Your Daily Disaster!

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The premise of the disaster movie ‘2012’ was the end of the world as we know it around the winter solstice of that year. Little did we know (well, not really..MOST of us knew!) the REAL disaster would arrive a little more than a month earlier. On election day, 2012. With Barack Obama winning a second term, “our world” has been dealing with..and will continue to do so…the havoc this ineffective, arrogant president fosters. His petulant, condescending attitude are a hallmark of his administration. Rather than meeting problems head on, whether it’s our economy our our international relations, President Obama continually seeks to position himself to avoid any responsibility while assigning blame to whatever party can provide him with the most political capital in the eyes of the ignorant electorate of the United States.

Let’s take a look around today, shall we?….

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AL-QAEDA ‘TARGETING EUROPEAN  RAIL NETWORK: REPORT – France 24

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HOW PRESIDENT OBAMA IS FLOUTING ‘OBAMACARE’ – The Chicago Tribune

More reasons to delay and rewrite this ill-conceived law

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OBAMA PLAYED OVER 27 HOURS OF GOLF DURING HIS VACATION – The Washington Examiner

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CHRISTIANS BEING SLAUGHTERED IN EGYPT BY RADICAL ISLAMISTS – Townhall

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DOJ USING THE LAW AS ‘A WAY TO PUNISH YOUR OPPONENTS‘ – The Daily Caller

 

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OBAMA IS OBSESSED WITH THE WRONG 1 PERCENT! – James Pethokoukis @ National Review

 

This is just a micro speck of what’s out there. With the national mood continuing to flounder and falter, President Obama and the Democrats continue in their efforts to take more and destroy more. In the end there will be nothing left to save and no one to turn to. Not even yourself. Of course, that’s all part of the grand design. Don’t doubt that for minute. Gay marriage, immigration reform, obamacare, and more won’t matter in the slightest with a dead economy. A scenario near and dear to the Democrats. It’s not inconceivable. Just take a look around and you can find evidence of it day after day. A dream for them, a nightmare for us…

 

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Dysfunction and Dysfunctional

As the country learned more and more about the incompetence of the Obama administration this past week, it continues to astound me…well, not really…it’s to be expected…how utterly dismissive and contemptuous the White House and its supporters continue to be.

We have a President who is as disconnected from the American people and, apparently reality, as one can be. An administration that seems to operate from whim to whim. Staffed by individuals whose vindictiveness is only exceeded by their arrogance. There is no accountability and no responsibility. Yet those that dare to question this dangerous and damaging behavior are, THEMSELVES, portrayed as the problem. A sympathetic media, which long ago decided its roll as watchdog was over, continues to shield Mr. Obama despite the obvious. And, of course, the usual cast of moronic characters decide it’s time to come to his defense with their atypical incendiary and senseless remarks. As if THEIR opinion matters even in the slightest! Elitist attitudes and snob commentary has no value and no relevance. Unfortunately for us, no one has told these morons…

"That’s really what it is. I think these conservatives and right-wingers for as much as they say they love this country — they hate it. They hate the government. They hate the people.”

“That’s really what it is. I think these conservatives and right-wingers for as much as they say they love this country — they hate it. They hate the government. They hate the people.”

Michael Moore on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’…THIS is what passes for rational thought on the left…

Watergate really was a scandal, but we now have a lot of people who try to use scandal to settle policy differences by other means, who take mini-scandals and try to use them to get some policy edge or a political edge"... “And I actually think we as a country have become over-addicted to scandal as a way to destroy other people. And that was in the Supreme Court hearings, and that’s in a lot of the scandals. So, I think it’s bred a politics of cynicism which kind of reverberates, without the actual substance of a major act of corruption.”

Watergate really was a scandal, but we now have a lot of people who try to use scandal to settle policy differences by other means, who take mini-scandals and try to use them to get some policy edge or a political edge”… “And I actually think we as a country have become over-addicted to scandal as a way to destroy other people. And that was in the Supreme Court hearings, and that’s in a lot of the scandals. So, I think it’s bred a politics of cynicism which kind of reverberates, without the actual substance of a major act of corruption.”

