Regulation Nation Rolls On

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

What we need is more regulation, because without proper federal oversight, we make all the wrong choices; spend our money indiscriminately, use too much energy, pollute the planet, eat the wrong things and generally misbehave. Basically, we are what’s wrong with this country.

 

And how is all this misbehavior measured? Well, by “independent nonpartisan studies”, of course.

 

Take this recent study for example. It looked into food expiration dates. The study of food expiration dates was conducted by Harvard Law School. Law school? Yes, they have a food law and policy clinic. Of course they do. It was done in conjunction with the partisan free Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). They are an environmental “action” group and we all know “action” is good.

 

Glossary of terms: When you see the word “action” describing an organization, 9 times out of 10 it is liberal. Just a little tip.

 

Anyway, the study found that 90% of Americans prematurely tossed out food because they don’t properly understand the “use by” or expiration date. read more

Obama’s “Just Say No” Administration

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

I was flipping through news channels Sunday morning and happened upon MSNBC. Okay, I didn’t just happen upon it for I usually avoid it like the plague, but Fox was discussing some pop-culture nonsense.

 

There was a discussion panel with four liberals and one former George HW Bush progressive consultant. He was both progressive and black, so it was okay.

 

They were discussing Ted Cruz and naturally there was no love in the room. They allowed the “Republican” consultant plenty of time to trash Ted. He (the Republican) said he was more of a Chris Christie Republican. That’s really all you need to know about him.

 

He described Ted Cruz as being a closed tent conservative. How Cruz harkened back to a different era in America and apparently that is never a good thing – to look back, unless of course you’re looking back to FDR or LBJ. The consultant wants the party to be constantly looking “forward”. That’s what good progressives do, don’t you know.

 

One of the libs chimed in saying that Cruz is satisfied to “just say no” to every initiative. That he is only interested in shrinking government. Oh the horror! read more

Rejoice: Obamacare Is Almost upon Us

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

I’m so excited. I can hardly wait. It’s like Christmas in October, for Obamacare will be kicking in for real in about 2 to 3 weeks.

 

For those of us that understand this law better than most, we are worried, to put it mildly. I say “understand it better” because no one, including its author (s), whoever they are, know everything about it. Scary isn’t it; passing a law that controls one sixth of the economy and is still a mystery to all.

 

Yet the low to no information crowd is being hit with a full-court press of Obamacare positives. To my point, MSN Money posted an article highlighting 10 great things about Obamacare. I couldn’t resist but to click on it and find out just how they claim it will solve all our healthcare concerns.

 

Shall we examine a few?

 

The article began with a bang as Sara Collins, VP for affordable health insurance of the Commonwealth fund exclaimed: “the market reforms really level the playing field. You can no longer be excluded based on your health, for instance, if you have diabetes or asthma. That will really benefit those who are older.”

 

Ah yes, leveling the playing field. The mantra of the socialist set. And they didn’t forget to include the benefits to the low information old folks, although they did neglect to mention the death panels.

 

Another positive point was that restaurants with over 20 locations must post calorie and nutrition information. This is apparently great news and will coax many to make healthier choices. They continued by explaining that of low income people eating at fast food joints, more than 25% were influenced by the information, yet they still consumed the same amount of calories. Huh? read more

The Left’s Seeming Desire to be Offended

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Just when we thought we have seen or heard it all, the lefties surprise us. The recent declaration by Seattle city officials to ban a couple of perfectly harmless and reasonable words is predictably ridiculous. I guess it’s not surprising given the current tone in this country.

 

I’m sure it’s strictly coincidental that word ban fever only leans one direction. Cracker, teabagger, etc. are all still perfectly acceptable.

 

No doubt you’re aware that the words “citizen” and “brownbag” have been recently removed from Seattle residents vocabulary due to the historically offensive double meanings of said words.

 

The cease and desist order of the word “citizen” should be obvious considering the pandering by many in the political class to illegal aliens. Although I thought citizenship was the aspiration of all these “undocumented residents”. Isn’t that what Rubio, Ryan et al. have been telling us? Now we find out it’s offensive? Go figure.

 

A “brownbag” is apparently offensive to blacks because of a practice called the brownbag test where a person held up a brownbag to gauge the blackness of another. I agree; that is offensive. What most of these Seattle lefties neglect to explain, assuming they know the truth, is the test was apparently conducted by light-skinned blacks to discriminate against those of darker skin, not white on black discrimination. That must be why the bag was developed; not to hold one’s lunch. And it’s brown due to racist bag producers. Not that a brownbag is a lot less expensive to produce than a white one.

