Wednesday Chronicle

Raw Deal With Silver Linings

Jan. 2, 2013

The Foundation

“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” –Thomas Jefferson

Editorial Exegesis

No 'grand bargain,' but a deal nonetheless

“The Senate-White House [fiscal cliff] compromise grudgingly passed by the House is a Beltway classic: The biggest tax increase in 20 years in return for spending increases, and all spun for political purposes as a ‘tax cut for the middle class.’ … [T]he tax rate on capital gains will rise to 23.8% (including the 3.8% ObamaCare surtax), the highest rate since 1996, and at a time when business investment is mediocre. … The estate tax deal is a reprieve only compared to the 45% that Mr. Obama wanted and the 55% that would have hit without a deal. Republicans still had to agree to a rate increase to 40% from 35%, and the $5 million exemption is a pittance for 50 years of work and thrift. … As for small business, the overall tax increase this year is substantial. The new listed top rate of 39.6% doesn’t include the phaseout of deductions that will take the actual rate to 41% or so for many taxpayers. Add the ObamaCare surtaxes on investment income (3.8%) and Medicare (0.9%), as well as the current Medicare tax of 1.45% (employee share), and the real top marginal tax rate on a dollar of investment income from a bank savings or money-market account will be about 46%. Throw in state taxes, and the marginal rates in many places will be in the mid-50%-or-higher-range. … Keep in mind that this entire exercise was also supposed to promote ‘deficit reduction.’ But the bill’s special-interest favors give away much of the new tax revenue that Mr. Obama says he wants, and the bill’s estimate of $620 billion more revenue over 10 years is probably too high as the rich change their behavior to avoid the higher rates. In any event, this bill increases spending by at least $30 billion by extending extra jobless benefits for another year. It also postpones for two months the automatic spending cuts that were set to begin this week, so in February we can all witness the delights of another phony showdown that will result in more phony deficit reduction. … [W]e hope the GOP has learned, after two failed attempts, that Mr. Obama is not someone with whom it can do a ‘grand bargain.’ … House Republicans should pursue their own agenda and let Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats pursue theirs. Mr. Obama has his tax triumph. Let it be his last.” –The Wall Street Journal

Upright

“All the debate over spending is starting to remind me of the movie Jaws. We have some people who believe there is this big threat headed our way, but the authorities all tell us not to panic – but instead of the mayor of Amity Island telling us the beaches are safe, President Obama is telling us we’ll grow our way out of this deficit. … People don’t want to listen. But Math is coming. It’s $16 trillion in debt and growing, and one day it will rise out of the water, and even those ignoring it will finally be afraid and gasp, ‘We’re going to need a bigger boat.’ No, you idiots! Haven’t you been listening? We need a smaller boat. One we can actually afford.” –columnist Frank J. Fleming

“[Obama] jetted out to Hawaii to resume his vacation at an extra cost of more than $3 million to taxpayers. The price tag is in addition to more than $4 million that is already being spent on the Obamas' Hawaii idyll, bringing the total cost of the excursion to well over $7 million. … And that doesn’t include the price tag for the massive security operation required to move the president or the cost of the cargo plane that follows Air Force One around. The Obamas could have saved taxpayers millions by returning from Hawaii together after Christmas and then resuming their vacation at one of the many ritzy resorts that lie outside of Washington. If the beach is a must, even a trip to Florida would have been far less expensive.” –White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler

“The year we just endured was supposed to be the year when this country finally got serious about solving the big structural problems that have prevented our economy from reaching its full potential. Or was that 2008? It’s hard to remember. … So now it’s 2013. The national debt exceeds $16 trillion as the government borrows more than 40 cents of every dollar it spends because doing otherwise would ‘balance the budget on the backs of …’ somebody. … Meanwhile, spending continues its unstoppable march to the next galaxy. Not even the Mayan apocalypse could slow it. We just hope that when it gets there, some benevolent alien race sees it, takes pity on us and teaches us an advanced alien means of controlling it. We need something new, as moving ‘forward’ seems to mean, among other things, abandoning our ancient human method, the one we used to call ‘math.’” –New Hampshire Union Leader