Columnist, David Brooks, trying desperately to downplay the incompetence of the Obama White House…In his mind, this is all trivial; nothing but political maneuvering…He looks at all of it as no “major act of corruption..”

" And the question isn't who edited what talking points. That is largely irrelevant."

” And the question isn’t who edited what talking points. That is largely irrelevant.”

Just like former Secretary of State Clinton, Obama aide, Dan Pfieffer on “Face the Nation” continues the Benghazi cover up strategy employed by his boss… Mr. Pfeiffer also used “irrelevant” to describe the law’s application to the I.R.S. tactics targeting conservative groups while appearing on ABC’s “This Week”…

The mindset of these people, and many more like them, is to disregard the seriousness of the situation by dismissing any competent claim whatsoever. The tactic is to cast aspersions as to the “motive” behind charges and accusations. And, as is often the case with President Obama, these charges are solidly rooted in truth and fact. But we know that doesn’t matter. Excuses and denial. That’s what matters to the Obama administration. Americans can die. Americans can be subjected to unfair governmental practices…and it doesn’t matter. Defending the actions of THIS administration are the first priority. Mr. Obama and his staff will NEVER accept any connection that ties them to what really happened in Libya, with the I.R.S., or with the Justice Department’s tactics in seizing the phone records of the Associated Press. Never! They will parade before the adoring media to continue the parade of lies before an increasingly weary American public.

In the meantime, we are expected to disregard it all as just Washington politics. Which is EXACTLY what THIS President hopes for!

More….

Something at the IRS doesn’t “add up” – Townhall

AP CEO calls records seizure “Unconstitutional” – Townhall

Obama scandals reveal the true face of government! – Reason

After Obama’s roughest week, White House points finger at GOP – Washington Examiner

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The President Who….Isn’t….

 

 

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I can’t believe I overlooked THIS! But, it’s definitely worth sharing….Though mentioned by ‘The Godfather’, most across the nation would NEVER have the chance to make their own assessment, unless it’s brought to their attention…Ta daaa!…So, here you go!…From ‘The Washington Examiner’….

OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN OF PAIN

“For perhaps the first time in the history of the United States, it is in the political interest of a president to inflict maximum pain on the American people. Obama could have spent the last 16 months preparing to mitigate sequestration’s impact on the American people, as any responsible manager would have. Instead, he has done the opposite, explicitly ordering government agencies not to prepare for the worst. And he has refused all Republican efforts to pass legislation that would minimize the sequester’s pain.”

“President Obama is just 42 days into his second term in the White House but he is already done governing. As The Washington Post reported this weekend, Obama is already “executing plans to win back the House in 2014, which he and his advisers believe will be crucial to the outcome of his second term and to his legacy as president.”

“The goal,” The Washington Post reports, “is to flip the Republican-held House back to Democratic control, allowing Obama to push forward with a progressive agenda on gun control, immigration, climate change and the economy during his final two years in office, according to congressional Democrats, strategists and others familiar with Obama’s thinking.”

In other words, Obama is done trying to work with Republicans in 2013 and 2014. He is abandoning any real effort for bipartisan immigration, gun, or energy reform. The bulk of his effort will now be devoted to eliminating all Republican power in Washington.

And Obama’s first step in that campaign will be to maximize the amount of pain the sequester inflicts on the American people. ABC News reports: “Now that the sequester has gone into effect — bringing on the spending cuts Obama once guaranteed would never happen — the president is in the awkward place of rooting for it be felt as he and his administration has predicted.”

For perhaps the first time in the history of the United States, it is in the political interest of a president to inflict maximum pain on the American people. Obama could have spent the last 16 months preparing to mitigate sequestration’s impact on the American people, as any responsible manager would have. Instead, he has done the opposite, explicitly ordering government agencies not to prepare for the worst. And he has refused all Republican efforts to pass legislation that would minimize the sequester’s pain.

“The president understands that to get anything done, he needs a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Steve Israel,D-N.Y., told The Post “To have a legacy in 2016, he will need a House majority in 2014, and that work has to start now.”

It already has.”

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Fraying Around the Edges…

To borrow a line from “The Lady Heir” skit from ‘The Carol Burnett Show’….

