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Sitting On The Sidelines

Updated on April 22, 2013

Let Me In Coach!

Our history class will resume tomorrow. If you were playing hookie, go to my home page and catch up - it's a series. We have a different ballgame to go to today so grab your cleats and lets go.

What we are observing in politics these days is a game - plain and simple. It's a game played by third stringers pretending to be first stringers. They all want to be the star and receive the cheer of the crowd, that would be us - the public - for being a hero and winning the game. It would be a complete marketing flop if they ever tried to make a video game out of that nonsense. I majored in marketing, and I'd laugh them out of the room. But I'm not laughing much as I watch the Foggy Bottom Circus go through their budget routine. Now every one on the team wants to point fingers at each other trying to deflect the blame for their failure to do the duties that are outlined for them in the play book. Play book you ask? Yes, The United States Constitution. Maybe they should try looking at the play book and memorizing the plays.

Then we have Smirksalot (picture above) sitting on the bench again and wondering what to do. He seems to always want to enter the game at the last minute and make grave and grand pronouncements to the fans about how we deserve better than what we are seeing. He's also trying the tactic of using scare tactics, as are Pelosi and Reid, to try to get their way. What's that all about?. His signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, is a prime example. While the country was going through an economic meltdown, Team Obama spent 18 months practicing for a health care game. Albeit he claimed in his State of the Union address that "jobs" were going to be the focus. At the last minute, when things weren't going as planned, Smirky jumped off the bench and jumping up and down screeched, "Let me in coach, let me in." He entered the fray at the last minute. That's his form of leadership style as I see it.

The game this time is The Battle Of The Budget. Same routine, same play book and same wanting to suddenly be the star of the show. Because we, the American people, deserve better than we are getting. He's right, so lets remember that this time in 2012 as "we" prepare to write a totally different play book. In just about any crisis situation I have noticed Obama sitting on the sidelines - hesitant and at times probably biting his fingernails. Some people do that when they don't know what else to do.

This is Friday, the 8th of April, and he knew all along that this date would arrive. He is supposed to be the leader of his team of Democrats, essentially the coach himself. He'd last about 5 minutes in a Pop Warner football league before the fans were calling for his job. He sold us some snake oil promising strong, decisive leadership and what we ended up with is a piece of milk toast. If you haven't ever noticed it just sits there. The first two years he abrogated his position of coach to the likes of political sages like Reid, Schumer and Pelosi. The reason he immediately did that was because he didn't have any idea how to lead the team from the get go.

So here we sit in the stands on this appointed day dumbfounded at what we are seeing. Up in the press box, the Lame Stream Media, is cheering their chosen one on trying to once again make him look like a hero rather than the donkey that he really is. That is his party's symbol you know. What I see up there right now grandstanding, mugging at the cameras and pointing fingers at each other is a bunch of jackasses, not donkeys. Trying to place blame on the other political party sure isn't getting the job of making any, and all, necessary cuts in spending to reduce the federal deficit that the fans in the stands are now demanding. The amazing part is they're dealing in peanuts compared to the overall amount in question. The peanut vendors are having a fit down in the concession area. You been down there lately? They are frantic and in an absolute panic that the idiots might steal their business.

Here's who lost the game for us this go round - Team Obama. It was a lack of courage, and the continued lack thereof on the political gridiron, that caused this entire mess we sitting in the stands watching and wondering, some times in befuddlement and sometimes in anger, as they work out of their political play book instead of the reality play book. What reality? We're at the edge of our fiscal cliff and it won't take but a nudge or two more to push us over. Grab your parachute and stand in the door.

Let me preface this with the following before I lay it out for you since the Lame Stream Media is napping up in the press box. I am not a Democrat, nor am I a Republican. I have better things to do with my time. I am a registered Independent. You know one of those swing voters they like to play to ever couple of years? I will remain there until the day I go to the big stadium in the sky, I don't need a political party to do my thinking for me. I'm perfectly capable of doing that for myself thank you very much.

What isn't being said, or talked about much, by our Lame Stream Media, is as follows:

1) The Democratic party, and the Anointed One who leads them, had both houses of Congress and the Oval Office under their pretty much total control for two years prior to this new Congress convening. They just coincidentally didn't have time to pass a budget before the mid-term elections. It appears, and sometimes appearances are everything, that they knew better than to try to pass what they had on the table because the American public would have had their butts on a platter. As it turned out, we threw more than a few of them out of office anyway. They lacked the political courage to do the right thing. It is their constitutional duty to do so and once again they shirked their responsibility to the American people.

