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Archive for March 25th, 2010

Democrats have been wondering why they’re getting hate mail, why wackos are coming out of the woodwork to threaten them, and why we don’t just love them to death.

Let’s look at a few ideas.

Gloating.  How many pictures of Nancy Pelosi gloating can a person stand after they’ve had health care rammed down their throats?

Arrogance not earned.

Obama hasn’t earned the right to be arrogant, yet he makes me look like an amateur.  He can’t speak without a teleprompter, his social skills leave a great deal to be desired, he’s completely tone-deaf to anyone who disagrees with him, and his ability to exhibit class is nonexistent.

Underhanded behaviorLies.  Double-counting.  Undercounting.  Backroom deals.  Manipulation.

You can’t keep pushing transparency while being secretive and have anyone’s respect.  You just can’t.  You can’t bribe people with taxpayer dollars to buy votes without losing people’s respect.  You just can’t.  You can’t keep having votes where constituents have no access – such as on weekends or driving something through just prior to recess where votes are fait accompli.

Ellen Ratner pretty much came right out and said what lots of conservatives know to be true:

Obama can now build the momentum from his party to get some of his other legislative priorities accomplished. He doesn’t have much time even if American becomes a lot happier with his presidency . The simple fact is that the history of midterm elections is not on his side. He needs to move his legislation quickly and use the same party unity tactics that brought him the major win he got on health care.

In other words – hey, lets be sleazy bastards because if it works it must be ok.

You can’t make laws that are unpopular to more than half the nation and then exempt yourself from the law – either in the application or the increased taxes that result from the law.

Really.  You just can’t.  Making laws as in Health Care Reform and then exempting yourself isn’t good policy.  It makes you look like an asshole.  Yes, it really makes you look bad.

While everyone else in the United States — from the top corporate executives to the grocery store checkout clerk — will be forced to buy their insurance through heavily regulated state-run exchanges, the health care bill excludes one group: the leadership and committee staff. Yes, that’s right. The very people who wrote up this bill are refusing to be included themselves. Given the narrow definition of “congressional staff” on page 158 of the health care bill, the Congressional Research Service memo believes that courts will not require “professional committee staff, joint committee staff, some shared staff, as well as potentially those staff employed by leadership offices” to go through the exchanges. President Obama and his family are also exempt from the law.

You can’t keep ordering private sector businesses around as if it were your Constitutionally-granted power.

Obama readies steps to fight foreclosures, particularly for unemployed.

The Obama administration plans to overhaul how it is tackling the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed, senior officials said Thursday.

You especially can’t do this if you keep helping people who made bad life decisions while the rest of the people who are afloat because they sacrificed and made good choices are still stuck paying their way and the way of those who chose badly.  People who have had to default on loans generally did something that got them there.  Sure, bad things happen to good people.  But more often than not, bad things happen to stupid people.

You can’t act as if the United States were a socialist state.

Yet that is what democrats are doing.

You can’t keep insulting the United State’s staunchest allies.

Binyamin Netanyahu travelled halfway around the world to hash things out with Obama, and the Obama says “let me know if there is anything new” and goes to dinner.  If I have a guest, I don’t welcome them to hang out and then leave them.  That’s such poor taste I wouldn’t blame the Israelis if they told O to go take a flying f*ck at a rolling donut.  I like Israel too much to not be pissed on their behalf.  Same goes for pissing on the Brits – for all their issues, they’ve still been good friends.  (see Arrogance above…)

You can’t mock your adversaries when you just won – even if you’re a party leader or President.

Looking relaxed and upbeat, [Obama] mocked Republicans for acting as if the bill would lead to “Armageddon.”

“After I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth,” Obama said, adding it turned out to be a nice day and “birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall.”

See, this situation requires more class and reserve, given how upset people already are, and to sit there and mock them while at a rally with your buds says you don’t respect them in the least.  (see Arrogance above…)

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“Well,” reason the lawmakers… “the president and leaders of the country are irreplaceable and vital, not like you guys or your sons and daughters.”

Congressional Staffers Complain About Double Standard in Health Care Law

FOXNews.com

Select congressional leadership staffers — some of whom wrote the health insurance act — are not governed by new rules governing millions of Americans and the rest of their colleagues on how they buy insurance — and the special exemption has the Hill hopping mad.

Come 2014, all 100 U.S. senators, all 435 representatives in the House and every one of their personal aides will have to go to the newly formed state exchanges for health insurance — just like everyone else in the country who isn’t covered by their employer.

But select congressional leadership staffers — some of whom wrote the health insurance act — won’t. And neither will White House staffers and Cabinet members — nor the president himself. They will be allowed to keep their current plans, which are offered to all other federal employees.

And now many congressional aides who like their current health insurance policies and will be forced to switch are asking: Why?

They want to know: If an exchange is good enough for them, why isn’t it good enough for the people who wrote the plan? Why isn’t it good enough for the president and his CVitter, but Majority Leader Reid obstructed our effort.”  –  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/25/congressional-staffers-complain-double-standard-health-care-law/

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