“If you don’t want to have a gun in your home or in your school, that’s your choice. But don’t be such a damn fool as to advertise to the whole world that you are in ‘a gun-free environment’ where you are a helpless target for any homicidal fiend who is armed. Is it worth a human life to be a politically correct moral exhibitionist?” –economist Thomas Sowell

Essential Liberty

“It is said that the 2nd Amendment follows hard upon the 1st so as to serve as its bodyguard – providing the added incentive of coercive force by a wary citizenry to guarantee that those initial cherished liberties, expounded by our Founders, did not go the way of the 10th Amendment. The 2nd Amendment, interpreted as the right to bear arms by a free people, has not escaped that yawning chasm that has opened up between the political Right and Left, and the rationale behind this stratification falls along the same familiar tensions of individual vs. collective. The nature of men, having proved insufficient in wisdom for the eradication of evil, must then paradoxically utilize the equalization of deadly force to not only suppress the jaundiced glint in our neighbor’s eye but the tyranny that arises when men esteem the chimera of ordered equality over liberty.” –columnist Glenn Fairman

Insight

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” –German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.” –British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Demo-gogues

The BIG Lie: “Well, I have to tell you, David, if you look at my track record over the last two years, I cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011.” –Barack Obama (Actually, federal spending increased by $147 billion in 2011.)

Belly laugh of the year: “I’m not driven by some ideological agenda. I’m a pretty practical guy.” –Barack Obama

Another lie: “[Republicans] say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they’re behaving is that their only priority is making sure that the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected. That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme.” –Barack Obama

Just raise taxes: “Revenues have to be part of the equation in turning off the sequester, as well as spending cuts.” –Barack Obama

Nice sentiment; try doing it: “We cannot let Washington politics get in the way of America’s progress. We’ve got to do what it takes to protect the middle class, grow this economy, and move our country forward.” –Barack Obama

Loading our children with debt: “[Republicans using the debt limit to negotiate is] somewhat like taking your child hostage and saying to somebody else, ‘I’m going to shoot my child if you don’t do what I want done.’ You don’t want to shoot your child. There’s no Republican leader that wants to default on our debt – that I’ve talked to – so that ought to be non-partisan.” –House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

Pot and kettle: “The House of Representatives is operating without the House of Representatives. It’s being operated with a dictatorship of the Speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the House of Representatives to get what they want.” –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

Dezinformatsia

Gun grabbers: “Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway. It’s badly written, confusing and more trouble than it’s worth. … Owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right. Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. … Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that ‘prying the guns from their cold, dead hands’ thing works for me. Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.” –columnist Donald Kaul

Good riddance! “If [America] doesn’t change its gun laws I would, as a concerned parent first … seriously consider deporting myself.” –CNN’s Piers Morgan, who is British (A petition to deport Morgan over his anti-gun stance has tens of thousands of signatures.)

Tolerance: “My point … about gay rights, for example – it’s time for an amendment to the Bible.” –Piers Morgan

Newspulper Headlines:

Hey, It’s Not the End of the World: “After Mayan Apocalypse Failure, Believers May Suffer” –LiveScience.com

Shortest Books Ever Written: “Those Courageous Liberals” –Commentary website

Questions Nobody Is Asking: “Will 2013 Be the Year We Finally Address Climate Change?” –Salon.com

Answers to Questions Nobody Is Asking: “Affleck Says No to Senate Run” –Politico.com

News You Can Use: “How to Beat Winter Vomiting Outbreak” –Daily Express (London)

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

Village Idiots

Blame the Constitution: “As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.” –Louis Michael Seidman, professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University

Even the idiots are displeased: “[Obama] has taken all the Bush changes – he basically put them into the establishment, [and] he has codified them. That is what is sad. So we are going into the second administration that is living outside the law and does not respect the law and foundations of our system and he is a constitutional lawyer, you know. … It is an Orwellian state. It might not be oppressive on the surface, but there is no place to hide. Some part of you is going to end up in the database somewhere.” –director Oliver Stone

“As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.” –Georgetown “constitutional law professor” Louis Michael Seidman