Charlie Rangel told O'Reilly last night that they "just didn't find the time" to pass a budget before the mid-terms and acted like that was normal behavior.

2) The House of Representatives reconvened and immediately passed a budget and sent it to the Senate. The Senate, under the leadership of Harry Reid, has failed to act. To listen to the leadership (I am using that word loosely) in the Senate talk, you'd think everything was coming up fiscal daisies in our nation and that we just need to keep on throwing good money after bad. It'll all get better, just you wait and see. The time to wait is over. Doing nothing yields nothing.

3) When you have the ball and you punt on 1st down, you forfeit the right to point fingers and try to place blame. You had the whole field to yourselves essentially, Democrats, for 2 straight years and time after time you have punted the ball. Some call it continuing to kick the can down the street. Bush league plays were what you showed the American public and we're sick and tired of it.

FOOTNOTE: Added after publication FYI. It seems that Obama, through his Secretary of Defense, has proposed that the ladies and gentlemen in harms way serving the armed forces be classified as "non-essential." That essentially means they won't get paid. Talk about taking someone hostage. Good grief Charlie Brown!

I've said my peace, now you say yours this time.

Choose Your Poison Poll

If blame has to be palced, where do you place it?

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    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      You have insulted the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, their fans, and every Republican in Texas.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      alanlsg, Frog,

      Those in DC often seem to have no common sense at all, and they have everything to do with American Policies. Except for a handful of Congressmen, I find the balance to be bland followers at best, and absolutely crazy (or ciminal) at worst. I often find Congressmen saying in public things that no ordinary person I know would even say in private.

      Houston, we have a problem.


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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Thanks Alan. See, even a Scotsman can understand common sense.

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      Alan Bowman 6 years ago from The World

      Great Article dear Frog Prince, even a Scot can understand it without having anything to do with American Policies.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      epigramman - jim and I communicate regularly. Thanks for the tip though.

      The Frog

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...well I'm Canadian and basically apolitical - but man you really know how to write and whip up a righteous storm - I would appreciate a visit from someone as passionate and intelligent as you but the hubber you really 'gotta' check out is THE MAN WITHOUT NO PANTS!

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      T no pay for our troops should be protested by our troops changing the rules of asking for permission to engage to all out engagement ending this drawn out spectacle in 5 days instead of years, ending in a populace of people who are peaceful and willing to learn English as their native language.

      That sounds wrong to even me but is that not the purpose? of this war, if not winning what is the purpose?

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Ghost - Every time I use that I usually catch hell from Cowboy fans.

      Pamela - Despicable is the kind word.

      Stu - Isn't 5% being generous?

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago


      This is an absolute crisis. We have the most virulent lawbreaking administration and Congress in our history, and the federal courts support them on challenge. And putting public pressure on the three federal branches to change is very difficult due to lack of public awareness of what is going on, because they don't follow decisions and policy, but only listen to speeches (lies). If you picked 100 people at random and asked a simple question like "Who is the federal Attorney General?," my guess is that perhaps 5% would give you the correct answer.


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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Mr. Frog, I think you've hopped right up and in plain language explained the problem. The thought of service men and women not being paid is despicable. Excellent hub!

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Great Hub, Jim, but that's one ugly cheerleader.

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hello my dear frog, Gee I always wanted to be a cheerleader, when are tryouts? Okay, now this is serious, and completely brillant, this country is in serious trouble and when I talk to people they have a blank look on teir face like, what are you talking about? Now this must be part of OUR campaign, educating the people who are sleepwalking. Love this hub and love you, darski

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      34th Bomb Group,

      As a state and national TPM member, I can state in a sense, our mission IS to "destroy" the GOP. We don't wish to eliminate it, but recompose it. Essentially, our principal goal is to purge all centrists out of the GOP, and replace them with fiscally responsible constitutional constructionists (like Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann, Mike Pence, Pat Toomey, Mike Lee, etc.). We are not obdurate, but we are uncompromising. We insist on quality over quantity, even if that means a longer road to influence. To quote the Boss, "No Retreat Baby, No Surrender."

