Merry Christmas From The Far Left

Full Disclosure: I am not a Christian. But neither am I any other religion or an atheist. I am “none of the above”.
I believe in the Spirit of Christmas. Which for a Grinch level cynic like me is kind of peculiar. But life is full of dichotomies.
And I absolutely hate POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!
Anywhere. Any Time.
And Christmas has been one of the major times.
Attacking Christianity or attacking Capitalist Greed and Consumerism, The Left is always trying to play Grinch.
Bill O’Reilly: Since the forces of good overwhelmed the anti-Christmas brigades a few years ago, the annual yuletide controversies have been rather muted.

This year, the always-reliable American Civil Liberties Union threatened schools in Tennessee with doom if they promoted Christmas, and there were a few other atrocities. Generally, though, the traditions of Christmas are on display, bringing happiness to American children.

But dissenters remain. An atheist put up an anti-Christmas billboard outside the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey that reads: “You KNOW it’s a myth. This season, celebrate REASON!”

You know, I would like to celebrate reason, too. That’s why I support honoring a federal holiday that allows citizens a day off to think about a man who changed history by preaching “love your neighbor as yourself.”

The view some liberal folks have of Christmas is interesting. New York Times columnist Gail Collins is a moderate lefty who says this about the tunnel billboard: “In this battle for the hearts and minds of commuters, the atheists seem to have been overly belligerent, although it is understandable that they get a little testy this time of year.”

It is?

Why would any rational person get testy about a federal holiday that brings joy to the majority of their countrymen and helps the economy, to boot? As a Christian, I don’t mind the winter solstice people doing whatever it is they do. If it involves ice hockey, I might even participate. Why resent the happiness of others, especially if no harm is being done? That’s not reasonable.

Some liberal people believe that Muslims, Jews and atheists might feel “left out” of the Christmas revelry. Well, I feel left out when folks eat onions because my stomach can’t tolerate them. That’s just the way it goes. Muslims, Jews, Hindus and most every other religious group have their own special days, do they not?

Jesus, I believe, would be shocked that his own humble birth has now become an occasion for attack billboards. The wise men would also be appalled. King Herod might approve, but he also might have executed the atheists involved just for fun. That’s the kind of guy Herod was.

In the end, the anti-Christmas people are tiresome and petty. Christmas is about the birth of a child and the happiness of all the children who followed him into this world. The day is set up to create magic for youngsters and to steep them in giving and receiving. Fanatical adults should not be intruding on or interfering with the positive spirit of Christmas.

That means you, ACLU.

Finally, there is a reason why Congress designates special days for official celebration. As far as Christmas is concerned, it benefits the individual citizen and the country in general to think of others. That is what Christmas is truly about. It’s the reason for the season.

The Naughty and Nice Christmas list (stores) that has gotten smaller over the last few years.

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The TAX DEAL

A small intermission to present this cartoon interlude.

Just in case you don’t think the far left is loonier than a Warner Brother Cartoon check this out from far, far left hacker “news” site- Gawker.com:

How Will Americans Spend the Obama Tax Cuts?

‘Nuff Said. The “rat sandwiches” was a nice touch though.

These people are too ideologically insane to know they were the beneficiaries of A Stimulus II.

And what’s this Porn obsession all about?

Now back to our regularly scheduled Holiday (unless the Left can figure out an Orwellian way to whitewash it completely that is)…

And I wouldn’t want to leave out the radical Atheists who just hate religion (especially Christianity) all together.

Posted at the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan:

The billboard sponsored by American Atheists. Seth Wenig/AP

Drivers can mull over this challenge for the few minutes of purgatory it takes to cross under the Hudson River. Once they make it through the tunnel into New York, however, they’ll encounter another billboard, this one from the Catholic League.

