Jul 08 2014

Time To Impeach Obama? Not Yet

Governor Sarah Palin came out today to make a great opening argument for Impeachment of President Obama. However, the political repercussions of Impeachment probably would push the decision to Impeach into the next Congress, which will be sworn in January 2015.

Palin’s concerns are valid:

Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans for our jobs and limited public services.

The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt, many cities are on the verge of insolvency, our overrun healthcare system, police forces, social services, schools, and our unsustainably generous welfare-state programs are stretched to the max.

President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It’s not going to get better, and in fact irreparable harm can be done in this lame-duck term as he continues to make up his own laws as he goes along, and, mark my words, will next meddle in the U.S. Court System with appointments that will forever change the basic interpretation of our Constitution’s role in protecting our rights.

I noted in a previous post Obama’s jettison of the constitutional checks and balances of our government processes and his reckless and unilateral implementation of fantasy liberal dogma is going to be a very teachable moment. It will propel Democrats out of elected office in 2012, making 2010 look like a victory for Big Government.

But that also means there will be a new Congress come 2015, and they will have to make the decision on Impeachment. Not this Congress.

Palin is beginning the discussion, and giving American voters a heads up and a chance to discuss the idea. Right now there is no political will on Main Street America for Impeachment. None.

But that “will” probably will form over this coming year as the damage from Obama’s healthcare mess, his immigration mess and his economic mess as full times jobs fall by the way side and everyone is fighting for low wage part time work. Not to mention the VA, IRS and Beghazi scandals and the melting down “world order”.

Palin is right to make the impeachment case. But this Congress (and therefore this year) should be about debating the matter. Let the new Congress make the call.

We have suffered through 6 years of Obama’s foolishness and recklessness. Yes, he is damaging the  country and hurting people. Some are even dying of neglect (see VA scandal). But while Obama has gone lawless Emperor, we the voters need to show restraint.  Let this year make the case for the new Congress and let them decide.

I am not saying do not Impeach – like some are saying. I am saying this is not the time to take that step one way or the other. Given Obama’s imperial actions, nothing should be taken off the table.

Now is not the time, no matter how bad it gets over the coming months.

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Jul 08 2014

Criminal, Vicious Acts At Veterans Administration

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My father passed away recently (no, that is not a picture of us, but it does represent his final day on this planet with us). He was a WWII veteran who fought for this country in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. He volunteered to take on the evil in this world in the late 1930′s, before there was even a declaration of War for the United States. He was the epitome of the Greatest Generation.

His passing was gentle, but made that way from a great hospice service provided by private medical insurance. Though he was eligible for VA medical services, my father wisely stayed clear of them most of his life.

So when I see a story like this, and think of what kind of torture and pain my father would have suffered if someone had stolen his final medications and replaced them with water I seethe with anger:

Vials of morphine were systemically stolen from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and replaced with water and saline so that dying veterans got the wrong treatments, a longtime VA nurse told The Daily Caller.

“A nurse taking care of hospice patients over the past year had been diverting vials of morphine,” said Valerie Riviello, a 28-year veteran nurse at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. “Those patients that were dying in hospice were not getting their intended pain medication.”

Management became aware of the recurring theft without reporting it to higher levels of governance within the VA system, said Riviello, a Florence Nightingale Award winner for nursing.

Both the thieving nurse and her management should be in jail.  I know why management hid this from upper levels.  This kind of act, going on for a year, would rightfully impact their compensation packages. Greed. Plain and simple.

Stealing a veterans pain medication is the lowest of low – right up their with child rape. It is a vicious and callous act.

Where is America’s Department of JUSTICE

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Jul 04 2014

Obama Pushing California Back Into GOP Camp

Obama’s lame duck madness does not seem to be abating, but it does seem to be backfiring. Obama has clearly gone all Imperial – jettisoning all pretense that he recognizes and respects (let alone defends) the checks and balances of our laws and constitution. His frustration with having to work with people of diverse beliefs (which the far left never has been capable of doing over the long haul) has snapped his judgement.

He is going to show America what it would be like to live under liberal dogma.

Maybe this will be good for America. To see what happens when naive ideologues impose government mandates on a free and independent people. Let the foul ups come. Embrace the teachable moments here.

Obama’s attempt to provide immigration refugee camps in California (and elsewhere) is proving to be politically quite toxic. While the immigration wave was contained to deep red Texas there was no major upheaval in the balance of power in the US. But as that wave spreads out, there will be repurcussions.

