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The Fallacy of Fairness

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

What Happened in 2013?

January 2, 2014

A few notable occurrences in 2013:

Obama’s bailout of the American auto industry with taxpayer money resulted in Chrysler no longer being an American company. It is now owned by Fiat, an Italian company, which profited from the bailout that, in the end, cost taxpayers $1.3 billion.

Iraq had its deadliest year since 2008 with 8,868 Iraqis killed in 2013. After Obama pulled our troops out, essentially abandoning Iraq, Al-Qaida took advantage as predicted and violence is now increasing. We also abandoned a strategic military base in Iraq that may prove costly as the Middle East continues to explode.

Obamacare kicked in with little preparation and much confusion, shocking even the hardcore left with its incompetency. Even more shocking was the revelation that Obama lied about being able to keep your doctor and health insurance plan. Sticker shock also set in as costs for insurance plans began to surface.

Smoking bans expanded to parks and beaches and higher taxes on cigarettes increased across the nation in the continuing effort to eliminate smoking. Ironically, marijuana smoking for medicinal purposes increased and legalization of the recreational smoking of marijuana kicked off in Denver where pot smoking tours for out-of-state visitors are now being conducted.

Global warming dire predictions increased in direct proportion to reports debunking manmade global warming. The declared “scientific consensus” on manmade global warming has still not been reached; the Arctic sea ice coverage increased rather than decreased; scientists’ predictions of global cooling increased; and the 17th year of no increase in global temperature was reached.

Nothing was accomplished on comprehensive immigration reform other than to re-define it as “amnesty” in everyone’s mind. More promises to secure the border were made, and ignored, while amnesty for illegal immigrants became the de facto solution for reform.

The U.S. lost more respect and credibility around the world as Obama rashly set a red line on Syria that he then blatantly ignored and allowed Iran to stall for time to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Abortion and birth control became “rights” with no personal responsibilities attached.

Miley Cyrus changed her image by lowering the decency bar for celebrities (as if it wasn’t low enough) and provided a new role model for young girls that will cause parents to lose sleep for years to come. Alec Baldwin, on the other hand, remained consistent as a complete ass.

David J. Hentosh

Shocked Voters Deserve This Mess

October 31, 2013

Obamacare is falling apart badly enough to even have Chris Matthews, Obama’s biggest sycophant, question the president’s credibility on it. Hill Democrats are frustrated and publically acknowledging obvious problems for the first time. Self-righteous celebrities are now avoiding interviews about the health care law they were once blindly promoting for Obama.

It is now becoming clear that Obama knew long before now that his continued promise (lie?) of being able to keep existing health plans was not accurate. There should also be little doubt that he knew plan costs were not going to reduce across the board because that never made sense.

This fiasco should not be a surprise to anyone. It was accurately predicted by evil, heartless, racist, women-hating, war mongering Republicans who were, we were told, only against the health care law because they hate Obama and poor people. Warnings were given daily, heard only by those watching FOX News because the mainstream media didn’t want you to know.

Ignorant voters deserve this mess. Voting to make history rather than to make sense was stupid, and there is always a price to pay for stupidity. Apathy, too, comes at a price, so non-voters are just as deserving. We now have a healthcare system in turmoil, costing more, providing less, and promising even more problems and costs in the future.

Ignorance is often accompanied by arrogance, and the emotional investment many have in Obama produces both. A perfect example is MSNBC’s Ed Shultz who immediately went into denial proclaiming “there are no glitches” with the Obamacare rollout and blamed FOX News and Republicans for manufacturing glitches.

Others, such as Bill Maher and Howard Dean, have joined Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a surreal attempt to lay blame on Republicans who, en masse, voted against Obamacare. Denial is ramping up and reality is being distorted to fit the “dream”. With the farce of “comprehensive” immigration reform (aka amnesty) up next for ramming down our throats, reality is the administration’s worst enemy and must be avoided.

Unfortunately, wise and informed voters (a voter minority) will suffer, too, but with no shock. Their shock came when an inexperienced, far left freshman Senator with a background only in community organizing was voted in as president – twice.

David J. Hentosh

Obama Continues Pretending

August 10, 2013

In his latest press conference, President Obama continued his campaign to demonize Republicans and frame issues as “us against them”, splitting America further in the process. With bumper-sticker logic directed at the lowest common denominator, Obama accused Republicans of having a “fixation” against his healthcare law.

Pretending there is nothing wrong with a healthcare law that is falling apart more each day, Obama asked “…why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting healthcare their holy grail?”, referring to uninsured Americans. He then framed the entirety of opposition to the law by saying: “The one unifying principle in the Republican Party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don’t have healthcare.”

There is little difference between this inane rhetoric and that from any liberal TV talk show host. It is designed to skirt the real issue, demonize the opposition, and prey on emotions. These are Alinksy tactics for radicals, ones that Obama embraced in his youth and continues to use from the White House – and they are pathetically deceitful.

