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Political Tipping Point
As with all politics of late, a great and grand crisis looms, it is the modus operandi of the current administration. Our conundrum has been framed like a B western movie; shall the good guys (Democrats) continue to pay the ever expanding list of entitlements and pet programs or fall prey to the sinister and evil Tea Party thugs who wish to push the poor and downtrodden back into the work camps of self reliance?
Really?? No not really, this is what happens when message trumps substance. The Demagogic Democrats have been handed their scripts, associate the Tea Party as radicals, position yourself as the defender of Medicare and Medicade, place Social Security in that Gore lock box and call the opposition rigid and unyielding, and most of all, repeat after me, “fair and balanced”.
This my friends is the change they believe in, never mind our government as a whole is borrowing 60 cents of every dollar spent just to service the mounting debt, never mind bureaucratic laden agencies such as the Department of Education, EPA, Amtrac, USPS, and the litany of others rife with inefficiency, we need to save these vital and crucial agencies?
In a phrase: sorry but that dog won’t hunt. The message and answers are really simple; do we as a nation continue to “feed the beast” of rampant government growth, or do we begin to lay the foundation of accountability of the governing process.
This process of accountability began as a loosely formed group of individuals spurred on by the rant which at the time seemed like nothing more than another talking head venting his anger at government oppression; thus spawned the Tea Party.
The Tea Party is not a Republican platform, it does not consist of anarchist, it is not radical, it is the voice of frustration created by the never ending insular government leadership who fail to recognize the voice of the people. To minimize its presence, to attack it’s viability, is a large miscalculation by its oppressors that is clearly based in the fear that finally a large majority of active individuals has had enough!
Regardless of how the manufactured passion play on the raising of the debt ceiling is resolved, more and more individuals realize a power shift is underway, we as a people are returning to a land governed by the people, and that reality has, and should strike fear in the political base for now they are accountable and no amount of polling catch phrases will stop that process.
Considering the Democratic loss in Massachusetts which is considered the bastion of Democratic ideology you would think Obama and his handlers would give more than lip service to the media about their current negative tact and direction.
Initial finger-pointing was directed at Coakley where the Obama brain trust used every adjective possible to distance themselves from the dramatic loss of “Ted Kennedys” seat, but wait their always is George Bush and the last eight year drama they can leverage!
In the usual highly scripted Obama response the same sing songy Obama style language was directed at “the mess we inherited”, where blame or abdication thereof was placed firmly on the door step of the Bush administration, only this time the tread has fallen off the track.
Two times Obama has been inserted at the last moment to save the day, it happened in NJ and now MA, but Obama’s eloquent power of words and actions do not meet, he is asking voters to trust him, then in the same breath he projects blame to the past administration shunning all responsibility. By taking this approach Obama continues to insult the intelligence of the American public, and cement the glaring fact that leadership is not his strong suit.
Victor Davis Hanson is dead on when he states “I believe President Clinton provided some crucial insight when he said, “people would rather be with someone who is strong and wrong than weak and right.” It’s not that people are uninterested in who’s right or wrong, it’s that people will only follow leaders who seem to actually believe in what they are doing. Democrats have missed this essential fact”
Hanson goes on to state about Obama’s style “A technocracy – many Ivy-League-educated and without much experience outside academia and government – pushes legislation most people do not want but is nevertheless judged to be good for them.”
Clearly a detached elitist view when people are treated as ignorant children to be told what is correct and that they should be glad that Obama’s “benevolent guidance” is being offered, also to accept Obamas efforts because they are what Obama chose to pursue and are good for the people regardless of what those very same people may think!
Continuing on the elite theme, and like all great “Utopian kings” they exempt themselves from their own laws, all hail the King!
In a continued effort to focus on past mistakes or the perceived weakness of the Bush years, Obama has directed his negative hit machine on the bank bailouts, along with the evil Wall Street bankers. It is important to note Obama, Gethner, and Summers all bought into TARP with Obama signing the bill while he was still a Senator, so more of the same double speak when the rubber hits the road from this administration.
