American Elephants


The Slow Collapse of the Democrat Party, Continued. by The Elephant's Child

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From our excellent neighbor to the North, Small Dead Animals, a juxtaposition:

March 1, 2013

USAF Announcement: The implementation of across-the-board cuts in federal spending has caused the curtailment of the Thunderbirds 2013 show schedule. Effective April 1, all of the team’s performances have been cancelled.

March 3, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would provide $250 million in assistance to Egypt after Egypt’s president promised to move ahead with negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over economic reforms.

P.S. Here’s what it costs to keep the Thunderbirds flying annually.

Be sure to click on the links. Mr. Obama does want to be sure that the public feels his real pain. His strategy is completely obvious, and so small and spiteful.

Here in the Seattle Area our big summer festival is Seafair, which is centered around the hydroplane races and the Blue Angels performance, but includes everything from the milk carton derby, the usual queen and princesses, pirates,  parade, street performances, Navy visit and ship tours — plus all the usual and unusual summer festival stuff.

One of the highlights for me is when the Blue Angels pass right over my house in formation. Scares the hell out of the cats, but I love it.  Sound of Freedom! So that is going away too. If the choice is to get to see the Blue Angels or fuel our aircraft carriers, I can live without the Blue Angels.

But that is not the choice. The choice is between an arrogant president’s belief that he cannot under any circumstances cut back on government waste, sell empty government buildings, dump programs that don’t work, discontinue unnecessary duplicate programs,  or stop subsidizing cronies who supported his campaigns. Instead, he wants more money to spend to influence voters. He wants to win back control of the House in the next election so he can put the rest of his misguided agenda into effect.

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Not that I have any evidence, you understand, but does it strike anyone else as peculiar that a President who dithers for months, missing several opportunities to nail Bin Laden, who can’t seem to make a decision on ANYTHING, has orchestrated dozens of the most spiteful, petty and petulant acts against the people of this nation on the spur of the moment? Really?

I have to wonder, is it possible that Obama and his faithful retainers wanted the sequester, and had already laid plans to identify those cuts which would most seriously annoy the average citizen. It makes a lot more sense to me than believing that this self-proclaimed “smartest-guy-in-the-room” who can’t seem to make any sort of decision at all can make scores of wrong headed and childish decisions within what seems like only hours of the sequester going into effect.

I’m just sayin’

Comment by Jim Yardley

You’re not far wrong, Jim. I have sources that tell me that alternates pilots for the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds received orders to be sent back to their primary flight squadrons in late January – five full weeks before the sequester kicked in.

And why do they need to implement all of this cost-cutting right now, since the sequester affects FUTURE spending, not current? Because Obama needs to have something visible that he can point to that show the “harm” these spending cuts are doing (have you noticed that the majority of these cuts are to largely public access items?) and immediate to keep members of Congress (both Republican & Democrat) from finding actual waste and useful cuts as alternatives. All – EVERY SINGLE ONE – of these cuts are coming from either the White House or some other member of the Executive Branch (and trust me, the Executive is trying mightily to throw attention AWAY from that fact by blaming Republicans in Congress.

Obama is crass, self-centered, and self-focused, and refuses to believe any of this will come back to bite him in any way.

Comment by Lon Mead




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