Same theme rings a note

It’s time for another custom comparison. I do it for perspective, to avoid being myopic on one issue, and to keep the larger picture in mind. That includes the greater principles involved — or problem as the case may be.

In this one it is Obamacare, the VA scandal, and the IRS scandal.

So here we are with Obamacare, or Affordable Care Act as they like to call it. We now see even more evidence of what went into cooking up this abuse of power. Yes, abuse of power is the central theme to all this. “We’re from the government…”

They passed Obamacare using every trick they could think of, and used every scheme they could devise in writing it. They assumed people had to be lied to. So they lied in creating it, then they lied in promoting, ie selling it. They used all the contorted methodology they could to ram it through a Party line vote. They had backroom deals and closed door meetings in creating it. They used government abuse to get it passed. They took money from another government program in trouble to fund it.

Then there were all the promises or, as I call them, lies they used to make us feel good about it. Something with that many lies to sell it must be pretty bad on the face. They embedded all these taxes and then said but they aren’t taxes. Then the Supremes did call it a tax and upheld it on those grounds. Why there are even sub-scandals like the Louisiana Purchase, “Cornhusker Kickback” for Nebraska, and now the money Gruber was paid while designing and promoting it. Mary Landrieu’s 300 million dollar Louisiana Purchase turned into a 4.3 billion dollar windfall. Then the controversy over state exchanges.

Where is the VA in this? The VA and government employees systematically schemed to limit and cheat healthcare for military vets. You have the schemes, and then you have the abuse and trail. Though it is criminal what they actually were doing but now they treat it as though it were a disciplinary infraction of policy, rather than policy. What they did was akin to a pyramid scheme. If some people complained, point to the great benefits of the system and claim it just needs more funding to correct it.

Behind it all, they were lying to people and keeping separate secret lists. Then even getting bonuses based on false premises. The sacred obligations we have toward veterans, and the trust therein, was broken. Though little can undo the damage done, but they make gestures to correct the systemic abuse within the system. But now it gets even worse in the fallout. They suspend or fire some people while what was done is criminal, especially to veterans. (even media termed it a scandal) But employees have protections, you know.

The IRS was intentionally targeting swaths of people, but we weren’t supposed to know that. Discrimination anyone? They claimed they were treating everyone the same. (with suspicion?) They claimed it was a few rogue employees apparently freelancing. So they lied. They feigned outrage when faced with the problem. Then we find it went further, deeper into the caverns of bureaucratic planning than they want us to think. Oops, can’t even feign outrage over that, so deflect and dismiss it.

Then we see the trail of scheming to cover up, right through testifying. They issue blanket statements to substitute for actions. They used their political disagreement with a Supreme decision as grounds for their selective political targeting. Finally, IRS is the enforcement arm for ObamaCare.

In all these scandals, they also blamed Republicans: for resisting Obamacare and misnaming it; for playing politics with the VA though problems were systemic; for even calling the IRS thing a “scandal” and an abuse of power. Some Dems applauded and encouraged the behavior.

In Obamacare they lied to create it and push it through. In the VA, they said they were improving the process. In IRS, they lied that it was a problem or abuse. There is a vacuum of accountability for any of it. Not even admission. Real lives are affected and damaged by all. They even called the IRS scandal a partisan witch-hunt, talk about irony to the tenth power.

Then they lie from the podium about the problems and scandals claiming Obama et al were completely unaware of the problems. It’s a little hard to say you were fixing or correcting the problems when you claim you were not aware of them.

Can you say abuse and misuse of power? Its a running theme throughout the administration. Even while we are looking at one area of government abuse, they and Obama are steaming toward another abuse of power. It’s so bad they will create a scandal to cover a scandal.

Of course there is the coverup: hard drives crash, emails are somehow lost, records are lost or destroyed. But they are upset at what conservatives call things — scandals, Obamacare, corruption. They are still selling Obamacare on the ‘wet noodle principle’, throw it at the wall if it will stick. The Constitution is being shredded and they are worried about what it is labeled. There was knowledge, intent and misuse of government power. And yes, they were all sponsored by “change you can believe in”…”yes we can.”

So, it’s Republicans fault for not liking it, and people are too stupid to understand.

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Do you feel like I do?

A little personal commentary. Bundy redux.

With all that has happened in the last few weeks, I thought it was time take another look. Nevada, media coverage, government force, etc. et al.

Is anyone feeling burned by Bundy or his plight? Are you feeling let down, like you wasted your time and were deceived? Are you saying I made a big mistake and should have known better? Never again. Are you now angry at Cliven Bundy? Do you think this cost us big time politically, and that we will pay a price for it in the election? (real questions)

Well, I can’t say I really feel any of those. Apparently I’m obliged to because those are the thoughts we are supposed to have, according to all the major media. The left is defiantly trying to somehow rub conservatives’ nose in it. But as the left is so fond of saying, “there is no there there.” I guess I don’t get their point. So a guy had some views I don’t agree with, and mentioned them in the media. What exactly does that mean? He is not a world class spokesman. I see what it is supposed to mean according to media gods. In other words, there are a lot of people saying: “if he only didn’t say that. Now I cannot support or defend him in any battle.”

It gave the media a pivot point, an escape hatch…especially for those who didn’t want to pay attention to it anyway. ‘A cattle rancher in Nevada, why should anyone care?’ But there is no political victory here. The Left didn’t win anything, nor proved anything. There is a unified message from both sides of media that Bundy was not the correct poster child. “They should have picked a better poster child.” People don’t really pick or choose. The government targeted Bundy’s and was making them their poster child example.

Then came Bundy’s comments in the NYT, and as fast as it grew the people scurried off to the hills. Every man for himself. True the statements don’t help. But they didn’t have anything to do with the issues. The media suddenly made it all about racism. Racism was not the issue. Did they murder those cows and send swat teams in for his racist comments? Of course not. It’s just one more diversion from reality. Sure those were stupid and nasty comments for him to make, everyone can agree. But apparently they also invalidate any cause he has. Racism trumps all, including private property issues.

About now I could draw comparisons with what the hypocritical left actually did in OWS. But I’ll leave all that for now. Except that no one scurried off – even as fires burned and amid riots in Oakland. No, Leftists usually dig in their heels. (… defend bad teachers?) No, dredging up all OWS details or others would probably be another convenient diversion.

I also have the baggage of some personal experience. Years ago I was involved in a sort of local protest. All valid and very real, it drew media attention, and was chaotic at times. One day I said something to a reporter who had been covering it, sort of a question. He turned to me with an attitude and said ‘on a given day we have millions of viewers watching, and we get to decide what they are going to see.’ I was speechless and confused by the reaction, wondering what I said that deserved it? It was elite arrogance on display. They have the power to make or break a story, or end one. At least it showed me how they really are. This one confirms it. If it were a union battle, they will keep it alive – “stay tuned for more details”. Well, that is the way it always worked, pre-social media networks and the internet.

It is a Little different now, but media gods didn’t succumb to technology or the voice of the people. They still hold much the same attitude: when they turn out the lights that’s it. And when they turn them on, there is a reason, they get to decide. Sure, they will say “we’re just covering what the people care about”. But the reality is the power is in their hand, as the man said. In their view, people will pay attention to and care about what they show them. (its a powerful tool, so is omission)

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