Berkeley became the first city in the United States, and possibly the world, to agree to international human rights treaties on Tuesday night, after the City Council approved a measure usually reserved for countries. After a brief but spirited debate, the City Council voted unanimously to … report to the United Nations on how, or whether, Berkeley complies with treaties on civil liberties, racial discrimination and torture.
Just when everybody is distracted by the health care reform debate, Congress is quietly preparing to spend billions for “home improvements” for its offices, buildings, staff salaries and facilities, and publications, via the $4.7 billion annual legislative branch operational budget appropriation.
According to the Senate Health Care Bill, Americans MUST buy health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. As to the penalty, the Joint Committee On Taxation clarified:
“People who fail to pay the $1,900 fee for not purchasing coverage under Obamacare would be charged with a misdemeanor, charged a penalty of up to $25,000 or face up to a year in jail.”
Nobody can be surprised by this. One of the first things Conservatives learn about Liberals is that they are ALL ABOUT FORCE. I have said countless times, at the end of every argument with a Liberal is the point of a gun.
Remember the good old days when we could feel superior to the spineless French? To our everlasting shame, we now have a President more concerned with his self-image than global security.
His behavior in this whole affair is downright TREASONOUS! Every day that passed without comment on Iran, because Obama wanted to look good, is a day that country was allowed to continue down the nuclear path completely unaccosted. From the Wall Street Journal,
President Obama wants a unified front against Iran, and to that end he stood together with Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown in Pittsburgh on Friday morning to reveal the news about Tehran’s secret facility to build bomb-grade fuel. But now we hear that the French and British leaders were quietly seething on stage, annoyed by America’s handling of the announcement.
Both countries wanted to confront Iran a day earlier at the United Nations. Mr. Obama was, after all, chairing a Security Council session devoted to nonproliferation. The latest evidence of Iran’s illegal moves toward acquiring a nuclear weapon was in hand. With the world’s leaders gathered in New York, the timing and venue would be a dramatic way to rally international opinion.
President Sarkozy in particular pushed hard. He had been “frustrated” for months about Mr. Obama’s reluctance to confront Iran, a senior French government official told us, and saw an opportunity to change momentum. But the Administration told the French that it didn’t want to “spoil the image of success” for Mr. Obama’s debut at the U.N. and his homily calling for a world without nuclear weapons, according to the Paris daily Le Monde. So the Iran bombshell was pushed back a day to Pittsburgh, where the G-20 were meeting to discuss economic policy.
Le Monde’s diplomatic correspondent, Natalie Nougayrède, reports that a draft of Mr. Sarkozy’s speech to the Security Council Thursday included a section on Iran’s latest deception. Forced to scrap that bit, the French President let his frustration show with undiplomatic gusto in his formal remarks, laying into what he called the “dream” of disarmament. The address takes on added meaning now that we know the backroom discussions.
“We are right to talk about the future,” Mr. Sarkozy said, referring to the U.S. resolution on strengthening arms control treaties. “But the present comes before the future, and the present includes two major nuclear crises,” i.e., Iran and North Korea. “We live in the real world, not in a virtual one.” No prize for guessing into which world the Frenchman puts Mr. Obama.
“We say that we must reduce,” he went on. “President Obama himself has said that he dreams of a world without nuclear weapons. Before our very eyes, two countries are doing exactly the opposite at this very moment. Since 2005, Iran has violated five Security Council Resolutions . . .
“I support America’s ‘extended hand.’ But what have these proposals for dialogue produced for the international community? Nothing but more enriched uranium and more centrifuges. And last but not least, it has resulted in a statement by Iranian leaders calling for wiping off the map a Member of the United Nations. What are we to do? What conclusions are we to draw? At a certain moment hard facts will force us to make decisions.”
We thought we’d never see the day when the President of France shows more resolve than America’s Commander in Chief for confronting one of the gravest challenges to global security. But here we are.
