Stomaching Change

“What Republicans don’t often do well is focus on, ‘How do we win?’” said Texas senator Ted Cruz, speaking to bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington Tuesday afternoon.

He’s right about that. Most Republicans are wanting to appease or please or snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Don’t want to offend anyone, after all….

Cruz says he is focused on winning on Republicans’ most important issue, Obamacare, by pushing to defund the whole law in this fall’s upcoming budget battle. “I think defunding Obamacare, the fight in the next 62 days, is likely to prove the most important battle that this Congress faces,” Cruz said.

Last week, Cruz introduced legislation to strip appropriations bills of all funding of Obamacare and is threatening to hold up Congress’s next budget fight over the issue. Cruz said this budget battle is the “best” and perhaps the “last” chance for conservatives to cripple the law.

“If we don’t do it now, in all likelihood, we never will,” Cruz said. “On January 1, the exchanges kick in and the subsidies kick in, and the Obama administration’s plan is very simple. It is to get as many Americans as they can addicted to the subsidies, addicted to the sugar, because they know that in modern times, no major entitlement, once it was implemented, has ever been unwound.”

Polls show that while Americans oppose Obamacare and support repealing and delaying the law, fewer support defunding it. Asked about this, Cruz dismissed the polls and said it’s incumbent on conservatives to “stand and fight” and make a public appeal.

But the nerdy Republicans would have to stand up to the school bully first. Because the massive onslaught will be worse than at Omaha Beach on D-Day. The defense of the Holy Grail of Progressive Liberalism will be all out Nuclear War. Do the Republican have the stomach for War?

I kind of doubt it.

Then ObamaCare become reality and it will NEVER EVER Go away. And this country will never be the same.

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Who Is Racist?

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

 

Sequester Jester

The sequester has “cost jobs,” says President Obama, and “gutted investments in education and science and medical research.” But somehow he’s earmarked $500 million for Hamas terrorists.

Circumventing Congress and with no fanfare, President Obama last week issued an executive order enabling him to send an additional $500 million directly to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank — much of which you can bet will wind up going to the Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization.

But the White House Tours are still closed! 🙂

According to Obama, “it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of” Congress’ legislative restrictions “in order to provide funds . .. to the Palestinian Authority.”

At the beginning of his first term, Obama promised close to $1 billion in aid to the Palestinian Authority, with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledging none of it would reach Hamas.

But the Hebrew-language newspaper Yediot Acharonot has documented that tens of millions of dollars in aid for the PA — from Israel — ended up being used by Hamas for weapons. If Israel can’t guarantee its own aid is safe, how can we?

What’s more, back in February, the president was warning that the “meat cleaver” of the impending budget sequester of automatic spending cuts would “jeopardize our military readiness” — the budget ax having amazingly already “forced the Navy to delay an aircraft carrier that was supposed to deploy to the Persian Gulf” even before it came into effect.

Sequester was going to force the government to “let criminals go,” Obama claimed, jeopardize “air traffic controllers and airport security,” cause tens of thousands of parents “to scramble to find child care,” and put “hundreds of thousands of Americans” at greater risk of cancer and flu.

Well, the sequester has been supposedly devastating the functions of the federal government for nearly five months now.

And yet the president just managed to pull a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money out of the U.S. Treasury’s hat to fund further an organization that will likely finance more rockets to kill Israeli citizens on their home soil.

When Hamas started winning elections, a realistic Bush administration wisely determined that the ballot box was no road to peace in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip anytime soon.

President Obama, on the other hand — not unlike Jimmy Carter’s policies toward communists in Central America — thinks we can bribe these thugs into civilizing themselves.

That in fact was the whole ethos of his 2009 “New Beginning” speech at Cairo University. Obama opened the door to the subsequent “Arab Spring” that has seen regimes friendly to the U.S. be replaced with Islamists.

Muslim Brotherhood flunky Mohamed Morsi’s rule was threat enough for the Egyptian military to step in, and Morsi now finds himself accused of colluding with — guess who? — Hamas.

In Syria, the White House was convinced that the wild card of Islamist rebels taking control was preferable to menacing secularist dictator Bashar al-Assad; in Libya, Muammar Gadhafi, whose nuclear weapons program was neutralized by the Bush administration’s aggressive waging of the global war on terror, was replaced by an Islamist regime that remains a question mark.

Now, for the sake of restarting negotiations with Palestinians this week after a three-year hiatus, the Israeli government is releasing over 100 Arab militants, some sentenced to life, whose crimes include throwing firebombs at a bus carrying children and stabbing and shooting elderly Jews.

As Israeli Economic Minister Naftali Bennett quipped to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, it amounts to freeing “a hundred terrorists for a process. We are showing the world that, for us, everything is negotiable.”

Thanks to President Obama, it’s a hundred terrorists and $500 million. Apparently, neither Israeli pride nor American budget constraints can stop the appeasement of Islamist terrorists. (IBD)

Another story has emerged out of the Department of Defense that the economic consequences from sequestration will be less dire than what was predicted. DoD initially projected that there would be 22 furlough days for government employees.

First predictions out of DoD were that there would need to be up to 22 furlough days. That was revised down to 11 days, which has now been cut to 6-8. In total, the original projection was an exaggeration of over 300%.

This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s been paying attention. the Obama Administration ordered executive agencies not to contradict the official Administration line to try to make sequestration appear as painful as possible.

The Washington Post catalogued the predictions for sequestration that were and weren’t coming true. In total, they found that just 11 of 48 predictions had come true. Time to update those revisions! (Townhall)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/they-said-the-sequester-would-be-scary-mostly-they-were-wrong/2013/06/30/73bdbbfc-da7a-11e2-8ed8-7adf8eba6e9a_story.html

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell


 

The Light

Once again, the President likes to blame everyone else for the lack of success he has seen when it comes to Obamacare.

“But until then, when we’re getting outspent four to one and people are just uncertain about what all this means for them, we’re going to continue to have some polls like that,” Obama said. “And me just making more speeches explaining it in and of itself won’t do it. The test of this is going to be is it working. And if it works, it will be pretty darn popular.”

Even with a new PR blitz (costing $700 Million Dollars), the President can’t win over the public opinion:

“Over the course of six months to a year, as people sign up, and it works, and lo and behold, the people who already have health insurance are not being impacted at all other than the fact that their insurance is more secure and they are getting free preventive care, and all the nightmare scenarios and the train wrecks and the ‘sky is falling’ predictions that come from the other side do not happen, then health care will become more popular,” Obama said.

And when the train does wreck, naturally, it will be someone elses fault! 🙂

The New “Cash for Clunkers”…

Way back in 2009, President Obama’s Treasury Department launched the Home Affordable Modification Program, a massive authorization to help homeowners struggling with their mortgages in the wake of the financial crisis. 1.2 milllion people participated in the program at a cost to taxpayers of $4.4 billion.

A report [pdf] dropped this week from the Office of the Special Inspector General for TARP (SIGTARP) that HAMP has a stunning failure rate. Of the 1.2 million HAMP participants, 306,000 have re-defaulted on their mortgages, at an additional cost to taxpayers of $815 million. What’s more, another 88,000 homeowners in the HAMP program have missed payments and are at risk to re-default.

Twenty-two percent of homeowners who have re-defaulted on their HAMP permanent mortgage modifications have moved into the foreclosure process. The Administration’s stated goal for the housing initiative was “to help as many as three to four million financially struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure by modifying loans to a level that is affordable for borrowers now and sustainable over the long term.” However, since 2009, during each year of the program, an increased number of homeowners redefaulted on HAMP permanent mortgage modifications. Redefault rates of the oldest 2009 HAMP permanent mortgage modifications have continued to increase as they age at a redefault rate of 46%. The 2010 HAMP permanent mortgage modifications are redefaulting at a rate of 38%. Treasury’s data continue to demonstrate that the longer homeowners remain in HAMP, the greater the chance that they will redefault on their permanent modification and fall out of the TARP program. For the substantial number of homeowners who redefault, their modification was not sustainable. It is crucial that Treasury recognize this problem and take proactive steps to ensure that HAMP lives up to its promise and potential.

HAMP has been re-authorized to be in effect through 2015. (Townhall)

Gee, that mean through the mid-term election and that a lot of people who were going to default before because they couldn’t afford it have defaulted again. NO! that’s shocking… :

But at least it’s safe until after the election. Just like the employer mandate. Fancy that…

Detroit

As Detroit enters the federal bankruptcy process, the city is proposing a controversial plan for paring some of the $5.7 billion it owes in retiree health costs: pushing many of those too young to qualify for Medicare out of city-run coverage and into the new insurance markets that will soon be operating under the Obama health care law.

Detroit wants insurance exchanges to cover retirees like Thomas Berry, a former police officer.

“There’s fear and panic,” said Michael Underwood, an ailing Chicago Police Department retiree.
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Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of mounting, unsustainable prices for the health care promised to retired city workers.

Just dump all those poor bastards on the rest of us. It will save the city and make ObamaCare costs skyrocket and of course, more popular….

Say, isn’t that sort of a Bailout?? 🙂

The light at the end of this tunnel is a bullet train!

 

The Wrath of Can’t

Health Overhaul: Republicans are fighting over a government shutdown when they should be telling a receptive public that if ObamaCare takes effect, the result will be massive taxpayer fraud and privacy violations.

News accounts have focused on GOP threats to block any ObamaCare implementation funds in next year’s spending bills, even if that risks a presidential veto and a government shutdown.

That, naturally, has sparked a public debate among Republicans not over the merits of stopping ObamaCare, but over the political fallout of such a high-stakes face-off. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., called it “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”

The People’s Kirk : “Like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target.” And that’s the Republicans.

Democrat Khan: Perhaps I no longer need to try, Admiral.

Because The Republicans want to shoot their own foot off first anyhow, or at least worry and fight why they want to shoot their foot off, rather than why they oppose the issue.

The Nerd is so obsessed with the Bully’s response that the Nerd can’t do the right thing and stand up to the Bully.

