Disgruntledpatriot's Blog

April 26, 2010

Biden gets off free in Peoria, Palin and Schock pay freely

Ok, if you are local you will remember Bush’s visit to Peoria a couple of years ago to help raise money for Aaron Schock.  The cost to the city was brought up, the city demanded reimbursement, and Schock paid.  This sounds all well and good right?  If someone visits, and costs the city money, someone other than the taxpayer should foot the bill.  I am all for that.  Now, here is what I am not for…Jim Ardis was asked about Obama’s trip to CAT last year, and who would pay.  He said:

“the cost of public services during Obama’s visit on Thursday will not be an issue. He said the issue last July [Bush’s trip] involved a political fundraiser.”

Ok, get it?  Since Bush’s trip was a fundraiser, someone should have to pay.  Since Obama’s trip wasn’t a fundraiser it was fine for the taxpayer to foot the bill for added security and other expenses.

Now fast forward to a couple of weeks ago.  Joe Biden visits Peoria for a, wait for it…fund raising event at the center for prevention of abuse.  It cost the city an estimated $43,000 in extra costs for the visit.  Now, at this point you are probably thinking that someone is going to cover it right?  I mean, it’s a fundraiser.  Mayor Ardis said that’s the criteria right?  Well, you would be wrong, the taxpayer is expected to pick this one up.

Also a couple of weeks ago was Palin’s visit to Five Points Washington.  She spoke to a sold-out crowd of 1,100 to kick off Five Points leadership series.  Now, this wasn’t a fundraiser right?  This was a seminar, so according to Jim Ardis the city should have to cover it.  Well, if it were in Peoria I guess.  Maybe since it was in Washington and not Peoria…oh well it doesn’t matter because it was arranged with the city ahead of time, and Five Points Washington paid the city for the added security.

You see, fundraiser or not, there is one common criteria here.  If the visiting head of state is a Democrat, Peoria is all fine and good with the citizens footing tens of thousands of dollars for security.  If they are a Republican however, they better pay their own way.  Funny because Ardis is a Republican Mayor, you would think that he would be concerned about everyone paying so that his city could remain fiscally responsible.  Maybe he signed up for the wrong party.


February 18, 2010

Washington Must Be Rolling Over!

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 6:31 pm
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Was anyone else as disgusted as I was when President Obama stood in front of the portrait of George Washington and tried to justify his violation of a campaign promise, and a violation of our constitution?  Not sure what I am talking about?  Well let me explain.

First off, George Washington did not want to be President, but he was called by the people to do it.  He reluctantly served because he felt it was his duty to the people.  Now, remember, when he was President there was no limit on the number of terms a President could serve, and many people wanted him to be President for life, but Washington did not want to be king (that is how he saw it if someone were President for life.)  He declined the salary that the constitutional congress voted for him, but finally relented because they were afraid that it would set a precedent that only the wealthy could serve as President (ahhhh the irony).  He declined many noble titles that were presented for the office, saying that Mr. President would be fine.  He did not want anything to appear royal.  He was our only non-party President, believing that political parties would be the undoing of this country (wow, smart guy, wonder where they went?)  Washington was the model of the type of President that everyone should want.  Honest, moral, selfless, honorable, words that are never associated with a politician today.

Now, our President, Barack Obama stood in front of a portrait of that great man, and proved to the American people that he is not honest, has no morals, isn’t selfless, and has no honor.  Here is Obama telling people that he will uphold the constitution, and believes that one branch should not have too much power (coincidentally he also talks about signing statements, which he promised not to do but did.)  So, when congress does not pass a bill to start a commission on debt, the President both violates the constitution, and the separation of powers, and issues an executive order to do just that.

Mr. President (Washington) must be rolling over in his grave.

February 5, 2010

Wouldn’t it be Nice?

Just once wouldn’t it be nice if a politician didn’t make any promises when they campaigned?  How great would it be to hear “I will TRY to change these things”, or “I will do my BEST to enact this reform”?  I have gotten so tired of seeing this, and even more fed up with people that buy into it.  Doesn’t anyone realize that it takes more than one person in our government to change anything?  How many campaign promises have every been met anyway?  They all, always break them, because when they get into office they get snapped into reality.

Here is one of the big ones recently, over and over again, “You can keep your doctor”.

And the truth.  Now, he may want to actually keep that promise, but it was a promise he had no business making, because in the end he doesn’t write the bills, and he alone doesn’t make law.  Also notice he says it got ‘snuck’ in there, by who?  As far as they have said, and as far as we have seen, the entire bill, in both houses is made up by democrats.  If something got snuck in there that violated his pledge, it was by his own party.

Another great one is executive orders.  Obama said he would not use this unlawful and unconstitutional practice.

And then at the State of the Union address he flips completely over.  Skip ahead to 4:17 if you don’t want to watch Glenn Beck, or listen to his analysis of the State of the Union.

