Dec 16 2011
It seems we have not learned our lesson yet on how badly out of control the federal government is. You’d think we would have learned from ObamaCare and the Frank-Dodd-Morgtage debacle how shoddy (but always ‘well meaning’) legislation can wreak havoc when it finally becomes law, policy, processes and procedures.
The Frank-Dodd-Morgtage disaster is a classic example of DC screwing up in reverse because they did not think things through – or simply ignored the downside risks because they were on a mission for God. The liberals wanted to extend the honor and joy of home ownership to many more people. They did this by removing the responsibility of home ownership and putting that on the back of taxpayers (basically all the truly responsible home owners). The liberal do-gooders did not realize it would only take a small fraction of the over all housing market invested in subprime loans to topple the entire housing market – and wipe out the life savings of tens of millions of people.
The ratio of lower-quality subprime mortgages originated rose from the historical 8% or lower range to approximately 20% from 2004-2006, with much higher ratios in some parts of the U.S. A high percentage of these subprime mortgages, over 90% in 2006 for example, were adjustable-rate mortgages. These two changes were part of a broader trend of lowered lending standards and higher-risk mortgage products. Further, U.S. households had become increasingly indebted, with the ratio of debt to disposable personal income rising from 77% in 1990 to 127% at the end of 2007, much of this increase mortgage-related.
Instead of more home owners, we now have fewer and the homes have lost much of their value.
ObamaCare is even worse. The Democrats openly admitted we would not know the damage imbedded in the liberal fantasy until the law was passed and mindless bureaucrats started implementing it. So far the news is pretty bad. Most small businesses are dropping their health insurance benefits; therefore, most people cannot keep their current policies as promised. Large or politically connected companies are getting waivers so they don’t have to participate. Medicare/Medicaid are getting gutted to pay for the billion dollar bureaucracy (which will not address a single patient’s medical needs). ObamaCare is the epitome of stupid big-government-solutions thinking. It will waste billions on top of the already high costs of medical care, sucking up the money needed to help patients. Talk about an epic backfire.
Now we have another bill rushed through Congress, probably unread and riddled flaws. Or in this case, is there something much worse than unintended consequences at play:
The bill which would codify into law the indefinite detention without trial of American citizens is about to be passed and sent to Obama’s desk to be signed into law, even as some news outlets still erroneously report that the legislation does not apply to U.S. citizens.
“It is not unfair to make an American citizen account for the fact that they decided to help Al Qaeda to kill us all and hold them as long as it takes to find intelligence about what may be coming next,” remarked [GOP Senator Lindsay] Graham. “And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer.’”
Senator McCain also told Rand Paul during a hearing on the bill that American citizens could be declared an enemy combatant, sent to Guantanamo Bay and detained indefinitely, “no matter who they are.”
This is a very, very dangerous bill if senators’ statements are true. I do not run off half-cocked on conspiracy theories as should be well known. I did not fall for the Bush-FISA nonsense from the left, nor the Birther BS regarding Obama from the right. I looked objectively at Able Danger, Global Warming and a host of other issues and pull out the facts from the fiction and decide for myself.
So when I say this is a very, very dangerous bill I do so with great hesitation and concern.
The reason we hold those terrorists behind 9-11 and other subsequent attacks (or attempts) is because we are at war with them. They declared the war decades ago – it just took 9-11 before we took those declaration seriously. These are enemy combatants, since wars are fought outside the normal rules and laws of society. Only the ignorant confuse courts with war zones.
We do not apply the rules of war against ourselves – for obvious reasons. We retain our constitutional rights so that our elected government cannot take away our freedoms – especially by force. Government cannot round people up and lock them away without due process. We are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. At least that was the foundation of America until government started running amok under Carter, Clinton and Obama.
Sadly some are so dense they have lost sight of the obvious. It has becomes a well know affliction inside DC to combine ignorance, impatience and arrogance to create such idiot schemes as ObamaCare. All driven by the naive do-gooders’ self inflated sense that millions of professionals in the field and the combined intelligence of tens of millions of average Americans consumers are no match for the intellect of the political elite (in other words, the free market has no hope of competing with the dim bulbs in DC). The egos now on display are stunning, and only matched by how naive their simple solutions have become.
If this bill passes, then secret information can be used to claim anyone is a terrorist enabler and hauled off indefinitely. We have not needed this crap since 9-11, and nothing tells me we need it now. Our peace has always been through our ass-whooping strength and promise to use it if attacked. A lesson the world seems hell bent to re-learn every 30 years or so. We should never return to the internment camps of WW II to allay unfounded and irrational fear.
So why now? What is so pressing (besides some naive need to make free Americans equal to blood thirsty Islamo Fascists) that we need this craziness?
Could the real reason behind the madness be something else?
[Democrat Senator Carl Levin] “The language which precluded the application of Section 1031 to American citizens was in the bill that we originally approved…and the administration asked us to remove the language which says that U.S. citizens and lawful residents would not be subject to this section,” said Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee.
As I said, secret information could be claimed to designate someone an enemy combatant. Information that cannot be made public – therefore may not even exist. Look at what this administration did with the Ft Hood assassin who yelled “Allah Ahkbar” as he mowed down 30 innocent Americans:
Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday blasted the Defense Department for classifying the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence …
If the administration can call a massacre by a jihadist nothing more than workforce violence, what stops them from declaring work force violence terrorism? Nothing!
This bill needs to be stopped and stopped now. The GOP is being duped again. Or worse, they are so brain washed into the Political Industrial Complex own superiority complex they have decided the masses are the real threat. Either way, this is tantamount to our government declaring war on We The People. That is the only reason to go down this insane path.
It looks like the Political Industrial Complex may be ready to do what it takes to stay in control. Maybe what we are seeing are steps towards something much worse. We have seen the only political outsider (Herman Cain) in the 2012 presidential race nullified by unfounded rumors and the media arm of the Political Industrial Complex. We have seen the two parties join in neutralizing the 2010 congressional elections by way of the Super Committee and an intransigent Senate that refuses to take bold action. We have seen legislation to limit free speech on the blogosphere. We have seen time and time again DC ignore the will of We The People and idiotically expect to get re-elected.
And America is taking notice – hopefully not too late:
.. they failed to understand what really scares Americans, who in vast numbers now think that Big Government, not Big Business, is the biggest threat.
Yes, the latest Gallup poll found that 64 percent of those surveyed said big government was the greatest threat to the country, compared to 26 percent who said big business was their gravest concern and 8 percent who feared big labor.
What are we to think now that we can be rounded based up on secret information and packed off to GITMO like an al Qaeda mass murderer? President Bush was quite balanced and measured when he adjusted FISA laws to allow the FBI to INVESTIGATE suspected terrorist activities here in the US and by US Citizens. The results was always a trial in line with our Constitutional rights. Even in our darkest days after 9-11 he did not see a need for this. Why now? Why this President?
Who are these people who have decided they have the right to rip these rights away from us like this? What is the pending emergency – except possibly the next wave of anti-government votes coming in 2012. For once, I fear this nation is on the brink of going extinct. Living on in name only. And this bill would be the big step towards that end.