Mr. President, Keep it Closed

Well, something happened last night, either my IT guy got it figured out, or the Windows 10 update did some good, or a miracle. My money’s on my IT guys – but this seems to be working again. Yay! 😂

Which of course means I have nothing prepared, Oh well.

I ran across this the other day, and it sums it up very well, from Dov Discher at The American Spectator.

Go back to Genesis 39, the story of Joseph, Potiphar, and the seductive wife of Potiphar whom Joseph spurns for fear of G-d. (If you are biblically illiterate, you also can find it towards the end of the first half of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”) In no time, the woman accuses Joseph of attempted rape. Why, then, is he not executed? Really, why did the Pharaoh not execute a man accused of attempting to rape the wife of a top national officer? Henry VIII chopped off such people’s heads faster than a Food Network host preparing a salad of cabbage and lettuce. Why was Joseph “only” sent to prison? Because no one believed the wife. They knew what she was made of. But they had to impose something punitive on Joseph, the imported Hebrew slave, to enable the high-ranking Potiphar politically to save face.

That’s the Bible. But in the United States circa 2018, a Perjury Blasey Ford not only becomes a national hero, but also is followed by a long line of #MeTooPhonyRapeAccusers. By now, a few of them even have admitted point-blank that they lied to the Senate under oath. Others have faded into the background. It is to the everlasting shame of Sen. Chuck Grassley and his Republican-majority Senate Judiciary Committee that the perjurers all will get away scot-free without a day in jail or even a $5 fine. But that is the state of America today. The lying and perjury is even worse on college campuses, and the pointless federal Department of Education existed under Obama to empower Potiphar Wives and Columbia-Barnard mattress girls.

So it goes throughout so much of the federal Government. We do need the military to protect us from threats overseas. We need an agency to collect tax, if tax we must pay. We need airport security on the ground (like TSA) and in the sky (like air traffic controllers). We need the post office. We need honest federal judges and courts and the staff that enable them to administer justice. But we do not need a great many of the agencies, departments, nor a great many of the 800,000 meanwhile-furloughed government workers. We have to pay their salaries; that money does not come from trees. We work hard for our families, earning what living we can. When we bring home our pay, we are not looking for business partners in Washington to share any percent of it in return for their drafting a new federal regulation or typing it or filing it or rewriting it. No one minds paying salaries of the fraction of federal workers who provide truly important services. However, for a large number of them, if they lose their government jobs and end up doing what my wife, my kids, my siblings, their spouses, my parents, my grandparents, my nieces, my nephews, my neighbors, my friends, my professional colleagues, and my enemies all have done — and work in the private sector — we all will be the better for it. In time, even hundreds of thousands of those 800,000 also will appreciate why a Government shut-down is a delight.

Yep, maybe we should simply consider that 25% of the government closed – would anyone notice? Sounds good to me, but I’m a simple man, and people in Washington like to complicate things, usually to cover their ass in case some simple guy with common sense asked sensible questions. Doc ends with this, and we need to make it so.

Every time a police officer or a fire chief or a Kate Steinle spending a happy weeknight with her Dad at the amusement park or local pier gets shot to death by an illegal alien, the tally will ratchet higher. Every opioid death. Every case of human trafficking. The voters in the middle in the swing states will decide, as they always do. If that is what the voters want, then so be it. If not, then the Wall will come.

Yup, it will.

Exporting Oil, Again

Oil-derrickYesterday, I mentioned here that a bill again allowing oil exports had passed the House. Here from Marita Noon is a bit more about it, and some inside baseball about the sausage factory as well. I’m an unabashed ideologue, but I do recognize that if you are a member of Congress, you probably should pay attention to your constituents, even if they are foolish Greens or RINO squishes. That too is part of the job, and it’s actually a good thing, as anybody who remember 2009 can attest.

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The house passed H.R. 702, the bill to lift the decades old oil export ban—with 26 Democrats joining the majority of Republicans and voting for it.

Republicans could have passed the bill without the Democrats—but there are strategic reasons why it was important to include Democrats. And, getting them on board didn’t happen naturally—especially since two days before the vote the White House issued a veto threat in the form of a “Statement of Administrative Policy.” It says: “Legislation to remove crude export restrictions is not needed at this time.… If the President were presented with H.R. 702, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”

Twenty-six Democrats went against the wishes of the president and voted with the Republicans—but the number should have been much higher. Getting the companion bill through the Senate will be a heavy lift as the Republicans hold a slim majority. Because of the threat, a veto-proof majority will be needed in the Senate. The Washington Postreported: “the measure still faces a Senate that doesn’t appear eager to take up the issue.” A strong number of Democrats supporting the bill in the House gets the attention of the Democrats in the Senate.

The current news about the potential replacement for House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) has brought a split in the Republican Party to the forefront. But there is an equal, perhaps even greater, divide within the Democratic Party. And the two sides do hold very different views—on display in the fight for votes in support of H.R. 702.

Democrats decried the bill saying it would put billions of dollars in the pockets of “Big Oil.” In contrast, understanding that successful businesses mean a strong economy and employment, the Republicans addressed the jobs that have been lost in the oil field—representing hundreds of thousands and real people who are struggling—and touted how H.R. 702 will help.

Source: Beyond the bickering, bill lifting oil-export ban wins bipartisan support « Sago

It’s a confusing, depressing, abstruse, and cumbersome way to run the country. It’s also nearly exactly what the Founder’s intended. Their point was to make it difficult to establish a tyranny, from any direction. It doesn’t help that this shouldn’t have anything at all to do with government, on either the oil or the maritime policy. But the thing is, that horse got out of the barn back when Lincoln hadn’t been thought of, that’s the weakness in a lot of libertarian thinking, they’re correct very often indeed; but they tend to posit a blank sheet of paper, and in many ways, getting that blank sheet, entails a price none of us want to pay.

Elliot reminds us always:

Sin is Behovely, but
All shall be well, and
All manner of thing shall be well.
If I think, again, of this place,
And of people, not wholly commendable,
Of no immediate kin or kindness,
But of some peculiar genius,
All touched by a common genius,
United in the strife which divided them;
If I think of a king at nightfall,
Of three men, and more, on the scaffold
And a few who died forgotten
In other places, here and abroad,
And of one who died blind and quiet
Why should we celebrate
These dead men more than the dying?
It is not to ring the bell backward
Nor is it an incantation
To summon the spectre of a Rose.
We cannot revive old factions
We cannot restore old policies
Or follow an antique drum.
These men, and those who opposed them
And those whom they opposed
Accept the constitution of silence
And are folded in a single party.
Whatever we inherit from the fortunate
We have taken from the defeated
What they had to leave us—a symbol:
A symbol perfected in death.
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
By the purification of the motive
In the ground of our beseeching.

 

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