Here we are, just four days into 2013, and nothing has changed, not even the talking heads with their partisan nonsense that skirts the real issues at hand.
Political lying and corruption …
How many citizens thought that the all night legislative session was going to solve the political self-made “fiscal cliff” problem – only to find that the legislation included significant special interest tax relief aimed at multi-millionaires and that the legislation did nothing about the budget, the spending cap, and even worse, kicked the fundamental question of sequestration cuts down the road to March 1, 2013?
President Obama – with his “tax the rich” class warfare rhetoric – blatantly lied to the American people, not only about the criminal activities at Benghazi, but about raising taxes on the poor and the middle class. How many people noticed that the while Obama was talking about the reducing or eliminating the “Bush Tax” cuts for the rich, he screwed all working Americans by allowing ONE payroll tax break to end, that provides that any person or married couple earning over $50,000 may pay an additional $1,000 in taxes. $50,000 sure doesn’t sound like the earnings of a mega-wealthy person like Obama’s buddies Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, the Google founders – or even his enemies like Mitt Romney.
Since all of the legislators, agency heads and Barack Obama himself knew the details of the fiscal reality at least one year in advance, it was unconscionable and malfeasant not to take action.
We still do not know the extent of the unemployment crisis with the permanent loss of jobs to business model obsolescence, technology and outsourcing. And it is likely that any numbers have been highly skewed with the enlargement of the government bureaucracy. The elephant in the room, so to speak, is what will become of the soldiers that are coming off deployment and will introduce disciplined, skilled employees into a labor market that already has disadvantaged unskilled labor.
Due to the methodology used by the Administrative agencies reporting on economic affairs, I am highly suspicious of the preliminary release of data in order to capture the attention of the media. Because it is almost always followed by corrected data which is released with little or no media attention or fanfare. Thus, government agencies can manipulate important economic data for political purposes and be totally legal and in the clear as the correct it weeks or months later. This appears to be the same type of logic that lets legislators “correct” official records when their wrongdoing has been discovered.
Global Warming …
The global warming hoax continues to affect public policy in terms of tighter government control over natural resources, energy exploration, recovery, transmission and uses. We see consumer prices rising, taxes on utilities rising and energy usage dropping. All the while peer-reviewed research, such as the paper in Earth System Dynamics which suggests that anthropogenic (man-made) climate forcings is not statistically significant. The greatest greenhouse gas that affects our climate is water vapor. But the real value of this study is to point out that the science is far from settled, and a politically-influenced consensus is neither scientific fact nor the foundation upon which to base public policies that enlarge our government, raise our taxes, subsidize the special interests – and above all, reduce our personal freedoms.
Polynomial cointegration tests of anthropogenic impact on global warming
We use statistical methods for nonstationary time series to test the anthropogenic interpretation of global warming (AGW), according to which an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations raised global temperature in the 20th century. Specifically, the methodology of polynomial cointegration is used to test AGW since during the observation period (1880–2007) global temperature and solar irradiance are stationary in 1st differences whereas greenhouse gases and aerosol forcings are stationary in 2nd differences. We show that although these anthropogenic forcings share a common stochastic trend, this trend is empirically independent of the stochastic trend in temperature and solar irradiance. Therefore, greenhouse gas forcing, aerosols, solar irradiance and global temperature are not polynomials cointegrated. This implies that recent global warming is not statistically significantly related to anthropogenic forcing. On the other hand, we find that greenhouse gas forcing might have had a temporary effect on global temperature.
Beenstock, M., Reingewertz, Y., and Paldor, N.: Polynomial cointegration tests of anthropogenic impact on global warming, Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss., 3, 561-596, doi:10.5194/esdd-3-561-2012, 2012. <Source>
Liberal hypocrisy …
I thought it fitting to follow the mention of my global warming concern with a stunning example of liberal hypocrisy. Al Gore, the self-appointed cheerleader for global warming, has just sold his failing cable television station to anti-America Islamists whose money comes from – wait for it – big oil, dirty oil, the fossil fuel that Gore claims is polluting our planet. It has been reported that the timing of the sale was to shelter Gore’s estimated $100 million in revenue from Obama’s “fair share” prescription for curing societal ills. You can’t get more hypocritical than that as Al Gore has been pushing for higher “fair share” taxes while operating a mega-mansion and private jetliner. Of course, he claims he purchases “carbon offset credits” to mitigate the damage to the planet. I wonder if he purchases these credits from himself and expenses them as a cost of doing business, another “loophole for the rich” to shelter their income.