“The question for today, as the Republican party fighting, infighting, spills over onto the national stage, is whether they’ll go back to the center-left positions of Eisenhower and start winning elections again, or if they’ll double down on stupid to satisfy the Kochs, the Adelsons, the Murdochs, and the Limbaughs of their party. … I’m betting they’re gonna double down on stupid, ‘cause that’s where the money’s comin’ from.” –leftist radio talk show host Thom Hartman

“Stop saying, ‘I support the troops.’ I don’t. I used to.” –filmmaker Michael Moore

Short Cuts

“The White House received over sixty thousand signatures from gun rights advocates demanding that CNN’s host Piers Morgan be deported for slamming the Second Amendment. A counter-petition was circulated in Britain refusing to take him back. He is on the phone with the president to see if Anglo-Saxons are covered under the Dream Act.” –comedian Argus Hamilton

“Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Please don’t send him back. … Americans. Was the second amendment not introduced to protect you from the tyranny of the British? Piers Morgan in other words.” –BBC’s Jeremy Clarkson

“A Michigan lawyer has been arrested for manufacturing crystal meth in his office. I hope the fact that this guy’s a lawyer doesn’t send the message that somehow all meth dealers are sleaze balls.” –comedian Jay Leno

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

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148 Comments

ockyWocky in Wheeling WV said:

Seeing that picture of Obama with his holy hand on a smiling Boehner's shoulder was enough to reveal the true solution to today's national problems.

Cut the dam smiles. This is serious stuff, and these bozos are smiling...

Better they get serious and whenever they meet, Obama's armed security detail keeps Boehner at least 10 feet away with the both scowling and growling.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Elaine in Nashville,TN said:

Once again we are betrayed by the Republican Party which seems has sold out to the other side. They no longr work for us, but themselves and re-election concerns...got to keep themselves on the gravy train...they are now irrelevant...and we need to let them know this!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

There is no difference between the representatives we elect, Republican or democrat; they all operate outside of the constitution. It is time to reclaim our Freedom and Rights no matter the cost.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Attila in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico replied:

Have you heard of throwing the baby out with the bath water? Give them their due, there are Republicans, TEA party types and others, who understand that we need to operate the federal government within the law, which would reduce it to reasonable bounds. There are effectively no Democrats that fit that description. So if you dont support the good guys, guess who wins?

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Elaine,
I suppose it's fine and dandy for you to be disappointed in the Republicans. You're not alone in feeling that way. However, keeping things in proper perspective, if the People have been "betrayed" by the Republicans as their party has "sold out to the other side", then shouldn't you have some choice words for the other side? If we've been betrayed by the Republicans, what have the Democrats done to us? I don't know about you but I feel an immense pain between my shoulder blades from a Democrat knife being shoved in. Shouldn't we focus on the real crimes and the real criminals?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Billy in Texas said:

Is there not 1 person in Congress with the intestinal fortitude to stand up to this Money Wasting Hitler wannabe ? We are in for a long, long road if he is not stopped. Time for America to stand up, say NO, and take back Our Country !

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

Bill, 49% of the electorate (those who voted, anyway) DID stand up to him a couple of months ago. You're right, we ARE "in for a long, long road." Wouldn't be so bad if we had an effective opposition party - that's what we have to work on first.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

JtC in TX replied:

The misguided belief that politicians are the answer . . .

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Attila in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico replied:

The only other answer involves bloodshed. Be careful what you wish for.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Lisa in Longview Texas said:

What a sorry excuse for tax savings to the middle class. I am seriously disappointed in my Republican representatives for not listening to the middle class or the people who elected them. Whatever money may be made in tax increase will not begin to cover the additional spending allowed in the dark recesses of this bill. I agree that it's time we either replace our Republican representatives or they need to start making a stand for the people. I am disappointed with Paul Ryan for agreeing with this bill along with John Cornyn of Texas...........my mass mailing to replace you will begin as soon as possible. The failure of the Tea Party to get Republicans behind this bill has also disappointed me. As a middle class voter I feel that there is no longer anyone in government who represents my best interest.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Those who supported the TEA Party protests are not and were not a failure. What the TEA Party reveled was that those we elected will say anything, follow any fad or attach themselves to any wagon that will lead to their election.

The Tea Party was true grass roots, there are no leaders that have been selected to represent that demographics and organize protest of out of control government power, taxes or spending; all that came from an angry electorate hitting the end of their rope.

