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The morning of Thursday, March 22nd, I tuned in the morning news on WTNH-TV, Channel 8 out of New Haven, Connecticut—Channel 8 gives me a good weather and traffic perspective for New Haven and Fairfield Counties—I live in one and work in the other, hence my commute.  Although I take the train, during my busy season I have to drive down State Route 8 to
Stratford as the Waterbury branch of Metro-North has very limited service.  Channel 8 covered a story stating that Governor Malloy wants to a $1.4 million dollar study to determine if (electronic) tolls on I-95 would reduce traffic congestion.  Governor, kindly stop the survey and put the $1.4 million to paying off our state’s debt.

Tolls, even all electronic high-speed EZ Pass transponder readers, are not magic pills that make traffic disappear.  Yes, the implementation of toll collection utilizing such devices will reduce traffic on the interstate.  But it will divert it onto U.S.-1 (Boston Post Road) and other back roads as GPS can tell even out of state vehicles how to go around the toll pass readers.  It should be obvious that traffic on the interstate versus traffic on U.S. -1 in the commercial districts where there on average a traffic signal every ten feet and in residential neighborhoods on arterial and secondary roads, keeping it on the interstate is the lesser of the two evils.  Governor Malloy does not need to waste $1.4 million of an already debt-ridden state of something that can be resolved by run-of-the-mill common sense.

In 2008, I attended a moratorium hearing regarding resuming toll collection in the state of Connecticut; the Nutmeg State has been toll-free since 1985 due to a deadly tractor-trailer accident at a toll plaza in Stratford.  Although it is a burden on already maxed-out taxpayers (Connecticut pays among the highest state taxes in the United States, only Nassau County New York (Long Island) and San Francisco, California pay more.  But Connecticut limited access highways, with many areas where interchanges are less than a mile apart, it simply does not work.  Gateway tolls on limited access highways near state lines generate revenue in many states, and they are feasible on Connecticut’s Rhode Island and Massachusetts borders, but not on the New York State borders in Greenwich (I-95 and the Merritt Parkway) and I-84 in Danbury, exit ramps are within feet and GPS can get the motorist around them.  Without the New York commuters, the start-up and maintenance costs make it not cost-effective to do it only on the RI and Mass borders.  Connecticut is a toll-free state for a reason.

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I believe it is.  And I am not just saying that because I am a Republican conservative.  Liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, the Constitution is the bottom line.

According to Mr. Petrash who reports on timesrecordnews.com out of Wichita Falls, Texas:

                Is forcing people to purchase health insurance unconstitutional? Yes. If allowed, it will      prove to be a major intrusion into our lives, an intrusion on our freedom of choice from now on. I agree with a Washington Examiner article that stated “Congress would have the power to impose economic mandates on Americans whenever it deems it convenient to regulate the national economy”. It’s a very dangerous road. Where does    it stop? It won’t; it opens Pandora’s box! That’s why it doesn’t need to start.

It is just plum unfair to fine people for not having insurance.  Sure, you have to be plum loco to not want to be insured health-wise, but this IS a free country, and we don’t employ mandates to solve the problem.  Besides, why should the common Joe pay a fine for not being insured?  That’s ludicrous!  If you foster any acceptable mandate, fine the employer for not offering a medical plan; there are always so called base plans that cover catastrophic situations for those who cannot afford anything else.  This element of unfairness clearly indicates unconstitutionality.

The way to reform in a limited government society, such a society we must create to achieve a balanced budget, is through statute law.  I do believe if you have to change insurance, your new insurance company should not be allowed to reject remuneration due to a preexisting condition.  Simple solution: have one house of Congress draw up a bill for a proposed federal statute that states Medical insurance providers must not refuse remuneration on any preexisting condition.  Have at least 218 congressmen and at least 51 senators vote aye on the bill, and have the president sign it into law.  This law need be enforced by Law Enforcement; absolutely no need to create a new government agency to do the work of law enforcement.

