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Because We Say So

April 19, 2011 by  

Because We Say So

From time to time your kids “wander off the reservation.”  They do things which you verbally deplore, but laugh about with your friends: “back when we did (whatever you just grounded your brat for), we didn’t get caught.”

On occasion, your children will do things which actually appall, enrage or just plain terrify you. On those occasions, you likely mete out more severe discipline; but share no giggles afterwards. And on still OTHER occasions, your little monsters step over the line between the children you want them to be, and the adults you wish they’d never become.

From what I’ve observed—including observing from the “defendant’s chair”—the latter incidents often produce that all-time great kid-logic: “Why not?  YOU do it!”  And the parental response almost ends up being some version of “because I said so.” 

I remember from my childhood days that phrase also tended to work well on me; if only because if my old man fired that one off, the next step was the dreaded “fingerpoke of doom.”  Parents deploy “because I said so” because they can. And kids accept it because they must—Mom and Dad outrank them. Plus, Mom controls the dinner menu; and Dad has that fingerpoke thing. 

While you were willing to accept that kind of parental precept, there is no way you’d endure such guff from an employee. And yet, we all take it from President Barack Obama as often as your kids test your patience. Whether it’s an in between golf getaways command for more taxpayer belt-tightening; or another of those “Michelle-is-in-Majorca-and-I’m-dining-with-Oprah-but-the-rich-don’t-pay-their-fair-share” accusations, Barack boasts archetypical “because I said so” bombast.

Last Thursday, Obama, who chose to announce his re-election bid in the midst of his party’s near-submarining their beloved government, was at it again. During a fundraiser in Chicago, Obama proffered another of his “do as I say, not as I do” pontifications. What struck me was not his smartest-guy-in-the-room act; mostly because I can see right through it.

For all Obama’s efforts to avoid any sort of transparency, he’s paper-thin. His play-acting at gravitas is belied by the fact that he can’t order a Happy Meal without a teleprompter. Moreover—if you’ll pardon the expression—he sucks at his job. 

What kills me is that he delivered yet another smug sermon about tough times requiring tough sacrifices—and by the way, Republicans are evil—while standing in a restaurant which would bar the door at the sight of the very people about whom Obama professes to care so very deeply. N9ne is a part of a group owned by the billionaire Maloof family—the same folks who own the trendy Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Enjoy one of the steaks for which N9ne is famous, and be ready to set yourself back about 50 bucks—presuming you drink water and skip dessert.

During Obama’s royal repast, he regaled his sycophants with the usual spiel:

“Right now, there are folks in the Chicago-land area who are… trying to figure out “…how am I going to fill up my gas tank?”  And all the tax cuts that we provided to help working-class families… they’re worried about those tax breaks being entirely eaten up by $4 a gallon gas.”

Really, Mr. President?  Did you consider asking your devoted acolytes—not one of whom likely arrived in a used car—to skip the $50 steak, order the chicken and give the difference to those “working-class families?” 

To be fair, I will stipulate that all Presidents—even the ones who are NOT the darlings of the effete NPR listener set—attend 5-star cash grabs like the one which Obama headlined the other night. (I suspect President George W. Bush never enjoyed them. For all Obama’s laughably stilted “man-of-the-people” posing, W. always seemed more comfortable in the sorts of places where eating with your hands is the norm; whereas Obama looks as out of place in such downscale diners as Rahm Emanuel in direct sunlight.)

Mr. President, your 2008 campaign haul was a record even before you broke your promise to stay within the bounds of public financing. The way you and your Democrat accomplices have performed of late, you’re going to need every nickel. 

Quit lecturing us, you supercilious twit. You’ve never met a payroll, never sweated the end of the month because you’re short on rent, and never had to choke down the kind of food they don’t serve in the places in which you and Oprah dine. For that matter—we’re the taxpaying citizens of the United States. Stop talking at us like we work for you, and not the other way around. 

Why? Because we said so.

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • DaveH
    • karolyn

      Thanks for the link, Dave. This is scary. I am going to write my state congressmen about this, although I don’t think SC is in line for it…yet. Despite my lack of faith in our Republican administration, I don’t think this is in any way a priority with them. They’re more interested in cutting the budget.

      • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

        5)NC bill threatens to criminalize naturopaths, homeopaths …
        NC bill threatens to criminalize naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists, … your help to defeat a stealth bill that flew under the radar of most everyone in the … medicine for many in NC may soon become a more severe criminal offense. …
        http://www.naturalnews.com/031953_medical_practice_licensing.html – Cached

      • S.L.Johnson

        Kary, you seem like a nice gal. Why don’t you stop sleep walking and join the independents in the middle and stop distrusting everything with an R on it, when you should be distrusting things with a D in front?

    • Al Sieber

      Thanks also for the link Dave, John McCain is a big supporter of this.

      • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

        Juan Mc Cain is a stinking liberal democrap in Republican drag…

    • Rich

      Dave,
      Professionals in all lines of work have to be licensed or certified. This doesn’t mean the practice of alternative medicines is being criminalized, just the fraud of doing so under false pretenses. If you go out and start billing yourself as MD and start seeing patients you are committing a crime. Not because the practice of medicine is illegal, but to do so without proper education, training and proof of such is.

      • DaveH

        Government does not need to be involved at all in protecting us from ourselves. We could easily join voluntary associations or research on the Internet ourselves. Government involvement allows them to pick and choose which people or companies succeed and which fail — Crony Capitalism. Government is Force.
        Licensing is just one way that entrenched businesses protect themselves from competition using Big Government as their bully boys.
        I choose Free Markets.
        What gets me is watching so many people complain about high medical costs and yet be completely blindered to the fact that Government has grown dramatically in the last 60 years and still our problems have not been solved. They won’t be. Big Government is the Problem, Not the Solution.

      • DaveH

        Of course they are always doing it “for our protection”. For anybody who wants to get a clue, just look at this ranking of countries based on their Economic Freedom (amount of Government Regulation), and see for yourself the real-world results of Big Government:

        http://heritage.org/index/ranking

        Why is it so hard for so many people to learn from experience?

        • Robert S

          The gov’t doesn’t do anything to benefit the people. They listen to the Lobbyists and Corporations that slip them an envelope with a few of those worthless Federal Reserve Notes in it.

      • Carlucci

        Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t need a nanny. I can investigate the credentials and reputation of an alternative provider on my own, without the government’s interference.

        This is all about control, anyway. Fedzilla wants everyone to see allopathic “sick care” providers so they can load people up on more and more pharmaceuticals to damage them physically and psychologically.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mjiltwly7M

        • DaveH

          Can you say “Big Pharma”?
          Speaking of that, doctors with the complicity of my sister, had my mother (at 82) severely drugged-up with Haldol. She was like one of those people in institutions (drooling constantly, and in an almost comatose stupor). My gal and I took control and cut her dosage gradually back (couldn’t go too fast for fear of withdrawal complications) to 1/6 of the previous dosage, but she was a handful and I had to choose between shipping her off to my sister or losing my gal. So, I wasn’t able to see the effects of completely ridding her of her Haldol.
          These are the kind of people (legal drug pushers) who want to run our lives.

    • Bert Cundle

      Law Makers… SIFT OUT “ALL” BAD LAWS: Cryteria: “Deprivation of “CIVIL RIGHTS”!

  • karolyn

    Yes, keep contributing to the class warfare agenda, Ben. There is nothing wrong with being wealthy and able to eat a $50 steak. I sure don’t begrudge them that. Just because someone has not worked with his hands and isn’t a “good ole’ boy” doesn’t mean they are less American than anybody else.

    • lkar

      Karolyn, I do not think that Ben was making fun of the rich acquiring their money. He was pointing out the hypocrisy of Obama lecturing the poor and middle class to make sacrifices (meaning to pay more for everything when companies raise prices to pay for tax increases), when he is hobknobbing with the rich. The problem is liberal politicians are more than happy to make the “rich” pay more in taxes. They just add more tax code so their favored rich get breaks and can continue to fund their campaign (and this is both parties). Then they spread lies and hyperbole of any corporation that disagrees (Fox News and Koch companies come to mind).

      • Al Sieber

        Right on I’ll go for that.

      • DaveH

        And that has been going on almost since the inception of our Country. There were Big Government lovers even back then. Lincoln was the first to achieve dramatic increases in the centralization of power in the Federal Government. To get a real eye-opener, read the book “The Real Lincoln” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. You will come away from it realizing at least two things:
        1) Even we oldsters were heavily propagandized in our youth.
        2) Mercantilism (Crony Capitalism) was alive and well as early as Lincoln’s presidency.

