Monday, September 30, 2013

What about those Democrats who oppose ObamaCare?

(My new American Thinker post)

Senator Reid knows two things: 

1) There are a lot of Democrats running scared because of ObamaCare; and,  

2) Union leaders are not crazy about ObamaCare either.   

Deroy Murdock shared some rather interesting polling data on Sunday:   

"This research echoes growing doubts about Obamacare among leading Democrats and the union bosses who love them.    
"We've got millions of people - working-class, middle-class people - who are going to be pushed into a regulatory health coverage no man's land," Senator Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) warned last Valentine's Day. "They are unable to afford the family coverage through their employer and ineligible for the subsidy that could be used by dependents on the exchange."    
On March 21, 33 Senate Democrats voted for a non-binding resolution against Obamacare's medical-device tax. Illinois's Dick Durbin, Minnesota's Al Franken, and Maryland's Barbara Mikulski were among those who decried this job-killing, innovation-crushing 2.3 percent levy on the gross revenues, rather than profits, of health-implement manufacturers. On June 7, 2012, 37 Democrats and 233 Republicans backed Representative Erik Paulsen's (R., Minn.) bill to kill this cruel, senseless tax.   
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded that Obamacare could cost people more money, not less. "These folks will be moving into a really fully insured product for the first time," she said March 26, "and so there may be a higher cost associated with getting into that market."   
I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress," Senator Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.) lamented April 9. "Tax reform obviously has been huge, too. But up to this point, it is just beyond comprehension."   
In an April 17 candor attack, Senator Max Baucus (D., Mont.), a key Obamacare engineer, notoriously said, "I just see a huge train wreck coming."   
In an April 29 candidates' debate against her ultimately victorious opponent, Mark Sanford (R., S.C.), Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch slammed Obamacare. Said the real-life sister of TV comedian Stephen Colbert: "Obamacare is extremely problematic. It is expensive. It is a $500 billion cost [more] than we originally anticipated. It's cutting into Medicare benefits, and it's having companies lay off their employees because they are worried about the cost of it. That is extremely problematic. It needs an enormous fix."   
WHEC-TV Rochester asked Senator Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) to explain rising Empire State health premiums. "It's in part because of Obamacare," he conceded May 3.    
Representative John Larson (D., Conn.) complained that congressional staffers would be thrown into the Obamacare health exchanges. "'Listen," he said June 13  inPolitico, "this is simply not fair to these employees."   
Obamacare's Independent Payment Advisory Board "is essentially a health-care rationing body," former Democratic National chairman Howard Dean, M.D., opined in July 29's Wall Street Journal. "The IPAB will cause frustration to providers and patients alike, and it will fail to control costs." The Hill reports that Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Representatives Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut and Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona - Democrats all - have co-sponsored legislation to padlock IPAB. At least 22 House Democrats favor its abolition."     

I am convinced that there are many Democrats who would love a second chance to amend ObamaCare.  My guess is that they would love to delay it or put off implementation until after the 2014 election.   

This is why I support forcing Democrats to take public positions on ObamaCare.  It's critical to have Democrats vote "yes or no" about all of those waivers, such as the outrage that Congress and their staff are exempt from the law that they passed.    

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A 163rd game for the Rangers

The up and down and now up again season of the Texas Rangers finished dramatically on Sunday.  In fact, the season did not really finish because we will need a "163rd" game to settle one of the wild card spots.

The Rangers had the best record baseball at the end of May.  They went into a terrible slump, then came a great month of August and a terrible September.

Frankly, I thought that the season was over a week ago when they lost a 4-0 game to Kansas City.  I really did.  

Like before, the Rangers showed their resiliency and won 7 in a row. Thankfully, they got some help from Toronto but they still had to win their games to extend the season.

The post season is here and it's great to have the Rangers playing baseball!  

Go Rangers!



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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Why is anyone surprised that Obama looks small on the world stage?

(My new American Thinker post)

A couple of days ago, I was talking to an old Latin American friend. He retired as a college professor and now lives in his native Chile. 

We spoke about President Obama and he made two profound points:

1) President Obama does not come across as a man who likes foreign policy. He reminded my friend of President Carter.  

2) President Obama does not understand the world.  He came into office without an understanding of the role of the US as the sole superpower.

Before you send me an email saying that my friend is another right winger who hates Obama, let me tell you that he is actually a center-left guy.  We would call him a "liberal" in the US.  