Both JFK and Clinton faced the same challenges in their first year, both were able to adapt and thrive, for all intent and purpose Obama should be able to do the same. But as of today Obama’s efforts are beginning to resemble the old adage, “he is just a one trick pony”, we have three more years to figure that one out, but the ponies feed bag has become one vote short of a meal, and this will make Obama’s “change we can believe in” all that more difficult, anyone know what time the Bush re-runs are on?
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It was reported by Johna Goldberg this morning that Newsweek Magazine has enlisted the services of President Obama to write a piece on the current tragedy in Haiti. Although a noble cause, and truth be told Obama will have one of his staffers write the piece, this request is further evidence of the blurring of the lines between the press and the political process.
Also of note is the fact that in the past Newsweek has had a rather aggressive tilt in their coverage of Obama and his administration. The question that comes to mind is; why not just issue a press release which is normal SOP in cases similar to Haiti’s tragedy. Considering this point, the next viable question is what is the motive or payoff for the exclusive scoop to Newsweek?
Payoff: Newsweek is one of Obama’s top supporters, they have kowtowed and idolized Obama from the beginning, the bill is now being called due now that Newsweeks redesign and change of focus is coming out of the gate. They need a home run to pull this off, what better way than to plaster Obama’s face on their newly redesigned rag.
Motivation: All kidding aside, Obama loves Obama, no mirror is safe, I can see the Prez in 20 years (living in exile) paging through all the covers he garnered while in office, the man is a narcissist plain and simple.
Not to dilute the crisis in Haiti, but this is not the best use of office to be pandering to the media, I don’t think the subscription rate in Haiti will increase due to this article, and by now becoming Author In Chief it further degrades the office of President.
Now if I can only find that recipe piece by Lincoln, or was that FDR, no Trueman, I am making the President some humble pie!
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I am adverse in giving David Brooks any further attention, but…several adjectives come to mine; vapid, pseudo intellectual, narcissistic self professed “educated class” blowhole, pop to the surface rather quickly. Dave penned Tea Party Teens yesterday a wispy, dare I say view of anyone outside the liberal print media is uneducated kind of article, or as Dave phrases it a “fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against”.
Nice tat Dave here is the tit, Dave your rather snooty opinion carries no more weight than any other talking head, and for you to get all intellectual on our lowly tea party asses, deserves a dual, (of words). Below lets address just a schooch of the lofty observations you alledge, point counter point, game on.
DAVE: The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year.
MP: So then Dave you are saying the left, educated class as you put it is moving to the right, but the right is a “fractious confederation of Americans” does that not make the right smarter?
DAVE: The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting.
MP: First, yes, yes, yes on the oppositions stand, heres why, and let’s ponder a little. Global warming, the educated class believes this because they believe in science, things they can prove, just look at all the evidence, this Dave is the limitation of the elite intellect, and your liberal moonbattedness, (yes I know it is not a word). Truth be told, even with the best science of the day, no one can prove this is not a normal cycle the earth is going through and there is little we can do to stop it, that’s the fatalist view, but this opinion is one that is making it’s rounds among the edumacated folk. Before we tax the middle class into oblivion, more definitive unbiased information needs to be reviewed, remember scientist don’t get paid if they do not receive grants to do such.
DAVE: The story is the same in foreign affairs. The educated class is internationalist, so isolationist sentiment is now at an all-time high, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The educated class believes in multilateral action, so the number of Americans who believe we should “go our own way” has risen sharply.
MP: Dave lots of people are trying to kill us, America has been the have’s to the worlds have not’s that fact doesn’t engender a great deal of good will from third world nations. In the past to overcome this label the U.S. government has either thrown money at the problem, or become occupiers, neither of which is in the best interest of the effected party or the United States.
