Archive for December, 2012

THE MEDIA AND THE TRUTH II

December 26, 2012

So it takes a paper like the New York Post to find and share information as described in “THE MEDIA AND THE TRUTH” posted earlier today.  First we were told, “Not a problem, we’ve taken care of the culprits”.  Now we find out that they were simply on administrative (undoubtedly paid) leave.  I guess the State Department clerk that I joked about will be back at his desk, viewing porn for eight hours a day again, after the holidays.  No discipline is expected.

Hmmm, probably won’t hear about this on MSNBC today.

Benghazi penalties are bogus

By JOSH MARGOLIN  New York Post

Last Updated: 1:46 AM, December 26, 2012

The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.

The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks.  And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.

THE MEDIA AND THE TRUTH

December 26, 2012

The man who usurps authority, resoundingly rejects responsibility for himself or his appointees or their charges.  A good parachute will keep any of them from penning a tell-all book until he is well out of office.  He can then deny the truth and blame someone else for each derogatory depiction.

The spin given to, or created by the media, for covering damning stories is very easy to see beyond if one chooses to look beyond.  When the spinning stops or begins to wobble, “ongoing investigation” is the rallying cry of diversion.  After hearing this misdirection for a few weeks, even the most concerned citizens move on to other hot topics.

Brainwashing is the forcible exposure to only one side of a proposition, news event, or politically ideology, etc. until it becomes accepted as truth.  Self induced ignorance is choosing to expose your mind to only one possibility while resoundingly rejecting all others.  Willingly hearing only that which verifies one’s “inherent knowledge” reinforces continued lack of thought and brainwashes the ignorant.

Auto Bailout – Many believe, due to tightly controlled information dissemination, that without taxpayer monies going to GM and Chrysler that the American auto industry would be no more.  As well, because of selective and creative reporting, too many Americans believe that their money has been repaid with interest to the Treasury.

Mitt Romney was chastised for his remarks that the industry warranted a managed bankruptcy and restructuring bolstered by government backed loan guarantees.  Such a plan, he said, would enable the manufacturers the opportunity to rebuild a stronger base.

The reverse actually happened with taxpayer funds going securely to the unions, with little going to production facilities, before GM and Chrysler declared bankruptcy.  $34 billion was afforded to the two car companies under the guise of saving American jobs and corporate viability.  The distortions offered by the dump and bury press, asserted the bailout did exactly that.  However, a little deeper look shows quite the opposite.

Over 40,000 former American auto industry workers are now suckling from the government teat as recipients of unemployment insurance and/or Welfare through no want of their own.  Production line hourly wage employees as well as dealership owners and their employees are without their former jobs with many unable to find gainful employment.

GM, however, began building plants and hiring workers in Mexico, China, Asia, Brazil and other remote locations, primarily in underdeveloped countries with the money fronted them by American taxpayers.  The company is now thriving though it has repaid only a portion of the borrowed sum.  The U.S. Treasury is preparing to sell our (your and my) remaining preferred stock for a $13 billion loss in order to release the company from its repayment obligation.  But the President takes credit for the success of the bailout and the press remains silent.

Fast and Furious – In the wake of Fast and Furious, a couple of mid-level operatives slipped away under the cover of darkness, not to be seen or heard from again.  Their classified severance packages, I’m sure, hide any threatened legal action for honest testimony.  More information about the operation has come from knowledgeable anonymous sources within the Department of Justice, who the obvious repercussions of formal announcement, than has come from those in charge.

Eric Holder and the Department of Justice have classified much of the incriminating paperwork and correspondence, apparently, to keep it from becoming evidence of top level corruption.  Documents pertinent to the committee investigation are so heavily redacted that they are of no help.

The legendary rug now covers this dusty story without any proverbial rolling heads or resolution.  Overshadowed by delays, diversions, other unnecessary killings and natural disasters, it is now all but forgotten.  Resolution is assumed by the general public due to an intentional lack of adequate investigative reporting.  History is being rewritten as I write this piece.

Benghazi – First, a story about a low budget, Internet film that few people ever watched became the excuse to override the lack of security or support for American personnel in hostile territory.  Devised at the highest levels of government and pushed by department heads, ambassadors and peripheral personnel on highly view talk shows, more people came to believe there is no hatred of America or Americans, just a profound dislike of blasphemy against Mohammad.

The incident happened on Sept. 11, only two months before the presidential election.  Since the President had so often loudly proclaimed that the killing of Bin Laden on his watch virtually disbanded Al Queda, acknowledging the murderous zealots as major participants would only present a conflict of lies.

The President was so concerned about the killing of three Americans, he continued his begging for dollars tour in Las Vegas hours after the incident.  The media covered the fund raisers with favorable light.

Once again, two Defense Department parking attendants and a clerk for the State Department were dismissed in hopes that the problem would go away.  Unavailable with global appointments since the incident and now suffering from a month long headache, the Secretary of State will testify before a congressional committee after she leaves office and attention to the matter is redirected.  Expect little profit from the prepared testimony, but a grand Ooh-Rah from MSNBC.

