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Tone Deaf

According to George Orwell: “Some ideas are so bad, only a highly intelligent person could believe in them.”  It is becoming vastly apparent that the Obama Administration – from the President on down are indeed “highly intelligent” people.  In addition, they seem to be about as tone deaf as a bucket of dirt.  How and why these folks come up with the cockamamie plans and policies they do is indeed a mystery.

Long anticipated, the Department of Justice is suing Arizona over the recent law regarding illegal immigration.  The Administration has turned a deliberate blind eye toward actually securing the border – for blatant political reasons.  In absolute desperation, Arizona makes a law that enables local law enforcement to verify and turn illegals over to the federal agencies.  Instead of taking the positive actions of improving the border situation, Obama condemns the law and initiates legal action against the state.

Between 60 and 70% of Americans support Arizona’s efforts to assist in enforcing federal law.  By blatant groveling for a few percentage points of the Latino vote, the Administration is insulting every American citizen, native born or immigrant.  If this were an isolated incident – a random misreading of the mood of the electorate – it could be forgiven.  Unfortunately and infuriatingly, it is only the latest affront to the will of the majority of Americans.

This morning, another truly odiferous red herring landed in the news.  Obama never liked NASA or the Space Program.  He basically emasculated it by dumping further Moon trip preparation, ignoring Mars planning, and insisting that the Space Shuttle program not be extended.  He wants the money for “free stuff” that buys votes.  Left with a huge organization with little purpose ready to start handing out pink slips, Obama instructs the Director of NASA to initiate a new mission.  Get ready.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his “foremost” mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.

Here is a short clip that accurately describes this scheme:

What kind of warped world view would motivate a US President to task the National Aeronautics and Space Administration with wet nursing and burping a sector of the world that quit contributing to scientific advancement a thousand years ago?  “Daft” is about the best explanation.

These two examples are just what happened today! Such foolishness has been emerging from the White House for 17 months – Stimulus, Health Care, Cap & Trade, Close Gitmo, terrorist trials in New York, abject incompetence on the Gulf oil spill, multi trillion dollar deficits, automaker bailouts, foreign policy gaffes – the list goes on. The only way to slow this acid bath of loopy, half baked, dangerous policies and actions is to vote this November.


Twelve Provocations

He is bigger than me, nasty, and cruel – the bully, assigned the seat behind me in 4th grade. Every few minutes, he reaches forward and tweaks my ear. I quietly seethe in growing anger, but continue to hope his harassment will cease. It is not to be. In an instant reaction of boiling rage, I rise, whirl, and attack. After getting in a few good hits and some choice words, I am sent to the principal’s office feeling relieved and rather proud.

The Bully

The Bully

The Obama Administration has been tweaking the American people’s ears for 17 months. Each time a new story breaks, it is another drip in the water torture of those who value their country and way of life and wish to preserve it. The retaliation will begin in November. Let’s look at a few of the reasons.

Stimulus Bill: Well north of $800 Billion is committed to this blatant purchase of public employee and union loyalty. The vast bulk of this pork barrel is targeted at maintaining employment in the public sector – not at energizing private, wealth producing industry.

TARP Automaker Bailout: Diverting money from a financial bailout fund, GM and Chrysler were forced into a perverted form of “bankruptcy” directed by the Obama Administration. Bond holders were ripped off and the UAW paid off. Instead of allowing the courts to settle the issues, the Administration propped up zombie companies solely to preserve union pensions, dues, and votes at taxpayer expense.

Blame America First: The President never misses an opportunity either at home or overseas to criticize America for deeds of the past and lecture citizens on the unfairness of our free economy and lifestyles. Americans want a President to lead and support them – not continuously degrade the nation’s accomplishments and the efforts of its entrepreneurs.

Close Guantanamo Bay: This idea was inept foolishness, and has not been accomplished. Americans do not want terrorists on US soil and feel they should be dealt with fairly, by the military, in a far away place.

Terror Trials in NYC: Based on PC instead of common sense, the Administration’s promise to hold the trials of the 9/11 defendants in New York in a civilian court instead of relying on a Military Tribunal has enraged millions. There is no cogent excuse for this decision and the pushback has been massive and widespread.

