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Friday, February 17, 2012

Obama's Time Is Up

Cast aside the talk about contraceptives and whether Republicans are mean-spirited for not demanding that churches pay for them.  Forget all the other diversions that Obama and his ilk are throwing up to keep the discussion from turning back to the most critical issue facing America today.

Keep the focus on JOBS.

The ones that our president promised to deliver.

The ones that never came.

In keeping with the topic at hand, on the third anniversary of "the stimulus" being signed into law, here's "3 Years is Up, Mr. President. We Can't Afford Another 4."

His followers are now claiming that Obama had no idea how bad the economy was in 2008 and that is why it has taken longer than expected to turn things around.

A more damning indictment there never was.

He told us then that he was the man who was on top of it and could fix it. Now he says he was unaware. We're to trust him in the future when he says he's going to fix it ... again?

The guy has had his chance. He failed. Time to get out of our hair so that we can find someone who can actually do that which Obama promised.

Democrats Stuck On Stupid

This speaks volumes.  While the rabidly liberal mayor of the city of Chicago is calling for more gun control (see "Emanuel proposes statewide gun registry"), the Canadian government is abandoning its registry all together.

As Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said: "It does nothing to help put an end to gun crimes, nor has it saved one Canadian life."

I'm inclined to suggest that someone get that message to the clueless mayor of Chicago.  Gun registries do nothing to save lives.

But then he knows that.

He also knows that he has no cure for his city's crime ills.  Thus the misdirection.

Anyway, the Canadians learned a valuable lesson.  Maybe sometime in the distant future America's Democrats will learn it as well.

Talk About Bad Luck

First, in an attempt to blow up a commercial airliner, the dude accidentally sets his love muscle on fire.

And now he gets sent up the river forever for the effort:

Attempted bomber of Detroit-bound plane gets life in prison

If mutilating himself wasn't punishment enough, the poor guy will soon be some ape's girlfriend in the slammer.

Sometimes it just doesn't pay to get out of bed.

This Guy Pulls No Punches

He calls 'em like he sees 'em.  That's why I have so much respect for him:

Rep. West: Democratic handouts an 'insidious form of slavery'

Though I understand what he's trying to convey, I have a bit of a problem with his comparing those who take food stamps and Medicaid and free cell service and free job training programs and free child care with a great big smile on their faces to the utter debasements inherent in the institution of slavery.

But Congressman West has guts saying what most of us feel.

Here's hoping he goes far.

The Secret Is Out

Was Bibi the last to know?

Netanyahu: Iran sanctions not working

Oh.  Wait.  Nobody's told Obama yet.

All For The War Effort

Or not.

When you think of World War II and how it impacted the Home Front in the years 1941 to 1945, you think of Rosie the Riveter, maybe.  You think of the scrap drives that took place to help America's industrial machinery obtain the necessary raw materials in order to turn "plowshares into swords." You think of bond drives and Red Cross canteens that sprouted up around the country.  And victory gardens.  And flags.  A whole lot of red, white and blue flags flying proudly over every home in the land.


And quaint.

But not necessarily accurate.

What you don't think about - what you never read about - is this kind of thing: From Time magazine, August 12, 1942, when America was fighting the war on three continents (if you include the Aleutian Islands) and gearing up to take it to a fourth - Fortress Europe:
Pickets For Victory*

The most disgraceful jurisdictional strike in U.S. Labor history closed two Michigan war plants last week and crippled a third. The cause was fantastic: a fight between C.I.O. And A.F.L. For control of Pontiac's grocery clerks.

Because the C.I.O. clerks won a contract, the A.F. of L. threw picket lines around Pontiac's 200 hundred independent groceries. The teamsters, their colleagues, then refused to make deliveries across the line. The stores had to close.

In retaliation, the C.I.O. clerks put pickets around war plants. At Pontiac Motor Co. (guns and tank parts), 7,000 C.I.O. autoworkers refused to cross the line. At Yellow Truck & Coach Co. (Army trucks), 3,000 autoworkers turned back. At Baldwin Rubber Co., 600 C.I.O. rubber workers walked out. There were street fights.

The public wrath got two quick results. After one day, the strike was called off. And at week's end, C.I.O. President Philip Murray, who has put off making peace with the A.F. of L., got off an urgent letter rival William Green, offering to try – really try – for an inter-federation agreement.
Reading the weekly issues of Time in that year gives one an understanding that labor strife, as revealed in the above dispatch, was the norm rather than the exception. While America was fighting a war against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, labor unions here were fighting each other, fighting employers, and fighting the government. The war be damned.

Stopping manufactories from making arms and ammunition desperately needed for combat against a determined enemy because grocery clerks in Pontiac, Michigan signed with the C.I.O. rather than with the A.F. of L. is beyond our 21st century understanding. Yet there it was.

A strange era. One that this country never needs to witness again.

* I think the title was meant to be facetious.