Thursday, February 14, 2013

Talk is cheap

I gave up swearing for Lent, so I can't say what I'd really like to say here. I skipped the SOTU address. I had more important things to do, like watch the State game. Snark comment aside, after five years of the same old song and dance, what else would I expect.

From the Argus

And this was in the Argus.

The Livingston County Republican Party chairman says there was no need to watch President Barack Obama's State of the Union address because it's just "talk anyway, and talk is cheap."
"I figure watching the State of the Union would be a waste of my time; the reason being, I can't believe what is said anyway because we've had, by this point, five years of Obama," Chairman Dan Wholihan said, noting he instead watched the basketball game between Michigan and Michigan State.
"We know what he supports. We know what he is pushing. There's not a lot of news anyway," he added.

Past performance is usually the best indicator of future performance. We've had massive power grabs, spending increases, regulations, and tax increases. The speech, at least according to the lowlights I've seen, is nothing more than more of the same. Cap and Destroy, gun grabbing, spending.

Perhaps the most emotionally charged issue was Obama's call for passage of gun-control measures.
Daubenmier said Obama is "absolutely right" that victims of gun violence "deserve a vote" on these measures.
"It was another way in which the president sent a signal that he is tired of Republican obstructionism on proposals that are widely supported by the American people," she said.
Wholihan isn't impressed, saying Obama's comments have been the "same talking points proposed" by former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore's administration.

What wasn't printed is that we have massive gun control in Chicago. It doesn't work. Mexico has a total ban. El Paso next door with the same ethnic makeup is much safer. I've seen the same talking points about what is known in 2nd Amendment circles as "evil black rifles" that look scary, along with 'gun shows' (all dealers must perform background checks) for 15 years.

Wholihan said Obama needs to talk about spending cuts. He suggested looking back to 2000 and 2001 as a starting point.
"I think both parties have spent too much," he said. "I think Republicans are starting to realize that and are getting back to our traditional views on spending and budget. Livingston County Republicans have had balanced budgets every year. It's not hard to do. It just takes effort."

If you want to see balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility, look at our county government. Lowest taxes, highest bond rating. Balanced budgets every year. Compare that to the feds, or Wayne County for that matter. We don't have to reinvent the wheel. We need to apply the forward thinking of Livingston County to the rest of the country.

It's time for zero based budgeting in DC, and to end both tax and spend, along with borrow and spend. Mr. Obama shattered the Bush records, and then talks about fiscal responsibility. Talk is cheap. Talk from Mr. Obama is worthless.

1 comment:

Communications guru said...

I knew your huge ego would not let this go by without you blogging about it. Like I commented ion the P & A’s site, I was thinking you couldn’t be much more disrespectful, but one glance at this so-called blog, and we all know you can. Really, you chose to watch a basketball game instead of the SOTU because “talk is cheap? Is this the only SOTU where they talk? The disrespect for this president is unprecedented, and it’s because of guys like you. For the first time in the history of our country a presidential nominee -a Republican BTW who was good enough to be the GOP Vice-Presidential candidate - for Secretary of Defense may be filibustered. We have seen a lot of firsts with this president. It’s also funny that now you’re talking about spending cuts when you were silent when President Bush took a surplus and created a huge deficit. You claim “both parties have spent too much,” but you were silent as a church mouse until Bush’s ratings hit the skids.

I’m still amazed that the paper keeps asking for your pal Nakagiri’s opinion. He’s the head of a fringe group of a party that is fast becoming a fringe group itself. How is he the head, and of how many? What a joke. It’s not surprising that you both agree on everything and spout the same talking points.

As for the common sense gun safety laws that the majority of American support, you can go into any Chicago suburb like North Chicago, Waukegan or Lake Forest or nearby Indiana and get all the guns you want, and that is what's happening. You’re lying; all dealers do not perform background checks. The fact is 40 percent of all gun sales in this country drive through this huge gun show loophole with no background checks and no questions asked. And don’t give me the talking point about “we don’t need new gun laws, we just need to enforce the ones we have.” The NRA/gun manufacturers lobby makes sure that does not happen.

Yes, let’s look at our county government. Every other nearby community has a community college, a county park system and other services, and we have almost zero services. Hell, they had to be shamed into providing the minimum services for county veterans.