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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.

Character

I personally have a hard time with people who leak secrets.

I find that for the most part, there is almost never an altruistic motive for doing so.

So, off the bat, I have concerns with the recent disclosure of the NSA program. It does not help that I think there is a lot of misinformation out there on what this program is or isn’t. Since the American people are not read into it, it is hard to know what the ground truth is. The ubiquitous nature of electronic communications and the means of travel from Point A to Point B make it difficult to regulate. There are a tremendous amount of regulations involved in intelligence collection, and by its very nature, because of the need to protect sources and methods, not everyone knows about everything.

That said, the breadth and scope of the program—according to media—is alarming. It is one thing to target a U.S. person for collection, but entirely another to have a blanket dragnet encompassing millions of people who have no connection to security threats. To buy into the Administration’s position and accept that this program is not being abused, we have to have faith that the government will, as a fair arbiter, engage as an honest broker in the pure interests of security. Of course, when you have an Administration that has been exposed to be acting as a very unfair arbiter, then there is little to no trust. There has been a myriad of real—no shit—scandals over the last month or so (and this excludes the myriad of scandals from the last term, like Fast & Furious), and all of them are serious and revolve around two things: 1) a lack of trust and honesty from the Administration and 2) a rampant abuse of power.

From Benghazi, Department of Justice targeting the Media, IRS intimidation, HHS extortion, EPA FOIA bias, Department of Energy loans to political contributors, to this NSA wiretapping—all of these amount to tremendous abuses of power and corruption. Most importantly, they undermine any trust a society can have in a Government that is supposed to be of, for and by the People.

  • Benghazi was about corrupting the information cycle to protect an Administration running for reelection.
  • DoJ/Media was a corrupted abuse of power to intimidate the fourth pillar to protect the Administration from public scrutiny.
  • IRS was a corrupted policy to intimidate political opposition, in order to suppress their ability to assemble and vote.
  • HHS extortion is a corruption in a regulatory body intimidating funds from companies it is suppose to regulate.
  • EPA/FOIA was a corrupted policy to financially discourage and suppress freedom of information to political opponents.
  • DoE loans to political contributors was flat out financial corruption.

Which brings us to the NSA wiretapping program: I don’t know. Two points don’t make a trend, but six certainly do. Were they abusing the system? I don’t know, but there is a clear indication that the system is ripe for abuse from an Administration that has clearly shown a propensity to abuse the system.

So, is Snowden a traitor for leaking this information? Yes. Intelligence professionals take an oath to protect the information they are privy to and he broke it. Does this hurt the ability of the U.S. to collect intelligence against its enemies? Absolutely. So the question is, right now, should he have broken his oath, exposing this program, and does that excuse Snowden from his actions? I don’t know, but maybe we can’t answer this question till we answer this one: should we trust this Administration—let alone any other—with this level of power and insight into your private life?

Ultimately, we come full circle in how we should view and consider our government. The tenant of trust is paramount at this point. The clichés of ‘We get the government we deserve’ and ‘Elections have consequences’ don’t sound so cliché right now. More importantly, the importance a character in our elected officials suddenly becomes ever so clear. We have been derided, insulted, demeaned and marginalized by the left because of the sincere character questions we had/have for Obama. Cocaine and marijuana use for any other Presidential candidate really mattered (remember not inhaling?) and would have been a near fatal issue because respect for law and—more importantly—the character to use illegal drugs would have cast serious doubt on the candidate.

Of course there is also the character issue of leadership. Yes, leadership is a character issue. I’ve learned through life that there are three P’s to “leadership”: (P)olicing, which is what Supervisors do. (P)roduction, which is what Managers do. And (P)otential, which is what Leaders develop and foster. Not all Supervisors or Managers are leaders, but leaders certainly have all of these traits. So when we look at a Presidential candidate who has never been an executive, who has never been individually accountable for the success or failures of a team of individuals that he is responsible for, it begs the question—why not? How has this person managed to go through life and never be in a leadership position? How could they possibly be prepared to be the Executive of the U.S., yet have never been the executive of anything else?

How about the character issue of fairness? The ability to foster and maintain an environment that does not threaten those different from yourself. Hell, we have Constitutional Amendments on this, yet we were told repeatedly by a lapdog media that we were to overlook an overwhelming bias. Obama is suppose to be the President of United States, not the Liberals in the U.S., so when we see him come out and specifically target a media outlet critical of his actions, we should pause. When he calls on his follows to crush their political enemies, when he demeans a massive, grassroots movement with serious and legitimate concerns about his policies. Obama has demonstrated, repeatedly, that he is not interested in Governance, only in Power.

