Archive for July, 2011
An older article, but relevant now. From The American Spectator (spectator.org)
We’ve Figured Him Out
By Ben Stein on 7.24.09 @ 9:45AM
Why is President Barack Obama in such a hurry to get his socialized medicine bill passed?
Because he and his cunning circle realize some basic truths:
The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a pig in a poke in 2008. They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.
They ignored his anti-white writings in his books. They ignored his quiet acceptance of hysterical anti-American diatribes by his minister, Jeremiah Wright.
They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a student. They ignored his ultra-left record as a “community organizer,” Illinois state legislator, and Senator.
The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher, his complete lack of scholarship when he was being touted as a scholar.
Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth. Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, not a fan of this country, way, way too cozy with the terrorist leaders in the Middle East, way beyond naïveté, all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future.
The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus bill — a great idea in theory — was really an immense bribe to Democrat interest groups, and in no way an effort to help all Americans.
Now, Americans are waking up to the truth that ObamaCare basically means that every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.
The American people already know that Mr. Obama’s plan to lower health costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of something that never was and never will be — a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society. Either the costs go up or the free society goes away.
These are perilous times. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified betrayal of the nation. Now, we face a devastating loss of freedom at home in health care. It will be joined by controls on our lives to “protect us” from global warming, itself largely a fraud if believed to be caused by man.
Mr. Obama knows Americans are getting wise and will stop him if he delays at all in taking away our freedoms.
There is his urgency and our opportunity. Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved America.
We’re Led by a Host of Cowards
by L. J. Martin
The Democrats in the Senate insist on continuing the drunken binge that’s Washington spending, and half the Republicans are willing to go along. What is it about being out of money don’t they understand?
And the worst of it is, the president will let the budget/debt limit default, then fail to pay only two items: social security and military pay. God knows he won’t fail to pay government employees or politicians. Trust me, Congress will continue to get their checks. He’ll only fail to pay those who’s work directly effects the masses…the post office, the FAA who handle control towers, the border patrol (who he doesn’t want at work non-the-less), the military, and others so you and I feel the crunch, so you and I yell for the problem to be solved no matter the long term effect. He feels he can play the same game Clinton did against the only house leader who ever had the guts to bring things to a standstill, Newt Gingrich. Clinton went on to a second term, and Gingrich took the brunt of the American people who didn’t share his fortitude.
Why? Why would Obama take the risk? Because he knows Americans have grown even more weak and complacent. They’ve been at the trough so long they can’t force themselves away. If our mail doesn’t come on time, particularly our so called entitlements or our welfare or our student loans that don’t have to be repaid, then we’ll say “What the hell is the difference if we go another trillion in debt?” So long as it’s not my ox being gored.
Obama knows holding SS checks, stopping government services, etc., will create an ear-splitting outcry against himself and the Democrats, but most of all, against Republicans. Who’s to say that those who paid into social security, who invested for all their working lives, and who now are old and infirm, shouldn’t get what’s coming to them? That’s a real entitlement. The salary of some fat cat in the Labor Department is not an entitlement and would stop the moment he’s discharged. And who’s to say that our underpaid military, most of whom are living from paycheck to paycheck, shouldn’t receive their due on time? None of us want that.
And, the hell of it is, who’ll blame Obama, even though he holds the pen that writes the checks? You can rest assured he’ll chose the old and infirm, the military, the SS recipient to take the brunt, rather than Congress or a bunch of overpaid fat cat bureaucrats in D.C. After all, they were to blame for creating the problem,…why should the result of their ineptitude effect them? He’s counting on those who’s ox are the first to get gored to raise so much hell that he’ll be the hero when it’s finally resolved…no matter how utterly wrong he is. We’re led by a host of cowards who refuse to do what’s right for the country, and depend upon our weakness to back them up.
Why? Why can they depend up us hiding our heads in the sand?
Because the press, 95% of whom are liberal, will try and lay the blame for all that brought this country to the brink of economic collapse on those who refuse to continue the path that led to that result. They’ll blame those who are trying hard to stop the flushing of America’s wealth, America’s promise, America’s future, down the toilet of wanton vote buying, wanton disregard for common sense. They’ll blame the few who stand up and say “no more debt.” They’ll blame those with the guts not to comprise the future of America, your children and mine, your grandchildren and mine, and theirs.
Why would Republicans want to stop spending a trillion a year more than income? How will that result in politicians retaining their fat checks at the end of every month?
I’ve heard so many platitudes being blabbered out of politician’s mouths in the last couple of months, on both sides of the aisle, that I want to barf.
