I don’t know about you but I am more and more getting annoyed and angry at the actions of those who didn’t vote for President Donald Trump. Not because they didn’t vote for him but because their behavior following the election and inauguration is appalling;bordering on evil. Their responses are infantile and irresponsible. They preach tolerance but they are intolerant of anything or anybody who disagrees with them. They tolerate noting but themselves. This includes individuals,groups,the media and Democratic politicians.
Just some glaring examples:
1) There were protesters in the streets in multiple cities immediately after the election. I’m sorry but their candidate lost. That’s how it is after every election. There is a winner and a loser going back to the time of the second Presidential election. Prior to this election,the group or political party whose candidate lost accepted it,maybe unhappily but moved on.
2) The Mainstream Media labeled many as protestors. Protesting is an American right and privilege. But,when you overturn and burn cars and break windows,you are now a rioter and deserve to be jailed. If you steal from stores,you are a thief;a looter and you deserve to be incarcerated. There needs to be punishment for this type of behavior. If not,why stop? There’s no price to pay.
3) The Mainstream Media and President Obama denigrated those who “clung to their guns and religion.” Hillary Clinton called Trump supporters “deplorables.” They labeled them dangerous and full of hate. You want to experience hate? Just go to some of these recent rallies. Read the signs. Listened to the cursing and the use of bad language. Listen to what the speakers say in their speeches. I’ve never seen such hate. Such hypocrisy!
4) The left screams that they have the right of Freedom of Speech. And so they have because they live in this wonderful country. But then they turn around and deny others who disagree with them Freedom of Speech. Try being a conservative or a conservative speaker on a college campus. You will either have your speech canceled or protestors will not allow you to actually speak. Again,very dangerous hypocrisy!
5) How about the anti-gun advocates. Some of the most vocal are television and movie stars who are against guns (at least for the average American) yet they have gun carrying security for themselves. How about they have no problem acting in movies or TV shows where they use guns excessively to kill (the good or bad guys). They’re ok with acting as gun-toting,gun shooting action hero figures as long as they make money doing so. It was recently reported that guns sales had decreased among conservatives but had been increasing among liberals. Again,the hypocrisy of them.
6) The Mainstream Media’s double standard when it comes to statements made by black Conservatives vs. Liberals. Last week,CNN’s analyst,Professor Marc Lamont Hill,called those black men who visited with the President-elect Donald Trump a bunch of “mediocre negroes.” And not a negative word was said about this “racist” statement by any on the left. Yet,if a black conservative speaks conservatively,he is called “an Uncle Tom” and much worse. The left is just nasty while claiming those on the right are the nasty ones and the rarely ever seem to be able or willing to see themselves for what they are.
7) The left loves to talk about the Rights use of “Fake News” as if they are innocent as the new born baby. In the past,“Fake News” was just called what it was. Lies and Propaganda that came from governments. Now it comes from the Media that is complicit with the previous left leaning,President Obama led,U.S. government. In just the last few days,the story about Martin Luther King’s bust being removed from the oval office by President Trump despite it being right there. Or the pictures of the people or lack of people at Trump’s inauguration. Using photos before everyone arrived showing empty spaces while later pictures showing these spaces as fully full.
8)Let me point out the double standard of the Main Stream Media of how the children of presidents are treated. In the past,they were left alone and if not,the reporter paid a price. When President Obama’s daughter’s,Sasha and Malia,were negatively written about by a GOP Hill staffer named Elizabeth Lauten,that reporter was immediately fired. But not with those claiming Trump’s son Barron is autistic or calling him a potential animal mutilator and murderer. Where’s the outcry from the media?
9) I could go on and on but my last example of hypocrisy is the how the Republicans were constantly chastised by the media for being obstructionist during Obama’s presidency. But not a word by the media when the Democrats,led by Chuck Schumer,are openly and verbally being just as obstructionists,if not more,towards President Trump’s cabinet choices and his future programs and choices. And they even brag about it.
I have to admit that I am worried about the future of the interactions between the right and the left. I doubt the recent demonstrations (such as the women’s march) are going to have a positive effect. Those on the right are increasingly antagonized by these demonstrations. I also see anarchist groups on the left,possibly funded by outsiders,who desire physical confrontations with those on the right and even law enforcement. They may intentionally push them so far that they will get what they desire. Then all hell will break loose.
