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Updated on August 29, 2013

The Bauble Man Cometh

Illusions For The Dellusional

Having never been the captain of a sinking ship I can just imagine what must be swirling around in the head of Barak Hussein Obama. He promised us the world and we ended up with the scraps off of the government table. He promised us real "change" was about to come with him to the hallowed halls of government and there was so much "hope." People were just giddy with delight that here was "The Anointed One." Here was a man who was going to make the oceans recede and heal the planet. Those were his words, not mine. So other than blame Bush, what has he accomplished? It's hard to run for re-election on a failed record but he is determined to do just that. I wasn't an admirer of Lyndon B. Johnson but at least he had the grace to step down when it was obvious that he should. I now admire him for that.

Music To Read By Please Maestro. The Answer Is Sometimes Found In The Question.

As I was doing my reading, I read something about how skilled a politician must be to be the captain of a sinking ship, stand on the deck and pick an argument about the crystal to be used for that evening's dinner. Or maybe which life boat to use next when there are none to be had. Though humorous on the face of those statements, it is a sad state of affairs and the nation's affairs are what should be being discussed and this administration wants to talk about anything and everything but that.

So what do you do to take the spotlight off of escalating gas prices, high unemployment (much higher than is being reported), the stink of corruption, a soaring national debt, the lack of a budget, government waste up the ying-yang and the list goes on and on? What you don't do is start class warfare. That really isn't a very good idea unless you happen to be Obama and the Democratic Party. You need to understand that he isn't doing this by himself. It is orchestrated. The latest pandering pertains to the Buffet Rule which they all knew wasn't going to pass but the symbolism was too much to resist. It isn't time to be symbolic. It is time for a change of course.

How About Passing One Of These US Senate?

The Buffet Rule is a dog and pony show. I'll call it what it is. It is class warfare at its rawest. This week that is the diversion to focus on anything but Obama's failed policies. Next week who knows what will be served up as the ship continues to sink and the crew bails for all get out. The passengers, that would be the US tax payer, aren't exactly cheering those efforts. When laws are passed by our Congress they should be designed to do something besides be symbolic. The Buffet Rule is nothing more than symbolic and Obama himself knows that.

In the words of Alan Simpson, one of those he appointed as co-chair of his own deficit commission, these things should be being addressed and are not. The Buffet Rule isn't one of them. Alan Simpson has forgotten more about economics than Obama has ever known about the subject. He calls us "the healthiest horse in the glue factory."

Facts can be pesky little things to the liberal mind. Emotions are their key and if it sounds good then it must be good. That isn't the case however because the use of actual facts can make something that sounds good turn south in a heartbeat. I get criticized quite often by my liberal elite readers for using facts rather than emotion. Politics has no place for emotion and the election of Barak Obama as the chief executive of this nation is testament to that. So lets stick to the facts now.

Here's What To Do...

The Buffet Rule is all about "look over here" and ignore what the underlying problems are. The main problem is government mismanagement and the lack of leadership to address the issues. We can't keep putting off the inevitable because eventually we'll be the only horse left in the glue factory. Then what? On the face of it "The Buffet Rule" sounds like it might be the best thing since sliced bread but it isn't, wasn't and never will be. It's called a band aid and it's a bad one if examined in perspective outside the banner of party politics. It was being sold to the masses as the cure for our budgetary woes and it isn't. The cure for our budgetary woes starts with the passage of an actual budget which the US Senate, under the lack of leadership of one Harry Reid, has failed to do in about 1,088 days now.

How long has Obama been in office? About the same amount of time that we haven't had a budget. This is the same guy whose teleprompter told us that he was going to cut the budget deficit in half by the time his first term was over. Have we seen that or is that also on the scrap heap of all those promises he made in order to be elected to an office he is unqualified to fill? I'm sure his teleprompter is speechless in answering that very question.

Am I being too hard on the little guy? If I am it is because I abhor incompetence. And then to try to cover it up with fiery rhetoric has a tendency to make my stomach turn sour.

Pesky Little Things Those Facts

It is a bit ironic that today is the last day a tax payer can file on time and I'm writing about this. Is it fair that 50% of the workers in the country pay nothing in federal income tax while the top 10% pay 70% of the money taken in? Seems like they are paying more than their fair share. Ah yes, but what about sales taxes, these taxes and those taxes? The top 10% also pay those taxes and in greater amounts than the 50% who pay none because they have more money to spend. Is this about fairness or about envy? Should the government be in the business of punishing success while wasting our tax dollars?

