Monday, March 31, 2014

The Snarky Files: Week Ending March 29, 2014

The Snarky Files. Snarky has several definitions. I prefer "sharply critical." Here's my take on some news stories this past week. No real news here, just snark.

Even the French Are Bailing the Bailout
The socialist party in France got its French face slapped this week by conservatives, who swept the first round of elections. Why does that matter to you and me? Well, for one thing, it shows that when push comes to shove, even the French have a limit on how much horse hockey they'll take from the socialists.

Perhaps Americans will suddenly recognize the horse hockey dished out by our own socialist-led government and vote them out of office, you know, like the French are doing. After all, isn't the US government trying to become more like the Europeans?

Women's Right to Contraception or Religious Freedom?
Two cases are before the Supreme Court concerning Obamacare's mandate to include birth control in all insurance plans. (Hey, my new plan has that included and it only costs 2.5 times what last year's plan cost!) The mainstream media have characterized opposition to the court cases as an attack on women's rights. The court cases, however, are really about religious freedom and protecting the 1st Amendment.

Here's another case where we have to ask ourselves the question: If government can force its version of morality against the religious beliefs of others, and against the free exercise of religion clause of the 1st Amendment, what are the limits of government power?

Other 1st Amendment Attacks
Besides Obamacare's attack on religion, the Obama administration is well known for stonewalling and coercing the press into reporting the party line. (Just like Pravda!) Now, some members of the press are finally realizing they've been played for a bunch of dupes.

For example, New York Times reporter reporter James Risen called the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation." (Source)

Considering the attacks on religious freedom (abortion ├╝ber alles), on speech (Live Free or Die Alliance), on the press (see above), on the right to bear arms ("Obama's sensible measures"), or on due process (killing American citizens without trial), I'd say this president is the greatest enemy of press freedom we have encountered in at least ever.

Economic Recovery
Everyone (in the news media) keeps telling me how much the economy's recovered from when Evil Bush destroyed it. On a personal note, I'm not really doing better economically under the current administration. (What a surprise.)

Consider this scary graphic about the rising food costs in 2014:

What this shows is that food costs have risen 19% since the beginning of the year. What that means for you and me is that inflation on food will be more expensive and take whatever income gains the sluggish economy has given us. (Just like the cost rise of gasoline did to us in 2009.)

Extending Extensions on the Extension of Obamacare
President Obama waved his magic wand again and somehow extended the sign-up process for Obamacare until mid-April, instead of the March 31st deadline written into the law.

Even Speaker John "Political Expediency" Boehner realized that Obama had broken the law when he remarked at a press conference: "What the hell is this, a joke?"

Yes, Obama and Obamacare are a joke. Unfortunately, neither are very funny and both are made at the expense of the American people.

Teachers Unions Kill Charter Schools
The two biggest threats to our children's education these days are curriculum nationalization (Common Core) and teachers unions.

This past little while, teachers unions in several cities have attempted to close down competing charter schools because charter schools threaten the unions' teaching industry and their monopoly on our children's education.


Hospitals Plot the End of Insurance
Several large hospital groups in the US, such as the Mount Sinai Health System, are looking to offer their own versions of insurance that will bring premiums directly into the hospitals, rather than dispersing them to insurance companies and the government.

Will this be good or bad? I see this as good, as it shows American ingenuity at work to solve yet another problem caused by our overbearing government.

Liberalisms
The biggest names in modern liberalism, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Joe Biden, all had their moments of glory this week:

Nancy "We Have To Pass The Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It" Pelosi received the Margaret Sanger award from Planned Parenthood. Sanger founded Planned Parenthood on eugenic principles to rid the world of "inferior, feeble minded, mentally defective, poverty stricken" children.

Way to go Nancy!

Harry "If You Like the Health Care You Have, You Can Keep It" Reid recently said that the Obamacare horror stories we've all experienced are lies. Then, this week, he denied saying what he said, blaming Republicans for making up the story about lying. He also blamed the victims of Obamacare (not that there are any mind you) on the Koch brothers.

Thanks Harry for your continued brilliant leadership!

Joe "This Is a Big F-ing Deal" Biden believes that the 11 million illegal immigrants in the US are already American citizens. At least he'd like them to be so they can vote for more Democrat losers like Joe Biden.

You're a true blue American Joe!