Codger on Politics

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Washington Post, Asleep at the Switch


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dre/politics/election-lab-2014
"" With two weeks to go until the midterms, and with polls pointing to the prospect that Republicans could take control of the Senate, the stakes are high — not just for the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, but for the United States. The consequences of Republican control of both the House and Senate could be catastrophic for the environment, workers, women and minorities"
This progressive newspaper has just figured this out? We are already voting, they are too late. I hope this will be a disaster for progressive america, and it couldn't happen to a more deserving group.
The washing post and the rest of progressive media have deserted their posts as the independent arbiters of the news.  They inserted them selves into the story.  They have lied to the American people in affirming the democrat party and politicians lies.
Washington Post, RIP


Sunday, October 19, 2014

The President Has no Class

The President Has no Class
http://www.salon.com/2014/10/19/thomas_frank_paul_krugmans_sloppy_wet_kiss/

"" Did they really not see good old Republican obstructionism lurking during those long months of fruitless negotiation over Obamacare? Did they never give serious thought to some way of cross-pressuring or deflating the Tea Party upsurge? And why does it never seem to occur to the Democratic leadership that turning over economic policy to arrogant Wall Street revolving-door types—a.k.a., the experts—might stoke public outrage?""

All negotiation with democratic representatives and senators out for their cut.

""One reason for this, according to a memo Greenberg's consultancy issued that year, was a perceived lack of accountability in Washington; another was the perception that the government cared only for the views of the rich.

Even when cynicism of this sort is caused by Republican misbehavior—as it was in 2007—it is poison for liberalism, a philosophy which is attached inescapably to government. Let such toxins work for long enough and they will kill our movement. That's why Stanley Greenberg pointed these things out and urged Democrats to take heed. Maybe that's also why Barack Obama used to promise a war on lobbying and to bring "new ideas and new leadership" to Washington.""

Poison for liberals is a good thing.

""And that, folks, leads us to the greatest disappointment of them all: This administration's utter failure of imagination. I admit that this beef might be peculiar to me, since one of the reasons I was once so psyched to see Barack Obama in the White House is because I thought he was a man who respected learning, intelligence, new ideas. Maybe he still does, in his private life. But as president, he couldn't seem to see what is obvious to everyone who is not a regular golfer at Congressional: That ignoring the conventional and facing down the Republicans and doing the right thing—on the stimulus, on the banks, on inequality—would also have made him enormously popular, not to mention consequential and successful. It might even have spared him the electoral comeuppance he received in 2010, and whose second installment he seems likely to take delivery on just a few weeks from now.""

The Obama administration was very imaginative, they thought, and think they can corrupt every executive department and it would not be noticed. Now they can start imagining themselves in orange jump suits.

Obama has fashioned himself as a superior intellect, in a country that knows he is not. This atitude is very unpopular in the united states.  Philosopher Princes do well not to advertise their  superiority complexes, especially when they are less than superior.

Children Have Intrinsic Value

Children Have Intrinsic Value
http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/15/children-are-people-too/
""We need to stop seeing children as a hobby, a checkbox on our bucket list, or a material good whose value fluctuates with market demand, just as a car is worth only as much as someone is willing to pay for it. It's time to stop seeing them as just another cog in the microeconomic wheel. Children—now stripped of their natural value—are worth only as much as the parents' desire for them, assuming the father has a say in the decision at all. The wanted child, the planned child, is precious and worthy. The unwanted child is a burden, a mistake, a blemish. It is a nonentity and therefore easily discarded.""

The "pro choice" crowd is essentially valueless therefore without value to society. Should they be discarded? 'Judge not lest you be judged' becomes 'discard not lest you be discarded'.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 The Progressive Master Race Is Flawed


http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2014/10/11/why-i-oppose-liberalism-n1903749/page/full
""Liberalism is an ideology of parasites, hypocrites, grievance mongers, victims, and control freaks. Like a tick, liberalism latches onto a victim and sucks him dry. Of course, a single tick can't gorge itself on so much blood that it does to a dog what liberalism did to Detroit. It doesn't turn the different parts of the dog against each other. The tick doesn't tell everyone he's a victim and that the dog is greedy if he tries to scratch it off"
It is amazing that we are still falling for the liberal/progressive Mantra. Maybe the end is getting nearer.

