Monday, June 24, 2013

June, 2013 - Politicians Say The Darndest Things, Part 1: Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky, Sarah Palin, and Sheep

Let’s take a break from the depressing discussion we have been having over the past two weeks. This long discussion concerned the shredding of the Fourth Amendment and the destruction of our privacy by the all-encompassing snooping on every American’s electronic communications. It gets depressing just trying to wrap one’s brain around how bad and destructive to liberty our current set of politicians of devolved into.  

Today, let’s have a little fun and review some quotes from politicians and that they have uttered in the recent past. The good thing about politicians when they open their mouths is that you can never predict what nonsense, stupidity, lunacy, or danger they will come out with. It makes you wonder if they and us actually exist in the same world and same reality or if one of us has tripped down the rabbit hole to a whole new dimension where common sense and logic no longer exists.  

The first eleven quotes come from an article on the Independent Journal website that was posted on June 17, 2013. We added in the others from various other sources in the news. So, without further ado, take a look at the people that actually represent our political, liberty, and economic fates:  

1) Democratic Congressman John Larson: "Listen, this is simply not fair to these employees. They are federal employees.” The Congressman was referring to the torture of having Federal employees, including Congressional members and Congressional staffers, having to participate in the hideous Obama Care programs and law.   My goodness, these are Federal employees, they should be treated better and with more deference than the poor slob taxpayers that pay their salaries and HAVE to abide by Obama Care’s onerous rules and regulations.

Come on, Congressman. It was you and your party that voted for this disastrous legislation, be a man and step up and accept the responsibility that comes with that vote, even if it includes having Washington workers being forced into the hideous Obama Care disaster.

 2) Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings: “Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case [IRS harassment] is solved. And if it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on, to be frank with you.” He also claimed that a conservative Republican was behind the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. He has since retracted his statement, which is a good thing since it made absolutely no sense on two levels.  

First, this administration used the IRS as a political tool and weapon, a very serious breech of the law and any trust we still might have had in government integrity. You cannot shrug it off like this Congressman wants to do. It is this kind of behavior that contributed mightily to Nixon getting impeached, this is serious stuff Mr. Cummings. The case has not even been fully opened yet never mind been solved.  

Second, why would a conservative Republican want the IRS to sabotage conservative Republican supporting groups? That accusation is truly not of our reality.  

3) Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots on his visit to Russia and meeting the leader of that country: "I took out the [Super Bowl] ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring, I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out." Seems like Putin would fit right in with the Washington political class, always taking, never giving back to the country.  

4) White House national security spokesman Ben Rhodes on the Obamas' $100 million trip to Africa: “Frankly, there will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa, because when you travel to regions like Africa that don’t get a lot of presidential attention, you can have very long-standing and long-running impact from the visit.” Africa does not get a lot of Presidential attention because it does not deserve a lot of Presidential attention.  

Mr. Rhodes, let me tell you what does deserve a lot of Presidential attention: a $17 TRILLION national debt, annual spending deficits of over $1 TRILLION, over 20 million Americans either unemployed or under employed, the shredding of the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment by the actions of your administration, a growing lack of trust towards your administration by plenty of Americans, escalating health care costs, the lack of a cohesive national energy program and strategy, unanswered questions about the murder of four brave Americans in Benghazi, the idiotic decision to stick our future, our wealth, our brave service people serving around the world, the mess that is Syria, ….   I do not believe Africa makes the top 25 of Americans’ top concerns at this point in time. And certainly the fact that this little boondoggle trip/family vacation is going to cost upwards of $100 million for little in return makes the trip even more insulting to the American taxpayer.  

5) Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey, lecturing opponent Gabriel Gomez, in their debate for the Massachusetts Senate seat: “It’s really not math. It’s just arithmetic. It’s very simple arithmetic. It’s not as complicated as math.” Well, I guess that clears that up, I think. Mr. Markey, where does statistics fit into this inane math is not arithmetic argument.  

6) Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: “We’ve got to make sure that kids – by the time they hit kindergarten – aren’t so far behind that they don’t ever catch up, and by the third grade they may as well drop out because they’re never going to catch up.”

