Saturday, August 3, 2013

Some Are Just More Equal Than Others

The material for this week comes to us courtesy of those wise counselors in charge of running our country, via the Daily Caller, the Blaze  and other sources.  Please follow the links at the end for the full articles.

Representative Charles Rangel (D-New York) recently remarked that the Tea Party is made up of the same "white crackers" who opposed civil rights in the 1960's south.  In response, Mr. Nigel Innis, chief strategist for (and African-American), denounced Mr. Rangel's comments and accused him of "playing the cracker card" in the same way, and for the same reason, that Southern white Democrats "played the nigger card" during their opposition to the civil rights legislation in the 60's.  Said Mr. Innis, "It is not surprising that lazy, shiftless politicians who have an abysmal record for their community would want to diffuse the issue of what they are doing for their communities by dropping the race card."  Read more...


The NSA's out of control surveillance programs have been criticized by members of both political parties (although, interestingly, not by the "leadership" of either) as an unnecessary infringement on the Constitutional rights to privacy that are supposed to be guaranteed to all citizens.  In response, the defenders of the NSA's intelligence gathering activities have defended the program's expansion, saying that because of the program they have been able to disrupt and prevent some 54 potential terrorist attacks.  Implied in this claim is that these potential attacks were on the American homeland (hence, Homeland Defense).  In point of fact, there were only 13 such disruptions of terrorist activity on American soil.  In order to get to 54, in order to make the program appear more effective and thus, necessary, the agency's defenders had to include as part of the American "Homeland" Canada, Greenland, Mexico and parts of Central America.  I'm sure those other nations and territories will be thrilled to discover that they are considered part of the American empire.  Did we suddenly become Imperial Rome when I wasn't looking?  Read more.....


Liberalism:  Ideas so good they need to be mandatory.  Except for the rich and politically connected.  The Obama administration's Office of Personnel Management is set to grant premium subsidies to Congresspeople and their staff.  These subsidies will amount up to 75% of the cost of the premium.  These subsidies aren't the already promised subsidies for low-income Americans who get insurance under the Obamacare exchanges, subject to income limits.  This is a separate program, without income limits.  That's right, Congress has found a way to exempt themselves from the obligation to follow the law they imposed on the rest of us.  Keep in mind that you will be the source of the funding of these subsidies, that you can't get, for people that make well over the median wage.  In the case of Congressmen, the average pay is $174,000, with some senior staffers making almost as much.  In March of 2010, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa) offered an amendment to the Obamacare legislation that would require the senior members of the administration and Congress to abide by the laws provisions, the same as John and Jane citizen.  The amendment was defeated in the Senate.   Read more here and here.


In a related story, in an action that would be jaw-dropping in it's hypocrisy in any other administration, the acting head of the IRS (the enforcement arm of Obamacare) says they want to obtain a waiver for themselves to opt out of participating in the scheme.  The reason?  He likes the health insurance plan he has and doesn't want to switch.  I thought one of the major advantages of Obamacare was that "if you like your  current healthcare plan, if you like your doctor, you can keep it"?  Apparently, not so much.  I guess "what's good for the goose" isn't always "good for the (government) gander".


And finally, while you don't hear much in the national media about the alarming murder rate among black youth in the inner cities (unless a "white" or "white Hispanic" is involved, anyway), conservative websites and blogs have continued to carry the banner demanding that the government spend it's resources addressing this ongoing tragedy, as opposed to continuing the race-baiting witch hunt against George Zimmerman.  Recently, Bill O'Reilly had as one of his guests Illinois State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago).  He brought her on to discuss the extreme murder rate among young black men in the city of Chicago, as well as to address the outrageous statements she made in an interview with a local news outlet.  In the interview, she claimed to have received whispered accusations by her constituents that it wasn't young black youths shooting each other.  Instead, that it was the police who were murdering these kids. 

When challenged on her unfounded and outrageous comments, Ms. Davis refused to accept responsibility, saying that she didn't accuse anyone, she was just repeating what (she claims) her constituents have said to her.  She refused to accept that her repeating of such unfounded, libelous, and inflammatory accusations was irresponsible in the extreme and could lead to even greater violence.

Typical liberal race-baiting agitator.  Throw a race grenade, then duck and cover, denying any responsibility.

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