Sunday, January 1, 2017

December, 2016, Part 1, Politicians Say The Darndest Things: Obama, Pelosi, and More

Ever so often we run a series of posts under the theme,“Politicians say the darndest things.” It is a parody of an old television show, “House Party,” where host Art Linkletter would ask simple questions of young kids and wait for their often funny responses. This segment of his show was called “Kids Say The Darndest Things.

Unfortunately when kids say silly or dumb things, it is funny. When politicians say silly or dumb things, there are usually serious ramifications across the land that often involve stupid laws, wasteful spending, self delusion of a politician’s intelligence or abilities, or a continued lack of faith that today’s politicians are smart enough to get anything right.

So let’s take a look at the latest darndest things that American politicians are saying today:

1) Barack Obama: “My suggestion to the president-elect is, you know, going through the legislative process is always better, in part because it’s harder to undo.” 

Comment: This advice to Donald Trump from Obama is particularly inane given Obama’s excessive use of executive orders that were far reaching, often illegal (as subsequent court cases proved out), and freedom depriving. After the disastrous 2014 elections for the Democrats, Obama basically snubbed his nose at Americans and the Constitution when he stated he had “a pen and a phone,” clearly implying that he would govern as a dictator via executive actions since 1) he no longer controlled at least one house of Congress and 2) he deigned it below him to deal with, negotiate with, and compromise with Republicans. And then to give Trump the exact opposite advice, precious.

Also, I am sure that the Founding Fathers set up the Constitution so that the legislative process was the ONLY way to govern. Nowhere in the Constitution do the words and powers of “executive orders” exist. Obama acts this is an either/or process, either use the executive order or the legislative process when in reality and in the Constitution, the legislative process is the only process.

2) Nancy Pelosi: “The [United States] intelligence community never said that [that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction]. There is no intelligence to support that claim. That threat was made by the Bush-Cheney administration.”

Comment: Just another of dozens, if not hundreds, of times when Pelosi stated something as fact that could not be further from the truth. The “National Intelligence Estimate of 2002” was an extensive Federal government report and analysis that concluded that Iraq was continuing to develop and build weapons of mass destruction, the exact opposite of what Pelosi recently stated on TV. Now whether or not that report is accurate, is a different story. The fact that it exists shows that Pelosi was either talking out of ignorance or just plain lying, which is par for the course with her. So scary to think that at one time she was just two heartbeats away from being President.

Note: before uttering such an ignorant and incorrect statement regarding Iraq, Pelosi might have wanted to check some historical comments from leaders of her own party:

“Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. A deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.” — Democrat Sen. John F. Kerry, Oct. 9, 2002

“We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.” — Democrat and former Vice President Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists.” — Democrat and former President Bill Clinton, 1998

Think before you talk Nancy, makes you look much smarter.

3) Bill Clinton: Donald Trump “doesn’t know much” but “one thing he does know is how to get angry white men to vote for him.”

Comment: Cannot get much more racist and sexist than this statement. Well over 60 million people voted for Trump, it is not demographically possible for all of them to be angry white men. I have friends, a female sibling, relatives, and co-workers who voted for Trump and none of them are angry white men. To make generalizations like this is so bigoted, so petty and childish, so divisive to the rest of the country.

And even if over 60 million angry white men did vote for Trump, so what? Angry white male Americans have the same amount of rights as any other type of American voter. To condescendingly look down on them like Clinton shows what a small, pathetic angry old white man Bill Clinton has himself become.

4) Senator Dianne Feinstein: “The name-calling, the email intrusion, the misinterpretation of what she had done with the emails, 11 hours in front of a committee while she [Hillary Clinton] was a candidate, and she stood up to it all.” 

