It is what it is and we have to adapt. Unfortunately, for you idiots out there who supported this, any sympathy I might have felt has went the same way as the resentment and anger. This stimulus bill is the biggest government power grab in the country’s history and there are already reports of it being followed by another just like while we’re still awaiting TARP II, the regular appropriations bill, and other planned indignities to be imposed on the people.
I have no sympathy for the Wall Street, banks, or investors. I’m not an economist but investing and the stock market have always reminded me of gambling. When you invest in a company or a number of them, you’re betting that you’ll make more than you bet, the same way you bet on craps, the roulette wheel, poker, or slots. If you can’t afford to lose, you don’t bet it, right?
It’s not about who makes 100 times more money than I do or who flies where in a private jet or gets rewarded with trips to Vegas or any of that for me. It’s about trust. If you’re watching the Dow, there’s little of it to be found in the economy. Eventually, everything will be nationalized and the transfer of wealth will continue unabated until there is no wealth left anywhere in the country except for the “shining city on the hill.” The reason it will be still shining is because it will be the only place left with the money to pay the utility bills. But everybody should be happy then, right? We’ll all be the same.
I’ll confess, I’ve never cared about being rich. I’ve never envied the rich. The rich have their own problems just as those of us on the other end of the economic ladder have problems. It may look glamorous and carefree from the outside but that’s only if you ignore all the media and the papparazzi uncovering the latest scandals with which most seem afflicted. I’m at a point where I can’t understand people who are envious of such when there are infinitely more important things with which to concern one.
But then, I never saw myself as a political activist either, yet, here I am.
You were warned that Obama is nothing but an empty suit. Slightly less than a month in office, that has never been more apparent. He doesn’t even know all that’s in the bill he just signed and I hear he will now have answers fed to him via his teleprompter so that it looks as if he knows what he’s talking about when somebody asks him a question that, as president he should know, but in reality has no idea what the heck the reporter is talking about. Can’t have the messiah stumbling and bumbling can we?
Still, Obama is doing what Obama knows best: campaigning. Leave it to Obama to use hundreds of thousands of dollars to fly to Denver… not to mention all those carbon offsets that will need to be purchased for that jaunt… for a public signing of the goverment powergrab while touting “green” power. Frankly, I’m quite weary of seeing him on TV giving yet another campaign speech as if he doesn’t realize the campaigning is over, he got the job, and it’s time to work. It’s hard to believe that, once upon a time, while not agreeing with anything he had to say, it was still enjoyable to hear him giving speeches. He is fairly gifted with scripted oratory. However, off the cuff responsiveness leaves a lot to be desired.
Yesterday, someone tried to deliver a dressing down to me for admitting I’m flirting with the thought of no longer being a Republican. That person accused me of that because of the stimulus bill and the three RINOs who voted for it and I shouldn’t be like that because the bulk of the Republicans stood strong.
I replied that I was encouraged by that but this one act doesn’t wipe away the history of the past few years when many of those in Congress were the leadership who lost both houses in 2006. If the Republican party doesn’t want to represent conservatives and conservatism, that’s fine. They don’t have to but, on the flipside, they shouldn’t expect conservatives to fall in with them at the same time they tell us to sit down and shut up.
Yes, Lindsey Graham opposed the stimulus bill stating all the right reasons but two years ago he called us all bigots and racists when we opposed the shamnesty bill. Yes, John McCain also opposed the stimulus bill but he cursed out a fellow Republican who questioned his knowledge of what was actually in the bill since McCain was off on the campaign trail. And Snowe, Specter, and Collins were paid for their votes for the government powergrab bill. I just can’t call it stimulus anymore, not when every job created is time limited but going to cost about 5 times the actual wage of any one job created. What price democracy? Ask them but I doubt they’ll tell you. They were merely being bipartisan, after all.
There’s an infrequent commenter here who likes to use the phrase “the revolution has been televised” in reference to Obama’s presidential win. He’s wrong. The real revolution is just beginning and you can consider me officially a rebel.
