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Good News for Democrats

I’ve always thought the hard core left of the Democrat party was delusional. I mean like, full-on-in-need-of-medication-batshit-barking-at-the-moon crazy. Turns out I was right.

The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.

Ummm….dude? That’s a feature, not a bug.

See?

Maybe you could just set aside your unusually high self-regard for yourself, just for a moment mind you, and admit you’re poison right now. Well, don’t take it from me, just ask John Corzine, Martha Coakley, or Creigh Deeds.

Say what you want about George Bush (and I know you all will…) at least he knew when to stop digging when it came to elections. When his numbers were in the toilet, he stayed home and away from elections. Seems the current crop in the White House doesn’t know when to stop digging no matter what the issue – elections, cap and trade, Israel, Iran, health care – you name it.

I’m sooooooo looking forward to the electoral blow out in November. So is Michael Moore, come to think of it.

Oh, and in a related case of projection and delusion, Mr. Axelrod also entered his two cents.

David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, said that “the lobbyists for the insurance industry unions have landed on Capitol Hill like locusts, and they are going to be doing everything they can in the next week to try and muscle people into voting”.

(There, fixed that for you, David. I know what a stickler for accuracy you are.)

I mean, they just keep bringin’ da funny. I think these guys oficially entered SitCom status this week. I wonder if MSNBC will pick up the option on it.

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Amen, Brother. Preach It

I mean that with absolutely no touch of irony. Doc Zero….at it again.

A few weeks ago, Eric Holder saw nothing wrong with Black Panthers using billy clubs to intimidate voters. Today, he thinks intimidating terrorists with cigars is a crime. Holder is the one who should be answering tough questions under oath.

If you would like the insanity to stop then I think you know what you need to do for the 2010 mid-terms.

Do something – anything – for your candidate who isn’t running as a Democrat. Because as Eric Massa proves, once they’re in Congress they’re going to ignore you no matter the reason you sent there there for in the first place. Right about now, electing a Republican – and I mean ANY Republican, Bill – is the only possible counter to Obama continuing his on-the-job training stint at its current pace.

Start by sending Danny Tarkanian $10. As in right NOW.

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Best Comment Evah

Droll, very droll.

In response to Maxine Waters’ rant about protesters against ObamaCare being “Neanderthals,” commenter Steven H. comes along with this morning’s coffee spewing moment.

Opposing ObamaCare is so easy, even a caveman could do it.

God Bless you Steven H. – wherever you are.

If there’s anyone in Congress who knows a mouth-breather when she sees one, it’s Maxine “full-on batshit crazy” Waters. She’s an expert witness on this particular phylum.

So far, Waters is the leading contender in this week’s Real (Wo)Men of Genius contest. She’ll be tough to beat.

(H/T JWF)

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They’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

What the hell took so long?

With only the steady breeze of favorable coverage of a typical Democratic president instead of the gale of positive press that once helped drive Obama to victory, it’s going to be a very long journey.

Oh, I highly doubt it. He’ll be just fine. Our moral betters are alwyas looking for a lefty to love. It’s just a bout of battered media syndrome. They’ll let him back in if he says he’s really, really sorry. It’s just Bush and this damn war!

But then again, when you’ve lost Paul Krugman – you’ve lost the Nutroots.

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Real Men of Genius – Ray LaHood

I suggest we start a new feature here at Cold Fury. I submit that we dedicate a post to that politician, regardless of party, who demonstrates the most thorough inability to grasp reality for that week. Hopefully the boss here at Cold Fury will pick this up as a feature – especially as the available pool of choices seems to be especially deep this season. Whaddya say, Mike?

So in the spirit of kicking this off on the right foot (see what I did there??), I offer one Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation and RINO extraordinaire. Yes, when it comes to talking about Cash for Clunkers, it takes a special kind of cluelessness to offer the following:

“It’s been a thrill to be part of the best economic news story in America,” Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “Now we are working toward an orderly wind down of this very popular program.”

