Could a Democratic corruption scandal help repeal ObamaCare?
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Stupid enough to think that a new $1 trillion health-care entitlement is just the thing to restore the country to fiscal health.Believe it or not, but Mr. Lowry goes on. The above is just a small sample of this magnificent rant against liberal elitism. Enjoy.
Stupid enough not to know that almost every entitlement known to man has cost more than originally estimated, with a congressional committee in 1967 underestimating by a factor of ten Medicare’s cost by 1990.
Stupid enough not to realize that it is through budget trickery — the taxes begin immediately, the spending is put off for a few years — that the program in the House shows “only” a $239 billion deficit over the first ten years.
Stupid enough not to worry that Obama’s proposed superteam of technocrats operating outside normal political controls — the so-called Independent Medicare Advisory Council — will resort to rationing when costs continue to spiral upward.
Stupid enough to consider it wise to use several billion dollars in cuts from Medicare to create a new entitlement rather than to forestall Medicare’s own looming insolvency, currently projected for 2017.
Stupid enough not to notice that the “public option” was explicitly designed by the Left as a stealthy path to single-payer, even as liberals continue to talk and write about its ultimate purpose openly.
Stupid enough to believe that we’ll be able to keep our current health-care arrangements if we like them, even though the public option could throw tens of millions of people out of private insurance.
Stupid enough to trust the same people who came up with the public option as stealth single-payer to craft a co-op provision that isn’t a stealth public option.
Two weeks ago, town hallers were supposed to be members of the Brooks Brothers brigade, Astroturf division. Now they’re well-armed anti-government militias. At this rate, they’ll soon be android ninjas with laser vision. Wait, strike that. They’ll be really racist android ninjas with laser vision.Read the whole thing.
Suddenly, if conservatives want to transcend race, we have to agree to massive increases in the size of government and socialized medicine.
That’s not transcending race, it’s using Obama’s race to bully the opposition into acquiescence. Actually transcending race would require treating Obama like any other president. Which is pretty much exactly what conservatives have been doing. Seriously, if Hillary Clinton were president, would conservatives really be rolling over for the same health-care plan because she’s white?
Sure, racists don’t like Obama. (In less shocking news, bears continue to use our national forests as toilets.) But that doesn’t mean everyone who dislikes Obama is therefore a racist.
What’s dismaying is how the press and Democrats are so desperate to obscure this point. The only notable political violence at a town hall was against a black man, roughed up by pro-Obama toughs. The assault weapon lawfully carried to a demonstration was carried by a black man. That supposedly racist poster depicting Obama as the Joker? (An LA Weekly writer fumed, “The only thing missing is a noose.”) That was created by a Palestinian-American supporter of left-wing garden gnome Dennis Kucinich. Whoops!
Out today: “A new Gallup Poll finds that 68% of Americans believe their federal income taxes will be higher by the time Barack Obama's first term as president ends. This includes 35% who say their taxes will be ‘a lot higher.’ ” The survey does report 9% of Americans think they will get a tax cut (yes, the from the forthcoming pet-unicorn deduction!).
British Conservative party leader David Cameron has issued some very strong statements on the Scottish government's release of the Lockerbie bomber. You can see him calling the decision "nonsensical" here and read his letter to the prime minister here. The fact that Miliband has been so mealey-mouthed and Brown utterly silent shows how pathetic Her Majesty's Government is at the moment. Their attack on Daniel Hannan as "unpatriotic" for warning Americans against a British-style health-care system showed the truth of Dr. Johnson's adage. But now they meekly allow a convicted enemy of the British people to go home; these scoundrels don't even have patriotism to turn to any more.
President Obama needs to clear the air. As a former law professor who specialized in voting rights, he is aware of how important even-handed application of the law is to election integrity. In 2007, then-Sen. Obama introduced a bill to protect Americans from tactics that intimidate voters. It also increased the criminal penalty for voter intimidation to five years in prison from one year.As much as Obama would like this to go away, I do not think it is going to. The Wall Street Journal has been banging on this New Black Panther story for awhile and now Congressional members are joining in. From John Fund's piece, titled "Holder's Black Panther Stonewall, Why did the Justice Department dismiss such a clear case of voter intimidation?" comes the above quote.
