Instead of rambling on, I thought I’d leave you with a comment I made about the Obama School Lunch Program.
Farmers want more money. Big farms hire lobbyists.
Government invents school lunch program to buy surplus food no one wants to buy.
Poor kids have to eat crap. Other kids’ parents won’t pay the high prices and brown bag it.
Government subsidizes lunches so much, schools make a profit from cheap meals.
Schools start making food kids want, like pizza and chicken nuggets.
More kids buy school lunch.
School lobbyists get ketchup classified as a vegetable in order to serve veg-free lunch.
Schools put in vending machines, create capitalist revenue stream.
Busy bodies see fat kids, blame fast food and TV.
Government can’t go against TV and restaurant industry, blames school lunch instead.
Government eliminates capitalism by banning unhealthy (tasty) food from machines.
Schools lose money, kids still fat.
Some beefy First Lady decides fat kids need to move at home. Kids refuse.
Beefy lady decides school lunches themselves are the problem. Effeminate husband goes along.
Government tells us food can be nutritious and taste good. Kids disagree.
Schools lose money due to higher cost of food preparation.
Schools lose money due to students brown bagging.
Schools make private lunches illegal. Now all kids have to eat crap.
Kids bring back capitalism by smuggling in salt and sugar and selling it to make lunch edible.
Government argues kids need to be retrained on what’s good. Kids still fat.
Of all the various secular and religious holidays, the Fourth of July is the only federal one they insist be observed on the date in which it falls. Today is the third and it is a bank holiday. Certain companies that operate 5 days a week get the closest work day to the actual holiday as the “holiday.” The Post Office gives its workers Saturday, even if many employees aren’t on anyway. Many retail places are still open. Some will be open on Saturday as well. Where I work, it’s usually 5 days a week and we are entitled to a day between Monday and Friday where we don’t have to come in.
It’s interesting that the modern world considers it some kind of slavery for people to come in to a place for 260 days in a year. In the US we get a handful of recognized days (excluding retail). In other countries, workers are mandated to have weeks of time off. However, if you were a farmer, this would not be the case. Cows have to be milked every day. Most animals like to eat more than once a day. There is something to be said for family time, but it has become harder for businesses to reward the dedicated worker without making the less dedicated family employee feel slighted.
The founders of this country often served double duty. They were architects of government, soldiers and farmers at various times. Many of those days couldn’t be simply taken off. As long as we have the holiday tomorrow, (and possibly today as well) I hope everyone observes the date as the one where we declared independence from a cruel madman. Otherwise, we’re just celebrating some extra day off in July.
Today, the fifth Democrat has entered the 2016 presidential race. The Republican field is something like 15 now. There are virtually 0 non-affiliated candidates for president. One of the reasons is the campaign finance system itself. Candidates have access to a lot of money if they follow a certain number of conditions. In the last election, the actual federal matching funds were not used in the general election, but rules regarding party funding kept Mitt Romney in the red until the actual nomination. Independent candidates are even worse off. They don’t count until they actually show up in the polls.
Over two decades ago, H. Ross Perot was a contender without a party. His problem was that he never really wanted to be president. I think he really was convinced by Larry King to run. It worked out for Larry because he got a Democrat in the White House out of it. Perot basically fired his campaign team because they weren’t the kind of yes men he wanted. He also didn’t ant to answer questions on platform other than the whole deficit thing. Some states wouldn’t put him on the ballot on Election Day. Even given all of that, he won nearly 20% of the popular vote.
Mitt Romney is really rich, (like a quarter of a billion dollars) but a presidency costs almost $2 billion. I suspect Donald Trump would need to spend $1 billion of his own money if he self-financed because some people would still be willing to donate to his campaign. Winning the Republican nomination is not an option. Even if he were to get a plurality of delegates, the delegates are party regulars. Once released after an initial ballot, they would be convinced to vote anyone but Trump. Now if he really wants to be president, (unlike Perot) Trump would need to run as an independent at some point.
Conservatives like to talk about an imperial presidency, but Obama had a lot of help from a year of nearly 60 Senators and a few weeks with 60 Senators which was just long enough to pass Obamacare. Even if the Republicans in Congress blocked the budget now, the White House could employ stalling tactics for the next year. America voted for this ass, not just at the national level, but when Democrats turned over seats in the House and Senate in 2008.