“Well, well, well, well, well..well…..well”…

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That’s my reaction to the swirling mess surrounding the Obama administration these past few days. If you follow events even somewhat, you know what an incompetent group of “keystone cops” we have running things in this country. And atop it all sits a President who attempts to constantly disassociate himself from responsibility and policy.

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With Mr. Obama’s unfounded claims harking disaster at the prospect of sequestration cuts, he finds himself ranting against a policy he previously endorsed! The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward has found his way to the administration’s enemies list by pointing out this fact. I mean, it doesn’t look good for the White House when the “Post” allows such a story to manifest! Can’t have that, now can we?

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Also related to the sequester comes the story that Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano’s department orders the release of illegal immigrants due to anticipated cuts. And, true to form,the White House disavows any knowledge of such a decision. WTF?!!!!

It boggles the mind! Is THIS any way to run a country?!!!!!

"Like we told Americans, Obamacare is supposed to be something for nothing.."

“Like we told Americans, Obamacare is supposed to be something for nothing..”

And from our clueless file comes the revelation that Democratic ‘strategerist’, Donna Brazile’s complaint and claim that her insurance premiums are going up!…This wasn’t supposed to happen! It’s supposed to all be free now!..How can this happen?!!!

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All of this stuff, and more, is just the beginning of the fiasco that will be President Obama’s second term. And we asked for it! Or most of us did, anyway. It just doesn’t make sense and it doesn’t add up. We have allowed the idiotic, the clueless, and the senseless to define our nation, our way of life, and our future. We have placed in charge those whose very nature threatens what so many have worked so hard for over so many years. Yet we’ve eagerly allowed ourselves to be duped for one reason or another. Whether it comes from fear or some sort of misguided view of “fairness”. The Obama administration continues to pursue a direction that, hopefully, more and more Americans will question. That questioning must lead to placing responsibility where it belongs…on him and his policies. The President cannot be removed from the equation with this belief that he is somehow separate from the problem. His nonstop campaign mode is not the answer. Mr. Obama continues to demagogue and blame, which will offer no real solution to ANYTHING. Of course, the truth of the matter is, he wants no solution. A resolution or an agreement threatens everything he’s built his house of cards upon.

The day will soon come when an event will shake this nation economically if we don’t turn this around. If we continue to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to reality, we will all pay the price. And in the White House we have a man who exactly wants that to happen.

The State of OUR Union!

As the President preps….if you could call it that…for tomorrow’s SOTU address, The Washington Examiner’s Byron York takes a look at one of the MANY so called “priorities” of Barack Obama…

Keep in mind, priority number one it the transformation of the country. A transformation history will show to be more akin to economic devastation…

 

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AFTER IGNORING UNEMPLOYMENT, OBAMA SEEKS TO CONVINCE AMERICANS IT’S HIS TOP PRIORITY

“White House spinners are working furiously in the final 72 hours before President Obama’s State of the Union speech.  Their job: convince the recession-scarred American public that economic recovery is Obama’s top priority — after everything he has said and done to suggest otherwise.

The unemployment rate is 7.9 percent — one tenth of a point higher than it was when Obama took office in January 2009.  But the true toll of joblessness is far higher.  The Labor Department’s so-called U-6 rate, which includes people who want a job but have become so discouraged they have quit looking, is 14.4 percent.  And a new study, by Rutgers University scholars, shows that 23 percent of those surveyed have lost a job sometime in the last four years, while another 11 percent have seen someone in their household lose a job.  That is one-third of the American people who have experienced unemployment during Obama’s time in office, along with many more who have experienced other hardships of the economic downturn.

“Unemployment and what happened in the recession are society-wide experiences,” Rutgers professor Carl Van Horn, a co-author of the report, told me recently.  And indeed, thousands of polls in the last four years have shown that jobs and the economy are the public’s top concern, ranking far above any other issue or set of issues.

Yet in what was likely to be the most-watched speech of his second term, his January 21 inaugural address, Obama ignored the issue of unemployment.  Simply ignored it.  The closest he came to even acknowledging a problem with the economy is when he said, “An economic recovery has begun” — five words out of a 2,100-word speech.  Instead, Obama devoted significant portions of the address to gay marriage, global warming, immigration, and other priorities.

