So, you’ve stumbled onto my humble little blog. Perhaps you are a 20 something wondering why half of your friends aren’t fully employed. Or wondering why ObamaKare is being shoved down your throat. Or why your generation is on the hook for a national debt that stands at $17 Trillion and counting. (That's $17,000,000,000,000 btw) And perhaps you’ve started to become aware there might be something the corrupt and biased lame stream media isn’t telling you. The answer, my friend, is the Left - specifically, the modern American Progressive. Think of this site as a portal to a richer understanding of this answer, a portal purposely designed with a consciously cock-eyed bent to keep it entertaining. Because the First Amendment is forever and the Internet never forgets.
How to use the portal? You could dive into my archive*. I was most active here 2010-2012, but that matters not. How many times do I need to demonstrate the central point? To wit, the political / ideological Left is a menace to the constitutional republic and must be resisted lest the American experiment in liberty devolve into a socialist dystopia. Or you could browse through my blog roll. It's a very representative collection of center-right blogs, though hardly exhaustive. I wouldn't attempt to make it exhaustive. I can't do the political / ideology thing 24x7, and you probably can't either. Leave that to the hyperventilating, talking point chanting, mob agitating, organized Left (aka OFA, MSNBC, UAW, SEIU, anybody who belonged to Journolist, anything funded by George Soros, their paid Internet trolls, and the rest of the usual suspects).
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What was that about making the "rich" pay their "fair share" without hitting the "middle class"? Top rate goes up 2% ... payroll tax for *everybody* from the mail room on up sees 2% rise in payroll tax. And since most of the so-called "rich" earn most of their income in ways not subject to payroll tax ... sounds to me like an across the board 2% increase in the federal take from the GDP. Now *that* is the dictionary definition of "fair"! Equally distributed, that is.
Here's why it went down this way, kiddies. When you are in a headlong rush to "fundamentally transform" your country, and more interested in destroying your political "enemies" than negotiating with them ... attention to detail suffers. And when attention to detail suffers, sh*t happens. Ask Christopher J. Stevens, Tyrone oods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, or Brian Terry.
Update 4:30 pm
The well-meaning scholars at The Heritage Foundation, who make a living paying far more attention to detail than I do in these matters, remind me the top marginal rate actually goes up 4.6%. So you Obama voters can be satisfied Richie Rich pitched in twice as much, or something like that. But, wow, look at the entire list of 13 new taxes for 2013. Trust me when I tell you the Redistributionist-In-Chief and Team Leftie are just getting warmed up.
There is great irony in the corrupt IRS apparatchik Lois Lerner seeking constitutional protection in the 5th Amendment - when she is clearly guilty of scheming to abuse her official powers to deny her political enemies their 1st Amendment rights. In any event, unfortunately for her, she was too loquacious in her May 2013 testimony to Congress. When she asserted she did nothing wrong she effectively waived her right to hide behind the Fifth. The next logical step is to hold her in contempt of Congress and let her think about her options behind bars for awhile. I would advise Ms. Lerner to choose the orange jump suit over the striped two piece. She seems more of a fall in terms of fashion.
Oh yeah, have I mentioned ... when it comes to high stakes international poker - always take the KGB Colonel over the Community Organizer. Putin's line that the Russian soldiers in Crimea spontaneously generated is especially entertaining. He will get away with it.
Quick note on the human capacity to learn from experience. I have been very accurately (trust me, very accurately) measured by the Myers-Briggs instrument as an INTJ. The dead on proof of the human capacity to learn from experience is this line from the linked Wikipedia article: "Perhaps the most fundamental problem [with INTJs], however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense." I have based every analysis for god knows how long on the sure knowledge they almost never do.
The italicized excerpt is my concluding remarks from a Daily Caller comment board encounter. I have reprinted it here because it neatly encapsulates my position on immigration amnesty, crony capitalism, and why the US Chamber is on the wrong side of the issue. Also note I waited an entire day for my sparring partner to answer a simple and direct question. He did not - the dead on sign I was sparring with a paid troll. Probably paid by the US Chamber.
Since you have avoided answering my simple, direct question for an entire day (What number of employees constitutes "big" on your scale?), I will give you the reply I already had teed up. In my experience, it is just above 100 employees where the pressures of making the payroll creates pressures transforming company leaders from entrepreneurs with the best intentions to naked capitalists. At that relatively smallish (compared to GE) scale, the math of meeting a payroll, maintaining cash flow, and staying profitable with shrinking margins is very daunting. The corporate leader will begin to cut corners, such as taking on the habits of the crony capitalist. It may start with seeking favors from local politicians and zoning boards. It can certainly include joining a trade association (such as the US Chamber) in the hopes of aggregating into an entity with the scale Jeff Immelt's GE has to hire lobbyists to create loopholes that allow GE to pay zero taxes. Agri-business, construction, restaurants (fast, slow, and in-between) with 100+ employees … how many of these smart capitalists valuing cheap labor to help tight margins do you think there might be? By your own description, most would be Chamber members, no? The solution to crony capitalism is neither more cheap labor nor demonizing these employeers. The solution is removing gub'ment's power to grant special favors to the employers that the rest of us pay for. == 3/2/14
Those Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (VRWC) liars who, according to Dingy Harry Reid, have been smearing the glorious roll out of ObamaKare with dastardly lies are now building Mardi Gras floats to spread their lies. I expect Team Obama to blame the spontaneous demonstration represented by these floats on a Koch Brothers funded YouTube video.
A few words on DC’s recent passage of a “clean” (i.e. unconditional) bill to raise the debt ceiling, in the style of ‘LAS the Predictor.’ (1) It will contribute to deeper Democrat losses in the 2014 midterm elections. Because nothing brings out voters like anger, and the angry bloc this year is fiscally conservative. (2) But, not so fast, Establishment GOP cronies. Don’t count on 2014 being a boon election for you, either. The principled grass roots conservative (i.e. TEA Party affiliated) caucus within the GOP will increase in strength. Because nothing brings out voters like anger, and the angry bloc this year is fiscally conservative. (3) The leadership challenged Campaigner-In-Chief will spend his last two years in office complaining about a do-nothing Congress, while he does nothing to negotiate with the co-equal branch of government about doing things . (4) The constitutionally challenged Saul Alinksy Radical Occupying the Oval Office will continue to push the limits of lawless governance with increasingly blatant unconstitutional unilateral executive actions. (5) The republic will survive because the Founders gave us a brilliantly designed, tyranny resistant, system of governance featuring divided powers. For example, I believe we will see the House exercise the power of the purse with more vigor in the coming years. That means cutting off the Executive branch’s allowance for those unfamiliar with how the constitution works.
