Framing the Dialogue

Insanity (in – san – i – tee)

Insanity is defined as:

  1. the screamthe condition of being insane; a derangement of the mind.
  2. such unsoundness of mind as affects legal responsibility or capacity.
  3. extreme folly; senselessness; foolhardiness.

Synonyms:  dementia, lunacy, madness, craziness, mania, aberration

What does Einstein think:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.”

Can you use it in a sentence?

One needs to look no further than Washington D. C. for plenty of examples of insanity.

Example 1:  In the interest of “saving” the investment of taxpayer money to save institutions, the Treasury is seeking to set limits on the salaries and benefits of corporate CEO’s.  The logic seems reasonable in that Obama’s pay czar, Kenneth Feinberg, wants to tie executive pay to performance.  The plan is to force this on companies that took bailout money from the government and hope that other institutions will follow.  The Fed will take this further and cover all banks that it regulates.  Now for the insanity, this has been tried before and basically you get what you pay for.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the ice cream guys, made a commitment that the highest paid employee (usually the CEO) would make no more that five times the amount of the lowest paid employee.  This was later changed to a factor of seven.  Ultimately, the ratio had to be scrapped as the company grew and could no longer attract quality people to take executive positions.   Interestingly enough, however, the new CFO of government-owned Freddie Mac will reportedly receive a salary of $2.3 million AND a $2 million signing bonus.  Can anyone explain this to me?

fannie-maeExample 2Barney Frank!  Rep. Frank was described by the Wall Street Journal as Fannie Mae’s patron saint.  Frank has long defended and protected the troubled quasi government entity that many believe was at the center of the United States’ economic meltdown.  Frank was not able to avoid the connection to the scandal, but paid no price as his friends in the main stream media provided him pretty good cover.  Now for the insanity, Frank wants to start it all over again.  Rather than behave like most people who learn from their mistakes, Frank seems to want to double down and inject more government in the lending industry.  Under Frank, owning a home will become a “right” to all citizens of America.  Unfortunately, I do not think that he will limit our exposure to providing housing to people who are legally here.

Example 3:  Article One of the United States Constitution provides for an enumeration or census to apportion representation and direct taxes.  As population grew, the number of members of the House was capped.  There will be no more members, but the census is critical in how the seats are distributed.  Politics probably always played a part in the process, but until Obama took office, the census was always conducted by the Department of Commerce.  The White House will have control of the census.  Anyone who believes that a census controlled by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and ACORN will be scandal free just may be insane.

As further proof, Democrats in the U.S. Senate were able to block an amendment that would have simply asked the question whether the person taking the survey was a legal citizen.  The Democrats do not want to know whether apportionment of the legislative branch is based on actual citizens responding that “it’s long been settled law that the apportionment of congressional seats is determined by the number of people living in each state, regardless of whether they are citizens.”

It does not matter to Democrats whether the people counted and used to determine the make up of the legislature are actual citizens.

That would explain why the Democrats always block attempts to require identification at the voting booth.  I guess that feel that every vote should count regardless of whether it was legally cast.  I recently voted and my identification was not checked.  I did note that the poll worker checked my signature against the one on file even though I had been voting there for over 20 years.  That made me feel good.

Wizard of ObamaExample 4:  The United States House of Representatives narrowly passed the Government Health Control Bill I think that they called it the American Health Insecurity Act) on a 220 to 215 vote.  One Republican, Ahn “Joe” Cao of Louisiana, voted for the bill and Nancy Pelosi allowed 39 Democrats to vote against it.  It was reported in the Wall Street Journal that Pelosi allowed a provision that prevents federally subsidized insurance programs from paying for abortions that may have swayed the vote.  My guess it that she will add that back into a defense spending bill. 

When I provide links to the stories that I post, I generally look for a site that I trust.  In this case, I wanted the news from the Wall Street Journal.  It is interesting that when I searched Yahoo for this news story, I did not get a link to the WSJ until the ninth page.  I do not know how the algorithms work for search engines, but passing four or five links from the Huffington Post before getting to the WSJ seems a little odd from a newsworthiness stand point.  Fox News came in on the 22nd page.  Seems a little slanted to me.

Congressman Mike Rogers from Michigan (an actual Republican from Michigan no less) had the best take on this;

“We are going to punish the 85% of Americans who have earned health care benefits as a part of their employment and we’re going to punish them and the employers who give it to them to try to cover the 15% that don’t have it.  That doesn’t hardly seem like a solution that any of us would come to.” [unless you are insane]

Please take the time to watch Rep. Rogers’ entire speach.

If you want to see how your elected representative voted, follow this link as the vote is provided by state and party affilitation.

We have to stop this insanity.

We surround them!

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