The Vetting, Part I: Barack’s Love Song To Alinsky
|“….has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing.” – Hilary Rosen, democratic operative, referring to Ann Romney|
Hilary Rosen’s indictment of Ann Romney was quickly – and rightfully so – disavowed by the left, and condemned by the right. However, when we look past the outrage and at Rosen’s words, she is quite correct: A quick scan of her and Mitt’s Wikipedia biographies show that they were both born to affluent households. (I should add, much like most of the presidential candidates of recent decades.)
So, what of it? Far from revealing any hitherto unknown fact about the Romneys, Rosen has done us the favor of revealing a bit about herself and her impression of the electorate. Rosen and her ilk expect – no, require us to look at the economically privileged with contempt and jealousy. We are to believe that anything that they have achieved beyond the middle-class status quo is ill-gotten and the result of somehow leeching off the great unwashed. That many of us aspire to the ability to have one parent at home is anathema to the left, whose entire agenda is based upon the idea that Americans can’t rise above without intervention from the state.
Most Americans don’t look at Romneys dismissively, or contemptuously, we look at Romneys as inspiration to achieve our own success.
Unfortunately that worldview is not very convenient for the Rosens and Obamas of the world. If we are too busy trying to lift ourselves by the boot-straps to spend any time resenting those who have made it, we will have little use waiting for Washington DC to distribute our next helping of government largesse. And then, what use will we have for elitists from the Capitol?
A large number of Americans would love to be able to have a stay at home parent. Many of us make sacrifices in other areas to make that ideal a reality. Ironically, with a true unemployment rate of 12%, Obama’s failed economic policies have created a lot more stay at home parents that wished they could find work. That’s an economic reality that the Democrats don’t want to talk about and the real reason behind the attack on Ann Romney.
Bill Whittle has been producing an excellent video series called the Firewall. Bill writes the popular blog Eject! Eject! Eject! and his videos always offer keen insight. Be sure to check out Declaration Entertainment
Today we are providing a collection of links from articles or stories we found interesting or enjoyed reading in the last week. Please note – because an article is linked doesn’t mean that we agree with the authors opinions presented! It’s been an eventful week from the left getting a taste of it’s own medicine in the “war on women” to North Korea attempting to launch a satellite.
Greece to open new detention centres for illegal migrants – Athens plans up to 30 camps on disused military sites across country to house migrants blamed for ‘crime epidemic’ from The Guardian (UK newspaper).
Backfired! A Great Political Cartoon from Richard Ramirez
Hating Hilary – An article from 2008 in wired magazine about Hilary Rosen (of the attack on stay at home moms fame).
National Debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush – Article from Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House correspondent.
Soros Funded Newspaper Praises Soros Funded Brennan Center – By J. Christian Adams in his column ‘Rule of Law’ over at PJ Media.
Elizabeth Birch Hilary Rosen: The Children’s Other Mom – A post with a picture of Hilary and her partner and their children. 2 good excerpts from 2 other articles. From the blog ‘Maggies Notebook’.
Mysterious Decline-Where Are the Men on Campus? – From radio commentator Glenn Sacks. A good read. The stats are startling. If the left was even a tiny little bit honest they would have to start trying to draft boys to go to college to preserve “diversity”. No danger of an honest conversation on the subject or an honest response.
House Dem Suggests on Twitter that Former VP Dick Cheney Be Executed – Because it’s all about the ‘new tone’ in Washington. From “The Maine Wire” (With H/T to The Patriot Update). If the legislator that did this had an (R) after his/her name you would have heard about this on the nightly news.
Free-lunch egalitarianism – Charles Krauthammer rips into Obama and the political leftists lack of substance.
Day By Day Cartoon – I follow this cartoon everyday.
Worth it? Failed launch costs North Korea food aid Fox News article & Video reviewing North Korea’s failed rocket launch.
Winning the War Against Women – A great article in the Wall Street Journal that underscores how the current taxation system and union sponsored rules hurt women.
The Life & Death of Andrew Breitbart – The Provocateur – An article from David Carr over at the New York Times. When I read “Altering rules of civil discourse” with respect to Andrew Breitbart I think that Breitbart got tired of being told to shut up & get to the back of the bus and he pushed back, hard.
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what a public figure means when what they say doesn’t match the facts in any way shape or form. In this post I will take a few recent public statements, provide a translation, as well as what they were hoping you’d think. Please note, our translations may not be 100% accurate, but we strive very hard to read the minds of various public figures.
The Statement: “The House budget once again fails the test of balance, fairness, and shared responsibility.” – President Obama
What He Meant: It’s not my budget
What He Hoped You Heard: The current tax system is unfair and I’m here to protect you
The Truth: The US tax system has one of the most progressive in the OECD with the US rich paying most of the income taxes. The only people that need protecting is the US taxpayer! Obama’s careful budgeting has created more debt in 3 years than Bush did in 8 while fighting 2 wars. The only thing that’s not fair is the amount of debt Obama’s creating for your grandchildren.
The Statement: “She’s never worked a day in her life” (In reference to Ann Romney) – Lobbyist and democratic party operative Hilary Rosen
What She Meant:How dare you flaunt your ability to raise your own kids.
What She Hoped You Heard: The Rommney’s are rich, doesn’t that piss you off?
The Truth: Raising 5 boys is hard work in anyone’s book. Raising male children is doubly hard in this day and age when society is at war with all things “boy”. The only person that is “out of touch” is the democratic party operative whose life experience includes lobbying for the RIAA and helping BP with its public relations nightmare.
The Statement: “The Buffett Rule: A basic principle of tax fairness.” – A White House Report
What They Meant: The great society has failed to raise people up, despite spending trillions. The only way to make people equal is to start pushing the successful down.
What They Hoped You Heard: We’re going to make everyone equal, it doesn’t matter how smart, lucky, or hard working you are or aren’t.
The Truth: Every great government experiment in trying to make everyone “equal” through the use of government force (like onerous taxation) has succeeded in accomplishing two things.
The only thing that raw capitalism has done is created more wealth for more people than any other system on earth, ever.