Now, Ray is clearly – like his Vice President – delusional. But to be fair, on Ray’s planet it takes a special kind of self-actualized politician to shamelessly piss on your leg and then tell you its raining. It takes a Real Man of Genius.

Even the most partisan observer will aver that “Cash for Clunkers” is a poorly run program given its failure to accurately forecast demand, its unintended consequences on the used car market and its failure to pay dealers on time using the rules devised by the very same bureaucrats who couldn’t forecast correctly in the first place. But not our Ray, nope, he doubles down on teh stoopid. It takes a politician, nay, a Real Man of Genius to equate “successful” with “popular.”

Giving free money is popular. Screwing your middleman (i.e. car dealers), on the other hand, does not mean “successful” – except to Ray LaHood.

So I nominate Ray LaHood for this week’s Real Man of Genius Award. In tribute, and since thousands of “clunkers” were actually traded in for SUVs, I offer this audio fanfare.

Thanks Ray. We salute you, Mr. Enormous SUV Driver.

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President Al Sharpton – The Early Years

I guess the most amusing aspect of His Most Royal Excellency, Lion of Hyde Park and Keeper of the Holy Cities of Chicago and Honolulu, is how amazingly thin-skinned he is. I mean, if you’re a politician, you quickly learn how to regenerate skin overnight. (I hear it’s an actual genetic modification common among politicians. But I digress…)

So imagine if you will, how Teh Won would react to a question from Jake Tapper or Major Garrett about this video.

The look on his face alone would be priceless. Why, the very impertinence to even ask about these statements is prima facie proof of the questioner’s racism, no?

Sigh. I can dream, can’t I?

I’ve said it before, the one guaranteed outcome of the Obama presidency will be to leach the word “racism” of absolutely all its meaning. Because when everything is racism – nothing is racism.

(H/T Hot Air)

UPDATE: Goldberg adds some value to the post above.

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In The Service of the State

It’s amusing to watch liberals sputter how everything Obama tries “isn’t socialism” (insert requisite number of exclamation points here. Eleventy!). Of course it is. C’mon, who you going to believe? Obama and his minions, or your lyin’ eyes?

I mean, you would think that after acquiring majority stakes in banks, auto makers, setting executive pay levels, and now trying to nationalize health care, that the light bulb would finally go on for these bien pensants. Nope. Well, maybe this little item will help nudge you “moral betters” in our direction.

Buried in the 1,017 pages of the House Democrats’ health-care bill is a little-noticed provision that for the first time could give the government access to the checking or credit-card information of every American.

What? Uncle Sam will be able see what’s in my account and then tap it when he feels the need to do so? Can’t be!

According to section 163, the standards will “enable the real-time (or near real-time) determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service . . . ” In addition, they will “enable electronic funds transfers, in order to allow automated reconciliation with related health care payment and remittance advice.”

Lies, all lies, you scream. Really? Go read it yourself on the the Library of Congress’ bill tracking site, Thomas.

After reading this, I have only one question for my liberal friends.

How’s my ass taste now, bitches?

And what was that bumper sticker I used to see on every beat up Volvo when I lived 5 blocks from Harvard? Oh, yes, that’s it.

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

I actually like the updated version better.

Snark aside, if you honestly can’t see what’s going on with the health-care bill and its second, third, and fourth level of “unintended” consequences then you either (a) think its a feature and not a bug of the plan or (b) are really too stupid to be allowed to vote. I say “too stupid to be allowed to vote” because you’re obviously not thinking past the end of your nose and you’re sure as hell clueless as to how bureaucracies actually work – especially government bureaucracies.

What was that Ben Franklin quote liberals loved after 9/11? “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

True when George Bush was President and the issue is a war. Not true when Barack Obama is President and the issue is health care. Now that we’ve established you’re all hypocrites, can we just ask a small favor?

Be proud and flaunt it. We just want to get it all on record.

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As If Any More Proof Were Needed…

… that Joe Biden is delusional.

WARNING: Ensure you do not have any liquid in your mouth before reading the next paragraph.

