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The “Obamaphone” Nonsense

The “Obamaphone” Nonsense

So recently, I retracted a prior criticism of former POTUS Barack Obama – the whole “food stamp president” nonsense. While this post isn’t a retraction, I want to share my thoughts on another erroneous label affixed to him – the infamous “Obamaphone”. The ironic thing about this, is that it’s origins are rooted back to 1984 when some Americans were still in “Will we ever see a black president?” mode. A “Barack Obama” if you will, was still a dream. 1984? Yep. When Ronald Reagan was president. Some even argue that it goes back as far as Roosevelt, but I digress. That year, the FCC created the Lifeline Assistance program. That’s the actual name of the “Obamaphone” program, technically. 

Obviously, cellular phones weren’t ubiquitous as they are now, in 1984, which is why the program provided free landline phone service, mainly to senior citizens. Interestingly enough, after eight years of the Obamaphone misnomer, so many remain ignorant of its history.  Am I the only one who’s never heard of an “Reaganphone”? What about a “Bushphone”? “Clintonphone” perhaps? What about a “Trumpphone”? (that sounds like the world’s worst megaphone ever). You haven’t because they were never labeled as such, even though the program existed in every presidency since Reagan. In fact, Safelink Wireless offered the first such cellular (keyword alert!) phone service in Tennessee in 2008, near the end of Bush’s second term. Barack Obama wasn’t elected until November of 2008. The program started three months earlier. 

There are some very, obvious motives and suspicious undertones, if I’m polite, associated with slapping this erroneous, derogatory misnomer onto the first black president, and literally none of his predecessors, but for now I’m not gonna go there (Hmm, no pun intended, but, did I just do that?). Now to be fair, the number of participants in the program, did increase significantly under the Obama administration, but that’s to be expected, with the expansion of any government program to assist the destitute in a recession. It’s a domino effect. If you had no problem with the program under Reagan, both Bush’s or Clinton, it’s simply hypocritical to have whined about it for the last eight years under Obama. I’ll be discussing three more things, I, and/or my political “macro tribe” got wrong, or, that were generally misunderstood or wrong when it comes to Obama. Then I’ll balance it by discussing the same number of things I stand by firmly, as far as my criticism of his presidency goes. Stay with me folks, this is about to get really interesting…

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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Politics, Society, Uncategorized

 

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I Was Wrong about Obama

Greetings friends!

I’m back with my latest musing, on why I was wrong about a prior criticism of former president Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package. As a Republican and Conservative libertarian, I have to work harder at objectivity when assessing his successes and failures. My missive here is to share one of his successes, which I erroneously deemed a failure:

After researching certain aspects of Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package, I now see the labeling of him as the “food stamp president” quite differently. I haven’t written about it in a while, but I think a prior criticism I hurled his way was wrong. I didn’t agree with people calling him the “FSP” – I stand by that, but I understood why many called him that. Some attributed it to racism, and I’m sure that’s true for some percentage of his opponents, but certainly not all. I refuse to entertain the notion that all, or most Republicans are racists. It’s a stereotype, and I don’t play those games. In his economic stimulus, he expunged the work requirements, making the SNAP/FS program more accessible to Americans in need. We were in a recession, people were out of work and losing their homes. Many who had never received any government aid, found themselves swallowing their pride to feed their children. Most had at least one job, but simply didn’t make enough to make ends meet. It’s still true today that most SNAP recipients are working.

Barack Obama helped millions defray their cost of living by putting food on their tables. In other words, the criticism was that under his presidency, the highest number of people were food stamp recipients, due to the economic crisis. While there’s some truth to that, it’s a bit misleading for me and others (like Newt Gingrich), to assert, that he was responsible for the economic crisis, therefore forcing people on the SNAP program. That’s a faulty cause and effect. No, he recognized the crisis we were in, cause notwithstanding, and deliberately (key word) expanded the program, so millions could eat. The trade off was that the number of recipients under his watch soared. He deliberately took that hit on his economic report card. You don’t have to be a member of MENSA to understand, that loosening rigid requirements means more qualified applicants. You may not agree with his solution, and that’s your prerogative, but it was his solution, in his best judgment. The ends justified the means to him. That’s the job America hired him to do. If you want me to believe, that a Harvard educated attorney and former Senator couldn’t foresee, that the number of recipients would increase after removing work requirements, you may as well be asking me to believe in five-legged unicorns. Believing that is also an attack on his intelligence, and mine. You’d also have to ignore the trillions in debt, created by Bush before him. 

