The Good, The Bad and The Wooden – Responses to the Obama Show

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well, I tried. I tried to watch the State of the Union speech, but I couldn’t do it. I even turned back to it a few times – heard about the 1 percenters who need to give back to the middle class. I don’t know how that will work? Answer – it won’t and it isn’t supposed to.

I also heard his challenge to try to support a family on just $15,000 per year and those who think it’s possible should go ahead and try. That’s bogus and he knows it, for far less than 1% of workers support a family on minimum wage.

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Okay, that’s enough of the buffoon in chief. We all knew what he was going to say before he said it anyway.

As for the Republican response, I can describe the performance of Iowa Senator Joni Ernst as… well… what’s the word? It’s not electric. It’s not inspiring, great or motivating. It’s more like… wooden, as if Geppetto had just fashioned her.

It was a major disappointment with its typical Republican “repeal and replace” Obamacare message. But considering who put her up – the establishment Republicans – that’s to be expected.

Then it was on to the Tea Party Express rebuttal of “The One’s” speech. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m glad Congressman Curtis Clawson was both humbled and grateful to give the Tea Party Express response, but he like Ernst lacked any passion. I mean zero appeal. read more

Congress – Just Do Something Positive!

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Ronald Reagan famously said of the government solution to everything: “If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.”

Everyone knows if you want less of something, tax it. And that is true not only of goods but also innovation.

Now I hold out very little hope that the next Congress will do anything positive. I think the illegal executive amnesty is a shell game where Congressman and Senators talk tough now but backroom deals have been crafted between the Dems and the Republicans to make it appear that they’re trying to stop our King, but nothing will be done. Yes, I admit, that’s rather cynical. I hope they prove me wrong.

I also joke-a-hontashave little confidence that anything will be done about Obamacare. However, one thing that could be done now is repeal of the medical device tax. This tax has already done much damage to the industry and it’s just begun.

Heck, even Joke-A-Hontas, Elizabeth Warren, the Marxist of Massachusetts said the device tax “pushes companies of all sizes to cut back on research and development for life-saving products.” read more

Obamacare – The Perfect Crime

by: the Common Constitutionalist

History is replete with flimflam men, and women. America has had its fair share. The most famous must be Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi, better known as Charles Ponzi.

More recently names like Bernie Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford have become the modern day face of the scam. Madoff ripped off investors to the tune of $65 billion in what many have described as the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. For this he was sentenced to 150 years in the slammer.

Stanford ripped off over 28,000 investors for about $7 billion and was sentenced to 110 years behind bars.

Of Madoff and Stanford, Robert Lenzner at Forbes.com wrote that “Clearly, the SEC should have had the smarts and the will to put Madoff and Stanford out of business before they were able to do so much harm.” read more

Democrats Lie – They’re Too Arrogant Not To

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It seems that Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner has found a few choice quotes from Democrats, namely Bella Pelosi (I vant to suck your wallet) as the title of her article on Saturday would suggest: “Dems: Gruber wrote computer code, not Obamacare.”

Is that right. Well, he sure does have a lot to say and sure seems to have plenty of detailed strategic information for some guy tucked away somewhere pecking at a keyboard. That, or a very active imagination. Maybe he’s the inadvertent Edward Snowden of Obamacare, or maybe he’s a typical egotistical arrogant liberal who, like Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al, think they can say anything and not be held to account, even when they’re caught on audio or video. “Are you going to believe me, or your lying eyes?”

Nonetheless, Susan writes that House Democrats contend that Jonathan Gruber was merely a computer code expert who was factually wrong in the assertions he made, regarding Obamacare.

By now most of us have heard that he was merely a computer “modeler, who wrote 15,000 lines of computer code.” And for this, writes Ferrechio, he “banked more than $1 million from the federal government and states by helping design and implement the Affordable Care Act.” Where do I sign up for that gig?

Susan reports that although Pelosi insists that he played no role in writing Obamacare, Gruber evidently visited the White House eight times. Now why in the world would anyone in the White House invite a mere computer programmer to meet with them just once, let alone eight times? Answer: they wouldn’t. read more

We Need a Republican Presidential Fantasy League

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The hot topic of the day usually attracts the commentary of Rush Limbaugh. Yesterday was no different when he spoke of a short video released showing Jonathan Gruber, leftist economics professor at MIT, commenting on the passage of Obamacare, saying: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies, okay? So it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rating subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are gonna pay… if you made it explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed, okay? Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever. But basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

Before I continue, it can’t possibly be a mystery how our “best and brightest”, emerging from elite schools like MIT, are so screwed up. Look at who is teaching them. This guy is an economics professor? Is the head of the department Paul Krugman?

Okay, back to it. It seemed as if Gruber was proud of how they pulled it off – as if he admired the administration for their mastery of deceit. Well, he should be proud of the deceit – he was part of it. read more

Government Waste Fraud and Abuse

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Yesterday I wrote an article regarding gun violence in Dodge City…er… Chicago. You may review it here.

In it I revealed that Obama cheerleader, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is receiving a $10 million federal grant to help “at risk” children.

You can bet the farm that at least half, if not most of that cash won’t make it whom it’s slated. It will go to line the pockets of the mayor’s cronies.

Naturally, there will be no “real” oversight of the monies final destination. And of course – no one will ask.

On the same day we hear that Secretary of State John “Lurch” Kerry announced our government is giving the terrorist gang Hamas $47 million in “Humanitarian” aid.

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Monopolies Are Always Bad…Except When They’re Not

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The website, Inside Business wrote: “A monopoly is bad for the economy and allows one business to set the prices for a certain product or service virtually eliminating free-trade. If one business is the only provider of a product or service, the consumer is forced to pay whatever price they demand. This can also lead to the company providing a low quality product or service without fear of losing business.”

In 1890 the Sherman Antitrust Act was even enacted to make monopolies illegal and for a time it was considered a felony.

The Internet is awash with lefty bloggers railing against corporate monopolies. One such blogger wrote, “One of the fundamentals of free-market capitalism is that the consumer benefit from competition is plentiful. If a business is selling a week or inferior product, consumers can turn to the competition for a better deal”.

He continued by describing that the patron Saint of big government, FDR, stressed antitrust as a “key element of the New Deal” and “that large companies should be forced into a competitive environment whether they like it or not”. read more

Obamacare Limits Freedom

from The American Thinker:

Sit down, shut up, and take what we give you. That seems to be the attitude of Marcus Merz, CEO of Minnesota insurer PreferredOne. The Obamacare insurer told the New York Times.

Daily Caller:

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” Marcus Merz, CEO of Minnesota insurer PreferredOne, told The New York Times Tuesday. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”

Imagine having a “fixation” on freedom. Perish the thought! read more

A Big Harry Lie

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

For the past several weeks Senate majority leader “Dirty” Harry Reid has been trying to tell the “truth” about the Unaffordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

 

I say trying because Reid wouldn’t know the truth if he passed it on the street.

 

Of course we’ve now heard his truth telling on the Senate floor as he speechified to an empty hall proclaiming that, “despite all the good news, there’s plenty of horror stories being told, all are untrue, but they’re being told all over America.”

 

“The Koch brothers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling Americans that Obamacare is bad for them. It’s easy to do if you have no conscience and are willing to lie like they are, through the ads they’re promoting. But the Kochs should stick to what they know: the oil business… Where they’ve made their multi-billions of dollars,” Reid said.

 

Yes Harry, they should stick to the oil business and stay away from say, crooked land deals. You’ve pretty much cornered the market on that. read more