I believe Speaker Boehner would have liked to have attached a spending restraint condition to the debt ceiling bill. I also believe he could have accomplished this if he approached the problem differently. He foolishly tried to present a lame condition he came up with himself (cleaning up the Veteran’s benefits mess left over from the budget deal ) to the TEA Party caucus as a fait accompli. Wrong time, wrong bill. Not only does it increase the debt bottom line (the opposite of a restraint condition!), but it was also transparently an insider political gift to Paul Ryan. More spending *and* more pork barrel … it’s almost as if Boehner set out to piss off his future party leaders. (The veteran’s benefit cuts were restored the very same day in a separate “clean” bill with overwhelming bi-partisan support, proving how lame the Speaker invented quid-pro-quo was. But, if nothing else, this trend toward smaller bills is a good thing.)
There were other, much better, conditions to attach. I liked Keystone XL pipeline approval. It would have created a favorable debate context in which to explain the principle of debt reduction by economic growth. Plus it would have put Obama into a pickle with the gaia worshiping enviro-wacko Left, as well as the 80% of the public that doesn’t understand why he just doesn’t approve it already. Charles Krauthammer suggested attaching a provision preventing any bail outs for the insurance companies from the ObamaKare train wreck. Also an argument the GOP could have won with TEA Party caucus support. If Boehner had exercised a little different leadership style, engaging the TEA Party caucus to solicit ideas on what to attach, these and other superior ideas would have surfaced. The Speaker of the Other Party of Government needs to be replaced and the mid-term elections of 2014 will make that clear.
Federal government closed today due to standard issue nor'easter snow storm. My back of the envelope calculations have determined the republic will save eight gazillion bazillion trazillion dollars in compliance costs, from regulations not published today. Any more of this 'climate change' and Obama's economy might actually create a real full time job.
NBC's coverage of the winter olympics has included giving us an empathetic portrayal of the all time statistical leader for genocide in the 20th Century Ideologies competition.
Speaker Boehner has announced the perfect condition for moving forward with an immigration bill. The Saul Alinsky Radical Occupying the Oval Office must convincingly demonstrate he is enforcing the laws currently on the books. Even the most casual observer knows selective enforcement of the laws (an impeachable offense in my opinion, and many others) has been a core feature of this administration's mad rush to 'fundamentally transform' us. This quid-pro-quo forces the corruptniks in this radical administration to justify their unconstitutionally ideological executive practices. Well done, Speaker.
Soon it will be time to pick the best fight to have over our now ritualistic semi-annual debt ceiling debacle. I'm partial to tying approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to adding another couple of trillion to the national credit card. The recently released State Department analysis leaves no reason not to approve the multitude of jobs it will create. Bringing this issue to the forefront puts Obama in a pickle with the only people who object - the 20% (at most) of the voting public belonging to his gaia worshiping fringe Leftist base. But, who knows, maybe the Speaker will come up with a better condition. He's on a roll now.
2/6/14 Has the GOP gone mad? One of their hacks actually thinks it's a good idea to require every single driver in America to keep meticulous records of mileage driven and pay a "mileage tax." Orwellian, supremely impractical, and fraught with the potential for fraud. We're supposed to leave that stuff to the real party of government. It's news like this that earns the GOP the title The Other Party of Government.
Local news anchor informs me this morning it is 'National Weatherperson Day.' I can see why it is a group recognition, as opposed to individual awards like the Oscars or something. I get exactly the same predictive data regardless of which 'Weatherperson' outlet I access, the time horizon for reliable prediction is exactly the same for all (24-36 hrs), and when they are wrong they are all wrong at the same time.
On a lark yesterday, picked up a couple of cheap toy remote control helicopters. Even found the perfect environment for playtime with my teenage son - an enclosed racquetball court. While becoming competent at hovering mine, learning to crash less often, and dodging the kamikaze attacks from my son's machine, it became clear why the Jetson's vision of flying cars has not been realized during my lifetime. Also, the preparation procedures clarified why the Department of Energy - a very well funded federal agency that has a habit of endowing "green energy" administration crony start-up companies with taxpayer funded loans bankruptcy "investments" - has failed to bring us the mass produced electric car. Charge time 30 minutes = flight time 6 minutes. Hmmmmmmm.
After delivering a State of the Union address that drove the nation to drink, the Campaigner-In-Chief is running around the country doing the only thing he ever really knew how to do - delivering red meat political speeches to hand-picked friendly audiences. The problem he has now is everyone will soon notice that this trick, the only trick he has ever really known, is doing nothing to improve his sorry a$$ poll ratings. The Empty Suit has a record now, and no amount of speechifying can fix it.
In last night's monumental waste of time State of the Union address, the second biggest applause line (second only to the obligatory standing O for the wounded war vet) was after the Redistributionist-In-Chief trotted out that old leftist talking point about equal pay for equal work for women. What this signals politically is Team Leftie will be out there maniacally executing the gender warfare chapter of their playbook to promote Hillary's 2016 run at the Oval Office. Some prominent conservatives - Rand Paul comes to mind - have apparently noticed this, but are taking the wrong counter-measure. Paul and others are resurrecting the Lewinsky sex and lies scandal as an attempt to discredit Hillary's credibility. This is a mistake, as it paints Hillary a sympathetic victim and enhances the victim hood politics of Team Leftie's gender warfare strategy. Better to just stay focused on Hillary's empty public record of "accomplishment." Hammer on, in descending order: (1) The leadership failure before Benghazi coupled with the YouTube video lie invented during Benhghazi (literally while the firefight was still hot) and after Behngahzi, (2) HillaryCare (1993) was the original ObamaCare, only even more buraucratic and Big Brother inspired, and (3) yeah, did you know her college thesis was about Saul Alinksy? In other words, make sure the people know electing Hillary is electing the Empty Suit Known as Barack Hussein Obama to a third term - except it's an empty pant suit filled with a white female stealth Saul Alinsky radical this time.
