So What Have You Missed?

If you’re the typical liberal, you’ve missed a lot. While everyone has been busy hyperventilating over gay marriage and restricting gun rights, a lot has gone on under the radar. First on the radar screen would be the President’s call to relax lending standards again, as Bill Clinton did back in the 1990’s, which led to the ultimate crash in 2007. Liberals like to refer to this as “predatory lending” because obviously it was all the fault of greedy banks who insisted on giving mortgages to people who couldn’t afford to pay them back. So off we go to another housing bubble, how exciting.

Next up, poverty, which is reported now to be at levels not seen since the 1960’s which as most of us remember was the impetus for the Great Society and the “war on poverty”. Now you would think that after the “summer of recovery” in 2010, the 2009 stimulus, Obama’s promise of a new “green” economy in need of well paid, skilled workers, and the Keynesian economic dream model he has been chasing, that Americans would be on easy street right now, right? Well you would be wrong. The latest jobs report is well below expectations and inventories are falling, which doesn’t bode well for future employment. On a positive note, Justin Timberlake is scheduled to perform at the White House soon, so it’s good to know that the Obama’s are not suffering from the sluggish economy.

Next up, Obamacare. It was announced this week that the administration will have to delay the implementation of SHOP, a key small business provision, that was instrumental in securing some needed votes for passage. The provision was scheduled to begin in January 2014, and was to allow choices of coverage for small business at affordable rates. Now the program has been pushed back a year, to January 2015, and will only allow for one single choice for those small business’s despite nearly 4 years to put the program in place. However, anyone who believed that we could reduce health care costs by adding more layers of bureaucracy and more free riders to the system, deserve what they get.

Finally, illegitimacy, which in my opinion, is the root of our societal ills. A recent report shows that now more than half of all births to all women under 30, occur outside of marriage. 73% of all black children are born outside of marriage, while that number is 53% for Latinos and 29% for whites. These numbers are alarming. Studies show that children raised in single-family households are more prone to drop out of school, use drugs, commit crimes, and wind up in prison and/or poverty.  And personally, I BLAME MEN!! Men need to man up, so to speak and take care of their responsibilities and their children. There is zero excuse for any man to abandon their child, and as a society, we should not condone that one bit. There are plenty of choices to be made to avoid pregnancy before the act of sex, which makes abortion not an option, and again, as a society we should expect better from everyone. How can we “progress” as a society if we continue to lower the bar? Progress should mean improvement, and from the current condition of our society, I am not seeing much improvement.

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54 thoughts on “So What Have You Missed?

  1. 02casper

    “personally, I BLAME MEN!! Men need to man up, so to speak and take care of their responsibilities and their children. There is zero excuse for any man to abandon their child, and as a society, we should not condone that one bit.”

    I agree 100%. I have students who have never met their biological fathers and others who know their fathers but don’t have any kind of relationship with them. It’s sad. I can’t imagine having a child and not being in his or her life.

    1. neocon01

      catspuke

      NO………BLAME the system that pays WOMEN $$$$$$$$$$$ for every welfare rat they punch out.
      Blame the woman who has six bastard kids by six different dogs.
      blame the inner city mindset that enables men to give a SHIITE less about their spawn.
      Blame the Godless denk party that has made all of this possibel. :(

  2. 02casper

    Cluster,
    The illegitimacy issue is one area that the folks on this blog could make a difference. Become a big brother, teach Sunday School, coach a sport, be a roll model. Explain to kids why marriage is important and that there is more to being a man than getting someone pregnant. You aren’t going to turn the world around, but you might turn one kid around.

    1. GMB

      Two excellent posts Casper. Better watch yourself though, a couple more like that and your card will be revoked.

      Smiles :)

      Daughter number one is one month and two days away from her wedding day.

      Smiles again. :)

      1. 02casper

        “Daughter number one is one month and two days away from her wedding day.”

        Congrats. One of the happiest day’s of my life was my daughter’s wedding day.

      2. neocon01

        GMB

        the guy still has two days to RUN………. LOL

        congrats Ill pray for good weather.

    2. neocon01

      catspuke

      WHY???

      I (we)RAISED THREE SONS, have TWO grandsons, two on the way…….
      now I am supposed to ignore or diminish time with my family to placate some one else s bastard kids??

      tell ya what -YOU DO IT!! ME ? I’ll take care of MY OWN….typical libtard mentality redistribution mentality…get some one else to do my work. (while collecting $$$$ on the porch)

      1. 02casper

        “neocon01 April 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

        catspuke

        WHY???

