Well, it's been a while since my last post. Yes, I still remain active on this site despite the White House's email watch list. My temporary absence can be explained in part by just simple preoccupation with life - which can often get rather busy - and in part by genuine surprise at some recent happenings. I guess you could say that I have been rendered speechless by some of the things happening in Washington and elsewhere. What could possibly get the tongue of WEP, you may ask? Well, my friend, journey with me down the rabbit hole.
Ted Kennedy died yesterday, and YES, the Democrats are exploiting the man's death in order to gain support for their unpopular health reform bill. Seems like of all people the fringe Left would want to mourn it would be Ted. Nope. They're just trying to find a way to make it work for them. I heard someone say he was the greatest Senator ever, and I'm still trying to figure out if it was a compliment. Greatest Senator ever? Sorta like saying greatest loan shark ever. Or greatest mobster ever. Not exactly a title that sparks feelings of admiration.
But still, even though I obviously disagreed with Kennedy on pretty much everything, I believe in honoring those whom we love and admire. And Kennedy was loved and admired by a lot of people. You don't honor someone by exploiting their death for cheap political favor.
Yet the tactic does reflect how clueless our socialist leaders in Congress really are. 79% of Americans are just fine with health care as it is now. Most of them share my opinions and disagreements with Ted Kennedy. So why would saying "Let's do it for Ted" suddenly swing those people in favor of overhauling health care?
Speaking of socialists, Eric Holder was in the news a bit this week. A few months ago, Holder was tasked to decide whether or not to prosecute a group of thugs who stood in front of a Philadelphia polling station brandishing weapons and obviously intimidating voters. He couldn't exactly claim lack of evidence because a few voters actually recorded the neo-Black Panthers - nightsticks and all - doing their Marxist duty. So, Holder just decided to drop the charges. No prosecution. No explanation. I'm sure we are all confident that had it been a group of white extremists intimidating voters in such a way, Holder would have made a similar decision.
And speaking of racism, Glen Beck has become targeted by a racist organization for stating his opinion about Barack Obama. During an interview, Beck explained some of the President's actions and then went on to say "I believe he is a racist." Clearly an opinion, whether you agree with him or not.
Now, I don't know if Barack Obama is a racist. Racist implies that one believes in the superiority of his or her race over others. I don't know what's in the President's heart. But I do know that Glen Beck has a Constitutional right to state his opinion about the President, just as Cindy Sheehan once did. Apparently some disagree. So a racist organization has begun a campaign to threaten Beck's sponsors and effectively boycott the commentator in an attempt to silence his opinion. Dissent and debate are not welcome in the minds of Marxists - case in point, the aforementioned White House email watch list. Among those sponsors who caved is UPS. Which means that I will forever be using Federal Express for all my shipping needs.
But let's get back to Eric Holder. The Attorney General who once argued for the pardon of Mark Rich, the biggest tax cheat in US history, does not believe in prosecuting people who intimidate and discourage potential voters. But he does believe in prosecuting the CIA operatives who played a key role in protecting this country over the past 8 years at great personal risk. Holder points to a 2005 report that suggests possible "rough" behavior during some interrogations. The behavior in question includes - gasp! - blowing second hand smoke in the face of terrorists. Clearly this is much more of a crime than pointing a billy-club at someone while they're trying to vote. But Holder is hell bent. He won't tolerate anything more than predetermined questions read to the terrorist in a non-threatening and polite manner, with special emphasis on the words "please" and "thank you". As in "please tell us where the next attack will be" and "thank you for your enlightening and helpful cooperation". There is simply no better way to get information about imminent attacks. And President Obama has yet to comment on the actions of his AG.
And so we finally come to our hope-and-change savior. Obama has decided that the interrogation of terrorists will be coordinated by the White House. A select panel has been set up to handle this duty, and these people will report directly to Obama just like the upcoming US census bureau. To my knowledge, Obama didn't have any experience interrogating mass murderers during his days as a community organizer, but I may be wrong. Let's hope that he's better at it than the CIA, an organization that has carried out such duties for decades with impressive effectiveness. He wasn't lying when he said things were going to change.
In the midst of dabbling in terrorist interrogation, Obama has appointed over thirty "czars" to advise him on certain issues. Again, these people were chosen by the President and have no Constitutional basis for their job titles. They are unelected and there is no Congressional check on anything they do. Among these "czars" there is a man who is a self-proclaimed "communist revolutionary" who advises Obama about green jobs. What does a Communist know about green jobs? Please email me when you find out. And there is also a man who has openly advocated for population control, saying that the Constitution does not guarantee nor specify the number of children a citizen can have. Yikes! These are the people the President chooses to advise him on matters?
Among the Communists and baby killers, you would think that Obama would have someone with good math skills advising him. Apparently that's not the case. This week the White House announced that - oops - they underestimated the deficit by nearly 30%. Just 4 months ago Obama and his staff projected a $7 trillion deficit. This week, they revised that to $9 trillion. That's not exactly a careless error in arithmetic. Imagine a CFO in the private world going before the board of directors or the stock holders and saying that his numbers from 4 months ago were off by nearly 30%. That guy would be out on his can. Not so in DC.
And this is the same guy who tells us he can give us all health care by driving down costs, allow us to keep our current health insurance if we so chose, keep it all budget neutral, and not raise anyone's taxes.