We already know that if you have a 501c application into the IRS for more than a year, you won’t get it approved until the election is over. Now we’ve learned that VA patients requesting exams would have the scheduling (and all evidence of the request) destroyed after a year of inaction. This was a way to artificially reduce the backlog. Much like shady businesses, the VA was manipulating their metrics to make the bad reality look less so on paper.
That backlog may be going away if plans to reduce active military go through. Instead of battalions of troops ready to storm foreign beaches, we have outsourced keeping the peace to NSA invasions of privacy and TSA violations of private parts of air travelers. This all goes back to idiotic gamesmanship. The backlog is proof that the VA is either understaffed or staffed with incompetents. This is something we should pay for, but all the people with enough money to affect politics are up Obama’s ass right now.
At least people can live off food stamps and Obamacare now. They just won’t live very long.
Piers Morgan was known as a former Murdock employee (and possible phone tapper) and the host of CNN’s 9pm talk show. I knew him as the Simon Cowell of the first season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Now he’s out of a regular gig due to rating so low he had 50,000 viewers for a show last week in prime time.
CNN is a ratings midget these days, but even Morgan’s performance was unacceptable. Much like Soledad O’Brien, he will supposedly produce specials for CNN. By the way, did O’Brien even actually produce any specials after she was fired? Morgan, however, had the added hatred of a nation that was called stupid for following and believing in the Second Amendment.
Many liberals in media thought that Sandy Hook was the perfect opportunity to promote gun control and bans since it happened after Obama had already been elected for a second term. Piers Morgan was especially drawn to the subject, knowing nothing about guns but having opinions up the wazoo. CNN enjoyed a slight ratings bump when Morgan went on night after night getting into heated debates with crackpots, responsible gun owners and people much smarter than he is.
The problem is what happened next. The Democrats and the media gave up on gun regulations after a while, leaving what they could to the states. Morgan had to drop the subject from his day-to-day programs as well. But now, he had a large contingent of people who stopped being even occasional watchers because he was such a jackass about the right to bear arms. His ratings got even worse.
Having a show full of ridiculous outrage is fine if you’re Nancy Grace and every crime is the most heinous act in American history. Otherwise, trying to browbeat people into your point of view ends with you talking to yourself. I suspect much of that 50,000 audience was out of the room during Morgan’s show.
I sat here tonight watching an episode of Red Eye from last week mentioning transgendered people. Back in my day, the word was transsexual and there was all kinds of medical intervention around. Now, activists want to use the decision of internalized gender to determine it. Ironically, they want a personal choice to be codified by the enforcement of laws.
There’s the rub. Social liberals seem to hate the rules of society. The idea that people should be moral, upstanding citizens and accept conventional wisdom is offensive. Instead, they want a society where the variety of human differences they value, often above those of their own family and culture, are protected and encouraged for no other reason than most people don’t practice them.
At the same time, social liberals love regulation. They assume that most human behavior is counterproductive and destructive. People can be the perfect liberal vision of participants, but first they must be retrained for some undefined period of time. The solution is to regulate. Regulate what you do, what you buy, what you see and decide what you can and cannot do. If they can’t regulate thought, then they can regulate how you express your thoughts.
Secretly, these totalitarians do not dream of a world where people are free from rules and regulations. They dream of a world where regulations become rules and their vision becomes the way things are. The only problem is that nature is a lot harder to change than they seem to think.
As far as I know, we are near the end of the 2014 Winter Olympics. I admit that I’m not much of a sports fan, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to these games anyway. The athletes are in great physical condition and are dedicated to their skill. For brief periods, different nations can come together and compete as a community. Still, there are a lot of problems with this system.
Then again, I am not forced to watch anymore. Maybe they should go back to naked guys running and throwing things. Putin probably wouldn’t go for that.
The old saying about not wrestling with a pig because the pig enjoys it and you just get dirty may apply in the case of Clinton-era sex scandals. I think some of the people admonishing the right are actually Clintonites trying to walk that fine line of supporting Republicans but still desperately in love with Bill Clinton. Others just know that Clinton had a lot of shady dealings that were swept under the rug. Either way, I don’t see this becoming a necessary avenue.
Unlike the Republican Party, losers do not become winners among Democrats. I don’t think there’s been a Democrats in the last century who lost the presidential primary contest and then went on to become president. Once you have the loser stink in that party, it’s over. Joe Biden is more of a front-runner, and he doesn’t have much of a chance, either. In fact, I think whoever happens to win the Republican nomination will be the next president in the 2016 election.