And we, the average American will get be up, battered, bruised and possibly killed for it! 😦

Democrat Khan: I’ll do far worse than kill you. I’ve hurt you. And I wish to go on… hurting you.

But while the political risks of such a strategy are no doubt real, the risks to the public should the law go forward are even greater. Put simply: If ObamaCare goes into effect on Oct. 1, the result will be fraud and abuse on a monumental scale. Here’s why:

In its rush to meet ObamaCare’s deadlines, the administration gutted the law’s verification requirements. The ObamaCare exchanges are supposed to verify eligibility and income information provided by applicants before handing out billions in taxpayer subsidies.

Not anymore. Instead, the exchanges can just take the applicant’s word for it, creating an open invitation for people to abuse the system by fudging those facts.

Nor is the ObamaCare data hub, which will connect seven other huge federal databases, anywhere near ready. More than a dozen GOP lawmakers complained in a letter to HHS that the hub “has not been tested” and that it’s unclear whether it will be “able to protect sensitive health and taxpayer information.”

Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., said that without such protections, the Hub would be a “honey pot” for hackers and identity thieves.

In addition, the administration is cutting corners so it can quickly hire thousands of “navigators” before ObamaCare’s start date. They’re not even running criminal background checks. This is particularly troubling, since ObamaCare gives these navigators — who’ll guide customers through the sign-up process — access to vast amounts of private tax and income data.

So, in other words, none of the key safety features of ObamaCare is ready, and won’t likely be for at least another year.

The public has never been more open to such concerns, with polls consistently showing a clear majority opposed to the law. Even among Democrats and unions, support is tumbling.

So Republicans have an incredibly strong hand to play. Do we really want to open the door to vast amounts of fraud and abuse just to stick to the law’s arbitrary deadlines?

Given that it’s been more than three years since the president signed ObamaCare into law, putting it off one more would hardly matter, especially if it prevents these kinds of abuses. Plus, it would give ObamaCare critics more time to draft better alternatives.

But as long as Republicans are fighting among themselves over a government shutdown, this hand will never get played. (IBD)

And the Bully wins.

Obama

Food Stamp Nation

Welfare: SNAP, the U.S. food stamp program, has become a conduit for redistributing wealth and fundamentally transforming America, as welfare recipients now send food overseas and the White House markets to illegals.

But think of all the government dependent voters! 🙂

 

While the administration laments the distraction of “phony” scandals like Benghazi and Fast and Furious that leave real Americans dead, it trots out phony statistics about how well the economy is doing.

“And what is absolutely true is that we have come a long way since the depths of the Great Recession,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at a recent press briefing. “We’ve created over 7.2 million private-sector jobs.” How many of those jobs are part-time is one of the many things Carney left out.

Under his failed economic leadership, America has suffered through weak economic growth and 54 months of unemployment over 7.5%, the longest stretch since records began being kept in 1948.

And with 14+ million new government dependent voters what’s not to like about 20 million illegals becoming legal dependents!! 🙂

Since February 2009, the first full month of Obama’s presidency, 9.5 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force. Nearly 90 million working-age Americans are not working today. Doing the math, 1.3 Americans have dropped out of the labor force for every job the administration claims to have created.

At the end of January 2009, 32.2 million Americans received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aid. As of April 2013, there were 47.5 million Americans on food stamps. Using the White House’s job growth number, the 15 million increase in recipients means more than two people went on food stamps for each job the administration says it has created.

That’s not the only statistic Carney won’t recite.

Under Obama, 1.6 million more Americans are collecting disability insurance. In February 2009, 9.33 million Americans received disability payments. Today, that number is 10.95 million.

Food stamps feed not only Americans, but also the world. As the New York Post reports, welfare recipients buy groceries with Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and pack them in giant barrels to send to relatives overseas. The U.S. spent $522.7 million on foreign aid to the Caribbean last fiscal year, government data show, but the figure does not include what New Yorkers alone pay using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

The practice is so common, hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon containers line the walls of some supermarkets, ready to be packed with taxpayer-funded goodies.

Perhaps to spare the cost of sending food overseas, the administration is using food stamps to attract more to come here, even as the immigration debate rages. A flier given to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA highlights that “you need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.”

“USDA and the government of Mexico have entered into a partnership to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance,” the USDA explains in a brief paragraph on its “Reaching Low-Income Hispanics With Nutrition Assistance” Web page. “Mexico will help disseminate this information through its embassy and network of approximately 50 consular offices.”

As CNSnews reports, the Agriculture Department estimates that 101 million people take part in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal 2012.

That compares with America’s 97.2 million full-time private-sector workers in 2012.

Food Stamp Nation is now larger than the entire U.S. private-sector work force.

That’s food for thought.

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

 

Win Stein’s Money

Charles Krauthammer: If there’s an iron rule in economics, it is Stein’s Law (named after Herb, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers):

“If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

Detroit, for example, can no longer go on borrowing, spending, raising taxes and dangerously cutting such essential services as street lighting and police protection. So it stops. It goes bust.

Cause of death? Corruption, both legal and illegal, plus a classic case of reactionary liberalism in which the governing Democrats — there’s been no Republican mayor in half a century — simply refused to adapt to the straitened economic circumstances that followed the post-World War II auto boom.

Corruption of the criminal sort was legendary. The former mayor currently serving time engaged in a breathtaking range of fraud, extortion and racketeering. And he didn’t act alone. The legal corruption was the cozy symbiosis of Democratic politicians and powerful unions, especially the public-sector unions that gave money to elect the politicians who negotiated their contracts — with wildly unsustainable health and pension benefits.

When our great industrial competitors were digging out from the rubble of World War II, Detroit’s automakers ruled the world. Their imagined sense of inherent superiority bred complacency. Management grew increasingly bureaucratic and inflexible. Unions felt entitled to the extraordinary wages, benefits and work rules they’d bargained for in the fat years. In time, they all found themselves being overtaken by more efficient, more adaptable, more hungry foreign producers.

The market ultimately forced the car makers into reform, restructuring, the occasional bankruptcy and eventual recovery. The city, however, lacking market constraints, just kept overspending — $100 million annually since 2008. The city now has about $19 billion in obligations it has no chance of meeting. So much city revenue had to be diverted to creditors and pensioners that there was practically nothing left to run the city. Forty percent of the streetlights don’t work, two-thirds of the parks are closed and emergency police response time averages nearly an hour — if it ever comes at all.

Bankruptcy, which will radically cut payments to bondholders and retirees, is the only chance to start over.

Yet, if a Detroit bankruptcy succeeds, other cities will be tempted to follow. Dozens of other large urban areas have similarly massive pension and debt obligations, with commensurately denuded services and exorbitant taxes — leading to a vicious cycle of depopulation that makes everything worse. Detroit has lost more than 60% of its population since 1950.

The moral hazard increases if the federal government steps in. The administration is therefore firmly opposed to a “bailout,” recognizing both the political toxicity of the word and the fiscal consequences of a precedent that invites others to line up with tin cups. Washington cannot afford a nationwide federal bailout of insolvent cities.

However, under pressure of the public-sector unions, whose retirees will necessarily be victimized, the administration will likely offer “assistance” — which implies whatever kind of non-cash payments, indirect funds from other ongoing federal programs and enterprise-zone tax subsidies that it can get away with.

Under the table deals in secret. You scratch my back I’ll vote for you. Gee, Unions have done that before…<<eye roll>>

But Detroit is an object lesson not just for other cities. Not even the almighty federal government is immune to Stein’s Law. Reactionary liberalism simply cannot countenance serious reform of the iconic social welfare programs of the 20th century. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are pledged to their inviolability.

President Obama will occasionally admit that, for example, Medicare cannot go on as is, but then reverts to crude demagoguery when the GOP proposes a structural reform, such as premium support for Medicare or something as obvious as raising the retirement age to match increasing longevity.

On the contrary. Obama added one enormous new entitlement (ObamaCare) and, in his last State of the Union address, proposed yet another (universal preschool).

DC: President Barack Obama is doubling down on his proposal to give all kids a publicly-funded preschool education, but experts are skeptical the policy will work.

“If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century,” he said. “That’s why I’ll keep pushing to make high-quality preschool available to every four year-old in America — not just because we know it works for our kids, but because it provides a vital support system for working parents.”

But many policy experts who have studied the impact of early childhood education on kids maintain that there is no evidence to show such schooling is worthwhile.

“There are reasons to doubt that we yet know how to design and deliver a government funded pre-K program that produces sufficiently large benefits to justify prioritizing pre-K over other investments in education,” wrote Grover Whitehurst, Director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute.

Most large-scale studies of universal preschool find scant evidence of lasting academic gains for kids enrolled in pre-K. By the fifth grade, students who benefited from preschool were shown to be no smarter or more social than other students.

“Universal, government preschool, financed by the federal government, is mired in bad policy,” wrote Lindsey Burke, an education fellow at the Heritage Foundation. “The type of preschool-for-all President Obama envisions is far more likely to mimic the failing Head Start program, which has cost taxpayers more than $150 billion since it began in 1965, and has left low-income children no better off in the process.”

But it sounds good, it’s pithy, and if you’re against it they can bash you as hating children and promoting ignorance. With added benefit of funneling even more wastes of money to the Teacher’s Unions! What more could a Liberal “bully” want. 🙂

Back to Charles: None of this is inevitable. In Wisconsin, the GOP showed it recognized the perils of unlimited government growth and will take on the unchecked power of public unions. Democratic Detroit, however, has for 50 years conducted a contrary experiment in myopia and the most imprudent passivity.

It doesn’t take a genius to see what happens when the entitlement state outgrows the economy upon which it rests. The time of Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, the rest of insolvent social-democratic Europe — and now Detroit — is the time for conservatives to raise the banner of Stein’s Law and yell “Stop.” You can kick the can down the road, but at some point it falls over a cliff.

But can they take the Liberal Media onslaught if they do?

That’s the question.

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

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Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

The Pivot King Strikes Back

Lord spare us, the nation’s most addicted campaigner heads out for — what? — the 84th time today to call on somebody to do something about the country’s stubbornly stagnant economy to finally create the hundreds of thousands of new jobs he and Joe promised more than four years ago when he started spending trillions of our dollars.

