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The Innermost Doll of Failure

July 10th, 2014 - 4:57 pm

A farmer in Boise, Idaho once compared  the attack methods of a pack of wolves and a mountain lion.

Mountain lions or cougars have the reputation of killing with efficiency and, if there are such things in the high desert food chain, some mercy and grace. The big cats keep bloodshed to a minimum and they kill quickly.

Wolves employ far sloppier methods in their hunts. A cow might take her last breath of air amid a scene of flattened brush, trampled ground, drag marks and smears of blood–lots of blood. Nadeau calls such scenes “struggle sites.” These sites can stretch hundreds of yards–a seasoned crime scene investigator might call the scene “gruesome” and the cause of death “brutal….

“They’re not trying to kill it, they’re trying to eat it,” Deb Lord says of the wolves’ attack methods, which often leave their victims partially consumed before they finally die of blood loss or violent injuries.

One thing wolves do is circle the victim. “Wolves would usually approach from downwind. Both to scent the animal and probably to prevent their scent from being carried to their prey. Suspicious and cautious by nature, this will usually entail some circling and observation, but at a distance.”

Where the animal is unable to flee, is either tied grazing, in a fenced area or in the case of the deer floundering in deep snow … I have seen them circle quite close to the animal (within a few meters).

I believe they just do this to assess the risk. Is the animal really helpless, does whatever has caused the animal to be unable to flee pose a risk to the hunter.

Just a basic cautious assessment, because they are able to do so, whereas with a fleeing animal they cannot take the time. The animal would be out of reach by the time they assessed the risk.

This comparison suggests itself in politics after Sarah Palin was reported as advocating the impeachment of president Obama while John Boehner chose to lead his pack of wolves in filing a lawsuit. The Voice of America reports:

And you thought you’d heard the last from Sarah Palin? Not so fast! The former Alaska governor is back on the national stage, leading a new conservative charge to impeach President Barack Obama. …

In a recent column, Palin cited the immigration crisis on the southern border as the “last straw” in what she described as the president’s “purposeful dereliction of duty.” Palin wrote on the conservative website that the president’s “rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here.” She went on: “It’s time to impeach, and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.”

Boehner is warier. As the Washington Post reports, the speaker has decided to sue the president, as if he believed his political quarry to be still dangerous. The lawsuit is less confrontational.  Boehner aims to do some circling.

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Republicans calling for the impeachment of Obama, writing in an op-ed that the influx of young illegal immigrants over the southern border “is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas.’”

“I disagree,” Boehner said when asked by reporters Wednesday morning. When a reporter pointed out that some House Republicans also are calling for impeachment, Boehner said again: “I disagree.”

Boehner’s comments came after Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News that the speaker’s planned lawsuit against Obama over his use of executive power is a weak maneuver. “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight,” she said. “There’s no place for lawyers on the front lines.”

Even so the speaker has begun the slow stalk. MSNBC reports that “Speaker John Boehner has released a bill that would authorize him to sue the White House over its implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”

“The current president believes he has the power to make his own laws – at times even boasting about it,” Boehner said in a statement Thursday. “He has said that if Congress won’t make the laws he wants, he’ll go ahead and make them himself, and in the case of the employer mandate in his health care law, that’s exactly what he did.”…

“In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it,” Boehner said. “That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”

There: he’s done it. No mention of immigration though, the speaker is saving that for a separate context. For now though he’s chimed in in a roundabout kind of way about the situation on the border.

Earlier Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger over what he called Obama’s lack of leadership on the issue, telling reporters that “this is a problem of the President’s own making.” “He’s been President for five and a half years,” the Ohio Republican thundered. “When is he going to take responsibility for something?”

However slow the circling, the Daily Beast is thunderstruck that it’s begun at all.

Well, this is really happening. Speaker of the House John Boehner asked his chamber to authorize taking President Obama to court. The draft resolution alleges that Obama changed the Affordable Care Act, a law, without Congress voting. “No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own,” Boehner said in a statement. (Obama delayed the employer mandate for insurance one year.) Next Wednesday, the House Rules Committee will hold its first hearing on the resolution, deciding whether or not to authorize a lawsuit. Earlier on Thursday, Obama addressed the GOP members calling for the suit at an event in Texas: “Really? Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job?”

Yes it’s started. After the wolves come the vultures. Just now CNN, citing Reuters, reports that Germany has just expelled the CIA chief of station. “Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country on Thursday in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel at the behaviour of a close ally after officials unearthed two suspected U.S. spies.” This happens only days after Bahrain expelled an assistant secretary of state, Tom Malinowski. The BBC reports:

A US diplomat has been ordered to leave Bahrain after meeting members of a leading Shia opposition group, say Bahrain officials.