Last week the hacks of the Establishment GOP (aka the RNC) met to strategerize the 2016 nomination cycle. The two time losers to the Saul Alinsky Radical Occupying the Oval Office believe Mittens lost the general in 2012 because his coronation wasn’t easy enough. They want to shorten the length of the primary season, have an earlier convention, and have fewer debates. They think Mittens was ‘pulled too far to the right' in the primaries. Wrong. Mittens lost because he was the perfect ‘Richie Rich’ caricature to be pilloried by the class warfare demagoguery of the Left. If anything, the competitive primaries pulled Mittens out of the crony capitalist bubble in which the Establishment GOP (the other party of government) lives, and gave him a chance to win the general.
I saw one of the hacks on TV say he didn’t want anyone like Newt rising in the next primary. Translation: ‘Don’t pop my crony capitalist bubble, dude.’ As I explained repeatedly on this blog in 2012, Newt was their only chance to break through voter ADD and media bias to win in 2012 - because Newt was by far the best debater. On today’s uneven political playing field, debates are the only forum on which anyone not tagged (D) can break through. Mittens' poll bump during his uninspiring performance against the Empty Suit during the 2012 debates proved it. (Newt, of course, would have had the chops to go for the kill on that stage.) So, how does less debate help us identify the best debater? It doesn’t.
== 1/23/14 It begins. The wave of employer based health plan cancellations is already underway. Neither the Leftists who gave us the Train Wreck Known as ObamaKare,nor their propagandists in the legacy media, can spin the economic realities for these employers. "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan" is destined to be remembered as the lie that launched one of two socio-political waves. I believe it will be a living monument to government incompetence launching a new small government libertarian gestalt. But it's still entirely possible it launches, in a twisted Machiavellian way, the excuse for the Left to make a successful argument for Single Payer. Maybe the campaign slogan will be something like "If you like your ObamaCare, you will love Single Payer."
Federal government closed today for a few inches of snowflakes. Jack Wiley Dithers has intercepted and decoded an encrypted cable from the White House to the Park Service, invoking Executive Order 1800FU, which initiates Operation Barrycade whenever the government is shut down.
Today is Day 1 of a deal struck between a committee of experts and bureaucrats representing the civilized world (lead by Monsieur John Kerry-Heinz), and the Shi'ite mullahs of Tehran. The civilized world agrees to lift economic sanctions on Iran, and the mullahs agree to pretend to give up their dream of producing a nuclear bomb (the better to put the fear of Mohammed into infidels). The civilized world believed the cover story offered by the mullahs, in which they are interested in nuclear power for generating electricity - even though Iran sits on a veritable sea of fossil fuels. (Note global warming is not recognized by Islam as valid canon. The only religion elevating global warming to sacred mythology is the atheist Left.)
Many pundits are now saying an Iranian nuclear bomb is inevitable, and we will be forced to adopt a policy of 'containment.' This won't be your father's Cold War era 'containment' - in which the nukes were handled in plain view by uniformed military forces bound by the Geneva Conventions. Iran is also recognized as the leading state sponsor of terror on this planet.
Now we are being told the petty little tyrant in the White House "has a pen" - and he intends to use it to issue a flurry of executive orders designed to close the "income inequality" gap his policies have widened. Where to begin? A rant on the compound interest of unintended consequences to be accrued from the ham fisted statist instincts of the socialist Left? Not today. Should I make the easiest prediction ever? That is, BHO's childish concept of "governance" (in a kind of 'Lord of the Flies' raw power abuse way) has now guaranteed his economy will officially suck for his entire two terms in office. Nah. Let's keep it simple. Maybe he should finish his January 22, 2009 executive order to close Gitmo before launching any new projects. A clueless demagogue can only multitask so much.
Jack Wiley Dithers' old cohort in DC journalistic debauchery, Scoops Delacroix, has gone soft and departed the DC rat race. When reched for comment, JWD said "Meh. More booze for me."
According to our pundits and pontificators, the Democrats will be railing non-stop about "income inequality" in the run up to the 2014 midterm elections - even though the gap between rich and poor has dramatically widened under five years of Democrat policies (stimulus, crony bail outs, crony hand outs, regulation, more regulation, and did I mention more regulation, and finally unemployment extensions made necessary by the previously listed policies). It's as if the Mighty Casey, after taking his mighty swing and missing for all to see, went around afterward blaming the pitcher for a lack of offense in Mudville.
This just in ... Global Warming "scientists" finally rescued from being trapped by Antarctic ice they didn't expect. They were in search of data proving the Earth is dangerously heating, but instead produced a news event once again proving the the lame stream media's left wing bias.
New Year's Day 2014. No ObamaKare riots visible yet from where I sit. Give it a little time, 2014 will be a long, hot year. And I'm not talking about the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) hoax. Just ask the AGW enthusiasts of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition ... now ironically frozen in place by the expanding ice sheet of Antartica. It's summer down there, don't you know.
New Year's Eve is upon us. Or, as my cop father called it ... amateur night. If you are a professional who usually does your drinking at home, like me, tonight is no night to change your modus operandi. It's gonna be wild out there on the roads tonight.
Harvard government and sociology professor agrees with what I've been saying for three and a half years on this blog ... TEA Party movement not going anywhere anytime soon. Memo to Establishment DC hacks in both parties: The clock is ticking on our present two party system consisting of the party of government and the other party of government. Resistance is futile.
Read the comment thread on this American Thinker post - GOP Establishment's War on It's Base. The battle for control of The Other Party of Government - the one labeled (R) - is on in earnest. May the grass roots conservative insurrection against the hacks of the Establishment GOP succeed in pulling the GOP back to the federalist principles of the founding. Let the corporatist wing of the GOP sleep with the big gov / big biz progressives of the Donkey Party, where they belong.
This Breitbart post - Eight Ways to Opt Out of ObamaCare - could be the most important thing you read or have read for a very long time. May you live long and prosper. And not just because Spock says so.
Quarter 4 of tax year 2013 draws near to close, and I am reminded it will soon be time to file Form 941: Quarterly Income Tax Return for my small business. I am also reminded I can pay electronically, but can't submit the matching report electronically, unless I engage a paid third party to perform this trivial administrative task for me. Therefore, filing (but not paying, mind you) the quarterly 941 tax continues to be the sole remaining paper and snail mail supported part of my entire business process. Quarter 4 of tax year 2013 has also seen the comically grotesque roll out of healthcare.goof. On second thought, maybe we should just leave well enough alone on the IRS site.