Health Care Bill: Against the will of the majority of the American people, this monstrous 2700 page bill was passed into law before anyone could read and understand its unintended consequences. Sold partly as a way to “bend the cost curve down”, recent developments have pointed to the exact opposite. Doctors are trying to sell their practices to escape the business. Major firms are charging huge amounts against future earnings, and it is estimated that half of those presently insured will lose the coverage they have within 3 years.

Border Security: The Administration has avoided securing the border apparently for political reasons, the security of the American people and the rule of law be damned. Out of desperation Arizona passed a law to enable local authorities to participate in the apprehension of illegal immigrants and turn them over to ICE. Instead of enforcing Federal law, the Administration is suing Arizona!

Cap & Trade legislation: In the depths of the worst recession since the 1930s, and after candidate Obama’s admission that “energy costs will necessarily skyrocket”, the Administration plans to push for passage of “Cap & Trade”. This will create a huge market in carbon credits ripe for manipulation and punish job creating businesses with crushing increases in costs. It will kill yet more jobs when we least need such results.

Oil Spill response: Two months of uncontrolled oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico has fouled beaches, smothered fish, drowned wildlife, and tossed thousands out of their life’s work. Foreign countries’ offers of aid are spurned by the Administration out of hubris and refusal to suspend the Jones Act. Instead of gathering experts and planning a response, a “commission” consisting of anti-oil zealots is appointed and deep oil drilling is prohibited for 6 months throwing thousands more out of work. There is no direction and no clear lines of authority. Operations and plans by states and municipalities to protect themselves are quashed by federal bureaucracies. Throughout this time, the President plays golf, throws parties, and attends private concerts. The Nero Administration is totally dysfunctional while the greatest environmental catastrophe in America’s history runs amok with no coordinated reaction.

Spending: No Administration in history has spent more money, most of borrowed from China and future generations, than this one. The Federal Budget Deficit has quadrupled on an annual basis and these tankers full of red ink are projected as far as the eye can see. This has to be reversed immediately by stopping the Administration in its tracks before the plunge toward national bankruptcy and the destruction of our children’s’ future is irrevocable.

Tax Increases: The Administration is rubbing its hands together awaiting an expected increase in revenue from the expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts. Unfortunately the consequence is that businesses are allocating as much revenue as possible into 2010, and hoarding cash. This is a recipe for compounding and prolonging the recession since money on the sidelines cannot create jobs through purchasing and expansion.

McChrystal Article: The Afghan people live in and prefer the 7th century. Attempting to drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st goes against their grain. They have proudly defeated outside invaders for a thousand years and see no reason to quit now. Presidential preferences (Bush and Obama) to eliminate opium cultivation, turn Islam from a lifestyle into a religion, stand up a secular democracy, and eliminate the Taliban may be a bridge too far. Obama already canned one general, and now fires McChrystal over an article in which the general and his staff let their guards down badly. This is not the President’s fault directly, but the overlapping and confused lines of authority between the military and various civilian officials are similar to the oil spill debacle. The apparent lack of direct leadership and control from the Oval Office cannot help but add to the impression that the Administration is in way over its head.

Foreign Relations: The act of sending the Churchill bust back to England and presenting schlocky DVDs to the British Prime Minister was crass. The ill treatment of the Israeli Prime Minister was inexcusable. Pulling the plug on missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic was pathetic, and expecting the Iranian Mullahs to abandon their nuclear ambitions by smiling at them is naive at best. Dissing Honduras after the court legally deposed a President and leaving Columbia twisting in the wind on trade are alerting our historical allies that the US is not a dependable partner. Bowing to foreign heads of state is unacceptable conduct by an American President. Jimmy Carter may yet live to see himself elevated in history by the abject performance of this President.

The Obama Administration is the bully, the American people; its victims. Our ears are stinging from this continued abuse. As Americans it is our duty to the nation and its future to whirl and fight back. Your opportunity to vote this November must not be missed.

Drop in the Bucket

Obama is leaning hard on the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law that was passed in response to the federal government’s refusal to fulfill its obligations. He objects because in his opinion, the law has “the possibility of racial profiling” within it. How about the “possibility” of drug crime, property crime, human trafficking, kidnapping, murders, rapes, and gang activity that it might help prevent? Both his Attorney General and Homeland Security Secretary have admitted they never read the Arizona law after denouncing it for weeks. Obama’s mouthpiece says that the President has read it, but he is still complaining. Obama admits that immigration is a federal responsibility, but flatly refuses to lift a finger to address the problem.