Those we have elected are dragging us kicking and screaming to a governmental tyranny.

There is nothing to worry about if you are part of the US government that is transforming our free Republic into a socialist tyranny; you have the brute force of government to enforce your immoral laws upon us.

I wonder what will happen when government begins the physical assault of those who are Free Republic, govern by the rule of law, kind of people? I have a feeling that 2013 will see the answer to that question.
George Washington, a British subject was one of the top British criminals 230 or so years ago and if captured would have been hung. How many will not fear that label today to restore true liberty in this country?
Who are the brave?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Keith White in Casper, WY said:

I have a hard time accepting this deal that gives in to the Socialist movement in our country and there is no cut in spending. An increase of $40.00 is offset with a $1.00 so called cut in spending??
We The People better get our head out of where it isn't supposed to be, and vote the IDIOTS that are destroying America out while we still have a country!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Voting in this country has become an act of futility. Freedom has been ripped from our grasp and replaced by a socialist tyranny. It is only those who count the votes that decide the winners of elections.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Attila in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico replied:

Stop going on about it and BE there when the votes are counted!

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Rifleman in Nawth Georgia said:

If I may be so bold as to add a thought:

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." --German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

As I used to advise my students: "Not choosing is a choice."

The two million registered Republicans who didn't vote on November 6 made their choice.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

"The two million registered Republicans who didn't vote on November 6 made their choice."
I hope you don't really belive the government propaganda about the stats on the 2012 election. The most fradulent election in US History.
Remember Athens TN!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM

john in kalamazoo replied:

Remember Athens. when we give up the power to resist and respond to the lawlessness and out right refusal to obey the rule of law and orginal intent.
Remember the alamo remember the Maine, remember Pearl Harbor, the passion for liberty burns within each breast. fan the flames, burn even brighter. be vigilant, the day is just over the horizon.
press on!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

Lucas (McCain, if you remember), Obama beat Romney by very nearly five million votes. Those two million votes would have to have been very carefully distributed to have resulted in a Romney victory in the electoral college. Even then, without the Senate, I don't think anything would have been much different. With the Senate, maybe, but not what we need even then. We need a real revolution IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Gentlemen,

I think you're all pretty much incomplete on this.

Since the election, many have said, "the people have voted, and they voted for Barack Obama." The implied meaning here is that the vote was legitimate; that this was democracy in action; that the majority has ruled.

Regardless of the supposed 2 million registered Republicans who didn't vote, the mechanics of the vote were probably as legitimate as in any previous election. There wasn't any unusual amount of voter fraud and the majority did indeed favor Obama and the Democrats.

But while the mechanics were legitimate, the fundamental nature of the electorate is not. It has evolved to be, and is now, a perversity. A schism has developed in our electorate - a class or caste system if you will. Favoritism, political pandering, liberalism, empire building, and political correctness, are all perverse protocols that our "leaders" have employed incrementally over numerous decades to build their power base at the expense of our liberties. The blame for this is not nebulous. Our "leaders" are the culprits.

Specifically, and as I said, incrementally over numerous decades, various and sundry policies have been enacted which have engendered inequality among us. We're not all on equal footing as we enter the voting booth. We no longer share the same motivations as we consider candidates and the policies that each one supports. We're not all looking at government as a shared expense that we need to limit, as we would pay for and limit our business expenses or our household budgets. We are no longer equal under the law.

Accordingly, some of us accept the fact that the taxes we pay are the cost of government, which is our (society's) combined overhead, which must be monitored, controlled, and limited. So we enter the voting booth to cast our vote to do just that. Others however, now more than ever, are learning to accept government as a welfare state. They are dependent on government handouts, pay little or no tax, and enter the voting booth to cast their votes for more of the same.

Generations of our "leaders" have molded us into a situation where about half of us pay far more than our fair share (97% of federal taxes) and vote to reduce their taxes, while the other half pays almost nothing (3% of federal taxes) and votes to raise the taxes of the other half.

