January 30, 2009

Like I Said…

…, I have no intention of bashing our new president or even criticizing him until we see the end result of his works as POTUS.

However, I will do what one might call “semi-predict” the intended fruits of the incumbent administration.

First, as I mentioned in my last post, Mr. Obama has frozen all proposed Bush agendas pending “review” of each, rendering any prospective final legacies of the previous administration moot, including, unfortunately, bills effecting the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

Now, there’s this little nugget.

Vice President Joe Biden says the goal of a new White House task force is to raise middle-class living standards.

The goals of the task force are plums for the labor unions that supported Obama’s presidential bid. Those goals include:

– Expanding education and lifelong training opportunities
– Improving work and family balance
– Restoring labor standards, including workplace safety
– Helping to protect middle-class and working-family incomes
– Protecting retirement security

Yeah, I can see where the teachers’ unions and some of their fellow travellers might like the ring of those bells.

At the same press conference where he announced the Middle Class Task Force, President Barack Obama signed three several executive orders intended to “level the playing field” for labor unions in struggles with management.

“I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem. To me, it’s part of the solution,” Obama said, prompting applause. “You cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement.”


The three executives orders Obama signed on Friday will:

– Require federal contractors to offer jobs to current workers when contracts change.

– Reverse a Bush order requiring federal contractors to post notices telling workers they can limit their financial support of unions serving as their exclusive bargaining representatives.

– Prevent federal contractors from being reimbursed for expenses intended to influence workers deciding whether to form a union and engage in collective bargaining.

The White House Web site does not define the term “middle class,” other than to call it “the backbone of the country.”

They’re working fast, friends, and what I semi-predict is, within four years, the combination of a liberal Executive Branch with Democrat majorities in the House and Senate will change the whole enchilada of the American existence, and I mean irreversibly so unless, on the next go-round, we elect another Republican majority and President who will do what our last such combination shamefully neglected to do: Their jobs, which are based upon remaining loyal to their voter base rather than their miserable, negligence ridden careers.

Too Something Too Late

The $64,000.00 question is why now, rather than a few years ago? Like, when they still enjoyed the trust of their conservative constituency…

The unanimous vote by House Republicans against President Obama’s stimulus plan provided an early indication that the GOP hopes to regain power by becoming the champion of small government, a reputation many felt slipped away during the high-spending Bush years.

I’m tired of voting for politicians simply because they are Republicans, or because they are the “lesser of two evils”. I mean, are they? We lost the majority on the Hill in November, 2006 because they abused the confidence vested in them by conservatives. Now they’re doing the right thing, but will this continue if we manage to regain leadership of the House and Senate, or will they simply return to their previous complacency and fat, butt-sitting worthlessness?

I’ll tell you this much; By 2012, we probably won’t even recognize our social and political landscapes, but whose fault is that?

I blame our own Republican politicians for screwing the pooch when we had the best of all worlds at our fingertips.

by @ 4:10 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

January 25, 2009

Coming Up For Air

Thanks, all, for your good wishes, prayers and comments after Wolf’s 6 Dec 2008 post.

I have been “cleared” to post a bit, as opposed to laying low while Wolf and his friends try to work out a permanent solution to a problem that has come up to CONUS from the hell hole I visited in late November (well, a small part of it was a visit, the rest was as a profoundly reluctant guest), in the form of some spooks who wish to pursue certain topics we never quite got through discussing to their satisfaction when I was previously in their clutches.

Theoretically, I argued, even if these miscreants know about Hard Astarboard, they can’t read a post and determine where it was posted from. I hope.

Safehouse-wise, newspapers, TV and radio abound, and luckily, one is not cut off from news, or, at least, from the dubious offerings put forth by the MSM.

I find it pretty interesting that our new president, Obama, is already starting to tick off some of those that rooted vociferously for him during election season. The Muzzies were vocal about the fact that he didn’t throw his all behind Hamas and condemn the Israelis for defending themselves by finally invading the Gaza Strip. I myself was surprised when he made remarks that people, referring to the Israelis, have a right to defend themselves, knowing that, along with Irreverend Wright, he has previously taken a strong pro-Hamas/ pro-Palestinian stance.

After the NYT railed against Camp Delta, down yonder at GITMO, as Torture Central and, in complete agreement with Obama, whom they worshipped as the true messiah during his campaign, believed the place should be closed down, well…

…now that Obama has ordered that the incarceratory complex there be shut down, the Grey Lady of the Left has this to say.

First they claimed that GITMO is illegally/illicitly holding all sorts of innocent, misunderstood, nice, right neighborly folks, mis-identified as terrorists/ enemy combatants, etc, now that their hero the Messiah is President and has decreed that GITMO be de-prisonered, they abruptly admit that Said Ali al-Shihri, a GITMO releasee, is a terrorist whose release enabled him to do further damage as such.

I foresee a lot of unforeseen turmoil between Obama and a whole passel o’ folks on his side of the aisle in the next couple of years, I think mainly because the new president is out to prove that he’s his own man and will attempt to do so by going against the policy preferences of his own side from time to time.

I agree with Wolf that we need to give Obama a chance, no matter what we think of him, his beliefs or his policies. He was elected by the majority of the voting public. The way the liberals went after Bush from the minute he was elected was both disgraceful and, to my way of thinking, just a bit treasonous, and I’d hate to think that any conservative, whom I would expect to remain a true American, would thus badmouth the chief executive officer of the United States of America. Leave that to the liberals, they have neither the grace, the maturity nor the class to behave like adults when they don’t get their way politically.

So I’ll just sit back and watch, and see how things develop as a result of the policies of the Obama Administration and its relationship with the Democrat majority in the House and the Senate.

The new president is already in the midst of reversing a whole slew of Bush Administration policies, and these include a few that are centered around the 2nd Amendment, such as the still pending legislature on the right to carry firearms in our national parks. Obama wishes that all still pending policies be put on hold for “review” by himself and his cabinet.

All this in less than a week. Hmmmm.

by @ 4:23 pm. Filed under Just Talking