Prostituting The English Language

One standard reply from Progressives about the “Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA)” is that the president was elected, and that poll is the only one that counts, since he ran on the subject.

(I don’t recall Democrats saying that since Bush was re-elected while in Iraq and Afghanistan, that his re-election meant that the subject of Iraq and Afghanistan was moot.)

Obama was elected because the Republicans (of which I am not numbered) elected the next in line, as they always do, instead of new blood.

That does not excuse Obamacare, which EVERY poll shows id unpopular.

Am I happy with the current situation? Well, it works, has for generations, and does not need tinkering. The poor get served, and there are federal, state subsidies, and yes, Insurance companies also kick in and the wealthy pay more for insurance. Exactly as it still will be, but without the taint of welfare — to make the poor feel better about their taking charity.

It is much like Food Stamps, called an EBT Card in California and referred to as CalFresh to remove the stigma of welfare, is STILL welfare, much as paying “Earned Income Tax Credit” for income NOT earned, and taxes NOT paid is STILL  welfare.

You can give away live scorpions in a bottle from the back of a truck if people think of it as “FREE.” It is the scourge of this culture that governments, ALL GOVERNMENTS, have prostituted the language so that charity and welfare are covered by innocuous verbiage, so the populace feels good and no longer feel the shame of charity from whence they would otherwise wish to escape.

So “Food Stamps” become “CalFresh” and you can apply on-line instead of standing in line with derelicts at the Welfare Office; and you can get that complete prostitution of the English language, “Earned Income Tax Credit” which is NOT earned, and is a credit on Taxes NOT paid! That old saw about the Holy Roman Empire, which I was taught was neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire, has been replaced by the term “Earned Income Tax Credit.”

It is, like the ACA, not affordable (unless subsidized by the taxpayers, sub rosa), nor does it provide Care It provides insurance. But so long as it is FREE with no cost to the taxpayer (the government pays for it all :-), the people will say, as they do in Canada, “Three Cheers.” They also said that in Greece, until the reckoning.

There will be a reckoning.

(Now, where are the scorpions in the bottle? Bring on the scorpions!)

It is still charity, but with government paying the subsidy, we can pretend that the government pays for it and it costs the taxpayer nothing!

Prestidigitation!

Feel good legislation.

Bad Decisions Lead To Income Gaps

There is increased interest in the “Income Gap.”

In the case of recent events, government pumping has made stock prices rise, un-naturally, and that has fed high income earners, but that is not the long-run problem.

The long-range income gap is caused by inequality in brain-power (which is natural and unchangeable), and poor decisions (which can be modified).

The result of the above is either greater or less education, and education is the key to income. Some people can’t get more education because their brains cannot comprehend complex concepts, but those are relatively few people.

Most people who do not get education do so because they hate school, and think an offer of $10 an hour offers them the potential for a future and it certainly beats more education, in their minds. This is simply a bad decision.

The last part is making bad decisions regarding careers. A university study showed that the lifetime average income of a social worker was $35,000 while that of petroleum engineer was $112,000. There are worthless degrees that may make a student feel good, but they don’t provide a good living for a family.

Bad decisions result in poor income, It is visible in most families.

Blow It Up! (Metaphorically, of Course)

Unions are increasingly unhappy with Obamacare. National unions are playing the role of Donna Frye in blowing a whistle on her progressive ally, Filner, because he was WRONG.

Similarly, unions are condemning Obamacare, and like the Filner operations, some libs continue to blindly support the wrong while others are able to know when something is just WRONG.

Now, admittedly, Obamacare is not ALL wrong, but there is enough wrong that it need to be re-done, without the Cornhuskers Kickback, the Gator Aid, the Louisiana Purchase and BILLIONS to buy Bernie Sanders vote.

It’s time for liberals to get right with unions and the majority of the American People.

I stand with Ted Cruz on this issue I am tired of going along to get along Republicans, and that has been the default position of Republican leadership for decades. For many years, until the Republicans finally won some elections, so long as the leadership got to play golf at Washington Country Clubs, and preferred parking at Washington National Airport.

When the Republicans FINALLY won the Senate, they simply did not know how how to act as winners they continued to defer to the Democrats.

Enough! If Ted Cruz blows up the Senate (metaphorically), more power to him.

An Incompetent Presidency, Writ Large

The Washington Post notes that there is a gap between the military and President Obama.

(Duh)

The gap has been caused by a number of things, including the fact that the president failed to negotiate a 15,000 man force to remain in Iraq, leaving the country to possibly, (probably) make thousands of American lives to be spent in vain.

According to the WaPo, the president only consults with a small group of trusted advisers, without military input as to the efficacy of action, then shifts gears constantly. As one quoted source said:

 Guys thought Bush had his stuff together, said Gibbons-Neff, 25, the president of the veterans association at Georgetown University. If he was making a good call or a bad call, he was at least making a call.

