Observations

June 14, 2012

I am certainly not the first person to notice this, but events continually seem to unfold directly opposite the way this administration anticipates. From “Hope and Change’ and “Yes We Can!” to the “Summer of Recovery” and the “Arab Spring” it‘s as if every slogan is an Orwellian catchphrase for its dark opposite.

This is especially troubling given the current slogan is “Forward”.


Observations

January 24, 2012

I have to believe part of the enthusiasm shown at the President’s State of the Union Address was the fact that most there believed it to be his last one.


Friday Fun-ness

June 3, 2011

With all the cheery economic news lately, I thought a little ditty in honor of the Obama economy was in order:


Obama – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 30, 2010

There is a misconception that those on the right (including myself) have nothing good to say about the President. While it is true that there is much to criticize about this President, and I have been a regular critic of his policies, the fact is he is capable of positive action and wise choices.

Two instances come to mind, one a few weeks back, one just yesterday. While on the whole the President’s trip to Asia failed to produce any substantive benefit for our country, Obama’s overtures to India are to be lauded. India is a natural ally and has been too often ignored by previous administrations; it is a competitor to China, and a democratic one at that.

He also gets kudos for his announcement yesterday that he intends to seek a freeze of federal wages. It’s a rather obvious move; one Republicans have been calling for the last few weeks, but it shows he got some sense of what needs to happen with spending from the last election.

The bad news for President Obama is the Korean situation. Though the press seems to have already forgotten this is the second attack by North Korea this year, the first being the sinking of a South Korean ship in March by North Korea. At that time our response was tepid and in retrospect ineffective in preventing further attacks. South Korea has promised that the North will ‘pay the due price’ for their attack. And it is now clear North Korea is completely committed to the development of nuclear weapons, which coupled with their willingness to use unprovoked force, only makes the future even direr.

Like many problems he faces Obama inherited this situation; but he has only made it worse with a vacillation on foreign policy and his perceived weakness around the world. If he cannot engage North Korea in a way that reduces their aggressiveness, they will only continue to advance their military advantage in the region.

The ugly reality is the recent Wikileaks dump of government documents that has embarrassed the administration and caused anxiety amongst our strategic partners. In one sense the release will be minimized by the sheer volume of documents available. With its short attention span and it inability to document detail, the media will have a difficult time making a cohesive story out of the documents available.

The bigger problem of course is the way the event undermines trust in the US government and this administration. It will certainly diminish our ability to communicate strategically with other countries and thus diminish our ability to deal with various international problems in a way that protects our interests. But it is not only our international concerns that will suffer; much government policy is predicated on the notion that information held by the government is ‘private’, whether one talks about financial records of citizens, medical records that the government will access via our new healthcare laws, or the exposure one faces at the airport. Obama’s administration has sought to greatly expand the intrusiveness of government into our lives – and given its failure to protect critical foreign policy secrets, their will be less confidence that the government can be trusted to run other programs that require the expanded collection of the personal details of our citizens.

Optimally a government would handle such an event with the sharpest possible reprisals – trying the leaker with treason and using international pressures to pursue some sort of sanction against Wikileaks, but given his track record it seems unlikely Obama will deal act so decisively.

In short with an antagonistic Congress, a failing economy, increasing tensions in Asia, and the exposure of millions of classified documents Obama faces a Sergio Leone style Mexican Standoff of epic proportions – so far though he seems to be the one with no bullets.


Why the Democrats Will (and Should) Lose Tomorrow

November 1, 2010

There are all sorts of election analysis occurring now, and much more will occur over the next few days about why the Democratic dominance of government is coming to an end. But despite all the excuses, the reasons for it are actually quite straight forward. There are in fact three main reasons the Democrats are going to lose tomorrow and those reasons correlate directly with three lies of the current administration. They are as follows:

1. They claimed the stimulus bill would keep unemployment from going to 8% – it then went as high as 10% and is now stagnating at 9.5%

2. They claimed that the stimulus would produce ‘shovel ready jobs’, only to have the President later admit to the NYTs that, “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects.”

3. They claimed that we would be able to keep our health insurance if we liked it – now thousands of people are losing the benefits provided by their companies.

These failed and fallacious claims should alone be enough to oust the Democrats from office – but when you add to that a housing market that continues to decline, a soft stock market, increasing dependence on China, the car industry take over and the failure to motivate either Iran or N. Korea to give up their nuclear ambitions, then there is no reason any Democrat should remain in office come this time Wednesday. Of course, the electorate is rarely that decisive – but they will send a message tomorrow and the Democrats will lose – and it will be up to the Republicans to follow through or face the same fate in two years.

The Secular Left will remain clueless about this election still believing it to be about gays getting married, creationism, and global warming. While I expect most Democrats to wake up on Wednesday, I suspect the hard Left will never get a clue about what is happening.

Of course, they didn’t have a clue what it was all about to begin with.


By The Numbers

October 15, 2010

I wanted to start a new section here (In addition to some of the other ongoing sections, Atheist Contradictions, Low Hanging Fruit, Arguments For God and Observations) called By The Numbers, which will simply be bits and pieces of crrent events as represented by numbers and statistic and graphs. Because I love numbers, and because sometimes words simply aren’t enough.

The first is just a little graph that comes to us from the Heritage Foundation showing two sets of employment numbers during two administrations dealing with two separate recessions. I think the graph says everything:


Obama’s Big Lie

October 15, 2010

Politicians are remembered in part not only by what they did, but just as often by something they said. Often, they are remembered for a statement made that later proved to be untrue – either because a promise was broken, or because they intentionally attempted to mislead. A few notable examples come to mind – George H. W. Bush’s now infamous statement “Read my lips, no new taxes” would be one example. Bill Clinton’s claim, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” would be another.

During the course of the recent healthcare debate, our current President also promoted a falsehood. This particular deception differs from the others in that was not simply designed to get re-elected or protect from political attack, but to advance a program which will have an impact on the lives of every man, woman, and child in the US.

The particular lie was this, that despite the sweeping and intrusive nature of Obamacare, “If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it. Let me repeat that: if you like your plan, you’ll be able to keep it.” This statement was made most notably at a White House address in July of ’09, but was repeated by the President and many others leading up to the passage of the healthcare plan. It was obvious to most at the time that this could not possibly be true, but it was a lie that was necessary to pass the plan, so the President and others advanced it.

Now the plan has advanced, the reality of the situation has set in – a number of companies including 3M and Caterpillar are dropping various health plans. Principal Financial Group has decided to stop selling health insurance all together. Others, including McDonalds, Cigna and various teacher’s unions have sought one year ‘wavers’ to be exempted from certain Obamacare requirements in order to be able to continue their coverage for employees. This last result is particularly troubling because it is corruptive to the rule of law, particularly as it treats various institutions differently under the law depending on their size and particular impact on the political fortunes of the Democratic Party.

The reality of all this is that many, if not most, will not be able to keep their current healthcare plans. Many will eventually be dumped into government run exchanges that will severely limit their options. Many will have to pay considerably more for their insurance plans – and many doctors will simply leave the system all together, depriving their clients of their skills and expertise.

It has been a little over six months since the plan passed, and already one of the primary claims that allowed it to be adopted has been shown to be a complete and utter lie – this next election affords the electorate a rare, perhaps unique opportunity to reverse the expensive deception before it becomes entrenched and immutable as so many entitlement programs have.