A new twist on an old fable


The ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

This one is a little different. Two different versions; two different morals.

OLD VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:

Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green..’

ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome”.

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid  exclaim in an interview with Wolf Blitzer that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of  the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having  nothing left to  pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government  Green Czar and given  to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t  maintain it.

The ant has  disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper  is found  dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over  by a gang of spiders who terrorize and ramshackle, the once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Be careful how you vote in 2012.

Pelosi Becomes Captain Obvious: Blocks Investigation into Oil Spill


Pelosi pushes the stripped down CLEAR act in order to block any substantive investigation into the BP oil spill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stripped out authorization for an independent investigation into the Gulf disaster.

The Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed the amendment in committee markup July 14 offered by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that would establish a bipartisan, independent, National Commission on Outer Continental Shelf Oil Spill Prevention.

Unlike the commission set up by President Obama — packed only with environmental activists and no engineers — the commission unanimously approved by the Natural Resources committee would be comprised of technical experts to study the actual events leading up to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Not a single member of the committee voiced opposition at the bill’s markup.  The Senate has also approved an independent commission.

“To investigate what went wrong and keep it from happening again, the commission must include members who have expertise in petroleum engineering.  The President’s Commission has none,” Cassidy, the amendment’s author, told HUMAN EVENTS after the announcement.  “It defies common sense that this amendment passed unanimously in committee, only to be deleted in the Speaker’s office.”

Is anyone really surprised?

Patriot Ammunition


These incendiary quotables come from The Patriot Post (www.patriotpost.us/subscribe/). Melt ‘em down and load your muskets. Ready, aim, fire!

“It speaks to the sturdiness of the system our founders installed that it is, as intended, so resistant to passing major legal and cultural changes against the overwhelming will of the public. So resistant that, in frustration, the Democratic speaker of the House has been driven to consider breaking her oath of office and violate the Constitution in order to get her way.” –columnist Tony Blankley

“The debate over health care reform has been messy and often chaotic, but here we are a year later and Barack Obama and his radical agenda might yet win. If it does, he will have put in place the structure for taking over everything else.” –Washington Times editor emeritus Wesley Pruden

“Though the two issues may seem utterly unrelated, they do have this in common — both health care and higher education are realms of American life in which government has undermined the operation of market forces and caused artificially high prices. These are two arenas in which the Democrats now propose to do exactly the wrong thing. Their reform reinforces old errors and will infinitely compound the problem of rising prices.” –columnist Mona Charen

“In his book ‘Dreams From My Father’ Obama gives the distinct impression that his gifts are too great for the smallness of our political stage. He regrets not having been born during the civil rights era when the grandness of the cause would have measured up to the grandness of his ambition. He is in search of something big that will allow him to make his mark on the world as Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King did. Hence, the defeat of ObamaCare would not just be par for the course in the rough-and-tumble world of politics for him. It would be sign of his ordinariness, his mortality, and that, to him, is unendurable.” –Forbes columnist Shikha Dalmia

“A fanatic is a person who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” –former England Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

“There can be no prescription old enough to supersede the Law of Nature and the grant of God Almighty, who has given to all men a natural right to be free, and they have it ordinarily in their power to make themselves so, if they please.” –American lawyer and patriot James Otis (1725-1783)

Advocacy journalism: “Bottom line, what happens if you don’t get health care for this president? This is really all-or-nothing for the sense of his power, for his legacy. He’s invested so much in this in this first year. You’ve got to get this for him!” –NBC’s Andrea Mitchell to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

“Why not be part of the process? Why not take what you consider to be an imperfect [health care] bill and at least attach some proposals that you support? … How are we going to fix Congress and empower Congress to be able to pass the sweeping kinds of changes that we need in the country?” –ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas interrogating Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Kamikaze Democrats: “Democrats will lose their seats over process, but they will take the chance because of the substance.” –ABC’s Cokie Roberts on health care

What happened to dissent being patriotic? “[I]t might take more than arm-twisting with some of the Democrats who voted against [health care] the first time around. It may take waterboarding or something of that nature…” –CBS’s Bob Schieffer

Nonsense: “I’ve never seen the Republican Party so narrow in its appeal. It’s basically come out and said, ‘Dis-invest in America, watch your pocketbook. Don’t do anything, don’t have any government.’ It’s forgotten eight years of sort of spendthrift behavior by President Bush. … What do you make of the fact the Republican Party now isn’t a party of grand conservatism, any more? It’s a party of this narrow, little, nasty, don’t do anything party.” –MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