Comment: Obviously, Dianne Feinstein has a lot of respect and admiration for Hillary Clinton, which is certainly her right and privilege in America. But I find it pretty hypocritical that she feels sorry for Clinton because of the names Clinton was called during the campaign but Ms. Feinstein seems to forget that either Hillary or top members of her campaign also did a lot of name calling of their own:

  • African-Americans are “professional never do-wells.”
  • Muslims are also “professional never do-wells.”
  • Every type of Hispanic voter would be approached via a “taco bowl” strategy,” an attitude and strategy that reduced every variation of Hispanic voter to a single culinary option.
  • Hispanic voters are “needy.”
  • Millions of Americans are "deplorable."
  • Millennial voters are “f...king stupid.”
Yep, maybe Hillary was called some bad names during the campaign but she and her staff were just as gross, just as bigoted, something that Feinstein failed to mention in the interview where she made the above quote.

5) Nancy Pelosi: “They won’t be able to go to their own doctor if you take this away.”

Comment: A little context for this quote from the inane quote machine that is Pelosi. Medicaid, along with Medicare and Social Security, are heading for a fiscal cliff of insolvency as they eat up more and more of the Federal budget and taxpayer dollars. The unfunded liabilities of these programs run into the tens of TRILLIONS of dollars. If something is not done and done soon to corral the runaway costs of these programs, the Federal government and the country will go bankrupt.

Under the past eight years of the Obama administration, a time when Democrats sometimes controlled both houses of Congress and Pelosi was actually in charge of one of those Houses, Democrats and Pelosi did not nothing to address or fix the problem. Now that some adults in Congress, namely some Republicans, are actually trying to find a way to fix this runaway cost problem, Pelosi is worried that whatever changes they propose for Medicaid will result in some Americans not being able to “go to their own doctor.

Which is so precious and hypocritical when you recall that Pelosi was a main driver of Obama Care, a lousy piece of legislation that resulted in tens of millions of Americans losing access to either their current insurance policy, their current doctors, or their preferred hospitals or all three. All of a sudden now Pelosi is worried that the potential Medicaid changes might prevent some people from seeing their own doctors, talk about being a hypocrite.

6) Barack Obama: “Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago. In other words, by so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started. It’s a situation that I’m proud to leave for my successor.” 

Comment: Where to start with this delusional statement? So many different examples of the exact opposite:
  • When Obama tried to play nice with the Castros and Cuba they took to their newspapers to mock and belittle him.
  • When Obama tried to interfere with how the Philippines President was handling that country’s drug problem, that President called him some unspeakable names and turned to Russia and China for support.
  • When Obama threatened Syria with a “red line” relative to chemical weapons, that country’s President ignored him and Obama did nothing.
  • When Obama threatened Russia with sanctions if they did not leave the Ukraine, Russia ignored him and did nothing.
  • When Obama protested when China started building man made islands in the South China Sea that will serve as military bases, in violation of every international law and rule, the Chinese ignored him and continued on their construction plans.
  • When Obama gave the Iranians a sweetheart deal for nuclear weapons, the US Arab allies looked to Russia for military armaments.
  • When Obama and his NSA were caught spying on foreign leaders, the President of Brazil took the unprecedented move of refusing a formal state dinner at the White House.
  • When Obama continually chastised Israel, he incurred by far the lowest Presidential favorability ratings among Israelis of all time.
  • Despite spending close to half a trillion dollars on the Pentagon over his eight years in office, our military readiness has never been weaker with vast amounts of our military forces not combat ready, making us hardly stronger than we were eight years ago.
  • And while we may be more prosperous than we were eight years ago as a country, this has been the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression, leaving us particularly vulnerable when the next economic downturn occurs since Obama had doubled our national debt by $10 trillion, 94 million American adults are not in the workforce, an all time high, the true unemployment rate is just under 10%, wages and income levels are stagnant, leaving about 30% of US households with virtually no savings and almost 50% of American households unable to handle an unexpected expense of $500.
Delusional is the only word to describe this President’s higher than merited opinion of himself, a typical narcissistic trait.

That will do it for today’s inane and silly political quotes. If they were not so vital in making decisions in our lives, they would be insignificant parts of our lives. More stupidity, pettiness, and quotes tomorrow.

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