Creating Crisis – Maximizing Suffering





Gov Crisis

We’re into week two of the government slowdown and the stakes for government resumption have just been raised. Negotiations for funding the government, which have been stifled by the White House until the House of Representatives abandons their principles, are now merging with the imminent debate over the federal debt limit. This creates another “crisis” for the White House that will yield new opportunities for making the nation suffer as much as possible until the president gets his way.

What began as a courageous effort on the part of the House to derail the Obamacare train before it crashes and damages the economy and our health care delivery even further, has weakened dramatically over the past two weeks. The latest iteration of the House’s terms is to simply do for individuals what the president did unilaterally for businesses; allow a one-year delay in implementation.

Something as logical as a delay in implementing the individual mandate for healthcare insurance can hardly be expected from such an ideologically driven White House, even if the Healthcare.gov website is a complete bust. Digital Trends said of the first week of operation, “the befuddled beast that is Healthcare.gov has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress.”

Describing the technological debacle, they continued, “The site itself…still rejects user logins, fails to load drop-down menus and other crucial components for users. The site is so busted that, as of a couple days ago, the number of people that successfully purchased healthcare through it was in the ‘single digits,’ according to the Washington Post.” Well, it would appear the American people have bought another government “lemon,” for the bargain price of $394 million!

What’s even worse is that despite the efforts to apply a quick fix to the site, it continues to crash, reset user passwords, and stall. CNBC interviewed a technology expert this week who said getting the “bugs out” could “take years.” Sounds to me like a one year reprieve for the individual mandate is well warranted.

And still there is no end in sight for the government slowdown. The House has offered to raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling for six weeks without resumption of full government funding. The president still refuses to even talk to House majority leadership until they are willing to completely cave to his demands.

What will likely happen is the Republicans will cave, the government will be funded with a “clean” Concurrent Resolution, and the debt limit will be raised another couple of trillion dollars to allow us to mortgage the nation and our children’s futures with an even more menacing and potentially disastrous debt. In other words, the can will be simply kicked down the road again, with no reduction in spending, no plans for reducing the debt, and no plans for increased fiscal stability for entitlement programs. And the Democrats will likely win a new look at increasing taxes.

Which brings us to the debt ceiling discussion. The notion behind having a debt limit is to force those in government to be fiscally responsible and keep the national debt below their self-imposed boundary. Instead, the debt limit is increased with much drama and political demagoguery and they then sprint to the newly imposed limit only to repeat the drama and demagoguery all over again. It’s very much like a spendthrift who hits their credit card limit and then whines and moans to the bank until they increase the limit, and a new spending binge ensues. Gratefully there’s an increasing number in congress who’re refusing to kick the can down the road any further without meaningful fiscal reform, but they’re still in the minority. And ironically, even though they seem to be the only fiscally sane ones, they’re vilified by the mainstream media and their liberal demagogue counterparts.

And the threats by Treasury Secretary Lew and the president of defaulting on our debt shouldn’t even be on the table. It is unconscionable that they would jeopardize the credit worthiness of the nation to achieve their political objectives. Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution declares that the nation will honor the debts that we have incurred. But that is only meaningful to politicians who actually honor their oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and there seem to be precious few of those.

More significant, is that according to the General Accounting Office, we hit the $16.7 trillion debt limit in May. By prioritizing payments, juggling the issuance of new debt securities, and accounting gimmicks, the Treasury Department has flat-lined the federal debt for the past five months. With over $250 billion in tax-receipts collected each month, there is no more reason for a default in October than there was in May. It’s only a possibility with an administration steeped in the Saul Alinsky ideology of political chicanery, posturing, and strong-arming.

Prepare for the drama and the politics of self-destruction. After all, we, our children and grandchildren, will be footing the bill and paying the price for the inevitable procrastination of meaningful fiscal reform.

AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration.  He can be reached at rlarsenen@cableone.net.

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How Obama Is Deliberately Crippling U.S. Economy

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Ever since Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Americans have heard a lot about “progressivism,” Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” of orchestrated chaos – basically, intentionally causing an existing system to break down in order to “rescue” it by instituting a new system. In other words, a “fundamental transformation.”