A skewed foreign policy, weighted in favor of the Arabs and against Israel …
There is little or no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama is either a Muslim (as he was during the first part of his life in Indonesia) or a Muslim sympathizer. The Egyptian magazine, Rose El-Youssef, is reporting that President Obama has surrounded himself with at least six major pro-Muslim advisors who support the positions of the militant anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood. We are not even calling out our major Muslim enemies: Iran and Saudi Arabia – both of whom have a disproportionate influence on Middle East politics. Iran, through its proxies, foments regional terrorism. And Saudi Arabia appears to fund militant Whabbist outreach and global terrorism in return for a rumored terrorist pledge not the overthrow the Kingdom.
- Rashad Hussain, U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference
- Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development
- Eboo Patel, President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships;
- Mohammed Elibiary, Homeland Security Advisory Council
- Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council
- Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America
Even Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is susceptible to Muslim influence as her top aide, Huma Abedin, has undisputed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Which makes wonder about how these people managed to gain security clearances that make them a clear and present danger to America and a possible conduit for classified foreign and domestic intelligence?
Add to that the nomination of Chuck Hagel to assume the position of Secretary of Defense when Leon Panetta resigns.
Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, told The Daily Beast Friday, “Chuck Hagel’s opposition to Iranian sanctions and support for direct, unconditional talks with its leaders is both at odds with current U.S. policy and a threat to global security. To make matters worse, he has called for direct negotiations with Hamas. The worst possible message we could send to our friend Israel and the rest of our allies in the Middle East is Chuck Hagel.”
When he was a senator, Hagel often made it a point to not sign letters circulated by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He voted against resolutions proposing sanctions against Iran and designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group. In 2009, when he was out of office, Hagel signed a letter urging the Obama administration to encourage the Palestinian Authority to form a unity government with Hamas, an organization that calls for the destruction of Israel in its charter. <Source>
To further demonstrate the problems with a highly-polarized electorate …
With a very narrow margin separating the two polarities, democrat and republican, both parties want to shore up their voter base without offending any minority or class of people. This empowers marginal groups, with normally little or no voice in the conversation, to be amplified by the media into a commanding voice. Why gays should have a disproportionate say on the nomination of the Secretary of Defense is still bewildering. Gay-friendly policies have hurt the good order normally found in the military and have introduced a social dimension which can only result in a less effective fighting team as the military leadership becomes preoccupied with “social matters.”
LGBT Group Takes Issue with Hagel Nomination, Urges Obama to Abandon
A pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group issued a statement today urging President Barack Obama not to nominate Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.
"GetEQUAL strongly opposes the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel has, time and time again, taken every opportunity to lambast and denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, and the Cabinet is no place for this kind of disrespect," writes the chair GetEQUAL's board Tanya Domi. <Source>
There are substantive policy reasons why Chuck Hagel should not be nominated as the next Secretary of Defense … but his stance on gays in the military or gays in general should not be one of them. The Constitution, which Hagel will swear to uphold, protect and defend provides for equal treatment under the law. However, among fighting forces, some Constitutional provisions are suspended for the good of the corps. If DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) produced a superior, more cohesive force – so be it. There will never become a time when gays will prance around a military installation like they do in San Francisco, and to think otherwise is both ludicrous and wrong-headed. Let those in the military keep their sex lives to themselves and any open advocacy or assault among the members of the corps should be a UCMJ-punishable offense.
Bottom line …
Some Americans have not chosen their leaders wisely. Preferring to engage in self-destructive and divisive race-based rhetoric that subverts American from within using a divide-and-conquer strategy well-known to our enemies. Such division is necessary because only a closely polarized nation can allow the election of marginal leaders with a small minority influence in key battleground states. In fact, what the GOP overlooked is that they didn’t need to waste time, money and energy on most of the states where they campaigned – as only a few key states made a difference. California and New York do not appear to be voting Republican any time in the future unless the democrats kill their economies to the point where it would be foolish to allow those who created the catastrophe, repair its damage and attempt a recovery.
In a New Year, normally filled with hope and the promise of a new beginning, I see nothing but despair – and a defeated GOP counterweight who is still afraid of the media and the minorities which provide the democrats with their power base. Giving illegal aliens carte blanche access to overrun our nation and further subvert the political scene in favor of the democrats is wrong – but not according to the democrats, the media and the scared puppies and pussies in the GOP.
I am beginning to believe my best friend Al is correct. Nothing will change. Corruption will continue. And, we are doomed.
That is unless we are going to find leaders who can emulate Ronald Reagan and not the pale imitations of conservatives like Christie, Jindal and Rubio. While their limited accomplishments are attractive and media-worthy, I do not think that they can turn the tide of corruption. I am afraid that the Northeastern liberal elite in the GOP who gave us Mitt Romney and who continues to float the name of Jeb Bush have sold out their party and their nation.
Perhaps I will feel different next week – but I am not so sure.