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I am struck at how everyone has forgotten something I learned in early childhood. You do not get something for nothing. No free lunch, that sort of thing. When I look at any of the government regulations and going after banks, oil companies, insurance companies. When I look at ObamaCare. When I look at tackling climate change, I feel like I am the only one smart enough to ask “What is it going to cost me?” It is real slick for the politicians to tell us it won’t cost anything- they will take it from this company or that company or this little group of people. I know better. Simple math tells us better.
Now don’t get me wrong, I spend money all the time. I look at the price and decide if I want and can afford something. I am not saying all government programs are bad or that I would like to sink into some anarchist economy where anything goes. I am not saying I do not want to provide basic health coverage to those who cannot afford it.
If climate change exists, prove it to me, show me the impact, and tell me what it will cost to fix it. Just do not tell me that I would not understand- that I just need to trust the government- and please do not tell me I can have the world and it won’t cost me a dime.
Have more faith in the American people, all of them. We have shown we are willing to pay extraordinary amounts of blood, sweat and money to do extraordinary things.
I have watched the non stop pundit circus surrounding the Trayvon Martin verdict. Two things stuck out to me. One, how many people do not really understand our legal system. If you read the law (and it is sad most of the people offering their opinion clearly had not) you can see the verdict was pretty clear cut from a legal standpoint. And finding someone not guilty is not the same as saying they are completely innocent or even that you believe they did not do the crime. It has to do with a fairly high burden of proof. Anytime you have a self defense claim and one of the only two people that truly know what happened is dead, it can make for a tough prosecution. Boycotting Florida and all this other nonsense if simply misguided. These are not flaws in our legal system, they are safeguards. It has been said that it is “better to let 20 guilty men go free than to imprison 1 innocent man”. That is how our system is designed and why the burden is high.
My bigger problem is how everyone talks about racism as a factor in this case. I am 100% convinced this had nothing to do with racism and hearing people like Al Sharpton continue to beat that drum detract from the real conversation we should be having. Racism, which means you actually hate someone you have never meant, simply because of the color of their skin, has diminished greatly in this country. What we have left in its place is prejudice. That is what came into play that day in Florida. It is not a hatred, or even a dislike. It is simply a set of assumptions we make about a person based on stereotype or the things we have heard over time about a particular group. It is when someone assumes that a person must be good with money because they are a Jewish. They must be good at math and science because they are Asian. And yes, they must be up to no good because they are a young, black male.
You see, racism lives in someone’s heart and that is very difficult to change and takes an entire country generations to evolve. Prejudice lies within our minds, even if subconsciously, and it can be replaced by different images and stereotypes. It is nothing more than our brain seeking to make quick simple associations so that it can process the ever growing amount of data we shove into it as quickly as possible. When rap stars play up the “thug” image, they are directly contributing to these stereotypes. We need to take this opportunity to lift up positive role models that break through stereotypes of all kinds and remind us we are all individuals. We need to take some responsibility for the fact that most stereotypes exist because there is some shred of truth underneath that started the whole thing. And that should start the real conversation-
Just so I understand. In order to deal with the IRS scandal, Obama fired a guy that was already leaving the agency in June of his own accord. Then he says we are going to let him stay on the job for a couple more weeks to ease the transition- we are in the middle of May, so that puts his departure in..?? Oh yeah, June-
As I watch carefully parsed words in carefully parsed statements, it frankly angers me. When it comes to the Boston bombings- these were NOT homegrown terrorists as the left would like to refer to them. They were not born here (although they did come over and take our government assistance). They did not learn to make the bombs here. (although you can learn on the internet, it is very tricky and can rarely be done without some formal training, which the broth received while on a trip to Chechnya)
They would like to chalk this up to some kind of homegrown problem because then they do not have to tell you that Obama did not keep you safe. Terrorism hit our shores again on his watch. And I do not necessarily think a President will always be able to prevent 100% of terrorism, but please, do not insult me by lying about it. Benghazi was bad enough.
Bill Clinton was one of the slickest campaigner’s to enter the political raucous in our country’s history. What he will be remembered for most, I believe, is his ability to pivot and actually govern. It takes far different skills to make the transition from teleprompter sound bites and partisan rhetoric to compromise and bridge building to find a consensus to govern a divided nation.
I am not sure why, but Obama has never been able to get out of campaign mode. He is always out there with his rhetoric and sound bites and never there with true leadership. And for those who will be quick to say Congress is to blame in whole or even part, remember- leadership in the federal government must ALWAYS come from the President. Or almost always. The reason is simple, Congress cannot lead, even the leaders of Congress represent a group with diverse opinions and competing goals. So it become hard for Boehner for example, to put forth a proposal and then be attacked from all sides. The President is just one man, he can lead because he does not have any conflict in his own camp- a camp of one. So it is naturally incumbent on the President more so than the Congress to put forth these grand ideas and policies to transform the country.