Obama has pivoted to the jobs meme so often since Jan. 20, 2009, that he needs new soles on his shoes. Remember when Scott Brown became the first Republican to win a Massachusetts Senate seat in four decades? Obama, who’d been pushing financial reform and ObamaCare, said he got that message loud and clear. He’d turn to j-o-b-s.

Obama has never met a problem he couldn’t throw a speech at. Just since his unfortunate reelection last November with 8.3 million fewer votes than 2008, the Democrat has pivoted to an unalterable commitment to new gun controls. Which required a tour of speeches.

Which was followed by his new top commitment to immigration reform. Which required a tour of speeches. Remember how devastating sequestration was certain to be? Not!

Which was followed by a national security vision for a new world. Which only took one speech because foreign affairs are boring and Obama would rather not talk about his failures in Egypt, Libya, Syria, etc.. Which was followed by climate control, the latest must-do ASAP top priority.

Not counting side excursions into terrorism, drones and another promised closing of Guantanamo. Also housecleaning some top generals.

Which was followed last Friday by out-of-the-blue gratuitous remarks about the Trayvon Martin case, which no one had asked for. Each time, the former state senator returns to the economy.

If this Barack Blather seems familiar, it should. Watch this:

And, hey, if this latest jobs tour gets your mind off dirty words like Benghazi, IRS, FBI, ObamaCare, NSA, individual mandates, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Keystone yada-yada, well, that’s OK with this White House.

Here’s what we have as a result of Obama’s intermittent commitment to the economy: The weakest economic recovery since a generation before Obama was born. The longest stretch ever of unemployment at 7.5% or above.

In Obama’s presidency nearly three million more Americans have fallen into poverty. Fourteen million more are on food stamps. And here’s a stunner stat: Median American family income fell more during Obama’s faux recovery than it did during the original recession. Yes, we can’t.

With little media attention, Obama’s polls have been sliding for some time.

One group that hasn’t taken its eye off the ball: Voters. The economy/jobs were their top concerns when Obama took office with a 60% approval rating. And they remain the top concern now that his job approval on the economy has slid to 45% in the new Washington Post/ABC News Poll.

Sixty percent of those folks believe the country is on the wrong track. Only 36% think right track.

Last month, as usual, the latest IBD/TIPP Presidential Poll was the first to uncover “the worst monthly decline in Obama’s 53 months of not spending much time in the Oval Office to the lowest approval level of the Democrat’s entire presidency.”

Others now confirm that plummet. The new Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll puts Obama’s overall job approval at just 45%, 11 points beneath Bill Clinton’s at the same second-term stage and the exact same as that loser George W. Bush, who’s caused every Obama problem.

So, today Obama returns to Knox College, the scene of the fifth Lincoln-Douglas debate of 1858 and a much-forgotten commencement address Obama gave eight years ago. Knox is in Illinois, Obama’s adopted home state, where unemployment is stuck at 9.2% and the approval rating of the governor, fellow Democrat Pat Quinn, is but 25%.

Obama strategists may think by comparison those numbers make their boss look good. If anyone’s still paying attention. (IBD)

Blah Blah Blah….

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Michael Ramirez
Michael Ramirez 

Backstroking up the River Denial

Today is 5 years in my house. Hurray for me. Now I just have to keep the Liberals from destroying it like they did Detroit.

Now on to the White Guilt Morons, The Republicans: In Pew’s 2012 National Survey of Latinos, 31% of immigrants who are not citizens or legal residents said they identify with the Democrats. Just 4% identify with Republicans, while 33% call themselves independent.

Among Hispanics who’d been here less than 10 years, 26% identify with Democrats vs. 9% with Republicans, a 17-point gap. But for those here longer than 20 years, it jumps to 54% for Democrats and 10% for Republicans — a 44-point spread! (IBD)

But you’re a racist if you don’t chase that 4%-10% while alienating your base, says the Democrat snake in the garden… 🙂

Hispanic voters voted 71% for Obama, 27% for Romney.

So give it up guys, you’re chasing a losing cause!
Sorry, but there’s no electoral pot of gold at the end of the rainbow here.

But there is plenty of Democrat seeded pyrite.
Speaking of Fools: Detroit
Political Cartoons by Steve Breen
Having dug itself into an $18 billion hole, bankrupt Detroit now has allies in Washington calling for a federal bailout. This isn’t going to help the city recover.

In the case of Detroit, that’s what’s needed, because nothing has been fiscally normal about that city since its long decline began in the 1960s.

The city’s failure to confront its fiscal reality is precisely what led to its dire straits in the first place.

A bailout may bandage over the derelict city’s $18 billion in debts, but it won’t change the fact that it’s still run by an emergency manager, has nonexistent city services, and contains abandoned houses and fallow land that make parts of the city literally look like a war zone.

Bailouts can’t help because these wounds were self-inflicted, not external.

The city’s top taxpayer, the auto industry, for starters failed to adapt to the global economy. Out-competed by the Japanese, it opted for protectionism instead of sharpening its competitive game.

As a result, jobs dried up, and the city lost 60% of its population, going from 1.8 million in 1950 to 702,000 in 2010. But instead of attracting new investment as more survival-oriented places do, Detroit maintained the fourth-highest rate of corporate taxation in the country, ensuring that investment stayed out.

In denial, it kept 10,000 city government workers on the payroll, boomtown strength. The Detroit News found the city had more employees per resident — 55 — than any city in the U.S. except San Francisco. (which is the Queen of Liberal bastions)

Its failure to downsize left it with unfunded pension debt of somewhere between $3.5 billion and $9 billion.

Layoffs, though hard for workers, would have freed them to find jobs in cities that could keep their promises, and would have helped Detroit. But politicians had absolutely no connection with reality to do it.

They seemed to believe money was in infinite supply.

Sound Familiar? Democrats anyone?

The federal bailout of the Detroit-based auto industry in 2008 went a long way toward making the city think it too would get a bailout if it wanted one.

The problem here is that there have been nearly 40 municipal bankruptcies since President Obama took office, with more to come. If Detroit gets a bailout, they’ll all line up for one. Yet bankruptcy’s chief virtue is that it forces cities, and the voters, to reconsider bad decisions, to change their behavior and focus on recovery.

This happened in New York in 1975, when President Ford shocked the city out of its complacency by telling it to “drop dead.” It got some aid eventually, but the net result was the 1977 election of Ed Koch, who governed as a fiscal conservative. That’s the kind of tough love Detroit needs right now — not another bailout.

But what we all need is a bailout from Liberal economics…

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

 Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

The Blockbusters

A quarter of small-business owners plan to cut hiring to stay under 50 employees so they can avoid one of Obama-Care’s many onerous mandates. In other words, small businesses will be staying small.

And that will surely create more jobs! 🙂

Oh that’s right, anti-capitalist socialist class warfare liberals will just blame it on Corporate Greed…

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which routinely appraises the small-business environment,found in its most recent quarterly survey of 1,300 executives that “the health care law has emerged as the top concern for small businesses.”

Nearly three-fourths (71%) told the Chamber that “the health care law makes it harder to hire.” And “only 30% say they’re prepared for the requirements of the law, including participation in the marketplaces, and one-quarter say they are unaware of what is required.”

Among small businesses that will be impacted by the employer mandate, half say they’ll either cut hours to reduce full-time employees or replace full-time employees with part-timers to avoid the mandate.

Meanwhile, almost a quarter (24%) say they’ll reduce hiring to stay under 50 employees.

Fifty is a key number. Under ObamaCare rules, any business with 50 or more full-time-equivalent workers has to provide them with health insurance coverage.

Noncompliance results in fines of $2,000 per employee, jumping to $3,000 for each employee who receives a health insurance tax credit and buys a plan through the federal insurance exchanges.

Implementation of this employer mandate has been delayed for a year, taking effect in 2015 rather than 2014. The delay is a tacit admission by the White House that the law is severely flawed.

But the employer mandate isn’t ObamaCare’s only glitch. Shortcomings are so plentiful that the new law is worse than the “train wreck” that Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who helped write the law, said it would be.

In fact, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a cosmic calamity — authoritarian legislation that will force Americans out of their doctor-patient relationships, increase costs, reduce choice, burden businesses and further darken a bleak job outlook.

Nothing about the law promotes protection or produces affordability. Like all left-wing solutions, it’s worse than the problems supporters claim it will solve.

But damn, they feel proud of themselves and are preening and peacocking about great they are and how nasty you are for doubting their superiority.

ObamaCare’s creators and defenders should be ashamed of what they’ve inflicted on the country. But they’re not. In fact, the White House is getting “back on offense in the debate,” according to the Hill.

But that requires humility. The Left has none.

That means Republican efforts to eliminate it should be redoubled. (IBD)

But I bet they are too chicken to do it.

The Summer of Recovery 5.0

“A human group transforms itself into a crowd when it suddenly responds to a suggestion rather than to reasoning, to an image rather than an idea, to an affirmation rather than to proof, to the repetition of a phrase rather than to arguments, to prestige rather than to competence.” (Jean-Francois Revel)

“The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie.” (J.A. Schumpeter)

And an official White House e-mail by top adviser Dan Pfeiffer talks about how “this one is worth checking out” because “this moment is so important” and you won’t “be disappointed.”

Perhaps the folks at the White House are spending too much time hanging around with their Hollywood pals.

Obama’s speech will, no doubt, take its cues from one of those “tent pole” summer movies — an overwrought sequel with the same tired plot and big name stars.

As before, Obama will try to tell a gripping story about how the suffering middle class need more government money for roads, more money for education, more money for health care, more taxes on the rich, and how they’d have it all if it weren’t for those dastardly Republicans standing in the way.

But does anyone really think Obama’s got a hit on his hands? Well anyone, that is, beside the sycophantic mainstream press? (The New York Times actually ran this headline about the speech: “Obama Plans to Unveil His Agenda for Economy”—as though he’d been keeping it hidden for the past four years.)

