Government By the People? by James Stuckey

I’ve been trying to be thoughtful about a number of things that have been happening in rapid succession at all levels of government, but particularly at the federal level.  Let’s make a list:

  • After a horrendous start to Obamacare, the President unilaterally changes many of the legislation’s rules, to deflect the groundswell of anger and frustration expressed by large numbers of Americans across demographics and geography.  It’s unclear whether he has the authority to do so without legislation.  Notwithstanding these changes, over 5 million Americans who have had their insurance cancelled will likely not be able to get the policies they had and wanted back.
  • The President and his ally’s have tried a number of strategies on how to deal with the outcry.  First, the President tries to redefine what he said over thirty times about being able to, “keep your health care, period.”  Next, he does a soft Mea Culpa in a one on one interview with NBC.  Then, he’s pressured into doing a more extensive, apologetic, “I own this” one hour press conference, in which he deflects the “you can keep it” decision to insurance companies and state insurance commissioners.  He leaves them six weeks to rectify his broken promise; amusing, in that his administration could not get it right in three years after spending $600 million of our tax money.  I spent about $300 to set up my website with GoDaddy, and it has not crashed once.  I accept credit card and PayPal payments on my site, set up multiple email addresses, and allow people to comment and communicate with me.  I realize I don’t have the web traffic as Healthcare.gov  (I wish), but I spent $300.00.  I did it myself, and I am far from a website expert!  
  • Now, the President unilaterally delays a notification period on how Obamacare will affect close to two hundred Americans until after next year’s mid-term election. He and his administration know that if they didn’t, it would likely result in a routing of the democrats in both Houses of Congress.
  • It appears, however, that Americans can’t be fooled.  Only 37% approve of his job performance; close to 55% now state they don’t trust him; and, about 65% believe he lied about Obamacare.

Now, lets move on some other areas.

  • Harry Reid and the Democratic Congress stage an unprecedented power grab, instituting the so called “nuclear option” that would allow them to appoint judges with a simple majority vote.  Likely, they will extend this to other appointment and legislative matters in the future.  Virtually everyone of these democrats – Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, etc. – condemned this procedural maneuver when the Republicans controlled the Senate.  In a perverse way, this may come back to bite them, in that red state democrats will now have to vote on uber-liberal ideas and show their true colors to their constituents.
  • Having already completely screwed up on earlier foreign policy concerns in Egypt, Syria and Afghanistan, the President enters into a mind boggling “agreement with Iran”.  The negotiations produce nothing for America except what will probably be a huge security risk in the future.  In the process, we jeopardized a sacred bond with Israel, and with the few moderate Arab states in the mid-east, all of whom know the incidiousness of Iran far better than we.

In the early 1990’s, I spent a lot of time in Russia when the former Soviet Union was falling apart.  For years, there was no rule of law.  Yeltsin, the Russian President would issue decrees. The Russian Parliament would issue decrees.  The break-away former Soviet States would issue decrees.  The monetary system collapsed.  Nuclear material disappeared.  There was no rule of law.  With our President taking unilateral “executive” actions, and Harry Reid and the Senate making unilateral “nuclear” decisions, I’m feeling a creepy feeling reminiscent of what I saw during thwild west break-up of the Soviet Union.  We are starting to lose the very basis and foundation of our country.  I hate to say this: this is not class warfare as some preach, it is warfare on the classes.

© James Stuckey

Did the Professor Read My Post by James Stuckey

Obama was quoted as stating some people critisized him for sounding like an insurance salesman last week. I wonder if he read my blog post six days ago?

Amazingly, he sounded like one of the late night informercials that repeat the 1 (800) number about 30 times a minute. Unlike those numbers, the healthcare number gave a repeated busy signal.  So the web crashes, the phone is always busy, and no one has a clue what will happen with the new law. I would bet the professor would never get a job as a salesman, but he somehow sold the majority of Americans he could be a leader. I guess some people just want to believe.

© James Stuckey

The Government Shutdown

I have so many thoughts about the federal government shutdown.  I emphasize federal government, because as we all know, most services are delivered locally.  In most major cities, services like food stamps, medicare, medicaid and social security aren’t affected by the shutdown.  Yes, there is a potential economic effect for street vendors selling hot dogs, since the extremely bloated federal workforce has been placed on furlough and therefore aren’t out buying lunch.  But generally, I think the impact won’t really make a difference. In fact, I believe most people will understand that the majority of these employees aren’t needed at all.  So, unless you need a new Passport urgently, or you’re one of the illegal aliens that Professor Obama has recently unilaterally decided can stay in the country, the federal government shutdown really is a big yawn.

I found it appalling that a White House official was quoted in the Wall Street Journal today as saying the administration doesn’t care how long the shutdown lasts, because they are winning.  This so perfectly exemplifies the attitude of the Chicago thugs that currently occupy the White House.  And by the way, that is not my term.  That’s an exact quote that was used by an African American civil rights leader that I used to work with, who has his roots trace back to Martin Luther King, Jr.  It’s somewhat poetic, however, that the same socialist thugs who are doing everything possible to grow government at any cost, are now gloating at shutting down the government.  This clearly is not a contest to be won or lost.  It makes a mockery of our government and its 200+ year reputation of consensus by the people.  I accept the fact that Obamacare has become the law of the land and has been upheld by the Supreme Court.  I don’t know if its good or bad, because I have not been able to log onto the site since it opened.  I also accept that Congress creates the budget.  That, too, is the law.  The Professor may not like that, but it is the law.  Like so many other things – ineptitude in Syria; playing into the Iranian President’s roadshow; no sound policy on the economy, housing, environmental issues or foreign policy – the thug at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has no clue how to lead us out of this mess or the upcoming debt ceiling debate. Instead, he would rather bully 80 and 90 year old WW II veterans, or close the cemetery in Normandy France.  Nuts!

Now lets turn to congress.  First off, I once again am comforted that I am no longer a New York City or State resident.  Representative Peter King, and my former Staten Island Representative Michael Grimm, ought to be ashamed of themselves.  They are cowards, and have demonstrated to me that they don’t care about the long term consequences of Obamacare and the financial mess it will cause, nor do they care that we are being incremented towards socialism by the Professor – they only worry about what they perceive will get them re-elected.  Perhaps this is what Grimm’s illegal Israeli backers want, but I seriously don’t think he’s in touch with his Staten Island constituents.  He should be run out of office.

And how about Harry Reed?  The liberals who support Reed think it’s great that he’s a former boxer and a tough guy.  What they don’t seem to realize is that most boxers can’t speak a grammatically correct sentence, yet alone lead something.  And most boxers who what been punched in the head a few thousand times usually can’t think a rational thought either.  He’s not the majority leader because he’s smart. He’s there because he has seniority.  Do we really feel comfortable that a brain dead boxer from Nevada with a population of 2.75 million people (less than one percent of the United States population), and a thug from Chicago are shutting our government down and setting the direction for the country?  I for one am not.  I fully support Ted Cruz and the other congressional leaders who are holding their ground on sound, time tested American policies that will get our country back on it’s feet.

© October 4, 2013 James Stuckey