"There is no place for politics in this debate," he testified before Mr. Conyers's committee in March, 2007. "Both parties at different periods in our history have been guilty in different regions of preventing people from voting for a tactical advantage. We should be beyond that."
One way to get there is for Mr. Obama to insist his Justice Department reinstate the Black Panther case or provide a full explanation for why it was dropped.
What Mr. Kennedy doesn't volunteer is that he orchestrated the 2004 succession law revision that now requires a special election, and for similarly partisan reasons. John Kerry, the other Senator from the state, was running for President in 2004, and Mr. Kennedy wanted the law changed so the Republican Governor at the time, Mitt Romney, could not name Mr. Kerry's replacement. "Prodded by a personal appeal from Senator Edward M. Kennedy," reported the Boston Globe in 2004, "Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to take up a stalled bill creating a special election process to replace U.S. Senator John F. Kerry if he wins the presidency." Now that the state has a Democratic Governor, Mr. Kennedy wants to revert to gubernatorial appointments.The man has a brain tumor but refuses to unclench his grip on power despite being a top Senate Crypt-Keeper to the tune of 47 years? Revolting.
WASHINGTON – Outside the Veterans Affairs Department, severely wounded veterans have faced financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment. Inside, money has been flowing in the form of $24 million in bonuses.The above is from an AP report on YahooNews titled, "As vets await checks, VA workers get $24M bonuses." I wonder if Obama is going to fire this IG? Let's face it, scandals like this don't inspire confidence in creating even larger government-run healthcare programs.
In scathing reports this week, the VA's inspector general said thousands of technology office employees at the VA received the bonuses over a two-year period, some under questionable circumstances. It also detailed abuses ranging from nepotism to an inappropriate relationship between two VA employees.
Want a preview of ObamaCare in action? Sneak a look at what has happened in Maine. In 2003, the state to great fanfare enacted its own version of universal health care. Democratic Governor John Baldacci signed the plan into law with a bevy of familiar promises. By 2009, it would cover all of Maine's approximately 128,000 uninsured citizens. System-wide controls on hospital and physician costs would hold down insurance premiums. There would be no tax increases. The program was going to provide insurance for everyone and save businesses and patients money at the same time.The above are the opening two paragraphs to this Wall Street Journal op-ed titled, "No Maine Miracle Cure Another state 'public option' that failed." Read the whole thing.
After five years, fiscal realities as brutal as the waves that crash along Maine's famous coastline have hit the insurance plan. The system that was supposed to save money has cost taxpayers $155 million and is still rising.
A Virginia-based gun rights group has taken issue with the Democrat-led healthcare proposals, saying that the proposed plans could strip citizens of their rights to own a gun.The above is the opening paragraph to a TheHill.com website post titled "Gun rights, control groups find fight in health debate." Like Obama wants those two groups to get together.
"The sight of a mass murderer getting a hero's welcome in Tripoli is deeply upsetting, deeply distressing, above all for the 270 families who grieve every day for the loss of their loved ones 21 years ago," British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told BBC Radio.It is "deeply distressing" for a lot freakin' more than those poor families, Miliband! When I first heard the British government was letting this man free, my thoughts were in this order:
The network failed to mention anything about Singer's extremely controversial background as a euthanasia advocate who defines "person" in such a way as to exclude newborn infants and others -- such as elderly dementia patients -- who lack self-awareness and the ability to make plans. The network promised a response to The Examiner''s inquiries, but finally offered a "no comment" this afternoon.Singer once wrote he valued the life of an ant above his own daughter's in a New York Times op-ed a few years back.
"Killing a defective infant," Singer has written, "is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Sometimes it is not wrong at all."
So let's see if we have this straight: Democrats sought to go to war with one-sixth of the U.S. economy. They didn't have a plan, and now they have no allies, so they've decided to go it alone.