== 12/20/13 Phil Robertson vs. Pajama Boy - the cage match ... if Pajama Boy somehow improbably wins, the effete pseudo-intellectual Progressive elites get to keep their ObamaKare ... if the aging duck hunter kicks Pajama Boy's pampered little a$$ as expected, the rest of us get to have the train wreck repealed immediately ... this epic pay-per-view is screaming out to be promoted by WWE.
== 12/18/13 Study conducted by self-professed liberal Yale professor finds correlation between TEA Party affiliation and high level of scientific knowledge. Still hope for the integrity of the scientific method to survive these times. (And all along we just thought TEA Partiers were only better than DC at math.)
Another high profile shooting ... another left wing lunatic on the trigger. Sorry Corrupt and Biased Liberal Media, your wait continues for the next perfect news template to waive your agenda like a bloody shirt.
== And the solution for a viable defense against lunatic shooters reveals itself. Hint: It has nothing to do with Gun Free Zones Criminal Free Fire Zones.
Just watched the Paul Ryan / Patty Murray budget deal press conference Mutual Admiration Society Meeting. Here's my take on the sum total of what they told us ... PUNT! Here's my my advice to conservatives and libertarians. Run down field like a bat out of hell and crush that Democrat punt returner with extreme prejudice in the 2014 election cycle.
The federal government is closed today due to a snow storm. The Left would have you believe this means a cataclysmic blow to the national economy and result in societal meltdown. That is, based on the arguments they always make when the discussion turns to trimming a little fat off the federal leviathan. If the whole thing suddenly disappears, that must mean apocalypse! Actually, all it really means is one day without the average daily production of 300 new pages of federal regulations. Carpe diem! You can stop reading the federal register and do something productive today. Quick, before the snow stops! Before the bureau weenies waddle back to their desks!
If you blinked you missed it. The administration regime of the Saul Alinsky Radical Occupying the Oval Office has extended the ObamaKare sign up deadline from December 15 to December 23. What a pathetic joke. Eight whole extra days for a program that still depends completely on a buggy web front end, and a business process back end that is still partially constructed and completely untested. Completely untested for either business functionality or data security. And the small percentage of people who actually think they've signed up (yes - "think" - see back end issues) have been greeted with the news their premiums and deductibles will be skyrocketing as a result of this stealth redistribution plan built on the lie "if you like, you can keep ..." "Clusterf*ck" is Greek for the Democrats are in charge.
This morning I again saw the professional panhandler and Occupy Wall Street foot soldier I mentioned in this log on 11/13. He was in line ahead of me at Starbucks, acquiring his cup of overpriced caffeine. Meanwhile, the Food Stamp President, the President presiding over the lowest American labor participation rate in recorded history, is out on the campaign trail - trying to distract from his own failures with that old Leftist whine about "income inequality." The ironies abound.
The latest in ObamaCare Debacle News is this: a large failure rate for the batch file transfers from Healthcare.Goof to insurance carriers that are meant to activate coverage for people who think they have signed up. The error rate is as much as one third of all transactions according to the Obama apology rag known as the Washington Post. The good news, according to the WaPo spin, though, is sign up rates are still so low, the carriers claim the present volume of errors can be corrected manually. Except - in a nationalized system now dependent on human correction to 1/3 of all its transactions - is there really a way to know now how many consumers who now think they have coverage will actually have it when they think they need it? How many people will experience this nasty surprise as this nationalized system scales up to the entire nation? The nation is left with fingers crossed hoping the back end error rate is reduced faster than the growth rate in front end sign ups? Reduced fast enough for error prone human error correction procedures to keep up? As always, chaos is the sure sign Democrats are in charge.
Epic Thanksgiving Holiday road trip completed without major incident … left town with rented Land Yacht Lincoln Wednesday … successfully navigated into midtown Manhattan Wednesday evening without murdering any of the dozen or so cabbies who thoroughly deserved it … Wednesday night’s stay in Euro Trash boutique hotel on 8th Avenue OK … room clean and everything worked … got to see prodigal son march in Macy’s parade … his once in a lifetime experience complemented by another – he was interviewed by NY Daily News ... except I’ve seen him play a lot of instruments and “xylophone” isn’t one of them, and beside he was on the banner for the parade march … oh well, more crack American journalism at work … then a rented helicopter flight around Manhattan … man, Ellis Island is a lot smaller than I thought … 3 hour drive north for the annual tryptophan fix in Grandma’s kitchen, just later than usual … scenic westerly drive back to DC (I-88 to I-81 to I-70/I-270) … because that way there aren’t any NYC cabbies or New Jersey Turnpike Road Warriors … settled back into home base Saturday night. Now, let’s see what the Empty Suit has been up to … oh yeah, I almost forgot – he’s “fixing” that pesky website at “private sector velocity” … fixing it up so fast that eventually it might even be able to handle actual commerce. Real commerce on a web site? Unbelievable! The wonders that hundreds of millions in taxes can buy these days.
On Chris Plante's radio show this morning they are talking about the Community-Agitator-In-Chief issuing instructions to his hypnotized zombie followers, with the assistance of his personal brown shirt gang (OFA), to get aggressively political at the Thanksgiving dinner table. You have to figure a lot of these glassy eyed kamikaze politicos will be college students. The anti-aircraft defense for the parents of these crazed dive bombers is simple. Give the young scholar an easy calculation they will immediately understand. Shut up or the beer stipend is cut off.
Have you seen the trailer for the "Amazon original series 'Alpha House'"? It seems I can't go to any political site without hearing "We're the GOP, winning is what we do." A more ridiculous premise I have never heard.
Yesterday, an historic diplomatic deal was announced between western civilization and the leading state sponsor of terrorism from Mohammed's Murder Monkey Cult From Hell. Western civilization agreed to lift the economic sanctions that were designed to prevent Mohammed's Murder Monkey Cult From Hell from acquiring nuclear weapons. In return, Mohammed's Murder Monkey Cult From Hell pinky swore that all that stuff about destroying the Great Satan and wiping Israel off the map was the camel water talking.
