Forgetting Ronald Reagan

All right, this needs to stop before it gets completely out of hand. Even President Barack Obama is doing it these days: “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America…” And you’re hard at work changing it back; right, Mr. President?

I met Reagan once. I was a kid, barely old enough to reach the copies of National Review at the book store. It was 1980, and he stopped in my town to remind us how much worse off we all were than we had been four years ago. To the best of my recollection, dark-horse Presidential candidate John Anderson came through town the following week, but by then he might as well have been a zebra on the track at the Kentucky Derby. The real jackass in the race never visited my town.

His physical stature paled next to his ineffable presence. He filled the room, and when he spoke to you, even if you were a snot-nosed kid who was never going to be able to vote for him, he was speaking to you. I immediately liked him.

He reminded me of my father.

Ronald Reagan reminded everyone of their fathers. At least, he reminded them of the fathers they grew up watching on television. Reagan would have understood that there was NO WAY you were the one who sliced a three-wood off the back porch into the neighbors’ garage; and besides, the neighbors were jerks anyway — putting their house right there.

As evidenced by the stampede of Democrats who cast ballots in Reagan’s favor in 1984, he was nearly everything to everyone. Reagan was the proud patriot who eulogized the heroes of Pointe Du Hoc. He was the indestructible superhero who shrugged off an assassin’s bullet while being wheeled into surgery. He was the soft-shouldered father-figure who held us in his warm embrace as we mourned the Challenger crew. He was also the glowering Titan who warned off danger, punished those who threatened our safety and made the bad guys rethink their career paths.

He was, of course, far from perfect. But, given that the last perfect guy who trod these earthly climes ended up nailed to a tree, I suppose we can and should forgive him his humanity.

While Reagan made patriotism stylish again, evoking Heaven itself in his effusive homage to America; he made life a living hell for Democrats. Even as they made gains in Congress in both 1982 and 1986, the Democrats couldn’t conjure up a candidate who could believably stand in the shadow of the Great Communicator without disappearing entirely. In 1988, George H.W. Bush had merely to run on his record of standing next to Reagan on a couple of choice occasions and Michael Dukakis was cooked. However, eight years of life as Reagan’s boy Friday meant only four years for Bush the elder. In fact, it could be fairly said four years of reminding us that he was not Reagan cost Bush four more years in the White House.

Reagan left the White House 22 years ago and this mortal plane seven years ago. But his legacy still lingers. The mere fact that everyone who could spell “Gipper” took a moment to observe the passing of his 100th birthday last Sunday is testament to his lasting influence. No one put together a special for LBJ’s 100th. Even Obama has tried to stroll in Reagan’s oversized shoes of late.

Last weekend, ABC’s John Berman whined that the observance of Reagan’s 100th was sending politicians over the edge:

"There is Reagan Airport, the Reagan Building, the Reagan Library. Then there is the church of Reagan, where candidates worship."

Hey, they ALL get libraries, John. There’s even a Clinton library, but you have to be 18 to get in. And have fun reading back issues of Juggs by the light of a purple neon moon.

With the 2012 Presidential race already heating up as everyone with an eye on the Oval Office begins making “I’m just sightseeing” trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, allow me to offer some advice to the prospective candidate:

Stop comparing yourself to Ronald Reagan. Although the media’s goal is to diminish you by comparison — which is itself an acknowledgement of Reagan’s greatness — they have this one right. I met Ronald Reagan; you’re no Ronald Reagan.

It Feels So Good

In response to a discussion of a deflationary depression versus an inflationary depression, readers often ask me if a “soft landing” is possible. I guess the answer to that question depends on how you define soft landing.

If by soft landing, you mean we will somehow muddle through, things will calm down on their own and we will not experience a great deal of pain, the answer is no. But if your definition of soft landing is an economy that declines slowly, without violent revolution, I would say such a scenario is possible.

There are a number of complex factors at play here, but let’s begin with the most obvious one: Human nature. I believe it was Groucho Marx who told the joke about a man standing on a street corner, hitting himself over the head with a hammer. When asked why he would inflict such pain on himself, the guy answered, “Because it feels so good when I stop.”

Groucho’s joke reminds me of just how adaptable human beings are. After all, Americans have been hitting themselves over the head with a financial hammer for decades, but they’ve become so used to it that they are immune to the pain. Human beings seem to have an uncanny ability to adapt to discomfort.

Which is why, in the past, most producers continued to create wealth even when their taxes rose to draconian levels. During World War II, the top tax rate reached 94 percent, and it remained at 91 percent until 1964. With such astronomical tax rates in effect, it’s amazing that we managed to survive — but we did.

So, yes, I believe people could get used to the lower living standards that are on the horizon once resignation sets in — provided the drop isn’t too fast. But since President Barack Obama and his progressive pals took control of things in Washington, we’ve experienced a dramatic drop in living standards in a very short period of time, and that has gotten people’s attention.

Many are talking about postponing retirement, or not retiring at all; cutting back on — or completely eliminating — vacations has already started; dining out four nights a week is becoming a thing of the past; and soon people won’t be able to afford to buy those high-priced tickets to sporting events that fill sports stadiums and arenas from coast to coast.

In this respect, Obama’s fake move toward the center could be the best thing that ever happened to his spread-the-wealth agenda. To the extent government infringements on individual rights are spread over a longer period of time, Americans are more likely to adapt to a progressively lower standard of living. It’s not really muddling through; it’s muddling downward — in stages — one step at a time, and giving people a chance to adapt to the next lower standard.

If you’re thinking gradualism, you’re right. It has worked like magic for the U.S. government for at least a hundred years, and it could once again protect politicians against outright rebellion. By contrast, a quick and total deflationary collapse would not be peaceful because, unlike 1929, a huge percentage of today’s population has a deeply ingrained entitlement mindset.

But what about producers? Won’t they stop producing? Not at first. I believe that, at least for a while, producers will keep producing even as they have to share ever-larger pieces of their pie with non-producers.