The way Obama pitched it was that passing the rule would help pay down the deficit. So lets mix apples and oranges huh? It would do no such thing. Doing the math the way the Joint Commission on Taxation does it easily refutes that contention and shows it for the ruse it is. The rule would yield $47 billion over the next ten years. These guys and girls are hocking our heirs in the trillions, not the billions. We're talking about a debt with twelve (12) zeroes so at this point $47 billion is like spitting into the wind or peeing on a forest fire.

Doing the math further down to a yearly rate this "law" would fund the federal government for eleven (11) hours and that isn't a typo. Then what? The purpose of any law should be sane, not insane. A law should serve to fix a problem, not slap a band aid on it for 11 hours. The Heritage Foundation hits the nail on the head in its report. That $47 billion won't be an offset of even 1% of Obama's projected budget deficit of $6.7 trillion over the same period of time. Do you have that kind of money? Does the federal government? If not, who does?

Baubles! It's all about baubles. Isn't it nice that rather than do anything productive about the "mess he inherited," and he hasn't, he would rather that you now focus on the nice shiny baubles that he can pull out of his hat that aren't the long range fix to the coming economic catastrophe we can all see coming if we continue on the present course?

I've been reading about "Taxmegeddon" a lot lately. Have you? What's that? Let me break it to you easily on this federal tax day. Not really because there is no easy way to break it. On December 31st of this year the Bush tax cuts will expire. When that day occurs it will affect EVERY American who pays income taxes and it will be the largest tax increase this nation has every experienced and that includes ALL of us, not just the rich.

I've heard Obama pay lip service to reforming the tax code since he took office. I have yet to see him step out on that limb and make a written proposal to do so. Where's the beef Barak? While we are standing at the precipice looking over and seeing some serious economic collapses about to occur, we have a US Senate that has failed to pass a budget since I can't remember when and they want to play class warfare politics with a symbolic law called "The Buffet Rule." Relief for 11 hours of their insanity?

It's the little things, but maybe not so little really, that haven't been done during Obama's tenure that the electorate needs to focus on. Little things like capping spending, passing a budget, cutting government waste and crony capitalism, passing an amendment to balance the budget, defunding those programs that shouldn't get a penny of our money, banning earmarks permanently, reforming a broken tax code that allows 50% of workers not to pay a dime in income tax yet reap the same services and benefits as those of us who do. You know the sensible measures that will actually put our nation on a sound fiscal course.

Instead he wants us to focus on baubles. You go ahead and do that if you want to. Doing that isn't going to fix the ailment that is growing by leaps and bounds when we have a run away federal government without a true captain at the helm. Just keep bailing and applying those band aids and appeal to people's emotional side. That's the answer? Pit men against women, race against race and the rich against the poor. Oh yeah, that's going to produce the needed cure to what ails us. No, it will just result in a divided nation. Is that what you want? It is exactly what Obama wants at this point.

Remember In November!

As Always,

The Frog Prince


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    • profile image 

      6 years ago from upstate, NY

      "On December 31st of this year the Bush tax cuts will expire. When that day occurs it will affect EVERY American who pays income taxes and it will be the largest tax increase this nation has every experienced and that includes ALL of us, not just the rich."

      Jon Ewall also recently made me aware of this disturbing fact, This should be a sobering reminder of what we have in store in another Obama term!

      "It's the little things, but maybe not so little really, that haven't been done during Obama's tenure that the electorate needs to focus on. Little things like capping spending, passing a budget, cutting government waste and crony capitalism, passing an amendment to balance the budget, defunding those programs that shouldn't get a penny of our money, banning earmarks permanently, reforming a broken tax code that allows 50% of workers not to pay a dime in income tax yet reap the same services and benefits as those of us who do. You know the sensible measures that will actually put our nation on a sound fiscal course."

      Your telling the truth here brother! The charades being pulled by the administration should bother any person whose thinking clearly, when we're facing a very serious and sobering financial crisis! The truth may not be as exciting as class warfare but its still the truth!

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      Bob Francis 

      6 years ago


      You and Stu are my Political commentator heroes, you say everything I'm thinking but much more eloquently. I can understand the corruption that got Robin, Obamahood elected, but kids, blind followers and others led like "sheep" to the slaughter completely blows me away!

      Wonderful and in very plain understandable English, your article belongs on the Walls of Congress.

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Scoop - Good to see you out and about. The entitlement crowd is Obama's forte. Enslave the masses and make them dependent on the government. That sure isn't what this nation has ever been about. Communism and socialism deal that we. We do not.

      Speaking of entitlements and excessive spending, here's my latest.

