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Those Terrible, Uncaring Conservatives . . .

7 Jan

David Limbaugh, in his recent column titled “The Left’s Latest Mantra:  Income Inequality”, besides addressing the left’s unjustified claims to the high ground on income inequality, has this to say about the liberal world view in general.  I thought it was well stated.  The whole column can be read at

http://www.creators.com/opinion/david-limbaugh/the-lefts-latest-mantra-income-inequality.html

Excerpt:  [Emphasis is mine]

Whether or not liberals are able to process the reality that their programs have failed, they will not abandon them, because class warfare and government dependency programs are their ticket to power. CNN’s Candy Crowley unwittingly admitted as much when she asked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker why any unemployed American or minimum wage worker would become a Republican.

It’s not that conservatives don’t care about the poor. It’s that we do care about the poor — and everyone else. We believe that our free market solutions generate economic growth, stimulate upward mobility and improve the economic lives of far more people, including the poor and middle class, than any other system. History vindicates us.

The left will always win the “look at how much I care about you” contest. But it loses in the “actually caring” department because at some point, people have to be presumed to have intended the damaging results their policies have consistently caused.

[End of excerpt]

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Can It Get Any Worse in Washington?

18 Oct

I’m not sure that I could be any more disgusted with, and embarrassed by, our boys and girls in Washington.  But, you know, just when I think that, I remember the virtually unlimited ability these guys have to exceed our expectations regarding “dumbicity”.  And bad enough that they cause REAL loss of income across the country with their failure to negotiate, that they LOOK for ways to inflict inconvenience and disappointment upon the American people with how they executed the 16% shutdown, but then they then make sure that their own are protected by voting full back pay to furloughed (spelled v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n-e-d) federal employees.

This is sickening – and scary.

But I have to admit that through all this, I have developed an increasing respect for the wiliness of Democrats and their ability to control the message to the public.  The biggest weapon Democrats wield in their battle to denigrate conservatives and Republicans all over the country is the mainstream media (MSM).  Our journalists, who we once counted on to police our politicians, are overwhelmingly in the Democrats’ camp now.  Even the MSM national news broadcasters blatantly announce as fact that the Republicans carry full responsibility for the “government shutdown”.  [The claim that a 16% shutdown constitutes a government shutdown is itself so farcical as to be worthy of ridicule, were it not such an effective weapon in distributing misleading information to the public – but even Fox News persisted in using the term “government shutdown”, rather than ridiculing the notion.]

And when I think about blame for the 16% shutdown, I am amazed at how the Democrats escape unscathed.  Both the Democrats and Republicans flatly refused to compromise/negotiate in an area that has always been a battle ground for negotiation (contrary to the lies that came forth from Obama, asserting that the American people were being held hostage by a new and terrifying prospect for “shutdown”,  a practice that actually has at least a decades-long history in American politics).

But in spite of neither side wanting to negotiate, in spite of Reid and Boehner BOTH boldly blocking votes in their respective houses of Congress (which Reid did respecting at least thirty economic- and job-related bills during Obama’s first term), in spite of clear lies and vitriol coming out of the Administration – the Republicans alone catch the blame.

Even with allowing for the dominance of a liberal media, the supposed watchdog over improper governing, I am still amazed at the result.

I still think that the only answer to this lack of effectiveness in government is for the American people to “t’row da bums out”.  And to assume that they are ALL bums.

Unfortunately, I think this is about as likely as the total defunding of Obamacare.

Problem is, these elected officials are really all smart people, as individuals.  When they are alone, they talk a good story – they seem dedicated to the principles that made this country great.  And they make their constituents believe that were it not for their wisdom in electing him/her to government office, things would be much more of a mess than they are now.

Then, when these elected/re-elected officials get into a group, the IQ of the collective sinks to below-idiot status.

