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Bullshit Bingo!

Just in time for the campaign season- Bullshit Bingo!

 

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12 Steps

 

 

 

What is clear to most at this point is that this Administration- and Dems in general- are in denial.

Months ago, Moody’s warned that the AAA credit rating of the U.S. was in jeopardy because of the ever growing national debt. Finally, S&P dropped the credit rating from AAA to AA+, largely in reaction to Washington’s failure to actually address the debt and cut spending in the debt ceiling debates.  In the run up to, and during, the debt ceiling debate, the country witnessed obstruction, denial and obfuscation to the issue of out of control spending and the debt. From pResidential threats of veto at any attempt to constrain the Whine House’s ability to spend this nation into oblivion, to Dem Senatorial procedural shenanigans  intended to prevent Washington from being held accountable- we saw the Dems throw everything but the kitchen sink- and a fiscal plan- at the process in order to obstruct any attempt at actually controlling and reducing out-of-control spending.

When the dreaded downgrade happened, as predicted, the markets and the populace reacted negatively, as predicted. While the Whine House hid, Turbo Timmy deployed, denying the Administration was in any way responsible or accountable for the downgrade, as predicted. When the pResident did finally show his face, some 96 hours later, he denied responsibility, deflected blame to others, and asked for increased spending- thus reinforcing the reasons why S&P downgrade in the first place. This too, was expected, if not predicted.

Clearly, based on the size and pace of growth of our national debt and the reaction of Washington to the credit downgrade, it is obvious that Washington is addicted to spending. For them, every problem has a million, billion, or now trillion dollar solution. Education suffering? Throw more money at it, because it couldn’t possibly be a student/teacher accountability problem. Obviously, this flies in the face of why places like New York and New Jersey, which account for the highest in spending per student (just over $13,000), are at the bottom nationwide for SAT rankings while Missouri and Colorado are near the top (~ $8,700 per student). What about sky high unemployment? Obviously we need more unemployment benefits, because that’s what creates jobs. Of course, if this theory had any bearing whatsoever, why is the unemployment growing instead of shrinking?

Liberals need to come to the realization that it is their policies, their premises, their ideology that is destroying this nation. And some are seeing the light, though they are fighting it with their every breath.

No, Washington is addicted to spending, thus I propose a 12 step program for getting Washington off the pipe and into the financial wagon of fiscal responsibility.

 

  • Step 1We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable

 

Managing a $14.5 trillion dollar debt, whose interest payments alone amount to more than $200 billion a year. By 2017, they’re expected to be some $630 billion. Clearly, this is unmanageable.

 

  • Step 2Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity

 

There is a power greater than Washington that can restore order to the system- its called the Constitution of the United States of America. A novel idea that, the federal government returning to the articulated limits specified in the founding document and the states returning to their proper place in our FEDERAL system.

 

  • Step 3Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God

 

This is Conservatism. Liberals will bemoan the seperastion clause- which they misinterpret in the first place- but this isn’t about the establishment of some state religion. It’s about returning to the founding premise of this nation- individual responsibility and accountability in their pursuit of life, liberty and the happiness. Focus on the family, what’s right and wrong, and holding ourselves accountable.

 

  • Step 4Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves

 

We’ve begun this transition. November 2010 was the first step. The awakening of the Tea Party and a return to founding principles will help us get to the next inventory- November 2012.

 

  • Step 5Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs

 

The near government shutdown really opened this debate, but the debt ceiling made it mainstream. There are sincere efforts to address spending right now specifically because the Conservatives refused to let the issue lie dormant any longer.

 

  • Step 6Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character

 

November 2012, which inevitably will lead to January 20, 2013- The End of an Error.

 

  • Step 7Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings

 

See step 6.

 

  • Step 8Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all

 

Generation X, and the Millenials as well as future generations will accept the apology when a sincere effort is made and put in place. Until then, Baby Boomers deserve nothing but unmitigated hate and disgust for the financial pedophilia they’ve inflicted on future generations.

 

  • Step 9Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others

 

At this point, it is hard to see this as possible, but massive and significant changes to entitlements will be a start. They should really start immediately, but seeing how Baby Boomers and Accountability are mutually exclusive ideals, this just isn’t likely.

 

  • Step 10Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it

 

This is 2012 beyond. We have to maintain an active role in the politics of this nation, holding ALL representatives accountable EVERY time they are up for reelection.

 

  • Step 11Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out

 

Live, eat, breath the Constitution, recognizing it’s limitations on the Federal Government and respecting those limits. Everyone bemoans financial greed, but it is political greed that got us into this situation.

 

  • Step 12Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

It’s out of order, but that is exactly what the Tea Party is. A spiritual awakening towards the founding principles of our nation, recognizing the wisdom of the founders and the structural pillars of this nation.

 

 

Humpty Dumpty

Unfortunately, that is the only guiding principle Obama has — compromise. But that is no principle at all. What if I wanted to sell you a car for $10,000 and you offered me $1? Would compromise dictate that I sell it to you for $5,000? For $2? What if the car is really worth about $10,000, should I compromise anyway? Compromise is a tactic, it’s not a principle. It doesn’t give you the right answer. It is sometimes necessary, but offers no guidance in what should be the final outcome.

Putting the source of this quote aside for a moment, I find that it is 100% accurate. Compromise IS a tactic, which we are far too often told is the destination, rather than a means for getting to the destination. But it is not the only way to travel- and sometimes, it isn’t the right means of travel in the first place.

We have $14.5 trillion in debt. For the baby that was just born, they come into this world with over $48,000 debt hung around their neck. By the end of this decade, that will nearly double to $90,000. Any other activity this self-destructive would require institutionalism, yet we have an Administration arguing that spending more money we don’t have will somehow fix a debt problem.

Which brings us to the second unlikely money quote:

If the clever guys at the White House don’t realize they’ve hit their tipping point, they’re in for a rude awakening when that tsunami washes over them. They’re headed into the 30s in the polls and I don’t think they have any clue how to get out of there. They don’t even know that they’re about to hit an iceberg. They think they’re just one more compromise from turning the corner.

Personally, I think the tipping point was in June of 2009 when Obamacare was forced down the throat of the American people, but to see liberals completely lose faith in their messiah almost brings about some Hope that we can get some Change around here. This Administration has been an abject nightmare, a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions. Put succinctly: Epic Fail.

Case in point:

Gallupdelivers two blasts at the Obama administration today for its handling of the economy. The first comes in its daily tracking poll, which reacted rather badly to Barack Obama’s speech from the White House yesterday. His approval rating dropped three points to its previous low of 40% after only one cycle of polling. Disapproval rose back to 50%, up two points from the day before. That sharp drop could amplify over the next couple of days, especially considering the beating Obama is taking across the political spectrum for his ill-considered rehash of an address. It’s possible that we will see Obama drop below 40% for the first time ever as Saturday and Sunday responses roll out of the survey data.

Or…

A majority Americans believe President Obama doesn’t deserve to win reelection in 2012, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

Fifty-one percent of voters surveyed said they don’t think Obama should have a second term at the White House, while 47 percent signaled that he deserves four more years.

There are now, a large pluralities of polls that point to universal discontent with the Administration and its handling of a multitude of issues, especially the economy. I’ve said this before, Obama will lose in 2012, so will the Dems in the Senate returning the power in Washington to the GOP who0 will have to figure out how to fix the mess left by liberalism.