Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Kansas connection....

Today, our feckless leader went to Kansas to deliver what he thinks of as the speech of the century…a speech that will ignite all Americans behind him, which will change the course of human history. A speech that will ring in the annals of history for centuries to come.  A speech…..yawn….yawn….yawn….

In fact this speech is little more than his opening campaign speech…in his usual style he has set the scene, started the war with Republicans and created the framework that he expects to work within to win the next election.

In today’s post I have included the entire transcript of his speech (although I removed all the “umm’s, “aaahs” and pregnant pauses in the interests of not subjecting my readers to such nonsense!

My comments in the rest of this post are directed solely toward his highness, the boy who would be king, the despicable despot of the White House, in response to his speech.

And thus he begins….
“Good afternoon.  I want to start by thanking a few of the folks who’ve joined us today.  We’ve got the mayor of Osawatomie, Phil Dudley; your superintendent, Gary French; the principal of Osawatomie High, Doug Chisam.  And I’ve brought your former governor, who’s now doing an outstanding job as our Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.”

Just the usual name dropping that one would expect on occasions as important as this, with one exception…the principal of the High School? Obama must be getting desperate to find dignitaries willing to be on the same stage as he is….or maybe this is his nod to the kiddie-winkies I wrote about yesterday?  Hmmmm…..

“It is great to be back in the state of Kansas.  As many of you know, I’ve got roots here.  I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Obamas of Osawatomie.  Actually, I like to say that I got my name from my father, but I got my accent – and my values – from my mother.  She was born in Wichita.  Her mother grew up in Augusta.  And her father was from El Dorado.  So my Kansas roots run deep.  

My grandparents served during World War II — he as a soldier in Patton’s Army, she as a worker on a bomber assembly line.  Together, they shared the optimism of a nation that triumphed over a Depression and fascism.  They believed in an America where hard work paid off, responsibility was rewarded, and anyone could make it if they tried — no matter who you were, where you came from, or how you started out. “

OK Obama….we get it. You are trying to convince the good people of Osawatomie that you are one of them. That you come from a long line of American patriots….I don’t see any mention of your father, or your Irish descent here….or are those simply not a part of you when you are in Kansas? Obama, it does not matter how you try to become one with the people, the fact remains that you are not like them…and never will be. They are the good honest hardworking people who make America who she is. You, on the other hand, are a worthless piece of crap.

“These values gave rise to the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known.  It was here, in America, that the most productive workers and innovative companies turned out the best products on Earth, and every American shared in that pride and success — from those in executive suites to middle management to those on the factory floor.  If you gave it your all, you’d take enough home to raise your family, send your kids to school, have your health care covered, and put a little away for retirement.

Today, we are still home to the world’s most productive workers and innovative companies.  But for most Americans, the basic bargain that made this country great has eroded.  Long before the recession hit, hard work stopped paying off for too many people.  Fewer and fewer of the folks who contributed to the success of our economy actually benefitted from that success.  Those at the very top grew wealthier from their incomes and investments than ever before.  But everyone else struggled with costs that were growing and paychecks that weren’t – and too many families found themselves racking up more and more debt just to keep up. “

It did not take long for him to start…this is classic “bait and switch” marketing BS that every used car salesman learned the first day on the job. Rule number 1. Find common ground with the target. Rule number 2: Make them feel good about themselves and the opportunity. Rule number 3: Help them understand that it is not their fault. Rule number 4: Blame someone else. Rule number 5: Close the deal.

Basic sales tactics.  Idiot!!
So, Obama…you are right….this country was built on the backs of those who worked hard and saved, those who gave up today for the benefits of tomorrow, those who went without so that their kids could have more.

You are also right that things changed. Nowadays, those who work hard and build this country get to see less of their rewards because progressive governments lay claim to their earnings, steal it, and give it to those who do not work.

