April 16, 2014
For all those voting strictly for the party that continues to provide more and more government handouts, you should know that the freebie bubble is about to officially burst. Census Bureau Data shows those receiving handouts far outnumber those working to pay for them and it is only a matter of time before it all crumbles.
Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know…In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 103,087,000 people worked full-time (35 or more hours per week)… There were 108,592,000 people in the fourth quarter of 2011 who lived in a household that included people on “one or more means-tested program“…Those 108,592,000 outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private-sector workers who inhabited the United States in 2012 by almost 1.3 to 1…All told, including both the welfare recipients and the non-welfare beneficiaries, there were 151,014,000 who “received benefits from one or more programs”…The 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private sector workers 1.7 to 1
These numbers make it clear our current government assistance situation is not sustainable. It is also clear that we are already on our way down. If voters don’t wake up, we may possibly hit bottom during the next administration’s reign.
David J. Hentosh
April 14, 2014
This administration’s foreign policy has been a terrible failure and the U.S. may never be able to recover from the damage already done. Three more years of this could bring an end to all influence and respect the U.S. once had throughout the world and alienate every ally we ever had.
“Leading from behind” has placed us firmly behind on every international issue and our foreign policies are deliberately designed to keep us behind. Obama’s “fundamental transformation” was conceived with the intent of reducing United States influence and it is succeeding all too well.
Russia is now taking a leading role in world affairs and, convinced of Obama’s impotency, Putin is boldly threatening the security of Europe with aggressiveness in the Ukraine. With no fear of reprisal from Obama, Putin is blatantly resurrecting the Soviet Union from the ashes of the cold war.
Having done little to nothing in response to Putin’s aggression, Obama issued a warning to Moscow this week of “additional consequences” if it fails to reduce tensions with Ukraine. What, exactly, does “additional” mean when there were no consequences in the first place? It is nothing more than another one of Obama’s rhetorical, and useless, responses.
As if that weren’t enough, the administration is on the verge of joining the State Department, headed by sycophant John Kerry, in accommodating Russia’s request (per the Open Skies Treaty) to upgrade sensor packages in planes flying over the U.S. that would allow a significant increase in spying capabilities. Once again, Obama is willing to accommodate everyone but our own Defense Department which is vehemently against such a move.
It is frightening to think what almost three more years of this foreign policy could do to our country. Even more frightening is the thought that voters may not wake up in time to stop four more years of this “progressive” nonsense. If that happens, there is little doubt that the country, and the world, will never recover.
David J. Hentosh
April 2, 2014
So, for months and months, the administration could not give any accurate numbers about Obamacare enrollments and did not know how many who may have enrolled actually paid. Now, with the deadline for enrollment reached, they know exactly how many have enrolled and that number is 7.1 million, just slightly more than the required number the administration said it had to get to be successful. How convenient.
This victory being claimed by the administration and the mainstream media is a deliberate ruse attempting to stop the damage Obamacare is having on Democrats. They are giving no numbers for how many actually paid premiums, how many were initially uninsured, how many are now paying more, or how many had their previous policies cancelled. However, numbers are available.
A new study from the RAND Corporation puts this into perspective and invalidates the administration’s victory dance. RAND estimates that the vast majority of enrollees were previously insured, backing up the same result found by the McKinsey management consulting firm. Furthermore, the vast majority of those who actually paid premiums were also previously insured.
The whole reason for Obamacare was to insure those with no insurance and that number certainly hasn’t come close to 7.1 million. Obamacare is still a disaster causing higher premiums and deductibles along with policy cancellations for many who already had insurance. The young people needed to finance this fiasco are still not signing up and the only ones coming out ahead are those getting taxpayer subsidies. Jobs are still being lost.
The administration and the media are engaged in manipulation turning every issue into a political football in order to advance an agenda. Science is being distorted, truth is being twisted, and “facts” are being manufactured as needed. Believe nothing. Especially, believe nothing from this administration concerning Obamacare. It NEEDS to claim success in order to continue a pretense of having credibility. That, however, was lost long ago.
David J. Hentosh
March 19, 2014
Eastern Europe is now experiencing, up close, the consequences of a weak American president. President Obama, hailed as a breath of fresh air and destined to drag the United States into the “enlightened” world, was expected to be a great “Uniter” using nothing more than touchy-feely rhetoric. The bad guys didn’t buy it.
