As whatever it is that has infested our intestinal tract here at casa de protein wisdom continues to ebb and flow — with an emphasis on the flow — we as its hosts and servants continue to muddle on and through, serving as parent volunteers on school field trips, wrestling coaches, tournament-grade wrestlers, and an extraordinarily powerful 19-month old who, though he’s been battling the the runs, continues to amaze the rest of us by moving chairs, lifting boxes, and finding ways to (swear to God) open up plastic clamshell packaging to get to a cinnamon roll he simply had to mutilate with a plastic fork.
Honestly, if he came home one day with a stable of baby hooker and was their baby pimp daddy, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least (though as parents we would naturally disapprove).
Anyway, December marks the end of protein wisdom’s 12th year, each one bringing new achievements to the art of hyperbole and scaremongering, and each one showing a dogged tenacity when it comes to putting off readers. And yet, it’s still here — poisoning the political discourse and hopefully giving some of the more successful folks in this field a bit of headache when they do, in fact, deserve one.
This last month has been a rough one, and nothing in my belly makes me feel like December is likely to be a whole lot better. But I’m going to try. And if that’s good enough for Sisyphus, it’s good enough for me.
Thanks in advance for your contributions!
Obama makes it about him
On Thursday, in the aftermath of South African iconic leader Nelson Mandela’s death at age 95, President Obama’s White House account tweeted a tribute to Mandela – a picture of Obama in Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell, along with a quote from Obama about Mandela:
Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. pic.twitter.com/4qlqsXLp6e
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 5, 2013
… except when he doesn’t
President Obama rejected the notion that the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups was illegal — or even improper — during his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday. [...]
Obama noted that the media never seems interested in government success stories. “When we do things right, they don’t get a lot of attention,” he said.
OBAMA: That’s not — that’s not something that’s reported about. If, on the other hand, you’ve got an office in Cincinnati, in the IRS office that — I think, for bureaucratic reasons, is trying to streamline what is a difficult law to interpret about whether a nonprofit is actually a political organization deserves a tax exempt agency. And they’ve got a list, and suddenly everybody’s outraged.
Of course, that “everyone outraged” ostensibly included Obama himself
President Barack Obama upped his condemnation of the IRS’ investigation of conservative political groups on Monday, three days after his deputies described the targeting as “inappropriate.”
If the agency’s investigations were not politically neutral, Obama told reporters Monday morning, “that’s outrageous, it is contrary to our traditions, people have to be held accountable and it has got to be fixed… I’ve got no patience with it.”
Barry’s impatience lasted six months! A new record.
If you go back and listen to liberal law professor Jonathan Turley’s critiques of imperial Executive overreach during his Congressional testimony yesterday, you’ll reach a point wherein he notes that, with respect to the President’s positions on immigration enforcement, he agrees; but yet that doesn’t matter. Because how Obama went about turning his positions into practice violated the Constitution.
Or, to put it in a way that may sound familiar, to you: how you get there matters.
I rest my case, Mr ADA.
Poor Michael Barone: he still thinks ObamaCare is about “health care.”
It never was. And so the politics of its roll-out, or the strategy for its implementation, based as it was on perhaps rosy predictions of the President’s sonorous rhetorical prowess, is only of ancillary interest. ObamaCare is about wealth redistribution. As Obama has now said explicitly, and as Donald Berwick noted publicly long ago, which didn’t stop Obama from nominating him for head of CMS.
In fact, it’s why he nominated him.
We can’t fight the scourge of statism if we continue to pretend the forest and the trees are one in the same.
I’ve written at length on the power of language, but here’s a quick lesson that may prove useful: don’t be afraid to identify a thing for what it is. Because once you’ve done that, you’ve identified what it is you’re dealing with.
“EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Tells Congress ‘No Proven Cases Where Fracking Has Affected Water’”.
Matt Damon hardest hit.
(h/t Ezra Levant)
– Which in turn must have Rick Moran — who excoriated we Visigoths for calling such a mindset Marxist — rushing to Wikipedia to find out how “wealth redistribution” by force of government dictate differs significantly from socialism or even communism, save for the obvious fact that those who promote it have no desire to reach that final phase of the worker’s utopia, where the government fades away and all men are equal. Which would look a lot like North Korea without the jackbooted policing powers and the mad despot running shit.
Instead, such socialist visionaries — or, in Moran’s telling, garden variety liberal Democrats — seem always to stop right at the point of liberal fascism, where government and big business combine their interests, consolidate their power, destroy competition, kill off the middle class, and re-work society back into what they believe should be it’s natural order: they get to rule, being the best and the most deserving, and the masses serve as their economic units and the subsidizers of a lifestyle the ruling elite deserve for all the hard work of herding and caring for such pack animals.
