After trashing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for months, Senate Democrats who happen to be up for election in November 2014 are starting to openly call for an extension for open enrollment due to the Obamacare registration problems.
All this renewed talk about gun control in the wake of the Newtown murders made me realize: the liberals just don’t trust you do to much of anything on your own.
Consider, if you will, a few of the liberties the left has tried to, is trying, or has, wrested from you:
- School choice and/or educating your own children
- self defense
- free speech
- managing your own retirement
- managing your own health care
- buying your own health care
- raising your own children
- buying a vehicle the fits your needs
- determining what news is important to you by deciding whether to report it or not
- selecting our own political candidates
- responsibly voting on VOTING DAY, not weeks ahead
- eating the food you choose to eat
- having the ability to use binding referendum questions (in CT particularly) to check the power of politicians
- the privacy and security of a secret ballot for joining a union (as well as deciding if you even want to join a union)
- using your cell phone in your car
- choice on the death penalty
- and just basically knowing right from wrong (moral relativism)
Trust is the fundamental basis for liberty, as a government that doesn’t trust you to take care of yourself will give you no liberty. Remember “a government that is big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take everything you have”? Jefferson knew this day was coming, stating “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”, as did Ben Franklin: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” If they don’t trust us, there is no reason for us to trust them.
Back in the good old days, people were expected to take responsibility for themselves and their family, their health and their retirement, buy insurance as they felt necessary, educate themselves on the issues of the day or elections etc., or live with the results of their choices. In other words, stupidity and laziness were supposed to hurt you, not everyone else. Now, we have to have the clods in government micromanaging every aspect of our lives, regurgitating and distributing information (with the aid of their flying monkeys in the press) and supposedly protecting us from all the bad things (read it: hard choices and sensible decisions) in life in the Quixotian pursuit of some utopian, risk free society that they get to contrive, and ultimately, control.
Now surely, the prime motivator for this is the relatively lousy education students are receiving in most government schools. And by relative, I mean compared to the rest of the world and the way we educated children prior to the second World War. Who has been in charge of the schools? You guessed it: the liberals. They have tried every crackpot educational theory from the “new math” to “dumbing down” the curriculum in the name of self esteem resulting in a lack of a competitive spirit and a plunge in critical thinking, math and science education. Go look at graduate school enrollments: STEM majors (science, technology, engineering and math) come from other countries now.
What has all this produced? The low information voter (read it: Democrat) that cares more for “reality shows” than reality; a population that thinks “gimme” is the first word in the Pledge of Allegiance. A group that thinks it is too important to do the “menial” labor that they outsource to “insourced” (my word) illegal aliens. A group of people that vote to take the money from the pocketbooks of others rather than earning it themselves, and a party that promises it to keep giving it to them. A group that has traded a lot of liberty for less security. A group that thinks “news” is regurgitated, prechewed, selective pap in 30 second sound bites that the liberal media chooses to give them. People that think the police will be there before a crime happens, instead of long after. A group whose apathy is only exceeded by their own infantilism. People stupid enough to think that a president who has repeatedly demonstrated the epitome of economic incompetence will do a better job in a second term.
In other words, the people that Democrats can cater to for votes. Or more accurately, people whose votes can be bought.
The United States was built on capitalism and the Protestant work ethic. These two concepts produced American exceptionalism. They built this country. As history keeps showing us, failed ideas like socialism, Marxism, progressivism, communism etc., can only destroy once great countries. Every time politicians think that their feel good legislation is better than tried and true business, banking and governing practices, chaos ensues. A prime example is the last housing bust. You know the story.
Self determination and the freedom to make choices are the very foundation of liberty. Trading it for free stuff, handouts from the government, and some elusive “safety” has been warned about since the Constitution was written. So much for the whining “the Constitution was written for the 1700s” or some such pap. The truth is, the politicians from the 1700’s were just plain smarter and more patriotic than the self important, self interested hacks we see today.
It is time to take back the country from the politicians, the lawyers, the new world order types, and the hangers-on, the parasites, and make sure that the United States remains the greatest country in the world.
Some Early Voting Result Tally – At this Point the Presidency is up for Grabs
The question is how will the independents vote come election day? Several factors are at play here. Romney was right to use the question, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”
With unemployment levels at where they are, and lets make this clear, the Media Reports on the U3 Number ONLY which for September was 7.8%. the U6 number which is the TRUE unemployment number stood at 14.7%.