Biden’s ambitions go beyond serving as an influential vice president. He doesn’t necessarily believe his political career has peaked.

I warned you.

Aides said he might go for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. He would be 74 upon taking office, but his staff insists that’s not too old.

“He’s incredibly fit, vigorous man of his age, and it’s impossible for me to imagine that he won’t be in public service in 2017 in some form,” a Biden aide said.

And stupid too, did he mention stupid? Oh, don’t take my word for it. Listen to the Russians.

“I don’t want to be rude, but if he continues these kinds of comments, he will be perceived as a clown, and no one will take him seriously,” said Migranyan, who now heads the New York office of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, a think tank funded by the Russian government.

Need more proof that Obama has given up on passing health care this year?

Biden was recently tapped by President Obama to play a bigger role in the healthcare debate that is now dominating the congressional agenda.

Folks, you can’t make this stuff up. The posts just write themselves.

(h/t The Hill)

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Outsourcing Astroturf

When you have to call in the SEIU to make an argument in favor of health care “reform” because your surrogates aren’t having so much luck, that’s one thing.

Outsourcing it to 11 year-olds places the Obama administration in a whole ‘nother league.

Hell, putting an 11 year-old up to this pretty much qualifies as child abuse. Imagine how pissed she’s gonna be when grows up, cuts the apron strings and learns how to think for herself. Man, that’s gonna be like, oh, decades of psychotherapy! She’s gonna be pissed. Anything for the cause, though, right?

What’s the matter libtards? Can’t come up with anything more compelling than a beat down or a brainwashed 11 year-old?

You guys are really losing your touch. You can do better than this. Remember – Saul Alinsky is counting on you. Now get back to work and see if you can find some Down’s Syndrome kid to make the argument for you. That’s compelling stuff, no?

Oh, I forgot, you would have aborted them instead, “because Down syndrome is just too cute to be reserved for one in 800 births.” You’re trying to get it down to zero in 800 births through eugenics. Sorry, there goes that idea.

Hey, I tried to help, you’re on your own now. For a while there, I really did think the Down’s Syndrome idea would be a winner for you. But just in case you didn’t notice – nothing you do is convincing people that the crap sandwich you’re trying to push through Congress is a winner. Nothing.

Onward, comrades! You can still win!

(…and be swept back into the wilderness in 2010….)

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Boycott GM

Notwithstanding Mike’s post below – which I endorse – it’s time to boycott GM.

My fellow Americans, I come here to bury GM, not to praise it. For now is the time to consign GM to the ash heap of history, to which it so richly belongs, if only to highight the idiocy of this campaign.

“Let’s be completely honest: No company wants to go through this. But we’re not witnessing the end of the American car; we’re witnessing the rebirth of the American car. General Motors needs to start over in order to get stronger. There was a time when eight different brands made sense. Not anymore. There was a time when our cost structure could compete worldwide. Not anymore. Reinvention is the only way we can fix this, and fix it we will.”

The rebirth of the American car?!?!?!?! That’s your spin?

Fix it you will? Who’s running this mess? Yoda?

Question: If it’s such a problem, why couldn’t you have fixed it say, 10 years ago, you know, before we were told we had to pump $50B worth of life support into you?

So yes, by all means, let’s be completely honest – we’re never getting our money back. It won’t matter how many Americans think it their patriotic duty to “buy Government Motors,” that money is not coming back. So it does not matter if you buy a GM car now or ever, because you will never see a payoff. Your grandchildren, will also fail to see a payoff – even as they are paying off the loan gift.

So get over the idea of your patriotism paying off in a stronger GM and a stronger country. Not. Gonna. Happen. Not this year, not next year, not ever. Did you think the Chrysler bail out money was coming back too? Hell, we shoveled them truckloads of money just so they could go bankrupt 5 months later. No one, not even that brain trust the White House has running this mess, could have seen that coming, right?

The woman at the McDonald’s drive-thru window in my neighborhood saw that one coming. But the Obama brain trust couldn’t. Heckofajob Timmy.