This President, over the past four years has offered this country nothing other than finger pointing, misdirection, redirection, cover-ups, nepotism, donor payback through taxpayer funds and massive indebtedness.

With three-quarters of the voting public exposing themselves to only half (or less) of the political information available, is there really a question how this man was re-elected?  Bury your head and this is what you get.  Unfortunately, many suffer the consequences of the ill informed.

Buckle up and hope we now have four more years of only the same.  It appears times are  destined to get worse.  But, if anything is covered by the MSM, it will be reported as “recovery”.

SANDY HOOK AND GUNS

December 19, 2012

The political left and the political right have different perspectives regarding guns and gun ownership.  With the Sandy Hook shooting spree by a deranged individual, this is again especially pronounced.  The White House is accumulating signatures to force a bill that will take away our Second Amendment rights and make gun ownership by the citizens illegal.

I, personally, don’t understand why they refuse to grant amnesty to all gun owners.  Oh, wait a minute, that is already done, it’s called the Second Amendment to the Constitution of The United States!  It is already written and ratified by Congress.  It is law.  It guarantees each of us, as citizens, the right to bear arms.  It’s just not in the best interest of those in power to adhere to our founding documents.

I have a particular appreciation for the blind misdirect from those on the left who argue automatic and semi-automatic weapons are not necessary for hunting.  In fact, I agree with them, automatic weapons are not the proper tools to take down a deer or a bear for food or trophy.  It’s a great non-argument.  It’s almost like when they call an opponent of their ideals bigot, racist, woman hater, or religious zealot, or become red faced and yell.  Most, actually believe these tactics adequately express indisputable finality to the discussion.  This stuff generally surfaces when fact and reason overcome their point and he or she refuses to acknowledge they’re wrong.

What those who wish to subvert the Constitution conveniently omit from their argument, and hope nobody will actually read, is the Preamble to the Bill of Rights.  I must say that so far, the misdirection is working very effectively for the left.  Let’s correct that here and now.

The Preamble to the Bill of Rights:

The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of the powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added.  And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

To me, the preamble says it all.  The founders granted rights to the citizens for reasonable and adequate protection against a potentially dangerous and corrupt government.  The founders wanted us to have guns to protect ourselves from the abuse of tyranny.  The Second Amendment has nothing to do with providing food for our families.  “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

The recent purchases and contracts for hundreds of millions of rounds of JHP ammunition in various calibers by the Justice Department, Homeland Security, Fish and Game, IRS, Social Security Administration, Department of Education, EPA and virtually every bureaucratic arm of the government should cause alarm.  It certainly is not to provide elk for the White House over the winter.  It doesn’t sound like government needs it to protect us from armed insurgents.  That’s why we have the military.

It can only be to make sure they can continue to overpower us in the event of revolt when we awaken to the fact that they have confiscated our land, our money, and our possessions for redistribution throughout the world.  Does an EPA field agent really need to be armed with jacketed hollow point ammunition when citing a factory for polluting?

We need the ability to protect ourselves against angry, evil, and deranged people as well as government officials (redundancy acknowledged).  We need guns.

AIN’T GIVIN’ NONE!

December 12, 2012

I found this posting on the Internet.  It seemed to be incomplete, so I added my clarifying questions and comments in purple.

Obama: ‘I Won’t Compromise On’ Higher Taxes for the Rich

President Barack Obama made his position on tax rates clear yesterday in remarks at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant in Redford Michigan.

“When you put it all together, what you need is a package that keeps taxes where they are for middle-class families; And, just what taxes are we talking about?  Are they the ever increasing consumer costs that are handed down by businesses forced to comply with unnecessary EPA regulations?   Are you talking about the taxes the middle class have to absorb so that you can continue your horrendous spending or giving the taxpayer money to friends and large donors?  we make some tough spending cuts on things that we don’t need; If they’re not needed, why not eliminate them completely instead of cutting some funding for them from the budget? and then we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a slightly higher tax rate,” said Obama. ” And that’s a principle I won’t compromise on, because I’m not going to have a situation where the wealthiest among us, including folks like me, get to keep all our tax breaks, But, but, but…isn’t it you and your party refusing to eliminate or cap taxable deductions (breaks) for the wealthy? and then we’re asking students to pay higher student loans.  Or suddenly, a school doesn’t have schoolbooks because the school district couldn’t afford it.  Schools could afford the necessary tools for educating our children if it weren’t for 5 of 6 unnecessary layers of bureaucratic administration.  Wouldn’t this be a place to start?  Or some family that has a disabled kid isn’t getting the help that they need through Medicaid.”  Gee, this might not be a problem if you hadn’t raped Medicare and stolen $716 billion out of the purse!  Perhaps some of that money might have been better used for that disabled kid!

Obama, however, did signal he was able to compromise elsewhere.