We have in this country 23-24 million Americans out of work, who want to work but can’t find a job.
We have a President that has decimated the coal and oil industries in favor of green energy failures such as Solyndra, and bailing out GM. He advocated stimulus funds that were to create jobs but didn’t. And, we have a situation in Lybia over 4 dead Americans where serious questions need to be answered. And then, of course, we have ObamaCare and Fast and Furious.
Taking an educated guess my belief is that the interdependent voter will take a look around and say, my food, gas, home heating and energy costs are higher than they were 4 years ago and I am still unemployed and will vote for Romney.
Take an animal that is trapped in a corner that is being chased down by a predator. Does that animal run towards what is going to catch him and eat him alive or does it run in the opposite direction towards freedom. The prey is going to move in the opposite direction. Therefore a person who sees his or her situation getting worse, in my opinion, will tend to vote for Romney.
Those Independents who are doing okay, have a job and tend to vote more democratic I think may just vote for Obama, The question than becomes which group of Independents out number the other group. That I think is the key to winning the election.
Here are some interesting statistics on early voting:
Total Number of Votes Caste: 965,510
Break Down: Democratic 35.6%, Republican 38.4%, None/Other 26.0%
In 2008, registered Democrats outnumbered Republicans by a 1.8 percentage point margin and Obama won the state by 8.9 percentage points.
In 2012, the 2.5 percentage point advantage for registered Republicans indicates the state will be more closely contested than ’08.
Total Number of Votes Cast: 2,223,840
Breakdown: Democratic 42.4%, Republican 41.0%, None/Other 16.6%
Republicans usually win mail-in early ballots by a wide margin in Florida — 12 points or higher — according to Michael McDonald, who oversees the United States Election Project at George Mason University. Democrats have closed the gap with early voting.
Total Votes Cast: 497,725
Breakdown: Democratic 44.2%, Republican 32.1%, None/Other 23.7%
Analysis: Romney has slightly narrowed the strong lead the Democrats built — 18 percentage points — in 2008 early Iowa voting. But Obama went on to win the state by 9.5 percentage points in ’08, meaning Romney will still need very strong Election Day
Total Votes Cast: 432,748
Breakdown: Democratic 45.2%, Republican 37.0%, None/Other 17.8%
Analysis: According to McDonald, Nevada’s 2012 early electorate closely resembles the state’s 2008 electorate. Obama won the state by 12.2 percentage points in 2008, and early indications are that Obama will win in Nevada again in 2012.
Total Votes Cast: 1,700,128
Breakdown: Democratic 49.2%, Republican 31.2%, None/Other 19.6%
Analysis: At this point in 2008, Democrats had a crushing lead among early voters — 55.9 percent to 27.2 percent — and Obama only narrowly won the state by 0.3 percentage points. Romney has closed that gap enough that the latest data indicate a small lead for him in the state.
Total Votes Cast: 1,006,398
Breakdown: State does not do party registration.
Analysis: Most urban, Democratic-leaning counties are on pace to exceed 2008 early-voting levels. But so are Republican-leaning rural counties. This indicates that Ohio will be a tightly contested race, as predicted.
Total Votes Cast: 254,074
Party Registration Breakdown: State does not do party registration.
Analysis: Early 2012 voting in Virginia has skewed heavily toward females and the 60-plus demographic. Unlike 2008, the state is allowing in-person early voting in addition to early ballots by mail, meaning early-vote totals will likely exceed ’08’s total of 336,743.
Total Votes Cast: 101,253 (in-person only)
Party Registration Breakdown: State does not do party registration.
Analysis: Wisconsin does not have comparable statistics from 2008, so little can be determined about which way the state is leaning in 2012 as compared to the 2008 election.
Just two short years ago, seems longer to me, the Obama administration hailed
that it was to be “The Summer of Recovery”. The stimulus bill was passed by congress, both the house and senate, of course it was alL under the control of the Democrats.
WILD and EXOTIC claims were made that this new law would spur the creation of
250,000 – 500,000 new jobs per month. Vice President Joe Biden boldly predicted this type of
job growth himself. Well it has been two years since the passage of the stimulus bill, and Americans are still waiting. Read more
Democrats, in an effort to bolster their female voter base and distract from the lousy Øbama economy, are making a big stink about the “Paycheck Fairness Act” (PFA) boondoggle, which is said to complement to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the first piece of legislation President Obama signed upon taking office no less. Allegedly, this will “level the paying field” (pardon the pun) for men and women in the same jobs, or allow women to more easily file discrimination lawsuits in the event it does not happen (payback to the trial lawyers).