Yes, folks, we are being herded toward communism. I can’t even call it the gentler version named socialism. With a few strokes of a pen Obama has effectively signed away our right to make a living outside of joining a union. Since the economy has tanked and jobs are scarce anyway, if you want to work you have to pay a union to do so. This directly affects my husband in the construction field. We knew it was coming, especially after starting our tax return with hubby having a total of 5 W2s for a one year period only to once again be in a position of no work. This is the worst I’ve ever seen it and my Dad and most of my brothers work the construction field, too, so I grew up in a blue collar world. It’s hard not to be resentful of some things out here in the construction world when you see illegal aliens riding around in brand new trucks, SUVs, and cars but it’s not all their fault. The companies hiring them over American workers are at fault, too.
But that’s neither here nor there at this point. Faced with the reality of the future, hubby, at the great age of 50 made a big decision to change careers. I won’t say what because I know big brother is listening and I hope to stave off his interference at least for a few years. I know at some point, that industry will fall just like the rest when the government realizes it’s oversight.
In the meantime, Pelosi is directly contradicting Obama on the worries about bipartisanship. He wants it; she doesn’t care. She has no fear of losing her seat in that great bastion of democracy: San Fransisco. If this is so, what’s the holdup? Pass the rape of the nation’s future already. With the presidential takeover of the census, one has to wonder if we’re looking at a larger version of Venezuela. It would make sense in view of Pelosi’s uncaring attitude about bipartisanship. If you become a dictatorship under the ruling party, what need is there for it?
Also, in the meantime, Barbara Boxer is fighting to turn our parental rights over to the United Nations. If I read the article right, it’s going to happen. The problem Boxer seems to have is that it’s not happening fast enough to suit her. Perhaps, it’s because some states are moving to counteract the federal consolidation of power against everything our Constitution stands for. Note that there are blue states among those listed. Should Boxer’s wish become a reality, it will effectively supercede all state laws across the nation on parental rights and children.
In other news, there is a lot of wrangling about whether Michael Phelps should be arrested. In a just world, following the rule of law, I’d say he probably should. However, this is not a just world. In a just world, if there is a move to arrest him, they had best follow it up with arrests of 95% of Obama’s cabinet and Obama himself who admitted to snorting coke among partaking of other drugs. When government is not subject to the laws that are imposed upon us, we have a problem.
What happens if there is too much dissendence over this federal takeover? Will we be marched to jail as political prisoners? Will we be euthanized in gas chambers? Think I’m overreacting? Perhaps so, in a sense, but I remind those who have even the slightest remembrance of history (being no historian myself), people then thought some were overreacting to Hitler as well.
Hitler did not become the monster he was overnight and he had plenty of help to enable him. Nor do I believe Obama himself is another Hitler. In fact, given his inability to do anything but sign executive orders rescinding past executive orders and talk, he’s still, to me, just an empty suit. There are, however, lots of strings attached to him and they are being pulled, guiding him in the direction the powers of D.C. want him to go. A puppet is ever at the command of the puppetmaster. Obama has many masters and it’s beginning to show only a few weeks into his administration. I can’t recall seeing any president fall so fast in the polls as this one has. I don’t believe even Carter fell this qucikly although I haven’t checked to see if that’s an accurate statement or not. While his numbers are still up with a majority approval rating, I don’t believe that rating is going to last much longer at the rate it’s falling.
We’re being sold bills of goods based on stated intents but the lie to the intent is written in the bills themselves; written in such a way that hardly anybody is going to take the time to read them. The handshake method of doing business hasn’t worked for a long time but for some reason we keep falling for that: “my word is my bond” philosophy. In spite of the fact that the majority of the people are against this bill the more they find out about it, it will pass.
I’m ashamed, not just of my fellow citizens, but myself as well. We allowed this to happen, caught up in the materialistic world of wants and wishes and not attending to real life. I’m ashamed of the legacy we are imposing on our children, those who are just beginning to live and those who have not yet been born. We have sold them into bongage in order to delay our own comeuppance.
I was discussing with a friend that I believe God doesn’t care anymore. He upbraided me about it but if He doesn’t, it’s not his fault. We have rejected him time and again and even God’s patience must be at an end. Yes, the Republicans are fighting… now… but when you see what’s happening it seems so too little, too late. Perhaps, it’s just our time to be in the valley to appreciate when God lifts us up to the mountain tops.
