A Question of Priorities and Perspectives

WLG 020114 - A Question of Priorities and Perspectives

Very few of the really important things in life are urgent; that’s why it is so easy to procrastinate on them. In contemporary culture, very few important things have precedence over the immediate. So, for the record, I have very little interest in Justin Bieber’s infantile foolishness, the Richard Sherman-Michael Crabtree testosterone fueled feud or Sarah Silverman’s blasphemous, pathetic attempts at comedy. Furthermore, I have even less interest in all things Kardashian.
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Half Vast Ideas

Bill Garvin HVI

Military veterans probably remember the maxim that “Proper prior planning prevents p— poor performance.” Civilian applications were politically corrected down to “prior planning prevents poor performance.” There are other colloquialisms for caution such as “don’t let your mouth write a check that your body can’t cash” and don’t let your alligator mouth overload your hummingbird butt.” My favorite has to be “don’t take on vast projects with half-vast ideas.” Apparently, the Obama administration never heard or has chosen to ignore these maxims.

Of course, when you start with a flawed premise, there is very little room for success. How could any sane person possibly believe you can add thirty million people to the medical rolls, suffer a status quo or decrease in medical practitioners, mandate a plethora of additional benefits in every policy, and expect your insurance bill to decrease by $2,500 per family per year? Yet, that’s what President Obama promised and Democrats and the media swallowed it, hook, line and sinker. It was shoved down the throats of the remainder, the majority of citizens, who have never approved of Obamacare, who were satisfied with their own insurance, and were pleased with their medical care.
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Bludgeoned, Bloodied, and Bowed

Bill Garvin BB&B

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister

Now that the government shutdown and world threatening crisis has temporarily ended, it’s time to take stock of what we have learned. First, if a president refuses to negotiate, refuses to make any concession, refuses to enact legislation that would protect the most vulnerable among us, it is principled. However, if the opposition offers compromise after compromise and concession after concession, they are obstructionists and the moral equivalent of al Qaeda and the Taliban.

When Republicans offer to fully fund the government in exchange for delaying the individual mandate of Obamacare for one year, they are at best anarchists and at worst racists. Ignore the fact that every poll shows the majority of Americans do not approve of Obamacare. Ignore the fact that Kathleen Sebelius and Health and Human Services spent three years and over $500 million to build a website that doesn’t work. Ignore the fact that seventy percent of Americans were happy with their health insurance. Ignore the fact that the president said we would have an average decrease in premium costs of $2,500 per year but we are facing continued increases in both premiums and deductibles with fewer options. Ignore the fact that the president said we could keep our doctors but that is not true for millions of Americans. Ignore the fact that the president unilaterally changes the law by carving out special treatment for his cronies and supporters. Ignore the fact that Congress does not have to live under the law they are imposing on others.
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William L. Garvin: Presidential Petulance and Pettiness

Obama Cry Baby

There have been seventeen previous shutdowns during tenures of five presidents. It wasn’t until the current eighteenth shutdown that we have a president so enamored with himself, his presumed intellectual superiority, and a complicit media bolstered popularity, that he refuses to negotiate in any way, shape or form. He even belies his professed constitutional law proficiencies by unilaterally changing “settled law” with executive orders then relying on a “settled law” argument to dispense with opposition proposals. Even more troubling is his unseemly display of presidential petulance and pettiness that is a national and international embarrassment.
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William L. Garvin: Sad But Not Surprising

There was nothing surprising when President Obama snipped that he wouldn’t scramble jets for “a twenty-nine year old hacker.” After all, he wouldn’t scramble jets when Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were about to be murdered in Benghazi. As far as we know, the Commander in Chief was “missing in action” for nearly all the terrorist assault. When the going gets tough, some go to bed. Or they go yachting. During the Egyptian coup, John Kerry denied he was aboard his yacht but the pictures say otherwise. If you lie about the little things, you’ll lie about the big things. No wonder there is so little trust in this government.