Obama’s federal guards are forcing communities to take in tens of thousands of undocumented people of questionable background and intent (here I mean we have no idea if these people are criminals, free loaders, wanting a better life or just visiting family). This heavy hand action is producing heated resistance:

The transfer and release of the migrants has created a strong divide between those who want to help and those who don’t want them here at all. Protesters blocked buses that were supposed to arrive at a Murrieta border patrol center on Tuesday.

“When the buses come, you are going to see Americans that are willing to throw themselves under the bus, that’s what you are going to see,” demostrator Greg Allison said ahead of the migrants’ arrival. “I don’t care if I lose a limb. Even if the buses get past me and I lose a limb, guess what? The rest of the country is going to take notice.”

If this type of reaction begins repeating across the country that would be amazing.  And it probably will.

But let’s focus on California and how that state will react.  I think Obama and his liberal sycophants misunderstand how California thinks as a community. Yes, they are liberal and hate all things Bush and Tea Party (mostly because they are very naive about such topics). But they are not open border types – not at all.

Back in 2012 the Field Poll queried Californians on the issues of immigration and amnesty. This is a good poll to assess given its distance in time from current events and 2012 was a high water mark for President Obama. He won reelection that year and he was so much more popular.

California was supportive of finding paths to citizenship for immigrants currently in the country (for some reasonable period) in 2012. However, their  views on open boarders were quite the opposite. First, the question of citizenship for immigrants currently in the US:

What California voters say government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently residing in the U.S.

Allow illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. and become citizens, but only if they meet certain requirements over a period of time

67%

Allow illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. to work, but only for a limited time

14%

Deport all illegal immigrants back to their home country

13%

No opinion/refused

6%

Large majorities of Democrats (79%) and independents (69%) support granting illegal immigrants [living in the US] a path to citizenship.

If you myopically rely on the response to this one question you might think California would welcome Obama’s wave of random immigrants. And you would be wrong.

Like most of America, California is nuanced and has certain boundaries it prefers to not cross on every issue. Check out these responses on other aspects of immigration:

For example, while a majority of Democrats (56%) support granting California driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, three in four Republicans (77%) are opposed, as are 58% of independents.

Majorities oppose granting illegal immigrants the same entitlements that legal residents of the state get in two other areas – receiving tuition discounts at the state’s public universities (61% to 33%) and having access to government health and financial assistance benefits (65% to 27%).

What we see here is an acceptance for those who have lived and worked in America for sometime.  An acceptance for those who put down roots and have become part of the community. But in terms of providing support (read tax dollars) to illegal immigrants, we begin to see a change of heart. To come here you must be self supportive and earn the benefits of this great country. Immigrants are not wanted if all they do is sit on the dole.

Check out this little factoid about the current problem:

Since the federal government isn’t providing any funding, non-profits and community-based groups, will bear the financial burden of transitioning the migrants into American society, said Luz Gallegos, of the Training Occupational Development Educating Communities Legal Center in Perris.

“Organizations across the Inland Empire, even cities, are coming forward and saying, ‘We’re here to help,’” she said.

It is clear from the polling Californians are not ready to empty their treasury over the long term to deal with this influx of humanity.  If they balked at driver’s licenses, tuition assistance and health care what makes anyone think the current chaos will sit well?

Then there is the nail in the coffin of Obama’s current madness with open borders:

Voters in the survey were also asked whether the number of immigrants allowed to come to live in the U.S. from Latin America and Asia should be increased, cut back or kept the same. In each case, pluralities or majorities of California voters favored keeping this at current levels.

Regarding the number of immigrants allowed into the U.S. from Latin America 45% favor keeping this at current levels, while 18% support increasing it and 26% favor reducing it.

Californians DO NOT want more immigrants coming in. Only 18% support that idea. 71% prefer to keep the levels the same or reduce them.  This 71% will not like what is happening with the flood of refugees coming into their state, consuming their resources.

Some other factors to consider, if these people were from Mexico they would be sent back immediately:

A tide of Central Americans illegally entering the United States has overwhelmed a system already buckling under the weight of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Unlike undocumented Mexican migrants, who are often immediately deported, the U.S. detains and processes Central Americans, who are eventually released and given a month to report to immigration offices.

Many never show up and join the undocumented population, according to the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing Border Patrol agents.

So, there is a case for just sending these people back as we do others. That leaves the Feds open to a lot of flack about why this crowd must stay when others do not.

What does this all portend? Well the tone death and mad White House is not going to see this coming, anymore than they saw any of the resistance to their mad schemes coming. They are so sure they are morally superior, they don’t care what the masses think. They actually think they will be praised for this mess!

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Jul 03 2014

Obama’s Frustration Pushing Him To Dig Deeper Hole For Dems

Update: Michael Goodwin makes a similar point to mine below:

Let me be clear: Obama is flirting with disaster. This and other polls show he is losing ground with every group, including African-Americans.

Losing the consent of the governed is a profound event, and there is no easy path back to public grace. The one certainty is that Obama’s angry defiance will dig him a deeper hole.

Read the whole thing – end update

I have to laugh as desperation on the political left and in the White House has unsettled President Obama to such a degree that he has doubled down on actions that will not only lose the Senate to the GOP, but cement his legacy as an incompetent and naive leader.

As I read this politically tone-death article in the Washington Post I realized how well it illustrates the depth of ignorance in the Political Industrial Complex that lives inside the DC Beltway. Let’s start with this correct observation:

President Obama’s displeasure with gridlock in Washington — and with the Republicans he blames for it — has been rising for months. This week it has boiled over.

Consensus-seeking long has been part of the president’s self-perception. He suggests he is the conciliator-in-waiting, lacking only a willing hand across the aisle. But the longer he has faced opposition from enough House Republicans to block action on a series of bills, the more he’s tried to break the gridlock by seeking to capitalize politically.

Whether President Obama has fooled himself into believing he really, truly is the Great Uniter or simply has dooped the author of this article [Dan Balz] is irrelevant.  It could be they are both equally delusional. But Balz does nail Obama’s constant swiping at straw men who he tries to tar his opposition with. Straw men tend to put up barriers to consensus and make the creator of the straw men lazy. Why deal with such creatures (i.e., the straw men) when you are so morally superior in every way!

After all, it was His Glory-ness who was going to make the waters recede and heal the planet – if not for that pesky other political party and their voters!

Apparently, Obama is just now realizing that building up resistance in a government of checks and balances really messes with your mojo:

In the face of widespread disaffection toward Washington and with congressional approval ratings falling below 10 percent, the president wants to be seen as the one person trying to take action on behalf of people. What­ever he can to do to separate himself from other politicians in Washington, the better.

Uh, not “whatever“!

I mean, if Obama declared martial law or went on a murdering rampage against political opponents I am sure that would not help is approval ratings.  So one has to wonder why acts of lesser rampant disregard for the constitution and separation of powers look like a political win? Probably because desperation makes lots of really bad ideas look really good in the heat of the moment:

“We’re not always going to be able to get things through Congress, at least this Congress, the way we want to,” Obama said at his Cabinet meeting. “But we sure as heck can make sure that the folks back home know that we’re pushing their agenda.”

Talk about being blind to the real America. America did not want their health care system FUBAR’d with higher costs, nearly no choice of doctor and totally inept implementation. People are dying who need care. That was NOT what was promised and NOT our agenda.

America does not want a flood of the world’s needy crashing in on our already stressed local communities.  The Obama economy has been a 6 year hangover of deficit spending. We don’t have the resources to keep our own house in order, let alone try and save the BILLIONS of less fortunate souls on this planet. Update: And America sure as hell doesn’t want universal amnesty – which would be followed by fast track citizenship! – end update.

America does not want a VA where our military veterans needlessly die on multi-year wait lists while Bureaucrats cook the books to get their bonuses.

America does not want higher taxes. Does not want higher debt. Does not want rampant incompetence where politically elite buddies walk away from failed government programs with their pockets lined with tax payer money and nothing but ashes in their wake.

Obama is not pushing “our” agenda.  He is pushing His Agenda. And more and more people are coming to realize this. That is why he and the democrats are hemorrhaging independents.

How incompetent is Obama and his sycophant handlers inside the Beltway Bubble? This speaks volumes:

Obama’s goal in all this is obvious. He desperately wants to avoid seeing the Senate fall into Republican hands. The GOP needs to gain only six seats to take full control of Congress for Obama’s final two years in office.

