Monday, November 11, 2013
Feeble minds our Liberals are, they will never understand how a free people, making their own choice will always arrive at the best economic decision.
Obamacare is....we will establish exchanges which work better than the free economy in allocating health care. Ignoring the pertinent point...the distortion is caused by government...but anyway...
In no other endeavor is there the rational thought that removing the customer from financial decisions results in better financial decisions.
So the web site does not work, a portion of the population is having their insurance cancelled due to the increased requirements of offering individual insurance. Temporary! they say... one might assume they will work the issues out (stupid that they think they can't solve this but can manage the whole)...but even giving their doubtful short term success...a long term solution...no!
They, our formerly (for me) beloved government, cannot manage a business...they will FIU.
The Liberals should have taken the Reps offer.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Yes isn't a good thing Syria finally admitted they had chemical weapons and isn't it a good thing he is going to destroy them, who cares who gets credit? Some great business books say don';t worry about who gets credit just get it done
. We are still destroying our chemical weapons ( yes we have them too) and I just read this was decided during the Nixon years.
So it will take a lot of time, let's see Nixon was when? Anyway it is really simple math again 6,000 dead Americans and 150,000 dead Iraq's under an invasion plan, and this plan has ZERO deaths. I say give Putin credit who cares, I know there is some mothers and fathers that will still have their children to hug and kiss goodnight.
These war mongers like McCain, Cheney, and Rumsfield, are all too anxious to send our children to fight for their glory. Bush and Cheney and Shock and Awe, have taught us a lesson Senior Bush new a long time ago.
Don't stick your hand in a hornet's nest.
If the link does not work, it is Putin's op-ed in the NYT
Actually some of what he says is true, but more true is he is calling out America...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Now...granted tough situation. But as Hags noted, he drew the RED LINE, no one else.
So American policy is no use of chemical weapons...OK...good idea...so if you use them let's make you pay...great...let's go!...but wait! NO!...no...let's go with just a limited strike...huh? Either we go to war or we don't, we don't do "limited" to satisfy the liberal base which will never agree to anything "war". So we are going to do what Baxter and Crazy Rich? We are going to send a few bombs, mess up some stuff...probably kill some civilians...and then what?
Now the really incoherent part of our Presidents speech tonight...
LET THE RUSSIANS HANDLE IT!
So, let me see if I understand our Presidents reasoning...don't use chemical weapons dammit...look I drew a RED LINE!...cuz if you do we are going to bomb...something to be determined...not you...just something... but look if you do use chemical weapons and then we find out...we are going to be really mad...I mean it, really we are...but here is the real deal...
If you use the Chemical stuff...just once...after I drew the RED LINE!...OK, not great but...just call the Russians and offer to turn everything over and....then...OK...promise not any more...just that one time...really I mean it. Don't do it again, I will be really mad.
And besides....IT'S BUSH'S FAULT!
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Sunday, September 1, 2013
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I start with the definition so I don't have to hear any BS about racism.
We and our allies about about to pay the price for having an inexperienced yet egotistical amateur at the head of our government. His casual remarks at a press conference a year ago are coming back to haunt us all.
Assad should be deposed. He is evil. But Syria is complex and the stakes are high. Read "Obama's Bread and Circuses" by Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post in Real Clear Politics. It is incisive and somber. This link may work:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/09/01/obamas_bread_and_circuses_119793.htmlObama has done real harm to us and our allies. Now that evil people recognize him for the buffoon he is, real trouble will follow.
If you need more convincing, read "A Case Study in How Not to Conduct Foreign Policy" by Fareed Zakaria of CNN. Neither Mr. Zakaria nor CNN is know for leaning to the right. The article is also available at Real Clear Politics. Try this link:
The article is also available on CNN, which may be more comfortable for those with a leftward tilt.
Buckle your chin straps. Things are going to get worse.
All the best,
And that's awesome, because it technically is their effing job to decide that stuff, a practice we've gotten away from, and which has greatly benefitted Congress, who rarely have to nut up and do anything anymore.
But since society frowns on us just dropping the big one on Syria, they get to take a vote on it.
Especially all those BIG TALKERS who claimed to want to take a vote, most of whom were lying when they said this. Now " can't wait to start a war " MaCain might vote no. What else from the man who chose Palin to be a heart beat away from the Presidency. Of course now they will criticize him for not being a leader.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
First government aids an industry (Retirement, health care, education, energy) then it is over subsidized then it fails and must be rescued by those who messed it up.
