Hello, World, Bohicaville is back! After an extremely long hiatus, we have returned! We’ve returned because we just can’t take it anymore. The situation in our nation and our world has gotten so bad that we are compelled to reboot and start shooting our mouths off and adding our two cents in this blog. The news we will write about is factual, and the opinions expressed will be those of the respective authors.
Just to sum up a few things that have taken place so far during the Obama administration —
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — This Act served to balloon our deficit and our national debt. Many of the people who benefited from this were already mega-rich. Did it create some jobs? Yes, but not permanent jobs. Plus, whenever government “creates” a job, a private sector job usually ends up being lost. Our grandchildren will be paying for this, but not benefiting from it.
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — Most of the provisions of this Act won’t start kicking in until 2013. Many bills that become law end up doing the opposite of what the title of the bill would suggest. This bill will become one of them. It will end up raising health insurance costs for most people, and/or raising taxes once the federal government becomes the only “affordable” option for most people.
- National Defense Authorization Act — This despicable assault on civil liberties allows the military to conduct domestic terror investigations and interrogations, and it allows the President to indefinitely detain anyone, including American citizens, as long as the government applies the terrorist label to said detainee.
- Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — This 2300-page behemoth is so complex that many parts of it might never be enacted. This is probably a good thing, since this is one of those bills that does the opposite of what the title suggests. Wall Street Reform? Wall Street hasn’t been so much reformed as empowered. Many Wall Street honchos have become even more mega-rich, while many of us have become poorer. Consumer Protection? Yeah, right. If you believe that, then I have a bridge running between Brooklyn and Manhattan for sale!
Obviously, this is only a small handful of laws passed during President Obama’s first term. If you want to read a lot more, check out thomas.gov. It’s an enlightening experience! And now, let’s take a look at some things the Executive Branch did pretty much on its own —
- Escalation of tension and conflict in the Middle East — Will we in the US ever learn to not stick our butts into the business of other nations? We helped to fund and aid Libyan rebels, which eventually caused the execution of Muammar Gaddafi. Was Gaddafi a good man? Certainly not, but remember the old saying, “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know”. We also helped to fund Egyptian rebels, which forced the resignation and eventual imprisonment of Hosni Mubarak. Egypt is now in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. If you think these events will not eventually come back to bite us in the butt, then did I mention that I have the Brooklyn Bridge up for sale? Plus, we have the escalation of conflict in Syria, and the Israel-Hamas fight, which threatens to turn into a full-fledged ground war. Then, we have the escalation of tension between Israel and Iran. If they end up in war, the US will end up being involved. Think that will be fun? It might be nuclear.
A lot of things that are going to happen in the next decade or so are really not good for the American people. As is so often the case, the rich will get richer and the rest of us will get poorer. We will see an escalation of conflicts all over the world. Taxes will go up, incomes will go down (they already have). The level of government authoritarianism will increase. Sorry to be such a downer. There’s one thing that might prevent some of this from happening. If We the People stand up and shout, ” No More!”. If We the People follow that up by taking action. What are some of the actions we could take?
- Start (or restart) a blog about current affairs.
- Tweet about current affairs.
- Share items about current affairs on facebook.
- Write (or call) your Congressperson. And your Senators. If enough people let them know what they think, it will cause some changes.
- In short, get active. Get active in your community, your state, and your nation. There’s a lot more of us than there are of the ruling, authoritarian elite!
So, put that in your pipe and smoke it!