Obama has stopped talking about "health-care reform." The new poll-tested phrase of the day is "health-insurance reform."Basically, Obama needs a scapegoat and thinks Americans are stupid enough to think that healthcare reform and health insurance reform are two different things. Many Americans may have a love-hate relationship with their insurance company (I know I do) but we're not stupid. The healthcare insurance relationship is a triangle between the patient, the doctor, and the insurance company. Obama has tried to bait and switch by shifting from attacking the doctor-patient relationship to attacking the patient-insurance company relationship. We are not stupid, Obama. We see through you - this still leads to Obamacare/nationalized healthcare HELL.
More than ever before, we need your help. On September 12th, 2009, NTU is co-organizing what we hope will be the largest demonstration that Washington, DC has seen in a long time: the 9/12 March on Washington! We need you to be there, and add your voice to thousands of others fighting to turn our government around.
You've been hearing a lot of bad news recently: a $1 trillion government takeover of health care, a $2 trillion national energy tax disguised as "cap-and-trade," a $787 billion so-called "stimulus" package, a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street, a Congress that drafts 1,500-page bills nobody has the time to read. The list goes on and on.
But there's good news as well: taxpayers all across the country are standing up and pushing back against this unprecedented expansion in the size and scope of the federal government! You've seen people rallying at Tea Parties and asking tough questions at Congressional town hall meetings on TV. Maybe you've even been to a few yourself. Now it's time to bring the Tea Party movement to Washington, DC!
If you want to visit the nation's capital and raise your voice in support of limited government, please join NTU and thousands of Americans just like you at the 9/12 March on Washington! There are events all weekend, culminating in a march down Pennsylvania Avenue to our big rally on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building. Thousands of people have already signed up, the event is completely free, and it will send a clear and unmistakable message to our politicians: STOP! Stop spending money we don't have, stop raising our taxes, and stop making our mammoth government even bigger!
If you're frustrated about the direction politicians are taking, then please join us on 9/12! We'll need every person we can muster to help turn things around. Please visit the 9/12 website for details -- see you there!
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Still, there are warning signs in the same poll for Steinhauser. Shouting down supporters of the plan was viewed by a majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents in the Gallup poll as an “abuse” of democracy.The above quote is from this YahooNews/Politico post here and it has made me see red.
The backlash against the confrontational antics of some of the plans opponents at the town hall meetings could be a pivot point for the White House.
Lucas was stunned when she attended the first town hall of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and saw it devolve into shouts, boos and confrontational questions. “It was not a discussion. They made sure an honest debate did not take place,” Lucas recalled. “I knew we had a task in front of us.”
'PAY Czar' Kenneth Feinberg's official government title is "special master for compensation." You'll be happy to know that he's really getting into the confiscatory spirit of his role. Asked by Reuters if his powers include reaching back and revoking bonuses awarded to financial-industry executives before his office was created this year, Feinberg asserted broad and binding authorities -- including the ability to "claw back" money already paid out.The above is the opening paragraph to Michelle Malkin's article in The New York Post titled "THE INFINITE ARM OF O'S 'PAY CZAR'"
If Axelrod has been negotiating any part of any deal involving any of these players which are funneling money to the firm that owes him money, or if he is advising the president on the deals with any of these groups, that's a conflict of interest. Laundering the money through a "coalition" doesn't remove the conflict much less the appearance of impropriety. The coalition is in effect partially funding David Axelrod's severance package though its members might have done so unknowingly.That's a very serious allegation being made over at Townhall.com by Hugh Hewitt here. As Mr. Hewitt says, this "conflict of interest" (if true) is far more significant than any Cheney-Halliburton connection. YIKES!
Letters sent to 52 insurance companies by Democratic leaders demand extensive documents for an examination of ‘extensive compensation and other business practices in the health insurance industry.” The letters set a deadline of Sept. 14 for the documents.These are private companies that Waxman is trying to bully. If this behavior is not challenged and destroyed, these illiberal liberals will not hesitate to demand this kind of information from any and all businesses operating in the United States. How would your business fare under such scrutiny? And remember, your doctor, your dentist, your therapists could all be next because they are all small business owners.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, signed the three-page letter dated Monday.
