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THE SPITE HOUSE

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“Politics ain’t bean bag,” said Mr. Dooley, an Irish-American character created by writer Finley Peter Dunne in an 1895 newspaper column. It’s a rough and tumble blood sport. However, the party in power has no right to spite the American people to attack the opposition; but that’s precisely what the Obama White House has done.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

 

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12 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    It will only get worse Ed. As was said on another thread, “This is called testing the waters.”

    I’m glad to see the Tea Parties taking down the tape and blocking mechanisms and going right on into the monuments. That’s what it will take.

    By Beverly Farrar

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Ed, which party are you talking about… this mess is caused by both parties in Congress and a whole line of presidents. I don’t think the republicans or the democrats have been doing anything other than grandstanding with little knowledge of the world beyond their own egos and campaigns. They are playing with economic fire and seem to be willing to go over the edge. Not the smartest or most ethical group of folks in Congress and that includes both major parties.

    By Peter Kassebaum

  3. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Thin skinned, self centered, man-child in the Spite House

    By Bret Rivers

  4. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Bret, why are you being so generous??

    Ed, I enjoy your opinion pieces

    By Jim Prouty

  5. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    The behavior of both parties and the current president in this set of complex issues is less than mediocre. No sane government should even have default on the table and I am concerned that we will end up with a dollar that is half or less the current value… As an end result. China is calling for a non dollar standard in that we are not taking care of the dollar. Federal workers are federal federal workers… Parks and monuments are part of the government . What irritates me most is that members of congress are being paid… No budget should mean no pay. Our national debt is absurd, and we can look to both parties and their errors for that state of affairs. One recent poll suggested that congress had a five percent approval rating… Yet they continue with no shame as if it was normal. What an absurd insult to the country.

    By Peter Kassebaum

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    A quote from the article:”Behaving like royals that can rule by decree is totally unacceptable.”

    The Obama administration’s actions sicken me. Sometimes I think they are intentionally trying to provide the fuel for a popular uprising.

    By Ron McDuffee

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Gentlemen, you are both correct, at least from my perspective, though only partially descriptive of the most significant factors. The country overall is in a terrible state. Both parties, in reviewing their actions over the last few decades, bear an awful responsibility for spending us into oblivion through the never ending expansion of largely incompetent government. The embrace of baseline budgeting decades ago largely sealed our fate, even if the collective idiots in Mordor didn’t keep churning out destructive legislation.

    That said, there yet remains some modicum of differention between the parties. Damn near all the Dems, inclusive of their mainstream media drones, would not even be recognized as Democrats by such as JFK at this point. They should rename themselves the Alinskyite Party, which would be much more descriptive of the reality. And the GOP establishment is largely in tune with them, focused increasingly on careerism and the insatiable lust for accumulating more wealth and power. Principle is kicked to the curb with regularity. The Founders warned us repeatedly in their lifes’ writings about these bastards (both parties’ power structures).

    The reality is that there are a lot of consummately evil people in the halls of government (and that’s not unique to the US), fully commited to self-interest, principle be damned. But that’s not universal. There are also a lot of moronic ideologues who don’t really have the vision to even comprehend the consequences of their actions, who just go along to get along and hopefully keep moving up the ladder. And there are still some souls of principle and heart who fight the good fight, yet they are vastly outnumbered. We’ll call them the 7th Cavalry.

    The other, and saddest part of the debacle is the crystal clear culpable negligence of the American people, who for the most part wallow in petty self-absorption, are not the least engaged in the public square, have zero understanding of history, pay little or no attention to the country’s condition or how it evolved, etc., etc. Intellectual sloth and culpable negligence on a societal scale, with inevitable consequences. We are reaping what we have sown through collective ignorance, apathy, and shallowness. And again, all foreseen by the Founding Fathers, who warned us again and again what would be required of us if the Constitution and liberty were to be sustained.

    Assume you both recall my favorite account of Ben Franklin. The story goes that as Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a woman asked him, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”.

    Mr. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”

    It’s not looking like we’re going to keep it, and we have only ourselves to blame.

    By Paul Brown

  8. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Well said Paul. Believe it is time to vote out the old and bring in the new. we do have some fresh blood in there now and they are being villified by the establishment and the 4th estate who want the Alinsky Principles to prevail. When it comes to the shut down there are only two individuals that should be held accountable for their actions or inaction. The house has fulfilled their Constitutional obligation to fund the government minus Obamacare. Harry Reid refuses to floor these funding bills for a vote cause the President’s signiture legislation is not included in the funding line. The president has threatened to veto any legislation that does not include Obamacare funding. So for want of a government run healthcare system frought with problems and filled with new taxes, these two men have shut down the government. Sowel wrote a recent column that spells this out and the consequences of the Dems big lie.

    By Roland St. Germain

  9. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised that the current impasse between Democrats and Republicans is also linked to the impending rapprochement between US and Iran, probably with an invisible hand running things behind the scene !!!. Between here to there, it is obvious that, for fiscal responsibility, bi-partisan will be reached before 17th with stopgap funding leading to Debt Ceiling Limit (DCL) increased by US$1 trillion (at least) under warfare rhetoric including national security and the DCL so raised will most likely be fully subscribed by China in “deals within a deal”, and with further increase in DCL, probably in December, due to warfare in the MENA Region including suppression of Global Jihads starting with Pakistan. QE in perpetuity as a result with Fed Chief’s position unoccupied/shelled, while global economy in turbulence. US$ will strengthen in value against most of other currencies leading to 1st DCL increase, there may be riots post-1st DCL increase over economic issue, but with marshal law imposes.

    IMHO, for the purpose of addressing its imperial decline as well as its total consolidated debts-covering Budget deficit and contingent liabilities etc, US has to resort to war economy strategy. I think US Administration may have prepared for this.

    My observations may be wrong, as usual, future will tell.

    By chan weng kwong

  10. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Store food, water, and other provisions, gents. You’re going to end up needing them when things come apart at the seams due to generalized malfeasance in office.

    By Paul Brown

  11. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Spot on, to both Ed and Paul.

    I think you summed it up quite well.

    By Michael McMaken

  12. arma2012 says:

    It will take us a generation, assuming the right Presidential leadership, to undo the damage that the current occupant of the WH has done. His ruinous policies at home and abroad will continue to set us back no matter who controls the house and senate because he will continue to rule by decree. Obama sees himself as a Ruler, not as an Executive governing a democratic republic. There is a dangerous mindset among the elites who continue to support his arbitrary and mean spirited abuse of Presidential power that obstructionism by the minority party is not to be tolerated as shown by their support for Reid’s so called Nuclear Option that stripped the minority party’s constitutional power to oppose and when necessary, prevent Presidential actions they regard as harmful to the national interest. The charge of obstructionism is a well-known device historically employed by authoritarian political forces. We are closer to a tyrannical political regime than at any time since the Civil War. One thing I hope we have learned by Obama’s brutal and mean spirited use of the IRS, DOJ, EPA, DHS, Health and Human Services and other available levers of power including the actions of the federal employee unions is that all this power in the hands of the wrong person can destroy our democratic republic. We can expect that Obama and Reid will jam through Circuit and Supreme Court appointments with judges who will extend Obama’s abuse of power for a long time to come. God help the USA.

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