It’s a Miracle!

This is an appropriate follow-up to my post from yesterday about Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” comment.  As Bill Whittle describes in his latest video, its appropos for the current President’s life…

Glad we have an independent media that is willing to actually examine political candidates and their backgrounds.  The Main Stream Media (MSM) no longer has credibility since they refuse to do their job when the politician in question shares their worldview.  When Big Media collapses and is replaced with citizen-journalists it will be a good day for our Republic.

One could say, that would be a miracle.

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July 20th, 2012 by exurbandoug

I Didn’t Write This

At least the mask is off and Obama is letting everybody know what he really thinks.

Exhibit 84,561:  His speech last week in Roanoke, VA.  Here is a quote from that event:

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.  There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.  Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

Barack Hussein Obama

Reason takes this argument apart here, but I have some thoughts as well.

Part of what makes America exceptional is the willingness of regular people to take risks to build a better future for themselves.  In years past, this could be in the form of a pioneer, explorer, tradesman, or settler.  In more modern times, risk-takers gravitated towards industry, mining, and finance as the economy evolved.  Today, entrepreneurs in technology, life sciences, and communications create the world we live in.  Regardless of the era, there are many who take risks with ideas that they hope will transform themselves and their futures.

Most fail, I can speak from personal experience on this.  There are risks as well as rewards and most will never experience the success they strive for.  But that is the nature of a free economy with free people interacting in it.  Life may not produce fair outcomes, but they are the outcomes free people choose.

The point is, free people are the ones who make success happen.  Few will have the connections to get favorable treatment by a given administration (think Solyndra) so they have to rely on individual initiative and hard work to attain success.  Our country is richer and better because of this, despite what the current President says.

Until you go down the difficult, risky, and maddening road of business ownership, you will never understand this.  In many respects, it is a lonely journey filled with many long days working alone.  That is a choice risk-takers make though, with all its attendant outcomes.  The President and most of his supporters will neither experience nor understand this, their reality is far removed from what makes America great.

Right now you are reading a post that I wrote.  My English teacher did not write it, a government official did not edit it, and my elected officials certainly did not approve it.  The bytes that comprise the characters you see on your screen were typed on a Logitech keyboard, viewed on a Samsung monitor, and processed by an Intel processor on an ECS motherboard enclosed in an Antec case.  All this information was then sent through a Netgear router, then on a Motorola modem, over Cox Communications network, and through an internet comprised of multiple private carriers using a multitude of different network hardware manufacturers.  Contrary to what President Obama thinks, my success is based upon what I do with the knowledge that I have obtained over the years.  I neither ask nor expect the government’s help in this since I am a free man and wish to remain so.  Hopefully more of my fellow citizens agree and act accordingly.

UPDATE:  I didn’t correct minor gramatical mistakes in this post either.

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July 19th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Four Years of Failure

I stumbled across this gem by Bill Whittle over at HotAir.  Enjoy…

 

I’ll echo what exKevin wrote about this being a long, hot summer for the Obama campaign.  His attacks on Romney aren’t sticking and its only a matter of time before more attention gets directed at Obama’s actual record.

It could get ugly for the President real soon.  Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy…

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July 18th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Funny but Sad

Saw this on Hillbuzz yesterday and had to share.

Its funny because it mocks The Lightbringer for his “accomplishments” but also sad because the joke is on us.

Stay thirsty my friends.

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June 21st, 2012 by exurbandoug

Contempt(able)

Summers are warm and muggy in Washington, DC.  Now, they are going to get a lot hotter for some in the Obama Administration.

If you don’t get your news exclusively from the MSM, you probably heard that President Obama is exerting Executive Priviledge again.  This time, he won’t release documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, despite requests by the House Oversight Committee.  Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has asked for these documents as a part of their investigation of the failed gunwalking operation.  Now the Executive and Legislative branches are at an impasse.

All of this is taking place with pending contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder for not providing the documents the Committee requested.  This has been an ongoing fight over the past few months as the investigations revealed the extent of the Administration’s involvement in the case.  So far, a lot has come out which has shown that the Department of Justice, the Attorney General, and others have been covering-up details of the operation.

The Obama Administration has something to hide and they are going to do everything possible to keep the truth from coming out until after the election.  Right now the Attorney General is protecting the President and the President is offering the Attorney General cover.  That can only mean there is something in the documents that would reveal the extent of the Administration’s involvement in Fast and Furious as well as its intentions.  Whenever that information is revealed, it won’t cast Obama and company in a positive light.

I don’t know where all this leads but it won’t end well.

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June 20th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Ruling by Fiat

Not a FIAT!

By fiat.