Conservatives believe this is Obama’s playbook, while liberals dismiss it as rightwing paranoia. But consider Obama’s economic policies with this paradigm in mind.

For any economy to function properly depends on the availability of capital and credit, raw materials, manufacturing capacity and production, and labor. To intentionally cripple an economy, one or more of these elements would have to be controlled or withheld.

American leaders have been overloading the economy with debt to pay for goodies promised to the populace since long before Obama, but the first big push for outright misallocation of capital (something strongly promoted by progressives) started with the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, signed by Jimmy Carter. After all, the two principal economic engines driving the U.S. economy were automobiles and housing. The Act forced banks to misdirect their investment capital to areas and individuals that previously did not merit credit because of the high risks involved.

Thus, in place of 30-year mortgage loans that in the 1960s had fairly strict standards and required 20 percent down, we ended up with “liar loans” and 0 percent down, all with the support of Fannie Mae and the blessings of progressive officialdom. At the peak of the housing bubble in 2007, there were roughly 450 trillion dollars’ worth of derivatives and mortgage junk bonds floating in the world markets, while the combined total of GDP of all world economies was estimated at only 57 trillion dollars! Once the housing bubble burst, it almost took the developed capitalist countries down for the duration, and we are still suffering from the after-effects of this blowup.

Read More at WND . By Stan Marszalk.

 

A Royal Baby, A King, And The Fight Over Life In America

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As the world anticipated the birth of the royal baby last week, I couldn’t help but notice that during her pregnancy, the typically pro-abortion media didn’t refer to the baby in Kate Middleton’s womb as the “royal fetus.” That seemed to contradict their worldview that what grows in a mother’s womb is either a clump of cells, tissue, or it is not human yet.

Case in point; on her Sunday show on MSNBC, liberal Democrat Melissa Harris-Perry actually said this:

“When does life begin? I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feeling of the parents…”

In her opinion, life doesn’t begin unless we want it to begin; and that depends on how we feel. It’s kind of like playing God, isn’t it? And that’s exactly the point. Notice, for example, that when a celebrity ‘chooses’ to have a baby, it’s rarely ever referred to as anything else throughout their pregnancy other than a baby.

By the way, Harris-Perry protested the new abortion law in Texas by wearing tampons for earrings

Planned Parenthood, the media, and other abortion activists practically threw a tantrum in Texas. They almost literally threw everything they could at pro-life representatives and onlookers at the state capitol. The Department of Public Safety was forced to do bag searches as protestors entered the capital; and what they found won’t surprise you if you understand the Saul Alinsky rules, leftist radicals, and liberal activists.

The DHS found multiple jars of feces, urine, paint, female hygiene products, glitter, and confetti; people weren’t allowed in the building unless the items were discarded.

This is how the Left rolls.

Governor Rick Perry and Texas representatives received death threats and survived political bullying and pressure from the progressive media, but they endured it all for the causes of life and women’s protection.

The Left tried stopping the Texas law, which states that after 20 weeks, abortion will be illegal. It goes into effect in October. The bill also requires abortion providers to have hospital-admitting privileges, which could save a life in botched abortion situations. Marla Cardamone and Tonya Reaves are just two who weren’t that fortunate. 

It has now been proven that a pre-born baby feels excruciating pain during an abortion. At twenty weeks, the baby’s gender can already be determined by ultrasound. She has fully developed hands and feet and unique fingerprints. At twenty-three weeks, she responds to sounds and distinguishes her mother’s voice from others.

In the last three years, at least twenty states have passed abortion restrictions. You may not hear this on the so-called news, but 83 percent of Americans do favor restrictions on most abortions (especially on late-term killings.)

Moreover, according the Huffington Post of all sources, 70% of people who consider themselves “pro-choice” favor laws like the one just passed in Texas. 

Wisconsin is another state that has recently enacted policies supporting life, such as the outlawing of web-cam abortions and the requirement for abortion clinics to provide an ultrasound. When pregnant women see their ultrasound images, they most often choose life. Ultrasounds result in more people getting informed and learning the truth instead of spewing liberal talking points.

