Heard about the shooting at University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL, this evening. Seems a Harvard-educated neuro-scientist who didn’t receive tenure went postal and started shooting fellow faculty members. This would fit perfectly with my analysis of “entitlement rage” a couple of days ago. This woman felt entitled to receive tenure–most probably, IMO, because she was a Harvard graduate teaching at a small, local college. Her rage over not being granted the tenure that she felt entitled to manifested itself in a shooting spree.
Archive for February, 2010
So we get “hide the decline” climate change, “trojan horse” single payer health care, “I didn’t say that” lies too numerous to count (and unlike our “Bush-lied-but-I-can’t-say-exactly-when” libs, I CAN provide plenty of evidence), thousands of “advocacy groups” controlled by hundreds of individuals, law firms, unions, and straight-up con-men, and now we get this subterfuge:
“Primus explained that the Senate will use the controversial reconciliation strategy that will have the House approve the Senate bill and both the House and Senate okaying changes to the bill that the Senate will sign off on by preventing Republicans from filibustering.
“’The trick in all of this is that the president would have to sign the Senate bill first, then the reconciliation bill second, and the reconciliation bill would trump the Senate bill,’ Primus said at the National Health Policy Conference hosted by Academy Health and Health Affairs.
“’There’s a certain skill, there’s a trick, but I think we’ll get it done,’ he said.”
The comments from Primus raise an obvious question: Since it is inconveible that Democratic congressional leaders are moving in this direction without the knowledge of the White House, why call a health care summit and challenge congressional Republicans to come with their best ideas when the plan is already in place to use legislative trickery to pass Obamacare?
The most logical answer would seem to be that the summit is part and parcel of a White House/congressional Democratic strategy to distract attention from what is about to happen on the Hill. It’s the classic magician’s trick of distracting you with the left hand while the right hand does the “trick.”
And at the end of the article, the author wraps it up nicely with a quote from one of his readers:
As a regular commenter on these pages often reminds us, the “issue” for Democrats is never the issue, the issue is always control. San Francisco Examiner
Then we have this jewel on the jobs bill that did receive bipartisan support:
WASHINGTON — Key Democrats and Republicans in the Senate reached a rare bipartisan agreement on Thursday on steps to spur job creation. But Democratic leaders said they would move ahead on only some elements as the two parties maneuvered to address both the struggling economy and voter unrest over gridlock in Washington.
But in keeping with the “maneuver, trick, and lie” meme of the left, we now have Harry Reid picking choosing which parts (the Dem parts, of course) to keep and which parts (the Republican parts, of course) to discard:
Yet his decision to embrace only portions of the bipartisan plan developed by Senators Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, and Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, caught some lawmakers by surprise and threatened to undermine Republican support for the proposal even as members of Congress and the White House sought ways of working together across party lines after months of deep partisan division. New York Times
And people wonder why we don’t have any bipartisanship in DC? Because Republicans know that any kabuki bipartisanship is a ruse to try to either tempt them into agreeing something that won’t resemble anything close to what was agreed upon, or an attempt to trick Republicans into appearing to oppose something that Dems think they can gin up populist support for. If Dems really believed in bipartisanship, they would leave bills as agreed–as was done during the Bush Administration and why we were able to achieve some semblance of a functional government.
My bet–the Dems will now couch the Republican’s coming opposition to a jobs bill that doesn’t even resemble what they agreed to as Republicans backing out on a deal that was done in good faith. This could not be further from the truth.