Some will argue that his motive was to increase government dependency – one rung on the ladder of socialism. The problem lies in the fact that it never happened. We aren’t a socialist nation. If I’m wrong and that was his goal, he failed utterly, so it doesn’t matter anyway. There will be criticisms of him that I’ll stand by, but this isn’t one of them. I’m humble enough to retract this view. Of course, there’s a valid counter argument to this reassessment that isn’t lost on me. Once the economy improved and the recession ended (2012), the number of SNAP recipients should have done down. That didn’t happen. The question is why, but that’s a lateral issue, one that’s unrelated to the “food stamp president” label. That’s also another musing.  I’m reassessing my view of his presidency, before writing a critical essay on his legacy. In order to fairly assess his presidency, you have to look beyond the numbers. There’s a lot of gray area. You have to dig deeper. Fair is fair, and this is one view that I’m totally comfortable with amending.

Until next musing,

Talitha K. McEachin

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Barack Obama’s Legacy, Successes & Failures

Greetings friends,

Each week I’ll be listing one success and one failure of former president Barack Obama. It’s part of a series of blogs in which I’ll examine his legacy, so here goes:

Obama-Winking-300x200Success: He repealed DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), which was signed into law by former president Bill Clinton (D) with nearly unanimous, bipartisan support. It defined marriage as being between one man and one woman – the basis for the nuclear family. He was absolutely justified in doing so, because DOMA was inherently unconstitutional. It’s the one time he put on his constitutionalist hat, no matter his motive. This one’s not debatable folks, so I’ll stop there.

 

 

SCOTUS picFailure: He made history, when in 2012, the SCOTUS upheld the ACA as a tax instead of the mandate it really is. However, it was a slick way of evading the defined role of the federal government in the constitution, which doesn’t include the authority to meddle in healthcare. It doesn’t matter how you align politically, or how you feel about the ACA, we have a civil duty to raise Hell over this. We have a responsibility to engage in constitutional apologetics. We can amend it legally, the framers spelled out this process for us, but we can’t trample over it. He took ten steps forward in dismantling DOMA, then ironically, took 20 steps back by throwing the very same constitution under the bus with Obamacare. Epic failure.

Until next musing,

Talitha “TK” McEachin

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in In The News, Politics, Society, Uncategorized

 

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The Trump Hate Continues…

Greetings friends,

The Trump hate continues. I don’t even like the guy, but some folks are so irrational in the aftermath of the election, that they’ve forgotten all of the hate speech & such after Barack Obama was elected – its called selective amnesia. And outrage. Sure, Trump says incendiary, insensitive things but he’s still not responsible for any violence done in his name. Folks, people were commiting hate crimes long before Obama and Trump. Don’t allow professional, propaganda puppets (aka corporate media outlets), convince you that this is something uniquely negative. They’re lying, which is ironic considering they’re the ones pouring gas onto this fire of an alleged surge in racially motivated crimes.  “It’s all Trump’s fault,” some insist. Don’t confuse the media’s focus on reporting these racial incidents, in their attempts to smear Trump, with their alleged, frequent occurence. In order to hold him responsible alone, one must first put him on a pedestal. He ain’t that important. Exaggerations are the trademark of what passes for today’s journalism. Racial violence is big business, especially when minorities are the victims. The media will do anything, including outright lying & exaggerating for the sake of ratings. Your uprisings and outrage benefit them. Some of you are like outrage prostitutes, turning tricks with each keystroke – the media is your pimp.trump

