Mar 29, 2012 Political
“The confidence of the people will easily be gained by a good administration. This is the true touchstone.” –Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, 1788
The mark of a good administration is one that tells the truth. Americans are adults and most prefer the truth. We might not like it and we might get angry but we want to know the realties. Unfortunately, politics involves doing and saying whatever is necessary to get elected and then to hold office.
Barack Obama lectured Hillary Clinton on why we should not have an individual mandate in health insurance and once he was in office he pushed for that mandate. After three days of Supreme Court hearings it looks like that mandate could be his undoing.
That is where the spin comes in and that is where they think you are an idiot.
The White House is rebranding the individual mandate as the “individual responsibility clause” of the bill. The White House goes further by claiming that the individual mandate, oops I mean the individual responsibility clause, was a Republican idea.
You read that right. The White House is claiming that the unpopular mandate was the invention of the Republicans. While this should come as no surprise because this White House always blames someone else, it should be seen for what it is. It is a blatant attempt to rewrite history and blame the Republicans for the mess that this has become.
But wait, it gets worse.
The White House is calling this bill a bi-partisan effort. For those with any doubt, bi-partisan means that the two parties involved supported the effort. I guess by some abstract, twisted logic one could call it bi-partisan since Democrats and Independents supported it but that is not what the White House means.
The White House is saying it was bi-partisan in an effort to place equal blame for the mess on both parties so that the damage can be spread out and Obama can be portrayed as a victim of bad Congressional decisions.
If it was a bad decision why did he push it, why did he defend it and why did he sign it?
More to the point though, the bill is not bi-partisan because NOT ONE SINGLE Republican voted for it.
The Democrats made deals, bribed members, and used legislative trickery to get this bill passed and it was ALL done by Democrats.
Keep that in mind folks. The Republicans were not allowed to be part of the negotiations. Their ideas, those that were considered, were voted down or excluded. They were not included in the meetings and they had no say in the process.
The whole thing was entirely a Democrat effort and only Democrats voted for it and they did so in the middle of the night around Christmas while wheeling Robert Byrd in in his wheelchair.
It was the Democrats who made a big show of the issue by parading around with a huge gavel while inventing stories of racist comments. Remember all that fanfare? Remember the show and the big grins on their faces? Remember how proud they were to have passed this thing? Remember it all because they are now trying to change the story.
This mess belongs entirely to Barack Obama (his signature legislation we are told) and his Democrats who rammed it down our throats.
We had to pass it to see what was in it and when that happened people liked it even less. Now the answer to Pelosi’s question is becoming clear.
Remember? She was asked if it was Constitutional and her reply was “are you serious?”
Yes, we were and that issue has been addressed this week. While anything can happen it is becoming very clear that the SCOTUS does not hold the view that the mandate is Constitutional. Even if it does, the end result will spell disaster.
Now the regime is trying to shift blame, rewrite history and implicate Republicans in this total Democrat mess.
So I will have to respond with Pelosi’s words…
Are you serious?
Most of us are not that stupid…
Never surrender, never submit.
Jul 14, 2011 Political
More misuse of our language (an addition to Fictionary July 10 post). The oft-used word invest. When it is uttered by a politician, you can be sure it has nothing to do with what we typically attribute it to. Their invest is a red herring for a big government program that is (probably) a repeat of an already instituted, failed and wasteful spending program that didn’t work the other times, is now repackaged and renamed for the same negative results from the same dumb premise. (I know, a long description, but oh so true.) Perk up your ears when they say invest; is government investing our money? Au contraire!
Where in our country are housing prices still rising, and where is there no unemployment problem? You guessed it! These staffers are in our world? And, this is the place from which often emanates that all-too-common D.C.-ism: We must invest in our children’s education. Really? Is the American public still falling for that worn out mantra?
News flash! You can’t fix a social problem by throwing money at it. Other countries have more students per classroom and a whole lot less money spent per child and get much better results. Their children are there to learn! Their parents demand it…their culture demands it…their teachers and administrators demand it. We (taxpayers) can feed kids breakfast and lunch and send them to the best school in their vicinity. But, if these same kids go home to an unfit guardian or adults who are terrible character examples, our money that our government spent is wasted. You can’t make life fair for some kids by feeding them, bussing them to a good school and sending them back home to non-parenting. That waste is multiplied when that unproductive, untamed and disrespectful child is an adult on welfare or in prison.
As long as we have no expectations of our children, guess what we get?
Give ’em the two “L’s” — love and limits. Yes, the limits are just as important as the love!
Lies (just two blatant examples)
Your government’s definition of transparent, independent and accountable by Secretary Sebelius, at the 5th bullet point. Do you believe her?
Your government’s Department of Homeland Security and another whopper from Janet Napolitano. Do you believe her? Did you believe her when she said our borders are safer than ever?
The Obama administration and many economists have warned of economic catastrophe if the United States does not raise the amount it is legally allowed to borrow by August 2. The last time we believed scare tactics by the Drama Queens they bailed out the big banks and corporations and then, to add insult to injury, they stimulated our debt and unemployment with our money on a credit card!
Apparently we Americans don’t know much about America. Pitiful! But, then who hasn’t seen those incredible Jay Walking bits? (This video: Your reward for reading this far!) Maybe we got where we are today because we don’t know what, when and how this country became so great. We don’t know our own American History! Maybe we ought to start getting smart, paying attention, and becoming responsible citizens. No point in waiting for or expecting those in charge to change their ways!
My Personal Desire – time to get back to the basics. More reading and learning for me. It really is quite easy today with answers to everything literally and figuratively at my fingertips! What excuse do I have?
If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.
Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
- Winston S. Churchill
A country without a memory is a country of madmen.
- George Santayana
Some historians hold that history is just one damned thing after another.
- Arnold Toynbee