Oh my. He looks like he wants to be anywhere else but there.
Maybe Pope Francis just got the answer as to why Catholics must choose between their faith and their business in America now.
Oh my. He looks like he wants to be anywhere else but there.
Maybe Pope Francis just got the answer as to why Catholics must choose between their faith and their business in America now.
“He ought to explain to the Pope why he is telling businesses in America they can’t remain true to their faith and stay in business.”
Rand Paul and the upcoming meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis.
I would love to be a fly on the wall during that conversation, wouldn’t you?
I have better throwing form than that.
It is this time again. The night we conservatives sit and watch the POTUS
lies to tell the American people about the current state of the union and his solutions to those problems. He then will proceed to blame the GOP for everything that he fails at. It should be a long evening.
I would suggest dropping out of the drinking game if you get the term Income Equality. You likely won’t survive.
Just remember, “investment” is really just code for higher taxes.
This is the new war that the democrats are fighting to retain political power. The others, such as the “War on Women”, will be trotted out as needed, but this is the one that they are concentrating on this election season. The mid-terms are now just 10 months away.
The President and his ilk are talking about a raise in the minimum wage and income equality with vigor. There is also a push for the workers at McDonald’s to get a rate of $15 per hour, so they can live on it. Wonderful. But what does a “living wage” really mean? I relocated a year ago to just outside of New York City from just outside of Washington, DC. While I was growing up in Fairfield County, CT it was then the most expensive county in the country to live in. Now that county is the one I just left, Fairfax County, VA. Another words I have spent almost my entire life living in very high cost of living areas. My cost of living is much higher than someone who lives in say rural Nebraska or Wyoming.
In Virginia, I could have gone say thirty miles south and my cost of living would have dropped, considerably in fact. The rents in Fredericksburg, VA are substantially lower. But I wouldn’t have made nearly the same amount of money. The same holds true in Connecticut. I could go live in the “valley” and the housing is much cheaper. A smaller percentage of my income would go to housing. But the better paying jobs are closer to New York City. I could commute that distance I suppose, but then I would then be spending my money on transportation instead of housing. I would also have fewer hours to live a life outside of work.
Making a national minimum wage that is a “livable wage” may sound good on the surface, but it won’t work. You can’t compare the cost of living of very rural areas of the country to large cities. They are just not the same. Buzzfeed did a comparison between two twenty-somethings who made virtually the same salaries, but live in very different areas of the country. The way they live is very different.
Twenty-two-year-old Madeleine Harrington of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, makes slightly less than Brooklyn’s average median income of $32,135, racking in $31,000 a year working two part-time jobs. Harrington also pays less in rent than Brooklyn’s average: Her home costs only $2,000 a month. Still out of her price range, the two-bedroom apartment has been converted into a three-bedroom, although the additional room is “questionable.” There are no walls, and you have to walk through it to reach the bathroom.
While this might be standard for a NYC lifestyle, it is an anomaly in other parts of the country: In Waco, Texas, for example, the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment is just $683. Mia Francis, 22, of Waco, makes well over her city’s average of $26,264, pulling in $33,000 a year, and is able to live in a spacious three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, equipped with a backyard, patio, washing machine, and a driveway for her car. The monthly rent is $900, and she splits it evenly with her fiancé.
Madeleine will have to make a really good bank to live in New York the way Mia lives in Waco. Many people who live in New York aren’t really all that interested in owning a large single family home with a backyard, when it doesn’t have a great deal to offer in terms of entertainment and cultural activities. Many people who live in Waco want no part of the all the noise and congestion that comes with living in a large city. Different people have different needs and that dictates how they live. I personally would never want to live on a farm or in the middle of nowhere. I have friends who recently relocated to a small town in New Hampshire. While I like going to visit them on occasion, the desolate nature of that town is not for me. I am a ‘burbs girl. I live living close to large city, but not actually living in one. I want access to a 24 hour store, but one single CVS works just fine for me.
How can we possibly pass legislation on the federal level that addresses all of these issues? The short answer is that we can’t. The country is far too diverse to say that this is a “livable wage” for the entire country. Small rural areas of the country couldn’t possibly support paying the wages it costs to live in a large city.
If this is to be done, which I am not advocating at all, it would have to be done on a state level. Even then it wouldn’t work, because the costs from one part of the state to another can differ just as widely. Another issue that is not being really being addressed is how do we define “livable wage”?
