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Obama is Going Down in Flames

June 5, 2014

Releasing five hardcore terrorists from GITMO in exchange for an anti-American deserter was a flagrant display of cluelessness and an arrogant (possibly illegal) snub of Congress. It was done with the air of an emperor having his way and caring little of what peons think. Worse than that, it was dangerous since those terrorists are almost certain to return to killing.

Susan Rice praising Bowe Bergdahl as having “served the United States with honor and distinction” was a further display of how out-of-touch this administration really is. Rice should have been hidden away after delivering the Benghazi video narrative that destroyed her credibility and embarrassed the White House. Instead, she was brought out to deliver another false statement as if we are too stupid to notice.

This comes on the heels of the VA scandal that has some Democrats finally peeking out from behind idealistic blinders at the reality of the Obama administration. It has seriously disturbed many Democrat campaign balancing acts of trying to separate oneself from Obama while pretending Obamacare (ACA) is a success.

Obama’s failed foreign policies have severely reduced America’s standing in the world. His failed economic policies have produced an astronomical debt, wasted an enormous amount of money, and solidified unemployment to the point of eradicating the American Dream. His failed campaign promises have destroyed his credibility and increased distrust of government.

The bubble has burst and Obama is going down in flames. Polls show a continuous decline in public approval as scandal after scandal pop up like a whac-a-mole arcade game. He cannot click his heels and return to a sycophantic Congress backing everything he does, but it seems he no longer cares and has resigned himself to do whatever he wishes for the duration of his term.

Unfortunately, that duration is long enough for his runaway administration to do much more damage. His going down in flames has set fire to the entire country. The coming November elections could distinguish many of those fires and stop us from becoming a pile of ashes. Vote wisely.

David J. Hentosh

Common Sense Takes a Hike in Seattle

June 4, 2014

Washington State has the highest state minimum wage at $9.32 an hour, but the Seattle city council decided that $15 an hour is better. So, the road to hell received a new paving block with the good intention of a more than 50% increase in Seattle’s minimum wage. This feel-good, idealistic ordinance will have unintended consequences and the dominoes will begin falling.

The first domino to fall will wipe out some minimum wage jobs, hurting many who were supposed to be helped by this ordinance. Employers will have to cover the cost of this wage hike by eliminating jobs and increasing the work load for others. They will also think twice before bringing on new hires at any wage level.

Some adult minimum wage workers will be replaced with teens who are allowed by this ordinance to be paid less than $15 an hour. Families desperately dependent on an adult minimum wage earner will suffer and the cost of welfare and unemployment benefits will rise (tax increase on the horizon?). The replacement of adults with teens will also bring a lower level of competence to those jobs, resulting in reduced quality, productivity, and customer satisfaction.

Skilled workers now making $15 an hour will demand a raise – and rightly so. It would be an insult for an experienced, skilled worker to make the same hourly wage as a burger-flipper. Unions will certainly back up this demand and wages across the board will increase accordingly. As wages increase, so will prices – on everything.

Some workers will benefit from this increase, but a rising cost of living and the economic effect of other falling dominoes will make that short-lived. The idea that this will help the overall economy is similar to that of Obamacare lowering insurance premiums: Wishful thinking.

Believing something will happen does not make it so, and short-term “feel good” actions have long-term consequences. Socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant gleefully tells us: “$15 in Seattle is just the beginning.” Some, however, believe it may be the beginning of the end.

David J. Hentosh

Racist Victimization

May 6, 2014

Liberalism depends on the manipulation of emotions for political gain and it uses victims to tap into those emotions. Racism supplies victims and liberal exploitation of racism has harmed minority communities and fomented civil unrest throughout the country.

Treating people as victims not responsible for what they do is an insult, but this type of condescension brings dependency and, more poignantly, votes. Most in Black, Latino, and Hispanic communities oppose abortion, support traditional marriage, favor school choice, and agree with many conservative views, but “community leaders” and liberal elites ignore this.

For example, 70% of black voters supported California’s Proposition 8 defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman but the arrogant liberal establishment called them homophobes and bigots, considering it a betrayal. In the same way, successful black conservatives such as Clarence Thomas and Condoleezza Rice are called “race traitors”, “Uncle Toms”, or much worse because they don’t toe the established liberal line.

This insistence on conformity is racist. In the past, white racists wanted blacks kept “in their place” and today’s liberal elites insist that their place is the Democratic Party. There is little difference. Years of this have conditioned many to mirror the liberal establishment’s idea of what an African-American should be. Thus, we find some treating those among them striving for achievement as “sellouts” who are acting white. The Hispanic and Latino communities are now being molded in a similar manner.

Martin Luther King’s dream of a colorblind society is a threat to today’s liberal elites. The race card is often the only card they hold on many issues and it is ignorantly brought out at every opportunity as a show-stopper. Voter ID, illegal immigration, deficit reduction, minimum wage, unemployment, abortion, and even global warming are seen as racial issues. Absurdly, even a dislike of Mexican food is being considered racist by some.

These communities deserve more than to be treated as victims. Until that occurs, this country will remain polarized, mired in racism, and unable to move forward.

