Joe Wilson: In the End, Gutless

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ALT TITLE The Washington Post today ran a story today titled: “Democrats Want Wilson To Apologize in House.” If he doesn’t appear on the podium of the house, the Democratic leadership says he will be “formally admonished!”

I’m not sure what’s involved in being formally admonished — it sounds very dramatic and possibly politically fatal, but whatever . . . it’s no surprise that the Democratic leadership wants to make the most of the issue — politics as usual!

What’s bothersome to me is that, in the end, Gutless Joe Wilson apologized!

Why apologize for telling the truth? Joe Wilson knew the truth — that’s what pushed him to the point of standing up and shouting “you lie” when Obama promised that no one in the country illegally would benefit from the healthcare legislation. It was Joe Wilson, along with another congressman who wrote amendments to the proposed legislation calling for verification of citizenship status for anyone who is covered under the healthcare legislation. The amendments that were summarily rejected by the Democrats. Yet Joe Wilson apologized!

From CBS News: Lawmakers Condemn Outburst at Obama. Just moments after the president’s speech he was accosted by and threatened not by Democratic power brokers but by the Republican Leadership. Rather than accept whatever “punishment” they were threatening to dish up, Wilson apologized almost immediately.

This is exactly what’s wrong with the Republican Party today and, in a sense, it symbolizes what’s wrong with America today. It takes guts to stand toe-to-toe with the opposition and verbally slug it out; and Joe Wilson did not have the courage of his convictions and did not tell them that he would see them all in Hell before he apologized. A man acting on his convictions doesn’t have to apologize, especially to the man who is leading the pack of people who are raping this country’s traditions, destroying this country’s economy and vandalizing this country’s Constitution.

The very next day on every radio and TV show Joe Wilson did tell what he knew — what drove him to call Obama a liar; he told about the Democrat’s refusal to add verification of citizenship to the legislation making it obvious to him that the Democrats are willing to provide healthcare for every moving body, legal or illegal.

I don’t know if it’s true or not but it’s being said that right now there is an amnesty bill being prepared that would grant immediate citizenship to millions of illegals. Here’s a quote from a press release by ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration PAC):

The evidence of this (Obama’s lie) is found in countless major news reports indicating that President Obama and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) intend to try and pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty legislation soon, that would legalize millions of illegal immigrants and qualify them for all taxpayer benefits and jobs in America.

If this new focus on illegal immigrants (thanks to Joe Wilson’s outburst) helps plugs all the holes in the healthcare legislation the Dems can certainly go to Plan B: amnesty legislation. ‘Why would they want amnesty legislation?’ Simply because the poorest Americans tend to vote Democratic, they know that the Democratic Party (especially under Obama) is the party of taxing the rich and leveling the playing field.

What’s happening to America is a damn shame but the worst part is that there are so many of our elected officials in Congress that care more about bi-partisanship and more about getting re-elected than they do about saving the United States from Obama’s tyranny.

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Michael Moore: New Movie, Nothing New

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Capitalism I doubt if many people take Michael Moore as seriously as he takes himself — if, indeed, he is serious in his many attacks on big business. Moore is, after all, an entertainer and entertainers give the people what they think the people want — not necessarily honest facts. Controversy and allegations sell many more books and movies than does straight fact.

In Moore’s latest assault on our intelligence however, his new movie “Capitalism: A Love Story”, now debuting at the Venice Film Festival, he makes some valid observations but he draws them to a deeply flawed conclusion. In his movie, according to this Bloomberg story, Moore points to causes for and effects of our major economic problems: e.g., Lehman Brothers failure; massive bailouts in general and specifically the “U.S. taxpayers’ $700 billion rescue of the financial system;” the Bush administration’s general economic incompetence; dishonesty in government and dishonesty and poor management in business and industry . . . but the irony is, he points to these things as examples of problems created by “Capitalism.”

Michael Moore’s conclusion (in his own words, from the movie):

“Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil; you have to eliminate it and replace it with something that’s good for all people, and that something is called democracy.”

If you follow his twisted logic you will have to conclude that Capitalism needs to be replaced by pure Socialism (he names it “Democracy” but he must knows that a true Democracy cannot thrive outside of a Capitalist society).

