Get a Grip!

January 22, 2010

I don’t know which is worse being unable to sit after back surgery long enough to get a decent blog going, or having my hard drive crash after downloading a Norton anti-virus renewal, thereby having the choice completely taken away!

But what I do know is I am so sick of hearing the apologist Democrats still blaming things on Bush! I mean come on, get a grip. People were actually saying the reason Coakley lost in Massachusetts was a back-lash against the previous 8 years. Hello, if they hated Republicans so much why then oh geniuses of the left, did they replace Kennedy with a Republican? It just doesn’t compute.

Then in the Washington Post this morning E.J. Dionne, gumba that he is, blathers on with the tired, old storyline that Republicans in Congress are now empowered to continue their course of obstruction. How in the world can you call them obstructionists when they haven’t even been included in the process? All those deals behind closed doors to secure Senate votes for Health care

  • $300 Million to Mary Landrau dubbed the Louisiana Purchase
  • A free pass on Medicaid increases to the entire populace of Nebraska -at the expense of the rest of the 49 states
  • The $60 Billion deal excluding favored union members from health care premium taxes

can be laid entirely at the feet of the Democrats because Republicans weren’t invited to the party!

The other phrase they can’t help regurgitating over and over is that the Republicans are the ‘Party of NO’. That too could not be further from the truth. 

Conservatives have offered alternatives from the beginning that make sense as the Heritage Foundation points out. They have continually called for portability of insurance to create real competition among insurers. (OMG just imagine what the Hawaii health-care landscape would look like if HMSA had any real competitors!) Another reform that made sense, The Patients’ Choice Act of 2009 (H.R. 2520 and S. 1099), has long advocated a universal system of tax credits for health care regardless of income or employment status -and not based on who donated the most to Obama’s election campaign. Tort and medical malpractice reform is only given lip service by the Democrats, but until you get meaningful tort reform and limits on outlandish awards for pain and suffering, you only force medical practictioners to continue costly defensive medicine and naturally, the cost going up, up, up.

Now lest I be taken for a Republican, I am not. I claim to be Independent and a conservative, but from recent history at least, the only alternative is to vote Republican this next go-round. And I hope Republicans get a clue this time because if they want to keep taking earmarks, ignoring their constituents and only working for more power and their own re-election, we’ll have to do the same to them-

Vote ’em Out!

Aloha, “Mikie”
Get Off Your Butts!

And Now I Pronounce You . . . . Queen For A Day!

August 11, 2009

Oh if it were only that trivial. Queen for a Day. Queen2I used to love that show. Imagine all the gifts, prestige and power even if only for a day. But now it’s better than that. If you’re pronounced CZAR by the Emperor it’s comes with a boatload of power and more importantly, insulation.

SO, WHAT’S A CZAR? Today’s Czars at least in this context are appointed by the President, not elected or approved or vetted in any way by Congress. This is where the insulation comes in.  No pesky old Congressional hearings, sworn testimony, having to answer for past deeds or associations -good or bad, and basically no oversite! Who wouldn’t love a job like that?

Democrat Robert Byrd of West Virginia, one of Congress’ oldest ranking Senators, recently wrote to the President saying

“Enough with the Czars Already.”

And frankly I am surprise there hasn’t been more flak from Congress. After all appointing Czars basically amounts to an end run around the legislative branch and certainly takes authority away from Congress. THESE CZARS HAVE RESULTED IN A RAPID AND EASY ACCUMULATION OF POWER BY THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF and threatens our Constitutional system of checks and balances.

The number of Czars has grown over the last few administrations:

  • President Reagan had 1; a Drug Czar
  • George H. W. Bush had 1; also a Drug Czar
  • Clinton had 3; a Health Czar, a Drug Czar, and an Aids Czar
  • George W. Bush had 4; a National Intelligence Czar, a Cybersecurity Czar, an Aids Czar, and a Drug Czar and,
  • President Obama at last count had 34!

Are all these posts and positions necessary? Or are these paybacks to friends for campaign help, contributions, influcence, etc. Makes you wonder. All have nice big, fat paychecks, health-care packages, staffs, offices, cars, etc., etc. What recession? Look for more on specific Czars in a future post, but here’s what Obama’s Czardom currently looks like:

  1. AIDS Czar, Jeffrey Crowley
  2. Afghanistan Czar, Richard Holbrooke Holbrooke
  3. Border Czar, Alan Bersin
  4. California Water Czar, David J. Hayes
  5. Car Czar, Steven Rattner
  6. Climate Czar, Todd Stern
  7. Copyright Czar, TBA (to be announced)
  8. Cyber Czar, TBA
  9. Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, former Seattle police chief
  10. Economic Czar, Paul A. Volcker
  11. Education Czar,  Arne Duncan
  12. Energy and Environment Czar, Carol Browner
  13. Faith-based Czar, Joshua Dubois
  14. Great Lakes Czar, Cameron Davis
  15. Green jobs Czar, Anthony “Van” Jones
  16. Government Performance Czar, Jeffrey Zients
  17. Guantanamo Closure Czar, Danny Fried
  18. Health Czar, Nancy-Ann DeParle
  19. Homeland Security Czar, John Brennan
  20. Information Czar, Vivek Kundra
  21. Intelligence Czar (Director of National Intelligence), Dennis Blair
  22. Iran Czar, TBA
  23. Middle East Peace Czar, George Mitchell
  24. Mideast Policy Czar, Dennis Ross
  25. Mortgage Czar, TBA
  26. Pay Czar, Kennerth R. Feinberg
  27. Regulatory Czar, Cass R. Sunstein
  28. Science Czar, John Holdren
  29. Stimulus Accountability Czar, Earl Devaney
  30. Sudan Czar, J. Scott Gration
  31. TARP Czar, Herb Allison
  32. Technology Czar, Vivek Kundra
  33. Terrorism/WMD Policy Czar, Gary Samore
  34. Urban Affairs /Housing Czar, Adolfo Carrion, Jr.

That’s it for now!
Aloha, “Mikie”
Now Get Off Your Butts!
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