Tue 31 Jan 2012
Posted by Tony Marini under Famous and Infamous
, PoliticsComments Off
President Barack Obama stands astride the American economy like a modern Colossus. Except instead of a beneficent and understanding giant holding a lantern and guiding ships into safe harbor, he is akin to a modern paperweight…pressing down upon business and prospective prosperity, atop a mountain of regulations and restrictions.
As this election year progresses look closely at Mr. Obama trying to cast himself as being a Colossus…looking out for the “interests” of the average American with his guiding light. You know, the “working” stiff with no other advocacy. Also look for the incredible yet predictable support of the Colossus persona by Obama’s lapdog MSM. They are poised to pull out all the stops in their support and image honing of this immensely flawed man. The subtle and overt propaganda will be nauseating to the trained and careful observer.
Obama and Progressive minions…and the MSM may have their opinion of our struggling POTUS, and his accomplishments and capabilities.
The rest of us who have to live under the weight of his rules, regulations and restrictions will unfortunately see and feel a man more equivalent to a massive boat anchor than as an effective leader.
Tue 31 Jan 2012
Posted by Tony Marini under Education
, UncategorizedComments Off
I read a news story today that the US budget deficit had “dipped” to 1.1 trillion dollars. Exceuse me if I don’t break out into my version of the “Happy Dance” but I can’t seem to get to thrilled with such ominous news. A deficit of that magnitude threatens our stability as a nation and our viability as a people. But the most frightening bit of analysis came later in the story when the author wrote:
The Congressional Budget Office report also says that annual deficits will remain in the $1 trillion range for the next several years if Bush-era tax cuts slated to expire in December are extended, as commonly assumed.
That statement represents the stilted thinking of a government-favoring progressive who sees tax cuts as harmful expenses that must be eliminated rather than as desirable and beneficial to citizens. The reason this thinking exists is because liberals/Progressives/Democrats think that government is immune to the vagaries of reality. In fallow times, when the rest of us tighten our belts and cut our budgets, government cannot be expected to do the same. It is impossible for us to imagine or, more boldly, demand that government downsize for any reason.
We now have government for government’s sake. Government has become a powerful god…a false idol that must be worshiped and accorded all power and glory. After all, if one treats government good, good things come from government. This is a particularly beneficial truism for those who have traded their vote for generous goodies…and their life’s sustenance. It is the ultimate symbiotic quid pro quo, and an unfortunate individual-government co-dependence. And it is the nourishing substrate upon which many political parasites feast. Self-serving pols who seek power, riches and glory insinuate themselves into this co-dependency, promising and then delivering more, and then reaping the rewards. Chief among these rewards is political longevity. After all, who is going to be foolish enough to bite the hands that feed them?
So, accordingly, politicians have rigged our system. They have configured social programs and “entitlements” as mandatory, untouchable spending. This is important because even considering changing these taboo expenditures is akin to sticking ones wet finger into a power outlet. It is tantamount to political suicide!! Just look at what has historically happened to courageous politicians who have suggested tweaks or, ohmigod, the complete elimination of these socio-political sacred cows. They are fist ridiculed by the Progressives…and then run out of town on a rail by “angry” (read: greedy) voters. Those lucky enough to survive the maelstrom never, ever broach that subject again.
What happens? We all suffer because government is treated as sacrosanct. It must never be changed or reduced, else all manner of evil will befall us. The implication is that there is a fair percentage of us who simply can’t take care of themselves without the doting of a nanny government. If we were to prohibit government’s role in social programs like Social Security or Medicare/Medicaid then the sky would literally fall. Because we all know that government is the fairest arbiter of services and has the purest of intentions. Right?
So rather than eschew the yoke of control placed on us by government or reject the liberty-stealing government dictates and regulations, we have become inured to being killed with kindness. But the only fatality is our free, independent spirit. Unfortunately, we’ve traded traded this spirit for a 1.1 trillion dollar deficit. It is the ultimate self-serving dirty deal that we’ve done. Why? Because we can never hope to pay off this intergalactic-sized burden, so by default that responsibility is deferred to our children and grandchildren (and perhaps great-grandchildren.)
Until we can change our thinking to cherish liberty in all its forms and reject statism in all its forms, then we are, I’m afraid, doomed. How unfortunate and perverse that there are a fairly large portion of our society that believes that a lowering of taxes is a bad thing, and a “cost” to our government. This is truly a form of mental illness…or the ultimate manifestation of greed, envy and covetousness. Because many of the folks who feel this way pay little or no taxes, and yet receive their livelihood from the government. They’re willing to do anything to keep this situation the same — so long as anything is defined as voting for vote-whoring pols who promise the recipients of government-confiscated largess that the gravy train will go on forever.
There are two ways that this sinful thinking will change: We can “educate” the freeloaders and over time hope that they see the error in their ways and in their thinking, or we can just wait until the defective system implodes and fails. If I were a betting man, I’d bet my money on the latter. But since I’m a realist…I’m putting my money into precious metals, supplies and water. Because old, ingrained habits die hard and an all-powerful government operates under the delusion that it can control everything, including the laws of nature and the realities of fate.
Unfortunately, the lesser angels of man’s existence tend to rule the day. Sin is always easier than virtue. And government is like a storage battery for the zeitgeist energy of the contemporary society. Right now our government is being charged by sin. It’s not a good situation of the upright and virtuous. Or for those who value the Constitution.
For your own sakes, keep your eyes open and your morals strong. It is going to be a bumpy, tumultuous ride to where we’re going.
