Man of the People

 

By: the Common Constitutionalist

Wow! Did you here the news? President Obama has announced he is taking a 5% pay cut. Shortly after his declaration, both billionaire Secretary of State John Kerry and Eric Holder joined him with their own voluntary cut in pay.

The president did so to show that he feels the pain of the little guy, the workers, the proletariat. Oh wait; it’s not the workers? No, it’s to show solidarity with furloughed federal (public sector) employees, although, when you dig a little, showing solidarity with temporarily furloughed public-sector employees is not very courageous.

You see, there is a big difference between a public-sector furlough any private sector layoff. This is a dirty little, unspoken and unreported fact.

When a private sector employee is laid off, that’s usually it. He is out of work and on his own. He has to look for other employment, or if his hours are cut he must find a way to supplement those lost wages. Okay, everyone knows that. So what?

Well, when the public sector worker is furloughed, is strictly temporary. When the budget gets ironed out they will be rehired. In most cases a furlough is not a layoff. It may come down to working a four-day week instead of five.

All right, that  can still put a crimp in anyone’s household budget. I agree, but here’s the kicker. When the federal budget is rectified the furloughed employee not only gains that fifth day back but also receives all the back pay for those lost fifth days retroactively.

Have you seen or heard that reported anywhere? No? It’s just another reason people want to work for the feds.

So what else has the King done to cut back to show solidarity?

Let’s see; after the family got back from Hawaii, Michelle and the kids were off to Aspen for some pre-sequester skiing. While the girls were away, the man of the people jetted off to Florida for a golf outing with Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon. Lucky for us it was just a weekend so it only cost us workers about $1 million.

Since we all know the Secret Service works free of charge it’s okay to double their workload and hours so that the family can take separate vacations.

After returning from Aspen it’s off to spring break in the Bahamas for the two princesses with their 15 to 25 Secret Service agents, while the president returns to work. My mistake; he jets off out West, hitting the campaign trail and schmoozing with Hollywood liberals on the left coast.

So that 5% pay cut means absolutely nothing to the informed citizen. It’s actually a bit of an insult, but the announcement of solidarity is not for us but for the ET/TMZ/MSNBC/NBC/ABC/CBS/PBS/CNN watching low information crowd. They will think it’s wonderfully generous.

The Greater Depression

**Note** What have we always said, A Big Government Progressive is a Big Government Progressive. Sides of the aisle do not matter.

 

You can’t say we haven’t been warned. Despite the high debt price tag  resulting from the government intervention and arbitrary price controls designed  to “spur the economy” during the American Great Depression, modern politicians  on both sides of the aisle are more than willing to repeat the same mistakes.  Interestingly, just as Herbert Hoover is blamed by leftist historians (but I  repeat myself) for leading us into the Depression with his so-called free-market  policies, so is George W. Bush blamed for his “capitalistic” tendencies. This is  nonsense of course, both Hoover and Bush implemented interventionist economic  policies that were exactly the antithesis of free-market capitalism. And both  were succeeded by men who took their economic strategies (i.e. political  compromises) and opened them up to full-throttle. What Hoover and Bush began,  FDR and Obama have respectively finished.

In his book, America’s Great Depression, Murray Rothbard sets the  record on Hoover in proper perspective:

Hoover’s role as founder of a revolutionary program of government planning to  combat depression has been unjustly neglected by historians. Franklin D.  Roosevelt, in large part, merely elaborated the policies laid down by his  predecessor. To scoff at Hoover’s tragic failure to cure the depression as a  typical example of laissez-faire [meaning “allow to act,” or  free-enterprise] is drastically to misread the historical record. The Hoover  rout must be set down as a failure of government planning and not of the free  market.

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Let Them Eat… Big Macs

Mississippi enshrines right to eat 20 Big Macs in ‘anti-Bloomberg’ bill

America’s most obese state, Mississippi, has passed a Bill which will prohibit any city, town or county in the state from passing laws which restrict what people may eat or drink.

Branded the “anti-Bloomberg” Bill, after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled proposals to ban the sale of large fizzy drinks in an attempt to address America’s growing obesity problem, the law would also prohibit local officials from forcing restaurants to label menus with calorie contents.

One politician who voted for the bill, Gregory Holloway, added: “If you want to go eat 20 Big Macs, you can eat 20 Big Macs… If you want 1,000 sodas, you can still do that.”

Mississippi has topped the America’s Health list of the fattest states in the country for seven years in a row. Statistics show that 35 per cent of adults in the state are obese.

The new bill has prompted widespread criticism from healthy eating groups, who say the state is the last place which needs such a law.

A coalition of organisations including the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network have urged the Mississippi governor Phil Bryant to veto the legislation, a step he must take by Monday if he is to stop the bill becoming law.

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Just Look to the Government

Changing Definitions Doesn’t Change Reality

 by: the Common Constitutionalist

I’ve decided to change the name of some words and thus their meaning. Anyone having a problem with it or tells me I can’t is a bigot, racist, homophobe, etc.

From now on, the word dog will be asteroid, because I’ve always wanted to walk an asteroid. Wow, that was easy. Let’s do another. I will change the word walk to can opener. Why? Because I want to. Ok, this is working so well, let’s do one more. Let’s change crap to Obama. Now let us use them in a sentence. “Son; make sure when you take the asteroid out for his can opener, you pick up his Obama. I like it.

But, you may say, the old words perfectly describe the act and objects quite well. They’ve been called dog, walk and crap for a long time. Everyone already knows and accepts them as their original names. It’s tradition. Why change them now? Because I want to and if you don’t let me I’ll sue to get the names changed.

Well, obviously that scenario is ridiculous, but is it anymore absurd than changing a tradition that is thousands of years old?