An industry source replied when asked for comment: “This is nothing more than a taxpayer-funded fishing expedition designed to silence health plans."
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is “Special Advisor for Health Policy” for the Obama administration. That’s nowhere? He is also co-author of an article on Americans’ “over-utilization” of medical care in the June 18, 2008, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Is that nowhere?I should explain that the phrase "over-utilization" is Dr. Emanuel's jargon for "reducing healthcare services for those whom I decide do not need it". Don't believe me, read the doctor's publications.
Dr. Emanuel’s article points out that Americans do not visit doctors or go into hospitals more than people in other industrialized countries. In fact, we go to both places less often than people do in those other countries, which include countries with government-controlled medical care.
So we start out with an audience stacked with union and Democrat Executive Committee members and the local peons wait hours on line and aren't let in.Charming.
At this point, we are clearly seeing patterns. Various, established programs are being ripped apart to include more services, but lack explanations as to how these services will reduce costs or reduce the number of Americans without healthcare. This just reeks of window dressing, with details grabbed from wherever they could find them.
This should please the SEIU, because there is a lot about protecting the interests of workers at these facilities from management. Indeed, a massive amount of these pages cover filing grievances, protection against whistleblowers and management retaliation...almost as if the SEIU wrote it from one of their standard skilled nursing home labor contracts. That, my friends, is a hint.
Kennedy and the rest of the fracking opposition say that since the technique uses a lot of water, we should worry about possible groundwater pollution and the impact on water supplies, rivers and streams. Proximity of the Marcellus formation to New York City's watershed has caused concern.Yes, I know.
Roger Willis, owner of a hydraulic fracturing company in the Pennsylvania town of Meadville, says thousands of frack jobs have been done on rock formations above and below the Marcellus shale in New York state with no aquifer damage.
The new fracking technology allows access to deeper, denser shale. "These are surgical operations utilizing the most advanced drilling technology known to man," Tom Price, senior vice president of Chesapeake Energy, told lawmakers at a recent hearing in Albany.
Richard Oshen has spent the past four years making a documentary about the California Coastal Commission (CCC), a state agency too obscure to have gathered any previous documentarian's attention. It is, however, well known enough in the world of land-use policy to have been called, in a 2008 New York Times story, "the most formidable player of all" when it comes to land use decisions in California.The above are the first two paragraphs of this Reason.com article here detailing the scumbag tactics of the CCC and why we should all support Mr. Oshen's project to beam sunlight into this nest of vipers.
As Oshen learned, the CCC's powers extend far beyond what anyone would reasonably think of as either land use or the protection of California's coast. Coastal protection was the ostensible reason a four-year "Coastal Commission" was first invented for California after 1972's Proposition 20. The CCC was given permanent life by the California Coastal Act of 1976. Its current executive director, Peter Douglas, who is now serving his 29th year, helped agitate for and then draft the very statewide proposition that gave him his job.
At the American Thinker, Joseph Ashby says yes:H.R. 1 (more commonly known as the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, even more commonly known as the Stimulus Bill and aptly dubbed the Porkulus Bill) contains a whopping $1.1 billion to fund the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. The Council is the brain child of former Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Tom Daschle. Before the Porkulus Bill passed, Betsy McCaughey, former Lieutenant governor of New York, wrote in detail about the Council's purpose.What ought to frighten the daylights out of everyone is how Obamacare lays the groundwork for what Mark Steyn calls the "Big Government ratchet." As Ashby elaborates:
Daschle's stated purpose (and therefore President Obama's purpose) for creating the Council is to empower an unelected bureaucracy to make the hard decisions about health care rationing that elected politicians are politically unable to make. The end result is to slow costly medical advancement and consumption. Daschle argues that Americans ought to be more like Europeans who passively accept "hopeless diagnoses."What may pass as a 1,000 page health care law will explode into perhaps many thousands of pages of regulatory codes. The deliberate vagueness will give regulators tremendous leverage to interpret its provisions. Thus Obama's Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein will play a major role in defining the government's role in controlling medical care.Not to rehash our discussion here about the proper definition of a death panel, but, again, I think saying the government will be "deciding whether a person's life is worth living" is about more than "cut[ting] off care for the critically ill as a cost-cutting measure" — the narrow definition of death panels used by the New York Times (as Ashby recounts). It's about foreclosing care to the treatable — based on some government formula — such that they wither and die before their time. For all these years, the Left has told us we must butt out of end-of-life decisions because they are so intensely personal; turns out they're only intensely personal if you're decision is to die — if you want to live, that's up to the bureaucrats.