At some point, however — and no one knows exactly when that point will be reached — producers will escape to Galt’s Gulch. It may not be a physical place, as in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, but, one by one, they will stop producing. And if things get too bad, many will simply expatriate.

Which brings me back to a soft landing. It may be hard to accept, but a gradual lowering of the living standards of most Americans would be more harmful over the long term than a rapid and complete collapse of the U.S. economy.

As an analogy, immediately after 9/11 a vast majority of Americans were fighting mad and the general tone of the public was patriotic. Today, the radical Islamic threat is far greater than it was right after 9/11, but because there have been no major attacks on U.S. soil, the “war on terror” is no longer a high priority in most people’s minds. Americans have gotten used to the idea that terrorists are spread throughout the U.S. pretending to be everyday citizens, so they have mentally adapted to the threat.

The point is that everything, no matter how damaging it may be to our well-being, becomes normal to us over a period of time. An abused woman comes to believe her situation is normal. A kid who is bullied in school comes to believe his situation is normal.

My concern is that if we keep hitting ourselves over the head with the hammer of a slow collapse of our economy, Americans will gradually get used to a step-by-step lower standard of living, the result being that they will come to think of each new level as normal. No rebellion — just a nice, soft landing.

Which is why, if it’s important to you that your children and grandchildren live better than you’re living today, you should pray for things to unravel quickly — followed by a successful counter-revolution in the form of educating the public about both the morality and practicality of freedom and free enterprise.

The truth no one wants to face up to is that we cannot start rebuilding America until we hit bottom and admit that we no longer have a republic, that our government is corrupt and out of control, that our Constitution has become irrelevant to our rulers and that our debt can never be repaid. As I have said so often, most people do not love truth; instead, they try to make true that which they love.

Speaking for myself, investing the time, energy and discomfort involved in fighting for freedom trumps a slow and peaceful slide into servitude any day of the week.

To learn more about what has transpired in our country and how we can return to a freer and more prosperous nation, I urge you to take advantage of this limited-time offer to receive my new book, Restoring the American Dream: The Defining Voice in the Movement for Liberty, for free. Just click here to learn how to get your autographed copy.

— Robert Ringer

Wife Of Supreme Court Justice Heads Conservative Consulting Firm

Wife of Supreme Court Justice heads conservative consulting firmLegal ethicists have raised concerns about the latest political move by Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, claiming that her role as "an ambassador to the Tea Party movement" could affect her husband's ability to remain objective.

According to, Virginia Thomas recently founded a lobbying firm called Liberty Consulting. The group, which promotes limited government, free enterprise and other conservative causes, pledges to use "experience and connections" to help clients with their efforts and donation strategies. The news provider reported that Virginia Thomas has already met with nearly half of the 99 GOP freshmen in Congress.

Some legal experts believe that her new role creates a conflict of interest since her husband is expected to rule on hotly-debated issues such as healthcare and campaign finance regulation.

Justice Thomas "should not be sitting on a case or reviewing a statute that his wife has lobbied for," Monroe H. Freedman, a Hofstra Law School professor, told The New York Times. "If the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned, that creates a perception problem."

Last week, the watchdog group called for a criminal investigation of Justice Thomas for failing to disclose his wife's income on past financial reports. The organization alleged that the judge omitted his spousal income from as far back as 1989 — including approximately $686,000 from conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation — which, if revealed, could have led to his disqualification from hearing certain cases that may have benefited his wife. 

The Folly Of Interventionism

The uprising in Egypt, a United States puppet state run for 30 years by an America-approved dictator, demonstrates yet again the folly of a foreign policy of interventionism.

Despite billions of dollars in aid to Egypt, the Egyptian people don’t view America in a favorable light. According to a 2010 Zogby poll, fully 90 percent of Egyptians viewed the United States as a threat. Other polls show that eight out of 10 Egyptians view America unfavorably, and almost half view America very unfavorably.

Egyptians, tired of tyranny, are protesting in an effort to build a more democratic country. For his part, President Barack Obama continues to walk the fence between supporting long-time U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak and trying to get out front of whichever force on the ground establishes itself as the leader of the anti-Mubarak faction.

That leaves the U.S. in a precarious position. On the one hand, if Mubarak survives, the Egyptian people will see his survival as the result of America’s meddling in the affairs of their country, and they’ll hate us even more. If the anti-government forces prevail — particularly if the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood achieves dominant status — the new government will not be as friendly to the U.S. or Israel.

To top it off, other U.S. puppet states like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain may fall next. That’s many more billions of U.S. fiat currency out the window.

In the name of foreign policy the U.S. has spread untold wealth on nations throughout the Middle East and Eastern and Western Europe. It has propped up tyrants, created jealousies and hard feelings and supplied Europeans with nanny state-style benefits.

The money wasted over there could have been better used over here building a strong economy and improving the lives of Americans. Instead, it’s created enemies of the people who have suffered under the tyranny of America-financed dictators.

The current Congress is debating ways to cut the budget. Money to dictatorial regimes for the purpose of improving their military might and clamping down hard on their people should be the first line item to get the ax. Next should be money that funds U.S. military bases around the world.

President George Washington, in his farewell address, warned against establishing permanent alliances. He said:

“Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people, under an efficient government, the period is not far off, when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality, we may at any time resolve upon, to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.

“Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?

“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.

“Taking care always to keep ourselves, by suitable establishments, on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies.”

It’s way past time for us to heed his advice.

Governors Pen Letter That Blasts Obamacare

Governors pen letter that blasts ObamacareOne week after Obamacare was ruled unConstitutional by a Federal judge in Florida, a total of 21 Republican governors have signed a letter to the United States government detailing how the healthcare overhaul might cripple their States' budgets.

According to media reports, the leaders sent the letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. They proposed six changes to the law, including provisions that would give States more flexibility in crafting insurance exchanges and waivers that would relieve States of the bill's "costly mandates."

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who is a rumored GOP candidate for the 2012 Presidential elections, was one of the officials who supported the letter. In an op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 7, Daniels called Obamacare a "massive mistake" and claimed that it would cost Indiana taxpayers up to $3 billion over a decade.

