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May 30, 2012

The Onion:

Obama the Sad Sack

Politics today is purely about image. It really doesn’t matter how well-thought or unthought a policy and its consequences are as long as the policymakers looks good and doesn’t embarrass himself he will grab votes. The Onion really makes a sad commentary about what passes for relevant news in politics today. The president eating dog meat while he was growing up in a third-world country has nothing to do with his leadership or ideas. But such a story spends evenings in the news.

These sorts of stories would be relevant if other nations wanted to launch nukes at the States because of these storylines. But the fact of their irrelavance has not caused any news editor’s to question running such stories. The fake news parodies the real news and it isnhqrd to tell the difference. More seriousness is needed in our current political climate.

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Putting Keystone and payroll tax cuts together is kinda like this.

So Congress Republicans are plotting revenge:

Republican lawmakers will try to force the Obama administration to approve the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline by attaching it to a highway bill that Congress will consider next month, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday.

Attaching Keystone to a pending deal to extend payroll tax cuts for workers, which has greater bipartisan backing than the highway bills, is another vehicle Republicans are considering.

I can see how, in some way, a reasonable person could think that a highway bill and an oil pipeline are related, though not directly.  But attaching it to a payroll tax cut?  What?

This is a general illustration of how dysfunctional Washington is.  Silliness, pure silliness.  We have gone from up and down votes over clear issues to mixing and matching items in bills so the public can be easily manipulated.  It’s like the universal health care bill that doled out college scholarships, as if sending kids to college has anything to do with mandating all Americans have health insurance.

Whenever two different things are put together on a bill, it means one is not likely to go the distance while the other is.  Which means one is not supported by the people, else different politicians would have been elected.  Which means the scatter of items and issues in a bill are mostly passed without consent.

These bills often become law or actions because politicians, under pressure from the public, choose the lesser of two evils.  Is it better to allow this bill to pass with a provision I am staunchly against because the rest of the bill does good things?  Or should I vote against the bill because of the one thing I consider faulty?  Often, the first choice is the route a politician follows.

Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.

Alpha’s Letter

January 23, 2012

From In Mala Fide, Alpha:

Do you know what the problem with America is?

Our politicians looked at Kim Jong Il while he was alive, and saw that everywhere he went, no matter what, every night of his life he had a lobster flown to him for dinner.

Every night.

He stood on the broken backs of his people, he forced them to smile and made them enjoy giving him their money.

Our politicians watched him live like a god while his people resorted to cannibalism or starved to death in the streets.

Instead of feeling pity for those poor, oppressed, and suffering people, instead of feeling disgust an what an animal Kim Jong Il was, instead of being outraged that human life could be mistreated in such a way, instead of feeling hatred for anyone who could commit such evils, do you know what they felt?

Envy.

They saw a man who lived like a god on Earth, and they WANTED IT. They Coveted his lifestyle. The wealth he lived in, the power he commanded! How great it must be to live like that, to literally be worshipped! How great it will be to stand in the place of the Most High, to take His name as Mine and have that Power! Don’t you see? They will stop at nothing, and they will not rest, until they have that same power.

We are lead by corrupt and evil men, men who want nothing but their own gain. Who want nothing but to see the measure of their own power and wealth increased. We are lead by Satan, and we allow him to direct our paths to lead us unto our destruction, that he may proclaim himself king — though it will be king of the damned.

Sadly, I believe this is a remarkably accurate assessment.  They use their power to legitimize power, to gain power, to continually grasp at power.  Even many of the Tea Partiers in Congress fell in line with Republican demands, suddenly “seeing the light” once power was in their hands.

Power corrupts.

It’s angering to see people continue to vote for leaders who are demonstrably corrupt and power-hungry.  The tried-and-failed solution to this is to elect leaders who have high ideals and good character.  It’s sad to see people vote for those types of leaders only to see them quickly corrupted by the power.  Though strong, they were not strong enough to withstand the demon of power.

A better solution would be to limit the power the leaders can hold.  Don’t give the leaders more power to consolidate.  Take back power.  Don’t rest until the power lies with the people, not the leaders.

Would there be enough room?

January 22, 2012

So would there be enough room on the jumpsuits?

Funny, but slightly disturbing because of the implications.  Imagine putting the presidential candidates in their own unis.  Although many of them would have the same main sponsors–Goldman Sachs, AIG, etc.

Really.  This is tough.

Just sign your little girl’s life away.  That’d be a funny comedic touch if it weren’t literally true.

The next news story to follow this: “Republicans blast Obama for not allowing big oil companies to cut through the middle of America with a pipeline.”  After all, it makes total sense to send oil 1,700 miles (that’s a full day—24 hours—of interstate driving if traveling 70 mph) from its source to have it refined.  I heard that’s how it works with dry cleaning: local shops ship all their clothing to Maine to have it cleaned and then sent back—oh, wait…that’s not how it works in Normalville.

The president pointed out that the Republicans made an arbitrary deadline for political purposes—old game, Dems just don’t like when the GOP plays it to their own satisfaction.  However, if the Republicans don’t even want to abolish the liberty-infringing regulations that create bureaucracy (and delays) for these sorts of projects, what gives them the right to say “tough luck” when the studies and reports aren’t done by the politically-motivated deadline?

And ultimately, this shenanigan is stupid: what the Republicans should do, if they wanted to solve a problem and not just play party politics, is simply remove the regulations and EPA restrictions which prevent companies from building refineries near the source of oil.  This would not only be more efficient for transporting oil and gas, but it will also provide jobs and drive down the price of gas, which can further open up the economy.  And Obama would suffer serious repercussions if he took action against building new refineries.  What’s his excuse, the refineries are worse than a pipeline bisecting the continent?

“Let’s play the blame game, I hate you.”

Update:  Surprise, surprise!  “Republicans fume as Keystone oil pipeline rejected