      The Frog

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      Guila Jackson 

      6 years ago

      Great article, as always, Frog Prince. You hit all the nails right on the head. Obama cannot run on his record because it is such a disaster. That is why there are so many distractions. I cannot help but wonder if Secret Service Prostitute Gate is just a "Wag the Dog" incident to take the focus off of Obama's negatives. I truly believe anyone who cannot see what this man is doing to our country and who continues to support him surely must be mentally insane. I guess when there are troops on the streets, Obama on TV 24-7, food lines, and no freedoms whatsoever, then these useful idiots will wake up, but it will be too late then.

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      6 years ago

      Frog: Well done as always, Jim.

      I was out electioneering for the day (4/17). Had lulls in the action long enough to actually think a bit. And realized that by being as politically active as I am this year (actually acting as campaign manager for a local candidate for office)...I'm REALLY "learning stuff", such as:

      1. A Congressional candidate who got his butt whipped in 2010 just won a special election primary he can go out and get his butt whipped again by an opposing Democrat. The gal who came in second could have actually won the general election, but did enough voters get the picture?

      Obviously not.

      Lesson illustrated: Most people don't get it. SO, let's hope like Hell (literally) the ABO (Anybody But Obama) election in November is an exception to that rule!

      2. Rules for getting on the ballot (at least in Arizona) are really pretty stringent. Gotta have signatures on nominating petitions equal to or greater han 10% of the voters in your party who voted in the last similar election.

      Which is, dudes and dudettes, a LOT of people to talk into signing on the solid (it's not dotted) line.

      Just for a County level candidate here this year, for the GOP, ya gotta get 586 (or more) signatures.

      Lesson: If you're going to through your hat in the ring, either have a lot of friends (or associates you can blackmail) or be prepared to live the life of a door to door salesman for weeks on end.

      Which explains how folks like Santorum and Gingrich didn't make it on the ballot in every state. Their people in those places didn't get enough valid signatures gathered.

      Pertinence to this Hub? Simply this: If we're going to get rid of this Farce in Chief, replace him with a Prez who'll actually encourage a budget to get passed (and other good or at least necessary things), we're going to need to have an All Hands on Deck approach. Gotta keep slicing through the B.O. smoke screens (as you do so well) so the folks too lazy to do their own research can actually see the true picture.

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      6 years ago from Myrtle Beach,SC

      Annette, I watched the clip on the 35 terrorist camps and it is almost seven years old---I promise you that there are twice that many today in our country and the cartels are operating many camps of the same kind and forever we have tolerated gang violence in our country and forever our government has looked the other way---the Italians brought heroine and mass murder into our country and still operate nationwide as terrorists and they taught the blacks and hispanics how to set up terrorist organizations and we have glorified all of this behavior in movies and tv programs since the beginning of terrorism in america and all of us are guilty of tolerating and glorifying gang activity and historically most nations don't make it past 200 years without a take over happening and since the discovery of America, our government has been so lax about letting the terrorists and cartels in and about borrowing money from communist countries and about protecting us from a hostile takeover and now Obama is setting up our economy to crash with the help of democrats and republicans and we will get what we deserve for putting them all in a position to lose our country---a great film is one titled "Obsession" and it is 20 years old and documents the islamic hatred of us from long ago and documents their plans to take over our country and to kill us all and today they will have to stand in line behind our own politicians and behind China and behind Russia and all the other nations out to destroy our country and to take away the life we have enjoyed for so long and if you ask me----we deserve it for allowing it to happen and for trusting our corrupt government who has let it happen to us all I agree with you in that the S--t is about to hit the fan and the people who follow the Kardashians aren't going to know what hit them

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      6 years ago

      What he will not tell you, also, is that the methods he is using to create the dissent and hatred is exactly what Russia has used for over 90 years now to take nation after nation down; and he is hand in glove right with them! Putin has his own plan for taking over all of Europe. "Igor Panarin, a Russian expert on information wars and a proponent of the new imperialism, told the website: "Inside the country, in the virtual world, such an empire is, indeed, being created. This is very good and it is to the credit of the current president. The next goal is to expand this public relations campaign beyond Russia's borders."

      All this hubbub about Russia warning or telling us what we already know "0bama is not a natural born citizen." is just more of the cakewalk the two powers are currently enjoying. Could it be that Putin has designs on America as well as Europe? If so, he certainly has 0bama out-classed!

      My last comment concerns the number of Hamas and Hezbollah he is allowing inside this country, and people had better be ready for this one! Immediately after his (tic) oath of office (cough-cough) he wrote and Executive Order which would entitle him to $20,300,000 in funds to begin Jan. 1, 2011, bringing 80,000 Hamas (in the guise of refugees) here to the U.S., house and feed them on our dime. At the same time, it is no news that many of the infiltrators from our unsecured and unprotected southern boarder are Hezbollah members.