 

More and more we are becoming a society of pansies. Oh, did that offend someone? Probably. Those on the left seem to have so much time on their collective hands that they can now sit around and look for ways to be offended. It’s as if they aren’t satisfied unless they are offended.

 

Well, there must be an answer to this growing lingual scourge and I believe I’ve come up with the answer.

 

I recently saw that Google is going to attempt to develop a universal translator, inspired by the show and movies Star Trek. Someone speaks into the translator and it translates their words into the desired language automatically.

 

I say they scrap the project in favor of a far more important one; the “Nonoffensive Language Translator”. Us crackers may simply spew are hate filled rhetoric into the translator and voilà, outcomes the flowery politically correct speech of the left. Utopia!

 

I’ll bet David Howard, a DC mayoral aide wished he had one in 1999. He was a cracker, probably still is. During a budget meeting he used the term “niggardly”, which means stingy or miserly. Not bothering to ask the meaning or look it up, a black colleague lodged a race complaint and 10 days later cracker Howard was history.

 

You might ask, when the meaning was explained to the black colleague why was the complaint not dropped? Unlike being pregnant, to the left, once a protected class is offended, that’s it. There is evidently no way to abort the offense, as it were.

 

I can hardly wait to see what words they “outlaw” next. Any guesses?

Good Decisions are a Function of Government

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Rush Limbaugh says Obama’s “Nudge Squad” is designed to promote certain behavior. I’m sure he just misspoke. The Nudger’s themselves admit they are attempting to do much more than just promote. Government can and already does produce commercials that merely promote an agenda. No, the “Nudge Squad” is not a promotional group. These “behavioral scientists” are charged with steering us into making the “correct” decisions.

And who determines what is the correct decision? Why, the administration. They are the arbiters of right and wrong, good and bad behavior.

Do you recall the statement by Bill Clinton, circa 1999? Thanks to the reforms forced on him by the Republican Congress and the tech bubble, the government had a surplus. Regarding that surplus Clinton said: “We could give it all back to you [the taxpayers] and hope you spend it right… Do you really want to run the risk of squandering the surplus?”

Just like the Nudgers of today, he didn’t really give us a choice. It’s what the academics, the behavioral scientists call “mandated choice”. The choice he gave us was between squandering the surplus on one government program or another. Some choice.

“Mandated choice”, where one has to choose between one thing or another is not true choice. How would you like to go; stabbed or shot? It’s your choice. Again, some choice. No, “mandated choice” is used to accomplish one thing; to modify people’s behavior, for to progressive, collectivist academics that have infested our government for over a century, only they know best. Only they know what is good for us.

In the late 1980s the popular slogan was “Bo Knows”. It was the brainchild of Nike and featured the two-sport athlete Bo Jackson. It was changed in 2008 to “Barack Knows”, the brainchild of who the heck knows but stated by wife Michelle. She exclaimed: “Barack knows that we’re going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we are going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” She continued: “Truly, the choice we make will determine nothing less than who we are as a country, but more important it will determine who we will be.”

But what if we don’t want to move or change? Then enter the Cass Sunsteins of the world. Glenn Beck called Sunstein the most dangerous man in America. He was right.

Cass joined the Obama administration early on. He headed up the OIRA (Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs). He was Obama’s regulatory czar, a Chicago egghead academic that believes he has all the answers and couldn’t wait to foist them on the American people. Working behind the scene he tasked himself with weighing the interests of the greedy individual to that of the utopian collective or society.

He was a huge fan of FDR and his second “Bill of Rights“. If you know nothing else of Cass Sunstein, that is sufficient.

Sunstein is the father of the modern day “Nudge Squad”.

But now the baton has been passed to Maya Shankar, a twenty something, no nothing, Yale leftist. She is a White House “senior” policy analyst charged with influencing Americans behavior. One could only guess who she has been aligned with. If you guessed Soros’s Marxist “Center for American Progress” and “Open society”, you’d be correct.

So our government has assembled a “Nudge Squad”, complete with far left ideologues to control our behavior and shove us back into line lest we step out.

Glenn Beck had it right (as usual) when he said: “first they nudge, then they shove, then they shoot.” It’s the way of the oppressor and if we don’t fight it now, we will find out just how bad it can get. They won’t stop unless we stop them.