It just Don’t add up!

Things that just don’t add up.

Bi-Partisanship:

“Don’t get sick. If you have insurance, don’t get sick. If you don’t have insurance, don’t get sick. If you’re sick, don’t get sick. Just don’t get sick.”

“The Republican health care plan: don’t get sick,” he said. But, he added,”The Republicans have a back up plan in case you do get sick … This is what the Republicans want you to do. If you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly!” U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)

This is how you forge a bi-partisan agreement. This is how you listen to both sides.

And when asked to apologize by the Republicans, he declined.

Ah, civility….

“In a signal moment in the increasingly fractious debate over reforming the nation’s sprawling health-care system, Senate Finance Committee members rejected two amendments to create a public option on votes of 15 to 8 and 13 to 10.” More: “Despite the setback for advocates of a public option, debate over such a plan is certain to continue. Sens. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who offered the amendments that were voted down Tuesday, have vowed to keep the issue at the forefront as the debate unfolds.(MSNBC)

The up or down vote on the Public option goes down, but that doesn’t deter them.

Sen. Snowe (R) has proposed a public plan that would go into effect only in states where private companies weren’t offering affordable enough alternatives. She said late Tuesday that she was discussing the so-called “trigger” compromise with committee Democrats and hadn’t decided how to proceed.

Isn’t that the same thing in the end? A Horse of a different color is still a horse!

“Mr. Obama’s public option died a bipartisan death yesterday in the Senate Finance Committee. What’s left is a package of “reforms” that are mere trite extensions of what we’ve been doing for decades. That is, piling up mandates on private insurers and then lying that this somehow isn’t driving up the cost of health insurance; piling up subsidies for health consumption and then lying that this somehow isn’t responsible for runaway health-care spending.”(WSJ)

The truth is not worth anything these days.

As I’ve said it before, it’s not Bi-partisanship. its BY Partisan’s ship.

But this ship will be back.

The Holy Grail of Liberalism will not go down that easily. It is merely a Battle and not the War.

War is Peace (and security).

Freedom is slavery.

In a surprising vote Tuesday, ten Democrats voted to add a public option to the most conservative of the five health insurance reform bills working their way through Congress. That’s just two votes short of passage.

This robust support for the public option — in what most observers consider the most conservative committee in the Senate signals a sea change in Congressional opinion toward the public option.(Huffington Post)

Mind you, what he is disingenuously referring to is the 2nd amendment made by Sen Schumer to try a more watered down version of the same bill that got more votes than the hardcore one.

So they are warriors of the faithful.

“The more the American people hear about the public option, the more they like it,” said Democratic Sen Charles Schumer after the vote.

Never give up. Never Surrender!

“It was the biggest setback to date for liberal Democrats, but did not kill the possibility of a public option being included in final legislation,” Public option supporters will get several more bites at the apple: They can offer more amendments on the Senate floor (assuming, as most observers do, that Harry Reid will not include this element in the chamber’s combined bill). Or they can fight for it during conference negotiations, since the House is still expected to include some form of public plan in its bill.” (LA Times)

Aside:

Mind you, Sen Rockefeller is also the same one who proposed the Soda Tax on all you fat slobs who drink too much and get fat and unhealthy.

🙂

Yes, your elected representatives are listening to you! 🙂

THE TAX and FINES:

“For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,” Obama said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” program. “Right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase.”

St. Petersburg Times Fact Checker:

Patients First, a project of the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, issued a news release that played up the possibility that people who didn’t buy health coverage could end up in prison.

“Health Care Mandate Will Require Imprisonment and Fines for Americans Who Can’t Afford to Purchase Insurance or Pay Hefty Government Penalties,” and its first sentence referred to “a draconian health care measure under consideration in Congress that would imprison uninsured Americans who fail to pay a penalty for not buying health insurance.”

We were struck by the statement that the bill would “require imprisonment and fines” for nonpayment of the tax. Nothing in the Internal Revenue Code suggests that violators would have to go to jail. It’s simply one of the possible penalties that could be assessed.”

So it could happen. You just object to “will” happen. And you notice they changed the tenant of the statement also from will to would. So they are arguing a point with the wrong text. And then suggest that because they will not be sent to prison, but could be, and it’s one of the options, that the statement is not true.

Gotta love that Orwell.

So it’s true, but not the way you stated it and not the way we re-stated it differently, but it is still true! 🙂

The headline would have been correct if it had said the mandate “could require imprisonment or fines.” In fact, further down, the text of the release reports more accurately that “under the health care bill outline[d] in the Senate Finance Committee, uninsured Americans who fail to pay a stiff penalty for not purchasing insurance would face up to one year in prison or a $25,000 fine.” That part of the release, with its “or,” acknowledges that violators would likely face just one of those penalties. And it’s worth noting that, as with other violations in which people have refused to pay taxes, sending someone to prison is an extreme measure used as a last resort.

Not that there isn’t a Tax, or fines, or other IRS actions. Just not jail, maybe.

To put this in perspective, the IRS audited almost 1.4 million tax returns in 2007. That year, the number of confinement sentences was 2,123, meaning that less than two-tenths of 1 percent of audits resulted in prison time.
And based on past prosecution trends, it’s highly unlikely that someone would be sentenced to prison for a debt as small as $1,900, tax lawyers said.

So that’s why it’s ok for the IRS to come after you and throw you in prison if you don’t have Health Insurance.

It’s not likely to happen. It’s less than 1%. No big deal.

But the actual uninsured in this country is less the  3% of the population. Yet that is a “crisis”.

Initially, the Senate version would have had families above 300 percent of the federal poverty level pay $3,800 a year if they did not have health insurance. Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., later agreed to lower that amount by half, to $1,900. Backers hope that no American actually pays the tax; they want to see people spending those dollars on health insurance instead.

Still, Ensign is among those who balk at the idea. “Some people hold the Constitution pretty high in their lives, and if they believe that this thing is unconstitutional and they then say … ‘I choose not to have health insurance. I’m not going to buy it,'” Ensign said at a markup of the contentious bill. “We could be subjecting those very people … to fines or the interpretation of a judge potentially all the way up even to imprisonment.”

Section 7203 of the Internal Revenue Code, titled, “Willful failure to file return, supply information or pay tax.”

And all the bills say that your Health Insurance would be on your IRS tax Returns.

So it’s a Tax, that isn’t a tax, that could get you imprisoned, but since that’s unlikely, don’t worry about it so much…

Trust us, we are from the government and we are here to help you! 🙂

DOING IT FOR THE GOOD OF ALL AMERICANS: (from the Las Vegas Sun)

Reid issued an announcement publicly showing that he is using his position to protect Nevada.
“I spoke to the chair of the Finance Committee and he assured me that this bill will be improved for Nevada before he takes it to the committee for final mark-up next week,” Reid said in a statement released this week. “Let me be very clear, I will not bring a health insurance reform bill to the Senate floor that is not good for Nevada.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid secured a deal today that would give Nevada full, 100 percent funding in the Senate health care bill for an initial expansion of Medicaid.

