Foxes Guarding the Chicken Coop
Last week the Middle East continued an inexorable march toward a holocaust involving nuclear weapons (that Iran doesn’t have) and weapons of mass destruction (that Saddam Husain didn’t have and didn’t move to Syria).
Also last week, the US economy continued to grind to a slow halt as we continued to double down on our Faustian bargain with European socialism (with money that we don’t have). Businesses continued to shutter their doors at “unprecedented” rates, unemployment continued unabated, already anemic GDP “growth” slowed to a near halt, and the forecast for the annual budget deficit hit $1.2 trillion – which means we will bump up against the incomprehensible $16.3 trillion debt ceiling by the end of December.
You’re probably wondering what, in the midst of all this turmoil, are our elected leaders doing to address these grave issues? Is Congress working feverishly on a responsible budget to slash public expenditures? Rationally trying to find a way to begin the process of unwinding the unsustainable level of public spending while simultaneously reducing the overall tax burden on the dwindling number of individuals and businesses who are paying “their fair share?”
Are they working round the clock to figure out how to eliminate the red tape that hogties businesses both large and small? Are they trying to unwind the internecine tangle of bureaucratic governmental agencies, departments, regulatory bodies and laws?
Some are at least concerned about the red tape
Or perhaps they are first going to direct their attention to simplifying the tax code; finding a way to ease the burden on ordinary citizens and business owners who are out there trying to “pay their fair share?”
The answer to all of the above is of course “No.” Maybe because our Supreme Leader has already declared victory on the economic front: “Just like we’ve tried [the Republicans'] plan, we’ve tried our plan, and it worked. That’s the difference.”
As they say, “some critics” disagree:
“Forty-one straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, 8.2 million people working part-time who want full-time work, a record 88 million Americans not in the labor force, 1.9 percent GDP growth in the past quarter, more bad GDP numbers expected tomorrow, a stagnant housing market, $5 trillion in new debt, the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, 38 percent of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, 45 million Americans on food stamps, food prices continuing to increase dramatically, the poverty level likely to rise to the highest level in nearly fifty years…”
Not that the President holds much stock in what his critics think. You can tell by his tone in the video that he is dismissive, at times derisive, of people who disagree with him.
But since the economy is obviously on track in Obama’s mind, that frees up our local and national leaders to get all wee-weed up about other important issues during these dog days of summer. Here are just a few of the things our elected “betters” are concerned with right now:
““Senator” Feinstein introduced legislation last week that would establish a federal standard for the minimum amount of space required per chicken on egg farms. That’s right, mandated chicken coop sizes; we’re making America safe for egg laying chickens!
And speaking of chickens, several of our large cities plagued by drugs, crime and unemployment have redirected their efforts to chickens too. The mayors of Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C. and San Francisco have all targeted a new enemy – Chick-fil-A. They have said the restaurant doesn’t represent the values of their cities and have made it clear that the chicken sandwich shop is not welcome to open new outlets in their town. So chalk one up for “marriage equality” – whatever that is – and strike one for the First Amendment. At least we now know for sure what “Chicago values” are.
Not be left out of the big city mayoral initiatives, New York Mayor Bloomberg – who knows what’s good for you better than your own mother – has added another initiative to his long list of bans on salt, fat and sugar: baby formula. Like the others, this ban is intended to improve the health of the hive at the expense of individual rights. A small price to pay to live in the Big Apple. Anyway, he’s decided not to wait for Obamacare to mandate that new mothers breast feed their infants and to start the ban on infant formula himself.
In something called the “Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative” (sponsored by the World Health Organization and funded in part by federal grants) hospitals in New York are participating in the program that educates mothers on the proper care and feeding of infants (i.e. propaganda):
“The benefits of breast feeding to infants, mothers and society are well established . . . Specifically, infants exclusively breast fed for at least six months have a 22 percent reduction in risk for childhood obesity,” the Health Department said in its proposal to hospitals.
First Lady Michelle Obama also recommends increasing breast feeding rates as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign to reduce obesity.
Apparently the initiative includes a lock down on formula and requires mothers who wish to bottle feed their baby to sit through a lecture by the Lactation Police before they are allowed to administer formula to their babies.
The New York City health department will monitor the number of formula bottles being given out and demand a medical reason for each one.
So let me recap the hive’s summer priorities: bigger chicken coops, fewer chicken sandwiches, and more chicks breast feeding.
We’ll get back to work on world peace, fiscal responsibility and job growth right after we’ve implemented the rest of our social justice agenda, or after the election. Which ever comes first. Until them, you are all free to get back to the socialist dream of suckling at the teat of government .
Had enough yet? Yeah, me too.