David J. Hentosh

Naughton Challenges Fitzpatrick

April 24, 2014

Shaugnessy Naughton is running for Congress in the 8th District against Mike Fitzpatrick. In a guest opinion in the BCCT she laid out her “progressive platform” that contained very little detail but one: spend, spend, spend. That, of course, means more government spending.

The need for jobs, of course, ends up on every politician’s agenda, but the idea that government creates jobs is a progressive idea that is false. Government is not supposed to create jobs. It is only expected to help build an atmosphere where jobs can be created by private industry.

Naughton’s self-proclaimed “forward thinking attitude” was explained with all the right buzz words: investing in the future, investing in the infrastructure, investing in education and science and technology, modernizing transportation, raising the minimum wage, etc. How all this investing is to be paid for is left unsaid.

There is nothing wrong with investing, but “progressive” spending is at an all-time high and we are getting very little bang for the buck – and our children are being saddled with the bill. A little “forward thinking” a few years ago could have stopped Obamacare from being rashly devised and rammed through Congress. It could also have stopped our education system from deteriorating into a social engineering laboratory that is failing to educate properly. Naughton’s type of “forward thinking” always seems to ignore consequences.

Naughton complains about companies shutting their doors, but government over-reach and intrusion bears much of the blame. Government investments in alternative energy sources that have produced little could have done much for our failing infrastructure. Instead, the “progressive” agenda ruled the day and we spent foolishly. Appeasing the progressive agenda has put us in a difficult position. We need a real change.

Nothing Shaugnessy Naughton said makes one feel she is the change we need. She seems like more of the same, and that’s not working. Her science background is impressive, but science has been hijacked for political purposes to the point where it has lost credibility, especially when cited by politicians. We need to stop “progressing” and get our priorities straight. Then, maybe real progress can be made.

David J. Hentosh

Census Bureau Data Shows Bubble Bursting

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.

From cnsnews.com

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

How Wrong Can One Be?

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

Democrats Running on Excuses

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

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

Manipulation by Democrats

June 18, 2013

The average benefit for food stamp recipients is currently $113.41 per month. The food stamp program was re-named SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for politically correct purposes, but the “assistance” it provides is still not intended to be the only means of paying for food. Otherwise, the “A” (for Assistance) in SNAP would not be there.

Apparently, 26 Democrats in Congress are too dense to understand that or are just putting on a show in the media by taking what is being called the “SNAP Challenge” in order to protest a Farm Bill that, if passed, will reduce food stamp benefits. (Why a “Farm Bill” is dealing with food stamps is a whole different problem.) This SNAP Challenge is to live off of $4.50 per day for food to show how difficult that is, eliciting sympathy for keeping and/or increasing the current food stamp benefit.

Food stamps were never intended to be used in that manner, but idealism is blind to reality. This challenge involves spending $4.50 per day instead of buying in quantity like those actually receiving food stamps would do. It is a transparent ploy to make things seem as bad as possible. Would you buy just one apple or one hot dog per day if you actually had to subsist on food stamps? Would you buy them from an “organic” food store where prices are exorbitant? Would you buy pre-packaged, individually wrapped cheese slices?

The media, of course, loves this SNAP challenge and treats it as if it is a display of sensitivity in a creative, witty way instead of political theater. Unfortunately, many voters are manipulated easily. They bought the lie of being able to keep the health insurance they have and still believe health care premiums will go down. It’s a small step to believe food stamps should pay for all the food one needs. Don’t be surprised if it becomes one of Hillary’s campaign promises.

David J. Hentosh

Our Disabled Country

March 26, 2013

According to a January article in Forbes, 5.9 million people have been added to the Social Security Disability program (SSDI) since 2009 while only 2.5 million jobs were created during the same period. One in fourteen workers are now on the SSDI dole costing taxpayers $128.9 billion in 2011, and the program is carrying a deficit of $25.3 billion.

A recent investigation found that the federal government spends more money each year on cash payments for disabled workers than it does on food stamps and welfare combined. Since disabled workers are not counted in unemployment figures, the full extent of the erosion of the American workforce ends up hidden from the public.

It should come as no surprise that the increasing number of disabled coincides with an increase in qualifying conditions for disability. Some of these conditions have been watered-down enough to include almost anyone willing to go through the process. The investigation found that 33.8% of the newly diagnosed disabled cited “back pain and other musculoskeletal problems”, difficult conditions to disprove.

Some qualifying mental conditions called “Affective Disorders” seem to rely on a self-diagnosis. These include such things as: decreased energy, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance, difficulties maintaining social functioning, and marked difficulties maintaining concentration. A doctor needs to sign off on these conditions but has to rely on the word of the patient for verification.

Obviously, the program is ripe for fraud and, consequently, it is rife with fraud. Getting around the system is easy and many alcoholics and drug addicts (conditions which do not qualify for SSDI) find a way in, as do many others. The possibility of receiving up to $1100 a month makes it attractive to those having menial, low paying jobs, especially since free Medicare comes as a bonus after two years on the disability rolls.

The American work ethic is dying and the “system” continues to assist in its death. What was once a ‘safety net’ has become ‘money for nothing’ because of progressive tendencies that put the individual above the common good. The continuous expansion of government assistance programs is occurring with no foresight or oversight and it needs to stop before the entire country becomes disabled.

David J. Hentosh


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