Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Freedom, History, Media Bias, Politics, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: Bias and Prejudice, Democrat Propaganda, Obama's Unbelievable Excuses
President Obama’s claim of being unaware of any problems until after they have happened is wearing thin even with Liberal stalwarts in the media. There are limits beyond which belief falters. The list is too long. Familiarity with the operations of the White House. Experience with many presidents. Most media personalities are familiar with the demands of the profession of journalism and the hopes and dreams they had when they chose the profession. The White House spin is not working.
Democrats are still searching for excuses, currently about the expense of the failed website construction, and whether we can get our money back.
We talk a lot about how divided the two parties are. Democrats currently talk a lot about how divided the Republicans are. The first is undeniable, the latter isn’t really true. Republicans do not march in lockstep. They are a big opinionated party that disagrees about particular issues, about strategy, and about their own members. They may argue about basic principle but they agree on it in the end. Democrats don’t do principle.
Or perhaps I should say Progressives don’t do principle. They have said so. They don’t have principles, they have projects and react to issues as they come up. They don’t understand principles. They do talking points. Republicans say Democrats are the party of Big Government, but that is not one of their principles. It’s just common knowledge that wise people in government can do a better job of ordering the affairs of man than can the hoi-polloi out there. You have perhaps noticed the contempt that people in government offices have for the ordinary citizens.
They’re not quite sure what the desired end-point is, for some it was one-world government and all the “philanthropies” changed their names to “non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) so they would be treated with importance at the UN, but general faith in the UN as a body is diminishing — with reason. Global Warming was going to be a global government thing, but the science isn’t working. It’s always a semi-demi-utopian bright shining vision off in the future that if they just succeed in winning, and getting rid of Republican dissent permanently — will be wonderful.
So that’s their goal. They need to “win.” To be in charge. For many, politics has been their whole life. That wasn’t quite what the Founders intended. They envisioned people who would leave their occupation for a brief time to take part in governance, but that was probably unlikely at any time.
The Democrat Party had its origins in the administration of Andrew Jackson, important general, major slaveholder, Indian fighter, which morphed into the party of slaveholders and the South. They were a large part of the Confederacy, but many Confederates fought for their states, not for slaveholding. They were the party of the Ku Klux Klan, opponents of reconstruction and the civil rights laws that were passed in the years after the Civil War until the present. They have tried to shuck the taint of slavery, and struggled to twist history into somehow blaming Republicans for slavery. They know that is a fraud, but it leaves them ultra sensitive on the issue and they make a major effort to find “code words” in things Republicans say, They pull odd little stunts to show how “racist” Republicans are.
Perhaps you recall when House Democrats marched across the front of the capitol building to the Senate through a crowd of protestors,( were they Tea Party protestors?), and claimed that the protestors hurled ‘N’ word insults at the black members of the House. Didn’t work in the age of iPhones, Andrew Breitbart offered a huge financial prize to anyone who captured such language. No one heard it. They have sent fraudulent actors to appear carrying racist signs among Tea Party people at a demonstration. And the picture of a man carrying a rifle over his shoulder was shown all over national television and the internet until an un-cropped picture turned up to show that the man was just another black Tea Party member. Someone turned up at the Veterans protest during the Park Service shutdown carrying a Confederate Battle flag, and they haven’t identified him yet, but you can be sure that it was a Democrat. Republicans just don’t think that way.
I have never had any interest in the “first black president” thing, nor, as far as that goes in the “first woman” to be anything. I understand how meaningful the “first black president” has been to black Americans, but I just don’t think that way. I’m interested in policy, experience, competence, management and yes, principle. And as far as I can tell so are most Republicans.
Supposedly the Democrats are the party of helping poor black Americans, but their record of doing so is entirely in the welfare field. They are vicious in their hate for Black Americans who have spectacularly succeeded in life and have become Republicans. Dr. Ben Carson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Economist Thomas Sowell, Economist Walter Williams. Succeeding while black is acceptable, succeeding while black and Republican is definitely not. Here are some ordinary examples of Liberal Intolerance:
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Freedom, History, Media Bias, Politics, The United States
Negotiation is hard, depending on how far apart the parties are on their beliefs. Add in the political ploys designed to give the media talking points and to sway public opinion. Add in the extent to which the parties represent their policies and view of history truthfully, and you end up somewhere like where we currently are.
