So today, President Obama gets on TV and hails a great new agreement with over 100 other countries across the globe on climate change.
Big frikkin' deal.
The last time he hailed such a "huge" accomplishment, it was for Obamacare, and that has been an unmitigated disaster from the beginning. Not only did tens of millions of people lose their existing health care coverage, only to find their new mandated plans to be 2, 3 or even 4 times higher in premiums, but contained more out of pocket expenses than their former plans. The administration spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a website that didn't work, and gave many who did finally sign up incorrect information on their costs and exemptions. The figures that were cooked to begin with regarding alleged budget savings ended up increasing the Federal budget (as those of us who didn't double count savings knew all along), and is now expected to cost Americans over 2 million jobs.
And the employer mandate hasn't even been implemented yet.
The good news about today's agreement on climate change is that Obama has exactly zero chance to get this agreement through the U.S. Senate, and his executive powers aren't sufficient to implement any significant portion of this agreement without Congressional approval. Given that our long national nightmare ends in about 13 months, there is no chance for this worst president in U.S. history to further destroy our economy on what can best be described as a false science.
The sad thing is that when people look at this agreement in the future, Obama will get credit for slowing down the rise in earth temperatures, even if it won't be anything in the agreement that will be the cause of that slowdown.
Obama will take credit for the Sun.
As I've written before, solar activity has been in a rather quiet state for the past 18 years and counting, resulting in a slower rate of temperature increases in that time frame. In fact, Obama could take credit RIGHT NOW for the lower temperatures on his watch, as I'm sure his minions will attempt to do in the near future. And when those of us in the know try to point out that his agreement wasn't even implemented, they'll simply stand firm on the temperature, without considering the science behind the final data. Because that's all they've got.
But only Obama could crow about an agreement that will not be implemented.
Because it's all about legacy with this guy; never accomplishment.
For those who don't follow the NFL, a title is laughingly conferred on the last player to be drafted in any given year; the title of "Mr. Irrelevant". It's awarded because the player is not very likely to succeed in his chosen profession (football), and will likely be cut before the end of training camp the following summer.
But there's another "Mr. Irrelevant" these days. Usually one appears every 4 - 8 years coming out of Washington, D.C. to coincide with the start of the last year of a particular presidential term of office. Some are more irrelevant than others, but none have reached the level of the latest "Mr. Irrelevant" - Barack Obama.
At least, as far as I am concerned.
I have the Fox News app on my smartphone. As such, I get news alerts which show up on my phone whenever allegedly important news breaks. Many times, I tap on the alert to see what might have happened, but one type of alert I never tap on is any one which begins with the words "President Obama to speak . . .".
Let's face it; is there ANYTHING he might say at this point in his term of office that most people are willing to listen to? Not here. Whether it's trumpeting another phony accomplishment, or grandstanding against those he disagrees with, or simply pandering to another constituency, there is little to nothing Barack Obama can say that is either true, or relevant.
About the only good thing Obama's been good at, is polarizing one faction against another, whether it be along racial lines, economic situation, or political beliefs. For someone who had such promise for many (not THIS writer, however), he has literally and single-handedly destroyed the fabric of this nation which once bound us together - our diversity.
Everything is not a simple black and white proposition, but "Mr. Irrelevant" has made it so.
We're witnessing a classic case of a narcissist believing their own hype.
Frankly, I don't get the enthusiasm for Donald Trump. Never have. I understand the need for America to have someone who will speak the truth (as he or she sees it), but once you get past the obvious "I can do a better job than Obama" mantra (I mean really - who couldn't?), there's not a lot of truth in Trump's oratory.
Plain speaking does not equal being right.
Let's face it; taking a couple of obscure lines from a pre-9/11 book, and claiming you foresaw the evil of Osama bin Laden before anyone else is not exactly at the Nostradamus level of predictions, now is it? And playing on the fears of Americans immediately following the Islamic extremist terror attack in San Bernardino by saying he'd ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. is not only crazy, but bigoted.
Yes, bigoted. Donald J. Trump is a bigot.
But here's where I believe Trump has finally become unhinged. With recent GOP attacks against him from across the spectrum - so-called "establishment" Republicans as well as his fellow GOP contenders, Trump is once again hinting that if he fails to get the GOP nomination, he could go it alone in a third-party bid for the White House. But apparently Donald trump, for all his bluster, can't do math very well.