How does Sunstein approach end of life care? In 2003 he wrote a paper for the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies arguing that human life varies in value. Specifically he champions statistical methods that give preference to what the government rates as "quality-adjusted life years." Meaning, the government decides whether a person's life is worth living. If the government decides the life is not worth living, it is the individual's duty to die to free up welfare payments for the young and productive.
Below is a photo of a wreck in Jefferson Parish, LA (near New Orleans ) between two trucks and a Smart Car. Think I'll pass on the Smart Car. I don't think they will need the ambulance!
MASSA: I will vote for the single payer bill.Can't believe a United States Representative would say outright that he would vote against the will of his constituents? Watch below or visit this Washington Times site, here.
PARTICIPANT: Even if it meant you were being voted out of office?
MASSA: I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district if I actually think what I am doing is going to be helpful.
(inaudible participants' comments regarding the "interests" of the district statement from Mr. Massa)
Massa: I will vote against their opinion if I actually believe it will help them.
Hardly anyone talks much about the faith-based initiative begun by President George W. Bush and expanded by President Obama. And there was hardly a murmur about Obama's appointee to head the program, the Rev. Joshua DuBois, a 27-year-old Pentecostal preacher.The above is from Kathleen Parker's piece in The Washington Post (here) comparing how the media have treated George W. Bush's faith-based initiatives against Obama's expansion and deeper funding of the exact same program.
A comparison of how the media have treated the two presidents and their faith-based programs during the first six months of their administrations (2001 and 2009) is the subject of a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
The Obama administration seems determined to refight the lost battles of the Clinton administration (Hillarycare, Kyoto), so it should come as no surprise that they’ve appointed a safety zealot as head of OSHA, whence came the ill-fated ergonomics regulations, if memory serves.
The nominee, David Michaels, is rabidly opposed to the industrial chemical BPA, about which Mark Hemingway wrote recently. It should be noted that, as a recent STATS analysis found, BPA isn’t anywhere near the problem junk-science advocates make it out to be. Expect an all-out blitz against BPA from OSHA at some point, and expect silence from the “war on science” guys even as the battle rages.
"The White House e-mail list is made up of e-mail addresses obtained solely through the White House Web site. The White House doesn't purchase, upload or merge from any other list, again, all e-mails come from the White House Web site as we have no interest in e-mailing anyone who does not want to receive an e-mail," the statement said. "If an individual received the e-mail because someone else or a group signed them up or forwarded the e-mail, we hope they were not too inconvenienced."[Emphasis mine]
So, we shouldn’t let up just yet. Government-run health care isn’t dead until it’s shot, stabbed, beaten, burned, with the ashes mixed in goat blood and fed to Ted Kennedy and John Dingell, and the whole thing videoed and posted on YouTube.Gotta say I agree!
The ethics committee's decision was an indictment of the rules, not an exoneration of Dodd and Conrad. And while adding a mortgage disclosure rule would not end official corruption, it would help the public answer the first question in any legislative analysis: Who benefits?"Who benefits?" is an excellent question to ask your Congressional Representative when they talk about Obamacare and never mention that they and other federal employees will be exempt from Obamacare in both the Senate and House versions.
Second, reform will finally bring skyrocketing health care costs under control, which will mean real savings for families, businesses and our government. We’ll cut hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and inefficiency in federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid and in unwarranted subsidies to insurance companies that do nothing to improve care and everything to improve their profits.Really?
"I'm asking you to trust [the President]," she pleaded. "And I know that's hard. Because I know how pure you are to the cause. But he also has to keep in mind that he has to keep those folks safe."[Emphasis mine]