And remember Obama's mantras: 'we all must live by the same rules', and 'we all must pay our fair share'.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Erik S. in Indiana replied:

Hamilton, your assessment is spot on. It was by design that the other half was created because it translated into votes for the liberals. I detest the fact that my taxes go to support these low-lifes. The old addage that "it's always
easy to spend someone elses money" reigns supreme with these politicians.
And by the way, they had the unmitigated gaul to vote THEMSELVES a pay raise.

Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Erik S.

Thank you.

Yes, it's always easier to spend someone else's money. No doubt. Combine that with politicians pandering for votes and you have a recipe for disaster.

Every taxpayer should feel as you do. And they should feel it at the polls on each and every election day if they realize that they're going in there, symbolically, with their hands over their pockets while their neighbors are trying to get government to pull those hands away.

I can't help but see the big picture, the long timeline, that has gotten us here. At the founding, government's chief purposes were to keep the laws and protect us from outside attack and inside corruption - and that was pretty much it. Somewhere along the way afterwards, there was a first time. There was a first time when a politician or a group of them, passed a law that transferred public money over to a person or a group of persons for their personal use. And that became the ugly precedent for the immoral wealth and income redistribution that we have today. This is why I used the word "incrementally", to emphasize that we got here slowly but surely, via a long series of wrong-headed legislative steps.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

JtC in TX replied:

And based on what Boehner and the others cowards did they made the right choice.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Joihn in Minneapolis said:

I am hugely disappointed in the Republicans for selling out on this issue. The spending reductions in the sequester were far preferable to increasing taxes AND spending.

With few exceptions, the Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats. And shame on Paul Ryan for voting "yes" for this gift to the liberals.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

TheHarp in Oregon said:

"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation." Vladimir Lenin

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

The economic cost of the government is how much it spends, for that much is taken from the citizens, either through taxes, or just as important, through the capital markets. Lenin didn't understand anything about capital, even though he wrote a book on it. Read Uncle Miltie (Friedman) instead.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

Whoops! Marx wrote that book about capital. Lenin understood even less than Marx about economics; he was a simple politician, just like his disciple Obama.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Buck in North Carolina said:

There will NEVER be a deal or compromise made in Washington that will benefit the American people unless the federal government is returned to its constitutional parameters in both its size and powers . Not going to happen !

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Bret in Ladera Ranch, CA said:

Another "compromise" by spineless RINO's! Republican leadership is at an all-time low and we better get our act together before we completely lose our country! Boehner and his cohorts are more interested in the next election than doing what's right for the country. Boehner is spineless and should not be speaker--nothing more than the "good ol' boy" network at work. Where is the fiscal responsibility that brought him to power? PATHETIC!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Mr. John in Colorado said:

Isn't obvious by now that Obama's agenda is the destruction of America? what more evidence is needed than this latest fiasco and his follow up statements that spending will not be cut if it means not paying our bills which will include paying those who hold American debt with more acrued debt until the entire system collaspes. If the Republicans give in again in two months they will be signing their own death certificate as they will not survive the rath of die hard conservatives such as myself who see them as having given up their backbone and forfeited common sence, fiscal discipline, personal responsibility, and logic to appease a little boy who just happened to be elected president of this once great nation.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Elected, Really?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

John, he'd rather you called it "transformation." And I'm sure he'd object to your calling him "a little boy." Not worth it. Save it for the Republicans.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Patriot in Peru in Peru, Indiana said:

Republicans... Democrats... Conservatives... Liberals...
They are one and the same, on the Hill. They're two halves of the same animal, however you wish to visualize that --- but it's a fact. That animal's name is "politics," and has only one purpose: to win a game where only the animal is the ultimate victor. It is, after all, only an animal which has no conscience --- regardless of Mr. Boehner's teary speeches. Ronald Reagan was an actor, too, albeit a damned-sight better one and a much finer politician than Mr. Boehner can ever hope to be. (I don't include Obama, as he's not even a politician, nor will he EVER be! He's a Chicago- thug wannabe, as he continually proves on a daily basis.) It is Mr. Boehner's sworn and obligated duty is to stand up to the the highest position in our nation with the full authority and power of the U.S. Constitution to back him --- a duty he has, and always will, fail to perform because he is part of the political animal.
Quite simply, there is no solution to our political and/or fiscal "problems." There is only our continued subservience to it, as Americans are to apathetic to stand up for what their own relatives shed blood and died for: "America, home of the free because of the brave; the golden land of opportunity." We are now, "America, home of the slaves because of the criminals; the leaden land of subservience to a bloated, gangrenous animal."
Prove me wrong.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