As far as making private insurance affordable to all, Rick Santorum’s proposed Health Insurance Savings Accounts are both effective and reasonable.  They would be interest-bearing accounts and the interest will offset rate increases.  Rick Santorum is an innovator in creating a limited government society and determining alternate channel private sector solutions so that so called third rail services historically provided by the government can sustain albeit many will ultimately be redirected to the private sector.  This is why Scott Schoenhaus of The 7 Train elected to endorse Mr. Santorum.  I hope he can stick it out and win the nomination; most-likely in a contested and possibly brokered convention.

I have been a baseball fan since 1968—a fan of the New York Mets one year before the miracle year in 69—and I lived through the 86 championship and the Doc and Darryl era of the Mets.

It will not be a good year for the Mets as it looked like the Madoff scandal would get the best of the Wilpons and they would lose the financial wherewithal to run the team.  They were unable to increase payroll to put a better team on the field.  Now they may recover but it will take 3-4 years to get caught up before any bold player moves to build a contender.

I was very curious why the season would be extended to Wednesday, October 3rd when September 30th falls on a Sunday and there is such concern for keeping the World Series inside the boundaries of October.  Now I know it is because they decided the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners would open the season in Japan, so they are playing March 28-29 then taking a break until everyone else opens around April 5th.  Why?  There is no benefit and no significant television revenue when first pitch is at 6 A.M. Eastern Time.

Now that you have a ball club in Washington, D.C., bring back the tradition of the old Washington Senators to the Nationals and have them open a day before everyone else with the president throwing out the first pitch.  This is the kind of tradition that is good for baseball and good for America.

My favorite urban flowers, baseball box scores, will soon be in bloom.  In spite of the shape of the New York Mets, I will make two pilgrimages to Citi Field and just enjoy myself watching the national pastime.  Hope to see you at the ballpark!

 

I just received an email from the Santorum campaign about the battle with Obamacare.   With full understanding about the need for health care, mandates to citizens to buy insurance or pay a fine is not the way to go—not in America.

With its big government mandates, Obamacare is nothing short of a direct assault on our Constitution, and an insult to every freedom loving American. And if it is not repealed, it will have fundamentally changed our country forever, and will lead to even more erosion of the basic freedoms and rights we have cherished since the birth of our nation.

The words of Rick Santorum himself and I couldn’t say it better.  Rick’s plan for Health Savings Accounts is the way to go as there are no mandates and those who choose to be insured will have private insurance options best suited for their individual and family needs.  As I have blogged in the past, the bridge to the coexistence of institutions such as affordable and adequate health insurance with the necessary limited government scenario to lead to a balance budget and the resurrection of the opportunities so that all Americans can live the American Dream is the private sector.  We can and will prevail with private sector solutions and the American Dream will not only survive, but flourish.  Barrack Obama did not get this right.

Romneycare Equals Obamacare: Either Mitt Romney is a turncoat, or is only using our beloved Republican Party as a storefront for his wealthy enterprises when it is convenient for him to be a conservative.  Fellow Republican Mitt Romney is the architect of Obamacare; and he will do unto the U.S. as he did unto Massachusetts.  In my book, as well as Rick’s, this disqualifies Romney for being a credible nominee for president in our party.  Though he claims he would appeal Obamacare just like Mr. Santorum, he could never do it and retain his credibility as either a conservative or a leader.

Santorum took on the a New York Times reporter for distorting his words, the flaw in the liberal media.  Thank God for blogs like The 7 Train that tell it like it is!

The battle at the U.S. Supreme Court is underway and Rick was there making his case that Obamacare is clearly unconstitutional.  The way to reform health care is to pass simple statutes such as to require insurance companies pay for pre-existing conditions.  The Health Savings Accounts make sense to me to ensure affordability among the middle class.  Even a majority of uninsured Americans agree Obamacare (or Romneycare) takes it too far.  The fat lady has not sung her song yet; let’s send Mr. Santorum to the White House, first to be announced in Tampa as the next president of the United States!