The deal would give Nevada full funding for the first five years of the program — an effort to ease concerns that Nevada would be unable to afford the federally-mandated expansion of care for the poor.

So if this is so “neutral” and so wonderful why is the Senate Majority racing to have his state and his state alone “protected” from the effects of the bill for the first five years??

Under the health care bills before Congress, state Medicaid programs, which now primarily cover low-income children, parents, seniors and people with disabilities, would be expanded to include a new segment of the population — poor, childless adults.

The group makes up 21 percent of the uninsured nationwide, and a slightly larger share in Nevada. Many of them are poor, which the government defines as individuals making less than $14,400 a year.

With nearly 470,000 uninsured in Nevada and a soaring jobless rate adding to those ranks, uninsured, childless adults are a vast group. The state won’t hazard a guess at the number.

Under the legislation, the federal government would help states pay to cover them, but the states would have to chip in.

In Nevada, the money would come from the state’s sagging general fund.

One Washington estimate is that Nevada’s current $800 million Medicaid bill would grow by 5 percent, about $40 million annually.

But it won’t add the the deficit if we are all in the same single-payer system. Trust Us!

Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, an early supporter of President Barack Obama and one of the state’s most liberal legislators, understands the state’s dilemma.

“One of the best ways to attack the high percentage of uninsured is to increase the number of eligible participants on Medicaid,” Leslie said. “But even if the state has to pay 10 percent of the cost, it’s going to be very difficult. We have no money.”

And the other motive:

Now Mr. Baucus has modified the bill to spare Nevada and three other states, and Mr. Reid, who faces a potentially difficult race for re-election next year, is taking credit for getting a “major increase” in federal money for his state. (NY Times)

Trust me, I’m from the government and we want to help you!

Mr. Baucus revised his bill to give extra help to certain “high-need states.” The states were not named in the bill. But only four states meet the criteria: Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Rhode Island.

The changes came at the expense of other states, including California, Florida and Illinois, which would see significant increases in state Medicaid spending under the new formula.

But they want to help all Americans!

Trust Us, we know what’s good for you!

All the major health care bills moving through Congress would expand Medicaid, adding perhaps 11 million people to the rolls, the Congressional Budget Office says.

The Democratic staff of the Finance Committee estimates that, under existing law, state spending on Medicaid will total $1.7 trillion from 2013 to 2019. That figure could increase by $33 billion under Mr. Baucus’s bill. But when the new costs are combined with savings elsewhere in the bill, Democrats say, state spending would increase by only $22 billion, or 1.3 percent, over the levels now projected.

From BarackObama.com:

  • Won’t add a dime to the deficit and is paid for upfront.
  • Requires additional cuts if savings are not realized.

So the costs will go up, except for Nevada, but it won’t add anything to the deficit having the government paying for it.

Our Big Brother would never lie, right?

“In order to save our children from a future of debt, we will also end the tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.  But let me perfectly clear, because I know you’ll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people:  if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime.  I repeat: not one single dime.” State of The Union Speech.

So what are we left with:

“Senator Reid should know that this legislation is not only bad for Nevada, but it is bad for the rest of the United States,” Representative Nathan Deal of Georgia said.

Apparently not.

The Finance Committee has rejected several Republican amendments that would have blocked the expansion of Medicaid if it was found to impose additional costs on states.

The Finance Committe has also rejected amendments to make Congress take the same deal that they want us to have. They have voted down amendments banning illegal immigrants specifically.

They have voted down amendments to ban federal funding of abortions.

Bunning Open Records Amendment: would have required the full language and full price tag to be available on the Internet for three days before Congress votes. (That’s your “transparency” folks!)

Hatch Medicare Advantage (MA) Amendment: would have suspended MA provisions if the CBO finds that (contrary to the President’s promise) seniors are going to lose coverage or benefits.

Kyl Anti-Gag Order Amendment: would have allowed MA insurers to inform seniors of their likely loss of benefits.

Ensign/Cornyn/Kyl Malpractice Lawsuit Amendments: would have provided relief from lawsuits.

Update: oct 1st:

The Republicans proposed a simple amendment, “No tax increases on anyone making less than $250,000” just like the President promised.

Sen Baucus said it “wasn’t a serious amendment” and the Democrats voted it down.

But don’t worry, it’s for your own good and it’s “fair” and “honest” and “open” to debate.

And you’ll love the final product, I guarantee it! 🙂
And we still have Global Warming to deal with you evil human scum!

And Amnesty for all those poor unfortunate new poor Democrats…I mean Illegal Aliens.

Rejoice.

We are from the government and we are here to protect and serve.

Ignore Big Brother behind the Curtain

Sept 29th, 2009:

PROVIDENCE — U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy fears that supercharged passions fueling the national health-care debate may lead to violence.

Drawing on his family’s violent past, the Democratic congressman told roughly 75 people gathered at a private health-care forum Saturday morning that opponents of Democrat-backed health-care legislation had gone too far.

Patrick Kennedy is the last member of his storied family to hold federal office. His father, U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, died one month ago after battling a brain tumor. His uncles, former President John F. Kennedy and former presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, were assassinated.

“My family’s seen it up close too much with assassinations and violence in political life. It’s a terrible thing when people think that in order to get their point across they have to go to the edge of violent rhetoric and attack people personally,” Kennedy told the nurses, union officials and AARP members finishing their breakfasts at the invitation-only event in the Providence Marriott hotel. “It’s fine for people to debate the issue and attack the issue, but when they go and stoop to the level of the vitriolic rhetoric that we’ve seen this debate turn up, it’s very, I think, dangerous to the fabric of our country.”

Vitriolic rhetotic like calling protestors “Un-American”, “racist”, “sexist”, “stupid”, “ignorant”, “hicks”…

You mean that vitriol?

No. Of course you don’t.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sept 18th, (near tears notes the ‘empathic’ media):

“I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco,” Pelosi told reporters, her voice catching in her throat at her weekly press briefing.”This kind of rhetoric is just, is really frightening and it created a climate in which we, violence took place and … I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made,”

The fact that Harvey Milk was assassinated by a Democrat is not worth mentioning I guess.

It made good Ministry of Truth press.

Fear the Tea-Baggers and the Protesters they are violent. Don’t listen to them, they will harm you!

In a subsequent interview, Kennedy went further in warning that angry opposition could create physical danger for elected leaders.

“I will note that there were a number of prominent security people in this country who spoke very openly this past week that … that there are consequences in terms of trying to protect public officials. There are consequences to violent rhetoric,” he said. “Some people can see through TV ratings and right-wing talk show hosts that just try to create some theater, but unfortunately, there are some that can’t see through it. And that’s the danger in it. There is definitely freedom of speech, but freedom of speech does not allow yelling ‘fire’ in the middle of a crowded movie theater.”

Very few, if any arrests at the Tea-Parties and Protests.