      There are 35 terrorist camps openly operating around the United States:

      This is an excellently written piece of information, Frog Prince. Sorry I took up so much time but please keep the news being spread around. We must be ready for anything, and I guarantee it will NOT be pretty when it happens! And happen it will.

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Obama's two achievements are a health care law that is obviously unconstitutional, and a trillion dollar jobs/economy stimulus bill that utterly failed, so he must talk about anything but his dismal record.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from United States

      Your facts are well presented and right on target. I sure hope people wake up and vote wisely! After all, he hasn't accomplished anything he promised but he sure has given us some things we don't want. Well done.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      You summed it all up in a convenient explanatory nutshell for voters to read and learn, Jim. Now we just have to get ALL the voters to read this.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      The facts are so true as presented in your hub. I like you comparison to the captain of a sinking ship. The list is endless indeed of the many failed accomplishments. Let's get out there in November and make a positive change!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It seemed that when Obama ran it was more show and not much substance. The rich,elite liberals are always claiming to be on the side of the poor.

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      madmacho - At least you see it. There are way too many that continue to be in denial thinking Obama is gonna take care of them. Yes, he surely will and they won't like it at all then.

      The Frog

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      Nathan K 

      6 years ago from Kansas

      I agree. It's just scary how bad it's getting

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      madmacho - The truth should never be scary but what is really going on, or not happening as the case may be, should sound alarms inside the people of this nation.


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      Nathan K 

      6 years ago from Kansas

      WOW!!!..awsome..And scary

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Stu - Send them this way. So far 98 people have read it with a Hub score of 51. Seems someone doesn't want people to read it. Oh well...

      The Frog

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      6 years ago

      Frog, one of your best. Both you and Simpson nailed it on the head - when you have a patient in cardiac arrest, you don't fix his hangnail. You fix his heart first, and then fix the hangnail. The hangnail is just a deflection to avoid dealing with the really big budget issues we have to face. I appreciate that the needed fixes to the tax code, federal spending, and entitlements could be job killers for some Congressmen, and even a President. But whatever happened to the courage to DIE for our nation when the Founders pledged their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" to defend our freedom. We're not asking anyone in Camelot to risk death; we're just asking them to have a little courage, take some heat if necessary, and fix the problems. Most of these people are wealthy to begin with. They don't need any more money; most could easily retire in luxury at a moment's notice. The real issue is that they are addicted to power. Fiscal austerity will no doubt enrage some Americans, and some incumbents will get tossed out for doing the right thing. But the key point is this: one single term in Congress, where you really accomplish something important, is worth more than 30 years in Congress where you just perpetuate a status quo that is certain to lead us over a cliff. As you always say, "look at what they do, not what they say." Many GOP's in Congress identify themselves as TPM conservatives, but actually look at their voting records. In all truth, I can only identify about a dozen members of Congress whose voting records actually reflect TPM values. That's 2% of Congress. And we have a President that would veto anything they get lucky enough to have passed at the Congressional level.

      Again, a great post; I hope alot of people see this.


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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Lynn - It's time to get the pigs out of the water so we can clear up the problems in our nation. Remember In November.

      Angela - Obama is a master at the "slight of lip." I'll continue to stay on his teleprompter.

      Cassie Ann - Actually I'm a contractor who owns my own company. God gave me the gift to write so I use those gifts I've been given. Contact me and we can talk a bit about editorializing.

      The Frog

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      Cassie Ann 

      6 years ago

      Soooo good!! Love reading your hubs, FP. They are always about "just the facts". Unless you are a writer, you missed your calling. I would love to see editorials from you in my daily paper ;-). I always tweet your hubs after I read them. Definitely voted up as usual.

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Amen and amen! It's time to cease "watch this hand" and see some evidence of getting our nation turned around and headed in a definite direction to survive. Voted up and across the board. Best/Sis

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      Lynn S. Murphy 

      6 years ago

      Well said FP and I hope that the people that voted for him the first time wake up. However, watching the media do their song and dance to keep the "lipstick on the pig", makes it hard to convince those voters otherwise.

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      Felina Margetty 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      You are right about so many things, This is a well researched and interesting article with a practical conclusion. Idealistic as in may seem I will stand beside you and hope for a better result. Thanks for this hub voted up Cheers F.

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      6 years ago

      I wish every voter could read your blog before pulling the lever in the voting booth. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is the most important election in our history. I just hope that those who are casting their vote realize how important it is before they allow Obama another 4 years to bury us completely. Up useful, interesting and awesome.


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