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Dr. Seuss Looks at the Political Landscape

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:34 pm - August 13, 2011.
Filed under: Conservative Ideas,Economy,Humor,Random Thoughts

Just caught this on a friend’s Facebook page:

I do not like this Uncle Sam, I do not like his health care scam. I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books. I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their secret deals. I do not like ex-speaker Nan, I do not like this ‘YES WE CAN’..I do not like this spending spree, I’m smart, I know that nothing’s free. I do not like their smug replies, when I complain about their lies. I do not like this kind of hope. I do not like it. Nope, nope, nope!

To which I offered this rejoinder:

Did you write this on your own? Or did you post it as a loan? It is cute and wise and smart and short; about a plan we must abort. The government has grown too big, I say, in this and that and every way. We must reduce its size, my friend, or this great debt will never end!

When I was challenged about job creation, I then offered this:

And there are fewer jobs, I say, because the government keeps getting in the way. They increase the cost to hire and grow, the permit process is way too slow. Let’s trust the market, not the state; more spending fails at any rate. People know best how to run lives; that’s how new jobs come and our economy thrives.

FROM THE COMMENTS: Our reader Kurt helped track down the source of the first block quote above:

I found a version of it from March 2010 at this link. That seems to be the oldest one so far, as the others I found came from August or September of last year. That one also credits it as coming from facebook. The headers for this version date it to July 2009. Narrowing Google searches by date produced a number of postings from July and August 2009 on MySpace. I would guess it was probably first sent around via e-mail and posted on facebook around June 2009.

Too Much Ado about Ames

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:07 am - August 13, 2011.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

Now, the promoters of today’s Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa concede has “no official or legal effect”, they call it “a first indicator of the strength of a candidate’s organization and message.” Indeed, media from all over the country are in town to cover the event.

And that is unfortunate. But, maybe then their interest is indicative of a growing hope for new leadership which will bring real change to Washington.

Looking at the participation in last year’s straw poll where Mitt “Romney won with 4,516” whereas turnout in the 2008 Iowa GOP caucuses (cauci?) was 119,118, Jim Geraghty quips that “it’s quite possible what we’ll see this weekend is the preference of an unrepresentative sample of about 12 percent of Iowa Republican caucus-goers.

And all this unrepresentative sample of a state which has only gone Republican once in the past six elections could mean the end of several candidates’ bids for the White House.

Egypt on the Bay?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:57 am - August 13, 2011.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,California politics

It seems every time the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) gets themselves in the news, they’re acting to limit our freedom, but this time, they’re standing up against state encroachments on our liberty when challenging an action of San Francisco (San Francisco!) bureaucrats:

Transit officials said Friday that they blocked cellphone reception in San Francisco train stations for three hours to disrupt planned demonstrations over a police shooting.

Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, better known as BART, said they turned off electricity to cellular towers in four stations from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The move was made after BART learned that protesters planned to use mobile devices to coordinate a demonstration on train platforms.

. . . .

The American Civil Liberties Union questioned the tactic.

“Shutting down access to mobile phones is the wrong response to political protests,” the ACLU’s Rebecca Farmer said in a blog post.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation said on its website that “BART officials are showing themselves to be of a mind with the former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak.” Mubarak’s regime cut Internet and cellphone services in the country for days early this year while trying to squelch protests demanding an end to his authoritarian rule.

Sounds like the guy who used a machine gun to kill a gnat.  This is not nearly as bad what the then-president did in Egypt, but it does seem a bit authoritarian to inconvenience tens, if not hundreds of thousands of citizens, to prevent demonstrations by a handful of mischievous miscreants.

If they were aware of these protests, why couldn’t they have brought in additional security to the various BART stations.  But, maybe they thought they would seem too heavy-handed.  (Am I the only one seeing the irony here?)

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Thulsa Doom gets it:

. . . not only does it punish the majority for the problems created by a minority, as others have stated, it also prevents the use of cell phones specifically to report emergencies or at the very least to call and warn others to stay away to avoid danger.

If what they fear occurs and protests turn into riots, then that’s when a lot of innocent bystanders are likely going to need their phones quite possibly more than they’ve ever needed them before in their lives.

Why Do We Have to Wait for President’s “Fresh Ideas” on Jobs?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:35 am - August 13, 2011.
Filed under: Economy,Obama Arrogance

In the update to my post on the president’s latest plaint about the problems he inherited, I quoted something President Obama said two years ago:

My administration has a job to do as well. That job is to get this economy back on its feet. That’s my job, and it’s a job I gladly accept. I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, ‘Well this is Obama’s economy.’ That’s fine. Give it to me.My job is to solve problems, not to stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe. So, I welcome the job. I want the responsibility.

Emphasis added.  If back then, he recognized his job was to solve problems, to get the economy back on its feet, why then do we, as have to wait for a couple weeks to learn about his proposals to put people back to work?

You’d think a guy who saw that problem-solving was part of his job description, would have a proposal to create jobs near at hand.