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Succinct insight from Dorothy Sayers:

If you wish to preserve a free democracy, you must base it — not on classes and categories, for this will land you in the totalitarian State, where no one may act or think except as the member of a category. You must base it upon the individual . . . upon you and me. (p 50)

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With the passing of ObamaCare on 3/21/10, a day of infamy, the United States departed from her foundational principles of individual freedom and liberty and lurched into the realm of Socialism. The Democrat motto of “the right of healthcare for all” comes at a price. With a federal deficit on the fast track to insolvency, the Democrats have only one option to realize this untenable utopia: tax increases for all. Hardest hit will be businesses–large and small. Big business will pass along the costs by increasing their prices as well as cut expenses (translation: decrease their workforce) and small businesses will be forced to close their doors.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) sent a letter in December 2009 to Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell outlining the dangers of this legislation to small business. A local small business owner shares her fears about the tax increases from the healthcare legislation.

Howard Portnoy discusses the impact of ObamaCare on restaurants in the Green Room.

As oil is needed for an engine to run, entrepreneurs and businesses–both large and small–are necessary for  a vibrant economy. The Obama Administration and Democrat policies seem to think they will be a sufficient oasis for a desolate economy and discouraged public. In their egotism, they have overestimated their importance and ability to solve our economies problems. On the contrary, they are only exasperating the issues.

Gabriel at AoS has some troubling revelations.

Welcome to 2010! It’s a new year and that means it’s time to make some goals for the next 365 days. 

Yes, I make New Year resolutions and generally attain many of them, but certainly not all of them. I know most people steer clear of NY resolutions, but I am not one of them. Taking personal inventory is a good thing. There is a saying, “If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” The only way to grow and be the best me that God wants me to be for the greater good is by challenging myself and aiming for new heights. That includes introspection, which can be painful and messy.

Some of my goals are recycled, some are new. I focus on different areas: spirit, soul, mind, body, family, and work. This year I’m adding some new categories: Angel (our new dog, a rescue pet, and yes, we need to set some goals with her!) and finances. I ask the Lord for a theme and how he desires me to grow and be shaped in the next year. Over the years I’ve learned to set realistic targets, hence I actually accomplish some of them! 

For some fun NY ideas, go here

Slightly Off-Topic ~

I am still trying to figure out the thematic content of this blog. My tag is “musings on faith, culture, and politics,” but I’ve written mostly about politics. Honestly, it generates a lot of traffic and that is enticing. Yet, I don’t want to be trapped into writing about one topic and, frankly, it’s draining and time-consuming. The media machine never stops: it’s 24/7/365. I’ll leave that to more qualified people who enjoy the madness of  politics. My topics will reflect my life and interests–a hodgepodge of musings. 

May this be a year of new beginnings, growth, and the realization of many dreams. Blessings to you.

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