The American people need to just not listen to any incumbent in the next couple of elections.  The American people need to send a much stronger message to Washington than they did in 2010 – they need to replace ALL incumbents up for re-election in the House and the Senate.  There needs to be a concerted effort to ensure that all incumbents are challenged and beaten in their state primaries.

But this will never happen.

And on we roll toward growing debt, further dumbed down education standards, more government intrusion and control, greatly expanding welfare rolls, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid systems tumbling toward bankruptcy, a grossly expensive new government program called Obamacare, etc., etc. — and a dysfunctional Congress  It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that this can’t go on indefinitely.

I literally FEAR for our future and the future of our children.

The Role of Race in the Election — What Does This Mean for the Future?

16 Nov

From Jonathan Last of The Weekly Standard, 11/14/2012.  Food for thought.

Excerpt:  [Emphasis is mine]

But one thing jumped out at me in the exit polls as being cause for real concern. And that’s the tremendous influence of race in this last election.
If you listened to the morning-after commentary about the election, you heard all the usual litany of Democratic dominance. Obama won women (55 percent to 44 percent), young people (60 percent to 37 percent), even Catholics (50 percent to 48 percent). But when you broke these top-line numbers down you saw enormous racial cleavages.

For instance Obama lost white women by a good margin (42 percent to 56 percent). Same thing for young white people and white Catholics. Which means that when you look at the numbers for minority groups in these cohorts, they broke for Obama by enormous margins. In every one of those groups—women, youth, Catholic—the minority cohorts broke for Obama by 80 percent or more. (Save young Hispanics, who “only” broke for Obama 74 percent to 23 percent.)

What that suggests is that we’re living in a world where, in terms of politics, racial identity is overwhelming every other bit of voters’ demographic identity. Pollsters and demographers have long been able to ask people a battery of questions to figure out how they’ll vote: Where do you live? How old are you? How much money do you make? Where do you go to church, and how often? Are you married? Do you have kids? It used to be that if you got all of that information about a person, you could make a pretty good, educated guess about their politics.

The evidence from this election suggests that we may be moving toward a point where we can replace that entire battery with a single question: What race are you?

I don’t know about you, but I find this deeply depressing. More so—much more so—than the actual result of the election.

[End of excerpts]

Demographics to Ring the Death Knell of Republican Party?

16 Nov

Sorry, but I must suggest the thoughts of Thomas Sowell to you once again.  I give Dr. Sowell a lot of credibility partly because he seems to very effectively reduce issues to their simple logical components while keeping name-calling to a minimum.  I give special attention to his essays that reference how to pull minorities out of the lower economic classes because he happens to be one of the rarest of American thinkers – the black conservative economist.

You can see the rest of this essay at http://www.creators.com/opinion/thomas-sowell/is-demography-destiny.html

Excerpts:  [Emphasis is mine]

An alternative way to make inroads into the overwhelming majority of minority votes for Democrats would be for the Republicans to articulate a coherent case for their principles and the benefits that those principles offer to all Americans.

But the Republicans’ greatest failure has been precisely their chronic failure to spell out their principles— and the track record of those principles— to either white or non-white voters.,

Very few people know, for example, that the gap between black and white incomes narrowed during the Reagan administration and widened during the Obama administration.

This was not because of Republican policies designed specifically for blacks, but because free market policies create an economy in which all people can improve their economic situation.

Conversely, few policies have had such a devastating effect on the job opportunities of minority youths as minimum wage laws, which are usually pushed by Democrats and opposed by Republicans. But these facts do not “speak for themselves.” Somebody has to cite the facts and take the trouble to show why unemployment among minority youths skyrocketed when minimum wage increases priced them out of jobs.

The loss of income from an entry-level job is only part of the loss sustained by minority young people. Work experience at even an entry-level job is a valuable asset, as a stepping stone to progressively higher level jobs. Moreover, nobody gains from having a huge number of idle youths hanging out on the streets, least of all minority communities.