“For many years, credit cards and home equity loans papered over the harsh realities of this new economy.  But in 2008, the house of cards collapsed.  We all know the story by now:  Mortgages sold to people who couldn’t afford them, or sometimes even understand them.  Banks and investors allowed to keep packaging the risk and selling it off.  Huge bets – and huge bonuses – made with other people’s money on the line.  Regulators who were supposed to warn us about the dangers of all this, but looked the other way or didn’t have the authority to look at all.

It was wrong.  It combined the breathtaking greed of a few with irresponsibility across the system.  And it plunged our economy and the world into a crisis from which we are still fighting to recover.  It claimed the jobs, homes, and the basic security of millions – innocent, hard-working Americans who had met their responsibilities, but were still left holding the bag. “

You fool Obama…clearly you have no understanding of basic economics. Successive progressive governments devalued the currency by printing it whenever it wanted more money to spend. The resultant deflated currency caused regular inflation, boom and bust cycles in stocks and property. Real estate prices went unrealistically high due to easy credit and the desire to make money. Poor and wealthy alike fell for the greed that created the housing bubble. When prices rose so far that many people could not afford to buy, the government fed the frenzy by creating organizations that carried the risk so that banks would lend to people who had no right buying in the first place. Liquidity in the economy had to be retained so those loans were sold off to investors who chose to ignore the risk because of their own greed. And when it all came tumbling down as it must…you use taxpayers money to bail out the banks…and NOW you are blaming them?

You are a hypocrite, a liar and a corrupt piece of crap….how dare you stand before good honest people and pretend you were not a part of the problem!!!!

“Ever since, there has been a raging debate over the best way to restore growth and prosperity; balance and fairness.  Throughout the country, it has sparked protests and political movements – from the Tea Party to the people who have been occupying the streets of New York and other cities.  It’s left Washington in a near-constant state of gridlock.  And it’s been the topic of heated and sometimes colorful discussion among the men and women who are running for president. 

But this isn’t just another political debate.  This is the defining issue of our time.  This is a make or break moment for the middle class, and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class.  At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, and secure their retirement.” 

You don’t fool me, Obama. I see how easily you started to spread blame. Firstly you distanced yourself from the OWS (who you recently supported) by lumping them in with the Tea Party crowd. Then you use the a so-called debate about fairness as the cause for gridlock? Mr. President…the only people arguing about a need for fairness is you and your equally corrupt cronies. Everybody else understands that the world is not fair…and they suck it up. But you…you and those hypocrites on the Hill and in your administration, speak of fairness as if it is the panacea for all that ails this great nation. Fairness my ass.

Nice segue to “the defining issue of our time”…did you all see how he created “fairness” as the “defining issue”? Let’s see how long it takes before he starts talking about equality…lmao

“Now, in the midst of this debate, there are some who seem to be suffering from a kind of collective amnesia.  After all that’s happened, after the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, they want to return to the same practices that got us into this mess. In fact, they want to go back to the same policies that have stacked the deck against middle-class Americans for too many years.  Their philosophy is simple:  we are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules.

Well, I’m here to say they are wrong.  I’m here to reaffirm my deep conviction that we are greater together than we are on our own.  I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules.  Those aren’t Democratic or Republican values; 1% values or 99% values.  They’re American values, and we have to reclaim them. “

Geeez…the crap is getting so deep now it is hard to wade through it….but the rhetoric is unmistakable. It is exactly the same rhetoric that got this fool elected the first time around. The stuff that sounds good but has absolutely no substance.

Obama, what exactly are you trying to say here? Are you telling us that today’s conservatives want us to go back to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression? (Oh…did you all notice that he never talks about a recession – just a crisis. The reason is simple….a crisis demands prompt action….and by inference his prompt action averted a recession. He doesn’t need to say these things….they are already a part of the language that our brains have been subjected to for 3 years, that a mere inference will bring back the full thoughts. Beware of these mental and logic traps this liar sets….)

The American values we have to claim sir are simple…honesty, conviction, truth, love and generosity.

The values you offer are laziness, theft, corruption and deceit.

I know which values I want back in America…and they can not be celebrated fully as long as you, Sir Idiot, remain in the White House!

