Friday, October 21, 2011

Rape, Murder, And Spending

Well, this is a new high on the scale of classiness from the Obama administration:

Hot Air comments:
Bravo, Mr. Vice President, bravo. Americans have the right to bear arms in self-defense, and the police simply can’t fulfill the role of personal bodyguard for the citizenry. It’s about time that our federal government stood up for law-abiding citizens and their claim to the 2nd Amendment in real and practical terms.

What? Biden wasn’t talking about self-defense?  What the heck was he talking about?  Er … jobs?

Yep, jobs.  The latest stimulus plan from Obama is being touted as a way to increase jobs, particularly those of teachers, police officers, and fire fighters.  Of course, the reality of Biden's asinine message is quite different:
In this scenario, a woman calls 911 and the rapist waits several minutes for police to prevent the rape?  Give us a break, Mr. Vice President.  Having the proper level of police on hand is critical for keeping the peace, but calls to 9/11 rarely prevent any crime; they just give people the quickest way to get police to respond after a crime has already been committed.  If one wants to give law-abiding citizens their best chance for defending themselves against attack, then must-issue permit laws are the quickest, cheapest, and most reliable way to allow it.

Besides, staffing for police departments is the responsibility of state and local governments, not the federal government, and this bill doesn’t put more police on the streets anyway.  It allows states to paper over budget gaps for another year rather than address their systemic budgetary issues, and protect unionized bureaucrats whose jobs should be on the chopping block.  It’s entirely temporary.

Personally, I also find no small amount of irony in this particular sentence:
"I wish these guys who thought it was temporary, I wish they had some notion of what it was like to be on the other side of a gun, or [to have] a 200-pound man standing over you, telling you to submit..."
Um...have you flown on a plane and had to deal with the TSA lately?

Anyway, the RNC rightly lashed out at Biden's crude rhetoric:
“To link well-justified, bipartisan opposition to the president’s latest stimulus proposal to violent crime is intellectually dishonest and reeks of the kind of gutter politics that the Obama administration purports to be above.

"This is the kind of demagoguery one might expect from backbench bomb-throwers, not a constitutional officer of the United States who is second in line to the presidency and who at any minute could be called upon to lead the free world. Not only is this rhetoric beneath our nation’s second highest constitutional office, it undermines serious policy discussions taking place about how to put Americans back to work."
Of course, when pressed about the comments a few days later, Biden reiterated them even more strongly.

These people are nuts.  They know they're toast in the next election, they know they're fringe wackos that are grossly out of step with the vast majority of America, and they're just throwing anything and everything up against the wall in the desperate hope that it sticks to enough braindead Democrat sycophants to somewhat stem their electoral losses.

Ah, well, what else can you expect from an administration that claims it's made every correct choice possible?

More on that in the next post...

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