        I (we)RAISED THREE SONS, have TWO grandsons, two on the way…….
        now I am supposed to ignore or diminish time with my family to placate some one else s bastard kids??”

        Exactly the kind of response I expected from a compassionate conservative such as yourself. Then again, I’m kind of glad you don’t mentor kids.

        “tell ya what -YOU DO IT!! ME ? I’ll take care of MY OWN…”

        I do. I mentor kids as part of my job and I mentor them outside of my job. I explain why education and marriage are important to kids and why it’s a good idea to get married before starting a family. I use my own marriage as an example of what a stable relationship can be.

        “typical libtard mentality redistribution mentality…get some one else to do my work. (while collecting $$$$ on the porch)”

        Any kid I turn away from a life of welfare and help become a productive tax paying adult saves us both money in the long run.

      2. neocon01

        catspuke

        you and your ilk are the exact reason we are in dire straits, you “mentoring” anything but a frog is a joke and just plain scary.

        love the “compassionate” conservative dig though. Compassion? you bet,
        but it aint murdering babies in the womb, promoting homosexuality, promoting poverty by supporting massive illegitimacy, teaching how to put on condoms on bananas to fifth graders, as usual you have what YOU call compassion ass backwards….typical leftist drone.

      3. neocon01

        catspuke

        if you have to ask you wouldnt understand.

        and of course “mentoring” is part of your job………

  3. M. Noonan

    I’m going to keep an eye on Wells Fargo – they have massively participated in the real estate bubble that Bernanke and Obama have re-created since 2009…I think that Wells Fargo is writing as many home loans as the next five lenders, combined, or some such. Now, officially, this is all cool – because Wells Fargo is keeping up to Standards…unfortunately, they are the standards set by Fannie and Freddie and the FHA. I think that it will be a resumption of the housing crash which will kill off this phony economy…

  4. Cluster Post author

    The most frightening sentence ever:

    Obama in California: ‘I could get a whole lot more done if Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House’

    Followed by the most hilarious sentence ever:

    “She is thoughtful, she’s visionary, she’s as tough as nails. She is practical. She never lets ideology cloud her judgment,” Obama said proudly.

    1. neocon01

      qualifying statement……….. “Obama said”

      empty suit, community agitator spewing BS, imagine that!!

  5. Retired Spook

    I received the following in an email yesterday. There was no link, so I don’t know the origin of the piece, nor have I verified that it’s accurate. The only reference I could find that seems to be related was a post on an obscure blog from about 6 weeks ago.

    ObamaCare Implodes

    Okay folks, I know you think the C-Span Channel that broadcasts all those Congressional hearings is boring, but, really, you should have been around to watch the Senate Finance Committee's hearing Wednesday on the Affordable Health Care Insurance Oversight.

    Folks, you haven't seen so many faces of misery since you watched Les Miserables for three and a half hours…and they were all Democrats. And one of them, Senator Max Baucus, was the primary sponsor of Obamacare in the Senate!

    Now, try to follow me here because this gets pretty complicated. (It seems that Nancy Pelosi was right; you DO have to pass Obamacare to find out what's in it…and the Democrats are now learning what the Republicans warned them about. It's an unworkable mess that is throwing millions of Americans off the health care rolls!)
    Okay, apparently, tens of thousands of American employers began throwing workers off their health care plans and opting to pay the much lower federal fine for not offering health care for their workers. Thousands more are even now converting their full time workers to part time workers by limiting working hours per week to less than 30, in compliance with Obamacare rules. (Remember when Paul Ryan and the Republicans predicted employers would do this? Remember when Democrats were warned that employers would move to save operating expenses by moving their entire work force into federal healthcare exchanges?)

    Now, these workers who have lost their health care benefits are busy trying to sign up for state health care exchanges. (There are Internet sites available if your state has agreed to sign up to Obamacare). However, when these American workers, soon to be without employee provided health care, go to the Health Exchange to sign up, they are finding they are not qualified! It seems that during the signup process, applicants are required to fill in various income and benefit data, which then flows over to IRS computers who then are to spit out what your premium costs will be and how much federal tax credits you'll receive in order to receive subsidies to help you afford health care premiums that are as much as 30% more than you were paying under your employer’s plan!