“You see, this isn’t the first time America has faced this choice.  At the turn of the last century, when a nation of farmers was transitioning to become the world’s industrial giant, we had to decide:  would we settle for a country where most of the new railroads and factories were controlled by a few giant monopolies that kept prices high and wages low?  Would we allow our citizens and even our children to work ungodly hours in conditions that were unsafe and unsanitary?  Would we restrict education to the privileged few?  Because some people thought massive inequality and exploitation was just the price of progress. “

History, dear sir. Read it. America was not the only nation dealing with these considerations during the industrial revolution. The advancement of technology made not just America but the world wealthier than it had ever before imagined. Technology was the reason more could be done with fewer workers. With greater wealth comes greater opportunity to change standards of living, protecting the young, fewer hardships. America did not make a conscious choice…she followed a progression made possible by technology and greater wealth. If America had missed the industrial revolution, we would today have children working in mines to earn a slice of bread…because the opportunities afforded by technology would never have existed, and the American people would have stayed exactly as they were.

“Theodore Roosevelt disagreed.  He was the Republican son of a wealthy family.  He praised what the titans of industry had done to create jobs and grow the economy.  He believed then what we know is true today:  that the free market is the greatest force for economic progress in human history.  It’s led to a prosperity and standard of living unmatched by the rest of the world.

But Roosevelt also knew that the free market has never been a free license to take whatever you want from whoever you can.  It only works when there are rules of the road to ensure that competition is fair, open, and honest.  And so he busted up monopolies, forcing those companies to compete for customers with better services and better prices.  And today, they still must.  He fought to make sure businesses couldn’t profit by exploiting children, or selling food or medicine that wasn’t safe.  And today, they still can’t.  

OK…so Roosevelt knew all this stuff…and embarked on a progressive policy. He was not a conservative. So here’s a question for you Obama…if Roosevelt knew “that the free market has never been a free license to take whatever you want from whoever you can”…what made him think it was ok for the government to do that? What moral compass allowed him to steal from one for the benefit of another? Can you answer that one, fool?

“In 1910, Teddy Roosevelt came here, to Osawatomie, and laid out his vision for what he called a New Nationalism.  “Our country,” he said, “…means nothing unless it means the triumph of a real democracy…of an economic system under which each man shall be guaranteed the opportunity to show the best that there is in him.”

Let me point out again that your intellectual capacity is sadly lacking. You and Roosevelt seem to think America is a democracy. She is not. A democracy is nothing but mob rule. America is a Republic, governed by the rule of law, not the mob. I know you find it hard to differentiate the two….especially since the law, the constitution under which America acts, is so foreign to you…you who call yourself a constitutional scholar. Bah, humbug!!

“For this, Roosevelt was called a radical, a socialist, even a communist.  But today, we are a richer nation and a stronger democracy because of what he fought for in his last campaign:  an eight hour work day and a minimum wage for women; insurance for the unemployed, the elderly, and those with disabilities; political reform and a progressive income tax.

Today, over one hundred years later, our economy has gone through another transformation.  Over the last few decades, huge advances in technology have allowed businesses to do more with less, and made it easier for them to set up shop and hire workers anywhere in the world.  And many of you know firsthand the painful disruptions this has caused for a lot of Americans. “ 

Obama…you nearly got it right….you missed one vitally important word…”rightly”…For this, Roosevelt was RIGHTLY called a radical, a socialist, even a communist.” You could add thief and despot as well if you wanted.

When government gets involved in labor, it changes the balance of supply and demand for what is essentially a commodity. The minimum wage for women did not put a floor under their pay (although it did ensure a minimum pay)…but its most far reaching effect was to put a CEILING on what women could earn. There was no need for competition to buy labor…everybody paid the same minimum. And you think this is a good thing? Fool!

As far as entitlements….insurance for the unemployed, pensions for the elderly and all that redistribution of income theft…that was the start of what we have today….an economy driven by people with their hands out demanding to be supported by those who break their backs laboring to feed their own families. We have become a society of parasites…begging the government for food when we are too lazy to go out and get it ourselves.

