Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bring it, McConnell

As a conservative-libertarian, but one that is none too reactionary about the immigration issue - or “amnesty” as it is called in political shorthand - I take a rather nuanced view of FDR II's latest overreach.   Like many Americans, I have little problem with the spirit of the President’s stated intent behind his fiat on Thursday, but rather other aspects of the executive action.  Contrary to much of the loudest commentary, naturalizing millions of working class illegal immigrants with demonstrable family roots in the United States is not the existential threat to the republic it is being billed as.  Rather, it is the dual faceted threat of progressively unconstrained executive power wielded by this President (some would claim intentionally wanton, and designed to draw Republicans off-sides) and the gobs of entitlements already foisted upon illegal immigrants and able bodied American citizens that makes this issue so precarious to our civic body.

Republicans must now react to the President – such was the rationale behind Obama’s gambit - and the measure of their modern party will be taken by a demographically shifting middle-America in just how they do.  Think of it as a fighter putting an opponent back on their feet with a solid jab, Republicans are now suddenly on the hot seat, with America - sadly acclimated to executive overreach to the point of disinterest - closely watching them, not the President.   A smart tack would be for the new Republican majorities to craft and pass legislation that deals with all of the now-cliched platitudes of “comprehensive” immigration reform – security first, path to citizenship, a nation of immigrants, look-busy-but-do-nothing -  but with true welfare reform inextricably woven into the package.   If people – born in America or otherwise – are looking for a nice comfortable dole in the Democrat welfare state, take that dole away. Return welfare and assistance programs to helping only those truly in need, and let the problem work itself out; who cares how many people come here if they have no choice but to come add productivity to America?   I’d wager not many Americans would.

A tit-for-tat 2-year fencing match is exactly what President Obama is looking for in taking this provocative executive action, history has shown that he is only relevant when he is creating partisan firestorms that distract any true opposition to his policies away from coalescing.  Republicans should refuse to play his game and instead get out the chess board.  We'll see if they have it in them, but let's be frank here - this has been a checker playing party going back to 2006 and the dawn of the Age of Pelosi. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Michael Bolton is coming

The Gruber Treasure Trove

The folks at Western Journalism has put together a clever montage of Jonathan (Mac) Gruber, the Massachusetts "economist" that made $400,000 as one of the main architects of Obamacare and countless other millions setting up state exchanges to comply with the monstrosity.  The clips have been widely seen by high information voters, and might actually be reaching the rarified air of the Big 3 Low Information networks, so shocking is it to have anyone involved with supporting this law actually tell the truth about it after 6 years of stead deception.  In hindsight from 2014, Gruber in these clips from the past 3 years comes across like some comic book villain monologuing about how great his master plan is going to work now that the hero can do nothing to stop it.  It's really quite amazing to watch.

For me, the most notable in the mountain of Gruber gems that came out is a simple fact I have been telling people for years now - the Massachusetts healthcare system - a major marketing tool for Obamacare - never actually worked after Romney left office.

"The dirty secret in Massachusetts is the feds paid for our bill, OK? In Massachusetts, we had a very powerful Senator you may know. His name is Ted Kennedy. Ted Kennedy had basically figured out — Ted Kennedy and smart people in Massachusetts — had figured out a way to rip off the Feds for $400 million a year."
-Jonathan Gruber

It took a steady diet of federal wealth distribution, unpaid bills to area hospitals, and hiding deficits like the $350 million one Team Patrick was just forced to disclose to the incoming Baker administration to make it LOOK like "free healthcare" as envisioned by Democrats was viable. It was not. It is not. It will never be.

Repeal, Replace, Impeach, Rinse, Spin, Repeat.

IQ Test

Scientists have discovered a sure fire way to spot low intelligence levels across broad population groups. It's called "Elections", and this year, California's 12th Congressional District is the winner for the region in America most densely populated with intellectually dense people.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Enough to make a Conservative blogger's heart thaw

I still have little use for his policies, I still find him diametrically opposed to my view of America, but I must admit, as I was when he won the election in 2008, I do find myself occasionally moved by some of the symbolism of Barack Obama's presidency.  In 2008, it was simply the act of a black man being elected president, even though he has by no means led the life of a typical African American, nor do I feel has he particularly improved race relations in our country nor made the quality of life for minorities in America tangibly better.  But by simply being there, a black president, standing before the world as America's leader atop fractured race relations reaching back to before our founding, something is innately cool about that, good for our country, good for our society.

Today, the moment (admittedly seen on Special Report, not live, sorry I got a job!) came when Barack Obama, the reelected black President of the United States of America, repeated the oath of office with his hand on Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.'s bible and Abraham Lincoln's bible....on Martin Luther King Day.  Those two books carry with them an American symbolism that is eminently potent, a potency derived - in my mind - more from their earthly owners than any ecclesiastical lineage.  Its during moments like this - with President Obama with his hand upon those tomes - that I can't help but feel the personal affinity for him that so consumes his supporters, as well as a deep national pride for the American ideal(derived from a patriotism which is actually far different from the jingoist hard right nationalism or the communal, social naivete of the far left).  Rare moments like this are the ones when Obama shines, when the iconic significance of a moment reaches up to embrace the elevated rhetoric and often illusory iconic shell of the man, and America is better for it.

All political value aside for the president, historic moments like this are good for the country, even if so many of the policies that will emanate from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue over the next four years will not be.