I hope He does still care with all my heart and prayers. If ever there was a time when I hope I am wrong, this is the time when I mean it more than I’ve ever meant it before. Whether its too little, too late or not we have to keep up the fight and keep struggling for the right to self-determination rather than a “one size fits all” world with disembodied overlords determining what is right or wrong, accordingly for their benefit rather than that of humanity. I’d rather go down fighting than meekly accept what looks to be the future.
Update: This reminds me of that old German poem. One wonders if the media is soon to experience buyers’ remorse considering how they decided this last election through how they covered the not only the sitting president but the presidential candidates for 2008.
Or “Do as I say, not as I do.” Take your pick.
Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday, “The bar that we set is the highest that any administration in the country has ever set.”
The problem with setting high standards is you have to be able to meet them. Obama isn’t.
While not exactly disappointed with Daschle’s withdrawal it doesn’t detract much overall with the succeeding article. Can anyone name one person in Obama’s cabinet who hasn’t had an ethical problem of one kind or another?
It doesn’t matter whether you can or not. I just want you to remember one thing: You asked, no demanded, this.
Listening to Fox News for once. Obama has been in front of the cameras for the umpteenth time since before taking office. Frankly, he bores me because all he knows how to do is talk. Talk, talk, talk.
In other news, there are no less than 5 major media outlets calling for Daschle to step down. Frankly, I don’t care if he does or doesn’t get confirmed. All things considered, there has been some problem with every nominee in the Obama cabinet. What’s the difference for Daschle? Considering they’re all hypocrits, there isn’t any.
So, I’m disinclined to let the Obama administration off the hook for the Daschle nomination by urging anyone to reject his confirmation. Either way we go, we’re going to get socialized medicine crammed down our throats and I’d just as soon an incompetent like Daschle is in charge than someone with a bit more competency. The sooner it fails, the easier it will be to undo when people realize they’re not getting what was promised. The reason they’re not going to get what they’re promised is because it’s an impossible promise.
We have a problem in this nation. We have a generation that has no experience of communism or socialism in all its glory. To them, it’s simply another ideology on a par with capitalism. That’s true in a sense. However, it’s also a failed more than once ideology. The reason it consistently fails is because it does not take into account the real diversity of the world. Someone always suffers because the ideology doesn’t fit. When people begin to suffer… and I mean real suffering, not the kind of “I don’t have an ipod” suffering… you begin to see the failures of the ideology.
Socialism has been around a long time; much longer than it has been termed socialism. It existed in Roman times, the Middle Ages, and longer. It inevitably devolves into a class structure with those on the bottom tiers suffering the most… real suffering, not the “I don’t have a million dollar home” suffering.
We see this same devolution in our federal government makeup even as our purported leader talks, talks, talks. As more and more of the government adopts the attitude of “do as I say, not as I do” we move closer to a real class structure in this nation rather than the ephemeral one the rising ruling class used to garner their power.
Some of us old codgers learned it the easy way: vicariously. We saw the breakdown in Russia and much of Europe with this ideology. We fought against it here. Sometimes we won the fight, sometimes we lost but now we’re losing it completely because there is no way to stop it happening.
So why am I disinclined to worry about Daschle being confirmed? Because I’m more inclined to let the people, who asked/wished for this to learn their lesson the hard way.
Russia, when still in the stranglehold of communism, used Vodka to keep the people under control. Vodka was cheaper than bread in Russia. Of course, the U.S. can’t use Vodka considering all the anti-drunk driving campaigns and laws so they had to find an alternative pacifier. From where I’m sitting it looks like sex is the new mollifier. When you have things like funding for condoms and STD prevention and Planned Parenthood in a stimulus bill… I suppose having indiscriminate sex without suffering consequences would be a good enough pacifier to keep the proletariat from realizing just how bad off things are otherwise.
So, yes, let’s get Daschle and the rest of the cabal confirned so we can get to the misery part of this. The sooner we begin, the sooner we can get over it.