During my day job, I sometimes review resumes for Information Technology and Software Development people. In the coming years I expect I will see a lot of "2010-2013: personal sabbatical." where I might have instead seen something like "2010-2013: CGI, Obamacare Exchange."
In a congressional hearing yesterday, it was revealed the back end systems for accepting premium payments through healthcare.goof still haven't been developed, much less tested. These Democrats really are hell bent on giving away more free stuff.
Today the Empty Suit Known as Barack Hussein Obama mumbled something on camera about "one side of Capitol Hill being invested in [the] failure [of Obamacare]." What he meant to say was "the Democrats literally changed the locks on committee hearing room doors while packing 3000 pages with nothing but their ideas on the way to passing the law with nothing but Democrat votes, so the train wreck is completely 100% owned by the Democrats."
What is the special skill set required for "journalism"? Reading and writing? The school of journalism that can build a time machine and transport its graduates back a thousand years might have something useful to say about its product.
On the comment boards, and inside my own noodle, I have played with the idea of supporting Representative Fred Upton’s Obamacare “fixit” bill. It’s not a terrible bill – that is if it does what it seems it will do - which is drive a stake through the fiscal heart of ObamaCare while simultaneously saying to the baying masses Republicans care too. The downside is it gives some Democrats a place to hide politically, but that consideration alone is politics too clever by half. Every Democrat who voted for the law, and then even refused to vote for funding the rest of the government at current levels during the shutdown fight, is hopelessly tied to the sinking ship already.
However, I’ve decided to be against the Upton bill. On the grounds it is a half measure itself, missing the true political and policy moment. It’s time for the GOP to do a full on “repeal and replace” bill with conservative ideas for reforming the health insurance business. The baying masses wouldn’t know it because the corrupt and biased liberal media hasn’t told them, but the Republican Study Committee has had multiple complete bills on the shelf ready to go for three years. Over to you, Speaker Boehner. Do you have the sand? The Saul Alinsky radical occupying the Oval Office, who has smeared you mercilessly lo these many years, is bleeding political capital daily. Here’s your chance to make him pay with a veto to the replacement to his “signature achievement” only to have that veto overridden. Revenge is always best served cold. Especially when the entire Donkey Party is trampling over each other in a full on panic. An opportunity like this comes less often than once a generation.
If Barack Hussein Obama II were a man of honor, he wouldn't have said "I'm sorry" to the American people concerning his ObamaCare lies ... he would have said "Joe Wilson was right."
I did something unusual today - I put French dressing on my salad. To honor the new leaders of the free world - at least as it concerns checking Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Memo to the hacks of the Virginia Establishment GOP: Run Ken Cuccinelli for Mark Warner's Senate seat in 2014. Make ObamaCare the top issue. (even you can do that now). Make sure everybody knows Cuccinelli was the first state attorney general with the sand to challenge the legislative train wreck that Warner voted for. Not only will you flip a US Senate seat from (D) to (R) but we (grass roots conservatives) will consider keeping you on the payroll when we finish the takeover of the party.
Walking into work this morning I distinctly recognized a panhandler as a former regular camper during the 2011-2012 McPherson Square OWS occupation. He's the guy I identified in my November 10, 2011 post "The #Occupy Meltdown Will Be Swift and Ugly From Here" as making a point of wearing the anarchist's bandana mask. Just a little full circle reminder of the utter disaster that has been the now undeniably collapsing administration of the Empty Suit Known as Barack Hussein Obama.Only 1164 days left to go.
Navy Yard shooter, Pennsylvania Avenue car slammer, LAX shooter ... somewhere deep inside a neatly manicured campus right now, a gaggle of aging New Left socialist revolutionaries are holding the symposium Why haven't we seen more crazy violent acts, like Cloward and Piven said we would after overloading the social welfare system and destroying the economy? Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn flying in as keynote speakers.
It's been a week since the LAX shooting. I became curious about the relative silence in the lame stream media regarding the shooter. After all, intrepid NBC "newsman" Pete Williams had all but declared the shooter was a TEA Party wing nut on the day of the shooting, based on his interpretation of what he heard was in a note no one has yet to see. A few moments in my Google machine and I understood why Williams and his fellow travelers have dropped the story. It has since been determined the shooter is a registered Democrat.
The practical debate surrounding the lessons of the LAX shooting seems to boil down to a choice between arming TSA or increasing the local police presence in terminals. Arming TSA is like sitting a 2 year old in front of an electrical outlet with a steel butter knife. That's my take.
Generic 2014 campaign slogan for any Republican Senator: "Democrat is Greek for 'liar'!" You're welcome, Establishment GOP hacks.
If you are a self-professed Libertarian who cast a vote yesterday for the false flag candidate Robert Sarvis, who got on the ballot with the financial aid of a top Obama bundler - you need to do some self reflection on how your vote helped give the VA Governor's mansion to a crony capitalist Big Government progressive, and on on how big of a dupe you think you are.
== 11/05/2013 (10 pm)
Terry McCauliffe is the new Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Congratulations, ladies, no need to stay up late with worries somebody might 'outlaw birth control.' Now, about that health insurance policy ...
McCauliffe's victory margin is being reported as less than 1%. Imagine what the result might have been if the Establishment GOP had actually gotten behind its nominee, instead of passively surrendering to the ruling class narrative that Ken Cuccinelli is a dangerous TEA Party anarchist principled conservative, who must be defeated to preserve the Big Government status quo. The hacks of course play into this narrative time and again because the status quo stipulates the Establishment GOP's comfortable place at the table as junior partners in the welfare state. And the hacks couldn't even get a House of Delegates name on the ballot in my voting district. How's that for a useless political party?
If you believe the polling industry (the universe of the Real Clear Politics average) ... the corrupt political careerist, Terry McCauliffe, Democrat, the hack that rented out the Lincoln Bedroom during Bubba's administration, is a shoe in to be elected my next Governor. But the trend over time has been a narrowing lead, right up to this report: a last minute poll from "The Emerson College Polling Society" that gives McCauliffe only a +2 advantage. McCauliffe's lead has always depended on a huge advantage with women, bolstered by his campaign's lie that Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli is in favor of outlawing birth control. Think about that for a minute - outlawing birth control. In 2013. As if. Sorry, deep thinkers, but being against government subsidies for Sandra Fluke's nine dollar a month habit isn't the same thing as outlawing it. LAS wonders if enough members of the single issue birth control vote will receive their ObamaCare induced health plan cancellations in time to put the pieces together and tip this election away from the bald-faced liar McCauliffe.