Of course I’m speaking of the term homosexual marriage. I believe the reason homosexuals wish to marry, is not for love, but due to the tax code. Now, don’t you your panties in a bunch. I’m not saying that two women or two men or six men and three women or five men and a penguin can’t love one another. I suppose they can and frankly it’s none of my or your damn business.

What I am saying is that marriage is a tradition reserved for the union of one man and one woman. That’s what God intended and far be it from me to countermand his desire. Men and women have been marrying for thousands of years and not until relatively recently has that marriage had to be sanctioned and interfered with by the almighty government.

I contend that without government meddling in every facet of people’s lives, this would not be an issue.

We all realize that government, through the tax code, have been picking winners and losers. Through tweaking the code they are able to grant favor to one group while disenfranchising another.

What do homosexuals really want? Is it really about the love or is it the benefits? Is it the hospital visitation rights, the transfer of wealth free of taxation or the many other government giveaways that benefit those who have married, have children, day care, own a home or the dozens of other tax breaks.

As if no one would have children, buy a home, or select the correct beneficiary for their estate without financial coercion of the state. Ridiculous!

It is my contention that homosexuals would have never made such a fuss over marriage if the government hadn’t stepped in long ago to promote what they felt was beneficial to society.

It’s like virtually everything else that is wrong with this country. Progressives in government meddle in private citizens’ affairs, attempt to legislate the perfect society and voila, we get the housing collapse, banking problems, gas prices, CAFE standards and on and on. And now we have homosexual marriage. To find the genesis of any problem this country has faced  just look back to when our federal government initially involved itself.

Civil Unions, ok, but marriage, no. That’s one tradition that should be upheld for as long as we inhabit this earth.

Climate Changers

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The following are excerpts from an article in the British publication, The Economist, written Nov. 2008. That’s just 5 years ago. I know in seems a lot longer considering our current state of affairs in this country:

The Economist “The most important year for climate change since 2001, when the Kyoto protocol (which set targets for cutting carbon-dioxide emissions) was agreed, will be 2009… The first period of the protocol runs out in 2012. The deal to replace it is supposed to be done at the United Nations’ Climate Change conference in Copenhagen…”

 “No deal means that mankind gives up on trying to save the planet.”

 

Wow, really? Is the planet in that much danger? It must be. These men of science wouldn’t overstate a problem, or create one, just to score political points and extract money from us?

It continues:

 “The rich world (especially America) needs to commit itself to legally enforceable carbon-emissions reductions… The rich world, which has been responsible for most emissions so far and recognises that it needs to pay up… The Clean Development Mechanism, which was set up under Kyoto to allow rich countries to buy carbon credits from poor countries that have cut their emission, does that already, but is probably not robust enough to do the job on the scale needed.”

 kyoto protocol

I was shocked, and I’m sure you as well, to see America singled out. I was also surprised to read that carbon credit purchasing isn’t solving the problem. Huh.

They seemed to be quite pleased at the arrival of “The One”:

 “What happens in Washington is most important. Progress on climate change is much likelier under the new administration than the old, for the new one is committed to introducing mandatory federal carbon-emissions cuts through a cap-and-trade scheme…”

 

So what’s the big deal? That was old news. Nothing has changed. The eco-weenies will never change, you say. No matter what happens they will never change their tune on climate change or man-caused global warming.

Well, not so fast. It seems that actual science may be catching up to the hysteria. I know, dare to dream, but in a March 30 article in the very same publication, the folks at The Economist seem to report honestly of the un-changing climate:

 “OVER the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar… And yet, as James Hansen, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, observes, “the five-year mean global temperature has been flat for a decade.”

 

This must have killed Hansen to even utter these words, for he is dishonest climate change whore, and that’s being kind.

Continuing:

 “Temperatures fluctuate over short periods, but this lack of new warming is a surprise… If they remain flat, they will fall outside the models’ range within a few years.”

 Climate Graph

“The mismatch between rising greenhouse-gas emissions and not-rising temperatures is among the biggest puzzles in climate science just now. It does not mean global warming is a delusion.”

 

No, of course not. The only deluded people have been us man-caused climate change deniers. And it’s funny that they are always surprised when nothing happens. Kind of exactly as we’ve been predicting for years.

The article continues:

 “…an increasing body of research is suggesting, it may be that the climate is responding to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in ways that had not been properly understood before. This possibility, if true, could have profound significance both for climate science and for environmental and social policy.”

 

Ruh Ro Reorge. The earth is cleaning itself?! The profound significance could be that as nothing continues to happen, it’s already getting harder to keep beating that same old world apocalypse drum.

The rest of the article is rather long and boring with explanations of new climate modelling, sprinkled with a lot of what-ifs, in an attempt to further the global warming cause.

Although we on the reasonable side of this argument can be slightly heartened by this quasi-admission, this battle is far from over. These folks will not go down without a fight. They have far too much to lose.

We may, in the long run, win this war against the climate weenies, and heh, as the world economy crumbles and we all go the way of Cyprus, no one will worry about man-made climate change.

More than a Vacation a Month for Obamas in 2013

In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it’s being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.

The Obamas began the new year in Hawaii. “President Obama departed Hawaii this morning for Washington, after spending NINE days vacationing with family and friends in his native state. Here’s a quick look at how he spent his vacation,” ABC reported on January 6, 2013.

“Obama played FIVE rounds of golf with SEVEN different partners, spending roughly THIRTY hours on TWO different courses on Oahu. The president made FIVE early morning trips to the gym at the nearby Marine Base at Kaneohe Bay. The First Family spent TWO afternoons enjoying the beach on the base and went for ONE hike to a local waterfall. The president spent ONE father-daughter afternoon with Malia and Sasha, bowling and going out for shave ice, an annual tradition.”

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