Enter the Violence:

The G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh.

A stretch of Forbes Avenue from Oakland Avenue to Atwood Street saw at least a half dozen storefront windows broken, most belonging to the type of big, corporate, chain retail considered prime targets by protest groups opposed to the global capitalist system. They included McDonald’s, American Apparel, FedEx, Subway, Panera and Rite Aid, among others.

Georgia Petropoulos, executive director of the Oakland Business Improvement District, said there was more damage than she expected given the fact that the neighborhood prepared as much as it could and that the police had a major presence to protect it.

“We didn’t anticipate this many,” she said. “We really didn’t.”

The biggest surprise to her was that it wasn’t just national chains that got hit but local independents and franchise operators.

That includes the popular Forbes Avenue location of Pamela’s Diner and the Irish Design Center, a local independent business on Craig Street for 30 years.(Pittsburgh Business Times)

The Quiznos owner had the best sign of the day:

“Please forgive the mess caused by the ‘Peace Loving’ ‘Save the Earth’ G20 Summit Protesters,” the sign said. “Even with broken windows, Quiznos Food is still the best!”

And who were these protesters?

Right wing mobs of racist, sexist , Un-American Insurance Company Lobbyists?

Gun toting tea baggers psychos?

The folks that organized Thursday’s unauthorized march, the G-20 Resistance Group, is encouraging members to spend the morning, before the march, to take unspecified actions against local offices of corporations deemed evil.”

Nope. Mostly, they are extreme leftists and anarchists!

Surprise!

The AP, one of the very few reports on the Ministry of truth at all:

The marchers included small groups of self-described anarchists, some wearing dark clothes and bandanas and carrying black flags. Others wore helmets and safety goggles.

One banner read, “No borders, no thanks,” another, “No hope in capitalism.” A few minutes into the march, protesters unfurled a large banner reading “NO BAILOUT NO CAPITALISM” with an encircled “A,” a recognized sign of anarchists.

Another one said “Eat the Rich.”

So why are we not seeing blame heaped upon documentary filmmaker and avowed socialist Michael Moore for yesterday’s G-20 riots in Pittsburgh? Moore does, after all, preach hateful and extreme anti-capitalist rhetoric. The cryptic slogan for his most recent movie, “Capitalism, A Love Story”, reads, “Capitalism is evil, and you can’t regulate evil.” This line is eerily reminiscent of many of the socialist-anarchist slogans chanted by the G-20 protesters.

Simple.

They aren’t “the enemy”, so ignore them.

Only people protesting Obama and The Democrats are prone to violence, and racism, and should be feared.

“Despite the use of rubber bullets, chemical weapons, and LRAD (noise) attacks, demonstrators remained on the streets for hours and actions continue across the city,” the group’s press release read.

By that they meant attacks on 13 pre-picked Starbucks stores, a Whole Foods, an American Apparel, a Trader Joe’s, U.S. military recruiting stations, check-cashing outlets, 13 PNC bank outlets and other institutions, all conveniently listed as possibilities on a Google map. Many of these places saw smashed windows and graffiti attacks after they turned up on the blacklist. (IDB)

So they planned ahead to wreck evil capitalist icons and just generally cause as much chaos as possible.

But how much of this was on the Ministry of Truth as compared to the “vitrioltic rhetoric” of people protesting Health Care Reform?

Did you know the origin of the “shocking” ‘Joker’ poster was a 20 year old Palestinian-American Democrat from Chicago!?

Probably not.

Did you know most of the most “hateful” signs the Tea bag protest (the few that there were) were also largley from Democrats?

Did you know Cindy Sheehan, Darling of the Media in 2007, now the scorned and ignored, was in Pittsburgh.

“I was telling the cops, ‘You’re facing the wrong way,'” said Sheehan, an anti-war protester who gained notoriety for camping near then-President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch after her son was killed in Iraq. “The wars were wrong under Bush, and they’re still wrong under Obama.” (Pittsburgh Tribune)

Probably not. Not newsworthy to the Ministry of Truth.

As Gov. Mike Huckabee said, journalism is dead. “I’m sad to report today a death of a good friend to all of us…..Journalism,The once esteemed 4th estate of our nation and the protector of our freedoms and a watchdog of our rights has passed away after a long struggle with a crippling and debilitating disease of acute dishonesty aggravated by advanced laziness and the loss of brain function.”

And what better example do you need than this.

Health Care reform: 10’s of thousands of protesters, very few arrests.

G-20 Leftists and Anarchists: approx 1,000 and 60+ arrests and damage aplenty.

But, the tea-baggers are the dangerous ones. The ones to watch out for, because they just might explode any minute now!

Ignore all the damage in Pittsburgh. Ignore the fact that the shop owners “prepared” for it ahead of time. That there shops were targeted on the internet beforehand.

The ones you have to fear are the racist, un-american tea-baggers!

Who just happen to be protesting Big Brother.

Fascinating.

This kind of violence is nothing new. It was found in Seattle in 1999, where former Obama administration green czar Van Jones got himself arrested. It was repeated at other summits in Turin, Italy; Washington, D.C.; and London. These leftists detest capitalism, abhor private property — and have ties to the Democratic Party. (IBD)

And the rhetoric will only get worse as the Democrats scramble to cram this, the Holy Grail of  Control Freakishism, down your throat whether you gag or not.

In fact, it’s starting to appear as if the stronger the opposition becomes, the harder the Democrats work on their plans. It’s as if they are legislating out of spite against citizens who must be governed by a heavy hand because they don’t know what’s good for them.

But we’ve heard that before. Just last week, Energy Secretary Steven Chu likened Americans to “teenage kids” who “aren’t acting in a way that they should act” in regard to carbon emissions. (IBD)

Doesn’t it though. And the Ministry of Truth (ABC,NBC,CBS,MSNBC,New York Times, et al) are right there with them.

Pushing hard for their Big Brother.

Orwell: “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”

And those revolutionaries are, of course, violent, and they will harm you and your children. And destroy everything that is good, and right, and moral about Big Brother’s cause!

Their violent rhetoric will lead to violence. (Just ignore Pittsburgh, it never happened)

It’s a  War the Democrats must win, for the sake of humanity and the planet!

War is peace!

Freedom is Slavery!

Ignorance is Strength!

After all, how can health care for everyone that’s affordable be a bad thing…. 🙂

Cashing in on the Short Term

Congress passed the Cash for Clunkers program in order to increase automobile employment and save jobs. As Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow – a key supporter of the law – put it, “This is a jobs program first.” Cash for Clunkers has done many things. It has given hundreds of thousands of Americans vouchers worth between $3,500 and $4,500. It has encouraged many Americans to trade in old cars now instead of waiting a few years. It has destroyed valuable used cars that dealers would have resold to low-income Americans. It has added $3 billion to the national debt. But the new jobs report shows that Cash for Clunkers has not done the one thing Congress intended it to do: create jobs.