Stop Talking or He’ll Never Shut Up: “Barack Obama: The Time for Talk Is Over on Health Reform” –InTheNews.co.uk ++ “Obama to Ohio Monday for Another Health Care Speech” –Chicago Sun-Times Web site

We Blame Global Warming: “Obama’s Health Bill Push Heats Up” –Associated Press

Where’s Eric Massa When You Need Him?: “Dodd Faces ‘Ticklish Position’ Going Alone on Financial Rules” –Bloomberg

Questions Nobody Is Asking: “Men: Will You Sit and Pee for the Planet’s Sake?” –Houston Chronicle Web site

Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control: “Earth Under Attack From Death Star” –Sun (London)

Bottom Stories of the Day: “Palestinians Threaten to Halt Peace Talks” –Associated Press

Just words, just politics … just the Constitution: “We have debated this issue now for more than a year. Every proposal has been put on the table. Every argument has been made. I know a lot of people view this as a partisan issue, but, look, the fact is both parties have a lot of areas where we agree — it’s just politics are getting in the way of actually getting it done.” –Barack Obama

Arrogance: “The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future. They are waiting for us to act. They are waiting for us to lead. And as long as I hold this office, I intend to provide that leadership. I don’t know about the politics. But I know what’s right.” –Barack Obama (We’re waiting for you to get out of the way so we can look out for our own interests, not have you do whatever you “know” is right whether we want it done to us or not.)

Big Brother: “You know what? It’s been such a long time since we made government on the side of ordinary working folks, where we did something for them that relieved some of their struggles.” –BO

Non Compos Mentis: “Well, a lot of those folks, your employer it’s estimated would see premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent [sic], which means they could give you a raise.” –Barack Obama

Glass half empty: “I have no intention of not passing this bill. Let me say it in a positive way: I have faith in my members that we will be passing this legislation.” –House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

She may be a dreamer: “Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.” –Nancy Pelosi (So the rest of us can pay for these unemployed artists and photographers to have insurance?)

Democrats to defeat death! “Today, 70 Americans will die for lack of health insurance, 70.” –Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) (So why don’t most provisions in this bill kick in for four years?)

Never mind the cost: “Senator Brown comes from a state that has a health care plan that’s similar to the one we’re trying to enact here. We’re just trying to give the rest of America the same opportunities that the people of Massachusetts have.” –White House adviser David Axelrod

Shut up, she explained: “[I]nstead of spending your energy attacking the parts of the president’s [health care] proposal you don’t like, you can use it to strengthen the parts you do.” –Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

He blames global warming: “The odds have shifted toward much larger downpours. And we have seen that happen in the Northeast, we’ve seen it happen in the Northwest — in both of those regions are among those that scientists have predicted for a long time would begin to experience much larger downpours.” –Al Gore

Hollywood chimes in: “I think the people running climate change denial campaigns are sociopaths.” –actress Lucy Lawless, a.k.a. “Xena: Warrior Princess”

“House Democrats conjured a strategy Monday that would allow the House to avoid a vote on the health care bill. Instead they would deem the bill passed and send it to the president. We ordered Iraq not to look, this is for mature democracies only.” –comedian Argus Hamilton

“Last year, the House was passing bills without reading them. This year, they’re passing bills without voting on them.” –former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

“What kind of leader sends congressmen out on a kamikaze mission in an election year and right before a recess? The kind of leader whose followers are diminishing in number.” –Human Events editor Jed Babbin

“Democrats, though, continue to close their eyes and cover their ears while loudly singing the la la song.” –The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket

“President Obama would like the House to vote on his health care plan on either St. Patrick’s Day or the day after. That means Congress will be voting on health care either when they’re drunk, or when they’re hung over.” –comedian Jay Leno

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The Slaughter of Demon Pass


“The Slaughter of Demon Pass” sounds like a Louis L’Amour novel, doesn’t it? We only wish it were the title of an entertaining novel. However, it’s a play on words about the latest conniving of the Democrat-majority House of Representatives.  The concept being parodied is a little-used (and always controversial when used) parliamentary procedure called “Deem and Pass”.