Labor unions push minimum wage laws to insulate their members from the competition of younger workers, and Democratic politicians are heavily dependent on union support. For the same reason, Democrats have to go along with teachers’ unions that treat schools as places to guarantee their members jobs, rather than to provide the quality education so much needed to rise out of poverty.

What Democrats cannot say under these conditions is what Republicans are free to say— even if Republicans have seldom taken advantage of that freedom to make inroads into minority voting blocs. Inroads are all they need. If the black vote for Democrats falls to 70 percent, the Democrats are in deep trouble.

But if Republicans continue inarticulate, then it is they who are in big trouble. More important, so is the country.

[End of Excerpt]

‘Nough said.

Why, Why, Why? EVERYone Seems to Know

9 Nov

Why did the Republicans lose the presidential election, when it SEEMS so obvious that Obama has done a crummy job of managing the country and economy?  So far, we have heard a hundred different contributing reasons.

Problem: To one extent or another, all the expressed reasons contributed to the loss.  Dominance of mass media support for Obama — yes.  Immigration policy — yes.  Democratic attacks and lies — yes.  Misinformation re: education — yes.  Barak and Michelle are black — yes.  Obama is perceived as “cool” — absolutely.  Romney looks “stiff” — yes.  Perception of Republicans as the party of the rich — yes.  Hating 47 %-ers — yep.  Being against the poor — that’s us.  Hate women — yep.  Entertainers “singing” the praises of Obama — yes.  People loving Dems for give-aways — yes.  Republicans unable to take offensive, always acting/speaking defensively — yup.  Dems used technology better — yes.  Rabid positions on abortion — yup.  Unexpectedly high turnout of Dems, lower turnout of Reps — yes.  Obama first response to Hurricane Sandy — yes.  Chris Christie’s response to Obama’s response to Sandy — absolutely.

Even pro-Obama slants to TV dramas and sitcoms — yes-yes.

And you can add more, I’m sure.  The impact of some of these factors has been underestimated, and for some the impact has been overestimated.  Who knows where the “truth” lies.

Here’s what I think.  I think Americans are so pliable and impressionable that virtually anything will affect at least some small group of people.  And cumulative small effects add up to large effects.

I would even guess that the use of “blue” as representative of Democrats and “red” as representative of Republicans affects the vote of some number of Americans (blue is a more friendly color than red — and China and the Soviets were called the Reds — “boo” on red).

Sound cynical?  Sorry.  My faith in the American people making decisions based upon rational consideration of national and international current and future issues and conditions is at a new low — which I didn’t think was possible.

And I’m not just speaking of Democrats . . . .

 

Dr. Sowell on a Mission to Inform

9 Oct

Two excellent recent essays by Thomas Sowell.  Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.  His views are somewhat unique in that he is a black conservative economist.

These two essays are entitled “Phony in Chief” and “Race Cards”  Enjoy.

http://www.creators.com/opinion/thomas-sowell/phony-in-chief.html

http://www.creators.com/opinion/thomas-sowell/race-cards.html

 

It’s a Simple Decision, Really

5 Sep

Writer and commentator Star Parker took us to the root of the matter — very simply — when she recently wrote:

“. . . the bottom line defining the choice facing Americans this year is stark and clear, and these conventions provide no new insights or information.

“If you think we’re struggling because we don’t have enough government, then the Democrats are the party for you. If you think the point of government is to protect individual freedom, and the problem is it has gone way beyond that, then Republicans are the party for you.”

Not that the Republicans have ALWAYS demonstrated a penchant for smaller government, but there seems to be a mood across the land right now that COULD result in a more effective and efficient government.  But my greatest fear is that, indeed, so many Americans have become at least partially dependent on the hand-outs of the government that this influence-peddling activity has captured the hearts and minds of people who represent an insurmountable number of votes.

I just saw this morning that the latest numbers are that Food Stamp/SNAP recipients have increased from 31 million to 46 million over the past few years.   I’d like to see a survey of the likely voters among these people, to see which party they are likely to vote for.