According to Pfeiffer’s email, Obama also will trot out another tried trope about how Washington — read the GOP — “has taken its eye off the ball on the most important issue facing the country.”

Really?

It was Obama who decided to abandon his promised focus on jobs immediately after winning re-election and instead spent months pushing gun control.

It was Obama who then decided that immigration was the nation’s No. 1 priority, endlessly touting reform and even dispatching a top adviser to Capitol Hill to help craft the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” bill.

And it was Obama who decided to give a major speech on climate control, saying that it, too, was a can’t-wait priority.

It was only after these all flopped that Obama decided he’d roll his economic picture again.

Keep in mind that the entire time Obama was off on these tangents, the public hadn’t lost its focus.

Polls consistently showed that the economy ranked as a top concern, while gun control, global warming and immigration were at or near the bottom.

That’s not surprising, since economic growth continues to be anemic, and the country is still millions of jobs shy of where it would be in a normal recovery.

As we noted in this space earlier this month, all the new jobs added in June were part-time, driven largely by companies trying to avoid the ObamaCare train wreck.

No wonder the White House is feverishly promoting Obama’s retread speech as though it were some sort of 3D blockbuster. (IBD)

Coming to Town near you…Again!
With Laser Like focus…for 5 minutes, then it’s back to creating and screaming about another Crisis.
“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” (T.S. Eliot)
“A society that puts equality — in the sense of equality of outcome — ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.” (Milton Friedman)
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Certainty

Why should anyone believe what the president says about ObamaCare? Last week he touted nonexistent rate cuts and rebate checks. And the White House now admits his promise about keeping your doctor was false.

On Thursday, the president tried to shore up the ever-weakening support for ObamaCare by boasting about $100 rebate checks millions of Americans were supposedly getting in the mail thanks to the law’s restrictions on overhead spending by insurance companies.

“Millions of Americans opened letters from their insurance companies,” Obama said, and “were pleasantly surprised with a check.”

Not exactly. An AP fact check of Obama’s talk found almost all those checks went to employers who provide health benefits to their employees, and who didn’t have to pass them on to workers.

No one in government knows how many individuals — beyond the handful Obama pointed to during his talk — actually got checks in the mail, or for how much. AP called Obama’s claim “misleading advertising.”

Obama then claimed ObamaCare will push premiums down, saying these savings are already evident in states like “California, Oregon and Washington.”

But California used a bogus apples-to-oranges comparison to make its claim that premiums will be lower. In reality, they’re going up. Independent analyses found premiums in Oregon and Washington in the individual market will be 66% and 80% higher under the new law.

As for New York, where the ObamaCare premiums allegedly will be 50% below current rates, that state’s individual market had been all but destroyed by the same “guaranteed issue” and “community rating” market reforms ObamaCare plans to impose nationwide.

Then there’s the oft-repeated promise that, under ObamaCare, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, and if you like your plan you can keep your plan. Obama even stamped a “guarantee” on this.

It was, of course, bogus. The Congressional Budget Office says 7 million workers will lose their employer-provided health plans, no matter how much they like them.

Many in the individual market are starting to get cancellation notices from insurers because no matter how much they like their current policies, they don’t comply with ObamaCare’s long list of mandated benefits.

Unions, too, are screaming that many of their members will lose the coverage they like once ObamaCare goes into effect.

And guess what? Many of these folks won’t be able to keep the doctor they like, either, when they go looking to get insurance coverage through an ObamaCare exchange. The administration has finally admitted as much, something the Weekly Standard discovered when looking through the HealthCare.gov site.

“Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor,” the website says. Got that? May be able to keep. That’s a far cry from Obama’s “guarantee.”

Keep this in mind the next time anyone starts singing ObamaCare’s praises.

And another certainty…

Detroit, however, is dead, and unions and government killed it. Michigan recently became a right-to-work state, but it was too late to save a city that had become beholden to unions. As the United Auto Workers helped destroy the auto industry in and around Detroit, it’s no accident that Mercedes-Benz decided to build its flagship SUV in a shiny new facility in Vance, Ala.

Labor overhead was an albatross around Detroit’s neck. Until recently, total pay and benefits for a full-time worker at the Big Three averaged $140,000 a year vs. $80,000 for their foreign competitors. Add an estimated $2,000-plus per car for retiree health care and pensions for the Big Three, and you wonder not why Detroit failed, but why it didn’t fail sooner.

Detroit’s response to a declining business climate was more taxes, fewer city services and bloated pensions for workers in the only growth area — government.

Sound familiar. It should! It’s the Obama Jobs and Taxes model.

The city’s $11 billion in unsecured debt includes $6 billion in health and other retirement benefits and $3 billion in retiree pensions for its 20,000 city pensioners, members of the public sector unions that helped bring Detroit to its knees.

In the face of government incompetence, it was the people of Detroit who went on strike. Detroit lost a quarter-million residents between 2000 and 2010. A population that in the 1950s teemed with 1.8 million is struggling to stay above 700,000. Much of the middle-class and scores of businesses also have fled, taking their tax dollars with them.

1967 riots didn’t help their cause either.

Detroit is the rotten fruit of uncontested progressive socialism. In 1960, Detroit had the highest per capita income in the U.S.; today, it’s the poorest of our large cities. An estimated 78,000 of the city’s homes are unoccupied, and in 2011 half the occupiers of its 305,000 properties did not pay any tax. Some 40% of the street lights do not work.

Detroit has 264,209 households, and 91,204 — or 34.5% — get food stamps. Only 54.3% of Detroit residents participate in the labor force. This is how America is beginning to look. If we continue down President Obama’s path, America will become Detroit, only with a press to print money.

Indeed, the scary part is that Detroit is what Obama wants to fundamentally transform America into: a place where wealth is redistributed, not created, and where government picks winners and losers in an economy in which we all ultimately lose.

Speaking at Ohio State University in May, he told graduates not to listen to “voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.” (IBD)

Detroit didn’t. We should.

And ObamaCare is the icing on the Progressive Liberal Cake.
And if you don’t like it, well the Ministry of Truth, NSA, IRS, FDA, HHS and the rest of the alphabet soup is here to help.
Doesn’t that make you feel better? 🙂
“Government isn’t the solution to our problems, Government IS the problem” — Ronald Reagan

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Big Government

MSDNC’s Melissa “I’m Bat shit crazy” Harris-Perry on Detroit bankruptcy: In the case of Detroit, the reason that the tax base has become so small is because a loss of population, right? So folks out, they are not there to pay the taxes on the homes and the kind of deterioration is what you see in the numbers you’ve suggested. But this lack of tax base is also exactly the kind of thing that many Republicans would impose on us, even when our cities have sufficient populations, even when our communities have sufficient populations. This is what it looks like when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub, and it is not a pretty picture.

Okay… so, let’s go ahead and get this straight. Detroit has been a bastion of All Thing Progressive for decades, with the government and its pension funds and etcetera spending themselves into oblivion while residents have been fleeing the accompanying signs of economic and social depreciation — which effectively worsened the problem of too much government spending by shrinking the available tax base and cutting into revenue — all of which has finally led to the inevitable conclusion of Detroit’s fiscal ruin.

Despite this entirely liberal achievement, Harris-Perry tries to use the example of Detroit to criticize Republicans for… wanting to lower taxes? (Blaze)

In a city that averages about 14 arsons a day, there are only 11 arson investigators, down from more than 20 in 2009…

And you wonder why Progressive Liberalism should be declared a Mental Disorder…

Obama

And for Liberals it feels good to give the poor a fish, or even better the “rich” person’s fish. Or a “free” or “cheaper” fish that looks like the “rich” person’s fish.

You deserve it. You’re “owed” it.

Problem is, then they don’t know how to fish. And if they never learned how to fish to begin with, then you have a person dependent on you for their fish.

Which, for Democrats, works for them. That’s what they like. They can control you, you are their slave if you can’t or won’t fish and they give it to you.

If you don’t earn it, is it really yours??

It’s white rich people’s fault you didn’t have it after all…

BIG BROTHER OBAMACARE UPDATE

Would you trust thousands of low-level Federal bureaucrats and contractors with one-touch access to your private financial and medical information? Under Obamacare you won’t have any choice.

As the Obamacare train-wreck begins to gather steam, there is increasing concern in Congress over something called the Federal Data Services Hub. The Data Hub is a comprehensive database of personal information being established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the federally facilitated health insurance exchanges. The purpose of the Data Hub, according to a June 2013 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, is to provide “electronic, near real-time access to federal data” and “access to state and third party data sources needed to verify consumer-eligibility information.” In these days of secret domestic surveillance by the intelligence community, rogue IRS officials and state tax agencies using private information for political purposes, and police electronically logging every license plate that passes by, the idea of the centralized Data Hub is making lawmakers and citizens nervous.

They want INFORMATION. 🙂

They certainly should be; the potential for abuse is enormous. The massive, centralized database will include comprehensive personal information such as income and financial data, family size, citizenship and immigration status, incarceration status, social security numbers, and private health information. It will compile dossiers based on information obtained from the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, the Social Security Administration, state Medicaid databases, and for some reason the Peace Corps. The Data Hub will provide web-based, one-stop shopping for prying into people’s personal affairs.

BIG BROTHER KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU….

Not to fear, HHS says, the Data Hub will be completely secure. Really? Secure like all the information that has been made public in the Wikileaks era? These days no government agency can realistically claim that private information will be kept private, especially when it is being made so accessible. Putting everyone’s personal information in once place only simplifies the challenge for those looking to hack into the system.

However, the hacker threat is the least of the Data Hub worries. The hub will be used on a daily basis by so-called Navigators, which according to the GAO are “community and consumer-focused nonprofit groups, to which exchanges award grants to provide fair and impartial public education” and “refer consumers as appropriate for further assistance.” Thousands of such people will have unfettered access to the Data Hub, but there are only sketchy guidelines on how they will be hired, trained and monitored. Given the slap-dash, incoherent way Obamacare is being implemented the prospect for quality control is low. And the Obama administration’s track record of sweetheart deals, no-bid, sole-source contracting and other means of rewarding people with insider access means the Data Hub will be firmly in the hands of trusted White House loyalists.