Waffling, of course is the methodology of lawyers, which Obama is, and it is the “on the one hand…and on the other hand…” syndrome.

The action/inaction on Syria is certainly an example. If the threat had been successful in getting the Syrians to turn over their chemical weapons, that would be a win, but…

What actually happened was that the threat caused Putin to get the Syrians to negotiate  a slow walking, perhaps, maybe turn over their chemical weapons, and grants Putin a stage from which he can crawl back from obscurity. Russia, has been a crumbling nation, partially rescued by an influx of oil and natural gas and trying to regain its international footing.

President Obama gave Putin a foothold.

I suspect that was inadvertent, but it makes sense for an administration that has given us Fast and Furious and Benghazi. This administration is simply incompetent.

Incompetent results can be similar to venal results but I doubt that in this case.

The president is simply over his head.

The only difference now is that even partisan Democrats are starting to realize that.

Quick Hits

 
The District of Columbia City Council failed to overturn the Mayors’ veto of the try by that City Council to enforce a $12.50 an hour starting wage ONLY on Wal-Mart.
 
Wal-Mart had threatened to stop building their six stores if the bill had finally passed. Now that the bill is dead (at least until the stores I are built),
Wal-Mart will now build their stores.
Consumers 1, Unions and Progressives 0
 
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Did you hear all of those reports that the Navy Yard shooter used an AR-15? That information — which was false — was based on an Associated Press report.
 
The shooter began with a shotgun, a weapon that is not even banned in Russia — so I suspect the anti-gun nuts based their ire on the AR-15 report, because no one, absolutely no one is calling for banning shotguns. The shooter never used, nor had access to any AR-15.
 
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Here is a prediction: Mike Aguirre, who is running for Mayor to replace Filner, will out-pull Anthony Weiner (5%) by fewer than another 2%. San Diego voters may be crazy (as demonstrated by electing Filner), but they are not necessarily stupid.
 
O. K. we will see if they are also stupid.
 
Mike is a city-wide IQ test.

Curing the Criminal Mind(sic)

The State Legislature has reached an agreement with Gov. Brown to try to get the Judges to extend for three years the time to get the prison population under the size of the prisons. If they do get such judicial dispensation, the state will try to get psychological help for the prisoners and if that appeal fails, Gov. Brown can try to transfer prisoners to other states.

In ancient Rome, there were no prisons so committing a crime entailed the primary means of execution (Crucifixion) and in one case in the term of Augustus, a slave executed his owner, and all of the owners slaves (on the theory that they should have dissuaded the culprit) more than 400, were Crucified. The record at one time for general miscreants was more than 600.

(When the Romans put down the Jewish uprising, they killed more than a million people, then in Judea they crucified the remainder at a rate of 500 a day until they ran out of wood for crosses.)

Murder was not common in Rome, although theft was common, particularly at night because Rome had neither streetlights nor police. It was particularly dangerous in the countryside in fact throughout Europe for the next several thousand years. And, murder at sea from Pirates was common.

If a criminal was not Crucified, they might be fed to wild animals, or forced to fight to the death at the circus, garroted, impaled *a particularly dreadful death), thrown from a low cliff so that your bones would break but they would not immediately expire, or sewn in a sack with a  snake, a pig, a dog and thrown into the sea.

My conclusion is that criminality is a natural part of the social (dis)order, and criminals are not dissuaded from their acts even by harsh punishment the very harshest punishment. Society is best served by separating criminals from non-criminals.  I conclude that criminal brains are simply differently wired, and that if even the most vicious Roman punishment is not a deterrent, then certainly seeing a friendly Psychiatrist will not work.

I am always surprised that the very same people who claim that homosexuality is natural (with which I agree), and that those groups who claim they can retrain the homosexual into a heterosexual are a fraud (with which I also agree), seem to think that groups can retrain criminal minds into being non-criminals.

iHOP, Anyone?

If there is one lesson that most of us learned in youth, it is that justice, to be effective must be swift and certain.

Unfortunately, our court system and our foreign policy, both, are in gridlock and have been for years. Church bells rang today in Damascus and the Syrian government claimed victory.

The signal we have sent not just the Syrians but the rest of the world, is uncertainty. Dithering is not a foreign policy!

The president could have obtained authority a month ago, or a year ago, for a strike IF he had been serious. It might have even dissuaded Assad from using chemical weapons in the first place.

My position is that if we are to be involved, it should have been a quick and decisive strike.We now have an undefined, mercurial policy. I understood the Monroe Doctrine, even the Bush Doctrine. The current “doctrine” is “If you use Weapons of Mass Destruction, (which we have not defined) we might, under certain circumstances — one of which is how many times and how many are killed (which is further undefined) — we will do something, yet undefined, IF we can get a majority of Congress to approve.”

What this process is, is a Chinese fire-drill, writ internationally. Waffling is NOT a successful policy in anything — except at iHop.

This is the result of having a lawyer, “Community Organizer” as president.