I was reminded of my friend's remarks after reading Peggy Noonan's column about President Obama on the world stage:     

"It is a world in a new kind of flux, one that doesn't know what to make of America anymore. In part because of our president.  "We want American leadership," said a member of a diplomatic delegation of a major U.S. ally. He said it softly, as if confiding he missed an old friend."

The key word is "leadership".  

It does not mean that we fix every problem or send troops to every corner of the world. 

It means that we are respected and countries know where we stand.  As my friend said, the US needs to do more than "vote present"!

Yes, the world misses a strong America. 

P.S. You can hear my chat with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda about President Obama's foreign policy problems.





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More thoughts about the 1960 JFK-Nixon debates



We spoke with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda about his recollections of the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates.  

As you will hear from our chat, Bill actually saw JFK a couple of hours after the debate.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Force Senate Democrats to vote on Obamacare waivers

(My new American Thinker post)

Kentucky's Democrat Governor Beshear is out with his party's favorite talking point:   

"The Affordable Care Act was approved by Congress and sanctioned by the Supreme Court. It is the law of the land.   Get over it ... and get out of the way so I can help my people. Here in Kentucky, we cannot afford to waste another day or another life."

Law of the land?  It depends what you mean by that!  

Can we agree that a law should apply equally to all of us?  Sadly, this one does not! 

Where are the liberals complaining that there is a selective application of this law?

The AHCA (ObamaCare) has been modified and amended several times since it was "sanctioned" by Chief Justice Roberts.     Just recently, the law was "amended" again to so that members of Congress and other federal employees would get subsidies for their health care.  

Is that fair?  I don't think so.  At the very least, such a "waiver" should have passed by Congress, the legislative body the last time that I read the US Constitution.

Did the "law of the land" include that when it was presented to The Supreme Court?  No, it was added by executive decree, along with all of the waivers.

My plan is simple:  Force Democrats to vote "yes or no" on these waivers.  Put them on the record by voting.   Senate Democrats have been hiding from ObamaCare for too long.

A few days ago, I saw Eileen Toplansky's article on the pages of American Thinker:     
"It is mindboggling that so many people are totally unaware of ObamaCare, have no interest in discussing it, and are dismissive and rude if someone attempts to have a rational conversation about a law that will drastically change the landscape of this country."

Eileen is right.  We need more debate about this law because the people who voted for it do not understand it.  

P.S. You can hear my chat with Eileen Toplansky here



  



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What if the Affordable Act becomes very NOT affordable?

The AHCA (Obama Care) will take off next Tuesday, or at least the exchanges will be open.

According to some news reports, it will not be very affordable:

"New research from the Manhattan Institute estimates that insurance rates for young men will rise by 99 percent. Rates for younger women will rise between 55 percent to 62 percent, according to the right-leaning New York think tank. "

We spoke with Eileen F Toplansky, contributor to American Thinker.  She just posted a new article about Obama Care:

"As of September 9, 2013, Investor's Business Daily had compiled a list of 258 companies "that have shed work hours, jobs or taken other steps to avoid [the] costs" of [ObamaCare]. This following list dated September 18, 2013 shows "strong proof that ObamaCare's employer mandate is behind [the] cuts to work hours or staffing levels." In only nine days, the list has now increased to include 301 employers. The cuts are staggering when one contemplates the hardships families will incur. These cuts are occurring all across the nation."

It's a mess, big mess. 

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ObamaCare: Another union leader screams “que paso?”

(My new Babalu post)

There are two big lines forming in Washington DC these days:

1) "I need a waiver" line, approximately 1,500 the last time they counted; and
2) "I am a union leader and I don't like this law anymore".    
The latest union head to scream "what?" is from Chicago:
"Members of the Chicago-based Service Employees International Union Local 1 have gone on strike over recent job cuts by a janitorial company called Professional Maintenance.
The reason for the cuts? The employer says it is because of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This is ironic since SEIU is a major supporter of the law.
Tyler French, Local 1's organizing director, told Mediatrackers Ohio the company claimed it had to cut its employees' hours due to Obamacare mandates."
According to news reports, union leaders have suddenly realized that ObamaCare means that they will lose their plans. After all, isn't "health benefits" one of the big reasons to join a union?
I have a couple of questions for Mr French and all of the other union leaders who've suddenly discovered that ObamaCare stinks:
1) Where were you in 2009 when this law was rushed through Congress?
2) How can you look at your members and defend your support for President Obama, or the man who gave you this law?
I don't expect union leaders to answer my questions. However, I am hoping that union members do a little "regime change" and get some leaders who read the laws that they support.
Where did the money come from for the unions to reelect President Obama and his ObamaCare? It came from "the dues" that union members pay every month.
Who was looking out for the union members? It wasn't the leaders who supported ObamaCare!
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Clear media bias: Wendy Davis and Ted Cruz

(My new American Thinker post)

We all remember how the media reacted to Texas State Senator Wendy Davis' filibuster in Texas.   