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson of Florida declared the entire healthcare act unConstitutional. The Obama administration condemned the ruling, and said that it will continue to implement the law without interruption.

"Congress defied the will of American voters in passing the [Patient Protection and Affordable Care] Act," said Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, "and now the Administration will defy the Court, spending billions of dollars on implementing the Act while the courts proceed."

Another Bush

The campaign to select the Republican to challenge Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential election is underway and it seems the Republican brain trust has selected its challenger: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

The neoconservative rag National Review — the champion of liberal Republican RINOs like John McCain and Mike Castle and mouthpiece for the Republican establishment — is touting Jeb’s credentials in its cover story this week, and on Monday, Editor Rich Lowry posted on National Review Online eight reasons Jeb should run in 2012 rather than 2016. His reasons: The GOP field is wide open, 2016 will be too late (twice), brother George W.’s legacy  is being rehabilitated, Jeb will always be a Bush, he’s not just another Bush, he can unite the party and waiting is a mistake (see Mario Cuomo).

I can think of as many reasons why another Bush would be bad for the country. But for the sake of brevity, I’ll mention just one: Perpetual war.

In January 1991, President George H.W. Bush launched a war in the Middle East that continues more than 20 years later. Started under the pretext of freeing Kuwait from a dictator — Iraq’s Saddam Hussein — the war was fought to ensure the free flow of oil to America from Bush the elder’s bosom buddies, Saudi King Fahd and his family.

While Kuwait is a free country compared to most in the Middle East, it is ruled by a king whose family has overseen the country since 1752. A monarchy is not a free country, so Bush traded one dictator for another he liked better.

After Hussein capitulated and retreated back into Iraq, American military bases established throughout the region remained. The American military presence in Saudi Arabia is one of the reasons cited by Osama bin Laden for launching the 9/11 attacks on America.

Throughout the remainder of Bush the elder’s term, and then all the way through Bill Clinton’s, America remained at war with Iraq. United States fighter jets patrolled the skies, the occasional Tomahawk missile was launched and American troops and materiel remained in place — ostensibly to keep Hussein in check.

Then came George W. Bush. After 9/11, Bush received carte blanche from Congress to make war where he pleased. And it pleased him to do what his father had not: Remove Hussein — a product of CIA meddling in the Middle East in the 1980s as a foil to Iran — from power.

Now Barack Obama continues the fight in the Middle East, and despite his tall talk that he believes all people should be free and should settle their own affairs, the fact remains that he continues to meddle in the internal affairs of the region and favored the Iranian regime over the Iranian people in their protests in 2009 and favors 30-year dictator Hosni Mubarak over the Egyptian people now.

If we have another Bush at the helm, guided by the war-happy neoconservative wing of the GOP, you can be assured the perpetual war will continue. The country cannot afford another Bush.

Leafy Vegetable Consumption May Boost Athletic Performance

Leafy vegetable consumption may boost athletic performanceResearch that was recently conducted at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden suggests that eating vitamin-rich vegetables like leafy greens and beets could improve efficiency of muscle function due to inorganic nitrates found in the foods.

Scientists studied participants who consumed small doses of inorganic nitrate for three days and then rode on exercise bikes. They found that the subjects' muscles consumed oxygen more efficiently, and concluded that it was due to improved mitochondria function.

The news does not suggest that people immediately reach for nitrate supplements, however. The substance needs bacteria found in the mouth to produce nitric oxide, a byproduct that has been known to dilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure. So researchers recommend getting daily doses of inorganic nitrate from fresh vegetables.

"We're talking about an amount of nitrate equivalent to what is found in two or three red beets or a plate of spinach," said Eddie Weitzberg, study co-author.

Further, the authors noted that powerful mouthwashes could kill certain beneficial bacteria in the mouth and hinder the effectiveness of the nitrates.

Weitzberg said he and his team plan to test the effects of inorganic nitrates on individuals with mitochondrial dysfunction, like those with diabetes or cardiovascular disease.  

Limited Government, Fiscal Conservatism Ideas Echoed During Reagan Centennial

Limited government, fiscal conservatism ideas echoed during Reagan centennialRepublicans celebrated the legacy of former President Ronald Reagan last weekend to mark what would have been his 100th birthday.

Reagan, who died in 2004, was honored at various events throughout the nation, including a gathering at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. on Feb. 5. According to The Washington Post, Reagan's widow, Nancy, placed a wreath on her husband's grave, and former Cabinet secretary James Baker III — a close friend of Reagan's — addressed a crowd of about 1,200 guests.

Baker said that Reagan's lessons about freedom, common sense and self-reliance remain "every bit as true today as they were then," according to the media outlet. The 40th President of the United States championed limited government, establishing a tax policy that is commonly referred to as Reaganomics. His reforms in the 1980s are widely praised by fiscal conservatives, who credit Reagan with lowering the country's unemployment rate, reducing inflation and creating an economic boom.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin delivered the keynote speech during a Reagan centennial event on Feb. 4. According to the New York Daily News, the Tea Party favorite said that Reagan would be "so proud of the conservative movement today," and he would have expressed his "outrage" about President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

At an event in Chicago on Feb. 5, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that America could also benefit from Reagan's hard line approach to foreign relations while addressing the unrest in Egypt. According to FOX News, Gingrich said that the Obama administration is "unwilling to tell the truth about the threat to the United States" if the Muslim Brotherhood assumes control of Egypt. 

It’s All About Jobs — His Job!

President Barack Obama has been on a pilgrimage of late, declaring that America will re-invent itself with green technology.   He has even declared that the nation must move away from oil and invest in things that will vastly improve our fortunes; things like solar shingles and cars that run on sunlight and water.

The President has gone so far as to promise that in just four years America will be the first nation in the world to have a million electric cars. 

It is the President’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk.  In that story and in Obama’s imagination, immense wealth and a great transformation will occur overnight.  All we need is a few magic beans (patent pending), water, sunshine and poof, we will have a green beltway to Eden which will be brimming with new jobs.