I don't usually link to other articles in this particular space, but I recently ran across one American Thinker post that I think perfectly captures the present zeitgeist, now that 1/6 of the economy is trapped inside an incompetently rolled out web site ... Dialing 1-800-F**K-YOU.
If you like a social security insurance program with a lock box containing nothing but IOUs from a Treasury $17B in debt ... you are going to love a health insurance exchange that gives 32 year old single males tax credits to buy insurance policies mandated to include maternity coverage. Hey, I think Steve Carell just got an idea for the '40 Year Old Virgin' sequel.
Jack Wiley Dithers will trick or treat this year wearing the most terrifying costume of the year – health insurance salesman.
In 2008, the Left wanted to run against the War Monger - and they helped the Establishment GOP nominate him. In 2012, the Left wanted to run against the Rich Guy - and they helped the Establishment GOP nominate him. Unintended consequence of the ObamaCare train wreck for the Left: Obama's bromance with Christ Christie won't help them help the Establishment GOP nominate who they think will be the perfect 2016 opponent for Tan. Rested. Ready. Hillary! - the Fat Guy. (note to self: remember the Hillary / Nixon parallel, it's a good one.)
As of today, more people who used to have health insurance have received cancellation notices than the number of people who have signed up for ObamaCare. And every person who will have the same policy in 2014 they had in 2013 (unless covered by unconstitutional exemption) will see significant premium and deductible increases for less coverage. If ObamaCare is the answer ... what was the question again?
Here's why the government shutdown fight was well worth it. Given the increasing pace of the ObamaCare disaster, having the fight increased the probability Johnny Clueless Low Info Voter will have this thought between now and the 2014 elections: "You mean we could have avoided *both* shutdown and this ObamaCare nightmare if only they went with the House GOP bill in the first place?" You're welcome, Establishment GOP hacks.
Remember when Chief Justice Roberts bent himself into pseudo-intellectual pretzels to re-label the ObamaCare mandate a "tax"? Turns out he was right. He must have meant how taxing on your patience it is to use the Exchanges to sign up, and how taxing it is on your wallet to pay the higher premiums for less coverage.
Visits originating from the Russian Federation have increased dramatically in the past few days. I seem to recall the last time I saw this pattern was around the time of Edward Snowden's usefully idiotic treason. Keep readin' fellas. There's less here than meets the eye. Or is it fella? D'ya think Putin grants Internet privileges to Snowden?
My Google machine informs me "Starting now, the Treasury Department is allowed to issue as much debt as needed through Feb. 7. There is no specific number for debt limit." So, the drunken sailor has four months with a blank check in his pocket (apologies to drunken sailors everywhere for the comparison to DC). That marching sound is an army of really p*ssed off TEA Party patriots coming to town to slap the cuffs on him and throw him into the brig. Oh yeah, by the way, where the f*ck is the new fiscal year budget, traditionally due on October 1?
== 10/16/2013 (8 am)
That clanging sound is DC kicking the debt and deficit can down the road once again. That clinking sound is the hacks of the Establishment GOP, taking breakfast in the country club dining room, and celebrating yet another unconditional surrender to their Donkey Party overlords. That ticking sound is the official lame duck clock running out on the Empty Suit Known as Barack Hussein Obama. That honking sound is my commute sucking again, as hordes of “non-essential” bureau-weenies resume their rightful place snarling the local roads. With a nice fat back pay check waiting for them at the office. Well at least those Barrycade eyesores might go away soon if the Park Service Gestapo gets around to cleaning up its mess.
Future readers of this archive are owed a succint explanation for the small government libertarian society in which they live. By far, the biggest reason is the dishonest messaging behind ObamaCare, which was followed by the incompetent roll out of its online Exchanges. As I write this, legions of low information young adults who thought ObamaCare was supposed to be free stuff are finding out the hard way it's going to cost them dearly to satisfy a mandate to purchase something they know they don't need ... after struggling through a federally developed web site they can see sucks ... while struggling to survive in a crappy economy that can't grow fast enough to employ all of them due to the policies of the same people that gave them the ObamaCare train wreck. They will figure it out and pass the lessons to their offspring.
If anything perfectly encapsulates the unhinged and disingenuously overheated state of our politics today, it is loose talk of debt default from our so-called 'leaders' in DC. The plain fact is enough current revenue flows into the Treasury to pay interest on the debt and entitlements. All that is needed is sufficient leadership to prioritize these things ahead of the least necessary discretionary spending budget line items. Every household in the country not filing for bankruptcy is familiar with the process - you pay mandatory bills first, then prioritize discretionary spending and live without those things that don't make the cut. Now consider the argument offered by the hyperventilating fear mongers of 'default.' They proclaim we simply must borrow more from new creditors to pay off the old creditors. There's a term for that. Pyramid Scheme. It never ends well.
Remember that snotty White House tweet on the anniversary of ACA passage. You know, the one with Barry's signature captioned by "It's. The. Law." Tomorrow is the two week anniversary of the ObamaCare Exchange rollout train wreck. Somehow I don't expect any White House tweets with the url captioned by "It. Don't. Work."
I love it when a plan comes together. I honestly believe the GOP is on the precipice of winning the politics on this shutdown thing - despite media bias and low information voter ADD. All they have to do now is execute a simple two part game plan. (1)Keep sending specific spending bills to the Senate for the Donkey Party to reject. Important sign of success - Dingy Harry Reid and DC Mayor Vincent Gray are reportedly at one another's throats over funding the DC budget. (2) Keep hammering on the rank hypocrisy of Obama's twenty some odd ObamaCare exemptions to get a delay in the individual mandate. The individual mandate is the sole thin thread holding together the program financially, at least in theory. 2014 is looking a lot like 2010 squared from here. You Establishment GOP RINO hacks should just retire to your martini bars in the country club dining room and let the new de facto party leadership show you how it's done in today's arena.