Yes, yes, the country is in the very best of hands. Because 31 year-olds have the wisdom of Solomon.

So think for a moment of the idiocy of you buying a GM car, so you can get your money back. Does that make sense to you? Now imagine 2.2 million Americans having the exact same idea ($50B divided by an average car price of 22,500).

Now ask yourself. Will 2.2 million American families buy a car from a currently bakrupt company which has proven itself historically unable to manage itself? Oh, and which has promised to continue the track record by ensuring the union which is responsible for 50% of this mess never has to make any real sacrifice? Will they do that even though there are better alternatives in German, Japanese and non-UAW built cars?

They will?

Sure, sure they will!

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Just a quick reminder in case you missed it:

The new agreement simplifies some work rules and job descriptions but makes no reductions in hourly pay, pensions or health care for active workers. The agreement must also be renegotiated in two years by an Obama Administration running for re-election and weighing the need to keep Big Labor happy against the risks to taxpayer-shareholders. Who do you think wins that White House debate?

The GM bail out was a gift for the unions. A gift which Dear Leader will expect to be repaid during the 2010 midterms and the 2012 general election. In short, bribery, pure and simple.

And you paid for it. Suckers.

(h/t Real Clear Politics)

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Obama Lied! Lobbyists Hired!

OK so it lacks the sing-song quality of so many lefty taunts.  But it’s still valuable – because it’s accurate.

Several former lobbyists are scattered throughout the Obama administration, despite the president’s efforts to slow the revolving door.

A review by The Hill of staff announcements for the White House and other departments in the administration found about two dozen people who have registered to lobby in the past, some as late as last year, according to lobbying disclosure records.

I think we need to revive Bob Kerrey’s assessment of Bill Clinton for our beloved President and just paraphrase slightly.

“Obama’s an unusually good liar. Unusually good. Do you realize that?”

 Were you somehow expecting different?

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The Moronic Convergence

From Rich Lowry.

Perhaps Obama’s muddle-through approach to the banks will suffice until the natural resilience of the economy brings a recovery. Or perhaps, as Obama temporizes, the problem will get bigger and worse, discrediting his leadership and exposing the vision of his budget as, in the words of a headline in The Economist, “wishful, and dangerous, thinking.” Either way, Obama will be calm.

It’s a lot easier to be calm when you’re incompetent – because you have no idea what’s going on.

Remember, never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. Word.

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It CAN Happen Here

Remember the Geraghty Principle – All Obama promises have an expiration date.

All. Of. Them.

Remember this?

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.

Yeah, don’t bet on it.

In the name of accountability and transparency, Congress has given the RAT Board the authority to ask “that an inspector general conduct or refrain from conducting an audit or investigation.” [emphasis added] If the inspector general doesn’t want to follow the wishes of the RAT Board, he’ll have to write a report explaining his decision to the board, as well as to the head of his agency (from whom he is supposedly independent) and to Congress. In the end, a determined inspector general can probably get his way, but only after jumping through bureaucratic hoops that will inevitably make him hesitate to go forward.

What this means is Obama intends to politicize investigation and oversight which was up to this point – often embarrassingly – apolitical.

Last Friday, when he learned the RAT Board was in the final bill, Grassley wanted to voice his objections on the Senate floor. But there was no time in the rush to a vote, so Grassley’s statement went unread. “It’s fitting that the acronym for this board is RAT,” he was prepared to tell the Senate, “because that’s what I smell here.”

Where’s the transparency? Where’s the love?

And dammit, where’s my unicorn!?!?!?!

I think we’re all going to need an official Obama-to-English dictionary for the next four years.

When he says, “We are experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis that has to be dealt with and dealt with rapidly”

He means, “We must rapidly hide any flaws in my Administration.”

When, while discussing the stimulus, he says, “What it does not contain, however, is a single pet project, not a single earmark, and it has been stripped of the projects members of both parties found most objectionable.”