Does this wage mean that you can live with four roommates in a tiny cramped apartment or does it mean that you can afford a single family home? Does everyone have to able to afford a car? If so, a Hyundai or BMW? What foods does this wage need to cover? Does everyone have to eat rice and beans or do they get surf and turf? I personally am a big fan of Salmon. Should I be able to afford to buy it daily, weekly, or monthly? Does my television have to have WiFi, as many of the brand new models now have? A laptop, desktop, or I-Pad? After all, we had disgraced, and currently jailed, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr, talking about how I-Pads are a right. So that must fit into the equation of “livable” does it not? We have had other progressive elected officials saying that homeownership is a constitutional right. In my neck of the woods a single family home can, and normally does, cost over a million dollars.
All of this opens up all kinds of questions about who gets to decide what “livable” means. Does some politician I have never met, that lives off a tax payer salary, get to decide what foods I need to be able to afford to call my way of living “livable”? What if I prefer to eat beans & rice and pasta every night instead of filet mignon and arugula.
This is the problem with politicians making broad statements about “inequality”. They never define what it really means nor does anyone explain how we get there. Yes, we can have the federal government force businesses to pay a higher wage all across the country. But that doesn’t mean that people will live “better”. Those increase costs in labor will show up in costs to the consumer. That is simple economics. President Obama doesn’t tell us how a much a bar of soap will cost in this utopia he is trying to create. Yes, people will make more, but they also will be spending more on goods and services. We also find that certain businesses will have fewer people doing more, as that is what they can afford to pay out in labor costs. So we will find fewer available jobs and fewer hours. That will not help people live better.
Many of the goals of progressives can be described as laudable. That doesn’t mean that in the real world they will work. While I am not making light of the people who live with limited means. It is a difficult life to be sure. The reality is that today in America, what we define as poverty is still rich in comparison to the poverty that we see around the world. With few exceptions in America, we have electricity, we have indoor plumbing, we have potable water, and access to basic needs of life. If we are truly looking to address poverty in the world, America really isn’t the place to be doing so. We should be looking at the huts that people live in South Africa and India. Most of Africa lives in poverty that very few in this country can understand. We can even move much closer to home to Mexico and South American countries and see what real poverty is. We hear that people in the richest country in the world shouldn’t be living in poverty. When you go and look at the rest of the world, we aren’t. A “livable wage” is a myth and won’t address the real issues of why people in this country live in “poverty”. But government never really addresses the real issues, do they?
You may have heard that the leader of the World Deaf Federation is saying that the man who was signing during the speech given at the Mandela funeral yesterday was a fake. I think he may have gotten one sign right though.
We should all be so proud. Seriously? A selfie at a funeral? That goes for you too, Mr. Cameron.
He really seems to believe that everything revolves around him. It is beyond comical at this point. We have just come to expect that it will be a picture of him, and we are right.
Yep, the man child does it again. He can’t seem to grasp the concept that it isn’t all about him.
H/T Weasel Zippers.
See if you look hard enough you can find almost anything.
“During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party. And have purposely kept my rhetoric down.”
I can’t decide who needs mental health counseling more, him or the people who believe this crap.
Edna is discussing. Toggle Comments
“I have to tell you, I miss President Bush, I disagreed with almost every political decision he made. But I knew where he stood and what his views are. He told us personally and he told the world at the U.N. General Assembly. We could disagree and move on with it. With Obama not only don’t I know, I just don’t understand.”
Well that makes two of us.
Many on the right are being called hypocrites for supporting Iraq under President Bush, but not supporting President Obama about Syria. There is some truth to that. Just as there was Bush Derangement Syndrome, Obama Derangement Syndrome exists as well. The problem is that both sides are being hypocritical about it. Barbara Boxer and President Obama were both very loud in their disagreement about going into Iraq. Hussein used chemical weapons on the Kurds. Those people are just as dead. But the outrage was totally different, another party had The White House when that happened. So needless to say politicians are doing what they do, playing politics.
The American citizens are the ones that are left to wonder what is really going on, We obviously can’t trust the politicians to do what is right for the country because they are busy being just that and playing partisan party games. We don’t get to see the intelligence. We only get parts of the story. So we are left to wonder what is true, what the real threats are, was it Assad that really used the WMD’s or was it the resistance making it look like Assad did it to draw international outrage?
Now, the UN is feckless and useless. I have known that for years. Russia and China could care less and for whatever reason they feel it is in their best interests to vote no at any security council meeting that could put
useless sanctions on the Assad regime or send in peace keepers, or weapons inspectors, or whatever useless thing that they would do. So as usual the world is looking to the U.S. to solve the problems.
