In an undisclosed location in the White House, unnamed Obama Administration advisors huddle to discuss the impending sequestration.  No official transcript exists because (for the record) this meeting NEVER happened.

The mood was grim.  The hot topic was a statement from Emily Holubowich, a lobbyists who represents a coalition of 3,000 nonprofit groups fighting the cuts, who accidentally spoke the truth to aWashington Post reporter:  “The worst case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens!”

Advisor # 1:  Emily is right.  What if nothing bad happens as a result of the sequester?  The president is going to look like a doofus.  He will be a laughing stock, the brunt of all the jokes on late night TV.

Advisor # 2:  We’ve got to turn up the rhetoric.  Send out Janet Napolitano to say that we will no longer be able to enforce immigration laws.

Advisor # 1:  We already did that, and besides, we’re not enforcing immigration laws now.!

Advisor # 3:  We could not enforce them more.

(Silence)

Advisor # 2:  We can close the Washington Monument and the White House Visitors Center.  That’s never failed in past budget standoffs.

Advisor # 1:  That’s not enough.  The president said there will be real pain and there must be REAL PAIN!  Remember, no pain, no gain for us.

Advisor # 2:  We can tell them TSA agents screening airport passengers will have to be furloughed.  It will mean long lines.

Advisor # 1:  The lines are already long.  Besides, if the agents are forced by time constants to stop groping grannies and toddlers, who is going to complain?

Advisor # 2:  Scare them.  Tell them it means less air traffic controllers.  Airplanes will be flying blind.

Advisor # 1:  Hell, Reagan fired all of them and there was barely a hiccup.

Advisor # 3:  We could limit the number of children who attend Head Start.  When the going gets tough, hide behind poor children.  That always works.

Advisor # 1:  The program is already a disaster.  All the benefits are erased by the third grade.  It might cause further scrutiny of this program and, worse still, it might stir the pot for real education reform and increase the call for vouchers. That will bring the teacher’s union down on us.  No, we’d better drop that.

Advisor # 4:  I know!  Tell the it will cut out school lunches.  Imagine the angst it would create among the nation’s poor parents!

Advisor # 1:  Another boondoggle! We’re spending so much on food stamps and other food assistant programs, folks are wondering why welfare recipients can’t take some of that free food and pack lunches for their kids.  Better not hit that one too hard.

Advisor # 6:  Let’s  stay on the subject of the poor.  We can bring up the weatherization program for low income homes.  Energy Secretary Stephen Chu said it will mean up to 1,000 homes won’t receive free makeovers.  Think of all those people who won’t get new drywall, calking and new appliances.

Advisor # 1:  Yes, but some smart journalist would point out that we could simply  reduce the regulations that are driving up the cost of energy.  Energy costs for the poor (and everyone else) would remain the same and we could save millions by eliminating this program.  Also, that might trigger another discussion about all the money we’ve thrown at failed energy companies like Solyndra.  No, no, that is much too risky.  Let’s not beat that drum.

Advisors # 5:  I know. We can go back to scaring seniors.  They know their Social Security benefits are safe, but if we could tell them there won’t be enough workers to process those checks and they might arrive late . . .

Advisor # 1:  At best we’re only talking about cutting less that one and a half cents on the dollar.  That’s not going to happen unless we order the federal workers who process those checks to go to sleep at their work stations.

Advisors # 2:  Yes, but they already go to sleep at their work stations and it would take an act of Congress to be able to fire even one of them.

Advisor # 4:  An act of Congress, hum.  What if, what if Congress acts in the 11th hour and gives the president “transfer authority”?  You know, gives him the ability to pick and choose where to make those cuts in order to lessen the pain or eliminate it entirely?

Advisor # 1:  That would put the ball squarely in our court.  We’d have to eliminate worthless programs.  We could no longer reward our friends and get away with it. (Cringe) That would be a real disaster!

Advisors 2 – 6:  Agreed!

