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Does a Big Storm Require Big Government?

Oct. 31, 2012

The Foundation

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” –Thomas Jefferson

Editorial Exegesis

Big storm requires big government?

“We know liberals are worried that President Obama might lose next week, but are they so panicky that they want to suggest even before [Hurricane Sandy] has passed that Mitt Romney and Republicans are against disaster relief? Apparently so. … [T]he liberals are excavating remarks from one of the early GOP debates. CNN’s John King asked if ‘the states should take on more’ of a role in disaster relief as FEMA was running out of money. Mr. Romney: ‘Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better. Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut – we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in.’ This isn’t an argument for abolishing FEMA so much as it is for the traditional federalist view that the feds shouldn’t supplant state action. … Citizens in the Northeast aren’t turning on their TVs, if they have electricity, to hear Mr. Obama opine about subway flooding. They’re tuning in to hear Governor Chris Christie talk about the damage to the Jersey shore, Mayor Mike Bloomberg tell them when bus service might resume in New York City, and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy say when the state’s highways might reopen. Energetic governors and mayors are best equipped to handle disaster relief because they know their cities and neighborhoods far better than the feds ever will, and they know their citizens will hold them accountable. … The rush to use Hurricane Sandy to justify a bigger federal government makes us wonder if there’s an excuse liberals won’t use to grow Leviathan? The reality of the federal fisc is that whoever wins next Tuesday is going to have to choose between functions best done by the federal government and those that can be done better by others. A government that can’t distinguish between a big storm and Big Bird is simply too big.” –The Wall Street Journal

Insight

“Government has become so vast and impersonal that its interests diverge more and more from the interests of ordinary citizens. For a generation and more, the government has sought to meet our needs by multiplying its bureaucracy. Washington has taken too much in taxes from Main Street, and Main Street has received too little in return. It is not necessary to centralize power in order to solve our problems.” –Sen. George McGovern (1922-2012)

“One of the things that bothers me most is the growing belief in the country that security is more important than freedom. It ain’t.” –author and Reagan political consultant Lyn Nofziger (1924-2006)

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” –theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Upright

“The Obama administration created a wholly fictional storyline [on Benghazi], and devoted its full resources to maintaining it. I understand why Mitt Romney chose not to pursue this line of argument in the final debate. The voters who will determine this election are those who voted for Obama four years ago and this time round either switch to the other fellow or sit on their hands. In electoral terms, it’s probably prudent of Mitt not to rub their faces in their 2008 votes. Nevertheless, when the president and other prominent officials stand by as four Americans die and then abuse their sacrifice as contemptuously as this administration did, decency requires that they be voted out of office as an act of urgent political hygiene.” –columnist Mark Steyn

“The four Americans killed in Benghazi lived and died by the same code as thousands of Americans in Afghanistan. And that code overrode loyalty to one’s own people in favor of appeasing Muslims. The two former SEALS broke that code, violating orders by going to protect the consulate and were abandoned in the field by an administration that prioritized Muslim opinions over American lives. From the post-American diplomatic perspective, the lives of a few Americans, who knew what they were getting into, was a small sacrifice to make when weighed against the potential of turning the entire Muslim world around.” –columnist Daniel Greenfield

“America’s mainstream media has shown little interest in the atrocities in Libya as it focuses on silly distractions like what Mitt Romney really, secretly, truly, in his little capitalist heart made of coal, may have meant when he used the incomplete phrase ‘binders full of women’ in the heat of an intense presidential debate. Not much media attention has focused on the fact that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handpicked chairman of the Department of State’s investigation of the Benghazi atrocities is an apologist for Islamic terrorism who has a cozy relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.” –columnist Matthew Vadum

