The More Things Change The More Things Stay The Same

>> Monday, February 9, 2009

Now that Tim Geithner has been confirmed as Treasury Secretary, Tom Daschle has withdrawn as HHS Secretary and Nancy Killefer has withdrawn from some government post I had never even heard of (chief performance officer?), we can infer some new rules in our changed government.

1. It is OK to cheat on taxes, but of course there is a limit. And that limit is more than $34,000 but less than $128,000 in taxes owed if you are a Democrat. (For Republicans, the limit remains the perception of thinking about adding $100 to your charitable deductions without the receipts to back it up.)

2. We now have a new way to get tax cheats to not only pay up, but to apologize for their errors and carelessness: nominate them to Cabinet posts. We've already collected $162,000 and public apologies from just two tax cheats that way. Nancy Killefer is a third, but I don't know the amount. Perhaps Charlie Rangel or William Jefferson should be nominated to replace Daschle.

3. We might have a new method to elicit information and apologies from enemy combatants without resorting to torture, sleep deprivation, stress positions or defiled Korans: nominate them to Cabinet posts. It's too bad we already waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed; we might have obtained his confession and plans of other terrorist attacks simply by offering him the position of Secretary of Defense.

4. When we are desperate enough (as in the current economic crisis, or at any time in the last 80 years), neither competence nor ethics matter in a nominee as much as speed of confirmation. If you either can't do your own taxes correctly, or refuse to do them honestly, you can still be put in charge of tax audits and collection. If we ever have a crime crisis, for example, Charles Manson stands a good shot to head the FBI.

5. Of course one lesson is the obvious one: if you thought "change" meant getting competent and honest people with no ties to special interests into influential government positions, you can now consider yourself suckered. I put the lesson this way: you vote for a Wizard, but you get a man behind a curtain."

--Columnist Randall Hoven,
Daschle/Geithner/Killefer Lessons Learned,
American Thinker, February 4, 2009

"Hypocrites." What more can be said?

"The messiah of November has disappeared, gone off to winter somewhere in another galaxy and lounge among the stars. Who knows when (or whether) he'll return. He left a gloomy surrogate with a melancholy message.

The messiah promised "change" but so far demonstrates only that the men we send to live in the White House have changed. FDR called our stoic grandparents to the fireside to tell them there was nothing to fear but fear itself. They believed him, pulled up their socks, survived the Great Depression and went on to fight and win a great world war.

Dr. Doom tells us that fear is the best friend we're likely to find. Ronald Reagan arrived in Washington to clean up after Jimmy Carter, demonstrated that it's still morning in America, and won the Cold War. Dr. Doom tells us that it's late on a dark and stormy night, grovels toward Mecca, and tells ghost stories.

Dwight Eisenhower

"This recession might linger for years," Dr. Doom, aka President Obama, told us Thursday. "Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that at some point we may not be able to reverse."

Woe is definitely us. Why worry about bird flu, global warming or a speeding rock from outer space if we won't be around to see any of those disasters? This is scant reassurance from the confidence man of summer.

In a piece of op-ed commentary in The Washington Post, he puts a little realistic distance between himself and credulous Republicans and other conservatives. "I reject these theories [such as tax cuts], and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change," he writes.

This will come as big news to a lot people who took a flyer on Mr. Obama, persuaded by his friendly embrace of the idea that cutting taxes is good, and his promise not to bother anyone earning less than 200 grand. That was then. Now he only reminds us that he's the president, and we're not."

--columnist Wesley Pruden,
Now For Something Really Different,
Washington Times, February

A more frightening and true to life film Keanu Reeves could have made... The Day the U.S. Grew Exponentially Worse


Dan Trabue February 9, 2009 at 1:02 PM  

The Day the U.S. Grew Exponentially Worse

I can give you two of those fairly easily: Jan 21, 1981 and Jan 21, 2001.

