This is my usual view of the events of the past year.
The past few weeks has been trying for many people in light of the tragedy in Newton, Connecticut. The loss of so many young ones at this time of year is especially heart-wrenching.
Many people (especially the politicians) are taking a simplistic approach of how this horrific act could have been prevented. Take away or legislate away all firearms. Wrong thought…
Crime has been made illegal. That hasn’t stopped robbery, rape, & murder, has it? In fact, there are parts of our major cities that the police don’t visit either because it’s too dangerous even for them.
Gun free zones haven’t made those places any safer either. In fact, I think they are more dangerous for the wackos that want to spill blood in a bid for fun, glory, and/or whatever other sick thoughts they have.
And speaking of wackos & guns, I’m reminded of these statements made in my 2nd Amendment post:
Owning a weapon carries responsibilities. Quite frankly, there are people who should not even be near one because they are not responsible or mentally mature enough. Owning a weapon does not mean you should be able to strap one on & go out and play policeman. This is where careful licensing through education and the demonstration of qualifications is necessary.
Remember, guns don’t kill people. It’s the people who use guns that kill people. A gun is an inanimate object just like a knife, hammer, or screwdriver. It’s how it’s used and the person using it that makes the difference. And that is called personal responsibility.
I’ll make the politicians a deal – If the United States will go without one year of killings, robberies, and other crimes, I’ll give up my guns, no questions asked.
Another manufactured “crisis” from our politicians that has an effect on everyone in the United States and beyond. Our elected leaders kicked this can down the road for another year so everyone could say they did something without doing anything & still had time to hit the campaign trail. Of course, the committees that were supposed to meet and resolve the “problem” didn’t, so now the last minute negotiations, arm-twisting, and posturing is in high form. I’m not impressed…
David Limbaugh had this to say:
The budget debates essentially boil down to the Republicans’ desire to return the nation to financial health vs. Obama’s desire to use the government’s taxing and spending powers as tools to remake America in his image rather than to facilitate economic growth or balance the budget.
Before you write off my comments as unfairly partisan, I ask you to ponder Obama’s major negotiating demands. He is insistent, is he not, on increasing tax rates and reducing deductions for higher-income earners, even though it’s an objective fact that Obama’s plan to raise taxes on just a small percentage of Americans would not generate enough revenue to make a significant dent in our nation’s deficits or debt. He has to be demanding this change, then, for other reasons. I can think of none, other than his idea of fairness, by which he means punishing the rich, even if it won’t improve the economy or our fiscal picture.
Further, he has stubbornly resisted meaningful spending cuts and has absolutely continued to dig his heels in over GOP efforts to reform entitlements to avoid our nation’s impending financial meltdown.
I see the following possibilities for “resolving” this “crisis” –
- A deal will be struck that largely involves kicking the can further down the road, and the politicians will be slapping each other on the back & shaking hands like their old buddies.
- No deal, and the politicians will blame each other for the deadlock.
At no time do I expect that a full resolution to the “crisis” will be reached. And if, by some miracle, there is any kind of resolution, you and I will pay for it in one way or another.
Part of the reason for the Fiscal Cliff will be how ObamaCare will be implemented. The 2700 pages of legislation only provides a framework for how the Health Care is to be enacted. That’s right – the details still need to be worked out by Congress, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service (among others).
Some aspects of ObamaCare are known – things such as penalties, fees, and such – but for the most part, no one really seems to know what services are to be provided. That appears to be a moving target, and that leads to a degree of uncertainty. Which brings us to…
Quite frankly, the economy is dismal. With the implementation of ObamaCare (both known and unknown factors), companies are rethinking their entire hiring and retention strategies. We are already seeing companies laying off or cutting back hours that their employees can work. And the Unions are starting to pay attention, although not in the way you would think…
As many of you know, I used to belong to the UAW. It was both good and bad, but the mindset of the Unions is that the companies that employ them exist solely to provide the Union Membership benefits and pay no matter how detrimental the terms of the contract are to the company. They often see a company as a bottomless pit of money and benefits. For instance –
Hostess declared bankruptcy earlier this year, citing (in part) the unwillingness of the many Unions to renegotiate contracts that would allow the company to continue business. The Unions responded that mismanagement of the Company put them in a financial bind, and that one Union refused to any further concessions. So now 18,500 Union members are out of work.
Way to go…
That’s it for now. What were your top issues of the year?