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There are a few political axioms that I hold to be true. I have repeated them verbatim (and in general) in my writings for years. They include…

“A moderate is someone who pauses in the middle of the road… before turning left.” — TexasLynn

“The Democrats are taking this nation straight to hell at a dead run. Every now and then we elect enough Republicans to slow us down to a trot.” — TexasLynn

“The Republican Party has proven that it will NEVER be part of the solution to this nation’s problems.” — TexasLynn

All three of these (and especially the last two) have proven themselves out over the past few months.

A particular case in point… This week the GOP will again not do anything on health care. After wailing and gnashing their teeth for seven years concerning Obamacare, after passing a repeal SEVEN times (when Obama was President), today they will do NOTHING.

This might confuse the political novice who might ask… “Why don’t they just pass the same bill of repeal they passed seven times before”. The answer is they can’t (or won’t… take your pick).

This might confuse the political novice who might ask… “Why not?” The answer is they don’t have the votes.

This might further confuse the political novice again, who might ask… “But they passed it before?” The answer to that is yes, but that was when they knew that the vote meant nothing, that was when they knew it would be vetoed. The GOP (mostly the moderates) was willing to stand on conservative principle when conservative principles were guaranteed not to be applied.

That was the proverbial pause in the middle of the road… with their blinkers bright and shiny, flashing on the right side for all to see. Today, where the road meets the rubber (as they always do)… they turned left.

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Back when the health care reform was creating what we conservatives called “death panels”; we were lambasted by the Main Stream Media and the Democrats for scaremongering. No one was even remotely thinking of withholding medical care from the elderly we were told and we should be ashamed for even suggesting the idea. One vicious critic in particular was New York Times columnist Paul Krugman; who on multiple occasions called the use of the term “a fabrication”, “smear”, “misleading”, “easily refuted”, and “lies”.

Now (this Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010) Krugman participated in a panel discussion in which he suggested that severe health cuts for the aged and infirm now might be the right approach to get the deficit under control. Somehow, Krugman was able to completely block out everything he and the left have said on the subject for the past three years. In some circles, this is called hypocrisy.

You can bet on a few things when liberals talk about panels to work out the health care decisions of the elderly. (Call them whatever you wish.)
♦ The decisions are based on saving the government money, not providing you with health care. After all, that money can be better spend on higher salaries and benefits for government bureaucrats.
♦ The panels will be designed to help you accept the fact that you won’t get treatment; a decision already made by a bureaucrat.
♦ These panels will eventually expand to include other undesirables.
♦ Unless something goes terribly wrong, these panels will never apply to the liberal elite themselves; mostly because they can afford to avoid them.

Paul Krugman fabricated, smeared, misled, and lied when trying to paint the conservatives as hysterical when they pointed out the obvious about the “death panels”. He could hold out no longer and exposed his hand this weekend. The “death panels” are exactly what the term implies.

Paul Krugman is a lying, immoral, dirt-bag who DOES want to pull the plug on grand-ma, and he’s not alone. All the other liberals/progressives who support this crap feel the same way. The only difference is that they are still smart enough to not admit it. It’s too bad liberals don’t have more of these euphoric moments where the truth slips out.

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Joe Biden and the Economy

Watching Joe Biden’s tour about the country trying to produce some kind of Democratic response to the tea party movement has been an experience both tedious and sometimes humorous for me. He starts out with a disadvantage because he developed the shtick of being a “common man” years ago; but without the common man experiences to pull it off. It’s like watching Democrats try and quote the Bible; without any belief or experience; they at best seem clumsy and fake.

Watching Joe on the news, he eventually reminded me of the first part of the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. A cursed man by his own deeds, his sin hung about his neck for all to see; but in Biden’s case further cursed because instead of seeking absolution, he must trudge ahead and defend the indefensible.

So… It is with that thought in mind that I submit the following:

Rhyme of the Pompous Politician

By Lynn Johnson with apologies and respect to Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is a pompous Politician,
Who tourith the country by city.
People must hear his common man theme
And cry out for mercy and pity.

“The want-ads are out and some jobs may be posted,
And we have resumes in hand.”
Each in the audience wants to move on
Employment hopefully to land.

“There is a coach,” he says, his forehead all sweaty
“And on the economy we must ride.
And this coach was driven into a ditch,
By the party on the other side.”

“The country voted; you were smart back then.
New drivers you elected to steer.
Me and Obama just stayed in that ditch.
The only change was the higher gear.”

“Bush’s mistake was the bailing and spending,
Is essence he acted like us.
But you elected Democrats so what did you expect.
It pointless to protest and fuss.”