President Obamatoday heads to the liberal Center for American Progress to talk about ObamaCare and the economy. And while the president will certainly hit talking points about how Americans, one day freed of concerns over health insurance, can pursue their dreams of higher education and economic betterment, the basic message is likely to be the same one he has made in his other “major” economic addresses over the years: the need for more redistribution of wealth to deal with income inequality. Remember that while the redistributive properties of ObamaCare are causing mainstream Americans to recoil from the president and his health law, redistribution is its cardinal virtue to many on the left.
Obama has pursued his policy aims with dogged persistency since taking office and has made no secret of his central aim of shifting wealth. The surprise from many reporters at seeing millions of health insurance policies vaporized and in seeing premiums for those already covered leap astronomically indicates either massive inattention or a facile response to a story they can no longer ignore. Obama’s law turns insurance companies into vehicles for redistribution: heavily regulated, highly protected public utilities with a social-engineering mission. The fact that Obama is emphasizing this point now suggests he knows just how bad the days ahead will be for his law and his party. By hardening the resolve of the third of Americans standing with him on ObamaCare, Obama hopes to make good on his promise to have the law go into effect despite massive opposition and survive at least until the end of his term.
Obama’s aim — following the blueprint of Alinsky — has been to pretend to champion the middle class while working on policies that will ultimately destroy it. But without “wealth inequality” there can be no liberty, because radical egalitarianism calls for the crushing of liberty and the policing of conformity. As Milton Friedman once noted, “The heart of the [classically] liberal philosophy is a belief in the dignity of the individual, in his freedom to make the most of his capacities and opportunities according to his own lights …This implies a belief in the equality of man in one sense; in their inequality in another.”
Obama doesn’t want wealth equality. He wants a ruling class and those who are ruled over — with those who are ruled over dependent on government, and forever in its service. The American Dream has always allowed for an escape from settled social “class” divisions. It has created the kind of wealth and opportunity that, because it is so dispersed, has made it difficult for those interested in centralizing power to convince us that centralizing power is what is needed to promote “fairness.”
In the heart of every leftist true believer beats the heart of a fascist, an authoritarian, a despot, a tyrant.
And though the media — including those on the right who wished to show themselves nuanced, above the fray, and distinct from the yelping yahoos who saw Obama as some sort of dangerous interloper to the representative republican system of governance — worked hard to ignore the warning signs about who this man really was, and what his aims really were.
And yet we’re still, as an oppositional force to this attempted coup, listening to those same people who scoffed at our “extremism” and rewarded our prescience with marginalization.
Well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Fortunately, the lesson will be even more dramatic when those who once refused to see who we were dealing with are forced to stand in line for their rationed serving.
Despite the settled science and all, which is a check on “complete frauds,” apparently. Besides, what does this so-called data — dry, uncaring, oblivious to emotionalism and anecdotal implication as it is — have to do with the moral rectitude of protecting this glorious orb from the inhabitants who evolved upon it, like parasites, as a way to kill it off with their noxious exhalation?
The fact of the matter is, if the earth can’t take care of itself from the parasites it’s been unable to prevent from evolving in an effort to destroy it, then clearly what’s needed is for those parasites to do the noble thing and kill themselves off for the sake of the planet that gave them life.
Science without the tendentious arguments of scientists is nothing more than number-crunching and theory-testing. And how boring is that — particularly when as an alternative you can get politically involved and draw all sorts of grants from those who like what it is you’re willing to peddle?
Remember when GOP “pragmatists” warned we Hobbits about using loaded terms to attack an Historic President?
Well, it’s time for them to start chiding liberal law professors who — shockingly! — are beginning to use some of those very same EXTREMIST terms (I mean, c’mon: “imperial”? That’s the kind of thing that Rick Moran finds so absolutely maddening about you unnuanced and embarassing nutters; and suggesting that such behavior can lead to an “unstable system”? Why, that kind of of revolutionary innuendo will get you drummed off of Professor Brian Kiteley’s Christmas Card list tout de suite) and who will likely now find themselves subject to deliberate misrepresentation about their views, white papers describing them as potential domestic terrorists, or at the very least, deserving of special IRS (and perhaps even NSA) scrutiny.
For being such arsonistic anarchists and, you know, racists.
