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Great Read on Retribution

Read the whole thing.  Seriously.

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Justifying

In my experience of reading liberal commenters on both right-leaning and left-leaning blogs, liberals will justify any action they want to take (or have taken) by claiming:
1) Republicans did it once before
2) Republicans thought about it once
3) Republicans might do it someday
4) Under some incredibly unlikely circumstances, someone who claimed to be a Republican might possibly do it
5) Someone did it who has no connection to Republicans or conservatives in any way, shape, or form but can be blamed as a “right-winger” by the compliant news media
6) The end can be ambiguously described as something conservatives ostensibly would want, or at least could be shamed into not opposing, i.e., “Jesus would want you to support single-payer health coverage!”

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Why Can’t Democrats Support Their Positions?

That’s kind of a leading question, because I’m sure if you ask Democrats, they will tell you they support their positions extremely well.  They still claim to be the “reality-based” constituency, for some reason.

Of course, part of the problem is we come in with different assumptions.  But as both sides like to say, you are entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts.

Unfortunately, Democrats refuse to recognize simple, clear, obvious facts.

The health care problem, as much as it is a problem at all, is a bureaucratic problem.  Democrats want more bureaucracy.  The government is inefficient, but Democrats have never met a problem they didn’t want to use an excuse to increase the size, scope, and power of government.

Or another perfect example.  We had a recession in 2001. Blame Bush for it, I don’t care (because you will anyway, and the source is immaterial).  The point is, President Bush used his political capital to pass tax cuts. Democrats said it would only make the problem worse.  They were wrong.  We had the hottest economy in 2 decades, the only better economy in the last 4 decades being after President Reagan’s tax cuts.  Compare that to this recession.  Again, blame President Bush (you’d be dead wrong, but that’s another problem of Democrats: inability to understand that not everything in the world is President Bush’s or Republicans’ fault*), I don’t care, but President Obama said we needed to increase spending and taxes and give lots of government money** away or things might get really bad.  Well, he got what he wanted, and now things are really, really, really bad.  He’s taken responsibility for the economy at least 4 times by my count; coincidentally, each time the economic prospects seemed to brighten.  But when each proved to be a false dawn and the economy got still worse, President Obama was right back to blaming President Bush.  That’s about as much proof in the world that Republican not only are Republican tax cuts the right response to recessions and the Democrats’ spending increases the wrong response to economic downturns, but it also proves pretty much beyond the shadow of a doubt that Democrats simply don’t understand the economy.  I mean, that should already be obvious by the fact that they support varying degrees of socialism, but this is proof positive!

So there are two reasons Democrats can’t really support their views and methods:

1) since they have no proof for their platforms and proposals, all they can do is try to undermine anyone who takes an opposite position.  If you can get the other person to shut up, they don’t ever have to defend their own views.  Any time you corner and challenge a Democrat to provide proof of his views, that Democrat will respond that it is your burden to prove his views are wrong.  And they won’t accept any proof.  This leads into the second reason:

2) Modern liberalism/progressivism/Democratic Party platform/leftist viewpoint has inseparably grown hand-in-hand with Political Correctness.  Political Correctness carries a core presumption that all the answers are already known, that progressive views are correct, and all that remains is to end all opposition to what is already the correct view.  Since liberals/progressives assume the truth is already known, and they are the sole possessors of that truth, then anyone who opposes them must be completely (perhaps willfully) ignorant, or else deliberately opposing the PC view out of selfish, ulterior, and perhaps evil motives.

Doesn’t that explain pretty much everything that has happened over the last 10 years, at least?  Doesn’t that absolutely explain the hatred and vilification of Bush and Cheney, the near-worship of President Obama, the Democratic Party leadership’s accusation that the true grassroots movement opposing Obama Care (and other massive deficit spending) can only be Nazi-ist astroturfing?  Is it any wonder that instead of answering questions candidly and honestly, they duck out and/or bus in Union and ACORN paid protesters with pre-printed signs?

To tell the truth, this is a useless post.  Conservatives already know this, and liberals will fail to recognize any of the truth in it.

*the current economic crisis was clearly triggered by statements and actions by Democrats in control of Congress indicating they would end tax cuts and forcing financial institutions to abandon sound practices to fulfill a progressive agenda

**there is no such thing as government money, nor “free” benefits from the government.  This is one of the most evil, dishonest tactics of the Democratic Party.  I cannot understand how any moral person can continue to support a party that embraces this basic deception so universally

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Really Bad News for President Obama and Democrats

They have already claimed the recession has turned the corner for the better twice.  All the news media supported that assertion, sometimes through some rather torturous interpretations of data.

