Law. a legal decision or form of proceeding serving as an authoritative rule or pattern in future similar or analogous cases.
any act, decision, or case that serves as a guide or justification for subsequent situations.
Liberals just LOVE the word precedent. If someone else did it, then why can’t they? Its something that wise parents counter with: if your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too? Because parents know that just because someone else does it, doesn’t make it right.
Some examples of precedent:
Lead in paint and gas. Turns out that wasn’t such a good thing
Asbestos. Also a not good thing
Liberals point to precedent when they pushed through the new Healthcare law. They passed Social Security as a mandate to help those who couldn’t or wouldn’t save money for their retirement and claim it was met with open arms. I don’t know, I was just born, so I have no idea if the masses thought it was a good idea at the time. They may have thought so when it was first passed and was an OPTIONAL program, but I’m pretty sure when it became a MANDATED thing the people weren’t exactly happy, more so now that its bankrupt (so much for that lock box they promised).
Medicare was also suppose to help the people, and social security was cited as its precedence. Medicare was suppose to be the way to give people who couldn’t afford healthcare the healthcare they needed. If that was the case, then why did we need this new healthcare mandate and why is it, too, bankrupt?
But those things are too far back in the past for anyone to really remember the whys, hows, and how they felt about it, so let’s cite some more recent uses of precedent used by the liberals.
When trying to pass a Federal Mandate that requires all citizens to purchase Healthcare or be fined, the Democrats stood at their podiums and denounced those that opposed the use. They cite the use of precedent by the Republicans for other bills.
Here are some examples of reconciliation used during the Bush Administration:
– The 2001 Bush Tax Cuts [HR 1836, 3/26/01]
– The 2003 Bush Tax Cuts [HR 2, 3/23/03]
– Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 [HR 4297, 5/11/06]
– The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 [H. Con Res. 95, 12/21/05]
hmm, seems to me that all of these have something to do with giving the people a break on taxes. I certainly don’t understand why our elected officials would have a problem with relieving their people from the burden of over-taxation, or promising not to increase taxes, or even promising to reduce our debt.
Further, here are some other examples used during the Clinton and Reagan administrations:
Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1980
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981
Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1982
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1983
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993
Balanced Budget Act of 1995 (vetoed)
Personal Responsibility and Budget Reconciliation Act of 1996
Balanced Budget Act of 1997
Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997
Taxpayer Refund and Relief Act of 1999 (vetoed)
Marriage Tax Relief Act of 2000 (vetoed)
Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003
The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005
Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005
WHAT? Those bastards tried to give us tax breaks, reduce the deficit, and promised to decrease the budget? How dare they!
Once again, balanced budgets, tax equity and fiscal responsibility, deficit reduction... don’t see why giving a break to taxpayers and promising to balance the Federal budget would require reconciliation, as I would think that all Representatives would want these things for the people they serve. Not ONE of these mandates that the American people are REQUIRED to buy a product or be fined.
In fairness, the information above was obtained at this site, which used it as the horrific example of what Republicans “did” to the people through the use of reconciliation. I gotta say... thanks Republicans for trying to look out for your citizens. I would think they would try to find something like: Mandate to pull the fingernails out of anyone that has brown hair. Or: Mandate that anyone late on paying their taxes would be scalded in boiling oil. But no, the only examples they could cite would mean less taxes, balanced budgets, and cut down on government spending... THE HORROR!
So now lets talk about reversed precedence. Things that Liberals cite the “opposition” uses that are horrible, unimaginable, racist, bigoted, threatening, and downright vile.
Use of Nazi symbols in protests
Nancy Pelosi claims this of anti-healthcare protestors "They're carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare."
Where did the protestors learn that? Precedent:
Hanging in effigy
Where did the anti-healthcare protestors learn these things: Precedent!
Back in the Bush admin, seeing the President or other Republicans mocked, hung, burned, tarred and feather were considered in the speaker’s own words “your advocacy is very American”, and “I am a fan of disruptors”, “drowning out opposing views is unAmerican”
Now its racist, and hate speech.
Wishing death on elected officials
The liberals didn’t denounce this British “mockumentary” called “Death of the President” of the assassination of George Bush, except for Hillary Clinton. Rex Reed of the The New York Observer thought it: “Clever, thoughtful, and totally believable”. It actually won awards! I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be tolerated if it were based on our current Administration.
This blogger lists a myriad of pictures that call for the death of President Bush (scroll down if you don’t care to read how these threats were not prosecuted)
What about this one? Is this satire? Seriously? hahaha! I think not. Wanna see more: just google “Kill Bush” Most of the returns are of people who wanted to kill President Bush. If you google “Kill Obama” its mostly articles about killing “Obamacare” or “killing the bill” (healthcare), or of people arrested for saying they want to kill the President.
Wishing death of those with opposing views
“I hope his kidneys fail” - Wanda Sykes of Rush Limbaugh
“Wishes the killed Pentagon shooter had been Glenn Beck” - Bill Maher
That being said, I abhor anyone’s use of hanging public figures, wishing death on them is vile and disgusting, no matter their position or beliefs. I don’t care who did it first, I don’t care if you justify doing it because someone did it first. Rise above the 5 year old mentality and become better people... ALL OF YOU!
Also, don’t judge a group of people by the actions of a few idiots, as some are apt to do. There’s crazies in all walks of life. To attribute that to a group of like-minded people is unfair, no matter what the cause.
Finally, there really is no "TEA Party", no leaders, no nothing. There are facilitators that spread the word that there will be gatherings to go to and protests if you want to attend them, but nobody says "this is our cause" or "this is the sign you bring". Nobody donates money to a "TEA Party, we donate to candidates that listen and are like-minded. Its like an organized "flash mob" and everyone that has a problem they want to express shows up with whatever sign they want to show. Nobody has a fancy "TEA Party" membership card, we don't go to meetings to vote on the cause du jour, it just happens... and that's what scares the opposition, and why they want to lump some crazies into a movement that has no organization and discredit them. When you say that the "TEA Party" is racist, bigoted, violent, crazy... you are actually calling U.S. citizens these things, and I gotta tell ya... its only making us more angry.
We are the people, and you aren't listening.
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