Our friends at POLITICO remember the "media bias" too:   

"When a Democrat like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis filibusters against abortion restrictions, she is elevated to hero status, her tennis shoes become totems.  When Cruz grandstands against Obamacare, he is a laughingstock in the eyes of many journalists on Twitter, an "embarrassment" in the eyes of The New York Times editorial board."


There is another point here.  

Abortion in the 20th week was opposed by most Texans.  Nevertheless, Senator Davis was presented as a principled woman who stood up to the big boys in Austin.  Senator Davis was allowed by a very friendly media to turn the narrative from "late term abortion" to "choice." No one in the media challenged Senator Davis' false narrative. No woman in Texas was denied her "right" to an abortion.

ObamaCare is extremely unpopular.  In fact, did you see any Democrat running in a competitive election stand up for ObamaCare during the Cruz speech?  ObamaCare has been amended and changed without a congressional vote.  Why?  Because Senator Reid will lose Democrats if there is a vote in the Senate.

Cruz stands up to oppose an unpopular law and he is a "wacko bird".

Davis supports an unpopular procedure and she is treated like a modern Joan of Arc.

Media bias?  Do you need any further evidence?

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Iran is not going to shake our hand because we want to shake theirs

(My new American Thinker post)

We got another taste yesterday that the world may love Obama but it does not respect him.  I don't know about you but I want our presidents respected rather than loved.  It's a safer world when they respect rather than love our president.

President Obama went to the UN assembly meeting hoping to make history by shaking hands with the Iranian moderate.  He left town without a handshake and his speech was "all mush," specially the line about the world being more stable than it was 5 years ago.

The humiliation was complete when "the Iranian moderate" refused to shake President Obama's hand:  

"For days before the U.N. conclave, White House aides had broadcast the President's desire to shake Mr. Rouhani's hand. By Monday, the press was overflowing with leaked accounts of where and how it would happen. Having thus turned down the lights and turned up the mood music, it made the snub that followed especially potent. What the Administration is trying to spin as a function of complex Iranian politics was, in blunt fact, an expression of lordly contempt for what Iranian leaders consider to be an overeager suitor from an unworthy nation."  (WSJ)

Another bad day for those who thought that Obama would change the world with a speech and a smile. 

We learned again that Iran does not like us, whether our president is a Texas Cowboy or "a self proclaimed enlightened liberal" who promised to meet unconditionally with our enemies when he was a candidate.

Again, they don't like us and have no serious desire to change their nuclear plans. Another waste of time at the UN!
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My new Babalu post: “Obama que malo baila Usted”

(My new Babalu post)

Beny More would agree with me.  He'd be joining me today singing  "Obama que malo baila Usted".  What a pathetic performance by President Obama at the UN.
President Obama headed to the UN this week desperately hoping to make history.  He was determined to make something happen by shaking the hand of the new Iranian "moderate", or the new kid in town who recently posted an Op-Ed over at The Washington Post.  He left town without a handshake and his speech was "all mush", specially the line about the world being more stable than it was 5 years ago.
The humiliation was total and complete.  It  ended when "the Iranian moderate" refused to shake President Obama's hand.  Here is an account of the week's events:
"For days before the U.N. conclave, White House aides had broadcast the President's desire to shake Mr. Rouhani's hand. By Monday, the press was overflowing with leaked accounts of where and how it would happen. Having thus turned down the lights and turned up the mood music, it made the snub that followed especially potent. What the Administration is trying to spin as a function of complex Iranian politics was, in blunt fact, an expression of lordly contempt for what Iranian leaders consider to be an overeager suitor from an unworthy nation." (WSJ)

Another bad day for the "si se puede" gang who bought into the idea that Obama would change the world with a speech and a smile.
We learned again that Iran does not like us.  They don't our like our leaders, whether our president is a Texas Cowboy or "a self proclaimed enlightened liberal" who promised to meet unconditionally with our enemies when he was a candidate.
Again, they don't like us and have no serious plan to change their nuclear plans.  They are just buying time, as the leader of Israel warned us.
Another waste of time at the UN and don't forget that we pay 22% of the dues.
We repeat:  They are not going to shake our hand because we want to shake theirs!   My guess is that they are laughing in Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea.
What's next?  When will Raul Castro proclaim himself  "a moderate", write an Op-Ed and get the story going about shaking hands with President Obama?
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ObamaCare is like that song: 'Every day I have to cry some'

(My new American Thinker post)

Pick your version (I like the Steve Alaimo original) but the chorus is the same: 

"Everyday I have to cry some  Everyday I have to cry some   Dry the water from my eyes some Everyday I have to cry.." 