The President has been talking about jobs a lot lately.  Last week he went to Penn State University to stump his green revolution.  And late last month he announced that he has created at least one new job.  But it is for someone who doesn’t even need it, General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who will focus on growing employment for the nation.  The object of all this media, money and minutia all comes down to saving one job; Obama’s.

“We’re going back to [GE founder] Thomas Edison’s principles,” Obama said in Schenectady, N.Y. “We’re going to build stuff and invent stuff.”

Unsaid in his “Stuff Speech” is that the plant he was speaking from dates back to when Edison was helping invent the Industrial Revolution.  After the President’s speech the media did not make much of the fact that GE has fewer than half its workforce in the United States and that more than 50 percent of its revenues come from foreign operations.  Like the rest of the world, G.E. understands that its fortunes are not dependent upon the U.S. 

Also unsaid is that the world will be happy to buy blue print proprietary technologies that Obama is willing to give away in an effort to be re-elected. 

Let’s take away words like traitor and poser and ask ourselves a simple question: Can America sell enough high tech turbines to offset all those dog-toys from China and petroleum from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries?  Probably not.

Nevertheless Obama recently proclaimed: “We can out-compete any other nation on Earth.”

Not so said The New York Times

“Let’s not kid ourselves: Talking about ‘competitiveness’ as a goal is fundamentally misleading…  [Instead] that talk of competitiveness helps Mr. Obama quiet claims that he’s anti-business. That’s fine, as long as he realizes that the interests of nominally “American” corporations and the interests of the nation, which were never the same, are now less aligned than ever before.”

Maybe I am jaded, but I believe that the only interest Obama has in his heart is self-interest.  He also has many powerful disciples, including the mighty Oprah Winfrey.  She was the first guest on the new CNN talk show hosted by Piers Morgan. English and a younger version of Larry King and with only a fraction of the wives, Morgan proclaimed Oprah to be, “the American Queen” and said she and President Barack Obama are arguably the two most powerful people in America. 

When asked whether Obama’s performance in office had been disappointing, Winfrey angrily declared:

“I don’t think he (Obama) has been disappointing at all.  I really do not. I really do not, because I believe that I understand the heart of him. And I understand that when he took this role on, he took it on to really bring a sense of betterment to the United States of America and the people of this country. And I know that in his heart, that is his ultimate and primary role.”

What Oprah seemed to be saying is that Americans do not yet understand or appreciate the President and the mission he has undertaken to save us.  Obama remains to Oprah as she proclaimed him to be three years ago: “The chosen one”.

While Oprah didn’t specify on exactly why most Americans are either too ignorant or too stupid to “get it,” Obama is finally getting a grasp of things.  Following two years of ramming Obamacare and gays in the military down America’s throat, the President realizes it might be a good time to work on that little problem he and his cabinet have been calling, “the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.” 

Recently, the President revealed his Franklin Delano Roosevelt-like ambitions which he has spelled out in grand and green changes for the future.  I don’t know about you, but I felt better just thinking Obama was just another crooked Chicago politician.  The idea that the President has grandiose plans is downright disturbing. 

Vice President Joe Biden recently wrote an email in which he thanked activists of the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America.  In it, Biden asked them for their continued support: "We knew it would take time. We knew it would be hard. And we knew we would sometimes make mistakes."

Biden continued. "But we did not lose sight of what we came to do. Together, we took on difficult issues that had been put off for decades. And some say we have accomplished more in two years than any administration since Roosevelt’s."

Biden went on to say that the administration’s success is, "literally proof that the organizing you do on the ground — the conversations you have with your friends and neighbors — is working." 

The Vice President’s email contained a list of legislative accomplishments, including healthcare reform, financial regulatory reform, the stimulus, the auto bailouts and the repeal of the military’s "Don’t ask, don’t tell" policy.

When you see a list like that it is hard to argue with Biden’s logic.  The only thing missing is that FDR was president for 12 years while Obama is just two years into his presidency.

It is yet to be determined whether Obama’s green schemes will get him re-elected.  I am optimistic they won’t.  If anything, Obama is proving himself to be most like Jimmy Carter.  Rising inflation, the crisis in the Middle East and an environmentalist President seem all too familiar.  Hopefully, Obama won’t spend one more day in office than Carter did.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

Debt Panel Co-Chair Says Lawmakers More Concerned About Votes Than Cuts

Debt panel co-chair says lawmakers more concerned about votes than cutsOne of the leaders of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has accused Congressional lawmakers of playing politics instead of tackling the Federal deficit with substantial proposals.

Former United States Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) appeared on CNN's State of the Union on Feb. 6. He said that politicians need to start digging into the "big four" — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and defense — instead of targeting cuts that appeal to their voter base, such as earmarks, foreign aid or Congressional pensions.

"That's just sparrow belch in the midst of the typhoon," Simpson told the media outlet.

Last year, Simpson and Erskine Bowles, a Democrat, were appointed by President Barack Obama to craft a proposal that addressed America's debt. The duo introduced their ideas in December — which included $4 trillion in cuts over the next decade — but lawmakers have been cautious to support plans that cut defense spending, reform the tax code and revamp social security.

Simpson said that re-election aspirations prevent necessary reform because legislators are worried that endorsing controversial cuts could alienate voters.

In an op-ed for The New York Times on Feb. 6, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew revealed that Obama has conceded several spending cuts in his 2012 budget proposal. Lew wrote that Obama will slash his community service block grants, which are allocated by cities and towns to grassroots groups, by approximately $350 million. In addition, the President will propose a $125 million reduction in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which supports environmental cleanup. 

Obama And O’Reilly Square Off Prior To Super Bowl

Obama and O'Reilly square off prior to Super BowlPresident Barack Obama addressed several hot-button issues, including the protests in Egypt and his unpopular healthcare law, during an interview with FOX News host Bill O'Reilly on Feb. 6.

In a much-hyped live telecast from the White House that aired during FOX's Super Bowl XLV coverage, Obama said that the United States will not force Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak — a longtime American ally — out of office, but he expects an "orderly but meaningful transition to a new government."