Obama’s foreign policy has been centered on making friends with bad guys, alienating good guys, and using words as a deterrent. Israel no longer considers us a reliable ally and has accused the United States of projecting weakness internationally. Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed at Obama’s sanctions against 11 people (read that again – 11 people!) resulting almost immediately in Russia annexing Crimea. Iran thumbs its nose at Obama every chance it gets and North Korea is firing rockets provocatively into the Sea of Japan. Obama’s answer to growing aggression in the world has been to make cuts to our military.
To reassure European allies concerned about Russia’s action in Ukraine, Obama is sending vice president Joe Biden, the court jester. How reassuring is that? People laugh at the mere mention of Biden’s name. Unless he arrives with a squadron of fighter jets, a few thousand troops, and a missile defense system, there will be little assurance. It will just be another insult to our allies.
The world will be wrestling with the damage caused by a weak American president for quite some time and, unfortunately, there may be much more on the horizon. The leader of the free world is proving to be no leader. Leading from behind didn’t work in Syria and it is now a joke amusing only Putin. Eastern Europe is not laughing. Perhaps Biden will bring a smile.
David J. Hentosh
March 6, 2014
Ann Coulter cuts through the smoke and mirrors and presents a stark summary that goes against much of the media’s “recollections” of the competence of Democrat president’s dealings with foreign affairs. It does not give one a warm, fuzzy feeling about current world events.
From Ann Coulter
As long as a Democrat sits in the White House, America will be repeatedly humiliated, the world will become a much more dangerous place…John F. Kennedy was in the White House for less than three years and…Six months after becoming president, JFK had his calamitous meeting with Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna — a meeting The New York Times described as “one of the more self-destructive American actions of the Cold War, and one that contributed to the most dangerous crisis of the nuclear age”…Khrushchev was delighted to discover that the U.S. president was so “weak”…Lyndon Johnson, famously escalated the war in Vietnam simply to prove that the Democrats could be trusted with national security…that war allowed liberals to spend the next half-century denouncing every use of American military force as “another Vietnam”…Jimmy Carter warned Americans about their “inordinate fear of communism”…His most inspired strategic move was to abandon the Shah of Iran, a loyal U.S. ally, which gave rise to the global Islamofascist movement we’re still dealing with today…Before the end of the year, the Islamic lunatics had taken 52 Americans hostage in Tehran…Twice, when Clinton was president, Sudan had offered to turn over bin Laden to the U.S…According to Michael Scheuer, who ran the bin Laden unit at the CIA for many years, Clinton was given eight to 10 chances to kill or capture bin Laden but refused to act…When Obama took office, al Qaida had been routed in Iraq…A few short years into Obama’s presidency — and al-Qaida is back! For purely political reasons, as soon as he became president, Obama removed every last troop from Iraq…So now, another Russian leader is playing cat-and-mouse with an American president — and guess who’s the mouse…
Read it and weep here: Crimea River
March 5, 2014
Obama has turned out to be wrong most of the time but that is rarely acknowledged by true believers. For the idealistic, he “has to” be right, therefore, failure cannot occur, but it does and it has – consistently.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is turning out to be a catastrophe. Almost everything promised is turning out to be wrong while all the predictions heard from Senator Mike Enzi (and others) that were mocked are turning out to be right. Experts were ignored in favor of Obama’s “superior intelligence” and now provisions of the law are being delayed by Obama solely to keep the stink away from campaigning Democrats.
The Stimulus failed to revive the economy but believers claim it a success by saying our economy would be much worse if it was never put in place. Conveniently, that can never be proved, but it allows followers to deny failure and pretend they are right.
Global warming, rhetorically changed to “climate change” to ease embarrassment, fuels Obama’s continuing green policies even though predictions continue to prove wrong. Resent research conducted by the Environmental Policy Alliance shows that buildings receiving green energy certification use more energy than non-green buildings, but Obama’s “green” agenda continues to waste taxpayer money for idealistic purposes.
Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine is a direct result of Obama’s failed foreign policies. His inexperience and lack of decisiveness with Syria broadcast his weakness to the world. Putin has no fear of Obama and is taking full advantage just as Iran played him for a fool and is now on the verge of having a nuclear weapon. Allies (e.g. Israel) have been insulted while enemies have been appeased and USA world leadership and respect is at an all-time low.
Obama was also wrong about: Ushering in a “post racial” and “open door” administration; closing Gitmo; creating shovel ready jobs; Obamacare not being a tax; insurance rates going down; keeping one’s health plan; comprehensive immigration reform in his first term; Benghazi attack caused by video; Al Qaeda being decimated; unemployment reduction; and so much more.
How wrong can one be? For the sake of the country we can only hope we don’t find out.