Tom Malinowski, US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, went to Bahrain on Sunday.

While there, he met members of al-Wefaq, a move which the foreign ministry of Bahrain says intervened in the country’s domestic affairs.

Germany’s action reflect the fact that Obama’s been silently impeached as Leader of the Free World.  Obama wanted America to be treated like “normal country” — well he got it. Earth to Obama: this also means you are just a normal man: the Lightworker Halo has been turned off. Recently Merkel has been acting like she’s the new leader of the West. But then Germany is a greater power and her ambitions are understandable. When Bahrain starts reading Obama the riot act, you wonder if it’s buzzard time.

So far, as Bryan Preston notes, Obama has been laughing it off. Laughing off the IRS, NSA, Benghazi, Iraq, Afghanistan, Obamacare and border scandals. Ha-ha-ha. Ho-ho-ho. Preston has a remarkable series of photographs showing the president just cracking up before a grim faced governor Rick Perry.

Out in the dark the howling starts. Awoooo.

But the real news isn’t the proposal of Palin, but Boehner. Boehner would never go in the water unless he was reasonably sure it was safe. If he and his merry lupine band are circling, it’s only because they smell weakness. They can taste the fear. Wolves have a developed temporal sense. They know that the prey’s status changes from hour to hour; it may still be strong now, but is it weakening. Awooooo.

The unfortunate truth is that, like a set of Matryoshka dolls, the scenario is repeated recursively. In the outermost doll level al-Qaeda, Isis, Putin and China are stalking America. Further on in unemployment is haunting the average man. And so on. Obama is merely the innermost doll of failure. The only question is which level of doll the wolves get first. The president’s blunders have endangered not just his political life, but perhaps the actual lives of individual people throughout the world.

If he could stop laughing for a moment maybe he’d see that.


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sevenwheel said:

"No one is saying it yet but the Senate midterm election is actually a referendum on impeachment."

This is true but the politics is more subtle. The Republican leadership needs to signal to its political base that the objective with regard to Obama is impeachment followed by conviction in the Senate. If Obama were impeached today, the conviction in the Senate would immediately fail because the Democrats hold a majority in the Senate.

Obama is an MSM construct. The MSM will do everything in its power to protect Obama. Therefore Sarah Palin tells the politcal base that impeachment is the objective. The MSM in its arrogance dismisses Palin as a wingnut outsider with no political standing. Boehner cleverly reinforces this conclusion by indicating that impeachment is not on the table. However Boehner then contradicts himself by initiating lawsuits against Obama. Anyone who has received a "C" or better in a High School government class knows that the President is protected from lawsuits. A President can be convicted of High Crimes and Misdemeanors only through impeachment as defined by the Constitution. Any conviction by a lower court against the President must ultimately be overturned by a higher court. Again the MSM in its arrogance dismisses Boehner's actions as those of a clueless buffoon. In reality, the court actions provide material for a later Bill of Impeachment that receives public acceptance because Obama's High Crimes and Misdemeanors will have been subjected to judicial review and public comment.

This is political theater to prepare for the main event. After the Republicans win the Senate, the House then votes through the Bill of Impeachment based upon the legally tested indictments against Obama.

Getting back to Wretchard's metaphor: Sarah Palin is the cougar who attacks but withdraws because she can achieve no actual damage. However Boehner and the Republicans are like the circling pack of wolves taking their victim down, one bite at a time. Eventually Obama will be reduced to a bleeding mass that will so frighten the surviving Democrats in the Senate that they will vote for conviction simply to save their own skins.

This is bare knuckles politics and maybe the only legal way the nation can rid itself of Obama.
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So while I don't necessarily set much stock by Boehner, I figure if he's sticking his fork into the president, however tentatively, he must smell something cooking. - Wretchard

Boehner is thinking about the November 2014 Congressional elections, and nothing else. He has no intent that the lawsuit would move forward and be productive. The lawsuit will not impose the discovery required to ascertain the facts; only a special prosecutor or Judicial order could hope to do that, and either would eventually be dragged into the Supreme Court (where based on the Obamacare decision and Roberts late flip, we can assume Obama owns the results when they matter).

Boehner knows - FULLY UNDERSTANDS that the GOP base, i.e. the REAL base of the Republican party is restless. No, not restless; outraged. No, not outraged; the average Republican is asking what the hell happened to the "loyal opposition", and why do the progressives dictate the GOP agenda. Boehner fully understands that the GOP turnout could be so small in November that it might put the House at risk.

