I’ve decided that being optimistic about an election (2012) didn’t work, so I’ve decided to be pessimistic. For all intents and purposes, getting 51 seats in the Senate isn’t much more effective for Republicans than having 41 seats. If a simple majority tried to pass legislation, the Democrats would filibuster, regardless of the last six years of them bitching about it. The only thing 51 would do is give Republicans the moral authority to block funding, something the House has had the Constitutional authority to do since 2010.
Close polls, early voting, weakly enforced voter ID laws and Democrats with an effective NSA-style get out the vote database make it likely that they can keep the GOP under 48 members in the Senate. The Republicans go their real victory this year, keeping out as many Tea Party challenges as possible and emptying their war chests in the process.
When GW Bush suffered losses in 2006, he changed the Iraq War strategy to one that was very effective. If the Republicans in Congress change their tactics because of a loss this year, we’ll be better off than the same old plans with a slim Senate majority.
This is my untraceable social media where I can write about things like the horrible company I work for that is getting worse by the day. There’s a certain amount of churn going on and I find myself with the potential for an extended career of drudgery and lack of advancement with the sympathy of my peers as the only consolation.
In almost a decade, I haven’t really hated my job, but the days I think that are becoming more frequent. This is, however, the first time I’ve really had a career crisis. It is entirely possible for me to put out resumes and get out of Dodge, with more money and possibly more respect.
The Obama era has created a new relationship between employees and work. Many people dropped out of the work force, finding ways to get Social Security or Disability early. Others have taken advantage of long-term unemployment insurance. Obamacare has encouraged an underclass of part-time employees who are considered “employed” by the labor department, but lack the 30 hours a week for their employer to pay for Obamacare taxes.
It’s probably for the best. My company is not going to hang around much longer the way they’re going.
The nation-wide vote for Scottish independence from the UK is over and the results are looking like they’ll be hanging around. A fairly desperate fear campaign was waged threatening everything from economic peril to the collapse of the whiskey industry.
I remember the Quebec Referendum of 1995. That vote was close, with just over 1% difference between No and Yes on secession. Being a social animal, people tend not to strike out on their own unless the situation is really dire. Frankly, the economic burdens the American colonies suffered under British rule would not have incited revolution in most countries. It’s one of the things that continue to make Americans unique.
Obama is down to 38% job approval according to Gallup. Democrats can’t run from him fast enough. Hopefully, the Republicans understand how they can use that to their advantage.
Sometime this summer, Barack Obama gave up. I don’t think he’s going to stop trying to remake the country. If he pissed off his international masters, he’d be found dead of a mystery illness. Instead, he’s decided that he’s just going to have fun by screwing with the American public, especially his detractors, by playing gold during beheadings, claim ISIS isn’t Islamic and send more military personnel into the African Ebola hot zone than are currently stationed in Iraq.
This may literally be the smallest small ball ever played. We know more or less how to treat Ebola, we certainly know how to contain it, but every time we send Americans into these places, they are as much at risk of infection as anyone else. Iraqi soldiers could have used more training and resources. Liberia could use that, too. But they will need to put resources long-term into Ebola containment because success means sitting around not controlling and outbreak for years at a time.
There’s an Election in about 6 weeks. Vote Republican, at least for the Senate. That’s what’s important now.
I saw this link to a commercial from Alison Lundergan Grimes running against Mitch McConnell. Even though she is a Democrat, she claims that she disagrees with Obama and punctuates the point by shooting off a rifle. It is telling that such an ad is necessary. Generally election voters who might give a Democrat a chance are now less likely to do so because of Obama. However, this is not a sign of things to come.
This race is high on the Democrat priority list. Mitch McConnell for all his bad actions toward the Tea Party, tried to hold the line against Democrats when the Senate minority’s filibuster ability was the only option left in 2009. Taking down the Minority Leader would be a coup and a little Obama ego bruising is acceptable. Not every Democrat would be allowed to do the same. McConnell has taken the lead back from Grimes and is just past the margin of error in polls. She could call Obama a sleeper ISIS agent who eats dogs if it won her this key Senate race.
Democrats want to maintain the Senate and if they have 50 seats after Election Day, they win. It won’t matter how Blue the dog was or how much they disagree with Obama, they will do the party’s bidding. Despite every reservation in the book, every Democrat voted for Obamacare when it counted. Every single one.
