Here's a repost from 2013. Why? Because Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan lacks character and integrity.
By Mike Thayer
Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan recently posted a list of political pet peeves on his blog site, Sullivan's Salvos. I used to get frustrated by his B.S. (Barbra Streisand), but anymore I just have to laugh because I know more and more people have come to realize the guy isn't capable of being straight forward in most things political, that he always operates with an agenda in mind. His statements causing a reaction of laughter still need to be taken seriously however. Be it county business or his love of Obama and all things Democrat, what Sullivan states always comes up short in the reality department. That's a problem. He is in a position of authority and he needs to be held accountable for what he says and does. Below are his supposed Political Pet Peeves in black, I've posted reality in red. When you review, consider this: If Sullivan can't be on the up-and-up on something like this, what else is he fabricating? The guy is after all, a Johnson County Supervisor, making decisions using your money.
*Political Pet Peeves
I have several pet peeves around politics. Many of those pet peeves cut across political party and ideology. You’ll hear the same series of complaints, whether the President is a Democrat or Republican.
There's the first red flag, Sullivan may say the pet peeves cut across political party lines and they do, but he isn't really interested in that. Being balanced isn't his thing, it's his guise, not a rule to abide by. Remember that as we move along...
Here are just a few:
Peeve: This President takes too many vacation days.
Response: This is easy to judge. Records are kept. Just compare the numbers.
Sullivan knows that the real contention here isn't so much the number of vacation days as it is the cost and the type of vacation. Sullivan wants you to do a superficial comparison in the number of vacation days between presidents. And in looking at that and only that, Sullivan 'wins the argument' if you will if only looking at Obama vs. Bush for example. And while it's true Obama hasn't taken as many vacation days as his predecessor George W. Bush, Sullivan also knows but won't admit that simply counting the number of vacation days isn't an apples to apples comparison. There's a difference between Bush's vacations at his ranch in Crawford, Texas where he almost always held meetings with world leaders and Obama taking a 17-day Christmas vacation in Hawaii, with his only political thing being a speech/photo op (taxpayer cost - $1.5 million). George W. Bush stayed at Camp David near D.C. over Christmas so his staff could enjoy the holidays with their families, whereas Barack Obama took yet another vacation in Hawaii (taxpayer cost - $4 million). Obama's trip with his family to Africa cost taxpayers about $100 million. And I haven't even started talking about Obama's record number of rounds of golf, or date nights with Michelle in New York costing $240,000. The guy spends more time away from his desk then at it.
Peeve: Presidential trips cost too much.
Response: Yeah. They cost too much whichever party is in power. And?
Sullivan's response..... Flippant and disingenuous. Change the party in power and he would be whining. No reasonable person objects to the money spent on presidential travel, not even vacation travel so long as they are reasonable and in line with the President's rhetoric of sacrifice and hard times. Obama's travel more often than not is campaign oriented rather than presidential and sending Michelle and the daughters off to Spain at taxpayer expense is not exactly a demonstration in sacrifice and dealing with hard times, leading by example. In 2011 Obama's travel expenses were $1.4 billion. To offer some perspective, the travel expenses for the royal family of England cost only $57.8 million that year. President Ronald Reagan spent $1.3 million per year for travel and no, inflation hasn't gone up THAT much, not even close.
Peeve: This particular Presidential trip is political, not public business.
Response: Again – and?
What kind of response is that by Sullivan? Flippant. It's not even an attempt at being objective. There is a difference between a campaign trip, and a presidential trip. Obama has been labeled the Campaigner In Chief for good reason. He doesn't conduct the people's business, he conducts a Democrat agenda in his travels. Barack Obama has established an unprecedented pattern of pretending party fundraisers are official, presidential trips. Traveling to Iowa City and making a speech about student loans wasn't official Presidential business, it was campaign business. Does Sullivan think you're stupid and can't distinguish the difference between what is campaigning and what is presidential? During election year 2012, the bulk of Obama's so-called "official" travels coincidentally took place in swing states. Obama visited Ohio 20 times, Florida 16 times, Pennsylvania 15 times, Michigan 11 times, and North Carolina 10 times. Every reasonable person knows there wasn't that much official business in those states. They were campaign stump speeches and those trips were paid for by the taxpayer, not the Obama campaign. Remember, in 2011 Obama's travel expenses were $1.4 billion.
Peeve: The other political party is taking our yard signs.
Response: They took 10% of yours. And you took 10% of theirs. Both parties lost most signs to drunks and mischievous teens.
This is Sullivan's non-answer answer to a very real and recurring problem in this county. Again, his response is flippant. He wants to appear balanced here, but doesn't really care about this one because his party isn't affected by this nearly as much as the Republican party is in this neck of the woods. This is a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans almost 3-1, so while a few drunks or mischeivous teens no doubt play games with random signs here and there, Sullivan's response does NOT explain away a strategically planned taking of GOP signs placed on key corners of high traffic parcels of real estate. The GOP/issue sign stealing happens every election year and especially when a candidate/issue is perceived as a real threat to the current Democrat status quo. And note how Sullivan carefully characterized it, "The other political party is taking our yard signs," as if it happens equally to both sides. That's simply not true.
Peeve: Hitler/Nazi references.
Response: Really? Because they are RARELY a good comparison!
Politically speaking, making Hitler/Nazi references is a bad move. Just like when the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party compared Nikki Haley, that state's Republican governor, to Hitler mistress Eva Braun during the Democratic National Convention in 2012. That same week, John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, accused Republican running mate Paul Ryan of using the "big lie" technique of Hitler propagandist Joseph Goebbels. How about the countless times George W. Bush was compared to Hitler, or Ward Churchill’s famous “little Eichmanns” statement? How about Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and his remarks made to purposely distort an important issue, Guantanamo Bay? He made a speech on the Senate floor where he likened American treatment of prisoners to what "must have been done by Nazis... that had no concern for human beings." How about former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi babbling unjustifiably about the Tea Party with, beware of astroturfers carrying swastikas. Oh, and then there's Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) who suggested Republican rhetoric around health care is akin to the Nazi propaganda that fed anti-semitism during World War II. Have some Republicans made some Nazi references? Yes, but not near the volume that Democrats have, not even close. He wants you to think he was balanced with this pet peeve, but his omission tells the real story, omission by design is part of Sullivan's M.O.
Peeve: This President is stupid.
Response: He went to the Ivy League just like all the rest.
All the rest? That's hardly accurate, Jimmy Carter didn't attend an Ivy League school, neither did Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower and many more on back. For the record, how Obama handled the Syria situation was stupid. And remember that phrasing is part of the Sullivan M.O. It's his way of muddying the debate and/or getting you off the issue. Coupled with omission, it's distraction by design. The argument isn't "The President is stupid." The argument is that the president thinks YOU are stupid. Usurping the Constitution takes brains and the sheeple of the country to let him get away with it. Obama knows this. When he said he would fundamentally transform this country he meant it. But just for kicks, let's take a look at some Obamaisms.....
"When I meet with world leaders, what's striking -- whether it's in Europe or here in Asia..." -mistakenly referring to Hawaii as Asia while holding a press conference outside Honolulu, Nov. 16, 2011
"We're the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad." —Cincinnati, OH, Sept. 22, 2011
"One such translator was an American of Haitian descent, representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world -- Navy Corpse-Man Christian Brossard." –mispronouncing "Corpsman" (the "ps" is silent) during a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2010 (The Corpsman's name is also Christopher, not Christian)
"The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries." --Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010
"UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems." –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009
"It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing." --confusing German for "Austrian," a language which does not exist, Strasbourg, France, April 6, 2009
"No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something." --making an off-hand joke during an appearance on "The Tonight Show", March 19, 2009
"I'm here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis." --speaking via satellite to the Democratic National Convention, while in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 25, 2008
"Let me introduce to you the next President -- the next Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden." --slipping up while introducing Joe Biden at their first joint campaign rally, Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 23, 2008
"Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under a McCain...administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change." --Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008
"On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong."
"I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go." --at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon (Watch video clip)
Peeve: We need to impeach this President.
Response: How are his actions any different than those of any other President?
That's Sullivan's response? Little Johnny next door did it so that makes it OK? Bush 43 didn't run guns to Mexico or Syria. Clinton may have abused the office for sexual pleasure (and lied to the American people and under oath about it), but he didn't buddy up with the Muslim Brotherhood to create strife and chaos in the Middle East. No president before Obama (in my life time) has created an environment for the government takeover of the auto, banking, insurance and investment industries. The Constitution doesn't say that the President can pick and choose to enforce some of the laws, or just the ones he likes. ObamaCare anyone? Giving waivers to certain organizations and not others.... Delaying provisions for some and not others.... The President doesn't have the authority to create new laws either. Stopping the deportation of illegal aliens anyone? Having the Department of Justice investigate reporters because you don't like them is performing and managing the duties and responsibilities of the Office of the President of the United States? And then there's Obama's buddy Eric Holder, continuing to sue states over Voter ID laws, despite the Supreme Court coming down with a ruling saying he can't.
Sullivan finalizes with:
There are many more, but you get the idea. These superficial arguments do not do anything but create more division. We have REAL issues about which we disagree. Let’s focus on those, and not this extraneous crap.
Translation: If I say these are superficial arguments, you need to take that claim at face value and ignore the facts. It is my intention to muddy the issues with false claims and half-truths in order to get you focused on the Democrat agenda, a.k.a. what we Democrats have labeled the REAL issues for window dressing purposes.
Indeed Sullivan, we do have some very real problems out there to be addressing, so why then does Obama play so much golf, live like a King rather than a president, campaign rather than be presidential? Why does he focus on poo-pooing the GOP and driving wedges rather than create a better business environment for jobs?
Make no mistake here, Sullivan's pet peeve piece is written with a mentality of Attacks against Obama and the Democrat party aren't fair...... But when Bush was in power, Sullivan was issuing many of these same "extraneous crap" attacks, so how on earth can these really be pet peeves of his? For feeding you intentional vagueness, half-truth and his habitual disingenuousness, Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan gets three Sick Of Spin slaps on the back of the head.