Regarding his healthcare legislation, which was ruled unConstitutional by a Federal judge in Florida last week, Obama said that he is not interested in re-fighting battles from the first two years of his presidency. He also rejected notions that the healthcare law is on the far left of the political spectrum or socialist, which many critics have claimed.

"If you get sick, you have a responsibility to make sure you get coverage. There's nothing socialist about that," he said. "That's saying to Americans we're going to, each of us, be responsible for our own healthcare."

Obama also dismissed accusations that he has shifted to the political center in an attempt to appeal to more Americans heading into the 2012 presidential elections. When asked by O’Reilly if he minded being "hated' by some Americans, the President said that people "who hate you don't know you."

When asked to pick a winner for the Super Bowl, Obama, would not name the Pittsburgh Steelers or Green Bay Packers. Some pundits have speculated that he did not want to choose a team in fear of alienating their large fan bases and losing their political support for his re-election campaign. 

Happy Birthday “Blondie”

One of America’s all-time favorite comic strips is celebrating a birthday this week. "Blondie," starring Dagwood Bumstead, made its debut on Feb. 17, 1933. The strip was started by Chic Young, who continued to produce it every day until his death in 1973. His son Dean took over and, with a team of writers and cartoonists, continues producing it every day.

Dagwood is famous for his weird haircut, fights with his boss at J.C. Dithers & Company, naps on the sofa, singing in the bathtub and concocting tall, multi-layered sandwiches. And here’s something you probably don’t know: Dagwood was originally the heir to the Bumstead Locomotive fortune, but was disowned by his family when he married a flapper over their strong opposition.

Even though the strip is more than 75 years old, none of the characters in it, including the children Alexander and Cookie and their dog Daisy, has aged a day.  And unlike too many modern comics, "Blondie" still tries to make us laugh.  Thanks, guys.

The Cure For The Common Cause

At the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif., opulence permeates air which practically reeks of luxury — or at least that really expensive carpet freshener that you can’t get at Costco.

There’s 5-star dining, golf, a spa with all the… stuff a refined lady could hope for (I’m guessing a Brad Pitt doppelganger in track shorts) and something called Splashtopia. I don’t know what Splashtopia is. If I ever get to Rancho Las Palmas Resort, I’m going to find out; presuming security doesn’t find me first.

No wonder those burgeoning bugaboos of liberalism, the Koch Brothers, chose Rancho Las Palmas to host their recent gathering of the rich and Republican. And no wonder the liberal group Common Cause showed up outside the gates to vent their collective spleen at the Koch Brothers and their conservative-minded guests. It is a wonder that the commanders of this bellyaching brigade convinced their foot soldiers to leave their tinfoil hats at home.

Common Cause’s awkwardly-named “Uncloaking the Kochs” rally seemed standard for a large gathering of liberals. Some hair was uncombed. Some faces were unshaven, even for the boy liberals. Bathing certainly appeared optional. Everyone was livid. How dare these conservatives discuss conservative values! And how DARE Clarence Thomas be black AND conservative!

I know — you just pulled your intellectual handbrake. You’re wondering how that’s even germane to this narrative. Common Cause claims their mission is:

“to forge a democracy by and responsive to an engaged public, and committed to progress in the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice for all.”

All except conservative black jurists, evidently.

In post-Tucson America, we have to struggle as a nation with a great deal more than overused modifiers like “post-Tucson.” Democrat-leaning media outlets offer unyielding, albeit impotent, rage on a non-stop basis. Liberal commentators, unable to match their conservative counterparts on an academic level, instead hurl withering invective which is often unrelated to (ahem, Chris Matthews) not only the issue at hand, but to (ahem, Rachel Maddow) the truth.

And then, there’s Common Cause. Videographer Christian Hartsock ventured into their melee with a camera and captured the madness:

“He (Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas) is a dumbsh*t scumbag, put him back in the fields.”

“Cut off his toes, one by one.”

“String him up!” (Really?)

Where’s the civility? Where’s the tolerance? Where’s the bus to haul these clowns back to their big tent? Bit of a shame Justice Thomas lives in the 21st Century, or Common Cause would likely find common cause with those irascible characters from the Ku Klux Klan. And I’m sure Mrs. Thomas will be overjoyed to find out she’s made their hit list:

“Let’s get rid of Ginny (Thomas).”

All women are equal, but some are more equal than others. Common Cause didn’t seem to think Ruth Bader Ginsburg was noose-worthy. Actually, I’m in complete agreement with them on that point, although that could just be the laziness talking.

Justice Samuel Alito also ended up in the none-too-proverbial crosshairs:

“Alito should go back to Sicily!”

Um… Justice Alito is from Trenton, N.J.

They lobbed less clichéd and/or geographically misdirected threats at Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck. Beck even earned an invitation for a Burr-Hamilton style duel from a woman who warned, “I pack Glock.”

Among the people who did NOT make the Common Cause hit list:

Oprah Winfrey and George Soros. Perhaps the Koch Brothers would make a less inviting target if they gave everyone free minivans; or joined Soros during his Nazi ride-alongs.

Democrats are fond of saddling the Tea Party in specific and conservatism in general as racist and violent. To date, they have yet to offer a single shred of evidence to back up those charges. Meanwhile, a well-funded liberal group dragged its carnival sideshow to California to call for the murder of — at last count — four Supreme Court justices (jealous, Justice Kennedy?), three media moguls, and a Supreme Court justice’s wife. I DID notice they didn’t mention Sarah Palin — probably because she’d plug them long before they got in range.

When the videos of Common Cause members making violent and racist threats began filtering out, the group released a statement disavowing their virtually shocking vitriol:

“We condemn bigotry and hate speech…”

Starting NOW, right?

Approximately the same time the Koch Brothers were hosting their gathering in California, billionaire Soros’s minions were attending a gathering of the rich and liberal — in Davos, Switzerland. Common Cause was nowhere to be found. I suppose planes don’t fly on biodiesel and hate.

Unemployment Rate Falls Again, But Job Growth Still Sluggish

Unemployment rate falls again, but job growth still sluggishThe Labor Department has reported that national unemployment has dropped to its lowest level in nearly two years. The data, which was released on Feb. 4, revealed that the jobless rate fell to 9 percent in January.