His public appearances, despite whatever comments he makes about his desire to work with Congress, have been designed to sharpen the partisan divisions, to belittle the Republicans, and to say to middle-class families and especially unmarried women that he’s with them and the Republicans aren’t.

Gridlock in DC is not a bad thing. If he was smart he would see how America is reacting to his actions on the southern border, his  IRS targeting Americans getting involved with the political process, his HHS bumbling Obamacare, his VA hiding criminal negligence, his deficits piling up on 2-3 generations, his attempt to hide why four American died in Benghazi, his economic damage expanding the terminally unemployed who have quit the work force, etc, etc. etc. If he was not so frustrated and desperate for a quick political fix he would fix these things and stop the lame excuses.

One thing people can ferret out is a BS-artist. Obama’s desperate flailing is pure panic attack and it is obvious. He doesn’t understand why poking the GOP in the eye has not produced allies. And now Obama is going all Imperial Decree – while wondering why the peon masses are not simply amazed at his audaciousness.

Probably because he can’t see past all those Beltway Sycophants surrounding him and blowing sunshine up his ego.

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Jul 02 2014

Death By Government Incompetence

What a way to die – waiting on bureaucrats to get around to dealing with your critical medical emergency and finding them “out of the office”:

Time ran out for Linda Rolain.

The Las Vegas woman died Monday, less than two weeks after her family went public with details of how enrollment trouble through the Nevada Health Link insurance exchange kept her from getting treatment in January for an aggressive brain tumor.

Rolain was one of about 150 Nevadans suing Nevada Health Link contractor Xerox for enrollment mixups that left them without the health insurance they paid for.

A spokesman for Nevada Health Link was out of town Tuesday and unable to be reached for comment.

The “spokesman” was probably on vacation.

Look, federal employees do not get in much trouble for any mistake they make – no matter how serious. It is a fact of real life!

Example 1: Louis Lerner of the IRS. Is she being punished for her role in the using the IRS to harass political opponents? NO!

Look at the NASA managers responsible for the Challenger and Columbia disasters – where they fired?

Although changes were made by NASA after the Challenger accident, many commentators[who?] have argued that the changes in its management structure and organizational culture were neither deep nor long-lasting.

After the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, attention once again focused on the attitude of NASA management towards safety issues. The Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) concluded that NASA had failed to learn many of the lessons of Challenger. In particular, the agency had not set up a truly independent office for safety oversight; the CAIB felt that in this area, “NASA’s response to the Rogers Commission did not meet the Commission’s intent”.[18] The CAIB believed that “the causes of the institutional failure responsible for Challenger have not been fixed,” saying that the same “flawed decision making process” that had resulted in the Challenger accident was responsible for Columbia’s destruction seventeen years later

To my knowledge not a single person responsible for the idiotic decision to launch under un-tested conditions was held to account. 17 years later the same myopic incompetence was rediscovered. How does this make you feel when NASA even fails to learn from its tragedies?

Has anyone at the Veterans Administration been held to account after decades of intolerable wait times for critical medical conditions – which have killed thousands?

More than 1,000 veterans have died over the last decade as a result of a failure to provide care or malpractice by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the findings of a new report authored by retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

The VA is under hot public scrutiny and even then it still bumbles about:

Doug Chase, a Vietnam veteran, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011, his widow Suzanne, of Acton, told a CBS affiliate in Boston.

In 2012, Mrs. Chase said she tried to move her husband’s medical care from Boston to the VA hospital in Bedford, so they could be closer to home, but they waited four months and never heard anything. He died in August 2012.

Ms. Chase said she received a letter in the mail two weeks ago that was addressed to her husband, saying he could call to make an appointment.

The VA is the real world example at what Obamacare will be for all of us, and it looks frightening. Even after weeks in the public spotlight, this is the result.

Was Hillary Clinton and the State Department held accountable for ignoring all the warnings about the Benghazi Consulate’s security risks, or the pending threat of terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9-11? HELL NO! And no one has been held to account for the BS lie promulgated by the White House the attack and ensuing deaths were all due to a bad movie!

The court document indicates that the government has evidence of a coordinated conspiracy to attack an American facility. “The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video,” the Washington Times reported.

How many heads have rolled for the humanitarian mess at our borders where sickness, raping of young girls and dying children is clearly occurring? This was the liberal and ignorant “Dream” of open borders. And look what reality did to it! But is anyone being held to account?

