Archive for the ‘Elite’ Category

TRUSTING GOVERNMENT

June 13, 2012

People around the world have always been suspicious of their governments.  Americans are no different.  If never before, we now have concrete reason to be skeptical and it is brought to you by an administration that promised to be the most ethical, honest and transparent in history.

In 1966, Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  President Lyndon B. Johnson reluctantly signed it.  Shortly after the enactment of FOIA in 1967, it became obvious that it would jeopardize the secretive inner workings of our elected officials.  Once the power elite identified the American public actually had concern for the sleazy underpinnings of the officialdom it became necessary to plug the holes that released information the questionably honest bureaucrats wanted to hide.

The Privacy Act of 1974 not only weakened FOIA, it offered so many ambiguous exemptions that it now, literally, takes an act of Congress – a Congressional Hearing – to extract information from the government that may be detrimental to the citizens of the country those officials are sworn to serve and protect.  We have executives in power who unabashedly hide behind the exemptions allowed by the Privacy Act.  The most famous and most abused of which is “national security”.

Other exemptions under the Privacy Act that appear to protect the very people who might be under suspicion of wrongdoing include: internal personnel rules, inter-and intra-agency memos and documents, personnel and medical files or information compiled by or for law enforcement that might interfere with enforcement or deprive a person the right to a fair trial.

With inter-agency and intra-agency memos exempted from FOIA by the Privacy Act, every government agency or department became autonomous and unaccountable.  When the Attorney General of the United States, the person in charge of the Justice Department, boldly tells a Congressional Investigative Committee that the term “Fast and Furious” does not refer to the gun walking operation by the code name “Fast and Furious” it is his Clintonesque (“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”) way of delaying and denying due process.

The government now guards more information under exclusion than they tend to release.  Holder continues to jam the Congressional Hearings and cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars by refusing to provide the documents lawfully subpoenaed to identify the facts.

One political party and only one political party is controlling the investigation and one of those in control is, himself, under investigation.  Darrell Issa (R), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has expressed concern that Congress needs to look into the Justice Department records and conduct, but Senate Democrats are stonewalling his efforts.

Democrats in the Senate also recently blocked a resolution to introduce an outside special counsel to investigate a number of recent military and intelligence leaks.  Thus, U.S. attorneys under the purview of the Attorney General, Eric Holder, and ultimately reporting to the President will be investigating any wrong-doing within the top levels of government regarding military intelligence and national security leaks.  This is the epitome of the fox guarding the hen house.

How far can this nation sink before the radical dictatorships abroad look welcoming?

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WE WERE WARNED!

August 24, 2011

With the country weakened and divided, now is the time to attack.  This time, however, the attack is not coming from planes smashing into financial icons.  This time it is not bombs, artillery, IEDs, rockets, mortars or even small projectiles that we have to fear.  This time, our very own government is doing us under.  The Washington power brokers have weakened us to the point of attack.  The elected and appointed officials have, and are continuing to, implode the systems of the U.S.

The President, through his appointed like-minded sycophants, is circumventing congress.  He/they foist rules, regulations and restrictions on our freedoms and liberties with tyrannical orientation.  The EPA alone has enacted so many business repressive regulations that there is no longer any question why our economic mainstay is basing overseas.

It is difficult to understand how throttling carbon emissions within the boundaries of the United States, forcing production of goods to third world countries is helpful to the global environment.  Countries with uncontrolled emissions and standards are most certainly able to manufacture at an apparently reduced cost.  The true cost to the air, water and food supply is much greater in the long run than is the plastic output.

The only plausible explanation is an agenda for global wealth redistribution and a desire for all but a chosen few to become destitute and beholden subjects.  If that is it, the plan is working well.

Once a nation of reasoned and reasonable laws, followed and enforced, we have become one of unmanaged laws, rules, regulations, restrictions, codes and edicts.  The freedoms and liberties awarded to citizens of the United States eroded, in some cases beyond recognition, by activist judges and an overzealous politicians catering to themselves instead of their constituents must be restored.  Enforcement is now at the will of a few with punishment determined and meted with political considerations always in mind.

Equality of application is no more.  In too many cases, law enforcement officers are prohibited from doing the job for which they were hired for political expediency.  Police and other agents fear for their lives and resist drawing their weapons even in defense because of a disrespectful and anti-enforcement judicial system that treats them more harshly than the criminals they  apprehend.

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama has stated a goal of fundamentally transforming the country.  Michelle said, “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation”.  Conversations:  Liberals have taken to more anger, spewing more vehemence and hatred for every person and thing not Socialist in nature.  Traditions: Since that time, Christian holidays have been averted by the White House.  History:  Barack espoused, “We are a nation of Muslims.  In his Cairo speech he said, “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”  A different place as a nation: A once proud nation is now ridiculed by the world due to a President who apologizes for our accomplishments, changes our history and traditions. Sacrifices:  Well, that seems to be playing only 9 holes during a national or international crisis.