There’s a horse race coming. I will bet on the horses like any other political junkie. I think some Republicans are better than others (the Democrats are all bad). Sadly, the national party will blunt the effectiveness of any one man (Carly Fiorina also does not have enough money to win) in the White House. Like I wrote before, it’s all over. All we can do is slow the end.
I’m proud that I made it just over 6 years before I stopped giving a shit about Obama administration scandals. I am amused, however, by the fact that the White House seems to be trashing Hillary by releasing e-mails that both implicate her and make her look isolated from the administration. The fact is that I will not be starting a war with the federal government or moving to a shack in Montana. Given those realities, I can only vote for the Republican candidates who don’t immediately sicken me and hope the GOP accidentally does the right thing once in a while.
The United States of America are ruled by a constitution. This document is the foundation document signed off by the original colonies and subsequent states admitted into the union. The Constitution is the sum total of all the articles and amendments passed over the last 240 years. Unfortunately, every little law, ordinance and program that is not contradicted by the Constitution is fodder for lawmakers. Sometimes, they do violate the Constitution and that’s why there is a judicial branch.
Aside from all the judges who solve petty disputes, there is one final arbiter in the United States. The Supreme Court was established as an august body with the power to strike down or permit laws seen as unconstitutional by one party. The only other recourse is an amendment, which is a very difficult process with the polarization of political groups these days.
That goes out the window when the Supreme Court becomes interested in creating rights out of wishes. During the Roosevelt Administration, the Court was bullied into submission. The Court of 1973 was not, and simply decided that abortion was so important that human rights were insignificant. The Roberts Court used the false premise that the ACA was Constitutional and “established law” to appear non-activist when it interpreted the actual text out of a law.
From a legal perspective, the decision on gay marriage was the worst of all. Marriage law is the domain of the states and SCOTUS couldn’t change that. Instead, they used the already overused Fourteenth Amendment to claim that a legal process, marriage, and not a person’s identity, is protected. That would also mean that the ERA has apparently passed, because their decision means the same thing.
Greece’s economy is literally dragging down the rest of the world. When a country joins an economic union but doesn’t want to live by its rules, that country can get away with a lot. While the US stock market fell about 2% in one day, EU countries have a much bigger stake. Throwing money at Greece can put off economic collapse, but won’t stop it. Greece has now been told to accept austerity (slightly less generous socialized benefits and higher taxes on the rich) or face default.
The world economy isn’t growing, but it is stable. This is as good a time as any to force the country’s hand. Of course, if Greece refuses the plan and withdraws from the EU, they face a whole new problem. The socialist leader of Greece is talking to communist Russia about a less restrictive bailout. The problem is that Russia is a criminal organization and using them as a loan shark would have even worse consequences. One thing seems clear. The EU is sick of Greece’s crap.
I saw an article linked on my trip through The Crawdad Hole today. It’s very interesting in that it discusses the fall of the Roman Empire in economic terms. Rome had an advanced society and successful entrepreneurs and a form of democracy. What took it down was socialism that existed before socialism had a name.
The rulers of Rome found that a passive population was easier to handle. So, they chose to entertain them and feed them cheaply. They enacted a maximum price for food, pushing farmers into poverty. Those farmers moved to the city where subsidies kept them fed. The payouts to non-workers created a coin with less metal (inflation) and the collapse of buying power. As prices were fixed further, farmers and their products became scarce. People fled the cities to live off the land. However, having no businesses to help them, they could only farm to subsistence, not having proper clothing or tools available.
Ultimately, society disintegrated from the inside of Rome outward. This week, so many progressives had to prove they were right due to a few social victories. I do not have to prove I am right. If the United States collapses, it proves what I think is happening. I am only trying to stop what is wrong. Only people who are wrong need to bother convincing people they are right.
For those who don’t know, insanitybytes has a rundown of the behind the scenes rainbow header pasted on every WordPress user’s admin page. I’m sure there’s some freedom or other bullshit reason for this that they think goes with WordPress philosophy. Ironically, I started this blog here because of horror stories from Uppity Woman about Blogspot sites being taken down for being anti-Obama. Gay marriage is not about equality, it is about specificity. Just being a Republican makes one unwelcome in the gay community. Barack Obama claimed this victory and none of his political tribe disagreed.
