"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"
Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette
Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette
Sunday, January 23, 2011
by John Alexander Madison
January 24, 2011
HEALTHCARE AT ANY COST
Help me out here. One argument liberals are making in support of Obamacare is that Members of Congress get these (excessive) benefits so all Americans should get them as well. And, since murderers and child predators get life-long, taxpayer funded food, clothing and shelter, health club facilities, free satellite television and full medical benefits, perhaps we should all receive the same benefits as convicted felons, let alone Congressmen. Obamacare is being foisted upon America’s taxpayers by the ultra-liberal, left wing agenda and not unlike other crimes mentioned above we need to reverse the trend. There is an alternative to giving all Americans the excessively luxurious and free health care benefits Members of Congress and convicted felons enjoy. How about taking away these benefits from Members of Congress and felons?
Does anyone remember President Obama’s solemn pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba no later than June of 2010? Many of us felt, along with the President's pledge to stop military tribunals and try terrorists in the U.S. criminal courts, was not a good idea. The outcome of the first terrorist trial in a United States criminal court, you may remember, resulted in a conviction boasted by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. Upon closer examination the truth reveals the terrorist got a mere slap on the wrist.
As we speak, Guantanamo is not closed; there are no current plans to close Guantanamo Bay; and the President is moving forward with military tribunals in Cuba. Question: Is this President “clueless?” You be the judge.
(Upon taking office, I remind you, this President had less foreign policy experience than any other who preceded him. But now that I’m thinking about it why limit that remark to just foreign policy experience?)
MORE ABOUT EFFICIENY IN GOVERNMENT
It is with utter disbelief that I recently observed what may be the largest drive-in theater being built in the country at the south entrance of The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At taxpayer expense, thousands of galvanized fence posts are spouting like weeds in a large open pasture. A drive-in theater, really? Ever heard of Netflix or movies on demand from your satellite TV or cable provider? Not only are drive-in theaters all but extinct but indoor movie theater attendance is in serious decline as well. Additionally, putting a drive-in theater along a very busy Interstate 25 is irresponsible and presents a predictable driving hazard. What were they thinking?
Well, my editor just informed me I am wrong. Oops. It turns out in its enthusiasm to “go green” our federal government has decided to invest $16.5+ million to install a large array of solar panels. At least it is not an ugly wind farm (which would inevitably kill thousands of wayward birds,) but a solar farm to capture the suns energy and convert it to electricity for the Air Force Academy. Now we’re talking. Harnessing the sun’s energy to save the Academy about $500,000 per year on its utility bill sounds great, eye pollution of the panels aside. It is an absolutely brilliant idea, until you consider it will take well over 35 years to realize the benefit of investing $16.5 million dollars to build it! And that is in today’s dollars without considering annual maintenance costs and the life span of these solar panels, which we are told is about 25 years.
Rather than merely criticizing this latest example of wasteful government spending, I respectfully propose that this “field of dreams” facility adopt a dual-purpose…as a drive-in theater! There are no land acquisition costs, the speaker posts are already in place, and it might produce some revenue as well. What a deal.
Since the fall of 2009, this column has suggested that in the last two years of his one-term presidency Mr. Obama will (in the spirit of this week’s football playoff games) pull a redirection move by shifting his rhetoric to everything that sounds good…creating jobs, cutting wasteful government spending, and seeking more civility in political and government discourse.
After the brutal beating Obama’s agenda took in the November 2010 election what else can he do? It was predictable in 2009 and it is our reality in 2011. This comes after two years of the most abusive, divisive and un-presidential rhetoric by any U.S. president in memory. But, more importantly, let’s never forget nor forgive the unprecedented debt which has been accumulated by this irresponsible Democrat president and the Democrat party-controlled Congress.
Using another football analogy, the first-half was played out in November 2010 and the second half will be played out on November 6, 2012.
I implore you to remember that this President and his party created more national debt in less than two years than in the previous 233 years of our republic…and by vetoing efforts to repeal Obamacare in 2011 the President will have just one happy outcome in 2012…lifelong, no-cost healthcare for him and his family, in retirement, after a mere four years of his failed Presidency.
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