    Big Problem! The IRS is only allowing somewhere around 9% subsidy support for Obamacare Health care Exchange premiums that are priced so much higher than the worker was paying under his employer plan! (Surprise, Surprise! Remember Republicans warning that forcing working Americans to pay for the 30 million leaches who pay nothing for their health care under Medicaid would drive the premiums of working Americans higher?)

    Second Big Problem! The IRS computers won't mate up with the Health Care Exchange computers because the IRS computer system is obsolete! So when workers try to sign up for Obamacare the IRS and the Health Exchanges are telling applicants to go pound sand!

    And so fireworks really broke out at the Finance Committee hearings on Obamacare yesterday afternoon. Senator Max Baucus, (Dem), said.."how could this happen? I'm hearing from my constituents that they and their families have been left out in the cold and are without health care because the Exchanges are not accepting them!". Quote from Senator Bill Nelson, (Dem), Florida "my constituents are not going to be happy to hear this administration failed to implement the necessary changes to accommodate health care applicants…someone has to pay for this!" Similar outrage was professed by Senator Ron Wyden (Dem) from Oregon.

    Sadly, Obama Program Director for the Health care Affordability Act was on hand to lend testimony. All he could seem to do was sympathize with his Democratic buddies, saying that maybe the problems could be ironed out by the end of 2014 but could offer no ideas about how that could be done.

    An Update! This morning a Harvard economics professor came on CNBC and announced that, according to a federal study his group just completed, the Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, is going to be forced to come back to this same committee, hat in hand, and request $700 billion dollars more be allocated to Obamacare just to pay for those automatically covered under current federal programs.

    Also, sadly, the Wall Street Journal reported that, in addition to the 30 million Americans not currently covered under Obamacare, we can expect tens of millions more who will be left in the "no health care Twilight Zone"; those who were doing just fine with their employee health care plan until Obamacare was implemented this year. And many of those who were working 40 hour weeks will find themselves deemed "part time employees" working less than 30 hours per week and unable to afford Obama's premiums even if they could get through the application process.

    And, as usual, while the working poor and the rapidly declining middle class will be out in the cold without any health care, the Medicaid/Welfare leaches have no worry. They are covered by that $700 billion dollar pot of gold that Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services will be demanding from Congress soon!

    1. neocon01

      leftist plan right on schedule..

      OVERLOAD the SYSTEM, COLLAPSE the SYSTEM……..Cloward – Piven , alinsky, al Ubama, DNC/CPUSA!!

  6. Majordomo Pain

    The latest jobs report is well below expectations and inventories are falling, which doesn’t bode well for future employment.

    A minor correction Cluster, if We may? The March 2013 jobs report is not out yet. That report from the Department of Labor will not be issues until 0830 EST tomorrow. What you are referring to is the ADP jobs report which comes out earlier in the same week as the official DOL numbers for employment. Our estimate at this time is 171,000 jobs created with unemployment at 7.6% of the US workforce. A rise in unemployment with a job creation number at this level could indicate more people are returning to the workforce who were previously discouraged which would be a trend positive for job growth.

    1. Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots)

      Brilliant analysis; are you pretending to be the economist in hell or the lawyer in hell this week? Or are you pretending to be the black lesbian Hispanic dwarf with male genitalia … in hell?

      Let’s see, current unemployment is 7.7% and you predict it’s going up to 7.6%, well, that’s a good start.

      And this is attributed in your estimation to the increase in the labor force combined with higher than average job creation?

      Add this all to the news that jobless claims have risen to the highest rate in four months … you deduce this is a “a trend positive for job growth“?

      How did the BLS not snatch up your application?

      1. Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

        Count I think you misunderstood MP. The point was that a rise in participation would have caused a rise in unemployment, potentially. Though the jobs created number was off by 83,000 the rate drop was accurate. And keep in mind the BLS can revise the data next month to reflect more detailed analysis.

      2. Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots)

        The point was that a rise in participation would have caused a rise in unemployment, potentially.

        What do you call that? Ehconomics for Ehdiots?

        And IF frogs had wings …

        Two Million Americans dropping out of the Labor Force in the past year is the very definition of “NOT a trend positive for job growth”.

        If your “point” is that you arrived at the correct answer using demonstrably faulty logic and invalid arithmetic, well good for you Mr. Broken clock. You correctly guessed what number the Administration decided would be the unemployment number, which, btw was all over the Internet three days ago.