Well, for the 2nd time, after the declarations of victory, things turned bleak again with the news that August job losses were 30% worse than projected.

Last time, President Obama blamed his predecessor.  He claims that things were so bad that nobody could have stopped the recession, that things would have been even worse without the stimulus, Cash for Clunkers, blah, blah, blah.

He has zero evidence for all this of course.

The only evidence is that unemployment and the GDP are far worse than he claimed they would be if we didn’t immediately pass all the stimulus plans.  Analysis tells that the stimulus, in all its various forms, ended up actually being:

1) Mostly undisbursed, yet still committed

2) Of the disbursed money, it appears to be mostly payments and sweetheart deals to cronies and contribut0rs

3) almost completely unaccounted for, despite President Obama’s promise of unprecedented transparency

The fact is, the recession was brought on by Democrat actions:

1) Threats to cancel the Bush tax cuts after the Democrats took over Congress in 2006 started the slide

2) Orders from Democrat politicians Barney Frank and Chris Dodd to be more socially progressive in extending credit, especially home loans

3) Massive, ENRON-style fraud in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while being run by prominent Democrats

The final painful fact is that the economy was on much more shaky ground in fall/winter of 2001.  President Bush exhibited leadership by calling for tax cuts. Democrats said it would make the economy worse.  Instead, the economy quickly rebounded.  Job recovery did lag, but caught up in time to prove that the tax cuts worked: President Bush presided over an economy significantly better than Bill Clinton’s .com bubble economy.  President Bush’s excellent economy was denied by Democrats and the news media, and although was not a bubble economy like Clinton’s, it was brought low by Democrats who sabotaged it enacting Democrat platform planks.

With all that, Democrats have proven that they have no leaders that understand even the most basic facts about economics.

We should never, ever, ever trust them with leadership again (until they embrace free market principles of Friedman and Adam Smith).

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President Obama’s Waterboarding Memo Releases Were 100% Political

How do I know this?

Simple: we classify information to protect one of two things: Sources and methods.

By releasing the memos, President Obama already decided to let everyone know both source (the terrorists, like KSM) and the methods (waterboarding).

There’s nothing left to protect.

So why doesn’t he release the facts on what valuable information was gained from the waterboarding?  Why doesn’t he release the facts on what plots were actually foiled due to information gained from the waterborading?

Why, if not for political benefit for himself and Democrats?

Why?

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Quote of the Day

Like most bullies, the Obamabots seem unable to realize that their conduct may have long-term consequences.

From Professor Bainbridge, talking about how Obama’s administration is screwing up the car industry.

But I have to tell you, this really strikes me as a quote that applies to pretty much all Democrats.

They don’t care that single-payer health care has been a disaster everywhere it’s been tried.  Canada’s system barely works, but because they still have the benefit of a capitalized, free market health care system just across the border in the US.  Oh, and their drug prescription benefit comes at our expense, too.  If we go to the same socialized medicine, their system collapses, and meds will be far more expensive for EVERYONE.

Democrats don’t care if welfare destroys more lives than it saves.

Democrats don’t care if defenseless people are killed because criminals with guns run wild.

Democrats don’t care if our descendents are poor and live at a lower standard of living, just as long as they can raise taxes and rack up debt to get more people dependent on the government instead of on themselves.

Demcrats don’t even seem to care about the US Constitution, if they can pack the Supreme Court with proportional minority representatives “sensitive to certain populations.”

It seems like to Democrats, the effort is all that matters.  To say they have “done something” to get votes so they can do ever more “somethings.”  And when their plans inevitably fail, they find some way to blame Republicans, or rich people, or whites, or males, or “inauthentic” blacks or gays, etc.

I want grown-ups in charge again, please.

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A Point of Order

Mark Steyn says:

Meanwhile, over in the other tent, they celebrate diversity with ruthless singlemindedness: In the Democrats parade, whatever your bugbear, government is the answer. Government is the means, government is the end, government is the whole magilla. That gives them a unity of purpose the GOP can never match.

Actually, I’ve got to disagree.  Democrats do not believe that government is the answer.  They say that’s what they believe, but look what they did with the economic crisis: they “stimulated” all sorts of things that had nothing to do with the economy.  And while some of them expanded the government, many did not.  Rather, they expanded Democrats’ power.  Much of what they did was rewarding the people who contributed to Democratic Party candidate’s campaign funds.

So, in the end, Democrats aren’t really interested in answers.  I’m beginning to think one of the things that unites Democrats is that they don’t really think other people are real, or care about them (although they are good at claiming they do: it helps them get power, you see).  Democrats’ unity of purpose is one thing: giving more power to Democrats and Democrat Party leaders.

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