Monday, January 27, 2014

Americans' Trust In Congress

Back in July of 2010 I used the occasion of a Gallup Poll on the trust Americans have in various institutions, as related by a post Ed Morrissey did at Hot Air, to compare that trust in the US Congress with the number of Republicans serving in the Senate.

Well, this morning there was another Morrissey post that caught my eye. In a post about Congressional approval ratings, Ed writes:

Here’s the problem with this analysis of the poll, however — Congressional approval ratings always stink. These may stink more than usual, but the 90%+ reelection rate for Congressional incumbents is probably not in serious danger, except perhaps in the Senate, where the numbers don’t favor Democrats.

We've had a couple more elections since my 2010 post, so let's run those numbers again.

The Confidence America Has in Congress
(click to enlarge)

My 2010 post summarized things this way:

When Republicans control the Senate, Congressional "approval" rises. When Democrats control the Senate, look out below. The notable exception was Republican control from 2003 through 2006, in which the index dropped steeply -- a movement the Democrats have seen fit to continue, to unprecedented depths ahead of the elections this fall.

The trend has continued, even in the blip of Republicans picking up seats in 2010 -- and the trust in Congress rose -- and losing seats in 2012 -- and trust falling again.

And . . . here comes 2014.

Vote Republican: help America regain trust in Congress.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Not a B+

From the WaPo (via AofSHQ):

The Obama administration will consider the new federal insurance marketplace a success if 80 percent of users can buy health-care plans online.

Well.

When asked in 2009 by Oprah to grade his presidency, Obama gave himself "a good, solid B+".

Part of his answer included this: "And I think that we're going to pass the most significant piece of social legislation since Social Security,and that's health insurance for every American."

That was 2009, this is now. And now, he'll consider it a success if 80% of the people who try to get Obamacare are successful.

For those scoring at home, 80% is not usually considered a B+, good, solid or otherwise.

Friday, November 15, 2013

What We're Discovering Is That Obama's a Dummy

In his press conference yesterday, Obama made a rather stunning admission:

"what we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy"

To paraphrase another Obama quote, I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when Obama discovered that insurance is complicated:

Obama Doesn't Understand Insurance

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The New Face of Health Care Reform

In Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt newsletter, he discusses the Upton bill that would seek to fix Obamacare glitches (not of the website kind, the kind that have caused millions of Americans' health care plans to be cancelled, in contravention of all the times Obama promised they wouldn't be). Geraghty makes this observation:

Right now, Fred Upton is competing for the title of your favorite member of the Upton family, against his perennial favorite niece.

In fact, Fred has been working behind the scenes to launch a new HealthCare.gov website -- GOPHealthCare.com -- with his niece as the new face of health care reform:

GOPhealthcare.gov

Obama's Promise Was Always a Naked Lie

He's now fully exposed.

Obama's Naked Lie

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It's Pinnochios All The Way Down

(I've used this gag before, but an update is warranted. Original form of this story found here.)

A well-known columnist (some say it was Glenn Kessler) once wrote a much noticed piece on politicians not always telling the truth. He described how politicians are lured into this practice by the inherent nature of DC, and how DC, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of power and money called politics. He used it to describe how Obama was just the latest in a long line of politicians who "misspeak", and that he really was not that different or worse than past politicians, and was deserving of only one Pinocchio.

At the end of his comments section, a little old lady wrote a passionate response. "What you have told us is rubbish. Obama is really a never-ending fount of lies. In fact, Obama is a liar, he's not that smart, and he's a nasty little man. This president and his entire political career is supported by four giant Pinocchios."

The columnist typed a superior winking smile using a semi-colon, a dash and parentheses at the beginning of his reply and then continued, "What are the four Pinocchios resting on?"

"You're very clever, young man, very clever," wrote the old lady. But it's Pinocchios all the way down!"

It's Pinocchios All The Way Down

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Obamacare Has Found CheChe

Over at Ace of Spades, we find this...

Daily Kos Diarist: Crikey, I'm Ever So Suprised and Upset to Discover That ObamaCare Has Doubled Me Bloomin' Health Insurance Premium!

And Ace makes this comment:

I haven't seen this much emotion from a Kossack since Che-Che and his perpetually-sobbing daughter.

Did someone say CheChe? I've had fun a couple of times with that CheChe post. Here and here.

Here we are again. Poor CheChe's daughter has been trying to sign up to get her some of that sweet, sweet Obamacare. Only, there may have been a glitch or two.