        That would get you a big fat “F” in my class & I venture that ‘dolf would use the same rubric

        I can’t wait for the “more detailed analysis” the BLS has gleaned from their telephone surveys; … did Mr. Smith say he was no longer looking for work or did he just say f**k OFF!” I think I’ll put him in the “Undecided” column.

        I think you mean to say The BLS can revise the data next month when they see the information from ADT and theSstates report claims numbers along with the business climate survey more closely so that the BLS guess can change that it might seem to have credibility.

      3. Cluster Post author

        I can’t wait for the “more detailed analysis” the BLS has gleaned from their telephone surveys; … did Mr. Smith say he was no longer looking for work or did he just say f**k OFF!” I think I’ll put him in the “Undecided” column.

        Yea, that would probably be undecided. ROTFLOL

      4. Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots)

        Seriously Cluster, think about it;
        • the BLS calls people on telephone land lines,
        • asks a bunch of questions,
        • expects that 2% of what they hear is a lie,
        • diligently writes down the answers,
        • compiles the raw data,
        • makes a wild-assed-guess using the same faulty logic they’ve been using for years,
        • force balances the results to match popular consensus,
        • then, when it’s obvious their guess is wildly inaccurate they
        • Revise the wild-assed-guess a month later.

        And IF that wild-assed-guess comports to the prevailing opinion of one side or the other, they celebrate the new analysis as vindication of their opinion!

        The bls numbers are good for establishing trends over long periods, but next to useless for snapshot analysis.

        I have a friend that actually believes that the Bureau of Labor Statistics is the Official Keeper of Records for the Federal Government. Can you believe the gullibility of these libiots?

  7. Cluster Post author

    This is how bad this regime is:

    Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts. Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially. Patients at these clinics would need to seek treatment elsewhere, such as at hospitals that might not have the capacity to accommodate them. “If we treated the patients receiving the most expensive drugs, we’d be out of business in six months to a year,” said Jeff Vacirca, chief executive of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates in New York. “The drugs we’re going to lose money on we’re not going to administer right now.” After an emergency meeting Tuesday, Vacirca’s clinics decided that they would no longer see one-third of their 16,000 Medicare patients. “A lot of us are in disbelief that this is happening,” he said. “It’s a choice between seeing these patients and staying in business.”

    A couple of things about this. First of all, Just 4 years ago, we were spending over $1 trillion less, yet there was no issue treating medicare cancer patients. And secondly, HHS Sec Sebelius has discretion on how the money is spent – so she decided to leave cancer patients high and dry so she can demonize doctors and republicans.

    That’s the current state of this F****KING Obama regime!!! He and his total F***king regime don’t care one bit about Americans. It’s all about them. Thank you liberals!!!!

    1. neocon01

      dirty leftist DNC “secret” we are spending $80 BILLION ***MORE*** than last year, just not an $160.00 billion MORE, so that is a CUT.

      commies lie and people die!!

  8. Jeremiah

    This is a great post, Cluster.
    Reminds me of my state of West Virginia that was once a state of opportunity until a large percentage of the coal mines were shut down. Though the coal mines are still going pretty strong, it’s mostly out-of-state companies, chiefly Alpha Natural resources who took over Massey, that come in to exploit the resources, while little of the energy source benefits West Virginia. I go down along the Kanawha river fairly often, and there are mountains, literally millions of tons of coal being loaded onto barges, and being shipped out to sea, then over to Germany or China or somewhere.

    The culture here consists largely of entitlement and disability cultures, and the disability culture I think is growing across the country. We could have steel making plants, and factories of every kind if there were enough people willing to work. But they don’t want to work, they would rather spend their life away depending on the government. And we have the thieves in Washington, our congress people who want them to stay in poverty.

    Drugs are really bad here in West Virginia, too. I saw cops doing two drug searches yesterday along the highway. I saw on the news this morning where they’re snorting pills and doing booze in the prisons. And we just had a sheriff shot here yesterday, then there was another shooting in Kentucky, either a day earlier or same day, I’m not real sure. But pretty close together there.

    Something has to give.

    1. Jeremiah

      One wonders sometimes why we have so much murder and mayhem, and why our schools are not safe anymore…it’s because God is not a part of family or school….we stopped teaching the value of human life, but now devalue it, and people resort to mind-altering drugs to try to soothe their woes, when it only makes them more dangerous.

