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The Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

You heard it here first. Patriotslog reporting live from the Supreme Court on the decision finally made regarding the Obesity Initiative for Nutrition and Care act of 2048, commonly referred to as OINK. After being tied up in the court system for six years we finally have the verdict. According to the 8 to 7 split decision on the Supreme Court, the government can in fact create mandatory diet plans for all residents (both citizens and illegal immigrants via the Immigration compromise of 2023) of the United States. It is expected that former First Lady Michelle Obama will be delivering an address on her lifelong initiative from her home any minute now. After her many years of hard work and dedication to “save Americans from themselves”, we may finally see the national obesity rate drop below 96%. Former Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann is refusing to comment on the ruling, and in an apparent attempt to starve herself to death in protest has barricaded herself in her nursing home room, refusing to speak to anyone. Her only correspondence is a hand written sign taped to the outside of her door which states: “They can tell me what to eat, but the sure can’t force me to eat it.” Not yet, anyway. However, one has to wonder how long it will be until legislation is passed which states they can. Read the rest of this entry

Dysfunctional Congress

Slavery and secession. Though I know of nobody who supports slavery, the two words still bring up passionate feelings and discussions among all races in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the South. Are debt and taxes just as pivotal? Are they such hot button issues that we will continue to argue or avoid the super committee topic even 150 years down the road? This is highly unlikely, but you would not know it if you looked at our Congress; at least that is the conclusion of the book It’s Even Worse Than It Looks. The book was written by two prestigious historians, Thomas Mann, the senior fellow of governance studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and draws some harsh conclusions toward the 112th Congress. According to their book, the last time Congress was this dysfunctional was in the years leading up to the civil war. Many polls have the approval rating of Congress in the single digits, and none above 15%; eyes can be seen glazed over whenever anyone so much as mentions Congress in a public discussion. It is clear that slavery and secession are far more drastic issues than those facing us today; nonetheless, Congress has manufactured one crisis after another this year, and the tension rivals that of the civil war era Congress. Despite all the troubles facing a nation literally torn apart in the 1850’s, U.S. history professor Daniel Feller, at the University of Tennessee said that “none of those involved the level of conflict within Congress itself that we see today.” Feller, who specializes in early to mid-1800’s American history also said “I think you’d have to go back to the 1850s to find a period of congressional dysfunction like the one we’re in today.” Read the rest of this entry

Reaching Across the Aisle

The American Jobs Act

President Obama came out swinging. His first punch thrown was directly aimed at the Congressional stalemate. In a speech many viewed as the beginning of his re-election campaign, the President called for Congress to end the “political circus.” There was a passion in the eyes of the President which we have not seen since his first campaign. The details of the President’s plan are not yet clear, but the design was a clear challenge to Republicans. Most of these proposals coming from the President have been supported, and some even created by Republicans. The challenge was to give up the gridlock, and do what is right for the country. Michelle Bachmann has already decided she will not. In the very first line of her rebuttal, one which was not even sponsored by Republicans, she attacked the President again, though not even being present for the greater portion of the speech. The speech by the President was aimed to create jobs; nobody can argue that, even if his re-election campaign was a latent purpose, on this night, our Commander in Chief was all about placing Americans back into functioning jobs. The speech Rep. Bachmann countered with seemed aimed at attacking the President; aiding her failing campaign was more important to her than aiding the failing economy. The President proposed numerous plans to create more jobs now. To her credit, Miss Bachmann had a proposal which would help stabilize American industry in the long run; however, right now, we need jobs for right now. When American citizens get back to work, then is the time to focus on long term fixes; that will be when Miss Bachmann’s input will be a valuable asset.

Admittedly, in the days leading up to the speech, I must be honest by saying that I did not feel the American Jobs Act should be passed; the policies by President Obama had failed. Stimulus bailouts hurt more than helped, unemployment rose, and the citizens of this great nation had confidence only described as wavering by the most optimistic of people. Why did our nation need a second round with that same struggle? However, after hearing to proposal I am much more optimistic. The details are yet to be known, but at least for now, we have a reason to hope. The policies announced by our president are anything but left wing, and can hardly even be described as left of center. In this case however, credit needs to be given where it is due. President Obama has realized that his previous economic strategy has failed, and he has not tried to shift blame, or insist it will work. Quite the contrary, to his credit, President Obama has taken a very different approach from the normal Democrat policy of stimulus and gamble. Many, if not most of these ideas are largely implemented from the Republican playbook. In his speech the President mentioned numerous tax cuts, while only pushing for one tax increase–one for the six plus figure income range. Republicans have hardly anything from President Obama’s speech to pick apart. This makes too much sense not to pass, and fix our infrastructure with American employment. Read the rest of this entry

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