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“…I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.… It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” - Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775


"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sony Hack And The Foolish Statements Of Conservative Talk Show Hosts

Here's the Nonsense:  Sony should have stood up to the threat and not bowed to the threats.  America needs to be strong and not allow itself to be bullied.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Sony and America are two different things.  Sony made a business decision and, frankly, if they hadn't they'd risk the future of their company.  It's foolish to expect of them what we should expect from our government.

As the story has unfolded about the North Korean hack on Sony that ultimately has led to the cancellation of their movie, The Interview, I have heard way too many conservative talk show hosts make foolish statements about what has happened.  They need to think things through before making such statements.

What I'm referring to is the fact that many conservative talk show hosts have been very upset and spoken out against Sony's decision to cancel the release of The Interview.  They talk of America needing to stand up against the bullies of terror and so forth.  While I agree that it is important for America to stand up when threatened, for if we don't, they will be no different than the schoolyard bully of our youth.  You can't appease them.  When you try to, they only are encouraged to do more bullying.

But the point here is that that is the position America must take, which of course we cannot expect of the current administration as they are not only weak, but appeasement is part of their ideology, even though they, themselves, are bullies.  But when it comes to world powers, they are the kind of people who believe that if you just back off and show the enemy that you won't bother them, they believe that the enemy will leave you alone.  It's exactly the same as Neville Chamberlain believed of Hitler, and we all know where that led.

Back to the point.  The reason these hosts are wrong in their criticism is that it's not America that cancelled The Interview, it's Sony.  Sony is a private corporation (and the parent company is Japanese, not American).  They had many of the theaters they distribute their movies to tell them that they would not show the movie because they were concerned about the terror threats of attacks at the theaters if the movie was shown.  So, Sony faced a situation where income would be limited because theaters would not play the movie.  

But even more important, both the theater owners and Sony made a business decision, something I'm sure most talk show hosts don't understand because, well, they are talk show hosts, not businesspeople.  That's okay, but they need to walk in the other person's moccasins before speaking out, even if that walk is only a mental exercise trying to understand why the decision was made.

I'm a businessman and have been for over 39 years.  I am sure that Sony and the theater owners looked at the threat and realized that if that movie is shown and someone gets harmed, their liability is huge.  We live in a very litigious society.  The potential for a lawsuit (or series of suits) is gigantic.  They can even look at the damage that happened to the movie theater in Aurora, CO after the shooting rampage there a few years ago.  It destroyed the business.  People would no longer go to that theater.

For Sony and the theater owners, this was about avoiding a financial disaster.  It's that simple. And unless they were protected by some law that Congress would pass saying that they couldn't be sued in a situation like this, it's absolutely understandable that they would make the decision they did.

Let me add to that that even if there were laws that protected them, if they still went ahead with the showing and an attack occurred, the damage to their image would be devastating.  People would refuse to do business with them again, just like they did with the Aurora, CO movie theater after the shooting.  The risk to the theaters goes far beyond just this movie.

So, to criticize them for protecting their business interests is foolish.  Sure, it'd be nice if they took a strong stand against the threat, but the threat goes far beyond just what the terrorists might do.  Sony and the theater owners are not the American government. They are businesspeople simply making a business decision.

That may not sit well with conservatives, but I can't imagine any successful businessperson making a decision otherwise.  Putting all emotion aside, the only logical thing for them to do is exactly what they did.  What the American government should do is an entirely different discussion.






Monday, December 15, 2014

Say It With Me: Republican Leadership Are Not Our Friends

Here's the Nonsense:  The Republican Leadership showed this past week that they can't be trusted.  Why didn't anybody warn the public what kind of people they were?

Here's the Horse Sense:  I did warn the public, but obviously people saying that weren't paying attention.

This past week the House and Senate voted in a new spending bill without any consideration for the American people.  The majority of Americans want the mess in Washington brought under control.  That was the message of the midterm elections.  But the establishment Republicans who control the Republican Party went against the voters and brought a $1 trillion spending bill to passage while ignoring the American people.  They are not our friends and anybody who thinks they are is a fool.

After the vote came through in the House I was on some radio talk shows and we received calls from listeners.  What was stunning was that MORE THAN ONE CALLER ON MORE THAN ONE SHOW actually called in complaining about what the Republican leadership had done and then asked why no one had warned them about what kind of people the Republican leadership were!!

I couldn't believe it.  Anyone who knows me well knows I hate the phrase "I told you so" but this was one rare time when it was appropriate.  I reminded those callers and listeners that not only had they been warned, but if they were personally paying attention they would have seen it coming without a warning.  Paying attention to what's happening in our government is the responsibility of all Americans.

Needless to say, I'm sure that offends some people.  But it's true.  And I'm more interested in truth than in whether something offends someone.

So, just to give a sample of the times I talked about the establishment Republicans not being trustworthy, here are links to the blog posts I did since September 1st this year talking about them (please note that you can go as far back in my blog as you want and you'll see me talking about this from way back, this isn't new and no American should be surprised by their actions):


http://www.horsesenseblog.com/2014/12/boehner-tricks-conservatives-to-help.html

http://www.horsesenseblog.com/2014/12/will-gop-stand-up-to-our-lying-leader.html

http://www.horsesenseblog.com/2014/11/maybe-we-shouldnt-be-thankful-for.html

http://www.horsesenseblog.com/2014/11/election-results-may-be-most-dangerous.html

http://www.horsesenseblog.com/2014/11/the-election-results-dont-matter-much.html

http://www.horsesenseblog.com/2014/10/gop-uses-priebus-head-fake-to-deceive.html

http://www.horsesenseblog.com/2014/09/if-you-think-well-have-dictator-first.html

http://www.horsesenseblog.com/2014/09/if-you-vote-gop-will-you-really-have.html

The surprise on the part of voters should show us all that Americans are not paying attention to what's happening.  With that attitude, there is no hope for America because it's the voters who can save this country, but if they won't do it there is no other recourse.