So if you think the IRS targeting Tea Party groups was bad, just wait for the Obamacare Navigators to be unleashed. “Trust us,” the administration says, no one will abuse the Data Hub. Sure, because that has worked out so well in the past. (rare.us)

I suppose the idea of — oh, I don’t know — the government spending less, and not making promises that it can’t afford to keep, and people instead using more private-sector, free-market means and reaping the benefits of the subsequent economic growth, isn’t an option, then?

And people making choice that Home Superior Liberalis don’t like is just not an option.

The same malign alliance between a corrupt political class, rapacious public-sector unions, and an ever more swollen army of welfare dependents has been adopted in the formally Golden State of California, and in large part by the Obama administration, whose priorities — “health” “care” “reform,” “immigration” “reform” — are determined by the same elite/union/dependency axis. As one droll tweeter put it, “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.”…

Like Detroit, America has unfunded liabilities, to the tune of $220 trillion, according to the economist Laurence Kotlikoff. Like Detroit, it’s cosseting the government class and expanding the dependency class, to the point where its bipartisan “immigration reform” actively recruits 50–60 million low-skilled chain migrants. Like Detroit, America’s governing institutions are increasingly the corrupt enforcers of a one-party state — the IRS and Eric Holder’s amusingly misnamed Department of Justice being only the most obvious examples. Like Detroit, America is bifurcating into the class of “community organizers” and the unfortunate denizens of the communities so organized. (Hot Air)

And the Obama roadshow is coming to a neighborhood near you, soon, very soon!

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.”


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Motor City Narcissism

Detroit Update: The judge said state law guards against retirement benefits being “diminished,” but there will be no such protection in federal bankruptcy court.

So she ordered them not to go bankrupt just minutes after they filed. Unions were  obviously Judge shopping.

Ah, unions. Aren’t they great. When you’re 18 Billion  dollars in debt you still have to pay them their over-inflated, bank busting, politically incestuous amounts or else they’ll  sick a union-sympathetic judge on you and make you pay them anyhow!

And besides the Agenda is The Agenda. Nearly a quarter of the cities debt is Union-related.

“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant state Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”  (Detroit News)

Unions make up less than 18% of the workforce nationally so if anyone’s cheating the working man it’s a Union.

But I am Not surprised at all. Unions are the ultimate narcissists and they found their own in-pocket liberal judge to do their bidding.

Union contracts, primarily generous pension packages, granted by Democrat mayors in more prosperous times have now come back to haunt the city’s halls, where 9,500 people still work. A long, series of inept and corrupt Democrat city administrations overspent, over-promised and stole. The city has 20,000 pensioners who may take serious cuts.

Detroit for years has been spending $100 million more every 12 months than it takes in, with each city administration hoping the inevitable collapse would come on someone else’s watch. Now, it has.

Sound familiar?

The Union doesn’t care if the whole town burns to the ground they’ll demand you kiss their ass and pay them what you owe them. Mind you, it was political incest that got them where they are today.
2010:

Albany Police Officers Union President Chris Mesley says that, regardless of the faltering economy, a no-raise new contract is unacceptable.

And to hell with the public.

“I’m not running a popularity contest here,” Mesley said. “If I’m the bad guy to the average citizen . . . and their taxes have go up to cover my raise, I’m very sorry about that, but I have to look out for myself and my membership.”

Mesley added: “As the president of the local, I will not accept ‘zeroes.’ If that means . . . ticking off some taxpayers, then so be it.”

Yes, he seriously said that and he meant it. Unions are made up of extreme narcissists who are in bed with the politicians who feed them. And you get the sexually transmitted disease for it.

Get out your cellphone. Set the alarm for 58 minutes from now.

Seriously.

When it goes off, you’ll know how long it takes Detroit police to respond to an emergency 911-call, on average. More than five times longer than nationally.

Only one-third of city ambulances work. Four-out-of-ten street lights are dark. Detroit unemployment is more than twice the national rate, 18%.

As one result, that once prosperous, bustling city has the highest violent crime rate of major American urban centers. Criminals know they can do their thing and be miles away before help arrives.

But don’t you dare “stand your ground” you racist!

Detroit has about 700,000 people now, more than 80% black. In the 1950’s it had nearly two million residents and was the nation’s fourth-largest city.

And the largest Muslim population in the U.S. — just saying…

“Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has signed a new contract worth $76 million,” Conan O’Brien observed the other night. “They’re paying him $10 million to play football and $66 million to live in Detroit.”

I’m sure he doesn’t. That’s what Bloomfield Hills was invented for. The Beverly Hills of the Automobile set.

And the Lions are a crap them and have been a crap team for 50 years. Funny that…

Soon, we will all be Detroit.

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The Motorless City

On October 13, 2012, President Obama boasted to Americans in his weekly address that he refused to “let Detroit go bankrupt.”

“[W]e refused to throw in the towel and do nothing,” Obama said. “We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt, I bet on American workers, and American ingenuity and three years later that bet is paying off in a big way.”

Detroit filed for Bankruptcy this week.

Another bet Obama loses.

Oh, and ObamaCare will make premiums go down and you’ll get to keep your doctor. 🙂

Gov. Rick Snyder justified approving the historic filing by reciting a litany of the city’s ills, including more than $18 billion in debt, maxed-out tax rates, the highest murder rate in 40 years, 78,000 abandoned buildings and a half-century of residential flight. He said the city failed to provide basic services to residents or pay creditors.

But they keep spending like it didn’t matter.

And it’s been run by screaming liberals since I was a kid. There was even a Mayor, Coleman Young, who was the “first black mayor” in 1974 and ruled Detroit until 1993. And a lot of his election politics was black vs white, even back then.
Young won re-election by wide margins in November 1977, November 1981, November 1985 and November 1989, for a total of 20 years as mayor, based largely on black votes because the 1967 race riots accelerated white flight (which was not his fault, he just didn’t help it).
Population 1950: 1,849,568
Population now:  701,475
He was a leftist who tacked right some once in office, then at re-election tacked left.
Sound familiar??
Liberal Government at it’s finest.  Maximum taxes and spending like it doesn’t matter that you’re in debt.
Hmmm…$17 Trillion comes to mind somehow….
Even though I grew up in Flint, Detroit dominated everything that happened in the state. There was joke about Michigan being comprised of Detroit and everything else.
Hence we used to refer to Detroit as De-twah (say Detroit with a cheesy French accent).
Economic conditions in Detroit generally trended sideways or downward over the period of Mayor Young’s political tenure, with the unemployment rate trending from approximately 9% in 1971 (nationally it was 5.9) to approximately 11% in 1993 (nationally it was 6.9), when Young retired. However, most economic metrics (unemployment, median income rates, and city gross domestic product) initially dropped sharply during economic recessions, reaching their “low points” in the late 1980s and/or early 1990s, with the unemployment rate in particular peaking at approximately 20% in 1982.
In Flint in 1982 it was 26%. The unemployment capital of the US that year. (by the way Flint has lost 1/2 of it population since I was a kid).
But don’t worry, the UAW was fat and happy and the union workers were fat and unhappy (because they never were happy even after going on strike in 1976 when making $28/hr was not enough (that’s approx $103 now after inflation by the way).
And the public sector government pension were fatter than a goose being feed to make fois gras!
Hence why I have a pathological hatred for Unions. 🙂
“It’s war,” said George Orzech, chairman of the city’s Police and Fire pension fund.

The Pensions from Unions is one of the reasons the city went bankrupt. $62 to print a payroll check! 149 full-time people to just run payroll! Now that’s efficient!!
Here are the city’s 2 largest unsecured creditors and type of claim and surprise!! It’s the Unions! 🙂
General Retirement System: (A) $2 billion
Police and Fire Retirement System (A) $1.4 billion (Detroit News) (or I used to call it- The Detroit Snooze- and I was a paper boy for them one summer!)

Coleman Young in his autobiography: “The riot put Detroit on the fast track to economic desolation, mugging the city and making off with incalculable value in jobs, earnings taxes, corporate taxes, retail dollars, sales taxes, mortgages, interest, property taxes, development dollars, investment dollars, tourism dollars, and plain damn money. The money was carried out in the pockets of the businesses and the white people who fled as fast as they could. The white exodus from Detroit had been prodigiously steady prior to the riot, totally twenty-two thousand in 1966, but afterwards it was frantic. In 1967, with less than half the year remaining after the summer explosion—the outward population migration reached sixty-seven thousand. In 1968 the figure hit eighty-thousand, followed by forty-six thousand in 1969.
So the blacks screwed themselves in 1967. I bet today the media would say it was whities fault for leaving.
They should have stayed in Detroit and got killed by the gangs and the criminals and sucked it up. (and the 700,000 still there do that anyways).
When I was growing up, Detroit was synonymous with “crime”. And I grew up on the nicer side of the Flint too.
So this is just the culmination of my life time’s observations of Detroit, even though I moved out of Michigan 26 years ago.
And Liberalism has failed again. But I’m sure it’s someone elses fault….
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Be Seeing You

“There’s no expectation of privacy” for a vehicle driving on a public road or parked in a public place, said Lt. Bill Hedgpeth, a spokesman for the Mesquite Police Department in Texas, which has records stretching back to 2008, although the city plans next month to begin deleting files older than two years. “It’s just a vehicle. It’s just a license plate.”

Number Six: What do you want?
Number Two: Information.
Number Six: Whose side are you on?
Number Two: That would be telling. We want information… information… in formation.
Number Six: You won’t get it.
Number Two: By hook or by crook, we will.
Number Six: Who are you?
Number Two: The new Number Two.
Number Six: Who is Number One?
Number Two: You are Number Six.
Number Six: I am not a number! I am a free man!
Number Two: [laughs]
Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note their location, uploading that information into police databases. Departments keep the records for weeks or years, sometimes indefinitely.