Roosevelt was the start of this cancer that now eats away at the American system. He is no hero!

“Factories where people thought they would retire suddenly picked up and went overseas, where the workers were cheaper.  Steel mills that needed 1,000 employees are now able to do the same work with 100, so that layoffs were too often permanent, not just a temporary part of the business cycle.  These changes didn’t just affect blue-collar workers.  If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs or the internet.  Today, even higher-skilled jobs like accountants and middle management can be outsourced to countries like China and India.  And if you’re someone whose job can be done cheaper by a computer or someone in another country, you don’t have a lot of leverage with your employer when it comes to asking for better wages and benefits – especially since fewer Americans today are part of a union. 

OMG…I thought he had put this one to rest….the ATM took my job!!! Bwawawawawaaaa

The unions have fewer members? I don’t know if that is true, but if so, doesn’t that tell you something about whether people WANT to be a part of a union?

It’s real simple…if you study for a job that pays poorly, that was your choice. If you train for a job that becomes technologically obsolete, train for another. It is not up to me to pay for your decisions, choices or dumb luck. If I choose to, I can support you through voluntary donations…and from what I have seen conservative America is the most generous Nation on this earth. (The same cannot be said for liberal America!)

If your job is outsourced, go find another one…don’t come begging for the crap sandwich the government is willing to give you!

“Now, just as there was in Teddy Roosevelt’s time, there’s been a certain crowd in Washington for the last few decades who respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune.  “The market will take care of everything,” they tell us.  If only we cut more regulations and cut more taxes – especially for the wealthy – our economy will grow stronger.  Sure, there will be winners and losers.  But if the winners do really well, jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everyone else.  And even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, they argue, that’s the price of liberty.

It’s a simple theory – one that speaks to our rugged individualism and healthy skepticism of too much government.  It fits well on a bumper sticker.  Here’s the problem:  It doesn’t work.  It’s never worked.  It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression.  It’s not what led to the incredible post-war boom of the 50s and 60s.  And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. “

I hate to burst your little ego bubble, Obama….but it does work. To the extent it has been tried in America, it has worked. To the extent it has been tried elsewhere, it has worked.

What has always failed is big government, and high spending. The tax and spend culture simply takes from the producers and gives to the non-producers….a system that always ultimately fails.

“Remember that in those years, in 2001 and 2003, Congress passed two of the most expensive tax cuts for the wealthy in history, and what did they get us?  The slowest job growth in half a century.  Massive deficits that have made it much harder to pay for the investments that built this country and provided the basic security that helped millions of Americans reach and stay in the middle class – things like education and infrastructure; science and technology; Medicare and Social Security.

Remember that in those years, thanks to some of the same folks who are running Congress now, we had weak regulation and little oversight, and what did that get us? Insurance companies that jacked up people’s premiums with impunity, and denied care to the patients who were sick.  Mortgage lenders that tricked families into buying homes they couldn’t afford.  A financial sector where irresponsibility and lack of basic oversight nearly destroyed our entire economy. “

How many more lies do I have to work through? Fact: The bush tax cuts gave bigger cuts to the lowest income earners than any other bracket. The whole tax cuts for the rich is a political ploy that Obama plays with every opportunity, and the mindless followers lap up like kittens at the cream bowl. Sheeesh

Obama…ummm….didn’t your people have control of the house and the senate from around 2006 through 2010? And what did they do to fix these things that were so wrong? They made them worse, you fool….and you even gave us that nightmare Obamacare….Obamasuffer is a better title for it, cause there is nothing about caring in there.

“We simply cannot return to this brand of your-on-your-own economics if we’re serious about rebuilding the middle class in this country.  We know that it doesn’t result in a strong economy.  It results in an economy that invests too little in its people and its future.  It doesn’t result in a prosperity that trickles down.  It results in a prosperity that’s enjoyed by fewer and fewer of our citizens. “

Is that a fact? Can you please cite your sources? Unlike the morons who believe every word that drips from your forked tongue, I want to see intellectually honest evidence of this claim. When an economy grows, everybody is better off….when it shrinks, everybody is worse off. How do you claim that greater prosperity is enjoyed by fewer of our citizens? I call BS on this outlandish lie!

