Weekly Open Thread

Mark is quite prolific at posting thought provoking articles, so much so that it is hard to keep up with. Thus, I have decided to take on the difficult task of posting a weekly open thread and considering the current state of chaos in our body politic there is much to discuss.

Take for example Jonathan Gruber’s recent admission that the ACA was intentionally opaque, disguised, and lied about in order to secure passage, and thankfully the American electorate is stupid and never figured it out. This of course excludes the many conservatives that repeatedly warned everyone about dangers of this legislation, but unfortunately too many gullible people stood with slack jaws and wonder as Nancy Pelosi proclaimed – “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it”.

Better yet, how about Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough saying that “Washington will work better if Obama has is way”.

I can predict one thing. Now that the Democrats are entrenched as the minority party of this country, from Congress on down to State Legislatures, their comments and actions will become even more brazen and even more outrageous over the next two years. This is just the start of it. I think they are genuinely upset and privately panicking about these last elections where Americans soundly rejected their policies and tactics, and now they suddenly find themselves with a very weak bench of young talent, tired old campaign cliches, and just one polarizing figure as their best hope for 2016.

It was just five years ago that the Republican party was thought to be soon relegated to a regional party comprised primarily of old white men. How those fortunes have changed thanks to the arrogance and over reach of a rabid ideologue in the White House and the justice Department, and to the Tea Party for their continued opposition in the face of strong head winds and ridicule. Now the GOP boasts majority numbers across this country comprised of a lot of diverse and young talent. The GOP’s prospects are strong provided they stick to conservative principles, Constitutional governance and common sense.

13 thoughts on “Weekly Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook November 11, 2014 / 9:38 am

    It was just five years ago that the Republican party was thought to be soon relegated to a regional party comprised primarily of old white men.

    Not just old white men, but old white men and women. While Hispanics are expected to be 15% of voters by 2016, seniors (those over 65) are expected to be 30%. And while the GOP is making some headway with Hispanics, they’re making even more headway with seniors. And seniors are more likely to vote than Hispanics. Doesn’t bode well for the Donkeys. And, you know, it just couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people. Bless their hearts.

    • Cluster November 11, 2014 / 10:34 am

      “Bless their hearts” – (what a fantastic cynical line)

      • Retired Spook November 11, 2014 / 10:57 am

        Yeah, that was sort of the intent. Contempt was part of the equation as well as cynicism. I’m normally pretty good with words, but I just can’t seem to find the words that express my utter contempt for the current batch of Leftists without getting really vulgar.

      • Cluster November 11, 2014 / 12:31 pm

        I too harbor a lot of contempt for what has happened to our republic, but I take solace in knowing that the current batch of leftists and their agenda has just been soundly defeated. They are still coming to terms with their defeat, and I think their wounds are more pronounced than they want to admit. They have spent the last 6 years trying to position themselves for a permanent majority by lying, ridiculing, and using government as a weapon against their opposition and nearly succeeded. Thankfully people like Trey Gowdy, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, etc., would not cower to their bully tactics and exposed them on every issue. It didn’t hurt either that their policies failed spectacularly.

  2. Retired Spook November 11, 2014 / 10:21 am

    Brandon Smith, founder of Alt-Market.com, is rapidly becoming one of my favorite financial and economic writers. I catch most of his articles in the daily Liberty Digest, but he also occasionally writes for Oathkeepers as well. He is very good at connecting geo-political and global economic dots, and His latest two articles dovetail with each other.



  3. J. R. Babcock (@JRBabcock) November 11, 2014 / 10:46 am

    This photo at the Beijing Summit speaks 1,000 words about how world leaders regard Obama. Maybe he forgot to bow.

  4. Cluster November 12, 2014 / 11:05 am

    This is why 2016 is SO IMPORTANT:


    Obama is going into overdrive to implement the remainder of his destructive agenda with zero regard for the electorates decisions following the mid term elections last Tuesday, and even though the GOP now controls Congress, they are not veto proof. Obama is without question the most lawless, deceptive, contemptuous and dangerous Chief Executive this country has ever had.

    The following paragraph in the article exposes what this effort is all about:

    The U.S. is also expected to announce in the coming weeks how much money it will contribute to an international fund for helping poor countries deal with the effects of global warming. Developed countries have pledged to raise $100 billion a year from government and private sources for that cause by 2020, with some of the money going to the fund.

    This is nothing more than a huge slush fund for global elites to distribute as they see fit, retain power, and attend swanky conferences in Cannes. It’s a F***NG joke brought to you by our man child, gum chewing President. Let’s kick his ass out the door in 2016.

    • M. Noonan November 12, 2014 / 1:31 pm

      The whole purpose of most of the people in government – globally – is to line their pockets. This slush fund will just be another help to that. Trouble is, we probably can’t stop it as long as Obama is in office.

  5. Retired Spook November 12, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Interesting comments about the phony unemployment numbers from David Stockman at MoneyNews this morning.

    Stockman, not one to sugarcoat the failings of Washington, D.C. — or of the Federal Reserve in particular — said the delighted squeals of the “bubblevision commentariat” (his characterization of traditional financial TV coverage) about the October employment report were bogus.

    “Well, now. Here we are nearing the end of 2014 and the nation’s once and mighty ‘jobs machine’ is fixing to utilize no more labor hours this year than it did way back at the end of the 20th century,” he wrote on his Contra Corner blog.

    Stockman, who knows his way around government data crunching, said the index of total labor hours in the non-farm business economy is at about the same level as way back in the third quarter of 1999.

    “This means that during the 21st century to date the U.S. economy has been bicycling up-and-down an essentially constant amount of labor during the intervals between the serial financial market booms and busts engineered by our monetary politburo.”

    Stockman said the Fed’s leadership should be required to answer why, even after inflating the nation’s balance sheet debt from $500 billion to $4.5 trillion, its “monetary elixir has not generated a single additional labor hour in the nonfarm business economy for 15 years running.”

    • Cluster November 12, 2014 / 3:34 pm

      Spook, I meant to tell you how much I enjoyed those two articles the other day – thanks

  6. Retired Spook November 12, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    Lest anyone think that the 2013 video that came to light last week of Jonathan Gruber, the architect of ObamaCare calling Americans stupid was a one-off anomaly, there’s another one. Folks, this is how the Leftist elite really do feel about the rest of us.

    • Cluster November 12, 2014 / 3:40 pm

      No question about that. Gruber did not misspeak, he did not choose the “wrong words”. This was a glimpse into the genuine character of a leftist. They think of themselves as superior and have much disdain for those who do not support their “genius”. About a month back, one of our previous leftist posters admitted as much on the other blog when I was calling liberals out for their “self superiority complexes”. He posted that liberals “don’t think we are superior, we know we are superior.”

    • M. Noonan November 12, 2014 / 11:47 pm

      And we’ve all known it for years – hopefully, this will open up the eyes of moderates who still appear to think that the Democrat party is a rational organization.

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