Archive for February, 2010

Obama, Democrats, Don’t Care About the Will of the People

By Caomhin

Even before Obama’s Health Care Summit sham, Democrats have made it abundantly clear that they could care less what the people of American want, which is for elected leaders to start over on health care.  Democrats have known, most likely even before Scott Brown was elected Senator in Massachusetts, that they would pursue reconciliation in order to get what they want, the American people be damned. Now, it is becoming clearer, and clearer, and clearer, that this was their intention all along.  Hardcore Leftists are still seeking the public option to be put into a bill that is strongly opposed by the American people by an arrogant, desperate means for liberals to force their will upon on an willing public.

The attitude and tone of the Democrats on this issue is openly hostile at worst, and indifferent at best,  to the American people.  Don’t think for one moment that they do not know that the people are against to this bill.  They know that this bill will further balloon the spiraling deficit, they know that this bill will increase unemployment by essentially declaring war on yet another sector of our economy, but you know what?  They don’t care.  They don’t care what you or I think.  When Obama goes in front of the cameras during that “summit” looking to “share ideas,” the only thing he was looking to do was for Republicans to succumb to his ideas.  He wasn’t there to listen to the ideas of the GOP or to understand that poll after poll after poll show that the people of this nation oppose him on this issue.  He wants his way and he damn sure won’t negotiate with or change his goals based on what the people of this nation want.  The bottom line is they don’t care about the will of the American people and liberals continue to illustrate that they will do anything to get their way.

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Tim Geithner Unionizes the Penny

By Caomhin

It’s a known fact that if the Obama Administration had their way, everyone and everything would be associated with the union.  Another prime example of this is Obama’s moronic decision to put SEIU chief Andy Stern on his “National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.” This is another example of cronyism by Obama (an extremely transparent one), Stern has no reason to be on this panel at all.  Then again, Obama is the tool for creating this “panel” anyway.  The whole purpose of this dog and pony show is for Obama to try and get political cover when he raises taxes on every single American.  If Obama wanted fiscal responsibility he wouldn’t need a commission, he’d need common sense, don’t spend more than you have.  He can’t be that stupid so I’ll chalk it up his being dishonest.

Back to the headline of this post.  I suppose this flew under the radar, but like I said, Obama would love nothing more than for everyone and everything to be associated with the union.   By the way did you know that the penny was re-designed:

The penny’s new reverse side features a union shield with 13 vertical stripes and a scroll draped across reading “One Cent.” (Check your nearest couch cushion and you’ll see the old penny portrays the Lincoln Memorial.) The Web site of the U.S. Mint explains that the stripes represent the 13 original states and the banner signifies “a single union in support of the federal government.” The new penny’s front face will continue to illustrate President Lincoln, designed by American sculptor Victor David Brenner back in 1909.

Here’s the new penny:

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Now I know the Union Shield has been around a long time and does not necessarily simply Union Labor, but knowing what we know about this administration and their feelings toward labor unions, consider this:

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In case you can’t read the lower portion of the above picture it’ says “Affiliated with AFL-CIO.”

Rest In Peace Alexander Haig

By Caomhin

We lost a true statesman today, a great man, and a great American.  Our prayers are with his family at this time.

Kudos to Red State

By Caomhin

Nothing but respect for Red State and Erick Erickson for banning Truthers and Birthers from their site:

We’ve always banned truthers at RedState. Increasingly, we have also banned a number of individuals who think Barack Obama is disqualified from being President because despite the Republican Governor of Hawaii confirming the legitimacy of the Democratic President’s birth origin as a citizen of the United States these birthers (”birfers” because it sounds as crazy as they are) refuse to move on.

Today I want to reaffirm and make it more definitive. If you think 9/11 was an inside job or you really want to debate whether or not Barack Obama is an American citizen eligible to be President, RedState is not a place for you.

Birfers and Truthers are not welcome here. Period. End of Story.