Hillary Clinton won’t win the primaries because many Democrats are scared that she is polarizing enough to create a landslide of motivated Republicans. Democrats who win presidential elections have presented a facade of moderation. Bill Clinton was a new Democrats who was supposedly middle of the road politically. Obama was supposed to be beyond party politics. Carter was a devout Christian unlike the hippie liberals of 1968. In each case, it took time to learn the truth for many. With Hillary, we know about her from Bill and from her own history.
I think starting too early with Bill Clinton’s sex / crimes will only motivate Hillary Clinton supporters. Might as well keep them depressed and unmotivated for as long as possible.
The Daily Caller had a story today about Idaho legislators proposing a law that would allow the state to reject federal regulations. This started as an attempt to circumvent EPA rules regarding gold dredging, sucking up ocean dirt and re-depositing it when potential gold is extracted. Dredging itself is a get rich quick scheme, but the idea of rejecting federal regulations is exciting. It uses the fact that regulatory agencies don’t really have the force of law.
The Federal Register is the sum total of all rules of the government of the United States. Most legislation in front of Congress is written so that power is given to whatever enforcement agency is responsible for executing laws. This allows various agencies to create regulations. Regulations are rules that an agency interprets as serving a federal law. However, regulations cannot violate the law and are invalid against an actual federal law.
This was used late last year when a cancer patient was going to lose their non-Obamacare compliant health plan in exchange for a more expensive plan with less coverage. Someone helped by letting them in on an important fact. There is federal law that prevents insurance companies from cancelling plans while people are sick and using them. This supersedes the shady deals made to grease the Obamacare skids. For his trouble, that good Samaritan was investigated by the IRS the next week.
What if it is possible that a good state (certainly not New York or whatever is left of California) could decide that this regulation nation is running wild and require that the president has to sign off on crazy laws instead of making us follow them as half-baked regulations. In many ways, it is a remedy for states whose populations want to separate from the union. Regulation is not something that just exists. It is being done to us for dubious reasons.
Today, I heard Rush Limbaugh talk about the “bimbo eruptions” unit of the vaunted Clinton campaign War Room of 1992. This was an attempt to deny, downplay and vilify charges of inappropriate (and possibly illegal) sexual activities of Bill Clinton. At the time, supporters could be in honest denial about Bill Clinton, accepting the image of these women as attention seekers. About six years later, they simply had to accept that Clinton was an adulterer, had willfully misled voters to get elected and reelected (much like Obama with the ACA and gun control) and could only soothe themselves with the excuse that it was only about sex, not governance.
This issue is coming up again because of Hillary Clinton’s part in deceiving the voting public. I bring it up because tactics haven’t changed. When Barack Obama was running for president, he used charges of racism to diminish the Clinton brand. This was important because initial primary results showed that Black voters were choosing Hillary Clinton over Obama. We also know that character assassination doesn’t end until someone is culturally dead. Sarah Palin won’t go away, still causes problems for Democrats (and some Republicans) and is as reviled by the left as the day she was chosen by the McCain campaign as his running mate.
So the trouble continues for Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher. Joe started out as a guy in a neighborhood where the Obama campaign had partially staged a meet and greet with real Americans. Joe decided to talk to the candidate about punitive taxes affecting his ability to start a business. Obama was predictably nonplussed and reverted back to his socialism roots about how people needed a hand up by the government handing out money (after taking their cut) to people they deem worthy.
The ones who loved Obama before that were not swayed, but they suspected something wrong happened. Joe was then investigated, more than Obama, sometimes with sealed records. He was portrayed as broke, not a real plumber, divorced and a failure, rather than a success story. Did this affect the validity of his question? Certainly not. It only gave “context,” the term the media uses when they want to destroy a person who made an effective argument they didn’t like. Even today, the media was excited that Joe somehow became damaged by getting a job where he is required to join a union.
The next poor soul to be excoriated by the media may be Larry Carver. Probably not this Larry Carver, since the story itself is a parody of the Obama administration’s praise of not having to work for health care. Eventually, there will be people who are laid off by Obamacare and they will be attacked in the media if they come forward. People who lost their insurance were attacked and possibly audited by the IRS when they spoke out or tried to fight it.
If Mitt Romney is smart, he will stay out of the fight in 2016. He served his time.
I’m on the money kick again and for good reason. The economists who talk about good debt are using the same tactics as the climate scientists. There is a theoretical model where the government borrows money for the advancement of the country and creates a benefit greater than the borrowing. That does not happen in the United States. I’m not sure it happens anywhere.
The socialism model is always efficient and effective. The government decides what’s good in the long-term without the pressure to make profits from one quarter to the next. People work hard and help those who can’t do for themselves. It is self-perpetuating and refreshes the human spirit. One more thing. It has never, ever, ever worked in the entire history of history and the longer it goes on, the more authoritarian and horrible a country becomes. North Koreans are eating their starving children.
