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This is Not a Parody. This is Not a Parody! by The Elephant's Child

Steven Hayward pointed out this piece, saying “This is a joke, right? ”  It does sound like a parody.

A new organization, The National Institute for Civil Discourse, is being founded to promote compromise among opposing political parties and views, in Tucson — site of a shooting rampage last month that killed six people and wounded 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.  This is appropriate because the shooting rampage so prominently mentioned had nothing whatsoever to do with politics.

“Fred DuVal, vice chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents and former co-chairman of Gifford’s finance committee, is the driving force behind the initiative and has raised more than $1 million thus far in private donations to fund it.  He said he was inspired by President Obama’s comments at a memorial service for the shooting victims, held in January at the University of Arizona, the Washington Post reports.”

At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do,” Obama said in his speech, “it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

Obama’s speech wasn’t too bad, but that wasn’t one of the better parts.  The shooting in Tucson was committed by a disturbed young man in the throes of paranoid schizophrenia.  His problem with Rep. Giffords was long-standing and unrelated to normal politics. He was not motivated by Sarah Palin, or anyone else, other than the discordant voices in his head.

The motive for a new National Institute for Civil Discourse, enlisting an assortment of former politicians who aren’t too busy as honorary chairmen, (helps with the publicity), is to promote compromise, particularly important when Republicans are in charge.

When Liberals talk about promoting compromise, it means that they are out of power and consider all Republican ideas to be hate speech.  You will notice that no institutes for getting along were founded when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the administration.  Then the policy was to accomplish everything behind closed doors so they didn’t have to listen to any disagreeing voices.

There were no Institutes for Civil Discourse being founded when George W. Bush was being hung in effigy, portrayed as Hitler, pictured eating babies, with every vile name thrown at him. Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell and Clarence Thomas had to endure every sort of racist attack simply because they were Republicans.  Vice President Cheney became Darth Vader and worse as did Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Republicans, now in charge of the House of Representatives, are inundated with demands for “civility” when they attempt to balance the budget and save the economy from collapse.  It simply has to be a parody.

Not Sustainable, Says Geithner. Got Any Ideas? by The Elephant's Child

Questioned by Senator Jeff Sessions, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner admits that the budget he’s presenting is “unsustainable.”  Maybe Congress has some ideas? This is  NOT the way this is supposed to work!  Are there any adults here?

Public-Employee Unions Are Organized Against the Public! by The Elephant's Child
February 22, 2011, 8:21 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Taxes | Tags: , ,

“To make sense of what’s going on in Wisconsin, it helps to understand that the left in America lives in an ideological fantasy world,” James Taranto said today in Opinion Journal’s “Best of the Web.”

Members of the mob of teachers’ union protesters shriek that” they’re only doing this for the kids.” Fantasy land. The schoolchildren do not enter into the question at all.  As longtime union president Albert Shanker,once  famously said: “When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”

Taranto quotes Kevin Drum of Mother Jones:

Unions are… the only large-scale movement left in America that persistently acts as a countervailing power against corporate power.  They’re the only large-scale movement left that persistently acts in the economic interests of the middle class.

Fantasy land.  The demonstrations in Wisconsin have nothing to do with corporate power or “the middle class.”  Taranto continues:

First, to talk of America in terms of “class” is to speak a foreign language.  Outside of university faculties and Marxist fringe groups (but we repeat ourself), Americans do not divide ourselves up by class; rather “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”

When Americans describe themselves as “middle class,” the term is a synonym for “ordinary” or “respectable, ” not part of a taxonomy of division.  Actual middle-class Americans don’t feel put upon by “corporate power” or”the business community,” because by and large, they own the means of production: They run businesses; they hold shares in corporations through their investment and retirement accounts.  Some belong to unions, but the vast majority do not: “In 2010, the union membership rate — the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union — was 11.9 percent, down from 12.3 percent a year earlier,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here James Taranto lays out the simple facts:

There is a fundamental difference between private- and public-sector workers.  A private-sector workers  A private-sector labor dispute is a clear clash of competing interests, with management representing shareholders and unions representing workers.  In the public sector, …taxpayers — whose position is analogous to that of shareholders —are denied a seat at the table.

Collective bargaining in public-sector unions is designed to get ever more money from taxpayers who have no voice in the conversation. The screaming mob wants to be able to continue living high and retiring comfortably on taxpayer money that states can no longer afford to pay.

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