American Elephants


Terrorists! Monsters! Zombies! Vampires! Aliens! by The Elephant's Child

Liberals are consumed with fury. Here’s another example from Maureen Dowd who compares the Tea Party to the monsters in horror movies:

They were like cannibals, eating their own party and leaders alive. They were like vampires, draining the country’s reputation, credit rating and compassion. They were like zombies, relentlessly and mindlessly coming back again and again to assault their unnerved victims, Boehner and President Obama. They were like the metallic beasts in “Alien” flashing mouths of teeth inside other mouths of teeth, bursting out of Boehner’s stomach every time he came to a bouquet of microphones.

Victor Davis Hanson points out Obama’s own three-step habit that turns off—everybody.

1. There is the initial call for civility, working across the aisle, and bipartisanship.  2. This is followed by an unleashing of a Chicago-style assault on his opponents”hostage-takers,” “bring a gun to a knife fight,” “kick ass,” “get in their faces,” “fat-cats” and “millionaires and billionaires.” 3. Then he votes present and hits the links.

Stanley Kurtz, Obama scholar, explains the community organizer who is trying to adapt Alinsky’s teaching to the presidency:

Here’s my take on the puzzle of Obama’s leadership style. Obama is still every inch the Alinskyite organizer. He talks about uniting, even as he deliberately polarizes. He moves incrementally toward radical left goals, but never owns up to his ideology. Instead, he tries to work indirectly, by way of the constituencies he seeks to manipulate.

“Leading from behind” is classic Alinskyite strategy. The idea is for the organizer to find out what the people he’s organizing want, give them enough of that to gain authority and control, then slowly and quietly push the group in his ideological direction, all the while making it seem as though the plan is what the people themselves have asked for. Obama used to literally lead from behind, by stage-managing his group’s protests from the back of the room, while the ostensible leaders took charge on stage. That is what Alinskyite organizers do.

Alinskyite organizers are tough when facing down the “enemy” (their word), but subtle, stealthy, and incremental when dealing with the members of their own group. Above all, they are never openly ideological. Everything is portrayed as pragmatism.

The trouble with Obama’s Alinskyite leadership style is that he’s trying to adapt it to the presidency, a role it was never designed for.

The thing you need to remember about all this fulminating and frothing at the mouth is that those “terrorists” in the Tea Party, if they take over completely, want you to keep more of your own money, and to be reasonably free of government regulation.  Vicious!

The Liberals object because they think it’s their money.



The Obama Administration’s Over-Regulation Creates Economic Destruction. by The Elephant's Child

Those on the right side of the aisle generally regard additional regulation as seldom necessary and often harmful to the economy.  Liberals, on the other hand, are anxious to regulate.  They believe that the job of the enlightened elites is to provide good regulation that can enhance safety, make things move more smoothly and make life better for all. So you have to accept that this is a major philosophical division point.

The Obama administration is particularly intent on adding new regulation. Whether it’s a matter of all those agencies and bureaus having lots of good ideas for improving the world stored up; or whether the new Democrat president waved his sceptre and said “Go forth and regulate” will have to wait for the inevitable histories and exposes on this administration are written.

Business has spoken with a single voice: the gush of regulation from this administration is causing economic destruction, unemployment, reluctance to hire,  reduced output, and increasing offshoring of business.  Now America’s farmers and ranchers are joining them in loud complaint.

The Obama administration wants farmers and ranchers to obtain commercial long-haul drivers licenses to conform to new driving regulations.  The licenses would be required of farmers driving farm equipment down public roads.  Traditionally, farmers driving farm machinery have been exempt from commercial driving licenses, as have farmers hauling wheat providing they did not cross state lines, or traveled no more than 150 air miles to the elevator.  Regulators are suggesting that all wheat shipments be considered interstate, even short hauls to elevators that don’t cross state lines.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to do away with exceptions. They argue tat because grain will ultimately be shipped out-of-state it should be regulated as an interstate product at every transportation step. Treated as a product destined to cross state lines, grain becomes federally regulated under the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Most farm kids are driving tractors long before they get drivers’ licenses. Trailers are used to take livestock to County Fairs and Livestock shows.  Horses are hauled to rodeos, parades, or just down the road to another pasture.  Farms and ranches are not necessarily contiguous property—there may be 40 acres here, 60 there, and another patch on down the highway.  Trailers are used for all sorts of things from hauling a load of hay to the barn to taking a bunch of sheep to an auction.

But I suppose you can’t assume that people who are sure that next month or next year electric cars will be popular, can grasp the complications of rural life. Or the unintended consequences —higher food prices, more expensive bacon.




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