Thursday, October 24, 2013

What Do You Do Now, America?

I do not like saying I told you so, but…  Well, actually I do not like having to say I told you so.  I would like to have seen a president in charge of the country who was not a complete dunce when it comes to our country’s health care system and general economy, then I would not feel compelled to say "I told you so. Some of us--I mean those of you who voted for Obama and who are not me--are so tainted by the media’s love affair with the Obama and the Democrat party, and who are so loathing of all things Republican, that they cannot hear logical arguments.  Too many people are so easily led by union bosses, progressive educators and simplistic entertainers that they run over a cliff like lemmings, taking the rest of us with them because we, the reasonable ones. are trapped in the crowd. The old saying, “fool me once—shame on you, fool me twice—shame on me” is appropriate here. "Three strikes and your out" seems apropos as well. 

 Obama fooled enough of the voting public to get elected the first time, partly,by  promising to have the most transparent administration we have ever seen and declaring that he would bring civility to the office and to change the way things would be done in Washington.  And, do not forget, he would be a post racial president. But then we got the Chicago way of doing things. We got graft and good-old-boy politics like we have never seen before, with sweetheart deals of “stimulus money” given to his supporters and cronies like we haven’t seen since Andrew Jackson.  We got cover-ups over gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels by the Justice Department, where a border patrolman was murdered, and the Benghazi fiasco, where four more Americans were murdered, because Obama wanted to take credit for having “Al Qaeda on the run” and bringing peace to the Mid-East by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood--He couldn't let anything like the truth interfere with his chances for re-election. Oh yes, and do not forget that he would regain respect from the other nations of the world. Anybody who pays attention to world affairs and domestic issues would be disgusted.  He has taken every opportunity to take racial sides, making divisive comments where he should have just played basketball or gone golfing. And then he ran the most nasty and vicious re-election campaign in a century, via character assassination against one of the most moral and ethical businessmen to ever run for president.  He also pushed socialized “Obamacare” down everyone’s throat, except for government employees at the very top. Those things were the result of fooling enough people the first time.

Now, after being fooled the second time, people are beginning to recognize the fact that he is a charlatan and may be the most inept man since Buchanan to sit in the Oval Office. Truly conservative lawmakers tried to defund the ill-conceived and unpopular Obamacare and save our country from its ruinous effects, but the idiotic Democrat leadership [insert Obama, Pelosi and Reid here] would not compromise an inch and shut down the government for a couple weeks and the Obama-minion media, as they always do, blamed the "evil Republicans".  Now, as the roll-out of Obamacare has begun, people are beginning to see  that Obama and his minions either have no clue about anything, or they are trying to destroy the best healthcare system in the world and replace it with socialized medicine.  Even the densest people are finding out that Obama is evidently a big liar or big boob.  He said that under Obamacare, you could choose to keep your healthcare plan, if you liked it, and your doctor, if you liked him or her, and the average person would save  $2,500 a year on health insurance.  Now they find, when they actually are able to get on the government healthcare website—the one that was farmed out to a Canadian software firm and cost over half of a BILLION DOLLARS and does not seem to work any better than some of the most ardent of the Obama voters—that none of those things are true: Most often, they are not able to keep their doctors and plans and the cost is on the average of $7,500 a year. That would be a difference of $10,000, in case you are wondering. The republicans tried several ways, during the government shutdown, to pass legislation to fund the government and curtail some of the most troubling parts of Obamacare, including postponing for a year the mandate for individuals to sign up for government healthcare or be fined. They reasoned that, since Obama authorized a waiver for big business to do just that, that it was only fair to allow individuals the same waiver. The Democrats are always worrying about fairness, are the not? But Noooooo… the Democrats would not budge because  they seemed to be winning the war of public opinion and, once again, and successfully pinning the Republicans with the blame for shutting down the government for political reasons. So much for changing the atmosphere in Washington. But then again, to be fair, I do not believe he actually said he would change it for the better.

Now, because people are meeting some of the effects of Obamacare head-on, and seeing that it will actually cost jobs, and in many cases cause people to lose their health insurance, and force them into a much more expensive government-authorized plan, there are some Democrats coming over to the side of reason.  Six Democrat senators: Jeanne Shaheen, Mark Pryor, Joe Manchin, Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan, and Rick Nolan, are now asking to have that individual mandate postponed a year.  A cynic, like myself,   might think that most of these folks are up for re-election next year and might be changing their position because Obamacare has never had a majority of support by the voting public and they are from more conservative states. But who can say for sure?

The fact is that public opinion may be changing about this naked Emperor of ours. As more and more people become frustrated and find themselves in trouble with the law because they cannot afford the “affordable” care act, we might see them vote with a little more understanding next time around. He fooled you twice, so shame on you! You blew the call! What are you going to do about it? In 2014 we have a chance to put a Republican majority in both houses. Remember, "Three strikes and your out"!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Help! Help! I'm Being Repressed! Come See The Violence Inherent In The System!

