DeVine Law Gamecock's Stone Mountain of Georgia roost-view of what matters most about the news, politics and law of 2011:
Unemployment and the Economy
If enough Americans give up on finding a job, the regularly reported unemployment rate (U-3) could fall to Zero percent. As it happens, the current U-3 rate of 8.6% would stand at over 11% if the labor force were as large as it was in 2007. The more comprehensive U-6 rate measuring all those that are unemployed and those only able to find part-time work is now at Depression Era levels over 17%, which rate doesn't count self-employed individuals nor those that have dropped out. Over one in five American men are no longer in the labor force.
Jobs Plans, Occupiers and Class Warfare
Three years after President Barack Obama and super-majorities of his fellow Democrats in Congress enacted their Stimulus-Dodd-Frank-ObamaCare-GM takeover/UAW Bailout-Solyndra, anti-Keystone Pipeline and anti-Boeing jobs in right-to-work states, Gulf Oil and ANWR oil-drilling moratorium agenda; Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stands at an anemic 1.8%.
The response? Democrats and their Community Organizer-in-Chief embrace the American "Occupy Wall Street" iteration (We address the foreign Arab Spring element further below) of Time Magazine's 2011 "Protester" Person of the Year, and class warfare, that echo President Obama's threat to release the "pitchforks" against CEOs two year in ago. Meanwhile too many Republicans bemoan their occupation of a mere one-half of one-third of the government and refuse to refute the alleged "moral" case for taxing millionaires, as more and more Americans earn less "unequal" and lower incomes.
Admittedly, it would take much courage to risk subjection to leftist media spin during a government shutdown for the GOP to insist upon a halt to compromises dominated by job-killing factions a/k/a the Democratic Party in lieu of a return to the greatest job creating plan on earth, i.e. The free enterprise empowered by the Constitution of the United States.
Arab Springs never go out like a lamb
Leading from behind produced a draw in Libya and neither the U.S., Israel nor the civilized world are better off with the Muslim Brotherhood of terrorist progenitors ruling Egypt instead of Hosni Mubarak. Iraq, the only democracy in the Middle East thanks to massive U.S. and freedom-loving Iraqi sacrifices after 911, after three years of elections with no radical sectarian factions gaining traction, is sacrificed to Obama's appeasement of Iran project.
But don't forget, Usama bin Laden is dead. Feel safer? After all, the Commander-in-Chief didn't offend Members-Only-Jacket-ijad by destroying our fallen drone on Persian soil.
Crime, Punishment and Selective Rules of Law
On the heels of 2010's Justice Department (DOJ) refusal to prosecute billy club-wielding New Black Panthers, comes Attorney General Eric Holder's embrace ofBill Clinton's moral equivalence evaluation of Voter ID laws with a return to Jim Crow, the whistle-blowing of Alabama's former Democratic Rep. Arturs Davis notwithstanding. DOJ Obama appointees make clear their interpretation that the Civil and Voting Rights Acts only protect non-white victims.
As 2012 nears, no Obama/Biden-hosted Beer Summit resolutions are scheduled. But, the FBI reports that crime is down and the Fast and Furious assault on the right to bear arms in self defense has come to a halt. President Obama and Atlanta's King & Spaulding law firm refuse to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act due to "diversity" concerns. Meanwhile, K&S continue their pro bono defense of illegal enemy terrorist combatants in U.S. courts. Feel safer?
Tea partying conservatives made the mid-term elections of 2010 the biggest GOP landslide since 1948, yet none of their 2011 nominees for 2012 are named Newt or Romney. The hope of Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan and Perry's Texas jobs miracle have given way to higher Ron Paul floors in Iowa. Yes, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have been nudged to the right by the conservative base, but could either be relied upon to resist their instincts to "reach across the aisle" for Beltway media approval after they prevent Obama's re-election? Stay tuned for for our 2012 Year in Review exactly 366 days from today.
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