At other times since his re-election last November, Obama has made clear that other issues top his second-term agenda.  In a New Year’s interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama was asked to name his top priority for the next few years.  He put immigration reform at the top of the list. “That’s something we should get done,” Obama said.  Economic recovery, Obama added, is “the second thing that we’ve got to do.”

Since his inauguration, Obama has traveled outside Washington to make high-profile speeches, with an address on immigration reform in Las Vegas and on gun control in Minneapolis.  That big speech on the economy, by far the public’s number one concern?  It hasn’t happened.

So now, the White House is telling everyone that Obama will “return” to the issue of jobs and the economy in his State of the Union address.  In articles in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Associated Press and elsewhere, White House aides are claiming Obama realizes that the economy is still the public’s number one issue.

“President Obama will concentrate his State of the Union speech on the economy, shifting the emphasis away from the broad social agenda of his second inaugural address to refocus attention on a set of problems that vexed his first term,” reports the Washington Post.

“Mr. Obama will vow to use the power of his office to recapture robust job growth and economic expansion, according to White House officials who have seen the speech,” reports the Times.  “Both eluded him during his first term.”

The president “will focus his State of the Union address on boosting job creation and economic growth at a time of high unemployment, underscoring the degree to which the economy could threaten his ability to pursue second-term priorities such as gun control, immigration policy and climate change,” reports the Associated Press.

National Journal’s Ron Fournier writes that “White House officials tell me they feel stung by coverage of the inaugural address,” when the press “highlighted the president’s left-leaning stances on immigration, gun control, climate change, and gay and women’s rights.”  Those White House officials claimed to Fournier that Obama in fact devoted much of his inaugural address to the economy — a claim that is on its face not true.

Obama’s slighting of the economy is nothing new.  Critics charged throughout his first term that at a time when economic conditions bordered on the desperate, the president devoted more than a year of his energies to passing a national health care scheme.  At the time, the White House promised it would “pivot” to the issue of jobs and the economy at some future time.  That time never came.  Meanwhile, all the polls showed deep public concern over the economy.

Now, apparently, Obama has noticed public opinion.  “Obama’s return to an overtly economic message is supported in part by polls,” reports the Post, which notices “a gulf between what Obama has been talking most about publicly since his reelection and what most concerns the American electorate.”

Anyone could have seen that at any time in the last few months, or years.  See here, and here, and here.  Despite the nation’s deep and prolonged suffering, the president has simply never put the economy at the top of his agenda.  After all he has said and done, will a single speech convince the public the he does now?”

More stuff…

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Pelosi: It’s really a false argument to say we have a spending problem – Hot Air

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Obama aims to shrink US nuclear arsenal – The Daily Caller

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The Dangers of Disengagement – National Review

The Bottom Line….

 

 

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It’s been purported…and rightly so, I might add….that all of this fiscal cliff talk delays the inevitable. The nation is on an unsustainable path with President Obama, his party, and his supporters refusing to look at matters sensibly while increasing our pace to financial armageddon. Of course, none of that matters. What matters is what we want now…right?…Well, the bill is now due for that approach we’ve been reveling in for decades.

Mr. Obama has no plan to turn things around. He wants no part of it. His belief is more spending, more debt, more government..and more lies.

The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein sums it up PERFECTLY!…..

“It isn’t surprising to me that right now, most Americans would prefer raising taxes on two percent of taxpayers and avoiding cuts to entitlements. Because as of now, Democrats have gotten away with promoting the fantasy that the nation can balance the budget by making modest adjustments to spending while protecting 98 percent of the country from tax increases. But they won’t be able to get away with this fairy tale forever. At some point, reality will set in, and the reality is that in order to protect entitlements from major changes, Democrats will have to back massive across the board tax hikes. Let’s see how polls turn out when middle class Americans are asked whether they want to pay significantly higher taxes in order to minimize cuts to entitlement programs, or how they’ll feel when interest rates and inflation are soaring as a result of the national debt.”

That’s it, folks. That’s all it is. The Republicans are foolishly attempting to convince the idiots of our nation that common sense should prevail. It’s an attempt in vain, mind you. On the other hand, the Democrats, with their media allies, play to stupidity and ignorance…and it pays off for them. That’s what we have become as a nation.