In the end,PRAY FOR AMERICA. It really is our only hope.
“FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY,”
Jack Sternberg,MD Chairman Emeritus,Garland County Tea Party
Many of you do not receive the Hot Springs Sentinel Record so I thought it might be interesting for you to read my letter to the editor concerning the killing spree in Orlando,Florida. Then to see the negative reply to my letter and my response.
Dear editor:(June 13,2016)
Once again,America has experienced terrorism. Once again,President Obama refuses to label it for what it was. Despite a Muslim swearing allegiance to ISIS,Obama refuses to call it radical,Islamic terrorism. To him,it’s a hate crime against the LGBT community and a gun-control failure,not what the rest of us know it is. I have some questions,which I have listed below. I’m writing this on Monday,the day after the shooting. By the time this letter is published,many of these questions may have been answered. How did he walk into a gay bar undetected? (Still unclear) Wasn’t there someone at the door checking at least identification? Or did he shoot his way in? It was mid-June in Orlando,Fla.,temperature probably in the 80s. Was he wearing a long coat to conceal his AR-15? (Actually,a Sig-Sauer MCX .223 caliber semi-automatic rifle) If so,didn’t this raise red flags to anyone? He shot at least 103 people,meaning he fired a minimum of 103 bullets. More likely,he fired many more since all didn’t hit all his targets and some people were shot with more than one bullet. . (Authorities now claim 202 bullets fired) Assuming he was carrying 30 round magazines,he would have had to carry at least five to six (now at least seven) magazines. These magazines are large and when full of bullets,quite heavy and bulky (approximately one pound). How did he carry all these magazines? In a vest? Didn’t someone notice? How was he so skillful with his weapons? Did he practice at a gun range? If so,this justifies our friend,Jan Morgan,who refuses to allow Muslims to practice at her gun range. Since an AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle,he had to pull the trigger over 103 times. He would have had to drop his spent magazine and re-insert a new magazine at least four times,if not more. It probably takes 5-10 seconds for an amateur to change magazines and re-chamber a round. Why didn’t someone or a group charge him during this interval? Knowing you were going to be shot dead,why didn’t anyone charge him and try to tackle him? Unless he was in a corner or his back to a wall,a group of people had to be behind him as he was shooting forwards. If he didn’t carry all this firepower through the front door,did he somehow earlier in the day bring his AR-15 (Sig-Sauer MCX) and magazines into the nightclub and stash them somewhere for later use? Considering the number of people actually shot and killed,was there really only one shooter? To aim and not just shoot wildly,shooting just one shot at a time,it would probably take about two seconds per shot. Add to that time to change magazines,there was time for people to charge him. Florida is a concealed carry state. Was no one in the crowd carrying concealed or were they not because the nightclub was a “gun-free zone?” (It was – illegal in Florida to carry into anyplace that sells alcohol). So many questions! Many questions that will never be answered. In conclusion,America and Americans,wake up.
Jack Sternberg,MD Chairman Garland County Tea Party
Dear editor:(June 16,2016)
Dr. Sternberg’s letter to the editor on June 14 was filled with worthy questions about the Orlando massacre. Unfortunately,his inquiries included the following bigoted,xenophobic comment,“Did he (the Orlando shooter) practice at a gun range? If so,this justifies our friend,Jan Morgan,who refuses to allow Muslims to practice at her gun range.” Sternberg’s praise of his friend Jan Morgan and her exclusion of Muslims is infuriating. Why do highly educated individuals contemplate such hatred? Since Sunday morning,I have been thinking about the victims of the Orlando tragedy and their families. I think about the Muslim women and men I became friends with in college. I fear the bigotry and ignorance expressed by Dr. Sternberg and others could lead the USA,the best country in the history of the world,to be like the country my family fled before World War II.