Everyday, we learn something new about Obama Care and "everyday you want to cry some".
 
POLITICO adds another article to the growing list of daily surprises about the law that no one read.   I'm convinced that most Senate Democrats voted for this law hoping that The Supreme Court would kill it.  How do you explain responsible legislators voting for this law?
 
By the way, don't you love the article's title?  Obamacare: One blow after another

"The Obamacare that consumers will finally be able to sign up for next week is a long way from the health plan President Barack Obama first pitched to the nation.   Millions of low-income Americans won't receive coverage. Many workers at small businesses won't get a choice of insurance plans right away. Large employers won't need to provide insurance for another year.  Far more states than expected won't run their own insurance marketplaces. And a growing number of workers won't get to keep their employer-provided coverage."  

Can we agree that this is a mess?   Yes it is a mess.   Worse than that, it is going to wreck the world's best health care system.
 
This is why I love what Senator Cruz is doing.  He won't get it defunded but we are having a conversation about this horrible law.     

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Dilma gains a few points back home by beating up Obama at the UN today

(My new American Thinker post)

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil unleashed on President Obama today.  It was rather entertaining to say the least. 

My guess is that most analysts will say that this is a reaction to the NSA stories. Yes it is but I think that this is another sign that Latin American leaders are sick and tired of the indifference shown by this administration.

Can you recall a US president so uninterested in US-Latin America issues?  I can't.

Here is a bit of President Rousseff's speech:  

"Tampering in such a manner in the lives and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and, as such, it is an affront to the principles that should otherwise govern relations among countries, especially among friendly nations," Rousseff told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.   She also proposed an international framework for governing the internet and said Brazil would adopt legislation and technology to protect it from illegal interception of communications.   "Information and telecommunication technologies cannot be the new battlefield between states. Time is ripe to create the conditions to prevent cyberspace from being used as a weapon of war, through espionage, sabotage, and attacks against systems and infrastructure of other countries," Rousseff said."

In all fairness, Dilma Rousseff is doing a little "samba" for her Brazilian audience. She is also a bit hypocritical because there is a lot of spying going on in Brazil and other Latin American countries.

In other words, don't cry for Dilma's privacy anytime soon!

I believe that this UN speech was rooted on two issues:

First, there is a lot of discontent down in Brazil about the spending related to the World Cup and Olympics.  We saw riots and huge demonstrations after bus fares were raised.  This speech, or the attack on President Obama, is a bit of a distraction for the Brazilian president.

Second, there is concern in that President Obama only thinks of Latin America when he is pandering for votes in our immigration reform debates.

How do you say "I'm angry" in Portuguese?  I don't know for sure but Dilma  just sent President Obama a warning that Latin America wants more attention.

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Dilma hits Obama with her “cinto brasileiro” at the UN today!


(My new Babalu post)
Back in 2006, the late Hugo Chavez went to the UN and blasted President Bush, i.e. the famous "the devil was here yesterday" speech;
""The devil came here yesterday," Chavez said, referring to Bush, who addressed the world body during its annual meeting Tuesday. "And it smells of sulfur still today."
Chavez accused Bush of having spoken "as if he owned the world" and said a psychiatrist could be called to analyze the statement. "
Well, the only thing smelling "sulfur" these days is Chavez' hole in hell!   Chavez is the one burning in hell and "tweeting" Maduro about toilet paper shortages in Caracas.
President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil unleashed on President Obama today.  It was rather entertaining to say the least:
"Rousseff had expressed her displeasure last week by calling off a high-profile state visit to the United States scheduled for October over reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had been spying on Brazil.
In unusually strong language, Rousseff launched a blistering attack on U.S. surveillance, calling it an affront to Brazilian sovereignty and "totally unacceptable."
"Tampering in such a manner in the lives and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and, as such, it is an affront to the principles that should otherwise govern relations among countries, especially among friendly nations," Rousseff told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.
She also proposed an international framework for governing the internet and said Brazil would adopt legislation and technology to protect it from illegal interception of communications.
"Information and telecommunication technologies cannot be the new battlefield between states. Time is ripe to create the conditions to prevent cyberspace from being used as a weapon of war, through espionage, sabotage, and attacks against systems and infrastructure of other countries," Rousseff said.
U.S. President Barack Obama was en route to the United Nations while Rousseff spoke. Speaking immediately after Rousseff, he avoided direct reference to her criticism.'



