Posted by: rotenochsen | March 25, 2010

Now The Shoe Is on The Other Foot

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is warning that some of his Democratic colleagues are being threatened with violence when they go back to their districts — and he wants Republicans to stand up and condemn the threats.

And South Carolina Congressman in an attempt to defuse the anger that the public has for what the Democrats did last Sunday to the American people, had this to say about the alleged treats. “The majority whip, said Democrats and Republicans should continue to speak out on these threats. “Silence gives consent,” 
source: Politico.com

Hoyer did not bother tp mention that  over the years Republican members of Congress received their fair share of death threats during volatile times. Newt Gingrich after the 1994 Republican revolution and the late Henry Hyde during the Clinton impeachment in 1998 both received numerous death threats. And just last month, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) received death threats after his filibuster of unemployment benefits, according to a report in Roll Call. Not to mention the President Reagan shooting in an attempted assassination and the attempted assassination of President Ford in 1975 in Sacramento, Ca. by “squeaky” Frome in 1975, and the attempt to kill him in San Francisco seventeen days later by Sara Jean Moore outside the St. Francis Hotel. Frome never fired her gun ,but Moore got one shot off and wounded a taxi driver near by Ford!

Perhaps Mr. Hoyer should remind their leader-in-chief, to tone down his rhetoric when he gives speeches demonizing the Health Insurance Industry.

Obama has used the “give ‘em somebody to hate” tactic against the insurance industry. Outrageously displaying behavior unbecoming to the office of the presidency, Mr. Obama, with no holds barred, attempted to make the American people hate, and seek political vengeance against, the insurance industry.

After masterfully portraying them as cruel monsters who only care about profits, President Obama basically said, let’s drag those no good S.O.B insurance companies out and stop them by passing government-run health care. And yes, Obama’s ultimate goal is to drive insurance companies out of business. In an earlier speech, Obama admitted it, while warning that it may take ten years or more to get it done!

Michael Walsh has a piece in Big Journalism.com that mirrors my suspicions about Mr. Hoyers statements. After all the politician in Washington are not above lying to advance their agenda, so this quote from Mr. Walsh is appropriate to finish my blog today.

“Naturally, the media accepts this allegation at face value, and never once stops to question whether the Alinsky Party is, you know, exaggerating or even lying — as the spiritual mentor of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton taught them the following:

The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work”.Saul Akinsky in “Rules for Radicals”

 

Posted by: rotenochsen | March 23, 2010

OBAMA’S MASK HAS BEEN REMOVED

During the general election campaign of 2008, Barack Obama talked a very moderate game — even a conservative game. This was especially true in the debates versus McCain. He sounded like, oh, David Boren, or Sam Nunn. At times, he sounded like Richard Lugar, the Republican, whom he cited favorably. He mocked the idea that he was some wild-eyed radical out to socialize the country.
But on the eve of the election, with his big victory in sight, Obama let his hair down a little. He said, “We are going to fundamentally transform the United States of America.”And with the passage of “obamacare” he and Pelosi and Reid have shown that they are not the “center-left politicians that they portrayed themselves as to the American people in the 2008 election cycle, but are un-holy progressive socialists.

For those of you who dare confused by the term socialist . I offer this as an explanation: socialist’ is one who believes in the redistribution of wealth, more decisions made by the central government! There is no question about it. During my childhood years my relatives thought of the Democrats as the party of the people. What they are today is the party of government.”And to add fuel to the fire that I am trying to build under those who are still asleep to the fact that the majority elected a socialist I remind you of the words Obama had to say to “Joe the plumber”. ““I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

“Queen” Pelosi & Co. kept calling Sunday’s vote and achievement “historic.” They were quite right. This is a milestone on the way to American Europeanization, or de-exceptionalization. If Obama and his socialist henchmen in the Congress of the USA manage to ram the amnesty bill for 12 million illegals through. It will almost assure Obama’s re-election in 2012, and then he can further ensure the demise of our free enterprise system by stacking the supreme court with two more socialist leaning justices!
That will guarantee that any lawsuits against socialist bills that are passed by the left leaning congress will not be accepted for review by the supreme court!

The Democrat party has been co-opted by socialist progressives. They , in my mind are no longer liberals, but socialists whose ideology drives them to radically change America into their vision of European socialism. To quote Dennis Prager in his article in the NRO article today. “Liberalism believed in creating wealth; the Left is interested in redistributing it. Liberalism believed in a strong defense. The Left believes in cutting defense and relying on a strong United Nations.

