Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cheer Up: We Are Making Headway

Let’s be honest.

Life has its ups and downs, it’s backaches and back massages. And if you only ever acknowledge one or the other, you’re not living life to its fullest.

So in that spirit, let’s acknowledge both the good and the bad out there, starting with the bad, since it’s always a good idea to get that over and out of the way if at all possible…

These days, the bad is quite obvious and widely covered. There are the riots in Egypt, Jordan and elsewhere in the never tranquil Middle East. While the people do have legitimate complaints against corrupt government officials that don’t deserve to be in office, it doesn’t look as if the replacements will be any better.

In fact, with the way things are going right now, they’ll probably be a lot worse.

Iran Supports Egypt? Enough Said

Case in point: Iran supports the Egyptian uprising. Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi had a lot to say on the matter in recent days.

“With the knowledge that I have of the great revolutionary and history making people of Egypt, I am sure they will play their role in creating an Islamic Middle East for all freedom, justice and independence seekers… The people of Tunisia and Egypt prove that the time of controlling regimes by world arrogance (the West) has ended and people are trying to have their own self-determination.”

That’s all really funny coming from an administration that – as I mentioned yesterday – purposefully ran protestors over with cars two years ago. So much for “self-determination,” “freedom, justice and independence.”

It’s no wonder though that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government has such glowing things to say about the party responsible for initiating the protests, the Muslim Brotherhood. Apparently they’re already plotting “for war against Israel” before they’ve even successfully taken over their own country.

U.S. Idiot Politicians Add One Plus One and Get 1,787,456,209.33

Meanwhile, back in the U.S. of A., we have idiot politicians who are trying to use the Egyptian protests as a reason to pass taxes…

California – go figure – Governor Jerry Brown is busy stringing unrelated thoughts together to convince GOP legislators from blocking his attempt to ask voters to extend tax hikes as a way to supposedly balance the budget.

“When democratic ideals and calls for the right to vote are stirring the imagination of young people in Egypt and Tunisia and other parts of the world, we in California can’t say now is the time to block a vote of the people.”

No offense to California, but its recent track record of listening to the people is sketchy at best. Can anybody say Proposition 8?

Besides, the state already spoke during past elections. Brown obviously needs a reminder that the state he heads, like the larger nation, is set up as a republic and not a pure democracy governed by mob rule.

Conservatives Say “Oh Snap!”

On the plus side, legislators from more intelligent states (i.e. the ones that voted for conservatives this past November) are making their voices heard despite an oftentimes lack of serious attention on such matters.

For example, have you heard about the South Dakota bill that would require all state citizens to buy a gun after turning 21?

When I saw the headline, I was initially unimpressed. But that opinion changed when I read the details…

Sponsored by Republican Representative Hal Wick, the bill actually has nothing to do with guns. And Wick has no delusions of it passing either. But that’s OK, he says:

“Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the state of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not. But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance.”

Oh snap!

Federal Judge Roger Vinson Gets Snippy too

Federal Judge Roger Vinson, who just struck a less figurative blow at Obamacare, had his own shining moment of delicious snippiness as well on the subject.

In a footnote of his 78-page ruling that the entire health care law is unconstitutional, he reminded readers “that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that ‘If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.’”

Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Not surprisingly, our dictator-wannabe of a president has no intentions of slowing down the implementation of his favorite toy. But clearly, the conservative agenda is making headway all the same.

Cap And Trade Regulations Get Put in the Hot Seat

That goes for efforts against Obama’s sneaky attempts at still enforcing cap and trade regulations – which his Congress failed to pass – as well.

It’s insult on top of injury for the President to be pushing such green-coated, economy-wrecking policies while the country suffers under one winter storm after another.

Personally, I don’t see or feel any physical evidence of global warming around me. In fact, it might be rather nice right about now if things did start heating up.

Conservative senators in Washington seem to agree, as they’re now introducing a bill created to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases by imposing harsh demands on businesses.

Whether it will go through or not is debatable, but at least they’re trying to do the right thing.

And right now, that’s all any of us can do.

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