Ah, but we're missing the obvious:
Why should it be even necessary for FEMA to exist in the New Obamian Order? After all, His Majesty has decreed that he will "change the world" (not to mention "lower the seas"). Given that seeming amount of power, why hasn't His Majesty simply waved away this emergency with a shake of his royal scepter?Comment Posted By MarkJ On 31.01.2009 @ 18:00
If you really believe everything you wrote in your post...then shoot me a note. I've got a bridge in Brooklyn and beachfront property in Nebraska that I'd be more than happy to sell you for very reasonable prices.Comment Posted By MarkJ On 3.12.2008 @ 17:58
I'm not really worried about Obama's high-profile picks. I'm far more concerned about the 2nd- and 3rd-tier people who'll be harder to see on the radar screen. They're the ones who'll be in less-visible, but still very powerful and influential, policy and regulatory positions.
I can readily imagine, for example, that Obama won't need to call for reimposition of the (Un)Fairness Doctrine, because he'll have his lower-level minions come up with backdoor ways to regulate conservative talk radio to death. Same thing when it comes to firearms rights: "Oh sure, the 2nd Amendment says you can own a gun. However, we're going to come up with regulations that will make it almost impossible for you to legally buy one or the ammunition for it." A 500% tax on ammunition sales, anyone? How about making product liability suits easier to file? This stuff is right out of Obama's playbook.
We need to keep a very close eye not on what we see from Obama...but what we also don't see.Comment Posted By MarkJ On 23.11.2008 @ 16:55
"America has been gradually adapting itself to the idea that health care is a right, not a privilege. I would say to my conservative friends that politically – and realistically – we have probably lost this argument. The issue plays to the people’s basic sense of fairness and despite their misgivings about government run boondoggles, would support some kind of national health insurance that guaranteed everyone’s access to at least minimal care."
The problem with national health insurance is that, in my mind, it carries within it the seeds of its own destruction; it becomes a victim of its own "success" (however one may define that). One look at Europe confirms this: aging native populations, the best and brightest fleeing to other shores, crumbling tax bases due to either a) below-replacement birth rates or, conversely, b) influxes of baby-popping immigrants who see little need to keep supporting natives they're likely going to supplant in a few decades anyway, etc.
The dirty little secret, of course, is that all those well-heeled voters who touched the screen for Obama don't, and won't, have any intention of rubbing elbows with the gun- and bible-clinging provincials when it comes to health care. Steven Spielberg waiting in line for treatment at a community ObamaCare clinic? Dream on. He'll keep his own private doctors on retainer or, better yet, just create a private health care network along with his studio good-time buddies. For being such a supposedly smart guy, Obama seems totally oblivious to the fact that there was even "private medicine" in the old Soviet Union, which was based on...bribery. If you wanted decent care, you had to pay to play.
Yeah, that's the dirty little secret: "progressives" have been whining for years about the alleged "two-tier" health system in this country. Problem is, that's precisely what ObamaCare will ensure: one tier for the super-rich, another for what's left of the middle-class, and even a third tier for the poor.
But why the f*** should Congress care? They've already got theirs, and many of them are so old--the average age of Senators is around 62!--they won't live to see the worst results of their legislation.Comment Posted By MarkJ On 22.11.2008 @ 13:47
Question of the Day for Barack "Super Genius" Obama:
How does one collect higher taxes from companies which have gone bankrupt and from workers who are unemployed?Comment Posted By MarkJ On 2.11.2008 @ 18:02
"The corrupt two party system is amerika’s number one problem. If anyone thinks for one moment that McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden are the best this country has to offer deserves what they are going to get.
The two party system has taken the presidential debates from the Women’s league of voters to eliminate viable third party candidates. The two party system is owned by the banking elites who really run the country.
Take your pick – neo-con fascism or liberal socialism."
Well, you've established one thing with your post: you would have voted National Socialist "for a change" back in 1932.Comment Posted By MarkJ On 27.10.2008 @ 10:07
"It means that we don’t have to delegitimize his presidency to oppose him either."
Understood. However, what will be your response if, or more likely, when "President Obama" and his party decide they're going to delegitimize YOU?
Somewhat related thought for the day:
"Most everyone expects Democrats to march in the streets--no big deal. However, when Republicans start marching in the streets that WILL be a big deal...because all bets will then be off."Comment Posted By MarkJ On 14.10.2008 @ 09:29
Funny thing, the same people who "don't care" and vote anyway for His Majesty will be, come this time next year, the first ones screaming from the rooftops, "Obama betrayed us!"
Never underestimate the idiocy of the American electorate. Don't believe me? Here's proof positive in the form of seven names:
Frank, Reid, Pelosi, Durbin, Boxer, Rangel, and Waters.Comment Posted By MarkJ On 7.10.2008 @ 08:31
"I can take her not being a policy wonk but what I have serious problems with is that she seems to lack any sense of curiousity. That she attacks those who would go out and explore the world.
Not good traits in a very small 21st Century world."
We could say the same about you. You seem remarkably incurious about Sarah Palin as she really is, rather than what you think she should be.Comment Posted By MarkJ On 26.09.2008 @ 15:40
If this were "The Untouchables, with David Axelrod as "Malone" and Obama as "Eliot Ness," here's the advice that "David Axelrod-Super Genius" would be dispensing:
"You wanna know how you do it? Here's how: McCain nominates a hot-looking, intelligent woman for VP, you tap a hair-plugged windbag from Delaware. He puts out hilarious, withering ads about your lack of experience, you post ignorant, insulting vids about his computer skills. That's the Axelrod way, and that's how you get elected! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that?"Comment Posted By MarkJ On 13.09.2008 @ 15:44