“The Bailout of GM, Chrysler, and Banks
Just a payoff to our buddies, the unions.
If you believe in spreading the wealth around,
Hell, we’ve done it in the billions.”

“Almost a trillion in stimulus we spent,
But not one net job was created.
We’ll add “or saved” to the equation.
Subjective numbers cannot be debated.”

“We implemented our health-care plan.
Who cares if it was read?
With outright bribes and back-room deals.
Through the process it was sped.”

“Cap and trade we hope will follow
To fight global warming.
Yes prices will “necessarily skyrocket”,
Further our Economy harming.”

“We told up front of fundamental change,
No one said it would be easy.
But who knew in just two short years
Our own party would be so queasy.”

“Democrats must now run to the right.
They are loath to mention our successes
With an agenda as anti-business as ours,
We’ll redefine what an economic mess is.”

I understand the trouble and woe they face
To explain the complex to such dullards.
Not smart enough to grasp our schemes
Their minds so thick and cluttered.

What a day! What evil looks
Do I receive from old and young!
Instead of garlands, this Economy
About my neck is hung!

“The polls, the polls, they moveth not
We are stuck, nor breath nor motion;
Below 50 or 40 we sit.
To change we have no notion.

“The Voters, voters, everywhere
And all the polls do they shrink;
Voters, voters everywhere
And my party they plan to sink”

“I speak today to shore up the base
We really need the turn out.
Those nuts in the tea party are pissed.
Some would call it idiot burn out.”

“This is why you must buck up
Stop your whinin’ and the bitchin’
For if you forsake our hope and change
We lose the sink but also the kitchen”

The pompous Politician moves on
His people uninspired.
Some look around for a silver cloud
The solution that is required.

Tough times have come and gone before.
It’s been said, but we say again.
Without Carter to screw things up.
Might we not have had Reagan?

The End

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Back in December of 2009 I went on a blog tirade (entitled Waiting for Godot?) about the financial irresponsibility of Bush, Obama, the House, the Senate, the Governors… In the article I gave examples of this irresponsibility, in the Stimulus, TARP, GM Bailout, Housing Debacle, Obamacare, Cap & Trade, and the Dollar.

In the posting I tried to say that such policy would inevitably lead to our financial ruin. There was still time to avert disaster; but not much… and little indication from the people that we would even try.

My final point was this.

When it comes to government spending and our debt; there has to be and is going to be an “Oh Shit!” moment. The only question is when this moment will come. It can come when it’s too late and we are bankrupt, OR it can come sooner; when even though it will be painful, we can stop the spending and set ourselves on a responsible fiscal course. Nothing less than a tax-payer revolt, a complete replacement of the President and Congress (both houses, both parties), and a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment will right this ship.

America! Your Oh Shit moment is coming! It would be better that it be NOW that later!

With the Dow dropping 376 today (May 20, 2010) and over 1000 since the beginning of the month, you can’t help but ask… Are we there yet?

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Liberal Entrepreneurs

 

Every now and then, not too often and not often enough, a liberal/progressive lets their guard down just enough to let you know exactly what they believe. One of those moments occurred with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last Wednesday May 12, 2010. 

Speaking to the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Summit in Washington, she pitched Obamacare by saying, “We see it as an entrepreneurial bill, a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.” 

Ahhh, the good old American entrepreneurial spirit of focusing on your talent, skill, passion and dreams of… creating nothing and… leeching off society. So if you missed being an entrepreneur in the 60s; now is your chance to be a musician, artist, dope smoking hippie, community organizer, or whatever. Uncle Obama and Aunty Pelosi will provide you with extended unemployment, welfare, and free health care to make those dreams come true. 

In Nancy’s defense; that’s about as entrepreneurial as a liberal gets. 

At least these little moments in time give us evidence that liberals can actually utter a sound other than a bald-faced lie. When they actually utter what they believe; at worst, it exposes them as idiots (as in the case here); at best, it stunts or ends their careers. 

Just as a little perspective refresher, here are a few other recent liberal moments of truth: 

“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
— Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, explaining the psychology behind those hicks in Pennsylvania and the mid-West 

“My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody. If you’ve got a plumbing business, you’re gonna be better off if you’ve got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you, and right now everybody’s so pinched that business is bad for everybody and I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
— Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, explaining to a plumber why he was going to tax the &^%&$ out of him (so he can spread it around and create more customers for his business) 

Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”
— Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, on his energy/global warming plans currently being pushed in Congress under ‘cap and trade’. 

The US is ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama – a light-skinned African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
— Senator Harry Reid, on the possible election of Barak Obama 

Yep… I sure glad to see this “new progressive” era ushered in by Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. It’s so much more refreshing than the idiotic, hypocritical, anti-American, morally bankrupt, socialistic, left of the past.

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