    2. Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

      Like many other things conservatives complain about, the disability insurance rules were changed with the Social Security Disability Act of 1984. A Democratic House Ways & Means committee sent a bill to the floor where it passed and the Republican Senate Finance Committee made several amendments and passed the bill back to the House which approved and HR 3755 98th was sent it to Reagan’s desk where he signed it into law.

      Reagan said this at the bill’s signing:

      “Statement on Signing the Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act of 1984 –October 9, 1984
      I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 3755, the Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act of 1984. This legislation, which has been formulated with the support of the administration and passed by unanimous vote in both Houses of Congress, should restore order uniformity, and consensus in the disability program. It maintains our commitment to treat disabled American citizens fairly and humanely while fulfilling our obligation to the Congress and the American taxpayers to administer the disability program effectively.

      When I took office on January 20, 1981, my administration inherited the task of implementing the continuing disability reviews required by the 1980 Disability Amendments which had been enacted and signed into law during the previous administration. Soon after the Department of Health and Human Services began the mandatory reviews, we found that trying to implement the new law’s requirements within the framework of the old, paper-oriented review process was causing hardships for beneficiaries. Accordingly, back in 1982, the Department began a long series of administrative reforms designed to make the disability review process more humane and people-oriented. These reforms included providing face-to-face meetings between beneficiaries and Social Security Administration (SSA) claims representatives at the very start of the review process.

      These initial steps were followed by further important reforms announced by Secretary Heckler in June of 1983, including:

      classifying additional beneficiaries as permanently disabled, thus exempting them from the 3-year review;

      temporarily exempting from review two-thirds of cases of individuals with mental impairments while the decisionmaking standards were being revised; and

      accelerating a top-to-bottom review of disability policies by SSA and appropriate outside experts.

      While those June 1983 reforms went a long way towards humanizing the process, by the spring of 1984, it became apparent that legislation was needed to end the debate and confusion over what standard should be used in conducting continuing disability reviews. The administration worked with the Congress to develop this consensus legislation and, in the interim, took the additional step of suspending the periodic disability reviews pending implementation of new disability legislation.

      One indication of the complexity of the issues involved is the fact that Congress held more than 40 hearings on the disability review process over a 3-year period before arriving at a consensus on this legislation.

      One significant provision of H.R. 3755 is the so-called medical improvement standard that sets forth the criteria SSA must apply when deciding whether a disability beneficiary is still disabled. The standard this new legislation would establish for future determinations will restore the uniformity that is so essential to a nationwide program.

      Another provision in H.R. 3755 would extend temporarily the ability of a Social Security disability beneficiary who has decided to appeal a decision that his disability has ended to have benefits continued up to the decision of an administrative law judge. This will prevent undue hardship to beneficiaries who are found on appeal to be still disabled while the new law is being put in place.

      In addition, the legislation places a desirable moratorium on reviews to determine whether individuals with mental impairments are still disabled until revised criteria for evaluating these impairments are published. The Department of Health and Human Services has been working with mental health experts on these criteria.

      Several other changes are written into this new law that will clarify and expedite the administration of the disability program.

      I have asked Secretary Heckler to implement the provisions of this legislation as speedily and as fairly as possible. The Department of Health and Human Services will act promptly in reviewing individual cases so that no disabled beneficiary has to wait any longer than necessary for the proper decision on his or her case.”

      1. Cluster Post author

        Freddy,

        You are just delightfully naive. Where do I get a pair of those rose colored glasses you, and every other liberal, has? I would love to be able to go thru life with such gleeful ignorance. The cold truth is that Obama has increased SSDI rolls at exponentially higher rates than he has the employment rolls. Odd that so many people have come down with debilitating physical ailments in just the last four years, no? Don’t you find that a bit curious? Or do those rose colored glasses filter that fact for you?

        IBD Dec. 21, 2012 – ……… The December increase also means that more than 4 million workers have enrolled in SSDI under President Obama. Even after counting those who dropped off the disability rolls, either because they died, reached retirement age or were kicked off the program, that represents a net increase of 1.4 million.

        By way of comparison, the net growth in jobs under Obama has been just 291,000. In other words, the ranks of the disabled grew almost four times faster than the number of jobs created over the past four years.

        Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/122112-637978-nearly-90000-apply-for-disability-december-record.aspx#ixzz2PbI8bK00
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      2. neocon01

        Cluster

        arguing with the forkers is like trying to talk to an obama on your front lawn….useless.