CREATING JOBS

August 18, 2011

Obama apparently believes (at least he asserts) that unemployment benefits create jobs.  Maybe there is a greater need for more government employees to cut the checks and mail them or hit the enter key to make the direct deposit.

As Jay Carney explains it:  “It is one of the most direct ways to infuse money directly into the economy because people who are unemployed and obviously aren’t running a paycheck are going to spend the money that they get.  They’re not going to save it, they’re going to spend it. And with unemployment insurance, that way, the money goes directly back into the economy, dollar for dollar virtually”.

“Every place that, that money is spent has added business and that creates growth and income for businesses that leads them to decisions about jobs, more hiring.  So, there are few other ways that can directly put money into the economy than applying unemployment insurance, Carney said.

Tom Vilsack insists that food stamps create jobs.  He equates every dollar spent on food stamps to $1.84 in production. 

Unfortunately, government production of one dollar does cost $1.84.  Someone in this administration has finally voiced the truth.  If only some jobs were being created in the private sector.

So, following the logic of the all knowledgeable Washington crowd, the guy at the end of the freeway off ramp with the cardboard sign (I VOTED FOR OBAMA NOW I’M HOMELESS) pleading for help must also create jobs.  Someone has to work in order to hand him money.  The more he takes in, the harder or longer someone else has to work.

The best exterminator today can’t rid Washington D. C. of these cockroaches, but you can.  Vote wisely in November 2012!

US VERSUS US

June 29, 2011

From the National Journal:

If President Obama’s news conference accomplished anything on Wednesday afternoon, it underscored, in striking tones, his strategy for winning the debt ceiling fight with Republicans: Make it a clash of classes.

  • Rich versus Poor.
  • Us versus Them.
  • Those who support children, food safety, medical research and, presumably, puppies and apple pie versus the rich fat cats who don’t.

 

Hang on gang; it’s going to get rough.

He’s already tried the “racist” thing.  It may have actually worked for a while.  He won’t let that go because it’s being echoed by every liberal in America.  You know.  If you don’t agree with his policies; his appointing Czars and creating major bureaucracies or his spending your money to bail out his friends and donors or throwing lavish dinners and concerts in the White House with famous rock star and Hollywood celebrities to entertain his daughters or creating a health care debacle that will force you to buy something you may not want or need or his spending more time golfing and vacationing at your expense than he spends on the business of the country, it’s only because you’re an ignorant, hateful, gun-toting, bible-thumping racist.

He’s already tried blaming Bush for everything.  (I think he even tried to blame Bush for the devastation caused to Japan by a tsunami.)  He said he would reverse everything done in the previous eight years yet really doesn’t have a clue about what was done or how to undo it.  Nevertheless, that too, worked for a while.  Now, even the DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz, admits the economy that’s in the tank and getting worse, is his.  He won’t, and she’s undoubtedly in severe trouble for saying it, even if he does think she’s cute.

Now, it seems, he’s going to try to pit Americans against Americans, baiting us with rich vs. poor and again black vs. white and white vs. Hispanics and kids vs. adults as well as liberals vs. conservatives.  It seems he’ll try anything short of jumping up and down shaking his fists and yelling “My way, it’s got to be my way”!  (I’m personally not convinced that he doesn’t do that behind closed doors.)

He cannot justify his policies or his arguments…any of them, so he has to point fingers, call names, blame others and create chaos.  The country is on fire; men, women and children are fighting and killing one another out of frustration and fear.

If only he had a fiddle!  I guess in the 21st century a set of golf clubs will have to suffice.

DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO!

February 8, 2011

Do as I say, not as I do!

Michelle Obama is making it harder and harder to enjoy an occasional yummy munchable at the local restaurant or fast food establishment.  Yet, she, her husband and guests are welcome to consume meals, rich to excessive, with cholesterol, fats, salt and starches.

We’ve all seen pictures of the president scarfing a Big Mac or giant juicy burger from a local independent entrepreneur.  We’ve heard of the White House Wednesday night concerts replete with sugary and fattening snacks and the lavish pizza dinners prepared by pizza chefs imported for the evening from distant cities.

The fare for the White House Super Bowl party reportedly included specialty lagers and ales brought in from around the country to wash down the Buffalo wings, pizza, cheeseburgers, bratwurst, kielbasa and grease laden chips and dips.

There is an extreme inconsistency between the lifestyle of the American President and family and the restrictions they impose on we commoners.  They are widening gap between the elite and those they are supposed to serve.