That Was the Week That Was

How about a summary of news I haven’t had time to mention this week, just to catch up on items of interest? I’ll let the political cartoons do most of the talking. Did you catch the problem at Rutgers where there were so many protests from faculty and students about Condoleeza Rice speaking at graduation that she withdrew from the event? An African American woman who served as secretary of state not welcome at one of the self-proclaimed centers of cultural diversity and tolerance? Are we in a time warp?

Your Kind

Then there’s Harry Reid doing what Harry Reid always does—losing his mind on the Senate floor. He has lately been obsessed with the Koch brothers, who are political donors to some conservative causes. In Harry’s mind, they are the focus of evil in the modern world, responsible for everything from corruption in politics to bad weather:

Koch Brothers

And speaking of the weather, we keep getting those climate studies that tell us we’re all going to die pretty soon, or at least have to move inland to avoid drowning in the rise of the oceans. I prefer a little more common sense on this subject:

Weather

If you are a veteran and need medical attention from the VA, you might be in trouble. Veterans are dying from poor care and apparent neglect at VA hospitals. Yet the head of the Veterans Administration refuses to resign. What we have here is a perfect model for what to expect when government-run healthcare is fully implemented:

VA

And who would have guessed that, after 15 years, Monica Lewinsky would show up again? She was featured in a Vanity Fair article, reminding us of those wonderful Clinton years. I’m not sure one person is very pleased to see this resurrected at this time:

Lewinsky

Hope this little roundup of the news you might have missed was worthwhile. That was the week that was.

When a Nation Loses Its Mind

Why am I so attracted to the use of cartoons in this blog? Well, I don’t think it’s some sort of wish to return to childhood. Political cartoons have always been one of the best ways to make a point succinctly, without excess bloviating. I try to collect them according to theme/topic. Sometimes, I get a smattering of excellent cartoon commentaries without one particular unifying theme. At those times, I like to offer them as an overview of topical trends. This is one of those days.

For instance, I haven’t written anything of substance yet on the rancher/BLM controversy in Nevada, where tension exists between a rancher and the federal government over his continuing use of ostensibly federal land to graze his cattle. I haven’t had time to look into all the legalities of the issue, but there are a couple of things that do stand out to me as this drama unfolds. First, one has to question why the federal government claims over 80% of Nevada for itself. That should elicit some genuine debate. Second, it’s fascinating to watch Nevada Senator Harry Reid fulminate on the controversy. He seems to get more outrageous by the week. Take this comment, for example:

Real Terrorist

Can he really be serious? Sad to say, I think he is. And his attitude is fast becoming the worldview of his party. This doesn’t bode well for freedom.

We’ve also gotten to the point where the federal government is more and more the provider of all goods and services. We used to call this socialism. We used to believe this was not wise. We used to believe . . .

Cruel Heartlessness

That cartoon is a wonderful display of gentle sarcasm to make a salient point about the expectations and delusions that seem to be increasing.

We also continue to be told, despite evidence to the contrary, that global warming—I’m sorry, I mean climate change—is going to kill us all. In fact, it seems to be the root of so many of our problems:

Excuse for Everything

President Obama has assured us this is settled science, and there should be no more debate on this issue. He’s also claimed Obamacare is a success and that Republicans need to move on—no more debate. And all those backward people who still believe in real marriage, and not the artificial construct we are currently attempting to foist on the country? Why, they shouldn’t be tolerated anymore. They are obviously hatemongers. What to do with all these remaining heretics?

Debate Is Over

Yes, as a nation, we are quickly losing our moral bearings and, along with that, our collective mind.

The Icy Irony

I don’t often write about global warming. Since I’m not a climate scientist, I tend not to venture too far into the topic. Yet I do have my views, particularly when someone like Al Gore tries to say the earth is melting. Well, he didn’t say exactly that, but one gets the impression he might believe it. I do believe man can affect the environment, but most of the talk about global warming is so over the edge that it gets pretty silly. Have you noticed that many have now switched terminology from warming to simply “climate change?” It’s more vague and allows you to cover a lot more territory. And when something is that vague, you can hide behind it more easily when the “science” seems to go awry.