It is all summed up quite well in Thomas Sowell’s 1987 book A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, which in turn looks back to Adam Smith’s 1759 Theory of Moral Sentiments and William Godwin’s 1793 Enquiry Concerning Political Justice. Sowell calls these the constrained vision and the unconstrained vision. Adam Smith saw the natural flaws of man as simple human nature and inherent facts of life. The fundamental moral and social challenge was to make the best of the possibilities within that constraint, rather than dissipate energy in trying to change human nature. Smith attempted to determine how the moral and social benefits desired could be produced within those constraints. Smith’s answer was Incentives such as devotion to moral principles, concepts of honor, really an economic answer — a set of trade-offs rather than a real solution of actually changing man. The constrained vision accepts human nature as a given, and unchangeable.
Godwin believed the intention to benefit others was the essence of virtue, and virtue was the road to human happiness. Man was capable of directly feeling other people’s needs as more important than his own. Man’s current egocentric behavior did not mean that it was a permanent feature of human nature that was promoted by the very system of rewards used to cope with it. Godwin was not concerned with the immediately effective incentive under the current state of things. The real goal was the long-run development of a higher sense of social duty. The potential is quite different from the actual, and means for improvement can be discovered or developed. In other words imperfect man was perfectible. The unconstrained vision looks for solutions that will change human nature.
The key insight from Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations: If an exchange between two parties is voluntary it will not take place unless both believe they will benefit from it. Most economic fallacies derive from the neglect of this simple insight, from the tendency to assume that that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another. Milton Friedman
From Breitbart: “According to John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress and former Chief of Staff to President Clinton, President Obama told him that he would never again bargain with Republicans to extend the debt limit. Podesta said that the 2011 Budget Control Act, which ended the debt ceiling debate two years ago, “sent a signal that this was fair game to blackmail over whether the country would default. He feels like he has to end it and end it forever.”
“Obama has taken a no-negotiations stance on the debt ceiling debate, sending the true signal to the market that he is willing to default on debt if Republicans do not fund the government in accordance with his wishes. Podesta said that Obama will “be viewed as a guy who you can hold up” if he gives any concessions at all on the debt ceiling.
“The stock market has rallied around the notion that the debt ceiling debate will come to a conclusion before the United States defaults. That’s largely because Republicans are signaling that they want to extend the debt ceiling. “Mr. President, let’s sit down and talk,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said. “Let’s reach consensus and end the ‘my way or the highway ‘ attitude once and for all.” …Obama takes solace in the fact that Republicans are being blamed more than Democrats for the current impasse, thanks largely in part to media coverage.”
The problem is that Republicans and Democrats are not speaking the same language, and each side is bargaining from a viewpoint the other side does not understand. Republicans are deeply concerned about the amount of debt Obama has run up — not because it’s Obama’s debt, but because it is too much debt and is doing damage to the country. Obama, a believer in Keynesian economics, believes that spending is necessary to help the country recover, and the reason that stimulus hasn’t worked enough to restore the economy is because the stimulus wasn’t big enough. Republicans believe that much of Obama’s spending has actually increased the numbers of the unemployed and overregulation has cost thousands of jobs.
Obama said in his weekly sermon:
It’s a positive development that House Republicans have agreed on the need to avoid the economic consequences of not meeting our country’s commitments. Because once the debt ceiling is raised, and the shutdown is over, there’s a lot we can accomplish together. We’ve created seven and a half million new jobs in the past three and a half years.
Now let’s create more. We’ve cut our deficits in half over the past four years. Now let’s do it in a smarter, balanced way that lets us afford to invest in the things we need to grow. The truth is, there’s a lot we can agree on.
The other thing Obama said was to blame Republicans for — practically everything — in every other sentence. “flirt with a first-ever default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season.”"the pain of this Republican shutdown.” “Manufacturing crisis to extract massive concessions,” ” A political party is risking default for the first time since the 1700s. This is not normal.”"constant brinkmanship.” “It saps everyone’s faith in our extraordinary system of self-government.” “Politics is a battle of ideas, but you advance those ideas through elections and legislation — not extortion.”
The president has a bigger microphone, and it is echoed by a compliant media. Polls do blame Republicans more, but do the polls mean anything? Obama has gone way too far in his righteous indignation. He has threatened the markets, taking the Dow Jones down. Retailers have taken a real hit. He has hinted that Social Security checks might not go out. (Is he ready to admit that there is no trust fund?) And he has no concern whatsoever about whether his words are true, and all too frequently they are not.
So you have a “negotiation” where neither party understands where the other side is coming from, they do not mean the same thing by their words, and they have different ideas about their personal responsibilities to the country. What could possibly go wrong?