He means, “There’s a whole boatload of pork and earmarks in there!”

How you likin’ one party rule now, bitches?

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I Believe! I Believe! Praise Obama!

Barack saved my job!!!

The very fact that I am still working means the stimulus plan worked! Barack Obama is Da Man! He said he was going to create or save all these jobs and…He. Saved. My. Job. Take that all you non-believers!

An actual answer to the question “What metric?” could have taken the form: “If the unemployment rate on [insert date] is below [insert threshold], I will judge the plan to be a success.” Given the uncertainties inherent in the economy, however, no sensible politician would hold himself to such a measurable standard. But the President also wanted to avoid sounding like he was avoiding accountability. So he gave us a non-measurable metric. A clear and specific benchmark, without any way of ever knowing whether it has been reached.

Oh, that’s very different. Never mind.

Greg Mankiw, you’re such a buzz kill. Really.

I’ve spent so much time since January 20th rolling my eyes that I now feel like a slot machine.

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Noted Coward Calls You A Coward

Now, it takes some serious chutzpah for a guy who admits he lacked the balls to stand up to Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich, to point out that the rest of us lack balls. But hey, that’s just a day’s work for Eric Holder.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” said Holder, nation’s first black attorney general.

Let me boil it down for you, Eric. Every time America – and not just white America – has sought to have the conversation and, God forbid, pointed out something is wrong in the black community, it was branded as racist. Ask Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Ask Thomas Sowell. Ask Charles Murray. Go ahead.  Ask them, we’ll wait.

You get enough of that crap back in your face, you quit. Why? Because it’s not worth the drama. What the rest of America sees as not being worth the effort, Holder sees as cowardice. He’s welcome to that view because the only distinguishing characteristic I’ve been able to find in Obama cabinet nominees so far is that they’re always wrong. It’s amateur hour over there in case you haven’t noticed.

In my case, this dynamic of hearing “Racist!” screamed every time my interlocutor didn’t agree with my points fully explains how I went from being a Massachusetts-born and bred Ted Kennedy (shudder) Democrat to a Republican. I simply got tired of being told I was supposed to feel guilty for being a white guy.  Period.  It wasn’t a failure to “confront my own white privilege” it was that I was tired of people who couldn’t and wouldn’t argue in good faith. Logic and argument being a “white construct” and all that jazz. Look, when you have discussions with people about what you see as the problems with race relations in this county and the response you receive in return is to consistently be branded a racist, it’s not cowardice when you stop engaging – it’s sanity preservation.

Holder would have done a much greater service to the country if he had started this conversation in the black community. Then he would have had a bigger stick to use to prod white America into the conversation. Instead, what he has done here is just guarantee that white America isn’t going to listen.

There has been a tacit agreement this country. White America agrees to no longer mention the pathologies in the black community which hold it back – thereby contributing to a negative view of the black community among whites – and black America agrees to just keep ignoring its own issues. See? It’s a win-win. White America moves on and black America – with a few notable exceptions – promises to keep deluding itself. What could be better, right?

I think we know the answer to that rhetorical question though.

He told Justice Department employees they have a special responsibility to advance racial understanding.

What that means is, “”And I want the rest of you cowboys to know something, there’s a new sheriff in town…and his name is Reggie Hammonds Eric Holder.  Y’all be cool…right on.”

Four years of hectoring from this crowd? Puh-leeeze.

Via Hot Air

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Thomas Sowell

That’s all you need to say. Those two words mean anything which follows will be full of either common sense, or clear truth. Like this:

The last thing the administration can risk is delay that could allow the market to begin recovering on its own. That would undermine, if not destroy, a golden opportunity to restructure the American economy in ways that would allow politicians to micromanage other sectors of the economy the way they have micromanaged the housing market into disaster.

And we should never waste a crisis, should we?

Oh, and if you’ve never read Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed, buy it. Because you’re living it now. You might want to see how it ends.

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Denial is a River in Chicago

You know what libs really hated about George Bush? It was the sense that he was a cocksure, smarmy, out-of-touch frat boy who somehow (somehow!) thought he was better than you.