3. Democrats should be referred to as Social Democrats.

This is not meant to be cute, let alone a slur. But calling Democrats Social Democrats is an effective way of reminding Americans that there is no longer any difference between what is now known as the Democratic party and the Social Democratic parties of Europe. When the Democratic party returns to its roots as a liberal, not left-wing, party, we will happily resume calling the party by its original name. However, since no Democrat can cite a significant difference between the Democratic party and the SD parties, there is no good reason not to use the more accurate nomenclature” I believe it is time (past time) to rename the political parties from Democrat and Republican to Conservatives and Socialists!

For those of you who have been Democrats all your lives I remind you to compare the way Democrats voted in your youth with the way the present majority of Democrats vote today, and you will find that they have forgotten who elected them and are pursuing more power over your lives instead of passing legislation that will open up opportunities for you and your family to prosper. Are you better off in a “cradle to grave” situation than in a situation where the government allows you to keep more of your money and cuts the red tape regulations that inhibit your progress in you chosen field of endeavor?.

If  the Speaker of the house who acts like she is Marie Antoinette, Ms.Pelosi, invokes the Slaughter rule to by- pass a vote on the Senate passed Health Care bill, which it appears she may do to avoid a negative result. She will not only be violating her oath of office, that says she will protect and defend the Constitution, but she will be violating two provisions of the Constitution, which will effectively make what the house is trying to do illgal, If this b#st*ard bill reaches the desk of the president, Obama will be duty bound by his oath of office to declaure the bill null and send it back to the House without his signature!

It has been pointed out in several venues in the past few days, Article 1 Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution requires that before a bill becomes law, (1) “Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it”; (2)“… in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively.”

It is those two provisions of the Constitution that would be evaded: (1) The House vote with the names and votes of the individual members publicly published and (2) the president’s signature. That is James Madison’s precise, 18th-century version of transparency and accountability.

The Slaughter rule has no legal precedent for the House to pass a bill without a direct vote by using a budget reconciliation measure as a trigger and a means to pass ObamaCare.  Nancy Pelosi’s potentially unconstitutional strategy to pass unconstitutional ObamaCare is without precedent nor justification.

The Wall Street Journal has a piece today that critiques the Pelosi strategy, the “Slaughter Rule,” that is being considered to pass ObamaCare.

“We’re not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely “deem” that the House has passed the Senate health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway.   Under the “reconciliation” process that began yesterday afternoon, the House is supposed to approve the Senate’s Christmas Eve bill and then use “sidecar” amendments to fix the things it doesn’t like. Those amendments would then go to the Senate under rules that would let Democrats pass them while avoiding the ordinary 60-vote threshold for passing major legislation. This alone is an abuse of traditional Senate process”

The constitututional principle being violated here is known as the “nondelegation doctrine.” By saying two contradictory things at the same time, the House would be delegating its power to the Senate and the White House, allowing the latter to pick which meaning they like best.

Congress could use the same approach to allow a line-item veto, by passing a thousand budgets instead of one, and letting the President pick whichever one he likes best.  And that would also violate the nondelegation doctrine.

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him…

So, if the House votes on two bills at once, the President must approve that vote “before the same shall take effect,” because the vote at least partially requires the Senate’s concurrence.  The President cannot pick and choose which part of the House vote to approve, and the House vote cannot have any effect unless the President approves it.

The framers saw all this coming.  You can read about it here in the Heritage Guide to the Constitution.

Posted by: rotenochsen | March 15, 2010

IT IS TIME TO STOP TALKING AND VOTE!

We have listened to the Liar in chief try to convince a gullible American public that the government has to take over one  sixth of rhe USA economy to “fix” a health care system that 80% of Americans who have health care coverage, like the system they have. This is the equivalent of the total economy of a country like France or Germany! It is a naked power grab that progressive leftists are attempting to ram down Americans throats despite the fact that a majority of US do not want what the Obama sycophants are pushing!

Obama has spent more time on this power grab then he has to fix the number one problem in the USA, unemployment and a growing National debt! Today once again he is using an anecdotal story to try to tug at peoples heart instead of talking about the facts that this bill is not acceptable to all the Democrats or else they would have passed it months ago. He continually demonizing the Republicans as the party of no, but anyone who watched the Blair House “summit” know this is just another lie that Obama has been spinning for over a year.

The Republicans have offered alternative to the Democrats socialization of a major portion of our economy, but all suggestions have been rejected.

It is time to call for a vote in the House of Representatives, and stop the arm twisting and deals that the Democrats have been doing to convince the Democrats who believe this bill is bad for the past year! I call on the Republicans to call for a vote now, not after the president has given “one last speech” to try to sell his socialization of the best medical care in the world!