So, say it with me so we all understand it and don't forget:  

REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP ARE NOT OUT FRIENDS!




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Communists Take Over German State Government - And America's Next

Here's the Nonsense:  Maybe people in other countries would elect communists, but it couldn't happen in America.

Here's the Horse Sense:  For about a century there's been an ongoing effort to change our government and it's becoming more of a reality every day.  They play on people's economic struggles and lack of critical thinking.

The UK Telegraph is reporting that Germany's far-left party, with communist roots, has been elected to control the state government of the German state of Thuringia, formerly a part of East Germany.  This is an amazing success for them considering that Germany just reunited 25 years ago and ended communist control of East Germany.  How they forgot what life was like just a short 25 years ago and were sold a bill of goods to head back in that direction again is an important lesson for Americans.  America is under assault and nearing takeover, too, but few recognize the danger.  

Even though the progressives deny being communist, it doesn't take much to see that their ideology is just that.  And, when you add that to the fact that a large number of politicians in American government embrace that ideology, the future looks bleak.  

Let's look at what happened in Germany to understand the threat America faces.

The German State of Thuringia is relatively poor by German standards and suffered severe economic problems after East and West Germany were reunified in 1990.  High unemployment has continued since reunification.  This, like America today, creates a problem as people try to survive and are looking for any solution to end their misery.  

While America's government tells us our economy is doing well and puts out numbers such as a 5.8% unemployment rate, the fact is that that is a manipulated number used to lie to the public and make the government look good.  In reality, unemployment is about 23% in our country. 

Even people like Donald Trump point out the lie that are the Obama administration's economic numbers.  WND is reporting that Trump is speaking out about it.  Trump says the number is 18%, but WND's article goes on to report that John Williams, an economist whose website Shadowstats.com compares the numbers the government reports to the correctly calculated numbers as saying the governments are virtually meaningless anymore. 

The real numbers show us why so many Americans are suffering and desperate for relief.  This is exactly what has happened in Germany's Thuringia.  People are desperate and when they are, they become open to the false promises of communism's socialist economic model.  Sadly they don't see through it and pay attention to the fact that socialist economics have never succeeded anywhere.  Instead they are desperate and when someone promises hope and change, they fall for it.

You'd think a country like Germany would remember how terrible things were under communism just 25 short years ago, but their desperation causes memories to fade.  Add to that the fact that young people often reject the advice of their elders and bring upon themselves the same problems their parents suffered through because they refuse to learn from the mistakes of the past.  Instead, they fall for the lies all over again.

My father always told me that a smart man learns from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.  Few people, especially young people, learn from their mistakes.  And it is extremely rare that they learn from the mistakes of others.

With a recent history to look to, Germans should reject communist ideas without hesitation.  They should remember that after World War II the Soviets took control of eastern Europe.  With this came the split of Germany into east and west.  Those in West Germany lived under a democratic government with freedoms common in other western European countries, but East Germany was in bondage under communism.  

Initially the Soviet troops murdered, raped, and pillaged all throughout that part of Europe.  Eventually things settle in to East Germany having their own government called the GDR (German Democratic Republic) and life started to stabilize, but for citizens it was only at a very low level.  Freedoms were gone and opportunity and basic necessities were hard to come by.

East Germany was like the other Soviet controlled countries.  Shortages of goods were constant problems.  Even when goods were in stock, there was little variety of them.  Often there was only one type of a given product or one flavor of a type of food.  While citizens could purchase cars and appliances, to purchase them required long waiting periods.  

Waiting in lines was a part of daily life and shopping was an ordeal.  Women would go from store to store on a daily basis to get items and averaged 2 hours waiting in line daily, 7 days per week.  

Because the government controlled employment, most people had jobs, but wages were low and an old joke from that era was:  "They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work."  Most industrial workers belonged to labor unions, although the unions were run by the government and used to help factory managers achieve their production goals required by the government.  They were not there to benefit workers.

Housing was always in short supply. It was common for 2 or 3 generations of a family to live in a three-room apartment. Newlyweds often waited years for a small apartment of their own. 

Universal public health systems, known as "socialized medicine," was typical in Soviet countries and covered everyone. The government and state-owned businesses paid the costs of doctors, health clinics, and hospitals.  But the quality of healthcare was far below that in free market healthcare systems like America had.  Care would be limited.  Rationing care was how they controlled cost and, just like we see today in countries like Britain and Canada, the ability to get needed care was limited.  Those who wanted to travel to seek care elsewhere, as many British and Canadians of financial means do today, could not do so both due to cost and to government restrictions on travel.

The government provided all education for free and controlled the curriculum.  The goal was more about indoctrinating young people to be good citizens of the state.  Few citizens were allowed to move out of East Germany, with the exception of retirees.  Since the state provided a retirement pension for all citizens that, along with the other "benefits" the government provided created a financial burden on the government that they could not sustain.  In order to reduce costs, they allowed some retirees to move to West Germany thereby reducing their financial obligations.  (Another proof of the folly of the socialist system of economics.)

While some people think these things sound pretty good, we have to also remember that under the communist system of government it was the government that determined what was in the best interest of the people.  They believed that the interests of the society as a whole outweighed the interest of the individual, and as a result individual rights really didn't exist.  

While many people don't like to hear it, this is exactly the ideology promoted by Hollywood in such shows as Star Trek where it was common to hear the characters say "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."  The difference between Hollywood's version and real life is that Hollywood has a controlled storyline that makes everything look good because they control the script and, therefore, the outcomes.  But under a communist regime the government harshly suppresses human rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly.  (Those are our basic First Amendment rights in America, but we have many American politicians trying to abolish the First Amendment these days as they work towards the progressive goals of controlling the lives of citizens.)

