…at least until we discover the cause
Bailing out government unions and saving state government jobs while mucking up We the People’s efforts to bail ourselves out
The latest crisis ObamaDem-o-bats (pictured, economic blood-suckers) refuse to waste continues to blacken the Deep South.
But rather than focus on plugging BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well, preventing the blackening of gulf shore beaches, and getting fishermen back to work in clean water; President Barack Obama is more interested in teaching BP a lesson.
We shouldn’t be surprised that the law professor that said Americans needed a bankrupt coal industry and a “lesson” from high energy prices teaching us that we just can’t eat what we want and drive those SUVs, has imposed an indefinite moratorium on deep-water oil drilling putting tens of thousands out of work.
What is surprising is that a good conservative Peach State Republican like Jack Kingston could fall for the “until we learn the cause” line that ObamaDems are using to not waste this crisis.
We may never learn the cause. So will we regress to horse-powered travel only, if we don’t discover the reason for the oil leak? Will unemployed oil drillers get to “not eat” with broke fishermen at bankrupt Gulf restaurants, and not eat anywhere else except on ObamaDem food stamps?
This is the first such spill here in history. Energy secretary Ken Salazar bemoaned two weeks ago the government’s inability to “assure oil rig drilling safety.”
Does anyone think that more government regulation would have assured less than three newsworthy oil spill incidents in the last 50 years?
The ACORN Lawyer school of crisis management
So, rather than call in BP’s CEO and “work the problem” (like experienced and confident executives do), the ACORN lawyer/community organizer is more comfortable with agitating problems that will be decided via lawsuits for years to come, rather than solving current problems. Its hard to blame Bush for not making Panama City safe for surfing.
Thugocracy standing between job creators and the pitchforks
As the nation’s Chief Magistrate he can also charge his targets with crimes, but no worry, CEOs sing after hearing Miranda just as sweet as terrorists.
Remember that in early 2009, while death threats were being made against AIG-bonus earners, the President convened job creators to demand cuts in CEO pay. When Ken Lewis, then President and CEO of Bank of America(BAC), complained that the banks would lose many vital employees to foreign firms, the President threatened those gathered with sicking the pitchforks on them.
Many executives recently had mobs gather outside their personal residences much like when the SEIU union recently invaded DC neighborhoods to intimidate BAC execs.
Maybe the most recent glaring executive overreach is Obama’s display of the Chicago Way not to bribe primary nuisances that refuse to clear the field for Obama’s chosen ones.
This Godfather is so incompetent that even his towel-clad consigliari-in-charge of getting in shower-taking faces, can’t decide whose asses to kick before meetings with “experts.”
But a more consequential example of non-Windy City executive excess has been his use of the EPA to impose high energy taxes after losing the fight in Congress.
Senator Scott Brown (R-MA):
Furthermore, imposing this regulation of emissions is something that will affect every aspect of our economy and every American. We cannot allow these decisions to be made by an unelected bureaucracy; this is an issue that deserves a full debate in Congress.
Yesterday, 53 ObamaDems prevented Congress from clarifying the Clean Water Act (CWA) to prevent the regulation of expelling the air we breathe.
Exhaling now a regulatable act
The door to regulating carbon as a “pollutant” was opened by a Justice Anthony Kennedy-led Supreme Court re-write of the statute to say what no drafter of the CWA imagined.
It is also another sad fact that too often timid Congressmen are more interest in not offending voters while they pretend to address problems by passing a bill, any bill, they can taut for re-election.
The tea partiers are teaching ObamaDems that they would have been better off rejecting non-stimulus bills, socialized medicine and $1.5T deficits and running for re-election as the party of NOBAMADEMS.
But instead, much like in the Dodd-bill that gives Presidents the power to force corporations out of business at their whim, democrats give their presidents carte blanche to push government power to the limit through faceless bureaucrats.
Ironically, the overreach on CWA is also accompanied by “under reach” in applying the statute only to carbon emitters above certain volumes of emission, even though the statute authorizes no such unequal treatment.
Obama as master of every detail of our lives also includes:
- Exceeding statutory authority to regulate free speech over the internet;
- Waging war on the coal industry in his main job as First Citizen of the World;
- Forcing Ford to eschew better ideas for draconian mileage standards;
- Trying to end secret-ballot union elections by re-writing labor laws sans Congress and the consent of the governed;
- Imposing hospital visitation policy on the states via ObamaCare; and
- Preventing senior citizens from praying before federally-subsidized meals.
Whew! And those usurpations were harder to see give that Edison’s bulb is now anathema, but I digress.
Nearly two years ago we saw a long recession coming. A year ago we saw ObamaDems begin shoveling more obstacles in the way of Americans trying to bail themselves out.
Today, Obama angers We the People by shoveling moratoriums against making a living on top of pending tax increase doo doo while he fakes anger at BP doesn’t shovel the goo out of the Gulf.