Stephanie Kleinman Hot Springs
Letter to the editor:
Isn’t it amazing that in Stephanie Kleinman’s letter,from just one sentence in my letter,feels justified in accusing me of bigotry,xenophobia,ignorance and hatred? This is called an ad hominem attack (attacking an opponent’s character rather than answering his argument). My position is not that all Muslims are bad or dangerous (I believe the vast majority living in America are not evil and are good American citizens),but enough have been radicalized so that America has a real problem and needs to recognize the problem. And we as Americans must acknowledge the problem as abhorrent as that realization is. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. Since radical Islamic terrorists carry out nearly 100% of terrorist acts and we have no way of knowing which Muslim has been radicalized,how do we know who we can trust at a gun range? Do we want them to become more proficient using a pistol or rifle? Thinking back,the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11 wouldn’t have occurred if the Muslim terrorists hadn’t been taught on a simulator how to fly commercial jetliners. As a physician,to use an analogy,I would rather vaccinate someone to prevent a disease than to later treat the disease with medication in hopes of eradicating it. I just want America and Americans to be more cautious (not hateful). Being careful begins with accepting the reality of the problem. Since you brought up your family fleeing Germany before World War II,and since we are both Jewish,I feel I can use your own example to prove my point. Your family saw the potential danger of a small group of evil Germans (Nazis) who promised repeatedly to harm them as a people (Jews) and instead of ignoring the reality of the intentions of the Nazi,your family was proactive and left Germany. They survived and had children and you may be one of them who would not have ever been born had they not left Germany. Three quarters of my European relatives ignored the signs,not believing the evil to come,and were annihilated in concentration camps. I take “never again” very seriously. Evil is evil whether it takes the form of Nazis or ISIS (or Al Qaeda,etc.). Let’s all learn from history and not repeat the past mistakes of denial or wishful thinking.
Jack Sternberg,MD Chairman,Garland County Tea Party
I was raised during the 1950’s of the twentieth century. To say that 60 years later we live in a different United States is an enormous understatement. It was far from a perfect society but there were many aspects of life and beliefs at that time that I believe were far superior to today’s society and are missed by many.
Those beliefs all started with your parents. It was their job,their duty,to raise us with the right set of values,patriotism and morals. They were to teach us right from wrong. We also had television and movie heroes and heroines that also taught us how we should live and to show respect for others and our elders. We had Roy Rogers and Dale Evans,Sky King,the Lone Ranger and Tonto,Gene Autry,Wonder Woman and last but not least,Superman. Each episode of Superman began with “Truth,Justice and the American Way.” We were proud to be the greatest country in the world (for we had also just saved the world from the Nazis and were now trying to save the world from Communism).
I personally remember my Father and Mother teaching me about hard work and honesty. They also taught me,“that your word was your bond.” If a person couldn’t and wouldn’t keep their promises,they were as low a human being as was possible. These were the days when a handshake meant something. You didn’t need written contracts or a team of lawyers. Your integrity was all a person needed.
This leads me to the point of this column. I remember last year when 16 Republican candidates for the office of the President openly and verbally pledged on the first Republican primary debate stage that no matter who eventually won the primaries,they would all support the winner. They worried about Donald Trump running on a third party ticket but even Donald Trump eventually took the pledge making it 17. Maybe the 16 never imagined it could be Donald Trump who eventually would win the nomination,but a pledge is a pledge is a promise. And now many of those are breaking their word along with many other Republicans. Not just being unwilling to support Trump but actively working against him. That’s the equivalent of working against their own political party and helping the Democratic Party. Shame on them!!!
I’m literally sick over what I am seeing in the Republican Party. Or better yet,some members of the Republican Party since no political party is monolithic. But,by calling itself a political party,it is meant to have ideals,as laid out in its party platform,that gives unity. It’s not that everyone will agree 100% with the platform but should agree with the vast majority of the goals. Also,those in the party should support the choice of the voters who voted in the Republican primary Republican. It’s their party;you just represent them (or maybe you forgot this simple truth).
Below is listed what Donald Trump believes and has said he wants to do as President. He may not be the choice of Constitutionally Conservative Republicans but he is far from a liberal and majority of his ideas are otherwise conservative.
You may not like Donald Trump’s personality,his arrogance,his bravado and many other personality traits,but is the alternative to act against him or not even vote in the November election? That would guarantee a Hillary Clinton presidency of Liberal Progressivism,income redistribution and disastrous foreign policy plus so much more.