The government also licensed newspapers and other media, and even churches so that they could control them. The practice of religion was discouraged.  In fact, those who practiced religion that the government found unacceptable were often persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, and even killed.

The German Democratic Republic's State Security Service (called the Stasi) was probably the most terrifying secret police organization in Eastern Europe, actually making Hitler's Nazis look mild in many ways.  Remember, Hitler only retained control for 12 years, but the Stasi controlled East Germany for 40 years, far more time to "fine tune" and "perfect" their methods and schemes of terror on the citizens.  

The Stasi kept files on an estimated 6 million people. Considering that the population of East Germany was 19 million in 1949 and 16 million by 1990, that's a huge portion of the population.  That would be equivalent of about 100 million Americans having files kept on them by the government.  Stasi agents used phone taps, bugging devices, and cameras to spy on citizens. They used a huge number of informers to get information and rumors about neighbors, co-workers, and relatives.  Even church ministers were known to inform on members of their congregations. This caused a state of fear among the citizens as they knew they could trust no one.

Those are some tidbits from history to remind all of us what the people of East Germany were subject to as recently as 25 years ago.  And yet they still have decided to put communists in control of their state!  

So, why would they do it?

It's quite simple.  When people are hungry and poor, they will turn to any source to try to alleviate that misery from their lives.  And at that point they are very susceptible to the lies of communism that promise to make things fair and equal.  It sounds so good to them when they hear some politician say that things are better for everyone when those at the top have to share more of what they've earned.  (Hmmm.... sounds like our president when he was originally running for office.)  

That is the lie of progressivism, socialism, and communism.  And don't miss it, they are all the same. Socialism is the economic model of communism.  Progressivism is the new name they are calling themselves because they don't want people to know who they really are.

People in America today are constantly crying out that things aren't fair.  Anyone with half a brain should know that life isn't fair and that you shouldn't want it to be fair.  Why?  Because that means that someone has to decide what is fair.  And how do you know that you will always have the right person in charge to make that decision?  

Progressives promise fair outcomes.  But that won't work because that cannot be guaranteed.  The only thing they are truly guaranteeing is that they will decide what is fair and that's what you'll receive, whether you agree with their definition of fairness or not.

The only fair system is one where people are given equal opportunity and they can achieve based on their own work and no one else's.  If you have equal opportunity then the outcome is primarily determined by your effort, not by someone else's determination of what you should get.

East Germany didn't have freedom, they had fairness based on what the government determined.  They got rid of it 25 years ago and already people have forgotten what life was like before.  So, they've elected people who are communists to bring back that "fairness" without even thinking of the consequences they face in doing so.

Do you think it can happen in America?  Of course it can.  Americans have already elected these same kinds of people and we're in danger that those people have just about eliminated any competition for political office.  With limited exception, they are becoming our only choice in elections anymore.  As an example, here's the membership list of the Congressional Progressive Caucus:  http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/caucus-members/

The Democrat Party is controlled by them.  The establishment Republicans like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are heavily influenced by them.  And Americans are in danger of losing their choice of solid conservatives to run our country.  The conservatives are in the minority.  And with Americans hurting economically, the chances are greater and greater all the time that Americans will continue to vote for people and programs that will abandon our free market system and replace it with a system of promised "fair" outcomes.  And I guarantee that citizens will, in the end, not like those outcomes.  But by then it will be too late.  





Monday, December 8, 2014

Boehner Tricks Conservatives To Help Harry Reid & Obama

Here's the Nonsense:  The Republicans need to show they can work with the Democrats to get the support of the American people.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The Republicans were given support by the people in the last election, but they are throwing it away.  They have decided to block, fight, and attack conservatives instead of fight to save our nation.  They have simply joined the Democrats in their goals.

Once again House Speaker John Boehner and the establishment GOP are working against America's best interest by supporting Democrats over conservatives.  In the latest action worthy of Benedict Arnold, House Speaker John Boehner and his minions have manipulated timing of a spending bill to force through legislation that will only support Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and the rest of the Democrats trying to destroy our nation.  The Hill is reporting that Boehner has delayed a $1 trillion spending bill until the last minute so it can be rushed through Congress before the Dec. 12th deadline at the end of this week.  This does nothing but cut off conservatives from having input on the bill and supports the last ditch efforts of Reid and Obama to utilize the current Democrat-controlled Senate in their favor before the end of this Congress.

Many people think I'm a broken record continually saying that the establishment Republicans who control the GOP will not stand up to the Democrats to save America.  In fact, many of the complaints I receive are because of my attacks on the establishment GOP for siding with Democrats against conservatives.  Fools think that speaking out against the establishment GOP hurts the Republicans, but in reality not speaking out keeps people from seeing what they're doing to harm America.  That, in turn, keeps Americans from demanding change in the party that would allow it to return to its conservative roots and start a turnaround of our country to save it for our children.  So, as your complaints fall on my deaf ears, let's look at yet another situation where the GOP leadership is dropping the ball.

In an effort to eliminate the ability of conservatives to scrutinize and suggest changes to the $ 1 trillion spending bill, Boehner has delayed introduction of the bill until the last minute before the final session of Congress ends.  As The Hill's article states:

“Here we are doing the appropriations bill the last couple days” before a government shutdown, conservative Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Republican of Kansas) said in an interview this week. “That’s not to squeeze Harry Reid. That’s to squeeze us.”

By delaying it until the last minute, Boehner isn't allowing enough time for review of the bill, let alone for suggestions to be proposed that may change it.  Worse yet, he has kept the content of the bill secret as a way of keeping conservatives from knowing what they will face in the last minute legislation.

The Hill article also quotes Rep. Walter Jones (Republican of North Carolina) as saying, “They don’t want you to read it, that’s why! You think they want you to analyze all the mischievous items in there?” And goes on to quote him as saying,  “I think its aimed at screwing over the American people. You can quote me on that.”

