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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Decision On Obamacare And Obama's Legacy

Here’s the Nonsense:  The Supreme Court upholding the individual mandate as a tax in Obamacare is a victory for Obama.  His legacy will be historic because of it.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  President Obama’s legacy will not be positive regardless of the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare.  The destruction of this nation will be his legacy, Obamacare will only be seen as one of the methods used to destroy the nation.

President Obama will go down in history as the one who succeeded at bringing down our nation.  Obamacare is not the money-saving program it was sold to us as, nor is it the improvement to quality of care and access to healthcare either.

In my new book, No Tomorrows: How To Halt America’s Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream – And Why It Must Start With The 2012 Elections, I identify the 3 core problems that will destroy America and how to fix them.  One of those involves our economy and debt.  Obamacare is nothing but a debt-increasing nightmare.  It represents 1/6 of the nation’s economy adding trillions in debt while reducing the quality and availability of care.  The immense failure of nationalized healthcare in country’s like Britain are good example why we should be running as fast as we can from these kinds of programs. 

It is said that President Obama has paid a high price to push Obamacare through.  The fact is that the price he paid is miniscule compared to what America will pay for what his presidency has done to us.  Defeating the president in the upcoming election has got to be the priority of the American people.  That is the only way to turn this decision around.  Just because the Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare does not mean that Congress and a new administration still cannot repeal it.  That must now be the focus of our nation to save ourselves from collapse.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Obama’s Leadership Boggles The Mind

Here’s the Nonsense:  The president is doing a good job fulfilling his duties, even when the Supreme Court shows him he’s wrong.
Here’s the Horse Sense:  President Obama and his administration have nothing but contempt for their responsibilities under the law, and what may be even worse is that no one in Congress is standing up to hold them accountable.
According to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the actions taken by President Obama’s administration in response to Arizona’s challenge on immigration law is mind boggling.  And most thinking folks believe it’s that way on other issues, too.  When an administration not only disagrees, but refuses to enforce select laws that they are duty-bound to enforce, it shows us there is no real leadership present.  What’s worse is when Congress doesn’t hold them accountable for those actions it confirms that there’s a dire shortage of leadership there, too.
In my new book, No Tomorrows:  How To Halt America’s Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream – And Why It Must Start With the 2012 Elections, I address the issue of leadership.  It is something that is severely lacking in America today.  We no longer know how to choose leaders and the result is that we now face an imminent collapse of our nation.  We must learn what a true leader is and replace the faulty leadership we now have with them to ensure a bright future for America.
This administration, as we’ve seen all too often, has again proven that it is not capable of leadership.  There are no true leaders to be found there.  But sadly, there are very few on the other side of the aisle either. 
The ruling on Arizona’s immigration law was still hot off the presses when the Obama administration announced that ICE agents, with limited exception, will no longer will respond to calls for assistance with illegal immigration issues from Arizona state or local law enforcement.  Newsmax reported:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer angrily denounced the Obama administration’s decision Monday to strip the state’s police agencies of special immigration arrest powers, saying it was like telling the state to “drop dead” in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision upholding a key provision of Arizona’s immigration law.
The idea that the federal government will not fulfill their responsibilities under the law leaves her and others incredulous.  The Newsmax report continued:
 “I was shocked. I was outraged. I thought, you know, this is politics at its best,” Brewer told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren in an interview Monday night.

“It’s just unconscionable. What they said to Arizona is: ‘Drop dead, Arizona, drop dead, and go away. We’re going to ignore you,’” the Republican added, suggesting the action by the Department of Homeland Security was prompted by the court’s ruling that upheld the state’s right to stop and question a person’s immigration status.

But this is what phony leaders do.  They aren’t really true leaders.  They are in leadership positions but forget that their first priority is to serve the citizens by doing their duty under the law.  Instead, this administration does what it chooses.  It selectively decides what laws should be enforced and which ones should not.  It selectively decides which parts of the Constitution it wants to comply with and which ones it will ignore.  It acts as though our form of government is a monarchy instead of a representative republic.
A true leader would seek to resolve issues for the best interests of the country, not for political gain.  Political gain would be the farthest thing from a true leader’s mind.  But this administration over and over again shows that their only concern is political gain in any situation.  Other examples are many but another current one in the news is the congressional investigation into Fast & Furious.  Appearing to near his limit with the dance the administration is doing to keep information from the Congressional Oversight Committee that he chairs, Rep. Issa wrote to President Obama:
"Either you or your most senior advisers were involved in managing Operation Fast & Furious and the fallout from it...or, you are asserting a Presidential power that you know to be unjustified solely for the purpose of further obstructing a congressional investigation," Issa wrote. "To date, the White House has steadfastly maintained that it has not had any role in advising the Department with respect to the congressional investigation. The surprising assertion of executive privilege raised the question of whether that is still the case."

