I just bought this book after listening to an interview by the Author David Harsanyi. He’s a pretty thoughtful even keel guy. He’s just present the truth about the American landscape now. And sadly… he makes a great case that it is now past the point of being fixable.
Change, of course, doesn’t always imply impending disaster. Americans seldom accept that terrible events can befall them. We have solid reasons not to. Truth is, I have always been somewhat of a utopian regarding our prospects. I operated under the rosy assumption that our free markets, individual liberty, technological superiority, astonishing wealth, and Constitutional protections (however eroded they may have become) would allow us to adapt to or over- come nearly anything—recessions; wars; terror attacks; demographic shifts; environmental disaster; and, the most treacherous of all threats, Washington. Regrettably, I underestimated Washington.
President Barack Obama didn’t invent the impending disasters America faces—not our debt problem, not our welfare state—but he did accelerate nearly every one of them. It’s not only that the president’s progressive politics have battered economic dynamism, ham- strung capitalism, and discredited the importance of meritocracy; it’s that, in the Obama era, the relationship between the average Ameri- can citizen and his government has been transformed forever into something unhealthy.
Anyone who stands in the way of Obama’s vacuous moral constructs is branded an obstructionist, unpatriotic, a hostage taker, “the enemy,” or worse. Those of us who refuse to buy into left-wing orthodoxy remain “uninformed” and, inevitably,“selfish,” a bunch of bigoted clods, intellectual buffoons, and moral cripples who got our deserved comeuppance in the 2012 election. If we continue to insist that partisanship is a healthy, organic reflection of differences in a vibrant society—Republicans, after all, still control the House—we can expect to be demonized as remnants of a brutal and obsolete age. Under Obama and his progressive successors, all must submit to the progressive agenda. You saw a bit of this after the election when liberal commentators kept crowing about how the Republican party is a rump party of elderly white males; either the party changes—by which the liberals mean, becomes more progressive—or they gleefully predict it will die.
If you happen to believe, as I do, that government should be strong, but limited, and that individual freedom is more vital than fairness—guess what? We’re screwed. And how.
Other than being illegal (Federal law prohibits acquiring more information than is necessary when applying for services) it is downright creepy. These people have no shame.
Yet another example of the liberal living above the rules they want to govern you by. So, Obama ruins a grade school classes spring break by shutting down the White House while he sends his kids to Atlantis.
Let them eat cake…
Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned.
A source tipped Breitbart News off to the First Daughters’ spring vacation, which was not publicly announced or reported.
From TINCUP9 – I want to add to this post. The question you hear right at the end of the clip may be the most important and most telling. Krauthammer basically is saying; this will be such a disaster, the public will seek a single payer system. The other panel member asks “was that the plan all along?” YES! It was and is. The single payer system is the liberal dream. The only part of the entire Federal budget Obama is willing to cut is medicare advantage. Why? Because it is market based, outside the control of the government and WORKS. He is trying to fundamentally transform America. Will we let him?
Folks, want to see what political correctness gone badly looks like? Look to a Massachusetts school district. We can debate Obamcare, the debt, immigration but they don’t matter. No topic of national importance will mean a damn thing if we are teaching our kids that RESULTS don’t have a reward. That results are something to hide for fear of offending others. Do you think kids in China or India give a rats ass if someone in the US worked hard but didn’t get an A? Do you think they will not hold appreciation nights when all the jobs our kids aren’t qualified for are shipped to their countries?
Fabrizio also justified his decision by claiming it was unfair to reward good grades — which can be be influenced by the home environment and supportive parents — because not all of students have access to equal amounts of academic and emotional support.
So we are going to punish the kids that do? And shouldnt’ we be addressing the real problem – the lack of academic and emotional support from a country that sees 48% of kids born out-of-wedlock. I am losing my mind with these liberals. The very society they crave is responsible for the ills they rage against. It would be funny if it weren’t so maddening.
Thanks to the leadership of our President, this nation has become hostile towards success. Once something to aspire to, now success is demonized. Those who succeeded are given no credit for their accomplishment. They are accused of having had unfair advantage or worse, taken advantage of those who didn’t succeed. Can we stop this idiocy before our kids permanently learn this lesson?
A Massachusetts principal has been criticized for canceling his school’s Honors Night, saying it could be ‘devastating’ to the students who worked hard, but fell short of the grades.
MyFoxBoston.com reports that David Fabrizio, principal of Ipswich Middle School, notified parents last week of his plan to eliminate the event.
“The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade-point average,” Fabrizio penned in his first letter to parents, the station reported.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/20/massachusetts-principal-calls-off-honor-night-because-it-could-be-devastating/?test=latestnews#ixzz2OBtG1RoX
I hope everyone is paying attention. I hope everyone sees what happens when there is no one left to tax, no one left to lend you money but you still REFUSE to reduce spending. Wealth Confiscation. Think about it. What would your world be like if you woke up one day to find the Government TOOK 10% of the money in your savings account. Gone. Not income. SAVINGS. We would all really like to believe it couldn’t happen here. Why take the chance. Reduce spending. Balance the damn budget and reform the tax code. No increase in taxes rates would be necessary. The economic growth resulting from such moves would create a vast new tax base.
But the bailout of Cyprus, agreed to on Saturday, foresees the government seizing 6.75 percent of deposits below (EURO)100,000 ($130,860), rising up to 9.9 percent on those above (EURO)100,000. That signals a huge policy shift for the embattled eurozone.
Now investors are worried that savers will start taking their money out of banks across Europe – just like Cyprus residents did on a weekend ATM bank run.
“If European policymakers were looking for a way to undermine the public trust that underpins the foundation of any banking system they could not have done a better job,” said Michael Hewson, senior market analyst at CMC Markets.