Here is a hurl-by-hurl chronology of 10 things that turned my stomach this year, and why:
1) Jan 23rd: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said: “The fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans. What difference, at this point, does it make?” This is not the kind of ethical accountability I expect from public servants who are elected or appointed to lead the U.S. Government.
2) March 24th: In a deal with international lenders to receive a $13B Eurozone bailout, the Cyprus government raised $7.5B domestically by confiscating property (savings accounts) from depositors in the Mediterranean island’s two biggest banks. Deposits above the “insured” level of 100,000 euros ($130K) were suddenly taxed at 47.5%. Progressives in the U.S. are now licking their chops. Unfazed by our debt-to-GDP ratio exceeding 100%, Progressives aren’t scared of skyrocketing national debt because America’s debt-to-wealth ratio is “only” 25%, and they’re intent on escalating political pressure to tax savings as well as income. Imagine if your savings and retirement accounts suddenly took a 47.5% haircut, above and beyond the income and capital gains taxes you have paid or will pay upon withdrawal.
3) Early April: MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, in a “Lean Forward” promotional spot, said: “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children….We haven’t had a very collective notion of ‘these are our children’….We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” I can scarcely imagine ANY other public statement that could more plainly display how “Progressivism” means progress directly towards overt socialism.
4) April 20th: Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, wrote: “Until we fully understand what turned two brothers who allegedly perpetrated the [April 15th] Boston Marathon bombings into murderers, it is hard to make any policy recommendation other than this: We need to redouble our efforts to make America stronger and healthier so it remains a vibrant counterexample to whatever bigoted ideology may have gripped these young men….So what to do?….the best place to start is with a carbon tax.” If you’ve read any of Friedman’s columns and books, you see he OBVIOUSLY strains to disguise his leftism by contriving to sound like a “pragmatic centrist.” But this time his zeal for centralized government control of society and global warming activism stretched his creative writing skills ‘til they snapped.
5) May 31st: Bill Maher, HBO host of Real Time, said: “George Bush, over the Memorial Day weekend, held the Wounded Warrior 100K [bike ride], which was a kind of a celebration for wounded warriors who came back from Iraq, and I guess they walked or ran or something on their prosthetic limbs. And I found this to be nauseating. I mean, first he sends them off to war to get their limbs blown off, and then he has them over for a barbecue. This is like the Cleveland guy having a pizza party for those girls he had in his basement.” Frankly I think Maher’s gutter floweth over (unfortunately quite frequently)…no further comment needed from me.
6) July 6th: A train carrying crude oil in Quebec crashed in a fireball that killed 47 people and destroyed much of the town of Lac-Mégantic, while the Keystone XL oil pipeline construction continues to be blocked by the Obama Administration. Where’s the common sense in that policy? Obviously there must be other motivations besides just environmentalism…like politics and money.
7) Sept 9th: Russian President and topless male model Vladimir Putin, having already thumbed the U.S.’s eye by granting asylum to U.S. traitor Edward Snowden on Aug 1st, upstaged the Obama Administration by intervening to entertain promises from Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to dismantle his chemical weapons. In a late September poll, Americans viewed Putin as the most effective statesman in the crisis, and Obama the least effective. On the geopolitical world stage, President Obama and the U.S. lost significant credibility.
8) Sept 27th: The Obama Administration announced its intent to essentially bail out the City of Detroit due to exceptional circumstances. But they’re not really “exceptional” at all – they’re typical of hundreds of financially strapped cities and states that have overborrowed, overspent, and overpromised government employee benefits for decades, in return for votes. Why reward government malpractice with a bailout using borrowed federal money? Borrowed from our young children who must repay it, I might add.
9) October: The Obama Administration went above and beyond to assure the partial (17%) government shut down HURT people. The degree of disruption inflicted by the government was unnecessary – except in the political minds of the Progressive strategists who absolutely couldn’t allow the slimdown to be perceived as the minor event that it really was. So for example, the National Park Service was responsible for some of the most petty perversions of government authority I’ve ever heard of. Unsupervised and unfenced war memorials in WashingtonD.C. were barricaded. Privately-run sites located on federal land were forced to close. Besides closing the Mount Rushmore park itself, the Park Service attempted to barricade all highway shoulder pull-outs where drivers can stop and just view Mount Rushmore from miles away. All of this took EXTRA effort by our government (you know…Of the People, By the People, For the People) to disrupt “The People.” Simply sickening.
10) Nov 4th: Ruth Marcus, Washington Post columnist, said on NPR: “This has been really — and I know people are going to call about Benghazi and other things, but this has been really a very — and the IRS — this has been a really relatively scandal-free administration, first term and second term.” Really? The only reason it’s hard to list the blatant abuses of power is because there are SO MANY of them.
To be better prepared for 2014, I went out and bought this new LCD-TV console, with handy flip-up chin rest.