Dicky's Doodles &Scribbles

Cartoons,editorials and comment about current events and more.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eric Cantor Ties Hurricane Relief To Political Goals

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Larry Liberal 2011

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The more things change, the more they stay the same!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ron Paul Is Not A Deep Thinker

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This morning, Libertarian Republican Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said that FEMA should be abolished because it is not in the Constitution. Appearing on CNN he also said federal funds should not protect citizens from natural disasters and concluded, “It’s a moral hazard to say that government is always going to take care of us when we do dumb things“
BLITZER: On the whole issue of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, do you want to see that agency ended?
PAUL: Well, if you want to live in a free society, if you want to pay attention to the constitution, why not? I think it’s bad economics. I think it’s bad morality. And it’s bad constitutional law. Why should people like myself, who had, not too long ago, a house on the Gulf Coast and it’s – it’s expensive there and it’s risky and it’s dangerous. Why should somebody from the central part of the United States rebuild my house? Why shouldn’t I have to buy my own insurance and protect about the potential dangers? I mean it’s – it’s a moral hazard to say that government is always going to take care of us when we do dumb things. I’m trying to get people to not to dumb things. Besides, it’s not authorized in the constitution.

Apparently he thinks it is a 'dumb thing' to live on the East Coast, or anywhere near a body of water, or an earthquake zone, a flood plain or an area where tornadoes might strike.
Ron Paul is wrong on this, just as he is on most issues. All he offers is simplistic, wrong headed plattitudes and no ideas. To constantly argue something is bad or unconstitutional because it is not listed specifically in the document is ignorant.
Another bad argument is often made when someone prefaces their statement with "The founding fathers believed..." this or that. That's a load of bunkum. The founding fathers were every bit as contentious as today's politicians but they found ways to compromise, some of which were not so good, but they moved the business of the nation forward. The way Ron Paul talks it seems he believes that we should be a nation no longer.
There are many arguments opposing such jurists as Robert Bork, Antonin Scalia and others who argue the dis-credited view that the Constitution should be interpreted in accordance with the "original intent of the framers" as if they were able to somehow divine a collective mind at work in the long ago Constitutional Convention.
A good argument against such backwards looking thought may found in the words of Alexander Hamilton writing in The Federalist, #34.

Excerpt from The Federalist, #34
(Alexander Hamilton)
To form a more precise judgment of the true merits of this question, it will be well to advert to the proportion between the objects that will require a federal provision in respect to revenue, and those which will require a State provision. We shall discover that the former are altogether unlimited, and that the latter are circumscribed within very moderate bounds. In pursuing this inquiry, we must bear in mind that we are not to confine our view to the present period, but to look forward to remote futurity. Constitutions of civil government are not to be framed upon a calculation of existing exigencies, but upon a combination of these with the probable exigencies of ages, according to the natural and tried course of human affairs. Nothing, therefore, can be more fallacious than to infer the extent of any power, proper to be lodged in the national government, from an estimate of its immediate necessities. There ought to be a CAPACITY to provide for future contingencies as they may happen; and as these are illimitable in their nature, it is impossible safely
to limit that capacity. It is true, perhaps, that a computation might be made with sufficient accuracy to answer the purpose of the quantity of revenue requisite to discharge the subsisting engagements of the Union, and to maintain those establishments which, for some time to come, would suffice in time of peace. But would it be wise, or would it not rather be the extreme of folly, to stop at this point, and to leave the government intrusted with the care of the national defense in a state of absolute incapacity to provide for the protection of the community against future invasions of the public peace, by foreign war or domestic convulsions? If, on the contrary, we ought to exceed this point, where can we stop, short of an indefinite power of providing for emergencies as they may arise? Though it is easy
to assert, in general terms, the possibility of forming a rational judgment of a due provision against probable dangers, yet we may safely challenge those who make the assertion to bring forward their data, and may affirm that they would be found as vague and uncertain as any that could be produced to establish the probable duration of the world.
Observations confined to the mere prospects of internal attacks can deserve no weight; though even these will admit of no satisfactory calculation: but if we mean to be a commercial people, it must form a part of our policy to be able one day to defend that commerce. The support of a navy and of naval wars would involve contingencies that must baffle all the efforts of political arithmetic.

Michele Bachmann, Crackpot

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Michele Bachmann is not going to let Pat Robertson be the only one to claim the recent earthquake and hurricane in the east is retribution from an unhappy God, who also opposes deficit spending!
On Sunday she told the audience at a Shriner's temple in Sarasota, Florida that was God's message with the two disasters.
From the St. Petersburg Times:
I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending.

After the inevitable skeptical questions from the meanies in the press Bachmann tried to pass off her comments as "..a joke!"

The Only Thing Cracked Around Here is Pat Robertson!

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rick Perry Wants To Shoot First, Ask Questions Later!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bachmann, Perry Demonstrate Talents In Iowa

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

How Would A President Rick Perry Interpret the Constitution?

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rick Perry Happy To Cut Education Funds!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rick Perry; "I don't believe in global warming!"

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has begun his "official" run for the Presidential election of 2012. Astute Perry watchers know he has been actually gunning for this for years, in spite of his many pronunciations to the contrary.
Perry is making many other crazy statements such as accusing Ben Bernanke of treason.
The Governor made clear he is anti-science. Here is what he said about the pseudo-science of "creationism" recently in an interview with the Associated Press:

There are clear indications from our people who have amazing intellectual capability that this didn't happen by accident and a creator put this in place. Now, what was his time frame and how did he create the earth that we know? I'm not going to tell you that I've got the answers to that. I believe that we were created by this all-powerful supreme being and how we got to today versus what we look like thousands of years ago, I think there's enough holes in the theory of evolution to, you know, say there are some holes in that theory.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rick Perry: Bat Shit Crazy !

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Why Not Another Nut In The Race?

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rick Perry To Launch Campaign for Prez! What A Surprise!

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Saturday, August 06, 2011

GOP Blames Obama For Situation They Caused!

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Christie Defends Muslim Judicial Appointment

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is known for his brash personality and his big mouth. At one point the right wing of the GOP were wooing him to run for President but the rotund rookie Republican governor shot down that idea.
Recently Christie appointed a Muslim-American, Sohail Mohammed, to a state judicial post and immediately he was attacked by the right wing nuts of his party.
Christie, to his credit, responded with saying he had no patience for such "ignorance" and "crap."
Said Christie, “Ignorance is behind the criticism of Sohail Mohammed. He is an extraordinary American who is an outstanding lawyer and played an integral role in the post-September 11th period in building bridges between the Muslim American community in this state and law enforcement,”
Christie was asked if he feared the implementation of Sharia law in New Jersey.
“Sharia Law has nothing to do with this at all, it’s crazy! The guy is an American citizen!Sharia Law business is just crap… and I’m tried of dealing with the crazies. It’s just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of things just because of his religious background.”

Thursday, August 04, 2011

National Debt

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