Posted by: rotenochsen | March 12, 2010

CAN THE USA BE FAR BEHIND THE CHAOS IN GREECE

The recession and the ongoing jobless recovery devastated much of the private-sector work force last year, sending unemployment soaring, but government workers emerged essentially unscathed, according to data released Wednesday by the Labor Department.

Meanwhile, the compensation for state and local government employees continued to easily outdistanced the wages and benefits for workers in private business, a separate Labor Department report showed.

Private-industry employers spent an average of $27.42 per hour worked for total employee compensation in December, while total compensation costs for state and local government workers averaged $39.60 per hour.

The average government wage and salary per hour of $26.11 was 35 percent higher than the average wage and salary of $19.41 per hour in the private sector. But the percentage difference in benefits was much higher. Benefits for state and local workers averaged $13.49 per hour, nearly 70 percent higher than the $8 per hour in benefits paid by private businesses.

While the Congress egged on by Obama and his sycophants of the USA spends money that we do not have, and piles up a National debt never before seen in the USA for its magnitude. Across the Ocean in Greece the Unions are rioting because the government that they work for wants to avoid default on their enormous deficit loans to the European Union.

Greece is a Socialist country that employes most of the people who have jobs and the government has run out of money because of the high labor costs and benefits. As a result the people are taking to the streets and rioting over the proposed cuts in wages and benefits.

Street clashes broke out between rioting youths and police in central Athens today as tens of thousands demonstrated during a nationwide strike against the cash-strapped government.

Hundreds of masked and hooded youths punched and kicked motorcycle police, knocking several off their bikes, as police responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades.

The violence spread after the end of the march to a nearby square, where police faced off with stone-throwing anarchists and suffocating clouds of tear gas sent patrons scurrying from open-air cafes.

State hospitals were left with emergency staff only and all news broadcasts were suspended as workers walked off the job for 24 hours to protest spending cuts and tax hikes designed to tackle the country’s debt crisis.

Riot police made heavy use of tear gas during the start-and-stop clashes throughout the demonstration, including outside Parliament.

Strikers and protesters banged drums and chanted slogans such as ‘no sacrifice for plutocracy,’ and ‘real jobs, higher pay.’

People draped banners from apartment buildings reading: ‘No more sacrifices, war against war.

The demonstrators included hundreds of black-clad anarchists in crash helmets and ski masks, who repeatedly taunted and attacked riot police with stones and petrol bombs, at one point spraying officers with brown paint.

Fears of a Greek default have undermined the euro for all 16 countries that share it, putting the Greek government under intense European Union pressure to quickly show fiscal improvement.

It has announced a raft of savings through public sector salary cuts, hiring and pension freezes and consumer tax hikes to deal with its ballooning deficit, but the measures have led to a new wave of labor discontent.

The cutbacks, added to a previous austerity plan, seek to reduce the country’s budget deficit from 12.7 percent of annual output to 8.7 percent this year. The long-term target is to bring overspending below the EU ceiling of 3 percent of GDP in 2012.

The new plan sparked a wave of strikes and protests from labour unions whose reaction to the initial austerity measures had been muted.

Source: Mail online.com

Posted by: rotenochsen | March 9, 2010

Ghosts of Nazi Germany raise their Ugly Heads

In the 1930’s Germans were mandated to have an identity card . Some had the identifying mark of Judaism to set them aside from the Arian German.

Now 80 years later when such bastions of freedom as Cambodia,China, Indonesia, Rwanda, Turkey and Bhutan have identity cards, two American Senators are proposing a law to require all American workers to have a biometric identity card.

Senator Schumer and Senator are crafting a law that would require all workers to have this card. They say it will help the illegal alien problem, but I suspect more nefarious reasons behind their proposal!This was instituted in the United Kingdom in 2006 when they began a program of biometric ID cards for its citizens. In 2006 the estimated cost to set-up the card program and run it for ten years was 5.4 billion pounds. That is 8.1 billion dollars in USA green backs give or take a few million!

Schumer and Graham believe this is the way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain.

Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker.

If this is not an issue that the ACLU and a Human Rights organizations does not jump on with both feet. I will be greatly disappointed. If you thought the Patriot Act was a diminishing of our freedoms(I do not) then this idea should make the hair on your neck stand up!

The only time Americans had to wear identity cards was during World War II when Japanese Americans were interred and had to wear tags that bore their name. An infamous time in our history that should never be allowed to happen again. If they (the Senators) really wanted to stop illegal immigration they would support strengthening  our border patrol agency and deport more illegals.

Posted by: rotenochsen | March 6, 2010

IT WILL NOT BE LONG AND THIS NEWS WILL BE IN OUR PAPERS

A hospital patient, Kane Gorny, died of dehydration after becoming so desperate for a drink of water that he called police for help.

