When Is, Doesn’t Mean Is

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The media blitz pulled off by the President, except on Fox of course, hit a slight snag with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.  This shows signs that the Honeymoon is coming to an end.  Here is the exchange;

“Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?” the host asked.

The President replied; ” No, but — but, George, you — you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase.”

“I don’t think I’m making it up. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary: ‘Tax, a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes,'” he said.

Now here’s the kicker.  Presented with the dictionary giving the definition, this was the President’s response;  “No. That — that’s not true, George. The — for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,”

So very wrong.  What this is, is the Government saying if you don’t do what we tell you we are going to fine you.  You are going to help pay for others health care, as well going to have to pay for your own.

They are already fining you for smoking cigarettes, by placing taxes that are higher than the cost of producing them.  They are talking about taxing you for drinking regular soda.  What happens when they decide you shouldn’t eat bacon?

How about red meat?  How about any meat?  Haven’t I told you about the seat belt story?  I’m sure I have, but let me do it again, since it so well shows what happens when you let the Government expand their power, even with your “best” interest at heart.

Back in the 70’s, the Federal Government decides that seat belts were something that would cut down on traffic death’s.  A worth while goal to be sure.  BUT, here’s where things turn.  When it was found that very few people were wearing the seat belts, (which the cost of having those belts were added to the cost of the car), another expense was added because an alarm was added that would “remind” you to “buckle up”.

But it was found you could detach that connector under the seat and not hear the alarm, not having to wear the belt.  So another cost was added that made the car so it wouldn’t start without the seat belt being buckled.  That didn’t work either, so a new law was added that if you were stopped for one offense, if you weren’t wearing your seat belt, you’d get a ticket.

Now, in most States, it is a primary offense.  In other words, if your driving down the road, they, (law enforcement), can pull you over if they believe you aren’t wearing a seat belt.  In Maryland they spent Lord knows how much money on night vision goggles.  State police sit on a hill, looking inside your car, just to see if you are wearing a seat belt.  It’s not about safety anymore, now it’s about the revenue.  OK, back to my point.

Allowing the Government to start making choices for you, even if you don’t like the choice, is in essence giving up your liberty.  Remember these words of wisdom;  “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Next:  Foreign Affairs

The so called “good war” in Afghanistan is in trouble according to head man with boots on the ground there.  Gen. Stanley McChrystal,  the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, says in a confidential report that without additional forces, the war against insurgents will end in failure.

Yet the President campaigned on winning this war, because Iraq was taking the eye off the ball, but wants to think about it before they listen to the guy who is in charge.  “Resources will not win this war, but under-resourcing could lose it,” he wrote. His 66-page report, sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Aug. 30, is now under review by Obama.  I’ve never know a time where resources didn’t win the war.  In fact you can’t name one, because it hasn’t happened.  McChrystal is correct when he says under-resourcing could lose it.  But that is nothing but double talk.

Is Gates trying to cover the Administration for their lack of experience and knowledge in not only Military matters, but of foreign affairs?  What has saved the President thus far, for all his mouth during the campaign, his doing just what President Bush did.  All the complaints, he does what works, what Bush was doing.

Just as a closing note, I haven’t seen any actual advancement of anything in the area of foreign affairs by this Administration.  In fact it seems that the love fest is over and we are taking large steps backwards.  We have lost 2 friends on the Russian border because of lack of guts by this Administration.  Obama might be walking softly, but he’s throwing away the big stick.  That will haunt us later.

Last Item: Hypocrisy

After the expectation of Kerry winning the election in 2004, MA hurriedly passed a bill to prevent, then Governor Mitt Romney from naming someone to take Kerry’s seat.  Heaven forbid that a Republican might appoint a Republican Senator.

Now that a Democrat is in charge, they want to make sure that a Republican doesn’t even get the chance to run in what is supposedly a special election, by changing the law THAT THEY PASSED so they can appoint a Democrat.

Once again, let me explain this.  No better example is around than this to show the reason that cool and logical thought is needed when legislation is considered.  Laws should not be so mutable.  Without firm laws in place confusion occurs.