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Media Bias, Middle East, National Security, The United States | Tags: A Weak America, Defense Secretaries Speak, Syria's Chemical Weapons
Two of Obama’s former Defense Secretaries slammed his Syria policy as “not a strategy” and projecting “weakness.” You would have had to turn to page 12 of Thursday’s Times to find that two of Obama’s former defense secretaries “publicly questioned the administration’s handling of the Syrian crisis, as the newspaper put it.”
Robert Gates and Leon Panetta were appearing at a Tuesday evening forum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Gates mocked the president’s idea of an “incredibly small” attack to punish Syria for supposed chemical use, explaining that “to blow a bunch of stuff up over a couple days, to underscore or validate a point or a principle, is not a strategy.” He added that bombing Syria “would be throwing gasoline on a very complex fire in the Middle East” and said Obama could have weakened America’s world standing by asking and not getting Congress’ permission to strike.
Mr. Panetta who was Bill Clinton’s White House Chief of Staff, and an Obama CIA director, said Obama placed the word of the U.S. government in jeopardy. “When the president of the United States draws a red line, the credibility of this country is dependent on him backing up his word,” Panetta said, adding that Obama “should have directed limited action, going after Assad, to make very clear to the world that when we draw a line and we give our word… we back it up.”
Panetta also said that Iran, soon to be nuclear armed, was “paying very close attention” to Obama’s handling of Syria, “and what they are seeing right now is an element of weakness.”
The Obama sycophants in the media were loath to report any of this.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Health Care, Liberalism, Media Bias, Politics | Tags: Behind the Strike, Dead-End Job or Middle Class Career?, Service Employees International Union
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is trying to unionize the fast-food industry. Fast food workers (augmented by hired strikers) are striking restaurants in major cities, to demand that employers should hike their wages to $15 an hour. Because they want more money.
“On Strike: Can’t Survive on $7.25.” Workers are targeting a whole industry. They want more pay, and they want to unionize because SEIU is telling them that if they strike they can get $15 an hour for the same work the are doing now. SEIU is not telling them about the jobs that would be lost, nor is SEIU telling them that there is now a robot hamburger maker that can make better hamburgers faster and cheaper. They can be replaced. Permanently.
Unions in general are a little fuzzy about the laws of supply and demand. Union interest is in acquiring more union members and more union dues because that gives them more political power. Unions portray the fast food industry as ruthless and exploitative. Phil Hickey, who started out washing dishes in a Big Boy restaurant and now owns nine of his own restaurants, and is chairman of the National Restaurant Association, writes in the Wall Street Journal:
Consider the facts about the minimum wage. The majority of workers who earn a minimum wage in the United States work outside of the restaurant industry. In reality, only 5% of the 10 million restaurant employees earn the minimum wage. Those who do are predominantly teenagers working part-time jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 71% of minimum-wage employees in the restaurant industry are under the age of 25; 47% are teenagers.
Striking fast-food workers seem not to have noticed that our economy is in the tank, that people are being laid off full-time jobs, and the only real job growth is in part-time jobs specifically because of ObamaCare regulations.Many fear that we are becoming a part-time nation. The best performing business in the current economy is the temporary-worker industry. Small businesses are closing their doors at an alarming rate, and the unemployment rate is as low as it is because of the huge increase in part-time work.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour simply eliminates entry-level positions, for employers will hire only experienced workers. A “living wage” is a nice turn of phrase, but meaningless. Why $15? Why not $25, or $50? Do workers expect to stay in that entry-level position, or do they intend to advance? How does a worker go from washing dishes to owning nine restaurants? Is that a potential career open to all those people now protesting?
Looking at Google Image pictures of striking fast-food workers, I was struck by the absence of the young people I encounter at fast food restaurants. The visible older “strikers” seemed to be the same strikers last seen in purple SEIU tee shirts. Doesn’t lend much credibility to their protest.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Election 2014, History, Law, Media Bias, Politics | Tags: Democrats' Racist History, Entitlements and Welfare, The Voting Rights Act
The Democrats real history with race and slavery is not something on which they choose to dwell. They have chosen instead, a pleasant tale in which they are the heroes of the civil rights movement — who have freed black Americans from oppression and restored the civil rights to which they are entitled. They have uplifted poor blacks with generous welfare; they have occasionally fought for better schools if the teachers union approves; they have given them affirmative action so they can attend college; and they have given them generous student loans and permanent debt; They have provided food stamps; and 47 job training programs, all ineffective; and built free housing. They have given them free phones.
Democrats have had some success with their pleasant little fantasy about race. So they are betting that they can win the midterm election next year by telling black people that requiring a person to show photo ID in order to vote — is an attempt by Republicans to deny their right to vote.