I mean, really, who likes those types anyway – right? Well, libs for one thing. It’s why they love David Axelrod. Peter Wehner lays it out.

…Axelrod is playing a familiar and childish game: denigrating Washington (”this town”) even though he spent an astonishing amount of his time and energy in order to arrive here [emphasis added]. And while he’s here Axelrod will, I imagine, participate in, and thoroughly enjoy, all the insular things he pretends to detest — from the black tie dinners to the cocktail parties to the unnamed leaks to repeating administration talking points on Sunday morning television programs to adding his voice to the echo chamber.

Spot on. Have you ever seen this guy on TV where he didn’t come across as some preening asshole? I haven’t.

What is tiresome is the game Axelrod is engaging in. He ridicules a city he longs to be a part of. He pretends to stand outside of a political culture he and others like him have helped to shape. He speaks about the public not in the mature way of the founders — men are not angels, public passions can be dangerous and need to have time to cool, self-government is a hard but noble enterprise, public service is admirable work and comprised of many admirable (as well as less than admirable) people — but in the way a political operative does: programmed,

Axelrod would be much more impressive if he at least demonstrated the courage of his convictions and didn’t come to Washington at all. Indeed, there were serious rumors to that effect after the election. Really, if “this town” sucks so much – why is he here?

As we’ve seen the the Obama administration up to this point projection is a valued commodity. It allows you to claim the moral high ground for doing the exact same thing your political enemies do.

Tools.

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News of the Obvious

Courtesy of Steven F. Hayward, Sage of the Self-Evident, Seer of All That Is Readily Apparent.

President Barack Obama’s honeymoon period seems to have ended quickly. That’s because Mr. Obama doesn’t grasp the essentials of presidential leadership.

Did you know that if you Google the words “Obama” and “amateur” you get 10,200,000 hits?  Jus’ sayin’

All Hail the Affirmative Action President!

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Life Is Hard – It’s Harder If You’re Stupid

Your ability to rationalize your own bad deeds makes you believe that the whole world is as amoral as you are.

– Douglas Coupland

Keep that quote in mind.  You’ll need it later.

Prediction:  In the months ahead, get used to a lot of stories bashing business in general and corporations in particular.  When the stimulus fails because,  and you really can’t say this enough – Keynesian economics has never worked anywhere – the blame will shift to the producers of wealth.  It certainly won’t be the fault of the workers and God forbid anything is the fault of The One.  This will happen in a lot of little ways and this shift will start in the press.

In this piece on unemployment insurance in the Washington Post you can start to see the outlines of what this is going to look like.   Now, I don’t mean to bash Peter Whoriskey here because the piece does an OK job of laying out both sides overall.

My point is that sometime late this year and into 2010 you’re going to see a lot more stories with quotes from “the worker’s point of view” laying out their tale of woe and blaming big, bad corporations for their plight and, in some cases, castigating corporations for asserting their legal rights.  (That time will be running concurrently with the time the U.S. Department of Labor changes its mission and its name to the U.S. Department of Labor Unions.)

Under state and federal laws, employees who are fired for misbehavior or quit voluntarily are ineligible for unemployment compensation. When jobless claims are blocked, employers save money because their unemployment insurance rates are based on the amount of the benefits their workers collect.

Simple, right? You lie, cheat, steal, fail to show, fail to follow instructions, and so on, and you get fired, you will not be entitled to unemployment. Why should it be any other way? Should we reward liars, cheaters, malingerers, and the chronically lazy?

No. Most people realize that to reward that kind of behavior is to guarantee more of it. Which is why most people hate federal bureaucrats – they are the living embodiment of this principle.

So now comes one Kenneth M. Brown, alleged mountebank, who can’t understand why he can’t collect unemployment insurance after being fired for being a liar.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Kenneth M. Brown, who lost his job as a hotel electrician in October.

