Friday, October 18, 2013

Post Mortem on the Government Shutdown/Debt Ceiling/Obamacare/Screwing Over of the American Taxpayer.

I don't know where to start.  There's just so much going through my mind on this.  I've been reading about and thinking about the fiscal deal for almost 24 hours.  I'm amazed, sad, offended and in a state of disbelief.  I'll start here, I am continually amazed at how the Republican party establishment can screw things up so badly.  Under normal circumstances I would call it incompetence, but it is some much more than that.

Take a look at where we were, where we were going and where we ended up on this whole deal.  We went in to this fight with REAL spending cuts via the Sequester.  You know, the one that was going to end life as we knew it several months ago.  Obamacare on the verge of being implemented, and Obama asking the US taxpayer to go another $1 trillion or so in debt.  Led by the TEA Party, the House of Representatives fought to defund Obamacare.  President Barack Obama refused to negotiate, while accusing the Republicans of not negotiating and "hostage taking."  This led to the government shutdown.  If anyone was expecting the mainstream media to be objective in this, you should know better by now.  While Republicans in the House offered resolution after resolution to fund parts of government Barack Obama and Harry Reid refused to negotiate.  All the while the fifth column media did their part to put this on the TEA Party.  After all the talk of compromise, the House offered it.  It was the Democrats that would not compromise.

If it was not bad enough that the conservatives had to contend with the onslaught from the White House, Reid and the media, the Republican establishment piled on.

What was the grand plan of the Republican Establishment?  Allow Obamacare to be implemented, it's going to fail, we can win elections off of that; and we'll get rid of it later.  That brings me to a pop quiz.  What was the last failed entitlement program to get shut down?  What was the last program to get reformed?  There isn't one.  At all.  Mitch McConnell can't be this stupid, but he's banking on us to be.  The implementation of Obamacare means more people working for the government, more people in unions, more instances of five people doing a job that could be done by one.  All at the expense of the US taxpayer with no value add.  It is also going to mean even more people dependent on government.

Killing Obamacare in 2017 after the great Republican victory for President and by houses of Congress will mean one thing.  Taking entitlements away and cutting federal jobs.  How's that going to work?  What happened when George Bush tried to reform Social Security?  Hell, what happened last weekend when the EBT system was down for a few hours.  No one is going to touch that.  I can see the commercials now about how Rand Paul, or Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz want to take away your healthcare.  Hell they're doing it now.  If the Republican establishment doesn't have the stones for the fight they just had, they aren't going to have the stones to remove Obamacare once (if!) they get a majority and the White House.

As the deadline neared for the supposed default (not really) the Republican establishment wrested the fight from the TEA Party Republicans to show them how it is done.  And boy did they!  The government is back open, and at what cost?  Obamacare lives, debt ceiling is effectively ∞, AND they agreed to do away with the Sequester cuts.  Congratulations!  You just gave Obama EVERYTHING he wanted, and then some.

How could this happen?  Simple.  The Republican establishment views the TEA Party as the enemy.  The TEA Party upsets the status quo.  They loved the TEA Party conservatives in 2010.  In 2011, the TEA Party conservatives took office.  They were not ones to go back on their promises.  They did not want to play the game.  Since that time the Republican Party establishment has thrown its weight behind anyone who will oppose the TEA Party.  

I don't know about you, but come primary season I am voting against the Republican establishment.  In the general, the establishment Republican is running, I'm going Libertarian.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Thoughts on Boston, the media and slandering the Right.

As I was sitting in front of the television last night around seven o'clock I could feel that the nightmare in Boston was drawing to a close.  When they announced that they had him, and had him alive I was shocked.  I was also proud of the law enforcement officers and how professionally they handled this.  Monday, Boston showed the world that when tragedy strikes, you don't hide.  You don't run, cower or beg.  When the bombs go off, you run toward them.  Law enforcement showed us, this is how you apprehend a ghost.

The media?  Once again a failure.  Falsely reporting rumors as facts is just part of it.

Today I am writing about politicizing the story, assigning an agenda to it.

What I saw after the story broke about the April 15th bombing wasn't just speculation that the bomber was a "right wing extremist."  I saw hope that it was.  Watching the coverage, over and over the media figures posited about, "anti-government," "extreme right wing," "tax day" and the like.

Even more blatant were many of the well known scumbags on Twitter.  Michael Moore, not quite coming right out and saying it, but giving the old wink wink, nudge nudge, tweets of "Tax Day.  Patriot's Day."  David Sirota, who apparently doesn't understand the difference between political disagreements and hate/lack of sympathy, wrote an article in Salon titled, "Let's Hop the Boston Marathon Bomber is a White American."  Geraldo Rivera weighed with similar opinions.