In cases like this I don’t usually take a side.  There are usually circumstances.  I would never support any resurrection of the medieval Jim Crow South; just keep in mind either the majority or the minority race can be in the wrong.  In fact, both parties can be in the wrong.

This Hold Your Ground law strikes me as a law that was passed with different ulterior motives, such as legitimizing racial profiling among citizens.  The fundamental principle of self-defense has been part of the codification of American criminal law since the inception of the Constitution in 1789, specific statutes stating the fundamental principles or attempting to augment them is somewhat redundant.  Redundant law-making is a tactic often used to justify something like racial profiling, discrimination segregation, and the promotion of white supremacy among bigots who just won’t change.

The bottom line: an armed man shot an unarmed man.  That’s it, period!  It would be wrong if both men were white.  It would be wrong if both men were African American.  It would have been wrong if the African American was armed and the white man was not.  All self-defense laws are written such that exoneration of murder charges can be granted under certain circumstances if and only if neither party is at a disadvantage.  In the case of two unarmed men, both men with knives, or both men with guns.  Never has any law been passed that allow an armed man to shot an unarmed man and be exonerated on the grounds of self-defense.  In fact, during nineteenth century America, during western expansion, when the only codified law regarding fire arms was the Second Amendment, you were hanged for shooting an unarmed man.

George Zimmerman was totally in the wrong.  Treyvon Martin was unarmed.  We will never know if Martin intended to harm Zimmerman, but I find it hard to believe Zimmerman would chance the consequences of shooting an unarmed man over simple burglary or harassment.  We can never prove beyond a shadow of a doubt Zimmerman pursued Martin, but there is no other logical reason to take that calculated risk with a pistol and an unarmed man.  Martin’s color had something to do with it and odds are Zimmerman did not stand his ground but aggressively went after Martin because of Martin’s color.  If an African American had shot a white man instead, the enforcement and interpretation of the Stand Your Ground law would have been very different; the African American would have been arrested for first degree murder.

My thoughts and prayers are 100% with the family of Treyvon Martin.  This should never happen in the twenty-first century.  Regular editions on by blog The 7 Train talk about how to resurrect the American Dream for the twenty-first century by replacing entitlements with opportunities.  Let me make one thing perfectly clear, these opportunities, once created must be available to people of all races, creeds, and religions.  There is absolutely no room for bigotry and hatred in my vision of the American Dream which I hope someday will be universally adapted.  When I am critical of President Obama, it is strictly his political views which differ from mine.  Politics removed, Barrack Obama is as decent a person as they come.  He is a phenomenal family man who puts his family ahead of even his stature as president of the United States, which is God’s will.  He is a credit not only to his own race, but to the human race.  Mr. and Mrs. Martin, you have my sympathy and condolences.

Sincerely,

Scott Schoenhaus
The 7 Train

Another splendid Southern victory for Rick Santorum, that son of a coal miner from Western Pennsylvania who is the real conservative alternative in the race, in spite of the fact that Mitt Romney was leading by 43% at 5:00 PM Eastern Time today.  God must understand that Romney, basically a nice guy, just cannot get the job done with his moderate liberalism, his support for abortion rights of which God looks down upon, and with his wealth is a member of the aristocracy.  Rick Santorum is a nice family man, very Godly, will govern with God’s principles in mind, and has universal appeal to both the ninety-nine and the one percent.

The two keys are (1) it is not realistic to catch Romney and take over first place; the mathematics say otherwise; the goal is to deprive Mitt of 1144 and then cause a contested and possibly brokered convention.  (2) The majority of Republicans believed (some still believe) Mitt Romney was the best candidate to beat Obama in the general in November; they now realize they made a mistake; possibly too late.  But the contested or brokered convention gives everyone another chance to realize the faux-pas and the open delegation would most-likely go for Rick Santorum as he is now the candidate most likely to beat Obama creating a true referendum on liberal vs. conservative politics.