The bill is being released for review today, Monday, and will be voted on this coming Wednesday, the day before funding runs out.  Personally, I think they should let the funding run out.  But the Republicans are too afraid that Obama will once again blame them for a government shutdown as he successfully did when he shut it down the last time.  Republicans have already forgotten the mandate the voters gave them a month ago in the midterm elections to stop Obama's actions.  They are showing their true colors, which is that they are on the same path as the Democrats to destroy America. 

In the case of the Democrats I believe that it is a conscious and intentional path they take to destroy the America we know and love.  As for the establishment Republicans, while I think some of them fully understand what they're doing, I believe the others are just too stupid and out of touch to actually realize what they're doing.  Certainly they don't understand basic economics.  I doubt many of them could successfully balance their checkbooks.

The election did not make the difference that a lot of Americans thought it would.  It's no surprise here as I've been saying since the primaries that American voters dropped the ball by not throwing out the incumbents during the primaries and bringing in solid conservatives to replace them. 

If there is still time to pull our country back from the cliff we have already gone over towards our doom, we have only one election cycle left to do it.  That cycle is the 2016 election and it's about more than just the presidency.  The congressional elections that year will be as critical as the presidency.  But to succeed the grassroots of America must stand up and demand change and it must start now.  It was the grassroots who stood up and demanded Ronald Reagan be the candidate in 1980, and we need the same kind of action for 2016. 

During every election cycle the American electorate does not pay attention or get involved until after Labor Day of election year.  That will be too late.  We have 2 years and we must use every minute of every day or there is no hope for our children and grandchildren. 

You have no excuse if you're taking time for leisure activity or pursuing personal desires.  Going out for a leisurely game of golf, watching a sporting event, playing video games, taking a vacation, or anything else that caters to your personal liesure is a waste of time.  If you really care about America, then this must be a nonstop fight 24/7 for the next 2 years.  It's up to us to educate the rest of America and bring them on board to join the fight.  Without that, we might as well throw in the towel now.

 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Will The GOP Stand Up To Our Lying Leader?

Here's the Nonsense:  The GOP won't stand for Obama's threats.

Here's the Horse Sense:  We can only hope the GOP will stand up to Obama, but don't hold your breath

Once again the Liar-in-Chief is trying to bully the GOP.  The Daily Caller is reporting that he will shut down the government over any budget bill the GOP submits to him that doesn't give him the funding for his amnesty program for criminal immigrant invaders.  It didn't take him long to make his threat once it was confirmed that the GOP has the power to stop him using their constitutionally given authority to control government spending.  Will the GOP fall for the bullying tactics?  I suspect they will.

With GOP leadership already having made it clear that they do not want confrontation with Obama, even though voters and conservatives in the House and Senate want them to stand up to the president, this is their moment to decide their future.  Over and over again during the past 6 years the GOP have buckled and given in to Obama.  They've allowed him to define the argument every time and accepted blame for government shutdown and lack of movement in government to help America.  Now Obama is at it again and people are thinking the GOP will stop him this time.  Will they? 

As I wrote recently, the chances are very low, probably nonexistent.  The GOP leadership are establishment Republicans that are afraid to stand up.  This is their opportunity to take control of government now and in the future, but their past actions do not inspire confidence.

Last night Megyn Kelly had Congressman Bob Goodlatte on her Fox News show to talk about stopping Obama.  She questioned him about whether the GOP would stand up and Goodlatte (bless his confused little heart) said that a lot of Republicans in government are really upset about amnesty and that he believed they would stop Obama.  I'm not holding my breath.

If the GOP were to actually stand up to Obama and hold him accountable now and for the rest of his term, they'd not only get a wave of support from voters, they'd win in 2016 and control the entire government as long as they stood strong.  But they have expressed all too often that they don't want to be blamed again for shutting down the government.

Wow, they're afraid of sending 17% of government workers home while they argue with the president.  That's right, the last shutdown only sent 17% of workers home, the rest of the government continued working, all our bills were paid, no veterans or seniors were shorted of their benefits, and America did just fine.  But the GOP leadership are afraid of being blamed for that!

And of course we have to remember that the establishment GOP was not against amnesty, they just wanted credit for it.  This isn't about them agreeing with the majority of Americans.  They agree with Obama on amnesty, they just think that if they get credit for it that all those criminal immigrant invaders will become loyal Republicans.  Talk about stupid thinking!

This is a telltale moment.  The GOP's handling of the amnesty issue will determine their future.  I really hope I'm wrong, but their past performance does not instill confidence.

This is what proves that conservatives must take back the Republican Party.  If they don't, there is no hope for America.


Monday, December 1, 2014

More Proof America Is Doomed

Here's the Nonsense:  America is doing fine.  A little more debt will allow us to get out of the hole and move the country forward.

Here's the Horse Sense:  America is doomed.  Our spending habits are one of the 3 core issues we are failing and not turning things around.

With Americans thinking about the holidays this time of year, it's easy to set aside thoughts of where America is headed.  Americans have already proven that they aren't willing to get involved to save their nation.  In fact, they live either in ignorance or denial about the state of things in America.  Yet it doesn't take much effort to look around and see that Americans just keep making the situation worse.  Our government, whether it is city, county, state, or federal, is failing us but what can we expect when they're only doing what too many Americans do in their personal lives?

Contrary to the government lies, employment is way down in America.  Unemployment is between 20% and 25% according to Shadowstats.com, a site that measures economic numbers correctly and not the way the government manipulates the numbers today to make people think things are better than they really are.  

Add to that the fact that middle management jobs are down and the majority of jobs created under this administration have been entry-level jobs and you can see that people aren't able to move ahead in their careers these days, even if they can find a job.  In fact, the jobs people find are often well below career positions they've held for years.