It’s the same nativity scene, but this time with a retort: “You know it’s real.” (NPR- and no one got fired for writing about it! Amazing! I guess it wasn’t anti-muslim enough for that)

But the final word should go that bastion of the Left: The American Communist Liberals Unions, The ACLU (from their own website)- mentioned in the Bill O’Reilly piece in all it’s Christmas glory:

NASHVILLE – Responding to numerous complaints from families about religious holiday activities in Tennessee public schools, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) sent a letter late yesterday to the 137 public school superintendents across the state.  The letter reminded school officials that holiday celebrations focusing primarily on one religious holiday amount to a school’s unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

“The founders of the United States believed in the significance of religion.  But they also understood that decisions about when and how to practice religion are best left to individuals, families and religious institutions,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director.  “During the holiday season, it is especially important that we all embrace the constitutional guarantees of the First Amendment in order to ensure that religious freedom flourishes.”

The ACLU-TN letter cites several U.S. Supreme Court decisions, explaining that “While public schools can teach about religion and religious holidays, public schools may not engage in indoctrination.  Thus comparative religion courses can be taught but endorsing religious doctrine or sponsoring religious activities is unconstitutional.”

The letter further explains, “[ACLU-TN] welcome[s] holiday celebrations that teach children about a variety of holidays.  We believe, however, that holiday celebrations that focus primarily on one religious holiday can result in indoctrination as well as a sense within students who do not share that religion of being outsiders to the school.”
Merry Christmas!

Feliz Navidad!

Gesëende Kersfees

Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah

Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo

Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan

Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!

Gajan Kristnaskon

Froehliche Weihnachten

Gledileg Jol

Nollaig chridheil huibh

Nadolig Llawen

Sawadee Pee Mai

Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo

Liberals: Happy Holidays!

Not quite the same is it. 🙂

Monty Python’s Flying Christmas

Disclaimer: Monty Python belongs to Monty Python. Spam belongs to uh. . . well you get the idea. I don’t own this.

Without further ado, here we go!

The Twelve Days of Christmas-Monty Python Style!

On the first day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

A heck of a bloody good time!

On the second day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the third day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Three Hungarian dictionaries,

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the fourth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the fifth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the sixth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the seventh day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the eighth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Eight roasting narrators

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the ninth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Nine okay lumberjacks

Eight roasting narrators

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the tenth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Ten resting parrots

Nine okay lumberjacks

Eight roasting narrators

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the eleventh day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Eleven pounds of spam

Ten resting parrots

Nine okay lumberjacks

Eight roasting narrators

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the twelfth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Twelve migrating coconuts

Eleven pounds of spam

Ten resting parrots

Nine okay lumberjacks

Eight roasting narrators

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

🙂

Queen Pelosi and Her Empire Strikes Back

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

Queen of Her own Empire, Nancy Pelosi (does she realize she was repudiated on Nov 2?- in short, NO!): “We will continue discussions with the President and our Democratic and Republican colleagues in the days ahead to improve the proposal before it comes to the House floor for a vote,” Pelosi said.

“Democratic priorities remain clear: to provide a tax cut for working families, to create jobs and economic growth, to assist millions of our fellow Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, and to do this in a fiscally sound way.”

Aka, Class Warfare or Die! Victory or Death! Victory or Your Death!

Screw you!

One unidentified lawmaker went so far as to mutter “f— the president” in a Democratic Caucus meeting. The anger aimed at the bill was widespread. As Democrats moved to block the bill from coming up on the floor, chants of “Just say no!” could be heard by reporters outside the room. (The Hill)

Class Warfare or Die! Victory or Death!

Class Warfare or Die! Victory or Death!

Class Warfare or Die! Victory or Death!

The Democrats are so delusional they don’t even understand that they lost the last election. BIG. 63 seats in the House lost, the biggest Republican victory in nearly 90 years!

Forty-seven percent (47%) of those in President Obama’s party say the country is on the wrong track.  Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans and 75% of voters not affiliated with either political party agree. (Rasmussen)

And, frankly, THEY DON’T CARE!

And you can bet Minority Leader Pelosi will not change in January.

“If everybody took out what they didn’t like, we would have nothing,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. “And we know the consequences of doing nothing.”

The Democrats don’t care!

Simple as that.