Many years ago, my college professors would discuss the many abuses of power President Richard Nixon engaged in when he was in office.  The Enemies List, the assocted Dirty Tricks, the Plumbers, CREEP, and others were described as sinister parts of an abusive Executive Branch.  After Watergate, they became a cautionary tale for what can happen when a paranoid leader bypasses Congress and the Courts.

Fast forward a few decades and you have a President that is bypassing Congress and the Courts to implement policy.  We saw this last week when Obama issued an Executive Order allowing the children of illegal immigrants to stay in the US and be able to apply for work permits.  All this without Congressional approval.

Not that this was the first episode of Obama ruling by decree…

Over the past few weeks I have noticed, and written, about the increasing amount of chatter about massive change coming to the United States.  There is an increasing loud drumbeat that signals that we are entering uncharted territory in many different areas of civic live.  VDH writes about this over at The Corner and opines that Obama’s latest action is a sign of something disturbing.  Towards the end he writes:

When you collate this recent act with the class-warfare rhetoric, the “punish our enemies” threats, the president’s and Eric Holder’s serial racialist statements, the huge borrowing, the national-security leaks, the takeover of health care, the push for redistributive taxes, and even the trivial appointments like a Van Jones, Anita Dunn, or Armendariz, you can fairly conclude that Obama most certainly did not like the way the United States operated for the last 30 or so years, and has tried his best, through hook or crook, to change America in ways that simply were not possible through legislative or even judicial action.

Our nation was created with three co-equal branches of government designed to prevent abuses of power by any one.  When you consider the history of monarchies and their propensity for capricious rule, you can understand why Madison and others designed the Constitution the way they did!  Governing is supposed to be hard and controversial actions difficult to enact because of the three branches of government.  Unfortunately what we have today is an executive who acts as if he were a ruler who issues edicts, not the leader of one branch of government.

I sincerely hope that this situation gets changed soon!

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June 17th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Revolution Underway

The Post War Era that we have all lived in is coming to an end.

…and it will be televised!

I want to continue a thread from my last post about where our nation is at in its history.  In history, there are turning points that mark the end of one era and the beginning of another.  It is my belief that we are either entering or in the midst of such a turning point.

Why do I say this?

Smarter minds than mine can articulate it better than I can.  James Piereson over at the New Criterion does just that with his article Future Tense, X: The Fourth Revolution.  Its a long post but well worth reading because he looks back at past political revolutions as he studies our current situation.  There are trends that those of us on the center-right can take heart in, even as storm clouds continue to gather.

So take about fifteen minutes to read that post and keep that information in the back of your mind as events unfold.  The past has many lessons in it that will affect our future, we should be aware of them and prepare accordingly.  There is light at the end of this tunnel.

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June 11th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Midway in the Battle?

The Battle of Midway took place just over seventy years ago.  This is the IJN Mogami which was sunk on the second day of the battle.

It was a turning point in the Pacific Theatre during WW2 and represented a massive victory for the United States.  Four of Japan’s fleet carriers were sunk and thousands of experienced sailors, airmen, and maintenance personnel were lost.  These were never fully replaced and the Imperial Japanese Navy gradually lost its strength during subsequent battles.  After Midway, the Empire of Japan was on the defensive and steadily lost territory in its Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.  Eventually, Japan surrendered to the Allies in August 1945.

The fact is though, even if Japan had won Midway it would have eventually lost the war.  Time, resources, and technology were all on the American side, which would prove overwhelming to Japan.  Admiral Yamamoto and many of the other top officers in the Imperial Japanese Navy knew this even as they drew up their plans before the war.  A fight against the might of the United States was a loosing proposition even before it started.

Why the history lesson?

Think about the fiscal path we are on in the United States.  Take the $16 Trillion National Debt, add other unfunded government liabilities (ex. Medicare Part D), then add other public debt (from states, counties, and cities), plus other liabilities that are “off the books” and you have a problem of mind-blowing proportions.  Its only going to get worse as more Baby Boomers retire and the economy remains stuck in neutral.  There are other factors that are weighing our country down (obesity, stress, broken families, lousy education, skills gaps, etc.) but the one that is somewhat quantifiable is public sector debt.  All this is not sustainable.

So now what?

My sense is that we are at a turning point in the Post War era.  For about three decades after WW2, the progressive/liberal side was dominant in the United States.  Greater centralization, more government involvement in the economy, growing regulation, higher taxation, and greater spending were hallmarks of this era.  Even Republican Presidents like Richard Nixon enacted the EPA and OSHA along with wage and price controls during the early 70s.  However, the tide began to turn slowly in the 60s, a bit more in the 70s, then a lot more in the 80s.

What was happening was the rise of Modern Conservatism, or more accurately a return to a more limited, traditional model of governance.