      If Boehner does blow anything, the TPM won't take any flack, as Boehner is not a TPM patriot. Yes, the GOP in general may take some flack, as will the Democrats, for not striking an agreement and avoiding a shutdown. A shutdown may in fact be laudatory. It might shock the establishment politicians into realizing that their budget proposals are nonsense, and the only one worthy of passing is Rep. Ryan's.


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      34th Bomb Group 6 years ago

      The entire thing is a sham. I agree with my friend Stu. I just had the unpleasant opportunity of kind of listening to Harry Reid make a horrible "speech" (he should fire his speechwriter).

      Boehner is on the verge of blowing it. The Tea Party is getting the blame and, I'm beginning to believe that their obdurate stance has to be able to bend a bit on some issues.

      Otherwise they will destroy the Republican party and we'll be stuck with Smirksalot and the Reid/Pelosi crew again and our Nation will be over.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago


      I think they should shut the gov't down unless Ryan's bill gets passed. The bill isn't perfect, but it's the first serious bill on the budget I've seen yet.


    • profile image 6 years ago

      TFP ~

      I chose "all". Our elected "jerks" are responsible to us. Consequently, we've got to make wise decisions whom we vote in office, rather than look for a quick fix and then, feel the pain for not paying more attention.

      Ha ... heard a good explanation of our Capitol, "Theatre of the Absurd"! May be quite appropriate!

      Another hot spot in this world and that's the Ménage à trois between Iran, Turkey and Russia with Saudis, India and China forming their own relationships, all leaving us to our own demise. Something to nibble on?

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      joer4x4 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      What did PT Barnum say about a sucker born every minute? Was he referring to the sheep herded by the democrats?

      The democrats are so entrenched in their ideology. They offer no sound arguments. They're fast at telling people who will suffer but never why. Then they pick up their ball, cry, and run home.

      Childlike tantrum fits seems to work for them.

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Great pictures. Great blog. Hard vote, because it means that if the gov. shuts down, the Republicans didn't cave in to the democrats who are trying to bankrupt us. Blame don't necessarily mean shame here!


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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Stu - He'll claim poverty after spending over 2 mil so far on sealing records and keeping them sealed.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      FP - I bet Oblabber will keep it all. When Palin charged the Tea Party Express $100,000 to give a speech, she donated all of it to help TPM freshmen get elected. And Obama has alot more in the bank than Palin.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Carpe - You and the Missus going to the dinner?

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Partisan Patriot,

      Good news: Prosser won!!


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      Carpefriggingdiem 6 years ago

      FP, exactly. That jackass set a record for voting "present" when he "served" in the Illinois legislature. He's a POS. Always has been. Always will be. But the problem is that now he's a POS that is living in the White House.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Partisan Patriot - You're spot on my friend. I do believe though that the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice won the election. There is power in TEA.

      Check out my new Hub on fine dining and make your reservations quickly before there is a sell out. LMAO

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      T4HOTA 6 years ago

      I chose all of the above because the failure to pass a budget is a failure of negotiation from both parties. The Dems are being childish and the Reps are being d*ckheads.

      The point of negotiation is to reach an equilibrium--a middle ground, not to force a singular set of ideas and on the other party.

      Just more political posturing and BS from the professional BSers. Great hub and funny pic.

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      Partisan Patriot 6 years ago


      For starters you can’t go wrong with a combination of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Barrrackie Boo looking foolish; it’s a winning combo every time.

      I see the game in a different light; it’s a game pitting 11 Republicans against 11 Democrats, 427 members of the Main Stream Media, Oprah, Rosi, the 3 liberal Gals from the view and the entire news staff of CNN and MSNBC all on the field at the same time. The Republicans can only run the ball and of course they are going uphill. That my friend is how I see the game in its’ present form!

      As for Smirksalot (aka Barrackie Boo) sitting on the bench again and wondering what to do, you see George Soros hasn’t yet pulled his action strings so he has no mobility. Also he never got that far in Rules for Radicals so he can only sit and wonder “what would Saul” do?

      Froggy, the dirty little secret is Obamacare was specifically designed to exacerbate the economic meltdown! In order for this Regime to rebuild America in their own image and likeness they first must destroy it and Obamacare was designed to do so. No business person in their right mind will expand and hire in this country with that piece of legislation hanging over their head.