The House GOP is finally showing signs of being able to wage politics the only way it can be successfully waged against the Left. Ruthlessly. No quarter can be given because none can be expected. The strategy of passing specifically focused micro spending bills is perfect. It turns the tables. Keep putting the White House and Dingy Harry in the position of explaining why they won't fund kittens and puppy dogs while the larger debate carries on. And make no mistake - if the GOP doesn't fold as usual they will reap a massive 2014 electoral victory. The Donkey Party owns the train wreck that is ObamaCare. They own the train wreck that is the ObamaCare Exchange roll out. Keep passing bills to fund kittens and puppy dogs, keep making them explain why it's so important to them to reject these bills in order to preserve the ObamaCare train wreck, and they will own the shutdown as well.
In today's daily report on spitefully petty ideological governance from the Obama admin ... the hypocritical hacks have OK'd a rally for so-called immigration reform on the ostensibly closed National Mall. I have a news flash for Barry and the Undocumented Democrats: you aren't getting comprehensive amnesty in this session either. Your Saul Alinksy community agitator negotiation tactics have guaranteed it.
Now that the ObamaCare Exchanges are undeniably a train wreck, can we talk about simple measures left out of the ACA that would actually reduce cost and and increase accessibility? (1) Tort reform. (2) Allow insurance competition across state lines. (3) Allow individuals and small businesses to voluntarily form risk pools via voluntary trade, professional, interest, and religious associations (that means, for example, AAA or your local church). The Donkey Party will have none of #1 because they are beholden to the trial lawyer lobby. The Donkey Party will have none of #2 because they are the party of government. The Donkey Party will have none of #3 because they are viscerally opposed to the concept of voluntary association.
Here's how I know The Saul Alinksy Radical Temporarily Occupying the Oval Office is overplaying his hand with his petty (non)negotiation strategy for dealing with House Republicans ... I went to the Tame Impala / Flaming Lips show at Merriweather Post Pavilion last night. The vibe on the lawn among the assembled utes and psychedelic music enthusiasts was relaxed, friendly, and polite. Festive, but in a very unconcerned and laid back way. No signs whatsoever of anyone gripped by fear at the prospect of the evil Republicans shutting down the precious nectar provided by their federal government. And cannabis, medical or otherwise, cannot be held culpable, either. No contact high for LAS on that lawn that particular evening. Memo to GOP: Hold firm. No deal until the rank hypocrisy of the twenty some odd ObamaCare exemptions and waivers given to Big Business, Big Labor, and Big Government are matched by a delay in the individual mandate. Removing the congressional exemption isn't sufficient. It's the individual mandate against every single stinkin' selectively applied tyrannical exemption. Every single one.
The term "Barrycade" has entered the political discourse. It refers to the Park Service's petty and petulant practice of placing cheap plastic and wooden barriers around open air spaces - in a comically ironic attempt to prove how important they are to our daily existence. In a much publicized case they used this pathetic tactic to try to keep a bunch of 90 year old vets away from the WW II memorial. The old men of Normandy and Okinawa valor famously stormed the park service Barney Fifes and got to see their monument anyway. There should be a blogger contest for identifying the most ridiculous Barrycade erected. I nominate the one near my house about which I commented on the great blog Political Clown Parade: "Near my house the Park Service has erected a barrier of plastic sawhorses around 50 sq feet of parking spaces just off the GW Parkway. A lone teenage prankster could hide the entire eyesore in the woods behind in, oh, about a minute and a half. Those sirens you here are armed Park Service policemen racing to the scene because school is about to let out." I have a news flash for Barry and his Corrupt Gang of Petty Progressives If the opinions expressed by my teenager and the gang he runs with are any indication, your silly tyrannical pettiness is fostering a future generation of small government libertarians. And *that* observation causes LAS to channel Mr. Burns from The Simpsons ... "Exxxxcellllent."
Not sure if the traffic would actually be sufficient to crash healthcare.gov or not, but it's worth noting visits to my August 2011 post "In a Democracy, the People Get the Government They Deserve" have picked up quite a bit the past couple of days.
The morning commute was much lighter this morning. So, I guess all the "non essential" gub'ment werkers know who they are now.
Day One of the highly anticipated apocalyptic partial gub'ment shutdown. Here's what I've noticed so far. (1) The morning commute was a little better, but not as improved as I anticipated. Perhaps OMB hasn't finished sorting out which bureau-weenies are "non-essential" yet. Which is to say ... maybe they haven't told everyone who needs to be told they will be given a nice break with a guarantee of back pay when the CR finally passes. (2) The calender says October 1st, the IRS still has a direct connection to my business checking account, and the IRS will surely levy the usual fine if I fail to make my monthly tax deposit on time. Oh, and don't forget the quarterly 941 they will be demanding or there will be another fine. (3) It's still true that the IRS takes in enough revenue from monthly business tax deposits to cover each month's debt and entitlement obligations. So, if the Obama administration chooses the dreaded 'default' they own that train wreck, too.
LAS wonders what The Empty Suit Known as Barack Hussein Obama has already given away to the Iranian regime in exchange for that nice photo op with the telephone.
The yard signs I've seen for the Democrat candidate for Virginia Governor - career left wing political hack Terry McCauliffe - are green and talk about jobs. Green. Jobs. Hmmmmm ... now, where have I seen that bullsh*t before?
LAS says shut down the federal gub'ment so LAS' commute to and from downtown DC improves. I calculate every day we take the bureau-weenie corps off the local roads is a day I save a full hour of my valuable taxable time. And I'm pretty sure the IRS will expect me to keep making my monthly deposit and filing my quarterly 941 on time. So, I figure I'm owed the improved commute as a courtesy.
Let's equate Senator Ted Cruz' principled filibuster stand to the epic Greek stand at Thermopylae in 480 BC. Yes, of course, the Persians will eventually get what they want in this battle. After all, a self-styled godhead on a mission of conquest is their dictator, and he leads his mob from behind into this battle enjoying overwhelming odds. But the courageous stand will be remembered and used as a clarion call by Team Liberty until the war against the invaders of Team Tyranny is finally won. Queue "Remember the Alamo" double mixed metaphor ...
ObamaCare: 3000 pages of Leftist ideology hastily legislated, corruptly implemented, and incompetently administered. What's not to like?