The employment report shows that – despite the Cash for Clunkers craze, and the $2 billion Congress added to the program at the end of July – motor vehicles and parts manufactures shed 15,000 jobs in August. That erased half of the jobs gained in July and continued the yearlong downward trend. The Commerce Department separately reported that spending on automobiles increased between June and July when Cash for Clunkers kicked in. However, while spending on cars went up, spending on other goods and services fell. Handing out taxpayer dollars is popular, but that does not make it good – or effective – policy. (Heritage.org)

Also, the program that was slated to cost $1 billion, it cost $3 billion. It didn’t go over that mark because they cut it off early. But it was still $2 billion over the original proposal.

Doesn’t that just fill you with confidence about our current government spending plans. 🙂

And let’s see who benifited the most from this rebate program:

The government posted new data late Friday on the government’s Cash for Clunkers rebate program. Here’s a look at the top-selling new vehicles through the program when multiple engine options, flexible-fuel vehicles and hybrid versions are taken into account.

TOP SELLERS
1. Toyota Corolla 29,488
2. Honda Civic 28,456
3. Toyota Camry 27,137
4. Ford Focus 22,388
5. Ford Escape 21,894
6. Honda CR-V 20,106
7. Hyundai Elantra 19,797
8. Chevrolet Silverado 16,330
9. Nissan Versa 16,300
10. Ford F150 16,263
11. Honda Accord 15,922
12. Nissan Altima 15,426
13. Toyota RAV4 15,255
14. Toyota Prius 15,013
15. Ford Fusion 13,415
16. Chevrolet Cobalt 13,335
17. Honda Fit 12,361
18. Nissan Sentra 12,158
19. Chevrolet Aveo 11,557
20. Toyota Tacoma 10,692
Source: Department of Transportation, CARS.gov
LOAD-DATE: September 22, 2009

Toyota and Honda, foreign car makers. Sure they have plants in this country, but they aren’t American companies.

The American company that did the best, Ford, is the ONE  that DIDN’T TAKE ANY GOVERNMENT BAILOUT Money.

Hmm….

As a Matter of fact, the Only car on the list that is from a company that took bailout money is Chevrolet.

Interesting…

A new paper in The Economists’ Voice concludes that the costs of the “cash for clunkers” program exceed the benefits by approximately $2000 per vehicle. Meanwhile, September auto sales are plummeting, leading to estimates the monthly total will be the lowest in nearly three decades.

THE impact of “cash-for-clunkers” was very short-lived. The auto website Edmunds.com is predicting an annualised rate of car sales in September of just 8.8 million units. Not only is that a long way down from the 14 millions plus recorded in August, when the clunkers scheme was in full swing, it was well below the 12.5 million rate recorded in September last year, when the financial system was going to hell in a handcart. The industry got used to an annual sales rate of 16 million. (Economist blog)

“The best month of the year for car sales is being quickly followed by what could be the worst month of the year,” noted Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl. “Cash for Clunkers was supposed to prime the pump, but that is a physics concept, and economics is quite different. Demand has dropped off significantly since the program ended.” (Edmunds.com)

But here’s an interesting bit I hadn’t considered (but I should have):

In early August, Edmunds.com analysts reported that Cash for Clunkers shoppers were paying higher prices for their cars, perhaps neglecting to negotiate distracted by the government rebate. And, limited supply and high demand drove prices up for everyone else as well. Now that the program is over and demand has slowed, consumer discounts are getting greater even as the average vehicle purchased is more expensive.

“In truth, this program launched at the worst possible time of the year,” opined Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl. “The annual summer sell-down typically creates a rush of activity for the industry, and this year that rush came right after automakers cut production in response to the floundering economy. It’s a simple case of supply and demand, bolstered by a reduced level of negotiation on the part of excited clunker traders. Add to this the automakers’ unseasonable reduction in incentives and the message is clear: if you buy a car this summer, you should expect to pay higher prices.”(edmonds.com)

Purchased Before Clunkers Program
Purchased During Clunkers Program
Average MSRP
Average Sales Price *
Discount*
Average MSRP
Average Sales Price *
Discount*
Ford Escape
$26,582
$24,982
5.7%
$26,548
$24,786
5.2%
Ford Focus
$18,692
$17,587
5.7%
$18,795
$17,721
5.4%
Jeep Patriot
$21,855
$20,074
9.1%
$21,996
$21,352
3.1%
Dodge Caliber
$19,671
$17,368
11.7%
$19,885
$19,181
3.8%
Ford F-150
$36,248
$32,877
8.7%
$35,249
$32,503
7.3%

*Does not include customer cash incentives.

The numbers are not drastically different before and after.

And now you have car dealers who are left with cars now that that people don’t want to buy because the rebate drug high has worn off.

As a person who used to work for  rebate processing unit I know the cardinal rule I came up with after 4 years of doing that job: “Buy the product in spite of the rebate, not because of the rebate” you’ll be a lot happier. Because rebated items are frequently marked up, but also in arena I worked in, Computers, the retail stores handing out rebates you didn’t qualify for or were expired was a rampant problem.

That’s not what happened here exactly, but since the car purchased was a targeted list and must be a new car 09/2010 model, which are more expensive than a used car it was relatively the same. Get people to buy something more expensive than they normally would by dangling money under their noses.

There’s that evil “capitalism” again.

And there are now around 700,000 people who now have higher auto insurance (because new cars cost more) and have monthly car payments that they didn’t before.

So I wonder how many re-po’s will occur or will there be a Bailout for Cash For Clunkers buyer’s remorse??

The first customer at Downtown Ford didn’t show until after lunch — just one sign that the Cash for Clunker boom is over, and auto showrooms are back to the solitude that has frustrated dealers for nearly all of the past year.
“We knew it would be slow,” dealership sales manager David Grubbs said last week — but not this slow.

“We are kind of skipping along the bottom. The consumer is concerned with the overall economy and their job and their income,” he said. A recovery, he predicted, remains “probably six to nine months away.”

A sale last week at the Clapp VW dealership illustrated how challenged new car customers are by tighter bank lending policies.Of 450 people who came to the event at Clapp Volkswagen, Brooks said he ran credit reports on 300 potential customers, but sold just 10 vehicles because many were turned down for financing. (Louisville KY Courier)

But wasn’t the Billions we, the taxpayers, gave to the banks supposed to free that up?

That was the promise. 🙂

THE CASH FOR CLUNKERS program helped push nearly 700,000 new cars out of showrooms this summer. But more people want to buy cheap transportation than want to turn it into scrap. Americans will purchase some 36 million used vehicles this year, compared with about 10.5 million new ones. (Barrons)

And now you have an incentive for new home buyers also.

So is the government trying to buy itself out of a recession with money it doesn’t have all funded by you and me??

Well, of course, they are.

Who’s going to stop them?

So, now we have the Sequel:

U.S. Department of Energy will launch a “Cash for Appliances” program this fall.

The program will provide nearly $300 million in stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to consumers who buy new, energy-efficient kitchen appliances.