        • 45caliber

          Actually, it was alive and well before the US began. The Boston Tea Party was not done over taxes – they were simply an excuse. The real reason the tea was thrown overboard (a little of it, the rest was stolen) was because the East India Trading Company was selling it at almost half what the American merchants were selling it for. They didn’t like the competition.

    • Jeryl

      No, you’re right. But I don’t need some liberal elite telling me how to live my life or preaching their “wealth distribution” garbage to me when they’re not willing to redistribute theirs. It’s an interesting fact that Obama gives less than two percent of his income to charity, while Bush gave 10 percent and the hated Cheney gave over 30 percent.

      • DaveH

        It’s all about the Leaders. Everything else is just said and done to enlist the support of the masses to keep them entrenched. The reality is that each group of politicians has their favored Crony Capitalists who succeed not by pleasing their customers but by pleasing the correct Politicians.
        There is only one way to stop that. We need to get Government out of the Marketplace. We need to give the power of choice back to the consumers, so that the companies who please the consumers will be the ones who succeed, rather than those companies who please the Politicians.
        For Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, Limited Government, Free Markets, and Peace — Vote Libertarian!
        http://libertarianparty.org/platform

        • Jeryl

          Agreed!

      • Robert S

        It’s easier to give more to Charity when you live off the working people.

        • Jeryl

          I agree entirely. But, that includes Obama. He also lives off the people, but is not nearly as ready to “share his wealth.” Aside from the lies and lack of transparency, he’s the worst excuse for a President that I’ve experienced in my 60 plus years (with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter).

      • karolyn

        Jeryl – This morning it was revealed that the Obama’s gave more than 10% of their earnings. I’m not gonna look it up, but they made like $1,700,000, and gave $254,000.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          karolyn,
          now tell me how much they REALLY made!!!

    • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

      Little Barry IS less American than anybody else.

      As a matter of fact he isn’t even American. He is Kenyan / Indonesian by birth and citizenship.

      He is simply a Do As I Say, Not As I Do limosine liberal / communist.

  • bobbyb

    karolyn, u missed the message. Don’t major in the minors. Look at the big picture. The “elitists” are not smarter than the rest of “us”. “Do as I say, not as I do” is partly being pointed out here. We do not need to be ruled by so called “smarter” folk looking down at the poor misguided and lost souls who cannot possibly understand their wisdom and vision. Pray for knowledge to be able to look through this smoke and mirrors “wanna be dictators’” messages.

    • Carlucci

      And speaking of smoke and mirrors, take a look at the latest on what’s going on with the Fed:

      http://www.realecontv.com/videos/central-banks/fed-equals-fraud.html

      • Al Sieber

        Thanks for the link Carlucci, it’s gonna get a lot worse. I subscribed to their news letter.

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      bobbyb… Well said. Obama is a bigger than life elitist. All his crap about how we need to tighten our belts is just that, crap. He spends and spends, but expects his loyal subjects to sacrifice. He thinks of himself as king of the United States. I hope we see this ‘king’ dethroned in 2012!

      • Matt Newell

        I wish it would be sooner!

        • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

          Matt:

          If the House “leadership” would grow a pair Little Barry could / would be gone in short order and off to Levenworth.

      • 45caliber

        Robin:

        I agree. Further, I would bet that no matter how much the tax on the “rich” go up, he and other Democrats won’t be paying all that much.

      • DaveH

        Have you noticed, Robin, all the “smart” car commercials and promotions lately? My theory is that Government wants to convince the citizens that those uncomfortable and dangerous little cars are the patriotic thing to do in order to divert their attention from the fact that those little deathtraps are about all we can afford these days thanks to Big Government impoverishing our nation.
        The same thing pretty much went on after the Carter impoverishment with the Women Lib promotions. I think the reality was that they had inflated and impoverished our economy so much then, that most families had no choice but for both parents to work if they wanted to have a decent living. So what better propaganda to issue than to convince women that they wanted to join the workforce, so they would feel better about that which they really had no choice about?

        • Carlucci

          DaveH,

          Actually, the feds wanted the tax revenue. That’s what the Women’s Lib movement was all about. This was revealed in the documentary
          “America-Freedom to Fascism” by the late producer Aaron Russo.

