Monday, July 2, 2018

July, 2018, Part 1, Political Class Insanity: Obama Still Screwing Taxpayers and Idiotic Analogies For Trump's Travel Ban

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) We have previously discussed the disgraceful reality of the Obama Presidential Library:
  • While the George W. Bush library had the obscene price tag of about half a billion dollars, for which it was rightly and soundly criticized for, the Obama Presidential library is likely to cost around three times that much, or $1.5 billion.
  • This for a Presidency that was a failure totally across the board with no redeeming, financial, economic, historical, foreign relations, or any other type of lasting positive impact.
  • Alex Griswold of the Washington Free Beacon newspaper said the Obama Presidential library a “giant toenail.
  • A group of University of Chicago professors also gave a bad review: "This is a socially regressive plan . . . We also note that the Obama Center has abandoned its original plans to be a presidential library. It will be a private entity with no official connection to the National Archives." 
  • Ron Grossman of the Chicago Tribune said: "To me, it evokes a soft-boiled egg in a teacup."
  • To add to this disaster, it now appears that the library to be built in Chicago will not have any of Obama’s original documents, just copies of them. In other words, it will not be a library, more like a media center or museum to Obama himself.
The good news out of all of this is that no taxpayer, Federal, state, or local, was to pay for this center. Well, not directly. You see, the local and state politicians in Illinois and Chicago have agreed to spend almost a quarter billion dollars of taxpayer money to make road and other infrastructure improvements to the area to accommodate this Obama media center. Yes, a quarter billion dollars, almost half of what Bush spent on his whole library and people were outraged at that expense figure.

And given that the state and city pension funds are vastly underfunded, given that Chicago schools are a massive failure, and given the violence in Chicago from drug cartel gangs, one would think that this quarter of a billion dollars would be better spent on these pressing, humanitarian issues. Let Obama reduce his $1.5 billion monstrosity by a quarter billion dollars and fund those local costs himself. Yeah, not going to happen.

And this figure does not include the amount of parkland that will be confiscated to build the center, parkland that neighborhood residents strongly objected to losing within their urban environment. Thus, a lawsuit has been brought to prevent the parkland, officially called Jackson Park, one of the oldest parks in the city, to be stolen and given to the Obama project. 

Current laws on the books should prevent this confiscation and the eradication of the parkland. But we are talking about Chicago and Illinois politicians here, politicians more so than anywhere else in the country view existing laws as suggestions, not requirements. It should be interesting to see if the rule of law wins out or the rule of political favoritism wins out.

And it does not look like Obama has any sensitivity to the needs and wants of the local who are not only losing their parks but also may lose their homes, according to recent reporting by the American Liberty website: “Last month, the former president gave a talk in which he heard the concerns of local Chicago residents who feared the project would drive poor renters out of the neighborhood. Obama’s callow reply suggested that there would be more economic activity in the area, that the people there would “have more money,” so higher rents would not be a problem.

Obviously, Obama—like all liberals—has an inability to think on the individual level. It isn’t the current residents of the area who would have more money- it’s the people who replace them after the gentrification of the area.”

As usual, want to bet that the political desires outweigh the humanity needs at the end?