As Christian conservatives, our greatest weapon is the truth.

One of the ignorant arguments that enabled Roe vs. Wade to be passed in 1973 was that they claimed that no one really knew when life began. However, with today’s technology making the case for life, most fair-minded people know that the Bible has been right all along.

You created my inward being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb… Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:13, 16)

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)

God certainly knew you and I before we were born, and that means He knows and sees every single life in every mother’s womb.

The reason that media reports about Kate Middleton and Prince William’s preborn (future) child were significant is because of the words chosen to describe the developing baby. If the royal baby was given personhood while he was growing in the womb, shouldn’t we give this same recognition to every baby?

Does it matter if a baby is born into a wealthy or royal family rather than a poor family? Are certain babies less human than others?

There have been billions of babies born in the world – some of them very famous and born into royalty – but only one changed mankind forever. Our calendar is based on His birth.

He is called “the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.” Some know Him as “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.”

The wealthiest kings at the time brought precious, valuable gifts to this newborn and paid him homage; and one day, “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (Phil. 2:10-11) He is the Author of life, Redeemer of mankind, and King of all kings. And yes, He is the authority even over royal babies.

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America Is Now “Officially” Sodom And Gomorrah

Bible America Is Now Officially Sodom And Gomorrah

The recent US Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriage, I believe, has sealed our fate as a country in the eyes of God. The Muslim/communist plant, Barack Hussein Obama, had announced during his first term that we were no longer a Christian nation, and he meant it.

What the communist left fails to realize is that we were all created by God in his  image. Therefore, we are bound to abide by the spiritual laws that he has set forth in the Holy scriptures.  God was extremely clear on this issue:

Gen 19:5-8: “and they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.’ But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, and said, ‘Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.

Lev 18:22-23: “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”

Lev 20:13: “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death.”

Rom 1:26-27: “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”

As you can see, God’s word on this is as clear as a sun-filled day. Unfortunately, the leaders of our day have been deceived. Two centuries ago, when our Founders laid out the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, their intent was not to overrule the spiritual laws of God, but to apply them to the foundation of a fledgling government. The Declaration of Independence is specifically clear on this:

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

America has been lied to and deceived for many years on not only this issue, but others as well. The communist left have turned their backs on God in search of a lie known as secular humanism, believing that man is the center of the universe and creator of all things. This idea has been promoted by no other than the leftist idol, Saul Alinsky, whom Barack Hussein Obama has studied at length. In Alinsky’s book (the leftist bible), called “Rules for Radicals”, he gives credit in the preface to “the first radical- Lucifer”, otherwise known as Satan.

While Biblical scholars try to figure out when and where the anti-Christ will arrive, I believe that he has already been here: Saul Alinsky. People have said that it could have been Hitler, Pol Pot, Mao, Stalin, Che, and so on. These people all practiced absolute evil as tools for Satan, but could never change hearts, minds, and possibly even souls the way that the works of Alinsky have and continue to do today. We must stay vigilant and obedient to God. America MUST repent or suffer the same judgement of Sodom and Gomorrah. As always, fellow Patriots, stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.

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Hillary’s — And Now Obama’s — “Vast Left-wing Cover-up”

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Almost 20 years ago, early in the Clinton-Rodham-Gore era, the late New York Times columnist William Safire charged that First Lady Hillary Clinton was so routinely dishonest in her reaction to the many scandal-”gates” of which she and husband Bill were being accused as to merit the derisive label of “congenital liar.”

According to that highly acclaimed political affairs commentator and author of the Times “On Language” column, Hillary’s tendency to spin, scam, deceive, and lie in her response to charges of impropriety and possible corruption (e.g., in Whitewater-gate, S&L-gate, Travel Office-gate, Cattle Futures-gate, Missing Files-gate, Hubble-gate, Vince Foster-gate, Lippo/China-gate and many more) was so deeply rooted as to be in her genes.

