Thursday, March 29, 2012

March: A Really Bad Month for the Democrats

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Story #1 tells of just how bad a month it’s been for the Democrats.  #2 relates how the President’s budget was voted down in the House 414-0.  #3 tells us about the Progressive Caucus’s budget cuts down on deficit spending through tax increases of $3 trillion over 10 years.  #4 looks at the train wreck at the Supreme Court for Obamacare and cautions people not to blame the Solicitor General but rather the law itself.  #5 relates how mob justice is brewing in the Trayvon Martin case.  It seems when an Hispanic Democrat kills a black youth, it’s obviously white Republicans who are to blame.  #6 looks at race relations in our post racial Obama Presidency.  And finally #7 is good news regarding energy.  Well not if you are a global warmist who see the devil in oil. 

1.  The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Month for the Left

It is typical for politically-engaged people to note the weaknesses and defects of their own side, while overestimating the strength and prowess of their opponents. This is not a bad instinct, but sometimes it’s worth stepping back and trying to view the whole scene from a neutral perspective. It is possible a neutral or objective observer would conclude that the Left has just had about the worst month in longer than I can recall….

It has been a very bad month for the left even though they’ve had a series of events that they were trying to swing into being a disaster for the right.  In almost every case they’ve been damaged more the right has been. Add to what this article reminds us of, the open mic gaffe by President Obama, the violence by the OWS crowd on their 6 months anniversary in Zuccotti Park, and the Washington Post story of what happened last September when Obama and Boehner tried to do a big deal.  The Post comes down on the side that said it was the Democrats who screwed up the deal.  I guess you would call it a fluke of a month. 

2.  Obama’s budget defeated 414-0

President Obama's budget was defeated 414-0 in the House late Wednesday, in a vote Republicans arranged to try to embarrass him and shelve his plan for the rest of the year.

The vote came as the House worked its way through its own fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, written by Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan. Republicans wrote an amendment that contained Mr. Obama's budget and offered it on the floor, daring Democrats to back the plan, which calls for major tax increases and yet still adds trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.

"It’s not a charade. It’s not a gimmick — unless what the president sent us is the same," said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a freshman Republican from South Carolina who sponsored Mr. Obama's proposal for purposes of the debate. "I would encourage the Democrats to embrace this landmark Democrat document and support it. Personally, I will be voting against it."

But no Democrats accepted the challenge.

They have their own alternative they wrote, which closely tracks the president's deficit numbers, though it changes the details of his plan. That plan will receive a vote on Thursday, as will Mr. Ryan's proposal.

Senate Democrats have said they will not bring a budget to the floor this year, though Republicans in the chamber have talked about trying to at least force a vote on Mr. Obama's plan there as well.

Last year, when they forced a vote on his 2012 budget, it was defeated 97-0.

Yes, this is great leadership from the Obama Administration.  His budgets are so bad he doesn’t get a single vote for it in the House and the Democratically controlled Senate won’t even take it up to vote on it.

3.  The Progressive’s “Budget for All”

If you want to know why House Democrats lost 63 seats in the 2010 elections -- the largest political defeat since 1938 -- look no further than the budget put forward this week by the 83-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Perhaps unsatisfied with the title they used last year -- "The People's Budget" -- the CPC calls this one the "Budget for All." It raises taxes to levels never seen before -- not even during World War II -- guts defense spending and splurges on a number of liberal priorities.

Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn., released the document Tuesday, indicating that they composed it after "listening to the American people and reflecting their values." They should have listened a bit harder. At a time when Americans tell Gallup they think the federal government wastes 51 cents of every dollar it spends, the CPC budget puts that spending on steroids.

Government spending would rise from $3.6 trillion a year now to $5.7 trillion a year in 2022. That is only slightly more than President Obama's budget. But where Obama's budget adds $6.4 trillion to the debt by 2022, the CPC budget adds only $3 trillion. That's because the liberal lawmakers pay for all that new spending with massive tax hikes

Progressive don’t understand that people don’t trust them.  They assume if they buy people off they will get their votes, but that doesn’t seem to be working for them yet. 

4.  Obamacare:  Don’t blame Verrilli

Don’t blame the Solicitor General. He worked with what he had. The day after his argument, there still is no good answer to the questions asked by Scalia and Alito.