Once the facts came out, the media went silent.  No correction, no apologies, just silent.

And this is not the first time.

When DA's in Texas were being assassinated, immediately it was the "extreme right wing."  Turned out to be a disgruntled wife.

When James Holmes shot up the Aurora Theater, the media reported that the 20 something perp was a middle aged TEA Party member.

When Faisal Shahzad planted a bomb in Time Square on New Years Eve there were similar reactions and speculation.  Michael Bloomberg stated blamed the TEA Party.

When Gabbie Giffords was shot, they blamed the TEA Party and talk radio.  That was until classmates described Jared Lee Loughner as "left wing."

When the anarchists plotted to blow up a bridge outside of Cleaveland, they rushed to blame right wing extremists.  It turned out they were connected to the Occupy Movement.  To Occupy's credit, no one at Occupy would go along.

When Joseph Stack crashed his plane into the IRS offices in Austin, TX, the media and left claimed it was because he was a right winger.  Then his suicide note quoted the Communist Manifesto.

The Beltway Snipers were said to extreme right wing or Christian militants.  John Allen Muhammad was a member of the Nation of Islam.

The list goes on.  Every time their lies are proven wrong, they never apologize, they never retract, they just leave it out there.  Like Dan Rather on the forged Bush AWOL documents, they are false, but accurate.

Are there dangerous extreme right wing groups out there?  Sure.  But there is a second tier to this.

Look at the way the media throws around the word "extreme."  It is used to describe the KKK, the Aryan Brotherhood, the TEA Party and the Republican Party.  It is used to describe anyone who is devout Christian, anyone who is pro second amendment and who wants smaller government.

Formula is simple, label people you disagree with, TEA Party, Republicans, et al. with the same thing you label bad guys with, KKK, Separatist Militias, and so on.  Make them indistinguishable in mind of the public.  Stretch it as much as you need to.  Then when an act of terror can be pinned on the "extreme right wing" it was be as if it WERE the Republicans or TEA Party or your grandpa.

That's what this is about.  Slandering and marginalizing non liberal, progressive, leftists.  To make them appear a certain way so their ideas can be silenced.

Who knows, maybe they'll get a violent right winger on the next one.  Afterall, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Preventing The Next Child Killing Tragedy With "Common Sense" Reforms.

One woman, seven children, eight counts of murder.  That's the charge.  The details are grisly with tales of scissors jammed into necks, screams silenced and body parts in a freezer.  It is a scene out of a horror movie.

You may be thinking that I am writing about some other shooting that is tearing across the headlines.  Instead I am talking about the murders that are currently subject to a media blackout.  That is the murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.  Gosnell is an abortion doctor who was sued after the death of a patient. The resulting investigation yielded that Gosnell's facility was a house of horrors.

During their testimonies, former employees of Gosnell told stories of babies being born, only to be killed directly afterward.  One woman testified that she was handed a prematurely born infant with no eyes or mouth and told to "deal with it."  Other stories included jamming scissors into the neck of infants and snipping the spinal cord.  The idea of "aborting" babies that survive abortion is not new, and is actually supported by President Obama.

But I think we can all agree that this is a horrible atrocity.  The question is how we go about preventing the next one.  Predictably, Huffington Post weighed on the issue that this was caused by there not being enough access to abortions.  You can't make this stuff up.

I would like to propose some "common sense" reforms that would prevent similar tragedies.

To begin, we need to set up an abortion waiting period.  When, a person shows up at the abortion clinic they need to fill out the proper background checks and federal paperwork.  Then they can wait three days to determine if they really mean to have an abortion.  We can call this a "cooling off period."

Second, there should be mental health checks.  Is a person with a history of mental illness really capable of handling something as important as having an abortion?

Third, we should probably look at frequent abortion recipients.  I mean why do they need to have so many abortions.  I think that one or two should be enough.

Finally, we should crack down on abortion providers.  There is an entire industry that makes money off of providing abortions.  These "high capacity" facilities should be made illegal.  No more than ten per day.

In all seriousness, the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell is currently in the middle of a media blackout.  Now granted, the news media can't wait to editorialize about Sandy Hook four months after the fact, or devote segments to what the latest vapid celebrity is wearing.  Make no mistake, the blackout on Kermit Gosnell is to protect abortion and keep the horrid truth about the practice from seeing the light of day.