Happy Thanksgiving

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Filed Under Uncategorized on Nov 28 

“Today let us take heart from the noble example of our first President. Let us pause from our many activities to give thanks to almighty God for our bountiful harvests and abundant freedoms. Let us call upon Him for continued guidance and assistance in all our endeavors.”
President Ronald Reagan, Oct. 13, 1986Thanksgiving Day, 1986

Public opinion on Obamacare continues to wane, and even those that once had supported the bill are starting to distance themselves from it and the President. Currently, the President’s approval rating has reached an all time low at around thirty five percent according to some polls. Yet, the leader of the free world continues to make the case that what his plan is doing will work and it is Republicans that are to blame for any delays, mix ups, and problems. It is amazing, though, that the rhetoric has changed so much. The President, who once proudly touted the King of Obamacare title, is switching his emphasis. No, not in blaming Republicans as that has remained consistent. Rather, the President is changing the name of his legislation back to its technical name of the Affordable Care Act.

Though an ever increasing oxymoronic title, the Affordable Care Act is less about President Obama and more about sending a message that his legislation is not really about him at all. Rather, the President is attempting to say that the Healthcare Act is about you and how much it can save your family, regardless of its efficacy in this area. The President is proud of his legislation or, to be more specific, he will not be humbled enough to admit that it is a cluster… well you know what. He is going to drive this bus off of the cliff if necessary and then call the Government ambulance to come save him and the people. Maybe not an accident at all.

Maybe, the President and his minions on Capitol Hill wanted this to be a mess. Maybe that’s why he keeps taking the lead and standing somewhat behind it. Though the name has changed, even a mess up of a plan is going to work to the advantage of the leftists as it will have the public clamoring for help… in the form of the government. Single payer system anyone?

Today, we honor all who have served this country and protected our freedom. We’re forever grateful.

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Whither Virginia?

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Filed Under Races Off-Year on Nov 6 

When asked if he would run again after his 1989 primary loss, the late New York Mayor Ed “Hizzoner” Koch issued the immortal political indictment: “The people have spoken…And they must be punished.” The aftermath of Terry McAuliffe’s victory in Virginia’s single term governor’s race may well test de Maistre’s proposition that every nation [or Commonwealth] has the government it deserves.

Well, Virginia, I guess you deserve Terry McAuliffe as your Governor.

I thought that in Year 5 of Team Obama we in the Commonwealth would have learned the danger of electing an untried and obviously unqualified person to the office of the Chief Executive. Like Obama, McAuliffe has never held a job for which he was ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the enterprise.

His singular claim to fame is that he was Bill Clinton’s bag man when Bill and Hillary ran the show at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As chairman of the DNC his job was to raise money for the Democratic party. And raise money he did. He raised money early and often – and from every possible source both legal, not so legal, and downright illegal.  But Terry didn’t care. Money is money.

For a party that publicly decries the abundance of corporate money in the political sphere, Terry McAuliffe’s DNC shoveled money in every single door of the White House. You can say what you want about the influence of money on politicians, but to say that it has none is simply naïve. Let me share with you one story of how the not-so-legal money Terry raised now has real-world impact.

Way back in the late 1990s, Loral Space and Communications hired the Chinese to launch a few of their satellites into orbit. China used their “Long March” boosters to deliver the payloads – and at the time they weren’t very good at it. It’s important to know that the same technology used to launch satellites is also used to guide Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) on their mission to deliver nuclear warheads to far flung targets.

Bear in mind that Terry was the DNC Chief at the time and the DNC was raising money hand over fist. A good chunk of this ill-gotten booty came through now convicted felon Johnny Chung. Chung served as a conduit for a large money “donation” from China’s People’s Liberation Army Lieutenant Colonel Liu Chaoying. Yes, I do know the DNC “returned” the money years afterwards. That said, it was still money raised illegally from a foreign national. It was illegal then. It’s illegal now. This happened under prolific fundraiser Terry McAuliffe’s watch. Again, to Terry, money is  money. The source doesn’t matter.

So, if you’re still reading this I’m sure you’re wondering “What’s your point, Cordeiro? What’s the real world impact of Terry’s prolific Chinese fundraising?”

Why thank you for asking.

Last week, China’s state run media released detailed information on the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s new submarine fleet. Along with this propaganda they also printed a map of the United States showing potential targets and the short and long term effects of radiation released from submarine launched ICBMs.

Remember that before Bill Clinton gave China ballistic missile technology, their rockets had a bad habit of exploding. Now the Chinese are openly threatening most of the United States with nuclear holocaust.