This is so outrageous that you cannot see how anyone would fall for it. But Democrats are pursing it with a full court press. Attorney General Eric Holder is suing states to block any requirement that voters prove their identity, because it is racist. There are very few people who do not have picture ID. You need a photo ID to cash a check, to open a bank account, to get food stamps, to get on an airplane, and to enter the building housing Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Photo ID is available to anyone, for free, from a drivers license bureau. So asking to see ID is clearly a racist act.
Politico, always ready to toe the party line, gives it the full agitprop treatment:
The irony of the historical forces colliding at that moment won’t be lost on anyone. The nation’s first African-American president, standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jr. stood 50 years earlier, will speak at a time when many African-Americans and other minorities feel that the Voting Rights Act — one of the proudest accomplishments of the civil rights movement — is being dismantled.
The backdrop for the big event is a surge in voter ID laws and other restrictive election measures, and the legal fight the Obama administration has picked with Texas to stop the wave. It’s suing to block the state’s voter ID law from taking effect, a clear signal to other states to think twice before they pass any more restrictions on voting rights.
The other portion of this phony political ploy is the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was intended to prohibit discrimination such as poll taxes, refusal to allow a qualified voter to vote, any form of intimidation, any “test or device” such as a literacy test, or residency requirements that require more than 30 days between registering and voting. The act requires election materials and assistance for a single language minority or illiteracy. The act required certain Southern states who had engaged in such discriminatory practices to get a pre-clearance before making any changes to their voting requirements.
Eric Holder is attempting to claim that because blacks and Hispanics are more apt than white citizens not to have photo ID ( Proof of that illogical claim?) requiring photo ID is a form of discrimination and the state should be required to get pre-clearance and be prevented from requiring such ID. Perhaps the Justice Department should be prevented from requiring photo ID from anyone who wants to enter their building. If it is “racist” for Texas, it is also racist for the Justice Department.
The Court found, June 25, 3013, in Shelby County v. Holder, since blacks were voting in larger percentages than white citizens and had been doing so for many years, that discrimination had ended, and requiring pre-clearance was thus unconstitutional. The pre-clearance part of the law had thus served its intent, and was no longer needed. The Obama administration had no intention of giving up that amount of control. Obama stated that the Supreme Court made a “mistake” on voting rights, but he ignores the Court unless they agree with him. Only the pre-clearance part of the Act was struck down, the rest remains in force. So this whole political ploy is a pretty risky maneuver.
Democrats have no accomplishments to boost their electoral chances next year. The economy has not improved, most of the jobs created have been part time, the only reason the unemployment rate is as low as it is, is because so many people have dropped out of the labor force entirely. Wages are down, and household net worth has decreased sharply. ObamaCare is an unworkable train wreck. The people who have really gotten the short end of the stick are Black Americans, with double digit unemployment numbers, and young black people’s unemployment rate is twice that. Obama’s promises to black Americans were just words to keep them believing.
Economist Thomas Sowell explained Obama’s approach:
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Law, Liberalism, Media Bias, Politics, Progressivism, The United States | Tags: Obama's Gun Control Initiative, The Center for Disease Control Study, The Verdict on Gun Laws
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, President Obama issued a “Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence,” along with 22 other initiatives. He does these things and appoints commissions and orders studies and then pays no attention to them whatsoever. They turn into busy-work for the bureaucracy.
That study was contracted out to the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council was completed in June. It contained some surprises for the president if he even sees their work.
President Obama announced at the beginning of the year that he would push three major gun control initiatives — universal background checks, a ban on “assault weapons,” and a ban on “high-capacity magazines” — under the assumption that this would prevent future mass shootings, and probably under the assumption that the CDC study would provide him with the evidence that these additional measures were justified to reduce “gun violence.”
Unfortunately the study refuted nearly all the anti-gun litany:
— Between the years 2000-2010 firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearms related violence in the United States.
— Accidental deaths from firearms have continued to fall. “The number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents accounted for less than one percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.
— The key finding that the President wanted— that more laws would result in less crime — was missing. The study noted that most criminals obtained their guns in the underground economy well outside any influence from gun controls on legitimate gun owners.
— Mass shootings such as the one in Newtown, CT., have declined and “account for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths.”
— The study reported U.S. rate of firearm-related homicide is higher than any other industrialized country. But comparing gun violence rates to a map showed that if one were to exclude numbers from Illinois, California, New Jersey and Washington DC, the homicide rate would be in line with any other country. These area are noted for the most restrictive gun laws in the country.
Back in 2003, the CDC issued a report that said that evidence was insufficient to determine the effectiveness of any of these laws:
- Bans on specified firearms or ammunition.