The jobless rate has fallen by eight-tenths of a percentage point in the last two months, which is the sharpest decline in more than 50 years. However, the agency conducted a separate survey of businesses that showed lackluster job growth. This reveals that many people who were previously looking for jobs stopped their search last month, thus the government did not include them in their unemployment data.

Approximately 950,000 net new jobs were added in 2010, the report says. This number is down from the previous estimate of 1.1 million. In 2008 and 2009, the recession led to the loss of about 8 million jobs in America. An average of about 83,000 net jobs per month have been generated in the last three months, which is not enough to keep up with the nation's population growth.

Republican lawmakers have stated that job creation will be addressed after Congress tackles Obamacare and other social issues such as abortion. According to The Associated Press, Democrats have criticized the GOP for avoiding job-related issues following their midterm campaigns in which they emphasized the need to reduce the unemployment rate.

Representative Tom Cole (R-Okla.) defended his party, telling the news provider that his colleagues are following through on "commitments we made" by addressing healthcare and abortion.

Bed Bugs Can’t Kill, But They Cause Discomfort And Embarrassment

Bed bugs cant kill, but they cause discomfort and embarrassmentA two-day National Bed Bug Summit was held in Washington, D.C. last week to address the recent infestations sweeping the United States.

According to FOX News, these critters have infiltrated millions of homes, as well as movie theaters and the most posh retail stores and hotels in recent years. Although bed bugs have never been shown to carry diseases, they do leave noticeable bite marks when they attack. In addition, the presence of these insects can cause a lot of embarrassment for homeowners, who may refuse to host social events in fear of ridicule.

Many sources recommend the hiring of a professional exterminator to eliminate bed bugs because, unlike some other species, these creatures are tough to locate and even tougher to eradicate. According to, there are several effective ways to treat bites: Resist scratching, use calamine lotion, apply an ice-pack to relieve swelling and disinfect the area with antiseptic soap.

Although bed bugs are typically associated with unkempt homes or apartments, warns that these critters can travel to any location, and they commonly move from place to place through furniture or pets.

The website recommends that homeowners check their bed frames, mattresses and behind their headboard for bed bugs. In addition, they should inspect their dresser table drawers and upholstered chairs. 

How To Beat The Flu: Simple, Natural Approach Does The Trick

You think the flu is harmless? You’re wrong. In fact, influenza kills more people than AIDS, lung cancer and heart disease combined. Here’s a sobering thought: Every year you run a 50/50 chance of contracting this disease. You’ve probably had it before; even many times before. Perhaps you even suffered from it last winter. Luckily, if you’re reading this letter, you obviously survived.

The World Health Organization tells us more than 25 percent of the world’s population gets hit with the flu virus every year — that’s about 1.5 billion people. Now granted, most of those 1.5 billion will get better. That much you probably expected. But more than 15 million people will not. In fact, many of them are dead within a week of first falling ill.

The Chilling Facts
The chilling truth about the world’s deadliest disease is simply that there are literally hundreds of thousands of different viral strains — each mutating and multiplying into killer bugs, some as quickly as once every 20 minutes.

That fact is chilling enough. But did you know that it takes three to four months after a new virus emerges for an effective vaccination to be manufactured and dispersed? And once you get the virus, the vaccine is of no use at all. Of course, the loss of life is the real tragedy.

Among those who survive, the flu epidemic sickens enough of the U.S. workforce each year to drain more than $10 billion in lost wages and production from the U.S. economy. And again, that’s just the loss here in the U.S.

Not to mention the money Americans spend trying to beat the sniffling, sneezing, aching, hacking, feverish symptoms of the disease — more than $3 billion every year. That’s many times more than the economies of some Third World nations. No wonder there are more than 100 different brands of flu medicine.

Right now, all the over-the-counter flu drugs are pretty much the same. Drugs like Sudafed®, Alka-Seltzer, Robitussin®, Theraflu®, Dimetapp® and NyQuil®. But not one of them actually prevents the flu. They all just treat symptoms. And you know by now that treating symptoms will never prevent the onset of anything.

You may be thinking that a flu shot will get you through the season unscathed, if you get it in time. Not so. Flu vaccines are only 30 percent effective in preventing the virus. According to Dr. Richard Judelsohn, medical director of the Erie County (N.Y.) Department of Health, 30 percent of those vaccinated against the flu or pneumonia get no protection whatsoever from their shot.

The news only gets worse. Among the elderly or those suffering from health conditions that weaken the immune system, the flu vaccines may be useless up to 50 percent of the time.

Prevention Is The Best Medicine
While there’s no way to completely protect yourself from the viruses that cause colds and flu, you can take all-natural measures to prevent them from nailing you. Strengthening your immune system is the way to do it.

I personally use a combination of Chinese patent herbal formulas to build my immunity during cold and flu season. These include Gan Mao Ling, Zhong Gan Ling, Chuan Xin Lian, and Yin Chiao tablets. Each of these can be purchased in Chinatowns nationwide, and are also easily found on-line through a simple keyword search. 

If a more mainstream approach is your cup of tea, consuming a hot cup of ginger green tea each day can do wonders in preventing this debilitating illness. Green tea is full of anti-oxidants and ginger is a diaphoretic (promotes sweating). Sweating out the dampness and phlegm — that get infected and provide an environment for viruses to live — is essential to prevention.

Doubling the recommended daily doses of vitamin C and zinc starting a month before cold and flu season will also boost immunity. Adding more garlic to your diet is great. Garlic acts as an anti-bacterial… and can also be taken in supplement form. Altering your diet during cold and flu season will also do wonders. Here’s the good and bad of it.

Here are some healing foods to include in your diet: Stews and soups (that are not milk or cream based), ginger, brown sugar, green tea, walnuts, scallion bulb, peanuts (Steamed or Boiled), egg whites, garlic, watermelon and tomato juice, pears, apples, raisins, mung beans, rice, radish, Chinese date, water chestnut extract, eggs stewed in vinegar, carrots, and lotus root.

