Sunday, July 10, 2011

"The Scorpion and the Frog", starring the Democratic Party as "The Scorpion"...

In the post-Carter era, the Democrats were known simply as the party high on raising taxes and weak on national defense.  Even when they somehow managed to get elected, the albatross hung around their neck, so much so that little make-work wars were created (Bosnia) just to show their mettle while forays into reason (welfare reform) were touted to show they weren't always about stealing and hiding...

So after a time, the memory of the true nature of the Democrat began to fade, as the party became a traditonal "oppostion" group, slowly regaining power by virulently opposing unpopular actions by current politcal actors, and if they needed to exaggerate, lie, and use double-standards to do so, well...the national media establishment of America, as supportive of the party as any special-interest group, gave cover to their deceptions.

This culminated in the election of radical leftist Barack Obama in 2008, primarily a result of exhaustion over the politcal wars constatnly instigated by the Democrats, and the media's obfuscation of the candidate's ugly background.  After two disasterous years of one-party government, where the nation accepted wild spending and new regulation in the hopes it would stem our economic bleeding, the people grew nervous, and elected enough Republicans to at least slow the tide of Democratic destruction.

The Democrats whined over their portrayal by their Republican and Tea Party rivals.  "We've been misrepresented, we don't want tax hikes, we want spending reductions in the tax code!  We just want everyone to pay their fair share!  And we want cuts, sure we do....and defense is just one area of many that we need to look at..."

They can talk the talk, and the media will amplify it and make it sound almost reasonable, but when the Democrats get down to brass tacks, their true colors come out, and it turns out to be no differnt from what the previous generation had learned the hard way:  The Demcoratic party is simply about spending other people's money, raising taxes, and gutting the military.  To wit:

Senate Democrats have drafted a sweeping debt-reduction plan that would slice $4 trillion from projected borrowing over the next decade without touching the expensive health and retirement programs targeted by President Obama.

Instead, Senate Democrats are proposing to stabilize borrowing through sharp cuts at the Pentagon and other government agencies, as well as $2 trillion in new taxes, primarily on families earning more than $1 million year, according to a copy of the plan obtained by The Washington Post.

Under the blueprint, the top income tax rate would rise to 39.6 percent for individuals earning more than $500,000 a year and families earning more than $1 million. That group, which constitutes the nation’s richest 1 percent of households, would also pay a 20 percent rate on capital gains and dividends, rather than the 15 percent rate now in effect.

In addition to raising rates for the very wealthiest families, the blueprint proposes to obtain fresh revenue by targeting offshore tax havens and corporate shelters. It would also scale back the array of tax breaks and deductions known as tax expenditures.

The blueprint would take nearly $900 billion from the Pentagon over the next decade....

We are the frog, folks. And now we know how he felt when, after all the assurance were given, he was still stabbed in the back:

One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river.
The river was wide and swift, and the scorpion stopped to reconsider the situation. He couldn't see any way across. So he ran upriver and then checked downriver, all the while thinking that he might have to turn back.

Suddenly, he saw a frog sitting in the rushes by the bank of the stream on the other side of the river. He decided to ask the frog for help getting across the stream.

"Hellooo Mr. Frog!" called the scorpion across the water, "Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?"

"Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you wont try to kill me?" asked the frog hesitantly.

"Because," the scorpion replied, "If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for you see I cannot swim!"

Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked. "What about when I get close to the bank? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!"

"This is true," agreed the scorpion, "But then I wouldn't be able to get to the other side of the river!"

"Alright do I know you wont just wait till we get to the other side and THEN kill me?" said the frog.

"Ahh...," crooned the scorpion, "Because you see, once you've taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, that it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it?!"

So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. He swam over to the bank and settled himself near the mud to pick up his passenger. The scorpion crawled onto the frog's back, his sharp claws prickling into the frog's soft hide, and the frog slid into the river. The muddy water swirled around them, but the frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly through the first half of the stream, his flippers paddling wildly against the current.

Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.

"You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?"

The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog's back.

"I could not help myself. It is my nature."

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