      3. consigliereciucava

        What exactly do you mean Cluster that Obama has increased the SSDI rolls when there has been little change to the law since 1998? The changes in rules to qualify are still the same ones that existed when Reagan signed the law in 1984. Now the economic downturn may have contributed by way of mental illness to the rolls but I see nothing here to indicate any executive order or piece of Democratic legislation that caused this many people to apply. To say that Obama is to blame for individual deciding to apply for SSDI is like blaming Reagan for the increase in welfare recipients during his eight years in office.

      4. Cluster Post author

        This is Obama’s economy thus, this is Obama’s responsibility. Especially considering the fact that SSDI rolls have grown much, much more under Obama than any other President over the last 30 years. Facts are facts my friends.

      5. Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots)

        Cluster,
        With the Federal change to SSI in July 2009; the COLA adjustments specifically, the States were forced to change the eligibility scrutiny.

        The “Law” itself didn’t change, but the amounts did, making disability more profitable. Combine this with President Foodstamps’ executive order undoing the Welfare Reform originally signed by President Clinton, the considerable rise in food stamps, homlesness, the rise of poverty and the flight of able bodied Americans from the labor force and even a blind partisan (like our trolls) can draw a straight line to the dimocrats in Congress circa 2007, and the Obama Administration.

        I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death anything Obama does or says. Without regard to truth, logic or my own credibility! I swear before Karl Marx” ~ Pledge of the Modern Dimocrat Party

  9. Bob1

    Not enough people really care about “improvements” in our society. Too many of our citizens only care about what the government can give or get for them without much personal cost or responsibility on their part. Too many men think that it is OK for them to continue to impregnate consenting women without any responsibility for the children who are conceived; because, if the women decides that she doesn’t want the child in her womb, she can get an abortion and the man doesn’t even have to know about it or pay for it. And the welfare system will pay the woman to raise the child. Too many men don’t see how they can “improve” on that kind of a situation.

  10. Jeremiah

    The one thing that just came to my mind is…we are stating America’s problems, but clearly nothing is being accomplished by doing so…it’s so easy as they say to be a “Armchair quarterback,” or “Cyber-cowboy” what you want to call it…much better i think would be to all get together and actually do something. This talking business isn’t getting us anywhere.

    1. Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots)

      Jeremiah,

      The time for action has come, that is true, but the talk is of great importance; as long as the concerned are the minority the oppression of the majority will continue. We must bring more to our way of thinking even if that means we accept in others that there are issues on which we cannot agree.

      Homosexual unions, abortion, Second Amendment, Constitutional rights and responsibilities, social welfare and many (many) other issues divide us. There is a commonality to the way we all think; that the government should not be the Alpha and Omega to our debate. We can agree to disagree on the substance of the subjects provided we allow that the People, not the government drive the debate.

      We cannot get the great unwashed to join our cause unless they believe they will also have a voice. Compromise to move us closer to our goals will move us closer. Inflexible ideology prevents this.

      A RINO is better than a Socialist and I’ll make whatever deal with a RINO I have to in order to prevent the socialist from moving the argument in his direction.

      We lost the last election, and the one before that, our beliefs are in the majority but our message is not. They’ve defined us; and we not only allowed it, we encouraged it by finding more fault with ourselves than demonstrating the failures in them. Our cause is not helped when some inarticulate buffoon says “legitimate rape” or G-d intended Rape. Did we support and defend our inarticulate buffoons? Would they defend their inarticulate buffoons?

      Single issue social conservatives stayed home in the last two elections. They are fond of saying that every time we nominate a “true Conservative, we win. Every time we nominate a RINO we lose.” But, let’s examine that;
      Center right candidates that won Harding, Coolidge, Reagan.
      Moderate Republicans that won; Eisenhower, Nixon, Bush & Bush.
      Liberal “Progressive” Republicans that won; McKinley, Hoover, & T. Roosevelt.

      Would Coolidge have beaten Obama or Reagan triumphed over Kennedy?

      I doubt it.

      Talk until we have the numbers to control the debate, then act; first at the Ballot, then in the legislatures. But never in the streets.

      1. Jeremiah

        Count, sir, I respect your opinion. And I respect you as an individual. I always have.