“Look at the statistics.  In the last few decades, the average income of the top one percent has gone up by more than 250%, to $1.2 million per year.  For the top one hundredth of one percent, the average income is now $27 million per year.  The typical CEO who used to earn about 30 times more than his or her workers now earns 110 times more.  And yet, over the last decade, the incomes of most Americans have actually fallen by about six percent”

SO WHAT? Why do I care if someone else has earned more…or done better…or got more? Why should I care? I am certainly not in the top 1%, but I hold hope that with hard work, perseverance and some good luck, I could one day be there….but if I don’t, so what? What gives me the right to say they don’t deserve it, shouldn’t have it, or be disgruntled? That is jealousy pure and simple…and I have no time for that.

This is what is wrong with this country. We have a president telling us we SHOULD care about what someone else has…in fact we should care enough that we tell the President he can take it away…we have a President that wants to grow the jealousy in us that will allow us to condone the theft he most dearly wants to commit.
There are names for people like that…and asshole doesn’t come close!

“This kind of inequality – a level we haven’t seen since the Great Depression – hurts us all.  When middle-class families can no longer afford to buy the goods and services that businesses are selling, it drags down the entire economy, from top to bottom.  America was built on the idea of broad-based prosperity – that’s why a CEO like Henry Ford made it his mission to pay his workers enough so that they could buy the cars they made.  It’s also why a recent study showed that countries with less inequality tend to have stronger and steadier economic growth over the long run.

Inequality also distorts our democracy.  It gives an outsized voice to the few who can afford high-priced lobbyists and unlimited campaign contributions, and runs the risk of selling out our democracy to the highest bidder.  And it leaves everyone else rightly suspicious that the system in Washington is rigged against them – that our elected representatives aren’t looking out for the interests of most Americans. “

The only thing surprising about this argument is that it took that fool so long to get to it….I knew inequality would be the thrust of his argument and here it is. I still don’t understand how inequality destroys economies….laziness, money grubbing addicts waiting for the next government handout, robber barons hiding in the halls of congress, government waste….these are things that destroy economies…not inequality.

A question for you Obama….if you took all the wealth of the top 1% and distributed it evenly among the remaining 99%...what would happen to the economy? By your reasoning, it would take off like a rocket….I call BS again.

An economy cannot grow without the creation of wealth. Redistribution of existing wealth to ensure equality does nothing to create new wealth….the exact same wealth is available. The difference is that it is not available in banks for lending to create businesses that grow jobs and the economy. It is distributed so thinly that it becomes untappable…and therefor can not create new wealth.

What would happen, my brainless president, is that the economy would suffer a massive credit squeeze, businesses would fail, and the resultant depression would make the 1930’s look like the decade of greed.

Buy an economics book, fool….in fact buy several hundred and make your foolish advisors read them.

Honestly….if I read any more of this crap I am going to scream…so I will skip the majority of what is left of this crappy speech for the sake of my own sanity….

And then I spot this gem….

“This isn’t about class warfare.” 


Everything in this speech was designed to create division and make the less wealthy clamor for a piece of the wealth pie. Every sentence in this speech was designed to make you feel bad about your lot in life, but to point the blame at someone else. Every word was designed to create animosity and jealousy, spreading lies and manipulating good folk to buy those lies.

And the really sad part is that so many will read this speech, listen to this speech, and bow down before the greatness of this tyrant, not knowing who they bow before. Not understanding that in their supplication they are handing the keys to their future to the very man destined to destroy it.

The man who would be king is preparing for the battle to come. His armies are marching…and his minions are spreading their vile odorous ideas throughout the land.

Be warned dear friend. The battle is looming and it is a battle we cannot afford to lose.


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