I don't think I've ever seen such a look of misery and dejection on the face of my daughter as I just did when she tried signing up for Obamacare.

She just couldn't understand why the system kept timing out and error pages kept coming up, when she so desperately needs insurance subsidized by other Americans who actually work for a living. "Doesn’t the Obama administration care about my needs anymore?" she asked pitifully.

I sat down with her on the sofa and (as calmly as I could) tried to explain to her why Obama seems to be abandoning all the promises he made when Obamacare was being passed. "Honey, I am afraid that we have come to the point in our nation’s history when a majority of the people who work in government have become fat, lazy and stupid…exploiting the very citizens who vote to give them the most power - and those in government, from Obama on down, care more about enriching themselves as the country rots from within.”

I tried to keep my voice steady, but it became increasingly difficult - the rage and feelings of helplessness were just too much. I think my daughter could tell something was wrong. I found myself at such a loss for words - nothing made any sense; nothing makes sense anymore. I finally had to admit, "Honey, I just don't know - I don't know what's going on in this country anymore..."

When I finished her lower lip started to tremble and her eyes began to fill with tears, "Daddy" she said, "why is Obama doing this to the country?" Well, that was it for me: I finally fell apart. She just fell into my arms and we both began sobbing for several minutes.

For once she had to comfort me and get me back on my feet. Sometimes I just think it's too much, but seeing the strength in my young daughter's voice helped me to get through.

Heart rending. But it gets worse. CheChe himself just got a letter from his insurance company.

I don't think I've ever seen such a look of misery and dejection on the face of my father as I just did when he just opened the letter from Kaiser Permanente.

My dad, known to all of you as CheChe, just couldn't understand why his insurance policy which he's had for nearly a decade had been cancelled, and the premiums for alternative they were offering were double what he had been paying. And the deductible had been tripled. "Doesn’t Obama care about us anymore?" he asked pitifully.

I sat down with him on the sofa and (as calmly as I could) tried to explain to him why the President seems to be abandoning him. "Daddy, I am afraid that in order to give free healthcare to everyone, someone has to pay. I'm not sure how this works, but apparently my right to get free birth control affects the cost of your insurance. I don't know why. It's not at all what Obama told us."

I tried to keep my voice steady, but it became increasingly difficult - the rage and feelings of helplessness were just too much. I think my dad could tell something was wrong. I found myself at such a loss for words - nothing made any sense; nothing makes sense anymore. I finally had to admit, "Daddy, I just don't know - I don't know what's going on in this country anymore..."

When I finished dad's lower lip started to tremble and his eyes began to fill with tears, "Honey" he said, "why has Obama done this to the country?" Well, that was it for me: I finally fell apart. He just fell into my arms and we both began sobbing for several minutes.

For once he had to comfort me and get me back on my feet. Sometimes I just think it's too much, but seeing the strength in my daddy's voice helped me to get through.

Here's a dirty little secret: they're both still enthusiastic about Hillary 2016.

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Little Perspective On The Debt Limit Debate

Since the Sequester kicked off on March 1, the debt has only risen ninety eight billion, four hundred eleven million, six hundred thirty seven thousand, eight hundred twenty one dollars and thirty cents.

All figures come from Debt to the Penny, a US Treasury website.

A penny here, 98 billion there and pretty soon we're talking about real money.

Actually, I'm not even being terribly facetious by saying "the debt has only risen".

That number is barely more than one tenth of the rise in debt that occured during the same time frame in Obama's first and second years in office, which were nine hundred seventeen billion, five hundred fifty million, eight hundred three thousand, seven hundred fourty four dollars and twenty cents and nine hundred thirty five billion, nine hundred six million, five hundred twenty six thousand, thirty two dollars and forty cents respectively.

Not only that, it is less than 40% of the rise in debt that occurred during the same time frame in President George W. Bush's first year of his second term, which was two hundred fifty two billion, five hundred fifty one million, four hundred sixty two thousand, one hundred six dollars and ninety seven cents.

But then again, Bush was spending like forty three wazillion dollars a month on his illegal war for oil in Iraq (that both of Obama's Secretaries of State voted for) and just air raiding villages in Afghanistan each month, and Obama is not spending a just muscular enough not to be mocked amount on his unbelievably small illegal war for ego in Syria because of unpatriotic Republicans, his string of six double bogeys on the back nine last Saturday, global warming, the Chicago White Sox three game losing streak, his unprecedented devotion to Democracy, today being Friday, September 13th (the 199th anniversary of Francis Scott Key writing the Star Spangled Banner, the 87th anniversary of the birth of Mel Tormé and the 17th anniversary of Tupac Shakur's death), and his legendary Smart Diplomacy using his diplomatic abilities to diplomatically bend (over/forward for) the likes of Putin, so there's that.