They don’t give a crap on a stick if your taxes go up Jan 1, 2011. If they can’t have their Class Warfare then they’ll take their marbles and go home!

F*uck you!

“We have given our leadership license to force the Senate and the White House back to the table to get a better deal for the American people,” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)said.

Asked if leadership had agreed to do that, DeFazio replied, “Well, they’re not going to get a bill if they don’t.”

Louisiana Kickback recipient Sen, Mary Landreiu had the gal to call the deal “moral recklessness”. This would be funny from the lady who got a $300 million dollar bribe to vote for ObamaCare, if it wasn’t so incredible in it’s arrogance.

Class Warfare or Die! Victory or Death!

Class Warfare or Die! Victory or Death!

Class Warfare or Die! Victory or Death!

The President for his part did lovingly call the Republicans, “Hostage Takers”.

So Tax Increases (because they aren’t “cuts”) are being held hostage by Class Warriors and the ones who aren’t fighting a class war are the terrorists!

Now, that’s politics 2010.

“A clear majority of the U.S. House of Representatives supports this plan,” Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) said in a statement. “We are allowing the liberal wing of the Democratic Caucus to hold these critically needed tax cuts hostage.”

But the ultimate power in this situation is Queen of Her Own Universe, the still Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

If she wants to be a one liberal roadblock to your taxes going up, damn she’s going to squat in the middle of the road, hold her breath until you turn blue to save her Class Warfare!

The question is will they blink after all this bluster and cry-baby tactics?

Personally, I’m too much of cynic to think so. Ultimately, I have no faith.

Liberals don’t compromise, they dictate.

They want YOU to compromise with them. There is no quid pro quo.

They are spoiled bratty little children who will cry and whine and throw a tantrum if you don’t do exactly as they want. They want what they want, when they want it. Nothing less.

They have got the maturity to deal with reality. So they don’t.

And at the top of this heap of crap is the Queen Dung Beetle, Nancy Pelosi, the Queen of all she surveys.

Political Cartoon by Mike Lester

 

 

 

A Dead Plan Walking

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Remember the “Debt Commission” that early on was rumored to be just an excuse for the VAT tax to be proposed? And still might…

Then November 2, 2010 rolled around and the Democrats were handed their heads on a platter.

So now the Debt Commission is proposing a whole bunch of ACTUAL Cuts.

Which means it’s a dead plan walking.

I will admit to having no faith in Washington elites. They can talk a good game, but in the end they will vote to save their own ass before the country, the future, or your kids.

[Deficit]
But many of these, like the Social Security is in 2050. THAT’S 40 years from now. The first people effected by it would 25 now.
If you can’t plan for 4 extra years 40 years out, you must be a Liberal!
Speaking of the Left:

“The chairmen of the Deficit Commission just told working Americans to ‘Drop Dead,’” said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, referring to proposed changes in how Social Security is administered. “Some people are saying this is plan is just a ‘starting point.’ Let me be clear, it is not.”

Mind you, Mr Trumpka heads a union were many, many of his members can retire in their 50s with outrageously extravagant pensions that are bankrupting states all over the nation. But don’t mention that to him, you’ll just make him mad. 🙂

House Speaker (soon-to-be Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, called the proposal “simply unacceptable.”

Self-Admitted Socialist  Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasted, “It is reprehensible to ask working people, including many who do physically-demanding labor, to work until they are 69 years of age. It also is totally impractical. As they compete for jobs with 25-year-olds, many older workers will go unemployed and have virtually no income. Frankly, there will not be too much demand within the construction industry for 69-year-old bricklayers.”

A non-starter. A gift to the rich.

The giant flushing sound you heard Wednesday on Capitol Hill was the reaction of Congressional Democrats to the initial recommendations of President Obama’s bipartisan deficit reduction commission.

And so the Left is going to fight any spending cuts, and any repeals of their Utopian vision of a European America.

They will be the “obstructionists” that they have railed agasinst for the last number of years. And proudly so.

Isn’t politics grand. 🙂

Which is why it will never happen.

It has to happen.

But it won’t.