(and it won’t go over budget, right?) 🙂

“These rebates will help families make the transition to more efficient appliances, making purchases that will directly stimulate the economy and create jobs,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu says.

This new rebate program is in addition to a number of U.S. tax credits on energy-efficient products for homes introduced earlier this year. This includes many gas, oil, electric and solar water heaters, which are reimbursed at 30 percent of their purchase price up to $1,500. Many energy-efficient windows, skylights, exterior doors, insulation and HVAC systems are also eligible for a 30 percent tax credit, up to $1,500 per home. (This $1,500 limit is the total for all credits applied to the home across all categories of eligible products).

Isn’t that what they said about Cash For Clunkers? And this is the same guy who called you “teenagers” right?

So will the sequel be the short burst drug hit that it’s now famous cousin was?

Too early to tell.

But what I want to know is where is the Cash for Health Care?

Oh, right, that’s Universal Health Care.

That won’t cost you “not one dime”.

Silly me.

The first cash for clunkers was $2 billion over it’s original budget.

I should just my government, they know how to manage money effectively.

Safe and Secure

Does the Congress even have the authority to mandate Health Insurance?

They have to mandate it. Otherwise, what’s the point of this reform to “cover everyone” if you can still opt-out. So they make it mandatory. They sick the IRS on you if you don’t.

But it’s not a TAX.

The IRS will come after you.

But it’s not a TAX 🙂

“If you say the government can mandate your behavior as far as this type of insurance goes,” he said, “there will be nothing the government can’t do. They can control every single way in which you dispose of your income.”said David Rivkin, a lawyer who served in the Justice Department under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

“The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States,” the budget office wrote. “An individual mandate has two features that, in combination, make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would have to be heavily regulated by the federal government.”(NYT)

The second one was the Congressional Budget office in 1994 when the Clinton Plan was advanced. It’s still true. Only now it would not only be heavily regulated by the Federal Government IT WOULD BE RUN BY the Federal Government.

Those favoring an overhaul of the health care system say that requiring everyone to carry insurance is essential to making insurance affordable, chiefly by broadening the risk pool to include those who are young and healthy and go without insurance now. (New York Times)

But what it fails to mention, yet again, is the Illegal Alien cost and the costs of Pre-existing Condition costs and the high-risk pool. And, also, the fact that most health care cost occur at the end of life.

Just ignore that 800 pound gorilla in the corner!

But what it is also saying is to make it affordable, every must pay. So why then did Congress create “subsidies” (aka government payments) for people who truly can’t afford it?

Because, if they didn’t they would labeled “heartless” (much they way the spin it if you object to their plans)  so this money they won’t get from new enrollees also and it will drive up the cost of the care over time.

And when they wave their magic wand and 12 million illegals suddenly become legal (and this does not stop Illegal immigration by the way–it didn’t do it in the 1980’s it won’t do it now) and you have all these new, largely poor people on the dole, cost will not got up, right?

But, one other fact is also ignored. Guess who created this mess in the first place. Who created the non-portability of Health insurance? Who created over 2100 unfunded mandates? Who created the structure that is now falling apart to begin with?

Any guesses… 🙂

THE FEDERAL & STATE GOVERNMENT.

And now who’s going to save you from it all.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

Rejoice, citizens. Your savior is at hand!

And if your company doesn’t provide health insurance, the IRS will come a knockin’.

But don’t worry, the company will just eat the costs and not pass it on to the consumers and their workforce.

And there’s the oft-repeated phrase about paying for 2/3 of it all with the “waste, fraud, abuse” of the other government programs.

And I still ask, if you can save $600 Billion dollars that way, why do we need this?

Because that’s not the point of all this. It can’t be. If it were that simple they’d do it. Everyone can get behind cleaning up waste, fraud and abuse. So they’d just do that and be heroes.

Instead we get 1000+ page bills and 256-page “conceptual” outlines.

So what is the real motive then?

It’s the control, stupid. 🙂

The control over who lives and who dies.

The control over your life.

You can’t be trusted.

You’re too fat.

You drink soda…coffee…sugary snacks. You smoke. They are all bad for you.

You pollute.

You drive an old, out of date car.

You’re an energy hog.

Or as the Energy Secretary called you “a teenager”

You need a Parent to guide you.

To raise you and your children.

You need Mama Government and Her Big Brother, The President.

So we are going to have to tax you for these too. It’s for your own good. You’re a higher risk to your fellow citizens. Because you won’t fall in line.

You must do this, because we say so.

When we say jump, you don’t even ask “How high?” you just jump, and keep jumping until we say stop.

Period.

Rivkin again:

But Congress cannot so simply avoid the constitutional limits on its power. Taxation can favor one industry or course of action over another, but a “tax” that falls exclusively on anyone who is uninsured is a penalty beyond Congress’s authority. If the rule were otherwise, Congress could evade all constitutional limits by “taxing” anyone who doesn’t follow an order of any kind—whether to obtain health-care insurance, or to join a health club, or exercise regularly, or even eat your vegetables.

This type of congressional trickery is bad for our democracy and has implications far beyond the health-care debate. The Constitution’s Framers divided power between the federal government and states—just as they did among the three federal branches of government—for a reason. They viewed these structural limitations on governmental power as the most reliable means of protecting individual liberty—more important even than the Bill of Rights.

Yet if that imperative is insufficient to prompt reconsideration of the mandate (and the approach to reform it supports), then the inevitable judicial challenges should. Since the 1930s, the Supreme Court has been reluctant to invalidate “regulatory” taxes. However, a tax that is so clearly a penalty for failing to comply with requirements otherwise beyond Congress’s constitutional power will present the question whether there are any limits on Congress’s power to regulate individual Americans. The Supreme Court has never accepted such a proposition, and it is unlikely to accept it now, even in an area as important as health care.” (Op-ed NYT)

But, the Democrats, as we have seen are not deterred by anything because they want what they want because they want it.

And they want it, because it’s the giant camel’s nose in the tent of being able to run your life their way.

It’s the Holy Grail of Liberalism.

To be in control of everything FOREVER!!! (insert maniacal over-the-top theatrical laugh here)

And you’ll never ever get rid of them! They have a permanent power base.

The laws say what you can do.

What you can say. (under “Diversity” and “fairness”, remember…)

The Ministry of Truth tells you what you can think.

The schools teach your kids whom to worship and what to think.

Capitalism is evil, so the government will now be in charge of the means of production. 🙂

Your  greed and sloth  will be controlled by the government. For your own good!

You’re safe and secure.

Suddenly, you wake up, and you’re Winston Smith from 1984.

Rejoice, Citizen. You are safe and secure….

The Fine Control

You nasty, evil, selfish pig. You don’t have insurance. That’s a detriment to the society as a whole. That must be stopped.

And we’ll make sure you have insurance.  Period.

Your choice is, Mandatory Insurance or Mandatory Taxes and Penalties, maybe even criminal prosecution.

