Perhaps one of my favorite movie titles of all time.
When Obama entered his first press conference earlier this week, did you notice how the media took their seats ever so quietly and in unison? Has there ever been a more profound moment on television illustrating the reverence mainstream media awards ultra liberal politicians? Made me fucking sick. They looked like a bunch of clones serving their creator. And with all the talk about bringing back the "Fairness Doctrine," one has to wonder about the double-standard on glorious display when Ed Schultz receives a front row seat!! And now it has come to light that Obama preselected reporters for that press conference. You fuckers in DC think we don't notice that crap. It was obvious that all the questions were nothing short of softball pitches and segues for the King Messiah himself. Barf! Hannity hit the nail on the head when he declared the "death of journalism" in 2008.
Yesterday, The Grouchy Old Cripple posted a video of his Congressman reporting from outside the Office of the Speaker of the House. The Republicans were locked out of the conference meant to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate "Spendulus" bills. Yet, Senators Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins will vote with the Democrats on the final Senate vote. Now! If the Republicans are locked out of conference, one must wonder why these three GOP Senators would vote with the Democrats. They have obviously been awarded behemoth sized slabs of fatty pork for their constituents. And, in my humble opinion, they might as well switch their Party affiliation right the fuck now!! You voters in Maine and Pennsylvania need to remove these sorry losers next election cycle. But you may not be able to.
Very little media attention has been given to Obama's recent decision to shift the 2010 Census from committee to the White House. And most voters probably have no idea as to the significance of such a political power play and the obvious abuse of Executive power. For those of you here who don't quite grasp its significance, please allow me to provide you with a very simple illustration.
Gerrymandering is defined as "a form of redistricting in which electoral district or constituency boundaries are manipulated for electoral advantage..." This method of drawing electoral district boundaries dates back to 1812, and there is a wealth of information online. I took the picture below from Wikipedia. While I discourage Wikipedia as a primary source for research, the site does provide a really good gerrymander illustration.
The overall square represents the population. The bold lines represent the electoral districts, and the dots represent the voters. So here we go:
Ballot measure: "Charles Schumer is a douchebag. Approve or Disapprove."
The voter count: Greens = 37 (He is a douchebag), Magenta = 27 (He is not a douchebag)
So Schumer's a douchebag? BZZZZZZZZZ!!! Wrong!!! The douchebag actually wins by 3:1. Look closely, three of the electoral districts have a majority of Magenta voters while the fourth district has a majority of Green voters. The people be damned. This is how House Representatives and Senators are elected; it is not a simple or even a supermajority of voters but a majority of electoral districts.
The district lines drawn have everything to do with maximizing the number of constituents per district. Gerrymandering is the process used to accomplish this task (this is why district lines zig zag all over the fucking place). And even though a majority of the population may agree that Schumer is a douchebag, the electoral district voting count reelects him. So Schumer walks away and continues to legislate like a douchebag.
As many of you may know by now, incumbents have a competitive advantage over challengers. Why? Because the Census allows districts to be redefined every ten years. And since a Representative has a 6-year term, it only takes one reelection to provide the incumbent with access to the Census. Is this right? Is this fair? If not, what are the solutions? Term limits come to mind, immediately. And my post could go on for hours, but I'll end it here out of fear of being called a douchebag (but feel free to call me one anyway. I'm tough!) :D
On a final note, should it be any surprise to any of you as to why Obama wants to move the Census to the White House? So much for transparency.