Well you know what, just say no. I am sick to death of the U.S. getting forced into handling these things when all we get in return is blame and more hatred from the Muslim world. I am not even going to get into the costs of this, because human rights shouldn’t be looked at in dollars and cents.
France is all too willing to say hey we will help you out U.S. I am sure they are willing to send about five troops and say that they are helping to protect human rights. As soon as it gets messy they will turn tail and run as long as they know the U.S. is there.
The Muslim world has told us over and over again we need to mind our business and stop telling them how to live their lives. Well Arab League stand up and handle your darn problems then and leave us out of it. The Saudi’s have a military that includes an airforce, let them go drop some bombs on Assad.
It will be the same old song and dance. The U.S. bullies trying to tell the rest of the world what to do. You know what, screw you and the camel you rode in on. Take care of your own damn problems for once in your lives.
I have come to the very sad conclusion that for whatever reasons, the Middle East and the Muslim world is not ready for “freedom”. Look at Iraq. After all the blood, sweat, tears, treasure, and lives we gave to the citizens of that country to give them a chance to choose their own destiny they are on the brink of a civil war. We gave that country close to ten years to get their s*&t together and form the infrastructure necessary to rule themselves. It is being thrown all away based on century old vendettas and tribal nonsense. You want to stay in the dark ages, go ahead. I am through caring about your problems.
Now I would really respect President Obama if he got up and said some of this. Tell France, go ahead, you handle this one. Tell the Arab League, you want us to butt out of your business, OK, take care of it. Remove Assad, by any means that you see fit. But that won’t happen. France would run if we said that, and the Arab League is just as useless as the U.N. is. They talk a good game, but they are just as feckless.
Using chemical weapons on your own people is a crime against humanity. It violates international law set into place after the first world war. It is a tragedy. I feel for the people of Syria, I really do. But if we were smart, we them let be and sort it out for themselves. There is no good outcome that is in the interests of the United States. If Assad stays we get the status quo. If he goes we end up with an equally, if not even more, hostile government to its own people, Israel, and of course to us. Why bother?
Obama would show true leadership if he just admits the truth. The French are not willing to do what it really takes to stop Assad, the rest of the world is not even willing to give it lip service, and the Arab League isn’t going to do anything except of course blame the U.S. when it goes bad. Lets save everyone the time and the trouble. If the leaders in the Middle East want to act like barbarians, let them. Maybe they will finally kill themselves off.
I don’t like any of the people involved in this little cat fight, but it is interesting. There is a part of me that agrees with the President about our children looking up to people like Kim and Kanye, they are no role models. Where I disagree is that the size of their home has anything to do with why they are not good role models.
If Barack Obama is our friend, then we really don’t need to be terribly worried about our enemies.
Many in this country have been saying this for years.
You can read the rest of this blistering OP-ED here.
I know that this is silly, but it just part of the hypocrisy of it all. If he truly believes that guns are so bad, why is playing with them with his kids?
“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.”
I think the horse has long ago left the barn on this one.
The Obama administration is in the middle of three “scandals”. The fact the media is finally on board with them all is great start. Of course this is years too late, but I will say welcome aboard.
The I.R.S. is the most important, to me anyway. Others will have another view of it. But to find out that one of the most powerful government agencies was specifically targeting people based on political affiliation is nothing short of Nixonian and completely unacceptable. This shouldn’t matter what side of the political aisle you are on. If this is allowed to happen, it won’t take long for them to come gunning for an organization that you are fond of. It doesn’t matter that these groups happened to be conservative. All that matters is that a government agency that has the power to put you in jail was targeting individual Americans as well as non-profit groups. There is no way to say at this moment if President Obama is involved. I, of course, wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he were, but so far at this point the evidence of that isn’t out there. Yet.
But we do see is a pattern of behavior with this administration. Of course people like me have been saying this for years, but at least the media is seeing it for themselves. President Obama doesn’t like anything that doesn’t fit his narrative. If he doesn’t like, he thinks he can just ignore it and somehow the rest of us won’t figure it out.
Baghdad Bob Jim Carney is reaching epic proportions of comedy with his denials that the White House had a hand in the changing the talking points of the terrorist attacks on Benghazi. I mean seriously, it was the anniversary of 9/11, did anyone in this country not automatically think terrorism the moment they heard about the attacks? al Qaeda is well-known for liking anniversaries and dates that have meaning for their attacks. That is isn’t a talking point, it is just a statement of fact. Anyone that is paying attention, even a little, has seen the original C.I.A. talking points and what the statement became after all the fingers got into that pie. Some of those fingers came from The White House. Denying it only makes them look silly. But denying they are.