Some say,“I just won’t vote for the lesser of two evils.” So,is the alternative to vote for the greater of two evils? Or by not voting allowing the greater of two evils to win? I heard this argument in 2012 against Mitt Romney. Looking back at what Obama has accomplished over the last 4 years,is anyone really willing to say that having Mitt Romney,the supposed lesser of two evils,as flawed as many believe he is,that he wouldn’t have been a much better choice? Would he have pressed the Progressive agenda and allowed and encouraged so many changes to our laws,marriage,foreign policy and way of life? I can’t imagine it yet so many conservatives stayed home that he lost the election. Do we want a replay of this thereby allowing Hillary to win? What will America look like in 2020?
So,I beg you all. Let’s stop “eating our own.” If nothing else,Donald Trump at least has the potential to do good,even great things. What potential for good can you expect from Hillary? Or flip that question;do you really believe he would be a worse president than Hillary?
Jack Sternberg,MD Chairman,Garland County Tea Party
The Baltimore Sun is definitely not known as a Conservative newspaper,so this very well written assessment of the situation in USA comes as something of a surprise.This will obviously be called racist,and will upset the liberals,but they should really think about the message and this interesting point of view.
The Black Dilemma Ian Duncan The Baltimore Sun ,May 30,2015
“For almost 150 years the United States has been conducting an interesting experiment. The subjects of the experiment:black people and working-class whites. The hypothesis to be tested:Can a people taken from the jungles of Africa and forced into slavery be fully integrated as citizens in a majority white population?
The whites were descendants of Europeans who had created a majestic civilization. The former slaves had been tribal peoples with no written language and virtually no intellectual achievements. Acting on a policy that was not fair to either group,the government released newly freed black people into a white society that saw them as inferiors. America has struggled with racial discord ever since.
Decade after decade the problems persisted but the experimenters never gave up. They insisted that if they could find the right formula the experiment would work,and concocted program after program to get the result they wanted. They created the Freedmans Bureau,passed civil rights laws,tried to build the Great Society,declared War on Poverty,ordered race preferences,built housing projects,and tried midnight basketball.
Their new laws intruded into peoples lives in ways that would have been otherwise unthinkable. They called in National Guard troops to enforce school integration. They outlawed freedom of association. Over the protests of parents,they put white children on buses and sent them to black schools and vice-versa. They tried with money,special programs,relaxed standards,and endless hand wringing to close the achievement gap. To keep white backlash in check they began punishing public and even private statements on race. They hung up Orwellian public banners that commanded whites to Celebrate Diversity! and Say No to Racism. Nothing was off limits if it might salvage the experiment.
Some thought that what W.E.B. DuBois called the Talented Tenth would lead the way for black people. A group of elite,educated blacks would knock down doors of opportunity and show the world what blacks were capable of.
There is a Talented Tenth. They are the black Americans who have become entrepreneurs,lawyers,doctors and scientists. But ten percent is not enough. For the experiment to work,the ten percent has to be followed by a critical mass of people who can hold middle-class jobs and promote social stability. That is what is missing.
Through the years,too many black people continue to show an inability to function and prosper in a culture unsuited to them. Detroit is bankrupt,the south side of Chicago is a war zone,and the vast majority of black cities all over America are beset by degeneracy and violence. And blacks never take responsibility for their failures. Instead,they lash out in anger and resentment.
Across the generations and across the country,as we have seen in Detroit,Watts,Newark,Los Angeles,Cincinnati,and now Ferguson,rioting and looting are just one racial incident away. The white elite would tell us that this doesn’t mean the experiment has failed. We just have to try harder. We need more money,more time,more understanding,more programs,and more opportunities.
But nothing changes no matter how much money is spent,no matter how many laws are passed,no matter how many black geniuses are portrayed on TV,and no matter who is president. Some argue its a problem of culture,as if culture creates peoples behavior instead of the other way around. Others blame white privilege.
But since 1965,when the elites opened Americas doors to the Third World,immigrants from Asia and India people who are not white,not rich,and not connected have quietly succeeded. While the children of these people are winning spelling bees and getting top scores on the SAT,black youths are committing half the country’s violent crime,which includes viciously punching random white people on the street for the thrill of it that has nothing to do with poverty.