Americans are personally deep in debt with no real hope of every paying it off, many of them continually going further in debt.  Our federal government has put us so far in debt that if everything in America were sold there wouldn't be enough money to pay off all the debt.  Many have gone through bankruptcies and foreclosures.  And don't forget that many states, counties, and cities are also deep in debt.  It's not uncommon to read in the news about some of them also going bankrupt.

With all that news you'd think that everyone, from citizens to government officials, would be going on a strict budget to cut spending to the absolute minimum and get out of debt.  But do they?  Of course not.  Instead, they keep on spending.  They actually believe that you can borrow your way to prosperity.  And that's a sign that we're on a path to destruction that we will not be able to pull out of.

California is the perfect example.  It's a state in severe financial crisis and do they cut spending?  No.  Instead, they increase spending. And the most recent example may be one of the stupidest yet. 

CNS News is reporting that there is a push in California to expand healthcare coverage to more of the immigrant population, mostly due to Obama's recent amnesty given to criminal immigrant invaders. 

By any measure California is bankrupt, but they don't just keep spending, they increase it.  And before you make comments about "that's California and not other states" you should think twice.  They are not unlike other states or the federal government in the way they operate.  As California does in most things, they are leading the way for the rest of the nation.  And historically the nation follows.

We cannot survive if we don't stop spending.  And all the spending plays right into Obama's use of the Cloward and Piven Strategy to overload our economic system so it can be replaced. 

America is doomed and how we handle debt is a perfect example of why.  You can't borrow your way to prosperity.  It only comes through hard work and strictly controlled spending, and we're not seeing that in America these days.



Monday, November 24, 2014

Maybe We Shouldn't Be Thankful For Midterm Election Results This Thanksgiving




Here's the Nonsense:  We can be thankful that the Republicans won big in the midterms and will now hold Obama accountable on amnesty and his other lawless actions.

Here's the Horse Sense:  While Americans have a lot to be thankful for, all the Republicans who won in the midterms are not going to make the changes people are hoping for.  They are not reason for thankfulness this Thanksgiving.

After all the hoopla and celebration from the midterm elections, it's time we wake up and face reality.  The fact is that I've said for a long time that the establishment GOP is not our friends and they are proving it once again.  Those who thought Republicans would stand up to Obama were either naive or ignoring history.  

The picture with the added speech bubble above was sent to me and it speaks truth that everyone should realize has been coming all along.  While people thought this election was a chance to turn America around and stop Obama, the fact is that what I've said all along is proving true.  That is, the establishment Republicans who control the GOP want nothing to do with stopping Obama.  They are fools and we are stuck with them while we watch our nation go down the tubes.

Breitbart has reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann stated Saturday that "Republican leadership, led by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Oh), has no intention of resisting President Obama's executive amnesty that he ordered on Thursday."  Bachmann spoke of the weekly meeting called the Republican Conference in the House of Representatives and said, "They acted as though the amnesty issue wasn't even an issue.  They said that the President is going to do what he's going to do, and we are not going to get down in the mud with him.  We are not going to engage, and what we are going to do is to talk about our positive solutions on jobs, the economy, education, and manufacturing."  She went on to say that the establishment Republicans think this is a brilliant strategy.

Surprised?  You shouldn't be.  These are the kind of people the American voters elect and reelect in the Republican Party.  When I was on a radio talk show just after the election I was asked if I thought the Republicans would stand up to Obama and start to make the changes expected by American voters and needed for America.  My response was to ask why anyone would think the Republicans would suddenly change their behavior just because of an election.  With the exception of the few conservatives in the party, they have never stood up to Obama, so why would you expect them to start now?

In America we have a lot to be thankful for at Thanksgiving (and every other day of the year), but those establishment Republicans in the GOP are not one of them.  They continue to sell out the American people and we are watching the destruction of our nation right before our eyes because of it.

President Obama has broken law after law during his 6 years in office and the Republicans do nothing.  Citizens should not only be screaming and demanding change, but should have made change during the primaries last spring.  Instead they allow this to go on.

We allow the same people to control the Republican Party and then wonder why nothing changes.  The establishment GOP won't change.  Remember, a leopard can't change its spots.  That's the kind of people that the establishment GOP is made up of.  This is a perfect picture of people like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the other establishment Republicans:


The only hope for America is the American people.  But it's looking more and more like they are not willing to step up and do their job to save America.  What we should be thankful for this Thanksgiving is that we have a country where the citizens have the right to make change in their government.  But most Americans don't even think about being thankful for that right, let alone excerise that right wisely.  At the rate we're going, that right may be short-lived.

