Category Archives: Things that are WRONG

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

H/T Daily Caller:

Here’s an illuminating article for you at the Daily Caller detailing how Obamacare is funneling money to corporations and unions in the guise of the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. Apparently the program is to cover health insurance for early-retirement programs from the retirement date until Medicare eligibility age. The whole point of offering employees early retirement is to give them a lump sum to leave early, therefore reducing ongoing costs going forward. I would assume that part of the package offered by the company would include health insurance, but I suppose that’s up to the company.

The telling part of the story is WHO the ERRP funds are going to. CBS and The Washington Post are receiving funds, and both of those news outlets are able to influence public opinion of the Obamacare policy as a whole. In addition to CBS and The Washington Post, money is being given to General Electric, Verizon and AT&T. These companies are made up of large numbers of union workers. Also, the unions themselves are getting direct ERRP funds – the United Auto Workers, Teamsters, United Mine Workers, United Food and Commercial Workers, the AFL-CIO, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

So, what’s the best way to get re-elected? Reward those who elected you the last time. Funnel money to the liberal-friendly media that support your policies and to the unions who helped elect you. If you’re a union worker in this country, why would you vote against the Democrats? After all, you’re getting your big pensions and retirement plans and other benefits. Now they want to offer you free health insurance when you take early retirement. You’re getting yours, why should you care about the poor schlubs who are working their butts off to pay the taxes that are funding programs like the ERRP? The last thing you’re going to do is bite the hand that feeds you and elect a conservative that will put a stop to Obamacare.

Unless you have a conscience, that is, in which case you know that you’re basically standing on the backs of the citizens of this country while you wait for your next handout.

 

You just can’t make some people happy.

I was browsing through articles in the Jerusalem Post when I came across this image:

 

Keep in mind that I saw the image before I saw the title of the article. I immediately recognized the 5-ring symbol and the word “London”, but other than that, it just looks like a bunch of shapes to me. Apparently I’m naiive. It turns out that the Iranians see the word “Zion” in this mess.

Now, I realize I’m lucky enough to not be from a persecuted people (unless you count my being Catholic), so I’m sure there are things out there that slip past me that would upset others. But isn’t there a point where people are spending all their time LOOKING for things to be upset about? I think sensitivity can turn into paranoia, as we’re seeing here, and paranoia is dangerous. When an entire country is watching their Spaghettios and Alpha-Bits so they can declare jihad if the letters J-E-W line up too closely, there’s not much you can do to reason with them.

To fight the fire or not fight the fire?

H/T The New American:

There’s been a lot of talk lately about an incident in Tennessee where firefighters let a house burn down because the owners hadn’t paid their fee. Long story short, the city fire department has had a policy for years that those living outside the city can pay $75 per year for fire protection. This person forgot to pay in, and therefore they didn’t get helped.

Some have pointed to this as an example of conservatism in the extreme. The family should have been more self-reliant. The rules are the rules and that’s just how it is! They should have paid!

I grew up in a rural area, and the fairly small city that I live in now is surrounded by rural fire districts, mostly volunteer. These volunteer firemen are conservatives – gun-0wners, hunters, Christians. There’s no way they would stand by and let a house burn to the ground in front of them. They and the neighbors would try to put it out with buckets and garden hoses before they would let that happen.

What happened in Tennessee was unnecessary and wrong. Yes, there have been valid points made, such as “if we let everyone get away with paying their fee AFTER the fire happens, no one will pay UNLESS there is a fire”. But those points could have been addressed the next day, not made while someone’s home was turning into ash.

Government out of control and still hungry for more power

If you’re one of those people who still think the government is here to help and don’t realize how out of control it has gotten, you need to pay more attention to what’s really going on in this country and less attention to the mainstream media’s liberal-filtered so-called “news”.

Read about this incident in Oregon where health inspectors have let their power go to their heads to the point where common sense has been completely lost. Regulating lemonade stands?  Are you serious? You’re going to make a kid get a $120 license to run a lemonade stand?

We’ve got to turn this country around, everyone! This nonsense has GOT TO STOP before we’ve got Big Brother inside our bathrooms telling us we’re using too much toilet paper. You might laugh, but they’re already regulating how much water our toilets can use. Is it really that much of a stretch to think they’ll continue to push for more and more control of every aspect of our lives?

The plot thickens…

H/T Illinois Review:

The pieces just keep coming together.  I’m reminded of the “six degrees of separation” theory, where everyone is separated from anyone else by no more than 6 steps.

Obama, Giannoulias, Rezko and Nadhmi Auchi are linked together in a nasty web that stinks of corruption, and Auchi is even linked to Saddam Hussein.  It’s especially interesting that supposedly Obama met Auchi in Rezko’s home AFTER Auchi had been convicted in France.  Then 2 years later, Giannoulias’ Broadway Bank loaned money to Rezko and Auchi.  Rezko can be linked back to Rod and Patty Blagojevich.  Rod has suddenly become very silent after months of running his mouth about how the truth would come out in the trial.

It’s Chicago politics as usual folks.  Don’t take your eyes off the ball or they’ll make this whole thing disappear and you’ll be left wondering what happened.

Hold on tight, higher taxes are on the way

H/T Americans for Tax Reform

As if the economy isn’t depressed enough, and unemployment isn’t high enough, the Obama brain-trust is barreling forward with plenty of new taxes ready to hit your wallets on January 2011.  Some aren’t so much new as old taxes that had been suspended and are being allowed to come back, but that doesn’t change the fact that people are going to be giving MORE money to the government and spending less. Don’t expect big job creation gains or lower unemployment levels any time soon while Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of their Liberal cabal push their Progressive agenda down the throats of the American people.