The bloggers at Common Sense Thinkers are a group of mature, fiscally conservative and socially compassionate Americans who believe in America, the capitalist system, and are generally folks who “cling to our guns and religion.” Our opinions and comments on the events of the world we live in are the simple application of common sense.
Dave Brat, the gentleman who beat long time Republican establishment politician, Eric Cantor, fully supports the the Creed that the Republican party was founded on, and any leader who unflinchingly upholds that Creed which reads as follows...
That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,
That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,
That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,
That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,
That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,
That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.
... unfortunately too many of the Washington establishment have forgotten their duty, and checked their integrity at the Washington DC City Limits.
It is time to do as Virginia did and vote out those who continue to put their self interest above the fundamental interest of this Great Country.
Classic literature is being rewritten during the second decade of the 21st Century. Ancient myths are being recast. Centuries old folk tales are becoming sources of parody. More recent screen plays are given new twists.
Consider, for example, the myth of King Midas. In the original concept, everything the king touched turned to gold.
Today, the king is Barack Obama. Unlike King Midas, however, everything he touches does not turn to gold. Just the opposite occurs. Every thing he touches turns to disaster. Obamacare to the VA scandal, and everything in between like the IRS and Benghazi scandals, are best described as disasters.
The growing scope of the VA fraud, inefficiency, and an absence or lack of treatment of needy veterans began to paint this as the worst of the Obama scandals.
To shift public attention away from this debacle, the king or president decided he would show his undying love and commitment to service personnel and veterans by bringing missing soldier Bowe Bergdahl home from Taliban captivity.
The ploy worked. Attention shifted immediately from the VA to the idiocy of releasing the five scariest prisoners from GITMO. The attention, however, was not what Obama expected. Instead of getting accolades over his commitment to military personnel and veterans, this gamble is considered the worst disaster of them all.
The outrage is coming from both Democrats and Republicans. Even the liberal, left leaning press is throwing brick bats toward the White House over this one. Aggravating the debacle even more is the claim that when Obama released the GITMO prisoners without giving Congress 30 days notice he broke a law that he had signed.
Changing myths like that of King Midas spawned the parodying of folk tales.
Pinocchio’s nose that began growing in 1883 every time he told a lie is one being parodied. The liberal “Washington Post,” for example, developed a Pinocchio cartoon head for assigning to public lies. Depending on the severity, a lie can earn one, two, three, or four Pinocchios.
So far, the lies about Obamacare lead the list of four Pinocchio awards. When, however, the full stories of Berghdahl and the scandals at the VA becomes known, ObamaCare may fall to a distant third place.
The 18th Century folk tale of Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall and not being put back together by all the King’s horses and all the King’s men is also coming into play.
Every time the Obama Administration finds itself in another ignominious failure, White House personnel rush out to assure us that the President knew nothing about the debacle until he heard it on the local news.
Consequently, the buck never gets to the White House. Instead, one of the King’s Men has to take the blame and try to put the broken pieces back together.
Lois Lerner takes the Fifth in a House Committee hearing and then “retires” in an attempt to put the broken IRS piece back in place. Then Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, resigns to reduce the heat so the glue to hold the broken Obamacare piece in place can harden.
Finally, Secretary Of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, resigns to relieve the pressure on Obama trying to hold the pieces together.
The most blatant example of blaming others for the broken pieces is found in the VA scandal. Obama claims that he became aware of the circumstances from recent news reports. Unfortunately for him, however, there are video clips of his pontificating about the problem and how he will fix it during his 2008 campaigning.
None of these efforts to put the broken presidency of Obama back together. They did not work, in part, because unlike competent leaders, President Obama claims to have known nothing about the growing scandals until he heard it on the news.
Compare those side steps to the news clips broadcast repeatedly on June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, of General Eisenhower penning a statement before the invasion that, if the operation failed, it was his fault. That was an act expected of every great king, president, CEO, or leader of any type.
Conversely, the White House has nurtured its own worst enemy in several of these disasters. The enemy in these cases is Susan Rice, a trusted advisor of the President.
First, she was sent out to tell the world that Benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to an American produced video blasphemous of Mohammed. Although this was known to be untrue, she regurgitated it numerous times.
Now, in aggravation of the sincere bi-partisan concern over the swap of Bowe Bergdahl for five committed terrorists, she repeats on several TV shows that Bergdalh, who may be charged with desertion in combat, a capital offense, served honorably.
So here’s the perspective.
The most serious disaster of this Administration has not yet been mentioned. The worst tragedy is that, after all this, over 40% of Americans contacted in some polls think that Obama is doing a good job.
That suggests a need to reword part of a modern screen play. There is a song in “My Fair Lady” about the abuse of the English language. Professor Higgins sings about English being misused or abused in England and elsewhere. He laments,
“The Scotch and the Irish leave you close to tears.
“There are even places where English completely disappears.
“Well, in America they haven't used it for years….
