Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Buck Stops Here!

According to the Harry S. Truman library, a sign "The Buck Stops Here" was on President Truman's desk in his White House office, every day. The saying "the buck stops here" derives from the slang expression "pass the buck" which means passing the responsibility on to someone else. The latter expression is said to have originated with the game of poker, in which a marker or counter, frequently in frontier days a knife with a buckhorn handle, was used to indicate the person whose turn it was to deal. If the player did not wish to deal he could pass the responsibility by passing the "buck," as the counter came to be called, to the next player.*  The difference between a liberal and a conservative (note I said liberal, not Democrat, and conservative, not Republican) is the status of the “buck”. It is their ability, or willingness to take responsibility for themselves and their actions that divides these two types of people. Examples:

Deputy White House press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters:

 “The Affordable Care Act is a bipartisan plan and one that we think is constitutional. The administration remains confident that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional; one of the reasons for that is that the original personal responsibility clause…was a conservative idea,”

No Republican voted for the Affordable Care Act on final passage. The vote can be found here:

Various public statements made by PRES. BARACK OBAMA (D), UNITED STATES:

“One of the main reasons our economy faltered was because some on Wall Street made irresponsible bets.”

“We have weathered the Arab Spring effects on oil and gas prices, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami's effect on supply chains, the extraordinary economic uncertainty in Europe, and recently markets around the globe have taken a bumpy ride.”

Part of the reason they did was because the Chinese were subsidizing their solar industry and flooding the market in ways that Solyndra couldn't compete. But understand: This was not our program, per se. Congress -- Democrats and Republicans -- put together a loan guarantee program because they understood historically that when you get new industries, it's easy to raise money for startups."

“fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7, and it begins to seep in … The Republicans have been at this for 40 years. They have new resources, but the strategy is old.”

“We inherited a big mess.”

I am certain you won’t find a buckhorn handled knife anywhere near President Obama, but you might find a sign on his desk in the White House that looks like this:

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