The President  is pandering to the Hispanic vote even though nearly 80% of Americans support border enforcement. Below is one question from a FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll that specifically asks if law enforcement can or should ask for proof of legal status.

35. Do you favor or oppose requiring people to show documents proving their immigration status if government officials have reasonable cause to ask for them?
Favor                        Oppose                                 (Don’t know)
18-19 May 10                    84%                             13                                                         2
Democrats                         75%                             21                                                         3
Republicans                      95%                               4                                                          1
Independents                  82%                             15                                                          3

Obviously President Obama and his Administration are poles apart from the will of the American people on this subject.

Last week Mexican Presidente Felipe Calderon flayed the Arizona law in front of a joint session of Congress. Democrats, including the Homeland Security Secretary, Attorney General, and Vice President arose and gave a standing ovation. These people are so far out on a limb, gravity is about to step in and teach them a lesson.

Listen very carefully to Calderon’s exact words toward the end of the clip: Of the weapons we have been able to trace, 80% came from the United States.” This is true, but only part of the story. Most of the weapons confiscated in Mexico’s drug wars cannot be traced because they came from places outside the US and no records of serial numbers are available. Many of the weapons captured like rocket launchers, grenades, machine guns, and automatic rifles are not sold in the US at all.

Now that you have seen Congressional Democrats making fools of themselves; take a peek at Calderon’s explanation of how illegals are handled in Mexico. The kicker is the last sentence – “We send back them!”:

It looks as if Arizona is enforcing nothing that Mexico is not already doing. Following a meeting today with Senate Republicans, President Obama announced he was requesting 1,200 National Guard troops to be stationed at the Mexican border.

That is not protection; it is merely a face saving pinprick. He wants to look tough while having as little resulting enforcement as possible.

Your US Attorney General

Attorney general Eric Holder must have been born with his shoelaces tied together. The man cannot make a cogent statement about anything to anyone on any subject. Apparently a lifetime in the hothouse of PC groupthink has left him mentally two- blocked. Why in the world would a President who is trying to do the best he can for the country select and keep such a pathetic incompetent in the highest law enforcement office in the land?

President Obama and Mr. Holder have lost no opportunity to flail Arizona’s new law enhancing enforcement against illegal immigration. Obama says that American citizens will be harassed and rounded up when they take their kids out for ice cream. Holder insists that the Law will lead to all sorts of awful consequences including the dreaded “Racial Profiling.” He has gone way out on a limb criticizing the law numerous times. Now he gets quizzed up on it by a persistent House Member:

Repeatedly trashing a law that he knows nothing about, never having read it, is pretty dumb; not to mention embarrassing. Mr. Holder also seems to have a huge selective blind spot when it comes to radical Islam and the damage done and attempted by attackers with proven ties to Islam, radicalism, and overseas terrorism influence and training:

Holder is not a moron. In fact, he is “too clever by half.” Holder’s problem is that he is supposed to be protecting the American people – a fact that seems to have a pretty low priority in his mind and his Department of Justice. He is acting more like a slime-ball politician then a law enforcement official. How long and for what possible reason can he stay in office? One idea:

Holder makes an ideal foil, or lightning rod that deflects direct criticism away from President Obama. As long as everyone is stunned by what comes out of his mouth, what actions and/or inactions he is responsible for – no one has the time or attention span to dump on the President directly. Clinton kept the pathetic Janet Reno in office supposedly after she promised to try to keep the hounds at bay on his own legal problems. Obama obviously keeps Holder around so the hounds have an alternative target to bite.

If Obama does tie the can to Holder, be careful what you wish for. The next AG might not be any improvement.

Then and Now

Huey Long rose to power in the grinding years of the Great Depression on promises of wealth redistribution. He firmly believed that the economic pie was finite, and that the “haves” of the day only got that way by taking from the “have-nots.” His motto was “Every Man a King”, and he spread his mantra far and wide garnering enthusiastic support from those suffering truly hard times with no end in sight. Long had a rather direct outlook on how to overcome his political adversaries. “I used to try to get things done by saying “please.”  Now…I dynamite ’em out of my path.”

