Fall arrives a week from today. Where did summer go? It seems only like last week that Vacation Bible School started and the local pools and playgrounds were filled. The adage that time accelerates as you get older is obviously true.
Earlier this week I wrote about “Signs and Portents”, referring to the upcoming special election in New York to fill the Weiner’s House seat. The polls at that time indicated the ‘Pub, Turner, was ahead. The polls were right. Turner beat democrat Weprin. It is the first time a non-dem will hold that seat in over a hundred years. More amazing is that the district is 40% Jewish and Weprin is also Jewish. Jewish voters turned against one of their own.
Yep. Signs and portents.
Perhaps Obama’s policies against Israel have made a few voters understand just who are their allies. Evangelical Christians are uniformly strong supporters of Israel. I submit that Jews and Christians have more in common than Jews and liberals.
As I’ve written before, I have no preference in the ‘Pub herd for President. I have eliminated a few. Romney, Ron Paul, Huntsman were never in the running as far as I’m concerned.
I’m reluctantly eliminating another, Michele Bachmann. She attacked Perry about his executive order to provide HPV immunizations in Texas. It was a mistake and he’s admitted it should have gone to the legislature instead of him issuing an Executive Order.
That’s the facts.
What is not true is the statement it would force all girls to be immunized. Contrary to Bachmann’s claims, there was an opt-out option. It should have been an opt-in option but the fact is that no girl would be forced to be immunized without parental consent. Bachmann knows that and lied.
Strike one, Bachmann.
If Bachmann had stopped there, I would continue to look at her as a viable candidate. But she didn’t. After the debates she spoke with Greta Van Susteren’s on Fox. She continued her claim that girls would be forced to be immunized, implied that Perry had been bribed by Merch, the company that produced the vaccine, and that the drug caused mental retardation.
There are no facts indicating any retardation after the immunizations. Bachmann claims a mother after the debate said the immunization caused retardation in her teen-aged daughter. Bachmann spread that claim without bothering to investigate the facts.
Strike two, Bachmann.
The claim that Merch influenced Perry is untenable. The information is publicly available to prove those claims false. If Merch had bribed Perry, that would be a crime. Where are the facts. True, Merch donated $5000 to Perry’s campaign. They also donated similar amounts to other candidates. Did they “bribe” those candidates too?
Unlikely. This is another variation of “Governor have you quit beating your wife?” strawman argument.
Strike three, Bachmann! You’re out!
I have to confess, I’m a people watcher. And, listener. I like to go to various greasy spoons for lunch and observe people and listen to their conversations. You hear the wildest things that way.
You also pick up trends and how the social and political winds are blowing. The winds in New York’s 9th Congressional District are blowing here too.
Many of the patrons of the greasy spoons are blue-collar workers. Landscapers, construction workers, plumbers, electricians, retirees, and minor politicians.
Most of these people have been democrats. They grew up in democrat households. They belong to unions. They’ve played petty party politics for generations. They now have to face the reality of that history.
They don’t like it.
When you hear union members being in favor of Right-to-Work, the unions are in danger. When you hear blue-collar, self-employed tradesmen complain about taxes, licenses and fees, state and federal regulations, the burden of sustaining a family business, a core constituency of the democrats is in danger. When you hear democrat pols talk about cutting spending and taxes, the democrat party is in danger.
I think the elections next year will be worse for the democrats than they have ever envisioned.
The Census released the yearly poverty statistics this week. What a joke. The income levels for poverty does NOT include income from welfare, WIC, food-stamps, the Earned-Income-Tax credit (the negative income tax.) That flaw makes the entire report false.
It comes down to: If you don’t like the figures and they don’t support your agenda, change the rules.
If it works for unemployment figures, it can work elsewhere too.
More governmental lies.
Overhead at lunch this last weekend.
Man with union hat: “You watch Obama the other night?”
Companion: “Nah. Watched the game.”
Man with union hat: “Me, too. Didn’t miss anything.”
Companion: “Yeah. Can’t believe anything from those turds.”
Man with union hat: “Yeah, he’s toast.”
Fall has arrived a few days early. The highs today will only reach the mid-60s and that will continue until the weekend. The long-range forecast has temps only in the mid 70s at the highest. Summer is over.
|Stone Soup, September 13, 2011|
I can understand, Alix.