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The Buck Stops There

October 11, 2013

“America cannot be great if we go broke.”

National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Imagine a CEO who has been spending more money than his company takes in.  He has been operating without a budget for more than four years, because his budget proposals are so out of line, no one will support them.  His company will stop running if he fails to negotiate an agreement with his board of directors.  The CEO announces publicly that he will not negotiate.  He leaves the country and puts his CFO in charge of reaching a deal.  Except his CFO says he will not negotiate, either.  As a result, the company shuts down.

Whose fault is it?

In Obamaland, the fault never lies with the Commander in Chief, who seems to think his most important job is to blame others.  It’s a job he’s very good at.  While President Truman was famous for saying, “The buck stops here,” for President Obama, anything that happens is always someone else’s fault.

On the rare occasion that something good happens during his administration, though, he’s quick to take credit.  You may recall, for example, that he personally captured Osama Bin Laden.

How would you like to have a boss like that?

The Difference Between Leaders and Politicians

September 18, 2013

Leaders lead.  And then there’s President Obama.

In his reaction to Syria’s use of chemical weapons, President Obama has demonstrated what the oxymoron “leading from behind” truly means.  It means not leading at all.

When France shows greater resolve and a tougher response than the United States in standing up to the world’s bullies, you know we’re in trouble.

President Obama is not a leader.  He is a politician.  There’s a big difference between the two …

Confessions of a “Right-Wing Fanatic”

June 5, 2013

In a democracy, people are entitled to express their opinions. 

I have many friends who think differently than I do, but we respect each other’s opinions.  But I was a bit startled when an associate of mine expressed his opinion that I’m a “right-wing fanatic.”

IRS Not Making America a Better Place to Live

May 14, 2013

So who should the IRS investigate?  Groups that want to “make America a better place to live” or groups that want to destroy our freedom?

The folks at the IRS, possibly with direction from higher up, determined that anyone who wants to make America a better place to live has to be a conservative and should, therefore, be targeted for scrutiny.  Those using terms like “Tea Party,” “Patriots” or “9/12 Project” in their case files when seeking tax exemption were also targeted, as were those who were critical of how the country is being run.

Taxation without Representation

April 16, 2012

How ironic that yesterday was the tax filing deadline for most of American and Patriots Day in Massachusetts and Maine.

The patriots fought for “no taxation without representation,” but 238 years after the battles of Concord and Lexington, that’s what we have.

Put the Patriots Back Into Patriots’ Day

April 15, 2013

Here in Massachusetts, runners are lining up today for the world’s most famous marathon and government workers are taking a day off.

It’s Patriots’ Day (more commonly known as Patriot’s Day), a holiday observed only in Massachusetts and Maine.

Iron Lady vs. Paper Tiger

April 9, 2013

Margaret Thatcher ruled Britain at a time when leaders led.  Her passing serves as a reminder of the difference between a leader and a politician.

When Margaret Thatcher came to power, she inherited a Britain practically destroyed by socialism, having just been through its “winter of discontent.”

Reporter Asks Obama Tough Question!

March 21, 2013

When a reporter asks President Obama a tough question, it’s news in a “man-bites-dog” kind of way, as it happens so infrequently.  So, in the interest of spreading the news, below is an exchange between NBC’s Chuck Todd and the Leader of the Free World.

Note the classic non-answer.  I’ve included what President Obama said, but added what he was likely thinking.

President Obama: “I Am Not A Dictator.” Yet.

March 11, 2013

There’s something creepy about President Obama’s repeated assertions that he is neither dictator, nor emperor, nor king.

I am not a dictator,” President Obama told the White House press corps recently, explaining his inability to stop sequestration.

I’m not the emperor of the United States,” President Obama said in February, during a Goggle-sponsored event.

“I am president, I am not king,” President Obama said in 2010, during an interview discussing the lack of immigration reform.

Spending? No Problem.

January 29, 2013

“We don’t have a spending problem.”

President Obama

When President Obama says we don’t have a spending problem, I’m reminded of the joke where the man says, “I don’t have a drinking problem.  I drink.  I get drunk.  No problem.”

Like the drunk, President Obama revels in the problem and has no intention of doing anything about it, even though the American way of life is at stake.