Monday, May 20, 2013

All The Way Down

A well-known columnist (some say it was Glenn Kessler) once wrote a much noticed piece on political scandals. He described how politicians are lured into scandal by the inherent nature of DC, and how DC, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of power and money called politics. He used it to describe how the Obama administration was just the latest in a long line of presidencies who suffer scandals, and that it really was not that different or worse than past administrations, and was deserving of only one Pinocchio.

At the end of his comments section, a little old lady wrote a passionate response. "What you have told us is rubbish. The Obama administration is really a never-ending campaign beset by scandal because it is the most politicized and corrupt administration in this nation's history. This administration is supported by four giant Pinocchios." The columnist typed a superior winking smile using a semi-colon, a dash and parentheses at the beginning of his reply and then continued, "What are the four Pinocchios resting on?"

"You're very clever, young man, very clever," wrote the old lady. But it's Pinocchios all the way down!"

It's Pinocchios All The Way Down

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Obama Passes The Buck

It's always someone else's fault with this guy.

"Ok, go long! Keep going...keep going....further...."

Obama Passes The Buck

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Benevolence of Government

Margaret Thatcher died this past week. In reading about her, I came across this quote from her last speech to British House of Commons:

The hon. Gentleman is saying that he would rather that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. That way one will never create the wealth for better social services, as we have. What a policy. Yes, he would rather have the poor poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. That is the Liberal policy.

If it pleases the lady, and I ever hope it would, I would like to introduce this fictional and entirely too simplistic scenario to help illustrate her point for where we are today, or at least where Obama would take us, in the United States.

Let's say I make $100,000 and someone else makes $20,000. That is "income disparity".

And income disparity is to be despaired above all things.

But unfortunately that someone else loses his job (because his evil corporate fatcat boss says complying with ObamaCare means he can't afford as many workers, but that's another story for another day). So, the government takes $20,000 of my income to help that guy while he's out of work.

We'll call the $20,000 the government takes from me "enhanced revenue". And we'll call the $20,000 they'll use to give to that other guy an "investment".

See, the government really, really cares for this guy, honest.

Now I've got $80,000 $70,000 (not having that $20,000 prevented me from making investments in my business and reduced my ability to market and produce the goods I make), and that guy has $20,000 $10,000 (after the government takes it's slice to pay administrators to determine what that guy should get. And for their staplers and laptop computers and buildings and offices and health insurance and pensions and their annual conference in Fiji for their workshops on better administrating).

I'm telling you, the government cares about this guy.

So now, we got ourselves a situation where we went from me having 400% more than that guy to a point where I have 600% more. Some might argue the income disparity just increased. But don't worry -- those people don't know what they're talking about. See, I used to have $80,000 more than he did, and now I only have $60,000 more. That's a 25% reduction in the disparity! Forward!

We'll call this, oh, I don't know, "fairness".

Ok, at this point, I'm a bit misty about just how much the government cares about this guy.

Of course, there used to be $120,000 in economic activity being generated between the two of us, and now there is $70,000. That's a 42% reduction in economic activity. But don't worry, taking the money from me and passing it through DC gives it a 4.652x multiplier (I rounded the number to save pixels, but government economists know the exact multiplier to at least 16 more places past the decimal point). This will juice the economy a lot more than if I had been allowed to selfishly keep the money I earned.

See, and this is perhaps the greatest lesson of all, the government helps me become a better, less selfish person.

We'll call all this. . . what's the phrase I'm looking for . . . The Obama Economy.

And just wait until they come for another $20,000 from me -- what a world that will be!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Now That March Madness Is Over

Now that the month of March has run its course, let's take a look at how The Sequester! impacted the growth of the total U.S. Debt compared to other years in the Obama presidency. This is the net change from the first day of March to the last day of March.

For example, in 2013 the debt was $16,640,135,316,625.30 on March 1 and $16,771,379,006,760.30 on March 29 (the last week day of the month). That works out to an increase of $131,243,690,135.00 (that is 131 billion dollars with a "b").

Here you go:

The Sequester and U.S. Debt

How we have survived as a nation with such austere measures is nothing short of astounding.

Friday, April 5, 2013

I Was Wrong

In one of my first forays into the bloggish new media whatever-you-want-to-call-it, I sent an email to Jonah Goldberg at National Review in 2006.