With Republicans railing against the many flaws, inconsistencies, and economic hazards contained in Obamacare, this president chooses to pretend that opposition is hatefully geared toward keeping healthcare away from the uninsured. It is something Chris Matthews, Ed Shultz, or Rachel Maddow would say in the same way they label all opposition to Obama as racist. It is not something the President of the United States should be saying.

Obama has used this same tactic with the scandals that are rife in his administration by labeling them all as “phony” and refusing to address them seriously. Since being elected, he has set the tone for this type of exaggeration and demonization coming from the left. Thus, opposition to illegal immigration and big government is labeled as “racist”, and opposition to gay marriage and abortion is simply “hatred”. How juvenile this all is.

This president who promised to bring us together has deliberately been doing the opposite. His entire administration is steeped in denial and pretense. American voters have been duped and are just now beginning to realize it. Admitting it, however, is a whole ‘nuther thing.

David J. Hentosh

Stupid Celebrity Boycott

July 23, 2013

Jay Z, Kanye West, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, and several other celebrities have joined Stevie Wonder in boycotting Florida because of Stand Your Ground laws. This will not hurt the state of Florida but it will upset fans and, eventually, hurt the celebrities themselves – and the black community will receive no benefit whatsoever.

To be consistent, which they never are and never will be, these celebrities must boycott half the states in the country because they, too, have Stand Your Ground laws. That would certainly cut into the amount of money these people pull in, so you can be sure it won’t go that far.

This is grandstanding, ignorance, and self-righteousness in a one-act play put on for an adoring media willing to treat them as knowledgeable spokespersons for normal society. The fact that Stand Your Ground laws played no role in the Zimmerman trial is being deliberately ignored because there is nothing else from the trial to realistically hang an idealistically disappointed hat on. Blindness to reality is part of their world to begin with, so this comes easy.

The only ones who will benefit from this boycott are those in Florida who don’t know who many of these pompous asses are, don’t care who they are, and don’t want to see them in the state anyway. When the press dies down and their agents find lucrative bookings in the Sunshine State, this boycott will just quietly go away.

When will we see a boycott of LA over gang warfare? When will we see a boycott of Mexico over illegal border crossings? When will we see a boycott of Hollywood over violence in films? When will we see a boycott of New York City over increasing anti-Semitism? When will we see a boycott of Philadelphia over the Gosnell murders?

Yeah, we all know when that will happen.

David J. Hentosh

Illegal Immigration Reform

July 5, 2013

“Comprehensive Immigration Reform” is a deliberately misleading and manipulative name for what is nothing more than “Illegal Immigration Reform”. There is nothing comprehensive about the current bill under consideration in regard to our immigration policy, but there is much “reform” concerning illegal immigration.

This issue was manipulatively framed long ago when immigration reform became synonymous with amnesty, even in the minds of the GOP. Consequently, there is little attention being paid to immigration as amnesty is the only political football being passed around, regardless of the quarterback.

The pre-requisite for an attempt at true immigration reform is a secure border, but that has become a bargaining chip for amnesty rather than a requirement. Catering to 11 million illegal immigrants, a very small percentage of people in the country, cannot be considered “comprehensive” in anyone’s mind, but it has become all there is.

What about assimilation? Past immigrants came here for a new and better life, eager to adopt this country as their own. All they wanted was an opportunity, and assimilation was a means of increasing opportunity. Handouts were an embarrassment to those immigrants willing to work if only given a chance. Assimilation was eliminated by the “progressive”, non-judgmental attitude of society and needs to be re-instated.

“Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free…” is engraved on the Statue of Liberty, but it is not a law and it is not part of the Constitution. Times have changed and we are forced to be more discriminating about who we allow into the country. Does the comprehensive immigration reform bill insure that immigrants are desirable, or just that they are poor, tired, or illegal? Should not those who have skills to offer be put ahead of those who have none?

Many current immigration policies in dire need of reform are being ignored by the current bill and will be further abused due to the consequences of amnesty. When another “comprehensive” bill is needed to address those problems in the future, the current bill’s inadequacies will seem obvious. By then, however, those unaddressed problems could grow too big to fix.

David J. Hentosh

Bye-Bye Border

June 20, 2013

In its rush to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, the Senate rejected a proposal that would have required Congress to vote on border security measures being implemented before immigrants are granted legal status. Securing the border is a pre-requisite for true immigration reform and if amnesty is granted first, Congress will be more interested in securing the votes of those receiving amnesty. The border will be neglected.

Rubio, a rising star in the GOP, joined with John McCain, a falling star, to help make legal status for illegals the main issue of the immigration reform bill. In doing so, they forgot Republican principles and caved to the Democrat’s definition of reform as being synonymous with amnesty. The GOP, quietly watching the Rubio show from the sidelines, is now becoming concerned but it may be too late. The train has left the station.