 By Alastair Jamieson Published: 11:33AM GMT 06 Mar 2010 (London Telegraph.com)

The 22-year-old was not given vital medication after an operation at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, according to his mother. A coroner has such grave concerns about the case that it has been referred to police who are investigating Mr Gorny’s care. 

 Stafford Hospital: Managers spent more than £1 million on redundancies during scandal Hospitals granted foundation status despite a plethora of failings

 Gorny, from Balham, was diagnosed with a brain tumour the year before his death, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Treatment caused his bones to weaken and he was admitted to the hospital for a hip replacement in May 2009. His mother, Rita Cronin, says he needed drugs three times a day to regulate his hormones, but he was not given them by hospital staff. She said he became very dehydrated but his requests for water were refused and nurses called in security guards to restrain him when he became angry.

He became so frustrated that he rang the police from his bed to demand their help but officers were assured Mr Gorny was fine. She said nurses assumed he was just badly behaved. Mr Gorny’s cause of death was determined to be dehydration. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating the death of Kane Gorny at St George’s Hospital after this was referred to us by Westminster Coroner’s Court.”

And on the 5th of March, 2010 this story was reported in the London Telegraph.

The Oxford Radcliffe Trust has suspended all children’s heart surgery after the death of four children in the last four months.

An investigation has been launched and urgent cases awaiting surgery are being sent elsewhere.

Iis not yet clear if there are any common factors in the cases and all aspects of their care will be investigated.

Experts said it could be ‘just a run of terrible luck’ but that it was right to stop and review procedures.

Cardiac surgery at the trust has been dogged with concerns over mortality rates for years and has a reputation for taking on high risk cases.

Reports going back as far as 2000 criticised the leadership of the consultant cardiothoracic surgeons and their working relationships.

Then in 2004 a study in the British Medical Journal warned that mortality rates in paediatric cardiac surgery were higher than the national average, however a review of the service found the data was inaccurate.

The health regulator was brought in and found no concern in paediatric surgery but found a series of other problems including that surgeons were still not working well together.

The Healthcare Commission found in 2007 that the trust did operate on high risk patients and that the mortality rates among adults having bypass surgery were higher than average although were still within expected limits. Do we want this to happen here in gthe USA? Stop Obama Care NOW!!!

Posted by: rotenochsen | February 28, 2010

WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR AMERICANS IF OBAMA HAS HIS WAY!

What’s happening in the developed world today isn’t so very hard to understand: The 20th-century Bismarckian welfare state has run out of people to stick it to. In America, the feckless, insatiable boobs in Washington, Sacramento, Albany, and elsewhere are screwing over our kids and grandkids. In Europe, they’ve reached the next stage in social-democratic evolution: There are no kids or grandkids to screw over. The United States has a fertility rate of around 2.1 — or just over two kids per couple. Greece has a fertility rate of about 1.3: Ten grandparents have six kids, AND  have four grandkids — ie, the FAMILY TREE is upside down. demographers call 1.3 “lowest-low” fertility — the point from which no society has ever recovered. And, compared to Spain and Italy, Greece has the least worst fertility rate in Mediterranean Europe.

So you can’t borrow against the future because, in the most basic sense, you don’t have one. Greeks in the public sector retire at 58, which sounds great. But, when ten grandparents have four grandchildren, who pays for you to spend the last third of your adult life loafing around?
But borrowing is not the only culprit in this debacle we face.

President Gerald Ford said:”A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.” Which is true enough. But there’s an intermediate stage: A government big enough to give you everything you want isn’t big enough to get you to give any of it back!” In other words “You cannot shoot Santa Claus”!

Abortion is the reason why the Americans and European have less children entering into the work force than is necessary to pay the taxes to support the welfare state that Obama, Pelosi, Reid and their minions want to establish in this country.

The Center For Bio-Ethical Reform lists the following statistics. There are approximately 42 Million abortions performed each year world-wide. That equates to  115,000 per day!

In the USA that figure is 1.3 million  as of 1996, or 3700 per day. If  these statistics are correct it means we here in American have reduced the future tax paying pool by at least 18 million in the last 14 years while Americans are entering the Social Security age at a rapid rate.

Not to mention the morality issue of this genocidal practice. That is too me very important! It has reduced the pool of tax payers that Obama and his Leftist followers want to pay for the power grab that he and his “comrades” are trying to ram down our throats! Obama Care and Tax and Trade!

 52% of women obtaining abortions in the U.S. are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 32% of all abortions; Teenagers obtain 20% and girls under 15 account for 1.2%.