If we are to be a Nation of laws, should not those laws be so that a simple change of Party would require them to be changed?

chas

“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”

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8 Responses to “When Is, Doesn’t Mean Is”

  1. Gini Says:

    Chas..you totally ROCK. LOVE this blog of yours….. 🙂
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    Love having you visit and respond.

    chas

  2. Gini Says:

    I.E. you can’t legislate good health or safety past the point of personal responsibility. It has always failed, and will fail again, of course. lol 🙂
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    I think the cookie czar would lose her job…lol

    chas

  3. Gini Says:

    Unfortunately life is dangerous, and so it goes. Wear the seat belt, or don’t, if you are in a head on crash, you are prob going to be hurt badly. The police, unfortunately, are made busy w/the revenue, so are not on my street protecting me fr the muggers in my driveway…life is dangerous indeed.
    Of course, we should never fight a war we do not intend to win, so the prez is in a quandary, hum? He needs to listen to his generals, or fire them, and get some he thinks he can work with. To leave everything in limbo, is a dangerous policy, and puts everyone in harms way. Our valiant soldiers, and those they are there to protect and defend, do not deserve a “rock star” leading the way. They deserve a leader of men…our prez might give that some thought, on his way to Oslow, to gather up his unearned Nobel Peace award. {It is Oslow, isn’t it? Like I CARE AT ALL!!!}
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    While, as Jefferson said, “Delay is more desirable than error”, war is not the place to test that theory.

    Wars are lost on lack of action, McClellan in the Civil War comes to mind.

    chas

  4. Salvatore Says:

    Good Morning Chas,
    Now we know why he didnt come to Fox News, just doesnt want answer any tough questions, on Acorn,
    he said he has not followed that story and doesnt know how much money they have received?
    really he worked for them,
    he said that Acorn will be right there in his decision making,
    he used them in his campaign to win the election,
    and going after CIA officials for how we treated terrorist,
    people that will Kill Americans on drop of a dime,
    and even after 7 former CIA Directors warned against this because of National Security risks,
    Afghanistan, after Gen McChrystals says we need more troops there, whats he waiting for, either send more troops or pull them out,
    and about healthcare cost, if this not a tax increase what is it?
    who will pay for this? Nobody knows I guess.
    Great post Chas.
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    Thanks Sal. Seems the President believes that you shouldn’t confuse his with the facts. his mind is already made up. “Think about” the strategy? I though he said he was coming into Office with one?

    chas

  5. retrotx Says:

    Chas, great article and you nailed it in spades. I think it is unconscionable not to defer to the commander on the ground and supply the troops. Obama needs to quit grandstanding and start working. We are in deep trouble with this guy in charge.
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    Thank you Ma’am.

    chas

  6. Gwen Says:

    Another good piece Chas. I was surprised that George was as tough on Obama as he was.

    Afghanistan is very personal for me. My oldest nephew joined the Marine Corps at the end of last year. He is going thru all of the helicopter training now to prepare for his tour. I’m terrified that if they are going to do this war, if they don’t put enough troops over there I may never see my dear nephew again after this Thanksgiving. I pray someone knocks some sense into Obama. Or impeaches him one.

    The democrats just make the laws as they go along to suit them. Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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    Ms Gwen,

    Thank you. I can only call them as I see them. Thus far I see mis-steps and the ignoring of the will of the American people. It is becoming a very scary time for America.

    chas

    Gwen

  7. Eileen Says:

    And the beat goes on.
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    Doesn’t it though?

    chas

  8. Frank C Says:

    CHAS, when Stephanopolis gets on his case you need to call the divorce lawyers…George is one of the ones on the daily talking points conference call..I am concerned what McCrystal will be forced to do in Afghanistan…I have a bunch of friends and neighbors who wear those “Green Beanies”…I cannot wait to see the stated reasons for changing the law in MA to where it was before.

    Great piece.
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    Thanks Frank. Makes me ill the way things are being done.

    chas

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