America — not the GOP — first

The past six months should prove, once and for all, there’s no practical difference between the Democratic and Republican parties.  People are beginning to notice:

More than 200 days have passed and Obamacare remains. High taxes, too, continue to burden the economy. With the lack of progress on his legislative agenda, one would think that President Trump – who rode to victory on those issues and carried many Republican lawmakers with him – was facing a Democratic-held Congress.

The inability of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to push through a Republican Congress Trump’s key policy proposals is indicative of a problem identified by Pat Buchanan in 2000. The establishments of both parties are more similar than dissimilar…

For years the GOP went to the party faithful begging for money and votes. Why? Support a GOP Congress and when a Republican president moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Obamacare would face the guillotine.

When it came time to put their money where their mouths were, GOP leaders folded like a cheap suit. Not only was the party unable to agree on replacing Obamacare, they could not even come together to repeal it. Six months in the Trump administration and Ryan and McConnell proved P.T. Barnum right that there is a sucker born every minute…

Trump was elected by voters because he promised to build a wall, end free trade deals that rip off the country, enact a Muslim moratorium, reduce the size of government, normalize relations with Russia, and resist unnecessary wars of intervention. Trump’s positions on these issues are contrary to not only Democrats, but the GOP establishment of Ryan and McConnell.

For the 2018 election, ignore the party labels.  Look to see who promises to support the agenda enumerated above.  And hold them publicly accountable if they then fail to do so.  It’s not Donkey versus Elephant anymore.  It’s American nationalism and independence versus being subsumed by globalist elites.  Enough with the kabuki dancing.  Make this nation strong again, or get out of the way!

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The Supreme Court has once again rescued Obamacare from itself, prompting Justice Scalia (who dissented) to remark the law should probably be known as “SCOTUScare.”  Note that in both cases Chief Justice Roberts–nominated by REPUBLICAN George W. Bush–has been a deciding factor.  The GOP often reminds its base to vote for Republican presidents in order to avoid getting the “wrong” kind of justices nominated to the court.  Yeah, how’s that working out for us?  A more honest slogan would be “vote GOP: for wars without end, a surveillance state at home, and all the other stuff you normally expect from Democrats but that we’ll push for just as hard without saying so!”   See why I hate the Republican Party even more than the Democrats now?  At least the Democrats are honest about being in opposition to everything I stand for…

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The avalanche of knee-jerk reaction spawned by the Charleston shootings and fueled by the usual suspects has now reached Orwellian proportions:  Apple has pulled all apps from its store that feature a Confederate battle flag… including historically accurate wargames!  This is pure 1984:  a Two-Minutes’ Hate during which a period of history is being flushed down the Memory Hole.  Once again Apple shows its fascist tendencies, which is why no matter how good their engineering is, their products will NEVER be in my home.

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The Two-Minutes’ Hate also provided a convenient smokescreen behind which the Senate could regroup and browbeat out the 60th vote required to hand King Obama yet more power, this time to ensnare the United States into a proto-Pacific Union.  Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama was very vocal in opposing this measure, and his response to its passage yesterday is worth noting:

Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan vote of Congress that will transfer congressional power to the Executive Branch and, in turn, to a transnational Pacific Union and the global interests who will help write its rules.

The same routine plays out over and again. We are told a massive bill must be passed, all the business lobbyists and leaders tell how grand it will be, but that it must be rushed through before the voters spoil the plan. As with Obamacare and the Gang of Eight, the politicians meet with the consultants to craft the talking points—not based on what the bill actually does, but what they hope people will believe it does. And when ordinary Americans who never asked for the plan, who don’t want the plan, who want no part of the plan, resist, they are scorned, mocked, and heaped with condescension.

Washington broke arms and heads to get that 60th vote—not one to spare—to impose on the American people a plan which imperils their jobs, wages, and control over their own affairs. It is remarkable that so much energy has been expended on advancing the things Americans oppose, and preventing the things Americans want.

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Meanwhile, the IRS is acknowledging new ‘mistakes’ that resulted in the erasure of backup tapes containing emails sought by investigators over the past two years.   The IRS is clearly either a thoroughly criminal enterprise, completely incompetent, or both at the same time.  Congress should erase this agency from the face of the earth (along with the entire income tax system) and bar all of its employees from any future Federal employment.  In the words of an ancient Roman, “IRS delenda est.”

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And finally, a supposed political ‘misstep’ by Hillary Clinton tells you everything you need to know about those who claim they are for “inclusiveness” and “diversity.”  Because apparently, ONLY “black lives matter” to the political class.  After all, if we truly believed “all lives matter,” how ever would they continue to divide and rule us?

“Mother, should I trust the government?”

I think the answer to Pink Floyd’s question should be obvious by now.

Exhibit A:

Police and prosecutors fight aggressively to retain ‘civil asset forfeiture.’  Focus on this sentence from the article if you want to understand the issue:
“Efforts to limit seizures of money, homes and other property from people who may never be convicted of a crime are stalling out amid a wave of pressure from prosecutors and police.”

Exhibit B:

Like Obamacare, apparently we have to ‘pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership to find out what’s in it.’  (Note to Congresscritters: if you can’t be bothered to read proposed legislation, particularly before opining on it, why do we have you there?)

Exhibit C:

The IRS had plenty of interest in ‘investigating’ groups advocating limited government, but when Congress asks it to look into the actions of the Clinton Foundation during Her Hillariness’ tenure as Secretary of State, apparently this only warrants an unsigned form letter response.

Exhibit D:

The TSA.  (Note: even with a 95% failure rate, nobody was fired — the acting head of TSA was reassigned — which, as a ‘mangement action’ under Civil Service “save pay” rules means he didn’t even take a pay cut.  Makes you wonder just what you’d have to do in the Federal government to actually find yourself unemployed.)