          Great film. If you haven’t seen it, it is a must:

          http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1656880303867390173#

          • 45caliber

            You are right. Until WWII it was assumed that women could not do the work a man could do. Even in the 50′s and 60′s it was common to build rest areas for women adjacent to their restrooms and they were expected to go there for at least an hour in the morning and the afternoon to rest. When the government finally realized that women could work a full eight hour day, the government started pushing the idea of women working outside the home very strongly so they could get the additional taxes.

          • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

            God Almighty set things up His way – for a reason.

            Leave it to the Communist Demorcrap Party to “improve” on God.

        • Pat

          Hey Dave, I love those little ‘deathtraps’! Please show me a single car manufacturer that has never had a fatality in their product! I remember a doctor and his family who were wiped out in a Cadillac on the George Washington bridge. Obviously, this Cadillac was a ‘deathtrap’! BTW has anyone ever been killed in a smartcar?
          How many people have been killed in the model car you drive?

          • DaveH

            I don’t care if you’re right or wrong, Pat. I choose to avoid them. You can choose not to.

          • DaveH

            By the way, Pat, if you know anything about physics, the much lighter vehicle is going to give way to the much heavier vehicle every time.
            When safety of vehicles is compared look for the qualifier “for their size group”.
            And particularly pay attention to the motivation of the people doing the studies. Obviously, environmentalists are naturally going to slant their articles in favor of “environmentally correct” vehicles.

          • DaveH

            Okay, I found a good comprehensive video on the subject:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu95gB04VC4&feature=grec_index

          • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

            Pat:

            On 4/19/11, I heard on the radio about one of those “smart” cars catching fire in a guy’s garage and it gutted the car. The fire dpt. was able to save the garage. However, the very next day the car caught on fire AGAIN and it was UNPLUGGED. This time the guy lost his garage, but they save the house. Guvment Motors is sending a team to investigate.

            I wonder how many fines Guvment Motors will have to pay for this act against the American people. I wonder if the head of the company will be dragged before Congress?

          • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

            DaveH:

            Something everyone has overlooked is the fact that the smart car drivers are using the roads for FREE as they pay no motor fuel taxes

      • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

        Robin:

        Let them eat cake….

    • Jeryl

      The actual truth of the matter is that geniuses don’t rule this world, but work for those who do. That, in itself, is a blessing. The “rulers of this world”, however, are not any smarter than the rest of the world, only more malevolent.

    • DaveH

      There are those who need help with their decisions, but they could (and should) seek help from hired consultants with their own money or the help of voluntary donors.

      • Jeryl

        Very good point. But, in addition, isn’t that the job of his cabinet (Secretary of State, Secretary of Education, etc., etc.)?

        • DaveH

          I was talking about the ordinary citizens who so many think must be “saved” from themselves by the ‘benevolent’ Government officials.

    • DaveH

      So, it’s our fault now (according to Obama). It reminds me of Jimmy Carter’s “malaise speech”. After trashing our economy with his Big Government meddling, he had the audacity to blame it on the American citizens and tell us that we just needed to tighten our belts:
      http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jimmycartercrisisofconfidence.htm

      • Carlucci

        Jimma Carter hates America and always has. I wish he would just stay in Georgia, have a Coke and a smile, and shut the hell up.

        • karolyn

          I really don’t understand attributing hate of America to anyone unless you know that person and they say they hate the country. Where does that come from? Why do you think Carter, or anyone else for that matter, hates America?

          • 45caliber

            karolyn:

            There is an old saying: “Actions speak louder than words”. You might wish to consider it.

          • karolyn

            But 45 how can one judge another’s actions/motives? If you do not see things the way they see them, you do not really know what is in their mind.

          • Carlucci

            karolyn – Jimma Carter didn’t give a rat’s patootie about the American people when he was in office. All he cared about were his “peace missions” to the middle east so he could win a Nobel Peace Prize and go down in history as a “peace maker”. This information was featured in a film about him on the program “American Experience” on ultra liberal PBS. Former members of his own staff were interviewed in the film, and they verified this information.