David J. Hentosh
February 26, 2014
Let Joe Biden speak for more than 90 seconds and he will utter a foolish blunder. He is so well known for gaffes that when asked about him, the majority of people’s first response is laughter. That may be OK for a national clown, but it is embarrassing for a vice president.
Biden was true to form when recently asked about California governor Jerry Brown’s efforts at getting a high speed rail project up and running. Admitting that he was a “train guy”, Biden glowingly spoke of the high speed rail “making sense” by “going from California into Las Vegas” at a speed of “230-240 miles an hour”.
The problem is that this projected high speed rail does not go to Las Vegas (it is expected to run between San Francisco and San Diego) and the top speed, which most probably will never be reached, is only 220 miles an hour. Joe’s assertion, therefore, that it “makes sense” ends up highly doubtful, too.
Biden has lauded this project for quite some time so his confusion should not be treated lightly, especially since he is considered by some to be a viable presidential candidate for 2016. That idea should be as laughable as many of his gaffes, but it would be much too serious a mistake to laugh about.
Biden says whatever he wishes whenever he wishes, all delivered with a smug, cocky smile. He is little more than a cheerleader for Obama which is why many of the so-called journalists covering the White House love him. He is like them: a blind, unshakeable believer. He should join them to cover the next administration in the White House, but he certainly should not become part of that administration.
David J. Hentosh
February 19, 2014
In spite of MSNBC’s biased campaign to make “Bridgegate” a momentous issue, polls continue to show that unemployment remains the most important issue for voters. Unless there is a miraculous economic recovery in the next six months, Democrats will have nothing but excuses to campaign on for November’s elections.
Obamacare has been a disaster and many Democrats are trying to distance themselves from it, however, its negative impact on jobs can’t be avoided. After a CBO report estimated a 2 million job loss by 2017 due to Obamacare, panic forced Democrat’s to say that losing jobs “empowers” people to make choices about their lives.
Harry Reid put out the foolish talking point that “…It allows people to get out of a job they’re locked into”. It is an insult to those losing a job to be told they should now feel “empowered” because they are no longer “locked” into gainful employment. Perhaps, they should use this “empowerment” in the voting booth come November.
The CBO report validated the “racist, Obama-hating” predictions that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will create a disincentive to work and force many to work fewer hours due to part-time jobs replacing full-time jobs. This, too, brought out a panicky excuse that it will provide more choices, particularly the choice to “not work”. This is so lame it is embarrassing just to hear it.
Speaking of embarrassing, Secretary of State John Kerry is desperately trying to turn voters’ attention away from the poor economy by stirring up fear over man-made “climate change”, once called “global warming” until that began unravelling. He called it our greatest terror threat but he’s going to need excuses for all the failed, dire predictions and contrary data before anyone buys his Al Gore impersonation.
From Chris Matthews blaming the sun for a poor Obama speech to Sebelius blaming arcane insurance terminology for Spanish translation mistakes, excuses are becoming the Democrat platform in the face of administration failure. There will certainly be more as November approaches, but there will be no excuse for the silent majority if they sit home and allow this farce to continue. That would simply be a disaster.
David J. Hentosh
February 18, 2014
Like children, progressive liberals often scream “unfair” when something doesn’t go their way. In fact, their entire agenda is built around the unrealistic assumption that life must be “fair” in all things and the government must make it so. This has produced a ‘tail wagging the dog’ situation in society, shredding the idea of a “common good” and producing a culture obsessed with victimhood.
Obamacare shattered our health care system and burdened everyone for the sake of 10% of the population that was uninsured. Our borders continue to be unsafely protected for the sake of amnesty for an estimated 18 million illegal immigrants. The institution of marriage is being re-defined to the detriment of the traditional family unit in order to appease less than 5% of the population. Abortion, utilized by less than 3% of the population, is being subsidized by all through taxes, ignoring all moral or religious objections.
While it is admirable to consider fairness for all, it is unreasonable to always expect it and the pursuit of fairness for “victims” often produces unfairness elsewhere. The current push for a redistribution of wealth only considers those without, ignoring any fairness for those who worked hard to achieve their wealth.
To be truly “fair”, those with wealth who pay most of the nation’s taxes should have their vote count more than those who pay no taxes. They have more skin in the game and should receive more representation because of it, especially since those without will always vote to get “assistance” from tax revenues. There are reasonable arguments for this type of higher representation, but those with wealth are never deemed “victims” and, therefore, do not deserve fairness.
Parents teach children that life is not always fair, but it seems that is too often forgotten by adults. The tail wagging the dog will one day find the dog torn away by so much wagging. What will be considered “fair” when that happens?
David J. Hentosh