To me, however, the most critical character issue is honesty, and frankly, Obama’s honesty came into question early on. Unfortunately, he was never challenged to explain his inconsistencies to the American people, and we never demanded it enough to force him. His many contradictions to what he was saying while campaigning versus what he had said while in the Senate (State or U.S.), what he had written (or had claimed to write), and what he had done while in office—any office. Obama has been pretty much the only politician I’ve ever seen who has been allowed to get away with, ‘it is what I say now’ versus ‘what I have said or done before’ that matters.

But this isn’t limited to Obama. Congress has either endorsed or failed to provide oversight to an Executive clearly out of control. Likewise, the appointment of activist judges has resulted in the ideological approval/disapproval of policies and legislation that fly in the face of the Founding documents and the American spirit. The issue of character applies to all levels of government. Our government was designed to balance itself through the checks and balances of the branches, yet we’ve seen through the years the dismantling of these balances through the distortion of powers in the branches, most notably in the power of the Executive. There has been some effort to reassert balance, 2010 being the greatest example of this, and 2014 will likely follow suit, but this is only possible because the People still have a vote. Unfortunately, the judiciary—the last line of defense and arguably the ultimate arbiter of impartiality—is distorted and manipulated by partisan ideologues masquerading as justices (9th Circus, here’s looking at you), one loses hope. 2014 may be the last chance we get to stop an out of control Administration was attempting to stack the judicial bench with sycophants who worship at the alter of Obama, and not the Constitution.

The character of the situation, and of the Administration, is severely in question right now. The question of Governance vs. Power is beginning to take root. Many of us have, for some time now, cried foul at the rampant abuses and power-grabs of an Administration bent on ridding itself of political enemies instead of governing the populace. Unfortunately, the deception has allowed the Administration to continue, but there is a growing disquiet in America—a buyer’s remorse—that is beginning to finally question who the doppelganger in the White House really is. Perhaps all is not lost…

Math and Delusions

Two big financial bits from last week- the Dow and jobs. One hit a record, the other, not so much, but that hasn’t stopped the hysteria surrounding both. But first, there has been a lot of hype over Friday’s job numbers. 30 second “economists” in the MSM are touting the strong growth to the economy and how we are “obviously” in a strengthening recovery. Of course, all it takes is about three minutes of perusing through the subterfuge to find that things in Oz are not all the rosy.

 

So straight to the hype: the BLS reported Friday that February created 236,000 jobs. If you stopped thinking at this point—as most liberals and journalists seem to do—then you’d be happy. This was one of the highest job gains in a month for the Obama Administration (ever), which is frankly pretty pathetic considering Biden’s promise of 500,000+ jobs per month during the “Summer of Recovery” in…2010…that never happened. But this is the kicker: 296,000 left the labor force in February taking us to a record 89,304,000 out of the labor force. For those not challenged by Math, that’s 60,000 more people leaving the labor force than joining it in February. Now, not all of those leaving the labor market were job losses, after all, some people retired—whether they wanted to or not—and certainly some found that the pay for being unemployed is better than the pay for being employed. Regardless, we’re at a net negative in February—minus 60,000 workers—versus the mythical positive of 236,000 jobs. Of course, it is how you count the “jobs”, which means you ignore the workers, and therefore don’t count their decline, resulting in the exuberance of …wait for it…7.7% unemployment. Where’s the bubbly?

 

 

Well, before we pop the top, let us do a little more in qualitatively looking at the job numbers. The chart above shows the number of multiple job holders—that’s people with more than one job—which is important because in February (that magical month of 236,000 jobs, remember) saw the largest rise (340,000) in multiple job-holders. The number of full time jobs in February declined by 77,000 and the number of part-time jobs surged by 102,000. So, an honest question would be to ask: of that 236,000 “jobs” in February, how many are held by one person?

 

 

You can go here for a break down, specifically, of the job gains in the sectors, but I want highlight a couple things. As you can see from the chart above, the biggest gainer was in Professional and Business Services, which sounds great! That is, until you read this:

 

Professional and business services added 73,000 jobs in February; employment in the industry had changed little (+16,000) in January. In February, employment in administrative and support services, which includes employment services and services to buildings, rose by 44,000. Accounting and bookkeeping services added 11,000 jobs, and growth continued in computer systems design and in management and technical consulting services.

