Archives for: June 2014

What About 2012?

Who says the MSM does not hold themselves accountable;

The Billings Gazette apologized on Friday for its 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama for president in an editorial titled “Gazette opinion: Obama earned the low ratings.”

The Gazette said it missed George W. Bush and the “good ol’ days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq.”

It recapped several mistakes Obama has made during his presidency:

Obama has also failed on energy policy by not approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which could be helpful to the economy.
He has failed in Iraq; the country is now on the brink of civil war.
The Gazette wrote that the Bowe Bergdahl exchange made the Obama administration seem incompetent.
The VA system has been mismanaged by the Obama administration, leading to veterans dying before they could receive medical care.
Obama has also broken his promise to become the “most transparent administration in history.” The Gazette said the president’s administration is so opaque that is has earned a reputation worse than that of Richard Nixon.

You know, saying you’re sorry does not absolve you of being mind numbing stupid in the face of the mountain of evidence pointing to him clearly being over his head and totally unqualified. Your come to Jesus moment can only be replied with ,”Duh, what took you so long?”.

Those items mentioned pale when placed up against his real felonies. We don’t need the Reagan yardstick of “Are you better off?”, that is a given. When you consider that we are an international laughing stock to our friends and a joke to our enemies, that he has made us as a society even more divisive and polarized, that his hypocrisy is insulting when he tries to bail out those kids with student loans on one end, but saddle them with $17 trillion in debt and a dismal future on the other, that his income inequality problem is of his own doing-his war on the middle class,that he not only subverts The Constitution but actually used an executive arm (the IRS) to go after his political opponents, and that he has transformed America into a nation very close to being ruled by the have nots, those on public assistance, those perfectly willing to kill the golden goose (working productive tax payers), a simple ,”Gosh, guys, we’re sorry, who da thought he was going to be this bad?” hardly cuts the mustard.

Maybe this was just one of those Dying Declarations, seeing the writing on the fall that print journalism is in it’s death throws, trying to go out with a clear conscience is admirable, I guess.

The Big Shoes Drop

Two 5-4 decisions from SCOTUS today. The first was on forcing non-union employees to pay union dues. The Court decided they can not be forced to. The second was on mandated contraception coverage. The Court ruled narrowly that closely-held corporations can get a religious exemption. But it kept the door open for the government to provide such coverage.

I think the Court ruled correctly in both cases but expect very ugly commentary, especially on Hobby Lobby. There is a huge problem in the Left Wing in understanding the difference between something being a good idea (employer insurance should cover birth control) and something being mandated by law (employer insurance should be forced to cover birth control). So expect lots of commentary about how women’s rights have been set back (all the way to yesterday), how the court was mansplaining, how none of the female justices rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, etc., etc.

Just remember this. At the end of the day, women have no less access to birth control than they did last week. If you really want to make a difference in access to birth control, push the FDA to make it available over the counter. That will do a lot more good than forcing corporations to pay for it.

Update: A very important point from McArdle. The net result of this decision will almost certainly be that Obama will extend the deal he made with religious non-profits — where insurance companies agree to pay for contraception — to closely-held for-profits. And this compromise could have been made years ago.

As I see it, this case should never have made it to the court; the Barack Obama administration should have pre-empted the issue by quietly allowing exemptions for nonprofits and closely held corporations that had clear and deep religious beliefs that existed outside of the desire not to pay for contraception. (Hobby Lobby, for example, is closed on Sundays in observation of the Sabbath, even though this costs them sales; I think we can all agree that the Little Sisters of the Poor have demonstrated a fair amount of commitment to demanding religious principles.)

Instead, the administration chose to pick this fight — and got a definitive ruling that will probably have much broader impacts than quiet exceptions. Nor is this surprising; it was pretty predictable from earlier rulings like Citizens United, in which the court also held that people don’t lose their First Amendment rights simply because they have come together in a group or legally organized that group as a corporation.

Presumably, the administration hates this ruling — but at the same time, it has to love the passion that it has engendered. This is going to be fundraising gold for Democrats for the next two years. In a politics that cares more about symbolism than substance, that too was predictable. And it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that this was the prediction that mattered more. Politics may not be rational, but it still has its own remorseless logic.