It's funny seeing these columnists talking about Obama as if HE were the doom and gloom guy, when so many here have predicted socialism, communism, baby-killing, the end of freedom of religion, attacks on Christianity, being forced to bow to Allah, the end of the US and not much short of the Apocalypse all by the election of one fella. And Obama is Dr. Doom??

I don't think so.

Al-Ozarka February 9, 2009 at 2:44 PM  

What's funny, Danielsan, is that people like you won't admit people like us are right on the money!

Obama hasn't doomed us...Democrats like YOU have!

Marshall Art February 9, 2009 at 2:58 PM  

Indeed, Al. Those who voted with eyes open new all along the results of voting for an inexperienced greenhorn with no accomplishments to his name, but plenty of bad associations.

Dan Trabue February 9, 2009 at 3:32 PM  

Accomplishments? Oh, you mean like running a baseball team and an oil company into the ground as proof of their ability to run a nation?

Eric February 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM  

Accomplishments? Bush ran Texas quite well.

What did Obama run? Nothing but a chapter of the voter fraud outfit known as "Acorn"

Dan Trabue February 9, 2009 at 6:06 PM  

Do you have a single shred of evidence that Obama had any connections to voter fraud? Any proof whatsoever? Or is that a false charge made based on your dislike for this brother, and not on reality?

If it's the latter, don't you think that, as a Christian, you'd do better not to slander those in the family of God (or even those NOT in the family of God)? I mean, don't you agree with the Bible that false charges and slander are wrong?

Marshall Art February 9, 2009 at 6:13 PM  

There he goes again. "Do you have any proof??!?!!!" Eric said BO ran a chapter of ACORN, he didn't say he was directly involved with voter fraud. Geez, Dan, you are such a sucker for this loser. He could pee on your head and tell you it's rainin' and you'd say the grass could use it. But here's another note, he didn't accomplish anything with ACORN, either.

Dan Trabue February 9, 2009 at 8:40 PM  

I apologize. If it wasn't Eric's intent to suggest that Obama had done anything amiss in his work with ACORN, then I misunderstood.

I'd suggest though that if that was Eric's intent, he'd do well to leave off any mention of fraud. As far as I know, each ACORN is its own entity and there is nothing anywhere in the real world to suggest that ACORN organizations have promoted fraud as an organization, only that a few (1? 2? I'm not sure of the number) of their employees handled registering people in an incorrect way (not Voter fraud, by the way) and that they did so contrary to ACORN's instructions.

So, Eric's misinformation is about ACORN, not about Obama. My apologies for jumping to the wrong conclusion too quickly.

Jim February 9, 2009 at 10:20 PM  

Of course, Obama did NOT run a chapter of ACORN. His only direct association with ACORN was conducting a couple of leadership seminars for them. That's it. That's all. Any other assertion is FALSE.

ACORN is NOT a voter fraud outfit. There is no evidence that you can provide that proves such. In fact ACORN exposed potential voter fraud by informing state agencies of possible illegal registrations that people had submitted to ACORN registration gatherers. There is no proof that ACORN itself engaged in ANY voter fraud. Nada, zilch, nada.

Mark February 10, 2009 at 8:26 AM  

I got as far as this statement:

"This recession might linger for years," Dr. Doom, aka President Obama, told us Thursday."

And I seem to recall President Bush telling us the war on terror will last years, yet the media keeps questioning why we are still fighting.

How long do you think it will take for the media to start asking Obama when the crisis will be over?

I'm guessing they will convieniently remind us what he said ad nauseum.

Mark February 10, 2009 at 8:27 AM  

Now I will go back and read the remainder of the post.

Anonymous,  February 10, 2009 at 9:02 AM  

Obama is the most dangerous thing brought to the United States in a lifetime. By the time he's done or gets thrown out, he'll make Carter look competent and Bush look like Thomas Jefferson.