Think on that for a minute. Then remember that without Terry McAuliffe’s illicit campaign war chest building, Bill Clinton would have been a one-term failed President living out his retirement days in Little Rock.

So, Virginia, Bill Clinton’s bag man is now your Governor. It’s the first real job of any consequence he’s ever held. You, the people, have spoken. I sincerely hope your punishment isn’t as severe as America’s has been under Team Obama.

Because, hey, this was all about keeping birth control legal. Uh, huh. Yeah. Let me know how that works out for you.

Here endeth the lesson.

Brown University’s student body should be hanging their heads in shame this week. They should be appalled and angered by what some of the students did in a speech this week, shouting down Commissioner Ray Kelly with insults and accusations. Something tells me, though, in a culture of entitlement and stifled discussions, it will be more of a piece of pride than a realization of their respect and that is the saddest statement of all.

My generation has taken a bad wrap for a long time as being one of entitlement and self gratification above all else. The reasons, some studies have shown, is our baby boom parents who gave us more than they had and tried to do better in showing us we could be anything we wanted. Sure, these are all great things and there is something to be said about the biological direction and nurturing we received. Yet, we as a generation must do better on our own… must try harder for us and not look for excuses.

The shouting down of Commissioner is not helping our negative image in the generational lineup. We have men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedoms, many of our classmates, family, and friends, and yet, we use that freedom to shout instead of talk. We use our freedoms to demean instead of civilly discuss. Maybe, if those students had listened, they would have had a leg to stand on. We should not be afraid to disagree but if that results in shouting, then we have lost the battle. Our generation has hindered progression with leftist views among the loudest and quiet whispers among we conservatives. It is time that civility reigned supreme and we used our words not just loudly but effectively. Shutting down Commissioner Kelly is an embarrassment and should be seen as such. Nothing more nothing less. The points that could have been made from an actual discussion are lost and some kids on Brown’s campus are taking pride when they should be angered by their lack of control. Well done, my generation, well done…

The Obama Administration has staked their claim on the importance and need of the Obamacare legislation. Reform the healthcare system, they said. Make it better, they touted. Keep your insurance, the exclaimed. Yet, as many of us warned and others ignored, the large piece of legislation is falling far short of the expectations it was given and even farther away from the perceived feather in the cap that Obama was hoping for.

Negative news of Obamacare’s problems continues to rain down on the Administration. The plan, which was said to be a source of hope for those without insurance as well as those looking to lower their premiums, is not doing any of what it was said to achieve. The majority of those who have signed up and spoken about their experience have said that they are seeing a sharp rise in costs. Further, there are more and more employers dropping their current plans in order to push people toward the Obamacare free exchange. The promise of “if you like it, you can keep it” is not at all representative of reality and, as such, is faltering in achieving the goals that the Obama Administration had wanted. Or maybe they had not wanted reality to be as pleasant as they themselves said.

Further complicating this already bad situation is the lack of technological efficiency of the healthcare.gov website. Kathleen Sebelius, much to her own chagrin, has had to head to Capitol Hill to defend or explain the problems of what was supposed to be the easy way to sign up for the exchange. Only six people, it is being reported, were able to sign up on the website the first day and only thousands more have been able to do so in the month since its inception. So much for creating an easy system Mr. Obama… maybe it’s now time to do the thing that you loathe more than anything else in the world: be humble and apologize. But, I won’t hold my breath.

The Federal Government, as well as several states, announced recently that there will be cuts made to the federal budget and, specifically, the food stamp program. Individuals across the United States could see as much as forty dollars in food money from the government, an act which is not shocking though highly upsetting to those on food stamp aid. Though there will be many good and hard working individuals who need the money left shocked, surprised, and frustrated by the reduction, there is a potentially important lesson that should be learned: do not rely on the government.

There is no doubt that a civil society should have safety nets in place for those that need it. It is the principle of helping neighbor and friend and doing unto others as you would have done unto you. We never know when problems will strike and the best laid of plans will give way to unforeseen and tragic circumstances. Yet, the government, specifically the current American system of modernity, has created an unrealistic expectation that they will always be there to pick up the pieces or even help those who really could help themselves.

The result in this is that when the government’s budget is cut or when people must rely on themselves, family, friends, and the private organizational system, there is a drawback and a recoiling of uncertainty. When you think the government is the end all be all of your happiness and fortune or even in an emergency situation, reduction of that aid can be surprisingly debilitating. It is time that we, as a nation, relied on our government less and the private generosity of citizens more. Moreover, it is our government that could do the greatest service by encouraging this type of action rather than relying on them to attain the power and do it for us. We are the greatest (still) country on earth. Let us do the work rather than the leaders we loathe.