Barack Obama rose from obscurity to the highest office in the land with similar methods. He has great charisma and an outlook similar to Long’s. He also believes that wealth earned or possessed by those of means was somehow stolen from the more deserving poor. The destitution of certain sectors of society is in Obama’s view; not the result of their own actions or lack thereof, but instead the fault of those better off.

President Obama seems to enjoy the role of demagogue; railing against bankers, doctors, insurance companies, financial executives, and even a Cambridge cop who arrested one of his pals. He is pushing for yet higher taxes on “the rich” while doubling the Food Stamp program, increasing domestic discretionary spending by 25%, and borrowing almost $3 Trillion to fund his policies.

President Obama sincerely believes that bigger government, more regulation, and massive deficit spending will cure all ills. His cabinet members and assorted “czars” with similar views encourage him to frantically push huge legislative acts toward law as fast as possible knowing their window will close with the loss of Congress in 2011. If he is successful at enacting Cap & Trade, Financial Reform, and Immigration Reform on top of Health Care, our national economy will be choking on the myriad unintended consequences of thousands of pages of new laws and regulations. An exponential expansion of debt and entitlement promises that will destroy our future accompanies these grandiose visions of European style “social justice”.

Here are 3 short clips where President Obama states his true intentions prior to the election. Americans should have paid a bit more attention then:

Governor Long and President Obama share important similarities. Both had admirable charisma when campaigning, and promised: “If you vote for me I will give you free stuff”. Both skillfully wielded the weapon of demonizing their chosen targets – the “rich”, the business world, and, and their political opponents. Lastly, they share a compelling need to exercise total power over their opponents. Ramming Health Care through Congress with procedural legerdemain against the will of nearly 60% of the American people comes pretty close to “dynamite them out of my path.”

Now have a quick peek at the dirty baggage the Obama Administration has empowered. If this does not shock the beejesus out of any sane American – nothing will:

Ray of Hope

Danny Westneat of The Seattle Times did a wonderful follow-up story on a kennel cleaning job that went to an 18-year old kid. (Link Below) Nearly 300 other people had applied for the job, some highly experienced and educated. The young man realized that his family couldn’t pay the bills. Giving up his leisure hours of computer games, soccer, skateboarding, and hanging out; the lad stepped up and applied for jobs until he was accepted. Now his days in high school are followed by evenings and weekends at the kennel. He and every other person who tried for that cleaning job are truly inspirational. They are examples of what made this country great and what will emerge as the glue that holds it together.

Somehow, over the past 50 years, Americans have gotten the idea that every kid has to go to college and end up as some sort of professional big shot. Dilbert cartoons and The Office TV show should give us a clue. Many young folks would be financially better off and much happier driving a truck instead of sitting in a cramped cubicle for a living. Today’s parents and kids think that manual trades such as laboring on a construction site, running a forklift, or driving nails in new homes are beneath them. Most kids these days live a life sheltered from any sort of hard, rewarding work. Parents provide their offspring with all their desires, drive them to and from sports events, feed and clothe them, buy them a car at 16, and often provide funds for higher education whether the child is suited for it or not.

Those whose parents are unable to provide college are urged to take on huge student loans that cripple them financially for years after graduation – if they manage that. Being pushed into college often leads to ineffectual majors like Folklore or Gender and Women’s Studies instead of mathematics, engineering, or science. How many times do we see rudderless graduates with esoteric degrees moving in with mom & dad awaiting their inheritance? We end up with “boomerang kids” who were raised that way by “helicopter parents.” These young people ended up that way because the work ethic was not instilled in them at a young age. The burning desire to succeed was extinguished before it could ever become a strength; replaced instead by a warped sense of unearned self esteem and entitlement.

Why do we have over 12 million illegal aliens doing the jobs “Americans won’t do”? See the above. You won’t see young Americans plucking chickens, milking cows, digging ditches, or pounding on factory doors willing to start out sweeping up and cleaning grease pits. All this while willing immigrants, from around the world show up, do what they are asked, and don’t talk back. Legal or otherwise, we have to admire these people for their grit and determination, and thank them for contributing to our economy – because many of our young adults will do neither.