No, the polls don't say that the GOP House is at risk. The streets say it. The rank and file are fed up with the toothless, feckless GOP, who show no desire to turn back the lawless left's revolution. The first election I missed was this summer, and the next will be in November. With no choice or representation on the ballot, voting is irrelevant and simply lends credibility to a fraudulent process.

Boehner's lawsuit is simple self- preservation, appearing to do "something" when he will do nothing effective. Boehner believes that Obama in office to the end of his term is the best prospect for ensuring Boehner's own power and influence, if he can just fool the GOP base through the 2014 elections. A lawsuit challenging Obama is just the trick, in Boehner's mind, to get the GOP by one more election.

If your Republican Congressman (or "blue dog" Democrat - don't make me puke) gives a damn about Obama's lawless behavior, they are fully empowered to do something about it. They can remove Boehner in a single day. Call a vote, kick Boehner to the curb, and elect a new Speaker. That they will not, is damning to them. Take my Congressman Issa, expert at smoke and mirrors, but at heart, he's worth that famous warm bucket of spit; nothing else.
33 weeks ago
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Do you have a clue why she quit? It took compassion and intelligence to do what Mrs Palin did. Mrs. Palin showed that she is not the run of the mill Narcissist politician.
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Emotional lability, inappropriate laughter, dulled eyes...
Is it possible BO is brain-damaged from his doper past?
Is it possible BO is brain-damaged by his doper present?
Possibly both of the above?
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Obama is a fool. But all those jackals circling him ought to remember that the American People are the real King of the Jungle. You see Papa Lion playing with the cubs and snoozing all day while the lionesses do all the work. Until there is a threat.

Then Papa Lion takes care of business. Mama Grizzly respects that male power. That drives the feminists crazy!

If you've got the power, you don't have to prove it all the time.
Obama's "I've got a phone and a pen" proves his impotence. He's such a wimp Boehner is suing him.
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With the possible exception of Trey Gowdy and Sarah Palin … the rest of of them are all in it together .. It's a scam ….. it doesn't matter who wins the pretend election …. nothing changes, the same problems persist and nothing gets done other than spending tons of our money on piss all and taking more of our freedoms away.

Got that? There is no more constitutional America with a two party system … It's on party with two parts.

Wise up … the shooting must start soon or it will be too late.
33 weeks ago
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Be that as it may, tethered cows and snowbound deer don't have the IRS and NSA to repel the wolves. I'll get a massage from Scarlett Johansson before Obama is impeached.
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If I thought Boehner was a wolf whose plan was to rip Obama apart alive, I think I'd have more respect for him.
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Here is another reason to focus on developing Impeachment cases against Administration Cabinet officers and other senior agency heads and a few clearly deserving judges. In the public mind Impeachment is an extraordinary and terrible thing, almost insanely divorced from reality. That perception assists the Leftists in portraying the Opposition as extremists.

This is despite the fact that the Democrats routinely threatened to Impeach every Republican President since Eisenhower. The open use of the IRS and other agencies to terrorize opponents, as opposed to the relatively discreet coercion employed by other Presidents including LBJ and Nixon is a new development, and makes it moot for the administration to consider resorting to the public discipline of Impeachment to control judges and other uncooperative powers.

The perceived rarity of Impeachment also elevates the Presidency from an elected executive and administrative office to a sacred place. Impeachment becomes confused with regicide. My argument is not for making resorting to Impeaching the POTUS a routine event. We do need to demystify the office and remind the public, and the nomenklatura, that it is a tool that has been used before for good reason. If the public saw a series of investigations, charges and trials then the institution of such a process for the POTUS would not appear to be as horrifying as the MSM would portray it to be.

There are two clauses in the Constitution that deal with Impeachment.
Art I; section 3, clause vii:
"Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law."

Article II; section 4:
"The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

Note that while there is no mention of Impeachment in Article III (except the inference from Article II; section 1 "The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour", judges have been impeached as Civil Officers. Also note that while in theory the Vice President is subject to Impeachment under the wording of the Constitution the Vice President would preside over their own trial.

In the past Impeachment has lead to removal from office but did not prevent former judge Al C. Hastings from subsequently being elected to Congress. The Senate failed to include the "disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States" in his sentence. The separation of the Impeachment process from civil or criminal proceedings is something the public needs to be educated on. Any immunity from prosecution attaching to an office would be stripped away by conviction following an Impeachment. The immunity attaches to the office and not the person. It would be good to remind the people of that.