            45 is right. Actions always speak louder than words. Typically, I will listen to what people have to say, but I tend to pay attention to, and watch what they do. Their actions are always much more revealing.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            karolyn,
            how do you judge a persons actions?? Well, let’s see. If a man comes by your house every day and steals something from you, it’s a pretty good guess by his ACTIONS that he is a crook!!! When a politician continues to try and steal from your pocket, it’s a pretty good guess that he’s a crooked pol!!
            Even better, if a guy comes by your house for three days in a row, and hits you in the face, are you gonna come out to shake hands with him on the fourth day???

        • 45caliber

          karolyn:

          If the results of someone’s actions are not beneficial, then you can bet that if he keeps doing it, his intentions aren’t beneficial either. In most cases someone will insist his intentions were good regardless of what his real intentions were. I’ve heard people even trying to alibi what Hitler did. What his intentions were doesn’t matter; what he did was murder millions of people. And there is little justification for that.

          Carter’s intentions were likely good initially. I’ve often said that he was a good man but a terrible politician. But his results were bad – so he should have stopped. He didn’t. But that doesn’t mean that what he did wasn’t bad or that he should be allowed to do it again. He hates the Jews for some reason and constantly tries to harm them by his actions. Is that acceptable? I believe everyone has a right to live – if they allow others to do the same. But too many people want the Jews destroyed. The Jews certainly haven’t tried to destroy them so who is the evil one there?

          • Thamera

            karolyn the more I read from you, the more I am convinced that your constant appeal to love, understanding, respect and moral relativism is nothing more than your lifelong attempt to escape any guilt associated with the actions of your past. Furthermore, you cherry pick from religion and philosophies that will “meet your need” and not allow you to suffer for those same actions. You took a life without remorse, even stating “it is easier than you think” and yet continually preach about love, kindness and respect. I’m sorry karolyn, this makes you a hypocrite in my book and all your preaching about “love” and “acceptance” and references to Christ and understanding only falls on deaf ears. Would that you should of given your unborn child the same consideration…

    • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

      The Soetoros are laughing AT us not with us.

  • Polski

    If it wasn’t so tragic, us independents would laugh at you republicans attacking the democrats. You gave us horrible Dubya, and the democrats give us terrible Obama.

    • lkar

      Republicans are wimping out and do not know how to couter-attack the Democratic/liberal/progressive machine. The time for “compromise” ended when the left sarted the personal attacks. Calling someone a socialist is an attack on their ideologies not person. Calling people racist is a personal attack and requires personal defense (in words and facts)!

      • Al Sieber

        The Democrats and Republicans are just two different crime families, like the mafia.

        • newspooner

          There is a lot of truth in your statement. Still, judge individual Reps and Dems as individuals, and vote for those who truly promote lower taxes, less government, and more individual freedom. But when it comes to Parties, don’t support either the Republican or Democrat Parties. If you feel you must support a Party, the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party are worthy.

          Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US. Otherwise, all liberty will be lost.

          • Matt Newell

            That is really the truth. While we’re at it lets get rid of the fed too.

          • Robert S

            Last night Obama brought up Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Here we go again. How many times do we have to kill this bill before it is really dead.

          • 45caliber

            I don’t support any party. I vote for the person I feel would be less likely to harm the UN and the citizens thereof.

          • DaveH

            Was that a Freudian Slip, 45?

          • 45caliber

            DaveH:

            Yes it was. I meant to say the US – not the UN.

      • Carlucci

        Ikar says: “Republicans are wimping out and do not know how to couter-attack the Democratic/liberal/progressive machine.”

        I disagree. The republicans (i.e., rinos) are in bed with the dems. Same ideology. That’s why nothing ever changes.

        Vote Libertarian! They have all the good ideas.

    • Rich

      Polski,
      FYI the last three elections nave been decided by how the independents voted. Did you not vote in those elections or just think of yourself as above the party people and therefore have a right to gaze down from on high and criticize. Unfortunately what’s happening to our country now is not a laughing matter.

      • 45caliber

        The Democrats expect about 45% of the voters to vote for them regardless of whom they run for office. The Republicans expect about 45% of the voters to vote for them regardless of whom they run for office. That’s 90% of the voters right there.

        It is the 10% of the independents who decide an election based on who is running for the office and what the economy is like at the time.

        So, yes, the independents do select the person.

      • Robert S

        Almost all of the independent voters went either Dem or Rep. Independent to me means not voting for either party. They are too embarrased to admit they are either Dem or Rep but still vote that way.

        • 45caliber

          Not necessarily.