Rejoice, Citizen.

It’s for your own good.

And if you have insurance now, well, if you lose it we’ll come after you too!

Americans who fail to pay the penalty for not buying insurance would face legal action from the Internal Revenue Service, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

The remarks Thursday from the committee’s chief of staff, Thomas Barthold, seems to further weaken President Barack Obama’s contention last week that the individual mandate penalty, which could go as high as $1,900, is not a tax increase.

Under questioning from Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), Barthold said the IRS would “take you to court and undertake normal collection proceedings.”

Ensign pursued the line of questioning because he said a lot of Americans don’t believe the Constitution allows the government to mandate the purchase of insurance.

“We could be subjecting those very people who conscientiously, because they believe in the U.S. Constitution, we could be subjecting them to fines or the interpretation of a judge, all the way up to imprisonment,” Ensign said. “That seems to me to be a problem.”

Ensign’s argument , however, wasn’t persuasive to the committee — which rejected an amendment from Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) to eliminate the individual mandate.

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) was the only Republican to vote with Democrats to preserve the mandate.

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it “Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold.”(Politico)

But is it even constitutional: (and do Democrats care…)

Without regard to one’s views about the health care legislation promoted by President Obama and currently being redrafted by Sen. Max Baucus, everyone is entitled to expect that the task will be carried out with competence and integrity — also with dignity and a high regard for the intelligence of the American people.

Further, even if everyone agreed that the proposed federal interventions in health care were consistent with “best medical practice” and produced the best possible medical care at the least price, all these federal actions would still have to meet constitutional standards.

The controversial tax that both Obama and Baucus would impose on people who do not buy health insurance appears to be a “direct tax” on persons that is unlawful under Article 1, Section 2, of the Constitution, which requires that “direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States … according to their Numbers . .. .”

In addition, Art. 1, Sec. 9, says: “No capitation, or other direct Tax, shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken … .”

The only exception to the constitutional prohibition against unapportioned direct taxes is for the federal income tax, which was authorized by the 16th Amendment — but the direct tax on the uninsured is not an income tax.

Sen. Baucus claims that the tax on the uninsured is an “indirect” excise tax — like the federal gasoline tax — that does not have to be apportioned. But Sen. Baucus appears to be in error. An excise tax is a tax on a “thing” (such as a commodity or a license). That is why an excise tax is classified as “indirect.”

People who choose not to buy insurance are not things.

They are people. And the tax is imposed directly on them in exactly the same way as a direct income tax, except that in this instance, the tax amount does not depend on the size of the person’s income.

This constitutional defect in one of the linchpin elements of the health care legislation was not brought to light for public discussion by either the White House or the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.(IBD)

We’re from the government and we are here to save you…

So who are the uninsured:

“The uninsured . . . live every day just one accident or illness away from bankruptcy. These are not primarily people on welfare.” President Obama.

Actually, of the 46 million people the census estimates don’t have insurance, some 20 million have incomes above average and could afford to buy it, according to a study by former Congressional Budget Office Director June O’Neill.

The President in his speech to Congress said “30 Million” because 10-15 million are ILLEGAL ALIENS.

When Republicans proposed requiring proof of citizenship, the Democrats twice voted that down in committee.

(When Republican proposed amendment to specifically outlaw the funding of abortions under these plans, Democrats voted them down)

So that brings it down to 30 million-ish.

More than 17 million of the uninsured make at least $50,000 per year (the median household income of $50,233) – 8.4 million make $50,000 to $74,999 per year and 9.1 million make $75,000 or higher. Two economists working at the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that 25 to 75 percent of those who do not purchase health insurance coverage “could afford to do so.”

An estimated 13.7 million are poor. They are eligible for Medicaid — the state health care programs for the poor. But many, too, are illegals — about 8 million.

Though they’re eligible, research from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association suggests as many as 14 million uninsured Americans qualify for public coverage, but don’t enroll. And as many as 6 million are enrolled, but don’t report it to the government, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis.

That leaves about 5 million people with no care.

By the way, according to the Census Bureau, America now has 37 million people in poverty. But Medicaid enrollment covers 55 million people — at a cost of $350 billion a year.

Based on this, no one should be without care. Which leads us to wonder: Is nationalizing our health care system really necessary to take care of people who already have care available to them? (IDB)

So this whole thing is really about 5 million people, not 46.

And if the “waste fraud and abuse” of Madicare is going to yield as much as 2/3 of the Baucus’s planned $900 Billion costs why not just use that to pay for the 5 Million people and leave the rest of us the hell alone!

Because that’s not the real end game. That’s why.

We’re from the government, and we are here to control who lives and who dies.

That’s your choice.

And if you don’t like it, tough. We, the government, don’t care.

You are not to be trusted.

We Know better.

You will comply. Or else.

“Many other Americans . . . are still denied insurance due to previous illnesses or conditions that insurance companies decide are too risky or expensive to cover.” Obama.

This statement betrays a profound ignorance of what insurance is. If you can buy insurance after you’ve gotten sick, it’s not really insurance, is it? And why have insurance at all? It’s an incentive to simply wait until you get sick, then make someone else pay for it.

To see how absurd this is, let’s take the same concept to auto insurance. Why not let people buy insurance after they get in an accident? One reason, of course, is it leads to fiscal and personal recklessness. (IBD)

And much higher premiums.

• “There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage . . . every day, 14,000 Americans lose their coverage.”

As noted above, the bulk of the 30-plus million uninsured actually can get coverage — and in many cases, qualify for existing government programs. But how about 14,000 Americans losing their coverage each day? A little math shows this is just a scare statistic.

Multiply it out, and it comes to 5.1 million people losing coverage in a year. Sound scary? Consider that, according to the census, 46.3 million Americans don’t currently have insurance — 600,000 more than last year. That means that, along with 14,000 Americans losing their coverage each day, another 12,400 Americans are signing up for it — even in the middle of a brutal recession.

Those who lose insurance do so usually because they’ve lost a job. Most are without insurance for a couple of months or so. (IBD)

A Scare tactic, from the “never waste a good crisis” Presidency. Never…. 🙂

So is the “solution” worse than disease?

Medicare is already spending more than it is taking in through payroll taxes. Medicare trustees expect the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund part of the program to be insolvent by 2019. From now through 2017, it will need $342 billion of taxpayers’ money in order to keep paying hospital insurance benefits alone. Over the next 50 years or so, Medicare’s shortfall is expected to hit $37 trillion — an almost unbelievable deficit nearly three times our current GDP.

If Medicare has done one thing, it’s proved that government programs always cost more than their original projections. Citing the runaway costs of Medicare is an argument against, not for, further government intervention.

“Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.”

Shawn Tully, Fortune editor at large, dug into the legislation and found that for “Americans in large corporations, ‘keeping your own plan’ has a strict deadline. In five years, like it or not, you’ll get dumped into the exchange,” a government program in which heavily regulated private companies sell insurance policies.