As the technology becomes cheaper and more ubiquitous, and federal grants focus on aiding local terrorist detection, even small police agencies are able to deploy more sophisticated surveillance systems. While the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that a judge’s approval is needed to track a car with GPS, networks of plate scanners allow police effectively to track a driver’s location, sometimes several times every day, with few legal restrictions. The ACLU says the scanners assemble what it calls a “single, high-resolution image of our lives.”

“There’s just a fundamental question of whether we’re going to live in a society where these dragnet surveillance systems become routine,” said Catherine Crump, a staff attorney with the ACLU. The civil rights group is proposing that police departments immediately delete any records of cars not linked to a crime.

Law enforcement officials said the scanners can be crucial to tracking suspicious cars, aiding drug busts and finding abducted children. License plate scanners also can be efficient. The state of Maryland told the ACLU that troopers could “maintain a normal patrol stance” while capturing up to 7,000 license plate images in a single eight hour shift. (FOX)

Larry Elder: Someone did an experiment to test an old tale — that a frog placed in a pot of cool water, which is then slowly and continuously heated, will be boiled to death. By contrast, if thrown directly into scalding hot water, the frog jumps out. But it turns out that, no, once the water got hot enough, the critter hopped out of Dodge.

This raises a question. At what point does the continuous growth and intrusiveness of government make people wake up? This is not just a matter of theory or philosophy. People are hurting — as a direct result of President Barack Obama, his party, and the inability of the GOP to make the case for a smaller, less expensive and less intrusive government.

For five years, we have watched as President Barack Obama successfully pushed the following “redistributionist” agenda for building an economy: Take from the most productive to stimulate the economy by redistributing money, often with political consideration involved or attached; allow bureaucrats to pick winners and losers in the market; issue feel-good, top-down regulations that cost jobs and do little to improve conditions; and dictate the terms of health care with ObamaCare, a monstrosity that places one-seventh of our economy under the control of the federal government.

The results are in.

This is the worst economic recovery since World War II. Unemployment remains high. So many able-bodied people are dropping out of the labor force that the “labor force participation rate” remains near a 30-year low.

In 1900, government at all three levels took about 10 percent of our income. Today, government takes nearly 50 percent, or twice as much as people say government should. Yet when pollsters ask Americans how much money should government, at all three levels — state, local and federal — take from them, their answer has been consistent for decades: 25 percent.

Why, then, aren’t politicians in Washington, D.C., cowering under their desks, as angry constituents pound on their doors?

People, in the abstract, talk about freedom and liberty. But government dependency is so widespread that we accept the benefits — unaware that the costs are much higher than we think.

Nearly half of the federal budget goes to the three major entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. All of these programs address problems that the Constitution never intended. How do we know? Earlier presidents, citing constitutional reasons, rejected congressional attempts at growing the government.

In 1822, James Monroe, our fifth president, cast his only veto in rejecting an expansion of the Cumberland Road, even through it stood to economically benefit his home state of Virginia.

According to Monroe’s biography on the University of Virginia’s americanpresident.org: “Although Monroe personally supported the idea of internal improvements, he balked at the federal government’s role in the American System being proposed by Congressmen Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun. They wanted a series of federally financed projects designed to improve and update the nation’s roads, bridges, and canals. Monroe worried, however, that federal payments for such internal improvements would expand even further the power of the federal government at the sake of state power. Where would the limits be drawn?”

Economist Walter Williams writes of Presidents James Madison, Franklin Pierce and Grover Cleveland, and how they quoted the Constitution to turn away congressional attempts to spend money because, they argued, the federal government is unauthorized to do so.

Fast forward to ObamaCare and the Supreme Court. Twenty-six states sued over the law, arguing that the individual insurance mandate — which requires every citizen in the country to purchase health care insurance or face a fine starting in 2014 — was unconstitutional. But the court, citing Congress’ authority to tax, let the mandate stand. In their dissent, Justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said, “The entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.” Further, they wrote, there is a “mountain of evidence” that the mandate is not a tax. “To say that the individual mandate merely imposes a tax,” wrote Scalia, “is not to interpret the statute but to rewrite it.”

In the end, of course, we get the government we vote for. Given that information gets filtered out through the Axis of Indoctrination — Hollywood, academia, and media — how much hope is there that people will wake up?

The smart, the well-connected, and the well-educated will be fine. Their previously depressed stock portfolios have returned, as companies learn to do more with fewer workers. High-end real estate is back, and the top 1 percent has regained the wealth lost during the recession — and then some.

The very people whom the left says it cares about are hurting. But rest assured, these elites care about them. They just have a strange way of showing it.

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

 Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

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The Complete Lie

Remember when electing the First Black president was going to unify us all and save the universe…

Barack Obama 2008: Obama then offered his most strongly worded condemnation of Wright’s comments. “The remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren’t simply controversial. They weren’t simply a religious leader’s efforts to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country — a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America…As such, Reverend Wright’s comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity; racially charged at a time when we need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems — two wars, a terrorist threat, a falling economy, a chronic health care crisis and potentially devastating climate change; problems that are neither black or white or Latino or Asian, but rather problems that confront us all.”

He’s lying through his teeth and he knows it.

“This is where we are right now,” he said. “It’s a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black and white, I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle, or with a single candidate — particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own. But I have asserted a firm conviction — a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people — that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice — we have no choice — if we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.”

Soaring Rhetoric, but a complete lie.

2013: President Obama called on the nation to honor Trayvon Martin a day after George Zimmerman was acquitted of his murder by asking “ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence.” (NBC)

THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA

“It’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Mr. Holder said, winning repeated applause from the NAACP delegates. “These laws try to fix something that was never broken.” (WT)

NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE!

Obama: “We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”

Fuck the “white” Hispanic!!

radio host Tom Joyner 2011:Let’s not even deal with the facts right now. Let’s deal with just our blackness and pride — and loyalty. We have the chance to re-elect the first African-American president, and that’s what we ought to be doing. And I’m not afraid or ashamed to say that as black people, we should do it because he’s a black man.”

Rev Al Sharpton 2011: The Rev. Al Sharpton, an ally of President Obama who has a daily radio show and hosts a nightly cable television program, recently told the president’s black critics, “I’m not telling you to shut up. I’m telling you: Don’t make some of us have to speak up.”

Kychelle Green, 18, (2011) a nursing student at Norfolk State University, agreed. “You know it’s not really his fault that things aren’t changing,” she said. “He’s really trying but he can’t change every rule on his own. Now people are trying to criticize him because he is African American.”  (WP)

Birmingham, Alabama

Dennis Prager: The greatest hope most Americans — including Republicans — had when Barack Obama was elected president was that the election of a black person as the country’s president would reduce, if not come close to eliminating, the racial tensions that have plagued America for generations.

This has not happened. The election, and even the re-election, of a black man as president, in a country that is 87% nonblack — a first in human history — has had no impact on what are called “racial tensions.”

In case there was any doubt about this, the reactions to the George Zimmerman trial have made it clear.

The talk about “open season” on blacks, about blacks like Trayvon Martin being victims of nothing more than racial profiling and about a racist criminal justice system, has permeated black life and the left-wing mainstream media.

I put quotation marks around the term “racial tensions” because the term is a falsehood.

This term is stated as if whites and blacks are equally responsible for these tensions, as if the mistrust is morally and factually equivalent. But this is not at all the case.

“Racial tensions” is a lie perpetrated by the left. A superb example is when the New York Times described the 1991 black anti-Semitic riots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, as “racial tensions.”

For those who do not recall, or who only read, viewed or listened to mainstream media reports, what happened was that mobs of blacks attacked Jews for three days after a black boy was accidentally hit and killed by a car driven by a Chasidic Jew.

A Brandeis University historian, Edward S. Shapiro, who wrote a book on the events, described those black attacks on innocent Jews as “the most serious anti-Semitic incident in American history.”

Blacks stabbed a Jewish student to death, injured other Jews, and screamed, “Heil Hitler!” and “Death to the Jews!” while carrying signs with messages such as “Hitler didn’t finish the job.”

And how did the New York Times report the most serious anti-Semitic incident in American history?

As racial tensions.

One of the Times reporters who covered those riots was Ari Goldman, now a professor of journalism at Columbia University.

Last year, 11 years after the riots, this is how Goldman described his former newspaper’s reporting of the events:

“In all my reporting during the riots, I never saw — or heard of — any violence by Jews against blacks. But the Times was dedicated to this version of events: Blacks and Jews clashing amid racial tensions.”

As a New York Times editorial described the black attacks: “The violence following an auto accident in Crown Heights reminds all New Yorkers that the city’s race relations remain dangerously strained.”

That was the entire left’s take: “strained relations” between blacks and Jews. “Racial tensions.” Both sides equally at fault.

Once one understands that “racial tensions” is a euphemism for a black animosity toward whites and a left-wing construct, one begins to understand why the election of a black president has had no impact on most blacks or on the left.

Since neither black animosity nor the left’s falsehood of “racial tensions” is based on the actual behavior of the vast majority of white Americans, nothing white America could do will affect either many blacks’ perceptions or the leftist libel.

That is why hopes that the election of a black president would reduce “racial tensions” were naive. Though a white person is far more likely to be murdered by a black person than vice versa, all it took was one tragic death of a black kid to reignite the hatred that many blacks and virtually all black leaders have toward white America.

Let’s put this in perspective. Ben Jealous of the NAACP, Al Sharpton of MSNBC, Jesse Jackson, and the left-wing media compete to incite hatred of America generally and white America specifically. Over what? A tragic incident in which a Hispanic man (regularly labeled “white”) said, with all physical evidence to support him, that fearing for his life, he killed a black 17-year-old (regularly labeled “a child”).

The very fact that George Zimmerman — who is as white as Barack Obama — is labeled “white” bears testimony to the left-wing agenda of blaming white America and to the desire of many blacks to vent anger at whites.

And that is why the election of a black president has meant nothing.

Indeed, to those whose lives and/or ideologies are predicated on labeling America and its white population as racist, it wouldn’t matter if half the Senate, half the House and half the governors were black.