 

 

Democrats Demand Your Fair Share

I was born into the Democrat Party. When I became old enough to question my family’s political roots, I was told, “Democrats are the party that cares about working people and the poor.” That was good enough for me until I reached the age reason and began to think for myself.

It was all a big lie!

I am not saying that my family deliberately lied to me. It was just that they had accepted the conventional wisdom of the day, which is still hanging around.

“Repeat a lie often enough and it will be believed.” The theory espoused by Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister has been used effectively by politicians of all political stripes but most effectively by Democrats in this country to create a dependent class. Continue reading “Democrats Demand Your Fair Share”

Gutting Welfare Reform: No laughing matter!

There is a new political joke going around.

Question: What is the difference between Romney supporters and  Obama supporters?

Answer: Romney supporters sign the front of their checks.  Obama supporters sign the back of their checks.

It would not be funny, if it were not oh so true.  It is a sad fact that, today, over half of our population is cashing Uncle Sam’s checks.  Some of those people work for the government.  Others live off the government. Continue reading “Gutting Welfare Reform: No laughing matter!”

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

(With apologies to Pete Seeger)

Where have all the workers gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the workers gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the workers gone?

Governments have hid them every one.

When will we ever learn?

When will we ever learn?

What’s wrong with this picture?

For the last three years, under an Obama Administration, the unemployment rate has been stuck in the 8 percent range.  During that time the U.S. population has grown by some 8 million people.  However, the labor force participation rate – the number of people who have jobs or are actively looking for one, compared with the total working-age population  – has now shrunk to 63.8 percent.   That’s the lowest level in 30 years. Continue reading “Where Have All the Workers Gone?”

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Last week, Fox News reported that asparagus growers in Washington State leave 10 percent of their crop uncut because of a labor shortage. Farmers are said to be losing a combined $200,000 a day.  This is happening in a state where the unemployment rate is almost 11 percent.   What’s wrong with this picture?

Farm wages are either too low, welfare too high or too easily obtained or a wicked combination of all three which has robbed us of our self-reliance, determination, dignity and pride as a people and as a nation. Continue reading “What’s Wrong with this Picture?”

Work is a four-letter Word

There are certain words that most people consider unacceptable in polite conversation.  Most of them have four letters.  Thus they are commonly referred to as four-letter words.

Monday night, in the GOP presidential debate in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich used one of those four-letter words.  He did not get bleeped.  In fact, he got a standing ovation after using it again and again and again.  The word was W-O-R-K.

Over the years, the left has demonized those of us who would dare use this word in a polite discussion of poverty and welfare, so much so that most people simply have eliminated it from their vocabulary.   Continue reading “Work is a four-letter Word”

Thanksgiving and the Welfare State

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings and thank God for them. For the early pilgrims, these blessings were simple and few. The first thanksgiving celebrated at Plymouth was for a bountiful harvest following a year the colonists suffered great loss from hunger and disease.

In the years that followed, days of thanksgiving were solemn yet joyful occasions. Hard work was a fact of life but no guarantee that a family would have the necessities needed to survive. Our ancestors understood that they could plant and plow but only God could make things grow. Continue reading “Thanksgiving and the Welfare State”

Needed: A 2nd Declaration of Independence

On July 4, 1776, the American colonists boldly declared their independence from Great Britain.It is that act that we will celebrate over this long holiday weekend.  But, let us not kid ourselves.  We are no longer free.

Over the years, we have sold ourselves to China, Japan and a host of other foreign powers.
The noose is slowly being tightened.  As yet, we have not felt its sting but the rope has already been lowered over our heads and, make no mistake, it will not be long before we begin to feel its tight squeeze about our collective throats.

As of January, foreigners owned a whopping 47% of our debt of more than $14 trillion and the lion’s share of that foreign debt is held by the central bank of China, a communist power.

Our ancestors thought the British were tyrants. What are our  children likely to experience under the Chinese?

“Do it for the children,” has been the siren song used by liberal socialists in this country to take over more and more of our daily lives: education, after-school care, food, shelter and now health care.  Are there any essential needs that this president and the Democrats who control the Senate would leave to the individual?

