Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The De Blasio Fiasco----A Dramatic Undertaking

From the Politico article: De Blasio’s nightmare

New York’s mayor has lost the police — and maybe much more than that.

By Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush

"Bill de Blasio, like his progressive political idol Barack Obama, is finding out that you can’t do the New Politics if you don’t pay attention to the old politics. 
In Obama’s case, it was a failure to recognize the threat posed to him by Republicans who didn’t buy into his calls for a post-partisan partnership with Congress. For New York’s ambitious liberal mayor, it was an inability to keep long-simmering tensions with the city’s traditionally powerful police department from boiling over in the last few days. 
Just over a year after sailing into office with 72 percent of the vote on a message of transformational change, de Blasio found his mayoralty subsumed by a torrent of anger, unleashed by the murder of two police officers in Brooklyn Saturday by a troubled gunman who said he was killing “pigs” to avenge the deaths of two men by cops in Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri. By Monday, de Blasio was lashing out at the press corps that covers him, trying to paper over public divisions with his own police commissioner and coping with what friends described as the emotional blow of facing public rejection by many in the nation’s biggest police force. “He’s pretty badly shaken” by the murders, one told us......." (Read complete article here)

The Gotham City Blues:  The Only Place in America where the flare for political melodramatics transitions into a “Nightmare”---An Exposition of Old School Democrats vs. the 21st Century Liberalism Run Amuck. 

Nightmare indeed.  The only other place this story would be fitting would be if it took place in, you guessed it, Hollywood.  But New York has always shoved tinsel-town to the sidelines when it comes to the real dramatics of a scandalous affair of this magnitude.  All the “players” are here, as only Haberman and Thrush can thrust onto the stage, or into the ring as it may---Obama, de Blasio, Bratton, Sharpton, (and the company of their “spokespersons”), blossoming unlike any Gotham City saga seen in decades, with the twisting plots of a transitional city where the old school Democrats with their indignant pride is overtaken by the new-age faction that inserted Mr. Obama into power.  And then, of course, there’s the “voracious media”, who find themselves conflicted on how not to consume their heroes of political liberalism, yet yearning to get into the boxing ring and throw a few punches of their own.

But let’s digress for a short moment.  As implied in this story, it was more likely that it was Mr. de Blasio who has turned his back on his once loyal forces of the NYPD long before these current dramas came to a head.  The display at the Brooklyn hospital was merely a well-deserved reciprocation.  The NYPD, along with their union reps won’t stand by and get steam-rolled/smeared by the hostilities of the Mayor’s boys who don’t have their backs.  Mr. Obama can count his blessings that our Military isn’t similarly unionized with the ability to speak out against their feckless leader who has also turned his back on them time and again over his tenure, leaving them twisting in the wind.  But, that’s another story altogether.

What seems to be indignantly washed over in this “political drama“, (and the actors participating), is the stone cold fact that two innocent New York Police Officers were assassinated in broad daylight by a madman for the whole world to see.  Just as “oddly”, the liberal media glaringly omits in their stories that both of these men who swore to protect and serve, were a representation of the very minorities who have taken control of the electorate, yet to their brothers in arms, they were all the same---men in Blue, the only color that matters---something Mr. de Blasio and his cohorts better get behind before they’re eaten alive by their own fawning media.  Finally, speaking of the MEDIA, they have also played a huge part in this.  From the first day in Ferguson, to New York City and beyond, the Jeff Zucker’s of CNN, and the blowhards at MSNBC have done everything in their sick “journalistic” power to foment racism, while driving their own personal agenda of dividing a nation, pitting one class of people against another, along with destroying what little faith our minorities had in those same community residents that put on their uniforms to protect and serve.  They too, should be held accountable, (in part), for the deaths of our fallen heroes, for it was the media who played the video OVER AND OVER AGAIN, of the crowd of protesters demanding dead cops.  Once again, the media had a choice to portray the majority of protesters who were legally asking for justice, yet the “sensational news”---”What do we want, dead cops“---sold far more viewership, ie, ad dollars than “plain old responsible reporting”.  Throw in the far left online social media, (along with the text-savvy sycophants), and the recipe for more deaths is waiting.  Oh, you bet this is a NIGHTMARE, and a sleeping giant is about to awake.  