The experiment has failed. Not because of white culture,or white privilege,or white racism. The fundamental problem is that American black culture has evolved into an un-fixable and crime ridden mess. *They do not want to change their culture or society,and expect others to tolerate their violence and amoral behavior. They have become socially incompatible with other races by their own design,not because of the racism of others –but by their own hatred of non-blacks.*
Our leaders don’t seem to understand just how tired their white subjects are with this experiment. *They don’t understand that white people aren’t out to get black people;they are just exhausted with them. They are exhausted by the social pathologies,the violence,the endless complaints,and the blind racial solidarity,the bottomless pit of grievances,the excuses,and the reflexive animosity.*
The elites explain everything with racism,and refuse to believe that white frustration could soon reach the boiling point.
“You can’t legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for,another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government doesn’t first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they don’t have to work because the other half is going to take care of them,and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for,that my dear friend,is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
Ian Duncan The Baltimore Sun ,May 30,2015
What can be learned by all of this? Is it that blacks are inherently an inferior race and can not function in modern society? Absolutely not! If that is the case how could you explain the achievements of groups like the Tuskegee Airmen,an all black squadron of airmen that achieved unbelievable accomplishments in aerial combat in WWII flying the most advanced and technically advanced aircraft in the U.S. arsenal? How about personal achievement of individuals like Dr George Washington Carver who developed hundreds of uses for the lowly peanut,or more recently Dr Ben Carson the eminent brain surgeon and current presidential candidate?
Perhaps it is simply that we have not figured out the perfect government solution that would suddenly convert all the racism in this country to allow blacks to excel? Only problem with that is that some blacks magically escape the supposed universal racial condemnation of their kind and excel despite liberal assertions from the likes of Al Sharpton,Jessie Jackson,Eric Holder,and the like that it is impossible for them to do so. Black immigrants from the Caribbean,India,and other countries come here and tend to do well in spite of the so called disadvantages of blacks because of the “racism”in U.S. society. Perhaps Al and Jessie simply forgot to tell them that they couldn’t. If there were a real significant racially motivated disadvantage toward blacks in the U.S. these people would surely fall prey to the same failures as the average of the general population who shares their skin pigmentation.
I would suggest that the real cause of minority failures has its heart in liberalism itself. A belief that anyone declared by it to be disadvantaged can only achieve when provided with special protection,incentives,and benefits given solely by virtue of their race or class. A more likely cause is the very programs that have been developed by the liberal intelligentsia. This is itself causing the majority of the problems that we see today.
By setting up programs blaming skin color,or gender,or sex,or sexual preference,or religion,or hair color,or foot size as being responsible for individual failure,you are giving a built in excuse to people to don’t want to make the effort to work hard to excel in life. It does require hard to work to excel in life,for anyone! If you offer long term payments of money to people who don’t have a job,you get more people who don’t have jobs. If you offer money to people that have back problems,there magically are more people who have back problems.
Whenever benefits are offered for a certain class of disadvantaged,there will suddenly appear more people that share that particular disadvantage. Amazing how magical that is! Assume you have six kids and little Johnny says he has a “scratchy throat”. “Poor baby,”you say,“Here have this ice cream. It will make your throat feel better.”Suddenly Mary,Joan,Billie,Fred,and Sarah begin to succumb to the same malady. Isn’t it amazing how quickly the “scratchy throat syndrome”suddenly has become epidemic among kids in your household?
The unpopular truth is that liberalism has done more to hold down blacks in America than anything else in the last 60 years. Trillion$ have been spent on the “War on Poverty”since Lyndon B. Johnson began it in 1964 yet today we have more “poor”than we did back then.
In the 30s and 40s blacks had more intact families and lower illegitimacy rates that did whites. Then in the 50s the government started to pay benefits for single mothers who didn’t have a man in the household so many men disappeared from black households. Then with the “War on Poverty”they started paying even higher payments for single mothers who had additional illegitimate children. Suddenly there were more illegitimate children appearing in the households. Amazing how this example of “immaculate conception”came to be. Today this practice is destroying the integrity of families of all races. This destruction of the family units is the primary contributor to poverty in our nation.
People who succumb to the liberal hype and jump on the freebie bandwagon find themselves ensnared in a trap every bit as sinister as that of the slaves of pre-civil war era. They can’t simply go out and get a job because that means they will lose their unemployment,food stamps,housing assistance,health insurance,and obama phones. Instead of getting “earned income credits”they would actually have to go out and pay taxes to pay for the benefits of others. They have become totally dependent upon on the cheese in the liberal trap.
