Thursday, July 5, 2012

It's Thursday...

what's going on.

Romney considering women for VP pick?  So says Ann Romney. My guess?  Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

E.J. Dionne said some pretty alarming (and stupid) things  yesterday.  Mr. G Guy does an admirable job fishing his article:  Taking One For The Team…Read E.J.Dionne’s Latest So You Don’t Have To

The Wall Street Journal has an article,  Romney's Tax Confusion, claiming his use of the word "tax" as related to the Obamacare mandate is politically damaging.
If Mitt Romney loses his run for the White House, a turning point will have been his decision Monday to absolve President Obama of raising taxes on the middle class. He is managing to turn the only possible silver lining in Chief Justice John Roberts's ObamaCare salvage operation—that the mandate to buy insurance or pay a penalty is really a tax—into a second political defeat.  read the rest if you have time to waste
Really?  You think the average schmoo in this country cares one whit whether it's called a tax or a penalty, or even reads the Wall Street Journal for that matter - if they can read at all?  I would venture a guess that way more than 50% of the peeps don't even know there was a Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the mandate.

Here's what these people care about:  What's it going to cost me and what am I going to get for free. Right now they think they're going to get "free" health insurance and "free" health care just like they get "free" cell phones, 99 weeks of unemployment, payouts for illegitimate children, and food stamps.

Our biggest enemy in this country is not the government.  Our biggest enemy is the MSM which continues to protect Obama and who will soon (very, very soon) start telling the great unwashed how wonderful Obamacare will be and how much free stuff they'll be getting.  Our second biggest enemy is the ignorance and apathy of the average voter.

[...]That's why Mitt Romney's initial response -- "I will repeal Obamacare" -- is a loser, pure and simple. You can argue until the cows come home that Obamacare will ruin small businesses, cripple medical innovation, and create long waiting lines in doctors' offices. The majority simply isn't interested. All that is still way down the line and maybe we'll be smarter than Europe and Canada and do it differently. To most people, the important thing is: "The government is now going to help pay for my healthcare. I'll probably get something out of it." Democrats are smart. They know what they're doing. Once these benefits are promised, people will stick with them whether they materialize or not. Even though the British live in a system where you have to wait six months to have a root-canal done on an aching tooth, they still think they have the greatest medical system in the world. After all, it's free.

Daniel Greenfield, over at Sultan Knish, sums it up beautifully in his article A Country of Free Men or Free Things. 
There is a big difference between a free country and a country of free things. You can have one or the other, but you can’t have both. A free country isn’t obsessed with free riders, only a country of free things obsesses with making everyone pay their fair share for the benefit of the people who want the free things. The rugged individualism of Colonial America has given way to stifling crowds, co-dependent on each other, lined shoulder to shoulder, clutching at each other’s wallets, crying, “Take from him and give to me.”

We are a nation overflowing with the right to things paid for with other people’s money. A nation where the government gives you food, housing and education; while Walmart gives you cheap products made in China, that used to be made in America, back when people were able to afford health care, housing and food without having to pick each other’s pockets.  read it all, it's excellent

Randall Hoven explains how this works: How Statists Are Getting Away with It

If our statists can be patient and accept incrementalism as a strategy, they can convince enough people enough of the time that conservatives are unnecessarily alarmist, that economic growth is compatible with big government, and that things are actually getting better, probably because of big government.

In the meantime, they'll be taking about half of everything, and you won't know you could have been a lot better off without them.

It's an awesome strategy.  It's about 80 years old now, and working like a charm.  more
 I have a different view point of what's going on, since I am older than many of my readers. I will be 67 years old in December, and I share with others in my age group and older, the dismay of the vast devastation that is occurring in our society, while also realizing that each successive generation has less and less reason to be aware of what is going on.

Our Marxist government-run schools teach our children that America is not exceptional; that we are racist, homophobic, greedy, and, well, just plain mean.  Isn't that what the disgracefully angry woman married to the president is always saying?

My suggestion to all you folks under the age of 40 is to find the closest "old" person you can find and ask them what it was like in 1945 or 1950 and write it down.  All too often, the older generation is ignored, or worse, told they have faulty memories of the past and that things weren't all that great back then. How dismissive! You might as well just say we suffer from collective senility.

The greatest lessons I learned were from my mother as I begged to hear stories of the "roaring twenties" (including speakeasies and gangsters), the depression, and what it was like growing up from the perspective of someone born in 1913, while she always reminded me that was her perspective.

For instance, in her world, even though her family was far from wealthy, the depression was something happening to other people.  Her life was merry and full of activities and college. Do you think people calling into Dave Ramsey's show, those who are clearing up their debt on a salary of 150K, think there is a depression going on now?  But ask a recent college graduate who can't find a job he thinks is worthy of his or her useless degree about the economy, and you'll hear a different story. 

These young people need to hear someone my age say, "Hey, Crackerhead, we didn't all pop out of high school or college and expect to immediately get our dream job.  We expected to work our way up and if that meant working two (or in my case three) jobs, well, so be it.  We also didn't expect to buy a home we couldn't afford, an over-priced brand new car, and designer clothes.  We expected to pay for things with real money since credit cards weren't invented until the 1950's.  We expected to save for what we wanted. We expected to get married before having children and we expected to pay for the delivery, and mom was actually looking forward to staying home and raising children rather than warehousing them in a daycare.  They also didn't think that was demeaning.  Capisce?"

The people who are 65 and up are the last best hope for this country.  We are the last generation who were taught to think and the "elites" are anxious for us to die.  The dumbing down of the populace was by design and done deliberately.  Illiteracy, both functionally and historically, is their weapon. When we are gone, there will be few who will remember the past as it really was. It is up to my generation to speak up loud and clear or it will be too late.

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Rob Janicki, over at Capitalist Preservation, has a question for his readers.
I have some simple questions for readers of Capitalist Preservation.  How will Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito and possibly Kennedy, view Chief Justice Roberts going forward?  Will they trust him and his reasoning and logic to uphold the Constitution?  How can justices ever prevail in the future of the Supreme Court, when the Chief Justice has simply made up facts not in evidence in a case, as witnessed by his decision and convoluted circumlocution in the Obamacare decision?  read the rest
From the Understatement of the Century Department

From Fox News: 

Efforts to implement ObamaCare law raise concerns of massive government expansion

"Raise concerns?"  Is that the best they can do with a headline?

They've already spent over a billion dollars, none of which I might add, has done a thing to improve access to health insurance.  It did, however, manage to add 13,000 pages of regulations.  And we also have about 16,000 new IRS agents to oversee this mess.  Wow, that's just who I want overseeing my health care.

People are starting to ask the question I raised days ago: 

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