Bruce, "politician" is the perfect derogatory description for Obama.
Reagan was a statesman.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Erik S. in Indiana replied:

Bruce, in my humble opinion, Nobama is only a puppet, with someone else, more nefarious, pulling his strings. If one studies him closely, he's not all that bright, get him away from his teleprompter and he's a babbling idiot. Recall the time that he took his main crutch (the teleprompter) to address a bunch of kindergarten kids. This guy makes my posterior want to take a dip of snuff.

Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Diane in Tx said:

I am sick and tired of the Senate taking a House tax bill, stripping all of the content, retitling it, and doing what they want. It may follow the letter of the law in the Constitution, but it is an "End run" and they know it. It is past time for "we the people" to put a stop to it.

This is how they passed the monstrosity know as "Obamacare" as well as the stop-gap fiscal cliff measure.

Enough already!! Quit with the multi-1000 page bills filled with pork, the unconstitutional "progressive" tax rates which amount to "bills of attainder", and all the extra UNconstitutional crap that we can't afford.

Congress, do your jobs! - Which, right now, should be repealing most of the stuff passed in the last 25 years.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

Here's one solution to those 1000+ page bills.

Before a bill can be voted upon, require that it be publically posted during normal working hours (i.e. 9-5, M-F) for a time span equal to 5 minutes per page.

A 1000-page bill would require 5000 minutes, or 83.33 hours, or 10.4 business days before it could be voted upon.

This would go a long way towards ending those last minute, middle of the night insertions into a bill that we have to "wait until the bill is passed to find out what's in it."

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

It's kind of like a "waiting period" for guns. Congress can craft its bill...but then it will have to wait to enact it into law.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Diane in Tx replied:

I think your idea is like using a band-aid when a tourniquet is required - they get away with the pork by piling all that crap into an unrelated bill. They make the bills 1000+ pages so they can hide the evidence. One issue on bill - vote on it and let us know how you stand.

No more stripping of House bills - that is the equivalent of cheating. And if I had voted for the original bill, I would be furious at the Senate for stealing my vote. Those bill are supposed to pass the House first, and probably wouldn't have passed the first time if they had tried it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

Unfortunately, we're stuck with the "band-aid". Where do you draw the line at where "one issue" is? For example, should the DoD budget be voted on one item at a time (i.e., all in favor of buying 10 tanks say aye, next, all in favor of buying 5 ships say aye, next, all in favor of buying ammunition say aye. At least by having a "5-minute per page" rule, we'd get a chance to see what's in the bill before it get's voted on and we could hold our elected "representatives" more accountable.

As for the "stripping" issue, if Congress worked the way it was intended, the "stripped" bill would have to come back from the Senate to the House in conference to resolve the differences (of which there would be many in a "stripped" bill) before it went to the President for signature. Unfortunately we have a bunch of criminals who are in cahoots that just go through the motions to be "legal".

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Make that 140 years starting with the work up to the war between the States 1860

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Diane in Tx replied:

I agree that there are a lot of things that need to be gotten rid of, probably since 1787. I guess that would make my request the last 225 years. ;-)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

Diane, only eight Republican Senators bothered to vote against this monstrosity. Obamacare got far more GOP opposition.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Diane in Tx replied:

Probably because the Senators thought they "had to do something!!" this time. Looked like a bad case of "Chicken Little" to me. Sometimes doing nothing is the best choice - "First do no harm." should be their mantra.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Kat in AZ said:

What?? the establishment, elite Repubs cave - not a headline only business as usual. Rush was 100% correct when he said he hoped that Obama failed, alas he has not and We the People and this Nation will suffer terribly. Lawlessness breeds lawlessness as being shown daily by our Govt.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Your entries today reinforce the fact that a liar and a charlatan has been re-elected by the great un-read. When the day of reckoning for spending crashes our nation on the shoals of history, the MSM will still be extolling the idiot.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM