American Elephants

Battleground! Comparing Middle Class Credentials. by The Elephant's Child

Democrats in Washington DC were startled by Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in the nation’s capitol, they didn’t expect it to be successful, they didn’t expect the hundreds of thousands that attended, and it was peaceful, happy, and the attendees cleaned up after themselves.  They didn’t even seem to be — “extremists.”

This coming Saturday, a confederacy of liberal groups plans to descend on Washington to make the case that they, not those extremist rightist groups, represent the middle class.  The rally is called “One Nation Working Together”and  hopes to supplant what they say “is the Tea Party’s divisiveness with a message of unity to promote jobs, justice and education.”

The crowd will represent some 300 liberal groups — including  the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, the National Council of La Raza and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.Also the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, Code Pink, The Committee of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, The Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, International Socialist Organization and  Planned Parenthood.  It’s easy to see how the diversity in this group is clearly, um, much more representative of America’s middle class than all those ordinary people with their divisive signs. And besides they are the true descendants of the 1963 March on Washington where the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a Dream” speech.  Does the word “diversity” appear in the speech?  Just wondering.

“We’ll look like the progeny of that march, with our diversity,” said Benjamin T. Jealous, President of the NAACP. “‘We’re living through a moment of decreasing prosperity and increasing diversity.  That’s a formula for a battleground, not common ground.  We say, ‘Let’s get the country moving back to common ground.”

Mr. Jealous and Mr. Graham who proposed the march, say they hope it will be larger than Mr. Beck’s rally.  “We believe that our satellite photos will stack up nicely to his satellite photos” said the appropriately named Mr. Jealous.

Does the rally’s platform represent the middle class?  Extend unemployment benefits, raise the minimum wage, end the foreclosure epidemic, enact legislation making it easier to join unions, increase infrastructure spending to create jobs, fix our broke (sic) immigration system and end immigration round-ups that “encourage racial profiling.” They even claim it’s non-partisan.

The trouble with always trying to line up group support to get big bucks, is that the groups expect some return on their money. You are indebted, and expected to slant your legislation to favor the groups who supported you — which is just the problem that the Democrats are actually having.  When union management donates big money to a campaign, they’re inclined to expect a bailout for their pension plans, where they got that big money.

It’s really hard to devise a program that will answer the demands of this ‘diverse’ bunch.


Here’s Why We Like Dino Rossi. by The Elephant's Child

Good guy. Experienced as a businessman and as a legislator in getting things done.  He understands basic economics, and what will work and what won’t.  Good down-to-earth common sense.  That’s what we need in our nation’s capitol, that seems to be sadly missing today.

He would be a strong voice in Washington DC, for the folks in Washington State.

Desperate Democrats are Calling Us Stupid Again! by The Elephant's Child
September 27, 2010, 6:43 am
Filed under: Politics

An irritable U.S.Senator John F. Kerry put his expensively shod foot firmly in his mouth again yesterday.  He blamed clueless voters with short attention spans for the uphill battle beleaguered Democrats are facing in the upcoming election.

We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth of what’s happening, Kerry told reporters.

This seems to be the theme of the Democrat political elite.  The reason all those crazy people are protesting and carrying signs is because they are just not smart enough to appreciate the brilliance of their elected representatives.

Kerry made the remarks following questions about U.S.Rep. Barney Frank’s re-election campaign and queries about securing federal funding for a Massachusetts hospital.

I think a lot of the anger today — while its appropriate because Washington is broken — is not directed at the right people.  Barney is prepared, as others are, to explain what we’re doing.  I think when people hear the facts and they see what we’re doing, it frankly makes sense.

The facts as Nancy Pelosi has stated them about ObamaCare?  “We will have a cap on costs, and we will have no cap on benefits.” Remedial economics recommended.

Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm mandated that 20% of the state’s power come from renewable resources, and then demanded that utilities cut their consumer rates by 20%. Ms. Granholm’s economics were so brilliant that President Obama named her to to his 17 member economic advisory team.

There are almost no people in the administration who have worked in the private sector, and few Democrats in Congress have any business experience.  It shows. While Obama makes speeches about jobs, his policies keep destroying them.  LSU economics professor Dr. Joseph Mason’s has published a new critique of the Obama administration’s Inter-Agency Economic Report which has underestimated the effect of the moratorium on drilling by as much as 60%.

The administration’s approach, which harms business activity in the name of environmental defense, is part of a trend of stifling economic growth.  Dr. Mason said he found it shocking that an economic analysis was not conducted before putting the ban in place. Policy after policy has the unintended consequence of causing more unemployment.

This is the same crew that seems to believe that they can insure 30 million more people, cover all pre-existing conditions and still make health care cost less.  They believe that they can flood 30 million more people into a Medicaid that is already short of doctors and funds — for Medicaid is run by the states and underfunded — without breaking the system.  The states disagree.

It’s not the first time that Democrats in the political class have suggested that the ordinary folks out here have less than the necessary quota of native intelligence.  There was something about clinging bitterly to our guns and religion, as I remember.

John Kerry created some outrage once before, when he spoke at a Pasadena College rally and said “You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, uh,you, you can do well, if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” That didn’t go well either.

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