If you don't believe me, below is a list Senator Ted Cruz put together of lawless acts by this administration (As you read them remember that the establishment Republicans have done nothing to stop these acts.  Then ask yourself why you would expect them to now do something over Obama's amnesty actions or anything else.):
  • Disregarded 1996 welfare reform law in granting broad work waivers for work requirements of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).1
  • Implemented portions of the DREAM Act, which Congress rejected, by executive action.2
  • Ended some terror asylum restrictions, by allowing asylum for people who provided only “insignificant” or “limited” material support of terrorists.3
  • Allowed immigrants in the U.S. illegally, who are relatives of military troops and veterans, to stay in the country and get legal status.4
  • Extended federal marriage benefits by recognizing, under federal law, same-sex marriages created in a state that allows same-sex marriage even if the couple is living in a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.5
  • Recognized same-sex marriage in Utah, even though the Supreme Court stayed the court order recognizing same-sex marriage in Utah and Utah said it would not recognize same- sex marriages performed before the stay.6
  • Refused to prosecute violation of drug laws with certain mandatory minimums.7
  • Issued signing statements, refusing to enforce parts of congressional-enacted statutes.8
  • Illegally refused to act on Yucca Mountain’s application to become a nuclear waste repository.
  • Falsely portrayed the Benghazi terrorist attack as a spontaneous protest against an anti- Muslim YouTube video,10 and then lied about the White House’s involvement.11
  • Illegally revealed the existence of sealed indictments in the Benghazi investigation.12
  • Failed to enforce the Magnitsky Act as required by law, by not adding Russian human rights abusers to a list of people not permitted to travel to or do business in the U.S.13
  • Killed four Americans overseas in counterterrorism operations without judicial process.14
  • Continued to give Egypt aid after the military took over its government, even though federal law prohibits aid to Egypt in the event of a coup.15
  • Granted a “hardship” exemption from the individual mandate for people whose health plans were canceled because their plans weren’t Obamacare compliant.16
  • Delayed the individual mandate for two years.17
  • Allowed individuals to buy health insurance plans in 2014 that did not comply with Obamacare.18 Extended this delay until 2016past the mid-term elections.19
  • Extended the deadline to enroll in Obamacare.20
  • Illegally granted businesses a waiver from Obamacare’s employer mandate.21 Twice.22
  • Illegally continued the Obamacare employer contribution for congressional staffs.23
  • Illegally delayed the Obamacare caps on out-of-pocket healthcare payments.24
  • Illegally delayed Obamacare verification of eligibility for healthcare subsidies.25
  • Illegally required people to violate their faith via the Obamacare contraception mandate.26
  • As of May 2011, over 50% of Obamacare waiver beneficiaries were union members (who account for less than 12% of the American work force).27
  • Ordered Boeing to fire 1,000 employees in South Carolina and shut down a new factory because it was non-union.28
  • Implemented a moratorium on offshore drilling after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill without statutory authority, and continued to enact new versions after federal courts repeatedly invalidated the moratorium.29
  • Treated secured creditors worse than unsecured creditors in the Chrysler bankruptcy.30
  • Terminated the pensions of 20,000 non-union Delphi employees in the GM bankruptcy.31
  • Had SWAT teams raid a Gibson guitar factory and seize property, on the purported basis that Gibson had broken India’s environmental laws—but no charges were filed.32
  • Government agencies are engaging in “Operation Choke Point,” where the government asks banks to “choke off” access to financial services for customers engaging in conduct the Administration does not like—such as “ammunition sales.”33 

  • Made illegal “recess” appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board when Congress wasn’t in recess.34 Ignored the rulings of three federal courts of appeals that held those nominations unconstitutional.
  • Appointed czars to oversee federal policy specifically because czars do not require Senate confirmation, earning criticism from stalwart Democrats such as West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd35 and Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold.36
  • As of January 2012, 36 of the President’s executive office staff owed $833,970 in back taxes.37
  • As of 2011, 311,566 federal employees or retirees owed $3.5 billion in taxes.38 
  • Illegally targeted conservative groups for heightened IRS scrutiny.39
  • Circumvented the Freedom of Information Act, by requiring White House Counsel review of all documents to be released under the Freedom of Information Act that the Administration believed pertained to “White House equities”—and then delayed in producing many of these documents by FOIA’s statutory deadline, or didn’t produce them at all.40
  • Got secret permission from the FISA Court to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and emails, permitting the NSA to search American’s communications in its databases.41
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking to monitor about 80% of U.S. credit card transactions.42
  • Targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen by falsely labeling him a possible “co- conspirator” in a criminal investigation of a new leak.43
  • Secretly obtained phone records from staff at the Associated Press.44
  • Had meetings with lobbyists in coffee shops near White House to avoid disclosure requirements.45 

  • Aided drug cartels instead of enforcing immigration lawsas found by a federal judge. Border Patrol agents, multiple times, knowingly helped smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.; “the DHS is encouraging parents to seriously jeopardize the safety of their children.”46
  • Illegally sold thousands of guns to criminals, in the operation known as Fast and Furious,47 and then refused to comply with congressional subpoenas about the operation.48
  • Dismissed charges filed by Bush Administration against New Black Panther Party members who were videotaped intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling station during the 2008 election.49
  • Argued for expansive federal powers in the Supreme Court, which has rejected the Administration’s arguments unanimously 9 times since January 2012.50
  • Sued Louisiana to stop school vouchers and keep low-income minorities trapped in failing schools.51
  • Threatened to arrest military priests for practicing their faith during the partial government shutdown.52
  • Muzzled the speech of military chaplains.53
  • Sued fire departments saying their multiple-choice, open-book written employment tests were racially discriminatory.54
  • Gave 23,994 tax refunds worth more than $46 million to aliens here illegally using the same address in Atlanta, GA.55 

  • Released a mentally ill Guantanamo detainee,56 who had been a high-risk al Qaeda fighter in jihad combat since the 1980s.57
  • Backed release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.58
  • President Obama told NASA administrator to “find a way to reach out to the Muslim world.”59
  • Claimed the Fort Hood shooting was “workplace violence” rather than terrorism.60
  • Signed a stimulus bill that spent money on bonuses for AIG executives,61 and then acted shocked and outraged at the bonuses.62
  • Gave $535 million to Solyndra, which went bankrupt; Solyndra shareholders and officials made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign.63
  • Reneged on a campaign promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office.64
  • Increased the national debt more in one term than President Bush did in two terms.65
  • Extended mortgage assistance to people who bought multiple homes during the housing bubble.66
  • Proposed rules that would have decimated family farms, by prohibiting children under 18 from doing many forms of farm work.67 

