Big Fucking Deal

In military circles we have a phrase to guard against hype—expectation management. Pretty simple, don’t overly expect because the “fog of war” and the “friction” of action, to borrow terms from Clausewitz, ALWAYS impact the outcome. As such, many live by the mantra of, “plan for the worst, hope for the best.” Which brings me to a couple important definitions:

Hope:   noun: 1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

 2. (archaic) a feeling of trust.

Verb: 1. want something to happen or be the case.

Hmmmmm, there’s a couple terms here that need further clarity, for our more challenged citizens who seem to struggle with the meaning of things.

Want:   verb: 1. have a desire to possess or do (something); wish for.

 2. (archaic) lack or be short of something desirable or essential.

Noun 1. (archaic) a lack or deficiency of something.

 2. a desire for something.


Desire:                 noun 1. a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.

 Verb 1. strongly wish for or want (something).


Wish:    verb       1. feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that is not easily attainable; want something that cannot or probably will not happen.

Noun     1. a desire or hope for something to happen.


Anyone who supported Obamacare lived/s in this vernacular. This is the language of the left, and it decidedly lacks some really important terms, like:

Plan:      noun     1. a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.

 2. an intention or decision about what one is going to do.

 3. a detailed diagram, drawing, or program, in particular.

Verb      1. decide on and arrange in advance.

2. design or make a plan of (something to be made or built).


Accountability: noun 1. the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.


Honest: adjective 1. free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere; morally correct or virtuous; fairly earned, esp. through hard work; (of an action) blameless or well intentioned even if unsuccessful or misguided; simple, unpretentious, and unsophisticated.

adverb: 1. used to persuade someone of the truth of something.


Nothing that is happening right now with Obamacare should be a surprise. None of it. Aside from the common-sense perspective of knowing that there was no chance that the Federal Government was going to do this well, all of the woes that are being inflicted on the American people were predicted in 2009 and 2010. That viiiiiiiiiiiillllllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeee Tea Party said this would occur, over and over again. The Tea Party were front and center on predicting the sky rocketing costs of health insurance and they very much predicted that millions would lose their insurance plans. Obama created the Tea Party, and now he has validated the Tea Party like no one else could do.

The one disagreement I’ve had with the Tea Party was the constant effort to delay or prevent Obamacare after the Supreme Court ruling. Chief Justice Roberts was on to something when he said that the Supreme Court was not intended to protect the people from their electoral mistakes. I have been of the frame of mind for some time now that America needs the pain of this travesty. No matter how many times Grandma told you the stove was hot, it took getting burned to really learn the lesson. Well, right now, America is getting really burned.

Obamacare has been a massive anchor on the U.S. economy, but, for whatever reason, it has been hard to convince people of the connection. Of course, this might have had something to do with it….

Obama’s strategy has always been to delay the impact of this law, knowing it was not going to be received well. He has repeatedly violated the law by arbitrarily delaying components of the law to fit his political constituency, or to minimize the blowback of the law’s effect. But October 1st brought about the end of that and splashed cold water of the face of the deluded who continued to hope, want or desire something better from an Administration that has sold this law as highly as it has.

There is a sense one gets, a feeling of betrayal tinged with anger and disappointment, when one gets swindled. When that great deal turns out to be a lemon or when you know that you’ve been robbed. I’ve repeatedly called Obama a Carpetbagger, but since his election in 2008, he’s really been a snake oil salesman:

Snake oil is an expression that originally referred to fraudulent health products or unproven medicine but has come to refer to any product with questionable or unverifiable quality or benefit. By extension, a snake oil salesman is someone who knowingly sells fraudulent goods or who is himself or herself a fraud, quack, charlatan, and the like.”

I thought in 2012 that the American people were going to see through Obama and the Democrat party’s lies, smell the bullshit, and punish them accordingly. What I didn’t take into account was the need to be burned. America, on both sides of the isle, has been exceedingly patient and accommodating to this Administration. Had President George W. Bush done any one of the myriad of flagrancies that this Administration has repeatedly done, the media and the people would have raised hell. But this Administration has been able to get away with it because A) ALL critics of its policies are defined as racists, and B) America sincerely wants to get beyond the race argument and thinks that if Obama is successful, then we will have made progress. While Obama has been able to hide behind the black half of his ancestry, the Dem party has not.

2010 was a clear rejection of the party platform, Obamacare in particular. Folks like David Plouffe, who unfortunately are associated with Obama’s white half and thus can’t hide behind skin tone, are hoping that Obamacare doesn’t hurt them in 2014 like it did in 2010. On ABC with George Stephanopoulos, Plouffe commented that Obama was not in a similar situation to President Bush in 2005:

“But where could we be in four or five months?” Plouffe continued. “Hopefully the website is working fine and people are enrolling for health care. Hopefully, we won’t have another Washington dysfunction—which is one of the reasons people are upset, it’s not just health care—and we pass a budget and move forward, and the economy continues to strengthen. So we could be in a much different place three, four months from now. No doubt this is challenging time, but I think you have to have some perspective here. The story could change.”

“The political notion that next year’s election, or 2016, the Republican platform is going to be getting rid of health care?” Plouffe continued. “Millions of people will be signed up. It’s an impossibility.”

Hopefully? Could? The Administration, and the Dem party in particular, are hoping things improve, and based on this hope, are asserting that the political opposition, who has consistently pushed for getting rid of Obamacare since the law passed via unscrupulous means, will not continue to do so. Do I need to define insanity?