“We can do more than just extend middle-class tax cuts. I’ve said I will work with Republicans on a plan for economic growth, job creation, and reducing our deficits. Yes, we’ve heard you SAY that.  It’s been almost four years now.  When do you anticipate starting to work with Congress?  Mr. President, when can we expect you to work with Republicans and not just demean them for making legislative counter-proposals to your dictatorial edicts?  And that has some compromise between Democrats and Republicans. I understand people have a lot of different views. I’m willing to compromise a little bit,” Oh yes.  Such a little bit one might not even notice.  Obama said in prepared remarks.

THE MOBIUS LOOP OF GOVERNMENT

December 8, 2012

The Mobius Loop of the government is never ending.  (Yes, the inane redundancy meaningfully accentuates “government”.)  Let me explain using the simplest and most relevant example available.

Any person with a fifth grade education (high school diploma, if achieved via public education system) knows that you cannot trust what a politician says.  Most will say anything, and then do what they choose.  Some go a bit beyond that and some say exactly the opposite of what they intend.

President Obama claimed that the cost of health care in America is too high for many to pay and therefore some 43 million Americans were uninsured.  His plan, as expressed, was to bring down the cost of health care so that everyone will have access to an affordable medical plan.

Central to the claim was that too many people use hospital emergency rooms for their basic health care needs.  Since no one can be turned away from emergency care, the waiting rooms became triage centers.  In some cases, people with non-life threatening bleeding wounds or crushed or broken bones would be put on temporary hold while all the doctors completed treating others for flu, migraines, and other non-life threatening ailments.  This was unacceptable.  Billing many of the patients became an extra financial burden for hospitals because most of the patients using the services gave fictitious names and false addresses.

Since PPACA (Obamacare) passed in March 2010, health insurance premiums have risen over 50% for many plans with some now approaching double their former cost.  Additionally, due to the increased cost, some employers can no longer afford to cover all their workers and still attain a reasonable profit.  Thus, many have downsized leaving some workers without a job or health insurance.  The load for emergency rooms now grows more rapidly.

On top of that, the government reimbursement to doctors and hospitals for Medicare and Medicaid (for the perpetually indigent and recently unemployed workers) is so little that many doctors in private practice now decline to see new patients covered by these plans.

According to Reuters, the IRS recently released the final rules associated with the cost cutting law regarding taxing medical devices.  As of Dec. 31, a 2.3% tax will be assessed on medical devices ranging from tongue depressors to replacement hip joints to pacemakers.  The new tax is imposed to offset the cost of Obamacare.  Not only will the new tax drive up the cost of human health care products and devices, it will also affect veterinary visits for Snowball, Rover, and Trigger.  It seems that many of the utensils and devices recently tagged extra-taxable are also used for animal care.

Personally, I’m having trouble understanding how the new tax is supposed to lower the cost of health care for the patient.  Additional costs to doctors or hospitals are ultimately born by the patient.  Either increased premiums and co-pay or diminished care are the only foreseeable results of this new tax.

Here’s the Mobius.

  1. Medicare, and Medicaid reimbursements, became too costly.
  2. Too few people received adequate affordable health care.
  3. The government imposed Obamacare on the states and people to lower the cost of health care so that more people receive competent care.
  4. The new law (PPACA) imposes fines, taxes, and compliance regulations on medical professionals and the medical service industry.
  5. The government created a regulatory bureaucracy network of 36,000+ lawyers, administrators, and clerks to implement the new law.
  6. The new bureaucratic network creates laws, rules, and regulations costing doctors and hospitals to spend billions of dollars in compliance.
  7. The government hires an additional 16,000 IRS agents just to audit businesses, doctors, hospitals, and managed care facilities.  They will impose fines for noncompliance or incomplete compliance and be responsible for the collection of fines, fees, and taxes.
  8. Doctors cut staff to reduce increased costs associated with Obamacare.
  9. Doctors leave patient practice for other medical related vocations.
  10. Remaining doctors give each patient abbreviated time for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment because WalMart-like volume is required to maintain a practice and earn a living commensurate with their abilities and required ongoing education.
  11. Doctors refuse to see patients because they cannot afford to wait for months before receiving government reimbursement for their services and supplies consumed in treatment.
  12. Hospitals backlog more diseased, germ-spreading patients in emergency rooms for longer periods.
  13. The government raises taxes on personal income, corporate income, farm products, machinery, manufacturing, and general industry to offset the new costs incurred to reduce medical care expenditures.
  14. Employers downsize to avoid requisite compliance for larger companies.
  15. Great numbers of formerly employed join the ranks of unemployed and become Welfare and Medicaid recipients.
  16. More people have less money to spend on health care co-pays due to inflated costs caused by increased taxation.
  17. Government raises taxes to pay for expanded staff required to oversee new regulations collection of increased taxes that go to the diminished care we all receive.

Take a situation, make it less productive and more expensive, exacerbate the problem, encumber the previously unburdened to pay for it, grow government to oversee the non problem then claim you’ve improved the situation and claim victory.  That’s the government Mobius.