Time and time again.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
How many of these folks will send an apology to our president? Will Donald Trump make a definitive statement or continue to dodge the question? This isn't a minor matter. The fact that some Americans wanted to President Obama out of office on this basis yet support Senator Cruz shows just how the Nazis were able to take power in Germany. Otherwise ordinary people were choosing a fascist path at the expense of democracy and why?
Conservative David Horowitz put it best in December of 2008, "It is sore loserism and quite radical in its intent. Respect for election results is one of the most durable bulwarks of our unity as a nation. Conservatives need to accept the fact that we lost the election, and get over it; and get on with the important business of reviving our country’s economy and defending its citizens, and — by the way — its Constitution."
By the way, it is rather clear to me that Ted Cruz is a natural born American who is eligible to hold the presidency, just as the American born Obama is, even if he had been born in Kenya.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This corporate tax cut has been the cornerstone of your party (too high a corporate tax) and you still want to say no.
I'm just sick of this anti Obama crap, get over it compromise is what democracy is all about. You don't get your way, thats why you work together.
The Republican party will be in the dustbin of history if you don't get some level headed people at the leadership.
My man Riegel says the Republicans will never win another election, I'm starting to believe him!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Charitable-Industrial Complex
By PETER BUFFETT
Published: July 26, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
I am not the only one who has written about House and Senate Republicans' monomaniacal focus on sabotaging the implementation of Obamacare—Greg Sargent, Steve Benen, Jon Chait, Jon Bernstein, Ezra Klein, and many others have written powerful pieces. But it is now spinning out of control.
It is important to emphasize that this set of moves is simply unprecedented. The clear comparison is the Medicare prescription drug plan. When it passed Congress in 2003, Democrats had many reasons to be furious. The initial partnership between President Bush and Sen. Edward Kennedy had resulted in an admirably bipartisan bill—it passed the Senate with 74 votes. Republicans then pulled a bait and switch, taking out all of the provisions that Kennedy had put in to bring along Senate Democrats, jamming the resulting bill through the House in a three-hour late-night vote marathon that blatantly violated House rules and included something close to outright bribery on the House floor, and then passing the bill through the Senate with just 54 votes—while along the way excluding the duly elected conferees, Tom Daschle (the Democratic leader!) and Jay Rockefeller, from the conference committee deliberations.
The implementation of that bill was a huge challenge, and had many rocky moments. It required educating millions of seniors, most not computer-literate, about the often complicated choices they had to create or change their prescription coverage. Imagine if Democrats had gone all out to block or disrupt the implementation—using filibusters to deny funding, sending threatening letters to companies or outside interests who mobilized to educate Medicare recipients, putting on major campaigns to convince seniors that this was a plot to deny them Medicare, comparing it to the ill-fated Medicare reform plan that passed in 1989 and, after a revolt by seniors, was repealed the next year.
Almost certainly, Democrats could have tarnished one of George W. Bush's signature achievements, causing Republicans major heartburn in the 2004 presidential and congressional elections—and in the process hurting millions of Medicare recipients and their families. Instead, Democrats worked with Republicans, and with Mark McClellan, the Bush administration official in charge of implementation, to smooth out the process and make it work—and it has been a smashing success.
Contrast that with Obamacare. For three years, Republicans in the Senate refused to confirm anybody to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the post that McClellan had held in 2003-04—in order to damage the possibility of a smooth rollout of the health reform plan. Guerrilla efforts to cut off funding, dozens of votes to repeal, abusive comments by leaders, attempts to discourage states from participating in Medicaid expansion or crafting exchanges, threatening letters to associations that might publicize the availability of insurance on exchanges, and now a new set of threats—to have a government shutdown, or to refuse to raise the debt ceiling, unless the president agrees to stop all funding for implementation of the plan.
I remember being shocked when some congressional Democrats appeared to be rooting for the surge in troops in Iraq to fail—which would mean more casualties among Americans and Iraqis, but a huge embarrassment for Bush, and vindication of their skepticism. But of course they did not try to sabotage the surge by disrupting funding or interfering in the negotiations in Iraq with competing Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish power centers. To do so would have been close to treasonous.
What is going on now to sabotage Obamacare is not treasonous—just sharply beneath any reasonable standards of elected officials with the fiduciary responsibility of governing. A good example is the letter Senate Republican Leaders Mitch McConnell and Cornyn sent to the NFL, demanding that it not cooperate with the Obama administration in a public-education campaign to tell their fans about what benefits would be available to them and how the plan would work—a letter that clearly implied deleterious consequences if the league went ahead anyhow. McConnell and Cornyn got their desired result. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell quickly capitulated. (When I came to Washington in 1969-70, one of my great pleasures was meeting and getting to know Charles Goodell, the courageous Republican senator from New York who took on his own president on Vietnam and was quietly courageous on many other controversial issues. Roger Goodell is his son—although you would not know it from this craven action.)
When a law is enacted, representatives who opposed it have some choices (which are not mutually exclusive). They can try to repeal it, which is perfectly acceptable—unless it becomes an effort at grandstanding so overdone that it detracts from other basic responsibilities of governing. They can try to amend it to make it work better—not just perfectly acceptable but desirable, if the goal is to improve a cumbersome law to work better for the betterment of the society and its people. They can strive to make sure that the law does the most for Americans it is intended to serve, including their own constituents, while doing the least damage to the society and the economy. Or they can step aside and leave the burden of implementation to those who supported the law and got it enacted in the first place.
But to do everything possible to undercut and destroy its implementation—which in this case means finding ways to deny coverage to many who lack any health insurance; to keep millions who might be able to get better and cheaper coverage in the dark about their new options; to create disruption for the health providers who are trying to implement the law, including insurers, hospitals, and physicians; to threaten the even greater disruption via a government shutdown or breach of the debt limit in order to blackmail the president into abandoning the law; and to hope to benefit politically from all the resulting turmoil—is simply unacceptable, even contemptible. One might expect this kind of behavior from a few grenade-throwing firebrands. That the effort is spearheaded by the Republican leaders of the House and Senate—even if Speaker John Boehner is motivated by fear of his caucus, and McConnell and Cornyn by fear of Kentucky and Texas Republican activists—takes one's breath away.
Friday, July 26, 2013
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.
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 Republicans propose a structural reform, such as premium support for Medicare or something as obvious as raising the retirement age to match increasing longevity
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Ummmm....OK....So....you have had 5 years....how is it going Mr. President?
Mr. Obama has focused his policies on reducing inequality rather than increasing growth. The predictable result has been more inequality and less growth. The rich have done well in the last few years thanks to a rising stock market, but the middle class and poor have not. No President has done worse by the middle class in modern times.
By now the lackluster growth figures are well known. The recovery that began four years ago has been one of the weakest on record, averaging a little more than 2%. And it has not gained speed. Growth in the fourth quarter of 2012 was 0.4%. It rose to a still anemic 1.8% in the first quarter but most economists are predicting even slower growth in the second quarter. What has never arrived is the 3%-4% growth spurt during typical expansions.
One ponders.....does our President know how badly he has done? Did he not know what a historic opportunity the great recession presented (as recessions do) to promote economic growth then claim the credit? Wait!....does he really believe in this Social justice crap!?
The core problem has been Mr. Obama's focus on spreading the wealth rather than creating it. ObamaCare will soon hook more Americans on government subsidies, but its mandates and taxes have hurt job creation, especially at small businesses. Mr. Obama's record tax increases have grabbed a bigger chunk of affluent incomes, but they created uncertainty for business throughout 2012 and have dampened growth so far this year.
The food stamp and disability rolls have exploded, which reduces inequality but also reduces the incentive to work and rise on the economic ladder. This has contributed to a plunge in the share of Americans who are working—the labor participation rate—to 63.5% in June from 65.7% in June 2009. And don't forget the Fed's extraordinary monetary policy, which has done well by the rich who have assets but left the thrifty middle class and retirees earning pennies on their savings.
Its almost like...he is trying to do this.....with the support of misbegotten souls like Baxter and Terry, he has intentionally trashed the economy....with Justice for All!...to form a permanent class of perma-liberal voters!
Mr. Obama would have done far better by the poor, the middle class and the wealthy if he had focused on growing the economy first. The difference between the Obama 2% recovery and the Reagan-Clinton 3%-4% growth rates is rising incomes for nearly everybody.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Quote by Dwight D Eisenhower
just came across this quote! interesting
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
New York is the latest state to announce health insurance rates coming down as a consequence of Obamacare. Individual rates will fall by 50%. In California, the monthly average premium on the exchange will be $321/mo (before subsidy, if any), about 40% less than forecast by the CBO. An Obama Medicare pilot program to improve care and reduce costs has done exactly that as reported today in Politico.
Gosh - just imagine if the Dow had doubled and the annual deficit had been cut in half under Obama's presidency. Then, we could honestly say that he is one of our great presidents. Principled conservatives would drop their petty partisanship and much would be accomplished these next three years by working together. If only...