The Political elite don’t have the guts.

I’m hoping I’m wrong about the Republicans.

But the American people are the co-dependent drug addicts in this equation.

Because, who is more like to vote, the 25 year old who will actually be hit by the plan or the over 50 person who’s going to get it very soon or already addicted to it?

Forgetaboutit.

Sure they turned out to toss the Democrats (at least most of them, Jerry Brown and Harry Reid aside) on their asses. But when it’s their ass on the line and their ox is being goured, forgetaboutit.

The new NIBY principle. From Not in My Backyard to Not in my Backpocket.

It will be cut “Them” not “Me”. With the Democrats getting holier-than-thou about “the poor” and “the rich” even more so than the last few years. And all for political calculations.

The evil republicans who want to cut off grandma and force her eat dog food, etc.

Just for political advantage. Nothing else.

I hope I’m wrong. But I’m a cynic, after all.

Meanwhile…

The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

The fast-growing pay of federal employees has captured the attention of fiscally conservative Republicans who won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in last week’s elections. Already, some lawmakers are planning to use the lame-duck session that starts Monday to challenge the president’s plan to give a 1.4% across-the-board pay raise to 2.1 million federal workers.

Government-wide raises. Top-paid staff have increased in every department and agency. The Defense Department had nine civilians earning $170,000 or more in 2005, 214 when Obama took office and 994 in June.

•Long-time workers thrive. The biggest pay hikes have gone to employees who have been with the government for 15 to 24 years. Since 2005, average salaries for this group climbed 25% compared with a 9% inflation rate.

•Physicians rewarded. Medical doctors at veterans hospitals, prisons and elsewhere earn an average of $179,500, up from $111,000 in 2005.

Federal workers earning $150,000 or more make up 3.9% of the workforce, up from 0.4% in 2005.

Since 2000, federal pay and benefits have increased 3% annually above inflation compared with 0.8% for private workers, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Members of Congress earn $174,000, up from $141,300 in 2000, an increase below the rate of inflation.

That’s insulting to ordinary Americans, who are struggling mightily every week to pay the mortgage and health care and college costs, only to see their increasingly scarce tax dollars go straight into the pockets of public workers. That shouldn’t be happening in hard times – not whether those public sector employees work on health care, education, agriculture, homeland security or defense. Shared sacrifice must be more than an empty slogan. (The  Very Liberal NY Daily News)
I learned a hard lesson earlier in this decade: The Truth is truth and you don’t have to like it. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t matter if  you like it, it’s still the truth.
And the truth is that the way thinks have been done for the last several generations is now unsustainable.Period.
Deal with it.
The truth doesn’t care if you like it or not.
The often-comedic co-chairman Alan Simpson sheepishly exited the meeting, telling reporters, “We’re entering the witness protection program,” referring to his fellow co-chairman and proposal author Erskine Bowles.
But some members cautioned against snap judgments. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a member of the panel, said, “The greatest national security threat facing America today is our national debt and a Congress that has avoided tough choices for decades. The discussion draft describes some of the tough choices facing Congress and the nation,” and warned, “I would encourage taxpayers to view with great suspicion the beltway, interest group culture that often prefers demagoguery over honest debate. In the real world, no family facing tough economic times has the luxury of treating portions of their budget as sacrosanct. Neither should Congress.”(FOX)
But Washington D.C. is not in touch with reality. And the American people want to stop the spending, just not their spending.
Sigh…
Political Cartoon by Chip Bok
Political Cartoon by Jerry Holbert
Political Cartoon by Robert Ariail

Is it Live or is it Memorex?

Political Cartoon by Eric Allie
Michael Ramirez Cartoon
REAL or Just Memo-RINO-rex??
While listening to music on my I-phone, I began to contemplate the upcoming mid-term elections. The rock band, The Who sang: “I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution/Take a bow for the new revolution/Smile and grin at the change all around me/Pick up my guitar and play/Just like yesterday/And I’ll get on my knees and pray/We don’t get fooled again” 

It struck me that the words could be an anthem for a new political generation. Of course, they might also be a prescient warning for voters casting ballots on November second.

As Election Day approaches, there is a feeling of excitement among conservatives. Republicans are poised to take control of both houses of Congress. As of this writing, both the Gallup and Rasmussen polls have Republicans holding a commanding double-digit lead among likely voters. There is even speculation that Republicans could win as many as 100 seats in the House of Representatives and 12 seats in the Senate.

Pardon me if, like Chris Matthews, I do not have a tingling sensation running up my leg at the prospect of Republican victory in November. Perhaps I would feel differently if Republicans had done something to earn victory in November. Alas, being the only alternative to an over-reaching, liberal congress and a president who is out of touch (and seemingly in over his head) is no great accomplishment. Yes, Republicans have stood in the way of Democratic hubris, as they should have. They are the opposition party and shouldn’t get brownie points for doing their job.

Certainly, I am not alone in recalling that it was the “me too” Republicans who increased federal regulation of public education, gave us the largest new entitlement program in a generation, failed to reform government entitlements, voted to pass the TARP, and were on the verge of giving us “comprehensive immigration reform” before saner minds steps to the fore. It was a big government president that arrogantly announced that he was abandoning free-market principles in order to save the free-market. Given their recent track record, it is unclear why the political right believes a Republican led Congress will be any more fiscally responsible than the previous Republican led Congress. Oh, yes, there is the “Pledge to America,” which, of course, will make all the difference. What remains unclear is why there must be an official pledge in order for Republicans to behave like, well, Republicans. Just a few years ago many of these same Republicans were spending money like drunken sailors and spouting the big-government conservative mantra, “Deficits don’t matter!” Now, of course, in large part because of the Tea Party movement, Republicans have found fiscal religion, except that the same folks that brought us big-government conservatism are mostly the same folks behind this years GOP resurgence.

Perhaps the difference this year is the Tea Party; the power and activism of the grass-roots will keep Republicans honest. It may very well be that the Tea Party is the natural response to leftist attempts to transform America. However, I maintain that had Republicans eschewed big-government conservatism in favor of traditional conservatism, there would have been no need for Tea Party activism because President Obama would still be Senator Obama.

Contrary to what the New Left would have us believe, the Tea Party movement is not the white racist rejection of a black president. The Tea Party is a rejection of government over-reaching: bank bailouts, government ownership of automobile companies, government healthcare, government control of school loans, and government attempts to regulate the very air we breathe. The Tea Party movement is the American people shouting, “Enough is enough!” As such, the Tea Party is a terrific gadfly, but as the Obama administration has discovered, there is a difference between community organizing and governing. The Tea Party is not prepared to govern; the Republican Party is. The question is: “Will they?” And if so, “In what manner?”

Sorry, but the cynic in me simply isn’t getting that warm, fuzzy feeling. In my lifetime I have noticed a tendency for politicians of both of the major parties to feed the beast of government rather than slay it. Sure, they talk tough and make promises, but Washington seduces them into engaging in all manner of devilment.

The cynic in me is whispering in my ear that ObamaCare is here to stay. Republicans may tinker with it, snip a few pages here and there to hold up as trophies, but the beast is here to stay. The doubter in me is saying that no matter how many pledges the GOP writes, there will be no meaningful reform of our entitlement system. The beast will demand to be fed tax-dollars and it will get them with a cherry on top. The skeptic in me is certain that in a very short time the public will be treated to “climate legislation.” Sure, there will be a few stalwart conservatives willing to be martyrs for the cause, but they will be shouted down by the “me too” Republicans, who are all too eager to out-Democrat their Democrat colleagues.

So, what is the alternative? I suppose one could pull the lever for Democrats, but that seems an odd choice for a conservative to make. I have long held that to vote for the lesser of two evils, still results in a vote cast for evil. And yet, to vote for a third-party candidate with no chance of winning, only seems to empower the party that I would like to see out of office. It is little wonder that I continually find myself holding my nose, and falling to my knees to pray that “We don’t get fooled again.” (Joseph C. Phillips)

Meanwhile, at the “casted” MTV “Townhall”

The so-called “A Conversation with President Obama” will be live and commercial-free on six Viacom networks at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The networks will not give equal time to a Republican before the election, according to a spokeswoman.