  • Former “safe schools czar” has written about his past drug abuse and advocated promoting homosexuality in schools.68
  • Nominated Timothy Geithnerwho had significant tax issues69to head the Treasury Department, which enforces tax laws.
  • Reneged on campaign promise to broadcast healthcare reform negotiations on C-SPAN.70
  • Reneged on a campaign promise to wait five days before signing any non-emergency bill (at least 10 times during first 3 months in office).71
  • Unilaterally, increased the minimum wage for federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10, via executive order.72
  • Cancelled all White House tours after sequestrationpurportedly saving $18,000 per weekeven though President Obama had spent more than $1 million in tax money to golf with Tiger Woods one weekend a few weeks before.73
  • Adopted pro-union “ambush election” rules.74
  • Pressured Ford to pull an anti-auto-bailout TV ad.75
  • Actively, aided in George Zimmerman protests.76
  • Tried to seize a privately owned motel when guests used illegal drugs at the motel.77
  • Shut down the Amber Alert website, while keeping up Let’s Move website, during the partial government shutdown.78
  • Gave supervised release to a convicted criminal (an alien here illegally) who later killed a nun in a DUI.79 

  • Shut down an Amish farm for selling fresh unpasteurized milk across state lines.80
  • Spent $7 million per household in “stimulus funds” to connect a few Montana households to the Internet.81
  • Spent $205,075 in “stimulus” funds to relocate a shrub that sells for $16.82
  • Fired an inspector general after investigating an $850,000 AmeriCorps grant received by a nonprofit run by former NBA star and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson (now mayor of Sacramento).83 


1 Caroline May, Obama administration ‘guts’ welfare reform with new HHS rule, Daily Caller, Jul. 13, 2012. 2 Mark Krikorian, Today is A-Day, National Review Online, Aug. 15, 2012.
3 Reid J. Epstein, Obama administration ends some terror asylum restrictions, Politico, Feb. 5, 2014.
4 Julia Preston, Immigrants Closely Tied to Military Get Reprieve, N.Y. Times, Nov. 15, 2013.
5 Matt Apuzzo, More Federal Privileges to Extend to Same-Sex Couples, N.Y. Times, Feb. 8, 2014.
6 Charlie Savagejan, U.S. to Recognize Utah Gay Marriage Despite State Stance, N.Y. Times, Jan. 10, 2014.
7 Pete Williams & Michael O’Brien, Holder: ‘New Approach’ to reduce mandatory drug sentences, NBC News, Aug. 12, 2013.
8 Charlie Savage, Obama Takes New Route to Opposing Parts of Laws, N.Y. Times, Jan. 8, 2010.
9 Joel B. Pollak, Nuclear fallout: Yucca decision would affect immigration, obamacare, Breitbart, Aug. 14, 2013.
 10 Bill Flax, Benghazi: Four Americans Died, Obama Lied, and the Press Complied, Forbes, Oct. 18, 2012.
11 Michael D. Shear, Email Suggests White House Strategy on Benghazi, N.Y. Times, Apr. 30, 2014.
12 Mike Levine, President Obama’s Surprise Revelation of Sealed Benghazi Indictment, ABC News, Aug. 9, 2013. 13 Obama’s Magnitsky Walkback, Wall St. J., Jan. 5, 2014.
14 Karen DeYoung & Peter Finn, U.S. acknowledges killing of four U.S. citizens in counterterrorism operations, Wash. Post, May 22, 2013.
15 White House says U.S. has not cut off aid to Egypt, Reuters, Aug. 20, 2013.

