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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Harry Reid Is a Moron

Often speculated.  Now proven to be a fact.  The man is an idiot:
Reid Compares Opponents of Health Care Reform to Supporters of Slavery

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.

"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right," Reid said Monday. "When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.'"

He continued: "When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote, some insisted they simply, slow down, there will be a better day to do that, today isn't quite right.

"When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today." [link]

There will be those who will remind this goofball that forcing American citizens to either purchase health care insurance or go to prison (Reid's plan) is closer to slavery than is the Republican plan to put more competition into the health care delivery system.  But then they'd be sinking to his level.

When I heard this bit of nonsense on the radio, my first reaction was:

"Whoa, old man.  Before you go off accusing Republicans of being supporters of slavery and, later, segregation, you might want to take a look around the chamber there and notice who it is that wore the Klan robes not that long ago."  A hint: It wasn't a Republican.

And make note of which party it was that was created to oppose the institution of slavery in 1854.  Hint: It wasn't the Democratic Party.  The Democratic Party was, to a man, perfectly fine with a sizeable portion of the American populace being kept in chains.

And understand which party fought to enact the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.  And which fought against it.  Want a quote from that time?  "We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our states."  That came from one of your fellow Democratic senators.

But then, as I continued down the highway, I quickly realized that this was Harry Reid spouting the nonsense.  And there'll be no getting through to that blockhead.

So file this under Another Democrat Moron Shoots Off His Mouth and Embarrasses HimselfAgain.

The Lipstick Is Off The Pig

With each passing day, more and more Americans are coming to the realization that they've been hustled.

Hope and Change?  Well, they're having "change" shoved down their throats, to be sure.  And they are not liking it.

Gallup has Obama's popularity at 47% and plummeting:

Tax increases are soon to come.  The ruination of our health care system.  Cap and Trade.  Union control.  Spending.  Spending.  Spending.

Expect that number to be in single digits before long.

Chart coutesy of Gallup.

Gov't vs. The People

I find myself rereading the Declaration of Independence this morning.  Out of a sense of self-defense:
That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
Absolute despotism may not apply.  But we have a government agency altering our way of life and nobody in that government agency - nor that alteration - were ever voted on.  Nor will they ever be voted on.

The unelected, omnipotent EPA now controls your life like never before. And you have nothing to say about it:
An Inconvenient Democracy
Wall Street Journal editorial

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said yesterday that her ruling that greenhouses gases are dangerous pollutants would "cement 2009's place in history" as the moment when the U.S. began "seizing the opportunity of clean-energy reform." She's right that this is an historic decision, though not to her or the White House's credit, and "seizing" is the right term. President Obama isn't about to let a trifle like democratic consent impede his climate agenda.

With cap and trade blown apart in the Senate, the White House has chosen to impose taxes and regulation across the entire economy under clean-air laws that were written decades ago and were never meant to apply to carbon. With this doomsday machine activated, Mr. Obama hopes to accomplish what persuasion and debate among his own party manifestly cannot.

This reckless "endangerment finding" is a political ultimatum: The many Democrats wary of levelling huge new costs on their constituents must surrender, or else the EPA's carbon police will inflict even worse consequences. [link]
A wildly unpopular - and ill-considered - decision by an increasingly despised - and evermore removed - central apparat.

It was never meant to be this way.

We cannot let it be this way.

Quote of the Day

From the Wall Street Journal editorial team:

"President Obama has promised an 83% cut in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (from their 2005 level) by 2050. But such extravagant pledges are only possible when everyone knows they won't happen."

"The Copenhagen Concoction," December 8, 2009