Hillary is feverishly working today to figure out more ways to “tax the rich”to pay for even more entitlements to the non-workers they have drawn into their web of “entitlements”. The goal is forcing them to become permanently entrenched voting blocks for the liberals of the Democratic party. Meanwhile those “rich”she wants to rob from to pay for her new entitlements are quietly figuring how they can leave the country,cut their number of employees,or lessen their exposure to her thievery giving her even fewer people to tax to pay for the ever expanding list of freebies.
What is happening to the communities of these beneficiaries of the liberal largesse? Their homes,possessions,and communities are rotting around them. The people have learned to cry “racism”or “discrimination” whenever anything doesn’t meet their desires of the ideal environment. They have learned to do nothing on their own without a liberal government program paying for it. They have learned to riot and loot on cue to the racebaiters like Sharpton,Jackson,and Holder. Their homes are decaying,their cars are rusting hulks,their communities are war zones and the businesses that offer jobs and opportunity are leaving. Their police protection is falling apart because the cops won’t stick their necks out to protect people when they are likely to have charges brought against them for “racism”or “excessive force”.
Yep. The biggest threat to the black community is liberalism. The biggest threat to the Asian community is liberalism. The biggest threat to the immigrant community is liberalism. The biggest threat to your community is liberalism. If it hasn’t already entered your community,you can rest assured it is knocking on the door.
The attached link to the audio recording is of Dr Ava Fisher who addressed the Arkansas Republican Party Convention in Hot Springs on July 18th 2015. Dr Fisher is the only black female member of the National Republican Committee. She is a medical doctor,conservative lecturer,as well as author.
Her website DrAdaMFisher.org lists information about her book, “Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us,Book I”. This is not what one might think. It addresses solutions for the crisis in Education,Entitlement Reforms,Foreign Policy,Health Care Delivery Systems,Immigration Reform,Tax Reform and on a host of pressing issues at the National,State and Local levels. This work uses a family doctor’s methodology to analyze and derive citizen directed answers without taxing us to death. Enjoy listening to this example of her wit and wisdom.
Link to Dr Fisher’s address to the Arkansas Republican Convention: AdaFisher150718
Having trouble understanding the politics of today? Here it is laid out so you can understand what is actually going on by looking at only one thing. The reality is that it is all about “Free Stuff”! Read it slowly and let the sink in before looking at the evening news.
The folks who are getting the free stuffdon’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff,because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.
And the folks who are paying for the free stuffwant the free stuff to stop while the folks who are getting the free stuffwant even more free stuffon top of the free stuffthey are already getting!
The people who are FORCING the people to PAY for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuffthat the people who are PAYING for the Free stuffare mean,prejudiced,and racist. So…The people who are GETTING the free stuff are now convinced they need to hate the people who are PAYING for the free stuffby the people who are FORCING other people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuffin the first place.
Does that clear it up? This is no different that how it has been done for thousands of years. Unfortunately,we have allowed the free stuffgiving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.
Now understand this. History shows us that all great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere Between 200and 250 years after being founded.
The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money From the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.
The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 238years ago.
The number of people now getting free stuffOutnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. Failure to change that,spells the end of the United States as we know it.
Now you can understand how the whole world politic today revolves around free stuff and the perpetuation thereof. We have an opportunity to turn around that trend in the US in 2016 but only if we find and support good qualified candidates who will stand up to the huge pressures of the demands of more and more free stuff. Keep in mind the huge pressure that will be turned against such candidates by the entrenched leadership,media,and entrenched leeches that have built their lives and empires on the existence and continuous expansion of free stuff.
November 4th 2014 brought in a new era in Washington. Gone is the obstructionism of Harry Reid’s stranglehold on the US Senate. Gone is his holding for ransom of 200+ bills passed by the house but denied a vote or even discussion in the senate. Gone are a number of Democrat house members so there is less to prevent the house majority to pass desired legislation. But in its place there is a new obstructionism. Obama has found a “pen and phone”. With those tools he plans to implement the liberal agenda that he failed to do with the aid of congress,even during the 2009 –2010 period when he had both houses and a bullet proof margin of 60 members in the Senate.