Rep. Issa had to write that after issuing subpoenas for the information in February 2011 and still not receiving complete information.  Rep. Issa is, unfortunately, a rare example of someone who's trying to do the right thing by holding people accountable to the rule of law.  It's a rare quality found in today's politicians.  

The blocking of the investigation by the Department of Justice, and now supported by the president himself with his use of executive privilege, shows once again that this administration has no interest in getting to the truth, holding people accountable, and doing what’s right to get to the bottom of this situation for the American people and especially for the families of the slain Americans and Mexicans, which now number in the hundreds.  

In No Tomorrows I differentiate between leaders and true leaders.  Leaders are people who happen to be in a position of leadership.  They may have success, even at high levels, but they are not true leaders.  True leaders are people who can be trusted implicitly.  True leaders are a limited few who always strive to do the right thing.  Not the right thing to attain their goals or suit their supporters.  We’re talking about “right” as in morally right according to a standard based on right and wrong, not some person’s determination of what’s right.
America needs to learn to choose true leaders and start replacing those in elected office with them from local elections in each community all the way up through county, state, and federal elections.  Until we do, there is no hope that our problems will be solved and our nation will be turned around.  Sadly, as I point out in No Tomorrows, the time is short to start that process if we want to avoid imminent collapse. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

It Doesn’t Matter How The Supreme Court Rules On Obamacare

Here’s the Nonsense (and there’s actually two types of nonsense today so I’ll cite them both):
1.)  If the Supreme Court upholds Obamacare our problems are over and we will get all the healthcare we need.
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2.)  If the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare our problems are over because we will avoid the devastating consequences the healthcare reform law places upon us and things will be fine.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  If the Supreme Court upholds Obamacare we will face a death knell for America beyond the one we’re already facing.  If they strike it down we still face enormous problems with healthcare costs that government cannot fix. 

Whether the Supreme Court upholds or strikes down the healthcare law, America faces a difficult future with healthcare.  In my new book, No Tomorrows: How To Halt America’s Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream – And Why It Must Start With The 2012 Elections, I delineate the 3 core problems that America must fix to save this nation and then I discuss the solutions to those problems.  One of those problems is our economy.  If the Supreme Court upholds Obamacare there is no hope for our economy.  We already are facing imminent collapse without adding Obamacare to our overhead.  Obamacare will simply ice the cake and force us in to collapse sooner and deeper.  And if they strike Obamacare down we will still face enormous problems trying to fix the cost of healthcare and face the hard decisions that will have to be made.

I was driving along today listening to a talk radio program (what else do pundits listen to?) and heard someone say that Americans are against Obamacare but favor what’s in it.  As I listened I felt like I was hip deep in the sewage and muck that is often spewed by the liberal media. 

This is one of the biggest efforts to twist information that has come down the pike in a long time.  But I am sure this is all a part of the Obama Administrations preparation for their “Plan B” should the law be struck down.  If they can get people to think that most people like the law, then they will have no problem blaming the Court for being unfair and telling the American public that they need 4 more years to keep working on making life fair for everyone.  After all, the president seems to think everything is about fairness these days.

Plus, this will give them a starting point to begin working on a state by state basis to try to get a socialized medicine healthcare plan passed individually in each state.  And the advantage to this, even though it is a longer process to do so, is that most states do not have in their constitutions the same restrictions the U. S. Constitution has.  Therefore, they can get the states to mandate that each citizen must buy healthcare coverage.  In addition, they can even create a state run healthcare system so they can control every aspect of it.  This means that they will be able to tell you how to run your life.  They could use a healthcare bill to tell you how to live, where to live, and virtually every little detail of your life could fall under the government’s control.

But don’t let your guard down even if the law is struck down by the court.  America faces a huge problem with healthcare costs.  And they cannot easily be fixed, even by the claimed solutions Republicans have put forth as I addressed in an earlier blog post.  The difference between the two is that Obamacare takes away your liberties and destroys our economy under the guise of healthcare reform when in actuality it is going to cost more money than our current system, not insure as many people as they claim, and impact our lives in a total and permanent way.  The Republicans solution, while not great, at least allows us to maintain our freedoms, control costs a little more, and give us time to continue to work toward solutions. 

No, don’t let anyone fool you.  The Supreme Court decision is critical as to whether we can hope to retain our freedoms in this country and to help buy us time to try to turn our economy around and avoid the imminent collapse we face as a nation. Striking down the law is the only solution that gives America a fighting chance.  But we still have a lot of hard work in many areas to turn things around.  Our country is collapsing financially and even if we wanted to provide healthcare for everyone there is no money to do so.  We are at a time when we must decide to cut off not only luxuries, but decide between what are true necessities and what we must give up if we are to survive.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fast And Furious Uncovers Much Larger Problems Than Are Being Recognized

Here’s the Nonsense:  The Fast and Furious debacle is a terrible thing.  But once it’s been cleaned up we’re well on the way to fixing the problems in our government.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  Fast and Furious is a symptom, but not the true underlying problem.  America has 3 core problems that must be addressed to save this nation.  Treating symptoms doesn’t cure the disease.