Let’s save the models for Sport Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. By observation, we see that the US has been in debt forever, but its debt has also been increasing for five decades straight. Even the Clinton administration “surpluses” were so minor that they could not overcome debt service. Johnson gave us never-ending and never lessening debt with the Great Society. Just balancing the budget has become a near impossible task.
The conventional wisdom is that balancing the budget is laudable, but unpopular. Still, it hampers the free flow of government influence, so the party out of power always wants it. Lately, however, even Democrats have been lukewarm on fiscal responsibility because cutting 100% of the military would still keep us in debt. The Tea Party was developed from the calls of Republican leadership to hold the president fiscally accountable. Now that they are in power, they fear losing it.
What is up with Bill Nye lately?
The “Science Guy” has been all over TV and the internet lately, arguing for global warming and evolution. Ironically, global climate change is what would make the process of evolution possible. Nye is a pawn in the increasingly haphazard strategy of globalism to both tell the masses that people smarter than they know what’s real and that even a relatively dumb children’s show host can dispense the irrefutable proof.
Let’s start with the science. Where is it? The pie for global warming has become so big that any scientist who can write a grant proposal is researching the phenomenon. The problem is that there is no authoritative report being referenced by global warming apostles. They merely refer to the totality, which means you have research that is actually recreation and reinterpretation of other research. It’s like writing a book report and adding bits to it until graduation. Plus, who is a worthy climate researcher? Bill Nye is an engineer. Some scientists are physicists. Some are chemists. Even meteorologists have gotten into the game and they can’t build a model that gets Friday’s weather right on a Monday.
Then there’s the consensus. The popularity of global climate change goes back to an old concept in media, if it bleeds, it ledes (apparently, lede is the term for the top story in news). When pollution was killing us, measures were taken to abate it and American cities now are mostly blue skies (except the hypocrites in California). That led the way to deem anything unnatural as undesirable. In the 1980s, CFCs were the culprit. Those were banned globally and not much changed. Now we’ve moved on to carbon dioxide, which is a byproduct of being alive. Sine there will always be CO2, there will always be a reason to worry about it.
Much like government itself, everyone from heads of corporations to politicians to academia have a reason to heal the planet. The reason is money. Climate researchers get money from governments and universities when they confirm AGW, or made-made climate change. When they determine that there is no real climate change or that it is related to sunspots or long-term weather patterns, the next grant won’t be so easy to get. They can also forget about appearing in peer-reviewed publications or getting through a doctoral committee. The best they can do is get funded by the Koch brothers, which is supposedly a sign they are on the take.
The end of global warming hysteria is the public itself. I have heard about this crap most of my life and the climate where I grew up is the same as it was when I was a kid. In fact, this year we got snow back on Christmas after a couple of years without. There’s been about 40 years of predictions about the dire condition of the earth 100 years from now and it’s starting to get old. I’ll believe my lying eyes over Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Now that we have established that Democrats are driving us toward oblivion, Republicans want to ride shotgun and the Tea Party wants to slam on the brakes, what’s going to happen next? I gave my vision of a world where the government bankrolls a welfare state until no one wants to buy our debt anymore. People with any stake in the economy will go Galt and wait for the fall. In a couple of generations, we’ll have to put the government back together with no money. Ugly libertarianism will rule until people get some morals. Conservatism survives because socialists are failures.
Political movements like Progressives and the Great Society mostly serve to damage the Constitution, the result of the one truly great American political movement. The Republican leadership got spanked pretty hard because they railed against the debt ceiling, but raised it with no objections when Bush was president. Of course, Obama did the same thing, bitching about the debt ceiling as immoral until he wanted it. Deficit spending is a problem, but merely a symptom of what has become of the government.
When we’re spending money on a War on Terror, (whatever one’s opinion of it) that is temporary debt. When we spend increasing amounts on government payouts that started 80 years ago, that is a permanent problem. The debt balance has not been in the red in America for over 50 years now. Economists will say that a certain debt load is acceptable all the time. Our spending as a percentage of GDP has gone up from about 20% to 24% and the percentage of GDP in revenue has actually gone down for the first time in decades.
This is a House of Cards and not the one with Kevin Spacey. Interest groups funnel billions to politicians to keep government money flowing to them. If it stopped, they would be out of business. Americans are almost out of business, with fewer people finding or looking for work. No one wants to do anything about it because it would involve doing nothing. We would have to stop spending and stop getting in people’s way. The government would have to stop telling people what’s good for them and just stop them from doing what’s bad for others. It’s hard doing nothing, so we go on doing the same thing. Then we stop.
What happens then?