"Anvil" Joe Biden, also known as our VP, sent out an email about the things he and Barack are proud of. I'd like to expound on his list, if I may.
"There's a whole lot to be proud of. Of course, the big ones come to mind first:" Joe tells us. "[H]istoric health insurance reform . . ."
Yes, it was indeed historic. But that 2000 page monstrosity that no one read at the time and we are only coming to see ALL the ramifications of over time is hardly something to be proud of. (Remember "San Fran Nan" Pelosi told us that it had to be passed so we could all see what was in it. Didn't that sound backward to anyone with half a brain?!?) Inside this thing are caveats for not applying to ALL Americans. The Union bigwigs who supported Barack and Joe got their special perks. (And we were worried about the Cornhusker Kickbacks! Sheesh, these guys make the mafiosos go "BadaBing BaddaBang! Wow!")
And then there were the "penalties for not buying insurance. That is so very un-Constitutional. Government cannot tell me I HAVE to buy something. It is so not their business. And don't start on the whole car insurance bango. What if you don't own a car? What if you have no NEED for car insurance because you take the bus? You don't HAVE to buy car insurance. But this health care thing says you HAVE to buy it. And that is just plain wrong. And it literally goes against what is IN the Constitution about commerce.
There is the college stuff in the healthcare law. Yes, college. What?!? And the reporting thing. Yeah, the government is having a new thing on your W-2 about what you make, not just in dollars but in benefits. So that $36,000 a year job is going to say it is a $58,000 job and you'll be taxed accordingly. No kidding! Its in this law . . . that no one got to read.
Historic alright. But not something to be proud of, Joe.
He goes on to say that this bill "is reining in the insurance companies and helping control the cost of care for millions of Americans . . . " There were lots of ways they could have done this that would have truly saved Americans money. But you see, they built so many things into this law, that what it really does is stifle insurance companies and businesses and will eventually force Americasns into a single payer government system. And government does such a good job everywhere else.
"Wall Street reform," Joe is proud of. But it isn't there. Wall Street bailouts, yes. Real reform? No. If Joe and his Demo buddies were so into reform, how come they missed all the signs from the previous 8 years about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?? There was reform needed and they turned a blind eye. Stupidity? Or getting their pockets lined? You figure it out. I know where my bets are.
Then there is "the end of combat operations in Iraq, which brought more than 100,000 troops home." Yes, Joe, this is something to be `proud of. Thanks George W. and the surge. You both did a great job getting us to this point. Oh, wait, is Joe saying this is to be proud of because he thinks he and the Prez had any hand in this? Sheesh, what a loon.
Then the list goes on. "We passed the Recovery Act, which saved and created more than 3 million jobs, provided the largest middle-class tax cut in a generation, and made landmark investments in clean energy, infrastructure, and education." LIE! LIE! LIE! Nothing was recovered, no jobs were created. And to use that line about saved, what a load of crap. Anyone else uses that line and the Demos are right out there calling them on it. So here I am, calling Joe on it. LIE! Where was the middle class tax cut??? I didn't see it in MY paycheck. Can't get more middle class than me. And the thing about clean energy, infrastructure and education? Oh come on, cut the crap. I remember the shovel ready thing. Even the Prez admitted there were no such thing. Joe, you're behind the times on this one.
"We made critical investments in General Motors and Chrysler, saving tens of thousands of jobs -- and perhaps the companies -- and spurring a rebirth of the American car industry." Yes, bailed out the automakers, spent OUR dime (whoops, actually China's dime, or, er, yuen), and proved once more you were so "in bed" with the Union that Michelle must have had to sleep on the floor.
"We wrote into law student loan reform and credit card reform, which ended the worst abuses of the banking industries and are making lending fair for American families." Screwed up the student loan system, thank you. And allowed the credit card companies to act worse than the street corner loan shark thugs, arbitrarily dropping good customers, piling on fees, exponentially multiplying rates without warning and denying more and more individuals and small businesses than ever before.
"We put two new Supreme Court justices on the bench -- Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who bring rich and diverse experience to the Court." Neither of whom has any right to be on the high court. Their "stories," though compelling, are no different than millions of Americans who probably know more about the Constitution than they apparently ever will.
"We have begun to reset America's relationship with the international community, from the ratification of a new START nuclear arms treaty with Russia to tough new sanctions on Iran to strengthening our long-term partnership with a unified Iraq." Resetting international relationships as the poor wimpy Oliver asking for more forgiveness please. And kowtowing to the Russians every demand making us the weaker for it. And they are doing such a bang up job with Iran, who not only refuses to stop their nuclear program but are still holding Americans hikers in prison while thumbing their noses at us and the whole world saying "bite me!"
"And we finally repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which was the right thing to do . . ." First let me say it was the right thing . . . for the military to do. But these nits in Congress and the White House didn't do it for the right reasons. They did it for votes. They did it for social justice and social engineering. And they did it when it was not in their purview to do it. It was, has always been, and should always be, a military issue. It should have been a decision by the military and the military alone whether to continue or discontinue this MILITARY policy. But, as usual, the politicians did it for political reasons only. But it isn't anything for Joe and Barack and the rest of the Demos to be proud of. That’s like me saying because I voted for the red M&Ms as my favorite, I am proud of Hershey for making a special bag with just red M&Ms.
As usual, Biden gets it wrong. And the country suffers while he and all the peacocks inside the Beltway do their collective strutting.
But hey, you know me by now, you can a gree or disagree, and it makes no matter to me. I just want you to look at all sides, ignore what the rhetoric is and see things logically. And just start thinking for yourselves. I'm the wise man, nor am I some fortune teller with a crystal ball. I'm just one man, Thinking Out Loud.
Have a great day.