Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

Translation:
The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta

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|Campaign 2012 | Political Prudence

Does This Obama Ad Now Make His Kids Fair Game?

On the Washington Post’s website, there’s an ad headlining its pages:

Obama Children Used as Political Props in the Obama 2012 Online Ads

The ad reads:

Obama-Biden. Help the Obamas stand up for working Americans. Join our campaign. Paid for by Obama for America.

We know that Michelle Obama is meddling in government affairs to try to force Americans to eat as she dictates and subject school children to weight monitoring and ridicule. But what we did not know is that Malia and Sasha are now actively working in our government.

This ad goes beyond the typical family shots of playing football or walking on a beach or through the woods together. You know, the silent little snapshots meant to say “Look at what a wonderful family man this candidate is. Look at how lovely his non-scary, humanizing family is.”

I don’t have a problem with candidates’ families participating in their campaigns, especially if the kids are now adults. Some adult children of candidates go on the campaign trail to stump for their parent. That somewhat opens them up to public scrutiny, but unless they are setting policy and injecting themselves into government, they deserve a modest zone of privacy.

Even with the little ones, having them cutely mug for the camera or perform for the audience is no big deal—as long as it is infrequently done. Otherwise, depending upon on them to soften up the candidate’s image is exploitative to them, and annoying to us. The candidate becomes like the coworker that won’t put the pictures of her grandkids away.

But this Obama ad is treading new ground, injecting his minor children into the political arena. Now the whole family is being sold as a package: The Obamas. We don’t get one. We get all of them.

  • Think Barack Obama has destroyed the American economy? No fear. The Obamas are much more benign!
  • Need new ideas for government child-rearing? Let Sasha and Malia craft a policy for you!
  • Your mean old boss wants to open a non-union factory? The Obamas children will lay down in front of scab trucks for you!

Ugh. I find this ad distasteful. I don’t want my President’s tweens anywhere near my public policy.

Plus, if the Obamas are gonna exploit their kids in such a cheap and tawdry way, why did they have to be so cheap about it? Mr. Millionaire-Wanting-To-Pay-More-Taxes can’t afford a new family portrait? He has to crop their White House Christmas portrait photo?

By the way, who paid for that Christmas card? Was that a government expense or a campaign one? Because if it were paid by the White House, this ad is also a campaign violation for misappropriating government property, and improper use of White House resources for a political campaign.

The UK’s Daily Mail says:

This year’s portrait was shot by the official White House photographer Pete Souza, and perhaps it was his level of comfort with the family that helped create the relaxed vibe.

Seems the Obama campaign owes the taxpayers some money…and an apology to Malia and Sasha for such an off-putting use of their images.

 

|eCOnoMICS | Prudence Potpourri

Ryan, Rubio and Prudence on the Medicare Crisis

The Democrats are despicably attempting to lie to and mislead the public, especially senior citizens, about the Medicare adjustments included in the budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and voted for by the House GOP. It’s purely political, thinking if they can tell people Ryan’s plan will end Medicare (it doesn’t), voters will think Republicans are trying to take their health care away and reward the liars for their lies by reelecting them.

Unfortunately, overhauling Medicare is complex and not soundbite friendly. While Democrats ran an outrageous ad showing a Ryan lookalike pushing a granny in a wheelchair off a cliff (an utter lie), it’s going to take more to explain the Ryan proposal. [Whatever happened to the outcry over putting crosshairs on maps? How did we go from that to having it be fine, if not funny (according to MSNBC hosts–especially Joe Scarborouh) to show actually killing someone?]

I’m actually not all that in favor of the Ryan 2012 budget. I don’t think it goes far enough in immediately reversing the course of government and our national debt. But it’s a helluva lot better than the nonexistent budget put forth by the cowardly, yellow-belly Democrats or the laughable budget that Obama put forth, which was voted down in the Senate 97-0 (not one Senator, even socialist Bernie Sanders [I-VT], would vote for the thing).

So before the Democrats’ maligning and lying about the Ryan Medicare plan starts taking root around the country, here’s what Ryan and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have to say about it. Spread these videos far and wide.

Here’s Ryan’s explanation of the Medicare crisis:

Here’s Rubio, taking a bold step ahead of his party, informing his constituents on the realities of the Ryan Medicare plan before his opponents have a chance to lie about it. [See the Daily Caller for a transcript]:

And, hey, GOP, how about coming up with your own clever ad to show what the Republicans are wanting to do.

Here’s quick script I whipped up for one. Surely you could come up with something as good or better. If not, use this:

FADE IN on GRANDPA MEDICARE in a hospital bed, hooked up to beeping machines and tubes.

Grandpa starts struggling on bed, while his concerned FAMILY looks panicked.

LITTLE GIRL jumps off her chair and runs to DEMOCRAT DOCTORS standing in corner of room, laughing and talking with each other.

Little Girl grabs the hand of one of the doctors.

LITTLE GIRL: (pulling on hand of one of the doctors) Doctor! doctor! Won’t you please save him?!

DEM DOCTOR: (sipping a martini) Don’t worry, don’t worry. He’ll be fine. (nudges her away and goes back to laughing)

A group of REPUBLICAN DOCTORS rushes in and immediately gets to work. They switch out ancient machines with sleek new ones and replace cumbersome tubing and mask with simpler, freer ones.

Grandpa quickly comes back to life.

Little Girl: (leaping onto bed) Grandpa!

FATHER tries to pull girl back out of concern for Grandpa’s health.

GOP DOCTOR motions to Father it’s okay and Little Girl scampers into smiling Grandpa’s arms.

GOP Doctor: You gave us quite a scare there, Mr. Medicare, but you’ve got a whole new lease on life now. (tousles happy Little Girl’s hair)

NARRATOR: The Democrats in Congress are willing to let Medicare die as long as they can get reelected before it does. Help your Republican Congressmen save Medicare. [insert call to action.]