He posted it on the Corner:

It’s way too cute and conspiratorial, but it ain’t altogether crazy either. From a reader:

Wanted to propose a theory about Al Gore and other global warming alarmists. Maybe others have reached this conclusion, but I haven’t seen it.

Was just reading an article [which] starts out profiling Bill Gray, the preeminent hurricane guy. Talks about how he is a global warming skeptic and how he’s pissed at how he’s being treated in the scientific community. Etc.

But then I read this sentence, “In just three, five, maybe eight years, he [Gray] says, the world will begin to cool again.” and it hit me…Holy cow. The global warming alarmists KNOW the earth is going to begin cooling in a few years – and their alarm is that they have to have Kyoto-like programs in place that they can point to as the cause of the cooling.

If they can succeed at this – they effectively control the world. In a few decades they can revive the “earth is cooling and there’s an ice age coming” alarmism – and prescribe policies that ensure they have the power they want to manage that impending climate disaster.

For years now I have taken umbrage at Jonah calling me "not altogether crazy". I expressly aim to be exactly altogether crazy.

Anyway, I was waaaaay off base in that 2006 prediction. I was wrong. The Global Warming crowd didn't react to Bill Gray's accurate prediction of a pause in global warming -- indeed a cooling -- with some measure of crowing about how their efforts helped bring it about. Nope. They've just moved from the oh so restrictive "Global Warming" label to Climate Change. If it rains? Global Climate Warming Change! If there's a drought? Global Climate Warming Change! If it snows, if it hails, if it neither snows nor hails? Global Climate Warming Change! It rained in Dubuque! Ahaaaaa!!! It was dry in Dalhart! Proofiness!!!!!

If the temperature today is hotter than yesterday, then Climate Change! And if the temperature is cooler? ZOMG! CLIMATE CHANGIER!!!!!

I was naive in 2006. I was wrong. The earth has cooled, just like Dr. Gray predicted. But the Global Warmerists have no real reason to look at temperatures that diverge from what they predicted and pretend that that matters at all. The religion of Global Warmerism needs no empirical evidence, after all, it only needs faith.

There is a lot of faith -- much greater than a mustard seed -- going on up here in the Church of the Global Warmerism. And it will take a miracle for any of their predictions to come true.

But so far it's Dr. Gray 1, Global Warmerists 0.
(you can put me down for 0 too)

I Called On Obama To Bow Out For Exactly This Reason

The effort to resist saying I Told You So is not strong enough. Michelle Obama said this:

First lady Michelle Obama slipped up in a local TV interview Thursday and accidentally called herself a “single mother.”

“Believe me, as a busy single mother– or, I shouldn’t say single, as a busy mother. Sometimes, you know, when you’ve got a husband who is president, it can feel a little single. But he’s there,” Mrs. Obama told Vermont CBS affiliate WCAX.

Four years ago, I said this:

I call on Obama to bow out

Here's wife Michelle on the campaign trail:

But seriously, with the exception of the campaign trail and life in the public eye, I have to say that my life now is not really that much different from many of yours. I wake up every morning wondering how on earth I am going to pull off that next minor miracle to get through the day. I know that everybody in this room is going through this. That is the dilemma women face today. Every woman that I know, regardless of race, education, income, background, political affiliation, is struggling to keep her head above water. We try to convince ourselves that somehow doing it all is a badge of honor, but for many of us it is a necessity and we have to be very careful not to lose ourselves in the process. More often than not, we as women, are the primary caretakers in our households, scheduling babysitters, planning play dates, keeping up with regular doctor’s appointments; this was my week last week, supervising homework, handing our discipline. Usually we are the ones in charge of keeping the household together. I know you men, I know that you guys try to do your part, but the reality is that we’re doing it, right? (laughter and applause) Laundry, cleaning, cooking, shopping, home repairs. You know Barack has my back, he’s right there with me, feels my pain, and all that. (laughter)

If she thinks it's hard out there as the wife of a Senator and the wife of a Presidential candidate, just think of the demands of being first lady. And the strains of having your husband and your kids' father being President. If she thinks raising her family is hard now, if she thinks she can barely keep her head above water now, she in no way should think that she could make it with Barack in the White House.

Besides, in Hillary's America, she will have a village to help raise her kids.

And if there one thing we've learned from her whining, it's that Michelle needs a village to raise her kids.

Yes, Michelle needs Hillary.

For the children.

For the love of God, won't somebody think of the children!

See, I did think of them. But nooooo, no one listened to me.