With a new game comes new rules. Now the requirement of 60 members of the senate to pass legislation becomes the main hurdle. Can’t just do it with a simple majority and that means that Democrat support becomes essential. What does that say to repeal of Obamacare? Well,it means that a simple one page bill repealing it simply unrealistic. However,there are ways to end run it by putting pieces in to dismantle it one bit at a time. Lots of Democrats don’t want to be too vocal opposing the most egregious elements of the unpopular bill. They are not fools and remember what happened to many of their colleges in November,but they will still not bow to pressure of a complete repeal. They want an honorable way out of this mess that they created with n0t even one Republican vote. They want something that implies that they voted to fix “the Affordable Health Care Act”,but not to “deny health care to the poor”.
Then there is another big hurdle. Let us suppose that you managed to get a bill with significant modifications to Obamacare through both houses of the congress. Now it resides on the president’s desk. According to our constitution he can approve it,veto it,or ignore it. In the third case,after a couple weeks it becomes law –if the congress is in session. Otherwise it becomes a “pocket veto”and dies for lack of presidential approval. If he vetoes the bill,it is returned to the house from which it originated for reconsideration. To approve it over the presidential veto requires a 2/3 majority of members approving it. In the senate that means 67 votes,in the house 290. Even with the gain of 9 new Republican senators that means about a dozen Democrat votes for override there,similarly in the house. Few bills normally receive such strong approval. Historically less than 8% of presidential vetoes have been overturned by the congress. It would be an almost unheard of thing in today’s politically polarized Washington reality.
So what is the option? Well,you can put small things into bills that the president wants or needs and simply refuse to pass what he wants without it. However,this president has the unbridled support of the news media so the president can simply veto a bill without fear of criticism. If it is a spending bill,even if that shuts down the government the media will blame the Republicans. Today’s media will paint his acts as “heroic”regardless of its true character.
With his use of the “pen and the phone”and his refusal to enforce the existing laws,there is no doubt that Obama has exceeded his congressional authority and violated his oath of office. That is a long accepted definition of the “high crimes and misdemeanors”that the constitution sets as grounds for impeachment. So should he be impeached? Once again the rules are exceedingly strict. A simple majority of members of the US house of representatives can impeach the president,but then it goes to the senate. There a trial is held and if the president is convicted on any of the articles of impeachment referred by the house the president is removed from office. In US history only two presidents have been impeached;Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Both were acquitted by the US Senate where it takes a 2/3 majority to convict. In the case of Andrew Johnson,that acquittal was by a mere one vote! In the case of Clinton,the Republicans took lots of heat in the media for bringing unjustified impeachment charges against the president. However,the Republicans won the next election,and the “prosecutor”for Bill Clinton’s impeachment was just elected as governor of Arkansas so those criticisms don’t necessarily last forever. But there is another much larger problem with impeachment as a solution to an Obama problem. Let us assume you were successful,have you ever heard of Joe Biden?
Many times I have heard people expound on how congress should simply repeal Obamacare,enforce the border,approve Keystone,or any of a dozen other problems that they think could be so simply corrected. Only problem is,there are consequences to elections. When the people elected and re-elected Barrack Obama they set into motion a tacit approval to his “fundamental reforming of America”as he promised. He said in 2008 and again in 2012 what he intended to do to all who cared enough to listen. Unfortunately most did not bother to listen attentively.
So what is a people or a congress to do? Well,the people spoke on Nov 4th. May not have completely fixed things,but it at least denied Obama of his friends that actively assisted in his destruction of the American way of life. Now it is up to a Republican controlled house and senate. Their job is difficult and it requires courage. Whatever they do the media will paint them in very unfavorable light and they will be accused of everything from pushing old ladies over the cliff to starving children and strangling puppies. They need our encouragement,support,prayers,and when necessary our reminder of their promises when they ran for election.
My local state representative,Bruce Westerman will take office as a member of the US House of Representatives in January. I was proud of him in his position in the Arkansas house and I expect to be equally proud of him as a representative of the 4th congressional district of Arkansas. Likewise for Tom Cotton,our new senator from Arkansas. We have a lot of good people that we sent to Washington this year and we need to recognize how difficult their job really is in this difficult time. Things are just not nearly as simple as we would like to think. They deserve our support and our encouragement and sometimes a little slack when it comes to how slowly it will appear that they are proceeding.