Like the wave analogy though, the energy got dissipated during the Bush and Clinton years.  Sure, there was some progress but for the most part but spending and government continued to grow throughout the 90s and into both the Bush and Obama Administrations.  It seemed like the Reagan years were an abberation and that the progressive order that started with Wilson and FDR was here to stay.

However, as the debts began to climb ever higher and government became more intrusive, more citizens began to realize where this was leading.  No matter how one added all the numbers up, the result was staggering…the current path we were on was (and remains) unsustainable.  Financial ruin began to stare us in the face, after being ignored for decades.  It took an economic collapse and a President with socialist instincts to wake up a critical mass of the electorate.

The elections of 2010 and 2012 could represent a turning point in many ways.  Citizens are standing up, getting involved, and supporting candidates that are addressing serious fiscal issues.  Governors like Chris Christie (NJ) and Scott Walker (WI) are making difficult decisions that are necessary to get their state’s finances in order.  Many of the newly elected Senators and Congressmen from 2010 are taking a hard line on taxing and spending.  Economics and fiscal policy will be a recurring theme during the Presidential election too between Governor Romney and President Obama.

The analogy between the Battle of Midway and our current situation involves a struggle against a reality that can’t be ignored.  In Japan’s case, they were fighting an economic colossus that would overwhelm them in less than four years.  In our country’s case, we are facing fiscal commitments that can’t be met.  Soon, the interest on the National Debt will be the largest line item on the budget, even without ObamaCare!  As it stands now, the current levels of government spending can’t continue at their current and future levels.

The good news is, America has an option that Japan did not have during the Battle of Midway.  If our nation can reduce spending, reduce regulation, reform the tax code, and take other prudent actions, the painful adjustments in the coming years can be managed.  It will hurt but won’t be ruinous.  The experience will force us to live within our means and return to a more limited, constitutional government like the Founders envisioned.  That is the sustainable path that will allow the United States to move forward, albeit painfully.

Or continue on as we have in the past…

How do you think that is going to work out?

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June 9th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Washington DC via New York City and Omaha

I saw this on the sidebar over at AoS today.

Apparently it is newsworthy when a candidate for political office purchases property in the state he is seeking to represent in the Senate.  Maybe former Senator Bob Kerry learned something from former colleague Dick Lugar…  Regardless, the story is a sad commentary on the state of the elites.

I’m all about recycling but c’mon people!  Bob Kerry served his country well in Vietnam and was elected both Governor then Senator from Nebraska.  He had his time and went on to lead the New School in NYC.  But to bring him back to run for Senate…again?

Beltway barnacles need to be scraped away from time to time;  witness Arlen Specter, Robert Bennett, and most recently Dick Lugar.  Running old hands like Bob Kerry and Walter Mondale shows a lack of imagination on the part of the Ruling Class.  These guys have done enough damage already and should remain out to pasture, bringing them back is a bad idea.  For a prime example of this look west to Governor Moonbeam (aka “Jerry Brown”) in California.

I don’t this will matter much in the final outcome.  I think Nebraska will send a Republican to the Senate this time around and Bob Kerry will sell his house to move back to New York City after the election is over.  But this action shows how the Governing Class is running out of both ideas and people to keep things rolling.  The times are a changin’ and new talent will emerge to take up the mantle of leadership.  Hopefully this new crop will address the issues that will confront us in the coming years.

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May 31st, 2012 by exurbandoug

Back on the Choom Gang

This is your (future) President.

This is your (future) President on drugs.

Any questions?

Barack Obama’s prolonged drug use may explain a lot, like his utter incompetence while in office and seeming disinterest in the duties that come with the office he holds.  Getting high with the “Choom Gang” back in Hawaii may have been a lot of fun but it obviously addled young Barry’s mind.  If you have ever seen brain activity scans of high school-aged kids and compared the marijuanna users to non-marijuanna users, you will know what I am talking about.  Despite what the hippies say, extensive dope smoking negatively affects brain activity.

But that was just the start.  In Hawaii it was all fun and games when Barack and his buddies lit up some local weed.  On the Mainland however, cocaine and poppers were added to the mix.  Nobody knows how long this went on for but O’s drug use wasn’t just a phase or passing fancy.  Then again, Obama was a celebrity in the Chicago Democrat Party and was being groomed for greather things.  A (political) celebrity using drugs is not unusual and not worthy of MSM investigation.  Heck, I’ll bet Barry did lines with several of the reporters/journalists/commentators who followed him throughout his career.

…and here we are with an ineffective President with a drug-addled brain.

According to Doug Ross, Barack’s (Hawaiian) dealer wants his bong and dope back that the (future) Choomer in Chief took.

See, you don’t need to get high to get your laughs…just read ExurbanLeague to get your kicks.

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May 30th, 2012 by exurbandoug