MTV denies that the Obama hour of TV is political, despite the timing, weeks before the midterm elections.

“We’re not giving an hour of free time to the president to freely express his views. We’re hosting a town hall with 250 young people to ask questions of the president,”Viacom spokeswoman Kelly McAndrew said to HUMAN EVENTS.

“This is not a campaign appearance. This is a town hall discussion.”

Viacom is adamant that the across-the-board network airing of the Obama hour is not political, and therefore does not demand equal time for a Republican.

It was so much the 800-lb Gorilla in the room they had to deny it twice!

“We are not giving a full hour of free air time. We are hosting a town hall for 250 individuals to ask questions of the president of the United States,” the spokeswoman said repeatedly.

Yeah, whatever. I’m sure you believe that spin.
Evan Gassman (Human Events): The good news: President Obama is going to take questions from audience members at a live town hall event on Thursday, October 14. The bad news: You have absolutely no chance of being in the audience, and even if you did, your questions would be pre-screened and written for you.
Two of my colleagues were completely honest on their applications and listed themselves as “conservatives.” Unsurprisingly, they didn’t make the cut.
Well, they only want diverse Liberal opinions after all. Nothing else is worth their time and certainly isn’t intelligent enough for the oh-so-much-smarter-than-anyone-else narcissistic Liberals.
MTV Interviewer to Evan (screening process): “What whimsical question would you ask President Obama, like ‘What do you have on your iPod?’” the same woman asked. I tried to think of the dumbest possible question I could. “I would ask, ‘Mr. President, do you watch “Mad Men?”’ I think that’s an important question,” I responded, tongue-in-cheek. 

“You’re not the first person to suggest that,” the woman said while writing my response down verbatim. “I like that question,” she added. In short, don’t be surprised if half of the MTV special is young people asking President Obama about his favorite breakfast cereal.

A Young America’s Foundation recent study found that the President speaks on high school and college campuses on an average of once every 12 days. An astroturfed and scripted town hall set to air on MTV is not a far cry from that trend. The President is only speaking to those who agree with him. 

When you tune in Thursday evening, keep in mind that every single moment has been produced and every audience member is hand-picked. Nothing of value will come from this town hall. It is yet another publicity stunt from a President who is running out of ideas.

But the Liberals will hug it and squeeze it and call it “informative”.
What’s a Cynic like me to do… 🙂
Can someone pass me the Barf Bag…

The Partisan Divide

IBD: We’d guess Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana sums up the Beltway wisdom when he says that tension across party lines makes it tough to rein in the debt and deficits. “Democrats want to spend more than we can afford,” he said. “Republicans want to cut more taxes than we can afford.”

And since politicians don’t cut programs, especially their own pet ones, tax hikes are inevitable.

And these could be on the backs of the Health Reform Taxes and potentially Cap & Trade taxes.

Cap & Trade is looking doubtful, but not impossible, as the Copenhagen Summit collapsed under it’s own weight late in the week.

They created enough of their own self-obsessed “carbon footprints” to choke a few African nations and came away with nothing really.

Anyone ever heard of Net Meeting?

John Sauven, Greenpeace UK’s executive director, said: “There are no targets for carbon cuts and no agreement on a legally binding treaty. It seems there are too few politicians in this world capable of looking beyond the horizon of their own narrow self-interest.” (examiner)

No truer statement, especially these day.

And especially when it comes to Democrats, Republicans, and the spoilers, Independents like me.

And Partisanship has hardened more and more in the last 10 years.

WSJ: Last year, for example, Democrats voted with the majority of their caucus 92% of the time in the House and 87% of the time in the Senate. Republicans voted with the majority of their caucus 87% of the time in the House and 83% of the time in the Senate. In other words, in only a small percentage of cases do either Democrats or Republicans buck the party line. That’s a picture of lockstep partisan voting, and it has been that way since the late 1990s.