Attention Conservatives: The only way to reverse the corruption that is now endemic to our political system is to dismantle, stone by stone, the Democrat party pyramid the Liberals have built with OUR TAXPAYER MONEY. This pyramid consists of an endless parade of organizations whose very existence depends on big government largesse. The NEA, ACORN, Fannie, Freddie, DOE, AFLCIO, SEIU – – – you name the acronym and our taxpayer money somehow funds it.
Typically, these organizations function as not-for-profits, and as such are supposed to have no political affiliation. We know this to be false, and how can it be otherwise? The very justification for their existence is based in Liberal ideology. Billions of dollars are on the line and thousands of Americans are on the government take, so Conservatives should never underestimate the lengths to which Liberals will go to stop us from exposing their fraud.
Today, I would like to focus on one stone in the Democrat Criminal Pyramid, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This is a colossal waste of taxpayer money whose demise is long overdue.
The Liberals would have you believe the NEA is absolutely vital to our nation’s cultural heritage. We are told that without the American taxpayer subsidizing whatever artistic expression the government deems worthy, our nation would enter a new Dark Age.
No. We wouldn’t. The fact is, the NEA is a relatively new federal agency, created in 1965 as part of LBJ’s Great Society Legislation (the Lib gift that keeps on giving), and the NEA has been mired in controversy since its inception. Much of the controversy has stemmed from its funding of pornographic and tasteless art.
Who can forget the time OUR TAXPAYER MONEY was used to finance the showing of Maplethorp’s images of himself being penetrated anally with a bullwhip? And then, of course, no discussion of the NEA can take place without mentioning the famous “Piss Christ”, a crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine.
I consider myself to be pretty open minded, but while researching this column, I was literally made ill by the dozens of examples of OUR TAXPAYER MONEY funding pure and utter garbage. Beyond the ubiquitous porn, I suppose I am not sophisticated enough to appreciate the photo of a corpse’s head sawed in half and repositioned so it seems to be kissing itself. Or the video of the man spitting blood. A rube like me cannot possibly see the beauty of a nude man strapped beneath heavy weights suspended above his head by a pulley chained to his scrotum with the title “Testicle Stretch with the Possibility of a Crushed Face.”
I could literally fill pages with this junk. In the past three decades, we have seen the very worst of humanity on display as artistic expression, and OUR TAXPAYER MONEY has sponsored it.
In my opinion, art should lift the spirit and move the soul. It should play to the finest aspects of our nature. Perhaps you ask – Who are you to say what art is? My reply – I am the one footing the bill. If you believe it is not my place to pass judgment on an artist’s work, then how is it my place to subsidize it?
But lest the Liberals cry foul and say the above examples are the exception not the rule, let me focus instead on the funding of the arts most Americans would agree is worthy of admiration, such as ballets, orchestras, and museums. The truth is the private sector will, as always, pay for the arts that enhance the human experience.
Private citizens continually give to the arts at a level that dwarfs the NEA budget, and we will continue to do so long after the NEA has worn out its welcome. Americans will happily pay to attend the theatre and the symphony. Private philanthropists will continue to fund art exhibits that enrich our lives. The free marketplace, however, will probably not fund the production of framed menstrual blood. Art such as that requires an NEA grant.
The NEA has been on the chopping block in the past, such as when Ronald Reagan attempted unsuccessfully to defund the agency, and it has gone through some lean times when its funding was cut to the bone. But those lean times are over; the previously starving artists at the NEA are now living high on the hog.
Barack Obama made a campaign promise to support increased funding for the NEA and he never forgets a payoff. The NEA has now been funded to the tune of $190 million a year, with over $8o million coming from Obama’s recent stimulus bill.
And what does the NEA do in exchange? Well, as the recent NEA scandal proves, they are just one more special interest group pushing the party line for a paycheck. These sanctimonious, free-thinking artists are nothing more than whores for Obama’s agenda. As Andrew Klaven’s moving article explains, the NEA’s founding principles have long been forgotten.
It is time to let your representatives know, the NEA should receive no more of OUR TAXPAYER MONEY.