“Rude, insulting language about Romney (‘bullsh—-r’) from the president. Vulgar sexual innuendo, aimed at seducing young women to vote for him. The vice president asking a bereaved parent about the size of his murdered son’s testicles. It’s quite a spectacle. … I think [Obama’s] cracking, and the inner nastiness and vulgarity are on display. He’s losing, and he’s angry, and he can no longer sustain the pretense of elegance and coolness. … He thinks he is so charismatic, and so wonderful, that if we see him in all his splendor, we will love him as he so loves himself.” –columnist Michael Ledeen

We Depend on You

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Demo-gogues

Marching orders: “The conversations that I’ve had with all the governors indicate that at this point there are no unmet needs. I think everybody is taking this very seriously. We’ve got pre-positioned all the resources that we need. But right now the key is to make sure that the public is following instructions.” –Barack Obama

Exactly why voters should send you packing: “We’re going to have a full agenda in the second four years, but people shouldn’t underestimate how much we can get done.” –Barack Obama

Government knows best: “We should have one Secretary of Business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like giving loans to SBA or helping companies with exports. There should be a one-stop shop.” –Barack Obama

Cover up: “Any time a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans who were serving our country get killed, we have to figure out what happened and fix it. But I do take offense with some suggestion that, in any way, we haven’t tried to make sure that the American people knew as the information was coming in what we believed.” –Barack Obama

Tough job when you’re not doing it: “[I]t’s hard to negotiate additional treaties when I’m off campaigning and doing all kinds of stuff.” –Obama explaining why he told Russia’s Dimitri Medvedev he’d have “more flexibility” following the election

Illiterate: “I’m drawing a blank on the Second Amendment, but I think it’s the weapons, isn’t it? The NRA? … Why in the hell do we have to have machine guns? And don’t touch that, because NRA will come and put you on the black list.” –Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX)

Math is hard: “You can’t erase what you’ve already done. [Republicans] voted to extend tax cuts for the very wealthy, giving a $500 trillion [sic] tax cut to 120,000 families.” –Joe Biden

Concerned Harry is concerned: “My concern is that Karl Rove and 17 angry old white men are trying to buy the election. And that’s the truth.” –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the consummate angry old white man

Dezinformatsia

Endorsement watch: “He did not end, as he promised he would, ‘our chronic avoidance of tough decisions’ on fiscal matters. But Mr. Obama is committed to the only approach that can succeed: a balance of entitlement reform and revenue increases. Mr. Romney, by contrast, has embraced his party’s reality-defying ideology that taxes can always go down but may never go up.” –The Washington Post endorsing Obama

Projection: “It’s the Republican policies that are much more likely to make us end up like Greece.” –New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

Partisan hackery: “[The Obama campaign is] depending on [early voting], they are talking about it, counting on it, absolutely right. It does have an impact. But it also leaves Mitt Romney in an awkward situation. Because anything he does might look so blatantly political and almost needy, because he’s just not in the equation when the country’s under siege from a massive storm.” –MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski

Anything to help Obama: “What happens if we get to Election Day and they don’t have power? Which you need for many of these election booths, for the voting booths, which you need for people to get to the polls. Is there any precedent for doing something such as postponing a national election?” –NBC’s Andrea Mitchell

Yay big government: “Disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of ‘big government,’ which is why Mitt Romney wants to eliminate it. … [FEMA] was put back in working order by President Obama, but ideology still blinds Republicans to its value. Many don’t like the idea of free aid for poor people, or they think people should pay for their bad decisions, which this week includes living on the East Coast. … Does Mr. Romney really believe that financially strapped states would do a better job than a properly functioning federal agency?” –New York Times editorial, “A Big Storm Requires Big Government”

Newspulper Headlines:

Out on a Limb: “Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Election Is Uncertain” –New York Times website

Questions Nobody Is Asking: “Meghan McCain to GOP After Sandy: Do You Still Doubt Climate Change?” –TheHill.com

We Blame Global Warming: “It’s Heating Up in Minnesota” –PowerLineBlog.com

Longest Books Ever Written: “Obama’s Pathetic Picture Book” –Politico.com

Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control: “Letterman ‘Upset’ and ‘Discouraged’ Obama Lied About Romney Wanting Detroit to Go Bankrupt” –NewsBusters.org

News You Can Use: “How to Increase Poverty” –New York Times website

(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

Village Idiots

Ambiguous campaigner: “[Hurricane Sandy is] nothing compared to the storm we’ll face if you don’t make the right decision in this election.” –Bill Clinton (He’s got a point if voter re-elect Obama.)