No one trusts Obama anymore. Dems have been able to get by on Obama’s trust and likeability factors, but those are collapsing. To think that the Dems will be able to escape accountability for this disaster seems impossible:


Even while Dems are admitting that they knew this would happen, I have no confidence in our electorates low information voters willingness to seek the truth on this. The only way they are going to see the truth of the matter is to be burned. It is unfortunate, but necessary:


And maybe they’re learning:


I was talking to a friend of mine a couple days ago and we discussed how bad this has been, not just for the Administration and Dems in general, but for America. He commented that Obama’s legacy will be on par with Jimmy Carter. I told him that I most certainly hope not. There is a huge difference between incompetence and deceit. We should hope that Obama is not painted as Carter 2.0, but as Nixon 2.0. The people, and future generations, need to look back at this President and his Administration accurately, not as a group incapable of leading the nation, but one a group more than willing to lie, cheat, and steal to achieve power at the expense of current and future generations. Obama is, and has been, a tyrant, and should forever be regarded as such.


Cognitive Dissidence


“You know, I’m a hundred percent confident that the people of Iowa and the American people will win the day on November 6th of this year when President Obama is re-elected because of his policies, because of the fact that he has brought this country out of the worst economic disaster that we faced since the Great Depression and the people of America know” – DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

The benefit of liberals is that you’ll always know what an alternative universe will look like, and here we have Snaggletooth providing the most recent window into that world. One has to, at some point, sit back and question whether this woman is really this incredibly stupid, or this incredibly dishonest. There is not a single economic metric that even remotely connects any Obama promise to economic success. Not one. In fact, the American Enterprise Institute had a recent article title, The 7 most illuminating economic charts of 2011, which shatter the Administration’s “economic success” rhetoric.

My guess is that they know, without a doubt, that they are telling the American people a massive whopper of a lie. I’m convinced Obama is not nearly as smart as liberals think he is, but he can’t be so stupid as to believe the bullshit the DNC and his re-election campaign is spewing into the ether. What I find amusing is the Administrations belief that class warfare rhetoric is going to win the day for them and the Dems in general. Yes, yes, he is a man of the people as he takes not one, but two private jets- at taxpayer expense- to Martha’s Vineyard and Hawaii to stay in multi-million dollar estates. Clearly, one of us.

In truth, I love the delusion. I love that liberals actually think that this is somehow a winning argument for them. Keep it coming. Really, let it flow. Tell us that a few hundred thousand here, or a million or two there, don’t mean anything in the greater scheme of things. Go on and tell us about how crying foul over wasteful government spending is just a nagging effort in desperation, as if there are no major issues of consternation from this Administration for the American people to fret about. Really, it’s working… or maybe not.

Stepping back into reality, let’s look at who the American people are- and more importantly- how the Administration’s message is resonating with them.

Gallup conducts a survey on the political ideology of U.S. adults. This is an ongoing survey that started in 1992 and since its beginning, Conservatives have consistently outnumbered liberals 2-1. The most recent survey, done in August ’11, has 41% of U.S. adults identifying themselves as Conservative, up 4% from 2008. Likewise, only 21% of U.S. adults call themselves liberal, down 1% from 2008’s all-time high of 22%. 36% of U.S. adults identify as moderate, again down 1% from 2008. More U.S. adults identify as Conservative and that metric continues to steadily grow.

But an important component of the survey that easily gets lost is the partisan breakdown of ideology, specifically the Independents. In 2008, 30% of Independents called themselves Conservative. However, that number jumped to 35% in the August ’11 survey with self-identified liberals only making up 20% of Independents.

This Conservative Ascendency is important in that the message of the Administration is not resonating. And there is a lot of data to demonstrate this. At the end of December, Gallup conducted another survey in which they asked U.S. adults to rate their political ideaology, and the political ideology of the Presidential candidates- to include Obama- on a five point scale, with 1 being very liberal and 5 being very conservative. The average for the U.S. adults sampled was 3.3, or moderately conservative. All GOP candidates either matched the sampling (Huntsman) or were slightly to right with Michele Bachmann being the farthest to the right by 0.7 (4.0 versus 3.3). Obama was a full point to the left (2.3 versus 3.3), which means that the average American more closely identifies with the GOP candidates than with Barack Obama.

This plays out in another poll, done by Pew Research Center, but focused on economic structures rather than political ideologies. The survey looked at views of Capitalism and Socialism, and what the reaction was by different demographic groups. Dems as a group see Capitalism negatively, but it is only liberal Dems who see Socialism positively. Correction, liberal Dems and Blacks who see Socialism positively, which explains why we see the race card played so hard and so often now by the left.

In party identification, Rasmussen’s recent survey found that self-identified Republicans increased in December while self-identified Dems decreased. This is particularly interesting, though it is still very early, in generic balloting. As it sits now, according to Rasmussen, the GOP leads Dems 43% to 38% and in the Presidential race, a generic Republican beats Obama 47% to 43%.


A lot of this is based on the economy, which is the biggest concern of voters. This is followed by Healthcare, Education and Iraq, which the survey found that voters trust the GOP over the Dems on all of these issues. In fact the only issue the Dems are more trusted than the GOP is Social Security and Government ethics (Mainstream media’s whitewash of Solyndra, Fast & Furious, and the DOJ seems to be paying off).


Which brings us back to the rhetoric of the Administration. Class warfare sounds great to partisan ideologues, but it rarely stands the test against actual facts. Again, AEI’s The 7 most illuminating economic charts of 2011 do a great job of demonstrating just how much damage this Administration has done to the economy. Obama has consistently tried to put the failings of his economic policies on Bush, but this one graphic best reflects the failings of this Administration.

Obama can talk all he wants about the eeeevvviiilllllllllllll Republicans, but the facts remain: this Administration has been an epic failure, and the American people know this.