Donald John Trump, Sr, showed us how much of a loudmouth, controversial, unscrupulous jerk he was before the election. He still won. This should indicate how weary Americans are of the establishment types. If Trump is the racist many assess him to be, America would rather have him than a member of the establishment. Do I actually need to spell this out for anyone? The stars are aligned. The universe has spoken. Its just the year of the outsider. Some of you are inconsistent, not him. Moreover, since when did he not have first amendment rights like the rest of us? It’s incredible, how quickly some are willing to ditch the first amendment now that their feelings are hurt, because their side lost. Some have even retorted with sources which claim hundreds of racial complaints in the last week. Not to get too caught up in semantics, but last I checked, complaints aren’t convictions. Neither are arrests. You can’t quantify an increase nor decrease in racially motivated crimes without a long enough time period to measure. That’s just basic statistics & arithmetic. “Police officer, I think my neighbor threw a rock over my fence to hit my Trump sign,” – There. I just made a complaint too. That doesn’t mean however, that my neighbor is guilty. Take a deep breath folks, enough with the doomsday talk already. Its gonna be OK.

Until next musing,

Talitha “TK” McEachin

Next time, I’ll be analyzing the Cabinet picks of President-Elect Donald Trump, starting with the RNC Chair Reince Preibus himself, the newly appointed White House Chief of Staff. Stay tuned! Keep the faith.

 

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I Was Wrong…and I Admit It

Consevative Libertarian blogger Talitha McEachin

Consevative Libertarian blogger Talitha McEachin

Friends,

I’ve never been a person incapable of retracting a statement or admitting when I think I’m wrong. Previously, I’ve blamed both parties for the government shutdown but I think I was wrong. The GOP is to blame. I know that won’t be a popular opinion coming from me but you all should know by now that I don’t care. I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again – legally, all the way to the SCOTUS & with a conservative justice tipping the scales & writing the majority opinion, the left has won the healthcare battle. I don’t like Obamacare for a number of reasons, but that’s not the point. They went through the legislative & judicial process & came out victorious. I don’t support the filibustering going on by Republicans in Congress & I’d feel the exact same way if roles were reversed. As my liberal friend & fellow blogger Yvette Carnell expressed it:

“Obama is right to insist that the GOP allow a bill to go into affect that he, along with a Democratic House and Senate, already passed. He has no duty to negotiate now, nor should he. That moment has passed. The GOP does, however, have a duty not to thwart the implementation of a law already passed by a majority in Congress. This false equivalency stuff is nonsense.The only thing the GOP can do now is work to elect a Republican Senate and President. That’s how real change happens, not through obfuscation and threats.”

If we want to repeal Obamacare, we need to take the Senate and the presidency in 2014 & 2016 respectively. Let’s focus on that. My other caveat is that if we are successful in doing that & repeal Obamacare, yet return healthcare back to the mess it was before, we will crumble as a party & lose the trust of the American people, who want a real solution to our healthcare woes no matter from whom it comes.

Until next time, be blessed! – TKM

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Politics, Society

 

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Walter Myers III: Obama’s Sequester Gambit

Obama-Winking-300x200My Conservative BFF Walter Myers III shared a brilliant post on Facebook regarding President Barack Obama’s sequester gambit & I had to share this with you all:

The sequester that President Obama HIMSELF suggested, championed, and signed into law, is now the Republicans taking a “meat cleaver” to the budget. This is what Obama does, and he does it well because those who support him simply will not believe that the man is operating in bad faith and not in their best interests. How can he possibly blame this on Republicans? Even if it were their fault, it is 2.3% of total spending! That is $85 billion of $3.6 TRILLION of government spending.

Let me tell you why he is doing this. He has NEVER had ANY plans of cutting spending, period. The idea has always been to tell the American people he would cut spending, and then when it comes time to deliver the cuts, he trots out policemen, firemen, and public servants as sacrificial lambs, hoping to appeal to your heart strings: “Oh my God, we can’t cut these people’s salaries!” Now the reason he does this is because you are stupid. He doesn’t expect you to then think to yourself, “Why does he ALWAYS threaten to do the maximum damage to people instead of cutting government waste where the waste really does exist? That’s hardly a good leader he always threatens the least of us just to get his way.” Well if you’re a liberal, then he knows you won’t think that way.

