After doing last nights show, I set out on the road and drove all night listening to the radio and thinking about the points I made about President Obama's leisure activities. It seriously drives me nuts when my fellow conservatives attack the guy for playing golf. Understand that the President's job is beyond a full time job, it is an all the time job. There is no real vacation or free time for the man at the helm of the nation. What we call a Presidential vacation is more like one of those packages you win when you buy a vacuum cleaner from a door to door salesman, and have to sit in on 5 hours worth of sales pitches at a resort in exchange for an overnight trip. The man needs to be able to relax, and I frankly don't care about the style of it, the substance is just that. It is a moment that the President can only hope won't be interrupted by a meltdown in Japan or a bomb in Libya. When that is your day job, see if you don't take a round of golf where you can squeeze it in.
A White House insider who wished to remain nameless blasted back today at those who are mocking President Obama's transparency award. "This is the most transparent Administration that this Country has ever seen," he said using a voice synthesizer software program to hide his identity from the interviewer. "I just wish that I could show you all the documents we have to prove his transparency, but unfortunately they are classified" he went on.
The interview was conducted by a reporter who was led blindfolded down a hall to a secret closet beside an undisclosed room where the un-named staffer was typing his answers to pre-screened questions into a voice synthesizer program that would then relay the answers into a speaker in the closet with the reporter.
When asked if other Presidents had kept documentation of their transparency, he replied that they had, and that those were readily available on the internet. "In fact," he stated "if you want to know how transparent Obama really is, just look at the records from Bush and imagine that he was 40 or 50 percent more transparent, and you will begin to see how open Obama really is".
The transparency award presentation, which had been scheduled for this week, was postponed when the White House received word that a reporter who hadn't been invited to cover the event had received word as to when and where the event would be held. "There was no indication that they planned to crash the event" said the staffer "but leaks from these types of events are always a real threat and must be guarded against".
I have never minded asking the tough questions, but sometimes I do wonder why it has to be me. Either way, it has to be, so here goes. Last week we had congressional hearings into the radicalization of Muslims in America, as I'm sure you all know. Representative Keith Ellison, from Minnesota's 5th district, gave an emotional testimony (okay, he cried like a girl) in opposition to the hearings. Brave? I suppose to some. Questionable? To me, yes. I think of things in a very practical way. What might possibly come of these hearings? It is likely that we will either discover that there is a problem of U.S. Muslims being radicalized, or that there is not a problem and the while issue has been over-blown. Hence, I wonder why a Muslim would protest this. Assuming that it is a religion of peace and love, and that the vast majority of it's members practice this religion in such a manner, wouldn't they want the hearings to get the truth out?
Yes, I went on a bit of a rant against the unions on this past weekends show. If you missed it, you should be sure to check it out on the home page. It ended with a great discussion between myself and the Content Czar about the whole union issue, she being in favor of unions and I being opposed. However, I am not a completely unreasonable guy, and I have noticed today some new things coming about in specifically the Wisconsin labor dispute and in general labor relation issues. I'm not sure why all of this is coming from Wisconsin or it's neighboring state Minnesota, but I am pretty sure these maneuvers were an attempt to win me over to the union's side in the fight.
With President Obama declaring section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act to be un-constitutional, and having his justice department announce that they will no longer defend the law, my first thought was "who does this guy think he is". If you said "President of the United States", you would be wrong. A President in our Representative Republic knows that it is the job of the courts, not the President, to determine the constitutionality of laws. And few should know that better than this one. After all, he is at the same time declaring one law un-constitutional and refusing to defend it and pushing implementation of his own Health Care Reform law that a court has declared un-constitutional. My concern is not with the defense of marriage act here, because gay marriage is a total non-issue to me. My original concern was with the precedent that is being set here. My latest concern, however, is a bit different.