The truth is we haven’t done it for the children we have done it to the children.   Unless, we throw off the noose of big government – and quickly — our children will be slaves to the Chinese.

But before we can balance our books and get rid of our debt, we must realize that many of our citizens already have become slaves to the government.  Granted, the life  these slaves live is not all that bad for now.  In fact, it is quite good when you consider they don’t have to work for their daily bread.   All they have to do is show up with their hands out.   There is no other requirement.

Until recently, most of our citizens preferred freedom and a shot at what was commonly referred to as the “American dream”  to handouts.  However, in these difficult times, the number of people who have become complacent as wards of the state has increased dramatically.

In hard times, charities used to care for the poor and help people get back on their feet.  Now, even the charities have their collective hands out.  It is so much easier to take a large government grant than it is to raise funds from individual contributors.  Yes, fund-raising is so  20th Century!

Of the true charities that do exist, few require accountability.  It’s way too much trouble.  Far too many of these charities are now part of the problem, heaping loads of food and other goodies on those who already are on the receiving end of a plethora of government handouts.  They ignore Biblical principles like the one in II Thessalonians 3:10 “If anyone will not work, neither let him eat.”

We would do well to revisit the words of our charter, the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal   that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,  that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Our founders deemed it an obvious truth that we are created by God as equal individuals and should be guaranteed (as later spelled out in the Constitution) equal treatment under the law.  It goes on to say that each of our citizens should have an equal opportunity to succeed which is defined as the “Pursuit of Happiness.”

The definition of success or the “Pursuit of Happiness” is different for everyone.  To some success is material.  To others it is fame or influence.  Still others believe it is a balance of work and simple pleasures.

The right to the  “Pursuit of Happiness,” the opportunity to succeed, carries with it the opportunity for failure.  Failure is not a permanent state from which one must be rescued by the government.  It is an opportunity for one to assess one’s mistakes and redouble one’s efforts in the next pursuit.

There was no attempt in our charter or the Constitution to make everything equal for everyone. That is the goal of socialism or communism, which has never turned out very well for those so governed.

It is time for us to decide if we want to completely bankrupt this country by burying our collective heads in the sand.   It is time for us to decide if we want to keep going down this road toward socialism, which ends in slavery.   It is time for another declaration of independence –  independence from big government.

The Free Lunch

If you still believe there is no such thing as a free lunch, you haven’t been to school lately.  On any given school day 31.6 million children sit down to a hot meal in the school cafeteria.  Sixty-three percent of those meals are free, or virtually free.

Furthermore, many of those same children show up for a free breakfast.  In addition, many schools have expanded their day to include help with home work and supervised play time and, what do you know?  It’s now time for dinner which calls for another free meal.   And, let us not forget free snacks.   If liberals get their way, there will be no need for children to go home anymore.  All that is left are school sleep-overs and, voila, the door to the “nanny state” slams shut.  Parents will be obsolete, except for the breeding and incubation process.   Continue reading “The Free Lunch”

The Stinking, Dirty, Rotten, Stingy, Evil Rich

President Obama reached a compromise with the Republican Leaders of Congress over extending the Bush tax cuts.  Grudgingly, he agreed to include the “evil rich.”    Although Obama failed to use that exact term when he made the announcement, it was clear from his tone and his rhetoric that, over the next two years,  he intends to play the politics of “envy and greed” to the max.

“I am not willing to let working families across this country become collateral damage for political warfare here in Washington,” Mr. Obama said.   When progressives, i.e., liberal Marxists who believe that it is their sacred duty to redistribute wealth in order to achieve fairness or “economic justice,” use the term “working families,” it is clear they are excluding any family with a combined income of more than $250,000 per year.   They would have us believe that these people are undeserving, idle parasites, soaking up the wealth of the country at the expense of the rest of society. Continue reading “The Stinking, Dirty, Rotten, Stingy, Evil Rich”