Why do I bring this up now? I’m fascinated by the ship that went to the Antarctic to document the melting ice, only to get trapped in the ice. The irony is just too ripe to pass up.

SOS

Faith in a proposition is one thing; ignoring facts is something else. From what I’ve heard, we might have more ice now than before. Oh, and there apparently is no evidence of any global warming for at least the past 17 years.

Reality

Yet those of us who question this faith are called “climate deniers,” as if we are the ones who are out of touch.

Global Warming

While I can’t personally document this, I’ve read that a high percentage of news reports about the stuck ship never mentioned the crew’s mission. When the media is on your side, you can hide the truth from the general public for quite a while.

Reality and the Economy

I’ve focused on education, elections, and the Gulf oil spill lately. Let’s review what’s been happening on the economic front. Remember those latest job numbers? Remember how the president rejoiced that more than 400,000 jobs had been created? Remember also how about 90% of those jobs were temporary census worker positions?

It’s as if he didn’t understand how phony the increase in jobs really was. Or he did understand and doesn’t mind. In his worldview, a job is a job. In the real world, though, there is a distinct difference between a government job and one in the private sector. The latter actually creates prosperity; the former takes people’s tax money. Add to that the temporary nature of the census worker positions and there’s no real improvement at all. We’re playing games with the numbers.

Congress has been a useful ally for the president. They keep floating proposals for a climate bill that will drive up costs, throw people out of work, and lower productivity. The push for such a bill is primarily ideological; again, we have an approach that is disconnected from reality.

Every time Congress holds a hearing on “green” policy, the economy is threatened.

The entire Democratic economic plan could have one benefit—it might solve the illegal immigation problem.

That’s not my idea of a good solution.

The Obama Plan

Last night, President Obama addressed the nation about the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf. He attempted to make everyone feel better about what the government is doing to handle the situation. Here’s basically what he proposed:

  1. In his desire to ensure that BP pay for the damages from the spill, he declared that the company would be forced to set aside a fund for compensating workers and business owners who have been hurt by this disaster. That sounds good. BP should take care of the mess it has made. However, does the government really have the authority to require this of BP? Obama then said BP would not control this fund, but that it would be administered by an independent third party. Again I must ask, where does the government get this authority? If you own a business and the government decides someday you should pay people for something it claims is hurting others, how would you feel about the government forcing you to set aside money and then see it administered by a separate agency over which you have no control? In our desire to see BP pay, we may be opening the door for the government to do this to anyone. That’s a problem.
  2. He talked about his oil drilling moratorium. He didn’t say how many jobs that will cost. He didn’t say why we are drilling so far out. Oh, wait a minute. Yes, he did. You see, there isn’t any oil closer to shore any more. It’s pretty much used up. Right.
  3. Obama once again blamed the Bush administration without mentioning the former president’s name. He talked about the decade of corruption in the Minerals Management Service and how it was now going to be administered properly. Well, he sort of overlooked the fact that the person in charge of the MMS who was fired recently was his own appointee. How convenient to forget that little piece of information. Again, this president never accepts responsibility for anything.
  4. Finally, as a good community organizer, he pushed for legislation that will put the government in charge of energy and climate issues. Never mind that such legislation will destroy jobs and stall the economy even more than it is now. And be sure not to mention the higher cost of energy for everyone. Of course, he tries to sell it as an effort to be free of the oil industry [you know, the evil people] and creating new sources of energy. It won’t work the way he says it will. Just be aware of that ahead of time. Fortunately, the chances of any legislation of that type getting through Congress right now are slim.

What else did he leave out? How about the fact that he didn’t suspend that old 1920 law that forbids any ships built in another country from helping with this problem. Other nations have the ships and the wherewithal to help, they have offered to do so, but have been shut out. Bush suspended that foolish law when Katrina hit. Obama doesn’t even mention it.

Or how about the long delay getting the barrier walls set up in Louisiana? Gov. Jindal finally took care of that. Where was the president? Playing golf?

So, as you might have discerned, I’m not all that impressed with the president’s plan. I have a better one.

That would be a dream come true.