IBD: What’s more, charging Zimmerman under federal hate-crimes law would defy the findings of the FBI’s own investigation conducted last year. All told, agents interviewed no fewer than 45 Zimmerman co-workers, neighbors and other acquaintances — including even his ex-fiance — and found no evidence of racial bias.None said Zimmerman, a neighborhood crime watch captain, had expressed racial animus at any time prior to the Feb. 26, 2012, self-defense shooting of Martin, who while under the influence of illegal drugs had jumped Zimmerman, breaking his nose and bashing his head repeatedly on the pavement. The 17-year-old Martin was visiting Zimmerman’s gated community in Sanford, Fla., while on school suspension for alleged burglary.

Lead Sanford Police Detective Chris Serino told the FBI that race wasn’t behind the shooting.

“Serino believed that Zimmerman’s actions were not based on Martin’s skin color (but) rather on his attire, the total circumstances of the encounter and the previous burglary suspects in the community,” the FBI wrote in its report. “Serino described Zimmerman as overzealous and as having a ‘little hero complex,’ but not as a racist.”

Even an African-American officer — Sanford Police Sgt. Arthur Barns — denied Zimmerman targeted Martin because he was black. He “felt the shooting was not racially motivated,” the FBI report stated.

But The Agenda is The Agenda

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Justice Is Blindfolded

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MABLETON, Ga. –Cobb County police have arrested four alleged gang members linked to a fatal hit-and-run crash on Mableton Parkway.

The suspects are accused of beating the victim and then forcing him into the path of a car.

The fatal crash happened just after 1 a.m. Sunday, near Factory Shoals Road and Mableton Parkway. Joshua Heath Chellew, 36, of Mableton was struck by a vehicle and later died.

Authorities said Chellew did not know his attackers. A friend of Chellew said that the two had gone to a gas station when several men jumped Chellew.

“They started punching him. They starting beating on him,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified.

Arrest warrants said that the Chellew attempted to escape his attackers by backing into Mableton Parkway. Chellew was then knocked down onto the roadway, where he was struck by the vehicle.

The following four suspects are charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act.  They are currently being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

– Jekari Strozier (19-year-old male from Mableton, Georgia)
– Antonio Pass (18-year-old male from Mableton, Georgia)
– Johnathan Anthony (18-year-old male from the Mableton, Georgia)
– Kemonta Bonds (18-year-old male from Mableton, Georgia)

Anthony made his first court appearance Tuesday night. The other three suspects are expected to face a judge on Wednesday.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Chellew turned himself into authorities. Police said that he does not face any criminal charges. Authorities said he did pull over and call 911 after he realized that he’d struck someone. (Myfox atlanta)

If the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case is so big because of the ‘race’ factor, then why in the hell isn’t the Joshua Chellew murder in Georgia newsworthy in the national media? Four black ‘teens’ have been arrested, but if you read the NBC Atlanta news report, you wouldn’t know the four thugs were black:

19 year old Jekari Oshay Strozier, 18 year old Antonio Shantwan Pass, 18 year old Johnathan Donald Anthony, and 18 year old Kemonta Bonds, all from Mableton, are in the Cobb County jail without bonds on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act.

Instead, the biased NBC network just describes them as ‘teens.’ The video in which the reporter describes the thugs shows them to be black, but no mention from the reporter about the racial component.

Chellew did nothing to provoke these black thugs, yet gets killed and no coverage. (Fire Andrea Mitchell blog)

Because he was white, they were black, and there was no gun. So there are no Agenda items to tick off. So why would they bother. It’s not like they are “journalists” or anything… 🙂

Commentor: Who gives a fuck? A grown 36 year old man should be able to defend himself against teenagers. If he couldn’t, that’s his fault. Trayvon on the other hand was just a kid being harassed by a wannabe cop with a gun. White people should pay for not hundreds but thousands of years of slavery of black people. The time has come.

The oppressed become the oppressors? a White person is 3/5 of a person maybe?

Hmmm….

But let’s get back to what really matters, Al Sharpton and The NAACP are mad as hell and they want you to suffer for it so they can soak up the hate like a succubus.

Mableton Update: “There is no testimonial evidence nor is there any physical evidence to indicate this is racially motivated,” said Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb County Police Department.

Is that because he was white or was it something else?

FBI: George Zimmerman- No Civil Rights Violations. Not a racist. (The FBI concluded over a year ago).

Which one will the media ignore anyhow because it’s not on the Agenda?

BOTH.

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Games of Chance

Agenda Note: President Obama called on the nation to honor Trayvon Martin a day after George Zimmerman was acquitted of his murder by asking “ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence.”

After interviewing nearly three dozen people in the George Zimmerman murder case, the FBI found no evidence that racial bias was a motivating factor in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, records released Thursday show.

But The DOJ and Obama had so much political capital tied up in it that they can’t let it go.

It’s sad that all this is is a political games of chess. And we are all the pawns.

Just Like ObamaCare.

For many workers, the one-year delay in ObamaCare’s employer mandate was too little, too late.

But it wasn’t done for them anyhow. It was for the Democrats running in 2014. 🙂

The delay doesn’t offer sufficient reason for CY Farms in upstate New York to reconsider its decision to cut 25 workers from its payroll, managing partner Craig Yunker told IBD.

Those workers were let go when the farm decided that the additional costs of complying with ObamaCare made it hard to justify planting a labor-intensive cabbage crop this year.

“Last February is when we needed to make decisions about buying seed and growing the transplants in a greenhouse,” Yunker said.

The slimmed-down farm now falls just below the 50 full-time-equivalent worker threshold at which ObamaCare’s mandates kick in.

The 2010 health law’s nondeductible penalties of $2,000 per worker (minus the first 30 workers) could have cut roughly $80,000 from CY Farms’ after-tax bottom line.

Like CY Farms, many public and private employers had shifted their hiring policies to limit new liability under ObamaCare by the time the Obama administration moved on July 2 to delay the employer mandate until 2015.

For most, the reason for acting so early had nothing to do with the planting calendar and everything to do with the compliance calendar. That’s because ObamaCare penalties that had been set to take effect in 2014 were supposed to be based on staffing levels in the second half of 2013.

The state of Virginia passed a law in February limiting hourly wage employees, including adjunct professors at state community colleges and universities, to 29 hours per week. At the time, the state said about 7,300 workers faced reduced hours.

A spokesman for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signaled that there’s no consideration of a temporary change in the law.

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which operates 330 stores, had to cut hours for about 600 workers starting in April. The one-year delay in the employer mandate will be of no help to these workers, the agency confirmed.

Under ObamaCare, large employers are required to offer 95% of full-time workers health coverage, or else face a $2,000 per-worker fine. Yet those who offer coverage that is deemed too pricey or too skimpy would pay a $3,000 annual fine per full-time worker who accesses ObamaCare subsidies.

To minimize the costs of complying with ObamaCare, many employers have sought to limit the number of employees clocking 30 hours per week, ObamaCare’s definition of full-time.

The Buca di Beppo restaurant chain has cut the hours of about 400 workers below 30 per week, the founder of operating company Earl Enterprises told the Orlando Sentinel. Though the interview came the week after the mandate delay, Robert Earl gave no hint that he might rethink the move.

Another potential way of limiting liability under ObamaCare is by increasing reliance on temp workers. Reuters reported that Wal-Mart (WMT) has done just that, boosting the temp share of its U.S. workforce from 1% or 2% to “fewer than 10%” this year.

It’s inconceivable that a temporary reprieve from ObamaCare’s employer mandate would cause Wal-Mart to reverse course.

For many large employers, shifting the full-time and part-time mix of employees is like turning a battleship — especially if the change primarily affects new hires.

Thus it’s not surprising that many began the shift long before the mandate delay.

Labor Department data show that the average workweek for nonsupervisory retail workers, which reached a post-recession peak of 30.8 hours in January 2012, has steadily fallen to 30.1 hours as of June.

Another sector hit hard by ObamaCare’s mandate is public education.

Squeezed by government fiscal constraints, many school boards and community colleges, facing untenable new costs under ObamaCare, have acted to cut worker hours.

Ivy Tech Community College, which has grown increasingly reliant on adjunct faculty at its 23 Indiana campuses, adopted a new policy capping adjunct course loads this spring. It’s been holding job fairs to recruit new adjuncts.

Communications Director Jeff Fanter said Ivy Tech intends to “to stay with the plan and not bounce back and forth” due to the mandate delay.

A couple of school boards that voted to reduce hours for some workers said they’ll ease up, temporarily, to keep their employees from taking a hit.

Vigo County Superintendent Daniel Tanoos told Indiana Public Media, “Right now we’re going to go back to treating our employees with dignity, and giving them back the hours that were cut and the money that was taken out of their pockets.”

Fort Wayne Community Schools won’t reverse its decision to cut the hours of 610 teaching aides and cafeteria workers. That move came amid major budget challenges that would have been exacerbated by the health law’s mandate, said Chief Financial Officer Kathy Friend.

While some of the cuts might have been put off without the mandate, she said there was no thought of putting them on hold due to the delay.

“We already went through the pain,” she said. (IBD)

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We Have a Winner

The predictable response from the race-baiters on George Zimmerman being found “not guilty”.

After George Zimmerman was found not guilty of all charges on Saturday evening, an Associated Press reporter, Cristina Silva, tweeted this out from her verified twitter account: “So we can all kill teenagers now? Just checking.”

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=90085&sitesection=breitbart_nws_us_sty_vmppap&VID=24946727

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUexNTYxNxk

Nothing like a good righteous over the top hate fest to make everyone feel better.

It is sad that so many define “Justice” as finding Zimmerman guilty in spite of the facts. This lynch_mob mentality is a sad commentary on our society. (Breitbart commentor)

It’s the laws fault you know that George Zimmerman could be “emboldened” to carry the gun, stalk Trayvon and kill him and the law found him not guilty because it was set up that way. (a paraphrase of Ms Hart-Perry from MSNBC)

The set it up so White (Hispanic) People can stalk and kill young black teenagers like they are on a game reserve in Africa and you can’t do anything about it.

