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Monday
Sep302013

The art of "compromise"

Democrats are already blaming Republicans for a government shutdown that, while increasingly likely, hasn't even happened yet. They say Republicans won't "compromise" and thus want a shutdown. I dunno. From what I see, it's the House that keeps passing bills, and the Senate, controlled by hyper-partisan septugenarian Harry Reid, who keeps saying "no." No counteroffer, no meeting the House part of the way, just "no." My way or the highway. The news today even said that President Obama wanted to meet with House Republicans, but Senator "No" told the President, well, "no."

Seems to me it's the Democratic party that won't compromise and that wants a government shutdown.

Tuesday
Aug272013

The Pentagon goes crazy

So a desire for individual liberties is now an "extremist position," according to the Pentagon?

The DOD warns students to be aware “that many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights and how to make the world a better place.”

Under a section titled “Extremist Ideologies,” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”

You can't make this stuff up.

Friday
Aug162013

The banana republic of America

Wherein the President just ignores laws he doesn’t like, or unilaterally changes them, and doesn’t bother to hide his behavior. Charles Krauthammer describes how this happens again and again.

Krauthammer starts:

As a reaction to the crack epidemic of the 1980s, many federal drug laws carry strict mandatory sentences. This has stirred unease in Congress and sparked a bipartisan effort to revise and relax some of the more draconian laws.

Traditionally — meaning before Barack Obama — that’s how laws were changed: We have a problem, we hold hearings, we find some new arrangement ratified by Congress and signed by the president.

That was then. On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder, a liberal in a hurry, ordered all U.S. attorneys to simply stop charging nonviolent, non-gang-related drug defendants with crimes that, while fitting the offense, carry mandatory sentences. Find some lesser, non-triggering charge. How might you do that? Withhold evidence— for example, the amount of dope involved.

In other words, evade the law, by deceiving the court if necessary. “If the companies that I represent in federal criminal cases” did that, said former deputy attorney general George Terwilliger, “they could be charged with a felony.”

But such niceties must not stand in the way of an administration’s agenda.

He provides other examples, from Obamacare waivers to subsidies for health insurance for Congressional staffs to benefits to illegal immigrants. This Administration behaves the way a Presidente-for-life would in some banana republic. Worse, Congress and the courts just let it happen.

Thursday
Aug152013

America's mysteriously unchanging national debt

Here's one for the creative accounting files: the U.S. still runs huge monthly deficits, yet America's official national debt has remained unchanged for more than 87 days, at just $25 million below the legal debt ceiling.

Hmm... If I were a suspicious-minded person, I might think the Treasury is fibbing.

Tuesday
Aug132013

Big Government and Big Brother

Ben Brooks, who writes mainly about technology, has also had a long-running series of posts about government overreach into privacy invasions. He started with tales of TSA misadventures, but has more recently been posting about NSA surveillance and the lack of oversight thereof.

I’m not quite as upset as Brooks about either the TSA or the surveillance, though both programs are rife with examples of overreach and, in the case of the TSA, the occasional outright criminal behavior. However, I agree with Brooks that both programs are prime examples of the loss of privacy and liberty we permit in relative silence. (In passing, I’ll note that the President has included even the muted outcry over the NSA program as an example of a “phony” scandal, and his lackeys in the press have toed that particular line.)

What Brooks and other dyed-in-the-wool liberals fail to understand is that voting for Big Government is what allows the unchecked behavior of Big Brother. Democrats and, sadly, far too many Republicans insist that government is the answer to pretty much any question. As a result, we get the abomination that is Obamacare, mandating further government intrusion into the health care market; both “No child left behind” and “Common Core” as federalization of the educational system; and the absurd DOJ civil rights investigation into George Zimmerman, further inserting federal law enforcement into local crime. And, of course, we get the NSA intercepting electronic communications of citizens.

The only solution is to insist on less government, especially at the federal level. Stop sending people to Congress who insist on taking an ever-increasing chunk of your paycheck to fund ever-increasing programs that intrude into your personal life.