The whole thing is worth a read and I commend them for taking this stance.  I have little tolerance for Truthers and Birthers, I simply cannot take them seriously at all.  I have a firm commitment to never support any candidate who takes either of these ridiculous positions.  Furthermore, I prefer not to hold conversations with them either.   In so far as candidates are concerned, I believe strongly they must disavow both of these outlandish conspiracy theories.  To be sure, there will be Truthers and Birthers who support a candidate, after all, you can not control who supports you, but it is a candidate’s responsibility to go on record and strongly disavow these positions.  I do not have tolerance for candidates and officials who entertain these whack jobs.

In an ideal world, I wouldn’t have to deal with these nuts at all, but unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world.  I do not have respect nor can I take seriously people who advocate these position regardless of political creed.  I can only hope that more people such as Erick Erickson and more sites such as Red State make their feelings crystal clear.  I have made mention of my feelings about these positions previously but not in one succinct post.  I have done so now.

The AP Recognizes that the National Debt is Unsustainable

By Caomhin

Many of us have argued that the National Debt is completely unsustainable, undermining everything in this nation from national security to the strength of the dollar to the very core of our economic system.  Government expenditures are so far out of control that we risk our very future with every spending bill that is crafted and Congress has thus far shown no ability to grasp reality or accept responsibility for it’s actions.  Now, even the AP is noticing this and sounding some alarms:

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s bad enough that Greece’s debt problems have rattled global financial markets. In the world’s largest economic and military power, there’s a far more serious debt dilemma.

For the U.S., the crushing weight of its debt threatens to overwhelm everything the federal government does, even in the short-term, best-case financial scenario—a full recovery and a return to prerecession employment levels.

The government already has made so many promises to so many expanding “mandatory” programs. Just keeping these commitments, without major changes in taxing and spending, will lead to deficits that cannot be sustained.

It is a short article and worth the read.  However, I have a bad feeling that is the start of the media’s push to attempt to cover Obama’s flank to raise taxes.  The more you pay attention to the many interviews and ideas being churned out by members of the Obama Administration, the more it become apparent that they are gearing up to break their pledge to not raise income taxes on those making $250,000 or less.  In fact, there has been no movement or talk at all in Congress to extend any of the Bush Tax Cuts that have helped every single American and all tax brackets.  Obama and his liberal allies have pushed tax increases onto Americans in various ways, for example in the proposed Cap and Trade bill, the Health Care bill, and Obama’s financial industry taxes, all of these will be passed on to the American public.  Only a fool would increase taxes during a depression (yes, we are in a depression, we fit the text book definition of a depression, unfortunately no one has the courage to appropriately label it correctly).  Yet, this is exactly what we are facing.

Liberals do not have the self control or the foresight to cut spending dramatically in order to preserve the long term health of this nation.  Our futures, the futures of our children depend on shoring up our bottom line, and our President and Congress simply do not care.  We are burdened with enough taxes and enough programs.  Over time, as American has moved away from  pure economic and personal freedoms we have seen this situation further deteriorate.  Yet, is precisely into the abyss that our elected leaders have moved us toward.  This is simply unacceptable.  We have a duty to stand up to this kind of nonsense and stop the madness.  Until we elect responsible citizens into office, we cannot expect a cure to this financial disease.  We can not afford to simply wait and hope anymore.  Elected statesmen is a necessity and we need to do so every opportunity we get, for if we continue to put irresponsible men and women into office we all suffer immensely in the future.

Democrats Continue to Pursue Reconciliation for Health Care

By Caomhin

No surprise here.  If there is one thing we know about the Left, it’s that they will try to get their way by hook or by crook.  They have long since hinted, despite the American people’s overwhelming opposition to their horrendous health care plan (and desiring Congress to start fresh) and the election results in Massachusetts, that they will try to ram their socialized health care plan down the population’s throats.  Now, more reports that they will, in fact pursue reconciliation to try to pass their bill:

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kyl echoed a claim that congressional Republicans have made for the past week, that President Barack Obama and House and Senate Democrats intend the summit as a public display and not a genuine dialogue. He quoted a recent Wall Street Journal article that asserted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has “set the stage” for using reconciliation to pass the bill. That controversial legislative tactic could allow the bill to pass the Senate with 51 votes instead of 60 as usually required to break a filibuster.