But let’s dig deeper: as usual, we find that what the Democrats say is the polar opposite of what they practice (like paying taxes!). According to an article in the Washington Free Beacon, titled “Senate Democrats betray Lilly”, is was found that the female staffers of Democrat Senators Murray, Feinstein and Boxer, all standing up for the PFA, were paid significantly less (ranging from 7% to 35.2%) than their male counterparts! In Chuck Schumer’s staff, women staffers are paid an average of 36% less! The list of Democrat offenders is long and telling and listed in the linked article. Now that’s what I call a “war on women”!! (For the record: I could not find a comparable article on Republican staffer pay, which tells me that the liberal media were unable to make an issue of it).
Let us not forget the “paragon” of equal pay, the president: during the 2008 election, McCain treated women far better than Øbama, employed more women than Obama, and paid them higher wages. Not only that, McCain’s female staffers made, on average, more than his male staffers! Even with lesser pay, Øbama paid his women staffers, on average, 78 cents on the male dollar. (Dare I mention that his staff is “whiter than rice”: see the pics from barackobama.com !) And this situation has not improved, despite all the bloviating about how women are being shortchanged in pay. Doesn’t this remind you of the Democrat complaints about the so called “Republican war on women” while they back the gendercide being practiced by Planned Parenthood?
From the Proclamation made by Øbama on his creation of “National Equal Pay Day”:
“Despite these achievements, 46 years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act and 233 years since our Nation was established with the principle of equal justice under law, women across America continue to experience discrimination in the form of pay inequity every day. Women in the United States earn only 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, and today marks the inauspicious occasion when a woman’s earnings finally catch up with a man’s from the previous year. On National Equal Pay Day, we underscore the importance of this issue to all Americans.”
They don’t tell you that it is the pay differential in their own staff, do they? Isn’t it time for Øbama and other Democrats demagoguing this issue to look long and hard in the mirror? Isn’t it incumbent (was that another pun?) on an accuser to have his/her own house in order before pulling out the accusatory finger?
Bottom line: apparently, the Republicans practice what the Democrats preach. Clearly, (aside from the recognition that this just creates trial lawyer payback) they don’t support this unnecessary legislation because they don’t have to be forced to do the right thing and don’t think you have to either. Like charitable giving.
Actions always speak louder than words, especially words from demonstrable hypocrites.
An exchange on Jim’s show this morning made me laugh and think at the same time. A caller remarked paying (well, bribing) companies to come to Connecticut is analogous to paying a high priced mistress: when the money dries up, she disappears in the middle of the night.
When you think about it, aren’t Democrats in CT like stereotypical battered women? They keep voting in the same Democrats that have made CT one of, if not the, most expensive states in the country, to the point that CT is rated last on the list of desirable/affordable places to retire, with huge property taxes, outrageous fuel prices etc., etc., but every election they keep voting the incumbents in! Think about it: the battered wife (voter), threatens to leave her husband (not vote for the CT Democrat pol), the husband makes all sorts of promises (campaign promises), including changing his errant ways (further assurances), then once she relents and comes back (votes for the pol), he goes back to his bad behavior (voting lockstep with the rest of the CT Dems)? And the cycle repeats over and over again, the wife thinking that she can make him change (believes the promises yet again while taking the beating), or does it for the children (can’t sell the house with the huge mortgage).
Usually, at some point, the wife regains her senses and leaves, but in CT, where does she go?
You could further the analogy by having the state employee unions representing lovers to the cheating husband/pol, who get all the goodies (tax derived benefits like guaranteed pay, no layoffs), while the wife/taxpayer gets nothing but the abuse. You could even look at the wife/taxpayer as paying alimony (taxes) to the cheating husband allowing him to continue his bad behavior!
At some point, the wife/taxpayer has to stop the cycle of abuse, and that will only happen when she gets a new husband/party, or can at least threaten the incumbents with an alternative.
I am wondering if continuing to support the ineffective and feckless Øbama is like stories of clods marrying imprisoned serial killers…! My cup overruns!