Even moderate liberals, who would prefer to support Obama and Obamacare are starting to realize the bottom line is America cannot afford it with its multi-trillion dollar debt and neither the ninety-nine nor the one percent can afford to pay off the debt on tax money alone.  Sensible spending cuts, limited government, are the Hobson’s choices.  For us conservatives, it is a victory as we will get government off the backs of both the ninety-nine and the one percent and replace the entitlements with opportunities so anyone who works hard can overcome adversity and live the American Dream.  For moderate liberals, it is that Buckley’s Cough Mixture, that awful tasting medicine America has to take.  If those moderates are going to eat the crow and cross party lines on November 3rd, why would they replace one tax and spend liberal with another?  Rick Santorum is the conservative that is one of them, one of us, the most universally appealing presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan.  And the most honest, too.  Elect Rick Santorum, you know what you are getting, not guessing if you elect Mitt which Mitt would govern from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  All good Americans are coming to the aid of their party, the party governed by God, the party called Mankind!

No, the NL will not get the DH anytime soon.  They are using it in NL vs. NL spring training contests this year to allow pitchers to focus on pitching.  But the pitchers will be in the nine-hole on opening day in the National League with the AL doing what they have done since 1973.

National League fans are the type of fans that just won’t accept it.  Take it from an NL fan, a New York Mets fan since 1968.  Sacrifice bunt and suicide squeeze strategy when pitchers bat.  Having to make a decision to pull a pitcher he is pitching a good game, you are down 1-0, and you just need a pinch hitter’s bat to get it done on the diamond.  When the pitcher is one of the first three due up next inning and you try to stretch a tiring pitcher to finish the inning so you can pinch hit without wasting another pitcher.  National League baseball is the last chess game in organized baseball.  National League fans are the type of fans that don’t just sit in a LA-Z-BOY recliner, pour another beer, and wait for the next long ball, like those AL rooters.  We are pensive and arm-chair manage and take the game seriously.  We are a different breed of fan!  We are the Senior Circuit, the first organized league established in the nations centennial year in 1876.  Just like my home state of Connecticut does not need to sell liquor on Sunday—you can stock up on Saturday.  We NL fans are fans of the grand old game, not the disco era hipped up version.  The issue on the table right now is the expanded interleague play beginning in 2013 with the Houston Astros being realigned into the AL West for a 15-15 balance.  This will mean instead of an interleague break in two parts of the season, the norm will be fourteen intra-league games and one NL vs. AL matchup; requiring each team play approximately thirty interleague games to ensure the season is completed in twenty-six weeks.

The American League will abolish their DH and hit pitchers and restore baseball to pre-1973 status at least with respect to the lineup card, before the NL gets a DH.  Some say the Players’ Association will never allow it.  I got news for you, the Players’ Association does not care about designated hitters; their only vested interest is that full time AL DHs are not given pink slips as they are represented by this union the same as position players and there would be hell to pay.  But the PA does not care if these [saved jobs] are used as DHs or in some other role.  The PA would be happier if the DH was abolished and the pre-September regular season rosters were expanded from 25 to 26 players, creating thirty more jobs in MLB.  Odds are, this is the way it will go.  The only reason the DH has lasted this long is because with the abolition of the league presidents and league offices, and interleague play which will be expanded upon next season, the DH is all that is left distinguishing the leagues.  But do the leagues really have to be distinguished?  In the NFL the NFC and AFC play by the same rules.  So do the conferences in the NBA and NHL.  Without separate league offices and league presidents, the bridge is already burned; effectively you have on league, MLB with two conferences that call themselves leagues in title to preserve the tradition.  And why should teams in all leagues have to play by different rules when they are the visiting team in an interleague matchup?  Pitchers hitting in both leagues is the way to go.  When it is the pitcher’s turn at bat, decision time—what do you think the field manager is being paid to do?  This the way the Founding Fathers of Baseball intended the game to be played.  Now let’s hit the pitchers in both leagues!