Priorities: “Soon enough we’ll need to get back to work on the most important campaign of our lifetime.” –Obama campaign manager Jim Messina

When weather is climate: “As the oceans and atmosphere continue to warm, storms are becoming more energetic and powerful. … As the hurricane approached the East Coast, it gathered strength from abnormally warm coastal waters. At the same time, Sandy’s storm surge was worsened by a century of sea level rise. Scientists tell us that if we do not reduce our emissions, these problems will only grow worse. Hurricane Sandy is a disturbing sign of things to come. We must heed this warning and act quickly to solve the climate crisis. Dirty energy makes dirty weather.” –Al Gore

Stupid questions: “Has anyone apologized to [Al Gore] yet? He was right [about global warming].” –former Obama “green czar” Van Jones

Editor’s Note: Michael Moore, in coordination with MoveOn.Org, released a crass new ad featuring several elderly folks warning of the consequences of re-electing another Republican president. The following are excerpts – be advised of crude language:

“If your voter suppression throughout this beautiful country enables Romney to oust Barack Obama, we will burn this mother f–ker down.”

“[If] the Republicans steal this election, I’m going to track down Mitt Romney and give him the world’s biggest c-ck punch. … Right in the nut sack!”

“If you let the Republicans do this to you again after we die we’re gonna look down on you from heaven and we’re gonna make a point of watching you have sex. Every time!”

Short Cuts

I don’t know why everything has to be a partisan issue. Why can’t everyone of all political persuasions come together and hate Democrats?“ –humorist Frank J. Fleming

"I don’t know if you’ve heard that Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell is back. It’s Obama’s new policy on Benghazi – Don’t ask me and I won’t tell you.” –comedian Jay Leno

“The White House e-mails on September 11th were leaked, identifying the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S. consulate as it happened. It had nothing to do with a mob reaction to a video as claimed by the White House. If Barack Obama had been president seventy years ago he would have blamed the attack on Pearl Harbor on an anti-Japanese newsreel.” –comedian Argus Hamilton

“In Wisconsin, Michelle Obama encouraged people to vote early because your ‘toilet may be overflowing’ on election day. Wouldn’t surprise me, considering Obama’s put the entire economy down it.” –Fred Thompson

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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104 Comments

wjm in Colorado said:

A better question for the New York Slimes would have been to ask how the financially strapped states got that way? High Tax, High regulatory policy, and Democrat control got anything to do with it? The Democrat Party Platform is the Communist Manifesto. Read the two and try to find any differences, the Communist Party of America can't. Vote Democrat, commit treason!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

Hurricane Sandy has obviously violated Mayor Bloomberg's new law prohibiting supersized drinks larger than 16 oz. Sandy certainly served up NYC with a big gulp. I wonder if the city will try and prosecute.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA said:

I watched the OResident Bushein Oblama's new campaign add this AM. He was going over the points of his new 'plan'. He got to #3, "invest in American Energy" LOL,. I laughed so loud my living room was like an echo chamber.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

& my dogs started howling.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Gemma in NY State replied:

enemaofthestatistquo: The first was Education & Training.....Now that is starting to sound like the Communist Manifesto.....and well we know how much money is poured into Education with little result. So full of it!!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

56hornet in TX said:

the way of thinking in America is not to heed the warning signs of taking care of yourself and using good judgement of getting to safety when told. But rather sit on butt, do nothing, then holler for help when things turn bad and expect everyone to come running.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

MNIce in Minnesota said:

Perhaps the radio sound bite omitted much of the context, but Mr. Obama's speech prior to Hurricane Sandy's strike contained no reminder to use common sense, no useful information about surviving the storm, nor even (the most important part) a prayer for God's protection of the lives of the people. All I heard was an admonition to listen your government nannies.