In all fairness, Dilma is doing a little "samba" for her Brazilian audience.  There is a lot of discontent down in Brazil about the spending related to the World Cup and Olympics.
Nevertheless, this is another indication that "hope and change" is a faded memory, a reminder of those days of yesteryear when fools chanted "yes we can"at the sight of Obama.
How do you say "it's over" in Portuguese?  I don't know for sure but Dilma gave us an example of it at the UN.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The 'law of the land' does not apply to all of the land

(My new American Thinker post)

There are many things about ObamaCare that we can criticize:

1) First, it is not really affordable, as people will find out.  The AHCA never addressed costs or structural problems such as lawsuit reform; and

2) It depends on what the meaning of universal is.  We will still have millions of uninsured in the US, according to James C Capretta.

Beyond costs and universality, my biggest objection is that the law is unfair.  It does not apply to everyone, such as members of Congress, and about 729 companies and other concerns exempted.

This is why I don't buy this "law of the land argument" that we hear from Democrats

Yes, Obama Care passed Congress and was signed by President Obama.  It was even blessed by The Supreme Court.

However, we are not implementing the law that Congress passed or what Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts gave his OK to.

The law has been changed, often by executive decree, about 15 times:   

"President Obamahttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png has already signed 14 laws that amend, rescind or otherwise change parts of his health care law, and he's taken five independent steps to delay the Affordable Care Act on his own, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service, released Wednesday."

The Congress should have been involved in these changes.  They should have been forced to vote on changes or waivers.  

Obama Care is not the law of the land, as long as we have people "exempted" or living with waivers.  There is a very un-American characteristic to a law that does not apply equally to all. 

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A word about Billy the Kid


Billy the Kid was a great character from the Old West.   We remember that Billy was arrested for the first time in 1875:

"An older acquaintance of Billy's had stolen a bag of clothes from a Chinese laundryman as a joke and convinced the always affable Billy to hide it for him. When Billy was literally caught holding the bag, a Silver City policeman threw him in the local jail to teach him a lesson. Languishing in a cramped cell for this petty offense, Billy discovered a deep-seated terror of confinement. 

After enduring his imprisonment for two days, he took advantage of his diminutive frame to worm his way up a chimney and escape. 

From that day forward Billy would be on the wrong side of the law, though he would soon be guilty of crimes far more serious than hiding a stolen bag of laundry."

Quite a character!  He went on to be an outlaw and eventually killed at a young age.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Pope Francis is not saying anything 'radical'

(My new American Thinker post)


The left is going crazy over some of Pope Francis' remarks.    A week ago, the left thought that Pope Francis was another right winger clinging to his gun and Catholic Cathechism.  Today, they are ready to invite him to the next Planned Parenthood meeing.

For example, Frank Bruni wrote this:   

"IT'S about time. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has surveyed the haughty scolds in its ranks, noted their fixation on matters of sexual morality above all others and said enough is enough. I'm not being cheeky with this one-word response. Hallelujah."

Sorry Frank but Pope Francis did not really say anything radical.  His message is one of love and consideration.

Don't expect Pope Francis to show up at a "pro Roe v Wade rally" in Washington DC or marching with Nancy Pelosi at "a gay pride parade" in San Francisco.  

This is some of what he said in the very long interview:   

"......Francis does not come out in support of gay marriage, abortion rights or contraception, saying that church positions on those issues are "clear," but he added that the "the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives."    "A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality," he said to Jesuit priest Fr. Antonio Spadaro, who conducted the interview for La Civilta Cattolica. "I replied with another question: 'Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?'   
We must always consider the person.""

Pope Francis is telling Catholics that we should not hate women who have abortions or those who engage in homosexuality.  He said that there is a place in our faith for them, too.

I heard a Pope telling us to understand rather than point fingers.  Or someone said, love the sinner and hate the sin. 

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“El socialismo no sirve” but some keep trying and trying!