The U.S. free-market economic model is one of Moore’s prime targets because that is the basis of one of the only true capitalist societies in existence and Moore is on record, here and elsewhere, as detesting Capitalism. Add to this, the fact that the US free-market has been corrupted by dishonesty and greed in business, in industry and in the government and it not only strengthens his argument that Capitalism is evil, it provides a convincing debating point for people who do not want to see the fallacy in his charges. The things that Michael Moore points out as problems really are problems, but he either doesn’t understand or, most likely refuses to admit that these abominations are as disgusting to free-market advocates as they are to the critics of the free-market.

While Moore’s charges may reflect reality, Moore’s named villain: Capitalism, is misidentified; and misidentified intentionally. Capitalism is not the villain — it is the victim! Moore may WANT Capitalism to appear to be the villain but the real villains are the greed and dishonesty that have been left unchecked and have driven our economy into a tail spin. Greed and dishonesty are, and always have been, the villains.

Here, as I see it, is the basic problem:

Take any economic theory, at any point in history and examine it! You’ll see that it’s projected success is based on an impractical assumption; the assumption that all the “players” respect the theory and will ‘play’ honestly.

Sloppy accounting, outright lies, misuse of our tax dollars, government intervention into the market place, dishonest politicians, dishonest businessmen, government loans to failing businesses and the many other things that are going on now in the Obama administration, as they went on during the Bush Administration and as they went on in
previous administrations are NOT examples of the effects of Capitalism — they are examples of the abuse of the free-market system by people who have place themselves above the rules. This abuse has been going on so long it is considered business as usual and it has finally reached a crisis point.

One of three things are likely to happen at this point:

Possibility 1: The Obama administration will, in effect, grant Michael Moore’s wish by putting legislation in place that will, eventually guarantee that business and industry is so mired in regulation and so weighed down by restrictions that they will all require “government assistance” to stay in business and that assistance will come with such a steep price that the free-market will eventually become no more than another government program.

Possibility 2: The 2010 elections will sweep so many big-government Liberals out of office that possibility 1 cannot happen. At that point the government should stimulate business with a massive tax restructuring, apply intelligent controls on business that will keep everyone honest without strangling them in regulation and end all government involvement in the free-market. (Note: This option is my “pie in the sky” option; the best but also the most unlikely.)

Possibility 3: Because of Obama’s shrinking popularity, the government will be able to do nothing. On the surface, that may appear to be a satisfactory option — at least it will save us from over regulation and the price inflation that always follows, but the status quo will do
nothing to resolve the core problems, the dishonesty and greed in business and politics that got us into the current financial crisis.

Barack Obama: The Man vs. The President

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ALT TITLE The uproar over President Obama’s proposed “Welcome Back To School” broadcast, is really telling and I hope its telling him something: i.e., ‘People don’t trust me!’

These excerpts from an article in the The Detroit Free Press indicates, there is a lot of concern from parents and the schools over what Obama might say:

“When President Barack Obama gives a televised address to students in schools across the country on Tuesday, some metro Detroit school districts won’t be broadcasting it.

Districts throughout the suburbs have been hit with complaints from parents who are worried about their children hearing a message from Obama that they won’t have a chance to preview.

. . . . .

“Mike Reno, a member of the Rochester Board of Education, said the idea behind the message is noble, but the timing is bad because of the politically charged climate.”

Its a shame really but he did get himself into this “politically charged” situation with all of his flim-flam tactics on healthcare and his ‘economy-destroying-in-the-name-of-Green’ Cap and Trade proposal. How can you trust someone who shows absolutely no regard for American traditions, American institutions, the core of hard-working American taxpayers or the free enterprise system that made this country the riches country on earth.

If our last Democratic president, President Bill Clinton, would have proposed an opening day message to students, there would have been very little fuss by Conservative politicians or Conservative parents. Clinton may have had some different political views from these Conservatives but he was not a radical and no one would even hint at any radical ideas coming from his mouth in a broadcast to school children. President Obama, however, is a different story.