Memo to Establishment GOP hacks: Defunding or delaying ObamaCare in a CR that funds the rest of the government at current levels is the correct strategy. It's not about passing the legislation, or even about winning the politics in the short term. It's about putting people on record and pounding that record for the next 14 months going into the 2014 elections. If the House has funded the entire government except for ObamaCare - and at the end of the fight the Democrats have shut down the government to get their ObamaCare, they own *both* train wrecks come next election.
I shall now spoon feed the correct headline from yesterday's Navy Yard shooting to the corrupt and biased liberal media. Obama administration ineptly issues security clearance to lunatic with police record. == 9/15/2013
The current situation on the arms control front is Putin watching Assad watching WMD stockpiles acquired only God knows how. Wolf watching fox watching hen house. Oh well, I guess we'll have to wait for the declassified KGB files to finally learn what happened to Saddam's WMD.
Harry Reid's talking point yesterday regarding the House Conservatives' push to pass a Continuing Resolution that funds the entire government except for ObamaCare was 'the anarchists are winning.' That's rich ... coming from a Senate Majority Leader whose Senate failed to pass any budget at all in fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012. Hey, Dingy Harry, here's an idea ... follow the constitutional process. Put your head down, shut your mouth, and do your job. Pass your CR, let the House pass its CR, hash out the differences in conference, and send the compromise to the President. Or is that too much work?
Putin vs. Obama in diplomatic chess is about as even a match as Navy SEALs vs. Swedish Bikini Team in a marksmanship contest.
One year anniversary of the Benghazi terrorist attack ... and who has been held accountable? For the attack? For issuing stand down orders to American responders? For the YouTube video lie?
The big news today on the war and peace / highstakes diplomacy front is that the KGB Colonel has brokered the deal with his Syrian puppet that will save the planet from the war mongering, red line ultimatum issuing, Community-Agitator-In-Chief. Whew! See, that overload reset button is paying big dividends with Russia already. Obama’s next bold move should be to drape his Nobel Peace Prize around Putin’s neck in a Rose Garden ceremony. Maybe then Putin would be willing to return the Super Bowl ring he stole from Robert Kraft. You know, as a good will gesture. Then … who knows? Anything might be possible! We might even be in a position to convince the KGB Colonel to exchange Edward Snowden for a year’s supply of Stoli vodka.
Obama's most recent rhetorical justification for intervening in Syria is steeped in Susan Rice's "Responsibility To Protect" (R2P) nonsense. Translation: We are the world's cop. Let us review the last time R2P was applied in the real world. On the advice of Rice (peddler of the Benghazi YouTube lie), we bombed the snot out of an inert threat - Ghadaffi - for nearly a year. So, what is the situation on the ground in Libya today? Total chaos. A veritable 'Thunderdome' of Jihadi misery and strife. Brilliant. R2P nonsense is exactly what I expect to come out of the Empty Suit's mouth during the big speech to the nation this coming Tuesday.
My congressional representative has come out in favor of the big plan to lob a few ineffectual missiles into Syria. He's the OFA funded, CAIR-linked, socialist technocrat known as Gerry Connolly. Well, that's it then ... if Obama has the lickspittle vote locked up, I guess the resolution is fated to pass.
I have a question for New York Times ersatz conservative David Brooks. Who would win the street fight - Hafez Bashar al-Assad or a neatly creased pair of trousers? Who would win the chess match?
The Empty Suit's 'red line' dodge today is it wasn't his standard, it was the world's. So, channeling Cuba Gooding ... 'Show me the coalition, Barry!'
Assad has stated plainly that if the Empty Suit Known as Barack Hussein Obama lobs even one missile into Syria, Syria will respond with missile attacks on Israel. Then what? Who's up for World War III? And for what? To protect the rhetorical credibility of the amateur occupying the Oval Office? Count me out.
If Congress votes 'No' on authority to go to war in Syria, and the Demagogue-In-Chief does it anyway, the constitutional remedy is impeachment. Period. End of sentence.
So, Bathhouse Barry finally sees a reason to follow the constitution and consult with Congress ... the reason being he desperately needs a exit ramp off the Stupid Highway he built for himself in relation to Syria. The combatants in Syria are a brutal puppet dictator whose strings are pulled in Moscow versus a witch's brew of Islamist radicals. The US has no interest in either side winning. The only rational courses are staying completely out of it, or bombing them both back to the stone age. May our elective representatives make the correct choice. Happy Labor Day.
The big national debate today is whether to bomb or not to bomb in Syria ... with or without Congressional approval ... with or without an international coalition ... all because the Speechifier-In-Chief, who was the candidate who ran on Bush is a war criminal, drew a rhetorical red line in the sand before thinking through the consequences. IMHO the solution is to issue a 'red line waiver' to Syria. If the 'waiver' dodge is good enough for ObamaCare ...
Hey, did you hear about the big MLK commemorative march yesterday? You might think they would have invited the one and only black US Senator to speak. That would be Tim Scott, SC (R)(T). Oops, my bad - wrong party.
When Obama bombs the snot out of Assad, what will become of the evidence on the ground Assad has Saddam's WMD? Future histories hang in the balance.
Remember when Obama (stupidly and divisively) said if he had a son it would look like Trayvon? Well, then, I guess if he was a scout master with a Boy Scout troop it would look like those three stone cold killers in Oklahoma. And not reaching out to the victim's family in what is literally an international incident? Only Obama could screw up relations with Australia (Australia!) from the White House.
With the advent of ObamaCare, I predict an increase in the number of Jewish mothers pressing their sons to become, and their daughters to marry, bureaucrats.
Seen today on the corner of 6th and E Streets, NW, District of Columbia ... a big shiny rescue truck with the markings "National Capital Region Homeland Security" and "Mobile Air Unit 1." A truck. WTF? Does the driver say "Go go gadget, rotors!" to make it fly? And it needs to be numbered? Are there yet more out there?
The difference between Democrat politicians and Mob bosses is the Mob bosses actually find work for their union toadies.
15 year old son informed me today two rival "rap gangs" at his lavishly financed public middle school had been suspended for engaging in a "knife fight" last spring. As a concerned parent, I naturally probed for details to determine if it was time to consider taking on the extra expense of private high school. I asked "was anybody cut"? The answer was "no." A "knife fight" where no one was cut? He has four more years left in the public school system. We might just make it to the end without needing to take the radical action of flight to private school.
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