      Unfortunately we, the American people have short memories. Just as we quickly forgot 911 and turned on George Bush; with the help of the MSM of course; the people of Wisconsin forgot the results of the November 2010 elections and may very well have elected a Liberal Kook to the Supreme Court who will overturn the good Scott Walker is doing we will probably forget the atrocities this Regime has committed against the American Economy and send this Clown back to Center Ring to rule the Circus for 4 more years!

      But I could go on and on about the ineptitude this Clown; for now I’ll bid you a fond adu my froggy friend, the golf course awaits me!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Carpe - Similar to voting "PRESENT" all the time. If people are still sucking down that Koolaid by the gallons then everything upstairs betwixt their ears isn't "PRESENT" either.


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      Carpefriggingdiem 6 years ago

      The ONLY reason Congress is up against the clock on a shutdown is SOLELY the fault of the last Congress + Obama's utter FAILURE in leadership. The LAST CONGRESS, the one with a Democrat super majority in both houses, aided and abetted by the Orator in Chief, DID NOT PASS a budget for last year. Remember????? There was an election coming up and they did not want to take a position on anything. So the budget they didn't pass---because of political reasons---is now up for a vote. Had the Dems taken care of their constitutionally-mandated duties in 2010, this situation would have been avoided. Obama could have taken a leadership role last year, but he didn't because taking a leadership role means telling people what he believes in. He knows when his real intentions are revealed he will be rejected.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      drbj - The threat of withholding our service member's pay in an attempt to sway the debate is definitely despicable.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      The situation in Washington is pathetic and you summed it all up admirably, FP. The copy on the last photo of Obamination says it all. The voters wanted change. So be it. They got what they asked for.

      Every time I see him on TV I imagine a caption across his face proclaiming: "Despicable Me."

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Pegasis - What is pathetic is in trying to seize any moral high ground is when they put on their most righteous indignation face. They all need to be run out of Foggy Bottom on a rail. They have already caused the damned train wreck.

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      Pegasis 6 years ago

      I'm no Republican either, but I am very ticked off that the dems keep trying to grab the moral high ground.

      They didn't pass the budget last year when they had the majority in both houses of congress even though they were legally supposed to do so, because they were worried about the mid term elections. Then they were focused on crammimng Obamacare down our throats. Then they--well, they just didn't. They kept kicking the can of budget worms further down the road.

      Now they want to whine and scream because the 112th House has got a budget and they don't like it.

      Now Obama is threatening to withhold the pay of our military with a veto.

      If there is any moral high ground (and I don't think there is) they sure as hell don't get to grab it!

      Hold their feet to the fire and shout from the rooftops and over all the airways that the dems are the problem! No compromise--the future of our country is at stake.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Alaster - Thanks for the rave review! I'm good at picking at any political party. In this case, it is Obama and his merry band of professional pickpockets that I fault.

      May I suggest you come to my history class series. Just a refresher course lest we forget.

      Here's a link:

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      All of the above wins and rightly so....If the newspapers would write articles like this they wouldn't be in such trouble. Way to go Frog Prince!

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      We should have elected John Fogerty; at least he sings great, and I bet Oblabber can't do that either. :(

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      TheGroundsquirrel 6 years ago

      I don't have time at the moment (gotta go to "work") for a lengthy riposte so I will leave ya'll with this poignant thought for the day.

      "guilt and innocence is a matter of timing.": Rico in "Judge Dredd"

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Frog Princess, I think you are rich. Waking up next to the Prince every morning has to be fun. As for the hub, up useful, funny and awesome!

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      NQX 6 years ago from Melbourne, FL

      On your poll, I had to mull over the choice between Obama and the Democrats and All Of The Above...ultimately, I chose the latter, because while I applaud the Republicans sticking to ideological reasoning for holding out, the fact that the Senate/House is quibbling over mere billions while our debt is in the trillions is almost beyond belief.

      Another great Hub, Jim =)

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      The Frog Princess 6 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

      Wow, so so funny. Baby if you could draw like you write we would be rich:)

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      Fay Dickson 6 years ago

      Froggie dear, you just get gooder and gooder! LMAO! Go Froggie!

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      Mandrake_1975 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Love your articles! You are very creative.