16 Margaret Talev & Alex Wayne, Obama Lifts Health Mandate for Those With Canceled Plans, Bloomberg.com, Dec. 20, 2013.
17 ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption, Wall St. J., Mar. 11, 2014.
18 Stephanie Condon, Obama letting people keep canceled health plans for another year, CBSNews.com, Nov. 14, 2013.
19 Louise Radnofsky, Obama Gives Health Plans Added Two-Year Reprieve, Wall St. J., Mar. 5, 2014.
20 David Martosko, Busted! After promising ‘no delay’ in final Obamacare sign-up deadline, Obama administration unveils new ‘honor system’ extension through mid-April, Daily Mail, March 25, 2014.
21 Sarah Kliff, White House delays employer mandate requirement until 2015, Wash. Post, July 2, 2013.
22 Juliet Eilperin & Amy Goldstein, White House delays health insurance mandate for medium-seized employers until 2016, Wash. Post, Feb. 10, 2014.
23 Ezra Klein, In 2014, Congress gets Obamacare. Here’s how they’ll pay for it., Wash. Post, Aug. 1, 2013.
24 Avik Roy, Yet Another White House Obamacare Delay: Out-Of-Pocket Caps Waived Until 2015, Forbes, Aug. 13, 2013.
25 Avik Roy, Not Qualified for Obamacare’s Subsidies? Just lie – Govt. To Use ‘Honor System’ Without Verifying Your Eligibility, Forbes, July 6, 2013.
26 Joel Gehrke, Little Sisters of the Poor sue over Obamacare fines, contraception requirement, Wash. Examiner, Sept. 24, 2013.
27 Milton Wolf, Obamacare waiver corruption must stop, Wash. Times, May 20, 2011.
 28 Steven Greenhouse, Labor Board Tells Boeing New Factory Breaks Law, N.Y. Times, Apr. 20, 2011.
29 Frederic Frommer, Government takes third attempt at drilling moratorium, Associated Press, Jul. 13, 2010. 30 An offer you can’t refuse, The Economist, May 7, 2009.
31 Emails: Geithner, Treasury drove cutoff of nonunion Delphi workers’ pensions, Daily Caller, Aug. 7, 2012; Report: Obama administration played key role in GM Bankruptcy as pensions cut for salaried workers, not unionized ones, Associated Press, Aug 16, 2013.
32 Deborah Zabarenko, Gibson Guitar CEO slams U.S. raids as “overreach”, Reuters, Oct. 12, 2011.
33 Frank Keating, Justice Puts Banks in a Choke Hold, Wall St. J., Apr. 24, 2014.
 34 Timothy Noah, Cordray’s Recess Appointment Sure Doesn’t Look Constitutional to Me, New Republic, Jan. 4, 2012.
35 John Bresnahan, Byrd: Obama in power grab, Politico, Feb. 25, 2009.
36 Jordan Fabian, Feingold questions Obama ‘czars’, The Hill, Sept. 16, 2009.
37 Andrew Malcolm, 36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes, Investors Business Daily, Jan. 26, 2012. 38 Richard Rubin, Number of Tax-Delinquent Government Workers Up 11.5%, Bloomberg, Mar. 8, 2013.
 39 Greg Sargent, Conservatives have themselves a real scandal on their hands, Wash. Post, May 10, 2013.
40 Mark Tapscott, ‘Most transparent’ White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs, Wash. Examiner, Mar. 18, 2014.
41 Ellen Nakashima, Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011, Wash. Post, Sept. 7, 2013. 42 Richard Pollock, CFPB’s data-mining on consumer credit cards challenged in heated House hearing, Sept. 13, 2013.
43 Another Chilling Leak Investigation, N.Y. Times, May 21, 2013.
44 Mark Sherman, Gov’t obtains wide AP phone records in probe, Yahoo News, May 13, 2013.
45 Eric Lichtblau, Across From White House, Coffee With Lobbyists, N.Y. Times, June 24, 2010.
 46 Stephen Dinan, Border Patrol helps smuggle illegal immigrant children into the United States, Wash. Times, Dec. 19, 2013.
47 DOJ Inspector General, A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters, Sept. 2012.
48 Jerry Seper & Stephen Dinan, GOP sues to force Obama, Holder compliance on Fast and Furious, Wash. Times, Aug. 13, 2012.
49 Kevin Bohn, Justice Department drops charges in voter intimidation case, CNN.com, May 28, 2009.
50 Senator Ted Cruz, The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power; Senator Ted Cruz, Addendum – More Cases on Obama DOJ’s Expansive View of Federal Power; Senator Ted Cruz, Addendum 2 – More Cases on Obama DOJ’s Expansive View of Federal Power.
51 Obama, Holder Stand in Louisiana Schoolhouse Door, Investors Business Daily, Aug. 30, 2013.
52 Alex Pappas, Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown, Daily Caller, Oct. 4, 2013.
53 George Neumayr, Muzzling Military Chaplains, The American Spectator, Jan. 9, 2013.
54 Editorial: Firehouse flunkies, Wash. Times, Mar. 7, 2011.
 55 Terence Jeffrey, IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address, CNSNews.com, June 21, 2013.
56 U.S. judge orders release of mentally ill Guantanamo prisoner, Yahoo News, Oct. 4, 2013.
57 The Guantanamo Docket: Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris, N.Y. Times.
58 Jason Allardyce & Tony Allen-Mills, White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, The Australian, July 26, 2010.
59 Alex Pepper, White House, NASA, Defend Comments About NASA Outreach to Muslim World Criticized by Conservatives, ABCNews.com, July 6, 2010.
60 Aaron Goldstein, Obama Still Doesn’t Get 9/11, American Spectator, Sept. 11, 2012.
61 Dana Bash & Ted Barrett, Bonuses allowed by stimulus bill, CNN.com, Mar. 18, 2009.
62 Helene Cooper, Obama Orders Treasury Chief to Try to Block A.I.G. Bonuses, N.Y Times, Mar. 16, 2009.
63 Bankrupt solar company with fed backing has cozy ties to Obama admin, Daily Caller, Sept. 1, 2011.
64 Josh Gerstein, 5 unmet promises of President Obama, Politico, Oct. 16, 2012.
65 Mark Knoller, National Debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush, CBSNews.com, Mar. 19, 2012. 66 Prashant Gopal, Boom-Era Property Speculators to Get Foreclosure Aid: Mortgages, Bloomberg, Mar. 5, 2012. 67 Washington Elitists Want to Take Over the Family Farm, Investors Business Daily, Apr. 26, 2012; Dave Jamieson, Child Labor Farm Rules Scrapped by White House Under Political Pressure, Huffington Post, Apr. 27, 2012.
68 Maxim Lott, Critics Assail Obama’s ‘Safe Schools’ Czar, Say He’s Wrong Man For the Job, FoxNews.com, Sept. 23, 2009.
69 Jonathan Weisman, Geithner’s Tax History Muddles Confirmation, Wall St. J., Jan. 14, 2009.
70 Chip Reid, Obama Reneges on Health Care Transparency, CBSNews.com, Jan. 7, 2010.
71 Jim Harper, The Promise That Keeps on Breaking, The Cato Institute, Apr. 13, 2009.
72 Ed Henry, Obama to sign executive order raising minimum wage for federal contractors, FoxNews.com, Jan. 28, 2014.
73 Tom Blumer, Our Petty, Country-Be-Damned President, PJ Media, Mar. 8, 2013.
74 Senator John Thune, NLRB’s ambush elections would hurt local businesses, The Hill, Apr. 19, 2012.
75 Daniel Howes, WH Pressures Ford to Pull Bailout Ad, FoxNews.com, Sept. 27, 2011.
76 Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests, Judicial Watch, July 10, 2013.
77 George Will, When the looter is the government, Wash. Post, May 18, 2012.
78 Update: Let’s Move Website Works Fine – Obama plays Politics with Lost Children, shuts down Amber Alert website, The Right Scoop, Oct. 6, 2013.
79 JW Forces Release of DHS Report on Illegal Alien Charged with Killing Virginia Nun in August 2010 Drunk Driving Incident, Judicial Watch, Mar. 4, 2011.
80 Stephen Dinan, Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk, Wash. Times, Feb. 13, 2012.
81 Nick Schulz, How Effective Was The 2009 Stimulus Program?, Forbes, July 5, 2011.
82 Thomas Cloud, Shovel Ready in San Fran: $205,075 to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of Stimulus Project, CNSNews.com, Apr. 12, 2012.
83 Susan Crabtree, Allies of official fired by Obama mount defense, The Hill, June 24, 2009.