I have found that talking to someone with opposing views can be an instructive experience. This is impossible with virtual or online interaction. It is also becoming impossible for people who collect their talking points from websites, like the ones literally named Talking Points Memo. In the case of blogging, I like to take someone who has a fairly well thought out idea and refute it point by point. So, when the Obama-loving website Vox interviews a libertarian leaning economist on open borders, I have something to write for the day.
It was nice arguing with a web page.
I’ve started watching “10 Things You Don’t Know About…” on H2, the History Channel spin-off. Tonight was about the Revolutionary War and I really didn’t know most of what they had to tell me. One thing I found interesting was the first fact, which was about the Boston Tea Party.
It turns out that the Sons of Liberty were about as popular with the establishment as the Tea Party is with the mainstream media. Dumping tea in the harbor was a criminal act and a massive destruction of property. Further, it made the colonists fearful of British reprisal. The British responded with even harsher laws that eventually turned the colonists against King George more than the Tea Party perpetrators. With history as a guide, the Tea Party may yet be known as the defenders of the Constitution.
The United States could well declare unilaterally … that we have ‘won’ in the sense that our armed forces are in control of most of the field and no potential enemy is in a position to establish its authority over South Vietnam,” and that such a declaration “would herald the resumption of political warfare as the dominant theme in Vietnam.
-Senator George Aiken (VT)
George Aiken was indicative of the progressive Republicans of the early 20th century, supporting the concepts of foods stamps and increases in the minimum wage. As governor of Vermont, he also fought Parts of FDR’s New Deal that took control away from his state. He was more liberal than what we would call a RINO now.
While few people know who he is, when someone suggests we “claim victory and go home,” they are paraphrasing Aiken. What he suggested was what President Bush started to do at the end of his term, arguing for a continued military presence and a Status of Forces Agreement that would have allowed the United States military to stay on as advisers without the Iraqi government putting them on trial for war crimes.
Obama acted as our first Cliff’s Notes president. He literally sent all of the United States military home and gave speech after speech about winning in Iraq. He declared victory and left. The result was predictable. With a decimated military and an unstable government, Iraq was vulnerable to the kind of tribal invasion that has plagued the region for centuries. The Islamic State graduation from being AL-Qaeda in Iraq to being the de facto government of Iraq.
Only an idiot would simply declare victory and go home, assuming that victory would stick. When Nixon pulled the troops out of Vietnam, he didn’t make speeches about how the Commies were on the run. Obama wanted to have his cake and eat it, too, so he claimed the enemy was defeated because it had changed names. Now that ISIL has much of Iraq, he wants to claim that a small group of radicals did what hundreds of thousands of US military couldn’t, control the whole country. There are a lot more ISIS members than the administration wants you to think.
We didn’t lose this war, the White House gave up. Now, they won’t even call fighting ISIS a war. That’s Newspeak worthy of Big Brother.
Last night, a group calling itself “In Defense of Christians” welcomed Senator Ted Cruz on stage as part of their three-day conference. Cruz talked to this group of Middle Eastern Christians about the strong relationship between Christians in America and Israel and their common goals. After being booed and told to get off the stage when he countered that Christians had no greater friend than Israel, Cruz did just that. He told the room that if they could not stand with Israel, he could not stand with them.
Among the stupid things Obama did last night, the dumbest was trying to convince America that ISIS is not Islamic. He is actually trying to tell us what the definition of IS is. They may not fit Obama’s definition of Islam, but they consider themselves Muslims and they define their goals in terms of Islam. They are as Islamic as the groups Obama and other liberals consider Christian who blew up abortion clinics.
Modern global terrorism is not about the religious merits of Islam, but is entirely about the Muslim culture. The IDC who booed Ted Cruz off the stage are not Muslims, but their culture is one that has a generational hatred of Jews. Even before Europe looked down on Jews, the Middle East was kicking them around and trying to kill them off. Many leaders in the Middle East still practice political Islam, tacitly condoning terrorism that targets non-Muslims so that they can blame their citizens’ bad quality of life on someone else.
Dan Rather said it best when he called these terrorists and supporters “the world’s losers” the week after September 11, 2001. Most of the Middle East has shown an amazing ability not to advance in culture or technology in the last century, even with a staggering amount of revenue for pumping some previously useless black goo from the ground. The time to offer understanding and guidance is pretty much over. We may not be at war with the Middle East, but we haven’t been at peace with them for a long time.