Today is the Day

This morning is a momentous day in America.  Today is the day we all wake up, look around, and realize exactly how little impact the government shutdown actually has in our personal lives.

Social security checks are still going to go out.  Food stamps, welfare, unemployment…will all still be paid.  The military continues its mission.  Life goes on.  For the vast majority of Americans, nothing changes.

It’s also the day that the media will begin showing us all manner of “furloughed” federal workers.  Our heartstrings will be tugged on behalf of these poor, wretches…who will be taking a paid vacation for the next little while.  But the question only a few will ask, most will never think about, and no one will answer is….why do we have so many “non-essential” personnel on the federal payroll?

Yes, today is the day you get a glimpse of how much government we have that we do not actually need.

Today is also the day that the ACA kicks in.  Well…not the employer mandate.  And not for the people who received one of 1100 exemptions issued by Executive fiat (royal decree), and certainly not for Congress, the White House, or their respective staffs.  But for you every day schmoes out there…today is your day!

If you woke up in Mississippi this morning, there are no exchanges.  Not a single insurance company in the state decided to participate.

If you woke up in California this morning and you had an insurance plan through Humana, surprise!!  They left.

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people who got their hours cut back or whose employer dropped your health plan… boy have we got a deal for you!!  Somewhere between 50 and 75 percent more is what you can expect to pay.  Good luck!

Yes folks, today more than any other day in my lifetime, America gets to find out what happens when you elect European Socialists.  (Hint:  They adopt European Socialism)

You might want to start studying up on France, because that’s where we’re headed.  30% unemployment, taxes through the roof, smelly people running around…

Okay, I’ll give you that we’ve had smelly people running around for a long time.  But that’s beside the point.

It’s going to take time.  Rome wasn’t destroyed in a day.  But we’re on our way.

Welcome to “Liberals Gone Wild”!  I guarantee it’s not going to be as pretty as that other “Gone Wild” series.

 

 

 

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Thoughts on the Government Shutdown

Apparently, the nation is the government.  At least according to one democrat who said on the floor of the House that Republicans do not love the country, “Because if you did you would not be closing it down.”  So apparently, if the bloated, intrusive federal government is closed for a couple of days, America will cease to exist.

In the news today was the fact that one of the people inconvenienced by a government shutdown would be campers at National Parks, who will be sent home.  Apparently the woods cannot remain open, and citizens will be unable to pitch a tent without direct supervision and/or assistance from federal employees.  One wonders how the country was settled in the first place?  Who monitored the cowboys crossing the plains to insure that their tents met specs?  Who monitored the woods to make sure that if a tree falls in the forest there is ALWAYS someone there to hear it?

Employees at the Treasury Dept. are up in arms about the use of the term “non-essential employees”.  Apparently it has dawned on them that people might rightly ask, if you’re non-essential why are we paying your salary?  It also belies the fact that our government is bloated with all manner of unnecessary people.  Nearly a million of them by some counts.

The fact is that after the shutdown in 95 the first thing Clinton did was sign an order giving retroactive pay to those people who were furloughed.  So, while our government does all manner of things to destroy the economy, cost working men and women their jobs, increase our taxes, and force us on to health plans we don’t want, none of those things are true for them.

They have job security, are exempted from Obamacare, and when they get laid off for a week or so, they get all their pay anyway.

So here is the truth in a nutshell.

What we are actually doing is giving a paid vacation to a bunch of people who are, by definition, not essential employees anyway.  And the propaganda machine has convinced enough people that this is a disaster, that half the country is upset about it.

America will survive.  In fact, if we shutdown the government regularly, for long periods of time, America would be better off.  IMHO

You Keep Using That Word…

Well, we are once again informed that our President is “focused like a laser beam” on the economy.  This makes what?  The 19th or 20th time he’s been “focused like a laser beam”?  I mean…does he know what the word “focused” means?

One wonders if he is now, again, focused on the economy because he was/is getting his ass handed to him on the international stage?  Talk about OJT!  Putin basically pimp slapped him in public, ran an ad in the NY Times to let everyone know about it, and then went off to strangle some wild beast with his bare hands.  Meanwhile, our hapless President sat there using his signature word.  “Ummm”.

Let’s recap for a moment shall we?

While running, el Presidente claimed he would close Gitmo in 90 days.  It’s still open.

He called Bush un-American and un-patrotic for running up a 9 trillion dollar debt, and he voted AGAINST increasing the debt ceiling.  THEN…he ran up a 14 trillion dollar debt and called voting against increasing the debt ceiling “irresponsible”.

He pushed for a stimulus package that would fund “shovel ready jobs”, then laughed and shrugged off the fact that there were no “shovel ready jobs”.

He used the power of the federal government to push GM through a structured settlement, which cost investors and bondholders millions and gave his union cronies a sweetheart deal.  Then ran on the slogan, “GM is alive and Bin Laden is dead”.  Yeah… Detroit is dead too Mr. President.  If you missed it.

Our President.  Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Has involved us in multiple conflicts since taking office even though he railed against Bush for doing so.

He recently claimed that his administration is moving away from policies which saw the executive branch engaging in conflicts over the course of a decade while keeping the people’s representatives out of the loop.  He said this in spite of the fact that Bush went to Congress and got a resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq.  He said this while his administration and various pundits were in the process of making the case that he (Obama) didn’t actually NEED Congressional approval.

And then, in the midst of an almost religious commitment to bombing Syria no matter what… in comes John “the Assclown” Kerry.  Who misspeaks in a press conference, and his off the cuff remark becomes US Foreign Policy a day later, after the Russian President runs with it and shoves it down our throats.

We are being led by The Three Stooges here.  This is government by The Keystone Cops.  If you listen closely when Obama is speaking you can hear the “whoop, whoop, whoop” in the background.

It is likely going to take years and years for this country to recover from this Presidency.

We were told he would restore our place and reputation in the world… and we’re a laughing stock that no one takes seriously.

We were told we would be getting away from nation building and “empire”.  And we have involved ourselves in Egypt, Libya, and now Syria.  (And btw, we helped a terrorist organization become the official government of Egypt in the process).

We were told that Obama had the right people in the right places to turn the economy around.  It isn’t turned around.  They just massaged the methods and altered the data to make it appear that unemployment was lower.  It’s not.

We were told Obamacare would cost 900 billion.  It’s now estimated at 2.7 trillion and counting.

We were told it wouldn’t raise the deficit.  It will.

We were told it was a good plan…but our elected leaders exempted themselves and their staff’s from it.  They exempted several big corporations and are in the process of exempting unions.  In other words…YOU get screwed.  People with clout do not.

THIS is what happens when you elect a wholly unqualified individual simply because of the color of their skin and flowery speech.

These 8 years will forever change America, and it is not going to be change for the better.

But that’s what those of you who drank the Kool-Aid voted for right?  Hope and Change?