          I vote independent all the time. I NEVER vote strictly for one party or the other. I vote on the person I think will be less likely to harm the US or the citizens. That person may be in the Democrats or the GOP but he may also not be.

    • Jeryl

      I’m an independent, so don’t class us all together in one lump. Despite his obvious shortcomings, Dubya was a whole lot better than that idiot he was running against.

      • Matt Newell

        Agreed. Can you imagine what it would have been like with Gore or Kerry?

        • Jeryl

          It literally makes me shudder to think about it.

        • Dan az

          Matt
          The first thing that came to my mind was (tip toe though the tulips)

      • 45caliber

        I agree. He wasn’t great and I was seriously disappointed with him, but Kerry or Gore would have been far worse!

    • DaveH

      The thing to realize is that Leadership in itself is prone to accumulating more power and perks. It is the nature of the beast. Only a well-informed electorate can stop that.
      As Jefferson said “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground”.

      • Jeryl

        Well said!

    • Carlucci

      You know what? I’d give anything if all the posters on this blog would identify their party affiliation. I can recognize the socialist/communist/dems, but I don’t really see a lot of republicans.
      Most of the people with sense who post on this blog sound like libertarians and independents.

      • 45caliber

        Carlucci:

        I am officially registered as a Democrat – which delights me when I can point that out to any lib who insists everyone is a Republican. I initially registered that way since at the time the ONLY people running for anything except President or Senator was a Democrat. If you didn’t vote in the Primary you really didn’t vote at all.

        The last few years the GOP has come a long way in the South and now field about as large a group as the Dems do. But I’ve not bothered to change party affilitation to any other since I still prefer to vote in the Dem primary. However, when it comes to the general election, I am very much an independent. I really don’t like any party.

        • 45caliber

          I am, however, a conservative.

          • Carlucci

            Me too. Conservative to the max fiscally, but basically live and let live – as long as nobody is harmed.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Polski,
      you need to dig a little deeper and look at the voting results among independants on Nobummer!!! A great many indies voted for him!!

  • louie

    Ben you did alright with your article until you called this “monkey-faced” bumbling fool Mr. President…I had to leave you then!!!

    • Jeryl

      Hey, it’s hard to be obvious with sarcasm in print.

      • 45caliber

        I still believe we need a sarcasm font.

  • http://republicfortheunitedstates.org Mike

    America must become ” We the People” once again and not 14th amendment “citizens”.

    republicfortheunitedstates.org

    • Bert Cundle

      WE the PEOPLE? To be corrected… “United States Citizens”! Anybody that realy understands RIGHT From Wrong… will understand that the MAJORITY isn’t allways RIGHT! Thoes that dont Care about Right & Wrong, are CRIMINALS!

  • 45caliber

    This “do as I say, not as I do” has always annoyed me. I’ve always tried to make a habit of not doing that. If I did do it, I always explained to my kids that I did do it – and it was a big mistake, which was the reason I didn’t want them to do the same thing. So far they’ve make an effort to listen to me – most of the time at least.

  • Jeryl

    Parents are always examples whether they want to be or not. One of the best examples a parent can set is to be willing to admit to their children when they (the parents) are wrong. As a teacher, I found that high school students respected me far more when I was willing to admit it when I was wrong.

    • Carlucci

      I agree. People who can admit when they are wrong and apologize get high marks in my book. I just wish some of my family members would know this truth. Next time, I think I will just tell the offender who can’t or won’t apologize that they are “ignorant”. That is a big insult to certain members of my family…

  • Bert Cundle

    I never used: Beacuse I said so… or You gota… When a Reason was wanted, I would explain!

  • DaveH

    Here is a good example of the insanity of Big Government. First they lean on lenders to extend loans to unqualified borrowers. Then they bail out the lenders who made those risky loans with taxpayer money, so they could continue to compete against those lenders that did it right. Now they propose to rectify the situation by passing more rules, most of which would have been implemented by any lenders who didn’t want to fail in the first place:
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Fed-unveils-proposal-on-rb-3706242456.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=main&asset=&ccode=

    It’s all about Government posturing as our saviors, when in fact they create most of the messes in the first place with their meddling and robbing us blind.