Fast and Furious is a terrible mess.  Neither side of the political aisle have handled it well.  While gun-running and loss of lives is terrible and people must be held accountable, if we don’t deal with the underlying core problem we will continually see a repeat of these kinds of issues.  And those underlying problems will be what ultimately cause the collapse of America.

Speaker John Boehner has not been very supportive of Rep. Issa’s pursuit of documents on Fast and Furious from AG Eric Holder.  Boehner reportedly was trying to make a secret deal to keep Holder from being held accountable.  Boehner is an expert at giving in instead of getting results.  Boehner, like Obama and Holder, is a poor example of a leader. 

In my new book, No Tomorrows:  How To Halt America’s Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream – And Why It Must Start With The 2012 Elections, I address the 3 core problems that must be fixed to save America.  One of those problems is lack of true leadership in government and the inability of voters to know how to choose true leaders.  True leaders don’t do the things we’ve seen the administration do in this instance or that we have seen the Speaker of the House do.  True leaders do what’s right regardless of the cost to themselves, even if it means they lose their jobs.  We don’t see any attitude like that in most of the people leading our nation.

The head of the congressional committee handling the investigation, Rep. Issa, has worked hard trying to hold AG Holder accountable.  Finally yesterday a vote was held in the committee and split along party lines with a resulting 23-17 vote to hold the AG in contempt of Congress.  The hard work of this committee may be paying off by moving this vote now to the floor of the House.  Speaker Boehner is now forced to support the committee’s vote.  He, along with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, said today, "While we had hoped it would not come to this, unless the attorney general reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week," the Republican leaders said in a statement. "If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue."

We can only hope that Boehner’s support for the vote is because he’s decided to do what’s right for the American people and not play his typical game of throwing victory into the jaws of defeat. 

The party-line vote in the committee shows none of the Democrats want justice, they want to continue to play politics, a true sign that none of them qualify to be true leaders.  The fact that the Republicans all voted for the contempt citation tells us nothing.  They could simply be playing politics, although the persistence of Rep. Issa in the face of opposition from the media, the administration, and even from establishment Republican leaders like Boehner is an excellent sign of some leadership qualities in him.

It is easy to attack the Democrats on this issue, they certainly have shown they deserve it.  But we can’t forget the failures of the Republicans either.  All of these failures point directly to the problem we have in government which falls at the voters feet.  That is that we voters for a long, long time have not paid attention to what is happening in our government and held them accountable.  We no longer know how to recognize a true leader let alone make sure that those are the type of people we elect to office.  This void in qualified leaders has led us to the impending disaster we now face. 

In No Tomorrows I clearly define how to turn this around and what to look for to make sure we have qualified leaders in elected office.  This book is the repair manual to save our nation.  We can no longer play partisan politics.  Rather, we must change the way we elect and handle our government officials.

AG Holder’s actions have raised more questions about his abilities and the White House’s motives than just about Fast and Furious.  His refusal to comply with the subpoenas of Congress on Fast and Furious is great reason for concern, but there are so many other areas where we should be concerned because of his and the DOJ's actions. 

President Obama has chimed in on the AG’s non-compliance with the subpoenas by asserting executive privilege to try to keep the documents from being released.  This raises a question about the White House claim that they knew nothing about it.  If so, then why would they refuse release of information to make sure justice is done for all the people who have died and the laws that have been broken in Fast and Furious?  Obviously they are either lying about their knowledge or circling the wagons to protect the AG instead of seek the truth. 

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s disgust at the congressional committee’s voting to hold the AG in contempt follows the typical administration line of attack on the Bush administration to try to deflect attention away from this administration.  And if the Bush administration really was responsible for Fast and Furious, why wouldn't the Democrats want the documents released so they could prove that the Bush administration was responsible for Fast and Furious?  That would immediately clear the name of this administration in this issue.  Their continued fight to keep the documents from the congressional committee is proof in itself that something is wrong in the current administration.  And once again, it is another example of her lack of qualification for leadership. 

All of this is enough to be disgusted at the lack of true leadership on the Democrat side of the aisle.  But what’s even more disappointing is the continued lack of leadership out of the House Speaker’s office, too.  Speaker Boehner has shown no leadership on this issue.  His reported actions to block efforts to find the truth raise huge concerns about his abilities and qualifications.  And this is just a typical example of how he consistently walks away from his responsibilities to the American people.  Boehner will need to be held accountable to be sure he doesn’t back down from his position.  He also needs to be held accountable until it is time to choose new leadership for the House.  His past performance has proven him unqualified for leadership.  When it is time for change he must be replaced with someone who will take a stand on principle.

It is time that both parties be held to accountability and change take place.  If we do not get the right people into office in Congress as well as the White House, then we have no chance of turning our nation around.