He began collecting benefits of $380 a week but then discovered that his former employer, the owners of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, were appealing to block his unemployment benefits. The hotel alleged that he had been fired for being deceptive with a supervisor.

“A big corporation like that. . . . It was hard enough to be terminated,” he said. “But for them to try to take away the unemployment benefits — I just thought that was heartless.”

Shouldn’t your tax dollars go toward supporting those who can’t keep a job because they can’t tell the truth? No?

Well that’s just heartless.

Take a look at the full blown moral bankruptcy of Mr. Brown on display here. He is essentially saying, “They should pay me because they can afford it.”   No acceptance of responsibility, no realization that he may have screwed up, no waffling, just – they should pay me because they can afford it.  That’s the Cliffs Notes version.  What Brown is really saying, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Hmmmm. Where have I heard that before? Ah yes, here.

Guess what?  He’s still getting paid.  Why?

After a Post reporter turned up at the hearing, the hotel’s representative withdrew the appeal and declined to comment. A hotel spokesperson later said the company does not comment on legal matters. Brown will continue to collect benefits, which he, his wife and three young children rely on to make monthly mortgage payments on their Upper Marlboro home.

So Mr. Brown’s employer, not wanting to deal with the hassle of being pilloried in the press and no doubt expecting unfair treatment at the hands of our moral betters in the MSM, rolls over and pays Brown.

Got that? Our free press at work. Enablers all.

Makes me proud to be an American, or retch. I keep getting those two actions mixed up these days.

“In some of these cases, employers feel like there’s some matter of principle involved,” said Coleman Walsh, chief administrative law judge in Virginia, who has handled many such disputes. But, he said, “nowadays it appears their motivation has more to do with the impact on their unemployment insurance tax rate. Employers by and large are more aware of unemployment as a cost of business.”

Of course they are! Hell, they should have been doing this all along. But in our overly litigious society, it’s just easier to pay off the scumbags than it is to give them the lesson in ethics that no one in their entire sheltered lives has ever bothered to give them.

But even allowing for the fact that employers are willing to go after cheats more often now. They still lose frequently.

Even as more employers have alleged employee misconduct, their success rate has stayed relatively stable — they lose on such issues about two-thirds of the time.

So when an employer is actually willing to waste staff attorney time on going after the losers in their midst – they still lose most of the time.

An entire industry has grown up representing companies who are seeking to deny UI claims to people

One of the largest is TALX, a St. Louis company active in the Washington area, which claims more than 8,000 clients.

The company’s Web site says that it removes “over $6 billion in unemployment claims liability annually.”

Using the figure of the employer being unsuccessful in these cases two-thirds of the time, there is still $12 Billion out there in arguably bullshit unemployment compensation floating around. And by “bullshit” I mean, “claims which can and should be legally denied.” And that’s just from one company which specializes in this trade. There is far more out there which can and should be recouped in the name of the American taxpayer but – good luck with that.

So much for big, bad corporations, huh? Looks like stickin’ it to the Man is still pretty good good business. If you’re a liar and a cheat that is.

Really, when did we become so afraid to call a thing what it really is?

Rick McHugh, a staff attorney for the National Employment Law Project who began handling such cases in the 1970s, said court rulings have slowly enlarged the definition of employee misconduct, making it easier for employers to say they rightfully fired a worker.

“The courts are just not showing as much sympathy for employees who get fired,” he said. “There’s a higher standard of behavior that is expected of employees.”

Yes, employees shouldn’t lie, cheat or steal. Yup, that’s a pretty high standard there, Rick. Almost unachievable, wouldn’t you say?

To use the text patois of today’s tweens – OMFG, is he serious?

Whoriskey then offers more examples:

A former assistant manager at Ri Ra, an Irish Bar in Bethesda, fended off complaints that, among other things, he’d failed to greet guests at the door and one time poured a beer for himself after hours.

Listen, if the boss told you part of your job was to greet guests at the door then, hey, that’s part of your job. Similarly, if the boss doesn’t want you drinking the profits then it’s stealing when you do.