    When I was a young man and we bought our first house, the lending requirements were more stringent than they are now. Why? Because the lenders didn’t want to lose money or fail. It was just good business sense. Now, along comes that dirty white knight charging $2 to save us $1, and making a mess of things in the process. Government doesn’t have to be efficient or worry about making mistakes. In most cases if they screw up, they can’t be sued. They are very unlikely to lose their jobs. They aren’t likely to go out of business. Why does anybody think they will do a better job of it than businesses who are subject to all those punishments?

    • 45caliber

      Remember the savings and loan fiasco? It was made because the government passed laws that allowed doctors and lawyers to build large apartment buildings or office buildings and write them off their taxes. So the savings and loan companies accepted the loan applications from the doctors and lawyers. They made good money, right? There were dozens of such buildings made all over the US for that reason that never intended to house anyone.

      Then the government changed the rules. The doctors and lawyers could no longer write them off. So the doctors and lawyers immediately quit paying on the loans and the savings and loan companies went bankrupt. The government “investigated” and ruled that the savings and loan companies made a lot of bad loans that they shouldn’t have made.

      Who was at fault here?

  • Carlucci

    I know -! Why does anyone go looking to the government for answers? They are the ones who have screwed everything up.

    And you are absolutely on point about lending practices. Remember when people had to put at least 20% down on a house? They were much less likely to allow it to go into foreclosure because nobody likes to walk away from a big downpayment.

    • 45caliber

      And if they bought a house then they intended to live in it as long as they could. Today, many of the home owners buy simply to resell within a ocuple of years at an inflated price. They were caught – and now want the government to bail them out just as the government did the bankers who made the loans. I don’t believe that either should be bailed out but if someone had to be, it should be the bankers. The Reason? The government insisted that they make bad loans and promised to help them out if they did. In fact, I can remember Clinton saying on one of his speeches that if the bank didn’t have at least 20% of their loans as bad loans they weren’t doing their job correctly. Actually, if I was an owner of a bank, I’d consider a 5% bad loan problem something that needed correcting immediately!

  • Al Sieber

    Lincoln was where it all started Dave, haven’t read the book yet, I’m working 24/7 now and lucky if I find time to post anything, but I’ll find the time.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Al,
      hope you’re finding some color!!! Best of it to ya!!!

  • http://www.tomblairea.com Thomas Avery Blair

    I would like to pose a question to this room and have those with a level of intellgigence above that of the vast majority of federl elected officials this question: When Obama declares a national emergency, suspends the US Constitution completely and declares martial law, will our own military troops and the various police agencies dare to fire upon us when Obama declares: “Bbecause I said so”?
    .
    This question is at the very least food for concern and thought, is it not?
    .
    Respectfully submitted,

    Thomas Avery Blair EA

    • libertytrain

      I like to think that they will think -
      And, are you doing all right, I recall you said you had some health issues. —

  • Warrior

    Ben,

    The guy is a G-Damn Fraud and first class liar. He deserves NO respect because he gives NONE!

  • DaveH

    Atlas Shrugged is still holding its A- rating by the users, despite the fact that the Critics badmouthed it. Interesting isn’t it? Why do you suppose there would be such a big disconnect between the moviegoers and the Critics. A little bias maybe?
    Look at this list of Weekend Box Office Actuals:
    http://movies.yahoo.com/mv/boxoffice/
    If you break down Atlas Shrugged’s weekend gross per theater it comes to $5640, which is exceeded only by the movie Rio.

  • Carlucci

    I really want to see Atlas Shrugged. I think that will be my next movie. Sunday I went to see “The Conspirator”, the new film by Robert Redford. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up… A few weeks ago I finished the book “Manhunt” by James Swanson, about the hunt for John Wilkes Booth. Great book. Next I’ll read the sequel “Bloody Crimes” about the manhunt for Jefferson Davis right after the Lincoln assassination.

    • DaveH

      Have you read “The Real Lincoln”? Turns out he was nothing like we were propagandized to believe.

      • http://www.mohanarun.com Mohan Arun

        Do you mean the guy that said ‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’. Turns out if he were alive today, he will be pursuing a job application unsuccessfully trying to get himself employed decently, with all the GOP things going on, jobs are scarce. Founding father pitiful existence.

  • http://www.mohanarun.com Mohan Arun

    “Stop talking at us like we work for you, and not the other way around.”

    It doesnt seem like to me that thats the way/tone they are talking, and in any case, they are free to talk using any tone, and we are free to ignore any and all talk.

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