So the Democrats, who have a majority, want to spend like it doesn’t matter on The Agenda. And the minority wants to cut taxes to stimulate the economy. But to Democrats the phrase “tax cut” is an evil 4-letter word…

You have a real mess.

So when this President foolishly or naive promised a post-partisan atmosphere he was obviously either disingenuous or permanently on Nitrous Oxide.

Making any meaningful  reductions very hard indeed.

It hasn’t always been this way. Look back 40 years, and Washington behaved in a quite different manner, with Democrats and Republicans both showing far more willingness to break ranks and reach across the aisle to the other side. In 1969, for example, House Democrats voted with their party’s majority just 61% of the time and House Republicans just 62% of the time. In other words, lockstep voting was roughly a third less prevalent than it is today.

If it had been as strident then as it is now the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960’s would never have happened.

GOP Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, who with Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota came up with the idea for the panel (8 Republicans, 8 Democrats 2 Obama Admins to try and work out a deal), sees the parties in conflict joining hands and jumping “off a cliff together.” As inspiring as that would be for many voters weary of Washington’s insatiable appetite for other people’s money, it’s not likely to turn out that way.

Likelier, those who recommend spending cuts will be pushed off the cliff and unable to oppose tax hikes.

Which brings us back to Bayh’s comment that “Republicans want to cut more taxes than we can afford.” It’s tax hikes, not cuts, that we can’t afford. We can’t even afford the taxes being imposed now.

Research has found that economic growth is maximized when combined federal, state and local taxes are 23% of the gross domestic product. The combined rate today is close to 30%.

America is the economic engine that moves the world. If the task force recommends tax hikes, and the Democratic Congress passes them and the president signs them into law, the shock will be felt here and abroad.

But if the panel does an honest analysis, it will find Washington has spending issues, not a revenue problem.

But like any drug addict they have to admit they have a problem first.

And I don’t see the Democrats doing that, even in an off year re-election cycle.

Example: The culmination of years of runaway socialism has left the  Greek public resentful, bitter and unwilling to pay taxes. “Why should I pay?” a Greek citizen told the New York Times. “I don’t care about my government, I don’t care about my country.”

Let the rich pay them. Let the “greedy” corporations pay them.

Their country’s bond rating was just lowered, making their money worth less and borrowing more expensive.

Our Future or our Present?

It’s all about Me.

What’s in it for Me.

Screw you.

It’s all about The Party.

It’s all about The Agenda.

The Politicians and their divide on one side.

The People on the other.

So you have a divide within a divide.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide say that it would be better to pass no health care reform bill this year instead of passing the plan currently being considered by Congress. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 34% think that passing that bill would be better.

However, 70% of liberal voters nationwide say it would be better to pass the legislation rather than passing nothing at all. Most moderates (54%) and conservatives (80%) hold the opposite view.

Compared to the average government worker, most Americans think they work harder, have less job security and make less money.

In fact, 59% of Americans say the average government worker earns more annually than the average taxpayer, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Among those who have close friends or relatives who work for the government, the belief is even stronger: 61% say the average government worker earns more than the average taxpayer.

Feeding that belief is the finding that 51% of all adults think government workers are paid too much. Only 10% say they are paid too little, while 27% say their pay is about right.

And they have FEHBP, the platinium standard for perfect health care.

So the partisan divide widens.

And with Mainstream Media very much partisan, you can’t even get the news without the spin cycle, just pries the wedge open farther. After all, conflict is good for the new business and pushing The Agenda is their partisan need.

The War on FOX by the White House and the Mainstream Media earlier this year should give us a good clue there.

Why they heck would they want to cover the news “objectively”? That’s so old fashion and not “crusading” enough for your average “journalist” today.

There’s nothing in it for them to just report the news.

That’s boring.

Especially, if THEY disagree with it.

Cynic: a person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions.

“a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.” –Ambrose Bierce

Yep, that’s me. 🙂

And from the evidence, is that so wrong….