- Restrictions on firearm acquisition.
- Waiting periods for firearm acquisition.
- Firearm registration and licensing of owners.
- Zero tolerance for firearms in schools.
You undoubtedly heard the president’s acknowledgment of the findings of the CDC study, and how it did not support the legislation he was seeking. No? Well, you surely read about the study’s startling conclusions in your daily paper. No? The Washington Post was the only establishment media to even mention it , and it criticized the study for not answering questions that it was not asked to answer. So there you go.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Environment, Media Bias, News | Tags: National Interagency Fire Center, Sun Valley Idaho, Wildland Fire
Eleven states are currently reporting large wildland fires: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah Washington and Wyoming — the West. There are 43 large fires. Hundred of homes have been evacuated as a large unpredictable blaze covering more than 100 acres approaches the resort communities of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley in central Idaho.
Media attention is entirely consumed with the Beaver Creek Fire, for many celebrities have vacation homes there like Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Insurers have sent in their own representatives — expensive homes.
The other eleven fires burning in Idaho go mostly unmentioned. I grew up with many friends in the forest service, smokejumpers and hotshot crews, so I do pay attention to fire season. One mostly has to hunt for news about big fires unless they are very near a heavily populated area, so I was interested in the attention given to this one. The radio news said they had set up “a triage area for moose?” Really?
(photo by Kimi Kreusli)
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Election 2012, History, Humor, Media Bias, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: Phony Scandals?, Shall We Count the Ways?, What You Said
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“…with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing
and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye
off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop.
This needs to stop.”
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Humor, Media Bias, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics | Tags: Creating A False Impression, Politically Sensitive Issues, Stating Facts Clearly
Republicans are noted for bellyaching about media bias. Here’s a particularly good, but silly, example, The Associated Press is usually a good example.
Under the headline “Iowans express support for health care expansion” —the article begins : “Iowa residents are largely expressing support for a plan to expand low-income health care, although there are still questions about some of the details.” That certainly give you the impression that the people of Iowa really like ObamaCare, doesn’t it? You have to read the whole (very short) article to discover that they are writing about a meeting attended by 75 people. Bwa-ha-hahaha. Really?
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Law, Media Bias, Politics, Progressivism, The United States | Tags: Media Misbehavior, Not Juror Bias, Prosecutorial Overkill
Over the weekend, the rabble-rousers brought out the protesters, demanding the lynching of George Zimmerman. The facts of the case were clear, and it was more than unfortunate— it was a tragedy, not just for Trayvon Martin and his family, but for George Zimmerman and his family, for race relations in this country, and for the justice system.
The case began on February 26, 2012. A neighborhood watch volunteer observed someone walking through the neighborhood, in which there had been regular cases of break-ins and theft, in a suspicious fashion. He called the police, and followed the man to get his location and returned to his car. Before he got to his car he was jumped from behind, punched in the face, nose broken, and knocked down. The young man straddled him and began beating his head against the concrete. Fearing for his life, Zimmerman pulled his gun and shot the young man. He claimed self-defense. The police investigated the entire incident, agreed that it was self- defense and declined to press charges.
At that point, the case became the property of the media. It took only 15 days for the Reverend Al Sharpton, pundit on MSNBC to begin attempting to rabble-rouse, as is his wont. John Nolte summarized the steps in a timeline of the 15 months in which the media embroidered the tale and falsified every detail, turning it from what it was — into a racist murder of a black child by a white man of Hispanic heritage — excused by a racist jury in a racist legal system in a racist America.
The President improperly involved himself in a local case, the Justice Department sent teams to organize and arouse demonstrations about the racist crime, and the Justice Department saw to it that the Sheriff was fired, that charges were brought against Zimmerman, and if he was exonerated in a case of self-defense, they would just think up some other charges to get him.
Heather McDonald of the Manhattan Institute writes about the poisonous claim that the American Justice system is racist, and the damage that has been done to race relations and respect for the law by careless, irresponsible media, looking for sensation.
Close on the heels of the “biased justice system” conceit, however, is the preposterous implication that the primary homicide threat faced by young black males comes from honorary whites such as George Zimmerman. “Our children are targeted. Our community is targeted,” Martin Luther King III told the NAACP national convention on Wednesday. Protesters at the Orlando, Fla., courthouse this week held signs proclaiming “Endangered species: young black men and boys.” The New York Times ran an article today about the “painful talks” black parents are having with their children about how not to get gunned down by whites. A nurse’s assistant in Missouri told the Times: The whole situation ‘“would just make me skeptical about what crowd of white people I put [my son] around.’”