 

What lies ahead….

 

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I’ve deliberately avoided current events…politics and such…the past few days. Sometimes you need a break. Especially with the holidays upon us. But, of course, some things just draw you back.

The year and years ahead will be..unsettling..to say the least. I don’t see improvement in much of anything with Barack Obama and the Democrats running the show. I’ve contended all along that an event of catastrophic proportions is what it will take to wake the American people up to the fact that we lack leadership in the White House..in Washington. A few matters are an absolute certainty. Barack Obama has no intention and no interest in an improving economy. He DOES have an interest and an intention on the expansion of government. The Democrats have no interest in solving fiscal problems. They do have an interest in expanding government dependency. They are the party of dependency and wear that moniker proudly. It cements their power and validates their existence. If not for those factors, there would be no need for them.

The years ahead will see a continued shift of blame to the Republicans, no matter the issue. The media will eagerly play along, turning a blind eye to the actions of Mr. Obama. The American people have made a regrettable choice. I just hope they eventually have the common sense to realize that. A pipe dream, I know…

In the meantime…

Victor Davis Hanson has a good piece on what four more years of the most dangerous President in United States history may look like…

Hope and change has been replaced with envy and jealousy.

RIPPLES FROM THE ELECTION

Now that the election is over, we are starting to see the contours of what lies ahead for the next four years. Here are some likely consequences from the Obama victory.

1. Barack Obama is not very interested in tax reform, deficit reduction, or curbing annual spending. He believes in big government, and the bigger the better. His tenure is not so much a repudiation of Reaganism as it is of Clintonism, and the whole notion of keeping the annual growth of federal spending at or below 2 percent, balancing the budget, and declaring the era of big government over. Going off the cliff would give Obama the extra revenues from across-the-board tax hikes on the 53 percent that can fund further expansions for the 47 percent in federalized health care, food stamps, unemployment, and disability insurance and in block grants to bankrupt cities, states, and pension funds. Gorging the beast always demands more revenue; and more revenue will always come from those who must “pay their fair share.” That is also a good thing in itself given the innately unfair compensation of the marketplace, which must be rectified by an intelligent, always-growing government, run by humane technocrats rather than grasping Wall Street speculators. In other words, why should we expect serious discussions on the deficit? When so many have so much less than so few, we have hardly begun the necessary “redistributive change.” That is facilitated, not retarded, by large deficits and the need for much higher taxes on the fat cats who did not build their own wealth.

 

 

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2. One could make the argument that Barack Obama was the first president since Jimmy Carter to put daylight between Israel and the United States — both rhetorically and materially on issues such as settlements, the Netanyahu government, and disputes with the Palestinians. Yet Obama still received over 60 percent of the Jewish-American vote. That anomaly might suggest a number of things. For all practical purposes, the supposed Israeli lobby is now analogous to the fading Greek lobby — with similarly diminishing clout in foreign policy.

 

If Obama can still count on a strong majority of the self-identified Jewish vote, then he has established that U.S. policy toward Israel is largely freed from domestic political concerns. Diehard support for Israel now no longer rests with the American Jewish community, though it may come from evangelical Christians and from Americans in general who prefer to support consensual governments in their wars against authoritarians. Obama correctly saw that, more than six decades after the creation of Israel, and a century after the great Jewish immigrations from Eastern Europe, many of today’s American Jews are assimilated and intermarried, not all that familiar with Israeli issues, or simply no more aware of being Jewish than I am of being Swedish. That may be a good thing for the melting pot of America, but it is most certainly a different thing as far as U.S. support for Israel is concerned — as we return to a pre-1967 relationship with a Jewish state that is increasingly on its own.