Democrats badly want an immigration reform law that will turn aliens into voters. Business owners want the same because they need manual labor to do the tough jobs young Americans have been bred to avoid. Until we disabuse ourselves of this dangerous and asinine idea that every American kid must go to college, the immigration problem will be with us

How long since you have seen a native born American standing outside Home Depot looking for a day job? Here is a spoof on that situation you will enjoy:

Here is the link to Danny Westneat’s great Column:

Immigrant Symptom

Do we really have an immigration problem? Are some 12 million illegal aliens presently participating in our economy in legitimate ways? Are high tech firms filling up the H1B visa slots just because they seek political correct “diversity”? Do businesses turn a blind eye to bogus documentation and hire illegals just because they work cheap? What we really have here is an immigrant symptom to an American problem.

Our immigrant situation is brought on and propelled by recent generations of native born Americans and not the fault of businesses, greedy CEOs, or consumers demanding the cheapest products available produced by sweat shop labor paid by the piece.  These immigrants are here for one main reason – Americans either cannot perform or refuse to do the work required. 

We as a nation have been breeding the work ethic out of our younger generations.  What we end up with are 20 somethings with no skills, no work ethic, and little motivation, coupled with a warped sense of entitlement.  Many get out of college with no work experience, never having been tested under the mild demands of a workplace or the more structured discipline of military service.  A 22 year old young adult who has been provided with every luxury at no personal cost can be a real drag on productivity when expected to show up on time, work for a minimum of 8 hours, and go the extra mile under pressure when required.

Our K-12 educational system has shed the concept that some students might be better off learning metal shop and instead emphasize that everyone should go to college.  Grade inflation and mindless hours dedicated to instruction in everything from diversity awareness to sex education have deemphasized preparation for true college level studies.  Teachers are forced to tolerate disruptive and/or slow learner types and are often threatened with lawsuits by helicopter parents if “Little Johnny” does not get good grades.  Spineless administrators fear the lawyers and the NEA and buckle under the least pressure; refusing to back a teacher who tries to do the right thing.  This is a complete disservice to any student able and willing to learn, and sets bad examples for the entire student body. 

Laws setting minimum wages and regulating the hours and kinds of work that can be done by younger people choke off any chance of gaining valuable experience at an early and impressionable age.  At 14, this writer worked in a newspaper shop running cutters, folders, and melting lead for linotype machines from after school till after midnight.  The minimum wage was $1.00 and I was proud to have a real job at $.75 per hour.  After 2 years, I got fired for being a borderline employee.  It hurt badly at the time, but I am still in debt for the marvelous character building experience and lesson in life that taught. 

The jobs kids held in the ‘60s are now done by low skilled immigrants.  These people are to be admired, not condemned, for working hard in menial jobs in hopes to propel their children onto bigger and better futures.  If American young people would take these entry level jobs, the need for low skilled immigrants would be far less than it is today. 

Who shovels up dairy barns, delivers newspapers, mows lawns, parks cars, cleans gutters, sweeps warehouses, installs roofing, plants landscaping, digs post holes, or picks produce? “Not me” said the little American boy.  It is much easier to get fat playing computer games, watching the tube, hanging around the mall, or experimenting with drugs than pushing carts at the local grocery.  Who has any true motivation to find hard work at low wages when; if daddy did not save up for college, an easily obtainable student loan will pay the freight.  This allows “Little Johnny” to avoid useful employment experience for four additional years, maybe learning, and most likely partying.   

Talented immigrants have always filled a need in our robust economy and it is the dearth of motivated, able American graduates that forces Bill Gates to cull the globe for code writers and executives to run Microsoft.  Unskilled immigrants are filling the needs formerly satisfied by eager American teens saving for a first car or a higher education.  It is time to reexamine the way our young people are being raised, educated, and supported.

Most American kids enter the world like hatchery salmon, unequipped to best the competition from other countries that worked their way up since childhood and landed a job in America.  We owe our children a disciplined rigorous education and the opportunity to find and experience the work environment.  The quicker they are forced and allowed to take the first steps toward true independence and personal responsibility, the better off they and America will become.