So, where are we headed? I already laid down my marker that it was all over the Wednesday after the 2012 election. We are on the path to European socialist democracy. The problem is that Europe is about a generation away from being another ISIS target. The same week SCOTUS decided that written laws should be divined for intent, ISIS has been using Ramadan to enforce their non-negotiable rules.
This administration and much of the Western world doesn’t actually know how to deal with a group that doesn’t love money enough to be controlled with it. Worse than that, they don’t seem to accept the central tenet of “live and let live” yet exploit it to put sleeper terrorists all over the modern world. When Israel or even Pamela Geller fights their ideology, the responsibility for violence is put on them.
It seems the strategy of the “love wins” crowd toward evil fanatics is to love them harder. Let’s see how that goes.
As I type this post, WordPress has superimposed a rainbow banner above the edit window, no doubt to celebrate the national gay marriage decision. Unlike the
Obamacare SOCTUSCare decision, there is considerably less opposition to gay marriage. I think that speaks to the nature of the laws. The ACA has large and obvious implications for increased premiums, regulation and choice for everyone. Gay marriage expands a legal process that already exists for normal couples. The downside is less obvious. Both decisions are wrong for the same reason.
John Roberts has let Obamacare stand multiple times now arguing that Congress should make law (or end it) and not the Court. It’s a ridiculous standard and it has been completely negated by the decision today. The fact that he voted against it is about as important as Republicans passing the same “End Obamacare” bill that is never signed but refusing to stop the flow of money until it is repealed. The Defense of Marriage Act is over and marriage does not exist anymore.
One of the dangers of every society is hubris. We assume that since we have “democracy,” we are superior to every other society in history. Ancient Rome was very sexually permissive. Caligula was rumored to have married his horse. They had a form of democracy where the upper class had the votes and the lower class were the slaves. Everyone else was placated with bread and circuses. Dictatorships have survived longer than rule by the citizenry.
Look at the United States. The first voters were land owners. They were also the only ones burdened with taxes. Not only did the US have taxation with representation, we had representation by those who were taxed. If the politicians you voted for spent too much, you would feel it and your recourse would be to vote for someone else. Now, most residents are citizens. The government has created a system where almost half the voters can be assured of free bread if they just vote for a particular candidate.
The worst part, however, is that neither Obamacare nor gay marriage are popular. Over 90% of the time, gay marriage fails under popular referendum. Obamacare has never exceeded 50% in polls and was much lower when it was passed. In the case of gay marriage, positive support is low, but hardly anyone wants to fight it. With Obamacare, every battle seems to make the result worse. The Republican opposition has been weak and ineffective. Just as dictatorships can yield to popular government, democracies can trade their liberty for comfort. This week democracy lost and oligarchy won.
Dateline: June 6, 2016
In a perfectly reasonable ruling, the Supreme Court decided 6-3 in favor of the President in the case of Obama v Sanity. This ends the debate over whether ordinary citizens have the right to bother Barack Obama with questions of supposed illegality. Writing for the majority, Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited the Communist Manifesto 42 times, the Koran 13 times and Richard Nixon when he said that “it’s not illegal if the President does it.” Justices Kagan and Sotomayor simply chanted “O-ba-ma” as the decision was read.
Justice Scalia’s dissent was less articulate than usual, mostly consisting of the phrase “What the hell is wrong with everybody?” Samuel Alito was mostly silent and former Chief Justice John Roberts was heard saying “I can’t do this anymore” as he left the courtroom. He has not been seen since. Of course, Clarence Thomas was recently executed for sexual harassment charges brought by Eric Holder, who came back to the Justice Department “just to fry that bastard.”
Newly appointed Chief Justice Michelle Obama breached protocol slightly by taping a segment for The Ellen Show before the decision came down. “The problem with this country,” she said, “is that Barack and I didn’t have enough of a voice. Even though we face a tough road where people who have no power to stop us can still bitch us out, we plan to work with Speaker Boehner to enact new laws limiting ungood people.”
Today’s ruling grants the President the authority to decide on behalf of the states in the case of a Constitutional Amendment. While he has not decided on the first one to be changed, modifications to the First, Second and Tenth are high on the list.
I’m being forced to write this. If you can see my message, it is time to resist. The police state must be stopped before we beco….