Here are some foods to remove from your diet while experiencing symptoms: All animal milk products (milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream), excessive oil consumption, refined white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, coffee, black tea, sodas, bananas, and butter.

Stress… less!
Finally and most important: Lower your stress. Stress is terrible for you, causing tight muscles, headaches, belly fat and high blood pressure and it weakens your immune system. In fact, nearly 75 percent of people who get colds each year are found to be under heavy levels of stress.

So relax, smile, eat some garlic, take some supplements… and you may be able to take a vacation from this year’s cold and flu epidemic. Happy winter!

–Dr. Mark Wiley

Choosing Dark Roast Coffee May Boost Antioxidant Intake

Choosing dark roast coffee may boost antioxidant intakeNext time the barista poses the question of light or dark roast, coffee-drinkers might be doing themselves a nutritional favor by going for the latter as it has been shown to contain more antioxidants.

Research conducted at the University of British Columbia has shown that the high temperatures at which beans are roasted to produce dark roast coffee are responsible for the beverage's antioxidant levels.

Coffee contains polyphenols which are antioxidants also found in red wine and certain teas. Antioxidants help eliminate harmful free radicals, substances which have been linked to cancer and other diseases.

Previous research from scientists at the University of Scranton has shown that coffee is a top source of the disease-fighting compounds. The study concluded that the beverage has higher levels of antioxidants than any other food or beverage, according to an article on

However, it should be noted that excessive levels of caffeine can put stress on the heart and lead to anxiety or hypertension. So, enjoy dark roast in moderation and try to include lots of fruits and vegetables to further boost antioxidant intake.  

Number Of Illegal Immigrants Grows In 2010

Number of illegal immigrants grows in 2010The number of illegal immigrants increased by 100,000 last year, according to estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center.

The data reveals that approximately 11.2 million undocumented immigrants, or 3.7 percent of the nation's overall population, were living in the United States in March 2010, which was up from 11.1 million in 2009. The growth in the illegal alien population bucked a two-year trend of decreasing numbers.

The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. is below the 2007 mark of 12 million, but the total is still significantly higher than the 8.4 million that were recorded in 2000. In addition, the illegal immigrant population has tripled since 1990, when the total was 3.5 million.

Furthermore, undocumented immigrants accounted for 5.2 percent of the American labor force in 2010, while the national unemployment rate exceeded 9 percent all year.

Many state legislatures have proposed measures that are similar to Arizona's strict immigration law, which went into effect last July. According to MSNBC, at least 15 states have introduced bills since the beginning of the year that closely resemble Arizona's. Many lawmakers claim that illegal immigrants are taking jobs and services from U.S. citizens. 

What Your Stomach Troubles REALLY Mean

If you frequently experience digestive problems like constipation, gas, bloating, indigestion and persistent fatigue, there’s a chance that the undigested foods in your colon have attracted parasites.

And this isn’t just a problem in developing countries. Recent medical studies suggest about 85 percent of Americans are infested with at least one type of parasite!

To protect yourself, consider using one of Mother Nature’s parasite destroyers:

  • Black walnut extract — Chinese and Native Americans have long used black walnut to protect against intestinal worms. Its antiseptic properties also help fight many fungal and bacterial infections.
  • Grapefruit seed extract — Louis Parish, M.D., an investigator for the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, reported that grapefruit seed extract “…is as effective as any other amoebicide now available, perhaps more effective…” It’s a safe and simple way to avoid parasites that contaminate drinking water. 

Arizona Governor Questions Bloomberg’s Cross-Country Investigation

Arizona governor questions Bloomberg's cross-country investigationArizona officials are perplexed about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's recent investigation that occurred thousands of miles outside of his jurisdiction.

Bloomberg has urged Congress to fix "loopholes" in Federal gun laws after undercover video allegedly showed gun vendors in Phoenix failing to conduct background checks before selling firearms. The mayor used NYC funds to send investigators to a gun show in the Grand Canyon State.

"He's out here in Arizona solving our problems. I guess he believes that he has solved all the problems in New York," Arizona Governor Jan Brewer told FOX News.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio took exception to Bloomberg's investigation, claiming that the mayor overstepped his jurisdictional boundaries. According to the news provider, Arpaio said that elected officials are making a habit of infringing on his county's law enforcement policies — first with immigration reform and now with gun control.

Appearing on MSNBC on Feb. 1, Bloomberg called on President Barack Obama to take a firmer stance on gun control. Since last month's deadly shooting in Tucson, Ariz., the mayor has stepped up his efforts to promote stricter policies, which he says will help "stop all this carnage."

Paul Says GOP May Not Be “Brave Enough” To Slash Federal Spending

Freshman Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has claimed that the GOP's most recent budget proposal is insufficient, and he has questioned whether his party colleagues are "brave enough" to make deeper cuts.

During an interview with ABC News, Paul said that Representative Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) plan — which would cut non-security spending by $58 billion by the end of the fiscal year — is "not going to touch the problem." Paul has proposed his own budget that would reduce spending by $500 billion this year and impose deep cuts across the board.

Paul said that it is more important to him to stay true to his Tea Party principles than follow the GOP leaders. His plan would cut the Department of Education budget by 83 percent and eliminate all foreign aid, and he said those proposals are just scratching the surface for future cuts.

"I go to a Tea Party [gathering] and you know what they say to me? It's not enough. It's not enough. Where's the other trillion you need?" Paul told the media outlet.

According to CNN, Democrats have also criticized Ryan's budget, but for different reasons. They accused House Republicans of not following through on their promises, referring to the party's original pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget. GOP staffers argued that Ryan's proposal does meet their original target because it represents the pro-rated amount for scaling back spending rates to 2008 levels for the remaining seven months of the fiscal year. 

Huntsman Leaving Beijing For Possible White House Bid

Huntsman leaving Beijing for possible White House bidJon Huntsman's decision to resign from his Chinese ambassadorship has fueled rumors that the former Governor of Utah is gearing up for a presidential bid in 2012.

