Responding to this kind of predictable and tiresome ultra right wing conservative inanity is a waste of time on a multitude of levels. But as I have a few minutes before returning to a useful task I’ll engage in my hobby of disabusing the lunatic among our on-line ranks:
First, a simple observation about an irksome practice: The Federal Government is not The President and the President is not the Federal Government. While this is obvious, it apparently needs to be stated yet again.
When someone states, “Obama did this”, for that matter “Bush did that”, particularly in regards to something as particular and specific as a regulatory decision, you’re making the kind of broad, sweeping, oversimplified, and factually dubious type of association that is the generally the last refuge of the ideologue or the overtly paranoid.
And point by point:
As others have noted already, the political wrangling over “Don’t ask, don’t tell” date back far before he (Obama) was ever inaugurated. It’s not something that “suddenly caught his attention” or has anything to do with economic policy. The removal of the rule enjoyed widespread, popular support and was signed off on by the heads of the various armed services. It’s literally a non-issue and a past controversy completely irrelevant to anything outside of the far right conservative media. Please just accept the fact that illogical bigotry can no longer be countenanced by the U.S. military. As for yourself, just continue to take care in your daily life so as to not accidentally encounter a homosexual and inadvertently catch the gay.
As to “illegal’s having free run of the country w/out fear of deportation”, that’s simply a patently untrue statement in every particular. You are no doubt referring to the recent decision of by the DOJ and the DHS to review the nearly 300,000 cases currently pending before the immigration court and then prioritize them based on those convicted of a serious crime and/or those who may be national security risks. That’s actually pretty reasonable and had the decision been made while a Republican president were in the White House I doubt your “news” sources would have even noted the fact. It’s an entirely partisan reaction. And you’ll note the policy I just outlined bears no resemblance at all to what you allege. You’re 100% wrong. That’s hard to do in this day and age. Well done.
As to the opinion article you pulled from the loony right wing website, I’m kind of baffled as to what your issue is. Oh, I know what you “think” it is, (I.e. the government is out of control! They’re autocrats! They’re expanding rules and regulations to crush free enterprise because Obama is actually a Socialist! Oh no!), but if you actually took the time to look into the matter (and lucky for you, I just did) it’s not quite the nefarious conspiracy the author has outlined nor would any reasonable person arrive at the same conclusions she has.
In essence, these are rules designed to keep U.S. businesses from importing what is basically slave labor and then treating them as such. I.e. providing an actual bed for them to sleep on rather than sleeping under a lean-to next to a trash midden. Or ensuring they have access to safe, clean drinking water. And so on and so forth. It bears only the most superficial resemblance to what the author alledges. Way to get your "news", buddy!
Oh my! How terrible! How outrageous! This is such a burden on small business! Damn you, Obama. (mutter, mutter)
Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you? GOP = spectacularly, colossally, inadvertently amusing, uninformed. Or am I over generalizing and it’s just you?
Posted on August 25, 2011 - 11:32 AM