Funny: it seems its only politicians and political hacks who can’t see Obama for what he is. Just as it’s only politicians and political hacks who object so strenuously to our noticing, and giving voice to what are rather obvious observations.
Take that for what it’s worth. I’m not into being judgmental.
Yes. For now.
But that’s only because they haven’t yet learned how Obama plans to “pivot” and go on a 3-week offensive, pointing out all the advantages and freebies of his Utopian health care reform, the failures of which you haven’t really seen with your own eyes — or, if you have, it’s probably because that’s what the Republicans want you to see. And who are you going to believe, evil Teabaggers and your own dull and non-visionary eyes? Or the man who can promise you with a straight face that your life is actually better now than it ever was, thanks to his having unburdened you from your substandard car
If we can only remove all of these noxious vocal critics, we’re this close to a perfect perfect world. Led by a perfect, perfect man whose only failing is that he’s too committed to the American system to fully take over all decision making for everyone ever.
Because the truth is, “this law is working.” It’s just your failure to believe that that is resulting in the cancellation of your plans, the loss of your doctors, and the increase in the cost of deductibles and premiums.
Hope and change, people. Yes we can! Have you forgotten how if we all just chant it, it comes true?
Ingrates. And of course, racists.
Or are you just another of those teabagger types who keep giving the big government, establishment, “pro-business” center-rightests who are your nuanced and professional betters — your leaders, for Chrissakes! — such fits with your outrageous clinging to the Constitution, or the rule of law, or principles, or your desire to have jobs, or keep your health care?
Because if you are the former, you’re aces: the GOP has your back, and they are willing to completely lose their base, and lose coming elections, in order to satisfy you and your donations to the Party. If you’re the latter? What are you gonna do, vote for the Democrats? Stay home and let Hillary win?
House Speaker John Boehner announced on Tuesday the hire of Rebecca Tallent, a top immigration policy aide who will advise the Speaker on the topic.
Tallent joins Boehner’s office from the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she was the director of immigration policy. Her hire — which was announced at the bottom of a press release along with other new staff additions — signals that there’s still life for an immigration reform bill to become law sometime over the next year.
And it came two weeks after Boehner declared in a press conference that despite press pronouncements, immigration reform was “absolutely not dead.”
Pro-immigration reform advocates that have been critical of Boehner hailed the move, while groups that have decried Senate-passed legislation as “amnesty” pushed back furiously.
“The Speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms — the kind of reforms the American people understand and support,” Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman, said in an email.
“Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”
Prior to joining the BPC, Tallent was the point person on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) staff, often leading his various pushes for immigration. From the 108th to 110th Congresses, Tallent helped draft four major immigration-related bills while working for both McCain and Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) . She was also a policy adviser on McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Her move back to the Hill drew differing reactions from both sides of the immigration debate. Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said on Twitter that Boehner is “ready for amnesty.”
Boehner also got praise from unlikely sources — like Marshall Fitz, the director of immigration policy at the left-leaning Center for American Progress.
“Hiring Becky is an important signal that the Speaker is serious about achieving a legislative result,” Fitz told Business Insider in an email.
“He could have hired someone junior to simply manage the issue portfolio; that would have signaled that he was going in to a defensive crouch on the issue, just trying to run out the clock. But instead he hired someone senior with deep experience on the issue and a proven track record of effectively working across the aisle. In other words, he hired someone who knows how to get to yes.”
Boehner and other members of House GOP leadership have long signaled that they believe something needs to be done to reform the nation’s immigration system. But contra the comprehensive bipartisan Senate bill, they prefer to do so through a piecemeal method. Recently, President Barack Obama said he was open to that idea.
“If they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don’t care what it looks like,” Obama said during an interview at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council.
Face it, you dull, mouthbreathing, anti-progress fringe arsonists and latent domestic terrorists: you’ve been checkmated. Big government is here to stay, and Karl Rove is your secret king. Big business crony capitalism and corporatism is the name of the political game, and while sure, amnesty may provide the Dems with a permanent tipping point majority as the welfare state grows exponentially, the GOP’s corporate donors get themselves some cheap labor in exchange for funding a perpetual campaign by Republicans that promises to vigorously take on the Big Government Democrats at every turn.
Because being a permanent adversarial minority party, when the government is so big that being in power isn’t the only way to line one’s pockets, isn’t such a bad gig, it turns out. Particularly if you have no real principles in the first place.
Now. Get your asses in line — and let’s help all of Karl Rove and Grover Norquist’s “conservative” groups defeat these Teabagging interlopers, so that we can once again have a smoothly-run, single-party kabuki theater take the place of a true representative republic.