I imagine that Barack Obama, the man, is a very nice person who means well. He seems funny and caring which are great personal attributes but in his current position he is not Barack Obama the man, he is President Barack Obama, a president who only seems to care about the small minority of Americans who have trouble getting through life. Nothing wrong with caring about that minority but it is very wrong to care ONLY about them at a considerable expense to those who are not troubled, those who provide the ‘fuel’ for the ‘engine’ that drives our economy.

Barack Obama the man also cares a great deal about the environment and has become a deciple of Al Gore who believes, like Chicken Little, that the sky is falling (possibly tomorrow). Again, nothing wrong with Barack Obama the man wanting to keep air pollution at a minimum! President Barack Obama, however, needs to exercise some common sense judgement and not try to save the environment all at once and virtually shut down all industry while doing it. He is the president of an industrial society and he needs to understand that any industrial society will do some damage to the environment just by existing. Any problems that manufacturing and industry are causing to the environment, however, are very small and can be adequately addressed over the long term. And that is a big part of President Obama’s problem, he, like some little kid, wants everything NOW! More to the point — he wants credit for everything NOW.

For those who care about America’s “image” in the world, its wonderful having a black man as president — it shows the world just how diverse and open minded our society is; how will it look, however, when this black American president drives our economy into the ground?

The Public Option: Not Gone . . . Just Hiding!

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Big Government For those of you who have not heard of grassfire.org: Its a non-profit 501(c)4 organization whose goal is to fight the kind of Liberalism we see coming out of Washington today; they do this through e-mail, news releases and with their website. On the Grassfire website you’ll find loads of information and petitions intended to inform and educate.

Here’s a sample excerpt from Grassfire’s latest e-mail, commenting on Obama bringing the “big guns” into his healthcare argument: Biblical references!

Attempting to moralize the health care debate, Obama had the audacity to spew that those opposing ObamaCare were “frankly, bearing false witness.”

He pressed on, casting his perfect pro-abortion record aside saying passage of health care reform is “a core ethical and moral obligation: that is, that we look out for one another;
that is, I am my brother’s keeper.”

Doesn’t his brother live in a tiny box somewhere in Africa?

Yes this is one-sided Conservative rhetoric but it is factual — (using Obama’s own quotes) and they raise an excellent point: Obama will do and say ANYTHING to get a healthcare bill passed.

And Obama WILL get a healthcare bill passed and sign it into law this year but fortunately (for all Americans) it will be nothing like the original proposals drafted by his pet monkeys in Congress.

This story from the New York Times (the newspaper of record for Liberals) appeared today, headlined: “Health Care Idea Has Public Plan Only as Backup”. The lead paragraph of the story spells it out:

“As President Obama faces conflicting pressures from the left and the right over his proposal for a new public health insurance program, White House officials are investigating a possible compromise under which the government would offer its own health plan only if private insurers failed to provide affordable coverage.”

That is probably what will happen, but it is, like everything else in the Liberal agenda, subterfuge!

The plan that finally gets signed into law (and you can take this to the bank) will place so many unreasonable regulations on the health insurance industry that they will find it impossible to field any health insurance policies that meet the regulations and are at the same time affordable. Then, when the health insurance providers have failed to meet the “affordable” requirement (“affordable” will be defined however Obama wants it defined) the government will step in and say “Well we gave the insurance companies a chance and they failed — the “emergency” public option will now go into force.”

Obama is a very radical example of Liberalism and while some are not as radical, all Liberals are control freaks! Until they can control every aspect of public life, they will keep trying — its a vicious cycle that will only end when they are no longer in control of Congress (or the White House).

Note I didn’t say “Democrats” once in my previous rant. There are Democrats who are actually working with the best interests of their constituents in mind and there are Democrats who have only one thing in mind: Power. The same, of course, can be said for Republican lawmakers. The difference is between Liberal and Conservative: one believes that citizens are incapable of managing their own lives, the government always knows best and — to use Obama’s own words — we are our brother’s keepers (either voluntarily or by government edict). True Conservatives, on the other hand, (the few that have survived Washington politics) believe that less government is better and everyone needs to take responsibility for their own lives.

Granted, life under Liberalism is far more comfortable for many people — people who feel that they need someone to ‘take care of them.’

Some children never grow up!