Should we all have to suffer because of a dumbed down electorate and a lying pandering press that made this happen? Anyone with the least bit of common sense and love for this country should certainly want this hopeless, socialist dreamer to fail, and fail big. The biggest flaw in a democracy is that EVERYONE gets to vote, even the uneducated, the misguided, the lazy, the foolish, the dreamers and worst of all, the elitist socialists who helped elect this fraud.
And how about these Idiots in Obamas corner who can`t even vet people properly. How can any moron expect us to sign up for the biggest tax debt in the history of America and not vet the people in their cabinet. This BS with Daschle is where it has to stop. This guy was the head of the senate. He knew about the tax laws he created. And if he is too stupid to grasp the tax laws than he is too stupid to be the Health Care Czar. The true class envy here is these politicians don`t have to pay their taxes and we responsible people do. DASCHLE IS A TAX CHEAT. AND Obama said AFTER finding this out that he wanted to “Stand behind him”! Daschle should go to jail! Not be brought into the administration. And if it weren’t for the public’s outcry he would have been confirmed. I can't even stand to look at him, much less listen to his self-aggrandizing misplaced sentimental crap and his constant
din about how terrible America is/was/will be and his crap about the destruction of our nation and his "negative rights" ideology of our Constitution
DOWN WITH SOCIALISM and that means DOWN WITH OBAMA/PELOSI/REID/DODD/RANGEL/FRANK/ etc....Failure IS an option, and Barack O'Messiah MUST fail to save this country.

I'm with Rush.
Remember, Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism

Al-Ozarka February 10, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

"Or is that a false charge made based on your dislike for this brother, and not on reality? - Trabue


Al-Ozarka February 10, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

"ACORN is NOT a voter fraud outfit. " -Jimothy

Dude, didn't we teach you the definition of D-E-L-U-S-I-O-N-A-L in another thread?

Eric February 10, 2009 at 9:39 PM  

Obama is the most frightening political figure to emerge on the scene in American history. Period. Perhaps the MOST frightening aspect of all this is that the Press deliberately failed to do their job... they failed to vet the man THEY wanted to be president. Tom Brokaw himself, just five days before the election, on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS, participated in the following exchange...

ROSE: I don't know what Barack Obama's worldview is.

BROKAW: No, I don't, either.

ROSE: I don't know how he really sees where China is.

BROKAW: We don't know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of his thinking about foreign policy.

ROSE: I don't really know. And do we know anything about the people who are advising him?

BROKAW: Yeah, it's an interesting question.

ROSE: He is principally known through his autobiography and through very aspirational [sic] speeches.

BROKAW: Two of them! I don't know what books he's read.

ROSE: What do we know about the heroes of Barack Obama?

BROKAW: There's a lot about him we don't know.

These very same men cared nothing about investigating Obama's shady associations; not Ayers, Wright, Rezko, not anyone or anything. Now we're stuck with a man the Media admittedly knew nothing about except two autobiographies and a few "aspirational" speeches.

The media are cowards. Everyone who voted Obama because of the color of his skin or the historicity of his candidacy are cowards and fools. BLIND fools who have given this nation the hand and head that will destroy it.

Obama will destroy this country. He's only been on the job some three weeks and he's already irreversibly damaged this nation.

He's as crooked a politician as ever there was. He is not to be trusted, but he IS to be prayed for. Him, his family, and his presidency.

Marshall Art February 11, 2009 at 12:10 AM  

That about says it all, Eric. The incredible stupidity of the people who supported and voted for this guy is a said statement about our country. It's one thing to say that you didn't like the last administration (though most critics are equally stupid about that), or that you are afraid McCain might be more of the same. But that isn't any reason to vote for a sure loser just because that loser could be the first black prez or that he's a slick talker. So prayers are also in order for that 52% of the voting public that put this idiot in office, and prayers are more in order for our own inability to persuade more of them to remove their heads from their asses.

Eric February 11, 2009 at 6:57 AM  

Slick Talker?

Clinton was a slick talker. Obama's only remotely slick, and then only when a teleprompter is present.

Feodor February 20, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
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Marshall Art February 20, 2009 at 9:14 AM  

"A happy medium is a thoughtful, non slick, competent and morally sure President in tough times.

Just what we now have."

Could Feodork's stupidity now not be more apparent?

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