(My new Babalu post)

How many times does socialism have to fail before people come to their senses?
Some have figured out.  Chile, for example, has a sound economy and no one lines up at the US Embassy looking for a "work visa".   On the contrary, Chileans travel to the US to invest, buy our goods and services or do a little sightseeing.  They also have a sound currency and a thriving middle class.
Some are still in the dark, such as Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela and Cuba.   By the way, I mean literally in the dark, as we've heard of the lights going out in Venezuela recently.
It looks like socialism has a new disciple, i.e. the Democrat candidate for New York City mayor in the upcoming election.
Where is Rudy-G when we really need him?   

Michael Goodwin explains that the Democrat in New York is running a campaign based on income inequality:
"“Fighting inequality and fighting economic injustice,” as he put it, is what he’s all about.Good luck with that, but before New Yorkers jump onto the Democrat’s bound-for-utopia bandwagon, some history is required. We could start with Karl Marx, but we’d just get lost trying to decode the incomprehensible differences among Marxists, Leninists and Trotskyites.Instead, let’s look at Cuba, which, strictly by the numbers, reflects the paradise de Blasio describes. Fidel and Raul Castro had their way for 54 years and pulled off the socialist dream: The island nation had the least income inequality in the world, a survey found. North Korea also was off the charts.Of course, there are some peculiar facts about Cuban exceptionalism.Everybody is equally poor, with average monthly wages of $19, while children’s shoes can cost nearly as much.And that much-ballyhooed health-care system? It’s a joke. Bring your own sheets, bedpans and food to the hospital, and pray you don't die of infections or neglect. True, it is free, so your family won't get stuck with a capitalist-size bill to bury you. What a relief that must be.On my visit to Cuba, I was struck by the total breakdown of everything except the police state. Havana’s once-glorious architecture is crumbling, and there are chickens and pigs, but no running water, in large parts of the central city.Half the cars are owned by the government, and the other half belong in antique shops. Smaller cities look as though they are stuck in the 19th century, with public transportation consisting of a man guiding a horse-drawn wagon. TV and Internet are scarce and tightly controlled. Complaining about any of this can land you behind bars."


We Cubans know a thing or two about speeches calling for "income inequality".     As my mom will tell you:  "Yo vi esa pelicula" or "I saw that movie".
Of course, they will call us "right wing reactionaries"  for calling Mr De Blasio a socialist.  They will say that we see socialism in our soup and just can't see straight.
What do you call it when the letters in your soup spell socialism?
What do you call a system that takes from those who produce and gives it to those who expect a handout?
We call it socialism. Worse than that, we call it a "'fracaso" or failure.
Socialism has failed everywhere but there are still people looking for the right formula.   Mr De Blasio is the latest!
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Does the Obama team think that all Hispanics crossed The Rio Grande?

(My new American Thinker post)

The Obama White House has a PhD on "pandering" to Hispanics. 

They don't have results.    For example, they didn't propose immigration reform when the Democrats controlled the Congress.  They won't explain the lousy unemployment in Hispanic districts or their opposition to reforms in public education.

But they are good at pandering or distracting. 

September is Hispanic Heritage Month and the White House wasted no time to tell you what they think of Hispanics living in the US. 

My friend Jorge Ponce, a fellow Cuban American and contributor to Babalu Blog, brought this to my attention:   

"This year's White House Proclamation to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month includes the following language:      


"Whether our ancestors crossed the Atlantic in 1790 or the Rio Grande in 1970 ..."   
What are they talking about?   Just on September 17, 2013, we celebrated the 226th anniversary of our Framers' signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.     So, how could our ancestors have crossed the Atlantic in 1790? Were the Framers of the U.S. Constitutions extraterrestrial aliens?  Don't tell me someone messed up the Hispanic Proclamation!!     In addition, are Hispanics considered only those who crossed the Rio Grande? What about all those others Hispanics who came from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain?    I'm confused. Didn't our ancestors come over from Spain in 1492? Moreover, we celebrated a very important event in the history of our Nation in April 2013 -- the 500th anniversary of Don Juan Ponce de Leon's landing in Florida.   I would think that this important feat would have been mentioned in this year's proclamation.    I think that someone needs to take a crash course immediately in the history of Hispanics. But, more importantly, I think that someone should show more respect to Hispanics and to the contributions that they have made to our Nation." (Jorge Ponce)   

Yes, The Obama administration needs a history lesson.  However, this is not a case of historical ignorance or White House staffers who did not take a history class.  It is political pandering, or a way of earning points with Mexican Americans who voted for change and got nothing or "nada."

How much longer will the Obama administration continue to treat Hispanics with so little respect?  The answer is that they will continue as long as Hispanics buy into "el culto" or the cult of personality.





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