Archive for December, 2010

Absolutely the fastest way to a stammering, pissed off liberal

Posted in Class Warfare, Democrat Memory Hole, Economics, Education, Gov't Run Healthcare, Liberal Hypocrisy, Obama, U.S. government with tags , , , on December 31, 2010 by b5blue

Ask them:  What Do Liberals Have To Show For 50 Years Of Horrible Policies?  Larry Elder and Investors Business Daily have the answers. Thanks to Cold Fury for the lead.

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Obamacare mess is legacy of Dems’ moment of power

Posted in Democrat Memory Hole, Economics, Gov't Run Healthcare, Obama, U.S. Gov't Pork with tags , , , , on December 31, 2010 by b5blue

Byron York and The Washington Examiner hand the Democrats their rumps in an article about Obamacare.   Juicy part:

As Republicans prepare to take power in the House and play a more influential role in the Senate, it’s good to think back a year. At the end of 2009, it was not at all clear that big Republican victories were on the way — only that the GOP was at its lowest point in a long, long time.Roundly defeated in 2008, House Republicans were powerless to stop a huge Democratic majority from passing the national health care bill in November 2009. Then, in late December, Senate Republicans were just as powerless to stop a filibuster-proof majority of 60 Democrats from pushing that far-reaching and deeply unpopular piece of legislation through the Senate.

With the passage of Obamacare, GOP lawmakers learned what defeat really meant.

The country is still learning the full extent of the damage. A new analysis by the Washington Post shows that a provision of Obamacare dealing with high-risk patients is attracting far fewer participants than expected but still costs vastly more than projected — a bad omen for the law’s other programs. And that is on top of earlier reports showing that Obamacare will actually bend the cost curve upward, not downward; that many companies are curtailing or planning to curtail coverage offered to employees and retirees; and that its core provision, the individual mandate, might well be unconstitutional.

Memo to Democrat liberal elitists:  The laws of economics apply to even you.  I’m sorry to be the one to inform you that your elitism doesn’t insulate you from the realities of life.   Expect more ugly realities to knock on your ivory tower door.  Soon.

Dem regrets language in memo on ‘death panels’ that reignited debate

Posted in 'Professional' Media, Democrat Memory Hole, Gov't Run Healthcare, Liberal Hypocrisy, Obama with tags , , on December 31, 2010 by b5blue

The title of the article over at the Hill says it all for the Democrat side.

What is not being said at all by the cheerleaders for the Democrats (the ‘professional’ media) is why they felt the need to clarify the need for secrecy.  Wasn’t this supposed to be the Congress (ala Pelosi) that was supposed to end this corrupted thought process… and the new dawn of liberalism that called for transparency (ala Obama)…… wasn’t it?

For the liberals out there with grave concerns about the real purpose of Obamacare, you need not to look any further than the attempts by the Democrats to keep this item a secret.

It’s not about health care reform or cost reduction.  It’s about attaining more power over you.  Pure and simple.

Why do people trust the willfully ignorant class?

Posted in 'Professional' Media, Democrat Memory Hole, Liberal Hypocrisy, Sarah Palin, Video Library for Liberal Escapees with tags , on December 31, 2010 by b5blue

As Glenn Reynolds calls them: Credentialed but not educated.  I’d also like to add ‘willfully ignorant class’ as the depth of willful ignorance knows no bottom.  Ezra Klein, class President of the Willfully Ignorant, decides to start a ‘shock and awe’ campaign of willful ignorance.

Most people I know could tell you the United States Constitution was NOT written in 1910.  Since Ezra Klein is part of the credentialed but not educated class, he gets to promulgate such willful ignorance.  If this had been Sarah Palin?  Good grief, Google couldn’t keep up with the lefty articles linking to such a quote.  Instead, Mr. Klein makes a quiet edit to his original post and the liberal media looks the other way.

Utter rot, thy name is modern liberalism.

New light shed upon Nazi bureacrats

Posted in Fascism/Nazism/Communism, General Politics, History with tags , on December 31, 2010 by b5blue

Interesting news coming out of Germany not only for the forgotten whitewashed history of Nazi era bureaucrats.  Thanks to Betsy’s Page for the link.  The New York Times and Judy Dempsey have the details. Read the entire article, interesting stuff.

It’s eerily quiet in the depths of the German Foreign Ministry, where tens of thousands of documents are filed away in narrow drawers. The documents consist of telegrams and reports filed by German ambassadors from all over the world as well as from diplomats based in Berlin.One document on display tells of the Wannsee Conference in 1942. There, in a villa in southern Berlin, a group of top Nazi officials drew up plans for the “final solution of the Jewish question.”