And of course, even though he got a tax increase last month, he is now crying for more taxes on the wealthy instead of making those cuts, because he knows if he says the Republicans don’t want to raise taxes because they want to protect special interests such as big oil, you, like a Pavlovian dog, will say “Yeah, those Republicans are for special interests.” Well, this has NOTHING to do with special interests, period. But he just knows he can throw that in and a liberal won’t even recognize that was a purely political remark to appeal to emotions. Again, this sequester was HIS idea, and HE signed it into law. So how can this have anything to do with Republicans and special interests? It doesn’t. And again, he got his tax increase last month but is using this as an opportunity to raise taxes while making completely false charges against Republicans. Shameful. But you liberals apparently like that.

What Obama knows implicitly is that liberal are willing to even sacrifice the health of the economy to get “social progress.” That’s why he spends into oblivion and doesn’t give a damn about debt or deficits, except when he could score political points against George Bush. So let me ask you liberals this one question. If he runs the economy into the toilet, then what the hell good will be of your social programs and “social progress.” We will all be in starving and the country will be broke and in deep debt. What you SHOULD be doing, my liberal friends, is fighting your social battles at the state level, and stopping any Republican or Democrat from bankrupting your country. What you have made is a Faustian bargain, and you are bringing the whole country down in the process because you want to force your social views on every single American, instead of going to bat at the state level so people can have 50 choices that they can choose from that fits within their particular sensibilities.

You can’t get social progress and NOT get the concomitant profligate spending that Democrats do that has already bankrupted numerous cities, with Detroit and LA two huge Democratic cities set to fail. In time, within a generation, it will be this nation. You think it’s bad in Greece, just wait until it happens in the US. It won’t be pretty.

To put this in perspective, this sequester is the equivalent of you making $24,000 a year, putting $12,000 on a credit card and having a financial counselor ask you to cut $828 out of your budget so you can take on less debt. Yes, it may hurt, but you know you can’t continue this and need to get your spending under control. Just add nine zeroes to that and you see where our federal government is going, because we know what would happen to you eventually in that scenario.

Walter recommends “President Armageddon” from the Wall Street Journal.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Economics, Featured Guest blogs, Politics

 

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President Obama’s Cabinet Lacks Diversity

Obama-Winking-300x200You know, not that I really care that Barack Obama has filled his cabinet with white men (no women or minorities & I really don’t care because I try not to engage in identity politics) but some great points are made here. Let me say that I don’t care if the men selected by Barack Obama are purple, I am concerned about whether or not they are competent white men who best represent the American people. Far too often in American politics are the arguments center stage regarding racial, gender or sexual preference demographics, when the focus should be on qualifications & competence. I’ll take 20 competent white men over one incompetent woman or black person any day & vice-versa. This is the man who bypassed fiscal issues almost entirely & campaigned relentlessly on “women’s reproductive rights” & towards women in general, as well as Hispanics & the LGBT community. He didn’t bother to campaign to black people because he knew he could ignore us & we’d still vote for him in droves. That’s just what the black vote has become – blindly faithful to the Democratic party. Before any liberals start bringing up the GOP straw man arguments, I have stated many times before that I advocate for black people to register as Independents & look at each platform & forget party affiliation. It is so ironic to me, that the man who almost entirely campaigned on women’s rights, has a cabinet with no women or minorities. I mean, diversity is allegedly a concern of his, right?. Barack Obama is a charlatan & he’ll say and do anything to get certain votes then does whatever he wants to do. No surprise there from he & many politicians, for that matter. Can you imagine the media backlash that a Republican president would receive if he appointed all white men to his cabinet? As I said, I don’t care that Obama has appointed all white men, especially if they are qualified & competent, it’s just the double standard & hypocrisy that I detest. A white, Republican president who appoints no women or minorities would immediately be labeled a racist and/or a misogynist! George Bush appointed more minorities to cabinet positions than Barack Obama, now what does that tell you? The man is as fake on issues of diversity (among others) as a $3 bill. President Obama, after making such a huge deal out of “women’s rights” & diversity, put your appointments where your mouth is or leave it alone:

Roland Martin, Rosa Brooks & Reihan Salam discuss the lack of diversity in the Obama cabinet.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Politics

 

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