Two Americas are emerging: A pampered union-represented and government worker “overclass” and the rest of us. I can only conclude that ObamaDems don’t care about the poor, lower income families and the middle class, as well as “the rich”…unless they wear the union label, work for the government or contribute to their campaigns.
They don’t solve crises, they merely overreach while exploiting them to gain more government power and weaken the private economy.
The rest of We the People must reach over Obama by electing a tea partier-inspired GOP to congressional majorities this fall.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
Wealth is not Created at the Top: It is Only Devoured There
The UK has left the EU and we can argue about the minutiae of Wealth until we’re blue in the face. But the overriding factors are apparent and in one of the richest countries in the world it is shocking that so many people can’t even be sure if they are going to be able to eat enough today or provide for their loved ones.
These days, politicians from the left to the right assume that most wealth is created at the top. By the visionaries, by the job creators, and by the people who have “made it”. By the go-getters oozing talent and entrepreneurial-ism that are helping to advance the whole world – Opinion by Rutger Bregman
… across the spectrum virtually all agree that wealth is created primarily at the top and so entrenched is this assumption that it’s even embedded in our language. When economists talk about “productivity”, what they really mean is the size of your paycheck. And when we use terms like “welfare state”, “redistribution” and “solidarity”, we’re implicitly subscribing to the view that there are two strata: the makers and the takers, the producers and the couch potatoes, the hardworking citizens – and everybody else.
Bankers, pharmaceutical giants, Google, Facebook … a new breed of rentiers are at the very top of the pyramid and they’re sucking the rest of us dry
In reality, it is precisely the other way around. In reality, it is the waste collectors, the nurses, and the cleaners whose shoulders are supporting the apex of the pyramid. They are the true mechanism of social solidarity. Meanwhile, a growing share of those we hail as “successful” and “innovative” are earning their wealth at the expense of others. The people getting the biggest handouts are not down around the bottom, but at the very top. Yet their perilous dependence on others goes unseen. Almost no one talks about it. Even for politicians on the left, it’s a non-issue.
To understand why, we need to recognise that there are two ways of making money. The first is what most of us do: work. That means tapping into our knowledge and know-how (our “human capital” in economic terms) to create something new, whether that’s a takeout app, a wedding cake, a stylish updo, or a perfectly poured pint. To work is to create. Ergo, to work is to create new wealth.
But there is also a second way to make money. That’s the rentier way: by leveraging control over something that already exists, such as land, knowledge, or money, to increase your wealth. You produce nothing, yet profit nonetheless. By definition, the rentier makes his living at others’ expense, using his power to claim economic benefit.
But here comes the rub. Most rentiers are not as easily identified as the greedy banker or manager. Many are disguised. On the face of it, they look like industrious folks, because for part of the time they really are doing something worthwhile. Precisely that makes us overlook their massive rent-seeking…
The problems we face are that the politicians are firmly in the hands (pockets) of the uber wealthy. We live in a corporate plutocracy and those holding all the wealth and therefore power have no intention of changing the status quo, even if it isn’t sustainable. They remind me of bacteria (or cancer) devouring the host body more and more even though eventually it will kill them too.
Donald Trump Forgets Important Lesson From Grandad:
Harper’s Magazine reprints an interesting letter from US President Donald J. Trump’s own grandfather that may get you thinking. Here is it then:
The Emigrants – By Friedrich Trump – From a letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trump’s grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. Trump had been ordered to leave Bavaria for failing to complete mandatory military service and to register his initial emigration to the United States twenty years earlier.
Prince Luitpold rejected Trump’s request for repatriation; the family later settled in New York. Translated from the German by Austen Hinkley.
Most Serene, Most Powerful Prince Regent! Most Gracious Regent and Lord!
I was born in Kallstadt on March 14, 1869. My parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers. They strictly held me to everything good — to diligence and piety, to regular attendance in school and church, to absolute obedience toward the high authority.
After my confirmation, in 1882, I apprenticed to become a barber. I emigrated in 1885, in my sixteenth year. In America I carried on my business with diligence, discretion, and prudence. God’s blessing was with me, and I became rich. I obtained American citizenship in 1892. In 1902 I met my current wife. Sadly, she could not tolerate the climate in New York, and I went with my dear family back to Kallstadt.
The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age.
But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria. We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished. My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick.
Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree — not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.
In this urgent situation I have no other recourse than to turn to our adored, noble, wise, and just sovereign lord, our exalted ruler His Royal Highness, highest of all, who has already dried so many tears, who has ruled so beneficially and justly and wisely and softly and is warmly and deeply loved, with the most humble request that the highest of all will himself in mercy deign to allow the applicant to stay in the most gracious Kingdom of Bavaria.
Your most humble and obedient,
… Well then. Long ago, yes.. Still applies? You tell me.
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