Not trying to pick on just the President here, but his example is the most noticeable, and for millions, the most disappointing.  There is more than the two examples above, and it isn’t hard to find them.  Lied about not having lobbyists working for him, lied about getting every American covered by universal HC (even if it does pass many millions will still be uninsured), lied about lowering premiums (both bills are projected to raise premiums), lied about closing Gitmo (glad on this one, they would be better off trying the prisoners there than attempting to move them, would have been quicker), lied about ending the war in 2009 (again probably a good thing, if you think we looked bad going to war, how bad would we look if we didn’t clean up our mess before we left), and on and on.  Let me be clear, every politician that I know of has done this over and over again.  I don’t pay attention to them all, but at least the ones I have seen, have a habit of breaking promises, the law, and the constitution.

One that I can think of might actually have some sense.  I think it’s Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who refuses to bring home earmarks for his district, and sleeps in his office as opposed to having an apartment in D.C.  He does not believe in wasteful spending.  Now, he may not be a good example, he is not my representative, nor even in my state so I only know what I can read.

One other thing I would like to see.  No more campaigning on what the last guy, or the other guy, did wrong.  I want a politician that refuses to play those school-yard games.  With elections coming this year I am just disgusted with the things I see on TV.  I want to hear what the candidate believes in, not what he has to say about his opponent.  I want to hear how they plan to fix things, not how the last guy broke it.  Wouldn’t it be nice if that happened just once?

January 7, 2010

The Silly Things They Say On The Campaign Trail

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 8:43 am
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So we have grown used to hearing campaign promises over the years, and we have grown used to them being broken over and over again.  Sad thing this time around is so many people who voted for the President actually believed what he said.  They thought they were voting for change from politics as usual.  They thought they were voting for a ‘fundamental transformation’ of America, but the voter’s idea of transformation seems to be completely different from the President’s idea of transformation.  We were promised so much and one by one those promises are being shot out of the water.  The saddest part is when people look around and realize they have been lied to, their representatives just laugh at their naiveté.

Candidate Obama promised, on several occasions, that legislative decisions would be open to the public, shown on C-Span even.  One great video, full of more broken promises than you can shake a stick at here.  Let us comment?  Really?  Well, I guess they did, but if your comments don’t meet their ideology then you get called names.  Allowing us to have an impact, our comments weighed before decisions made?  Really?  Is that like the majority of Americans don’t want their health care bill but they are doing it anyway?  Here is another one that says it all about this particular broken promise.

Candidate Obama promised, on several occasions, that taxes wouldn’t be raised on the middle class.  Here.  This one is great, cause he says he will increase capital gains tax (directly opposite of what he said in the first one) and not because it will help the economy but to make our tax system fair.  Watch out for that word fair, who determines fair?  What is fair?  Who in their right mind things our tax system is even close to fair?  He wants to make it more progressive than it already it, and that is not fair.  A fair tax system would be one where everyone pays the same percentage, low, middle, upper class, business, homeowner, everyone.  So he promised no new taxes on the middle class, not even capital gains, oh but capital gains, that one will go up.  Also, in the health care bill, taxes on just about everything is going up, for everyone, including the middle class.

We could go on and on like this all day, and I know what you are saying “All politicians do this”, we will get to that.  First I want to show you the arrogant response that we get when we start to question these broken promises.  She thinks it’s funny that people would even ask that, like we should know that we were lied to.

So, “All politicians do this”.  Yes they do, and they will keep doing it until we hold them accountable.  We need to start letting our politicians realize we can’t be bought like they can.  We need to start demanding that they tell us the truth, even when they are trying to get elected.  If we stop letting it slide, and start holding their feet to the fire for this then maybe things will change.  Perhaps a candidate will stop saying “I will” and start saying “I will try”.  Oh sure, I bet they have advisers that tell them the American people want a resolute candidate, someone who knows what he is going to do, and is determined to do it.  You know what I would rather have?  One with honest intentions, and the honor to tell me that he knows he can’t do everything he wants to do in office, and the integrity to admit it to everyone.

August 9, 2009

Does the Hypocrisy Ever End?

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 10:20 pm
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I am getting just about fed up with all the ‘Well, he did it first so it should be ok,’ garbage that is coming from the White House in Washington.  Just because Bush did it, does not mean it is ok to do it too.  The left needs to get over the idea that anyone that is against Obama liked Bush.  What am I talking about this time?  Signing statements, Bush did it, and Obama promised he wouldn’t but he is, and his cronies are playing the whole ‘He did it first’ card.

If you don’t know what signing statements are, don’t worry, I hadn’t heard about them until this morning.  A signing statement is when the President slightly changes a bill by writing a sort of addendum when he signs it.  The practice has been in use for several presidencies, and is highly controversial and the legality is questionable.  The excuse they use is that they have to clarify the constitutionality of a bill, but correct me if I am wrong, that is not the President’s job.  That is the job of the Supreme Court is it not?  The Presidents claim that their other option, a veto, would not be acceptable, that perfectly good bills that need a little tweaking should be passed with their signing statement.

President Obama has already been criticized by both sides of the aisle in Congress, and several lawyers, many of which have sent letters of rebuke directly to the President.  His cronies claim that the practice is perfectly within the scope of the President’s job, and of course, the one phrase that I am getting tired of hearing, ‘Bush did it’.

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