages of the Obamacare legislation.
They captured this new law’s stunningly complexity.”

Well, almost.

Literally scores of icons and symbols show how the president, the
secretary of health and human services, the IRS, and other existing
federal actors and agencies interact with Obamacare’s new entities
including, among many others, the Elder Justice Coordinating Council,
the Medicare Prescription Drug and MA-PD Complaint System, and the
National Oral Health Public Education Campaign.

Even worse, the JEC’s diligent personnel could not fit all of this new
law’s boards, commissions, mandates, and other elements onto this chart.
So, by way of shorthand, they created “bundles of bureaucracy.” Beyond
those functions delineated in the chart, these seven collective symbols
respectively represent clusters of four loan repayment and forgiveness
programs, four other new regulatory programs, 17 insurance mandates, 19
special-interest provisions, 22 other new bureaucracies, 26 other new
demonstration and pilot programs, and 59 other new grant programs. These 151 additional items within Obamacare do not appear individually on this diagram. As Representative Brady explains, “If we included all of these units, this chart would be three times larger.”

Anyone who believes the JEC concocted this out of thin air should think
again. Beneath each new program or agency, policy analysts cited the
section in the Obamacare law that empowers that particular intervention
in the American people’s medical decisions. The lines that connect
programs to mandates indicate the pertinent passages of the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act that bind them together.

The JEC’s 25-megabyte creation is difficult to transmit via e-mail. However, a convenient link
opens a PDF that allows readers to zoom in and explore this chart in amazing and shocking detail.
Even those who believe that government actively should heal the
American people must wonder if that goal really required something this
staggeringly convoluted.

As it is, the JEC’s chart is both an incredibly impressive piece of
graphic design and a jaw-dropping glimpse of the health-care Hell that
awaits the American people, unless they elect a new Congress to shutter
this entire fiasco before it renders this republic irretrievably ill.

The second chart appeared in the New York Post on September 6 and is based on a Heritage Foundation analysis
of figures from the U.S. Labor Department, the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, and Haver Analytics. Between December 2007, when the Great
Recession began, and last July, the private sector lost 7,837,000 jobs
(down 6.8 percent). Local-government employment
dropped 128,000 positions (minus 0.9 percent), while state governments
shed 6,000 positions (less 0.1 percent). Meanwhile, Washington, D.C.,
boomed. Federal employment zoomed by 198,100 slots as Uncle Sam’s workforce expanded by 10 percent.

This graph’s whiff of Marie Antoinette should boil every patriot’s blood. While the American people live increasingly ascetic lives, and even city halls and statehouses
have displayed some restraint, Washington, D.C., increasingly resembles
Versailles — an out-of-touch, extravagant, and callous place that fuels
little beyond the nation’s disgust, fury, and organized rebellion. As
the party rages within the Beltway, federal revelers scream, “Let them
pay taxes!”

Finally, USA Today on August 10 published this front-page
chart based on Bureau of Economic Analysis data. It shows that in 2009,
the average private-sector employee saw compensation of $61,051
($50,462 in wages and $10,589 in benefits). Among state- and
local-government workers, the relevant figure was $69,913 ($53,056 in
wages and $16,857 in benefits). For federal-civilian employees, the picture was far prettier: Compensation stood at $123,049 ($81,258 in wages and $41,791 in benefits).

These nauseating numbers show federal employees earning 201 percent of the average private worker’s compensation. Federal benefits equal 395
percent of private-sector benefits.

This bloat is bipartisan. While President Obama’s spending spree has
exacerbated the inequality of federal vs. private compensation, this
problem reaches into the irresponsible Bush-Rove years. Between 2000 and
2009, private salaries and
benefits grew by 8.8 percent after inflation. Among federal civilians,
however, salaries and benefits exploded by 36.9 percent.

Liberal pundits who wonder why so many Americans are so angry today
should examine these graphs, which should answer that question.

If these charts infuriate you, please forward them to your friends.
Copy and hand them to your co-workers. Distribute them on street

And ask everyone who sees them to do one thing on November 2: vote.

— Deroy Murdock is a nationally syndicated
columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with
the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford

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Comment by luggnutz on October 24, 2010 at 3:19pm
While walking down the street one day a Corrupt
Senator was tragically hit by a car and died.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle
in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these
parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What

we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can
choose where to spend eternity."
"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says
the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down,
down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.
In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends
and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake
his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the
expense of the people.

They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and
the finest champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is
having a good time dancing and telling jokes.
They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it,
it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St.
Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven...”
So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls
moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time
and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now
choose your eternity."

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would
never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I
would be better off in hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren
land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking
up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls to the ground.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.

"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I
was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and
caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a
wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"

The devil smiles at him and says,
"Yesterday we were campaigning,

Today, you voted.."

Vote wisely on
November 2, 2010

"Destroying the New World Order"


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