There is a brutal ad released by the RNC. It is brutal not because Verrilli stammered.

In the audio clip, Verrilli acknowledges the political truth that this entire takeover of the health care system was in the face of an insurance system that worked well for the overwhelming majority of Americans.

Rather than finding a way to help the 15%, the Democrats decided on a mountain of legislative language and regulations, with the mandate sitting high on top of the mountain, the Democratic Party equivalent of planting the flag.

It was a takeover.  I believe the Democrats decided to “end it rather than mend it.”  And when you do something as sweeping as this legislation, you suddenly find that it doesn’t reduce costs, people can’t keep their insurance if they like it, you have to cover abortion drugs even if you are a church and morally opposed to abortion, and you do have to pass the bill to see what is in it (turns out this was the most truthful things said by a democrat about the bill).

5.  Kill Zimmerman

Barack Obama has remained silent as the usual suspects have been busy stirring up hate aimed at George Zimmerman, the Florida Hispanic involved in the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. Now the anger has taken a new twist, breaking out on Twitter with an account named “Kill Zimmerman.”  It features an image of Zimmerman in crosshairs.

So a Hispanic Democrat kills a black youth and white Republicans are at fault.  I love the civility you feel from the left.

6.  Race Relations under Obama

If you're a white person who voted for Barack Obama believing that his election would usher in a post-racial era in America, you must be very disappointed. Race relations have in fact never been more volatile and the nation is now sitting on a time bomb as we draw closer to another election. Whose fault is it? Race-baiting demagogues like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are feverishly trying to exploit the recent killing of a young black man in Florida for their own selfish agenda to boost their fading relevance. Typically they have jumped to conclusions before all the actual facts have been uncovered.

They are once again inciting racial violence by calling the killing of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, a bias crime because the shooter, George Zimmerman, was first purported to be a white man. It turns out Zimmerman is a Hispanic from a biracial family but why let a little thing like the truth stop them from provoking a mob. The New Black Panther party, which has already been protected by Attorney General Eric Holder, has offered a bounty of 10k on Zimmerman's head. Director Spike Lee, ever sensitive to attacks on blacks, re-tweeted the address of the Zimmerman family. Now why would he do that unless he hoped that a vindictive mob would exact payback for young Martin's death?

The liberal media jumped on the bandwagon to help the efforts of these race-exploiters by posting a photo of the young Martin as a bright-eyed youth full of innocence. That photo provided by Martin's family is in stark contrast to the one posted on his Facebook displaying a much tougher demeanor. An eyewitness to the shooting has disputed the media's version and claims that the victim had actually attacked Zimmerman and this account was the reason police did not make an arrest. Since I was not there, prudence would dictate I pause before drawing a conclusion and await all the determining facts but that is not how Sharpton and Jackson operate….

Obama has to demonize his opponents and polls show that only 35% of white Americans approval of Mr. Obama’s performance. 

7.  Good News:  A new Age of Oil

The world was reinvented in the 1970s by soaring oil prices and massive transfers of national wealth. It could be again if the price of petroleum crashes — a real possibility given the amazing estimates about the new gas and oil reserves on the North American continent. The Canadian tar sands, deepwater exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, horizontal drilling off the eastern and western American coastlines, fracking in once-untapped sites in North Dakota, and new pipelines from Alaska and Canada could double North American gas and oil production within a decade.

Given that North America in general and the United States in particular might soon be completely autonomous in natural-gas production and without much need of imported oil within a decade, life as we have known it for nearly the last half-century would change radically.

Take the Middle East. The United States currently devotes about $50 billion of its military budget to patrolling the Persian Gulf and stationing thousands of troops in the region…

Unemployment here in the United States has not dipped below 5 percent since February 2008, during the last year of the Bush administration. But some estimates suggest that 3 to 4 million jobs will follow from new gas and oil production alone…

It’s more than a bit ironic, just when the left got an anti-fossil fuel president in office, the global warming scam has been mortally wounded and fossil fuels has suddenly become much more available.  It appears rather than being in the age of “Peak Oil” we are more likely at the beginning of the age of plentiful oil.  And while science in the area of solar and wind power lags, technology is bringing unheard of gifts of fuels that will allow America to keep its position as the most productive country on earth. 

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