If you watch TV news, you probably have heard that the villainous Republicans have shut down the government. Although, unless you are trying to go to a national park or another site that is controlled by the National Park Service, the might not have noticed any problem yet.  The president and Democrat leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives have been hysterical about the dire consequences of the “shut down” describing the Republicans as “terrorists” and “hostage takers”, who are holding the American people ransom threatening to blow up the government if they do not get their way.  It would be funny if it were not so sad for the rest of us who value accuracy. Well, wait a minute—it is still pretty funny. I mean watching Obama, Reid and Pelosi spew their rhetorical hypocrisy, while keeping strait faces is always humorous. Some people don’t see them as funny, but then many people—especially women—don’t get the Three Stooges either. Now, who are the hostage takers?

The hostage-holding analogy is a tried and true hyperbolic argument for Democrats. It worked pretty well when a similar situation happened during the Clinton administration. Republicans got the blame in most people’s minds because most people get their left-biased news reportage form TV news and entertainment medium who reported it that way, though there were two parties involved with differing opinions about where the money should go and how much needed to be spent. It is interesting to me that the president and Harry “Dracula” Reid—Unlike the Democrat politicians, I can say insulting and demeaning things about people whom I disagree with  because I am not an office-holder who is supposed to show decorum—are constantly clamoring for a clean spending bill. A clean spending bill would be, in the Democrat’s view, a bill that meets all of their requirements, funding the entire government, which would not exclude anything that the Republicans did not want to fund.  But who are the hostage takers again?

The Democrats are not very good when it comes to history, especially when the things they do and say seem to come back to bite them, as when they try not keep from raising the debt limit because it would be “unpatriotic”. Yes, that was what Obama said as a Senator when trying to defund the war effort in Iraq. Historically speaking, spending bills in this country used to be passed on an individual basis, not the so-called “clean bill”. The House of Representatives, as most people know, hold the purse strings and decides what bills are funded. If they choose to defund Obama Care, for example, or to fund individual segments of the government they can legally do so.  They were voted in to use their discretion, just as the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-controlled Senate chose to unilaterally pass Obama Care without knowing what was actually in it, as Pelosi unwittingly (her favorite position) admitted. The use of words like “hostage” and “ransom” are inflammatory and inaccurate in the extreme, but it seems to be offensive to the media if applied in the right direction, just like it seems to be impossible for minorities to have racist feelings.  And again, who are the hostage takers?

Though the hysterics on left describing hostage taking and ransom demands are purely infantile, let us go with it for the sake of argument. This time around, it has been pointed out, by reasonable observers on the right, that normal “hostage situations” require someone, with experience in such matters, to “NEGOTIATE” to free some if not all of the so-called hostages. In fact negotiators who care about people will try to get as many out of a hostage situation as possible.  So, it would seem that the Democrats only care about their favorite hostage of the month: Obama Care.  It should be pointed out that the Republicans have met initially tried to defund Obama Care, passing a bill that would fund everything else. When that did not even get voted on by the Senate, the house passed, as used to always be the case, spending bills for individual projects or departments. Those efforts have also been ignored by Senate Majority Leader, Harry “Emperor Palpatine” Reid. When asked in a news conference, why he would not allow a vote on passing the House’s funding of at least the NIH, if it were to help a young child get cancer treatments, Harry “Wicked Stepmother” Reid replied, “Why would we do that?”.  The like-minded Senator Chuck “Commander Lyle Tiberius Roarke” Schumer chimed in, “What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? Oh, I don’t know… Maybe it was  Article 1 of the United States Constitution, you idiot! Not only are Democrats typically bad at history, they apparently have not read the Constitution since high school if even then. The House has offered to fund the government, but the President and Democrat-controlled Senate refuse to budge. If the words “hostages” and “ransom” are to be applied, then who is really Hell-bent to hold the American people hostage or hold them for ransom? Could it be the Democrats? I think so.

Let us also take a look at who is actually getting hurt the most and who is doing the actual hrting. The House passes budgets and spending bills but the President apparently has discretion on who actually gets hit and who gets favored status. The day that the government was officially shut down, Endowment For The Arts, which targets PBS, Sesame Street and Big Bird and Elmo, was given nearly a half billion dollars, while the President ordered the federal parks closed. And, the Obama administration barricades the WWII Memorial, but allowed an illegal alien amnesty rally on the Washington D.C. Mall during the “shutdown”.  At the WWII Memorial, Carol Johnson with the Park Service says, they were told to close the site by White House's Office of Management & Budget. This was also the case at the US cemeteries in France, where travelers wanted to pay their respects to the WII fallen heroes, but found the entrances locked. The National Park Service, under orders from Obama, have been blocking off all of the viewing areas of Mt. Rushmore with cones. Not only did they close down the park that the monument is located in, but they are now blocking off any and all spots along the roads surrounding the park that provide a viewing spot for picture taking. South Dakota Democratic State Senator, Tim Johnson, said that the problem would be fixed if Republicans would just send a clean CR that funds Obamacare to Harry “Satan” Reid.  Where you used to see unarmed park rangers you now see armed guards keeping people away. It has been reported that park rangers have been instructed to make it difficult on the public. One wonders what would happen if someone should stray across a barrier to the Lincoln or Jefferson memorials. How difficult should it be made on us? Deadly force, perhaps? We might be being held hostage, but not by the Republicans.

Help, Help, We’re being repressed! I just hope we do not experience the violence inherent in the system. But nothing would surprise me with these guys.