Mark Stein at NRO pens a lively but depressing read:Obama’s Declaration of Dependence:
By the way, one way to cut back on corporate jettage would be to restore civilized standards of behavior in American commercial flight. Two weeks ago, a wheelchair-bound 95-year-old womanat Northwest Florida Regional Airport flying to Michigan to be with her family for the final stage of her terminal leukemia was made to remove her adult diaper by the crack agents of the Transport Stupidity Administration. George III wouldn’t have done this to her.
Oh, c’mon, do you want to compromise your kids’ safety in order to give grope breaks to dying nonagenarians? A spokesgroper for the Transport Stupidity Administration explained that security procedures have to be “the same for everyone” — because it would be totally unreasonable to expect timeserving government bureaucrats to exercise individual human judgment. Oddly enough, it’s not “the same for everyone” if you’re Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi from Nigeria, who on June 24 got on a flight at JFK with a college ID and an expired boarding pass in somebody else’s name. Why, that slippery devil! If only he’d been three-quarters of a century older, in a wheelchair, and dying of leukemia, we’d have got him! He was arrested upon landing at LAX, and we’re now going to spend millions of dollars prosecuting him. Why? We should thank him for his invaluable exposé of America’s revolting security theater, and make him head of the TSA.
What else isn’t “the same for everyone”? A lot of things, these days. The president has a point about “tax breaks.” We have too many. And on the scale of the present tax code that’s a dagger at the heart of one of the most basic principles of free societies — equality before the law. But, of course, the president is not opposed to exemptions and exceptions and special privileges on principle: After all, he’s issued — what is it now? — over a thousand “waivers” for his own Obamacare law. If you knew who to call in Washington, maybe you got one. If you didn’t, tough.
But that’s the point. Big Government on America’s unprecedented money-no-object scale will always be profoundly wasteful (as on that Williamsburg flight), stupid (as at the TSA), and arbitrary (as in those waivers). But it’s not republican in any sense the Founders would recognize. If (like Obama) you’re a lifetime member of the government class, you can survive it. For the rest, it ought to be a source of shame to today’s Americans that this will be the first generation in U.S. history to bequeath its children the certainty of poorer, meaner lives — if not a broader decay into a fetid swamp divided between a well-connected Latin American–style elite enjoying their waivers and a vast downwardly mobile morass. On Independence Day 2011, debt-ridden America is now dependent, not on far-off kings but on global bond and currency markets, which fulfill the same role the cliff edge does in a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. At some point, Wile looks down and realizes he’s outrun solid ground. You know what happens next.
That’s all, folks!
Have any of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates made the TSA’s grope and grab policies a campaign issue, yet? If they haven’t, they need to, because it’s something I know a great many Americans are passionately against. Every time I hear some liberal nincompoop simper that they’re willing to put up with grope and grab policies because “it keeps us safe”, I could scream. This is a major issue for me. Train TSA employees to profile already. Patting down little blond haired, blue eyed babies, and 100 year old grannies in adult diapers does not “keep us safe”. It humiliates us. It enrages us. And it’s insane.
Another good read at The American Thinker by Jeannie DeAngelis: Laws are for the little people, not President Obama:
As witnessed in all he does, Obama’s attitude of exempting some while imposing on others doesn’t only apply to healthcare reform waivers or Fourth of July weekend getaways. When it comes to excusing himself, Barack Obama doesn’t let little things like silly legalities affect his decisions to do whatever he damned well pleases. Following the example of America’s “Let’s Move” creator/healthy-eating first lady who “tucked” into fried fat cakes in Botswana, Obama is relaxed when it comes to personal restrictions.
Recently, the lackadaisical Obama proved that exact point when he flouted a federal law as if it didn’t exist. The following description of Title 18, subsection 607 U.S.C. is so straightforward even a layperson could understand.
It shall be unlawful for an individual who is an officer or employee of the Federal Government, including the President, Vice President, and Members of Congress, to solicit or receive a donation of money or other thing of value in connection with a Federal, State, or local election, while in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties.
In other words, the law says Barack Obama should not solicit reelection money or donations while in any room or building where official duties are carried out – such as hawking a wheel of raffle tickets on White House premises as if it were a church dance sweepstakes for a cheap door prize.
Lest we forget, the guy so anxious to now have dinner guests left Bibi Netanyahu sitting alone in the White House meeting room while he went and had a private dinner with Michelle.
According to election law experts, in flagrant disregard for federal law President Obama filmed a fundraising video offering dinner with himself and Vice President Biden as the grand prize for having a $5 raffle ticket plucked out of a giant spinning drum.
What’s next, a car wash on the South Lawn? How about $100 for 10-minute spin on Marine One? And why stop there? A White House yard sale featuring Michelle’s old clothes could raise enough gas money to fill up the “Hope and Change 2012” campaign bus for its entire tour.
Just as French fries are regularly enjoyed by a lady insistently force-feeding the nation rhetoric about organic kale, Obama released himself from the rules pertaining to the solicitation of money on federal property, which in his mind probably apply exclusively to the lesser 43 men who led prior to his using the Resolute Desk as a footstool.
USA Today: Raasch: On this 4th, a celebration of the good:
You may know Sinise best through his Oscar-nominated “Lt. Dan” role in the movie Forrest Gump, and as detective Mac Taylor on CBS’CSI: New York.
What you may not know is that the Lt. Dan Band has performed more than 400 concerts worldwide, primarily for military members through the USO, and that his Operation International Children has donated hundreds of thousands of school kits, backpacks, shoes and sports equipment to children in countries hit by war or natural disaster. He’s a spokesman for the new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which recently broke ground here.
Sinise rejects suggestions he is becoming his generation’s Bob Hope, whose USO shows entertained American service men and women from World War II through the first Iraq War.
“All I’m trying to do is make sure our servicemembers know that they are appreciated, and that there is a grateful nation out there, and that serving our country is something that we honor,” he said.
You probably have never heard of Brian Boyle, but you may see him soon in public service announcements for the American Red Cross.
Boyle will celebrate the July Fourth weekend at his parents’ home in Welcome, Md., and then will commemorate the seventh anniversary of a car accident that nearly took his life and definitely changed it.
On July 6, 2004, a month after graduating high school, Boyle, now 25, was gravely injured while driving home from swim practice. The high school athlete was declared dead eight times in ensuing days. He needed 36 blood transfusions. He was in a coma for two months, and when he came out of it he could not talk, but he could hear doctors wondering if he faced life in a vegetative state.
Read it all.
Hat tip: Brian B.