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Obama’s Change – Dingell Out and Waxman In

Posted by Jeff Id on November 21, 2008

The change is beginning as promised.

Being a conservative in America today is like being a Detroit Lions football fan, you start the work day with no hope and are surprised when you are wrong. Well no surprise today. A nice limo service driver explained to me last week on my return from the backside of the planet that we have to get behind our president and see what he can do.

Well I was a bit tired and in a bad mood so I carefully explained my position –“The hell I do, I don’t like his policies, I don’t like his friends and associations and I don’t even like his wife.” Well it was a bit strong and a little funny, looking back but I had been traveling awake for 24 hours and wasn’t real happy so forgive me. The driver wasn’t offended and we spent most of the rest of the trip laughing about other things anyway.

At least the Democrats know how to win, the allegedly conservative Republicans didn’t have a clue when Bush won and they gained marginal control of the houses. Instead of following up with their promises of cutting spending they just powered ahead spending more than ever. Make no mistake America has not yet tried conservative government even though we had voted for it.

The Dem’s on the other hand are positioning themselves to actually enact their socialist tax and spend agenda. If you don’t like the word socialist you aren’t paying attention.

Dengell is known for opposition to the extremist global warming agenda, recognizing the destructive nature of these policies on industry and primarily the auto manufacturers. He is, however, a strong supporter of unions. Both of these positions line up well with his Detroit constituents. Dingell is a strong supporter of universal health care by proposing a nationalization of health care bill every year of his long tenure. He’s hardly a conservative but before today he was near the top of the power chain in congress as Chairmen of the Energy and Commerce Committee. A position he was removed from today.

Here’s a quote from John Boehner a Republican.

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio said the vote by Democrats “sends a troubling signal from a majority that has promised to govern from the center.” He called Dingell a “skilled and principled” chairman.

“They moved away from Chairman Dingell because he is committed to approaching energy and environmental issues in a manner that protects American jobs,” Boehner said. “It is a disturbing sign that the leaders of the next Congress will be making decisions based not on what is best for the country, but for well-funded special interests whose priorities are far different from those of the vast majority of Americans.”

The quote above came from a Miami Hearald article link HERE.

What is happening is Democrats have gone against long held congressional practice to unseat the old guard and replace him with extremist left wing policy makers. Henry Waxman from California is the replacement. Waxmen is a global warming and national health care extremist. His intent is to have the government incorporate both of these stupid policies as quickly and completely as possible — I guess because it works so well in every other country.

Whether you agree with my correct views or not, we Americans will be making the transition to socialism. Bush will be blamed for the economy the public will buy it, after all it’s not like the Republicans are clean. Bush never saw a spending bill he didn’t like. The funny thing about this is Real climate geniuses and Grant Tamino are celebrating what will in time be the destruction of our unique country. The thing which made us different has just bee sold to the power hungry politicians who will use any false agenda to increase their power.

I am quite bitter about this past election cycle, in case you didn’t notice. Probably half my readers will disagree with my clearly correct explanation of these issues.

Every one who reads here regularly can at least understand that the man made global warming issue is far from resolved. If you get one thing from my post think about this, a government which understands the questionable nature of global warming science yet still wants to plow forward with economy crippling legislation has other motives in mind.

I’ll end this post turned rant with a couple of quotes from some people with a great deal more experience than me. I think there is some poignant meaning in them.

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul

can always depend on the support of Paul.

– George Bernard Shaw

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity

is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself

up by the handle.

-Winston Churchill

8 Responses to “Obama’s Change – Dingell Out and Waxman In”

  1. oo12oo said

    Nice blog! Great quotes too by Mr. Shaw and Prime Minister Churchill too.

  2. Demesure said

    “Spread-the-wealth” men should simply read the founding fathers:

    “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” — Benjamin Franklin

    “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” — James Madison, 4 Annals of Congress 179, 1794

  3. PeteS said

    Jeff you seem to be as pissed off with your politicians as many of we Brits are with ours. We were recently treated to the spectacle of over 600 MPs in the House of Commons, Socialist (sorry I mean New Labour), Conservative and Liberal Democrats vote for the mandatory reduction our CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. Only about three MPs voted against it and only a couple of of those made speeches. Pathetic eh?

    Yet the sceptic’s views are gaining ground among both scientists and Joe Public over here, regardless of their political colour and in spite of a totally warmist and left wing biased British Broadcasting Corporation.

    The politicians happily listen to Pachauri telling the Indians that they have no problems with AGW whilst ranting to the west about the impending doom if modern industry is not cut to the bone. They hear the same Hindu vegetarian invite us to join him and become veggies to reduce methane emission by cattle, yet his religion encourages millions of sacred cows to wander about the streets and fields of India unimpeded. Although many prominent scientists have written to our political leaders pointing out the complete lack of scientific rigour in the AGW hypothesis, these policy makers prefer to listen to the ravings of Pachauri, Hansen and Al Gore.

    Who will be the first politician of note to stand up and say “hold on a minute, let’s look at what the heck we are being asked to do?” Not Gordon Brown or Barack Obama I bet.

  4. omnologos said

    Relax, Jeff! Half of your fellow Americans have ranted for 8 years of Bush Presidency, perhaps it’s your turn now 😎

    Chances are, the USA won’t become a People’s Republic just as they didn’t turn into the Fourth Reich since the 2000 elections…

    Personally I am curious to see which side will win in the Obama “Green” era…”Yes we can” or “No, we’re toxic”?

    ps I recommend you buy an Obama badge or lapel bin for your travels abroad. Who knows, you may even get a free beer from enthusiastic locals!!

  5. Matt Y. said

    Welcome back, Jeff. I missed your blog the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it seems that socialism is a foregone conclusion for America. The only question is whether we get there slowly (Republicans) or really fast (Democrats.) At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, America has forgotten the principle which it was built on, and which has made it so successful — liberty.

    Hello, mediocrity.

  6. Jeff Id said

    Nicely said Matt.

  7. The Diatribe Guy said

    The Democrats have kept Lieberman happy because they need him to continue to Caucus with them. They boot Dingell and bring in the lefty Waxman for this committee. In the meantime, Obama decides that “change” means “bring back as many Clintonistas as possible.”

    The irony is that people think what is happening in the markets right now is the result of “unchecked capitalism.” In fact, it’s the opposite. Government involvement in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, government involvement in dictating to banks to whom and how they can lend money, and a number of other socialist policies are primarily at fault here. And yet, the crisis is sure to create calls for more socialist ideology.

    All sorts of crazy things are on the horizon. Carbon taxes/credits/offsets and global warming hysteria are about to really spring forward, but now it will play the part of not only saving our planet, but saving our economy. I still haven’t figured out how they’ll manage to convince people of that yet, but I have no doubt that they will.

    Good to have you back, Jeff. I can only hope more people get ticked off.

  8. Matt Y. said

    Diatribe Guy is right about the coming “green” jobs, and how they will be touted as great for the economy. And I’m afraid the majority will fall for it. How expending massive amounts of resources on a farce is good for the country is difficult for me to understand, but maybe I’m a little slow. Maybe the government could create a bunch of high paying jobs for people to dig ditches and then fill them back in. By the same logic, that should lead to wealth and prosperity for us all, no?

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