Bottom line: two party states are like two newspaper towns: both keep the other honest. Monopolies are never good for long.
Coming on the heels of Chris Matthews’s recent comments about President Obama as reported by Steve here, an article in today’s Wall Street Journal is interesting. It was written by two Democrats, Pat Caddell, a pollster for President Carter, and Douglas Schoen, a pollster for President Clinton. Here are a few quotes. Read more
While we watch the protesters of Occupy Wall St. march to the houses of prominent bankers (but not prominent Democrat financiers like George Soros), whining about, well, something, we need to let recent history be our guide.
I looked through my archives and found this little tidbit from the 2008 LA Times: Democrats are the Darlings of Wall St. in which they note donations from the denizens of Wall St. to both Øbama and Hillary outstrip contributions to McCain. To wit:
Sen. McCain of Arizona got off to a slow start in presidential campaign fundraising. Having clinched the Republican nomination, he could gain momentum in attracting Wall Street money.
For now, though, Sen. Clinton of New York is leading the way, bringing in at least $6.29 million from the securities and investment industry, compared with $6.03 million for Sen. Obama of Illinois and $2.59 million for McCain, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Those figures include donations from the investment companies’ employees and political action committees.
You could really sum thing up with this statement:
The flow of campaign cash is a measure of how open-fisted banks and other financial institutions have been to politicians of both parties. Concern is rising that “no matter who the Democratic nominee is and who wins in November, Wall Street will have a friend in the White House,’ said Massie Ritsch of the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign donations. ‘The door will be open to these big banks.”
Reuters was out there as well, with Wall Street puts its money behind Obama wherein we discover that
Overall, Democrats garnered 57 percent of the contributions from the securities and investment industry. If that trend continued through November, it would mark the first time since 1994 that they have drawn more Wall Street cash than Republicans in a presidential election year, according to the data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Let’s not leave out the NYTimes. In July of 2009, in the article In Washington, One Bank Chief Still Holds Sway they reported
[Raum] Emanuel’s appearance would underscore the pull of Mr. Dimon, who amid the disgrace of his industry has emerged as President Obama’s favorite banker, and in turn, the envy of his Wall Street rivals. It also reflects a good return on what Mr. Dimon has labeled his company’s “seventh line of business” — government relations.” [Jamie Dimon is the head of JP Morgan Chase -ed] And this: “Yet Mr. Dimon helped persuade Mr. Frank and Congress to ease the terms for banks, allowing JPMorgan to repay $25 billion in bailout money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as TARP. He did so by complaining publicly and privately that JPMorgan only reluctantly took the money last year from the Bush administration to avoid stigmatizing more needy banks, and now was being hit with new limits — on hiring skilled foreigners, executive pay and more.
There’s lots more, but why belabor the point? We all know about Øbama’s links to GE, Geithner’s, Orzag’s, and Summers’ connections to prominent Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs etc., etc., etc.
I think Herman Cain has it right: OWS should become OTW (Occupy the White House). This is where the real problem lies. Doubtless, Øbama and the Democrats are biting the hands that fed them but using Wall Street as a scapegoat for the liberal’s economic ineptitude, but if Øbama even looks viable next November, you can be sure these guys will be right there again, feeding the beast and garnering favors in the process.
All while reflexively pointing fingers at Republicans. Let’s look at a more recent article from US News and World Report, titled “Øbama, Democrats Plan to Tie GOP to Wall Street” wherein we learn
The Democratic National Committee is starting what a spokesman called a coordinated attack with the Obama re-election campaign and state parties designed to link Republican presidential candidates to Wall Street.
It’s not so much that they can do this with a straight face, but that a group of “protesters” that claim to be so connected to the real world via the internet are stupid enough to swallow this crap.
Let the games begin.
A magnificent mission of the four-door Navy SEALs, and it took plenty of guts on the part of this president to pull the trigger on this one. But it certainly didn’t take long for the left stream media to take a shot at President Bush. Make no mistake this is a great accomplishment for the young president. But let’s not forget the groundwork and intelligence was laid by the Bush administration. Still, CNN and Democratic Congressman Gary Ackerman couldn’t resist the moment. Video below the fold. Read more
Lots of news stories and blog posts about the teachers unions taking over the Wisconsin State Legislature yesterday and how the Democrats went into hiding to avoid what I suppose is their sworn duty. In reality they did not just hide, they fled the state.