This from a Cabinet Secretary whose own Health and Human Services organization has done extensive studies showing that the pre-school programs currently and historically run by….. the Health And Human Services organizations are totally ineffective in making kids better prepared for kindergarten and upper grades.  

7) President Obama, in light of the fact that the Federal government was secretly doing some very significant snooping on all Americans’ lives: "If people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust Congress, and don't trust federal judges, to make sure that we're abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we're going to have some problems here.” As we said before in this blog, “we” the people do not have any problems with trust, it is all on the side of the political class where the trust problem lies.  

Whether it is Benghazi, the IRS targeting of taxpayers for political purposes, the secret confiscation of reporters’ telephone logs along with the secret tracking of reporters’ activities, and the overwhelming and secret collection and tracking of every Americans’ electronic communications, the lies, cover ups, and feigning ignorance have created this aura of mistrust regarding any politician or their actions.  

“We” do not have a trust problem Mr. President, “you” have the problem and it is of your own making.  

9) Former Presidential candidate Ralph Nader on President Obama:  “Yeah, has there – has there been a bigger con man in the White House than Barack Obama?” Whoa, this is not some crazy Tea Party nut case making this accusation, this is one the most left leaning public figures of our time making this accusation.   It is one thing to have widely differing political positions on issues. It is another thing to think your President is a con artist.  

10) Sarah Palin, at a Freedom and Faith Coalition event on the volatile civil war in Syria, giving a good reason why the U.S. should not be involved: “Let Allah sort them out.” It looks like the current civil war and killing in Syria is boiling down to another vicious conflict between Sunnis and Shites. Apparently, this animosity and violence has been going on between these two religious factions for centuries and President Obama wants to get the U.S. heavily involved.  

And this conflict continues on without any resolution in sight. With these five words, Palin has put together a Middle East policy and strategy that is clearer, better, and far less expensive than anything the current and any previous Presidential administration has tried in the Middle East. All of their efforts cost the American taxpayer their wealth, American service men and service women their lives, and America’s standing its integrity and high reputation.  

11) Sarah Palin speaking about the NSA surveillance: “Our government spied on every single one of your phone calls but couldn’t find two pot-smoking deadbeat Bostonians with a hotline to terrorist central in Chechnya. Really?” Really, even though the Russians had already told our government to look into these guys’ potential for violence and their terrorist connections and the NSA was looking at everyone‘s communications.  

12) Congressman Trey Radel: “The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center gets $1 million in mandatory appropriations and $10 million in discretionary spending every year to promote best practices for an industry that's been perfected since Biblical times. Congress needs to stop counting sheep, wake up and cut bloated programs like this.” Could not agree more, Congressman. Also need to cut the thousands and thousands of other programs like this. This type of idiotic spending is a big driver of our $17 TRILLION national debt.  

13) An oldie but goodie I recently came across from California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, at a 2004 Congressional hearing: “We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and particularly Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Frank Raines.”

Unfortunately, Ms. Walters really called this one wrong since 1) Fannie and Freddie and their bad accounting and bad business practices were the primary drivers of the Great Recession four years after this quote was made, 2) Fannie and Freddie have already cost the American taxpayer almost $200 billion to bail them out, and 3) Frank Raines was not an outstanding leader, he was the leader in charge responsible for all of this financial carnage.  

14) Bill Ayers, the former Weather Underground member, ultra left wing political activist, reputedly somewhat of a political mentor to President, and University of Illinois at Chicago professor: “Obama is ‘absolutely’ engaged in terrorist activity by using drones and ‘absolutely’ should be tried for war crimes.” Whoa again. This is also not a Tea Party nut case, this was one from the President’s side calling him a terrorist. Who would have thought we would see the day that Bill Ayers would turn on his own?  

15) MIT professor and author Noam Chomsky: “The Obama administration is dedicated to increasing terrorism. In fact, it’s doing it all over the world. Obama, first of all, is running the biggest terrorist operation that exists, maybe in history. The drone assassination campaigns, which are just part of it… All of these operations, they are terror operations.” Whoa again.  

That will do it for today. We will do the second half of quotes from politiciansd tomorrow. Why? Becuase whenever they open their mouths, the hilairty and lunacy never ceases to amaze those of us that live in this reality and not the reality of the political class.

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