But, The Big Apple had better watch out, some one in Hollywood is writing the screenplay for this impending nightmare, where unemployed actors are plenty hungry to get in on this political drama.  It’s been far too long since they’ve had “a glove to fit” or a Rodney King beating to feed their artistic passions.  Of course, no one saw any of this coming, except Mr. Obama, who’s always been behind the scenes as the King of Division---par for "his" course. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The GOP Power-Play---How Boehner and Company Plan on Dealing with the Tea Party

In a Breitbart post dated December 12th, 2014, Rush Limbaugh surmises that the legislation in the Cromnibus that eases campaign finance rules was inserted to basically help John Boehner neuter the Tea Party Conservatives: 

"Limbaugh continued "This is how corporate America is going to defeat the Tea Party. By allowing limitless donations from that crowd under the rubric that its campaign finance and money is speech and freedom of speech and 1st Amendment, the theory is that Main Street, Tea Party people can't come close to competing with corporate money and so it is a Republican Establishment ploy that kind of dovetails nicely with Obama siccing the IRS on the Tea Party to basically eliminate them as a viable threat by relaxing a regulation in Dodd-Frank that pretty much permits corporations to spend any kind of money they want on politics."  LINK

It would certainly make sense that Boehner would do anything to neuter the Tea Party, since they've been a political thorn in is side for/since what, when ever they started making waves?  2009?  If this is truly the case, (that the establishment beltway Republicans, (EBR's) will exist in their own separate world---and fund themselves exclusively apart from Tea Party Conservatives, (TPC's), then so be it.  

When I wrote my post at COTR about the funding bill finally passing, it was under the mindset that given the current position of Republicans, (only controlling the House), my first thought was (with more power coming in Jan), give "the people"---and the fuckin' media---the impression that Republicans "can govern" under regular order and pass legislation.  

Most of us should know that for months before this bill came to a head, that both the Senate and House committees got together and agreed to put a funding bill together that 1) would eventually pass, and 2) had enough “goodies” added in for both parties to again insure enough of both sides would eventually commit to its passage.  It’s a bit ironic that in the end, it was Nancy Pelosi that almost threw the huge monkey wrench into their plans, not a simi-powerless Tea Party.

This is where it would be understood why so many of the TPC’s saw those in the EBR’s as nothing but status quo Democrats when it came to restricting federal spending---justifiably so.  Just the sight/realization of Boehner and Obama working together in the end to gather the last votes to pass this thing had to leave a bitter taste in many of the mouths of conservatives.  As a side note, it was also a bit ironic to see Steny Hoyer going against his minority leader’s wishes.  (It’s my guess that there might be a power-play in the works and Hoyer might have been playing his small part in this whole thing).

Again, my first concern, (while perhaps misguided), was that both the Democrats and the media didn’t have another repeated narrative to run with that Republicans shut down the government and spoiled Christmas.  As it did turn out, the previous “shutdown” had no real impact on Republicans last November.  But my first thought was for this incoming power to leave the impression that the days of gridlock in Congress was over in the eyes of the voting public.  That said, I do understand the frustrations of the TPC’s who are asking “what the fuck did we win!” [in the last election] ???  

As for Rush’s “money thing”, more corporate money and resources to the EBR’s to neuter the TPC’s, this ploy “could” also backfire IF the TPC’s find a way to solicit this new money without sacrificing their principles.  Again, if “this is the game”, what’s to stop the TPC’s from sitting down at the table and get a hand dealt to them? Their attitude, going forward should be two can play this game. 

It has to be understood by the EBR’s that they will need the TPC’s block of voting to hopefully win the WH in 2016, and maintain the Senate.  If Boehner and company, the EBR’s choose to completely annihilate and eliminate their competition within their own party, you can almost bet the farm that those 4-6 million Republican voters will stay home AGAIN, and we’ll have a repeat of 2012.

I guess my point is, MONEY isn’t going to solve everything for the EBR’s.  
They still have to “fight” the ideology---a battle they might not win without paying a price they can not afford. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Finally! A Spending Resolution----Decided by Legislators and Passed by Legislators

Late last night, (December 11th, 2014), the House of Representatives, (with the help of Obama Democrats), passed a spending bill that will fund the federal government through September.  Make no mistake, no one on the far left or the far right was happy with the outcome, BUT, to the pleasure of an electorate that had become sick of watching their representatives live in gridlock and do nothing, (or worse, bring the federal government to a grinding halt---again), our Congress finally accomplished "something", despite the winners and losers.

Bottom line:  Democrats received the message loud and clear from an American public who were sick and tired of not seeing the legislative branch of their government doing anything.  After the 2010 shellacking, it was Harry Reid's Senate that refused to bring ANY House-passed legislation to the floor---even for debate.  The liberal media’s false narrative that it was the “obstructionist House” that prevented legislation from reaching Mr. Obama’s desk began to fall on deaf ears, as over 300 House bills hit Harry Reid’s desk only to collect dust.  Yes, of the 300 bills, Republicans sent the ObamaCare repeal over 50 times, but of the remaining 150 bills, much of it was either passed on a voice vote or had bi-partisan support.  Many will say that Harry Reid gambled---for two long years---by bringing little legislation passed by the House because he knew many moderate Democrats in the Senate would pass legislation destined for Obama’s desk, (that did not fit the radical liberal agenda), and would have to be vetoed by Obama, or worse, signed by the President as common sense bi-partisan legislation.  The far left wing of the liberal Democratic Party would have none of that---including the Pelosi-led liberals in the House and Harry’s obstructionism.

