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Losers All Around
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 12:52:47 EST

On many fronts of the endless political wars.

axis of fail

In 2009, Democrats had 60 senators, when you include the two independents who caucused with them; in 2015, they will have 45. In 2009, Democrats had 256 members of the House; in 2015, they will have 192. In 2009, Democrats had 28 governors; in 2015, they will have 18. In 2009, Democrats controlled both legislative chambers in 27 states; in 2015, they will control only 11. In 2009, Democrats controlled 62 legislative chambers; in 2015, they will control only 28 (with one tie and two still undecided).

The impact of the carnage in state legislatures on Obama's watch is hard to overstate. This is where the future classes of mayors, governors, and members of Congress are bred. This is where the boundary lines are drawn for congressional and legislative districts. This is where party leaders come from. And this is where the rules are made for party primaries and election laws are set. According to Tim Storey at the National Conference of State Legislatures, what we saw on Tuesday was an almost unprecedented "Republican wave," which he said, leaves "Democrats at their lowest point in state legislatures in nearly a century."

A veritable transformation of the country's politics, which may be the only Obama promise (threat?) made and kept.

But as the first of today's posts points out . . .

No reason - none at all - to be cocky about any of it.

Because, you know, this ain't beanbag we're talkin' about.

I don't believe.

Update:

The only losers in the game/

democrats

You decide.

Further Update:

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.

H.L. Mencken

Yup.

Sounds about right.

Sounds like . . . now.

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Party Poopery?
Topic: Just Wondering
Posted by Everyman - 10:11:25 EST

Is Janis a Republican, then?

arlo

Because she seems to share the supposedly "conservative" instincts of that political party . . .

And Arlo could well be one of them, too.

Based on the optics, at least.

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Teatime Yet?
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 09:59:30 EST

It is to weep.

teatime

Is a spot of tea a good idea?

Pretty weak stuff, if you ask me.

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In The Pipeline
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 10:47:01 EST

My goodness . . .

Whoever would have seen that coming?

ramirez

Besides, maybe, Mary Landrieu . . .

That is.

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It All Works Out
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 10:38:24 EST

In the end.

See . . .

xkcd

Or maybe it's AS, instead of AI; artificial stupidity instead of artificial intelligence.

Yeah, that could be it, too.

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Gangstah Goverment
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 10:17:33 EST

They don't need no stinkin' Congress . . .

No stinkin' Constitution, neither.

gangstah government

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

So yeah, Pilgrim, as always . . .

It's up to you.

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Gruber Gelt
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 12:18:30 EST

As long as we're cleaning house, why not a lawsuit - surely someone has he standing to bring it - demanding that Dr. Gruber repay the $6 million or so he has received - call it restitution (another common law term) - for his efforts in deceiving the People's representatives, of which he has often boasted if inaccurately designating the People as the targets of his years of too-clever-by-half mendacity?

gruber pay

Surely he should not be allowed to keep his ill-gotten gains at our collective expense.

Surely.

And - icing on the cake - because of the nature of the multi-million-dollar debt, it would likely not be dischargeable in any bankruptcy proceeding, so it would stay with Dr. Gruber to his grave . . .

Appropriately enough.

Update:

Did I say "cleaning house"?

cleaning house

If only.

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Who's Not?
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 10:27:20 EST

It is tempting for me to think that any group of Democrats will be mostly stupid most of the time.

But then, I'm biased and make no secret of it.

vote

Consider the choices of those Democrats in Congress who voted in favor of ObamaCare,

1. They did not understand it, but voted for it anyway because, well, they were told to.

2. They did not read it and voted for it anyway.

3. They were smart enough to understand it, and diligent enough to read it, so they joined in and are now accountable for the lies being told to sell it to their colleagues in Congress.

What's not to like?

Forget impeachment of the president.

How about a mass impeachment of everyone - in the House, in the Senate - who voted in favor of the bill? All of them Democrats.

How about treating each of them as the faithless servants (common law talk) they made of themselves, and making them thus liable to repay the compensation they have taken while being faithless to their duties as the People's representatives?

Because surely, that bill is now due . . .

And payable.

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Who's Stupid?
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 10:05:17 EST

The Gruberization of American Politics.

A book worthy of writing, yet not really worth the effort.

grubergate

Dr. Gruber (a PhD, I'm sure) it seems, doesn't begin to understand how a Republic works (using the term very loosely).

We had no plebiscite on ObamaCare, of course. We are not - never have been - a Democracy. We're a Republic, so we charge others - people who sit in Congress - to vote for us, and they did so. Whatever stupidity involved was that of members of Congress, not of American voters, which Dr. Gruber was apparently too stupid to understand.

Indeed, polling has consistently provided evidence that a majority - a significant majority - of American voters were quite smart enough not to want ObamaCare and saw right through the lies they were being told, by the president and their Congresspeople, all of the latter Democrats.

So far then, the score is Gruber and our political elites (just ask them) 0, the American voters 1 (maybe more). Oh, and put the media geniuses on the side of the former, losers all, too.

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