They involved the deportation of the Jewish population of Europe and the French colonies of North Africa, including Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, to German-occupied areas in Eastern Europe, where they were to be murdered. Jews were also forcibly conscripted into labor camps for building roads and other projects.

What is coming to light now — and causing a major debate in Germany over the past few weeks — is the active involvement by Nazi Germany’s civil servants in the annihilation of Jews. For decades, bodies like the Foreign Ministry and the Finance Ministry managed to make the public believe they had been relatively “clean” during the Nazi years. They pointed to their continuing efficiency as a source of pride.

“What is revealing is the way the civil service, the bureaucrats, applied the law,” said Professor Jane Caplan, a historian at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, and part of a commission investigating the German Finance Ministry’s past. “They were not passive in their work. They became sources of innovation in order to make the system more efficient.”

Interesting historical fact but,  for me, the psychology of the whitewash is particularly useful for a lesson.  You need to ask yourself why government officials have whitewashed the actions of hundreds, if not thousands, of government bureaucrats who are either dead or at a very advanced age.

Why weren’t their histories treated the same as the Nazi leaders?  Doesn’t their people deserve to know the depth of the rot of the Third Reich?  One possibility is that even though the Nazi party lost relevance long ago, the bureaucrat class remains.  Of course present day bureaucrats wouldn’t dream of taking part in another ‘final solution’… but in times of duress, would they follow the power that pays for their livelihood?  They might not follow another ‘final solution’, but they will follow some government agency’s solution and that’s not necessarily good for the general populace.

Governments rely on us ceding them power and trust while disposing most of our skepticism about their motives. That’s why every citizen should always store a maximum of skepticism and distrust of an ever-expanding army of bureaucrats.

Keep them honest.  Take power from them when possible and give them the maximum amount of skepticism in inventory.

Soldiers of expression: Hate speech, censorship & ethics

Posted in Education, Fascism/Nazism/Communism, Freedom of Speech with tags , , , on December 31, 2010 by b5blue

Jesse Kline and The Western Standard provide a glimpse into what passes for freedom of speech at a university.  Juicy part:

My first post was on the war in Gaza and the problems I had with students and pundits who claimed that Israel was using a disproportionate amount of force. “If Israel sent in missiles without aiming, would that be proportional? If Israel deliberately fired upon civilian, rather than military targets, would that be proportional? Because that is exactly how Hamas has been terrorizing the innocent people living in Southern Israel.… Of course, I would not expect information such as how Israeli hospitals are treating injured Palestinians, while Palestinian hospitals are allowing Hamas agents to shoot injured prisoners in their hospital beds, to be disseminated in a lefty institution like a Canadian university,” I wrote.

Before I was able to publish the piece, I was pulled into my professor’s office and told that my writing was unacceptable; that I was unqualified to write on the war in Gaza because I am not a international relations expert and I’ve never served with the Israeli army. He also said that the piece was too opinionated and that I would have to provide proof of everything I said, including my assertion that Hamas is a terrorist organization, even though it is listed as such by both the American and Canadian governments.

I initially gave my professor the benefit of the doubt and switched my topic. After receiving feedback on my next post, I asked for examples of best practises and was sent to a blog post written by one of my classmates. She also wrote about the war in Gaza, but she was on the opposite side of the issue, claiming that Israel was using disproportionate force and that the Canadian government was wrong not to condemn it. It quickly became apparent to me that my previous post had been censored, not for any of the reasons I was given, but because my political opinions conflicted with those of my professor.

Let’s be honest: that’s not education, it’s indoctrination.  No different from what happened at Soviet Union era universities, for example.  For those parents preparing to send their children to universities, educate yourself about Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and ensure you don’t choose a campus on their Red Alert List.  FIRE has already put many public universities on notice that the suppression of speech by some will no longer be tolerated.

If leftists ideas are the greatest thing since sliced bread, why do the liberal pundits insist on having no competing ideas?  We all know the answer.  Modern liberalism thrives only when given the wellspring of water from the government faucet and in a desert of other ideas.   They want to control the government faucet and deny other ideas to even exist.

Time to Rethink Public Employee Unions

Posted in Economics, General Politics, Unions with tags , on December 31, 2010 by b5blue

Powerline has a succinct and efficient post on why Public Employee Unions need to be banned.

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