 

Yes, employment and building services are low wage positions, with a healthy chunk being part-time labor. And those 11,000 accounting and bookkeeping positions, well, it is tax season, so those will almost certainly be temporary, and most likely part-time or commission positions. Really, the only positive from this chart is the decline in government jobs, of course, those are states and counties who actually have to live within their means, versus a bloated federal work force that can—and does—just print more money to pay for its excess.

 

 

Regardless, again, we have a long, long ways to go before we’re back to the unemployment numbers of the previous Administration. But then, this love fest with the numbers will be short lived, mostly because they’ll be forgotten, or worse yet, the fallacy will be perpetuated. For instance, folks who follow this remember that in January, we added 157,000 jobs… or did we? How many people know that the January number was revised down to 119,000. That’s 38,000 fewer jobs, or a decline of 25% from the initial stats. Hell of a rounding error. But here is the humdinger: in January 2012 we added 311,000 jobs. The fact of the matter remains that the single greatest contributor to a declining unemployment rate is people abandoning the labor force all together, and thus not getting counted in the first place.

 

We continue to fail to add enough jobs to meet the death rate, let alone grow the economy, and this Administration continues to add road block after road block to the highway of employment. I firmly believe that we will be (officially) in a recession by the end of this year. I sincerely hope not, but I have no confidence that this Administration is interested in helping the economy. Not even a little…

…which brings us to the Dow. At one point, perhaps, there was some equivalency between how the stock market did and the health and strength of the economy. Those days seem to be long gone. There is so much gaming and blatant intellectual dishonesty that it is hard to fathom where lies the road and the edge of the cliff. Without belaboring the point, Zero Hedge did a fantastic job of pointing out the context surrounding the euphoria of the record Dow. Frankly, it speaks for itself…

 

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14164.5
  • Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73
  • GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%
  • Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million
  • Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million
  • Size of Fed’s Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion
  • US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%
  • US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion
  • Total US Debt Oustanding: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion
  • US Household Debt: Then $13.5 trillion; Now 12.87 trillion
  • Labor Force Particpation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%
  • Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6
  • S&P Rating of the US: Then AAA; Now AA+
  • VIX: Then 17.5%; Now 14%
  • 10 Year Treasury Yield: Then 4.64%; Now 1.89%
  • USDJPY: Then 117; Now 93
  • EURUSD: Then 1.4145; Now 1.3050
  • Gold: Then $748; Now $1583
  • NYSE Average LTM Volume (per day): Then 1.3 billion shares; Now 545 million shares

 

Bottom line: when the economy collapses into recession, the market correction is going to be astronomical. Warren Buffet and George Soros aren’t pulling their money out of stocks for nothing—they see a massive correction coming and the fear is that it’ll wipe out the retirement savings of so many in the middle class. Be afraid, very afraid.

 

Out-Nixoning Nixon

There are so many angles to this story that just makes one want to puke. Obama’s intentional disinterest in the security of diplomatic facilities in harm’s way; the complete failure of a Secretary of State and her department to adequately manage resources and the security of personnel in hostile environments; the intentional deluge of disinformation while withholding accurate information so as to distort perceptions for political advancement—this Administration has done what no other modern Administration has managed to do: Out-Nixon Nixon.

Richard Nixon’s crime was withholding and distorting information after the fact—the cover-up—but Nixon’s malfeasance never resulted in the deaths of a U.S. Ambassador and diplomats. Nixon didn’t obfuscate the deaths of American citizens, yet Obama has done just that. We, as a nation, should be furious at the persistent series of lies and distortions this Administration has pushed forward.

First, as Commander-in-Chief, it is Obama’s first responsibility to defend America and its interests, anywhere in the world. He isn’t expected to don body armor and head into the front lines, but he is supposed to be actively engaged in defending the nation. Yet, he completely failed to not only be engaged, but to even be interested:

 

 

We jokingly asked where the obligatory crisis room photo op is. Well, now we know why one was never put out—he never showed up. 3 AM phone call? Please…

I don’t think folks truly recognize how damning this statement is. Consulates and Embassies are SOVEREIGN territories of the state. That IS U.S. soil, and to not show ANY interest in defending it, let curiosity as to what the hell is happening on it WHILE being attacked is criminal. But this is just as damning for Clinton as it is for Obama—no call from the State Department was ever made for support:

 

 

The testimony from Panetta and Dempsey makes the completely absurd claim of “what difference does it make” all that much more damning.