Update: How can HHS bar congress from seeing the mess Obama has created at the border?

A Health and Human Services official refused to allow a member of Congress to enter a facility in his district where some one [of] the unaccompanied immigrant children ae [are] being housed.

Representative Jim Bridenstine (R., Okla.) was told he could schedule an appointment for July 21. ““What are they trying to hide?” Bridenstine said after the incident. ”Do they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress?  As a Navy pilot, I have been involved in operations countering illicit human trafficking.  I would like to know to whom these children are being released.”

“There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held,”

HHS? They have no law enforcement authority, no right to bar access unless there is an epidemic, and even then it would be CDC not HHS - End Update

Has anyone really been punished for all the rampant incompetence behind Obamacare? The fact is tens of millions of Americans have had their insurance plans screwed up, their premiums jacked and the access to their choice of doctor and medical center stripped. Obamacare itself has nearly 3 million Americans in limbo:

The Obama administration is struggling to address to inconsistencies with Obamacare applications, having resolved just 10,000 of 2.9 million problems so far, according to an independent federal report.

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued two reports Tuesday on the federal government’s attempt to address widespread inaccuracies in Obamacare applications, the first independent study of the problem. The federal Obamacare exchange, run through HealthCare.gov, faced 2.9 million inconsistencies as of February 2014.

But because the vast majority of Obamacare customers signed up after February, it’s likely that millions more inconsistencies have accumulated in the meantime.

And what has the News Media been doing all this time? Covering it up, down playing the seriousness, promulgating the BS excuses and simply flailing around trying to find scapegoats other than those IN OFFICE who gave oaths to serve the American People!

Americans are rightfully disgusted and fed up. There has been NO accountability for the Obama administration as the corpses and ruined lines begin to stack up. None.

People never really got the concept of the “Death Panel” analogy so aptly coined by Governor Sarah Palin. The Death Panel concept was founded on the fact bureaucrats are never punished, so when their incentive is to save money they really don’t have boundaries to deal with in making their choices. If saving money means breaking “a few eggs” (read hurting people) then so be it. That is their job and that is that. Sue them, but you really can’t

Alternately, in the ‘horrid’ private sector negligence like this will cost careers and likely criminal charges with serious jail time. The private sector DOES hold people responsible. The government sector DOES NOT.

Getting back to Nevada, lets all wake up and realize Linda Rolain was just one of many Americans who did die and will die due to Government Incompetence run amok:

Local insurance broker Pat Casale, who began in May to help the Rolains with their enrollment issues, said he wouldn’t be surprised if there were at least another 100 Nevadans who face both coverage problems and “urgent and emergent” health-care needs.

“I know a few that I have right now in serious need of care — people who have actually paid premiums and have not received care,” Casale said.

They paid their money, but the bureaucrats and their 9-5 jobs with 6 weeks of leave have other priorities. Never leave yourself to the mercy of a bureaucrat to save your life (exception: armed forces and emergency responders, who technically are not bureaucrats).

Never. It could cost you your life.

The elitists will keep having their power lunches, their political cocktail parties, their fancy dinners and roasts – all the while dreaming up ignorant fantasies about how they are saving us poor peons from ourselves. See, its just not their fault.

 

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Jun 27 2014

Libertarian Tea Party Delayed, Not Defeated

The recent primary ‘scare’ to the GOP Political Industrial Complex (herein referred to as “the Establishment”) has been misread by just about everyone in the “Establishment”. One of the few exceptions was Jay Cost:

It is important to differentiate the candidates challenging the establishment from the voters backing those challengers. The candidates are either amateurs with no political background or upstarts who refuse to wait their place in line. They often have fewer funds, employ less experienced consultants, and lack the personal assets necessary to campaign effectively. Occasionally, a virtuoso rock star like Marco Rubio emerges, but the typical insurgent is lucky just to know how to hold the guitar.

And yet they have been giving the establishment fits and starts. Cantor lost. Cochran almost lost. McConnell hung on, but had to hustle. And Graham finished with less than 60 percent of the vote despite having worked every angle he could for years.

Establishment politicos often act superciliously toward these challengers, but in so doing they are missing a profound point: The Republican electorate is exceedingly angry and frustrated with their leadership.