Equally sad but not surprising is that a police chief in Mexico was killed earlier this year with one of the weapons that Eric Holder gun walked to drug cartels in his “Fast and Furious” fiasco. According to Mexican officials, over 200 other Mexican nationals have been murdered with these same weapons.
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William L. Garvin: Bullies in the Pulpit

109th U.S. Congress Sworn In

“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me, God.”

Somewhere along the line, that oath of office was lost. When the Defense of Marriage Act was enacted—affirmed by 85 Senators, 342 Representatives, and signed into law by William Jefferson Clinton, it became the law of the land. President Obama and his Attorney General chose to ignore Congress and refused to defend the law. Governor Jerry Brown swore a similar oath of office which adds the Constitution of the State of California. Over 7 million voters in California (52.24% of the votes cast) defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Governor Brown and his Attorney General ignored the voters and refused to defend the law and the Constitution. No matter where you stand on the issue, it should cause you great concern when bullies are elected to the pulpit, forsake their elected responsibilities, and run roughshod over their constituencies.
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William L. Garvin: Dotting Ayes and Crossing Tease


Ever since we had a past president wrestle with what the meaning of “is” is, politicians of every stripe have developed a pernicious and pervasive habit of making technically accurate statements with the intent to deceive. High level witnesses before congress have now developed the same despicable pattern. As a result, every single word uttered, even under oath, must be closely examined. Unfortunately, the only I’s being dotted during this presidency are those in “inconsistent, inexplicable, and ineffective.” The T’s they have failed to cross are “terrorism, tyranny, and transparency.” This government is doing its best to keep citizens in the dark.

Apparently, it is too much to ask of main stream media to stick to an issue and actually perform solid investigative reporting. Only in a fantasy world will Charlie Gibson look down his nose over his scholarly half-glasses and dare someone to explain “the Obama doctrine.” Only in fantasy world will Charlie ask why “leading from behind” isn’t the same thing as “following.” Only in fantasy world will reporters ask what the basis is for intervention in Libya and Egypt but abstention in Iran and Syria. Only in fantasy world will government witnesses who utter “the least untruthful statements” be confronted with their “LIES!”
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William L. Garvin: Is Enough Ever Enough?


A few years ago, Dr. Wess Roberts wrote a management primer called LEADERSHIP SECRETS OF ATTILA THE HUN. In it, Attila explored various management principles in teaching his Huns how to become chieftains. Keep in mind that Attila did such a skillful job of organizing a bunch of nomadic tribes into such an efficient fighting force that the Pope called him “the Scourge of God.” Obviously, he had some skills. One of his fireside lessons to his potential chieftains was that “You don’t kill the messenger who brings you the bad news; you kill the messenger who FAILS to bring you the bad news.” It is obvious that President Obama has not read this book.
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William L. Garvin: Nobody Knows Nothin’!

Sergeant Shultz

From 1965-1971, HOGAN’S HEROES was a popular television series starring Bob Crane and a terrific assortment of supporting actors. The plot centered on a group of prisoners in a German POW camp during World War Two. The allied prisoners were headed up by Colonel Hogan who did his best to outsmart Colonel Klink, the camp commandant. One of the most memorable characters was the rotund Sergeant Hans Georg Schultz, played by John Banner. Schultz was an affable but inept prison guard who, whenever becoming aware of Hogan’s plans and schemes, adamantly proclaimed “I know nothing! I see nothing! I hear nothing!” Sergeant Schultz was the prototype for the Obama administration leadership team.
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William L. Garvin: Ostriches, Obfuscation, and Oscillation

“Little wheels spin and spin, big wheels turn around and around; Little wheels spin and spin, big wheels turn around and around.” Buffy Sainte-Marie

Finally! Some of the media ostriches have pulled their heads out of…the sand. It’s a miracle to behold! The White House press corps even asked the president’s press secretary some probing questions. In response, Jay Carney’s water gulping made Marco Rubio look refined. That’s what happens when you have no experience with challenges to your talking points or when a compliant media maven fawns over your every utterance.
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