Exhibit E:

How many American citizens (and thus, legally eligible voters) are there?  Nobody knows.

Exhibit F:

House cuts DEA funding after ‘sex parties’ revelation   (the Secret Service has its share in this as well)

Exhibit G:

NOAA tampers with data to erase the 15-year global warming hiatus

Exhibit H:

Hackers make off with data on 4 million Federal employees (the easier to pressure or blackmail you, my dear…)

 

Ad naseum, ad infinitum

 

Government giveth, government taketh away

As if the annual fleecing process known as filing your taxes wasn’t already opaque, painful, and a ridiculous exercise in government control:

Half of the households that received subsidies to help pay health insurance premiums last year under the Affordable Care Act will probably have to repay some of that money to the federal government, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

If the Supreme Court ever wanted to earn back some respect from the productive, independent-minded part of the electorate, they would finally kill this Obamanation once and for all during the current term.  It’s bad policy, badly written law, and a prime example of government arrogance run amok these days.

And never forget: even the architects of it admit it only passed because of a lack of transparency and “the stupidity of the American people!”

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When government finds churches useful

Short answer: only when it furthers their agenda of expanding power:

In an effort to sign up as many consumers as possible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to partner with churches and other faith-based groups, even publishing sample church bulletin inserts, flyers, and scripts for announcements, as well as “talking points.” These materials are part of the “Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit,” which is available on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Apparently a number of “faith-based” leaders have gotten aboard with this initiative (5,500 if HHS’s figures can be believed).  If there are that many congregations worried about health care, why hasn’t a charitable Christian alternative to Obamacare taken off?  Rather than spend the effort and time to promote the Usurper’s agenda, why not create a solution of our own?

It’s enough to make me realize that when it comes time to take the “mark of the Beast,” whatever that turns out to be, there’ll be plenty of congregations open to help, complete with the national flag up front, and probably playing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in the background…

 

 

No accountability

Someone needs to look into the political donations this company has made… or who in Washington D.C. owns stock in it.  And Americans generally need to be paying MUCH more attention and demanding this kind of thing not be allowed to happen:

Seven months after federal officials fired CGI Federal for its botched work on Obamacare website Healthcare.gov, the IRS awarded the same company a $4.5 million IT contract for its new Obamacare tax program.

CGI is a $10.5 billion Montreal-based company that has forever been etched into the public’s mind as the company behind the bungled Obamacare main website.

After facing a year of embarrassing failures, federal officials finally pulled the plug on the company and terminated CGI’s contract in January 2014.

Yet on Aug. 11, seven months later, IRS officials signed a new contract with CGI to provide “critical functions” and “management support” for its Obamacare tax program, according to the Federal Procurement Data System, a federal government procurement database.

The entire government acquisition process is broken, because suppliers never face existential penalties for failure to perform.  Sure, there’s the occasional fine or public tongue-lashing, but the large Treasury checks still get written and cashed.  Meanwhile, the taxpayers continue to get bilked for shoddy contracting.  It’s not just the “military-industrial complex;” it’s the “government-favored industries-corporate campaign contributions” complex.

This is but one of many important reasons government needs to be small with very specific and narrowly defined roles.  If history demonstrates anything, it’s that the private sector is almost always more efficient — and effective — with the provision of goods and services.  For those few functions that are inherently governmental, extreme close scrutiny should always be the norm.  Cutting down on the amount of government activity in general would greatly facilitate that.

Second-class residents

The efforts of our rulers to “elect a new people” continue apace.  It’s bad enough that King Obama, by his own admission, unconstitutionally ‘changed the law’ to allow millions of lawbreaking border jumpers to remain in the U.S.   These denizens will now compete with Americans in what is already an historically poor job market.

And guess what?  Thanks to King Obama’s other signature project (Obamacare), these housecrashers have an advantage(!) in that competition:

Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.

President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.

Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.

If the so-called ‘social justice warriors’ fanning the flames over the Ferguson verdict want a REAL, CLEAR injustice to protest, here it is.  Guess who stands to lose most under this toxic combination of executive fiat?  Those barely clinging to the lower end of the employment ladder, that’s who.  All the unemployed residents of Ferguson and countless other towns across America who WOULD like to work and break out of the welfare trap (or who now have to find other work because their employer was just burned out by idiots chanting incoherent slogans about “justice”) just had another huge obstacle put in their way.

Think Washington D.C. Mordor cares?  Hardly.  As the Instapundit likes to quip, “they’ll turn us all into beggars, ‘cuz they’re easier to please.”  This constant official support for importing ever-larger numbers of cheap laborers — beginning with the 1965 Immigration Act — is why U.S. wages have remained stagnant or declined for four decades, and is one of the major contributors to the income inequality that is now so often decried.

Actions have consequences.  Effectively open borders–both to immigration and so-called “free trade”–have economic effects.  The Law of Supply and Demand is not a ‘suggestion’ — the more labor is available, the cheaper it will be (hence declining wages).  Ross Perot once famously warned of the “giant sucking sound” that NAFTA and similar agreements would produce as jobs went overseas.  And now what jobs are left in the U.S. are being sought after by increasingly impoverished Americans competing with new arrivals aided and abetted by the King of the United States.  What does it matter to be a citizen if your own government’s actions perpetually put you at a disadvantage?

No wonder so many people are seeking to leave the Titanic permanently.  When you decide your government has “become destructive of these ends (life, liberty, pursuit of happiness),” you face a choice: work with others to “alter or abolish it,” or get the heck out of Dodge.  Most Americans show little sign of understanding what the real roots of the problem are, much less what is needed to address them.  Hence, the search for the exits by many who do.  If you’re going to be a second-class resident, you might as well try a new country instead of being abused in what used to be your own.