Arguments put forth to rationalize amnesty have often been less than rational, but they have been repeated often enough to dull the senses of the masses – and the GOP. Granting amnesty is being touted as economically beneficial because those getting legal status will be paying taxes, but Illegal-immigrant households currently pay about one-fourth the taxes of other households due to low-paying jobs and many are on government assistance and will remain so. Also, those granted legal status will be exempt from Obamacare, making them cheaper and more attractive for employers to hire at lower wages, forcing native-born Americans onto unemployment.

The “transformation of America” that is taking place includes an open border. The current immigration reform bill paves the way and may eventually bring about the elimination of the border altogether. The GOP did not play its cards right and by allowing Rubio and McCain to take the reins, it folded. The promise to secure the border later is the same as the Secure Fence Act passed by Congress in 2006 promising a fence. It didn’t happen and it won’t happen. How many times are we going to allow ourselves to be fooled?

David J. Hentosh

Schumer’s Victory Dance

June 14, 2013

Sen. Chuck Schumer gleefully said on the Senate floor that “illegal immigration will be a thing of the past” once his immigration bill is passed. Where, exactly, is the pride in solving an illegal act by making it legal? Is that the best we can do? Apparently, it is, and it is one more sign of our escalating decline.

There is little doubt that if Schumer’s “solution” is put into place, border crossings will increase by those seeking the amnesty Schumer is eager to offer. Crossings are already rising in Texas. Schumer’s promise of securing the border later is as meaningful as “you can keep the health insurance you have”. Our government has a long history of reneging on promises and cutting funds.

When society stigmatized divorce, we made divorce easily obtainable. Today, 50% of marriages end in divorce and the family unit is crumbling. When illegal alcohol spurred out-of-control organized crime, we made alcohol legal again and organized crime flooded the country with drugs. We “solved” illegal gambling by making it legal through casinos and membership in Gambling Anonymous is steadily rising. When teen pregnancies increased, we handed out condoms in elementary schools and began actively encouraging their frequent use, resulting in a single motherhood epidemic. We “solved” the problem of dangerous back-alley abortions by making abortion legal, resulting in more and more abortions that have gone so far as murder outside the womb.

There is a pattern here. Society and our “leaders” are solving difficult problems with easy fixes and no forethought to consequences. The current easy fix being generated for our runaway drug problem is to make drugs legal. Does anyone really believe flooding the free market with legal, dangerous drugs (and that will surely be a result) will curtail their usage?

Chuck Schumer’s victory dance is not only premature, it is ridiculous. Amnesty, especially before securing the border, is a politically expedient fix for a difficult problem that will cause more problems. Obamacare is a perfect example of a hasty, politically expedient fix resulting in a nightmare.

When will we ever learn?

David J. Hentosh

Rubio Has It Backwards

June 10, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio stated: “First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.” The security of this country should ALWAYS come first and if Rubio doesn’t understand that, he needs to go. Border security has been neglected far too long and a focus on social issues over security is dangerous and irresponsible.

Rubio’s backward agenda is one more sign that conservative values are being eroded by media pressure and vote pandering. The leftward shift of the political middle ground is being assisted by those who are freely giving up ground in a foolish effort to be popular with the loudest segment of the population rather than be true to long-held conservative values. This is an abandonment that will have dire consequences. Then again,  consequences no longer seem to matter.

David J. Hentosh

Progressive Immigration Failure in Sweden

May 27, 2013

Progressives love to point to Sweden as an example of the type of utopian society they believe their agenda creates, but this past week’s riots in Sweden are a direct result of the continuing denial such an agenda demands. In the face of these riots, that denial continues as the press tries hard not to report that the overwhelming majority of rioters are Muslims.

Starting in the 80’s, Sweden began admitting a large number of third world immigrants, creating a generous welfare system to help them settle and assimilate. Economic and political upheaval in countries such as Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iraq brought a huge number of Muslims to welcoming Sweden. Rather than assimilate, however, they created their own communities mirroring the values and traditions of their Muslim homelands.

The progressive, non-judgmental attitude prevalent in Sweden not only allowed these communities to shun assimilation, it allowed, and encouraged, an entire generation of Muslim immigrants to grow dependent on the welfare system while being infused with values and traditions that clash with Western societies. The violence towards the West found in the Middle East Muslim world, therefore, became part of their upbringing.

As Sweden tries to address the economic burden of their welfare system and revamp immigration policies, accusations of discrimination abound from those who have benefited most from those progressive policies. The autonomous communities that have been allowed to form are becoming offensive to many and as refusal to change continues, discrimination will undoubtedly occur.

There is much confusion on the part of officials in Sweden concerning the riots. Fully engrossed in progressive idealism, they do not understand how the recipients of their generosity could do such a thing. For those without progressive blinders, it is an inevitable result of being conditioned to welfare and treated with non-judgmental deference.

There is a lesson to be learned from this, but it is highly doubtful progressives here will see it. They have the same idealistic blinders on, believing open immigration and unlimited welfare works. The mainstream media agrees and will continue to conceal the rot such policies bring. They are much too invested to turn back now and will not allow riots in Sweden to be an omen.

David J. Hentosh


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