Look at Twitter. Look at Facebook. Look at the liberal blogs. They are exploding with rage over a decision that will ultimately have almost no impact on women at all. Women will get contraception coverage; just through a different financial means. So the Obama Administration has riled up their base over next to nothing.

This is how they operate, people. Let’s not act surprised.

Another myth about “The Party of the Little People” getting busted?

And it is about time. People are wizening to the fact the people ripping them off the hardest are those that have been claiming, for decades, to be on their side and they are not happy. It is not a mistake that when progressives grab power, the policies they put into place to redress the wrongs they constantly harp about, actually do the exact opposite of what they tell everyone they want to do. The last few years, with democrats controlling the purse stings and calling all the shots, after their policies were instrumental in creating a crisis they then conveniently blamed only the other side for, have been disastrous for everyone but the connected and those voting for a living.

The number of poor and people out of work and/or sucking on the government teat has grown drastically to numbers that are staggering. Our economy has taken a beating of epic proportions – while the people that set the policies up that caused the damage and keep causing the damage pretend it is everyone else’s fault- and looks to only get worse. Real unemployment numbers are hidden by a formula that discounts those that no longer get assistance or can’t find any work but part time work, and the numbers of people unable to find jobs or improve their existing conditions keep rising. Our healthcare system has been taken over by government, and from the looks of how government does things, we are all about to pay far, far more, for far, far less quality, access, or care. all while slamming both economic productivity and opportunity for all people. The middle class is under assault from a welfare state that punishes anyone that decides to engage in a responsible and grown up way, while rewarding every sort of dysfunction and of instant gratification. And anyone that tries to bring these things to light, defies them, or stands in their way, risks brutal retaliation from these members of the “Party of the little People”.

The lies that democrats, which claim to be just one of the normal people, but are anything but, are unraveling finally. If you want to get rich, you go into government. If you want to get stinking rich, get to fuck over people, and keep pretending you are just a little guy or care for the little guy while living like kings, you go into government as a democrat. Like communism, which promised the common man equality and opportunity previously denied, but then delivered him to unbelievable misery under a new and crueler set of masters, the progressive movement can only deliver more of the same. Nobody beats the democrats at abuse of power, corruption, and criminal activity. I think that for anyone that isn’t blinded by partisan politics the revelations of the current administration’s incessant criminality all but puts that debate to rest. But the believers want to believe, and nothing will dissuade them, even as the future with the left in charge is playing out on a micro scale for all to see.

So, queue in the Clintons and their recent defense of their wealthy and cushy life. This will be the Obamas in a few years. These are the great defenders of the common man. Now if only the idiots that suck these people’s dicks and ask for seconds could wizen up. We might yet have a chance to stave off the coming apocalypse caused by decades of these people “helping the little guy”. Beware the do-gooder, for they are usually charlatans, and be doubly weary of the true believer, because these type of fanatics are those that will bring the most misery thinking they are doing something righteous.

Mississippi Burning

You guys been watching the goings on in Mississippi? Cochran beat McDaniel narrowly in a very close Republican primary. Cochran is the old dyed in the wool politician, the guy that has been there for a hundred years, embedded in greed and cronyism, dead wood, the kind of guy that term limits were designed for. McDaniel was the young, energetic, Tea Party guy, the guy that recognizes the disease DC is infected with, the guy that still has his eye on the prize, some young blood that would inject some enthusiasm and some due diligence into the mix. Long story short, Cochran went democrat commando, signed his soul over to the devil, abandoned every principal known to man, and laid down with320x533xthad-mailer.jpg.pagespeed.ic.QY64YjY1LH dogs.

Listen to some of the ads they ran;

What a scumbag ,”If you want to keep your free shit, vote for me, the other guy won’t be bought so easily”.

What is worse, legitimizing the lies about the Tea Party, or courting dems to do your dirty work because you suspect that those of your own party, your constituents, would prefer someone more in line with their values?

So what do you do in November if you live in Mississippi? Do you vote for this creep and reward him for going dirty, or sit out, and risk a Dem taking that seat, a very valuable and coveted seat in the Senate, a place we need if we want any hope of derailing the emperor?

This is one reason why people hate politicians, and why folks turn Independent.

TERM LIMITS!!!!