Workers who buy their own insurance or begin coverage through small businesses will also be forced into the exchange if their plans change in any way, because it’s then considered a new plan. Since plans generally change policies every year, Tully says, “it’s likely that millions of employees will lose their plans in 12 months.”

According to a July study by the Lewin Group and the Heritage Foundation, health reform could cause as many as 88 million Americans to lose their private, employer-based coverage.(IBD)

It’s in the bills, especially HR3200, Page 16.

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the administration’s health care czar, feels about treating those who need the most help.

“When the worse-off can benefit only slightly while better-off people could benefit greatly, allocating (treatment) to the better-off is often justifiable.” (IBD)

Also, reading Former Senator Tom Daschle’s book  (Critical: What We Can Do About the American Health-Care Crisis) on the subject is instructive. (He was the first Health and Human Service Nominee, he was derailed by being a Tax Cheat).

For example, in Critical, Daschle argues that Fed Health “could help define evidence-based health benefits and lower overall spending by determining which medicines, treatments, and procedures are most effective—and identifying those that do not justify their high price tags.” Daschle adds, “We won’t be able to make a significant dent in health-care spending without getting into the nitty-gritty of which treatments are the most clinically valuable and cost effective. That means taking a harder look at the real costs and benefits of new drugs and procedures.”

Sounds like rationing to me. And the government gets to decide what you get, if  it’s valuable to society to do so.

End of life counseling, anyone?

Charles Krauthammer:

Obama said he would largely solve the insoluble cost problem of Obamacare by eliminating “hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud” from Medicare.

That’s not a lie. That’s not even deception. That’s just an insult to our intelligence. Waste, fraud and abuse — Meg Greenfield once called this phrase “the dread big three” — as the all-purpose piggy bank for budget savings has been a joke since Jimmy Carter first used it in 1977.

Moreover, if half a trillion is waiting to be squeezed painlessly out of Medicare, why wait for health care reform? If, as Obama repeatedly insists, Medicare overspending is breaking the budget, why hasn’t he gotten started on the painless billions in “waste and fraud” savings?

Obama doesn’t lie. He merely elides, gliding from one dubious assertion to another. This has been the story throughout his whole health care crusade. Its original premise was that our current financial crisis was rooted in neglect of three things — energy, education and health care. That transparent attempt to exploit Emanuel’s Law — a crisis is a terrible thing to waste — failed for health care because no one is stupid enough to believe that the 2008 financial collapse was caused by a lack of universal health care.

So on to the next gambit: selling health care reform as a cure for the deficit. When that was exploded by the Congressional Budget Office’s demonstration of staggering Obamacare deficits, Obama tried a new tack: selling his plan as revenue-neutral insurance reform — until the revenue neutrality is exposed as phony future cuts and chimerical waste and fraud.

Obama doesn’t lie. He implies, he misdirects, he misleads — so fluidly and incessantly that he risks transmuting eloquence into mere slickness.

Slickness wasn’t fatal to “Slick Willie” Clinton because he possessed a winning, near irresistible charm. Obama’s persona is more cool, distant, imperial. The charming scoundrel can get away with endless deception; the righteous redeemer cannot.

And, as the New jersey school video shows, and The Campaign Blitz, The Cult of Personality is what we have.

And if you don’t agree you’re a “racist”, a “sexist”, and “Un-American.”

Rejoice in the “open” debate and representative government.

Big Brother is watching you.

Waging Your Finger Sternly

Do you remember when you were a kid and your parents would wag their finger at you and chastise you for doing something bad.

You’d have lame excuses.

And it would escalate from their or they’d walk away and you’d do it all over again.

“Don’t make me come over there…”

Well, we have President Mom and his appointees and surrogates in the Ministry of Truth all wagging their fingers at everyone these days.

You are Un-American, racist,sexist, and stupid if you are against the government deciding who lives and who dies.

The Senate Finance Committee considered for two hours today a Republican amendment — which was ultimately rejected — that would have required the “legislative” language of the committee’s final bill, along with a cost estimate for the bill, to be posted online for 72 hours before the committee voted on it.

Instead, the committee passed a similar amendment, offered by Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-Mont.), to put online the “conceptual” or “plain” language of the bill, along with the cost estimate.

Usually, the Senate Finance Committee considers “conceptual” language because the actual legislative language in a bill is filled with jargon and references to existing legal code that can make it nearly impossible to follow.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) described his attempts at reading the legislative language of a bill: “You read it and say, ‘What did that say?'” The committee, he said, uses “plain language so that even I can understand” a bill.

Sen John Kerry’s remark saying “The language in the Bill is far too complicated for the average American to comprehend”.

Translation: You’re too stupid to understand it.

“Anybody who thinks that is going to be transparent to the American people is really not telling it like it is,” added Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). (CBSNews)

President Obama 1/21/2009:

Promising “a new era of openness in our country,” President Obama signed executive orders Wednesday relating to ethics guidelines for staff members of his administration.

“Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,” Obama said. (CNN)

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Whoops! I guess the only thing transparent, is the Democrats need for deception and secrets. The very thing they accused George W. Bush of (and he did it too).
I guess when he wagged his finger at the Republicans during the campaign, he didn’t really mean it. 🙂
So we have the “concept” of what they are debating and voting on. Isn’t that a little like saying, “I have this concept for a house and I want you to agreed to pay for it ahead of time.” and if it goes over-budget and is too expensive for you in the end, oh well. It was a good concept though!! 🙂
Oh, and the “public option” is back…
And Chief of Staff Raul Emmanuel was heard to say that the bill would pass with “bi-Partisan support even if the republican vote against it”
Yep, that’s transparent alright. Just not the way you thought they meant.
Now, you read, not in the Ministry of Truth though, of cuts in Border patrol Agents along the southern border. Well, undoubtedly the work of our Illegal Immigrant loving ex-governor turned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napalitano.
So there have been 3 high profile terror attacks foiled in the week or so. So now is the perfect time to cut border agents!
Janet, wagging her finger at the Illegal Aliens, “Don’t you dare cross here!”
“You hear me, young man!”
“Don’t you dare talk back to me!”
Doesn’t it just fill your heart with confidence in our border security.
And also, developing now,  President Obama  (along with the toothless UN) are wagging their collective fingers at Iran over it’s development of Nuclear Bombs.
“Do you hear me Mahmoud, don’t you be building that Nuke!”
“But Mom, I’m not building a bomb, it’s for peaceful purposes.”
“Don’t make me come over there, young man…”
Armed with the disclosure of a secret Iranian nuclear facility, President Barack Obama and the leaders of France and Britain demanded Friday that Tehran fully disclose its nuclear ambitions “or be held accountable” to an impatient world community.
It’s ambitions have been blatantly obvious for years!
But all anyone wants to do, George W Bush included, is wag their fingers at them.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a different finger wag in mind. But he’s just going to smile, and be contrite, like you were when you broke your mother’s favourite dish playing ball in the house. Then when her back is turned you’ll do it again. because, that’s what you want to do anyways.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is no different. He’ll play the game, and then go back to playing with his toys because “Mom” really isn’t going to do anything but wag her finger at him.
Said Obama: “Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow. International law is not an empty promise.”
Then someday soon, there will be a Nuke sitting at the Strait of Hormuz.
Or Israel will attack Iran.
Or Iran will do exactly what it said it would do for decades now, wipe Israel off the map.
And you’ll be praying for $5 a gallon for gas. And the good old days of 2009.
“The Iranian government must now demonstrate through deeds its peaceful intentions or be held accountable to international standards and international law,” Obama said.
Since they have no peaceful intentions and everyone knows they don’t, wag that finger!
Send him to his room!
Ground him!
Oooh, he’s really sorry…
He’s really scared of you!
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama recently shared sensitive intelligence with Russia and China about Iran’s newly unveiled nuclear facility to get the countries’ leaders on board with new sanctions, senior U.S. officials revealed Friday.