do Democrats Want You To Kill Your Children?

do Democrats Want You To Kill Your Children?
Only if you are poor or black. The Caucasian republican family is safe.

http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/14/no-democrats-havent-won-the-culture-war/

""Udall is not alone. Democrats have increasingly wandered away from their cautious "rare and safe" arguments to absolute support for abortion no matter what the circumstance. It was simultaneously horrifying and refreshing to read Hannah Rosin's review of Katha Pollit's new book, which advocates that liberals stop pretending abortion is awful or even morally neutral and began treating it as a "social good."  We can't exactly call this evolving on an issue. It is honest. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and others have long intimated that there is an even uglier Malthusian side to abortion that doesn't play well in politics. People like Udall are only a small step from making the very same argument.""

Rush refers to the obsession of killing unborn as a modern human sacrifice.  Would that be to the philosopher kings of the progressive left?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Do You Want to be Equal Or Better?

Do You Want to be Equal Or Better?
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/13/guardian-view-of-new-thinking-on-global-inequality

""It is a moment to savour when the head of the International Monetary Fundwarns of a "staggering" rise in inequality. But that's what Christine Lagarde did last week when she warned that the ghosts of the 19th century were coming back to haunt the 21st. Inequality? The IMF? This sort of language was never used when global economic policymaking was governed by the dictates of the Washington consensus: liberalise markets; privatise industry; reduce the power of trade unions; cut public spending. To the extent that inequality merited a mention, it was assumed that free markets would lead to faster growth, the benefits of which would trickle down to the poor.""

If we are made equal, many of us will be poorer. If we are equal, the current poor will be worse off. The goal should not be equal but better than before. Who cares if someone has more? If you think government is going take that guys money and give it to you, you are deluded.

Inequality is the engine of progress.  If you have the ability to build something and don't need to, you won't.  That is human nature. "That is very insulting", they say.  No, thinking you are a sucker who works for nothing is insulting.

A War we can Understand

A War we can Understand
http://nypost.com/2014/10/12/the-right-way-to-take-out-isis-is-a-large-scale-raid/

"The only way to destroy the sanctuary ISIS has built for itself will be to send in a large number of well-trained combat troops to destroy the ISIS standing army in occupied cities and towns in Syria and Iraq."

No need to reform the area's political sources, just train them not to bother us as in "US"

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Keep thinking this way Dems, you are in for a

Keep thinking this way Dems, you are in for a wild ride.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/democratic-party-moderates-111770_Page2.html#.VDnipGnn9pV

"Not so long ago, U.S. politicians who robotically toed the party line were considered shameless hacks. And ideologues were seen as wingnuts—self-righteous cranks unable to cope with life's complexities. Today, such people dominate our national politics. How are they doing? If the measure is simplifying and sharpening dueling political narratives, they are doing a fine job. If it is governing, they are failing miserably."

The author here thinks he is talking about Republicans. Is it obvious that the Republicans in charge have lost grip in the controls. The Dems have not.

Speaking of governing, That doesn't just mean shoveling tax payers money to special interests. That doesn't mean passing bills you haven't nor couldn't read. That does mean keeping an eye out for misdeeds.

" In this Manichean hothouse, the battle lines are clear and everyone knows their place. To break ranks on any major issue is treason, to see merit in the other side's point of view is heresy, to compromise is to sell out and to engage in political horse-trading is corrupt. Finding common ground? That's so 20th century. Don't bore us with intellectual honesty, nuance or shades of grey—just pick a side, slug it out and let the best team win."

I am surprised the author brings this up. It is called projecting: assuming your opponent has your flaws. I can see only democrat's in this role.

"Unfortunately, this year's midterm elections could only make things worse. It's not inconceivable that Republicans, if they win full control of Congress, will sober up and shoulder the responsibilities of governing jointly with a Democratic president. But it's easier to imagine the next two years being consumed by more Tea Party banzai charges on Obamacare, multiplying Hill inquests into alleged White House misdeeds, routine filibuster abuse, stalled nominations and other symptoms of general legislative paralysis."