Now that President Barack Obama is being accused of similar spins, scams, and cover-ups, the reaction of the White House, the left-wing Democrats, the establishment media, and most of academia is – like then – – one of indignant outrage. But are not Barack and Hillary “joined at the hip” in both their Saul Alinsky ideologies, their Rules for Radicals tactics, and their current “tar baby” of the Benghazi Cover-up?

Back then, in a master-stroke of misdirection and disinformation worthy of Harry Houdini, Hillary loudly alleged (and a compliant left-wing media loudly amplified) a “Vast Right-wing Conspiracy” against both herself and First Husband Bill – with all of the blame going to the dastardly right-wing Republicans.

And so it will be again if the finger-pointing, blame-gaming “Progressives” (code-word for Socialists) are given free rein to demonize Barack Obama’s critics and detractors, no matter how correct and justified the Tea Partiers and other Republicans are in their anti-Obamanism.

The Other Side of the Coin – Proofs of a “SCAMALOT” Cover-up

But this victimization need not be the case if Obama’s critics have the good sense to charge – in Hillary Clinton style – a “Vast Left-wing Cover-up” of not only the Benghazi and IRS Scandals but of many other BHO spins, scams, false denials, false promises, and programmatic abuses, some listed below.

Now, in an exercise of “history repeats” and of appropriate legacy labels for these two less-than-truthful Presidencies – which happen to share the VIP persona of Hillary Clinton – here is a critical look at some of the ignoble, deceitful, and scam-filled aspects of Obama’s “Age of Scamalot” Presidency.

In terms of the latter label, this author’s January 30, 2010 posting on AmericanThinker.com — “From Camelot to SCAMALOT” — took the first step toward forever disconnecting Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s legacy label from the always upbeat, smiling, and charming but so deeply deceitful Presidency of Barack Obama, HERE.

Having completed four tortured years in office — and now extending “Four More Years” into nearly a decade of redistribution, dependency, and egalitarian poverty — it is a legacy label that should be as damaging to today’s Obaman and Clintonian “Progressives” as the heroic-sounding “Camelot” label has been a political benefit for almost 50 years to the Kennedys and the Democrats as a whole.

Listed and briefly explained in that AmericanThinker.com posting were a full dozen major “BHOtoxin” deceits, spins, and scams relating to issues of transparency, budgetary earmarking, deficit spending, unemployment, CBO cost-scoring, accountability, bipartisanship, energy independence, the role of lobbyists, climate change, and the War on Terrorism.

A sequel now being prepared for publication quite soon – once Benghazi Scam, IRS Scam, and Associated Press Scam can be included — will triple the count to at least three dozen of the failures (and their cover-ups) that foreshadow the rising element of “No Confidence” in this gradually deflating Presidency.

So desperate are the Obamanoids to escape the dreaded “Cover-up” label that they have concocted countless euphemistic alternatives by which they and the mainstream media might paint a less sinister picture of L’Affaire Benghazi – e.g., a sideshow, a political carnival, no “there” there, old news, a witch hunt, a fleeting story, a Fox News story, a minor bump in the road, Speaker Boehner’s fixation, a desperate right-wing distraction, radical partisanship, a GOP cut in funding, a tool for fundraising, ad infinitum.

But at the base of it all is the question of just WHO IS THIS MAN of the “Vast Left-wing Cover-up?” – whose entire life history is either unknown or so highly “spun” as to dwarf even the Benghazi Talking Points fiasco – and whose 35 (!) examples are listed in groups of five for easy reading, re-reading, and troubled amazement:

  • his birthplace records – both hospital and State of Hawaii documentation,
  • his Marxist parentage, grand-parentage, and “Frank M. Davis-mentored” youth,
  • his grammar and high school academic, financial, and activities records,
  • his US, Indonesian, and any other (?) Passport and foreign travel records,
  • his Occidental College admission, academic, activities, and financial records,
  • his Columbia University academic, activities, and financial aid records,
  • his IAF and other Saul Alinsky-style “Community Organizing” records,
  • his Islamic and/or “Black Muslim” Nation of Islam/Louis Farrakhan records,
  • his Black Liberation Theology church records, especially Rev. Wright’s files,
  • his Harvard Law and Saudi-connected (?) financial aid and activities records,
  • his book writing (especially with ghost-writer William Ayers) records,
  • his Woods Foundation (with Marxist Board Chairman William Ayers) records,
  • his Chicago New Party (officially Socialist and even communist) records,
  • his Illinois State Senate (primarily “Voting Present”) records,
  • his and Michelle’s Illinois Bar records — and their de facto disbarments,
  • his records of real estate and financial dealings with (felon) Tony Rezko,
  • his dealings with Rashid Khalidi and Bill Ayers (together) in Chicago,
  • his records of dealings with the Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Gallard law firm,
  • his and Michelle’s dealings with Chicago Med Center $$$-crony Eric Whitaker,
  • his Senate and White House medical records with Dr. David Shiener,
  • his so-called “Prof. of Constitutional Law” lecturing records and evaluations,
  • his radical-Left personal, political, and professional associations,
  • his social, romantic, and “lifestyle” preferences before marrying Michelle,
  • his suddenly no-longer-archived-by-DoD (!!) Selective Service records,
  • his Social Security records, especially his feloniously false SS Number,
  • his secret “enemies list” of major contributors to the Mitt Romney Campaign,
  • his “kill list” of both Americans and foreigners “deemed” to be AQ-style terrorists,
  • his official release of an almost certainly forged birth certificate in April 2011,
  • his relentless efforts to deny the Judeo-Christian origins and character of America,
  • his conspiracy with Harry Reid and Joe Biden for no Senate Budget Resolutions,
  • his Contempt-of-Congress efforts to weaken Clinton-era Welfare Reform work rules,
  • his records of involvement in the Fast and Furious “gun-walking to Mexico” scandal,
  • his records of collaboration with the “Soroctopus” Center For American Progress,
  • his manipulations and “Harm Offensive” in mgmt. of the “Sequestered” budget cuts,
  • the hidden role of his alter ego, Valerie Jarrett, in the Benghazi, the IRS, the AP, the FoxNews, the HHS, the EPA, and other misdeeds and their subsequent cover-ups.

Question du jour: Does this compulsive man of “Cover-up” scam just a little, or does he Scam-a-LOT?

And is he even now covering up and scamming the Breaking News about his April 31, 2010 White House meeting with National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelly – the very day before NTEU leaders at the IRS initiated the illegal “Targeting” of Tea Parties and other “Christian-Conservative” and “Patriotic” applicants for tax-exempt status?

The Great Evil of False Words, Labels, and Narratives

So now, in this shameful “Age of Scamalot and Vast Left-wing Cover-ups,” let us recall what the great Chinese philosopher Confucius said 2400 years ago when asked what would be his first action if he were placed in charge of the government of China:

“It would certainly be to correct language. If language is not correct then what is said is not what is meant. If what is said is not what is meant, then what ought to be done remains undone. If this remains undone, then morals and acts deteriorate. If morals and acts deteriorate, justice will go astray. If justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence, there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.”

And much closer to home and to the current political situation, that great American man of words, Mark Twain, once asserted that “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” If that be the case, let us hope that a thoughtful and proactive use of truthful “lightning words” only and a strict avoidance of all such false narratives as those cited above will:

first, help to unmask both Hillary Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s insidious “Vast Left-wing Cover-up” — which stretches back several decades to their shared lock-step devotion to the “transitional Marxist” likes of Antonio Gramsci, Saul Alinsky, and, alas, George “Soroctopus” Soros; and,

second, will enable all of us Americans to limit this ignoble “Age of Scamalot” and its OPRAH Land (Obama-Pelosi-Reid-and-Hillary Land) Plantation of dependency, egalitarian poverty, and indentured servitude to no more than the unfortunate “Four More Years” to which a slim majority of American voters have recently sentenced us all.

 

JIM GUIRARD — TrueSpeak.org         703-768-0957         Justcauses@aol.com

 

A DC-area attorney, writer and national security strategist, Jim Guirard was longtime Chief of Staff to former US Senators Allen Ellender and Russell Long. His TrueSpeak.org Web site is devoted to truth in language and truth in history in public discourse.

 

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