No sounds of the huge Department of Labor and Department of Education being cut in size, no sounds of the billions in foreign aid being cut, no sounds of the duplication of government service being reduced, and on and on. No real spending cuts.
Why? Why don’t you hear the sound of scissors and machetes from D.C.?
Because they know the liberal press will say how can you put folks out on the street when we already have such high unemployment?
As with most economic solutions it’s simple. In addition to stopping the senseless spending, you give tax credits to companies who hire severed government employees, so long as they don’t sever an existing employee in order to hire one. For example, the Department of Labor severs a hundred thousand dollar a year employee, thus saving the government that same hundred thousand dollars a year. That employee is hired by IBM, who receives a hundred thousand dollar tax credit, thus saving IBM one hundred thousand dollars in tax they would have paid that year. Yes, the government doesn’t receive that hundred thousand, and wa la, yes they don’t need it as they’ve cut a hundred thousand from their expenditures. The next year the government gives IBM a $66,666.66 tax credit (if your math is good you’ll realize that the government is now $33,333.33 ahead) and the final of three years IBM receives a $33,333.33 tax credit. Now the government is $66,666.66 ahead. IBM has had three years to assimilate that severed employee, and the government, in the fourth year,is now a hundred grand per year ahead, and the size of government is reduced, and the severed employee is assimilated. Of course, this is a Reagonomic’s solution, and one that would not set well with the current Senate for that very reason, no matter how good it would be for the country. God knows Congress wouldn’t accept a common sense solution.
And what would happen if we did postpone payment on interest on our government bonds, held mostly by China, but some by other countries and by American companies, trusts, banking institutions, insurance companies, and individuals? Is China going to go to war with the U.S. because we missed a few payments? Would you kill the goose who laid the golden egg? Of course not. Like California did, we can pay with a promissory note. I got one myself from California, and laughed, a sort of sad laugh for my old state, but a laugh. No one in China will starve because we miss a payment. They’ll wait, and they’ll actually be pleased to wait if they think we’re finally confronting our problem.
The fact is the rest of the world is very smart, particularly cultures like the Chinese, the French, the English, the Swiss—all of whom are much older cultures that ours, all of who have ties and sox older than most American bank accounts. Europe and Asia have money that’s flowed down for 20 generations. They will, in fact, say “Is America sobering up? Thank, God,” and know that we can now go on reclaiming a healthy economy, an economy living within it’s means. Europe and Asia will not panic, they’ll be pleased to see America coming to her senses. Yes, they’ll scold us like a parent would a recalcitrant child, but they should, and we should listen.
But don’t worry, our politicians won’t give Europe or Asia the opportunity to pat us on the head and tell us how happy they are that we’ve awakened from the nightmare of reckless spending, of runaway government growth. The D.C. politicians don’t have the guts to solve the problem, and won’t even confront is as they continue to prove, day by suffering day.
When are we going to get to the heart of the problem…the Pillsbury Dough Boy that is now our government, and the cowards who revel in their power.
L. J. Martin is the author of the conservative blog http://fromthepeapatch.com. Go to that site for a free eBook: From The Pea Patch. He’s the author of 27 published books and dozens of articles published in national periodicals. His latest book is the co-authored INTERNET RICH, available on Amazon in print and from several sources in eBook.
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
“The whole subject of civilians carrying guns for self defense is discussed too much in the wrong places — ACLU cocktail parties, gun club gatherings — all placid atmospheres far removed from the terrifying reality of violent confrontation with the lawless. It should be discussed in prisons, where professional criminals are remarkably candid about their avoidance of armed citizens who can fight back. It should be discussed in rape crises centers. Ask a woman who has been raped, whether she ever wished she had a gun when it happened … and whether she had bought one since. Her reply is likely to be “yes” to at least the first, and often to both. Talk to the bereaved who lost their loved ones to the streets. Talk to those who have been violated in their homes. Ask them how they feel about passive non-resistance. And when you have attuned yourself to the haunting fear that lives with them forever after their nightmare, you will be ready to talk with someone else who was in their place, but survived unscathed because they were armed. The contrast will be striking. These survivors don’t put notches on their pistols, and they don’t brag about what they had to do… The taking of a human life, no matter what the circumstances, is an unnatural act, an emotionally shattering experience that leaves its own scars forever. But none of those people regret what they did, and to a man, their first reaction was to go home to their wife and children and hug them, tightly and wordlessly.”
– Massad Ayoob
Source: Armed And Alive