By Doug Hagin and Cross-Posted at TheDaley Gator
From the fine folks at Weasel Zippers who, by aiming for the easy to pick low hanging fruit, miss the real issue with Obama’s ideology.
Oops He Did It Again: For Second Time, Obama Omits “Creator” When Speaking of “Inalienable Rights” Cited in Declaration of Independence…
Now, the real problem im the Obamassiah’s statement is not his “omission” of the word Creator. Here first read his statement.
Just seven days after he sparked controversy by omitting the word “Creator” when he closely paraphrased the passage from the Declaration of Independence that says all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,” President Barack Obama again omitted the Creator when speaking about the “inalienable rights” that “everybody is endowed with.” This time the president was speaking at a Sept. 22 fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, and his reference to “inalienable rights” was not as close a paraphrasing of the Declaration as it had been the week before.
“And what was sustaining us was that sense that, that North Star, that sense that, you know what, if we stay true to our values, if we believe that all people are created equal and everybody is endowed with certain inalienable rights and we’re going to make those words live, and we’re going to give everybody opportunity, everybody a ladder into the middle class, every child able to go as far as their dreams will take them–if we stay true to that, then we’re going to be able to maintain the energy and the focus, the fight, the gumption to get stuff done,” Obama said at the DCCC/DSCC event, according to the transcript posted by the White House.
To me, he says we are “Created” so the fishing for hidden meanings in the fact that he does not say “Creator” as well misses the larger issue. Focus on this quote.
if we stay true to our values, if we believe that all people are created equal and everybody is endowed with certain inalienable rights and we’re going to make those words live, and we’re going to give everybody opportunity, everybody a ladder into the middle class,
Yep, see, his version of our national ideal is that the GOVERNMENT is going to GIVE opportunity, and somehow ensure EVERYONE has a place in the MIDDLE CLASS. Sorry Barry, but the Founders spoke of freedoms like the PURSUIT of happiness, not any guarantee of happiness, and certainly no government “ladders” into any certain class. Their ideal was more along the lines of keeping the government out-of-the-way. Once again, Obama’ vision, and that of his entire party, of America is out of touch with the men who founded America.
Spot on! The Democrats promise a guaranteed outcome. That sort of thing only God can promise.
“Everybody a ladder into the middle class,” indeed. Everybody? Kind of like Lake Woebgone, where all the children are above average? Note the conflation of “inalienable rights” with the “ladder.” A certain percentage of the populace is completely incapable of climbing the ladder, thus destroying the achievement of radical equality of result that is at the heart of the “progressive” world-view.
And wait, didn’t the good Rev. Wright, the Obama’s pastor for 20 years, warn of the perils of “middle-classness”? I believe he said it was “ensnaring” black people. You know, once they’re middle class they are just another piece of the System. Oh, that’s right, I forgot that President Obama refutes and disavowed everything he heard at Wright’s church for 20 years. He probably happened to be out of town during those particular sermons. You betcha.
So the Good Lord is on your side…?
President Obama omits the word “Creator”… Oh mercy…!
Beejeebus gents; should we be more concerned about today’s inadvertent, irrelevant, omission of a religious, “word”… or the ephemeral reality, that tomorrow, will eventually darken even all our doors, in the next twenty or thirty years…
Yes gents, that reality struck me…
As I stood today on a parapet, 120 feet above the ground. With one foot on the parapet and the other on a two inch “I” beam, replacing a public safety communications antenna…so that ambulances and fire trucks could communicate for the benefit of my fellow humans.
Just how shallow are a few of the dinky’s, distortions and hyperbole… being made up, by our local, political candidate’s fer public office that have now actually been debunked, with considered, indisputable, evidence; concerning Social Security, ferinstance…?
1] Baby boomers [like me] are creating the present strain on the program. FALSE! The Boomers were all born long
before 1983 when the Greenspan Commission recommendations were adopted to address the population bubble. Adjustments were made to cover the Boomer situation.
2] Government “raided” the Social Security fund. FALSE! Surplus funds are invested in Special Obligation U.S. Treasury Bonds. These bonds carry the same obligation to repay as the Savings Bonds we purchase for our children and grandchildren.
3] The system will not be able to make payments in 2037 (or some other year selected by the speaker). FALSE! Even if the Trust Fund were exhausted in 2037 as the actuaries report, the tax revenues estimated
for that year will be able to pay 76 percent of the calculated benefit. Adjusted for inflation and wage gain, this will still be a higher benefit than is paid under the present formula.
3] The only answer is to raise the retirement age to 70. FALSE! A great majority of workers, are in physically demanding jobs that cannot realistically be continued to age 70. [Just ask me the 72 year olde geezer still workin’ on the very edge of life…!]
4] The Social Security Trust Fund does not exist. FALSE! At present, the Trust Fund has a value of $2.4 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the Fund will grow to $3.8 trillion by 2020. In 2009, Social Security paid out 94 percent of its tax revenues in benefits. The excess tax revenues and interest were credited to the Trust Fund.
Gimme a break, already, Gents…
Get on with the really, important realities of life…not yer supposed religious indignation…
Gramps sends all the very best…!
I was “rootin” hard fer yer Lions…yesterday…!
“Suh” just couldn’t’ get to “Farve”…?
Gramps thanks for the sentiment about the Lions, but you are still bat shit crazy. Look at no. 2 especially. They “invested in special obligation U.S. treasury bonds.” Do you know how stupid you sound? The U.S. took the money and spent it. It’s not there. If the U.S. wants to get that money now they have to get it from themselves from some other source.
Cue the music here: That source is the U.S. taxpayers. It’s not sitting in a bank somewhere, it does not fuc#ing exist. I’m typing slowly so that you can comprehend. It is as non-existent as the honest liberal “somewhere out there.” Liberals have to lie, or be brain damaged from agent orange, in order to reach the conclusions that they do.
Here, I’ll make it simpler for you. U.S. Treasury bonds are the equivalent of me taking cash out of my bank and spending it, but making an oath written in blood, notarized, sworn to on a stack of Bibles, and sworn to on the life of my eldest child that I will repay it. But I still have to repay it. The money is gone. I spent it. Please tell me you are not so dense as to believe that it is really still there because I PROMISED to repay it later.
From the Office of Management and Budget, via Wikipedia:
“These [Trust Fund] balances are available to finance future benefit payments and other Trust Fund expenditures – but only in a bookkeeping sense…. They do not consist of real economic assets that can be drawn down in the future to fund benefits. Instead, they are claims on the Treasury that, when redeemed, will have to be financed by raising taxes, borrowing from the public, or reducing benefits or other expenditures. The existence of large Trust Fund balances, therefore, does not, by itself, have any impact on the Government’s ability to pay benefits. (from FY 2000 Budget, Analytical Perspectives, p. 337)”
Gramps, I feel like it’s time for you to move on to diapers and having some hottie feed you pablum in the old folks home. You certainly should not be allowed to vote. 😉
Hey, no worries–they’re going to pay those bonds off by…“borrowing from the public”. The other main strategy is inflating away much of the value of future money, a “soft default.” That’s how the “Great Society” got paid for, without actually paying the real cost. So here we are; let’s scare all the old folks by telling them the Tea Partiers will “wreck” Social Security. It can’t be wrecked because it’s a bunch of IOUs in a AlGore’s Lockbox.