Wait, if the republicans control the senate, any filibustering will be by dems. Banzai charges may not be necessary as dems defect. There is a possibility veto's can be overwritten. The possibility of controlling the agenda may well sober up the republicans, but the result may not be kowtowing to Obama. The misdeeds of the executive might be addressed with impeachment, not of Obama but his closest henchman. ( john Dean comes to mind). Once the wheels of justice are unstuck, the small fry may be racing to the exits with the "get out of jail stories".

"Polarization today might be higher than is has been at any point in the past 70 years, but again the parties are not mirror images of one another. Republicans have become a truly ideological party, with fully 72 percent calling themselves conservative. Democrats, though leaning more to the left, are still a philosophically diverse coalition, with 39 percent identifying as liberal, 37 percent as moderate and 25 percent as conservative."

There is another reason: liberalism is a damaged brand.  The voters don't like liberals, so  many democrats pretend they are not.

"Funny, I don't feel like a statistical myth. But Klein has half a point." I would venture to guess the author is not a moderate though he apparently thinks he is. He seems hate filled, not a moderate characteristic.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

If Obama were in control, would you live past 75

If Obama were in control, would you live past 75 years?

""And this big improvement in American society is almost surely here to stay. The conservative health care nightmare – the one that led Republicans to go all-out against Bill Clinton's health plans in 1993 and Obamacare more recently – is that once health care for everyone, or almost everyone, has been put in place, it will be very hard to undo, because too many voters would have a stake in the system. That's exactly what is happening. Republicans are still going through the motions of attacking Obamacare, but the passion is gone. They're even offering mealymouthed assurances that people won't lose their new benefits. By the time Obama leaves office, there will be tens of millions of Americans who have benefited directly from health reform – and that will make it almost impossible to reverse. Health reform has made America a different, better place.""

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/in-defense-of-obama-20141008#ixzz3FZZoVgyn 

True if and only if:
1. more people have health Insurance, and that means they have access to healthcare.
2. This results in improved health care at a lower cost.
3. The Obamacare system becomes popular enough that it is not repealed.

All three are not met. Doctors are leaving the profession or going to salaried so they can slack off.  No doctors equal no healthcare.

Medicare and Medical are paying less for healthcare, causing Doctors to lose on each visit. Doctors are less likely to accept patients.

The actual results are:
1. The health insurance will not provide good healthcare.
2. the result is less healthcare at higher cost.
3. The majority of people dislike Obamacare.

By the way, one large saving is denying all care to older people. You want to bet your life Obama wouldn't do that?

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Whistling Past The Graveyard or Those are Sour

Whistling Past The Graveyard or Those are Sour grapes

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/10/03/would-control-senate-bad-for-gop/Rz5KtZuYscRY9salocP4xN/story.html

""First, they have no agenda. The old mantra of tax cuts, spending cuts, and deficit reduction has largely been replaced by incessant attacks against the president's leadership. Trying to identify a Republican legislative agenda for the next two years is like trying to find a moderate Republican politician.

Indeed, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's pitch for GOP control of the Senate is that he will festoon spending bills with a bunch of unpalatable legislative riders that President Obama will almost certainly veto.""

President Obama will certainly veto almost anything put to him, which he will claim is due to a uncooperative congress. He may stop short of shutting down the government, and congress judiciously selecting the departments funded first, will cause Obama to lose the threat of government shutdown.

Of course, the republicans are wise to not explain this. It is soon enough after the senate is in republican hands.

The goal of congress is not to pass legislation, now.  If the country is headed in the wrong direction, it needs to turn it around. With the executive failing to execute the laws, this means that the executive needs to be corrected.


If Obama wants to pass anything of his own, he will have to negotiate.

If the Louisiana is getting smaller it is due to

If the Louisiana is getting smaller it is due to the rising oceans, right?
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/04/opinion/gail-collins-the-walrus-and-the-politicians.html?referrer=
Gail Collins thinks rising oceans, (but assume we all know that):
""You'd think that the people in charge of the states where climate change was wreaking the most havoc would be in the forefront of the battle to push it back. But no.""

But what if instead of rising oceans, it is a sinking Louisiana?
http://www.livescience.com/4186-real-reason-louisiana-sinking.html

Would this still be caused by global warming, or just human caused world change? I can believe in human caused world change. Man caused global warming, not so much.