DAVE: The tea party movement is a large, fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against. They are against the concentrated power of the educated class. They believe big government, big business, big media and the affluent professionals are merging to form self-serving oligarchy — with bloated government, unsustainable deficits, high taxes and intrusive regulation.
MP: Large group, yes, fractious confederation, naw, real people Dave, one’s that work for a living or have worked hard and are tired of being taxes without representation best describes the Tea Party Movement. As to the second part, is that a trick question, remember I am a fractious confederate, but either you are trying to fool us bumpkins or we agree on; “they believe big government, big business, big media and the affluent professionals are merging to form self-serving oligarchy — with bloated government, unsustainable deficits, high taxes and intrusive regulation”. Why would anyone want big government Dave, it costs to much and is highly inefficient, big business, hey I am all for that, what my kind do not care for is unfair competition garnered by backroom political dealings with the help of lobbyist, and lastly we have been living in an “oligarchy” since JP Morgan, John D Rockefeller, and Senator Nelson W. Aldrich met on Jekyll Island in 1910 setting the ground work for the Federal Reserve, so woops too late we have been an oligarchy for 100 years now!
Chances are Dave you will never read this post and that is a shame, like you I have an opinion, and that opinion is you have been running in elite circles so long you have sorely lost touch with middle America. In fact I would say you fear middle America, why else would you be so condescending in your article about the tea party movement? Time to come down off that pedestal and talk to a few of us folk, you might be surprised at how cogent we can be when motivated by what middle America see’s as high crimes and treason being committed by our elected officials. No hurry though, we don’t tire easy or give up when our freedom is at stake, take your time, maybe after cocktails at the club you could squeeze us in.
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Politico is reporting that the Democrat-Republican duo of Senator Chris Dodd and Sen Richard Shelby have been working diligently behind the scenes in an effort to produce a workable “bipartisan” financial reform bill. The bills talking points are listed below.
• “We seek to end ‘Too Big to Fail.’”
• “We need to protect American taxpayers from future bailouts by enhancing our resolution regime.”
• “We agree that consumer protections need to be strengthened.”
• “We believe that our regulatory structure needs to be modernized and streamlined while preserving the dual-banking system.”
• “We agree that the Federal Reserve should be more focused on its core responsibility — conducting monetary policy.”
• “And finally, we need to modernize regulation and oversight of the derivatives market.”
Dodd’s first attempt was focused on the development of a single agency which was backed by the Obama administration which would have had oversight over the new agency. Republican deference of further consolidation of power under the presidents control was attacked quickly and efficiently by key Republican members, so much so that Dodd requested top members break into two member bi-partisan teams in an effort to find consensus.
Both Dodd and Shelby went on to state, “These talks have been extremely productive.” Many had feared that with Dodd and Frank involved the process would mirror the dissension of the health care debate, so far cooperation and bi-partisanship have been the rule.
Not unlike health care, many industry insiders and economists are of the opinion that the banking system has sufficient “watch dog” agencies, and the problems of the current crisis was due to political interference, and K street lobbyist. Several attempts as early as 2004 were proffered to the Senate Banking Committee addressing most if not all of the problems that caused the bursting of the housing bubble, which were blocked by both Dodd and Frank who were deep in the pockets of the banking industry, and their K street schwag merchants.
Regardless if the new financial reform is just window dressing to distract attention from the real cause of the housing crisis, it is refreshing to see that both parties appear to working in concert to ostensibly improve oversight. The final bill will be the answer to the new found bi-partisan love fest, but given the blood letting over health care the bills effectiveness is highly doubtful.
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To further confuse the issue, with the paper still wet from Obama’s signature, the lefts old pal Denny K. is rumored to be developing the following; “Pelosi said she expects Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, to introduce a resolution calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. That will probably be the first vote the House takes on this issue”.
Blind worship be dammed, the rats need a job in 2010 and 2012, and with Obama’s poll numbers free falling to historic levels for the first year President, the exodus for the ropes will be like the doors opening at Fileans after Christmas sale!
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