It was so heated in Mississippi that Thad Cochran and “the Establishment” had to call out for help from Democrats, who also understand what the Libertarian Tea Party will do to big government if it gains enough political clout:

Surprisingly, more votes were cast in the runoff than in the June 3 primary. McDaniel increased his vote from 155,000 on June 3 to 184,600 last night. But the 25-35,000 Dems who crossed over to vote for Cochran gave him the extra margin to surpass his opponent.

You know “the Establishment” is wigging out if the GOP has to call on Democrats to save them – and the Dems come running! That is some serious concern on display there.

Back to Jay Cost to state the obvious:

The fact that these second- or third-raters can give established leaders such a scare is proof positive. The party’s leadership can snicker at these challengers all it wants, but it had better understand that its own voters are so fed up with them that they are using these deeply flawed candidates to send them a message.

The fact is GOP House Leader Cantor went down in his primary, and Cochran almost did. The fact is the facade has been ripped from the GOP Establishment and as long as they promulgate Big, Bumbling, Bloated government they are fair targets of the Libertarian base of the GOP.

Too many times we saw the GOP kick the fiscal hard choices down the road. Too many times we saw the DC elite pretend to cut back government in those mythical ‘out years’ – which exist right along with those ‘shovel ready’ jobs. Many in the conservative AND independent voting block are fed up. So fed up it took herculean efforts to save an Establishment Senator:

To be clear, the $23 million here is on top of the cash spent by each GOP incumbent’s own campaign. It doesn’t include a dime of what, say, Mitch McConnell’s operation dropped to defend his seat. This is crony money, showered on establishment candidates to make sure the gravy train keeps running.

Emphasis mine. The fact it took so many resources to stop the insurgent wave this round is an indication that the Libertarian Tea Party (not to be confused with the Social Conservatives) voters are still out there, still motivated and still ready to clean house. The insurgency is not dead nor abating.

Probably thanks to President Obama’s Lame Duck madness – where he has decided to ignore the checks and balances of government and implement liberal fantasies across the board. As Obama runs amok the Libertarian backlash builds.  And as it rises it will make sure to clean out more than Democrats in order to set this country right. At some point the parties disappear from view and it is just “the Establishment” in the cross-hairs. Propaganda can only do so much to deter this backlash (refer to Goebbels and the Nazis who also created an enormous backlash in their country before the world rose up to crush their mad power grab).

Obama is leaving such deep scars on this nation it will take years to undo. Years of reminders of why DC over stepped its mandate, years of reminders on why we need to cut back government. Obamacare, borders flooded with illegal immigrants, botched federal programs, dying veterans on interminable waiting list, overpriced green energy, a stalled economy – all these will linger for a decade or more.

The left had the childish idea that if they just opened the flood gates sAmerica could not undo the damage. But anything can be undone once America puts its mind to it.  And the flood gates are actually producing so much damage and stench America will be sick of “big government” for generations. Obama’s desire to rule the minutiae of our lives, like he even has a clue!

Obama is doing the GOP a favor by exposing the Political Industrial Complex for what it is – a greedy, taxpayer money grab. But if the GOP is also caught stuffing its face at the trough, it will be rightfully targeted for termination along with the rest of the Big Government Establishment.

 I will let Jay Cost bring it home:

the Republican party says one thing to get elected, then does another once elected. It pledges on the campaign trail to reduce the scope of government, but in Washington, D.C. it perpetuates the Leviathan, often in support of well-heeled interest groups.

Compare his record with the preamble to the 2012 GOP platform:

This platform affirms that America has always been a place of grand dreams and even grander realities; and so it will be again, if we return government to its proper role, making it smaller and smarter. If we restructure government’s most important domestic programs to avoid their fiscal collapse. If we keep taxation, litigation, and regulation to a minimum. If we celebrate success, entrepreneurship, and innovation. If we lift up the middle class. If we hand over to the next generation a legacy of growth and prosperity, rather than entitlements and indebtedness.

Every Republican candidate can cite a version of this by heart; it has been the gist of the party’s message for nearly 80 years. Yet Cochran is not in D.C. to fulfill these promises. His purpose is to perpetuate what Theodore Lowi once called “interest group liberalism.” He is the modern equivalent of the Gilded Age spoilsman; he parcels federal resources to well-placed factions that, in turn, help secure his reelection. This runs directly contrary to what the Republican party promises to do.