“Why can't the English learn to speak?”
Those lyrics should be revised to sing about the need for Americans to learn about news other than on the sports and entertainment sections.
The Democrats and their accomplices in the Integrity Free Media (IFM) are in full panic mode this morning after David Brat, a conservative professor at a small Virginia college defeats him in his primary election. Is this a sign that American's are sick and tired of their employees ignoring the wishes of the voters? Let's hope so! Willie P
There is a new Bible on some reading tables. The English version was the hottest book in America several weeks ago and shot to the top of Amazon’s reading list.
French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is viewed as an unabashed sequel or homage to Karl Marx’s das Kapital. As such, it is like mana from heaven for class warriors.
I confess that I have not tried to wade through the 685 page opus. Every review and critique that I have read, however, agrees that Piketty basically regurgitates Marx. In both minds, capitalism is unfair; there is an unfair distribution of wealth in capitalist countries like the U.S. and Europe.
In typical class warfare jargon. individuals who have income from owning property, businesses, and stocks, get an “unfair” share of a country’s wealth. This unfair share of wealth is contrasted with that left for those who, in Piketty’s words, work for a living. In other words, business managers, stock brokers, and others who do not weld pipe lines, assemble cars, or otherwise use their backs instead of their brains are unfairly compensated.
To balance this unfair distribution of wealth, Piketty recommends that Western governments get together and impose an 80% tax on incomes over $500,000.00 as well as a new progressive tax on every kind of asset and property.
Well, guess what. That has been tried and it is not working.
France’s socialist President Francois Hollande likes what his fellow Frenchman says. According to Market Business News of May 28, “he assured everybody when he came into power two years ago that French tax income would increase if he dramatically raised income, corporate and sales taxes.
“He did so, and now the Court of Auditors which oversees the government’s accounts, says there is a gaping 14 billion Euro ($19.04 billion) black hole in its public finances.”
This is because he raised the top rate of income tax to 75% in 2013, which resulted in the emigration of a number of well-known French citizens, including actor Gerard Depardieu.
The only result with this obsession for “fairness” has been more misery for more people. Doubters of that assertion simply need to study the recent histories of Marx’s utopias in the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and other workers’ paradises. A lot more of the down trodden masses in those systems wanted out than wanted in.
When this obsession is boiled to its core, the result is ENVY, the sixth of the Seven Deadly Sins of Christian ethics, and envy results in some real paradoxes.
For example, class warriors and other liberals swoon when Johnny Football signs a multi million dollar contract for playing sports but become apoplectic when considering last year’s median income of $10.5 million for CEOs.
The fairness or unfairness of some being born with superior athletic abilities while others are born as klutzes; some being born as music virtuosos and some born unable to read a music note; some born with silver tongues and others born tongue tied; etc. seems never to be of concern. Envy blooms, however, when someone is able to accumulate wealth with his brain instead of his back.
Today, the word of choice for this envy is privilege. specifically white privilege. On college campuses, a common argument from class warriors is to “check your privilege.” This was in President Obama’s speech on July 13, 2012, when he said, “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own,” and “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” In other words it was on your privilege and built on the backs of others.
For those who think this was just a passing remark, it was reflected recently at the fifteenth annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, attended by 2,500 public school teachers, administrators and students from across the nation.
One of the tamer comments at that conference was by Stephanie Baran, an adjunct professor at Kankakee Community College. Her message was that capitalism is the cause of racism in the world today. She called herself a vulgar Marxist and added that racism was invented in Colonial America by white capitalists as a tool to divide labor and keep the working class in their place.
After reading that, I checked my privilege. There I found that I had been reared in a nuclear, two parent family with a father who went through bankruptcy in the Great Depression then created his own business, worked 80 hour weeks, and retired in the upper middle class.
I inherited the work ethic from that privilege, married a woman from a loving, two-parent home, and created our own nuclear family with four children. The family now includes 11 grandchildren. Every one of the 17 family members has a college degree, with five having advanced degrees. Every one is gainfully employed or retired. Is our privilege the work ethic inherited from that bankrupt from way back in the 30s, or is it just because we were born white?
So here’s the perspective.
A number of American studies indicate that the best predictor of financial success is a stable two-parent family. Other studies indicate that 60% of minority births are to single mothers.
If it is not fair that some have the privilege of being born into two parent families while others are born to single mothers, how can it be made fair?
Will an 80% tax on the incomes of those with the privilege of being reared in a two parent home balance the scales for those born to single mothers?
This is a quote in the Austin paper today from one of the liberal faithful and I am guessing an Obama voter! "I have voted for every park, every library, all school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can't afford to live here anymore." Perhaps this lady is finally understanding that liberalism/socialism works great right up until you run out of other's peoples money! I get some libs attacking me occasionally on this bolt and I always ask them where they think the money that governments spend comes from? To date none of them have attempted to answer! Willie P