        We just differ as to solutions to the problems that ail America.
        You believe that the way to get there is through compromise and electing RINOs if need be. Well, that’s all fine with me, but it won’t fix America, because it didn’t fix America’s problems with the last RINOs, in fact, we were spiraling downward during the Reagan years, people were just asleep and didn’t see it. And even if America were to nominate an ultra Conservative to the White house in four years, oh, say someone like Dr. Ben Carson, which would be a miracle, but that wouldn’t fix America’s woes…why might you ask? One small simple little fact, our schools are controlled by communists…and I can tell you that their number one goal is death of Christians everywhere, we’ve seen that throughout history in countries throughout the world. I’m not afraid of death, but here is my opinion…

        We have two choices…

        1. Die at the hands of tyrants. While America will continue to be under Tyranny.

        or

        2. Die fighting for America’s freedom.

        To me, it seems a much more worthy goal to go down fighting the good fight. Fighting the good fight is taking out the enemy within. I think we owe it to our soldiers who take out our enemies abroad. They do that much, now we can do our part.

      2. Jeremiah

        One question might I ask…how many Christians in this country do you think would deny their faith in order to stay alive? How many Christians do you think would deny their faith in order to get a pass from a Communist controlled state? And if they said they have no religion, how strong do you think their faith is? Exactly zero, my friend. It’s that go along to get along attitude that GMB spoke about. That’s the mentality in America. People who have no spine to speak about the One who gave His all for them.

      3. Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots)

        Jeremiah,
        I respect your opinions and value them as well.

        You are dead-bang on target! Electing a true conservative or a centrist (RINO) is but one step in a much larger mosaic. Supporting the most conservative candidate at all levels even if that means contributing time and money to a classic liberal democrat if it defeats a progressive liberal socialist.

        Change the hearts and minds of our friends and neighbors by presenting them with a positive vision and demonstrating the failures of the left. Reagan and Coolidge and Harding accomplished a great deal against the tide of progressives offering free lunches and guilt-free sin. In their way, Bush and Bush slowed the tide as well. But when the public demands more for less, when the great unwashed are promised reward without risk, it’s damn near impossible to convince them to work, suffer, pray, forgo the pleasures and do what’s right.

        I gave my daughter an American Express Gold Card; I explained that she could charge anything she wanted as long as she pays the bill when it comes due.

        Last month I looked at the bill and found over $11,000 in outstanding balances.

        I asked my wife how this could happen, she replied, “We went shopping, several times, and I told her she could get whatever she wanted. When the bills came she offered to pay for her things but I told her she didn’t have to pay for them … my treat.”

        I asked them both to stop using the AX. My daughter was offered a free ride with no consequences. How many more months do you suppose this could go on before she would simply expect to charge to her heart’s delight?

        As you know, I work a public education; I’ve been at secondary and post-secondary facilities. I haven’t been invited to any secret communist meetings where they spell out our nefarious plan. The loose affiliations of leftists in education are mostly there by default … de-fault of de-subject. Liberal arts, general studies, soft academic disciplines tend to draw the skulls-full-of-mush as students who become soft-headed teachers.

        The sciences tend to draw the apolitical, but upon becoming entrenched in academia, the logic of the world of competition gives way to the culture of entitlement. It is incestuous to have the internally driven educator educating the uneducated on educational occupations who will ultimately replace the educators whose livelihood depends on the largess of taxpayers while having no real world experience at running a concern or meeting a payroll.

        Believe me, it’s the nature of the institution not a diabolical scheme.

      4. Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots)

        How many Christians? I don’t know.

        But, how many voters can you convince that “Gay Marriage” will help to destroy civilization by relying on Biblical anecdotes? Less than zero. We have to be prepared to deal with those who have no Faith.

        We have to decide where we can “give in” to protect the line we cannot cross. If homosexuals want civil protections for their brand of “family” I saw give it to them; by fighting Civil Unions we have sacrificed Marriage to their definitions. Their Civil Union doesn’t affect my marriage; their “marriage” affects my civilization.

        What did my obstinacy gain me?

  11. Jeremiah

    Count, sir, sorry I had to cut it short.

    I just wanted to comment on your story about your daughter and wife using your credit card.

    It reminds me of the line of work I’m in…one thing that we require when we do an install is a credit check…well, here a few months ago, a lady called about getting some new Internet…well, turns out she’s married to this wealthy doctor…they have a fine home n everything…but when we ran the credit check…the credit card was full, had no more credits left on it. That’s the thing about a credit card…LOL wives go all goody, goody and think there’s no end to the number of times they can use it.

    We were doing an install for the doc’s son just a few weeks ago, and saw the furniture truck pulled in over at the doc’s house…they change furniture about every six months or sooner.

    Must be nice. LOL

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