2) Before we move on to the next set of political class insanity, let’s review some background information:
  • ISIS “soldier” Sayfullo Salpov murdered eight Americans in NYC late last year when he drove a truck down a bike path.
  • During his trial he ridiculed the U.S. and our way of life: “The judgments that are made here are not important for me. They are not Allah’s judgments. The Islamic State [ISIS], in order to impose sharia on Earth, is leading a war.”
  • Obama authorized U.S. bombing raids on seven countries in six years, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya, all Muslim countries.
  • In 2016 alone, Obama allowed over 20,000 bombs to be dropped on these Muslim countries, killing lord knows how many Muslim adults and kids in their home countries.
  • The Bureau Of Investigative Journalism estimates that Obama launched almost 400 drone strikes in five years across Pakistan, Yemen,and Somalia, again, all Muslim countries.
  • This total number of Obama strikes is eight times as many that Bush approved.
  • Jane Stein,Green Party candidate for President in 2016, agreed that the Obama administration had attack seven different Muslim countries: "They don’t have a solution to the expanding wars except more wars. We are already bombing seven countries and now we do appear to be engaging in this war crime in Yemen where we have been partnering with the Saudis in this war crime for the past year. They do not want to talk about that."
  • Fact checking organization, Politifact, found that Bush bombed four countries while Obama bombed seven, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Syria, all Muslim countries.
The bottom line to all of the above facts is that Bush bombed Muslim countries and Obama bombed a lot more Muslim countries. Which brings us to a second set of facts:
  • According to the New York Times, Trump finally got his travel ban approved by the Supreme Court so that the Federal government can TEMPORARILY restrict entrance to this country from seven nations that Trump has felt would expose Americans to terrorism and violence.
  • Those countries include Syria, Iran, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela, Libya, and Somalia.
  • As you can see this list includes many of the same countries that Obama bombed incessantly over his term, PERMANENTLY killing a lot of Muslim adults and kids: Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya.
  • These four Muslim countries plus Iran include about 143 million Muslims which represent only about 8% of Muslims wordwide and only 10% of the nations that are predominantly Muslim.
  • In other words, Trump’s travel ban is not against all Muslims and all Muslim countries, it is not even against a significant minority of Muslims and Muslim nations. 
Okay, we go through all of this to get to two of the latest idiotic statements from two Washington politicians. Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas feels that Trump’s travel ban is “the closest that we’ve come” to the Chinese Exclusion Act: “[A]s I looked at it, as it was being developed, and even as the decision was announced today, I couldn’t help but think that this is the closest that we’ve come to the Chinese Exclusion Act, which kept Chinese from coming to this country for about 60 years, until, in the early 1940s, the Congress had to pass a law to overturn that. This, in a sense, is Donald Trump’s Chinese Exclusion Act.”

No Congressman, this is not even close. The Chinese travel ban excluded ALL Chinese, Trump’s travel ban temporarily inconveniences some people who are coming from very dangerous places. Iran’s government has publicly called for the destruction of the United States, why would we want to take the chance of letting Iranian elements into this country until that threat is neutralized? Libya and Syria are overrun with Islamic extremist terrorists who have also publicly stated their goal of overthrowing the U.S. and killing as many Americans as possible. And again, we are talking about a small minority of countries and a small minority of Muslims, get over this stupid and inane comparison.

But the idiocy does not stop with this member of Congress. Congressman Keith Ellison took this a step further and compared the travel ban to slavery, belittling the whole concept and the suffering of African Americans in the process relative to slavery: “Let me tell you this, Our country has gone through some ugly days. I mean, the Supreme Court in 1850 said it was okay to own a black person. That’s the Dred Scott decision . That decision hit the dustbin of history, so did Plessy v. Ferguson, so did Korematsu. I’m telling you, discrimination and racism will never win in the end. So we’re just — we’re fired up and pushing forward.”

He continues on to show his ignorance: “It is not within the president’s authority to discrimination on the basis of religion.” The travel ban has nothing to do with religion. Yes, the ban affects a number of countries that have a Muslim majority. But the ban excludes people of other religions from those countries from TEMPORARILY coming here. Plus, no one can come close to claiming that North Korea is a Muslim nation as is Venezuela. 

To claim that this travel ban, recently approved by the Supreme Court is comparable to the Chinese Exclusion Act or American slavery does a disservice to history and the competence of those making the comparisons. This is nothing more than political posturing and empty rhetoric, completely ignorant of facts. 

And by the way, both of these Democrats ignore the reality that Obama PERMANENTLY killed untold numbers of Muslims in the countries that Trump wants to TEMPORARILY slap travel bans on, killing or maiming no one in the process. That is the height of hypocrisy.

That will do it for today’s insanity: taxpayers still getting screwed by politicians and politicians making silly, stupid analogies ignorant of the reality and truth of which they distort. More insanity to come.

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