The results/ramifications brought about the 2014 Shellacking 2.0, in which the Democratic Party suffered losses not seen in over 100 years, as the country reminded the far left liberals they were not ready to become a socialist big-government society run by the fat cats in D.C.  As ObamaCare continued to unfold as the largest federal constrainment over the masses, (requiring over 50 unlawful waivers for unions and special interest and failing to meet the promises made to pass the unsupported legislation---specifically, “you can keep your doctor and your plan”), the massive disastrous roll-out was the least of the problems Democrats would incur.  The working middle class had been shafted again as they saw the price of this dream fall squarely on their shoulders.  Very few saw the $2,500.00 average family savings Mr. Obama promised.  They did however see the monstrous deductibles---3-7 THOUSAND DOLLARS---that would eat up any savings the legislation promised.

Fast forward to last night: After both the Senate and House committees working tirelessly for months to produce bi-partisan legislation both parties could live with, (and more importantly, prove to the American public that they could work towards passing legislation), the last of the radical left, specifically HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI and her cohorts* raised their ugly heads one last time and almost succeeded in obstructing the will of the people.  Mz. Pelosi has realized she will never retain that gavel she once coveted and abused.  Her phony complaints about two provisions in the bill---again, negotiated and approved by both parties---was her curtain call.  For a party that had added over six trillion dollars to the national debt, (primarily to satisfy a myriad of special interest, including no-bid federal contracts to the unions and corporate entities that would make the OWS crowd blush), the ever shrinking middle class said enough is enough.

The Tea Party Patriots did not like this bill because it did not realistically restrain any of the run-away federal government spending.  Their constituents sent them to Congress to rein in spending, and begin to put an end to big-government policies eating away at the individual liberties afforded to the people.  This wing of the Republican party has every right to feel betrayed by the status quo beltway Republicans that many conservatives consider just another big-spending Democrat.  Given they only had one wing of the legislative branch, (until January), their power was limited.  But, they do have the pulse of a nation tiring of an over-bearing central government.  Make no mistake, John Boehner will hear from both these Representatives and the people who sent them to Congress.  For those of you who think the Tea Party is dead, think again.

On the other side of the political spectrum, the ever-shrinking far left liberals cried that their entitlement programs did not keep up with inflation in this bill.  They wanted far more than they got, yet the moderate Democrats, (who care to keep their jobs), understood what 2014 meant---which was to move the party back toward the center or continue to get eaten alive.  BTW, the faux anger over the derivatives revision is about as phony as the UVA rape allegations and the media’s false narrative that Brown had his hands up during his assault on a police officer---THEY DIDN’T HAPPEN.  The fact that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are currently approving loans like chewing gum---AGAIN---requiring only a 3% down payment is a recipe for madness and a sure repeat of the 2008 recession if it continues unchecked.  Make no mistake, the banking industry will line the pockets of any legislator who looks the other way.  And there appears to be plenty of takers.

Finally, the LIBERAL MEDIA is completely besides themselves because their greatest wish---ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN---did not happen.  Their obsession and quest to drive the racial narrative has faded into the “not the news anymore” albeit the late-to-the-party idiots in the Republic of Berkeley---the heart of Pelosi country.  The war on women narrative has also died a deserved death, along with the income inequality garbage, when the people have realized it is the far left liberals that helped to facilitate their socialist plot of income redistribution---that ended up hitting the middle class squarely in the face.  To the liberal media’s demise, their liberal progressive agenda is fading faster than a Fast and Furious, Benghazi, or an IRS investigation.  As the nation moves further to the center, they will become as relevant and extinct as an ovulating dinosaur in search of its companion---there will be no consummation.  

So there you have it.  The far right is not happy and the far left has become literally irrelevant in providing realistic legislation the people of this nation will accept, yet a spending bill passed.  Mr. Obama has become moot as the new Congress takes the reins in January.  Delightfully stuck in the middle is our liberal media, twisting in the winds of time, desperately searching for divisive story than might revive their placid desires to foment a tumultuous outcome---counter-productive to a nation hungering for sanity and a common sense of purpose.  My only hope is that they are the biggest losers as a nation passes them by.  Or, even better, purges the pathetic excuse for what they call journalism in both contemporary and social media.

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