Random Musings

As a voracious consumer of news regarding current events and politics, it occurred to me this week that to a person of sanity and sound reason, listening to and reading the coverage of what is going on in our nation and world today is so far removed from reality, historical experience and logic as to be the product of a journalist reporting live from the bottom of that rabbit hole in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. We regularly hear from people considered leaders by many, uttering the most incredibly nonsensical things with a straight face, fully expecting the rest of us to believe them. Indeed, often these things are uttered with such seemingly powerful sincerity that even the sane begin to question themselves.

So, here are a few random thoughts from the passing week…

Judging by recent stories from California, the nickname for that state should be changed from the “Golden State” to the “Granola State”, because it is positively the land of fruits and nuts. California, with a debt rating of A- (the lowest of any state), annual deficits of billions of dollars, and long-term debt obligations to public employee unions that amount to hundreds of billions of dollars, nevertheless recently decided to double down on lunacy by passing the “California Dream Act”, a state version of the federal law that would give in-state tuition and more lavish taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal aliens and their children. This is a magnet for more illegal immigration, and in the end the state will continue its rapid descent into bankruptcy.

This is a perfect example of the wisdom of the Founding Fathers in establishing a federalist system which gives primacy to a narrowly-defined set of powers to the federal government, and leaves all else to the states or the people. Californians are welcome to engage in such collective fiscal suicide if they desire, but when the inevitable consequences hit, the federal government should by no means bail the state out. Unfortunately, being America’s most populous state, the cries that it is “too big to fail” will be great. If such ends up being the case, I propose that California lose all rights to send electors to the Electoral College until such time as the American taxpayers are paid back in full, with interest, by California.

Two other stories from California concern two laws recently passed by the state. The first law forbids anyone under age eighteen from using a tanning bed (which, after tossing aside the coddling nannyism behind it, sounds reasonable at first given the threat of skin cancer), but the second law would allow juveniles over age twelve to make their own decisions regarding medical care concerning sexually transmitted diseases and such, without the consent of a parent or guardian. To put this in perspective, it means that a seventeen-year old girl is committing a crime if she uses a tanning bed, but a thirteen-year old girl is perfectly within the law when she walks into Planned Parenthood and requests an abortion without her parents’ knowledge.

Continuing the lunacy of the Granola State is the story of Thomas, an eleven-year old son of lesbian parents who started him on a regimen of hormone blockers to delay the onset of puberty while he works through his decision to become a transgendered woman. Imagine that…a boy that grows up as the son of lesbian women deciding he does not want to grow up to be a man, and is therefore willing to put his health at significant risk to achieve an emulation of his parentage. Stories like this expose the absolute ludicrousness of the claim that children do not need to be reared by a mother and a father in a loving home. The fact that many heterosexual relationships are not healthy in no way changes the fact that children need both the male and female influence in their upbringing to have the optimal chance become a healthy adult, both physically and psychologically.

Showing a severe irony deficiency, many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters this week complained bitterly that they had been the victims of theft at the hands of some of their fellow OWS protestors. According to the NY Post, “Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale…I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500. Every night, something else is gone. Last night, our entire [kitchen] budget for the day was stolen, so the first thing I had to do was…get the message out to our supporters that we needed food!” So let me get this straight…protestors that for weeks have condemned the evils of corporations and “the rich”, demanding the use of government force to take from them and give to the “less fortunate”, are now complaining that others have taken from them the expensive products made by evil corporations that they use to fulfill their basic needs and wants, and to get out the message of the evils of corporations? Personally, I find the irony delicious indeed.

While the media has lavished positive coverage on the Occupy Wall Street crowd, with a portrayal of nobility that they would never grant the TEA Party protesters (this despite the violence, vandalism, theft and general anti-social behavior of these petulant ingrates), it also echoes their mantra that the evil rich, “the 1%”, should be punished for their greed. President Obama has fueled this hate and envy with his constant demagoguery of “millionaires and billionaires” (millions of which are small business owners earning gross revenue of as little as $200,000annually) and “corporate jet owners” which he uses as a symbol of greed.

Yet who is ringing the bell of warning as to what occurs if Obama gets his way and corporate jets become extinct as a luxury that none should have since all can’t have? What happens to the millions of people employed in the production of those corporate jets either directly or as suppliers of materials and finished components? What happens to the machinists, electronics manufacturers, producers of avionics, suppliers of aviation fuel, and the employees of the hundreds of small airports dotting the nation? What happens to the airline mechanics, the sheet metal workers, the carpenters and electricians, the suppliers of exotic woods and leather? They all become unemployed. Of course, to a Democrat that means that the economy would improve, as evidenced by former Speaker of the House and Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who explained to us that unemployment checks are the quickest way to stimulate the economy.

We are also getting a confused message from Democrat leadership elsewhere. Obama wants the Congress to pass his $447 billion “jobs” bill, which is nothing more than “Stimulus Jr.” If a trillion dollar stimulus resulted in a net loss of jobs, what does Obama think that half that amount will do? Result in only half as many more jobs lost? Maybe he should talk to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who this week declared that “It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers.” Maybe he should check with the millions and millions of Americans currently unemployed or underemployed who might disagree.

So then, we may ask, why is a raven like a writing desk? That is a discussion for next time, Alice.

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