The days are over when the voters will be forced to choose between two options for big government. The Establishment GOP needs to go they way of the Dodo – and fast.

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Jun 25 2014

Obama’s VA Killed Nearly As Many Soldiers As Afghan War, Per Year

Addendum: Let me head this off up front.  While the total number of soldiers dying (on average) in Afghanistan is 139 per year and on VA waiting lists is “over 100″ per year, the percent dying will tilt in favor of the VA who should see more soldiers each year than Afghanistan does. With that sad – each individual life is precious, and that fact the VA wait list can kill as many as the KIAs in Afghanistan is scandalous. If someone is running to percentages to try and make the case the VA is not as bad as Afghanistan, maybe they can explain why waiting for medical service in the US should be as deadly as fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda? - end addendum

The above is the Veterans Administration mission statement. It is an oath to those who defended this nation by risking their lives. It was an oath given to this nation’s veterans – as noted- by President Abraham Lincoln.

But it turns out the Obama VA itself is nearly as deadly as all our recent war efforts:

More than 1,000 veterans have died over the last decade as a result of a failure to provide care or malpractice by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the findings of a new report authored by retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

The report, “Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA,” complies the findings of a number of government and media investigation and concludes that many more veterans lost their lives as a result of VA negligence than the 23 deaths to which the department has admitted.

“The problems at the VA are worse than anyone imagined,” Coburn said.

Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of VA malfeasance,” the senator added. “Poor management is costing the department billions of dollars more and compromising veterans’ access to medical care.”

Emphasis mine. This says more than 100 veterans died each year on average (which I would guess was low early on and has been rising in terms of actual deaths per year as more and more vets have been delayed medical assistance). How does that compare to Afghanistan and Iraq wars? Let’s see.

Per this DoD site the Afghan total KIA to date are 1816. If you average that over 13.5 years it comes to KIA 139 per year on average. That means abuse and neglect at the VA is almost as deadly as fighting in Afghanistan.  For the Iraq war 2010 to 2011 (operation New Dawn) under Obama the KIA is 38 over one year.  This means the death rate in Iraq was around one third that of the VA – clearly not good. Overall in Iraq the yearly rate was nearly 500/year, just to be clear.

It is truly sick how the Obama VA hid the truth of this scandal:

DeWenter alleged that at least seven times since October, she has noticed that the details of veterans’ deaths “were physically altered, or written over, by someone else” and those vets were relisted as living.

“The alterations had even occurred in recent weeks, she said, in a deliberate attempt to try to hide just how many veterans died while waiting for care, by trying to pretend dead veterans remain alive,” CNN reported.

DeWenter says that the changes were made in order to hide the fact that some veterans died while waiting for care:

“I would say (it was done to) hide the fact. Because it is marked a death. And that death needs to be reported. So if you change that to, ‘entered in error’ or, my personal favorite, ‘no longer necessary,’ that makes the death go away. So the death would never be reported then.”

“No longer necessary” – nice.

When you compare the VA’s mission statement to this abhorrent behavior (to gain bonuses no less) brings out the cruel starkness of this scandal. Heads should roll (and email collected now, before anymore computers have a “Lerner Failure”. There is no time to waste, since maybe 10 vets die to negligence of the VA each month.

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Jun 20 2014

Green Obssession Is Killing People

Liberals and Green’s are obsessed with their fantasies concerning renewable energy, CO2, global warming, etc. It has become a religion so powerful that all evidence that these fantasies do not exist is duly ignored.

The act of obsessing  becomes critical when some fantasy gets in the way of responsible behavior. Even worse, when obsession blocks out so much else other people end up hurt. This happens because the obsession disables all other factors – such as compassion for others, concern for their well being, etc. Obsession can hit such intensities other people (and their needs) become inanimate barriers – things to be removed. Things that are no concern.

The obsession with green energy (and the commensurate need to be the hero who saves the planet) has blinded the left to not just the fact CO2 is not warming the Earth as they predicted (and in fact is lagging effect of warming, not a cause), but has also blinded them to the impacts on human beings caused by their obsession. It is not longer sufficient to ignore “The Pause” in temps as CO2 rises, to ignore the blatant statistical errors in the alarmists ‘science’ studies, to ignore the inability to support a modern society on unreliable renewable energy.