He's crowing about a recent poll where apparently 68% of his supporters would vote for him even if he were to run outside of the GOP. Let's say those numbers are even remotely correct, even in the early stages of a presidential campaign where there are still too many choices to make before the first ballot has been cast. Let's say his supporter's love for The Donald is so intense, that people will follow him off the usual ballot to cast their only vote for President.
He'd get historic-level numbers, but still not win a single, solitary Electoral College vote, and hand an easy victory to the Democrats once again.
Let's do the math. Currently, Trump is in the low 30 percent range of support for the GOP nomination (and that's his high point). When all 68% of his supporters no longer vote for the GOP nominee, Trump gets a whopping - 23% of the popular vote!
So what does that do? Even in southern states, 23% doesn't get you a win, which just might give the Democrat nominee the Electoral votes. We could be witnessing the first 50 state blowout and a unanimous Electoral College vote which might just put the most corrupt politician to ever run for office into the White House. That, of course, would be Hillary Clinton.
So Trump supporters, do America a favor. He isn't going to be elected on either the GOP or third-party ballot, so start looking at someone else. Anyone else. Your love of the bombastic, plain speaking Trumpster just fuels this guys narcissism, and hands the Oval Office to Hillary. You're really no better than the left was with electing Barack Obama (oratory over ability), and look how well that turned out for America . . .
It should be obvious . . .
. . . that "active shooter" is fast becoming the most used phrase of 2015. Lots of things that might contribute to the escalation of it's use, but a continuing poor economy not being addressed by Congressional Republicans (cutting taxes isn't the key) nor Barack Obama (increased government spending isn't the key) is surely one of the reasons. Hint: let's get government out of the way of people wanting to create jobs, as in regulatory reform.
. . . that the NFL is out to screw with the New England Patriots. NFL officiating has been particularly bad this year, but nothing as bad as last Sunday's Pats - Broncos game, where a sure win was taken from the Patriots via three separate calls / no calls. Now the NFL has demoted their worst officiating team from the Sunday night prime time game, and assigned them to - the New England Patriots game earlier in the day! You just can't make this stuff up. Add to their obsession with Deflategate and getting their heads handed to them in court, not to mention the growing issue of concussion-related health problems and suicides, the NFL has turned into a laughingstock of professional sports.
. . . that Fox News' Megyn Kelly can equally upset both liberals and conservatives. From her absolutely accurate assessment of Donald Trump, to her calling out the GOP contenders for their desire to vet questions and moderators for future debates, to her almost nightly evisceration of the hypocrisy of the day from Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, she's a professional through and through, and as independent as they come.
. . . that there's nothing wrong with being independent. Sure, conservatives will complain that independents don't stand for anything, but nothing could be further from the truth. There's nothing wrong with having the ability to think things through issue by issue, and not just toe the party line. If a third political party ever gets momentum, it will be the independents who will be the driving force behind it.
. . . that Barack Obama will go down in history as the most delusional President this nation has ever elected. I don't know whether it's due to his insular and very small group of people he interacts with and trusts, or if he's just not as bright as he is glib, but he has been wrong on just about every major issue that has come up during his Presidency. He's certainly the most bigoted President since Woodrow Wilson, preferring to view everything domestic through a racial lens. On the international front, he's mishandled ISIS, the Arab Spring, the overthrow of Libya's Ghaddafi, and our withdrawal from Iraq. On the domestic front, he blew up our debt in order to provide a couple of years of marginal growth, and threw away our long-term fiscal security as a result. He singlehandedly disrupted and may have irreparably harmed our health care delivery system, and played political games with our veterans health and lives. At least he finally got on the correct side of gay rights.
. . . that almost half the American people are delusional as well, giving Obama an approval rating of nearly 50%, and Hillary Clinton almost as much. If she gets elected next year, the combination of Obama's ideology (see above) and Clinton's inbred corruption is something from which I fear this nation will never recover.
. . . that the mainstream media is all too willing to trade accuracy for access in reporting on anything political.
. . . that "gun-free zones" are the worst failed policy created by government since Prohibition. Nothing invites wolves to go after sheep more than when there's no one guarding the flock.
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