In this day of high-speed, readily accessible communications, there is no reason we should be any less well-informed than the government agencies. The notion that only they can tell us what to do is absurd.

Local government agencies can be very helpful in directing evacuations and coordinating rescue and recovery efforts. But in the immediate aftermath, federal agencies often just get in the way. A few years ago, a tornado hit a nearby county and did considerable property damage. Several private organizations immediately organized buses to carry volunteers to the affected area for cleanup. A FEMA agent told the sheriff to block off the area and not let anyone in. The sheriff said, "I'm not going to do that; I know my people," then told the FEMA agent to get lost. There were no reports of looting, injury to volunteers or whatever further mishap the FEMA agent imagined might happen.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Daryl in Gravette replied:

Some thing that should happen often and with great vigor, in fact perhaps arrest the agent for interfering with official police actions

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:10 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I agree with you, to much federal power plus to many generals and not enough privates. We need to help our own and our neighbors. We to work as a community. The locals always knows whats best for there community and we also need to pray.

Now having said that, the comment above yours, are the states taxed to much? I believe they are.

Now a GOP Governor begs to differ with you. He praised the president for being ontop of the situation. I ownlt bother to quote him here. I live in a poor state, taxes aside, if thi diseaster would hit our state, we would be screwed for this state does not have the resources or the money to do it on there own. The local banks will not help.

To me the bigger question is, who is the leader? We have M.R. who refuse to even say no comment 11 times, the one who vetoes flood disaster for his own state, (I look it up on the state website, sorry no Huffington Post) The person who wanted to privatize it, (It might be a good idea) or under the current guidelines, did his duty. One stood up and garnered the praise of Governor Christi, one was told on Fox and Friends the governor doesn't have time to play games with him.

Who is right and who isn't, isn't the point. What is correct is we all should not bicker over a political point, who didn't say what and to help those who has been hit by this unmitigated disaster.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:24 PM

HorseTeethSam in Michigan said:

I think we have an entire generation (or two) who believe that the President is a dictator or a king. They believe that he has the power to do anything he chooses to do. With such a mindset, it is plain to see how the belief in Big Government is so natural, so easy. Today, the general movement is toward the states becoming utterly irrelevant, more or less becoming like the brand of shampoo one chooses, or the color of shirt one wears. The idea of sovereign states is pretty much lost on the current generation.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

TheHarp in Oregon said:

"A government that can't distinguish between a big storm and Big Bird is simply too big."
NUF SED

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Dorothy Murphy in Illinois said:

I think dems' ads have become more than the lies they were flinging around. Now their ads are complete gutter trash. They want us to trust them with important decisions after our economic mess, staggering debt, no jobs, Benghazi cover-up, & now, their gutter talk & indoctrination of children, like Hitler did? Their ranting does sound like his....I

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Michael Donnelly in Hamilton Square, NJ 08691 said:

BENGHAZIGATE
Posted on October 29, 2012
BENGHAZIGATE – SHAME OF OUR GENERATION!

WHAT SHOULD WE HAVE EXPECTED OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF TO DO – WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN HIS STANDING ORDERS?

WHAT KIND OF A MAN IS LEON PANETTA – HAS HE ANY UNDERSTANDING OF OUR MILITARY AT ALL? HAS THE SECDEF CHANGED THE WAY WE SUPPORT OUR MILITARY IN HARMS WAY OR ARE HIS NEW STANDING ORDERS TO WAIT IN THE BUNKERS WHILE THOSE SERVING OUR NATION ABROAD, HAVE COME UNDER FIRE, AND LIKELY TO DIE?

AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, WE HAVE JUST SEEN ONE OF THE DARKEST DAYS IN OUR HISTORY. A PRESIDENT WHO HAS EITHER PLAYED THE COWARD IN DOING NOTHING TO SAVE DYING AMERICANS OR A PRESIDENT WHO IS SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE NATION’S DEFENDERS THAT HE IS COMPLETELY INCOMPETENT TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF!

FOR THOSE [PREDOMINANTLY DEMOCRATS] WHO INSIST THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO ACT AND WOULD NOT PLACE OTHERS IN HARMS WAY, SO BE IT! BUT YOU HAVE A FAR, FAR WORSE LEADER! THIS PRESIDENT IS INCAPABLE OF ADMITTING THE FACTS HE KNEW OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN: BENGHAZI WAS AN ACT OF WAR AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – AN ACT OF COWARDICE WHICH CAN BE COMPARED WITH PEARL HARBOR AND 9/11/01, WAS IT NOT?

IS THIS TO BE OUR NEW RESPONSE TO DYING AMERICANS SERVING THEIR COUNTRY? “WE CAN’T HELP YOU RIGHT NOW, FIRST WE HAVE TO HAVE AN IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION OF THE SITUATION.” HAS MR OBAMA PLACED IN OFFICE LEADERS WHO ARE INCAPABLE OF HANDLING CRISIS? HAS OUR INTELLIGENCE FAILED US SO COMPLETELY? IS THIS WHAT WILL HAPPEN FROM NOW ON?

SO OUR INCOMPETENT OR COWARDLY PRESIDENT – RATHER THAN ADMIT HIS FAILURE [THE BUCK STOPS WHERE?] TO ACT FOR DYING AMERICANS IN A HOSTILE LAND – HE CONTINUES TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIMSELF AND PROCLAIMS FOR WEEKS THAT BENGHAZI WAS JUST A JUSTIFIABLY ANGRY CROWD OVER A VIDEO THAT INSULTED THEIR RELIGION. THIS, FROM A PRESIDENT WHO HAS NEVER DEFENDED THE WORST INSULTS AGAINST CHRISTIANS AND JEWS SPREAD ACROSS THE LAND OF THE FREE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS.

GOD SAVE US FROM THE MOST PATHETIC PRESIDENT EVER!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Dorothy Murphy in Illinois replied:

EXACTLY CORRECT!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Mr. Lloyd in Colton, Ca. replied:

DAMN BETCHA. WELL PUT.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Lori B. in Manhattan, KS said:

Absolutely, 100% correct!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM

HorseTeethSam in Michigan said:

"Rude, insulting language about Romney ('bullsh----r') from the president. Vulgar sexual innuendo, aimed at seducing young women to vote for him. The vice president asking a bereaved parent about the size of his murdered son's testicles.

And these people think EVERYBODY is that crude. EVERYBODY is like them... aren't they? Whaaaaat?? You mean they're not??

Lord help us! Can we really recover from this group of sickos??

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Hopeless in Amerika replied:

Can we recover? That I do not know, but I am predicting the largest incumbent defeat in American Presidential election history one week from now.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Dorothy Murphy in Illinois said:

And I think Gov. Romney is completely correct! Bless him. Please, God, please, let us send him & Sen Ryan to the White House to help us out of our mess. One good way to get America working again would be to set our citizens to work on upgrading outdated power systems and get them under ground away from falling trees.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

This implies putting money in an aging infra structure. A few ago when I said we have to make a choice, my thoughts weren't lucid enough. This is lucid, infrastructure or pay down the debt. We cannot do both. As for infrastructure which your comment eludes to, takes money. Governor Romney had 11 times to answer the question, he stood MUTE. for months I've read, no government money, now you advocate government money. If the city can't pay for it, they ask county, county will ask state, the state will go to the Federal government. Governor Romney refused to help his own state so what makes you think he is inclined to help you?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Just Saying in Idaho replied:

I applaud you for admiting that you weren't lucid. If you would realize that more often than not you aren't your comments won't be so annoying.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Jude Ossowski in Monroe, Michigan said:

"Does Mr. Romney really believe that financially strapped states would do a better job than a properly functioning federal agency?" --New York Times editorial, "A Big Storm Requires Big Government"'

Like the rest of us, I doubt Mr. Romney has even SEEN a "properly functioning federal agency" created during the last 50 years.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

We have witnessed the awesome birth of a new and powerful Oxymoron, "properly functioning federal agency", I am blessed to have lived to see this day.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

RVN 65-67 in SE AZ replied:

Jude, and others; Emphasis of a thought or word is accomplished by typing an * (asterisk) before and after that thought or word. It will be posted as an *italic*. Upper case tends to remove interest as it is perceived as shouting. Many tend to skip such posts. Upper case makes it difficult to read.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Amen.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Jill in Iowa said:

It's the same old game with the liberals; twist, distort and lie; anything to fool the public, anything to attempt to discredit and smear Mitt Romney. Liberals. as always, wallowing in the mud, muck and mire. This upcoming election is a frightening time; depending on the outcome, out country will either continue its spiral down into the abyss OR it will be turning around to face the light of truth, decency and the restoration of freedom and liberty as is guaranteed by our Constitution.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Barry's actions relative to Benghazi should not surprise anyone. After all one of his gods is Joe Stalin's best friend FDR. There is lots of evidence that FDR knew about Pearl Harbor prior to Dec. 7. Barry's handling only cost 4 lives vs FDR's 2400.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Dorothy Murphy in Illinois replied:

True! My grandmother, who lost a son in his war, always said she was quite certain that where he is now, he will never need a jacket. Neither, I think, will his big admirer.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Larry in Dallas, TX replied:

That is a shame. Of course, Bushie Jr knew about the 9/11/2001 attack prior to the event. I know you are not too bright with math, Howard, but put down your pitchfork and follow slowly. On that day over 3000 people were killed. Now since you probably dropped out of the 1st grade I will explain to you that 3000 is a GREATER number than 2400. Also, numbnuts, 3000 is GREATER than 4. Oh that is correct -- on this little right wing blog George Jr was never the president. We went from Clinton to Obama, and somehow eight years just magically disappeared. christ you are stupid!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Merry in Cave Creek, AZ replied:

What IS your problem Larry? Does Pearl Harbor or 911 have some direct correlation to what happened in Benghazi? Let us say for the sake of no argument that you, and others who think like you, that Bush knew that the 9/11 attacks were about to happen. That would be disgusting and beyond the behavior of any moral person, God-fearing or not. Any person like that should, and will rot in hell for allowing it to happen. Are you happy now?

So, in the event that this was the case, WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM that "knowledge" you so fiercely believe in? Apparently nothing. Your response to past perceived (by you) wrongs is to in effect declare, "It's no worse than what Bush did!" Would you say the same about ANY modern day genocidal maniac like Hitler? If there was a Jew (or Christian) who called for the murder of Muslims in the same fashion, who managed to kill a mere 8000 of them, would you say, "But Hitler did it!"? Using not much more than 1st grade math, you can see the correlation of numbers which I believe is beyond YOUR grasp.

The fact is that what matters is what we do TODAY and what we will do tomorrow in response to the murder of any innocent people based on their race, religion, or national origin. And, in case you haven't figured it out yet, George Bush hasn't been in office for nearly 4 years. Got that YET? Who is the mentally challenged one here? You! Texans must hang their heads in shame to have you as their neighbor and fellow citizen.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:53 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Both of you have interesting points. can either of you lay some facts on me?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:32 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Hey Larry,
when you write such foolishness, you remove all doubt that you are an ignoant fool, what Lenin described as a useful idiot. Look at the numbers of the first 6 Bush years, unemployment below 4%, Economic growth double anything we have seen from any Democrat. Then the party of Marx took over, and down the tubes we went. Bush had no forknowledge of 9/11. If you believe that, you are so much more than a useful idiot. When you tire of deflect, deny, and counter accuse, please look in the mirror, and see what stupid really is. You support Obamao, you are a traitor to your country. Rot in Hell.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Larry in Dallas, TX replied:

Yes, or course I am the "ignoant" one, you wacally wabbit!! I never cared for Bushie Jr., but you are cruel by saying that does not have "forknowledge." I am sure that he at least knows how to use a fork. I am not so sure about you there Goober and your friend Merry Colon.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Merry in Cave Creek, AZ replied:

Obviously you cannot spell either. What--- no response to my questions? Figures and, don't bother.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Larry in Dallas, TX replied:

I know...wjm cannot spell very well. Anyhow you thought I would not answer your questions. You are wrong - again as always. Here are your answers to all your questions: a. Other than being well endowed I have no other problems; b. The earlier poster related Pearl Harbor and Libya as two instances where the president, at the time, would have known about the attacks prior to those attacks (just like 9/11); c. My happiness does not derive from answers from the teaparty crowd here; d. I have never compared Obama to Bush, but at least I am honest and openly realize that Bush actually was the president; e. You are still the mentally challenged one here. See I think I answered every question, you idiot! At least you nutbags are paying attention now to things like the deficit, constitutional rights, foreign policy, etc. Of course if Mitt wins, you losers will go back into your comas. Please Merry take a rudimentary course in grammar; your second sentence made no sense. To respond to your first sentence, yes I can spell either. I just did.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Merry in Cave Creek, AZ replied:

Careful there --- it is you who has demonstrated that you cannot read, spell, or comprehend what you do manage to read. Again, off subject and filled with attempts to smear because, as a liberal, you simply cannot engage in any meaningful dialog. Why do you come to this site except to "remove all doubt"? And you do it so well I might add.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Brian in Newport News replied:

Howard,

You are absolutely correct. Not only did FDR know about the attack on Pearl Harbor and took action to ensure it was "a surprise", he also took actions to lead Japan to fire that "first shot." A very well documented and eye-opening book, "A Century of War" can be found here:

http://library.mises.org/books/John%20V%20Denson/A%20Century%20of%20War%20Lincoln,%20Wilson%20and%20Roosevelt.pdf

You may find it interesting that Lincoln did the same thing, ensuring that it was the South that fired the first shot to set off the Civil War.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Scott in Camino, CA in Camino, California said:

Regarding the comments made by Gov. Mitt Romney about reducing the size and scope of the Federal government and returning a range of functions back to the States, I couldn't agree more, if for no other reason than that States could respond to situations such as Hurricane Sandy so much quicker on their own, especially without having to wait for "permission" from the Federal government, in this case, disaster agencies, to move into action. At best, the Federal government should, except under truly extraordinary circumstances, only arrive on scene at the request of State government.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Exception, Democrat run states. Remember Katrina, Ray Nagin let busses sit unused and get swamped, and the Governor held off Federal overatures until her incompetence was exposed. Democrats can only be counted on to further their own failure.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I agree, I may not be perceived as being part of the pack, yet I am. People should ban together. Yet money only goes so far. My concern is can all the states meet the Burden. the great state of Texas had wildfires and suffered a crippling drought. Governor Perry wasted no time in asking for a handout while saying in debates, no federal handouts. I agree the states are taxed to much. the problem is we are to far in debt.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:35 PM

rab in jo,mo replied:

Funny how all I read here is a debate over which government entity should bear the burden of disaster relief. Interesting...

From the time the tornado destroyed 30% of our city in May 2011, the bulk of the relief work has not come from any government agency - it has been the NGOs (churches, charities, and private individuals/businesses) that have borne the burden of relief/recovery in our town. In instances where government agencies *are* involved, progress is slowed due to bureaucratic inefficiencies.
I shudder to think what our situation might be now if we had waited for government to take care of things here...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:21 AM