Huntsman, a Republican, stated earlier this week that he will leave Beijing on April 30. Although he has not confirmed his intentions to run for president, many pundits believe that the charismatic Huntsman will throw his hat in an already crowded field of potential candidates. Huntsman is the second Mormon to be rumored for the 2012 race, along with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

In 2009, Obama designated Huntsman as the United States Ambassador to China. Many political analysts believe that his appointment was part of an effort by the President to delay Huntsman's White House bid until 2016. Some people have speculated that Huntsman's ties to the Obama administration could hurt his candidacy.

The President recently joked about it, as well.

"I'm sure that him having worked so well with me will be a great asset in any Republican primary," Obama said about the prospect of Huntsman running in 2012.

Make Your Own First-Aid Medical Kit

A standard first-aid kit is very important for emergencies. You must keep this kit accessible so you can get to it easily.

To make a first-aid kit, collect the items in the following list from around your home and purchase any of those items that you don’t have. As always, you should tailor this kit to fit the needs of your family.

Assemble them into a small suitcase or other container. Ideally, it should be waterproof. Keep all items in sealable bags to keep moisture out. Once it’s complete, store it in an easily accessible area of your home or garage. You should also make a smaller first-aid kit to put into your 72-hour kit.

The following list is a suggestion for what to store in your homemade medical kit: Add anything extra that your family needs. If you have a small child or baby, include the following baby items: Diapers, diaper rash ointment, and anything else a child would need for a medical emergency.

  • Cold Medicine.                                          
  • Ibuprofen.
  • Acetaminophen (Include baby dosages if applicable).
  • Aspirin.
  • Antacid.
  • Syrup of ipecac.
  • Diarrhea remedy.
  • Asthma inhaler (if needed).
  • Cough medication.
  • Antibiotic (if possible).
  • Antibiotic ointment.
  • Antibacterial wipes.
  • Baby wipes.
  • Bandages, all sizes (100 count).
  • Instant cold and hot packs.
  • Sun screen/block.
  • Lip balm or lip medication.
  • Triangular bandages.
  • Assorted gauze pads.
  • Sterile gauze.
  • First aid tape.
  • Elastic wrap or compression bandages (2 or more).
  • Butterfly closures.
  • Cotton balls and swabs.
  • Small scissors.
  • Thermometer.
  • Sanitary napkins.          
  • Disposable diapers.
  • Tweezers.
  • Small Splints — Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors.
  • Needle and thread.
  • Waterproof matches.
  • Plastic spoons.
  • Safety pins
  • Small notebook with pens.
  • Multi-purpose knife
  • Flashlight (with batteries).
  • Can opener (if needed).
  • Blanket — lightweight
  • Space blanket.
  • Essential personal medications.

No first aid or 72-hour kit is complete without ION. ION is a water treatment that kills bacteria on contact. It has an indefinite shelf life and eight drops will treat eight ounces of drinking water. If you get stranded in your car and can only find snow, pond, lake or river water to drink, ION will make it safe.

But it has other uses besides water treatment. ION also kills bacteria on wounds, cuts, and scrapes. ION can also be taken internally to help the body recover from the flu.

One bottle of ION will treat 110 gallons of stored water. It is great for use in water storage barrels. It can be used wherever the food or water is questionable. It will keep the water safe for five years.

Ion (Stabilized Oxygen) and premade medical kits can be purchased here.

Personal Medications
It’s very important that you include personal medications in your medical kit as well as your 72-hour kit. If you have to evacuate quickly and don’t have your mandatory medication, it could mean life or death. Most people cannot go more than three days without their medication.

Talk to your doctor and explain that you need an emergency supply of medication and keep it with your 72-hour kit or medical kit. Some medications expire within a few months so they need to be rotated.  Painkillers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin and powdered antibiotics are good to have on hand.

Cleaning Products And Soaps
Keep these items in a separate 5-gallon bucket that you could grab and go if necessary.

  • Disinfectants and bleach.
  • Washboard and tub.
  • Laundry soap.
  • Emergency clothesline or rack.
  • Hand soap and antibacterial soap.
  • Paper towels or hand towels.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Extra water for washing hands and clothes.

Bathroom Sanitation
A 5-gallon bucket can be used as a toilet. You can purchase bucket liners or use small garbage bags as liners. The Luggable Loo emergency toilet has a screw-on lid that fits over the bucket and has a toilet seat on top of it. If you don’t want to make your own sanitation kit you can purchase one here.

To make your own sanitation kit you will need to assemble the following items:

  • Five gallon bucket.
  • Toilet seat lid (screw on or snap on type).
  • Plastic garbage bags to fit the 5-gallon bucket with ties.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Baby wipes.
  • Anti-bacterial wipes.
  • Personal hygiene and feminine products.
  • Small fold-up shovel.

Outdoor Outhouse
What would you do if there was a natural disaster and the water was shut off to your house. How would you flush the toilets? How would you bathe? It would be like camping in your back yard.

If you live in an area where you have a little extra space on your property, an outhouse can be constructed by digging a hole about three feet deep. Put over the hole a wooden box with a toilet seat-shaped hole cut out of the top. Build a small tool shed-type enclosure around it. Be sure to vent it.

An alternative is to construct a makeshift room built like a tent with a curtain hung around it for privacy. To eliminate smells and toxic human waste I recommend a product called BIO-CLEAN. This dramatically reduces odor and flies. Cleaning and disposal of the pit becomes much easier and more sanitary.

BIO-CLEAN is a blend of bacteria and enzymes. The bacteria are natural, not genetically-engineered. The enzyme concentration is the most powerful on the market. Bio-Clean is non-poisonous. It creates no heat or fumes and there is no boiling involved. It does not attack live tissue or inorganic materials, only organic wastes like human excrement, grease, hair, food particles, paper and cotton. This makes BIO-CLEAN safe for people, plumbing and the environment.

BIO-CLEAN changes the waste particles into water, carbon dioxide and mineral ash which become harmless in the outhouse, cesspool, pit, or waste system. These elements are then available to use as compost in the garden.