The The Wall Street Journal has a good summary of this labyrinthian and incomprehensible set of rules that are being used to ram legislation through the fragile parchment of the Consitution.

“We’re not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely ‘deem’ that the House has passed the Senate health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway. Under the ‘reconciliation’ process that began [Monday] afternoon, the House is supposed to approve the Senate’s Christmas Eve bill and then use ‘sidecar’ amendments to fix the things it doesn’t like. Those amendments would then go to the Senate under rules that would let Democrats pass them while avoiding the ordinary 60-vote threshold for passing major legislation. This alone is an abuse of traditional Senate process. But Mrs. Pelosi & Co. fear they lack the votes in the House to pass an identical Senate bill, even with the promise of these reconciliation fixes. House Members hate the thought of going on record voting for the Cornhusker kickback and other special-interest bribes that were added to get this mess through the Senate, as well as the new tax on high-cost insurance plans that Big Labor hates. So at the Speaker’s command, New York Democrat Louise Slaughter, who chairs the House Rules Committee, may insert what’s known as a ‘self-executing rule,’ also known as a ‘hereby rule.’ Under this amazing procedural ruse, the House would then vote only once on the reconciliation corrections, but not on the underlying Senate bill. If those reconciliation corrections pass, the self-executing rule would say that the Senate bill is presumptively approved by the House — even without a formal up-or-down vote on the actual words of the Senate bill. Democrats would thus send the Senate bill to President Obama for his signature even as they claimed to oppose the same Senate bill. They would be declaring themselves to be for and against the Senate bill in the same vote. Even John Kerry never went that far with his Iraq war machinations. … This two-votes-in-one gambit is a brazen affront to the plain language of the Constitution, which is intended to require democratic accountability. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution says that in order for a ‘Bill’ to ‘become a Law,’ it ‘shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate.’ This is why the House and Senate typically have a conference committee to work out differences in what each body passes. … If Congress can now decide that the House can vote for one bill and the Senate can vote for another, and the final result can be some arbitrary hybrid, then we have abandoned one of [James] Madison’s core checks and balances.”

Did you understand all that?  If not, don’t feel too bad.  As an American, you are right in assuming that this is evil deception masquerading as “getting it done”.  Your high school civics teacher was right when he/she taught you that a bill must pass a clear vote of a majority in both the House and Senate.

The Democrats, however, are counting on you having a short memory following this fiasco. They’re counting on you saying “Ah, well. Whaddrya gonna do,” then leaning back in your cozy recliner, tuning into American Idol, and turning off your brain.

Are you really going to give them that satisfaction?

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How NOT to run a city. Or a country.


Note to President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid: You might want to re-think that progressivist utopia y’all had planned out so carefully. The article linked has about 6 pages of historical reasons why you should abandon that agenda. (Oh, and Nancy, you really ought to know better.)

via San Francisco News – The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S.

Modern map of San Fransicko

"Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?" asked Alice. "That depends a good deal on where you want to get," said the Cat. "I really don't care where" replied Alice. "Then it doesn't much matter which way you go," said the Cat. - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), novelist and poet (1832-1898).

You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there. - Yogi Berra, baseball catcher (1925-present

Despite its good intentions, San Francisco is not leading the country in gay marriage. Despite its good intentions, it is not stopping wars. Despite its spending more money per capita on homelessness than any comparable city, its homeless problem is worse than any comparable city’s. Despite its spending more money per capita, period, than almost any city in the nation, San Francisco has poorly managed, budget-busting capital projects, overlapping social programs no one is certain are working, and a transportation system where the only thing running ahead of schedule is the size of its deficit.

It’s time to face facts: San Francisco is spectacularly mismanaged and arguably the worst-run big city in America. This year’s city budget is an astonishing $6.6 billion — more than twice the budget for the entire state of Idaho — for roughly 800,000 residents. Yet despite that stratospheric amount, San Francisco can’t point to progress on many of the social issues it spends liberally to tackle — and no one is made to answer when the city comes up short.

To those of us who didn’t leave our brains in San Francisco, this is, well, a no-brainer (sorry).  There’s no need to wipe the slate clean and re-invent America in an unconstitutional manner. This has already been done in SF and the experimental results are clear. It’s a bad idea.  So, let’s stop with the “hope and change” thing and just go with what works…freedom and accountability for choices people make in life. K?

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