And the strategy to build a coalition with Russia and China “has already begun to bear fruit,” one senior U.S. official said. The officials declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the negotiations.

Who do you think is supplying them?
Caspian Sea anyone?
So you ratted out the Iranians to the people who are secretly supplying them.
Ooh, that will scare them back into line.
So what have we learned today, kids…
You’re too Fat!
You’re too stupid to understand
You endanger other people because you have no Health Insurance!
You are polluting the planet!
You’re an energy hog!
Don’t build that nuke!
Don’t cross that border!
Don’t bomb that building!
Now, Behave!!!!!
Or Mom will have to wag her finger even harder at you!

The Battle Hymn of The New Republic of Obama

The New #1 hit on the Big Brother parade…

Students from a Burlington, New Jersey school croon a tune with lyrics penned to honor President Barack Obama, sung to “Jesus Loves the the little children” (the irony being that if you even hint at God or Jesus in a public school the ACLU and Liberals will be all over you like fire ants at a picnic!)

Barack Hussein Obama
He said that all must lend a hand [?]
To make this country strong again

Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be clear today
Equal work means equal pay
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said Red, Yellow, Black or White
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
Yes
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama

segue to

Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all [do? doth??] say “hooray!”
Hooray Mr. President! You’re number one!
The first Black American to lead this great na-TION!
Hooray, Mr. President something-something-some
A-something-something-something-some economy is number one again!
Hooray Mr. President, we’re really proud of you!
And the same for all Americans [in?] the great Red White and Blue!
So something Mr. President we all just something-some,
So here’s a hearty hip-hooray a-something-something-some!
Hip, hip hooray! (3x)

The video is available on Youtube.

The Liberal response, so far:

In the cosmic scheme of things, it’s a minor transgression — an example of over-enthusiasm and poor judgment by a single teacher, and nothing more.-Denver Westword Blog

Imagine if this was George W Bush, or Ronald Reagan??

The Nuclear War of Outrage on the Ministry of  Truth would have been 24/7/365. You’d have thought Armageddon was right around the bend!!

Instead, we get shrugs and bored diminishment.

Remember the Lewinsky scandal, the media had to be dragged into it kicking and screaming. And what we usually got was  “so what” it was just a little sex, who cares.

But a fake news story about Bush’s military service and possible deferment, well, that was BIG NEWS for months. It was everywhere, and I bet if you searched the blogs you’d still find it.

I have heard that some Democrats are STILL running against George W. Bush in their 2009/2010 races!

But this, no big deal. Nothing to see here. Don’t pay any attention to the teacher behind the curtain!

Should we mention that during the campaign the mentioning of his middle name was considered to be prejudiced??

ABCNews:

Given widespread unease and prejudice against Muslims among Americans, especially in the wake of 9/11, the Obama campaign was perhaps understandably very sensitive during the primaries and general election to downplay the candidate’s Muslim roots.

The candidate was even offended when referred to by his initials “BHO,” because he considered the use of his middle name, “Hussein,” an attempt to frighten voters.

But now, it’s perfectly acceptable. Interesting…

The Cult of the Leader as a charismatic figure who is to be adored above all.

The President as the focal point of the nation.

To be adored and praised for his greatness.

A spontaneous ritual of devotion to Big Brother (“BB”) is illustrated at the end of the “Two Minutes Hate”:

At this moment the entire group of people broke into a deep, slow, rhythmic chant of ‘B-B! …. B-B! …. B-B!’—over and over again, very slowly, with a long pause between the first ‘B’ and the second—a heavy murmurous sound, somehow curiously savage, in the background of which one seemed to hear the stamps of naked feet and the throbbing of tom-toms. For perhaps as much as thirty seconds they kept it up. It was a refrain that was often heard in moments of overwhelming emotion. Partly it was a sort of hymn to the wisdom and majesty of Big Brother, but still more it was an act of self-hypnosis, a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise. (Orwell’s “1984”)

One Definition:

A cult of personality arises when a country’s leader uses mass media to create an idealized and heroic public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.

(ABC,NBC,CBS,CNN,MSNBC,New York Times, et al) anyone?

Cults of personality are often found in dictatorships and Stalinist governments.

You know, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, China , Venezuela, etc. All the leaders who are praising President Obama…

A cult of personality is similar to general hero worship, except that it is created specifically for political leaders.

Generally, personality cults are most common in regimes with totalitarian systems of government, that seek to radically alter or transform society according to (supposedly) revolutionary new ideas. Often, a single leader becomes associated with this revolutionary transformation, and comes to be treated as a benevolent “guide” for the nation, without whom the transformation to a better future cannot occur. This has been generally the justification for personality cults that arose in totalitarian societies of the 20th century, such as those of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Kim Jong Il,etc.

Sound familiar all you “Hope and Change”, “Yes, We can” ‘ers…  🙂

Mind you, this a President who’s most famous accomplishment before becoming President was he was an author or a Book about HIMSELF!

He certainly had no legislative record of accomplishment.

He was never an executive of anything.

And have you noticed all his speeches are about him, ultimately?

Big Brother Obama.

He’s here to save us all. To bring back the hope! 🙂

Who wants to decide who lives (abortion) and who dies (health care). Who wants to decide how you live (Cap and trade) and wants to run your life for you because your obviously evil, stupid and incapable of doing it without him.

So we praise him from the rafters for saving us from ourselves!

Likening the (health care) bills’ abortion provisions to those on end-of-life counseling, Huckabee said, “If the government can tell us who can be born, that same government can tell us when to die.”
“Our new policy is to walk softly and carry an olive branch, and maybe a bag of stay-puft marshmallows so we can sit around the campfire and sing kumbaya,” Huckabee said. (MSNBC)

So we now have the Battle Hymn of the New Republic of Obama.

I wonder, is he a Sith Lord? 🙂

Upon hearing the roar of approval in the Galactic Senate when Chancellor Palpatine announces the formation of the First Galactic Empire, Queen Padme responds: “So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.”

Thunderous applause indeed. 🙂