This is further proof that Obama’s “health care talks,” are nothing more than a sham and that liberals will do anything to try and get their way.  They could care less what the American people want, and this has been proven time and time again in the way that they legislate.  Obama’s ego apparently is so far gone that he cannot bring himself to go along with the will of the American people.  George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Ronald Reagan have all had success crafting bipartisan measures.  Now, while I may disagree with some of the bills passed in a bipartisan manner, the fact is that each of the previous presidents have expressed and proven that they are capable of tempering down their plans and reaching across the aisle to seek a middle ground.  Obama and his liberal allies, are so far gone, that they cannot bring themselves to do so.  The resistance to their plans by the American people is evident and they could care less.

The GOP should simply boycott Obama’s “health care talks.”   In actuality, this is going to be nothing more than Obama putting on a show while he will try any tricks necessary to force Americans into legislation that they do not want nor will accept.  He has no intention of telling Democrats to work with Republicans to build a new bill that will have not only bipartisan congressional support, but the support of the American people.  The reality of the situation is that Obama and the liberals in Congress only care about getting their way and have demonstrated a contempt for the will of the American people.  Come November, we will have the opportunity to vote some of the usurpers out of office, but in the meantime, we must work diligently to demonstrate to our representatives that we will not accept laws that run counter to what works in real life.  We simply cannot accept legislation that runs counter to what the American people want.

Obama Administration Violating Right to Privacy

By Caomhin

There is a fine line between the government doing all they can to protect us (which the Obama administration is not as further evidenced by their handling of the Christmas Day bombing suspect, Adbulmutallab) and stepping over the lines and violating our rights. There were parts of the Patriot Act that I had issues with, not to the extent that many libertarians had, but there were some parts, as a conservative, that caused concern to me.  One thing about initiating laws is that even if you trust and want to grant that kind of power to the person currenly sitting in office you also have to grant that power to unknown people who will have that power in the future.  The Obama Administration is clearly violating the peoples’ rights to privacy by proactively monitoring your conversations without cause:

As the winter Olympics begin, the Department of Homeland Security has disclosed that it will be monitoring the comments and posts on websites and social media like Twitter for information on possible terror threats. Among the sites listed in a privacy impact statement filed Friday afternoon by DHS are the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, Twitter, Google and this web site, the Blotter.

The National Operations Center of DHS will watch the web for information, according to the statement, to “provide situational awareness” in the event of natural disaster, an “act of terrorism, or other manmade disaster.”

“The Olympics are a potential target for such events,” said the statement. The statement did not list all web sites and social media that the NOC will monitor, but provided 31 examples, many of them, like the Blotter, sites that cover breaking news, security, or terror.

The Administration has to know full well, unless they truly are as incompetent as some people claim, that any gathering of individuals could be considered a target of terrorists, as could any part of our infrastructure.  We, as Americans, are amazingly resilient and we have a duty to report suspicious behavior and report information to the proper authorities to at least do a small part in protecting our nation.  I know that we have the best and the brightest in our Armed Forces, and we have incredible agents in the FBI and CIA.  However, the direction they are being given by the political appointees in the Obama Administration has been nothing short of terrible.

This Administration has shown us that they do not know how to properly handle the War on Terror.  They have shown utter fear in keeping the terrorist threat locked up in Guantanamo. They want to provide civilian trials and grant the rights to Americans citizens to murderous barbarians in order to try and kiss up to some foreign leaders, while ignoring the overwhelming wishes of the American people.  Sadly, the Obama Administration appears to be more concerned with granting rights to those who wants to kill us rather than respect American’s rights to privacy.  The cynic in me has a feeling that their true intentions of monitoring social networks and websites has only a small part to do with fighting terrorism.