3. The traditional conservative antidote to Obamaism has fallen short. That is, the arguments of principled conservatives about the perils of big government, redistributionist economics, and diminutions in personal freedom seem for a majority of Americans to be outweighed by the attraction of government subsidies and entitlements. If there is going to be a check on Barack Obama’s redistributionist agenda, it will probably have to come from upper-middle-class independent voters and blue-state residents. Such Obama supporters may soon notice that the new federal and state tax rates, the envisioned end to traditional deductions such as those for blue-state high taxes and for mortgage interest, and means testing for most government services are aimed precisely at themselves. When the Palo Alto resident grasps that his total income- and payroll-tax burden will be well over 50 percent, his tax deduction for the mortgage interest on his million-dollar-plus, 1,000-square-foot home will be eliminated, and his $250,000 salary still gets him counted as “rich” even after huge taxes and mortgage costs, we may see change — perhaps not in terms of the number of large swings in actual votes, but in the nature of campaign donations, political commentary, and campaign organization. Blue-state elites do not yet believe the voracious Obama tax monster is coming for them, but it is — as they will see.

4. Barack Obama has successfully conducted a number of wars of hyphenated-Americans against the regressive establishment. When the Obama campaign asked supporters to check off which “constituency groups” they identified with but did not include “whites” or “men” among the options, or when the Reverend Joseph Lowery, who gave the 2009 inaugural benediction, can declare without pushback that white people are going to Hell, or when one totals up the Obama administration’s vocabulary of racial polarization (e.g., “nation of cowards,” “my people,” “punish our enemies,” “put y’all back in chains”) and collates the invective with that of the Black Caucus and the likes of MSNBC, then we are headed for a backlash analogous to that of the 1970s among the white working class. In the new racialist landscape, is it any surprise that Jamie Foxx can joke about killing white people, or that Chris Rock can call the Fourth of July “white people’s independence day,” or that Samuel L. Jackson can brag of voting along strictly racial lines, or that Morgan Freeman can equate opposition to Obama with racism, even as he reminds us that Obama is only half black?

Many of us had hoped that the phenomenal rate of intermarriage and assimilation had made the old racial rubrics anachronistic, if not irrelevant, but Obama has managed in brilliant fashion to resurrect them in terms of minority groups’ having grievances against the assumed white majority that does all sorts of awful things, from arresting children on their way to purchase ice cream to stereotyping people solely on the basis of race.

 

It was almost surreal to watch the pre–November 6 media and political commentariat daily allege racism and attempts to prevent minorities from voting, only to witness their post–November 6 jubilation that Obama’s reelection had given America a reprieve and proven the power of the Other to express itself at the ballot box. When asking a would-be voter to show his a driver’s license is declared tantamount to voter intimidation, while 59 Philadelphia precincts collectively reporting a margin of 19,605 to 0 against Romney is merely proof of the president’s popularity in minority communities, then we have a growing divide that will not be assuaged by cheap “no more red state/blue state” rhetoric from those who help to foster it.

 

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5. In the new climate of “fat cats,” “corporate jet owners,” “pay your fair share,” “you didn’t build that,” and “1 percent,” the more Americans have, the more they are envious of those who have more. One might have thought that the technological revolution, in combination with the welfare state, had redefined poverty altogether in ways that the fossilized entitlement bureaucracy could hardly grasp. Certainly, a Kia, an iPhone, and a big-screen TV do not disqualify one from the menu of American entitlements. That today’s earner or recipient of $35,000 in wages or entitlements has better appurtenances — in terms of computer power, phone, and car — than the $250,000 earner of 30 years ago means little. The point is not that the modern iPhone gives the poor man access to more knowledge than the entire RAND Corporation had 50 years ago, but that the contemporary RAND Corporation has more access than what an iPhone can provide, leaving its owner in relative terms still poor. That today’s Kia is better in many ways than yesterday’s Mercedes matters little — it is still not today’s Lexus. One of the great lessons in the age of Obama is that wealth and poverty will always remain relative. Happiness is now defined not as having the basics I need, but as ensuring that someone else does not have more. Obama has successfully appealed to the oldest and basest of human emotions — envy and jealousy, masked with the notion of enforced fairness — and for now they trump even the human desire to be free.

 NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institutionand the author, most recently, of The End of Sparta, a novel about ancient freedom.

 

More…

 

15 SIGNS THAT THE ECONOMY IS RAPIDLY GETTING WORSE AS WE HEAD INTO 2013 –  The Economic Collapse

CAN BIG GOVERNMENT REALLY BE ROLLED BACK? – Michael Barone @ The Washington Examiner

DEJECTION 2012 – Reason