In 1995,the Cato Institute published a groundbreaking study,The Work vs. Welfare Trade-Off,which estimated the value of the full package of welfare benefits available to a typical recipient in each of the states and the District of Columbia. It found that these benefits not only exceeded the poverty level,but also that they were tax free. The conclusion was that this provided a significant disincentive for people to actually work. As a result congress and the Clinton administration worked to remedy the situation. Since then many welfare programs have been significantly changed starting in 1996 when Bill Clinton declared the end to “Welfare as we know it.”Welfare entitlements were modified to limit duration of federal assistance,strengthen work rules and needs testing. More changes came later and many of these changes have had the effect of negating the reforms established in 1996 making current rules even more lenient than before,especially changes during the Obama presidency.
The Cato Institute made new studies of the current rates and discovered welfare entitlement rates have now become so high that they act as a very strong disincentive for work. In 35 states welfare pays more than minimum wages and over double the minimum wage rate in 13 states. Why work if you can get that much by sitting on your butt and never have to leave home? That means you can get the money without having the expenses of getting an education,owning a car to get to work,maintaining appropriate clothing,and paying for child care.
The Cato Institute’s 2013 study shows that welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Even worse,welfare pays more than $15 per hour in 13 states and DC. According to the study,welfare benefits have increased faster than minimum wage. In most states it’s now more profitable to sit at home than it is to earn an honest day’s pay for lower educated individuals. Hawaii is the biggest offender,where welfare recipients earn $29.13 per hour,or a $60,590 yearly salary,all for doing nothing. Here is the list of the states where the pre-tax equivalent “salary”that welfare recipients receive is higher than having a job:
1. Hawaii: $60,590
2. District of Columbia: $50,820
3. Massachusetts: $50,540
4. Connecticut: $44,370
5. New York: $43,700
6. New Jersey: $43,450
7. Rhode Island: $43,330
8. Vermont: $42,350
9. New Hampshire: $39,750
10. Maryland: $38,160
11. California: $37,160
12. Oregon: $34,300
13. Wyoming: $32,620
14. Nevada: $29,820
15. Minnesota: $29,350
16. Delaware: $29,220
17. Washington: $28,840
18. North Dakota: $28,830
19. Pennsylvania: $28,670
20. New Mexico: $27,900
21. Montana: $26,930
22. South Dakota: $26,610
23. Kansas: $26,490
24. Michigan: $26,430
25. Alaska: $26,400
26. Ohio: $26,200
27. North Carolina: $25,760
28. West Virginia: $24,900
29. Alabama: $23,310
30. Indiana: $22,900
31. Missouri: $22,800
32. Oklahoma: $22,480
33. Louisiana: $22,250
34. South Carolina: $21,910
If states really want to reduce welfare dependence and rewarding work they should tighten eligibility requirements for welfare and strengthen work requirements. The figures given here are the welfare payments adjusted by the tax benefits to give the amount an individual would have to make in a real job to equal the amount of spendable cash they get from welfare payments/benefits.
Do you think welfare payments are out of control?
Absolutely! This is rediculous. (100%,2 Votes)
Welfare should be taxed the same as other income. (50%,1 Votes)
Why the heck am I working? (50%,1 Votes)
No. Welfare recipients are entitled to every penny. (0%,0 Votes)
Welfare should never exceed full time minimum wage. (0%,0 Votes)
We need more needy people to be able to get welfare. (0%,0 Votes)
A major research institution has just announced the discovery of the densest element yet known to science. The new element has been named Pelosium. Pelosium has one neutron,12 assistant neutrons,75 deputy neutrons,and 223 assistant deputy neutrons,giving it an atomic mass of 311.
These particles are held together by dark forces called morons,which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
The symbol of Pelosium is PU.
Pelosium’s mass actually increases over time,as morons randomly interact with various elements in the atmosphere and become assistant deputy neutrons within the Pelosium molecule,leading to the formation of isodopes.
This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientist to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration.
February 16th,2014 | Category:Uncategorized | Comments are closed