Overblown on the part of the Ri Ra owner? Maybe. But, and here’s the real issue, it’s his place. Follow his rules and there are no issues.

A Verizon technician was charged with, in company terms, “detour and frolic.”

Is there any sympathy out there for the cable guy who tells you he’ll be there at 2 and shows at 6? Really? “Detour and frolic” is the reason he’s not there at 2.

And a former salesman at Ethan Allen complained that there was no way he could have made his $35,000 sales quota — and that’s why he quit.

Lemme see, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that his sales quota was one of the serious topics of discussion in his pre-hire interview. Wouldn’t you think so? Here’s a guy who takes a job knowing what the expectations are, quits because he can’t hang with the big dogs, and then would like you and I to pay for that privilege.

This is why I say I am not bashing the writer of this article here. He doesn’t offer any examples of the companies trying to defraud those legitimately laid off from their unemployment insurance. (No doubt, there are a few of those cases out there too.) To me, this is a story about cheaters and assorted other n’er do wells who have been getting over on the system for a long time and who are shocked to discover that companies can’t afford it anymore.

Like I said, get used to a lot more of these stories. The glaring subtext of this article is there not, nor should there ever be, a cost to be paid for personal failings. It is always someone else’s fault.

Lincoln is spinning in his grave today.

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Party Like It’s 1899

That what I am going to do!

With my additional $13 a week thanks to Barry O.

Q: What are some of the tax breaks in the bill?

A: It includes Obama’s signature “Making Work Pay” tax credit for 95 percent of workers, though negotiators agreed to trim the credit to $400 a year instead of $500 — or $800 for married couples, cut from Obama’s original proposal of $1,000. It would begin showing up in most workers’ paychecks in June as an extra $13 a week in take-home pay, falling to about $8 a week next January.

There is also a $70 billion, one-year fix for the alternative minimum tax. The fix would save some 20 million mainly upper-middle-income taxpayers about $2,000 in taxes for 2009.

This is great because now I can get that lobotomy I’ve been needing.

The really good news news? I’ll get to support this!

Awesome!

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Remember This?

Treacher didn’t forgetBig hat tip there. This is an excerpt from Sarah Palin’s speech to the Republican National Convention in 2008.   She called it.  Can’t say you weren’t warned.

We’ve all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.

Check.

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate.

Really, to ask more of this man is to effectively brand yourself a racist. Wouldn’t you agree?   You wouldn’t? Racist.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign.

Because he won.

But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money … give you more orders from Washington … and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy … our opponent is against producing it.

Take more of your money?  Check. Check. Check…and….check.

Make government bigger? Check.

America needs more energy? Check.

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight … he wants to forfeit.

Check.

Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay … he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Check.

Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights?

Check.

Government is too big … he wants to grow it.

Check.

Congress spends too much … he promises more.

Check.

Taxes are too high … he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

Check.

The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes … raise payroll taxes … raise investment income taxes … raise the death tax … raise business taxes … and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that’s now opened for business – like millions of others who run small businesses.

Check.

How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you’re trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio … or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia … or keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.

Check.

How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy?

We’re not. But no one cares anymore.

Start buying gold.  You’ll need it for the stimulus-induced hyperinflation to follow.  The Fed is starting to run out of ammunition.

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Just Read the Whole Thing

Let me just whet your appetite here.

Also missing in Mr. Geithner’s speech was any mention of monies paid out by Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, six-figure sums, to Democrats Chris Dodd, Barack Obama, and John Kerry. And payments for what? Cooperation incentives? ‘Performance’ bonus. Hush money? What?

And another thing: Geithner said the root cause of the meltdown was individuals and businesses borrowing funds they couldn’t pay back. And so the solution proposed is … to borrow and spend even more money, at an unprecedented rate — and not gradually, but aggressively?

Clearly, the lunatics have taken over the nuthouse.

We already knew that, but this was a great rant. I have been visiting Big Hollywood a lot the last two weeks. So far, they’re keepers.

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