No, right now the left has kicked their “delusion mode” into high gear, where nothing on Earth is more important than they becoming heroes of the planet! Not even saving the life’s of sick US Veterans will get in their way:

The administrators at the Veterans Administration have apparently been busy while old soldiers waited to see a doctor, after all. Serving those who served is not necessarily a priority, but saving the planet is Job 1. Solar panels and windmills can be more important than the touch of a healing hand.

VA facilities have become littered with every scheme to banish carbon dioxide short of requiring visitors to hold their breath. Calverton National Cemetery spent $742,034 on solar panels. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery spent $787,308. Not to be out-greened, the Riverside National Cemetery spent $1.3 million on its solar system.

At the Phoenix VA Health Care System, where 20 Americans died from incompetence and cover-up, the department spent $20 million putting solar panels on the hospital roofs. That would have been more than enough money to provide the veterans with the health

It is one thing to be a true believer for the cause. It is another to be so maniacal to commit criminal negligence to those you are responsible for. This is the Mission Statement for the VA:

To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.

Obviously, those spending money on solar panels instead of seeing to our sick and dying veterans have failed in their duty. And they should be held accountable.

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Jun 18 2014

Our Stumbling, Bumbling, Incompetent Government

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Scanning the headlines it is clear our federal government is pretty much dysfunctional in many, many  areas. For example, look at this list of our government at work:

But not to worry, DC was able to do get one thing done this week:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans.

Out of all those millions of people being hurt or killed by the incompetence by our federal government, it is nice to see these 5 people where able to over turn the desires of thousands of Redskin fans.’

Just amazing

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Jun 16 2014

Global Warming Alert: Data Lousy & Models Unrealistic

This one just had my jaw dropping.

But a little background first. The scientific method – before being broken and manipulated by the Global Warming Alarmists – was all about proving a theory against reality. If reality and the theoretica predictions did not match, the theory was proven to be wrong and tossed. Or, in other words:

The chief characteristic which distinguishes the scientific method from other methods of acquiring knowledge is that scientists seek to let reality speak for itself, supporting a theory when a theory’s predictions are confirmed and challenging a theory when its predictions prove false. Although procedures vary from one field of inquiry to another, identifiable features distinguish scientific inquiry from other methods of obtaining knowledge. Scientific researchers propose hypotheses as explanations of phenomena and design experimental studies to test these hypotheses via predictions which can be derived from them. These steps must be repeatable to guard against mistake or confusion in any particular experimenter.

But basically, if the predictions of the theory fail – so does the theory.

We have been experiencing a nearly two decade pause in average global temperature anomalies at the same time atmospheric CO2 levels have continued to climb unabated. The theory of Global Warming is all about CO2 concentrations increasing temperature. But for the last 20 years reality has been proving this concept to be wrong.

So what can an alarmist do?  Well first on my list might be to admit the data used to pull the global warming alarm bell is “lousy” because it broke the theory:

Global average sea surface temperatures rose rapidly from the 1970s but have been relatively flat for the past 15 years. This has prompted speculation from some quarters that global warming has stalled.

Now, Stephen Briggs from the European Space Agency’s Directorate of Earth Observation says that sea surface temperature data is the worst indicator of global climate that can be used, describing it as “lousy”.

“It is like looking at the last hair on the tail of a dog and trying to decide what breed it is,” he said on Friday at the Royal Society in London.

Er…, WHAT? But it gets even better!

Scientists are now trying to simulate the behaviour using computer models. This is difficult because the behaviour of the deep ocean is too poorly known to be reliably included.

The models don’t have the skill we thought they had. That’s the problem,” said Peter Jan van Leeuwen, director of the National Centre of Earth Observation at the University of Reading.

OK, now we have lousy data and misbehaving models of the climate.  I.e., Models that have no “skill” in reflecting nature but instead reflect something other than reality.

One has to wonder where this is all going to lead? Will the scientific method be salvaged and the clear and sane conclusion reached? Will we finally admit AGW has been DISPROVED in terms of the current data and models? Let’s see:

Christopher Merchant at the University of Reading has been working to understand why the increase in the stored energy has not translated into an increase in sea surface temperature.

“There are a number of contributions and a picture is emerging,” he says. Those contributions include the cooling effect of aerosols from Asian industrialisation, natural variability in the climate system and solar variability.

Seems like we may have! two of the three reasons for temperature not to be following the theory of AGW is NATURAL VARIABILITY!

Also known as – Mother Nature

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