The AP dustup is very interesting considering that President Obama and AG Holder both have been talking about changing the laws regarding the rules that the government has when it comes to national security leaks and the press. Yet, four years later nothing has been done. The real scary part of this incident is that people who have information that the American people should be aware of they will be afraid to come forward. That doesn’t bode well for future generations.
The ties to all of these stories comes down to how stupid this administration is. This is by their own admission. Apparently, according to Obama, the daily presidential briefing never said the word terrorism, even though we now know that the C.I.A. said about the final version that they didn’t see point of the talking points since all words of terrorism were removed. President Obama didn’t know about the I.R.S. scandal until the news reports. Both he and his spokesperson has said this. The report was given to them two weeks ago. The same story about the AP scandal. What type of management is being used in this White House? Who exactly is making these decisions not to bring this to the attention of the president? Shouldn’t that person be held responsible for making the president look so inept? Now, I personally feel that president is inept, but for those that are his “fans” it must be very disappointing indeed.
But the biggest problem with all of these scandals what is really going to happen is the loss of trust in the government. It isn’t like the trust was all that great to start with. Matter of fact, it is very, very, low. Those numbers are just going to go lower. While this may in the end, help the politico class, because fewer people are going to pay attention. They may end up staying in office because only the truly partisan will show up to vote in 14. Which of course means that the problems will only get worse.
I do wonder if President Obama would like to change his words during OSU’s graduation speech:
Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.
We have never been a people who place all of our faith in government to solve our problems; we shouldn’t want to. But we don’t think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours. And as citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us; it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. (Applause.) And, Class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process
Yes some of those voices talking of tyranny are The Tea Party. Turns out they were right.
According to the Daily Caller, President Obama became the first siting commander in chief to directly address Planned Parenthood. He proudly bragged that the number one abortion provider is not going anywhere. He concluded his remarks with the remarkable, “God Bless You Planned Parenthood.” Tiny Tim was not available for comment.
Shrewdly, he gave the speech on a Friday, allowing the Saturday lull in the news cycle to bury his highly offensive remarks. If however next week, people are still disturbed by his asking the Almighty to bestow grace upon those who advocate the death of the most innocent for power and money in all circumstances, I’m sure Jay Carney will come to the podium to assure us that someone just sneezed and the president ad-libbed what any normal person would do when someone involuntarily expels unwanted blobs of cells.
We have come to the point that atrocities of the greatest magnitude no longer hold our interest as a nation. Or at least, the media has decided, they shouldn’t. Any attempt by Mark Steyn or others to rouse the imagination of the American public with the gruesome reality of abortion as brought to its logical conclusion via performance abortion artist Dr. Kermit Gosnell is met with a collective yawn. The moral compass of the country continues to mutter in its sleep, the unintentionally ironic slogan of the age, “COEXIST.” At best, we get people to declare the atrocities of the clinic in the city of brotherly love are an outlier, a deviation from the mean, the mode and median of the business of abortion.
However, the response of those who advocate pro-choice positions does not indicate that this doctor’s practices are the standard deviation from the sample, their silence speaks volumes to the reality of abortion, the clinics, the persons who perform these procedures and the aftermath of those “choices.” If this were unexpected or unusual, they’d be screaming disassociation, demanding that abortionist providers speak out to declare that you cannot judge us by the behavior of a single person who performed badly. They are not lining up to do this, they are running for the hills, hoping we will be distracted as we easily are, by anything and everything, so that things may go on as normal, meaning clinics like this go on doing what they do and everyone shuts their eyes to the trains that flow by on time every day. Dr. Gosnell is not the Westboro Baptist Church of abortion, he is the poster child of its practices.
We can tell ourselves this isn’t happening. It doesn’t make it so. We can say that the deaths of 55 million nation wide over 40 years has no effect on the people of our nation, but it doesn’t make it true. We can lie all day to ourselves even when there are feet in jars in front of us, it doesn’t mean we aren’t becoming blind to all that is good, true and beautiful, it doesn’t mean we aren’t becoming like Gollum, forgetting the taste of bread, the softness of the wind, the smell of grass, even our own names, and we will weep, precious, we will weep to be so alone.
Final note: For some reason, struggling with Google to find the full text of his speech, here are the low lights…but you get the point. There is no law but our law and abortion is its name.