Fri 6 Jan 2012
Posted by Tony Marini under UncategorizedComments Off
A wide open window was provided into the minds of college students by the apparently deep-thinking students who attended Rick Santorum’s Q&A session at New England College yesterday. On full display was the sclerotic and stilted thinking that is typified by our new liberal, progressive indoctrination and propaganda immersion. Simply put, the students in the audience were so fixed in the precepts of the liberal ideology that they have been inculcated in that they cannot reason or debate with any effectiveness. Just listen to the pathetic stance that the “students” take vis-a-vis Rick Santorum trying to have a measured debate/discussion with them. And to add class upon class, they boo and jeer him at the end. How very adult and mature of you all.
I was always under the impression that the purpose of education was to transform empty minds into open ones. But the real mission of education nowadays, colleges and universities in particular, is to turn out Progressive ideology clones who will unquestioningly tow the party line, regardless of facts to support contrary conclusions. The student’s reasoning has been conditioned upon how they feel (or more importantly, how they are *expected* to feel), and they tend to shut down their thinking if the discussion strays from comfy-cozy self-serving ideological territory. Again, school is supposed to instill an inquisitiveness in students, and prepare them for the real world where issues and problems are not so cut-and-dried.
It is disheartening to see students in so-called “higher education” act like they did at NEC last night. No only do they need to be taught proper manners and social graces, they need to be instructed as to how to comport themselves in a structured debate…where the free exchange of ideas is favored over the desperate clinging to per-conceived notions and ideological totems. Unfortunately Rick Santorum was treated to this boorish and disrespectful behavior by some of the spoiled brats who attend NEC, and from this treatment his views on gay marriage and other salient social topics will continue to be twisted, distorted and misrepresented in order to take a bite out of the guy’s hide.
This is the Progressive political playbook in full bloom! So don’t be at all surprised that this happens, and that the mainstream media encourages this bad behavior and wrong conclusions. These students just don’t know how useful as “useful idiots” they were last night…and how their naivete will be similarly exploited in the months and days leading up to the election of 2012.
Thu 5 Jan 2012
Posted by Tony Marini under Finance
, The ConstitutionComments Off
Apparently our, ahem, Commander-In-Chief doesn’t take his responsibilities quite so seriously. Otherwise, why would he be pushing for such dramatic budget cuts and downsizing of forces in his plan to save money? Could it be that cutting the military is the political equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel? I mean, making hard decisions regarding cutting back social “benefits” and “entitlements” would only serve to inflame the passions, and not in a good way, of his core constituency — the layabouts and goody-grabbers. And in an election year, that’s like taking a big simultaneous gulp of NyQuil, Tylenol and Quaaludes. It just won’t end pretty.
So, our White House-bound Captain Courageous isn’t likely to suggest any cuts in social programs. None at all! It doesn’t fit with his “fundamental transformation” of America from a meritocracy to a cesspool of government-individual co-dependency, so why risk re-election chasing rainbows while all hopped up on phony virtue? But cutting the force size of the military and curtailing military spending — that’s a casual swipe at the ‘Easy Button’ of politics. But it seems that our misguided POTUS, and the Congress if it lets him do this, are shirking the only actual, authentic constitutional prerogatives that they have: The defense of our nation.
Now, Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution states: “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States…,” and nothing more regarding his powers is mentioned. There is no ability to cut the size of the force, nor alter the budget of the armed services. Only the Congress may do these things. In fact the majority of the actual, authentic duties and powers of the Congress relate to the military. Article I, Section 8 details these powers: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States…To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water…To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years…To provide and maintain a Navy…To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces…To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions…To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress…To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”
These very limited powers of the presidency and expansive powers of the Congress in regards to the military begs the question: Is Obama overstepping his constitutional authority when he ostensibly makes “cuts” to the military? We don’t need Supreme Court justices to come up with corrupt and contemptible “rulings” based on some specious and politically self-serving interpretation of the Constitution when we can trust our lying eyes having read the passages in question ourselves. We need our elected and appointed representatives to step up to the plate and act in strict accordance with the Constitution as well as in our very best interests.
I propose that gutting our military in favor of preserving the welfare state is not in our best interests. This action will serve to put us in double jeopardy: It will serve to bankrupt us in the long run by preserving programs and benefits that do not contribute to the financial viability of our nation and it causes us to be vulnerable and open to threats from foes worldwide. These two situation do not indicate to me that our president, Mr. Obama, takes his oath of office very seriously: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
If anyone can claim Obama’s faithful execution while holding a straight face, they are quite an actor or actress. I hope and pray that even the most ardent Obama supporters see this folly for what it is — the weakening of the United States and the commencement of our downward slide towards third-world mediocrity. My only hope is that we leave our children something that they can rescue and call a nation themselves, although each passing day I doubt this more and more.
God bless America. God bless our brave and courageous military. God help us all…
Sun 1 Jan 2012
Posted by Tony Marini under GeneralComments Off
Well, another year has flown by at nearly supersonic speed. Bye, bye 2011…we hardly knew ye. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!
Welcome, 2012! Lots of unrealized expectations, dreams, resolutions and goals to be had. Perhaps 2012 will be a bust out year for the US; a year when we as a nation finally wake up and realize that we cannot spend our way to prosperity and that virtue is demonstrated, not conferred. Hopefully by the time November rolls around we will send a plurality of serious adults to the polls and set things straight, once and for bloody all. We need to admit our grand mistake that we made in 2008 and put the past behind us. We need to embrace principles long ago abandoned, and hope that there is enough time left to rescue a future for our children and heirs. It will be tough work, but like they say — anything worth doing is always tough.
Cheers, 2012! May we enjoy a healthy, safe, profitable and rational time together. We can only hope.
And here’s to spending a LOT more time typing opinions and venting my aching spleen! You WILL see more of me here in 2012, I promise.