My hope is that Holder and other major violators of the law will be Impeached, even if that happens after they leave office. That would allow the Senate to sentence them to disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States", including the loss of pension rights. They could then be subject to civil or criminal prosecution at either the federal or state levels.
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The MSM would only portray impeachment as 'horrifying' if 'their guy' is targeted. If congress had gone after Reagan, Bush the Elder, Bush the Younger, I'm sure they'd have been down with that.
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Formerly Eggplant:
“A clear conclusion from that conversation will be that our MSM is malfunctioning and needs to be reformed. Doing that reform will be tricky.”

The press has always been partisan; there is simply no other way. The problem conservatives have is that there are so few news outlets that support them. Add to this lack of coverage the modern disinterest in philosophy and the religion of science wins hands down. That science is rational and is easily understood leaves too many with the impression that it is as complete as any field of knowledge can be.

Our test today exposes our racism: we cannot impeach the first black President. That is racism in its purest form. Are we to allow the TWANLOC to destroy our nation simply to protect a malevolent black man? Or is it cowardice; will the ghettos really explode in rage? Our modern history lends credence to this view. However, if the ignored pot continues to simmer, then the explosion is simply a matter of time. So again, we are in fact, racist and in addition, we lack the courage to face reality.

You know, I wonder what Obama thinks when he hears us say that we can’t impeach the first black President?
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"Are we to allow the TWANLOC to destroy our nation simply to protect a malevolent black man? "

I wonder if his (lack of performance) will effectively disqualify another black man from holding that office in the foreseeable future. This is a fear that any honest member of a minority groups expresses in private conversations - doubts about how much of their achievement is merit based and how much is attributable to something I'll call "beneficent racism".

I think a barometer of this effect will be the 2016 Republican primaries and the performance of Ben Carson. We can all embrace his personal story, but that is what the left did with Obama. He was the leader of an esteemed department at an elite school - what kind of administrator was he? What kind of leader? Will the press treat him fairly or do a Palin on him, because he undermines their ideology of dependence?

I am all in favor of getting the attorneys out of politics and replacing them with doers - men and women of private sector accomplishment. I am tired of the thinkers who believe that if they "study the issue" then know the best path forward. As the founder of a handful of small businesses, of which two survived, I can tell you that reality is a harsh mistress. When the real world contests your plans, you adapt or die. The left seems to think that reality will bend to their ideology. They are insane.
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Dr. Carson is a very nice man -- too nice. We need someone who clanks when he walks.

As a New York Dem of my acquaintance said to me about Giuliani, "it TAKES a tough sonofab***h to run New York City."

Doubly so for the United States of America.
32 weeks ago
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Science is rational, but in this time the LaBrea Tarpit we call "public education" has drastically truncated the alleged educational process. At least three full generations of high school graduates now gyre in an intellectual Sargasso Sea where the constellations in the firmament tumble out of true, while the compass needle spins on its pivot. Ask a recent H.S. grad to explain the difference, say, between a proton and a crouton, and like as not they will merely look up from the food icons on the cash register with eyes glazed like a Krispy Kreme doughnut.

" 'Sup?"

Try not to sob as you turn away.

And do not dwell on how many of those fast food jockies – who customarily have to ask a manager for assistance to make change – have already been granted Baccalaureate degrees, driver's licenses, and voter Identification cards.
33 weeks ago
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One of my small joys in life is paying cash for purchases. I view it as a teachable moment for the unwitting victim. The answer to their questions in earlier math class, "When will I ever use this?".

I carry change with me so that when the bill comes to $13.86, I give them $20.36 in the form of a $20 bill, three dimes, a nickel, and a penny. Inevitably, they try to refuse the change and just take the bill. I insist. They get annoyed that they have to type the extra two digits in their electronic register.

Occasionally, they will ask why I do it. I tell them I need the quarters for the parking meters. They ask what do you mean. When the change comes up as $6.50 and they hand me back the two quarters, the light comes on. It's as if I did a magic trick. Imagine, we live in an age where basic arithmetic is magic. Yes, you may cry for us all now.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C Clarke.
33 weeks ago
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What if he is so totally relaxed because he and his team realize that the course of events is on an unalterable trajectory. Whether by accident or design certain things are in the pipeline and will emerge at their designated time and place under the impetus of their own inertia. They don't heed a hand at the wheel at this point, so might as well relax. Que sera sera. Just sit back and enjoy the show.
33 weeks ago
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What I dream of is Red States saying, Enough!" Recalling their representatives, posting their National Guard on the borders, escorting all federal agencies out of the state and building compacts with other conservative states to support themselves without the fed. It will take something that drastic to fix our Republic just as it did in 1861. Big difference today however since conservative states are more industrious than back then.