 

 

The difference, you incompetent fucking hag, is that you CANNOT “figure out what happened” if you do not know what the cause of the attack was. And this wasn’t a protest that went bad, or a random act of violence against Americans in some foreign land: it was an ATTACK by AL-QAIDA against a U.S. CONSULATE on fucking SEPTEMBER 11th.

What has happened with regards to the Benghazi Consulate attack is criminal. Obama, Clinton, and multiple others in this Administration have been lying to the American people. Obama’s lies have been from the get-go because he knew his failures would likely result in his not getting re-elected: and he was probably right. So now we, trapped in an Administration that is failing on so many levels for all the wrong reasons, have to come to terms with the simple fact that Obama and his cronies need to be held accountable for the loss of life on the fateful day.

We should be furious. We should be repulsed. We should not let this go unanswered.

 

Fraud, Waste and Abuse

 

The White House has been defending, and defending, and claiming, and defending that the President’s current Magical Misery Bus tour, like the last Magical Misery Bus tour, is not about campaigning for re-election. Nope, this is all about the President’s Jobs plan, which seems to no longer exist. That’s right folks, according to the White House, the President is justified to use your tax-payer dollars for this “tour” and not pay for it himself out of his campaign coffers.

So, when you see him holding babies, it’s not campaigning, it’s reconnecting with the youth that he has saddled with tremendous debt. Or when you see him glad-handing the crowds, he’s not campaigning, he’s making himself available to citizenry of the nation. His presence in presidential battleground states is merely coincidental. His partisan rhetoric challenging his political opponents and his juxtaposition of his policies against the GOP presidential primary field is not remotely related the campaign and his re-election efforts. Nothing to see here folks, this is business as usual.

Of course, someone forgot to send the Vice President the memo saying eway reaay otnay niay ampaigncay odemay (for those pig latin impaired, that’s we are not in campaign mode).

 Are we campaigning? Yes! We are campaigning to change this environment.Joe Biden

 Let’s face it folks, this is the epitome of dishonesty. Of course he’s campaigning. It’s blatantly obvious he’s campaigning . But what does this say about him? More importantly, what does it say about his attitude towards you and the nation? This tour and the comments of the President vis a vis this tour clearly demonstrate that he thinks:

1) You are an idiot too stupid to recognize an obvious lie when you see it;

 2) You are so gullible that you’ll believe any excuse that denies reality;

 3) Your taxpayer money is his money, whether you like it or not, and he can do whatever he wants with it;

 It is but another example of how this Administration is guilty of Fraud, Waste and Abuse. From “betting” tax dollars on failing business ventures, to lying to Congress over criminal misconduct, to exercising judicial prejudice in not prosecuting clear voter intimidation. This Administration has been fundamentally and categorically dishonest with the American people. This is but another case in point.

Obama’s bus tour costing taxpayers thousands

If Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Herman Cain or any of the other presidential challengers were to embark on a three-day bus trip like the one now underway by President Obama, it would cost their campaigns tens of thousands of dollars. Perhaps more.

They would have to pay a variety of expenses, including:

  • air travel to their first destination
  • leasing of one or more buses appropriate to the journey
  • rental for halls or meeting rooms for their candidates’ appearances
  • the cost of lodging and meals for their candidate and staff

But not the Obama campaign. The White House declared that Mr. Obama’s three-day trip through North Carolina and Virginia are official events and not campaign appearances, even though the two states are known to be political objectives of his re-election bid.

So Mr. Obama’s expenses are borne by taxpayers, including:

  • the pro-rated costs of his flights aboard Marine One and Air Force One that brought him to his first stop yesterday in Asheville, NC
  • the two buses used by him and his staff, owned and operated by the United States Secret Service
  • costs associated with setting up speech sites including microphones, speakers, amplifiers, teleprompters and TV lights
  • lodging and meals for the president and his political staff

It’s an advantage enjoyed by every incumbent president seeking re-election — and a disadvantage endured by his challengers. And though the White House has said the trip is not political, Mr. Obama has repeatedly used his speeches to take Republicans to task for opposing the provisions of his jobs bill.