While white women obtain 60% of all abortions, their abortion rate is well below that of minority women. Black women are more than 3 times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are roughly 2 times as likely.to have an abortion! 

 The problem is there are never enough of “the rich” to fund the entitlement state, because in the end it disincentivizes everything from wealth creation to self-reliance to the basic survival instinct, as represented by the fertility rate. In Greece, they’ve run out Greeks,and ut will not be long if Obama has his way, that the USA is in the same boat going over the falls of bankruptcy while the dependency class cries for more!

Posted by: rotenochsen | February 23, 2010

THE CIRCUS COMES TO CONGRESS

I stopped watching Congressional hearings because I came away from those I did watch with the feeling that the Congressional questions were posed to elicit a personal animus towards a particular issue or just asinine statements from Congressman who wanted to impress their constituents back home how smart they were.

But today I was compelled to watched briefly the Congressional hearing of the Toyota USA president regarding safety issues. I was particularly interested in as much as there have been only 19 deaths in 10 years due to malfunctioning Toyota’s. That is less than 1.9 per year.

When you consider that According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are about 43,000 people killed in fatal car accidents each year in the United States. Roughly, 40 percent of the fatal crashes are alcohol-related. In addition to fatal accidents, about 2.9 million people are injured each year. It seems like a waste of tax payers money to hold hearings about a malfunctioning accelerator pedal. But when I learned that the Chairman of the committee was from Michigan and the inquisitor when I turned on the television was Congressman Dingle also from Michigan. I realized what is really going on here.

Toyota has been selling safe efficient cars that are moderately priced for over 25 years. Now this hearing is called because of 19 deaths? I think 19 deaths are tragic, but if the 2 witnesses that testified today are any example of the problem. The hearing should be adjourned!

The lady and her husband told a horror story of her Lexus suddenly accelerating to 100 miles an hour despite her putting the car in reverse and other attempts to slow the car down, but after six minutes it slowed down! Had she just turned the key off or put the car in neutral it would slow the car down rapidly! I do not question the lady’s statement, but I do question her ability to handle an unfortunate occurence. And if the car allowed her to put the car in reverse at 100 miles an hour why did the transmission not self destruct?

It is apparent to me that this is just a Democrat “witch hunt” to demonize the Japanese car maker, and to benefit those who make GM and Chryslers autos back in Michigan. The Auto Workers Union might as well conduct the hearings! 

The Congress would better serve the public if they looked into the deaths cause by the EPA forcing auto makers to substitute fiberglass and plastic for steel to obtain the miles per gallon dictated by the Federal government. The picture I have enclosed is a lot more of a problem. When a car made with plastic and fiberglass is hit head on by a made of steel semi-teailer truck!

Posted by: rotenochsen | February 16, 2010

FIGHTING A WAR WITH ONE HAND TIED BEHIND YOUR BACK

The media headlines highlight the resistance that the  U.S.Marines are having taking the stronghold of the Taliban, Marjah. US officers from Bravo Company 1st Battalion 6th Marine told The Times that the fighting on the first day had been as intense as any the unit faced during the infamous clearance of Fallujah in Iraq in 2004.

The skill displayed by Taleban insurgents showed high levels of tactical awareness and training — including “walking” mortar fire on to the Marines and persistent and accurate sniper fire.

But despite the skill of the “insurgents” skill the U.S.Marines are handicapped by the Defense Departments new rules of engagement, that I think puts them at an even greater risk of death than the skill of the enemy.

US Marines said they are constrained by strict new rules of engagement that make their task more dangerous. Under the rules, troops cannot fire at people unless they commit a hostile act or show intent.

Corporal Travis Anderson, 20, from Iowa, said his platoon had repeatedly seen Afghan fighters dropping their guns into ditches before melting away into the civilian population.

“It’s hard to fight a war like this,” he said. “They’re using our rules of engagement against us.”

The US troops leading Operation Moshtarak (Togetherness) twice tried to capture the town’s central bazaar only to be pushed back by well organised insurgents. Coming under heavy fire and sniper attacks, and confronted by booby-trapped buildings, the US Marines were forced to call in Harrier jets and attack helicopters armed with Hellfire missiles. I wonder if they have to receive enemy fire before they come to the aid of the ground troops?

It seems to me that the new rules of engagement are to fight but not win the war! If they really wanted to win this battle the force commander would send out scout teams eo identify the buildings that housed the enemy force, and sent in the Hellfires in before they sent the Marines into a “killing field”.

And it is criminal to send our brave volunteer soldiers and marines into harms way with the new “rules of engagement”! This should be revoked before the morale of those we depend on is destroyed.

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