<<Maniacal Laughter>>

Really? How is this helping. It’s not. But damn it makes the left feel morally outraged and beside it pushes their agenda and that is never a bad thing for them.

Who gives a crap about the facts. The kid was Black. He was White (hispanic). It’s obvious he stalked and killed this kid because of race. End of story. 🙂

Thomas Sowell: I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white.

Apparently other Americans also recognize that the sources of racism are different today from what they were in the past. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 31% of blacks think that most blacks are racists, while 24% of blacks think that most whites are racist.

The difference between these percentages is not great, but it is remarkable nevertheless. After all, generations of blacks fought the white racism from which they suffered for so long. If many blacks themselves now think that most other blacks are racist, that is startling.

The moral claims advanced by generations of black leaders — claims that eventually touched the conscience of the nation and turned the tide toward civil rights for all — have now been cheapened by today’s generation of black “leaders,” who act as if it is all just a matter of whose ox is gored.

Even in legal cases involving terrible crimes — the O.J. Simpson murder trial or the charges of gang rape against Duke University students — many black “leaders” and their followers have not waited for facts about who was guilty and who was not, but have immediately taken sides, based on who was black and who was white.

Among whites, according to the same Rasmussen poll, 38% consider most blacks racist and 10% consider most whites racist. Broken down by politics, the same poll showed that 49% of Republicans consider most blacks racist, as do 36% of independents and 29% of Democrats.

Perhaps most disturbing of all, just 29% of Americans as a whole think race relations are getting better, while 32% think race relations are getting worse. The difference is too close to call, but the fact that it is so close is itself painful — and perhaps a warning sign for where we are heading.

Is this what so many Americans, both black and white, struggled for, over the decades and generations, to try to put the curse of racism behind us — only to reach a point where retrogression in race relations now seems at least equally likely as progress?

What went wrong?

Perhaps no single factor can be blamed for all the things that went wrong. Insurgent movements of all sorts, in countries around the world, have for centuries soured in the aftermath of their own success. “The revolution betrayed” is a theme that goes back at least as far as 18th-century France.

The civil rights movement in 20th-century America attracted many people who put everything on the line for the sake of fighting against racial oppression. But the eventual success of that movement attracted opportunists, and even turned some idealists into opportunists.

Over the generations, black leaders have ranged from noble souls to shameless charlatans. After the success of the civil rights insurgency, the latter have come into their own, gaining money, power and fame by promoting racial attitudes and actions that are counterproductive to the interests of those they lead.

None of this is unique to blacks or to the U.S. In various countries and times, leaders of groups that lagged behind, economically and educationally, have taught their followers to blame all their problems on other people — and to hate those other people.

This was the history of anti-Semitic movements in Eastern Europe between the two World Wars, anti-Ibo movements in Nigeria in the 1960s, and anti-Tamil movements that turned Sri Lanka from a peaceful nation into a scene of lethal mob violence and then decades-long civil war, both marked by unspeakable atrocities.

Groups that rose from poverty to prosperity seldom did so by having racial or ethnic leaders. While most Americans can easily name a number of black leaders, current or past, how many can name Asian American ethnic leaders or Jewish ethnic leaders?

The time is long overdue to stop looking for progress through racial or ethnic leaders. Such leaders have too many incentives to promote polarizing attitudes and actions that are counterproductive for minorities and disastrous for the country.

But they are so good for Divide and Conquer, Hate & Fear Political Power. And you throw in Self-Righteousness and you have a winner!

And we all lose…

Surprise Surprise!

In September 2009, President Obama promised the country that “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future.”

And if you thought he was being truthful, you really are a naive.

But it turns out Obama did sign such a plan — in fact, ObamaCare could add upwards of 180 billion dimes to the deficit in its first 10 years, an IBD analysis of various official budget reports found.

And when the Medicare cuts that were double counted as both cost and savings don’t happen for political reasons then it will skyrocket even more.

According to the Congressional Budget Office’s initial forecast made in March 2010, ObamaCare was supposed to cut the deficit a total of $124 billion in its first decade. Democrats seized on this to show Obama had lived up to his promise.

Almost as soon as Obama signed the law, however, his administration started making changes that added costs and cut revenues. The most recent was the one-year delay in the employer mandate.

The result is instead of a $124 billion deficit cut from 2010 to 2019, ObamaCare will likely add about $18 billion in red ink over those same years. And that assumes nothing else changes in the years ahead.

Which it will.

Costly Delays

When the administration announced the employer mandate delay, it said its decision resulted from business complaints about complex reporting requirements.

What it didn’t say is it would cost as much as $10 billion in lost revenues, which is how much the CBO expected in fines from companies that didn’t provide health benefits to workers that first year.

In addition, experts believe the delay will push more people into the subsidized exchanges, which could add as much as $5.3 billion in taxpayer costs, according to an analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has also been putting off steep cuts to the Medicare Advantage program, which were supposed to help cover ObamaCare costs.

Medicare Advantage lets seniors choose from an array of private health plans, with premiums largely paid by Medicare. About 28% have enrolled in one of these plans.

Obama has been critical of Medicare Advantage, saying it provided “unwarranted subsidies” that “pad their profits but don’t improve the care of seniors.” And ObamaCare planned to squeeze $136 billion out of it between 2010 and 2019.

But just as these cuts were set to bite, the administration started handing out $8.35 billion in “quality improvement” bonuses to Advantage companies, under the guise of a “demonstration project.”

The bonuses eliminated most of the scheduled cuts in 2012, according to the Government Accountability Office, which also challenged the claim that it was a legitimate demonstration project. That led to charges that Obama was just postponing the cuts to avoid upsetting seniors in an election year.

Just like now. 🙂

He wants to escape any of the blame for this monster and for it to be “his legacy” and for it not to effect HIM while in office, after that then it will be someone elses fault! And they just suck it up…

Earlier this year, his administration again reversed course on Medicare Advantage cuts, turning a planned 2.3% reduction in payments for 2014 into a 3.3% increase. Regulators claimed the payment boost resulted from a new methodology, but the change came after a flurry of protests from industry and lawmakers.

CLASS Dismissed

And in October 2011, Obama jettisoned an ObamaCare program, called CLASS, that was supposed to provide subsidized long-term care insurance for seniors.

Because CLASS collected premiums for years before paying any benefits, it appeared to cut ObamaCare’s costs by $72 billion in the first 10 years.

But the program was so badly designed it would have gone bankrupt soon after that, and so the administration dumped it.

Just like they want to dump the medical devices tax.

That decision, however, vaporized more than half of ObamaCare’s promised deficit cuts.

After accounting for all these changes, along with overall changes in the CBO’s cost projections, the law is now on track to add to the federal deficit in the first 10 years, albeit by a relatively small amount.

Supporters argue that even with these changes ObamaCare is still cutting deficits because it’s lowering health spending and improving efficiency, and these savings will grow over time as deeper Medicare cuts and bigger tax bills kick in.

But a January report from the Government Accountability Office found that claims of long-term ObamaCare deficit cuts are based on dubious cost-saving assumptions that several independent agencies “expressed concerns about.”

After factoring those out, the GAO found ObamaCare will add $6.2 trillion to deficits over the next 75 years.

Gee, no one saw that coming…
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Liberals are Skunks

Over the past few years I have had a series of “Liberals are…” that analyzes Liberals from different perspectives.

I started out with Bees. Then Zombies. Then Drones.

Now, the fourth in the series, Skunks.

Skunks are generally loners concerned with themselves but they may gather in communal dens for warmth (in liberals case Hate) and they have poor vision.

They will spray a noxious and offensive liquid at you from their anus (liberal mouth) if threatened. And they have sharp claws for digging in burrows (hole-y beliefs).

They live longer in captivity than freedom.

But unlike real skunks Liberal carry a seemingly infinite supply of spray.

Most Predators (Republicans) are afraid to attack them for fear of being sprayed.

To domesticate it you have to remove it’s scent gland so it doesn’t spray you.

Thus, most liberals are not only undomesticated, but totally feral and wild. 🙂

You have to remove their scent glands  to domesticate them and get them to behave with other peacefully.

Preventative measures, such as removing attractants from the vicinity of your house, will decrease the likelihood of an encounter with any wild animal.

Thinks like The Constitution. The American Flag. TEA Party Signs. A Gun Rack. Anything to do with Pro-Life. Pro-Military.Not “green” enough. A Picture of the Devil Himself- George W Bush or the Boogiemen, The Koch Brothers.

So just deal with it. It’s your cross to bear for not being them.

So just shut up.

The environment should be “green” and peaceful and incapable of upsetting the Liberal. Thus you have to agree that it is the superior life form and 100% right every time on anything it says at any time or you risk being sprayed or clawed.

Tragically, some people feel the only solution to a resident skunk is to put out a live trap, catch the skunk, and then destroy or relocate them. Inevitably, another skunk or wild animal will move into the area and the cycle begins all over again. Skunks, like other suburban and urban wildlife, prefer to live the easy life we unknowingly provide for them and don’t like a hostile environment.

Moving an animal can also spread disease, not just between the old community and the new, but also between species. (City of Sacramento General Services).

So just be nice to the liberal and don’t challenge them. They are after all, Home Superior Liberalis and you’re not.

So shut up and keep out of their way. They want what they want when they want it and if you don’t give it to them you’ll be sprayed. 🙂

After all, George Zimmerman is not only guilty but he’s a “White Hispanic” because if he was an actual Hispanic and/or not guilty then there would not only be no media attention (Or DOJ lead protests) but no spray and we can’t have that now can we? 🙂

A half-cocked Liberal with no spray is a terrible think to waste.

Because Homo Superior Liberalis is never, ever , wrong. 🙂

On March 8, 2012, the Associated Press wrote, “The neighborhood watch leader is white.” When it came out that he was not, media outlets including CNN began labeling Zimmerman a “white Hispanic” in order to maintain the false narrative that the killing was race-based.

And race is the only thing on trial in Sanford,FL. The only thing.

So get ready to get sprayed.

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