Friday, November 14, 2014

In The News Today...

Part 2 of "The New Faces Of Conservatism" will appear tomorrow. Today I wanted to talk about a few things I saw and/or read through various news outlets.

Where to start...

Democrats in Washington will find any excuse for losing the mid-term election besides the truth - that the American people are tired of their failed leadership and their constant lies. Now they are saying the main reason they lost is because the United States voters, who have elected Barack Obama twice to the Presidency, voted Republican in last week's election because they are racists.

“We lost because of ideological differences within the Democratic Party and with our Administration. We lost because our party has, to some extent, lost white Southerners due in part to the race of our President,” Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) recently told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Fudge, who is the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, a pathetic and racist organization in and of itself, went on:

“Our community organizations and churches mobilized to encourage early voting opportunities with programs like ‘Souls to the Polls,’ and African American activists and state leaders stood ready to combat any instance of voter intimidation or fraud,” she said. “Black elected officials crisscrossed the country to discuss the urgency and importance of this election. We phone banked, knocked on doors and held ‘Get Out the Vote’ rallies. Our losses were not a referendum on African American political engagement. We did our part, so don’t blame us!”

So they had people out there pushing to drum up the African-American vote and it still didn't win them the House and Senate seats they needed so it has to be racism. What has this country come to when political leaders in Washington are allowed to take the floor and declare the voters racists just because they lost an election - an election that was full of serious issues that far surpass the race of the President (who was not up for re-election) or the candidates? I'm disgusted by these people who use that word as an excuse for anything and everything.

But Fudge isn't the only one who threw the race card. Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D), who faces a runoff against her Republican challenger next month, was asked why President Obama has a hard time in Louisiana.

“Let me be very, very honest with you,” Landrieu responded in an interview. “The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

Uh...  Mary - maybe that's because he doesn't really have a clue what leadership is. Just a thought. She went on to say that some voters, probably the ones who aren't racist, are sexist and won't vote for a woman - even though she has been elected twice by those voters.

“It’s not always been a good place for women to present ourselves. It’s more of a conservative place,” Landrieu told reporters, speaking of the upcoming runoff. Just like those racist voters who re-elected President Obama, those sexist voters who re-elected her last time are now apparently exercising those sexist beliefs.

Exit polls showed that nearly 75% of voters were against an executive action that granted amnesty to illegal aliens and big government interference in state policies and programs. But I forgot - that's racist too. It's not about disagreement with Democrat policies. It's about the skin color of the law breakers and the gender of the candidate(s). Right Congresswoman Fudge? Right Senator Landrieu?

In other news, another "Oops" moment has arisen for the White House and the spin began immediately in an effort to minimize it. 

A video surfaced a few days ago featuring liberal MIT Economics Professor Jonathon Gruber, one of the civilian architects of the Affordable Care Act as well as one of the architects of the Massachusetts health care law. Gruber, speaking at an economics conference (Gee - that sounds like fun, huh?) made several statements about the Obamacare law that told the American people what Republicans have been saying all along.

The Affordable Care Act would not have passed if the American people actually knew what was in it from the beginning. Never mind that 72% of Americans didn't want it to pass anyway - that was irrelevant to the Obama administration. But Gruber said it would not have passed at all if the public and the Congressional Budget Officer weren't deceived about the details of the law.

"This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So it’s written to do that," Gruber told the economists.

"In terms of risk-rated subsidies, in a law that said health people are gonna pay in — if it made explicit that healthy people are gonna pay in, sick people get money, it would not have passed. Okay — just like the … people — transperen— lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get anything to pass."

Of course, the White House and key Democrats are spinning the story in an attempt to negate the negative impacts. White House Propaganda Secretary Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Fox News' Ed Henry (the only reporter who asked about it) “The fact of the matter is, the process associated with the writing and passing and implementing of the Affordable Care Act has been extraordinarily transparent,” and said that President Obama "is proud of the transparent process that was undertaken to pass that bill into law.”

Right Josh. All that writing by the Democrats behind closed doors and the bribes that were spread around to gain last minute support - those are transparent alright. At least to those of us who can see through Obama.

Earnest then tried to turn the conversation around by attacking Republicans.

“It is Republicans who have been less than forthright and transparent about what their proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act would do in terms of the choices are available to middle class families.”

In typical liberal fashion, Earnest took a situation in which the Democrats and the President look really bad and said "But you Republicans did this!" The immaturity that seems to permeate the White House right now is astounding.

Although Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House, spoke of Jonathon Gruber by name in 2009, she now denies knowledge of even who he is.

Asked about a Republican health care bill that the CBO had said would cost subsequently less than Obamacare, then Speaker Pelosi said "We’re not finished getting all of our reports back from CBO, but we’ll have a side by side to compare. But our bill brings down rates. I don’t know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT’s analysis of what the comparison is to the status quo versus what will happen in our bill for those who seek insurance within the exchange."

Asked about Gruber's comments just a couple of days ago, now House Minority Leader Pelosi said “I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill.”

How quickly a Democrat can forget someone when it's convenient. The President himself has yet to comment on the matter. But that's understandable. He's busy trying on traditional Chinese clothing and planning another assault on America via his threatened amnesty order.

Finally, the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is set to be released any day. Police and protesters are gearing up for the possible outcome. Police have been advised by the governor to be "ready for anything" even as the protest leaders, members of such groups as the New Black Panther Party, the Revolutionary Communist Party, Amnesty International, and other radical organizations, (along with non-radical groups as well) say they will try to maintain peace and order without giving up their protest efforts. The facts of the case are still unimportant to their cause if they (the facts) don't agree with the group's desired outcome, it seems.

President Obama expressed "real heart-driven concern" about possible violence in Ferguson following the upcoming release of grand jury findings in the case. He did, however, promise federal assistance to the governor in whatever capacity it is needed.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday said he offers “the department’s continued assistance” and urging “continued and direct communication between elected officials, law enforcement and community leaders in the days ahead to help deescalate tensions and assist with planning.” He also called for law enforcement to use restraint. 

Restraint is good - until such time that the protesters prove restraint will not stop the violent behavior. Sometimes in riotous situations, as used to be said in the federal prison system where I spent my career, "It's time to kick ass and take names." If and when the protesters make that motto necessary let Eric Holder and the federal government beware if they get in the way. It's not going to be pretty.

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