Until then, people like myself fed up with the wimps in the GOP should choose a day to inundate the GOP with changing their party affiliation to Independent and send the GOP their voided registration cards, very publicly, like having Tea Party groups around the country collect them and deliver them to Boehner's Office with the press in tow. Yes, the Democrats will insist the party is dead and maybe rightly so, but from the ashes a new, Constitutional Party can be born. Or merely Tea Party backed candidates.
33 weeks ago
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Obama is a sideshow. The problem is that we have let governance grow too complex for the management tools we have. We could get better management tools. They have been invented and are widely in use in the private sector. But nobody puts those tools in use for overseeing government. The wolves don't do it. The cougars, mountain lions, and grizzlys don't do it. And certainly the statist hyenas aren't doing it.

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nutherguy replied:

"I don't think we have a tools/management problem. The problem is that when government becomes a sufficient fraction of the economy and the power of government is sufficiently great, it makes more economic sense for businesses to develop close relationships with the government than focus on their product."


Establishment Republicans contend they are better able to manage unmanageably large Government.

Given human nature, no such management tools.
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...exist! :-(
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I don't think we have a tools/management problem. The problem is that when government becomes a sufficient fraction of the economy and the power of government is sufficiently great, it makes more economic sense for businesses to develop close relationships with the government than focus on their product.

Years ago farmers started saying "If you aren't farming the government, you aren't farming."

The marketplace is where large decisions are made; in the short term the average of those decisions cannot be wrong. A corporation that can make $1 million by spending $100,000 on product enhancements or $10 million by spending the same sum on 'governmental relations' really does not have a choice.

This cannot be managed or better tools-ed around: It is inherent in concentrating so much power in one organization.

I think this is one of those iron laws of reality that, while progressives don't care and most Americans don't notice, is inescapable. Most people know you can't repeal the law of gravity and the law that big government must ultimately destroy the nation and economy is just as real.

The conclusion is that either government get smaller, does less, and becomes less centralized, OR we continue down a path to tyranny. For after all, once industry mostly focuses on 'farming the government' it will demand MORE government and that government will be ANTI-citizen.

For an example we need look no farther than the current immigration disaster-in-progress: The Republican Party fully SUPPORTS it because business fully SUPPORTS it because it will reduce labor costs. Every player is acting rationally so far as his short-term interests are concerned: It doesn't get any better than that. Only our America and her citizens are losers.

The auto industry bailout is another example. Bankruptcy would have left us with an orderly set of expectations for large bankruptcies (that law has been around a while) and leaner, meaner GM and Chrysler. Instead taxpayer funds were used to subsidize the problems that got us there and relatively little fixing occurred. Meanwhile, government and government allies (unions) got more control over the companies.

The same is now in progress for health care and our energy industries.

The government servant has outgrown his citizenry master and is starting to formulate HIS orders ...

Since government will not voluntarily shrink, only something truly remarkable will get us to the backside of this issue without civil war.
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That reminds me of the old physics joke that, when you have a theory and can't get to the result, in the gap on the blackboard, write "At this point, a miracle occurs!"

That's the $64,000 question: WHAT can reverse the course of the ship of state, when the greatest short-term incentives are for it to steam straight ahead? How can we "incentivize" the pols and the big business boys to change?

I'm talking about strategy here, not tactics. Thoughts, anyone?
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TML, the center of gravity, and the reason our federal government is failing at so much, is the centralization of power in DC. The President, many of our legislators and a large swath of the public are ignorant on who was always intended to wield the ultimate power in the US system, namely The People. One only has to look at the fecklessness of congress to see where the problem lies.

The reason checks and balances have failed to rein in the new monarchy in DC is rooted in the income tax. That is the source of power and influence, without which they would just be another groups of people with opinions. To fix our government, first repeal the income tax and disband the IRS. They have already shown they are indeed a political body, not a purely governmental agency. Use the progressive tactic of never allowing a crisis to go to waste, meaning the Lois Lerner thumbing of nose at the citizens.

Cloward and Piven cuts both ways; Mismanaged states rely on those managed well to provide boodle for redistribution, do not give it to them. Force them to live within their means whatever the cost in suffering. Make each state provide their own funding and capitalism will rule once more. Make DC come begging for funds and you minimize their power and control.

I Apologize for the lengthy comment but it has been festering for some time.
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