Redstate Colleague Moe Lane gives us an exquisitely humorous explanation of how Democrat Peter Welch got exactly the vote he wrote Speaker Boehner and requested in the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives voted 318-97 against adding $2.3Tr to the US debt ceiling without offsetting reductions in Federal expenditures. Rhetorical idiocy soon ensued.
President Obama’s Baghdad Bob, Jay Carney, issued the following officially sanctioned malarkey.
"We understand the views that are being expressed" by the vote, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters before the vote. "We share the concerns that drive those views. (But) in the end, the debt ceiling has to be raised."
Let us now deconstruct this officious and disingenuous claptrap. The debt ceiling has to be raised or else what. Mayhem ensues? To a certain extent, in the present tense, it does. Would raising the debt ceiling forever avoid said mayhem? I would argue "No way!"
We have been attempting to fund two unique, separate and incompatible national missions. With only one finite source of revenue; that can’t continue. We can now have one of those two Americas- but not both. The debt ceiling has to be raised so that we can pretend to do the impossible a little while longer and not face the inevitable consequences.
The so-called “Alternate Right” recently did what the so-called “Alternative Right” typically does. They made an absolutely brilliant point regarding the finances and future of America, and then buried it under a turd-heap of racial pandering. In a post entitled “Whitey Lost The Moon”, Brett Stevens wages the argument that the American entitlement state has squandered trillions in national treasure and produced no tangible improvement in the plight of America’s poor. Take race out his argument, and he makes prescient point.
It keeps our failing population in a suspending animation where they are under no requirement to adapt and improve. They are patronized and told to take their hand-outs. “They”, whether white, Black, Hispanic or Comanche Indian, understand well that they are considered “Poor Dearies” who just can’t help themselves.
We see the predictable backlash against this societal hatred in the poetry below.
A rat done bit my sister Nell. (with Whitey on the moon)
Her face an' arm began to swell. (but Whitey's on the moon)
Was all that money I made las' year (for Whitey on the moon?)
How come there ain't no money here? (Hmm! Whitey's on the moon)
Y'know I jus' 'bout had my fill (of Whitey on the moon)
I think I'll sen' these doctor bills, Airmail special (to Whitey on the moon) (HT: Gill Scott Heron)
Nothing fills a person with more hatred than being “helped” by someone out of an obvious, in-your-face sense of petty and deliberately insulting noblesse oblige. Pity is a very poor mask which usually hides a combination of hatred and contempt. Poor Americans are smart enough to know that the compassionate wealthy of American high society detest them as human beings.
Not only does the American Welfare state utterly alienate and destroy the values of the people it purports to help, it also prevents America from being able to accomplish great things. We are obviously not as militarily powerful and technologically advanced as we could and should be. We see that in striking bas relief as brilliant Chinese Engineer Dr. Chiang Mianheng earns his doctorate at Drexel University.
He has a passion to build and perfect the Molten Thorium Salt Nuclear Reactor. But, even though his academic training took place in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Mianheng will build all of his reactors in China. In another generation, brilliant Chinese Engineers will no longer require the American universities to excel in their chosen trade.
And of course, as Brett Stevens mentioned, NASA won’t be doing much in the near future beyond boosting Islamic self-esteem here on Earth. If cable TV and chirping cell-phones didn’t demand a high density of functional satellites, I seriously doubt our government would even continue to bother with a space program. We have so many voters with open hands down here on Earth.
Fortunately, God has blessed us with a Speaker of The House mean and nasty enough to tie myriad strings around any rising of the debt ceiling. Right now, Americans don’t fly to the moon, build safer nuclear reactors, or accomplish much beyond subsidizing our society’s lowest common denominator. By slamming this debt ceiling down hard, Speaker Boehner forces America’s feckless and enstupidated leadership to actually make necessary hard decisions.
We currently spend 60% of our national budget on entitlement programs. Another 17-20% (depending on how you classify expenditures) goes to national defense. This leaves another 1/5 of the pie to better the American nation. It’s small wonder that we soon won’t have a prayer keeping up with more ambitious, more patriotic and more intelligent nations.
We spend 60% of our national budget subsidizing our ongoing failure as a society and as a nation. We get what we pay and borrow for. This magical thinking, like our untenable national debt, our total inability to pass an annual budget and our complete unwillingness to face economic reality cannot continue. Yesterday, Speaker John Boehner took a good first step towards manning up and facing down bad trouble now. Support this man’s courage, and elect many more Conservative Republicans in the 2012 Elections. Or, we may well have to go back to the moon in order to escape a socialist hell-on-earth known as America.