If we can’t outright disolve it, this works

It looks like many others are figuring out that the checks and balances of our constitutional republic have been broken down by the rise of the nanny state, and in particular, the problems that this new fourth power branch – the unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrat – cause to our rights and freedoms are being shown by the abuse of power rampant through the Obama administration. In particular, we have the most powerful entity in the US, the IRS, targeting political opponents of the left. While the powers that be are doing their best to stall any information on how corrupt government has become under this administration, some see the danger and articulate solutions. Their proposed solution is an interesting one. From the article:

In America’s first 100 years, federal officials could be sued in state courts for acting beyond their authority. In his book Creating the Administrative Constitution, Yale law professor Jerry Mashaw chronicles how this helped temper bad behavior.

Law professor Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit is among those who believe that government officials need more civil and criminal liability for their bad acts. There are some private remedies on the books, but they are too weak to be effective.

While I would prefer the IRS just be banned and everyone be made to pay a flat tax – a goal I doubt the nanny state would ever accede to because it would be the proverbial stake to the heart, followed by a beheading, and then the vampire corpse of the nanny state being burned to ashes, I think leaving the status quo is not an option for those of us that see this problem. This proposed legal solution might work, of course if we had a judicial system that was not already seriously compromised by the existing nanny state, to at least stem this out of control snowball effect we have right now, and that’s a good thing.

I remember many a conversation with smug leftists that told me they wanted to protect freedoms and rights back when. What’s happening now vindicates my dismissal of their claims. The left has never wanted to protect people’s freedoms or rights: it has wanted to rig the system to its favor, and has done so by choosing battles that allowed it to undermine the existing system of checks and balances. The things happening in this age of Obama are all just steps in the natural progression of the progressive agenda. In the end you will find yourself living in a totalitarian system, with an all-powerful state, run by an elite oligarchy, with the rest of the people treated as serfs. We are at a turning point. We roll this shit back, or we kiss our freedoms and prosperity goodbye.

Reign in the nanny state.

The Man Who Can’t be King

SCOTUS again today. The Court struck down — unanimously — the President’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. I wrote about this before. Congress was in pro forma session and refusing to consider the President’s appointments to various agencies. The President argued they were effectively in recess and appointed people anyway. The Court has now unanimously struck that down with Scalia basically trashing the entire idea of recess appointments as an anachronism. I agree.

This will invalidate some or perhaps all of the decisions made by the NLRB over the recent past. I expressed concern about this before but as hist_ed pointed out, those decisions were illegal (and some were in limbo anyway, pending this case).

For those of you counting: according to Ilya Shapiro, this makes twelve times in the last two and a half years that the Court has unanimously rejected the Obama Administration’s expansive view of federal and executive power. And the liberals still think we’re crazy when we say Obama is over-reaching.

SCOTUS Protects Our Phones

A lot of breaking news today, so short posts while I prepare two big ones. The Court will be issuing its biggest decisions over the next week. Today they ruled against Aero (and much as I like the idea of Aero, I kind of see their point). But the most important decision they handed down was in Riley v. California. The Court decided — unanimously — that cops need a warrant to search your cell phone. The decision is here and it’s beautiful. They systematically destroy the government’s argument that cell phones must be searched immediately for police safety. They point out that taking a phone off the network can easily protect it from being “wiped”. And they close with this:

Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans “the privacies of life,” Boyd, supra, at 630. The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought. Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple — get a warrant.

They only way it could have been better if they’d said “get a fucking warrant”, words that should be inscribed on the doors of every police station, NSA office, CIA dungeon and FBI building in the country.

Obamanomics On the March

The economy contracted almost three percent in the first quarter, the worst quarter since the end of the Great Recession. Maybe it’s a blip, but that is a scary number. I’m sure the Obama defenders will blame it on the cold weather but I’m pretty sure we had cold weather in the past. Eventually, this will be Bush’s fault. Or “austerity”.

This is horrible news, whatever your politics. While I oppose Obama, I want the country to do well. But we may be staring down a double dip recession.

Update: Before the liberal spin master get in, keep in mind that we just remade a quarter of our economy with Obamacare. Seven million people changed insurance or bought insurance. The idea that this has nothing to do with the GDP strain credulity.